Glad to be a part of this community.  The celebration and joy of life in diversity spawns deep spiritual growth that surely shouts practice over contemplation.  We all sing different songs but if in love then in harmony and not discord.  Thank you for making a place for my song here.

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Pathway to Freedom…    Pure Love  

To enter into this Higher Realm one must in a certain sense “die”: but this death is in fact the entrance into a higher life. It is a death for the sake of life, which leaves behind us all that we can know or treasure as life, as thought, as experience, as joy, as being.

The only One Who can teach me to find God is God, Himself, Alone.

Thomas Merton
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Gentleness…  Not spoken about very much.

The might of God’s Children lies in their gentleness. The perfectly safe are wholly gentle. Seeing with gentleness will show you that all meaning, including yours, comes from the gentle fusing of everything into one meaning, one emotion and one purpose. 

God has one purpose, which He shares with you – Love. 

Where God is, there are you. Such is the Truth. You are not frail with God beside you. Yet without Him you are nothing. 
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Trusting God

This is the foundation of all virtues. 

It takes great learning to understand that “all” things, events, encounters and circumstances are helpful. 

Trust God for everything. How simple is the obvious! And how easy to do! 

Tranquility is the result.
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Are you one of “The Chosen”?

Please listen here to find out --> http://youtu.be/I0bLYoZ8Zfc
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In summary…  

I thought that I would summarize my thoughts about life, religion, theology, philosophy, relationships…   They all summarized the same. See below.
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Why am I here?? … Second most critical question

What is the purpose of life? The purpose of life is to live with purpose. Joy is a wonderful purpose. Inner peace is a wonderful purpose. Love is the Source of all peace and happiness. The quiet Voice of Love is the most useful learning device for teaching you Love’s meaning. 

Only a radical shift in purpose could induce a complete change of mind about what the whole relationship with life is for. As this change develops and is finally accomplished, it grows increasingly joyous. Remember to be happy! 

Once your unhappy relationship with life has changed to the goal of Happiness, it can never again be what it was. Do not settle for anything less than this and refuse to accept anything but this as your goal. Judge how well you have done this by your own feelings, for this is the right use of judgment. 

Learn to be quiet in the midst of turmoil, for quietness is the end of strife and this is the journey to Peace. We don’t acquire wisdom until we make a few mistakes. So don’t worry if you make a whole lot of mistakes… just think how wise you are going to be. 

Do everything in love. The goal of love is but your right and it belongs to you despite your dreams. Remember, when everything you retain is lovable, there is no reason for the ego to remain with you. If you believe that Love is outside of you, the search will be futile, for you will be seeking it where it is not. 

You do not remember to look within for you do not believe your home is there. This course has explicitly stated that its goal for you is Happiness and Peace. Your task is only to meet the conditions for meaning. 
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Who am I??  …  A most critical question

You might see yourself as weak and sinful, miserable and beset with pain. Such might be your version of yourself, divided into many warring parts, without love and tenuously held together by your erratic and capricious maker (your ego) to whom you pray.

We are trying to undo “your” definition of yourself and replace it with the truth that: Love is who you are. Today’s idea is a complete and accurate statement of what you are. We will make every effort to reach this truth about you, and to realize fully, if only for a moment, that it is the Truth.

Love created you like itself. If Love created you like Itself, this Self must be in you. And somewhere in your mind it is there for you to find. Love is both where you are and what you are. It is completely unalterable. It is total inclusion. You cannot change it now or ever. It is not a belief, but a fact. 

Perhaps you will succeed in going through the interval of thoughtlessness to the Awareness of a blazing light in which you recognize and accept yourself as the love that you are.

You need to hear the truth about yourself as frequently as possible, because your mind is so preoccupied with false self-images. This is not your tiny, solitary voice that tells you this. This is the inner Voice of Love replacing everything your ego has been telling you and reminding you of your true Self. 

You have taught yourself to believe that you are not what you are. This is why you must teach one lesson. You are only love, but when you deny this, you make what you are something you must learn to remember. You are free to establish your kingdom where you see fit.

You can choose between loveless or miraculous channels of expression every moment of every day. You can make an empty shell, but you cannot express nothing at all. You can wait, delay, paralyze yourself, or reduce your creativity almost to nothing. But you cannot abolish it. 

You can know yourself only as you are because that is all you can be sure of. You are a part of Reality, which stands unchanged, beyond the reach of your ego, but within easy reach of Spirit. You are a mirror of Truth, in which Love can shine in perfect light. 

To the ego’s dark glass you need but say: “I will not look there because I know these images are not true.” Then let Love shine on you in peace, knowing that this and only this must be.
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The end of the line…

You must understand that your completion here in this world is Love. You will be complete when every situation and experience is handled with thoughts and expressions of Love. 

To maintain your magnitude in the midst of all this littleness is a difficult challenge. Yet this is asked of you in tribute to your magnitude – Spirit - and not your littleness – ego.
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