Happy Easter, my friends! Happy Spring! Today is a good day to celebrate the Love of our Creator and the promises of Spring, in spite of the darkness sweeping over our world. Inspiration shines with the light of the sun: “Be not afraid. Love is with you. You are healed and made whole. Serve Love, spread Love, regardless of what happens to you, for Love walked among you and resides within you. Go forth with courage, knowing darkness is a hologram that cannot touch a soul filled with Love.”
In spite of this wave of darkness, in spite of the hard hearts seemingly in charge: We were not made to hate each other, to disparage others, or to judge others as less than ourselves. We were made to love, to serve, to respect. Anything less is a lie fabricated by those seeking only self-gain. We are called to see through the lies.
The Universal Thread of Love and Respect
As you want men to treat you, do so to them. Luke 6:31
What is hurtful to yourself do not to your fellow man. That is the whole of The Torah and the remainder is but commentary.
Do not do unto others what angers you when done to you by others.
He should not wish for others that which he does not wish for himself.
Do unto all men as you would they should unto you, and reject for others what you would reject for yourself.
The sum of all righteousness: do not to others which if done to yourself would cause you pain.
A man should treat all life as he himself would like to be treated.
Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.
Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.
Today is a good day to realize that we can stay the darkness by loving others as we ourselves desire to be loved. Let us heal ourselves and our world with Love. Heaven is calling. Let us answer.
I know several people who give their homes a good scrubbing a few days before New Year’s Day. Makes sense to set the foundation for the next year on a clean note, doesn’t it?
It’s also good to clear as much clutter as possible; clutter stops the flow of good energy. You can change your furniture around, or rearrange your collectibles to change the way energy flows in your home. Bring in fresh flowers or bowls of fruit for your dining table on January 1, signifying abundance in the new year.
Set Your Intentions
New Year’s Day is the best day to set your intentions for the new year with a prayer or affirmation. It’s good to speak in only a positive manner on January 1st, of your hopes, dreams and goals. Leave the past, negativity and sorrows behind for the day.
I found this prayer, I Call Upon the Divine, online a couple years ago. I loved it, modified and used it for myself, without, unfortunately, writing down the author’s name—but I’d like to share it here. (If you know the author of this prayer, please contact me with the web address and I will link it to this post.)
This is only an example of one prayer, in which the word “Divine” covers all divine beings. (You can substitute “Divine” with the word you use for God.) Choose your prayer and stand in the center of your home early New Year’s Day and speak it aloud:
I call upon the Divine!
I ask that you bless this home with Divine Love
and with Divine Wisdom.
I ask that you bless this home with Divine Understanding
and with Divine Compassion.
I ask that you bless this home with Divine Harmony
and with Divine Joy.
I ask that you bless this home with Divine Protection.
I ask you to bless all who enter our home,
especially those who join our family in the coming year.
May the blessings of all Divine beings be with us.
Thank you to the Great Loving Center of the Universe
for your Love and Blessings.
House plants said to bring blessings to our homes, thus making great gifts, include the Dwarf Banana, Golden Pothos, Goosefoot, Peace Lily, Pepperomia, Jade, Purple African Violets, Rosemary and Bamboo plants (with an uneven number of stalks).
Open Your Windows
On New Year’s Eve or Day, burn incense, such as sage, frankincense, myrrh, lavender, peppermint or sweet grass. Then open all your windows, even if it’s cold, just for a moment, affirming that as the fresh air enters your home, the incense carries out the old, stale air and vibes.
To Keep a Peaceful Home in the New Year
Be willing to look at your thoughts and actions in the new year. Accept responsibility for what you say and do. Recognize your part in the problems of your life.
Wish everyone well, especially your ‘enemies,’ for love is the only way to make them into friends. Bless them wholly and without hesitation. Repeat to yourself, “God bless us, everyone,” until you mean it. You might want to check out the powerful 40-Day Forgiveness Prayer, which can change your life. As Gandhi said, ‘Be the person you want others to be.’
If you have plans to start the new year right, please share them with us in a comment below. Thanks! And a blessed and happy new year to all!
By Amanda Bartow
Many people are left feeling hopeless and devoid of happiness when they’re addicted to drugs or alcohol, but those who go through the recovery process often regain that missing piece of their life. Many even gain a closer relationship with God.
Faith can help a recovering addict stick with their sobriety, but likewise, sobriety can help someone find God and keep Him close at all times.
Eric, who abused drugs (including heroin) for two years, received significant help from A Forever Recovery’s faith-based track.
“I was just sucked in — I just loved it and everything about it,” he said. “The people that run it are awesome. We just have a good time — we sing, we get into the Word. I’m definitely going to continue that… I’m going to enroll in celebratory recovery classes and go to church. We all really come together and support each other. It’s just a great group of people here. You’ve got to do this for the right reasons and put the work in. I’m not going to say it’s easy, because it’s tough work. But what’s six to seven weeks compared to the rest of your life? Every time you load that needle up or do whatever you do, it’s like playing Russian Roulette. It’s the truth.”
Alex was using OxyContin, Opana and painkillers before going to treatment, where he too received help from God.
“Without my faith, I don’t believe I would have made it this far,” he said. “It instilled the values that I hold dear in my heart, and it really just helped me get through tough times. We did baptisms. I didn’t plan on getting baptized the day I did at all, but something spoke to me and told me, ‘Go ahead. Go through with it. Go into the water.’ And it was a really refreshing experience. It was like an old piece of me died and a new heart was beginning. I knew that my addiction and drugs were a problem, but I knew the main problem was with myself and how I dealt with hardships and disappointments. It blew me out of the water learning what I could do with myself.
“They helped me handle those negative emotions and gave me coping skills in so many different ways,” he continued. “They didn’t say, ‘Here’s the way we’re going to do it. Here’s the way you’re always going to do it.’ It’s not like that.
“Definitely get the help you need. I can’t speak enough on how valuable it is that you get help, and you ask for help. You can’t do it alone. I could not have done this alone. I strictly urge you to follow through with your instinct to get help.”
Wesley, another recovering addict, thanks God for the people who are “on the front lines of withdrawal” who “paved the way” and gave him the opportunity to give himself a chance at life.
“My favorite part, although it was hard for me, was to take an opportunity to give my growth some consideration,” he said. “I’ve gained some tools, some insight, some awareness to be able to not misplace hostility on people who have nothing to do with what is going on inside my head. I’m not scared because I’ve been prepared for the inevitable, and that is to take back my life. … Now I’m ready to move on with my life. I’m ready to be a productive member of society and take back a life that I so irresponsibly threw away.”
Addiction recovery facilities like A Forever Recovery and others are making a huge impact on people’s lives. Clearly, God and the faith He gives to people deserves a great deal of the credit as well.
Amanda Bartow believes there is only one greater feeling than being recognized for a job well done — the fulfillment that comes from honoring someone’s achievements! This is what inspired her to join the Recognition Works team. (Recognition Works is an organization that recognizes outstanding people.)
Have faith in your life and faith in yourself. There is nothing to fear. A way will be made for you, but first, you must make a clear decision and act upon it. For faith is not enough.
Faith must be followed by activity. It is not enough to know of events; one must take action to help the internal dreams to be manifested into physical reality.
Within us all lies the seeds to our destruction, but also within each heart, lies the seeds to one’s reconstruction as a human being–from one driven by fear to one driven by love. It is each person’s responsibility to live in a way that nurtures and supports the good within. It takes effort to weed a garden so the plants grow healthy and strong.
There are no techniques or devices or systems that will lead one to one’s deliverance from human suffering. This has been a misunderstanding for many thousands of years. Only through right action will one evolve into a true human being. Change one’s behavior by living in a way that enriches and supports a healthy body, mind, and spirit.
Be responsible and part of the human community and have no concern for all the false ones who teach fear and lack of concern for their fellow humans. Live by example. Give your love freely. For, in freedom is grown a loving and kind heart.
Do not despair for yourself or others. You will have just what you need, just when you need it. All future events cannot and will not be revealed. It is best just to accept what life has to offer to you and join with the Creator in creating a world that is better suited for kind-hearted, loving human beings. For as long as the dishonest and hate-filled ones rule, life in this world will always be filled with sadness and disappointment.
© M.N. Hopkins
Oh, such beautiful and wise words, Mike Hopkins!
Original Post: http://mnhopkins.blogspot.se/2016/07/go-forth-this-day-poem-by-mn-hopkins.html
Sometimes I think of all the sickness in our world.
If one becomes engaged in this sickness,
over time one will become sick.
So live within the darkness of men and women,
yet hold tight upon the Light.
Never wander far from your Heart’s Light.
Live amongst men and women and
participate in community.
Yet, do not join in the dark intentions of those
who manipulate others for their own purposes.
Stay true to the Light within yourSelf
So as to show a way out of the madness
of men and women.
© 2016 M.N. Hopkins
My thanks to: http://mnhopkins.blogspot.se/2016/07/never-wander-far-from-your-hearts-light.html
I’ve gathered posts (from this blog) about my spiritual journey back into the Light into an E-book called “Seek Find Be Light.” I pray reading it will help others the way receiving these loving messages helped me to heal. It can be downloaded, free, at Smashwords.
If you don’t have an ebook reader, and would like to read this ebook (or any other) on your desktop computer, you can download these free reading programs:
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I pray these compassionate words make a difference. 🙂
If you have any comments, questions or other thoughts, I hope to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. God bless us, every one.