Posted by: spiritteacher | November 20, 2017

FORGIVENESS, TRUST AND GRATITUDE

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

“I will smile with gratitude upon everyone and everything today.”

It is the ending of the harvest season and Thanksgiving is coming closer. This is the perfect time to remember to practice gratitude. Not just gratitude for things, but also let’s be grateful for our true blessings, beginning with our own miraculous selves. 

Let us be grateful for forgiveness; forgiveness in the sense that we own nothing that happens here, but instead every experience belongs to God. Forgiveness is as simple as letting go and letting God. Forgiveness is placing our trust in Him while we rest in the understanding that God’s Laws are now governing our lives. Forgiveness is the key to happiness and the result of trust. 

So now we are grateful for trust. Without trust our experience here is uncertain and fearful. Without trust we are as small children being thrown from a cliff every day. Are we or our loved ones going to get sick?  And what if we are sick already? What do we do with that? Are we going to lose our jobs? Or if we’ve lost our jobs, where do we go from here? What do we do about an abusive or unhappy relationship? Is the world going to come crashing to a violent end? Are our children in danger? How can we live with this uncertainty a moment longer? Why should we? The answer is TRUST. Now no matter how uncertain and scary it looks and feels, we are assured that there is a world beyond this world where all is being taken care of for us. This world is right here, right now. This place is as near as our hearts. It is our Home in God. Trust is a difficult thing for most of us, but we can at least be willing to trust. God takes our little willingness and lovingly uses it for His healing purpose. 

Being grateful for love seems logical even to our limited earthly self. After all Love is the answer. Love unlocks hearts and brings people together. Love, infinite and eternal, is how we were created and that makes us living, breathing miracles. The love that comes from God doesn’t know gender, ethnicity, physical circumstances, political or religious differences. Love from God just IS. And from this amazing Love comes peace.

Let’s rest for a moment in that thought and gratefully allow our hearts to fill with peace.  Breathe it in and then let it spill out into the world.  Again.  Again. See this peace as a gentle breeze that touches everything and everyone as it flows out into the atmosphere. It rests on every man, woman and child and gently caresses them, quiets their thoughts and calms their hearts. It touches every animal and plant and is our key to transformation. Peace is our true essence and God’s gift to His beloved children should we choose to accept it. Let’s gratefully accept the peace of our true existence, our real purpose and God’s loving gift to us.  Remember, forgiveness, trust, gratitude and love all bring us peace.

Now, we must be grateful for gratitude for it is our gratitude that flings open the windows and doors to our inner world. This is the world where we are one with God and with each other. This is the world that is our true home and the place from which we will begin to heal and the world with us. God heals, but we must allow. Gratitude opens our hearts and allows Him in so He can do His healing work for us and through us.

In gratitude we walk the earth today.

Posted by: spiritteacher | November 17, 2017

BE IN THE NOW

“We will pause a moment as God tells us I am here.”
A Course In Miracles

 “I will be mindful of this moment and let everything else go.”

In this moment there is all of life. The past is released, the future surrendered and this moment is all there is. It isn’t necessary to know specifically what we cling to in the past, what shadows we danced with, what tears we cried, what sad songs we sang, what pain we suffered.  All that’s necessary is to know that all is forgiven and suffering is done.

In this moment we are free to let the past go like a silk scarf in the wind and celebrate our light.  What the future holds is also unimportant for we can change that by simply choosing to be happy now.  No one and nothing has the power to disturb out peace. Peace doesn’t come from bodies or egos. Nor can our peace be disrupted by bodies or egos. Peace comes from God.  And the choice to experience peace comes from us.  Not from anything outside of us, but from God Who dwells within.

Be in the Now. 

Live in the Now. 

Dance and sing joyfully Now. 

Rejoice and celebrate Now.

Let your laughter ring out Now. 

Not a moment ago, or a moment from now, but NOW. And then NOW and NOW again.  Practice this with gentle breathing and a soft smile, a quiet laugh. Repeat “God is the Love with which I experience this moment.” And watch your LIFE begin.

If you feel your peace disturbed by someone or something outside of you, quietly understand that you are simply judging someone or something apart from God.  Then simply grow still and ask for help to be released from this disturbance and let harmony and balance fill you.

Ask for guidance as to how to remove yourself from this place that challenges you and listen quietly for the answers. Watch carefully for miracles of love and healing to lead you on a new path which takes you gently away from fear and into Light.  And trust that in God, all is well.  All is well NOW.

Posted by: spiritteacher | November 16, 2017

THE SIMPLE TRUTH

“The truth is simple; it is one, without an opposite. The quietness of its simplicity is so compelling that you will realize it is impossible to deny the simple truth. For there is nothing else.” A Course In Miracles

“I surrender all that I do not want.”

As we rest within our Self, we surrender to the Universe all that we do not want. Every complicated story we have told ourselves has disappeared. A flood of peace flows over us and we know somehow we are at home right here where we belong.

It makes us smile.

We walk the world with quiet grace in our own light.
And everyone around us shines their light with ours.
And all the world reflects our light and there is nothing else.

Joy.
Love.
Peace.
Stillness.

Life is perfect with you and me in total recognition of each other. Joined at our heart place; our spirits walking hand in hand. 

“There is not a moment in which God’s Voice fails to direct my thoughts, guide my actions and lead my feet.  I am walking steadily on toward truth.” A Course In Miracles

God is our strength.
Angels are our company.

Life is simple now.

Posted by: spiritteacher | November 15, 2017

WHAT’S THE LESSON HERE?

“I am as God created me. 
God’s child cannot suffer.
And I am God’s child.”

A Course In Miracles

“I will see everything as helpful today.”

Let’s monitor ourselves for thoughts that lessen our experience.  When we are tempted to believe that we are something less than a powerful and holy spirit child of God, let’s make a conscious effort to re-think that thought. Whenever we are tempted to believe our past experiences are less than helpful and have a hold over us, we must re-think that thought as well, and reclaim power over our life.  Let’s remember everything is helpful when perceived properly.  Instead of woe is me, let’s ask, “What’s the lesson here?”  Then be still and listen to God’s voice make all things clear for us.

“Whatever suffers is not me.” A Course in Miracles

The quicker we learn our lessons, the sooner we can experience our joy.  Instead of pain and suffering, we will see the calm and quiet love in every moment and every challenge becomes a blessing in disguise.

“Of myself I can do nothing, but in God are all my problems solved.”  A Course In Miracles

Posted by: spiritteacher | November 14, 2017

I WILL NOT …

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

Let’s speak to our silent, inner presence thus …

“I will not feel pain, but only joy.
I will not see divisiveness, but only oneness.
I will not see violence, but only gentleness.
I will not know danger, only perfect safety.
I will not hear loud words, only loud laughter.
I will not know sickness, only wellness.

I will not see poverty, but only God’s abundance.
I will not focus on the world’s mistakes, but only its good works.
I will not see my helplessness, but only my amazing power.”

And when I have done this for a while,
Long enough for it to be a habit,
I will stand back and watch in stunned amazement at
How my choices of seeing have changed my world.

Posted by: spiritteacher | November 13, 2017

THIS INSTANT …

“The holy instant is this instant and every instant. The one you want it to be it is. The one you would not have it be is lost to you. You must decide …” A Course In Miracles

“I will choose love instead of fear today.”

Drama!
Disaster!
Disease!
Destruction!
Death!
The world has lost its mind!

“This much should be clear. We will never know peace while using our mind to attack.” Hugh Prather, Teacher, Counselor, Writer

And yet there is another world with a different mind, right here; right now.  There is a gentle re-birth moving quietly within us that does not happen in pain, but in joy! Although it can feel like pain until we grow still and look more deeply. We can be the channel for another way of thinking that is older than time and is not bound by walls around a limited space. Through God within us we can be the means for God to heal the world’s darkness in an instant; a Holy instant. Now is time transcended. Now is space transformed. Let’s not calculate or celebrate all the D words of the world.  Instead let’s open to an alphabet of greater possibilities.

Love!
Forgiveness!
Kindness!
Joy!
Miracles!
Peace!

The world has been restored to sanity.

Every instant is an opportunity for healing. See it as such and we will recognize its holiness. A holy instant is every moment we choose love instead of fear, light instead of darkness, kindness instead of judgment, gentleness instead of harshness, joy instead of pain. Now we are no longer victims of our crazy thoughts, but beloved children of the Divine Universe. Spirit is our nature and bodies are but channels for helpfulness, kindness, gentleness and joy; a passageway for holy instants, one after another.

Posted by: spiritteacher | November 10, 2017

SHARE IT TO KEEP IT

“To give and to receive are one.” A Course In Miracles

“I will share my joy today.”

God’s peace and joy belong to us.

Let’s offer it to our brothers and sisters in a

beautiful bouquet today and watch it

be returned to us

like a lovely floral boomerang.

The only way to have true peace and joy is

to share it with others.

Posted by: spiritteacher | November 9, 2017

ONE PROBLEM; ONE SOLUTION

“Let miracles replace all grievances.” A Course In Miracles

“I will let grievances be transformed into miracles today.”  

What if the problem is that we think we are many? And the solution is remembering that we are One? Let’s say the real problem is we believe we are separate from God and from each other. And the solution is that we forgive that thought and choose to remember we are One.  What would happen?  Only one thing can happen.  The idea of separation would collapse and be transformed into our Truth of Holy Oneness.

What if there was only one problem?  And one solution?  Let’s say the problem is that we are holding onto a grievance.  And the solution is that we have decided to let it go.  What would happen?  Only one thing can happen. The grievance would collapse and be transformed into a miracle.

What does this mean?  It means that every grievance is a separation thought no matter in what form it comes to us. Every grievance and every separation thought can be seen as a lesson; an opportunity for healing.  Healing of our thinking through our forgiveness is the only true healing.  Now we no longer see the grievance or the separation, but only our oneness in God. In that moment we have experienced a true healing.  Any healing that happens at the level of the spirit mind is permanent. This doesn’t mean we won’t cherish other grievances or even bring this one up again, but it does mean that the solution has happened; the problem has been solved.  It is our choice whether we recognize and accept this or not.  It is our choice whether we want to live in our healed mind or in our grievances and separation thinking.

In True Forgiveness, nothing can disturb our peace and all that we draw to us is joy and loving miracles. We are no longer a victim, but a powerful Child of a Loving God who is at peace and brings peace with us wherever we go. Now we are able to allow Him to walk before us and correct every problem we may think we have. Forgiveness is our path to perfect peace. The problem is we believe we are separate. The answer is WE are not.

“To forgive, we are not required to say or do anything.  It is an inner gesture of quiet sincerity.” Hugh Prather Spirit Teacher, Counselor, Writer

Posted by: spiritteacher | November 8, 2017

WHICH IS MY PATH?

“We go to God, and the path is straight. Only if we attempt to wander can there be delay, and needless wasted time on thorny byways.” A Course In Miracles

We often choose the wrong way because the right way looks wrong to us. It’s not until we have made our choice and seen our mistake that we choose again. Or just as often, we keep on the wrong path trying to force and manipulate it into being the right path. This is exhausting and never works.

Sometimes things don’t work out simply because it’s the wrong place or the wrong person or the wrong time. We can do this struggle for what we believe is right for us our entire life and be tired and unfulfilled and confused at the end of it. Or we can just learn whatever we can learn from it and then move on. To the ego giving up is a sign of weakness. To God giving up is powerful and honorable and loving. For it means that we are no longer trusting in our weakness, but in God’s strength.

As we travel the path of most resistance we ask God for help but He doesn’t seem to hear us. We believe this is our path, why isn’t it working? Everyone and everything is blocking our way. If we sincerely want to know the answer, we will hear it. It will come to us as a gentle whisper, a knowing nudge, “It’s not everyone who is mistaken, Dear Heart. It is you. Here is your path. Take my hand and step here.”

“God leads you steadily along the path of freedom, teaching you how to disregard or look beyond everything that would hold you back.” A Course In Miracles

And there before us, clearly lit, is our very own path. Smiling faces greet us and welcoming hands reach out to help us. As soon as we are open and ready the struggle ends. There may be struggles in other areas where we are still learning, but never when we are where we need to be. If we follow the signs of our true calling with an open mind and willing heart, life just gets simpler. Peace comes more readily with God as our Guide.

This doesn’t mean we won’t have to work on our path. It doesn’t mean there won’t be challenges. We mustn’t confuse struggle with work or challenge. Struggle is stressful. It’s a useless battle we fight with ourselves. Challenge is strengthening and leads us to the next opportunity for our learning and our growing. Whoever needs us will be brought to us and whoever and whatever we need will be brought to us as well.

Now when we come up against road blocks we ask for help instead of bull dozing through them on our own. It means we grow quiet and smile and breathe as we surrender the blocks so they can either be removed or transformed as we continue to be led on our very own path.

“Indeed, your pathway is more certain still. For it can not be possible to change the course of those whom God has called to Him.” A Course In Miracles

Posted by: spiritteacher | November 7, 2017

PRISON OR FREEDOM?

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

“Today I will be alert to any signs of happiness, and I will clear the way for it to spread.” Hugh Prather, Spiritual Teacher, Counselor, Writer

“I will quiet my mind and listen to God today.”

We talk to God –a lot, but we don’t listen very well. In our prayers we ask for things and then we get busy and tell Him how to make them happen. We want this particular job or this specific car or this one house or this exact family or relationship or healing or workplace dynamic.  We pray for others around us to change to accommodate our personalities and perceptions. We don’t have a clue as to how we are limiting our options by trying to manipulate our lives to follow our little plans for what we believe we want and need. 

We put ourselves in a prison cell of our own making and then complain because we’re trapped in a life that brings us pain or is not fulfilling. We seek, seek, seek and never find.

Only when we calm down and get quiet are we able to open ourselves to the infinite possibilities of the Divine Universe. Maybe it’s time to stop asking, stop talking and thinking and grow still and listen. Could it be there is Someone Who knows more than we do?  Is it possible that we don’t know what is really right for us? Could we really just say, “Help me, God.” and then be quiet?

What if it’s true?  The quiet mind hears clearly and the busy mind hears nothing much at all. Let’s try something different. Let’s soften our hearts, still our thoughts and fill each moment with silent kindness. Now we allow ourselves to grow still and live each moment mindfully. God has much to say, but we can only hear Him if we stop talking and start listening.  

Prison or Perfection?  Chaos or Quiet? Mayhem or Miracles? 

The choices are ours.

Prayers for all from the church in Texas.  Prayers for the healing of all minds who would think for an instant that the answers lie in harming others. God help us all.

Posted by: spiritteacher | November 6, 2017

FORGOTTEN GIFT

“I come to hear Your Voice in silence and in certainty and love, sure You will hear my call and answer me.” A Course In Miracles

“I will be still and listen quietly today.

What’s the gift we forget to give ourselves?
Silence.

Gentle silence in the face of chaos
Is what we search for and can’t find
In the midst of the busy noise of the world
That assaults our senses morning, noon and night.

Silence is so quiet that we overlook it
In our search for joy and peace.

Yet in silence lies the answer to all our searching.

In STILLNESS are all the answers heard to every question we could ask.  Stillness and LISTENING are one activity.  As we still our thoughts so then are we able to listen.  And what are we listening for? 

We are listening for the TRUTH that opens the way for our FORGIVENESS which opens the way for PEACE and LIGHT and HEALING. 

It is in our Stillness that we are able to experience God’s LOVE.  Stillness heals the past, brings trust and confidence into the future and quiet joy into each moment.

Posted by: spiritteacher | November 3, 2017

WHATS SO SPECIAL ABOUT BEING SPECIAL?

“The peace of God is my one goal.” A Course In Miracles

“To have peace, give peace. To be happy, make happy. To feel loved, love.” Hugh Prather

“Today I will remember I am One with God and all humanity.”

Let’s think of ourselves as an onion. Layers and layers of experience, feelings, desires, hopes and fears. All the things that make us, us are in that onion. We are complex. We are unique. We are special. We have moments of joy mingled with pain. Moments of sunlight darkened by storms. I wonder if we took the time to count, which would be more prevalent, the sunlight or the storms? Do we want to know? And why do we think it’s a good thing to be special, unique and complex? Have we ever asked ourselves that question? What is so special about being special? What if being special means our happiness must be touched by suffering? What if being special means our light must be darkened by fear? What if being special means our joy must be mingled with pain? Our peace dimmed by doubt? What if being special means that no matter what we do or what we have that is unique from others, it can’t make us happy? Would we still want it?

Shall we peel that onion now, layer by layer and see what’s at the core? Strip away the pain. Strip away the sadness. Strip away the anger. Strip away the sickness and suffering. Strip away the fear in every form imaginable. And now we’ve reached the core, the very center of our being. That place where we aren’t so different from each other, but only One. What is left?

Love. Only Love is left.

Posted by: spiritteacher | November 2, 2017

JUDGEMENT IS A BOULDER

“I would see you as my friend so I may remember you are part of me and come to know myself.” A Course In Miracles

“Today I will allow and be.”

Allow and Be. Look, Surrender, Forgive.

Have we ever had a judgment about someone because their perception differed from our own? How we fought for our opinion, never questioning how it could be that two good people see something so opposite. Anger rises, voices become loud and soon no one is listening at all and nothing is resolved.

Aren’t we ready to ask the age old question, would we rather be happy or would we rather be right about this?  Being right can be extremely painful and exhausting like carrying a huge boulder up a sheer cliff with nowhere to lay it down.  Do we really want to shoulder that boulder?

What if we allowed judgment to be suspended and our thoughts to become fluid? This may mean simply agreeing to disagree.  Or it may mean really listening to the other person with an open mind and seeing things through their eyes for just a moment.

In giving up the fight, we now allow our thoughts to flow toward the Light of our true being. The weight of rightness is lifted from our hearts and life becomes a gentle path with all rocks and boulders rolled aside for us.  And then everything happens only in the way it was meant to.  And that way is governed by Love. The battle for rightness becomes meaningless for us as we lift our faces to God and say, “Your Will Be Done.”

There is no right or wrong, only God’s Holy Will which is always right. God’s Will is right because it comes from Love. No dramas. No differences. No battles. No judgments. No misunderstandings. Only pure and holy, all encompassing and total Love.

“Nothing has to “turn out well” for me to be happy. People do not have to “behave themselves” for me to love them. I am free.” Hugh Prather, Spiritual Teacher, Counselor, Writer

Posted by: spiritteacher | November 1, 2017

WE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

“Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one.” A Course In Miracles

“I will let Love flow in today.”

We are so ready for peace and healing, Beloved Children of a Loving God, and so weary of the insanity we see every day.  Take my hand and together let’s allow ourselves to be lifted to a higher place where we can simply be a Light in the World as we were created to be. We don’t have to concern ourselves as to how or where to shine our light. That’s God’s job. Ours is simply to be willing to accept that we are the light and to breathe quietly and let God’s healing Love flow through us. And then watch the gentle miracles as they unfold for us.

Let’s pray: Dear God, let us see the world through Your eyes today and know that we are not victims here, but glorious creations and powerful beings who can choose Love in every moment, forgiveness at any time. And as we do we are now instruments of peace and through our willingness healing must happen. Amen.

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 31, 2017

HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE

“My grievances hide the light of the world in me.” A Course In Miracles

“I will choose to be happy today.”

We are responsible for our own happiness. It doesn’t come from anyone or anything outside of us.

Happiness comes from a decision to be happy. It is a chosen state of mind. We can’t look at everything about ourselves or others through a negative lens without bringing a negative experience into our lives.  And in the same way we can’t look at our lives through a positive lens without having a positive experience. Call it karma or cause and effect; it’s simply the way it is. God doesn’t do anything but honor our choices. It’s called free will.

When we have a dark thought, our question is how can I turn that thought around? Then we think something happy and feel the happiness arise within. When we feel fear, our question is, how can I feel differently right now? Then we think of something loving and feel that love deep inside. Don’t fight the fear or the dark thoughts, but simply stand back and watch them. Then breathe quietly, rise above them, smile and laugh gently and change your mind. 

Look. Smile. Laugh. Breathe. Transcend. Transform. And remember …

“I am healing the world with my happiness. I am lifting hearts with my joy. I am bringing smiles to all faces with my laughter. I am bringing peace to all minds with my forgiveness. I am ensuring the worlds’ healing with my kindness.”

Happiness is a choice that we can choose in every moment and in every experience. 

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 30, 2017

OUR LIGHT WITHIN

“The Light has come.  I am at peace.” A Course In Miracles

“I will choose Light and Joy today in all things.”

Light in the spiritual sense is an internal thing.  Unlike the sun, the moon and the stars, it shines eternally within us.  It can be a quiet sense of knowing or well being or a glorious radiance of happy wonder that emanates from our very core.

When our light is allowed, it shines on everything in our path. No thoughts of darkness or fear, no worry or anxiety can disturb our peace in this light. It comes from our true being, from God that lives in each of us.  It cannot be turned off with a switch, but can only be temporarily forgotten or hidden behind a fog of misunderstanding when we place our focus elsewhere. 

Light like joy is a choice.  It can be chosen in each moment and in every experience.  When we choose Light in everything, all answers come to us as soon as the questions are asked.  All obstacles are removed from our path because our light simply shines them away.  It’s important to understand that to truly experience our light we must also choose to see it in others.

Light cannot be contained, but only hidden behind the clouds for a time. As soon as we choose to brush the clouds away, there it is, LIGHT.  God is the source of our Light. Created in His likeness we are His Light in the world. Constant and eternal and forever our Light shines like a beacon for healing and happiness.  Let’s join ourselves in our own Light today and be in Joy from this moment on.

“The Light has come. I have forgiven the world.” A Course In Miracles

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 25, 2017

OUT OF TOWN

Dear Friends and Spirit Family, 

I will be out of town tomorrow and Friday and back on Monday, October 30.  Have a lovely week-end.  Love and blessings to all.  Love, Sharie

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 25, 2017

EACH TIME …

“The light of truth is in us, where it was placed by God.” A Course In Miracles

“Let me be a light for peace today.”

Each time we laugh with joy we are sharing a new beginning.
Each time we smile with quiet grace we are offering love.
Each time we open our minds and ask for help to forgive
We are being instruments for peace.
Each time we allow our heart to beat with calm and quiet confidence,
We are placing our trust where it belongs.

God’s Love and Light hum here at the Center of our Universe
And every heart now beats as one.

Miracles are commonplace.
Sickness and scarcity,
Death and destruction
Have disappeared.

And we say, the only thing we can say,
“Thank you, God.”

And then,
“Amen.”

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 24, 2017

THINK ONLY LOVE

“I have no neutral thoughts.” A Course In Miracles

“I will think only loving thoughts today.”

As we understand the power of our thoughts, we will see how important it is to think Loving thoughts and let go of fear filled thoughts. 

As we exercise our power to see through God’s eyes instead of trying to see on our own, we will begin to witness changes in those around us.  Where there was separation among God’s children, there will be a new joining, a new willingness to be happy and peaceful with each other. Instead of reacting through fear, we will be able to stop ourselves and ask God how we should handle each situation that arises. And as we listen silently to His response, we will find ourselves using different words and performing different acts than we did when we were acting on our own. 

And the miracles will flow.

Love will replace fear, laughter will replace tears and abundance will replace loss. Harmony and balance will replace extremes. Kindness will replace judgment and compassion will replace intolerance. Health will replace sickness and joy will replace sadness, anger and hopelessness. Calm and quiet confidence will replace anxiety, worry and depression.  Brothers and sisters will replace enemies.

It will be a new world and it will happen through the power of you and me thinking only with God.

Posted by: spiritteacher | October 23, 2017

BLESSINGS MEDITATION

“In quiet I receive God’s Word today. Let this day be a day of stillness and of quiet listening.” A Course In Miracles

God holds our heart gently in His Heart and breathes His quiet, healing Love into it. Now does its rapid beat grow calm.  Now do its fearful feelings fade.  Now does it lift lightly with joy and with hope. Now does it know without a doubt that fear is nothing and God’s quiet, healing Love is all there is. Now we understand that all we want is held gently for us in God’s own Heart waiting for our willingness to receive it.

Let’s open our hearts today and accept our Holy Gifts.

God holds our heart gently in His Heart and keeps it safe and well.

May we remember we live quietly in God’s Heart today and that our safety is guaranteed by Him.

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