The Totality of the Kingdom | Insights on A Course in Miracles

Hello Everyone,

As many of you are aware, I felt guided to bring the Miracle Flights series to a close and to transition into sharing insights about A Course in Miracles through these video recordings. They will be titled, Insights on A Course in Miracles.

In this video I share different perspectives and insights I received from Jesus during a channeling regarding the Text reading, The Totality of the Kingdom (T-7.VII). Jesus explained that we as the One Sonship used the power of the Mind of God to imagine different dimensions and that they were all nothing more than a dream that would one day vanish into the nothingness from which they came.

Additionally, the reading gives us several reminders to not believe what we see others doing in the world because it only reinforces our belief in the experience of separation from God and each other as well.

At the end of my dialogue with Jesus, he recommended we review and practice Lesson 95: I am one Self, united with my Creator this week to help us to have a personal experience of our oneness with God and each other.

To learn more about what Jesus had to say about today’s reading, please check out the video.

Love,

Rev. Paul

The light in one awakens it in all. (T-21.I.10)

Learning About the Ego

Hi Everyone,

Last night we started our new class on What is the Ego, the Body & the World? And, it is not what you think! It is not a beginner class although it can be. We are getting down to basics and even if you have been studying for some as some of our students have, you will find the sharing deep and rich.

We started off the class with a meditation to bring us into the present moment. We then shared our intentions and what we hope to gain after our six weeks together. It is important to put forth before us the goal as Jesus speaks of in the section “Setting the Goal.” Having done so the class was ready to attend to our first reading from the Workbook for Students, “What is the Ego?”

By beginning with the ego, we can see that the ego is quite literally a fearful thought. As some students shared throughout the evening, it is a thought system of specialness. Some expressed their attachments in various forms, be it attachment to identity, achievement, addictions, etc.

We have to ask ourselves “How does that work for me?”

The ego’s voice is there telling me to be on high alert. If one is anxious it is because we are being vigilant for the ego and not the Kingdom of God.

Others expressed specialness in the form of “I am special because of my profession. I have to prove that I am better.” This only brought pain. Once realized, we can be relieved of our the burden and the pain.

Here in our study the word “ego” is different than the psychological term for the “ego.” We go back to the Course definition of it is a fearful thought, a false self made as a substitute for the Self that God created. Simply, it is an illusion.

In our second reading of the night, we turned to the Clarification of Terms, The Ego-The Miracle. One of the sentences stood out to the group being “Are you ready to help me save the world?” Are we? If we are, then we practice our daily lessons, we forgive, we bring peace to our mind and we remain present in the now moment.

It is easy to become distracted as we practice. There is the fear of missing out. In this day of technology, sometimes it seems we have a smartphone permanently glued to our hand always waiting to see who will message us, or what’s happening on Facebook, or on CNN.

When do we stop the ego’s rush of bombardment of information so that our minds can come in the quiet and calm of God. We have to make the steps and the daily Lessons help us to do that. Our thoughts are meaningless and this world is meaningless as we are learning of late.

We don’t have to follow the ego blindly at all and mock God by asking Him to prove that He is right. We can accept it.

We don’t have to like the ideas or understand them but simply practice them. By our practice we will know the truth.

I am still accepting students in the class up until next Thursday. January 17th and you can watch our class video to get caught up before then. If you cannot make Thursday nights, there is a self-study option that will allow you access to all the class videos and our email forum for discussion.

More information can be found at the link below. I hope you will choose to join us on this journey. We gain so much when we enter into communion with one another.

Peace,
Rev. Deb

https://miraclesone.org/class/what-is-the-ego-the-world-the-body/

40 Days of Light – Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday: The Peace of Easter

Happy Easter My Friends!

As you arise Easter morning, take time in meditation to celebrate your renewal. You may wish to wake up just before sunrise and allow the dawn to symbolize the light eradicating the darkness in your mind. I know I will be doing so. Set your alarm if you must. You desired peace, you wanted salvation, you practiced forgiveness and now accept Who you are.

Let me remember I am one with God, at one with all my brothers and my Self, in everlasting holiness and peace.

Today is our last Sunday in this “Lent” series.

Reference: Text, Ch. 20, II. The Gift of Lilies and Workbook Lesson 124 – Let me remember I am one with God.

If you have been spiritually fed by this series, donate today to keep these resources freely available for every ACIM student. Thank you for your support!


Namaste,
Rev. Deb

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.


OUR EASTER MESSAGE

The Peace of Easter – 4/16/17

with Revs. Deb and Paul Phelps

Look on him with the new vision that looks upon the lilies and brings you joy. T-20.II.9:3

In this session, Revs. Deb and Paul Phelps share their Easter Message

Short Meditation follows.

References:
Text, Ch. 20, II. The Gift of Lilies and Lesson 124 – Let me remember I am one with God.

Recorded April 16th, 2017

Thoughts on Lesson 251


I am in need of nothing but the truth.

Within us the flame of truth burns. We may not experience it or recognize it but it is there. Some of us have glimpses of this flame and others not at all. When we have 1, 2, or 3 glimpses, we crave more. I know my life was as such when I was in high school and then years after until the Course fell into my lap in the early 90s. When I opened its pages, I knew this was exactly what was burning within my soul. I knew this is the truth speaking to me. I didn’t always listen to the truth, but I recognized it when it was shown to me. Now that is all I want. It is everything I want and everything I need. And yes, I am at peace now more than ever before.

What is Sin?

In traditional religion, the idea of “sin” is a “punishable by hell” offense. This is where my first glimpse of truth came in high school. How could I place the inconsistencies of my religious training, Catholicism, into something understandable? I could not. God loves me, but will damn me to hell. This does not compute in my brain at all, never did and never will.

The Course came along and changed all that. Now the idea “God is Love” actually carried its weight. Yes, here in the world we experience every day, crimes occur, people are hurt, the damage is done. And yes, punishment is needed. That is the everyday world we live in. What we learn in ACIM, is that is not our true Home or the true world we actually live in. In truth, we cannot be harmed, no damage is done to our eternal Self.

“Sin” in archery is a “missed mark.” Here, we miss the mark, we’ve made an error in our mind. That’s the difference. The Course speaks of the mind and not what we do in the body. That is why there is no sin. Our minds are still holy and One with God.

 

Thoughts on Lesson 157


Into His Presence would I enter now.

I spend the day in silence so I may commune with Him. This is where I find my Self and this is where my joy is increased. In the arc of the golden Light, I accept and I receive. I am humbled, yet I am strong. To experience this lesson, you must experience this lesson. There are no words that could bring the intimacy with Him. It is in our application of this idea that does so.

Thoughts on Lessons 113 & 114


Lesson 113

Review of Lesson 95 – I am one Self, united with my Creator.
Lesson 96 – Salvation comes from my one Self.

Lesson 114

Review of Lesson 97 – I am spirit.
Lesson 98 – I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.

In these Review Lessons for me, I am being with the thoughts, embracing the thoughts, sitting with the thoughts, and to that end I will experience the thoughts in these lessons. Whether it be the feeling that “serenity and peace are mine” or “at one with God” or “knowledge still remains in my mind” or “I am the Son of God, no body can contain me” or “accepting the Word of God”, all are to be experienced. Sometimes it is tempting to skip these Review Lessons to get to the “meaty” ones. Yet, these are quite powerful if you allow them to be as they are. The ego wants to skip steps and it will keep you skipping steps in the guise it is driving you forward when in fact you are running in place. Breathe, and be where you are right here, right now. Be in the present and the miracle will touch you like never before.

Peace,
Rev. Deb

 

Prayer of the Heart for 12/23/15


Today I prepare my mind for God’s Holy Thoughts, the angels of His Love to enter within. I become still and listen so I may learn. I welcome the Christ with open embrace for He is born within. Thank You Father, for the Self you have given me.

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Each day for our Healing Circle, we offer up Prayers of the Heart. You can share your prayers with us on our email group. We take your prayer dedications and will incorporate into one of our daily prayers!

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/

Mindful Miracles Spiritual Life Coaching


Mindful Miracles Spiritual Life Coaching

Are you needing a sense of direction in your life?
Do you want to deepen your spiritual practice so you walk the world more peacefully?
Have you wanted to incorporate meditation into your life but just don’t know how?
Are you open to what it takes to transform into your radiant Self?.

 

As your Spiritual Life Coach, I am here to be “truly helpful” by allowing you the freedom to explore and share what is on your heart and mind, all the while holding for you a sacred space of non-judgment and unconditional love. I am not here to judge, analyze or give you specific advice, but I will be honest with you as we strengthen your connection to your Divine Source. Together we will bring the Light of Awareness to specific areas in your life and build a structured plan for you to follow.

You will experience a miraculous perspective on everyday situations in your life. With this, you will find a new sense of purpose and inner peace in various areas: personal relationships,  work, finances, and health.

What You Will Receive in Working With Me:

  • Safe, Confidential Atmosphere
  • Compassionate Listening
  • Acceptance 
  • Honest and Authentic Sharing
  • Gentle Guidance and Support in Developing Your Own Plan of Healing with Holy Spirit Accomplished At Your Own Pace
  • Encouragement in Strengthening Your Confidence in Your Connection with Your True Self
  • Practical Application of Spiritual Principles like Forgiveness
  • Exercises, Processes or Meditations to Help You Move Beyond the Blocks
  • A Course in Miracles Support At Your Request

Available either by phone, video conference or in person.

Whatever your need, I am here to assist you.

  • Do you need someone to join with you in Truth for a Healing? Let me be your personal Healing Circle Facilitator and hold the Light and Love of God with you in prayer.
  • Do you need some direction in your walk with the Holy Spirit? I can be your personal Spiritual Director and design a personal program of study with you.
  • I am here to assist to meet with you for an individual session or multiple sessions.

“This is the day when vain imaginings part like a curtain, to reveal what lies beyond them. Now is what is really there made visible, while all the shadows which appeared to hide it merely sink away. Now is the balance righted, and the scale of judgment left to Him Who judges true. And in His judgment will a world unfold in perfect innocence before your eyes. Now will you see it with the eyes of Christ. Now is its transformation clear to you.  ~ A Course in Miracles W-164

The number of sessions is up to you and Holy Spirit. Some individuals need only one session to get back on track where others may find a few sessions help greatly. I leave that decision to you and your Guidance.

Before your session, take about 10 minutes beforehand to set up space where you will be comfortable and able to share freely and openly. Also, use this time to connect with the Divine and set your intention for your session.

Meet with Rev. Deb Phelps

60 minute – Spiritual Life Coaching – $80 per session, or $275 for 4 session package with Rev. Deb

Set up your first session today!



Some comments from those who have worked with Rev. Deb:

“I love the way you approach helping people heal – it is very joining and affirming.”

“You really helped me see where I need to go — in my thoughts, in the relationship, with my Self, and with the Holy Spirit.  I got so much out of our time together.”

“…it has been REALLY nice for me to talk to someone and I appreciate your authenticity and your caring. You are very understanding and kind, and I find easy to talk to.”

“By sharing your own life experiences, I felt at ease. Thus giving me a new and better perspective on how I look at my life. Your suggestions about journaling and communication with my spouse are well received.”

“I can’t even begin to tell you what it means to me to have someone to jjust listen to me without trying to fix me. I know I can move through the process if just given the space to do so. Thank you for holding that space.”

“Even though I have been studying Miracles for years, my recent situation left me feeling alone and afraid. I needed to explore and share my feelings without being told to just ‘go to the light’. I know that I needed to release these feelings to the Holy Spirit but I didn’t need pushed into doing so. Thank you for your patience.”

 

The Message of the Holy Relationship

The Message of the Holy Relationship
Reading for Week 2

Text, Chapter 22, Section I. (Audio Version Below)

It is as though you wandered in without a plan of any kind except to wander off, for only that seems certain.

This line tells all in this week’s section on our theme, “Holy Relationship”. We thought we had a plan, but that plan was to “Get lost!”.  We do not want to agree with God with what His Will is and that we are in alignment with it. Instead we decided we wanted something else than what we had. We settled for less. How absurd! We had it all and yet we wanted something that is nothing.

Here I am, I think that this body is me. I think that my personality, my likes and dislikes are me and then I find out here in this section that I was wrong. I listened to what the ego dictated to me. Listened to its lies and promises and every time I came up miserable and unhappy. Why keep being unhappy?

Jesus says here that I am listening to something that will never communicate to me. I think that the ego is communicating, but it is not. It only denies who I am and creates evidence for exactly that. Everything BUT the truth. It explains through the body’s eyes that this is what life is like, here and now. How could my eyes deceive me?

But God has no secrets. As said here, God does not take me on a journey of misery and then makes the surprise ending occur by telling me why He was so sadistic to me. This is no “50 Shades of Grey” here. That is not God’s Will. Pain and abuse is not God’s Love.

We keep secrets, or think we do. Our secret is that we think we have another will. It is only a mistake though. We needed to hide from God, so we made the fear, the sin, the private thoughts, and the body to keep God as far away as possible. This fear does nothing but blinds me to the truth of God.

Yet I have perfect “sight”. I can know the truth. It just takes a little time to work through it and to understand it.

As Jesus says in paragraph 6, our communication is like a baby’s. We hear the sounds and try to speak the language but we don’t quite have it yet. I watch my grandson in this. He is only a couple of months old and one of my daughter’s videos has him mouthing the sounds that he is hearing. He doesn’t understand exactly what they are saying to him, but yet he tries. He makes the sounds and tries to communicate. He knows that there is a connection there, that he is taken care of and loved. But he doesn’t know why or how.

That is us. We are learning the language of what Jesus has set forth in this Course. It takes time to understand the language and it takes time to understand the concepts. Little by little, each day we tune into the sounds and something clicks within us and a word gets through, just like a baby. One day we do hear “Father”, we repeat it and we have such joy in our heart.

In the holy relationship we are learning to communicate differently. We do not have all the answers yet of how this sort of relationship works, but we can offer our willingness. The Answer is within us and we can let it come forth. We do this with our joining with another. Not through bodies, but through our minds.

In an instant, I can know my Self and I can know your Self. This is what I cherish. Christ is there, He come to us. What draws you and I together in the holy relationship draws Christ as well. Christ dwells in this holiness for you and I are seeing only what is One. I do not see your differences and your failings, nor do you see mine. I see the sweetness and innocence of us both.

In the holy relationship is hope for Home. Once I can join with you, then I can know that I am already joined with everyone.

 

Namaste,

Rev. Deb Phelps, Senior Minister

 

Don’t take my word on it!

Join us on our Online Forum to discuss what your own insights and experiences are of this month’s theme.

 

Insights on This Week’s Reading
October 2012 – Week 2

October’s Theme: Holy Relationship

This month’s readings are located at this link.

Audio Version with Rev. Deb (entire reading is read).  

The Message of the Holy Relationship

The Message of the Holy Relationship
Reading for Week 2

Text, Chapter 22, Section I. (Audio Version Below)

It is as though you wandered in without a plan of any kind except to wander off, for only that seems certain.

This line tells all in this week’s section on our theme, “Holy Relationship”. We thought we had a plan, but that plan was to “Get lost!”.  We do not want to agree with God with what His Will is and that we are in alignment with it. Instead we decided we wanted something else than what we had. We settled for less. How absurd! We had it all and yet we wanted something that is nothing.

Here I am, I think that this body is me. I think that my personality, my likes and dislikes are me and then I find out here in this section that I was wrong. I listened to what the ego dictated to me. Listened to its lies and promises and every time I came up miserable and unhappy. Why keep being unhappy?

Jesus says here that I am listening to something that will never communicate to me. I think that the ego is communicating, but it is not. It only denies who I am and creates evidence for exactly that. Everything BUT the truth. It explains through the body’s eyes that this is what life is like, here and now. How could my eyes deceive me?

But God has no secrets. As said here, God does not take me on a journey of misery and then makes the surprise ending occur by telling me why He was so sadistic to me. This is no “50 Shades of Grey” here. That is not God’s Will. Pain and abuse is not God’s Love.

We keep secrets, or think we do. Our secret is that we think we have another will. It is only a mistake though. We needed to hide from God, so we made the fear, the sin, the private thoughts, and the body to keep God as far away as possible. This fear does nothing but blinds me to the truth of God.

Yet I have perfect “sight”. I can know the truth. It just takes a little time to work through it and to understand it.

As Jesus says in paragraph 6, our communication is like a baby’s. We hear the sounds and try to speak the language but we don’t quite have it yet. I watch my grandson in this. He is only a couple of months old and one of my daughter’s videos has him mouthing the sounds that he is hearing. He doesn’t understand exactly what they are saying to him, but yet he tries. He makes the sounds and tries to communicate. He knows that there is a connection there, that he is taken care of and loved. But he doesn’t know why or how.

That is us. We are learning the language of what Jesus has set forth in this Course. It takes time to understand the language and it takes time to understand the concepts. Little by little, each day we tune into the sounds and something clicks within us and a word gets through, just like a baby. One day we do hear “Father”, we repeat it and we have such joy in our heart.

In the holy relationship we are learning to communicate differently. We do not have all the answers yet of how this sort of relationship works, but we can offer our willingness. The Answer is within us and we can let it come forth. We do this with our joining with another. Not through bodies, but through our minds.

In an instant, I can know my Self and I can know your Self. This is what I cherish. Christ is there, He come to us. What draws you and I together in the holy relationship draws Christ as well. Christ dwells in this holiness for you and I are seeing only what is One. I do not see your differences and your failings, nor do you see mine. I see the sweetness and innocence of us both.

In the holy relationship is hope for Home. Once I can join with you, then I can know that I am already joined with everyone.

 

Namaste,

Rev. Deb Phelps, Senior Minister

 

Don’t take my word on it!

Join us on our Online Forum to discuss what your own insights and experiences are of this month’s theme.

 

Insights on This Week’s Reading
October 2012 – Week 2

October’s Theme: Holy Relationship

This month’s readings are located at this link.

Audio Version with Rev. Deb (entire reading is read).  

August’s Theme – Truth is True


A YEAR OF INNER PEACE ~

August’s Theme: Truth is True

“The truth is true. Nothing else matters, nothing else is real,
and everything beside it is not there.”
T-14.II.3:3-4

Prayer for the Month

Lesson 138 – Heaven is the decision I must make.

You need to be reminded that you think a thousand choices are confronting you, when there is really only one to make. And even this but seems to be a choice. Do not confuse yourself with all the doubts that myriad decisions would induce. You make but one. And when that one is made, you will perceive it was no choice at all. For truth is true, and nothing else is true. There is no opposite to choose instead. There is no contradiction to the truth.

 

READINGS FOR AUGUST’S THEME
For use in the in-person studies in Madison, WI and the Tuesday Drop-in Phone/Skype Study

Week of:

8/5/12 – Month’s Prayer Lesson: Workbook for Students, Lesson 138, and Text, Chapter 3, V. Beyond Perception

8/12/12 – Text, Chapter 14, II. The Happy Learner

8/19/12 – Text, Chapter 29, IV. Dream Roles

8/26/12 – Workbook for Students, Lesson 95 – I am one Self, united with my Creator. and Workbook for Students, Lesson 152 – The power of decision is my own.

Additional Readings – Text, Chapter 26, VII. The Laws of Healing, Lesson 137 – What I am healed I am not healed alone., Lesson 66 – My happiness and my function are one.

Page Numbers correspond to Foundation of Inner Peace 2nd or 3rd Editions of A Course in Miracles

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