How can I see my brothers as one with me if opinions and judgments fill my mind? Yes, opinions and judgments, we have them. It seems to be part of our nature here in the world. And, indeed, I have them too. However, in this the practice and knowledge are–“I know I can choose again.” If I truly want peace (and not just flapping my gums about it) I choose the Teacher of Love Who wants me to see beyond the bodies and personalities of the world. The Teacher of Love desires I offer love and kindness to all.
No one but is my brother. I am blessed with oneness with the universe and God, my Father, one Creator of the whole that is my Self, forever One with me. I trust my brothers, who are one with me.
My days since the beginning of the year have been set with the practice of mindfulness and especially using the practice of lovingkindness. I made this choice because of all I was witnessing in the world. I am not perfect and Jesus tells us this in the Course, “The Teachers of God are not perfect or they would not be here.” I am honest with you. It takes more than honest and meditation. It takes practice in laying aside all the thoughts that make an appearance in my mind that is not of love and kindness. I want to see every being as one with me, no different ideologies, no political parties, no religions, just beings created by the Divine.
Each day we are besieged with news stories that if we choose can serve as a trigger for fear or it can be a catalyst for self-reflection and transformation. This has been my dedication. Choose the self-reflection and transformation when these arise.
Lesson 105 – God’s peace and joy are mine:
…if a brother seems to tempt you to deny God’s gift to him, see it as but another chance to let yourself receive the gifts of God as yours. Then bless your brother thankfully, and say:
My brother, peace and joy I offer you, That I may have God’s peace and joy as mine.
Is it not the happy condition within we wish to cultivate?
Cultivate it with by wishing others well. See the equality in your brother. You do not have to agree with your brother, but you can love him for the Divine Spark he/she possesses in their spirit.
Offer the peace and joy so you can know it yourself. I do this each day I welcome the sun with it and salute the moon with it. We are all equals, period.
Yes, I am an A Course in Miracles Teacher and a Meditation Instructor, but what is that really? Just a title here in the world. It is hollow if I cannot embrace my fellow beings in the world. If you have been following MiraclesOne for some time, you know this is our mindset and how we teach. Is it a teaching or is it learning together? May I continue to demonstrate the Love of the One.
I share what I am learning and maybe you benefit and maybe you do not. Maybe it leads you to a new direction in your life. Share it with me as I love to learn.
I have a new direction where I am headed as I continue to incorporate mindfulness into my Course study and practice. You will see this reflected more and more. Students who are in my classes have seen my classes evolve over the years. It does bless us all. Afterall, the Workbook in A Course in Miracles is 365 days of meditation.
Remember we walk with you, not in front of you on the path to peace.
Not too long ago, I sent out the following letter to our MiraclesOne email groups and Facebook groups. I share it with you below.
As some of you may know, Paul will be leaving soon for deployment. This is the third time for us. I thank you in advance for your loving thoughts and prayers for our family for the year ahead.
This message to you is long, and I appreciate you taking the time to read through it as it lays out what is next for MiraclesOne.
Personally, I plan to utilize this time for deep reflection, meditation, mindfulness and tuning in to the Wisdom of the Holy Spirit just as I have from the beginning of 2017. I hope to be making strides in my health and well-being during the upcoming year too.
I have worked studied and practiced ACIM for 25+ years (who’s really counting) and have been a meditation practitioner and instructor for 37+ years. My heart is calling me more to the silence and connection with God.
You will find that what I mentioned above will be reflected in what I will share with you over the next year. From my writings and posts to classes I develop, to podcasts and videos, all of it I can feel already will be taking on a new essence, an evolvement if you will, just as I am ever-evolving on my spiritual journey.
With A Course in Miracles, more and more I find I step away from the words and into the beingness of its truth. You know that my mandate has always been for the practical application of its teachings and the importance thereof. There is a line in Lesson 189 (I feel the Love of God within me now.), that states these words:
Simply do this: Be still, and lay aside all thoughts of what you are and what God is; all concepts you have learned about the world; all images you hold about yourself. Empty your mind of everything it thinks is either true or false, or good or bad, of every thought it judges worthy, and all the ideas of which it is ashamed. Hold onto nothing. Do not bring with you one thought the past has taught, nor one belief you ever learned before from anything. Forget this world, forget this course, and come with wholly empty hands unto your God.
With this particular message, and honestly, it has been since the beginning of this year, I have felt a resonance with this passage as my guiding Light. I know some of you have experienced a difference in my being and have mentioned it to me in person or by email. I thank you for noticing.
All I can be is a demonstration of Love. Everyone has the Wisdom and Love of the God within them.
My Guidance Moving Forward Into 2018
The Year of Simply Do This
What will stay the same –
I am feeling guided to continue most of what MiraclesOne offers as is. That would be our ACIM study groups, classes, online groups, workshops, retreats, Sunday Livestream a few times a month, podcasts and videos. Obviously, these offerings will be influenced by my own journey this coming year. I know many of you appreciate these and I want to assure you they will continue.
Our free ACIM study groups, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, will stay the same. They are currently run by our volunteer facilitators, of whom I have immense gratitude for their participation and support for our ministry. Our Madison in-person study group that meets twice a month will also stay the same.
Our website material will remain free for ACIM students as it has been for several years. Everything Paul and I have created for at least the past 13 years is there for you to access for FREE. We believe in providing free resources as an all-volunteer ministry. We appreciate your donations to help us keep all of this running, as well here in the world these things cost money. There are always expenses and upkeep.
The Lessons in Light site and posts for our donors and patrons, I will keep running for you in gratitude to what you offer us here by way of support.
The Thursday 6-week classes have continued to deepen over the years. I wonder where it will lead us next.
What will change –-
I will not continue to post the Daily Lessons and the ACIM Quotes images to social media. All of the Workbook Lessons are available on our website freely, both audio and video. The ACIM quotes are originally from our published book, and of course your Course book! The images are available on various forms of social media. Feel free to save these for yourself for future reference. I may continue these through the end of the year and then stop. I still have to decide on this.
As I continue to deepen my spiritual self, I’ll be sharing the new insights that occur to me in posts and with social media images. I will tell you that I have been currently working on rich, fertile material. There may be a book in the works perhaps, perhaps a new podcast, who knows, as it all remains to be seen by Spirit’s Guidance. I will be happy to share this with you as revealed to me.
Those who may receive by email the Daily Lessons, weekly Text readings, and Manual readings, these mailings will end too. Once again, all of this material can be found freely on our website. I will certainly update the Text and Manual/Supplements weekly reading schedule for the new year.
My Unity Show, “Entitled to Miracles,” has been on hiatus due to changes at Unity and their broadcast center. When Unity resumes radio operations in January, I will not be continuing my show with them. I have added all of the episodes produced for Unity to my original “Entitled to Miracles” podcast. I may still add episodes from time to time. This occurring felt like a natural segue.
My friends, we have so many free resources on our website that I hope you will take advantage of them. There is just about everything you could ever want or need about ACIM.
In January, I will be offering meditation classes. There will be two online classes and one in-person class. These will be held every other week. Details will be released soon.
I look forward to this time with great expectancy. I am ready to use my creative powers and talents to express my spiritual soul. I am enthusiastic for the transformations to arrive.
I have always maintained that we are equal partners on this journey and I will continue to share that with you. You will be in my thoughts and always in my heart of Love.
Thank you for reading this message. I offer you Love, Peace, Light and Joy today.