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Sunday Message for August 23, 2015


This month we are spending our time celebrating and commemorating our personal, individual spiritual growth and expansion by looking at where we've been, where we are and where we are going - we are specifically calling it "Bridge Across Time".

Last week we explored the power of present moment awareness to more fully experience the Astonishing Light of our Own Beinga and since today is somewhat of a Part 2 to last week, I want to begin where we left off last Sunday.

I left you with a poem by that great poet anonymous. It's called "I AM". Remember this?
I was regretting the past, fearing the future.
Then . . . suddenly, my Lord was speaking.
My name is I AM.
God paused.
I waited.
God continued.

When you live in the past with its mistakes
And regrets, it is hard.
I AM not there.
My name is not I WAS.

When you live in the future with its
Problems and fears, it is hard.
I AM not there.
My name is not I WILL BE.

But when you live in this moment,
It is not hard.
I AM here.
Because my name is I AM.b

Today, as we explore the "Deepest Acceptance of This Day," of this moment, we will find that this is where our deepest joy and our greatest power of creation reside.


I often share a Note from the Universe with you. I want to share another Note which dropped into my email inbox recently; it is a perfect message for today. Here's the Universe's message to me and, now, to you: "Of all the wonderful places you'll go, of all the happy times you'll have, and of all the adventures that now call unto you, each will be enhanced and will more quickly come to pass... with your absolute immersion into TODAY'S places, times, and adventures. Don't you just love having so much control? Tallyho, The Universe"c Isn't that a great idea?

All the wonderful places you'll go, all the happy times you'll have and all the adventures that now call you, each will be enhanced and will more quickly come to pass when you are absolutely, totally, fully present for today's places, times, and adventures. Or said another way, when you are living in the deepest acceptance of this day, right here and right now!

The scripture tells us at Psalm 118:24: "This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!"d

The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible says,: "This is the day which the Lord has made; LET US rejoice and be glad in ite [not "we will rejoice and be glad in it"]!"

But the King James version and the Lamsa version both say: "This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!" It's much more declarative that way, isn't it? It's a powerful affirmation. We WILL rejoice in it.

Not, "Hey come on, let's rejoice; let's give it a try if it's not too much effort. Let's do it if everything is lining up to our liking." No, we WILL rejoice in it. That takes this quote to a whole new level of power. "Today is the day the Lord has made, and I will rejoice in it!"

And to take it to an even higher level of power, with my apologies to David, who was most likely the author of this passage, let's adjust it just slightly and say: "Today is the day the Lord has made, and I now rejoice in it!"

I think we need to say that together, don't you? "Today is the day the Lord has made, and I now rejoice in it!"

And I have always loved the version translated from the Sanskrit called Salutation to the Dawn.
Look to this day!
   For it is life, the very life of life.
   In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of your existence:
      The bliss of growth;
      The glory of action;
      The splendor of achievement;
For yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision;
   But today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
   And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day!f

And, listen to this poetic way of rejoicing in this day that the Lord has made from a daily quote from Gia Wellness entitled "Possibilities Abound":

"Sunlight drops its golden paint on the quiet surface of a mountain stream, and a new day is born. What a shame it would be to let this day pass without putting fresh goodness into it.

"From rocky ledges to cool valleys, in the countryside and in cities across the globe, possibilities abound. Life is here to be lived, and now is the time to live it.

"Like water swiftly flowing, the opportunities of this day will soon be nothing more than memories. Now is your one and only chance to make them positive, satisfying memories by making full use of the opportunities.

"Now is your chance to make new value where none existed before. Now, when you are inspired to let go of the excuses and to cast off any thought of procrastination, is when you can act.

"Though the challenges may seem great and the circumstances may appear to be less than perfect, today's possibilities beg you to seize them. To the extent you do, your life and your world will benefit.

"This is your day to do with what you can, and you can indeed do much, if you will. Say yes to life, to the possibilities that abound, and now get going."g

I want to return to one line from that and offer a perspective: "Though the challenges may seem great and the circumstances may appear to be less than perfect . . ."

I want to share an illustration about that from a colleague who has a New Thought church in California. In his congregation, in fact in his music ministry, is a former producer of a pretty famous jazz musician, who shall, for purposes of confidentiality, remain nameless.

The minister has gotten to know this young man pretty well because they work together closely regarding the church's music.

The congregant shared with his minister a mantra he lives by and said it saved his sanity more than once when he was working with the jazz musician and experienced the challenges of frequent changes, the stress of live performances, the sometimes difficulty of working with a bunch of musicians, all of whom had their own strong opinions and egos, etc.

Regardless of challenges that seemed to be great or circumstances which appeared to be less than perfect, he developed a practice to always say: "It's all going to work out!"

That is his mantra. "It's always works out!"

He is also a stay-at-home parent to a precocious and very verbal 2-year-old. And this little boy hears dad say regularly, no matter what the situation is, "It's always works out."

The little guy likes to take daily walks in the stroller, and he loves to visit the neighbors. He particularly likes to visit Nellie. So, the other day, as he and dad head out in the stroller, this little boy says (remember he is 2!), "Let's go visit Nellie."

Dad says, "Well, son, we can try, but I'm not sure Nellie will be home right now."

But he calmly replies, "Nellie's always home." (Isn't that the concept of "it always works out" put into practice??!)

Dad actually tried to talk his son out of the idea that Nellie is always home, since she isn't always home, he wasn't sure she would be home just then and he didn't want his son to be disappointed.

But, to no avail, the little boy insisted that Nellie is always home and that he wanted to go there, so they went to her house and, lo and behold, they found that she was, in fact, NOT home.

What do you suppose he did? A lot of little ones would start to throw a fit. They didn't get what they wanted so now it's tantrum time. A lot of us also throw fits when we don't get what we want, when we want it, don't we?

Well, he didn't do that. Rather he said, with complete calm in his voice, "That's ok, she's just out for a while, but she's always home." And on they went with their walk, happy as could be.

The Master Teacher Jesus said that in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven we must become as little children. There is much for us to learn from this little guy.

First, he has the attitude that Nellie is always home. Despite appearances, even in the face of solid evidence to the contrary, he just knows she's always home and if the current moment doesn't jibe with his knowing, then he just adjusts his attitude a bit with the idea that, "She's just out for a while" and then goes about enjoying the day but knowing that she is always home.

In comparison, do we have the attitude that God is always home in our lives? Do we have a deep knowing, a rock-solid faith, a surety that goes beyond the head and penetrates the heart, that God is present in, as, around and through ALL things? Well, we can know whether that is true by our reaction to the appearance to the contrary.

Our equivalent of "She's just out for a while" would be a knowing that despite the appearance in this moment, all is working for our highest good - all is working out!

When we bring the idea that all is working out to this present moment, we have a greater acceptance of this moment and, in that space, our joy is revealed and our ability to create even greater joy is empowered.

There is a story told about a woman Zen master named Sono who taught one very simple method of enlightenment. She advised everyone who came to her to adopt a mantra (so this is your second mantra for the day - your first being "It always works out!") to be said many times a day, under all conditions. The mantra was simply this: "Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever."

Many people from all arenas of life came to Sono for healing. Some were in physical pain; others were emotionally distraught; others had financial troubles; some were seeking soul liberation.

No matter what their distress or what question they asked her, her response was always the same -- adopt this mantra and say it many times a day, under all conditions: "Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever."

Some people went away disappointed; others grew angry; others tried to argue with her. Yet some people took her suggestion to heart and began to practice it. Tradition tells that everyone who practiced Sono's mantra found peace and healing.

"Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever."h This is another beautiful mantra to help us with deep acceptance of this day, isn't it?

Wallace Wattles in The Science of Getting Rich: "Never allow yourself to feel disappointed. You may expect to have a certain thing at a certain time, and not get it at that time; and this will appear to you like failure. But if you hold to your faith you will find that the failure is only apparent. Go on in the Certain Way and if you do not receive that thing you will receive something so much better that you will see that the seeming failure was really a great success."i

Let's end today where we began by looking, one more time, at the great I AM presence. You are already totally completely in tune with the Infinite. And you can access that Truth about yourself by simply proclaiming "I am".

Right now, I invite you to take a moment of pause. Even close your eyes and take a breath in and declare "I am". . . .

The "I AM" that is the true nature of yourself is all love, all joy, all wisdom. It is peace, providence, grace and magnificence and is beyond all appearance of challenge.

Inviting that "I AM" into your life brings forth a new joy into this very moment, this very day and the next day and the next.

And then, day by day:
* You will see God working in, through, and as you more clearly,
* You will love Life more dearly and
* You will align with your highest and best more dearly!

This will happen day by day as you move into the deepest acceptance of this day. This day that the Lord has made, let us NOW rejoice in it! And so it is.

aSufi poet Hafiz
cNote from the Universe www.tut.com
dPsalm 118:24 KJV
ePsalm 118:24 NRSV
ftranslated from the Sanskrit Salutation to the Dawn
gGia Wellness Possibilities Abound
hZen master Sono
iWallace Wattles The Science of Getting Rich, pg 113

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