Reading & Pondering Today 9/6/2018

“In his influential book The Art of War, Sun Tzu suggests that “to know your enemy, you must become your enemy.” In this case, the enemy is usually an impulse inside ourselves that we don’t understand or don’t know how to deal with. 

As long as we’re denying, repressing, or minimizing the importance of this and other hidden urges, as long as we believe that our own dark impulses will never catch up with us or be exposed, their wisdom will continue to elude us. 

By actively finding the gifts and receiving the contribution our shadow is trying to make, we redirect its once destructive power into a force that can benefit our life. More than that, we become a role model for others to find healthy outlets for the parts of themselves that don’t conform to society’s script or to their ego ideal.”

Excerpt From

The Shadow Effect

Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson & Debbie Ford

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🌟Reading & Pondering Today 7/30🌟

“Moses knew he was hearing the voice of God, but he didn’t know how he would say that to others. “Tell them,” said God, “that I AM WHO I AM.” This passage has been translated and interpreted in myriad ways, as are all religious stories. 

One interpretation says God described Himself not as “I AM WHO I AM” but rather “I AM WHO I SHALL BE.” From a spiritual perspective, both are accurate—because who we are in essence exists beyond time. 

What’s most important is the revelation that the God within us is our essential self; the essence of God is the essence of each of us, and the essence of each of us is the essence of God. When we are speaking from our true selves, or from love, we are expressing what the Voice for God has told us. 

Through prayer and meditation, we begin to hear the small, still Voice for God. Our purpose on earth is to then reflect, in words but also in actions, what we have heard.”

Excerpt From

Tears to Triumph

Marianne Williamson

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🌟A Prayer for Today 7/20/2018🌟

Dear God —

I surrender my financial affairs and concerns about money to your Divine care and love.

I ask that you remove my worries, anxieties and fears about money, and replace them with faith.

I know and trust that my debts will be paid and money will flow into my life.

I have only to look to nature to see proof of the abundance you provide.

I release all negative thoughts about money, and know that prosperity is my true state.

I commit to being grateful for all that I now have in my life.

I learn to manage my finances wisely, seeking help where needed.

And finally, I ask you to help me understand my purpose in life and to act on that purpose with courage and strength. 

I know that prosperity will come, in part, by doing work I love. Please help me use my skills and knowledge to be of service in the world.

Thank you, God.

Amen

 

~ Marianne Williamson

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✨Prayer 4/25✨

Dear God,

I give this day to You.
May my mind stay centered on the things of spirit.

May I not be tempted to stray from love.

As I begin this day, I open to receive You.
Please enter where You already abide.

May my mind and heart be pure and true, and may I not deviate from the things of goodness.

May I see the love and innocence in all mankind, behind the masks we all wear and the illusions of this worldly plane.

I surrender to You my doings this day.
I ask only that they serve You and the healing of the world.
May I bring Your love and goodness with me, to give unto others wherever I go.

Make me the person You would have me be.
Direct my footsteps, and show me what You would have me do.

Make the world a safer, more beautiful place.
Bless all Your creatures.

Heal us all, and use me, dear Lord, that I might know the joy of being used by You.

Amen.

~ Marianne Williamson

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✨Reading & Pondering Today 3/28✨

“All of us are special and none of us are special.

Every heart is filled with a blazing potential for greatness. Everyone carries the same eternal spark, the same seed of God within us. Everyone is equal at the deepest level of our souls.

Today may I recognize everyone as a brother or sister on my journey through life, struggling as I struggle and yearning as I yearn. May I extend the compassion I wish to feel from others, to everyone I meet. May my eyes thus be opened to the truth beyond the veil.

Dear God,
May I cast no one
Out of my heart today.

May I see everyone as my brother
In light
And my companion along the way.

May I see in all of us
The truth of You.

Amen.”

Excerpt From
A Year of Miracles
Marianne Williamson

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Reading & Pondering 3/20

“Emotional freedom is the doorway to our dreams and the goal of the warrior within. This warrior woman is the part of us standing for our greatness, our magnificence, and our joy.

She is filled with the courage, confidence, and inner strength to leave the past behind. She knows that there is no way to express herself fully when she is still carrying burdens that need to be released. She won’t settle for a reality that is dragged down by unfinished business.

She embraces the present. Her strength returns even after the worst defeat because she has grown to trust herself. She is intensely honest with herself. Unwilling to have negativity or old fears stop her, she is strong, determined, and single-focused.

Like an alchemist, she creates an elixir out of wisdom and courage to resolve any remnants of emotional toxicity. The warrior woman has found freedom.

Emotional freedom means embracing responsibility and accountability. To allow ourselves to move through our experiences instead of staying stuck in them, we look for how we participated in the circumstances, experiences, and conditions of our lives. As we embrace responsibility, we are given the gift of clear sight and are able to see how much we have grown and evolved from the experiences we have lived through.”

Excerpt From
Courage
Debbie Ford & Wayne W. Dyer

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✨Reading & Pondering Today 3/3✨

“On Letting Go of Who We Aren’t So We Can Be Who We Are

When Michelangelo was asked how he created a piece of sculpture, he answered that the statue already existed within the marble. God Himself had created the Pietà, David, Moses. Michelangelo’s job, as he saw it, was to get rid of the excess marble that surrounded God’s creation.

So it is with you. The perfect you isn’t something you need to create, because God already created it.

The perfect you is the love within you. Your job is to allow God to remove the fearful thinking that surrounds your perfect self, just as excess marble surrounded Michelangelo’s perfect statue.

The great, enlightened beings of the world are those who have done that—who have actualized the spiritual potential that exists inside us all. By following their path, we follow the path that leads to our own enlightenment. Our task is to drop the nonessential clutter that surrounds our shining selves.”

Excerpt From
A Year of Miracles
Marianne Williamson

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🌟Reading & Pondering Today 2/28🌟

“Today I communicate with love and grace.

Whenever I’m seeking to express myself to others, I am responsible for my effect. It is my responsibility, and only mine, to communicate in such a way as invites others into my heart.

I am aware that there are ways to speak, and ways to behave, that cause fear instead of love to rise up in those around me. It is not the job of others to figure out who I really am; rather, it is my job to make it clear for all to see.

If I want others to see the love in me, then I must show it to them.

Dear God,

Help me hone my personality
So that my love is clear to all,
My softness is hidden from no one,
And my goodness is always expressed.
Help me always find a tender way
To communicate my thoughts.

Amen.”

Excerpt From
A Year of Miracles
Marianne Williamson

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