✨Reading & Pondering Today 2/26✨

“I can be whoever I choose to be today.

Who and how I was yesterday has no inherent connection to who and how I choose to be today. My present is not caused by my past, unless I choose that it be so.

For in any given moment, regardless of circumstances, I can choose again. I can choose strength instead of weakness, and love instead of fear. I can choose to bless instead of blame, and to lean into the future rather than dragging with me the past.

The limits of yesterday have no power over the unlimited possibilities of this moment, for in God all things are possible and in God all things are programmed to be perfect.

I make myself available to this moment, allowing the spirit of God to illuminate my heart.

Dear God,

May this present moment be a holy one,
In which nothing but Your light
Shines into my mind
And extends through me.

Amen.”

~ Marianne Williamson

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✨Words that found there way to me today…2/18✨

“To trust in the force that moves the universe is faith.

Faith isn’t blind, it’s visionary. Faith is believing that the universe is on our side, and that the universe knows what it’s doing. Faith is a psychological awareness of an unfolding force for good, constantly at work in all dimensions.

Our attempts to direct this force only interferes with it. Our willingness to relax into it allows it to work on our behalf. Without faith, we’re frantically trying to control what it is not our business to control, and fix what it is not in our power to fix.

What we’re trying to control is much better off without us, and what we’re trying to fix can’t be fixed by us anyway. Without faith, we’re wasting time.”

Excerpt From
A Return to Love
Marianne Williamson

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🍄Reading & Pondering Today 2/13🍄

“The universe is created to support us in every way. God is constantly expressing His infinite care for us. The only problem is, we don’t agree with Him. We don’t love ourselves as He loves us, and so we block our experience of the miracles to which we’re entitled.

The world has taught us we are less than perfect. In fact, we have been taught that it’s arrogant to think we’re deserving of total happiness. This is the point where we’re stuck.

If anything comes into our lives—love, success, happiness—which seems like it would be suited to a “deserving” person, our subconscious mind concludes it can’t possibly be for us. And so we sabotage.

Few people have wronged us like we’ve wronged ourselves. No one has snatched the candy away from us like we’ve thrown it away from ourselves. We have been unable to accept joy because it doesn’t match who we think we are.

In contrast to the ego’s meager appraisal of our worth, stands truth as God created it. There is no light more bright than the light that shines within us. Whether or not we see that light is irrelevant. It’s there because God placed it there.”

Excerpt From
A Return to Love
Marianne Williamson

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✨Reading & Pondering Today 2/11✨

“A courageous warrior looks at each person as a divine being and each experience as a divine experience. She leads with her heart, powerfully determined to bring about the best in everyone and everything.

A courageous warrior speaks out even when everyone is whispering for her to stay silent. She knows that she is powerfully sourced by something much greater than herself and that she can release the judgments of others. Self-approval becomes secondary to divine approval.

A courageous warrior stands armed and ready for anything that life might throw her way—a divorce, the loss of a job, an addiction, a hurricane, an oil spill, a family illness, a deep loss, or a heartbreak—because she is filled and sourced each day by divine love and the knowledge that challenge is part of her journey. She knows that every day she will have a choice of whether to succumb to fear or to overcome fear with love, faith, and courage.

She is brave enough to leave behind those who might hinder her success or diminish her value. She is confident enough to reach out to those who can help her win. A courageous warrior doesn’t succumb to the internal demons that would knock her down. Instead she fights for a higher truth—a higher love.”

Excerpt From
Courage
Debbie Ford & Wayne W. Dyer

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✨Reading & Pondering Today 2/4✨

“I am hugely powerful today, for the power of God is in me.

My power is not something that might reveal itself at a later date. My power in the world is a result of my decision to reveal it. I am powerful in whatever moment I choose to be, for God is in my mind.

The power of God is the power to heal. As I surrender my thoughts to love, God’s power moves through me and I become a healer. I am lifted up as a leader as I make myself a follower of the light of God within.

May the power of God move through me today, and make of me a powerful representative of His love on earth.

May my smaller self be washed away. May His illumination shine through my personality, and reveal itself through me.”

Excerpt From
A Year of Miracles
Marianne Williamson

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✨Reading & Pondering Today 2/3✨

“On the Meaning of Life

When we were born, we were programmed perfectly. We had a natural tendency to focus on love. Our imaginations were creative and flourishing, and we knew how to use them. We were connected to a world much richer than the one we connect to now, a world full of enchantment and a sense of the miraculous.

So what happened? Why is it that we reached a certain age, looked around, and the enchantment was gone?

Because we were taught to focus elsewhere. We were taught to think unnaturally. We were taught a very bad philosophy, a way of looking at the world that contradicts who we are. We were taught that we’re separate from other people, that we have to compete to get ahead, that we’re not quite good enough the way we are. We were taught to see the world the way that others had come to see it. It’s as though, as soon as we got here, we were given a sleeping pill. The thinking of the world, which is not based on love, began pounding in our ears.

Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we have learned here. The spiritual journey is the relinquishment—or unlearning—of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts. Love is the essential existential fact. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning and the purpose of our lives.”

Excerpt From
A Year of Miracles
Marianne Williamson

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🌸Reading & Pondering Today 1/28🌸

“You were born with the right to be happy. You were born with the right to love, to enjoy and to share your love. You are alive, so take your life and enjoy it.

Don’t resist life passing through you, because that is God passing through you. Just your existence proves the existence of God. Your existence proves the existence of life and energy.

We don’t need to know or prove anything. Just to be, to take a risk and enjoy your life, is all that matters. Say no when you want to say no, and yes when you want to say yes. You have the right to be you. You can only be you when you do your best.

When you don’t do your best you are denying yourself the right to be you. That’s a seed that you should really nurture in your mind. You don’t need knowledge or great philosophical concepts. You don’t need the acceptance of others.

You express your own divinity by being alive and by loving yourself and others. It is an expression of God to say, “Hey, I love you.”

The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz

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⌛️Reading & Pondering Today 1-27⌛️

“We are communal beings by nature, and living in communities of any size helps us meet our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, as well as providing us opportunities to lead healthy, joyous, and meaningful lives.

Because communities fill so many of our needs, it’s not surprising that they also provide a way for us to share our vision of a better world and what it takes to get there. I’ve known people who have devoted their entire adult lives to their own self-improvement. They’ve found the ways to heal the hurts of childhood; the abuse from unhealthy relationships; and even the health crises they face in later years that commonly accompany the issues of low self-esteem, poor diet, and loss of personal value. From early in life,they’ve done all of the work for themselves, yet wonder why the rest of the world doesn’t seem to reflect the healthy values they’ve arrived at in their own lives.

This is where the value and the power of community come in. While we can spend a lifetime improving ourselves—and this can be a very good thing—having a community around us gives us a way to carry our work to the next level. In a community, we can share the benefit of our lifetime of work with others who are interested yet have not had the same opportunities that we’ve had to discover the rich truths of personal power and resilience.

While it’s always been healthy in the past to find other people willing to learn together and share their innermost values as they pertain to everyday life, today it’s vital. In this time of extremes, the resilience that we develop as individuals becomes even more effective, powerful, and potent when it can be applied by our families, friends, and neighbors.

When we share our healing insights, we find the answer to the question of what it takes to create a way of life that reflects the values we’ve discovered through our personal journey.

In the foreseeable future, it will be the communities that choose to adapt to the extremes of the new normal that will fare better—meaning, they will be stronger and better able to help others transform their lives in our time of extremes.”

Excerpt From
Resilience from the Heart
Gregg Braden

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