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Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. Albert Einstein

True science and spirituality need not be foes. Only mediocre scientists or fearful religionists deny or attack the other realm. Any scientific assessment is valid only for material things; it cannot measure anything that is not physical. For example, no scientific apparatus will ever accurately measure a mother’s love for her child. Scientific instruments can measure heartbeat, breathing, and perspiration; they can detect and quantify chemicals released by the body when close to, or thinking about, the object of love; they can even differentiate shifts in brain waves that are associated with these thoughts and on and on. These are all physical responses to love and not the underlying reality. Some quality of love exists beyond these components.

Likewise, science can measure the physical aspects of God (parts of material creation); science can discover the laws that govern the material creation; but some spiritual quality exists outside this purely physical realm and science can never prove or disprove the existence of such non-material reality. Spiritual power is real but the only proof is personal experience; the validation lies in the transforming results experienced in an individual’s life. Participation in this experience requires 1) open-mindedness and 2) access to a spiritual discovery process that delivers results and 3) implementing the process (actually doing the work).

 Prayer: Dear God, open my mind, heart, and soul so that may understand that the Infinite that includes all things. Grant me the harmony to live in this material world as I discover the reality of spiritual power.

Take three relaxing breaths; ask your inner spirit to guide your meditation; reflect on the content, pausing for a few minutes in silence.

Each of us have a indwelling divine presence that offers guidance, power, and security

We have been told:

  • Everyone has the Buddha within. Siddhārtha Gautama  550BC
  • Nor will they say “Look here” or Look there” for the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21
  • We found the Great Reality deep down within. In the final analysis, it was only there that He may be found.  (AA Big Book 3rd Ed.)
  • Every human being has a “fragment of God” within—and a birthright to claim this spiritual force. (Urantia Book)

Each of us has been given a direct link to the creator of the universe; however, activating and using this connection is wholly dependent on the individual’s choice and actions. Our power of choice is the supreme and sovereign power in the universe. We can choose to reject this wonderful guide and energy; we can superficially accept it as an idea that has some merit, allowing it to “sometimes” contribute to our life; or, we may fully embrace this great reality. It’s our choice and the rewards reaped in this life, the quality of this life, directly depend on this decision and the subsequent action to open the channel that allows this life-changing power to flow into our life.

Prayer: my loving, compassionate inner spirit, my friend who wants only the best for me, help me aware of your existence in my heart, mind and soul this day ; awaken me to the reality of your presence, power, and love. Help me to choose and act so that I may flourish, prosper and grow according to your plan and be a living testimony of the power and love of God abroad in this universe.

 Take three relaxing breaths; ask your inner spirit to guide your meditation; reflect on the content, pausing for a few minutes in silence.

Rejecting a religious doctrine does not reject God.

Many have rejected God and religion; some refuse to believe anything that appears to disagree with science; still others have no need for anything that doesn’t fit “modern” ideas or improve their materialistic life. Rejecting organized religion, disallowing doctrines that are intellectually invalid or morally repugnant is not rejecting God.

Some see God as the only uncaused cause; as the creator and upholder of the supernovas, stars and planets; as the source of all power and energy. In addition to this grand physical domain, he is as the very source of life and gives each unique human mortal the “kingdom of heaven within” which offers an inner reservoir of unsuspected spiritual power. He also gives us free will to choose whether we want to participate in the universe plan, claim our birthright, and activate this unique internal power to transform our life.  This life-empowering relationship can be discovered and enjoyed within the context of a religious group or alone. Accessing this “kingdom of heaven within” floods us with the peace that passes all human understanding, provides unflagging courage in adversity, and grants long lasting patience, enduring tolerance, and fulfilling love.

Prayer: I pray that the creator of all things, the origin and cause of the universes, the source of all power, and the giver of all life will touch my mind, heart and soul. Let me feel your presence; melt any barrier that blocks my full acceptance of your gifts; fill my being with love, peace and security.

Take three relaxing breaths; ask your inner spirit to guide your meditation; reflect on the content, pausing for a few minutes in silence.

Shed the darkness of religious lethargy; Enjoy the amazing adventure of personally experiencing divine power

Religion without a vibrant, personal spiritual connection to the divine source is like the reflection of a flame in a mirror; it contains no heat. Some discover an exciting, intimate association with God through religious participation. Others may use such involvement as a substitute; they assume that attending church and participating in ritual constitutes a spiritual life. But half-hearted spirituality produces few results in daily living.

The personal spiritual quest is not dull, boring and glum; it’s an exciting adventure of discovering an indwelling source of power and guidance and finding solutions that actually solve the problems of life. This journey unleashes the additional source of spiritual energy that makes possible the greatest transformations possible in this life: this power moves us from addiction to freedom; from fear, anxiety, and anger to courage, peace, love, and tolerance; from weak and undirected drifting—blown hither and yon by the winds of life—to strength of character, certainty of purpose and unquestioned principles. This quest finds and welcomes the shift in attitude that views adversity as challenges, triumphs over overwhelming difficulties, and is willing to reach out the hand of love and compassion to the less fortunate.

Prayer: Dear God, break my shackles of lethargy, apathy and rebellion; grant me the willingness to launch a new life, to have the courage to explore and find all that I might be. Guide my efforts to find you, to feel and experience the inner spirit you so graciously gave me. Grant me the wisdom to allow this spirit to transform my life.

Take three relaxing breaths; ask your inner spirit to guide your meditation; reflect on the content, pausing for a few minutes in silence.

Today is the first day of the rest of my life

Did you make a mistake yesterday? Did you do something you really wish you hadn’t done? No one on this planet can go back in time and change what has happened even five minutes ago. If necessary, we may have to apologize or make amends and then, we must completely release the error. This day—this moment—is our starting point. It is a new day–it has never been used—and we will never have another chance at this day for the rest of our life.

We pause, bring our mind into this moment, take three relaxation breaths and acknowledge five people or things for which we are grateful. We ask our inner spirit to help us keep our mind in this moment and to give us guidance and strength to be a better person; we must learn from yesterday but not dwell on the glory or mistakes of the past.  We commit that we will not allow the past, another person, or any situation steal time from this day; we will not accept feelings of misery—anger, worry, guilt, fear, shame or other debilitating reactions. We can start this day in the morning, at noon, or anytime; it does not operate on a clock. It is our day to live.

Prayer: my divine source, help me to accept that I am human and will make mistakes; let you transforming power ease any contention about my past. Fill me with the hope that I can change, the desire to become the best I can be, the willingness to act, and the strength to overcame all barriers to my progress.  

Take three relaxing breaths; ask your inner spirit to guide your meditation; reflect on the content, pausing for a few minutes in silence.

Wherever you are, be there

Life is always better if we can stay focused on THIS moment. We cannot change a thing we did just 5 minutes ago; we cannot control any person or event in tomorrow. Our mind and actions in this precise moment are all that we can realistically hope to control. God lives in eternity but he responds to us in the moment of NOW.

Yesterday and everything about it is gone forever; tomorrow is but a possibility. This moment, the one we are living right now is truly all that we have. Our body always stays in the moment—it is always in the NOW. Our mind is the only part of us that time travels. It journeys into the past, re-lives events, and returns with guilt, resentment, and regret; or it journeys into the future and brings back anxiety, dread, and fear. Once our mind has developed this time travelling habit, training it to stay home may be difficult. We access our inner spiritual power and ask for help; we strive for constant awareness and appreciation of every happening of every moment. Living in the moment actually improves our abilities in the real world. We still make plans but learn to not spend mental energy thinking about anything today that we cannot take an action on today. Making plans outlines actions; having expectations anticipates results.

Prayer: Father, me appreciate and love your world, others, and myself in each small moment as it passes; guide my thoughts; help me keep them in the NOW, in the very moment-by-moment experiences of this day.

 Take three relaxing breaths; ask your inner spirit to guide your meditation; reflect on the content, pausing for a few minutes in silence.

Un-returned love is not wasted but flows back to soften and purify the heart of the lover

Love is an active and healthy concern for a person’s well-being; a desire to good for others. When we bestow love to someone, the acts and feeling of love flow from us to them. Nothing about the definition requires or even suggests that we will receive love as a reciprocal act. It’s not about us. It’s a bonus when we do receive love in return, either from the object of our love or someone else. The definition also offers some additional guidance. Our act of love should truly enhance a person’s well-being, should contribute to his or her physical, mental, spiritual growth; love should help but never enable.

Love is an eternal quality that flows from the divine source, to us, though us, and to another person. We can become an open conduit for this divine value. As we bestow it with wisdom—with no need or expectations—we receive beautiful gifts. This divine quality nurtures and refreshes our very being as it flows through us, softening and purifying our heart and soul, helping us to become the best version of our self.

Prayer: I pray that I may open my mind, heart and soul to receive the love so freely given from my spiritual source. Open my heart; let this beautiful quality flow outward from me to those in the most need of love. Help me bestow love with wisdom, expecting nothing in return; grant that I feel and express gratitude for any and all love that I receive this day.

Take three relaxing breaths; ask your inner spirit to guide your meditation; reflect on the content, pausing for a few minutes in silence.

Imagined fears ruin my day; the dreads of my imagination are always worse than reality.

Few things that consume us with fear, anxiety or worry ever happen the way we imagine. A single thought of what might happen enters our consciousness; our mind grasps that thought and nurtures it, spawning a family of fear-driven offspring. Morbid, fearful feelings follow the thought and start the downward spiral. It makes little difference whether the concern is real or imagined because everything appears real to a fear-driven mind.

We have a choice whether to continue to participate in the misery or simply release the thought; we can live in the moment or we can allow our mind to time-travel and return with fear; we can seek inner peace or we can become mired in some imagined fantasy. We pause, pray, and take action; we call a friend, read a book, listen to something uplifting and positive; we take a walk, or volunteer in a soup kitchen. The decision-action sequence offers the opportunity for our inner spiritual power to perform its function—expulsing the fear and replacing it with divine traits of love, hope, compassion, forgiveness, and peace.

Prayer: Dear God, please remove this fearful thought; grant me peace; and illuminate my mind and heart to see the truth about my challenge. If this is an imagined dread, erase it from my mind and give me the strength not to allow it to re-enter and dominate my thoughts. If this problem is an immediate threat to my physical, mental, or spiritual well-being, reveal the solution that leads me to be the child you want me to be.

Take three relaxing breaths; ask your inner spirit to guide your meditation; reflect on the content, pausing for a few minutes in silence.

LIVE and LET LIVE

Actually living is more than just existing – more than being a passenger along for the ride. Living is not blindly accepting what the world tells us is important but developing our personal values, commitments, and priorities; it encompasses action, not procrastination; it demonstrates love and service, not indolence and inertia. Living implies that we recognize and accept our own shortcomings and are willing to improve; we feel the joy and the pain of life but do not have to suffer misery; we share our life with others and actively participate in their lives.

“Let live” implies that we do not get too upset about what others do or say or fail to do or say; we avoid unreasonable expectations of other people, situations, or our selves; we strive for patience, tolerance, humility and caring actions. This life does not means that we are a doormat for other people; when necessary, we always stand for our values with quiet poise, integrity, and dignity,

Prayer: My loving and merciful divine parent, please be patient with me. Help me to go forth this day with love, peace, and exuberance to enjoy a wonderful day; grant that I accept the frailties and humanity in myself and in all my spiritual family. Guide my thoughts, words, and actions today that I may enjoy your creation and see the best in the people I meet today.

Would you rather be happy or right?

Sometimes we may feel a need to prove our self “right,” to win a disagreement to make the other person realize that we are knowledgeable or important. We may need to be right because we don’t have enough self-worth to accept that we might be wrong; we may not understand that it’s ok to be wrong, that making mistakes does not diminish our value as person or as a child of God.

When we feel good about our self, we are more patient, tolerant, and loving with others; when we don’t have that void inside of us that yearns to be filled, we are more accepting, non-judgmental, and caring. This state of healthy self-love removes much of the need to be proven “right” that dominates the self-driven person. We can simply chose to be happy instead of worrying about who is “right.”

Prayer: Dear Gad, thank you for gentleness; I pray that you would help me be gentle with my friends, my family, my enemies, every person I meet today, and myself. Help me not to believe that I have to be right, to prove something, to be better than another person. Guide my thoughts to love, tolerance, and patience and my actions to kindness

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