The Healing Power of Kindness Study for Our Study Groups

The Healing Power of Kindness
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The Healing Power of Kindness

By Ken Wapnick

Our Next Study for Our Study Groups

Our next series will start April 7th and we will be doing a book discussion with the book by Ken Wapnick, “The Healing Power of Kindness: Volume 1: Releasing Judgment.” This is an excellent addition to our “Being Truly Helpful” theme for this year. We will only be studying Volume 1. It is available in print and on Kindle on Amazon. It is also available as an audiobook on FACIM.org.

Description: The book from Ken Wapnick, “The Healing Power of Kindness, Pt. 1 – Releasing Judgments” is devoted to the kindness of healing, in hopes of reinforcing Jesus’ message of undoing separation. Kindness reflects our inherent oneness with each other, while attack drives us still further apart in our awareness. In reviewing the principles of sickness and healing and some common misapplications, the discussion in this book helps us undo the sources of unkindness, so that in all our interactions we would reflect the Source of kindness.

Weekly Study Group Focus:
  • Week 1: What thoughts arise when you look at the title’s words “The Healing Power of Kindness?” Read the Preface in study group and possibly begin “Section 1. The Kindness of Healing.”
  • Week 2: Discussion on group’s insights on “1. The Kindness of Healing” and “2. Judgment and the Belief in Differences: The Basis of Unkindness – How is Judgment Relinquished.”
  • Week 3: Discussion on group’s insights on section “Healing as the Undoing of Separation.”
  • Week 4: Discussion on group’s insights on “3. On Being a Teacher of Kindness.” Part 1 of discussion.
  • Week 5: Discussion on group’s insights on “3. On Being a Teacher of Kindness.” Part 2 of discussion.
  • Week 6: Conclusion with discussion on group’s insights on the Appendix.
How to Prepare and Read the Book:

Each day you will be reading from the book, “The Healing Power of Kindness. When you read, you will be doing more than just “reading.” I strongly encourage you to set aside the time to do so. Try not to read ahead. Take the reading as it is assigned.
Use the following format:
  • Prepare your space to read and journal. Be sure it is quiet. Make this a sacred time, light a candle or put on meditation music.
  • Before you begin reading, meditate for at least 5-10 minutes to clear your mind and so you may be open to the wisdom.
  • After meditation, open your journal and place the date and a 1-2 sentence intention to Holy Spirit.
  • Read a few paragraphs or a page. (Be sure to spread the reading out through the week, perhaps one page a day, etc). As you read, you may wish to jot down questions, make notes or observations.
  • Close the book. Take time to reflect on what you have read. As you journal, you may wish to reflect on how you could use what you are learning in your daily life. Or, what information in the reading made an impact. You may wish to refer to your ACIM book as well.
  • The essence of your daily journaling will be shared in our sharing in each week’s class. It is important that you are focusing on how to use the material in your life and not so much the reading was “nice”, “beautiful”, or “inspiring.” A Course in Miracles needs to be applied in every aspect of our lives to make an impact. Even 10 minutes of journaling can be powerful.
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Prayer of the Heart for 10/6/16


When I look upon the world and see unkindness, hatred and separation, I join with the Holy Spirit to heal my mind. After all, it is an outward picture of an inward condition. I would rather see kindness, love and oneness because that in truth is our essence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughts on Lesson 184


The Name of God is my inheritance.

The Name of God is my inheritance. In reflection on my experience from a few days ago, my ego mind wanted to keep my business client at arm’s length. By stopping and reinforcing my willingness prayer for peace, I was able to experience such peace. I envisioned us both forging ahead for the same goal. Communication is what pushes barriers aside so we can remember our shared goal. For me it was communicating the love from Spirit as I was open to the change of mind and the oneness that can be shared when I forgive.

We had to restore a backup to the site and this post was not part of it, so I had to recreate what I could from the little I had from it and from memory.

Thoughts on Week 25, Ch. 14, VIII. The Holy Meeting Place


This is my sanctuary, this holy meeting place where I commune with my Divine Comforter. It is the promise I was given, that I was not alone. Not left here to suffer and die. I am promised that I will arise in glory. I need no longer crucify myself for the mistakes and the pain that has wrought hell.

Why embrace littleness when I can embrace the glorious! He wills that I share in the glory and it’s not at a future time, it is here and now and in the present moment. How silly of me to think otherwise! I have only wandered away from the center where God abides. I haven’t left Him, I have just closed my eyes. In full acceptance I open my eyes to behold the oneness of All That Is. And, that is me as well.

Father only created perfect love. Any gift I have given that was not of love was not seen as it was nothing. Today I remember to offer only gifts of love. I forget and forgive the past and open the golden gifts from here on.

 

Thoughts on Lesson 169


By grace I live. By grace I am released.

Grace is acceptance of the Love of God within a world of seeming hate and fear. 

May we all know we are showered with the God’s Grace. It is His Love permeating our being. We offer this clean and holy gift to everyone here as a touchstone of Who created them.

We cannot speak nor write nor even think of this at all. It comes to every mind when total recognition that its will is God’s has been completely given and received completely.

Do you see why my friends at times I may write paragraphs and other times a few sentences? It is because we are to experience total recognition of God. Mere words coming from my mind cannot do this, words on the page can assist us, yet it is the absorption of the words into our mind and the acceptance of it that makes this true.

For oneness must be here.

We return to our ancient call and we answer with all our heart and mind. There is nothing else.

By grace I live. By grace I am released.
By grace I give. By grace I will release.

 

Thoughts on Week 4 – Text – Chapter 2, Section VII. Cause and Effect


Text – Chapter 2, Section VII. Cause and Effect

“What you believe is true for you.”

Jesus, thank you for this statement. It is true. I will believe whatever I conceive and my mind can miscreate a lot. The good news is that I made the fear and all the situations in my life stemming from it.

And all this because I did believe it true for me. But now I can believe otherwise. I can establish in my mind only love, the light that dispels the darkness.

I have lived in the dark long enough and welcome the sunrise on the horizon, yet again. My choices resulting from my core beliefs control the sunset and the sunrise of my mind.

Let me not continue to be fearful of everyone and everything. Let me recognize my core beliefs so that the light can turn them away.

Whatever my core beliefs are, and here we go again, unworthiness, abandonment, separation and isolation from God, guilt and punishment, are not radiantly shining Love with worthiness, connectedness, oneness, innocence and salvation. A much better choice indeed!

Prayer of the Heart for 11/27/15


May I remember that anything in this world will not bring me the peace and happiness I desire. It is only with You. The world’s trappings are fleeting, yet my union with You is everlasting. May I demonstrate Your Love through interactions of compassion, kindness, serenity, and oneness with those I meet today and everyday. Thank You for Your gifts to me.

 


Each day for our Healing Circle, we offer up Prayers of the Heart. You can share your prayers with us on our email group.

Join us for our Healing Circle as we open to living in Prayer, Forgiveness and Healing – http://groups.google.com/d/forum/miraclesone-healingcircle 

More information on the Healing Circle, https://miraclesone.org/2013/07/healing-circle-of-light/

Our Healing Circle meditation each month is for just this. Our meditation recordings are listed here: https://miraclesone.org/2015/07/healing-circle-meditations/

Back to School ACIM Checklist

It’s that time a year again! Whether you are getting you’re your child or children ready to go back to the classroom, you are preparing to return to your university, or you are an ACIM student and view the world as your classroom. I just read an Excellent article by Dr. Seema Khaneja, MD. I found this SO helpful; I thought I would share this from her website www.drseemakhaneja.com

So, I hope as we began to prepare classes in whatever form, this article will be as helpful to you as it was to me.

“Recently, my son’s fifth-grade teacher provided the students with their own Back-to-School Survival Kit. I was surprised to see that instead of pencils, multiplication flash cards and spelling guides, the kit contained some unusual items:

 A rubber band to be reminded of the value of flexibility to meet the surprises of life

 An eraser because making mistakes is okay and a part of the learning process

 A tissue to help dry a classmate’s tears and a Band-Aid to heal hurt feelings

 A toothpick to “pick out” the good in himself and each other

 A Star sticker to allow his talents shine and to remember that the class sticks together and helps each other

 A Chocolate kiss to be reminded that we all need treats occasionally

 A life saver- to remind him to think of his teacher as his lifesaver, ready to support and guide him whenever he needed her help.

I found myself reflecting how many of the contents seemed to embody the principles of A Course in Miracles.

The eraser is especially meaningful since often I am aware of self-limiting beliefs in my mind of unworthiness, or guilt or inadequacy and fear. As I study the Course, I know that I can just bring these to my Inner Guide for correction and healing, for actual erasing, without judgment, without hesitation. My Inner Guide is my Life Saver- one who is always there to help, to listen, to guide and comfort with all the tissues and Band-Aids I could ever need! And the rubber band is a great reminder to remain open and flexible so I can listen to this guidance and not let my egoic mind get in the way.

The Course is a path of forgiveness- allowing my perceptions to be healed so I can “pick out” the innocence within myself and each other. As I allow forgiveness to heal my mind, I allow my inner light to shine through me and shine into the minds of others and heal them as well. As my false perception of separation falls away, the Truth of my underlying oneness with all human beings become not just a lofty ideal but a real experience. We truly are meant to “stick” together so we can grow and heal in oneness!

Finally, the chocolate kiss is the sweetness of an ancient melody whose words I once knew but somehow forgot. The Course helps me to learn this song again, and slowly begin to experience a peace and comfort that transcends all human understanding and worldly logic”.

Namaste, 

Ryan Westbrook-Vigue, Ministerial Student

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