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Heal Your Mind, Transform Your Life – Through A Course in Miracles


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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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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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Can’t meditate? Here’s help.

I just wanted to announce I have added this link to a 25 minute healing audio FREE that you will find permanently on the right column under my picture. Just click on this link from your laptop, phone or device.  .

Why would you want to do this?  To relax, release, to be healed, to practice forgiveness, to connect with your Self and experience grounding energy.

I suggest you set aside the full 25 minutes to listen and relax. Turn off everything and let go of the busy world for this short period.

The intention of this audio meditation is to heal your physical, emotional and spiritual bodies.  It is easy to follow especially for those people who feel they cannot meditate, or calm down.

It takes just 25 minutes to have a new experience of yourself and become free of fear, guilt, anger, shame, and to be in the light of your own Being.

Enjoy!


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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


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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