PRUDENT – I am practical.

September 15th -

Previously we determined to contribute according to our various abilities. We do this at home, at work, at school, and in the community.  When we don’t have the required personal expertise, we get help, we hire the help. The decision then becomes one of prudence.  We remain judicious in our expenditures, but also, we should be fair in the compensation we give for services we hire.  Prudent does not mean cheapskate.  Cost and benefits need to be compared.  Timing is also an important consideration, what would be sensible to do next week may not be feasible today. Far-sightedness, considering how our decisions and investments of this day will serve us in the future is also important.  Good judgment is fostered by considering the needs and the opinions of all of those involved.

OFFER – I have something to offer?

September 14th -

We each have something to offer.  We may have been trained in one discipline or another and the skills garnered there are indeed gifts we can give.  Probably we have some innate, natural attributes which should be also be cultivated.  Sometimes, seeking approval, we may be tempted to say yes to endeavors that will not end well.  Obviously, we should not volunteer to do something that we are not qualified for without first getting some help or instruction to improve our competence. We don’t need any degrees, certificates or specialized training to give love.  Yes, and love is the greatest gift and still grows through practice. Meaning the more we consciously give it the more it will we will have.  We are all, as A Course in Miracles reminds us, ministers of God. We may have thought it meant to have a title in the hierarchy of a religious organization, and it does, but that is not the most important meaning. To minister means to tend, to nurse, to comfort, to aid.  We offer what we have in an effort to care for those around us.

ANONYMOUS – I am the same as.

September 13th -

 Today we remember that our help to others is the help of equals giving to equals.  When we are guided to be helpful it is not from a lofty position to anthers lowly position.  We recognize that the service we give is a balancing.  Temporarily we have more of one thing or another which we are giving to a brother or sister who temporarily has less.  This is not some "grand" act designed to make ourselves feel better because we were able to save some poor wretch from their fate.  Seen that way we live as arrogant lords in castles of separation...these are the dwellings of ego and they need to be taken down brick by ignorant brick.  To see our siblings as "less than" and ourselves as "more than" is just another exercise in self-centeredness.  From here there is only more comparison and judgement.  Surely, we will see ourselves as "less than" and some other as "more than" and then reversed in some way because we cannot stand for it.  Let us start now, today to free ourselves from these crazy images by freeing those around us.  We are all equal, faceless, nameless, the same as.

WHOLE – I am seeking wholeness.

September 12th -

Perceiving a world in pain, we have sometimes been misled in our attempts to help.  Our miss-guided charities serve to maintain separation in our minds.  Any thought of giving to someone who seems to be or have less than us is highly suspect.  Our "help" in these situations are veiled attempts to make ourselves feel superior.  These activities exacerbate the loneliness of our lives.  The appearance of lack or need should be confronted directly by recognizing that it is just an illusion, a temporary condition that can be healed.  The healing comes from forgiveness.  True forgiveness sees the whole world whole.  So, our practice today can be observing wholeness wherever we have perceived fragmentation.  To see the light of Unity embracing any and all hurts in a loving, healing balm.  To see all outer problems healed by placing them on the altar of God which lies within.  This is our joyous work for this day.

EMPLOY – I am employing the help I need.

September 11th -

As we have previously discussed, there are things for us to do ourselves, things not to do at all, and things we need help with.  What if we utilized all of our available help?  First and foremost, we should realize that we never really do anything alone 'The Father and I are one.'  —John 10:30.

These words attributed to Jesus give us the basic idea that we are never alone in any way.  We rely on spirit to guide us in all of our efforts.  That guidance lets us know when we should act on our own or get help.  We might pay for the help, in which we case we expect a certain result.  Perhaps we utilize friends who have certain talents to help, in which case we accept the facts that the results may be mixed.  Someone might volunteer, and again we may or may not get the desired outcome.  If we remember the first principle that we are never alone, we will find many ways to get the job done and we will also treat those we engage with the love and respect that we all deserve.

VALUE – I am valuable?

September 10th -

How often have we seen ourselves as less than some and greater than others?  Today let us realize that all are of equal value, and that value is inestimable.  We can show our appreciation by respecting those around us.  We treat everyone as equal because they are.  See the reality that everyone is a part of the Greater Whole.  Everyone is a child of God.  We are reminded that although we may be temporarily special and unique that so is everyone else.  So today when we notice that someone being particularly “good” or “bad”, we can say “yes, just like me”.  We see all of the people that we come into contact with as brothers and sisters in God.  We are all irreplaceable parts of the cosmos.  Each of us has a place and a part in the unfolding of the universe.  As we endeavor to show each one that we know their precious value; we will see that we are in turn, esteemed by them.

FREE – I am free.

September 9th -

As we pray to forgive we should know that we are innocent.  We are all innocent…all of us…all of our brothers and sisters and us.  All innocent and untouched by error of any kind.  When we notice error in others we should immediately recognize that this is but a projection of our own guilt onto those we see around us.  Why would we want to see these negative aspects projected on others?  We know!  We want to see them in others so that we don't see them in ourselves.  We believe these sins are our own, but we don't want to face up to them, so we shove them onto others.  But what is it that we are trying to escape?  Well it is true that in Spirit there is no sin at all, so all of this mental juxtaposition is to no avail.  We are trying to get rid of something that is not even there.  Still, in this world we can have much happiness by forgiving those mistakes we think we see in others thereby freeing ourselves.  Support innocence in our brother, in our sister and we will give it to ourselves.

INNOCENCE – I am innocent.

September 8th -

As we pray to forgive we should know that we are innocent.  We are all innocent… all of us… all of our brothers and sisters and us.  All innocent and untouched by error of any kind.  When we notice error in others we should immediately recognize that this is but a projection of our own guilt onto those we see around us.  Why would we want to see these negative aspects projected on others?  We know!  We want to see them in others so that we don't see them in ourselves.  We believe these sins are our own, but we don't want to face up to them, so we shove them onto others.  But what is it that we are trying to escape?  Well it is true that in Spirit there is no sin at all, so all of this mental juxtaposition is to no avail.  We are trying to get rid of something that is not even there.  Still, in this world we can have much happiness by forgiving those mistakes we think we see in others thereby freeing ourselves.  Support innocence in our brother, in our sister and we will give it to ourselves.

OVERLOOK – I am overlooking all disturbances.

September 7th -

Sooner or later we will all tire in our judgements, today let us grant everyone a reprieve.  Whereas we have focused on noticing conflicts, mistakes, and infractions we can now put all these perceptions aside.  Having magnified conflict and error we have increased our own guilt.  Choosing to see evil we have sentenced ourselves to shame.  We look to punish, and we anticipate punishment.   Guilt and punishment can truly become things of the past.  Look past error, let it remain unreal.  Let us see the love and peace which are present in every moment.  Be enlightened, visualize the Buddha nature (Christ presence) in everyone who we meet.  Our pure sight is our contribution and well within our power to select.  Overlooking sin means returning to Love, it means forgetting hate.  Changing our sight, we see creation as it was meant to be.  Pure spirit extends everywhere, to everyone when that is what we are determined to experience.  We overlook disturbance and we are at peace.

REMEDY – I am the remedy.

September 6th -

Today any suffering that I observe, I will forgive.  This will be my contribution, I will forgive and forget.  I will allow a healing balm of forgetfulness cover any remembered hurt from the past.  Forgiveness is not "letting someone off the hook", it is not saying that the harm done was "not that big a deal", it is not putting up with "bad" behavior.  We do not have "get over it" or let someone "get over" on us.  All of these terms are a smoke screen for judgement, and judgement means suffering and separation.  I will remedy all suffering and separation simply by seeing that suffering and separation are not real.  They are not real in spirit and so they exist only in shadows of my mind.  I see the truth, that only Spirit exists and that in Spirit we are all one and that in oneness there is no suffering.  I will hold this vision of Light in my mind and I will bring any shadow that comes to me into that light where it will dissipate.