Imagine the thrill when Oprah announced today in her online newsletter that Iyanla’s "Trust: Mastering the Four Essentials" is now available in paperback. Whoot! Whoot. The paperback version was released earlier in the month and in timely fashion for those who find it hard to make notes on an eReader. You will be making notes in this book especially now in this climate of increased emotional pressure and cultural upheaval. Iyanla is the quintessential sage. This book is a blueprint for soul searching. Her spirituality, erudition and counseling coalesce in her award winning television show, Iyanla : Fix my life. Thank God you don’t have to be on the show to get her counseling.
The book is comprehensive and written in that no-nonsense style Iyanla uses to communicate. She’s fabulous and I can’t wait to get my copy. I felt connected to this great principle of trust having recently published my specialty book, The Dolphy Code: Trust in God, Educate Yourself and Serve Others. My book was written for the church led by Pastor Dolphy L. Morrison. Long before he passed away, Pastor Morrison had made trust one of the pillars of his spiritual belief system. The book is half a memoir and half daily wisdom notes consisting of 40 scriptures and contemplations. Here is my lesson for the day from my book on trust:
God Is In Everything We Do
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Acknowledgement of you is more than a one-day activity or a short grace before a meal. From time to time, I may ask for your help when I have to make important decisions like getting out of a dead-end job, moving to a new town or school district, child rearing or solving a crisis at home or in my business. However, in all my ways, I must seek your guidance and trust your answers. I must trust that you are with me and work in your presence. Whether it’s starting a vegetable garden, monitoring my behavior in the workplace, managing my interactions in the marketplace, eating with friends and strangers, doing the laundry, cooking a meal; I need to invite you into all aspects of my life no matter how mundane or important. I consciously align my will with your will, so I can hear and follow your guidance. For when my life reflects you every day, I know that I am being led in the right direction and I am successful.
In my contemplation today, I thought about wholeness, completeness and that old lunar 360 degrees that farmers, astrologers and mystics trusted for life-changing decisions that needed to be made. High tide, low tide, storms sunshine, they could trust this system to help them navigate life and sustain themselves. Consciously working with the Divine universe is much like that. Here’s today’s inspirational message from The Dolphy Code’s section on TRUST.
Trust 360 Degrees
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
You say that I should exercise my confidence in you with every fiber of my being and not rely purely on what my mind tells me. I am human, without the capacity to see around the proverbial corner because my view and my understanding are limited. I cannot know what is going to happen tomorrow. Time and time again it’s proven to me that I don’t know everything that God knows–that I can see only a single thread of your gigantic plan for my life. In hindsight, I have been given two choices to solve a problem; your advice coming through my gut or my heart, and that ego’s voice. I trusted ego. Trusting ego only compounded the problem and I have had to call on you again. Let me choose to listen to you and trust with my heart from the get go. You give me a clear response. You have never failed me. When I partner with you I always get the best results.
Hey! It’s me again, going deeper into the principle of TRUST. Bob Marley is certainly topical today. He wrote, “Man to man is so unjust, you don’t know who to trust. “ I have been growing weary of the “Fake News” phenomena. I love fiction but need my news to be true. At the same time I need balance. This contemplation is about a way to find balance and reconnect to who we truly are. In this moment, I invite you to contemplate on another one of my excerpts from The Dolphy Code.
Good News or Bad News
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.
These days, constantly watching the news makes many people nervous. Two-thirds of the news we hear have unhappy outcomes and we spend a lot of time watching and listening. When I spend a lot of my time listening to this bad news, I begin to expect bad news. I begin to fear life. The fear I experience daily, is a result of me shifting my heart and my attention from you to what is happening in the world around me. Dear God everything requires balance. I choose this moment to shift my expectations of gloom and doom to your wondrous work. When I watch the news, help me to maintain spiritual and emotional balance. I choose to live in faith.
Hey friends. In our world when trust in governments, school systems, food industries, Big Pharma, family values and friendships are at an all-time low, we need to dig deep into our toolkit of hope to rebuild our confidence in the Divine and ultimately in each other. Today, I would like to share an inspirational thought from The Dolphy Code’s
40-Devotionals section on TRUST.
Trust God: A Spiritual Partner
And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
None of us can understand the totality of your character? But this I know: the relationship I have with you is not a passing fantasy, it is a personal, intimate one. We are constantly in communication with each other; I listen to your voice in my heart teaching me how to live honestly, with integrity and with love. Whenever I am facing my Red Sea with no hope of crossing it, I call on you and you are there. When I see with my physical eyes that I do not have enough to feed my family or pay my bills, you show me how to multiply the little I have. Whenever I am experiencing my dark night of soul, I just need to remember that you are always with me. I know you. You are my spiritual partner for life.
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