Wednesday, August 31, 2011

CONSIDERATION

“Who would save his life must lose it” This is another of those mystical sayings of Jesus which must be carefully considered before accepting it.  Does God demand that we give up everything if we are to enter the Kingdom of Heaven?  Of course not!  To suppose that God wills us to be limited is to contradict the Divine Nature.  God’s only will is to BE, and for all to BE, for God can conceive of man only as part of Himself.  –Ernest Holmes

I consider the feelings and needs of others.  I treat people with consideration and kindness as I allow them to express their individuality.  I treat myself with the same consideration.  We are all one.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

CONSCIOUSNESS

What is the mind?  No man living knows.  We know a great deal about the mind, but not what it is. By mind, we mean consciousness.  We are now using it.  We cannot locate mind in the body, for, while the body is a necessary vehicle for consciousness while we are here, it is not consciousness. –Ernest Holmes

When I am conscious I can take charge of a situation and do whatever I can to show love and compassion and to be a positive force for change for the good of all concerned.  When I have consciousness, I can take a deep breath and give myself a lift.  When I have consciousness I can influence and uplift others.

Monday, August 29, 2011

CONNECTION

We should think clearly and allow the image of our thoughts to sink into a subjective state.  We do not crowd them down; we let them sink into this inner receptivity with power and with conviction.  Our individual subjective mind is our place in the Universal Creative Law and immediately connects us with limitless power and energy.—Ernest Holmes

How can I connect?  How can I become closer to God?  I can become closer to God by simply relaxing and letting go and accepting that I am God.  I am already connected by simply accepting that I am connected.  There is nothing to do but to accept my connectedness and to practice gratitude. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

CONFIDENCE

…always the man who has faith in his own ability accomplishes far more than the one who has no confidence in himself.  Those who have great faith, have great power.  –Ernest Holmes

I believe in myself, and in what I am doing.  I have faith in my creative process and I move forward in confidence.  When I have confidence, then I enjoy life!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

CONCENTRATE

To concentrate means to bring to a center and in Mental Science it means focusing the mental attention on some definite and desired thought, image, idea or thing.  Of course we are dealing with the idea as though thoughts were things.  The Spirit of the thing is in the thought.  This is its essence, law and cause.  –Ernest Holmes

Concentrated fruit juice is undiluted.  It’s dense!  When I concentrate my energy on something I have a greater chance of accomplishing it, than if I dilute my efforts and scatter my energy by doing too many things at once.  Concentrated energy is dense and powerful. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

COMPREHEND

We comprehend the meaning of Infinite Intelligence only in a small degree, but because we are spiritual beings, we do sense the presence of an Intelligence which is beyond human comprehension—an intelligence which is great enough to encompass the past to understand the present and to be Father of the future.  –Ernest Holmes

In the past I have lived in my own little world.  I was blind to the worlds of other people.  I only thought about myself.  My awareness was full of blind spots.  Now I can comprehend that there is so much I do not know.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

COMPLIANCE

Spiritual Substance is all around us, waiting to be formed.  Thus we see what Jesus meant when he said: “And I say unto you, Ask and it shall be given unto you.  “The Law must work in compliance with our demand.  –Ernest Holmes

I go with the flow.  I accept the process I am involved with.  I let go of resistance and I follow my guidance.  I allow Spirit to show me the way.  I am in compliance with Life Itself.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

COMPLETION

A sense of real completion can come only to that soul that realizes its Unity with the Great Whole.
--Ernest Holmes

The obvious meaning would be about finishing a job or a project.  But being or feeling complete in a relationship is not always so apparent.  I feel complete with a person, when I have said everything I want to say; I have told the Truth, and I have practiced forgiveness.  Then I feel complete within myself.

Monday, August 22, 2011

COMPLETE

The Truth is Indivisible and Whole.  God is complete and Perfect.  –Ernest Holmes

I like it when I finish an art quilt or a drawing.  In so doing, I have been through the complete process; I have done all I need to do to make it a beautiful work of art.  I have enjoyed the fun creative parts and I have made those difficult creative decisions that give it richness.  I am complete with it. 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

COMPLEMENT

The conscious mind is Spirit, the subjective mind is Law.  One is a complement of the other and no real individuality could be expressed without a combination of both.  –Ernest Holmes

Knowing that I am doing what is right for me, and that I do not need to be like anyone else, I can just be myself. I do enough; I have enough and I am enough!  I don’t need to look outside myself for my good.  I can see that each person has his or her own characteristics and that we all complement each other!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

COMPENSATION

“I am surrounded by right action.  I am filled with the consciousness of right action.  Right action is success in all that I undertake to do.  I am successful in all my undertakings, and I am compensated for all my efforts.  I am surrounded by Substance, which is always taking the form of supply and always manifesting Itself to me in the form of whatever my need may be at the time.”  --Ernest Holmes

I am always compensated in one way or another for everything I think, say or do.  For every action there is a reaction.  By acting with intention, I can have more control over what my compensation will be. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

COMPASSION

A practitioner must be filled with the spirit of Divine Compassion.  He must have a deep, underlying sense of unity…Ernest Holmes

When I care about other people, animals, plants, the earth, then I am caring about myself and I can relax into just being enough right here and right now.  With compassion, I release all judgment of myself or others, I release anything negative and I know that I am unified with all of life and I am one with all.  I am not separate, I realize that I am part of a greater whole and each of us is in compassion and Love for brothers and sisters in Love of the Universe.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

COMPANIONSHIP

A constant realization of the presence of Spirit will provide a sense of Divine Companionship that no other attitude could produce.  –Ernest Holmes

I love having someone to do things with!  Companionship is a gift I am very grateful for!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

COMMUNION

There is vitality in our communion with the Infinite which is productive of the highest good.  As fire warms the body, as food strengthens us, as sunshine raises our spirits, so there is a subtle transfusion of some invisible force in such communion, weaving itself into the very warp and woof of our own mentalities.  This conscious commingling of our thought with spirit is essential to the well-being of every part of us.  –Ernest Holmes

When I eat good food and get energy from it, the food becomes part of me.  I am in communion with the food.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

COMMUNICATION

The very fact that we are here and can communicate with each other, establishes the Unity of Mind, and it also establishes the fact that Intelligence contacts and communicates with Itself. 
–Ernest Holmes

When I am open and honest in my relationships, I feel healthier and lighter.  I feel my power when I express my feelings and my thoughts.  When I talk with others or when I write in my journal or in a letter, I am clearing my mind and learning about myself.  Creating a work of art is another form of communicating.  Today, I set my intention to communicate.

Monday, August 15, 2011

COMMUNICATE

If your mind and my mind were not the same mind, we would have no way by which to communicate with each other.  Thus we are forced to the conclusion that there is but One Mind.  Each individual however is a unique variation in the Universe no two people are alike, and yet all people are rooted in that which is identical.  –Ernest Holmes

I am never alone.  I might experience the illusion of being alone, but I can always talk and communicate with others and this automatically brings back a feeling of unity and connection.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

COMMITMENT

The state of being bound emotionally or intellectually to a course of action.  –The American Heritage Dictionary

When I make a commitment to a project I tend to be much more focused on the process of doing whatever it takes to get it done.  When I am committed to a relationship, I am more likely to do whatever it takes to express lovingly and generously.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

COMFORT

I love the heat of the desert and the dampness of the ocean.  I feel physically complete and harmonious in every climate.  I do not condemn any kind of weather for all are part of myself.  I am one with all.  I love all and I feel comfortable in all.  –Ernest Holmes

Working with fabric and paint to make art quilts brings me comfort.  It is an art that I have practiced for many years and I intend to continue for the rest of my life.  This constant practice of something I love is a comfort.  Quilting is a comforting art.

Friday, August 12, 2011

COLOR

Let us not forget that there is inherent necessity for warmth and color.  The Universe is more than an inexorable Law of Cause and Effect.  Personality cannot emerge from a principle which does not contain the inherent possibility of personality.  --Ernest Holmes

Color brings so much pleasure to my life.  Color is beauty; I love it.  My favorites are purple, fuchsia, Magenta, turquoise, black. But this would not be possible without all of the colors of the rainbow.  It’s the different combinations of colors, rather than one single color at a time that gives us so much beauty.  They all work together.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

CLEAR

God is All.  There is but One Power, Intelligence and Consciousness in the Universe, but One Presence.

This is a good way to clear your consciousness.  We can readily see what it does: it induces a clear concept of Reality, which must reproduce Itself.  This process of clear thinking, if carried out every day, will heal.—Ernest Holmes

Life is a journey on a path.  While walking on this path, if there are obstacles, I must clear the way.  If I understand this each step is easier.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

CLEAN

Not what we eat or drink, but what we think, defiles.  The issues of life are from within.  If a man is clean in his mind, then is he clean indeed.  We must keep the mental house free from any thought which contradicts the truth of being.  –Ernest Holmes

I feel good when I keep my mental house clean first and then and my physical house clean.  I feel good when I take a bath and my hair is all shiny and smooth.  I love it when my home is in order and all the dishes are washed clean and put away.  There must be something to the saying, “cleanliness is next to Godliness!”

Friday, August 5, 2011

CLARITY

This inner thought content is the sole medium between the Absolute and the relative, between causes and conditions.

When this inner thought is clarified, that is, when it knows the truth, it will reinstate the outer man in peace, poise, health and happiness.  –Ernest Holmes

When I think clearly, then I have clarity.  When I have clarity, then I can move forward in a more authentic way, and achieve results that work for me and for the world.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

CLARIFY

Infinite Spirit Complete Essence of Life is now my life.  That which is animated by Perfect Spirit of Life must express or be like that which animates it.  My thought now rests in contemplation of my real self and that clarified thought makes easy the way for the operation of the Life Essence through me.  –Ernest Holmes

If there is something I do not understand, I ask to clarify it.  I ask questions, I read, I seek to know the Truth.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

CLAIM

When we are willing to lose a personal sense of responsibility; when we let go of the thought of isolation and claim a real unity with God, then we lose the personal and find the Universal.  But remember, as the greater always includes the lesser so the Universal always includes the personal, which is a personification of Itself.  –Ernest Holmes

I claim my good at this moment.  I look for the positive in Life and I claim this point of view.  I look for all of the beauty in myself and others.  This makes me feel happy and I claim it as mine.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

CIRCULATION

Back of what we call the human body, there must be a Divine Body.  It is not necessary to visualize this spiritual body, but we should sense body as a spiritual idea, that the flow and circulation of life through it is complete.  It is not inhibited…not congested.  –Ernest Holmes

I give and I receive.  What I give out I get back.  When I get something, then I consciously give something back.  This is the law of circulation.

Monday, August 1, 2011

CIRCLE

God is in us as we are in God—the same essence, the degree apparently different.  The one finite and the other Infinite, and since the Infinite cannot come from the finite, it follows that the finite must come from the Infinite—a little circle within the big circle.

I love the circle because it symbolizes wholeness and oneness.  A circle is a line that is unbroken.  A hug is like a circle!