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Letting Inspiration Flow

We recently received a set of remarkable CDs that were sent to us by Rev. Mary Lenihan. These CD’s are an audio recording of her new “WNYHOO-NOW! program, which is about being inspired to be truly helpful. We found listening to these CDs to be uplifting, playful and fun, yet they go into great depth into the core elements of awakening from ego thinking (cubicle mind thinking).

One of the things that stood out to me that Mary emphasized is the importance of pausing frequently to allow the Inspiring Self Mind (Holy Spirit) to do Its inspiring work. Today my practice is to pause frequently and ask the Holy Spirit for inspiration in the moment.

If I think I already know, I will not pause, I will not ask. My true Self is always there to lead me in what is most truly helpful every moment of the day. Today I have another opportunity to be led out of the dream of separation, where I will experience and feel the peace and joy of our one united Self. The Christ is all there is to see. Today I will pause frequently to become aware of this Reality.

At the end of Chapter 31 of the Text of A Course in Miracles, we are reminded that every temptation to view ourselves as separate is an opportunity to choose once again. It is important for me to see every moment as an opportunity, not cause for judgment of others or myself. In the moment I may be caught up in ego thinking and judging, but it is still an opportunity to choose again. And so I look forward to the many opportunities today will bring for me to choose once again to see with the vision of Christ and let Love inspire all my doing.

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I Want to Remember Love

Holy Spirit to Mary:
Relax and let yourself be carried today… Pay attention the the fact that I am with you, guiding you all through the day… You need make no decisions on your own. Pause frequently today and listen in quiet… Let Me lead the way. Let yourself feel the gentleness and peace that come with holding My Hand all through the day… Step back and follow… Relax… Soften… and follow the flow of peace… Let yourself be carried where peace leads you…

Hand all worry thoughts to Me. I know what to do with them. You need not keep them and make them your own. You do not need the pain they bring.

Remember that I am with you every moment. Receive the inspiration I bring. You will know you are following My lead when you feel My gifts of peace and joy… Together we have a happy day and send blessings to the world.

My prayer today: I offer all my thoughts to You, Holy Spirit. I welcome Your interpretation of all the images I seem to see. I want to learn to see as You see. I want to remember the Love I was created to be. I want to remember the Love that is my brother, who is one with me. I thank You for Your gift of vision, which leads me Home.

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Only Be Quiet

What I found most helpful in our reading in A Course in Miracles this morning was the following:

Today He speaks to you. His Voice awaits your silence, for His Word can not be heard until your mind is quiet for a while, and meaningless desires have been stilled. Await His Word in quiet. There is peace within you to be called upon today, to help make ready your most holy mind to hear the Voice for its Creator speak.

Only be quiet. You will need no rule but this, to let your practicing today lift you above the thinking of the world, and free your vision from the body’s eyes. Only be still and listen. You will hear the Word in which the Will of God the Son joins in his Father’s Will, at one with it, with no illusions interposed between the wholly indivisible and true. As every hour passes by today, be still a moment and remind yourself you have a special purpose for this day; in quiet to receive the Word of God. (W-pI.125.6,9)

It is my opportunity and joy today to follow this message encouraging me to let my mind be still and receive the truth. This practice will bring me happiness, joy and peace. This is my practice for today.

It is reassuring to me that there is a peace within me I can call upon to make my mind ready to hear the Holy Spirit. The peace I need is already in my mind. I don’t have to go searching for it. I don’t have to find the right “circumstances” in the world to find peace. The peace I need is already in me. I need only be willing to step back from the ego chatter in my mind and let the peace that is in me rise up to my awareness. It is this peace that opens the door to God’s Voice.

Today I will practice stepping back and making way for the peace in my mind to rise up to my awareness. This is how I will clearly receive the Holy Spirit’s guidance moment by moment.

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Rest in God’s Strength

The Course says that specialness is a lack of trust in anyone except yourself alone. This lack of trust is played out in many ways. One of them is worry. If I worry about anything, my mind is going through various imagined scenarios and attempting to make plans to defend against them. Clearly I am not trusting in God. Somehow I am trusting in a twisted memory of the past and trying to use it as a basis for defense. This is clearly insane and will not bring me peace.

Peace comes with trusting in the changeless. There is only one thing that is changeless: The Love of God. In His Love he has given us a loving Teacher, ever present in our minds, who is there to teach us how to let go of the meaningless thoughts of the past we hang on to. He is there to show us the strength of Love that is always with us and in us.

The simple reminder that I can offer myself, “God is the strength in which I trust” (ACIM W-pI.47) is the antidote for every worry, every concern. It is also the answer to the wish for specialness because it shifts my trust from a self-made image to my eternal Identity in God. Today I will remind myself often, “God is the strength in which I trust.”

Holy Spirit to Mary:
Remember that you rest in God today… Let this remembering sink in until you experience the feeling of deep peace… Let God’s peace carry you all through the day… This is placing your trust in God’s strength.

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I Give My Mind to God Today

This is my prayer today:
Father, I give my mind to You today, for I would not have a mind that is separate and alone. I now see that a separate mind is simply a mistaken thought to be forgiven. I am willing today to hand over all thoughts that reflect separation, for I see that they are meaningless and only cause pain and suffering. Shine a Light on all these false ideas, that I may see clearly again. I choose to see as You see, Father. I choose to return to the truth. Thank you Father for answering my prayer. Amen.

My prayer today:
Father, help me to see Your Light in all things today. Help me to let go of the mistaken ideas that interfere with seeing Your Light. For in your Light I remember Who I am. Thank you.

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The Great Release from Time

This morning in our reading of A Course in Miracles, we came across one of the most helpful passages of the Text for me:

Forgiveness is the great release from time. It is the key to learning that the past is over. Madness speaks no more. There is no other teacher and no other way. For what has been undone no longer is. And who can stand upon a distant shore, and dream himself across an ocean to a place and time that have long since gone by? How real a hindrance be to where he really is? For this is fact, and does not change whatever dreams he has. Yet can he still imagine he is elsewhere, and in another time. In the extreme, he can delude himself that this is true, and pass from mere imagining into belief and into madness, quite convinced that where he would prefer to be, he is. (T-26.V.6)

This paragraph really helps me let go of taking the world so seriously. This world of separate bodies truly is just a dream and could never be true. We are all safe in the Mind of Love. We are just imagining that we are elsewhere and in another time. Forgiveness helps release me from this great delusion. My opportunity today is to remain open to my inner Teacher, Who reminds me that in truth we all have never left Heaven, and illusions of separation are nothing and nowhere. This remembering returns me to peace and remembering that we all are safe. Thank you God.

When I am dreaming at night, the bed, the room, the house my body is in are completely excluded from my awareness. My “reality” is the images of a dream and nothing else seems to exist. Likewise, the dream of this world that seems to be filled with separate bodies and separate things excludes awareness of the Home that I am in and could never leave. While I believe in the dream, Heaven is unknown.

Because Heaven is reality and the dream is unreal, I cannot experience Heaven while I believe one aspect of the dream is real. That is why forgiveness is the great release from time. Forgiveness is the release from belief in separation, symbolized by time and distance. Forgiveness lets go of symbols as they are recognized as meaningless.

My job is to be willing to be taught by the Inner Teacher to recognize the meaningless. This is why I must question everything I perceive and everything I believe. The willingness to question opens the door to be taught anew by the Teacher Whose only purpose is to lead me Home. Today I will practice stepping back from each perception to receive the Holy Spirit’s vision.

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The Certainty of Love

This is my prayer to Holy Spirit today:
Holy Spirit, take over my mind, for on my own I know nothing. Shine your Light on all the false ideas that come up for healing. Right now I put out the welcome mat and open the door to your peace. The peace of God is all I want and need. I dedicate today to accepting Your peace and healed perception. In truth I have no mind that is separate from Yours. Help me recognize this today. Amen.

I remember a line from an early Garfield movie: “I need my space.” I can still hear it in my mind and it makes me chuckle. I realize that I have my own version of this. My version would be: “I need my plan.” I see that my tendency is to place my sense of security and trust in having a plan. I frequently remind myself to place the future in the hands of God.

But I see that this can be a halfhearted reminder. Half my heart really wants to wake up to the certainty of Love. The other half is still invested in the dream. So if Holy Spirit doesn’t show up with a satisfactory plan, I take back the future and start making my own plan. The thing is this never brings me peace, because all my plans are based on the past. Thus my plans are built upon illusions and can never offer me safety and peace.

So today my prayer is: I place the future in Your Hands. Strengthen my willingness with with Your certainty. Help me to remember the many times I have experienced the blessing of following Your plan. And when my thoughts turn back to old, worn ideas of what might make me safe, shine your Light upon them and help me remember Where my true safety lies. Thank you.

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