Weekly Prayer Posts

Religious Symbols

07/02/2022

Dear Light Group,

Monday is July 4th, Independence Day, commemorating the day Americans declared their freedom from a tyrannical monarchy.

Over the two hundred forty-six years since that declaration, we as a nation as well as individuals have been learning that being free from something does not necessarily make you free to be something else.  Think of all the nations that, especially since World War II, have gained their independence and then squandered it on corruption, oppression, and civil conflict.  Think of all the people who get out of a bad relationship or a challenging job only to land in the soup with their next relationship or job.

We are at a moment in America when our social fabric is under high stress – from both internal as well as external forces.  There is a great desire to be free of these stresses.  There is a sense that, if only we could be free of the outrageous behavior of the other side, then we would be free, then all would be well.

This begs the question: If we were free of the other side, who would we be?  What would values would drive our behavior?

There is much in our history that can inspire us as we think of who we want to be: Magnanimous in victory (think of the Marshall Plan after the close of World War II).  Concerned for the welfare of all (think of the more than two hundred forty thousand American Peace Corps volunteers who have served 143 countries).  Defender of freedom (think of all the times our armed forces have come to the aid of nations fending off oppressive forces).

As we celebrate Independence Day this year, let us reaffirm that that which we feel Divinely guided to be, and let us give thanks for America, this nation that has afforded us – as well as others around the world – the opportunity to be Divinely guided.

In doing so, you might want to start by reflecting on your own essence.  Each one of us, in our core being, manifests a Divine attribute.  It could be Love.  It could be Joy.  It could be Truth.  It could be Beauty.  It could be one or more of the numerous other Divine attributes that may be at your core.  The key is to remember: “That’s who I Am.  That is my Divine nature.  That is who I Am free to Be.”

Then you might take the next step with a prayer such as: “Thank you, God, for the freedom to Be.  Thank you, God, for the opportunity to manifest Thy Divinity.  Thank you, God, for America, the nation which has allowed me the freedom to Be.  Bind our wounds, O Lord, that we may recognize Thy Spirit in everyone.  Hold us in Thy Light, that we may always be true to Thee.  Lift us up, O Lord, that we may rise above our passions and aggressions to see Thee in all that is.  Keep our focus on Thee, O Lord, that we may always be guided by Thy Truth and Thy Love.  Thank you, God, for America.  Thank you, God, for the freedom to Be.  Thank you, God, for Thee in me.  Amen.”

Love and Light,
Tully


06/25/2022

Dear Light Group,

As we get closer to July 4th, my neighbors are starting to display their American flags.  There are many highly patriotic people in the city in which I live, and those flags have deep meaning for them.

What does the American flag mean for you?

The flag symbolizes different things for different people, but more often than not it stands for freedom.  Freedom from oppression.  Freedom to be who we want to be.

Great sacrifices have been made over the years so that we, today, may live in relative freedom.  Because of those who bravely fought, against tremendous odds, for freedom from an oppressive British monarchy and because of those who fought to end slavery and those who fought to liberate the world from Nazi tyranny, America has been the land of the free and the home of the brave.

How can we best honor those who have given the full measure of their lives so that we, now, might be free?

One way we can honor them is to live freely.  That, however, is easier said than done.  To be truly free is to look at our biases and judgments…and let them go.  To be truly free is to let go of “me” and “mine” and “I want this” and “I want that” and to see that there is only the Divine.  To be truly free is to let go of our desires and just be.  In letting go, there is the possibility of tremendous freedom.  In letting go, we realize that we don’t have to push so hard to maintain our ourselves and our little world.  We realize that we can open our eyes and ears and feel the universe around us.

None of this is easy.  We live in emotional times.  It is hard not to get swept up in the emotions of the moment.

But behind the turbulence and the stormy emotionalism is the Light.  We are freest when we focus on that Light.  We are freest when we are not distracted from that Light but instead are its fullest expression.

This is freedom, that we be expressions of basic goodness.  Recognizing that basic goodness lives within ourselves – and within everyone else – takes tremendous discipline.  But with this discipline and with letting go, we gain a sense of dignity, of our own basic goodness, of gentleness and peace.  We feel free, and with that feeling, we are free to act bravely, compassionately, joyfully.

Let us, this Saturday, honor those who have brought us to this moment, to this special place and to this point in time, when we are free to recognize and to live our basic goodness, when we are free to seek the Light in our own way, when we are free to let go and simply Be Divine: “Thank you, God, for all those who have given generously of themselves so that we may be free.  Thank you, God, for our forefathers and foremothers who were so strong, who held to Truth, that we might be free.  Thank you, God, for those who held to Truth and Goodness, that slavery might end and the dignity of all might be recognized.  Thank you, God, for those who have given their lives that freedom might exist, not just for Americans but for all peoples of all lands.  Thank you, God, for America, for the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Thank you, God, for leading me to ultimate freedom.  Thank you, God, for freeing me to be a fuller expression of Thy Light, Thy Love, Thy Peace, Thy Joy.  Let this, Thy Light, Love, Peace, and Joy, shine on all, that all may be free.  Thank you, God, for making it so.  Amen.”

Love and Light,
Tully


06/18/2022

Dear Light Group,

Yogananda, a saint from India who was guided to come to America in the early part of the 20th century, was bubbling over with joy.  His books, his lectures, the way he walked, the way he smiled – his whole being was infused with the joy he felt through his connection with God..

When, many years ago, I visited Yogananda’s hermitage in Southern California, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, I could feel his joy in the very walls of that hermitage, decades after he had passed away.

This is not to say that Yogananda’s life was without trauma.  His mother died suddenly when he was a young boy, and Yogananda was inconsolable.  A brother and a sister died at relatively young ages.  One of his best friends from childhood joined him in America – and then betrayed him.  America initially greeted him with open arms, but then rejected him when he refused to discriminate against Blacks.  Yogananda was hounded by yellow journalists thought who they could frame him for hypnotizing women and leading them into scandalous behavior (the courts, fortunately, found no evidence of this and exonerated Yogananda).

Through it all, Yogananda was able to return to his blissful communion with God and to return to his mission of bringing the Light of Divine Wisdom to people in the West.

Yogananda reiterated over and over that this blissful communion with God was available to all of us.  If we were disciplined about meditation and about leading a life focused on God, we, too, could experience that overflowing joy that comes from communion with the Divine.

Let us this Saturday tune into this joy, that our lives may be full of Divine Joy.  To do so, you may want to try a prayer such as, “Thank you, God, for the Joy that lived in Yogananda.  Thank you, God, for Thy Joy that has lived in all great saints and masters.  Thank you, God, for Thy Joy that lives in me.  Thank you, God, for Thy Joy that surrounds me.  Thank you, God, for Thy Joy that fills and surrounds all people and all things.  Thank you, God, for Thy creation, which is always drawing us back to Thee and Thy Joy.  Thank you, God, for the joy of being alive, for the opportunity to experience Thy Joy in all things and in all people.  Thank you, God, for the Joy that is Thy creation.  Amen.”

Love and Light,
Tully


06/11/2022

Dear Light Group,

As a young woman, Reinee Pasarow went into anaphylactic shock and was taken by ambulance to Adventist Glendale Hospital in Glendale, California where she was declared clinically dead by an emergency room physician.  Renee’s personal physician subsequently burst into the ER with something of an attitude that, “She’s not going to die on my watch.”  That physician eventually revived Renee, and she lived for many more decades, until she was nearly 70 years old.

During the period when she was in shock and then declared dead, Reinee left her body and went into the Light.  Part of her experience in the Light was that of a life review, or, as Reinee put it, it was more of a reliving of her life from a much greater point of consciousness.  She saw that nothing had gone unnoticed – not a thought, not an intention, not a tear shed, not a smile, not a blink – nothing in our lives goes unnoticed.

In reliving her life, Reinee became aware that the greatest of her actions was not from having owned anything or known anyone or having had any titles or having achieved anything or having been successful.  Instead, she was shown that the most significant of her actions were those motivated by selfless love.

The greatest of these acts of selfless love had occurred when Reinee was a teenager working at a camp for retarded children.  She had been kind towards a young boy who was particularly difficult and obnoxious and abrasive and who had usually been rejected by others in the camp, including the counselors.  Reinee had taken him aside on a hot summer day and sat him on a wall and had given him some punch.  She told this young boy that he was precious, that he was unique, and that he was lovable by the very fact of his existence.  Her intention was to express selfless love to this child who seemed to be abandoned and rejected and viewed as worthless to all.  It was an action that no one recognized.  It was an action that Reinee herself had forgotten until her near-death experience.

Renee’s sense while in the Light was that to have given one instance of selfless love – such as the one she had given to the young, retarded boy – was to have achieved something greater than if she had become president of the United States or had won the Nobel Prize.  That mere instant of showing love was greater than anything we recognize as showing accomplishment in this material world.

What was important was not merely the action but the intent and the motivation.  The only motivation that counted was selfless, altruistic, unconditional love.

Let us remember the lesson that Reinee learned while in the Light: at the end of the day, it is selfless kindness and love that counts.

You might want to dive deeper into this selfless kindness and love with a prayer such as, “Thank you, God, for always reminding me that I am here on Earth to be kind.  Thank you, God, for reminding me that I best reflect Thy Love when I act with selfless love.  Thank you, God, for filling my heart with this selfless Love.  Let me, to the end of my days, always express this Love.  Amen.”

Love and Light,
Tully


06/04/2022

Dear Light Group,

In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul says, “And let us not weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap – if we faint not.”

Paul’s advice feels timely, as contend with a war, dissension, and mass murder.  Let us not despair (let us “faint not”) and hold to the Light.

There is much drama in the world, but let us turn inward to the Divine Peace within and let us not be “weary in well doing,” recognizing that in due time “we shall reap.”

In that spirit, you might want to try a prayer such as, “Thank you, God, for Thy Peace residing in my heart.  Thank you, God, for Thy Peace radiating throughout my being.  Thank you, God, for Thy Peace radiating from the center of my being, blessing everyone and everything.  Thank you, God, for Thy Peace radiating from the center of my being, blessing the city in which I live.  Thank you, God, for Thy Peace radiating from the center of my being, blessing the United States of America.  Thank you, God, for Thy Peace radiating from the center of my being, blessing the people of Ukraine.  Thank you, God, for Thy Peace radiating from the center of my being, blessing the people of Russia.  Thank you, God, for Thy Peace radiating from the center of my being, blessing the people of Europe.  Thank you, God, for Thy Peace radiating from the center of my being, blessing all the people of Earth.  Thank you, God, for Thy blessing of Peace, filling and surrounding Earth and everyone and everything on Earth.  Thank you, God, for Thy blessing of Peace, filling all of creation.  Thank you, God, for making it so.  Amen.”

Love and Light,
Tully


05/28/2022

Dear Light Group,

In the Book of John, Jesus says, “God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.”

If we pause to consider the meaning of this, the implications are revolutionary, dramatic, fantastic.  The Old Testament God, who could be a frightening, capricious, jealous male, has been transformed into an energy – an energy of Spirit and of Truth.  No longer a distant male to whom we might pray – or to whom we might cower as He rains frogs or brimstone on us – this God is within us.  It is us.  This God’s Spirit and Truth is within us and within everyone and everything.  This Spirit and this Truth is here, now.  All we have to do is click into it.

This Spirit and Truth dearly wants us to recognize It.  It wants us to know that all of the abundance we seek, all of the health we seek, all of the joy we seek is in this Spirit and this Truth.  All we have to do is let go – let go of our day-to-day concerns, let go of our personalities, let go of our past, let go of our fear of the future – and instead be present with this Spirit and this Truth.

If you would like to use this Saturday to get in to this Spirit and Truth, you might try a prayer such as, “I am that Spirit.  I am that Truth.  That Spirit and Truth is glorious, magnificent, fantastic.  That Spirit and Truth is creating ever greater manifestations of Divine Beauty and Joy.  Glory be to God for this magnificent Spirit and Truth.  Praise be to God for this wonderful Spirit and Truth.  Praise be to God for this Spirit and Truth living inside of me.  Praise be to God for this Spirit and Truth living inside everyone and everything.  Thank you, God, for being in me.  Thank you, God, for being in my loved ones.  Thank you, God, for being in everyone and everything.  Amen.”

Love and Light,
Tully


05/21/2022

Dear Light Group,

When we call time-out, when we are able to bring a halt to the relentless chatter going on in our minds, we create a gap in which we can see the beauty of the world in which we live.  When we stop spinning around, when we stop rehashing what has happened in the past or obsessing about what might happen in the future, we find ourselves firmly in the present.  And what do we find in this present moment?  We find that we may be sitting or standing.  We can feel the chair we are sitting on.  We can feel the ground on which we stand.  We may hear sounds.  There may be distinct odors.  There may be a particular taste in our mouth.  We may see before us things in our home or things out of doors.  We are fully in the present moment – not mired in the past or fearful of the future – just here, now.

This is our world.  We needn’t judge it as either good or bad.  It just is what it is.

The more we slow things down and see the world as just what it is, the more we let go of our judgments about this world, and the more we let go of evaluating this world in terms of what it will or will not do for us, the more we are able to see the intrinsic beauty of our world.  The greenness of the leaves on the trees becomes more vibrant.  The blueness of the sky becomes more magical.  The mundane objects in our home become special, beautiful, magnificent.

This is our world.  We have created it, and it is a beautiful world.

This Saturday, let us give thanks for this world: “Thank you, God, for the beauty of this world.  Thank you, God, for our five senses, by which we can experience this world.  Thank you, God, for enabling us to see the beauty in all of Thy creation.  Thank you, God, for the beauty in all things.  Thank you, God, for the beauty in all people.  Thank you, God, for Thy Divine sight, which enables us to see things as You see them.  Thank you, God, for Thy beauty in everyone and everything.  Amen.”

Love and Light,
Tully


05/14/2021

Dear Light Group,

“You Are a Star” was the title of one of Jim Goure’s lectures. In that lecture, he talked about the billions of galaxies and zillions of stars that exist and told us that we are not separate from them. He essentially told us, “You are not separate from those galaxies and stars. You are all that is.”

That’s not the consciousness we live with on a daily basis. Most of us are consumed with thoughts of what we need to do today and our dreams and our fantasies and what we want to acquire and what we want to avoid and oh, my, the state of the world!

But are all those thoughts and dreams and fantasies and worries real? If, as Jim Goure told us, we are all that is, if we are all the galaxies and stars, if we are not separate from anything that exists, then of what significance are our obsessions about our own little worlds?

Instead, Jim encouraged us to get into the consciousness of universal Love, universal Light, universal Beauty, universal Peace. This, he said, would be our most powerful contribution to elevating not only our own little world but that of the planet and the universe.

So let us, in our prayers this Saturday, remember, as Jim told us, that we are a star, and just as our sun (a star) gives and gives and gives of its light, so, we, too, can give and give and give of our Light, our Love, our Beauty, and our Peace.

In doing so, you might want to try a prayer such as, “I am a star of Light. I am a star of Love. I am a star of Beauty. I am a star of Peace. From the star center within me, I radiate Light, Love, Beauty, and Peace to everyone and everything. I expand Light, Love, Beauty, and Peace throughout the universe. The universe is filled and surrounded with this Light, Love, Beauty, and Peace. I am that Light, Love, Beauty, and Peace. This is who I truly am: Light, Love, Beauty, and Peace. Light, Love, Beauty, and Peace is my essence. I give and give and give this Light, Love, Beauty, and Peace to everyone and everything. Light, Love, Beauty, and Peace is my essential nature. At all times and in all places, I give and give and give this Light, Love, Beauty, and Peace. This is my mission on Earth, to give and give and give this Light, Love, Beauty, and Peace. There is no more of the little “I,” the one that sees itself as separate from other people and other things. Now there is only the consciousness of Light, Love, Beauty, and Peace. In being this Light, Love, Beauty, and Peace, there is infinite Joy. I am That. I am that Light, Love, Beauty, and Peace. Amen.”
Love and Light,

Tully


12/7/13

Dear Light Group,

Everything is Divine. There is no place that God is not. In the deepest part of the ocean, “I Am there,” sayeth the Lord. In the furthest reaches of space, “I Am there.” In the most microscopic parts of our own physical bodies, “I Am there.”

So we can never, ever move out of the heart of God. We can never, ever move out of the essence of God. That essence fills and surrounds and is us.

This essence that fills and surrounds and is us can be experienced in many different forms: It is Light. It is Joy. It is Peace. It is Beauty.

The more we are able to still our restless minds. The more we are able to relinquish our powerful desires. The more we are able to let go – the better we are able to experience this Light, this Joy, this Peace, this Beauty.

And once we experience this Light, Joy, Peace, and Beauty, we know that it is infinite, and we know that there is nothing to do in life but to give of this Light, Joy, Peace, and Beauty. In giving this Light, Joy, Peace, and Beauty, the transformation of ourselves and of others and of Earth occurs.

Regular practice of prayer and meditation is the way to enter and stay anchored in this state of superconsciousness.

So, this Saturday, let us enter that which Is, that which is Light, Joy, Peace, and Beauty. To do so, you may want to try a prayer such as, “I am That. I am that Light that is the essence of everything. I am that Joy that permeates everything. I am Peace in all things. I am the Beauty that Is.”

And then, “Let this Light, Joy, Peace, and Beauty expand, for the good of all.”

Saying these prayers over and over will help you enter and stay anchored in a state of superconsciousness.

Finally, you might want to close with, “And that’s the way it is! Thank you, God!”

Love and Light,

Tully