AS WITHIN SO WITHOUT

Today’s Prayer to Passage will be drawn from the book A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles” by Marrianne Williamson.

Today I pray, “Dear God, I can’t help but think that I am on a road to accomplishing something. It is not the outside that I am wholly devoted to in this achievement, however. It is my soul that is experiencing what my soul arrived to experience. And the transformation is inspiring. It is a momentum of mystery. As my soul is becoming more and more extraordinary, my outer life is complimentary to this becoming. Life breathes abundance. As within, so without. Amen.”

“It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.”
—MARRIANNE WILLIAMSON

Investments take courage. There is something on the line. When I think about the road I’ve traveled, I see that I did take risks and make sacrifices. My soul came here to learn. And I think I’ve taken that seriously. Even as a child, my first self-recognized gift was faith.

I remember praying in a room by myself as a four-year-old. I remember knowing that I had something with prayer and faith that I didn’t want to give up for the rest of my life. Faith has been a self discovery, and continues to be. As life’s miracles are revealed, God’s amazing grace allows expansion. I constantly feel ready for my next course in miracles. There have been sharp pains, yes, which have birthed new life…time after time.

Truth takes falsehoods. In life, to be true to one’s self must involve the counteracting option of self-deception. How big do I want my soul to become? How big is my investment? How many falsehoods am I saying no to? This brings me to my very favorite quote by today’s featured writer, Marrianne Williamson.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

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