Spirit

In Tune With Change!

In Tune With Change!

You can be in tune with change, dear friend, for there is a divine plan of good at work within change! No matter what you are facing in life, remind yourself: I am in harmony with life and in tune with change.

Begin to give yourself credit for having already moved through many changes. Remind yourself that you've already overcome many obstacles in your life and found the stamina, strength, and ability you've needed. You've learned to let go when you thought you couldn't. You’ve found that there are those who are ready to support and love you. You've continued to increase your faith. You've already been through thousands of changes and—whether you are aware of it or not—you've been enriched and blessed.

Trust the Spirit Within

Trust the Spirit Within

Trust the Spirit within, dear friend, to help you relax and let go. Trust the Spirit within to increase your health, happiness, and contentment.

Trust the Spirit within to bring you refreshing rest, sleep, and renewal each night. Trust the Spirit within to reveal to you right companions and satisfying relationships. Trust the Spirit within to pave the way to effective action and enjoyable living.

Trust, truly trust, the Spirit within.

How I Found Health

How I Found Health

I have made what seems to me a discovery. I was very sick; I had all the ills of mind and body that I could bear. Medicine and doctors ceased to give me relief and I was in despair, until I found practical Christianity, I affirmed my beliefs, and I was healed. I did most of the healing myself, because I wanted the understanding for future use. This is how I made what I call my discovery:

Our Spiritual Senses, Part 4—Hearing

In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, you will hear God. Then you will know you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.—Mother Teresa

One of the treasures in my life is the ability to lose myself in a song. Closing my eyes and allowing the words and music to play through me—to stop listening with my ears and listen with my heart. As the music washes over me, my mind relaxes, my breathing slows, and I quietly drift into unexpected places of creation. This is the sacred discipline of deep listening, of being spiritually attentive through the hearing sense.

The Way of Peace

As individuals, we earnestly desire peace. We want peace in our homes, in our countries, in our relationships with one another. We want peace in our innermost thoughts and feelings.

We believe that peace is God's will for the world, for the very birth of Jesus was heralded by the angels’ proclamation: “On earth peace” (Lk. 2:14). Jesus decreed peace for us again and again: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. … Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” (Jn. 14:27).

Our Spiritual Senses, Part 3—Taste

The most intimate of the mystical experiences, seems to be taste, in which we receive, so to speak, the kiss of God in our inmost being. Spirit which is the most sweet kiss … pours into our inmost being, the fire, the light, the life, and the love … unconditional and infinite love, which is the ultimate source of creation and the universe.—Fr. Thomas Keating

In the previous articles, I introduced you to the sense of smell and touch as inlets of spiritual knowledge—to experiencing God. Yet an even more profound communication is through the spiritual sense of taste. Many know the Psalmist used this very word to describe the intense exultation in knowing Spirit, “O taste and see the goodness of God!”

The Reason for Things

Have you ever wondered about the reason for things? Have you wondered why you are where you are in life, why you are doing what you are doing, why your life seems to have taken the turn it has? Even though you cannot answer these questions from a human standpoint—that is, not really answer them—you can find a satisfactory answer in the realization of the truth about yourself. If you realize that you are a spiritual being, a living soul sent out from God, that your life is without beginning or end, you can begin to see yourself and the events of your life from a different perspective. You are essentially a spiritual being, but you are at the same time a human being.

Who or What Is the Christ?

You have different sets of clothes and each change of clothes gives you a different look. Yet no matter what clothes you put on, you are still you.

Perhaps it will help to think of your Christ Self in a similar way—it doesn't change, either no matter how many different ways you look or act on the outside. The real you—that Christ Self—is always perfect and makes you the one-of-a-kind individual you are.

The Christ is the presence of God in each of us. (Does this definition of the Christ have a familiar ring to it? Ten points if you guessed that your Spirit and the Christ are the same thing.)

Who or What Is the Christ?

You have different sets of clothes and each change of clothes gives you a different look. Yet no matter what clothes you put on, you are still you.

Perhaps it will help to think of your Christ Self in a similar way—it doesn't change. either. no matter how many different ways you look or act on the outside. The real you—that Christ Self—is always perfect and makes you the one-of-a-kind individual you are.

The Christ is the presence of God in each of us. (Does this definition of the Christ have a familiar ring to it? Ten points if you guessed that your Spirit and the Christ are the same thing.)

The Art of Knowing

Have you ever watched a child take its first wobbly, insecure steps? The little legs move forward, hesitantly at first, and the child sometimes tumbles to the floor. But he continues to put forth effort and his steps gradually become more firm and effective.

The quest of the Spirit is also a growing process. It is a training process. It requires steadfast effort and devotion. It requires action on your part. Start now to think of yourself as being everything you know you should be and want to be.

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