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Receive the Blessings of Heaven


Robert:
  I am seeing that the practice of stepping back and opening to the Holy Spirit’s lead in every moment is paramount if I wish to awaken. When I take control and make decisions on my own, I am maintaining the ego’s barrier against Love, against God. The relinquishment of control is frightening to the ego because it sees this relinquishment as death, for it is the undoing of the ego. But this relinquishment is the means to return to the Heaven that is my Home.

Every moment I have the opportunity to choose between taking control and perceiving separation or relinquishing control to my true Will that I share with God. Since God’s Will for me is perfect happiness, this choice is the choice between Heaven and hell. Today I will practice choosing Heaven.



Holy Spirit through Mary:
  Allow yourself to rest in Me today. Allow yourself to have a quiet, open mind. Within that quiet, open mind, you will get a taste of the Eternal, Which is beyond the confines of time. The world of time and space is not your home. Your Home is within the Eternal.

Like the prodigal son who is ready to return home to the father, you are now ready to receive the blessings of Heaven. You are now ready to become more aware of that which is eternal within you.

Rest a while with Me. Take time out from the busyness of the world to still your mind and listen. Let go of thinking you know what needs to be done right now. Let go of control. Let go of the steady stream of worldly thoughts that pass through your mind. Just let go and allow a time of quiet. This time of quiet leaves a clean and open space where I can join with you and show you what is true. Give Me the time. It is worth it. You are worth it.

Giving this time to Me will change your life as you know it now. Giving this time to Me will make all the difference in your experience of “life.” Truth is true and nothing else is true. You do not really know this now. But you will learn this lesson as you consistently give all time to Me.

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Bring the Fearful Aspects to Him for Healing


Robert:
  Sometimes it seems difficult to receive clear guidance from Holy Spirit. The Course tells me that the Holy Spirit’s Voice is as loud as my willingness to listen. So if I am having difficulty receiving clear guidance, there must be some thought in my mind that does not want to receive His guidance. Remembering that the ego is the idea of sacrifice, I must believe the Holy Spirit would ask me to sacrifice something I value. So I don’t want to hear His guidance.

It is interesting to observe that one aspect of my mind fears the Holy Spirit while another knows the Holy Spirit is my means to freedom and peace. So I now offer the Holy Spirit that fearful part of my mind and ask for His help and strength to move past it so that I can receive and give His blessing.

I have experienced the joy and gratitude that comes with receiving and giving Holy Spirit’s gifts. It helps me to remember that feeling when fear seems to tell me that I must sacrifice to receive His blessed gifts. I ask for His strength to strengthen my little willingness to bring the fearful aspects of my mind to Him for healing. I am grateful that I do not have to do this alone. I am willing.



Holy Spirit through Mary:
  When fearful thoughts come, when doubts come, when you do not feel safe, practice allowing yourself to rise above to see the Love. In the section of the Course, “Above the Battleground” (ACIM Text, Chapter 23, Section 4), you are reminded that the world of conflict is not reality. You are reminded that to find reality you must rise above the battleground with the help of the Holy Spirit and look at every conflict, every fear, every concern with Holy Spirit from that vantage point.

From this detached perspective, you see everything differently. You see that you cannot harm or be harmed in truth. You see that everyone on the battlefield is only pure Love and nothing else. You see that all the battles are not important and mean nothing. As you look with the Holy Spirit from this new perspective, you feel God’s peace and Love and quiet inner joy. You see that you do not need to invest in these images of battle and conflict. You need not give them credence. You remember that you are safe and that in reality everyone is safe. You remember that everyone is still God’s extension of Love and that this can never change.

From this transformed perspective you can now be truly helpful and kind and patient with every seeming situation you encounter. Love’s blessings are all you want to extend. You ask nothing of anyone. You only want to give out of gratitude and joy. This can be your day if you so choose. Today practice rising above to see the Love and receive its glorious benefits for yourself and everyone around you.

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Practice Letting Go and Letting God


Holy Spirit through Mary:
  Be patient with yourself and others. Remember that the perfect circumstances are presenting themselves in every moment. Let yourself be shown the truth behind every situation. Let the Holy Spirit show you the Love that is really there eternally. Let every hour, every minute be an opportunity to practice letting go and letting God. Let every day become an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to undo your belief in separation.

Love is one undivided whole and only Love’s wholeness is real. That means that this whole world of separate bodies with separate minds is not real, but merely an hallucination coming from the split mind. Very gently allow this awareness of separation’s unreality to return to your mind.

When you find fear thoughts coming up, continue to hand them over to the Holy Spirit where they dissolve and their nothingness is seen clearly. You need not take the world of separate bodies seriously. All the images within its folds of nothingness are meaningless. You have the key to set yourself free and that freedom comes as your willingness grows to be shown the truth by the Spirit of Wholeness in your mind.

Relax. Allow yourself to be guided by the truth every moment of the day. As you desire the truth, it will be shown you. If you are afraid of the truth, it will remain hidden from your sight. Now is the time to free yourself from the bondage of your belief in separation. In each now moment, you are choosing either bondage or freedom. Choose freedom. You are worth the effort. You need not torture yourself with belief in death. Let go all your judgments about what you are, what your brother is. Come with empty hands and you will be shown the glorious truth that remains true forever. Be good to yourself today. Desire the truth and it will be given you.


Holy Spirit through Robert:
  There is a place in you where perfect freedom lies. There is a place in you where there is perfect happiness. There is a place in you where there is peace beyond your understanding. There is a place in you where Love abides, unchanged, eternal and united in one. This is your Self. It is your natural state and where your heart’s desire wants to be.

The world of separate bodies that your eyes show you is a defense against your Self. It is the denial of What is and the choice to perceive what isn’t—to believe illusions are real and to deny reality. This is not a sin. It is only a loss of awareness of What you are and will always be. Because what you see is illusion and could never be real, the awareness of What and Where you are is always available to you.

Perfect happiness is always available to you. Deep peace and abiding Love are always available to you. You open your mind to this awareness by choosing to bring every thought of lack, loss and loneliness to Me to receive My vision in place of yours. I am ever present, offering you the clear vision of truth that will set you free to be your Self. Join with me and know your Self.

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Let Your Mind Be Still


Holy Spirit through Mary:
  Allow a stillness. Let your mind still. Let everything be quiet. That is how you find Me. If your mind is full, there is no room for hearing Me. When your mind gets congested, a clearing out is needed. Just leave a little opening—a little willingness—and I will clear your mind of all meaningless thoughts. The Light I bring shines them all away. The Light I bring through your willingness brings you peace.

Once your mind is in a place of peace, I can bring you insight that is helpful to you in the moment. Let Me be in charge. You allow Me to be in charge by your willingness to let Me in to shine away all that is really meaningless. I will bring to your awareness what is important to remember and shine away what is not important. Let this be your job, to let me in, and I will take care of the rest. Your job is to follow, not lead. There is no will but God’s. I will bring you the awareness of God’s Will as you allow it by letting Me in through quiet listening.



Holy Spirit through Robert:
  The practice of maintaining awareness of My presence in your mind will lead you to full identification with your Self. It will lead you to Heaven where your Self is eternally. The appearance of a world with separate images is a self-made deception with the purpose of maintaining belief in separation. I am in your mind to remind you that this separation could never be true.

So with each seeming distraction and disturbance, simply bring that appearance to Me for My interpretation. You do this by first recognizing that you do not know what the appearance means. Then bring it to Me and I will show you its real meaning and I will show you what is meaningless. This moment by moment practice leads to complete freedom from the bonds of belief in being alone and separate.

You have hidden from your awareness your belief in lack, loss and limitation but it is portrayed to you in the world your body’s eyes show you. Thus the practice of bringing all appearances to Me for My interpretation is the practice that leads to undoing of your mistaken belief. Your practice makes every perception, every appearance an opportunity for release and healing. As you do this, the healing will generalize and you will experience progressively less projections of disturbance, distraction and disappointment. You will experience more and more of your safety in the strength of Love that you are. You will experience more and more happiness and peace. Let yourself be happy. It is God’s Will for you.

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Seeing Myself as One with My Brother


Robert:
  Jean’s posting about “Who’s on first” brings to my attention the potential traps the ego can bring in to interfere with our practice of the Course. What it brings up for me is how important it is for me to see myself as one with my brother. The Course tells us, “To teach is to demonstrate.” It is not words that teach. It’s the demonstration that comes with living as guided by Spirit that truly teaches healing. The ego teaches also by demonstration. Since the ego is the thought of separation, it will always demonstrate in one form or another that separation is real.

If I want to be a teacher of God, I need to practice in every moment being in peace so that my mind and heart is open to the guidance of Holy Spirit. Of myself I do not know how to teach or demonstrate healing. Thinking I am of myself is already an error and so from that thought I could only demonstrate further error. But in peace I join with the Holy Spirit and then I can be an expression of the truth of my true Self. That is how I demonstrate and teach the Holy Spirit’s message.

To me that is why it is not for me to correct my brother. I must keep my attention focused on my alignment with the Truth in me and by living the truth I will demonstrate the wholeness of Love. That demonstration may inspire a brother who believes he is separate to ask for help. Then, while keeping my connection open with Holy Spirit, I may offer help. The key element here is following Holy Spirit’s lead and not thinking I know anything on my own. If I am to be an instrument for correction, it must be the Holy Spirit through me that does the correcting.

Today I dedicate again to practicing staying in peace and following Holy Spirit’s lead in all my doing. I would not lead but only follow. In gratitude I receive Love’s blessing.


Mary:
  This morning when I woke up, everything that was in the kitchen is in the living room and it is still a challenge to find things for making breakfast. There is so much to do, both with printing and mailing the Miracles News magazine and replenishing the depleted supply of courses on the shelf. I ask Holy Spirit for how to do this. The answer I receive is to take one little baby step at a time. Also the words “infinite patience” come into my mind. I see that if I do what is before me this very minute and not be concerned about the future, that everything will come together. My job is not to judge the timing or how each thing is to be accomplished. My job is to step back, listen and follow as I am led.

I am not a separate individual. I am not a body. I am eternal Spirit. I am the eternal Spirit of Love and that includes everyone. We are the same eternal Spirit and nothing can change that. There is no will but God’s. So I can relax now and enjoy the Truth that all is whole and perfectly complete right now. All our needs are met right now. There is nothing that I need that has not already been given me. My job is to accept the Truth. That is all.

Today, as I go about learning my lesson that the day presents, my job is to keep an open mind and not judge what anything means on my own. My job is to be willing to remember God’s Will for me. My job is to allow my mind to be healed today.

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Every Experience Is for Healing


Robert & Mary:
  We thought we would catch you up on our journey of getting this facility ready for sale. Yesterday and today the tiling in the kitchen is being done. Ted, the tile guy, needed more supplies from Home Depot so we went early and looked for the grout he needed.

It just happened that someone had vomited on that isle right near where the grout was. When we asked for help, the associate for that department wouldn’t go near that area because she was afraid of germs. After a while a man from the store came and cleaned the floor. She then came over and apologized for not helping us sooner. She explained that she had a phobia about germs and was very upset about the whole situation. After we picked out the grout with the associates help, we found there wasn’t enough so we went over to the computer to see if another store near by had a supply. The Fond du Lac store had just what we needed.

Before we left I could see that she still felt uncomfortable that she had not helped us right away so I found myself telling her that I would like to give her a hug. While we hugged I found myself telling her that she was a child of God and that she was safe in God. I told her that everything was going to be all right. She told me that this made her day and thanked me several times. I normally do not go around telling people I meet in stores that they are safe in God, but this time I did it without thinking. Spirit works in ways we don’t always understand at the time.

When we got back to Pathways with the grout, the tile guy told us we got the wrong kind. So we called the Fond du Lac store and they had plenty of the right kind so off we went. This time we met a wonderful associate named Rocky who helped us find everything on our list and more. He was very knowledgeable and explained carefully how to do what we needed to do. He stayed with us through many departments and helped us find solutions for what we needed in many areas. He even helped us at the check out service desk because we were leaving some items for later pick up, then helped us load our car with the things we were taking with us.

We told him we were really impressed with his service and he said it was a pleasure working with people who were receptive. The shopping experiences of the day were carefully guided by Spirit with love bringing joyful effects that blessed us and others. It was an experience of mutual giving.

This morning, we were led to read The Holy Spirit’s Interpretation of the New Testament, scribed by Regina Dawn Akers. In NTI Matthew, Chapter 6, is said, “If you are to walk the path righteousness, all things must be done for the reason of the Heart. To do anything for a purpose other than the purpose of the Heart, regardless of how righteous the act may seem to be, is to stray from your path. You could become lost there. Listen. Let the Heart that whispers truth lead you in all things. Ask of it, and do as it guides. Let not actions blind you. It is not the action that matters, but the purpose that is given it.” (v 1-4)

Note: We really love this book and highly recommend it. If you want to order a copy for yourself, it is available on our web site. Regina is presenting three days of NTI workshops at Pathways of Light Center in Kiel on July 4th weekend. For more information, go to http://pathwaysoflight.org/miraclesweekends.html.

In the world it looked like the purpose was to get supplies for tiling renovation. As we joined with the Holy Spirit, the purpose was to extend love in every moment. When we hold this focus, what needs to happen in form unfolds naturally.

This week new counters were installed in the kitchen and bathroom. A plumber installed new fixtures in both bathrooms and the kitchen. The carpenters installed a door and prepared areas in the kitchen for the tiling. We had a chance to join with all these men and they touched our hearts. We feel blessed by the help that has come to us.

Out of all of this we are learning that even if something seems to go “wrong” it is in perfect order. We are learning to trust that every situation holds an opportunity to be truly helpful as we step back and let the Holy Spirit guide us through every seeming difficulty. This seems like quite a big project. But our lesson is that we cannot possibly know the full scope of all that is affected by what is happening. We do know that we need to stay in the present moment and practice following Holy Spirit’s lead moment by moment.

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Let Your Mind Be Filled with the Peace of God


Holy Spirit through Mary:
Now is the time to trust that everything is working in perfect order. Now is the time to practice giving everything to Me. If the drawers don’t fit with the new kitchen counter, hand it over to Me and choose peace. This is lab time. This is practice in staying in the present moment and letting Me guide you through each step of the way.

If something doesn’t appear to be going smoothly according to your perspective, hand it over to Me. Choose peace instead of worry. Use that time to open your mind and be willing for your mind to be filled with the peace of God. From that place of peace, you will receive guidance that is helpful for all concerned.

Right now it seems like there are too many things to do with not enough time to do them. The kitchen and bathroom have been emptied out and it seems difficult to find anything. This is good practice in choosing peace first. This is good practice in remembering what matters and what doesn’t really matter. This is good practice in opening to the infinite patience of the Holy Spirit. This is good practice in not deciding what anything means on your own. This is good practice in keeping your mind open to Holy Spirit’s guidance.

So see all this as a perfect opportunity to practice following Holy Spirit’s lead and remembering to open to the power of peace. All this is an illusion. There is no world. Let the Holy Spirit guide moment by moment and you will be led to be of service in a way that is helpful for everyone.


Holy Spirit through Robert:
  The practice of pausing for peace is the practice of exchanging your thoughts of limitation and separation for the Holy Spirit’s thoughts of limitlessness and unity. It gently disconnects you from your mistaken identification with the ego thought system and opens your mind to strengthen your identification with your Self, the one Self you share with all. This seemingly simple practice provides the means for you to awaken and be free in Heaven. This practice is mighty, for it has the singular goal of returning you to Heaven. Practice pausing for peace today and learn of the strength of God in you.

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