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!
“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!
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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.
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