We live in an abundant Universe and this abundance is forever rushing to us. Our job is to cultivate a heart that is open and available to be good receivers of the gifts of Spirit.
Ernest Holmes expresses it this way, “It is natural that we should wish for the more abundant life. It is right that we are to accept it. God has already made the gift, it is up to us to receive it.” Yes, it is up to us to receive it! Our availability to be good receivers of the riches of Spirit is the key! Many of us may scream out, “but I am ready to receive it all!” Yet, if we look within our deep-seated beliefs, or listen closely to any limiting language that we may use, there may be signs of where we are not truly preparing to receive. If we have been experiencing lack, it may benefit us to clean our inner house to accept that we are worthy and willing to receive the unlimited abundance of Spirit!
To cultivate a field of massive receptivity, we must live a life of daily spiritual practice. Every practice we embody, every prayer, gratitude, acknowledgment, intention, prepares us to receive the riches of the divine. Every time we say yes, and thank you, we are honing our consciousness to receive. Every time we are willing to accept a kind word, a hug, a meal, or a gift, it nurtures the field of receptivity in accepting more good than we ever imagined.
Today, I invite you to open your heart, open your arms, and be willing to receive! Catch a warm smile from someone, truly receive it. Say thank you when you are offered a gift, or a treasure from nature, simply say THANK YOU! Be willing to see and accept the overflow of Spirit everywhere you look!
Sweet gifts of Spirit are ours in overflow. Let us cultivate the consciousness for them to land upon!
I am willing to cultivate open receptivity to all the good that Spirit continues to shower upon me.
Spiritual beings having a human incarnation. This is the description that I embrace about us all as we take this journey on earth. I know that I am more than my body, that there is more to us than our physiology. There are connections that go beyond the functions of the brain or heart when limited to their biology. I know that there is so much more to us and yet at times our body temples can feel like cages, even prisons.
Perhaps it is the lies that we accepted from mass media marketing of what beauty is or what makes someone a real man or woman; at times we can live the lie that we are not enough. It could be shame or abuse we encountered on our journey that tells us we cannot do or be something because of our height, weight, skin color, hair texture, ethnicity, sexuality or something else. The cage many reside in is made up of their own thoughts. When one realizes this, the opportunity for transformation is at hand. Liberty does not require a key, for a mind aligned with the Truth of one’s being dissolves the illusion of the cage completely.
You are perfect. You are beauty. You are love. You are creativity, sourced and resourced by the Infinite. You are supported continually by the presence of the almighty, all-loving, living Presence that makes no mistakes and knows Its own. There are no limitations to one who realizes the Truth of their being. The only challenge you face is awakening to the illusion that somehow you’ve been caged in or had your wings clipped, preventing you from soaring. The lie that is revealed to you is that cages don’t determine a soul’s liberty, nor do physical conditions prevent one from soaring.
Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Reeling. Barely coping. Mourning. Taking a stand. These are just some of the more printable comments I’m receiving from countless individuals about the times our world is currently facing. And I am no exception to standing in what is unchartered territory, in not knowing what’s next. But there is one thing I absolutely do know: Spirit is now and ever shall be in charge. Now, in the precise moment you are reading these words, I invite you to also know that with me; to know that while the current appearance is wayward, the way forward is about walking hand-in-hand with Spirit.
The call to our collective heart and soul is this: to let go of reactive habit patterns and ground ourselves in trusting the fundamental goodness of the universe, the same goodness that lives within each one of us. Then, if our heart feels called to protest injustice, let it begin with prayer. If our mind feels called to take action by signing petitions, to marching in support of our world family, let us do that also, beginning with prayer. Prayer detoxes the heart of worry, fear, anxiety, and restores equanimity, leading to wisdom-guided, impactful action. It is prayer that speaks most meaningfully and clearly to the dilemmas and questions with which our world family is now dealing.
Use this time to deepen your spiritual practice for it is then, as Thich Hnat Hanh informs us, “Love will enter our thoughts, our words, and our actions.” Affirmative prayer, meditation—these are especially contributory to developing limitless love, goodwill, compassion and discernment. Through prayer, the tendency to set anger and retaliation loose gives way to patience, forgiveness, loving-kindness. Then, whether the winds that begin to blow are revolutionary or evolutionary, we will stand in them with a healing peace radiating out from our being into the world.
Peace and Richest Blessings,
Agape International Spiritual Center
The first month of the new year 2021 and I am contemplating Being One. Many of us found ourselves basically alone amidst the circumstances at the end of 2020 – curiously the zero… transitioning into the One!
We have been going back to zero: sit, be still and know. Because we can’t go out and get busy as much – distracting ourselves with events and other people. The invitation of the zero is to go back to nothing.
And now we enter the One. Being all one… in the One. How do we feel at one, when we sit with ourselves day after day – many of us physically alone aside from an occasional zoom?
Here is the rub – we are all ways alone and all one in God. What does this mean? It is one of those paradoxes of the ultimate truth. We are never alone in Spirit – the Oneness of God – because God is everywhere. That includes within our own cells. Even within the space between our thoughts! We are the One! To be all one, is to let go of our thingness – hence we dissolve from zero – no-thing into Oneness.
To be alone amidst the longing for One is to be in that gap – between who I am and who the Beloved is. This beloved could be a cat, a child a friend, a lover… and ultimately this Beloved is each of us. You and I are the beloved of God – as we behold ourselves from space and open into a glimpse of a timeless ultimate state of who we are.
So this 1-2021 – let’s lean into that space of all One regardless of any situation. And the belonging that we long for is right here in that field of the Infinite I am. Now and always.
Gail Isabelle Klein
Agape International Spiritual Center
Daily Inspiration Guide –
A Promise Etched in Forever
What appears separated from its Essence longs to return to its Source for reunion.
The uttermost truth of your existence has been encapsulated by Jesus the Christ in these six words: “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). From his birth in a humble manger visited by kings to his crucifixion thirty-three years later with a few loyal disciples at his feet, his truth teaching and his living example of it never waivered.
Through Jesus’s conscious union and communion with Spirit, he received a revelation of a promise etched in forever: there is nothing, absolutely nothing that can separate us from our Creator Source and its unconditional love for each and every one of us. This is our eternal, divine inheritance in spite of any and all appearances. This mystical union between the soul and Spirit is the supreme love we are all seeking. We taste an appetizer of it in all forms of human love until the day comes that we feast upon the formless entrée of Divine Love itself.
When we meditate and pray we are following in the footsteps of the Master Teacher and all true lovers of Spirit who fully realized their unbreakable oneness with Spirit. Reading in the writings of mystics across all traditions about the rapturous energies that consumed them while communing with Spirit, we are transported into a realm of Divine Love that sets our souls on fire, that awakens within us a hunger for the Divine Beloved to sit at our table and sup with us. To hand feed us the truth of our eternal union.
This is the longing that exists at the core of our being. And it is fulfilled by Spirit’s promise that is etched in forever: “Thou and I, never apart.” Live, move, and have your being in this ultimate reality that is the manifestation beyond all other manifestations. It is the absolute evidence of our divine origin, the purest reflection of our original face.
Excerpted from Agape International Spiritual Center’s daily inspiration guide ‘Inner Visions’, December 6, 2020
|Try It On. By Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith.
Agape’s Inner Visions Daily Inspiration Guide, September 9, 2020
When it comes to evolving one’s fundamental life structures, most individuals go through life experiencing an “it’s good enough” mindset. Fearing that a shift in consciousness equals an unguaranteed outcome, they remain willing to settle for what they perceive to be the safety and security of predictability. More directly stated, it’s about living in the illusion that life’s outcomes can be controlled. Bottom line: A life philosophy of “It’s good enough” is a fear-based agreement with mediocrity.Break free from the “it’s good enough” paradigm! Dare to have the courage to trust in yourself, in life itself. Try on a state of consciousness that allows you to discover that there is so much good, love, joy, peace, prosperity, and creativity yearning to manifest in your life once you give it permission to do so. Because when you do, there will be an energetic opening that will usher you into a whole new recognition of limitless possibilities, into an unconditional “yes” to this great adventure called Life.
What does this take? Courage. The courage to disrupt your comfort zone, to live beyond your coping mechanisms, justifications, rationalizations, manipulations, well-worn excuses that hold you back simply because you fear stirring up your life or what others will think about you. Trust that your life, just as it is, is a trustworthy path to evolving a deeper confidence in the truth that you live in a friendly universe that supports you in every way. Let your reliance be on the reliability of Reality, of Spirit, which are constantly offering you opportunities for enlightened action.
Go ahead—try it all on, even if you don’t know where it will lead you, what Teutonic shakeups will take place in your life, because when you do, you will gladden your heart with the realization that it’s all working together for your good with the full support of the Universe.
As I free myself from mediocrity and try on my highest potential, I realize that it is a perfect, custom-made fit.
Michael Bernard Beckwith
As heard on “This Thing Called Life” Sunday, May 21, 1950.
After many years of patient work, Dr. Albert Einstein feels that he has found one law governing all physical phenomena. If so, it is one of the greatest and most important discoveries of all time. But what has this to do with our subject – with This Thing Called Life, or with the possibility of using a Power of good greater than you are? Well, let’s see what we can figure out.
Is it any different to say that there is one law governing all physical phenomena, or to say with Emerson, “There is one mind common to all individual men”? The universe is a spiritual system. It is a manifestation of Divine Intelligence. Another world famed scientist has said that we can think of the universe in the terms of intelligence acting as law, which means mind in action. And another scientist has said that we can think of the universe in the terms of an infinite Thinker thinking mathematically, which means that faith acts as a law, and this is why prayer can be answered.
Here is another remarkable thing: Dr. Einstein has also said that time, space and light curve back upon themselves. This means that everything moves in circles. It explains what Jesus meant when he said, “Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.” It also explains another saying of Jesus when he said that they that take up the sword shall perish by it. It really means that what goes out will again return; that the inner action of our minds decides what is going to happen to us, for “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
I would like for us to consider one more of Dr. Einstein’s propositions, in which he states that energy, which is invisible, and mass, which means physical form, are equal, identical and interchangeable. Is this any different from one of the initial statements of the Bible where it says, “In the beginning was the Word,” and while it tells us that the thought of God becomes form. What we see comes out of what we do not see. The invisible becomes visible through a law of mind. This is what is back of psycho-somatic medicine. Thoughts are things in that mental states produce definite results. This is why we meditate, pray and affirm the presence of good in our lives.
The cause of everything is hidden. What we experience outwardly is a result of silent but intelligent forces that operate on the invisible side of life. And, so far as you and I are concerned, our minds represent this invisible side of life. Another great scientist, Dr. Gustof Stromberg, said in his book, “The Soul of the Universe,” that there is an invisible pattern for everything in the visible world. This is no different from the Bible statement that the invisible things of God are made manifest by the visible. Everything, including our own being, is rooted in, and draws its life from, an invisible source. Is this any different from St. Paul’s statement that there are bodies celestial and bodies terrestrial; there is a spiritual body as well as a physical body?
It is wonderful that so many scientists are giving us a faith in the spiritual universe – a faith which we have already had through intuition, but which now is coming clearer and clearer into the mind’s eye. Wouldn’t it be strange if we should discover that the Bible is not only a book of spiritual inspiration, but that it also lays a spiritual foundation for many of the recent discoveries of science?
If there is one law governing all physical phenomena, then there must be one law of mind governing all mental action. And if time, space, and light bend back upon themselves then our thought will return to us. This is why Emerson said, “If you want a friend, be a friend.” And this is why Jesus said if you want something good to happen, accept that it is happening, which implies that there is a law that brings back to you a direct result of your thinking. Did he not say, “. . . when ye pray, believe that ye have . . .?“
Science also teaches us this very important fact: nature wills ill against no one. The laws of God are for us and not against us. It is our use of them that produces pain instead of pleasure. When we learn to live in harmony with them they will become our servant instead of our master. This means that many of the laws we have been using destructively can as easily be used constructively. Often our bondage is a misuse of freedom, just as much of the world today has used its freedom to destroy its liberty.
To realize this, is a step toward freedom, and will have a direct bearing upon our health, our happiness, and our success. For we shall no longer feel that we are fighting a power opposed to good, but rather that we are using a good power in a wrong way. We shall know that we have an ally with us, an unconquerable power of good and an irresistible law of love.
But the skeptic may say this is too good to be true. May I ask you this: is modern invention too good to be true? Are automobiles and nylon stockings too good to be true? Are the things being worked out in modern laboratories real or unreal? There is only one answer to this. They are real enough and we are merely discovering the possibilities of life. There are great spiritual and mental laws that govern everything and you and I really are living in the Mind of God, right now. There is a power for good available to all of us.
The laboratory of our mind is a place where we test out what our thoughts can do for good or for ill. “For mind is the power that molds and makes, and man is mind, and evermore he takes the tool of thought, and shaping what he wills, brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills. He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass; Environment is but his looking glass.” Life is a mirror, reflecting back to each one of us what we really are.
Life has willed it this way, and you and I cannot change it. There are only two things we can do. We can learn to live in harmony with the law of our being, or, by opposing it, live in unhappiness until through suffering we learn how better to use that silent force of good that flows through us the Power greater than we are, but a power that is right where we are.
But if one can know, with complete certainty, that a law of good conspires to help him when he uses it, and that this law is a real law of God and cannot be changed, then he becomes victor, as the Bible says, through Christ who strengthen him. And Christ means the son of God within us, the Divine Pattern in which we, as human beings, are rooted, the perfect man that Jesus spoke of when he said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
Faith is the most wonderful thing in life and we need a faith so rooted, so firm, so unshakable, that it will not waver. And this kind of faith is arrived at through a conviction in the intellect and through a feeling in the heart. For we need both conviction and inspiration to live happily. Without conviction we are never sure, and without inspiration we lack that most vital of all things – a zest and an enthusiasm for living.
Now I ask you, in all sincerity: Have you and I really tried God? I wonder. I wonder and I still wonder. Have you and I really tried God? Can we sit down in the midst of confusion and think peace? For if all the forces of nature curve backward upon themselves, then if we can think peace even in the midst of confusion, we shall establish peace in our lives. “Be still and know that I am God.”
This is no idle statement. It is as profound as life itself. Have you and I really consistently, over a period of time, kept careful enough guard over our thinking actually to know what might happen when we exercise a dynamic faith? I am afraid we haven’t. Well, there is no use crying over the past. If we have been defeated, the only thing to do is to rise and strive again, but this time with a new hope, a fresh vision and a greater certainty.
I cannot help but believe that the world is on the verge of great spiritual discoveries, that the late Dr. Steinmetz was right when he said the next hundred years of research in the realm of mind and spirit, will produce more important discoveries than the last seven thousand years of research. Let us definitely accept that we have an intimate and personal relationship with This Thing Called Life; that there actually is a Power for good greater than we are, that we can use, and that no one but ourselves can bar our way to a fuller life.
The one sure thing that you possess, and that no man can rob you of, is yourself – that hidden you, that something within you greater than all fate. Learn to trust yourself, because you first have faith in God. Take time each day to re-affirm your intimate relationship to the Spirit. Act as though you were the son of God, and you will surely discover that you are. Inspiration, hope and joy will come with this revelation.
This is the secret of life, the pearl of great price that you are to treasure in your innermost being, even as you share it with others. For the love you have for them will come back to you multiplied and the good you set in motion will return to you a thousandfold. This is the way of life. This is the law of your being. This is what the saints, the sages, the poets, the wise and the good of the ages have known. This is what Jesus taught. This is what you and I believe. This is what is true.
This is Charlie Chaplin at age 26, photographed 100 years ago. Below is a poem he read on his 70th birthday, written by Kim McMillen.
As I began to love myself
I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living
against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is Authenticity.
As I began to love myself
I understood how much it can offend somebody
if I try to force my desires on this person,
even though I knew the time was not right
and the person was not ready for it,
and even though this person was me.
Today I call this Respect.
As I began to love myself
I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything
that surrounded me
was inviting me to grow.
Today I call this Maturity.
As I began to love myself
I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time,
and everything happens at the exactly right moment.
So I could be calm.
Today I call this Self-Confidence.
As I began to love myself
I quit stealing my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects
for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness,
things I love to do and that make my heart cheer,
and I do them in my own way
and in my own rhythm.
Today I call this Simplicity.
As I began to love myself
I freed myself of anything
that is no good for my health –
food, people, things, situations,
and everything that drew me down
and away from myself.
At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.
Today I know it is Love of Oneself.
As I began to love myself
I quit trying to always be right,
and ever since
I was wrong less of the time.
Today I discovered that is Modesty.
As I began to love myself
I refused to go on living in the past
and worrying about the future.
Now, I only live for the moment,
where everything is happening.
Today I live each day,
day by day,
and I call it Fulfillment.
As I began to love myself
that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick.
But as I connected it to my heart,
my mind became a valuable ally.
Today I call this connection Wisdom of the Heart.
We no longer need to fear arguments,
confrontations or any kind of problems
with ourselves or others.
Even stars collide,
and out of their crashing, new worlds are born.
Today I know: This is Life!
Credit to Susan Piazza for posting on her Facebook page!
Agape love is not something we can do, nor is it something we can force. The seed of Agape Love was planted in our hearts the moment we came into existence, and when our hearts become ripened, Agape Love blossoms. This expression of unconditional love is developed through our spiritual practices. Obviously, then, it is to our individual and collective benefit to continuously evolve through our practices so that year after year we become more mature lovers. So that we no longer withhold our love based on whether or not others share our ethical standards, values, political affiliations, religious beliefs or spiritual path. As our capacity to love expands, we discover something very profound: No one except we ourselves have the power to prevent us from loving.
Our interactions with others contribute to revealing the facets of love that we have yet to cultivate. We discover that loving a particular individual requires that we cultivate the love-expression of forgiveness, while another person teaches us patience, kindness, generosity, or compassion. A fundamental characteristic of Agape Love’s fruitage is the ability to see that there is no separation between ourselves and others because we directly realize that every being is a branch from the same sacred Tree of Life.
The mystical magnetism of Agape Love ceaselessly courts us, drawing us into its magnetic field through the various forms of human love we experience with parents, siblings, lovers, spouses and partners, our children and friends, leading us to Love’s Source: Pure Spirit. The moment we surrender to its gravitational pull, we are transfigured. Love is the ultimate religion. When tasting its flavour, we enter the realm of mystical lovers. We become Love, allowing it to flow in, as, and through us. Such joy! Such bliss!
Excerpt from Agape’s Daily Inspiration Guide, Inner Visions, May 20, 2020
Since I have been attending Soul Center I have more Joy & Love in my life and less fear & stress. There are wonderful connections with kind and joyful people. The entire experience has enriched my life.
Soul Center is where I come to connect with the Divine and my Spiritual Community. I feel the true Agape spirit! Sunday is uplifting, filled with beautiful music, and a message delivered with Love. Sunday inspires you to see how magnificent you are. I am so enjoying the amazing speakers, and the fun activities at Soul Center.
I am so grateful to have found an open, loving, and accepting Spiritual community dedicated to seeking the highest values in truth, love and peace.
My journey changed my life. I feel connected to a community that supports and encourages me, as I evolve. I am forever grateful.
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