October 21


Today's Quotation:

That has been my personal relationship with God-- a connection with the powerful, loving, wise energy in all of us, in all creation.  It is the life force itself.  We can all have contact with it each moment in our lives, but it takes commitment and practice.  We must be willing to move through all our deepest fears, doubts, and misunderstandings.

Shakti Gawain

Today's Meditation:

Teacher after teacher all through history has taught that God is within us, but for some reason, we choose not to listen.  Perhaps it's because so many people teach us that we must believe in their vision of God, or perhaps it's because the thought that God is so close to us-- actually a part of us, and we are a part of God-- frightens us.  No matter why, it's quite a shame that we limit ourselves so drastically by not acknowledging our own value and our own place in this world.

Are we worthy?  Yes, we are.  We're not the awful, horrible people that some religious folk make us out to be-- we are all creations of the same force, and we're all created on the same level.  What we do with ourselves helps to define who we are as time goes on, and many of us never will become the people we were meant to be because we let fear get in the way.  When all is said and done, though, we all have the potential for the same relationship with the holy in our lives if we only allow ourselves to search it out.

Many of the students I work with sabotage their own chances for success because they talk themselves down, they don't acknowledge their strengths and abilities.  They look at themselves as somehow unworthy and unable, and as long as they do so they're dooming themselves to failure.

Others, though, are willing to see their own value and work through their problems.  They face the problems head-on and they deal with them, knowing that they must do so if they're going to advance in life.  These are the students who are setting themselves up for success.

If God is omnipresent, as most argue he is, then God is in me, always.  The question is, how am I going to use that wise, positive force-- whatever I perceive it to be-- for good in my life and the lives of others?

Questions to ponder:

1.  How can we allow ourselves to look at God apart from religious doctrines?

2.  If God truly is with each of us, what does this say about our equality?

3.  How can we tap into the love, peace, and wisdom of God in our everyday lives?

For further thought:

If you want a television, you go out and work for it and you buy it.  If you want to learn about Aztec pottery, you take a course.  But the relationship with God requires the active and passionate participation of you, yourself.  You have to risk it.  You have to abandon yourself to it.  You have to leap into the fire.  Nobody will do it for you; nobody can do it for you.

Andrew Harvey

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