What I notice is, anytime I am inattentive, it’s like sleepwalking. My body shows up in the present moment, but not my mind. In this absent-minded state of consciousness, I may be influenced by opinions and ever-changing facts. In such moments I am highly susceptible to mistaking the false for the real. At such times, my vision for the future is often cloaked in “wishing” and “hoping,” rather than conviction and faith.
Ernest Holmes imparts his wisdom, saying “Let us in the stillness of our own soul go back to that ineffable Presence which is Peace and proclaim It even in the midst of confusion, that Peace which is the Power at the heart of God.” 1
Following Holmes’ teachings, I know that spiritual discernment is key in the development of my evolving consciousness. I anchor my go-to affirmations and prayers in the universal principles of Oneness, Love, and Peace, to name a few. These eternal verities are my measurements of Reality, the Truth that is the same today, yesterday, and forever. From this perspective, the balancing act of being in this world but not of it, is harmonized and my assessment of spiritual supremacy operating in human affairs inspires me to know that all is well.
The wonderful thing about The Truth is, it is never threatened, nor does it depend on what I believe. Instead, it is, in fact, my perceptions and my beliefs that are the cause of my suffering or my unwavering assurance. The good news is, at any time I may change my thinking and change my life.
I consider the words of The Apostle Paul: “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me.” 2
Now, what I notice is, anytime I am awake, alert, aware, and involved in the present moment, whether it is walking, talking, eating, or washing my hands, I find I am filled with great clarity. This intentional focus causes the energy of insight and right judgement to rise up within me. In this state of consciousness, I am a clear, conscious, conduit, through which Divine Wisdom and Intelligence flow unobstructed, guiding all my decisions into right action.
I affirm the inevitable presence and power of the One Spirit, God, now and in the future.
I like living on the affirmative side of life, and at the same time I am careful not to put my head in the sand about the apparent conditions that I face daily. For example, as our nation experiences the labor pains of giving birth to its next expression of “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” I offer my cultivated consciousness as a midwife for the expected blessing.
In my awakened state of consciousness, I realize the evolution of Life is forever stretching into the eternal; therefore, I capture the present moment and participate fully. I listen for the Indwelling Presence to reveal to me that which is mine to do.
I am fully present in every moment, as God magnifies all that I am.
By Robbin G. Ruffner, RScP Emeritus