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Only the Life We Live in God is Real

Right now I am working on the next issue of Miracles News. I am warmed and inspired as I enter the beautiful articles that come from students of the Course around the world. It reminds me that awakening is happening everywhere. The undoing of the dream is happening in all our minds simultaneously. We truly are connected. What appears to be many is really joined in one mind. In a beautiful article, Brenda Eden, the wife of Rev. Robert Mills, shares with us her process of letting go of a form that she held very dear. When you receive your issue of Miracles News, be sure to read this heartfelt and inspiring article. It will make a difference in your life.

Realizing that the appearance of death means nothing and only the life we live in God is real helps us all awaken from our belief in death. As I work with these articles, I am filled with a sense of our unity and how we are working through this together. We have believed in illusions and we are letting them go. I see that our willingness is getting stronger and stronger each day. We all have a part to play in the Atonement—the undoing of our belief in separation, the dream stories. We all go Home together, for the Son is One.

The same Holy Spirit is in all our minds orchestrating the undoing of our belief in the dream as we are willing to listen. It is the Holy Spirit that helps us walk through all the ups and downs, the right turns and the left turns, and always brings us back to peace. The beingness of peace is our manna, our spiritual nourishment that feeds us, the nourishment that heals us truly. The healing tonic of peace washes away the fearful thoughts that we believed were true. The Holy Spirit at this stage of our awakening is our best friend. It is in our minds right now, waiting patiently to return us to God, waiting patiently for our willingness to listen.

Today it is my job to be willing to step back, remember I know nothing, and open my mind to the healing perspective of the Holy Spirit. This is what brings me peace. And with peace comes true understanding. Through the healing gift of peace, the Holy Spirit leads me out of believing in dreams of separation. I am willing to receive peace today. Thank you Holy Spirit for your gift of peace.

  One of the reminders that I got out of the weekend with Regina and Laurent was how important it is for me to be mindful of my thoughts. Along with this is the recognition that I am not the thoughts that come into my mind. I do not have to believe them. As long as I seem to be in this world, there will be thoughts that reflect belief in separation. As I learn to recognize thoughts that reflect this belief, I can then take the next step which is to dis-identify with these thoughts. They are not me. They do not reflect my true desire. My true desire is to join with Love, which is One. Any thought that does not reflect this desire comes from the mistaken belief in separation. It is not true and I do not truly want it.

So if a fearful thought comes into my mind, I have a choice. I can believe it is true and get wrapped up in the feeling of fear and follow that rocky road deeper into defensiveness, guilt and anger. This leads me spiraling into darkness and depression because I am believing that separation is real. On this rocky road I have lost sight of my Self. It is lonely because it comes from the belief in being alone.

My other choice is to recognize the fearful thought for what it is. It is not true and it does not come from my Self. The thought came from a mistaken belief about what I am and I thought I wanted it. But I do not have to accept it now. I can choose instead to accept the thought offered me by Love, my true Self. I can be grateful for that fearful thought because it shows me a mistaken wish I do not truly want.

I choose instead to let the Holy Spirit help me see past the mistaken idea to the oneness of Love that is ever present, unchanging and unchangeable. In my willingness to receive the Holy Spirit’s perspective, I disengage from the old, no longer wanted belief in separation and I accept the oneness that Holy Spirit sees. It is the oneness of my true Self. It is the oneness of Love. In every moment I have this choice. I am grateful that I have a Guide in my mind to help me make this choice and I am willing to accept Its help. In this willingness I return to peace. I return to Love. I return to Heaven.

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Healing Is Stepping Back, Listening and Following

  Over the 4th of July holiday weekend, we had a wonderful experience with Regina and Laurent in a 3 day workshop they gave. We also joined with many old and new friends who joined with us in the workshop. It was a very healing event. We video taped it so in time, you will have the opportunity to view this wonderful joined experience also. This will take some time though, because we are still in the midst of getting this place ready for sale and then moving ourselves to Florida.

This morning when I went to the Course, I opened to Lesson 275. The following prayer particularly stood out to me. I will repeat it here because I want to reinforce its message. “Your healing Voice protects all things today, and so I leave all things to You. I need be anxious over nothing. For Your Voice will tell me what to do and where to go; to whom to speak and what to say to him, what thoughts to think, what words to give the world. The safety that I bring is given me. Father, Your Voice protects all things through me.”

This prayer emphasizes the message we were working with this weekend. If we want to heal we will step back, listen and follow. We will desire above all else to hear His Voice. We want to return to the sanity of oneness. We want to the veil lifted so that we see the face of Christ in everyone. We want to move past the temporal to the awareness of eternity that the holy instant brings us. We want to follow Holy Spirit’s plan above all else.

This is my deepest desire. In order to follow Holy Spirit’s plan only, my job today and every day is to keep an open mind and to join with the Holy Spirit regarding everything that comes into my day. Today we are talking to Realtors both here and in Florida. My only prayer is that I walk through this with the Holy Spirit leading the way.

  My experience of the weekend was a wonderful rededication and reinforcement of my heart’s desire to follow Holy Spirit’s plan and only Holy Spirit’s plan. That is all that has meaning in this world for me. The way to hold this focus is to maintain a steady alertness to how I am feeling in every moment. The body will always reflect back to me what purpose I am giving it. If I am aligned with the Holy Spirit’s purpose, the body will be relaxed and healthy. I will be at peace. If I am aligned with the ego’s purpose, there will be tension, discomfort, some form of lack of peace. So I always have a wonderful feedback system that tells me what thought system I am aligned with in the moment. Regina’s workshops provided many helpful tools to recognize when I am believing in separation and choosing it and ways to step back from that, let it go and realign with my hearts true desire, which is my true Self.

This reminder of the importance of remaining aligned with the Holy Spirit’s plan comes at a key time for me. The selling of the property in Kiel, the move to Florida and all the many seeming decisions that need to be made with this provide many opportunities to be tempted to think I know how to make the decisions on my own. Vigilance is essential for this to be a peaceful and smooth process. I know with certainty that the Holy Spirit’s plan is always peaceful and gentle and flows with ease. I do not need to make the plan. I do not need to make it happen. I need only keep my mind open to His lead and it will be a marvelous experience of healing and awakening.

I am grateful for the gift that is ever present in every moment that I can receive and move a step closer to the full realization of the truth of What I am.

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A Taste of the Forgiven World

When I allow myself to step back from the meaningless thoughts that occupy my mind, I experience a warm, loving feeling in my heart that welcomes everyone and everything equally. Form does not matter. Space does not matter. Time does not matter. In Spirit there are no limits. Symbolically, I want to hug the world, to join with it in love. In these moments I see past behavior, past forms. There is no judgment, only a feeling of joining. Only the desire to offer Love everywhere, without exception. I believe this is a taste of the real world, the forgiven world. I am thankful.

  Today we have a guest, Helena Montiero, who came all the way from England to be with us. She is here with us this morning and we read the Course together for a little while. We are having so much fun with her, joining to remember the truth together.

What strikes me right now is that in the middle of our experience of time and space, there is eternity. And eternity is all that is real. My job is to remember eternity with the help of the Holy Spirit. Eternity is our real life, the life we live in God. The Holy Spirit reminds me to join with the peace and joy that lies in our real life, which is eternal. Right now there seems to be so much to do, but I can in the middle of it all remember that eternity is my reality and it never leaves me, no matter what appears to be happening in the dream. This is what brings me sanity. This is what clears the way for me to hear Holy Spirit’s gentle direction. I am so grateful to have this help, moment by moment.

  This is what I heard from Holy Spirit:  This is a time for learning. Do not worry with what you are going to do. Leave yourself to Me.

I was then guided to find this in the Course: “Today I will judge nothing that occurs. I will not think that I already know what must remain beyond my present grasp. I will not think I understand the whole from bits of my perception, which are all that I can see. Today I recognize that this is so.” (from Workbook Lesson 243)

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The Holy Spirit Offers Us the Certainty of God

  The renovation of the residence is essentially done and we are ready to offer the property for sale. If you are interested in taking a visual tour of the property, go to http://www.pathwaysoflight.org/property.

This is an exciting time—another step on our journey of awakening. Often over the years, Mary and I have said to each other that we are on quite an adventure. An adventure is a journey into the unknown. In this world the future seems to be unknown. To provide a sense of security the ego attempts to make the future like the past so that the future seems less unknown. But since both the future and the past are illusions, the ego’s planning never succeeds in bringing security. In fact it is nothing more than a coverup for uncertainty, fear and guilt.

It is possible to find certainty even in this world, but it cannot come from the ego. Ever present in our minds, the Holy Spirit offers us in every moment the certainty of God. As we learn to open our minds to the Holy Spirit’s gentle lessons, we will learn where our certainty lies, where our safety lies. So this pending move to Florida is just another step in the practice of letting the certainty of the Holy Spirit be our guide, instead of the uncertainty of the ego’s illusions. It is another step in the lesson of learning to place our trust in the Holy Spirit, where it is justified rather than trusting in the ego, which is nothing more than a false idea. It only seems like we are on adventure because we still think the ego offers us something worthy of our trust.

When trust in the ego is let go, it will no longer seem like an adventure. That perception will be replaced by the deep peace and joy that comes with the unwavering certainty that I remain as God created me, unchangeable and safe in Him. I still think I am on an adventure, but I am grateful that this adventure leads me to complete freedom from doubt and into the known. Here is great joy and deep peace.

  With putting the property up for sale, many questions crop up in my mind like, “Who will be the next people to enjoy this facility? What is our next location? How will we get there? Do we hire a moving van or do we take it ourselves with U-Haul?”

I realize that all these questions are just jumping into the future, instead of listening quietly to the Holy Spirit in the present moment. When I am in that place of quiet, I know that everything is in perfect order and all my needs are being met. The Holy Spirit often tells me to let go of the past and the future. I am still learning that lesson.

The most important thing for me now is to continue to step back and listen. The Course tells me that in quiet is every problem quietly resolved. At the perfect time the right buyer will be there. We will find our next location, and not before. My opportunity now is to open my mind to the Holy Spirit in the present moment. Through this process of staying in the now moment with Holy Spirit, I can be assured that everything will work out perfectly. My safety lies in God, not in this world.

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In Gratitude I Heal

  We are very close to having the property here in Wisconsin ready for sale. We want the next person or organization to have the best we can provide. Robert just finished sanding and painting the front door and it is going up today. In the next few days we will be posting an extensive description of the facilities here with many pictures showing rooms in all the buildings. We will let you know when it is posted.

If you know of anyone who may be interested, you can direct them to the web page we will soon post to this Yahoo group. We will also be posting the property for sale on Craig’s List. We understand that Craig’s List is one of the highest visited English web sites in the world. We will have it ready for you to view in a few days.

We are very excited about having Regina Dawn Akers follow Holy Spirit’s guidance in facilitating a series of three workshops next weekend. We are getting all the details ready for her visit and all the people coming to her workshop. Quite a few Pathways of Light ministers will be here for her workshop. Helena Montiero will be arriving Monday from England and we will finally be meeting her in person. Helena is the main translator for the Pathways of Light courses into Portuguese. Holy Spirit really knows what It is doing through the help of all these beautiful angels of God who come in to join in Holy Spirit’s plan of undoing the dream throughout the world. This is truly an exciting time to be of service to Holy Spirit’s plan.

  I am grateful.

My heart is filled with gratitude today. I am grateful for the message the Course brings again and again that, no matter what I seem to see, I am eternally safe in the Love of God. I am grateful for the lessons of forgiveness the Course offers. I am grateful for my little willingness to apply those lessons in my daily experience. I am grateful for mighty companions who journey with me on the road to awakening. I am grateful that though the body’s eyes show me a changing world of individuality and separateness, I remain at one with Love, unchanged and unchangeable. I am grateful that God’s strength is mine. There is nothing to fear.

Today I walk in gratitude as I accept God’s gift of Himself to me. I accept His gift as I offer it everywhere, always.

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Recognizing Unconscious Guilt

Holy Spirit through Robert:
  Let today be a day of practicing forgiveness. Be mindful of your thoughts and feelings. The moment you become aware of disturbance to your peace, pause and say to yourself, “I’m sorry. I love you. You are Love and nothing else.” It may appear that you are saying this to yourself or directing it to someone else. It is the same for in truth, there is no other, no one else.

Any disturbance to your peace reflects your unconscious guilt and your wish to get rid of it. But seeing yourself as a victim of circumstances or seeing others as the cause of your disturbance only holds the guilt in place. You release the guilt by remembering your Love. So that simple statement helps you remember your Self and helps you see your Self everywhere. Practice forgiveness today and you will move far along the road that returns you to your Home.

Holy Spirit through Mary:
  Let today be a day of inner rest. In the world you will still do the cleaning and still enter the Spanish translations of the courses. But your mind can be at rest. Your mind can be open to My peace. Your mind can accept peace and extend peace. Let this be your practice today. Let peace be your choice. Be mindful of the thoughts that come up and let Me have every thought. Here you will find rest.

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Letting the Veil Be Lifted

  Today we read the section, “The lifting of the veil” at the end of the obstacles to peace in ACIM Text, Chapter 20. The veil is the image of my brother as a body. Beyond that veil is the Love that is God’s Son.

Recently I had an experience with a dear friend, whose behavior was demonstrating his unawareness of the truth of what he is. Looking at the veil of behavior of his body could have offered much opportunity for judgment. But in that moment I could see past the body and behavior to the Love he is. All that was in my heart was Love. I felt a reaching out and embrace of the Love in my brother. In that moment the behavior was irrelevant. It had nothing to do with what I knew my brother to be.

It was a profound experience for me because the Love that flowed through brought a blessing to me beyond words to describe. I could only be grateful to my brother for the opportunity he offered for me to join him in Love. It was truly an experience of joining that demonstrated very clearly to me that the Love I extend to my brother is given to me.

I give thanks for this experience. It demonstrated to me that it is possible while I think I am in the dream to see past the forms to the reality of Love that is everywhere. My body’s eyes saw a body, but the vision of my heart saw only Love. There was nothing else to see. The Course calls this the Vision of Christ. Though I may jump back into identifying with the thought of separation, I will not identify with it as strongly for I have had the experience of seeing the real world for a moment. It is to this state that the Holy Spirit guides me in every moment. I need only be willing to accept His vision and it is mine. I thank my brother for the blessing he gave.

  Today it is my opportunity to practice letting the veil be lifted. In order to practice this, I must be willing to join with the Holy Spirit’s way of seeing. This means I must let go all past references to every brother and see him as he is in the eternal present.

I must have identified with the ego thought system or I would not be looking out through the body"s eyes and thinking that it is real. Within this thought system, carrying the past into the future is the way that the ego holds illusions in place. I am now receiving mind training to let go of this pattern of false seeing. The Holy Spirit doesn’t care about the past or the future because He knows that the ego thought system is really nothing and nowhere.

The Holy Spirit brings me to the eternal present if I am willing to accept Christ Vision. This is my real job today. I may still enter Spanish translation into the computer, I may still cook meals and wash the dishes, but my real function is to join with the Holy Spirit as I go through my day and allow the awareness of the eternal present to be there in my mind. My job is to be mindful of the barriers that I allow into my mind that replace Christ Vision and hand these false ideas over to the Holy Spirit to be replaced by the truth.

This is my true function, no matter what my job for the day looks like in the world. Handing over the reigns and following is my true job. Making decisions on my own is not. Today I would practice true humility and let go of the idea that I know anything on my own based on past experiences. Holy Spirit, I place my trust in You today. I will be quiet and listen. I will let every moment be a practice in forgiving the dream of separation. If I forget, I will once again forgive myself and move on with Holy Spirit as my Guide.

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