Miracles News

October-December, 2017


by Rev. Maura Williams, O.M.C.

Rev. Maura WilliamsOnce in a while I hear a fellow Course student say something like, “This is all a dream, so it doesn’t really matter.” For whatever reason, that thinking doesn’t work for me. If I think I’m a body and I’m experiencing a problem, I can’t just dismiss it with a statement like that. It does matter because healing takes place on an ego level. I must bring my illusion to Truth. I can’t just cast off my illusion as unreal and be done with it.

Sometimes it feels like life requires too much of me. Sometimes I want to get away from everyone and everything in my life. Sometimes it feels like everything is spinning out of control and I’m lost in a disconcerted state of confusion. I suddenly realize, I am trying to protect myself, defend myself or in some other way, trying to avoid dealing with a perceived enemy or problem.

It’s times like these I begin to realize exactly what I’m doing. I’m fighting. I’m resisting. I’m shaking my head, “No” and pounding the air with my fists. I’m stomping my feet and throwing a fit and I’m wasting an horrendous amount of time and energy and I am stuck in egoland.

There is a better way. It has taken me a long time to learn this way. It is a gentle way, a quiet way, a way of letting go.

First, I remember I am the only one who can control my thoughts. My thoughts are totally up to me. Then I remember the world I see is the ego world and if I’m upset I’ve been using the ego thought process. I remember everything outside of me is not who I truly am. And then I remember who I am. I may need to close my eyes to get a break from all of the visual stimulation. It only takes a minute and I’m reassured of who and what I am. I am created in the image and likeness of God. God is love. I am a part of His Love. This is the truth about me.

Now I’m able to bring the crazy world I see to Truth. Nothing has changed outside of me but inside I’ve remembered something important:  I won’t find peace or comfort outside of me. “The Comforter of God is in me.” (ACIM, T-11.II.7:8) I can allow the Holy Spirit to help me bring the the error I see to Truth by remembering this. This is a change of mind. This is the gentle, quiet way of letting go of the world. This is a miracle. I’m very grateful and I’m at peace.

Holding on to peace in ego land is why what happens here matters. The Course asks me a very important question: “Would I rather be a hostage of the ego or Host to God?” (T-11.II.7:1)

As much as I would like to deny my experience here, egoland is where healing happens. Healing is not necessary anywhere else but here.

Maybe I’ll get to the place someday that I can easily discount what’s happening before my physical eyes, but for now, learning to let the Holy Spirit help me see things differently is what works for me. Remembering my brothers and I are Hosts to God is what helps me walk in peace through ego land. 


Living in the world without judgment is just about impossible. I judge everything my senses sense. I make my judgments very sweetly sometimes. A friend recently commented that she sometimes dresses her judgments up, and calls them opinions.

We think we use our judgments to organize our lives and ourselves. This world is a dualistic world. It would be impossible to survive here without judgment, but we need to recognize how faulty our judgments are, how wrong we are sometimes. Accepting this as true allows me to form opinions, make choices and otherwise judge without taking myself too seriously. I try not to cling too tightly to my judgments. This way I can allow the Holy Spirit to work with me and through me showing me the way I see things is not always the way they are. My judgments of others are nothing more than my projections of my judgments of myself.

“You have no idea the tremendous release and deep peace that comes from meeting yourself and your brothers totally without judgment. When you recognize what you are and what your brothers are, you will realize that judging them in any way is meaningless. In fact their meaning is lost to you precisely because you are judging them. All uncertainty comes from the belief that you are under the coercion of judgment. You do not need judgment to organize your life, and you certainly do not need it to organize yourself. In the presence of knowledge all judgment is automatically suspended, and this is the process that enables recognition to replace perception.” (T-3.VI.3:1-6)

I don’t always know what’s best. Admitting I don’t know helps me suspend my judgments in whatever pretty costumes I’ve put on them. The world is constantly changing. Truth never changes. God is still Love. Every man is still my brother and we are still one.

Rev. Maura Williams, O.M.C., is a Pathways of Light minister who lives in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

© 2017, Pathways of Light. https://www.pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, provided this copyright notice and website address are included.

Tell a Friend
Printable Page

Back to main page of Miracles News.

Articles by
Pathways of Light Ministers
and Others.


Advanced Search

Pathways of Light Membership

Support Pathways of Light with an annual membership donation or become a sustaining member through monthly contributions. Includes printed Miracles News magazine mailed quarterly. Click here.

Subscribe to printed version.

To have Miracles News magazine mailed to you quarterly, Click here.

Most recent entries

Miracles News has been viewed 942307 times


Complete Archives

Subscribe to
Miracles News Online

To have Miracles News Online articles emailed to you free when they are posted each quarter, enter your email address here.

Email Address:

You will receive an email requesting confirmation. After you confirm, the Daily Inspiration articles will be emailed each day they are posted. These emails will appear in your inbox as from "FeedMyInbox." You may unsubscribe at any time. We recommend that you add "updates@feedmyinbox.com" to your address book so that the emails do not get sent to your spam box.

You may also subscribe to the RSS feed to have these messages added to your MyYahoo! page, Google Reader or Bloglines by clicking this image in your Subscribe to RSS feed browser's web address field above.

Free Online Resources

Electronic "Magazine"Sign up to receive periodic emails with thoughts to ponder, inspirational articles and the latest news.

Subscribe to daily emails of Workbook Lesson Insights.

ACIM Text Made Simple — answers to hundreds of questions about the Text. Click here.

Daily Inspiration Blog — Thoughts to inspire your day. Click here.

Inspiring journals by Pathways of Light ministers applying the principles of ACIM. Click here.

Miracles News — hundreds of inspiring miracle stories. Click here.

We'd Like to Hear from You

Request Free Printed Program & Product Catalog

Or call 1-800-323-PATH (7284) (US & Canada) or 920/894-2339.

Click here to email your questions.

Español: Para mas información oprime aquí para enviar tus preguntas por correo electrónico.

United Kingdom: Click here to email your questions about Pathways of Light in the UK or call +44 1803 612 929.

Give us your feedback or report site problems.

Pathways Ministers Audio/Videos

ACIM Minister Training

Inspired by the principles presented in A Course in Miracles, this ministry training focuses on accepting the mind healing that is guided by the Teacher within, the Holy Spirit. As our minds are healed, we become Holy Spirit’s instruments of healing. For more information click here.

ACIM Practitioner Courses

If you would like a deeper understanding of key principles of A Course in Miracles, the 24 Pathways of Light ACIM Practitioner courses provide a complete, multimedia package to help you make ACIM principles a ready resource to call upon in your mind throughout your day. Click here for more information.



More Teleconference info.


24th May 2019 ACIM Conference 2019 Boston, Rev. Maria Felipe

More In-Person Event info.

Featured Items

Tru Live Your Happy by Rev. Maria Felipe. A real-world approach to living happily, based on A Course in Miracles. Learn more.

True Forgiveness True Forgiveness by Rev. Jennifer McSween. The Proven Path from Pain to Power in 5 Simple Steps. Learn more.

Prayer for All Solutions Finding Yourself in the Mirror by Rev. Barbara Siegel. Awakening Through Mirror Affirmations for the 365 Lessons of A Course in Miracles. More….

Listen & Receive 30-Day Home Study Listen & Receive 30-Day Home Study Learn to receive insight for your life in a form that is perfect for you …heal fears, find joy & peace. Learn more.

Minister training based on A Course in Miracles Minister Training — based on principles of A Course in Miracles, including counselor training and ordination. More….

Miracles Practitioner courses24 ACIM Practitioner courses including 50-page study guide, CD's with facilitator. More….

From the Christ Mind From the Christ Mind scribed by Darrell Morley Price. A simple, yet profound message that you can immediately apply to current circumstances. More….

Hey, Holy Spirit,
It's Me Again Hey, Holy Spirit, It's Me Again by Rev. Myron Jones. An indispensable guide for anyone on the path of ACIM with insights on the 1st 90 lessons. More….

Forgiving KevinForgiving Kevin Audio book by Rev. Larry Glenz. A moving and inspiring true story of a father/son relationship that withstood seven years of addiction, recovery, and relapse. More….

Healing Family
RelationshipsHealing Family Relationships Applying the Principles of A Course in Miracles 6 CD audio book by Rev. Myron Jones. Learn how family relationships offer fertile grounds for forgiveness and healing your judgments of the world. More.