Between 600 and 500 B.C., the prophet Isaiah wrote, "The wolf and the lamb shall lie down together..."
The lion and the lamb... We all have an inner lion and inner lamb. We cannot operate from one or the other all the time. True spiritual living is making a place for both the lion and the lamb to reside. The lamb is vulnerability, kindness, nurturing, but too much can put us into victimhood. The lion is the driven, hard-working side.
The lamb reminds us that it is okay to ask for affection, to ask for love. But we need the lion to get things done.
There is an integrity to your soul, such as you will find nowhere else in the universe. -- Ernest Holmes
There are two ways to tell our story: we can tell our story with anxiety and fear, or we can tell our story in the recognition that every decision we make takes us here to where we are now.
We must face the challenge. What matters most is how we see ourselves. "Freedom is acting from the truth of our nature." -- Rudolf Steiner
The world is beginning to realize that it has learned all it can through suffering and pain. -- Ernest Holmes
Today's talk revolves around the series of Norman Rockwell paintings known as "The Four Freedoms", which was inspired by the State of the Union address made by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941. The four freedoms are:
Freedom is part of who we are. Why do we know freedom is for us?
We all have self-imposed limitations, however, when there are limitations there is opportunity.
"Find your own light." -- Buddha
"You are the light of the world." -- Jesus
The opportunity is ours to learn and to know in this moment so that we can move through the next threshold of beingness.
What story are we keeping alive about worry and doubt?
Expansion requires limitation. We are moved by the Divine Discontent. There is something more to know and to do, something greater yet to be revealed and to be experienced. And it asks what we must become to give birth to that something greater.
Ernest Holmes said, "Mind is consciousness which has put on limitation." We court the Presence and apply the Principle. We all need practice, and spiritual practice reminds us and wakes us up. We never notice the beauty because we're too busy trying to create it.
Lack is about not having or not being enough. Lack represents a separation from the Source of Life.
Behind the phenomenon of the human condition, there is One Mind common to all people, that Mind is perfect, and we all have access to that One Mind.
It is better to grow our income than to cut our expenses. It is better to grow our spirit than to cut our dreams.
A vacation is what we take when we can no longer take what we've been taking. We are here to live a life free from fear. There's nothing to fear. Fear cripples us. In fact, fear is the most boring thing about us.
Listen to others less. Be yourself more.
Fear less. Live more.
Dwell less. Create more.
Discord or disharmony can ruin our experience of joy, happiness, and fulfillment. But it also can ruin our productivity. We find that the better we feel, the better we do.
To feel good, is really to feel God. When we feel good, grounded, happy, and connected to people, we tend to feel more spiritual and connected to everything.
When we feel heard, listened to, and validated, then everything relaxes. So always seek to validate the other person.
We are created in substance, formed by substance, and unceasingly supported by substance. There is an all-ness in every illness and an all-sufficiency with every experience of lack to fully express, to fully expand, to allow the opulent universe to fill our heart.
No greater good can come to us than to know that the power within us is the power to live, to strive, and the power to create. -- Ernest Holmes
Aligning. When the soul wishes to experience something, she throws an image of the experience before her and enters into her own image. -- Meister Eckhart
In this week's talk, Dr. Patrick speaks about the willingness to expand, greatness, and moving from the impossible to the possible.
Are we willing to expand? As the Universe brings us choices and experiences, it is a call to expand in our skills, compassion, and awareness.
We were born to win. But to be a winner, we must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win! -- Zig Ziglar
We may minimize fear, limitation, self-loathing, and hatred, and then let love abound.
Greatness is for us. Each one of us can find greatness.