Sin can be forgiven and in forgiveness is freedom and in freedom is Truth. Sin is often a symptom of the problem and not the problem itself. There always exists an underlying weakness which makes one susceptible to sin.
It’s true the spirit of fear can keep us grounded in inaction if we allow it to. Our path will wait for us to take the first step into Promise. However, if we never place our foot upon the path which God intends for us to follow we will never become all that we are created to be.
Stephen R. Covey’s “Everyday Greatness” is a fantastic collection of wonderful stories with pertinent commentary. This is truly an inspirational work. David Hatch has really compiled some emotion provoking stories of people who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. This book really puts what it truly means to do good deeds into perspective.
Covey presents simple, yet philosophical, examples for achieving greatness in our daily lives. The stories encourage one to be caring, loving, selfless, and to take action by putting the needs of many above those of one. His commentary affirms the notion that one person can make a huge difference in the lives of the recipients of their incredible gifts.
It is not often that emotions are sent on such an extraordinary ride. The stories in this book are guaranteed to deliver laughter, tears, joy and sorrow to the reader while pushing the envelope of what it means to give of one’s self without reservation. It is liken to a ride on an emotional rollercoaster. This is a work that should be cherished by the reader and passed on from generation to generation. “Everyday Greatness” exemplifies what it truly means to be a hero!
This is an inspiring work, and Stephen Covey uses straightforward language that makes his hypothesis amicable, even presenting quotes from many gifted speakers, artists and writers from all times. “Everyday Greatness” uses many examples taken from lives of the everyday hero that give authority to the author’s insights. This work’s spirited style and earnest intent should absorb the reader in a refreshing look at life’s infinite possibilities for being all that we are created to be.
A friend said, “What will his neighbors do now?” You see, Rodney planted an incredible garden and meticulously minded it every day right down to ensuring the ph of the soil was perfect. His vegitable plants were exceedingly fruitful. One friend said, “His tomatoes grew like grapes on a vine.” They were so large and each branch was crowded with fruit.” He poured his heart into that garden.
Well, as you know Rodney loved to share, but was never looking for a thank you. Every morning he would go through his garden and pluck up the ripest harvest. Then he would bag them up and hang them on the doorknobs throughout the neighborhood. He came from a community and gave the feeling of community to his Elmwood neighborhood. This was his Gift. He was a giver who gave from his heart.
I can picture him every step of the way. His strength of purpose ever so prominently displayed across his face. Each dutiful step he took from neighbor’s door to neighbor’s door strongly paced. The satisfaction of seeing in his mind the smiles of his friends enjoying his gifts filled him. The fullness of his overflowing heart as he walked on without a thought of the goodness he shared while continuing His work through the rest of his day.
What will the neighbors do? They will do as Rodney did. When we lead from our hearts an example proceeds from our actions. I know this from experience. Goodness begets greatness!
(Who is Dean Karnazes anyway?)
It is difficult to put into words what I have felt since hearing the news on Saturday morning. The only word that I have been able to use is “Odd”. I can only speculate as to why I feel this way. I’ve asked myself, “Is it because we are the same age?” It can’t be that, because I have had other friends who have ascended to the next level of their infinite journey that were also our same age. You see, this is so much different because we are and will always share a special kind of friendship. There are certain people who are brought into our lives for a reason. They become an important part of all that we are. They are always here for us as we are there for them. We never hold back our thoughts from one another and speak freely on all topics. When we are on the wrong path they will tell us even if it means they may lose our friendship forever. They know our strengths and our weaknesses, but love and accept us all the same. As our paths fork off in different directions and the times we share grow fewer and far between an intimate connections still exists between us. Then the universe provides us with the wonderful opportunities to come together and laugh, cry and share the past and present with each other. Whether it be days, weeks, months or years time seems to stand still on the day we come together in the joy of our infinite friendship. It always feels as if we are just picking things up from yesterday. These are our soul mates whom have been given to us by the All and the One. This is the kind of friendship we shared. Our families were our families and our homes were our homes. Even today I can feel his presence. All I need to do is think back to those special moments we shared as friends and there I Am.
More Time, we always think we have more time than we do. I remember those words as they were spoken to me by an old woman in an antique shop several years ago. They rang true then and today they seem even more so.
On this first day of August I am feeling as if I had just lost my best friend. He has accomplished all that he was to do here and has ascended. It is a new beginning in a journey which will have no end.
As I think back to that day at the antique shop and remember the old widow I recall the odd experience which followed. You see, several weeks had passed since the day I bought my grey ceramic elephant planter in her shop. On this day I returned to the small Connecticut town to find that the shop was closed. Since I was very captivated by the women and the wisdom which she obtained I looked forward to the visit. I decided to stop at a few neighboring stores to inquire as to when she would return. To my surprise the answers that returned to me were, “that antique shop has not been open for years.”
It would seem that I had been visited by an angel who was letting me know, in her own way, that a friendship which I cherished was coming to an end. The time was over and the relationship had accomplished all that it was to do. The purpose of that person in my life had run its course. They were an important part of the rebirth of my spirit. It was that person who helped foster the rebirth of all that I Am.
It was during that time in my life that my connection to the spiritual realm had been rediscovered. The little insignificant happenings in my life suddenly made sense. The mysteries, synchronicities and visitations were explained. In this my insight into the reality of all that there is had been magnified one hundred fold.
When I was eight years old I knew things. My parents and immediate family did not talk about it, but they all knew how very connected I was. However, as time went on and I grew older this seemed to go into remission. I have to assume it was largely caused by a shift in my consciousness. The concentration came from the spiritual and turned to that of the physical. Mainstream society had convinced a young man that happiness would be achieved only from the accumulation of possessions and the admiration of man. It was here that I decided to get on board. I would live today for what I thought I wanted tomorrow.
Six months. In general I found that it would take this short amount of time to get over the perceived joy of having anything that I thought would make me happy. This applied to people, places and things. After six months I would end up exactly where I started, empty and seeking answers. It is funny how many times we will go down the same road time and again expecting something different there.
The coping device would be the same during these in between times. Eat, drink and pretend to be merry. Anything to avoid dealing with the reality of the life, which we had continued to create, would suffice. We had forfeited the joy of today for what may be tomorrow. It was the action of numbing ourselves today with hope that relief would come tomorrow.
By religiously using this formula we had anchored ourselves in inaction. Never allowing ourselves to be all that we are created to be would rob us of the natural joy of the moment. We would run on a proverbial treadmill and get nowhere fast. Blessings did not come to us because we were not where we needed to be. Our lives were on hold and our intended path would wait to be followed. God’s gifts would remain unwrapped and unused.
One day I decided to step off the treadmill and move forward. I picked up a college application, filled it out and mailed it away. Soon I would find myself on the path which I was intended to follow. It was here that I would find my life and wife. Everything I needed to necessitate my departure from days gone by would be given to me.
The most difficult thing for me at this time was that the friends that I held so dear to my heart would begin to slowly drift away. As our lives change so do the people in them. This is not a matter of choice. The fact is that like attracts like. As our life changes so will the people in it. Our vibration will be changed as our thoughts and actions do. Those who are stuck in the old way will remain in the old way and those who match our current vibration will be drawn to us. This is the law of the Universe and is not subject to change.
I would attempt to resist without avail. Doing the same old things as the past became increasingly more difficult for me. It was torture to sit around wasting time in the old redundant ways of the past. The joy that I once perceived in these things was gone forever.
Friendships are friendships and those we love will always be loved by us. With a few friends time can go by, but when we get together after weeks, months or even years it is as if no time has gone by at all. These are our soul mates. The ones who we confide in and who confide in us and understand the law that governs the level of our connectivity as time goes on. Therefore, we eventually give into the law and allow each other to be who we choose to be. Yet, we are always here for each other in times of difficulty and when the timing is right God always brings opportunities forth which allow us to be part of each other’s lives.
Unlike the friendship that had run its course back at the time the women in the antique shop spoke to me this time my eternal friendship would be transformed. His friendship would leap from the physical realm of existence to the spiritual realm in what would be the process of his ascension. Although, in truth what the old women said did still ring true, for me it would merely apply to our temporal existence here on earth.
We always think we have more time than we do. He was in my thoughts on Saturday at a car show as my sister and I reminisced about his 1966 Impala SS and the times we spent which preceded his ascension, but I only thought to stop by to visit. I drove through the old neighborhood and by his old home with thoughts of the times we spent there in the past, yet did not dial his number and give him a call. I thought to myself, “maybe latter” and went on with my life.
Well, we all know how this story ends. There was no latter, the time had passed to spend the time with my good friend in the physical. Today my contact with him is in the spiritual realm. His visits touch me as a vibration of energy and I know with the essence of all that I Am that he is free.
We get what we think about most. When we think not enough, not enough will show up time and again. It even applies to what we think others think about us. We will tend to treat others based on who we think they think we are. In this scenario we could easily create enemies where no enemy exists.
Who We Are
“We are what we do, not what we used to.” (Ron Ash)
Do you know that we are all that we are created to be? It’s true! There is no man or women on earth that can define us other than ourselves. Everything we are today is being created day by day. Who we were yesterday is only a memory of what exists within us today.
Although, the past does affect our present we don’t have to allow it to dominate, restrict and predict our future. It is true that our lives are composed of our choices, but we can start right now to create the life that we want. The secret is to begin making better choices.
We all used to this and used to that, but that is the past. That time is gone and the future has not yet been created. Right now, this very instant, the moment before the thought is all that is real. From this place we can co-create our future and live the life of our dreams. Remember, everything that we have and are, is a compilation of the choices we have made all our lives. Choose carefully!
I have to reiterate a fact of life that often is repeated without fully understanding the disadvantages of the procedure. We can’t change the past so don’t reconsider choices after the fact. You know what I mean. All those “should of haves” only serve to take up space in our minds and extract energy from our hearts. These things cannot be changed. Even if they could be changed; changing them now would only serve to reverse the growth which was a direct result of the experience. In essence we would not be the inner person we are today if we had not made those choices and experienced the affects of them.
Several days ago I began to look back at some choices I made over the past few years. The main thought was, “I should have taken that offer!” You see, several years ago I had an offer on the property that houses our community center. It was more than four times the price that I paid for the building. I thought to myself, “I could have been on easy street!”
However, who would I really be today? What would I have done with that money and my time? Understand this, if I did not go through the struggle which stemmed from the negative experience which led to the offer on the building I would have never accelerated to the level of spirituality and connectivity to the Creator that I enjoy today. From not accepting that offer came, the essence of all that I Am.
It was then that I decided to pursue the vision of the Creative Cultural Center. CCC was not just a place for me to help others; it was also a place for those others to help me. Unknowingly I was being trained and prepared by the attendees to become the minister of the Word whom I Am today. Not only that, but I was able to do the most important thing any man or women will need to do in order to find the path that we are intended to follow. I would be shown my Gift! It would be through the discovery of my passion that all that I Am would be discovered.
“Passion is the soul’s recognition of God’s gifts.” (Ron Ash)
The groups began to take place at Creative Cultural Center. I started to share my stories of how Source had enlightened me, provided for me and directed me along my intended path while promoting me from one level to another. Hours seemed like minutes! People began to thank me for helping them change their lives. My heart became full as they continually inspired me to inspire others. This led me to other places, people and groups while further expanding the tools necessary for Us to continue Our journey.
I had written my first book “The Apostle’s Recipe for Happiness.” It was now in print and available to readers around the world. The second book “The Secret of Divine Intervention” was already waiting in the wings. With every experience, positive or negative, a new chapter was written and more lives were changed. The Gift of breaking things down in a way that people could get the message was birthed from the experiences along the path which was set forth by the Creator. All I needed to do was have faith that everything would always work out for the greatest good. Never give up and never surrender. God will send his angels to give us signs and place checkpoints along the way.
If it were not for a betrayal the book would not exist. Readers would not have been inspired and uplifted by it. I would not have been inspired by their letters and endorsements. My ministry could have fizzled away. I can’t really say where I would or would not be right now, but I know that I would not want to be any different than the soul that I Am today.
Everything is for a purpose. It is all part of our infinite development. We are our souls and our spirits created in the image of God. Some say, “We are the fingers of the hand of God.” It is through us that the Creator creates. As we think forward we move into the future which We create. This is why we must not waste our time by thinking about the “should haves.” It is our job to concentrate on what we have right now with the utmost gratitude and be grateful for what we have asked for as our prayers have already been answered.
Through the Divine combination of great appreciation and powerful imaginations we constantly evolve ourselves and all which we have been given charge over. It is in Divine Science that man becomes continually and infinitely all that we are created to be. From thought to conception to birth and resurrection we learn, improve and continually develop our potential to achieve God consciousness.
Who are we? We are all that we “are” created to be. Continuous creations moving endlessly from the physical realm to the spiritual realm in our infinite journey are all that we are. As we experience ourselves; in this very moment we are all that we are created to be. No longer are we the frightened child, drug abuser, arrogant know it all, egomaniac or sinful soul. We are who we chose to be today! I Am, I Am, I Am all that I Am created to be.
“Freedom without exercise is slavery self imposed.” (Ron Ash)
What good are our freedoms if we do not use them? Why should we have the right to speak, but sit quietly waiting for others to act? There is no other reason but fear in our hearts and minds. In this inaction we have volunteered to serve fear in place of freedom. We have submited to bondage and a destiny of our own accord.