I am There

Do you need Me ?
I am there.

You cannot see Me, yet I am the light you see by.
You cannot hear Me, yet I speak through your voice.
You cannot feel Me, yet I am the power at work in your hands.

I am at work, though you do not understand My ways.
I am at work, though you do not understand My works.
I am not strange visions. I am not mysteries.

Only in absolute stillness, beyond self, can you know Me
as I AM, and then but as a feeling and a faith.

Yet I am here. Yet I hear. Yet I answer.
When you need ME, I am there.
Even if you deny Me, I am there.
Even when you feel most alone, I am there.
Even in your fears, I am there.
Even in your pain, I am there.

I am there when you pray and when you do not pray.
I am in you, and you are in Me.
Only in your mind can you feel separate from Me, for
only in your mind are the mists of “yours” and “mine”.
Yet only with your mind can you know Me and experience Me.

Empty your heart of empty fears.
When you get yourself out of the way, I am there.
You can of yourself do nothing, but I can do all.
And I AM in all.

Though you may not see the good, good is there, for
I am there. I am there because I have to be, because I AM.

Only in Me does the world have meaning; only out of Me does the world take form; only because of ME does the world go forward.
I am the law on which the movement of the stars and the growth of living cells are founded.

I am the love that is the law’s fulfilling. I am assurance.
I am peace. I am oneness. I am the law that you can live by.
I am the love that you can cling to. I am your assurance.
I am your peace. I am ONE with you. I am.

Though you fail to find ME, I do not fail you.
Though your faith in Me is unsure, My faith in you never
wavers, because I know you, because I love you.

Beloved, I AM there.

James Dillet Freeman

Clowning Around with Hate

Most of the stories in the news these days are depressing, demeaning and full of fear and hate. It escapes me why the media thinks I need to know about Lindsey Lohan‘s latest fling or how some guy in some podunk town shot his neighbor over the neighborhood chili cook-off.

Every now and then there is something in the news that shows some positive aspects of our society. The CNN story displayed on this post, although about a KKK rally, depicts some promising responses from the citizens of the town where the rally took place.

Instead of fighting hate with hate and having the rally turn into one more event that generates hate and negativity, the citizens decided to take a different approach. Instead of lobbing insults, screaming hateful slogans, starting fights and rioting, they decided to boldly display love, acceptance, and joy.

You may say that this is allowing the KKK to continue their hateful ways and get away with spreading their venomous words. However, every major religion and spiritual teaching says to not fight hate with hate. For example, the bible says:

Do not return evil for evil. Avenge not yourselves, but rather give way to wrath; for it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay, says the Lord. Therefore if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsts, give him drink: for in so doing you shall heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:17-21

There are many more examples for this kind of teaching. Buddha, Martin Luther King, Gandhi and the Dalai Lama are all examples of people that have taught the power of love over hate.

In Wayne Dyer‘s book The Shift, he describes the shift from an ego centered life to one filled with meaning. The first step that happens when one makes this shift is focusing on personal empowerment. This means that instead of being focused on getting empowerment from control and influence of external things, we get empowerment from attention to our inner self. By doing this, influence over external situations and other people becomes of less importance.

This story shows people making this shift by not attempting to control and force the KKK members to change their speech and actions. Rather they are showing an example of love and acceptance. This is much more powerful, inspiring and moving than any spewing of hate. Besides, as the old saying goes “Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die”. I’ll take the clown nose over drinking poison any day.

What would the world be like if more people stood up and decided to no longer foster hate? Not by responding with more hate, but by demonstrating love and acceptance.

My New Theme Song from Jesse Ruben

I heard this song by Jesse Ruben called “We Can” today on the Coffee House radio station on Direct TV. Love it. Listen to the lyrics carefully. It is a very moving song. I am going to adopt it as my theme song.

Basically what he is saying in the song is whatever I want to do, I can. Whatever you want to do, you can. Whatever we want to do, we can.

Unfortunately this is the best quality video of the song I could find and I haven’t seen it for purchase anywhere yet.

If you see a better video or come across somewhere that has the actual song available, please let me know.