personal transformation

Everyday Namaste

Everyday Namaste

A breathtaking crimson sunset … the sound of children laughing … an exquisite landscape painted by a brilliant artist ... the majestic plume of a peacock. There are so many beautiful things in our world to behold and be awed by. For me, however, there truly is nothing more beautiful than experiencing or bearing witness to a moment of Namaste.

Namaste is an ancient Sanskrit word that essentially means “The Divine in me honors the Divine in you.” There are three key components to the practice of Namaste. First, we come from a place of understanding that we are made in the image and likeness of God and that our true essence is Divine.

Releasing Stress

One of the most widespread problems of modern times is what is often called the “pressure syndrome.” Certainly most of us are all too familiar with the high-level tension seemingly built into life and work, causing stress and all sorts of compound problems of mind and body.

There are many situations in which we may typically respond with stress: a multimillion dollar financial crunch for a business executive; an accumulation of bills to pay with the often inadequate take-home pay of the average worker; two term papers due on the same day for the student; a make-or-break audition for a musician or actor.

Moving Into Spirit

Moving Into Spirit

One of the most difficult challenges of my own spiritual journey has been coming to both clarity and comfort with God—as a word, as an idea, as an energy. I have an intuitive understanding of the Christ; in fact, it was a visceral, intuitive grasp of the Christ as described by the outstanding Unity minister Eric Butterworth on Easter Sunday, 1976, that began to shake me free of old attitudes and turn me in a new direction. The universal truth that we are all divine—as all of life is divine—and divinely creative as God is eternally creative continues to reveal new depths and implications these many years later. But there has been little hard-core resistance within me to the process of Christ exploration.

You Are Unfettered, Unbound, Triumphant, Glorious, Free

You Are Unfettered, Unbound, Triumphant, Glorious, Free

Do you feel bound by what you have been, bound by the past, bound by your lacks, bound by the picture you have created of yourself in your own mind and in the minds of others?

You can be free! You can be free from feelings of insecurity, from feelings of inferiority. You can be free from moodiness or depression. You can be free from dependence on anything in the outer for satisfaction and peace. You can be free, because this is the way God created you.

The beginning of your freedom lies in your own mind. When you let go limiting and binding thoughts, you find that conditions, persons, or circumstances no longer have power over you.

The Beholder

The Beholder

I was sitting at breakfast with my mother and my wife in a quaint bed-and-breakfast in Wales in the late 1970s when the words “The Beholder” came strongly into my mind. At first I got the idea of God being The Beholder as God seeing everything with a cosmic perspective. Almost immediately I became aware that I, too, was The Beholder. There was something within me that saw clearly and dispassionately, yet with great love. This something was not my ego or my human perception but rather a witness to myself and to the world. This witness beheld everything with a tender embrace.

The Truth About Pain

The Truth About Pain

If you are reading this article and are a conscious being, then undoubtedly you’ve experienced pain. For physical ailments, some treatments provide instantaneous cures to whatever dis-ease we may be experiencing. And there are just as many instant cures for various emotional and mental ailments as well. But what about the hurts that just won’t go away? Why are they there? And if we, being Truth students, do affirmative work and mind treatments and positive thinking, can’t we be exempt from hurting at all?

Ask Yourself This

Examining what we say “yes” to or what we agree to in our lives can tell us a lot about our priorities. Priorities can, in turn, tell us a great deal about ourselves. Where we spend our time and money is a powerful indicator of what we truly value. If you open your calendar, your checkbook and your credit card statement, you will see an important picture of what you are saying “yes” to in your life. We vote with how we spend our dollars and how we spend our time. What do you agree to in your life? Through both your words and actions, what do you say “yes” to?

Personal Transformation

Whenever change occurs in your life, whether you initiate the change or it is imposed on you by circumstances, the best place to start is by turning within and opening your heart to God in prayer.

As you center yourself in prayer, you become more receptive to the "still small voice" of God that offers guidance and fills you with the strength, courage, and confidence to meet any challenge. Prayer helps you tap into the wisdom of God, a source of limitless knowledge and insight. Allow your prayer time to offer a fresh perspective on all that is before you.

Prayer Changes Me

I know not how prayer changes things
That miracles may come to be.
But this I know: Prayer lends me wings,
And by God's grace, prayer changes me!

I know not how a simple task,
Prayer-blessed, shines with divinity,
When in good faith God's help I ask,
But this I know: Prayer changes me.

I am a knocker at the door;
I am a seeker at the gate;
I am an asker, who before
My own dear God has learned to wait.

I know not how prayer changes things;
It is a lovely mystery.
But this I know: Prayer lends me wings,
And day by day, prayer changes me!
 

Give Others Room to Grow and Change

Give Others Room to Grow and Change

Do you hold people hostage to their past? Do you hold people hostage to their last mistake or their worst fault? If you've ever been held hostage in such a way, you know it doesn't feel very good. Are you as bad as the worst mistake you've ever made? Of course you aren't. Are you as bad as your worst shortcoming or inadequacy? No, you're not. There's much more to you than the worst mistake you've ever made or the prickliest part of your personality.