This Week's Quotation:
But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other.Luke 6: 27-29
I feel this week's quote suggests that Jesus was advocating for the transforming power of sacred activism. Jesus asks us to draw on our spiritual superpowers for correcting what's born of separation and fear. Those superpowers know no order of difficulty. When confronted with cruelty, brutality, intolerance, and thoughtlessness, Jesus counsels to respond with kindness, compassion, forgiveness, and mercy.
Even when we remember we are eternal beings having a human experience, it can be challenging to navigate the jungles of time and space and walk our spiritual talk here on planet Earth. But if we are up to the challenge, we discover all the wildly creative powers and resources of our soul.
Like Jesus, all the Masters advise that the best way to prepare for the unknown or unexpected is to cultivate mental and emotional states that prime us for anything. In other words, a state of being tapped into the God Field, communing with our Creator whose love and wisdom permeate all being. Then we know that love will always lighten the load that fear and separation would have us bear. We can trust with certainty that whatever we need for our journey will arrive like manna from heaven. With faith like that, we dance through life with Divinity, allowing our hearts to "runneth over" with a love that is our gift to give at every opportunity.
Once we remember that we are a unique expression of the Divine and God's emissary in this world, we know how wonderful our Creator's ways are. Let's meet in the God Field, get our superpowers on, and light up the world together.
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Since I usually comment (most favorably!) on the words, I’d like to say a word of deep gratitude for the IMAGES this time. Those two lead photos/designs are so enticing and sacred. MANY THANKS to all involved in the appearance of this site. Love, Tom
It is sometimes a challenge to meet situations with love and compassion and yet stand strong and centred in that which requires a forthright response. Jesus turned over the tables when that clearly was required to deliver a strong message. As I surf between ‘standing for love’ or ‘taking a stand’ may I always be guided to choose the best response in the moment.
Your words give a hint to the power we have in our lives when we express the Devine!
I am constantly thankful for the ways work out so easly when we let go of our human nature attitudes and express the reality of who we are! As usual, thank you for your words of life!!
The money changers in the temple had turned what Jesus referred to as “the house of prayer” into a “den of thieves.” But in driving them out I don’t believe Jesus regarded them as enemies. He was simply exposing them to the Highest Love.
I have to admit – Bless them that curse you is a pretty big mountain – every time I think I have forgiven the friend that stole money from me – I find a hole of resentment – I then do all I know again in relation to forgiveness – every version I know – I feel like I have succeeded and then she comes back into my life and my heart hardens – even though I was there when she needed me, when she was ill – and I thought my heart was clear. I don’t like admitting this – I want to be the person my soul thinks I am …..Ok – so here I go again – into the Realm of forgiveness – starting with me first – I forgive myself for previously not forgiving fully…..