Tracing back to stay committed: Journey of Courage 2017 – Day 04

An overarching lesson for today is: do what it takes to stay committed. What motivates you? What inspires you? What calls to you deeply? Remember there is a higher purpose at hand!  Remember! Remember! Remember. Anchor yourself in what is certain and unshakable within you. Let that anchor keep you steady, return to it as needed. Be your own rock.


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Guiding Thought

I am safe in Divine Love’s assurance. I have the courage to face the ignorance and illusions within me and root them out. I allow the Light of Love to enter my mind and heart. Divine Love shines within me destroying anything false, transforming me from within.


I want the Peace of God that passeth understanding. I said this, right? In the “Why a Journey of Courage”, right? Yes.

It’s only day four, and I had to focus, and remind myself why I’m here, now. And, that’s good. As soon as I did so, I felt that shift inside, from wondering “what is this all about” to “I understand the larger purpose”.

At first, reading the Guiding Thought, there was no frame of reference, no context. It made no sense; the words were empty– body-less spirits floating in a void.

When you’re lost in the woods, what do you do? You trace your steps back until you reach the last place you remember, where you knew where you were. Then you’re not lost. I traced my steps back to “Why a Journey of Courage”, and found my way.

As soon as I read the Guiding Thought in the context of the Peace of God that passeth understanding, it all made sense.

First, Divine Love gives assurance. It’s like, Divine Love knows that we are climbing, and the way can be steep and rocky, and we might struggle or lose our footing, or need to stop to catch our breath. Divine Love understands this: we aren’t perfect, and we’re doing the best we can, one foothold at a time. And it’s okay. It feels like Divine Love soothes my doubts with gentleness and patience.

That assurance, gentleness, and patience then become strength, which allows me to face and root out the ignorance and illusions within me. Divine Love’s assurance comes first, but then it’s up to me. I have to do what’s necessary within myself to recognize the things that I need to change (and change them!). 

Ernest Holmes said, “Evil will disappear when we no longer indulge in it”. This is how I feel about all the little seemingly small or benign aspects of my personality that are less than an expression of Pure Divine Love. As long as I have an iota of pettiness, immaturity, frustration, hostility, impatience, worry, doubt, blame, or judgement within me, it exists. If I want to live in a world of Harmony, Peace, Love, and Abundance, I must eliminate (not indulge) anything that is not Harmony, Peace, Love, or Abundance.

Once I begin the work of rooting out those things that prevent the fullness of Divine Love, then I have created the emotional/psychological space for Love. Not only that, but when I eliminate those things that are not like Love, somehow, I feel better about myself, I feel more worthy of Love, and I can allow the Light of Love to enter my mind and heart

After I open to Love, Love responds, and shines within me destroying anything false, transforming me from within. I work to transform myself, Love gives back tenfold (hundredfold, thousand-fold!). 

Now think about going through this process over and over and over…until there is ONLY Divine Love, and Its unshakable Peace…until all the ignorance and illusion within is transformed, and Love is all that remains… At that point, any ignorance and illusion anywhere become transparent, flimsy, or vapid, evaporating easily in the radiance of the Divine Love that shines within you, so that anything, anything inside or outside of you is burned up in its presence, before it can even reach you.

I’ll go through this process as many times as it takes to reach that state of unshakable Peace, the assurance of Divine Love, that power of transforming falseness. 

Making Fear Obsolete: Journey of Courage 2017 – Day 02

I am feeling very committed, very determined today. There is no wishy-washy in my determination to accomplish this Journey. Too much is going on in the world not to give absolutely, completely, 100% to Love, Peace, Harmony.

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Guiding Thought

When I attune my mind to the Oneness that is All of Life, I understand my place in Wholeness. I am the very Presence of Life, and this Presence of Life is me. I am blessed through this understanding. In return, I bless all I encounter.


I am very excited about beginning this Journey. I’ve never been prone to panic or anxiety attacks, but recently (ok, let’s be honest, since November 9, 2016), I’ve had bouts of feeling overwhelmed with near-panic and worry. It does not happen often, or regularly, but when it does, I can’t even say what triggers it, or why. It just “comes upon me”. This morning was such a time. I thought, “this feels bigger than me”. And what was implied in that was, “I don’t know how to handle this, or even if I can”.

This is why I need a “Journey of Courage” just now.

Three  days ago, I wrote “[Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego] were so filled with trust in God, in His plan, that whatever the outcome, their Peace was unshakable”. Putting courage in the context of unshakable Peace, really makes courage unnecessary. Peace goes first into everything, clearing out any doubt, fear, or worry, which would otherwise require courage to face.

This is why I need a “Journey of Courage” just now: I want the idea of courage to become obsolete, as fear, doubt, and worry dry up, evaporate, become as dust to be blown away in the gentle breath of Peace.

This Journey does not focus on strengthening courage. Instead of strengthening the tool to use against fear, this Journey aims to eliminate the fear, so the tool is not necessary.


Unshakable Peace.

We can get there.

What do you want? How badly do you want it? When I woke up this morning, with that lump in my chest from nowhere, thinking, “this feels bigger than me”, I was so glad that I had just written this two days ago:

I declare that I know my Divine Self is bigger than my fears. I know that I am connected with a Power greater than myself which flows through All, connecting each with ALL, and providing All Good to All, at all times. Thus when I am aware of, understand, and Know this Power through me, as me, I am able to walk in Peace and Harmony with All, approaching All with Love. I am committed to realizing this Power through me, as me, in every aspect of my life.

My near-panic may feel bigger than me, but the power I AM is even bigger.