It has been one year since I started this blog…..sharing thoughts from my spiritual journey with truth seekers. The illusory world does not care and it does not matter anyway because the ego runs the illusion. That’s like running the lemonade stand in the lemon orchard. If you don’t know what anything is for I can tell you. It is for forgiveness.
What do I KNOW?
Nothing in this world is true.
Nothing in this world is real.
God IS. That’s all I know.
Do I see God with mortal eyes? NO
Do I feel God with a mortal Body? NO
Do I know what love is? Sometimes.
Do I know that LOVE exists? YES
How do I know that LOVE exists?
From a mystical experience words could not describe
But, I tried anyway because I needed to understand it, in a poem called
The Greatest Gift. It was my way to hold on to the beauty
and to always remember that only Love is Real and never ever
forget the Magnificence that I knew and now have known.
This is what I know:
God Is. Love Is.
I am Love.
You are Love.
Only the Love within is Real.
Poem: The Greatest Gift can be read on this blog posted December 24, 2013
My day of liberation: Detaching.
On Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – it was a day that will live in (my awakening) infamy! And maybe Diego’s too!
My spiritual practice, being non-dual, tells us that this world is an illusion and that we are not bodies rather we are spiritual beings who can never die. Yes the body dies but we are not it. We are much more.
On this day while taking my morning shower I had the urge, to before dressing, to stand in my backyard nude and proclaim to the Universe “I am not a body, I am free, for I am still as God created me.” I have a fairly private back yard.
In this world we are separated by our individual identities inhabiting bodies, and separated even more so by names, our status, country, culture and religion. Even animals, flowers, plants, rocks and dirt are named and considered separate entities. We feel alone and separate and apart from Oneness. But feeling lie, they are not true.
However, we are more than a named thing. We are not a thing, we are beings that are joined by the mystery that gives us everything we need and most of all love. After showering I made sure my husband was busy on his computer and completely nude, opening the sliding glass door, I stepped out on the deck.
Diego stirred, “It’s alright Diego! Sit.” And with that I gingerly stepped off the deck and stood on the patio. I stretched my arms and face to the sky and turning around and around proclaiming –
*“I am not a body, I am free, for I am still as God created me.”
A July Thunderstorms had brought a cloudy morning and I could feel a slight drizzle on my upturned face. I said goodbye to Diego and retraced my steps.
Doing something I would never, ever do has taken me years. Now in a 70 plus year old body, I finally had the courage. You notice I didn’t do it in front of anyone else. Well just Diego and he wears his furry birthday suit all the time so he understands.
Why is this inner peace for me? Peace is detaching. As we age we are more and more concerned about our pending death. If we can detach from the body, little by little we are liberated from the grossness of form, that we are not, and enter to the spirit self that we are, and share with everyone.
It is a life’s work and it started many years ago as I wondered “Who am I, What am I and why am I here.” I now know who I am is spirit, inhabiting a body, and I came to learn the lessons of my particular classroom, my assignment and forgive everything, everyone and most of all my self so I can go Home.
We all share the same name of “Spirit” even if we have names that separate us. Maybe we should add spirit to our name, for example: Spirit Jane Doe; or Spirit John Doe. This is the shared Oneness regardless what our culture, religion or even the era we lived in while on earth. We are connected as Spirit to both past and future. Bodies come and go, but Spirit comes to learn lessons and then moves on via a thing called death. Death, a conveyor belt moving through time that cleanses and washes us of our egoic selves so we can know our truth and be free.
I don’t want to recommend this “bodily” liberation process unless you have a private place because we still live in a world with laws about exposing one’s self. But of course, liberation is a state of mind and you can do it in the privacy of your home. For some reason I wanted the sky to know and the proclamation to extend out into space and beyond to Heaven that is our Home. And Diego didn’t even bark, he understood.
*A Course In Miracles, Workbook Review VI, Lesson 219 – August 7
I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.”
Review of Lesson: 199) “I am not a body. I am free.”
“When seeing this (a sinless world) is all we want to see,
when this is all we seek for in the name of true perception,
are the eyes of Christ inevitably ours.
And the Love He feels for us becomes our own as well.
This will become the only thing we see reflected in the world and in ourselves.”
Quote: A Course in Miracles – Workbook Lesson 181 – I trust my brothers who are one with me. paragraph 8. sentences. 4,5 and 6.
http://www.acim.org (click on lessons to listen to the entire lesson.)
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Whenever you become upset about anything remember it is your *decision maker choosing the ego thought system. Choose again. Re-direct the decision maker to the Holy Spirit within your mind.
Whatever it is that upsets you; neighbors dog barking; boss rude; friend doesn’t call or answer e-mail; have a lousy cold; grief; death of a loved one; current situation in the middle east; Jews bombing Palestine; Palestine bombing the Jews; War; or all the problems of the world and life in general, they will never cease. There is always a problem to replace the last problem that was solved. But you do have the choice to see problems differently. How do you perceive things?
It does not matter what the problem is. You have chosen to notice it and let it upset you. You want it. You want to be upset….because your ego mind wants you in a state of unsettledness.
You have a powerful mind, given to you by God. At birth you were imbued with the spark that connects you to the great mystery; the One that is Father.
You have free will and can THINK anything you want. You can side with the ego or choose to listen to the voice of Peace, the Holy Spirit within. Test it out!
Try it, you’ll like it!!
*Dr. Kenneth Wapnick coined the term “decision maker” meaning that part of your mind that can and will choose. You are no longer a helpless victim of the ego’s thought system. You can choose between it and the other voice within, the voice of love, grace, compassion, the Holy Spirit within.
His books on the Course In Miracles are available at: http://www.facim.org
“That since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.”
The preamble to the UNESCO Charter adopted Nov. 16, 1945
The path to inner peace means changing the minds of men and women of the world. A mind that chooses peace as its goal is always “aware” of the thoughts contained within: Do they reflect peace or war? Here are some statements that could be used in “defense” of peace:
You and I are the same
I am you, and you are me
Whatever I see in you, also is in me
I am responsible for how I see and think
I choose to have an open mind
I refuse prejudice wherever it dwells
I exclude no one from my love
This world is an illusion but love is real
Love is all there is
We are One Humanity
I belong to all Religions and Faiths that honor God/ Allah/Yahweh/Creator
What are other statements in “defense” of Peace? Please post them here.
The above photo is the front of the United Congregational Church of Christ in Ashland, Or
whose membership made a donation to the building fund to the Islamic Mosque in Phoenix, OR
Forgiveness is Grace
The only thing to forgive is our self for believing the “seeming” separation from God. That is what A Course In Miracles calls The Atonement : acknowledging and remembering we are not separate from God….. because it is impossible that we could ever be separate from God, Oneness, our Source. That is like a wave “believing” it is separate from the Ocean.
We are loved beyond our comprehension but the ego mind denies it because if we ever accepted that we are loved, we would withdraw our belief in the ego and that is a very big threat.
So the ego is busy, busy, busy running the programs that keep us in lock step with it and all our goals in its favor. You know, that busy chatter that runs in the background throughout the day.
Your assignment on the spiritual path, whether a student of the Course or another, is to look at the ego’s gyrations, wait and judge not. When we are still for a moment and go within and wait, we are quieting the mind enough to hear the still small voice of Spirit that is always there, and waiting for an opportunity to offer its peaceful guidance and to be heard.
Its guidance can be a quiet little peaceful thought and it may not come right away but only in stilling the ego chatter, will it be heard. In other words you quiet ego the chatter by not acknowledging it or letting the thoughts pull you into a boiling brew. Just notice them, let them go and wait.
*A Course In Miracles Lesson 84
Love holds no grievances.
Grievances are completely alien to love. Grievances attack love and keep its light obscure. If I hold grievances I am attacking love, and therefore attacking my Self. My Self thus becomes alien to me. I am determined not to attack my Self today, so that I can remember Who I am.
These specific forms for applying this idea would be helpful:
This is no justification for denying my Self.
I will not use this to attack love.
Let this not tempt me to attack myself.
That is Grace. God Is.
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Here is an article I wrote for my grandson who graduated from preschool!
Sharing wisdom is what we can do no matter who we are; where we are; or how old, young; our current culture or religion; working or retired!
Share your wisdom and help someone – even if you don’t know who they are. You can know they are the same as YOU however!
It may seem strange to look at our problems or addictions as gifts but they are life lessons so let’s consider them gifts and learn something on the journey.
Who runs your life? We live in a dualistic world and have a dualistic or split mind. It contains both aspects: “good” and “bad.” Remember the cartoon of Donald Duck with an angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other? He was conflicted over which one to listen to. We know which voice speaks for Truth or love; and we know which one speaks of condemnation and hate. And there is no “good” or “bad” either, it is just if we choose peace we listen to the voice for peace. We have the power to choose between these two very different voices and thought systems: spirit and love or fear and hate.
All fear/hate/condemnation thoughts are of the ego and as you have probably figured out by now, it runs the world. The DNA of the ego is attack, judgment, separation, jealousy and manipulation. The proof is the ceaseless wars since the beginning of existence. We are not civilized. We attack others and declare war. We attack ourselves through addictions. The result is always guilt and anger which begets more guilt and anger and on an on.
We learn gradually on our life journey that the ego is not our friend. It is not our identity or our Truth either. Its only power is given to it when we listen to it and follow it or believe it. By taking charge of the Mind, we gradually un-do the ego and it is side lined. This is the wisdom of many psychological and spiritual practices, Buddhism, A Course In Miracles or non-dual practices.
The ego cannot change or affect the peace of love within you unless you let it. For example, the ego mind tells us we have done something wrong, we over indulged; smoked a cigarette; snapped at a friend, or ______(fill in the blank.) We feel guilty. Guilt is the trap. We go around smiling but deep down we feel terrible thinking -“if they only knew.” Feeling guilty is the ego’s ace in the hole! “Trapped, trapped like rats” said the cowardly Lion in the movie the Wizard of OZ.
Here is a check list the next time you feel trapped and want to STOP the guilt.
1. Go to the Stately Calm Within. As soon as you realize you are suffering and your mind is going around in a maze STOP. Focus on your breath, feel your center and stop thinking thoughts just…breathe.
2. Imagine holding the hand of Love. Unconditional, all-knowing eternal LOVE, whatever that represents for you; Presence; God; Jesus; Allah; Buddha, Spirit or a person who represents Love for you. You can hold “Love” in your mind no matter what you are doing.
3. Tell LOVE what is in your heart: “Love, I really wanted that chocolate cake or _____.” Tell LOVE everything and be honest, “I was depressed because I didn’t get that job or I had a drink, or he hurt my feelings, or_______.”
4. You have looked squarely into your Beautiful Mind and given its contents over to LOVE within. The ego is sitting in the corner sucking its thumb. It will come up with plenty of negative chatter. The ego always speaks first! That is important to know because you will recognize ego as the detractor it is. Thoughts that come from love will always speak of peace. A thought of blame or guilt about yourself or anyone is the ego speaking and it causes more guilt. Let the ego judgment go. It is not True and you are still LOVE.
5. Remember this world is an illusion. It is not real since God did not create it. So relax because nothing has really happened! So smile… laugh, “heh, hah, ha, hah, ho, ho” and soon you will really be laughing. This takes the seriousness out of the ego’s sails.
6. If the ego thoughts come back, and they will, look at them, don’t believe them and remember to laugh and repeat the above steps.
Looking honestly in this manner is practicing forgiveness. * “Forgiveness is still and does nothing. It merely looks and waits and judges not.” You are looking at the ego’s disruption and withholding judgment…and waiting…for inner peace to come….and it will.
You are in charge and You are training your Mind. That is why an addiction is a gift. You get your Mind back. We all have addictions or problems in this world. It is a life long process and you are worth it!
You are in charge when you remember LOVE is who you are. Case Dismissed. You are healed, whole and innocent!
This article, in part, appeared in the Ashland Daily Tidings August 2012.
* A Course In Miracles Workbook – What is Forgiveness? pg. 401.
Lesson 127 – There is no love but God’s
I bless you, brother, with the Love of God, which I would
share with you. For I would learn the joyous lesson that
there is no love but God’s and yours and mine and everyone’s.
If God is Love and Love is God then…. all is well. What is there to fear?
We cannot NOT be loved. We can think we are not loved but
“Love’s meaning is your own, and shared by God Himself. For what you are is what He is.
There is no love but His, and He is everything there is.”
IF Love is ALL there IS… of course All is Well.
Love cannot, does not, and never will judge you or anyone else who is now living, have passed
on or is yet to be born.
Love does not change. Maybe you think you do not love someone as much as you once did but
if it changes, it is not love. Love is unchangeable and eternal and
no one is excluded from God’s Love even if they think they are!
Whenever anyone upsets you or you have a thought about someone that you would not share
with the entire world then send them this blessing:
I bless you brother, with the love of God
which I would share with you.
For I would learn the joyous lesson that there
is no love but God’s and yours and mine and everyone’s.
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Workbook table of contents
And to lesson 127 and click on “hear” and sit back and listen!
When are we Mindful?
When are we Awake?
When we “wake” up in the morning are we really awake or are we
going through the motions of whatever our current script is?
Be Awake Now!
Notice your breath going into your nostrils!
Where are you?
You “think” you are here -
But where are you REALLY?
You are Home in Heaven, D R E A M I N G…..
Be a lucid D R E A M E R
You can be mindful whenever you remember you are D R E A M I N G
and you will be A W A K E!!
See A Course In Miracles Workbook lesson 94 -I am as God Created Me
http://www.acim.org – lessons
Picture taken in Ashland, OR