December 30, 2010
Preparing for the New Year
December 30, 2010
One more year is almost past. The year ahead lies before us like a newborn child, fresh with possibilities, its history not yet written. And as with a child we must be very careful, for its future will reflect either our wisdom or our lack thereof.
Spiritually, every moment is a new beginning. We enter into it with either an open heart or an unloving attitude, voting with our consciousness from a slate of infinite possibilities. Standing on the brink of a new year, let's feel the joy but also the sacred solemnity of our extraordinary power to design the future.
New Year's prayers carry more miraculous power than do New Year's resolutions. Forgiving ourselves and others for the casual unkindness of an unconscious moment; for time wasted in self-pity that could have been used to create something true and beautiful; for lack of gratitude for blessings and privileges. Dedicating ourselves to the purification of our hearts... seeking to stop the chronic indulgence of our weaknesses, and the power to embody our God-given strengths.
Lists can be helpful:
I ask forgiveness for....
I grant forgiveness for....
For I would carry none of that burden on my heart into the new year...
And another one:
I pray that this or that aspect of my personality be healed, transmuted, miraculously dissolved as I enter the new year...
I pray to embody the perfection of my divine potential, as a blessing on myself and others...
This is the moment of the year when we inhabit inwardly both sunset and sunrise. God created them both, but we ourselves decide how to paint them. Next year will bring whatever next year brings, but what we bring TO it will make all the difference. And the greatest thing we can bring to it is our love.
Posted by Marianne at December 30, 2010 9:20 AM
Many blessings to you in this New year.You have blessed my life for so many years since I first read your book A RETURN TO LOVE and that made A Course In Miracles so so easy to grasp then.
In LOVE and Communion,
Posted by: lydia wamuyu wahogo at January 4, 2011 3:15 AM
Now that we've planted our feet in this New Year, we are acclimating to a New Life! Every moment is a New Life, every day a New Year!
Thanks for your go(o)d work in the world!
Posted by: Kate Loving Shenk at January 4, 2011 7:01 AM
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Posted by: Brenda at January 4, 2011 12:12 PM
Marianne, I love your Christmas Eve blog. I am contemplating on that, coupled with the new year, and the holding of Christmas in our hearts as we begin a new year...and then the celebration to come as we close the year. Can we survive the entire year with the actualization potential? You wrote that "Jesus represents our highest hopes, for not only ourselves, but the world..."(and the weary world rejoices)and then we make resolutions for the New Year as we are still inspired by the Christmas Spirit.
I wanted to thank you for the fuel of introspection this morning. Your words bring me comfort and inspiration simultaneously. Happy New Year.
Posted by: Suzanne Miron at January 5, 2011 4:56 AM
I love you so so much! and you have helped me in my recovery and spiritual growth in so many ways. I cannot express how grateful I am for your wise words and love you shed upon all of us.
Hope this year brings lots of love to you and everyone else!
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