Posted by: spiritteacher | June 29, 2017

HELP ME TO BE HELPFUL

“The truly helpful are invulnerable, because they are not protecting their egos and so nothing can hurt them. Their helpfulness is their praise of God …” A Course In Miracles

One of our greatest gifts is our ability to help one another. Being helpful keeps us in a state of grace. It blesses us as it blesses those we help.  When we are being helpful we are not distracted by our fears because we have set them aside in favor of something greater.

When we are serving others we are serving God in the highest way. And we are no longer concerned with what we get or don’t get from our willingness to serve. It’s impossible to serve God and be a victim at the same time. 

Our service can be as simple as smiling at a stranger or as global as promoting peace in the world. It all comes from a loving heart and it is what is in our heart that makes the difference. Being helpful radiates kindness and loving energy into our lives, throughout our communities and into the world. Helpfulness heals hearts. Ours and others.

Sometimes we think we’re being helpful, but unless we’re asking God for guidance in this, we may be doing more harm than good.  God needs to guide us in all we do and say for it to be truly loving and free from ego’s interference. The distinction can be subtle so we must be watchful in this. 

Let us be still and let God lead the way. With God’s Love lighting the way, our helpful intentions will allow miracles of healing to shine everywhere.

Posted by: spiritteacher | June 28, 2017

BEYOND THESE WALLS

“Now are you free to follow in the way your true forgiveness opens up to you. For if one brother has received this gift of you, the door is open to yourself.” A Course In Miracles

“I will allow myself to leave my home of fear.”

Like a territorial cat who has always lived inside the four walls of a house and then finds the front door wide open, we can stick our noses out into the wider universe and begin to understand that maybe all this time we have been missing something. Something amazing and wonderful is out there if we just allow ourselves to check it out. Sure there will be lessons.  It won’t be perfect right away, but it will be a step in the right direction.

Every experience in which we are open to our higher learning through our forgiveness and our trust, is a step toward peace.  All we’re asked to do is to provide a little willingness and God will take our hand and lift us up to the highest place within us. And from that vantage point we will see clearly that we have been mistaken. There is another way to live. In time, the highest place within us becomes a little higher and a little higher and a little higher.

As our burdens and our fears are lovingly lifted from us, we will smile with relief and life will be a joy. Health and happiness, abundance and safety will be as natural as breathing.  There are many people who live this way already.  Shall we join them? 

Posted by: spiritteacher | June 27, 2017

A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION

“In quiet I receive God’s Word today.” A Course In Miracles

“Today I will choose to listen.”

We could all do with a little less conversation, a little more loving thoughts. We spend way too much time talking about our lives, evaluating our relationships, deciding who is right and who is wrong and feeling defensive, judgmental and generally unhappy and dissatisfied with our lot in life.  It’s as though we believe our experiences have nothing to do with our decisions and our choices, but are foisted upon us by an unfriendly fate. And having decided this, we then talk about it incessantly.

It’s time to stop hashing and rehashing and change our mind, not only about others, but first and foremost about ourselves. It’s time to let go of unhappy thoughts and exchange them for some loving thoughts. For every unhappy thought, unkind act, or judgmental word, there is an equivalent loving thought, act or word. We just need to be quiet a moment and allow them in.  In stillness we can hear God’s voice gently reminding us again and again, “A little less conversation, a little more listening please. “

Posted by: spiritteacher | June 26, 2017

STANDING TOGETHER IN TRUTH

“The truth is so lofty that nothing unworthy of God is worthy of you.” A Course In Miracles

“I will see myself as God sees me today.”

Let’s stand together on the top of the mountain and look down on the world. Not as a small insignificant being, but as the mountain itself. From this vantage point we can almost see what God sees. Ourselves as majestic beings and holy creations of a power so lofty that we cannot even imagine it. And yet it is the truth of us.

Even the seeming most lowly of us is the most high. From here, our beauty takes our breath away. Our power to give and receive love is beyond awesome.

In God’s eyes we are a thing of wonder. And when we join forces from this place of truth we cannot be stopped.

Like the ocean we move with constant power, never ceasing, in a rhythm as one. Like the mountain we stand tall and strong. Like the brightest star we shine forever. We brighten heaven and bring our heavenly light into the world. Or more accurately, we lift the world up to join with us in our heavenly light. This world needs our light and love and joy, just as each flower and tree needs sun and water.

We are as gentle as a breeze and as powerful as God Himself. And yet we hide our loftiness behind petty grievances. Behind dark thoughts unworthy of such holy creations. We hide our Light under a bushel and forget about it for lifetimes as we allow fear to guide us instead of Truth. It’s unimaginable. And yet it’s how most of us live from day to day.

We think believing in our loftiness is egocentric. We think living our Truth is false. And yet the opposite is true. Living in smallness and in fear is what is false and unworthy of a Child of God.

When will we learn? When will we allow our light to shine? When will we claim our inheritance, our power and our truth? When will we allow Love to be our guiding force? When will we stand on the mountain top and smile kindly upon our unworthy thoughts and let them flutter away in the gentle breeze of our holiness and claim our place as creations of a glorious God Who loves us and only wants us to see and live the simple truth? We are holy. We are beauty. We are truth. When?

How about now?

Posted by: spiritteacher | June 23, 2017

BREATHING EXERCISES

“Surrounding me is all the life that God created in His Love. It calls to me in every heartbeat and in every breath.“ A Course In Miracles

“Let me breathe freely today.”

Slowly …

Breathe in, then out and
Smile

Breathe in, then out and
Let go

Breathe in, then out and
Forgive

Breathe in, then out and
Love

Breathe in, then out and
Trust

Breathe in, then out and
Say Thank you.

Posted by: spiritteacher | June 22, 2017

GETTING BACK ON TRACK

“You are as God created you. And as it was His Thought by which you were created, so it is your thoughts which [you] must set free, that you may know the Thoughts you share with God.” A Course In Miracles

“I will let God conduct this train today.”

Fear is letting the ego lead us on a journey toward a train wreck.  And then another and another. So why go there? There is another train, you know. Another depot. And another Conductor.

To know that we have the power to be at peace no matter how the world looks to us brings us hope and lifts our spirits. And to know that we have God’s loving guidance to help us along the way is also empowering.  We know we are never alone, right? Or do we sometimes forget? In some circumstances it simply doesn’t seem possible that God can be conducting this moment. Or that person.

What if we understood that fear is not our reality? Think of the power in that single thought. Now let’s say this together; “If it feels like fear in any form, it simply isn’t real.”  We have stressed before that only God is real and God is all there is and He is only Love.  Therefore, if we are experiencing anything other than Love we must be making a mistake. We’ve gotten off the track of God’s intention for us. Pure and simple.  So let’s lay our fears before His feet and rest our mind in His.  This takes a leap of faith. After all much of the time it feels as though that train which is our life, is not only off the track, but heading toward a cliff!

How can I trust in Him when I lost my job? How can I believe He’s here when my relationship is on the rocks?  How can God be conducting this body that is sick and weak? When I’ve lost a loved one? When the news is disastrous every day?  What we cannot see is that when the fear train rushes over a cliff, our Holy Conductor becomes a Pilot. And now the train is a plane!  God does not cause disasters, pain or suffering but He carries us beyond them and shows us how to transform a mess into a miracle.

Posted by: spiritteacher | June 21, 2017

PEACEFUL INTERRUPTION

“I could see peace instead of this.” A Course In Miracles

“Help me answer all my fear-filled thoughts with peace.”

Fear speaks first.  That’s why the world seems so insane. Fear’s voice is easily recognized. It sounds like an unhappy three year old as it tantrums its way into our minds distracting us with raucous shrieks until we give it all of our attention.  Or it surges through us like an insidious and silent swirl of muddy feelings and fills our hearts and every aspect of our being with dark dread.

Fear separates us and divides us and makes us think there is a them and us. It brings hate into our minds and hearts and pushes Love away. Fear is the reason we cannot find peace. Fear hides our light behind a black cloud of nothingness we believe in so strongly that we have forgotten who we are. God cannot be found in fear, not because of Him, but because of us. We close our eyes and ears and minds and hearts and worship fear instead of Love.

When we finally choose to take a breath, calm our mind, smile into our heart and surrender these intolerable emotions, sweet and gentle Peace, who has been waiting in the wings is allowed to flow free. And our minds and hearts are filled with quiet joy.

The insanity is interrupted and Love becomes the power in which we function. While fear just disappears. And we see what deep inside ourselves, we have known all along, God speaks our Truth, Love is real and fear is nothing at all. And the light dawns once more.

Posted by: spiritteacher | June 20, 2017

TRUTH IS GOLD

 

“Truth will correct all errors in my mind. Truth is the opposite of illusions because it offers joy.” A Course In Miracles

I will allow only my golden truth today.”

Like mining for gold, let’s look at our feelings and let them flow through us. In this way we are a sieve and our anxiety is muddied waters. As we allow the dirty water of our fears to pour through we keep only the gold which are the miracles that remain because of our decision to join with God and see only our beautiful, loving heart and our calm and quiet mind. Our truth is gold.  Our Truth is God.

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

Posted by: spiritteacher | June 19, 2017

EMBRACE YOU; EMBRACE ME

“… embrace the world.” A Course In Miracles

“I will live with only love in my heart.”

The world is made of a rainbow of colors, 
A beautiful prism of skin shades and ethnic and gender diversity …
But our hearts are the same.

Let’s open our minds to embrace everyone today, 
Remembering our happiness depends
Strongly upon the happiness of others.  
Those God calls our sisters and brothers.

If we live this way,

War will end,

Peace will reign

And random killings will be no more.

We all win.

Amen

Posted by: spiritteacher | June 16, 2017

OPEN THE MAILBOX

“… an altar to the holy Name of God whereon His Word is written, with the gifts of our forgiveness laid before it, and the memory of God not far behind.” A Course In Miracles

We open the mailbox and find a letter. It is written in the ancient text of a time before time was. It is written in light and by Love. It speaks of holiness and innocence, of joy and peace and happiness and healing.

It is written in the language of eternal Oneness. It tells of beauty and wondrous awesomeness. It describes kindness of heart, a calm and quiet mind and forgiveness and a gentle spirit being the answer to all things. It speaks in simple words that can be clearly understood and is so touchingly honest that no one can but believe that it is true.

It shows a path strewn with flowers so colorful and real that one can smell their scent right through the words. It explains a thought system where forgiveness is on every mind and in every heart and nothing else. The glorious healing script brings joy to each heart and instills its peace in every mind.

In this letter, our gift from God, the world sees another world of miracles and blessed joining and oneness that can never be divided.

As we read on, tears well in our eyes and we realize the deepest, purest meaning of this very personal, yet universal message. Our eyes are open now. We have been awaken at last, but done so with such a gentle touch that we do not feel afraid. Instead, we simply open our eyes and stretch and smile and think, “Oh, so this is what God was telling me all this time.” And we sigh with relief knowing that all we feared was only Love itself and there never was anything else.

We press the letter to our heart and fall to our knees. Softly, we say, “thank you”; then louder and then louder we raise our voices in praise of Truth as we rejoice in a glorious and resounding expression of gratitude and oneness.

We are so glad we opened the mailbox and read God’s message and reminder and we will keep it with us always to read again and again and again, whenever we are tempted to forget.

“Beneath our words is written the Word of God.” A Course In Miracles

Posted by: spiritteacher | June 14, 2017

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.

And as you help yourself, you help the world.

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

Posted by: spiritteacher | June 13, 2017

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 coffee 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 | June 12, 2017

VALIDATE YOURSELF

“Be comforted, and feel God watching over you in love and perfect confidence in what He sees. … it is impossible the confidence of God should be misplaced.” A Course In Miracles

“My true validation comes from God.”

We cannot allow ourselves to be defined by other people’s opinions. Self confidence is seeing other’s opinions of us without judgment or attachment and being able to say to ourselves calmly and kindly, without emotional investment, “Well, that’s their opinion. And the opinions of others are none of my business.” This is done with a calm and quiet mind and a compassionate heart.

Very few people in this world are not affected by the judgments of others.  Almost everyone feels they need to be validated by an outside source. When they’re not validated they feel bad about themselves and when they are they feel good about themselves. The problem with that is that other people’s opinions are about them and not us at all. Each one of us brings judgments and perceptions from our own past experiences which color our way of seeing.  Our judgments can even change from moment to moment depending upon our mood, our level of restfulness, our own sense of value or lack thereof and a myriad of other conditions.  And some will judge us one way and others the opposite.

In this sense it’s clear that counting on someone else’s judgment as a way to define us is to ride a crazy roller coaster that is being controlled by someone outside of us who has their own lessons and issues. This is true whether we’re talking about a job interview, a workplace situation or a personal relationship. To be truly happy we have to get off that roller coaster and let God be our Guide and our Holy Validator.  That is true validation and it comes from an Inside Source.

Posted by: spiritteacher | June 9, 2017

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 deep gratitude I say, Lead On! And with even deeper gratitude and absolute trust, I must humbly follow.”

Posted by: spiritteacher | June 8, 2017

REMEMBER SOMETHING ELSE

“The peace of God envelopes me, and I forget all things except His Love.” ACIM

How is our memory? Do we remember every little slight? Every mistake we’ve made? Every unkind word or thought or deed directed toward us? How is that working for us?

What if we let all that go and allowed the peace of God to flow over us replacing all our judgments, all our anger and hurt feelings with something else? What if we chose selective amnesia remembering only what matters and forgetting what doesn’t?

How would our lives change if we chose to live in confidence and joy instead of pain and fear? Can we even do that?

Every moment is an opportunity to choose again.

Every instant offers us another way to see.

Fear and suffering? Let’s forget about it and accept our gifts instead.

Here is the formula for freedom from fear. Gently look at what disturbs you, smile kindly upon it and then open your heart and mind and let it go. Give it to God and let it go. Then laugh lovingly that what seemed so serious was really nothing much at all. Now watch the fear blow away like smoke in a breeze. Feel the weight of it lift from your shoulders and free your mind and heart for things more valuable like peace and happiness and joy.

Everything is there for your highest good. Use all things as opportunities to learn and grow. All you have to do is own it and pray, “God I give this and everything to you.”

Remember, you deserve all that is right and good in your life. “You are entitled to miracles.” A Course In Miracles

Posted by: spiritteacher | June 7, 2017

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? The sparrow or the eagle?  Let us decide with God today.

Posted by: spiritteacher | June 6, 2017

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 | June 5, 2017

OUR OFFERING 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 cause and effect, a natural law that governs all things because all things are One. But we also have free will and so we can choose the life we want and what we want to offer others. And so for just a moment, let us make our offerings to the world 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. Below are some examples.

To you I offer gentleness and joy.

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 God’s abundance and His grace.

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 | June 2, 2017

LET LOVE LEAD THE WAY

“All are chosen. Few choose to answer.”
“Let me recognize my problems have been solved.” A Course In Miracles

Today I will let God show me how to be helpful.”

We are so intent on believing we have to do something in the world that we run frantically here and there trying to fix things from our limited understanding. All by ourselves. This inevitably leads to mistakes.  We keep making the same errors over and over and then expecting different results. It isn’t our business to fix ourselves or the world.  Our business is to open our minds and hearts to God’s Love within us and allowing Him to fix things through us. Once we understand this, we will see great transformation in our lives and before long in the world.  God is the power of Love and we must forget everything but that.  Only Love can make the necessary corrections for healing us and the world. We just have to let it happen.  The way to do that is to simply grow still, ask for help and listen for the answer.  It may happen in a moment or a day or even longer, but it will happen.  The RIGHT answer will come to us.

Don’t be deceived into thinking that God will just do things like magic tricks.  What God does is presents us with opportunities to be truly helpful.  It’s up to us to choose to follow His guidance.  When we do we will find that we have never been busier or more filled with joy.  In God’s busyness we are never overwhelmed or frantic or in doubt about anything.  In God’s busyness, there are only calm and quiet miracles which create hugely loving changes.

We’ve tried it our way.  Over and over and over. How many times have we said, “I’ve tried everything and nothing has worked.”  So why don’t we just stop trying and allow the Divine Universe to lift everything from us so true transformation can happen. Now are we truly helpful. Now are all our problems solved. 

Posted by: spiritteacher | June 1, 2017

OUR HAPPY HOME

I am at home. Fear is the stranger here.” A Course In Miracles

As we awaken each morning, let’s open our eyes, look around calmly and smile in quiet expectation of good things to come.

Our world and our life is what we make of it. As we fill our minds with happy thoughts and plans for kindness, peace and joy we are at home in love.  And fear, always the stranger here, stays outside, harmless and powerless to disturb us. We may see it at the peripheral of our vision but it never comes inside.

Without an invitation fear cannot come to the party where our true life is lived and where our true home is shared with angels and everyone is family.

Under one roof laughter rings out, songs are sung and hands and minds are joined. Now we are in celebration of ourselves and each other and God is our Holy Host. His Home is our Home lit by Love and flooded with miracles of healing and oneness.

Each day brings new promises of amazing delights. No matter where we are, we are at Home, fear-free, love-filled and overflowing with gratitude and peace and health and joy.

We thank God for showing us the truth. We are at home. Fear is the stranger here.

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