Letting God’s Creation Shine

(Note: You may wonder what I’m talking about if you haven’t been following along for the last 6 months as we’ve been exploring the enemy in our head. I sincerely invite you to do so.)

Most of God’s creations shine – reflecting the glory of God just by being what they were created to be. They are naturally luminous. However, God’s greatest creation, Man, unconsciously covers him or her self with layers of dark lies that smother the Divine Light.

But what if we didn’t? What if we looked at our unconscious automatic ways of acting and thinking, and chose to stop doing them? Then, we could climb out of our frenzied fear-filled actions and be free of the collateral damage that is the fruit of them…

God equipped us from birth with everything we need to live a successful life. We started out whole and our path was placed in front of us:

For you formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book, they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. Ps. 139:13, 14 & 16. NKJV

We may have done some flawed thinking and committed some unsound actions, but who we are has always been perfect, good enough and lovable. What we need to do is to stop doing the things that keep us from living our life in a perfect fashion. Those ‘things’ are the ways that take us out of the present moment – that we do in an effort to control life and eliminate change (impossible) in a relentless quest to find security.

We’ve learned that life cannot be controlled and that change is the only thing it guarantees. So, it makes absolutely no sense to keep waging this un-winnable war that saps our very essence. Worse, our efforts leave us a sense of helpless and unworthiness, that we try to hide by covering ourselves with some false personality – a mask that we hope others will find acceptable.

Yet God created us to be far more than ‘acceptable’ just the way we are:

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?…For God’s temple is holy and you are that temple. 1 Cor. 3:16, 17. ESV

As a true extension of God, we can’t be anything but perfect. When we accept Christ into our hearts, we the temple, become holy, which means ‘set apart, dedicated to sacred purposes, morally pure’ and ‘sinless.’ There is nothing that needs improvement and no reason to vie for acceptance and approval from others. We already have those things from the Source.

Unfortunately, there are many who become terrified at the thought of doing the only thing that will solve their dilemma – that is, to sit still with life and embrace all the possibilities of the present moment. Why do they do that? It’s because they formed an opinion (most likely in childhood) where they tell themselves that they don’t have what it takes to survive life.

Yet living an extraordinary life is not about what you have, it’s about letting go – letting go of your false self, your self-condemnation, and the past that no longer exists, i.e. all your patterns of living life (with anger, fear, prejudice, lust and shame, etc.) that cause you to run for your mask.

What imprisons you is not life, it’s the war that you have going on in your head.

When you don’t have to be in control, you will possess infinite freedom. Freedom comes when you stop and pay attention; and that’s where your tools come in handy: Sit still in meditation and watch the criticisms of the voice in your head cascade. See them for what they are (pathetic attempts at survival through domination and condemnation). Feel the wild emotions you conjure up in response – the pounding heart, the shortness of breath, the agony of fear, anger and shame. Watch how your responses build in sequence and see what triggers each one.

Face these uncomfortable feelings and inquire: ‘Are these thoughts true?’ NOT! The truth is that we are up against our own unworkable decisions, based upon false meanings. We can dismantle those root patterns of our misery and find out why we committed them by asking more questions: ‘What pain have I been suppressing? What fears am I running from? Why have I believed what I believe?’

Be patient and watch with suspended belief. Look for any real validity. Notice but refuse to engage with lies that try to justify themselves or try to validate any self-justification. Only love-related thoughts are based in truth. Entertain and live by those.

You may be frightened when you begin this wake-up process because heretofore you have believed that your mask (self-image) is real; but it isn’t, and most people see through it anyway.

Put your faith in the magnificence of who you really are – a unique image of God. What have you got to lose? When you expose the lies that made you think you had to be a chameleon, you’ll burn that mask.

What we are burning off is the dross of the world that contaminated us; and we are turning our eyes upon God and offering our willingness to be reclaimed. It’s an offer God promises to fill:

And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit. 2 Cor. 3:18 AMP

…He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting it to full completion in you. Phil. 1:6 AMP

When we let go of our self-condemnation, we become the recipients of God’s mercy. We are a creation of His love. There is nothing we could have done or have had done to us that would ever make us unlovable in His eyes. And when we love and accept ourselves, the darkness within us dies.

As a child, there was no way we could have processed, let alone coped with, the wiles of the enemy through his generational assault. All we deserve is compassion and love…

Commit to uncover all the ways you unconsciously do life instead of live it: procrastinating, lying, denying, and wearing guilt and shame. Then, stop doing!

However, be on the alert for that voice in your head. It won’t go down without a fight; but you can find victory if you refuse to engage with it, because it feeds off of your life.

Very soon after you created it, it told you that you needed it to take care of you. Ask yourself, ‘Has that ever been true?’ and ‘How has that worked out for me?’

The voice will chastise you for your decision to become conscious. It will assure you that you’ll fail. It wants you miserable. Feel that experience, seeing how you’ve been a partner in your own demise. Turn your back on that impotent ghost and re-commit to living from your spirit.

You deserve a love-filled life. It’s your birthright. You don’t need to earn it. Just open yourself up, tap into the love you have inside, and choose to receive it. Otherwise, life just keeps passing you by.

You deserve everything life has to offer. You were put here to experience it all. You only have to accept its availability.

You do not need anyone’s approval for being yourself. Honor the unique creation of love that God made you. You don’t need fixing. You don’t deserve punishment for past deeds. If you struggled with anything, if just meant that you had an issue you had difficulty with – not that there was anything wrong with you. Bring all of the pain that you have borne to Christ for His healing. You only have to let that ‘good person’ that you already are, step away from living behind the mask.

Select your thoughts; think of desirable outcomes. You get what you focus on. You’ve already seen your power in the manifestation of your ‘old’ life; thus, you must also have the power to create something new.

Think in completeness; e.g. ‘I am peaceful,’ not ‘I’m somewhat peaceful.’ The voice will use that, asking you, ‘A little peaceful compared to what?’ Then the ‘what’ becomes your focus.

Bring each day into focus by asking, ‘I have _____ in my life because…’ and ‘I don’t have ____ in my life because…’ These questions are for finding out the emotional charge you have on each, so that you can direct your day accordingly.

Ask uplifting questions: ‘How can I share myself with others today? How can I answer with total love? How does God want me to serve Him? Where do I want my focus?’

If we support ourselves 100%, it won’t matter what others do. There is a ‘compassion poverty’ on this planet. We look to ourselves for compassion, bathe in it, and let the rest spill over onto others.

There is one thing you must actually practice to complete your love-transformation – forgiveness. In your old life, you’ve been passing judgment upon yourself and others for years. You must forgive, so that you can create the space for love.

Have you ever noticed how uncomfortable you feel around people you haven’t forgiven? It’s because they reflect to you things you haven’t forgiven yourself for.

Everyone is trying to scramble through life the best way they can. If they’ve offended you, it was most likely because they felt what they did was paramount for their protection. It is rarely personal.

If you felt rejected, most of the time that other person was busily engaged in their own cranial drama and just forgot you were there – not personal, not rejection.

Forgiveness heals – mentally and physically. It frees you up to live a life you don’t need to hide from, keeps the salt out of your wounds and liberates you from having an attitude that is fertile for committing loveless acts.

If you don’t want to forgive, take a focused look at the lack of justification behind your stance and drop it. It’s not about asking why you had that attitude, you probably won’t remember or lie about why you think you’re justified. It doesn’t solve anything. Look instead at what ‘not forgiving’ costs. The right direction will be clear.

‘Not forgiving’ makes you a victim (denying your experience) and prolongs your suffering. Feel the experience, get the lesson, forgive yourself and let it go. Forget about who did what, realizing that nothing in the past has any relevancy in the present moment.

You are new in every moment. There are no dues to pay, no suffering you must endure, or any ideal you have to meet. You just made it up. Once you are actively engaged in returning to your true self, you will find that you’re leaving the lies in your head behind and lifting the crush of judgment off of your heart – living the dream.

Oh, your mind will still chatter from time to time. Just notice it, recognize it as nothing more than ‘meaningless thinking,’ and its volume and your response to it will continue to diminish. THERE IS NOTHING THAT YOU CAN’T LET GO OF!

Be your own best friend. Let your spirit be your guide and your true self will provide all of the love, peace and joy that you need, and there will be plenty left over to give to everyone around you. I

t doesn’t matter what’s going on around you. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other on the path that you know brings happiness (God’s path). Pay attention. You are responsible for the life you live. Create your life lovingly.

God sees you pure for His sake. He makes you holy (through Christ) so that you can remain in His presence. He never meant for your life to be burdensome. When we sit still with Him, we can converse. When we come home to ourselves, our light will drive out all darkness and project the love of God in and around us.

So, after all this, I ask you, ‘What is a perfect self-image?’ Why, it’s having no self-image at all. You are an image of the Father. The only thing you’ve ever had to do was to become yourself. You are perfect in every way. When you come to love and accept yourself, your world will change. You don’t need an image. And really, why would you want to hide perfection behind a mask?

You were put here to shine…

Goodnight and God Bless.

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Reaching For The Peace Of Jesus

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” Jn. 14:27 NASB

Christ gives us the peace that transcends the practices of hell on earth. We reach for that peace by resting in His presence – through prayer, godly deeds, and by meditating upon and acting out the gospel.

When we drag our feet in the ways of the world, we are experiencing / practicing the opposite – anger, which we know is a form of fear. It’s man-made.

God practices anger but His is an entirely different form. If we practiced His (righteous) anger, we’d understand that it is a thought-energy construct that is meant to stir us up to take action to either help ourselves or others when we / they are facing a harmful (unrighteous) situation.

However, the anger that most people practice is a type that was unconsciously modeled after what one saw or experienced as a child. This ‘worldly’ anger only shows up because you already have it stored within you. But if you stop cultivating it, the anger will dissipate.

Most anger exists within the framework of relationship. So, the first thing to do is to eradicate anger from your relationship with yourself. You know how to do it: Sit still and look at your anger, recognize the roots of it, forgive yourself for projecting that anger upon yourself and others, and start looking at things through God’s eyes.

Our behaviors consist of the manifestations of our assumptions about life. Our assumptions lead to rigid self-righteous belief systems and dogma that we fortify through our self-justifying anger – all of which are the stuff wars are fought over. Thus, the most loving thing we can do is to dissolve those beliefs so we can stop acting them out.

When we react with anger, we’re like a cornered animal – unconsciously dangerous to those around us and ourselves.

But now, we are on the hunt for clarification about why we act the way we act.

Sit still and look at your anger. Acknowledge it as an emotion, nothing more. Claim your experience, saying to yourself, ‘I am feeling anger,’ not ‘I am angry.’ You are not your emotions. Look at the sequence of thoughts you entertain before your anger manifests by asking yourself, ‘What internal dialogue am I listening to right now?’ It will always be something that you haven’t been accepting about yourself. You have connected whatever that is, to an emotion and every time that comes up, your buttons are pushed.

In our examination (meditation), we lovingly look to extricate ourselves from this aspect of our unconscious training from that voice in our head that is trying to control us.

Focus on your breath to break that reactionary anger habit and act with intention towards a goal of understanding. Anger is always born from misunderstanding – either with regards to something about your persona or about the intentions of others.

Address the fear behind the anger by asking yourself, ‘Is there anything I need to be afraid of if I accept the unconditional love of Christ and love myself unconditionally as well?’ I can assure you there isn’t.

Continue with your inquiry about what you are not accepting about yourself – that false flaw you’ve been led to believe you have. Ask yourself, ‘Is that really so? Do I know that to be the truth?’ The lies will reveal themselves and your long-forgotten peace that was planted in you by God Himself will return.

Don’t deny (resist) your anger. Accept that part of you has been living angry. Instead, question why you have it.

Look at some of the most common roots of anger and what can be done about it:

1. You don’t like something.

The solution is to practice acceptance. Acceptance is not the same as resignation. To accept is to acknowledge the existence of something. To be resigned means to give up hope for any possibility of change. If there really is something you don’t like and it cannot be changed, you must change the way you relate to it.

There is no reason why you cannot be happy in any situation if you learn how to embrace whatever life offers without wasting one precious moment on things that steal your joy (e.g. anger). When you eliminate any ‘preferences’ that you believe must be met for you to feel happy, you can touch happiness in any moment. Then anger won’t be able to find a home in you, or at best, its stay will be short-lived.

2. You want life to be other than what it is.

The solution is to question the preferences you hold that you use in deciding what is true for you. Most of the time, we don’t know the true nature of life because we are walking unconsciously. Instead, commit to remain conscious continually. You will then be able to shed your assumptions and stop trying to change life and the people in it.

When you cast your distractions behind you, you’ll see what life (God) is offering you – even if it’s a lesson you don’t particularly want to learn. (Usually, those lessons are for showing you where and how you stop yourself from living a fully engaged, conscious life). If you choose to learn that lesson, you’ll be able to disarm that unworkable strategy and use that newfound wisdom to disarm your other strategies as well.

3. You see others as the enemy.

The solution is to realize that people all over the world are suffering in the same manner as you. Look at why these other people can rile you and what part of you is offended. Even if someone speaks or acts in a manner that is directly derogatory to you, they are only speaking / acting against the ‘image’ they have concocted about you or to the one you’re trying to project from your mask. Regardless, you can either correct their misconception or walk away – knowing that their opinion of you isn’t personal, therefore it’s meaningless.

You can also ask yourself (without judgment), ‘What may I have done to bring that behavior out of them?’ Or, you can consider that only people who are suffering would project that onto someone else, compassionately asking yourself, ‘What must they be going through that would make them treat another person this way?’

Respond to this person the way you’d want someone to respond to you ( See Lk. 6:31) if you were the hurting party – extending love, kindness and compassion with an open ear, without trying to judge or change them. Apply grace in the same way God grants grace to you.

Who doesn’t deserve love and acceptance? Especially when we all know intimately what that feels like.

4. You’re resentful for having to suppress your shameful secrets.

The solution is to confess, repent, atone and return to living from your spirit. It’s far better than punishing yourself or others and it restores healthy relationships. Breathe out compassion when you feel the anger. Send it towards all people who suffer from the same automatic ways of being. Wish them happiness and freedom. Make friends with everyone (beginning with yourself) – even if they don’t want to.

You are not a bad person. You’re just living your life the best way you know how – just like everybody else…

Happiness is what happens when we accept ourselves, when we love ourselves, when we embrace God through Christ – letting all that love and peace flow through us. Then we can see life as the as the incredible gift it is; and it’s always available when we stay in truth and reality, living as our genuine selves by walking with God.

Happiness is always available when we accept our experience rather than a belief about it – when we trust Who is inside of us. It’s there when we drop the suffering, drop the meaning-less meanings, take nothing personal, give up the ‘search for happiness’ and just be happy and at peace. It’s our natural state…

“These things I have spoken to you that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Jn. 16:33 NKJV

Goodnight and God bless.

God Grants Us The Joy Of Fearlessness

We are, above all things, afraid of pain. Thus, we live in fear of an inevitable part of life. In so doing, we experience pain frequently – mostly due to our beliefs about pain. We believe that anything that challenges our beliefs is a source of pain. Yet pain does not come from the challenge, it comes from our resistance to it.

It is our resistance that causes us to run from perceived pain, which only adds greater anxiety – the disease of an anxious world that has had the voices in the heads of its inhabitants bleating relentlessly that the world is a dangerous place and punishment awaits those who do not navigate it the ‘right way’ (according to its own dictates).

We run from our fear, not realizing we are generating it, so we always find ourselves falling back into it.

Yes, you were taught to be afraid, but all those teachings were lies that gave your life the apparent toxicity you fear. Naturally, you built walls of defense (which became prison walls).

LIFE IS NEUTRAL. It is you who are mistakenly biased. You can wipe out those biases by inviting your fears into your meditations as they pop up. First, meditate upon the word of God so that you know just how much He has got your back:

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? Ps. 27:1 NASB

‘Do not tremble and do not be afraid; have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me, or is there any other Rock?’ Is. 44:8 NASB

Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] Jn. 14:27 AMP

Fear not, for I am with you… Is. 43:5 NKJV

I sought the LORD, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Ps. 34:4 ESV

Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep believing. Mk. 5:36 AMP

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim. 1:7 NKJV

You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Ps. 32:7 ESV

For you have delivered my life from death, yes, and my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life and of the living. Ps. 56:13 AMP

[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. Col. 1:13 AMP

“…for I am with you to save you and deliver you,” declares the LORD. Jer. 15:20 NASB

Are you feeling pumped up yet? You are invulnerable in God and Christ.

Now, we look at each fear in our meditation, see them for the lies that they are and replace those beliefs with new empowering convictions, which will change how you are being and will change your world. The only place fear lives is within you, but you can replace that fear with God:

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. 1 Jn. 4:18 ESV

Just like we solve all our problems, we have to become aware of what we’ve been doing and choose to do different. We were masterful in the construction of our walls of defense. We cannot break them down with a simple frontal assault, because they were constructed to prevent that very thing. When you discover and neutralize your fears, you won’t have to hold up those walls any further.

Look first to your Life Story – the genesis of your fears. Always remember to bring kindness, love and compassion to yourself as you become aware of what you’ve been up to, without applying judgment. Take responsibility for your decisions and acts you’ve made in your blindness and remain vigorous in your inquiry for the reasons behind them. See if they contain any truth. When you take responsibility, you’re on your way to freedom.

Once you really see the falsity behind your heretofore-unquestioned beliefs, you’ll be able to uproot them, as well as tear down the rigid reality you built around them – that reality you’ve exhausted yourself trying to defend so that you won’t be made wrong.

Fear brings opportunity. If we sit with it and watch our reactions (all the ways we run), we can see how we might do the opposite and set ourselves free. All it takes is for you to remove the armor that you think is protecting you.

Trust your heart to compassionately and lovingly see you through. LIFE IS NOT SCARY. We make it scary because we are afraid of the unpredictability of life and of our inability to control it.

WE ARE NOT SCARY. Yet we believe we are because of our conviction that we are flawed in unacceptable ways – not!

Happiness will elude us as long as we hold onto the ways we do fear. Realize that our suffering is inseparable from the world’s suffering; apply unconditional acceptance, love, forgiveness and compassion to ourselves first, and then to all others. Stop the blaming, let go of the past and forget about the future.

Our lives only contain the problems that we say they have. Freedom from fear comes when we are willing to let go of what we think we know (giving up our false security), so that we can look at ourselves and our surroundings with new eyes. Whole new vistas will present themselves – filled with limitless opportunities that allow you to reinvent your possibilities from moment to moment.

Instead of fear, we can reframe our view of life to one that embraces this frenzied string of uncertainties and remain open to the wonder of the next surprise. And, if life were a flowing stream of surprises, why would you worry about problems when you could never plan for a solution? Guess what? Life is the solution!

We are all works in progress, so there is no reason to make space for the unworkable notions of shame or embarrassment that gives birth to so many fears.

Knowing that life is unpredictable, it follows that our time with others is unknowable. Doesn’t it then make sense to treasure everyone in every moment instead of living with the fear that they may go away or waste time indulging in strife or discord? We can choose love over fear and remain fully embraced with those around us as a temporal gift while they are here and an eternal one in the heart when they are not.

We need to commit to letting our guard down, shutting our old selves down, and move into the opportune space of our new home – fearlessness.

Every time we feel a fear arise, we connect with God through Christ and go back to meditation to see what kind of strategy we have evoked to protect a wound that we haven’t brought to the light to be healed. We search for the meanings that elicit our response and ask ourselves, ‘What else in life are we resisting in this fashion? What has it cost us?’ Then, we change our thinking.

Life is what it is and it does what it does. No amount of fear will alter that. Fear is a tool we create for resisting life, even though it is totally ineffective in doing so. Those who are fearless accept life and remain aware of all the obstacles that appear to prevent them from living – never entertaining the notion that the obstacles consist of something they cannot handle. After all, they have God on their side.

They no longer judge themselves or others or brood over their mistakes. Should a blip occur, they look at why they committed them, drop any meanings at the root of them and jump headfirst back into the stream of life.

Fearless…
Goodnight and God bless.

God’s Precious Present

Last time (see Turning Our Lives Around For Good), we finally turned the corner – from exhaustively examining why lives don’t work, to giving ourselves total awareness to come to a clear space where we can regain our consciousness with God. Within that restored connection, we are filled with His compassion and acceptance so that we can also apply that to ourselves and to everyone else.

When we can come from the heart, we can have the life we want. That life has always been within you, because it is God’s plan for you. To help you accomplish that, He put certain tools within you that you can use to help you get past your old distorted self and embrace your birthright:

Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices, and have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it. Col. 3:9, 10. AMP

There is no reason to lie to yourself or anyone else, because once you reconnect with God and are bathed in the cleansing blood of His Son, you are the truth, and as you walk in it, the full potential of God’s gifts lay right in front of you.

One of those gifts is His precious present. What kind of present? Why, it’s your present moment! Everything that happens in life only occurs in the present moment. The past is dead. The future does not exist. If you are chasing either of those ephemeral concepts within your head, you are effectively suspending yourself from the ongoing strings of the present moments that tie together your real life.

When you live in the present, you can be consciously at cause for how your life turns out. You need to take on that present-time mindset:

Accept that you are responsible for where you are in life (without judgment). Taking on responsibility gives you the power to forge a different path by making conscious choices. Everything happened to bring you where you are.

Life (God) keeps standing in front of us with open arms, saying ‘Here I am! I ready to shower you with all I have to offer! If we are unconscious, we answer, ‘No you’re not!’
Why? Because we deny life as it is if it doesn’t fit into our matrix of preferences, which are based upon false meanings. We put life on hold by denying the present moment – the only place that we can find love, contentment and joy.

Life is simple. You’re living it in the present moment, or you’re running your mental programs – lost in comparisons, wishing life was something that it’s not. You can always tell when you are running from life; it’s when you’re entertaining negative thoughts.

Have compassion for having experienced that old way of being, and step into living. Wrap your arms around life instead of wishing it was something different. Open yourself up to life in the present moment. That’s when God steps in.

Accept that you have a history and it’s gone. Other than any valuable lessons to be learned, that Life Story is meaningless. When you choose present-moment living, your past (with all the refuse that you added to it) vanishes. Thus, you don’t have to act it out anymore.

When you’re present, you are in total touch with yourself – seeing how you are being and what you are doing, aware that you now have the ability to change those parameters (the little blips of unconsciousness) in order to return to the perfect life that God gave you. You can be happy anywhere, at any time, with anyone.

You will be engaged with Truth in peace, because you will have a sweet stillness in your head as you listen to the voice of God – who is always there to guide you towards your highest and best.

Life hands us events. We will perceive some of them as painful. We can acknowledge our pain, knowing that we are choosing to have that response as well as the length of time we have suffered. We can look to see if we contributed to that event, make the necessary corrections, remove the meanings to it that we’ve attached, take in the lesson to be learned, and let the rest go.

Many things in life are unavoidable. That is not fatalistic thinking. It’s just acknowledging what is so, what is true. Within that acknowledgement comes a freedom to love and accept the miraculous place that lives in the only moment there is – your present one…

You don’t need fixing. You never did. You only smothered yourself with a succession of bad habits. Congratulate yourself for choosing to stop. When you have, help others do the same.

Most of us need to change our ‘self-talk.’ Speak in terms of ‘I’ rather than ‘you.’ For example, say ‘I am feeling this way,’ not ‘You are making me feel this way.’ It shifts the responsibility back onto the shoulders of the one constructing these viewpoints so they have the power to do it a different way.

Change ‘why’ questions into ‘how’ questions – saying ‘How is this happening to me?’ rather than ‘Why is this happening?’ It’s a proactive way to reveal how you set up the patterns in your life.

Tend the garden that is your body; weed out the negativity. Look for the lesson in any infirmities. They are usually the result of your self-talk. Health degenerates if you let go of your responsibility for it. Believe that healing is possible. Exercise faith and miracles will follow. Culture a healthy mind by bringing it closer to your spirit. Healing follows healthy conversation with yourself.

“…I am the LORD who heals you.” Ex. 15:26 NKJV

Focus on clarifying who you really are and how to be that, rather than trying to be ‘acceptable.’

Detach yourself from all beliefs that are not loving or supporting you or others.

Don’t be sucked up in the black hole of ‘self-improvement.’ It sustains the darkness when you try to fix yourself – reinforcing the erroneous thought that something is wrong with you. If there is anything in your perfection that needs repair, your Creator will do the repairing – and that consists of the removal of the parasite in your head and a restoration of your God-given awareness.

Don’t be concerned about ‘getting anywhere;’ you’re already there – perfect. Just do your best with no attachment to the outcome. Give that up to God.

Growth does not come from needing to grow, but from inwardly directed awareness – coming home to God through Christ. The goal is to grow as a human being so that we can have a better world; and that growth consists of letting more of God in – letting life in, surrendering to its Maker rather than getting caught up in some doing.

…I count all things to be loss in the view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection…forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Phil. 3:8-10 & 13, 14. NASB

We connect with God’s precious present by choosing to reframe the way we look at ourselves and the world around us – knowing that it is only in the present moment where the freedom to love and to be loved exists. And we open ourselves up to it – living each day as if it was our last, seeing each moment as extraordinary and finding laughter in every circumstance…
Goodnight and God bless.

Turning Our Lives Around For Good

If you’ve been following along since July 2015 (beginning with How The Devil Stole Your Soul), you have seen both how Satan’s handiwork was imprinted upon Adam and Eve and handed down through unconscious generational assaults by parents, peers, governments, schools and media. Furthermore, you’ve gained a diamond-sharp picture of how you personally see and do life, and how your ability to rationally experience reality was distorted into a way of thinking that has been hazardous to your health.

I applaud you for your persistence. I also thought it fitting this New Year’s Day that we would begin our journey out of this mess…

We were created for a victorious life:

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Cor. 15:57, 58. NKJ

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 Jn. 5:4, 5. ESV

That victory is gained and maintained on a spiritual battlefield:

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Eph. 6:11, 12. ESV

The fact that you are with us on this journey says that you’re engaged in the first step on the path to turning your life around for good – and that is to be aware that there is a problem (darkness). You don’t have to feel bad about it. You were force-fed this disease.

You were born perfect. You are perfect (through the blood of Jesus). You will always be perfect. It’s likely that you don’t believe it because you were inundated with lies that say you’re not – including those told to you by the very defense mechanism you created (that voice in your head) to protect you from the potential recurrence of some past event (real or imagined), that you were not equipped to process at that time.

You did not ask to be hurt, frightened or filled with self-doubt. Yet it happens to everyone to some degree. It was an unconscious process that can be undone – by becoming conscious of it as well as being aware of your unconscious efforts to maintain that deleterious status quo.

In other words, we can render the dark mind powerless when we recognize its false nature and withdraw ourselves from the agreements that we made with it. We wake up by arming ourselves with awareness.

The second step on the path to regaining your life, is to thank God for bringing you to a place where you can consider that alternative – a life much grander than your present vision / experience. Then the healing can begin:

I give thanks to You, O Lord, for Your eye stands over my soul, and You have delivered me from the jealousy of the mediator of lies…for apart from You nothing is done, and without Your will nothing is known…You O my God, turn the tempest to a whisper, and the life of the distressed You have brought to safety…my agonies become an eternal healing… Dead Sea Scrolls.

We are not our false mind. Otherwise we could not watch or listen to its onslaught. We are first and foremost our spirit. We are awareness:

…meditate on the secret of why things are and investigate it at all times, and then you will know truth and evil, wisdom and falsehood…refine your heart, and your thoughts will be characterized by great insight… Dead Sea Scrolls.

God is our life, happiness and peace. Yet, because of His unchanging respect for our free will, He cannot touch us / communicate with us unless we are presenting our awareness instead of living out Satan’s template.

We can also ask the Holy Spirit for help in gaining the deepest understandings of life and love:

…Ask and keep on asking and it shall be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you. Luke 11:9 AMP

Ask to have your awareness tuned to Him 24/7, and all will be revealed – your darkness replaced with light. There are only two plans for life: God’s or the devil’s. The love and healing begin when we say ‘Thank You God.’

Given that unconscious people handed down their unconsciousness to us, we cannot say that we were victimized in the traditional sense. Regardless, we cannot get past this ‘Big Sleep’ that we’ve been living in until we become aware of what we think and do, take responsibility for it (without judgment) and look to see what that has cost us. Then we can come to a place where we can begin to think and do things differently – first by removing the suffering from ourselves, and then assisting others to do the same. That’s called compassion.

We are not alone. Our suffering is not unique. When one suffers, we all suffer. If we can help remove that suffering, we are helping God. The only way the darkness can keep a hold over you is if it can convince you that you are alone. When you break out of that isolation, the entire universe celebrates and becomes a better place for it.

When you know you are part of the oneness of God, you will see through the adversary’s tactics of alienation and the absurdity of remaining in fear of your true self. You will break the grip of this age of anxiety.

Let’s consider some pillars of truth upon which we can build up our reserves of compassion:

1. You are a gift from God to everything else in this universe. No one or nothing else possesses your unique gift(s); and you bring them by just being who God created you to be. There is no reason to don a mask of any kind. You are special beyond measure – and so is everybody else.

2. Whatever happened to you was not your fault. You deserve nothing but compassion, and so does everyone else.

3. Life is a gift and we are a gift to life.

4. There is nothing wrong with you or anyone or anything around you. When you realize the perfection that you possess, you’ll understand that there in nothing you have to change, fix or improve. All you have to do is remove the layers of armor that you thought you had to wear to cover the imperfections you do not have. There isn’t anything that anyone could know about you that could make you less of a person in the eyes of God.

5. We try to control life, thinking that the reason it’s not turning out ‘right’ is due to our failure to control ourselves. We’re imprinted with this reasoning as a child. Did you ever see a child that could control itself? Control is an illusion. Instead, we can choose to respond to our present-moment circumstances in ways that differ from our old knee-jerk responses, by letting go of the lies we believed and the conclusions that we made about them. We can be ‘at cause’ for what happens in our lives. Our future is not predetermined or immutable.

6. All people seek happiness and fulfillment, but most have had to contend with the suffering that accompanies despair, sadness, loneliness, guilt and shame. Remember that anything we have done, we did out of fear in an effort to survive the life that we made. We deserve compassion, not condemnation. And compassion only grows from forgiveness.

7. Wisdom comes to us as slow as molasses in January and is usually borne out of unpleasant circumstances. When people think that they can tolerate no more of these ‘circumstances,’ they enclose themselves behind walls of defense – severing themselves from receiving the wisdom these circumstances were meant to impart. Our demons from the past are illusory, but the pain is real. We are all just doing our best to avoid suffering.

You cannot wait until you feel that you’ve become a better person or until you think your life is straightened out before you give yourself compassion! Life will just continue to pass you by.

Be kind to yourself. Acknowledge your Herculean efforts to survive, to do good things, to be a good person and to find love. Appreciate your creativity and have compassion for yourself for feeling that you needed your creations. See that you had the power to make them, so you must have the power to deconstruct them as well and set yourself free.

Once you offer yourself and others compassion, acceptance will follow as well. When you understand your actions, you’ll understand the actions of others.

Accept that we all struggle and bring meanings to things that aren’t applicable, and we keep our struggle in place by not letting those meanings go.

We regain our life when we lose our mind.

We all share the same ways of being human, both workable and unworkable – all fighting the same fight. When you accept yourself, you’ll stop hating yourself and others. When you love yourself, you’ll accept and love others.

Accept that you lack nothing, you are not the voice in your head, your world is perfect and that acceptance is a life-long exercise of love.

Give compassion to yourself for having lived in fear of both change and pain. Embrace the pain as a harbinger of a transformational learning experience as you become aware of why you felt that pain in the first place.

When you establish a new love relationship with you, along with the kindness, compassion and acceptance that comes with it, you’ll find the world will reflect that love back at you. It does involve work, but it takes an equal amount of effort to hold onto your misery.

Everything you’ve ever been looking for is within you – even and especially, God Himself.

Now you are ready to begin receiving His gifts that He’s already placed within you and your life will turn around for good.

Next time…
Goodnight and God bless.