Posted by: spiritteacher | July 28, 2014

JOY

“Here does the joy of God belong to you.” A Course In Miracles

“I will remember my joy today.”

A simple word, only three letters and the sound, a single syllable. Let’s say it in our mind.  Now, aloud.  What does it invoke for us?  Children running through a sprinkler on a hot summer day?  Hear their squeals. Let the sound of their laughter fill our mind. Watch them jump and splash with joy. 

Now, let’s go deeper.  Let’s be the child running through the sprinkler.  Let’s be the one laughing and squealing and running and jumping and splashing.  Let’s be the joyous one.  What does it feel like when there is nothing but joy in our experience?  What is it like when our mind is filled to overflowing with joy? What is it to be in this moment where nothing exists but the purest joy in our heart?

Let’s breathe in joy and breathe out joy.  We can’t help but smile.  We can’t stop our laughter.  We can’t keep the feeling from filling us and flowing out into the world.  We want to jump for joy.  We want to leap and dance and sing with joy. Let every thought but joy be still in us today.

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 25, 2014

WHY NOT BE HAPPY?

Happiness is an attribute of love. My happiness and my function are one.” A Course In Miracles

“Today I will practice happiness.”

What the heck, why not be happy?  We know we want it.  It’s really all everyone wants. No matter how extremely we act out against ourselves and others or how fiercely we try to protect ourselves from others, we really just want to feel peace and safety right here, right now.

Just as we allow the sun and rain to keep our gardens healthy, so must we allow the nourishment and light of loving thoughts to shine away our fear for the healing of our minds and hearts.

We must decide for peace. 
We must choose joy.

“… happiness belongs to you.” A Course In Miracles

We are not the victim of a cruel and angry, unpredictable world.  Instead we have victimized ourselves by choosing our negative thinking and separating ourselves from our brothers and sisters through judgment and unkind words and thoughts. 

So why not be happy?  What else have we got to do?

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 24, 2014

HELP A FRIEND

“Helpfulness created me helpful.” A Course In Miracles

“I will help a friend today.”

Help a friend today. Pick someone who suffers and is sad, hurting or alone. Think of someone who is afraid and wandering in darkness thinking there’s no way out. Go to that person in your mind and take their hand. Smile gently upon them and remind them of their power to be joyful and free. Lead them to a beautiful place high up that overlooks a body of clear, blue water. Sit close beside your chosen one. Take their hand and watch the sun rise over the body of water. Tell them with calm and quiet confidence, that the rays from the rising sun are but a small reflection of the light from their own wondrous spirit. Let them know that they are so beautiful and holy, whole and healed that all the world bows down to them and basks in their perfect light and is healed because of them.

Tell them there is hope and all is well. Remind them that everything they need and want in truth is theirs already. Shower them with kindness and allow a gentle breeze to blow their cares away. With absolute sincerity, want for them only happiness, abundance, peace and love and health and safety in a perfect world.  And then see that what you want with love has already happened for them.

Make them laugh. Lift their spirits to the highest heights. Rejoice with them as you dance together upon a new earth and sing songs with melodies from heaven and lyrics that could only come from God, Himself.  Grow quiet with your friend and listen closely to the still, small voice, now loud and clear, that validates all that you are telling them.

Give your friend a final hug. Look lovingly upon the smiling face reflected in the water’s stillness and see the truth. This dear, dear friend you help is you.

May you befriend yourself today knowing you are blessed and a blessing in the world. 

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 23, 2014

EGO CONQUERS; GOD TRANSFORMS

“The morning star of this new day looks on a different world where God is welcomed and His Children with Him.” A Course In Miracles

“I will fulfill my holy purpose today.” 

The ego tells us to conquer the world.  God wants us to allow Him to transform the world.  No conquering necessary. How can the ego fight God and His Divine Universe?  The Divine Universe doesn’t even recognize the ego.  It simply looks through it to the love beyond.

Love and fear don’t live together.  Love lives on the inside. Fear lives on the outside.  The power for miracles and healing is within.  It’s as simple as that.  Allow and be and God will take the reins.  He will lift us above the fray and transform our experiences to be loving and joyous and perfect.  And this will be done gently, with great kindness and deep compassion. 

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 22, 2014

LET’S PAY ATTENTION

“You need offer only undivided attention. Everything else will be given you.” A Course In Miracles

“I will pay attention only to Love today.”

Let’s watch our thoughts today.  Let’s watch our minds wandering a crooked path of anxiety and confusion. And to add to the complication, there are boulders to climb over and fallen trees blocking us along the way. There is no map that we can follow for this path because it twists and turns and then spins back upon itself for no reason at all.  One moment we’re heading in one direction, then without provocation we’re suddenly somewhere else.  These thoughts have no purpose but to keep us distracted and confused about our truth.  They come from fear.  Not from fear of bad things happening, but from fear of LOVE happening.

Love would straighten the path, remove the boulders, lift the trees and change our life.  This is a terrifying thought for some, although we all would deny it.  And yet we continue to perpetuate fear-filled thoughts that keep us on this dark and twisted path. 

We feel amazing when we observe or are instrumental in creating joyous miracles. Yet we never keep our joy for long.  Love is tolerable in small doses, but our egos can’t allow Love to rule us or be our constant experience. The tiny, noisy ego would fall away in the face of the glorious Light of God’s Love.  We’re so afraid to lose our ego that we actually do what we need to do to keep it alive.  Including block God’s Love from our experience.

We judge ourselves and others.  We get angry over the smallest things. We justify our righteous thinking. We watch the news and read the newspapers to keep ourselves informed as to just how bad things are. We keep our sadness wrapped around us like a protective cloak. We complain about our stress and how it is making us sick.  And yet we don’t give it up by surrendering it to God. Instead we allow it to have power over us and continue to complain and to get sick. 

When we allow God’s loving laws to rule our experience instead of the world’s laws of fear, we will be allowing holy miracles to rain upon us and splash our lives with Light and Joy; with Peace and Love. This peace, this love and joy doesn’t come and go, but stays constant and eternal. It extends through us from the Divine Universe.  Now we can be the channel through which His Love flows and all healing happens.  And it all comes from paying attention – not to the ego, but to God.  

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 21, 2014

TIME FOR A LITTLE GOOD NEWS

Let every voice but God’s be still in me.” A Course In Miracles

“I am ready for some good news today.”

HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS! Everything we do in fear, in anger and in sadness, we can do a different way.  We can fill our minds with Love so our paths are purposeful and helpful.  Sadness is not compassion. Anger is not justification. Fear is not healing. These are emotions that block our power and keep us from being truly helpful in the world.

We can allow miracle feelings and kind and compassionate thoughts to live stream constantly through our consciousness.  We can let God judge us and all others with His purest Love. We can turn our anger and sadness, our stress and our sickness over to Him and then happily see His world emerge through ours. We can ask Him how best to be of service in every situation instead of deciding on our own.

We can watch the news and read the newspapers with Love instead of fear.  We can use the news as opportunities to bless everyone and pray for healing in the lives of all who suffer. In becoming sad, judgmental or fearful at the news, we are not being the channels for healing that God needs us to be because we are blocking Him from using us as His healers and teachers in the world. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care. In fact the opposite, it means we must care enough to give the world and our suffering brothers and sisters to Him for true correction and true healing. But first we have to pay attention to our feelings and our actions and all the voices in our heads.  Change can only happen when we are willing to take responsibility for our lives, our thoughts, our feelings and our actions and decide, with conviction, to choose a better way. And the only way that’s better is God’s way.

It is when it is lifted up and shined away, as darkness always is by light, that God can make the corrections for us that balance and harmonize our spirit so peace can flow freely.  And so with a calm and quiet heart and easy breathing, we say, “Let every voice but God’s be still in me. And then we ask Him, ”How can I help?”

 

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 18, 2014

LAUGHTER IS AN ART

“Where there is laughter, who can longer weep?” A Course In Miracles

“I will laugh myself silly today.”

Let’s throw back our heads and dissolve into delighted laughter. Feel how nothing seems to matter when we’re laughing. Let’s watch as all the things that filled our minds with worry have seemed to disappear. Laughter paints light over darkness, sunshine over clouds, smiles over tears. Laughter is musical and uplifting. It heals sickness and transforms pain into joy. It turns tragedy into comedy and brings happiness and oneness into the moment. Many a relationship has been cemented upon the common ground of a shared laugh.  Many a tense moment has been dissolved in laughter.

If we want to be at peace, a great first step is to gently laugh at those things that seem so serious. Nothing is so critical that a bit of humor can’t be found to lighten the moment. When we practice this simple art, we transform our experience from a heavy weight into a gentle lesson quickly learned.

May we drink in the intoxication of joyous laughter today knowing that laughter heals all things.

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 17, 2014

RENEW, REGENERATE, REMEMBER

“The memory of God comes to the quiet mind. Now is there stillness where before there was a frantic rush of thoughts that made no sense.” A Course In Miracles

“I will be still and remember my truth today.”

Boredom and its counterpart, excessive busyness, are defenses against the truth. These are blocks we build to keep us from our holy stillness. In both ways of thinking we are not understanding that there needs to be a balance to our busyness and there are golden opportunities for remembering our truth through stillness in our moments of boredom.

Many people cannot tolerate being bored and need to fill every moment with some type of activity, some helpful, some harmful, but always with the conscious or unconscious purpose of hiding from our true Self. 

We think that our inner beauty and joyous true nature will somehow destroy us. We are so afraid of losing our uniqueness and our competitive edge that we will do anything to keep from being still and seeing our Oneness. And so to protect ourselves from our own quiet perfection, we become bored if every moment isn’t filled with noise or activity.

We are bored at stop signs. We are bored in the doctor’s waiting room.  We are bored standing in line – anywhere.  We are bored driving any distance alone. We are bored at home by ourselves. We are bored with our jobs. We get out our iPods, our cell phones, our lap tops, all our devices and keep ourselves busy, busy, busy. Or we turn on the TV or fall asleep in any spare moment to avoid meeting our Selves.

We don’t understand that we need breathing room.  We need space and quiet time to renew, regenerate and remember. We need to renew our spirit, regenerate our bodies and remember our truth. This only happens through the holy, loving energy found in stillness.  In practicing stillness we will learn to experience joy and wondrous miracles of holy healing.  But first we must be willing to walk though the denseness of our own limitations. Believe me, what is on the other side is not boring. And the busyness we find there is filled with Love. Because it is Divinely Guided it is our true purpose waiting for us to find it in the silence of the stillness.    

Aren’t you just a little bit curious about what you’re missing? If so, let’s join as one and quietly remember our truth today.

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 16, 2014

WHO AM I, REALLY?

“Who would attempt to fly with the tiny wings of a sparrow when the mighty power of an eagle has been given him?” A Course In Miracles

“Today I will willingly question my identity and my real purpose here.”

We must start with one tiny step in God’s direction, then another and another, just as a toddler learns to walk. We have convinced ourselves that believing in our holiness and our greatness is egotistical when exactly the opposite is true.  It is egotistical to tell ourselves that we are something less than what God created. Then we are saying that we know more about ourselves than God does.  How can we know more than our Creator about His creation?  We have made ourselves small through our thinking.  The first step is to ask Him for help in letting go of our tiny beliefs so we can begin to get a glimmer of who we are through His eyes.

Each small step in His direction, lifting our faces to the Light, taking His hand and asking Him for help in letting go of our limited preconceived notions will bring us closer to our truth. The greatest prayer on earth is “Help me.” This is what it means to surrender. This is true forgiveness; true forgiveness of ourselves and for the world.

One small step, one tiny entreaty, one crack in the armor, one question in our minds can open the floodgate to true Love.  And the question is this; Who am I, really? 

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 15, 2014

GOD IS ONLY LOVE

“Love cannot judge. As Love is one itself, it looks on all as one. Its meaning lies in oneness. There is no love but God‘s, and all of love is His. Love is a law without an opposite. Its wholeness is the power holding everything as one, the link between the Father and His Children which holds Them both forever as the same.” A Course In Miracles

Let’s open our minds to a new way of thinking, a new way of being. Let’s allow the feeling of the breezes of enlightenment to blow away all that keeps us stuck; stuck in fear, stuck in sickness, stuck in pain and sadness.

There is a gentle tap on our shoulder, a soft kiss upon our cheek as we are gently awaken from our long dreams of separation; separation from our own truth, separation from our brothers and sisters and separation from God. All we had forgotten is remembered now.

God is Love and God is all there is.

Tendrils of tenderness wind themselves around our heart and the world is changed because of our remembering. Instead of judging ourselves and others harshly, now we only want to hold each other close and comfort our self and everyone with these loving words, “It was just a dream, Dear Heart. It’s all over and we are now awake. Awake to live and breathe and walk in the light of our own truth.”

Miracles are raining all around us and we lift our faces to receive them in joyous wonder. All is beautiful as we go about our days in this new land that we know is really ancient and was created long before time began. We have had our time of lessons in the form of troubles and challenges and burdens. Now we are walking in the place that God created which is Heaven here on earth.

All because we have chosen to understand with all our heart and soul that God is only Love and God is all there is.

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 14, 2014

MY OFFERINGS TO THE WORLD

“What other gift can you offer Me, when only this I choose to offer you? And to see Me is to see Me in everyone, and offer everyone the gift you offer Me.” A Course In Miracles

What we offer to the world is what we will receive. Offer judgment, offer pain and suffering, offer sadness and fear and that is what we will receive. It is not God’s will, but the result of Karma or cause and effect, a natural law that governs all things. But we also have free will and so can choose the life we want and what we want to offer others. And so for just a moment or two, let us make these offerings to ourselves and others and stand back and see what happens. One by one let’s pick a loving thought and breathe into it a blessing and place it into the heart of everyone we meet. Now smile and breathe and in silence, offer up these gifts.

To you I offer gentleness.

To you I offer forgiveness.

To you I offer healing.

To you I offer calm and quiet thinking.

To you I offer gratitude.

To you I offer happiness .

To you I offer perfect health .

To you I offer peace of mind.

To you I offer love, constant and eternal.

And as the day goes on continue making offerings from your heart and place them into theirs. And when the day is done feel how all the weight of everything that burdened you has been lifted and all the gifts you gave to others has become your own.

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 11, 2014

GRATITUDE, THE GIFT

“For He would offer you the thanks you give, since He receives your gifts in loving gratitude, and gives them back a thousand and a hundred thousand more than they were given. He will bless your gifts by sharing them with you. And so they grow in power and in strength, until they fill the world with gladness and with gratitude.” A Course In Miracles

“I will be grateful for everything today.”

There are some things it is difficult to be grateful for.  A challenging relationship, the loss of a job, too much grass to mow, an illness.  And yet each and every experience is here to teach us something. In this sense gratitude for everything is appropriate and even helpful because it opens our mind to another way of thinking. It also offers us the opportunity to grow past each lesson, bringing us closer to peace. When we are grateful, we open our minds and hearts to a higher place within us. Instead of letting fear be in control of our lives, now love is in control.  Love makes everything easier and gentler and clearer.

It is easy to be grateful for a beautiful sunset, hummingbirds in the flower bed, a perfect rose, a laughing baby, the gentle lapping of an ocean wave across our toes.  But now let’s try to  be grateful for the guy who cuts us off in traffic, the boss who doesn’t appreciate us, the co-worker who gossips about us, the spouse who doesn’t understand, the bickering children and the giant pot hole we didn’t see until too late. If we can be grateful for these things, our life will change, moving quickly toward healing and happiness. Before long we will see everything as an opportunity for forgiveness and new thinking.  Then we will get it as we realize that no matter what is happening around us we can still be at peace. 

Don’t forget to breathe.

 

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 10, 2014

TRUE FORGIVENESS; AN EXERCISE

“It is through our relationships we will be healed.” A Course In Miracles

“I will focus on forgiveness today.”

Envision one person in your life whom you adore.  Now envision one person in your life who causes you grief or disturbs your peace in any way. What if you were told that there is no difference between these people. They both offer you lessons toward your peace, one just more gently than the other. It is the one who is the bigger challenge to you who is your greatest teacher and from whom you will learn the most.  In this sense you should be most grateful for him/her for this one will lead you toward your peace much more quickly than the other.

Now envision yourself as one with the easy person. Lift this person and yourself up to the Divine Universe. See your spirits join and blend one into the other. See a beautiful light surround you both and fill you with a sense of oneness.  Feel your love for each other strengthen as all your judgments fade and your differences begin to heal. Accept that it’s okay to agree to disagree and watch as any tension and any fears in this relationship dissolve and disappear. Now there is no separation between you and all that’s left is light. And in that light lives trust. That is true forgiveness.

Now envision yourself as one with the difficult person and do the same exercise. Not so easy? And yet when you can do this, your world will change and you will never know another moment’s fear. That is true forgiveness. “It is through our relationships we will be healed.”

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 9, 2014

ORDINARY DAY

“Today I wake with joy, expecting but the happy things of God to come to me.” A Course In Miracles

I love an ordinary day.

What is an ordinary day? It should be one where minds are calm and hearts are open to whatever the Universe has in store.

It doesn’t matter whether the sun is shining or rain is falling we are still at peace. In an ordinary morning we make the toast and pour the tea with a quiet smile and feel the blessings of the moment.

In an ordinary day we go to work or stay at home expecting nothing but receiving everything. Miracles of gentle joining are happening all around us and our eyes are open to seeing and receiving them with love.

Smiles light up our ordinary faces, ordinary laughter fills the room with joy and the warmth of gladness is flowing from heart to heart. And now our lives our filled with extraordinary Love.

Without expecting anything out of the ordinary we somehow know we are being given everything. And we are grateful for this ordinary day. Our silent mantra is thank you.

God’s beautiful voice is running through our minds in a constant stream as He repeats this phrase,”I love you my beloved children. You are holy. You are perfect in My eyes. You are My ordinary and most glorious creations. Thank you for seeing Me and nothing else. “

What makes this amazing moment ordinary is that this is the way it should be as part of our every day experience. Because this is the way we are choosing to live every day, the amazing becomes an ordinary walk through life with God. Simply the way it’s meant to be.

And we feel anything but ordinary.

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 8, 2014

ENVISION HAPPINESS AS LIGHT

“Fear is gone from every face as hearts rise up to claim the Light.” A Course In Miracles

“I will envision calm and quiet happiness today.”

Our minds are powerful gifts. We can use them to envision and manifest what we want.  It’s not so important to envision things as it is to envision happiness and love, peace and joy and light.  With these attributes, all that we need in things will happen as they should. 

Feel your breathing becoming deeper and slower.

See happiness as light shining through you.  Lift your face to its soothing warmth and hear your happy laughter. See yourself dancing with pure joy under a gentle sun, on a white beach by a silvery lake. Know that this joy is a gift that you deserve.  

See yourself at peace now, calm and quiet and filled with love. See Light pour into you and flow freely through you. Let all darkness from every corner of your mind disappear gently into this Light. Know the Light for what it is; God’s Love.

Peace is felt as free and easy; as you float weightlessly upon the silver lake. Feel the movement of the water under you gently rocking you into a state of oneness with your own true Self.

You have never felt calmer.
You have never felt healthier
You have never felt safer.
You have never felt happier. 

And you know that this feeling will go on forever. You know that even when the white beach and the silver lake are gone from your mind, the calm and quiet happiness that fills you now will never leave you as long as this is what you choose.  And if your old feelings begin to resurface, just bring back the vision and breathe quietly for a moment until peace returns. As you go about your day, feel gratitude fill you and overflow into the world as your whole being smiles with relief and joy.

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 7, 2014

FLOWERS IN THE ROCK GARDEN

“And every flower that ever bloomed has saved its perfume and its loveliness for you.” A Course In Miracles

“I will remember I am God’s flower today.”

On our back we carry a pack weighted by our past experiences. Each experience is a rock that piles one upon another until our past becomes a burden too heavy to bear. Let’s give each rock to God as it comes into our mind and let Him transform it from a troubling fear into our favorite flower. Every flower is now a lesson learned and weighs nothing as yesterday becomes only a distant memory; an opportunity for forgiveness, for healing and for gratitude that the past is over and this moment, piled high with lovely flowers, is all there is. As we rest upon our bed of flowers, our loving gifts from God, we see another world now. This wonderful new world rises lightly out of the ancient mist of the old world and is governed by God’s Laws which are all made from Love and nothing else.

May you understand that you are His flower abiding in His holy garden as an instrument of kindness, light and joy. And let this knowing bring you peace today.

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 4, 2014

CELEBRATE!

Let today be celebrated both on earth and in our holy home as well.” A Course In Miracles

Let this be a day of celebrating you!

Let this be a day of celebrating you and me as ONE! 

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 3, 2014

PRAYER FOR MOVING ON

“I will step back and let God lead the way. Love leads so gladly.” A Course In Miracles

In God our way is clear and the smile of confidence on our face fills our being giving us these thoughts, “Lead on Holy Source of all things Good. Lead on.”

And we say, “I am ready for my real life. I am ready to experience my truth. I am ready to leave fear and guilt behind and to let true forgiveness change the course of my path.”

“I am ready to be, not just at peace, but your teacher of peace. Your candle in the darkness, your rainbow after the storm, your mountain climbed, your holy ocean tamed.”

 “My head is high, my heart is flooded with the joy of intention and my only thoughts are those I think with You.”

 “Lead on. I get it now. My happiness is in my following my path, Your path for me. I take your hand and with the deepest gratitude I say, Lead On! And with even deeper gratitude and absolute trust, I must humbly follow.”

 

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 2, 2014

LET IT FLOW

“And they will hear the bird begin to sing and see the stream begin to flow again, with hope reborn and energy restored to walk with lightened steps along the road that suddenly seems easy as they go.” A Course In Miracles

Let’s let joy flow like water over a stony brook. The water, clear as crystal, is not hampered by the stones, but only washes over them and travels on. In this way should our thoughts flow unhindered by the world’s challenges. Let our thoughts come through from a clear and loving place moving steadily through everything we do not want. And just as the brook polishes each stone that it courses over so our mind’s forgiving thoughts can smooth away any obstacles that try to trip us up and restrict us on our spirit’s journey into peace.

Every challenge now becomes a stepping stone toward truth. An opportunity to learn and grow. A lesson that we look at without concern and recognize as something helpful for which we can be grateful. Now we smile gently as the world becomes a simple place with God in charge as we rest in Him and let it all flow free.

“I rest in God.” A Course In Miracles

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 1, 2014

CHOOSE AGAIN

“Choose once again if you would take your place among the saviors of the world…” A Course In Miracles

“Let me choose again today.”

The beauty of our power from God is that we can choose again. In every moment of every day and in every relationship and every experience we can make another choice

If we have felt fear or anger or sadness or judgment we can ask for help to see everything and everyone differently.

When we ask for help we must then be still and listen for the answers. God always has the answer and it’s always the right answer; the only answer.

God’s answer brings peace and joy to us and to all. His answer floods our hearts with pure love. This is the Love that guides us on our path and lights our way to fulfilling our holy destiny.

This is the Love that shows us a different world from the one we thought we knew. This Love rewrites our story giving us not just a happy ending, but a glorious beginning and middle too. This Love ensures there is no ending just a happy now.

All the answers to all our questions are in God. His Answer shows us that our questions are too small. His Answer encompasses our Holy truth and gently guides us on a path where only miracles are found.

As we take His hand and offer ourselves to Him for guidance, words dissolve, concerns are gone, darkness disappears and only Light remains. In that stillness that fills our being us, we understand what we didn’t understand before. All things are not only possible, but are actually accomplished.

And all we need do is choose again.

 

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