Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
If you realize that you have enough,
you are truly rich.
If you stay in the center
and embrace death with your whole heart,
you will endure forever.
Tao Te Ching v33
I behold the light of God in every person.
Martin Luther King Jr. did not serve for personal glory, but for the good of all humanity. He spoke for those who had no voice, and worked for peace, justice, and equality. He followed the example of Jesus.
I serve others as a way of honoring God, and behold the Christ Light in every person. No act of kindness is too small to make a difference in the world. I can prepare a meal for one person or for a hundred. I seek opportunities to be of service in my home, church, and community. I choose my words carefully in every situation, so my message brings peace. I speak out in favor of equality for all.
I see God’s Light in the faces around me, and I serve them with love.
I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service.—1 Timothy 1:12
There is another way of looking at the world.
Today’s idea is an attempt to recognize that you can shift your perception of the world in both its outer and inner aspects. A full five minutes should be devoted to the morning and evening applications. In these practice periods, the idea should be repeated as often as you find comfortable, though unhurried applications are essential. Alternate between surveying your outer and inner perceptions, but without an abrupt sense of shifting.
Merely glance casually around the world you perceive as outside yourself, then close your eyes and survey your inner thoughts with equal casualness. Try to remain equally uninvolved in both, and to maintain this detachment as you repeat the idea throughout the day.
The shorter exercise periods should be as frequent as possible. Specific applications of today’s idea should also be made immediately, when any situation arises which tempts you to become disturbed. For these applications, say:
There is another way of looking at this.
Remember to apply today’s idea the instant you are aware of distress. It may be necessary to take a minute or so to sit quietly and repeat the idea to yourself several times. Closing your eyes will probably help in this form of application.
A Course In Miracles ~ 33
. . . Is Calm, Quiet And Steady
God Knows Your Need
God knows every need of your body, your soul and your spirit. Learn to be calm and still and do your best, with love in your heart. If you do your best, God will do the rest. Now trust in your best, and in God.
The Quiet Mind – Sayings of White Eagle