God Goes with Me Wherever I Go

Happiness

Today I am reviewing lesson 103, God, being Love, is also happiness.  Happiness is an attribute of love. It cannot be apart from it. Nor can it be experienced where love is not. 

God is the source which allows love and happiness to flow to us, downloaded to us if you will. When we are looking externally for happiness, obviously there are disappointments, because we are looking in the wrong place!!! This is an inside job.

In the past, I thought about wanting to do what I love as far as work, residence and many other things in order to be happy.  Everything had to be perfect. I now strive to love what I am doing in the moment. I have to say, this has been a challenge at times, but I have a Holy Helper whom I reach in to regularly for assistance. My feeling is that I am the channel for Happiness to flow through to me and to others.  This is my blessing to the world; this is my function, as Lesson 102 states. Love is a state of mind, not just a verb to be done to someone or something in exchange for something. When I see it this way, I feel great. I feel light, peaceful, fearless and yes, happy.

The meditation for lesson 103 is, “God, being Love is also happiness. To fear Him is to be afraid of joy.”  This brings in a whole new idea, the idea of fearing God. Much deeper…Delve into the depths of your mind and uncover that fear. Find it and hand it over to Holy Spirit.  The truth is that we fear God because we still do not forgive ourselves for the separation. 

T26:3:3;4-5
“Time lasted but an instant in your mind, with no effect upon eternity.  And so is all time past, and everything exactly as it was before the way to nothingness was made, and all of them within that one mistake, held also the Correction for that one, and all of them that was all it ever was.  What God gave answer to is answered and is gone.

To you who still believe you live in time and know not it is gone, the Holy Spirit still guides you through the infinitely small and senseless maze you still perceive in time, though it has long since gone.  You think you live in what is past.  Each thing you look upon you saw but for an instant, long ago, before its unreality gave way to truth.  Not one illusion still remains unanswered in your mind.  Uncertainty was brought to certainty so long ago that it is hard indeed to hold it to your heart, as if it were before you still.

The tiny instant you would keep and make eternal, passed away in Heaven too soon for anything to notice it had come. What disappeared too quickly to affect the simple knowledge of the Son of God can hardly still be there, for you to choose to be your teacher.  Only in the past,-an ancient past, too short to make a world in answer to creation,-did this world appear to rise.  So very long ago, for such a tiny interval of time, that not one note in Heaven’s son was missed. 
Yet each unforgiving act or thought, in every judgment and in all belief in sin, is that one instant still called back, as if it could be made again in time.  You keep an ancient memory before your eyes. And he who lives in memories alone is unaware of where he is. 

T26:7-8 Is this a hindrance to the place whereon he stands? Is any echo from the past that he may hear a fact in what is there to hear where he is now? And how much can his own illusions about time and place effect in where he really is?
The unforgiven is a voice that calls from out a past forevermore gone by. And everything that points to it as real is but a wish that what is gone could be made real again and seen as here and now, in place of what is really now and here. Is this a hindrance to the truth the past is gone, and cannot be returned to you? And do you want that fearful instant kept, when Heaven seemed to disappear and God was feared and made a symbol of your hate?”

Forgive yourself for the separation; knowing that when this is forgiven, all is forgiven. This is the cause of all guilt, not that you aren’t being a good parent, or weren’t nice to your co-worker, or gossiped, or drank too much, or ate too much; none of it. Let’s go deeper and get down to the ultimate untruth. For in truth, there is nothing to forgive. Again, the ultimate irony.

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Living in a Parallel Universe

As I open to the light that is the truth of who I am, I feel as if I am living in parallel universes, one that is light, love, peace and truth and the other that is filled with issues… stuff; the good, the bad and the ugly! I feel like I straddle the two, but I am beginning to feel that the light is breaking through more and more.  I do believe that the veil is lifting, as they say.  It is very exciting! Now I am aware that the good, bad and ugly is an illusion. I am waking up from the dream, still in the groggy stages of sleep and maybe not quite ready to wake up, but I will continue to hand everything over to Holy Spirit in order to see with Christ vision. To observe myself in these two places is a very interesting place to be. My body actually tingles as I think about it.  I feel ecstasy within, yet there is the part of me that knows that any physical experiences are of the ego. So I quickly let it go and just enjoy the sensation instead of thinking about what it means. Figuring things out just winds me back into ego thoughts. Not going there…at least until the next time I forget, but I will continue on without beating myself up until the day that Jesus talks about when He takes the final step. Ahhh, can’t wait!

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Healing Inner Child Experience

I just finished facilitating an 8-week healing inner child group.  Wow!  To see the changes that have occurred in the participants is simply amazing.  Spirit does His work so well!  When we are willing to experience the healing, sometimes by simply showing up, truly wonderful things occur.  I feel so blessed to have been a part of this experience. I learned both as both student and facilitator that Spirit leads the class.  All I have to do is show up and be open.  It is phenomenal to witness!

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Just Do It!

When the sun is shining on a gorgeous spring day, you’ve received a windfall (or just a raise!) and you are feeling great… when you are newly in love, or received a nice compliment, how do you act towards another? Don’t you look at the world through rose colored glasses letting those feelings continue until “reality” pulls you down? Why would you act any differently when things are not rosy? Why do we have to be a victim of what is happening “to” us? This is an inside job. Let’s let go of victim consciousness! It is all in how we perceive things. How do we continue to capture the good feelings that prevail during those “glorious” times? It is by choice. We have to make a conscious decision to not make a big deal about anything and continually return to Peace. It’s all a dream anyway! Why not make it a happy one! I am currently facilitating a Healing the Inner Child Group and we are working on Week 5: Stop, look and listen! Stop, Look, and Listen to what is going on inside and make a conscious decision to return to Christ consciousness. Or if you’re not sure what that means…give it to Holy Spirit to decide for you.  It doesn’t matter how many times we do this, as Nike says, Just Do It!

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Abundance and Being Present

I am currently working on the Miracle Principles Abundance Awareness (# 908) with fellow colleagues.  In doing this work I have become enlightened as to what abundance truly is and how it is received (and given).  I used to think that abundance was material; things, money and my pursuit of it. I thought of something I wanted and went for it to the best of my ability. At times I succeeded; at times I became greatly frustrated by wanting and not getting. Much like a young child, I would throw an inner tantrum. I now realize that true abundance is only through Holy Spirit and is realized when you acquiesce to the guidance of Holy Spirit, letting it lead you to abundance;  whether it be money, things, peace, joy, health, etc., in the most harmonious of ways. Wash everything through the waters of Holy Spirit. If it comes out the other side, it was meant to be and will be for the good of all concerned. If not, it may not be what you ultimately thought (be careful what you wish for!).
The desire to be of service to God allows for true abundance. When you create for the greatest good, miraculous things occur.

Another thing I’ve learned is that an important part of abundance is being present. When we are present, we are not living in the past or fearful about the future, we are available to hear Holy Spirit’s soft clear voice.  When we hear His direction, we are directed towards true abundance. I believe that meditation is a wonderful way to practice being present.  I use a simple daily meditation of no more than 10-20 minutes a day of counting to 10 on the out breathe. So, breathe in, and breath out, count 1, breathe in, breath out, 2, etc…up to 10, then begin again at 1. If your mind begins to wander, just bring it gently back to the counting, starting at 1 again. You get the picture.

Lesson 322 in the ACIM workbook states, “I sacrifice illusions; nothing more. And as illusions go I find the gifts illusions tried to hide, awaiting me in shining welcome, and in readiness to give God’s ancient messages to me.  His memory abides in every gift that I receive of Him.  And every dream serves only to conceal the Self which is God’s only Son, the likeness of Himself, the Holy One Who still abides in Him forever, as He still abides in me. (Lesson 322:1-4)

If you ever have questions or comments about anything I write, please feel free to contact me. I would love to hear from you.  Blessings in Light…

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The Rush

I used to work in restaurants.  The rush was the time when all the customers would come at once, such as lunchtime. Before then, we leisurely set up and prepared for the rush.  Then suddenly every table would be filled up and we were running around like chickens without heads, while looking calm and in control.

This is similar to life. There are lulls and there are the rush times.  It is during the slower times in life, we have the opportunity to consciously work on our “plan of peace” so when the busy times come, it is so ingrained in our mind, that we are able to remember to choose peace and move through the period relatively unscathed by ego.  I would have to say that the thing that I consciously practice at those quiet times is to step back and allow Holy Spirit to take the lead. Because when Holy Spirit is in control, I know that peace is the outcome. In the past, I always thought that I knew how to practice, what to think, where to go, what to say.  But I know that I do not know what will bring me true peace, so it is Gods will that I now desire in my life.  I know one thing for sure, God knows more than me…and I am tired of trying to figure it all out!

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Row, Row, Row…

Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream…
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream…

It’s an ancient nursery rhyme that was thought to be created by traveling minstrels that I apply to my life each and every day.

So simple, its words re-establish peace, keeping me calm and serene when ego is rearing its nasty head.  I put myself in the boat, rhythmically rowing my oars. I envision the bow cutting through the flow as I dreamily paddle down the clear stream.  I hear the gentle ripple of the water…I love to hear the sound as the oar lifts the water and lazily drops it back in…I inhale the intoxicating aroma of flowers and trees and earth in the air…and watch the sunlight as it sparkles and glistens off the wet surfaces.  It is truly a wonderful place to be!

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