Oh, Oh… the Holidays are upon us! How many of you are grinding your teeth because your least favorite relative will be showing up? Relax, it happens to all of us but by bringing yourself to relax and forgive you will have freedom. You probably think you have to forgive them for some slight or even perhaps a terrible thing that they did, but you don’t.
We have been taught to judge everyone and everything since before we were 5 years old. Can you see your small self sitting at the Judges Bench with a gavel in your small hand and making decision about this one or that one: guilty/dislike or innocent/like? We are taught to judge and know the score in order to protect ourselves. It is part of growing up in a dualistic world that contains both good and evil.
Let’s face it; some people we like and some we don’t. If we can understand however that it is the thought “I like or dislike” in the mind that is causing the problem. You can change it. It is just a thought and is it really true? Be open. First of all admit you are unhappy about something. For example: You have a relative that really bugs you, he/she is a loud mouth, controlling, conniving busy body. When you have a few minutes to spare this Holiday Season sit down, be still and take a few deep breaths until you feel calmer. Stay focused on that quiet safe place inside. Imagine you are holding the hand of Love/Spirit/God, whatever compassion and love represents for you. Stay quiet for a while and then tell Love, whose hand you are holding, what is on your heart, how do you feel? Perhaps: “Aunt Julia drives me crazy with her constant badgering questions and I want peace. I’m afraid I may blow up. How can I see her/this differently?” Then wait and look and continue to stay quiet. Watch your thoughts. A thought will come, maybe in the next few minutes, an hour or maybe days later but stay open, hang tight! The “ah ha” thought you’ve asked for will come and will bring peace. If the thought does not bring peace, it is not from Love but is from the ego, the part of our mind that likes to holds the gavel.
We do not know everything there is to know about another, even close relatives. The “new” thought will bring a feeling of release coming from the voice for love and understanding to your Higher Self. Sometimes this has to be repeated because the ego can be vicious and is resistant to input that is not of itself. When we have been given the information to see a person, our self or a situation differently, we understand, we can then see it another way. We cease believing our judgments and let them go because we were mistaken. The ego is not our friend and will separate us from others as it projects onto them. A projection is a judgment that we project out, onto someone else and perceive it in them, in order not to recognize aspects of it in our self. Like disliking someone who constantly interrupts when we unconsciously do the same thing.
The spiritual, non-dual, metaphysical book, ‘A Course In Miracles’ states
“Forgiveness on the other hand is still and quietly does nothing. It merely looks and waits and judges not. He who would not forgive must judge, for he must justify his failure to forgive.”
When we quiet the mind we see that our judgments serve to separate and divide us, one from the other. We are miserable and alone. We are not residing In Love.
How freeing to have a mind at rest! During this Season of Love, rest yourself!
Go to the quiet place within and listen to the Love that IS You. We all have had experiences that seem beyond the forgiveness factor. The question is: How long do you want to hold onto the pain? We do have a very high tolerance for pain. It will last as long as you hold the grievance/judgment. Take yourself off the judge’s bench, be pain free and forgive everyone for everything!
A Course In Miracles – Lessons with Forgiveness Themes
Click on some of the Workbook Lessons below
Lesson 78. Let miracles replace all grievances
Lesson 121. Forgiveness is the key to happiness.
Lesson 122. Forgiveness offers everything I want
Lesson 134. Let me perceive forgiveness as it is.
What is Forgiveness – Workbook Part II page. 401
Sleeping Adam Adam Awakening
Do you sleep or are you awakening?
The book, A Course In Miracles states:
“Yet the Bible says that a deep sleep fell upon Adam
and nowhere is there reference to his waking up.” ACIM, Text Chapter 2. 1.3.6.
The Course then goes on to say “The world has not yet experienced any comprehensive
reawakening or rebirth. Such a rebirth is impossible as long as you continue to project
or miscreate. It still remains within you however, to extend as God extended His Spirit to you.”
Time to wake up sleepyhead! Awakening is a process and it can be unpleasant.
Why? We miscreate because we use the ego as our guide in the world. It causes us to
act or react and we realize the seeming enormity of the task we undertake in its undoing.
The ego is not your friend. It will “speak first” and “think and act first” and you realize how
insidious it is. In any problem that arises, it will show UP to guide you. It is only a thought!
The Course says it is false and it is not who we are. You are Spirit as God created you.
You have a voice of love to follow. Follow it. You are having a dream of being a body in the world.
Still the challenges (as the ego sees them) come up BUT they only serve to help
with the awakening process. Surrender to Love within and let the ego go….every instant.
Do not let anything of this world take the peace of God away from you.
What a wonderful challenge. Peace is within. It is yours….right now! You are worth it.
The Workbook lessons guide us through the mind training process. They are the road map.
I take that road every year and each year they unpeel the layers and help with
“removing the blocks to the awareness of Love’s presence, my natural inheritance.”
You may be inspired by lesson 200 in the A Course In Miracles Workbook.
There is no Peace except the Peace of God
“1. Seek you no further. You will not find peace except the peace of God. Accept this fact and save yourself the agony of yet more bitter disappointment, bleak despair and sense of icy hopelessness and doubt. Seek you no further. There is nothing else for you to find except the peace of God, unless you seek for misery and pain.”
go to: http://www.acim.org
Click: On line lessons
Click on Table of Contents and scroll to 200 and click on “hear”
If you are interested in the print of “Adam Awakening” e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send price list.
You are a Holy Son of God! You might not feel like it or believe it but read on and consider this:
The part of you that is Holy is your Mind. The Mind is neither male nor female. Your identity is not the body but the Mind that inhabits it. You are a Holy Son of God whether you are male, female, or LGBT.
As a Mind you are loved, innocent, changeless and eternal like God. We take care of our bodies since we find ourselves here and since it is the “vehicle” we use to learn the lessons we came to learn. Why do we have these lessons?
We don’t know the answer to that or what the script contains, what is to come or the lessons we are to learn.
Except for this: whatever is before you, see it as lesson you came to learn. The key is knowing we do have a choice in HOW we understand, perceive, interpret and respond to the lessons.
Do we avoid and deny lessons or do we face them while accessing the holiness that dwells in our mind and holds the compassion needed for guidance and inner peace. We wonder why we have this script, or why do we have the life we have and it is not knowable or understood. But it has been chosen and written by us so we cannot blame whatever comes whether it is a tragedy, joyous, challenging or sorrowful.
In all circumstances we quite ourselves and invite the Holy Spirit within to help us see through the lens of Love and Truth; the Truth that God gave through the help that resides within your Mind.
The key is in correcting our “feeling” and “thinking” that we are separate from God. If we forgive ourselves for that “mistaken belief” because that is all it is, we return to the peace that we were born to know and realize no matter what our script/life may be.
We sleep, we dream of a world and our various scriptw however, it is time to awaken – Get up sleepy head!
Lesson 45 in A Course In Miracles “God is the Mind with which I think”
To hear this lesson (one of 365), go to http://www.acim.org
On the left column click “online lessons”
then “workbook table of contents”
then scroll to lesson number 45. Click on “hear” and close your eyes.
The Spiritual book, A Course In Miracles says we are all One!
Recently in Roseburg Oregon, a 26 year old man killed 9 plus himself, and injured others.
Am I One with the murderer?
Yes, I am One – with those murdered and with the murderer.
We are all brothers on this journey through life.
We may be aghast and horrified at what has happened but we are
asked to look at our projections on others and withdraw them.
We need to recognize anyone can be capable of murder.
Our government murders for us when people on Death Row are put to death .
We are all capable of becoming angry and going into a rage.
We need to know what our ego mind is capable of, and how it
manipulates so we will never follow it.
Only they ego kills.
Our true identity as Spirit would never kill or harm anyone.
Our compassion needs to go out to those families who grieve and to
the perpetrator’s family as well.
We do not understand this world or why things like this happen.
If we constantly practice forgiveness we will have joy in our Minds.
When we give we receive.
Give only Love for that is what you are.
Listen to Workbook lesson #62. Forgiveness is my function as the Light of the world.
http://www.acim.org (Click on workbook lessons and then on “hear” to have it read to you.
In the metaphysical book, A Course In Miracles, Jesus gently guides us back to the part of our mind that forgot we *separated from God. God didn’t leave us, we left him. Chapter 10 of the Text, in Section II. The Decision to Forget, beautifully explains what has “seemingly” happened by our dissociation.
*We never left God but we are having a dream that we did.
Chapter 10. Section II. The Decision to Forget
1. “Unless you first know something you cannot dissociate it. Knowledge must precede dissociation, so that dissociation is nothing more than a decision to forget. What has been forgotten then appears to be fearful, but only because the dissociation is an attack on truth. You are fearful because you have forgotten. And you have replaced your knowledge by an awareness of dreams because you are afraid of your dissociation, not of what you have dissociated. When what you have dissociated is accepted, it ceases to be fearful.”
Here is the proof: You cannot split off from something unless you first knew what you split off from. In the dream we heard the ego and the Holy Spirit but we chose the ego. The very fact that we chose the ego proves that there is a Holy Spirit, the memory of God in our mind!! Now that we know we actually have a Holy Spirit in our Mind, we can choose it and LISTEN!
We think we have a battle with the ego in our Mind. The Love of God is going to win because Love is stronger than fear! But the battle only “seems” horrific! It is not! It is a simple gentle decision that now we choose to REMEMBER. After the ego “speaks” – and you SEE it for the hate it is – you remember the Holy Spirit is in your mind and you CHOOSE it as your teacher.
We know the truth and still the ego speaks and still we choose against it. The power of our mind is expending large amounts of energy by separating off from the atonement (the belief we can be separate from God) to worship the ego.
Now we let that energy go to choosing the LOVE within rather than the false self that wants to be in control.
With the power of our mind we buried the memory of God. Now with the power of our mind we remember to choose again and realize the ego is just a “thought” and it can be changed!
And….NO GUILT! Absolutely do not accept a thought of guilt in your holy mind.
We do not need to be afraid of God because he is waiting patiently for us to wake up and give him a Kiss! He can’t wait to hold you in his love – which by the way He is he doing at this very present moment and never has stopped.
Every time a little false thought appears and you change it you are on the road HOME to where True Love Awaits!
We made the world by choosing against God and the GUILT began.
Now we drop the ego’s hand and GUILT disappears!
And….NO GUILT! Absolutely do not accept a thought of guilt in your holy mind.
We wake up by choosing the Holy Spirit again! And again, And again….it gets easier the more you do it.
And….NO GUILT! Absolutely do not accept a thought of guilt in your holy mind.
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A Course In Miracles Lesson 273 hit me “between the eyes” today.
Maybe I should say it seemed to hit me “In the Soul”
Here is this beautiful lesson and my ego’s response:
The Stillness of the peace of God is mine.
Sally: Yes – I want the peace of God but….. something happens…. always!
Perhaps we are ready for a day of undisturbed tranquility.
Sally: Yes, Yes, please bring it on!
If this is not yet feasible, we are content and even more than satisfied to learn how such a day can be achieved.
Sally: I know, I know, I’m supposed to remember to change my mind when I’m being disturbed by —–!!
If we give way to a disturbance, let us learn how to dismiss it and return to peace.
Sally: OK but how do you dismiss when the ego is jumping up and down and having a tantrum?
We need but tell our minds with certainty, “The stillness of the peace of God is mine,” and nothing can intrude upon the peace that God Himself has given to his Son.
Sally: Yes, I know, when I give way to a disturbance I need to remember to dismiss it and return to peace.
The key is “when I give way” I am upset, I am in judgment about something and I have “given way” to it. I have “given” my peace away. Me….I did it. If I did it, then I can get it back!
Recovery is taking it back – I remember to choose peace. I forgive the seeming separation from God. I am One with God and that is where my peace resides – in the stillness.
I have recovered when I say “…the stillness of the peace of God is mine.”
When I say that I am “taking back what I gave away!
Nothing can intrude upon the peace because God Himself has given it to me! It is mine.
It is a immense gift from God, when I remember to return to his stillness from the ego’s upsetting ways.
Go to http://www.acim.org click on lessons – you can then “listen” to this beautiful lesson 273 and the prayer that goes with it.
Black lives matter; Muslim lives matter; all lives matter!
We live in a world that screams of distraction and misery, especially with the current immigration influx of Muslim refugees running for their lives from war to the protection and safety of Europe.
Some in Europe welcome them with open arms and some are fearful and want to turn them back.
As Course students we remember this world is an illusion. Bodies are also illusion.
And then we remember we are here to learn lessons and to be in the world but not of it.
We have no enemies and we withhold love from no one.
The refugee, men, women and children are our brothers, we are One with them. Isis, who are waging war on them also are our brothers. Everyone is acting and reacting out of fear.
But we have a choice. We can look at this through the eyes of love or eyes of fear.
The love within us will urge us to do the loving thing. A fearful mind will put up road blocks and produce more terror for itself.
If we refuse ego fear we will see clearly and choose the right thing to do. Maybe we will choose to do nothing in form but the love in our mind can and will offer solace to the One Mind we all share.
We therefore choose not to follow the ego voice of fear but follow the love within and reflect it outward; inspiring others; a community as we send echoes of peace around the war weary world.
Elie Wiesel said “Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.”
Jesus said: “Love your brother as yourself.”
I suggest you read A Course In Miracles Lesson 262 –
“Let me perceive no differences today.”
“Father you have one Son. And it is he that I would look upon today.”
http://www.acim.org – click on workbook lessons and then click on 245 and “hear” –
sit back and let it bring you Home.
There is a blessed relief that washes over us when we feel loved.
A blue jay recently bounced onto a flimsy oak branch outside my window with an acorn in its beak. It flew to the ground and hopped around the garden looking for just the right place to store it. A few minutes later it was sitting in the pear tree, sans acorn. I know it is storing food for the future but it is also taking care of my little yard and our planet too. I feel loved and I appreciate its beautiful blueness. I see its actions extending beyond its everyday duties for the good of everything. Maybe tomorrow I won’t feel loved but if I can stop and recall the blue jay, and the goodness inherent in you and all living things, the love will return. I am reminded of Love’s Presence daily if I look for it rather than the opposite.
We see the bitter struggles and the aching sense of being on the outside looking in when we watch the news and the Middle East refugees trying to find a place of respite for themselves and their families. As Course students we know this world is not our home. We are all refugees as we live the scripts of our lives and learn the lessons we came to learn.
Everyone fights a hard battle on planet earth: addictions, homelessness, combat PTSD, suicides, culture, race, Black Lives Matter and everyone needs love, acceptance and peace. If we can let a thought of pure joy fill our mind, for just an instant: Respite Is, Peace Is! We care, we weep, but weeping doesn’t help. A thought of LOVE does. It has recently been proven that a mind can “pick up” thoughts and we have sense perceptions we are not aware of. But just because we are unaware does not mean they are not there.
In the book “The Source Field Investigations,” author David Wilcox calls this consciousness transfer, pg. 33. He describes it thus: “Dr. Charles Tart of Berkeley, CA conducted an experiment where he gave himself electric shocks and then attempted to “send” his pain to another person who was the “receiver.” The other person in another room was wired up to measure heart rate, blood volume and other physiological signals. Tart found that the receiver’s body did indeed respond to the shocks through such things as an increased in heart rate and a decrease in blood volume but the receiver had no conscious knowledge of when Dr. Tart was sending them.” I wonder what would have happened if Dr. Tart had sent love instead of pain?
As Course students we are told that thought creates form! What if my angry thoughts create war somewhere?
A Course In Miracles states in the introduction to Chapter 5. 3.
“You are being blessed by every beneficent thought in any of your brothers anywhere. You should want to bless them in return, out of gratitude. You need not know them individually or they you. The light is so strong that it radiates throughout the Sonship and returns thanks to the Father for radiating His joy upon it.” Your mind is very powerful.
Send loving beneficent thoughts out into the world, to people we want to help, to our neighborhood and town can be “received” on some level.
Send loving thoughts to someone you DON’T LIKE! In the Course its called projection. So love them and you will be loving yourself. Forgive yourself for believing your ego!
Can the sunbeam be separate from the sun? Can an idea be separate from the mind that thinks it? Peace is giving beneficent love and in so doing, we also feel love and know we are not separate or alone.
The cure for loneliness: Send love to someone.
Use it to go to sleep at night.
Be cognizant of the ego part of the mind that does not believe we could possibly be connected, want peace or love for that matter. It loves to exclude, separate, condemn and judge. Watching politics is proof enough. Watch politics with the Holy Spirit.
However, the ego does not represent Truth. Love and forgiveness is as close to Truth as we can get in duality. Let the world “go” and realize its whims or yours do not last for long. Identify with your true Self/ Spirit/Soul /Mind that is connected to everyone.
God/Love is not distant but found within.
There is a blessing in Unity churches which ends with the words “Wherever I am, God is.” You can also say “Wherever I am, Love is.”
My condemnation injures me! Really?
Realizing that the condemnation I might heap on another can injure myself is hard to believe but let’s investigate it further.
If I hold a grievance against someone for something they did or didn’t do and I avoid that person, crossing the street, or going to the other end of the store to avoid them means I am not free. I am in a pain of sorts but I don’t want to recognize it. As long as I see someone as ________ (fill in the blank) my mind is locked and a locked (blocked) mind is suffering even though it may not realize it.
When I condemn someone I am the prisoner. I am the prisoner of my own hate (judgment). I am projecting _______on someone rather than recognizing it in myself. It is called projection. I am projecting ______ onto someone else, usually something distasteful; not recognizing it is within me as well. I am in denial but I “feel better” since I am getting rid of ______ by projecting it outside of myself. They are guilty – NOT ME!
Since I began the spiritual practice of A Course In Miracles, my goal for peace is to see no one as separate from myself and to exclude no one from my love.
Except for_______! What about her? I have to be truthful with myself and acknowledge the condemnation I have placed on her if I want to choose peace and awaken from the dream the Course says we are in. She must be my enemy if I condemn her. Do I want to give up the condemnation in order to have peace?
Yes I do when I finally recognize what I have been doing. I stop condemning another and realize I am injuring myself by not forgiving and awakening from the ego’s dream.
Crossing the street to avoid someone is a wakeup call. It is a call to stop the condemnation to recognize it is time to change my mind about this “enemy” I have not wanted to recognize. We look at the problem with our elder brother Jesus and while holding his or the Holy Spirit’s hand we see the projection and do not accept guilt in its place. Then we laugh!
The Course says in lesson 198. Only my condemnation injures me.
“Condemn and you are a prisoner of your thoughts. Forgive and you are freed. This is the law that rules projection. Forgiveness sweeps dreams away. Forgiveness is a dream too but it breeds no others. Illusions end. Forgiveness is the dream of waking. It is God’s plan. You hold the answer to your problems in your hands.”
The method of forgiveness that works for me is to sit quietly, eyes closed. I visualize the person in my mind. I see myself hugging them and saying
“You are a Holy Son of God along with me. We are equal as brothers; we are equally loved by God and I hold you in the light of love.”
When we commit to choosing peace, it means carefully watching the ego part of the mind. We are vigilant for the little condemnations. When one comes up says “Ah ha! Gotcha ego.” And do the work to free yourself from the silliness it is.
To read or hear lesson 198 go to http://www.acim.org and click on workbook lessons and then the list. When the lesson comes up click on “hear”
God Is. You are loved!
I realized this afternoon that I felt sort of lost. I don’t like it.
I wasn’t sure of what to do, what project needs attention from the assorted
notes and pieces of paper on my desk.
Maybe I needn’t do anything.
Maybe I should just let go of trying to figure it all out and just be in
the back wash of the feelings in my mind.
These feelings remind me of the term “Let go and Let God.”
I don’t know what to do or work on first so I going to remain
in this place until something gives.
What will appear I don’t know…..And When?
Being a Course student I will ask the Holy Spirit.
What would you have me do?
What would you have me say and to whom?
I’m waiting. I trust something will come.
I think the ego is throwing a curve ball and the only thing
to do is not buy into its silliness.
I will wait. I have faith and I trust that this too shall pass.
A Butterfly visited in my Ashland, OR Garden
It is a Lorquin Admiral – per Butterfly Identification posted on line.
I took several pictures while holding my breath. It was a windy day.
And another picture.
I thought about capturing it and saving it for my grandchildren to see, but what would that have taught them? That it is OK to kill something for their pleasure? That it is OK to take something from nature that has a right to live, as we do.
It is not that rare to capture butterflies but I realize it was the love in me that propelled me for my camera. I love beauty! It fills my soul with the mystery and loveliness of nature.
As the Course In Miracles says in the Manual for Teachers, #11. How is peace possible in this world?
4. “Peace is impossible to those who look on war. Peace is inevitable to those who offer peace.”
Let us offer peace to all creatures and be grateful that they are in our lives.
Doing so gives us inner peace.