The Spiritual book, A Course In Miracles says we are all One!
Recently in Roseburg Oregon, a 26 year old man killed 9 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 understand we are all capable of murder.
Our government murders for us when people on Death Row 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 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.
Grievances hide your light!
A grievance, an upset, anger, frustration or any annoyance hides the light that is within.
When you see an angry person what do you perceive, light or darkness? Grievances and light cannot go together and vision is impaired when darkness runs rampant through the mind. In order to see clearly the grievance must be laid aside. Whatever it is that is bothering you do not let it block the beauty within. Let it go. Holding onto it causes ulcers! Holding on to it causes illness. Just say “I have no need for this. I choose inner peace as my goal and I cannot have peace and hold a grievance in my mind.”
One day at work I saw a woman with an angry look on her face. She was looking at me so I wondered what I did to upset her. Her grievance was apparent. It turned out it was not me but something else that caused her upset but her light was “out.” Don’t let your light go out!
The world, your friends and family need it! Your light makes you healthy and beautiful.
Be as stately and as peaceful as a graceful Oak!
See A Course In Miracles lesson 68. Love holds no grievances
http://www.acim.org and click on workbook lessons. Listen to the lesson.
Also Lesson 69. My grievances hide the light of the world in me.
Sally facilitates one of several A Course In Miracles study groups in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon.
For 4th of July Peace – Celebrate by Joining vs Separation!
The 4th of July marks the time when the Declaration of Independence and separation from England and the tyranny of the King and the old world, was signed in Philadelphia in 1976.
Today we celebrate with fireworks and merrymaking and claim ourselves to be free.
Do you feel free? Free from what? What is it we want to be free or separate from?
Perhaps we need to celebrate freedom by joining with others instead of separation. When we join in the Oneness with all living things and everyone including our perceived enemies, we have peace, true peace.
We will have wars until we declare ourselves free from enmity. As a nation we just “recognized” Cuba!
Wow about time. It is only 100 miles from Florida!
President Lincoln said “ To defeat an enemy, make him your friend.” We cannot be free or happy when we exclude ourselves from others
This 4th of July celebrate Oneness with everyone in your life, your acquaintances, even those who may have moved beyond in space and time and instead of separating, join!
Join in the celebration that we are all here at this place and time on this tiny fragile speck in space, we call Mother Earth.