Joining together with others in the study of A Course in Miracles can assist with more understanding of the material, learning from others’ personal miracle stories, and the encouragement to dive deeper into personal practice. We have three weekly ACIM Study Groups that meet via video and phone conferencing on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. On Sundays in Madison, Wisconsin, we have an in-person study group. Each group has a slightly different focus but all maintain practical application of A Course in Miracles in our lives. Our study group facilitators are Gayle Bartlett, Mari Dole, Ryan Westbrook-Vigue, Darike Vigue, Tracey Frick, Tom Wolff, Rev. Paul Phelps, and myself, Rev. Deb Phelps. My thank to all!
Below you will find the summaries from our groups this week.
To join in our Tuesday and Wednesday ACIM Study Groups via video or phone conferencing, see the information at this link. Our Monday morning study group has been discontinued.
For Madison, Wisconsin information, go to this link.
Sunday ACIM Study Group in Madison
Opened with Lesson 289 – The past is over. It can touch me not.
Practical Application Topic: Holy Encounters
Personal miracle stories and examples were shared in relation to how we see our brothers and sisters. Do we really see them as they are now?
We read Text, Chapter 13, IV. The Function of Time. When we look at one another we must realize for one, the other is our mirror, and for two, we place the past on this person. It doesn’t matter if it is direct past with the person or our own past with other people. We project our fears and guilt upon others all the time. Can we see through the eyes of forgiveness and meet another in the present moment?
For only “now” is here, and only “now” presents the opportunities for the holy encounters in which salvation can be found.
We closed with a silent meditation and announcements of what’s upcoming.
This week’s video teaching is “Holy Encounters.”
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIpcCK85-GY
Tuesday ACIM Study Group by Video/Phone Conferencing
Text Chapter 4 Section VII “Creation and Communication”
The Study Group opened with a meditation over Workbook Lesson 177
“God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” Which is a review of Workbook Lessons
163: “There is no death. The Son of God is free” and Workbook Lesson 164: “Now are we one with Him Who is our Source.”
As we shared our personal application of the daily Workbook Lesson we discussed how amazing the Course changes lives and how powerful practically applying and living the Course can be. The Power of love that flows from the Course and how The Holy Spirit confirms one is on the correct Spiritual Path for them when one seeks confirmation that their following Guidance.
We also discussed the topic of the ego having a “game plan”; how the ego will do what the ego does and will cause separation, brings negative thoughts, and anything to distract from ones Peace. When the ego perceives a threat of the Course a student can increase their ability in hearing Guidance from The Holy Spirit during this challenge because one begins to recognize and see the egos attempt to take ones Peace at any cost and any possible way. When one is able to gain vigilance in recognizing the attempts of the ego and is able to seek and receive Guidance from The Holy Spirit it allows the Course Student to keep their Peace on solid ground rather than wavering with the ego’s guidance.
Lastly in our hour of Holy conversation together we discussed where one’s feelings and thoughts come from. How we are created in the image of the Creator and how our Truth is True and how God flows to, through, and from us. Also, that God communicates to His creations through their thoughts and feelings that come into their minds. The idea that like minds communicate with one another opened our eyes once again that we have a divine connection.
The Tuesday Night ACIM Text Study is an open Drop-In Study Group and all are welcome anytime. The Tuesday Night ACIM Text Study Group that is always filled with deep personal sharing from each Course Student’s Practical Application practice in A Course In Miracles.
Wishing you the Deepest Peace,
Wednesday Study Group by Video/Phone Conferencing
We began with a meditation on Lesson 178, a review of these ideas: Let not my mind deny the thought of God. I am entrusted with the gifts of God. God is but love, and therefore so am I.
After agreeing to the group guidelines and checking in with each other about the previous week, we began our study of Section 25, in the Manual for Teachers: ARE “PSYCHIC” POWERS DESIRABLE?
We discussed the facts that there are no unnatural powers, that everyone has them, even if they are unaware of them, and that, as long as they are used in the service of Love and with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, they are helpful.
During the session, one of the participants shared a story illustrating this sentence: The limits the world places on communication are the chief barriers to direct experience of the Holy Spirit, Whose Presence is always there and Whose Voice is available but for the hearing. The participant said that a family member had spoken angrily during a meal, and, with quiet words, the participant’s spouse helped the participant not respond to the seeming attack. The next day, the participant wrote a note asking forgiveness of the family member, who responded lovingly. The participant felt that the Holy Spirit aided communication among all involved.
We will not be meeting next Wednesday, due to the holiday, but will do so on July 11. Please feel free to join us from 12:30 to 2:00 Central time.
To join in our Tuesday and Wednesday ACIM Study Groups via video or phone conferencing, see the information at this link.
For Madison, Wisconsin information, go to this link.