The Blessings of the Gulf Oil Spill by John Morton

To best serve the Gulf of Mexico, ourselves, and our world, I encourage focusing and having faith in the power of divine love.  By focusing on bringing greater good  into manifestation, there can be a returning to the natural order that thrives and creates bounty. 
Dr. Masaru Emoto, a scientist from Japan who has done considerable research about the characteristics of water, recently issued a prayer for the Gulf of Mexico.  He suggested sending “the energy of love and gratitude to the waters and all living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings.”  Dr. Emoto proposes that by our holding the intention of peace towards water ― “by thinking, speaking and acting with the intention of peace toward water ― water can and will bring peace to our bodies and to the world.” 
We are creators, and we have the ability to be fully endowed and functioning as co-creators with God.  As co-creators, we can look for and claim the blessings for the situation in the Gulf.  I see the value in a simple and direct prayer that spontaneously comes from each person’s intention and willingness to ask for assistance through the consciousness that serves all regardless of the conditions and how they have been created.  Rather than focus on blame, we need to focus on what can be done to improve the situation even at the smallest seemingly insignificant level like a spoonful at a time.  There is an increase from the divine that rewards correct thoughts and actions so they can be inexplicably multiplied.  If a billion people removed a spoonful every second for an hour, that just might turn the tide.  Having the intention and the willingness to do something to help, a spoonful at a time, just might bring the ability to do it a million barrels an hour and then a million barrels a minute.                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Some people have mentioned to me that perhaps our prayers may not be answered because what’s being requested isn’t for the highest good of all concerned. They have suggested that we simply choose to accept what’s happening in the Gulf.  While acceptance is a necessary first step, and the first law of Spirit, the situation calls for cooperation with what serves to keep the oil from going into the water, collect the oil already in the water, and clean the oil from whatever has been contaminated. 
Rather than choosing only to accept the conditions, let’s strive to contribute greater to the natural order that thrives. When our children are not well, we don’t leave them or the situation just at acceptance.  We strive to do whatever we can so they may be healthy and happy, which is their natural way of being once disturbance and disease are resolved. 
In any situation, we can choose to move past acceptance into fully cooperating with the conditions that are present and do our best to make them better.  This leads to greater understanding and reveals resolution and long-term solutions.  Not so long ago there were lakes and rivers choked by pollution so the wildlife could not survive.  Those same lakes and rivers have been cleaned and restored so the wildlife is again thriving.
There is no limit to the blessings that can become manifest other than what we can handle and more importantly what we choose to behold.  So let us consider that this is yet another time of testing, especially for all involved and affected by the conditions in the Gulf of Mexico.  How each person responds, regardless of the conditions, is what determines what will follow as an experience and the results that transform the disturbance to greater good.  Through our cooperation, we can choose and actively contribute to restoration and renewal of pristine conditions that make for thriving.    
When the earth has been upturned through upheaval and severe change, there is an opportunity to plant what is to be harvested. In this and every situation, find the seeds of what you want to become — within you, within others, and with God.  Envision what you want the situation to become.  To do so, remember to connect to the divine source first, through prayer and inner communion with each breath, with each thought, and with each action.  Let us trust that within the divine order is all that is needed not just to survive but to thrive.  What is needed is to be open to realizing what can replenish and resolve followed by doing what is needed to create what is needed for the blessings to become manifest.
Trust that this, too, shall pass and that a new day is at hand bringing new life thriving in beauty and grace.  Let what must pass go in peace so we may now look to that new day.  Let us choose to behold all the good that can come from the oil spilling into the Gulf and resolve to help with the blessings.

A Blessing for Courage from John Morton

Lord God, we ask right now that you assist each of us to let go of any interference and anything that would restrict or block us unnecessarily or cause misunderstanding or confusion.

We place all of that in the Light that it may be lifted.

We trust that what You bring forward to us is a clear view into Your living truth which is unconditional love, the love of Your creation. May we fully see, hear and know what that is.

With our trust, our acceptance, and our cooperation, we put aside whatever we have placed in any way that can interfere.

We surrender to that which is Your will, the will that considers the highest good of all concerned, to the smallest and to the greatest dimension.

We know that this is an eternal request, a request of the Soul, as we fulfill our purpose in this world and what we came here to do in love.

We are open to Your guidance, however that takes place within us, in whatever way You can reflect that guidance to us.

We come to You in the innocence and purity of children. We come to You in the willingness to learn, so we are humble.

We ask for Your courage, Your strength, and whatever willingness is required of each of us so we may fully participate.

If we find ourselves being tested, in any way experiencing our own resistance, the resistance of others or wherever it might be, we ask to have the openness to face it and to draw upon what we can do in our own way to cooperate with You and what You offer to us as Your blessings.

We strive to be in alignment with the truth that is before us.

We come in forgiveness. We come in the Light.

We come in the eternal trust that You have placed in us from the beginning.

With our dedication and our willingness to consecrate ourselves to this sacred purpose, we accept Your will is done.

So be it.

Baruch Bashan

What is the Blessing in Fear? by John Morton

Question: What is the blessing in fear?

Answer: The blessing in fear is that fear teaches us what we need to learn how to overcome. It teaches us where our strength and courage are which is within. Fear will also teach us where our fear is. So fear is going to show us things that, perhaps in our wisdom and practical nature, we might realize we would rather not do.

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Extending the Blessings of Loving by John Morton

We all have the conscious opportunity to extend and expand love by being aware that loving is always present. Even when we don’t necessarily think something is loveable, love is there.  So remember to bring the love to the little things.  First, for yourself.  So take care of yourself and extend loving first to yourself to make sure it’s intact.
I often talk about starting out the day doing what I consider a check list where I engage in the light and love.  My life doesn’t always allow me to have an extended period of time doing so.  Sometimes I just have a few moments and that’s about it.  But it’s essential to me to take that opportunity to engage myself inwardly spiritually first thing when I awaken.  So I ask to surround, fill and extend the light and love into my day as I move forward.  I remember that the light goes before me and prepares the way. And all the things that come during the day, expected or unexpected, wanted or unwanted, are part of that light action.  
At times, I find myself tested because I don’t necessarily register that I like or love everything.  So it’s important to engage my own trust and faith that any situation or circumstance is of God, and therefore, is loved.  We are always loved by God, and God’s loving is limitless. God’s loving doesn’t stop upon any condition. So in the very smallest to the very greatest, God is loving.

To look for God is to look to the loving, consider the loving, and find your loving and the loving of all. When you take exception and say something isn’t worthy of loving,
you’re saying that it is not of God. The willingness to look for the love, to focus on the loving, is the greatest key I know to discovering who God is. And whenever you choose loving, you bless yourself and everything around you with God’s love.

Extend your love to others, especially if you happen to notice that somebody doesn’t seem to be loving themselves. That’s an important time to extend your love, which can be very a quiet process where you just silently love them in your own way.  However, extending your love can also be quite demonstrative.

A friend of mine told me about an experience he had while standing in the back of a grocery line, waiting to get to the cashier. There was a mother nearby with her young son who was acting up and being his free self in a way that the mother didn’t find appropriate or agreeable.  So the mother was letting the boy know her disagreement with him, and she became more and more loud and demonstrative.  My friend found the situation disturbing and uncomfortable, first for himself and then for others in the line as well.  He said the situation became so loud and demonstrative that the next lines over were also becoming disturbed by the exchange. He didn’t really know what to do about it but felt like he was building up  to doing something. So he moved away from his spot in the line to a couple of aisles over where he was then standing by himself.  Then he yelled, “KINDNESS!”

He was rather startled because actually the attention of everybody then went towards him, including the mother and the little boy.  People actually looked at him and smiled, and he sensed their gratitude in their silent messages that suggested, “Thank you. We needed that.”
Loving knows no bounds or barriers. We are the ones who choose to allow circumstances and perceptions to interrupt our experience of the loving. Love is never stopped. Love is present always. At times, we may decide that loving is absent. We are then called upon to find our trust and faith in loving. We are to be patient and keep our willingness and trust that a new experience of loving is forthcoming.

Difficulty can occur if we carry a negative attitude towards what we are experiencing. Consider that whenever you are involved with someone or something that you find loveless, unlovable, or where love would not go, that is only because you perceive it that way, not because it’s true. You can change your perceptions. In actuality, such a person or situation needs loving more than ever. Be heroic in your loving, knowing God is already completely loving and is waiting for you to join in.

Challenge yourself to seek, find, and choose the loving. Then you will create more opportunities to better know yourself through the blessings of loving.

The Last Thanksgiving from John Morton

I attended the Thanksgiving dinner at Prana along with many others including John-Roger. The entertainment included several contributions from those present, some younger and let’s say some deeper, all in the way of a warm family gathering to share the love and appreciation for one another.

I became aware of what I call the “last thanksgiving.” I saw the last thanksgiving as a first Thanksgiving blessing in the Spirit before the incarnation of each Soul into the world. From that view, we could see how every experience in the psychic-material existence always contributes. It was like seeing the original cornucopia as an unlimited source of the harvest coming from the Divine. There was complete understanding that all works toward good, ever greater good, becoming complete good. The view was like seeing across a magnificent lush landscape full of natural diversity as though every living thing was in full bloom and beautifully vibrant. This is our true home.

The simple meaning of this view was to realize that even though the world would appear as lacking and disturbed, including our own reflection, in truth, an eternal living truth, we are always welcome in our original home. And just because we forget, no matter how long we forget, we can always remember our home whenever we choose. Part of the way to remember our home is to give thanks—even in the simple words “thank you,” which is a prayer that takes us home again. So every time we notice something good, our thanks become a prayer that takes us home again. The more we give thanks, the more we connect to the outpouring of greater good coming from our home and “God shedding His grace upon thee.”

I also realized that when others notice something good and share that with me, I often respond with, “Thank you,” which may sound as though I’m taking credit as the creator. God wants us to acknowledge ourselves as co-creators, and so we are encouraged to be thankful and acknowledge the grace present whenever we notice something is good. Once we give thanks for all, then we are in the first and last thanksgiving, the one that includes all and is everlasting.

Baruch Bashan