The Joy of Devotion

Man’s true nature is bliss.
Losing ourselves in the love of God is
supreme bliss.
There is no more fight–no more denial
of our true nature–only bliss.

To rest in bliss, is to rest in the arms of God;
Feeling totally protected and loved–
caressed and supported,
Knowing that all is well–that all is as it should be.
This is bliss.

How can we maintain this state of
awareness in everyday life?
How can we transform our lives into
this blissful state of being?

We must be inspired by God.
We must hold our focus on God,
For God is this state of bliss.
If light is our center, why is it so hard
to hold our focus on the light?

We live in a world of distractions.
The phone rings–a knock at the door,
Energy constantly pulling us off center
and out of the light.

Just sitting in meditation is not the way.
We must bring the light with us into
our daily activities.

We can do this by devoting our
activities to God,
Dedicating them to the source of all
And giving honor and respect where
honor and respect are due.

This dedication is a devotion–
A way of saying thank you for all that we are,
For all that we have, and for all that we do.
It is an offering to God–a sacrifice.

In this way all of our life becomes a sacrifice.
We become selfless servers and our
lives become an act of devotion.

When we bring awe and reverence
back into our lives,
We replenish the fountain of youth.
We reverse the aging process.

We live our lives with childlike splendor,
Each moment filled with joy and wonder.

Whom do you revere?
Bring your reverence back to its source–
the source of all being.

And as you do, you will be filled with
the holiness that you are,
Each blissful moment reflecting the
peace of the universe.

We are one with the light.
It is the source of our being.
We are grounded in light and love.

We need to change the focus of our grounding,
Bringing it back from the material
world into the light–to God.

We need to look to God for our happiness,
For our satisfaction, and for our nourishment.
We have been looking outside, rather than within.
All of God’s glory is contained within us.

We must accept the material world
for what it is–
A way to discover that our own essence is God.
It is a means not an end.
It’s function is merely to help us to
discover who we are.

Imagine your life being a game,
The planet–a big game board.
All the material artifacts are pieces
on the game board.

The name of the game is Spiritual
Growth–discovering the God Within.
We roll the dice of destiny and move appropriately,
Gaining information and awareness as we go.

Our participation in the game takes
Us to higher and higher states of awareness.
Enlightenment is the prize.
As we grow, we shift our focus from
The material plane to the spiritual realms.

If we view our lives as we would a
board game,
We have gained the perspective of
the Higher Self.

We need not be attached to the pieces
we move around,
Nor to the events that occur.
They are merely ways to move us,
Along our path of spiritual growth.

So why do we get attached to the
pieces in our lives?
This simply slows us down.

As we learn to release people, events
and situations faster,
Our growth speeds up.

If we go through our lives devoting each
act to God,
We do not become attached to the
results of our actions,
As they do not belong to us.

If the action is for God,
Then the outcome belongs to God as well.

This is a simple but effective way of
releasing the ego,
As the ego identifies with what it has
and what it does.

In our most primordial state we are
formless beauty.
There are no divisions between us.
We are one essence, and that is God.

There is no ego, no need to identify
with or possess.
As we rise higher and higher into the light,
We remember this feeling–the feeling
of lightness and love.

We remember who we are,
That we are light–that we are God.
We remember the feelings of pure
innocence and joy.

We remember the feeling of oneness
with our creator.
We now see divisions as false boundaries.

We see the glory of God in everyone we meet.
Our lives become illuminated with the truth
of our being,
And that living truth becomes our life.

Excerpt from The Light Within, Karen Flagg, 2010