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WellBeing Prayer (Agape Prayer Ministry)

February 6, 2014 Leave a comment

It is a privilege and honor for the prayer practitioners of the Agape Prayer Ministry to support you and yours.

Please know that you all will be held in prayer for a minimum of 30 days.

I am so grateful to trust that God is all there is. As I am united with this Living Essence that is God, so are all that read this prayer.

I now speak my Word in the first person for all concerned.

God is all that there is. There is one God and only God. God is Substance, Substance is Supply, Supply is Form. Form is usable, satisfying, productive, and delights my soul. Spirit is perfect powerful health. It follows logically that as there is only God, I am one with God. I am healthy. Health, a sense of well being, now takes form in whatever way necessary to convince me, individually and collectively of the availability, the usability, the joy, and the satisfaction of perfect powerful health, a sense of well-being. As the Word acts as a laser beam, going back to before the beginning of the concept of health, I now move in whatever direction necessary through whatever time, whatever space, whatever place that the concept of health was initiated or acted upon, for whatever reason, by whatever personality, to open up all those patterns and absorb and dissolve the remnants of false beliefs of health, my sense of well-being. I am deserving and worthy of an abundance of perfect powerful health.

I love myself! Deeply, profoundly! In the infinity of life where I am all is perfect, whole and complete. I live in harmony and balance with everyone I know. Deep at the center of my being, there is an infinite well of love. I now allow this love to flow to the surface. It fills my heart, my body, my mind, my consciousness, my very being, and radiates out from me in all directions and returns to me multiplied.

The more I use love and give love, the more I have love to reveal the true nature of my wellness. The supply is endless. The use of love makes me feel good, it is an expression of my inner joy. I love myself; therefore, I take loving care of my body. I lovingly feed it nourishing foods and beverages, I lovingly groom it and dress it, and my body lovingly responds to me with vibrant health and energy.

I love myself; therefore, I forgive and totally release the past and all past experiences and I am free. I love myself; therefore, I live totally in the now, experiencing each moment as good and knowing that my now and forever is bright and joyous and secure, for I am a beloved child of the Universe and the Universe lovingly takes care of me now and forever more. All is well in my world.

I know that my body has its blueprint for health and wellbeing. This blueprint unfolds naturally and easily. My immune system intuitively releases what it feels as foreign and harmful. My body has the power within to heal its self. I do not criticize or blame myself or anyone else for anything. I am grateful for the wellbeing that is me. I see myself as ONLY well, all organs working together easily and gracefully. I am in joy, knowing that in my state of happiness, my body is healing itself, following its blueprint for health. As I appreciate, as I love, as I am in joy, as I am grateful, I call forth and activate wellbeing and it is pouring through my body; making dis-ease vanish in the moment. I laugh as I love completely and feel the joy within me, knowing dis-ease cannot exist. I know and accept that I am PERFECT as I am right now.

I am a magnet attracting to me my highest good, via the signal I emit through my thoughts and feelings. I open myself up and become a powerful magnet to wellness and health from wherever I am now. My thoughts have the power to direct energy — I now direct the balancing of energy flowing through my body as consciousness. I choose to reduce any dis-ease to the basic energy that it is and release the any blocks, hindrances, or obstructions to beautiful energy flow of my life.

I do not try to stop or suppress any dis-ease, but rather I call forth and activate release of the toxic energy stagnation from my body, mind, and surroundings, never to be carried over again into the seasons of my life. I resist nothing. I release anger and resentment, easily removing my attention from dis-ease, diagnosis, symptoms, medical testing, doctors, nurses, clinics, hospitals, medical treatment, at home care, and I now put all of my focus and attention on doing things that make me feel good. My joy is the number one thing in my life. I love myself; therefore, I provide for myself a comfortable environment, one that fills all my needs and is a pleasure to be in. I fill my environment with the vibration of love so that all who enter, myself included, will feel this love and be nourished by it.

I resist nothing, I love everything! I love myself; therefore, I behave and think in a loving way to all people for I know that that which I give out returns to me multiplied. Only good has come from my experience. I now release and bless my experience. Divine Love is adjusting my life and its problems. Realizing this, I abide in peace and express loving-kindness in all I say, think and do.

I create heaven on earth. The Divine in me now frees me from all limitation. I am life. My body is a temple of the LOVE within me. My spirit is the very spirit of LOVE. I glorify LOVE within my body and mind.

I appraise my situation as good. The good words in my mouth bring happiness, health and a sense of wellbeing into my life. My life is Divine, wellbeing is mine now. As the Divine is unlimited, my wellbeing is unlimited. I accept this unlimited nature of my health NOW. My wealth and health is infinite. All that I work on reflects this infinite nature of the Divine and multiplies my sense of wellbeing.

The more I talk about my infinite wellbeing, the stronger it grows in consciousness, and as I persist in thinking healthy thoughts and speaking healthy words, I am sure to bring into my experience the feeling of that great unlimited nature of the Divine that is beyond description – the very love of Universe.

Through the power of the Divine within me, my life is as wonderful as I want it to be! I am grateful to know this truth of LOVE as my life and in my life. We freely forgive, let go. Only good has come from our experience. I now release and bless my experience. Divine Love is adjusting our life and its issues. Realizing this, we abide in peace. And with deep gratitude for the truth of this word I release it to the law knowing it is so!

And so it is.

Agape Prayer Ministry

Astrological Outlook, February

February 1, 2014 Leave a comment

A Conversation with a Friend

January 27, 2012 Leave a comment

This conversation grew out of an exchange I had recently with one of the foremost Christian thinkers of our time.

Enjoy. . .

 What do you mean by independent objective reality and is there a reality in which we all participate?

When I said “independent objective reality” I was intending, by the word “independent,” to exclude the notion that error becomes fact merely because someone happens to hold that error…that “what’s true for me is true for me and what’s true for you is true for you, and they’re both true even if the things we’re believing happen to be mutually exclusive.” I wanted, with the word “independent,” to affirm that what is real is real, even if my own wishful thinking or bone hardheadedness happens to think otherwise; reality’s reality is not dependent on me understanding it exactly right in every detail.

So, yes, we participate in that reality. It is, in the sense I described above, independent of us. It is, however, in another sense, dependent on us: By our choices we change the future; our choices have consequences which matter. However small the ripples we make in the Cosmic Ocean, the ripples are there, and however much those ripples have dissipated (in accord, one assumes, with the inverse square law) by the time they reach Alpha Centauri, those ripples are nevertheless real enough to be felt by those close to us. The future does not entirely depend on us — who could bear the weight of that thought — but some part of it does as we and Nature cooperatively form it, and our lives are a subordinate and dependent act of cooperative creation within Creation as a whole.

And also, not only is reality independent of us in the sense of being independent of our error, and dependent on us in the sense of our choices being real choices and not just us living out our lives as deterministic clockwork mechanisms, but we are dependent on it.

And, I would say, “on Him”: For I believe that the root and source of all being is personal. While God is doubtless personal in a sense very different from how we traditionally understand human personalities, and thus conclusions drawn from analogies to persons we know can be misleading; nevertheless, I hold that He is more personal than we; not less. Thus the  visual images of King and Old Man and whatnot, while admittedly crude, are in that sense superior to images which, under the auspices of intellectual-sounding labels like “perfect substance” or “order of the universe,” might leave us imagining the ultimate reality as a diffuse gas or cosmic pudding or universal grid.

Anyway, I believe we are dependent on ultimate reality, and thus on God. Not only is the spinning out of creation through time, and perhaps through different space-time “branes” in a cosmic “loaf,” a miracle which I believe He opted to enact with complete artistic freedom as to whether to do it and all its details…not only that, but I also think our own person-hood is derivative of His. Our own identities are contingent: We are not who we are permanently from the start, but we make ourselves who we ultimately become. Not so for God, I think: I agree with Aquinas (so far as I can follow him, which isn’t far) in saying of God that “His essence is His existence.” Thus also with His personhood: His, I think, is “thicker” and solider and more real than our own, and is for us the source of our person-hood. Our ability to form intent and to comprehend reality and to be creative and to love are all, I think, “talents on loan from God.”

So I think we participate in reality not only because our bodies are like branches growing from material reality, but because our bodies and our personalities are derivative from the source of all reality (material and otherwise).

Can we view reality as a sea of consciousness in which our individual glimmer is but a partial subset?

This is [a position] one where I can’t say for certain whether I can “get behind it” or not.

Our individual glimmer, if by that we mean our grasp of all reality, is certainly a subset of what really IS. (And if we are in error, then some portion of our individual glimmer is not a subset of what is real, but lies outside the set of what is real. We believe a tiny subset of the set of all that is true, and some of what we believe lies outside that set and overlaps the far larger set of all the stuff that isn’t true.)

I am “iffy,” though, about the connotations and implications of “sea of consciousness.” I think that mental image might be helpful in some ways while being misleading in others…kind of like picturing quanta as “particles.”

As we communicate one to another, the notions of which we are conscious spread like molecules of a gas obeying Boyle’s Law, or like a drop of honey dissolving in the ocean. Memes spread and information likes to be free.  In that sense there is a kind of continuity across all minds of the items of which we are conscious. But there is also, I think, a sense in which our “consciousness” is not sea-like but more forest-like. The individual minds brush one another like trees swayed by a breeze, but identity remains intact and distinct, like the trunks. Even our spouses and children remain other than we. Their minds don’t flow through ours in the same sense that two adjacent gallons of seawater are unbounded and indistinguishable.

Could they ever? Is our inability to experience what it is like to be the other person — not merely to be mistaken for them on the basis of outward appearance, as one sees in a Freaky Friday type movie, but to be them — a witness to an indissoluble identity we each have, or is it a mere “failure of technology,” so to speak, because we don’t all have perfect telepathy?

Here we get back to the God thing, I think. I believe the Eastern Orthodox mystics were on to something when they spoke of theosis, of “divinization”: That through communion with God and contemplation of God we, by God’s invitation and assistance, can begin fitfully to participate in the unifying life and love of the Trinity. Their notion is that the end of our existence (“end” in the Aristotelian sense, meaning purpose or ultimate goal toward which our existence does or should tend) is this consummated union, so that we can say not only to Him, but even to everyone else who is “in” Him. “Thou art in me and I in thee,” and love them as we love ourselves.

So that seems like a shared consciousness kind of thing. But I think we become more fully ourselves, somehow, in doing that. Maybe I should say: We become our best selves, the selves not distracted by fear of one another.

Now the alternative view would be one in which communion with one another causes our individuality and personhood to be destroyed or dissolved.  In that picture, all which makes up the “me” loses its distinctiveness and is melted away like a lead figurine into a pot of molten lead.  I think this would make God less of a creator and more of a bloated spider eating its young. So that alternative is, at least when put that way, distasteful or even horrifying.

But I think there is also reason to believe it not to be true on the basis of observable evidence. The evidence I have in mind is the lives of saints, or of exceptionally good and decent people, or even merely exceptional people. They who are living out to the full that spark of divinity within them stand out; they do not get absorbed into the whole lump of humanity. Is any man more distinctly himself than a Francis of Assisi, a Gandhi, an MLK, a Teresa of Calcutta; even a Steve Jobs or a Christopher Hitchens? Would the “sea of consciousness” be better for having merged everyone into a whole?  Would the world have been better if Hitch hadn’t been so damned good at being Christopher Hitchens?

Spiritually speaking, is God your basis for reality and do you view God as in and constituting everything that we can recognize as existing?

God is reality, yes. I can get behind that. And I think that all things are real because He pours His reality into them in order to bring them into reality and to maintain them in reality. They exist because He pours existence into them and they would abruptly fail to exist if they were cut off from the source.
But I believe that God is powerful (if that’s the right word? maybe “creative” is better?) enough to make something (many things) which (while dependent on Him and participating in and with Him as He participates in and with them) are nevertheless other than He.

Why do I believe that? Well, a sort of gut instinct leans me in that direction, firstly, but it isn’t only instinct.

I believe that because I don’t believe that the love of God is masturbatory or narcissistic…or that the best of human love, being derivative of God’s love, is therefore all self-love. If Jim is Fred and Fred is Georgette and Georgette is Sarah and they’re all God, then certainly God (and we, with Him) are all collectively a composite divinity that puts Hindu statues to shame in the matter of having thousands of arms and heads. I can get over my merely artistic distaste for that, if it turns out to be reality.  But then, if that’s the ultimate reality, every last scrap of self-giving love becomes merely more love of self. In that case, why bother loving my neighbor, when I find just loving myself so much easier and instantly gratifying…if it’s all the same?

Of course the riposte to this is to say, “If you realize and become convinced at the gut-level that you are Georgette and Fred, then you don’t find it any easier to love yourself than to love them.” Fair enough, but I worry that that might be only a cheap shortcut to trying to make “love your neighbor as yourself” easier: Rather than overcoming self-centeredness, we try to cram everyone else into my notion of self until my self-centeredness doesn’t leave anyone out. I’m not sure it’ll work; at least, I think we find it impossible to really live with respect to people that aren’t very much like us to begin with. And even with them, the “you are me” approach might lead us to project our own goals and approach to happiness on to them, and just assume they’ll play along. A lot of marriages probably get into trouble that way!

For me, I suspect it works better to respect the other as other, and still try to love them as God does. (Not that I’m terribly good at it even then, but it’s a process.)

Do you think as living beings we are fortunate to have awareness of, and are able to observe only a miniscule fraction of the whole?

Certainly.

Do you think the notion of separateness is our individualization of the grand illusion (not the Styx album)?

Well, as I’ve said in my comments above, I don’t think that individuality is mere illusion. For me, it’s a sign of God’s creativity: He’s not a one-hit-wonder, but a God who keeps churning out the hits, in every genre, with remarkable fecundity.

But I do think that illusion, or delusion, or pigheadedness, or the human condition, or wishful thinking, or refusal to confront reality — all those things that St. Augustine called “original sin” or “concupiscence” until such terms got somehow confused with sex and thereby made useless in conversation — tricks us into a sort of competitive individualism which views the individuality of the other as a threat. That illusion divides us one from another and prevents — not to sound like too much of a hippie — the brotherhood of man from being a happy family! It makes us look more like a dysfunctional, estranged, badger-spit crazy, broken-up shambles of a family.

I don’t think the solution to this is to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony and buy them a Coke. I don’t think, in fact, there’s anything much I can do about it at all in the sense of making grand gestures, let alone forcing a solution on everyone else: That just stomps on their freedom and thus on their identity.

But I can, to some small degree, be less of the problem and be open to the solution. So that goes back to the theosis thing. If I am in increasing union with God, then not only am I not divorced from reality, but I am drawn closer to participation in the love of God, which is not only a participation in Him, but a participation in everyone else who is participating in Him.

Thank you, Cord.

Start Right Now

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s Time to Stop Making Excuses and Start Living

Why is it so important to start today?

Why can’t things wait until tomorrow, or maybe the day after that? Or how about next week, or when we have the money, resources, time, blah, blah, blah! It’s important to start today because putting things off just means that you’re feeding the cycle of making excuses. You can’t actively take part in your life while passively waiting for things to happen for you. Waiting doesn’t accomplish anything, at least not when you’re looking to change your life. Plus, why would you want to waste even another moment if you can get started on your new and improved life today?

Maybe you’re going to argue that your life doesn’t need improvement. But I know very few people who wouldn’t welcome improvements in their life. I generally hear that people don’t need any improvement when they’re not willing to do the work. Personally, I believe that there’s always room for growth, no matter how well you are doing. Complacency and stagnation are the death of personal advancement. You only have this life to live, so you might as well get the best out of it.

One of the best ways to get the ball rolling is by starting with a list of the things you want! Maybe you always wanted to take an art class? Maybe you wanted to travel to a specific place or learn another language. The sky’s the limit when it comes to your dreams. If you’re planning on really improving your life because you’re feeling defeated, depressed or miserable, you may want to start with things that would have an immediate impact on your self-esteem. Set reasonable goals: for example, losing five pounds within a month, signing up with a gym, looking for a new job, etc. Anything that allows you to actively take a step further towards the person you want to be, while making you feel good about the fact that you’re taking action, is a worthwhile activity to engage in. If you don’t have the money for a gym, make time for walks. Where there’s a will, there’s always a way!

Don’t quit five minutes before the Miracle happens to bring joy into your life!

Good things don’t come to those who wait. Good things come to those who take action. You’re the master of your own destiny, so grab the opportunity by the horns, design your future, and start creating!

Do it now!

Free Qigong Distance Healing, Tonight

January 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Prime Your Brain for Mega Success

December 19, 2011 Leave a comment
[Reprint Alert: Original Article]

Did you know that the thoughts, ideas, images, and emotional states you are bombarded with every day are constantly influencing your level of success in life and business? Recent scientific research has shown that a single word delivered to your mind just before you begin a task can affect the decisions you make when performing that task. Furthermore, your emotional state will affect your memory and the degree of your success when making decisions and evaluating problems and solutions. Science refers to this phenomenon as cognitive priming. It literally optimizes your brain to make it work faster and more efficiently, and when you change negative beliefs into positive ones, restrictive moods literally melt away.

If you’re at point in your life where you know you want to make a specific change in your life, but you lack faith in your ability to make that change with confidence and certainty, cognitive priming can make all the difference. Let’s use the power of cognitive priming right now. When you’re finished, you’ll be in the right mood and right state of mind to achieve whatever goal you desire with greater ease, and you’ll transform your old behaviors and mindsets that have interfered with your success in the past.

1. Write down one thing you would like to change in your life or business.

2. How do you feel about your ability to begin making this change right now? Notice your thoughts and feelings, and write down your first impressions without too much analysis.

3. Now think of a time in your life when you achieved a similar goal. The idea is to identify some past achievement that relates to your desired goal in any way at all, no matter how minor. For example, if you were unexpectedly asked to give a speech in two days and you haven’t given a speech before, you might feel quite nervous. In this instance, you could use cognitive and emotional priming by consciously remembering positive and enthusiastic conversations you’ve had with both friends and strangers in the past. Relive those memories of success vividly: see the colors and images your saw at that time; feel the feelings; smell the aromas, taste the flavors; think the thoughts you experienced at the time; and see the world the way you saw it at that time.

4. Now think about the desired the change you wish to make in your life now. How do you feel about your ability to begin making this change right now? Write down your first impressions without giving them too much thought. You should notice a tangible shift in your confidence and enthusiasm.

5. Write down one action you can take immediately that will help you achieve your goal. Now do it and notice how you feel.

Congratulations! You have just primed your brain and mind to successfully achieve your desired goal. The key, however, is to practice this every day. And how do you do that? Simply recall a time when you created a new positive habit, and vividly remember it with as much sensory detail as you can. Then take positive action.

It really is that simple.

Free Qigong Healing Tomorrow

December 3, 2011 Leave a comment