|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.
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
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.
Agape International Spiritual Center Sunday Affirmation:
The great God of the universe is my constant companion!
Heaven breaks out all over my life!
I am backed by an economy of love, beauty, joy and creativity!
A field of intelligence inspires my thoughts, words and actions!
A perfect pattern of wholeness sources my body temple!
I am lifted! I am gifted! I rise in God!
So be it! Amen!
Agape International Spiritual Center Affirmation:
I am a great participant in the ever expanding good that is God!
Sincerity, earnestness and resolve are my qualities of Being!
Beauty, health and wholeness express as my body temple!
My bank of universal good never runs out!
This is the new set point for the rest of my life!
Gratefully I take the dare and live life fully!
And so it is! Amen!
I am aglow with the dynamic energy of pure spirit!
The power of my sacred yes amplifies the God qualities within me!
Love is my inspiration, my conversation and my life!
Peace is my natural state and my holy charge!
Abundance is my divine right flowing to me and through me!
Gratitude is my way of seeing and being!
I am a mighty force of
God consciousness on this planet!
And so it is! Amen.
My life vibrates in Oneness and radiates with the love of God!
Every cell of my body temple celebrates health and wholeness!
Infinite energy and inexhaustible good overflow every area of my life!
Every day is a joyful journey in the eternal presence of peace and wholeness!
The face of God greets me everywhere I go!
In gratitude and thanksgiving I let it be!
And so it is! Amen
My life is lived on a wave of creative genius!
All that I need is within me and I manifest it with grace and ease!
I live God’s vision for my life with dignity, elegance and style!
Love goes before me to guide my steps and light my way!
I declare it! I decree it! And I am happy to be it!
This is a new day and I gratefully rejoice in it!
And so it is! Amen.
This is a new day and I gratefully rejoice in it!
The vibration of abundance precedes me everywhere I go!
My life is a dynamic expression of health and wholeness!
The radiant energy of God’s love charges all of my relationships!
The evidence of joy is everywhere in my life!
Wow! How gifted, how blessed, how wonderful I am!
So be it! Amen hwk129m.
One presence! One life! One God!
Here, now, always!
The power of this awareness dissolves all fear, doubt and worry!
God intoxicated thoughts forge a new groove in my consciousness
Health, vigor and vitality are the order of my day! Everyday!
The high vibration of principle and practice is top priority in my life!
I say “yes” in advance and meet my good everywhere I go!
In all things I am grateful! And so it is! Amen!
Gratefully I step into this New Year awake, aware and authentically me!
The love of God operates through my open, happy heart!
I am a master of divine substance creating wealth wherever I go!
Made in the image and likeness of God; I am whole, healthy and complete!
The conditions are perfect for the miracle of me to express!
My high resolve and clear intention make this the best year of my life!
So be it! Amen
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