The Source of Good and Bad by Jim Hatton

THE SOURCE OF GOOD AND BAD

 

Someone suggested to me that if we can find out where Good and Bad come from, then we can go to the source of Good and experience more Good.  Our lives would be happier, we would feel better and things would be a whole lot easier.

If we ask five different people what Good and Bad is, we would probably get five different answers.  The concept of Good and Bad can be relative to each individual. Here are two examples:

 A flight attendant was scheduled to work on the United Airlines plane that crashed into one of the towers on 9/11.  By a wrong computer keystroke the attendant was scheduled on a different flight instead. She didn’t want to work and was upset the whole flight until she found out that she should have been on the plane that crashed into the twin towers.

The man who worked at the World Trade Center was running late to work and couldn’t catch the “fast” subway to work. He arrived just in time to see the plane crash into the one of the towers.

Was accidently being scheduled on the wrong flight or missing the fast subway a bad thing?  The two individuals might have thought so at the time.

How can we define what is “Good” and what is “Bad”? Are good things the ones we like and bad things the ones we don’t like?  If so, we are individually choosing what is good and bad in our lives.

 Maybe there really isn’t Good or Bad, just an “Is-ness”.  We have a choice to call it “good” or “bad” or not judge it as anything at all. It’s just what IS. We do, however, have a choice to appreciate something and want more of it.

If we look back on our lives and try to see our experiences from the highest or broadest viewpoint, all those things we may not have liked, all those challenges and all the “bad” things have led us to this point now in our life: we somehow benefited from those experiences.  We may have gained in safety, prosperity, advantageous circumstances, received a greater understanding, experienced more love, or gained a deeper wisdom.

The mystics tell us Good is always given to us.  It is the nature of the Universe, the nature of our being to experience the good in our lives. There is no “BAD”. What the bad is, is when we block the flow of Good by focusing on the bad things or judging what is good and what is bad. Judgement stops the flow of Good.  Therefore, one might conclude that ALL is good, and indeed it is!

“Look for the Good and praise it” is a common expression found on signs, bumper stickers, and writings. I have never seen “look for the Bad and praise it.” But that’s exactly what we do when we judge, complain, and tell our woeful story over and over.

Judgment is a Mind-made thing.  We choose whether or not to judge. Any type of judgement places a filter, so we do not see or experience the real thing.  If we judge someone by the color of their skin, we cannot experience or know the real person until the color of their skin no longer matters. If we judge another for their actions we will never see the good in that person. Jeshua Ben Joseph did not heal anyone by judging them as sick.  Being sick or well was not an issue for him. He only saw the whole person.

The truth is, there is no source of Bad.  Only the “Good” or Is-ness is constantly given to us by Source. The question is, “Are we blocking it or are we letting it in?”

  •  The World is not broken, Be in Peace…Jim Hatton
  • The above article appeared in the Ashland Daily Tidings on Sept. 15, 2018

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Wake Up! It is Late Already by Gokul Gokani

Wake up!  It is Late already 

Peace is always inside because “Outer peace” suggests that it is not ours but is outside! And outer peace can’t take you “IN” unless you are an alchemist, which is a rarity, if not impossible, like one in millions or billions!

A Real person with absolute peace either is followed by masses or at the same time makes more multitudes of masses real enemies, as they may not have the understanding of truth told by such Teachers! There is no other alternative than these two, either to fall in Love with such person’s divine Being or to contemplate to kill him/her. The majority of the general public, whose interest and understanding only allows them to use five percent of conscious energy thus a huge reserve of vital virgin energy they were bestowed at birth as a blessings from Beyond is ignored.  It could have made a Buddha with just a turn or changing direction from out to IN if they had shaken of all their dogmas, conditioning and desires.  In a busy life one needs to make time to look deeper than the physical looks in the mirror or in the eyes of others.

That is why we miss our own hidden treasure, though we carry it for millions of lives without even a glimpse of it!  What a waste of moving or running in circle without reaching to the SELF, which is waiting from time immemorial to be  discovered and then Celebrate ad-infinitum. But it is a pity and waste of life living in a mundane world of material pleasures racing in many directions.  Though we all know that one can’t ride on two horses or sail on two boats at the same time, we still try to ride on many mental horses and dissipate our very special gift of Existential Energy.  We gather pebbles instead of Kohinoor or diamonds on the beach of Life and miss the opportunity to Love, Live and Laugh.  We miss an invaluable opportunity to experience the ultimate, which is why we have come to the ultimate rung of the ladder on this evolutionary opportunity. But who cares! We are mad for more and more, which is left behind at the end.

If we don’t wake up in this very present moment then we have forgotten, as time is here and now only in this very present moment.  The moment is very precious and we are bent upon competition, greed, jealousy, possessiveness, miserliness, politics, envy, passion and such trivia! Time to wake up!

 I am reminded of one such wonderful anecdote. A seeker of truth was doing everything that can be done by a human being, but still salvation was avoiding him/her. Once as per the routine in the early morning while walking to the holy river for a holy dip in river Ganges in Haridwar, India, he/she heard from the nearby hut on the side of the road the voice of a mother, who was waking up her school going son by saying, ” My Dear Raju, wake up now, as it is late already!”  This seeker of truth was in the right place at the right time, because it hit to the core of this traveler of the Truth so thoroughly and the time was ripe and right for the completion of the Inward journey.  Self- Realization happened instantaneously in that very moment! When it happens, it is like lightening. It depends on us either now or never, as it is just like waking up from the sleep! This Mother never knew that she was the instrument to awaken a Soul, while trying to wake up her son. This is the way one receives an Enlightenment, Inner Peace, silence or Self Realization, if one is open available and receptive into this very moment. So to be available in the moment is an art for all Truth seekers for the inward authentic journey.  But one can be asleep in the present moment contemplating and complaining for this or that, even while praying, meditating or while on a pilgrimage! Thankfulness is the only Prayer rather than making existence or fulfilling wishes their God.  Time to wake up!

Swami Anand Krishna (DR. Gokul Gokani) is a retired E. N. T. Surgeon, who has worked in England, India and Africa and has lived in Ashland since 1999.  Born in India, he shares the experience of Mediation with fellow travelers, is a Reiki Master, Ayurveda counselor, healer and spiritual counselor and teacher of Olli classes.  Email: dr_gokani@hotmail.com  or www.aumawakeningcenter.com

 The above article appeared in the Ashland Daily Tidings on Saturday Sept. 1, 2018

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A Litany for Bob by Jenine Baines

When Bob texted one evening, I never expected it was to tell me he had died.

 I still don’t know who used Bob’s phone to relay the news, but I do know that I stared at the one sentence message – “Bob passed away this morning” – in disbelief. Last I’d heard, Bob had finished his treatment for intestinal cancer and was recovering. Bob was going to be okay. Someone was playing a very nasty, sadistic prank.

 Yet, even as I resisted the news, I accepted it.

 “Oh no!” I texted back. “I’m so sorry.”

 Sorry is a sorry excuse of a word for times like this. While, of course, I felt compassion for Bob’s wife, daughter, siblings, and mother – especially his mother; imagine outliving a child! – sorry as in sad, regretful, distressed, or disconsolate didn’t begin to cover the range of emotions I felt as memory after memory after memory of Bob-times pummeled me like a rough surf. Each was lovely, overwhelming, even refreshing in a weird way – reassuring me that Bob wasn’t really gone; when I missed him, I could order up a memory like take out spring rolls. But the memories stung, too – sea salt in my wound because, let’s get real, no recollection is a match for the real thing.

 I was also bewildered. Bob and I were longstanding pals. Still, we weren’t that close. If we had been, I’d have known he’d taken a turn for the worse. So why was I taking this so hard, crying “Oh, Bob, no. Oh, Bob, no.”

 Joni Mitchell supplied a partial answer in Big Yellow Taxi. “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone?” she sang. And, as much as I hate admitting this, I did take Bob a bit for granted. It never occurred to me that, cancer or no cancer, he wouldn’t always be there.

 I have vowed to learn my lesson. I’ve met my goal, too – oh, maybe 50% of the time. To better my odds, I list daily in my journal one friend/colleague for whom I’m grateful, following this with a “thinking of you” text or email or, better yet, a random act of kindness, even if that kindness is simply saying a prayer.

Increasingly, I find myself doing this for strangers on the street or ahead of me in line – without even trying! Years ago, I’d sing along with John Lennon’s I am the Walrus. Much of the song is gibberish. Who sits on a cornflake? The opening lyrics, however, nail it.

 I am he as you are he as you are me

And we are all together

And all you need is love. Which Bishop Desmond Tutu calls ubuntu. “A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good,” he explains. “For he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole…”

 I met Bob because I handled PR for an orchestra and he was a music reviewer. But Bob was also a staunch Presbyterian who, in his sixties, became a pastor. Look at me, Bob – propelled by your death to launch into a sermon! Are you smiling?

 Which reminds me of a favorite Dr. Seuss quote…

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

 Thank you, Bob. Thank you for calling to chortle when I wrote “flamingo music” instead of “flamenco” in a press release. For advising me to “close my eyes and listen to the music” when I was stumped by The Ring. For informing me after a less-than-stellar performance, “I’m going to do you a favor and not review this.” For countless coffees and email exchanges, where we’d discuss everything from my divorce and church politics to the relentless, often thankless challenges of marketing classical music to how music not only reflects but fuels faith.

 *****

 I learned of Bob’s death on a Thursday evening. That Friday morning, I wandered outside to check on my plants, which included a deader-than-dead tree in the corner. Only the day before, I’d considered hanging ornaments on it to make it less of an eyesore.

 Someone had beat me to it. Each ugly grey branch was strewn with blossoms.

 “Hi, Bob,” I said.

 It turns out that “Bob” is a peach tree. And what do peaches symbolize?  Immortality.

  Bio: An avid gardener and copywriter, Jenine Baines heads to the garden for inspiration/relief from writer’s block. She is currently attempting to unearth an agent for her book of essays, “You Don’t Have to Tell Everybody Everything: Confessions of a Chatty Cathy & Late Bloomer.” Her works can also be found on Medium.com.

 

The above article appeared in the Ashland Tidings Inner Peace Column on Sat. Aug. 25, 2018

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Seeking and Peace by Ed Hirsch

Seeking and Peace
When I seek my fulfillment beyond me,
I give myself over to fear.
But now I can see that the truth is
It is here. It is here. It is Here.
When I place my own good in the future,
I hope for a miracle somehow.
But now I can see that the truth is
It is now. It is now. It is Now.
When I place my own heart in another,
I’m left empty and wondering why.
But now I can see that the truth is
It is I. It is I. It is I.
When rejecting and seeking the higher,
I’m driven and chasing the sun.
But now I can see that the truth is
It is one. It is one. It is One.
When escaping myself and my life world,
I’m consumed by pursuing my bliss.
But now I can see that the truth is,
It is this. It is this. It is This.
 

Ed Hirsch conducts free, drop-in weekly groups in The Practice of Presence at a local Ashland residence. Contact him at presenceofone@yahoo.com for information.

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Comedians in Cars Getting Enlightened by Joyce Graham

Comedians in Cars Getting Enlightened

 Who would believe that the existential ache of all humanity would be uttered so dispassionately by Jerry Seinfeld and Howard Stern over a simple cup of coffee (Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee) – two individuals, who in the world of ‘having it all,’ truly, Have – It -  All –  king of comedy, king of radio…both men acerbically gloating about the pleasures of power, success, and endless privilege on earth …yet even in their cynical boastings, something still is lacking in their lives…something too confounding, even for these ‘kings.’

After gloating about their covers of Mad magazine and the notion of finally ‘making it,’ Jerry and Howard pause between sips of coffee, whereby Jerry reflects, “It’s so funny how it works, to get to that point, to get to that thing, and you don’t want it.  Why is life so f…ing twisted?” 

To which, Howard responds, “I don’t know.  I figured you had the answer.”

End of scene.

Thank you, Jerry; thank you, Howard, for exemplifying so clearly the eternal restlessness of every man, and reminding us again of Saint Augustine’s sanctifying quote:

Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.

Ahht that restless Ache.  That wonderfully, unsatisfying Ache that impels every soul to seek something greater than its own selfish end. 

And isn’t it wonderful to have that Ache, that unfulfilled longing for something greater than the small little ‘me’?  Isn’t it wonderful that in the end, nothing satisfies – no power or honor or pleasure – nothing quenches our existential thirst other than a relationship with God!

Turn to this Ache.  That Ache that both seeks and finds.  Ache to return to your Source.  The Ache to commune with your Creator God and to the Spirit of Mercy within.  Ache to give it all away, to alleviate the sufferings of others.  Ache to fill yourself with Light and service and purpose, beyond every earthly measure.  Then you will be Satisfied.  Eternally Satisfied.

So…may I suggest, on the next coffee run, Jerry and Howard skip the fun ride and arrive early to prepare to serve coffee and a bounty of hearty, satisfying meals to 300 suffering souls at Saint Vincent DePaul’s Kitchen – daily.  Perhaps there, inside a humble, hard-working kitchen, so far removed from the privileges of life, these two celebrated men could find something greater than being called media kings.  Perhaps – even among the clatter of pots and pans – they’d find real joy and a greater wisdom to say, “Yes, now I do know.”

THIRST -  from God Songs

I seek the Thirst of a sinner-saint.

No difference between the two.

The Thirst for rest, to feel so blessed,

The Thirst for Ever-You.

We drink of everything but Truth,

And for a time it seems,

The world and all her oysters,

Fill every hope and dream.

Until the cup of bitterness,

Turns our Thirst to silt,

The taste of shame, the taste of blame,

The taste of human guilt,

Brings us to drink, Thy Chaliced Heart

of Waters ever pure.

Of Bread and Wine, Thy Cup Divine,

My Thirst now ever Yours.

Joyce Mary Graham is a happy volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul’s kitchen (Thursday crew!) and author of God Songs,https://www.amazon.com/God-Songs

The above article appeared in the Ashland Daily Tidings on Saturday July 14, 2018

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Get Happy by Jim Hatton

 

GET HAPPY

Can we be happy all the time?

The answer is….well….yes!

 

Being happy, being in a state of appreciation, having fun are all indicators of us being in alignment or harmony with our inner selves.  When we are in tune with our inner selves, the law of attraction is working optimally for us creating all the wonderful things we are focused on and it does it easily and effortlessly.

 

We all have experienced when something we want to have, or experience, just falls into place. It seems magical much like it was supposed to happen.  This is when we allow it to happen by being in a state of happiness, of gratitude, in alignment with our real selves.

 

This all sounds easy, and it is.  So why don’t we allow ourselves to be happy (or at lease happier) all the time?  Our natural instinct is to be happy and playful.  Just look at dogs and children.  They want to play, to have fun, to run and be joyful.  Our culture trains us from an early age that struggle and strife is the only way to “get ahead”.  We are taught the we have to do without to get the things we want and only then we can be happy. The trouble with this is that this becomes a perpetual state of experience in our lives; we keep putting off our happiness based on an ever moving goal post. How long do we have to do without, to suffer, to allow ourselves to be happy?

 

 

This also perpetuates the “If only”:  “If only I could win the lottery….then I could be happy”.  “If only he/she would marry me, then I will be happy”.  “If onlymy kids would behave…”

 

 

 

With this then our happiness is based on a contingency.  We have to do this, deprive ourselves of that, wait until someone does this or that and the reward is happiness.  Some how we never seem to get there…

 

Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don’t want.  Abraham

 

 

 

We have the whole thing backwards. Remember the Law of Attraction brings to us what we are focused upon. What we need to do is to get happy FIRST. Be happy in this moment.  Don’t wait for something else to happen, just be happy and enjoy all the things, situations, and experiences we have had and are having right now. It is enough.  This does not mean we resign ourselves to never having or doing or being more, just enjoy what is and be open to more.  By being happy now, we invite moreto come into our lives.

 

It’s Okay to want to be happy.  Regardless of what our parents said, what we learned in school or what anyone else says,

 

IT’S OKAY TO BE HAPPY!  Give yourself permission to be happy….all the time. Do something that brings you joy.  It can be a seemly small thing.  Smile at someone.  Have some ice cream, smell some flowers, think of family or a loved one.

 

The easiest and best way I have found to being happy, or happier, is to just “give thanks”. Regularly being grateful for what we have, what we have done, and for our lives…in this moment…this works wonders in our lives.  Every morning when we first wake up and at night just before we sleep, give thanks for the day that was or for the new day.  This will allow us to experience more and more happiness.

 

The World is not broken, Be in Peace…

 

Jim Hatton

 

 

 

Copyright © 2018 Jim Hatton.   Jim Hatton is author (under the name James Apollonius Alan) of A Spiritual Master’s Guide to Life available on Amazon or at SpititualMaster.co.  

The above article appeared in the Ashland Daily Tidings on June 23, 2018

 

 

 

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Longing For Peace by Bonnie Greenwell

Longing For Peace

By Bonnie Greenwell

           

When we long for peace in the world we are usually thinking of the end of hostility, an environment in which none of us has to worry about guns or bombs or destructive encounters or tragic loses.

            Probably since the beginning of civilization humans have spoken of their desire for peace, while simultaneously being driven by a desire to survive, acquire more power, or force an ideological change by conquering others. Therefore, there is no such thing as an enduring world peace.  These battles over who gets to be in control is not only in societies, but is a continual difficulty in our personal lives.

             In the midst of these world conflicts and disturbing human tendencies can it be possible to maintain an internal peace?  Is it the external conflicts, the demands and behavior of others that cause our lack of peace?  Or could there be another possibility, an internal factor, a place inside where we can choose to be upset, or optionally turn off the world and discover the elusive “peace that passeth understanding” ?

            Krishnamurti, an Indian sage who was described by many as a “World Teacher”, wrote in letters toward the end of his life of an internal ecstasy that never left him.  “I am full of something tremendous.  I cannot tell you in words what is like a bubbling joy, a living silence, an intense awareness like a living flame.”   He had reached this place following years of a dramatic internal struggle that slowly transformed his way of being in the world. His spiritual unfolding would be called a spiritual crisis today, or perhaps a mental breakdown, but ultimately he moved into a settled inner peace, teaching about awareness, conscious living, mastery of thought and responsibility for the planet.

            Many who long for peace in the world wonder if the real issue isn’t that we first need to find peace within ourselves.  Surely if we are content in our own lives, free from destructive impulses, we could better move the world toward peace.

Some spiritual teachers even tell us that our basic nature is peace, that when we move deeply into silence in meditation we can discover a peaceful open presence that is content, because it is our natural state before or beyond thought.  It is this beingness, called in Taoist teachings our” original consciousness”, that is happy just being life itself.

            It appears that when we break through the beliefs and the conditioning that we carry like so many overcoats from our past, we have access to this natural bubbling joy described by Krisnamurti. It is what Buddhist call the end of suffering.

The great poet Rumi describes this knowing in terms of ecstatic love for all creation.

Taoists have compared it to going with the flow of a river or called it the Great Stillness.  Some call it illumination, and others say it is freedom or liberation.

A modern non-dual teacher, Adyashanti, says simply that the awakened state has  “no argument with reality”.

            I’ve spent the last 30 years studying moments of awakening both in sacred teachings and in thousands of ordinary westerners.  Awakening is a moment that feels as if consciousness has broken the boundaries prescribed by thought and emotion, and felt itself to be free of all contraction, concern and identification – simply this open and radiant beingness that mystics have tried to describe. 

            These glimpses of knowing oneself as peace and stillness, or love and openness, are discovered in moments of deep meditation or devotion, and also arise spontaneously for many reasons, even following intense grief or despair.  They are shocking to those who have had a strict intellectual framework for understanding the world around them.  They may disturb an ego that wants to stay in charge, because we cannot control when or how they rise or fall.  These moments begin dismantling the resistance, suffering and beliefs that keep us from deep peace. They help us uncover a natural internal sense of peace that is, possible no matter the challenges faced in life.  

 

Bonnie Greenwell Ph.D., is a Ashland transpersonal psychologist and non-dual teacher in the lineage of Adyashanti, Her new book When Spirit Leaps: Navigating the Process of Spiritual Awakening is available at Amazon.com

The above article appeared in the Ashland Daily Tidings on Saturday May 26, 2018

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Does God Care – by JimHatton

DOES GOD CARE?

      I remember back in high school and college, and even after I played men’s slow pitch softball, it was common practice for our team to ask God to help us win the game. Interestingly enough recent research says that 48% of Americans believe athletes of faith are rewarded with good health and success. After each pre-game prayer, I was left with the question-does God Care who wins the game?

 I recently posed the question Does God Care to a group of spiritually based students. I found the answers quite interesting…

 Of course, God cares.

  • Why wouldn’t God care?
  • God is a loving, caring God.
  • God cares for us in ways we don’t even know about. 

    What does God (He, She) care about, I asked?

  • God cares about me!
  • God cares about what’s right.
  • God cares about justice. 

    Does God care who wins the game?

  • Uh…Well…..no.If God ready does care, why doesn’t God end suffering?
  • Suffering is ultimately a choice we make, we create our lives either consciously by our thought and actions or unconsciously by default. 

    Does God Love?

  • Yes, God is unconditional love! 

    If God is unconditional Love, does God love the terrorist more or less than you?

  • (Silence, bewildered faces) 

    If Gods love is unconditional Love, does God care for one thing more than another? Or one person more than another?

     

    Let’s explore this a little further….

    Does a snowflake care where it falls and lands?

    Does water care whether it is in a pond, a lake, a river?

    Can we ask a tree to act like the wind?

    Can we ask a dog to roar like a lion?

    Can I ask you to be like a bear and hibernate all winter?

    Of course, not…. might be the answer to these questions, “How ridiculous to ask these questions!” one might say.

    We can’t ask some thing to be or act like something that it is not.

    If God loves unconditionally we cannot ask God to:

  • Choose sides in a football game.
  • Choose side in a divorce.
  • Choose sides in a war.
  • Protect us because we are part of a particular tradition.
  • Love the thief less than God loves me
  • Love the Rapist less than God loves me
  • Love the shooter less than God loves me.
  • Love the other team less than God Love our teamCommonly, people project their humanness onto their concept of God.  In ancient times God was considered the old man with a white beard in the sky who rewarded and punished based in his mood. (This is known as an anthropomorphic god.)  In modern times, many people have let go of this belief. But God continues to be asked to do or be something other then what God is.

     

    The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao

    The name that can be named is not the eternal name

    The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.

    Lao Tsu-Tao Te Ching

    For our purposes we will attempt to name the nameless.  What is God?  God is pure consciousness, pure awareness.  It does not decide to be or do anything it is not, that is an impossibility. As God sees Itself in all of its creation, Love flows.  So, we can say God is Love.  It is the nature God to be unconditional Love. To try to ask that this unconditional love be conditional is like asking sand not to be sand or a tree not to leaf.

    Our question: Does God Care, is a bit of a trick question.  It should not be a question at all.  God does not decide to care for this and not care for that. God does not choose one team over another.  God goes not decide who suffers and who is rewarded.  It can’t!  It is not its nature.  Its only loves, unconditionally.

    Celebrate my friends.  God’s unconditional love means that there is no judgement, no punishment, and always love. You are always loved and knowing that brings a deep inner peace.

    Jim Hatton   Jim Hatton is author (under the name James Apollonius Alan) of A Spiritual Master’s Guide to Life available on Amazon or at SpititualMaster.co. 

  • This article appeared in the Ashland Daily Tidings Inner Peace Column on May 19th

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Einstein’s Energy Theory

I recently came across the following quote from Albert Einstein:

“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it.  Match the frequency of

the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality.

It can be no other way.  This is not philosophy.  This is Physics.”

So if I am depressed and my energy is “down” then that is what I’ll get…..more depression!

For example if I want joy (the reality I want ) then if I put the thought of “joy”

in my mind’s energy field then joy is what I will get!

It seems to me if I have joy in my mind (because that is what I want)

then that is what I have….JOY!

I think  he is suggesting that we remember the power of the BEAUTIFUL MIND

that we have ALL  inherited!

Sally McKirgan

www.innerpeaceforyou.com

For information about several A Course In Miracle Study Groups in the

Rogue Valley – Email:  innerpeaceforyou@outlook.com

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“I am There”

Recently I learned about the mystical poem ‘I am There’ by James Dillet Freeman.  He is sometimes known as “the poet laureate of the moon” because two of his poems are on the moon.  

‘I Am There’ was taken by Astronaut, James B. Irwin in 1971 and ‘Prayer for Protection’ by Lunar Commander ‘Buzz’ Aldrin in July 1969.  Here are these beautiful poems.

I am There

Do you need Me?

 I am there.

 You cannot see Me, yet I am the light you see by.

 You cannot hear Me, yet I speak through your voice.

 You cannot feel Me, yet I am the power at work in your hands.

 I am at work, though you do not understand My ways.

 I am at work, though you do not recognize My works.

 I am not strange visions. I am not mysteries.

 Only in absolute stillness, beyond self, can you know Me as I am, and then but as a feeling and a faith.

 Yet I am there. Yet I hear. Yet I answer.

 When you need Me, I am there.

 Even if you deny Me, I am there.

 Even when you feel most alone, I am there.

 Even in your fears, I am there.

 Even in your pain, I am there.

 I am there when you pray and when you do not pray.

 I am in you, and you are in Me.

 Only in your mind can you feel separate from Me, for only in your mind are the mists of “yours” and “mine.”

Yet only with your mind can you know Me and experience Me.

 Empty your heart of empty fears.

 When you get yourself out of the way, I am there.

 You can of yourself do nothing, but I can do all.

 And I am in all.

 Though you may not see the good, good is there, for I am there.

 I am there because I have to be, because I am.

 Only in Me does the world have meaning; only out of Me does the world take form; only because of Me does the world go forward.

 I am the law on which the movement of the stars and the growth of living cells are founded.

 I am the love that is the law’s fulfilling. I am assurance. I am peace. I am oneness. I am the law that you can live by. I am the love that you can cling to. I am your assurance. I am your peace. I am one with you. I am.

 Though you fail to find Me, I do not fail you.

 Though your faith in Me is unsure, My faith in you never wavers, because I know you, because I love you.

 Beloved, I am there.

 

The Prayer of Protection

The light of God surrounds us;

 The love of God enfolds us;

 The power of God protects us;

 The presence of God watches over us;

 Wherever we are, God is!

 

Sally McKirgan facilitates the Tidings Inner Peace Column and one of several ‘A Course In Miracles’ study groups in the Rogue Valley.  Contact her at:  innerpeaceforyou@outlookcom.  Learn more about the history and mystery of ‘I am There’ by James Dillet Freeman at www.unity.com.

 

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