Discover Your Magnitude | Insights on A Course in Miracles

Happy Holidays Everyone,

Discovering our Magnitude through the practice of the Holy Instant is the focus of today’s episode of Insights on A Course in Miracles. In the Text section, Practicing the Holy Instant (T-15.IV, pg. 309), Jesus tells us that the experience of the Holy Instant is something we can learn to do now, and that it is easier than we think. It takes a willingness to practice going within, a willingness to let our littleness go for a few moments, having an open mind when we do practice, and a true desire and intent to receive the gift from the Holy Spirit.

When we do receive the gift, it will be a personal experience of perceiving our own Magnitude as God created us.

How wonderful is that! I can’t think of a better Christmas gift to give and receive this season. To compliment your practicing, try working with LESSON 227: This is my holy instant of release (pg. 405) this week.

Merry Christmas!

Rev. Paul

Summary of This Week’s Study Groups – 6/17/18


Joining together with others in the study of A Course in Miracles can assist with more understanding of the material, learning from others’ personal miracle stories, and the encouragement to dive deeper into personal practice. We have three weekly ACIM Study Groups that meet via video and phone conferencing on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. On Sundays in Madison, Wisconsin, we have an in-person study group. Each group has a slightly different focus but all maintain practical application of A Course in Miracles in our lives. Our study group facilitators are Gayle Bartlett, Mari Dole, Ryan Westbrook-Vigue, Darike Vigue, Tracey Frick, Tom Wolff, Rev. Paul Phelps, and myself, Rev. Deb Phelps. My thank to all!

Below you will find the summaries from our groups this week.

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Sunday ACIM Study Group in Madison

Opened with Lesson 131 – No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.
Practical Application Topic: Security

Personal miracle stories and examples were shared in relation to the feeling of security, all the while knowing our only security is that of God.

We read Text, Chapter 28, Section VII. The Ark of Safety. If we built our house on straw, well then we cannot wonder why it gets swept away, right? Same with where we place our faith. Do we place our faith in the body and the illusion, or in God Himself?

This is a great, great reading, be sure to read it for yourself.

  • What is the sense in seeking to be safe in what was made for danger and for fear? 2 Why burden it with further locks and chains and heavy anchors, when its weakness lies, not in itself, but in the frailty of the little gap of nothingness whereon it stands? 3 What can be safe that rests upon a shadow? 4 Would you build your home upon what will collapse beneath a feather’s weight?
  • T-28.VII.7.    Your home is built upon your brother’s health, upon his happiness, his sinlessness, and everything his Father promised him. 2 No secret promise you have made instead has shaken the Foundation of his home. 3 The winds will blow upon it and the rain will beat against it, but with no effect. 4 The world will wash away and yet this house will stand forever, for its strength lies not within itself alone. 5 It is an ark of safety, resting on God’s promise that His Son is safe forever in Himself. 6 What gap can interpose itself between the safety of this shelter and its Source? 7 From here the body can be seen as what it is, and neither less nor more in worth than the extent to which it can be used to liberate God’s Son unto his home. 8 And with this holy purpose is it made a home of holiness a little while, because it shares your Father’s Will with you. p605

We closed with a silent meditation and announcements of what’s upcoming.

This week’s video teaching is “The Ark of Safety.”
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loQtQJp_kuA 


Tuesday ACIM Study Group by Video/Phone Conferencing

Opening Meditation: Workbook Lesson 170 “There is no cruelty in God and none in me.”

During the Tuesday night ACIM drop-in study group we discussed our practical application of Lesson 170.

We spent time discussing our thoughts concerning our personal defenses both self and projected. We also discussed how the healing power of love works within our lives. The group discussed how “God is but love” and how it’s all-encompassing. There is no cruelty in God therefore there is only love in us and how we as individuals exemplify that in our day to day interaction with others and we touched on the split mind “Yet you attack outside yourself, and separate your mind from him who is to be attacked, with perfect faith the split you made is real” We spoke about how we can make the separation in our mind real which causes attack thoughts, but where it speaks upon faith it’s not “faith” spiritually it’s more of putting faith into the idea of the split mind concept instead of focusing on the truth we know within. We wrapped up the discussion in paragraph VIII on page 327 talking about making the choice that laying down the idol of a cruel God and picking up another puts one into a perpetual circle in which we don’t focus on our healing and love because we allow the fear within to hold us back.

The Tuesday Night ACIM Drop-in Study Group is a beautiful blend of longstanding and beginning students of the Course. This allows for a unique opportunity of sharing in which everyone is welcome and many points of practical application is shared.

Submitted By:

Ryan Westbrook-Vigue


Wednesday Study Group by Video/Phone Conferencing

Hi everyone,

OK, I will try to make sure that whatever I share is relevant to all of our lives whether you have dabbled in the Manual for Teachers or not.

This week’s reading was 24.  IS REINCARNATION SO?

Not sure what your beliefs are relative to reincarnation, but I can share mine ever so briefly.  I have practiced Yoga for decades and this area is an integral part of the branch of Yoga to which I have been committed for a very long time, one that is highly meditative where the actual kriya or set of postures is meant to prepare oneself for stillness.  Reincarnation doesn’t frighten me and many years ago, I talked to a “medium” or “seer”, that’s what she called herself, who accessed seeming lifetimes with my husband, Bill, and was able to explain why we might conflict.

That’s neither here nor there.  My experience doesn’t matter, but I find just sharing from my life can often help to dissipate any fear YOU may have in exploring your own beliefs and blocks to the awareness of love’s presence.

OK, the most salient points in our discussion yesterday were:

Jesus asks us if the concept of reincarnation is helpful, that is, if it is “used to strengthen the recognition of the eternal nature of life, it is helpful indeed.” (Paragraph one, sentence five.)

Essentially, he admonishes not to get lost in the sauce about it as salvation can be experienced/accessed NOW, ruminating about seeming past lives or trying to be good in this one to assure greater joy in a future one is a waste of time.  We focus on NOW and accessing the holy instant.

If you are not sure what that is, the holy instant, please take a look at the section, The Two Uses of Time, Chapter 15, page 301 in the blue book.

Jesus tells us that as a Teacher of God we don’t have to give up any of our beliefs nor are we to encourage anyone else to relinquish theirs.  He states, “His ego will be enough for him to cope with, and it is not the part of wisdom to add sectarian controversies to his burdens.”  (Paragraph three, sentence 5.)

Great example, one of our participants is a devoted Course practitioner who also attends church every week and sings in the choir.  She attends because she loves being with others in love, joy and peace, she spreads her light and receives that of others WITHOUT focusing on whether the she agrees or disagrees with the service, Bible, etc.  She enjoys both as she practices non-judgment in all things.  She derives maximal benefit from both practices, if you will.  (A lovely reference for this is the fourth paragraph, sentences five through eight.)

Finally, one of our participants shared that a few sentences in the last paragraph, six, read like a benediction.  There are “Atonement might be equated with total escape from the past and total lack of interest in the future.  Heaven is here.  There is nowhere else.  Heaven is now.  There is no other time.”  To get caught up in debating any subject including reincarnation, whether it exists or not, is ego, period.

Have a lovely week, everyone.

Join us when you can, we’d love to have you.

Love,

Gayle


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Accept the Holy Instant as This Year is Born


Accept the Holy Instant as This Year is Born – 1/1/17

With Revs. Deb and Paul Phelps

Make this year different by making it all the same. T.15.XI.

Revs. Deb and Paul Phelps share on the Holy Instant and how we can make this year different by forgiveness.

Recorded January 1st, 2017

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Thoughts on Lesson 241


This holy instant is salvation come.

In meditation today on this lesson, I did receive a vision of the “arc of golden light” as spoke of in “The Forgotten Song” section in the Text. In the holy instant, I felt such joy throughout my being. I felt freedom from the world as love touched my heart and mind. I offered to the Light aspects of my personality I wanted to heal. Old wounds, old thoughts all were touched by this light. I heard in my mind, “You are healed. Offer healing to others by offering them forgiveness. See through to the essence of their soul, and in unity the Son has been saved.”

As I came out of the meditation, I felt a new energy that I had not before I started. At times in the morning I feel stiff from my fibromyalgia, but today, I felt a wellness throughout my mind and body. I found I could exercise without issue. And even since as I write this, I find myself alert, yet calm. I know today, I have made a difference by allowing the holy instant bless me and bless all.

3. What Is the World?

As we have learned the world is false, an illusion. A perception we have made to obliterate the truth from our minds. It hides the fact that we are not separated from God or anyone. Underneath it all is the call to return to our Home. The happy thought in this is we can be redirected, just like the GPS in our cars and on our smartphones. Our sight can be guided by the Light of Truth. With the Light illuminating the world, we can see it for what it is. Together, we can save the world so everyone can experience the Life and Love of God.

Thoughts on Lesson 230


Now I will seek and find the peace of God.

Truly what is there to seek? I believe there is something to seek for, and I think that is God. Yet, in realization in the holy instant, peace does not escape me as it is one with me. I have stepped aside from the peace and by my reconnection in that instant, peace showers me with its presence. In fact, I am peace. How can I deny Who and What I am? I cannot. I accept this Peace as my very own and that I share with God.

Thoughts on Lesson 227


This is my holy instant of release.

Today, I’m thinking of the anniversary of Woodstock today and Richie Havens song, “Freedom” and how it goes with this lesson today. Sometimes we do feel like we are alone and “motherless.” Our freedom comes though in God. By accepting the holy instant, we release all the shackles that have held us to the ego’s world. All dreams, all illusions, and all fears can be laid down at the feet of truth. In this, a brilliant light of holiness blesses me and shows me all that I could not see before.  I am blessed.

Thoughts on Week 31, Chapter 17, VIII. The Conditions of Peace


The holy instant is the shining example, the clear and unequivocal demonstration of the meaning of every relationship and every situation, seen as a whole.  Faith has accepted every aspect of the situation, and faithlessness has not forced any exclusion on it.  It is a situation of perfect peace, simply because you have let it be what it is.

This speaks volumes right here as we begin this section. The holy instant is the SHINING example. It leads us to the light. It shows us the light. It is the light. We are only asked to allow truth to be what it is and only that. Nothing more is required.

When I think about the holy instant, I know I want it to be an ongoing instant. Who doesn’t? Isn’t it better to live in the light than merely tolerate the darkness? I have seen both worlds in my life. I know the dark night of the soul as I have relived it over and over again. Yet my study and practice of ACIM is what keeps my eye on the prize. That is, the light of who I am.

When I look at the multitude of changes I have encountered in my life, many times early on I approached these with great fear and worry, even intense anxiety. But as the years have rolled by and changes still appear, I now approach them with a sense of wonder. I wonder what this opportunity will bring me. What can I learn? What belief will now fall away from my psyche so I can truly accept peace in my life?

I like to question and wonder. It’s open ended. I don’t question God though. I know that He is true. But I do question my thoughts if they do not bring me peace. Even now in a project I am currently working on, what will it bring me? What new ideas? What can I learn about myself in this?

Are you open to learning too?

Thoughts on Week 29, Chapter 16, VII. The End of Illusions


 

This piece contains some various excerpts on this section I have recorded or written previously.

Rev. Deb’s Excerpts from Radio Show of 11-1-11 – http://www.spreaker.com/user/miraclesone/the-end-of-illusions-audio-from-tuesday-

Now that Halloween is over we put away our masks and all that we used to disguise ourselves as we talk about this reading.

In the first paragraph it speaks of “the special relationship is an attempt to reenact the past and change it” and of course all the imagined slights pain and disappointment, etc. What I do is that I “attempt to reenact the past and try to change it” because I want that love that I did not receive before. I want the caring and the tenderness that was absent. Because of this I may enter into a relationship of any sorts, it could even be a work situation, people change jobs when we are unhappy and not getting our needs met or we are not being fulfilled.

I have been married four times and I have spoken my history many times and in different ways and what I went through over all these many, many years. Each time I thought that I would get it right “this time.” But then I would get into the situations, these relationships where each time there was pain. The love that I so desired and the connection that I so desired was never found. In my own mind I have abused myself terribly. Jesus mentions, the “wounded self-esteem” and that started from way from the beginning as a child. So here getting into relationships and friendships and situations trying to make up for that love that I thought I should have had. I was deprived and so I get into a relationship and direct, “You better give it to me and you have got to make up for what happened to me.”

Sometimes people go from one relationship maybe they’re married and then get divorced and then they get into another relationship and another relationship. Why? Because they don’t want to be alone or they are scared. Yet, I do want that connection and I do want that love and the only place I’m going to find that is within myself. I am only going to find that love within myself. I am only going to find a healed self-esteem within myself whenever I go and join with the Holy Spirit and hear what He has to say about me. He knows the truth about me.

What do I know? Not much because I am coming from which teacher? The ego. Coming from the ego then the belief is if I could just have somebody in that place that is going to remove all the pain and suffering from the past then I would be happy and I would be saved. Because of this we are really not seeing the other person at all as I am living in the past fantasy. Jesus is telling us that the past is nothing and don’t seek to put any blame on the past for what is occurring now.

I know that I did that in my first marriage. I was 19 when I got married and it only last a couple of years. I believed at the end of that marriage, and I was in my early 20s, that my life was over. I believe that I would be alone and that I would never be with anybody again. I thought would never be in relationship going to be lonely and that’s what I clung to within.

I was mistaken. I went from the frying pan and into the fire. This occurs if I don’t heal my mind with the Holy Spirit. I then can go from relationship to relationship to relationship, to job to job, friendship to friendship and keep searching and I’m never going to find that which I seek. I am always going to be lacking because I was not looking within me for that love, connection and appreciation.

Jesus speaks of vigilance of our mind many times in the Course. It is recognizing that I am not at peace and wanting to be at peace. I do this by stopping and joining in the holy instant. Making it a regular practice is to our benefit. When I feel myself disturbed in any way, I take the time personally to do some deep breaths, or drinking a glass of water, or finding some way to soothe myself a little more so I can willingly join in the holy instant.

We already have God’s gift, that holy instant, that part of us in our mind that remembers the truth. As it says the end of paragraph 8, everything that the Holy Spirit teaches is to remind me that I already have God’s Love. I do not have to sacrifice myself for God’s Love. I do not have to suffer. I do not have to stay in an abusive relationship, for instance, to prove anything. I just follow what He shows me, what He teaches me, and what He guides me to do.

It is bringing everything to the Holy Spirit all throughout the day, everything that comes up throughout the day. Anytime someone is sharing with us and we do not agree with what they are sharing, if I am disturbed in my peace in any way, that I bring that to the Holy Spirit. I do not have to be in agreement with the other person. I just need to remember that peace is the one goal. Do I want peace? Or am I invested in being right?

Joining in the holy instant places me in peace and isn’t that what I truly want anyway? No more searching, no more clinging outside of me and only going within to embrace the Love, Acceptance, Appreciation and the Peace from God.

Namaste,

Rev. Deb

 

Thoughts on Week 27, Ch. 15, VI. The Holy Instant and the Laws of God


Perfect faith.

Total Commitment.

These are what I am called upon to find strength within. Without faith and commitment I see myself and others as we are not. In the holy instant there is perfect love. That is what I have forgotten. I had forgotten where perfect love resides. I “lost my religion” and felt no hope in the doors slammed in my face.

There is only one door of which to enter, the door to God. All else has brought me conflict and meaninglessness. If I practice the holy instant, it will continue to extend beyond an instant to a cluster of instants to eternity itself.

The holy instant thus becomes a lesson in how to hold all of your brothers in your mind, experiencing not loss but completion.

I must hold everyone I know or have known with one thought, that of love. I release the cutting binds of guilt and allow the cool breeze of freedom to fan the flames of fear. We are here to recognize that we are to share equally. We are in this together and together we shall remain.

The only bit that is missing is the forgetfulness of these thoughts. When practiced, the mind accepts and receives graciously. When forgotten, the fear rushes in to enclose the mind in darkness. Light is always at the end of the proverbial tunnel. The Light is within. It is our Source. The power of God is present, remember and connection is restored to my awareness. Peace is felt and welcomed. A great sigh of relief is expressed and here with God I am safe.

Thoughts on Lesson 186


Salvation of the world depends on me.

I accept my function. My function is forgiveness. My function is to love one another. I pause and listen to where His Voice guides me. I release all petty judgment and open my heart to Him. Does mere words matter what I write when it is such a personal experience? It’s up to me because all are me. That is why salvation depends on me. Once I see the purity in one I see it in myself and all. That is what I am called to do this day and everyday. It does not matter what came before, because in this very instant, this holy instant, I can choose again and experience Heaven on earth.

Thoughts on Week 27, Ch. 15, IV. Practicing the Holy Instant

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The holy instant is this instant and every instant. The one you want it to be it is.

I desire the holy instant here and now. I see not the past nor the future. I embrace the holy instant right this very moment. Gladness is what I want. I need the release from the nothingness of the world that holds me back from my glory.

I have tried my best, yet for some of those in my life it was never enough, no matter what I did, nor how I encouraged, nor how I listened. Only God’s Will content me. What did I really hope to gain? I didn’t gain anything but further loneliness.

Now it is time to clear the altar to pain, and humble myself before God. I place my altar to you my Father. I seek Your Freedom and Your Love. I put forth more effort in my practice, and I double my willingness so that all littleness will be banished from my mind.

Jesus, I need your assistance, now and forever. Stand with me in the holy instant, be with me, do not let me stand alone again. I know what you teach me is the truth. I trust in you.

I will uncover the thoughts that I have kept hidden that have shut the door on communication. As you have said:

Ask yourself honestly, “Would I want to have perfect communication, and am I wholly willing to let everything that interferes with it go forever?”

I ask myself this presently. I do it in tears but willingness to let every obstacle go. I know the Holy Spirit’s purity will shine all away and bring to my awareness the Love and Peace of God that will carry me Home.

Thoughts on Lesson 182


I will be still an instant and go home.

It is the Child within that desires its return Home. For those of us, including myself, who have thought they do not belong here in this world, it illuminates the truth: THIS WORLD IS NOT REAL. Only God’s world is real. This world He did not create, so of course I will feel out of place. But here in the holy instant, I can return and return graciously.

In our Thursday class last night, our ministerial student Lisa, led us through experiencing the Holy Instant. Some students received incredible visions healing all times past in their mind. Others received the gift of peace, and still others received miraculous insights.

All it takes is to “be still and instant and go home.”

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