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Lessons in Awakening

Mary:  Today we were guided to read A Course in Miracles lesson 64, “Let me not forget my function.” It was a good reminder to me that my only function is to wake up from the dream of separation.

It reminded me that I can use everything I encounter today as an exercise in awakening if I so choose. It reminded me that I need mind training and that this is what today is for. I can use today to frequently practice stepping back and opening my mind to the peace and understanding of the Holy Spirit.

My inner Teacher is always there waiting for me to be open and receptive to Its thought reversal. Today let me remember that I am in Holy Spirit’s school of awakening from the dream. My job is to be receptive and open. That is what today is for. As I continue to practice opening to the Light with a willingness to accept God’s Gift of peace, my days continue to be fulfilling and happy. Let me accept my only function.

Holy Spirit to Robert:
  Judgment is hazardous to your health. The guilt that always comes with judgment is the basis for all illness. Illness is self punishment, which guilt proclaims as deserved. The time you spend labeling and having opinions about things, people, circumstances and events undermines your health because it proclaims you separate from the things you judge.

To believe you are separate is to believe you are without Love, for Love is one. It is time to give up this childish game. It is in the letting go of judgment (forgiveness) that you will find the happiness that God has given you and is yours eternally.

Be mindful today of your attempts to label or have opinions about people, circumstances and events. As you notice each one, offer it to the Holy Spirit and remind yourself, “I do not know what anything means. I am willing to be taught. Teach me that I may see as You see, to Love as You Love.” Let this be your practice today.

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The Pause for Peace

Holy Spirit to Mary: Loosen your hold on your dream of separate bodies. Loosen your hold on outcomes. Loosen your hold on the ego thought system. In reality, it means nothing.

As you are willing to soften your hold on the “reality” of the dream, you will find that the statement at the beginning of A Course in Miracles, “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God,” is really true. As you loosen your hold, you will naturally feel that nothing real can be threatened. You will naturally feel the calmness and peace that comes with letting these false ideas of separation go.

It is the Holy Spirit, your true Self, That helps you loosen your hold as you are willing in more and more situations to step back and remember that you know nothing on your own. This constant stepping back is how you awaken.

The pause for peace is very helpful in bringing this about. Practice pausing for peace 100 times today. This pause will help reverse the habit of thinking that you know something on your own. This pause for peace opens the door for the Holy Spirit to shine a Light on your perceptions. The Light the Holy Spirit shines will show you that your perceptions are not true. You will be shown that what you see with your body’s eyes is not true. You will be led to see past these illusions of separation to the truth of oneness that is always there. Practice this today.

Holy Spirit to Robert:
  Let Love be your Guide today. Love sees only Love and offers only Love. When Love is your Guide, you will always be truly helpful. Love does not condemn. Love always seeks to join, for it knows only Oneness. With Love as your Guide, you bring healing to all seeming separate minds because Love always remembers the unity of the one Mind. With the practice of pausing for peace, you open the way for Love to guide.

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All Illusions Are Equally Unreal

Mary:  Am I willing to admit that all illusions are equally unreal? Am I willing to be happy? Am I willing to wake up? All these questions are the same. This morning I observed that I was saddened by what I perceived in the world and I wished it were different. This morning we read lessons 139 and 140, which helped me see that my interpretation of the events I saw was false. Once again, I was reminded that my sadness merely reflected my belief that what I was seeing was real.

I was making distinctions among unrealities. Once again I thought I knew something. In A Course in Miracles, lesson 140 we are told, “Our only preparation is to let our interfering thoughts be laid aside, not separately, but all of them as one. They are all the same. We have no need to make them different, and thus delay the time when we can hear our Father speak to us.” (W-pI.140.11:2-4)

It was really helpful for me to be brought back to remembering that all illusions are equally unreal. When I believe in them and get caught up in them, my mind is sick. I have forgotten what would bring me peace and happiness. But the good news is I can forgive these false ideas. I can return to remembering that no illusion of separation can be real. I can return to allowing the Holy Spirit to bring all my illusions to the truth. I can be still and listen, not thinking that I know anything. I can open my mind again to the Light that cures all sick ideas. I can open to Holy Spirit’s gift of peace, which will return to my mind when I am truly willing to accept it.

I really needed this thought reversal this morning. I am so grateful that the Holy Spirit is always there to return my mind to the truth when I am willing. It is my choice to let that time be now.

In lesson 140 we also read, “Atonement heals with certainty, and cures all sickness. It takes away the guilt that makes the sickness possible.” (4:1,5)  Sickness takes many forms, one of which appears as some kind of body malfunction. This lesson reminds me that the appearance of sickness is simply showing me that I am holding on to guilt. My job is to forgive. The guilt I am holding on to may be deeply hidden in the shadows of the mind that believes it is separate. This does not matter.

My job is simply to offer the Holy Spirit all my thoughts and let Him purify them of the false ideas. He will return them to me in the holiness of Reality. If I perceive myself as vulnerable and offer that thought to the Holy Spirit with an open mind, He will show me the invulnerability of God’s Love That I am. If I perceive sadness and offer that thought to the Holy Spirit, He will show me the happiness that is God’s eternal gift to me and everyone.

Any thought or feeling that does not bring with it God’s peace and happiness is a thought that is alien to my Reality and I need to let it go. Disturbance of my peace is a sign that I have accepted a thought of guilt, a thought that I am separate from Love. The thought of separation is the core of any disturbance to my peace. It is this that needs to be healed.

Today again I will practice being mindful of my level of peace. When I notice disturbance of any kind, I will offer it to the Holy Spirit and allow peace to return to my mind.

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The Power of Stillness

Mary:  This morning we read A Course in Miracles Workbook lesson 124, “In quiet I receive God’s Word today.” This is a very powerful lesson on the power of opening to stillness and quiet listening. Giving this time to rest in God brings with it a deeper experience of peace. In this place of peace and stillness, the Holy Spirit has a chance to bring me the understanding I need in the present moment.

What seemed hard before now becomes simple. What seemed complex and unsolvable before now just falls away. The ego’s mountain of constant “problems” becomes a molehill that doesn’t matter. What is truly important comes to the surface to take its place. The feeling of peace, calm and that all is well pervades my mind. It is from this place of accepting peace and extending peace that I start my day.

I know that I will need to return to this place many times today to keep from getting off track and losing my way again. As I am willing to give it the time, peace, and the clarity that comes with it, returns and I remember that all is well in truth.

When I rest in God’s peace, it is easy for me to see the loving Son of God in my brothers. I feel safe. I feel the Love of God extending through me, joining with my brothers. Old patterns of judgment fade into the background. Everyone is my friend.

Right now, this is not an all day experience for me. Old triggers bring judgments out of the background to dominate my thoughts once again. But I am grateful for having had these moments of respite that have taught me I do not have to stay in judgment, with all the conflict it brings. I can return to rest in God, rest in peace. Today I am grateful for another opportunity to practice staying close to the center of peace in me, the altar of God.

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You Never Walk Alone

Holy Spirit to Mary: Ask yourself many times today, “What matters and what doesn’t matter?” Then let Me answer for you. I will remind you that only the truth matters, only Reality matters. Illusions never matter because they are not true and never were. When you let Me answer these questions you are giving Me the opportunity to show you the truth that only Love matters because only God is.

Why would you fight illusions unless you thought they were real? Why would you fear illusions unless you thought they were real? It is My job to show you their unreality. You cannot do this on your own. That is why I need you to bring all your insane ideas of separation to Me. I know how to undo them. I know how to bring you peace. I know how to wake you up from the dream of separate bodies.

Let Me do My job. Your job is only to be willing to let Me do My job. The gateway to opening to Me is to choose peace. Practice choosing peace instead of conflict today. Ask me many times today, “What matters and what doesn’t matter?” Then allow Me to bring you the truth.

  This morning as I woke the first thing that was on my mind was the song, “You Never Walk Alone.” The song reminds me to just keep walking on, no matter what dreams may be tossed and blown. These dreams that are tossed and blown are dreams that I made up, not God. It is reassuring to know that Jesus, my dearest friend, is walking with me through this dream.

Every day as we walk on together we are walking closer to Home. Our only Home is in God. It makes it so much easier to walk on, knowing my mighty companion, Jesus, is walking with me. As the song says, “Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart, for you never walk alone.” Thank you Jesus for showing me that I never walk alone. It is so reassuring. I love you. Amen.

  This is a prayer of gratitude from me to God:

You have sent me many different helpers in many different forms throughout my life. They have all brought the healing power of Light to my heart/mind. It makes me so conscious of the fact that we have all the help we need as we need it to remember the truth of our being. I am infinitely grateful for this. Amen

  Today I will practice staying in my center of peace. This is how I hold my mind and heart open to the guidance of Holy Spirit in each moment. And if I notice my peace has been disturbed, I will take the time I need to return to my center of peace. This is how I will have a happy and fulfilling day.

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Love and Perfect Understanding

Holy Spirit to Robert:  Sadness is a disguised form of rage. You experience sadness when a situation is not the way you would have it be. What can this be but anger? Sadness is a sign that you are hanging on to the past. In the past you decided that you wanted something in a certain way and because the present does not seem to meet this expectation, your peace is disturbed.

Beneath the form of the specific situation is anger towards God. You wanted special consideration which God could not give, for He could not see you as different from Himself or His creation. Because you did not get what you thought you wanted, you made up a world that would seem to satisfy you. Yet because it is a world of images you made up that seem to change at the slightest whim, you can never be satisfied with this imaginary world.

The key to release from sadness is the same key that would release you from rage: Let go of the past; forgive. Only full release of the past will bring you the exquisite happiness, gratitude, Love and peace that God gave you in His creation. Dear Child of God, let go. You do not really want anything the past has seemed to offer. What you want is now. Love is now. There is nothing else. Accept it and be in joy.

Self to Annie:
  Let Love and Perfect Understanding dissolve all thoughts you have been holding on to that have caused you pain. Give them all away to the Light Force in you that can do something about it. Let your mind be emptied of all past thoughts that have limited you. Only this needs to be done to recover the remembrance of true Love and the Peace that surpasses understanding.

Holy Spirit to Mary:
  The way to receive the Light is to relax and let go of your hold on the world. As you relax and let go you are opening the door to receive the river of peace that is God’s Gift to you. This river of peace gently washes away all the false ideas you have been holding on to. This is letting go and letting God. Only this will bring you the happiness you so deserve. This is the answer to every problem that confronts you. Relax. Let go and let God’s river of peace do its healing work in your mind. As you do this, you share peace with every mind.

Holy Spirit to Sharyn:
  Extending your Love, the Love that you are, is all that is important. Sometimes it isn’t so easy to see the love in everyone and in every situation, but this is your challenge. This is your job. When you see the Love in every situation and extend this Love in every situation, your mind is healed. The part of your mind that used to get angry or upset or impatient will heal each time another is blessed and offered Love.

Even though this may not seem easy at times, just do it. Practicing this will bring you peace of mind knowing that you have help every minute of every day in healing all those mistaken thoughts is wonderful news. Accept the Help. I am here for you always. I can never leave. It is impossible. Let’s do God’s work together by extending Love to all our brothers and sisters. Remembering that there is no specialness is important here. There is only oneness. All are part of the one mind of God.

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My Function Is to Be Happy

Mary:  This morning we read A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 65, which is “My only function is the one God gave me.” What struck me is that I have the choice to accept what is eternal or focus on the forms within the realm of time that are constantly changing. My only true function is to accept the eternal.

That does not come in words. That comes in the awareness of peace, oneness and Love. My function is to accept the eternal and let go of the false idea of anything within the realm of time. Right now that seems like a pretty big order, but as I am willing to practice this hour by hour I will find that eternal peace always is there in my mind. When I am willing to accept this, peace will lead me in how to be truly helpful in every moment. Today my practice is to accept eternal peace.

  We went on to read lesson 66, which tells us that our happiness and function are the same. If I want to be happy, I need only accept the function that God gave me, which is to accept Love. If I’m not happy then I have chosen not to extend Love in some way. I have valued something other than God’s gift.

Unhappiness is self-imposed. Happiness is God’s eternal gift. Happiness is ever present and needs only my acceptance. Any experience that is less than happy tells me that I have denied God’s gift and chosen instead a false image that is transient and unable to offer me lasting happiness.

So it is very simple. Do I want to be happy? If so, I need only let go of any thought that is not an expression of Love. To do this I need to walk with the Holy Spirit. Having already identified myself as an individual, I need help from outside that belief system to know how to extend only Love. Today I will practice letting Holy Spirit guide my thoughts and actions. This is the means I choose to accept my function and to be happy.

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