I love to learn. In fact, I am always looking for opportunities to learn something new. I suppose that’s why A Course in Miracles attracted me a couple of decades ago for this very reason. It gave me a chance to learn about myself continually.
If you grew up as I did in the Catholic Church or another Christian church then Lent had many connotations, mostly “sacrifice,” “crucifixion,” and “death.” Lent, if we recall, is the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Did you know Sundays are not considered part of the Lenten fast? And even more complicated is that the “40 days of Fasting” before Easter is not even 40 days. Sigh. Confusing, right? Continue reading “40 Days of Light: ACIM From Lent to Easter – Daily Messages”
My gifts are gifts of Love and Love always heals. Love always blesses the perceiver and the receiver whether they realize it or not. The ego’s gifts always separate. Their means, their goal is to crucify your holiness. You give them the power to do this at an unconscious level. As you turn to the Holy Spirit for help with each of the temptations that the ego offers you in the world the Holy Spirit will help you to make the right choice to choose the correct path, the path of peace. Remembering to ask Him for help with everything, any decision Continue reading “Ask Him to Give You the Keys to Heaven”
The path of unforgiveness leads us down a path that twists and turns, filled with thorns and roadblocks. The way is not clear for it is not seen at all. With forgiveness, the way becomes clear. Forgiveness does not twist the truth into something it is not. It leads us Home.
In every situation that crosses our path we have a choice. Too often though, the choice has been blaming others for our discomfort. Be it another person, an organization, the government, society, financial institutions or the media. We place the blame squarely on someone else’s shoulders instead of looking within as to where the problem lies.
What is “Forgiveness” according to A Course in Miracles? Forgiveness is first a central teaching in the Course. It leads us to happiness. Through forgiveness, we come to know we are innocent and one with each other and our Creator. Our function is forgiveness, however, it is completed alone, but through the assistance of the Holy Spirit. It is a release from what we thought occurred in the world. In truth, in Heaven, it has never occurred. This is different than the traditional viewpoint on forgiveness.
In Lesson 5 we are reminded “I am never upset for the reason I think.” We think the problem is real outside of us, hence the blame game we play again and again. Believe me, I too, have played that game, yet with my practice of A Course in Miracles it becomes mere blips on the screen rather than all out day after day upset.
Forgiveness, as Jesus tells us in the “What is Forgiveness?” section prior to Lesson 221 in the Workbook for Students, is:
Forgiveness, on the other hand, is still, and quietly does nothing. It offends no aspect of reality, nor seeks to twist it to appearances it likes. It merely looks, and waits, and judges not. He who would not forgive must judge, for he must justify his failure to forgive. But he who would forgive himself must learn to welcome truth exactly as it is.
If we come to realize that what we see outside of us is not the cause of our upset and that seen with Jesus and the Holy Spirit’s eyes will result in forgiveness. When we look at the issue in front of we are not judging it in any way. He asks us to simply look at the unreality of the problem.
Easier said than done, right?
If we profess to be ACIM students, it is more helpful to work through the issue than to simply intellectualize what Jesus refers to in regards to “forgiveness.” The words in the Course are poignant indeed, yet, we are called upon to actually use the words to help to free us from our thorny path. This is bringing ACIM to “life.”
When we look at the situations that call for forgiveness, we are asked to step back and look at what the ego is doing without any judgment at all. We notice the insanity of it when joined with our Inner Teacher. When we are hell-bent on the problem, then we will never see the love underneath.
Nothing in this world can take our peace away. Too often we give our peace away readily. We willingly give away the power of our mind and become the victim. I have heard this from students throughout my many years of teaching. They will relate a situation and it is consistent in the referral to the other person or entity as the problem. Even sometimes too I have been referred to as the “problem” or the obstacle to a student’s learning. The ego’s projection is so maniacal in its deception that it will use anyone in front of us, even those we love. It will whisper to us to run away rather than to face the truth in our minds. Here, we need to move from the “other” as the problem to realizing the problem is in our own mind.
We have been afraid of love in our mind. We say we desire love, yet if we allow love in we are terrified that our ego self would dissolve into nothingness. Hence, we continue to insist the problem is “outside” instead of “inside.”
The real problem is the separation. The real answer is the Atonement.
Today we will inaugurate a new president. Many in the ACIM community (and others) disagree with what will take place today. Yet here we are. What do we do? There have been many discussions I have had with students whether it be in one of our groups, classes or one-on-one. Many are upset, angry and fearful of what is to come of this incoming administration. I will admit that I, too, do not agree with our new president. There are times I have felt judgment, frustration and anger, however, I return to what Jesus speaks of in A Course in Miracles and that touches my mind with the light of peace. For me, A Course in Miracles is my dedicated spiritual path and so I continue to embrace its principles and put it into practice in my life.
In our “Walk in Gratitude” class last night some of these thoughts came forth as a student questioned the class on the discomfort she felt about today’s events. I thought to hold a meditation session today, but guidance came instead to write what appeared in my mind and this I share with you now. I trust that you can come together in your mind at the appointed time in the circle of healing and ask for peace. Yes, pray for an open heart of love and God’s peace.
As I spoke to the class last night, let us ask ourselves “What am I FOR?” not, what am I against?” Are you FOR Peace or not? Do you want conflict and judgment to continue to reign in your mind? For in that will determine the outcome you seek. If you are strongly against hatred and that is your promotion then are you not for hatred yourself? Think about that. If you set the goal for peace, you will always succeed. This reminds me of child development and “training” our kids. We tell what “to do” rather than “what NOT to do.” So instead of “Do not run in the house,” you say, “Please walk in the house.” You see, the mind skips over the word “NOT” for some odd reason and hears instead, “…run in the house,” and so kids do! So be what you are FOR. Be for peace.
Here is a 5-minute excerpt from my sharing in our “Walk in Gratitude” class last night on just this idea. LINK
Donald and his administration are our brothers whether we want to accept them or not. We do not have to agree with their political position and we can still personally stand for human and equal rights, social justice and more, yet on the level of spirit, he and they are ONE with us. Stop for a moment on this. ONE WITH YOU….No one is left outside of Heaven. We go together. Let’s remember, “Whose voice will we listen to as we do this?” Will it be the ego’s voice of fear and hatred? Or, the Voice of the Holy Spirit Who only speaks of Love? Do I want to fight myself for tha tis what I am doing when I project it outward. Who is really judging when the finger is pointed outward at someone else we claim is judgmental?! Oh my! It’s us! It’s me!
Is this easy? No, it doesn’t seem easy when we are so headstrong in our beliefs. We are asked to be open to seeing it differently. Is it any accident that today’s lesson is Lesson 20 – I am determined to see, and tomorrow’s lesson is Lesson 21 – I am determined to see differently?
No, it is not. Crack open the door in your mind so the Holy Spirit’s kindly Light can shine through. The Holy Spirit would have us appreciate our brother and thank him for what he is teaching us. What has this experience since the election taught you? Be with that thought. What has come up for you? Are you grateful for what has stirred up in your mind and risen to the top? Did you know your mind was so filled with alligators in the swamp of the ego? Holy Spirit is helping us drain the swamp of our mind.
You see, we want the judgments to arise so they may be released. Be thankful this has occurred. Don’t fight what you feel. Be in a sense of wonder. I wonder what would happen if I let this judgment and grievance go? Jesus basically asks us the same in the Rules for Decision in Chapter 30. Take the time to re-read those as they are truly helpful. Then, embrace letting it go with the Holy Spirit. Embrace it all.
I admit to you I still have thoughts that come up as you heard in the excerpt from our class. I am grateful each time they come up because I can arrest the thought (most times) and invite Christ vision to see purely. Will I continue to see Trump purely? Honestly, probably not. But I have a Teacher who will help me in this endeavor. I trust the Holy Spirit above all. I don’t have to trust anyone else but Him. He will guide me to what is next for me. Everything is a lesson in love if I am willing to accept it. Every situation and experience can teach me appreciation and gratitude if I allow it. The question is, “Will I?” and now will you?
Here are some thoughts from ACIM and a guided meditation to carry you through the day.
“Love holds no grievances” – (From Review Lesson 84 of Lesson 68)
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.
“Let miracles replace all grievances.” (From Review Lesson 89 of Lesson 78)
Let miracles replace all grievances.
By this idea do I unite my will with the Holy Spirit’s, and perceive them as one. By this idea do I accept my release from hell. By this idea do I express my willingness to have all my illusions be replaced with truth, according to God’s plan for my salvation. I would make no exceptions and no substitutes. I want all of Heaven and only Heaven, as God wills me to have.
Useful specific forms for applying this idea would be:
I would not hold this grievance apart from my salvation.
Let our grievances be replaced by miracles, [name].
Beyond this is the miracle by which all my grievances are replaced.
Here is a meditation I recorded on Lesson 78. Use it today as well as all I have shared. Invoke the Holy Spirit and allow Him to give you Christ Vision to see this day, this president and yourself with Love. LINK LINK NOW FIXED