Sunday, July 15, 2012

Counting the Blessings

Teacher Ophelius:

Today is a day for counting blessings, for each of you have so much to be thankful for, to have gratitude and appreciation for all that is--this life of wonder, amazement, this journey through hardship and joy, which has been prepared for you that you may participate in the creation of the universe.  It is often difficult to see how blessed you truly are when you are so immersed in the affairs of the material world, and so we must sometimes stop and quiet the mind and bring ourselves into the hush of the moment and expand our mind, our thoughts, our feelings, and reach up to that higher plane and view our own lives from the perspective of the Creator, and when we do this, we feel the unconditional love--that feeling of true oneness, that we belong to the family of God.

Is it not amazing, my friends, when you stop and view life from a higher perspective?  When you consider that this life you have now is only the beginning of an unending journey of astonishment, wonder, and growth?  Do you not see how this beginning is the acclimation, the prerequisite elementary requirement for eternity?  Do you not feel how much you have grown--to look back and see how you have, step by step, been led to where you are today--to have more self control over the ego, to have let go of all the negativity and strife that this world can inflict on your mind and attitude toward life, yourself, and others?

Let us stop now and count our blessings and be thankful for all that you are and all that you will become.  Let us be thankful for the opportunities that abound in our lives and that we have complete control over our will to choose which path we will travel.  Realize that no other person, institution, or entity controls you or your destiny, but that you have been given the freedom to make any reality you choose to have in this life and in eternity.  Yes, the road can be difficult to travel sometimes and life seems hard, but do you not see how these adversities become the very thing that set you free and gives you the capacity for the appreciation of contrast--to know the lowest of lows and then to soar to the highest of highs?  What an amazing creature you are to experience life so dynamically!

Have you ever experienced true love--to feel and to share with another the most intimate expression of selflessness, caring, and passion. If you have not, then it remains an opportunity for you to see the reflection of the Creator in others and it is waiting for you to seek out and find.  The Creator wants you to see and discover this true love in others so you can have an appreciation for the supreme love, the divine love that exists between the Parent and the child--God and his created children.  The love that you experience in this life is only a foretaste of the "super love" you will experience as you travel inward and find the God of all creation.  The closer you get the more you will shine with that divine glow that binds the universes together.

Stop now and consider all these blessings.  "Thank you God for giving me life!"

Peace to you,

The Circle of Seven

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