Anticipation

We wait in prayer.
So deep is our longing
for your presence
in our lives.
We wait,
that we can learn
to practice this presence.
We wait,
anticipating the moment
that is the fullness,
the recognition
that everything
around us
and in us
is you.
We realize any turmoil
we see and feel
masks your presence,
and in moments of silence
and peace we still struggle
to remain in a state
of expectancy and faith.
So we ask for your help
to let go of our fears
and open ourselves
to the beauty
and truth of creation.
We understand
that we must participate
in this creation,
we understand our effort
is essential to complete
the process of transformation
we seek.
We open our eyes
to see; we are here
to listen and sit
with an open heart,
an open mind,
and an open body,
ready to receive,
to understand,
and experience
your presence.

—Jeff Munnis

For Contemplation

“We wait in prayer”

In this moment we put aside all other actions and thoughts to sit and wait on God.

“So deep is our longing”

We recognize that all desire, even those desires for objects in the material world, is a reflection of a deeper longing for God.

“for your presence”

Though God’s presence is part of God’s oneness we recognize that we are the cause of our feelings of separation.

“in our lives”

We long for that presence in life as we know it and experience it; we seek the same consciousness of God to be present at all times and places.

“We wait”

We return to the present moment by letting our thoughts of God fill our waiting.

“that we can learn”

We want to make this presence and this waiting part of us.

“to practice this presence”

We want to make this waiting and this presence part of our consciousness through our continuous effort.

“We wait”

We return to this learning and to this practice out of devotion.

“anticipating the moment”

Our waiting looks expectantly such that we embody the moment and the anticipation.

“that is the fullness”

Everything coming together in the moment is filled with God, filled with love and truth.

“the recognition”

We have learned, and embodied our understanding such that we recognize the arrival of the understanding in our consciousness.

“that everything”

Everything means everything—material and non-material—physical, mental, and spiritual.

“around us”

That which is outside of us and all that which is beyond our reach and understanding.

“and in us”

All that is inside of us, all that we have learned, dreamed, absorbed, experienced, and thought.

“is you”

We recognize our true identity, we recognize the true source, we recognize the true essence of existence.

“We realize any turmoil”

Our understanding includes the knowledge of temporary experiences and illusory phenomena.

“we see and feel” “masks your presence”

Even those things that come to us through our senses can hide our experience of God, can hide our knowledge of and experience of the absolute reality that is the foundation of existence.

“and in moments of silence”

We experience God’s presence in the quiet, still moments.

“and peace we still struggle”

Even in moments of peace, we acknowledge our limitations, our human capacities, and our imperfection in relation to God.

“to remain in a state”

We acknowledge the absolute reality and our inability to hold this in our consciousness.

“of expectancy and faith”

We recognize that often our best effort, when we are short of that full consciousness, is to expect and have faith, and openness to what is possible for us.

“So we ask for your help”

We petition God for assistance. We acknowledge by asking that we know God is present and will respond.

“to let go of our fears”

The help we need includes the need to overcome our internal fears, those fears generated by our own limited awareness and ignorance.

“and open ourselves”

We need help to remain in this state of anticipation and openness.

“to the beauty”

We hold ourselves open, with God’s help, to what is beautiful and of value.

“and truth of creation”

This includes the truth contained in all of creation/existence.

“We understand”

We have knowledge and experience that we can offer to our circumstances

“that we must participate”

Part of our purpose is to take action and engage in our living process

“in this creation”

We participate as part of God’s design and purpose.

“we understand our effort”

We acknowledge our ability to act and return our full being to God’s purpose.

“is essential to complete”

We understand that God has given us a purpose to fulfill.

“the process of transformation”

In becoming new, regenerated, we participate in creation, but we also receive the blessing of God’s design.

“we seek”

Our original desire, in whatever form we chose to express it, has now returned to God.

“We open our eyes”

Our inner being has become open with spiritual vision.

“to see; we are here”

Through our spiritual vision, we observe, acknowledge, and bear witness. Our presence is manifest through God’s presence, here and now.

“to listen and sit”

We open our ears to hear the sound of God, the word of God, without having to move on our own.

“with an open heart”

We acknowledge that our knowledge and wisdom from God are not centered in our minds, but that we have intimate connections through our heart and the rest of our body which can receive from God.

“an open mind”

By opening our mind we surrender control and accept God’s movement within us. We put aside all thoughts, concepts, or mental constructs that can interfere with our mutual process with God.

“and an open body”

We are surrendering all that is physical and material to God’s presence and movement within us and around us.

“ready to receive”

God’s movement in us and through us is facilitated by our intention. Our intention and will are completely receptive to God.

“to understand”

We give up our own desire to know, and allow it to be replaced with truth and wisdom given through God’s love.

“and experience”

We have surrendered to whatever happens according to God’s design and God’s law. We ask for that experience to fill our being.

“your presence”

Everything is contained within the oneness of God. The oneness of God is experienced through God’s presence. All of creation, including all of God’s laws, including God’s mercy and love, are part of God’s presence. Through God’s presence all knowledge, wisdom, and value are experienced. Our anticipation of the illumination that comes with the full knowledge of God’s presence is our full engagement in this eternal moment.

Prayer

(Repeat Anticipation)

From The Readings

2012-54 It is true that you still need for things to be incubating, there are still things that have to happen first, but we want you to know that all of the best things that you can dream of doing, these things will happen for you. For the things that are different: Just as before, you will find that between what you wanted and what you got, what you got was always better. It was always leading you to something more, and that was how God was working in your life and will be working in your life.

2013-41 Now we must make another distinction: the distinction between anticipation and expectation. Anticipating God’s presence is an openness and an attitude, and a presence—not a demand, not a desire, not a want. This is a very advanced form of spiritual being. This is part of your path. People will travel in and out of your sphere of influence. Let them come and let them go. Those most advanced souls you meet on your journey will be encouraging you to move on; to go out and meet your destiny. Those who would miss you, or cling to you, or express their desire for you—while their love and their intention may be good, are still expressing a limited understanding of how an advanced being moves and functions in the world. You will never be separated from the love that is manifest between you and other beings. You’ll never be separated or disconnected from the most essential connection, the most intimate connection between yourselves and any other human being, or God. You are moving forward with great opportunity. Be trusting, but above all be patient, and don’t be in a hurry.

2013-89 All the changes that you anticipate will come. But all the changes that you seek, not all of these will come. The anticipation is like a bodily response, an embodied response that you feel. And because it comes from such a deep level, it has a constant presence. What happens is the mind comes in and tries to interpret the body’s response. Yet the mind doesn’t always understand or recollect the full measure of each being’s experience. Because the mind so often functions through the ego, there is a filter that can very easily modify or change your response to the information finding expression in the body. This is why you identify with the longing, and then have such an inconsistent experience when you interpret the longing. You know that the longing is for God, for union with the highest good, the highest form of love, the highest form of being. Often it is just a matter of remembering that the thoughts can be controlled by the ego, but the mind has a memory of the longing for God. The memory is available to the ego just as it is always available to the higher self, so bringing the memory to the higher self, over time, will increase the strength of will and strengthen the connection to one’s purpose. You already know that time is a relative concept; an understanding based on shared structures of seeing the world. You also know that these perceptions have an illusory nature; that within eternity time actually holds no space or being. It is space and being that holds time. Time is a phenomenon.