Posted by: spiritteacher | May 18, 2018

HAPPINESS IS A GENTLE CHOICE

“Gentleness means that fear is now impossible, and what could come to interfere with joy?” A Course In Miracles

“I will decide for gentle joy today.”

If we want to know how little we really trust God, we just need to look at the world around us.  If we really believed in Him and trusted Him as we should, that energy would bring a different world into our experience. 

The world we see offers little that we want.  Let’s look around and see how insane it is to believe in a world of disease and danger and death.  

A world where one brother can appear to overpower another with his will. And where the other brother appears to be the victim. Where is the gentleness in this?

A world where bad things happen to good people.  A world where children are at risk and answers are seen in violence. Where is the gentleness now?

A world where war seems like a solution and suffering is everywhere. A world where nature is so out of balance that it threatens the entire planet.  This world needs something new. It needs gentleness; God’s gentleness and our own.

This is not God’s world, this is human’s world.  Even if humans say a thing is God’s will, if there is anything but pure and gentle Love and Joy involved, IT IS NOT GOD’S WILL. 

It’s time to stop denying the truth and turn to God instead. It’s time to ask for help in seeing God’s World through this world. It is there. We get glimpses, but it seldom lasts. Only for the truly gentle can God’s world be experienced consistently.

To hear God is not a matter of fighting the crazy ego thinking; it’s simply a matter of being still and going inward with the gentle trust of open minds and hearts. If we look, without judgment or attachment, at the insane thoughts that rule our lives and then quietly let them pass on by while we return to our peaceful core where God lives, it wouldn’t be long before we would realize that being happy is nothing more than a gentle choice.

Gentleness is often equated with weakness. But instead it is a powerful force, a gift from God that allows us to see the world anew and to experience a joy filled life and a holy, healed world.

“Creation’s gentleness is all I see.” A Course In Miracles

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 17, 2018

KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS

“ … they will see only the blameless and the beautiful, the gentle and the kind.” A Course In Miracles

“I will be kind to myself and everyone today.”

If we’re feeling unhappy, we can do something kind for someone else. 

Think a kind thought.  Perform a kind act. Kindness is the only medicine we need for our perfect healing.

Kindness transcends and transforms fear into love.

Kindness is contagious and returns itself to us.

As we lovingly give and serve, 
We will see unhappiness transformed 
Into a warmth of blessed gratitude and joy. 

Smile upon another and we smile upon ourselves.

“Today I am … born anew into a world of mercy and of care; of loving kindness and the peace of God. Today I can go past all fear, and be restored to love and holiness and peace.” A Course In Miracles

Healing comes through the gift of kindness.

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 16, 2018

HUMILITY IS TRUSTING GOD

“When God’s power has once been experienced, it is impossible to trust one’s own petty strength again. Who would attempt to fly with the tiny wings of a sparrow when the mighty power of an eagle has been given him? And who would place his faith in the shabby offerings of the ego when the gifts of God are laid before him?” A Course In Miracles

“I will allow myself to trust today.”

Somewhere along the line we got off track.  When did we decide that self deprecation was a positive and endearing trait?  That quiet confidence, the kind that flows from us naturally and needs no words, was egocentric? You know the tired saying, “He/She is so full of themselves.” When did humility become mistaken for self debasement? And being confident become a negative? Not ego’s grandiose postering, but the quiet certainty that we are God’s perfect creations, just as He tells us. 

Let’s pay attention to how often, in a day or an hour, we put ourselves down with negative judgments that we believe are simple modesty.

To believe that humility is synonymous with self insulting thoughts is to say that we are not the way God created us. And if we truly believe this, we are saying that we know ourselves better than God does. It’s as though we need to protect ourselves and each other from our own Holiness.  How can that make sense?

Let’s look at all the thoughts that stream through our minds and often come out of our mouths that build around us a wall of insecurity and low self esteem. And how often do we project our fears upon others needing to bring them down with us? Depression is caused by feelings of unworthiness. Anxiety and worry are made from fear of an uncertain future. How can the all powerful Children of a Perfect God ever think that they are victims of an unstable and unpredictable world?  To our untrained eye, it may look that way much of the time.  But what if we understood that the world only looks the way our minds tell us it looks?  What if we could turn our thinking around. If our negative thoughts are causing a negative world, what would happen if we joined our thoughts with God?  Think of the immense possibilities.

“God wants us to be healed.” A Course In Miracles

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 15, 2018

OWN YOUR JOY

“Joy is eternal. God’s peace and joy are yours.” A Course In Miracles

“The joy of God is what I am.”

Those who are the happiest in this world are so, not because of their worldly circumstances, but because of their inner desire for peace. When we look for peace within us, our worldly circumstances manifest this desire.  It’s not the other way around. We aren’t happy because we get what we want.  We get what we want because we have first chosen to be happy.  Until we have decided to be happy, we can’t even know what we want.

The power is in our own thinking.  The Universe can only open itself to us and offer us amazing opportunities when we have first opened our hearts to experience life through Love. This requires that we value ourselves as God values us. 

Our only real problem is that we don’t understand the simplicity of the joy of God.  It’s not something we do or something we have or the way our bodies look or feel.  IT IS WHAT WE ARE.  And that’s the thought we need to own.

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 14, 2018

WE ARE ENTITLED

“I am entitled to miracles. Let miracles replace all grievances.” A Course In Miracles

“I will accept my miracles today.”

I am entitled to miracles, large and small, that color my world and make me smile. 

I am entitled to everything I need. Even when I don’t know exactly what that is, there is a living, breathing Life inside me that knows for me. 

I am entitled to perfect health; health of mind and body and spirit.

I am entitled to perfect safety even when the world feels unsafe.

I am entitled to happiness, the kind that never changes and never leaves.

I am entitled to unlimited abundance that is shared by all.  

I am entitled to joy that lights my eyes, lifts my heart and brings me peace.

I am entitled to a calm and quiet state of mind that lives sanely within me even when the world looks insane.

I am entitled to love,        

    relationship love    family love   friendship love

And the other Love that comes from deep within my soul and is my gift from a Source that is greater than me.  

I will see all this as soon as I remember, believe and trust in the holiness within me.  

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 11, 2018

SERIOUSLY, LET’S LAUGH

“The sorrowful cast off their mourning, and the tears of pain are dried as happy laughter comes to bless the world.” A Course In Miracles

“I’m going to laugh at life today.”

What if we stopped taking ourselves and the world so seriously?  Would it be such a disaster?  Or would it change the energy field around us and make our lives a little easier?

Humor can be found in just about everything. How many times have we been involved in an intense disagreement with someone close to us when suddenly the whole thing seemed outrageous and hilarious?  Didn’t the whole dynamic change from miserable to just plain wonderful? 

I’ve heard laughter at funerals, haven’t you?  Doesn’t loving laughter feel more a celebration of our loved ones than sadness and despair?

Let’s join together in a celebration of life with some happy laughter.  Laughter can hurt and laughter can heal. Let’s focus on the healing kind today and laugh a lot. If something seems serious, before we react, let’s ask ourselves, is there anything funny about this? I bet we can find the laugh button within ourselves if we try.

If someone in our life is hurt or angry over some incident, perhaps a thought of quiet kindness and compassion can crumble the wall of intense emotion and soften a heart or two.  Not always out loud, if their hearts are closed to healing and open to pain.  But as a silent prayer lifted up to God on their behalf.  And when they seem more open to another way of thinking, perhaps a gentle laugh will be the thing that heals the moment.

We spend far too much time looking for bad news.  Waiting for the other shoe to drop.  Just watch the evening news. There’s almost a desperation in the way each drop of pain and suffering and drama is wrung from every story.  We can, if we choose, find something to sadden or anger us in just about anything. But we can find laughter and joy in just about everything as well.

“ … and in their gentle laughter are they healed.” A Course In Miracles

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 10, 2018

DON’T THINK, SMILE

“And God smiles upon His Child, His one creation and His only joy.” A Course In Miracles

“I will smile my thoughts today.”

A smile is a speech without words. A smile can heal a situation, a relationship or begin a friendship. It can defuse a tense moment and soften a heart.

What if we stopped thinking and started smiling? Smile in greeting at each stranger we pass. Smile at our spouse, our partner, our children, our co-workers.  What if we let go of all that we think we know and all that we judge to be real or factual and simply smile instead. No thinking. No judgments. No words.

A smile is a signal, a form of communication. It’s a sign of our willingness to be friendly and open. It requires no thinking, no words, no effort and no time. It cost nothing and yet it is a valuable gift to everyone we smile at and to ourselves as well.

A smile is contagious and causes others to smile back. In our smile, people feel they know us. In a smile lives kindness, compassion, humor, gentleness, open mindedness and the willingness to forgive. A smile houses love and the energy that makes joy rise.

As we smile we can lower our blood pressure, raise our awareness, open to our connection to others and feel the effects of the Divine Universe blessing us. Our forehead and face relax and our eyes soften as we smile. The tightness between our shoulders loosens and the heaviness in our chest becomes lighter.

A smile lifts us to a higher level of being and allows our spirit to shine.  We are beautiful when we smile. A quiet smile gives us breathing room to be in the moment and listen to the stillness of our holy self communing with our Source. 

A smile leaves the past behind.

A smile doesn’t worry about the future.

A smile brings us all into Oneness in the moment.

Smile and be healed.  Smile and heal.

And feel God’s grateful, loving Presence, smiling back.

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 9, 2018

NO TIME AT ALL

“Time can waste as well as be wasted. The miracle worker, therefore, accepts the time-control factor gladly. He recognizes that every collapse of time brings everyone closer to the ultimate release.” A Course In Miracles

“I will be grateful for every miracle moment of truth today.”

Time collapses in the face of true forgiveness. Every time a true loving thought comes to the mind of a child of God years of suffering is transcended. It is so important to be aware of how powerful our thoughts are. We are, after all, creations of a Divine Being who has given us everything we need to be at peace. We can deny the existence of our higher selves and refuse to believe there is something more than what we are able to experience with our limited earthly senses, but we cannot prevent the truth from being true.

We can choose to see ourselves as separate bodies with a multitude of perceptions and beliefs, complex, thickly layered and multi leveled, so hidden by clouds of confusion and doubt that we can no longer see the simplicity of our true being. But still the core of our Oneness exists within us and is real, unchanging and eternal. And for this we must be grateful.

“The working out of all correction takes no time at all.” A Course In Miracles

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 8, 2018

ENVISION MIRACLES

“Anything that comes from Love is a Miracle.” A Course In Miracles

Envision a life of happiness, abundance and pure joy. Imagine miracles piling up around us and shared with everyone. To share a miracle is to increase it. Miracles cannot be hoarded or experienced alone. They must be extended to everyone without exclusion in order to be ours. A miracle is anything that comes from love.

So let’s let go of our tiny, angry, sad, victim, judgment thoughts.  And live in Oneness as we were created. 

Wow!  Isn’t it beautiful here in the Land of Oneness? God calls it Heaven and it exists right here on earth; right inside each calm and quiet mind. It’s called miracle mindedness.

“Be quiet in your faith in Him Who loves you, and would lead you out of insanity.” A Course In Miracles When we do this, we will see miracles everywhere.

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 7, 2018

HEALTHY FLOWERS; HEALED HEARTS

“The scent of flowers is a gift to you. The [ocean’s] waves bow down before you, and the trees extend their arms to shield you from the heat … “ A Course In Miracles

“I will see my life as filled with a garden of gifts today.”

When the ground is hard and has lost its nutrients it cannot grow perfect flowers, yet somehow weeds still grow.  It is the same with our hearts.  When our heart is hard and has lost its kindness and compassion, we lose our ability to heal. Such a heart does not grow happiness, but only weed-like thoughts that dig their roots through pain and suffering. It is only when we practice the teachings of a Loving God that we create a beautiful earth with miraculous wonders and joyful moments. This is the earth in which beautiful flowers abound. 

Now, we can gather the beautiful flowers, cool our feet in the ocean’s waves and rest in the shade of the ancient tree. The loving thoughts that flower within us have changed our lives. We pick their counterpart from our healthy garden and put them together in a vase on our kitchen table and breathe in the heavenly scent of happiness. As we enjoy the experiences caused by our beautiful flowers and our beautiful thoughts, we naturally share them with others with no effort on our part.

“When our heart’s garden is calm and radiant and the flowers of our heart light the way, people around us will recognize the beauty of life and realize how precious it is to be alive.” Teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh

Our calm and loving thoughts nourish our hearts and minds just as water and sunlight and healthy soil nourish our flowers.  Why would we want to suffer when our lives can be filled with beauty and joy?

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 4, 2018

HEALING

“Be vigilant only for God. The past will slip away and all that’s left is everlasting peace.” A Course In Miracles

Let’s allow God to be in charge of our relationships, our past, our present and our future.  It sounds simple and it is, but because we have allowed our egos to rule our thinking for so long, it takes great vigilance to trust in this Loving Power that transcends and transforms a world of fear into an experience of pure Love.  Not vigilance against the ego, but vigilance FOR God.

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“Be vigilant only for God.”  A Course In Miracles

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 3, 2018

TRUSTING IN TRUTH

 “God is the strength in which I trust.” A Course In Miracles

“I will breathe and trust. I will not doubt God today.”

Fear blinds us to joy.  Sometimes we cannot lift the blinders because they are too heavy. That is when we must stop fighting like a child trying to escape a nightmare. Just breathe quietly and pray, “God I can’t free myself.  Please help me.”

Grow quiet, breathe in and out and allow the pain to move on through, remembering it isn’t real.  No matter how real it feels; no matter how it wracks our bodies and blinds our vision, still it isn’t real. Because it isn’t real, it WILL pass. It always does. What we give to God cannot harm us. Knowing these heavy, dark feelings cannot hurt us, we can now see them as amazing opportunities and as powerful gifts as we let God gently move us through them.  Do not doubt this, for it is true. In the darkest darkness there is always Light quietly waiting to shine.

It is in our darkest moments that we can most powerfully learn

… to be patient with ourselves, 

… to be gentle with ourselves, 

… to be kind to ourselves, 

… to be compassionate with ourselves,

… to be forgiving of ourselves.

…to trust in God.

IN SUMMARY: 

Our job is to know the darkness isn’t real no matter how real it feels.

Our job is to trust in the Light no matter how fleeting it may seem.

And then as it always does, light will shine through and lift our hearts again.

Just as spring always follows winter, so does light follow darkness.

And we’ll see that even though we doubted often and we doubted deeply, it doesn’t matter because God never doubted us. Not for an instant.

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 2, 2018

FOR JUST A MOMENT

“Be still a moment, and in silence think how holy is your purpose, how secure you rest, untouchable in its light. That moment will be enough.” A Course In Miracles

 “God, let me see Your world in this moment.”

For just a moment, let us accept that on our own, we cannot fix anything here. But then accept, for a moment, that the strength of God in us solves everything. 

Surely for a moment, we can trust Him and His glorious power so far above our tiny self that lifts us up and causes us to soar with Angels. For an instant, we can trust in Him and with a calm and quiet mind and forgiveness in our heart grow still and see His will instead of ours. It is here and is as near as our decision to let go of what causes pain to ourselves and others. It is as near as our choice to see our light and choose God’s laws instead of ours. It is as near as our understanding that we know nothing and only God knows all.

For just a moment let’s allow ourselves to be free of all our cares and watch in silence as His light fills us and everyone and everything we see. Smile and breathe and say Thank You, knowing that no matter how it looks and feels, only God is real. God is always here. And God’s will is only the same as our true will. As we allow ourselves to be open to God’s blessing, we will experience the Love that causes happiness, health, safety and joyous abundance. 

There is no sadness in God.

There is no fear in God.  

There is no anger in God.

There is no sickness in God.

There is no scarcity in God

There is no danger in God.

Surely, we can make the effort to believe this for just a moment.

There are only gifts of Love beyond our comprehension. Gifts we can only receive by our willingness to trust in Him. Gifts we can only keep by our willingness to share them with others. Gifts that are constantly streaming through our consciousness whether we are aware of them or not.

Now in this moment our furrowed brow is clear. Now our heart is calm. Now feelings of serenity and relief fill us for we know at last it’s over. All fear has disappeared and there is nothing left but joyous wonder and the peace and love of God for all. We have awaken from the dream.

For just a moment, let’s trust that this is true. And then another moment, and another until at last we see that it extends into always and forever. 

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 1, 2018

THANK THE FLOWER

“Love is the way I walk in gratitude.” A Course In Miracles

“I will be grateful for God’s Flowers today.”

 The following exercise is inspired by the spiritual teachings of the Vietnamese Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh.

Choose a flower and be grateful for its existence. Thank the flower for blessing the earth with its beauty. Stay in this moment and let love for the flower fill you and bring peace and joy to your spirit.  Smile at the flower. Say a blessing to the flower. Laugh aloud and be grateful at the delight that the amazing miracle of the flower and all its fellow flowers brings you every day and every moment. Remember always that the flower is a gift from God and as a gift from God it deserves your love, your kind thoughts, your understanding and your gratitude. 

 As you see the flowers as God’s blessings, His joy and His beloved creations, open your mind and your heart a little wider and see something more. Recognize with surprise and delight that you are to God as His flowers are to you. You are His blessing, His joy and His beloved creation. Now read the first paragraph again and everywhere it says flower replace that word with one relating to yourself.  It now reads:

I choose myself and I am grateful for my existence. I thank myself for blessing the earth with my beauty.  In this moment I allow love for myself to fill me and bring peace and joy to my spirit. Smile at yourself. Say a blessing to yourself.  Laugh aloud and be grateful at the delight that the amazing miracle of you brings to every day and every moment. Remember always that you are a gift from God and as a gift from God you deserve your love, your kind thoughts, your understanding and your gratitude. 

And now you have learned the secret to happiness, abundance and the perfect life. It is simply seeing yourself as God’s holy flower.  Seeing yourself as God sees you.

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 30, 2018

SMILING MEDITATION

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

“I will be in smiling meditation all day today.”

“To meditate you only must smile. Smile with face, smile with mind and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy.” Balinese Medicine Man, Ketut Liyer from Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Meditation can be complicated or it can be simple. It can happen in many forms or in a form that you choose. They say that praying is talking to God and meditation is listening. We here in the western world spend far more time talking than listening, not only to God, but to each other and ourselves.  

Let’s practice smiling meditation as we go about our day. It doesn’t need to be obvious or a big deal. Just a gentle relaxing of our face and a small curving upward of our lips,  a quiet shining from our eyes. A smile is a sweet surrender and a prelude to forgiveness . We can practice as we work, as we work out, as we play, as we watch TV, as we grocery shop. Our smile is a simple act of random kindness that we can share with everyone we meet.

Smile. And let go. Smile. And allow. Smile. And be.
Smile with your face and with your mind.

“And let the darkness be dispelled by God Who knows the light, and lays it gently in each quiet smile of faith and confidence with which you bless the world.” ACIM

“When our gaze is on the present and our eyes smile, we shine on the world we see and the light of our heart goes before us.” Author unknown

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 27, 2018

LISTEN

“Peace to my mind. Let all my thoughts be still.” A Course In Miracles

“I will let this be a time of silence and of trust.”

Listening is an art that few have mastered.

Listen to the silent symphony of wisdom.

Listen to the beauty of the wordless poem.

Listen to the soft swish of a brush across a light filled painting.

Listen to the holy stillness of forgiveness;

The soundless opening of hearts all

Seeking for the answers to the universe

Cleverly concealed inside

The calm and quiet mind.

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

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 26, 2018

LET LOVE BLOOM

” … let the grass grow green again, and let the flowers be all white and sparkling …” A Course In Miracles

“I will make the decision for love to bloom today.”

Today on this spring day, let’s talk of gardens.  Let’s ask ourselves, are we like a garden full of dead weeds needing to be spring cleaned? Could the dead weeds be our unwanted thoughts? Our unnecessary fears? Our unkind expressions? Our unforgiving judgments? Our hurtful actions toward ourselves and others?

Let’s pull the dead weeds of unwanted experiences and thoughts and find the flowers underneath. Just beneath the surface of our pain there grows a beautiful, healthy white tulip. And another and another. These flowers symbolize within us our truth as creations of God.

They are called …

The Presence of Love 
The Energy of Love 
The Essence of Love 
The State of Love
The Decision for Love

Now that the dead weeds have been removed from our thinking, we can see that within our holy mind only the presence, the energy, the essence and the state of love flower and flourish here because we have made that decision.

Now are the rains gentle. Now the grass is green and the flowers all colorful and sparkling.

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 25, 2018

POWER IN EVERY THOUGHT

“The mind is very powerful, and never loses its creative force. It never sleeps. Every instant it is creating.” A Course In Miracles

“I will use my power only for good today.”

Just as the pain of a single toe affects the whole body, the pain of one brother or sister affects all of humankind. We are connected at our core. Like the fabric of a single scarf is the combination of each stitch, we are interwoven. If we try to cut one stitch away, it will leave a hole that will grow larger and weaken the entire scarf.

To understand our Oneness requires looking at the bigger picture. Even though our vision is limited to only what we can see in our small worlds we need to trust that our thoughts affect everyone. To think lovingly exudes loving energy into the world. To think fearfully projects fear onto the earth. Whether we believe it or not, our power to heal and be healed is far reaching and ripples through time and space and through the minds of all our brothers and sisters.

It’s important to understand that a judgmental, harsh or hostile word or thought is not harmless. It is as powerful as God. This is true because God gave us the power of our thoughts. This gift from Him was intended to be used for a loving and creative purpose. When we first chose to use it for something else, we began to misuse our power. And since thoughts do not leave their source and since the world is designed to be affected by cause and effect, the one we hurt the most when we forget to be kind and tolerant and loving is ourselves.

We must love ourselves before we can truly love others. Therein lies the remedy for true happiness. See the light in you and you will see the light in all the world. And then react accordingly … with a smile of relief and a laugh of pure joy. We are now using our Power from God as He intended. And with our powerful new thoughts and words, we are at last, pain free! 

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 24, 2018

ALL PART OF THE PLAN

“A healed mind does not plan. It carries out the plans that it receives through listening to wisdom that is not its own.” A Course In Miracles

“Everything that happens is for my good.”

If we find ourselves suppressing our feelings that is a form of refusing to confront our fears and will keep us back in the mode of allowing our past to control each present moment.  If we understand that everything is here to teach us something, we won’t be afraid to feel things positive or negative.

Trust and quiet confidence allows us to be a willing student and reminds us that everything we experience is part of the plan for a better life. Not our plan, but God’s.

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 23, 2018

GOD ALWAYS LEAVES THE LIGHT ON

“God is the light in which I see.”  A Course In Miracles

“I will spend this day seeing only God’s Light in everything.”

Let’s thank God for all our blessings. Let’s thank Him, for our peace of mind, our holy Truth. Let’s thank Him, knowing that our peace has nothing to do with this world, but only lives within each one of us, a silent, constant and eternal light unchanged by anything that happens or doesn’t happen here.

Let’s thank God for our challenges as we gratefully use them as stepping stones to our healing through forgiveness. We thank Him for showing us how His Love manifests in the world for everyone through happiness and health, through abundance and safety, through peace everywhere. 

Today we say thank you as we see and experience only miracles of light and joy for all. 

Together, let’s pray, “Thank you, God, for guiding me in each step I take toward all inclusive Love.  Thank you for helping me to guide others there as well.  Thank you for everything loving in my life and thank you for making all my lessons gentle, light of weight and quickly learned. Thank you for showing me that forgiveness is the key to happiness. Thank you, God, for everything.” 

Then let’s hear Him say quietly and gently to our very being, “You’re welcome, darling Child of my heart.  I missed you and I’m so glad you’re Home.  Did you see I left the Light on?”

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