SOME CLOSING THOUGHTS FOR 2011
In every sentence I have written, in every word I have spoken, and every thought that has entered into my mind was always to communicate a message of my deep abiding love, hope, gratitude and humble spirit that I share for each one of you. As we celebrate the last few hours of 2011 together and turn our attention towards the greatness that awaits each one of you, I leave you with these departing thoughts, that in some small way, they will help you to blossom as a brand new flower in 2012.
NOW PLEASE ENJOY
Sweetness is closer to bitterness than it is to decay, no matter how sweetish its smell.
The essence of everything on earth, seen and unseen is spiritual. On entering the invisible city my body is covered by my spirit. Who so seeks to cleave the body from the spirit or the spirit from the body is turning his heart away from the truth? The flower and its fragrance are one; they are blind who deny the color and the image of the flower, saying that it possesses only a fragrance vibrating in the ether. They are like those, deficient in the sense of smell, to whom flowers are naught but shapes and hues without fragrance.
Everything in creation exists within you, and everything in you exists in creation. You are in borderless touch with the closest things, and, what is more, distance is not sufficient to separate you from things far away. All things from the lowest to the loftiest, from the smallest to the greatest, exist within you as equal things. In one atom are found all the elements of the earth. One drop of water contains all the secrets of the oceans. In one motion of the mind are found all the motions of all the laws of existence.
God has placed in each soul an apostle to lead us upon the illumined path. Yet many seek life from without, unaware that it is within them.
Believing is one thing, doing another. Many talk like the sea but their lives are stagnant marshes. Others raise their heads above the mountain tops, while their souls cling to the dark walls of caves. What about you, how do you fit into this picture?
God made our bodies temples for our souls, and they should be kept strong and clean to be worthy of the deity that occupies them.
The souls for some people are like school blackboards on which Time writes signs, rules, and examples that are immediately erased with a wet sponge.
THE ART OF POSITIVE REALISM
To be positive means using the power of hope to effect change. And being a realist entails living life as it really is, facing the difficulties as well as fully enjoying the valuable ingredients of your love bond. Joined together they make up the art of positive realism.
If you would be free from all physical aches and pains, and would enjoy perfect physical harmony, then put your mind in order, and harmonize your thoughts. Think joyful thoughts; think loving thoughts; let the elixir of goodwill course through your veins, and you will need no other medicine. Put away your jealousies, your suspicions, your worries, your hatreds, your selfish indulgences, and you will put away your dyspepsia, your biliousness, your nervousness and aching joints. If you will persist in clinging to these debilitating and demoralizing habits of mind, then do not complain when your body is laid low with sickness.”
STAYING IN THE FLOW
Abundance is a flow. You will always have abundance if you are able to let go and remain in the flow. When something is taken away, something else will replace it. Otherwise, what was taken from you will come back to you with even more than before. Knowing that this is how the universe and God works, you can be free from fear and worry about losing anything. Let go and you can remain happy and healthy, and what you want will always flow to you.
Now with these departing thoughts, I encourage you to grab hold of life in 2012 and ride it with all the vigor and enthusiasm like never before. May God bless you as He has opened the door of your new life, invited you in to sit at the table of hope and opportunity to enjoy all the beauty of your new like in 2012.