Saturday, November 22, 2008

Saturday 11/22 - TIME AND ETERNITY


Here are two more sections from Marianne Williamson's "The Time That Matters Most".

"FAITH IN A POSITIVE LIFE FORCE, which is the essence of a spiritual perspective, presents the possibility that we can afford to relax and just let life be. Until we do that, the moment in which we live gives neither comfort nor sustenance, insight nor wisdom. Worst of all, perhaps, is that it gives no joy. We cannot find peace by seeking it in a past we cannot change or by seeking it in a future we cannot control. Peace can be found only in the present, in which we deeply accept all of life-what was, is and will be.

LIVING IN THE PRESENT does not mean surrendering our responsibility to correct some things from the past or to plan and make way for the future; in fact, it is the ultimate taking of responsibility for both. The only point where God's time-eternity-meets time as we know it is in the present moment. And in that place of power, both past and future are healed."
- - - Marianne Williamson

There are so many things that call for my acceptance - things I am powerless to change. (If I cannot change them, I need to accept them if I want any peace and serenity.) I cannot change my past - the things I said or did that I deeply regret cannot be unsaid or undone. I cannot go back in time and relive anything. Nor am I able to control anything that will happen in my future. One of my favorite sayings is:

"What is - is! What was - was! What ain't - ain't!"

That about sums it up - perfectly - in my opinion.

Our program offers so much hope. In the present moment God offers me an opportunity and a way to heal the errors and regrets from my past. I have experienced this. As THE result of taking the 12 steps and my continuing practice of them, especially steps 10, 11, and 12, I have had a spiritual awakening that has allowed God to work in my life. He has done for me what I was unable to do for myself. My past has been healed - what a miracle. I no longer fear the possibility of errors and regrets in the future - as long as I continue to work this program, God continues to heal.

Thank God for the 12 steps!
Prayer Girl

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Gabriella Moonlight said...

Thank you for this beautiful prayerful post. (lots of P's there) and for the reminder of how wonderful Marianne Williamson is, I have begun to re-read "A Return to Love" again and thank you for this reminder and the reminder that this whole journey is God.


AlkySeltzer said...

As the words in the song "Love Story" start out, "Where do I begin...."

Between MW and PG, I do not know where do I begin? But I'll stab here:

"The only point where God's time-eternity-meets time as we know it is in the present moment."

I've been trying to NOT understand deep stuff, because living is made easier that way. However, MW leaves no doubt in my mind what is Eternity is NOW, this MOMENT, and nowhere else.

It is that Blink of the Eye of God whch defined all time as HERE, NOW. In other words, there IS not time as we might think it.

Here I go, getting into quicksand again! Time to stop! Time to just stay sober and help someone else.....

Findon said...

" The ultimate taking of responsibility" This is really powerful stuff. I'd like to digest and comment some more later. Thaks for bringing this to us.

Shadow said...

i love this post. so many things here i need to hear. and remind myself of. and do. again and again.

big Jenn said...

My "present" feels frightening to me. I wish it didn't but it does. Thank you for your insight. jeNN

Syd said...

Yes, thank God for the 12 steps. I always like to say it is what it is. Thanks and happy Saturday.

Lou said...

I am looking forward! And wishing you a grand week end.

♥Shann♥ said...

I liked what it said about living in today does not mean shrugging off responsibilities... that is key.. I think some people have missed that

Hope you ahve a great Saturday