January 10    

Today's quotation:

The majority of people are not awake; it is only here and there that we find one even partially awake. Practically all of us, as a result, are living lives that are unworthy almost of the name of lives, compared to those we might be living, and that lie within our easy grasp.  While it is true that each life is in and of Divine Being, hence always one with it, in order that this great fact bear fruit in individual lives, each one must be conscious of it; he or she must know it in thought, and then live continually in this consciousness.

Ralph Waldo Trine

Today's Meditation:

What does it mean to be "awake" in the sense that Ralph is talking about?  I think we all could come up with different definitions and explanations, but I think that the most important element that he wants to get across to us is that we must recognize, accept, and live life with the fact that we all are part of Divine Being.  Our oneness with God--whatever we perceive God to be--is the fact of our lives that most of us refuse to live.  We fool ourselves into thinking that we're separate from God and somehow unworthy of God's love, but the fact is that God is in each of us, and since that's true we are living lives that are connected to all other lives.

All major religious leaders talk of connection to one degree or another.  Some seem to want to stay short of actually empowering people, so they put limits on the connection.  But the connection is there, and we all feel it in our hearts.  The question is whether or not we recognize the feeling for what it is and whether we honor that knowledge through the ways in which we live.

My greatest difficulty is the constant awareness of God in me.  My consciousness of that holy part of myself often ebbs lower than any tide I've ever seen as I get caught up in my day-to-day living and simply forget to be aware.  Other things have my attention, after all.  And as I get more caught up in the daily life and become less aware of the holiness that abides in me, I act less in line with how I would like to act, and more in line with societal expectations and norms.

In other words, my consciousness fades.  But I do know that I am a part of the Divine Being, and I am confident that one day I will act the part.  After all, I continue to work at improving my awareness and maintaining it, so one day I'm bound to meet with success.  And when that happens, I'll finally be treating all other people as they deserve to be treated.  And that in itself will be reward enough for all my efforts.

Questions to consider:

Why do we like to deny the idea that we all have a Divine part of ourselves?

What might you do to help yourself grow more aware of the holiness that is a part of you?

If we truly have oneness with the Divine Being, then which is more important:  that or the other things that we make a part of our lives?

For further thought:

Look deeply.  Don't miss the inherent quality and value of everything.

Marcus Aurelius



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