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I have a memory of being born in a cocoon of light and love. An ancient memory of God’s love in creation… my ancient time of birth and of unspeakable joy, light, love and beauty. God wanted one more little child and so He thought of me. I am so loved.
In one sad instant, I made a crazy decision to experience time and distraction. I eroded my truth by straying and identifying with distraction. My ancient truth degraded through eons of time. But the good news is my ancient truth remains if I accept it. It will instantly return and overthrow all my illusions and distractions. It will instantly take its place as my sole reality as if nothing happened.
One of the many things I love about A Course in Miracles is that there are so many ways to practice. It is practicing that helps us to take the concepts deeper into our Right Mind and be guided by Holy Spirit.
Practicing ACIM has been a spiritual force that has guided me for many years. I started with the Workbook lessons over 20 years ago I still read a lesson every morning and try to remind myself of it throughout the day. I close my day with it before I close my eyes at night.
This is not a “chore” for me anymore but perhaps it was in the beginning. When I started the Workbook in 1994, I heard the comparison that doing the lessons is like lifting weights. I didn’t have to enjoy them or believe them. However, I was taught that if I was willing to do the lessons every day, throughout the day, I would get spiritually stronger.
What have I promised you, do you know?
I know what I did not.
I never promised you the sun, the moon,
the stars, the heaven or earth.
I never promised to provide for you a house,
a car or money to buy what you wish.
I never promised to keep you safe
from how you chose to live.
I never promised to rescue you
from what you chose to do with your life.
What I did was not a promise,
it was a Gift.
The Gift is the extension of Who I am.
Please take me back. I left and now I am miserable. I was beguiled by the idea of “doing my own thing.” I wanted power. I wanted to be in control. I wanted to be the boss. So, I rebelled against You and left home. Now I suffer regret and want to come back. You try to tell me that I never left; that I only think I left; that I am still safely at home, dreaming that I left. You send Teachers to bring me that message over and over. While I don’t totally get it, all I know right now is that I long to return home.
The Holy Spirit lives through me as my breath. When I allow that truth to permeate my awareness and raise my consciousness, my life — indeed, my universe — becomes miraculous. Knowing that the Holy Spirit is present with me in such an intimate way, has moved me from a life saturated with enormous guilt, sadness and anxiety to one full of innocence, joy and peace.
I am discovering there is no limit to the ways I can use my Holy Spirit breath to heal my mind and heart. Following are, perhaps, my three favorite ways that the Holy Spirit and I collaborate using the breath to bring me into that space where miracles occur.
Many of us felt a great deal of emotion upon hearing the results of the presidential election. I am sure that for some it was a time of joy and celebration, but, for others, it was a time of shock and fear. For me, the results of the election brought up a deep sense of grief. (OK, now you know who I voted for.)
A question often asked is what Jesus means by Atonement. I always think of Atonement as undoing, and I think that Atonement and forgiveness are the same thing. This from Chapter 13: The Cloud of Guilt, further clarifies the meaning:
Atonement brings a re-evaluation of everything you cherish, for it is the means by which the Holy Spirit can separate the false and the true…
This is why I bring my thoughts to the Holy Spirit for interpretation. I want Him to separate the false from the true because I cannot do that. As Jesus goes on to say, I have accepted everything without distinction. I have a thought and I tend to believe it, simply because it was in my mind. Actually, I have taught myself not to automatically accept every thought, but I used to do so, and still do so sometimes.
I heard it loud and clear. “Get off the sidelines and into the game.” I was on the Pathways of Light annual meeting call and we were each asked to speak a message from Holy Spirit to the group. There were so many wonderful supportive loving messages and words shared as we joined together to share about the year prior and the year ahead. There was a pause and then I heard it as clear as day as if it were just for me.
I love this time of year. The weather has cooled off a little bit. Even though I live in Florida, we still get a break from the extremely warm temperatures of July through September. And at Thanksgiving time, I am always reminded to pay attention to the things I am so grateful for, even if sometimes we lose the very things and people we love.
This is the time of year that we reflect over the past year and acknowledge all that we have learned. Some people really struggle during the holidays because it is a reminder of the people that are no longer with them. This year we lost a wonderful and lovely friend, she was my teacher for the Pathways of Light 900 courses, Linda Wisniewski. I loved her dearly and I will miss her tremendously and I know everyone who knew her feels like I do. Her light could brighten a room. It is no wonder that she left us during this time of thanksgiving. Because she is such a light that anyone who shared time with her would find themselves inspired by her, and grateful for the opportunity to know her. I am so thankful she came into my life. She was a wonderful teacher, she was so loving and kind. She never failed to let you know she was happy to even hear your voice.
When you give everything over to the Holy Spirit, where to go and what to do becomes obvious… and in my case, it feels easy! This was the case with my book Live Your Happy, forthcoming from New World Library in April, 2017.
I had no plans to write a book. I suffer from dyslexia, and honestly I don’t like to write or read much. But as I’ve learned since becoming a minister, nothing is up to “me” — it’s a matter of what serves the higher good.
It’s fairly safe to say, we are all searching for peace, whether we know it or not. The Course teaches that salvation is the only way in which we can find peace of mind. (W-pI.65.2:3) Yet, how do we practice salvation?
Salvation and forgiveness are the same. (W-pI.99.1:1) Thus, salvation, being forgiveness, is looking past our distorted view of the world, our perceptual errors. (ACIM, 2007, pg. xi) It is a letting go of the past and the future and being with what is. Salvation, or forgiveness, is our only function (W-pI.65) and the only way we can reach our goal, peace of mind. (W-pI.65.2:3) Yet we have taken on so many competing goals, for example, family goals, work goals, household goals, life goals, even spiritual goals. These goals reflect things we want to achieve in the world and are predicated on our distorted world view, not on salvation.
Being recently ordained by Pathways of Light Spiritual College, I seek the path where I may best serve. I have been following a vital teaching of the Course: Listen. And as Rev. Mary Gerard Lenihan, O.M.C. would say, “Pause for Inspiration in the midst of everyday life.”
These easy to remember steps of “Pause for Inspiration include: PAUSE. The decision to stop in the moment. STEP BACK. The decision to get out of my own way. STEP ASIDE. The decision to invite Inspiration Within to help. And LET INSPIRATION GUIDE. The decision to choose my Inspired Mind and follow the Wisdom of Inspiration.”
Last week I heard that Linda Wiesnewski was in hospice and I heard today that she has passed. Linda was my facilitator for the Pathways Course 909, “Wellness Through Healing The Mind,” so I got to know her somewhat then. Sometimes, we also engaged in the monthly calls that she oversaw to help those with chronic illness. In the last few months we had many conversations (on Facebook on the Daily Course Lessons as well as the Rules for Decision FB pages) about the Course and healing the body. As Myron Jones said, “Linda’s classroom was her body.”
“Is healing frightening? To many, yes. For accusation is a bar to love, and damaged bodies are accusers.” (T-27.II.1:1-3)
The quote above continues “Who has been injured by his brother, and could love and trust him still?” (1:5) It seems to be the state of our world today, doesn’t it? And when I look at my own responsibility in the ‘state of the world’ I can clearly say that I have been a grand participant in this consciousness… until recently.
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