✨Reading & Pondering Today. 10-4✨

“When we find ourselves obsessed with aspects of other people’s shadows, it is only because they have touched one of our own. We are used to thinking that we cannot see ourselves unless we are looking in a mirror—but this is true only on one level.

The fact is we can see ourselves in living color by taking note of what we observe in other people. We are designed to project onto others the qualities we can’t see in ourselves.

It’s not a bad thing. We all do it all the time. Projection is an involuntary defense mechanism of the ego; instead of acknowledging the qualities in us that we dislike, we project them onto someone else.”

Excerpt From
The Shadow Effect
Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson & Debbie Ford

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✨Reading & Pondering Today 9-29✨

“The soul is programmed for greatness of mission. When we are dissociated from that ray of light, we descend into darkness. Much unhappiness in this world is due to the fact that people are failing to perform the greatness of their missions, and they know it.

Each of us has such a mission, for each of us is a child of God. Yet in failing to ask God what that mission is, and in failing to make ourselves available to Him so He might guide us to do it, we fall into the neurotic patterns of a soul that does not recognize itself or remember why it’s here.

In my book A Return to Love, there’s a paragraph that begins, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” That one paragraph, often misattributed to Nelson Mandela, has become very well known. And why? Because it points to the ego’s resistance—as well as the soul’s mission—to fully claiming the greatness of our potential as children of God.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “Tears to Triumph”

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✨Reading & Pondering Today 9-28✨

“Right Intention

The power of intention has become widely recognized, but it’s a power that can be used for the purposes of both spirit and ego. Used by spirit, intention is a tool in co-creating a more loving world. Used by ego, it is a tool for simply trying to get whatever it is we think we want.

Using the power of the mind to make something happen out of sheer self-will, is not necessarily spiritual. That which does not serve love does not serve the spiritual unfolding of the universe, for the spiritual unfolding of the universe is love and love only.

The intentions of the ego mind are that we get this or that, or make this or that happen. Right Intention is a higher vibration entirely. It is the intention that only love prevail for all living things.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “Tears to Triumph”

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✨Reading & Pondering Today 9-26✨

“I take full responsibility for the state of my life.

I take full responsibility for the state of my life. As I change my mind from fear to love, all situations miraculously heal. I am not a victim of the world I see.
I do not abdicate the power of my mind. I empower myself by surrendering to God. I surrender all of my thoughts to Him, and pray that I be lifted to the holy mind-set whereby I myself am a creator of good.
The price I pay for not taking full responsibility for my life is an inability to change it. God Himself resides in my mind, empowering me to change any circumstance by remembering to love. Today I will use the power I am given, to heal my life by loving the people who are in it.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “A Year of Miracles.”

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Reading & Pondering Today 9-19

“On Knowing That What We Want Already Exists

The Bible’s adage “Blessed are those who have faith and cannot see” means “Empowered are those who remember there is a truer truth, even when circumstances tempt them to believe otherwise.”

When a pilot cannot see the horizon because of low visibility he or she doesn’t assume that the horizon has disappeared. At a time of low visibility, the pilot flies on instruments that can gauge the situation more clearly than he or she can. Faith is like flying on instruments: it’s acting on the assumption that just because you can’t see a possibility at the moment doesn’t mean that it’s not there.

It’s easy enough to have faith in God’s infinite abundance when we have millions of dollars sitting in the bank; it’s easy enough to have faith in love when we’re receiving a lot of it; and it’s easy enough to have faith in the power of peace when there is no war.

But when it’s hard to have faith is when we need it the most. By faith, we bring forth what we want, by knowing that it already exists in a realm we cannot yet see.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “A Year of Miracles.”

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📚Reading & Pondering 9-14

“People are depressed today because the world is devolving. We are not wrong to feel this way. Rather, we should be listening to the voice in all of us that’s saying: “Something is wrong here. Something is wrong.” Then we are awakened to the urgent call of history: that we must make it right.

Every problem emerges originally from a mindset, and every solution emerges from a mindset as well. The problem is not just that we have so many problems; the problem is that too many people feel numb to them, or powerless to fix them, or hopeless, or disillusioned.

Disillusionment, however, can be a good thing when it motivates us to mature. Becoming stripped of the illusion that “someone else” will fix our problems, we become aware that we ourselves must do it. Once we’re out there trying to make a difference, we start to feel that something different is possible.

The correct question is not, “Why do starvation, or genocide, or deep poverty exist?” The question is, “Why do we allow such things to exist?” The people who repudiate and stop such things share a common characteristic: they refuse to shut up. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

When I was young, there were specific issues we could rail against—the Vietnam War, lack of civil rights, gender inequality—and we did. The problem today is that there is more than just one war over here or one oppressive institution over there; those, we could fix.

Our problem now is vaguely all-encompassing, less limited to a particular effect and more an underlying blanket of cause. That overriding cause is the effective yet soulless mindset that’s the child of the new corporatized order, threatening to marginalize anyone who doesn’t play along with an increasingly destructive way of looking at the world.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “Tears to Triumph”

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📚Reading & Pondering 9-13📚

“The future is programmed in the present. If we enter the present carrying thoughts of the past, we program the future to be just like the past. But when we enter the present without the past, we free the future to be unlike it.

Miracles occur in the present, interrupting the linear sequence of time. Forgiveness is what happens when we choose to see someone not as they were before this moment, but as who they are right now. Entering into the Holy Instant, free of our focus on what happened in the past, we free a relationship to begin again. I give you a break, increasing the probability that you’ll give me one too.

God sees only our innocence because that is how He created us, and therefore only that is true. In training our minds to see people as He does, we allow miracles to heal our relationships and free us from our suffering over them.

Only when we release someone from our condemnation of what they did do we free ourselves of the effects of what they did. By giving the gift of forgiveness, we receive the gift of forgiveness. It is not an act of “sacrifice, but an act of self-interest.

Entering the Holy Instant, consciously focusing on the spiritual innocence that is the truth of someone’s being now, in this moment, I re-mind that person of their innocence and thus re-mind myself of mine. In that one miraculous instant, the veil of illusion is removed and an entire universe of otherwise unmanifest possibilities flows forth.

The ego, of course, sees all of this as nonsense. Given that separation is its goal, it deems all efforts to forgive as offensive. It specializes in comments like, “But you should be angry!”; “You’ll just be a doormat if you forgive this”; and “I’m really worried about you; you seem to have no boundaries.”

But the ego is a liar. That which restores us to our right minds does not guide us incorrectly. The fact that I forgive you doesn’t mean that I’ve lost my mind. It doesn’t mean that I can’t say no. It doesn’t mean that I can’t set healthy boundaries or leave unhealthy situations. If anything, it means that I can do so more quickly and effectively.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “Tears to Triumph.”

 

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✨Reading & Pondering Today 8-29✨

“Forgiveness is the final key that completely unravels the blame/guilt knot. Forgiveness is often misunderstood as condoning the bad things that were done to you. Or that you have done. That’s not forgiveness.

Forgiveness means no longer letting your past be your reason for not thriving in the present. Dr. Mario Martinez calls forgiveness “freedom from self-entrapment.”

When I was going through my divorce, my first thought was that I had ruined my daughters’ lives. But in time, I realized that by following the dictates of my Soul, I actually modeled something quite different for my children. I showed them that my life and my happiness (and therefore theirs too) actually mattered. And that staying overly long in a substandard situation was just a bad idea.

When we know better we do better. Beating ourselves up for what we didn’t know in the past just keeps us stuck in blame and guilt. And that can fester for years.

Every single one of us has something in our past that requires forgiveness. And the very hardest person to forgive is ourselves. So let yourself off the hook, and begin by loving the part of yourself that feels unworthy and unforgivable.

Similar to releasing shame, forgiving yourself starts with acknowledging that which needs to be forgiven, and then asking for forgiveness. From yourself. From the Divine. From the universe.

Do a Change Me Prayer:

“Divine Beloved, please lift the burden of blame from my heart and from my life. Please remove my guilt and shame. And please change me into someone who feels worthy and whole. Change me into someone who feels totally and completely forgiven and free.”

In addition to asking the Divine for help, I also suggest that you simply help yourself. Say out loud: “

“I now release myself from the burden of guilt and shame.”

Excerpt From: Christiane Northrup, M.D. “Making Life Easy.”

 

 

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