Posted by: spiritteacher | May 23, 2017

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 22, 2017

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 19, 2017

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 chooses to be hurt or angry, 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.  With a gentle smile inside our heart.

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 18, 2017

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.  

God carries me now above the fray and beyond all fear as He whispers sweetly

“You are entitled.  Dear holy, innocent, beloved Child of  God, you are entitled.”

“Tell yourself quite confidently you are entitled to miracles.” A Course In Miracles

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 17, 2017

LOVE COLLAPSES TIME

“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 16, 2017

ALLOW THE LOVE

“There is no Love but God’s.”
“I can be free of suffering today.” A Course In Miracles

“I will allow God’s Love to wash my pain away.”

Let us lay our suffering, our challenging experiences and all our pain and fear at God’s feet so He can transform them into miracles of healing.  Let us breathe in this quiet moment with no words, only confidence and trust that He Who knows all will free us from a life where true joy appears to be an intermittent promise of possibility and fear seems to be entrenched.

Fear and suffering and pain form a thin layer on the surface of the deep ocean of our consciousness.  Though our fear and suffering may appear deep seated, in reality they are only shadows covering our holy joyous light. In the face of God’s Love, fear is nothing. We keep our fears believing they are our reality. If we look at them, smile gently and release them, we will see them disappear in the light of God’s pure, constant and eternal Love. Darkness disappears in Light.

Like moonlight on a silver sea and watery ripples from the wing of a sea gull’s touch, God’s waves of Love cannot be stopped, but only allowed. Allowed to fill our being to overflowing and then be shared with all. Now, are we made clean and pure. Pain is no more and only Love remains. All we need do is simply be still, look and be aware of another, happier world within us that is our true experience.

We can splash in the silver sea with joyous hearts knowing that no matter what has happened in our lives, if we quietly watch and wait and trust only good will come from it.  In our quiet trust, we will feel God take our hand and guide us in what to do and say. He will show us where we need to be for our greater good. In truth there is no Love but God’s and His is the Hand that will always steer us right. We are but a drop in the ocean of God’s deep, abiding Love.   

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 15, 2017

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 12, 2017

FEAR IS FADING FAST

“The mind that serves God is unlimited forever, beyond the laws of time and space, and with the strength and power to do whatever it is asked.” A Course In Miracles

“I will let the Divine Universe guide me today.” 

The world is changing at a fantastic rate. And it is changing for the better. The reason it looks so dramatic, so intense and so filled with disasters is because it isn’t easy for us to give up the fear and pain that we’ve cherished for so long. The ego isn’t going out like a lamb, but it is going out. It is happening with every thought we choose that comes from Love.

Fear is leaving with every choice we make to see things differently and our every desire for a better way. It is disappearing with every kind thought, every helpful act and every loving wish for our brothers and sisters to succeed.

Fear is fading with every experience of forgiveness and with every tiny willingness to let the Divine Universe be our guide in all things. It is disappearing into the Oneness and the unity of all that is our Truth, no matter how diligently we try to see or make it otherwise.

Love is following closely upon the heels of our fading fear.  When we place our trust in Love, fear is rendered powerless.  We need only keep our thoughts focused toward the light; our minds and hearts open to healing.  Recognition of the Truth will dawn upon us and glorious Light will shine away every dark thought that holds the world hostage. 

Fear is gasping its last breath and soon will fade into the nothingness from which it came. God is smiling with gentle gratitude upon His children who are now choosing to remember Him and nothing else.

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 11, 2017

CALM AND QUIET HEALING

“Everyone you offer healing to returns it. Let us be very calm in doing this, for we are merely looking honestly for truth.” A Course In Miracles

“I am breathing in calm and quiet healing today.”

Think with slow breaths: I am breathing in calm. I am breathing out healing. I am breathing in quiet. I am breathing out love. 

We will continue this until we are centered and balanced and in harmony with all of nature and our brothers and sisters as well. 

We must accept our oneness without fear knowing that God’s laws are governing and correcting every experience,  every thought, word and deed. No matter how it looks in the world, we must continue to choose harmony and balance and oneness for ourselves and for everyone in order to be true instruments of healing. 

Let us not fear prophecies or thoughts of destruction, doom and gloom for a horrendous future for the world.  Love is more powerful than fear and Love will prevail.  Everyone who fears also has many great moments of forgiveness, love, kindness and all that is right and good and helpful and healing.  It is these moments that are kept and all the rest is swept away in the face of God’s Love and God’s laws that are unchanging and eternal. 

“Heaven is right here, right now.   There is nowhere else.  There is no other time.”  A Course In Miracles

Now are we feeling balanced and in harmony, calm and at peace within ourselves and with all the world. And now we can be truly helpful here.

This moment is our day of grace.  

This moment is our life of holy healing. 

And now let us say thank you and Amen.

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 10, 2017

MAKE NO PLANS

“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

“I am ready to follow Someone Else’s Plan today.”

We can deny our truth, our own light, God’s presence and our beautiful blessed spirit all we want.  But we can’t make them go away.  The moment we are ready, there they are quietly waiting to lift us up and carry us to new heights of wonder, joyous freedom and absolute delight. All this, without any effort or planning on our part. All we need is the willingness to recognize them and accept them.

Our little willingness and God will do the rest. He has a Plan far greater than our own. 

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 9, 2017

HAPPY TEACHERS

“God sends His teachers. … they teach His lessons of joy and hope.” A Course In Miracles

“I will accept and teach God’s joy today.”

Let’s pay attention to the happy people in our lives. What do they have in common?  The only difference between them and us is that they choose to see the light in their lives instead of wallowing in darkness. They align with their strengths and laugh at their weaknesses.

They count their blessings instead of their miseries. They want to see the good in others instead of their mistakes. They choose the power of Love over the limitation of fear. 

Life isn’t complicated.  We just make it that way. God’s Love and our recognition and acceptance of His Love are all we need to live a perfect life.

Are you one of the happy people?  Then I thank you for being my teacher.

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 8, 2017

ENVISIONING GRACE

“By grace I live. By grace I am released.” A Course In Miracles

“I would see this as my moment and my life of grace.”

Let this be a day of grace for us.  What kind of day do we want?  Let’s visualize it in our mind. Write it down and don’t skip a detail. We need to put it somewhere where we can look at it again and again. In this way we can learn to be pro-active in our life. 

Do we want to feel at peace?  Do we want to experience harmony and balance and abundance in nature and in our lives? Do we want to have more fun? Do we want to laugh more? Do we want to heal a relationship? Do we want to feel safe and well and confident and strong? Do we want to hear and read about some good news in the world?  Do we need a job? A home?  Do we want a child in our lives?  A cat? A dog? There is no limit to the wonderful things we can bring to ourselves and the world if we focus on it, decide for it and believe in it.  

If we come from a higher spiritual place and let the physical experience manifest from there, our lives will be richer and fuller. Envisioning “things” for ourselves might work okay for a time, but seeing ourselves at peace and coming from a place of God’s Love will allow us to experience miracles every day.

A miracle wouldn’t be just a job, it would be the perfect job.  A miracle wouldn’t be just to get along with someone we have problems with; it would mean a complete and total healing.  A miracle wouldn’t just be a new house; it would be a home radiant with joy and love.  A miracle wouldn’t be as limiting as money or power.  It would be the abundance of God for all. A miracle wouldn’t be just someone special in our lives; it would be a holy, loving and happy relationship with the perfect partner. A miracle wouldn’t be someone else acting differently, it would be us radiating joy and bringing healing into our families, our work places and into the world itself.

So now let’s begin envisioning our day of grace and as we do we will understand that we deserve, not just a single day of grace, but an entire life of grace.

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 5, 2017

CELEBRATION!

“Today we celebrate the happy ending to your long dream of disaster. There are no dark dreams now. The light has come.” A Course In Miracles

“Today I will celebrate myself and everyone I meet.”

Imagine if every time we walked into a group of people we would see glad looks of welcome and wide smiles of appreciation. And then imagine us doing the same for everyone else. How would this world be different?

What if normal is a warmth of love flowing to us from everyone we encounter and through us to everyone we meet?  What if we see each stranger as beloved family and we bring joy to each other’s hearts by just existing?

As children of a Loving God, we must believe this is the way it should be.  From this moment on let us practice celebrating each other and everyone we meet with a friendly smile and a kind thought. And then let’s celebrate our own selves as well. There will be no need to ever defend or protect ourselves because wherever we are, we are always safe. Wherever we go we are always loved and seen as something beautiful, a walking, talking miracle of wonder and delight; a joyous cause for celebration.

Celebrate YOU and ME as ONE! Now are we fulfilling God’s will for us and our will for us as well.

“Let us celebrate our release together by releasing everyone with us.” A Course In Miracles

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 4, 2017

HEALTHY FLOWERS; HEALED HEART

“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 2, 2017

THE ANSWERS LIVE IN SILENCE

“In quietness are all things answered and is every problem quietly resolved.” A Course In Miracles

“Today I will be still and listen.”

Listening is probably the singular most important activity we can perform for the changing of our minds and our lives. And yet we seldom take a moment to do it. Being still is perhaps our one greatest challenge. We were not taught how growing up and most of us in the western world can’t even begin to understand the value of a silent mind.

And yet …

In silence are the answers to every question.  In silence lives the still, small voice of God radiating His Love through us, His Children, if only we would listen.  It isn’t that God’s voice is small; it’s just that our egos are so noisy. Scientific tests have proven that in being still there are changes in the brain that bring peace to the spirit.

There is listening to God and there is listening to ourselves and others. Begin simply. The next time you are in conversation with someone, practice looking into their eyes and really listen to them. Don’t jump ahead to your next response, but simply take yourself out of the equation and listen. Breathe calmly, quietly and listen.  Listen not just to their words, but to their hearts. You will hear their pain and their joy. You will hear beyond words to their very thoughts and feelings. To their very energy.

And then find a moment in the day, even for a minute or two to grow still and listen to your own breath, your own heart and open to your own energy. In the beginning even a minute or two is enough. As you do this you will begin to experience feelings you’ve never recognized before and travel to a place inside you that you didn’t know existed. This is the place of inner peace, of Divine Love and delight and joy that lives inside you and is waiting to be heard. The more we tap into this inward world, the more time we will want to spend there.

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

Posted by: spiritteacher | May 1, 2017

WINGS OF GLORY

“…free its wings, and it will fly in sureness and in joy to join its holy purpose.”  A Course In Miracles

“I will fly on wings of glory today.”

When we look at ourselves in the mirror of our mind, what do we see? The caterpillar? Or the butterfly? Do we wrap and trap ourselves into a tight cocoon, seeing only darkness? Is this darkness filled with pain? With fear? Or is it a quiet place where we can rest our spirit as we prepare to allow our grace and glory to burst forth?

In time our caterpillar vision must expand. With this evolvement there may come some pain. Although it needn’t be. Let us allow the cocoon in which we’ve wrapped ourselves to split open. Let us emerge a thing of beauty that flies free on wings of glory. Let us delight the world with our presence and bring hope and light and joy to all who come before us.

Only if we allow it, can we see God’s Light as it shines His Love upon the truth of us reminding us that we are His Holy Butterflies. Only if we let Him can He help us heal our fear and sadness, trading in the silent loneliness of suffering for a pure and perfect healing. Only with our permission can He show us that peace is already ours and the only thing that we can keep as well as share is Love.

Wrapped in the Loving Light of God, sip the sweetness of the nectar of life. Know the truth about yourself; you are His glorious creation, whole and healed. Trust in Him to guide you through relationships and moments, smooth and rough. See all your cares as but cocoons filled with hidden joy, ready to burst forth, a thing of beauty in the light of day.

We must understand that we can’t fully help others until we know ourselves.  Let us see ourselves from the perspective of our truth so we can begin to be teachers of God and instruments of peace on His behalf. When we remember all this about ourselves, we are able to be of good to God.

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 28, 2017

TRUST

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

“I will spend this day in a state of trust.”

May you walk in the Light of God in joyous wonder as you travel through the seasons of your journey.

Trust that in spring new life will show its face for you.
Trust that the birds will sing their songs for you.
Trust that in summer the daisies will lift their soft petals for you.
Trust that the sun will shine its healing warmth for you.

Trust that in fall the leaves will change colors for you.
Trust that the rain will fall gently upon you.
Trust that each winter the snow will fall lightly for you.

Trust that each season will change its lovely face for you.

As you trust in the seasons, now trust in yourself.
Trust that your Holiness and Innocence are guaranteed by God.

Trust in the strength of God within you and know that all is well.

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 27, 2017

IT’S A NEW DAY!

“Here is the new perception, where everything is bright and shining with innocence, washed in the waters of forgiveness …” A Course In Miracles

“I will experience a new and better world today.”

This is our time for lifting our minds to a higher place where the real answers lie. Who wouldn’t be happy if they could?  Who wouldn’t want to experience God’s abundance, health and safety, peace and love and joy?  It doesn’t happen by preaching fear and separation and setting the world straight according to our limited views. It only happens by allowing God to show us our oneness with Him and with each other and lifting everything and everyone up to Him for His correction. For His judgment which is nothing like our own.

It happens by choosing forgiveness over judgment and God’s love over ego’s fear.

It’s a new day, a new dawn, a new time of hope for a better world.  The old thinking and the old solutions have to go for they no longer serve us. As precious creations of a Loving God it’s time for us to be instruments of peace. To do this we must close our mouths, open our minds, our hearts, our eyes, our ears and see through God Eyes as we listen to God’s Voice and finally understand, THERE TRULY IS A BETTER WAY.

And this way is God’s way. This new day belongs to Him and is shared lovingly with us.

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 26, 2017

TURN AROUND

“… change your mind to think with God’s.”  A Course In Miracles

“I will turn my thinking around today.”

It’s time to turn our thinking around. 
We are not happy because our loved ones are safe.
Our loved ones are safe because we are happy.

So let’s relax our furrowed brow.
Let’s unclench our tight jaws. 
Let’s widen our narrow vision.
Let’s soften our mouths into a smile.
And trust in God instead of fear.
Turn around.

The world is only real to the extent that we believe in it.  
That’s how powerful are the Children of God.
We bring to ourselves what we believe in.
Let’s believe in something Else.
Turn around.

Let’s believe in Forgiveness.
Let’s believe in Peace.
Let’s believe in Health.
Turn around.

Let’s believe in Kindness
Let’s believe in Safety.
Let’s believe in Compassion
Turn around.

Let’s believe in Abundance.
Let’s believe in Love.
Let’s believe in God.

Let’s allow ourselves to be turned around.

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 25, 2017

HEALING AND HAPPINESS

“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.

HEALING

H appiness is
E asy when we
A ll choose
L ove.
I t happens as we understand that
othing here is real but
G od.

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

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