FINDING GOD ON THE TRAIN –
NOTES ON ENLIGHTENMENT -
QUEST FOR A POSITIVE AND PERSONAL SPIRITUALITY
BY GEORGE BRYANT
There are two ways to live:
you can live as if nothing is a miracle;
you can live as if everything is a miracle.
All along there has been someone
waiting for you in the clearing
of your heart – a tender, gentle
presence created from divine will –
the essence of you – the universal
you – the perfect you just waiting
for you to finally arrive.
All along this you has waited for
you to find your way, cut your
path through the challenges of life –
watching you live in desperate search
of love, of home, of happiness - alone –
never fully able to reach out and
pull you into oneness.
Today take a moment to reflect on the
you who waits – stop and look within –
say hello to this you – spend a
moment before you go on your way!
It was a promise I felt impelled to keep, actually more like a commitment, made at a time of awakening, in what appeared to be the closing moments of my life. There was also an open ended aspect to it, quest like, since I did not know what “the point” was I had missed in the living of my fifty-seven hard fought years, when I suggested - if I were to survive my surgery, and be able to use my paralyzed body again, I would surely find out and rectify it; not necessarily for God or humankind, but for me, in hopes of completing this journey, of living on earth, on the plus side.
Welcome to FINDING GOD ON THE TRAIN – NOTES ON ENLIGHTENMENT - THE BOOK - Quest For A Positive And Personal Spirituality, an introductory companion guide to my blog of the same name, located at:
I do believe, if you have arrived here to read these words, this unique focus and approach to spirituality, may be of some benefit to you. If this is your first exposure to FGOTT (Finding God On The Train) you may be here to discover something this book is meant to assist you with finding: even if you are not sure what it is, or why. Perhaps, you arrive here fully engaged in a spiritual quest or journey, and just want to see if FGOTT offers anything to augment your current efforts. Of course, you may be well aware of the blog and the message, just ready to enjoy the book, to explore some of the key concepts in more depth.
For some, I believe this may be a viable cure for, what I have described as, “spiritual malnutrition” in the book – a soul based illness that has a large cross section of humanity, at least in my opinion, desperately seeking a solution for their existential pain, depression, hopelessness, and despair. A pain I recognize, because I lived with it for so many years - only to discover there are not enough drugs, therapy, or escapes to fill this void. Perhaps, it is a personal connection with God, Source, Spirit, the Tao, The Beloved, Infinite Mind - (or whatever name that you prefer to use) - that will aid you in regaining your spiritual balance. If so, consider taking a ride on this train with me for a while, to see if you recognize yourself in my story, and by doing so, might find some hope in creating your own positive, personal approach to spirituality.
Yes, I believe this book is “the point” I had missed, fulfilling my promise, or commitment, to rectify this situation. Let me clarify what I mean by this. Over the past seven years, I have been on a quest to find this missing point, and with the blog, and now this book, I reveal and unveil the positive and personal spirituality I had unknowingly sought all my life. This has been a quest that has taken me from an angry skeptic/agnostic, who questioned the very existence of God, to a believer who now publishes divinely inspired messages, affirmative thoughts, prayers, and poetry on his blog, twitter, and facebook sites for thousands to enjoy. But more than this, I have been able to find what was missing for me all those years - a fresh perspective featuring a positive, loving, and empowering God, one that I believe will assist all those, who like me, may be on a similar quest.
Let me retrace what has happened since my pre-surgery epiphany. While spending a few months recuperating from my spinal surgery, I had a great deal of time to assess my life and try to determine what the point was I had missed. Ann, my partner at the time, now my wife, and I both agreed that we needed to alter our negative, stress ridden, pessimistic, and faith questioning approach to life, working on replacing it with a more hopeful and positive attitude. This was the beginning of my quest to find, not only a positive lifestyle, but also a positive spirituality. Ann and I committed ourselves to reconnecting with God and finding a church we could believe in, prosper with - one that was positive.
Given that I outline this entire experience in Chapter One, titled God’s Wake-Up Call, I will not go into intricate detail; but in brief, we found a little yellow book authored by a fellow Temple University alumnus – Jeffrey Gitomer’s LITTLE GOLD BOOK of YES! Attitude! How to Find, Build, and Keep a YES! Attitude for a Lifetime of Success. After reading Gitomer’s book, Ann and I began working on our attitudes in earnest. Encouraged, we followed this up by reading every positive thinking book we could find, and when we stumbled on Rhonda Byrne’s book, The Secret, we were instantly hooked on its positive spiritual message: proposing a friendly universe created to respond to our needs, featuring a truly loving and nourishing God.
After reading the Secret, Ann and I were even more focused on finding a church that featured a positive spiritual message, and as a result, our list of attributes we expected to find in such a church expanded. So, we would find a church that fit our criteria, attend for a few weeks, and then the pastor would preach against gays, or discuss why abortion was the reason for the nursing shortage, and we would again be forced to bid a hasty retreat. Actually, I started to understand what my problem had been with many of the traditional faith based approaches I had experienced during my life – they seemed to me to be outdated, antiquated, often requiring a suspension of logic in order to accept the ancient dogma being espoused. If nothing else, I needed some more current and up to date dogma.
It was a strange little ad for a non-traditional church, listed in the Sunday worship section of a local neighborhood newspaper, that Ann had cut out, held onto for a few weeks, and finally handed me one Saturday night in early July of 2007, as our frustration over current alternatives had us ready to throw in the spiritual towel. Remarkably, we would later find out, this ad that caught Ann’s attention, was actually an old ad, accidentally published by the newspaper. The advertisement, seemed to be written for us, featuring a church that encouraged a personalized approach to connecting with God, as well as fostering an individual spirituality; open to all religious backgrounds, faiths, and belief systems. I went on their website to investigate. Frankly, I was stunned such a church had been out there all along, and we, after months of active searching, had never heard of its existence. This non-traditional church was exactly what we were imagining - easily covering every major positive requirement on our list.
The next morning, we would attend our first “New Thought” related, positively focused church, in a Jazzercise facility, converted to look like a church for this morning service, with less than fifty worshipers in attendance. On the makeshift alter there was both a Bible and a Koran open; a large blue and white dove sewn onto the draped fabric covering the space directly above the alter; as we spied the exercise balls and assorted equipment along the surrounding walls. The minister - a women -– enthusiastically guided the service - personally facilitating a group meditation for over ten minutes, then delivering a beautiful sermon that was affirming, positive, and encouraging. We were joyfully being introduced to Unity – a “New Thought” oriented church that met all of our requirements: but more importantly, would jump-start my quest for a positive spirituality. In fact, from this point on, the Unity movement, for me, became a potential framework for fostering, what I would consider, a positive spiritual experience.
Wow, we were so amazed, and grateful, that a religious organization like this actually existed. Ann and I threw ourselves into the study of New Thought - realizing this positive spiritual approach - although it utilized the mystical and spiritual lessons and texts of all faiths - had not originated in the Middle East, India, or Asia, but was a uniquely American construct. We would end up adding the following Unity based New Thought key principles to our paradigm for what a positive spiritual orientation would entail: (1) all religious paths lead to God and are to be respected; (2) God is a positive life affirming entity and as a result, each of us may have a meaningful personal connection and relationship with God; (3) in this regard, sin and shame are not supported as valid or tenable, but instead considered the by-product of our life mistakes and wrong directions, conveying our need for more positive life affirming choices; and, lastly, (4) overall tolerance of all affirming and loving lifestyles.
For us, newcomers to non-traditional spirituality, what was most startling and noteworthy about this Unity New Thought paradigm, was the actual absence of a rigid doctrine or dogma. If fact, New Thought’s positive spirituality, which espouses that we, as spiritual seekers, may each have our own direct and personal connection with God through prayer and meditation: and, by doing so, based on this experience, encourages us to develop our own, personally tailored, and unique spiritual approach.
Added to this, we discovered the church’s positive, thought control, perspective, also known as “Mind Action,” which emphasizes that our thoughts actually create our life experience. Via our thoughts, we attract what we are thinking, and as a result, we are – not fate, or accident - personally responsible for the life we are now living. Mind Action underscores the importance of maintaining a positive mental attitude, and an optimistic focus, through affirmative prayer, affirmations, and positive thinking.
Although New Thought would seen like a slam dunk in my mission to find a positive lifestyle and spirituality – what could be better than an organization covering every major requirement on my positive church list - except that it felt to me more like the vehicle rather than the destination. A vehicle that would establish the foundation of my concept of a positive spirituality, so important and impactful I have dedicated Chapter Three titled New Thought Positive Spirituality - Yesterday and Today to share this foundation, while explaining the basic theology and concepts of New Thought. For most spiritual seekers this would be enough, but although I had made amazing progress, I had still not gotten to “the point” of what needed to be handled.
MY SPIRITUAL AND LIFE JOURNEY
Part One of this book, titled My Spiritual And Life Journey, highlights my spiritual transformation and opens with two chapters on the life I lived leading up to the train. It is followed by the chapter, I just mentioned, explaining key New Thought concepts, and closes with a “how-to” chapter on the techniques and process I used to actually connect with God on the train, which I will expand on shortly. My purpose in exploring these details of my journey, at the start of the book, is to give you a chance to get to know me, to understand how I evolved into the person I am today. I also feel, it is an interesting and entertaining story, one with an underlying theme; that with the proper guidance, readers should surely be able to do this with a lot less difficulty and angst.
What may become obvious as you read my spiritual life story, is that what I was lacking during my years of spiritual seeking, was a clear concept of a God I could support and defend. At an early age, I was at war with the concept of an angry, vengeful, and punishing God, which reminded me most of the abusive father I already had at home. This God seemed to be more interested in my “sin” and my “misdeeds” than in love and hope.
Later in life, the problem for me was rarely with the founding mystic's original perspective, but with the followers later interpretation, which in many cases tranformed the mystic's loving God to fit the doctrine espoused by the newly formed church leadership, creating concepts totally alien to what the mystic had conveyed in the original teachings. Likewise, I questioned whether the resulting dogma, rules, and regulations, created for those who lived in ancient times, really made any sense for our modern existence.
Even, if at times, I agreed with the religious concepts I was being told, I found little usable guidance on how to actually pray and connect with God. And of course, at least within modern day western churches, few accept, or would promote, meditation as a viable approach for connecting with God; even though, it has been a proven, effective technique, used not only by prominent eastern religions, but by numerous mystical spiritual movements over thousands of years. So I dutifully did my best to connect through prayer, but no connection occurred. As an Episcopalian, in my later life, prayers were scripted for the most part, said silently or in unison. No real opportunity for direct communication with God, at least during Sunday services.
When I look back, most established churches I attended emphasized prayer as the keystone of their faith, but really offered no training on how to effectively pray, or what would result if I did. In truth, no church I have attended, before Unity, seemed to actually expect members to make a direct connection. I often wonder how they would react to my current situation.
When I was finally introduced to the “New Thought” perspective of God’s relationship with humankind, I found a modern framework for understanding God. In my pursuit of a friendlier God, I have spent much time studying the great mystics who have expanded our vision of God throughout the ages; and I personally believe every mystic has created a step, and every step has formed a stairway, enabling us to continue to ascend to the fuller truth of God. This unfolding truth is glimpsed, but never exhausted, or fully captured – but by climbing, we reach a more complete perspective. I have realized that our consciousness, perhaps, is too confined or limited to conceive the more expansive consciousness of God, yet we are fully fit to grasp the intent, the eternal purpose, and the embedded mission.
CONNECTING WITH GOD ON THE TRAIN
As I began my quest for a positive spirituality and discovered New Thought, I interviewed for a job in Washington, D.C., was hired, and began what would feature two plus hour commutes, each way, from Fredericksburg, Virginia to the nation’s capital - an hour and twenty minutes of which was on an Amtrak train. As I outline in Chapter Four - Connecting With God On The Train, I began to meditate in earnest during my daily train commutes, which on a good day offered me approximately one hour of free, uninterrupted time that I then used for spiritual renewal; with prayer and meditation, of course, as a central part of this time spent.
My daily meditation was quite extensive, since I had a long uninterrupted train ride, and in Chapter Four I outline the standard practice I found most useful during my commutes. Since I was new to meditation, just beginning to learn what was entailed, it took many months before I learned to quiet my mind and enter the silence. What would happen next would change my life completely. As I often explain this magical time in my life - I had spent an entire lifetime searching for God, only to finally find God on the train. An Amtrak train, just like the trains we all use to travel from city to city as we move through our lives.
Let’s clarify, when I refer to finding God on the train, God was never lost, but instead I was lost, having failed to make a connection with God during my pre-train life. Also of course, I am not talking about seeing God in the seat next to me and saying hello. I am referring to connecting with God during my sessions of meditative prayer, where I would enter what some call “the silence” and ask God to be my guide.
My connection with God is what I call inspired, appearing through words, concepts, and short meditative guidance that come to me in “the silence,” usually in a few words or a phrase. I routinely remember these key words and phrases offered by God during my meditative session, and after ending my session, in what I call a stream of consciousness, I transcribe these inspired messages in my journal. When I say transcribe, I am defining this as taking dictation, because I do not edit or question what I am writing, but record each word as it unfolds into my consciousness.
So primarily, the meditation guidance and the accompanying affirmative thoughts, poems, prayers, and affirmations, featured on the blog and in this book, are unedited and untouched except for correcting my spelling and minor punctuation issues. My goal has been to properly record the message and not worry if the message makes specific sense or is logical. This method has helped me record all of the notes which will be included in this book, as well as those that have been used for hundreds of daily blog posts. A complete compendium of all Finding God On The Train guidance to date will be published as a follow-up to this book. Although the affirmative thoughts, poems, and affirmations usually do not result directly through meditation, I feel they are inspired, having come to me through spirit. I outline this process and the technique I use, in-depth, in Chapter Four.
Although I was in pursuit of this connection with God for many years, when I look back, I never stopped talking enough, or believed enough, to earnestly listen for a response. God was not talking because I had drowned out the “whispered message” with my noisy, complicated world. On the train, with the proper time and techniques, I simply learned to listen and God provided the guidance. Most of the meditative guidance was delivered to assist me with moving forward in my spiritual journey: to learn to live a more abundant and authentic life.
THE FINDING GOD ON THE TRAIN MESSAGE
As you can imagine, when I began my spiritual reconnection with God, I had no plans in my wildest imagination, of publishing a blog or a book about finding God. But as I became more connected with God through meditation and prayer, I received a message to write a book titled, Notes On Enlightenment. I would define my initial reaction as being incredulous, quickly reminding God that I was light years away from enlightenment; did not really know what the term truly meant; was not a professional writer; had a full-time job which I needed to pay my bills; and frankly was not spiritually prepared or qualified. Besides, everyone I knew would think I had finally gone completely crazy .
All of these considerations, I felt all these were excellent arguments against picking me for this particular assignment. But, I also knew this might just be "the point" that I had missed in living my life, and had, earlier, committed to rectify. Quite frankly, I also knew that saying no to God, crazy or not, was saying no to divine guidance, which I could definitely use. So I put the book idea on the back burner, as I kept recording my meditations, sure that it was a mistake and God would reconsider or forget. Since you are reading these words, which I have written, and I am now publishing on my blog, and in book form, it is safe to say that I rethought this approach.
It is at this point, I had planned to tell you my connection with God is not unique. The truth is, I do not have any real way of knowing whether it is or not. Frankly, I believe that God is constantly transmitting a message to those who are ready and willing to listen, a message similar to what I present in Part Two - The Message - is being communicated through thousands who are currently awakening, listening to God, being inspired, and sharing a similar message with all who are interested.
What makes the message of Finding God On The Train so fascinating, to me at least, is the sheer scope and depth of what has been communicated, providing a foundation for a positive spirituality that is so comprehensive, it is certainly worth the investment of time to at least investigate and consider thoroughly. My task in this has been to put it in some understandable order, connect it with what has been previously said by the great wisdom traditions, and when plausible, connect it with the supportive science and metaphysics of our day.
Now that we have discussed what to expect in Part One – My Spiritual And Life Journey, let’s take a look at what we will cover in the remainder of Finding God On The Train – The Book. The next stop is Part Two – The Message, which opens with Chapter Five, featuring a presentation of the key foundation principles conveyed to me on the train: such as; the Crystal Path, the Heartlight, the Divine Self, and God Consciousness. Chapter Six elaborates on the importance of the Crystal Path with an in-depth review of each of the Seven Facets Of Consciousness as outlined by the guidance. Chapter Seven and Eight incorporates these foundation themes in the finding of joy, peace, love, and happiness - what the guidance explains as the key ingredients for living a positive, personal approach to spirituality – described as the attainment of heaven on earth –- often referred to as enlightenment.
At this point in the book, feeling that the basic foundation of Finding God On The Train, including the details of my quest for a positive personal spirituality, had been conveyed: Part Three, the final section of the book, titled Control Of Consciousness, provides a more advanced and in-depth focus on actual mind control, mindfulness, and control of consciousness techniques and approaches, along with guidance on incorporating the seven facets of consciousness into the reader’s personal, positive approach to spirituality. The discussion closes with a focus on understanding God Consciousness, along with an exploration of the concept of our own internal divinity.
What I have learned on the train, and firmly believe, is that God is working daily with each and every one of us, and if we are willing to receive, God is ready to assist us with cocreating the most wonderful life possible. The God I have met on the train is a loving, kind spirit who wants everything for us. What you will find in reading this book, if I am effective, is a guide to connecting with God and making God a partner in your life.
A BLOG BOOK?
Since FINDING GOD ON THE TRAIN - NOTES ON ENLIGHTENMENT - THE BOOK - Quest For A Positive Personal Spirituality, is a blog book, I also believe it ushers in a new era for print media - a book written to be published originally on a blog. As each chapter has been completed, often in installments - because of the practical limitations of blog posts, this book has appeared on my blog of the same title located at
under the Book Chapters tab and often reposted on my facebook and twitter sites.
At first, when I began this project, I worked to mimic what a print book was capable of accomplishing, but began to understand that I was limiting the multi-media platform that I had on my hands. It first started with the capability to download music, since I often use popular song lyrics to augment my concept or story lines. Likewise, being a songwriter at heart, I realized that not only could I download music, I could write my own soundtrack for this book, directly downloading the songs to the blog book, which still remains a work in progress. It did not take me long to realize that I could also add photographs, and videos – others and my own - and if I wanted to, I could also add in video intros and/or cliff note like summaries, all of which are still in the works.
Although it is my intention to publish directly on iBooks first, because of its expanded capabilities, then on Kindle and other eBook platforms – this bookwill continue to be available, without charge, to be read in a blog format, with all of the expected downloads included, under the Book Chapters tab on the left hand sidebar of the blog. Upon publication of the eBook(s), it will also be available on the blog in eBook format in the FGOTT Spiritual Book Store, along with all the books referenced, as well as on the appropriate iBooks, Kindle, Google Play Books, or related eBook store sites. The appropriate book related downloads will continue to be available on the left hand sidebar of the blog, under FGOTT Quest for A Positive Spirituality Tab titled Downloads. If you are working to recreate the blog feel when reading in other formats, note that most of the songs and/or videos referenced are available for download directly from iTunes or Amazon.
The FINDING GOD ON THE TRAIN blog site also includes over eight hundred Daily Posts On Enlightenment: featuring inspired Affirmative Thoughts, which are short affirmative notes providing positive direction; what I call Meditation Guidance - the divinely inspired messages, we have referenced earlier, that I receive during meditation and transcribe in my journal without editing; Poems – usually used to open every chapter; song lyrics, videos, and related notes on enlightenment. It is easy to subscribe to the blog on the site, and soon the ordering of related eBooks which feature blog posts and materials will be available directly online. For daily FGOTT posts you may "LIKE" our facebook site at:
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A FEW MORE THOUGHTS
I began this introduction in search of “the point” that I had missed over six years ago, and as I have written this book, I have had to repeatedly clarify and expand on my purpose for taking on this project and sharing its message. This book, as well as the blog, by offering a fresh perspective, is aimed primarily at those who may be seeking this message and want to change their lives. I also want to reduce, or eliminate, the time we all as human beings spend paralyzed by fear, doubt, and worry - replacing it instead with a new sense of optimism and positivism. Further, I want to assist similarly motivated readers with exploring and defining their authentic purpose, or calling, and help them reconnect with their essential spiritual nature.
I also want all potential readers to understand what I believe God has always intended for all of us, so I am going to deliver this message now, rather than wait until the end of the book:
God wants us all to thrive, to flourish, to excel, to live perfectly
authentic and purposeful lives, and by doing so, reach a state
of enlightenment where we experience joy, love, peace and
happiness on a daily basis – where we easily live a virtual
heaven on earth – the full life.
I now realize that this is “the point,” or at least my point, and it is why I have agreed to share this message, and it is the essence of what I believe I am meant to communicate through this work. The rest is up to you, the reader.
And lastly, the positive spirituality of New Thought is a religious approach incorporating the teachings of diverse spiritual orientations. New Thought approaches have no fixed dogma, thus providing an open framework, as it does for me, to personalize my religious practice. This I feel is an essential aspect of what positive spirituality must entail in order to be effective. There are few set rules and regulations, except for you do your best to connect with God by whatever means works for you.
In this regard, I am often asked what religion I am, and although I admit to my New Thought perspective, and both my Christian and Jewish history, I feel I am better described as a religious independent with no established religious affiliation. At this point, I have been able to create my own approach to spirituality, one that reflects my life style, my beliefs, and me. I find the Sufi poet Hafiz sums up my answer succinctly in his poem, I Have Learned So Much:
So much from God
That I can no longer
A Christian, A Hindu, a Muslim.
A Buddhist, A Jew.
This said, I believe a spiritual quest can be successfully taken within the confines of an established religious practice – many Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, and Jewish mystics have taken this spiritual quest, charted the course, and have documented their progress for us to use as guidance in our own undertaking. All are welcome on this journey.
I would like to end this introduction with our first song, by the spiritually inspiring husband and wife team of Jan Garrett & JD Martin, titled Listen from their CD No Complaints Whatsoever. Hit songwriter, JD Martin, and his wife, internationally renowned jazz singer, Jan Garret, perform a song written by JD Martin and Tom Kimmel that expresses the heart of the message of Finding God On The Train – Listen.
Listen to Listen Via Download Above Or Purchase From iTunes
The world runs fast, the spirit slow
To where you think we need to go
When we move into passing gear
The Song of Love is hard to hear
Till everthing’s so loud that we’re
Alone with what we’re missing
Somewhere beneath the sea of noise
We hear the angel’s whispered voice
The song is there, the words are clear
And all we need is still right here
The harmony of wings in flight
The rising of the wind at night
The breaking of the ocean waves
Will call the heart that’s half awake
The sound of every breath we take
Can free the soul from prison
Listen….for all we’re worth
The door to heaven is here on earth
The shout for joy, the softest prayer
The sound of love is in the air
JD Martin And Tom Kimmel
I hope you will take the time and travel on the train with me and find God for yourself. If you are already connected, I salute the divinity within you, and invite you to come along to see what may be a different approach, possibly providing you with additional insight. Finding God On The Train has truly given me glimpses of heaven here on earth. So let’s get on the train, All Aboard!
I look forward to our spiritual journey together.
Thanks for reading.
With love, G.
CLOSING NOTE ON ENLIGHTENMENT
I like to refer to the guidance or messages I receive during meditation as "notes on enlightenment," and will end each chapter in the book with one I have transcribed over the years on the train. I would like to start out with meditative guidance I received that directly refers to enlightenment, and for me underscores the process and progressive evolution of enlightenment. As many have said, enlightenment is a journey not a destination.
Enlightenment is the destiny of the soul – it is the full
connection with the spirit of the infinite God that
surrounds us, is in us, and moves through us.
Enlightenment is not a destination; it is a journey,
a process of illumination where we light up existence
by shining brighter with each step.
Enlightenment is a progression, a stairway to all truth,
understanding, and good, and an internal movement
to inner peace and self-acceptance.
Enlightenment is the profound connection with all
existence and a deepening ability to love universally.
Enlightenment is a supreme state of God love –
infinite, omnipotent, omnipresent.
As you grow the illumination of your spirit burns
brighter and you move towards the realization of your
true identity – the full illumination of God in you.
NOE 11.11.2008 9:30 AM
Affirmations are positive statements announcing to God – universal mind – and to your own subconscious mind, how you view the world, and what you expect to occur during the day or in your life. It is a powerful way to use the Law of Attraction to frame your reality and set positive expectations. I will include affirmations or affirmative thoughts at the close of each chapter.
Here is one on my favorite affirmations that came to me while meditating on a Friday morning train commute to D.C., which I now use daily to frame the day. If we truly lived each element below, we would approach and embody the “I AM” within.
TODAY I AM
Today I AM the living spirit of God.
Today I AM powerful
Today I AM successful.
Today I AM loving, kind, and at peace.
Today I can accomplish anything, be anything,
Today I AM the anointed child of God.
Today I AM confident, bold, and sincere.
Today I AM connected to source, one with source,
guided by source.
Today I AM knowledgeable, valuable, purposeful.
Today I see the vision of my purpose.
Today that purpose comes to life.
Today I AM connected to my spirit guide.
Today I AM the best spiritual seeker possible.
Today I AM all I wish to be.
Today I create the world of joy.
Today I AM happy.
Today I AM joyful.
Today I AM blessed.
Today I AM all these things and more.
NOE 2.8.2008 7:45 AM
Its Friday morning and you are commuting on a Amtrak train to your job in Washington, DC and in the seat next to you is a bald guy with glasses, around sixty, dressed in a blue business blazer, and pin strip shirt open at the collar, who seems to be meditating, and you have a flash of panic because you don’t commute by train, and you don’t have a job in Washington DC, but you smile realizing this must be a dream, so you turn your attention to the scenic vistas outside the window and hope the guy does not come to and start talking.
The guy makes some gestures with his hands like he is praying, opens his eyes, smiles at you and begins writing in a journal. The journal is almost filled, pages written in ink, it has a black cover with lined paper, you think, ah, it is a Moleskine. Quickly he writes using a pen without pausing or taking time to think as if he was taking dictation, not stopping until the whole page is filled, then he closes the journal, securing its elastic band carefully, then puts the journal into his computer case. He looks into your eyes and smiles, says hello, introducing himself as he reaches out his hand, I’m George Bryant.
You think, that’s weird, why would he use his full name. You shake his hand and for some reason you ask him if he was meditating, and he smiles agai, nods yes, and for some reason you start talking about God, which by the way, is who the guy is connecting with during meditation. You know you should be looking for a new seat, but since it is a dream, what do you have to lose. You tell him that although you believe in God, you are not religious, he nods his head and says - “the same with me.“
The guy talks about his blog and his recently published book. You talk for the entire hour and twenty minute ride, and as you pull into Union Station in D.C., he pulls out a copy of the book, writes a note on the cover page and signs it, handing you the book to you and saying “enjoyed talking with you, here is a copy of my book, Finding God On The Train, maybe it will be of use to in your spiritual journey.” You thank him, reminding yourself its is a dream and shove it into your bag.
When you get to the office you feel compelled to open it and read the note. As you read it tears come to your eyes, it says simply – You are not alone! Love G.
ELIXIR OF GOD
In the morning I sit with a clear soul,
transparent and shining
like a crystal spirit,
waiting and prepared to meet
the abundant day ahead.
I walk silently, peacefully, tranquil
in “the space” of its glory.
Here is the “one”,
quietly prepared, clearly ready,
to foster and incubate
joy – clear, pure, unencumbered
joy – the elixir of god.