Miracles News

April-June, 2021

The Enemy Within

by Rev. Gina Lucia, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

I must say I’ve never in my lifetime seen such a “collective” opportunity to really go within and look at where perception is coming from. The entire world has the opportunity to do so. Are we up for the journey? Have we begun? Are we still asleep? Would we rather just stay that way? Has fear paralyzed us? I firmly believe that if we haven’t awakened yet, the collective pull will keep challenging every aspect of our waking mind.

“Many stand guard over their ideas because they want to protect their thought systems as they are, and learning means change. Change is always fearful to the separated, because they cannot conceive of it as a move towards healing the separation.” (T-4.I.2:1-2)

The body’s mind is only capable of recycling thoughts, feelings, memories, emotions, all from its stored past. That’s where perception arises, from our own life script experiences, the mind of the matrix. “Understand that you do not respond to anything directly, but to your interpretation of it. Your interpretation thus becomes the justification for the response.” (T-12.I.1:4-5)  Over and over every day, we are scripting our future, more of the same.

If we find ourselves in a state of “resistance,” we are most likely not trusting in God, that still small Voice of our Inner Truth, Inner Guidance. “Every loving thought is true. Everything else is an appeal for healing and help, regardless of the form it takes.” (T-12.I.3:3-4)

I return time and time again to the Course’s teaching, “The ego speaks first, and the ego speaks loudest.” I constantly put myself in check, listening to my own ego chatter. It takes discipline to have a daily practice of aligning with the higher part of my mind, where I can hear the Voice for God.

As we view the landscape of the world, in one facet, it appears to be so polarized, yet such an opportunity for unity. “The ego made the world as it perceives it but the Holy Spirit, the reinterpreter of what the ego made, sees the world as a teaching device for bringing you home.” (T-5.III.11:1)

May we all join together in His Love. Where are we standing? The collective ego sure has a polarizing script in action. There seems to be an appearance to stand with fear, and hate, or to stand with unity, and love. The rubber band is being stretched apart further than ever before, to the point of snapping. Every aspect of one’s beliefs are being asked to question. There’s a huge spotlight shining on everything unlike Love.

Each one of us on this planet is being asked to question everything. A stand in unity, with each other, is needed now more than ever. We’re going to need to be
empowered at a much deeper and sacred level than we have ever been before.

We cannot do this alone. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to enter into our minds, into our beliefs, our relationship to everything.

Follow your heart, listen to your gut. The gut has an independent nervous system separate from the body, hence the term, “my gut feeling.”

“Nothing can reach Spirit from the ego, and nothing can reach the ego from Spirit. Spirit can neither strengthen the ego nor reduce the conflict within it. The ego is a contradiction. Your self and God’s Self are in opposition. They are opposed in source, in direction and in outcome.” (T-4.I.2:6-10)

We are all in this together. What an opportunity we have in life now to really look at what keeps us separate from each other, from our Creator. We can ask ourselves, “What am I co-creating in my life? Am I joining the ego or co-creating with God?”

In my life there are times when I feel like a swinging pendulum on a clock. I liken it to literally walking between two worlds (ego thinking). I stop, ask Holy Spirit to reinterpret. I realize I always have a choice. I must have decided wrongly, because I’m not at peace. This recognition alone brings me to a place of balance, knowing the Holy Spirit will undo all the consequences of my mistaken decisions, if I will allow Him.

The narrative this past year has completely given me the opportunity to look at everything that externally has rocked my world, and look within myself. Can anything really exist at all without informational content? We are programmed to see everything in the physical world. After all, we wouldn’t know anything existed unless there were information on it. It’s feedback looping.

“All of your present functions are divided and open to question and doubt. This is because you are not certain how you will use them, and are therefore incapable of knowledge. Perception did not exist until the separation introduced degrees, aspects and intervals. Consciousness, the level of perception, was the first split introduced into the mind after the separation, making a mind a perceiver rather than a creator. The ego is the questioning aspect of the post- separation self, which was made rather than created.” (T-3.IV.1:2-5, 2:1, 3:1)

So the mind will stand confused, for the ego is capable of asking questions but not of receiving meaningful answers. Perception always involves some misuse of the mind because it brings the mind into areas of uncertainty. Hence, ego thinking can be equated to a constantly changing script. Thinking with God brings peace, certainty, unity and Love. No miscreation exists. We are always choosing between two thought systems, Love or fear.

We need each other now more than ever. Forgiveness is key. Forgive that shadowy figure in front of you. Forgive you. Go within, ask yourself, “Is there something I’m harboring in my own mind about my self projected onto my brother? Am I projecting a blind spot in my own mind about myself?”

Forgive the “enemy” outside, for it is a projection of something hiding within your own mind that is a shadow aspect of the enemy within. Bring the darkness to the Light.

“Alone we can do nothing, but together our minds fuse into something whose power is far beyond the power of its separate parts. By not being separate, the Mind of God is established in ours and as ours. This Mind is invincible because it is undivided.” (T-8.V.1:6-8)

Be the Light.

Be the Love.

Receive and extend.

Having faced my only enemy, which is within, I am now FREE to walk in God‘s Light…  and there is nothing more to say.

Rev. Gina Lucia is a Pathways of Light minister living in W. Sacramento, California. Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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