Last night I picked up a Benedictine Daily Prayer book to pray “Compline,” which is a prayer that completes and closes the day. I used to pray those prayers for years in the seminary, but hadn’t prayed in that way in quite a while. I’m not sure that I was praying or just reading through it. I was, however, struck by the message I was clearly receiving. And I am amazed what happens if we are open and respond to promptings within. Something compelled me to open that book and this is what I read:
“You have put into my heart a greater joy than they have from an abundance of corn and new wine.” Psalm 4
“With length of days I will content you; I shall let you see my saving power.” Psalm 90
“With my own eyes I see the salvation you prepared for all peoples!” Luke 2: 29-32
I was particularly struck by the passage from Luke. I had always remembered hearing “With my own eyes I HAVE seen the salvation prepared for all peoples.” I was struck that is was here in the present tense, “I SEE salvation prepared for all peoples.” The message was clear. A reminder that I am indeed seeing NOW the power of the Universe, the Divine Spirit. It is not something in the future, but something that I am seeing NOW. And this indeed brings a joy that far surpasses any passing pleasure found in things (aka, “an abundance of corn and new wine”). It is worth more than gold and brings an energy and excitement that is palatable. As I laid the book down, I gently smiled, grateful for this reminder and most grateful that I was indeed seeing good manifested in my life and the lives of others I have held in thought. One woman is seeing signs of physical healing. One other has been given the gift of realizing how very strong she is by confronting an injustice. Another is being opened to healing in his life as a result of her confrontation. Attachments slowly begin to fall away within me. Greater consciousness awakens.
Are you seeing NOW, a Power and Energy at work within you and those you hold in good thought? As you watch your thoughts, what positive things are beginning to manifest in your life and the life of the world?
When we lift our thoughts to the Universe, whether we call this prayer, meditation, positive thinking or the like – when we lift our thoughts for others or ourselves, expect a response. Watch for it! When I have lifted something in prayer or thought, I need to be attentive to I the promptings that I feel within AND respond to them. When I am lined up with Divine energy, the promptings that I feel within may well be pointing me in a direction. It behooves me to respond to these inner promptings and take action. This is our part in manifesting spirit into form reality. Karl Rahner, a great theologian of the 20th century used to say that Divine action is 100% God AND 100% us. That is, if I just sit back and think positively, pray, meditate or whatever, but don’t respond to the promptings and situations that Life puts in my path – little will happen.
Is there something that you have felt stirring within you? Is Life putting something in your path to lead you somewhere? Are you responding to it?
Follow the promptings and see where life takes you. Watch what happens in your relationships, your work or your life situation. We might be surprised!
As a musician I am sensitive to music’s vibration. This vibration contains within it the power to literally move us. Just think of it, something we can’t really see, a vibration, unites hearts, makes us cry, moves us to dance, to exercise, to relax and to inspiration. At times it gets us motivated and keeps us moving. At other times it slows us down and is like a peaceful calm to our spirits. It lifts us up to inspiration and places on our lips words and melodies that can unlock the depths of the heart and give expression to what may otherwise lay dormant within us.
If we can perceive that this invisible vibration has the power to move matter, is it such a stretch to believe that thought can move matter; to believe in a Force, Universe Energy, God or whatever we want to call it, that has the power to change and move matter?
Are my thoughts in vibrational harmony with what I want to create and who I want to be on this planet? Do my thoughts sap the Life Force from me, . . .or do they create an energy that makes me dance?
Do right. Love goodness. Walk humbly.
See Micah 6: 6-8
What struck me in this reading were the two words “love goodness.” Initially I thought, who wouldn’t want to love goodness? When I thought about it more, it became clear that my thoughts often quickly go from concentrating on what is good to concentrating on what is wrong. It is when I “love goodness,” when my thoughts are on what is good, instead of what is wrong that I walk well in life.
If I keep my thoughts on what is good, good is what I will perceive and experience. If I keep my thoughts on what is good, good is what will flow from my life and actions. I will do right and I will walk humbly. If I am concentrating on what is good in the world and in myself, that is what I will manifest to the world and that is what I will bring out of others.
At times it’s difficult to keep our thoughts on what is good. This or that idiosyncrasy in another or ourselves, this person who holds this or that opinion, and many other things can make it difficult to keep our thoughts on what is good. With practice however, we can go the silent place within, the place of eternity – where one little bothersome thing that I am experiencing in my present seems as nothing in light of eternity. Can I pause when I am upset, put some “space” between what is upsetting me and not allow it to control me?
Are my thoughts focused on what is good today?