🦋Reading & Pondering Today 8-17🦋

“By welcoming seekers of all faiths, ashrams and monasteries are sharing, both symbolically and physically, the mystical space, practices, prayers, and power of the contemplative life.

They are helping to create mystics who can go out into the world. The contemporary mystic more often than not does not reside in a monastery. This new mystic’s community is that of humanity itself, not a walled city or cloister. Like the first Buddhists, Taoists, and Christians, the contemporary mystic is called to represent an invisible power in the world through a personal spiritual practice, through the power of prayer, through living consciously and practicing compassion, and through becoming a channel for grace.

Like the mystics who changed the world even though they remained behind monastic doors, a mystic without a monastery serves visibly in his or her personal life, among friends, family, co-workers, strangers, and adversaries, and invisibly, through prayer and channeling grace into the greater world.

As a contemporary mystic, you are measured by the quality of attitude you bring to all your tasks, by your capacity to be a model of generosity, and by challenging the fear that there is not enough to go around in this world —whether that is money, love, food, fame, power, attention, success, or social position.

Mystical service means modeling calm in chaos, kindness amid anger, forgiveness at all times, personal integrity—to live, in other words, mindful that every second offers a choice either to channel grace or to withhold it.

No one, by the way, is expected to master these ideals. Your goal in your practice is not perfection. Your goal is to live consciously and in accordance with the highest degree of truth that your soul can maintain. You practice living with truth so that it becomes part of your soul.

For example, consider the commandment “Thou shalt not steal”; for some people, honoring that truth unconditionally is second nature. They are well past the point where they can be tempted to steal. But another spiritual directive, “Forgive those who trespass against you,” or “Forgive your brother seven times seventy”—as often as you have to, for forgiveness is a higher path than vengeance, and a conscious soul must forgive—may not yet be one that these same impeccably honest people can honor all the time. They are not yet able to be unconditionally forgiving. But life is a journey of practicing consciousness, not perfecting it.”

Excerpt From: Myss, Caroline. “Entering the Castle.”

 

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🦋Reading & Pondering Today 8-16🦋

“Service requires that you give of yourself in a way that stretches you beyond your comfort zone and improves the lives of one or even many others. As I emphasized in the beginning of this book, mystics changed the world and many never left their monasteries, or left only for very brief intervals.

The power of their souls and their faith did most of their work in the world for them. Service at the mystical level is about devotion, dedication, and maintaining faith in the governing laws of the universe, pouring grace and praying into the world.

As the author of The Cloud of Unknowing wrote, “Your fellow men are marvelously enriched by the work of yours, even if you may not fully understand how.”
Being of service in the world is an expression of your soul’s purpose—your purpose.

Service to one is service to life. People who cannot become fully devoted to the mystic path must still put their awakened souls to work, and can choose lives of service in the world.

You have already begun an active service in your life if you are on a spiritual path. You are already attuned to the needs of people around you and to the environment. Your sensibilities have already expanded.

But your soul will never let you rest—never. It will never be content with becoming comfortable. Your soul will always lead you into situations where you would rather not be because that is the means through which your soul expands its skills in the physical world.

Your rational mind will fight those soul instructions; you probably are already fighting instructions to venture into new territory.”

Excerpt From: Myss, Caroline. “Entering the Castle.”

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✨Reading & Pondering Today 8-15✨

fear, doubt, “Being impeccable with your word is the correct use of your energy; it means to use your energy in the direction of truth and love for yourself.

If you make an agreement with yourself to be impeccable with your word, just with that intention, the truth will manifest through you and clean all the emotional poison that exists within you.

But making this agreement is difficult because we have learned to do precisely the opposite. We have learned to lie as a habit of our communication with others and more importantly with ourselves. We are not impeccable with the word.

The power of the word is completely misused in hell. We use the word to curse, to blame, to find guilt, to destroy. Of course, we also use it in the right way, but not too often. Mostly we use the word to spread our personal poison — to express anger, jealousy, envy, and hate.

The word is pure magic — the most powerful gift we have as humans — and we use it against ourselves. We plan revenge. We create chaos with the word. We use the word to create hate between different races, between different people, between families, between nations.

We misuse the word so often, and this misuse is how we create and perpetuate the dream of hell. Misuse of the word is how we pull each other down and keep each other in a state of fear and doubt. Because the word is the magic that humans possess and misuse of the word is black magic, we are using black magic all the time without knowing that our word is magic at all.

There was a woman, for example, who was intelligent and had a very good heart. She had a daughter whom she adored and loved very much. One night she came home from a very bad day at work, tired, full of emotional tension, and with a terrible headache.

She wanted peace and quiet, but her daughter was singing and jumping happily. The daughter was unaware of how her mother was feeling; she was in her own world, in her own dream. She felt so wonderful, and she was jumping and singing louder and louder, expressing her joy and her love.

She was singing so loud that it made her mother’s headache even worse, and at a certain moment, the mother lost control. Angrily she looked at her beautiful little girl and said, “Shut up! You have an ugly voice. Can you just shut up!”

The truth is that the mother’s tolerance for any noise was nonexistent; it was not that the little girl’s voice was ugly. But the daughter believed what her mother said, and in that moment she made an agreement with herself. After that she no longer sang, because she believed her voice was ugly and would bother anyone who heard it.

She became shy at school, and if she was asked to sing, she refused. Even speaking to others became difficult for her. Everything changed in the little girl because of this new agreement: She believed she must repress her emotions in order to be accepted and loved.

Whenever we hear an opinion and believe it, we make an agreement, and it becomes part of our belief system. This little girl grew up, and even though she had a beautiful voice, she never sang again. She developed a whole complex from one spell. This spell was cast upon her by the one who loved her the most: her own mother.”

Excerpt From: Don Miguel Ruiz. “The Four Agreements”

 

 

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Reading & Pondering Today 8-7

“May my mind become an open door through which miracles can enter.

No miracle is too big or too complicated for God. It isn’t limits to His power but only limits to my love that keep miracles from healing every problem in my life.

A loving thought opens a door, thus attracting a miracle. An unloving thought closes a door, thus deflecting one. May my mind be an open door through which miracles can flow freely into my life.

Life is simpler than I make it, for all things fall into only two categories: love or fear. Where I love, may I choose to love even more. Where I fear, may I choose the love and forgiveness that cast it out. I will thus experience my power to work miracles, through God’s love that is in my mind.”

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

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Reading & Pondering Today 8-6

“On Where to Put Our Talents

The way to abundance is to surrender our abilities and talents, asking that they be used by God to help heal the world.

Too many people feel that they have talent but simply don’t know where to put it. We’re not raised in a society that asks, “What are your gifts, and how can they make the world a more beautiful place?”

We’re usually asked something more like this: “What will you do to make a living?” This knocks us out of our natural rhythm, because the soul simply doesn’t think that way.

There is no more natural proclivity than to serve love. Something very powerful happens when we pray, “Dear God, please use me.” Making ourselves available to the universe for its loving purposes, we are taken up on our offer immediately.”

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

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Reading & Pondering Today 8-4

“Love is not my weakness, but my strength.

Sometimes I feel that if I’m loving, vulnerable, and energetically unguarded, others will take advantage of me. In fact, it’s my love and defenselessness that provide me with divine protection.

My love attracts my greater good.

Love gives me strength. It guides me to clearer thinking, more meaningful reflections, a kinder way of being, and a more attractive personality.

It opens me to a creative flow. It is the key to my success in life, and the source of my inspiration.

Love is the power of God flowing through me. It is my privilege in life to channel His power for the good of the entire world.

With every thought I think, I have the opportunity to extend the force that blesses all things. I am grateful and humbled before His power within me.”

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

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✨Reading & Pondering Today 7-28✨

“It is our dark side, the repressed and disowned aspects of our personality, that cuts us off our true self.

The fact is that whatever we have hidden away in shame or denied out of fear holds the key to unlock a self that we feel proud of, a self that inspires us, a self that is propelled into action by great vision and purpose rather than one that is created out of our limitations and the unhealed wounds of our past.

This is why we must explore our shadow. This is why we must unveil and reclaim our whole self, our true nature. This is why we must look within to examine the underpinnings of our life. Hidden here is the blueprint, a template, a vision of our authentic self”

Excerpt From: Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson & Debbie Ford. “The Shadow Effect”

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Reading & Pondering Today 7-25

“This is the promise of the Code of Divine Guidance: “God can do for you what you cannot do for yourself.” Can you imagine what your life would be like if you believed this with 100 percent certainty—believed that you were fully supported and loved more than you ever thought possible?

Can you imagine what your life would be like if you believed that you were protected and cared for in all the ways you ever dreamed about?

The Code of Divine Guidance calls on us to know and trust that there is something greater than ourselves as individuals. To live this code fully, we must accept that we are both divine and human.

Our human, ego-driven nature drives us to try to control things and act as if we were in charge of the universe. Even though all we want is to feel loved and to belong, often we are left isolated and separate from others.

These patterns and the beliefs we have adopted cut us off from the safety, freedom, and possibility that come from knowing there is something greater than ourselves at work in our lives.

“The Code of Divine Guidance asserts that there is a power, a creative spiritual force, that is beyond our human imagination. I call it “divine” because it can literally change the entire trajectory of our lives and rearrange our thoughts, our feelings, our actions, our choices, and our future.

When we trust that our best interest and the evolution of our souls are the Divine’s highest priorities, we will feel the spark inside of us, the spark that is always there—driving us, urging us, and nudging us to evolve.

There is nothing to fear, because every single thing that is happening is happening to deliver us a lesson, an insight, or a key ingredient to bring us closer to our highest self and support us in the evolution of our souls . . . whether we can see it or not, whether we believe it or not. The experiences that have challenged us are merely opportunities to know ourselves, to learn, to grow, and to step into the highest, wisest parts of ourselves.”

Excerpt From: Debbie Ford & Wayne W. Dyer. “Courage.”

 

 

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