Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner


When the Lord is your confidence you will never find yourself at all deceived by the ways and speech of men and women, though they be very brilliant, if they speak outside of the Principle that demonstrates healing and goodness and life.” ~ Emma Curtis Hopkins ~

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It was the mid to late 1970’s. There I was sitting on the shores of the Long Island Sound, having just completed a weekend retreat with Tara Singh.   I was sure I would come away with that one nugget that would tell me exactly what to do to stay in alignment with Truth.  Instead, most of the days were spent in the silence where the only guidance the enlightened teacher offered was to tell us to move beyond words and concepts. 

I remember feeling somewhat disappointed. I expected a clear-cut path to follow. I had imagined that all the participants would somehow bond as one regardless of our diverse backgrounds; unify in our common interest; join hands, and leave singing the proverbial Kumbaya! Instead, we were left suspended, for long periods of time, in an unfamiliar territory – in the depths of our own self. 

Although I didn’t realize it at once, this retreat was actually a turning point in my life inasmuch as it offered a profound gift of spiritual enlightenment and self-realization; a gift that keeps on giving.

Here it is many years later, and somehow, when I bear witness to the out-picturing of world consciousness, I sense and feel the same energy rising up that I felt way back then. For example, I have a desire for a clear, conscious path that actualizes the unity of all people regardless of apparent diverse backgrounds, various cultures, and different opinions. At such times, I remember to shelter in place, moving into the sanctuary of my own being, into that place of silence. 

“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” ~ Matthew 5:8 ~

Here, beyond words and concepts, I am refreshed, renewed, and aligned with the Presence and Power of God. My heart is purified. It is in this state of consciousness that I am empowered with the nature of the Divine, I see as God sees.  

“All’s Love, yet All’s Law.”  ~ Robert Browning ~

I realize: God is Love. The Love of God fulfills Itself, through Its own Law, by becoming every form imaginable. ~ I am the vehicle who does the imagining. ~ The Law creates that which I accept. It is done as I believe. 

I got it! This Immutable Law of God, of Good, is a law of Cause and Effect. ~ I do not fear outcomes. ~ The choices I make, based on my beliefs, values, and intentions are powerful whether I am choosing a healthy body, right relationships, or, affirming a world that works for everyone. I simply relax into the Is-Ness of Spirit and just let IT be – as It reveals that which is mine to do. For this, I am so grateful.

I invite you to join me in this field of infinite possibilities.

This Weeks Affirmation

“Today I practice a state of being and trust the perfection of Good in my life.”

~ Judy Hilley ~


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