It’s hard to believe that we’ve completed our year-long journey of building our Miracle Toolboxes and it’s time to bring the series to a close. Throughout the course of the year, we added many tools, Course readings, and meditations to our toolboxes that help us to feel safer, happier, and more peaceful. I would like to give a big shout-out thanks to Jesus and Holy Spirit for all the help they have given us through their miracle promptings and messages. I also would like to thank all of you, my mighty companions, for your insights and wisdom as well! Together we have all collapsed time a little and brought ourselves closer to awakening to the awareness of who we truly are in the Light of God. Thank you for all your support and we at MiraclesOne wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Welcome to Week 28 of your Miracle Toolbox. So throughout the course of this year, I started receiving messages from Jesus and the Holy Spirit about tools or tool analogies that we could use to throw into our tool boxes, to help us out with our awakening and healing journeys. And so now we’re going to start shifting to where I’m not the one receiving the messages and passing them along to you, but you are going to start doing it for yourselves. So get excited. I want you to really try this with me. You’re going to love it.
I am including a guided meditation to help you practice going within and receiving your own tool from A Course in Miracles.
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This week Jesus has us taking a look at the concept of “projection” as he explains it in A Course in Miracles. Our examination started by reviewing the first two paragraphs in the Text chapter 21 indroduction titled, Reason and Perception (T-21.in). We then turned to section two in the Text, titled The Alternative to Projection (T-6.II).
Within these readings, Jesus explains that we have a split mind. There is a part of our mind that was created when God created us as His Son (and Daughter). It is also referred to in the Course as the Christ. You can think of it as the spiritual part of our mind. Unfortunately, while we seem to be living within a body, we are not aware of this spiritual part of our mind. This is because a part of our spiritual mind has been split off in a sense, and then put into a dreaming state. Within this dreaming state, we are dreaming that we are living out lives in a physical body, and at the same time, we gave ourselves amnesia about the spiritual part of our mind that is fully awake and alive in God all the time.
Jesus explains to us that the part of our mind that is split off and is actually unconsciously projecting the illusion that we are living in a physical world with time, space, and physical bodies. We also use the physical mind of our bodies (the brain) to think separate thoughts and make judgement about others. This process too, is also a projection process, and it is keeping us caught within the dreaming state by keeping us preoccupied with what is outside of our bodies. The symptoms we experience that is associated with this projection process is fear, anger, suffering, misery, chaos, and death to name a few.
In a sense, the split part of our mind is projecting mud out into the world and that mud eventually manifests in different ways and then comes back to splatter into our faces. This is why we need to go into our Miracle Toolboxes and pull out our Holy Spirit Safety glasses. When we put on our safety glasses and call upon the Holy Spirit for help, our perceptions of the (illusory) world can be protected from our muddy projections.
Another tool that you can add to your Miracle Toolbox to help heal your projections can be found in the Workbook for Students, Lesson 30: God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.
This week Jesus suggested that we take a look at the section titled, The Way to Remember God (T-12.II), within the Text of A Course in Miracles. Within this piece Jesus points out that we often are like little children who hide themselves beneath the cover of heavy blankets in an attempt to hide from our nightmares. He explains that if we truly want to begin to awaken from the dream of nightmares, all we need to do is to learn how to be quiet in the midst of turmoil and turn to him for help. He even makes a clear promise that he will help us to awaken as surely as he did if we have the willingness to trust and walk with him.
Our first tool for our Miracle Toolbox this week is a moving blanket. Jesus would like us to hand over to him the moving blanket we have been hiding beneath, and then give it to him and the Holy Spirit for a better use. The moving blanket symbolizes all the illusions within the world that fill us with fear. He asks that we have a willingness to meet with him in the space of meditation and to look at the things that scare us with him. In turn, he will help us with a reinterpretation that will help us to feel better, safer, and know which direction to go. This is how we begin the walk with Jesus on a daily basis toward our own awakening. Our walk through life will become more peaceful because the moving blanket will be laid out before us on the ground to soften our path.
The second tool for our Miracle Toolbox is Lesson 155: I will step back and let Him lead the way. Within this lesson, Jesus explains that the middle path between two extreme paths is the easier path to walk along with him. It is a path that is appointed for us now. This path will allow us to walk safely, however, we will need to be careful because it is a new path for us. You see, when we walk with Jesus, our lives become easier and happier, but this experience can sometimes lead us astray from checking in with him on a regular basis. When this happens, invariably the ego’s path of happiness slips in and then leads us to a painful fall. To avoid this pitfall, Jesus reminds us at the end of the lesson to practice thinking of him a while each day. We should practice listening to him in silence every day, so that we may hear him speak to us and tell us how much he loves us. I personally find it inspiring to be reminded how easy it is to walk with him to our own awakening through this simple practice.
In this week’s Miracle Toolbox sharing we take a look at the final section in the forgiveness chapter of The Song of Prayer. This is an extremely informative video on the concept of forgiveness as taught in A Course in Miracles. As you are aware, the practice of true forgiveness is one of the most misunderstood concepts of all time.
Within this video, I explain through the use of simple examples what Jesus would like us to learn about the practice of forgiveness and the two key miracle experiences associated with the practice. The first is learning how to perceive the Light of Christ within ourselves during meditation, and the second is learning how to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit speak to us during meditation. Jesus also makes two key points within section III. Forgiveness-for-Salvation. The first is that we do not know how to practice true forgiveness, however the Holy Spirit does. Furthermore, it is the Holy Spirit’s task to teach us how to practice and experience true forgiveness. Second, it is our job to trust and allow the Holy Spirit to show us the Face of Christ, and to learn how to listen to his Voice.
When I asked Jesus to provide me with a tool for our Miracle Toolboxes this week, nothing came forth. Upon repeated requests for a tool, he eventually shared with me that there are times when we are not qualified to conduct a repair. This is one of those times. At this point, I was inspired with the idea of having a “Mechanic’s Business Card” in my Miracle Toolbox. When it comes to Forgiveness-for-Salvation, we need to out-source our repair work to the Holy Spirit because we are not qualified to complete the repair work for ourselves. This is an extremely important concept to keep in mind. Anytime we have a problem with a relationship in our lives, or when someone else reaches out to us for help, it is extremely important to remember to step back and listen for the Holy Spirit’s help.
It is quite possible to learn how to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit speak to us, but it does take practice. It is easiest to learn through the practice of meditation. Another great lesson within the Workbook for Students that will help us learn how to do this, LITERALLY, is Lesson 125: In quiet I receive God’s Word today. This lesson, if practiced enough, will produce surprising results that will bring a smile to your face when you actually hear God speak to you. The experience is truly a blessing and miracle experience that you will never forget!
Within this Miracle Toolbox video recording we continue our examination of the forgiveness chapter within the Song of Prayer. In section II. Forgiveness-to-Destroy, Jesus gives us four examples of false forms of forgiveness that many cultures practice on a regular basis. They include: the “better” person who stoops to help a “lesser” person, the person who forgives another but does not claim to be better because both are sinners and should be punished by God, the person who quietly suffers in silent proof of their guilt, and the person who forgives if another will meet their demands or needs.
Unfortunately, these and many other false forms of forgiveness are deeply rooted in cultures all over the world. This is why we need the Holy Spirit’s breaker bar to loosen the tight lug nuts from our minds. Once removed, the worn tires of anger, condemnation and hatred can also be removed to reveal the sinless face of Christ beneath. Remember, Jesus is teaching us the true meaning and what the experience of forgiveness really is – the wonderful perception of our inner light during meditation practice. In the moment that the light is revealed to us, we also receive a gift of understanding that the light we perceive is our light as Sons and Daughters of God. We also recognize that it is the same light in everyone else and, again, it is a reflection of our true selves as we were created by God.
In addition to Holy Spirit’s breaker bar, another tool that we can add to our Miracle Toolboxes this week is Lesson 69. My grievances hide the light of the world in me. Within this lesson, Jesus provides us with a guided meditation that helps us to walk through imaginary clouds to a light beyond. This meditation has the potential to bring forth a very powerful experience of perceiving a sudden flash of light within the mind. I assure you that you will not regret the effort and practice put into this meditation. It will payoff sooner or later!
Today’s Miracle Toolbox study recapped three key ideas previously covered in preparation for today’s examination of the Song of Prayer’s chapter 2, FORGIVENESS. The ideas included that the terms: forgiveness, face of Christ, and vision of Christ all refer to the perception of the light within us during meditation practice. Once we are clear about the meaning of these terms often used within A Course in Miracles, then the concepts within the forgiveness chapter will be more easily understood.
Within the introduction to the forgiveness chapter, Jesus states that the “Light of Forgiveness” is the greatest help that God ordained to be with us until we reach back to Him (S-2.in.1). He also indicates that this “Light of Forgiveness” with bring the end to illusions for us. In other words, perception of the light will help us to awaken from the world that seems to be around us.
In section I. Forgiveness of Yourself, Jesus explains that “No gift of Heaven has been more misunderstood than has forgiveness” (S-2.I.1). This is because the ego thought system that has developed within the minds of our bodies has taught us to forgive and let go of other’s sins. The problem with this is that we’ve made the sin real and then swept it under the carpet of our unconscious minds. This still keeps our minds unconsciously trapped by the ego thought system without our awareness. It is the ego’s devious plan of forgiveness and one that never really works. We will never truly awaken from the dream.
The good news is that God Himself has given all of us a remedy for all illusions that we think we see. It is the gift of the vision of Christ that we can learn how to see with the Holy Spirit’s magnifying glasses with light. If we go to the Holy Spirit, or Jesus, in meditation and ask him to help us to open to the gift He is trying to give us, we can be blessed with an instant of holy perception of the Light of Christ within us.
Besides Holy Spirit’s glasses with light, there is another great tool that we can add to our Miracle Toolboxes this week. It is LESSON 73. I will there be light (pg. 127). Within this lesson, Jesus explains that we can learn how to see our inner light with the practice of this lesson during meditation. He also clearly states that by learning how to do this one thing (perceiving our inner light) that we will be saved from all our nightmares. How cool is that?!
Having learned how to perceive the light for myself, I no longer say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” but instead, “A flash of light a day helps to keep the insanity away.”
Welcome to week 22 of our Miracle Toolbox healing journey. This week’s video recording continues to build on what we have been learning over the past several weeks regarding The Ladder of Prayer, our perception of “enemies”, and the light of forgiveness. Anytime we feel irritation, anger, resentment, hatred, fear, avoidance, etc. toward another person, we have perceived an “enemy” with our mind and personal belief system. When this happens, we are stuck on a lower rung of The Ladder of Prayer, and therefore the Holy Spirit’s Forgiveness Caliper needs to come into play.
Jesus explains in Chapter 2. FORGIVENESS of The Song of Prayer that forgiveness is prayer’s ally and is the greatest help that God ordained to be with us until we awaken. It is the one and only illusion within the dream that will help us to fully awaken from the dream. Each time that we turn to the Holy Spirit to help us learn how to practice true forgiveness, we close the caliper gap of separation within our minds. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to continue to help us close the caliper gap of separation until the gap is completely gone. When this happens, we will have fully awakened to the realization of Who We Really Are!
A fantastic tool for helping us to forgive our perception of “enemies”, and to manifest the experience of true forgiveness, is LESSON 121: Forgiveness is the key to happiness (W-121). This tool and meditation practice is a must-have in every serious Course student’s Miracle Toolbox. Whenever you feel the slightest irritation or uneasiness about anyone, it is time to step back and take some time to practice applying this lesson while in meditation. With practice, you will discover the magnificent healing power of this lesson and its ability to quickly free you from misery and restore your sense of peace, safety, and joy.
This week we are going to add a carpenter’s pencil to our Miracle Toolboxes. As many of you are aware, a carpenter’s pencil is a flat wooden pencil with a flat but thick piece of lead in the center. Carpenter’s use them to draw straight lines on wood to be cut. On the spiritual side of things, our friend Jesus uses his carpenter pencil to draw us a straight line through the dream of illusions to our awakening. And upon our full awakening experience, the dark line of our past illusions will be erased forever as we move into eternity with God. Yay!
Today, Jesus helps us to draw that straight line to our awakening by addressing a common mistake that Course students make when they see the term, face of Christ, used within A Course in Miracles. Many students think that he is referring to the image of the face he had on a man’s body when he walked the earth, but he is not (Image 1). Instead, he is referring to the perception of the light that we experience in our mind’s eye during meditation (Image 2).
When we take a look at section 3. FORGIVENESS – THE FACE OF CHRIST (C-3, pg. 83) and LESSON 198: Only my condemnation injures me (W-189, pg. 379), Jesus clarifies several things about his use of the term, face of Christ. First, “Seeing the face of Christ involves perception…Whoever looks on this no longer sees the world. He is as near to Heaven as is possible outside the gate” (C-3.4). Second, perception of the light of the face of Christ is a bridge to Heaven (C-3.5). Third, perception of this light is the one illusion that allows us to get a glimpse of Heaven instantly, and “is the gift the Holy Spirit holds for you from God your Father” (W-198). And fourth, when you perceive this light within your mind, you are seeing the truth about your “Christ” self being reflected back to you. In the same instant, there is a recognition that you are beholding your sinlessness, and that there is a part of you that is very holy (C-3.8). You are “seeing your innocence shining upon you from the face of Christ” (W-198).
If you would like to learn more about this truly wonderful and joyful gift from God, please watch my video where I explain in more detail about the face of Christ.
On this 20th week of filling our Miracle Toolboxes with enlightenment tools, we finish up the last two sections under the Prayer chapter within the Song of Prayer. Some key take-aways to keep in mind from section IV. Praying with Others (S-1.IV) include:
In order to truly share in prayer with others, we must have reached the second level of prayer in which we see no one else as an enemy, and we begin to recognize that “we go together, you and I” (S-1.IV.1) up the ladder to heaven.
This mindset will quicken our ascent up the Ladder of Prayer, however, we must watch out for a common mistake. Individuals or groups who join together to ask for things and occurrences to change within the world are making a mistake with regard to the practice of True Prayer.
To practice True Prayer correctly as a group, “those who pray together must remember to ask, before all else, what is the Will of God” (S-1.IV.3).
In section V. The Ladder Ends (S-1.V), Jesus explains that prayer is a way to true humility. He states, “The truly humble have no goal but God because they need no idols, and defense no longer serves a purpose…Now prayer is lifted from the world of things, of bodies, and of gods of every kinds, and you can rest in holiness at last” (S-1.V.2-3). He also reminds us that “A dream has veiled the face of Christ from you. Now can you look upon His sinlessness. You have come almost to Heaven” (S-1.V.3). This is a key reminder about seeing the light within ourselves during meditation. If you will recall from our previous Miracle Toolbox discussions, the reference to “the face of Christ” is a reference to seeing the light of Christ within ourselves through the use of our spiritual sight in meditation. When we perceive the flash of light within our minds, there will be an instant recognition that this is the light of our Christ selves – and of everyone else. At this point, we have reached the threshold of enlightenment because we recognize that we “stand before the gate of Heaven, and your brother stands beside you there” (S-1.V.4).
Our tool from the Holy Spirit to be added to our Miracle Toolboxes this week is a tuning fork. When a musician has an instrument such as a violin that is not in harmony with itself, the musician can use a tuning fork to bring the strings of the instrument back into correct resonance. Similarly, we can think of the practice of True Prayer as the tuning fork tool we use to raise ourselves up the ladder, back into harmony with God, and onto the threshold of enlightenment.
As we move into our 19th week of building our Miracle Toolboxes, the recent events surrounding the tragic death of George Floyd provide us with an opportunity to apply the lessons regarding prayer that Jesus has been teaching us in the Song of Prayer. Many Course students shared that feelings of fear, sadness, disappointment, and anger arose as the news stories unfolded. An interesting coincidence is that our reading for today, section III Praying with Others, specifically addresses the problem of perceiving others as “enemies”.
Rest assured that if anyone has experienced the type of feelings indicated above, and any accompanying thoughts of distress, then they have given up their sense of inner peace in exchange for becoming a jailer who has imprisoned themselves. This is because they are buying into the illusion and are forgetting that the perceived individuals outside of themselves are Sons of God too. Additionally, Jesus explains that what we are doing is projecting unconscious guilt that we have within ourselves onto other individuals. From this perspective, we have become jailers who use our own jailer keys to imprison the Christ within us because of our belief in the dream.
Fortunately, the Holy Spirit within us can take our jailer keys and turn them into something good – and for a holy purpose. Jesus shares with us in this reading that we have a choice. We can continue to imprison ourselves or we can choose to be still and instant and ask the Holy Spirit for help. We can ask the Holy Spirit for a different perception of the situation and for a reminder of the truth. As we allow Him to heal our minds in this way, we can then get back to practicing True Prayer. Remember, at the lower levels of the Ladder of Prayer, we have a tendency to ask for things within the world. However, as we continue to study and learn about how True Prayer really works, we find that it is the practice of letting all worldly desires go for a while. Instead, we let go and step aside. We move into a meditative space where we desire only to connect and commune with God. We spend time just quietly listening and loving our Creator.
Welcome to week 18 of building your Miracle Toolboxes. This week we continued our study of the practice of true prayer and how our practice of prayer evolves over many lifetimes. Jesus explains to us in The Ladder of Prayer (S-1.II) that everyone is in a constant state of prayer whether we realize it or not. Over many lifetimes our understanding and practice of prayer changes in form, and continues to grow with learning until it reaches a formless state, and fuses into total communication with God.
At the lowest level of prayer, in its asking form prayer need not, and often does not, make appeal to God, or even involve belief in Him. For example, when we were cavemen and cavewomen, the prayer of our hearts requested food, shelter, and clothing out of a sense of wanting, scarcity and lack. At a higher level on the ladder of prayer, our prayer becomes an asking that now addresses God and we request things of this world in various forms. Additionally, we can ask for gifts such as honesty or goodness. At this level we also practice praying for our enemies which, according to Jesus, is a huge problem! It is a problem because as a created holy Son or Daughter of God, also known as the Christ, we are unknowingly imprisoning the Christ part of ourselves within the belief that we are bodies and are evil.
Lastly, Jesus tells us to never forget that prayer at any level is always for ourselves. If we pray truly for our “enemies”, then we will find our own salvation. In other words, whenever we think we perceive an enemy, pause and ask the Holy Spirit to help us to have an experience of “True Perception” of the perceived enemy. And in the moment that the gift is received, we will have a recognition that the light within another is the same light within ourselves. In this knowing, we can then move to the highest state of prayer, which is true prayer, where we simply go into meditation, step aside, let go, and open up to a state of listening, loving, and communing with God.