Posted by: spiritteacher | September 2, 2014

WINGS AND SONGS

“Say God’s Name, and you invite the angels to surround the ground on which you stand, and sing to you as they spread out their wings to keep you safe, and shelter you from every worldly thought that would intrude upon your holiness.” A Course In Miracles

“… birds and angels both have wings and songs.” Kerry Boone

“I will sing and fly today.”

Together we can sing beautiful melodies, fly to new heights and rise above the ordinary as we soar with the angels. There is a world beyond this one rich with beauty, vibrant colors and wondrous sounds not dimmed by misperceptions or hidden behind the gray mists of limited seeing. This world is joyous, healthy and abundant, completely free of fear in any form. If we could get even a glimpse of this for only an instant we would never be the same.

In stillness we can know this other world is there because God would flood our beings with the thoughts we need to be open to what’s Real. God’s world governed by His laws and protected by His Angels is all that we will know when we choose to listen only to God’s Voice. 

Together let’s breathe in a great sigh of relief and feel all stress leave us and all Love enfold us like wings of Self protection as silently we sing in perfect harmony with all that is Holy and Wondrous and True.

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 29, 2014

THE LIGHT HAS COME

“The light has come. I am healed and I can heal.” A Course In Miracles

“In the stillness, I hear hearts heal today.”

We can hear the music of life if we listen carefully.
We can hear the quiet thrumming as healing happens.
If we look with our inner vision, we can see the
Glimmerings of light through the darkness. 

In stillness, we can feel our hearts lift with joy
At the understanding that a whole new world is
Happening right here, right now.
And it starts with us.

The past is over.
There is nothing outside of us that can harm us now.
We are safe in the arms of God’s protection. 

A new day, a new world, a new life is in each moment.
Let’s accept it with confidence and gratitude.
And then let’s share it with others.

The Light is here.
The Holy Light of our healed new world
Is here at last.

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 28, 2014

WHY CRAWL WHEN WE CAN FLY?

“ … let your thoughts fly to the peace within.” A Course In Miracles

“I am willing to fly today.”

Why crawl with caterpillars when we can soar as butterflies?  It is necessary to be a caterpillar and a cocoon before we can be a butterfly. It’s all part of the learning, growing process. But sometimes, out of fear, we stay in the caterpillar and cocoon stage much longer than we should. How long must we trap ourselves in a cocoon? When it becomes painful, that may be our sign that it is time to learn to fly.  

What if we breathe into that feeling of being trapped and constricted and frustrated and envision something else? Freedom. Not just freedom of the body, but freedom of the mind and heart.  Now, we are allowing a new and holy vision of ourselves. This vision leads beyond caterpillars and beyond cocoons.

Let’s let our minds grow still and our hearts become calm as we smile at the beauty of this new experience in this moment, on this higher plane. Now let’s come back to earth, look around us with new eyes and see, not a small creature that crawls, nor one stuck in a cocoon of fear and doubt, but a beautiful and wondrous creation who is capable of flying to greater heights than ever before.

In experiences we may all be at the caterpillar stage or the cocoon stage or the butterfly stage at different times.  It isn’t our job to judge the different stages of our brothers’ and sisters’ learning, growing process or even our own.  Our true job is to be a light in the world, an example of kindness and forgiveness, an instrument of peace. And one day we will look up and the sky will be amassed with beautiful winged creatures. And we will be among them.

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 27, 2014

OUR REAL JOB

“My happiness and my function are one.” A Course In Miracles

“I will do my real job today.”

If we think of God as the Employer and ourselves as the employee and the product as Happiness, then unless we manufacture Happiness in its highest sense, we are not doing our job. It’s time to set aside our small aspirations involving grievances, sadness and anger, judgment and guilt or worldly things and earthly power and ask God what the real goal is. God’s Office is always open. His Plan is the only One that will serve the world and provide the Holy Health Care, the perfect Child Care, the amazing Salary and all the Abundance and Benefits that Heaven can offer.  All we need do is agree to His Strategy and choose Happiness as the product we want to invest in. Happiness will make us rich in every way.

We are not meant to serve in our own self designed cubicles. We are meant to serve in limitless and eternal joy. Let’s quietly close the door on our belief in failure from the past and open the window of opportunity in this moment. As we make the conscious choice to make happiness our real job, the world will change before our eyes.  Now, we will live and work in a happy place created from our own thoughts. And our real Boss will provide Bonuses that will delight us. We will be amazed at how easy it is to create Happiness. And how quickly sharing it with others will magnify and increase it for ourselves.

 

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 26, 2014

LET FEAR BE

“If you raise what fear conceals to clear-cut unequivocal predominance, fear becomes meaningless. You have denied its power to conceal love, which was its only purpose. The veil that you have drawn across the face of love has disappeared. Thus does God replace fear with love and translate error into truth.” A Course In Miracles

“I will smile in Fear’s face today.”

Sometimes it seems that fear has a mind of its own. We know we want to be happy and at peace but fear just won’t let us. It wraps its claw-like fingers around our heart and squeezes the breath right out of our lungs. Or its dark shadow silently stalks us all day, staying at the peripheral of our mind until the night when all is quiet. Then it leaps out at us with crazy thoughts of this and that. We try to fill our minds with loving affirmations and busy thoughts that feel more productive. We may try to pray, or meditate, but our brain is churning with doubt and confusion. Sometimes it’s too overwhelming and we just cry out for help or yell at God for letting this happen to us. After all, we work so hard trying to be a good person, how is it possible that we can be in such pain?

But perhaps this fear isn’t such a bad thing. What if it is simply part of the process of our healing and really something helpful if we just stop fighting it?  What if we just stand back and allow it?  Feel the tension in our shoulders, the tightness in our chest. Can we unclench our fists and simply look at the panic thoughts and let the sad and angry tears flow free? It isn’t easy to face the fear with a calm and quiet mind and an open heart. In fact it can be terrifying because it feels like the end of our peace forever. But we know it isn’t. We’ve had these insanity attacks before. We know they come and go. They must be part of the journey of allowing us to heal from our past.

So now, let’s just watch our fear and see what it does. See how it fades more quickly with no resistance? See how clearly we can see God’s loving Light fill up the dark space where fear, just moments before, felt so powerful and real? See how our tears of sadness quietly become tears of gratitude and joy? 

What a relief to know that no matter how it looks or how it feels, fear is not real. Only God is. And God is only Love. Now, we understand, if we’re not at peace, we’re simply making a mistake. And we can smile quietly and pray, “I want the peace of God instead of this.” ACIM It’s not our job to correct the mistake, it’s our job to stop fighting it so God can shine His Light into our mind and heart and make the corrections for us. He does this by showing us the truth of who we are.

Will fear come back? Most likely. The ego doesn’t give up easily. But now we know the answer, let it come.  Sure it’s scary, but so what?  Scary isn’t the end of the world. If we can accept that and smile through the pain, even better. Our smile tells us it’s not so serious as we thought and opens up the channel for God’s healing Power. Now, we can get back into our right minds, our loving prayers and quiet meditations which help to weaken our fear muscle and strengthen our joy muscle. Fear is just a thought and so is Love. God gave us the power to choose which teacher we will follow, which thought we want to listen to.

One thing is for certain, if we choose to be at war with fear or try to hide from it, we only make it stronger. The only way to dispel it is to accept, allow and surrender it to God.

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 25, 2014

LOVE IS THE ONLY MIRACLE

 “Everything that comes from Love is a miracle.” A Course In Miracles

“I will let this be a day of miracles for me.”

Love is the only miracle and everything that comes from Love is the manifestation of miracles. Let this be a day of miracles for us.  Miracles are tiny instants where love sends shoots of energy from one heart to another.

What if there were no right or wrong, except how we choose to see it?  Everything is but a lesson, an opportunity to learn and to grow quiet and breathe love into the moment. We need do nothing, but become still in our mind and calm in our heart and ask God for help in seeing the world through His eyes.  When we are feeling burdened or challenged or anxious, we can make the decision to do nothing on our own.  “I will do nothing here, God, but step back and let You lead the way.  If there is something I should do or say, please make it clear to me so that all my thoughts, words and actions will come from Love and be the cause for miracles.”

So now, with a quiet, listening mind and a calm and loving heart, let’s feel the burden of decisions lifted from us. Let’s accept that of ourselves, we know nothing. Now are we free to extend love and peace into the world.  Now, will every thought and word and act be the right ones.  For now, all will come from Love.  Everything that comes from love is a miracle.

“Of myself I can do nothing, but in God are all my problems solved.” A Course In Miracles

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 22, 2014

BUTTERFLIES DON’T STING

“There are dark lessons in your mind that would hurt and hinder you. The lessons you would teach yourself God has corrected already.” A Course In Miracles

“I will welcome butterflies today.”

Lightning doesn’t tickle and butterflies don’t sting. Remember any lessons we don’t learn with each other now will be repeated later.  We never get through life without learning what we came here to learn. The longer we put off learning, the harder it gets.  It starts with a quiet thought like a butterfly’s touch, then moves on to a pinch, then a shove,  a kick, and finally a bolt of lightning. 

It isn’t God that is pinching, shoving, kicking or striking us with lightning. We are doing it to ourselves through the law of cause and effect. What we give to the world is what we bring upon ourselves. 

God never brings harm to His children. He just gently Loves us. Although He must be perplexed as to why we are choosing to beat ourselves up when all we have to do is simply accept our inheritance of happiness and joy. 

Why wait for lightning to strike when we can find our peace with just the tiny tickle of a butterfly’s wing?

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 21, 2014

TWO SLEDGE HAMMERS

“Forgiveness offers everything I want.” A Course In Miracles

“Through forgiveness I will knock down all barriers to my peace today.”

If we are having some challenges with someone in our life, spouse, partner, sibling, parent, friend, co-worker, it is time to remember once again that it is through our relationships we will be healed. 

If there is a barricade between us, it’s one we both put there.  No one in a relationship can build a barricade alone.  And no one can knock it down alone.  So let’s get two sledge hammers and start knocking. The barricade is anger, hurt, frustration, sadness, guilt. The sledge hammers are forgiveness. At some point we just have to forgive each other and start over. That’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.  When we heal our relationships, we heal our entire lives.

If the other person isn’t ready, we can remove ourselves from the fray and agree to disagree. This may have to be an internal gesture at first, but by allowing ourselves to be lifted above the battleground, we are letting God be in charge.  A simple prayer for help will open our hearts and minds to hearing God’s guidance.  When we open a channel for His thinking, He can tell us what to do and what to say to make corrections that will be helpful to all.  And at the very least, we can find peace in God even in the midst of chaos. 

There is only one side here and that is God’s. And He doesn’t take sides. In God there is only sharing and joining in Oneness. But we have to be willing to see ourselves and our relationships differently.  A little willingness is all God asks of us for His power to flow through.

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 20, 2014

SAME MISTAKE; SAME RESULTS

“But the dark journey is not the way of God’s Children. The Children of God were created of light and in light. In God the light is here and the way is clear.” A Course In Miracles

“I will choose to see things differently today.” 

Problems arise when we get stuck in a place where we don’t belong. When we can’t stand back or detach and see that what we are doing or thinking isn’t getting positive results. Instead of moving on or up, we stay where we are and just do the same old thing, only harder and louder and more.  War is a good example.  War doesn’t work and yet we can’t seem to move on from that concept that if we just kill each other louder, harder and more violently it will produce peace. Peace never comes from war. Peace is never the result of trying to control another.

Peace comes when we take the first step in going inward and asking for a better way.  Peace comes in releasing the past and saying I’m ready to begin to see this differently. I’m ready for a new way of thinking. We can’t do it alone because any solution or answer we will come up with on our own is based upon our past experience.  

Now, we need to simply grow quiet and ask for help and then be still and listen. Listen to the place within each of us where new and better answers silently await.  There has to be an element of trust in this quiet asking and listening.  We have to have a tiny inkling that there is a way we haven’t explored and even though we don’t know what it is, somewhere inside us the answers lie.

This gentle opening of our mind and heart will raise us to a higher level of peace because these answers that rest within us come not from fear, but from Love.  Not from egos wanting swift and dramatic justice, but from God Who teaches us that there is a better way. If we would only let Him walk before us and guide our steps and thoughts, we would be led on a path that actually works. It may or may not be swift and dramatic, but it certainly would be joyous and forever. In Him all our problems have been solved.

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 19, 2014

CLEAR AS CRYSTAL

“Retain your gifts in clear awareness as you see the changeless in the heart of change; the light of truth behind appearances.” A Course In Miracles

“Today I will pray GOD IS and say no more”

Let’s hang a crystal in our window and watch the sunlight reflect a rainbow all throughout our home.

In this way forgiveness is a crystal that reflects a rainbow of healing through our heart and throughout the world. The simple prayer GOD IS is enough to reflect love into our lives which extends a glorious light into the hearts of those around us.

A Course In Miracles teaches that the only true prayer is GOD IS and then we stop and grow still.  Nothing else is needed.  In these words live the truth of the Universe and the answer to all questions.  In this simple, yet powerful thought, we will find our true home.  Heaven is not a place.  It is a state of mind. And it lives inside us changeless and unceasing.

If we close our mind to the recognition and acceptance of this, it is like covering the crystal of clear understanding with a shadow that keeps the rainbow from our experience. We will not see what is right in front of us because we have let darkness hide the light.

But the moment we decide we want a better way, our willingness opens windows and clears channels for our higher consciousness to stream forth and teach us all we need to learn in order to grow into our most perfect and Holy Self.  Now are we transformers of a new way of being as the truth becomes clear reflecting bright color-filled splashes of  joy everywhere.

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 18, 2014

LOOK AND LET GO

“God being Love is also happiness. God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.” A Course In Miracles

“I will let happiness happen today.”

The secret to peace and happiness is don’t try to achieve it.  Just let it happen.  We think we have to work to be happy.  It’s just the opposite.  Happiness is a state of being, not doing.  There is nothing we can do or possess that will make us happy or unhappy. Happiness is.  It’s in us already. 

We think our natural state is challenge and fear and anger, guilt and sadness. We think we have to fight those feelings and stamp them out in order to be happy.  We think we have to hide them and from them, pushing them deep inside of us where we can forget them.  Or we think we must project them onto others.  A great ego ploy is being critical of another. It distracts us from our own dark thinking.

The better way is to accept our feelings no matter what they are.  Stand back and accept, “I am afraid here.”  “I am mad about this.” “Look how sad I am.” “I feel so guilty!” Accept the feelings and then release them. Looking and hanging on is another mistake. It’s LOOK AND LET GO!

It’s true the only thing we fear is fear.  But keeping it a secret (even from ourselves) or projecting it onto the world is where we make our mistakes. When we simply accept and rest in the fear, then surrender it to Love it dies a gentle death.  It is the same as turning on the light in a dark room.  When we shine the light upon our fears, they disappear into that light which is our own truth.

And now in this clean, pure state of innocence we are ready to accept our happiness, our peace, our joy … our true essence which lives and breathes and walks in the light.

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 11, 2014

WALK IN BEAUTY

I will be away from August 12 through August 15. Thank you dear spirit family and friends, for your holy presence in my life. I will return on Monday, August 18.

“…the strength of the body will always be enough to serve all truly useful purposes.” A Course In Miracles

“I will walk in my own beauty today.”

We are not our bodies, we are spirit. But we have a responsibility to love and care for our bodies. Our bodies are here to serve a purpose in helping make the world a better place and our lives easier if we allow it. We must enjoy our body and value it, not for its size or shape or gender, but for its true design. 

Our smiles can express kindness and love.
Our voices can speak for those who can’t.
Our eyes can radiate joy.
Our hands can offer help and hope.
Our arms can hug a child or a frightened friend.
Our feet can take us wherever we are needed.

Our hearts and minds can be open to great possibilities for joy and love. 

We should eat with healthy enjoyment. We should exercise until it feels good. We should play with delight and laugh freely. We should speak gently, breathe deeply and think lightly. We should work with purpose and a sense of fun. We should take the time to smell the sweet alyssum, breathe in the beauty and feel the textures of life. When we use our bodies in this way, we will always be beautiful.

May your body carry you wherever God wants you today.

“God goes with me wherever I go.” A Course In Miracles

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 8, 2014

THAT’S A GIFT

“… love cannot be far behind a grateful heart and thankful mind.” A Course In Miracles

“I will be grateful for everyone in my life today.”

Let us thank those who journey with us for they are an integral and valuable part of our learning and our healing. We need them and they need us. Even or especially the ones that challenge us the most.  For they are the ones that push our buttons and show us where we are still stuck.  Because of them we can choose to cling to our painful pasts or we can smile, forgive and grow.  Now that’s a gift!

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 7, 2014

MIRACLES TRANSCEND

“Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.” A Course In Miracles

“I will see only miracles of healing today.”

Can we understand beauty that transcends the body? What of beauty that creates another world; one that transforms our small thinking into something glorious, loving and limitless? Today, let’s see our inner beauty and this other world. Let’s see it for ourselves and for all those who suffer pain today.

Help us see that quietly within our very being lives everything we need to experience wondrous miracles of love and peace and joy. Let’s walk through this world even in its most insane moments  surrendering our fears to God. Together, we can experience a heart that always beats calmly and a mind that believes, not in how things look, but in how things are in God.

Let’s transcend our five little senses and look for more. Imagine the exquisite taste of delicious joy and breathing in the lovely scent of Holy Love. Imagine hearing only the sound of happiness and healing and seeing calm and quiet peace in every moment. Imagine the feel of angels’ wings wrapping themselves protectively around us as they whisper reassuringly, “You are safe now. Let fear go and feel your spirit fly with us.”

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 6, 2014

LIGHTEN UP AND LAUGH MORE

“You can indeed laugh at fear thoughts.” A Course In Miracles

“Today I will remember to laugh a lot.”

It’s time to lighten up and laugh more.  There is way too much taken too seriously in this world and in our relationships with each other. Let’s not bring all that intensity into our home and serve it for dinner to our family.  It can cause indigestion and sleepless nights.  And nightmares for the children.  Laughter is the great healer. We must take its medicine liberally and use it often.

May we walk in the light of our own laughter and thereby bless the world today.

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 5, 2014

YES, YES, YES AND YES!

“God being love is also happiness. I will seek only what is mine in truth.” A Course In Miracles

“I will say YES to life today.”

Let’s see how many times we can say yes today.  Not yes in the sense that we are afraid to say no, but YES in the sense that we allow ourselves to be open to the possibilities for a beautiful experience in each moment.

Below are some YES thoughts for us to consider.

YES, I give myself permission to be happy.
YES, I will see my loved ones as the lights of my life.
YES, I will laugh in the rain and celebrate in the sun.
YES, I will see the beauty in my spirit.
YES, I will stop and experience nature knowing it is free.
YES, I will believe I am not this body and this body is not me.
YES, I will accept I am Holy and Beloved beyond this world.
YES, I will use my body as an instrument of peace.
YES, I will enjoy the world without guilt.
YES, I will welcome everyone with an open mind.
YES, I will trust that there are possibilities for joy in every experience.
YES, I will forgive every grievance for my own peace of mind.
YES, I will not be afraid to be open to joy knowing joy is my truth.
YES, I will calm my mind and quiet my thoughts.
YES, I will experience my life with mindful grace.
YES, I will be patient with everyone who comes before me.
YES, I will spend time every day becoming centered.
YES, I will silently listen to God’s Will in all things.

Whenever our cautious, fearful mind wants to deny us our peace and joy, let’s ask how we can turn that NO into a happy YES.  Every YES that comes from Love is a miracle. 

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 4, 2014

MORE JOY …

“The light that belongs to you is the light of Joy.” A Course In Miracles

“I will be a channel for joy in the world today.”

When anything comes into our mind that wants to push our joy away, let’s smile brightly at the distraction and return to joy.  Let’s recognize that joy is natural, fear is not.  We have a choice.  And today we choose our own delightful, precious, wondrous JOY!  Bolded, colored, capitalized, underlined and with an exclamation point.  We can hear nothing, we can see nothing, we can feel nothing but pure joy.

Joy is contagious.  We need do nothing, but experience it and as it flows from us, it spreads to others.  Soon we are sending joy to everyone and the world comes to life as joyous. Beautiful, contagious joy flows unhampered through the streets, along the highways, across the oceans, up the mountains into the villages and towns and cities everywhere.

Joy is no longer just a word.  Joy is our experience, our world, our life.  Smile with it. Laugh about it. Delight in it. Be it.  JOY!

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 1, 2014

VISION’S BREATH

We are as certain of success as we are sure we live and hope and breathe and think. We do not doubt we walk with truth today … Our peace lies in its limitlessness.” A Course In Miracles

“Peace lives and breathes in me.”

Go within with quiet breath and envision a place where peace lives inside you.  A place in nature is always helpful. A smile forms easily as you breathe in the scent of woods and hear the quiet bubbling of a brook as it meanders past you. Smell the pungency of pine and feel a quiet breeze gently fanning your face. Hear the friendly sound of birds calling to each other through the trees. It’s lovely in this world you envision.  This is your world, your haven and your heaven and it lives right inside your mind.  Keep it with you as you go about your day. Lift it out to look at and feel the calming effects of it whenever you need a restful, healing moment.  In this way you bless yourself and everyone around.  For as you calm your own thoughts, your peace filled energy and your contagious joy will be felt and shared by all. Now are you fulfilling your purpose in the world as an instrument of love and peace. If you wonder why you’re here, this is why.

 

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 31, 2014

EMPTY LIFE; FULL LIFE

“There is one life and that I share with God.” A Course In Miracles

“I will use my body for holiness today.”

We can serve the ego and live a small life or we can serve God and be His gift to the world.  The choice of whom to serve lives in our mind, not the brain, but in the Spirit Mind.  When we make the choice to serve God as a teacher of His Love through gentle thoughts and acts of kindness, then does the body have the power to be a healing tool in the world.  Without our decision to use it lovingly, the body is nothing but muscle and blood and bones and organs strung together to make a form that walks the earth alone.  But use it for God’s purpose and it becomes something Holy and helpful and will bring us joy and great peace.

God sings our song.  He speaks the words we need to hear.  Now we can live in joyous oneness with Him and all His children dancing in His light and painting His pictures for our lives.

Posted by: spiritteacher | July 30, 2014

RECOGNITION

“In this recognition there is peace.” A Course In Miracles

“I will recognize myself in you today.”

Who are you?  You are the ever present Oneness of me and all our brothers and sisters created by a Loving God.  You are the light that happens in my mind when I think of you.  You are the joy in my heart when I remember who I am.  You are the Love in which I rest when I want to be at peace. You are wise and wonderful as well as pure and perfect innocence all in one place.  You are not the question, but the answer.  You are YOU, the SELF, the vast eternal perfect SELF in which I see myself reflected whenever I remember to look.  You are the One for Whom I have searched my entire life. You are my teacher, my brother/sister and me at our Source. You are the one on whom the Divine Universe smiles in eternal recognition and says, “Rest in ME. You are home now.  At last you have come home.”

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