QUIET – I am quiet.

September 25th -

I am quiet in this moment. I find no need to speak.  I listen intently to the voice for God.  This moment is the One. This one moment in time is the only real moment. This is the holy instant. This is the time when creation happens. God is always here, right now, involved totally with the business of love. I am quiet and still while God is building up and binding together in this moment. Right now, this power and presence of God is available to me. Yesterday’s presence is gone, tomorrows presence is yet to be. In the stillness, I focus on living right now, keeping my attention centered in the divine present. I am still and tranquil as I focus on the power of the moment.  There is no need to be loud and boastful for my strength lies in peace and calm.  Staying in this day, I am free from yesterday’s regrets and tomorrow’s anxiety.

TRUST – I am trusting.

September 24th -

Trusting God’s loving spirit, I seek first to understand, then to be understood.  In the past, I have missed the true meaning in another’s words simply because I was not really listening.  If I do not understand it is very difficult to be understood.  In my relationships at home, work or in the community the success of my service is determined by how well I communicate.  I can be a better communicator when I trust God’s loving spirit to direct me.  When I listen to others, I listen with love.  I rely on Spirit, not appearances, to show me the true meaning of someone’s words or actions. Trusting in God, I need not fear misunderstanding.  I am inspired to do and say the right things at just the right time. I find my safety in God, I take refuge in principle, and I am sheltered in the fellowship of humanity.  These three are those in which I can place my full faith and trust.

RESPONSIVE – I am responsive.

September 23rd -

Able response, able to respond, this is the essence of our interactions in the world. Can we be answerable, but not in charge? Can we access our authority from a loving God, but not try to appropriate it for our own self-centered agenda? Have we given up any thought of control of others? Everything we do has a consequence, and we take responsibility for it.  If we find that we feel guilty for failures, we have missed the point of giving up authority and asking for guidance.  If we find ourselves making excuses, perhaps blaming someone else, we have strayed from humility.  We remain conscientious doing things to the best of our ability and if mistakes are made, we simply admit that there was a mistake.  Simple, lesson learned.  If things go well we can feel good and we can graciously accept whatever compliments may come, but still not take too much credit.  Reliable, trustworthy, dependable, these are characteristics we aspire to.

DIRECT – I am direct.

September 22nd -

We have a message to carry; it is not personal because it involves everyone. It is the simple idea that we are loved. God is not mad at us now and has never been mad at us.  This is the message, we do not own it, it is freely given from Spirit and it is for everyone.  As we carry this message remembering it is not our own, we would do best to remember to be direct.  Let us be honest and straightforward, not having to soften or change it in any other way. We are frank and candid in our approach to our fellows.  As part of our work, we take the time to point out anything contrary to our message that is causing suffering to others.  If people disagree, we do not fight about it.  The truth needs no defense, and it is not necessary to try to change anyone’s mind.  It is also silly to try to get someone else tell another person what we think that other person needs to hear.  We are direct in our words and we speak them directly to those who need to hear them.

BARGAIN – I am free of bargains.

September 21st -

We are not here to bargain with one another for our perceived wants and needs.  We are here to give freely without conditions.  Compromise can be the slavery of expectations, or it can reflect goodwill.  We have made contracts with those around us that we will act in certain way as long as others act in similar ways.  Many times, these agreements have not even been made known to the other person.  We have set the expectations in our mind and then we judge against anyone who does not meet them.  As long as someone goes along with our terms we treat them with some measure of kindness, but should they transgress they are punished.  Today we release everyone from former bargains and let them be.  In that release lies our own freedom as well as the freedom of the world.  Now we can give the way we are designed to give...without thought of reward.  The gift is in the giving.  Now we are free to be who we really are, and we have freed our brothers and sisters to be likewise.

MARTYR – I am released from martyrdom.

September 20th -

Martyrdom is the ultimate ego trip.  For the martyred it is a monument to their sacrifice.  For the witness, it is a cause for revenge.  Both of these are exercises in futility and suffering.  Today we stop accepting the enmity of others.  In the past, we may have simply suffered in silence when injury was offered from our brothers.  This is not helpful...we still feel the hurt and witness the injustice and then take on the role of the sacrificed.  Focus instead on seeing things differently, let the hurt of those who offer injury be healed along with the hurt of the injured, for they are the same.  Recognize only the light in all, see how any darkness brought to the light dissipates.  Forget the injury in truth and in light.  See it fading away before the love of God.  No one guilty, no one sacrificed, none to suffer...this is the path of forgiveness, the path back to our true Home.  Mistakes can be corrected.

CORRECTION – I am correcting.

September 19th -

Again, we have responsibility for our efforts, together we have shared responsibility.  We practice this responsibility by correcting mistakes.  Our mistakes are not indelible stains.  The old paradigm of universal sinfulness is the tool of egos trying to keep other egos in check.  It feigns fellowship, but a fellowship which is mired in error.  "Sinners all, not one of us worthy of the love of God."  This is an attempt to say that our equality lies in our defects.  A spark of false hope is given in the offering of some personal salvation for those of who ask "Jesus" to come into them.  Here again is separation celebrated and made "real".  United in sin but capable of going separately to some strange heaven where few are allowed eternal life. This of course is the ultimate superiority.  We are together now and always.  None can be barred from eternity because then it would not be complete, which is impossible because Heaven is the kingdom of One-ness in which no separation exists.  So, we correct apparent mistakes that we are responsible for and move forward with our service.

COMMUNICATE – I am communicating.

September 18th -

Let us be open and receptive.  We listen to others and then we share openly with them.  A simple prayer we can use in this regard is, “Let me hear what I need to hear so that I might share what needs to be shared”. We have heard it said that it is prudent to listen twice as much we speak.  It is an oversimplification but we all understand the value of listening, of seeking to understand before we attempt to be understood.  Having an opinion is natural, having to hold on to an opinion is an impediment to true understanding.  Open-hearted communication frees us from self-centered distractions.  We know longer have to be caught up in the ego’s desire to be right. We become able to hear the truth clearly that we might share honestly in the most helpful way.   The ear and the eye working together through the heart interconnect us, allowing proper communication.

GREATER – I am part of something greater than my small self.

September 17th -

We have individual work to do and we have teamwork to participate in.  Something larger is at work in our lives and it is important that we work for something larger than our lives.  We remember that true service can only be done with concern for the common welfare and under the guidance of spirit.  This is where the miracles actually occur.  When we give our efforts to the God of our understanding, the results are always better. Miracles happen as a result of us relying on Spirit to show us the way.  The way to the proper extension of love through our service is the way of Spirit. We can relax into the comfort of that which is greater than ego.  We find in this calm peaceful space the power to do that which we could never do on our own. United in spirit with our brothers and sisters we go forth to do the good work that needs doing.

SERVE – I am serving.

September 16th -

Consider the status of the servant.  At first you might think of servants as “the help below stairs” or retainers or domestics.  Status can be the distraction that keeps us from ever becoming good servants.  Our position in our employment can be a source of pride or shame.  We may think that our value is tied up in our standing at work, and on the surface, it may be.  It is sure that our station in the material world is not the same as our rank in spirit. In spirit, of course, we are equal. In the material world we may be judged by our title or by our degree.  Regardless of these things when we focus on service, our approach to our work changes. Being of service is a calling that is over and above what we get paid for.  However, doing what we get paid for is best done with an intention of being of service. The most effective service is done in the spirit of giving our time and talent to the common welfare; paid or not. We remember Jesus saying: “and the greatest among you will be our servants”.