When a superior man hears of the Tao,
he immediately begins to embody it.
When an average man hears of the Tao,
he half believes it, half doubts it.
When a foolish man hears of the Tao,
he laughs out loud.
If he didn’t laugh,
it wouldn’t be the Tao.
Thus it is said:
The path into the light seems dark,
the path forward seems to go back,
the direct path seems long,
true power seems weak,
true purity seems tarnished,
true steadfastness seems changeable,
true clarity seems obscure,
the greatest are seems unsophisticated,
the greatest love seems indifferent,
the greatest wisdom seems childish.
The Tao is nowhere to be found.
Yet it nourishes and completes all things.
Tao Te Ching v41
I give thanks for divine order at work in and around me.
Rain falls onto the earth, is heated by the sun, and rises as steam to form clouds. When the clouds get heavy, they break open and water falls again. This cycle supports life, growth, and harvest.
Divine order is evident in countless cycles of nature and within me. My day begins as I awaken from restful sleep and ends when I again seek rest and renewal. My body functions in orderly rhythms: the rise and fall of each breath, the steadiness of my heartbeat, my processes of nutrition and circulation. God’s work is everywhere.
I embrace divine order in me and around me by affirming it, thinking positively, and expecting good results.
The rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth. Isaiah 55:10
I gladly make the “sacrifice” of fear.
Here is the only “sacrifice” You ask of Your beloved Son; You ask him to give up all suffering, all sense of loss and sadness, all anxiety and doubt, and freely let Your Love come streaming in to his awareness, healing him of pain, and giving him Your Own eternal joy. Such is the “sacrifice” You ask of me, and one I gladly make; the only “cost” of restoration of Your memory to me, for the salvation of the world.
And as we pay the debt we owe to truth,–a debt that merely is the letting go of self-deceptions and of images we worshiped falsely–truth returns to us in wholeness and in joy. We are deceived no longer. Love has now returned to our awareness. And we are at peace again, for fear has gone and only love remains.
A Course In Miracles ~ 323
. . . Is Patient, Trusting In God’s Goodness And His Perfect Plan
The Hidden Blessing
Behind every dark happening, behind every difficulty, there is a hidden blessing. Man has to develop faith and confidence of in God, knowing that at the right moment, at the acceptable time of the Lord, the magic will be worked, the dark shroud will fall away, and the radiant angel will be waiting. Behind all is the glory of God’s life – the divine magic which illumines all life’s happenings.
The Quiet Mind – Sayings of White Eagle