To be a mystic without a monastery means that you make a conscious decision to stop being motivated by fear—fear that you don’t have enough, that you have to have more to meet your basic needs. And you replace that fear with faith and compassion. In effect, you become a powerful instrument of God’s grace. Infused with a force greater than our own—a divine intention, assistance, or insight that is spiritually rejuvenating—grace is energy that can fill you with luminous awareness different from everyday consciousness. It motivates your spirit and lights your path within. Caroline Myss Entering the Castle Page 37
There is no room for fear in love. 1 John 4: 18
We are looking to live a life without fear and to live a life motivated by love.
As Caroline Myss says, “You replace that fear with faith and compassion.” And John says that you must replace fear with love.
Bottom line is that we must consciously stop being afraid of living a life of poverty whether monetary or spiritual poverty and start accepting a life of spiritual abundance.
Jesus says, I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10: 10
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While we live our lives here on earth we can choose to live in fear or we can choose to live an abundant life of love given to us by God. A life of abundance means a life filled with love and this can be so whether one is poor in goods, money, or health.
An outward physical life of poverty does not mean that we are denied an inward life of abundance. The difference is whether we are filled with fear or with love, faith, and compassion.
We can be rich in our outward lives but still live inwardly poverty-stricken lives if we are filled with fear.
Receive God’s gift of the abundant life of love whether you are physically rich or poor and you will be infused with the power of God’s grace.
© Judith Lawrence