Thoughts, Words, Actions

Climbing LadderHe who stands on tiptoe
doesn’t stand firm.
He who rushes ahead
doesn’t go far.
He who tries to shine
dims his own light.
He who defines himself
can’t know who he really is.
He who has power over others
can’t empower himself.
He who clings to his work
will create nothing that endures.
If you want to accord with the Tao,
just do your job, then let go.

Tao Te Ching v24

Line and Feather

Nothing LackingWorld Peace

Expressions of love and compassion pave the way toward peace.

A classic hymn begins, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me; let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.”

We have the ability to be peace and to bring peace to the world by expressing love, compassion, and understanding for all humanity. The grace of God goes before us, releasing fear, greed, and envy.

All nations, all humanity, are part of a greater whole—cohabitants of our planet. Divinely guided, our words, thoughts, and actions help create and maintain world peace.

We are expressions of the Divine, and as such, we can allow love and compassion to pave the way toward peace. Today let our prayer be, “Let there be peace of earth, and let it begin with me.”

Be at peace with one another.—Mark 9:50

Daily Word

Line and Feather

Path of LifeI seek but what belongs to me in truth.

Today’s idea continues with the thought that joy and peace are not but idle dreams. They are your right, because of what you are. They come to you from God, Who cannot fail to give you what He wills. Yet must there be a place made ready to receive His gifts. They are not welcomed gladly by a mind that has instead received the gifts it made where His belong, as substitutes for them.

Today we would remove all meaningless and self-made gifts which we have placed upon the holy altar where God’s gifts belong. His are the gifts that are our own in truth. His are the gifts that we inherited before time was, and that will still be ours when time has passed into eternity. His are the gifts that are within us now, for they are timeless. And we need not wait to have them. They belong to us today.

Therefore, we choose to have them now, and know, in choosing them in place of what we made, we but unite our will with what God wills, and recognize the same as being one. Our longer practice periods today, the hourly five minutes given truth for your salvation, should begin with this:

I seek but what belongs to me in truth,
And joy and peace are my inheritance.

Then lay aside the conflicts of the world that offer other gifts and other goals made of illusions, witnessed to by them, and sought for only in a world of dreams.

All this we lay aside, and seek instead that which is truly ours, as we ask to recognize what God has given us. We clear a holy place within our minds before His altar, where His gifts of peace and joy are welcome, and to which we come to find what has been given us by Him. We come in confidence today, aware that what belongs to us in truth is what He gives. And we would wish for nothing else, for nothing else belongs to us in truth.

So do we clear the way for Him today by simply recognizing that His Will is done already, and that joy and peace belong to us as His eternal gifts. We will not let ourselves lose sight of them between the times we come to seek for them where He has laid them. This reminder will we bring to mind as often as we can:

I seek but what belongs to me in truth.
God’s gifts of joy and peace are all I want.

A Course In Miracles ~ 104

Line and Feather

. . . Is Constant

Ring TrueRing True

Be true. This is the essence of the spiritual life. The note of the spirit is sounded on the higher planes, and the knocks you receive in everyday life are to test you, whether you ring true. To ring true you must always sound the note of God, or good, which is within you.

The Quiet Mind – Sayings of White Eagle

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