See Love or the Call For Love

See either Love or a Call for Love

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The United Nation’s International Day of Peace is Saturday, September 21. Imagine all the people in all Nations of the World stopping for 24 hours to think about Peace! Peace with other countries, counties, family and neighbors! We don’t have to hate. Do we? Do we have to judge or condemn? If a trusted adult tells us that others are offensive we may tend to believe them especially when we are young. We are taught and most of us believe and accept but we certainly don’t have to. For example my mother was prejudiced against a certain race. I had played with some of these kids at school and liked them so I did not accept her belief but I did obey her and not go to their house. As it turned out my sister married a man of that race and low and behold, she changed her mind. A mind is a beautiful thing to change. Mom was a lovely person but she accepted her conditioning and passed it on. It reminds me of the Roger’s and Hammerstein South Pacific song, “You have to be taught.” But we do not have to accept society’s teaching. Hate is a choice.

Could it be that a part of our mind enjoys hate? Think about how you feel when you are in the “hate” emotion. Doesn’t it make you feel strong and powerful and above all right! Years ago I worked in an office with a young man who was mentally impaired. He was from a rich family and he annoyed me and I disliked him. Looking back after years of spiritual work I wondered what that was about. I think I hated him because he reminded me of my own mental impairment. I always thought I was stupid! We project onto others that which we have inside yet do not want to see or admit. It is projected out and seen elsewhere but heaven not in me! When I think of him now, I send love to him wherever he is and I believe his soul receives it. I know mine does.

Hate and anger are harmful to the hater in many ways.  Have you ever tried to be nice when you didn’t want to? What does that type of mental activity do to the brain/body? Check out the Every Day Health website, https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/ways-anger-ruining-your-health/ this site document from various studies, the side effects of hate and negative emotions on the heart and brain, creating stress hormones causing depression and even inflammation.   The ego is the “Master Judge” in our mind that runs our lives until we understand we are in fact miserable and see through the fog and decide to change our thoughts and choose peace. The ego very wisely uses projection and hate as a road block to love. We choose the ego until we decide not to. We however have a choice because we are a decider!

Hate is offensive.  When we see angry people it is very ugly and distasteful. We feel a churning inside. TV and movies offer a heavy diet of violence and hate an onslaught to the nervous systems.   To be honest we need to admit the hate we see reflected in the world outside, is also within. If we can admit that then we are no longer in conflict and it dissipates. Instead of pulling the “wool” over our eyes we just look honestly and in looking, it dissolves. If we don’t fight it or put up obstacles we avoid a pile of buried guilt being placed deep within the psyche to emerge unexpectedly, which it will. Look squarely at the angry person and see either love or a call for love.

Try it. You will access a place of peace. You do not need to say aloud “I love you” merely think it.  Your mind is choosing love instead of the ego’s automatic response of disgust or hate.   Anger is their momentarily condition but not their reality. In giving love, you receive it. You don’t know what or if you will “do or say” anything.  The situation will depend on wisdom within from the higher Self within.  You can always think LOVE.

This quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “To defeat an enemy, make him a friend.” You could also say “To defeat “my(ego)self”, make myself a friend and see love or a call for love.”

If I exclude love from others; I am excluding love from myself. With compassion we no longer condemn.

We are the same, we all ONE people. The Spark of the Divine is within everyone, so I challenge myself to look for it in others and REMEMBER…..It is also with ME!

A Course In Miracles, Lesson 187 – I bless the world because I bless MYSELF.

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Hating is Harmful – Love is Healing

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Isn’t hate a judgment?

Isn’t hate a decision?

Isn’t hate a belief?

Isn’t hate enjoyable?

Isn’t hate harmful to the hater?

Isn’t hate offensive?

Does hate infect us with psychic guilt?

The answer is YES, to all of the questions.

We cannot hate unless we have made a judgment about someone or something that we decide is offensive.  We have decided we KNOW what is right or what is wrong.

We cannot hate unless we have been taught that something is offensive or disgusting.   We are the product of our family, societal beliefs and our culture.

We must realize we find a certain enjoyment in hating.  Maybe you hate Trump.  Isn’t he fun to hate?  Maybe you hate Obama.  Isn’t he fun to hate?   We enjoy hating because it makes one feel big, strong, and above all right.  We KNOW we are right and they are wrong.  We LIKE being RIGHT.

For example: We decide being a cheat is terrible.  We’ve been taught and we believe  cheating is bad, even sinful so we hate cheaters.  We see the “sin” of cheating in THEM and hate them for it.  What we are really doing is projecting  our own “cheating sins” onto them and hating them for it and consequently we are released.  They are the sinner not me!  We all have cheated at one time or another but we know it is wrong so we see it in THEM and that makes us feel innocent.

This is the ego’s strategy to keep us projecting and hating and conflicted and separate!It also keeps us blinded and in misery because we are bereft of love and mired in unconscious guilt.  We can’t be happy if we feel guilty.  This is gleeful to the ego!

The KKK and Alt Right hate Liberals.  Liberals hate the KKK and the Alt Right.  Both groups think they are right.  Both groups enjoy hating the other and see the other as being sinful and wrong.  Both are projecting on the other what they refuse to see in themselves.

The Liberals “hate” the haters, but don’t want to recognize it within and hate the KKK for being blatantly hateful.

The KKK & Alt Right certainly have “hate” but don’t want to recognize it as bad, and hate the Liberals for judging them, something they also do.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hates Trump.  Trump hates Kim Jong Un.

We all know deep down that hating is wrong so why do we continue to do it.

The ego wants to keep us in a state of hate because it keeps us mired in guilt.  If we are feeling guilty we cannot be happy.  Ego’s Mission Accomplished!

Abraham Lincoln said:  “To defeat an enemy, make him a friend.”

I say:

1. To defeat an enemy, look within.

2. Find the offense.  “I really hate__________.”

3. Realize it is a projection.  You don’t have to know “why” just know you are projecting and that is enough.

4. Own It. “I’m doing this, holding this thought.  No one is forcing me.”

5. Look at it.  “OK, but it’s not pretty” says the ego.

6. When we look, we are actually forgiving.  We have exposed it and acknowledge it.  We let it go, and we are released from the judgment.

7. We are free.

With understanding we can no longer condemn. We are the same.  We all suffer from the same ego judgment.  We all feel guilty.  We all need release.

I admit I am a liberal.  I maintain that if I exclude love from someone; I am excluding love from myself.  I do not agree with the KKK because I exclude no one from my love……even them.  I know the Spark of the Divine is within them too so I must look for it.

God Bless!

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Am I a Body or Spirit?

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We are born into a body, in a particular family of certain circumstances but we seek the answer to the age old question:  Who am I?  We learn (gradually) we are much MORE than a body.  We are NOT who we THINK we are!  Many spiritual paths lead us to our true identity and ultimately HOME!

The Course In Miracles, tells us we are Spirit and little by little we come to understand that YES, that is true.  Our eternal spirit does reside in the body for now.  I have come to learn lessons that my Soul needs to learn.  So whatever lessons come – they are the ones I need to learn.  They are important lessons and once I have learned them I get to go HOME.  I am happy to learn them!  Well……some lessons I may not like  – BUT if I know those lessons will help me – why wouldn’t I want to deal with them.  I am happy to be in a body because it allows me to BE HERE NOW!  We are really caretakers (or not) of our Soul-Spirit and so let us be loving caretakers of this eternal jewel within.

However, as the lessons come, I am helped immensely when I REMEMBER I am in fact SPIRIT.  With that knowledge I can be at peace!  The more I remember, the more peace I will have.  When your body has a problem, which it will, it is a chance to say:  NOPE – NOT ME! My body has a problem but I don’t!  Yes, I will take care of the problem but I always have that inner gentle smile that says “I am an eternal Spirit.”

We take care and “fix” the body and do whatever we can to stay in the world and learn soul lessons that are sure to come.   A elderly friend became sick recently and the sickness was such that she decided NOT to “fix” her body!  That was courageous but I know the time will come when I will make that same decision.  I will know what the right thing to do is when that time comes.  I will leave knowing I did the right thing as the eternal Spirit I am.

Workbook lesson 199. I am not a body. I am free, is a wonderful lesson to explore the feelings of not being the body.  You can go to http://www.acim.org and click on lessons and then close your eyes and listen quietly to let it sink in.

Remember, you are a decision making Mind!  You have the power to choose!  You have two choices:  Love or Fear.  You can listen to the ego’s fear or listen to the Holy Spirit’s grace and faith. It is that quiet voice inside and it always brings peace!

Isn’t it great to know you have a CHOICE which voice to listen to?  That is why you are not a victim.

http://www.facim.org – Lesson 199 –

“I am not a body.  I am free. 

I hear the Voice That God has given me, and it is only This my mind obeys.”

God Blesses YOU!

You Are Pure Consciousness

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“The mind of an enlightened human being is flexible and adaptable. The mind of an ignorant person is conditioned and fixed.”  Ajhan Sumedho, ‘Don’t take your life seriously’, Buddhist Publishing Group

As a student of non-duality, a friend recently loaned me the above book. Ajahn Sumedho. Ajahn, (“teacher” in Pali) was born Robert Karr Jackman, July 27, 1934, in Seattle. He is the senior Western representative of the Thai forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism. A bhikkhu since 1967, Sumedho is considered a seminal figure in the transmission of the Buddha’s teachings to the West.  During the Korean War he served for four years from the age of 18 as a United States navy medic. He graduated in 1963 with an MA in South Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Per Wikepedia

A Course In Miracles has many similarities with Buddhism and the one that stands out from all others is our judgment of ourselves and others. I don’t know about you but I’ve been fixated on politics, our nation and world conditions since the January changes in government. Chaos and change happens in our lives and that creates nervousness and anxiety, the opposing poles of inner peace.   Ajahn says the world is: “just the way it is!” Accept! We are not at peace when we judge anyone; feel superior or inferior to others.”As Babies we were not born with a self-view. That is developed over our lifetime. We therefore become a “created concept” and we suffer and seek answers to the suffering.

Whatever our self-concepts are we are not that!  When we choose, we can acknowledge innate pure consciousness to receive wisdom. Wisdom operates through the marriage of awareness joining with consciousness. Suffering is the theme in The Four Noble truths. Judgment is suffering. As we become aware of pure consciousness, judgments shift and soften: “so it is” or “like this” to pure subjectivity. The ego personality says: “I like this or I don’t like that.” It is my choice then, should I get caught up in the annoyance, suppress it or try to change it? I know I want my way but can I be assured that will bring me peace? Until I can accept the world is just ‘like it is’ and ‘what is just – is’, I am the one choosing to suffer. Buddha called it Dukkha.

When you say: “I AM pure consciousness uncreated” your mind is at rest. Say it slowly with eyes closed. Say it slowly with eyes open. Pure consciousness does not have a sex, nationality or a world view. It means, I AM – not a permanent body; rather I am eternal, consciousness. Consciousness is behind awareness and when melded spark an awakening experience, like the Buddha, or Christ .

Contrast this with the impermanent, unsatisfactory “not self” that we think we are. The idea of “me and mine” created out of ignorance and separation from pure consciousness. The personality and life circumstances always change. You don’t stay the same person as the ego personality is reactive.   Old age is another seeming failure but pure consciousness does not age. Awareness transcends the conditioned ego state. If we continue to give our allegiance and beliefs to the ego rather than to our natural pure awareness, we will suffer – until we tire of it.  We can see seek refuge in awareness and pure consciousness.

As we look at national and world conditions, be aware and say: ‘so it is.’  The Course calls it our script.  It just is and we can view it through the ego i.e. suffering or Awareness i.e the Holy Spirit.  Consciousness is stainless, it cannot be contaminated. I am reminded of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, working for peace yet staying in pure consciousness throughout the tumult of his life and Jesus who assures us we are “As God Created Us” and not the thing or ego we created.

Perhaps we will become enlightened as insanity propels us to approach pure consciousness; non-attachment vs pure hell.  The Holy Spirit within that is the alternative voice to the ego.

As the months and years unfold, our mindful practice, whether with Buddhism or A Couse In Miracles workbook lessons, will guide us to the wisdom and peace available at the center of our One luminous being.

See A Course In Miracles Workbook Lesson 45. God is the Mind with which I think

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Give up the grudge & grievance

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It is hard to believe that our grudges, grievances, worries and envious thoughts do us

more harm than good.  That is because they hide the light.

We actually hide it from our selves.

We are the culprits and are the victims of our own thoughts!

Our mind is as twisted as this snag on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Today devote some time to bringing all dark thoughts to

the Light within.  Shine the light on them and honestly look at how they hurt

your beautiful Mind.  Do they make you happy?  Do they bring you peace?

Recognize the light of Truth is within YOU and no where else.  Replace all attack

on others or yourself with acceptance.  It is as simple as not believing the thought!

As long as we attack and judge we cannot know the Light and we are keeping

ourselves in misery and away from salvation.    Say the following:

“I will there be Light.  Darkness is not my will” and allow Peace to flow over you.

You are Loved!

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The Elusiveness of Peace and Joy

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The Elusiveness of Peace and Joy!

Do you want peace and joy?  Of course you do.  As least you think you do until you have a judgment or an upset that you won’t let go of.   You are upset because something was done to you and you feel you are in the right and the offending party should go to hell.  Or places like that.  Right?  OK – Let’s say you are right but do you still want peace and joy?  You can’t have it if you want someone to go to hell or hold onto an upset that you will not consider in another way.

I know someone who is holding onto a grievance.  He was actually attacked, pushed up against a fence and would have been hit if someone hadn’t interfered.  Why did the perpetrator assault him?  He had responded to an insult with his own insult and that angered the attacker and so he took matters into his hands, literally.  Who started it?  It doesn’t matter.  What matters is how we now find the peace that eluded us the first moment we reacted.  That will be the subject of another article and an important one but for now let’s look at how we can obtain the peace we want.

We have not found peace by remembering and replaying the event because we are stuck in our thoughts and we are sure we are in the right.  But are you happy being in the right?  Would you rather be right or happy?  Currently whenever we see that person or think of them we are unhappy.  Ask yourself: Do I want peace and joy?

If the answer is YES, then decided to STOP believing the set belief you have in your mind (just for a moment) and choose another way to look at this?  Say:  “OK – I’ll look at this another way for the sake of my own peace.”

*“Begin to think of that (person) brother who has been denied by YOU the peace and joy that is his right under the equal laws of God.  You have denied them to yourself and now you claim them as your own. Think of this brother a little while and tell him in your mind:

My brother peace and joy I offer you,

That I may have God’s peace and joy as mine.”

We don’t think that just because we have denied peace and joy to someone that in so doing we are in effect really denying them to our self.  If you hold hate or a grudge in your mind, you are the one HOLDING the hate and the grudge in yourself.  You are the sufferer.  Do you think your brother is suffering?  We don’t know but we do know you are.

Would you rather say to that brother?

My brother, misery and suffering I offer you

That  I may have the ego’s misery and suffering as mine.

Which version do you choose?  If the word God bothers you, take it out.  God won’t care.  That mystery is love and love never condemns.  It doesn’t know how to.  Make a copy of the pledge and paste it around the house.  Take yourself on as a student and train yourself to accept that peace and joy is your inheritance and that you are worth it.  You are worth it and you will experience peace and joy when you offer it to others and especially to the one you are upset with or have judged or who has offended you.

* The above quotes come from the spiritual book, A Course In Miracles, Workbook lesson 105 God’s Peace and Joy are Mine.  Visit  www.acim.org  go The Workbook lessons and then when the lesson comes up, click on “hear” and listen to the entire lesson and close your eyes.   Choose peace!

Hint: When you give you also receive!

Can we ever agree?

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Yes we can!  Agreement happens when we find common ground on SOMETHING!
The gift is in finding what that SOMETHING is that we can agree upon!
When we are in agreement there is peace.  Where is peace when we disagree?
Eventually when we master the Course In Miracles we will have PEACE even when “disagreement” is seemingly before us.
The Course says “See love or the call for love.”
As we learn to master the Course, little by little  the judgments are fewer.
They gradually become challenges to find shared values rather than separation.
I wanted to share the link below of Professor George Lakoff of the University
of California Berkley.  He explains why we disagree and has an example of how
we can learn to find common ground and become more agreeable!
It is 27 minutes  interview with Tavis Smiley of PBS  (if you cannot open it just google
Tavis Smiley)
 
Professor of Cognitive Science, George Lakoff, UC Berkeley:
 
“Teach only love, for that is what you are.”  A Course In Miracles Text Chapter 6. Section I, 13.

You are a Decision Making Mind

 

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You are a decision making mind!  Right?!

However, you are a decision making mind that has decided it is NOT a decision making mind!  At least not all the time and here is why.

IN our world of illusion we have a split mind: the ego and the right mind which the Course calls the part of the mind we use to access the Holy Spirit, Jesus, the Love within.  Observe your mind when it is on automatic.  There are thoughts of worry, envy, judgments, fear, and also thoughts of appreciation, a friend, a loved one, clouds or spring flowers, raspberries, chocolate, or coffee.  Understand that there are various categories of ideas, thoughts running helter skelter, hither and yon and where are you?  If you are following your ego lock, stock and barrel you are not using the right mind.  You are off course!  The Course in Miracles, tells us our egoic thoughts are not out real thoughts.  Our real thoughts are the thoughts we share with God, with love.  It also says the memory of God comes to the quiet mind.   Suicidal thoughts are NOT the thoughts of God.  They are painful thoughts of the false mind, the ego.  You are NOT the ego.

The Course In Miracles has a workbook of 365 lessons, one per day, that trains us to see through the clouds and reclaim our decision making mind and the light that you are.  That process helps us learns to make the choice between the ego and the right mind.  It is a journey without distance.  You don’t need to travel to see a guru or take a workshop but you will be led by a quiet voice of love within.  The journey is inner, it is between your Self and the Love within that will hold your hand the entire time and for all time.  Take the journey with the intention and determination that you are doing something very Holy.  It is truly a mind training and life changing journey and you will succeed.

Take the journey to your real home.  Start at lesson number 1 and read one every day no matter if you understand it or not.  Keep going!

When you get to lesson 35 you will read: “My mind is part of God’s I am very Holy.”

Keep going – your decision making mind is in charge!  You are on your way HOME to the true Self!

www.acim.org – look at the lessons and the text

www.miraclecenter.org – find a study group in your area.

www.facim.org – lots of wonderful books by Dr. Ken Wapnick

The Light Has Come

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The Metaphysical/Spiritual book called A Course In Miracles contains a year long workbook study that offers a lesson for each day.

You can start the lessons anytime you want but be sure to start at lesson #1, as they follow a mind training process that is powerful and helps us see through the world and the illusions that make us sad, angry, depressed, anxious, happy at times, sadness over death, destruction, injustice and more.  I believe the Course has brought many back from the brink of suicide and hopelessness because it did for me.

Would you like to forgive the world?  It may not seem that you need to but the world has a way of showing us what we dislike as well as what we like.  The world is dualistic.  It contains the opposites that we judge as good or bad!  We can give up our suffering by  forgiving everything and everyone and when we do we ultimately know the inner Light that is our true identity!

Below is a link to the lessons.  Today’s lesson #75.The Light Has Come.

The lessons can be read but they are recorded so you have the option of sitting back, closing your eyes and have the lesson read to you!

Go to http://www.acim.org

On the Left column click:  Online Lessons

Click on Workbook table of Contents

Choose 75

Enjoy being the Light that you are and see it everywhere!

New Year Promise

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January 3, 2017!!

What a trickster time is!

“For what is time without a past and future?  It has taken time to misguide you so completely, but

it takes no time at all to be what you are. Begin to practice the Holy Spirit’s use of time as a

teaching aid to happiness and peace.  Take this very instant, now, and think of it as all there is of

time.  Nothing can reach you here out of the past, and it is here that you are completely absolved,

completely free and wholly without condemnation.  From this holy instant wherein holiness was

born again you will go forth in time without fear and with no sense of change with time.” 

The above quote is from A Course In Miracles, Chapter 15. The Holy Instant, Section I. The Two Uses of Time, p.9. 2-7.

And what are you?  The ego is a trickster, it uses time to age us (we think we are bodies); heap regrets and guilt; plant the seeds of self doubt and or grandiosity; keep us in fear of the future by reminding us of the dreaded past and we are suffocated by grievances we have promised never to overlook or forgive.  The ego doesn’t know what you are!

But to know who you are, chose to use the Holy Spirit’s practice of accepting the holy instant as soon as you become upset and remember “God Is” present at this very moment – your mind is free.  Sometimes when I am aggravated, beyond words I repeat “God Is” quickly, about 10 to 20 times!  It shifts me from the ego to the Holy Spirit, from Hell to Heaven.  Does it last – no!  But gradually, little by little, I have Faith that I am ascending the ladder and One Day, One Fine Day,  I will reach True Perception and the Real World.

My New Year’s Promise:  To use the Holy Instant and remember when upset, to STOP and take that very instant and think of it as being “Out of Time”- no past, no future, just God Is, God Is, God Is!  This is what the Course calls the Atonement: Remembering that the “seeming” separation from God is an illusion!  Not True!

When I remember God Is, I cannot think of hurting myself because I want to be in the Holy Instant, In Peace where eventually I will reach the Real World of True Perception.

Bless you in 2017 and for that matter – for eternity!

For more information about the Course check the following websites:

http://www.facim.org

http://www.acim.org

http://www.miraclecenter.org

http://www.circleofa.org

How is Peace Possible in your world?

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“Peace now belongs here, because a Thought of God has entered.  What else but a Thought of God turns hell to Heaven merely by being what it is?”  M. 11.How is Peace Possible in this World? P.4.8 & 9.

The above quote from the Manual of A Course In Miracles can relax our tortured mind if we remember that Peace is the Thought of God.  The memory of God is in our mind and we, mankind, have denied it but it is impossible to destroy that memory. Mankind has forgotten who we are.  We are of God, we are all His children.  We are therefore related because we came from the same “Father” who loves us equally.  We are One.

This is how peace is possible in this world:  Thinking of God, remembering God IS and that you are LOVED, we are ALL LOVED EQUALLY.  We are ONE.  Your mind is a judgment FREE ZONE!!

We are related beyond the color of skin; culture; religion, country of origin; language or sex.  We are One.

Since God is mysterious compassionate all encompassing eternal LOVE and we are His offspring, then we inherited the same attributes of compassionate eternal love.  This means we will never really die – our bodies will, but our true SPIRIT SELF is eternal like God.

No one can exist or has ever lived that is not of God.  Our task is to remember who we are and we do that by ceasing all judgment.

Ask yourself whether your judgment or the Word of God is more likely to be true. For they say different things about the world and things so opposite that it is pointless to try to reconcile them.  God offers the world salvation; your judgment would condemn it.  God says there is no death; your judgment sees but death as the inevitable end of life.  God’s Word assures you that He loves the world; your judgment says it is unlovable.  Who is right?  For one of you is wrong.” M. 11. 4. 2.8.

“Peace is impossible to those who desire war.  Peace is inevitable to those who offer peace.  How easily, then, is your judgment of the world escaped!  It is not the world that makes peace seem impossible.  It is the world you see (through the eyes of the ego) that is impossible. Yet has God’s Judgment on this distorted world redeemed it and made it fit to welcome peace. 

Peace now belongs here because a Thought of God has entered.” M. 11.4.1-8

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I bless myself when I bless you

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The title of Workbook Lesson 187 in A Course In Miracles is:

I Bless the World because I Bless Myself.

The lesson begins: “No on can give unless he has.  In fact, giving is proof of having.”

If you are depressed it is time to send Blessings to Yourself and the way to do that is to bless someone else too!  When you give LOVE to someone with your thoughts you are holding LOVE in your mind!   Therefore you are also receiving that love!

We make room for thoughts that bless someone or something then we share in that blessings in our mind and heart.  If you don’t have anyone to bless, what about your favorite flower, tree, river, lake, mountain, the world, teacher, coach, dog or cat?  When we send a blessing i.e. LOVE then we also bless ourselves wherever we are right now!

Bless yourself for all the thoughts of love that you have ever extend to friends and family.  Extend love to the person you saw standing in line at the grocery story who you judged as _________ (fill in the blank) by sending them message now.   A simple little thought like -“I saw you there and my ego judged you but now I withdraw that thought and see you as a Holy Son of God that you are.”

Since you send the blessing you have right now blessed yourself.  You have also blessed the world because you powerful mind sent a the powerful thought of LOVE and acceptance.  The Course says all minds are JOINED at some level, so just know your loving thought was received not only by that person but to others – the whole enormous family!

In the Course, Chapter 1,  Page 14 in the text:

            Perfect love casts out fear.   If fear exits, there is not perfect love.  But

          Only perfect love exists.  If there is fear, it produces a state that does not exist.

Your perfect love casts out not only fear but all the worries, doom, gloom you are holding onto in your life.  Let it all go and the way to do it is to LET LOVE IN…..NOW.

Visit

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God Bless!

 

 

I AM COMPLETE, HEALED AND WHOLE

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Note: You may not believe the statements below, you may not accept or welcome them but do not allow yourself (the ego mind) to question or judge them.  Merely repeat over and over several times a day, while falling asleep or upon awakening or anytime you find your mind wandering.   The purpose of repetition is that eventually you WILL believe.  The ego will try to convince you otherwise to keep you from ascending the ladder to be HOME free!

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  Practice, practice, practice!

How do you attain inner peace?  Practice, practice, practice!

CHOOSE ANY STATEMENT THAT “FEELS RIGHT” AND REPEAT SEVERAL TIMES A DAY, WHENEVER DEPRESSED, HAVE SUICIDAL THOUGHTS OR WORRIED ABOUT ANYTHING.  PRINT THE STATEMENT OUT, CARRY IT IN YOR POCKET AND TAPE IT TO YOUR BATHROOM MIRROR!

  • I AM COMPLETE, HEALED AND WHOLE.
  •  I  AM SPIRIT, A HOLY SON OF GOD.
  • I AM ONE WITH GOD.GOD IS LOVE AND THEREFORE SO AM I.
  • GOD GOES WITH ME WHEREVER I GO. GOD IS IN MY MIND.
  • GOD PUT THE HOLY SPIRIT IN MY MIND TO ANSWER PROBLEMS.
  • RECOGNIZING I HAVE A SPLIT MIND, IN THIS DUALISTIC WORLD, I CHOOSE THE HOLY SPIRIT IN MY RIGHT MIND, NOT THE EGO.
  • IN QUIET I ASK THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR HELP – NOT MY EGO.
  • WHEN I GIVE LOVE TO EVERYONE I FEEL THE LOVE THAT I AM.
  • I AM LOVED, I AM A MIND, I MOVE FORWARD WITH CONFIDENCE BELIEVING IN THE STRENGTH OF MY SPIRIT AND GOODNESS.
  • I AM NOT GUILTY OR A VICTIM THE EGO WOULD HAVE ME BE.
  • I AM A DECISION MAKING MIND, AN INNOCENT HOLY SON OF GOD WITH POWER TO CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT THE WORLD.
  • INNER PEACE IS IN MY MIND – I CHOOSE PEACE NOW.
  • FORGIVENESS IS: RECOGNIZING PAINFUL THOUGHTS AND LOOKING WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, ASK TO SEE IT DIFFERENTLY.
  • IN MY DEFENSELESSNESS MY SAFETY LIES.
  • I CAN BE HURT BY NOTHING BUT MY THOUGHTS. I THEREFORE CHANGE MY THOUGHTS AND CHOOSE PEACE.
  • I EXCLUDE NO ONE FROM MY LOVE.
  • I AM ALWAYS HELPFUL AND HARMLESS IN ALL THINGS.
  • YOU MAY NOT BELIEVE IN GOD, BUT GOD BELIEVES IN YOU AND LOVES YOU!

The above was inspired from the Spiritual/Metaphysical book: A Course In Miracles

Visit:  www.facim.org or

http://www.acim.org or

http://www.miraclecenter.org

Can Peace Be Found in this World?

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When we look out at the world, the problems, the Presidential Election, no matter which one you like or dislike…..and we wonder……where is the PEACE?

Peace can be found but IT is not found in the world.  Well you say, what about the quiet stream and the birds singing and the flowers and the walk in the woods.

Yes, some remnants of peace can be found in the world BUT…..for how long?  Snippets at a time.

Then what are your thoughts about as you sit by the steam?  What are you thinking about?  When you took the kids fishing and….. OH….and that son is now dead.  Where is the peace?

Peace can only be found when we FORGIVE EVERYTHING and FORGIVE OURSELVES from thinking I am a separate little EGO and a lonely little person and instead remember:

“I could choose peace instead of this thought.”  Then the thought doesn’t matter.  Yes that son is now dead but A Corse In Miracles says there is no death in this world.

This world is not REAL.

Yes, this world has betrayal, upsets, even fun, excitement, danger, competition and strife but the only way to BE in the WORLD but NOT of IT is to remember with the help of that tiny small voice found only inside:

RISE above the BATTLEGROUND……this is NOT ALL THERE IS.  Yes you may be looking at devastation but this world is not REAL.

PEACE is within and what is found within is that still small voice that reminds you there is TRUTH and it is not here…..but it is REAL.  God IS

Peace can be found in a Spiritual Path….that is where GOD IS.

There are thousands of Universal paths….and they all say “The Son of God is innocent.”

One path to Peace is: A Course In Miracles 

http://www.facim.org  (Ken Wapnick books and tapes found here)

http://www.acim.org

http://www.miraclecenter.org   (You can find a list of the world wide study groups on this website)

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Projection makes Perception

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If you or another is contemplating suicide then change your perception of something!  We have a split mind:  The ego which is false and Love which is TRUE.

Perception is the ego’s interpretation of people, circumstances, things, situations etc.  Therefore perception being from the ego’s slanted position is not TRUE it is not a FACT. The ego projects – sees something out there and then perceives it as fact.

Why do we believe our ego’s perceptions and judgments?  We cannot tolerate those aspects as also being in ourselves so we must see them elsewhere.  Yes the ego is ugly but IT is NOT WHO/WHAT you are!

Ken Wapnick says in his book,  ‘Journey Through the Text of A Course In Miracles’ – Volume two, Chapter 11. Pg. 84

“If we accuse others of not being Christ like to us, not being loving, sensitive, or understand, it is only because we were not Christ-like to them, if only in our unkind thoughts. No matter how hateful people may be, we experience them that way because we were hateful first; otherwise we could not judge them.”

We just cannot accept those qualities in our self so we MUST see them outside.  They are too icky!!  No way is that within me!   Ken goes on to say:

“It can never be said too often that perception is interpretation, not objective fact. There are no objective facts in the world of illusion. Regardless of the behavior of others, our accusations of un-Christ like behavior come only because we were like that, if not in actions then certainly in our minds. The guilt over perceived sin of withholding love demands that we project, judging others for what we secretly believe we have done.”

The Course in Miracles claims that this world was not created by God so it is therefore an illusion.  God only creates the REAL and ETERNAL and the world is neither.  Certainly not ETERNAL since one day it will be consumed by the sun and become a cinder.

“The world’s viciousness notwithstanding, if we choose the Holy Spirit (The voice for Love in our right mind) as our Teacher, the behavior will be perceived as an expression of fear and a call for love. The mind’s decision alone is the determiner of wrong or right minded perceptions; projection makes perception.”

How can we hear the love or Holy Spirit in our right mind?  Become QUIET!  Shhhhhhh  – don’t think.  Not one miserable thought is TRUE.   Shhhhhhhh.  Breathe – in hale long through your nose and exhale out through your mouth.  What “color” is the exiting breath?  Keep it up until that “color” is clear, translucent and filled with light.  A TRUE thought will come and it will bring tears of gratitude.

Ken continues:

 “Once again, herein lies the difficulty of practicing A Course In Miracles: there are no exceptions to this principle of forgiveness. Acceptance of this happy fact of salvation marks the end of all wars, in the mind and in the world, which ultimately originate in the authority problem. We need to accept full responsibility for everything we perceive and react toOnce more: perception is interpretation.”

Did you catch what he said?  This practice of looking at our projections is a “principle of forgiveness.”   Isn’t that nice to know.  You don’t have to “excuse” someone because you think they cheated you.  All you have to do is see that you have also cheated!  Own it!  It is the way to PEACE!

And so it is!

Go to http://www.facim.org and visit the bookstore.  Many of Ken’s small concise books are on sale!

“I am Light and Love”

 

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Say “I am Light and Love” and mean it!  Say it several times.

You may not “think” you are because you have a split mind!

It loves this one and hates that one!

But Love is REAL and it is the TRUTH.

Hate is false and it is of the ego (split) which is not “I” or YOUR TRUE SELF.

That makes hate false and not worthy of you fine beautiful mind!

Focus on the LOVE and let the HATE go…..away with the wind.

The “I” which says “I” is not the true I.

The “I” which simply is –  never separate from nor different than the present moment, which also simply is….. That is who you truly are.

Whenever you hear the thought “I”, as in “I want”, “I need”, “I am angry, happy etc..” recognize that is the (ego) mind-made self, the false self, and let that recognition be a reminder to regain awareness of That which simply is, ever-present Presence, The Self.  Quote: Avi Birnkrant

 

My Function is Forgiveness

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“Therefore, you have a function in the world in its own terms.  For who can understand a language far beyond his simple grasp?  Forgiveness represents your function here.   It is not God’s creation, for it is the means by which untruth can be undone.  And who would pardon Heaven?  Yet on earth, you need the means to let illusions go.  Creation merely waits for your return to be acknowledged, not to be complete.”  ACIM Workbook Lesson 192. 2. – 7.

God only knows Truth.  He (whatever that Mystery is) does not pardon because he has never condemned.  There is no condemnation in Heaven.  We as mortal bodies, we do condemn and we condemn a lot.  That is why forgiveness is necessary and why it is our function in the world.

Everyone needs pardoning here and NOW you can “play God” by pardoning everyone, everything, every creature including yourself, and every thought you or anyone else has ever had.

THIS IS THE WAY TO FORGIVE:   BELOW IS HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR FUNCTIION –

LOOK AT WHATEVER IS RUMINATING IN YOUR MIND.  GET CLEAR ABOUT THE SUBJECT.

SAY….. “SO – NOW LET ME SEE, HAVE I DONE THIS BEFORE OR SOMETHING SIMILAR?”

LOOK AT THE CONTENT AND NOT THE FORM.  FOR EXAMPLE, MAYBE YOU HAVEN’T RAPED ANYONE BUT HAVE YOU EVER TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF SOMEONE?

WAIT.  DON’T THINK JUST WAIT.  YOU HAVE ASKED THE QUESTION AND AN INTUITION OR THOUGHT WILLCOME TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION.  MAYBE NOT WITHIN THE NEXT MINUTE BUT MAYBE TOMORROW.

WHEN YOUR QUESTION HAS BEEN ANSWERED AND YOU HAVE SEEN THE ISSUE ALSO IN YOURSELF, DO NOT JUDGE THAT THOUGHT OR YOURSELF.  REMEMBER DON’T JUDGE IT.

SANITY IS NOW RESTORED AND YOUR FUNCTION IS COMPLETE.

THIS IS FORGIVENESS:  LOOKING, WAITING AND NOT JUDGING.

YOU HAVE WITHDRAWN YOUR PROJECTION AND YOUR PERCEPTION HAS CHANGED.

THE MORE YOU FORGIVE, THE CLOSER YOU GET TO HEAVEN.

THE CLOSER TO PEACE YOU GET.

Lesson 192.9 “Therefore hold no one prisoner.  Release instead of bind, for thus are  you made free.  The way is simple.  Every time you feel a stab of anger, realize you hold a sword above your head.  And it will fall or be averted as you choose to be condemned or free.  Thus does each one who seems to tempt you to be angry represent your savior from the prison house of death.  And so you owe him (or her) thanks instead of pain.”  ACIM Lesson 192.9 1 – 7

If you are contemplating suicide you are holding the sword above your heard and holding yourself prisoner.  You are innocent and LOVED!  Find it within your holy mind!

See A Course In Miracles lesson 192,  http://www.acim.org  – click on workbook lessons

 

 

Love or Hate – which will it be?

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During this political season you probably “hate” one candidate and “love” the other?

Right?

We harbor both within our Mind however, our true identity is attached to light and love.  Therefore “hate” is the intruder into your beautiful mind.

But you are the boss!  You can decide not to hate anyone – including yourself.  You have that POWER!  You are the decider!

Say: “I refuse to hate myself or anyone – it makes me miserable and I let all the grudges and judgments GO!”  Really!  You can do this.  Why do you hold onto the old grudges that make you miserable.  Do you like being miserable?  Nope –  so let it ALL Go!

It is that EASY!  TRY IT!!

For example – Decide you will be happy for the next hour!  Look at the clock – write down the time.  State your decision….I will let go of thinking about _______ and worrying about ______ or fretting about ________.  I will spend the next hour releasing and breathing and focusing on being pleasant.

The spiritual book, A Course In Miracles advocates forgiveness for inner peace.   However the Course sees forgiveness as looking at whatever or whomever is bothering us and finding it within ourselves.  We project onto others what is in fact within our mind and thoughts.  So if you are angry with Donald Trump because he is a rude bully – find the rude bully in you.  See the “content” and aspects of being a bully and rude within – even if it is only in the way you “think” but would never say aloud, and sure enough, it is there so now we can let it go.  If you hate Hilary Clinton because she is not trustworthy, look within.  Are you trustworthy?  Really?  When were you not trustworthy?  Don’t go to guilt because that is ego territory.  In “looking” you are forgiving  and awakening. Try it with all those worries and little annoyances you listed above.  Then you are free!

Try it!  You have the Power and the Time is NOW!

If you or a friend are considering suicide please do one little thing:

Read Lesson 360 from A Course In Miracles

LESSON 360

Peace be to me, the holy Son of God.
Peace to my brother, who is one with me.
Let all the world be blessed with peace through us.

1 Father, it is Your peace that I would give, receiving it of You. I am Your Son, forever just as You created me, for the Great Rays remain forever still and undisturbed within me. I would reach to them in silence and in certainty, for nowhere else can certainty be found. Peace be to me, and peace to all the world. In holiness were we created, and in holiness do we remain. Your Son is like to You in perfect sinlessness.  And with this thought we gladly say “Amen.”

And visit http://www.circleofa.org and click on “Miracle” and read the lessons that tell you the TRUTH about you.  You are God’s child not the ego’s.  You are a Holy Son/Child of God having the experience of being and living in a body and are here to learn lessons, forgive and be joyous!

 

 

 

 

Peace of Mind is an internal matter

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“Peace of Mind is clearly an internal matter.

It must begin with your own thoughts and then

extend outward.  It is from your peace of Mind

that a peaceful perception “of the world arises

A Course In Miracles Lesson 34.  I could see Peace Instead of this.

W. 34 P. 1.2 – 4

We think peace comes from anywhere but our own Holy Mind.  We seek

peace in places of solitude, a quiet path through the woods or perhaps

having tea with a friend.  But it is our thoughts that either create peace or

chaos.  We may have a quick judgmental thought and then realize it does

not bring peace.  When that happens just notice it and forgive.  Don’t go

to guilt.  The Course says the “ego always speaks first” and it does!  So

What?!  Get back to into the peace of the Right Mind and tell yourself

“I could see peace in this situation instead of what I now see in it” and

peace will return.

It may be hard to believe that peace comes from within yourself but

watch your thoughts and you will be surprised and realize that

YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF WHAT YOU THINK!  IT IS UP TO YOU!

http://www.acim.org – Workbook Lessons – Lesson 34.

Have a Heart

 

Mt. Shasta's HeartHave a Heart!  Mt. Shasta’s heart.   Remember: Go your heart, the love within is your guide!

We live in a dualistic world: war and peace; hot and cold, short and tall and the list goes on. We also have a dualist mind that contains two thought systems: the voice of the ego or the voice of the Holy Spirit, truth and peace.

Watch your thoughts and you will figure out which voice you listen to.

The bad news is that the ego is the default system that is always running.  It is the voice that makes you miserable.  Do not listen to it.

The good news is that YOU are the one with the remote! You are in charge of changing channels.

We are listening to the ego’s sly thoughts when our judgments are of someone or yourself. Worried or fearful thoughts of guilt or envy are certainly egoic thoughts. However, they are just thoughts. You don’t have to believe them. Ask yourself: How do I feel? To my mind the ego is always comparing, sizing up the situation, and a master at separating us from others.

For example one night I woke up worried about a planned trip. I could see my mind was going crazy with various scenarios and worry. However, I was worried about something that was in the future. I was projecting fear into the future. The ego went crazy building the case that I was going to miss my plane, or get air sick or stuck in bad weather, etc. I finally realized what was happening and changed channels. I repeated my favorite mind calming phrase “I rest in God” from Workbook lesson 109 and went to sleep. Choosing peace is a practice and a decision.

This example clearly shows that there is a part of the mind that is separate from the ego. It is the decision maker within that chooses, when you are aware enough, and you realize you are not at peace. Always ask: “How do I feel?” If not peaceful then it is up to you to change your thoughts.

I am forever and always inspired by A Course In Miracles,  and in particular Lesson #106.

 

Let me be still and listen to the truth.

“If you will lay aside the ego’s voice, however loudly it may seem to call; if you will not accept its petty gifts that give you nothing that you really want; if you will listen with an open mind, that has not told you what salvation is; then you will hear the mighty Voice of truth, quiet in power, strong in stillness, and completely certain in Its messages.”

http://www.acim.org

Forgive: How to do it!

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When I don’t forgive I am in misery.  I am in doubt and afraid.  I am sad and confused and without a clue about what I should do.  I feel awful and nothing goes right.  My mind is like the branches of this big fir tree on the Pacific Crest Trail, going every which way and winding up….where?

“Forgiveness, on the other hand, is still and quietly noes 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.” ACIM Workbook pg. 401. 1. What is Forgiveness.

You can see forgiveness has three important aspects.

  1. Looks:  when I feel AWFUL like the above statement describes, I need to look carefully and notice the disturbed thoughts.  At this point I am in charge of my mind because my “decision maker” has decided to look.   I know I need help to look so I ask the Holy Spirit to help me see this problem/judgment differently.  I have not turned to the ego for help because it will help me hide under its dark wings of denial but I must look because that is where peace lies.
  2. Waits:  I have looked and now I wait for the peace to descend.  I have honestly looked at the problem, what I am in doubt about, what I have judged, am afraid of or sad and confused about.  I have withdrawn my projections (projections make perceptions) onto others and have either found it or aspects of it in myself.  I know peace will descend if it hasn’t already.  A “thought” my enter my mind and it will clarify things.
  3. Judges not:   If I keep ruminating over the problem or if I don’t see and withdraw the projections I will not have peace.  If I continue to judge I am afraid of love and I don’t want peace.  I must continue these three steps until I have what I want: PEACE

The Course In Miracles is a non-dualistic thought system.  We are not our bodies, we are living in a dream and the world is not real.  Nothing has happened therefore there is really nothing to forgive.  Do you forgive the person in your dream who has hurt you?  It’s a dream!  But since we believe the world is real, this practice of forgiveness helps us look at the illusion, our ego’s silly upsetting thoughts and ask the Holy Spirit or Jesus to help wake us up.

This practice of forgiveness does not accept that anyone has harmed you or ever could harm you.  You have harmed yourself by believing the egos judgmental thoughts and thinking you could be separate from God. That’s it!

Example:  When your family member annoys you, look at the annoyance and ask the Holy Spirit to see it differently.  Wait a bit and soon you will have a thought of a time when you annoyed them.   Ahhhh….there is the projection.  Then DO NOT judge yourself.  Just say “No big deal.”  I was wrong and now I am Happy.

The End of Grievancs

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My raspberry bushes are beautiful this spring.  They show the promise of berries to come in June.   The peace of being in the garden dissolves grievances.  But what do I do when the garden is not available?  I still choose to end the upset by looking inside.  That is where grievances end and Peace begins.

End the grievance!  Choose Peace!  Ending a grievance is choosing peace.

Choose peace and give up the need to be right about something, to feel like a victim.

Yes, maybe you were cheated but look “inside”……have you ever cheated?

Yes, maybe you were wounded but look “inside”…..have you ever wounded someone?

Yes, maybe you were ignored but look “inside”…..have you ever ignored others?

Ending the grievance is looking “inside” and saying OK – YES….me too!

What a relief……feel the cool fragrant breeze flowing over the raspberry bushes and soothing your brow.  Feel it.

Feel the Sun’s first warmth from a cold winter upon your shoulders.

Only you can end the upsets, the judgments, the wounds by looking “inside” and smiling!

You are loved.

go to http://www.acim.org

Click on workbook lessons – Lesson 152 – “The Power of Decision is my own.”

 

 

Hate has no business here.

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The above is posted to the Presbyterian Church door in Ashland, OR

We are born into a dualistic world of opposites, life and death; love and hate. We are programed by our family, culture and society and it serves to “entombed” us in our individual lives.  The tomb protects us but it also functions to deceive and keep us separate.  We accept the programming of our “tombs” and our lives and wonder why we continue to feel depressed, persecuted or alone.  We feel bereft of love and at the same time afraid of it.

In the Easter Story, Jesus was certainly hated but he refused to return it and offered only love and forgiveness.  Overcoming hate then, is our resurrection from the tomb.  We are resurrected from the programming of the dark tomb we inhabit and like Jesus we offer tolerance, love and yes forgiveness too.   We roll the rock away and free our lives and our spirit from the tight grip of egoic judgment and hatred.  Our mind then opens to the clarity of healing light.  We come here to overcome the programming and refuse one unkind thought about anyone or anything anywhere. All hate is of the ego; all love is of God.

We are afraid of love because the ego or shadow part of our dualistic mind judges and finds fault with things.  You cannot love something you’ve previously condemned.  As soon as we think we are happy, we are not.  How long have you been happy after you bought the new: ______fill in the blank?  There is always something more.  We walk a lonely road in the dark woods of separation seeking, never finding and at times feel crucified.

There is a way out of the dark woods.  You find your way out by finding the love and light is ONLY within YOU and  no where else.  Check out the nearest A Course In Miracles study group near you.

Find one at http://www.miraclecenter.org

Go to http://www.acim.org

Online lessons and click on Lesson 57.  I am not the victim of the world I see

Hostage to the ego?

Hostage to the Ego or Host to God?

A question drifted across my mind a few days ago “Does the ego hold us hostage.”

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I decided to look up all the references to the word hostage in the A Course In Miracles Concordance and found seven.  Here they are with the Text page numbers and paragraph numbers:

Text Pg. 198. p. 7. Would you be hostage to the ego or host to God? You will accept only whom you invite. You are free to determine who shall be your guest, and how long he shall remain with you. He cannot help you without your invitation. And the ego is nothing, whether you invite it in or not. Real freedom depends on welcoming reality, and of your guests only the Holy Spirit is real. Know, then, Who abides with you merely by recognizing what is there already, and do not be satisfied with imaginary comforters, for the Comforter of God is in you.

Text  Pg. 307 p. 5 I asked you earlier, “Would you be hostage to the ego or host to God?” Let this question be asked you by the Holy Spirit every time you make a decision. For every decision you make does answer this, and invites sorrow or joy accordingly. When God gave Himself to you in your creation, He established you as host to Him forever. He has not left you, and you have not left Him. All your attempts to deny His magnitude, and make His Son hostage to the ego, cannot make little whom God has joined with Him. Every decision you make is for Heaven or for hell, and brings you the awareness of what you decided for.

Text Pg. 311 p.9.  In your practice, then, try only to be vigilant against deception, and seek not to protect the thoughts you would keep to yourself. Let the Holy Spirit’s purity shine them away, and bring all your awareness to the readiness for purity He offers you. Thus will He make you ready to acknowledge that you are host to God, and hostage to no one and to nothing.

Text Pg. 325 p. 5 It is not necessary to follow fear through all the circuitous routes by which it burrows underground and hides in darkness, to emerge in forms quite different from what it is. Yet it is necessary to examine each one as long as you would retain the principle that governs all of them. When you are willing to regard them, not as separate, but as different manifestations of the same idea, and one you do not want, they go together. The idea is simply this: you believe it is possible to be host to the ego or hostage to God. This is the choice you think you have, and the decision you believe that you must make. You see no other alternatives, for you cannot accept the fact that sacrifice gets nothing. Sacrifice is so essential to your thought system that salvation apart from sacrifice means nothing to you.  Guilt cannot last when the idea of sacrifice has been removed.  For if there is sacrifice, someone must pay and someone must get. And the only question that remains is how much is the price, and for getting what.

Text Pg. 326 p.9 – You will not succeed in being partial hostage to the ego, for it keeps no bargains and would leave you nothing. Nor can you be partial host to it. You must choose between total freedom and total bondage, for there are no alternatives but these.

Workbook. pg. 307.  Lesson 163.  There is no death. The Son of God is free.

  1. 3 . It (the ego) will never fail to take all life as hostage to itself. 4 Would you bow down to idols such as this? Here is the strength and might of God Himself perceived within an idol made of dust.

The answer to my question it seems is that I  as a decision making mind have a choice!  The choice is mine to make: The ego or the Mind I Am!

If we choose the ego we will feel depressed, unworthy, be doubtful of ourselves, feel separate and alone.

If we choose the Holy Spirit to access the Truth of Who We Are….we drop the hand of the ego and we live with more and more JOY.

If I listen to the ego then YES, it is holding me hostage EXCEPT who listens to the ego?  When I choose it then it is indeed ” I ” who then allows myself to be taken hostage.

I am the one who decides which voice in my head I will follow.

If I do not listen to the ego then I am Host to God.

This is FREEDOM!!!

The Course In Miracles is available on several websites – Circle of Atonement is one.

http://www.circleofa.org

Happy New Year! “The Force is WITHIN you.”

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Happy New Year!  “The Force is within you.”

As a Star Wars fan and an advocate for peace, it is hard to watch the violence in the movie.  But after all it is called “wars” so what else could I expect.

The one characteristic of the Star Wars saga that interests me is the concept of the “Force.”  It is the promise of wisdom and innate goodness of this mystery that I associate with a loving, all knowing God.

I think most of us believe in a God of some sort but there is no scientific proof.  However if you have had a revelation or mystical experience, you don’t need proof, you know God is.  If God is the “force” of love that we share and give then: God Is.  God must be that beautiful mysterious energy or force that gave the spark of love and light that resides in every soul.

God is the force and it is IN you.

That is why the force is with you.  God is with you…..always.

God is the love guiding the helping hand.  Many have been mistreated and have hardened themselves saying if evil exists there must not be a God.  But buried within the soul is the love that came with birth and cannot be ignored because it curiously pulls us ever closer.

Make 2016 a Guilt Free Year!  Whenever a guilty thought comes up, wash it with the Force of good that you are!  The awakening process is looking at anything that is not loving and saying “not true.”   You are not guilty no matter what you “think” or what you “believe” or what your ego tries to make you believe.

God, the Force, is the Love within and the eternal “see-er” holding the lamp of truth. Love cannot be squashed or eliminated as it is eternal.

The Force is within you, love is within you, remember that when you get depressed or discouraged!  Never forget it!

Be Guilt Free Today

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Guilt is the ego’s secret weapon against you.  But you can STOP it easily!

The ego is a thought in your mind.  Change it.  Change the thought.

You have a Mind that you Share with God.  The ego does not

want you to know you are connected to the mystery of the Universe

that is God.  Yes God Is!  We don’t know what God Is exactly but

if  God is Love then…..God Is!  Love is.

If God is Love then what is hate?

Hate is of the ego and the ego’s job is to make you feel miserable

and in gives constant pain and guilt by directing your thoughts.

But the ego is not WHO you are!  Remember it is a thought so change it.

Guilt is the ego’s engine, its gas!  Take your foot of the gas pedal and

Give up Guilt!  Today!

Everyone feels the sting of guilt but it is false – not true.

You have a Holy Mind and the ego does not determine your holiness,

God does!  God being zillions, billions percent Love never condemns.

See the A Course In Miracles Lesson 340 – I can be free of suffering today!

http://www.acim.org  – go to workbook lessons;

then table of contents to lesson 340.

When we are free of the ego – we are free of suffering.  We are Free!

God Bless You!

Nothing anyone says or does determines your worth. And nothing you say or do or don’t do determines your worth. Your worth is not established by teaching or learning. Your worth was established by God. As long as you dispute this, and as long as you believe in superiority and inferiority, you will have fear.  Again, — nothing you do or think or wish or make is necessary to establish your worth. This point is not debatable except in delusions. (based on A Course In Miracles, Text Chapter 4.I.7:1-7)

Forgive for Holiday Peace

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The Holidays CAN be stressful but YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF

HOW YOU FEEL!  YOU CAN BE STRESS FREE!  HERE’S HOW!

Let’s face it; some people we like and some we don’t.  If we can understand however that it is the thought “I like or dislike” in the mind that is causing the problem.  You can change it.  It is just a thought and is it really true?

Be open. First of all admit you are unhappy about something.  For example: You have a relative or someone who really bugs you, he/she is a loud mouth, controlling, conniving busy body.

When you have a few minutes to spare this Holiday Season sit down, be still and take a few deep breaths until you feel calmer. Stay focused on that quiet safe place inside.  Imagine you are holding the hand of Love/Spirit/God, whatever compassion and love represents for you.

Stay quiet for a while and then tell Love, whose hand you are holding, what is on your heart, how do you feel?  Perhaps:  “Aunt Julia drives me crazy with her constant badgering questions and I want peace.  I’m afraid I may blow up.  How can I see her/this differently?”

Then wait and look and continue to stay quiet.  Watch your thoughts.   A thought will come, maybe in the next few minutes, an hour or maybe days later but stay open, hang tight!

The “ah ha” thought you’ve asked for will come and will bring peace.  If the thought does not bring peace, it is not from Love but is from the ego, the part of our mind that likes to holds the gavel.

This is forgiveness.  It is withdrawing the judgment and looking with the eyes of love and compassion.

See A Course In Miracles http://www.acim.org

Lesson 121 – Forgiveness is the Key to Happiness

You are loved.  You are so precious to someone that if something happened to you their heart would break.  Go tell them you love them!

Let their Love In.

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Your Holy Mind

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You are a Holy Son of God!  You might not feel like it or believe it but read on.

The part of you that is Holy is your Mind.

The Mind is neither male nor female.

Your identity is not the body but the Mind that inhabits it.

You are a Holy Son of God whether you are male, female, or LGBT, depressed, bi-polar,

PTSD or are living with any and ALL conditions that we encounter in life .

As a Mind you are loved, innocent, changeless and eternal like God.  We take care of our bodies since we find ourselves here and since it is the “vehicle” we use to learn the lessons we came to learn.

Why do we have these lessons?

No one knows the answer to that or what our individual script contains, or what is to come or what lessons we came here to learn.

Except know this: Whatever is before you, see it as lesson you came to learn.

The key is this: Know we DO have a choice in HOW we understand, perceive, interpret and respond to the lessons.

Do we avoid and deny lessons or do we face them while accessing the holiness that dwells in our mind and holds the compassion needed for guidance and inner peace.  We wonder why we have this script, or why do we have the life we have.  It is not knowable.  But it has been chosen and written by us so we cannot blame whatever comes whether it is a tragedy, joyous, challenging or sorrowful.

In all circumstances we quite ourselves and invite the Holy Spirit within to help us see through the lens of Love and Truth; the Truth that God gave through the help that resides within your Mind.

The key is in correcting our “feeling”  and “thinking” that we are separate from God.  If we forgive ourselves for that “mistaken belief” because that is all it is, we return to the peace that we were born to know and realize no matter what our script/life may be.

We sleep; we dream the dream of the world and all the various scripts however, it is time to awaken!

Lesson 45 in A Course In Miracles “God is the Mind with which I think”

To hear this lesson, one of 365, go to http://www.acim.org

on the left column click “online lessons”

then “workbook table of contents” then scroll to lesson number 45.

Click on “hear” and close your eyes.

To find a study group for ‘A Course In Miracles’ in your area go to:

http://www.miraclecenter.org

other Course sites to visit:

http://www.acim.org

http://www.facim.org

We are One – You are Loved

The Spiritual book, A Course In Miracles says we are One!

Like the flowers on this Pink Anemone – we are connected through the stems and roots, making us One!

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Recently in Roseburg Oregon, a 26 year old man killed 9 plus himself, and injured others.

Am I One with the murderer?

Yes, I am One – We are One.

I am one with those murdered.

We are all brothers and sisters, together, on this journey called life.

We are here to learn lessons and yes, we are  aghast and horrified

at what has happened but we are honest and we look at the projections

we place on others and……. we withdraw them.

We need to recognize anyone can be and is capable of murder.

We forgive.  We understand.

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We know anger, we know fear and rage comes from within.

It is not who WE or THEY are!

We are beautiful spiritual beings having an experience of living in a body.

We need to know what our ego mind is capable of, and how it  manipulates

so we will never follow it.   We are Love. You are Love.

You are Loved.

Your true identity as Loving Spirit would never kill or harm anyone or yourself.

Our compassion goes to those families who grieve, the Roseburg

Community and to the perpetrator’s family and friends as well.

We do not understand this world or why things like this happen.

If we constantly practice forgiveness  – JOY will be present in our Mind.

When we Give forgiveness……we Receive and Experience forgiveness.

You are forgiven!  Case Dismissed! Nothing has happened and you are loved!

Give only Love for that is what you are.

A Course In Miracles, Workbook Lesson 190 – I choose the joy of God instead of pain.

To read or hear this lessons, \go to http://www.acim.org

On the left column, click on “Online lessons” and then Table of Contents:  Scroll to 190.

Click on the arrow “hear” and have it read to you – close you eyes.

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We are One  – like these raspberries, feeling separate yet connected to the stems, and roots

always and forever…..still connected!

The Hush of Heaven is for You

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Lesson 286 in the A Course In Miracles Workbook is:

The Hush of Heaven Holds My Heart Today

No matter what you are going through, the hush of Heaven is holding your heart.

You may not realize it, perhaps you are worried or despondent.

Still, the hush of Heaven is holding your Heart.

Our lives become complicated, chaos can be all around us but

The Hush of Heaven is always there.

It is there for you to Welcome It.  That is all you need do –

close your eyes right now and Welcome Heaven’s Hush.

Thank you, your release has released me as well.

Go to http://www.acim.org

click on Workbook Lessons

click on contents and go to Lesson 286.  Click on “hear” and let the gift of

this lesson flow over you.

When the worries come……remember Heaven’s Hush.

You are Loved.

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Extinguish the Ego

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The part of our mind that makes us miserable is the ego.

It is not you! We have a split mind; the ego and love!

Watch your mind and you will see the dual systems; the love and the hate.

You are not the ego! You are the Love!

Extinguish it! It keeps you in knots!

It makes you feel dull, twisted and ignorant of your Innocence!

The way extinguish it is to WATCH it – observe it – just LOOK.

That’s it! Just Look – “There is that judgmental ego thought again.”

And then LET the thought GO! Observe and let go…..repeat…..repeat…..repeat!

Don’t allow yourself to judge it!

Why?

If you judge it, it has you hooked back into its way to thinking!

Everyone – Absolutely everyone has an Ego that nags at them!

Yes they do!

They might not admit it but it is in their minds causing them to

judge you – everyone else – and blaming every else for their problems.

Cease judgment; Cease the ego and you have PEACE! Stop it by looking at it!

When we stop the ego we have more peace and Love enters!

Acceptance enters stage right! Ego departs stage left!

When we let the ego go Love fills the void! The ego obliterates LOVE!

Go to A Course In Miracles http://www.acim.org

Click on workbook lessons

Click on lesson 273 – The Stillness of the Peace of God is Mine!
Sit back and click on “hear” and listen with your heart!

You know you are Loved when you are ego free!

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Suicide Hurts

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If you are contemplating suicide know that you are not alone.

Everyone has thought about it. We know at some level that this world is
not our TRUE home but you cannot get to your TRUE home until you learn
the lessons you came here to learn.

So get busy!

Don’t listen to your ego and GIVE UP!

The ego will drive you crazy!

Don’t listen!

There is another voice in your head and it is the voice for love.

The ego hates it and will try and drown it out.

You don’t have to listen to it. You have a MIND that can say:

“NO EGO!”

This old snag of a tree is like our ego thoughts – all tangled and old and withered!

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Go to http://www.acim.org and click on the workbook lessons on the left side column.

Click on lesson No. 10 My thoughts do not mean anything.

Click on hear and close your eyes.

Ego thoughts do not mean anything. They are plentiful. They are constant. They are wrong.

Search for the thoughts in your mind that DO mean something. They are there!

They usually consist of appreciation, love, compassion, understanding and mercy.

Be Merciful to Your Self – face those lessons!

We all came here to learn lessons. All lessons are easier while holding the hand of love!

P.S. You are Loved! Yes you are!