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June 13th "Claiming the Darkness along with the Light"
"Every desire you have for betterment in life is some echo from deep within which forever proclaims, 'Behold, I make all things new.'" - Ernest Holmes, This Thing Called You, p. 10
"Wherever the image of thought is set, there the Power to create resides. "God if thou seest God, Dust if thou seest dust". Can we see good where evil appears to be? Then we can remove the evil. When we bring a lamp into a darkened room, where does the darkness go? The darkness neither came nor did it go, anywhere. It never was a thing of itself, merely a condition. And we have power over conditions." Ernest Holmes SOM pg 410
"In your own growth process, remember that the path to self-acceptance, inner peace, and spiritual growth is not a straight line. It's a spiral. We keep returning to issues we thought we had healed - but this time around, more profound truths are revealed, which enhance our self-knowledge. Though self-awareness often makes us stretch beyond our comfort zone, it's painful at times. the result is that we become more radiant, compassionate, and solid in our connection to Spirit."
- Judith Orloff, The Empath's Survival Guide
"No matter what our emotional storm, or what our objective situation, may be, there is always a something hidden in the inner being that has never been violated. We may stumble, but always there is that Eternal Voice, forever whispering within our ear, that thing which causes the eternal quest, that thing which forever sings and sings."
- Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind, p. 33
"New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings." - Lao Tzu
"The most precious opportunity presents itself when we come to the place where we think we can't handle whatever is happening. It's too much. It's gone too far... It's as if you just looked at yourself in the mirror, and you saw a gorilla. The mirror's there; it's showing you, and what you see looks bad... That's being nailed by life, the place where you have no choice except to embrace what's happening or push it away." - Pema Chodron
"As you learn to release all your burdens to the right action of God, you will find that everything falls into its proper place. You let your problems slip away from you, realizing that a Power greater than you are, and a Presence that is within you, is ready, willing and able to guide you in all ways. Then peace, security and fulfillment come with ease and there is a sense of joy and accomplishment." - Ernest Holmes, Thoughts Are Things, p. 89
"Our finest moments can occur when we are feeling uncomfortable or unhappy. For it is in such moments that we are likely to step out of our ruts and find different ways or truer answers." - M. Scott Peck
" The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. When opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss. Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier. "Oh, that's my trouble tree," he replied." I know I can't help having troubles on the job, but one thing's for sure, troubles don't belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning I pick them up again." He paused. "Funny thing is," he smiled, "when I come out in the morning to pick 'em up, there ain't nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before."
Two monks took a vow not to touch a woman for one year. They were crossing a river. At the same time an elderly woman was trying to cross, however she could not make it. One of the monks picked her up and helped her cross the river. The other monk was silent for awhile but it was apparent he was troubled by his comrade's broken vow not to touch a woman. When he said something about it to him, the monk replied, "I put her down two miles back. You're still carrying her."
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you? Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (NRSV)