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


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.



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 the Dove.

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.

--Marjorie Mayes