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11 November

November 2019

Spiritually Motivated Moral Leadership

The Tao of Leadership by John Heider is this month's book.

"The wise leader knows what is happening in a group by being aware of what is happening here and now... By staying present and aware of what is  happening, the leader can do less yet achieve more."

 

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November 3, 2019

Spirituality

Affirmation

Freedom is the ability to love myself as I am. And I do love myself as I am. ~ Rev. Martha Quintana, Senior Minister – Rio Grande Center for Spiritual Living

Reading

Your Aladdin’s Lamp by William Hornaday, pp. 220-221

“…Somebody had complained that too many non-Caucasians were attending the services. The people who were in the theater that day still remember his remarks. 

Dr. Holmes took his place at the rostrum and waited—soon you could hear a pin drop.  Still he waited. It was a standing-room-only crowd. Not even the standees whispered or moved.  At last he spoke:

‘I have been told that too many non-Caucasians attend these lectures.  True, there are Caucasians and non-Caucasians in this congregation. But this we must affirm: we are all children of One Living God—One Life that permeates all, without exception—One Intelligence that governs all—and, most important, every man and woman who abides in the universe is a significant identity in the One Universal Consciousness. Our doors will forever be open to all. Whoever you are, be proud—you are a Divine Idea in the Mind of God.’

Everybody applauded.

That took care of that.”

 

Know Yourself, You are More Than You Think by Ernest Holmes. Edited by Willis Kinnear, p. 53

“The secret of spiritual Power is a consciousness of one’s union with the Whole and the availability of Good. We are one with a universal Creativeness which is the God of theology, the Spirit of mysticism, the Reality of philosophy, and the Principle of science. God is accessible to all people.”

 

Know Yourself, You are More Than You Think by Ernest Holmes. Edited by Willis Kinnear, p. 63

“Since this inner self is in continuous connection with the outer self, it can cause a flow of intelligence, stimulating the mind to purposefulness, to creative genius, to executive ability.  There is something in the most practical person that longs for this still, silent Presence. When we spend our entire time on objective things, never getting back to the inner self, we are piling brick upon brick, sooner or later to see them fall about us in ruin. The toiler dies in a day unless the dreamer refreshed and invigorates him with that Divine influx which comes from the ‘inner self that never tires, fed by the deep, eternal fires.’”

 

 

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November 10, 2019

Self-Mastery

Affirmation

All that I am is a reflection of the One; all that I do in word and deed is my expression of my highest Self in Mastery.

Reading

To know how other people behave takes intelligence, but to know myself takes wisdom. To manage other people's lives takes strength, but to manage my own life takes true power. If I am content with what I have, I can live simply and enjoy both prosperity and free time. If my goals are clear, I can achieve them without fuss. If I am at peace with myself, I will not spend my life force in conflicts. If I have learned to let go, I do not need to fear dying.

John Heider (2015). “The Tao of Leadership: Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching Adapted for a New Age”, p.33, Green Dragon Books

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November 17, 2019

Leading from the Heart

Affirmation

I allow Divine guidance to lead through me, as me and by me. I am grounded in principle as I take action in the world. My mind and my heart are One and lead me to what is morally mine to do.

Reading

Most people act in order to fulfill their desires. They believe that the world serves them. But the wise leader serves others and is relatively desireless, even defenseless.

Most people are plagued by endless needs, but the wise leader is content with relatively little. Most people lead busy lives, but the wise leader is quiet and reflective. Most people seek stimulation and novelty, but the wise leader prefers what is common and natural.

The Tao of Leadership, page 39 - #20. Traditional Wisdom

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November 24, 2019

Science of Mind and Morality

Affirmation

I allow divine love and wisdom to guide me to actions that serve the highest good of all concerned.

Reading

We need to be thankful that an All-wise Father has planted within us a guide to the right conduct which we call conscience! But we also need to be careful that we do not allow it to destroy our happiness because of something which, when seen with correct judgment, has no moral wrongness to it. “How to Change Your Life” (Loc 910 of 3350 on Kindle)

The Science of Mind is reaching out to a truer concept of God, immanent in the universe as the very substance, law and life of all that is. The difference between the older way of thinking and the new is that we have come to see that the One Supreme Cause and Source of all that exists, is not a separate Being outside His world, but is in fact the actual Spirit of Life shining through all creation as its very Life Principle, infinite in Its working and eternal in Its essence. “How to Change Your Life” (Loc 1566 of 3350 on Kindle)

Right action will be compelled through right knowing. Therefore, when we know the Truth, It will compel us to act in a correct manner. “The Science of Mind,” page 322