40 Days of Light: 1st Sunday

The Holy Spirit never asks for sacrifice.

Today is the 1st Sunday in this “Lent” time before Easter. (In 2017 when we first offered the 40 Days of Light, the following is from 2017’s first Sunday of Lent.)

In this session, we teach from the section in the Text, Ch. 7, X. The Confusion of Pain and Joy. Can we learn that the what the Holy Spirit says is true? Can we listen to what He says? Finally, we will realize that the Holy Spirit does not ask for sacrifice, but the ego does. Together let us start the approach to the Light of Easter.  You do not have to live and learn from pain, for joy is yours. Included is a short meditation. 

Reference: Text, Ch. 7, X. The Confusion of Pain and Joy and Lesson 190 – I choose the joy of God instead of pain.

Namaste,
Rev. Deb

P.S. You can see previous days by going to www.40daysoflight.org. You can use our Practical Application Facebook Group. to share your thoughts, musings, miracles, fears, loves or whatever comes to mind during the series. We are all equal and we are all here to share with one another..

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40 Days of Light: ACIM From Lent to Easter Messages


This 40 Days of Light originally occurred in 2017, we will not be sending the messages out daily again, however, you can access the full archive here.

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From 2017—

Friends,

I love to learn. In fact, I am always looking for opportunities to learn something new. I suppose that’s why A Course in Miracles attracted me a couple of decades ago for this very reason. It gave me a chance to learn about myself continually.

If you grew up as I did in the Catholic Church or another Christian church then Lent had many connotations, mostly “sacrifice,” “crucifixion,” and “death.” Lent, if we recall, is the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Did you know Sundays are not considered part of the Lenten fast? And even more complicated is that the “40 days of Fasting” before Easter is not even 40 days. Sigh. Confusing, right? Continue reading “40 Days of Light: ACIM From Lent to Easter Messages”

40 Days of Light: The Premise

~ From MiraclesOne Center for ACIM

Friends,

I love to learn. In fact, I am always looking for opportunities to learn something new. I suppose that’s why A Course in Miracles attracted me a couple of decades ago for this very reason. It gave me a chance to learn about myself continually.

If you grew up as I did in the Catholic Church or another Christian church then Lent had many connotations, mostly “sacrifice,” “crucifixion,” and “death.” Lent, if we recall, is the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Did you know Sundays are not considered part of the Lenten fast? And even more complicated is that the “40 days of Fasting” before Easter is not even 40 days. Sigh. Confusing, right?

Recently I came across information about “Lent” that I did not know. What I found was the origin of the word. “Lent” is short for “Lenten” which is “the forty days of fasting before Easter” in the Christian calendar. It also comes from Old English “lencten” which means “springtime, spring.” Then we have from West Germanic “langitinaz” or “long-days” or “lengthening of the day.” Also from Old Saxon, Old High German, Middle Dutch, Gothic and Old Church Slavonic, Lithuanian and Latin. Whew, I’ll spare you the details on those. This all leads us to a simple meaning: increasing daylight in spring.

“Increasing daylight in spring” I was mesmerized by those words in thinking about Lent and Easter and meditated on my meditation cushion and candlelight for some time. In my meditative experience, it was certainly the approach of light. Not light as we know it in the world, but the Light of God. The Light of our Divine Nature and Oneness.And, so much more than I cannot even begin to describe what I experienced! Hence, I decided to call this series “40 Days of Light.”

In A Course in Miracles, we are asked to think of sacrifice differently as is demonstrated in this quote: Kneel not before the altars to sacrifice, and seek not what you will surely lose. and Suffering and sacrifice are the gifts with which the ego would “bless” all unions.  and again, Your confusion of sacrifice and love is so profound that you cannot conceive of love without sacrifice.  And it is this that you must look upon; sacrifice is attack, not love.

The ego tells us its plan is through sacrifice. Sacrifice leads us away from God and into the darkness. Quite the difference than what we learned in our religion of origin where we were told the value of sacrifice so we can appease God. God loves us unconditionally, and there is no need for sacrifice to Him. I know many people, especially newer ACIM students feel confused at this time of year just before Easter with the old beliefs in Lent and the crucifixion rising to the surface of the mind. Those ask “What does ACIM speak of about Lent and Easter?”

And so I was guided by Spirit to welcome the reminder of the Light we are in these days of Lent or shall I say, these days of approaching Light, by creating this series starting on March 1st (Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent). These messages will be short daily reminders on the Light. On Lenten Sundays during our livestreaming session (and 2nd Sunday in-person session in Madison, Wisconsin) we will focus on releasing the idea of sacrifice and embracing the Light we are and as we near Easter, the readings from ACIM highlighting Holy Week and Easter. I will also be sharing similarly in the podcasts. The daily messages will be very short, an image with a reminder on it, repeated in text with a few sentences underneath. It shall be a natural touchstone for you to use throughout the day. If you go to your calendar and count more than 40 days, remember that with Lent, the Sundays are not counted. It’s 40 days plus a handful of Sundays.

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Let’s Embrace the Light together!

Namaste,
Rev. Deb

– From 2017

Remain Focused on Perfect Happiness


Remain focused on perfect happiness. If you remain focused on perfect happiness, everything that is not perfect happiness will be gently laid aside. That is what the tool of forgiveness is for, to assist you in sharing God’s Will. This is what you truly want. You want happiness. You know that happiness cannot be found in the world. You have tried over and over to make it work. And you have seen over and over that it does not. Following the Holy Spirit’s lead is the only way to live your life. I have told you this many times as your dear brother. You do not need to sacrifice or crucify yourself in large or small ways. I taught you that the purpose of all was to “Teach only love for that is what you are.” Remember this, and you will indeed be happy.

What our Father has created cannot be undone. You can cover it with the veil of darkness, of illusions, of misperceptions but the Light of His Love however, is always there. It cannot be dimmed or blown out. It is the eternal flame of forgiveness. Your Father’s Love shows you Who you really are. This is why you can indeed share in His happiness for you. This is why you can indeed walk the world in peace. Make the decision today and in every moment that you will follow His gentle lead. You do not have to be caught up in the web of raucous thoughts that pervade your mind. Let each one go and give them to the One Who knows and understands. He will purify each thought and a sparkling miracle will be received instead. You already know Love, for it is within you. Remove the barriers to Love and be free today.

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Thoughts on Lessons 208-209


I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.
The peace of God is shining in me now.
I feel the Love of God within me now.

Both of these lessons direct our attention within to the Divine Core. That is where God is found. And, that is where His Peace and His Love resides. We, and I too, can still believe if everything in our lives were rearranged (deck chairs on the Titanic) then all will be peaceful and I would have all the love in the world. Sometimes we have to make difficult choices in our lives to bring about the love and peace for ourselves.

Yesterday I met with a student and we shared on ways we could do as such. I know for me and this student, setting boundaries were of major importance. Jesus does not call us to suffer, or to be walked on like a doormat. He calls us to end the sacrifice of self and to have full appreciation for who we are, and of course our companions in the world. How can I do this for others if I am not doing it for myself?

That’s the big question, isn’t it? Can we show the love to ourselves that we wish others would show to us? Others may not change and most likely won’t, but we can change our minds about ourselves. We can feel the Love of God within us and let lead the way. We can feel the Peace of God within us and let it light our path.

Are you ready to do the work now?

 

Thoughts on Week 28, Ch. 15. X. The Time of Rebirth


In this section it is on the brink of Christmastime. It speaks of birth, but not Jesus’ birth into the world as the world celebrates it. It is granting the Holy Spirit that sacred space within to birth myself in freedom. I also release Jesus from the guilt I tightly held from my religious upbringing. He is not special. He is not superior. He is m elder brother showing me the way home.

I make this day and all days holy by not pursuing the shabby gift of fear. Instead I offer only the gift of love to that which is within me. I welcome my true nature as I prepare myself to host God and not the ego.

This is not sacrifice. It is a womb to prepare and nurture myself. I am praiseworthy of the creation that I am and that God extended. I am love simply and easily. I am here to amplify love and sing its praises from all the ends of the earth until it is no more. There is only love.

Thoughts on Lesson 187


I bless the world because I bless myself.

This lesson is related to the previous lesson. We realize here we only give what we possess within. We may not understand how this works, but it is the outcome.  Ideas live in our mind first, so we have to be sure what ideas we hold in our minds are worthy of us as the Son of God. I accept salvation. I accept my role in what I am here to accomplish. When we do this together, it grows exponentially.

What is valuable is the blessing we are. Think about that for moment. You are blessed by God. I am blessed by God. Could anything else be more perfect?

I have no need to sacrifice who I am or play small or disappear into myself. I am proud to say, “I am God’s Son and I am blessed.” It is the wealth and treasure of our spirit. In this, we give away. We will never receive unless we offer it to others, both on the spiritual level and the physical level. If I hold back in any area of my life, I will not receive the rich blessings from giving.

Freedom lies in giving the blessings away as we trust we are carried by God.

Prayer of the Heart for 3/9/16


PrayersHeartSqI am willing to do what I need to bring about peace and comfort within my own being. I don’t have to sacrifice myself in an attempt to perform or to prove anything to anyone. I can be as God created me and I am thankful for Him.

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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/

 

For all of the Prayers of the Heart: https://miraclesone.org/category/prayers-of-the-heart/

Thoughts on Week 9 – Text – Chapter 6, I. The Message of the Crucifixion


Chapter 6, I. The Message of the Crucifixion

Come down from the cross. You needn’t place yourself where you do not belong. There is no need for blood and sacrifice. You who are God’s Son shall only know your glory. You have placed the nails in your hands many times as you allowed the fear and hatred to whip you in pain and drive you away from your Divine splendor. You are Love and that therefore, is what you are here to teach. As you teach it, you will remember it. The rest are just useless playthings. Put away the toys of fear and sit upon your rightful throne in the Kingdom of God.

Thoughts on Week 9 – Text – Chapter 5, VII. The Decision for God

Chapter 5, VII. The Decision for God

ACIMTxt“But the time is now.”

It was time to unchain the idea of sacrifice even more from my mind. Wholly joyous is my natural state. If I tune into myself I can sense when I have decided wrongly. But the good news is that I can change my mind. I can recognize that I was trying to speak or act or think by myself. I know if I do than I am always wrong and always out of peace. In this awareness I can resort to the only Decision-Maker for me, the Holy Spirit. He will decide for me and all consequences and guilt of my decision is lifted.

This silly decision that I have been holding onto, I give it to You Holy Spirit. I do not have to do this by myself or try to figure out the outcome. You know what works for all involved. Thank You for Your Wisdom and Light.

Thoughts on Week 3 – Text – Chapter 2, Section I. The Origins of Separation


CHAPTER 2

Text – Chapter 2, Section I. The Origins of Separation

The inappropriate use of extension, or projection, occurs when you believe that some emptiness or lack exists in you, and that you can fill it with your own ideas instead of truth.

Because of the detour into fear, I had to cover up and fill up the empty space that I felt within me. I used the things and ideas of this “unreal” world. I made and “perfected” this space when I left God. Then, I project all of my guilt on to this world. Why do I feel guilty? I feel guilty because I believe I left Father and left my Home, never to return. Because of this, under the hood, I expect a horrendous punishment from God.

Yet as simply as this started is as simply as I can let it go.

I cannot change what God created, that is, I cannot change my Wholeness. I have free will to either remember or to forget. I have forgotten much of my life with Him.

In the awakening process, the Holy Spirit has worked with me very softly, gently rousing me from my sleep. The light is seen and sanity and the real world starts to come into focus as my eyes flutter open. The images of the dream that I had now begins to vanish.

As I continue awakening then, I will only know the real world and I would gladly forget the nightmare that I had made.

This is like any sleeping dream I have had during my life. And when I have dreamt that I was separate, alone and guilt-ridden deserving severe punishment, I make images of abuse and violence in my life. I dreamt that I was abandoned so I projected relationships where only coldness and isolation was felt. I dreamt of sacrifice and myself as a scapegoat so I made situations that stripped away at my dignity and worthiness leaving anger and resentment in the wake.

But now I dream of forgiveness, extending it to myself and others, undoing the errors of thinking that I have made. No more searching outside of me. The key to peace lies within. Let go of externals, for they will never fill the imaginary hole. There is no lack, there is only love. Shift my mind and the whole world changes.

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