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Oneness

V 7.7.7

The love of Oneness isn't a religion (it doesn't have a restrictive or confining dogma, and it doesn't idolize or kill the messenger and ignore the message, or encourage people to kill or die for it; as man is often wont to do with his religions). The appreciation of Oneness isn't an arguable philosophy prone to endless verbal debate and never-ending analysis with futile results. The understanding of Oneness isn't a science or pseudo-science to be dissected, theorized, tested and proved to truth.

The phenomenon of Oneness, the reality of Oneness, exists as a wholistic perceptual paradigm; a common-sense, self-verifying reality perspective; an all-encompassing truthful and healthy view of the interconnectedness of everything seen and unseen that includes all aspects of Life, wherein all constituents are understood and appreciated as valuable and important parts of the whole. It helps us appreciate each other even when we are very different from each other. It's the love of ALL that can be fully realized when we know that we are all together, part of a larger whole.  It's the love of diversity that exists within a healthy whole like one magnificent Garden of Life filled with colorful and beautiful flowers of infinite variety and uniqueness. It's as close as we can get to a rational conception and expression of the value and appreciation of the spiritual reality of Love. It's a relationship with God and fellow man that acknowledges God as part of everything, and everything as part of God.



Have you noticed that most people usually don't do what is right unless they have to? Like the children they are, deep down they really WANT to, but unless they are persuaded - channeled towards it, they just don't. Whether you are talking about banking, finance, business, politics, religion, or anything else, it's the same story. People need checks and balances, accountability, supervision, and the rule of law to do what's right. Like a herd of sheep, they don't come together, they don't change, they don't love each other very completely or very well, unless something threatening, or something of a sacrificing nature happens. This then is our fate. It's the only doorway that is open. (To be encouraged, channeled, pushed, prodded, and forced by our circumstances, and the rule of common law to do the right things; to have unity, to have goodness, to have fairness, to have brotherhood, to have equality, and all the other things we are supposed to be doing.)

How big a sacrifice, how much pain, how much suffering, and how much death
will it take to make us soften our hearts, and start living right?


As never before, we are now in terrible danger as a nation and as a world; on all levels, because of many improprieties, and because of the horrible holocaust that we have directly and indirectly helped to inflict on the totally blameless; the unborn; with legalized abortion. Because of the blatant intent and the degree of arrogance and innocence involved, it's a holocaust more spiritually devastating, more morally deficient, more repugnantly brutal, and more inherently evil, as seen by Just eyes, than all of the almost unfathomable inhumanity suffered in all of the past earthly conflicts and wars put together.


Abortion Counter from www.1way2God.net

"Never again!" we all said after the horror of the first holocaust (11 million killed)... Never again, indeed.

This counter is a conservative estimate, and displays the amount of induced abortions only since the turn of the last century. And if this is not shocking enough for you, try adding the figures that go back to the time we (our generation) started the freedom and "equality" movement. You end up with a figure somewhere close to 1.5 billion dead babies!

Now listen, I'm not some extreme conservative, or a flaming liberal, or a religious fanatic, (in fact I despise such gratuitous labels that judge people and freeze them in time, and don't allow them growth or progress.) But you don't have to be a rocket scientist to see that we have a problem here! A blind moron walking quickly couldn't miss seeing the wrong in this terrible reality. It's just common sense. Any fair-minded, sane person would surely agree.

I don't doubt for a minute that some day the science of genetics will be able to tell couples when they have conceived abnormal fetuses much more than they are able to today. Abortion will undoubtedly play a role in that process, and there are other situations and scenarios when doctor and patient might or must consider abortion. But all of that is still a far cry from abortion on demand.

Now we free-thinkers can say that our generation has developed a belief in the rightness of the Principle of Equality - in not having a double standard. We know in our hearts that we should treat each other with proper respect, dignity, and equality of value. And we also know in our hearts that abortion is wrong - where is the equality in abortion? When women were somewhat vulnerable and dependent, we learned that it's not ok to deny them equality. - But it is ok to deny the unborn life equality, when it is totally vulnerable and totally dependent? - We should be ashamed of ourselves for perverting this opportunity for real progress: for not yet realizing it's full potential.

If there is one place in all the universe where a new life; a fetus,
should be nurtured, comfortable, unafraid, and protected, it's in the womb.

We have many beautiful and healthy freedoms and choices. And we have God-given free-will. But God never gave us the right to choose the death of an innocent under His Divine Law of Life and Love...

A fetus isn't a CHOICE, a fetus is a LIFE!

It's very unfortunate that the empowering, radiant light of woman's equality has been so depressingly overshadowed by the dark cloud of abortion...
And now, the fabric of our whole system is beginning to unravel before us...

I've never asked anything except this one thing from you:
Take a stand right now!

No matter what your personal or public position has been in the past, no matter what you have said or done before; make a proper internal commitment of conscience concerning this issue, today - right now. And then find a way to support your internal resolve with some external action... This is very important. Do it now. Do it today. Do it before it's too late.

We've learned and changed a lot during our many years. We can change our attitudes about this too. There is an important wholistic reason why we must reject abortion on demand... Like all wholistic views, it is a view of balance in which our actions reflect back directly upon the totality of ourselves. It is in this context that you might say we are like a baby in a universal womb. We are collectively going through a developmental stage that can bring healthy, proper evolution of self, or the unthinkable and unspeakable alternative. By destroying fetuses in the womb we are in a projected sense destroying ourselves through reciprocal self-judgment, (if we were, as a group, allowed to be judged in that way; - without mercy or leniency). So unless we have a deep-seated hatred of ourselves, a need to destroy ourselves, to be suicidal, to wish to have never been born), we had better get our priorities straight and fix this deficiency as soon as possible. There are real solutions to this problem, if we only care to do what's right, and make the effort to look for them together. We can start by encouraging our government and churches to set up strong, well-funded programs that facilitate adoption procedures for unwanted babies, and encourage couples and families to have a caring attitude toward all unborn, unwanted and needy children.
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Another caution must also be raised: How have we advanced, how have we bettered ourselves if women's equality only brings more of the same harsh injustice, anger, arrogance, bravado, intransigence, hardness-of-heart, argumentativeness, and more double standards, much like those that the equality movement fought against? Only now from women instead of from men! Women need to bring the same feminine qualities, sensitivities, tolerance, intelligence, caring and love that they had in the earlier days up to their new freedom, to create a new, more healthy standard... Not be enticed and seduced by their new-found power to be forever captive - bound to and by, the old and obsolete attitudes and standards.

If a landlord abuses his tenant, and then the tenant later becomes a landlord, he can follow in the path taught through experience by either abusing again in a warped sense of justice; Or he can see the wrong first-hand in the abuse, and follow a different, more enlightened path, by being fair, respectful, and caring to his tenant - thereby making life better for everyone.

(And when we learn a proper lesson, we are also preventing the negative aspects of an experience; the pain, the suffering, and the sacrifice, from being endured in vain.)

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Have you ever considered the nature of diverse elements as they combine? There are literally an infinite number of examples from chemical compounds, to organ differentiation, to the development of different species. Hydrogen and Oxygen combined in certain parts make something else. Water (H2O) is more than the sum of it's parts. It is something new - something very different. Some might even say it's a miracle the way things so marvelously combine; chemically, biologically, genetically, and in every other way, and recombine to make new things. It's just nature... but nature and life itself are miracles of sorts, aren't they?
Now it is in this context and in regard to global warming & other environmental concerns; fossil fuel depletion; how to deal with regional conflicts, abuses of power, & catastrophe; the establishment of common international law; the evolution of understanding concerning how personal freedom, free-will, diversity, & large-scale collective unity can, and should, coexist; the way personal belief, religion, and God can be an agreeable part of all our lives; and other global crisis and problems we most certainly must soon face...

When things look the most bleak - especially when things look the most bleak, if good people will come together and work together for common good and proper heart-felt goals; there is literally nothing they can't do. And like a new and beautiful hybrid rose, life can even sometimes present us with a pleasant and unexpected surprise - a new flowering, a new emergence because of this phenomenon... because of the way vastly diverse people and things can combine to overcome problems and to accomplish new things.


People haven't begun to realize the power they possess in unity. And it will be this challenge that us baby boomers will soon face: To turn away from our petty concerns about money and about ourselves. To bring our collective strength of good will; our best idealistic goodness to bear, to solve some very difficult problems. There's no rest for us. Not now. If we've ever needed a "second wind," we need it now. The unity of good people for just, moral and proper purpose, with divine guidance, is the best defense against catastrophe, disaster, turmoil, arrogance, divisiveness, cultural and religious disparity, intolerance, and hatred.

We can get through anything if we support each other and work together.

Each one of us is capable of perceiving all of mankind with equality, and as;

One Family


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The quote below aptly describes the nature of Oneness. It also mentions Edgar Cayce in this context, but the concept and appreciation of the completeness of Life as One is not owned, or confined to, or about, any one person- it belongs to and embraces everyone and everything.   - c. bard  "One World... One Family"

ONENESS

One of the great ironies of human nature is the fact that the very structure intended to enrich our relationship with God is the one thing which divides us most as a human family. For countless eons, more wars have been fought on religious principles than for any other reason. Even to this day, wars, bloodshed, political battles, and countless examples of our inhumanity to one another are commonplace as one group tries to instill (or enforce) its belief systems, its politics, or the supremacy of its God onto the lives of others.

The first lesson for six months should be One-One-One- One; Oneness of God, oneness of man's relation, oneness of force, oneness of time, oneness of purpose, Oneness in every effort-Oneness- Oneness!

Reading 900-429

These conflicts are not simply between various religions but are also within each denomination. There are sects within Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam- within every religion!- many convinced that they are just a little more right than anyone else. Even various churches, temples, and synagogues have found differences with other members of their own sect who have somehow fallen away from the "original" or the "true" faith.

In addition to separating people from one another, these conflicts have also caused individuals to become disillusioned with religion-some even becoming convinced that religion is a waste of time. Too often, the result has been that people have given up their faith in God because of their disappointment in humankind.

Interestingly enough, the Edgar Cayce material states that part of the problem is due to our ignorance of our oneness with one another.

Cayce's information presents a hopeful and inspiring approach to spirituality and religion that inextricably weaves all of humanity together. Rather than focusing upon the form of specific religions or dogmas, the readings instead focus upon the importance of every single soul attempting to manifest an awareness of the living Spirit in the earth.

From Cayce's perspective, our goal is not to simply wait for heaven or to escape the earth; instead, we are challenged to bring an awareness of the Creator into our lives and into our surroundings wherever we may be, right now.

"what is the difference? ...Truth...is of the One source. Are there not trees of oak, of ash, of pine? There are the needs of these for meeting this or that experience...Then, all will fill their place. Find not fault with any, but rather show forth as to just how good a pine, or ash, or oak, or vine thou art!"

Reading 254-87

There is a common bond we all share as a collective humanity: There is but one God, and we are all God's children. In order to reawaken that sense of connectedness we share with one another, the readings state that the start of any spiritual journey should begin with the love of God, and the knowledge that the Lord God is One. Regardless of the name we call God or the religion on earth that we feel drawn to, there is but one Creator, one Source, one Law. In fact, perhaps more than anything else, this concept of "oneness" is the underlying philosophy of the Edgar Cayce readings.

Just What Is Oneness?

This notion of oneness in a world so filled with variety may, at first, seem a difficult concept to comprehend. After all, we are surrounded by a myriad of plants, trees, animals, experiences, and people. Rather than attempting to make all things the same, however, oneness suggests instead that we have the opportunity to view this rich diversity as an example of the multiple ways in which the One Spirit tries to find expression in our lives. Since there is only one God-the source of all that exists-ultimately, the universe must be composed of only one Force.

Oneness as a force implies that all things are interrelated. Every one of us has a connection to one another, the earth, the universe, and to God. This one force is a force for good which is attempting to bring the spirituality of the Creator into the earth. Unfortunately, because of our limited awareness of the power of free will, individuals are able to direct that force into selfish purposes and desires, creating "evil" in the process.

In terms of spirituality, the concept of oneness suggests that God is not limited to expressing through one religion alone. Instead, the Creator manifests in individuals' lives because of their faith and because of their relationship to the spiritual Source, not because of their specific religion. From Cayce's perspective, religion is the form in which individuals attempt to understand the manifestation of this Spirit. God can (and does!) work through every soul in the earth.

The good news is that, in spite of how things may appear in the world today, the readings assert that all of Creation will eventually be brought into an awareness of this oneness and of the Law of Love which it implies. One of our challenges as individuals is to make the world a better place because we have lived in it. Perhaps the best approach to this consciousness is reflected in the Bible when it states that we must love God with all our heart, mind, and soul, and our neighbor as ourselves.

As a means of discovering the oneness of Spirit, the readings encourage comparative religious and cultural study. Through such a discipline, each of us might see beyond surface differences and, instead, find the commonalties we share with one another:

...coordinate the teachings, the philosophies of the east, and the west, the oriental and the occidental, the new truths and the old... Correlate not the differences, but where all religions meet- there is one God! "Know, O Israel, the Lord God is one!"

Reading 991-1

...consider a field of corn. In the grain of corn there is life. Man plants it in the soil, works it, and then he reaps the harvest. Not every man selects the same kind of corn. Not every man plows it alike. Not every man sows it alike. Not every man reaps it alike. Yet, in each case it brings forth the very best that there is. It is the God or the life within each grain that the man is seeking. It sustains his body, and also produces enough seed to raise more. That's religion. That's the denominations.

Reading 991-1

When the concept of reincarnation is studied, what becomes apparent is not what religion people may be in the present but rather, more important, how individuals apply the knowledge they possess. Within the cycle of reincarnation, we may have all been Jewish, we may have all been students of Eastern or Middle Eastern religions; we may have all been agnostic or even atheistic; we may have all been Christian. It's important to remember that first we are all children of the same God, and only secondly are we separated by doctrines or specific religious beliefs. We are spiritual beings manifesting in the physical world. Our religious dogmas and beliefs have changed as readily as we have. To be bigoted toward any situation, type of individual, or experience-especially with the knowledge that we will draw those same circumstances to us in the future-is not in keeping with the concept of oneness.

Religion as a Form

The work of Edgar Cayce has attracted individuals from all walks of life and religious backgrounds. In fact, Cayce's view was that if the information in the readings was helpful and hopeful, making you a better person in the process, then you should be able to bring that renewed sense of "spirit" into your own faith. If, on the other hand, working with a particular concept wasn't helpful to you (the philosophy of reincarnation being one example), then individuals were simply told to leave it alone. Individuals were never advised to change their religious beliefs because of the Cayce readings. What Cayce was most concerned with was the application of spiritual principles, not an individual's specific religion. There is a difference between spirituality and religion, although both are important.

Religion is primarily concerned with matters of religious faith, ritual, structure, and tradition. Unfortunately, too often, a specific religion has been seen as the vehicle for personal salvation rather than simply being one of the various forms in which humankind is trying to understand the manifestation of Spirit in their lives. Many individuals have somehow elevated one religion above all others, perhaps deciding that there is but one form with which to demonstrate true faith. On the other hand, at times it has been the very religious structure with which individuals have become frustrated or disappointed, perhaps even deciding that they no longer need to have religion in their lives. Neither of these responses is in keeping with the concept of oneness. It is important to remember that religion serves a purpose. Without some form, spirituality can too easily become simply a philosophical mind-game rather than having practical ramifications for daily life. A loose spirituality may be fragmented, selfishly independent, lacking community, etc. Without religious form, children can be raised without a sense of the applicability of Spirit in their lives.

One of our confusions associated with religion is that we often mistake the form for the Spirit. For example, individuals may have a particular moving religious experience while attending a certain church or a service in a specific religious denomination. These experiences may include being overwhelmed by the spirit, having a very moving (or even a "kundalini") experience, awakening to the awareness of God's presence, even speaking in tongues, etc. Rather than seeing these experiences within the context of form, however, individuals often assume that because their experience was valid, everything else associated with that religious form contains the same degree of value-they are forgetting that throughout the history of humankind, individuals have had similar transformational experiences in every religion.

There may be different channels of approach, yes. For not all peoples walked in the field when the wheat was ripe. Neither did all stand at the tomb when Lazarus was called forth. Neither were they all present when He walked on the water, nor when He fed the five thousand, nor when He hung on the Cross. Yet each experience answered, and does answer to something within each individual soul-entity. For each soul is a corpuscle in the body of God.

Reading 3395-2

Remember, the essential premise of the Cayce philosophy is that we are all attempting to manifest the Christ Consciousness in the earth. Although we might currently find ourselves in the physical dimension, we are not physical creatures with souls; rather, we are souls who happen to be expressing ourselves in materiality. The distinction is important because, too often, we may associate ourselves with external, temporal things such as race, sexuality, color, and religion that are not a part of our true spiritual nature. It is not so much that we go to heaven; rather, we grow in awareness of our true spiritual nature and of our relationship with God and with one another. In fact, this process of growth and unfoldment is clearly described in the New Testament (Matthew 13:31-33 KJV) when Jesus discussed, in parables, the nature of Heaven.

Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

And, from the readings, "For you grow to heaven, you don't go to heaven. It is within thine own conscience that ye grow there," (reading 3409-1).

Spirituality as a Living Awareness

Although religion often deals with form, spirituality generally deals with an individual's application of his or her individual knowledge or awareness. Since our natural state is spirit, reawakening to full spiritual awareness is one of the purposes we all have in common. In fact, in one reading (3357-2), Cayce stated that "Soul development should take precedence over all things." From the readings' perspective, this development is not achieved through some great deed or act; instead, it is a gradual accomplishment which is attained "line upon line, precept upon precept." What appears to be most important in terms of soul development is an individual's application of the things of the Spirit in their interactions with others: love, kindness, gentleness, patience, persistence, and consistency.

Since the purpose of life is to bring the spirituality of the Creator into the earth, attunement and application are at the heart of spiritual growth. Attunement is the process of reawakening to an awareness of our spiritual nature and our true relationship with God. As mentioned previously, the most frequently recommended tools for achieving this attunement are the regular practice of prayer and meditation. Both prayer and meditation are invaluable at reestablishing a conscious awareness of our spiritual source while inviting God's will to work through us as a "channel of His blessings" in service to others.

Repeatedly, a core concept from the Edgar Cayce material has been stated: Spirit is the life, mind is the builder, and the physical is the result. In terms of oneness, essentially what this means is that the one force, Spirit, constantly flows through us. However, it is acted upon by the properties of the mind and then channeled into our lives in accordance with our free will. Regardless of whether or not an individual even believes in God, everything about that person is given life through the properties of the one activating Spirit. What he or she does with that Spirit is a matter of choice, and "crimes or miracles" may be the result.

This ability of personal creation, whether through thought, experience or activity, caused the readings to identify the human soul as a cocreator with God. Because of this gift of cocreation, Cayce continually advised individuals that one of the most important things they could do was to establish an appropriate spiritual motivation (or ideal) for their lives, thereby directing personal choice into positive directions. From Cayce's perspective, too often, we are out of touch with the intentionality (the why) behind our everyday actions. By consciously establishing a spiritual motivation, such as service, compassion, love, or Jesus, as our pattern and then trying to make that motivation a greater part of our lives, real personal transformation and soul development can result.

The soul, then, must return-will return-to its Maker. It is a portion of the Creative Force, which is energized into activity even in materiality, in the flesh...Then, just being kind, just being patient, just showing love for thy fellow man; that is the manner in which an individual works at becoming aware of the consciousness or the Christ Spirit. Reading 272-9

Just like in the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), we were with God in the beginning and, through choice and experience, found ourselves cut off from a complete awareness of Him. In one respect, the fall of humankind was really our descent in consciousness from the realms of infinity to those of time and space. However, this was not necessarily a "bad" thing or an erroneous choice. Just as a child learns through experience, choice, and making mistakes along the way, our own experiences through choice and will embody a maturation process that will enable us to come into our full heritage and an awareness of our true spiritual nature. In time, as we bring the spirituality of God into the earth, we will awaken to our own spiritual Source, eventually finding our way back to the Creator.

Not only is spiritual transformation our goal, but it is our birthright as well. With the proper spiritual motivation, we will be brought into alignment with this perfect pattern by working with attunement, appropriate mental attitudes, and a desire to bring our spiritual ideal into physical application.

What Shall We Do with Jesus?

Throughout history, the perspectives people have had on the life and teachings of Jesus have been varied, oftentimes even at odds. For some, Jesus has been seen as the only Son of God, bringing salvation only to those who call themselves Christian. Members of non-Christian religions may have ignored His life and ministry or they may have thought, "Well, Christians have been cruel to me, and therefore I'm not interested in Jesus." Individuals involved in New Thought or comparative religions may have decided that Jesus was "just a teacher," or they may have disregarded Him altogether. According to the Edgar Cayce readings, each of these perspectives is short-sighted.

Although Edgar Cayce was a Sunday school teacher all of his life, as well as an elder in the Presbyterian church, for him the meaning of Jesus' life went beyond that described by Christians and non-Christians alike. For that reason, regardless of our upbringing or our religious affiliation, the Cayce material offers some insightful and challenging information about the life and work of this man Jesus, who became the Christ.

Essentially, the readings present Jesus as our "Elder Brother," a soul who came to show each one of us the way back to our spiritual Source by perfectly manifesting the laws of the Creator. Part of His mission was to fully demonstrate the living awareness of the Spirit in the earth-something each one of us will eventually have to do. Therefore, Jesus' life of service to others serves as an example for all of humankind. In fact, the readings state:

For the Master, Jesus, even the Christ, is the pattern for every man in the earth, whether he be Gentile or Jew, Parthenian or Greek. For all have the pattern, whether they call on that name or not

Reading 3528-1

Jesus Himself said "I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you," (John 14:20 KJV). We are all part of that same spiritual Source. Jesus was a child of God-just as we are all children of God. What Jesus did, we are all being called to do and, as our Elder Brother and the Pattern, He will show us the way. In fact, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who is very much involved with us right now in teaching us about our relationship with the Creator. In discussing with God our joint spiritual nature and eventual destiny, Jesus said:

They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world...That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one. I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

John 17:16, 21-23 KJV


The importance of this information, the fact that every individual is an integral part of God's creation and that we all share the same relationship with the Creator as even Jesus, will eventually transform (even revolutionize!) the ways in which we think about ourselves and treat one another.


Conclusion

Why do we have so many religious sects if the principle of oneness is an undergirding force in the universe? In part, the answer lies in our own diversity and in the fact that we are all drawn to what we need at a given time for our own personal growth and development. In addition, we also possess the very human trait of wanting to "pin down" our truth, putting parameters around our understanding so that we can deal with it. But truth is a growing thing, and the Cayce readings affirm that no one person has all the answers to the marvelous question of who we really are as God's spiritual children. But even in the midst of our diversity, we share a common spiritual heritage. We are all children of the same God. We are all part of the one spiritual Source, our Creator, our Mother/Father, our God.

Each soul in entering the material experience does so for those purposes of advancement towards that awareness of being fully conscious of the oneness with the Creative Forces. 2632-1

Oneness as a force suggests that each of us is connected in ways that we might never before have imagined. Our challenge is to bring that wholeness to consciousness, an "awareness within each soul, imprinted in pattern on the mind and waiting to be awakened by the will, to the reality of the soul's oneness with God." (5749-14) Regardless of an individual's religion or personal beliefs, this Christ image or pattern of oneness with God exists in potential upon the very fiber of his or her being. It is that part which is in perfect accord with the Creator and is simply waiting to find manifestation in one's life.

Adapted from:
Twelve Lessons in Personal Spirituality
by Kevin J. Todeschi

For more related info search:
Edgar Cayce
The Akashic Records
The Book of Life


I know it's rather long, but if you skimmed through the above information quickly, please go back and read it again slowly. There is a potential benefit for everyone if they would only care enough to open their minds to it; for it is in this way that we can appreciate each other and always be a part of each other.

"Let each be all that they are capable of being."

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.
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May God Bless you & your family.
Good Luck and Good-Bye for now, my old friend.

May you experience the Very Best that life has to offer... Now, for this moment, and for every moment.



When we look into the future,
Sometimes we are frightened at what we will have to face,
But why be apprehensive about the future?
It is made up of many forces and elements.
Like the infinite brush strokes of a fine painting,
Or the varied instruments and notes of a good orchestra,
We can't change all of it alone,
We can only play our small part the Best way we can.
But when we are all together, and creation is complete for a season,
We make up the most beautiful work of art, and the sweetest sound of music.

When we look back at the past we sometimes worry we haven't done well enough;
That we've made too many mistakes.
We are often consumed with guilt and sorrow over things that are in the past,
Over what could have been, or what might have been, or what should have been.

Why worry about the past, when it is over and out of our control?
We can't account for the past,
And we can't account for the words or deeds of others,
And neither are we to be, or feel, bound by their implied or expressed judgment.
It's hard enough to account for ourselves.

We can't change, or add to, or control the past,
Not even all the prophets, saints, and sages of old together could do that.
But in the instant of forgiveness the past is gone forever.

We can only be responsible for the things in our immediate control;
Only the present moment is our concern.
The present moment is precious to us.
You and I own this present moment,
It belongs to us in it's entirety,
And we desire to use it in the Best way possible.

All we have to do is open our hearts,
And although we are weak and small,
Together with each other, and with God, we are strong,
And together with the All we fill the infinity of this moment with Love and Life.

There is only one cause, only one reason, and only one solution; and that is Unity.

So today, trusting in God's subtle & gentle Guidance, Grace, and Mercy,

We walk through Life, hand-in-hand, moment-to-moment, like little children.
Each day, every day, together offering our hearts;

Burning with love and desire to be One.

 - Adapted from St. Faustina's Diary