Miracles News

October-December 2020

Miracles News, October-December 2020

 

We open our
hearts and minds
to the
Light and Love
in everyone.

(ACIM W-pI.274.2:2)

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October-December, 2020

Be In the World, But Not of It

by Rev. Dan Strodl, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

“There is a way of living in the world that is not here, although it seems to be. You do not change appearance, though you smile more frequently. Your forehead is serene; your eyes are quiet. And the ones who walk the world as you do recognize their own. Yet those who have not yet perceived the way will recognize you also, and believe that you are like them, as you were before.” (W-155.1)

The world we live in is an insane ego thought system that thrives on fear, judgments, grievances, conflict, worry and stress. It is all projected from the ego thought system which we inherited at the separation and developed through our lives.

Attack, defense, conflict and fear keep us locked in the ego’s prison. But we can open the prison door with forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of all the illusions that block us from the truth of who we are.

“This is an insane world, and do not underestimate the extent of its insanity. There is no area of your perception that it has not touched, and your dream is sacred to you. That is why God placed the Holy Spirit in you, where you placed the dream.” (T-14.I.2:6-8)

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October-December, 2020

Get Off the Cross, We Need the Wood!

by Rev. Myron, Jones, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

Everything is my responsibility. I sometimes forget that this is true, and begin to think the world is hurting me and responsible for my misery. I forget that I am only projecting these things on others from my own mind and that the only power to hurt me comes from my own. I can only be hurt if I decide that is to happen. I crucify myself. But eventually, I withdraw the projections that I cast onto others, reclaiming them so that I can allow the Holy Spirit to help me see them differently.
As a result of doing this daily, I notice a difference in my relationships. I feel loving toward other people, and I feel them respond more lovingly toward me. I noticed yesterday that when I called the office for help with a customer, I began by asking how my coworker was doing. This is not unusual, just common courtesy. What was unusual is that it was not just a polite way of beginning a conversation. It was a prayer, a song shared spirit to spirit. My soul sang of love and oneness to her soul. I think this is what communication between the children of God is supposed to be like. It is what it will be like all the time when I have allowed all my projections to be withdrawn and healed.

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October-December, 2020

How Miracles Affected the Health of My Body

by Rev. Rosemarie Tropf, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

I have always had a huge confusion as an ACIM student for many years. Since 1969 I have said to myself that I believe I am not this body, that I am Spirit. But, if I really believe that then shouldn’t I be healthy, happy and reap the rewards of that belief? Instead, I have lived in chronic pain the whole time from Fibromyalgia and spinal degeneration. Why? I ask myself that all the time. How does this all tie together for me?

So I questioned my beliefs, plus, I did a ton of forgiveness work. I did have a very dysfunctional childhood with physical, mental and sexual abuse. Doctors say that stress as a child creates autoimmune diseases. So I did lots of forgiveness work there also. I learned to understand that I came in with a script and that nobody is responsible for my condition but me at some level. I learned how to love my parents again without blame. I agreed that by me blaming others I contributed to my physical pain. So, through doing more forgiveness work for my own tendency to blame others because I was so angry, I learned to not blame others. Is the pain gone now? No.

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October-December, 2020

Wanting the Peace of God

by Rev. Larry Glenz, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

On the first page in the Text of A Course in Miracles it says:

“This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:

Nothing real can be threatened.

Nothing unreal exists.

Herein lies the peace of God.”

The first paragraph that precedes this one speaks of “removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence.” Upon reading this for the first time, I wondered if I might be ready to learn how to remove these blocks.

In the fall of 1994 I attended a presentation by Marianne Williamson in mid-town Manhattan. A close friend had given me an audiotape of her first book, A Return to Love. Whatever it was that she was speaking about, I wanted to know more.

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October-December, 2020

The Ladder

by Rev. Joyce Peebles, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

The teachings in A Course in Miracles can be likened to a ladder, each rung giving us an idea of where we are in our learning process. At the bottom of the ladder is the belief we are a body and should love another’s ego body. We are not asked to love anyone’s ego personality. We certainly are not asked to judge, nor make decisions on our own. We are asked to forgive.

In Workbook Lesson 122 it says, “Forgiveness lets the veil be lifted up that hides the face of Christ from those who look with unforgiving eyes upon the world.” (W-pI.122.3:1)

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October-December, 2020

The Self Discovery Journey

by Rev. Cathy Silva, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

My mid-thirties were a particularly tumultuous time in my life and ended up being a big turning point and stepping off point in my spiritual and self discovery journey. During that time, I was experiencing some significant challenges in my relationship with my husband and in my role as a mom especially. In the midst of it all, I was struggling to find myself.

A recurring image came to my mind in the form of a waking dream:

I was inside a large bird cage suspended in midair. The door of the cage was open so that if I so desired, I could simply step out and fly. But my fear and insecurities kept me locked inside.

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October-December, 2020

Reality Beyond Duality

by Rev. Gina Lucia, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

Now is a perfect time to explore the “duality” paradigm of life in the physical and how it has served us as we move away from our limitations of separation from Source. Each event in our world becomes an opportunity to bring us closer to awakening to the truth of our oneness with each other and with God. “The real world is attained simply by the complete forgiveness of the old, the world you see without forgiveness.” (T-17.II.5:1-2)

As we move from body identity to Spirit identity we will find Source, our Guide, our Inner Teacher. “Your worth is beyond perception because it is beyond doubt. Do not perceive yourself in different lights. Know yourself in the One Light where the miracle that is you is perfectly clear.” (T-3.V.10:7-9)

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October-December, 2020

The Illusion Delusion

by Rev. Peggy Rivera, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

I received an email from one of our sisters with a message from the ACIM text.

“I am come as a light into a world that does deny itself everything. It does this simply by dissociating itself from everything. It is therefore an illusion of isolation maintained by fear of the same loneliness that is its illusion.” (T-8.lV.2:1-3) I thought, “That is the main point of this discussion. It is literally how we deny ourselves everything and accept nothingness in its place.”

Then I thought, “Okay, what is an illusion? A thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses. A deceptive appearance or impression. A false idea or belief.”

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October-December, 2020

Body of Proof

Rev. Paula Richards, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

A number of years ago, I developed a cellulitis (an infection that can quickly become life-threatening if left untreated) just above my left ankle. Because I had mistakenly let my health insurance lapse, I didn’t bother going to the doctor. Rather quickly, the area turned into a nasty open wound that was quite painful and literally took months to heal. When I finally saw my physician and told her about it, she scolded me. “You could have died!” she said. 

A few years later, like before, I began noticing a warm, red spot that was very tender above my other ankle. Not taking any chances, I called my doctor’s office. She was not working that day so I agreed to see another physician whom I had never met. He was very quick to dismiss my suspicion that I had another cellulitis. He not only disagreed with me, but he did so with a great deal of arrogance. I left his office angry and sporting an “I’ll show him!” attitude.

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October-December, 2020

Being a Minister of Love

by Revs. Mary & Robert Stoelting

Our ministry is to live as Love, as our true Self, united with our Creator. We reinforce our awakening to our true Self by demonstrating Love in a world where Love is hidden by images of separation, division, isolation, harm and loss. As we align with the Love within us, we see past these false images to the presence of Love that is the truth in everyone.

“Give Him your thoughts, and He will give them back as mir­acles which joyously proclaim the wholeness and the happiness God wills His Son, as proof of His eternal Love. And as each thought is thus transformed, it takes on healing power from the Mind which saw the truth in it, and failed to be deceived by what was falsely added. All the threads of fantasy are gone. And what remains is unified into a perfect Thought that offers its perfection everywhere.” (W-pI.151.14)

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October-December, 2020

ACIM Text Questions and Answers

Excerpts from Text Made Simple

Below is in reference to Text Chapter 1, Section IV on pages 11-12.

What does Atonement mean?

Miracles principal #26 tells us that, ” ‘Atoning’ means ‘undoing.’ ” So the Atonement is the undoing of the mistaken ideas in our mind. We are thinking that separate bodies are real and this is not how God created us. The means for the Atonement is the acceptance of miracles, which is the correction of our perception. As we listen to the Voice for God (Holy Spirit), the errors in our mind are corrected. As we accept a correction in our perception, we just naturally join in the plan of the Atonement, because in truth, minds are joined.

In this section, Jesus is correcting our perception by bringing us to the remembrance of our true Identity. He tells us, “You are the work of God, and His work is wholly lovable and wholly loving. This is how a man must think of himself in his heart, because this is what he is.” (2:3-4) It is a very helpful practice to remind yourself often during the day that you are the work of God and that as God’s work (or extension), you are wholly lovable and wholly loving. Reminding yourself daily that you are Love’s extension helps you return to your true Identity.

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July-September, 2020

Miracles News, July-September 2020

 

There will be
no fear today
because the day is
given unto Love.

(ACIM W-pI.274.2:2)

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July-September, 2020

What Happens When I Pause for LOVE?

by Mary Lenihan, O.M.C., Founder of PauseForInspiration.org

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While making lunch I found myself watching the news of all of the protests around the U.S. following the death of George Floyd in police custody. People yelling at one another, screaming, beating on each other — a mad crowd of forgetting. Accomplishing nothing.

I decided to go through the Pause For LOVE practice card while watching the screen and listening to the voices. It begins with PAUSE — I say aloud, “There is a LOVE that loves me” and immediately I feel less anxious. I realize that even amid these appearances, there is a LOVE that is loving all of the police and protesters and me.

“No matter what”
is the next line of the practice. Yes, even amid chaos, LOVE is loving. Nothing or no one can undo This LOVE.

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July-September, 2020

Stay Safe… Stay Home

by Rev. Stepan Mead, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

Almost daily on TV, the governor of our state has addressed we Washingtonians regarding COVID-19, with a background banner reading, “Stay Safe - Stay Home.”  Electronic signs erected in various places on our highways flash the message, “Stay Safe — Stay Home.” Billboards throughout the city of Seattle blink, “Stay Safe — Stay Home.” One might get the impression the powers that be are trying to send us a message!

ACIM mentions the word “safe” 124 times and the word “home” 261 times. Perhaps the Power authoring ACIM is also trying to send us a message?

“The Father keeps what He created safe.” (T-24,VII.5:1) “Heaven is your home, and being in God, it must also be in you.” (T-12.VI.7:7)

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