Spirit and Gratitude

Vibrate with a sense of Gratitude and you will align with Source Energy, know without question God's will, and live your Joy! 

 

 All is well.  I pray and light shows me that I can be present and powerfully do nothing.  Then I pray again with full gratitude!

 

" We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past, but by the love we're not extending in the future."

Marianne Williamson 

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Love before me
Love behind me
Love at my left
Love at my right
Love above me
Love below me
Love unto me
Love in my surroundings
Love to all
Love to the Universe

Peace before me
Peace behind me
Peace at my left
Peace at my right
Peace above me
Peace below me
Peace unto me
Peace in my surroundings
Peace to all
Peace to the Universe

Light before me
Light behind me
Light at my left
Light at my right
Light above me
Light below me
Light unto me
Light in my surroundings
Light to all
Light to the Universe  

Prayer of Light - Gurunam (Michael Joseph Levry)

 

I pray 

that I may serve others out of gratitude to my Higher Power.

I pray 

 that my work may be a small repayment for The Grace
so freely given me.




Perspective
I SEE GOD’S GOOD IS AT WORK.

A famous photographer was once observed at work. The viewers were amazed to see how he positioned himself. Sometimes he was up high, or down low, or in between. When asked why he endured such contortions, he replied, “I constantly shift my focus to find the right angle, the one that expresses the truth of what I’m viewing.”

I may sometimes find myself faced with a seemingly insurmountable situation. In the midst of such situations, I do as the photographer suggests: I find the right angle, the one that expresses the truth. I do this by shifting my perspective, by changing my thoughts and attitudes, by letting go of anxiety and letting God direct and inspire me. From this new perspective, I see God at work!



Forgive
FORGIVENESS IS AN EXPRESSION OF GOD’S LOVE.

When Jesus was asked “How often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” He responded, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy times seven times.” Jesus did not say to forgive only as much as the other person deserves—but to forgive without end. Forgiveness is an expression of God’s love, as much for the forgiver as the forgiven.

When I limit my forgiveness to those who I believe deserve it, I am putting limits on the love of God, and limiting myself. As I forgive others, I release resentment and envision the highest and best for them.

I have also made mistakes in my own life. As I forgive others, I forgive myself. I am open to the full expression of God’s love.

 

 "If we pray, we will believe; 

If we believe, we will love; 

If we love, we will serve."

- Mother Teresa

 

My life is filled with Gratitude...and on those days I feel a little "off kilter" or "out of sorts" ...let's face it even on the days i feel agitated, annoyed and pissed off (thankfully their few and far between) I can easily turn it around by listing the things for which I am grateful.  If the feeling hangs on a bit, I stop and write out the gratitude list and then begin writing one in the evening before I go to bed and in the morning when I wake up.  A few days of gratitude and whatever appeared to be upsetting literally disappears!

Most recently I have discovered that the most common source of upset for me is the idea that I might not be good enough.  I usually deflect this idea onto situations or other people making them WRONG for putting me in THIS position.  So along with gratitude I can also claim my Higher Power's view of me...which is just how I was made...Whole, Complete in Every Way, Magnificent, Beautiful, Extraordinary, and down right FABULOUS!

And my days go exceptionally well when I wake up and remember, consciously remember, "THIS DAY is a GIFT!  I have this one, this special one to create any way I wish and I choose JOY!"

Blessed Be and Namaste,

Lawrence

 

God grant me the SERENITY 

to accept the things I cannot change,

COURAGE to change the things I can 

and the WISDOM to know the difference.

 

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson

Let Go, Let God
I TRUST THE WISDOM OF GOD TO LEAD ME IN RIGHT WAYS.

Stewing over a challenging situation can cause me unnecessary worry and concern. I may fill my mind with worst-case scenarios and “what ifs” until I wear myself out. Overthinking a problem can often expend more energy than simply letting go and trusting God.

Instead of forcing solutions, I turn to God within. Taking a deep breath, I relax my mind and body. I say a simple “Thank You.” I give thanks that there is a higher power at work in my life, guiding me in right ways, and helping me achieve my goals. I give thanks that I am a partner with God in every experience. I relax, let go, and trust Divine Wisdom to bless and guide me.


Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.—Philippians 4:6

While having the joy and honor of working with the Marionites of Holy Angels on the Bywater Project I have been moved and inspired repeatedly.  At one years Thanksgiving gathering and Awards night I was once again touched by things that were said and inspired by the following prayer:

PRAYER OF GRATITUDE

I walk in thanksgiving, for the sunlit years of childhood, for warm winds and singing birds, for laughter and discovery and the gift of wonder, and because I walk in thanksgiving, I WALK IN BELIEF.

I walk in thanksgiving, for the years of growing awareness of life, of my own self as one among many selves, fashioning my strength reaching out and up, for the experience of growth through uncertainty, the risk of life, of love, of liberty... and because I walk in thanksgiving, I WALK IN TRUST.

I walk in thanksgiving, for your friendship and the gift of prayer, for the splendor of autumn and the rocky peaks, for music and poetry and the song of the world, for the intensity of life, for challenges and delight...and because I walk in thanksgiving, I WALK IN JOY.

I walk in thanksgiving, for life that comes not as a whole, but in little pieces called people; for tenderness and strength, for gentleness and warmth, for weakness and pain, for laughter and courage, for the risk of life, and because I walk in thanksgiving, I WALK IN LOVE.

I WALK IN THANKSGIVING, for faith and hope, for joy and love, and because I walk in thanksgiving, I WALK IN GOD.

Simplicity

LOVE IS MY RELIGION.

When asked to name the greatest commandment, Jesus said it was to love God and to love one’s neighbor as one’s self. The simplicity of this principle is profound.

I love God. I am a wondrous part of the mystery, the order, the magnificence, and the dynamic dance of creating and re-creating that is God. With each thought of gratitude, my love for God deepens.

I love the diversity of my brothers and sisters, each unique in their own way. I love the creative expressions of Spirit that we are and the gifts and attributes we are here to share. Each day we practice kindness and compassion, acceptance and forgiveness, we choose the path of love.


Daily Word from UNITY June 18, 2013

The Sacred Seven Prayers

O Great Spirit, who art before all else and who dwells in every object, in every person and in every place, we cry unto Thee. We summon Thee from the far places into our present awareness. 

O Great Spirit of the North, who gives wings to the waters of the air and rolls the thick snowstorm before Thee, Who covers the Earth with a sparkling crystal carpet above whose deep tranquility every sound is beautiful. Temper us with strength to withstand the biting blizzards, yet make us thankful for the beauty which follows and lies deep over the warm Earth in its wake.

O Great Spirit of the East, the land of the rising Sun, Who holds in Your right hand the years of our lives and in Your left the opportunities of each day. Brace us that we may not neglect our gifts nor lose in laziness the hopes of each day and the hopes of each year.

O Great Spirit of the South, whose warm breath of compassion melts the ice that gathers round our hearts, whose fragrance speaks of distant springs and summer days, dissolve our fears, melt our hatreds, kindle our love into flames of true and living realities. Teach us that he who is truly strong is also kind, he who is wise tempers justice with mercy, he who is truly brave matches courage with compassion.

O Great Spirit of the West, the land of the setting Sun, with Your soaring mountains and free, wide rolling prairies, bless us with knowledge of the peace which follows purity of striving and the freedom which follows like a flowing robe in the winds of a well-disciplined life. Teach us that the end is better than the beginning and that the setting sun glorifies not in vain.

O Great Spirit of the heavens, in the day's infinite blue and amid the countless stars of the night season, remind us that you are vast, that you are beautiful and majestic beyond all of our knowing or telling, but also that you are no further from us than the tilting upwards of our heads and the raising of our eyes.

O Great Spirit of Mother Earth beneath our feet, Master of metals, Germinator of seeds and the Storer of the Earth's unreckoned resources, help us to give thanks unceasingly for Your present bounty.

O Great Spirit of our souls, burning in our heart's yearning and in our innermost aspirations, speak to us now and always so that we may be aware of the greatness and goodness of Your gift of life and be worthy of this priceless privilege of living.

©1996 Noel Knockwood, B.A. Elder
 
 
 
 
The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi      
 
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, 
let me sow love;
where there is injury, 
pardon;
where there is doubt, 
faith;
where there is despair, 
hope;
where there is darkness, 
light;
where there is sadness, 
joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled 
as to console;
to be understood 
as to understand;
to be loved 
as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

 
St. Francis was born at Assisi in 1182. After a care free youth, he turned his back on inherited wealth and committed himself to God. Like many early saints, he lived a very simple life of poverty, and in so doing, gained a reputation of being the friend of animals.  He established the rule of St Francis, which exists today as the Order of St. Francis, or the Franciscans. He died in 1226, aged 44.


"The Basis of life is freedom,

The result of life is expansion,

The purpose of life is joy."

ABRAHAM



"I have to say, one of the great honors of my life was meeting Nelson Mandela."

"When people ask me who I admire most, they are people that are able to forgive....Nelson Mandela I think stands out in a way that is unparalleled in terms of how to survive 27 years in jail and then come out and be somebody that can lead a nation and change a country, but also change the world." 

-Former Secre
tary of State Madeleine Albright


I am very grateful for my friends and all that they bring to my life!


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TIBETAN RITUAL

as heard on

EMPOWER RADIO:

"MAY THE WHITE LIGHT OF KNOWLEDGE SURROUND ME AND PROTECT ME FROM IGNORANCE

(imagine white (Hollywood sign white) light encircling your body as if you were drawing it around a stick figure)


MAY THE GREEN LIGHT OF HEALING SURROUND ME AND GIVE ME STRENGTH

(imagine green (fresh cut green grass) light encircling your body as if you were drawing it around a stick figure)


MAY THE VIOLET LIGHT OF TRANSMUTATION, SURROUND ME AND SEND, WITH NEITHER LOVE NOR HATE, ALL FORCES NOT IN RESONANCE WITH THESE THREE LIGHTS, BACK TO IT'S ORIGIN."

(imagine violet (the inside of an amethyst geode)light encircling your body as if you were drawing it around a stick figure)


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Happiness
IN THIS MOMENT, I AM ENOUGH AND I HAVE ENOUGH TO BE HAPPY.

Whatever happens in my life, I can experience happiness within me. I deserve happiness and I am worthy of love. I am joyful when I am content with myself and connected to others.

I let go of what might have been as well as past mistakes. By forgiving myself and others, I clear away barriers to giving and receiving love. When I release the past, I choose happiness and freedom. I feel the love of God enfolding me. I trust my Creator withholds nothing good from me. I appreciate the blessings in my life and claim the good still unfolding.

Whether I am praying alone, playing with friends, or planning an adventure, I am content with myself and with others. In this moment, I am enough and I have enough to be happy.

"You are a gift to the world

You are a blessed being made in the image of God

And no one will ever be, as unique as you are

You are a gift to the world."

Jack Fowler

"You Are What You Seek" CD




Continuing the consideration of the term "spiritual experience":

 "The acquiring of an immediate and overwhelming God-consciousness,
resulting in a dramatic transformation, though frequent, is by no means the rule. Most of our spiritual experiences are of the educational variety, and they develop slowly over a period of
time. Quite often friends of newcomers are aware of the
difference long before they are themselves. They finally realize that they have undergone a profound alteration in
their reaction to life and that such a change could hardly have
been brought about by themselves alone."

Twenty Four Hours A Day

Daily Meditation 


GUIDED BY SPIRIT, I BECOME ALL THAT I AM.

Spirit guides me to be all that I am, all that I came here to be. I am a spiritual being having an earthly experience. As this awareness unfolds in me, I learn to allow my spiritual nature to direct my thoughts, words, and actions every day.

As I move through my life experiences, I invite Spirit to teach me how to respond to difficult situations with grace and ease, and I pay attention to the guidance I receive. I let go of old patterns that may have caused pain and suffering. I learn how to be heart-centered and develop ways to interact with others gently and lovingly. Through the workings of Spirit, I am becoming more of my true Self. I am who I came here to be.

Daily Word from Unity July 19, 2014