Inner Healing Along the Way

Peace is My Desire

Inner-Healing Along the Way

Peace is My Desire

Peace is My Desire.

  I am following the “Calendar Daily Workbook Lesson Plan” this year and listening to The Holy Spirit’s guidance on any additional Lessons he would have me reflect upon. Today the Daily Workbook Lesson was Lesson 155 “ I will step back and let Him lead the way.” Which just happens to be one of my favorite lessons. It reminds me that there is a path set before me to follow, all I have to do is listen to Him and the guidance of The Holy Spirit to lead the way. Sounds easy, right? Well, for me it is one of the most challenging lessons to practice. I am very much a routine person. My day is organized from sunrise to sunset. I easily admit that any varying from my daily routine or “path” easily allows the ego to cloud my mind with colorful illusions. A lot of my routine is scheduled around chronic pain I have from being run over by a Ford Explorer in 2008.

  I love when The Holy Spirit ties everything together. This morning after reading and reflecting on today’s Workbook Lesson, and the lessons that The Holy Spirit had guided me to study and reflect upon this past week made total sense! As I was getting ready for the day, I did not put much effort into choosing a bracelet. After I read this morning’s lesson and the two lessons I have been reflecting on this week and when I looked down and read my bracelet, it clicked! As to the reason, I had been drawn to the bracelet most of the week. The bracelet was a gift, but it affirms one of my deepest desires. The bracelet says, “The peace of God is my one goal.” If I allow the ego, an inch with the thoughts of my chronic pain than it is off to the races with those thoughts and my mind is filled with everything and anything, but the peace of God.

  “I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” If you have been through all the Workbook Lessons you will recognize this phrase from one of the Workbook Reviews. Lesson 205 is the particular review lesson I was guided to, which is a review of Lesson 185 “I Want the Peace of God.” There is a way for me to maintain that precious peace that I desire. I even practice this discipline among my Workbook exercises through the year as “I Step Back and Let Him Lead the Way.” It is only when I stray off the path that He has made that the ego is allowed to take advantage, and to intrude into my thoughts and then my peace is disconnected.

“The peace of God is everything I want. The peace of God is my one goal; my aim of all my living here, the end I seek, my purpose and my function and my life, while I abide where I am not at home.” ~Workbook Lesson 205: 2-3 ~

As The Holy Spirit has been guiding me in connecting the dots this week on how to achieve one of my deepest desires, I am filled with gratitude. I was reminded this morning in the Lesson to “Walk safely, yet carefully, because this path is new to you.” Today, as I reflect on ways to remain in the constant peace of God I must remember to let Him lead the way and remember that “I am not a Body, I am free. For I am Still as God Created Me.” When I remember the Truth that I am free because I am not a body, but just the same as creation now that I was in 2008 bef0re my life changing accident. Remembering these few practices each day brings such joy and Inner-Peace as I remember the Truth on my Journey Home.



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About Rev. Ryan Westbrook-Vigue

My paternal grandmother was given the responsibility by my parents for my spiritual upbringing and formation. My parents, though both protestants were from different denominational backgrounds and had very different spiritual views. My grandmother was a pillar in our community, founding several different churches over her fifty years of being involved in our small town’s spiritual community. The foundation of her faith was primarily full gospel/Pentecostal.

I was raised to believe in a very strict moral code and years of hearing hell fire and brimstone sermons that left me in fear of a God that was waiting for me to stray from a narrow path so he could punish me and cause me to repent and beg for His forgiveness repeatedly. This was especially ingrained in me during my years of “Transformation Therapy” regarding my sexual orientation before my marriage to my high school sweet heart. We both discussed at great lengths the struggle with my sexual orientation and agreed that God would heal me of my “illness.” After almost five years of this mind warping therapy it proved only to be unsuccessful. I was publically shamed and dismissed from the denomination that I had grown to love, the only spiritual home I had ever known.

I left that church without a doubt that the view of God I had been taught was incorrect and that not only did God love me, but I continued to be guided by the Holy Spirit. My faith was never shaken, just transformed. I set out on a journey to find a new spiritual path.

Through the next five years the Holy Spirit led me to many healing places of restoration and ultimately led me to A Course in Miracles. The “blue book” as it is sometime affectionately called immediately resounded with me. I had already been studying Metaphysical Spirituality.

I cannot recall how the Holy Spirit led me to A Course in Miracles. All I know is it changed my life and my spiritual path forever from the moment I opened the book and read the first pages. “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” Peace was what I had been searching for. Though I found pieces of the peace of God with each step of my inner-healing journey, it was not like the way A Course in Miracles assisted me in that search for the peace. It gave me discipline to continue to aide me one my spiritual journey. The Course is continuing to aide my search and my understanding from the real and unreal.

Though the inner-healing is a continuing journey to learn as I practical apply the teachings of the Course, I have found the Peace and discipline I have been praying for. I will be forever thankful to The Holy Spirit’s continued Guidance as I continue on my journey of inner-healing. The Holy Spirit ultimately led me to “Pathways of Light” and the ministerial curriculum where I fulfilled His life long Calling for me to become a minister.

I could not be more excited about where the Holy Spirit is leading me next on my journey “I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal,” as the ending of one of my favorite ACIM prayers ends. I know that the dream that began long ago will end when I awaken from this journey of inner-healing I am on with a loving Creator and His loving out stretched arms waiting for me as I awaken at Home with my brothers and sisters.

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