Miracles News

October-December, 2022

The Dark Cannot Hold You

by Rev. Gina Lucia, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

“By deciding against your reality, you have made yourself vigilant against God and His Kingdom.” (T-10.II.6:5)

Every moment of every waking day we have the choice to recognize the Love that surrounds us, the Love that we share, and the Love that connects all of life in this universe.

Or we can choose to view through the body’s eyes, the constantly changing script the ego puts forth in our “life’s” experience with the mind’s trickery. Thoughts, feelings, memories, emotions, all just recycling based on the collective data from our life’s past, projecting onto the future.

“Would you be hostage to the ego or host to God? You will accept only whom you invite.” (T-11.II.7:1-2)

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October-December, 2022

The Peace of God… a New Thing Entirely!

by Rev. Maria Kingsley, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

In the Teacher’s Manual (M-20 pg. 51) we learn what is the Peace of God. Jesus itemizes the questions and steps we take to obtain it. It is a very useful look at what it means. We all know that we should want and join the Peace of God, but we often don’t find the connection or don’t know what it is supposed to feel like.

What is the peace of God?

“It has been said that there is a kind of peace that is not of this world. How is it recognized? How is it found? And being found, how can it be retained? Let us consider each of these questions separately, for each reflects a different step along the way.” (M.20.1)

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October-December, 2022

Anywhere But Here

by Rev. Ashley Rose Legrand, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

I’ve always been enamored with travel. Jetting off to exotic, beautiful destinations, exploring a new landscape, discovering exciting things that reaffirm my belief in the goodness of humanity and the wonder that is life. For as long as I can remember I have held images in my mind of far away lands, where all is “perfect,” all is well, all is in order. There is no worry or lack. Just happiness, ease, calm. There’s only space for the good stuff. These far away lands know nothing of my troubles.

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October-December, 2022

My Salvation Comes from Me

by Jane Faust

My salvation comes from me,
A concept full of liberty.
Guilt is what my mind invents,
While guilt, my Higher Mind prevents.

Guilt and salvation live side by side.
Which one to choose? Which one to decide?
My mind can choose which one to let in.
Let salvation override any concept of sin.

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July-September, 2022

Miracles News, July-September, 2022

 

Whatever troubles you, be certain
that He has the answer, and will
gladly give it to you, if you simply
turn to Him and ask it of Him. ACIM W-ep.1:5

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July-September, 2022

Grace in Covidian Times

By Rev. Vicki Rostant, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

On Monday, May 16th, 2022, I started the workbook lesson 361. The same lesson is repeated for 5 days:

“This holy instant would I give to You. Be You in charge. For I would follow You, Certain that Your direction gives me peace.”

Having re-read the text, I had started the lessons again in September, 2020, mostly doing a new one daily, but there were lessons I needed to sit with for several days at a time before moving on, hence the long time-frame. 

By Thursday, May 19th, it was clear that my partner, a Teacher, and I both had the COVID-19 virus. We had been having relatively mild cold/flu symptoms for a couple of days, so we each did the rapid home test.  Although my partner tested positive, I kept testing negative, but our doctor said to assume I have it, since I was also having symptoms.

Energy levels were low and afternoon naps were essential. The next several days are a bit of a blur, as my mind seemed to lose all focus, except for one thing: the constant repetition of the above lesson, throughout the day, over several days. Also in there from time to time was Mary’s voice saying, “What is this here to teach me?”

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July-September, 2022

The Holy Relationship

by Rev. Joyce Peebles, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

People laugh and say it would have been nice to of been born with an instruction manual for how to live this life. Actually, you were and you still have it. There is the need to learn how to access it. Although it will be touched upon, the focus here is on the Holy relationship.

The Manual for Teachers tells us, “Those who are to meet will meet, because together they have the potential for a holy relationship. They are ready for each other.” (M-4-3.1:7-8)

Here the idea of chance or coincidence is not an option. The meeting is on purpose for a specific purpose. There has been spiritual evolvement by both parties and the timing and situation is perfect to come together. What is more, on a spiritual level, these two want this opportunity to overcome their limiting ideas and grow spiritually. As it says they are ready. This sounds great, except for one thing. All this planning was done on another level instead of the earthy plane. The bad news is the ego body has no conscious memory of this planned meeting. The good news is even on the human level we recognize these special partners and are attracted to them. We just don’t yet know why.

Take marriage for example, we often hear that opposites attract. I don’t believe this. People come together because they believe the other person has something they lack and need; and they do. Just not what they bargained for on the surface level. A person is needy when they believe they lack love; their aim is to alleviate this pain. Greater pain comes when their expectations are not met and then the “attractive person” is not so desirable.

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July-September, 2022

Foundational Lessons

by Rev. Myron, Jones, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

When I first began studying the workbook of A Course in Miracles, I really disliked doing the first few lessons. I thought they were weird and didn’t make sense to me. Over the years all of that has changed. Now I love those lessons. I recognize that they are the foundation for everything to follow.

I invite you to take a fresh look at three of these lessons with me. I chose these three because I learned something particularly important from them.

Let’s look at Lesson 1 first. “Nothing I see in this room [on this street, from this window, in this place] means anything.”  (W-pI.1) How is it that nothing I see means anything?

Jesus doesn’t explain this lesson but we can assume that the reason nothing we see has meaning is because we are using our eyes to see and the body’s eyes don’t actually see. They are image makers and serve only to show us what we want to see not what is actually there.

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July-September, 2022

Mind Repairs Through Car Repairs

by Rev. Robin Singler, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

I own a bright red passenger van named Ruby the Wonder-Van of Love. I was guided by Spirit to buy her in 2019, and like any other relationship, having Ruby in my life has brought many opportunities for forgiveness. Spirit has me on a new journey with Ruby that is leading me deeper into mind healing, or mind repair, as I get to choose whether I want peace or conflict.  Issues with Ruby’s ability to get me where I need to go consistently bring up worry and anxiety for me, but Spirit is helping to change all of that.

Having recently moved to Huntley, Illinois, I find myself in need of a trustworthy place to bring Ruby for her maintenance and repairs. Placing Spirit in charge, I began to look for local shops that had good reviews from customers that were nearby my home and were reasonably priced. When I saw the repair shop called JDM Repair, the words “Jesus does miracles” popped into my mind and I felt inspired to have them do an oil change.
I went into the shop for the appointment expecting a warm, inviting experience, but instead I left feeling disappointed and wondering why I had been guided to go there. I stood and waited at the service counter for 20 minutes while the employees were in another room, not even noticing that I had arrived for my appointment. This treatment went unacknowledged by them and rather than bringing it up in the moment, I just let it all unfold, certain Spirit would help interpret this for me.

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July-September, 2022

Entertaining a Miracles Mindset

by Rev. Jennifer McSween, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

Around 6:30 p.m. on the evening of April 13th as I was in the kitchen preparing dinner I began having some very intense pains in the middle of my chest. It was a tightening sensation in the middle section of my chest radiating towards the right side and under my right breast. The pain then traveled upwards along my right clavicle, then up into my neck.

The intense pain lasted for no more than 10 minutes, however it felt like it was there for much longer. I remember walking slowly into the living room where my husband was sitting… sat on the sofa across from him and said:

“I’m having some very intense pains in my chest… It may be nothing but I feel I should go have it checked out.”

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July-September, 2022

Wake Up Little Child

by Michelle Rado, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

Often, I turn within and ask for guidance regarding what I need to understand and focus on in my awakening journey.  I would like to share with you the following poem that I received a couple of weeks back…

Wake up little child,
the Lord whispers in my ear.
So Soft I can barely hear it.

Turn away from the
world’s sorrows, Look within
for all that is needed.

Be still and thoughtful as
you move through each day,
looking past the many
appearances of human discord
and into the truth of all Creation.

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July-September, 2022

Liar, Liar

by Rev. Paula Richards, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

“Massachusetts.” Usually, I wouldn’t pick up, but I noticed the same number calling for the third time and intuition told me it was important.

The caller turned out to be someone inquiring about my ministerial counseling, so I was relieved that I had answered. I apologized for not having picked up before, saying that the ID only said Massachusetts and I thought it might be a scam.

To my surprise, the woman tersely said, “That’s not possible. My name and number always show up.”

“I’m just telling you what a saw.” I replied.
“You are a liar,” she snapped. “How dare you call yourself a minister and then lie like that?!”

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July-September, 2022

Accepting Gratitude

by Rev. Mary Manke, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

Are you one of those who has difficultly receiving thanks when it is given to you? 

I am in error of this egoic idea.

The ego wants to keep me in littleness or smallness. It would like to keep me in shame, regret and guilt. It never wants me to know my wholeness (holiness). That is why it reacts to gratitude with defense or denial, to deny the truth of Love’s Oneness.

My Beingness is part of God’s. God knows not of separation or in-completeness. Holy Spirit knows the “separation” never happened. My innocence is guaranteed.

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July-September, 2022

You’re My Tecket Home

by Rev. Barbara Adams, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

He: “You’re my ticket Home.”

His friend: “What are you talking about?”

He: “I’m saying that you’re the one who’s gonna help me get Home.”

Friend: “I know what you said. What the heck do you mean?”

He: “OK, look, I’ve been trying to get Home for a while. Every time I think I’m on the right path, I hit a brick wall. Then, BAM! I feel like I lose my way again.”

Friend: “I go home ‘every day. Don’t you?”

He: “No. I’ve seen glimpses of Home, but I’m having trouble staying put, you know, living at Home.”

Friend: “You’re scaring me, Dude.”

He: “Oh no! Don’t get scared. Fear is the exact opposite of Home.”

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July-September, 2022

A Journey of Awakening

by Dani Novak, Pathways of Light Ministerial Student

I, this mythical me, was born in Israel as an only child in 1949 to a couple, Zdenka and Zvonko Novak, who lost most of their family in the Holocaust (in the Balkans, former Yugoslavia, 1941). Until age 14 I seemed to experience a happy childhood. The black bird appeared in my life in the form of a high school mate who told me that I was gay. This memorable moment caused me to spiral down quickly into insanity. I will not bother you with the details except to mention that death would have been the sweetest solution, yet I knew that it was not an option and decided to continue living.

Around age 17 I was introduced to Yoga and later to Zen buddhism. I started studying pure Mathematics and in 1976 moved with my wife Haya and our three year old daughter to the USA to complete my PhD at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. After completing my studies our second daughter was born and the four of us moved to Ithaca NY for my first and only job as a college mathematics teacher at Ithaca College (https://www.ithaca.edu/faculty/novak).

Most of my life from age 14 until about 2020 I suffered from deep depressions and at the same time continued to explore spirituality in various forms. The first of the two most significant forms was ACIM. I heard Jerald Jampolsky talk on NPR about the book he wrote: “Love is Letting Go of Fear.” I bought the ACIM book but could not read it for two years because of the Christian style that collided with my Jewish background. But when I entered into a most severe depression the book became an infinite poem and I was singing it in my attic. I also started going to a local ACIM group.

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