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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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7 Steps to Finding Great Love

What is great love?  Do you want it, do you have it?  Do you feel you have missed the boat or that you are seeking and not finding it?  Guess what?  You may be looking in the wrong place.

What if you were absolutely certain that love was not something to find, but already resides within and you felt it every day and every moment?   You were certain of the security of love, of the constant abiding love that you are?  Would your life be different? You bet it would.  This is not a theory, but a practice that requires your attention and dedication.

I always thought if I found the right partner, I would have someone to share my life with and then would be happy.  So I kept looking for the right one and married three times.  I don’t regret any of it, believe me.

My biggest lesson has been to realize that love isn’t something to seek.  I have been through the loss of partners and lost custody of children, lost my teacher, both parents, my sister when I was 4, and they all taught me the same lesson:  I am the thing I seek.

How did I learn this?  The hard way, through lots of experience of loving and losing and then finally discovering the secret to the universe.

What helps me the most?

  1. Meditation and mind training – Most of the time we just react to things that happen, but when you put yourself first and meditate, you find that your mind can change. Your thoughts are the problem, and the release of them is the solution. A Course in Miracles is a proven method, if you start with one lesson per day, it is guaranteed to change you. 5 minutes per day to a new you?  How hard is that?
  2. Find your light – The big revelation comes when you open to the possibility that your problem has already been solved. You may not know this yet, but the Master Jesus taught us this important lesson:  You are the light of the world, you have all power, and you can accomplish anything you choose.  You know it to be true when you ask to be healed of the deep subconscious pain of being separate.
  3. Know you cannot lose it – if you find love within yourself, you cannot ever lose it, because it isn’t apart from you.  This brings immense freedom and joy.
  4. Realize your life is eternal – Life isn’t of time, it isn’t going to end, the you that thinks you are separate is the problem, but when you get to the bottom of your pain, it will finally vanish, freeing you from the idea that you could ever be alone, lost, or in need of anything. But you have to go to the depths of your denial to become free from this state of mind.  Ask yourself every day:  who am I?
  5. Embrace change and free the fear – I know it seems hard to embrace the unknown, but really?  If what you know has brought you suffering, loss and death, then what have you got to lose by embracing the unknown…what if it opens up your heart and mind to a new experience of you?
  6. Decide for peace – if conflict can be given up by your decision to see your situation differently, then why wait to make this choice?  Try Lesson 15, The Power of Decision is My Own.  I can decide to forgive, to free myself of the guilt of the past.  The past is over anyway.  You maintain it in your mind in thought, but you can stop.  The miracle occurs when you decide you would rather be at peace.
  7. Give! Give so much that nothing else matters. It is selfish, because it makes you totally happy.  Think of someone else today, free him of the bondage of needing something by giving and learning that you are never lacking anything.  Your brother is you and is waiting for your freedom to be free himself. Lesson 137 states:  When you are healed, you are not healed alone. 

Hope this helps you today!

Monica

 


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4 Reasons to Forgive

If you are harboring resentments with someone, which you probably are, even without consciously being aware of it, you need to go within yourself and ask:  Is it worth it?  Does hanging onto this really help me?

The past is over and yet your body is a memory machine, your subconscious mind remembers everything that hurt you, until you reveal these hurts to yourself by allowing the memory to come into awareness. Beneath the surface could be the root of a pattern that has been troubling you for a long time.  Only when you allow it into your conscious mind can it be healed.  What you keep hidden cannot be healed, simply because it is hidden.  From yourself.

So, for instance, I recently remembered something very significant from my past that was traumatic for me during adolescence.  As I looked at it, I saw that it had affected every relationship I had with a male since then.  It made sense then, that my pain came from me, from my memory of the event and that in the revealing of it, I was able to make another choice.  I could choose to heal this event, to forgive the perpetrator, even for something so egregious as molestation.

I had not consciously ever looked at how this affected my life until now, while I am undergoing a breakup.  The pain was triggered by the breakup of a marriage, and when I allowed it into my memory, I realized how much that event had affected me throughout my life.  Then came the realization that I didn’t have to let this continue.

What truly astonished me was how I had buried it and dismissed it as insignificant, until this moment. I have been on a healing path for many years and this horrendous occurrence had finally come into the present moment for healing!

So, here are four reasons to forgive:

  1. You will discover something about yourself you need to know, that you may not be aware of until this moment.
  2. You allow the buried emotions are caused by your memory, so taking responsibility for the memory, not the event, allows for true permanent healing.
  3. In the revealing of the memory, you open up to the possibility of release forever from the event.  Then the pattern stops.
  4. If you don’t do it, you keep the pattern going.  So, what have you got to lose?  Just painful memories from the past that keep haunting you.

Freedom from the past is worth every bit of pain you have to go through. Otherwise, you will continue to be affected by the past subconsciously and it will color every relationship you have.  I have found that it is  time to love myself and give myself the gift of healing, so that I don’t have to repeat these painful memories again.  It is a gift of love to myself.

It is easy to release the cause of your pain, once it is staring at you and you can see it all clearly for the first time.  You will be given the opportunity to  forgive any time you feel the twinge of anger, the need to judge someone, the desire to hate, or to get revenge.

The path of least resistance is to accept that growth and healing is inevitable.  You do want freedom from pain, and it makes sense then to allow it to occur.

Don’t resist evil.  Don’t resist pain, don’t resist!  Don’t judge yourself for having learned this way, the experience of healing is worth it.

Now it is obvious to me why every major spiritual teaching is based upon this one thing: forgiveness.  IT WORKS if you work it.


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If you’ve never done the Course, Start Here

If you have never done the Course in Miracles mind training, start here.  This is what you need to do to begin:

  1. Get a copy of the Course in Miracles book, or read it online  You must have a copy, or read the original Urtext version at http://courseinmiracles.com.  The Workbook is the mind training, the Text outlines the basic principles.  It’s all included in one book which you can get at  Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.
  2. Read the first 50 lessons, one per day. Don’t skip them, don’t jump around,  just read them one per day, and do as it instructs and move onto the next the following day.
  3. How long does it take?  This takes about 5 – 10 minutes in the morning and again before you go to sleep.  Nothing will occur if you don’t make a commitment to this time requirement. Gradually, more time is asked but it is up to you how much time you devote to this.
  4. Notice what changes.  Do you feel different during or after reading the lesson?  Notice how you feel after four weeks, see what changed for you or how you feel about yourself.  Perhaps you aren’t as easy to be angered, or are less inclined to judge others.  Miracles happen all the time with or without your awareness of them

Common Barriers and Pitfalls

When you begin a new course, there will be certain pitfalls that tempt you to give up too soon and quit before you realize the goal.  You might encounter great resistance, yet if you just continue, it won’t matter, even if you actively resist the ideas presented in the lessons. Reasons to stop might include:

  • I don’t understand what I’m reading.   It’s OK if you don’t “get it”. The Workbook is brilliantly designed to take you from one idea to the next, which is an important systematic approach for the human mind.  Don’t try to understand everything at first. The lessons are not working with your intellect, but with your “right brain”, or the part of your mind that is visual and intuitive, and does not analyze. It experiences, feels and receives information without judgment.  The change of mind occurs in spite of your need to “figure it out”.
  • I don’t have time, I’m too distracted.  OK. So, just do the lesson and search your mind as it directs you to do.  Don’t worry if you feel you aren’t getting it.  It will work anyway.
  • My mind has incessant fear thoughts, I am constantly worried.  All the more reason to do this mind training, to retrain your brain to think differently.  Fear is not actually real, you are making it up.  YOU CAN STOP.
  • I don’t understand today’s lesson.  No problem, I didn’t understand them either when I began.  This is because the lesson is so different from how you think now. Do it anyway.
  • Am I being brainwashed?  The ideas presented I don’t agree with.  That’s fine. You aren’t supposed to agree or disagree, just do the lesson.  Do you want to be free of fear?  Do you know how to get there?  If so, you would be free of fear right now and would not need this mind training.
  • I can’t meditate.  This is not a problem.  The Course is aimed at saving you time, you don’t have to meditate at all.  Just do the lesson and see how you feel. Notice what you notice and see if any change occurs within you.
  • What is a miracle anyway?  A miracle is a shift or change in your perception, a correction of erroneous thinking.  Read the first chapter of the Text, the 50 miracle principles for a description of miracles.
  • I want to just jump around and read whatever grabs me.  Fine but you will not progress with ease.  The lessons are systematically designed for minds like you that can’t follow simple instructions and want to do it your way.  It won’t work for you.  If you were learning an instrument, you would learn to read a few notes before you went on to a major scale.  Then after you master the scale, you go on to the minor scales.  So, don’t try to be your own teacher, you will fail.
  • I don’t think this is for me.  Who else is it for?  You have the book in your hand. It is a sure sign that it IS for you. What do you have to lose?
  • Why is it in Christian terminology? The author is Jesus.  He has written this Course for you to clear up misunderstandings and misinterpretations that have gone down through the last 2000 years.  Jesus is the guide and other Masters were involved, or so it seems.
  • Do I have to believe in the author?  No.  This is not about belief, it is about wanting to become free of fear, guilt and pain.  Then you will find yourself in a totally different state of mind, without knowing how it happened.
  • Can I become enlightened, truly free of fear forever?.  Yes, if that is your desire, you have all power, so you will be undone and the Divine Love of the universe will free you. But you have to do your part.  No one can do it for you.
  • Do I have free will?  Absolutely.  This is a Course that opens up your creative powers and frees you to become fearless, guiltless, doubtless and perfectly happy. You will find out who you really are, which is freedom itself.
  • What is the goal anyway?  The goal of the Course is peace, deep abiding, perfect peace.  This is not understandable to the human mind.  So, your doubts are part of what needs to be undone.

 


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Why do you do the Course?

I wanted to ask my readers who they are and what they are looking for, if they read the Course, or not and why. Do you seek spiritual guidance on the net? Where do you usually find it?

I think that most people looking for spiritual guidance are like I was a few years back, 1990s to be exact. I remember feeling lost and confused, and seeking some help. I had been reading the Course for several years, even teaching it in small groups, but I wanted more, I wanted to connect and to know there were other people like me. I felt very alone most of the time and I didn’t feel that people around me were necessarily on a similar path. I needed a sense of community so that my experiences of spiritual growth could be shared.

I would like to alleviate some of that loneliness and start a community of like-minded people seeking true freedom.

I have been thinking that you, the reader may want to do a program such as the Course but are dismayed by the size of the book and want to understand the basic ideas behind it. You may be overwhelmed and not sure about how the Course could help you. Perhaps you have studied it for a while but feel that you need some deeper understanding of the principles and ideas.

Please respond with your answer to the following:

1. Why read a blog about A Course in Miracles? What are you looking for?
2. Do you do the lessons? If so, what is your ultimate goal in reading the lessons? If not, why not? Do they intimidate you in any way?
3. Would you be interested in a 12 week course on the Course?

I am deeply interested in you and want to open up a dialogue so that we can begin to help each other.

Please email me or comment below with your answers. I so appreciate it as this will help me to focus more on what you want from this masterpiece we call A Course in Miracles.

Monica
mondubay@gmail.com


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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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Do you need a spiritual teacher?

The spiritual path is fraught with pitfalls and challenges. I found myself unable to manage these trappings at certain points along the way. I heard the voice within showing me the way to go, but there were moments of deep uncertainty and confusion. The Kingdom is within you, but if you are in a state of conflict at times and need some help, it is imperative that you find someone to guide you who has been there and has found the way out of fear. Your path is unique to you and there are blind spots. It can save you some time and wasted energy, the clarity of a Master is undeniably helpful.

Years ago, I found one teacher of the Course who I stayed with for four years. She had been awakened by a Master and I didn’t really know anything about her history. I didn’t ask for credentials, all I know is I needed help and she showed up to guide me through some very difficult years of my early development. She could see through the darkness for me, shine a light where I was unable to on my own. I was given the help I needed when I needed it.

During that time, I made some important decisions: I was a young mother and I had a lot going on and my spiritual life was moving in a direction of awakening that felt often too much too fast. But, with her guidance, I felt assured that I was on track and that it was good that my life became more meditative and focused on my connection to God.

The holy relationship with this teacher became a focus for my spiritual development. Letting myself be led by Jesus and this teacher was essential to my development. There were many moments of fear and doubt and this was alleviated knowing I had that phone call each week to look forward to, to check in and allow her light to guide me. Energy healing, direction and palpable light filled me each time and I was very, very grateful for her help.

After a few years, I felt something new begin inside me, I felt a lot of new energies coming in that felt very exciting. I felt more of a support coming, and I felt the need for a change yet didn’t know what it was about really.

Then I watched a video of the Master Teacher who was living in Wisconsin. I had never heard of him before and yet I felt an openness to just watch the video. I didn’t recognize him physically, he didn’t look at all like I thought a teacher should…I am not sure what I had in mind.

After watching the video, the next thing I experienced was undeniable. I felt all this energy well up inside me, a new powerful energy and light. Then I had to lie down as I felt myself go out of the Earth plane for a while. It surprised me how amazing that felt and my whole being changed, it was emotional and freeing and very different. The light was an unmistakable new freedom from within me.

From that day on, I knew that he was my teacher and deep within me, there was a recognition that I knew him very well. It was like meeting a very dear close relative that you have been missing for a long time, and finally seeing them and knowing that you know them, but you don’t really know how or from when. My intuition told me to pay attention.

For the next few months I watched the videos and felt an amazing sense of inner freedom and light. Over the next 10 years, I would spend every morning at the feet of the Master. I made a decision to allow myself to be led, to be guided, coached and cajoled into the life of the spiritual disciple. It was tumultuous, confrontational, and I am so filled with gratitude that I found him. Even now I am filled with love as I think about his unceasing give, showing up every day for me, for all those who were his students. And the love for the message of A Course in Miracles deepened, broadened and changed me.

I needed the support of the group, of those dedicated to forgiveness, to awakening and to the Course. I cannot imagine where or what I would be without that experience of living in a dedicated atmosphere, of being led so closely in contact with a teacher and with others who were with me. There was no idolization allowed, as we were always told to look within ourselves, to find the solution where it is. I always knew I had to work out my own awakening from deep within myself.

Teachers are important, as they know and can see things you can’t within you that you need help with. Don’t resist it. Life is full of challenges and sometimes you can’t get yourself through them and if you have the chance to be with a Master, you will grow from it. Some people fear that if you have a teacher, you could lose yourself, yet all you can lose is the fear of the love of God. The Master points you to yourself, seek and ye shall find. Stay in the openness, keep knocking and the door will be opened unto you.

God’s Will for you is to be happy, free, certain of who you are, and when you are willing,He will take you home. If you will to be happy, free of doubt, free of fear and perfectly joyful and at peace, know that this is YOUR will. A teacher can point you to it, but cannot do it for you. Keep in mind, this path is not for the faint-hearted or the one who wants it to be easy and fun. It isn’t always blissful to awaken, it means getting to the bottom of your pain, your fear and your memories of loss and letting them be converted. From darkness to light.

Every Master in the Eastern tradition had a Master before him/her in the lineage. It is in this holy relationship that each student finds out what true love is, what awakening really means. In Christ consciousness, we use Jesus directly, and yet there may come a time when being with an awakened teacher will be helpful for you. To guide you along this path, the inner path to the Christ, many shadow figures will arise. Forgiveness is sometimes impossible when you are faced with deep pain.

My gratitude for my teacher is beyond words and beyond my own assessment of the help I constantly receive from Him. I use many teachers now in addition to Jesus and Master Teacher: Yogananda, Robert Adams, Ramana Maharshi, Amma, Mother Mary, are among the most often called upon. Awakened masters are always available and willing to help guide you. Stay in contact with them and they will never fail you. Read, meditate and ponder their messages of eternal life and love and peace.

You will know when your teacher appears, it will be obvious. Be open to be changed from deep within your being, don’t resist. Don’t resist good, don’t resist evil. Don’t resist!

Help is just around the corner. I hope this helps you today.

Monica