As it acts in the world, the Tao
is like the bending of a bow.
The top is bent downward;
the bottom is bent up.
It adjusts excess and deficiency
so that there is perfect balance.
It takes from what is too much
and give to what isn’t enough.
Those who try to control,
who use force to protect their power,
go against the direction of the Tao.
They take from those who don’t have enough
and give to those who have far too much.
The Master can keep giving
because there is no end to her wealth.
She acts without expectation,
succeeds without taking credit,
and doesn’t think that she is better
than anyone else.
Tao Te Ching v77
I am enthusiastic about my spiritual unfoldment.
Each day my life unfolds into a greater awareness of who and what I am: a child of the Divine created in the image and likeness of God. I am divine substance incarnate—a soul adventuring through the experience of life. I explore life with excitement! Every experience is an opportunity to expand my spiritual awareness and live more abundantly.
I move through each day with joy and enthusiasm. The power of zeal directs me toward my good. Each day brings rich new opportunities to love life.
As an expression of God, I am divinely directed. Knowing that I am a spiritual being experiencing earthly life, I enjoy a wondrous existence.
Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.—Romans 12:11
I am entitled to miracles.
You are entitled to miracles because of what you are. You will receive miracles because of what God is. And you will offer miracles because you are one with God. Again, how simple is salvation! It is merely a statement of your true Identity. It is this that we will celebrate today.
Your claim to miracles does not lie in your illusions about yourself. It does not depend on any magical powers you have ascribed to yourself, nor on any of the rituals you have devised. It is inherent in the truth of what you are. It is implicit in what God your Father is. It was ensured in your creation, and guaranteed by the laws of God.
Today we will claim the miracles which are your right, since they belong to you. You have been promised full release from the world you made. You have been assured that the Kingdom of God is within you, and can never be lost. We ask no more than what belongs to us in truth. Today, however, we will also make sure that we will not content ourselves with less.
Begin the longer practice periods by telling yourself quite confidently that you are entitled to miracles. Closing your eyes, remind yourself that you are asking only for what is rightfully yours. Remind yourself also that miracles are never taken from one and given to another, and that in asking for your rights, you are upholding the rights of everyone. Miracles do not obey the laws of this world. They merely follow from the laws of God.
After this brief introductory phase, wait quietly for the assurance that your request is granted. You have asked for the salvation of the world, and for your own. You have requested that you be given the means by which this is accomplished. You cannot fail to be assured in this. You are but asking that the Will of God be done.
In doing this, you do not really ask for anything. You state a fact that cannot be denied. The Holy Spirit cannot but assure you that your request is granted. The fact that you accepted must be so. There is no room for doubt and uncertainty today. We are asking a real question at last. The answer is a simple statement of a simple fact. You will receive the assurance that you seek.
Our shorter practice periods will be frequent, and will also be devoted to a reminder of a simple fact. Tell yourself often today:
I am entitled to miracles.
Ask for them whenever a situation arises in which they are called for. You will recognize these situations. And since you are not relying on yourself to find the miracle, you are fully entitled to receive it whenever you ask.
Remember, too, not to be satisfied with less than the perfect answer. Be quick to tell yourself, should you be tempted:
I will not trade miracles for grievances. I want only what
belongs to me. God has established miracles as my right.
A Course In Miracles ~ 77
. . . Is A Tower Of Strength And Light
Above The Clouds
It is easy to be cheerful when there is everything to be cheerful about, but not so easy when the earth is shrouded in darkness – at these times your test comes. It is easy to be kind when everyone is kind, easy to be loving when others are loving. But in this there is little credit. The wise brother knows the Light is shining in the heavens even when the shadows are dense. Thus when you raise your consciousness above the clouds, you will know that the sun is shining and that the life of Christ is the only enduring life.
The Quiet Mind – Sayings of White Eagle