Posted by: spiritteacher | October 22, 2014

SHARE IT TO KEEP IT

“To give and to receive are one.” A Course In Miracles

“I will share my joy today.”

God’s peace and joy belong to us.

Let’s offer it to our brothers and sisters in a

beautiful bouquet today and watch it

be returned to us

like a lovely floral boomerang.

The only way to have true peace and joy is

to share it with others.

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 21, 2014

THERE IS NO SECRET AND NO MYSTERY

“Miracles are seen in light.” A Course In Miracles

“I will live in the simplicity of Love today.”

The secret is there is no secret and God is not a mystery. He is as open and accessible as sunlight, as ready to receive us as a Loving Host welcoming us to a celebration in our honor. His door is always open and our way to Him made free of stumbling blocks. He does not play hide and seek or games of any kind.  He does not see us as naughty children needing to be punished, but only as His Loving Creations in Whom He is always well pleased. He knows we are not our fears , but His blessings.  And when we act out of fear, He knows that is not the truth of us. And He wills that we see ourselves and all others the way He sees us with the Vision of perfect Love, One with Him and with each other.

In God life is simple being only Love and nothing else. It is we who complicate and whisper secrets and make a mystery of things. And that is what disturbs our peace.  It is our own closed doors, our judgments and dark thoughts that keep us from our peace. If we look toward God and ask His help in everything, we will only have experiences of openness and kindness and gentleness and love. If our hearts and minds are open to receive God, we will see how easy life really is; how filled with light and free of all the complications that we cause.

Let’s go forth with open minds and hearts and let peace walk before us while thoughts of mystery gently fade away.

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 20, 2014

TRUST

“I am as God created me.” A Course In Miracles

“I will love and trust in myself today.”

Trust that you can love and believe in yourself

Without fear or denial of your own truth.

Trust in the beauty and in the goodness that lives in you and in everyone.

Trust in your holiness.

Trust in your innocence.

Trust in the YOU that walks with Angels and happily blesses the world.

Trust in your gentle smile that spreads joy to all who receive it.

Trust in the knowing that true peace lives quietly and constantly inside you.

Trust that believing in yourself as a light in the world

Is true humility because this is God’s thought of you.

Trust that you are worthy of health and abundance, peace and joy and love

And so is everyone.

Trust that God created you Holy and Whole.
Trust that God needs you to be His teacher for peace NOW.

May you walk in peace today trusting you are blessed and can bless by simply being YOU.

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 17, 2014

ONE PROBLEM; ONE SOLUTION

“Let miracles replace all grievances.” A Course In Miracles

“I will let grievances be transformed into miracles today.”  

What if there was only one problem?  And one solution?  Let’s say the problem is that we are holding onto a grievance.  And the solution is that we have decided to let it go.  What would happen?  Only one thing can happen. The grievance would collapse and be transformed into a miracle.

What does this mean?  It means that every grievance no matter in what form it comes to us can be seen as a lesson; an opportunity for healing.  Healing of our thoughts through our forgiveness is the only true healing.  Now we no longer see the grievance, but the true purpose of the grievance which is to let it go so it can be replaced with a happy thought. In that moment we have experienced a true healing.  Any healing that happens at the level of the spirit mind is permanent. This doesn’t mean we won’t cherish other grievances or even bring this one up again, but it does mean that the solution has happened; the problem has been solved.  It is our choice whether we recognize and accept this or not.  It is our choice whether we want to live in our healed mind or in our grievances.

In God’s Forgiveness, nothing can disturb our peace and all that we draw to us is joy and loving miracles. We are no longer a victim, but a powerful Child of a Loving God who is at peace and brings peace with us wherever we go. Now we are able to allow Him to walk before us and correct every problem we may think we have. Forgiveness is our path to perfect peace.

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 16, 2014

ACCEPTANCE AND FORGIVENESS

“Forgiveness is the key to happiness.” A Course In Miracles

“I will let God handle things today.”

Instead of focusing so intently on our imperfections and our fears and all that we perceive to be negative about ourselves and others, why don’t we instead focus on simply accepting who we are just the way we are?  And then accept others for themselves as well. Once we have accepted life as it is, we can then begin the process of inner change.

We have trained ourselves to judge everything and everyone … to the nth degree.  We thrive on our judgments, because we believe in them so strongly.  If something “looks” a certain way, we say it is so. We believe in what we think we see as though it were etched in stone. Many a relationship has suffered for just such thinking.  Much fear has been justified in the name of righteousness. 

If we’re not sure we believe in the power of our judgments, let’s do this exercise. Let’s take a strong opinion we have about something in our life and try and let it go. Religion, Relationships, Politics, Justice, Money, and Death are just a few topics we may feel strongly about. Let’s take an opinion about any one of these things and let it go. Feel the stress from trying to swallow that idea?  And yet it is these very judgments that keep us imprisoned in a world of suffering and pain.

God’s job is to impress His loving judgment upon all these things that worry us so much. To let go of judgment does not mean the world will go to hell in a hand basket. It only means that we are letting God handle what belongs to Him so all these complicated things can be simplified and the world can be open to His Holy Healing.    

 Every judgment thought slams a door on God.  Every acceptance thought opens a heart and lets Him in. 

Every forgiveness thought radiates love and heals the world a little more.

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 15, 2014

GOD’S LOVE IS …

“I am thankful for God’s Gifts to me. ” A Course In Miracles 

“I will let my smile radiate God’s Love today.”

God’s love is a heavenly radiance that reflects upon what’s true.

God’s love is beyond time and space and man-made laws and beliefs. 

God’s love is a brilliant ray that shines from face to face.

God’s love is an unseen cord that connects us to each other.

God’s love is a promise in which we can place our trust.

God’s love is a happy heart that beats in rhythm with our own.

God’s love is the tree of life ripe with miracles for the picking.

God’s love is a beautifully wrapped package filled with many gifts.

God’s love are blessings of  joy, abundance, health and safety.

God’s love is found in every forgiving thought.

God’s love is seen in every kind act.

God’s love is in every prayer for peace.

God’s love blesses us and all the world.

God’s Love is all there is.

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 14, 2014

THERE ARE NO STRANGERS

“When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter.
As you treat them you will treat yourself.
As you think of them you will think of yourself.
Never forget this for in them you will find yourself or lose yourself.”  A Course In Miracles

“I will bless everyone I meet today.”

When we meet anyone, we are not meeting a stranger.
Instead we are meeting a brother, a sister,

A friend we haven’t met before.
It isn’t necessary to speak words aloud
But in our mind we can say hello
And let a smile light our face as we pass by.
If they see and respond, well and good
If not, what does it matter?
Our smile is loving energy radiating through,
And registering quietly somewhere inside them.
And one day when they really need it,
Our kind thought will touch their heart
And they won’t even know from where it came,
Only that for a moment they feel lighter inside
And for some reason they are smiling.

I will bless everyone I meet today
And thereby bless myself.

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 13, 2014

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT BEING SPECIAL?

“The peace of God is my one goal.” A Course In Miracles

“Today I will remember I am One with God and all humanity.”

Let’s think of ourselves as an onion. Layers and layers of experience, feelings, desires, hopes and fears. All the things that make us, us are in that onion. We are complex. We are unique. We are special. We have moments of joy mingled with pain. Moments of sunlight darkened by storms. I wonder if we took the time to count, which would be more prevalent, the sunlight or the storms? Do we want to know? And why do we think it’s a good thing to be special, unique and complex? Have we ever asked ourselves that question? What is so special about being special? What if being special means our happiness must be touched by suffering? What if being special means our light must be darkened by fear? What if being special means our joy must be mingled with pain? Our peace dimmed by doubt? What if being special means that no matter what we do or what we have that is unique from others, it can’t make us happy? Would we still want it?

Shall we peel that onion now, layer by layer and see what’s at the core? Strip away the pain. Strip away the sadness. Strip away the anger. Strip away the sickness and suffering. Strip away the fear in every form imaginable. And now we’ve reached the core, the very center of our being. That place where we aren’t so different from each other, but only One. What is left?

Love. Only Love is left.

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 10, 2014

BEYOND THIS WORLD

A MEDITATION

“Beyond this world there is a world I want. I cannot see two worlds.”  A Course In Miracles

“I will see only God’s world today.” 

See inside your mind, a lovely Chapel filled with light. This lovely loving light shines upon you, surrounds you, fills you up and finally heals you.

The Chapel is surrounded by a garden whose flowers are of colors not dimmed by the world’s judgment or fears. Their stems and leaves are the green of a pure and loving heart. Their blooms of vibrant reds and blues and yellows, pinks and purples and variations of the same including colors without names are unlike any you have ever seen. Think of a color that has struck you with its amazing beauty; a sunset or a rainbow that has lifted your heart and taken your breath away. Now see the colors of these flowers in the garden of your mind as more glorious and perfect than any earthly wonders. If you can’t envision this it is simply that you have not before looked beyond this world into another world more real than this one that lives inside your mind and is awaiting only recognition.

Through the garden bubbles a brook as clear as the crystal stones it washes over. Watch these stones as they sparkle and flash in the sunlight’s happy rays. There is music in the splashing brook which springs from your clear and purest thoughts. There is art in the garden that you have painted in your mind and poetry in the clear, clean air you breathe inside this other world. 

There is a calm and holy quiet space inside the Chapel that holds its light for you. And this, Dear Child of God, is your true home. Go there as often as you can and rest your weary heart and revive your spirit. Go there whenever you feel angry or anxious or sad. Go there whenever you see yourself beset by unsolvable problems.  Whenever you are troubled by thoughts that swirl in dark confusion in your mind go inside and visit your Chapel. Kneel at the altar of your most loving place. Walk through your garden.  Sit beside your bubbling brook.  Collect the crystals and lay them about you and feel their energy fill you and revive you.

And now revived and refreshed go about your day and extend to all a new certainty, a calm and quiet confidence and the happy knowing, all is well.

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 9, 2014

THE WORLD LAUGHING

“… and the world forgot to laugh.” A Course In Miracles

“I will listen for and join in the laughter today.”

God holds you gently in the night and shows you how to laugh at darkness in the day.

Wrapped only in the Loving Light of God, sip the sweetness of the gift of life. Lift your arms and leap with joy and laugh out loud. A world that laughs is not friends with fear. In fact it doesn’t even know that thought. Now are you aware that all you believed was true was just a crazy dream. See yourself awaken knowing that your peace, your happiness, your truth are still inside you as they’ve always been. Rejoice and lead the others into the light as well. Let your loving laughter be the only sound they hear. Turn and watch with wonder to see their pain-filled faces transform into smiles of happy joy, their shining eyes on you. Feel their hearts joined with yours in delightful celebration of a whole new way of seeing  and of being.

The pain, the darkness and the fear are gone. And then you ask, what’s that lovely sound? Why of course. You recognize it now. It’s the world laughing.

And all because of you.

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 8, 2014

BEAUTY IN THE FOG

“My holiness envelops everything I see.”  
“There is nothing to fear.” A Course In Miracles

“I will not be afraid to rest in the beauty of the fog.”

When life is too painful for whatever reason
And your mind and heart feel confused and
A fog settles over you,
Think of this …

There is beauty in the fog
As it softly enfolds the world
In its hazy dampness.
There is beauty in the fog,
As it lets you rest in its muted
And muffling embrace.

As you rest in fog’s embrace 
Feel yourself letting go and letting God.
And recognize that you are participating 
In true forgiveness. 

And then when the sharpness and light
Of the world come into focus once again,
You will find yourself feeling stronger for
Having allowed yourself a time of rest
As you surrendered all things 

Into the beauty of the fog.

And God’s healing Love.

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 7, 2014

IN STILLNESS ALONE WE HEAR

“The stillness of the peace of God is mine.”  A Course In Miracles

“I will quiet my mind and listen to God today.”

We talk to God, but we don’t listen very well. In our prayers we ask for things and then we get busy and tell Him how to make them happen. We want this particular job or this specific car or this one house or this exact family or relationship or workplace dynamic.  We pray for others around us to change to accommodate our personalities and perceptions. We don’t have a clue as to how we are limiting our options by trying to manipulate our lives to follow our little plans for what we believe we want and need. 

We put ourselves in a prison cell of our own making and then complain because we’re trapped in a life that brings us pain or is not fulfilling. We seek, seek, seek and never find.

Only when we calm down and get quiet are we able to open ourselves to the infinite possibilities of the Divine Universe. Maybe it’s time to stop asking, stop talking and thinking and grow still and listen. Could it be there is Someone Who knows more than we do?  Is it possible that we don’t know what is really right for us?

What if it’s true?  The quiet mind hears clearly and the busy mind hears nothing much at all. Now we soften our hearts and fill each moment with smiling kindness. Now we allow ourselves to grow still and live each moment mindfully. God has much to say, but we can only hear Him if we stop talking and grow still.

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 6, 2014

THANK YOUR SELF

“May I pick you a little flower, gift of Earth and Sky?”  Teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh

“I will remember to thank myself today.”

Pick yourself a flower today and tell yourself, “I deserve it.”

Thank yourself.
Bless yourself.
Appreciate and validate yourself.
Smile at yourself and hug yourself.

Envision yourself as light.
See your light shining everywhere.

Breathe in and out slowly repeating these affirmations:

I see myself in the light of kindness.
I see myself in the light of patience.
I see myself in the light of compassion.
I see myself in the light of forgiveness.
I see myself in the light of purest joy.

Just BE your SELF today.
And then do it again tomorrow.

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 3, 2014

LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN

Let this day be a day of stillness and of quiet listening.” A Course In Miracles

“I will be still and listen to a voice not my own today.”

This thought can’t be stressed enough because in this idea the world will be saved. We can’t begin to understand or experience healing if we don’t allow God in. And God cannot enter if we won’t Listen to Him.  Our prayer would be, “God, please help me listen.”  And then we would grow still.  It takes practice and great patience and more practice because we have trained ourselves in doing, but have spent little time in learning how to undo; to be still and simply listen.

Now time has a purpose. That purpose is to grow quiet, rest in Him who created us, and listen for His Answers. Every answer to every question, and every resolution to every problem has already been given us. All we need do is be still and listen and we will see that this is true.

“Let me be still and listen to the truth.” A Course In Miracles

May you walk in Stillness today and find yourself in God.

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 2, 2014

NEW DAY, NEW LIFE, NEW WORLD

“… think about the kind of day you want, and tell yourself there is a way in which this very day can happen just like that. Then try again to have the day you want.” A Course In Miracles

“I will see this world as brand new today.”

Our willingness for peace does not happen into a void and then what? It’s not, “I have peace now. Is this all there is?”

No, our willingness for something better opens doors and windows to wondrous moments, amazing experiences, delightful opportunities and holy relationships. It changes our world as we change our mind about the world. So now we can have expectations for beauty and joy and abundance beyond anything we could have imagined on our own. We have  joined with God and His Divine Universe when we agreed to give Him our fears and allowed our minds and hearts to be open to our own Holy Healing.

It’s a new day.
It’s a new you.
It’s a new me.
It’s a new life.
It’s a whole new world!

May you walk in the new world of your own true Self today.

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 1, 2014

CANARY IN A CAGE

“… we lift the chains that bar the door to freedom from the world, and go beyond all little values and diminished goals.”  A Course In Miracles

I will fly free today.

Grievances keep us in prison. Forgiveness dissolves the bars and lets us fly free.

Think of a canary in a cage. The cage door has always been ajar, but the canary isn’t aware of it. It thinks it is trapped in the cage. Although it longs for freedom it stays inside the cage unaware that there has always been a way out. It stays, not because it is really trapped, but because it believes it is.  Our cage door is open. At any time we can choose to surrender the grievances that keep us trapped and fly through that open door and claim our inheritance of peace and joy.

Posted by: spiritteacher | September 30, 2014

JOINING IN ONENESS

“Above all else I want to see things differently.” A Course In Miracles

“I will see everyone and everything through the eyes of oneness today.”

Let’s allow our eyes to see miracles as our hearts fill with love for everyone and everything.

Let’s love the stop light because it blesses us with the opportunity to stop and breathe a moment. To look around and see small wonders. Let us love everyone who shares the line with us at the grocery store because they are us in different bodies. Let’s fill our hearts with love for everyone who works with us; for our family, our friends, our acquaintances and those we think are strangers and even those we’ve never met. Let’s remember we’re travelers together on an amazing journey. Not only are we one with all, but in God’s eyes we ARE all and they are us. 

Only the form of our experience differs. In our hearts we are the same; capable of fear and capable of Love. If we choose love for ourselves, we choose it for all.  Then let’s remember that in choosing Love for everyone, we will rise above the dark experiences that happen in the world. In the heart-home, where God’s Love lives, harm and hate can never enter.  Fear and sadness are no more.

Let’s join in our Oneness and see things differently today.

Posted by: spiritteacher | September 29, 2014

GOD STILL CARRIES US

“Our innocence and our holiness are guaranteed by God.” A Course In Miracles

“Let’s let this be a moment of peace for us.
And let this peace-filled moment stretch into forever.”

As we breathe in the beauty of this moment, we allow ourselves to be at one with God and His Divine Universe and all the earth and each sister and brother who travels their spirit’s journey alongside us.

Now all we thought were problems have been solved with gentleness and joy. All that we feared fades into the shadows and disappears into the nothingness from which they came. All the bad news has transformed into good news and hate is gone and only light and love remain, constant and eternal, our Holy gifts from God.

We laugh with relief at how mistaken we were and we bow our heads in gratitude as we see only God’s Laws of purest Love governing our world and guiding our thoughts.

Only tears of happiness well in our eyes these days as we see the Truth of who we are. We understand what the words mean that our innocence and our holiness are guaranteed by God. We feel overwhelmed by love and awed by our own beauty. We want nothing more than to be holy teachers of kindness in service to our glorious Creator who designed us in His image as Spirit Beings using bodies and not the other way around as we mistakenly believed until now.

Our eyes light up and smiles of recognition transform our faces as we look upon everyone. Our trust in God is so powerful and true that nothing can disturb it. Our days are gladly spent in service to the One who only wants our peace and happiness and Who knows us as we’ve never known ourselves.

Words like kindness and compassion and helpfulness fill our conversations. Willing open hands replace fists, calm and quiet thoughts replace angry words and miracles of healing replace tragedy and pain.

We see all life anew. We believe, not so much that the world has changed, but that we are finally seeing it aright. It’s the way it’s always been beneath our foggy mists of sadness and suffering. But we were too focused on our aimless wanderings and narrow paths of victim thinking, to see the truth.

God is carrying us and He always has. His Light is here and it shines on you and me. Let’s rest in Him and watch trustingly as each peace-filled moment stretches into forever. As God’s Creations this is our true destiny. Our job is to simply accept our destiny with gratitude and grace and say thank you and Amen.

Posted by: spiritteacher | September 26, 2014

THE LIGHT WITHIN

“The Light has come.  I am at peace.” A Course In Miracles

“I will choose Light and Joy today in all things.”

Light in the spiritual sense is an internal thing.  Unlike the sun, the moon and the stars, it shines eternally within us.  It can be a quiet sense of knowing or well being or a glorious radiance of happy wonder that emanates from our very core.

When our light is allowed, it shines on everything in our path. No thoughts of darkness or fear, no worry or anxiety can disturb our peace in this light. It comes from our true being, from God that lives in each of us.  It cannot be turned off like a light bulb, but can only be temporarily forgotten or hidden behind a fog of misunderstanding when we place our focus elsewhere. 

Light like joy is a choice.  It can be chosen in each moment and in every experience.  When we choose Light in everything, all answers come to us as soon as the questions are asked.  All obstacles are removed from our path because our light simply shines them away.  It’s important to understand that to truly experience our light we must also choose to see it in others.

Light cannot be contained, but only hidden behind the clouds for a time. As soon as we choose to brush the clouds away, there it is, LIGHT.  God is the source of our Light. Created in His likeness we are His Light in the world. Constant and eternal and forever our Light shines like a beacon for healing and happiness.  Let’s join ourselves in our own Light today and be in Joy from this moment on.

“The Light has come. I have forgiven the world.” ACIM

Posted by: spiritteacher | September 25, 2014

NO HURRY NOW

“There is no hurry now,
for we are using time for
its intended purpose.”
A Course In Miracles

“I will walk in timelessness today.” 

What if we used time for its intended purpose which is to heal and promote peace?  If we forgot about the clocks and the calendars and let God lead us in His own Time; would we see the world differently? Is it possible that if we surrendered time to Him we would somehow never be too early or too late? What we are seeking in the future and all that we regret from the past may be nothing more than an illusion. A time piece of our own making that fades from our sight as we choose to experience only this moment, this Holy moment.

Now is the time. 
Here is the place.
Here and now is where Heaven lives.

With this understanding we must smile gratefully and say a simple thank you.  And then our path to peace will open up before us and time will no longer be our enemy, but our holy tool for healing.

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