Miracles News

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.

The ego is not our friend. It guides us to blame or to see guilt in others and ourselves. The ego leads us to believe that we are victims of a guilty world that is outside of us. With the ego leading the way, we will feel fearful and afraid. We will think we have to defend ourselves and judge others. We are finding that we need to be vigilant of our thoughts and notice when we have fallen into the ego’s false perceptions.

To help with this vigilance, over the years we have found several helpful sentences which are easy to remember that help bring us back to the truth:

The first is, “I will there be light.”  (W-73)

Mary: Recently we drove past a car accident and I noticed that I started worrying about the people in the accident. I noticed that I tensed up and thoughts of fear about everyone concerned were in my mind. When I noticed where my thoughts were, I took a deep breath and relaxed. I said, “I will there be Light.” As I continued to relax, it came to me that I was not helping anyone with these fearful thoughts.

As I relaxed more, Jesus reminded me that we all are safe in God and, in truth, they are safe in Heaven just like me. We are all safe. We are all innocent. We are all loved. We are all Home eternally in the Mind of our Father. This practice of remembering, “I will there be light” brought me to a place of great joy and gratitude that we always have help when we are willing to receive it.

In Workbook, Lesson 87, it elaborates: “I will use the power of my will today. It is not my will to grope about in darkness, fearful of shadows and afraid of things unseen and unreal. Light shall be my guide today. I will follow it where it leads me, and I will look only on what it shows me. This day I will experience the peace of true perception.” (W-87.1:2-6)

Another saying that helps bring us back to the truth is:

“I could see peace instead of this.” (W-34)

In this lesson we are told, “Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter. It must begin with your own thoughts, and then extend outward. It is from your peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arises.” (W-34.1:2-4)

Robert: When we needed to move our website to a different hosting service, the web pages the host provided for managing the website were organized very differently than what I was used to. When I needed to make a change in a setting, I found the section where I believed I could make the change. But when I scrolled through the page, the place I needed to go was not on the list of options.

The Course points out that we see what we want to see. The ego thrives on complications. If we are following the ego, it will not see anything that simplifies, in keeping with its goal of seek and not find.

I noticed that I was feeling frustrated and impatient. I paused, took a deep breath and relaxed into peace. I asked Holy Spirit to help me see with His vision. I focused on relaxing until I felt peaceful.

I looked at the web page again and saw a button at the top of the page that I could click to go to the next page which would list more options. I clicked and there was the option I was looking for! I quickly changed the setting and moved on.

This experience reinforced the value of opening to the Holy Spirit’s vision. When my mind is open to His help, I let go of past experience as my guide (ego). I forgive the past and let go of giving ego’s meaning to my perceptions. This was a step toward accepting the reality that only Love’s oneness is real.

Another example that helps us is:

“This instant is the only time there is.” (W-308)

Whenever our peace is disturbed, it is always caused by thoughts of the past or future. We may feel guilty or upset about something that occurred in the past. We may wish that something will happen in the future. Or we may worry about something that might occur in the future. We assign meaning to our perceptions based on the past. These thoughts block the present moment from our awareness.

In the present moment, there is Love and nothing else. In the timelessness of now, there is no past and future. There is no form, only the changeless Love that is our true Self, united with our Creator.

This Love extends forever. It keeps us safely in Its peace. It brings joy as It extends the eternal giving and receiving that is Love.

Today it is important that we pause frequently to step away from thoughts of past and future. We ask the Holy Spirit to help us experience the present as it is. We welcome the Love of Christ that is now, everywhere and forever.

Below is a prayer that we practice from A Course in Miracles that helps us remember to be grateful for the eternal blessings of Love from our Father:

“We thank You, Father, for the light that shines forever in us. And we honor it, because You share it with us. We are one, united in this light and one with You, at peace with all creation and ourselves.” (W-239.2:1-3)

Clouds of guilt and fear hide the Light of Love that is our true Self. We let our Light shine when we forgive our illusions that make us feel separate, alone and lacking Love. Today we welcome the Light within that shines upon all in gratitude and peace.

We accept the blessing Love brings us by extending It to our brothers in the world. By letting Love be our Guide, we let Love’s Light illuminate the dream and open our mind to awaken to the Love we are.

The following is a meditation we received when we asked Holy Spirit for help to strengthen the helpful and important habit of paying attention to His perspective as we go through each day:

Be mindful of your thoughts as you go through your day… Be aware of the fear thoughts or judgmental thoughts that come up… ego thoughts that make this world of separate individuals seem real…

Now imagine having a day where you are focusing on Holy Spirit’s loving thoughts…

Holy Spirit is showing you the united Holy Spirit that dwells in everyone’s mind……

As you do this, you see and feel the Love that is everyone’s true Nature……

You feel surrounded and immersed in God’s Love… You feel so safe…

You feel so happy as you accept Holy Spirit’s Thoughts in your mind…

You see the truth that everyone is still the Love that God created them to be… 

You see the truth that we all are the same Love that God, our Father is…

Everyone is safe… Everyone is innocent…

Everyone in truth is Loved and extends God’s Love to all…

Everyone is Home in the Eternal Mind of God…

We will close this meditation with this important message from A Course in Miracles:

“His gift of grace is more than just an answer. It restores all memories the sleeping mind forgot; all certainty of what Love’s meaning is.

“God loves His Son. Request Him now to give the means by which this world will disappear, and vision first will come, with knowledge but an instant later.” (W-168.3:5-6,4:1-2)

Robert and Mary Stoelting are co-founders of Pathways of Light.
Website: http://www.pathwaysoflight.org  Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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