Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
The more you refrain from judging every event in your life as either good or bad and trust that good can come from any situation if you allow it, the more you open yourself up and allow yourself to attract that which will bring you joy.
Today, I declare peace within MY borders. I allow the Love of God to infuse my being, removing all thoughts of fear, resentment, and prejudice. The only war I need to wage is against my own adverse thoughts and feelings. So right now, right where I am, I put on the impenetrable armor of Divine Love; I gather my armies of tolerance and acceptance; I march into battle with my weapons of prayer and faith,and I declare war against anything in me that would prevent me from claiming my title as a peacemaker. PEACE BEGINS WITH ME!
Source: Excerpt from inspiration/meditation card titled "Peace Begins With Me", written by Yvonne P. Morris (copyright 1998)
G O D ' S H O U S E. Come here, This side is God's house, Here! Come rest your elbows on this nice white picket fence, That He has painted for just a few. Relax, the view from his front lawn, Towers over the highest peaks that the mind can create, And feel free to clap your hands in glee, For he loves the innocence in his children.
Come, lean on this fence and watch this marvellous carnival called life, Ahh! The flush of red on your cheeks tells me that you've spotted yourself! There behind the chourus line of time, There you are- playing in the spotlight of your mind, Lost, alone in the midst of His love ! So beautiful to see your pearly smile adorn a shiny tear, For that is all it costs to rest your tired elbows on His fence. Stay here, For this is God's house.
The original sin is not that we are inherently flawed, born sinners, or imperfect; the original sin is that we do not recognize, realize that each of us is born perfect, exactly as the universe, God intended us to be. We are all perfect. The universe is perfect. Stop struggling against yourself. Accept that you are perfect. When you do, your highest self will shine through.
That’s why I tell you it’s not wrong to try to develop. I would not discourage anybody from trying to grow. The question is, why are you trying to grow? And if you think that unless you grow you are worthless, you are operating out of fear and you will never get out of the nightmare. Once you are at peace with yourself and you find the truth of who you are essentially, your quest for growth becomes simply the quest to express the most beautiful and radiant way the truth of existence.
Source: A Conversation with Fred Kofman: http://www.integralleadershipreview.com/archives/2003/2003_03_kofman.html