We live in a world seemingly determined by events around us and experienced through our senses. We see before us many separate objects and separate bodies with a mind or will of their own. Everything our senses tell us seems to remind us, to convince us, that we are alone and separate in a world of scarcity, competition and danger. A world in which what we have, what we have worked for, can be taken from us in an instant.
We try to buy some sense of security in this world in countless ways: relationships (or in the avoidance of them!), through our jobs and roles, through bank accounts and insurance policies. We try to protect ourselves from a perceived threatening world in many other ways. We seek safety in isolation, personal and national weapons, keeping our guard up, and joining with others in alliances against persons or groups.
I recognize today just how often I make plans in advance for myself and others. I think of things I will say and do, and how others will say and do. I make expectations in my mind by scripting in advance. I plan how people will act at family events and parties, meetings, holidays, work schedules — really, almost every situation or event I can think of. I script interactions and moods. I plan it out to meet my needs or what I think would be best, not only for me but others, as well. Sometimes these expectations get locked into my mind and if they don’t happen, I feel keenly disappointed.
This question was asked at our A Course in Miracles discussion group recently. What a great question! My mind immediately went into its busy-ness and monkey business. It would go to a back burner, and then come to the front. It intrigued me. It eluded me. It deserved meditation and reflection.
I am aware of a part of me that always knows. It is joyful, peaceful. Then, there is the part of me that can be nosey and argumentative. It is noisy and brings my mind evidence to contradict Truth. My split mind! How clever it is. Holy Spirit’s help is always at hand. And invite Him in I did. Ahhh…
Thanksgiving was more meaningful to me this year than it usually is. I have so much to be thankful for. That I am still here after the hurricane season is at the top on my list. In fact, my life is one blessing after another. My home is undamaged, my family safe, my town getting back to normal. My life is so good that you would think I would have trouble finding things to complain about, but not so. In fact, I was thinking about something just the other day.
I have a new vehicle. Having a new car is good, but I really don’t like the process of buying one. This time it wasn’t all that bad, though. However, after the purchase was complete, I realized that they had not included a package that was supposed to be part of the deal.
I wasn’t really that upset about not having the package which was designed to protect the vehicle long term, and I seldom have a car long term, but I was charged for it and felt like I had been taken advantage of. As I sat there fuming over the situation, I realized that I felt like I was a victim of an unscrupulous dealership.
As I am willing to see things differently, the gift is given and received.
Me: “Holy Spirit, how can I look at or feel the things that I’ve hidden, so that I can give them to you? The ego feels very threatened in this.”
Spirit: “That is the belief that you are not lovable, not accepted as you are right now.”
I am honestly at a complete loss for what is supposed to be happening in my life right now. I’m asking but not receiving any clear direction other than trust. Trusting is very hard for me because each day something else seems to take a new direction. It’s like a purging of all of my attachments, even people that are dear to me.
Much of this doesn’t seem to be happening by my own choice, other than my desire to follow God’s Will for my life. Why aren’t I able to trust and let go? I guess I’m afraid. Yet at this moment I feel that I have nothing and no one save Holy Spirit’s Voice.
To see only the Light is Christ vision. To give up the belief in the power and reality of darkness is liberation.
The light has come. (Lesson 75) Let there be light. Today I will say to every brother: “The light in you is all that I would see, (name).” And just as I was in the middle of typing this, a friend came in. On his face was no light to be seen. He was carrying a problem, a conflict. I instantly affirmed the above and kept affirming it silently as he spoke. When he left he smiled and gave me a hug. IT IS WORTH THE PRACTICE!
In working with a student
recently in a process which is part of course 802: Soul Awareness, I received the following as a message from my Divine Source.
Imagine a clear reflection as you look within. Keep your mind quiet, as still as water. When water is in turmoil or chaos you cannot see your clear reflection.
Use this image as a reminder to still your mind. I am here for you and will accept all thoughts and gladly exchange them for thoughts for peace. This is a reminder about walking the middle path; the path of non-judgment. Not seeing on your right… Not seeing on your left… Not good… bad… black… white.
This meditation was divinely inspired and shared during “Tuesdays with Spirit” on ACIM Gather on December 13th, 2005.
Dear Sweet One, I offer to you my hand of safety and peace. There is no need to feel the feelings that you have felt for so long, no need to feel them any longer.
You have given me this gift of your thoughts and I gladly have accepted it. Now I share with you this message of Truth. It is the message of your holiness and your Divine nature.
I’m struggling lately with things that are going on at work. The circumstances I am referring to are typical corporate ways to handle problems. See a problem, and then figure out the quickest way to make it go away, since we don’t have time to fix the root problem because it involves way too many business functions and processes.
Okay, so now that the ego has spoken, I know I cannot respond in the ego fashion. I realize that retaliation does not work and doesn’t even feel right. I know that any message I convey needs to be for the good of all concerned. Which means I can state my concerns and not wish harm on anyone else.
In the state of complete surrender you will have put Me in charge. Everything you say or do from that point will be in accordance with our Father’s will.
Here will you find true joy, here will you find peace, here will you find Love. Here will you find the Kingdom of Heaven.
Can you think of a better way to spend a day than to be in joy? Joy overcomes all heavy thoughts, all worries and all fears. It is very easy for me to choose joy because I like to be in joy. Joy is an attribute of our loving nature, and when I allow joy to spread through me it elevates my entire being. I cannot, really, at the same time be fearful and be in joy, or be worried and be joyous, or even experience pain at the same time as joy.
Beloved Heavenly Father, Thank you for all of the blessings in my life. Thank you for sending me Your Holy Spirit that teaches me to love and forgive myself daily for the mistakes that I think I’ve made, and to provide me with loving guidance. Thank you for healing my mind through Your gentle love and kindness, and for using me as a vessel to expand that Love.
I know what I want
I know how I want to be
I know that
I want thoughts of Love
October - December, 2005
When I ask for wisdom, guidance and clarity, Holy Spirit comes to me in different forms. Sometimes it is through another’s words or actions; often it is many people carrying the same message. Then at those unhurried, uncluttered thinking and ‘doing’ moments, I hear a quiet Voice penetrating my thoughts with wisdom. A sense of peace fills my heart center, spilling over into my entire body like a fountain of cascading warm water. While in prayer I have also felt the arms of Jesus fold around me. The “light bulb” moments are the most exhilarating and may occur at any given moment. The clarity is so brilliant with wisdom, followed with a Voice implanting a “knowing” of His words deep in the core of my heart. At these moments I laugh to myself, for the answer was so simple.
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