Jan. 06, 2019 – TODAY I CONSCIOUSLY LIVE IN THE ETERNAL PRESENCE

JANUARY 6        

TODAY I CONSCIOUSLY LIVE IN THE ETERNAL PRESENCE 

But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 

Matthew 6:33

Then, in this way know God; as having all things in Himself as thoughts, the whole Cosmos itself. 

Thrice-Greatness Hermes

Jesus saith: “… and the Kingdom of Heaven is within you; and whosoever shall know himself shall find it.  Strive therefore to know yourselves, and ye shall be aware that ye are the sons of the … Father; and ye shall know ye are in the City of God, and ye are that City. 

Fragments of a Faith Forgotten

Since the kingdom of God is a kingdom of righteousness and since it is a kingdom which contains everything, then it becomes of prime importance to seek this kingdom, which Jesus so plainly stated is to be found within the self.  Of course he was not referring to the lesser, but to the greater Self; that Self upon which is set the stamp of the Eternal – the God Self.  The real Self is inseparable from God, thus in discovering the self, we also discover God, the Cause of the self.  Naturally, everything is included within the Divine, and since we are in It and It is in us, true self-discovery is the key to the mysteries of life.  Hermes tells us that God has everything within Himself as thought; that the whole cosmos itself is a thing of consciousness.  This is the true City of God – the city of right thoughts and right actions; the city which is four square, the length and breadth and thickness of which are equal.  This is the city which Saint Augustine so beautifully depicts in his great essay on the relationship of the individual soul to the Universal Spirit.  All the sages and seers have plainly told us that we already walk the streets of this city, but like the slaves of Plato, blindfolded, our vision is blurred by shadows cast on the wall of human experience.  Evil deals with shadows, truth deals with light, which dispels the shadows.  We are of the Truth.  Evil is neither person, place nor thing.

Today I consciously live in the Eternal Presence.  The Kingdom of heaven is within me and I live in the City of God.  I am one with all other citizens who inhabit this celestial metropolis.  Here, in a true communion of Spirit, I find unity, peace and joy.   

Taken from “ 365 Days of Richer Living ” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Jan. 05, 2019 – THE UNERRING JUDGMENT OF DIVINE INTELLIGENCE DIRECTS MY FAITH AND MAKES PLAIN AND PERFECT THE WAY BEFORE ME

5  JANUARY

THE UNERRING JUDGMENT OF DIVINE INTELLIGENCE DIRECTS MY FAITH AND MAKES PLAIN AND PERFECT THE WAY BEFORE ME 

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

I Corinthians 2: 7-8

The skillful masters (of the Tao) in old times, with a subtle and exquisite penetration, comprehended its mysteries, and were deep (also) so as to elude men’s knowledge. 

The Texts of Taoism

He who is happy within, who rejoiceth within, who is illuminated within, that Yogi, becoming the ETERNAL, goeth to the Peace of the ETERNAL. 

The Bhagavad-Gita 

The hidden wisdom of God is the knowledge that we are one with the Divine Being.  This wisdom which is hidden from us until we perceive our fundamental unity with Reality, is clearly revealed when we seek the Eternal in everything.  “The skillful masters” who have penetrated the mystery of life which so often eludes the intellect, are those who with utmost simplicity have found direct approach to the Supreme Reality at the center of their own soul.  The Gita tells us that we must become the Eternal if we wish to enter into the peace of the Eternal.  This has an identical meaning with the saying of Jesus that we must be perfect even as God in us is perfect.  This calls for the recognition of the Spirit as an indwelling Presence, as well as an overshadowing Power.  The road to self-discovery often calls for the  clearing  away of the underbrush of ignorance, fear, superstition, and a sense of isolation which has made us feel that we were unworthy, unheld and lost.  In the divine providence of good, salvation is unnecessary but self-discovery is essential.  We do not save that which is lost; we merely discover that which needs to be found.

I know that God is within me and I know that this Divine Spirit is perfect.  I enter into Its peace and am secure in a sense of Its protection.  Love will guide, and Intelligence will direct me.  The power of the Infinite will sustain and uphold, as well as direct.  The unerring judgment of Divine Intelligence directs my faith and makes perfect and plain the way before me. 

Taken from “ 365 Days of Richer Living ” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Jan. 04, 2019 – I KNOW THAT MY SPIRIT IS FREE FROM ALL LIMITATION – I KNOW THAT I UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH ABOUT MYSELF

JANUARY 4   

I KNOW THAT MY SPIRIT IS FREE FROM ALL LIMITATION – I KNOW THAT I UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH ABOUT MYSELF   

I am the Almighty God, walk before me, and be thou perfect. 

Genesis 17:1

Whoever knows the God who is without commencement, without end, who within this impervious (world) is the creator of the universe, who is of an infinite form, the one penetrator of the universe, becomes liberated from all bonds. 

Upanishad

Thus it is that the Tao produces (all things), nourishes them, brings them to their full growth, nurses them, completes them, matures them, maintains them, and overspreads them. 

The Tao Teh King

Our Chinese text tells us that Tao, which means Spirit, produces everything, nourishes everything and maintains everything.  It spreads itself over everything.  It flows through everything and is in all things.  Indeed, being all that is, there can be nothing outside It.  Our Hindu text tells us that in such degree as we understand God, who is the one penetrator of the universe in such degree we become liberated.  And the Hebrew text says, “Walk before me and be thou perfect.”  We are to recognize the Divine in everything; to speak to the Divine in everything; to see It everywhere – “Lift the stone and you will find me, cleave the wood for there am I.” There is a mystical Presence which pervades the universe.  The fragrance of the rose; the beauty of the dewdrop glistening in the sun, are manifestations of Its Presence and activity.  This mystical Presence welling up in our consciousness, evermore proclaims Itself as the root and source.”  And the Christian Scriptures tell us, “I am over all, in all and through all.”  The enlightened of the ages have told us that it is this God within us that recognizes Itself, or Himself, in everything we are.

I know that my spirit is free from all limitation; that my physical body and my objective affairs reflect and manifest the perfection which I feel; the wholeness which I am certain of, and the prosperity which rightfully belongs to me.

Taken from “ 365 Days of Richer Living ” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Jan. 03, 2019 – TODAY I LIVE

JANUARY 3                           

TODAY I LIVE   

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain… Revelation 21:4

Pray not that sinners may perish, but that the sin itself may disappear. 

The Talmud

By knowledge of God (deva) all the bonds (of ignorance, unhappiness, etc.) are destroyed

Upanishad

The wisest man who ever lived told us that the knowledge of truth shall make us free.  All books of spiritual wisdom have taught us that it is not the one who makes the mistake whom we should seek to destroy; it is the mistake itself which must be erased.  Now, this means that evil has no existence in itself, it has no history.  No matter what the negations of yesterday may have been, the affirmations of today may rise triumphant and transcendent over them.  Thus all the evils of our yesterdays disappear into their native nothingness.  If we behold beauty instead of ugliness, then beauty will appear.  If we persist in seeing the true rather than the false, then that which is true will appear.  Where is the false, the untrue and the evil when the knowledge of truth has made us free?  Its days are as though they had never been; its cause is neutralized; hence it leaves no effect.  Let us, then, cease weeping over the shortcomings and mistakes and evils of our yesterdays, and steadfastly beholding the face of the great and the divine Reality, let us resolve to walk in that light wherein there is no darkness.

Definitely I know that every negative condition of the past is cleared away from my consciousness.  I no longer think about it, see it, or believe in it.  Nor do I believe that it has any effect whatsoever in my experience.  Yesterday is not, tomorrow is not, but today, bright with hope and filled with promise, is mine.  Today I live.  

Taken from “ 365 Days of Richer Living ” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Jan. 02, 2019 – TODAY I SHALL GUARD MY THOUGHTS, SEEING TO IT THAT NOTHING EMANATES FROM MY CONSCIOUSNESS OTHER THAN THAT WHICH WILL BLESS, BUILD UP AND HEAL

JANUARY 2   

TODAY I SHALL GUARD MY THOUGHTS, SEEING TO IT THAT NOTHING EMANATES FROM MY CONSCIOUSNESS OTHER THAN THAT WHICH WILL BLESS, BUILD UP AND HEAL   

But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 

Galatians 5:15

He who injuries others is sure to be injured by them in return.

Kwang-Tze

I destroy the ignorance-born darkness by the shining lamp of wisdom. 

The Bhagavad-Gita

This lesson teaches us the Law of Cause and Effect, the plaything of the soul.  In the long run, as Emerson tells us, if we seek to harm another, we but find that we are beating our own bleeding breast.  Teachers of spiritual wisdom have always taught that our thoughts and acts ride on a return circuit and that they never fail to react upon us until we have transcended the negative causation set in motion by such acts.  This is why we are taught that we should do to others what we would like them to do to us.  It is the old law of the returning circle.  In this law alone can we find exact justice, and through understanding this law come to realize with Robert Browning, “All’s love yet all’s law.”  The universe imposes neither evil or limitation upon us, nor can we impose evil or limitation upon it.  However, being free agents, we may and must experience, at least temporarily, the results of our own acts.  As the Gita tells us, the lamp of wisdom shining in the darkness of ignorance alone can free us.  

Realizing that the universe has bestowed upon me the Divine right to be affected by my own act, today I shall guard all of my thoughts, seeing to it that nothing emanates from my consciousness other than that which blesses, builds and heals.  I shall not worry about the consequences for they already exist in the mathematical Law of Cause and Effect.  This Law of Cause and Effect is not something that governs me.  Quite the reverse, it is something which I govern.  If nothing goes forth from me that can hurt, then nothing can return to me which can harm.  The knowledge of this makes me wise.  The consciousness of good at the center of my being is my sanctuary.

Taken from “ 365 Days of Richer Living ” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Jan. 01, 2019 – I AM RESOLVED TO SEE THE GOOD IN EVERYONE AND EVERY EVENT

JANUARY 1

I AM RESOLVED TO SEE THE GOOD IN EVERYONE AND EVERY EVENT

… for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?  And what communion hath light with darkness? 

II Corinthians 6:14

Q. Is ignorance produced by anything?  A. No, by nothing.  Ignorance is without beginning…  The origin of pain can be traced to ignorance and it will not cease until ignorance is entirely dispelled, which will be only when the identity of the Self with Brahma (the Universal Spirit) is fully realized.  The Raja Yoga Philosophy

Rabbi Ismael answers, “Not God but ye yourselves, are the creators and supporters of mortal evils.”  The Talmud

Light can have no union with darkness; evil has no affinity with good. If good is the great Reality, which is the great negation or denial of Reality, then it follows that we should see the good in everything, and recognize the apparent evil merely as a theoretical opposite of good. There is not God and something else.  The Divine Spirit inhabits eternity; overshadows everything, including human events; indwells our own soul, and is released through our own act.  To see good as evil is to becloud our vision, to obstruct the pathway of our progress and cast a shadow across the sun of righteousness which, Swedenborg tells us, is forever at an angle of forty-five degrees in the heavens.  This Spiritual Sun was the guiding Star which lead the Magi of old to the place where the little child lay.  That is, to the place of good in our soul; to the Presence of God at the center of every man’s being.  The humility of the manger is the common place in every man’s life.  It is here, we shall also discover that the larger issues of our experience are overshadowed by this same good which we have discovered in the common place.

 I am resolved today to see the good in everyone and in every event.  I shall call upon the good and shall refuse to accept that anything other than good can come into my experience.  In this way I will be praying to the good through meditation upon it.

Taken from “ 365 Days of Richer Living ” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Dec. 31, 2018 – I ACCEPT THE BEAUTIES OF LIFE

DECEMBER 31       

I ACCEPT THE BEAUTIES OF LIFE

Because it would never claim greatness, Therefore its greatness is fully realized.

The Tao Te Ching

Religion affirms the beauty of Life, and that God fills this world with the beauty of His presence.  Therefore, there is no reason why I should not experience this, and I now do.  My mind is set on beauty, and it appears where I am.  I need not seek it, for already its face is showing itself to me.  People, places and things are beautiful when I look for details of loveliness.  In minute ways Harmony, Order and Right Proportion catch my attention.  All sight is glorious, all music is rich in tones of harmony.  All food is God’s Substance served to me by Intelligence in action.  Even the glass of cold water symbolizes that cup of long ago which gave Life a new meaning.

The beauty of Christ is the glory of my soul.  In the commonplace Jesus saw God, and he bid me to do likewise.  I look out at familiar walls, people and objects and I see them with a new light and a new meaning.  I need not uproot the old to behold the Glory of Life.  I only need to see righty what already is and appreciate the Mind which brought it forth for me to see.  The ugliest building is potent with harmony, order and balance.  Its walls stand because a Law is in action.  Its presence declares a universal Substance, and its form affirms a Divine Intelligence.  I now see it anew, and appreciate an Idea made manifest.  The little becomes the great, for beauty is within it.

Gods action always produces symmetry, and my whole world is filled with the Divine Mind in action under Its perfect Law.  The beauty of Spirit is in me, and I acknowledge it in my brother.  To me all people have qualities of greatness.  Beauty is of the mind and heart as well as of appearance.  These inner powers are the real beauty that no outer application can equal.  The slightest kindness brings beauty to my heart.  No good act is too small to be appreciated.  God blesses me through all people and in all situations.  Wherever I look, beauty is at hand.  God beckons to me in every face, every building, and every landscape.  This is the day of harmony, order and balance.  Beauty is mine.

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes & Raymond Charles Barker

Dec. 30, 2018 – I DETERMINE MY OWN DEMONSTRATIONS

DECEMBER 30   

I DETERMINE MY OWN DEMONSTRATIONS

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.

Proverbs 23:7

The Lord God Omnipotent created me as a free and full expression of itself.  I have the freedom of the Mind which brought me forth to express Its ideas.  I choose, and Divine Law produces.  There is no power to hinder me, and no law to refuse me.  All of Life is mine to use for good, and this I do.  Backed up by Omnipotence, I determine my own results.  I have no one to blame for my mistakes, not even myself.  I refuse to believe that the world acts upon me, for I know that I act upon the world.  My thinking is my environment, and God is my heredity.  I alibi no longer; I face the facts of my own conclusions.  I am determined to demonstrate what I want.

Today I have unlimited health.  His Life in me guarantees this.  As I praise Life, Health, Strength and Vitality, they arise within me and give of themselves through me.  I shall not be tired at the end of this day, for I am constantly renewed by inner power.  His mind in me is my source of health, and this Mind never ceases thinking rightly about me.  It never is defeated by my fears and confusions.  It forever acts, and now I let Its action be my health and my vitality.  Strong in the Lord, I accomplish without strain.  All things are easy, and all work is a pleasure.  I rejoice in my God-given health.  I rejoice in the power and strength that are mine.

Today, I have peace of mind.  It matter not what others believe, nor what others do.  I know Him who created, and I abide in His Love.  I refuse to let the material thinking of others influence me.  I am not dependent upon the world, the world is dependent upon me.  The contagion of evil will find no welcome in my consciousness.  There is nothing in me to agree with it, therefore I cannot experience its falsities.  I know a Divine Plan, a Divine Purpose and a Divine law of action.  This is my all-sufficiency.  My peace comes from my knowledge of God as my source, my life and my deliverance.  My demonstration is, because I know so deeply that it must be.  I give thanks that this is so.

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes & Raymond Charles Barker

Dec. 29, 2019 – TODAY, I REALLY PRACTICE RIGHT THINKING

DECEMBER 29   

TODAY, I REALLY PRACTICE RIGHT THINKING

Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique.

Science and Health, 475

I set apart the hours of this day which God has given to me to practice Spiritual Principles.  I not only have good intentions to do this, but I really will do this.  I am determined to prove Mind the only cause, and Law the only process.  I affirm my existence in a Life which knows what to do, and a Love which gives of Itself through me.  I behold my present world as the body of God alive with goodness and prosperity.  I know that what I think will become a fact through the Infinite Spirit.  My thinking today brings to pass my heart’s desire.  The love I release today enriches the whole world.

Because there is but One Mind, God, Infinite Good, there is nothing to prevent me from demonstrating Truth.  All power is in full action through me.  I now select what I want to demonstrate, and I subconsciously accept it as a present idea.  I know it is not only possible, but having accepted it, it must take form in my life.  The whole power and authority of the Universal Subjective now acts upon my selection and brings it forth immediately.  There is no delay; God’s action is instantaneous.  My demonstration is not dependent on time, space nor condition.  The Law is already accomplishing my word.  God’s action is full and complete, and my demonstration now takes place.

Certain of results from scientific prayer, I face the problems of this day with no fear.  Within me and acting through me is divine Intelligence forever producing right decisions and right results.  I cannot be hurt, confused nor upset.  I am a center in Peace and poise is my only reaction.  I have no criticism, no condemnation, no feeling of superiority.  I know that He who indwells me also indwells my fellowman.  I think straight, I feel love.  I am a creative center in a universal Mind.  My courage is complete, and my strength is sufficient.  I am God’s health made manifest.  Today, I am on the beam.  Today is the best day I have ever known.  Today, I give thanks for Truth.

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes & Raymond Charles Barker

Dec. 28, 2018 – MY RIGHT THINKING IS CONTAGIOUS

DECEMBER 28   

MY RIGHT THINKING IS CONTAGIOUS

Every being has the Buddha Nature.  This is the self.

Mahaparinirvana Sutra 214

My thinking is my gift to the world.  Consciousness alone is the gift of life.  What I do for my fellowman is important, but what I think about him is more important.  My every mood is noted by those around me.  They sense my peace, but they can also sense my fear.  Today, all men shall find good in me, and peace emanating from me.  To this end I think rightly of God, of my fellowman and of the world in which I live.  I affirm every man’s right to be himself.  I affirm a spiritual wisdom in all people.  I affirm an essential goodness, born of God, in all whom I know.  I forgive easily, for I see the unimportance of evil.  I know a temporary hurt will always fall away.

A right mental attitude arises within me, and flows out from me to bless all who are in my world.  God is in my mind and heart and all things work together for good, the positive and the worth-while.  I am a tower of strength and a citadel of peace.  I share all that God is through my right thinking.  Dedicated to Truth, Light and Love, I let my light shine before men and glorify my Father which is in heaven within me.  All who contact me this day are healed, blessed and prospered.  They find in me an example of a true spiritual enthusiast.

God’s joyous Spirit in me prevents any emotional depression.  There is no gloom where Divine ideas act with authority.  My smile is sincere and my handclasp is firm.  I walk uprightly and face God in every face I see. My work is easy and my burden is light, for I am relying on God’s Truth at the center of my being.  I cause no fear, and reveal no inner tension.  There is peace in my soul, and I reflect it automatically.  Releasing good in all directions I rejoice, give thanks and am glad.  All good is where I am, and I drink deeply of the living waters of Truth. This Divine Completion makes the world a better place, and my fellowman a finer person.  I radiate God.

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes & Raymond Charles Barker