Tuesday, April 8, 2014
“This is difficult to believe,” Devorah said. “And it’s similar to the radical shift in belief and perspective I shared a few posts ago. But Heaven itself is reached with empty hands and open minds, which come with nothing to find everything. This means holding everything lightly even our most sacred laws, cherished beliefs and ideals.
“To do violence in God’s name and in the name of your most cherished beliefs and ideals is not only hypocritical and absurd, it is to do violence not only to those cherished ideals, but to ourselves and our reality as one with the power we call ‘God.’ God does not require us to defend him or worship him in certain arcane ways. God is not Zeus. God is an invisible power within us, reflected in our desire for love, compassion, peace, mercy, inclusion and joy.
“The fear of God is in truth the fear of ourselves and our constant misuse of the power we call ‘God.’ Heaven itself is real and within each of us right now, even within the sinners, perverts and evil-doers, and is reached by releasing the interferences to Its presence within us, judging not, and remembering Its benign and loving reality. Release the ego thought system you clutch so tightly and your empty hands become free to receive Heaven’s gifts.”
Thursday, April 3, 2014
“Apply, when tempted to deny!” Devorah said, grinning at her neat turn of phrase. “When tempted to see yourself as a victim of something or someone outside you, believing your change of mood is due to anything other than the power of your mind, turn within and claim the power of your mind and with it the oneness with the power we call ‘God’. When tempted to hold a grievance, feel victimized or blame (even yourself), not only do you deny your mind’s power to upset you, you also deny its power to make you whole and peaceful. The mind’s power is returned to you when you remember to think: ‘I loose the world from all I thought it was, and choose my own reality instead….’ Apply when tempted to deny!”
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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Monday, March 24, 2014
“This is going to be a radical one today,” Devorah said. “But Love is not silent and unheard. Be quiet and still but for an instant and you will hear it and you will know the truth. Not one note of Heaven’s song has been missed. Believe this, not the ego. Choose truth, not illusion and you will experience truth, not illusion. Know that each moment and hour and day can be an opportunity to hear God’s song and know the truth of who you (and everyone and everything else) is by bringing the illusion to the truth. Do not seek to change the world, but to change your mind about the world.”
Friday, March 21, 2014
Seek Not to Change the World, But to Change You Mind About the World, Three of Four
“This is going to be a radical one today,” Devorah said. “Were you quiet and still but for an instant, you would hear the soundless melody that pours from God to you eternally in loving praise of what you are. But you are not quiet nor still. You listen to the raucous shrieks of the ego. How can the power we call ‘God’ reach you when it is your ego’s specialness to which you listen, and which asks and answers, drowning out the vast song of honor and love for what you are and making it seem silent and unheard?
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
“This is going to be a radical one today,” Devorah said. “The self you made and take to be real is not the child of the power we call ‘God’. Therefore, this self does not exist. And anything it seems to do and think means nothing. It is neither bad nor good. It is unreal, and nothing more than that. It does not battle with you, cannot hurt you, cannot turn eternal sinlessness into sin, nor love to hate. What power can the self you made have when it would seek to contradict the power we call ‘God’?
Monday, March 17, 2014
“This is going to be a radical one today,” Devorah said. “Not about changing the world, for the world is an illusion, but about changing our minds about the world; not about praying to the power we call ‘God’ to make things better here, but praying to know the world is an illusion and bring that illusion to the truth.” Devorah sighed. “Simply listen and consider what I say. In quiet receive the word of God today. Don’t try to figure it out for what we figure with is part of the illusion.
Friday, March 14, 2014
“The power we call ‘God’ is always and only benign, inclusive, compassionate, joyous, peaceful and loving,” Devorah said. “Our experiences to the contrary arise from a mistaken identification with the ego, the idea that we are solitary individuals, separated from God. We fear losing our individuality so we cling to our specialness and grievances. But what if when we have faith in this benign power, get our bloated nothingness out of Its way, let go and let God, we don’t disappear into God to be lost, but to be found…?”
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
“The power we call God is always and only benign, inclusive, compassionate, joyous, peaceful and loving,” Devorah said. “It is who we are. It is us, and we are It. No one and no thing is excluded from Its blessings – neither Christian nor Jew, Republican nor Democrat, gay nor straight. All are equal in Its eyes. No one and no thing is better or more special.
Monday, March 10, 2014
“‘Wanting’,” Devorah said, “is a judgment about your life that says something is lacking and you’re dissatisfied. Thinking like that is back asswards. To have a life of joy, health and abundance, feel joy, health and abundance, not lack, want and limitation. Cultivating feelings of gratitude, shifts your energy to acceptance and appreciation. ALL of life is a gift, whether it appears to be or not. ALL things contribute to our well being and growth whether they appear to or not. Therefore, include ALL things in your gratitude.”
Friday, March 7, 2014
“Self awareness and mindfulness allow Self awareness. Realizing that you are not alone and the victim of forces beyond your control, but rather part of something much greater – an evolutionary progression of both integrative and disintegrative process, frees you from your story and its seemingly automatic, programmed conditioned responses. You are the thinker, not the thought. You are spirit, and spirit is free, un-programmed and unconditioned. You can re-write your story. Be mindful of who and what you are. Stop settling for crumbs when you can have your cake and eat it, too!”
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
“We seem to have an instantaneous reaction to an event, but perhaps you’ve noticed that there’s actually a brief window of time between the event and the emotion, during which we assign meaning and create an explanation. Being aware of this window allows us to choose. Will we react as we always have or will we pause then consciously choose what we want to feel? Will you re-enact your story, or will you choose to modify it? Do you want to assign meaning with yourself or yourSelf?”
Monday, March 3, 2014
Devorah smiled. “Our emotions are not generated by what we experience, but rather by the meaning we assign to what we experience. Even so-called evil negative things like cancer or war can be perceived as opportunities for growth. Experience itself is neutral. What we tell ourselves about it, is not. Our story determines the meaning. Change your story, change the meaning and the experience changes.
Friday, February 28, 2014
“And please remember, this is a process, a never ending process. Know that each time you’re tempted to believe in, honor and serve the ego’s idols of darkness and fleeting passions is an opportunity to choose yourSelf instead. Ask to see things differently, with yourSelf instead of yourself.
“Doing this, asking to see things differently, is a discipline that builds spiritual muscle. And the more you do it, the stronger that muscle becomes. Rather than seeing the world as the ego sees it - a dark trial between life and death with brief periods of peace and joy with death being inevitable, see it as a classroom in which you can learn who you really are, awaken from the ego’s nightmare and feel and share your reality, true love, compassion and glory with everyone and everything you encounter.”
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
“Consider the arbitrary shabbiness of what we have accepted as reality – honor, fame, fortune, glory, guilt, war, fear, cancer, judgment, punishment – when instead we could accept the gifts of Spirit – the peace that passeth understanding, perpetual never ending blessings, eternal love and oneness with all that is,” Devorah said.
“We have chosen graven images, earthly idols that we ourselves have made, in place of ourSelves, what we could never make, but nonetheless are. Please let go of the shabby substitutes given by the ego! Experience them as the arbitrary worthless idols they are. Let go of your grievances against yourself and others. You are as God created you! Fear not that you will lose yourself and disappear into nothingness. Go through this fear and terror and acknowledge your Identity, and you will indeed disappear, but into your Self, not to be lost, but to be found!”
Monday, February 24, 2014
“Humanity’s greatest spiritual teachers and metaphysicians have told us the world and our experience of it is an illusion,” Devorah said. “That there’s something greater, a greater Reality than our everyday thinking allows us to perceive and we can turn to It, and use It to guide and enlighten us instead of the ego.
“A first step to moving toward the greater benign Reality is to question what we take to be reality now, and to see our so-called reality as arbitrary, as merely a set of subjective, capricious psycho/social conventions. But beware, when we begin doing this, tho the rewards are great, when we violate its arbitrary rules, the ego is threatened, becomes vicious and attacks with a range of things from an itch to cancer, so that we hastily retreat to the safety of our habitual ways.”
Friday, February 21, 2014
“Would the benign loving power we call ‘God’ really want It’s children and It’s creation thought of in this way? No! Thus this idea (that how we treat one another and creation may not be ‘God’s’ will) shows the arbitrary illusory nature of our perceptions and beliefs about ‘reality’. So, starting with this understanding (about the arbitrary nature of our perceptions and beliefs about ‘reality’) enables us to perceive them as illusions, not facts, and move beyond them to the greater Reality that is the Source of all beliefs, perceptions and experience.”HQPubs.com
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
“It’s difficult to go directly from how we’re thinking now (our everyday ego based reality) to the idea that it’s an illusion, a mere shadow of the greater benign Reality behind it. A first step to moving toward the greater benign Reality is to question what we take to be reality now, and to see our so-called reality as arbitrary, as merely a set of subjective, capricious psycho/social conventions.
“For example, is it true that a certain set of rituals is more pleasing to God than another set; that the ‘chosen’ and ‘God-given’ set of rituals will bring us a better life and keep us from hell; and that those who do not follow the ‘chosen’ and ‘God-given’ rituals will not only be damned but are our sworn enemies determined to convert and destroy us? It this really God’s will, or a set of arbitrary cultural subjective, capricious psycho/social conventions?HQPubs.com
Monday, February 17, 2014
“Our greatest spiritual teachers and metaphysicians have told us that the world and our experience of it is an illusion,” Devorah said. “Tho our everyday ego based reality denies this, I have experienced it and you probably have, too. The usefulness of this idea (that the world and our experience of it is an illusion) lies in the fact that if this is true and it is, then there’s something greater, a greater Reality than our everyday thinking allows us to perceive and we can turn to It, and use It to guide and enlighten us instead of the ego.
Friday, February 14, 2014
“I’m a big believer in ‘both/and’ thinking instead of ‘either/or’ thinking,” Devorah said. “Of including, tolerating, and accepting instead of excluding, judging and blaming. The fear, hatred and competitiveness we experience (even within ourselves) are the fruits of ‘either/or’ thinking. Our experience of living would be different and better if we used more ‘both/and’ thinking.
“And yet, ‘either/or’ is essential in one crucial respect. We must decide whether we’re spirit or ego. We can’t be both. They are mutually exclusive states. We and everyone and everything else is either spirit or ego. It seems as if we can be both and our experience vacillates between both because we haven’t made the tough decision about what our fundamental nature is.
“Both/and thinking, inclusion, tolerance, peace and joy flow from a decision to identify with our Self, with spirit. Either/or thinking, exclusion, intolerance, hate, fear, and ‘my way or the highway thinking’ flow from identifying with the ego self.
“Unfortunately when you look around at the wars, pain, suffering, exclusion, hate, blame and environmental degradation, it’s clear we’ve chosen to identify with the ego. But that choice is a mistake and can be undone. Each time you’re tempted by ego to hate, blame, fear, worry, judge, punish and exclude, realize that it’s either/or, self or Self and choose Self. Each time. It’s a never ending process because the ego is the world’s default. But, the more you choose spirit, the more spirit becomes the default.
“What are you choosing right now? Think about it. The power is yours to use. You’re not a robot. How are you using your power? How’s that working for you? If it’s a mistake, let it go and choose differently. It’s not as difficult as you think and the results will be amazing!”HQPubs.com
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
“Most of the commentary on current events from so-called pundits focuses on competition between two sides,” Devorah said, “as if there were only two sides and as if the competition itself were important. The more we focus on competition, the more we all lose. Do we really want to make half of us losers? And will the losers simply forgive and forget? Life is not a football game, no matter how much so many of us wish it were. There is no season, no referee and few rules that apply equally to everyone.
“Take the so-called punditry surrounding us with many grains of salt; be not seduced by the entertainment value of competition. It’s the rising above competition and the search for common ground that is important. We are in desperate need of pundits that will bring us together; who believe there really is common ground, point it out to us and help us reach it.”HQPubs.com
Monday, February 10, 2014
“It is essential,” Devorah said, “that error be not confused with sin. It is this distinction that makes salvation possible. Sin calls for punishment, error for correction. Thinking we are separate from the one loving power we call ‘God’ is a mistake, not a sin. We are and can never be separate from the one power. It is only our stinkin’ thinkin’, our misuse of the power that makes us think a separation has occurred. We but mistake interpretation for the truth. Salvation is realizing a mistake is not a sin, that the one loving power has not forsaken us nor ceased to be.”
Friday, February 7, 2014
“Whenever we feel special,” Devorah said, “make judgments or are deeply engaged in anything of the ego (the world: pleasure or pain) we are saying we don’t want the peace, joy and compassion the power we call ‘God’ intends for us and have accepted the ego’s substitute instead.” Devorah sighed.
“We project out the guilt we feel over this mistaken choice and thus harbor grievances and find fault with everyone and everything.” Devorah smiled. “The idea is not to judge ourselves for doing this, for projecting, but to be aware of what we have done and the tremendous cost to us for having done so. The world is a classroom. Let us use it, learn, be mindful and choose again, every time!”HQPubs.com
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
“Because faith is so powerful, people talk about it as if it were only good, for the benefit of everyone and everything,” Devorah said. “We say ‘faith can move mountains’ and that’s true. However, in reality, faith is neutral and can be used for either good (inclusiveness - for the benefit of everyone and everything) or ill (exclusiveness – for the benefit of a few).
“We’re never without faith. We always have faith in something. What do you have faith in? The goodness of human nature? The wrath of God? The danger of big government? How’s that working for you, your family, the planet? Perhaps it’s time to shift and put your faith in something else. After all, if you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got….”HQPubs.com
Friday, January 31, 2014
“Science and Spirit are not separate but two sides of the same coin,” Devorah said. “But our spiritual work, our spiritual technology, is primary. Everything manifests from It. I have seen a time in the future when a Science called ‘quantum physics’ will prove this by showing that the most important part of the world is invisible; outside the realm of everyday senses, ‘spiritual’, primary and the Source of everything, thus showing the importance of our doing our spiritual work first.”
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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Monday, January 20, 2014
Devorah rocked gently in a trance. “I see a time of plenty thousands of years in the future when there will be enough money, technology and energy to feed, clothe and educate every human being. Yet,” she paused and sighed, “the people know not the plenty in their midst, nor see the opportunities in and around them but dwell instead on lack and limitation, fear, hate, blame and punishment.
Afghanistan and . I see this same country spend
another 3 trillion dollars on financial bailouts.” Devorah shuddered and shook
her head sadly. “Seven trillion dollars! An unimaginable sum! Could it not
clothe and educate every human being in that country AND the world? Is it
possible for these people, these Americans, to awaken and reclaim their ideals?”HQPubs.com Iraq
“I see the richest country ever forsake the ideals that made it great and spend 3-4 trillion dollars on fruitless wars in
Friday, January 17, 2014
“We think ceasing to struggle against what we don’t want means settling for it,” Devorah said. “Not so. When we make peace with the present, the future is free to unfold.” She smiled at her husband. “I found love as soon as I stopped looking.”
Thursday, January 16, 2014
“Thoughts expressed,” Devorah said, “become conditions experienced. To create a world that works for everyone and everything, express thoughts of gratitude, compassion, peace and abundance more often than thoughts of war, poverty, fear, blame and suffering.”
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
Working with the power we call ‘God’ to become aware of the real loving ‘God’ already within, is a process involving every aspect of ourselves: spiritual, mental, emotional and physical; a slow process often with two steps forward and one back. So be patient, persist, kind, gentle and forgiving.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
What if our experience of two gods is a mistake, just a mistake, not a sin, and we are not now, nor ever have been separate from the real loving ‘God’? What if right now we are one with the power we call ‘God’, invested with full spirituality, not when we die, but right now? We did not earn it, we cannot let it go. We can only work with it.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Which ‘God’ do you want to accept and believe in? Most of us want to believe in the benign loving ‘God,’ but just can’t ‘cause something’s always coming up – at work, in the news, in our bodies. But what if the loving ‘God’ knows us as part of Itself and is always leaning into us nudging us towards Itself? What if this happens quietly, softly without the fanfare of Cecile B. DeMille movie? Only if we’re prepared and willing to experience this stillness and peace will we be able to receive it.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
The power we call ‘God’ can give us only what we can believe in and accept. If I believe in a benign and loving ‘God’, and also a rule-bound, demanding and punishing ‘God’ then my ‘God’ experiences swing wildly between inspiration, unconditional love, peace, creativity and joy, and fear, guilt, anxiety, blame, judgment, and sin (original & otherwise). Only one of these is the real ‘God’. Deep, deep down, which do you accept and believe in most?
Monday, January 6, 2014
Prayer has no beginning and no end. It is part of life. It’s not an act of overcoming God’s reluctance, but an active acceptance of Its highest willingness. We receive as we believe because our strongest beliefs are prayers. What are you believing about politics, religion, God, the world, yourself, Life, your family and friends? Do you really want to pray for that? What would you prefer? Believe that, pray for that instead.