We already have it. We just can’t see it.

“God has nothing to give us. Everything that God is, we already are; all that God has, is already ours. We can come into the experience of this by relaxing from the fear of what we shall or shall not have tomorrow.” -Joel Goldsmith, Practicing the Presence Fear almost always seems to be the primary thing that separates us from our good; fear of not being liked, fear of being alone, fear of not being […]

A Few Thoughts on Suffering

“Suffering is a law of life, and it is essential during this step to acknowledge our own pain or we shall find it impossible to have compassion for the distress of others.”  – Karen Armstrong, 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life Suffering is a term I have always had trouble understanding. In my limited reading on Buddhism, I read a quote from somewhere, that “pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.” Since then I have […]

React or Respond: There is Always a Choice

What the soul sees and has experienced, that it knows; the rest is appearance, prejudice and opinion.” ― Sri Aurobindo “What do you think about that?” someone said to me, referencing something they had heard. “I have no opinion, because I have no knowledge of what happened,” says I. Why do people expect you to jump into a conversation you have no first-hand experience about? I have found over the years, at least for me, that […]

The Ego and Suffering

“The saint knows that the world and everything made by God is good, while those who are not saints either think that created things are unholy, or else they don’t bother about the question one way or another because they are only interested in themselves.” Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation In reading this statement, it made me think. If Merton believes this, how did he justify his need to rail against the conflict created […]

Chaos is No-thing wanting to be something.

“Staring down Chaos, we can recognize that there is no space, no ease, no footing in it.”-Kathleen Dowling Singh, The Grace in Aging Chaos. What is it that creates this state in our lives? Mostly, it’s from us giving our power away. When we have lost our direction, our purpose, and start giving in to all the multitude of external and contradictory data, stories and uninformed comments, this confusing cacophony of misinformation can disorient us, […]

We can wander in our unmindfulness . . .

or, we can take back our power in mindful communion with God. ~revjim #spirit-edu.com -Spirituality Online#aworldthatworks  #need CEUsSpirit Education is a CSL Authorized Virtual Education Provider Grace in Aging class starts September 18th Online at Spirit Education

Eliminate the Negative

Have you ever noticed how, when you’re in a group talking, there always seems to be someone who just has nothing constructive to say and they tend to dominate the conversation with oftentimes unrelated trivial drivel? They tend to drive a wedge into a discussion that causes the group to disburse unless they are gently brought back to the light side! The unfortunate thing is, they don’t realize how much their attitude reflects how their […]

God’s light sets fire to the spirit of man

“As a magnifying glass concentrates the rays of the sun into a little burning knot of heat that can set fire to a dry leaf or a piece of paper, so the mystery of Christ in the Gospel concentrates the rays of God’s light and fire to a point that sets fire to the spirit of man.”  ~Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation, Pg. 150 ~rev jim www.spirit-edu.com  Online Spiritual Education #peace   #aworldthatworks