I was excited to record this insights video because the Course reading we examined, The Extension of the Kingdom (T-7.IX), was full of information about how our role in Heaven works. Jesus helped me make it a little easier to put it into perspective with an analogy of us unzipping the cloak of our bodies and allowing it to fall away to reveal the light of our Spirit within. We then suggest two lessons within the Workbook for Students to help us personally experience the truth of our reality in the kingdom of Heaven now! They are Lesson 61: I am the light of the world and Lesson 91: Miracles are seen in light.
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!
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.
It feels thrilling to be fifteen weeks into the building of our Miracle Toolboxes! We are only a third of the way through the year and have accumulated many great tools from Spirit that are helping us to feel safer every day. This week, Jesus explains to us in the section titled, Attainment of the Real World (T-13.VII), that the world we see with the body’s eyes is not really the real world where we came from. Our real home in heaven does not have buildings, streets, people, traffic, a rising and setting sun, or city lights. Instead the real world where we came from “but shines, and shines forever” (T-13.VII.1). Jesus explains further that the world we see with the body’s eyes is literally costing us the personal experience of another vision, an inner perception of the light of our home in heaven. This inner perception of the light of the real word is also referred to as “the Vision of Christ”.
In the section titled, The Vision of Christ (T-12.VI), Jesus indicates that the Vision of Christ and seeing the real world are the same as experiencing the perception of the light within our minds during meditation. We experience this perception of light when we use our spiritual sight with the help of the Holy Spirit. “To open the eyes of the blind is the Holy Spirit’s mission, for He knows that “we” have not lost our “spiritual vision”, but merely sleep …He longs to share His vision with you” (T-12.VI.4). Jesus later explains that we must make a personal decision to awaken and when we do, the “light” of the real world will spring to our sight (T-12.VI.5). At this point, during my sharing of this material with our Sunday morning ACIM study group, I shared this week’s tool for our Miracle Toolbox. The tool was a headlamp as indicated in the picture above. In the “fake world” that we see with the body’s eyes, the artificial light from the headlamp helps us to see things more clearly in the darkness. In contrast, the Holy Spirit uses His own internal headlamp within our minds to illuminate the dark screen of our mind’s eye with white light which is the same as perceiving the “real world” of heaven or “the Vision of Christ”.
One of the things that I really love about A Course in Miracles is after Jesus explains what’s really going on, he then gives us specific instructions on how to actually begin experiencing the things he talks about. In the case of today’s example regarding the perception of real world, it is no different. In Lesson 75: The light has come, Jesus gives us clear instructions on how to work with the Holy Spirit during meditation to have an experience of perceiving the light of the real world within our minds. This lesson is another great tool to add to your Miracle Toolbox for the year. I encourage you to practice this lesson as many times as you can over the next few weeks. And when you do, make sure you pay attention to the details on how to practice. For example, “You merely wait to have the light shown to you” (W-75.6). Do not try to imagine or effort in seeing the light. Wait patiently during your eyes-closed meditation and focus your attention on the area in your mind directly between your eyes. When the time is right, the Holy Spirit will reveal the light to you! Have fun with your practicing and many blessings on your journey!
Welcome to week 11 of our Miracle
Toolbox “I am safe in God” healing journey. In light of
the Coronavirus Pandemic that has nearly the entire planet in lockdown, I
decided to spend some time in meditation with Jesus and asked Him for guidance
on how I could talk about it with the Course community. I then heard Him
clearly direct me to the section in the Text titled, Above the
Battleground (T-23.IV). Within this section, Jesus reminds us that the
Coronavirus Pandemic is a form of attack that we are attracted too, and it
limits the healing and miracles we have the power to extend to all. Therefore,
it is important for us to recognize that this is not our will, and overlooking
this particular form of battleground is now our purpose. In order to do that,
we must allow ourselves to be lifted up by the Holy Spirit, and from a higher
place look down upon it. From the higher place will our perspective be quite
different. It was then that Jesus shared a guided meditation with me that
allowed me to join with the Holy Spirit from a higher place. I was then able to
see the whole Coronavirus Pandemic situation from a new perspective. The
details of how to do the meditation yourself is shared within this video.
The second reading for our Miracle
Toolbox this week is a great continuation of learning how to feel the
strength of God within us through the perception of our inner light. It is Lesson
92: Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one. Within this
Lesson, Jesus reminds us once again that we do not see the light he is
referring to with the body’s eyes. We must learn how to use our spiritual sight
within our mind. When we do learn how to perceive our inner light during
meditation, eventually, we will be able to open up enough to perceive brighter
flashes of it. As the flashes become brighter we will simultaneously begin to
feel sudden shifts into peace and also begin to feel the strength of God
shining within our core.
Lastly, this week I will be
releasing the third guided meditation for your Miracle Toolbox this
year. It’s titled, Enduring the Tests of Time Meditation. Look
for it on our www.miraclesone.org/miracle-toolbox
web page. As you move through the guided meditation you will experience an
increased awareness of the light you radiate, and the strength of God within
you to endure all tests of time. It is a powerful meditation and a journey you
will not easily forget! Enjoy.
Thank you for your commitment and
practice in becoming Mighty Miracle Workers!
Hello, This is Reverend Paul
Phelps from MiraclesOne.org and welcome to Enduring the Tests of Time
This is the third guided
meditation that you will be adding to Your Miracle Toolbox this year.
Throughout our lives we will be given many tests of time to endure. These tests
can come in many forms of tragedy such as pandemics, natural disasters, wars,
poverty, accidents, illnesses, and death. Your ability to endure these tests in
a state of fear, or in a state of peace, is greatly dependent upon remembering Who
You Really Are through the gift of inner vision. Lesson 92: Miracles are
seen in light, and light and strength are one, within the Workbook for
Students of A Course in Miracles, is an excellent meditation
practice for learning how to see your inner light and feeling the strength of
God within you. During this guided meditation you will be reminded of the
strength of your inner light and its ability to Endure the Tests of Time.
I would like to encourage you to
practice this guided meditation at least three to five times over the next
couple weeks. I have found in my own practicing of new guided meditations, that
it often takes practicing them several times before I really start relaxing,
opening up and sinking deeply into the experience. In time, you will notice
subtle positive changes happening in your life. You will start to feel happier,
lighter and more playful. You will also notice that blessings just start coming
to you, your family and friends without any effort at all. These and many more
surprising gifts are in store for you as you continue to practice opening your
mind to the love of God within you. I wish you a happy journey and many
Welcome to week eight of our I
am safe in God and building Your Miracle Toolbox healing journey!
After asking Jesus for guidance on what readings to use this week, he surprised
me in the middle of the night with two golden sparks of light, simultaneously
flashing within my mind’s eye, and then advised me to use the following readings
for this week’s sharing: The End of Sickness (T-10.IV) and Miracles
are seen in light (Lesson 91).
Within these readings we see once
again the statement that God created us perfect. Then Jesus adds, if we believe
that we can be sick, then we have placed other gods before God. However, if we
refuse to worship “sickness” in whatever form “sickness”
may appear to us, then “sickness” will disappear into the nothingness
out of which it was made. Jesus reminds us to work with him and the Holy Spirit
to use our spiritual vision to automatically look beyond the illusions of
sickness to perceive the light within us and all around us.
Jesus clearly explains that there
is a little spark of light within us that we can actually learn how to perceive
during our meditation practices. And when we do begin to perceive the sparks
within our mind’s eye, we will automatically begin to heal on all levels –
spiritual, emotional, mental and even physical. Perceiving the little spark is
the beginning of truly learning how to become a Miracle Worker! Yay!
In Lesson 91: Miracles are seen in light, Jesus explains that in order for us to learn how to perform miracles, we must understand that miracles and vision necessarily go together. In other words, we must learn how to perceive the light within us. We do this NOT by using our body’s eyes, but instead, by working with him and the Holy Spirit to learn how to perceive using our spiritual sight within our mind’s eye. He also explains that we will have a lot of resistance to even attempting to try to see the light within us for a variety of reasons. For starters, most of us have not seen it before and therefore don’t even want to believe that it is really there. Secondly, our busy and clouded minds can make it difficult for us to reach the perception experience.
For example, it took me several months of practicing lessons related to perceiving the light before I actually began to perceive the little sparks. Fortunately, Jesus assures that the resistance will not matter if we have even a little willingness to try to perceive the light because we will be receiving a lot of help from the spiritual dimension. He also makes a very exciting promise to us, if we fully commit ourselves to practicing. He promises that the Holy Spirit WILL show us an image of what He uses to replace the image of a body in our minds!
Additionally, the Holy Spirit WILL give us a feeling experience that will give us total conviction and certainty! These are some of the gifts that they are waiting to give us, their future Miracle Workers! These gifts will be proof that statements like perception of the spark and/or light within us is very real. How exciting!
Welcome Mighty Companions to the fourth week into our I am safe in God healing journey. One night this past week I had an unusual experience of having three nightmares right in a row! After shaking them off the next morning I decided to look up the word “nightmares” in A Course in Miracles to see what Jesus had to say. One of the interesting things that I noticed was that he used the term to reference unpleasant experiences in both our sleeping and waking states – and all of them were unreal and meaningless. Yay!
In the Text chapter 9, section V titled The Unhealed Healer, Jesus cautions us to be careful when working with others such as theologians and psychotherapists to heal our nightmares. Many people, including ourselves, have not learned how to go within to make a connection with the Holy Spirit and allow Him to guide them when attempting to help others to heal. He refers to these types of people as “unhealed healers”. Unfortunately, although many of these folks have good intentions, they can unknowingly delay healing in both the receiver and themselves by inadvertently following the ego’s plan of healing. Jesus poignantly states that miracle workers need to begin by perceiving light. The experience of perceiving “the light in his mind will therefore answer the questioner, who must decide with God that there is light because he sees it.”
A perfect lesson within the Workbook for Students to help us as aspiring miracle workers learn how to perceive the light within our minds is Lesson 44: God is the light in which I see. This lesson is an exciting and fun lesson to work with because Jesus is very specifically teaching us how to actually reach and perceive the light of God within our minds. Although he suggests that it’s not easy to learn how to do, he does clearly state that the practice and effort is well worth it. “Salvation is our happiest accomplishment!” Many Course students have shared within the halls of study group sessions of their experiences in perceiving the flashes of light from God during their practice meditations. Within this lesson Jesus indicates that this experience is “a major goal of mind training” and “this training must be accomplished if you are to see”.
In closing, I invite my Mighty Companions to join with me in the practice of reaching the light of God within our minds this week. Make the commitment to yourselves to practice this lesson at least three times a day for fifteen minutes several days this coming week. It is a fantastic tool to add to your Miracle Toolbox and one you will never regret using to find the light within your mind.
From Rev. Deb – I don’t take ACIM as literally as Rev. Paul does, and that’s okay. For me, the light is synonymous with truth and love. It’s okay to have a different experience with this such as “feeling the Light/Love within me now” as Lesson 189 states. Trust your Inner Teacher to lead the way.
The Light in One Awakens It in All with Rev. Paul Phelps
The light has come.
As we continue our journey together through the Lessons within the Workbook for Students, you will notice in recent lessons that Jesus has started to teach us how to go within and begin perceiving the light within ourselves. For example, Lesson 73 – I will there be light and Lesson 75 – The light has come. Rev. Paul shares the story of his very first personal experiences with the sparks of light and the subsequent life transformation he began to experience through his continued work with the light.
Recorded March 16, 2019
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Video and Audio Links from Sunday, January 7th’s Livestream
Disciplining the Mind
with Rev. Deb Phelps
Rev. Deb speaks to the temptation our minds have to wander and how we can bring them back into focus. The Workbook for Students is a mind training program that assists in the task of achieving more focus and mind discipline.She also includes an easy Meditation on the Breath that you can practice in addition to your ACIM studies.
Ch. 1, VII. Distortions of Miracle Principles
Introduction to Workbook for Students
Lesson 39 -My holiness is my salvation.
Lesson 64 – Let me not forget my function.
Lesson 95 – I am one Self, united with my Creator.
Lesson 44 – God is the light in which I see.
Ch. 2, VI. Fear and Conflict
Lesson 43 – God is my Source. I cannot see apart from Him.
Workbook Review II Introduction
Recorded January 7, 2018
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“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.