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

Spirit and our Humanness by John Morton

Inside of you, in the Spirit, is the place of highest regard and adoration towards you. It’s the place of the Lord, the God of us all. It’s amazing that we would cut ourself off from the awareness of that divine presence, but it’s very human. It’s part of our ordinariness.

In our humanness, we may function in judgment, disillusionment, and disturbance. Knowing that about ourselves, we can raise our consciousness by treating it like a wayward child. Rather than punishing or being harsh with yourself, do those things that are loving towards yourself. Do them for the glory of the Spirit within you. Love yourself as a testimony to the Lord, as the beloved child of God that you are.

Baruch Bashan

All is Loved by John Morton

In Genesis, the first book of the Bible, God declares with each progressive day of creation, “It was good” (Genesis 1). There is a divine authority placed within each of us to claim the blessings of unconditional loving through our trust and faith in the intrinsic good in everything. Even if you do not recognize that divine presence right now, it is present. The Light and love are present always.

We may not necessarily like all our circumstances. We’re tested in our personalities, our minds, and our egos. So it’s important to engage your trust and faith that each situation and experience is of the Light and love. Everything that comes forward in your day is from God and therefore inherently good and loved unconditionally. Even when you don’t like something, remember “This too is loved.” Remember, you too are loved.

You might ask yourself, “Am I loving this? Am I loving myself?” Take a moment to pause and listen. Maybe you’ll realize you need to get yourself engaged inwardly because outwardly you’re already reacting negatively. If you are, then move inwardly into the Spirit and re-instill that love is your foundation. Love is who you are and what you are, regardless of what is done or said or anything that happened.

Move into full commitment to love and care for yourself as you are. Could you have a relapse? Well, of course. But with good awareness about yourself, you can say, “I’ve already done that. I don’t need to do that again.” Through your courage and patience, and by remembering who you are spiritually, you can stop the pattern that puts you down and finds fault with yourself.

Baruch Bashan

Gratitude by John Morton

       Begin the day by getting yourself in a consciousness of gratitude. There is a reason God is bringing a challenge to you. You can ask inside, “Help me to understand, Lord. What is it I am to learn?” Some days you just have to do the best you can. So say, “Thank you, Lord,” and choose to handle the situation as best you can with what you know and the conditions present.

       As you start the day, first surround and fill yourself with Light and love. You can do this as a prayer to God, an invocation of the Light, or through your creative imagination. Then, extend the Light into your day as you see yourself moving forward in the world. During the day, remember that the Light goes before you and prepares the way. All the things that come forward in your day, expected or unexpected, wanted or unwanted, are part of that Light action which is always present within you.

Baruch Bashan

Our Spiritual Nature by John Morton

     People often ask me how they can love themselves unconditionally, regardless of what they have done or how they think or feel.  When we realize our spiritual nature, we have a better way of looking at what we do as human beings.  By remembering who we are spiritually, we can more easily be loving and accepting towards ourselves and all that comes forward in our lives.  So, I suggest that as we start out and complete with each day, we take the opportunity to engage ourselves inwardly in the Spirit first. 
     When we choose to realize ourselves spiritually, we find ourselves functioning according to the laws of Spirit — acceptance, cooperation, understanding, enthusiasm and empathy.  There is an aligning of how we are intending ourselves spiritually, as souls who are one with God.  A key is to appreciate with gratitude whatever comes your way.  Everything has value. Nothing needs to be different from what it is, including you.  Yet, in this world, change is constant.  While living in the world and coping with change may be challenging, you can learn to align with and practice how to apply the laws of Spirit and love it all.

     Baruch Bashan