09-06-20 – THE PRESENCE OF GOD
Unity Prayer for Protection, by James Dillet Freeman
The Light of God surrounds me/you/us
The Love of God enfolds me/you/us
The Power of God protects me/you/us
The Presence of God watches over me/you/us
Wherever I am/you are/we are, God IS.
From time to time, we have either sung this prayer as one of our hymns or recited it in our closing circle. I’ve known for a few years that when I move into my heart/mind space, I feel something wonderful – a smile that flows from there through my entire body, a desire to giggle, a deep sense of
Love, and sometimes just pure bliss. Yet, I have been unwilling (or unready?) to practice this with any frequency or regularity, to be willing to surrender to Love.
FROM MARIANNE WILLIAMSON:
The ways of the Lord are the processes of energy by which life moves forward. We move into this power through silence and communion. In the presence of God, we learn from Him His ways.
Throughout my adult life, Spirit has occasionally spoken to me during that time between sleeping and waking; the tone of each message is relevant to where I am in my life at the time. (Please note that, while I experience these as “personal” messages of Love, I believe that each is a universal truth, to be
received and shared by each of us in our own perfect time and manner.) Several years ago, I heard “I’m here and I love you.” I think there was also something about “I’ve got your back.” For a few years after that, I often heard “I’m here and I love you” in my mind. It seemed like I heard this so often that I couldn’t tell, any more, who was “speaking” to whom – God to me, me to God, Self or Holy Spirit to me. So, one morning when I heard the words, I asked who was speaking. There was a pause … I waited and listened … and then heard this answer … “How about Love?” Perfect! – no matter who was speaking. (Of course. All is the same One. All is Love.)
During this time of social distancing, like so many people, I’ve had almost no direct contact with others, and the only touch I’ve experienced – other than during a medical appointment – has been with my cat, Comfort, and I’m so blessed to have his companionship. I continue to remind myself that
our bodies are not real and, therefore, that love is not really a physical body experience. Nevertheless, I’ve been missing hugs and face-to-face connection beyond emails and phone calls. A little over a week ago, in my pre-waking time, I heard “I’m here. I love you. I’m holding you. And
that’s that.” I especially love the “and that’s that” as in, “This is a given, Carol ordinary, nothing to change, no need to fuss. It has always been and will always be.” I also love that Spirit keeps expanding on the original message, deepening it each time.
I RULE MY MIND, WHICH I ALONE MUST RULE. –
I have a kingdom I must rule. At times, it does not seem I am its king at all. It seems to triumph over me, and tell me what to think, and what to do and feel. And yet it has been given me to serve whatever purpose I perceive in it. My mind can only serve. Today I give its service to the Holy Spirit to employ as He sees fit. I thus direct my mind, which I alone can rule. And thus I set it free to do the Will of God.ACIM Workbook 236
Father, my mind is open to Your Thoughts, and closed today to every thought but Yours. I rule my mind and offer it to You. Accept my gift, for it is Yours to me.
This past week, lacking library books for a few days, I pulled “Spiritual Economics, the prosperity process” by Eric Butterworth off of my bookshelf and have been reading and absorbing little bits throughout each day. As have so many of my other learning tools, especially this past year, this book
stresses that our thoughts create our experience, and it is our responsibility to choose them. The first chapter of Butterworth’s book focuses on the Presence of God as the allness, the substance (meaning “standing under”, the foundation or base) of all creation. We are within the Presence, and the
Presence is within us. He wrote “the practice of the presence means continually reminding yourself of the activity of God ever working in you.”
For the past few months, one of my aims has been to consciously experience and join with the Presence of God. I’m being guided in this journey from Mike Dooley (www.tut.com) and my other daily readings (ACIM and Marianne Williamson) , through conversations with both like-minded and “unlike-minded” people, to this Butterworth book sitting on my shelf for 30-some years I am being led to new awarenesses and encouraged to check into my heart/mind more frequently, with the goal
of living outward from that consciousness. As I push past my need for words, past my innate fear of being out of control, I am growing in trust and in comfort with my silent center. I’m checking in a lot more often, knowing that as I deepen my practice in the Presence of God, I am being led to knowing and living, from the inside out, that:
FEAR IS NOT JUSTIFIED IN ANY FORM.ACIM Workbook 240
… we are each a part of Love Itself.
Love, light and peace, always