Thursday, August 6, 2020

A Course in Miracles in My Path Home

A Course in Miracles became my next step on my spiritual journey Home, back to God. 

I began my study of it in early 2007 in a beautiful, intimate study group in a Unity church.  Since then, I have read it, put it down, felt resistance to its teachings (the ego in me resists the truth because it's a relinquishment of it), picked it up again and now it's a part of my everyday life.

Sometimes the practice of its principles can be challenging for me because I resist letting go of my own will.  But I continue on, and practice, practice, apply.  I see the results in my inner healing and in the healing of my relationships with others and life itself.

Most of all, my experience of God's has blossomed and I become aware of it moment to moment.  As I relate to others, I practice loving, because this is the purpose of being here on earth.  To see love in all, without exclusions.  I fail, for sure, because the ego never rests.  But I watch my judgmental thoughts and feelings of fear and attack as they come up and remember the truth. 

This is my path. 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

In the World But Not of The World

I am definitely not of this world and I've known this for a long time.  

And for a long time I wondered what my purpose here was.  I was honored to be the channel of life to 3 wonderful and unique beings....my children.
Other than that, I felt a bit odd and disconnected from the usual goals of this world such as making a lot of money, being famous, etc. 

I cherish deep and authentic connections but most of all my relationship with the Divine is what has brought me purpose and fulfillment.  Understanding I am the eyes, voice hands of God and that I am here to be light, to heal and heal others makes my being here worthwhile and purposeful.  

As for the body, nope, I am not the body.  I am in this body to communicate with others the light that we all are.  As I awaken so do they.  No one awakens alone.  I care for the body because it is the loving and responsible thing to do.  

Blessings.


Monday, July 27, 2020

Barriers to Love

Feelings of unworthiness, guilt, being defensive and judgmental, the desire to be “special”, holding and holding another accountable to fulfill MY needs are some of the barriers within myself to what love really is.  These are based on fear and a belief that I am not enough.

I have used “special” love relationships to alleviate the pain caused by the belief in separation.  What I called love was always an effort to find validation outside myself of my worth.  My relationships then became a means of getting….not of giving and receiving.  

Years ago, after leaving a very painful relationship that was based on abuse and victimhood, I committed to learn what love was.  Since then, I have worked on acknowledging and letting go of the blocks to the love that I am.  

As I deepen my relationship with my Creator, I understand that nothing can change who I really am.  I realize I am love, whole and complete.  From this state of mind, I relate to others in loving and joyful ways, giving and receiving love instead of relating to get.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

PRAYERS AND INTERCESSION FOR ALL THOSE IN AUTHORITY

This is a Bible text directed to all believers to actively practice prayer and intercession for those in positions of leadership and authority.   Today it is much needed….so that we may live quiet and peaceful lives.  

I believe in the power of prayer, and more so in the power of collective prayer.  Let us begin to practice praying for our leaders, for wise leadership, so we may have leaders that work for what is in the best interest of all of us….not just the few.

This needs to be our part, joining in prayer and blessing, instead of attack, division and fear.  Let us trust that good prevails and that it begins with our joining as one!  We have the power to bring about a true shift, we can make this happen.  But it has to start with each of us.  We must be willing to set outside our differences and join in what matters.  

Moving forward I choose to do my part to be part of the solution instead of the problem. 

Friday, July 17, 2020

Spiritual Awakening

Now more than ever I feel the strong need to go within to find guidance and answers to life’s questions.  Who and what can I trust to be real and the truth in the world?  

Maybe it’s time we understand that truth is within, where God is, and do the work of investigating who we really are, and what we are doing here.

I know this world is not my home.  I do not belong here, but I am here and I have a purpose.  I find clarity and guidance through prayer and listening within, and through studying and practicing the principles in A Course in Miracles (the spiritual path I have chosen), to help me unwind my mind from the ego thought system, which is based on fear and attack.
And there is so much fear, confusion, division, and struggle in the world.  But what a difference it is when I am willing to try out a different way of living this life.  

Do you know that you have an Inner Guidance that is always with you waiting for you to say YES and invite It to teach you and heal you? Heal your life?  

To me, the only way to unplug is to become aware and awaken from this dream.  And that takes a lot of vigilance, self-awareness, consistent practice, radical honesty and a stepping out of body-identity and stepping into our spiritual and eternal identity.  This is what I call spiritual awakening or awareness.    
Knowing I am not alone and have the support of Spirit with me is comforting and assures me of success.  This is our purpose.  To awaken and help others do the same.  

Be aware that fear is the control system we have lived under for ages; and freedom is what we long for….a return to our Home, a state of being we can begin to experience right here as we deliberately practice love, awareness and oneness.  Stop falling into the trap of separateness, division, sides.  It just keeps us where we are and there is no peace in this.  Remember:
“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. “ 

Friday, July 10, 2020

Three Qualities

I chose these 3 qualities to focus on years ago when I was training to be a ministerial counselor. I wrote and placed the words where I would see them frequently and keep them in my awareness.  

Yes, I must say I have developed all three.  I am much more CONSISTENT keeping my healthy habits; I follow through (less procrastinating), I complete assignments and overall am much more committed to myself.

I have developed my TRUSTING nature....I listen to and trust the guidance I receive from my Inner Wisdom, whereas I used to look for validation from others.  God has become my "go-to". 

As for DEFENSELESSNESS, that's been the most challenging.  It's still an on-going learning process for me to pause before speaking, to listen with an open heart and to choose peace over wanting to be right.  

The journey Home is guaranteed.  I am never alone.  Spirit is always with me, for me, in me and guiding me.  I am committed to releasing what doesn't serve me anymore and continue to shine the light that I am.  It's time to heal the world.  


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

As You See Him You Will See Yourself

Whether we believe it or not, we are all connected at some level.  

What we see in others is usually what we believe about ourselves.  

There's a saying in Spanish that I'll translate as best I can:  "The thief judges by its own condition."

And we all do this, until we begin to realize the truth of our oneness and choose to see another beyond their personality to their divinity.  This practice then helps us see ourselves in this same light.  This is healing.  

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

I believe that truth is universal, that it needs no defending....it just is.  And we know it when we find truth.  It resonates with our deepest being.

Yet, sometimes we are not ready or willing to let go of beliefs we have that block us from what is real.  Until we do.  

God is patient with us.  God never forces nor manipulates.  God is waiting for us to let go of our small self-image and step into our true being.  Just as He created us.


Monday, June 29, 2020

Decision-Making

When I am faced with a decision, do I really know what is best for everyone involved?

Whether big or small decisions, I usually (still learning) turn within to Holy Spirit and ask for direction and guidance.  
I learn from A Course in Miracles that:

"In everything be led by Him, and do not reconsider.  Trust Him to answer quickly, surely, and with love for everyone who will be touched in any way by the decision.  And everyone will be."
There is such wisdom here.  My decisions affect others and I wouldn't want to harm anyone out of ignorance.  I am learning to ask, to go within, to be still and listen for guidance.  And Spirit will answer quickly and surely with love, considering everyone affected.  

Why trust my limited understanding when I have God's Guidance available always?


Saturday, June 27, 2020

Special Relationships

The book Choose Again continues on to say about special relationships:  
"In a special relationship, I have given my partner the task of making me happy.  The arrangement stems from a belief in lack, that what I need has to be supplied by my partner.  Finally, a special relationship is a prolonged bargaining session which is doomed to fail; sooner or later my partner does not keep his or her end of the bargain."

I know this very well.  I was in such a relationship for many years, it ended up in co-dependency and losing myself. I have also had this kind of interaction with others, not just a partner, where I am expecting them to make me feel happy, good, etc.  This has only set me up for disappointment and has perpetuated my lack of growth as a whole being.

Once I embarked on the quest of understanding what love is, my relationships are based more on mutual appreciation, healthy boundaries and deeper connection.  It is a continuous work in progress because this takes self-honesty and awareness.  

Blessings!


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Holy Spirit's Mission

“God gave the Holy Spirit to you, and gave Him the mission to remove all doubt and every trace of guilt that His dear Son has laid upon himself.”

For years I've studied/read A Course in Miracles and practiced its principles of healing the mind.  It's taken me a long time to take to heart and own all the loving thoughts and Will that God holds for me.

I sat with this one to day as I read it during my devotional, and was filled with such gratitude to be aware that I have a Guide, Comforter, Helper placed within me by God Himself to help me return Home.  I could never do it alone, but I am not alone.  This is His mission!

And no matter what thoughts I may have about myself, whether it's unworthiness, guilt, shame, you name it, I can bring these to the Holy Spirit within me and ask Him to heal my perception of myself and others.  To see myself with His eyes, as I truly am.  
As I practice seeing everyone as whole and innocent, the more I realize it in myself.  As I heal others, I heal within!  Full circle.  

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

My Mantra

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
I have memorized many quotes from the Bible and A Course in Miracles as part of my inner tool box I reach out to for daily, moment to moment remembrance of Love and especially when I face challenges.
This one in particular is like a mantra for me. In just one sentence it states so much. As I say or think each portion, I contemplate on its meaning, feeling and, with faith, I rest on the promise that is there for me....and all of us.
"You" (meaning God) "keep him" (me, you) "in perfect peace,"
I know that I want to be in perfect peace as much as possible, and it is possible. How?
"whose mind is stayed on You,". I can choose to keep my thoughts on God, Who loves me, is always with me and is changeless.
"because he trusts in You." Obviously, I need to have a relationship and connection with this Divine Being in order for me to place my trust in It. And that trust is cultivated through prayer, reading and by just asking! It is God's Will for us to be at peace and we can find it in Him.

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.

Blessings.
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.