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
My momentum is supercharged with faith!
One month into the new year, I keep my momentum going as I advance toward achieving my resolutions. When my aspirations and ideas for bettering my life first came to me, I was confident and faith-filled. Today I re-energize that faith. I know that divine ideas would not have come my way without a path to fulfillment.
My steps are divinely guided. I receive whatever clarity I need to accomplish what I set out to do. I envision my goals as already achieved. I may feel relief, pride, even elation that my dreams have come true.
My energy is strong and my faith even stronger. My momentum is supercharged! Facing the year ahead, I remember that with God, all things are possible.
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.—Proverbs 16:3
I could see peace instead of this.
The idea for today begins to describe the conditions that prevail in the other way of seeing. Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter. It must begin with your own thoughts, and then extend outward. It is from your peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arises.
Three longer practice periods are required for today’s exercises. One in the morning and one in the evening are advised, with an additional one to be undertaken at any time in between that seems most conducive to readiness. All applications should be done with your eyes closed. It is your inner world to which the applications of today’s idea should be made.
Some five minutes of mind searching are required for each of the longer practice periods. Search your mind for fear thoughts, anxiety-provoking situations, “offending” personalities or events, or anything else about which you are harboring unloving thoughts. Note them all casually, repeating the idea for today slowly as you watch them arise in your mind, and let each one go, to be replaced by the next.
If you begin to experience difficulty in thinking of specific subjects, continue to repeat the idea to yourself in an unhurried manner, without applying it to anything in particular. Be sure, however, not to make any specific exclusions.
The shorter applications are to be frequent, and made whenever you feel your peace of mind is threatened in any way. The purpose is to protect yourself from temptation throughout the day. If a specific form of temptation arises in your awareness, the exercise should take this form:
I could see peace in this situation instead of what I now see in it.
If the inroads on your peace of mind take the form of more generalized adverse emotions, such as depression, anxiety or worry, use the idea in its original form. If you find you need more than one application of today’s idea to help you change your mind in any specific context, try to take several minutes and devote them to repeating the idea until you feel some sense of relief. It will help you if you tell yourself specifically:
I can replace my feelings of depression, anxiety or worry [or my thoughts about this situation, personality or event] with peace.
A Course In Miracles ~ 34
. . . Is Wise In Speech And Action
If you want to get a clear picture of any condition in life, don’t try to see things with your nose on them! See them from the highest point, from the plane of spirit, and you will be surprised at how different your problems look.
The Quiet Mind – Sayings of White Eagle