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Effortless Success ...3/28/05
Tithing and Forgiveness ...3/28/05
Sin and Virtue ...4/1/05
A Simple Morning Prayer ...4/2/05
Breakfast with Jesus ...4/3/05
A Prayer for Peace ...4/12/05
The Glorified GodSong ...4/15/05
Our Lady of Mercy ...4/16/05
Buddha and Mary ...4/17/05
The Power of Attention

The Yes Prayer

The GodSong Invocation

The Mouth of God

Obedience vs Willingness

et It Be ..5/17/05
The Stages of Grace

The Beautiful GodSong

The Way of GodSong

It's Good for Me ...6/19/05
Sowing Your Seed ..6/28/05 NEW

(Most Recent at the End)

Effortless Success ...3/28/05
The highest attainment on the western path of spiritual evolution is 'Self-Actualization,' or Success, which is a form of Victory.

The highest attainment on the eastern path of spiritual evolution is 'Self-Realization,' or Enlightenment.

The highest attainment on the universal path of spiritual evolution is 'Self-Revelation,' or Resurrection.This was the great attainment of Jesus Christ, who integrated the eastern and western streams of spiritual evolution into something greater than what either of them could provide on their own. It was the 'bringing of heaven to earth.'

In this light you could say that Resurrection is a form of 'Enlightened Success.' It is the capacity to change the world with our hearts through the expression of Love in order to produce Effortless Success in our experience of life.

This is why successful people in the West often turn to the East seeking enlightenment.

This is also why many enlightened masters from the East come to the West seeking to enjoy a more comfortable life.

However, the best way to embrace the enlightenment of the East, AND the comforts of the West is to make Jesus Christ the Lord of our lives. For it is written: "I am come as a light into the world, that whosoever believes in me should not abide in darkness; And I will pray to the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; " ...John 12:46 ,,,John 14:16

Tithing and Forgiveness ... 3/28/05
Tithing IS a form of forgiveness, which is the spiritual practice of 'giving before we receive. You might say that tithing is the 'training wheels' of forgiveness. With tithing we fore-give money in order to bring balance into the 'body of our affairs.'

With forgiveness we fore-give Love to bring balance into our 'physical flesh bodies.' Since the essence of physical health is having all of the functions of our body in balance, forgiveness is the key to our healing. Hence, the old saying that 'resentment is like drinking poison and then expecting the other person to die.' If we wish to live in love we are no longer afforded the "indulgence of accusation" nor the 'luxury of a grudge.'

"And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses." ...Mark 11:25

Sin and Virtue ...4/1/05
Sin is simply those 'forces of the flesh' that bind us to death. "The wages of sin are death." ...Romans 6:23

Sinful behaviors are always unconscious, which means that they are lacking in Love, which is the 'awareness of oneness.'

Virtue is those forces of the flesh that bind us to Life, for it is written: "And the whole multitude sought to touch Jesus: for there went virtue out of him, and he healed them all." ...Luke 6:19 Furthermore, when Jesus healed the woman who touched the hem of his garment, he said "I felt virtue go out of me." ...Luke 8:46

Acts of virtue are expressions of Love, which fulfill the Great Law of Life,'it is done unto you as you believe.' ...Matt 8:13 To believe in Love is to behave like Love; Life IS Love expressed through Wisdom.

Here's a little 'Chanting Hymn' to practice with:

There's beauty for my body,
and great joy for me.
I love my body as myself,
Virtue flows through me.

A Simple Morning Prayer ...4/2/05
Following is a simple prayer that I have been doing each morning for nearly twenty years:

The 'God I Am,' living Christ in me, is here and there and everywhere. The 'God I Am' is even in the events of this day; and it is there that I declare that these events have already organized themselves in such a fashion that this day is now peaceful, pleasant, productive and prosperous as well; and I give thanks in knowing that this is so. Amen!

In reflecting back, I remember that after about a year of doing this prayer on a daily basis I suddenly realized that my life had indeed become more peaceful, pleasant, productive and prosperous as well.Therefore, I continued to do this prayer on a daily basis ever since. As a result, my life today has become more peaceful, pleasant, productive and prosperous than I ever could have imagined.

Breakfast with Jesus ...4/3/05
I recently had the inspiration to make 'Holy Communion' my first meal of the day. I realized that the term breakfast literally means the 'breaking of the fast' in which I have been engaged in overnight. Not only had I been fasting from physical food while I was sleeping, but I had also been fasting from impressions upon every one of my senses, while my soul was exploring the universe.

Consequently, I felt that it was important to reenter this world in the highest state of consciousness possible. This is the state of being attained through the taking of Communion. It is the way in which my flesh and bones are lifted up to receive the Wisdom that my soul had acquired while I slept.

Of course, I always state my intention before I begin by saying:

"I break my 'slumber fast' this day by partaking of this Sacred Bread and Wine. I do this as a 'gesture of my intention' to surrender my life to Love by entering into Divine Communion and Supreme Identity with the Lord of my life, Jesus Christ..."

A Prayer for Peace ...4/12/05
For many years I have worked almost daily with the following prayer and chanting hymn. It is based on two important Principals of Truth. 1) When you bind your neighbors, you bind yourself. 2) We are only truly free when we love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

There is a Divine Intelligence working in me, through me and all around me, now. This intelligence is Christ, the Omniscience of God, that knows how to do all things. Therefore, I know that Christ knows exactly how to express Its' Life abundantly through me, and through my blessed neighbors* as well. Furthermore, I know that Christ knows exactly how to do this in such a way that there is freedom for my neighbors* and perfect peace for me. And even though I may not know how to do this on my own, I know that Christ knows how to do this through me, for it is written: "My Peace I leave with you. My Peace I give to you. Not as the world giveth, but a Peace that passes all understanding." Therefore, I place my faith in Jesus Christ as I sing:

There's freedom for my neighbors,*
and Perfect Peace for me.
I love them as I love myself,
I am Serenity.

* In the place of the word 'neighbors' you can substitute the name of any individual, organization or even creature that is creating strife in your life.

The Glorified GodSong ..4/15/05
I recently began to consider the effects of the original GodSong lyrics upon the threefold nature of our being, which is our spirit, soul and body. The result of this contemplation was an interesting new way to work with the GodSong, as follows;

Christ is the Light that I Am - When our spirit is touched by Love it produces the light of self-awareness, which is the nature of Christ.

Mary is the Peace that I Am - . When our soul is touched by Love it produces a sense of deep inner peace, which is the experience of Mary, the Blessed Mother, or Mind of God.

Jesus is the Joy that I Am - . When our flesh is touched by Love it produces a quiet delight and joyous sense of wholeness, which is the experience of Jesus, the Body of Christ.

In addition to the original lyrics to the GodSong, each of the insights above can serve as alternate verses. Start with 'God's the Love that I Am' and when you need wisdom, sing 'Christ is the Light that I Am.' If you need peace, sing 'Mary is the Peace that I Am.' Or, if you seek the joy of wholeness, sing 'Jesus is the Joy that I Am.'

Another alternative is to combine all of these insights into a single verse of the GodSong with the following lyrics:

God's the Love that I Am
Christ is the Light that I Am
Mary is the Peace that I Am

Jesus is the Joy I Am

Our Lady of Mercy..4/16/05
The term 'Lady of Mercy' is often associated with Mary, the Holy Mother of Jesus. In contemplating this phrase, I became aware that the term Lady is the feminine equivalent of Lord, as in 'my Lord and Lady.' I also realized that the dictionary defines mercy as a 'disposition to be forgiving.' Consequently, the name Mary represents that Cosmic Presence that lords over the activity of forgiveness within the collective consciousness of humanity. This certainly makes sense when we consider that there is no greater demonstration of forgiveness than the behavior of a loving mother towards her own children. As the Universal Mother of us all, Mary is the one to turn to first whenever we are in need of forgiveness, either for ourselves or others.

Every strife in our lives is rooted in un-forgiveness Consequently, the telltale sign that true forgiveness has been attained is the experience of Peace. Love, mercy and forgiveness will flow into our souls and bring us Peace when we identify with Mary. One way to do this is to use the Glorified GodSong and chant 'Mary is the Peace that I Am.'

Buddha and Mary ..4/17/05
Buddha and Mary are the 'Lord and Lady of Peace and Forgiveness.' As previously discussed, Mary is often referred to as Our Lady of Mercy. In the East, the Buddha is know as the Lord of Compassion, and the highest activity of compassion is forgiveness. In other words, to have compassion towards another is to love them, and forgiveness is simply the activity of Perfect, or Unconditional Love.

Esoterically, the term Mother means the 'one who creates.' It is the creative activity of Life. The term Son means the 'one who witnesses.' It is the Principle of Awareness, or Spiritual Light, which is Christ. In this context, Mary is the activity of forgiveness that produces Peace, and Buddha is the one who stands witness to the experience of this Peace. In this sense, Buddha represents the Light of Christ in our souls.

In the Gospels, the Principle of Buddha is represented by the name of John, the disciple whom Jesus loved. This is why Jesus spoke from the cross and said to his Mother that John was now her Son, and then he said to John that Mary was now his Mother. (John 19:26,27) And from that day on Forgiveness and Peace have dwelt together as the 'Lord and Lady of Compassion and Mercy.'

Consequently, when we sing Mary is the Peace that I Am, we are identifying with Mary as the activity of forgiveness that creates Peace. We are also identifying with Buddha/John as the one who is experiencing that Peace which is produced through forgiveness. It is a Peace that passes all understanding. (John 14:27)

The Power of Attention .,,4/26/05
It has been said that whatever we give our attention to, we agree with. Consider this statement in the context of the teachings of Jesus when he said, "That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven." ...Matthew 18:19

Therein lies the power of our attention to change the conditions and circumstances of our lives. For whatever we give our attention to, we will ultimately become, simply by our agreement with it. This is known as the Law of Worship, and it is fully active in every area of our lives in every moment. Learning to direct out attention is the Master Skill of Life. Consequently, we must be constantly aware of what we are giving our attention to. Is our mind on a problem, looking for someone to blame. Or, is our mind on a solution to a problem, looking for someone to bless.

New Thought theologian Emmet Fox called the Law of Worship the Golden Key. He declared that "the solution to every human problem is to stop thinking about the problem, and to think about God instead." Almost every person that I have ever said this to has nodded their head in agreement. But, then they will inevitably say, "Yeah... But how do you do that?"

A powerful way to put this Principle into practice is through the use of Forms of Remembrance. These are simply objects in the world that we can use to give our attention to God. They can be any picture, trinket or talisman that reminds us of something divine. The power is NOT in the object, but in its ability to hold our attention on a remembrance of God.

A way that I have recently been using this power, is with the Glorified GodSong. In my daily dedicated spiritual practice, I have surrounded my Prayer Chair with Forms of Remembrance for each verse of the Chant. I have a beautiful crystalline heart to remind me that God's the Love that I Am. I have the ever-present candle to remind me that Christ is the Light that I Am. I have a large Rosary wrapped around a small statue of Buddha to remind me that Mary is the Peace that I am. And, finally, I have a beautiful picture of Jesus hanging over, and looking down upon, a globe of the world to remind me that Jesus is the Joy that I am.

In the course of my own spiritual practice, I simply give my visual attention to each of the objects that correspond to the appropriate verses as I sing them. The key to using the power of this technique is to find the Forms of Remembrance that best suit your own personal taste and are meaningful to you.

The Yes Prayer ... 4/28/05
I had the insight that when we are standing in the Hallelujah Posture our body assumes the shape of a 'Y' that stands for:


Out of this realization I came up with this simple little Posture Prayer/Chanting Hymn.

.. ..I am like Jesus Christ...
I say YES to Love for Life!

The first line of this prayer is based on John 3:16 which says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." In its core meaning, the word believe literally means 'to be like.' Consequently, the term "I am like Jesus Christ" is simply a more direct and powerful way to say "I believe in Jesus Christ," which is a confession that binds us to everlasting life.

The second line of this prayer has a triple meaning, as follows:

  1. On the one hand, it can be taken to mean that we are accepting and committing to Love for the duration of the eternal Life that the first line of the prayer has established in us.
  2. Alternatively, this second line relates to the understanding that 'Life is Love expressed through Wisdom.' Consequently, a commitment to eternal Love is a commitment to an Abundance of Life. This is the Universal Intention of Christ as expressed through the words, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." ...John 10:10
  3. Finally, it can simply be taken to mean that we have a great affection for Life.


  1. In the first line, some women may be more comfortable saying I am a Bride of Christ...
  2. You can come up with a second line that serves your present circumstances, provided it ends in a word that rhymes with Christ. For example: I say YES to Abundant Life! OR I say YES to a Healthy Life!
  3. Be sure to raise you head and eyes in the Hallelujah Posture.

The GodSong Invocation ,,,4/28/05
In working with the Glorified GodSong the Lord put this prayer in my hear as an invocation:

As I sing these sacred words
"God's the Love that I Am,"
I commit myself to
live as Love this day.

As God's Love touches my spirit,
I am filled with the Light of Christ,
for it is written, "As long as I am in
the world, I am the light of the world."
...John 9:5

As God's Love embraces my soul,
I am filled with a merry Peace,
for it is written,"Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you: but not as the
world giveth, do I give unto you."

..John 14:27

As God's Love enters my body, I am
filled with the Joy of Jesus Christ
come again
as my life this day,
for it is written, "I will see you again,
and your heart shall rejoice, and no
one shall take your joy from you."

...John 16:22

I am grateful God is gracious.
I am grateful as I sing..
(Begin chanting the GodSong.)

The Mouth of God ..5/4/05
There is an ancient saying that 'fire is the mouth of God.' I had always taken that to be a reference to the all consuming nature of fire. In other words, it devours and makes invisible whatever you feed it.

Most recently, I began to realize that we not only eat with our mouths, but we also speak with them. Consider what Jesus said, that "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." ...Luke 6:45 It would therefore follow, that if fire is the mouth of God, then fire is bringing forth a message from the heart of God. The question then becomes, "What is God saying?"

I think we need to look no further than the fact that warmth is the esoteric symbol for Love, and light is the symbol for Wisdom. Consequent, fire is revealing a message of Love and Wisdom that only our flesh can understand. This realization tends to make sense in the light of other bits of esoteric knowledge that I have encountered.

To begin, the great German spiritual philosopher Rudolf Steiner once stated that Christ is a fifth dimensional being, and appears in the three dimensional world as fire. Consequently, it was the Christ that appeared and spoke to Moses in the form of a burning bush.

Also, many students of the great Christian mystical teacher Emma Curtis Hopkins, swore that they that had seen flames come from her mouth on occasion when she speaking from states of spiritual exaltation. In otherwords, when the Christ was speaking through her.

Additionally, the modern spiritual teacher Leonard Orr in his book, Breaking the Death Habit, highly recommends the practice of sitting in front of open flames as a way to purify the flesh of its belief in death.To release us from our belief in death is the very reason that Christ came to earth through Jesus. "I am come that all might have Life, and have it more abundantly." ...John 10:10

Finally, this all boils down the significance of lighting a simple candle where ever you want the presence of God to be revealed. The lighting of that little flame is more than just a symbolic gesture. It is a way to bring the silent voice of God into the room.

Obedience vs Willingness ,,,5/11/05
The radical distinction between the Old and New Testaments is the movement from 'obedience' to 'willingness.'

In the Old Testament, the Law was fulfilled only by our 'obedience' to it. Since only 'I' can fulfill the Law for myself, obedience was the only means by which I could become self-conscious. Because there IS time mixed in with the Law, this process involves a long, arduous evolutionary struggle. Because every single little mistake must be karmically repaid, it is almost impossible to become perfected under the Law.

In the New Testament, the Law is fulfilled by 'Love.' Consequently, all I need to do to fulfill the Law is to demonstrate my willingness to Love through forgiveness, the rest is done by Grace through Jesus Christ. Furthermore, in the New Testament we can become self-conscious simply by being willing to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. Again the rest is done by Grace. And, because there is NO time mixed in with Love, it can happen quickly through a self initiated act. The best news of all is that we do not have to be perfect to redeemed by the Grace of Jesus Christ. We only need to be willing.

Of course, it must be considered that in order to become willing we must have first attained at least a modicum of self-awareness which can only be developed by first being obedient. This is why Old Testament 'obedience to the Law' had to proceed New Testament 'willingness to Love.' Jesus Christ is 'easy evolution,' simply because it is easier to be willing than obedient.

"My yoke is easy, my burden is light."
...Matthew 11:30

Let It Be ,,,5/17/05
Many years ago,
I had an midnight vision of Jesus. Standing next to my bed, all that he said was, "Allow everything, and love everyone." The wisdom of this prescription has always stayed with me.

A few years later I encountered this same wisdom very clearly articulated in the writings of Emma Curtis Hopkins. Of course, I immeadiately remembered my vision and intuitively knew that what she was saying was ripe with wisdom. Consequently, I have come back to her works for guidance many times over the years. On each occasion I have always absorbed a little more wisdom into my soul.

Most recently, I was perplexed by Emma's seeming aversion to the quality of virtue, as described in her essay: Let It Be.This seemed to contradict certain of the scriptures in the Gospels, where it was recorded that people were healed by the virtue of Jesus. Then it suddenly struck me. What the scripture actually says is that, "virtue went out of him." (Luke 6:19 & Luke 8:46) In other words, Jesus did not wear his virtue as an impenetrable cloak, but he released it, and let it go out of himself so that he could see the true and inherent perfection of those whom he healed.

Obviously, this is the insight that caused Emma to say that, "the fastest way to get your healing power going, is praise everyone and everything." This was the inspiration that led me to create the Praising Prayer. I am sure that this was also the same divine inspiration that was working in former Beatle, Paul McCartney, when he wrote:

When I find my self in times of trouble,
Mother Mary comes to me...
Speaking Words of Wisdom...
Let It Be.

The Stages of Grace,,,5/21/05
Over the years
I have frequently made reference to the 'Stages of Causation' as recognition in our spirit, realization in our soul and revelation through our flesh. Most recently, I have had a deeper insight into this process as it relates to the 'Sun of Love,' which is the Light of the Living God within us, who is called Christ. The effect of the Sun of Love upon the threefold nature of our being produces the following 'Stages of Grace.'

Hope - When Love touches our spirit, it produces a recognition of Hope, as exemplified by Christ, the Sun of Love within us all. For it is written: "...Christ in you, the hope of glory." ...Colossians. 1:27

Faith - When Love embraces our soul, it produces a realization of Faith, as exemplified by Mary, the one who brought the Sun of Love into the world. For it is written: "And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ." ...Matthew 1:16

Grace - As Love enters our body, it produces a revelation of Grace, as exemplified by Jesus, the Sun of Love made flesh, "who dwells among us filled with Grace and Truth." ...John 1:14

A simple way to put this understanding into practice is to use the following specialized version of the Glorified GodSong:

God's the Love that I Am
Christ is the Hope that I Am
Mary is the Faith that I Am
Jesus is the Grace I Am

The Beautiful GodSong ...5/29/05
I was recently blessed with the inspiration to create another version of the Glorified GodSong which I have named the Beautiful GodSong. I chose this name simply because beauty is the 'form of love.' We can validate this principle by simply recognizing that beauty does the same thing that love does, which is to make us forget about ourselves as being separate from that which we behold. In other words, whenever we see something that is beautiful, it so absorbed our attention that we forget about the 'poop on our shoes' as we literally 'fall in love' with the beautiful thing that is before us.

The lyrics to the Beautiful GodSong are based on the 'perfected forms' that can arise within the threefold nature of our being. God is the 'formless form' of Love that can formulate Itself into 'all that there is.' The Christ is the 'invisible form' that represents the spiritual nature of our being. Mary is the 'subtle form' that arises as our soul, were we experience all of our thoughts and feelings. And, Jesus represents the 'fully formed' embodiment of Love, which is filled with Grace and Truth. ...John 1:14

The elements of the foregoing understanding form each line of the Beautiful GodSong. As before, each line can also be sung as a full verse.

God's the Love that I Am
Christ is the Spirit that I Am
Mary is the Soul that I Am
Jesus is the Body I Am

The Way of GodSong ...6/5/05
Perhaps you have noticed that when people are accused of bad behavior, they often resort to the excuse of saying, "I can't help it, its just the way I am." That fact of the matter is, we can help it, simply by changing what we say. For example, if we were accused of being spiteful, instead of saying, "I can't help it, its just the way I am," we could use the GodSong to sing "Loving is the Way that I am." Additionally, we could use any other quality of God to address any particular situation. For example, "Wise is the Way that I am," or, "Patient is the Way that I am," or "Friendly is the Way that I am."

"I am the way, the truth and the life." ...John 14:6

Of course, the fastest way to embody all the qualities of God is to use the name of a perfected being in this variation of the GodSong. For example, you could sing "Jesus is the Way that I am," or, "Mary is the Way that I am," or "Buddha is the Way that I am."

"Love your neighbor as you love yourself." ,,,Mathew 22:39

Every kind of personal conflict arises from the fact that the other person in our life is not the way that we are. Consequently, we can begin to bring harmony into those relationships by singing, "My Neighbor is the Way that I am." Here you would simply use the name of the person you are in conflict with, instead of the term 'My neighbor.' Notice that these lyrics do not specify which one of you needs to change in order for your words to come to pass. They only specify the outcome, and leave the necessary changes up to God. Don't forget the old adage:

"Don't say that you love God
if you're unwilling to change

It's Good for Me ...6/19/05
Many years ago I was confronted with the dilemma of being unable to attain any sort of prosperity as the result of doing my spiritual teaching work. After much prayer and deep inner work, the Lord spoke to my hear and revealed this insight:

A 'vow of poverty' is a way TO God,
but Prosperity is the way OF God.

I then connected this insight with the following 'Promise of God' as revealed through the scriptures:

"And we know that all things work together
for the good of those who love God, to those
who are called according to his purpose."
...Romans 8:28

As a result of these two bits of wisdom, I created the following little chant that really turned the situation around for me:

It's good for me to be prospered,
in doing the work of the Lord.

Most recently, I realized that this chant can be easily modified by using any activity or outcome that you can associate with with good intentions (God's Purpose). Here's a few examples:

It's good for me to be peaceful,
in doing the work of the Lord.

It's good for me to be cheerful,
in doing the work of the Lord.

It's good to receive assistance,
in doing the work of the Lord.

It's good for me to see clearly,
in doing the work of the Lord.

Serenity is good for me,
in doing the work of the Lord.

Sowing Your Seed
Death is our first and last fear. Every fear we have in life is derived from our fear of death.

The 'fear of death' most often appears in our lives as our 'fear of lack.' Death is a lack of life. Poverty is a lack of money. Sickness is a lack of health. Loneliness is a lack of championship. And so on... This is how the fear of death permeates every area of our lives.

Because every fear is connected to our basic fear of death and lack, whenever we break through that fear in one area of our lives, it brings about a corresponding change in every area of our lives. This is because it is essentially the same 'fear of death' revealing itself in many different ways.

Consequently, if we break through our fear of lack in the financial area of our lives, it can also produce a healing in some other area of our lives that seems totally unrelated to money.

This is why tithing is so important. Whenever we plant a substantial financial seed in a place that promotes an abundance of life, we are breaking through our fear of lack and death. This breakthough will always produce a more abundant experience of life.

The good news of this realization is that we can use our money to heal ourselves and expand our experience of life. Not by buying things, but by giving it away to places that make us feel grateful for life.

Whenever, we perform an act of gratitude in the face of fear, our faith is deepened and our expression becomes more abundant.