Tuesday, June 2, 2020

My God Box

There have always been in my heart prayers and requests that I know are beyond my own resolving. It's those that take God Power and Knowing to make them happen (or not) for He knows if they are in my best interest.

A few years ago I got the idea of buying a nice box where I could write down these prayers as a sense of release. I found this really nice wooden one and it's where I place, lovingly and trustingly, my prayers to God. It's those that I deeply trust He will answer and resolve in His perfect timing. 

What I do is I write down and date my request on index cards, and I say a prayer from my heart placing it in His Hands. It goes in the box. Every now and then, not too often, I return to the box, look through each request, I may say another prayer, and close it. 

Once any prayer is answered, I remove it from the box, I give thanks and discard it.

I feel this practice deepens my trust and dependence on Him. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Be the Light of the World

In the wee hours this morning, in between asleep and awake states, I had an experience of conversing with God.
I'm not sure how He appeared to me, but I felt His Presence for sure. It was loving, and all-encompassing.
I remember telling him how distraught I felt with the whole global virus situation is affecting so many people in so many ways. My heart was (and is) heavy and I asked Him to do something, please. I have been praying His help consistently. And I felt He came to me to address my prayer request.
As I poured my heart out, I remember Him asking me to hold the light for the world, and to do it consistently. God was very direct and clear that I needed to see and hold the world in His light, to stay strong and that was my part in this situation.
That is what I recall of the experience. I woke with a sense of well-being, peace and gratitude.

Monday, April 27, 2020

This is the real path to our spiritual awakening and a happier experience. It is to see others as they truly are, and know myself through this vision.
There really is nothing else to learn, ultimately. Anything we do and learn will lead us to this truth. As I see, treat and think of others, I will know myself.
Whenever I meet anyone, it is a holy encounter. I can decide to honor their true essence as a Child of God, holy, whole, innocent, in spite of whatever they think they are. As I hold them in this light, I know myself in this light. And they will sense it.

Living life from this perspective is a much more joyful and fulfilling experience. Separation dissipates and relationships heal because we are healing within. We are returning to truth.
This has nothing to do with religion or philosophy. It's about a state of being. We do not heal alone. We need each other.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Prayers and Affirmations Help Us Remain Focused and Grounded

The ones I included in the attached graphic are some of the affirmations, verses and prayers from the Bible and A Course in Miracles that have taken me through the toughest times in my life. I still use many of these if not all. They are very powerful when read out loud and feeling the words!
I repeat some when I wake up; when a fear thought comes into my mind and I feel that sense of anxiety in the pit of my stomach I'll repeat one that works to calm my mind.
If I have a judgment towards someone I will ask God to help me see this differently.
You don't need many, a few will do the job. You can choose from whatever positive, spiritual material you read, or you can create your own. Keep it close to your heart. Memorize it and make it yours.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Can I Turn Attack Into a Blessing?

This topic was covered on our daily Course Companion call this morning. It's from Chapter 7, Section VI of the text of A Course in Miracles.
These are some of the concepts from the section that stood out most to me (I'm paraphrasing them to personalize the teaching):
--When anyone acts insanely, it is an opportunity for me to bless them.
--Others attack out of fear and because they believe they lack something in them.
--God created everyone worthy of honor. Appreciate them.
If I am tempted to attack in return, conflict and separation arise. But, can I turn attack into a blessing instead?
Can I see their wholeness and abundance instead of lack and weakness? Can I keep in my awareness that they have forgotten who they really are and respond with patience?
My part is to see everyone as God created them. As I do this, I see myself in this light too. This, I believe, is how we dispel animosity, separation, fear and can heal our relationships with compassion and true appreciation.
I admit I have not mastered this yet and I am judgmental towards others. As I become more aware of my judgments and defensiveness, I am do respond patiently.....with the help of the Spirit within me.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

You Are Responsible For What You Think

"You believe that you are responsible for what you do but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think..."
"What you do comes from what you think."
"...you teach what you do believe."
Quotes from A Course in Miracles Text

My work is at the level of the mind...choosing thoughts that align with Truth so then I can step into my real identity and see others in the same light. It's a shift in how I perceive.

This is how healing really happens. First at the mind level.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

What Do I Truly Treasure?

This question came up a few days ago while reading A Course in Miracles. What is it that I truly treasure and how much do I treasure it?

Hmmm. I thought about it before responding. I wanted to be honest and real with myself.
TRUTH was the response that came up for me. The truth about myself, about God and about life. I want to know and live truth.

So far, Truth and God and Love are changeless, cannot be threatened and to know it is to be free. My goal is to be aware of the beliefs I hold that aren't true so I can release them and move closer to my true being.

Sometimes I find myself holding on to the desire to be right and prove my beliefs to be true. Eventually I realize that this only keeps me stuck in the ego thought system of fear and separation.
I really want to know the truth and be free.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Reading or listening to God's Word helps me stay focused on that Higher Power that keeps me grounded and in the present moment with a sense of tranquility.

Some helpful tools I practice to remind me during the day of God's promises are:

--I listen to audio messages by spiritual teachers on my phone while I do housework or go out for my walk.

--I read and repeat throughout the day inspirational and uplifting messages, quotes and verses found in the Bible, A Course in Miracles or other spiritual material I've written on index cards I carry with me.

--I raise a prayer to God

--I look for things to be grateful for and express them out loud to hear myself

These practices help me quiet the fear thoughts and the "what if" questions that arise.

We are all in this together and with God.

I need this reminder over and over. When all seems well and life is regular, I may forget about God (but I don't); when life gets rough and scary....I hold on to dear life to these promises so I can return to peace. Let us remember we are never alone. For a moment, place your hand on your heart, close your eyes, breathe deeply and ask God to guide and protect you and all of mankind. Ask. Be still and then on one a day at a time. The answer will come. Blessings!

Monday, March 30, 2020

We Are Never Alone

I need this reminder over and over. When all seems well and life is regular, I may forget about God (but I don't); when life gets rough and scary....I hold on to dear life to these promises so I can return to peace.
Let us remember we are never alone. For a moment, place your hand on your heart, close your eyes, breathe deeply and ask God to guide and protect you and all of mankind. Ask. Be still and then on one a day at a time. The answer will come.

Monday, March 23, 2020

This Is a World of Ideas

A Course in Miracles teaches that this world is an illusion, it's not real and so it cannot harm us, unless we place belief in it.
We made this world when we thought we could separate from our Creator.
We believe this is our home. But it's not. This world is a projection of our fears, thoughts and beliefs. Individually and collectively.
It is a world of ideas. For years it has been difficult to wrap my head around this concept. But with practice and an open mind, the thought has made it's way into my awareness and suddenly it seems to make sense.
"Thoughts increase by being given away.
The more who believe in them, the stronger they become.
Everything is an idea.
How, then, is it possible that giving and losing can be meaningfully associated?"
What if we opened our minds to this possibility and began to be in the world and project ideas of abundance, love, peace, healing (instead of lack, fear, attack, defensiveness)???
Food for thought.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Importance of Slowing Dow and Reconnecting to Self

Being semi-retired and a stay-at-home wife/home administrator has given me the opportunity to focus much more on myself. I actually enjoy taking care of the house and the details that went unattended to for years because of my successful 40-year career as an Administrative Professional.
Raising 3 children and working full time definitely left very little time to focus on myself. I did my best over the years to fit in exercise, enjoyment and most of all spiritual inner work (my passion).
At some point I decided to follow my calling and trained as a coach and ordained minister. I now work from home and am much more at peace with time to dedicate to knowing myself.
Sometimes I get that sense of wanting to be "busier" and do more. But no, I am learning to slow down and focus on what is truly important to me this stage of my life.
I share my light, work with clients, facilitate coach and ministerial training, workshops and even officiate ceremonies. At my own pace.
My priority is serving, being present, self-knowledge and awakening.

Friday, February 28, 2020

The Truth Will Set You Free

The true meaning of this Bible verse reveals itself to me as I deepen my study of spiritual principles. What truth is it referring to?
I believe it's KNOWING my true nature, which is spirit, and understanding what that really encompasses. This statement/affirmation relates to the truth about my identity. My real identity. Not the self-image I believe I am (a body, a daughter, a doctor, etc.), but beginning to "know" I am eternal, created by God with all of God's attributes. This changes how I feel about myself....and others.
My part now is to accept this truth, to know it, to be it. In my quiet time with God (and sometimes during the day in my thoughts) I ask Spirit to help me remember this truth, especially when I fall back to believing I am weak, fearful, lacking.
Take a moment. Just a moment. And feel that truth within you. Imagine living your day from this vision of yourself and of others. You are a Child of God. Eternal. Loved. Spirit. Whole. Provided for. Never alone. Changeless!! It is freeing.
Step into your true identity! Breathe it in. Write it down. Repeat it. Ask God to reveal this to you. It's a game-changer.