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Practicing the Presence in Everyday Life

By Rev. Carol

When we consciously live, move and have our being in Spirit, we experience an expanded sense of Life. There is nowhere where God is not. But it is our job to keep our attention turned to that Truth and keep ourselves focused on the Presence Itself. When we release our human needs (the stuff we normally ask God for - you know, a new job, better relationship, anything we think we don't have but want), and regularly come apart from our daily activities in spiritual practice – prayer and meditation – we fill our spiritual bank accounts. With our spiritual bank accounts full, we are then able to draw on our reserves when those unpredictable times of challenge seem to hit us. But it’s important to remember that that is not why we turn to God.

Our primary purpose in life is to know God. When we turn to an awareness of the Presence within us, we fulfill our heart’s desire to be in intimate relationship with It. From that place, no thing and no one can be against us. We see and experience life from the perspective of the Divine. We are indeed free.

It's hard though! Which is why it is called 'practice!' Just as we learned to walk or ride bikes as youngsters after possibly hundreds of trials that ended in failure, we must push through our human resistance and keep practicing. When our mind wanders into lack thinking - worry, blame, shame, guilt, victimization, vindication, etc. - we must muster up the strength to put it back on track, focused on God. We are creative beings. We can do it!

That has been our focus since the start of 2015. If we get this right, everything else will fall into place. Everything.

To support your Practice of the Presence during your daily life, below are some ideas found in the book, A Closer Walk With God by Jim Rosemergy You may want to put reminders up around your home or set the alarm on your cell phone to remind you of these thoughts. Whatever is happening around or inside you, you can always choose to go within and center yourself in the Presence that sustains, supplies, guides and inspires you!

Start everything with an awareness of God: “In the beginning, God…” Genesis 1:1

Waking up: “Good morning God! What shall we do today?”

In the shower: “I mindfully invite the cleansing power of Spirit.”

Throughout the day: “I live and move and have my being in your Presence.”

Notice in all that you do: “I can do nothing on my own.” John 5:30

When quenching your thirst, consider these words: “Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst - not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” John 4:14 The Message Bible

In the midst of lack thinking, remember, “God is my Source! Not my job, my wallet, my boss, anyone else or what I think is there or not there in front of me!”

In the midst of a difficult task: “Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.”  Philippians 4:13 The Message Bible

When meeting any person: “I behold the Christ in you.”

When meeting a difficult person: “I know you… you are the Christ in disguise!”

About all of your daily encounters, affirm: “The people and circumstances of this day are divine appointments. There is a deeper awareness of God awaiting me because we have come together.”

When waiting in line or in traffic: “I am patient. Time, people, places and things have no power over me. I live in the moment.”

Going to sleep: “I am grateful for this day. I now let go and welcome Divine wisdom to show Itself in my dreams.”

Remember any encounter with the Presence changes you. It is the change that changes everything. Be open to the fruits of this experience, but more importantly, remember that you are wired to be one with the One. And that is not only sufficient unto Itself, it is all that truly matters. 

For an expanded version of this blog, you can listen to the podcasts titled, "A Closer Walk With God," "The Art of Waiting," "It's Not Enough to Be Really Alive Occasionally" and "Practicing the Presence in Everyday Life."

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