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What Is Next, Holy Spirit?

The following is from my journal from a few years back. The answer to my question changed the way I think

Holy Spirit, what would be helpful right now in taking my next step in awakening to the truth?

Sweet Myron, you are doing exceedingly good work, and it would help if you would remember that. The thoughts that you are not doing enough or doing it wrong are coming from the split mind. You tell everyone who will listen that they should not listen to the ego and should not judge themselves based on this made-up character. Take this advice to heart and accept that it is equally true for you.

You don’t have to spend every waking moment “working” at this. You don’t have anything to prove and no one to impress. We are not assessing your every move and judging your sincerity. No one is keeping score, honey. We are grateful to you and love you very much.

We know you feel guilty for not working harder at meditation, and while it would be good for you to become quiet as often as you can so that you can feel our presence and feel your own presence, you are not guilty of failing to do so. When you practice meditation, don’t make such a big deal of it. Don’t time yourself, and don’t set expectations. Just think of it as visiting with us for a while, just sitting with us and keeping us company.

Thank you, Holy Spirit.

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God’s Perfection Is All I Want to See

I remember a time when I was at my daughter’s house helping her clean and take care of the baby as she recovered from a C-Section. Twice while I was there, she spoke sharply to me about something. I completely disregarded her tone and her words. I spoke gently, and I remained patient.  The moments passed, and her upset dissolved into nothing. It would have been very different if I had decided to take offense. I might have challenged her. I might have held it in and been miserable in my secret resentment. But I didn’t, and I am so grateful to A Course in Miracles, which has been so helpful to me. It was just one of the healing moments when I learned to look with forgiving eyes on the world.

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Now There Is More Light

One night, I went to bed feeling upset about a disturbing situation. I took an Ambien to put myself to sleep because I could not stop the thoughts from going round and round and I was just tired. I woke up around 3AM and it was clear that going back to sleep was not working for me. I listened to a meditation tape and when I finally got to a place where my mind was silent, I joined with God. It was just that simple thought but I felt absolutely peaceful.

I woke up feeling very good, and the distress of the night before was over. I could still see the same things going on and they are still not good, but I was no longer being reactive. I was back to watching my thoughts and feelings, and turning them over to Spirit. I really wanted to use that difficult time to undo the ego in the mind. I wanted to feel Love’s Presence regardless of what was happening. It felt good to be back on track. It was many such choices that brought me to where I am now. I was walking through the dark to get to the light and I keep doing that. Now the dark is not so dark and there is more light and I am so very grateful.

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Changing My Mind About the Reality of Illusions

This morning I read a news blurb in which it was reported that a news station received leaked emails that seemed to indicate that a governor was misreporting the Covid 19 cases in his state. It seemed that he was skewering the numbers to present the picture he wanted to be true. Later that day, the same reporter said that the original story had been debunked. The leaked report had originally been misinterpreted.

This is like my mind. I see or hear something and using the ego part of the mind, I accept the misinterpretation and become upset. I’ve learned, though, that if I am asking the ego for an interpretation I suffer. So, when I feel upset or have any negative reaction. I know to ask the Holy Spirit to give me another way to see it so that I return to peace.

In the story this morning after the news reporter corrected his original story, a talking head gave his opinion. He said that we don’t really know what the real story is. Since we do know what the real story is, clearly this man had an agenda and wanted to sway people to his way of thinking. He was deliberately sowing distrust and dissension.

This kind of thing happens in my mind sometimes, too. I give the situation to the Holy Spirit to interpret for me and His interpretation makes perfect sense and I am at peace. Then the ego, my own personal talking head, pipes up defending its agenda without regard to the truth. I hear its arguments for dissension, suspicion, doubt and fear.

My job with the news report is to decide what I want to believe. Does it make more sense that the reporter was correcting a false understanding which would mitigate any false judgments I had made, or do I want to cling to the false story. I can choose to believe the talking head because he is saying what I want to be true rather than what is actually true because I had a bias that could only be upheld by the original story.

This is what happens in my mind when I have listened to the ego and believe it. Maybe I still believe I need someplace to project guilt. Maybe I think my fear justifies my judgments and so I hold onto them. But I have learned the ego’s agenda will never make me feel less guilty no matter how often I convince myself I am right. I’ve learned to trust the Holy Spirit to report only the truth and the truth sets me free.

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Judgment by Me Is Impossible.

When I make the world real, I am battling with God’s Idea of Who I AM and where I am.

Every time I attempt to judge, I am at war with God. The Creator created me and when I judge what and who I am, I am, in essence, creating myself. I am saying that I am no longer as God created me, but have made of myself something I prefer. It is pure insanity. I can only be as God created me.

So, if I identify with the body and the body is sick, this is my way of saying I am something that can be sick. I am something that can die. This cannot be true because God does not create unlike Itself and God does not have a body that can be sick and God is not insane and therefore could not choose sickness, and God is eternal and cannot know death.

I cannot have something that God does not have. This is why Jesus tells us in the Course that sickness is a defense against the truth. My feeble attempts to prove I am a creature of my own design through making the body sick, is one of the ways I battle God for supremacy. Or I might use the sick body as a way of punishing myself before God can do it to me. I judge myself guilty and then I take God’s prerogative as my own and punish myself. I think I am my own savior.

If I judge someone else, I am again at war with God, in the same way I did when I judged myself. If I judge what I should do and where and when, I again am at war with God. I have a choice, I can decide for myself with the ego mind, or I can decide with the Holy Spirit. The first pits me against the Truth, the latter aligns my mind with Truth.

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The Unraveling of Beliefs

I was putting ice in my glass and pouring in water, and I reminded myself that there is no glass, there is no ice, there is no water and no body to hydrate. I have been doing this for a few days now and am forming the habit of reminding myself of the truth frequently. And now I am reminding myself that there is no time or space either. The idea of the world is unraveling in my mind.

I had the thought that I wish I was in New Orleans this morning, waking up at my son’s house to the sounds of a marching jazz band out the window. There seems to be much space between me and this tableau. I can even measure it in miles. I can measure it in time as well, and so I am separated not only in distance but in time. If I left right now, I would get there in time for some festivities, but not in time to experience the moment he shared with me this morning in a text message.

But you know what? I did experience it, because it was never a distance away, and it was never a different time. It was always only in the mind and nowhere else, and there is no time or distance in the mind, only a false thought that was so foreign and upsetting to us that we flung it out and pretended that idea was somewhere else. And we pretended that we live in that somewhere else, and now parts of ourself are separated from us by that imagined belief. And it feels sad and lonely.

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God’s Will for Me Is Perfect Happiness

I share God’s Will for happiness for me, and I accept it as my function now.
Lesson 102

I have not always been as happy as I am now. In fact, I wasn’t as happy yesterday as I am today. Every day is an adventure in finding my happy. I want to share a few things that I have learned that help me to live a more joyful and fulfilling life. Each one of these methods is proven to work for me.

You still believe it asks for suffering as penance for your “sins.” This is not so.
Lesson 101

First of all, I had to learn to want to be happy. I don’t think I used to believe that I could be happy or that I deserved happiness. I made a lot of mistakes in my life, and in my regret, I made the additional mistake of thinking that what I did in the past negated a better future. I had to forgive myself and forgive the past, letting it go entirely before I could experience the present joy.

Be happy, for your only function here is happiness.
Lesson 102

The other thing I had to do to accept happiness was to let go of the idea that I needed something to change so that I could be happy. I thought that the circumstances in my life determined my level of happiness. I was wrong about that. It wasn’t what was happening that mattered, but what I thought about what was happening that decided how I would feel.

What I have learned to do since this revelation is to decide on happiness; I just committed to being happy no matter what was going on in the world or my little corner of it. An example of this working in my life occurred near Thanksgiving. It seemed like my freezer went out. I stood in front of it and watched my ice cream melting, wondering what I was going to do about it.

I didn’t know if this could be repaired or who to call to do it. I felt a bit overwhelmed by the whole thing. I checked the cost of replacing the refrigerator in case that was the route I would have to go and was further upset by the price. Then I remembered that I am committed to happiness, so I thought about that. Could I be happy while my freezer was on the blitz and I didn’t know what to do?

I thought about being upset while my freezer was not working and then I thought about being happy while my freezer was not working.  Would it help the situation to be upset? Would it make it worse if I was happy? Since the answer was no to both questions, I decided to be happy. I believed in my answer, so all the stress just dissolved. The freezer thing worked out fine and I didn’t waste a day of my life being disgruntled and anxious.

Truth occupies your mind completely, liberating you from all beliefs in the ephemeral. Lesson 107

Another thing that helps me in my quest for a happy life is to realize that my thoughts are going to direct my experience. I discovered that I might not be able to control the fact that fear thoughts or anger thoughts come into my mind, but I can control how much attention I give them. When I release the false thoughts, truth occupies my mind. As in the freezer situation, I had thoughts that I didn’t know what to do and thoughts that I couldn’t afford a new refrigerator, so I was in trouble.

But I chose not to follow those thoughts. If I had done so, I would have caused myself greater upset, and it would be harder to see this differently, in a more forgiving light. Instead of following those thoughts, I chose happiness, and as I did so, my mind was clearer, and I could think better. Without the distress clouding my mind, I remembered that I had changed the temperature of the refrigerator and so I turned it back up.

Evidently, when I had adjusted the temperature of the refrigerator the day before it affected the freezer and that was the problem all along. If I had followed the fearful thoughts, I might have acted impulsively and replaced a perfectly good refrigerator, or at the least, paid a repairman for coming out to see what was wrong. By choosing to be happy and refusing to follow negative thoughts, I made room for the truth and liberated my mind from false beliefs. In so doing, I saved myself a lot of money and distress.

Happiness is an attribute of love. It cannot be apart from it. Lesson 103

Although there are a number of things that help me to live a happy life, I want to mention just one more, love. Applying love to any situation makes it better. I used to have a difficult relationship with someone at work. I tried everything I could think of to change the dynamics of the relationship, and it seemed the harder I tried, the worse the relationship became.

I had to work with this person every day, and our attitude toward each other was making that a miserable proposition. I could not do anything to change his attitude, obviously, so I worked on mine. What finally turned the trick was my decision to love him. To my logical mind this seemed impossible, but with the same commitment I give to being happy, love transformed that relationship. We are still friends today.

I think of love as the miracle salve that I apply to every injury, every hurt, every sad or angry thought. It heals guilt as well as grievances. It smooths out the rough spots in the roads we travel, and it brings peace to every situation in which we find ourselves. I am learning to love everything in my life, the people and situations I enjoy and those that challenge me.

Love is the way I walk in gratitude. Lesson 195

The bow that wraps up this package is gratitude. Gratitude is the close cousin to love, sometimes being the effect of love, sometimes being the walk I take to bring me to love. I might have trouble accepting that I love a particularly difficult person in my life, but I might be able to feel gratitude for him. I am grateful that he is playing his part in our shared lesson in forgiveness. Then it is just a short step to loving him for doing so, and another small step to simply love him as part of me and part of our Creator.

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