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The time has come for a new Lord’s Prayer.  A prayer that reminds of what we have forgotten.  A prayer that helps create a relationship so close, so strong, so comforting that harmony becomes normal and love becomes evident in all situations. A prayer that brings us closer to God, to the source of miracles, the great I AM.

The prayer that we would like to introduce you to is a new Lord’s Prayer. It came by revelation through James Willis, a long-time student of A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.

Many people are familiar with the Lord’s Prayer, or the Our Father: “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Have you noticed that the words suggest a separation between heaven and earth? Between God and ourselves? Between the Kingdom and everyday life? But the Second Coming of Christ is upon us, and the time has arrived to replace all ideas of separation with a willingness to sustain our divine relationship in everyday life.

The biblical foundation for understanding the familiar Lord’s Prayer is stated in John 4:24: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. While the classic Lord’s Prayer is true, it requires a spiritual re-interpretation to close the gap in our divine relationship.

We need a prayer that directly overcomes separation.  A Course of Love redefines prayer as “the act of consciously choosing union.” It goes on to say, “With this definition, you can see how your life can become a prayer. This does not negate the fact that a prayer is also a constant dialogue of asking, being answered, and responding. This is the aspect of prayer that makes of it an act of creation. (T1:4.3, 6.3)

Let’s discuss the prayers.

“Our Father who art in heaven” suggests that God is in heaven, a separate location from us on earth. Consider a prayer that from the very first line rekindles a comforting divine relationship: “Our Father, my constant friend and guide.” Instantly making the prayer personal and reassuring.

The second line in the prayer James received does not have an equivalent in the familiar version, but it activates our choice for unity by saying: “Help me to see Your Light in every brother and sister I meet.” Seeing beyond separation is utterly fundamental for living in truth.

Next: “Hallowed be Thy name.” What is the name of the Father of the Kingdom of Heaven? After centuries of religious dogma, even tyranny in “thy name,” God isn’t always associated with love. Yet ACOL confirms “the content of God is love.” (C:P.34.1) The new Lord’s Prayer reminds us of the truth: And to live in the knowing that Thy name is Love.

Next: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Literally interpreted, this suggests heaven will come to earth sometime in the future. The words James received, “Thy kingdom is within in me, and Thy Creation is unfolding, here and now as I speak” bring heaven into our current reality as our state of being.  In truth, we are co- creating heaven on earth with every moment of divine relationship.

The next line of the familiar prayer is also prone to literal interpretation: “Give us this day our daily bread . . .” What James received encourages miracle-mindedness and an active participation in divine relationship: “Consciously living in the flow of Loving Creation fulfills all needs to perfection . . .

Next: “. . . and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” What forgiveness is required? Our perceived separation from our Creator. Despite being made in the image and likeness of Spirit, we can perceive separation from Spirit and experience life in the illusion of isolation, fear, and confusion. ACIM says, “As you condemn only yourself, so do you forgive only yourself.” (L 46) James received these truthful words: “. . . And the only forgiveness required is by me, of myself. And then I can know who I truly AM.”

Next: “Lead us not into temptation. . .” God cannot lead us into temptation, only we can! Temptation is acceptance of the illusory “reality,” which only “exists” in the perceived separation from and denial of Spirit, Love. Instead, James received: “Living as who I truly AM I know not of temptation . . .”

And asking to “deliver us from evil” makes evil real! Evil is not real. It is part of the illusion. The new prayer says, “what I once saw as evil is a call for love that I can help to answer”—reminding us that in truth, temptation and evil are only evidence of the denial of love, which is also a call for love.

And finally: “For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.” The words ‘forever and ever’ reinforce the idea of time, which is also part of the illusion. There really is only this divine moment of NOW. The new prayer reinforces who we truly are—individuations of Love: “For in reality, You and I, Father, are One, and OURS is the Kingdom, and WE are the Power and the Glory. In this eternal moment of Now, I AM one with Thee. Amen.”

The words of this new Lord’s Prayer are so active that they effortlessly elevate us into divine relationship by affirming our desire to live in spiritual truth and to do the creative work required of us to live in the Kingdom of Heaven, the House of Truth.

Altogether, then, here is the new Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father, my constant friend and guide,Help me to see Your Light in every brother and sister I meet,And to live in the knowing that Thy name is Love.Thy Kingdom is within me, and Thy Creation is unfolding, here and now, as I speak.Consciously living in the flow of Loving Creation fulfills all needs to perfection,And the only forgiveness required is by me, of myself,And then I can know who I truly AM.Living as who I truly AM, I know not of temptation,And what I once saw as evil, is a call for love that I can help to answer.For in reality, You and I, Father, are One, and OURS is the Kingdom,And WE are the Power and the Glory.In this eternal moment of NOW,I AM one with Thee. Amen!

The words of this new Lord’s Prayer nurture our relationship with the Kingdom of God by activating our divine memory. As ACOL so eloquently says, Prayer is but reproducing and recollecting a divine memory and divine memory cannot help but produce a divine outcome. Said in another way, prayer reproduces the truth and allows the truth to exist as it is. Prayer does this because it is the act of consciously choosing union. Choosing union moves you into the real state of “all” from the unreal state of the in-between. Only from within a state that is real can anything happen in truth. (T1:6.2)

The new Lord’s Prayer returns us to a direct relationship with Love, and thus returns us to the power of our true being.

James shared more of his experience receiving this prayer on Helen’s "More Love" Podcast, www.livetruetoyou.com/jameswillis

 

 

 

 

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Oh world,I've been trying to convince youof my sanity for far too long!Trying to hold it together,play the part.

I'm ready for the sacred undoing! I'm ready to give up the game I'm delighted to say I've lost.

Here is my raw, naked heart my soul is ready to strip down and streak though social conventions! I am tired of pretending with you that I'm OK with anything short of the sweetest, most tender intimacy. I'm un-signing my name from these social contracts enabling extreme blandness and terrible distance from our hearts!

Come close and I will kiss your face, come closer and I will offer you every jewel in my soul, come closer still and I'll delightedly give you my very life and then rummage through my closets to see what else I have in there for you!

Friend, it doesn't take much to destroy social norms. All it really takes is to crack open the sacred, wild barrel of love in your chest and offer it to whomsoever might pass by.

Chelan is a 32 year old, recently published mystical poet of books, Susceptible to Light and Let Us Dance! The Stumble and Whirl with The Beloved. Or order from a local independent bookstore that ships internationally. The poetic expression of inspiration and truth is Chelan's primary spiritual path in which she aims to open a window in the soul to gaze upon the wonders of reality more clearly, and receive its beauty. http://chelanharkin.com

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Recently I co-hosted an online series called the “Mystics’ Front Porch,” during which a participant asked a question about grief, rage, and patriarchy. She said that she found it difficult not to be overcome by rage when thinking about the dominance of men in both public and private affairs. She asked, “Can my own inner knowing be trusted about the feminine and its place in healing our world?” 

I share my response because I am often asked various versions of this question.

I grew up devoutly agnostic, but 21 years ago I began to involuntarily experience humanity’s entire evolution from stunning mystical vantage points. In my first metaphysical event, I found myself in the body and being of Jesus on the cross, and experienced how humanity has been stuck in the cycle of suffering: we react to pain with pain. Therefore we never get to heal the source of pain. 

We try to make pain go away because we think having the power to conquer is what keeps us safe. In other words, our pain-based reaction is one of domination and rejection. In the crucifixion scene I experienced clearly that mankind wanted a Christ that conquered, not a Christ that healed. Consequently Christianity became a conflict-centric religion of domination aiming to conquer all “evil.” Through other mystical events I experienced this same lesson on how we perpetuate the cycle of pain from within Buddha, within the cosmos, within international government systems, and within various other scenarios large and small.

If we can attend to our own pain with deep honesty and compassion before we react, we can observe that our reactions either perpetuate or break the cycle of pain. When we are able to turn inward and take the time to embrace the truth of our pain, letting it cry and rage and flow through us unabated until its foundations are revealed, then we reach the point where we are compelled to love our pain with great intention.

That’s what it takes to heal the source of pain.

That’s how we finally begin to realize and heal all the pain we have inherited through myriad forms of oppression, including patriarchy. We no longer perpetuate the pain of oppression because we ourselves are no longer trying to conquer our oppressors. Our contribution to the collective becomes healing rather than additional wounding.

This is a fundamental shift.  It recognizes that “non-acceptance in any form is separating.” (ACOL D:Day8.25) Separation causes additional wounding. It is separation from truth. Separation from the truth of who you are.

When we remember that being the oppressor comes from inherited conditioning, we realize that the compassionate healing process of which I speak has never been fostered within those who inherited it, including those in the patriarchy. Men have been stuck in societal, governmental, cultural, and religious systems that for eons required them to act as protector—to dominate and conquer—and then rewarded them for being heroes and leaders, keeping us safe by being strong and in control. In today’s terminology, this is our collective story of toxic masculinity. We are collectively, men and women, called now to respond differently—in the way of the Divine Feminine. 

The Divine Feminine is interested in healing the true source of pain. Period. 

An ancient model of this intention was represented by the goddess Kali, a female warrior figure that aimed to destroy all evil to protect the innocence of truth. Images like this were created in a conquering consciousness and used the war strategy of wounding our way to victory. In a conflict-centric consciousness with no other perceived options, this could be useful to an extent. But it still perpetuated the cycle of pain.

For those of us who, like the questioner above, rail at injustice and oppression, and question whether a feminine response can be trusted to heal, I encourage you to let your tears and rage flow unabated until you realize what is at the foundation of this pain within you.

A Course of Love makes a particularly memorable statement: Your feelings in truth come from love, your response to them is what is guided by fear. Even feelings of destruction and violence come from love. You are not bad, and you have no feelings that can be labeled so. Yet you are misguided concerning what your feelings mean and how they would bring love to you and you to love. (C:5.11)

The Divine Feminine within you will be that which allows that process to happen compassionately, tenderly, to ensure healing can happen at the source—not just for you but for others as well. As A Course in Miracles instructs, “look upon each other with perfect faith and love and tenderness.” (T19:D.i.11)

If you want to know for sure it’s Divine Feminine energies at play in any given reaction, simply check your motivation. If you’re seeking the cathartic satisfaction of conquering or dominating or rejecting others, you’re in a perpetuating-the-cycle-of-pain consciousness. If you’re truly in the healing-for-all mode, you’re in the Divine Feminine. And the latter will lead to very different, and often surprising, reactions than the former. 

My friend and poet Chelan Harkin cogently encapsulates the Divine Feminine this way in her new book, Let Us Dance! The Stumble and Whirl With the Beloved:

The Feminine is hereto crack open your body,women AND menand finally release the poisonof every ancient, uncleaned wound.

The Feminine is hereto crack open your old ideologiesand shoot new life through youlike a seedhard and closed for so many yearsand suddenly kissed into transformationby the great destructionof light.

The Feminine is here to pull youfrom the measured, surveyed landat the edgeof the wild forestof your dreamsand finally toss youinto the mapless territoryof your heart.

The Feminine is hereto lay your impressivecertificates of learningat the feet of inner knowing,to pluck you from the discipleshipof an outward masterand lay you at the altarof your inner truth,to activate this inner truth,that has long been waiting latentand so eager to eruptfrom your soul.

The Feminine is hereto remind you that Godcan live in the earth, in the hips,in the deepest shadowsthat She is plantedlike a wild rosein the darkestfurrowsof your painto reteach youto mother your frailtiesrather than dominate themand bring the wound from exileinto embrace.

The Feminine is here to bring you homejust as you are now,to undo conditionsaround enoughness,to undo every patriarchal corsetcinched around your voice and spiritand return you to the full bellyof your sacred breath.

The Feminine is here to reunitetenderness with power,to help you source thisfrom the great, hidden sea within,and for you to feel the intimacy of Godpulsing Her embodied songthrough the rivers of your bloodand back to the holy oceanof your heart.

The Feminine is here to tell usin no uncertain termswe are carrying new wisdom,a gestation of Godin the womb of our consciousness,and a great, never before seen beautyis soon dueto be born.

Embodiment of the Divine Feminine is a key to dealing with the escalating worldwide upheaval around us. It is a key to reconciling the atrocities we see around us in a supposedly “awakening” world.

The Divine Feminine is a path of relentless love. In my twenty-one years of mystical experiences, again and again I have embodied the truth that all we ever have to do, ever have to BE, is love, no matter what. And I can attest that it really does make life not only easier but more deeply beautiful.

Mary Reed is author of “Unwitting Mystic: Evolution of The Message of Love.” To find out more about her Mystics’ Front Porch series as well as her mystic wisdom courses and events see: www.unwittingmystic.com.

 

 

 

 

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He says he hears me. Thoroughly, truly, completely. He knows me intimately. Yet I feel as if I am deaf and mute, groaning and grunting in an attempt to express, an emphatic need to communicate, to create just a word or phrase to assuage the desire of this heaving wanting-ness.

My heart as if paralyzed cannot convey but in spasm, the pain of trying to say... something that makes sense, that connects, that pours the melted butter of my heart into the hollows of his bread.

He knows. He understands. He too longs. He too loves.

And with one arm, pulls my head to his breast as if I am a little child. I rest there, my eyes closed and breathe His scent.

The longing slips away into oneness.

MaryBeth Scalice, M.A., Ed.D., views her life as a living-breathing poem of God. Many years ago, her heart opened, her listening deepened, the breath fell away, and divine union was realized. MaryBeth is a counselor, writer, and teacher trained in humanistic and transpersonal psychology. Her work integrates psychology with spirituality, offering transformational heart-centered therapies for health and self-realization. She created the Foundation of Open Hearts, and in 2019 published Write, Beloved, Write 

 

 

 

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^~https://acourseoflove.org/recognizing_jesus/~~The Embrace #77: Recognizing Jesus~~ How I Recognize Jesus By Lana Carolan Many have asked me over the years how I recognize Jesus as the true voice delivering A Course in Miracles and also within A Course of Love.  That's an easy one: Jesus has traveled with me since I was a small child. I met him on the playground. As a child I was always frightened about everything—especially the priest and nuns at the Catholic school I attended. Every recess, Sister Mary Dorothy always sent for my older brother to come down and hold my hand during recess time. One day my brother was home sick. I was alone, frightened, standing by the school wall. I felt someone reach for and hold my hand. It was no different than if you were holding my hand. But there was no physical appearance of a "someone" present. Yet I felt his presence beyond the mere sensation of him holding my hand. I felt him deeply within my heart, within my whole inner being. I knew nothing of the mechanics of forgiveness at the time. All I knew was that whenever I was afraid, all I needed to do was to call on Jesus and my fear went away. When eventually I left the Catholic faith I just took Jesus with me. He was very different than the Jesus I was taught about in school. My Jesus always reminded me of my innocence and of my safety within his loving embrace. Even as a young adult, I remember always calling on Jesus before answering the phone or door or in any situation where fear lurked.  Jesus was just a presence I carried with me, within my mind and heart. Jesus spoke to me in what I describe as "thoughts I do not think."  That is also how I hear the Holy Spirit and the Voice for God. They come through "thoughts I do not think."  Thoughts are simply delivered to my mind without my participation. They are always messages of comfort and joy. They always bring me peace. You can imagine my surprise at finding my Jesus in the pages of ACIM. There was never a "figuring it out" about the authenticity of that writing. It was more of an energetic recognition. It was familiar and comforting. I just had a knowing that it was him. We continued to travel together in my journey with ACIM for the next 40 years. A few years ago I was guided to ACOL by a dear friend whom I trust completely.  My trust was doubly validated when the very first words I saw when I randomly opened the pages of ACOL, were, "Your first experience of Unity may be in the thoughts you do not think."  "There you are. There you are again," I remember thinking with a loving sigh. It was instant recognition. I knew Jesus wanted to continue to teach me through this beautiful book with its message of unity and love. The more I absorb the wisdom of ACOL, its authenticity only resonates more deeply with my heart and mind.  It has contributed so much in validating so many of my experiences that have occurred during my years in studying ACIM.  ACOL has facilitated episodes of expanded awareness I could have never imagined possible. I find it to be a seamless continuation of ACIM in the reawakening of Truth in my mind. Every morning Jesus and I have what I call a meditative writing session together. It is a blended communication, the content coming from Jesus in a form that shows up as "Lana."  I share my writings on Facebook. I have been doing that for almost twelve years. By sharing, I strengthen the truth within myself and with those with whom I share it. I share and extend the love of God via Jesus sharing it with me. In both ACIM and ACOL, sharing is a means of experiencing our Unity with each other and with our Creator. Nothing that is real can be increased except by sharing. That is why God Himself created you." (Tx:4.99 OE) Jesus continues his teachings on sharing in ACOL: Sharing is the means through which the holy relationship you have with everything is revealed in truth. (C:31.23.1) I have discovered that sharing the love of God facilitates an actual experience of a fundamental reality: that is giving and receiving are ONE in Truth. The love I share is always returned to me in full measure. To share the love of God is my vocation and devotion. It brings me joy, as do you. Lana Carolan has been a student of ACIM for about 40 years and, more recently, of ACOL. She says: “I mentor many students and it has been through them that I have come to recognize that giving and receiving are truly one.” Contact Lana via Facebook or email her at lcarolan49@gmail.com.         NEW! Choose Only Love MUSIC Listen here to the gentle love-infused sounds of harmonium, guitar, and voice of Mandi Solk Or here to learn more & purchase ★★★★★ Subscribe to Miracles MagazineFeatured articles include: ★"Dad, Don't Ever Think of Me as Dead!" ★What Need Do I Have for You? ★An Extraterrestrial Birthday Gift     As You Are By Love Itself, through Janine Miller-DeLany   I love you as you are, even when, especially when you are letting yourself just be with Me.   I Love you simply as you are.  I love you when you don’t know how to fix things or cure your health.  I Love you simply as you are.  Have you forgotten, My will for you is happiness? You don’t have to make anything happen.   You get to just trust and allow my blessings and gifts to come to you. There is nothing I require of you.   There is no job or task you must accomplish.  There is nowhere you must get to.  This life I have loved you with is simply here for you to experience.  As you remember, you are ever joined with Me, then can you experience the bliss of knowing, there is nothing else.   There is only My love in you to experience and exchange and realize your union with as far around you as the sky that enfolds you. There is nothing but this…My love.  All else is simply an imagining of the ego-mind trying to convince you otherwise."

Janine says: "The plan (for a walk) that my ego had created got interrupted by the rain and suddenly, with this new awareness, there was no goal to reach.  There was just being.  It was then I felt the ego-mind go quiet and I relished the feeling, the freedom of simply being--without an agenda.  In an instant, there was nothing to fix and nowhere to get to. It was from within the stillness that I heard Love speak to me."

Janine Miller-DeLany is a counselor, spiritual life-coach, and student of ACIM and ACOL. Learn more of her work and blog at www.theheartswayorg.

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I, like many others, use the life of Jesus as an example life for guidance and instruction. I don't know about you but when I think of the life of Jesus, it is difficult to separate his humanity from his divinity. They seem to merge as one. I believe that is because there was nothing else.

I never associate the word ego with Jesus. I just never have. A Course of Love would call his life's demonstration, the "Elevated Self of Form." It is sustaining Christ-Consciousness while still in form, and Jesus did just that when he walked this earth over 2,000 years ago.

Staying in our right mind (our sane mind) is a teaching and practice taught to us by Jesus during his life on Earth and in his teachings, in both ACIM and ACOL. One of the ways in accomplishing this is to look beyond the "seem to be" and not to judge according to appearances.

What has also been helpful to me is when I bring compassion through either thought or deed to my relationships with my brothers. When I think about compassion, what comes to mind is an act or thought of total giving. Compassion never seeks anything in return. It is complete unto itself. It may be the closest thing we have to "the Love of God" within our human experience. It can bring us together in mutual understanding and helps to uncover the Divinity in all of us. It is probably the most gentle of our human qualities as well.

When I extend compassion, I invite the Holy Spirit to allow my inner and true vision to behold both the divinity and the humanity of my brother as one pure and innocent experience. No longer do I attempt to define my brother as split between ego and divine identities. My goal is now to perceive only his Divine Reality in a packaging called "humanity." There is nothing else to see.

It is how I see Jesus as he walked the Earth in human form and it is how I aspire to always see my brothers. They are divine, walking about in a visual container known as a body for communication purposes.

Jesus used his human nature in demonstrating his divinity to all he encountered. Like Jesus, we have an inner calling to do the same—that is, to demonstrate the laws and love of God through compassionate humanity toward others.

The ego would teach me I must know my brother in order to love him. But Spirit teaches me that I must love my brother in order to know him. Ego may speak first but it is always wrong. Hence, Jesus provided us with the option to "choose again."

The Bible teaches us that we must know with our heart. For me, the heart has always been the word symbol for the Love of God. It also symbolizes the innermost, intimate fabric of my being. When the mind is in sync and joined with the heart, Jesus teaches in ACOL that a state of "Wholeheartedness" exists in which neither heart nor mind contradict the other and function from a state of perfect unity and harmony.

To me, this is rightmindedness and also miracle-mindedness. Anything becomes possible. From this state of awareness, what is not true about our brothers and the world we see vanishes from our sight; what IS true is the only thing we see.

It takes just one compassionate thought or act towards our brother, regardless of appearances.

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  Some hands are connected

To the heart

Some hands

Are not

It is easy to feel

The difference

Some hands

Are in a hurry

Cold

They probe impatiently

And I feel minimized

Exposed

Some hands linger

As if to say

You are important

To me

I’ll be there

For you

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Already.

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On May 23, 2021, Sebastián Blaksley was interviewed by the Center for Contemporary Mysticism. The interview included questions from the online audience, four of which are presented here. In his answers, Sebastián refers to what Jesus, Mary, or others have told him. Sebastián has had an ongoing conversation with those beings since he was a young boy.

ASKING FOR HELP

Linda: Hi Sebastián. What does Mother Mary or Jesus or the Angels or any of them say about asking for help?

Sebastián: Thank you, Linda for that really important topic. There is confusion in many places about these topics. What Jesus and Mary and Archangels want is for us to have a direct relationship with them. They love it when we ask them for help. We are called to ask them everything. We need things. We have needs because we are human. We have material needs, psychological needs, emotional needs, and not only for us, but for others. There was a time when our Immaculate Mother Mary and also Jesus said to me that as much as I ask, that much I do grow in trust, because when we ask them we believe in them. We ask them because we give all of our life to them. Jesus once said to me, “I become dependent on your trust. As much as you trust me, that much can I do for you.”

There was a time when I had a very difficult situation and I felt that I wasn't receiving help from Jesus. I felt like I was abandoned by him. He knew the question in my heart even without my asking the question. And it was, “why didn't you help me? I have given you all my life like a child living in in the arms of a mother. Why did you abandon me in that difficult situation?”

And he said, “Because you didn't ask me.”

And that was true. I forgot to ask him. We are very accustomed to try to solve our problems in the way we understand things, based on our understanding of the past. And that's what we have to change. We are called to give everything in our life to him and to our Immaculate Mother Mary like a baby in the arms of the mother. And our Immaculate Mother Mary said, “babies cry, babies ask for things. A baby doesn't want to receive a ‘no’ from the mother. So you have the right to ask for everything and I will give you what you ask and more every time.”

So I encourage you and everyone to ask for help every single minute of your life. That allows us to grow in having a humble heart, like a baby in the arms of a mother.

ABOUT DOUBTS

Linda: I have another question. What if you have doubts? My mind is saying things that it probably shouldn't.

Sebastián: About doubts, Jesus explained very clearly that doubts are part of our humanity. We doubt because we are human. And we have to love that. Doubt allows us to have a more flexible way of thinking. If we don't have doubts, he said, you wouldn't have faith. If you don't have faith, you don't have the benefit of having faith. And faith is extremely important for our spirit.

So doubt is welcome, always welcome, because it's part of your humanity. There’s no problem with having doubts. Every time we have doubts or whatever we feel, we learn to embrace that in love and welcome it. We don't reject anything in our humanity because we no longer live by ourselves but now it's Christ that lives in us.

So now, Linda, who is having that doubt is Christ in you. It is no longer you. So no problem with having that, we love that. And you know what? We start to love our conflicts and everything that is not “perfect enough” based on our understanding, because we are called to love everything.

EVIL

Rosemary: How do you view evil?

Sebastián: Evil is the manifestation of a lack of knowledge. When we live in ignorance, we start doing things that are against love. Evil is everything that is against love and we do that when we don't know who we are. So every time that we see something that is not love we can know that it came from someone who is still not accepting the love that he or she truly is.

It’s just a lack of knowledge, knowledge of who we are. Based on the manifestation that I received from Jesus and Mary, we came to this world, to this universe, with only one purpose. And the purpose is to answer the question of who we are. And that question has only one answer because we cannot be many things. You have to be just one thing. And love is the only thing that exists, the only thing real because God is love and everything that come from Him is love. There is only one way of answering that question and that is that you are love. I'm love and everything is love.

If we live in harmony with that, we are going to manifest that love. But if we reject what we are, we are believing in a state of ignorance, ignorant of our identity. And that choice is available, simply that. If we know who we are, and accept who we are, then we will change because love changes everything, and truth and love are together.

JEALOUSY

Sophia: I wrote a book and I'm working on my second book. and there's something not fair. You get all this material—you just get all this material!—and then out comes a book. And then another book! I have to sit down in front of the computer, look at a blank sheet, and I have to put things down, and on and on. So I have to say I'm quite jealous.

Sebastián (gently laughing): Thank you. Sophia, for that question. I would say to you what St. Teresa of Avila said once to me when she came to me in the one of the visitations that I usually don't talk about. She said to me that there is a Holy Envy in our heart that she wants us to be aware of. When we really want to have something from Heaven that we don't have, that is because there is a longing in our heart to be one with Heaven, to be one with God and that longing, that desire of being with Him comes from Christ. So I would say to embrace that, and to feel absolutely honored for being able to feel that because not everyone can feel such an elevated and holy feeling—the feeling of wanting that.

You know, that’s what makes us jump into the Divine. Because we want that. That also happened to me. Because when I read St. Theresa of Avila, who is very important to me, even when I was young, I said, this is what I want and I'm not going to stop until I get this. I see something in her heart. Something that is possible. And I'm not going to accept that this is something for her and but not for me. Because we are all human beings. Because I have that desire, I moved all of my life into following that desire.

It's an honor to feel that. And you know what, Sophia, we always feel that. Something I learned in my direct relationship with God is that we never, never complete our desire for receiving love.

As much as we receive that much we want; as much as we receive, that much more we want. So there is a certain space of emptiness, an eternal space, where we can receive more and more eternally without satisfying that thirst of being embraced by God. So, based on what St. Teresa of Avila said to me, if you desire love it is because you are love. If you desire holiness it is because you are holy, so those words are for you today, Sophia.

The full interview can be heard here (highly recommended!). Sebastián is the receiver of Choose Only Love, messages received in 144 instantaneous “downloads” in symbolic form. Sebastián put them into words with the help of Archangel Raphael. Each message became a chapter in the seven volume series, of which five are now published and available. This interview is presented here with thanks to Joe Irwin and Patricia Pearce at the Center for Contemporary Mysticism.

 

 

 

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  From the Bible: Mark 5, 35-43

While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him.

After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.

ACIM Miracles Principle #24

Miracles enable you to heal the sick and raise the dead because you made sickness and death yourself, and can therefore abolish both. You are a miracle, capable of creating in the likeness of your Creator. Everything else is your own nightmare, and does not exist. Only the creations of light are real.

ACOL C:23.16-17

Freeing your perception from your nearly immutable belief in form will allow for all changes in form required by the miracle. Form is not a constant but a result. While you believe that belief is the result of form, it is not. Form is the result of belief. Thus belief is not only capable of changing form but also is necessary in order to do so.

History has shown you that what you believe is possible becomes possible. Science has proven the link between researcher and research findings. Still you find it difficult to believe that what is possible depends upon what you can imagine being possible. You must cease to see the difficulty and begin to see the ease with which what you can imagine becomes reality.

CHOL Vol4:18.IV

In the silence of your heart give everything to me and allow me to do or undo it. To weave a new web. To work miracles. You will learn that you perform miracles from that place of silence where you give everything to your being and allow yourself to occupy yourself. This is the definition of miraculous mentality: a mental state in which you take to the center of your being everything that arises, literally delivering it to the Christ in you and allowing it to resolve all things according to its divine approval. This is how you stop being intelligent and become wise: you allow the holy wisdom of God to be the source of your knowledge and action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Excerpts from her new book

A Course of Love answers questions that earnest seekers still have despite careful study of A Course in Miracles. ACOL thus states that it is a “continuation” of the earlier work, though ACOL can be read independently. Most dedicated students of ACIM recognize that our egos have been weakened by our carrying out the dictates of what we have read. But with what do we replace the ego? There is a void, and this is a dangerous condition in which to live.

We intuitively know this, and so we keep seeking. “Is there no end to seeking?” we ask, somewhat plaintively. There is an end to seeking, and ACOL takes us to that end. As an aid to understanding this new end, Being Who You Are reflects upon ten themes from ACOL, drawing on the whole of it, and also comparing aspects of ACIM.

With weakened egos after studying ACIM, but with nothing to replace the ego, in the words of ACOL we have "rejected" ourselves. We think that to claim our rightful place of identity with the Christ within lacks humility. ACOL says that such an attitude is actually borne of fear: We are afraid we will not please God if we take on a more exalted notion of ourselves.

You prefer selflessness to self because this is your chosen way to abolish ego and to please God. C:P.20

But now we approach final learning, and we learn what “pleasing” God is all about—

We take a step away from the intellect, the pride of the ego, and approach final learning through the realm of the heart. This is why, to end confusion, we call this course A Course of Love. C:P.44 

There is a single significant difference between ACIM and ACOL. ACIM, through the Holy Spirit, brings comfort to the mind. ACOL brings comfort to a troubled heart. This comfort to the heart is by identification with the Christ within. It is not a comfort for pride but solace brought to us by Jesus himself. He embraces us with love.

The thesis of ACOL can perhaps be summed up in the following sequence of ideas: We abandon all attempts to glorify the separated self, the self who does not know God but thinks it is lost to Him because of our sin. When we wholeheartedly abandon any attempt to glorify this self, we are launched on the way to Christ-consciousness, a transformation that will let us know that our previous faults were mistakes only, not sins, and thus entirely correctable and forgivable. We merge ACIM and ACOL, in that we merge mind and heart, and we recognize that we are actually in union with God, never separated from Him. He lives through us.

Note these words from the conclusion of ACOL:

You will realize that you know what to do. . . . Expect heaven on earth, you were told. This is what it is. There will be no doubt, no indecision. Your path will be so clear to you it will be as if it is the only path in the world and you will wonder why you didn't see it all along. Expect this. And it will be. (E5-6)

May this pondering speak loudly and powerfully to your heart and mind "wholeheartedly." Let us claim the heritage that is ours, no longer fearful that we are acting out of ego. Jesus asks us to leave our fears behind and claim our power with new identity. Then the more widespread Awakening of our world surely will begin.

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Love: Asking God

We are always choosing between truth and illusion, and this is the same as choosing between love and fear. Love is always the way of truth. Fear is always the way of illusion. There are no other choices. Guidance that we receive in asking God invariably points to love.

We who have been caught in illusion do not comprehend, in the beginning, what is being asked of us. We are being asked to turn aside from illusion in all its guises. And with this choice to turn aside from illusion, we always know truth in the form of love. We cannot, on our own, turn from illusions. The all-encompassing Christ-Self, which embodies all of us, is the way that we now are encouraged to address. We are encouraged to listen to this inner Christ-Self, to follow the guidance that comes from within. This is the way that our God approaches us now, and He does approach us. We are not left bereft. We know when we are asking Him for guidance, just as we know when we are turning aside from it.

Happiness comes with the choice to follow guidance. In doing so, we are choosing truth in our daily lives. And we are choosing love.

Love Is Who We Are

We know from the title of this book that being who we are is very important in A Course of Love. And who we are is love. We sometimes see this love as simply our passion; that is not wrong, just incomplete. It is incomplete because passion without love--an egoic “love”—is prone to dramatic highs and lows. There is nothing peaceful about it. We have sometimes engaged in extreme forms of behavior due to our passion, and we have often been fear-prone when we have been doing so. Pure love is not drama; we make a mistake in believing that it is. We think that if we love in an all-embracing way, we will be embroiled in a drama that will take us outside of ourselves. And we think this is good.

Dramas are not good, though our egoic self enjoys them. When we love in a warmth that is not of this world, we love rightly. This smooth and easy journey of love, including sex, is where we are meant to go. It paves the way to a holy relationship with our partner. Replacing “special” relationships—egoic love—with holy relationships is where we are heading. This new way does not exclude passion. On the contrary, it makes passion come alive, but without the lows that drama gives. We remain in the highs.

Finally, Just Love

What a grand gesture it is to give up fear in favor of love! We cannot make this choice solely as an independent gesture. We need others in order to have someone on whom to shower our love. Yet we also know that in loving ourselves, always being accepting of ourselves, we are in a position to love others—probably, truly, for the first time. This is the promise held out to us as we live as one in this world and the next. We are diversified beings, but we share one Self, and this one Self is the Christ-Self. This truth endures well with us.

We are embedded in humankind, humankind who cries out for the love that has seemingly been denied. We ought to offer this love. We ought to live no other way.

Being Who You Are: Pondering A Course of Love is a contemplative consideration of ACOL, and is also designed to popularize ACOL to the general public interested in spirituality. Previously unpublished material, this book is 265 pages that elucidate ten themes. It is available exclusively on Amazon in both print ($8.95) and e-book formats ($5.99). Celia is the author of the well-received blog, “Miracles Each Day,” which has considered A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, as well as other channeled works, nearly daily for over 11 years. She also wrote A Course of Love: An Overview, a 48- page booklet published by Take Heart Publications ($3.95, both print and e-book).

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Behold my sister, brother.You and I,entwined beloveds dancingand in our wakespawning time and space,and all that isbeyond imagining.

And yet,in these dark confounding realms of time,that but seem to hold us here,what could we do, where can we gohow would we plead and to whom,to but gain a mere quantumof that orgasmic ecstasythat would be oursif we but recognized each other!

Please hold my hand would you,in these here confines dark,let's stay together, You and IOur time is almost near.

The night must endthe Son must rise,the time of old is passingand Now is almost Here.

Yes let's stay close dear brother, sister,as this celestial light emergesfrom within our joining, merging hearts.

For don't you and I know for surethat it's from the fusion of our heartsthat will dawn the certain splendorwhere supernovae will merely twinkle,

For You and I with utter claritywill have come to Know each otherand time with its blanket of illusionwill be done and gone at last.

Miguel Carvalho lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has been trying to live the Course in Miracles since 1987 and now  A Course of Love for about six years. And grateful beyond words for ACOL. Miguel frequently posts his reflections and poems on Facebook, on the A Course of Love Companion Group and the Discovering A Course of Love group.

 

 

 

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is a contemplative consideration of ACOL, and is also designed to popularize ACOL to the general public interested in spirituality. Previously unpublished material, this book is 265 pages that elucidate ten themes. It is available exclusively on Amazon in both print ($8.95) and e-book formats ($5.99). Celia is the author of the well-received blog, “Miracles Each Day,” which has considered A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, as well as other channeled works, nearly daily for over 11 years. She also wrote A Course of Love: An Overview^^^^~https://acourseoflove.org/why-crucifixion/~~The Embrace #73: Why crucifixion?~~ Why Crucifixion? By Jesus through MaryBeth Scalice I have had the feeling of being with Jess as he made the journey to the cross, as His Body was given up.  I have also had the feeling of what it was like to be in His mind, sharing His perception of the events that lead to resurrection.  This message came as I wept with sorrow and compassion and questioned the choice He made for crucifixion. Why? Jess : A Special Message for Easter, from Jesus   Would you have noticed my life had it only been miracles, the healing of others, the preaching toward unity, the lobby for love? My miracles would soon have faded from memory, like so many of your own God-given thoughts, those remarkable yet unremembered demonstrations of real love, lost in the perceptual haze of worldly mesmerization. In fact, many whom I touched, who felt the Breath of the heart, returned to the breath of man, the breath that labors through the nostrils, severed from the oxygen of Spirit, the breath that goes in and out without a true home. If not for crucifixion, the apostles would have returned to their lives trying to make bigger, better demonstrations of healing and holiness without recognizing the insignificance of the body, overlooking the Christ as eternally regenerative Life. Regenerative is not reparation of Life Force. God being perfect never needs repair. Regeneration is the effect of the end of a desire for separation. Death of body identity as experienced through forgiveness allows the eternally regenerative Consciousness of Christ and the resurrection of Mind/Son as God created. What you cannot comprehend is that I gave up my body, yes for you and for all humanity; not for the atoning of sin, but to bring attention to what is true, that guilt and assault cannot harm the Son of God, guilt and attack have no lawful power. They are unknown to Innocence. The investment in punishment for sin is literally an investment in nothing. Sin is impossible to correct through punishment because it is not real. It is not of God and therefore not of God’s Son. You are, as I am, God’s own sinless, innocent Self, but hypnotized by the belief in duality, in two powers, two Gods, two beings within you. Punishment can and does destroy your body, but cannot touch the One Power, the Almighty God, Who is not power as you wish it to be, but Love without opposition, without obstacle or enemy. This is Purity, and also What you are in truth. Your body has nothing to do with it, neither can it truly adorn Our holy nature, because it is given to change, to temporality never change because they are What God is without end. I gave up my body because the body is not what I Am, but an opportunity, a gift that could best be shared by giving it up. Its most profound capacity for extending Truth was to experience persecution of the Son of Love, and die a violent death, providing for my realization of eternal Life, that eternality could be seen and known. I ascended beyond the body’s limits to a forgiveness that was universal, truly forgiving for all the separated souls who thought attack upon love, was their best defense for survival; a society like your own that had so embedded fear of God into the very cells of the body, that only a profound and completely opposite teaching could make a lasting impression, turning mind back to the Consciousness of the Christ. Dear Lily , I did not wish any harm upon myself or my body. I did not neglect or deny my body.  But I realized only I was not the flesh. I made the flesh. You already know, as I have shared these memories in your own mind, my agony in the garden, my apprehension and hope for another cup, another way. I had to develop a depth of trust yet unknown by you and a Will of unwavering fortitude. I had to surrender every egotistical plea inside me to live on here in physical and sensual soma. I considered the temptation to stay longer, to be among my people as a man in the midst of family and friends. I suffered with thoughts of leaving those I loved, and with the thought of abandoning my disciples. I felt I could continue being helpful on earth, and yet, my heart, in quiet, heard the Call of Our Father to come Home, to complete my function on earth, dying to self, and dying for all selves that I saw as fragments dissociated from my own Being. I longed to join with them in the way I remembered our unity in Creation. Though many emissaries had come before, none had sufficiently developed the Communion of the Soul with the Creator’s Revelation of Sonship on earth. My Becoming depended on drawing all souls upward with me into the Consciousness of the Christ, Being One for all, as all for One lived and breathed through my Mind. Drawing souls upward did in turn extend a Ray of Light in which anyone could follow and in which there are the many graces of the Light of the World. My end of life experience was a purposeful and illustrious symbol of the pattern of life, the repetitive course of life for humanity then and now. Perhaps now you are coming to understand the symbolism; darkness, injustice, betrayal, false accusation, mockery of God, guilt, unrighteous authority, immoral certitude, mesmerized mobs, the cross carried, body broken, shamed, abandoned, on display; the murderous wishes of men as solution to the problem of God. This progression of ego projection still lives through wrongful identity on earth and continues to incite humanity to attack, to be fearful, and to punish as a means of safety and self-assurance. It is a belief in guilt. It is the belief that the innocence of the child of God needs defense. It is the lie that insists your Father rules through cruelty unto death. You and a few others are beginning to recognize you need not choose the walk of the cross, merely let my demonstration be sufficient to end all suffering and to reveal the uselessness of banal tactics. They do not work. Your cross will not end life, atone for sin, nor bring safety, peace or joy—which is what you want. It will make the opportunity of your Life on earth fraught with suffering. Suffering can be a path to Christ Consciousness, but it is neither quick, nor advised. Here is the unbelievable Belief.  We have used these words before. Hear Me now and give your whole heart to this Reality. I Live. I in the midst of You am Life, and the life of the Christ is Yours as well. What this means is that you died with me on Calvary. The self that seemed to have turned against the Father, died with me. There is only One separated Mind in a multiplicity of forms. There is only One Son. We share the wholeness as we shared the separation. But now I have come to you as you will to look beyond the belief in separation, beyond your crucifixion and Know Truth. I ask you to shut your eyes and See Me, hear Me and share Me. We have been journeying a long, long time. You have come closer and closer to the realization of the unbelievable Belief. I am Here. Here is Heaven. You are with Me as I Am with You. You are Real as I Am Real. Jesus, your Jesse, is raised. I did remember and identify with the Holy Spirit, Who led Me to perfect Oneness with Our Father. (At-One-ment.) I will never unremember but continue to seed the memory of those Who seek Truth. I have said a great many words here to help you understand my death as your death and my Life as your Life but your humanity, the self-ideational mind/body which views itself in time is your own personal teaching opportunity. Love this lesson by caring for mind/body as temples of the Self, neither idolizing, or ostracizing, making of it no Power, projecting upon it no guilt; but honor this as means of communication and realization of Christ.  Let your body glorify the Truth of the God-given Life, and live with the wisdom of your perfectly intact innocence. Live your Innocence. Yes, You Lily , have chosen an interesting, exciting return to Love, to Consciousness, framing for yourself a journey of wonder and woe, of prison and peace, of splendid and sordid feelings; a journey of frightening and favorite experiences, but never so exciting, enthralling, captivating as the experience of Oneness, once more. As we have said before, the Fisherman walks the beach, picks up the creature who jumps from the Sea, who wanted to be more than it could be, whose last gasp was a cry for God. With tender compassion for that prayer, He returns the fish to the Home from which It leapt. The fish dives deep awakened from the sleep of something more, of something better; swimming in gratitude, joined with Sea in fresh and blessed awareness. MaryBeth Scalice, M.A., Ed.D., views her life as a living-breathing poem of God. Many years ago, her heart opened, her listening deepened, the breath fell away, and divine union was realized. MaryBeth is a counselor, writer, and teacher trained in humanistic and transpersonal psychology. Her work integrates psychology with spirituality, offering transformational heart-centered therapies for health and self-realization. She created the Foundation of Open Hearts, and in 2019 published Write, Beloved, Write, from which this article is reprinted with permission. ~~Foundation of Open Hearts,
and in 2019 published Write, Beloved, Write, ^~https://acourseoflove.org/fastest_way_to_love/~~The Embrace #72: The Fastest Way to Love~~The Fastest Way to Love A Conversation with Cole Kňazovický and Cindee Pascoe

CP: Cole, we’ve known each other for 25 years. I don’t think I know anyone who has been so dedicated to really understanding how transformation works. I can see and feel that something has really shifted for you. You’re saying it has to do with “resurrection of feeling.” What exactly is that?

CK: When we met, we were both immersed in A Course in Miracles. Those years were amazing, and ACIM gave us a great foundation. It helped us distinguish between our egoic thoughts and our real thoughts. However, my feelings were still creeping in so I began to look at another channelled work, The Right Use of Will. It blew my mind. Literally. The focus was mainly on feelings, or the “Will,” and on how the mind has been misused to denigrate or ignore feelings. It was like nothing else regarding feeling.

CP: Yes, I remember that I found it very confronting at first. It seemed so “non-spiritual” and unnecessarily cathartic. And then I tried the processes and saw—well, felt—what you were talking about. I’m still in awe at the power of that work.

CK: Just to inform those who may not be acquainted with RUOW. We have two parts. One is thought/electro, the other feeling/magnetic. In alignment they create an electro-magnetic field, which is experienced as love. If they are in opposition, they make a gap or split, and cut us off from experiencing. You’ve got to have your spirit ignited and your feelings ignited. This will ignite your heart, and begin to resurrect your body/form. That is the resurrection. If you are not pushing your feelings down, they begin to rise, to flower. Pushing feelings down brings suffering, and eventually sickness and death.

CP: I am so grateful for those times. We went a long way with that path. Then A Course of Love appeared, which filled it out even more by focusing on both mind and feelings, but also heart.

CK: I remember that Jesus said in ACIM (Ch. 9) he couldn’t offer us heart in those days; the time wasn’t ripe. “I cannot tell you what this will be like, for your hearts are not ready.” We needed the mind training first. I understand now that he is talking about the relationship between feeling and mind, what in ACOL Jesus calls “wholeheartedness.’

CP: And that is an experience.

CK: For sure. It’s always new, like the ACIM Manual for Teachers  says: “. . . in every way it is totally unlike all previous experiences. It calls to mind nothing that went before.” (M:20.2) Creation means creating anew, not making up stuff from the past. Feeling, when in the present, is that part of us that creates. If our feeling body is locked up in karma drama, we make stuff up based on the past. When mind is trained it welcomes all feelings, an embrace occurs; a birth of the new.

CP: I began to feel the stirrings of that with RUOW—movement and vibration of the body when I embraced my feelings; what I now also know as what Jesus refers to as the “elevated self of form”—the body, the cells, beginning to vibrate at the speed of light. So, love-creation, is very physical!

CK: Yes! Love means what I feel it is! L189: “I feel the love of God within me now,” I’m not thinking it. Right? I only know Love from my capacity to feel it. The more I am in love with my feelings and my feelings are in love with me, the more I experience complete union of the Self.

CP: The birth of Heart, or wholeheartedness.

CK: If I’m not feeling it, it’s just a mind-y idea, a concept. Love needs to be deeply felt. If you are stuck in training your mind forever, you won’t feel it.

CP: Wow. Jesus talks a lot about union, joining, and relationship in ACOL. I see that the relationship between our own mind and feelings is the first “relationship” we have to heal in order to experience newly.

CK: Yes—our personal relationship with our feelings is our primary relationship. When we are born there is no mind. Only the experience of unity. Mind came later. Now we live in mind, and feelings are an unknown labyrinth “down there,” mostly denied. This division was done by the ego. Feeling is. Like God is. Feelings are nameless and don’t talk. But they are always responding. They expand when shared.

CP: Which simply means feeling them! The energy of feeling changes the whole vibration of the being. And that’s any feeling—so-called “good” or “bad.” And that vibration affects everything around it.

CK: Ego divided the “Queendom of Feeling” or the Will of God into the mess most people fear as negative feelings. Yet when you forgive your most nightmarish feeling, it resurrects back into the love it always was.

CP: The biggest gift to me of RUOW was to discover that love is at the bottom of every “negative” feeling, too. I was always wary of going there—but when I had the courage to do it, it was always denied love! It seems to go against common sense, but my experience confirmed the truth of it.

CK: It’s the relationship of the mind toward feelings that needs close attention; how to be wholeheartedly present for feelings, because it’s only when the feelings are free to flow that heart is born. That is the birth of Christ in you. Without feeling, spirituality is just a mental idea—like, “heaven in my mind,” of “my brother and I are one”—yet as soon as a brother upsets us, we are two!

CP: Honesty is the key, though, isn’t it? You can’t just say, “I love my feelings,” if deep down you hate them.

CK: So true. First, I realized I did not love my feelings. I judged them mercilessly. I had lovelessness toward them, and also I did not love my lovelessness. It got all locked up in my head. No matter how much I told myself, “heaven is here and now,” or “it’s all love,” I was not feeling love. I was stuck in my mind.

CP: And ACOL clearly states that wholeheartedness is mind and feeling as One. Wholeheartedness encompasses all of you, not just the part of the self that thinks.

CK: Thinking is a result of denial of feeling. Think about that! Begin to feel more and your thoughts will slowly vanish—you’ll begin to have real Thoughts. Easier said than done, because the thinking addiction is a global pandemic and feelings are still a mystery.

CP: Feelings are still considered scary territory for most. If people realized that feelings—all feelings!—are the highway to heaven . . .

CK: Yes. It’s the fastest way to love.

CP: How would you distinguish feeling from emotion?

CK: When feelings are rejected, they are replaced with emotionality. Emotions are ego-constructed replacements for true feelings. Fear is not a feeling, but an avoidance of feeling. “I’m afraid of ____ because of how it will make me feel.” Fear warns you that if you go there, you’re going to have to feel something you don’t want to feel.

CP: And the funny this is, once you go there, you are going to feel better, you are going to discover love. It’s the unknown we’re afraid of. The denied feelings get uglier and uglier, scarier and scarier. But it’s just the fear compacting.

CK: You can ask God or the Holy Spirit for help, for courage. Ask: “What is the feeling?” Become receptive. Ask: “How does this make me feel?” First ego will rush in to distract you. Words will come and feelings don’t have words. Then you drop into the emotional body—tears, usually. That’s not it either. That’s emotionality. Just wait. You will drop below emotions and find yourself in the gigantic ocean of the feeling realm. The Will. The Great Mother of Everything. With that comes silence. Then, . . . “Ah.” The answers come because feelings make sense of everything. The “sense” of separation is not only a thought. It’s a sense. A feeling. Once truly connected to true feeling, the search for God is over.

CP: How about positive feelings? Do we shut those down, too?

CK: Yes. Unless you can sit in genuine joy for as long as you feel like it, you will very likely shut it off. If you habitually shut down your negative feelings, you will shut down the positive, too. Yet, creation is effortless and joy is the most natural thing. It’s inherent in you. But it’s not a “positive” feeling. It simply is. Like God is. Once you unite with everything that is triggered in you, you simply trigger Happy.

CP: Amen

CK: Amen

Cindee Pascoe is a former teacher, journalist, columnist, and workshop facilitator. Karči (Cole) Kňazovický is a classical guitar teacher, composer, and performer, a couples therapist, and a professional facilitator of men’s groups and mixed gender polarity work with a focus on masculinity. They live in Australia.

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Where do I go when I am lost,when I am discontent?Where do I go to find tikkun?

Where does my heart find air to breathewhen she is lost and lonelyWhere can I find a pillow for my tears?

The lake, the lake shall heal me,for it is wet with mercy.The lake is where Kwan Yin does always hide.

Where do I go when I've betrayedthe lambs within my being?Where do I go when I am shamed and sad?

The lake shall be a lap for me,the lap of Mother Mary.Please Mary, may these tears becomethe juices of your love.Please hold me while I comfortthese sweet lambs.

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The only reason I purchased a copy of A Course in Miracles in 1986 was to prove my wife wrong. She was into it. But as a confirmed atheist, physicist, and development engineer, I knew it was hogwash. I tried my best—but never proved her wrong. Instead I was transformed. I even changed my career to that of spiritually-oriented psychosynthesis therapist.

ACIM has been, and still is, my professional foundation. Its thoughts and concepts have over time more and more formed how I experience the world, my fellow human beings, and my way of being, both privately and professionally.

When “by chance” I came across A Course of Love, I was skeptical. I have encountered much that was claimed to be of divine origin, but in my experience was affected in varying degrees by ego as the prime mover. Long ago I established a “rule” for myself to sort out such things: If this message in any way, openly or covertly, uses fear in order to exert influence, it’s not for me.

But my skepticism disappeared after reading just one chapter in ACOL, so strongly did I recognize what was to me the well-known voice of Jesus. I soon felt that ACOL was a necessary tool for the next step in my personal and spiritual growth. ACIM’s description of the ego and its machinations is exhaustive and utterly necessary. ACOL deepened that understanding for me and made it obvious how important ACIM is and will continue to be for me. But ACOL expanded on this foundation, and gave me answers to a number of questions I had been struggling with.

The primary issue I struggled with early in my ACIM studies is whether physical reality is illusory, because I felt that if I were to believe this, I really needn’t care about all the terrible things that happen—they weren’t “for real.” I felt an acute risk of ending up heartless, indifferent, or even worse, cynical. ACIM says it is our perception of physical reality that presents an illusory way of seeing, one which prevents us from seeing that heaven is where we are. But ACIM is not sufficiently clear on this issue, and has in my experience often been misunderstood.

ACOL finally answered to my satisfaction: We as God’s sons and daughters, together with God of Whom we are an inseparable part, created physical reality as an act of love, as a way of creating relationship, dialogue, creative tension, and an ongoing Creation, but still in Oneness. Thus physical reality is real, but is only one aspect, one expression of I Am, of our Oneness. “The little mistake” we made was that we forgot that we “played a game.” We forgot to laugh. ACOL tells us that when this memory returns, our physical body will become “elevated” and again be the tool for new creation and discovery that it was meant to be originally.

It could be said that the theological interpretation of ACIM with respect to physical reality as completely illusory led to a new kind of dualism, despite the fact that ACIM advocates non-dualism. In ACOL everything we experience—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually—is One, a borderless and undivided reality.

Another issue became obvious to me in connection with my therapeutic work with emotions. ACIM is a mentally-oriented, comprehensive self-study course and has influenced the world more than we realize. Yet it does not particularly address an important aspect of our human experience: the emotional realm.

In my professional life I have met many people who though cognitive methods have become “experts on their childhoods,” but still feel as miserable as ever. I didn’t find useful answers in ACIM to how to help my clients with painful emotions or how to help them find their intuitive, “feminine” way of knowing.

I was relieved to find comprehensive and valuable answers to this matter in ACOL. It does not consider thoughts as “less valuable” than emotions, but instead offers methods for using both thoughts and emotions simultaneously. ACOL calls this “bridgebuilding” a way to “wholeheartedness,” an inner state where we connect brain and heart together, where we unite masculine and our feminine energies, a state where we not only travel “the way of Jesus,” the way of teaching and action, but also “the way of Mary,” the way of being, of relationship. Wholeheartedness is a state of wholeness and oneness. ACOL also distinguishes the emotions of the ego, such as bitterness, from the emotions of the heart, and the necessity of learning to differentiate them. ACOL even calls the heart’s emotions “our inner sense organs” in our journey through life, where all emotions represent important messages, regardless of whether they feel positive or negative, for there are no “bad” emotions. This part of ACOL has been very helpful for me professionally as well as personally, where I have stopped judging myself for “bad” or “forbidden” feelings.

For more than five years now I have been “translator’s assistant” (sounding board, editor, administrator and computer expert) to Paulina Fredrikson in the translation work of ACOL into the Swedish edition, En kurs i kärlek. We have spent numerous hours discussing various key concepts that needed to be translated in a coherent way throughout the book. Many of these key concepts already exist in ACIM.

Paulina and I have very different personality types. I might be regarded as a bit square and orderly, while Paulina has the soul of a true artist. Our differences might very well have been the cause of considerable friction. Yet our mutual work can be characterized as based on peace, dialogue, humor, and mutual exploration. Over these past five years we have met more than 500 times. Each meeting started with an hour of personal sharing which very often led to insights about the theme in ACOL that we were working on at the time.

Even though I have worked with the text together with Paulina for many hours, now and then I still am awestruck by the deep wisdom and also the everyday practical intelligence that it demonstrates. My spiritual foundation now is supported by even more plentiful aspects of the Voice of God—voices not limited to ACIM and ACOL, but that for me are also represented by others such as Eckart Tolle, Krishnamurti, Hoʻoponopono, the Dalai Lama, and even voices from unexpected sources like a newspaper article, a conversation, or a song lyric.

With En kurs i kärlek now published, an important period of my life has come to an end. I look forward with curiosity and expectation to the tasks now to be laid before me by The Boss. As Jesus asks at the end of the book:

When you turn the last page, will you cry tears of sadness that our dialogue is complete, that you will hear my voice no more? Or will you brave your own relationship with me? Will you turn to your brother and hear my voice in him? Will you be my voice as you turn to your sister? Will you carry the fullness of our relationship within you? Will you be one with me, and in being one with me never feel alone again? Will you let the emptiness of separation leave you once and for all?

Lars lives with his family in Linköping, Sweden, where he also works as a Psychosynthesis therapist. He has written a number of ACIM- and ACOL-inspired books, including I, Yeshua: Awakener available from Amazon or Sweden. En kurs i kärlek was published Nov. 4, 2020, and is available at https://karlekens-vag.se/webshop/ (Sweden) or on Amazon.

 

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What is your Identity if you are not your name?Now, gone is the familiar and nothing looks the sameYour identity is formed before your first birthdayCreated by all the names for things, that you learn to sayBut you are not your mind - the beliefs or thoughts,Labels, descriptions - all the things you’ve been taughtAll the conditioning that made you believeA separate individual has been conceivedYet the word ‘in-dividual’Means ‘un-divided’And connected to the Source where all is providedBut this great Truth gets overriddenThe conditioned mind keeps the ‘gold’ well hiddenAnd your personalityIs a non-realityTo which you’ve been subscribingBy your constant describingOf everything you see and hear Creating feelings of mortal fearBecause the mind is restless and never stillAnd this addiction to thinking is what makes you illIgnoring totally what’s in-betweenThis present moment—which is never seenWhen you’re so very interested in all the thinkingWhich just creates more thoughts and sentence-linkingBut with whom are you having this conversation?There’s only you there, on investigation!For you are NOT YOUR MINDThis Truth is so easy to findSimply cease for a moment—whatever you’re doingAnd instantly—you stop accruingMore thoughts joining up like paper-chainsJust less than a second you can rest free of painsFrom this continuous narrationOf your fertile imaginationRelentlessly turning like a hamster on a wheelBut just pause for a moment—rest—and heal

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Just stop and try this on for size:Imagine you have no memory at allYour name—your life—you cannot recallThe roles you play like daughter or sonAnd all the jobs you’ve ever doneYour age, your shape, your nationalityAll you’ve believed as your realityWhere you live or who you knowEverything—just let it go

So now what’s left, without the mental narration?Aaaah, At last! We find Silence—our true foundationThis is the kingdom of God—our homeThe I AM - your pure Being—is the only One on the throneKeep quiet—no matter what the worries or fearSilence underlies all the images that appearBeyond the mind is an infinite spaceDiscovered in the silence of this present-moment placeKeep quiet insideRest and abideKeep quiet, be stillLet the silence completely fill....

So what is your Identity if you are not your name?Gone is the familiar and nothing looks the sameKeep quiet—no matter what the worries or fearSilence underlies all the images that appearBeyond the mind is an infinite spaceDiscovered in the silence of this present-moment placeKeep quiet insideRest and abideKeep quiet, be stillLet the silence completely fill . . .

 

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Dear Readers of A Course of Love,

More than likely, many of you may have heard the 2020 decade spoken of as the decade of the feminine. I have felt this to tremendous effect. Here, at the end of the first year of this promising period, I am releasing Book 1 of a trilogy that expands on A Course of Love’s way of Mary. Jesus gave us a preview of Mary’s way almost twenty years ago (I completed The Dialogues in October 2001.) In it, he said we were preparing for the way of Mary. The time has now arrived.

Mirari: The Way of the Marys

I do not recall having knowledge of this feminine decade, myself, when I began this dialogue with Mary of Nazareth. Our initial encounter came in 2013 but I did not embrace this new work fully until we began again in 2018.

At the beginning of this year, I took a sabbatical to begin to put together what had been written . . . and never emerged. I thought many times that I “ought to” be reaching out during this isolating and frightening time in the world, but my year became a year not only of deep immersion with Holy Mary, but of leaving “ought to” thoughts and actions behind. It took a while to free myself of guilt and shoulds. The highly scheduled life I had been living contained a lot of those. As I let it all go, I slowly became confident that my time was being spent in the most essential way it could be—doing what is mine to do.

You too, can call on Mary to be with you. You too, can allow yourself to be transformed. What I felt emerging in myself, (slowly . . . as you will see as you read Mirari), is confidence in my gift and the power that sharing these words, spoken so intimately between Mary and I, will have. They light the way for our movement out of “the old,” the very movement that Jesus called us to in A Course of Love.

I would like to welcome you to this movement. It will carry to you, a sense of belonging in the life and the time in which you are living, and reveal your destiny as a creator of The New. From my earliest contact with Holy Mary, she sought to transform my “resistance” to carrying on in an old way, into a passion to create in a new way. Reclaiming the creative feminine energy that has been lost, we emerge for the birth of new life. We can each live in a new way.

A key reference for the initial awkwardness of this time arrived in The Dialogues with the realization that acceptance includes accepting that we have dislikes. This liberating idea can mean that we allow ourselves to choose not to participate in some things. With that freedom, a sense of devotion to what is ours to do can at last arise. We commit ourselves to where our energy is most drawn to be. There, we are at our most expansive. You and I have no need to avail ourselves of anything that is “more of the same” as we begin to realize our worth. As you and I are empowered with free will, The New arises in us and we feel how much we belong in the new time that is birthing.

This is especially true for women and men in whom the feminine is arising.  Through the alure of The New, along with the sympathetic understanding that Mary offers, you and I begin to heal and to feel free of the old. We begin to accept all, rather than some of our feelings, and to sense the power of creation that rests within them.

This happened slowly in me, and so this personal account will not arise as pressure to quickly achieve a new state. There is no value to “achieve.” Mary’s way, and our feminine way, is just the opposite. It lets us slow down and realize the wonder of Mirari (“Mirari” is Holy Mary’s way of expressing wonder). Wonder captivates us. As its beauty is found, both within and without, we are readied to embrace the grief we carry from the time of learning. Through our grief we are lifted to a new beginning. We can’t turn back. The new age is here and is extending as we open space for it to arrive.

As distracting thoughts and activities fall away, spaciousness opens us to The New. We are “literally” birthing The New and our undivided attention is required. In this devoted responsiveness we find unity. We begin the sometimes-slow movement to no longer being split by conflicting aims. Our potential is untapped. As I heard on Day 24 of The Dialogues: We are “the virgin, the pregnant, the birth, and the new life.” And this “is the way of the world as well as the way of creation.”

I invite and encourage you to receive Mirari in sacred solitude. Let it wash over you. There is nothing here to learn. Nothing needs to be discussed. Here, you are to become reacquainted with intimacy. Here, you are soothed into acceptance of who “you” are. Being who you are is your liberation from all you have been taught you are, and from your need to seek instruction in how to better yourself. Here, you begin to see yourself as you were created and desire to be.

You will know when to share.

When you do, call on Mary’s assurance that sharing deeply will draw forth the knowing and being known that is our deepest and most hidden desire. Knowing and being know is our very entrance into the way of the Marys and the way of The New. It is the felt-knowing that is our birthright, and the sense by which we will navigate this fluid wave of our quickening, our movement to The New.

In the wonder of new life,

Mari Perron

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What Could Never Not Be By Miguel Carvalho

There is a Flame, the Heart,that within our hearts is laid.Around the flameunseen by eyes that see,a gathering.

From far off in the universewe come,as long ago agreed,to end what was begun,an experiment.

Now look! The flame is now a fire,the fire a storm,all the old devouring.

And the eternal spark withinis now a beam of light,expanding. And in the light,a world,clean and bright and New,emerging.

Still within,but before long,to explode without,enfolding,embracing all.Heaven on Earth,God's Kingdom come,what could never not befor all the world at last to see.

Miguel Carvalho lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has been trying to live the Course in Miracles since 1987 and now  A Course of Love for about five years. And grateful beyond words for ACOL. Miguel frequently posts his reflections and poems on  Facebook,  on the A Course of Love Companion Group and the Discovering A Course of Love group.

 

 

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