“Truly Helpful Prayer” Session 3 | Being Truly Helpful 2024 Series: A Course in Miracles

“Truly Helpful Prayer”

Teaching Session 3

Here’s a recap of our third teaching session, led by Rev. Deb, which focused on the third line in the Truly Helpful Prayer, “I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do, because He Who sent me will direct me.”

Session Highlights:

  • Meditation with Rev. Deb Phelps: We began with our gentle meditation for this series, “I am here.” This week Rev. Deb included ambient nature sounds and chimes with the meditation. We are simply present in the here and now as we connect with the Holy Spirit.
  • Discussion on the “Truly Helpful” Prayer: Rev. Deb recapped what we have studied so far including highlighting the previous week’s readings. Rev. Deb and Rev. Paul shared personal reflections and stories highlighting the transformative power of trusting in the Holy Spirit’s Guidance.
  • Exploring the Prayer’s Third Line: The focus was on understanding and embodying the third line of the prayer. This includes basic key principles in receiving Holy Spirit’s Voice: Willingness, Forgiveness, Quieting the Mind, Asking for Guidance, Patience and Practice as just a few. 
  • Reflection and Journaling Exercise: We delved into the third line of the prayer, engaging in a reflective exercise designed to deepen our understanding and personal connection to its message.
  • Reading Assignment: To prepare for our next session, we encourage you to read The Song of Prayer, 2. Forgiveness, III. Forgiveness-for-Salvation.

Homework Assignments:

  • Reflection on the Third Sentence: Continue to ponder the third sentence of the prayer. Allow its meaning to resonate with you throughout the week.
  • Practice the “I am here” Meditation: Regularly engage in the meditation shared by Rev. Deb to enhance your presence and awareness.
  • The Optional Assignment: If you chose to work with the previous optional assignment, focusing on being helpful to someone in your life, consider what comes to you now as to what to say and what to do in this situation? Trust the direction from Holy Spirit.
  • Read: Gain further insights by reading the assigned chapter, which will be the basis for our next week’s discussion with our facilitators.

This third teaching session had us reflect on how to be a representative of divine love and service. You are always welcome to join us.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • February 18/21 – Study Session: Readings led by Rev. Paul and facilitators.
    • The Song of Prayer, 2. Forgiveness, III. Forgiveness-for-Salvation

Miss Previous Sessions?

  • If you missed the previous teachings, you can find the videos and recaps here.

Reminder:

  • Our Sunday session is the live teaching with Rev. Deb on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. Rev. Paul facilitates the in between sessions.
  • During the Wednesday session, the video of Rev. Deb’s teaching is shown with discussion afterward.
  • 1st and 3rd sessions of the month are led by our facilitators for the purpose of discussing the assigned readings.
  • Attend the session day/time that works for you and attend as your schedule allows.
  • See how to attend these sessions at the bottom of this email.

Please feel free to share any insights or questions you may have in our next session or via our Facebook Group or Email Group. Your contributions enrich our collective learning experience.

Looking forward to our continued journey into the heart of “Being Truly Helpful.”

Our next series will start in April, the week after Easter and we will be doing a book discussion with the book by Ken Wapnick, “The Healing Power of Kindness: Volume 1: Releasing Judgment.” We will only be studying Volume 1. It is available in print and on Kindle. It is also available as an audiobook on FACIM.org.

Our summer series will be on the Characteristics of God’s Teachers.

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With Love and Light,

Revs. Paul and Deb Phelps and the MiraclesOne Team

SESSION DETAILS

  • When: Our sessions are on Sundays at 10 am CST and Wednesdays 12:30 pm CST. (Your choice of session)
  • Where: Zoom (Register to receive the link)
  • FeeBy donation
  • Facilitators: Rev. Deb Phelps, Rev. Paul Phelps, and Jim Peck (Sundays), and Rev. Deb Phelps, Gayle Bartlett, and Mari Dole (Wednesdays)

Interested to “Meditate with Deb”?

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“Truly Helpful Prayer” Session 2 | Being Truly Helpful 2024 Series: A Course in Miracles

“Truly Helpful Prayer”

Teaching Session 2

Here’s a recap of our second teaching session, led by Rev. Deb, which focused on the second line in the Truly Helpful Prayer, “I am here to represent Him who sent me.”

Session Highlights:

  • Meditation with Rev. Deb Phelps: We began with our calming meditation for this series, “I am here.” It is focuses on relaxation and presence emphasizing our companionship with the Holy Spirit and grounding in the present moment
  • Discussion on the “Truly Helpful” Prayer: Rev. Deb recapped the first line of the prayer, “I am here only to be truly helpful,” discussed in the first session, and introduced the next line, “I am here to represent Him who sent Me.” Rev. Deb shared personal reflections and stories highlighting the transformative power of love and empathy.
  • Exploring the Prayer’s Second Line: The focus was on understanding and embodying the second line of the prayer. This includes acknowledging our role in serving others and placing trust in the divine self for guidance and healing. 
  • Reflection and Journaling Exercise: We delved into the second line of the prayer, engaging in a reflective exercise designed to deepen our understanding and personal connection to its message.
  • Reading Assignment: To prepare for our next session, we encourage you to read Lesson 71 and Chapter 4, Section VII, Creation and Communication.

Homework Assignments:

  • Reflection on the Second Sentence: Continue to ponder the second sentence of the prayer. Allow its meaning to resonate with you throughout the week.
  • Practice the “I am here” Meditation: Regularly engage in the meditation shared by Rev. Deb to enhance your presence and awareness.
  • The Optional Assignment: If you chose to work with the previous optional assignment, focusing on being helpful to someone in your life, consider now the emotional responses to this thought.
  • Read: Gain further insights by reading the assigned chapter, which will be the basis for our next discussion with our facilitators.

This second teaching session had us reflect on how to be a representative of divine love and service. You are always welcome to join us.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • January 28/31 – Study Session: Readings led by facilitators.
    • Lesson 71 – Only God’s plan for salvation will work.
    • Chapter 4, VII. Creation and Communication
  • February 4/7 – Study Session: Readings led by Rev. Paul and facilitators.
    • Chapter 14, X. The Equality of Miracles
    • Manual for Teachers, 29. As for the Rest
  • February 11/14 – Teaching Session: Rev. Deb teaches on the third line of the Truly Helpful Prayer.

Reminder: Our Sunday and Wednesday sessions are the same presentation each week. Attend the session day/time that works for you and attend as your schedule allows.

Please feel free to share any insights or questions you may have in our next session or via our Facebook Group or Email Group. Your contributions enrich our collective learning experience.

Looking forward to our continued journey into the heart of “Being Truly Helpful.”

Donate on the registration link with a monthly subscription or donate as you can. We appreciate your donations for our all-volunteer ministry.

With Love and Light,

Revs. Paul and Deb Phelps and the MiraclesOne Team

SESSION DETAILS

  • When: Our sessions are on Sundays at 10 am CST and Wednesdays 12:30 pm CST. (Your choice of session)
  • Where: Zoom (Register to receive the link)
  • Fee: By donation
  • Facilitators: Rev. Deb Phelps, Rev. Paul Phelps, and Jim Peck (Sundays), and Rev. Deb Phelps, Gayle Bartlett, and Mari Dole (Wednesdays)

The State of Grace

Insights on This Week’s Reading with Rev. Deb Phelps

Text, Chapter 7, XI. The State of Grace

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The Holy Spirit is there with us. He is our Guide and He is our Friend. Jesus tells us that it is easy to follow Him. It may not always seem easy to do so but if we take what Jesus says here and really apply it, we will find it easier. Do we want a peaceful life? Or, do we want to get wrapped up in our day-to-day problems? The ego thinks that there is always difficulties, from breaking a nail, to the bill in the mail, to the relationship that failed to the job that you wanted but didn’t get.

By ignoring the ego’s interpretation of life’s events and concentrating on Holy Spirit’s interpretation, we save a lot of time and wear and tear on our emotions. There is no difficulty. It is only our perception that there is one.

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Grace is our natural state. Jesus says that when we are out of our natural state we do not function well. We should understand that idea all too well especially if we are prone to anxiety and worry. He says that everything that we do becomes a strain. Ever feel that way? Like it’s just so hard to get up in the morning?

However, we can have happy days. A Son of God is happy when he knows that he is with God. Wake up to that idea and it will certainly change your day.

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Look at your life and answer those questions that Jesus raises with us. Do you feel protected and safe? Happy and loved? No fear? No feeling of sacrifice when you give to another either monetarily or otherwise? Do you feel thankful?

If we don’t, then we need to take Jesus’ advice here. We cannot make our happiness, our safety, and all through the auspices of the world.  It won’t work, ever. When you deny the blessing either to another person or yourself, then you will feel deprived. There’s no way around that, except by giving and giving freely. We stop ourselves because we believe that we lose when we give. However, we gain so much when we freely give. It is a feeling that is superb in every way.

You who could give the Love of God to everything you see and touch and remember, are literally denying Heaven to yourself.

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We are here to teach and we have heard this before. We teach what we want to learn. We teach the Kingdom of God to ourselves and our brothers. What we believe about ourselves we teach and we find the witness thereof. There are no exceptions he says. Do you want to learn and hold that lesson in your heart? The lesson of LOVE? I know that you do want another way, or you would not be studying ACIM right now, would you?

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All we really know is Truth. Everything else is just frivolous. All gaudy decorations that we have placed on the Son of God to disguise Him. Our Light is there, always there within our mind. We are radiant and lovely. We hide that loveliness from ourselves because of our belief in unworthiness. Is that where you really rather would be?

The Majesty of God is there, for you to recognize and appreciate and know.

God has given us our radiance, every one of us. He gave equally to the Sonship. We believe that there is more Sons that there are. There is only One Son. Collectively, we are It.

Recognize God in your brother and recognize God in yourself. Let go of all of the beliefs that you have had about yourself: You’re too fat, too short, not smart, getting old, you’re physically ill, no money, no career or education, you’re unlovable, you’ve wronged people, etc. Let all those ideas go right now! Let them all go and come into the Light and see your brilliance. You are worthy and lovable and capable of many great things. You are the Son of God. Accept it right now.

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Here in the world we may say, “Oh yeah, all those thoughts are so nice, Rev. Deb, but I don’t believe them! How can I live this way?” You can. You just have forgotten your Truth. You have forgotten WHO you really are.

You do not know yourself, because you do not know your Creator.

We may talk a good game about knowing God but do we practice it consistently? Do we take time to be with Him? I’m not suggesting having guilt on that one, not in the least. But do you take time to get to know Him? Do you do His Workbook Lessons? Do you practice Jesus’ concepts of forgiveness?

Forgive yourself right now and move forward. No digging up the past and all of your mistakes. Onward ho!

Jesus mentions our creations. What does he mean by “our creations”? Our creations are on the spirit level. They are not anything in form. Our creations are the love that is present in our mind, our collective mind. We are our Father’s creation, and like Him we do extend or create with Thoughts of Love. They are extended through to our brothers and to our Father simultaneously. When we release ourselves from the identity that we have with the ego and “know thyself” with God, then we will accept those creations, those Thoughts of Love.

Whenever you heal a brother by recognizing his worth, you are acknowledging his power to create and yours.

See your brother through the Eyes of Christ and not only will you see his worth but you will see your own. And that worth, is more precious than anything found here in this world.

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Being is known by sharing. Because God shared His Being with you, you can know Him.

How else can we learn but by sharing His Love with everyone? Do not get into scarcity mentality here. Do not be choosy! You can love even the foulest people. You do not have to spend time with them, but you can still look at them from beyond the body and into the Heart of Who They Are in Truth. When we hold back love or anything, we are only holding back ourselves. Really take time to think about that thought. What are you holding back? Even in form. What do you hold back because you think you might lose if you gave it away? Do you think you will lose your power? Your mind? Your love? Your self-esteem? Your money? Take some time to reflect on this, journal if you like and share with us on the Forum.

Know, then, the Sons of God, and you will know all creation.

 Additional Audio on Keys to the Text

Originally Posted September 18, 2012
Updated October 6, 2021

 

Stay the Course – Sunday Video Teaching

Stay the Course
with Rev. Deb Phelps

Now that it is almost a month into the practice of the Workbook Lessons, Rev. Deb shares wisdom on dealing with the inability to concentrate, boredom, fear, agitation, restlessness, discouragement, trying too hard, and resistance issues that may appear as you practice.

Recorded January 27th, 2019

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Application is Your Responsibility


Application is Your Responsibility
with Rev.Deb Phelps

Rev. Deb shares how the application of A Course in Miracles principles is not difficult. It is our own habitual patterns, interpretations, and judgments that prevent it. Learn the key to practical application in Lesson 221 – Peace to my mind. Let all my thoughts be still.

Recorded October 28, 2018

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Beyond all Idols is the Thought of God


Beyond Idols is the Thought of God
with Rev.Deb Phelps

Rev. Deb shares the importance of releasing our idols and substitutes for God and focusing on what God truly thinks of us. A meditation on stillness follows

Recorded September 23, 2018

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Loving Ourselves


Loving Ourselves
with Rev. Deb Phelps

To love yourself is to heal yourself. – ACIM

Rev. Deb shares how simple practices and meditation can lead you to know that “Love, which created me, is what I am.” Meditation follows.

Recorded May 27, 2018

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Kindness in Your Difficult Times


Kindness in Your Difficult Times
with Rev. Deb Phelps
We all face difficult experiences at one time or another in our lives. We can learn to accept and use the strength of God to help us to recognize the Truth. God does will for our happiness. We have to trust in Him, one step at a time and with kindness and compassion. Meditation follows.

Recorded April 22, 2018

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Being Present


Being Present
with Rev. Deb Phelps

Rev. Deb teaches how being present with whatever is in the moment can bring us happiness. Meditation follows.

Recorded March 18th, 2018

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Clear Intention Paves the Way


Clear Intention Paves the Way
with Rev. Deb Phelps

Rev. Deb shares how we can recommit to our goal of awakening by setting a clear intention. This will pave the way to more happiness and peace in our lives. Meditation follows.

Recorded March 4th, 2018

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Healthy Boundaries Meditation


Healthy Boundaries Meditation
with Rev. Deb Phelps

Rev. Deb shares this meditation that assists in establishing good healthy boundaries and the freedom of life you can enjoy when you do so. You no longer need remain a victim in the face of what is done to you. You have another choice.

Recorded February 25th, 2018

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In Our Quiet Hearts


In Our Quiet Hearts

with Rev. Deb Phelps

Rev. Deb shares how we can indeed feel the Love of God within us. Instead of the world of fear and hatred we see on the news, we can exchange it for the world the Love of God reveals. In our quiet hearts, we will be able to experience His Love now and always.

Recorded February 4th, 2018

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