What Is Judgment?

Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)

Judgment is an evaluation with the intention that harm be dispensed as punishment for some transgression, either real or imagined. Any such emotional intention establishes an attraction for similar harmful energy to be dealt to those who judge. It sets a karmic reaction in motion for getting back the same kind of energy that was given out. That is the meaning of the statement above. Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
Where judgment implies punishment, discernment recognizes differences, such as good vs bad, or acceptable vs not acceptable, without emotional engagement. To discern whether or not a snake is poisonous does not judge the snake. To decide whether a person’s words or actions are abusive is not a judgment of that person. Discernment is using the ability to distinguish between that which may be beneficial as opposed to that which may be harmful.

For judgment is without mercy to him who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:13)

Judgment has no mercy. Discernment has no judgment and is not concerned with punishment or retribution because it is not interested in an outcome.

Know the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind; for God searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts. (1 Chronicles 28: 9)

The Significance of the Man Called Jesus

JesusIn order to appreciate the significance of Jesus it is necessary to understand that everything is composed of energy, and energy works in cycles. A cycle continues from its beginning to a point of completion. A life cycle in our natural world is one in which energy promotes growth from a beginning with potential, to an end that brings that potential to a total transformation – as the life cycle of a seed to a tree, or of an infant to an adult. The same idea applies in the dimension of Spirit.

The energy that powers natural life and growth has a spiritual basis and its nature is indefinable. This energy, as the Source of all things, is most commonly called “God” and has no attributes, features, qualities, parts, characteristics or form because It existed before any of these came into existence. God is also beyond mind and is encountered as darkness or emptiness, an abyss, or nothingness when experienced by those who become enlightened or realized. So, if we think back to what it was like prior to creation we see that there is only “nothing” or “no-thing” – only the Source of creation exists that we refer to as “God.” In this Source there is no awareness because there is nothing of which to be aware. However, as quantum physicists have discovered, and as those who have realized it have declared, this “No-thing” contains every conceivable possibility as unexpressed potential. Jesus referred to this Source as “the Father” because it is a concept that people could relate to and understand. Most people, even today, have difficulty comprehending the idea of God as being a reservoir of everything and yet a “No-thing” as compared to “things.”

The Christian Bible tells us that it was through the “Word” that all things were created. (John 1:3) John equates this “Word” with God, and the “Word made flesh” he describes as the man called Jesus. This idea of a “Word” implies an expression of sound, sound being energy. The newly created “light” of Genesis is also an expression of energy, and these similes are used to describe pure consciousness that has no way of being defined. This consciousness might more fittingly be called the “Mind of God” in which creation developed over eons of time. Then it becomes more easily understood as the energy of pure consciousness that is forming ideas and impressions. It is the same consciousness, personified as Adam, that left its spiritual source to enter the dimension of the physical. Once consciousness became attracted to the denser dimension of matter, it became necessary for this energy to find its way back to its Source.

From the point of creation’s beginning as light and/or sound (both being vibratory energies) a cycle was begun and is playing itself out as consciousness within the minds and souls of humans. The cycle that was begun in Adam, was completed in Jesus. While Adam brought consciousness away from the spiritual into the physical world, Jesus brought that consciousness back into the dimension of Spirit. In this way Jesus established the law of grace which is more powerful than the law of karma. The life of Jesus may then be seen as a demonstration of the way in which a cycle of life energy, or consciousness, might be brought back to its Source having become fully transformed.

As Jesus took his last breath, he remarked, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) This indicated a completion of the cycle from a “Nothingness” that had no way of perceiving Itself, to the consciousness in a human so faultless as to perfectly reflect back to the Source all that it was. In this way, Jesus was the first to make the unconscious Source conscious through his own physical mind. Before the lifetime of Jesus, humans were conscious of God, but because of Jesus, the unconscious Source that we call “God” became conscious in a man. This is the meaning of the Christ Consciousness, also referred to as the Universal Consciousness, and it is also the meaning of the atonement or at-one-ment. It is a complete merger of a human’s body consciousness with the unconscious source of our being. This is an intimate joining of the “Mind of God” with the mind of a physical body, a melding of the deeper super-conscious mind with the shallower conscious awareness of a living human’s brain. Man and God become as one.

The destiny and purpose of each and every soul as an offspring of Adam is to return to its Source, or beginning, having become reconciled through the balancing of its energies. This is made possible as each unique individual soul participates in earthly experiences until it becomes a perfect reflection of its Creator in at-one-ment. The role of Jesus was to show us how to do that through love. Jesus is the perfect model for us to follow because he demonstrated, through his life on earth, the way that we should live to balance the energy of our souls in order to accomplish this purpose, the purpose that was established in the beginning.

For a more detailed explanation of the ideas presented here, read my book, SPIRIT AND TRUTH.

See also: The Meaning of Christmas, The Resurrecton of the Body, The Meaning of Easter

The Resurrection of the Body

AuraComments on The Resurrection of the Body given by St. Paul To the Corinthians (1Corinthians 15)
[The Gospel quotes are in bold italics.]

The resurrection of the body is a Christian belief stated in the Apostles’ Creed. It does not refer to the resurrection of Jesus alone. It is intended for each one of us.

The idea of the dead coming back to life is certainly a strange one, and it was considered as such by many people living during the time of Jesus. But even in the Old Testament we find reference to a resurrection of the body. Your dead shall live. (Isaiah 26: 19) Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake. (Daniel 12:2)
After the death of Jesus, this concept of the dead coming back to life became a central fact for those who followed him. Since there were many non-believers, Paul sought to clarify the meaning of the resurrection:

But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither has Christ been raised. If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith also is in vain. But now Christ has been raised from the dead. He became the first fruits of those who are asleep.
Jesus was the first to resurrect his physical body – and since that time there have been a few accounts of other holy people who have done the same. While these accounts cannot be proven without a doubt, it does suggest the possibility of resurrection of the body for everyone. Paul says:

But someone will say, “How are the dead raised?” and, “With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish one, that which you yourself sow (as seeds planted in the earth) is not made alive unless it dies. (That which) is sown (in flesh is) a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam (Jesus) became a life-giving spirit. However that which is spiritual isn’t first, but that which is natural, then (comes) that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, made of dust.
Paul indicates that Adam, the first man, was a “living soul.” This soul was the Light of conscious awareness, the Light that had been created in the beginning, and it merged with nature to become a soul within a body of flesh. This was the “fall from heaven” – the descent of the spiritual as it became a part of the physical world through the means of a flesh body. It is through a flesh body that the soul finds its individuality, differentiating itself from the unity of its origins. This is the work of the ego or self (with a small “s”), as it develops in the “man of the earth.”

The second man (Jesus, the last Adam) is the Lord from heaven. … flesh and blood can’t inherit the Kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery… the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.
Just as Adam brought the Spirit into flesh, Jesus brought the flesh back to Spirit. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God because different levels of vibratory energy are not compatible. Spirit is a higher level of energy, and materiality is a lower level of energy. The soul, having become “corrupted” by nature’s vibrations through the senses, is now required to balance the energy it has accumulated. When the soul’s vibrations harmonize with Spirit, it gains the power to create in the same way that Spirit created in the beginning. Then it can create another body of flesh that is in harmonic vibration with Spirit. Once the vibratory energy of the body has been transformed into spiritual energy it can “inherit the Kingdom.”

But when this corruptible (body) will have put on incorruption, and this mortal (body) will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” (Isaiah 25:8) “Death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory?” (Hosea 13:14) The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
The power of sin is the law because we are subject to the laws of cause and effect, and for each transgression there will be a compensating consequence to create a balancing of energy, known as karma. But the incorruptible body is no longer subject to the law because it has transcended the law by becoming wholly (holy) balanced and in harmony with God.

(John 20:17) verifies the fact that a return to the Father God provides the transformation required to turn nature’s flesh to spiritual flesh:
Jesus said to her, “Don’t touch me, for I haven’t yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brothers, and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'”
God intended that every soul should have the possibility of returning to its Source (the Father God) as the completion of a spiritual cycle that went from God to man, and from man back to God. Jesus was the first to bring back to the Father the original Light of awareness that Adam had brought from Spirit into materiality. The life of the soul began in Adam within the natural world with the purpose of bringing the soul back to its spiritual origins, completely transformed in Love, as the completion of a spiritual cycle. This completion occurred as Jesus died, returned to the Father, and was then able to reconstruct the atoms of the physical body to create a glorified body by means of the spiritualized mind. This was much like the original spiritual creation in the Mind of God, but now it was occurring in an individual who had become one with God.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Having completed the cycle of consciousness by bringing it back to the Father God, the body of Jesus became a glorified, incorruptible body of flesh, impervious to death. This is the possibility of at-one-ment (atonement) of God and man – that which was impossible for us until Jesus “opened the gates of heaven” and provided a Way for us to follow him. God became man so that man can become one, again, with God – knowing ourselves to be ourselves, yet One with the Whole. Thus our labor is not in vain if we follow the teachings of Jesus. This we do by transforming our inner selves through virtuous acts of patience and love.

Resurrection

Also see:THE MEANING OF EASTER,

and also see a lecture, Paul as Pastor, by Yale professor, Dale Martin, on Paul’s instructions to the Corinthians that includes the resurrection of the body

The Meaning of Easter

jesus_resurrection smaller Easter Sunday celebrates the rising from the dead of the man called Jesus. Having been crucified on a Friday, his body was laid in a cave-like tomb with a stone rolled across the entrance, as was the custom of the day. It was also the Jewish custom to anoint the body of the deceased, but this had not been possible because it was not allowed on a Saturday, which was the Sabbath or Jewish Holy Day. So the women went to the tomb early on Sunday to anoint the body, but they discovered that the body was not there.

We are told that Jesus consequently appeared to many of his followers, causing some to be afraid because they thought they were seeing a ghost. However, Jesus showed them that his body was just as solid and as real as their own by asking for food and eating it. This is basically the story of the resurrection.

What is different about this story from other stories telling of dead bodies being brought back to life (such as the raising of Lazarus) is that the body of Jesus was not the exact same physical body that had hung on the cross. His physical body had dissolved and his resurrected body was reconstructed from the vibratory light energy of his soul. Essentially, this was a result of Mind over matter in the ultimate sense, and it demonstrates the fact that the energy intake through the five senses builds the quality of the soul which, in turn, determines the quality of the physical body. Since everything is composed of energy (including the soul) the soul is built from the energy of our thoughts, words, actions and experiences that it “feeds” upon. This energy is then used to produce a physical body which will be formed according to the quality of the vibrations of the soul. It also demonstrates the meaning of “as we sow, so shall we reap” as well as being an argument for reincarnation.

So now the question is – why did Jesus have to die and what does all this mean for us? And the short answer is that we were given access to the Father God through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Let me explain:

First we have to imagine what it was like prior to creation – when the force or power that we call “God” was without form or substance – before time, place or things existed. Then, as scientists claim, there was a “big bang” causing chaos as massive amounts of energy began to move and coalesce into created “things.” From the spiritual standpoint, this “big bang” was the Son of God, His “first born,” the original emanation from which everything else was created. It was the Immaculate Conception through which all things were conceived in the now existing “Mind of God.” It consisted of a new dimension that was separate from, and yet one with, the original Source of formless, substanceless, timeless power that we call God – that which we think of as “the Father.” This was the initial awareness that required something of which to be aware – and so it brought about creation as we understand it today. It was the beginning of the Master Soul, of which we are all a part, having been conceived immaculately within the womb of creation.

The energy emanating through the Mind of God began creation through an infinite number of vibrations that blended into harmonies from waves of sound. Their fluctuations wavered between creation and the unbounded, eternal force that began them. This was the beginning of a cycle, a cycle being an integral part of vibration, vibration having been poetically described as God’s “Word” by John in the Bible. This cycle of creation continued throughout history as this single consciousness became lost in the myriad forms of its own making. As this consciousness became intimately connected to form, individual souls were nurtured and shaped by taking in vibrations of all that they experienced. One of these souls followed the course of the main spiritual cycle that was set in the beginning, and eventually it appeared on earth in the body that was called Jesus. Through his spirit-filled life, Jesus brought the fulfillment of the cyclic spiritual journey that began in the uncreated, formless, substanceless, timeless God in which there was no awareness (because there was nothing of which to be aware) to its end in a created, fully human individual with full awareness, and in whom that uncreated, formless, substanceless, timeless God could finally become aware of all of His creation. That is to say, God became consciously aware for the first time through the medium of a human’s consciousness. In this way, the resurrection of Jesus completed the cycle of Spirit.

The life of Jesus was a reflection of the Father Spirit or Source through which creation began and is sustained. By living a holy life, Jesus showed us the Way we must travel to get back to our roots, our beginning, our Source. Through his example, he showed us that we are all loved as children of God, and through his teaching we learned that our heritage is to become spiritual beings, capable of performing all the miracles of which He had the power, and even more.

In essence, Jesus showed us that we are on earth to cultivate and grow a spirit of love within us to form a vibratory condition for the soul that will enable it to merge with its Source. We are to become fully united again with God, so that God may become aware in us. This was not possible for any human being until Jesus gave his life. This was required of him through a physical body so that he could return its consciousness to the Father and provide a way for each of us to do the same. It required a complete giving up of self, a death that for us is the death of ego as it becomes transformed through integration with Spirit. It is then that our soul’s vibrations will become harmonized with those of Spirit so they may blend and become One – so that we may know ourselves to be ourselves while part of the Whole. It is then that God will become conscious in us and we may say, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”

An interesting article appeared in the June 2007 issue of Discover Magazine that describes the evaporation of the body of a devout lama in Eastern Tibet. Such cases have been referred to by Tibetan Buddhists as “rainbow bodies.” The article has 4 parts and also discusses the search for a soul. Read the article here: Soul Search

See also: The Resurrection of the Body

Reincarnation

According to the Apostles’ Creed, Christians believe in the resurrection of the body. Edgar Cayce was asked what body, referred to in the Creed, will be resurrected? This was asked by those who believed in reincarnation – that a soul takes form in many different bodies in many different places and in many different lifetimes. Cayce answered that it refers to the physical body, the same body each individual had from the beginning and throughout the ages. Otherwise, he asks, how could it be individual? He further explained that when the unity of consciousness initially separated into individual beings, each being took on a shadow form (thought form) to provide for its individuality. Since each being had mind and will, it used the creative forces of which it was still a part, to create experiences that could feed or build a soul body. Once the soul enters the physical dimension it takes the matter it has drawn to itself to form another body. Although the physical body decays and dissolves, mind, being the builder, uses the vibrations the soul has accumulated to create a new body. What becomes of the body, he said, depends upon the choices that have been made. The destiny of the body, then, depends upon the individual. (Edgar Cayce Reading 262-86)

Because the soul uses those vibrations which it has experienced to build a physical body, an individual will find himself or herself in a body conforming to vibrations that produce health or infirmity, strength or weakness. This is where the balancing power of karma will have its effect.

While all of this may be difficult to believe, scientific research is proving it to be valid. Walter Semkiw, M.D. has written two books about reincarnation, Born Again, and Return of the Revolutionaries. The latter presents evidence–including photographs–that John Adams, Thomas Paine, Samuel Adams, and numerous other American Revolutionaries have been reincarnated as the political and spiritual leaders of today, including George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Marianne Williamson, Shirley MacLaine, and others, in order to begin a Spiritual Revolution. He documents past life recollections of people with current photos along with those of their recalled past life person. He found that facial features, body postures, and hand gestures can be consistent from one lifetime to another. He believes there is an “energy template” or possibly a holographic image that the developing fetus uses to shape the body.

Another interesting facet of this research was the finding that individuals did not necessarily reincarnate in the same ethnic affiliation, religion, nationality, race or gender from one lifetime to another. Dr. Semkiw maintains that once it is understood that Muslim Palestinians may become Jewish Israelis, Protestants may become Catholics, Islamic terrorists may become Christian Westerners and Shiites can become Sunnis, and vice versa, then it will make no sense to perpetuate violence on one another. He states that, “When we see ourselves as universal souls, we understand that we are all brothers and sisters who are evolving together through lifetimes on Earth.” More can be learned from his article, Principles of Reincarnation or How Reincarnation Works, available on the website of the Institute for the Integration of Science, Intuition and Spirit (IISIS).

More information about these concepts can be found in my book, Spirit and Truth, Finding Clarification of Christian Beliefs through the Words of Scientists, Scriptures, Sages and Seers.

Balance

Balance of body, mind and soul is needed. Soul is balanced through mind by neither being upset by negative influences nor elated by positive influences. The mind, when balanced, is always calm and accepting of what is.

Everything in nature seeks balance.   Everything consists of energy.  Energy seeks balance. Energy cannot be created, neither can it be destroyed. These are scientific facts.

Consider that what we call “spirit” is energy.  The Holy Spirit is the energy that comes directly from the Source of creation, providing all matter with the atomic forces or energy within it.  As this Holy Spirit becomes denser as matter, its spiritual quality of peace and unity is disturbed because it separates into two different worlds – the spiritual world and the material world.  In our material world we recognize these differences as opposites – heaven and hell, good and evil, happy and sad, front and back, up and down etc.  These are what we see as positive and negative qualities but the quality that we miss is that of neutral – the original quality of Spirit.

Neutral occurs when there is neither positive nor negative.  This is a place of complete balance, where a positive does not weigh more or less than a negative – where both positive and negative meet in a center where all becomes one.  Like the fulcrum on a balance beam, it is a place of balance.

Consider that a soul is a body of energy, the “clothing” of spirit.  The energy that forms a soul’s body has been accumulated since the beginning of time, through every experience the soul has ever had.  As the energy of the soul became unbalanced, additional experiences were required to balance it.  This has been called karma and is the basis for reincarnation.  The energy of the soul is seeking to become balanced through various lifetimes in which it can gather energy experiences through the five senses of a living human body.  Bringing balance to the soul has been called grace.  Once the soul is completely in balance it becomes a perfect reflection of its Source and has reached its goal.

The soul’s body consists of all the energy vibrations that are “fed” to it by the body-mind – the thoughts, attitudes, sights, sounds, feelings, etc.  It is ego, or body-mind, that separates and divides everything into me vs. you, good vs. bad, happy vs. sad.  In order to overcome this duality and division, it is necessary to find the place of balance within ourselves.  This is found in our center – the place of the still, small voice that can be heard only when we take the time to listen.  It is the place where love and peace exist within each of us – the center of our being – the Spirit, the place that is quietly waiting to be found.

This neutral center of balance between positive and negative is not one of inaction or uncaring.  In fact, it is the place of Love where caring action is found.  This balance is one of harmony and unity – it does not divide, nor does it separate – and is found through the practice of virtue.  Virtue is applying the highest good we know in every circumstance, regardless of how we feel.  It is being kind to those who are not kind, it is being tolerant of those who are not tolerant, it is being patient with those who act out their frustrations and anger.  When we become conscious of our choices and choose to be patient, tolerant, considerate and kind, we act through our neutral center – the place where there is balance – unity, harmony, and peace – the place of the Spirit.

The place of the neutral within duality is explained in greater detail in my book, Spirit and Truth.

About Bullying

This is a subject that has been getting a lot of press lately, and for good reasons. It is a subject that needs to be understood in order to be properly addressed. There are several dynamics at work, so to begin let me say that, since everything in creation is composed of energy, it is basically the negative energy of bullying that has to be neutralized with positive energy. Let me illustrate with my own first experience of the way this works.

A neighbor’s child was having difficulty relating to his peers so his mother, angered by her son’s treatment, arrived at my friend’s home with a list of complaints. When she finished shouting, I calmly said to her, “You’re right,” and then continued to agree with some of her arguments. I was surprised, back then, that this immediately had a calming effect on the irate parent and we were able to discuss solutions to the problem. What I didn’t understand at that time was that, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”(Proverbs 15:1) Since then I have found many instances when this is true.

So how does this relate to bullying? First of all consider the bully who is the source of the negative energy. This may come from anger, jealousy, intolerance, egotism, or possibly wanting to be liked by peers. These all stem from an inner need, whatever it happens to be, and is negative energy that will be acted out in a negative way to satisfy that need. It is the manifestation of a soul whose energy is not in harmonious balance and requires change. But that change can only come from inside that person. Nothing outside that person can make that change. That person has to recognize the need to change and implement it on their own. They can be encouraged to do good, shown good example, taught to use different manners of behavior, or even punished, but unless they are willing to change themselves, change will not be forthcoming.

So what are we left with? The only thing we can change is ourselves. I’ll say it again – the only thing we can change is ourselves. If we are not willing to do that, we’re back at square one and the negative energy has won. It will grow into more hurt feelings, more anger, more conflict, and more acting out – possibly even leading to destructive actions because negative energy feeds on more negative energy and grows stronger.

What is the answer? The answer is always LOVE – – but it is a little complicated.

I’ll relate a story about the Buddha which has appeared in different forms but essentially has the points that I want to make. The story goes something like this: there was a highly educated man who saw the Buddha and began to hurl insults at him. The Buddha sat calmly and didn’t reply. When the man asked how he could stay so calm without answering his taunts the Buddha asked him a question – “If food is presented to a person and that person refuses the food, to whom does the food belong?” The obvious answer given by the educated man was that the food belonged to the giver. He then understood that the insults he had hurled at the Buddha belonged only to himself because they had not been accepted by the Buddha.

This story illustrates the following dynamics:
First – we can only give what we have. The educated man had only animosity and pride to give. The Buddha had understanding , compassion, tolerance, and love to give.
Second – we have the ability to make choices, not only about what we give but also about what we receive. The Buddha had no need for the negative energy so he chose not to receive it. In this way the negative energy was not supported and it could no longer continue.
Third – the Buddha understood that the educated man felt diminished in the presence of the Buddha and required a way to feel more powerful, but the Buddha possessed self-love and had no karmic need for the “food” that was being offered.

How do we make this lesson useful for ourselves?

Let’s first consider the person being bullied. It has been said that if we could see the actions that brought on such circumstances, we would not be so upset by them. This is because karma is playing out in order to balance an unbalanced energy. Whatever has been sown – regardless of the time frame – will be reaped. The only way karma can be balanced is through grace – the use of energetically positive virtues such as tolerance, patience, humility, love etc. Those who are bullied, but do not have the awareness of a Buddha, probably have encountered a situation in which they have been given the opportunity to learn a needed lesson. They can choose an action which will satisfy that karma and bring grace, or one that will create another encounter of the same sort. By expressing additional negative energy toward the bully, thereby “feeding” the negative energy, the negative energy will become stronger and escalate the tension leading to additional confrontations. But by understanding that the bully is in need of compassion, tolerance and love, the person who is being bullied can release their karma by offering a hand of friendship, or by responding in a way to let the bully know his remarks have no effect, or by calmly walking away.

It is necessary to understand that negative energy feeds on more negative energy and cannot survive without it. To stop a bully’s taunts it is wise not to react in an unconscious manner by absorbing the energy into self. It is better to consciously respond, rather than to unconsciously react with more negative words and/or actions. A kind response shows that the negative energy is not doing its job because it has not been accepted.

If the bully gets physical it requires some action, but only after a conscious response is given such as, “I understand you want to fight but I think it would be a lot nicer to be friends.” If this doesn’t work it may require intervention by proper authorities such as teachers, parents or police. As Theodore Roosevelt said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” the stick being the strength within, in the form of self-worth, or the strength without, in the form of a higher authority.

Most importantly, it is necessary to understand that we are all beings of light, children of God, regardless of outer appearances or actions. When we are able to connect fully with that idea it is easier to love ourselves and to love others in the same way. Self-love is a feeling of self-worth and has nothing to do with ego or self-aggrandizement. It is recognizing, in all humility and love, that we are temples of God who is our innate spiritual being. Once this is achieved it becomes a power within us – the rod and staff that supports us, the strength that protects us.

These ideas may not come easily in the beginning, but the effort to use love instead of fear is well worth the time and trouble. Peace of mind is possible only when it is found inside one’s heart and then given to all who need it. These are lessons from the Masters down through the ages – love your neighbor – do unto others as you would have them do unto you – do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Wake Up People!

Don’t you understand that, in whatever circumstance you find yourself, it is of your own creation? You are reaping whatever you have sown. Only you are responsible for the life you have, and you will continue to have, until you make the necessary changes – to your attitudes, your desires, your dislikes, your habits, your way of being. It is only through sowing the seeds of tolerance, respect, humility, patience, forgiveness, acceptance and LOVE that you can reap happiness, contentment, peace and joy. Expecting different results when trying to change things outside yourself without making any changes inside yourself just doesn’t work. It has to begin with a change of mind, of attitude, of heart. Learn to sit quietly without distractions, look within and listen to the small, still voice that is calling you to awaken. If you want things to change, the change has to come from within. It is up to you to choose, not only the kind of life you have now, but the quality of life that will be yours in the future. Change your mind and change your world.