Divine Grace determines all Creation in all its expressions and aspects. We say that the unmanifest comes into expression as manifestation by ordinance of Divine will. This is made possible and activated by the Presence, whose quality is to potentiate the evolution of possibility into actuality. We could say, for instance, that a seed is dormant and inactive, but in the Divine Presence, it begins to grow. The potential patterns for the emergence of materiality reside within the invisible domain as energy patterns. The quality of ‘realness’ is only the radiance of the Self, which imbues the quality we call realness. The ordinary mind attributes this quality of realness to any material and imagines that the realness emanates from the material itself. The only thing that is real is the Self which, by nature of its divinity, radiates forth the qualities of life, reality, and existence. Life is either present or not.
By Dr. Hawkins, The Eye of the I, hardcover, ch.11, pg. 172
It is rewarding to choose a spiritual lesson or concept for the day that serves as a focus for contemplation. This is a way of contextualizing the entire day and its experiences. For instance, one can select Unity’s Daily Prayer, a lesson from A Course of Miracles, a step from the twelve-step program, a Psalm, or a basic spiritual premise, such as surrender, humility, or the letting go of control or the desire for gain. When done repeatedly over a period of time, it becomes incorporated into one’s personality and attentional set by which one automatically becomes benevolent, loving towards all life in all of its expressions, and aware of the perfection and beauty of every moment.
With incorporation into daily life, a spiritual practice an take the form of the continuous surrendering of volition, which then emerges into autonomous witnessing and effortless observation. These capacities will then be discovered to be qualities of consciousness, and not personal.
Reality, Spirituality, and Modern Man, Ch. 19, pg. 354-355
Humor is an expression of freedom and joyfulness, and laughter is biologically healing …. Faith, love, and joy are the high road; doom and gloom merely lead to sadness and despondency. Self-hatred blinds awareness of the Self as a reflection of Divine Creation.
That which I am is Allness. To realize that one already is and always has been All That Is leaves nothing to be added.
The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 116 and pg. 177 top
When we put pressure on other people in order to get what we want, they automatically resist, because we are trying to pressure them. The harder we push, the harder they resist. Even though, out of fear, they may actually concede to our demands, there is not an inner acceptance and, later on, we will lose what we have gained. This resistance is in all of us. We can be aware of it as it operates unconsciously, and we evade that awareness by making excuses and plausible explanations.
…One way around it is to take the view that our responsibility is to make an effort, but not try to determine the result. Another way is to surrender the feelings we have about what we want from the other person, and let go of the pressures we are putting on them in the form of expectation and desire. They, then have the psychic space to become agreeable or even to initiate the desired result on their own, the result we had wished for in the first place.
Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, Ch. 18, pg. 274
Realization is not a “gain” or an accomplishment, nor is it something that is “given” as a reward for being good – these are all notions from childhood. God is immutable and cannot be manipulated into granting favors, or seduced by bargaining or adulation. Worship benefits the worshipper by reinforcing commitment and inspiration. God is still, silent, and unmoving.
The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 90