Thoughts on Week 26, Ch. 15, I. The Two Uses of Time


Can you imagine what it means to have no cares, no worries, no anxieties, but merely to be perfectly calm and quiet all the time? Yet that is what time is for; to learn just that and nothing more.

That it does seem hard to imagine at times given all that occurs in an hour, a day, a week or a year. Yet, I offer to the Holy Spirit “time”, He knows what to do with it. I do not. He can use it for my own well-being.

The ego instead wants me dead. I have felt it breathing down my neck long enough. Who can I trust? “No one,” it whispers and that for now seems true. The ego wants my allegiance. It keeps fear from me, yet it keeps me in fear to work its smoke and mirrors. The ego only sees hell. There is no hope here. There is no one you can trust. All too many times that has been the case. Even now.

Holy Spirit wants me to know there is no hell. Hell is only what the ego has made of the present. Hard to believe when one’s state of mind is full of bleakness. Yet onward and upward Holy Spirit leads me to Heaven. He would undo all fear now. He would remind me to take one step at a time, one instant at a time. In this I will see it reborn. Leave the past behind. Leave all that has hurt me behind. I no longer need it. The past is not my friend, nor anyone there.

Jesus says to take this instant in the here and now, and understand that nothing from the past can reach out and grab me scaring the bejesus out of me. I am completely absolved (no matter what I or others think), I am completely free, and I am wholly loved without condemnation whatsoever. Any condemnation comes from my own mind. From anyone else, that is their own mind to solve.

If you are tempted to be dispirited by thinking how long it would take to change your mind so completely, ask yourself, “How long is an instant?” Could you not give so short a time to the Holy Spirit for your salvation? He asks no more, for He has no need of more. It takes far longer to teach you to be willing to give Him this than for Him to use this tiny instant to offer you the whole of Heaven. In exchange for this instant He stands ready to give you the remembrance of eternity.

So an instant I give and eternity I receive. Isn’t that all I really wanted? An eternity of peace. Hush now and rest in peace.

Miracle Flight #10 – Holy Spirit’s Vectors to Heaven | Miracle Flights

Greetings Student Pilots,
 
In today’s episode of Miracle Flights, we observe and listen to live airliner traffic being vectored by air traffic controllers to Chicago O’Hare International Airport for landing. This turned out to be a wonderful example of how the Voice of the Holy Spirit guides us home to heaven as described in the Course reading, The Voice for God (T-5.II).


 
Within this reading, Jesus explains that when we, as Children of God, decided to fall asleep and create the voice of the ego within our minds, God also placed within our minds at the same time, the Voice of the Holy Spirit. This Inner Voice is hidden deep within our minds, waiting to be discovered through our practice of deep listening in silent meditation.
 
Jesus further explains, The Holy Spirit is your Guide in choosing. He is in the part of your mind that always speaks for the right choice, because He speaks for God. He is your remaining communication with God, which you can interrupt but cannot destroy (T-5.II.8).
 
The Voice of the Holy Spirit is a gift from God whose function is to gently guide us back home toward Heaven, then clear us for a final approach and landing back into Oneness with God. Our function is to make the conscious choice to tune into the Holy Spirit’s approach control frequency, listen, and then follow His instructions that vector us back home.
 
In closing, here’s a flying tip to remember, if you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger!
 
Love,
 

Rev. Paul

P.S. Join me on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am CDT (Central Time) for our ACIM Study Group where I outline the Flight Plan for the week. Also join our Wednesday study group where the Plan is discussed as well. See below for our study group Zoom information including our daily Workbook Lesson meeting. Be sure to check out our MiraclesOne ACIM Lessons website.

Miracle Toolbox: Week 4 | Begin by Perceiving Light

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. 

Many Blessings, 

Rev. Paul 

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.

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Kindness to Others Attracts Kindness | A Video Miracle Message

with Rev. Paul Phelps

Spirit continued to talk with me about kindness this morning.

Kindness is a happy thing. If you want to experience more happiness in your life, then focus on expressing kindness to yourself and others. We often forget to be kind to ourselves. The intention of kindness is what I would have you hold in your mind today. Intention manifests the experience you intend. We all have moments through the day where we need to make choices. Today let us pause for a moment when these choices come up and ask the Spirit of Kindness within you, which choice would bring the experience of kindness to you.

We often do not realize how savage we are to ourselves. The choice for pain is often a subtle habit that we once thought brought us joy. Through our delusional thought system we think behaviors that are funny or fun but are actually unloving thoughts or gestures toward ourselves and others. With the intention of kindness at the front of our minds today, we can begin to breakthrough these unpleasant habit patterns and replace them with healthier choices. Take the time today to notice how kindness attracts kindness. For example, if you have a pet such as a dog or a cat, we often cheerfully greet and talk with our pets all through the day. And what do they do in response? They reciprocate with different forms of love and affection such as wagging a tail, hopping into your lap or dancing around in a frisky manner. This is an example of how the attraction of kindness with kindness works.

Once again, I remind you that kindness is a very subtle but powerful too that you can use to easily bring more joy and happiness into your life. Let us practice and learn how to dance in the Spirit of Kindness today.

A Teacher of God is Anyone Who Chooses to Be One

A teacher of God is anyone who chooses to be one. His qualifications consist solely in this; somehow, somewhere he has made a deliberate choice in which he did not see his interests as apart from someone else’s. Once he has done that, his road is established and his direction is sure (M-1.1:1-3).  

Jesus’ view of teaching is quite different than the world’s view. In the world, a teacher or professor is separate from and superior to his or her students. S/he’s the expert. S/he knows more than they do. He imparts his knowledge and wisdom to his pupils. But that’s not Jesus’ view. In the “Right Teaching and Right Learning” section, he says: “A good teacher must believe … in the students to whom he offers the ideas” (T-4.I.1:4). This means that a Teacher of God (which, again, is each of us) must trust in the Holy Spirit within his students’ minds.  

When I’m in a teaching role, for example, I trust that the students can access the Holy Spirit just as I can. In other words, I’m not giving them something they don’t have. We all have Holy Spirit. 

We are all equal as teachers and as learners. That’s why, as those who participate in our in-person or online studies and classes know, I don’t always plunge in right away to answer a question that has been presented. As the teacher or facilitator, I don’t have a monopoly on the answers. We have no gurus or groupies here! The Holy Spirit is the real Teacher. Each participant has the still, small Voice within.  

Often times, I’ll hang back and see what Holy Spirit expresses through someone else. Or, I’ll wait to see what the group says as a whole. We’re all connected to the Voice for God. Each of us can plug into that Wisdom. Each of us can access the information needed. The Voice for God speaks in every person, and if you doubt that, it’s because you really don’t want to hear It. Denying Holy Spirit in another’s mind reflects your fear of hearing Him in your own mind. 

When we can accept the Voice in everyone, then we are lighting the way home. 

How can we become the demonstration of a Teacher of God and be the voice of calm in the middle of the world’s chaos? 

Jesus tells us in ACIM, that is for us to follow him means to stand with him in the circle of peace. “I stand within the circle, calling you to peace. Teach peace with me, and stand with me on holy ground.” 

We are here to teach peace. Teaching is a demonstration. It is by our example that we teach and by which we learn. The world needs Teachers of God. Are you ready to accept your calling? 

Our program for 2020 is titled, “A Circle of Peace” inspired from this quote. Our year will be spent in deep dedication of learning what it is to be a teacher of God and how we can embrace the characteristics of God’s Teachers. Each month we will envelop a characteristic with full support of materials in audio, video, and written form. This can be done do so either through self-study or group classes. Private mentoring sessions are also available as well as community support. Either way, the devotion spent to learning to live the Course from the heart and not the intellect will prove valuable to each and every one of our participants, myself included.  

To enroll in the program, you can choose the self-study version of $20 monthly or the weekly class version of $50 weekly. If you cannot make the weekly classes, I will meet with you in private sessions to enhance your learning. 

Make the commitment today to join us in the Circle of Peace. Learn more here. 

A Practice: I am Never Upset for the Reason I Think

We have been afraid of love. That’s what it comes down to. We’ve been so fearful of love in our minds. We talk about love. We want to have love. We desire love. We seek for love, yet if we allow that love in, we’re so terrified. The ego says, “No way!” The ego is terrified of it. It doesn’t want us to seek it. Why? Because it would dissolve into nothingness if that were so. So we continue to see the problem as something outside of us instead of inside.  

“I AM NEVER UPSET FOR THE REASON I THINK” PRACTICE 
 
Use a journal or notebook.  
 
Sit quietly for a few minutes. Close your eyes.  Take a few deep breaths.

Say to yourself: “I am never upset for the reason I think.”

Very quietly now, write that down in your journal. “I am never upset for the reason I think.”  

Jesus tells us that we’re really upset over nothing. We think the problem is real, but what we’re upset about is over nothing.  
 
Put that in your own words. “I think my problem is real, but Jesus tells me I am upset over nothing.” Whatever way you want to word that for yourself. You’re affirming that for yourself.  
 
Take a look at what those unforgivenesses are, what those grievances or upsets are. Write those down.  
 
It could be something like: “I think I’m upset because I have failed myself and others. I think I’m upset because and believe that I’m alone. I think I’m upset because others told false stories about me.”  
 
Just keep writing. Maybe do about five to seven sentences. Whenever you are done with those, just set the pen down.  
 
Take time to do this, dear reader, as it is most beneficial to you if you do the practical application. 

Close your eyes again. Take a few more deep breaths. Let them be cleansing breaths.  
 
Time to make your intention to change these problem thoughts, these unforgiveness thoughts that you have.

“Jesus or Holy Spirit, look on these problems with me, these unforgivenesses, these judgments, and these grievances. Look on them with me. Above all else, I want to see, see differently. I know when I look with You, I will be recognizing the ego strategy for my own demise.”  

Pick up that pen again. Go through the beliefs that you have just written. I want you to add something to them. Rewrite the sentence.

For example: “I think and believe I am alone… cannot take away my peace.” So you want to add: “…Cannot take away my peace” to the end of whatever it is that you wrote.  
 
For example: The belief that I have failed myself and others… cannot take away my peace.  
 
Whatever the belief is that you had, the upset, the grievance, the judgment, the unforgiveness, add to it: …cannot take away my peace. This belief cannot take away my peace.  
 
Once again, dear reader, open up to doing this healing work in your journal.  

None of these beliefs can take away your peace. You have decided that they can. Now we’re in the process of deciding otherwise. In truth, we are only upset about nothing. Nada, zero, zilch. We’re upset about something that is not real. We are upset over an illusion. This keeps me separated from God.  

Now say to yourself: I now accept the atonement for myself. 

Deep breaths. Be OK wherever you are with this process too. Just allow yourself to relax for a few more moments. Look at all this with a still and open mind. Jesus and Holy Spirit is looking with you, to see past all the perceived unforgivenesses and grievances and judgments. He’s looking with you.  

Join with me in this prayer: 
 
My real problem, my real upset is that I believe I’m separated from God. I’ve been afraid of love. Now I look at these grievances without judgment. I see their nothingness. No more do they have the sting that they had before. I allow love to fill my heart and fill my mind. Amen and amen. 

Very gently, bring yourself back to the room you are in.

Excerpted from Rev. Deb’s book “The Holy Place of Forgiveness”

Podcast Episode: Human Doing? Human Being! Why Self-Care is Imperative!

This is a podcast episode from Rev. Deb’s podcast “Musings on the Journey.” This podcast deals with universal themes as we join with everyone and meet them where they are in Love and Peace.

Episode 5 – Too long we’ve been a human doing. It’s time to be a human BEING. Learn to make time for self-care and your mind, body, and spirit will thank you.

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Overcoming Perfectionism

Today, I held a class at my studio this morning on “Overcoming Perfectionism.” It’s not an ACIM-based class, but it is about mind-healing and changing our thoughts. The class is based on the theme of Peaceful Weight Loss & Wellness. We bring up topics such as the one today and other topics such as Self-Compassion (next week), meditation, mindfulness, mindful eating, movement, stress eating, understanding stress & anxiety (last Friday of this month), or healthy relationship with oneself. Great topics, right?

Today in the “Overcoming Perfectionism” each took turns sharing their areas where they experience perfectionism. We can strive to be our best, but when we lose track of that here in the world we are not perfect, anxiety steps in and wreaks havoc. It leaves us with frustration and unhappiness. One way to deal with this is look at our lives and notice that no one is judging us but ourselves. Perfectionism can be a holdover from childhood and of course infused by the ego, but when we are in this mindset, we are not present.

We can get through this by remembering the truth of who we are and that internally we are Perfect in God. We can choose to experience this or not. Imperfection is inherent to being human. We get through this by appreciating ourselves, working on self-acceptance, avoiding comparisons (with others or our own self-imposed expectations), forgiving setbacks and practicing gratitude. Perfectionism is about control. What can we really control in this world anyway?

For me, I’ve had to learn to accept my imperfections. Recently as today, I was guided by Spirit to make a venue change for our October retreat because of financial reasons. At first I trusted, then I didn’t, then I did. I wanted to handle this perfectly. I didn’t want to make a mistake!

Then we had a board meeting to discuss the issue. Just before the board meeting, I had communication from the retreat center that we could possibly lose our deposit. I saw this email at a stoplight (stop and let the Light through), and the calm demeanor I had when I left my studio to travel home for the online meeting with our board had begun to vanish. I only live 7 minutes away.

As the board discussed and made a decision, I accepted my original guidance. Afterward I heard, “How long is an instant?” from The Two Uses of Time in Chapter 15. Jesus states, “If you are tempted to be dispirited by thinking how long it would take to change your mind so completely, ask yourself, “How long is an instant?”

There is the answer.  Could I not give such a short time to the Holy Spirit?

Well, of course I can, and I did.

Can you?

I know I have plenty more stories of my past perfectionism situations. For the most part, I am accepting, but it does sneak in there every so often, like today.

By the way, I am adding on a long-distance option for anyone who made be interested in our sessions. Contact me if you are interested. We meet on Fridays at 10 am Central Time, and I’ll be adding our video conferencing very shortly to these sessions.

In Peace,
Rev. Deb

Feeling out of Balance These Days?

Are you ready for less stress and anxiety, a little peace of mind, relaxation, movement, and/or a connection to your spiritual side?

When we are in balance, it is a state of optimal wellbeing, vitality, and wholeness. When our Mind, Body, and Spirit are aligned we are at our most optimal state of existence and our life energy, is free flowing. When we are in a state of balance, this is when we are the healthiest and can function at our best. 

We can fall in and out of balance when we are faced with persistent stressors or an unexpected illness, or not being in tune with our spiritual side. We may feel a lack of compassion or of love for self and others. We may feel stressed or anxious.

I’d like to help you awaken to the knowledge that YOU can begin again. I am here to empower and encourage you in healing yourself through mind, body & spirit practices. I will put you at ease so you may optimize your healing potential. 

Each moment is a chance to evolve in your discovery of A NEW YOU!  

It doesn’t matter where you are now, the important aspect is that you have a little willingness and a dash of dedication.

By my decades of study, practice and experience in meditation, mindfulness, yoga, metaphysics, (particularly A Course in Miracles for 27 years) and spirituality, and more recently sound healing, I can help you attune to what is the best method for you. I have found it is a life-long process as I, myself, continue to work on all these areas to this day.

Your Benefits?

Less stress and anxiety, more peace of mind, gentle movement brought back to your body, and a connection to your inner spirit (no matter what spirituality or religion you follow).

Aren’t you worth spending time on bringing yourself into balance so you can be available to your family and friends? We must start with ourselves, just as they say on 
flights, put your own oxygen mask on first.

How can I help you? I have multiple certifications in meditation and mindfulness. I am a spiritual teacher and interfaith minister, and a yoga teacher.

To assist in your process, I recently graduated from the Yoga for All Certified Instructor course in addition to my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training I attended last year. Yoga for All means for all sizes, shapes and abilities using variations and props to meet you where you are in the physical body. This also means we will focus on body positivity and self-acceptance.

Finally, I am excited about my current training as a yoga therapist with Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy. Once completed, I will be able to assist you on a deeper level. Yoga therapy is a type of therapy that uses yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and guided imagery to improve mental and physical health. The holistic focus of yoga therapy encourages the integration of the mind, body, and spirit. 

Ready to become balanced? 

In our sessions, we’ll take a look at what areas of your life our out of balance, and how we can bring harmony to your life. We may focus on one, two, or all three areas at any given time. 

Thank you for considering this avenue of support.
Namaste and Peace,
Deb Phelps

For long distance clients, the initial 3 session package right now is available.

I have openings for more people right now with this package. The package is $145. 

By clicking the button below, you will be taken to my Meditate Madison studio website for more details. I can still work with you if you are outside of Madison. I do so by using video conferencing.

Introduction to the Workbook for Students


Introduction to the Workbook for Students
with Revs. Deb & Paul Phelps

Our teaching will encompass the Introduction to the Workbook. It is time to come to the lessons with no preconceived notions, that means whether we have practiced the lessons before or not. Be open, be willing and know that the purpose of the Workbook is to train your mind in a systematic way to a different perception of everyone and everything in the world.

Recorded December 30, 2018

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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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Truly Helpful with Compassion


 

Hello, this is Ryan with MiraclesOne. I would like to take a few minutes to share an example from my Practical Application of living the Course.

A part of my daily Prayer, Centering, and Meditation times I usually recite the “Truly Helpful Prayer.” The prayer is found in the Text Chapter 2, Section V. on page 28.

 

 

The prayer says:

“I am here only to be truly helpful.

I am here to represent Him Who sent me.

I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do, because He

Who sent me will direct me.

I am content to be wherever He wishes, knowing He goes there with

me.

I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal.”

 

This prayer not only allows me to center my mind allowing me to share the example of being a living example of the Light of Christ that abides and lives within us.

 

This prayer also encourages me in knowing that I don’t have to worry about what to say or what to even do because I know He goes with All I have to do is go back to the Workbook Lessons that encourage me to just “Step Back and Let Him Lead the Way.”

 

In one of the ending classes of our past ten-week class “Awaken to Joy,” we were encouraged to be vigilant about our “Compassion” practice through the week. I had “Compassion Opportunities throughout the week, but there is one that continues to replay in my mind that I allowed me to see how compassion truly effects those around me.

 

My Holy Encounter happened in one of the most common places I would have never expected, it happened in the middle of a grocery store parking lot. I was putting our groceries into our car  nd I was guided to look up and what I observed was an elderly lady putting heavy bags into her car. I was simply guided to help her with her groceries and then take her cart to the corral for her as I took mine.

She was so appreciative and filled with Gratitude at the Compassion I was showing her that she called it a Random Act of Kindess. The lady’s eyes began to tear up at my compassion toward her. She then began telling me about how she used to have two sons that helped her, but they are no longer in her life to help her.

 

As I reflected and discussed this Holy Encounter with my husband as we left the grocery store we felt this was not only a Holy Encounter but it was a beautiful opportunity to share in my next class when we discussed how are Compassion Homework showed itself to us. I would have never thought “The Truly Helpful Prayer” would lead me to have a Holy Encounter in the middle of a grocery store parking lot. The only words that were spoken were full of love and appreciation. There was no discussion of the Course or of anything spiritual in nature. As I continued reflected upon what I had just shared I was grateful to The Holy Spirit for the opportunity to share His loving kindness and compassion towards this beautiful daughter of the Creator through me.

 

I believe a miracle occurred since a shift in perception occurred with the lady’s view of the younger generation as a whole. This entire encounter I believe was all in Divine Order and in its entirety was such a beautiful moment. That is my simple example of how I strive to Practically Apply The Course in my daily life, which is what we focus on here at MiraclesOne. We live the course and practically apply it because it is a living example of how the Holy Spirit works through us.

 

As always I wish you the Deepest Peace,

 

Namaste ~

Ryan Westbrook-Vigue

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