Leaving The Past, In The Past

Leaving The Past, In The Past

“Live in today, and do not allow yourself to live in the past under any pretense. Living in the past means thinking about the past, rehearsing past events, especially if you do this with feeling…Train yourself to be a man or women who lives one day at a time. You’ll be surprised how rapidly conditions will change for the better when you approach this ideal.” Emmet Fox.

One of the truths of Living on the Spiritual Basis is the only time we can be present for God, the only time we can stand in the presence of Truth, the only time we can demonstrate love and Spiritual guidance in our lives, is in the present moment. We may have a long history of Him demonstrating in our life, but our “forgetter” discounts it. Fear would have us believe that even though God was there in the past, for some undefined reason He won’t be there moving forward.

Think of how easy it is to dredge up memories of the times when we acted something less than our best or when we were hurt in some way. Yet it takes effort to bring to the forefront of memory those times when we were at our best or life went our way. When the Great Carpenter taught, “let the dead bury the dead” he admonished us to leave the past in the past. We are forgiven as soon as we ask, the matter settled, yet so often we drag a past transgression into the present to cast its ashes about, even though God has forgiven us, we have not forgiven ourselves. Only by living in today and keeping our eyes fixed on the road ahead, regardless of how frightening it may seem, can we demonstrate God’s love and power in our life, demonstrating the truth of God’s forgiveness. Refuse then the clarion call of the past where fear, the adversary with a thousand faces lurks, and be free.

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The Mad World of Alfred E. Newman

The Mad World of Alfred E. Newman

Remember Alfred E. Newman of Mad magazine fame? His gap-toothed grin gracing every cover with the caption “What, me worry?” Now, Alfred may not worry, but what of the dozens of things that tug at us daily? Money, health, politics, our children, the state of the world in general? Sure seems like there is a lot to be worried about, unless we have the key.

Today when worry creeps into my thoughts I turn to the Serenity Prayer as close to immediately as I can. When the World worries me I remember “The Captain is on the Bridge.” My children; gifts from God, so when I fear for them I ask God to do for them what they cannot do for themselves and to give me the strength to do what He would have me do in their lives, and not meddle. I don’t care what anyone says, letting your children make their own mistakes so they can grow just as we had to requires a lot of prayer. And when I begin to worry I have stumbled and lost my way I remember this truth:

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”

So, I guess Ol’Alfred had it right all along. Nuff said.
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Can God Be Too Busy?

Can God Be Too Busy?

Sometime ago during a group conversation on spiritual principles a participant tossed out the comment “I don’t trouble God with the little things, he’s much too busy.” Now, this was said in all earnestness but clearly little understanding of what Living on the Spiritual Basis entails. There are no “small” things concerning God. Everything interests Him. Everything. Nothing in our lives is beneath His concern or healing. Tennyson wrote, “He is closer than hands and feet, closer than breath” which is most close indeed. Additionally, Emmet Fox stated “God is always present; always ready to heal, to comfort, to inspire.” No barriers or arbitrary lines in the sand exist dealing with God’s level of involvement or commitment in our lives. He is within and without, right here, right now, seeking expression in every area of our lives, from the maximal to the minimal, big deals and little deals, if we are willing to step out in faith and trust. Arguably the most powerful prayer in the Bible is “Be still, and know that I am God” the knowing within, available 24/7. So, we don’t concern ourselves with trying to sort out what is appropriate for God’s attention, instead we place everything in His hands, trusting in the infinite rather than the finite for solution and Divine resolution.
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Killing Our Serenity

Killing Our Serenity

We have all done it and regretted it afterwards. We are either drawn into a situation or feel the need to volunteer our opinion. It may be a simple dispute between neighbors, a child rearing issue, a family squabble or something at the work place. The worst possible case is a crisis of romance. What generally happens? One party uses our misplaced good intentions to bolster their position, putting us at odds with the other party for in their mind we have now taken a “side.” If it is in the relationship arena if they reconcile that “well intended” support often comes back to haunt us, our words of “comfort” often putting us on the outs with both parties!

Do not wear another man’s hat was salient advice given early in the last century by Emmet Fox. Simply, in order to avoid unintended consequences, we refrain from gossip (either a provider or consumer), those seemingly innocuous little character assassinations (as funny as they may be) or take sides when family, romance or the heart is involved. If we fail to do this, we don the “other man’s hat” and pay accordingly. Our course is simple but not easy, in silent prayer we invoke love for all involved, seeking only to be of service without being negative, being supportive but keeping our opinions close to the vest lest they come back to bite us. It will take time and practice for this to become habit, and none of us will do it perfectly, but it is the path that provides serenity and will help us avoid those hard looks and cold shoulders at work, over the holiday dinner table or the backyard fence.


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A Tried and True Recipe

A Tried and True Recipe

Recipes are typically associated with cooking. However virtually everything in life has a “recipe.” Plastics are very different in their compositions; concrete and mortar have many specific “recipes” for different applications. The paper used in envelopes is a different recipe than printer paper or fine stationary. No cook, builder or manufacturer would leave out an ingredient or add something destructive and expect the final product to embody the qualities or flavor they were striving for, yet this is exactly what many do spiritually. Remember reaping and sowing?

To restate the classic teaching: If we wish to be loved, first we must demonstrate love. If we desire respect, first we must be respectful. If we wish to be known as honorable, we must treat all with honor, regardless of station or how disagreeable we may find them. Living on the new basis, the Spiritual Basis, love and anger do not mix, sarcasm, mockery and disdain are not found in the same bowl with respect, and honor and gossip are never found together.

So, just for today, bless and say a prayer for that inconsiderate driver crossing your path, return a smile when greeted with a grimace. Refuse to engage in gossip, regardless of how juicy it may be. Give a dollar and a smile to someone needy, without comment, except perhaps God bless. In short, treat everyone in the same manner you would want to be treated in if the roles were reversed, saluting the Divine in all, regardless of station, economic status or whether you like or agree with them. Employ this recipe and you cannot fail to succeed spiritually.

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Changing History

Changing History

Real intelligence requires the study of history. Why? Because everything happening today has happened before; and will happen again if nothing changes. Studying history enables us to see the pattern in today’s events in their proper perspective and provides the opportunity to choose a different path. The wheel of time is constantly turning; good times turn bad, bad times good. Wars start, wars end, trouble comes, and trouble goes. When we view our lives and the world through a spiritual lens our perspective and understanding of truth alters, for now we see that no situation, whether good or ill lasts forever. Living on the Spiritual Basis we now understand this flesh we travel in is finite, its time on the wheel clearly marked by creation and dissolution, but the spark of the Divine, the “I AM” which is the true self, does not merely travel on the wheel, but is immanent, an actual part of the wheel. When we employ our intelligence to practice the Presence of God in every facet of our lives not only do we improve, but all humanity. The wheel will only follow a different path when we finally and forever truly put into practice the words on the back of every American dollar bill: “In God We Trust” “so let it begin with me.”


An avalanche can begin with a single snowflake, a great blaze with a single spark, so never underestimate your place or importance in the Universe, for you are a child of the Miraculous, God’s love incarnate.


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The Secret: Living One Day At A Time

The Secret: Living One Day At A Time

Try to lose weight. Try to get in shape. Try to quit smoking. Trying to get organized. Trying to be on time. Trying isn’t it. We have all done it. We look in the mirror and decide that’s it, we are going to make some changes. Things go well for a time, then we start backsliding. We rationalize it with being too tired, we had a hard day or it’s Friday and we deserve a break, etc. Kinda like the alcoholic rewarding themselves with a drink because they had been sober for a week or two. This kind of thinking is crazy in light of what happens next for the alcoholic, yet to some lesser degree we have all done it. Most of us have or have had a piece of exercise equipment that was “the answer” which is either now gathering dust or has moved on via a garage sale or charitable donation. Yet when an ad announces some new wonder exercise device promising impossible results from just 20 minutes 3 times a week we still perk up.

To be clear: every diet works, working out and exercise will provide positive changes and giving up smoking or addictive behaviors are no brainers, so why do we fail? Into my early 30’s I was a smoker. I “quit” many times and started back up just as many. Why, because I was trying to quit. It was not until I stopped trying that I finally put them down many years ago, but I am not an ex-smoker; I am a smoker who just doesn’t smoke today. The concept of doing anything “for the rest of our life” is daunting, but we can do anything for twenty-four hours and when we rely on Divine Life for direction and strength we cannot fail, but we must ask.

When we “try” we are working from without to change the within, when we let go and let God the change comes from within. So, if the desire is to lose weight, get into shape, stop smoking or change any area of our life, we must stop trying and let go. To begin this new path of action we start by asking in prayer to receive the strength and willingness to follow it. We can slack off, eat a pizza or smoke tomorrow, but just for today we are going to Let Go And Let God. For in Truth: The only time we can be present for God, the only time He can be present in our lives, is in this moment, our lives a series of moments connected in purpose. By staying in the moment, keeping our head where our hands are, ours eyes on God we cannot fail, today.


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