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A Heart of Gratitude: Video with Edward Viljoen

A heart of gratitude is filled with appreciation, and appreciation adds value and raising life up.

Today my love goes out to all people, to all beings, and to all things. There is no fear in this love, for perfect love casts out fear. Spirit’s love in me is perfect. I realize that the Love flowing through me emanates from the Living Spirit.

(To see the video below on YouTube, click here)

Today I identify my body with the action of Spirit, the radiant Life of the Divine Being. I identify my physical body with my spiritual body, claiming they are one and the same. I know that every aspect of my body corresponds to the radiant perfection of the Living Spirit.

Right now, every weight or burden of thought or feeling falls away from me as I am lifted into the atmosphere of Peace. I dismiss and discard all thoughts, which tend to deny this inner peace and I accept that which has always been present within me: deep, abiding Peace.

Warm regards,

Edward Viljoen
Author of Ordinary Goodness, and The Power of Meditation

Photo by Josh Boot on Unsplash




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Video - Rebuild Sonoma County by Seeing With Eyes of Love with Edward Viljoen

Using your beautiful mind, imagine a Santa Rosa that is rebuilt, not just like it was before the fires, but beyond its former condition.  Imagine a Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, and all those counties affected by the fire, as a place where there is continuous, and ongoing sharing of resources. 

Our founder, Ernest Holmes said we must learn to live by inspiration. That means that we should let the spiritual depths of our being flow through our conversation and into our acts. Living by inspiration does not mean living chaotically. Our whole purpose is to make the intellect an instrument for the Spirit. This is exactly what an artist does. We must all become artists in living. To live by inspiration means to sense the divine touch in everything; to enter into the spirit of things; to enter into the joy of living.

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What inspires you? How are you using your innate creativity? What brings you joy? These questions are a helpful starting place when considering the final topic for January, “How to Use It.” The “It” in this topic refers to the One Creative Power that flows in and through all things, the Power that we are using all the time, whether we are using it to do something wonderful, or not.

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Rebuild Northern California in Your Imagination


When I look into the future, I am not anxious about methods or means to carry out what the future moment may demand. 

When I come to that place, God will be there; the limitless powers of infinite life will be there. 

The wisdom, the light and the luminous understanding of my highest spiritual nature will be there. 

All of me will be there, and the power of my faith to draw upon the limitless for any desire or need will also be there. I know that all things are mine now, and the now that now is, is eternal. 

Christian D. Larson – Pathway of Roses 

I invite you to use your beautiful imagination to imagine a Sonoma County in which there is generous ongoing sharing of heart and resources, in which nature, art, connection, and community are valued and emphasized, in which beauty and kinship with life are honored.

If your thought stumbles or strays, say silently to yourself:

There is a Presence pervading all things; this Presence is God. 
There is a Presence pervading all things; this Presence is God. 
There is a Presence pervading all things; this Presence is God.

There is an Intelligence running through all beings; this Intelligence is God. 
There is an Intelligence running through all beings; this Intelligence is God. 
There is an Intelligence running through all beings; this Intelligence is God.

There is a Power sustaining everything; this Power is God.
There is a Power sustaining everything; this Power is God.
There is a Power sustaining everything; this Power is God.
There is a Unity binding all into one perfect whole; this Unity is God.

Then read again:

When I look into the future, I am not anxious about methods or means to carry out what the future moment may demand. When I come to that place, God will be there; the limitless powers of infinite life will be there. The wisdom, the light and the luminous understanding of my highest spiritual nature will be there. All of me will be there, and the power of my faith to draw upon the limitless for any desire or need will also be there. I know that all things are mine now, and the now that now is, is eternal.

Say silently to yourself:

Today my love goes out to all people, to all beings, and to all things. There is no fear in this love, for perfect love casts out fear. Spirit’s love in me is perfect. I realize that the Love flowing through me emanates from the Living Spirit.

Today I identify my body with the action of Spirit, the radiant Life of the Divine Being. I identify my physical body with my spiritual body, claiming they are one and the same. I know that every aspect of my body corresponds to the radiant perfection of the living Spirit.

Right now, every weight or burden of thought or feeling falls away from me as I am lifted into the atmosphere of Peace. I dismiss and discard all thoughts which tend to deny this inner peace, and I accept that which has always been present within me: deep, abiding Peace. 

(Adapted from Ernest Holmes)
(Photo by Maxim Smith on Unsplash)
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Responding to the Northern California Fires, with Edward Viljoen

To see the video below on YouTube, click here.

A prayer:

Let us let go of everything else, for just this moment, and enter into the consciousness of gratitude for first responders and helpers everywhere. Whether in California, Las Vegas, or Puerto Rico, let us abandon all other considerations—for just a moment—and center our attention on appreciation for those who serve. And let us, through our joint meditation of gratitude, abandon anything that separates us and feel our unity with each other instead. And let that felt experience of unity keep fresh before us this particular moment of high resolve so that in the months and years to come, we will not abandon our memory of that which has been given by so many through service.

May we stay rooted in mindfulness, with open hearts to those who are struggling, wherever they may be emotionally, so that we remain a safe harbor for their experience. And may our contemplation of gratitude inspire us to give and to be kind and to trust the capacity humankind has to be loving.

And I invite you to take this moment of personal quietness, to visualize a Northern California in which all people live according to the spiritual truth of their understanding, where humanity continues to awaken to its magnificence, where we live as one family with kinship with all life, and where unity and connection continue to guide us through to the experience of peace.

With love,

Edward Viljoen

Author of Ordinary Goodness


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