Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter - a time for peace?

Here is a rhetorical question for you.  What cross are you bearing?

Think about that for a moment and ask yourself one more question.  Isn't it time you laid down that cross and chose peace instead?  Books have been written about it, movies have been made about it, and especially at this time of year people focus their attention on the suffering that Jesus endured prior to his resurrection.  I can't help but wonder.  Is that really what he was trying to show us?

Jesus over came the world.  Why have most of us missed that message?  His resurrection is a testament to the fact that there is no death, only transformation.  We get so lost in the struggles of this experience that we forget that none of this is real.  The harder we struggle for the things of this earth the more difficult is the experience.

Everything that Jesus did, he did with ease and grace.  He healed the sick because he knew that sickness is not real.  Wholeness is the reality of all existence.  To believe in anything other than wholeness is the only real sin.

We are creators!  Whether we realize it or not we are always in creation mode.  The problem is that we don't know how powerful we are, and that we are always creating.  We think that everything is happening outside of us when in fact, it's happening because of our thoughts and emotions.

"Be still and know that I am God!" There is no God sitting on high out there somewhere. We are part of all that is, and all that is is God. So, this Easter let us practice peace instead of crucifixion. Haven't we all had our share of pain and suffering. Let us choose to consciously create peace within ourselves.

Let us choose to participate in the healing of our world. Let's make this Easter truly memorable. Let's start a revolution of Peace!

Happy Easter!

"Calla Lilies"
8" X 8"
Oil pastel on paper

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Let go of fear!

To most of us it seems totally impractical that we would not protect ourselves mentally, physically and prayerfully.  The problem with this kind of thinking is that protection is based on the premise that there are two powers, one of good and one of evil.  When we judge circumstances and situations based only on what we see and hear it's easy to believe in the existence of two powers.  Ask yourself, what are your judgements based on?  Are you judging solely by appearance?  Are you judging by the evidence that is before you?

To discover the miracle of Jesus teaching one would need to bear witness to what unfolds naturally from within.  The mystery and the miracle of those teachings can be revealed by turning away from the material world.  There really is only one power, and that power is God.

True security lies in the knowledge that God, or some might call it Substance, is the creator of all things.  Whatever your needs are it is much better to place your focus on the desired outcome, rather than on the need.  Trust that what you are seeking is actually seeking you.

Total health, wholeness, and satisfaction in life is dependent upon whether or not one is being fed by the Spirit.  To be fed by any source other than Spirit is to be incomplete. Incompleteness individually and as a society bears the fruits of disease, and every kind of misery.  By acting as if we are separate and apart from God, we have cut ourselves off from our sustenance.  The time has come to return to the awareness of God (Substance) as the source of all that is.    

According to Joel Goldsmith there is not going to be one single man raised up as a Christ again, it will be a consciousness.  Every single person is contributing to that consciousness by virtue of his or her awareness and experience of the Christ within.  We are the body of Christ!  When Jesus said eat and drink of my body he was referring to our making a conscious decision to walk in the Presence.  He was asking us to live our lives as the rightful heirs to the kingdom of God.  We are all involved in this progressive unfoldment into a higher state of consciousness.  But, we each have to decide how we will participate.  We can be pulled along, or we can go running towards that which will liberate us from this worldly illusion.

So, it is more important now than ever that we dwell in the Spirit.  As we dwell more and more in the Spirit the things of this world will no longer have power to disturb our peace. When we dwell in the Spirit we will have fewer desires, because we will know that the Presence has already provided all that we need.  The more that confidence grows the more we will rely upon it.  To develop a reliance on Spirit try it with small things, and as confidence grows keep trying larger and more important things.  Don't try to jump in with both feet right away.  The experience of Grace takes time to master.

The experience of Grace requires Faith, trust and love.  Is it true that there is a Spirit that animates every part of your body?  Do you know how that works?  No, no one really knows for sure.  Scientist can give us a lot of scientific and technical information but they can't explain how it happens because no one really knows.  What is the mind?  How does the mind work?  It's all a mystery.  Yet, the fact of our existence is something that we all accept.

Our bodies and minds, are the temple of God (Substance).  When we know this and decide to live accordingly, we cannot help but treat ourselves and others with kindness and respect.  No longer can we view our neighbors as enemies to be feared, but as brothers to be loved.  The Spirit of God living in each individual is what Jesus referred to when he said, "in as much as you do it unto the least of these." Let us practice loving ourselves, and extending that love to everyone we meet.

"Life Cycles"
Water Soluble Oils on canvas board
12" X 16"

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

All Paths Lead to God...

There is no journey that I could take where God would not go with me.  This knowing is of great comfort to me.  God is everywhere present whether I am consciously aware of that presence of not.

To see God in everyone and in every situation is a choice, and a challenge.  I can choose to open my eyes and heart mind to see the reality of God,  or I can remain blind and stay stuck in the illusion.  The illusion that there are forces outside of me creating my reality.

I choose to consciously create, knowing that God and I are one.  God will is my will, and we have absolute power and control!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Seeking Beauty

The world is filled with beauty, if you have eyes to see it.  But, if you watch the nightly news or read the newspapers and internet news then you might find this statement hard to believe.  Everywhere there seems to be an abundance of evil, terrible things being done to other people, animals and the planet.  So then what is the answer to this dilemma?  Should we put our heads in the sand and pretend that those things aren't happening?  Or, do we take action, fight, make change happen?

Personally I believe in the old adage that if you live by the sword you will die by the sword.  With that in mind I opt for loving what is, and choosing to see the beauty, peace and love that exists all around me.  I want to believe that the world is not a random place, and that what we think is what we experience.  So, if my thoughts are always turned to what's wrong with the world then that is what I will see.  But, when I look for the beauty I will see more of the beauty.

"Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise -- then you will discover the fullness of your life." - David Steindl-Rast