Posted by: spiritteacher | September 3, 2015

CLEAR AS CRYSTAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by: spiritteacher | September 2, 2015

LOOK AND LET GO

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

“I will let happiness happen today.”

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

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

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

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

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

 

Posted by: spiritteacher | September 1, 2015

THAT’S A GIFT

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

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

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

“It is through our relationships we will be healed.” A Course In Miracles

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 31, 2015

WHY CRAWL WHEN WE CAN FLY?

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

“I am willing to fly today.”

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

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

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

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

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 28, 2015

MIRACLES TRANSCEND

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

“I will see only miracles of healing today.”

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

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

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

 

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 27, 2015

LIGHTEN UP AND LAUGH MORE

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

“Today I will remember to laugh a lot.”

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

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

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 26, 2015

YES, YES, YES AND YES!

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

“I will say YES to life today.”

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

Below are some YES thoughts for us to consider.

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

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

 

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 25, 2015

MORE JOY …

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 24, 2015

INVITE GOD IN

“This lesson shines with God’s glory, for in it lies His power, which He shares so gladly with His Children. Learn of His happiness, which is yours. But to accomplish this, all your dark lessons must be brought willingly to truth, and joyously laid down by hands open to receive …”

“I will get out of my head and into my heart today.”

We live in our heads way too much. Letting our minds meander through the bramble and brush of negative thinking. Anything that could go wrong comes to mind in nearly every situation. We think we are being protective; safeguarding our loved ones and ourselves. And it all seems right to us somehow. Only with this thinking we almost always leave out the most important element – God.

What if we surrendered our thinking and lifted the brambles and brushes up to Him. What if we admitted that with our own strength we really can’t protect anyone or anything. No matter how many guns we own, no matter how many locks on the doors, no matter how many vitamins and supplements we take, without God we’re really on our own. Not from God’s choice, but because through the fog of our fears we are not allowing ourselves to experience His Loving protection fully.

God would never take away the guns, the locks or the vitamins. He knows we are too dependent upon them and removing these devices would only increase our fear. All He asks of us is that we purchase our guns with Him, lock our doors with Him and take our supplements with Him knowing that our true protection lies in Him.

We can do everything we want to do, have everything we think we need only put Him first. Invite God into each moment.

Invite God into our mornings.

Invite God to our meals.

Invite God to our family gatherings.

Invite God on our vacations.

Invite God on our shopping trips.

Invite God into our pain and suffering.

Invite God into our happy times.

Invite God in when we are sick or well.

Invite God into our work place.

Invite God to our nightly rests.

Invite God everywhere and into everything.

The more we let Him in, the more He can help us. He wants us to be healthy, happy and safe. When our fears block our experience of His Love we can simply invite Him into the pain. Let our thoughts go still and breathe His Love into the moment. He’s here anyway and He has nothing to do except to be there for us. It’s His will so why not make it ours as well.

God created us in His image. Not as vulnerable bodies at the mercy of an insane world, but as powerful spirits who can transcend everything we think is wrong and transform our world of fear into a world kept safe by Love. God’s Love. All we need to do is open our mind and heart and invite Him in.

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 21, 2015

KINDNESS

“The world it sees arises from a mind at peace within itself. No danger lurks in anything it sees, for it is kind, and only kindness does it look upon.” A Course In Miracles

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

Kindness is the spirit’s heart wishing well for everyone. “I wish you well,” it says, “in everything you do and all you are. May your heart heal from all your past heartaches and may there be no suffering in your future.”

Kindness is a way of life, a belief system, that when chosen gives each moment the richness of God’s Love to all. To the one giving it as well as the receiver.

Walking this world with a kind heart spreads good will and shines light upon every dark corner of each mind. It blesses and transforms. And even when it seems not to be accepted or appreciated the light of kindness shines gently on. Like a star behind a cloud, it quietly waits for the cloud to move on not caring what the cloud is doing, but simply knowing there is a greater truth beyond every cloud we see.

Forgiveness is the father of Kindness and Compassion is its Mother. Love is its nature. With such a family living within us we can only be what we are; blessed creations of a Divine Source, holy, whole and healed.

”God covers me with kindness and with care …” A Course In Miracles

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 20, 2015

THE MISSING LINK

“And if one gift is missing, it would not be full. Yet is its fullness guaranteed by God.” A Course In Miracles

“I will accept my gifts from God today.”

Sometimes it feels a though there’s something missing. Some small thing we just can’t grasp. It lies somewhere between confusion and perfect understanding. We sometimes see it in the periphery of our vision just barely out of sight. Now and then we catch a glimpse only to have it disappear once more. This missing link causes a disconnect between what seems to be and what should be.

We think we need just one more book, one more teacher, one more class, one more affirmation, one more thing, one more mantra and then we’ll have it; effortless peace. total happiness, perfect health, complete safety.

So what’s missing? And where do we find it?

The answer is we’ll find it in the place we’re least likely to look; right inside ourselves. We refuse to believe that because it’s too simple, too clear, too easy. Surely we have to work for it. Sweat for it. Sacrifice for it. It can’t just BE there waiting for us to accept it. A free gift requiring nothing from us. Like plucking a peach from a tree or picking a flower from the garden.

Oh yeah. There is one requirement. We have to want it. It’s called a little willingness and then a leap of faith. The missing link between what’s missing and all there is, is TRUST.

Not so easy, but very, very simple. The truth is there is nothing missing except our trust in God. We may think we trust in Him, but believing in God is not the same as trusting in God. Trust is absolute and goes beyond belief to knowing. In knowing there are no questions, no doubts, no uncertainty of any kind. Now you can pluck your perfect peach free of charge and enjoy it forever.

“And what is whole can have no missing parts that have been kept outside. Forgiveness rests on recognizing this.” A Course In Miracles

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 19, 2015

EGO CONQUERS; GOD TRANSFORMS

“The morning star of this new day looks on a different world where God is welcomed and His Children with Him.” A Course In Miracles

“I will welcome God today.” 

The ego tells us to conquer the world; to defend it and protect it no matter what the cost.  God wants us to allow Him to transform the world.  No conquering necessary. How can the ego fight God and His Divine Universe?  The Divine Universe doesn’t even recognize the ego.  It simply sees through it like looking through fog to the Light of Love beyond.

Love and fear don’t live together. Love lives on the inside. Fear lives on the outside.  The power for miracles and healing is within.  It’s as simple as that. Trust in Him and God will lay down our arms and take the wheel.  He will gently lift us above the fray and transform our experiences to be loving and joyous and perfect.  And this will be done with great kindness and deep compassion. Now war is done and only Love lives on.

The morning star of our new world shines in our hearts and through our smiles. We know we are safe wherever we are because God has transformed a dangerous experience into one of perfect safety and holiness and happiness for all.

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 18, 2015

OUR REAL JOB

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

“I will do my real job today.”

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

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

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 17, 2015

IN STILLNESS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 14, 2015

RECOGNITION

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

“I will recognize myself in you today. And you in me.”

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

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 13, 2015

WALK IN BEAUTY

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

“I will walk in my own beauty today.”

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

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

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

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

May your body carry you wherever God wants you today.

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

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 12, 2015

VISION’S BREATH

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

“Peace lives and breathes in me.”

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

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 11, 2015

EMPTY LIFE; FULL LIFE

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

“I will use my body for holiness today.”

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

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

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 10, 2015

NOURISH YOUR HEART

“The miracle of life is ageless, born in time but nourished in eternity.” A Course In Miracles

“Today I will nurture happiness.” Hugh Prather, Spirit Teacher

Think of happiness as a flowering plant. The smiling flower is the expression of that happiness, but it is the root that needs to be nourished before the flower can bloom. Where is the root? Down deep and in the dark recesses of the earth. In us, it is the deep recesses of our heart that must be nourished before the smile on our face can bloom. Let’s focus today on nourishing our heart with the fresh, cool waters of kindness and forgiveness. As we radiate those attributes from our heart, not only will our smile bloom, but we will also be nourishing the hearts of those around us and making beautiful smiles bloom wherever we go.

And that’s a miracle. That is a quiet walk with God in the garden of His Truth. 

Posted by: spiritteacher | August 7, 2015

OH JOY!

“Here does the joy of God belong to you.” A Course In Miracles

“I will remember my joy today.”

A simple word, only three letters and the sound, a single syllable. Let’s say it in our mind.  Now, aloud.  What does it invoke for us?  Children running through a sprinkler on a hot summer day?  Hear their squeals. Let the sound of their laughter fill our mind. Watch them jump and splash with joy. 

Now, let’s go deeper.  Let’s be the child running through the sprinkler.  Let’s be the one laughing and squealing and running and jumping and splashing.  Let’s be the joyous one.  What does it feel like when there is nothing but joy in our experience?  What is it like when our mind is filled to overflowing with joy? What is it to be in this moment where nothing exists but the purest joy in our heart?

Let’s breathe in joy and breathe out joy.  We can’t help but smile.  We can’t stop our laughter.  We can’t keep the feeling from filling us and flowing out into the world.  We want to jump for joy.  We want to leap and dance and sing with joy. Let every thought but joy be still in us today! OH JOY!

 

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