The light of life is full within me and around me. It shines forth into the perfect day. Divine light within, lighting my path to peace, I adore and love you and I let you shine. Go forth and bless all who come to you, light within. My light radiates to all. My light has come.
Today thousands of people are coming to believe in, and use, the power of affirmative prayer. We are entering into a new era of spiritual acceptance. Something definite is happening in the field of spiritual thought and endeavor. From all sources we are coming to realize that affirmative prayer is dynamic. It should be easier today than ever before for people to accept the simple teaching that there is a Power greater than ourselves that desires our good, and a Law of Mind that we may consciously use for definite purposes. We shall be both inspirational and scientific in the use of the Law. For while the belief is personal, the Law is impersonal and acts upon our thought regardless of who we are.
We should come to believe in the exactness of this Law. We should use it definitely and consciously. This requirement applies in every science and it applies equally to the science of Mind, for we are not dealing with chaotic laws that may or may not respond to us. We are dealing with the certainty of a reaction that is equal to the action or a response that is equal to our own conviction. We are dealing with a definite principle, but the conviction is personal, a thing of warmth, of color, and of feeling.
Today I affirm the All-Good. I know that my word, being acted upon by a Power greater than I am, is sure to accomplish its purpose. Therefore, I find peace, joy, and an inward tranquility in my own acceptance. Knowing that the Law of God is perfect, I know that my word is certain. My faith is complete; my affirmation cannot be denied. Living in this continual acceptance, finding security in this complete trust, in gratitude I accept every good thing Life has to offer and in love I share it with all.
Let us take a very simple lesson from nature. Perhaps from where you are sitting you can see a tree in full bloom. If so, remember that the tree’s roots, from which it draws its life, are entirely invisible. Unless the tree drew on this invisible source, it would never flourish. We have roots in the Mind of God. Our personality, our individuality, everything we are and do that the world sees is really a result, in effect, of our continually drawing on the infinite.
We must come to believe that the Creative Spirit in back of all things also flows through us. If we think of ourselves as rooted in God and expect Divine Power to flow through us, our every thought and action will be animated by the same life and power and beauty that clothe the lily of the field. God has imparted our life to us, placing no limitation or condition that would restrict us, other than this: Our life must be lived constructively, in unity and love and sympathy with everything around us, if we expect to live it to the fullest. I believe that every person is born to be creative and to live to the fullest and to be happy and glad and prosperous and whole.
It is the Father’s pleasure to give me the Kingdom of Good. I accept it with joy and thanksgiving, knowing that I am called to be a creative center of Life. All that I wish for myself, I wish for others as well. Sensing the presence of Love guiding and protecting me, I go forth to spread this Love to all those I meet.
Today is a day to focus on energy. Energy can be removed, and I am going to take the energy out of the things I don’t want in my life. No energy will go into negative thoughts about myself or others. No energy will go into actions that do not make my environment a better place. All of my energy will be focused on the places, thoughts, and beings that I want in my life. All others will be banished.
I know that I did my best today to focus on energy and how to use it. Tonight I will rest knowing that negative thoughts and feelings have no energy in my life or in my being.
-From the book ‘a Daily Book Of Pagan Prayer by Megan Day
Your place in Life is to become an outlet for Its wisdom, intelligence, love, beauty, and creativity. Your relationship to Life is that you are of like nature to It. You are in it and It is in you. Some part of you exists as pure, unmanifest Spirit. This side of your nature has never been troubled. Since you are fashioned from the stuff of the Invisible, Its nature is incarnated in you. Because of this, your word has the power in your world of localizing itself, of manifesting itself in concrete form. You are in Life. Life is flowing through you. It is you. It decrees, affirms, knows, and imagines. That which it decrees transpires. You are like it. You rule your own world.
Every idea you have automatically sets the Law of Life in motion in such a way as to produce the definite form of that idea. There is something involved in a sunflower seed that acts upon the creative energy of nature in such a way as to produce a sunflower and not a cabbage or a potato. Definite ideas produce definite results. This means that if you are using this Law to bring loving friendship into your life, then you are specializing it for this definite purpose and not for something else.
I choose to live the kind of life that I deeply desire. Accepting and affirming the truth of my being, that God and I are one, I free myself of beliefs in limitation and lack, and move forward into a new life of loving friendship and joy.
Changing Natural Evolution With Spiritual Evolution
by Jayaram V
We are Nature’s robots, created to speed up its processes and evolutionary mechanism. We are already doing its bidding, working vigorously to evolve Artificial Intelligences, eliminating weaker species, designing more capable and powerful robots, and inventing efficient biological and mechanical systems. We have yet to realize that the world is the factory of Nature in which it employs the beings to do its work. Even climate change may be part of that evolutionary process too, which Nature intends to accomplish through us. Jayaram V
We are all born with the natural mind, which is subject to the natural pattern of thinking and behavior. Because of that we are subject to ignorance, delusion, duality, desires, and attachments. Under its influence, we act according to our desires and perceptions and according to the threats and opportunities which we perceive in our environment.
Much of our behavior is predictable because the same mechanism is at work in all. We do not perceive the reality without filtering it according to our awareness, desires, maturity, knowledge, ignorance and understanding. With regard to the world and worldly life, we are mostly driven by selfish desires and natural instincts to ensure our survival and success, which we measure by how much we are appreciated, accepted, approved or criticized.
Understanding Nature’s agenda
I have stated elsewhere that if we let Nature play out its agenda, the world would witness increasingly dominant species who will exemplify asuric behavior rather than sattvic behavior. Nature does not promote morality or virtue but dominance and survival. It favors those species and individuals who survive by all means rather than those who are gentle, well mannered and well behaved.
For Nature morality, honesty or virtue are means or strategies rather than ends, just as immorality deception and vice are. Nature favors those who have the flexibility to use them according to their convenience, rather than those who strictly use them according to their moral values. Whether you like it or not, this is the truth, and if you want evidence you can just look at the people, the leaders and businessmen who are more likely to achieve success, name and fame in this world and attract our attention and adulation.
I have also painted a dark picture, suggesting that if we let Nature have its ways, the world would become increasingly darker and evil, inhabited and dominated by more aggressive, insensitive and destructive people, who will throw all caution to wind and focus upon their survival and success. They will disrupt the traditional way of life and introduce a new set of rules and code of conduct that will break lose all morals and traditional institutions of marriage, family, gender roles, etc.
Fortunately, we do not have to live by primitive instincts or play out the hidden agenda of Nature. We have a choice to rise above the natural mind and express our humanity and the highest of our moral and spiritual values. Although in Nature’s lexicon, morality and immorality, vice and virtue are strategies for survival, we do not have to fall into its trap and let lose the brute in us. We can use our intelligence to transcend Nature and express our humanity.
Spirituality as a solution to contain Nature
Spirituality is the only solution to save the world from the chaos of lower Nature and manifest its higher intent and purpose. The lower Nature is a primitive and brute force, with the predominance of darkness and grossness (tamas). The higher nature is a divine force with the predominance of light and purity (sattva). By spirituality I mean using the higher nature to restrain the lower nature and manifesting the divine qualities which are listed in our scriptures such as the Bhagavadgita.
Spirituality also means cultivating purity and removing the impurities of our minds and bodies so that we can bring out the best in us and establish a just world based upon our highest ideals. It is setting in motion a self-regulated evolutionary mechanism, which is different from what Nature intends to promote, whereby we mentally and spiritually grow and transform into beings of light and wisdom rather than being guided by the barbarian principle of might is right or the survival of the strongest and the meanest.
Cultivating higher qualities will help you transcend your primitive human mind and your instinctual responses. It is where spirituality becomes important and relevant. We already have a spiritual solution in place to transcend Nature and restrain the natural, destructive behavior in us. It has been tested for centuries in many traditions and in different parts of the world and proved valuable even in case of the most evil people. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to practice spirituality from an early age and evolve into better humans. We should make it part of our academic learning so that from an early age people can learn to safeguard themselves against Nature’s evolutionary pressure.
Practices which can alter the course of natural evolution
You do not have to believe in God or any religion to practice spirituality, but for its practical value to experience peace and equanimity and become a better human being by rising above your own meanness and pettiness. To be spiritual means to be a better human being who looks beyond his or her selfish concerns and desires. It is to live responsibly with better awareness, intelligence and social responsibility. In this regard, the following qualities are considered universally beneficial to keep your monkey mind under control.
Rich or poor, strong or weak, everyone suffers. Therefore, everyone deserves compassion. Compassion arises when you focus upon suffering, while envy is the result of comparing your success or wealth to that of another. Success does not necessarily make people happier or better. When a person becomes successful, he will have more enemies, more suffering, and more possibilities of indulging in sinful actions and earning bad karma. Therefore, with compassion you can establish a positive attitude towards the world and avoid feelings of envy and anger towards those who are more successful or happier than you.
Generally speaking, detachment means being aloof, uninvolved or disinterested in the happening around you. We become emotionally involved with the people and the world around us, which often lead to mental and emotional instability. Excessive involvement with the world would also lead to attraction and aversion to the dualities of life, which in turn color your thinking and cloud your judgment. Therefore, cultivate aloofness or indifference towards the happenings outside. Detachment also means letting go and not holding on to any past grievances and grudges.
3. Not hating
We tend to hate many things in life. Hatred is responsible for all our physical and mental ills. Hatred manifests as anger, dislike, annoyance, frustration, resentment and so on. In many cases the source of anger is hatred only. Those who dislike the world and people in general tend to be angrier. Therefore, if you want to resolve your anger, you have to understand what you hate and why you do. If you can manage not to hate anyone or anything by changing your thinking or your responses, you will automatically get rid of a lot of negativity from you. Not hating is also the basis of nonviolence, which is considered in many spiritual traditions as the highest virtue.
This is the most difficult virtue for anyone to cultivate or practice. Sameness means being equal to all the dualities of life such as praise and criticism, love and hatred, and success and failure. Sameness arises from letting go, discipline, balance, self-restraint, flowing with the flow, getting along, and knowing what you can or cannot control. You may not always be successful in your effort, but try to practice it whenever possible until it becomes a natural response.
5. Right Living
This is not a recommendation to become a Buddhist. Right living means virtuous living. It is to be on the right side of life, avoiding the sins and the evil to which our minds and bodies are vulnerable. Right living is the foundation of all spiritual practices. You cannot be spiritual without being virtuous. In this regard there is no better example than the Eightfold Path of the Buddha, which goes by the name, “Right living.” It can be practiced by anyone, even secular people. Right Living or the Eightfold Path consists of the eight important practices which lead to peace and the resolution of suffering. They are, right view, right intentions, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.
Today is a day to focus on happiness. Happiness for me can only be defined by me. No one can tell me what will make me happy. I know that happiness does not come from the outer world, but is the deep contentment that comes from being at peace with myself. True happiness is not fleeting, but is deeply rooted. Today I will cherish my happiness and share it with everyone I can.
I know that I did my best today to focus on happiness. Tonight I will rest knowing that I can be truly happy no matter what is going on in the outer world. And once I have happiness, no one can take it from me.
-From the book ‘A Daily Book Of Pagan Prayers’ by Megan Day
Today is a day to focus on words. The words I speak, the words I hear, the words I read. Words have power, and I need to be aware of that power. The energy I put into my words can be creative or destructive. Today I will use my power to communicate wisely and I will focus on the good effect I can have with positive words and ideas.
I know that what I did and said today made a difference. I will rest tonight knowing that I made an effort today to ensure that my thoughts and words had a positive effect on the world around me.
-From ‘A Daily Book of Pagan Prayer ‘ by Megan Day
We, as humans, have two duties with regard to Universal Love. The first is to love ourselves so that we can love others. The other is to cultivate tolerance, for although it may not be possible to love everyone; it is imperative to hate no one.