transformation

It’s Like Magic

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“So to be clear, you can help me to change the world by changing your own world, through unconditional love for yourself. And when you do, it’s like magic, because everyone around you will also change.”

– Don Miquel Ruiz Jr.

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The Presence

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“It is not about ritual, or doctrine, or dogma, or teachings, or institutions that sometimes lead only to the chattering mind. It is about the heart. It is about glory. It is about Presence.

Greg Kirby wrote me these words about chiseling and Presence:

“Michelangelo came to mind when I read your powerful words today. There is a beautiful correlation between Michelangelo’s chiseling away at a lump of stone while holding in his heart a knowing of the beauty that lives within the lump of stone. His purpose was to chisel away with childlike excitement and hold space for what appears behind each chiseled piece. “Maybe this piece is where it’s hiding … maybe the next?” He continued sculpting with a deep knowing/sensing that the beauty is only moments away.

As you chisel away at your masterpiece (your place of service in love) you will, in the blink of an eye, find the magic, the beauty, the love … You. And as you have gotten closer, the oneness of everything, one word at a time, reveals itself more and more. I believe this is what the Bible calls “working out our salvation.” And I think it’s the most beautiful process in the universe.

Even the wasted pieces are beautiful because they have played a role in cloaking the Source. They have lived with the Source and released—as did Judas—to become a heap in order to make way for something much greater.”

– Jeff Blake, Homestretch

Alone With Him

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“There are vast areas of stubbornness and ignorance the Holy Spirit has to reveal in each of us, but it can only be done when Jesus gets us alone. Are we alone with Him now? Or are we more concerned with our own ideas, friendships, and cares for our bodies? Jesus cannot teach us anything until we quiet all our intellectual questions and get alone with Him.”

– Oswald Chambers

Practicing Resurrection

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Here is a list I found of ways you can practice resurrection right now. These 12 ways are taken from Richard Rohr’s book Immortal Diamond.

  • Negativity: Refuse to identify with negative, blaming, antagonistic, or fearful thoughts (you cannot stop ‘‘having’’ them).
  • I’m sorry: Apologize when you hurt another person or situation.
  • Power of positivity: Undo your mistakes by some positive action toward the offended person or situation.
  • Lies: Do not indulge or believe your False Self—that which is concocted by your mind and society’s expectations.
  • Your relationship with God: Choose your True Self—your radical union with God—as often as possible throughout the day.
  • Look within: Always seek to change yourself before trying to change others.
  • Do for others: Choose as much as possible to serve rather than be served.
  • Good: Whenever possible, seek the common good over your mere private good.
  • Look after others: Give preference to those in pain, excluded, or disabled in any way.
  • Justice: Seek just systems and policies over mere charity.
  • Your voice: Make sure your medium is the same as your message.
  • Love: Never doubt that it is all about love in the end.