Friday, December 19, 2014

APPRECIATION

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The only news we have of Heaven has come through the consciousness of men, and to those few who have penetrated the veil of illusion and entered the realms of deeper reality, we owe a debt that cannot be paid in any other terms than those of appreciation and thanksgiving.
I appreciate myself.  I am so happy to be alive.  I appreciate my family and friends, the food I eat, the clothes I wear.   I appreciate the work I do.  When I practice appreciation, my life works and I feel good.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

APPLICATION

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We should be able to look at a wrong condition with the knowledge that we can change it.  The realization that we have this ability must be gained by the application of our knowledge.
 –Ernest Holmes
I have read hundreds of books and taken numerous classes and workshops about personal and spiritual growth over the years.  Now, after all of the time gathering information and filling in the empty spaces of ignorance, I am learning to apply what I have learned.  I have gone from having concepts in my head, to having love in my heart.  The application of all of the information seems so simple when it all comes down to Love and Kindness.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ANSWER

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Every problem is primarily mental, and the answer to all problems will be found in Spiritual Realization.  –Ernest Holmes
Spirit always answers me.  I ask a question, I listen, I hear the answer.  It may not always be what I want to hear, but it will be what I need to hear.  The answer is always for my greatest and highest good.  I take comfort in knowing this.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ANIMATE

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Man’s mind should swing from inspiration to action, from contemplation to accomplishment, from prayer to performance.  This would be a well balanced existence, the spirit fires the soul with energy and understanding; the soul, which is the subjective mentality, vitalizes the body and animates all that we do.—Ernest Holmes
There are certain things in life that I am attracted to.  Some people, some activities, are fun for me.  I like to make art, draw, sew, make pictures with fabric, paint, and sew beads, buttons.  I like other people who are into art quilts and fabric.  My life is animated in this way.  I come to life when I have the opportunity to practice creativity.

Monday, December 15, 2014

ALWAYS

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These are the tools of thought with which a practitioner works.  Where does he do his work?  IN HIS OWN MIND.  Never anywhere else.  Always in his own thought.  A practitioner never tries to get away from the mind within.  --Ernest Holmes
Spirit always says “yes”.  If I am thinking positive thoughts, then my life tends to go in a positive direction.  If I am thinking negative thoughts, then my life will tend to go in a negative direction.  I am responsible for whatever happens in my life, because Spirit always says “yes”!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

ALONE

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No (wo)man ever walks life’s road alone; there is ever Another who walks with (her) him; this is (her)his inner Self, the undying Reality, which (her) his personality but poorly emulates.  Let us learn to be still and let the Truth speak through us; to be still and know that the inner light shines.  –Ernest Holmes
I can’t ever really be alone because Spirit is always with me.  But, since I do have a unique individual body by the name of Therese May, I can only have my own human experience.  I can share this experience with others but there is always a part of it that is only mine.  I choose to accept my individuality!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ALLOW

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Now you are ready to prove your principle by allowing the Life to flow through the thing that you are working on or for.  Do not will or try to compel things to happen Things happen by an immutable law and you do not need to energize the essence of being; It is already big with power.  All you need do is to realize this fact, and then let it be done unto you or unto that for which you are working.  L-E-T is a big word and an important one.  By taking thought you do not add one cubit to Reality, but you do allow (let) Reality to manifest in the thing you are doing.  Ernest Holmes

My creative juices are within me and I allow them to flow.  When I am drawing a design for a new quilt, I close my eyes and quiet my thoughts.  I allow the images to come to the surface of my awareness and then I let my hand draw the shapes on the paper.  As I open the doorway to the new work of art, I allow myself to be used by Spirit in forming the finished art quilt.