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Only Be Quiet

What I found most helpful in our reading in A Course in Miracles this morning was the following:

Today He speaks to you. His Voice awaits your silence, for His Word can not be heard until your mind is quiet for a while, and meaningless desires have been stilled. Await His Word in quiet. There is peace within you to be called upon today, to help make ready your most holy mind to hear the Voice for its Creator speak.

Only be quiet. You will need no rule but this, to let your practicing today lift you above the thinking of the world, and free your vision from the body’s eyes. Only be still and listen. You will hear the Word in which the Will of God the Son joins in his Father’s Will, at one with it, with no illusions interposed between the wholly indivisible and true. As every hour passes by today, be still a moment and remind yourself you have a special purpose for this day; in quiet to receive the Word of God. (W-pI.125.6,9)

It is my opportunity and joy today to follow this message encouraging me to let my mind be still and receive the truth. This practice will bring me happiness, joy and peace. This is my practice for today.

It is reassuring to me that there is a peace within me I can call upon to make my mind ready to hear the Holy Spirit. The peace I need is already in my mind. I don’t have to go searching for it. I don’t have to find the right “circumstances” in the world to find peace. The peace I need is already in me. I need only be willing to step back from the ego chatter in my mind and let the peace that is in me rise up to my awareness. It is this peace that opens the door to God’s Voice.

Today I will practice stepping back and making way for the peace in my mind to rise up to my awareness. This is how I will clearly receive the Holy Spirit’s guidance moment by moment.

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Rest in God’s Strength

The Course says that specialness is a lack of trust in anyone except yourself alone. This lack of trust is played out in many ways. One of them is worry. If I worry about anything, my mind is going through various imagined scenarios and attempting to make plans to defend against them. Clearly I am not trusting in God. Somehow I am trusting in a twisted memory of the past and trying to use it as a basis for defense. This is clearly insane and will not bring me peace.

Peace comes with trusting in the changeless. There is only one thing that is changeless: The Love of God. In His Love he has given us a loving Teacher, ever present in our minds, who is there to teach us how to let go of the meaningless thoughts of the past we hang on to. He is there to show us the strength of Love that is always with us and in us.

The simple reminder that I can offer myself, “God is the strength in which I trust” (ACIM W-pI.47) is the antidote for every worry, every concern. It is also the answer to the wish for specialness because it shifts my trust from a self-made image to my eternal Identity in God. Today I will remind myself often, “God is the strength in which I trust.”

Holy Spirit to Mary:
Remember that you rest in God today… Let this remembering sink in until you experience the feeling of deep peace… Let God’s peace carry you all through the day… This is placing your trust in God’s strength.

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I Give My Mind to God Today

This is my prayer today:
Father, I give my mind to You today, for I would not have a mind that is separate and alone. I now see that a separate mind is simply a mistaken thought to be forgiven. I am willing today to hand over all thoughts that reflect separation, for I see that they are meaningless and only cause pain and suffering. Shine a Light on all these false ideas, that I may see clearly again. I choose to see as You see, Father. I choose to return to the truth. Thank you Father for answering my prayer. Amen.

My prayer today:
Father, help me to see Your Light in all things today. Help me to let go of the mistaken ideas that interfere with seeing Your Light. For in your Light I remember Who I am. Thank you.

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The Great Release from Time

This morning in our reading of A Course in Miracles, we came across one of the most helpful passages of the Text for me:

Forgiveness is the great release from time. It is the key to learning that the past is over. Madness speaks no more. There is no other teacher and no other way. For what has been undone no longer is. And who can stand upon a distant shore, and dream himself across an ocean to a place and time that have long since gone by? How real a hindrance be to where he really is? For this is fact, and does not change whatever dreams he has. Yet can he still imagine he is elsewhere, and in another time. In the extreme, he can delude himself that this is true, and pass from mere imagining into belief and into madness, quite convinced that where he would prefer to be, he is. (T-26.V.6)

This paragraph really helps me let go of taking the world so seriously. This world of separate bodies truly is just a dream and could never be true. We are all safe in the Mind of Love. We are just imagining that we are elsewhere and in another time. Forgiveness helps release me from this great delusion. My opportunity today is to remain open to my inner Teacher, Who reminds me that in truth we all have never left Heaven, and illusions of separation are nothing and nowhere. This remembering returns me to peace and remembering that we all are safe. Thank you God.

When I am dreaming at night, the bed, the room, the house my body is in are completely excluded from my awareness. My “reality” is the images of a dream and nothing else seems to exist. Likewise, the dream of this world that seems to be filled with separate bodies and separate things excludes awareness of the Home that I am in and could never leave. While I believe in the dream, Heaven is unknown.

Because Heaven is reality and the dream is unreal, I cannot experience Heaven while I believe one aspect of the dream is real. That is why forgiveness is the great release from time. Forgiveness is the release from belief in separation, symbolized by time and distance. Forgiveness lets go of symbols as they are recognized as meaningless.

My job is to be willing to be taught by the Inner Teacher to recognize the meaningless. This is why I must question everything I perceive and everything I believe. The willingness to question opens the door to be taught anew by the Teacher Whose only purpose is to lead me Home. Today I will practice stepping back from each perception to receive the Holy Spirit’s vision.

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The Certainty of Love

This is my prayer to Holy Spirit today:
Holy Spirit, take over my mind, for on my own I know nothing. Shine your Light on all the false ideas that come up for healing. Right now I put out the welcome mat and open the door to your peace. The peace of God is all I want and need. I dedicate today to accepting Your peace and healed perception. In truth I have no mind that is separate from Yours. Help me recognize this today. Amen.

I remember a line from an early Garfield movie: “I need my space.” I can still hear it in my mind and it makes me chuckle. I realize that I have my own version of this. My version would be: “I need my plan.” I see that my tendency is to place my sense of security and trust in having a plan. I frequently remind myself to place the future in the hands of God.

But I see that this can be a halfhearted reminder. Half my heart really wants to wake up to the certainty of Love. The other half is still invested in the dream. So if Holy Spirit doesn’t show up with a satisfactory plan, I take back the future and start making my own plan. The thing is this never brings me peace, because all my plans are based on the past. Thus my plans are built upon illusions and can never offer me safety and peace.

So today my prayer is: I place the future in Your Hands. Strengthen my willingness with with Your certainty. Help me to remember the many times I have experienced the blessing of following Your plan. And when my thoughts turn back to old, worn ideas of what might make me safe, shine your Light upon them and help me remember Where my true safety lies. Thank you.

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The Memory of Love

Robert and Mary:
We want to share about yesterday morning’s Sunday teleconference service and celebration of Rev. Kathy Thompson’s life, because it was so very moving for us. We put Holy Spirit in charge and just went with the flow.

It was a love feast in recognition of the love constantly reflected by both Kathy and Rev. Bob Thompson. The sharing by everyone there was touching and profound. Towards the end of the service Bob sang a song that he wrote about his experience with Kathy. His song expressed his thoughts about their shared purpose of being of service and extending love with an open door to everyone. Rev. Mary Daw played a very moving Celine Dion song titled, “Because you loved me.”

After the service Sean Mulcahy shared extensively about his gratitude to Bob and Kathy during his extended stay at Bumpity. He said “I know that Kathy and Bob were and are always available to me whenever I had a need.” He went on to say that, “I will have the Bumpity experience with me forever.” This is just a sampling of the expressions of gratitude that were shared for both Bob and Kathy. We are grateful that they are in our lives. The whole experience was very uplifting and energizing.

We would like to share with you this quote from A Course in Miracles Text:

What is one cannot be perceived as separate, and the denial of the separation is the reinstatement of knowledge. At the altar of God, the holy perception of God’s Son becomes so enlightened that light streams into it, and the spirit of God’s Son shines in the Mind of the Father and becomes one with it. Very gently does God shine upon Himself, loving the extension of Himself that is His Son. (T-12.VI.7:1-3)

Today it is our opportunity to deny the denial of the truth, looking past form to the Love in everyone.

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I place the future in the Hands of God.

This morning we were guided to read Lesson 194, “I place the future in the Hands of God.” This is what stood out to me

As [I place the future in the hands of God} becomes a thought that rules your mind, a habit in your problem-solving repertoire, a way of quick reaction to temptation, you extend your learning to the world. And as you learn to see salvation in all things, so will the world perceive that it is safe. (W-pI.194.6:2-3)

In truth, we are all safe. In truth the future holds nothing but the Love of God. My focus today and every day is to remember that this is true and nothing else is true. Remembering this brings me peace and joy. It is my practice to let it become a thought that rules my mind, an automatic habit in my problem-solving repertoire. As I consistently remember to place the future in the Hands of God, my mind is healed and I extend healing to the world. And I give thanks for this remembering.

I have observed as I watch my thoughts that I more quickly recognize judgments as they come up and frequently follow the judgmental thought with the idea, “It doesn’t matter.” When I do this, I experience relief. It’s like a pressure relief valve. Judgment brings with it the “pressure” of guilt. But when I remember it doesn’t matter, the guilt is released and the pressure disappears. Because of this practice, I am much less likely to get involved in discussions about things in the world and my days are more peaceful. Nothing in the world matters because only Love matters.

I have also observed that there is an area that I tend to protect from this practice. When it comes to the future, I am more likely to be tempted to make plans on my own and engage in them fully for a while before I recognize what I am doing. This is why it is important for me to add this valuable tool to my problem-solving repertoire: “I place the future in the Hands of God.” The more quickly I apply this idea to my temptations to plan, the greater will be my peace. I will remember I am safe and all my needs are met by the Source of all supply.

Today I will practice applying the happy idea, “I place the future in the Hands of God.”

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