405 Day 5 of a 40-Day Practice

 405 Day 5 of a 40-Day Practice

This is Day Five of Lou-is' 40-Day feasting on his individual heart's desire, which is something he wants to attain and to fast from everything, which is unlike it. This project is to build the Spiritual, mental, physical, emotional and social equivalent or container to enable him to change and keep that change, by practice. TODAY: PAIRING THINGS UP


MY MISSION STATEMENT - I am devoted, dedicated, committed to experiencing Your Presence, Father consciously, consistently within me and everywhere present. I want to know, to realize, to live for Your Will for me, empowered by Your loving grace. My mission in now clear, I need, I want to share all I am given with whomever You Will, Father. I look to You as my only Source to provide me with everyone and everything it takes to carry out the Mission You gave me. Thank You.


I want to address the questions of pairs such as this; does this or that work for it or me does not work for me? A simple test for me is this; if what I needed or wanted demonstrated or revealed in my life in a fulfilling way the answer is yes, if not the answer is no.

Is this or that loving or not loving? I believe we are all created in our Father-Mother's image and likeness. Our Creator is love and therefore so is each one of us. No matter what’s said or unsaid, done or not done within my innermost self, I know if it is loving or not.

Is this fear another one of my illusions or is it a real problem, which calls for a solution or acceptance? When I turn and face and embrace a fear it’s revealed to me which is which. It is my unwilling or my inability to face a fear that gives it much of its "power".

Of the two classes of "sins" I believe the "sins" of the disposition; ill temper, defensiveness, over-sensitivity, unkindness, in other words the negative stuff. These are far worse than "sins" of the body, or being a thief. The Elder son is the first type and the Prodigal son would symbolize the second. I have felt at times that a "sin" against love hurt me far more than the loss of "things". I have found myself holding resentments longer for a violation of love than against one who steals something from me.

I could make a long list of such pairing questions but the idea is simple and most cases the answer is not difficult to make out. However, carrying out the simplest answer consciously and consistently is a different question. Asking my self-pairing questions can be useful in opening my inventories and expanding my understanding but it is grace that fulfills me.


What are some of your pairing questions?

Pairing questions can aid building our, "I am most likely to… list" for our Tenth Step, used in building our Early Warning System. Do you have an Early Warning System? (Take a look at Step Ten in the Workbooks)

Random Awakening

“Be still, and know that I am God”. This is the core of Centering Prayer or Contemplation and a handy tool for Step Eleven.