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PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKES

I am going to address a difficult and controversial subject. Angelina Jolie revealed that she had her breasts removed because a test revealed that she had a ‘marker’ for breast cancer. Markers are for cancer period. Just because someone has the marker doesn’t mean that the marker will cause cell mutation. She was hailed for taking a pre-emptive strike against the disease.

Now, let’s examine what was said here. The origin of this statement is a fear based fighting stance; it is not a faith based peaceful stance. It is simply the ego taking command and decided to protect itself ‘before’ something bad ‘could’ happen. It is not trusting in the Spirit of God to ‘act’ on your behalf to squelch any ‘markers’. There is more going on here than meets the eye. This story is just that; a story. It is a story about the ego taking command and deciding to impose a pre-emptive strike against the ‘possibility’ of cancer emerging in her body.

Some women have double mastectomies and NEVER see any cancer again while others develop ovarian, liver or pancreatic cancers. It is NOT a crap shoot as the doctors tell you! They tell you this because they don’t know the power of love and the essence of the Spirit of God. They exist in a world of mindless chemical interactions and statistical probabilities that are based on ‘conjecture’ and NOT reality.

Yes, if you jump off of a mountain with no parachute to break your fall you will most assuredly die. However, if you don’t take the jump to begin with you will most assuredly live! Fear based decisions come from the ego not trusting in Divine intervention and ‘assuming’ that it needs to take command in order to survive. This ‘selfishness’ is based on a limited and skewed outlook on the ‘possibilities’ of healing and the perceived ‘definite’ probabilities of the worst scenario unfolding.

Angelina Jolie could have lived out her entire life without getting cancer just as much as her making a pre-emptive strike against the ‘possibility’ of it developing. When what you fear controls you to the point of making decisions about a body that was designed to ‘fix’ itself from within by the Creator, it reveals that you believe in your separation from your Creator. It reveals that you ‘believe’ what medical ‘science’ has told you ‘might’ happen and not what will ‘definitely’ happen.

Medicine is NOT solely a science; it uses scientific principles in diagnosis and it uses art more in treatment. It works the ‘odds’ of occurrences and probabilities. Odds change in a moment’s notice. For example, in the Preakness on Mary 19, 2013, the odds that Orb would win an hour before the race were 4/5. At race time they were 3/5. Environmental and other ‘conditions’ changed the odds of the horse winning the race. It was Oxbow, the 15-1 horse that actually won the race. Even though the odds changed for the favorite, the horse that would have ‘probably’ NOT won ended up winning.

You have access to the Creator Doctor of the entire omniverse. It is up to you to access this doctor by going within a trusting in your healing. Yes, see the doctor and know the odds of your ‘condition’, but don’t rule out the ‘possibility’ of another horse winning! Be ye therefore perfect! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU

Are you listening to the reactive and driving loud voice in your head pushing you to take immediate action against something or the still small voice whispering proactive steps to be patient and understand exactly what is happening?

If you choose the former voice, you will surely end up dealing with more than you can handle because it keeps you in the ‘fighting’ and ‘resistive’ modes. If you choose the latter voice, you will gain an unlimited perspective in how to act that is beneficial to all concerned and it will keep you in peaceful and allowing modes.

The choices couldn’t be more obvious yet many choose the former because they ‘feel’ it is their only choice. It isn’t. It is the only choice your ego can take to validate its own existence and take you down with it because it cannot see beyond itself.

The ego is in charge of your self-survival. It will do anything it can to protect you from harm; including, but not limited to, blaming events, occurrences, situations, circumstances and the behavior of others. It will NEVER look to itself for causing its experience except when it benefits itself and garners the admiration of others. It is selfish, underhanded and ruthless in protecting what it ‘believes’ it must protect.

As much as it can be negative, it can be positive as well. It can make choices that move you forward in expanding your circles of influence but you can rest assured it will take the credit for it. It lives to see itself win and be successful in competition with others and it doesn’t care how it wins; as long as it wins. The only thing that can temper the control, domination and manipulation of the ego is regular and consistent communication with the Divine through prayer, meditation and service.

When the ego gets out of its own way blessings will rain down on you. You will begin to see just what you need to do to unfold your Divine purpose in Divine order. You will come to understand that it’s not all about you; it’s about every one!

Develop your Divine sense and see beyond where you are and into where you will be by trusting in the Divine completely. Picture and focus on the end result of being perfect as the Divine within you is perfect and ‘feel’ the joy of experiencing this forever more.

THAT is being proactive and completely trusting in the Divine! Anything else is the ego playing games with you to remain in control. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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The purpose of this website is to connect with one another and share our needs for healing in whatever areas we feel we need. Please visit the website or go to the Facebook forum to post any public prayers on the Wall or PM us for private prayers.

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Why do we sometimes harbor unresolved issues? Why do we hold onto things we can’t ‘figure out’? Is it because we believe that in the future we will have more information available to figure out solutions to our problems? Or is it that our egos refuse to let go of our perceived problems because they ‘have’ to figure out the solutions to them in order to justify their own perceived existences?

As human beings we have an innate desire to resolve perceived situations and circumstances. We strive to find meaning in things in order to understand ourselves and our motivations. It is a relentless pursuit of finding oneself in the reflections of life instead of knowing oneself from our inner projections. We are responsible for what we think repeatedly because repeated thoughts become accepted beliefs that determine our future reactions to perceptions of the reflections in our environments.

If we believe we must ‘figure out’ each and every event, occurrence, situation, circumstance and behavior of others, then we are relying on our egos to guide our thoughts, feelings, actions and behaviors. It is when we simply ‘let go’ of the compelling drive to ‘figure out’ what we believe are ‘unresolved issues” is when we start the process of living in Divine trust.

Divine trust is allowing the Divine to unfold our Divine purpose in Divine order without the ‘guidance’ and ‘yearnings’ of the ego. It is moving forward without the perception of a net below and a guy wire above. It is living in the ability to fly and not walk to fulfillment.

When we ‘resolve’ to live without resolving what we haven’t yet figured out is when we are living in Divine trust. It is ours to live in faith and trust in Divine guidance more than it is to live in fear and follow selfish, self-centered yearnings for the recognition and acceptance by others. Being too involved in what others perceive and believe about you removes your focus from what is truly important; being whom and what you were created to be. You are NOT what others perceive and believe you are. You are what you KNOW you are in your inner heart.

When we stop looking outside of ourselves for the ‘perceived resolutions’ to our problems, we begin the inner journey to ‘knowing’ what to do instead of ‘believing’ what we ‘need’ to do. It is a choice of who is in command; our egos or God. Make the right choice. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.
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GETTING TO YOUR DESTINATION

What do you do when you need to go upstairs? Do you go outside and try to jump up to a window to climb through? Or do you go outside, grab a ladder, put it below a window, climb up the ladder, open the window and climb inside? What if the window is locked? What do you do then? Break the glass and unlatch the lock to get in? Of course not!

You go to the stairs and take one step at a time and traverse the incline to get to the second floor. You utilize a logical and progressive strategy to arrive where you need to be. How many people try to jump to where they want to be? They would be jumping all day and never get to the second floor. How many people go outside of themselves, find a ladder and climb to the window to find it locked and they can’t get in? Do they resort to the violence of ‘breaking in’ to get to their destination?

Don’t be on the outside looking in to where you know you should be. Use the correct strategy to arrive at your destination and you will get there safely, efficiently and remain on the inside instead of being on the outside looking in. The stairs to the unfolding of your Divine purpose in Divine order are within you. You don’t have to leave your ‘house’ to find a ladder to get there. You just need to take one step at a time.

Each day is another step in unfolding your Divine purpose in Divine order. Take each step methodically one at a time. Don’t try skipping steps thinking that you will ‘get there’ quicker. You might slip and fall down the stairs. Take the logical and progressive approach and ensure your safety in arriving at your destination. It is all within you right now. Trust in that which knows more than what you believe. Be focused on getting where you want to be by feeling the joy each and every day of being there!

Know where you are going and take one day at a time to get there. Love each step knowing each one is necessary for you to ‘feel’ the progression of the perceived journey; it’s like stopping to smell the flowers on your way. Put love into every step and you will reap the joy of personal accomplishment without endangering the safety of yourself and others. Be ye therefore perfect! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

TRUST

Trust is an inner knowing that the Divine will guide you and protect you from harm and fulfill your Divine purpose in Divine order. Is it blind or is it based on an assuredness of past behaviors and a reliance on sound principles and established creation? For example, did you know in the USA there are over 607,000 bridges and that over 70,000 of them are considered ‘structurally unsound’? [Source: CBS News]

That’s approximately 11.5% of our bridges that could give out while you are traversing them. Now, the ‘odds’ might be considered good for your safe travel, but what about those who ‘trust’ in those bridges to provide safety while they travel? Is their trust unfounded? Will Divine trust supersede the structural integrity of the bridge? Or will those who don’t trust and generate fear succumb to ‘accidents’ when they cross those bridges?

Only the Divine knows the answers to those questions but there is one thing for sure; if we don’t maintain these bridges, then the inevitable will happen. It will cost several ‘billions’ of dollars to bring these bridges up to code. What is Congress doing about it?

Absolutely NOTHING!!! The expense of our infrastructure has been put on the back burner while $55 million was being spent on 37 votes to repeal ‘Obamacare’. Where are their priorities? Definitely not with us! If they were, we would not be facing this potential crisis right now. Many of us trust our local municipalities, state governments and federal government to be on top of this issue. But how can they when they are in constant gridlock over ideological issues?

When the ‘old’ will not relent to the ‘new’ we have the problems that we are facing now. Being aware of our environment and the maintenance of our structures for our collective safety is of paramount concern. Trusting in the Divine is depending on the Divine for help. However, we must always remember that God helps those who help themselves. We have been given the gift of life and the ability to grow and expand. It is up to us to maintain our blessings while relying on Divine guidance and ‘protection’.

It is also up to us to elect representatives that actively seek to protect us instead of padding their wallets with corporate ‘perks’ to influence our legislative agendas. It is up to us to trust in the Divine and to do what is necessary to influence our environment with progressive social, environmental and legislative change. Think about that the next time you cross a bridge. It ‘could’ be one of those 70,000 that is in desperate need of repair. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

 

 

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When ANY decision in your life is fear based, it is from the selfishness of the ego and NOT from the Spirit of God! Those who defend their aberrances and separation from the Spirit of God are subject to the consequences of their beliefs and suppositions. Living in Divine love is living in the spirit and fear has no place in it whatsoever! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

The reliance on beliefs over Divine truth is the mother of dissension, disharmony and dysfunction. Why accept reality as it is when you can fool yourself into believing it's the way you want it to be? ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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LIVING IN YOUR SPIRITUALITY

What does it take for you to live in ‘your’ spirituality? Is it an attitude about what happens to you? Or is it choices that you make moment to moment on whether or not life is unfolding the way you believe it should be?

You can only receive what you are ready to receive. If you believe that either you are not worthy to receive or that ‘the way’ you are receiving something is not the way you ‘want’ to receive it, you can block divine blessings from unfolding in your life.

When you defend your aberrances, your infirmities and your beliefs as if your life depended on them you are not living in your spirituality. Being spiritual means that you let go of your aberrant behaviors, your perceived illnesses and your erroneous beliefs in favor of sharing Divine love with all. If you cannot see that, I hope and pray that you will one day.

Why? Because you are worth it and so is everyone else who is aware that they are an abode for the Spirit of God within. Within your earthly temple is Divine love; which is the presence, knowledge, power and creativity of the Divine Infinite Spirit Creator of the entire omniverse.

Share Divine love with all by loving yourself first. Love yourself enough to know that the Divine has created you with a Divine purpose to be unfolded in Divine order. Share that purpose in service to humankind and all of nature. Give what you desire the most and it will circulate and return tenfold. You will be infinitely blessed when you freely give Divine love.

Don’t believe me? Well don’t. I don’t want you to believe me. I want you to know this without a doubt deep within your heart. Knowing is NOT believing! Knowing is trusting in the Divine completely to fulfill your destiny perfectly. Stop getting in your own way by believing what is erroneous and doesn’t serve your sharing of Divine love.

How do you start? Learn to be pleased where you are right now! Choose to feel good no matter what is happening to you. This choice activates Divine trust and allows the blessings of health, wealth, prosperity and abundance to come alive in you! It bathes you with inner peace; divine understanding; perpetual joy; and mostly, Divine love!

Get rid of what you don’t need and keep what you do. It is your life and you can make it fulfilling or insufficient. It is up to you and you alone. Trust in the Divine and live the desires of your heart. God bless you now and always! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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How do you ignore the appearance of separation? You see the divinity in everything and understand that what’s on the outside reflects what’s on the inside; which is always Divine love.

The apparent illusion of separation comes from observing, collating and identifying differences and similarities.

When you are in the soup you can see and interact with the other ingredients only and when you are the cook you decide which pot contains what ingredients and in what proportion.

Be the cook in your life and create a soup that everyone will savor! Follow the recipe which always starts with Divine love! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Timing is everything in Divine order! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

PRAYER WORKS!

Prayer is sharing Divine love with all. If you don't believe it works, then it doesn't for you. However, those who choose to share Divine love know the power of prayer to affect Divine order, which in turn, affects natural order.

Those who don’t believe in prayer blame God for the evils of the world; however, their argument is non-sequitur because it is based on God being something other than an all loving Divine Infinite Spirit that creates everything through the expression of Divine love.

Prayer IS Divine love in action. To those who pooh-pooh it, I say this: try it sometime before you knock it! Peace! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

SEEING BEYOND

Some atheists are still treating adults like children because they cannot see beyond their own mortality! I am eternal; as are all of you. I am composed of energy and matter that was created over 14 billion years ago and is STILL here; just in a different form.

I am a Divine being of light that has been, is now and always will be. I am a child of the Most High God and I am comfortable in that. I don't ascribe to the religions of the world and I don't pray to a white bearded myth of an old man in the sky sitting on a golden throne.

It has NOTHING to do with people who believe and know the Spirit of God as being narcissistic; it is the narcissism of the atheist mindset that because they believe what they believe that everyone else who believes otherwise is a child.

If believers and knowers can accept atheists then why can’t atheists realize that what others believe and know is just as valid; it is their egos that won’t allow them to experience their own divinity. When ego rules, divinity is edged out because ego NEEDS to be in command in order to validate itself; plain and simple. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

DO YOU ONLY IDENTIFY
WITH YOUR EGO?

What is the identity of the ego? Is it what makes us perceive that we are separate from all else? Or is it what makes us APPEAR separate from the Spirit of God? When you live from the Spirit of God you care about everyone else AND yourself! When you live from the ego you only care for yourself. Even though the ego's job is self-survival at all costs, it will accomplish its perceived purpose at the expense of others to ensure its own safety.

Our perception of our egos cannot be who and what they are and be compatible with our perception of the presence of God even though there is nothing ‘outside’ of the presence of God. It is in the perception of the separateness of the ego that it cannot 'survive' or at least be compatible with the presence of God. Everything is in the presence of God including ego. It is in how we perceive it that we create separation. It is ‘our’ creation of being separate because it is inherent in how we perceive reality.

Everything that we perceive is a copy of reality and NOT reality! It is in how we sense, process and feel the reflections of reality that ultimately affect how we perceive it. What appears to exist outside of us is inextricably tied to us; we are a part of the whole as the whole, in its entirety, is within us. Perception divides this reality into a dynamic state of dualism that we ultimately believe is reality.

The ego is an observational ‘construct’ of biological, emotional and reactive responses to existing within our environments. It does NOT exist as a separate entity. It exists as a way of explaining our reactive expressions within our environment. There IS nothing that exists ‘outside’ of spirit; everything that exists IS projected from spirit on the stage of dualistic expression reflecting differences in potential that we perceive as being separate, when in fact it is one with everything.

We observe the dualistic reality of polar opposite extremes and shades of grey in between. Our brains create electro-chemical copies of these observances AFTER they are filtered through our ‘fight or flight’ pre-programmed beliefs housed in our reptilian brains. These copies are our perceptions of reality and NOT reality itself. In essence, we skew everything we perceive based on whether it is favorable to us or not.

Don’t be fooled by your perceptions. Understand that they are here for us to grow and expand by faith into completely trusting in the Divine, despite what our perceptions reveal to us as being true. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

SHARING DIVINE LOVE

Allowing the Divine to share Divine love through you is a conscious connection that becomes automatic when you are living in your Divine purpose.

Ideas will flourish from the Divine source and will be revealed to you for a specific purpose; to allow you to live in health, wealth, prosperity and abundance.

Other people's ideas all come from the same source. Acknowledging who has revealed the ‘ideas’ is important for your individual growth and expansion.

Not acknowledging who has received ideas that you incorporate into your ‘life’s view’ is being treasonous to the Divine source who has given each one of us ideas for a Divine purpose to be unfolded in Divine order.

What's treasonous is when we don't acknowledge the source of ALL ideas; the Divine. Be ye therefore perfect. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

 

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Are you grown up in the spirit? Are you operating from a level of emotional maturity where you understand your part in everything around you and that you affect your environment as it affects you? Or do you blame everyone and everything for your lot in life or that it is all God’s fault? If you blame God for all that has happened to you, you are acting like a child who has ‘perceived’ that they haven’t gotten their way. You ego HAS to be in command and validate its existence. Why? Because if it succumbs to the egos of others or loses itself in the Divine it ‘feels’ lost and worthless. It NEEDS to reassure itself it has a purpose and it continually needs to validate its existence to itself and YOU.

In other words, the lower ‘self’ (’you’) needs to value ‘self’ over the higher ‘SELF’ (‘YOU’) or why would it even exist to begin with? A child moves from its selfish ego needs into the maturity of adult ‘interactive’ needs when it comes to realize that the world is not ‘just’ itself and what it perceives it wants. It is called ‘growing up’ into a level of ‘maturity’ that understands and reflects peace, understanding, joy and Divine love to all and no longer stands on the soapbox proclaiming, “Me, me, me!” It understands and converts ‘me’ into ‘we’.

Those who blame God or anyone’s belief in God generally consider themselves as being ‘mature’ when in fact they are the child! If you claim to be mature, it loudly reveals that you aren’t. It is like Kerry Livgren of Kansas once said in his song “Carry On My Wayward Son”, “If I claim to be a wise man, that surely means that I don’t know.” Maturity comes from praying in your closet and not at the Wailing Wall. It comes from not viewing the world from the eyes of a child and looking for recognition of being dedicated and pious. That is all EGO!

Maturity is an ongoing state where we accept things as they are, we allow others to be whom and what they are and we don’t try to deny the experiences of others. We allow life to be what it is and we take the responsibility for it by not blaming God or others for our shortcomings and inabilities to effectively handle life ‘AS IT IS!” A child reacts to its environment by lashing out at what it perceives is causing its problems when in fact it is the child that is causing its own problems. An adult sees and understands that we ultimately have the responsibility, not only for us, but for all of life to live life as it is and to effect progressive changes that grow and expand our civilization as a whole.

Anyone who denies your experience and treats you like a child because of your beliefs and understandings is in fact acting like a child. They haven’t matured into a respectful and understanding adult enough to take their ‘beliefs’ out of the equation. Their egos reign supreme in their lives and you are nothing more than a means to their selfish ends.

Pray for their maturity and don’t allow it to affect yours. Stay focused on the blessings that the Divine has given you and know that as the Divine has developed maturity in your life, it will be developed in theirs in a different manner. Don’t allow the childishness of others hinder your maturity of purpose and the development of your divine character. Be ye therefore perfect! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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ARROGANCE

Arrogance is when anyone makes claims that they know how things work because they feel they are superior or entitled with some special knowledge. Arrogance comes from the ego and not from the Spirit of God. When you tell others how to live based on ‘superior’ or ‘received’ knowledge is not what makes you arrogant; it is in the insistence that they listen to you and if they don’t they are either stupid or unawake. It is the ego effecting control, domination and manipulation upon another.

Ego resists knowledge when someone speaks with authority. A person who operates with too much ego will ‘interpret’ that a person who is speaking with authority is arrogant. Why? Because their beliefs are being ruffled and their beliefs are what hold them in their comfort zones nice and tucked in; safe and sound.

When I ‘receive’ concepts and write them down I do speak with authority on what I say. Why? Because I have listened to the still small voice within me guiding and directing me to reveal what is being imparted. Have I ever tried to force my viewpoint on anyone in my writings? I have argued with many but have always said that you take what you know is true and discard the rest.

What is revealed to me is filtered through my belief system and my experience. No matter how much I allow it not to be tainted by ‘me’, it will sometimes come off that way. However, when someone throws the baby out with the bathwater because they call me egotistical and arrogant, it is their egos that are resisting what has been said because of their beliefs and feelings.

I do not write for popularity contests or pats on the back. I write to help those who need it, pray with friends for healing and to be of service to all of you. If you don’t agree with me I am happy. Why? Because in our debates we can learn the truth from one another. The truth enters the realm of mutual understanding when it is honed down by debate. It is never understood by stancing and posturing based on your accepted beliefs.

Please, keep challenging me. I thrive off of it. Be the best you can be to yourselves and your families. Learn from the messages I write as I learn from what you write, comment and share. Thank you for sharing your lives with me. I am forever indebted to all of you for your blessing of friendship and love. Peace. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

ATHEISTS BEWARE

I enjoy debating with Atheists; especially when they say I'm arrogant and egotistical because that is exactly what is causing them to say that about me! They just don't get it and won't until they get over themselves. Ego has a great way of fooling itself and until they can see beyond it, they will never know the peace, understanding, joy and love of the Divine.

I am content and centered in where I am spiritually because I listen to the Divine within. For whatever reasons they don’t, they are missing out on the most satisfying joy anyone can ever experience in life. May God bless them in everything! However, I do have one thing to say to those who refuse to go within and find their Source:

Please, don't assume because of religious dogma that a person's spirituality is dependent on it. I know that mine isn't. I have studied religions and theology and know for the most part it is people in power seeking to control the lives of others; either overtly or covertly. That's why I go within and commune directly with the Divine. No middleman and true inner peace. Drop the ego’s veil of illusion, all Literary Authoritarianism and any assumptions about why others believe and have faith in what they do. Their personal relationship with the Divine is NONE of your business! It is between them and the Divine.

If you choose to ‘believe’ or ‘not believe’ in the Divine that is your right and YOUR choice. Inflicting your choices on others and demanding that they believe them is arrogance; which is borne of the ego. When you truly know the Divine modesty and being humble are your expressions and NOT arrogance.

Your beliefs are predicated on what you observe, perceive and believe. Beliefs are nothing more than repeated thoughts that you accept as true. Just because you accept them as true does not mean that they are NOT true for someone else. In your arrogance from your beliefs reveals just how much you DON’T know. If you did know, you would choose NOT to be arrogant.

Your senses are limited and don’t reveal the entire picture of reality. Yet, you insist that what you observe, perceive and believe is all that there is. It is your choice to live in a bottle of ignorance and I will defend your right to do that; however, I will not defend your perceived right to berate me for the truth I have discovered within. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

TOLERANCE IS FROM THE EGO

Tolerance is from the ego. Understanding is from the Divine. I choose to understand why someone says what they say. To say that I tolerate it means that I have some supposed 'superior' position to them; which in my heart I do NOT believe at all. Yet some will accuse others from their egos when their egos feel threatened.

I am used to exceptionally large egos having worked most of my life in the entertainment business. I just let it roll off of my back like water on a duck. Most of you know nothing of me except what I write. If any of you chooses to 'judge' me based on that, then so be it.

However, what you are failing to see is that who and what I am has nothing to do with whom and what you ‘think and feel’ I am. Just as you are beyond what you express and share, so am I beyond what I express and share as well. Peace to all of you. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

CHOICES YOU'VE MADE

When you understand that what goes on around you is a result of the choices that you have made, you come to the realization that no action is insignificant. If you resist violence, you create more of it. If you allow peace, you shut down resistance to violence.

The Divine imparts understanding to those who live in peace no matter what is going on around them. The behavior of others influencing you is the result of your paying attention to and allowing their actions to become beliefs. Believe not in what others say unless what they say activates your inner knowing. If what they say resonates within, then you are being blessed with understanding.

Understanding comes from intuitive guidance, external experience and individual realization. It does not come from fighting against, resisting or denying the experience of others. It comes from allowing yourself to ‘know’ instead of ‘believe’. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

TOO HARD?

If tomorrow, you regret what you didn’t do today, then why aren’t you doing right now what you need to do to not feel that way tomorrow? Is it because you believe it is too hard, too involved or too time consuming to invest your time in it? Or is it that you are consciously holding yourself back because you either don’t feel worthy, are too tired or that you really don’t care?

Whatever the reasons may be there is one thing for sure; if you don’t focus on what you desire and expect it to happen it NEVER will. Allowing distractions to unfolding your Divine purpose in Divine order to affect your productivity and inner peace are choices. Make better choices and do a ‘piece’ of your most difficult task today…NO MATTER WHAT! Stand up to procrastination and chip away at the veneer of mediocrity.

Don’t allow apparent ‘circumstances’ to subtly and surreptitiously deceive you from taking the actions necessary to fulfill your Divine purpose in Divine order. As Brian Tracy once said, “Eat that frog.” Do the most difficult thing FIRST and then tackle the minor things. When you procrastinate what helps you manifest your destiny it reveals that it is not a priority in your life. Do you really want to be what you were created to be? Then get off your ass and do it!!! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

PROCRASTINATION

If you live by the saying, “Why do today what you can put off ‘til tomorrow” you will be avoiding what you need to be doing by doing what you feel you don’t want to do.

Remember, one day you will wake up dead and realize that you should have done what you needed to do instead of procrastinating what you needed to do.

It won’t matter then, but it does matter now! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

 

MONEY TO SPEND

A recent study had two groups of people that were given money to spend. The first group was charged to spend money on themselves and the second was charged to spend money on others.

The resultant feeling of the second group that spent money on others was generally more ‘happy’ at the end of the day than those who spent it on themselves. The term ‘happy money’ was used to describe the behavior of the second group.

This supports the assertion that if you want to unfold and fulfill your Divine purpose in Divine order then help another unfold and fulfill theirs.

The feeling of happiness that results brings down the walls of separation that create a ‘resistance’ to fulfillment.

Give to others what you want for yourself and you will be living in Divine love; rest assured! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

 


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VESSEL OF LOVE

If you allow yourself to be a vessel of love you will survive the rough seas, inclement weather and obstructive people that challenge your every move. Remaining in love means being at peace with how it is no matter what it seems to be.

What it ‘seems’ is temporary and what it ‘is’ is beyond what you perceive it to be. Beliefs are based on repeated thoughts emotionalized by fear whereas knowing the Divine is allowing Divine love to flow through you unfettered by any beliefs whatsoever.

Sail the seas of life knowing your destination and feeling the joy of allowance on your perceived journey. Stay centered in Divine love no matter what appears on the outside. The outside is a reflection of what you know or believe and projections from those who are in your life.

Believe in the Divine being you are and not in the reflections and projections of what it appears you are. Know Divine love within and share it without. It will guide you to where you need to be, what you need to do and who you were created to be; now, and evermore. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

WHERE WERE YOU?

Where were you when you knew just what you had to do to become who and what you were created to be? Were you in the middle of something unimportant? Were you on the phone? Were you dreaming? Whatever you were doing you were being blessed with clarity of purpose. Divine love was gently touching you with inspiration, intuition and understanding of your Divine purpose. You were, in that moment, being completely blessed by the Divine.

Were you grateful? Were you thankful for being blessed? Were you aware enough to realize that you have to do something about it? Or did you just go about your business, forget the blessing and return to a life of mediocrity?
Whatever you chose to do has set the tone for your life until you act on what was revealed to you. This means that you have to let go of any and all distractions to unfolding your Divine purpose in Divine order. It means that you have no more excuses to be mediocre. It means that you have obtained clarity of purpose and it is now up to you to act on that purpose.

Where you go from here is totally up to you. Will you pursue your dreams? Will you act on what was revealed? Or will you end up sitting in a rocking chair in the distant future lamenting over what you could have done? It is your choice.

You have been given the gifts of your Divine purpose, the awareness to know it and the abilities to experience it. The only one that is holding you back is you. Discard your erroneous beliefs, get out of your way and trust in the Divine completely. If you don’t, then you will remember that Divine moment of revelation the rest of your life and not know the joy of living it in Divine order.

That moment is a gift. That gift is the present (pun intended). Being here now in the moment and reliving the feelings of that blessing reminds you of the eternity of your dreams, desires and goals. You were created with a Divine purpose and it is up to you to unfold it in Divine order by praying for guidance; meditating to listen to that guidance; and serving humankind by acting on that guidance.

Please, listen to the Divine within and grow and expand into what you were created to be. Nothing else is more important than being you; the YOU that the Divine created you to be! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

LET THERE BE LIGHT!

To all of those who think that being who you were created to be is easier said than done, ponder this: when the Divine said “Let there be light” you were created with seeds of greatness planted in your heart. Those seeds were passed down generation after generation deep within your being.

Now is the time to let them break through veil of the ego and kiss the light. Now is the time to let them grow and expand into the greatness they were destined to be.

Making it happen is the easy part. Removing your erroneous beliefs to completely understand what you need to do to nurture those seeds is what is hard.

Why? Because your accepted beliefs make you comfortable and secure. They don’t challenge you to become greater than you are. They stifle your initiative and keep you in your comfort zone. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

NEVER FORGET

Never forget just how blessed you are. Go to sleep in peace and wake up in peace. Live in understanding just who and what you are.

Feel the joy of sharing Divine love with all. Living this way aligns you with health, wealth, prosperity and abundance.

Stay the course and be the extension of Divine love that you truly are. Be at peace. It is your natural state of dynamic existence. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

MORE SAYINGS

Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. ~Peter Drucker

And end with what is left rather than what is unacceptable. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Denying the truth when it is imposed upon you is not only foolish, but self-serving. When you come to see what others see clearly it gives you the opportunity to embrace Divine wholeness. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Don’t 'believe' in fear. Fear comes from not knowing that you can completely trust in the Divine. Faith in a beneficial outcome breeds Divine trust. If your outcome is not what you wanted, then be thankful for what came because what is coming will be greater than you have ever imagined. Believe in your ability to have faith in the Divine so intensely that you completely trust in the fulfillment of your Divine purpose in Divine order. These are the only beliefs you should hold as true. All others are situational and experientially based and not based on Divine understanding. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Don't allow what others do to affect your inner peace. Some will attack, others will be coercive and some will cover up their hatred for you. That is their problem. Yours is to not allow what they believe to interfere with your peace. Declare your freedom from external attacks and let them fall by the wayside. Choose to love what negativity you feel from others and it will dissipate into oblivion. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility." - William Wordsworth

Success in life is not measured by the things you have acquired and possess, but by the people you love and the people that love you. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

When you allow the love that you are to be the way you must be is when the way that you are becomes the way love is. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

What slips in through the back door occurs while you are too busy watching the front door. Learn to see in 360 degrees and you will know when the greedy are trying to suck the life out of you! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Go out and garden and you will understand this: From the earth to the hands to the heart; a motherly communication! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

It is better to use the left brain or the right brain than to use none at all! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

When we embrace from whence we came we come to know who we truly are. We are the salt of the earth, the spirit in the wind, the air that we all breathe, the water that we embody and the fire of life within. We are all of this and more when we live by the guidance of, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

It is not in the declaration and waging of war that we win, it is in the allowance of peace with all that we do. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

What I mean by allowance is Divine allowance; not human toleration or temperance. It is removing the mindset of resisting and fighting and replacing it with understanding and compromise for us all to live in peace and mutual respect. What you resists persists (Carl Jung) and what you allow is in the now. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

APPEARING MIRACULOUS

What appears to be miraculous is in actuality Divine order moving natural order to unfold what you observe to fulfill your actualization in direct proportion to your expectation of its occurrence and the allowance of its manifestation. Either every action is miraculous or it is not. The miracle of life is life itself growing and expanding into what it is expected to become and what is allowed to happen. Seeking supernatural explanations for natural unfolding is like claiming that a wise old bearded man on a golden throne in the sky is gracing you for kissing his posterior and obeying his rules to reap some reward that has been dangled like a carrot in front of a mule to get him to move.

If you believe that this is the way life works then I suggest you look into how nature unfolds and manifests whether you participate or not. Life goes on without your concepts and constructs of its manifestations. Life is. It came out of chaos by congealing and defining organic order from the inorganic raw materials that were doing their dance of energy and matter state change. Is life “a course in miracles” or “a curse in miracles” that unfold in your perceptions? You are what the Divine created you to be. Life out of randomness and chaos in order to look back at itself and proclaim, “I am that, I am.”

Be fulfilled in knowing that you are the advancement and culmination of what the omniverse does naturally; even though it appears to be miraculous to your limited perceptions. Divine love is the expression that created of all of life. As above, so below! Be ye therefore perfect and NOT what others and your perceptions tell you that you are. Be the perfect divine being you were created to be by expecting the best to unfold for you and others and then allowing it to be so. And so it is! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

THE KINGDOM OF GOD

What about the Kingdom of God is within you that you don’t understand? Is it because you keep searching for the ‘prize’ outside of you when it is deep within you? Or is it that you know it’s there and you want to have some fun being in command before you relent to its authority?

The funny thing about the Kingdom of God within is that it isn’t authoritative! It’s all about experiencing, living in and sharing Divine love within and without. It’s a state of being that aligns, culminates and expresses Divine love with each and every breath. It is there within right now and it only takes you getting out of your own way to experience it.

Perhaps that’s why too many people never find it; because it is too easy. It is so subtle that it is missed by most because it requires the least. The Kingdom of God is not a hierarchy of praise and worship but an embodiment of Divine love. It is giving to others what you desire the most and receiving from others what they desire the most. It is in the giving and sharing that the playing field is leveled and the experience of health, wealth, prosperity and abundance brings peace, understanding, joy and Divine love.

Becoming one with the Spirit of God within is the easiest thing you can ever do; yet religions and beliefs drive a wedge between you and God by their rituals, beliefs and vacuous practices. You don’t have to kneel to pray, pray in a church or pray in front of others. That is subjugation created by church leaders to humble you in THEIR presence and NOT God’s.

You don’t have to fear going within in deep meditation for that is where God resides. That is where God speaks to you as an individual. Religions don’t like that because it cuts them out as the middleperson. You don’t have to just tithe the church with ten percent of your earnings in order to gain God’s favor. You can give of your talents, skills and abilities to others in Divine service because God IS within them as well!

What is so easy becomes so hard because when we follow what we believe over what we know we separate ourselves from the Kingdom of God. The realization of unity in spirit comes from our understanding of Divine Oneness and exercising Divine trust here in the now. Be ye therefore perfect! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

 

 

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