Beyond Is and Is Not

Look WithinThe Master keeps her mind
always at one with the Tao;
that is what gives her her radiance.
The Tao is ungraspable.
How can her mind be at one with it?
Because she doesn’t cling to ideas.
The Tao is dark and unfathomable.
How can it make her radiant?
Because she lets it.
Since before time and space were,
the Tao is.
It is beyond is and is not.
How do I know this is true?
I look inside myself and see.

Tao Te Ching v21

Line and Feather

PatienceAnticipation

I greet the day with joy and anticipation.

Anticipation is the energy that causes me to pop out of bed ready to greet each new day. I look forward to the activities the day holds, knowing there is something wonderful about to happen. Anticipation activates my excitement and zeal, working like a magnet to pull in joy.

When I share my anticipation with others, they, too, are energized, multiplying the joy that we experience. I look forward to opportunities for me to be of help to family and friends and ways I can express God’s love in my life.

I look ahead to applying positive approaches to life’s challenges and gaining knowledge. I greet the day with joy and anticipation.

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.—Matthew 6:28-29

Daily Word

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Breath of Life 2God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.

Today we will continue with the theme of happiness. This is a key idea in understanding what salvation means. You still believe it asks for suffering as penance for your “sins.” This is not so. Yet you must think it so while you believe that sin is real, and that God’s Son can sin.

If sin is real, then punishment is just and cannot be escaped. Salvation thus cannot be purchased but through suffering. If sin is real, then happiness must be illusion, for they cannot both be true. The sinful warrant only death and pain, and it is this they ask for. For they know it waits for them, and it will seek them out and find them somewhere, sometime, in some form that evens the account they owe to God. They would escape Him in their fear. And yet He will pursue, and they can not escape.

If sin is real, salvation must be pain. Pain is the cost of sin, and suffering can never be escaped, if sin is real. Salvation must be feared, for it will kill, but slowly, taking everything away before it grants the welcome boon of death to victims who are little more than bones before salvation is appeased. Its wrath is boundless, merciless, but wholly just.

Who would seek out such savage punishment? Who would not flee salvation, and attempt in every way he can to drown the Voice which offers it to him? Why would he try to listen and accept Its offering? If sin is real, its offering is death, and meted out in cruel form to match the vicious wishes in which sin is born. If sin is real, salvation has become your bitter enemy, the curse of God upon you who have crucified His Son.

You need the practice periods today. The exercises teach sin is not real, and all that you believe must come from sin will never happen, for it has no cause. Accept Atonement with an open mind, which cherishes no lingering belief that you have made a devil of God’s Son. There is no sin. We practice with this thought as often as we can today, because it is the basis for today’s idea.

God’s Will for you is perfect happiness because there is no sin, and suffering is causeless. Joy is just, and pain is but the sign you have misunderstood yourself. Fear not the Will of God. But turn to it in confidence that it will set you free from all the consequences sin has wrought in feverish imagination. Say:

God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.
There is no sin; it has no consequence.

So should you start your practice periods, and then attempt again to find the joy these thoughts will introduce into your mind.

Give these five minutes gladly, to remove the heavy load you lay upon yourself with the insane belief that sin is real. Today escape from madness. You are set on freedom’s road, and now today’s idea brings wings to speed you on, and hope to go still faster to the waiting goal of peace. There is no sin. Remember this today, and tell yourself as often as you can:

God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.
This is the truth, because there is no sin.

A Course In Miracles ~101

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Introduction

‘The secret of strength lies in the quiet mind . . . ‘ Grace Cooke

White Eagle speaks, not from a remote height, but as one who himself trod this way when on earth, through many, many lives. He speaks with authority, but with real and tender love and understanding; often with humor, always constructively, never critically.

Hand of God. . . Is Constant

In the mind of God dwells the picture of the perfect man, His Son (Daughter), Christ – you! To God you are not the weak and erring child on earth; God holds you ever in His thought as the perfect form, the Christ-man, created in His own image.

Help From Above

If you will be steadfast on the path to which your feet have been guided, you will find the treasure of life, a never-end stream of help and healing and happiness. We, your brothers and guides, are on the road by your side. Not one of you stands alone. You have only to ask in simple trust, and you shall receive; whatever you need, it shall be supplied.

The Quiet Mind – Sayings of White Eagle

About David Mills

David is the Founder, Catalyst, and Co-creator of Workplace Hidden Opportunities. Workplace Hidden Opportunities is an information management Specialized Knowledge Platform™ (SKP™) focused exclusively on the workplace and corporate real estate. Together with the W100 a book by the same title is in progress.
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