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Be aware of spiritual birth

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Be aware of spiritual birth

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When you are in communion you are in the pivotal place, in the center where your safety lies; you are in balance, for this is the plumb bob that does not sway in the midst of alternating violence and peace. It keeps all in quietness, steady and true. When you are here you are in the center of the storm; keep to this point, timeless, immortal and omniscient. This is too transcendent for you to grasp except at fleeting moments like this, but be faithful in intent and all you need will be revealed to you.
There are simple exercises that may help you; sometimes lie still in silence when you are tired and feel the earth turning under you, the universe of stars above and below, held together by this serene force that is within yourself. Lie there and receive in silence, and let the light shine through every cell of your flesh and bones and say “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” Again, think of your heart as the center of the universe and let it say “Light!” with every heartbeat; or when you find yourself walking, as it were, to your destruction, come to a halt and say these words, “I am aware of thee, that thou are beside me,” and then walk with him wherever you go.
These are but exercises, but they can be important. Put all your faith in this secret-holding companionship and you will be astonished. It is becoming as a child.
Yes, this is a time to be aware of this great birth, baneful though it be. Hold yourselves to Yourselves; be spiritually tough, indeed be holy. No compromise; and do not keep this as a sort of sanctimonious concept to turn to vaguely. Take the dare and converse with God. Ask him simply and bring him into your life and you will then not blank out so often. Once there was an ancient king who, upon the day of his coronation felt that all his hopes had come to fulfillment, for he was crowned after many years of waiting, king of a great realm. As he sat in the cathedral in his vestments, his orb and scepter in his hands, his crown upon his head, he saw a fault in the uniform one of his generals was wearing and his mind was taken to that and he forgot that he was at the great moment of his life and the moment passed him by.
Try not to let these ephemeral, impinging, daily pinpricks steal away your immortality, which you can begin to know now, for this is your great moment, now . . . now . . . now. Now is the time of thy salvation, and salvation means safe return. Arise and shine for thy light has come.

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Written by Tom Fox

02/17/2019 at 9:40 pm

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The invisible world

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The invisible world

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Your world is invisible, the world of your spiritual life within; but invisible also is the world of rumor, ethnic fears, ignorance, the greed of multitudes, public opinion and human passions. All these are invisible. So are creative inspiration, honest endeavor and integrity. Invisible also is the intent which makes the true servant of medicine, that which is behind the long hours and personal sacrifice; all this is faith invisible. Many who see a sword see but a blade of sharpened steel; but it is a symbol of anger, pain, annihilation and woe. Those who look and are held captive out there by what they see are amazed and bewildered when invisible forces suddenly focus into an event. They are startled and disturbed when the hidden forces the mind has qualified are manifested in action.
You who from desire for truth and eternal beauty have stepped out upon the great adventure are coming out of that strange captivity, the prison of ignorance, and when you realize the invisible while in the visible, the incarnate in the carnate, the Holy Spirit in flesh and blood, spirit in matter, thought back of the material world. You have learned your first lesson. Have pity upon the tortured soul who has been deformed by that which is silent within him. Because of the invisible world of mind and thought we can reach one another. Because of the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit we can make gifts of healing and peace, without a word. In this way we obey the second commandment of Christ.
The invisible is the only reality. Honor is invisible, and so is love. Yet they last and all else crumbles and changes. Go forth, then, beloved invisible ones, knowing that you have touched the only reality. The place where you now stand you have reached through listening, following an invisible desire, a vision which pierced the dark. There is great tenderness for you when your feet are weary and your shoulders are tired of the burden and your emotions smother you with fear. Ill-smelling winds blow upon you from those places where liberty has been imprisoned, honor defiled and greed unmasked. You hear it in voices, it sweeps across the daily news, and meets you at every turning. You are in a sea of invisible negatives if you look down — all ancient, all insistent. They challenged me and my father and my father’s father and they challenge you. Face them! For all these things are met at some time. Face them and then look up and see them no longer. He that dwells within is the light of the world and can shine through your every act if you will but obey, live in his presence and keep illumined in his light.
Therefore shine and take great heart whether there are wars or rumors of wars, alarms and confusion and all the high cry of chaos, for through him abiding within you can fulfill your privilege of life and bring light into darkness. Keep your mind a lighted lamp.

Written by Tom Fox

02/17/2019 at 3:28 pm

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Like rivers of living water

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Like rivers of living water

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At this time when the tragedy of the world presses hard, remember that the power of God is upon you. Let it use you – let it; do not strive. And let this awareness of the presence of God be like a flame to you, lighting you, warning you, cheering you this day, and all days. It can be for you a Pentecost, for you shall speak with new tongues. Open wide and let the power of the Spirit flow through you like rivers of living water, sweeping out all pettiness, all fears, all doubts of self. When you do this you have risen and the new self has been released from the things of the old, the things you have feared and fought against.
Through such daily dying you pass beyond the reach of morbid thoughts and entanglements of nagging fears, and each day you can begin as if it were the morning of your life. Become timeless and never bind yourself with age, for the mind as well as the spirit can be kept young, childlike and free. Faith, weak as it may be, can roll away the stone from your door. Rejoice in the new day and go forth with lifted faces and an inner awareness that will shine out from you; an invisible light perhaps, for only those who can see will see it through their own vision.

Written by Tom Fox

02/17/2019 at 1:42 pm

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The enemies within yourself

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The enemies within yourself

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When you have reached a new and higher plane of spiritual awareness remember that with it comes the challenge to abide there. The experience of deeper peace and joy is apt to carry with it what we may call personal confidence as well as a more profound realization that it has been a gift of the spirit, the inevitable reward of aspiration and holy intent. Your work is to guard it, like country newly won, so that it will not be retaken by the enemies within yourself. And those enemies which we speak of so often are the tendencies of the mind and body to reach out for diversions and excitements and indulgences. As I have said before, many of these things in themselves are not harmful. It is how you value them that makes them enemies – or not. Fast and pray, as he said, to keep the ground you have won a holy place; and by fasting and praying I mean a state of mind, an alertness, an awareness of where you are, what you are. You are either in light or darkness, up or down, depending upon the quality of your thought.
This is not a duty but a glorious opportunity, this choosing what you shall be and living in spiritual action. Fasting means not drifting, not letting yourself go to shapeless thought, for desires are there and appetites. Prayer is adoration, it is surrender to the inner glory, to the gentle spirit that will lift you so that your foot shall not stumble.
I am going to ask you to read the following dialogue, for I believe you will hear your own voice in it, and that you will recognize the other voice as well.
First Voice: How easily the senses keep us in a state of fear!
Second Voice: That is because you live in them, through them, by them.
First Voice: How else?
Second Voice: If you live from within, abiding in the Spirit, you would come to know and trust it and its power against the evidences of the senses. What is material, concrete to you — you believe in. Fear is faith in your antagonist.
First Voice: If I could know satiety instead of the besieging appetites of mind and body!
Second Voice: No. Ask for dominion, “bringing every thought into captivity.” It is an inspiring freedom.
First Voice: What use to try an impossible thing?
Second Voice: Do not question; it was done. An infinite love meets every effort and the reward is commensurate with divine understanding. Besides, it is really joyous!

First Voice: Can I say, “Today I will walk in the true way,” with any confidence that I shall succeed at all?
Second Voice: It is your safety, your protection and your delight if you will believe it.
First Voice: Oh why is my desire so easily turned aside by the beasts?
Second Voice: It isn’t, ultimately. “He that plows should plow in hope.” And remember in times of pressure “that they which minister about holy things, live of the things of the temple” and that “every, man that strives for mastery is temperate in all things.”
First Voice: It is a lonely fight.
Second Voice: No one is alone. He said, “He that sent me is with me, the Father has not left me alone.”
First Voice: That I might know him as my involuntary self control!
Second Voice: Ask – that your joy may be full!

Written by Tom Fox

02/17/2019 at 1:38 pm

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True joy requires faith

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True joy requires faith

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Someone said long ago, “Religion is not a melancholy; the Spirit of God is not a damper!” We have told you many times to keep from any tendency toward sadness, resignation and melancholy in your lives; the spirit must never be resigned nor melancholy nor gloat upon sorrow, which in some, unfortunately, is associated with a spiritual way of life. If the Spirit is real it is joy in essence, it is peace and faith. Now faith, divine faith, is an illumined state, it challenges everything mortal with a confident joy. Indeed I would like to use the word merriment instead of joy here, as in the old English song, “God rest you merry, gentlemen; let nothing you dismay!” Yes, the world is sad, tragic and the suffering terrible. But we have been shown how in such times we must and can be gallant and to be gallant is to be joyous and to have true joy we must have faith. The kingdom of heaven is happiness because those who have found it and abide in it have become aware of the beauty of the infinite Spirit. Those who live in that kingdom know that everything must be met and challenged with a shout. Challenge everything with the Spirit of joy. This may seem a hard saying for it seems to leave out pity. No, the lifting quality of confidence, of faith in ultimate victory, heals, sustains and comforts those in darkness and sorrow. If you can keep your inspiration joyfully, confidently, many of the discouraging human attributes will be purified. The secret is — and this is what you are here for — to find the pearl of great price, to keep from losing it, from letting it grow dull and to remember that it has the power to release you from those characteristics which have held you a prisoner to your own limitations. This is being on the side of the angels.

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02/17/2019 at 1:02 pm

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Something almost unknown within

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Something almost unknown within

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After realizing the consequences of involuntary un-self-control you will perhaps know better the meaning of voluntary self-control. We all know how thoughts seize and shake us, involuntarily stealing in through the cracks in our armor, and that is why it is so important to have your inward area filled with light so that fearful thoughts cannot bear the sight and cannot find lodging space. When you are weak and the walls of your fortress are of paper upon which memory has morbidly written the mistakes of the past, how easily are they torn so that false alarms sweep through to your vitals! And how they call in the whole ghoulish family to live upon your fears. It is man’s task to keep his inward self clean and luminous, radiant and aware. As eternal vigilance is the price of liberty how much more is the price of spiritual victory; how important is living day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment.
Great power will be given only where great power is generated.
When you live with the great forces that beat your heart, and work through the involuntary activities of the body, you are given assurance because of your rejection of weakening terrors, and you find immediate response in health and wisdom in your daily life. More and more will you realize the relief throughout your nervous system, and the organization of your body will collaborate and assist you in generating the spirit of victory, of “dominion over all your earth-consciousness.” It is true that only the brave deserve the fair; only the aware deserve the Spirit.
As you desire to live spiritually, to be safeguarded, given health, simple goodness, peace of mind, and knowledge to deal with the circumstances of your life, you must come to this conclusion-I will discipline myself.
If you were asked to help a youth on his way you would guard him with constant watchfulness. Look upon yourself and see how much watching you need. Humans are so constituted that even while they are professing an intent toward a spiritual way of life they are delayed by moods, negative emotions of criticism, prejudice and self-justification as well as the daily assaults upon the mind by gossip, letters, and all the stinging gnats of daily contacts. It seems as if they were constantly setting up ninepins which are not allowed to stand in peace; the ninepins of ordered thinking are knocked over while they are being set up.
From a practical point of view it seems a difficult thing for man to do, this being continually aware of something almost unknown within himself, for man needs something to play with and it is easier for him to love a dog, a child, a woman, than the Light within which he cannot see. He is asked to love a thing imagined, at first, until it becomes the greatest reality, and that is a task indeed.
I cannot show you God, nor yourself in your illumined state. But you will grow to feel him and to turn within for healing comfort. Spiritual things can only be spiritually discerned. Desperate need and your imagination tell you why, so that you instinctively seek until the feeling, the answer comes. Through this invisible feeling-nature you are given a change of heart, and you can be assured that because of your love for what you have experienced in these moments of oneness with him, your imagination and reason will tell you that this came from an inner you, an inner light, an inner love. An inner Love!
Through love and remembrance of him, as you live minute by minute, turn your eye inward when there is a pause, whenever you are at a street corner waiting to cross, when you bathe; when you clothe your body, wash away the grimy thoughts, brush away the unspoken ignorance. During your morning preparations do not let your mind rattle with the thoughts of the day ahead. Clothe yourself so that you will contain, within, this love that supplies the Light, and when there is a pause in your work, when a clock strikes the hour, say these words: “I stand in Light. No foolish thoughts, no foreboding, no false imagery, no terror can come near this Light within me, for I love it and serve it and I stand here purified, dedicated to honor, to health of mind and body, to peace of mind and life everlasting.”
This, my children, is a prescription needed in these times of chaotic thinking, and you will find if you obey this spiritual desire you will be led in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake, and you will know the joy of involuntary self-control. During your times of quiet, those lovely moments, pools of restoration where you drink deep of the waters of spiritual health, learn to discipline yourselves. Not with the fist, for that soon tires; not with the mind, for that is forgetful; but with the heart. Love will keep you there. Love is vigilant, it is quieting, it is your gently strong awareness, it is the oil of joy that supplies the Light.

Written by Tom Fox

02/17/2019 at 12:08 pm

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The warm fire within you

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The warm fire within you

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One of you said, “I become strangely hard, like ice; if I could only be thawed!” I cannot thaw you but perhaps I can help. You are going through stages of growth, of thought, of blossoming. This is real life and real life is in the schoolroom through which we all have to pass. Just remember what we repeat so often, touch the Spirit, the warm fire within you, be happy with it and you will “thaw.” Keep on opening, receiving, listening and obeying and use the inner power and wisdom for every humble thing you do. The problems of daily life make people ice-bound so they need thawing; the newspapers, angers, cold self-righteous furies, terrors-all these are the dangerous elements of human existence and they do things to your consciousness to harden you, to dismay and disappoint you and take away your hope while you live in the dreariness of a man-made world. You will thaw at the eternal touch and your world will not be man-made, but the world of immortality, now.
Some of you say, how can we do this with our beloveds in the terror of war? Believe me, you cannot do this without your beloveds being blessed by it. One soldier wrote recently, “When I need some strength of mind, some peace, some love, I’ve only to look close by – within – and there it is! . . . Keep me in your heart as a source, too, of help, for there isn’t any blood or thunder possible that can destroy a man’s soul when has received power from God from within himself.” This comes warm and living from deep experience and loneliness, when he had found the enlightenment he needed to tell him what to do. He asked, and received. Is it necessary for you to be brought face to face with such savagery before you can turn in panic to your only hope of peace and strength?
The purpose of these communions is to try and make you see that it is of vital importance for you to reach up and touch this quiet, still, clean, holy, omniscient place of eternal peace all the time. This is living beside the still waters, here are the green pastures. Abide in the living word and you will yourself to be sustained, comforted and given joy, and so you will help them through their ordeal. There is no time nor space in this realm where you are aware of the Holy Spirit.

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02/17/2019 at 11:58 am

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