Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Empty hands, open mind and heart

“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!

“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!”