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!
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!
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!
“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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