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“Spiritual Awakening is awakening from the dream of thought.” – Eckhart Tolle


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Matthew 13:7-8

“Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty of thirtyfold.”


So, how do you make sure your soil is rich so that seeds produce a bountiful amount of fruit?

I’m no farmer, that’s for sure, but I’m betting you take care of the soil.

You nurture it.

You take time to make sure it’s going to be fertile ground so you get a good return on the crops.

Jesus was telling his listeners that, in the same way, they have to take care of their body, mind and spirit so as to hear God’s word and have it take root.

How do we do this?

By listening with an open heart unimpeded by our addictive mental commentaries.

How often are we truly present to the Divine Presence?

Or are we lost in the non-stop chatter and narratives of minds?

I’m sure that many (if not most) people never consider this.

They are so addicted to their mind’s constant commentaries that they think they are those non-stop thoughts.

Your mind is a wonderful and essential tool to function on this earthly plain, but your mind is not you.

The next time your mind is going on and on about some topic, probably judging someone or something, catch it.

Take note of it.

“Aha, there you go again with your commentaries!”

Who is observing your runaway mind at work?

The real you, that’s who!

That “you” is your spiritual being, your consciousness, the you that will go on after your physical body ceases.

Take some time for meditation such as Centering Prayer and/or nature walks each day.

Simply observe your environment wherever you are without labeling or mental commentary.

When we are truly present, we are fertile ground to see, hear, feel, smell, and taste the Sacredness of all things.

True abundant life can blossom.


Listen to the song of the day “Turn Off the Noise” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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