Then Will I Hear–Preamble to the Daily Word

Then Will I Hear

Sometimes we put off until tomorrow what we can do today.
But tomorrow is not given, and it is best to make haste while the sun shines for a stitch in time, saves nine….

These sayings are old school wisdom, yet appropos to today’s Daily Word. The scripture suggests that the Living God, a corporal figure, will hear us with real ears should we pray. It’s as if it is an on/off proposition. If you pray, then I will hear you. But prayer is not a lucky rabbit’s foot.
Unity teaches that all of our thoughts are prayers.

Thus, our inner dialog is a prayer. Whatever we put our minds on, again and again is heard by the God in ourselves and that set of thoughts manifests as the environment we live in and the situation of that environment. It includes what we perceive as others’ behavior or motives, other’s attitude. If we can see it and name it, we know it ourselves from the inside. Do we pray from judgment, doubt, confusion,fear,anger?

So you must listen to what you are telling yourself about how you are, and what you want, and who has hurt you or what you will not do and what you can’t do. “It takes one to know one,” kids would retort in response to name-calling.

Once you have learned to govern your thinking, to drive your thoughts like so many wild horses into the corral of spiritual thought (forgiveness,enthusiasm, joyousness,prosperity,expectation of good,etc). Then your life will look like you imagine in all aspects. Your gratitude will allow God within and without to hear you. Here’s your Daily Word:

Illumination
The light of a new day is dawning in my consciousness. I walk serene and sure.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Let us unite in prayer for the realization of spiritual light, which will illumine our ways in the days to come. In scriptural symbology, a new day represents a degree of unfoldment in spiritual consciousness. When the light of a new day dawns in our consciousness, it dissipates any condition of spiritual darkness that may have preceded it, just as the sunrise following the dawn dissipates the night and makes all things clear and beautiful.

As the light of a new day dawns in our consciousness, all indecision and all uncertainty are done away with. We see before us opportunities for realizing our good, for practicing good will toward all people, for loving God with all our hearts, minds, and strength. Each day, each moment offers us new opportunity.
If my people … pray … then will I hear … and will heal their land.—2 Chronicles 7:14

the work of our hands–Preamble to the Daily Word

the work of our hands

Whatever you do, it is yours to do, until it isn’t.
Do what you can to show others the joy you find in what you do
Model the pleasure and the privilege it is to have work for your own hands
Bosses and co-workers alike– be on good terms as far as you can without compromise
Remember blessed are the peace makers
Extend the hand of fellowship in courtesy and smiles
Take pride but without undue ego in your mastery and seniority
If new to work, just be grateful that you have work
My work is to write and speak, to heal as I can with hope
Find the spiritual truth in what you do, step into the light of your vocation
This is the work of our hands. Here’s Your Daily Word:

Employment
My work blesses me.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I use my present employment as a vehicle to share my gifts and enrich my life. Whether my work is at home or outside the home, volunteer or paid, I strive for a job well done.

If I am seeking employment, I begin by thanking God for the gifts I bring to the world. I seek to serve with a generous heart and receive bountifully.

If I already have a job, I express gratitude for it every day. I bless my coworkers and my income. I stay present to what is mine to do and release the results to God. When supervising others, I am considerate and encouraging.

Whatever my calling may be, my work is a blessing to me. I appreciate and celebrate it.

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands.—Psalm 90:17

A Spirit of Slavery; a Spirit of Adoption

A Spirit of Slavery ;a Spirit of Adoption

The challenges and rewards of being in an interracial, intercultural relationship come in how open one can be to difference, and how adept one is rejecting the master/slave model or the patriotic superiority. For example, with something as simple as the textural difference of your hair: you will need differing products and care. Do we remark on it? Do we compare? No.We participate in the “is-ness” of our difference. One may purchase products for the other on single errands, or perhaps wash the other’s hair as a prelude to pleasure. The acceptance of difference prompts participation in each other’s care. For our parts, Vivi and I do mutual grooming. She cuts my hair when it gets too bushy, and I brush and oil hers when it gets to dry. And we both complain to the other about (my) tiny black curls or (her) long gray strands hair in the sink. Difference does not aggravate human nature;it reveals its outlines.

Then there is the common traditions of bedtime, mealtime, and leisure time.
In our case long times alone before the relationship was formed nursed a private rhythm of when to sleep, eat, and what to do in free time. So, this may cause friction. Anytime we fight, it is necessary to be fair and avoid name calling or taking a superior stance. Race is present but race is not the issue. Becoming aware of the inherent racial overtones and accepting it as a given is how conflict and words that separate are avoided. But we’re wise enough to know that being the Other race is not the reason that our choices and habits differ. Sometime it’s cultural;sometime personal preference. So name calling or alienating words are always to be avoided in favor of openness to difference. Takes work but love carries the day.

In this relationship, we wake separately and agree to let the other sleep. One or the other of us sleeping-in could look like laziness or self-indulgence if either gets attitude and judges or is unwilling to just allow the other her sleeping rhythm. This can happen especially if the one who is awake is busy, cleaning, making a meal. She could feel like a servant to the other, even though rising earlier is that one’s choice. This could get to be racial if looked at from a certain servant/master view. So we avoid this pitfall. As a matter of fact, I suspect we spend a lot of time walking away from or disallowing our obvious black and white to dictate to our beingness. It does take thoughtfulness, mindfulness, conscious cooperation. In some instances, it is natural not to see color such as in buying gifts for one another, admiring each other’s bodies and gifts, and appreciating the other’s quirks and likes. Between us giving flowers is neither racial or cultural, yet both and transcendant.

So it goes with eating,meal prep, food selection. Couples have to meet around food–one cannot want hamburgers and fast food while the other wants roasted turkey and salad. This has nothing to do with race. But if there is a certain racial association with certain foods like chicken and watermelon (both of which I love), then it could be awkward when eating among those who are not raised in this tribe. Happily for me, my love loves watermelon and chicken, especially, drumsticks. But because it raises my blood pressure, I can eat little pork, and her tribe does. Is this cause for looking at race? Not at all;it’s a difference we accept. Graciously, she rarely eats pork, but we occasionally both eat bacon–I cheat).

When out in public, we hold hands. In the USA, in a given community, we may be stared at. This is where race and gender preference confront heterosexual culture. Here we get glances and stone faces. But this is a culture where the law allows us and all kinds. On our walks, in our travel, as a couple, we forget/ignore racial considerations and just become ourselves. How we look by color or gender devolves to how we may dress, or the combined energy we represent as we pass along. In these instances, we are walking without faces or libido; we are walking in love, in our joy, and as one–usually on an errand common to our daily lives–soul consciousness. We have left behind the spirit of slavery;we join in the spirit of adoption. Here’s your Daily Word

Fearless
I release my fear and activate my faith.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fear is the opposite of faith. While fear may sometimes strike, I do not let it control me; instead, I activate my faith. I am strong; I am confident; I am fearless, because I have faith in the powerful love of God.

Anytime I face a situation that may cause anxiety or uneasiness, I pray. Praying helps me release my fears and open to the love of God. Praying calms my mind, soothes my emotions, and frees my spirit to accept the good that is mine to receive. I cannot be afraid when I am filled with the love of God.

God’s all-providing love surrounds me and each person for whom I pray. Where there is faith, there is no room for fear. In God’s love, I am faith-filled. I am fearless!
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption.—Romans 8:15

Where Silences Lives

Where Silence Lives

Yesterday it was cloudy and gray in Copenhagen, but Vivi and I wanted to go out for a walk or a drive to the strand (Baltic sea coastline in Denmark). So we drove to one of our favorite hangouts, and went into the Verdens Runt Restauranten for a nice bite of lunch and a hot drink. It did not rain.
She had a turkey sandwich on a large bolle (roll) with a Danish spread and a kaffe latte. I had a turkey and bacon salat with a hot chocolade with whipped cream. It was tasty and took me a while to eat it. Det var deligt! (It was great!). We studied the moody sky and calm seascape from our window seat in the restaurant. There passed a cruise ship and a cargo ship. How prescient!

After this, we took that walk. There was an entrance to a close by forest just a few easy steps across the grass. So, arm in arm, we strolled in tot the cathedral of “skoven”(the woods). The quiet of the day was already in the cool breezy wind, but once we walked into the the bower of trees and low bushes, a silence more profound that in a mausoleum fell on us. We became a part of a hush and a being that transcended the ordinary quiet. It was as if we entered a church or a sacred ceremony and had to be very,very respectful. I felt it. It made me cry. We walked deeply into the interior. Not a word spoke we for a while.

I was so enveloped that I felt like taking off my top and being, at least for the moment, a daughter of nature, breasts free, blended into the bark and the bramble,brown with the dark earth and in contrast to the deeply pronounced greens of the tree tops and flora. Just us together in this hallowed place, blessed. It was mighty awing, and we held hands–perfect halves of a whole, like connecting into the infinite presence of God, hands clasped in prayer.

Here’s your Daily Word:
Stillness
Be still and know that I am God.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Be still, my child, and know that I am God. I am within you, your life, your intelligence, the very breath of your being. My protecting mantle of love infolds you, and you need have no fear, for I am your eternal and everlasting refuge.

If the flood waters of fear and doubt sweep over your being and you cannot seem to gain a foothold or keep afloat, remember that in the midst of you is an ark of healing silence. Stop struggling, resisting, and fighting; surrender to the stillness of this inner sanctuary. The flood waters will recede, and the dry land (your good) will appear.

In every situation be relaxed and poised in mind and body. Be still and know that I am God. I, within you, am the God with whom all things are possible. I, within you, am the same Spirit that resurrected Jesus. No matter what your needs may be, I am what you seek.
Be still, and know that I am God.—Psalm 46:10

The Knowledge of God’s Will

The Knowledge of God’s Will.

Many times I have heard people say that this or that is God’s will. By that they mean that the event is ordained to be without human intervention or objection. It says, we must accept the inevitability and authority of God in matters of death, disease, arrival at a destination after a long or perilous journey or many other situations. God’s will is often a central tenent in religious sects and faiths, for example the Religious Science believers,Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Mormons and Amish, and Islam. I think I believe in the will of God also because I find myself petitioning God by saying at the end of prayers, “Thy will be done.” Or “if it is thy will.” I do it when I say, “the Universe knows”or “that was supposed to be,” or “that wasn’t meant to be.” What do you think?

The Unity teachings say we are co-workers with God; so do the teachings of Eckankar, and I suppose I subscribe to that as well. I think we can determine our wishes and focus on them to manifest them, yet the conditions and the flow of things and the rightness of that thing for us must synchronize. So is it the will of God that I do not get my passionate want of the moment? Existentialist say God made the word and stepped away. That God could care less what decisions we make or don’t make. This view gives rise to the question if God is loving and good how can He allow such atrocities as occur as are occurring such as the genocide or entire racial groups or the hateful continuous fighting between the Palestinians and the Jews in the Holy Land? But God gave us free will, and divine mind so if the world is in an uproar and tumult, it is not God’s fault or God’s will. It is ours–our human brothers and sisters and their resistance to or stultification in the face of un-found solutions for peace and order. We create within Creation.

No one can know God as God, only the belief and the evidence of the touch of God in the miracles and commonplace creation of life. No one knows the will of God because God cannot be known directly,only through a private or collective faith based on the broadest interpretation and influence of Good, Order , Love and Peace. In this way we can live with the knowledge of God’s will as moral and ethical truth born of agreement. What do you think? Here’s your Daily Word:

Pray for Others
I affirm that every need is met.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I celebrate each individual for whom I pray as a unique expression of the Divine, a spiritual being having a human experience. I realize that any condition they face is temporary. No matter the challenge, Spirit is there, providing love and guidance. The Divine powers of love, strength, and faith support them. I affirm that, beyond any earthly appearances, a greater reality and a broader Truth prevail: God is—and all is well.

As I hold my friends and family in prayer, I see each person claiming their birthright of peace, health, and prosperity. I affirm that there is only One Power and One Presence—God the Good. My heart is filled with gratitude and thanksgiving.
Since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will.—Colossians 1:9

The Spiritual Ethers are filled with Plenty

Repeat three times frequently–A spell, a mantra, an affirmation

Silence: The spiritual ethers are filled with plenty; prosperity fills the air, and I have abundance for every need!

Silence: The spiritual ethers are filled with plenty; prosperity fills the air, and I have abundance for every need!

Silence: The spiritual ethers are filled with plenty; prosperity fills the air, and I have abundance for every need!

Here’s your Word:
Prosperity
The spiritual ethers are filled with plenty. I am prosperous!
Sunday, July 13, 2014

In one of his early lesson series, Unity cofounder Charles Fillmore introduced a set of affirmations to be repeated daily in the Silence: The spiritual ethers are filled with plenty; prosperity fills the air, and I have abundance for every need!

Following Fillmore’s example, I repeat these affirmations three times, unifying myself with the manifesting power of the Divine within. I then turn my attention inward and silently let the prayer permeate my consciousness and transform any thoughts of lack.

As affirmations of plenty inhabit the deepest part of me, I attract and embrace bountiful blessings. I draw forth from the ethers prosperity that fills my life!

I have been paid in full and have more than enough; I am fully satisfied.—Philippians 4:18

“Uphold You with My Victorious Right Hand”

“Uphold You with My Victorious Right Hand”
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There is a card called ” The Ace of Swords” in the Herbal Tarot. It shows a hand coming from a fluff of white clouds, holding a red hilt-sword with a crown suspended at the tip. The image floats above a blue mountains below, a wiry, curl of chamomile weaves around the entire image like ivy climbs.The hand is a right hand. It is Caucasian.

The card can mean lots of things depending on the questions asked, but I often wonder how the designer of the card imagines we can trust a card that is predisposed to a given religion. Can one draw an abstract racially and uncolored truth from an image that assumes you accept and believe in the representation in the card?

In other words, how can one avoid imposing white Christian belief inherent the readings? How can it be ignored in favor of an unprejudiced reading? Because these images only mean in the context of the seer’s mind or the viewer’s mind. The crown,the sword,the heavens(clouds) and mountains (high place) may be interpreted independently from history or as profane symbols.

For God is not a hand (or any other body part–not even the proverbial Heart of God). God is not a throne or a place. God is not male or female, God is not God, but All: toothpicks to cement, babies to ants, raindrops to candy bars.
There is no thing, no one, no idea and no thought prehistoric, ancient,or modern that is not fused with the It of God, inseparable, indivisible, unfathomable God.

God may be visualized, conceptualized as I do here, but it is the face that moved on the deep which was no face at all. It is the mighty winds that cut a path through the Red Sea, and the Voice,that spoke from the burning bush and at Jesus’ baptism. God is myth and magic and neither. And yet, Present, present, more real than reality, and we (cultures world wide) are open to hearing and knowing It; we embody a variety of Beliefs that make holy the Presence of God in our lives. So be, it.

Call it “Almighty” the Creator, the Maker, the Author of our Faith, or don’t. Hold God in your own good right hand–or pocket or wallet or in your heart.For He, She, It will always be holding you in some inscrutable way–in ITS hand (which is as good an image as any). Here’s your Daily Word

Victorious
God is my strength; I am victorious.
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Many athletes succeed because, along with consistent practice, they picture themselves performing to the best of their ability. They visualize crossing the finish line, hitting a home run, or scoring the game-winning point.

When I have a weighty task before me, I picture myself completing it successfully. My practice sessions include prayer and meditation as I tap into the unlimited power, strength, and wisdom of God within.

Athletes are victorious because they give it their all. As I reach for my goals, I pursue them with perseverance and optimism. I visualize success, stay attuned to Source, and I am victorious!
Do not fear, for I am with you … I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.—Isaiah 41:10

Stream of Divine Energy

“STREAM OF DIVINE ENERGY”

They flow like a river these days of glory and sharing.
I saw several more people today, some with significant turbulence in their lives and felt, again honored to have another day to serve. Where I could I laid hands and prayed. Where I could I comforted with showing my client she or he was not alone. In some instances I channeled the deceased. A variety of spiritual and learned gifts allow me to meet the needs of each one uniquely. The Holy Spirit is able to meet every need and flows like the quenching cool water of a drink on a hot summer day. I’ve been up since 7 AM and have attended to several clients, done some office shopping, attended the Copenhagen jazz festival venue nearest my office and organized all of the files for my clients and business.I have posted the ledger, and changed the printer cartridges. I have returned calls, answered e-mail and now, I have written this preamble for the Daily Word which uses that key phrase:”stream of divine energy” and so it is that I am moving with the Spirit. Thank you for your prayers and support, some of my oldest friends are checking in to support this unfolding. Thank you, dear ones. Thank you, God. Here’s the DW:

Flow
I am a divine being in the constant flow of life.
Friday, July 11, 2014

Divine energy moves in and through all of life. I experience this flow as Life itself through my breath, ideas, creativity, health, and wholeness. Life is an unceasing river of good.

Throughout my day, I am conscious of this stream of divine energy as I focus on every blessing I receive—a friend’s message, a hug, a lesson. I am energized and empowered. I am in the flow.

Conscious of ways I may be blocking the flow of good, I adjust my outlook from concern to confidence. A change in attitude can make the difference between failure and success. Grateful for the energy and power of Life, I am a divine being in the flow.
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.—Revelation 22:1

Comforted at Depth–Preamble to the Daily Word

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When we hurt, get hurt, hurt someone else, it goes deep. We feel it in our muscles, and in our spit. We experience a constriction of our breath, a shallowness and maybe, a hotness within our mouths, chests, hands, and feet. Hurt runs deep.

By the same token, the ‘comfort” of the Holy Spirit, the Godness in us, flows through us like a river of want. When we cry in anquish, wishing things were different, of feeling contrite for something done or left undone, those tears and that anguish is for the love of God. It is the Presence that is watching and listening as we–in our own mind’s eye–see ourselves in such abject misery. When we cry to the stage of dry hurt, that process is the Holy Spirit bringing us closer to our peace and wholeness. It may look like great distress but it is great decompression, “comfort at depth”.

People give us platitudes and sympathies that help but we suspect they are just words; yet if they come from someone we really respect, someone we really listen to, those words, meant to lift and assure us of certain healing are themselves comfort at soul to soul depth.

Today I have come again to the plateau of a prophesy that was made to me in around 2002 when I was so down on my luck and in so much emotional and physical pain. I thought I would never rise again (unholy thinking); that I was on my way to homelessness and welfare til the end of my days. I suffered willingly and constantly. Then, a man I didnot know in the post office, whom I subsequently learned was named Isaiah, asked me why I was walking with my head down. And without preamble, he launched into a diatribe of good news, ending with “God’s going to do a Mighty Work with you. You just keep on trusting Him”. Since that day, I have lived toward the fulfillment of that prophecy.

Now that I am in Denmark,my life seems to have been leading here all the time, and as it unfolds with these new opportunities for service and exposure, I glimpse the manifest Mighty Work taking precious and profound form. Today I weep for the joy of God’s touch on my life (comforted am I at depth). I was brought through a really, very, unbearably hard time to this moment. Praise be to God. Here’s the DW:

Comfort
One with Spirit, I am comforted.
Thursday, July 10, 2014

God’s love is the soothing salve that relieves my pain. Any wounds of mind, body, or spirit are healed by the presence of God. Even if I feel grief or suffering, I know I am not alone. I need only turn my attention to the Presence within me.

Whatever happens in my life, God provides what I need—wisdom, strength, and support. I am gently eased through this situation one moment at a time. The presence of God reassures me that I am safe and secure.

God is present in every breath I breathe and every beat of my heart. No thought or experience can ever separate us. One with Spirit, I am comforted at depth.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea.—Psalm 46:1-2

Unholy Thinking

Unholy Thinking

Today I read for 9 people. They came every hour or so to my office location in Norregade, a street in the central Copenhagen. They each were different and each was a gracious gift given by God for me to provide heart and soul service. I helped one man focus his job search. Another lady overcome her sense of displacement since retiring. I helped a young man make peace with his grandfather’s untimely death. I helped a young woman see the necessity for boundaries in the care of a housebound relative. I aided another young woman in making a decision to avoid being guilt-ed into marriage, and to follow her heart. I supported another young woman in releasing the past and embracing a new path between two other choices. It was a good day. I did good work facilitated by prayer and some meditation and the presence of angel and spirit guides.
I think if there was one message that I gave to each person, it was to change their thinking from self-condemnation, prolonged doubt, and fear of decision. In cases where the person had no religious or inner spiritual resources, I assured them that I had enough Christian experience and faith for the both of us. But by the grace of God many of them did have their brand of belief and trust. It doubled the energy and power to answer their questions or clear their distress–most of which we cause ourselves.

It is unholy to think little of yourself, that you can just find anyone and think that one will be your designer mate. One can manifest a great love with a simple list. Ask me about it in an email–shariananda@gmail.com.
It is unholy thinking to second guess yourself when you let a relationship go, or quit a job or move in with a long distance lover. It is unholy thinking to hold onto old romance memories and “what if” after a challenging life event is over. Why would you want to live in the hell of circular, agonizing review? It’s unholy. So in today’s daily word, this phrase “unholy thinking” is used–Seems i needed to speak to it. Here is the full text

Grace
The grace of God has prepared for me a way of life that is altogether good.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The grace of God is not something that we must earn by making sacrifices or doing penance. It is a free, wholesome, impartial gift from God that none of us can escape. Even the most forsaken soul may cherish the hope of infinite grace.

The grace of God is more than mercy. It is complete forgiveness and full, unbounded love. It offers redemption from unholy thinking and living to every person who will accept it. Through grace, God reveals the true nature of the Divine within each person.

Abiding under divine grace, you are spiritually secure and your steady, unimpeded progress into the kingdom of perfection and all good is assured. The grace of God opens to you the swift, glorious, positive way of Truth.

For by grace have ye been save