CONFIDENCE – I am confident in the strength of God within me.

July 23rd -

This great strength expresses itself in many positive outcomes through our own efforts. Divine strength does not act on its own. That strength is waiting for us to accept and access it; we will do well to remember that it is always there. The universe itself has provided us with as much strength as we need to the things that need to be done by us. Quiet confidence is your Strength. Be confident in the presence of God in you. Know that Spirit is continually renewing your ability to deal with whatever may occur. You can relax and let go of any worry. The power of creation is at work in you. That power is calling more and more of my good into manifestation. This thought instills confidence as you move forward in your day.

STRONG – I am strong.

July 22nd-

There is a strength in us that manifests through us; this is the strength of Unity. Strength in us, a great, good fortune that comes from surrender to the common welfare. It is important to realize that any independent strength we seem to have can only exist through our inherent inter-dependence. Creation has an interest in us, and so It invests an overflowing abundance of strength in us.  This strength is the ability to do what is called for in your life. Strength is not loud or boastful but rather it is quiet confidence. Let us take refuge in this strength. Know that Spirit is continually renewing our ability to deal with whatever may occur. We can relax and let go of any worry. The power of creation is at work in us. 

EXPECTATIONS – I am expectant.

July 21st -

Trials and troubles come every day, we accept them and then move on. We may worry about the challenges and outcomes involved in this endeavor. Perhaps we have been projecting on how future encounters will play out but this is not helpful. We may be anxious or concerned about the outcome of a particular amend. These thoughts are really negative prayers and they interfere with the process. More importantly when we worry about outcomes we have gotten ahead of ourselves. Let us focus on the task at hand and let the future take care of itself. When worry or anxiety come let us recognize that this is just the mind wandering, remind ourselves that its no big deal, let them go without judgment and then move on.

ACTION – I am responsible to act.

July 20th -

Today we take responsibility for the things we have done or said things that were harmful.  There is no escaping from these burdens, we must acknowledge them and prepare to heal them to the best of our ability.  We know that they are in the past, but they keep coming into present awareness.  Past hurts, regrets and resentments will continue to haunt us until we take steps to heal them. So, our action throughout the coming days is to sit and write the list of those we have harmed.  We include ourselves on the list but we are not that focused on self.  We tend to be so self-centered that we agreed when we heard it said that we are not doing this for others but for ourselves.  While it is true that we will benefit, maybe even benefit the most, we must make this step and the following one a gift to those who we have harmed in order for us to receive the true benefit.

TIME – I am on time.

July 19th -

Now is the time... we are not responsible for the past but we are responsible for our choices today. Being responsible for our choices means taking responsibility for the part we play and the part we have played in any harm that has come to others.  This is a spiritual pursuit that will result in the alleviation of suffering. We can visualize ourselves taking responsibility; not just for our actions, but also for our feelings, our thoughts, our beliefs and our lives. Now is the time, as we have already seen, the present moment is the only time we really have so let us act now.  Wherever we are in this process let us pick it up and continue right now.

JOURNEY – I am on a journey.

July 18th -

Consider our journey, perhaps coming from a place of desperation, we have surrendered and continue to surrender our powerlessness, we allow hope to grow into the faith that restores us, we align our will with Goodwill, we examine ourselves and all others in the light of Wisdom, we come an understanding that God stands under all, we are ready to release the negative and put things in proper order, we asked that our defects removed, now we think about those on our list and ask for willingness. Feel the willingness come as we visualize what the result might be if we accepted the Strength being offered. How we would feel after we take responsibility for our actions, how we would feel if the harm were healed, how would we feel if we forgave and perhaps we were forgiven?

RESPONSIBLE – I am responsible for my actions.

July 17th -

Some of our actions have caused problems, some have been helpful. The memories of our harmful past actions keep us from being peaceful today. We could see these things in the light of wisdom and realize that we are strong enough to take responsibility for these mistakes of the past. We can see them for what they were: errors. These errors are mistakes which can be corrected and the first thing we do to correct them is admit our part in the problem. we do not have to blame someone else to make ourselves feel better. We simply own up to our behavior and let others take care of their own. We are responsible for our actions…our actions in the past and our actions today. Rather than feel trapped, always doomed to repeat the same mistakes, we know that we can change the patterns of the past. Today, we can and  will make new choices.

FORGIVE – I am forgiving.

July 16th -

Anger is the ultimate face of fear. It is the mask we wear when we want to justify violence. ACIM says that “anger is never justified.” It does not say we will never be angry. It is just trying to point out that whatever justification we come up with for anger, it is not valid. The fear that fuels anger is the same fear that tells us that we are separate from one another and therefore we are in danger. Forgiveness heals. Forgiveness brings us into a clear view of the present by healing the past. The past, of course, is our mistaken view of what seems to have happened. We think we are at risk, the evolutionary imperatives of the body continue to give us outdated signals. Putting the body in its place, we forgive; thereby releasing ourselves and others of any need for violence or the anger it springs from it.

ACTION – I am taking right action.

July 15th -

Inertia is the tendency of a body at rest to remain at rest; and for a body in motion to remain in motion. It is a physical law that things will remain in their individual state unless acted upon by another force. Inertia has been related to sloth or laziness, less often it has been referred to as mindless activity; both apply. Just as in the scientific laws, inertia applies to our human behavior. We tend to move aimlessly thinking we are very busy and then crash onto the couch looking at whatever screen is available. Right action is the antidote to inertia; doing the right thing for the right reason at exactly the right time makes us proper servants. Imagine operating out of correct motivation, moving out of a desire for the common welfare. See yourself doing the helpful thing, acting out of love, and having an inners sense of when to do it. All of this arises out of quiet listening to our inner guide and then only moving on those things that are a benefit to us all.

HUMILITY – I am humble.

July 14th -

It doesn’t mean lower than low; it means lower than God.  Even in this regard it is just a reflection of the reality that we are the created not the Creator.  We are children of God and as such inherit not only the Kingdom but Creativity itself; but still the order is most important for our own sanity. So, in full humility we acknowledge the order of creation. We become able to simply be ourselves without having to act like something else. Spiritually, which is to say in the ultimate reality, we are pure and loving offspring of the most High. We could not be better than this. Our place in the material world also needs to be honestly evaluated. We have gifts and abilities that are uniquely ours, we should acknowledge them and practice to make them better. We have shortfalls that we can also own, because with recognition, acceptance and investigation we will be able to overcome.