I Am As God Created Me


“I am as God created me”…..over and over as a mantra or focal point while I sat quietly in solitude with the Divine. Today it is my honor to accept once and for all. My Father does not see what I see. He does not see the grief and misery, loss, the sin and guilt that I have concluded for myself. He sees only perfection. And, if He sees only perfection in me, why not experience that for myself? “I am as God created me,” is a breath of fresh air. It is the rainbow after the storm. It is the covenant of Creator to His Son. The light has come to bless my holy mind and accept His will for me.

Each time today if I am reminded otherwise, if the ego insists that it is my creator, I will silently say to myself in confidence and trust, “I am as God created me.” I fool not myself in this for this is the absolute truth. Applying the idea for the day is my joyful task. Sometimes it is forgotten, but oh when it is remembered, the light dawns brightly and the choirs of angels sing. It is a gentle shift into my awakening, stretching and yawning from the slumber of illusion. I am yoked with the Father in true relationship and as in yoga, I gently “come back to center,” as I return Home, not as a prodigal son, but as His glorious Son that He so dearly loves.

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My Holiness is My Salvation


My Holiness is My Salvation – 6/18/17

with Revs. Deb & Paul Phelps

This week Revs. Deb and Paul bring focus to our holiness and the blessing we can receive when we release guilt, fear, and negativity in our lives.

References:
Lesson 39 – My holiness is my salvation.
Lesson 58 – Review
Lesson 50 – I am sustained by the Love of God.

Recorded  June 18th, 2017

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And the Award Goes to….. Love


Last night Paul and I watched the Oscars and like many we enjoy seeing all the stars come out in their finest. As I continued to observe the proceedings, I became uncomfortable with the faux-feud Jimmy Kimmel exhibited with Matt Damon. Even though this was supposedly in jest, I still felt a slight disturbance.

This morning after my meditation, I returned to the reading from Ken Wapnick’s “The Healing Power of Kindness” I am using with the new Thursday class. As I read, I realized I had to look at my own anxiety, guilt, and fear.  This not only goes for what I witnessed during the awards, but also before responding to anyone.

Some questions came to mind: What is my trigger? Why am I trolling? Why do I troll the trolls? Who am I choosing as my Teacher?

I wrote those on the page. When I used the word “trolling,” I took it in the moment as why am I persisting to judge in the moment.  I can blame others for judging but am I the only one who is allowed to judge? Hmmm…

So I took this idea further. I know I have projected my own guilt. It is inevitable here in this world, however, I have the power of choice. As I observed Kimmel’s jesting, it caused me to think more within  of the times I have done the same and admit that to myself. Honesty is the best policy. Sometimes I may have done this without even thinking, a sort of auto-pilot, but that does not excuse me and not the point here.

The point is I am not being conscious of my thoughts and words. I attack myself and other by doing so. And we know that attack is not loving.

But why did Kimmel’s jest of Damon bother me so? Was it just a joke and I was being too sensitive? Did I feel for Matt and felt slight anger towards Jimmy?

I have been on the receiving end of this… “torture” is the word that immediately came to mind.  Interesting. I thought I could be harmed or hurt in any way so I project all of those feelings towards feeling sorry for Matt and seeing Jimmy as the victimizer. Anger towards my own victimizers. Anger towards myself, the ultimate victimizer.

Any anger I felt towards Jimmy, I had to ask, “What does this solve?” and “Is this kind to Jimmy, Matt or myself?”

Instead, it was all about me. It was my own so-called “victimhood” that I do not want to approach. What I remembered is that I need to be focused on my “own page” so to speak. It is my own fear, anxiety and anger over symbols upon symbols, “words” that proceeded to project my own guilt.

It may seem a small thing. But the small things can become bigger things if I/we are not self-aware. To question every value, every idea, every thought we hold is what A Course in Miracles is asking us to do. As I always say, it is not about the beauty of the words but the sincerity of the practice that welcomes peace in our lives.

I am always open to learning more about myself and Who I really am. I am ready to release the ideas that keep me in fear. Love is always with me.

Namaste,

Rev. Deb

P.S. If you are interested in our “Healing Power of Kindness” class, this week is the last week to sign up before the class is closed to new students. See information at this link.

Dropping the Wall of Fear


From Rev. Deb’s Unity Radio Show

When we forgive, we realize we no longer need to erect heavy walls of stone. Today let’s perceive forgiveness as it is. Rev. Deb Phelps shares her thoughts on this subject as we practice True Forgiveness with one particular person in our lives (or the world). Let us release the guilt and be at peace. A Course in Miracles says, “No one is crucified alone, and yet no one can enter heaven by himself.”

January 27, 2017

 

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Thoughts on Lesson 247


Without forgiveness I will still be blind.

Judgment in my heart colors my vision, in fact as this lesson states it creates a blindness. In this rage of blindness, I can see only what I want to see: hurt, pain, and vengeance. What does this serve me? It doesn’t, as it only brings more anger, guilt and pain upon my heart.  Yet when I look on someone and offer them blessing, even if it is just words to help me get past my anger, it is the beginning of the shift of my perception of that someone. It is the little willingness that allows the light to start streaming in. It may take several of these “blessings” to begin to see the light reflecting upon them, but it is a process. One that we go through as we begin the healing of our own mind. Soon we will see the loveliness of our brother and ourselves.

Thoughts on Week 34, Text, Chapter 19, IV. The Obstacles to Peace


This section is a long section so it will be covered this week and part of next.

The following if from a former post from 2014 on the First Obstacle to Peace: The Desire to Get Rid of It:

Would you really want to throw away peace? We say “No” but we do it all the time! This week’s reading has been in Chapter 19, IV. The Obstacles to Peace, A. The First Obstacle: The Desire to Get Rid of It. Whew, long title, right? Jesus really wants us to see that we have a desire for anything but peace. Peace is simple. We make a change of mind. We empty the fear, attack and judgment thoughts and voila! Peace! Not so easy it seems as it is demonstrated by how we feel and our resulting actions.

There is that ego part of us that wants to clutch on to the grievances with others and with ourselves. I know my past week (yeah, again) has been that. Clawing and clutching onto fear. When I grab onto that fear, it only increases. The very thing I say I don’t want, fear, is the very thing that barrels its way towards me.

You see, the desire to get rid of peace creeps in so slowly. Watch your language, what is it that you say?

It’s too quiet here something is bound to happen.

There’s always a calm before the storm.

When’s the other shoe going to drop?

We keep peace at bay. We keep it in the future. I’ll be at peace, WHEN, whatever the WHEN is to you. We keep peace away because of fear and wanting to be safe and secure, yet that fear driving us is literally driving us to hell and then some!

How mighty can a little feather be before the great wings of truth? Can it oppose an eagle’s flight, or hinder the advance of summer? Can it interfere with the effects of summer’s sun upon a garden covered by the snow? See but how easily this little wisp is lifted up and carried away, never to return, and part with it in gladness, not regret. For it is nothing in itself, and stood for nothing when you had greater faith in its protection. Would you not rather greet the summer sun than fix your gaze upon a disappearing snowflake, and shiver in remembrance of the winter’s cold?

We can think about this differently. That’s where we go to the subsection, The Attraction of Guilt, for one of my favorite passages in relation to what messengers do we send forth. This is how we can learn to keep the peace.

Any guilt that we feel produces fear of love. Remember that guilt is the guilt that we believe we are separated from God and that we have taken horrible strikes against Him. Yet love and peace is embedded in our memory. It is there. It cannot be taken away. We can follow the dictates of fear’s voice and most often we do.

When we listen and follow fear’s voice, we trumpet this fear outward. Toot, toot, toot, “Send out the fear” is the message to our kingdom. Fear is released and as Jesus so brilliantly paints the picture here, fear is as hungry dogs, looking for scraps of guilt, hungry and pouncing on every bit of guilt and fear that they can scrummage. They are frantic and in pain, knowing that it is only this they must return to their lord and master.

The imagery here is amazing and I remember first reading this section many moons ago and how it painted such an indelible picture in my mind. It was the perfect reading for this week as I realized my own fear and guilty thoughts were behind the skeletal witnesses that stepped forth, handing to me their silver platters of guilt and their mighty conquests of judgment.

It was not the witnesses fault. It was my own for first I portrayed this destructible scene in my own mind. They merely took their places and on their mark for this period drama of hatred, my own self-hatred.

In reading this throughout the week with our study classes and the radio show, I was able to be reborn in the words. No, it was not reborn in fear, but in love and peace. I learned (again) the power of Holy Spirit and His messengers of Love. Holy Spirit is loving, kind and gentle with me. He is a True Friend when everyone else seems to abandon you. You can always count on His Love to surround you, no matter the circumstances. You are safe in Him. The winds of hate may blow and whip wickedly around you, yet there in the center of it all is Love. Love can be trusted. Love is what sets you free.

All is as it should be. The lessons come for me at the perfect time and when they are needed, or if even simply reminded to me when the road ahead seems bleak. Ignore the naysayers of the ego, and trust in the glowing witnesses to Love who always offer me grace, just by that simple shift to a miracle.

Listen now to that softly joyous whispering that tells you too of the truth. Listen and be glad.

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1st Obstacle to Peace

2nd Obstacle to Peace

Thoughts on Week 33, Text, Chapter 19, II. Sin versus Error


Only in such a world could everything be upside down.

An error made can be corrected. But the ego would not tell us that at all. God assures us our mistaken belief can be corrected and easily. It is the ego that would have us believe in punishment and death. This is not what God wants for us. He wants us to know we are redeemed. It takes but a choice to know this in our heart and mind.

I know in my life there have been experiences of which I doomed myself to hell. Choices I made of which could bring shame and guilt. Some of those choices plagued me for years. Yet in God, I can know not only am I forgiven, but He loves me regardless and despite because He does not see the error and does not believe it as sin. He seems my choice as just that a choice I made that now needs to be adjusted. He offers Heaven so easily to me so why do I choose hell?

In this realization in my healing journey, it offered me liberation and happiness.

Wrapping our heads around His Love seems difficult. It does not compute. Regardless, His Love is real and it is ever present.

 

Thoughts on Week 33, Text, Chapter 18, IX. The Two Worlds


You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness.

This is an essential reminder. We do not put light on the darkness, or holiness on guilt. In doing so, we make the darkness or guilt real. Instead we offer these to the light/holiness so they may be transformed.

Further down: Yet God can bring you there, if you are willing to follow the Holy Spirit through seeming terror, trusting Him not to abandon you and leave you there.  For it is not His purpose to frighten you, but only yours. 

This is what we are afraid of, that no matter what the challenging situation we are facing that there would be some cruel joke on God’s part where He leaves us to figure it out for ourselves in our isolation from Him. This was my own line of thinking in my life especially as I grew older and matured because I learned to handle life myself because no one was there to assist me. I had to do it all. And not only that, if I had trusted someone, they instead lied, cheated, hurt or slapped me in the face in some way. So why trust another, and why trust God?

So I learned through my practice of ACIM to trust God implicitly. Yet, I still can be visited by these old patterns if I have an experience that is similar to my past. I may trust God but where I need to do my personal work is on trusting others for those I have (not all) have forsaken me. But is that true? You see, this is where the practice comes in. I have to question everything with the Holy Spirit because He will reveal the truth to me.

I do not have to face the circle of fear alone. I sail through it to the other side WITH the Holy Spirit, not me captaining the ship myself. I know I can be bull-headed at times and want to steer the ship, but He knows where we are going and He knows I really do want to go where He is heading. I release the wheel and let Him pilot. The Circle of Light is a glad exchange for the circle of fear.

This teaching I offered in 2014 is on this entire section. Watch on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YanO0ZrY-y8

Thoughts on Week 31, Chapter 18. II. The Basis of the Dream


Dreams are perceptual temper tantrums, in which you literally scream, “I want it thus!”  And thus it seems to be. 

That’s this dream we live in. We want it our way and we want it now! We blot out what is truth so we can have that substitute reality. We also do not want to take responsibility for the world for you see it all begins with a thought in the mind. What we see outside of us, is what is internal. All of our fear and hatred is played out on the stage. We manipulate the players and they do as we wish. And we protest to this idea and shake our heads, “No way, I don’t do that.”

We do. I do. Everything I believed about myself, self-hatred and its collection, came to me in my “world.” The abuse, the hatred, all of it were there on my stage, and because I believed it all to be true. I’m speaking of the beliefs I held deeply in my mind about myself here. I wrote the script and my performers acted it out. The same occurred when I began to heal my mind. The players of pain were gone. Now, I have more peace in my life with troupe, Players of Peace (sounds like a good name, eh?).

It was because I saw through the dream of denial, pain and guilt and into what Holy Spirit was sharing with me instead. He used my dreams, to show me what joy and freedom I could attain. He blessed me in this way and my life was experienced differently. Do challenges still head down my street? Sure, they do, but I don’t get into an accident with them now. I gently steer away into safety. That’s what living this Course every minute of the day does for us, we are in peace and safety.

Thoughts on Week 29, Chapter 16, VI. The Bridge to the Real World


Love is freedom.

Love is freedom. In the special relationship, guilt is the glue binds us. We are lured in by that guilt. Then, Jesus says to use that the body is what gives meaning to the special relationship. It is a device of the world of form. We look to form to solve our problems. I must pursue this body to make me whole.

And so we come to the bridge where we leave the body and bodies behind. The spark of Who we are is within us. It is us. It is the beacon guiding us across the bridge to Heaven.

The little spark that holds the Great Rays within it is also visible, and this spark cannot be limited long to littleness.

Once we cross the bridge, we no longer see the value we have placed in the body and the world of form. We’ve walked away from the ice cold imprisonment. Yet we do not do this alone, we must bring our brothers with us.

We are given a prayer to assist us in doing so:

The Holy Spirit asks only this little help of you: Whenever your thoughts wander to a special relationship which still attracts you, enter with Him into a holy instant, and there let Him release you. He needs only your willingness to share His perspective to give it to you completely. And your willingness need not be complete because His is perfect. It is His task to atone for your unwillingness by His perfect faith, and it is His faith you share with Him there. Out of your recognition of your unwillingness for your release, His perfect willingness is given you. Call upon Him, for Heaven is at His Call. And let Him call on Heaven for you.

Thoughts on Week 29, Ch. 16, IV. The Illusion and the Reality of Love


I wrote on this section in depth back in 2014 when we presented monthly themes for the Tuesday Radio Show. I share some of those thoughts here.

From 2014 —

This week’s reading is Chapter 16, IV. The Illusions and the Reality of Love. Remember these are the insights that I receive as I read and let Holy Spirit show me how I can apply to my own life.

Paragraph 1 – Be not afraid to look upon the special hate relationship, for freedom lies in looking at it…. For the special love relationship, in which the meaning of love is hidden, is undertaken solely to offset the hate, but not to let it go. Your salvation will rise clearly before your open eyes as you look on this. 

We have grave fear to look within. I know I did early on in my study and practice of ACIM. I thought that I would find something even more terrifying if I did. Instead I found my way Home. Whenever I take time to question how I perceive all of my relationships and do that all important self-inquiry what insights come! And Holy Spirit is so gentle and kind. Even when an issue or problem arises I can see where I have projected outward my own fear for that is what is returned to me. I have to own responsibility for the insanity in my mind. I want to transform my special relationships unto holy ones thus allowing the healing of my mind. What freedom to know that my brother has done nothing, that I have done nothing and together we are EVERYTHING. I’ve seen this so clearly once again over the last few weeks as I sit with Holy Spirit and allow myself to  become aware of every projection I have made, each story I have written, and each grievance I have held. It may not be pretty to look at, but with the willingness and openness to His Teaching, I can be led to deep awareness and the Light of Love. It is never about the other person but it is about my own thoughts. I am willing to open my eyes. 

Paragraph 2 – Be not unwilling now; you are too near, and you will cross the bridge in perfect safety, translated quietly from war to peace. For the illusion of love will never satisfy, but its reality, which awaits you on the other side, will give you everything.

Yes, Love is here. I am revealing my heart as I take responsibility. It only hurts if I believe it hurts. Otherwise it is another thorn removed. I am safe and secure and I am whole.

Still with Text, Chapter 16, IV. The Illusion and the Reality of Love for this week. This post contains my insights on paragraphs 3-4. Be sure you are taking time with the reading as well for your own insights.

T-16.IV.3.             The special love relationship is an attempt to limit the destructive effects of hate by finding a haven in the storm of guilt. 2 It makes no attempt to rise above the storm, into the sunlight. 3 On the contrary, it emphasizes the guilt outside the haven by attempting to build barricades against it, and keep within them. p337 4 The special love relationship is not perceived as a value in itself, but as a place of safety from which hatred is split off and kept apart. 5 The special love partner is acceptable only as long as he serves this purpose. 6 Hatred can enter, and indeed is welcome in some aspects of the relationship, but it is still held together by the illusion of love. 7 If the illusion goes, the relationship is broken or becomes unsatisfying on the grounds of disillusionment. 

T-16.IV.4.             Love is not an illusion. 2 It is a fact. 3 Where disillusionment is possible, there was not love but hate. 4 For hate [is] an illusion, and what can change was never love. 5 It is sure that those who select certain ones as partners in any aspect of living, and use them for any purpose which they would not share with others, are trying to live with guilt rather than die of it. 6 This is the choice they see. 7 And love, to them, is only an escape from death. 8 They seek it desperately, but not in the peace in which it would gladly come quietly to them. 9 And when they find the fear of death is still upon them, the love relationship loses the illusion that it is what it is not. 10 When the barricades against it are broken, fear rushes in and hatred triumphs. 

Rising above the storm is the only way to see the light of truth about relationships. Building the barricade to love keeps me in the dark and in the misery. In the special relationship, at least from what I experienced in my life is that I wanted the other person there to keep me safe. They are to do what I have degreed in my mind. They are to protect me valiantly. They carry my banner to the ends of the earth proclaiming their love and adoration for me. They swear their oath of allegiance and will ever do battle to those who oppose me. And what if they oppose me? The sword is drawn and the blood of hatred is shed. Such was it pictured in my mind. Ha, I do love the medieval times so that is what appeared in my mind as I related to this passage.

What I think was love, was not. It was full of controls, levers and maneuvers to keep what I wanted of the relationship. And if that falls to the wayside, then God help us both. I can see that in many past relationships, particularly that of partners. I looked to them to fulfill my needs, to right the wrongs done to me as a child yet receiving a whole new list of wrongs to be added. Each person thereafter had to make up for the past sins of someone else. Then I come to see that love was not what I thought it was. It was conditional, built upon a set of unspoken rules filled with hatred and guilt with a great lack of miscommunication. It was not love.

God’s love is not an illusion. He doesn’t bait and switch His Love to something dreadfully painful. He loves me without conditions, no expectations and certainly no hidden resentments stabbing at me left and right. His love is simple and pure, no unseen agendas. Just pure love is all God is. He offers me escape from the so-called “love” that I made that has kept me in the dungeon. The light has dawned and I have accepted His Love as the One and Only True Love. And in accepting It, I am called to extend that Love to my brothers. I am reminded to be as Holy Spirit to One and All. My agenda drops from my hand and I see truly now and forever.

Today’s insights on paragraphs 5-6 as we work through the Text, Chapter 16, IV. The Illusion and the Reality of Love. Keep in mind our theme for this month is “Healing Relationships”.

How are you doing with healing your relationships? Have you placed them on the altar? Are you ready to look within?

T-16.IV.5.             There are no triumphs of love. 2 Only hate is at all concerned with the “triumph of love.” 3 The illusion of love can triumph over the illusion of hate, but always at the price of making both illusions. 4 As long as the illusion of hatred lasts, so long will love be an illusion to you. 5 And then the only choice remaining possible is which illusion you prefer. 6 There [is] no conflict in the choice between truth and illusion. 7 Seen in these terms, no one would hesitate. 8 But conflict enters the instant the choice seems to be one between illusions, but this choice does not matter. 9 Where one choice is as dangerous as the other, the decision must be one of despair.

T-16.IV.6.             Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all of the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. 2 It is not necessary to seek for what is true, but it [is] necessary to seek for what is false. 3 Every illusion is one of fear, whatever form it takes. 4 And the attempt to escape from one illusion into another must fail. 5 If you seek love outside yourself you can be certain that you perceive hatred within, and are afraid of it. 6 Yet peace will never come from the illusion of love, but only from its reality. 

Examining relationships, all of my relationships, has been on my screen for some time. I’ve placed the barriers there either with lack of communication or miscommunication or with my beliefs, my controls, my special love, my special hate, my guilt, my blame, my self-inflicted pain and so on. I’ve opened up to listening more and more to others, being quiet, being open to hearing even the most hurtful ideas and lies flung at me. I’m willing to learn and learn and learn again. I’m willing to be vulnerable. I’m willing to stare at each of my illusions, face them with the Holy Spirit and allow them to be transformed. I am prepared to let my emotions fall where they may so that Holy Spirit can instruct me only of love. I am happy to look within and not be afraid to do so. I am eager to inquire. I am pleased to heal. Peace has come.

Today, paragraphs 7-10 of the reading, Text, Chapter 16, IV. The Illusion and the Reality of Love

Paragraph 7 – And, as such, it is nothing more than an attempt to bring love into fear, and make it real in fear. 

Paragraph 8 – Your relationship with them is without guilt, and this enables you to look on all your brothers with gratitude, because your creations were created in union with them. 

Paragraph 9 – Fear not to cross to the abode of peace and perfect holiness. 

Paragraph 10 – Every illusion you accept into your mind by judging it to be attainable removes your own sense of completion, and thus denies the Wholeness of your Father…. To lift the veil that seems so dark and heavy, it is only needful to value truth beyond all fantasy, and to be entirely unwilling to settle for illusion in place of truth. 

I know that I have used many defenses to keep love from me. Yet I am grateful and feel blessed for the uncomfortable situations that come my way, even if I have been blindsided. They are a true gift of healing. So to accept this gift, I need to realize the hidden guilt that I have been attacking myself with. When an uncomfortable situation occurs it is never about what the other person says or does as it is only mirroring something within me that needs to be given serious inquiry.

Perhaps it turns out it is a behavior that I used to use as a defense or one I still use as a defense. This could be anything from giving someone the silent treatment, to fabricating stories, to mistrust, or to the feeling of entitlement. I may have thought I had healed these areas before but when it is presented in the form of someone else, especially out of the blue then up comes the guilt, up and out using it as a shield. And so there went the first mental blow to the other person, the second blow to me. With realizing what is beyond what the body does, that is, the situation that occurred, I can understand that there is something deep within me that is just begging to be brought to light. I’ve been bludgeoning myself with it! What is that feeling that is taking hold? Is it insecurity? Is it feeling unloved? Uncared for? Anger? That feeling can guide me to seeing the learned programming I have used for so long to keep me safe.

We all want to be and stay safe. We don’t want to be attacked, even self-attack, really. Yet, I can admit to myself, “Wait, this is old programming. I’m sorry that I took this seriously.” And then I allow the dissipation of what I am feeling to be seen as a mistake and not the horrible crime that it appeared to be. I say to myself, “I understand that I act in ways that are defending myself because I feel threatened. My whole self feels vulnerable and threatened and I respond as such. I am afraid of being vulnerable.” These revelations can assist me in healing more deeply the illusions of self. It’s never about what is going on in the external world. It’s what is going on within the recesses of my mind.

When I see a behavior in my brother, that behavior may be tripping me up on truly looking at the source, my own mind. I’m positioning blame on that brother so I do not look at the guilt that is in my mind for the very same behavior. The guilt that I am using as self-attack. This is part of the self-discovery that I can embrace. I can make wiser choices and simply move on. I can trust the Holy Spirit in this. He is there to look at the feelings with me as I feel them. He transforms my thoughts that are delusions. And, He helps me to remember that only the truth is true. It is always when I have the willingness and openness to take a peek within that I will bring the darkness to the light. Peace then is restored. Love is realized. Amen and amen.

Final paragraphs for this week’s reading. Text, Ch. 16, IV. The Illusion and the Reality of Love.

Paragraph 11 – Would you not go through fear to love? For such the journey seems to be. Love calls, but hate would have you stay. Hear not the call of hate, and see no fantasies. For your completion lies in truth, and nowhere else. 

Paragraph 12 – Turn with me firmly away from all illusions now, and let nothing stand in the way of truth. 

Paragraph 13 – What would interfere with God must interfere with you. …On this side of the bridge to timelessness you understand nothing. But as you step lightly across it, upheld [by] timelessness, you are directed straight to the Heart of God. At its center, and only there, you are safe forever, because you are complete forever. There is no veil the Love of God in us together cannot lift. The way to truth is open. Follow it with me. 

So as we come to the end of the section the choice is left in our hands. What words are needed? We either decide to remain in fear, hate and misery, thereby running interference on God or know that Jesus will help us to lift the veil of illusion. What it all came down to is that we wanted to feel safe. We don’t feel safe in this world and we are searching endlessly for that safety. The search stops now. Truth stands before us, let us join together here and now, release those false beliefs about ourselves and enter into Love. Jesus leads the way and where he goes, I know I need to follow. Come along with me.

Thoughts on Week 27, Ch. 15, VII The Needless Sacrifice


“There is no other love that can satisfy you, because there is no other love.”

There is only the love of God. I fool myself if I believe I can find substitutes for love here in the world. I’ve done it and it does not work.

Specialness is prevalent in all of our relationships. We blame, we feel guilty, we project and we are full of fear. Yet, rarely do we take responsibility for how we feel. We project it forth on to others and make them the enemy, the cause of our problems.

We do this to protect ourselves. We escape and hide from others who we consider as our victimizers. Yet, who is the victim and who is the victimizer? As Jesus says, “Would I accuse myself of this?” We accuse everyone but ourselves as we place the mask of innocence upon our face.

Our anger will not be alleviated by the projection of guilt. The guilt can be subtle or it can be complete rage. We turn our back on someone, we cease communication, but the projection is still there. We involve ourselves in other activities to keep the feelings at bay. Until the next person triggers the pain of guilt and the projection and isolation begins again.

It’s all the ego’s game. We have to ask ourselves, “Am I ready to give this up? Am I going to continue this intellectual foray or practice the wisdom that Jesus sets forth?”

It’s time to practice. It’s time to forgive. It’s time to communicate. It’s time to join in the light.

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