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!
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!
For more information about the Course check the following websites:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.