Bird chirps, vanguard for coming rain,
Dog bark skitters through twilight village.
Smoke raises a column through the pines,
Contented families dine in golden windows.
Life’s pulse is gauged in the hollows, the intervals between
events. If you want to see Tao (the path), you must discern these
spaces. This requires leisure, the chance to sit and contemplate,
and the opportunity to respond to inner urgings.
If you can find a place to retreat, you can make a life where Tao
will flood into you. Out in the woods, or in the mountains, or even
in small villages where the times are slow paced and the people
sensitive to nature, there is the possibility of knowing the deep
and the profound. Only when you have the time to accumulate an unshakeable
belief and faith can you glimpse the Tao in which there is restfulness
and a natural sense of what is right.
--From “Daily Meditations”
by Deng Ming-Dao
HOPI ELDERS SPEAK
You have been telling the people that this is the
Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this
is The Hour.
There are things to be considered: Where are you living?
What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in right
relation? Where is your water? Know your garden.
It is time to speak your truth. Create your community.
Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the
leader. This could be a good time!
There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great
and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try
to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart,
and they will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.
See who is there with you and celebrate. At this time
in history, we are to take nothing personally. Least of all, ourselves.
For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes
to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary. All
that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
THE KNOW IN BUSINESS
Pray at all times knowing right prayers are answered.
Anything that ever is, is forever God’s. All that I am is God, and I am part of God; therefore, nothing but divine harmony is expressed in my life. I individualize God and have direct contact with truth. My intuition is perfect, my spiritual perception is perfect. I know God is my wisdom, my intelligence, so I am always directed to right action at all times, as God is the only doer.
God works through me, therefore, I am always looking
rightly and there is no danger of any harm to anyone because of
my negotiations. There is no waste of time, for God’s work
is my work, therefore, my work is well and unselfishly done.
My thoughts are clear, new, fresh…and powerful
results are felt in my work. My ever-praying thoughts are the handiwork
of God, powerful as the Eagle that flies over the universe with
direction, in season, yet as gentle, humble and nonaggressive as
My prayers go forth in all my negotiations in the name of God and
I, therefore, cannot close a single day empty-handed. My prayers
are powerful and I know they will accomplish that which I accept
as right action. I know every relation in life will be found to
depend upon my ability to see God in action in my life and prayers.
I am not dependent on man or conditions. I am dependent upon Substance, Spirit; therefore, I do not look to man or conditions but to the Infinite for direction.
I listen to my intuition, which is accepting God. My eyes are fixed on appreciation of God’s gifts, therefore,
money loves being in my hands because I spend with God’s wisdom.
I receive money through Right Action in all my deals. I do not bargain
with God. I do not tell God how money must come to me. I just negotiate,
listening to my own intuitions, knowing that it is done unto us
as we believe.