Practicing Practical Application

Posted January 1, 2013

This is the year for the application of the ideas that have been given you. For the ideas are mighty forces, to be used and not held idly by. They have already proved their power sufficiently for you to place your faith in them, and not in their denial. This year invest in truth, and let it work in peace. T-16.II.9:4-7

As you may know MiraclesOne was founded on the idea of “Practical Application of A Course in Miracles”. This approach has worked for us personally as well as many of our students and members. By focusing on Practical Application it becomes a personal responsibility instead of stretching to gain knowledge or impress others.

Practical Application means “just do it”. That is, doing exactly what Jesus outlines in the Text, the Workbook Lessons, the Manual and Supplements. It only seems to be hard and confusing at first because we are trying to analyze what Jesus says instead of placing our trust in his and Holy Spirit’s Hands and following the suggestions as given to the letter.

I came to this many years ago in my studies with the Course. I was a good student up until that point, reading the Workbook Lessons and the Text daily and leading a study group. Then a major family crisis begged for something more than just reading and discussing the principles.

One day in my sadness and anger in the situation the following line appeared in my Course book. It glowed and vibrated and I resonated, yet felt a tiny bit resistant. When I fully embraced what it said it was as if my mind cracked open to let the full radiance of the Light through. This line has guided my work and the work of MiraclesOne ever since.

This is not a course in the play of ideas, but in their practical application. T-11.VIII.5:3

Too often as ACIM students we want to sound important so we memorize many quotes or we debate to show our intellectual understanding. Then the time comes when all the quoting and analyzing and reciting stops working and we are left to face ourselves. This is when once again we come to the point where we say, “There must be another way.”

That is where “Practical Application” enters into our lives. Now we are led to take the Course on a much deeper level. We are invited to actually use its concepts, to actually practice forgiveness and not talk about how important it is to forgive.

If we desire more peace and an easier life, then it makes sense that using the tools that we have been given within its myriad of pages will present to us just that, a peaceful and easy life. It may not mean that situations no longer occur but it means that our reactions to those situations are now different, in fact we may be indifferent to the situations now because we are present in a place of trust with Holy Spirit, Jesus and our Father.

That is what I have done for many years now and it has made a wealth of difference in my life. You will find that our members and students are like no other Course students you have met. They are dedicated, committed, sincere, loving and warm. If situations arise that require frank honesty and forgiveness, they open gladly to the opportunity to learn and speak about its benefits straight from the heart. We share together as equals, whether it is Rev. Paul or myself, or any of our ministerial students, our various class students or members. We are truly one here and we like it that way.

When we come from the premise that we are all equal and that we all have gifts to share with one another then it makes for a truly harmonious atmosphere. When we can self-reflect on our own judgments in a situation and accept responsibility for those judgments, then the turmoil that can sometimes be found elsewhere totally vaporizes. This is a supportive partnership simply by the applying of the concepts in every moment that we can.

We are here to support you as you are here to support us. Let us continue to grow together.

May Peace be with you always!

Rev. Deb Phelps

EXTRA – Two Guided Meditations

Two Guided Meditations

 

Meditation on Christ Vision – 8/28/11

Meditation on Christ Vision
With Rev. Deb Phelps

Rev. Deb leads a guided meditation for this week’s Sunday Service. The guided meditation begins with an introductory total relaxation phase, moves into a practice of seeing with the eyes of Christ and finally gently you return to this world.

This is from our Sunday Service talks called “Miracles Message and Meditation” held in our church facility in Madison, WI.These talks are on everyday topics in Practical Application of A Course in Miracles.

Recorded August 28th, 2011
33 minutes

Listen at Direct Audio Link

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Meditation on Stillness – 7/24/11

Meditation on Stillness
With Rev. Deb Phelps

Rev. Deb leads a guided meditation “A Journey Into Deep Stillness” for this week’s Sunday Service. The guided meditation begins with an introductory total relaxation phase, moves into the inner journey where you rest a while and finally gently you are returned home.

This is from our Sunday Service talks called “Miracles Message and Meditation” held in our church facility in Madison, WI.These talks are on everyday topics in Practical Application of A Course in Miracles.

Recorded July 24th, 2011
34 minutes

Listen at Direct Audio Link

Handling Grief in Practical Application of ACIM

 

As you may know, one of our dear angel friends, Kathy Thompson, transitioned Monday night due to an unexpected car accident. I spent many hours on the phone yesterday with those that knew her and loved her so much. At times those I listened to questioned how this tragic accident could have happened to one as loving as she, how unfair it seemed, and asked how should one really feel as a Course student.

The Course does indeed tell us many  ideas about death and the illusion and the attraction that we have to it. But when we lose someone that is so close to us, or as in this case with Kathy, a pure heart and generous spirit that she was, how can one make sense of it? Is it permissible to grieve? Additionally, the Course tells me that this world and the body is all an illusion, am I to just ignore what I am feeling deep inside? Continue reading “Handling Grief in Practical Application of ACIM”