This Moment

Autumn EquinoxIf you want to become whole,
let yourself be partial.
If you want to become straight,
let yourself be crooked.
If you want to become full,
let yourself be empty.
If you want to be reborn,
let yourself die.
If you want to be given everything,
give everything up.
The Master, by residing in the Tao,
sets an example for all beings.
Because he doesn’t display himself,
people can see his light.
Because he has nothing to prove,
people can trust his words.
Because he doesn’t know who he is,
people recognize themselves in him.
Because he has no goal in mind,
everything he does succeeds.
When the ancient Masters said,
“If you want to be given everything,
give everything up,”
they weren’t using empty phrases.
Only in being lived by the Tao can you be truly yourself.
Tao Te Ching v22

Line and Feather

Illusion and TruthThis Moment
I live in the now, appreciating each moment.
As I center myself in an awareness of the present moment, I recognize the preciousness of life—my own, my family and friends, and all others. Whether the emotions I am experiencing feel positive or challenging, I welcome them as part of the exquisite gift of being alive.
In this moment, I feel the vitality and power of life in and all around me. In this moment, I experience the ecstasy of knowing I am one with the Divine. In this moment, I know the absolute peace of God at the center of my being.
Living in this moment with the presence of God to guide and inspire me, I am truly alive. I make the most of each day by giving thanks for the blessings I receive. Here and now, all is well and my heart is filled with joy.
See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!—2 Corinthians 6:2
Daily Word

Line and Feather

Accentuate the PositiveWhat I see is a form of vengeance.
Today’s idea accurately describes the way anyone who holds attack thoughts in his mind must see the world. Having projected his anger onto the world, he sees vengeance about to strike at him. His own attack is thus perceived as self defense. This becomes an increasingly vicious circle until he is willing to change how he sees. Otherwise, thoughts of attack and counter-attack will preoccupy him and people his entire world. What peace of mind is possible to him then?
It is from this savage fantasy that you want to escape. Is it not joyous news to hear that it is not real? Is it not a happy discovery to find that you can escape? You made what you would destroy; everything that you hate and would attack and kill. All that you fear does not exist.
Look at the world about you at least five times today, for at least a minute each time. As your eyes move slowly from one object to another, from one body to another, say to yourself:
I see only the perishable.
I see nothing that will last.
What I see is not real.
What I see is a form of vengeance.
At the end of each practice period, ask yourself:
Is this the world I really want to see?
The answer is surely obvious.
A Course In Miracles ~ 22

Line and Feather

Forgiveness. . . Is Strong To Serve
Hand In Hand With God
Whatever your occupation while in your physical body, remember it is a form of service. However humble or even humdrum your work may be to you, it is your special appointment, and through your work on earth you can make your contribution to the happiness of all. Work hand in hand with God, and be thankful for every opportunity to serve which is laid before you.
The Quiet Mind – Sayings of White Eagle

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