Thursday, January 1, 2009

I Feel Enthusiastic

January 12th is my 50th birthday. You are invited to stop by here on that day and celebrate with me; by saying Hi. I might spend a year celebrating my birthday; at least by going in 4 marathons.

This morning I got up at 5 for prayer and meditation. At 7, I went for a 10 mile run; very beautiful sunrise and diamond strings of geese overhead.

I just finished a 5 day juice fast/detox. My body feels great and looks great. I'm going to do a 40 day Daniel Fast to continue living in the realm of the spirit, and eating like it!

Here are some gems from A Course in Miracles Text which I read this morning:
  • ...let all that would hide your glory be brought to the judgment of the Holy Spirit, and there undone (Atonement) is [these things we hide from God] that interfere with the recognition of the power of God that shines in you.
  • The holy meeting place of the unseparated Father and His Son lies in the Holy Spirit and in you.
  • You were created holy.
  • The Atonement is so gentle you need but whisper to it and all its power will rush to your assistance and support.
  • The Atonement offers you God.
  • God has not left His altar...The temple is still holy, for the Presence that dwells within it is Holiness.
  • In the temple, Holiness waits quietly...
  • The graciousness of God will take (us) gently in and cover all (our) sense of pain and loss with the immortal assurance of (our) Father's love.
  • The Presence of Holiness lives in everything that lives...
  • can become a spotless mirror, in which the Holiness of your Creator shines forth from you to all around you...leave the mirror clean and clear of all the images of hidden darkness...God will shine upon it of Himself.
  • ...realize for a single instant the power of healing that the reflection of God, shining in you, can bring to all the world, you could not wait to make the mirror of your mind clean...

Beautiful stuff! I get these jewels everyday. They represent my wealth.

Given the knowledge that Holiness dwells within me/us, I pause and feel The Presence. I love The Presence and He loves me/us. I say me/us because I am in no way special to God. I am just persevering in the spiritual life. In knowing the Presence within, I am devoured by love and totally satisfied by the only Thing which ever can satisfy me. Don't you wish you could be thrilled by God each and every day? Just give up your ego and its toys.

Given the knowledge that "cleaning the mirror of my mind" (itemizing my ego's thoughts and giving them to the Holy Spirit) brings a reflection of God into the world is something I really want to do. In AA, we call this taking our inventory. In religion, it is called examining your conscience. I am not looking to see what "bad" thoughts I have, but what thoughts my ego is preoccupied with. These preoccupations are what keep me from remembering Holiness dwelling quietly within.

Knowing God is the top priority in my life; has been for a long time. I dedicated my life to God because I saw something I really wanted. Yes, I wanted to feel better; and I do. Yes, I didn't want to feel alone; and I have the utmost Companion. Yes, I wanted something higher than average mediocre consumerist life; and I do live in the realm of the Spirit.

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