"Surrounding me is all the life that God created in His Love. It calls to me in every heartbeat and in every breath; in every action and in every thought. Peace fills my heart, and floods my body with the purpose of forgiveness. Now my mind is healed, and all I need to save the world is given me. Each heartbeat brings me peace; each breath infuses me with strength. I am a messenger of God, directed by His Voice, sustained by Him in love, and held forever quiet and at peace within His loving Arms. Each heartbeat calls His Name, and every one is answered by His Voice, assuring me I am at home in Him.
Let me attend Your Answer, not my own. Father, my heart is beating in the peace the Heart of Love created. It is there and only there that I can be at home." ACIM, Pt.II, Lesson 267
My thought for today was presented to me in the form of the "Guardian of Fire." It tells me that this person is someone who quietly knows his or her own worth, and to remember that when the flame of creativity is shared, all benefit. And to remind myself that no single fire is ever diminished by the light of another. That passions shared and combined can create a bonfire big enough to light up the entire sky.
It once again speaks to my purpose as a Presenter. I spark the creative fires in others, and present them to themselves as I tend to my own creative flame.
After I read this, I was drawn to a open A Course In Miracles to a certain page. The quote that opens this entry is what I presented to myself this morning as reinforcement. It also provides the perspective that I need in order to do the work. And help the world to save Its Only Son.
At the top of my blogger screen is a button. I have seen this button every day, and selected it over and over and over, but I never thought of this before . . .it says SAVE. And once I select that button, it says SAVED. That I see this today while contemplating this idea, is no coincidence. It serves as an awesome example of the power of our creativity and that we will find evidence of this everywhere, if we only look.
Another even more profound thought just hit me! As I work along, as I release the words that flow through my heart from my open portal to the Divine, the program AUTOMATICALLY SAVES.
Ekhart Tolle describes salvation in this manner, "True salvation is to know yourself as an inseparable part of the timeless and formless One Life from which all that exists derives its being." I love these words! His eloquence requires no elaboration.
I understand that I do not have to "do" anything in order to realize my salvation, or to save myself from the effects of the world. No act, or ritual, or words spoken, or external form of any-thing is required. I simply have to remember that I am part of the One. And I am automatically saved from my fearful vision of my lonely, small self. How exquisitely cool is that???
You may say, "People are always talking about this "remembering!" I don't understand it! I may learn something new but to say that I am remembering . . .it is just an interesting idea to me. And when I say it, I am just repeating words that I read in a book, or read here. I just don't get it!
Okay. I hear what you are saying. At this moment I am remembering how to explain it, so it makes sense to me. I think of it like this . . .We are all part of a magnificent collective. As a concept, each and every human is at once an individual, as well as being part of the multiplicity that is the whole human race. The idea of humanity as a whole is something we can understand. In this case the whole is made up of the sum if its parts.
We can use the word "whole" here conceptually. We understand that this is a limited viewpoint when it comes to our understanding of the One. Whereas we can never truly grasp the totality of the One, we can understand the concept from this perspective.
We are facets of a magnificent jewel. Each facet has unique formation that identifies it as part of the jewel. This formation is our individuality. When you think of a jewel in all of its splendour, it shines and sparkles with a radiant fire that seems lit from inside.
It is the miracle extending from it . . in infinite delight. We recoginze this miracle. Miracles make minds one in God. ACIM, 1:I:19
It is no coincidence that the radiance of a jewel has been described as an "inner fire." If you look closer, what is it that reflects that fire . . making the jewel shine and sparkle? Each individual facet.
Within this jewel is everything that it is. Within it, there is nothing that it is not. And each facet is perfectly in place, perpetually extending its unique part of the message to the observer. Oh yes, there is an Observer.
The Observer is my way of real-izing that even this jewel is not the whole. It is merely a reflection of the whole. This is the mystery of the One that we cannot grasp, and for which words do not do justice. My way of understanding this is that if I was meant to understand this mystery, I would. If I don't then it doesn't matter.
The symbol of the jewel represents, to me, a simple way of remembering who I AM. As a facet (or member of the jewel), I am part of the jewel, but cannot know the wholeness of the jewel. But no matter what I do not know, I am still part of the jewel. And as I follow my creation back to its Source, as I observe the deeper and deeper parts of my facet, it extends back to the center of the jewel. In this process I drop more and more of my individual facetness, and remember more and more of what it means to be the jewel itself.
When I was born onto this earth as the person that I am, as my spirit contracted in order to assume form, I chose to forget the wholeness. It would not fit into this existence. That does not mean that it was gone. Nothing that comes from the Source of all Life is ever "gone." Where would it go?
I looked around and, from my perspective, I realized I was a separate person. I became self-conscious through the recognition of other members of my society.
In my lifetimes I have struggled towards expanding that which had been contracted. With each expansion my awareness of Source grew and I began to, once again, occupy that space that was opened up by the expansion. At some point along the way the struggle became infused with acceptance, and then with awareness. I remember bit by bit, life-time by life-time, until, I am, once again, full of the space that I AM. And I have brought all of my sisters and brothers with me. I have re-membered.
This is what it means for me to be the "Tender of the Flame." I am holding the awareness for those who have not remembered their shine and sparkle at this time. It is my desire to extend the reflection of this flame into the hearts of all people, so the flickering warmth will serve as a gentle wake up reminder.
And so I whisper, "Beloved, come and join me by the fire. We will tend this flame together."
We shall not cease from our exploration
And at the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T.S. Elliot
Namaste . . .