Miracles News

October-December, 2023

I Am Entitled to Miracles

by Rev. Dani Wells, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

I had been estranged from my family for many years. They were dishonest, manipulative, lazy, and would do anything to avoid an honest day’s work. They embarrassed me, so as soon as I got out on my own, had my own life and my own little girl, I changed my name and disowned all of them! I was finished with being lied to, lied about, and pulled into all of their collective neurosis!

Everything was fine until my daughter, Sophia, became old enough to start asking questions, such as: “Do I have a grandma and grandpa? Do I have aunts and uncles and cousins?”

My response was always the same: “You are better off not knowing them. They’re a bunch of losers and I don’t want them anywhere near you!”

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July-September,  2023

Miracles News, July-September, 2023


I Identify
with Love
Peace & Joy

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July-September,  2023

Bring Darkness to the Light

by Rev. Dan Strodl, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

We live in a world of darkness, covered with clouds of fear, hate, anxiety, separation, defense and attack. These dark thoughts block the light from entering.

“You are the Kingdom of Heaven, but you have let the belief in darkness enter your mind and so you need a new light. The Holy Spirit is the radiance that you must let banish the idea of darkness.” (T-5.II.4:1-2)

It is impossible for us to reverse the darkness to the light by ourselves. It is only when we bring our illusions to the light that they disappear. For light automatically dispels darkness.

“He brings the light to darkness if you make the darkness open to Him.”  (T-14.VII.6:4)

The Holy Spirit will shift our perception from false ego thinking to true healing, and grant us instantaneous deliverance from the imprisoning problems of the world. All that is needed is for us to be vigilant for our thoughts without judgment, and give them to the Holy Spirit for healing. He will do His part if we do ours.

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July-September,  2023

I Fell into a Fantasy

by Rev. Daniel Cratcha, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

I fell into a fantasy. I was a famous musician, accepting accolades and awards and acting all humble. I may have let it go on a bit too long. At some point in this daydream, I came back to the present. I came back to Spirit’s time and snapped out of it.

I had temporarily allowed ego to hijack my mind with one of its endless supply of fantasies and day dreams. It loves fantasies about power and sacrifice and revenge or, like in the above example, the humble hero. It loves fantasies about who deserves punishment, because of something they did that was over the proverbial top. Ego is always the hero in these fantasies and likes them because they’re all about winners and losers, victims and perpetrators, an endless supply. And of course, all these fantasies are based upon a distorted view of the past.

What is an ego fantasy but an attempt to bolster the body and strive for separation? It tries to brainwash us into thinking we’re either better or worse than everyone. “Specialness” is its magic elixir.

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July-September,  2023

The War Is Over if We Want It Over

by Rev. Lee Catalano, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

The ego is at war with its God and sees that war on every face with every encounter. It compares looks, intelligence level, homes, possessions, is easily offended, etc.

The ego projected this entire cosmos in order that it may convince the Son of God he is a body and therefore at war with everyone and everything.

A body lives by the scarcity principle Jesus speaks of in the Course. We (the ego) experience ourselves lacking love, respect, companionship, abundance, happiness and the like. This is the result of not knowing who and what we are — Spirit.

The ego is cunning and baffling, and has us convinced that IT is us. In order to be free, we need to begin the purification of our hidden hate and be willing to become humble in the face of hate. No one really hates anyone here, we are hypnotized by the ego’s war with God. When we really and truly understand and believe this, we are then able to meet hatred with Love.

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July-September,  2023

Finding God Within

by Rev. Lynne Whitehill, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

One morning, as I woke up, I set the intention of feeling the oneness and peace of God within me for the day ahead. I was aware that I had a number of tasks to do, including going out for some shopping. I couldn’t decide what to prioritize and when I should do things so that my time was used most effectively. Then I remembered the practice of listening as described in Lesson 164.

Christ “…hears the sounds the senseless, busy world engenders, yet He hears them faintly. For beyond them all, He hears the song of Heaven and the Voice for God more clear, more meaningful, more near.” (W-pI.164.1:5-6)

I decided to first practice listening to the Song of Heaven. I didn’t hear anything specific but my mind became very quiet and still. I trusted that I would do whatever I was moved to do by Spirit and that would be sufficient in itself. It wasn’t necessary for me to micro-plan, hour by hour, the day ahead.

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July-September,  2023

The Mirror Experience

by Dani Novak, Student of the POL Ministerial Program

My heart is full with gratitude to God, my Source and Inner Light that leads me from darkness to Light. I am also grateful for Pathways of Light that helps me through the classes that I am taking. I am also grateful for the holy relationship with my mentor.

I just completed three weeks of very difficult and dark times. I felt so guilty and worthless, ate very little, everything was dark and gloomy. Death would have been a wonderful gift… but I knew that the negative thoughts were all in my mind. That it is not true that I am guilty and not worthy to live. Yet the feelings felt so powerful and real. Still, in spite of the mental and emotional agony I kept doing my duty as much as I could.

I continued preparing food for my wife, and I continued breathing. I also continued meeting weekly with my mentor that leads me through the Pathways of Light Ministerial Training. I also continued volunteering and working in a local nursing home. Yet the dark feelings persisted.

Throughout this dark period there were also moments, and sometimes hours, of transcendental happiness. Many of these moments happened when I joined with groups and individuals from the local nursing home: Oak Hill Manor at Ithaca, NY.

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July-September,  2023

The “I” of the Storm

by Rev. Robin Singler, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

The spring brought with it powerful storm weather in my part of the world: high winds, flying debris, heavy rains and tornado warnings. Along with these external weather patterns, I experienced a time of deep inner upheaval and purification; in other words, a swirl of ego triggers in the form of old destructive thoughts and behaviors were coming up for me to experience and either hold onto or hand over to Spirit for healing. As I watched these inner and outer storms sweep through my life, I couldn’t help but reflect upon what A Course in Miracles tells me about what I’m experiencing in every moment:

“Projection makes perception. The world you see is what you gave it, nothing more than that. But though it is no more it is not less. It is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition” (T-21.In.1:1-3,5)

As I’ve studied A Course in Miracles and have become more familiar with what the above quote really means, I have come to accept that what I see “out there” in the world or in my personal life is a reflection of my own ego-driven unconscious mind and the fearful beliefs held there. The thoughts in my unconscious mind, just like the storms outside, can be frightening. They seem unpredictable and can be destructive. There is an impulse to run and hide from the seeming danger rather than face the stormy weather and learn to be at peace as it passes through.

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July-September,  2023

Finding Happiness

by Rev. Joyce Peebles, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

“God’s Will for you is perfect happiness because there is no sin, and suffering is causeless.” (W-pI.101.6:1) What a statement. Don’t we live in a world of suffering? Doesn’t everyone have problems? Actually, ACIM says the answer is no. My inner Teacher tells me this book is correct.

I conclude I have needlessly decided to suffer. Who wrote the script of my life? I did along with the so-called problems. The Holy Spirit tells me that I made up the ideas of fear and guilt. Only I can decide to get rid of them. Jesus says, “I know fear is not real, but you do not.”

ACIM is about getting rid of the barriers to Love. The belief in guilt, fear, the desire for anger and grievances are my barriers, not just to love but happiness. These barriers have served the purpose of keeping me unaware of Reality. When I made the decision to think of myself as something other than the perfect, whole oneness of God, I took on the persona of a limited, needy self — a self that is lacking in love, security, and took on specialness needs. I was convinced that having my specialness needs met was my path to happiness.

I found myself dealing with the same issues year after year. Playing with this limited self, I felt righteous in being upset, and unconsciously creating suffering for myself. I believed my happiness would be achieved if the people or situations were different. The Holy Spirit corrected me, saying these people and situations are my classroom that I want and need. Jesus says what the body’s eyes see is an illusion. He also said not to deny what the body’s eyes see. It’s a clear indication of how my mind thinks and what needs to be healed. Until I was willing to see the false beliefs about my true Self, I was stuck.

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July-September,  2023

Serving God’s Plan of Awakening

by Rev. Myron, Jones, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

Above all, I want to serve God’s plan. I want to serve it every day in every way. I know that I can because it was given me to do this. I even know how to serve His plan. All I need to do is to be vigilant for the beliefs in the mind that must be undone with the Holy Spirit’s help. I know my part. 

In Lesson 23, Jesus tells us how to undo the ego: “This change requires, first, that the cause be identified and then let go, so that it can be replaced. The first two steps in this process require your cooperation. The final one does not.” (W-pI.23.5:2-4)

My part is to identify the cause, that is the belief that causes the world I see. Then, I am to let that cause, that belief, go. That’s it! That’s all I am to do. The third part is up to the Holy Spirit. Jesus goes on to say this: “Your images have already been replaced. By taking the first two steps, you will see that this is so.” (W-pI.23.5:5-6) These images we make with our beliefs have already been undone because the Holy Spirit corrected everything immediately upon the error being made.

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July-September,  2023

Healing Through Spiritual Relationships

by Rev. Vicki Evans, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

Today I reflected on the thought of being open to the spiritual gifts of others and to reinforce this kindness through sincere encouragement. The Pathways of Light course, “Spiritual Relationship Counselor Training,” changed my direction of thinking and paved my way for a miracle of a new perspective.

This course provided me with the learning and techniques to ask open-ended questions that have more than a yes-no answer to help me dig deeper into my relationships for a greater understanding of the person. This helps me give grace and accept what the person gives from their heart. I remember: No expectations, no judgment. Each person has their own set of personal tapes from their past playing in their mind that influences behaviors and reactions, just as I have my own tapes.

Recently, I found myself in the old role of Ego-in-Chief when I was talking to a relative. I started to feel that I had the answers which led me to give advice based on my limited knowledge. Luckily, I stopped myself when I started hearing the “you should…” I remembered that ego is in charge with this type of thinking.

I stepped back and took a moment to go to Holy Spirit and ask for a change of perspective to return to my true Self. I took a deep breath for eight counts, breathing in and then gave myself a slower breathing out pace with 12 counts and repeated this exercise five times.

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July-September,  2023

Giving Peace a Home in Our Minds

by Robert and Mary Stoelting, founders of Pathways of Light

We cannot give peace a home and believe in a world of separation from God’s oneness at the same time. We give peace a home by accepting the reality of Love’s oneness as the only Identity that exists. We give peace a home as we are willing to accept God’s Will, and not try to replace God’s Will of oneness with the belief in separation.
Conflict comes with choosing to see separation from our Identity through identifying with the body’s physical senses. As long as we insist on making what bodies do and say real, we are choosing to make peace homeless because peace and separation, like oil and water, are opposites in every way.

On Text page 76 Jesus tells us, “You are the Kingdom of Heaven, but you have let the belief in darkness enter your mind and so you need a new light. The Holy Spirit is the radiance that you must let banish the idea of darkness. His is the glory before which dissociation falls away, and the Kingdom of Heaven breaks through into its own.” (T-5.II.4:1-3)

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July-September,  2023

Guidance with My Changing Role

by Rev. Larry Glenz, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

After spending 15 weeks in Florida as a snowbird, I returned to my home on the south shore of Long Island in late April.

Although the high school lacrosse season was already two months old, I have joined the coaching staff as a volunteer coach for the final month of the season. I have served as a coach in some capacity for the Lynbrook Owls for the past 50 years.

This year, however, has been a little different for me. There have been some changes in the coaching staff and, although I am still welcomed back from my extended vacation in Florida, it took little time for me to see that the voices of authority were now different.

My ego was challenged by this. I no longer had the same comfortable role with the new coaches. I felt my voice was no longer needed, even though I was treated with warmth and respect when I first arrived. The team was struggling and the coaches were at their wits end in trying to right the ship.

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July-September,  2023

Practicing Forgiveness

by Rev. Joyce Peebles, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

I do not normally calculate in my mind how much gas I am going to get for a certain amount of money I give the attendant. When gas hit $3.00/gallon, I gave the attendant $30.00 and because the math was so easy, I expected ten gallons of fuel. The pump stopped at eight gallons. Clearly displayed was the $30.00 I had given for the gas. I asked for $6.00 back or two more gallons of gas and was refused. I had not pressed the button for a higher grade of fuel. I left feeling unfairly treated. It was only a few dollars, but my ego would not let it go until the next morning when I read my daily lesson. This is the time of day that determines how the rest of the day will look.

Why was I holding on to this grievance? The answer came that I valued being the victim, seeing myself as vulnerable and unfairly treated, more than I valued peace. A Course in Miracles tells us ”The ego’s plan is to have you see error clearly first, and then overlook it. Yet how can you overlook what you have made real?” (T-9.IV.4:4-5) I had focused on seeing “error clearly first.” Judgment was made as I esteemed the story as reality.

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July-September,  2023

Your Overflowing Love

by Rev. Bob Thompson, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

When you reach out to another,
you are reaching in to you.
So all you do for others,
you also do for you.

All that you may ask of me,
you ask for me and you.
And all that you are giving me,
you also give to you. 

The gifts that you have given,
are always with you still.
Your cup is never empty,
It’s always being filled.

All that you give another,
is also given you.
All your thoughts…
and all your words…
and all that you may do.

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