The Inward Journey, by Dr. Howard Thurman is this month’s book.
“In the quietness of this place, surrounded by the all-pervading Presence of God, my heart whispers: Keep fresh before me the moments of my High Resolve, that in fair weather or in foul, in good times or in tempests, in the days when the darkness and the foe are nameless or familiar, I may not forget that to which my life is committed. Keep fresh before me the moments of my high resolve.”
March 3, 2019
I am an expression of the Divine made entirely of “God-Stuff”. I am one with It, inseparable from It! ~Rev. Trish Hall
Selected quotes from Dr. Ernest Holmes
Science of Mind “Man’s Relationship to the Spiritual Universe” ~ Ernest Holmes, p. 123
“The difficulty is solved when we realize that all creation is an effect. It is real enough—as real as it is supposed to be. As you look about you, the mountain is a mountain, and the molehill is a molehill, the dust storm is a dust storm; but they are all effects. As you enter your garden and observe the bamboo tree, the grapefruit, and the many other variations of form, you see each is rooted in the one creative soil, and each is individualizing out of this creative soil that which is unique. The type maintains its integrity always.
“We observe in creation an atomic intelligence, then a simple consciousness; after which comes a personal consciousness, then a Cosmic consciousness. … As we watch the transition from the atomic to the simple intelligence, from the simple to the personal, from the personal to the Cosmic, we find that we are merely going up a scale of Unity. The Spirit is not something apart from matter so-called, but is something working through matter; the potential possibility of what we call the highest and the lowest is inherent in everything. They are not different things. They are the same thing functioning at different levels.
“.… that what we are looking FOR, we are looking WITH, and looking AT. Heaven is lost merely for the lack of a perception of harmony. Hell is the phantom abode of our morbid imaginations. Heaven and Hell are states of consciousness.”
March 10, 2019
I say “Yes” and then step aside and listen. I allow my intuitive nature to align with the perfection and wholeness of Spirit as I allow a great vision of my life to come into view. ~Rev. John Moreland
From the Inward Jouney by Howard Thurman, page 91
There are times when the sense of aloneness is very acute. Often these are times of struggle where the odds are uneven. Curious indeed is it that the sense of not being alone is apt to be most acutely felt when the concentration upon the matter at hand is absorbing. This means that there is available, at the moment, no margin of me exposed to the Presence of God. To be aware that God is standing beside me calls for some measure of detachment from my own personal struggle and turmoil.
“If Thou standeth beside me.” It is entirely possible that the Presence of God may be most acutely felt in and through the struggle and the turmoil. It is not something apart from my involvements but a quality of Presence that emerges from the midst of my tempests. Or more accurately, it becomes a quality of the tempest itself. Sometimes this identification be very confusing, causing me to say that God brings the struggle. It is sufficient for me to know that He is found in the midst of all that befalls me. First, He is felt as being with, in, and among the struggling elements of my experience. Then, out of the midst of these, His Presence emerges and becomes One who stands by my side. It is then that I am lifted up and strengthened.
If Thou standeth beside me
Nothing can prevail against me.
March 17, 2019
Today I choose to walk on the high road with Spirit as my companion and friend. ~Rev. Molly Cameron
From the Inward Journey by Howard Thurman
“When have you last had a good session with yourself? Or have you ever had it out with you? Most often you are brought face to face with yourself only when such an encounter is forced upon you. Usually it is in connection with a crisis situation.” Pg. 39
“Whatever may be the occasion there comes a deep necessity which leads you finally into the closet with yourself. It is here that you raise the real questions about yourself. The leading one is, What is it, after all, that I amount to, ultimately? Such a question cuts through all that is superficial and trivial in life to the very nerve center of yourself.” Pg. 40
March 24, 2019
I choose to live in Integrity with my highest values. ~Rev. Eunice Chalfant
Selected quotes from Dr. Ernest Holmes
“Love is the self-givingness of the Spirit through the desire of Life to express itself in terms of creation. Love is free from condemnation, even as it is free from fear. Love is a cosmic force whose sweep is irresistible.” – SOM Text, pg 608
“Giving includes more than the giving of money or things. It includes the giving of service or whatever we have to others, but always the gift and the giver must go hand in hand.” – 365 Science of Mind, pg 78
“It is by giving of oneself to every person, every project, and every association with zest, love, and friendliness that one see the larger possibility in all things: beauty instead of ugliness, love instead of hate, the Divine hidden within the human.” – 365 Science of Mind, pg 78
“Evolution has brought man to a point of self-expression and it can do no more for him until he consciously co-operates with it. Its law is one of growth and unfoldment. . . That LOVE knows no bound and that the Eternal Goodness gives Itself to all. God as man, in man, is man.” SOM Text, pg 482
“The perspective of reality is lost when we view life from the range of a short experience. . . (rather) We are building on an eternal foundation, one that time cannot alter nor experience destroy. A true estimate of real values cannot be built on the shifting sands of time alone.” SOM Text, pg 429.2
March 31, 2019
My thoughts are radiant with the Light of Spirit. There is no darkness in my mind. This light illumines my path and makes straight the way before me. This light is God, the living Spirit Almighty. ~Rev. Susan Overland
In the midst of all the sounds rising above all the mingled words there is a strange Voice—but not quite a stranger. A wo/man recognizes it. It seems to come from every part of him/her but cannot rest itself on any point of sound. S/He waits. S/He listens. When all is still, s/he listens now at a deeper level of silence. In soundless movement there floats up through all the chambers of his/her being, encompassing all the tongued cries from many selves, one word: God—God—God. And the answer is the same, filling all the living silence before Thy Face: God—God—God. — Dr. Howard Thurman, The Inward Journey, pg. 135.5