Acceptance Therapy – Meditation
Posted on 03 June 2019, 10:16
I do so like Lisa Engelhardt’s little book, Acceptance Therapy, it’s good to read and absorb before nondual meditation.
Here are a few quotes:
“Acceptance doesn’t mean giving up hope, it means giving all – your hopes, sorrows, worries – to God.
Stop living in a past that is gone
And a tomorrow that is yet to come
Life is only this place, this time, - this breath, now.
An attitude of acceptance is constant prayer
Turn your life over to God with evey heartbeat.”
I contemplate these words, several times over. I understand their wisdom. The trouble is, I have been upset for some time about the behaviour of another. Yes, yes, that advice is fine. But that person’ behaviour is so egregious. What has Stephen to say in his Afterlife Teachings. I need to sort myself out, before I attempt to surrender to the Divine Self in meditation. Not to accept is to judge. Hear now how Stephen spells this out:
Stephen: Be quite clear, your duty to God and your fellow man
is simplicity in itself:
You should concern yourself only with your own actions towards
others, and love sufficiently as did our Lord Jesus.
You will accept with love, as a gift, the actions that they would do unto you.
We must, for our own sakes, never decide for another what they should do to improve themselves.
We must forever be concerned only with what we must do, for we know what is right and what is wrong, that we do ourselves.
Someone speaks words that make us angry.
We would be wrong to think that the anger comes from those words. The words when they came from the other were just words.
They were received and turned into anger by us.
If another speaks words that we judge as intolerance those words did not leave the mind or the heart of that other as intolerance; they were turned into intolerance by us.
We must say each time when we speak to another, “I must not sin. I must not judge. I must not anger. I must only love.”
To direct in physical things is not to judge, for the soldier who leads many men must, for the physical, make judgements for the physical by the physical.
Our Lord Jesus has said, “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” but in the judgement of the spiritual, this is the Father’s and we give you the judgement of the Father, for it is His to judge.
Our mind is but physical, therefore it may judge what is needed for the physical; our soul is of the Father and the Father judges the soul. Let not your physical mind judge the soul of another, for in doing so you are attempting to judge the Father.
Do not get confused between physical judgements and spiritual judgements. Separate them in your mind. For the spiritual, only ask through your heart for the Father to guide you yourself in the way that you must act. Never ask that He guide you to judge another in the way that they must act.
All of this that you have spoken tonight moved from one judgement to another judgement. Who was the lesser? Who was the greater?
It is folly to ask the question, for you lack the necessary knowledge and judgment in any case gives no satisfaction to your heart.
The Father asks that you do not judge, for He loves you; for when you judge you take away the peace that He has given you. You lose the harmony that is His gift to you and you punish yourselves in your dissatisfaction. For someone who is hungry cannot be filled by eating wood-dust, for he would not thrive and his throat would become dry.
Take only good grain that comes to you in truth, for this is the food of the Father.
Think of all these things that you have spoken this night, of the dissatisfaction that you have felt, of the confusion that has come to you,
of the blindness and the shields that have come across your eyes.
The more that you have spoken the less you could see and the less was your understanding.
Had you instead looked inside yourselves and said, as you had done later in your prayers, “Am I giving love? How best can I love others?” I need not speak any more, for think of the two conversations - your previous one and the conversation of your prayers - what you felt in your heart - and then ask yourselves which was the chaff and which was the good grain? Feed yourselves only with this good grain and may God bless you.
Readers who want now to meditate might like to Go to my previous blog.