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May-August, 2024

Miracles News, May-August, 2024

 

Light and joy
and peace
abide in me.

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May-August, 2024

A Place to Go with Problems

by Rev. Larry Glenz, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

“Learn to be quiet in the midst of turmoil, for quietness is the end of strife and this is the journey to peace.” (T12.II.5:5)

I love the idea of learning to be quiet in the midst of turmoil.  I am just not very good at it. But I know it is the right thing to do. I have been taught the value of going to Holy Spirit for guidance. But during times of strife, it doesn’t seem to be the first place I go. The ego has its way with me first. It speaks first and loudest.

I took my annual drive to Florida last month with my dog, Buddha. I plan to stay for four months. I am a snowbird.

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May-August, 2024

The Introduction of Abilities

by Rev. Myron, Jones, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

“The introduction of abilities into being was the beginning of uncertainty, because abilities are potentials, not accomplishments. Your abilities are useless in the presence of God’s accomplishments, and also of yours. Accomplishments are results that have been achieved. When they are perfect, abilities are meaningless. It is curious that the perfect must now be perfected. In fact, it is impossible. Remember, however, that when you put yourself in an impossible situation you believe that the impossible is possible.” (T-6.IV.8:1-7)

God created me perfect. He created me as part of Himself. There is no such thing as abilities in creation, because all is accomplished. With the introduction of the separation idea, abilities were needed because in separation there was now the illusion of imperfection and so there was the illusion that something needed to be done. I am still perfect and still in God and I do not need to learn anything because in the Kingdom there is not even the idea of learning.

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May-August, 2024

Above the Battleground

by Rev. Robin Singler, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

Sword and shield,
attack and defense
One a fierce weapon,
the other a fence
Judge and be judged,
mind dark and dense
Ego hides the Truth
with fearful nonsense

Sword and shield,
attack and blame
In service of
the separation game
I’m right, you’re wrong,
they try to claim
A losing battle,
they are both the same

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May-August, 2024

Letting Love Be Our Guide

by Revs. Robert and Mary Stoelting, Founders of Pathways of Light

As we daily continue to practice the message of A Course In Miracles, we have found that, as we are willing, the Holy Spirit removes our barriers to Love and leads us to see past the ego’s lies of separation to the awareness of Love’s oneness.

The Holy Spirit leads us to forgive the world for all we thought it was. As we practice quieting our minds and willingly go to God, we quietly learn the truth. Consistently asking Holy Spirit how He sees situations that we find disturbing is the most important thing that we can do each day.

If we think we already know, we will forget to pause for inspiration. If we think we are the one to make decisions on our own, we are letting the ego lead the way.

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May-August, 2024

Letting Go of Limiting Beliefs

by Rev. Joyce Peebles, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

Sometimes written words or phrases jump out at us. For me it was the phrase, “when you are ready.” To be ready is to be willing. I am discovering choices I did not know I had, specifically the choice of getting rid of fear and guilt completely.

Pathways of Light courses have us say a preparation before studying the course material. It is, “I am willing to take responsibility for letting go of limiting thoughts and beliefs that reflect separation and specialness.” I’ve read these words many times and had questions about how to do this exactly. The purpose of this article is to give you three distinct ways to actually let go of limiting thoughts and beliefs. I am grateful for the help given to me from others who have shown me exactly how to do this. Jesus tells us this life is an illusion and fear and guilt do not exist. They were made up by me. These are the epitome of the limiting thoughts I need to let go.

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May-August, 2024

Holy Vision Is 20/20 Vision

by Rev. Vicki Evans, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

Continuing my 2024 journey, I am furthering my learning by taking Pathways of Light course 905: Special Relationships vs. Holy Relationships.

By taking this course, I have succeeded in prioritizing my goal of transforming specialness to holiness through meditation, daily practice, and looking for opportunities to give myself and others grace in the form of seeing all as One. I have experienced the truth that embracing this Oneness means that “everyone completes you.”

In this course was a meditation I experienced called, “From Specialness to Holiness Meditation.” I really connected with this meditation as I found some practical information such as the importance of letting go of thoughts of blame or anger, guilt and vulnerability. It has also helped me with perceived hurts from the past, which is a work in progress for me.

The first gift of this meditation was a vision that came to me when I went to Holy Spirit and felt the warmth of His Love. In the meditation, I saw red valentine-type hearts leaping forth from this holy union.

Then it came to me that I could practice trading in false ideas of perceived hurts and slights and look instead to find two positive traits in the relationship.

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May-August, 2024

Quiet Above the Battleground

by Rev. Bill Poppa, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

In developing a forgiving mindset, the ego-self resists by not raising to question long-held beliefs about “Who” and “What” I am.

Moreover, my ego personality self does not even question whether the outside material world is the essence of reality. This unconscious bypass is a veil for my True Self to extend outward the peace deep within me to embrace all the Sonship.

My True Self is the Christ Mind and is an extension of God’s Love as Spirit, which is abundant, eternal, and complete joy. The True Self, the Sacred Self, is “Who” I am, and the one Son of God is “What” I am.

How can I receive what is my true inheritance as the Son of God if I do not accept all that I am? This question of identity is a critical aspect of forgiveness. It begins to focus my mind with the intent of waking up from a dream of separation.

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May-August, 2024

Prayer of Atonement

by Rev. Greg Hesch, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

Holy Spirit, thank you for another healing day that will be full of love, full of peace and full of forgiveness.…

Thank You for continuing to help us in this awakening process; for reminding us that our brothers and sisters are our saviors and that we are theirs.…

We are the Son of God, One with God, One with all our brothers and sisters, we are One with everything.…

Thank you for reminding us that we are not victims here.…

We’re the ones that thought we wanted to see the separation…

We got scared.…

We thought we chose the ego thought system.…

Now we choose atonement!

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May-August, 2024

Deciding with God

by Rev. Tacey Reese, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

I recently took one of the ACIM Practitioner Courses that is offered by Pathways of Light called The Power of Decision — Cause and Effect.

It helped me develop the practice of continually asking myself, “Am I deciding with God or am I deciding with the ego?” I noticed that ego decisions were reactive decisions, an automatic response to a perceived threat. Sometimes the threats were obvious and sometimes I would have to dig deep to find out what I was feeling threatened by.

I knew that if I was out of peace, I was feeling threatened in some way. That was a helpful insight. So, then I made the decision to respond rather than to react.

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May-August, 2024

Sea of Love

by Rev. Maureen L. Yarbrough, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

The tides of change in this world,
Beat you down in tumultuous waves.

Gritty sand blurs the vision,
Encrusting sight with indecision.
Swim or sink, is that the choice?

In fighting for survival, I lose my voice.
Drowned out by the thrashing of my limbs,

It dawns on me to relax, release, let go…
And I am carried to safety by the winds.

Oftentimes in this life we are presented with obstacles that seem so incredibly impossible to overcome. Loss, grief, fear, disease, sickness, financial fear…the list goes on and on.

In my repeated, and often very painful, experience it has only been in forgiving… in releasing…. letting go, and turning to Holy Spirit, that my faith and trust has been restored.

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May-August, 2024

I Hear Your Love

by Rev. Ashley Rose Legrand, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

I hear your Love
It calls to me in the silence.

A peaceful melody
embracing me
Wrapping its arms
around my mind
Soothing all my fears,
one at a time. 

Into a nothingness
I enter with you.
Holding your hand, the
strength of Heaven is in me.

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May-August, 2024

All Attack Is Self Attack

by Rev. Myron, Jones, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

“The only safety lies in extending the Holy Spirit, because as you see His gentleness in others your own mind perceives itself as totally harmless. Once it can accept this fully, it sees no need to protect itself. The protection of God then dawns upon it, assuring it that it is perfectly safe forever. The perfectly safe are wholly benign. They bless because they know that they are blessed. Without anxiety the mind is wholly kind, and because it extends beneficence it is beneficent. Safety is the complete relinquishment of attack. No compromise is possible in this. Teach attack in any form and you have learned it, and it will hurt you. Yet this learning is not immortal, and you can unlearn it by not teaching it.” (T-6.III.3)

There is only one way I will feel safe in this life. As I let go of the belief that I am anything less than what God created me to be, I remember my true Self. I become gentle and loving, wholly kind and harmless. Knowing myself as God’s Son, I know God’s protection. There will be no desire to defend or attack. So, I know what I am to do.

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May-August, 2024

Gifts and Miracles

by Rev. Joyce Peebles, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

We have traditions in which gifts are often given. God has gifts as does the ego. The ego’s gifts include such things as anger, depression, conflict, and pain. The only way to get the ego’s gifts are to choose them.

The Holy Spirit’s gifts are peace, love, and joy. The only way to experience them is to choose them. If you decide you don’t like your choice, you can choose again. The problem is you choose based on what you value at the moment. Who would not choose love, peace, and joy?

Everybody who wants to be right maintains that they are this ego body and that the world is real. Furthermore, they want to believe they are not responsible for their misery, someone else is to blame. Guilt is valued. To get the gifts of the Holy Spirit, you must decide that only innocence and love are real, everything else is not.

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May-August, 2024

The Shepherd

Rev. Bob Thompson, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

I’m watch’d over by My Shepherd,
and am guided by His word,
Where’er He leads, I follow,
whene’er I pray, I’m heard.
Tho’ my path at times be rocky,
and seemingly quite steep,
He guides me, perfectly, each day,
and even when I sleep!

Green pastures are aplenty,
my soul is fed with care,
and when I seek clear waters,
He always leads me there.
Meadowlands and babbling brooks,
He leads me to those spots,
leading where I need to go,
(tho’ I may know it not!)

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