grace {illustrated}

Month: October, 2012

WELCOME…

To

 Five Minute Friday!

 Five Minute Friday

This is when we take the cue from Lisa Jo

Write away

for 

5

minutes

without 

editing.

with

abandonment.

Join in on the fun.

it is fun

go to http://lisajobaker.com

to see how it is done.

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welcome

you,

O’ 

Holy

One

for this time I can reflect upon Grace.

I

welcome

your 

loving  Spirit

that 

holds me so gently moment by moment through the day.

welcome

your 

guiding Wisdom

that

surpasses that which this limited mind thinks.

welcome 

your

infinite

power

the power that leaves me without doubt

with 

knowingness

welcome

this

freedom 

I have found

within

your 

welcoming

embrace.

Moreover.

welcome this opportunity

to share this 

love.

Where are you choosing to abide?

This post was part of my 21 day to Grace series.

It came to mind today ~

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Day Seven = One Week!

Woohoo!!!

Look what this practice is doing for you!

I believe:

you look forward to it!

I believe:

you are feeling God’s Presence & Power as never before.

I believe:

that each day you are noticing a calm heretofore unknown.

I believe:

in

Grace.

in

You

!

Spiritual Practice

As I rest in this sacred space.

This sacred moment called now

God is so easily recognized. I feel this God-ness. This Good-ness

in, around and through me.

There is not a spot where God is not

I am grateful to be resting here.

I am not separated from God.

I am  not separated from Grace.

No, I am One with the One

Omnipotent One.

&

I love the strength I find in this One & Only Power there is!

I am One with the One

Omnipresent One

&

I love the peace I find in this One Presence that Is!

I am One with the One

Omniscient One.

& I love the wisdom I find in this One Intelligence that Is

mine

eternally

in

the

here

now

{Think about it, Souljourner. Right where you are, ALL that God Is; IS!}

{Relax in this Truth. Now & Forevermore}

I give thanks for the All-ness that God Is.

I rejoice knowing that in this day

the

One

Power

the

One

Presence

the

One

Divine

Intelligence

guides

governs

guards

me.

Of course, I have a choice to rest in this All-ness that God Is,

to rest in

Grace

or

to

wrestle with the limited thoughts of my mind.

I choose whom I serve now.

Without obligation.

With

pure

desire

pure

intention

I

choose

to

live

this

day

in

God

in

Grace

&

so it is

!

Spiritual Truth

“Ye cannot serve God & mammon {the world}”

Luke 16:13

Before taking these thoughts into meditation,

clear your mind of pre-conceived beliefs regarding “serving God”

God is not the master and you the slave.

God is not an obligation.

God is the Divine Essence desiring to be expressed through you.

God is Love.

“The world”

is not something evil.

“The world”

is.

“The world” is race consciousness that has not realized there is but One Power.

In thought, exchange the work “serving” and see yourself “allowing”  this pure essence of God

to come forth through you each moment of this day.

In Practice

I know that you have been given some amazing insights into your choice for this day.

Journal about  the beauty that you have discovered.

Express the joy that you now see in serving God.

Digging Deeper

Remember yesterday’s discussion of how judgement & unforgiveness separates you from the gifts of Grace?

Can you see what other beliefs cause this separation?

It is the belief in duality.

The belief that there is a power other than God.

There is not.

God

IS

Omnipotent.

It is in this Oneness that Grace is found.

Journal about this.

My Story

 Practicing the Presence over an extended amount of time has made me more aware

{conscious}

of

the

One & Only Power That Is.

There is no Power in the World

{unless I choose to give it Power & choose to serve the world}

The World cannot do anything to me

{unless I choose to believe that it has Power over me}

As Jesus said to Pilate,

“Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above”

No matter where I am

No matter what circumstance confronts me

God is right there.

&

I am One with the One Power that Is.

Choosing to abide in this Oneness. To abide in the “Spiritual Realm”

my focus is upon the Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient One.

I  have all that is needed.

As it is said in the Psalms

“if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there”

There truly is no separation from God.

We truly are living in a spiritual universe

&

it is in this Spiritual Realm that you must abide to experience Grace.

 Not out of obligation.

but with pure joy.

Godspeed

Thank you, O’ Divine One, for this message of Grace.

For the ever-increasing awareness that is coming forth through this Souljourner of the reality

that You Alone Are.

With open hearts may your Presence be known.

May your glory be shown.

May the appearances of the world fall away into the nothingness that it is.

And so it is.

Amen.

Day Six

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It’s our sixth day, Souljourner!

What is your Soul saying to you about the journey?

I believe the voice of your  Soul is thanking you for becoming more & more aware

of the Infinite Grace that surrounds you each and every moment of the day.

I believe the voice of your Soul is being heard as never before.

I believe your Soul is singing a constant song of Grace.

I believe your Soul is experiencing peace.

Did

you

really

think

it

would

take

21

days

?

No, Beloved. Grace is here now.

It’s just like Dorothy’s ruby slippers.

 The ability to experience Grace

has ALL-ways been with you.

The ability to experience Grace

Will All-ways  be with you.

It is your choice.

Grace is  Ever-present.

Ever joyful.

 “Pre-sent” yourself!

 Receive this eternal gift now!

Spiritual Practice

Surrounded in this sea of Grace

in this sea of love

in this sea of God

it is so easy to recognize the perfect

Power, Presence and Intelligence of the Master of this Sea.

And I become One with the One in this Sea of God.

This Sea of Grace.

It is in

This sea of Grace I am supported.

It is in

This sea of Grace I am upheld.

The flailing of arms stops.

I  resist no longer.

I allow this Grace to Be.

Buoyantly.

Joyfully.

Expectantly

I

am

upraised

&

I

praise this God of the Sea.

This God in around & through me.

Diving in, intentionally, purposely,  I rest in this Grace.

{Be still. Ride the Sea. Rest in Thee}

I am so grateful for the beauty & peace that I have found in this infinite Sea of God.

This infinite Sea of Grace.

The weight is gone.

I am afloat.

I am

at

peace

&

so it is

!

Spiritual Truth

In this ocean of peace, where there is nothing but the Truth of God waving gently upon your Soul,

take these verses into meditation:

“Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned:

forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.

Luke 6 : 36 – 37

In Practice

I know, Souljourner, that the message of this Truth has touched your Soul.

How does this message relate to Grace?

Is it possible to live in Grace with judgement in your heart?

Is it possible to feel freedom = Grace when your heart is filled with unforgiveness?

Are you removing yourself from the gifts of Grace by holding onto:

judgement, prejudice, bigotry,envy, jealousy,  hate?

Is it possible to feel Oneness with God when you are withholding

forgiveness, understanding or cooperation toward your fellow-man?

Dig Deeper

Consider:

“God’s grace is a state of forgiveness”

Joel Goldsmith

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Journal about this.

Be specific.

If you desire to live in peace, to live in Grace,

you  must be honest with yourself and free yourself from  the anchor

{the person} moreover { the belief}

that is weighing you down into the depths of the sea.

By cutting the anchor free, instantly you rise up to  float effortlessly upon the Sea.

This is where the Grace is found.

This is where the Peace is known.

This is where you belong.

Souljourn there with me.

My Story

The illustration is my story.

“Today I Judge Nothing”

Purposely.

Intentionally.

Consciously.

Or should I say unconsciously because this is simply a part of me,

I

PRACTICE

NON-JUDGMENT!

This began in the mid 90’s when I read, then took a class, based upon Deepak Chopra’s book,

“The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success”

When I read the prayer that follows which he quoted from the Course of Miracles

“Today I shall judge nothing that occurs”

it resonated with my Soul.

 I began the practice, as he suggested,  an hour at a time;  gradually increasing the practice to a daily commitment of non-judgement.

Today, as I stated, it is no longer a  commitment; it is simply who I am.

You will be amazed how this practice frees your Soul;

Allows you to dive into the Sea of Grace.

Try it.

JUDGE NOTHING

!

Say it out loud when you begin to judge.

Release yourself from the habit of judging

&

create the habit of loving,

as

Christ taught.

Create the habit of living in Grace!

Godspeed

Thank you for this infinite gift of Grace.

I take personal responsibility for acceptance of this gift.

I realize now what separates me from the peace promised.

I let go of judgement.

For myself.

For others.

I

forgive.

Myself.

Others.

Anchors Away!

Day Five

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Welcome to day Five

fellow

Souljourner!

I so love this journey we are on!

Tell me, I am curious, how did yesterday’s excavation go?

Were you surprised to find some of those deep seated thoughts and beliefs?

Didn’t it feel wonderful releasing them into the “nothingness” that they are?

Any additional blocks will become evident upon our trek today

as we closely examine our true perspective of God.

How big is your God

?

Let’s find out now!

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Today’s Practice

One Presence.

One Power.

One Substance.

 One Source.

One immeasurable One

GOD

&

I am One with this Infinite One

right now.

In this Oneness

I feel  the breadth of God supporting me.

I feel the length of God guiding  me.

I feel the depth of God loving me.

I feel  the height of God governing me.

It is in this limitless state of peace I rest  right now.

{This is your time, Divine One, to rest in Thee}

I give thanks for all that God is.

For this Peace that I feel in my very soul

each & every time I enter

this sacred space

of

Knowingness.

I give thanks for the eternal Truths that support me right now.

I do not have to wait for this glory to be known.

No, it is nigh.

&

I accept. I allow this Grace to Be.

En+Joy

I

say

&

so it is

!

{Keeping your Spiritual Resolve in mind, remember the importance of Practicing the Presence!}

Spiritual Truth

In this Spirit of Knowingness,

bring your attention to:

“God strengthening the inner man with His Spirit; {Feel} The Christ dwelling in your hearts by faith; that ye, be rooted and grounded in love.

That you may be able to comprehend with all saints what  is the breadth, and length, and depth and height

of God; and  that you may  know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,

and that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God”

Ephesians 3:16 – 19

In this quietness, which is your strength, feel the Christ dwelling in your heart

{through faith}

Feel

being rooted and grounded in this love.

Feel the clarity of  the breadth, length depth and height of God.

Allow the fullness of God to permeate your soul.

In Practice

Dwelling in this secret place of the most high,

journal your thoughts on the riches of this glory.

Where is this glory coming from?

Is it found out there?

Or, is it within the inner man?

Nearer than hands & feet?

Is it available now?

How does this breadth, length, depth and height feel to you?

This is where your perception of God comes into focus.

Do you feel the fullness of God?

Do you see how Practicing the Presence makes this fullness of God come alive in your heart?

Do you feel the eternal, boundless Presence that God is right where you are right now?

Describe the experience.

My Story

When I first began digging deeper into my beliefs, I took classes with a wonderful little old lady named Mary.

Mary is the one that I remember hearing these words from  for the first time,

“My God is too big to be confined to any one religion”

I wondered about her “big God”

“He” sounded pretty cool to me but what did this “bigness” mean?

I can still visualize me  visualizing what she meant by all of this because at that time God had not become personal to me and He was still out there somewhere.

As I began to explore , moreover, began to meditate, to feel the Presence of God,

I began to appreciate my dear Mary’s belief.

How could I limit the limitless?

How could I bind what is boundless?

Mary was right, in my mind. In my heart. In my soul.

God became bigger than any religion for I knew that  God was in around and through everything and everyone.

In Heaven. On Earth.

Now that is BIG!

And BIG is my perception of God!

Godspeed

Thank you, Infinite, Unlimited One, for the Breadth, Length, Depth and Height that you are!

I allow this awareness to expand beyond my limited vision.

I allow your vision of magnificence to strengthen me.

And so it is.

Day Four

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Day Four!

 What’s in store?

The Architecture of Grace!

Let’s begin.

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Today’s Practice

One Presence.

One Power.

One Substance.

One Source.

One Divine Architect of All.

GOD

&

I

am

One

with this Creative One.

I

am

One

with the infinite plan of God.

I

am

One

with the infinite precision of God.

I

am

One

with the infinite beauty of God.

The Master Architect,

that God is,

Is in the midst of me right here.

Right now.

There are not two.

There is One.

There is no separation

There is no wall

There is only God

&

I rest in this

Kingdom of God.

I rest in this

Sanctuary of Grace.

right

now

*

{Be still, beloved. Rest. This is God’s Design for You}

I am in awe & wonder as I feel the Grace & Beauty of  this Kingdom.

My heart overflows with gratitude for  this safe place that I abide within.

To rest in this House of Grace is a gift without price.

I am home.

Thank you for this ever increasing awareness.

Thank you for this ever increasing knowing-ness

Thank you for this Grace.

This glorious Kingdom that I rest within.

Letting go

allowing

I say

&

so

it

is

*

Spiritual Truth

Remaining in this tranquil space,

consider:

“The Kingdom of God is within you”

Luke 17:21

Ask for clarity. Expansion. Greater awareness of this Truth.

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In Practice

Build upon this awareness of that which is within you:

the

Kingdom of God

&

 journal the thoughts that have come to you during this meditation.

Digging Deeper

In addition, here are questions to Consider:

Are you or anyone else, for that matter, ever separated from this Kingdom?

Do you bring the Kingdom to you?

Or

is it ever-present?

All-ways

available?

 Deeper Still

What thoughts, beliefs, are blocking you from experiencing this Kingdom right now?

What thoughts, beliefs, are blocking you from the Master Architect?

Realize, my friend, that the wall  separating you from the Kingdom is built from these thoughts and beliefs.

In order to remove the wall, to enter the Kingdom,

remove

 the blocks,

the

mental blocks

separating

you

from the Divine Inheritance that is yours!

Let the excavation begin!

My Story

I believe the Kingdom of God within me began to become real to me when I first began to meditate.

At that time,  during meditation,

I would visualize Jesus literally knocking upon the door of my heart,

  I would open it up.

 I would welcome Him in.

I am now recognizing the importance this practice was for me.

First of all, I am very visual, with an interior design background.

Homes are my thing!

So, naturally, sensing that my home was in my heart,

seeing the  beautiful architecture of that  door that Jesus was knocking upon,

{like the paintings we have seen time & again}

brought the Kingdom

home

for

me.

I am so grateful for this spiritual practice that brought me to where I am today.

I hadn’t thought about it for years, but look how glorious this expansion is!

Then,

I  accepted  a daily  visit  with the Divine.

 Now,

I  abide with the Divine,

the Master Architect

 in the  Kingdom

all-ways!

{You can, too, my friend! Develop a personal spiritual practice. It leads to the kingdom!}

Godspeed

In recognition of the Original Creator of all,

who holds the perfect plan for each one,

I give thanks.

In this day, I choose to glorify the Kingdom!

&

so it is

!