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Old September 8th, 2018, 09:44
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The Price Of A Glass Of Milk



A boy from a deprived background was determined to get an education. He hoped that this would later enable him to find some well paid work to get himself and his family out of the poverty trap, into which his parents through a succession of unfortunate circumstances had fallen. To help him pay his way through school, in his free moments he went from door to door selling things. One day he had only one small coin in his pocket and was so hungry that he decided to ask for something to eat at the next house.

The nameplate on the door told him nothing about its occupants, the way it sometimes did intuitively. There was nothing for but knocking and trying his luck. But when the door was opened by an attractive young woman, he lost his nerve and only asked for a drink of water. Noticing the hungry look on the boy’s face, the lady brought him a large glass of milk, which he drank very slowly. With an embarrassed smile he pulled the coin from his pocket and said: ‘I’d love to pay you, but this is all I’ve got.’

‘You don’t owe me anything,’ the woman replied. ‘When I was a child my mother taught me never to accept pay for any food or drink offered to someone, but to consider it as an act of kindness for which no money should be accepted.’ Thanking her from the bottom of his heart, the boy went on his way. His name was Howard Kelly. Before getting the milk, he had been ready to give up and quit. But somehow the encounter had made him feel stronger physically and his faith in God and human nature had been somewhat restored.

The boy’s parents no longer believed in God and so he had never been taught to pray. But that morning he had been so hungry that in his desperation he put his hands together, the way he had seen other people do when they were praying, and murmured: ‘If there’s someone out there, please help me.’ That’s all he said, yet on the inner level of life no prayer ever goes unheard. It’s just that sometimes for karmic reasons and also to keep us from erring too far from our self-chosen predestined pathway, the answer has to be: ‘No!’ However, does not happen when someone truly is in need and asks for help. Prayer creates a special vibration that sends a signal to the Angels and their helpers that the time has come to draw closer to the distressed person and support them as best as the situation and their Karma allows.

Many years after this took place, the woman became critically ill. Her local team of doctors was so baffled by her condition that in the end they advised her to consult a specialist. His name was Howard Kelly, who diagnosed that the woman was suffering from a rare disease. Upon hearing the woman’s name a light of recognition flashed within him and he decided that he would do everything in his power to save her life. As a result, she received an extra high degree of care and attention. After a long struggle with her illness, she made a full recovery.

When Dr. Kelly requested that the final invoice for this patient’s treatment should be presented to him for approval, he took one look at it, wrote something on the edge and then sent it to the woman’s room. Afraid that it might take the rest of her present lifetime to pay for the treatment she had received, she hesitated to open the envelope. Eventually she plucked up sufficient courage to look at the bill. To her astonishment and delight she saw that Dr. Kelly had written on it:


Paid in full with one glass of milk.
Dr. Howard Kelly

Tears of joy and gratitude came to the woman’s eyes and with all her heart and soul she prayed: ‘Thank You, Great Father/Mother of all life, for your kindness, love and generosity revealing itself through human hearts and hands.’

With each act of kindness and every bit of love we give to someone we cast bits of bread onto the waters of life. Like everything else we say and do, in the fullness of time it returns to us, although this does not necessarily happen through the people we gave it to, the way it did in our story. That is hardly ever the case, but return it unfailingly will, frequently in the form of help when we really need it. Suddenly it is there and to our amazement hands are reaching out to us, from unexpected people and places.

Every one of us eventually reaches the point in our spiritual development when we realise the futility of following the desires of our small earthly self. All we then want to do is surrender our whole being to the infinite love of God by serving the best way we can. If we wish for more than mere earthly satisfaction, we find fulfilment by tuning into the love vibrations of the Universal Christ, the only born Son/Daughter of the Great Father/Mother of all life. When we unhesitatingly obey Its will and wishes, which speak to us with the small still voice of our inner guidance, they unerringly show us the way in any kind of situation.


Recommended Reading:
‘The Power Of Prayer’
‘What Happens In Heaven When We Pray?’


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Old September 9th, 2018, 06:44
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The Internet Prayer



Thank you, Great White Spirit,
Father/Mother of all life,
For the beauty and wonder of Your Creation.
Thank you for allowing us all to take part in
The natural beauty of the planet
You have given into our care,
Our beloved Mother Earth.

Thank you for also providing us with the ideas
For the technical revolution that has been taking place
In our world for quite some time.
May Your creative ideas continue to inspire all of us,
And especially our scientists and technicians,
So they too can do their share of making our world into
An ever more beautiful and peaceful place
Where all can partake freely and equally in
The gifts that so generously flow from Your abundance.

We thank You for the miracle of the Internet
And the connections it makes possible in seconds
For meeting and getting to know
Like-minded people throughout our whole planet.
Not only they but everyone is our sibling
In the family of humankind.
We are Your children of the Earth.
Please help all of us to become aware of our true nature,
So that we may tune into Your wisdom and truth
Until our whole world, including the Internet,
Is filled with Your light and Mother Earth
Turns into a planet of healing and peace.

Guide and protect us and show us how to use
All your gifts wisely and especially
The Internet. Help us to treat it with respect
And use it for the highest good of all,
As a tool and instrument that brings
Ever more understanding into our world.
Help us to treat every one of the miracles
Of Your Creation, technical and otherwise,
With the reverence they deserve
And with love for You,
The One who brings all things into being
And who has created and constantly re-creates
Us and this splendid world for all to enjoy.

Guide and protect us and
Help us to make our contribution towards
Our own salvation and redemption,
Of each other, our world and
Everything that shares is with us.
Hand in hand with You and the Angels,
In accordance with Your will and wishes,
It shall be so, now and forever.

Amen


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Old September 10th, 2018, 10:31
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Hot Chocolate



A group of graduates in their late thirties and early forties, each one well established in their career, during one of their reunions decided to visit their retired science professor. It did not take long until his conversation with his former students turned into complaints about the stress they were experiencing in their working and private lives. Listening intently for a while, the professor asked whether anyone would like a cup of hot chocolate. When all replied that they would love that, he disappeared into the kitchen and soon after returned with a large pot of hot chocolate and an interesting looking assortment of cups on a tray. Some of them were made of porcelain, glass or crystal. A number of them looked expensive and elaborate, while others were more plain.

The professor invited his guests to help themselves and when each had made their choice, he said: ‘Did you notice that every one of you went for the expensive looking cups and that left behind the plain and cheap ones? Although it’s normal that you want only the best for yourselves and your dependants, to me it is a pointer to the source of the troubles you are busily creating.

‘Consider for a moment whether a cup from which you are drinking can add anything to the quality of the beverage it holds? Now, imagine that the cup is the outer world of appearances and the drink represents you, your inner being and the quality of life you are leading at any given moment. The glamour of the outside has nothing to do with the quality of the beverage. As a matter of fact, the two are frequently diametrically opposed. As a result, one fine day, even though it has been prepared with the same exquisite recipe, the drink that once deeply satisfied you begins to taste insipid. Strangely enough, each time you partake of another one you are a bit more disgruntled and sad. Increasingly a feeling of: ‘There’s got to be more to life than this!’ creeps over you and makes you shiver inwardly.

‘Every one of you for some time has been going through the midlife crisis. You have reached the developmental point when the higher aspects of your nature are beginning to move into the foreground of your perception. From the subconscious level they are knocking every more strongly at the door of your earthly consciousness. Your spirit and soul are calling for your attention because so far their interests have been neglected or maybe completely overlooked by your earthly self. It’s your higher nature that is sad and disappointed about having been neglected by you for such a long time. I believe that this is the underlying reason for your feelings of dissatisfaction.’

The professor had read somewhere that the scientists Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein had seriously studied astrology. Because of people’s prejudices against this subject at their time, the men thought it best to do this secretly so as not to interfere with the credibility of their scientific work. If two such outstanding minds became seriously interested in astrology, there has to be a great deal more to it than horoscopes and fortunetelling, the professor had thought. So, when his retirement came round, he took a closer look at the Divine science and it did not take long until he also became fascinated by it.
When his guest had finished their drink, the professor continued: ‘As some of you know, I have taken up the study of astrology in my retirement. Are you interested to find out what it might be able to tell you about your present life situation?’ All nodded in agreement, so he continued: ‘Each one of you belongs to the age group 38-45. Therefore, all of you are currently occupied with working your way through the midlife crisis. Astrologically, this is known as the Uranus Opposition and that can be exceedingly trying times for anyone. It’s a time when we become restless and maybe disenchanted with what we have achieved up to that point, so that at times we begin to ask ourselves: ‘Is this all there is to life, nothing but struggling and striving? There must be better way of living and being.’

‘This is happening because hitherto undiscovered gifts and talents we developed in other lifetimes and brought with us into this one, so they could be practised and worked on some more and polished to a high sheen. There could be issues that have been put on the back boiler because of other more urgent things demanding our attention. They are now likely to push themselves into the foreground, demanding to be considered and/or resolved, at last. To enable us and our lives to move forward some difficult decisions may have to be made. The only way of rendering things less stressful for ourselves, as I know from first hand experience, is by regularly taking stock as we move through our lives. It is unwise to allow unresolved matters to fester away, until one of the special events in our lives is upon us and forces them to a head.

‘Uranus is one of the outer or generation planets. They carry this name because they move exceedingly slow and their energies influence whole generations in a similar manner. When Uranus in the Heavens has moved to the halfway position between the place it occupied in our birthchart and where it is now, we speak of the Uranus opposition. The completion of this transit stretches over several years, and marks an important part of every soul’s maturing process in its personal evolution for its present lifetime. Most people experience the influence of their opposition most strongly from between the ages of 38-45, but in some cases this may be extended for several years in both directions. Every soul in its late thirties and early forties eventually reaches this significant turning point. At this special time the Universe presents it with many opportunities for releasing the past and making progress with taking possession of its true and authentic spirit self.

‘The Uranus opposition may cause a great deal of disruption in our lives, especially for those who thus far have insufficiently attended to their inner development and the needs of their spirit. The after-effects of the Uranus opposition can in that case affect their lives profoundly for some years to come. It is not for nothing that this time of life carries the name of midlife crisis. Under its influence people may suddenly feel inclined to make some truly drastic and dramatic lifestyle changes. And if you feel increasingly that something is wrong with you and your life, you are receiving signals from your inner self that some part of you is trying to break through that thus far has been neglected by you. Don’t ignore these signs if you wish to remain healthy and make some progress on your evolutionary pathway, of which you may also become more aware at present.

‘When things get rough, reassure yourself: ‘This too will pass!’ because it surely will. I don’t want to bore you with too many details here, but if you follow the link below, you can find out more.’

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Old September 12th, 2018, 14:55
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A Matter Of Attitude



I once knew a man by the name of Michael. He was one of those who manages to always be in a good mood and has something positive to say about everything and everybody. Whenever someone asked Michael how he was doing, he replied: ‘If I were any better, I would be twins!’ He was a natural motivator and when one of his employees was having a bad day, he drew their attention to the importance of looking for the positive side of every experience.

One day I asked Michael: ‘Nobody can be as positive as you are all the time. How do you do it? Have you got some kind of a secret?’ He replied: ‘It’s very simple really. Every morning I wake up I say to myself: ‘I have two choices today. I can be in a good or a bad mood.’ I always go for the first option because I know that each time something happens to us, good and bad alike, we are presented with a choice. In the case of unpleasant events, we can either look at ourselves as a victim of circumstances and feel sorry for ourselves, or accept what comes and make an effort to find out what the experience is trying to teach us and what the Universe may wish to tell us through it. The same applies when someone approaches us to complain about something. We can either go along with their negative perception of life or point out to them that there is a positive side to everything.’

‘It’s surely not that easy,’ I protested. ‘Oh yes, it is,’ Michael replied. ‘Life is all about choices. When you extract the essence of any situation, you will find that there is always some kind of a choice to be made. For example, human behaviour is not compulsive, it is chosen. Yes, God and the Angels are allowing us earthlings freedom of choice. But the way I understand the matter is that this freedom merely consists of deciding how we react to our experiences. The corollary of this is that we can choose whether we allow other people to affect our moods. Being in a good or a bad frame of mind depends on the choices we make. As the captain of the boat of our lives, we are always the bottom line. It is up to us to decide how we wish to conduct our lives.’

I reflected on what Michael had told me. Soon after I left the company we both worked with at the time and started my own business. Although I lost touch with the man, I was often reminded of his words when I had to make some choices, instead of just reacting to life, the way I had done in the past.

Several years later, I heard that Michael had been involved in a serious accident. He fell from a height of sixty feet of a communications tower. After eighteen hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was sent home with some rods that had been placed in his back.

I met him about six months later and when I asked him how he was, he replied: ‘If I were any better, I’d be twins. Do you want to see my scars?’ I declined his offer but asked him what had gone through his mind, at the moment of the accident. ‘The first thing I thought of was the wellbeing of my soon to be born daughter,’ he replied. ‘When I was lying helpless on the ground, I remembered that in this situation too I was allowed two choices. I realised that this was one of those moments when I could choose to live or die. I chose life.’

‘Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?’ I asked. Michael replied: ‘Only for a while and the paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine and took me to the nearest hospital. However, the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses there told me that they thought I had no chance of survival. That’s when I realised it was time for some action. So, when one of the nurses asked me whether I was allergic to anything, I replied: ‘Yes.’ All activity stopped. They were waiting for my reply. Taking a deep breath, I said: ‘Gravity’. Over their laughter, I told them: ‘I am not ready to die, I want to live. Go ahead and do what you can for me.’ Then I asked God and the Angels to guide their hands and they did.

Michael did make it, thanks to the skill of those attending to him, his positive approach to life and the power of prayer. He is living proof of the importance of positive thinking and that with the help and will of God and the Angels all things are possible. The way he handled the situation was living proof that our approach to life matters more than anything else in earthly life. This is because thinking is the most potent instrument in the whole of Creation. Our thoughts create our reality and a positive attitude towards life reveals our faith and trust in the ultimate goodness of the gift of life the Universe has bestowed upon us.

A positive outlook acts like a powerful magnet that not only draws good things towards us, but also people who in many different ways can help us move forwards and upwards on the evolutionary spiral. Whenever we have worked our way through particularly difficult and traumatic times, the way Michael did, it’s good to know that the Universal law of compensation is activated and rewards us. This is particularly true when we steadfastly hold on to our positive mind-set and do not forget to give thanks for our life and all those who – unseen by earthly eyes – are constantly beavering in the background, to keep us going, through thick and thin alike.

There are two streams of consciousness in our world, a negative and a positive one. It’s up to us to choose into which one we tune the transmitter/receiver station of our earthly minds. The positive stream is an upwards moving spiral that attracts to us ever more of the good things of our world and everything it contains. In contrast to this, the negative stream moves those who take part in it in a downwards direction. This is the realm of the whingers and moaners of our world, who with the passing of time can no longer see anything good in anyone or anything. As a result their picture of our world becomes increasingly gloomy and with the passing of time takes them ever deeper into the abyss of depression, until eventually nothing appears to be left to them than putting an end to their misery by their own hands.

The main contributors to the negative stream are the mass media. A chill wind of fear spreads from what they are constantly bombarding us with. Don’t pay attention to any of it. Refuse to be dragged down by anything and anyone’s negativity by reminding yourself that at all times millions and millions of good things are simultaneously taking place in our world. The only reason why they don’t get published is that they neither sell newspapers nor fill airtime on radio and TV.

Do not allow the mass media to sweep you into the darkness of anxiety and depression. Switch off and concentrate on that which is good, right and beautiful in our world. There is plenty of it at all times. Focus on it as much as possible and trust that in the background of life God and the Angels are working very hard to make that which is ugly in our world beautiful and all crooked corners straight. This knowledge makes it easier to remain in the positive stream of consciousness. And that is the best way for each one of us, on a daily basis, of doing something constructive and helpful for our world and doing our share of establishing God’s kingdom on the Earth.

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Old September 14th, 2018, 08:28
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The Nightingale’s Wisdom


Throughout the whole of a midsummer night a man had been listening to a nightingale’s song. He was so delighted that the next night he set a trap for the bird and captured it. ‘Now that I have caught thee,’ he cried, ‘thou shalt always sing for me.’

‘We nightingales never sing in cages,’ replied the bird.

‘Then I shall eat thee,’ said the man. ‘I have been told that nightingales on toast are dainty morsels.’

‘Nay, kill me not,’ replied the nightingale. ‘If you let me free, I shall tell thee three things that are worth far more than eating my poor little body.’

The man was so intrigued that he released the bird. It flew to a branch of one of the surrounding trees and from there called:

‘First: Never believe a captive’s promise.
‘Second: Keep what you have.
‘And third: Sorrow not over what is lost forever.’

With that, the nightingale flew away.


A Fable by Aesop
ca. 620-564 B.C.

Recommended Viewing:
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Old September 15th, 2018, 08:00
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The Nothing People



Have you heard of the nothing people?
They do not lie, but they do not tell the truth.
They do not take, but they do not give either.
They neither steal nor stop a thief.
They do not rock the boat and never pull an oar.

They will not drag you down, but always let you pull them
And if the effort kills you, the tough luck is on you.
They do not hurt you, but they refuse to help
And never volunteer for anything.
They neither love nor hate you.
They will not burn you, but fiddle happily
While you burn.

Do you know what such people are?
They are the sins of omission folks,
Spiritual voids, neither good nor bad.
They are standing still and stagnating
On the evolutionary spiral of life.
And because they never risk anything,
They can neither learn nor grow.

At least, the good keep trying
And the bad, in their own way, work just as hard.
It’s just that each is motivated by a different conviction.
Therefore, please Great Spirit, Father/Mother of all life,
Send me either a sinner or a saint,
But protect me against the nothing people.
If someone told them that they are in danger of
Wasting a precious lifetime on the Earth,
They would refuse to believe it.

Having the courage to make mistakes,
Willingly owning up to them
And looking for what they can teach us
Helps our consciousness to grow and expand.
This protects us against merely vegetating
And becoming one of the nothing people.

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Doing Our Best



‘It is neither the critic who counts nor the people who point out how the strong person stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to those who are in the arena and although their faces are marred by dust, sweat and blood, they strive valiantly, erring and coming short again and again, because there is no effort without it. But still they are striving to do their best with enthusiasm and great devotion. These people are spending themselves in a worthy cause and at best in the end they will know the triumph of high achievement. At worst, should their endeavours fail, they have been doing something and dared greatly. Therefore, their place will never be with cold and timid souls who are unfamiliar with victory and defeat.’ In every one of our earthly endeavours let’s never forget that only if we do our best can God and the Angels do the rest.

Theodore Roosevelt
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The Optimist’s Creed



I see the good in all people and situations.
Even though it’s still invisible in many of us,
Because everybody is a spark of the Divine,
It is there nonetheless.
And because the law of life is love and evolution,
Everything that happens serves the wise higher purpose
Of moving us and our world forwards and upwards
On the evolutionary spiral of life.
That’s why seeing something good in everything
Is by no means foolishly optimistic.
Spiritually it is realistic and sound
Because it helps to bring the good forth.

Life is basically very simple.
What we send into our world returns to us.
That’s why from now on I send nothing but love.
And because our thoughts create our reality,
My optimism is bound to come true in the end.
And so I think only of that which is good, right and beautiful
And strive to do my best at all times,
As in that case only more of the same can return to me.

I talk health, happiness and prosperity
With everyone I meet and
My faith in the basic goodness of life
Is growing so strong that nothing
Can shake it and disturb my peace of mind.

I promise myself to present a cheerful face to our world
At all times and greet everyone with a smile,
Even when I don’t really feel like it.
And I dedicate so much time on improving
My own character that will be no time left
For sitting in judgement over others
And criticising them.

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Things That Cannot Be Recovered



Stones that have been thrown
Can sometimes be retrieved,
But not thoughts once they have left our mind,
Words when they have been spoken,
Opportunities that have been missed
And time that has been lost.

We are responsible for every one of our thoughts and words. They leave an impression on the ethers and join either a positive or negative stream to create something. None of them can ever be taken back, especially not unkind and unloving words that are thoughtlessly spoken. They add themselves to the stream of thoughts of this nature and because all life moves in vast circles and everything eventually has to return to its sender, at some time or another find their way back to us with increased strength. Aware of this, wise ones guard their tongues most carefully and get their minds into gear before saying anything.

Recommended Reading:
‘Guarding Our Tongues’

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The Value Of Wisdom



There was an old owl who lived in an oak.
The more it heard, the less it spoke and
The less it spoke, the more it heard.
Why can’t people behave a bit more
Like this wise old bird?

Ah yes, but wait a moment!
In my view, anyone who heeds
What’s been said in the previous item
Has the potential of turning into someone
Who is as wise as a whole tree full of owls,
Much wiser than the old owl could ever hope to be.

Edward H. Richards
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