The Tao doesn’t take sides;
it gives birth to both good and evil.
The Master doesn’t take sides;
she welcomes both saints and sinners.
The Tao is like a bellows:
it is empty yet infinitely capable.
The more you use it, the more it produces;
the more you talk of it, the less you understand.
Hold on to the center.
Tao Te Ching v5
In the quiet, I feel the loving presence of God.
In the stillness of a winter evening, I may look out the window and see the snow softly falling. A feeling of calm fills the silence of the night. In my quiet space, I find a healing, rejuvenating peace. In the stillness, my soul is restored.
In Truth, I can find this quiet place any time of day or night. I only need to close my eyes, and think of God, and God alone. I take a moment to close my eyes and breathe. As I exhale, I release busy thoughts. As I feel my connection with Spirit, I am lifted from busyness and distractions.
In the quiet, I contemplate the vastness of Spirit. I sense God’s loving, protecting presence. I am calm, clear, and at ease. With a peaceful mind and a restored soul, I am grateful for Divine Love.
I have calmed and quieted my soul.—Psalm 131:2
I do not understand anything I see in this room
[on this street, from this window, in this place].
Apply this idea in the same way as the previous ones, without making distinctions of any kind. Whatever you see becomes a proper subject for applying the idea. Be sure that you do not question the suitability of anything for application of the idea. These are not exercises in judgment. Anything is suitable if you see it. Some of the things you see may have emotionally charged meaning for you. Try to lay such feelings aside, and merely use these things exactly as you would anything else.
The point of the exercises is to help you clear your mind of all past associations, to see things exactly as they appear to you now, and to realize how little you really understand about them. It is therefore essential that you keep a perfectly open mind, unhampered by judgment, in selecting the things to which the idea for the day is to be applied. For this purpose one thing is like another; equally suitable and therefore equally useful.
Each of the first three lessons should not be done more than twice a day each, preferably morning and evening. Nor should they be attempted for more than a minute or so, unless that entails a sense of hurry. A comfortable sense of leisure is essential.
A Course In Miracles ~3
. . . Is Gentle, Loving, Kind
Be Gentle With Yourself
Jesus said: ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.’ This does not mean selfishness; it means kindness to yourself because you are God’s child. Do not give yourself more attention than you need, but take care of yourself and do not continually slay the God within you. Give opportunities in your daily life for the Christ within to manifest itself. This is what we mean by loving yourself, and this is what Jesus meant when he said, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.’ Love peace of mind, love doing the right thing, love living according to divine law.
The Quiet Mind – Sayings of White Eagle