Sunday, April 4, 2021

True Light is Strength

Lesson #93 and 94 are so freeing and revealing of God's Love for me (and all of us).

Today, the above statement included in lesson 94, titled "I am as God created me",  stood out for me.  I don't gloss over the reading material as in previous years, as I want to understand the real meaning of the A Course in Miracles teachings and continue to experience the peace and transformation they bring.  

So I asked:  what does it mean to me that true light is strength?  I closed my eyes and allowed some clarity to come.  

Why is true light strength?...because it's the truth about me; I am light, we are all light, as we have been created.  Changeless.  And this light has the power to heal, to unite, to shine away all darkness and illusion and reveal our true being.  And what is our true being?  Purity, innocence, peace, joy, and so much more. I could feel that truth within me.  And I repeat it as I go through the day, especially when any contrary thought comes to mind.

I am as God created me.  I am strong, light is in me.  I do not need to prove my goodness, as it is given by God Himself.


Friday, March 26, 2021

Love Created Me Like Itself

I’ve done the review lesson #84 in ACIM several times in the past, but yesterday I practiced it with more devotion, determination and attention.  I did the reminders throughout the day and also sat quietly with the idea for 15 to 20 minutes, as per the instructions.  There were a few times I did skip the short practice periods, but I kept at it.

To repeat the idea throughout the day keeps my mind in awareness and connected.  Sitting quietly for 15 to 20 minutes with the idea, asking for clarity from Spirit and going deeply into its meaning shifts my mind to a lighter, truer state. The old begins to be released and the new welcomed.

During my longer practice period, I did my best to still my mind.  I sat quietly and attentively.  I then asked, WHAT IS LOVE?  I substituted Love for God, All that Is, the I Am, Creator.  

Words and meanings began to flow into my mind.  Love is:  kind, wholeness, perfect, unchanging, beautiful, gentle, strong, uniting, oneness, light, all-encompassing, inclusive.  

I thought:  if I am created in Its likeness, then what am I??  I remembered the Course states: “you are a miracle.” “God and His miracles are inseparable.”  “The Word is really a thought.”  I somehow understood and envisioned God extending Itself and creating me (not as form or a body which is perishable, but as spirit, eternal, with His attributes as stated above).   I had such a feeling of joy and love at that moment and all through the day.  I rose up from my quiet time with the sense that I am a thought in the Mind of God.  Inseparable from Him.  Wow!!

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Perception Versus Knowledge

"Perception is temporary.  It is an attribute of the space-time belief, and is therefore subject to fear or love.  Misperception produces fear, and true perception induces love.  Neither produces certainty because all perception varies.  That is why it is not knowledge.....but knowing is the affirmation of truth." 

When I perceive anything, it is coming from my own mind and from my belief system.  So, as my beliefs change, what I perceive will vary....and that is why perceptions may produce fear or love and are temporary.

Truth, on the other hand, is steady, changeless, as God is. 

Knowing is certainty.  You can count on it.  No one can take it away from you.  Because you know.  It's experience.  

I remember a conversation I had once with a dear friend who asked me how could I be sure that God existed.  I could not say anything convincing to prove the existence of God to them because my knowing came from experience.  It started with faith, but ultimately it became a knowing.  This no one and nothing could take away from me.  That was exactly what I said to my friend.  I know.  I have experienced God but I can't explain it or prove it to you. It's personal and available to all of us as we desire it.  And we will eventually.  It is what we search for. 

Monday, March 8, 2021

Love Created Me like Itself

This workbook lesson, #67, from A Course in Miracles really hit home for me this morning.  

For as long as I can remember, I identified with a different self-image.  

People I loved and trusted from my past repeatedly told me I was selfish, uncaring and unloving.  I believed them at a deep level because they were important and close to me.  

I spent most of my life and relationships trying to prove them wrong (in my head) by being extra loving, by giving at times even more than was necessary or healthy, while never really feeling the truth about myself.  Their inner voices became my voice.  And it has been very unforgiving.

As I read today's lesson, and sit with it, I allow it's truth to sink in deeply.  I feel its message of changeless, eternal love, which is what God's love is; the old voices are replaced by this love. I've read this lesson many times before, yet today my inner being is ready to embrace this true image of me.  

I am forever grateful for God's love. And, since I place my faith and trust in what these lessons say about me (because they feel true to me), I accept this as a complete and accurate statement about what I am.  Love created me like Itself.  Then this Self must be in me.  

In the quiet stillness, I repeat this idea along with other attributes of Love, such as holiness, wholeness, wise, loving, kind, and so forth, as I reach deep within.  I spend my day repeating this truth about myself because I need to hear it as often as possible.

Love created me like Itself.

Friday, March 5, 2021

No Idle Thoughts

I am being very aware and observant of my thoughts as I learn from the Course that all thinking produces form at some level.  I was never too careful nor mindful of what I was allowing to live in my head.  But not anymore.  The truth is, I feel much more at peace by doing so.  When a fearful or disruptive thought comes up, I recognize it, release it and replace it with the truth.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

"I Have No Neutral Thoughts"

This is the title of workbook lesson #17 in A Course in Miracles.  Today this lesson is included in a review and it still makes me ponder.  Hmmm. No neutral thoughts.  And it goes on to expand its meaning:

"Neutral thoughts are impossible because all thoughts have power.  They will either make a false world or lead me to the real one, but thought cannot be without effects.  As the world I see arises from my thinking errors, so will the real world rise before my eyes as I let my errors be corrected.  My thoughts cannot be neither true nor false.  They must be one or the other.  What I see shows me which they are."

It amazes me how powerful my thoughts are. They truly aren't neutral as I used to think.  I am more mindful of what I think and even more mindful of what I believe.  

My practice is to correct my erroneous thoughts with what is true, all throughout my day.  I've also realized having other thoughts running in the background, like a computer program.  Old stuff, slowing me down.  Every thought I allow without examining its veracity will have an effect in how I feel and experience life.  So I am very mindful now; I value my inner peace. My goal is to awaken from this dream by holding only what is true in my mind.  

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Am I the Ruler of My Mind?

Am I the ruler of my mind? Or, as this quote from A Course in Miracles states, does my mind seem to rule me?

All sorts of thoughts can fill my mind.  Some of them are kind, some are concerning, some are fearful, others judgmental and some even insane.  

As I pay attention to the thoughts (and noticing how I feel), I replace them with what is true.  This has become my practice! 

You see, in this world, we have been programmed to be fearful and to believe in lack, struggle and that we are unworthy.  We can spend our days (and nights) feeling guilty, regretful and fearful of the future.  

I refuse to live this way.  My goal is peace.  My goal is love.  My goal is letting go of all the programming that has occupied my mind for so long.  It's time.  I consistently hold loving thoughts about myself and others and it has changed my whole perception. 

Yes, it takes effort and awareness.  But the rewards are priceless.  Truth, love, forgiveness sets us free.  

I am becoming the ruler of my mind. 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear


These principles from the text of A Course in Miracles affirm the state of perfect love as reality, and the state of fear as unreality.  

Fear of not being enough, of having another see the ugliness within me (how unworthy I am of love, etc.) had kept me feeling isolated, alone and always trying to win the love of others by giving, giving, giving for many years.  

For the past 15 years, I have allowed these loving principles from the Course enter into my awareness and soften the blocks and false concepts that have kept my mind asleep and held it captive from my true being, which is love.  

As I practice stillness and go within, I connect with the peace, innocence and love that I am.  It's a place in my mind that has been covered up way too long and that I now access.  Here, I meet with God.  And as I open up to His love, I extend it to others.  This love is healing, it's freeing and it's available to all of us because it is what we really are.