The Only Choice

illumin…the deeper the despair that seems to creep around the edges of things, the brighter the light that seems to beckon from the center. … To those who look inward, it is bright indeed. Now, in growing intensity and yearning, the mind of humanity is seeking its Source.
        The antidote to what is fundamentally wrong is the cultivation of what is fundamentally right. …
        Ultimately, the choice to love each other is the only choice for a survivable future. The meek shall inherit the earth because everyone else will have died on their swords. …
        As we receive God’s love and impart it to others, we are given the power to repair the world.

 

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Illuminata by Marianne Williamson

illuminWe begin our journey through a new book, Illuminata – Thoughts, Prayers, Rites of Passage by Marianne Williamson. While this small book holds nuggets of spiritual treasure, or pearls of wisdom, in some ways this book is out of date.  Having been published originally in 1994, the author waxes on and on about a new spiritual awakening that is upon the globe and how things are changing for the better. But as with many a dreamer or philosopher before her, what she’s sees as a new birth of spirituality is, when looked at backwards, a  continued downward slope to even darker days. How low will mankind truly go before he finally starts the upward growth en masse? Only God knows and He’s certainly not telling us.
In the meantime, let us be about the business of our Lord, spiritually growing and serving at His Pleasure as we are able.
 
From the book:
. . . I have been drawn here by the power and in the presence of God.
I dedicate my days and my relationships to You.
May Your Spirit, which is within me, so guide my thoughts, my feelings and my perceptions of all things
That I might grow into a happier, more peaceful, more loving human being.
Illumine my mind, illumine my life.
Amen.

The Here, The Now

     gift from the sea The here, the now, and the individual, have always been special concern of the saint, the artist, the poet, and—from time immemorial—the woman. In the small circle of the home she has never forgotten the particular uniqueness of each member of the family; the spontaneity of now; the vividness of here. This is the basic substance of life. these are the individual elements that form the bigger entities like mass, future, world. We may neglect these elements but we cannot dispense with them. They are the drops that make up the stream. They are the essence of life itself. It may be our special function to emphasize again these neglected realities, not as a retreat from greater responsibilities  but as a first real step toward a deeper understanding and solution of them. When we start at the center of ourselves, we discover something worthwhile extending toward the periphery of the circle. We find again some of the joy in the now, some of the peace in the here, some of the love in me and thee which go to make up the kingdom of heaven on earth.
       The waves echo behind me. Patience—Faith—Openness, is what the sea has to teach. Simplicity—Solitude—Intermittency . . . But there are other beaches to explore. There are more shells to find. This is only a beginning.
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      And so I am finished with Gift From the Sea – I pray I am able to carry these thoughts forward into my life that I might be changed for the better. . .