Thoughts on Day 30


Thoughts on Day 30

We’ve made it to 30 days (plus a couple of Sundays). I hope you all have the feeling of renewal. I know I do.

Our reading was “The Decision for Guiltlessness.” In this reading, there are two different “prayers” if you will. The first:

Say therefore, to yourself, gently, but with the conviction born of the Love of God and of His Son:

What I experience I will make manifest.

If I am guiltless, I have nothing to fear.

I choose to testify to my acceptance of the Atonement, not to its rejection. 

I would accept my guiltlessness by making it manifest and sharing it.

Let me bring peace to God’s Son from his Father.

In this, I reflected. If I focus on fear in my mind and all of its forms. You know, the judgment, jealousy, the hurt, the anger, et.al then I will see more of it in my life. In fact, everywhere I look that is what I will see. And I did, prior to my study of the Course. Even thereafter, until I learned to recall Jesus’ words, “I have nothing to fear.” Nothing to fear. We are warriors in the sense of the Buddhist tradition. We have the courage to look within. I had that courage and it is what has brought me to where I am today.

It is all opposite of how I lived my life 25 years ago. I do not fear outcomes; I trust. I do not compare myself with others; I love me as I am. I do not live in conflict for I choose peace first.

Our second “prayer” comes at the end where we are asked to say to the Holy Spirit ONLY, “Decide for me,” and it is done. He instructs thusly: Whenever you are in doubt what you should do, think of His Presence in you, and tell yourself this, and only this:

He leadeth me and knows the way, which I know not.

Yet He will never keep from me what He would have me learn.

And so I trust Him to communicate to me all that He knows for me.

Then let Him teach you quietly how to perceive your guiltlessness, which is already there.

This is how to live my life. I ask of the Holy Spirit to be with me in my mind. I keep the connection open to Him all throughout the day. I accept the Atonement (the undoing of fear). I trust His Guidance. I follow the path of peace.

That’s about it. Do you want to live this way too?

How did I do it? How do I still do it?

I stick with A Course in Miracles and ONLY A Course in Miracles. I do not chase the new book or derivative. I do not buy every book by every author. I don’t attend workshops and conferences (anymore). I may write these books and teach workshops and classes, but my focus is always on ONE path. Yes, I do appreciate other paths. And, yes, meditation is part of my path and it is in the Workbook. (I’ll be detailing that at the retreat and a later class on the subject).

The point is. I do not allow myself to be distracted with all the shiny objects (the so-called enlightened teachers, the gurus, tons of books and CDs, authors, etc.) I start my day before anything meditating and working the lesson or recently these affirmations I have been given to share with you. I am not special nor do I wish to be special. I wish only to share what I learn and pass it on, just as Jesus has with us. He has said to us that all the things he has done, you can do as well. We all can hear Holy Spirit’s Voice. We all can heal our minds.

Focus in on your study and your practice. Check in with Holy Spirit as to where to go, who to see and what to do. Go beyond the words on the page and live the words. That’s what I do. I enjoy working with students in a more intimate atmosphere like a class, a private session or at a retreat. We share together as like-minds all here to be students of one another. I still learn, even after all these years. Why? Because I am open to learning. If I think I know it all, then I know nothing because I have forgotten to love and to be kind and to see myself as equals with everyone here.

That is our lesson every moment. So, live this Course with gusto, my friends. I am here only to be truly helpful, and to walk with my brothers in peace.

 

This is part of our 40 Days of Light: From Lent to Easter

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Thoughts on Lesson 225


God is my Father, and His Son loves Him.

All embraced in the Circle of Love with God. No one is left outside the Circle. I must take you with me, for you are me.

I’ve had different people come to mind over the last week. Those people who I felt deceived or wronged me in some way. I have to keep them within the Circle of Love. I may not keep them in my life, still they are God’s Son and still they deserve Love on the level of the Divine. I bless them all instead of counting up the hurts. There is a peace that arrives when I do so.

Thoughts on Lesson 110


I am as God created me.

I joined in our morning Lesson call and sat with the thought of “I am as God created me.” I can see why this is repeated. It is a thought I can tend to forget. Yet, if I accept it fully, it wipes the slate clean of all I believed in the past, all my past thoughts and all my future worries.

I am free in this lesson. I needed this as I felt the limitation of time and deadlines with clients. Do I have to be obsessed with it? No, I can only be in one moment at a time. My creation by God is not if I satisfy worldly demands immediately. Nothing here can change the truth. My belief can change. My thoughts can change. The truth will never change.

I need not feel limited when today’s idea is about limitlessness. “The birthplace of miracles,” Jesus says. The restoration of my mind commences with these few words:

I am as God created me. His Son can suffer nothing.
And I am His Son.

And here I thought I was something else. I prefer the reminder of truth and I will remember to recall today’s lesson often. I’ll tune in to how I am feeling and choose to remember. Is it really that hard to remember these simple words? I think not.

Thoughts on Lesson 50


 

Thoughts on Lesson 50

 

WBNewsletterWhen we say we are sustained by the Love of God, we have to come to believe that it is not this world that sustains us in any way, shape or form. We must believe we are what God says we are, His Son. By focusing on form, we are forgetting the content of our Mind. God is in our Mind and He is the One we can place our trust. We need depend no more on the ego leading us because with the ego we are always led astray. When we put our faith in God we will find that is all there ever was, is and will ever be, on without end. Amen!

Peace,

Rev. Deb

 

From Darkness to Light, Pt. 4

We continue today with paragraphs 5 and 6 of this week’s reading in Chapter 11, Section III. From Darkness to Light.

T-11.III.5.             God hides nothing from His Son, even though His Son would hide himself. 2 Yet the Son of God cannot hide his glory, for God wills him to be glorious, and gave him the light that shines in him. 3 You will never lose your way, for God leads you. 4 When you wander, you but undertake a journey that is not real. 5 The dark companions, the dark way, are all illusions. 6 Turn toward the light, for the little spark in you is part of a light so great that it can sweep you out of all darkness forever. 7 For your Father [is] your Creator, and you [are] like Him. p199

T-11.III.6.             The children of light cannot abide in darkness, for darkness is not in them. 2 Do not be deceived by the dark comforters, and never let them enter the mind of God’s Son, for they have no place in His temple. 3 When you are tempted to deny Him remember that there [are] no other gods to place before Him, and accept His Will for you in peace. 4 For you cannot accept it otherwise.

 

There is no need to shrink from all that I am and could be. Why play small when God wills for me to be radiant. Yet in the past I have hidden, ashamed of what I was and what I had done. None of this matters to God. God only sees me as I am and as I was created. I stepped into darkness and its dark thoughts for just a little while yet the spark of truth was still shining in the night.  When I follow only the light of truth, ignoring all suggestions by the ego, then I have peace experienced in my daily life.  The ego is indeed tricky and can seem to take hold with its barrage of criticisms and improvement projects.

Yet I am meant for something greater and the path of light is laid before me. I have to accept God and all He is and all He created me to be or else I will continue to live in darkness. I make the commitment now to live in light as I exchange all thoughts that are not of love with the Holy Spirit. If dark feelings arise, I notice them, I breathe into them but do not deny them. I see that these are not fitting gifts and together with the Holy Spirit in the quiet stillness the light of truth shines forth. I do not have to fight the feelings, I simply “be”. The feelings will dissipate when I do not resist but trust in what is true.

Namaste,

Rev. Deb Phelps, Senior Minister

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Lesson 225 – God is my Father, and His Son loves Him.

Lesson 225

God is my Father, and His Son loves Him.

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Lesson 221 – Peace to my mind. Let all my thoughts be still.

Lesson 221

Peace to my mind. Let all my thoughts be still.

 

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Lesson 246 – To love my Father is to love His Son.

Lesson 246

To love my Father is to love His Son.

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