“What is your proof that a Final Cause exists, bestows Grace, and should be worshiped and surrendered to?”

Action implies intelligence and there is no argument to refute that. As we watch the trees move we infer the wind moving them, though it remains unseen. All scripture from every religion refers to an intelligent principle and we know that action springs from intelligence alone. The world is then followed back to its Creator and judging from its immensity, its power must be immeasurable. This power must then be able to sustain and give life to its own creations. Therefore, worship and surrender every aspect of yourself to it to gain its favor in the form of Divine Grace.

-Atreya Thomas

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Grace becomes us in the absence of the “me”

Life is not about creating problems and then spending all our energy trying to solve them. Or we set up spiritual shop and try to solve other people’s problems, perhaps inadvertently giving them clout. Can you imagine? We do not need to imagine; this is what we do: live almost exclusively in our imagination by chasing desires, recognition, or some ideal of love and personal fulfillment. Whether that is in the name of spirituality or not. Reality is too simple, empty and indifferent for such a problematic mind. This is why love is so rare because it is only in the absence of the “me” that Grace becomes us.

-Atreya Thomas

Choose It

A fear driven life is a violent life; and all fear comes from the identification with the mind (thoughts), body (feelings) and the intense desire to preserve them. That is why this teaching has been called a prayer for death because one must experience themselves in spite of mind and body by merging with the Absolute and is made possible by Divine Grace alone; which chooses the devotee who has chosen It to the exclusion of all others things.

-Atreya Thomas

Gratitude

It is normal to base our gratitude on mind/body conditions as we come into this life completely identified with these two modes of existence. As we reach and begin to get a glimpse of the Source, gratitude begins to evolve into a deep love relationship and appreciation for the breath of grace that flows through us and is felt in the midst of all human conditions whether painful or pleasurable. Therefore, deliberately seek to foster that personal relationship with God until it becomes you.

-Atreya Thomas

The Power That Preserves

When has life ever betrayed you? If you look back and recapitulate your life, surely even the most horrible things and injustices are revealed to have given birth to great revelation, deeper understanding, and healing in peripheral parts of your life and in others. It is also quite clear that it was always the mind and its fears, un-acceptance, desires, judgments, ideas of what should be and what shouldn’t be, that has endlessly betrayed you. It is time to let it go and rest all activity on the Supreme Presence that everlastingly preserves life; and is incapable of abandoning your highest interest.

-Atreya Thomas

Feed the Fire

There is no shortage of fuel once it is realized that it is our own desires, opinions, and demands which feed the fire of grace. Therefore, surrender every thought and sensation to the Living Moment and set ablaze this house built on sand.

-Atreya Thomas