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Returning to Peace

Robert:  In this time, when the world appears to be in turmoil, I can be most helpful by choosing peace. If anything disturbs my peace, I heal the world by returning to peace. When I allow peace to return to my awareness, the clear vision of Christ comes with it. I am able to see past appearances to the Love that is there everywhere. In clarity, I am guided in all my doing. And this doing will always be helpful to the whole. That’s my job.

  What I am learning is, with every concern, to step back and take the time to breathe in peace and extend peace. As I practice this daily with each situation that I am concerned with, I am brought to a new awareness of what is really important. I am brought to the awareness of the insignificance of the body. I am brought to a state of mind where nothing matters but Love. I am brought to a place where I realize that I need do nothing on my own. I am being carried. My only true function is the one God gave me and that is given without my even asking. I am brought to the awareness that in truth all is well and that each minute brings me to a place of deeper healing if I allow it. I allow myself to be led now. This is my practice today.

  I heard, “Go in peace. Stay in peace and be peace and the joy will come. When you constantly remind yourself to go to peace, you are really going to the One Who has only your best interests in mind. Do not ever be concerned that you need to learn lessons all by yourself, for He will send the perfect person, situation or circumstance to you for your highest good. Be not afraid because He is with you always and knows what is perfectly suited for you. When your awareness of a situation lets you know that changes are needed, Spirit is the only one that can help with that to make your transition easier for you.”

Isn’t it funny how sometimes without His help we choose to hang on to pain? Who in their right mind would choose that?

I heard, “Do not come down on yourself for that, but rejoice that there is a lesson to be learned now and you have been given the perfect Teacher to walk through that with. He will help you let go of your end of the tug of war that has been going on with others or with yourself in your own mind. Drop your end of the rope and allow Me to carry you to the place of peace, where all gifts from your Father are received.”

When Love cuts the rope that we have allowed, each end of the rope is filled with the light of true freedom. This freedom brings growth, it brings peace and it brings awareness of God to all the minds that are learning their own lessons in freedom.

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Remembering Who I Am

Robert:  When I remember Who I am, I naturally see the Love in all my brothers. I naturally extend Love everywhere to everyone. I naturally see innocence. I easily recognize that, though behavior may appear to be fearful or an expression of guilt, behind that appearance is only Love and only Love is true. When I remember Who I am, I walk in trust, for I am certain of the strength of God in me. I am certain of His Love. I am certain of my invulnerability. When I remember Who I am, I live in peace, for I remember there is only One.

  When I go to the Holy Spirit in my mind and listen, the first words I hear are, “Accept My gift of peace.” As I follow and do this, I am filled with a sense that in truth, everything is all right. In truth everything is safe. All the stories on the news are just stories. They cannot replace the truth that we are safe. We are still as God created us. We have not left Heaven.

This helps because the stories on the news seem to be about division and lack. The stories reflect conflict, turmoil and danger. My job right now is to take all these stories the Holy Spirit. In Holy Spirit’s hands, they fade away and are replaced by a deep feeling of peace and knowing that nothing can really harm God’s one Son. This sense of turmoil, lack and loss can be reversed by the Holy Spirit if I allow it. All these events can become a turning point by which the Sonship accepts a better way. All “events” are useful when brought to the Holy Spirit for healing. This brings me to a place where I feel encouraged and enthusiastic about the awakening that is occurring in the midst of what appears to be conflict and lack in the dream.

God’s Voice expressing through Annie:
I already gave you all you could possibly need to be perfectly happy, perfectly peaceful and perfectly in love with all. Take it freely. It is never ending. It will never decrease, only increase. My Love fills up every heart eternally. Never doubt it for one second. I am the Source of ever plentiful Love. All that you could possibly need you already have, you already are. If you look carefully, you will see it in everyone and in every circumstance. All that you could possibly need you already are My child.

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Holy Spirit Is Always Kind and Gentle

Mary:  I feel a pervasive, permeating feeling of gentleness. I hear, “Use the gentleness of Spirit to lead you Home. You can recognize the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit is always kind and gentle in every situation. Allow in the feeling of gentleness and it will lead you to experiences of kindness and gentleness through your day.

If you find any situation not gentle, welcome Holy Spirit’s gentleness into your mind and let the feeling of gentleness take over. And the Holy Spirit’s Thoughts will take over with it. Just let that be your practice today. Apply this within your mind and with what seems to be an outer world experience. Let the word ‘gentleness’ carry you to the Holy Spirit’s experience of gentleness.

Holy Spirit through Robert:
  Rest in Me. Rest in My certainty. I know What you are. And because I am Love’s communication with you, I do not change my Mind about you. Love’s Will for you is perfect happiness. And I am here to guide you to perfect happiness, to guide you to the full awareness of What you are in truth. Rest in Me and I will bring you Home.

  Transform. Trans-form—beyond the form. Going beyond the form into the content of everything is going into Love, which is the reality all things true. Be watchful for the Love and for the Light, which is the Light of Heaven, glowing around all things.

Gentle is the heart that sets its eyes on what makes all things glow. And that is Love. Amen.

  My message from Holy Spirit this morning is going back to the volcano symbol that came to me the other day. Holy Spirit is asking me to actually be and feel what it would be like to be a volcano. And at the very core of my being is this lava. And that is God’s Will for me. The lava is the Love and, with my willingness and stepping aside, Holy Spirit is just bringing that lava up and then it just flows.

This lava is very gently flowing into every aspect. It is bringing the Love, the very core of my being to everything and every one. Holy Spirit says this lava, when it is allowed to just flow, fills any gaps between you and your brother where you thought you were separate. As you allow this lava to flow, it gently fills and seeps into any cracks or distances or holes with the Love that you really are. There is no need for the volcano to erupt and whether it be in anger or misperceptions or ideas of separation or lack because when an eruption takes place, it scatters the Love and everything seems separate. So just concentrate on being that volcano of Love and allowing the lava to come forth and just flow. Amen.

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Remembering That Minds Are Joined

Holy Spirit through Mary:  Think about the fact the minds are joined. When you are talking with someone, remember that your mind is joined with theirs in truth, that you share the same united mind in reality. That will help you let go of the idea of private, separate minds which have interests of their own.

This is an important step in returning to the fact that all is one and that division of any kind simply is not true. As you are increasingly willing to join with the truth that minds are joined, you will find a freedom that cannot be denied. You will find a happiness and peace that is beyond all the little separate minds that you have believed in.

Division of any kind is false. Distinctions are inherently false in oneness. The journey Home involves the recognition that all are inherently the same because all are inherently joined as one Mind. Now is the time to rejoice that this is true. Now is the time to accept your oneness. Amen.

Holy Spirit through Annie:
Love is the substance that keeps all hearts together as one and so it is with the minds; the one Will keeps them perfectly joined as one. One Love. One Will. One Sonship. One in God. All is God. Amen.

  The Holy Spirit sees the body as having one meaningful purpose in the dream—it is an instrument of communication. In the world communication devices can be clear or filled with static and interference. When we are wrapped up in ego thinking the connection with Holy Spirit is blocked so we walk around feeling disconnected and alone.

We clear the channel by taking time to return to peace. In peace we once again open our minds to the Holy Spirit’s inspiration and we return to being His instrument of communication. The body becomes a means of expressing Love in what seems to be a loveless world. As we practice this, we release the world from all we thought it was and we return to the vision of Christ, which sees only innocence and opens us to the full acceptance that we are still safe in Love.

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Letting Love Be In Charge

Mary:  We have begun joining each morning with the Pathways staff, which now consists of Robert, Mary, Sharyn Zenz, and Annie Arbona (living in Charleston, SC), who joins us on the speaker phone. We begin by reading the Course together and then asking Holy Spirit to bring us any insights. It is truly a blessing to join together in this way and share with each other what comes to us from Holy Spirit.

What comes to mind is the phrase, “The Lord of Love is in charge.” I think it is really saying that Love is in charge. The feeling is that when we try to be in charge, that is when sadness comes in or when fear comes in. The feeling is, don’t try to be in charge of your life. It really doesn’t work. Let Love be in charge of your life. Love will take over if you will let It.

  So be the Lord that you are, all of you. Learning to Love that Lord within you is what this is all about. Sometimes one’s unworthiness gets in the way of calling themselves Lord. But guess what? You are Lord. And when you allow that consciousness of being Lord of your life, which means tapping into the highest Thoughts within you, only Love comes. The gifts of peace, happiness, joy and Love all come from your Lord within.

Accept these gifts as you go about your day, remembering Who you really are. Please be humble and accept the gift of being the Lord of Love. This is where you all are on your path now and it is a very important step to accept this. Isn’t it wonderful to be amongst the Lords of Love? In reality, you are accepting your oneness because there is only one Lord of Love.

  This is what is meant by let go and let God. As we practice letting go of what we think is real, what we see with our body’s eyes, and hand over these perceptions to the Holy Spirit, we find that only Love is real. We truly are joined in the one Mind of Love. There is nothing else in reality.

We can relax now. We can let go of all the struggle. We can let go and let the Love of our true Nature return to our mind. This is what our life is for now—the practice of letting go of all we thought we knew and handing over all these false ideas to the one Source of all true knowledge.

As we are willing to let go of what is not true, what is true has a chance to enter our minds. We cannot hold both what is not true and what is true in our minds at the same time. That is why letting go and letting God is our only function now. That is how we wake up from the false dream of thinking separate bodies with separate minds are real. That is how our minds are healed.

  This morning we read the section “Choose Once Again” at the end of Chapter 31 of the ACIM Text. A phrase that stood out to me was that God created us as the altar to joy. That brought up in me a feeling of comfort and gratitude. It was another reminder that God’s Will for me, all of us, is perfect happiness. If I’m not experiencing that, I am believing in a false idea of what I am. I need to offer that idea to the Holy Spirit and open my mind and heart to His gentle correction. With my willingness, i will receive the one and only gift that is eternally given: The Love of God. The attributes of God’s Love are peace and joy. What an inheritance! My heart is filled with gratitude.

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What Do I Want — Perfect Happiness or Separation?

  I’m learning that if I want to be happy, I need to get out of the way. God’s Will for me is perfect happiness. If I’m not experiencing that, then I must have made up some form of interference that blocks my awareness of God’s Will. It is I who is believing in it. I need to withdraw my belief in the false image of a self that could lack anything, that could in some way be other than God’s creation.

Every moment my experience is showing me what I am believing. If I’m not experiencing perfect peace and happiness, then I need to offer that moment to the Holy Spirit, acknowledging that I thought I wanted this experience. But I was mistaken. What I really want is to awaken to my Self. Holy Spirit will gladly accept my offering and wash it clean of false beliefs and wild imaginings. The Holy Spirit will return to me only what is real—Love and nothing else. This is a process of forgiveness, of letting go of past beliefs and accepting my Self as It was created by God. That is all that time is for in the Holy Spirit’s purpose.

  This morning my mind is swirling in many different directions. Yesterday we showed the property to a very interested party. We also know that there is another very interested party that will be returning to see the property again this week.

We are also in the midst of preparing the next issue of Miracles News and readying the gifts of gratitude for members contributing to the support of Pathways of Light. Within the next few days we will be sending out the annual membership renewal mailing and we are getting all the pieces ready for the mailing.

This morning I take all these things that are showing up in the dream and I place them on the Holy Spirit’s altar. I let my mind quiet and remember that I know nothing and that I do not know what is in my best interest. It is only the Holy Spirit in my mind That knows what is in the best interest for everyone concerned.

I sit in quiet and listen. I allow myself to receive Holy Spirit’s gift of peace. I am quietly reminded that in my true Self’s world, all has all. I am quietly reminded that this is my true Home now. I am quietly reminded that I live eternally in the Mind of God and nowhere else. I am reminded that even though it does not appear to be so, everyone in the dream is still safe in the Mind of God and could never be on the distant shore we are all dreaming about. I am reminded that everyone is still in the Mind of God and could never leave. I am reminded that there is only One Mind that we all share and That Mind is always there waiting for us to remember (re-member), rejoin. I am reminded that I don’t have to wait to re-member. I can make the choice to remember now.

And with this willingness to re-member comes the feeling of confidence that Love is here now, that eternal happiness and joy and peace are here now. It’s not something that will happen next week or next year. It is always now, as I am willing to re-member (reconnect) with the truth. I see that the fullness of God is always available to us. What do I want right now? Am I willing to accept the truth of what is here right now? Am I willing to be aware of Love’s Presence right now?

As I look at the dream story from this remembering, I see that all the little stories just don’t really matter. Allowing the awareness of God’s peace matters. Allowing the awareness of God’s Love and happiness matters. There is such a full feeling of safety and abundance that comes with this remembering. There is also a feeling of confidence that everything is unfolding in the dream in perfect order. I don’t have to try to make anything happen. I merely step back and allow in the awareness of Love’s Presence. That is all I need. That is all I want.

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Resting In the Peace of God

  Jean Weston sent us a delightful little book that she wrote titled “Course Koans.” I have read parts of it and am delighted with the inspiring messages I found. Jean shares with a natural simplicity and it is obvious that the Holy Spirit is working through her as she wrote this book. As all of us gradually awaken, we become part of the Atonement and extend the healing as we are led by the Holy Spirit. I recommend this book highly. You can purchase it online at .

We will eventually include this book in our online bookstore, but that will have to wait until after our move to Florida. Some potential buyers are coming back for the second time this afternoon. So there are indications that the sale may happen before winter. My job right now is to keep my mind aligned with the Holy Spirit and stay in the present moment. I love the quote I read in Jean’s book, as it is very appropriate for me right now.

“I rest in God today, and let Him work in me and through me, while I rest in Him in quiet and in perfect certainty.” (ACIM Workbook, Lesson 120).

Holy Spirit through Sharyn:
  Resting in the peace of God is literally doing just that. You cannot be resting in God and have your mind thinking of what’s next or I need to do this or waiting to rush off somewhere, for those are all ego thoughts and it is impossible to rest in God’s peace and have ego thoughts at the same time.

When one lets go of all the ego thoughts of doing in this world, that is when the peace comes. That is when you are truly resting in God. Allow God’s peace and Love to fill your every cell. Just sit with It. Rest in It. Let the fresh waters of peace run over you. You need do nothing. Just rest.

This is all He asks of us. Just rest and allow Him to do any work or anything that you think must be done. You don’t know what needs to be done on your own. Only He knows. Rest in God’s Love and peace today and watch your day unfold in beauty, joy and peace. Amen.

  It seems that since we first received guidance to move to Florida the whole process has been a concentrated exercise in strengthening my focus on letting Holy Spirit lead in every moment. I have needed to let go of my propensity to plan for the future and focus instead on what is to be done now in the present moment.

Part of this planning urge comes from uncertainty (fear) about the future. The ego believes that if it can plan enough for the future, it can protect against potential danger and harm. Yet the concern about danger comes from past fears and is totally fabricated. Neither the future nor the past exist. So to become secure in the present moment, I need to forgive the past. With a forgiven past, there is no worry about the future and I can be contented in the present, knowing that I am fully cared for by an all encompassing Love Whose only interest is my safety and my happiness. My heart is filled with gratitude.

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