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7 Steps to Use Faith to Change Your Life

Do you hate it when people say: keep the faith?  Do you feel they are just being a Pollyanna? Keep the faith, yeah right.

I used to feel this way, how ridiculous, I thought.  They don’t know my story of how things didn’t work out the way I wanted.  How I am so unhappy because, well…you can fill in the blank. Lots of things don’t work the way I want them to.

Keep the faith? In what?  When I was depressed I truly couldn’t see what I was supposed to have faith in.

What does it mean to have faith, really?  I wanted proof.  I wanted to know that there is a reason to have faith.  In what? Not in something outside of me that will wave a magic wand and everything will be honky dory.  I’m not that silly.

So, if I’m honest, in my current life, something could be better.  I could have more abundance for instance.

What do I do? I get frustrated, then I use that to demand a change.

This happened just the other day, I lost my bank card and didn’t know it and was on my way home to Massachusetts from visiting my kids in NYC.  I went to buy gas and there was no card. Gone.  I looked everywhere in the car, the wallet, my pockets.  Nope, not there.

I asked the clerk if they would take a check, they said no.  I stood there, not knowing what to do.  I don’t use credit cards anymore, so I waited and just got quiet.  Finally the clerk personally gave me $10 and I wrote him a check.  I got back to my car and screamed…this is enough!  I have had enough of this!

Everything shifted within me.  Without that frustration, I would stay in fear and just accept the situation, whether I like it or not.  Do I like where I am?  No. Time to make a change.

How about you? Let’s get honest.  Is your current life satisfying you?  Yes or no?

How do you perceive yourself? Lacking? Doubtful? Frustrated?

Frustration can be used to bring you into a desire for something else. In that sense, it can be extremely useful.  It challenges you to grow, to expand…to make a change.

Do you want more joy, more freedom of mind, more money? You simply open to an idea that your life could be better.  Here’s the key: you don’t have to know how.

That’s where faith comes in. Yet is faith only a wish for an outcome?

When Jesus healed the woman who touched his garment, he said, “by your faith are you healed”. It seems to me he was praising her for believing in him and in his God-given power of healing. Faith healing is a powerful thing and could happen at any moment. The fact is that she knew it was possible, certain even, so she was healed.

So, faith is simply a belief in something possible that is not currently in your experience.

You accept, first of all, that you don’t see everything, your perception and your hearing are too narrow. You don’t have the big picture.

So you begin by having a little faith that there might be something better, that anything is possible.  Maybe if you have faith then miracles could happen, which are sudden shifts in perception within your own mind.

But where are you?  Do you doubt this?  Are you using the power of your mind to decide what you want, to have faith in it, and to allow it?

Here are 7 steps to use faith to change something:

  1. I make a decision to let this change first within me.
  2. I ask for what I desire to occur, (I’m very specific about what it is).
  3. I make sure I am not blocking or resisting it. If I feel resistance, I repeat “unblock”.
  4. I have faith that it is already happening in divine timing.
  5. I imagine what it feels like to have it happen.
  6. I give thanks for it being accomplished.
  7. I let go of any attachment to the outcome.

How does this work?

I first allow the change to take place inside, I change my belief about it.  I just decide I will allow it. (I am pretty good at this, it has been my whole life’s purpose to learn how to change beliefs).

I don’t resist change. It’s effortless because I’m not resisting. I let go so that the situation changes without my help.  I allow reality to be what it is.

As within, so without.  Everything is possible.  I don’t demand, I just ask, trust and let go.  I stay uncertain and notice the change that is occurring in me.  How do I feel about it now?

The outer reality reflects the inner…your mind affects your experience.  This is quantum thinking which simply means that cause and effect are not apart. You thoughts affect your experience in every moment. So use them to help you!

Because you are a creator, you have the power to decide what you want to experience.   But you have to allow it, to release your control and your concern over how or when it is happening or not.

What gets in the way?

Your own disbelief in the power of your mind.   In other words, your own doubt.  Doubt or faithlessness kills your dream of happiness.  “Umm maybe it won’t work”, you can hear yourself say. If you think it won’t, guess what?

Doubt is a killer.

No one can stop you from thinking thoughts of lack or doubt. No one can deny you the thoughts you are making up, because you have the power to think them.  The only question is, do you like the result?

So, when you kill faith by doubting, you suffer the consequences.  It has nothing to do with anyone else. You could stop doubting and trust.  Just think a different thought.

I trust in the power of my mind to heal and be healed.

Faith energizes the idea that all possibilities exist, because in truth, all things are possible.

If you trust that all is well and have confidence and faith that things are working out, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Say to yourself: I have faith that all things are working out for me. I trust in the benevolence of the Universe to bring me into greater happiness every day.  I am sustained by the love of God.

How does it feel to say this?

A faithful person brings light and blessings to everyone she meets. She feels energetic, calm, trusting in the power of life itself, to regenerate, to shift, change and expand.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be like a child who knows that love is what she is? Remember how simple life seemed then?  You were open to new things, you got excited with new ideas, new projects, and new friends.

So when you have faith in goodness and love, it becomes proof  that you feel better when you have faith.  Do it for this reason alone…it feels good.

You learn to simply allow life to unfold as it does.  You don’t argue with reality, you just allow it to be what it is.  You accept it, trust in it and live in the present moment. I know it seems crazy, but it works. I have proved it over and over again.

You do get to have and be all that you desire, because you already are, whether you know it or not.

Faith in a benevolent Universe, at the very least, will bring you hope rather than doubt. It feels better in the moment that you think these thoughts:  I know it’s possible. I don’t know how it will work out, but I believe it will. I’m excited about it!

Your happiness is coming to you right now in ways you can’t even imagine. Don’t block it with doubt.

When I think I am not where I want to be, I suffer. When I accept that I am in the right place at the right time, I feel great! So, even if it doesn’t turn out how I want, I’m happy.

Happiness is not earned, it is recognized and accepted. You could be happy right now if you would just decide to be.  Even if you’re depressed, love your depression, embrace it…be totally depressed. Allow it to bring you to the bottom, to the crux of the problem, which is always you, your thoughts, your perception.

The fix is in.

The problem is that you never question the reality of your problem. You insist on it and don’t experience that can be resolved. Have faith, faith that it is possible because if you did, just for an instant, you would have a new experience.

Your life would change and you would be amazed at how easily it worked.

Belief is powerful indeed.

Monica

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The End of Suffering

You are as God created you, and so is every living thing you look upon, regardless of the images you see.

This sentence from Chapter 31, The Final Vision, states that what you behold as sickness, pain, weakness, suffering and loss “is but temptation to perceive yourself defenseless and in hell. Yield not to this, and you will see all pain, in every form, wherever it occurs but disappear as mists before the sun. A miracle has come to heal God’s Son, and close the door upon his dreams of weakness, opening the way to his salvation and release.”

So the miracle occurs when you ask for it, and you get on your knees and ask to see it all differently, and your misperceptions are healed. The miracle happens because the entire dream is made up by you, and if that is not acceptable to you right now, fine. But know that ultimately, you will accept it, because not to is too painful.

Staying a victim of a world of perception is not really a wonderful or even viable option. It will become too painful to hold onto this idea, because victimization is not happy, it doesn’t work. Accepting responsibility for the thoughts you are thinking is the only way out. Pain releases when you ask for help and accept the help given. The world of love and light opens up in response to your call.

I know because it happened to me.

I was in a state of total despair and depression, and once I started doing the lessons, my entire being changed from darkness to exiliration and fearlessness. Over time, the whole purpose of my life changed from a selfish pursuit of the things of the world, to come alive and to awaken and become totally free, mentally and emotionally and spiritually.

In the act of relinquishment, my ideas of suffering were all burned up and taken from me by the grace of the light all around me, the Christ Mind. It is what I am and what you are, so it is inevitable that you will accept it at some point.

Don’t be discouraged if you have been at this for a long time and still feel pain. I know how that is, but I also know that it is a trick of ego mind to think you have to wallow around in it. You do have choice.

You always have the power of decision at your disposal.

The question then becomes, when? When will you choose to become free, fearless, in a state of love and harmony, knowing who you are, extending that light into the world. When? When you have had enough suffering I suppose.

This does require that you take time to do the mind training, that you spend time in prayer, that you serve your brother, that you give of yourself ceaselessly. Because that is the key to happiness, giving constantly to awaken and help other to do the same. A spiritual focus is imperative to a happy, fulfilled life. Your purpose is to awaken and free your mind if you decide that it is. And why not? Misery and death do not exist. God has already saved you from your little nightmare.

Nothing is accomplished by an untrained, undisciplined mind. Peace does come when all need for conflict is given up. When this happens can be determined by you. How much do you want peace? How much energy are you willing to devote to it?

Repeat this prayer in times of temptation to believe in your suffering:

I am as God created me.
His Son can suffer nothing.
And I AM His Son.


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Why have faith?

Man is a faithful animal, but what does he put his faith in?

Faith means that in spite of the situation you are in and the doubts you are thinking, and the fears you harbor, you have a belief that there is a bigger thing going on. I want to energize this some more because without faith, there is only the current reality which usually means it lacks something. Health, wealth, happiness, enlightenment, freedom from fear, maybe it just isn’t there right now.

The desire for something not seen is important because if you never desired a different experience, you would stay where you are right now, and your current reality may not be satisfying you. It all depends upon your perception of where you find yourself. And if that is okay with you, you have no more need to expand or grow, then great. But if you do want to experience more joy, more love and more freedom of mind, then you have to be willing to have faith that it is possible.

Yet is faith only a wish for a future outcome? When Jesus healed the woman who touched his garment, he said, “by your faith are you healed”. It seems to me he was praising her for believing in him and in his God-given power of healing. Faith healing is a powerful thing and happens all the time. It could happen at any moment, even to you! The fact is that she believed it was possible, certain even, so she was healed.

Faith is a belief in something possible that is not currently in your experience. It is the idea that first of all, you don’t see everything, you’re little eyes are myopic and your ears don’t hear the truth, they are distracted by the sounds of the world. So you don’t have the big picture, but you may have faith that there is a divine plan, that everything is possible, that miracles are possible.

All possibilities means that you have all power to decide what you want, and if you believe it, and have total faith in it, it has to occur. Why? Because you are a creator. You have the power to decide what you want to experience. Nothing can deny you, except what? You’re own disbelief, your own doubt. It kills faith and it kills your dream of awakening to perfect peace and happiness, if you don’t believe that it is possible.

No one can stop you from thinking thoughts of lack or doubt. Indeed, that is the crux of the problem you have had for a very long time. No one can deny you the thoughts you are making up and you always, always get the result of them every time.

So, faith is important and without it you’re dead, or alone, or suffering some kind of lack. Faith energizes the idea that all possibilities exist, because in God, all things are possible. Your knowing that all is well and your confidence that things are working out and only good can come to you, is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

A happy person brings light and blessings to everyone she meets. An unhappy person brings you down. When someone lacks faith in God or in the idea that something will work out, then there isn’t much hope for them. And of course they get the result, nothing good does come to them. Again, it is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The thing to remember is that the power of your mind is always presenting you with the outcome of the thoughts you are thinking. Period. You always can decide to see it differently because you do have all power to change your mind and therefore your experience.

So faith in God, in goodness, in love and in the fact that there are light beings all around you encouraging you to make the choice for more love, for forgiveness, for healing, for giving to others, for putting their happiness before yours, is required. The requirement is that you be willing to entertain the possibility of a divine plan, which means you do get to have and be all that you desire. Because you already are, whether you know it or not.

But if you still want something, be clear about your desire, think about it, focus on it, and well, even if it doesn’t happen right away, don’t give up! Happiness doesn’t come from doubt or disappointment.

It will come after you have released all your doubt, all your resistance to these good experiences coming to you and to your friends too. Faith is knowing it is possible for only good to come and expecting the miracle, the correction of falsity, of your doubt. It is also about not knowing how and not worrying about the specifics of the outcome, and still being willing to allow it to occur. Simply accept that God has a better plan than you. Accept your part in His plan and take no other. And stop trying to tell Him how to make it happen. When I simply let God show me what I am to do today, where I am to go, what I am to say and to whom, I am free. Life simply unfolds perfectly without my resistance. So, even if you are in pain, don’t resist it. Just be there, be present and surrender.

Faith in God, the Creator of the Universe, at the very least, will bring you hope rather than doubt. It feels better in the moment that you think: I know it’s possible. I don’t know how it will work out, but I believe it will. Get excited about it! Your happiness is coming to you right now in ways you can’t even imagine.

When I think I am not where I want to be, I suffer. When I accept that its all perfect and I am in the right place at the right time, I feel great! Everything is working out in spite of me. Happiness is not earned, it is recognized and accepted. You could be happy right now if you would just decide to be, even if you’re depressed, be totally depressed. Allow it to bring you to the bottom, the crux of the problem, which is you.

Be grateful that it already did work out. See it, feel it, allow yourself to revel in the idea. The fix is in. The fact is that you are whole and perfect as God created you. All your pitiful doubts and denial ever did was keep you in fear. Haven’t you had enough? It is exhausting to be in competition with God, especially since God has already saved you from your dream of death. When will you accept it? When will you awaken to the idea that it is accomplished?

The Course is very clear on this, that your whole problem is that you never question the reality of your problem. You insist on it and never experience that it has already been resolved for you. Have faith, faith that it is possible because if you did, just for an instant, you would be free.

“Only say the word, and I will be healed!”

Blessings,
Monica


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Do I have to meditate?

Do you have to meditate to awaken? The Course in Miracles is a mind training, it does not require a great deal of time where you sit and watch your mind and slow down the thoughts and then stop thinking. It is more direct, in that you are required to read a lesson and follow instructions with the idea presented. Meditation is more timely, more about control and trying to stop the thoughts. It means you are an objective thing trying to objectify or purify your thoughts. It can be a waste of time. If you have been doing it for a long time, and you still are not awake, try something new.

When doing the lesson, you surrender your idea and replace it. You don’t try to stop anything because ultimately your mind is thought, you are thought. This body form you occupy is not you, so who is meditating and why? You have to ask yourself, what do I hope to accomplish by meditating?

A mind training program requires a searching of the mind to correct the thoughts. You then automatically become more aware, more conscious of who you are. Each lesson requires that you observe your mind thinking thoughts that are in conflict, then you apply the lesson, asking for help, and repeating the thought for the day. This action of mind is the correcting device. A correction of thoughts is what the miracle is.

It is an undoing of the way you think! That is why it works. You want your mind to become free, not dead.

The miracle is always available to you. That is why the method, or the lesson, is actually also the result you are seeking. It does not require a lot of time, but it does require that you have the willingness to do the lesson. It saves time because you do not have to watch and observe your crazy thoughts. You simply notice a thought, just see that you think it, and apply the lesson.

Then throughout the day you notice that a thought of fear arises, and you release it with a lesson such as “These thoughts do not mean anything”. Then fear thoughts no longer bother you. You replace it with a true thought.

I notice that after many years of doing the lessons, the central ideas of the Course are completely ingrained, my mind has been changed fundamentally so that I don’t take seriously fear thoughts any more. I notice them, and feel how they affect me, then give them no attention. I see/feel them when they arise and I decide I don’t want these thoughts. I ask for help immediately and release them. It is easier than when I first began, but I have to say, the same mechanism is always at work. The fear yields to the love underneath them, and the fear is gone. When the light has come, the darkness simply vanishes.

It is a very simple course and one that requires very little time from you. In the beginning, only a couple of minutes each day are required.

You only have two choices, one is fear, the other is infinite Love. Which would you prefer?

To be afraid of the love of God is the height of insanity. It implies you don’t know who you are or what you are doing here. Do a lesson today and feel how much happier you are when you repeat it to yourself throughout the day. For example: God is the Mind with Which I think. God is the strength in which I trust. God is in everything I see.

Meditation can be very time consuming and you may not reach the goal. Your thought system needs to be reversed from fear based thinking to love based thoughts. This is a “sea change”. From fear to love, from pain to peace. From death to eternal life.

Blessings!

Monica


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I Could See Peace Instead

This lesson entitled “I could see peace instead of this” is a confrontation. It first of all implies that you are not “seeing” peace. The mind is always upset about something, unless it is at peace. That’s logical, but joy is also peace, so when you are not joyful, you are not at peace.

Be honest. Are you joyful or peaceful right now? Did you know that to “see” peace, means you are the one seeing it or not. You are the one deciding what you are going to see. You have the power to decide what you want to see in every moment. You are telling yourself a story all the time, notice: is it joyful, does it make you happy?

If it is a victim story or a powerless story, you cannot be joyful. So it is time to change your tune and change your story. Sing a different song, dream a new dream.

You only see what you want to see. It is entirely up to you. You project your own thought forms outward from the visual cortex of your brain and call it reality, when in fact it is only a reflection of your thoughts. It makes up your perception and you see only what you project “out there”.

So if you feel anxiety you are thinking fearful thoughts and then seeing fearful images and then you must be feeling anxious. Your constructed situations, personalities or events or “anything else about which you are harboring unloving thoughts” appear to you to be real. They are not, but to you they are! But you are all alone in that. Is it fun?

If you want something different, do this simple exercise. It will help you. Again, it is up to you, do you want it to work?

The idea is to replace those fear thoughts with the idea of peace, then you can feel the change within you. So, if you want to be happy, just do it. Do it for your children, do it for your partner, your friends. Anyone! But do it.

First notice what you are thinking about that feels unlike love: fear, guilt, anger, frustration, anxiety, depression, helplessness, etc. You name it. Write it down. I am upset at…..

Say to yourself “I could see peace in this situation instead of what I now see in it”. Let a door open inside you, let a new thought in, it takes only a moment. You don’t know how to change your mind, of course you don’t that’s why you need help. Let go and give up control.

This is how the mind training works, identify a thought or a bunch of thoughts that you have been telling yourself forever, a belief, and decide you want to see peace instead. Anything that is unlike love will do, apply the new idea, and watch and feel what happens within you.

Now write down the new story you want to tell yourself.

It could go something like this: I am learning to open up, I am learning to let go, I am feeling better about myself and my situation, I am all powerful so I can change how I feel, I am aware that I can decide to see it differently. I choose to see myself differently, I choose to forgive myself of the past, I choose to be happy today, right now. I breathe in love and light from the top of my head and let it fill my entire body. I allow this light to release all negative energies within my body right here and now. I allow them to release out the bottom of my feet and my root chakra. I am aware that I have the power to heal myself.

I feel better now, I realize I can heal myself, I can align my will with God’s Will for me and be happy right now. I am concerned only with this present moment, I can be happy right now. The past is over, the future is not there. I am happy and peaceful and I radiate that into the world right now.

Every experience of the miracle of grace happens in exactly the same way, the fear is released as the love underneath is revealed to you. But you must want this to occur. You have to notice when you are unhappy and ask for a different experience, until then, nothing can change. And stop lying to yourself. Pain, sadness, indignation, anger, stuckness, regret, resentment, hate, fear, guilt are not happy states of mind. They are not justifiable either. You can choose to be free of this now.

When you decide you want peace, you want to see things differently, then you can have a completely different experience of what was upsetting to you just a moment before. Isn’t that amazing?
That is how powerful your mind is, and it is up to you to decide what you prefer, to be upset, or to see peace instead. How to know what you have decided: how do you feel?

The miracle will occur when you decide you want a miracle, the shift in perception comes about when you give up your upsetting thoughts. Why should you do this? These thoughts make up the world you see. You can decide to see everything differently and to be free of your own misperception right now. This misperception never made you happy anyway, so what have you got to lose?

Remember lesson 6 and 7: I am upset because I see something that is not there… it is already over because “I see only the past”. You are not in the NOW. You are projecting onto the world your thoughts about everything you see.

Is this okay with you? Take responsibility, use your mind to free yourself and stop the insane projection of fear onto the world. It is up to you!

This isn’t hard, its just that you have to do it, you have some work to do to free yourself, yes and it takes some effort on your part to notice your thoughts and ask for help. The Holy Spirit is with you, freeing you by showing you the way. The ascended masters are awaiting your call, they want to help you.

USE THEM. They will enter and correct your thoughts when you invite them in. Jesus and the Archangels are with you now and forever.

It is time for the great Awakening, the second coming. It is up to you to be the second coming, and to choose to be in the light and love of your Reality. DO it for your children, do it for anyone you love. Choose to see it all differently because you are worth it! Your world needs you to wake up and be free so you can help. Take the time to do this today and be happy, for no reason. There is no other reason for you to be here anyway. Choose love, choose peace. Align your will with The Creative Source of the Universe.

Love is all around you and miracles and blessings are available to you in every instant! The truth is that love isn’t like anything you can imagine, but you can feel how it changes you from the inside out. Allow it, be the love that you are. Love and light are your Reality. You are perfect as God created you right now.