Posted by: spiritteacher | May 3, 2016

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 beauty and joy 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, 2016

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 | April 29, 2016

LOVE IS ALIVE

“God being Love is also Happiness.”  A Course In Miracles

“I will remember my true nature today.” 

 Love is alive and well inside each Child of God.

The true nature of each one of us is
Kindness
Compassion
Cooperation 

Even when we act otherwise.

Even when we see our sisters and brothers acting otherwise.

No matter what our experiences, we only want to be

Happy and Healthy
Safe and Secure

God would never deny His children what they need.

As soon as we recognize that what we want for ourselves,
We must also want for our sisters and our brothers, 
Then will the world be healed
And our lives in perfect order – God’s Order.

Love is alive and well inside each one of us.
All we need do is to look, in silence and in trust, 
And offer it to others in any way that we are guided

And then, relax and smile.

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 28, 2016

ALL IS WELL

“I rest in God. This thought will bring to you the rest and quiet, peace and stillness, and the safety and the happiness you seek.” A Course In Miracles

 “I will rest quietly today knowing all is well.”

Rest now in the holiness of God.
A mother, father and a child hold each other and smile in the safety of God’s protection
And all is well.

Rest now in the blessedness of holy joining.
A neighborhood celebrates each other by sharing laughter and platefuls of brotherly love
And all is well.

Rest now in the company of Angels.
Sunlight glistens on the windows of a small chapel in the woods where God’s children come to pray
And all is well.

Rest now in the light of understanding.
Light dawns upon a world where everyone offers and accepts only gifts of kindness and compassion
And all is well.

Rest now knowing fear is over.
Each mouth smiles gently, all eyes are turned inward and every mind is calm and quiet
And all is well.

Rest now knowing love and joy are all there is.
Laughter rings out and song bursts forth from all living creatures as joy dances lightly in each heart
Because now and forever
ALL IS WELL

 

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 27, 2016

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, the entire scarf will fall apart. 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 world 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 26, 2016

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 25, 2016

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 underneath 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 the grass is green and the flowers all colorful and sparkling.

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 23, 2016

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
N othing here is real but
G od.

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

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 21, 2016

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.

“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.”

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 20, 2016

THANK THE FLOWER

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

“I will be grateful for me 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 19, 2016

LISTEN

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

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 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 18, 2016

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.

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.

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

Let’s believe in Kindness
Let’s believe in Safety.

Let’s believe in Compassion

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

 

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 15, 2016

YOU ARE …

“… spirit knows no difference between having and being.” A Course In Miracles

I will remember what I am today.

YOU ARE …

You are the majesty of a star-filled night.
You are the radiance of the sun and moon.
You are the beauty of a woodland scene;
The pinnacle of every mountain you must climb.

You are the majesty.
You are the radiance.
You are the beauty.
You are the pinnacle.

You are the songbirds’ sound at the break of dawn.
You are the flower amongst the weeds.
You are the scent of lilies in spring.
You are the movement in a grace-filled dance;

You are the sound.
You are the flower.
You are the scent.
You are the grace.

You are the love in a parents’ heart.
You are the blessing in every prayer.
You are the joy in simple pleasures that you share.
You are a ribbon of light that shines through darkness.

You are the love.
You are the blessing.
You are the joy.
You are the light.

You are a gift to the world and the world is a gift to you.
You are the oneness in all beings.
You are peace, eternal and unchanging.
You are not the things of the world, 
But the spirit that runs through it.

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 14, 2016

ENEMIES AND TEACHERS

“When I have forgiven myself and remembered who I am, I will bless everyone and everything I see. There will be no past, and… therefore no enemies. And I will look with love on all that I failed to see before.” A Course in Miracles 

“I will allow those who hurt and anger me to be my teachers today.”

Everyone is in our lives to teach us something.

Our main lessons are forgiveness, kindness, compassion, tolerance and patience. As soon as we all understand this , our happiness is freed from the prison of our judgments and we are lifted a little higher on the rung of Peace. 

Now those who annoy us the most are not our enemies, but our greatest teachers. They teach us where our fears and judgments lie so we can surrender them to God and finally be free. They remind us everyone has a back story that we do not know so we can lift everything to God and ask for a blessing upon them no matter what insanity we see.

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 13, 2016

MISTAKES AS STEPPING STONES TO HEALING

“…  in this world, forgiveness is a necessary correction for all the mistakes that we have made.” A Course In Miracles

“I will be tolerant and patient with myself and others today.”

We can use our mistakes and our fears as opportunities for learning and growing toward a more confident and happier self. This means looking at our weaknesses, and our fears without guilt or judgment, but with loving detachment and quietly forgiving them. Seeing our weaknesses and mistakes honestly is not comfortable or easy for most of us, but it is a very important step for our healing and something we all need to do if we are to grow.

We can’t heap blame upon ourselves or become defensive and absolutely we must boot guilt out the door. I’m not saying that we don’t take responsibility for our mistakes, only that once we have taken responsibility and even apologized and made amends when necessary, that we then use the experience for something positive before we let it go.  It’s important to remember, nobody’s perfect in this world. 

Once we’ve gotten past them it’s important to use our imperfections as stepping stones toward a better life. In that way there are no regrets and everything, even our mistakes can serve a higher purpose. Also, being tolerant with ourselves makes it easier for us to be patient and tolerant with others. 

It’s time we laugh at ourselves more and lighten up about our judgments of everyone else. In this way we can foster harmony and balance within our own minds and hearts and extend this gift of learning and wisdom to the world.  Now, we are the answer, not the problem. And though we may not be perfect in this world, we are perfect in God.

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 12, 2016

GOD ALWAYS LEAVES THE LIGHT ON

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

“I will spend this day thanking God for everything.”

Let’s thank God for all our blessings. Let’s thank Him, for our joy, 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, silent, constant and eternal; unchanged by anything that happens or doesn’t happen here. 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 for all. 

Together, let’s pray, “Thank you for guiding me in each step I take toward all inclusive Love and 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 hearts, “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?”

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 11, 2016

TRUTH IS RELENTLESS

“When truth has come all pain is over.”  A Course In Miracles

“I will spend this day relentlessly choosing Truth.”

Together, let’s trust that there is a Higher Being that lives within us and loves us beyond words. 

Let’s trust that our purpose and our function is happiness and nothing else. And if we can’t believe or trust in this yet, let’s decide it doesn’t matter. He, Who carries us and our own true Self cannot be disturbed by something as trivial as disbelief. For the truth of our existence comes from the Love and the Heart of God’s own Divine Plan. The Plan was set in motion long ago and nothing so small as fear or doubt can stop the Truth. 

Truth is  relentless, constant and eternal.  Our limited thoughts and lack of understanding, may cause us to fear or doubt that this is so.  We may fight it or try to hide from it, misunderstanding and believing that the Truth will somehow hurt us. But we can never be truly free from That which frees us.

We must thank God that no matter how relentlessly we try to harm ourselves and our world, we will never be truly successful because God’s relentless Truth which comes from Love is much more powerful than Fear.  

Love’s Truth will prevail.  

It is written in the stars.

It is inscribed upon the moon.

It shines through each ray of sunlight.

It glistens in each raindrop.

It breathes in every flower.

The Truth lives inside our heart.

Relentlessly it heals and heals and heals …

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 8, 2016

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 7, 2016

THE WORLD FORGIVEN

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

“I will forgive everyone today.”

The opposite of revenge is joining.
In your mind, take the hand of your personal “enemy” and smile into his/her eyes.
Whisper gently, “I forgive you.”

Then take your own hand and smile into your heart.
Whisper gently, “I forgive you.”

Remember, the same moon shines on everyone.
The same light lives in each one of us.
The same God loves us all.

Stand back from the battle.
Let your Angels lift you above the fray.
Feel yourself smile in sudden understanding.

Whisper softly to yourself, “I was mistaken.  Thank God!”

And now the world of war is over.
And the world of joy begins.

Thank you, God.   

Posted by: spiritteacher | April 6, 2016

SIMPLICITY OF HAPPINESS

“Truth merely wants to give you happiness, for such its purpose is.” “My happiness and my function are one.”  A Course In Miracles

“I will simply be happy with God today.”

God gives us great works to perform in the simplest manner.

Those of us that are happiest know what this means. 
When we are at peace, we are natural channels for 
God’s Love to flow into the world.
By being at peace, we are teachers of peace.

It’s not something we do.
It’s not something we say.
It is simply what we are.

God can only use us when we unblock our path to Him.
Fear blocks us from serving Him.
Joy lets Him in.

God doesn’t ask us to do big and complicated things.
He just asks us to be happy.
Then He can do big and complicated things through us.
Many times without us even knowing that He is using us.

It’s so simple.
The truth is always simple.
It’s we who make things complicated.
Therefore, it’s we who can turn things around
By simply choosing God.

In doing so we gain the simplicity of happiness and share it with the world.

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