The Truth Behind Illusions | Insights on A Course in Miracles

This week with the Sunday Study Group, we shared on the Text, Chapter 30, Section IV. The Truth Behind Illusions. In this week’s video, you will find excerpts from my teaching to students in the February 12th Sunday study group. Can we become more prosperous in Spirit? When we listen to the Voice for God we can flourish. Learn the recipe ingredients for fulfillment and inner peace.

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The Responsibility for Sight

At last Wednesday’s Study Group, Gayle and Mari were guided to share the reading in the Text, Chapter 21, II. The Responsibility for Sight. This proved helpful to those who attended.

There was a great podcast series on the “Responsibility for Sight” reading that Rev. Deb, Gayle and Mari did a few years ago. I’m sharing it with you below to help further round out your study of this reading. Take a listen!

The series is in five parts. See righthand corner to toggle.

Cultivating the Relationship with Spirit, Pt. 2

This week we follow up with last week’s teaching with Part Two of “Cultivating the Relationship with Spirit” presented by Rev. Deb.

As ACIM says: If you would but let the Holy Spirit tell you of the Love of God for you, and the need your creations have to be with you forever, you would experience the attraction of the eternal. T-15.IX.5:1

In Part 2 of this 2 part series: Rev. Deb gives Daily Steps that you can use to continue to cultivate your relationship with the Holy Spirit. In this, we can let the Holy Spirit share with you how much you are cherished by God.

See video below.

ACIM Reading References for Teaching:

  • Text, Ch. 5, II. The Voice for God
  • Text, Ch. 14, VII. Sharing Perception with the Holy Spirit
  • Lesson 106 – Let me be still and listen to the truth.
  • Lesson 124 – Let me remember I am one with God.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this idea of cultivating our relationship with the Holy Spirit.

You can join in our study groups, or our email or Facebook groups.

In Peace,

Revs. Paul and Deb

What I Hear the Most

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What I hear the most from students over the last few decades of working in groups and individually with students is that they want to hear the Voice for God (or Holy Spirit or Jesus) speaking to them. This is the number one request of students besides any other topic related to A Course in Miracles.

Rev. Paul wanted the same when I first met him when he was a brand-new ACIM student and came to my study group in February 2003 when we were both still living in Pittsburgh.

We all start somewhere, and it is that desire to receive guidance and wisdom in our lives. I know that was true for me around 1990 or so, when I was a single parent, having a hard time in my life and was encouraged to read “A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson by my therapist.

It opened my eyes, my heart and my mind. I had been meditating since 1980 and was drawn to Eastern philosophies and studies. I embraced ACIM wholeheartedly at the time. I already knew the power of silence and listening within but studying ACIM then helped me go a little deeper and truly pay attention to what love truly was and that I was in fact loved by God. Fittingly, I bought the actual ACIM book on Valentine’s Day.

As I shared with you earlier this week, the key to listening is cultivating the relationship with Holy Spirit. Just like any relationship there are times we speak and times we listen. All too often in relationships we have our agenda and speak incessantly rather than listening.

I hope with the tips that I give in this first part and what’s to come in part two that you will receive benefit in your relationship with Holy Spirit.


Rev. Deb

Cultivating the Relationship with Spirit

Earlier this week in our first newsletter of the year for our new theme, we shared a teaching from our archives. This teaching was “Cultivating the Relationship with Spirit” presented by myself. As we launch this year of “Listening to Inner Wisdom,” it’s important to establish our relationship with the Holy Spirit so we can in fact hear His Wisdom.

Take a moment and reflect:

  • What do I want this relationship with the Holy Spirit to look like?
  • What would I like the communication with Him to be like?
  • How can I cultivate the relationship with Him?
  • What blocks stand in the way of this relationship?

Keep this in mind as your intention for the year.

As ACIM says: And the truth is that the Holy Spirit is in close relationship with you, because in Him is your relationship with God restored to you. T-17.IV.4:5

In this Part 1 of a two-part video teaching, I share that “We can cultivate our relationship with the Holy Spirit just as we do with anyone here in the world. We take time getting to know Him, we spend time with Him frequently, we connect, we trust, and we listen intently to what He has to say.”

ACIM Reading References for Teaching:

  • Text, Chapter 17, IV. The Two Pictures
  • Lesson 221 – Peace to my mind. Let all my thoughts be still.

In Part 2 of this teaching, that I will share next week, I share Daily Steps that you can use to continue to cultivate your relationship.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this idea of cultivating our relationship with the Holy Spirit.

You can join in our study groups, here in this email group or our Facebook group.

Peace all,

Rev. Deb

Blocking the Voice

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Excerpt from Change Your Mind! Talks on Living A Course in Miracles

As students of the Course, we want to be more vigilant so we can hear the Voice and not get sucked into our ego mind chatter. We want the comfort of knowing that we’re not alone. We want to be able to trust the Holy Spirit. We want to be able to tell the difference between the ego’s voice and the Voice for God. But you might wonder, as another of our class members did, “How can I trust what I hear is the Holy Spirit? I’m hearing something, but is it the Voice for God? How do I know?” Jesus gives us a litmus test: how do our thoughts make us feel? Do they make us feel fearful, angry, unworthy, little and vulnerable, guilty, anxious, worried, and ashamed? Do our thoughts lead to feelings of self-hatred, self-condemnation, self-abuse, and self-defeat? If that’s how we feel, then we know we’re listening to the nasty, vicious voice of the ego. You know that voice. I know it. We all know it too well! It’s the mean, critical, spiteful voice that yammers on and on in our minds by default. We’re so used to that voice that we think it’s normal; but it’s not.

How does the Holy Spirit’s voice make us feel? Peaceful, secure, safe, loved, loving, confident, calm, joyful. It’s a quiet Voice that speaks of love and welcome. It’s never negative. It never makes us feel bad about ourselves. It’s a benevolent Voice that consoles and comforts. It always brings peace. Something deep inside our minds knows that this Voice is trustworthy. So the test is: If we’re feeling bad, we’re listening to the ego; if we’re feeling peaceful, we’re listening to Holy Spirit. It’s that simple. Look to how we’re feeling, to our inner state. This is a course in mind training. We’re being trained to go within our minds and discern which voice we’re listening to.

Not a few of us are reluctant to announce that we “hear” a voice in our heads. “What if people think I’m hearing voices and think I’m crazy with some wacko mental problem?” or “I’ll be taken away in a straitjacket if I say that a voice tells me what to do and what to think!” Sure, that sounds crazy in the ego world – and I’m not suggesting that you tell non-Course people that you hear voices, please remember to be normal!

– but it’s all right there in Lesson 275: “Your healing Voice protects all things today, and so I leave all things to You. I need be anxious over nothing. For Your Voice will tell me what to do and where to go; to whom to speak and what to say to him, what thoughts to think, what words to give the world. The safety that I bring is given me. Father, Your Voice protects all things through me” (W-pII.275.2:1-5).

But the ego wants to block that Voice. The ego’s very existence depends on blocking Holy Spirit. The ego does that by telling us we can’t hear the Voice for God, that it’s crazy to think we can, and that it’s dangerous to even try.

Tired of listening to the ego’s voice?  See Chapter 1 in Rev. Deb Phelps’ book, Change Your Mind! Talks on Living A Course in Miracles to learn that you too can hear the Voice for Love anytime you desire to do so.

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