The Art of Inspired Living

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Awakening

…one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
St. John, 9:25

Who knew that life could be so beautiful by just changing the lens through which we see. What if we could just let go of our preconceived notions—our judgments, our fears, our resistance to what is? What if we could walk in the world with brand new eyes?

By a certain age, we are already programmed to perceive the world in a certain way, and I’m afraid for most of us, it is not through rose-colored glasses. We’ve never questioned where or when we developed our perceptions and made decisions about the world and all the people in it. For some of us, maybe that’s the way we were trained to think, and we’ve never examined our belief system in any real way. Interestingly though, the more we do our internal healing work, we begin to ask ourselves, “Where did that idea come from? Is it true or do I need to re-examine it?”

You can trace all your beliefs back to the beginning and you begin to see that many of your perceptions about the world are unfounded and perhaps even based in fear or some other negative way of thinking. Then one day, if you’ve done your internal work well, you open your eyes and you begin to see as you’ve never seen before. Where there was guilt, there is now innocence. Where there was anger, there is now forgiveness. Where there was intolerance, there is now acceptance. This is the deep internal work we do that frees us from our belief in separation and enables us to love as never before.

Life is beautiful and it does depend upon the lens through which you are looking. Look with love and see the beauty everywhere.

Affirmation
I look for the good everywhere and there it is.

Rev. Karen Wylie

My Own Shall Come to Me

My own shall find me. No matter where I go, it will follow and claim me.
Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind, pg. 535

Suffer not, my Beloveds. As you dive deep into your own soul, your own shall come to you. It is not about struggle and trying to make something happen. The promise is that your good is already there, awaiting your willingness to receive it. Your work is internal—in fact, it is a willingness to surrender your egoic strivings. The ego gets in the way of your perfect surrender—your relinquishment into Spirit.

Your good was prepared for you from the beginning. You hold it off in your striving to see it. By moving inward into the sweetness of your own divine self, you come to a clear realization of your connection and oneness with that which created everything. Through your complete willingness to take that inward journey to “be still and know that I am God in the midst of you,” something shifts. Then and only then, do you realize that everything you’ve always desired is already present. You are in the flow.

You cannot think yourself into this experience. It is necessary that you be willing to surrender control, which for many of us is not easy because we have used control as a mechanism to keep ourselves safe in what we perceived to be an unsafe world. In the quiet as you disengage from the mind, you bask in a love that you have never known before and you release the resistance created by your own striving. You give up trying to make something happen and right then, Heaven appears on earth and you have come home to freedom. This is a promise.

Welcome home Beloveds! May your days be filled with incomparable love, peace and harmony!

Affirmation
I let go of my resistance, my need to get it right. I dive deep into the holy presence where unconditional love awaits me and I am reborn.

Rev. Karen Wylie

Finding a Deeper Love

…Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.
Jeremiah 31:3

Whatever level of consciousness you believe you’ve achieved, there’s more, and you cannot think your way into it. In fact, it requires you to actually disengage from your thinking mind, which seems to be the most difficult challenge since we think a million thoughts a minute.

No, you have to stop the monkey mind and settle into the silence of your own soul. You leave the outer world behind as you dive deep into the inner sanctuary of your Being. Therein lie the answers to all your questions, the peace and clarity you’ve been seeking, and the love that is unmatched by any experience you’ve ever had in the outer world.

Everything you’ve ever desired can be found within, even the great lover you’ve been waiting for or the abundance and prosperity you think you can’t be happy without. It’s all within you, awaiting your realization of it.

In that quiet stillness we make the connection with the Love Intelligence that created this universe. We access the Divine and in our yielding to it, we are transformed. In the flame of Spirit’s love for us, which can be powerfully felt, we willingly surrender our ego and all its manipulations and strivings. When we see that we are so loved and cared for, we let go of all our resistance, all our worries and concerns about survival, and all the ways in which we withhold the love that is our very nature.

In that awareness, the Love within us magnifies and all goodness is drawn to us like a moth to a flame. This, my Beloveds, is true liberation, and it is what we’ve come into physical form to realize and experience. I call it Heaven on Earth. From now on and forever, regardless of what goes on around me, therein will I reside.

Affirmation
The deeper I go, the more holy my life!

Rev. Karen Wylie

Life

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…
Rudyard Kipling

Sometimes when I tune into the news, it seems like the whole world has gone mad, and honestly, I feel a little fearful. Then I say to myself, “Well, it’s clear you need to meditate a little more…maybe even actually during the news hour.” It certainly seems that prayer would help also.

Then I have to remind myself that this is the world of appearances and there is a whole, rich, amazing life within me that has nothing to do with that. I remind myself that I live in paradise, that my needs are continually being met even before my asking. I have to remind myself that I’m so loved and cared for in a universe that is for me, never against me. I remind myself that I have powerful, unseen resources that provide for me and keep me safe, no matter what is going on in the outer world. I remind myself how much God loves me (and all of us), and that a great healing is taking place that we are all part of because we were born in this time and place. I remind myself how important it is for me to keep my consciousness high no matter the degree of insanity that shows up in the outer world.

Then I am soothed and once again I feel the empowerment that is so vitally alive within me. I feel my strength, my clarity, my focus, my conviction. I can see even in the darkness. I realize how very much I’m loved, and I remember the power of that love.

Nothing and no one can take from me the joy and happiness I felt yesterday morning as I watched the sun rising over the mountain into the red blazing sky. I’m alive and I’m free to believe in whatever I want to believe. I believe a new day is coming, filled with light and promise; and I choose to hang my hat on that!

Affirmation
Today I’m empowered in my understanding that I live in a friendly universe that is always providing for me!

In peace and love, Rev. Karen Wylie

To Each His Own

It is for us to realize that as we begin to take care of God’s business…giving and receiving love…our earthly business is handled.
Karen S. Wylie, Into Me See, A Book for Daily Inspiration

Your good is not in someone else’s driveway, or in someone else’s home or on someone else’s arm. Furthermore, there is enough to go around. There is not a scarcity. It is given to you as you believe. That is the promise. What do you honestly believe about your life and what is possible for you? That is the question of the day. You either believe that you can have a great life filled with the peace, love and joy you’ve imagined or you don’t.

We are great at kidding ourselves, creating lists of what we’d like to have in our lives while at the same time, living in fear that we’ll never have it. We have to stop kidding ourselves and begin to do the real work of delving into the source of those negative beliefs that have kept us in bondage for our whole lives.

The question is, “Who am I beneath all this fear that I’ll never realize my dreams?” Where have I bought into the notion that I am not deserving, that someone else is smarter, more attractive, and more capable than I am; and hence, that I will always fall short of the good I’m seeking?

Here is the truth. You are so loved by that which created you. Beneath all your fears that you are not worthy is a consciousness within you that knows your connection to Spirit, that knows you can live the life of your dreams. That part of you knows exactly what to do and how to do it for your self-realization.

This earthly experience is exciting because you get to feel and sense the material world, but there is nothing better than to experience it from a consciousness of knowing and truly realizing the Christ Presence within. Love, peace and joy are the instruments through which you taste the thrill of living in this material world. Life is thrilling and safe and beautiful; and it is for you, never against you!

Affirmation
Today I release my fear, knowing the Universal Presence supports me completely!

Rev. Karen Wylie

Reclamation

We become conscious of darkness only when we are without faith—for faith is ever the light of our day and the light on our way, making that way clearly visible to us, even when to all others it may be beset with obstacles and the ongoing rough.
Ernest Holmes

In the process of our individual spiritual growth and evolution, our shadow aspects come forward to be healed and dissolved into the light, which is the very nature of God. This happens on an individual basis and now I see it happening on a global level. How do we find peace in the midst of this crazy, unsavory world of appearances? We could say the world has gone nuts or we could say all this is happening for a reason.

In order for the evolution of love and light on this planet, everything unlike it must come to the surface to be dissolved. Our daily news is filled with stories of racism, sexism, intolerance, greed, abuse of power, and abuse of all kinds. Whether you like our President or not, he has been, and continues to be, an amazing catalyst for change—not only in our own country but also throughout the world. People are waking up, asking themselves, what matters to me? What are my values? What do I believe in? What am I willing to fight for? THE POT HAS BEEN STIRRED.

The fact is all this negativity and separation has been present for a long time, fomenting beneath the surface. We can see it now for what it is and that is the beginning of major healing on the planet.

It is for us to remain faith-filled, full of the belief in a new day, filled with the vision of peace, love and prosperity for all. It is for us to see the global transformation taking place right now on this planet. Yes, it’s messy but we are here to see beyond appearances. This is the nature of our spiritual journey on the planet…constant evolution, constant growth, becoming more like our True Self all the time. Ultimately, we see through the eyes of Love and witness it everywhere because Love is who we are.

Affirmation
Today I reach out with Love. I send Love to people everywhere.

Rev. Karen Wylie

Joyful Living

You are as young as your faith, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.
Ernest Holmes, Help for Today

Ernest Holmes said, “Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; people grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.” How you choose to see your life and the world around you is everything. Some young people look old and some old people look young. The story is told in your face and the way you carry yourself.

As bodies of energy, we reveal everything not just in the words we speak. Our enthusiasm for life is like a beacon of light which attracts like a moth to a flame. It is all within our power to create that light, but we cannot do it by dwelling on worry, doubt, fear, self-judgment and despair. These are the ways of being that bend the back and bow the head.

No matter how old you are, there is in every heart that childlike delight, that love of wonder, and the joy of experiencing something brand new and fresh. It’s been said a million times: the thoughts you think are what determine the world you are living in. If you don’t like the world you are living in, now is a great time to change. It is within your God-given power to change your life. Nothing is stopping you but YOU.

Life is so joyous, so beautiful, so profoundly magnificent in its complexity and opportunity. You did not come into your physical body for pain and suffering. You came for love and beauty and divine expression. Now is the time of your great becoming, to live the rapturous journey of your magnificent joy-filled life!

Affirmation
I declare myself a powerful, loving light overjoyed at my new becoming!

Rev. Karen Wylie

Who…Me??

Our inner worlds interact with outer conditions to shape the world around us. We respond to external circumstances but we also create them.
Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Well, it is clear from listening to the news that we, as individuals, have great work to do on the planet at this time. We like to point fingers at the guilty ones. We are sure it is them, not us, as we move into greater and greater separation. We would like to say it’s not my problem. It’s them. If they could only see my “right” point of view.

We don’t like to admit that we’ve been a part of creating the very circumstances we now witness. We don’t like to acknowledge in the deepest part of ourselves our own racism, our own dishonesty, and our own manipulation.

Well, now it has all surfaced so we can’t pretend it’s not there. It has surfaced so that we can do the great internal healing work on ourselves at an even deeper level. All healing in the outer world comes from our willingness to do our internal work. Why else would all this hatred and animosity be surfacing now? There is a connection between our inner world and our outer world. We now look closely at ourselves. Where have I withheld my love in the name of a difference of opinion? Where have I judged someone based on the way they look, talk or dress? Why do I lie to myself or others to get what I want?

Our inner world and the outer world are intimately connected and interdependent. Through our inner work, we create a great shift in the outer world we all share. It is not about fighting against anything. It is about doing your own healing work within to such a degree that you bring healing light to this planet, you bring love to this planet, you bring the transformation to this planet that is sorely needed at this time. Can one person make a difference? It has been shown over eons that yes, one person can make a difference. Let it be you.

Affirmation
The transformation and healing of my outer world begins within me.

Rev. Karen Wylie

Inexhaustible Supply

This is a beautiful thought: that we are fed from the table of the Universe, Whose board is ever spread with blessedness and peace; Whose loving-kindness has never been fathomed; Whose grace and truth are the cornerstones of Reality.
Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

If you only knew how much you are loved and cared for, you would fear nothing! It’s as though this whole universe is here to love and support you. And yet we suffer. We suffer because we don’t believe it; and in our lack of belief, we push away the very things we so desire in the deepest part of our being.

Faith is a tricky thing, isn’t it? Believing in what you cannot see…but faith in what you cannot see is everything. Socrates said, “Know thyself.” In the knowing of self, we come to realize our divine essence. We begin to see that we are more than just these flesh and bone bodies. We begin to see that we can tap into the divine nature of the universe. We realize we are never alone. We realize that we are loved unconditionally, and that we are creators of our own universe. No matter what is going on in the outer world—the craziness, the confusion, and the fear—we rise above all that into the light. We do that because there is a divine light within us, which transcends all things. It is a light that illumines the world. We rise above the din and confusion. We are in the flow and moving in life with ease and grace. Everything is going our way because we resist nothing; instead we are part of the All. We are one, and life is good.

We are fed at the inexhaustible table of the Divine, and ultimately our greatest expression is one of gratitude and thanksgiving. We are willing NOW to transcend this world of appearances into true Reality.

Affirmation
I release my fear and sense of separation. All is good because all is God!

Rev. Karen Wylie

Taking a Risk

Man is limited by nothing but his own thinking, by his mental ability to conceive.
Ernest Holmes, Creative Mind

When I was 21, my friend who was a poetry-reading dreamer said to me, “Let’s quit our jobs, sell our cars and travel all over Europe.” We really had no significant money and though we had the means to get there, we had no plan for getting home. Even though I was a very practical young lady having been raised by parents of limited means who had been through the Depression, miraculously I said, “Yes!” That decision made at 21 years of age changed my life forever. We traveled in ten countries for six months and somehow our needs were constantly met.

Because of that early experience and my willingness to step out of the limited parameters that defined me at the time, my life changed forever. My horizons expanded. I had a new belief in myself and what was possible for my life. I never again saw myself in the same way.

We are constantly faced with life-changing decisions. Sometimes we have to step out in faith believing if we really want to experience Heaven on Earth. Otherwise we are the ones limiting the possibility for our lives—no one else. Many of us live within the confined boundaries of our own making. We are afraid to take a risk…afraid to really live. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending upon your point of view, only you can know what is seeking to emerge in you.

The good news is when you are in alignment with your true nature as a spiritual being, you are guided, directed and supported by a Supreme Intelligence that loves you unconditionally. Of this, you can be sure.

Affirmation
I am available and respond to Divine Inspiration. The truth of my being is revealed now.

Rev. Karen Wylie

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