Newsletter – May 2024

Dear Friends,

“The Still Small Voice”
In our early education we are taught the alphabet; we are taught how to read and write, to add and subtract.   What we are not taught, is how to think. We are not taught from an early age how very important awareness is, regarding our thoughts.

We read in scripture: “As a man thinketh, so is he.” And this includes each and every individual.  Are our thoughts lifting us up in consciousness, or pulling us down into a depressed and unhappy state?  And as indicated by Marianne Williamson: “The suffering of the world is not the point of human existence; the point of human existence is that in God all suffering ends.”

You many wonder what this has to do with our thoughts.  Well, everything, actually: and to borrow from Gary Zukav’s book, Seat of the Soul, he indicates: “Competition for external power lies at the heart of all violence.”  We are aware that at this time, all around the globe we are hearing (and seeing) reports of violence in so many different countries, including our own.

Intention relates to daily living and each and every choice we make.  Every thought we think has a consequence; every choice we make has a consequence.  It is awareness that brings us to a point of asking ourselves:  “do I really want the consequence of what I am thinking now?  And are my current thoughts bringing me joy?

Thoughts carry an energy – a vibration – and what we think (and how we think) shines through.  Our thoughts can be seen and felt.  Thoughts have impacted mass consciousness to the degree that we are now seeing the consequences all around us.  We really do need to return to the realization that in God, all suffering ends.

It is in our responses to the day to day challenges that we either choose trust and love, or let fear diminish us.  And I believe that we are being challenged, perhaps more than before, to realize the divine Presence in all of creation.  We come back to the principle of Omnipresence.   God, in, through, and as all!

How do we bring ourselves “back” to the understanding that there is no place where God is not?  How do we move beyond the intellectual idea of this truth?  By becoming still—having no expectation, and just listening for the STILL SMALL VOICE.

Instead of seeking power in the outer things of the world let us heed and follow an inner path that so many wise souls have given us direction toward, over the many, many years, having proved the Inner Presence for themselves.  And of course the directive is to BE STILL.  An absolute last resort for so many as we continue our struggles in the world.

It is interesting to point out that ultimately we all share One God.  Our point of origin in Life is the same.  An interesting way of stating it comes from Joseph Campbell in these words from Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor, and I share his words:  “Apocalypse does not point to a fiery Armageddon but to the fact that our ignorance and our complacency are coming to an end… The exclusivism of there being only one way in which we can be saved, the idea that there is a single religious group that is in sole possession of the truth—that is the world as we know it that must pass away. What is the kingdom? It lies in our realization of the ubiquity of the divine presence in our neighbors, in our enemies, in all of us.”

In Closing…….

 22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
 23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
 26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
 27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
 28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
 29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
 LUKE 12:22-32

Bountiful blessings,