Appreciation

My friends Michael and Vianda are embarking on a two week healing retreat with John of God in Brazil the end of this month.

Cocktails with HemingwayMy appreciation for Michael’s friendship over the last forty-two years and intertwined connection with Vianda since 1982 hold more stories than Hemingway could capture in an extended Key West soiree. Try one day we might.

Here are two affirmations of the love of God to commemorate your time and intentions.

March 27 2011
To My Father’s House is a channeled writing that was scribed on my bedside pad around 3am in September 1998. My own spiritual quest had taken on what I would call a conscious intentionality in October of 1990 when, through the seeming mist, pilgrims appeared to me opening doors and windows to a world of glory and wonderment.
I discovered, not so much to my surprise, that I had been under the protection and guidance of powerful forces both present and unseen through all my days. This awareness did not and has not made the road any the less problematic, but the blessings, grace and wonderment have made the journey full of flavor, joy and most importantly given each day a sense of awe that is truly beyond description.
To My Father’s House

Awakening to Yes
StillnessAwakening to yes
The love of God
The light of Christ
The divine guidance of the Holy Spirit
Yes
I will there be light.

Listening to yes
Eternal as a child of God
Temporal as a human point of light in the tapestry of the universe
Yes
Blessed and a blessing
I will listen in an attitude of gratitude.

Thinking in yes
Mind never sleeps
Ever-connected it is always transmitting and receiving
Yes
How do we know?
Awareness resonates from within.

Behaving in yes
Initiating and reacting are the daily affairs of life
Kindness, respect, forgiveness
Yes
The fundamental practices.

Resting in yes
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray dear Lord my soul to keep
But if I die before I wake
I prayer dear Lord my soul you’ll take.
Yes
Amen
David Mills
February 22, 2017

Bon voyage Michael and Vianda with love,
David

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Four Great Powers

Introduction

lao-tzuTao Te Ching – Chapter 25
There was something formless and perfect
before the universe was born.
It is serene. Empty.
Solitary. Unchanging.
Infinite. Eternally present.
It is the mother of the universe.
For lack of a better name,
I call it the Tao.
It flows through all things,
inside and outside, and returns
to the origin of all things.
The Tao is great.
The universe is great.
Earth is great.
Man is great.
These are the four great powers.
Man follows the earth.
Earth follows the universe.
The universe follows the Tao.
The Tao follows only itself.

States of the Unions
Sermon on the MountSermon on the Mount
Jesus, Dates?
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.
This is remembered as the Sermon on the Mount.

Pope FrancisThe Vicar of Christ
Pope Francis, April 2017
Why the only future worth building includes everyone
A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don’t, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity, and tenderness to prevail. “Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the ‘other’ is not a statistic or a number,” he says. “We all need each other.”

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The Way Things Are

Introduction

KarrmaTao Te Ching – Chapter 26
The heavy is the root of the light.
The unmoved is the source of all movement.
Thus the Master travels all day
without leaving home.
However splendid the views,
she stays serenely in herself.
Why should the lord of the country
flit about like a fool?
If you let yourself be blown to and fro,
you lose touch with your root.
If you let restlessness move you,
you lose touch with who you are.

States of the Unions

Stieglitz SteerageA Look Back In Time
The Steerage is a photograph taken by Alfred Stieglitz in 1907. It has been hailed as one of the greatest photographs of all time because it captures in a single image both a formative document of its time and one of the first works of artistic modernism.
The Steerage, Alfred Stieglitz

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Four Great Powers

Introduction

cosmosTao Te Ching – Chapter 25

There was something formless and perfect
before the universe was born.
It is serene. Empty.
Solitary. Unchanging.
Infinite. Eternally present.
It is the mother of the universe.
For lack of a better name,
I call it the Tao.
It flows through all things,
inside and outside, and returns
to the origin of all things.
The Tao is great.
The universe is great.
Earth is great.
Man is great.
These are the four great powers.
Man follows the earth.
Earth follows the universe.
The universe follows the Tao.
The Tao follows only itself.

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Your Turn

Introduction

JudgementTao Te Ching – Chapter 24
He who stands on tiptoe
doesn’t stand form.
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.

questionsStates of the Unions
Name you own leader, country, or topic and then ascribe one word to describe your current view.
For example (mine):
States of the Unions (topic) – fragile
Trump (leader) – nonsense
UK (country) – experienced

Your turn . . .

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Easter

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright, the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

Peter's DiscoveryWhen they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.

Road to EmmausHe asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

“What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him, but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

Emmaus 2As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

Jesus Appears to the DisciplesWhile they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.

He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms.”

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,  and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised, but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Assenciion Near BethanyWhen he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

May the blessings and joy of Easter be with you now and always!

PS For almost two thousand years devoted believers, mystics, innocents, and even non-believers have reported having near-to-life, fully perceptual, visitations with Jesus Christ. In 1992 such an event happened to Glenda Green and spoke with her daily for almost four months. During this time, they spoke…as friends do, of many wonderful things both miraculous and practical. Nothing would ever be the same. Her penetrating report of this experience is sincere, unbiased, and free of religious contrivance. In many ways, her perceptions provide a bridge to the new millennium. Never before has language or a state of consciousness been present to examine the nature of such a miraculous occurrence as well as to develop the profound implications of it. Here is a brilliant glimpse of eternity, rich with practical applications to life. These messages are sparkling and direct with great contemporary relevance, Imparting in every way the impact of Divinity in communion with a thoughtful and well-educated woman of our generation. Amazing answers are given to more than 300 penetrating questions. Amazon describing Glenda Green’s Love Without End
If you are ready to examine the coexistence of our eternal divine nature and temporal nature of our humanity in a new light, the insights here are profound.

PPS My own experience with ‘channeled messages’ first occurred in 1998 with To My Father’s House and more recently with Awakening to Yes. I am here to demonstrate the truth of these things.

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Silent Saturday Agendas

Jesus Alone in the TombJesus is alone in the tomb, his spirit in communion with God, bringing about the resurrection of his body for his next communications.

Disciples in Confusion and FearThe disciples retreat and hide in confusion and fear.

Jewish Leaders PlotThe Jewish leadership plots to disrupt this unwieldy new movement.

Blessing to each and all on this Easter Eve.

PS Many Christians in the United States observe Holy Saturday, which falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. It commemorates the day when Jesus Christ lay in the tomb after his death, according to the Christian bible. It is also known as Easter Eve and is the last day of Lent.

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