What Do I Have To Be Joyful About?

When you saw the theme for our retreat at the end of this month, March, entitled “Awakening to Joy” you probably thought everyone would be walking around the entire weekend in a blissful state with no cares or worries.

Maybe you said to yourself, “What do I have to be joyful about?”

Well, that’s not quite the intention for the weekend.

You may have a physical condition, a recent bad breakup in a relationship, or dealing with anxiety or sadness, money issues, or any other situation that you feel would block your happiness and put a damper on the weekend for you.

What if you didn’t have to be different from how you are at this moment? Can you let yourself be open to the possibility of finding joy in your life? Can you be willing to be willing and allow that little bit of willingness to lead the way?

Listen to what James Baraz says in his book Awakening Joy, one of the foundations of our retreat.

“Your life circumstances do not have to change a lot before you can find happiness in the midst of them. While it’s true that our well-being is affected by how we live, we also know that even in the best of circumstances we can be unhappy.  And sometimes in very challenging situations, we can feel surprisingly at ease. While this book will encourage you to bring experiences and circumstances into your life that contribute to your well-being, the key factor is deciding to change your mind. As my colleague Sylvia Boorstein puts it, “Happiness is an inside job.” When we consciously intend to be happy, actually saying that intention aloud or to ourselves, we set in motion a radical transformation. Profound changes begin to take place inside us, in our body and our mind. The momentum of positive change grows as we learn to choose actions and situations that align us with our intention.” 

You see at the retreat; we are gathered together to set the intention and allow the process to unfold over the course of the weekend. We can begin to change our mind, little by little.

We’ll be looking at these areas – Intention, Mindfulness, Gratefulness, Finding Joy in Difficult Times, Blamelessness, Letting Go, Loving Ourselves and Others, Compassion and Simply Being.

A lotus flower grows in the mud. You would not think that something so gorgeous could do so, but it does. It sprouts under water making its home in lakes and ponds where above the water is fairly still on the surface. Underneath it is surrounded by mud and muck, fish, insects and simply dirty, rough conditions.

As the lotus maintains its strength in these conditions and pushes aside the obstacles, you too can make your way to clearer areas in your life. You too can rise above adversity.

It truly is a gift you give yourself by attending. There is plenty of time built in to relax and reflect, to meditate, to be with like-minds, to enjoy time for you which probably has been needed in a long while if you are truly honest with yourself.

And if you choose to do so, in April there will be additional support with a 10-week class that will take you deeper into the process. You will have free access to this class as a retreat participant.

If you feel you have listened to that little willingness and now are ready to change your mind would like to join us, we do have a couple rooms left, and there also a commuter option and even hotels nearby if we do sell out.

Give the gift to yourself today. Go here to register.

Welcome to 40 Days of Light: From Lent to Easter 


Thank you for joining our 40 Days of Light series, whether you are joining MiraclesOne for the very first time or if you have been one of our members for some time, a donor or patron, or merely a friend. The 40 Days of Light messages is free to anyone. The premise for these messages is listed here.

We will journey together in these days before Easter as we remember that in A Course in Miracles, we are asked to think of sacrifice differently. As we know, sacrifice leads us away from God and into darkness. Let us together release the old beliefs of sacrifice in all its forms and look towards our own Resurrection.

These 40 Days of Light messages from Ash Wednesday until Easter will be short messages, an image, a few thoughts, maybe a meditation at some point, a short video or audio, or something else the Holy Spirit will lead me to do. I put Him in charge of these days and will share with you as it is shared with me. This process is really your own internal process with your Eternal Teacher. Trust Him as He is the one with Wisdom for you. I am a simple guide to the process.

I hope not only will you enjoy the daily messages but enjoy interacting with others on the Facebook group. Please know we offer many free ACIM Resources on our website: www.miraclesone.org

Our sole focus is on ACIM and its practice in our lives.

Let’s Embrace the Light together!

Rev. Deb

Blog Update

My friends, my guidance right now is to not write further on the Text readings or WB lessons for now. I have been checking in for days on it and twice today. I am feeling the call towards the Prayers of the Heart I have been writing off and on. Yes, our class that starts tonight is on just that. I am also being guided to share more on integrating the Course into our daily life, such as world events. Or, even simply sharing what is going on in my own process of mind-healing. I have heard from several people on the election, racial injustice and likewise and people would like to know how to approach these in-the-face situations. I may be addressing these in writings, in Sunday teachings, or in some other form. You still have all of our audios and videos available to you of which I will post. I’m sorry for any disappointment, but remember this is a personal relationship you have with the Holy Spirit and He will assist you in learning what you need to learn. I may come back to writing on the Lessons again (and I have before) as well as the Text. Just stayed tuned.

~ Peace, Rev. Deb

Thoughts on Lesson 247

Without forgiveness I will still be blind.

Judgment in my heart colors my vision, in fact as this lesson states it creates a blindness. In this rage of blindness, I can see only what I want to see: hurt, pain, and vengeance. What does this serve me? It doesn’t, as it only brings more anger, guilt and pain upon my heart.  Yet when I look on someone and offer them blessing, even if it is just words to help me get past my anger, it is the beginning of the shift of my perception of that someone. It is the little willingness that allows the light to start streaming in. It may take several of these “blessings” to begin to see the light reflecting upon them, but it is a process. One that we go through as we begin the healing of our own mind. Soon we will see the loveliness of our brother and ourselves.

Thoughts on Lesson 246

To love my Father is to love His Son.

Let me not think that I can find the way to God, if I have hatred in my heart. 

This sentence as we begin this lesson is truer than true. If I hold grievances or grudges against another, then I cannot love God or myself. Judgment is a double-edged sword as it hurts us both. This is why forgiveness is so key. And if I can’t seem to forgive, I can offer blessing to another instead of the cursing I am used to. Blessing begins the process of forgiveness as it helps me shift my mindset.

Thoughts on Week 28, Ch. 15, XI. Christmas as the End of Sacrifice

“This Christmas give the Holy Spirit everything that would hurt you. Let yourself be healed completely that you may join with Him in healing, and let us celebrate our release together by releasing everyone with us.”

This is the joy that unfurls as I direct all fear to the Holy Spirit. I desire not to leave one spot of pain behind. What does it serve? What can it bring me but sadness to ruminate over others’ grievances? If their grievance about me agitates me then who is doing the ruminating but me? I must own it first then I give that gift to the Holy Spirit so it may be erased from my holy mind.

I pray:

“I give you to the Holy Spirit as part of myself.

I know that you will be released, unless I want to use you to imprison myself.

In the name of freedom I choose your release, because I recognize that we will be released together.”

These are holy words, yet they activate the holiness when I use them accordingly as directed. These words mean more than what they stand for on the page in front of me. I sincerely take the action of releasing that grievance whether it is of myself or someone else and I actively choose freedom.

I appreciate this process. I choose to use it every Christmas for our Christmas service but it is beyond just a once a year use. It is to be used daily, nay, every minute, every time I choose imprisonment for us both.

I see this happen not only with myself but many a Course student. They hold the grudges and place the blame elsewhere thinking they are “practicing the Course.” Practicing the Course means just that. We examine every thought, every value, and every grievance and then give it away. In that, it is a most holy gift we give to the world.

Thoughts on Lessons 173, 174 & 175

(155) I will step back and let Him lead the way. 
(156) I walk with God in perfect holiness. 
(157) Into His Presence would I enter now. 
(158) Today I learn to give as I receive. 
(159) I give the miracles I have received. 
(160) I am at home. Fear is the stranger here. 

To miss writing about these does not mean I have not practice these review lessons. As I frequently say, it is in the practice where we will find the experience of God and the healing of our mind. Interestingly enough, I have had my own “lessons” with the above. I found after two weeks of feeling upbeat and physically better in my new routine of “being as healthy I can be” that I had a fibromyalgia flare-up yesterday that basically put me out of commission a good part of the day. I felt devastated and disappointed by this occurrence as I had been feeling as “right as rain.”

These lessons proved helpful as I remember to be present, to trust in the Holy Spirit, to step back and allow things to be as they are. In the class last evening that our student Lisa has been leading now for four weeks, we experienced a heartfelt meditation in offering love and blessings to each individual in the class. As we offer these sentiments silently in our mind, we are truly blessing and loving ourselves. We can do this anywhere we are, in fact you can do this now.

Take a deep breath and allow someone to come to mind, either a friend or foe, use that first name that comes to mind. Offer them the blessing of the Father. Acknowledge their attributes and then hold them in the sacred peace. Breathe and let yourself  feel this gift given and received.

It may seem silly to you or seems like a short process one can do, yet it is extremely powerful. Try it at home! Or try it right now wherever you are reading this! You can only receiving blessing in return.

Love and blessings to you!

Rev. Deb


Thoughts on Week 24, Chapter 14, II. The Happy Learner

Here comes me as the Happy Learner. Holy Spirit needs me to be happy in my learning process. No only happy but open and willing to learn. I need to take off my “I KNOW” hat because in “I DON’T KNOW!!!”

So to educate myself with Holy Spirit’s teaching I need to realize how miserable I am within. And I don’t realize it because it is covered up by the ego’s tricks. I think misery, as a result of being in this world is happiness. He wants to show me what would make me gloriously happy.

I relinquish my search for happiness so Holy Spirit can instruct me of where to find it. This body, this world and all I see will not bring me Heaven’s Happiness. Yet Holy Spirit knows where I am. He assists me by teaching me “truth is true.” Once I learn this, then I acknowledge true happiness abides in me.

I’ve deluded myself in my endless searching for happiness. He tells me…

The truth is true. Nothing else matters, nothing else is real, and everything beside it is not there. Let Me make the one distinction for you that you cannot make, but need to learn. Your faith in nothing is deceiving you. Offer your faith to Me, and I will place it gently in the holy place where it belongs. You will find no deception there, but only the simple truth. And you will love it because you will understand it.

To understand this I must share it with my brothers. It is true that I teach what I want to learn. I want to be a happy learner. I want to release the searching I did in previous relationships, experience and self-attack. I will be glad that it all has been undone for me.

I will only be content with God. It is a joyous lesson to accept, to learn and to experience. I will see my brothers in the light of Christ Vision so that we all may experience quiet serenity.


Thoughts on Lessons 121 & 122

Forgiveness is the key to happiness.
Forgiveness offers everything I want.

In a class on “Joy” yesterday (5/1/16), we spoke on the aspect of forgiveness. Forgiveness is overlooking what we see now. Forgiveness is the choice we make to listen to Jesus or the Holy Spirit as our Teacher. When we have either one consciously beside us, then happiness and joy is the gift we receive. It’s that simple.

I gave an example of a neighbor who is renting the house next door to us. The landlord is in the process of eviction. There have been issues since Day 1 last summer when he moved in. Noise, pitbulls, combative personality, loud music on a Sunday from 7:30 am – late in the day, and so forth. There are times I do not wish to see this neighbor as one with me. In fact many times! I shared this honestly with our workshop class yesterday. I even questioned my husband on saying “Good morning” to the guy as we were getting ready to head to the Center (for a class workshop on Joy!). Rev. Paul said, “He is my Savior.” I didn’t want to hear it at first as I counted up all this neighbor’s sins, and the others I heard from the landlord and other neighbors. But as I headed to our bedroom to change clothes for our Sunday Session, I stopped and asked for Jesus’ help in seeing him differently. I did.

I know that this will continue as I know my little mind argues with this every other day or so. But to share this with a class and with our blog (and social media), it provides me a chance to be accountable to my mind. I want to see him and everyone differently. It doesn’t mean I have to be a door mat to his shenanigans, but I can see him and his girlfriend in the Light of God just as in Lesson 121. In fact, using that meditative, imagery process in the lesson makes a huge difference.


Rev. Deb

I posted to social media yesterday, a talk I did in 2011 (hard to believe!) called “Forgive-about-it!) Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtmVKP5Afak

Here are some other items from our audio archives:

Forgiveness is the Key to Happiness – 5/7/13 – Tuesday Online Radio Show
Author: MiraclesOne Center
Posted: May 8, 2013, 2:26 pm
Rev. Deb shares “What is Forgiveness?” and other sections from A Course in Miracles and a meditation using Workbook for Students Lesson 121 – Forgiveness is the key to happiness.
Author: MiraclesOne Center
Posted: May 12, 2011, 12:04 am
Transition between May’s Theme: Still Waters Run Deep and June’s Theme: Turn the Key of Forgiveness This week’s reading is from the Workbook for Students, Lesson 122 – Forgiveness offers everything I want. Sharing this episode is from our weekly Sunday Service. Thomas Dunn’s Course Chant is available on Amazon.com
Author: MiraclesOne Center
Posted: June 2, 2010, 2:06 am
See our website for our video and audio archives under our “Resources/Services” link on the menu.

Thoughts on Week 14, Chapter 8, VI . The Treasure of God

Chapter 8  VI . The Treasure of God 

“There is no questions but one you should ever ask of yourself – ‘Do I want to know my Father’s Will for me?'”

“The journey to God is merely the reawakening of the knowledge of where you are always, and what you are forever.”

Awaken to Who You really are My child. You are but asleep and need to be awakened. Be still for the awakening process is very gentle. It is a soft awakening. I will not frighten you out of your dreams. You will know soon enough that just dreams, little illusions is what they are. You are dreaming of pain when in reality you are in joy. You have been here always. Your dreams will not change the eternity of what you are.

In this dreaming process at times you experience lucid dreams. These are the times when you have knowledge of truly wanting to know your Father’s Will for you.

Ask and you shall know.


Thoughts on Week 10 – Text – Chapter 6, III. The Relinquishment of Attack

Chapter 6, III. The Relinquishment of Attack
ACIMTxtThis reading today gives me pause to pay attention to every thought, word and action as to what is it that I am teaching myself, even if it is in a few words out loud to a friend. Any which way, I am reinforcing my core beliefs. Mindfulness around this will assist me to teach and learn from the Holy Spirit’s curriculum.
It can occur so subtly in a conversation by using “I can’t” or other self-depreciating comments. I now need to really pay attention to everything is the message for me from this passage. Practice supporting others in this process and I will be supporting myself in the process as well.
I am only Love. I am only Peace. I teach only Love. I teach only Peace. This is the blessing for myself and my brothers.

Thoughts on Week 8 – Text – Chapter 5, V. The Ego’s Use of Guilt

Chapter 5,  V. The Ego’s Use of Guilt

ACIMTxt“The ego quite literally is a fearful thought.”

“Whatever you accept into your mind has reality for you. It is your acceptance that makes it real.”

“What you made can always be changed, because, when you do not think like God, you are not really thinking at all.”

Thank You Holy Spirit for this journaling process, it benefits me so as each forgotten thought of guilt has been lifted to be eradicated from my mind.

This section stirred in me the idea of abandonment and betrayal and loyalty. If someone does not agree with me, speaks against me, seemingly sides with another, fear sets in disguised as anger and hurt. At the core is the sense of abandonment that is felt.

And here I feel that since I made a decision against God by the tiny mad idea of separation that God has thumbed his nose at me and placed all dedication in others.

That is completely ridiculous!

I cannot be betrayed or abandoned in any way!

The kids on the schoolyard not picking me for their team or the friend who does not seem to be a friend, all of this has made me feel that I am alone. The friend who speak not about another who has seemingly portrayed me in a “bad light” does not mean that they have switched loyalties.

Such insane ideas the ego thinks up to perpetuate the separation of the Sonship. I can change my mind to think with God because otherwise insane thoughts are not real thoughts at all. And I do desire the Thoughts of God to illuminate my Mind, lighting the way to His Heaven and Peace.

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