Summary of This Week’s Study Groups – 7/8/18


Joining together with others in the study of A Course in Miracles can assist with more understanding of the material, learning from others’ personal miracle stories, and the encouragement to dive deeper into personal practice. We have three weekly ACIM Study Groups that meet via video and phone conferencing on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. On Sundays in Madison, Wisconsin, we have an in-person study group. Each group has a slightly different focus but all maintain practical application of A Course in Miracles in our lives. Our study group facilitators are Gayle Bartlett, Mari Dole, Ryan Westbrook-Vigue, Darike Vigue, Tracey Frick, Tom Wolff, Rev. Paul Phelps, and myself, Rev. Deb Phelps. My thank to all!

Below you will find the summaries from our groups this week.

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Sunday ACIM Study Group in Madison

Opened with Lesson 156 – I walk with God in perfect holiness.
Practical Application Topic: Who Walks with You

We focused on the idea that we are never alone and we engage and acknowledge Jesus and the Holy Spirit by our side.
We shared the song “If You Only Knew” by Donna Marie Cary which is based on the reading we had, Text, Ch. 18, III. Light in the Dream.

This week’s video teaching is “If You Knew Who Walked With You” 
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG6Qn0ztuCU 


Tuesday ACIM Study Group by Video/Phone Conferencing

Greetings to all!

Tuesday Night Study Group has been evolving over a period of time, but seems now to have arrived at a format with which we shall be happily continuing forward!

We began with a meditation based upon the Workbook Lesson of the day: Lesson 190  I choose the joy of God instead of pain.  

Some of us chose to share our personal experience of this lesson and how the Course inspires us through our daily challenges.

We are now following the weekly Text readings as they appear in Deb’s roster of weekly offerings.  This week’s reading, and therefore our reading in the Tuesday Night Study Group was: Chapter 5. Healing and Wholeness, Section II. The Voice for God.

Our first lively talking point was Jesus telling us that:  “The Holy Spirit promotes healing by looking beyond it to what the children of God were before healing was needed, and will be when they have healed.”  This led to sharing how it is that we look beyond conditions and circumstances to the perfection which is Wholeness.

This idea from Jesus: “The Holy Spirit is the spirit of Joy”,  inspired some of us to recall another place in the Course where Jesus says: “To heal is to make happy.”  And then back to this reading to explore Jesus’ words that: “When the ego was made, God placed in the mind the Call to joy.”

From here then, both this Section and our discussion were off at a gallop into that ever present choice in each moment – to listen to and follow the Voice for God or the voice of the ego.  Jesus explains in detail how to recognize the difference, and how each voice sounds.  Jesus says: “The Voice for God is always quiet, because It speaks of peace.”

We shared with our own questions:

Do we know this Voice for God, and when do we hear it?  How does the ego sound, when we hear that?  Our discussion was rich!

We found this Section to be full of Jesus as our companion, in having been exactly where we are.  We felt bolstered by how much promise this Section holds as he made many statements such as this one: “I am your model for decision.  By deciding for God, I showed you that this decision can be made, and that you can make it.”  Yes! Jesus lets us know that we can live as he lived, listening and following the Voice for God!

He encourages us to know that we are strengthened by working with this Course together.  We are so very grateful to have this opportunity in Study Group, to share and to strengthen together!

We invite you to share and to strengthen with us, in Tuesday Night Study Group at 6:00CT/7:00ET!

We welcome you!

With love and blessings,

Tracey


Wednesday Study Group by Video/Phone Conferencing

HI everyone,

I am not sure if any of you out “there” are reading our summaries so I am earnestly trying to make mine user-friendly, if you will.

We are almost done now reading through the Manual for Teachers so you might think, why would I read a summary when they’re at the tail-end of it?

Up to you.

However, we will soon embark on reading the pamphlets (supplements) and they are deep, rich, profound and such an elegant opportunity to practically apply the Course.  If you have no interest in the Manual, join us every week for our study of them.  Even if you don’t read along, you will learn much from Mari and my sharing or synopsis.

The 26. CAN GOD BE REACHED DIRECTLY is short and sweet, just four paragraphs.  The last one is powerful, an excerpt follows:

“If you would be a savior, you must understand what needs to be escaped.  Salvation is not theoretical.  Behold the problem, ask for the answer, and then accept it when it comes.  Nor will its coming be long delayed.  All the help you can accept will be provided, and not one need you have will not be met.  Let us not, then, be too concerned with goals for which you are not ready.  God takes you where you are and welcomes you?  What more could you desire, when this is all you need?”  Sentences from paragraph 4.

What that means is we don’t worry about not having enough time to learn the Course because we’re too old or too busy or raising kids, whatever.  God meets us where WE are and we are to do the same with those with whom we interact.  We stay in the present and all is well.

Oh, also, we don’t compare ourselves to anyone else who may have experienced a direct union with God.  In other words, just pay attention to your own forgiveness opportunities and don’t fret about where anyone else may be on the ladder back home.

The 27.  WHAT IS DEATH?….reading is seven paragraphs and WHOA!  Unbelievably meaty and thought-provoking.  Paragraph three states, “Death is the symbol of the fear of God.”  How could it not be?  We wanted individuality, we left God, we created the world to hide the guilt we felt and developed the sense of sin and fear, all because we wanted more and then we turned it around and decided God was going to kill us for having done so.  Hence, death becomes the abject and terrible fear of the love of God.

How about paragraph four?  “He did not make death because he did not make fear.  Both are equally meaningless to Him.”

In the last paragraph, Jesus admonishes us to “Be steadfast but in this/ be not deceived by the “reality” of any changing form. Truth neither moves nor wavers nor sinks down to death and dissolution.”

Our group shared innumerable examples as to how these two readings apply to our lives.  One was a participant had some complications with her air conditioning unit, a new one, and found herself very angry.  She referenced the first sentence of our first reading, no. 26, where Jesus stated, “God indeed can be reached directly, for there is no distance between Him and His Son.”  As she has committed to practical application, she realized she need not blow the challenge out of proportion and relaxed into peace.

Another referenced a distance relative of hers, a woman, having died recently at the age of 90, she hadn’t cared much for her, however, she unearthed an article written decades ago about her having lost her daughter at the age of two in a catastrophic event at home, I think it was a fire, cannot remember.

She referenced the first reading as well referring to paragraph four, sentence one, “Do not despair, then, because of limitations.  It is your function to escape from them, but not to be without them.”  As her understanding of this woman’s life and hardship broadened, her compassion grew and from this experience we can all realize we do our best and can heal a misperception or judgment regardless of any time that may have passed. Time is an illusion anyhow!

Please join us when you can.  It’s delightful, fun, rich and meaningful sharing among participants where they is NO judgment and NOTHING BUT COMMUNION for 90 minutes.

Much love,

Gayle


To join in our Tuesday and Wednesday ACIM Study Groups via video or phone conferencing, see the information at this link.

For Madison, Wisconsin information, go to this link.

Summary of This Week’s Study Groups – 7/1/18


Joining together with others in the study of A Course in Miracles can assist with more understanding of the material, learning from others’ personal miracle stories, and the encouragement to dive deeper into personal practice. We have three weekly ACIM Study Groups that meet via video and phone conferencing on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. On Sundays in Madison, Wisconsin, we have an in-person study group. Each group has a slightly different focus but all maintain practical application of A Course in Miracles in our lives. Our study group facilitators are Gayle Bartlett, Mari Dole, Ryan Westbrook-Vigue, Darike Vigue, Tracey Frick, Tom Wolff, Rev. Paul Phelps, and myself, Rev. Deb Phelps. My thank to all!

Below you will find the summaries from our groups this week.

To join in our Tuesday and Wednesday ACIM Study Groups via video or phone conferencing, see the information at this linkOur Monday morning study group has been discontinued.

For Madison, Wisconsin information, go to this link.


Sunday ACIM Study Group in Madison

Opened with Lesson 121-Forgiveness is the key to happiness. (We used teh imagery from the practice portion of the lesson as our meditation.)
Practical Application Topic: Forgiveness

After a lively discussion on forgiveness in our lives, we turned to The Song of Prayer. If you do not have a copy of The Song of Prayer in your book, as it is only included in the 3rd edition of the Foundation for Inner Peace version, then you can read it here.

In The Song of Prayer, we read together in chapter 2. Forgiveness, the sections, II. Forgiveness-to-Destroy and III. Forgiveness-for-Salvation. These are normally not sections that most people read but are extremely helpful in our understanding of the Course’s concept of forgiveness.

We closed with a silent meditation and announcements of what’s upcoming.

This week’s video teaching is “Walking with Jesus By the Sea: Experiencing Forgiveness” Meditation
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9RC0w6qh7g


Tuesday ACIM Study Group by Video/Phone Conferencing

Tuesday’s ACIM Text Study Group was full of rich sharing and the joining of like minds who participate in living the course in their daily lives. We began the evening joining in meditation focusing our meditation time on our Daily Workbook Lesson, which was Lesson number: 184 “The Name of God is my inheritance”

We started our reading with page 72 of the Text, which is the beginning of chapter 5 starting with the “Introduction”. We discussed the prayer “Let me know this brother as myself” and how we are each intertwined with one another and that their happiness is our happiness and their sadness is ours sadness. It’s a resounding answer we all had because it shows us that healing benefits both parties equally. We also discussed “It is impossible for a child of God to love his neighbor except as himself”. As we discussed this we brought up our actions towards others or actions we felt how we felt direction towards us and how our love radiates back to those around us when we wish for peace and for happiness.

We went on to read Chapter 5 section I on page 73 and we read paragraphs 1-4. As we read these paragraphs there was a lot of beautiful sharing that truly showed each one of us how we apply the course. The paragraphs spoke about how giving increases through the reinforcement of someone making an idea his own. Everything is an idea and through being given away they only strengthen. Our actions and what we do are reinforced within us by what we do to others and how we treat those around us. The sharing this evening was very focused on our actions and our attitudes and what we can do to exemplify the course and the peace we’ve found.

The Tuesday evening ACIM Text Study Group meets every Tuesday at 6:30 CST. This is a group that has a beautiful mix of new and seasoned Course students allowing for extremely rich sharing for all. Please feel free to join us any Tuesday you are able we welcome you with total open hearts and look forward to what you will contribute to the group. We look forward to you joining us in the relaxed atmosphere of discussing our Practical Application to the Text of the Course. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Wishing you the deepest peace,

Darike Vigue


Wednesday Study Group by Video/Phone Conferencing

Wednesday’s study group did not meet because of the holiday on July 4th.


To join in our Tuesday and Wednesday ACIM Study Groups via video or phone conferencing, see the information at this link.

For Madison, Wisconsin information, go to this link.

Summary of This Week’s Study Groups – 6/24/18


Joining together with others in the study of A Course in Miracles can assist with more understanding of the material, learning from others’ personal miracle stories, and the encouragement to dive deeper into personal practice. We have three weekly ACIM Study Groups that meet via video and phone conferencing on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. On Sundays in Madison, Wisconsin, we have an in-person study group. Each group has a slightly different focus but all maintain practical application of A Course in Miracles in our lives. Our study group facilitators are Gayle Bartlett, Mari Dole, Ryan Westbrook-Vigue, Darike Vigue, Tracey Frick, Tom Wolff, Rev. Paul Phelps, and myself, Rev. Deb Phelps. My thank to all!

Below you will find the summaries from our groups this week.

To join in our Tuesday and Wednesday ACIM Study Groups via video or phone conferencing, see the information at this linkOur Monday morning study group has been discontinued.

For Madison, Wisconsin information, go to this link.


Sunday ACIM Study Group in Madison

Opened with Lesson 289 – The past is over. It can touch me not.
Practical Application Topic: Holy Encounters

Personal miracle stories and examples were shared in relation to how we see our brothers and sisters. Do we really see them as they are now?

We read Text, Chapter 13, IV. The Function of Time. When we look at one another we must realize for one, the other is our mirror, and for two, we place the past on this person. It doesn’t matter if it is direct past with the person or our own past with other people. We project our fears and guilt upon others all the time. Can we see through the eyes of forgiveness and meet another in the present moment?

For only “now” is here, and only “now” presents the opportunities for the holy encounters in which salvation can be found. 

We closed with a silent meditation and announcements of what’s upcoming.

This week’s video teaching is “Holy Encounters.”
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIpcCK85-GY 


Tuesday ACIM Study Group by Video/Phone Conferencing

Text Chapter 4 Section VII “Creation and Communication”

The Study Group opened with a meditation over Workbook Lesson 177

“God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” Which is a review of Workbook Lessons

163: “There is no death. The Son of God is free” and Workbook Lesson 164: “Now are we one with Him Who is our Source.”

As we shared our personal application of the daily Workbook Lesson we discussed how amazing the Course changes lives and how powerful practically applying and living the Course can be. The Power of love that flows from the Course and how The Holy Spirit confirms one is on the correct Spiritual Path for them when one seeks confirmation that their following Guidance.

We also discussed the topic of the ego having a “game plan”; how the ego will do what the ego does and will cause separation, brings negative thoughts, and anything to distract from ones Peace. When the ego perceives a threat of the Course a student can increase their ability in hearing Guidance from The Holy Spirit during this challenge because one begins to recognize and see the egos attempt to take ones Peace at any cost and any possible way. When one is able to gain vigilance in recognizing the attempts of the ego and is able to seek and receive Guidance from The Holy Spirit it allows the Course Student to keep their Peace on solid ground rather than wavering with the ego’s guidance.

Lastly in our hour of Holy conversation together we discussed where one’s feelings and thoughts come from. How we are created in the image of the Creator and how our Truth is True and how God flows to, through, and from us. Also, that God communicates to His creations through their thoughts and feelings that come into their minds. The idea that like minds communicate with one another opened our eyes once again that we have a divine connection.

The Tuesday Night ACIM Text Study is an open Drop-In Study Group and all are welcome anytime. The Tuesday Night ACIM Text Study Group that is always filled with deep personal sharing from each Course Student’s Practical Application practice in A Course In Miracles.

Wishing you the Deepest Peace,

Ryan Westbrook-Vigue


Wednesday Study Group by Video/Phone Conferencing

Greetings Everyone,

We began with a meditation on Lesson 178, a review of these ideas: Let not my mind deny the thought of God. I am entrusted with the gifts of God. God is but love, and therefore so am I.

After agreeing to the group guidelines and checking in with each other about the previous week, we began our study of Section 25, in the Manual for Teachers: ARE “PSYCHIC” POWERS DESIRABLE?

We discussed the facts that there are no unnatural powers, that everyone has them, even if they are unaware of them, and that, as long as they are used in the service of Love and with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, they are helpful.

During the session, one of the participants shared a story illustrating this sentence: The limits the world places on communication are the chief barriers to direct experience of the Holy Spirit, Whose Presence is always there and Whose Voice is available but for the hearing. The participant said that a family member had spoken angrily during a meal, and, with quiet words, the participant’s spouse helped the participant not respond to the seeming attack. The next day, the participant wrote a note asking forgiveness of the family member, who responded lovingly. The participant felt that the Holy Spirit aided communication among all involved.

We will not be meeting next Wednesday, due to the holiday, but will do so on July 11. Please feel free to join us from 12:30 to 2:00 Central time.

Many Blessings,

Mari Dole


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