Success! on my terms– Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 10

This one Guiding Thought is all I would need. It, alone, is enough for enlightenment. If I could master this one thought, that would be enough…


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Guiding Thought

Love is always with me. I focus my whole Self on being entirely with Love. I tune out distractions and place my entire focus on simply being with the Love that is always with me. This is the return. This is eternal Comfort and Peace: Being with Love, as Love is with me.


I couldn’t do it. I did not succeed in focusing my whole Self on being entirely with Love. I could not tune out the distractions  (most of which were my own mind); I could not place my entire focus on the Love that is always with me.

My mind drifted. My mind asked, “what is Love, anyway”? My mind thought, “What constitutes my ‘whole Self'”? “OK, focus… tune out distractions…” Then I realized that thinking about tuning out a distraction is itself a distraction.

This is one time, when not succeeding is also not failing. On a Journey, there are only steps. There is no individual success, or failure, when each step brings about forward movement, when each step increases my awareness.

Each step demonstrates to Love, my commitment to It, my commitment to Knowing It. Each step is its own success, because each step brings me closer to the Ultimate Return.

One of my favorite Lessons from A Course in Miracles is Lesson 68, “Love holds no grievances”. Today, it has a different import. It says, “If you succeed even by ever so little, there will never be a problem with motivation again”.

The same is true with today’s Journey. If you succeed, ever so little, you have succeeded (I paraphrase…). You see, every step of these Journeys strengthens your True Self. Every step gives you a bit more of a glimpse of the Love you are, as you are. If you succeed even by ever so little, you will want to keep taking the steps toward that Self of Love. That is success: continuing, every day, small steps.

Highest vision for the world: (on Twitter, #pearlsofvision. What is your vision?)

How would the world be, if everyone were happy, and they acted out of happiness? There would be no jealousy, no greed, no deceit. Everyone would be satisfied, content, relaxed–able to give others encouragement and support, able to help others if they should need it, able to make decisions and take actions without worrying about the outcome, without trying to figure things out in advance, without trying to manipulate or control–there would be no reason for any of that. Happiness overrides the need to want something else.