New Way for a New Day

September 4, 2011

Click here to listen to today’s Daily Power Prayer for Peace!:

Every day I consciously anchor into a deep intention to be the greatest
expression of love that I can possibly be. Living inside this holy
intention year after year, I became keenly aware that I was resolving and
dissolving old habits of separation that I couldn’t tolerate in myself any
more. One habit that has been so strong in my mind is the habit of making
negative meaning out of the interactions in my life that confuse me.

When I felt needy and unsure about a relationship and that person didn’t
return my call, I would imagine a negative reason for why they weren’t
calling. I’d think it had to do with how they felt about me or how much
they valued our relationship. Several times I did this and later
discovered that the reason they didn’t call was that something was
preventing them. Something I never would have imagined – like a car
accident or a lost phone. And yet I had spent hours and days in upset
because I jumped to the negative conclusion. I was creating such suffering
myself. Little by little I began to be willing to see that suffering is
optional. I create it through thoughts of wanting, needing, grasping,
hatred and judgment

People often rush to make negative meaning out of something and then cook
up a big pot of resentment stew inside themselves. They ladle this stew
all over everything they’re doing that day, that week, that year. When
they finally connect with the person whose behavior is so hurtful to them
they learn that it was all a simple misunderstanding. The entire pot of
resentment stew has been labored over, cooked and seasoned for hours or
days, months or years, now turns out to be completely fabricated. It was
just a big waste of time and energy.

UNLESS, in that moment, of realization – when you see it was all a
mis-take, a misperception, you forgive yourself and you DECIDE to harvest
the learning and not allow yourself to do that again. You really can give
up the right to make yourself miserable. It takes real focus and attention
to unwind these patterns, but there’s a Divine Alchemy that’s yours for the

Byron Katie tells us “Fear has only two basic causes: The thought that I
may lose what I have or the thought that I may not get what I want.” To
that I would add, all fear is really the result of thinking we want
something other than Oneness of all life. If we value separation, if we
think that we want something that cannot be found within and that we must
have it, we will always be suffering and we’ll never find freedom even
though it is our natural state.

We could solve the world’s problems if we all gave up making resentment
stew. We could certainly have peace on earth if we decided to give up the
habit of making negative meaning out of circumstances. Are you willing to
give the Higher Holy Spirit Self the heavy lifting?

Today I anchor peace and love in my experiences. I’m determined to be
masterful. I hold the high watch for myself and for those around me and
support them in anchoring too. I intend to do my very best to make
positive meaning out of life’s challenges and uncertainties. I intend to
give everyone the benefit of the doubt, always. In this way my choices
bring forth more love in the world on a daily basis and they truly do make
a profound difference. Today I’m living in a new way in order to
experience a new day and share it with everyone I meet.

I make positive meaning out of the events in my life. I hold the high watch for myself and choose to be love, to see love and to receive love all the live long day.

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A Course in Miracles, ACIM, How to forgive, Jennifer Hadley, Living A Course in Miracles, Spiritual classes

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