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,

 Mallory

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter – April 2024

Dear Friends,

“Recognizing Our Spiritual Identities”

On the ACT website the following words are to be found:  “ACT is a touchstone for all those seeking a deeper meaning to life.”  Here the word touchstone is of vital importance, as it indicates that individuals are not expected to swear “allegiance” to ACT, or be held accountable in any way, except to themselves and their own soul-growth.  There is a sense of “freedom,” if you like in not being bound in any way.  As a Centre for Spiritual Awareness, a sense of achievement arises, when it is perceived that those who have connected with us, or come through the classes, are using the Principles of Truth, that ultimately are available to all.

Divine Science has given us a wonderful platform from which to work and teach, understanding that it is A WAY to understanding Truth, acknowledging that Universal Consciousness, the One, operates via many avenues in Life. These Truth Principles, taught and shared through the consciousness of mystics throughout the ages, remain; yet we, specially in the world today, need constant reminders.

Life at the moment is full of challenges and real uncertainty – and that could be considered to be an understatement.  Are we paying heed to what is going on at the world level?  Not denying it, yet perhaps giving it all our attention, and thus forgetting these Principles that we have learned and ultimately do know?  When Life is changing as rapidly as it has and is, do we still remember?

You see, it depends on whether we are viewing life from a spiritual knowing, or from a merely human perspective.  This knowing takes practice – it takes work – an inner knowing and trust.  Our work is to access that which IS, and has been, from the beginning and always will be.

One of the points that has always been stressed, is that TRUTH CANNOT BE WATERED DOWN, to fit in with mass consciousness and understanding.  Our only true need in fact, is to become aware of Spirit.  And when we awaken to the One – One Source of all Being; all creation; from this consciousness of deep realization will come the solution to any problems or challenges; because what we are doing then is allowing that which is, the All in All, to manifest through us in every aspect of Life as it is destined to do and be.

Our purpose in Life is to KNOW God.  To Be Still, and Know. It is not a forced knowing – we do not have to TRY.  It is the most important thing we can do for ourselves; and when the knowing arises and is recognized, it is followed by a deep sense of gratitude.  More than ever it is time to embrace the truth of our being, accept our spiritual identities, embrace the teaching of many who have gone before us, and prove it for ourselves.

In Closing…….
 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, and he leadeth beside the still waters.
 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
PSALM 23

Bountiful blessings,
 Mallory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter – March 2024

Dear Friends,

“Who we are in Truth needs to be experienced”

Years ago, I treasured a little booklet entitled, “The Mental Equivalent,” by Emmet Fox, and I quote very briefly:  “We are all supremely interested in one subject.  There is one thing that means more to us than all the other things in the world put together, and that is our search for God and the understanding of His nature.  The aim of the metaphysical movement is to teach the practice of the presence of God.”

Emmet Fox was an Irish New Thought spiritual leader of the early 20th century, primarily through  years of the Great Depression, until his death in 1951.  His large Divine Science church services were held in New York City.  We might ask ourselves today: “have we come any closer in our understanding of this Presence that is with us always, and that the deeper meaning of Life is Spiritual?

In the world, we appear to be stuck in a groove.  And we seem to have recurring issues involving man’s inhumanity to man.  Has the groove  become deeper through our own constant attention to what is not serving us; not serving the whole of humanity in fact?  The door to peace opens inward, as does a deeper understanding of Life.—time taken to Be Still, is of the utmost value.  We cannot understand Truth at the level of the world;  and as Fox states in the booklet: “we are operating at this level when we constantly hold mental equivalents of what is not true!”  Who we are in Truth needs to be experienced by each individual; and then to live our lives from that experience.

In the booklet, Fox states: “We are all living in some kind of prison, some of us in one kind, some in another; some in a prison of lack, some in a prison of remorse and resentment, some in a prison of blind, unintelligent fear, some in a prison of sickness.  But always the prison is in our thought and not in the nature of things.”

We might ask ourselves what it is that we may  be allowing ourselves to be “imprisoned” by, and then ask the question of ourselves: “why?”  Spiritual law works—works through consciousness when we are aligned with the truth of our being, and realize that God is all.  Our real need is for conscious union and communion with God—this Inner Presence that is with us always.  Silent Communion is indeed the highest form of prayer.  We need to remember and take time to BE STILL, IN THE PRESENCE, without any expectation …Just to BE.  This in fact, is our only need in Life; and so often is the one directive on the spiritual map that we avoid or turn to, as a last resort.

How can we fulfill our part or reason for being, if we are not opening ourselves to be the channels for receptivity to God’s directives? And in the words of Emmet Fox:  The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself.

In Closing…….

 Divine Science sees God’s creation like its Creator, eternally perfect, and untouched by human thought.  The creation of God is eternal; the misconception about it is temporal. Spirit is always expressing in terms of perfection; there is nothing that needs healing in God-Life.  Where God is, there Substance is, whole and perfect, and God is in all places at all times.  There is no place where God is not.  What is it, then,  that is ill and sinful?  It is only our thought of the body; it is not the Body, the temple of the living God; and remember there is only One Body—the God-Body.  Divine Science knows one Substance—Spirit—and one Mind—Universal Intelligence.  You and I are included in this Mind.  All that we see with true vision is Spirit brought forth.   NONA L. BROOKS—MYSTERIES

Bountiful blessings,
 Mallory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter – September 2023

Dear Friends,

“Let The Will Of God Be Done On Earth.”

Contained in the Lord’s Prayer we have the words: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  As most of us already know, the Lord’s Prayer, uttered in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke, is always in the present tense.  Years ago, at the start of school assembly, I remember we recited the Lord’s Prayer. It was rattled off parrot fashion, really without thought or meaning.

Perhaps today we need to be taking stock, not of religion per se but of the philosophy of the teaching of Jesus and others.  In fact we teach Divine Science as a practical way to live life, following the laws of Spirit that are not dogmatic, but applicable in all aspects of life; therefore they are “user friendly.”

It is no good merely having the theory of how to live life, and then not apply it.  Much the same would be to learn how to read music and then never pick up an instrument……what good would that do? It is important that we align with the principles of living life—if we knew notes of music and played them haphazardly, there would be no rhythm.

We are told in scripture to “take no thought,” and of course as we investigate life, we will come to realize that ultimately, every thought is a prayer—as a man thinketh, so is he!”  In our Statement of Being the focus is on the Omnipresence of God.  God—present in all IT’s Creation; in every blade of grass, leaf on every tree, in and as every soul on the planet, as well as the animals.  Every aspect of creation carries, and is part of, this Originating Intelligence.

Why do we not trust it? All struggle and strife is at the dual level of the world, where we experience good, bad, etc. Do we let the “stories of the world” affect us?  The new “buzz word,” artificial intelligence, also referred to as AI, appears to be taking the world by storm, and some folk are concerned about this. While I do not profess to even understand any of this, we could, from moment to moment remember who we are in Truth, and refer instead to OI—Omnipresent Intelligence.

As we recognize where our thoughts are taking  us, let us remember that each day can be a new beginning, and that we live our lives, whether we realize it or not, in the omnipresence of the One Creative Source of the universe.  The most important aspect to realize is that heaven is a state in consciousness, and only when we are aware and ready to observe what it is we habitually carry in our own consciousness, can we transcend the ups and downs of this world, and merge with the Presence.

There is order in the universe; a flock of birds will rise up en masse into the sky and not collide with each other.  We look at a beautiful moon, cloud formations, green valleys, our country, populated with amazing animals and wildlife and then we still, at times, have the audacity not to trust.  Prayer is union and communion with God, in the Silence.  We deny this Presence when we pray to God to do something for us, when all that is required is that we BE STILL… and take no thought.

Meister Eckhart, the 13th century mystic, indicated the following:  “The most powerful prayer, one well-nigh omnipotent, and the worthiest work of all is the outcome of a quiet mind.  The quieter it is the more powerful, the worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the prayer is.  To the quiet mind all things are possible.  What is a quiet mind?  A quiet mind is one which nothing weighs on, nothing worries, which, free from ties and from all self-seeking, is wholly merged into the will of God and dead to its own.”

In Closing…….  There is no higher goal attainable on earth than an inner communication with this Presence that never leaves us nor forsakes us.  It does not send us food, clothing, and housing.  It does not lead us to a fortress or a high tower; it literally is the fortress and high tower.  There is no sending of anything; there is no giving of anything, except the giving of Itself.

 When the realization of the omnipresence of God is attained, there is freedom from worry, fear, lack and limitation.  If a need appears, we retire within and tabernacle with this Presence, and in due time, It will appear outwardly as the very form of our experience.

 As we come to this place in consciousness where we are able to relinquish human might and power, human opinion and judgement, a divine Grace, invisible, yet perfectly tangible to the person experiencing it, takes over.  We cannot see this transcendental Spirit, hear It, taste It, touch It, or smell It, yet It is here and It is now—we feel it and we know It. 
JOEL S. GOLDSMITH

Bountiful blessings,
 Mallory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter – June 2023

Dear Friends,

“The Measure of Life”

Life…..and I usually refer to “Life” with a capital “L”, is changing…evolving…so how we reference this Life we are living now, also needs to change.  In our world, as humans, measurement plays a large role in life:  we measure distance, rainfall, time, our money in the bank, our self-worth, even our intelligence, and so on.  The intention at this time is that we move our attention – our focus – onto the TRUE MEASURE OF LIFE, which ironically is beyond measure as in Truth there are no limits. And we are part of this vast measureless universe. It is the sacred mystery that has nothing to do with our small-minded human “doings.”

Obviously in our day to day living there are times when measurements in the world do apply.  Soon building will begin on my cottage and great care has to be taken by the builder to ensure that the building fits the plans.  But there is another way of doing this, of measuring our worth and our treasures.

I read a book some years ago, by Credo Mutwa, entitled: “Song of the Stars,” and in the final chapter entitled: The Boundaries of Human Life, he stated that when people discovered God, they discovered a shapeless, featureless, endless entity with which no-one could cope, and so in order to handle the mystery of God, man reduced that mystery to a shape that he could recognize and therefore understand.  To me this explained so well that we seem to have the need to have things “boxed in” or defined by a specific shape, size, or description according to our human perceptions.  And yet these perceptions occur through so many filters and really are so limiting.

When we know who we are in Truth, and that in Truth (Spiritually) we are all equal, then we will find ourselves lifted in conscious acceptance, ready to experience a way of life that is promised to us.  “I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.”  We are each like individual snowflakes falling from the same cloud; tiny, very fine, perfectly patterned and beautiful.  Yet, we need to remember that an avalanche is made up of tiny, individual, seemingly harmless flakes, and together in avalanche form can have a tremendous impact on an environment.

I read a book some years ago, by Credo Mutwa, entitled: “Song of the Stars,” and in the final chapter entitled: The Boundaries of Human Life, he stated that when people discovered God, they discovered a shapeless, featureless, endless entity with which no-one could cope, and so in order to handle the mystery of God, man reduced that mystery to a shape that he could recognize and therefore understand.  To me this explained so well that we seem to have the need to have things “boxed in” or defined by a specific shape, size, or description according to our human perceptions.  And yet these perceptions occur through so many filters and really are so limiting.

When we know who we are in Truth, and that in Truth (Spiritually) we are all equal, then we will find ourselves lifted in conscious acceptance, ready to experience a way of life that is promised to us.  “I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.”  We are each like individual snowflakes falling from the same cloud; tiny, very fine, perfectly patterned and beautiful.  Yet, we need to remember that an avalanche is made up of tiny, individual, seemingly harmless flakes, and together in avalanche form can have a tremendous impact on an environment.

Just think that if each of us could “see” beyond the human confines we have set ourselves and know through the experience of individual revelation, who we are in Truth, and then come together as an avalanche of spiritual understanding, what a huge impact that could make?  Every truth in spirit is already established, awaiting our recognition and acceptance.  We teach that God is omnipresent, but it is only through our spiritual consciousness that we will realize and know this Presence that is with us always.  It is only through our spiritual consciousness that we will recognize the kingdom.

We speak of being the offspring of God.  We repeat the words: “I and the Father are One,” and while this is true in the Absolute Sense, it is not true in our experience until we realize it for ourselves.  So….what is stopping us?  Maybe we are measuring ourselves as less than worthy because we are still doubting our divine heritage.  Maybe our human minds are trying to comprehend the extent of the truth of which we are a part.  And our human minds will not comprehend it.  It is not a human experience, but rather an  unlimited, spiritual one.

In Closing…….
 A Daily Remembrance
The purpose of prayer is not to change God, but to change ourselves.  When we pray we are affirming the nearness and responsiveness and availability of God.  There is no attempt in prayer to manipulate God.  Prayer has nothing to do with convincing God of our need.
God as All wisdom, All knowledge, and All understanding knows just what to do and when to do it.  Prayer is to commune with God.  In prayer we respond to Him.  We become open and receptive to Him.
This Principle of Pure Wisdom is not a heartless ruler.  This infinite Intelligence enfolds us in His Infinite Love.  There is no hurt in His love, no punishment, no limitation.
God is the Presence of perfect peace, total forgiveness, infinite supply.  And He is with you and in you.  This indwelling Presence of Total Good is the only source of Wholeness and well-being.  Prayer is answered “not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord.  – Dr Al G. Salazar

Bountiful blessings,

 Mallory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter – November 2022

Dear Friends,

“Equal Opportunity”

Are we ready to accept that in life we do have equal opportunity?  It is the equal opportunity in consciousness that is the focus of this message.  After all, at the core of our being…at the point of origination as an idea in the mind of God, we are all equal. Are we ready to consider this…to believe it?

What we  initially perceive as  a challenge in life,  blocking our way forward, may in fact be one of our greatest gifts—causing us to stop and take stock.  Time to rethink and rediscover a new way of seeing life.  In Genesis we read: “and God saw all that he had made…and it was good.”  What has happened to that goodness? Has it become something else, or even disappeared?  No!! What God created still is and always will be…!

In the world we live in,  made aware of “new” illnesses, “new” cures, “new” diets and so on, we get caught up in  these things and they become our reality. Why do we need the new diet or cure? Because the belief is that there is something to be healed.  We look at curing or fixing the physical or even psychological ailment, yet the belief in these ailments still remains, with many of the human illnesses giving rise to much fear in individuals. Bearing in mind that each of us originates as an idea from God mind, then surely we can see that we are working at cross-purposes to Truth much of the time. Is health not our natural state?

Firstly, we need to look beyond human conditions and realize that what we are, at the point of origination, cannot change. The way in which we can experience BEING AT ONE WITH GOD is in our conscious knowing of IT.

Secondly, to recognize that any challenge or suffering is a way to grab our attention. In this second step we can easily miss the point by trying to “fix” the suffering and putting all our attention on that, when we could be asking ourselves: “what is this really all about?” It is about remembering that, which deep down, we already know: truth resides in consciousness; and we are not governed by mental or physical laws, but by the law of Spirit. Our belief in anything other than God and spiritual law is really our only problem in life.

Thirdly, Being consciously receptive. And it is during our quiet times and meditation that guidance is revealed.

We need to be reminded that equal opportunity has nothing to do with the human condition, because all begins in the invisible Source of Spirit. We embrace the truth of God as absolute and omnipresent Good, expressing as, and through, each individual.  This belief in consciousness then, is carried through into our world of experience, and we become receptive to the treasures on our respective paths.

Do we realize that we are living out our beliefs?  We have equal opportunity to believe in, and accept, as much of the truth as we can embrace in consciousness and thereby enjoy the fruits of Spirit that are ours by divine birthright. It is only in consciousness that we are receptive and ready for all, that as children of God, we have been promised.

Let us see the challenges for what they really are.  Let us be ready and receptive to understand and acknowledge in consciousness the gift of Truth in these words: “Son/daughter, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.”

In Closing……  Many people believe peace and joy come when conditions are what they want them to be.  Peace comes when the doctor tells us the tumor is benign. We are joyful when we are picked for the new assignment.  For too long peace and joy have originated in earthly conditions. When this happens, peace and joy are fleeting.  We want them to be constant companions, but they are like fickle friends.  They come, and they go.  There is a peace that passes understanding and a joy that is boundless.  People throughout all the ages have experienced peace and joy transcending earthly conditions.  In fact, in stressful conditions peace has come as a forerunner of greater good. Joy has been experienced while sitting alone late at night. The truth is the world has no peace or joy for us.  When we are consciously one with God, there is peace and joy. When we lose our sense of oneness, then peace and joy are gone.   At least this is the way it seems, but the truth is peace and joy are innate to us.  They are part of our spiritual nature.  When we are consciously one with   Spirit, what is innate to us can be experienced.   Jim Rosemergy – A Closer Walk With God

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Photo  of giraffes by Daniel Naude