Saturday, December 20, 2014

Art

Claria Ink, marker pens, acrylic paint, Strathmore paper

…every act in the life of the individual is that such an individual may express himself.  For instance, the love of a mother for her children, a man for his wife, a patriot for his country, a preacher for his religion, an artist for his art, all of these are but ways of self-fulfillment.  This is legitimate self-expression. –Ernest Holmes

Art—what is art?  To me, it is drawing, painting, quilting, plus sculpture—anything society feels is creative.  Actually, I think anything which I can do really well is an art.  There is an art to having a great relationship, running a business or having a beautiful household and garden. I consider the “Art of Living” to be the best one of all!

Friday, December 19, 2014

APPRECIATION

Claria Ink, marker pens, acrylic paint, Strathmore paper
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

Claria Ink, marker pens, Strathmore paper
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.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

ORIGINAL



When man makes a demand upon himself or upon the Universe which flows through the self, he is making a demand upon Original Mind and Original Energy.  Thus his demand causes Original Mind and energy to produce certain specific things for him.  Thus is a new creation produced by the same Creative force or Energy that produces all things.  –Ernest Holmes

What makes an artwork original?  Something that has not been done before, I would consider original.  But I think on a more personal level it would be artwork that has been done by an artist who is in touch with and expressing her own unique vision.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

ORGANIZATION



While Jesus remained with the disciples, their faith for the most part was of the same essence as his, but as the years passed and his followers became more and more immersed in objective organization, they ceased to preach the necessity of a living faith.  In fact, a few hundred years later, the Christians were teaching that the early “miracles” merely proved the divinity of Jesus.  –Ernest Holmes

When I am working on a creative project sometimes I make a big mess.  When I am making a quilt, I try lots of different fabrics—colors, experimenting, composing and improvising.  When the design is complete I put it together with thread and sewing.  Then, I embellish with paint, buttons, beads—layer upon layer until it seems to be enough.  It’s not always apparent what is happening, but there is an organization in process that is surprising at times.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

ORDERLINESS



…what do we mean by the spiritual world?  We mean the word of conscious intelligence. The Subjective is a world of Law and of mechanical order; in our lives, it is largely a reaction, an effect, a way.  –Ernest Holmes

I like my house neat and clean and tidy; it makes me feel good.  I like to eat well and exercise as a way of keeping order in my body; this makes me feel good, too.  I like to make lists and set priorities, so that my business progresses in an orderly manner.  I listen to my inner self and I know exactly what to do next.  With orderliness, there is no confusion.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

ORDER



The Universe, both visible and invisible, is a Spiritual System.  Man is a part of this spiritual Order, so indivisible united with It that the entire Cosmos is (or may be) reflected in his mind!
--Ernest Holmes

Every aspect of my life is an opportunity to create order.  I create order in my health by exercising and by eating nourishing foods in appropriate portions.  I create order by taking care of my house and making it a beautiful home.  I create order in my work by making great art quilts, and keeping my studio organized so I know where everything is.  I create order by communication with family and friends.  Creating order for myself is healing for all.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

OPEN



I know I am now at the threshold of all good, wisdom and Truth.  All the good I can embody is now mine.  I have only to open the portals of my soul and accept that which is ready to express through me.
 –Ernest Holmes

Today, I open the door to peace and love.  I am an artist, but my first job is loving me.  The door is open and I am going through the door.

Friday, October 24, 2014

ONENESS



The man who clearly realizes his Oneness with all good should have strong, clear eyesight!
--Ernest Holmes

Oneness, the Unity of all life is peace, the end of suffering.  It is understanding and communication connecting in integrity and wholeness.  It is infinite balance, equality; the blending of all things into Universal Peace, World Peace, Life Itself.  There is no separation, no war, no resistance, no beginning, and no end forever and ever in infinity, eternal light, eternal Life.  Forgiving; Hearts and Hands, creating, building Bridges.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ONE



…in spirit, man is One with God.  But what of the great Law of the Universe?  If we are really One with the Whole, we must be One with the Law of the Whole, as well as One with the Spirit of the Whole. –Ernest Holmes

I am one with the Universe.  I am a part of nature. I am one unique human being.  There are billions of unique humans on this planet; at least it appears this way.  But there is only One Life.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

OCEAN



We recognize, then, in man’s self-knowing mind his Unity with the whole, for a drop of water is not the ocean, yet it does contain within itself all the attributes of the limitless deep.
—Ernest Holmes

The ocean is so huge and has seemingly infinite waves which are constantly changing all the time.  It contains many fish and sea creatures, and perhaps unknown species.  It is a world unto itself.

Monday, October 13, 2014

NOURISH



In my physical body there is only room for perfection, because that thought which is sustaining and nourishing my body is aware only of perfection, nothing can come into being except from the One Creative Mind, and nothing can flourish unless there is something to nourish it.
 –Ernest Holmes

I nourish myself by eating healthy foods and by exercising my body, organizing my environment, spending time with loving people, walking in nature, reading spiritual books and practicing my creativity through making my artwork.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

NONRESISTANCE



“The meek shall inherit the earth.”  This is a teaching of non-resistance.  War lords and plunderers of human possessions have come and gone.  Kingdoms have risen only to crumble in dust and become numbered with past events….To whom have our artists turned for inspiration and that quickening power which enables them to depict the ideal?  Not to the war lords, nor even the captains of industry, but to the meek.—Ernest Holmes

Today, I release all resistance to my good.  I let go of any left over anger, sadness or worry.  I let go of the past or the future.  This day, I allow the present moment to fill me with the Love of God.  I resist nothing.  I allow my good to flow in me, through me and as me.  By practicing nonresistance, I allow my life to unfold and I enjoy each moment.  I’m going with the flow.  I’m feeling the energy of the Universe.  Things happen; good, bad, right, wrong—I release judgment and I stay centered, practicing moderation, and focusing on my goals.  Nonresistance helps me stay in the flow and in the know!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NONATTACHMENT



“The life of letting go is the life of freedom, the life of nonattachment.” –Zoketsu Norman Fischer

There are so many things in life to think about—people, places, things; jobs to do, places to go, all of the stuff on the news—it can be frightening, stressful, nerve wracking.  But to practice nonattachment is to know that each event will pass; it’s all temporary, and that none of it is good or bad, it just is.  If I listen to my heart or to the still small voice; that is what is real.

Friday, September 19, 2014

NATURE



Nature seems to await our comprehension of her and, since she is governed by immutable laws—the ignorance of which excuses no man from their effects—the bondage of humanity must be a result of our ignorance of the true nature of Reality.  –Ernest Holmes

I am in touch with nature because I am part of nature just as the trees, the flowers, the water, the air and the animals are part of nature.  I am an integral part of it all.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MOVEMENT



It is evident that the movement back of the objective world must be a subjective movement—a movement of consciousness.  –Ernest Holmes

I experience movement as I go on and do the next thing and then the next thing.  I move forward in my life, on my path.  I also find the time to practice being still and to practice listening.  This makes my movement much easier.

Monday, September 15, 2014

MONEY






I always have an abundance of money and an abundance of whatever it takes to make life happy and opulent.  There is a continuous movement toward me of supply, of money, of all that I need to express the fullest life, happiness and action.  –Ernest Holmes

Money, money, money---I love money!  I attract more money all the time.  I like to have money so I can live comfortably, pay the bills and buy fun things.  I always have enough because the Universe always provides everything I need.  I give money out and money returns to me.  I am abundant with money!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

MODERATION



Within reasonable limits; avoiding excesses or extremes; temperate or restrained

There is so much to experience in life that I must learn to make wise choices.  I choose to enjoy everything that contributes to my health and happiness.  If I find myself indulging in any one thing to an extreme then I need to step back and find the activities that will give me balance.   
I practice taking the middle of the road and do everything in moderation.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

MIRACLE



To the average person, when a result is obtained by this method of work, it looks as though a miracle has happened, but such is not the case.  It is only a miracle as everything else in life is a miracle.  A definite, conscious idea has been set in motion in the Subjective World which accepts ideas at their own valuation and tends to act upon them.—Ernest Holmes

All of Life is a miracle.  It’s a miracle when some unexpected wonderful thing happens and everyone says,” Wow!”  It’s a miracle that we are here on earth and we are alive and breathing.  There are nothing but miracles!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

MIND



We must instill into the mind the fundamental proposition that good is without bounds.  Only good and loving-kindness shall “follow me all the days of my life.” (Psalms 23)—Ernest Holmes

My individual mind is part of the greater Universal mind.  All beings are part of this greater mind.  I can draw on this larger Intelligence anytime by becoming quiet and listening.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

MEDITATION



From selfish reasons alone, if from no loftier reason, we cannot afford to find fault, to hate, or even to hold in mind anything against any living soul!  The God of love cannot hear the prayer of the one who fails to love.  In our meditation for friendship let us make our unity with all people, with all life.—Ernest Holmes

My meditation today is looking for the good in what already is right now.   I let go of the outside world and I listen; I find my grounding and I know that Life is unfolding perfectly.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

MEDITATE



The one who wishes to work out his problems, must daily take the time to meditate and mentally treat the condition, no matter what the apparent contradictions may be.  –Ernest Holmes

As I become quiet and meditate every day, I come into the present moment.  I become clearer about what is important and what is not.  I see that most of what I have been seeking and grasping for is not important and not really real.  Practicing the presence in the NOW is the BIG REALITY, and it’s all I ever need.

Friday, September 5, 2014

MEANING



We know, by intuition, that there is something beyond what we have so far consciously experienced in the world.  Poets have sung of it and there are moments in the lives of all, when the veil seems thin between and we almost enter into the heavenly estate.  This is the meaning of coming to one’s self.  We are still in the awakening state; we have not yet consciously entered the state of perfect wholeness.  –Ernest Holmes

I don’t always know the meaning of everything that happens in my life or in the world, but I can create meaning for myself by blessing everything and everyone and realizing that everything and everyone is a blessing.  This is true meaning, and it’s a solution for everything.

Monday, August 25, 2014

MANIFESTATION



No one has seen God; no one has seen Life; what we have seen is the manifestation of Life.
--Ernest Holmes

I am a manifestation of creativity and my creativity makes it possible for the manifestation of more and more beauty and more and more art. I love art.

Friday, August 22, 2014

MAGNETISM



Personal magnetism has nothing to do with mental healing.  The whole basis of the possibility of mental healing rests upon the premise that we all live in One Creative Mind which reacts to our belief.  It is as though there were a Universal Ear, listening to and hearing everything that we say, feel or think, and reacting to it.  –Ernest Holmes

I am blessed with magnetism!  The more I keep my mind centered in Love, the more magnetized I become.  I am a magnet, attracting Love wherever I go, because Love is radiating from me and touching all who I came into contact with.  We are all “love magnets.”

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

LOYALTY



Noun   quality, state or instance of being loyal; faithfulness or faithful adherence to a person, government, cause, duty, etc.   www.yourdictionary.com

I value the relationships I have with my significant other and all of the members of my family, friends and colleagues.  I stay with these relationships even through difficult times.  I am loyal to the people in my life.  I’m loyal to my cat, Mr. Button, too!  Loyalty is a quality that helps make life worth living.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

LOVE



We do well to listen to this Inner voice, for it tells us of a life wonderful in its scope; of a love beyond our fondest dreams, of a freedom which the soul craves.—Ernest Holmes

I love myself.  When I love myself, then I can love others.  The channel is open for the energy to flow.  I express myself openly and honestly.  I accept myself the way I am.  My heart is open and full of compassion.  Love is all there is.  It is everywhere and in everything and everyone.  Love is eternal and is my natural state of being.  When I begin having thoughts that are not loving, then I consciously move back into alignment with loving thoughts again.

Friday, August 15, 2014

LISTENING



We must learn to listen for this voice.  Call it conscience, intuition, or what we will, it is there.  No man need go unguided through life, for all are divine at the center and all are Images of the Most High!—Ernest Holmes

I remember to listen.  To listen to what people are saying.  I listen to Spirit within me.  I listen as I release the outside world, I let go of the cares and burdens of the day.  I let go of work.  I release what I no longer need.  I tune in and I listen to the still small voice within.  I am one with God.  I listen and I feel and I move forward by taking one baby step at a time.  Then I listen for my next step.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

LIGHT



The Law we are discussing is simply a law of Nature, a force of Nature.  It happens to be a mental force, and an intelligent and creative one, like electricity, which will either light our house and cook our food or will electrocute us if we use it incorrectly –Ernest Holmes

Light is what the sun gives me, or what a light bulb gives when the switch is turned on.  Light is energy that makes me warm and flows through me.  Everything is Light; Everything is Energy.  When I am happy and alive I feel Light!  I invite the Light of Life into my heart and into my being.  I am healed by this Light and I am open to more.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

LIFE



There is a Universal Mind, Spirit, Intelligence that is the origin of everything; It is First Cause.  It is God.  This Universal Life and Energy finds an outlet in and through all that is energized, and through everything that lives.  –Ernest Holmes

Life is eternal.  There is only life.  Even what I call death is a part of a Larger Life, a continuous cycle of transformation coming and going and beginning and ending again and again, no beginning and no end, just eternal Life.  Life is good.  Life is all there is.  Life is flowing through me and expressing as me.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

LET



What a marvelous thought to bear in mind: that it is done unto us!  We need not coerce, we do not create the power, but we must LET this Great Power operate through us. –Ernest Holmes

I let life unfold.  I let it, because it will and it does unfold, whether I let it or not.  If I resist, then I only cause my own pain.  So I let it and I feel good!  It’s much easier that way!

Monday, August 11, 2014

LEARNING



We cannot account for the seen without having faith in the unseen.  All advance in science or any other branch of learning must follow this rule if it is to accomplish anything. –Ernest Holmes

More and more each day, I am learning to love myself and care for myself.  I am learning to forgive myself if I make a mistake and to release worrying about the past and the future.  I am learning to live in the NOW.