Enthusiasm: Our Passport to Awakenings by Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith.

Rev. Michael – “Enthusiasm: Our Passport to Awakening”,  excerpted from Agape’s Inner Visions Daily Inspirational Guide, June 12, 2019

Enthusiasm is our passport from the surface to the depths of awakened consciousness. Consider the etymology of the Greek word en + Theos, which means “inspired or possessed by God.”  When we are overtaken by an awareness of this Great Something that breathes our breath, walks through our feet, loves through our heart, communes with Itself in our soul, how can we not enthusiastically, passionately be on fire to enter the holy of holies and taste the ecstasies of awakened consciousness?

Enthusiasm keeps us steadfast during those “I don’t feel like it” moments.  We can’t be half-hearted about enlightenment—meditating, praying, chanting, visioning seven days in a row and then stopping for another month. When we are sincerely enthusiastic, whether our day’s meditation flowered into blossoms of bliss or not, we remain loyal to our practice.

When we are in a consciousness of en-Theos, inspired by Spirit, our nervous system becomes recoded because enthusiasm births inspiration; inspiration births gratitude.  Gratitude opens the floodgates of receiving. Entering its flow, we draw to ourselves all that is required for the next step in our evolutionary process.

Just as a photographer must go into the darkroom to develop his photos, so must we enter the darkroom of our spiritual practices to develop our soul qualities.  As Jesus instructed his followers, “When thou prayest, enter into thy closet…,”  and we all know most closets are dark until we turn on the light.  Our spiritual practices provide that divine illumination.  In this cave of stillness you cultivate the qualities of Spirit that are etched upon your soul.
Then, equipped with a conscious realization of your true nature, even the crash of breaking worlds cannot disturb your equanimity, because you are standing in the unshakable realization that Spirit is, you are, and you are One.

‘Nothing is Missing’ by Dr. Diana D. Light

“Nothing is Missing”

I remember as if it was yesterday, when Peggy Bassett, a Leading New Thought Minister, said, “You are Divine!”

I remember thinking, “Maybe you are Honey, but you don’t know me! I am NOT Divine! I am a sinner. I have been told that I am a sinner All My Life!”

I grew up feeling that “Something was missing.” I felt an emptiness that no one or nothing could fill. I felt so alone, I wanted to die. I asked Jesus for Love or Death! I was all of seventeen.

Jesus presented himself to me in full illumination. He radiated Love through His Light. He told me I could have either. The choice was mine and mine alone. He assured me whichever I chose He would Love me.

After that encounter, I never felt empty again. His radiant Light filled me with the Love my life seemed to be missing. It wasn’t until Peggy said I was Divine that I finally realized, “Nothing was Missing” in my life.

It was some time later, I took on the middle name of “Divine” in hopes that maybe someday I could claim my Divinity and be as Peggy had said, “Divine!”

The day has come. This is the day! I declare me “Divine!” I am Divine!

I know from the depth of my Soul that God created me in His Likeness and Image and “God does Not create Junk!”

Within me, a Spark of the Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent Presence lives and has His Being. Within me All Love, All Light and All Creative Wonder exists! I shine as a Beacon of Light remembering who I am, “My Wholeness,” and my Light illuminates my Love-filled Life.

My Light precedes my footsteps and Lights my Path of Goodness, Truth and an extraordinary Life filled to the top and overflowing with Love. Every moment I feel Blessed by my Life and its enfoldment of Good, Creativity and Joy!

The more gratitude I express in my Life, the more God gives me to be grateful for. I cannot out give God! The more I give gratitude for people and things in my Life, the more gratitude expands my reasons to be grateful! I feel more Love and Light the more it floods through me to others.

Divine? What else could it be? Yes, Peggy, I am Divine! Yes, being in Gratitude is a Divine Circle of Gladness ever spiraling my Life into more and more Divinity. I say Yes! I say Thank you! I say Being Divine expands “Who I thought I was not” into “the Essence of Who I really am.”

I am Good

I am Present

I am Awake

I am Juicy!

I am Alive!

I am here as Love Enfolding

I am here as Love experiencing itself

I drink in my own Divinity

Would you like to drink in your Divinity and join me in a toast?

We are all Divine

We always were

We always will be

Divine is the Path, we do not have to travel, to get to where we already are Loving the Journey is the Path,

Divinity is the Center, ever expanding

“Who We All Ready Are!”

Dr. Diana Divine Light©January 27, 2019
Revised and Inspired by Rev. Keith Horwitz

 

Take My Advice by Ram Dass

Don’t sell  yourself short by thinking you are only your body or your personality, no matter how intriguing and dramatic they be. For behind them, there lies a more profound part of your true self. Call it ‘Spiritual’ or call it ‘High Consciousness’… call it when you will, but … Call It!

One of the doorways to that higher self is through the cultivation of your intuitive wisdom. As you learn to listen to and trust your intuition, you will find a quiet place in the heart of your being that  is wise and can guide your actions. One of the things it will remind you of is your interconnectedness to all things, And out of that appreciation will spontaneously arise compassion for those who suffer, for the Earth, and for all living things.

When that happens, don’t be overwhelmed by the suffering you see, by the darkness that exists in the human  condition. True, there is much of it. But so, too, is there much caring and compassion in the world. Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘What you do may seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.’ It is important for yourself, as well as for the balances in the world. As you let your compassion guide you into action to help heal the earth and those who suffer, your very acts will feed your own compassionate heart and in so doing, open the inner gates to knowing your own Highest Self.

I promise you that plumbing the depths of your being is an unparalleled adventure. I wish you well on the Journey.

In Love,

Ram Dass.

‘Break free from the “it’s good enough” paradigm!’ by Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith

Excerpted from Agape International Spiritual Center’s Daily Inspiration ‘Inner Visions’, September 12, 2018,
‘Try It On!’

Courage is the spiritual art of living dangerously.
Osho

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.

Affirmation:

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

 

Tikkun Olam: Repair of the World

‘Tikun Olam: Repair of the World’ by Dr. Cheryl Joy Bratman from Agape’s Inner Visions publication of daily dnspiration on Sunday, September 9, 2018.

Let the good in me connect with the good in others, until all the world is transformed through the power of love.
Rabbi Nachman of Breslow

Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

This year, September is the month of the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It is a time of deep reflection and prayer as the Jewish New Year begins and profound atonement and forgiveness are practiced and embodied. In Hebrew, tikkun olam means to repair, heal and restore the world. This concept speaks to the shared responsibility we have with God to continue to make the world a better place.

The mystical teachings of the Lurianic Kabbalah envisioned that God contracted part of God’s self into vessels of light—partly limiting itself—to create the world. These vessels shattered and their shards became sparks of light trapped within the material of creation. Prayer, especially contemplation of various aspects of divinity, releases these sparks of God’s self and allows them to reunite with God’s essence, bringing them closer to a fixed world.

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson said: “If you see what needs to be repaired and how to repair it, then you have found a piece of the world that God has left for you to complete. But if you only see what is wrong and what is ugly in the world, then it is you yourself that needs repair.”  We are currently living in a world that seems incredibly chaotic and discordant, and it is our job to come together to make the world whole again.

So at this time of the Jewish High Holy Days, no matter what your religious heritage may be, let’s all come together to meditate, pray, follow God’s commandments, and perform good deeds, realizing that we are all participating in tikkun olam– helping to perfect the world.

Affirmation:
I consciously choose to be responsible for my part in tikkun olam – helping to repair and heal our world.

Dr. Cheryl Joy Bratman 

 

The Truly Unlimited Life by Kim Stanwood Terranova, ALSP

The Truly Unlimited Life

Life is an adventure.  A truly unlimited life is an adventure into the unknown!   If we choose, we can be conscious, willing adventurers that seize all the possibilities before us.  It all depends on where we hold our attention, in what we believe.  From our belief, we create.  So, let us create from the knowing that all sense of limitation is false and that  unlimited living is our birthright.

Limitation is a perception, because as we know, we live in an unlimited world.  As you look out into the world, if you look closely, you will see creation sprouting forth in so many ways!  The depth of the ocean is unlimited, the sky above is unlimited, and nature itself is completely unlimited!  Spirit is unlimited in all its creation and we are one with Spirit.  If I ever begin to forget and fall into the trap of limitation, the best solution is for me to immediately get myself out into nature. I hike, I walk, or sometimes I just sit and observe the ease and grace in which all the ways the Earth keeps creating.  I then remember again that all is well and abundant.  If I am one with God, which I know I am, then I am able to tap into the abundance, the unlimited nature of God.  This is where I choose to live.  It is our job to push through any illusion of limitation and see the unlimited opportunities that lie before us.  When we remember that we live in an unlimited world, then we will mold our choices and create a truly unlimited life!

So what are you choosing to create today?  A life of limitation or a full experience of unlimited living?   Remember that adventure awaits you at every turn, and you deserve to live an unlimited life now!

Affirmation:

I boldly stand in the adventure of life as I accept unlimited possibilities around each turn.

Kim Stanwood Terranova

Excerpt from Agape International Spiritual Center’s daily inspiration ‘Inner Visions’, 7.10.2016.

“We are here to align our personal laws of life with the cosmic laws governing the universe and thereby flourish.”
Michael Bernard Beckwith, Spiritual Liberation

 

Speak this Word by Jason D. Mitchell, ALSP

SPEAK THIS WORD!

**Warning: Reading the following may change your life….

 

The following is meant to be read silently or aloud, once or twice, every hour or until you realize these Truths about yourself.

I AM grateful for life and the experience of the journey.
I AM alive for a reason and my purpose is continually revealed to me.
I AM continually awakening and my understanding is expansive.
I AM fully equipped, supplied and provided for.
I AM one with all life
I AM patient, sowing seeds of love, peace and joy.
I AM harvesting in abundance where I have and where I haven’t.
I AM at home everywhere I go, in all settings and situations.
I AM the presence of love, harmony and joy wherever I go.

There are no obstacles that are too big for me.
There is no experience or situation that overwhelms me.
The conditions and facts of situations and circumstances do not define me.
The heat of the moment meets the coolness of my consciousness revealing the perfect conditions.
There are no glass ceilings, limitations or boundaries that can restrict the realization of the dreams, visions or plans Spirit has given me.
There is one power, one authority and It has sanctioned my journey.
The same power that animates my life activates the creative genius and brilliance that uniquely reveals itself as me.
I do not carry burdens, live through the past or linger in unforgiveness.
My burden is light. My burden is LIGHT…MY BURDEN IS LIGHT and brings illumination, elucidation and edification.

I am overjoyed to know the truth of who I AM.
My walk, dance, laugh and smile celebrate all of life’s journeys.
I accept who I’ve been, where I’ve been and know that today I am not that nor am I there.
Today I am free to be the full expression of Life in a way It has never been before.
Abundance is the reality of my existence.
All concepts of lack are dissolved and impoverished mindsets become fertile and fruitful in the field of my conscious awareness.
Peace saturates my mind and penetrates the calcified impossibilities.

Love is upon me as a blanket of dew in the morning.
Love holds my hand, lifts me up, guides and comforts.
Love is always, was always and will be always in all ways.
Love graces, discerns and imbues me.
Love allows my tears to nourish the garden of my conscious awareness.
Love is my way of being in the world.
Love is all there is!

That’s it and that’s all!
No doubt about it and that’s about IT!
AND SO IT IS! AND SO IT SHALL BE!
NOW, RIGHT NOW AND RIGHT NOW!

You’ve Been Called! by Jason D. Mitchell

YOU’VE BEEN CALLED!

Your life has a purpose. That purpose isn’t to make money as an attorney or teacher, to purchase a big house or fly clothes or even to drive an expensive car. You might do any or all of these things in your life but it isn’t your purpose. Often we hear the word passion tied to the idea of our purpose. I don’t disagree with that but let’s take a different approach. Think of a time you heard someone call your name out. They weren’t just shouting your name but they were calling you in such a way that you knew to come running. Maybe you mom or dad was ready to go and they shouted out (insert your name here) and you came running. It wasn’t just that it was time to go, you knew within yourself that you needed to be there and you dropped what you were doing, hopped up and off you went – running toward the one who called you.

You’ve been called forth in this life and maybe you don’t know what you’re called to just yet. It isn’t always about a career or profession. It could be about being a parent, or being a friend. It could be a community volunteer effort or using a particular gift seeking to be expressed in an alternative way; that Creativity is inspiring. Within you there is a space that is always listening to the call of the Universe. The Creator called you forth into existence “for such a time as this.” You weren’t born too soon or too late. When you’re willing to make the inquiry…”what is my purpose?” the answer will already be on it’s way to you. You must be willing to hear, beyond any limited idea you already have for yourself. Tune in to the innermost part of your being and listen from that space within you that has no resistance and no desire. This place is your willingness to surrender to the call.

Will you answer the call?

In service to love,
Jason D. Mitchell, ALSP

A Life Worth Living by Jason D. Mitchell

Mindfulness. Everything in life is worth examining. 
Our ability to look at the world that we live in, including ourselves, has allowed humanity to evolve and transform both the world that we live in and ourselves. While we can, and should, debate the benefits of some of the choices we’ve made, what is absolutely true is the gift that this is for each of us individually. You do not have to wait on anyone else to tell you about your life. Whether we are in a physical prison, following the orders of prison guards, going through a PhD program completing assignments or working out with a personal trainer none of the individuals or organizations dictate what is happening within us.

Socrates is given credit for the quote, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” When this quote was introduced to me it immediately resonated and rooted itself in my consciousness. As I grew in my commitment to spiritual study the practice of mindfulness was introduced to me through the writings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He has said, “that mindfulness is the capacity to be aware of what is going on, of what is there.” The more I practice mindfulness the more I’ve found the connections between being present and examining my own life. Our lives are the sum total of our thoughts and actions. As I am more present with my thoughts – about life, about people, about my choices, about my journey – I am able to bring a greater awareness into my choices. Rev Michael Bernard Beckwith teaches that, “choice is a product of awareness.” We can only make choices about those things that we are aware of. Sometimes we appear to be making choices when we’re really just running the default programming of our mind. 

Whether you give yourself to the practice of mindfulness, or another spiritual technology, it is essential for your growth, development and spiritual unfoldment that you increase your awareness of your own thoughts. Whether it is while you’re in a prison cell, taking an exam, having a conversation with your beloved or sitting at home alone; your awareness of your thoughts is key. You cannot change your life, or your experience of the world that we live in until, through awareness, you recognize the patterns. Once you’ve realized how you’ve been thinking you can elevate your thoughts, establish habits that are beneficial to your well being and step into a life worth living. 

Thich Nhat Hanh – What is Mindfulness

Jesus and Facebook by Joseph Argazzi

Excerpted from November 2, 2017 Inner Visions produced by The Agape International Spiritual Center: Jesus and Facebook by Joseph Argazzi

We cannot serve two masters, for either we will hate the one, and love the other; or else we will hold to the one, and despise the other.

Holy Bible, Matthew 6:24 

So, who’s your master, Social Media or Spirit?  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube? How many Likes you get? How many followers you have? Did your hashtag go viral?  How many retweets?  What’s your conversion rate?  How many signed up for that Summit or workshop?  You know how to funnel and create click bait, right?

Being smart and applying today’s technology can be a powerful tool. But let’s get honest. Are we committed to our message, come what may, or trying to get something from others through manipulation?

If you’re concerned about creating an effect, think on this. Jesus had 12 followers and he wasn’t all that liked by most of the establishment. And I’m pretty sure he never posted a selfie.  He did however, have a significant impact on the world with his message of love, compassion and forgiveness. And it had everything to do with the content of his character and the simplicity of his truth teachings, not how many people he could get to follow him.

Social media can be seductive and ignite a strong desire for praise. Or it can swing wide and clobber us with harsh, brutal criticism.  These are flip sides of the same coin. There’s only one question to ask.  Am I going to be obedient to my message or my number of Likes? Does my peace and prosperity come from God or how many followers I have?  It’s tricky, trust me, I’m right there with you.  But only you can know that answer and I think it’s a question worth asking.  As Bob Dylan said, You’re gonna have to serve somebody.

Affirmation:

I stand fast and obedient to the message that is seeking to be known through me.  I trust implicitly that God is the Source of my strength and realize it matters not if I have one or a million followers, as long as I am a follower of God.

And so it is. Amen

 

Joseph Argazzi