"Without constant Divine help, grace, illumination, and strength, no one can be a sacred activist." -- Andrew Harvey
Both Andrew Harvey and our founder, Ernest Holmes, emphasize the importance of turning to the One---God, Source---before starting any sacred activism. Our true nature is perfect, but we must partner with God to remove our imperfect cloak of limiting ideas.
"Each time a person stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends out a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." -- Robert Kennedy
We start to learn how to create those ripples by studying Andrew Harvey's book The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism.
Sometimes we have to look at a thing long enough to realize that it no longer has power over us.
What we are praying for is already happening. Whatever we desire and hope for is already within us. To be accepting of it is to allow it to move through us.
How we long for that simple trust in life which children have. In their minds there are no doubts. They have not yet been told they are sinners, that they are destitute of divine guidance and spiritual life. The life of the child is lived in natural goodness, and God's nature is Natural Goodness.
Always be inquisitive about life. Learn early that there is truly nothing to fear. Know that you are the individualized expression of the One God.
This experience of life is a gift to learn, to grow, and to evolve. In this realm of cause and effect, we are gifted with the opportunity to bring the unseen from the fourth dimension into form, to dance with the Divine, to partner with God. This gives us the choice to come to the Divine dressed for dancing in faith.
In life, we have one big fear---that God will not answer our prayers.
There are three major influences on our brains: adversity, meditation, and the mind.
In our brains, all information gathers in the hippocampus. New skills and learning generate here. Old ideas come into competition with the new ideas being formed.
In the magic of meditation, the brain starts to be able to focus more.
Further, the mind is the brain's master. We direct the brain with our own minds. The conscious mind can direct and plant seeds in the subconscious mind. The journey is heading in one direction---and that's home.
In an atypical talk about "recovery", special guest Ester Nicholson speaks about recovering that "real something" about us that may have gotten buried deep beneath the dust and grit of a challenging life journey. That something which is infinite, which is whole, which is complete, which is amazing. Recovery is about rediscovering our core essence, remembering that we are one with God, and then walking this world with a sexy swagger.
Begin with the affirmation: "I don't know crap!" Then we must decide to turn our life over to God.
We are experts at wrong. The internal feeling of being right is not foolproof. Often, when we're feeling sure of ourselves, we're actually wrong. So the feeling of being wrong is what it feels like when we're feeling right.
Wrong is central to lifelong learning. Being wrong doesn't make us wrong---New technology, new ideas, and new insights come from being wrong. Wrong is bad when you think you're wrong. It's only bad if you think it's bad.
To accept our own fallibility is to entertain the possibility of another having a better idea that we can use.
Why do we assume that life is going to be difficult?
Expect things to be easy. If we choose magic, we will approach every goal with the belief that its accomplishment will be effortless.
There is magic to be found in every situation. There is a blessing in everything. Our soul is creating the very situation that we are resisting in order that some greater freedom and joy can evolve from it.
We are all in relationship with the Infinite. But when we enter into relationship with the Infinite consciously, we are then not as in charge of our own lives anymore. The three days that Jonah spends in the belly of the whale represents the darkness and the mystery that our own lives plunge into sometimes. This tension between spirit and self exists, and it can grow so great as to cause us to abandon the spiritual path.