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A Course of Love – A Surprise

“The world as a state of being, as a whole, has entered a time, brought on largely by A Course in Miracles, in which readiness for miracle-mindedness is upon it. A Course in Miracles opened a door by threatening the ego.  All those who, with egos weakened, walked this world with the hope of leaving ego behind, with miracle-minded intent, have awakened human beings to a new identity.  They have ushered in a time of ending our identity crisis. Not since Jesus walked the earth has such a time been upon humankind.”  –A Course of Love.

I was given this new volume called “A Course of Love” just the other day.  Apparently, it’s a sequel to A Course in Miracles.  I am very happy to have opened it up and allowed its words to comfort me in the knowledge that there is truly only the experience of love.  All learning ceases when revelation has come to take its place.  I am finding myself lifted out of conflict and any striving for a future state.  It has simply stopped.

The goal of A Course in Miracles is peace. It is perhaps time to accept that peace is your natural state and when you have gotten to the end of learning where it is not found, then, well…there it is.

The last obstacle to peace has gone, it was the fear of the love of God, which is quite insane.  Words mean little now, because knowledge has come to take their place.  Knowledge of what?  Of who you are.  The only problem you ever had has been solved. It’s not a dramatic climax, it’s a simple melting into the truth of who you are.  It didn’t take time, it took willingness to look for it even in the midst of conflict and pain.

Do you ever wonder what all the striving is for?  Do you ever wonder if your life ultimately leads to a moment of total freedom from fear, and if you accept that time is not passing, then, you could be totally free right now…this moment?

Love never dies, it is the one eternal state that is unchanged by time…unchanged by the mind of man, unchanged by belief systems, religions, and warfare.

This is a game changer, when you cease to allow a conflict thought to have any effect on you.  You stop listening to it.  You have surrendered to love and refused to hear another voice. Love is quietly present, love is everything you are and there was never a chance of ever losing it. That was impossible.

In spite of all the seeming losses, the failures, the successes, the trials, the pitfalls, the dreams of war, dreams of death and of meaninglessness, of hopelessness, of doubt, you could not change what is unchangeable.

You are still you.

All learning comes to this end…you are what love is and always have been.Listen with your heart. You give meaning to everything you see.  Stop a moment, get quiet and listen.  Perhaps there is another way to be, to simply be with all that is.

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How to Begin the Course in Miracles Lessons

What if you don’t know how to meditate or to still your mind?  I know how this is, when I first started doing A Course in Miracles, back in 1989, I had no idea how to meditate.  I only knew that I needed help, I was anxious, depressed and the Course lessons told me what to do, so I followed the instructions.

  • You need motivation:  I wanted peace, I wanted to be free of fear, so the motivation was already in place.  I was seriously in need of peace because I had been depressed for six months and nothing was helping.
  • How much time was required?  Five minutes in the morning, and five minutes at night.  No big time investment here…and yet, within a few months, I was feeling much happier and much less depressed and very confident that I could do this Course.

How to begin to practice A Course In Miracles Lessons:

  1. So, first, just read the lesson, it’s okay if you don’t understand it.  Really.  It’s not important at this stage.
  2. Follow the instructions, do the mind searching for 5 minutes.
  3. Write down the title of the lesson and take it with you on a sticky note or card to repeat throughout the day. Your subconscious mind will hear it every time you repeat the thought to yourself.   This is how you change your mind, one day at a time, one thought at a time.

 

The Course itself is undoing your thought patterns that create fear, anxiety and depression.  It will work if you spend the five to ten minutes per day. Also, as with learning an instrument, the more you practice, the better the results.  So, within a few months I spent probably more than the 10 minutes per day.  I had a lot of motivation, since depression and anxiety were so prevalent in my experience.

As a musician I knew that a few minutes of practice each day became exponential over time and that a scale I couldn’t play yesterday, after working on it for a little while, the next day I could master it without a problem. How?  It is how your brain learns.

Within a few months, I experience changes within myself, I was calmer, I had more hope, more lightness in my mind.  This gave me more confidence and ignited my personal desire to do the Course, I liked how I felt and I liked knowing that my life had a purpose and a structure to it.

Key:  Repetition makes reinforcement.  Results encourage more practice. 

The key to happiness is simply repeating these thoughts that retrain your mind to think differently.  When you begin to feel better, you will have more motivation.  Yes, keep it up and don’t get discouraged if you aren’t completely fearless right away.

Key: This is a universal course in the awakening of your mind that is designed to save you time. 

It’s all laid out for you, you just have to repeat the lesson to yourself…each one can be your personal mantra for the day.  Just try it and see how you feel.

To find out more on how to get additional support with this process, check out the Healing Sessions page as well as the ACIM Classes page.

More to come on this subject.

 

 


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10 Myths About A Course in Miracles

Do you want to know more about A Course in Miracles, but are afraid to ask?  Don’t know where to begin? Find it daunting?  Think its too New Age?  Read on.  I dispel some common misconceptions about it and provide a bit of a primer for beginning to do the lessons:

  1. You have to read that whole big book in order to understand what it’s all aboutThis is false and you will be delighted to find out that to actually do the Course, you only have to read and practice one lesson per day.  This takes about 10 minutes.  Remember, your understanding is not necessary.  Your willingness is. You need a miracle when you are unhappy.
  2. You have to be quiet and not react to everyone around you.  Well, are you always going to be non-judgmental?  It is almost impossible, so don’t try to purify your thoughts, that’s the job of the Holy Spirit.  The Course is on the level of the mind.  You are responsible for your thoughts and this is what it means when it states that the entire world is going on in your own mind, because you have projected it from an idea of you being separate.  In an objective world, where separateness rules, there can be no peace.
  3. How can I not react in this crazy world? You will not be able to.  You don’t have to not react, but if you practice the lessons, you begin to realize that judgment is a toy, and you are playing a game with yourself.  You can just as easily decide to see you have a choice to either stay in reaction or use the lessons to help you stop, ask for help and allow a miracle to occur.
  4. Becoming enlightened is boring because you would be in la-la land unaffected by anything.  It is far from boring to be in a state of ecstatic love all the time, and laughing at all the craziness, knowing full well that you are dreaming.  You will love everyone a lot more knowing you don’t have to be offended by them.  If you are offended, you might want to laugh at yourself a lot more.
  5. The Course says that you just have to forgive all the time, and not care if people are attacking or not respectful of you. Not true, if you knew you were not separate from anyone or anything, you would do everything in your power to love and extend that love from within you.  Love doesn’t get offended, but if you are offended, you have the choice to change your thought about it.  A major idea of the Course is that God wills for you perfect happiness.  Can you be happy if you are being mistreated?  No, a healthy boundary is what love is.
  6. The Course is new age thinking.  Actually the Course is harder than most teachings, because it is about taking full responsibility for your thoughts, releasing resentment and forgiving.  Just like the core teachings Jesus taught in the New Testament, his Course is about learning to love God with all your heart, mind and soul and your neighbor as yourself. It is not easy.
  7. Reading the Course will help me have a more successful life.  This is true only if you define success as being in a state of happiness and freedom.  Because you learn to forgive, it will enhance your ability to love more and become as a little child and pray without ceasing. You will become happy when you realize happiness is your natural state no matter who you are with, what you are doing and how much worldly success you have.
  8. I have give up the world if I do the Course.  What is the world? The world is your projection and if you do surrender your thoughts about it, you will experience more and more peace. The goal is peace.  You can become happy even if you only spend 10 minutes a day reading it.  Most people feel it brings them peace, without realizing how that happens and are grateful for the miraculous healing the Course brings about in them.
  9. A miracle is a physical healing. Not always, it can be a shift in your consciousness that causes you to become happier and less resentful and fearful.  This is a miracle of the mind and this shift is a correction of the fear that may result in a physical healing.  Everything starts in the mind.  The thought of illness comes before the illness.  The idea of healing comes before the healing occurs.   This is because cause and effect are not apart.
  10. If I wake up and become enlightened, I won’t be in a body anymore.  Not true, you would just be aware that it’s a dream and you are awake within this dream.  You will usually feel the need to help others awaken and your life becomes one of service to help humanity in whatever capacity will bring you the most joy.

 

Maybe you just needed a little encouragement to begin to see yourself and your world differently. For one-on-one help with your process, check out the Healing Sessions page.

Monica


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8 Things you need to know to free your victim role

When someone betrays you, or doesn’t fulfill his or her promise to you or completely lets you down it’s very easy to feel abandoned, unloved, and confused.

You may feel angry, shocked, disbelieving that this could happen to you, you wonder how you were blind and couldn’t see the motivations of the person who harmed you.  You realize you were not in control of the situation and were prey to someone’s ulterior motive, which was not to love you.

You have a choice before you:  victim or creator.  This fact can free you to heal from this and see that can learn something.  You can allow for the feelings while accepting that you are growing from this and can embrace it as part of this growth process.

The pain of these mind states can overwhelm you, yet it is essential if you are to become free of them that you consider these ideas:

  1. You are not in control of what other people choose to do. Don’t take it personally that they have made a choice to let you down. Its not even about you.
  2. Taking full responsibility for your thoughts about it is critical to your awakening.  Remember, all thoughts have power.
  3. Your thoughts of victimization keep you in pain and do not allow for release of this pain. Therefore, do not accept it.  There is no power in victimization, you have given it away to the victimizer.
  4. You must accept responsibility, maybe not for what has occurred, but for the feelings which arise from it.  This distinction will clarify that you cannot control what happened, but you can control how you respond to it.
  5. Take the focus off the other guy entirely.  Let him be.  Just focus on the part you played within the situation, and accept that you can learn from it and move on.
  6. Becoming more aware of the blocks that keep you from accepting yourself as whole and perfect is a good thing, even if you can’t see that it is helping you yet.
  7. Harping on what happened only keeps you in pain.  Don’t tell everyone you meet, just allow that you need to stop telling the story, and get some rest from the idea that you need to justify your feelings of victimization.
  8. Own the vulnerable you that experienced this and give it more love.  Be a parent to yourself for a moment and let the child in you experience it while you extend love to her.

You will discover that, in spite of all that seems to be happening, you are coming into greater knowledge of yourself.  You are in control of the outcome, you can use this to free you from the nightmare of separation.  This can trigger deep abandonment and you can use it to accept that you can never be truly abandoned by God.

 


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Laughing at Fear

I just put together a bunch of new blog topics and this was at the top of my list. I wanted to share with you how easy it can be to release fear. The Course gives this line as the entire reason for the dream of separation or the descent into hell: “you had a tiny, mad idea at which the Son of God remembered not to laugh.”

Remembered not, or forgot. Remembered not, which means you, the Son, remembered what did not happen. You remember the fall, the schism, the pain of loss, the moment where pain replaced joy and the kingdom was a forgotten memory. This is really important so I have to emphasize what you remembered not…that you remembered not to laugh!

You remembered only to take it seriously and to believe it and judge yourself for it and harp on it and make it all a real experience. And then you felt so guilty, you projected the guilt out away from you onto the only thing you could find, your body. And then other bodies you found around you, Adam blames Eve for the fall because she is the only one there. Then you became so afraid that God would punish you, so you punished yourself for this so called act.

All the while, you kept the little secret to yourself that you feel so guilty about and you keep it hidden so far down inside you, you would feel just terrible if anyone ever found out. This is what drives people to sedate all the time! Yet, when you uncover the whole reason you feel so bad about yourself, you feel the incredible pain of the guilt and self-hatred you subconsciously harbor within yourself…then something can begin to open up. You have simply had enough of it. Deep resentment, deep shame and guilt. It is time to surrender.

So, for however long you have been trying to hide and not resolve your guilt, by projecting it, stop now. Take the pain back to its source, your own mind. And finally allow the solution to occur within you. Resolve the riddle of yourself as a separate being and realize one thing: It isn’t true, you are not guilty because the dream had no real effects.

The guilt of suffering and pain lasts until you just expose the cause and let it all go! A miracle occurs, a shift in perception. A realization, a remembering of the love you once knew as your communication with your Creator. You forgot to laugh, you thought He had abandoned you. No, dear one, He didn’t. He is right there inside you and always has been.

Now, what can possibly be so important and serious? I know you took it very seriously, sure, so did I. But every error is undone in exactly the same way: the love and light shines on your idea of separation, and lightens it to the point where it disappears into the nothingness from which it came.

Isn’t it time, right here and now to begin to laugh at yourself? It was a tiny, mad idea, it had no effects. God did not do it to you, you did not do it to you. You can laugh now. It was a crazy idea that has no possibility of being true and never did. It is futile to continue to think you have to resolve an unreal problem. That is why awakening is a recognition, not a change at all.

This attack upon yourself is old and tired and never brought you any relief whatsoever. It isn’t hard to let it all go, it is the easiest thing in the world, it is the relinquishment of the underpinnings of your dream. It is your awakening.

The simplicity of this idea strikes me each time I feel the release that comes with the “aha!” I was doing it to myself all along and I can stop right here and now!

Love is all around you, within you, and IS YOU. You are not ever going to be able to be anything but YOU. Laugh at the idea you could change a perfect, whole idea in the Mind of God!

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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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.