Friday, 4 October 2013
The Word of the Week - Living in Grace
The definition of grace is as follows: Elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion or action, a pleasing or attractive quality, a manifestation of favour, especially by a superior. This made me consider what does it mean to live in Grace? The book entitled A Course in Miracles states the following:
“Grace is the acceptance of the love of God. It returns the mind to the endless present where the past and future cannot be conceived.”
For my own interpretation it means letting go of all the thoughts that I have created about the world and myself, so that I can step into a realm of peace even for a moment. Our default setting has us trying to manipulate people, events, circumstances and our lives to go in our favour, not realising that all we are doing is creating more of that which we truly do not want.
Grace means to surrender to a power greater than your own limited view. Whether you call this power God/Goddess/Higher Self/ Inner Guide/the Universe…..whatever name you choose to give it, it remains as the original essence with which you were born. It is this light that emanates from deep within you, which is your own personal connection to the source of all creation. This power, this strength, offers you peace, which is ultimately the state of grace that you seek.
In the above definition, it mentions that you keep your focus firmly fixed upon the present moment and this is the key to obtaining grace in the moment. When you bring your attention to the ever present now, all thoughts of past and future are forgotten, only this moment, this second, this NOW exists. This requires you to stretch beyond your limiting beliefs and not listen to the negative chatter, to soak in your surroundings and just be. Loving and accepting this moment exactly as it is, having a sense of knowing that in truth, everything and I mean everything will be as it is supposed to be in your life when you surrender and relinquish control
Today, I wish to confer upon you the notion that you too can walk within the realms of grace today, even for a brief moment. You do not have to be religious to step into a moment of grace, all you have to do is stop for a second, in this moment of now, take three deep cleansing breaths and affirm:
Today, I choose to live in the realm of grace.
I accept this moment exactly as it is.
I feel the love, peace and joy emanating from within me.
By grace, do I live.
Have a grace-filled weekend.