Before she was an author and a minister, Reverend Maria Felipe was an actress, a model, and a TV host with a fabulous French boyfriend. She appeared in national commercials, was the first ever Latina boxing announcer, and interviewed World Wrestling Federation competitors in front of audiences of twenty thousand people. People Magazine in Español even referred to her as “Una Campeona Sin rival,” which means a champion without rival. But through it all, she felt insecure, unworthy, and downright miserable.
All that began to change when she discovered A Course in Miracles and eventually went on to get her ministerial training from Pathways of Light.
Now, in her new book, Live Your Happy: Get Out of Your Own Way and Find the Love Within (New World Library, April 22, 2017), Maria shares her more than twenty years of experience studying and living the principles from ACIM. This is not a philosophic explanation of the Course. It is a practical, hands-on guide for actually living it. We hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt from the book.
It is true. I am an Ordained Ministerial Counselor (O.M.C.) from Pathways of Light since 2008. But what best defines my ministry?
My ministry seems to be a tapestry of people, places, and organizations that have weaved in and out of my life over these many years. Whoever or whatever showed up in my past was meant to be there as a lesson in learning ACIM-style forgiveness. Whatever or whoever shows up in my future will be there as the perfect forgiveness opportunity. But it is in the present moment – now - that I most need to stay connected to my Source.
There is a Peace that
the world cannot alter.
Peace remains the Truth
that will not falter.
We think we can allow our
little self to make all decisions,
Yet the results will
always need revisions.
What will we not do
to get our way,
We shout and attack
and blame our guilt away.
I spend a lot of time on Facebook because a good deal of my ministry is through social media. This has been a terrific way to connect with many people all over the world. On the other hand, since the election, it has been a difficult place to visit sometimes. It is filled with posts that are divisive, fearful and blaming. As I read them sometimes I feel my own ego mind triggered and I am tempted to join the fray. Here is how I am handling this.
The longer I am on my spiritual path the more I am convinced that I know nothing. And this is such good news! It is impossible to know anything because it is impossible to know the full picture. Only God is omniscient. What a relief! I am released from judgment caused by the ego mind. In A Course in Miracles it says, “It is surely good advice to tell you not to judge what you do not understand.” (T-12.I. 5:1)
I was sitting in meditation thinking about the year that had just been completed. I was judging myself for not accomplishing all that my ego told me I should have accomplished. And, in my meditative state the following thoughts came to me. Because we are of one mind, I thought it would be helpful to many readers to pass these words along as I do not believe they belong to me alone, but rather to all of us who still judge ourselves and find ourselves wanting.
I ask myself this often. What do I want? More than anything, I want the peace of God. More than anything, I want to know my Oneness with my Creator, but is this what I really want?
My actions show me I want order. I want to know what’s going to happen next and how it’s going to happen. My actions show me I want to be in control. I want to call the shots. I want to schedule my life and have everything show up on time as predicted. I think I feel very safe when I’m able to do this, but is this really safety or is it me playing God?
My friend, Laura, who lives alone often calls me and asks me how I really feel emotionally, mentally and spiritually. She tells me what she is struggling with in her life and what puzzles she is trying to put together in relationship to God. It is our custom to talk from the heart at least twice a week, asking Holy Spirit to guide our conversations and be a helpmate in our busy lives.
Our two discussions this week centered around how anxiety grabs us and holds on to us and we personally feel we have to figure out solutions to our problems ourselves.
This the truth of who I am. There is only law in perfection. There is no law that holds up hatred, sin, sickness and death. This is why these things were so easily overcome in the presence of the Master Jesus. Jesus knew the Law of God, the law of perfection, and paid no mind to anything else.
Only the Law of God is real. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve ate from the tree of good and evil and thus began our hallucination of good and evil.
The principal translator of ACIM into Spanish, Rosa Maria Wynn started her mission in 1983, completing the translation in 1993. Rosa Maria dedicated her life and all her resources to spreading A Course in Miracles to the world.
I met Rosa Maria in 1993. It was the first workshop on ACIM she had presented, in Spanish, in Puerto Rico. At that time I was a student of ACIM in nearly daily classes facilitated by Annie Arbona (today Aishmal).
One day, Aishmal told us about that workshop. I didn’t think much about it, being perfectly satisfied with Aishmal’s class. That night, I dreamed that my mother (who had recently made her transition) told me to wake up and to write down “Aurora Group”; she said in my dream that I was not going to remember these words the next day if I didn’t make a written note. When I ignored that suggestion, I awoke again with the same instruction from her: write down “Aurora Group.” Sleepily, this second time, I did so. The phrase meant nothing to me.
That very morning during the ACIM class Aishmal gave us a flyer that read: “Aurora Group presents Rosa Maria Wynn…” I had no doubts that my beloved mother was guiding me to go to the workshop. It transformed my life.
A peaceful smile as
flurries of delicate snow fall
like bits of innocence
released from Heaven.
The veil of illusion
gives way like a silent storm;
countless scraps of the
of God’s sleeping Son
sinking slowly into stillness,
to rest softly and melt away.
I know I have been blessed
As I walk my spiritual path.
I’ve glimpsed the Masters
meaning of “all my Father hath.”
A few months ago I was inspired to begin a self-study of the Text of A Course in Miracles. In the past I tried reading it but found it dense and difficult to understand.
Since 2007 I’ve gone through the Course Workbook lessons several times, taking me sometimes up to two years to complete all 365 lessons; I’ve read the Teacher’s Manual, and studied parts of the Text randomly, on my own and in group settings.
The past few months now I spend about 20-30 minutes each morning with the Course Text. As I read a portion of it, I take notes in my notebook asking Holy Spirit to guide and reveal what I need to learn.
Many years ago we attended church in a very old church building. It was a beautiful building inside and out. Our Sunday school room was in the balcony. You had to walk through the upstairs pews to get to the door of the room.
One Sunday my daughter went ahead of us. She came back as we got to the last step and the landing and she had a very worried look on her face. When I asked her what was wrong, she very quickly told me that she had just seen a “spider-mouse” walking across the floor. This piqued my interest and I went to see if I could find this thing she called a “spider-mouse.” There, walking on the floor in front of me as only bats can do, was a little bat. I went to get someone else to trap him. The man who caught this little fellow did so very gently. He put a coffee can over the the top of his little head and slowly slipped a piece of cardboard underneath. He then took him outside and let him go.
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