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~https://acourseoflove.org/thank-you-donald-trump/~~The Embrace #66: Thank You Donald Trump~~Thank You, Donald Trump By Karči Cole Kňazovický

Try this: Instead of watching the Trump carnival every day, and instead of building up stronger and more solid images of him in yourself, allow your true feelings in response to Trump to come up.

Pause. Feel.

Simply step back. Let all feelings come up. Feelings, not reactions! Reaction is what he feeds on!

So what is the feeling? Did it come to you quickly? Did you name it? If so, then it’s not a true feeling, just a thought—a mental idea about a feeling. As ACIM says in Lesson 13, The ego rushes in frantically to establish its own ideas there, fearful that the void may otherwise be used to demonstrate its own impotence and unreality.

Go beyond the mental ideas about feeling. Rather, pause to find the deep, deep feeling, one that is even below the heart. Feel down, feeling even below what seem to be yourself. That’s what needs to shift for outer reality to change. Once you genuinely ask the question—What am I truly feeling? — it may take a while, even a few days, to be felt, because mostly only reactions come up at first. 

How does Trump make you really FEEL? If you feel sick in your gut, just allow it. I repeat: Don't confuse feelings with reactions. When I say feelings I don't mean the reactive thoughts we usually call feelings.

It’s important to connect with your true feelings. The ones that have no labels. Ones that emerge when we take time and allow space for them. Which is mostly never. Most of what people call feelings are just ideas in the mind. In my case, it took me three days to find my actual feeling regarding Trump.

Here is the real reason to ask Holy Spirit, or Source, or Loving Light to help us access the real feeling.

Remember ACIM Lesson Number 5? I am never upset for the reason I think. The purpose of that lesson is to demonstrate to yourself that you are never upset for the reason you think. Why am I really upset? The answer, which is a true feeling—the feeling that you have forgotten God, that feeling of separation from your true Self—has to emerge from deep within that part of us that only feels in order to be healed. True feelings are a place of no-thought. A place where there are hardly any past associations with this feeling. A place of the present moment: a now thing.

Then, when you actually really reach the real feeling, comes an important step —noticing the relationship you have with this arising feeling. Remember: It cannot be feelings, plural. If multiple feelings come, they are still just ideas in the mind. If there are many, they are just emotions masquerading as feelings. They are OK, but still not the real deal. The one true feeling has not been allowed to emerge. Only one.

When the one real feeling does emerge, it’s time to forget Trump! Focus on the feeling. If you are doing this correctly, you will see that the rejection of this feeling is what is causing you to interpret what you think is happening. Remember ACIM Lesson Number Two? I have given everything I see . . . all the meaning it has for me. This feeling is the cause of your grievance, which you have labeled Trump.

Mostly we push feelings down. It often happens even before we notice it. We disown them and project these denied aspects of ourselves. What we think we see is actually the parade of projections, blaming and seeing the faults of “others.” Yet the conflict is in us.

These held-down feelings need movement and life. If you successfully liberate this feeling, you will see that it is not your best friend, just as Donald Trump is not your best friend. It is how you feel about yourself, whether the feeling is rage or just the slightest twinge of annoyance. 

This is the relationship you have with yourself.

Have you ever gotten in touch with the intense fury mentioned in ACIM Lesson 21? That’s where the fun begins! Once again, denied fury or rage results in the world we see. What are they but feelings that remain denied, deep within, that never manage to be touched by the loving light we can so gracefully shine on everything else but them—these feelings that need it the most. 

Instead of actually feeling and taking responsibility for our own denied feelings, accepting and thereby healing them, we usually magnetize to ourselves projected images. We make new images of untruth every day. Every judgment makes a segment of the world we see.

Not this time! As said in A Course of Love (D:Day12.1): Now we listen to feelings. Now we listen to feelings and understand what they have to say to us. Now we listen with a new ear, the ear of the heart. Now we recognize the thoughts that would censor our feelings, calling them selfish, uncaring, or judgmental. We examine. And we realize it is our thoughts and not our feelings that are selfish, uncaring, or judgmental. We realize this because we realize the sacred space we have become. Our space is the space of unity. It is the space of ease because thoughts are no longer allowed their rule.

How do you know you have truly healed any images in your life that seems to be less than love? They simply cease to exist, or they no longer bother you at all. Practicing forgiveness is complete. You have forgiven the world. But if there is still a lot to forgive, the feeling aspect of the self has not been blessed by your presence yet, and your mind is not fully trained to forgive and release your past condemnations of your feeling self. The recognition and blessing of all feelings—their full forgiveness—allows the opportunity for the full power of Creation to be manifest.

As I said, it took me three days to find my actual feeling regarding Trump. And on the fourth day Trump vanished from my feed, my sphere, my life. Do I still see him? Yes, barely. But now there is no reaction to him. Just passing show. Slowly he is vanishing from my world because the CAUSE of Trump was identified. It had nothing to do with the image, or Trump himself, but that which manifested this effect. 

By the way, it would be wise to use this feeling process on everything that triggers us in life. This is true forgiveness. Be grateful to your triggers, as they will show you your blocks to Love's presence.

Regardless of how you might feel about Donald Trump himself, it is always helpful to connect with the deeper feelings that we are not accustomed to feel or are conditioned to avoid feeling. Remember, mind is not all that we are. The feeling body is also part of the self that needs forgiveness—more than most of us realize. 

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. Cole extensively explored deep feelings through channeled material called Right Use of Will and is also a long-term teacher of ACIM focused particularly on the Workbook as a means of feeling application. Cole says: “At first I read ACOL like a book, but at some point the book came alive in my feelings. How so? I don’t know. It just did. It began to translate into feelings and the feeling began to correspond. The inner Dialogue began.” Cole’s twelve year-old son, Juni, lives with him in a community near Byron Bay, Australia.

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Featuring cutting-edge articles about Living Love The latest issue includes:* Being a Prophet Is Your Mission, by Jesus through Sebastián Blaksley* God's Ambassador in the Pharmacy, by Beth Geer*Embracing My Grievance, by Lana Carolan View a FREE copy hereGo here to subscribe ★ Happening now–the Heart-to-Heart series of interviewsReaders share how ACOL has impacted their lives. 15 interviews and more being added weekly! Click on the image or go to youtube.com/c/acourseoflove and select “Playlists.”   There’s also a New PODCAST! Treat yourself this news series of half hour conversation, both love-filled and thoughtful. Click on the image or go to youtube.com/c/acourseoflove and select “Playlists.”   The dawn of the Kingdom of God,a New Heaven and a New Earth,the shift of the ages,the return to love,the prodigal's return,the end of the dream,the return to original design,the end of time as we haveknown it,the return to Reality,the great awakening,Unity consciousness,the Time of Christ,

the greatest adventure,beyond description but not beyond feelingand experience,and knowing,

our final journey,back to Oneness,back to God,back to love,the final frontier,

the age of the god man/god woman.Resurrection without dyingakathe elevation of the self of form,the great transformation,the return to original purpose,of physicality,

the end of pain and suffering, disease and death,the end of separation,and absurdity,

an event without parallelin the long brief history of time,

what beloved brother Jesuswith his mother Maryannounced, modeledand demonstratednot so long ago,

for what is 2000 yearsin the span of millions,or billions,or eternity?

It invites us,it needs us,it calls to usnow.

All are called,all are chosen,but only each one can choose herselfor himself,choose to join,willingly.

For only togetherin unity and relationship,can we fulfill,the reason for our creation,the purpose of existence,

what is simply obvious,what was always inevitable,the only certainty,

the NEW,

it is here.it has begun.

Halleluiah!!!

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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     I was waiting for the trolley when two young women, dressed in their Sunday best, crossed over to my side of the trolley tracks. One of them asked me, "Do you know Jesus?"     I smiled and said, "Yes, I do." I chuckled, for I couldn't help but think it was almost as if we were talking about two different people.    The lady asked me if I had a relationship with Jesus and I said “Yes”. I could have added, "I love Jesus," but I didn't.     Next the lady asked me "Will you go to heaven?" to which I responded gaily, "I hope to go today." I almost laughed at the thought that she might have taken my words to mean, "It would be nice to die today."     The trolley came and I consented to receive one of the tracts without her asking me. The lady handed the top piece of paper from the stack she was carrying; I stepped onto the trolley.     After I found a seat, I thought back to the brief encounter. Somewhere within I had been thinking, my understanding of Jesus is right and yours is wrong. From the moment I heard the young woman ask me if I knew Jesus, I had been quite sure of this.     As I reflected upon this, I realized that there may very well be a sense in which neither the young woman nor I know or understand Jesus, at least on the human level of our existence. Our inability to grok all that he stands for and expresses is equal. We are very much on a level playing field in our relationship with Jesus. In fact, my assumption that I knew Jesus better than she did had been ugly.     Upon further reflection, I also noticed that even if it may be true that my understanding of Jesus as an ascended master—or beyond ascended mastership, for "ascended master" may be a limiting human concept—it doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is the young woman's willingness to receive love from Jesus and my willingness to receive love.     We didn't come to Earth to paint portraits of God and to decide which portrait comes closest to representing God. We came to Earth to receive God's love.    I will continue to reflect on this brief conversation. Was fear and my wish to be special underneath my assumption that I was superior to the young woman? As Choose Only Love counsels:

Perhaps you wonder how to release fear forever, and with it the desire to possess, so that now and forever you can live in a state of giving—that is, a life completely devoid of need. The answer is now obvious. When every lack is but an echo of a perceived lack of love, then the way to freedom from lack is but to let yourself be loved. Vol.2, Ch1:VII

     Could Choose Only Love be saying that we can be free from the distorted perceptions that come from our human conditioning? That this freedom is our when we simply allow ourselves to receive love? Could my wish to be special and superior have come from distorted perceptions such as the perception of a lack of love? Could this wish for specialness have been dissolved if I had let myself be loved?     As we read in A Course of Love:

What you allow yourself to receive and what you do with what you receive is all that matters. You realize now that life itself is a channel and that you are constantly receiving. You still perhaps think in terms of receiving meaning that there is something given from a source beyond the Self, but this is the “thought” that has to change. If giving and receiving are one, then giver and receiver are also one. D:Day21.5-6

     Jesus knows we are all equal, that we play on a level playing field. He does not court special relationships. He says Yes to holy relationships, only.     My refusal to see the young lady who asked me a few questions as my equal, as my true sister, was like a solid wall that kept me from allowing her fully into my life, into my heart. We must choose between superiority and embracing; the two cannot coexist, just as a light switch cannot be turned on and off in the same moment.     St. Bernard once said, "The three most important things are humility, humility and humility." Nothing could be more true. If humanity is to conform to the heart of God, the heart that has no walls, the starting point will be humility. Elliott Robertson is the author of Say Yes to Life and a Spiritual Growth Coach. He has served as a staff writer for Daily Word.

  A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love invited us to heal our minds and hearts, returning us to our wholehearted selves. Now, ‘A Journey into the Unknown’ invites us to come “down from the mountain and onto level ground, the ground of the earth, the place where you are connected and interconnected to all that lives and breathes along with you.”  http://journey.cocreatingclarity.org/about              

 

     

 

Temptations to Believe in Separation By Laurel Elstrom

    What tempts you to identify yourself as a separate person? Do you value the drama of your story? How would it feel to surrender control of your storyline and let things happen however they do? Without judgment, explore those areas that you still want to control. Don’t try to fix anything or change how you feel. Just bring awareness to your attachments.     Here are some common temptations to live separately:

Perception of Security and Control. At least you know how this world works. Its familiarity draws you back. You have a framework around which to process most of what happens. Like a child who prefers to stay in an abusive home, its familiarity is at least predictable. The myth of independence. While there is still hope that this time you might get it right, you will be tempted to try once more to become a happy person. That system is rigged for failure. The pursuit of individual happiness is impossible because you are not a separate being. You will only be happy when you recognize your relationship with everything. Shame keeps people bound. “I am unworthy of living as the Christ. I have too many flaws.” (You’ll never be a worthy person because you are not a person at all!) Fear of losing relationships. (You won’t have fewer relationships. They’ll just be more authentic.) Reluctance to give up control.

     The concept that you are a person is nothing more than an idea. It was never true. Your mind has created patterns to support and sustain that view of reality, but the lie doesn’t satisfy.     Many spiritual seekers respond to the longing to expand by attempting to swap a better, more spiritual identity for the old one. They try to perfect the personal self through study, sacrifice, and intense practice or purification. Ultimately, it never works because the foundational idea of any kind of separate self, even a kinder, more loving, more transcendent self is untrue. The system is rigged to force you out of identification eventually, with suffering as powerful motivator.

This is an excerpt from “Love on the Mountain: A Guide to Self-Discovery” by Laurel Elstrom, which uses “The Forty Days and Forty Nights” of A Course of Love as its framework for discovery. The first 34 pages can be viewed for free at Amazon.com. Laurel has shared her experience of ACIM and ACOL for over 30 years. www.laurelelstrom.com

~***~Say Yes to Life^http://journey.cocreatingclarity.org/about^Amazon.com. Laurel has shared her experience of ACIM and ACOL for over 30 years. www.laurelelstrom.com^~https://acourseoflove.org/embracing-my-grievances/~~The Embrace #64: Embracing My Grievance~~Embracing My Grievance By Lana Carolan

A Course in Miracles over the years has been my spiritual school and Jesus has been my teacher. Jesus/Holy Spirit are one and the same to me. They represent the part of my mind that is still in communication with God, my right-mindedness.

Jesus countless times and in countless ways has taught me who I am and who I am not. He has taught me how to discern between my true self from the made-up ego identity. He speaks to me and points my mind back to truth whenever it takes a wrong turn. He heals my mind and returns me to peace whenever I ask.

I really don't know what else he could possibly teach me to convince me that "I am as God Created me." The goal now becomes acceptance. No more learning is needed, no more teaching is necessary. Only acceptance.

This brings me to a recent message I received from Jesus. It was about a couple of weeks ago that I was carrying around a grievance about someone. It was not major or earth-shattering but it was disrupting my peace and I regretted having it. I knew it had to be healed. So I brought it to Jesus and asked the only question I seem to ask these days about anything: "What is the Truth of this?"

Here is his response which entered my mind a short time later:

Can you accept, even embrace your grievance with Love, absent of the guilt for having it? Do you see your innocence, even as you experience a grievance toward your brother? The pure Love and innocence of your open heart will heal the grievance. Guilt will hold it in place. See your own innocence and you will see your brother's innocence as well, and both the grievance and the guilt will disappear.

The moment I "remembered" my innocence, just as Jesus said, the grievance and my guilt disappeared and I returned to peace. The "present memory" of my innocence also revealed the Love of God and anything Love touches is naturally healed. Jesus has a way of cutting right through the garbage of the ego and redirecting my mind to Truth. Jesus reminded me that my innocence never leaves me, but my guilt does conceal it. My innocence is as eternal as God and stays intact no matter how my ego may hide it from me.

When I remember my Truth, healing naturally occurs.

I find A Course of Love to be really helpful in this "acceptance" process. That is, accepting my innocence, no matter what. Accepting "I am as God Created me" no matter what the ego may be showing me. Accepting the Truth that I am the Christ. Accepting that I am the same Christ-consciousness that was Jesus as he walked the Earth as one of us, even while still in form.

There is a section in ACOL (D:1.14) that I hold as a Proclamation of Truth, my Truth, your Truth, our ONE Truth in unity with God. The first time I read it, it sang to my heart and soul. I recognized its Truth and I embraced it wholeheartedly. But you know how it goes—out of sight, out of mind. So I read it often and my "present" memory returns as I affirm my Truth as God created me. It has an opening paragraph that adds a bit of context that I find helpful, so I include it below.

Open your heart, for the one who dwells there in union with all will emerge from this opening. What was once a tiny pinprick of light becomes a beacon as you open your heart and allow your true identity to be what is, even within your form. You are in grace and union with the Source and Cause of unity. Be no longer causeless. You and your Source are one.

I am no longer the personal self who was separate and alone.I am my Christ Self.I dwell in unity.My identity is certain.This is the truth.

I am not less than I once was, but more.Where once I was empty, I now am full.Where once I dwelt in darknessI now dwell in the light.Where once I had forgottenNow I remember who I Am.

Now I go forthTo live as who I Am within the worldTo make cause and effect as one, andUnion with the Source of love and all creation the reality.

This I proclaim to God, to you, and most of all to myself, my Christ Self. It is my call to awaken and to be who I am and was created to be. The call—acceptance—can only come from me to me.

You could say that acceptance is the final surrender of the ego. When Jesus spoke just before taking his last breath on the cross, "It is finished," he surrendered the ego for ALL of us and in so doing simultaneously accepted the Truth for us as well. What never was, is no more. Let us rejoice and be glad. 

Lana Carolan has been a student of ACIM for about 40 years and, more recently, of ACOL. She says: “I've found that their application and integration into my everyday life has afforded me a state of consistent peace. I mentor many students and it has been through them that I have come to recognize that giving and receiving are truly one. I am in the process of writing a book of essays that will share my experiences with ACIM and ACOL. I feel so very blessed and am overflowing with gratitude.” Lana can be reached via Facebook or email, lcarolan49@gmail.com.

Happening now--the Heart-to-Heart series of interviewsReaders share how ACOL has impacted their lives. 15 interviews and more being added weekly! Click on the image or go to youtube.com/c/acourseoflove and select “Playlists.”   There's also a New PODCAST! Treat yourself this news series of half hour conversation, both love-filled and thoughtful. Click on the image or go to youtube.com/c/acourseoflove and select “Playlists.”   The dawn of the Kingdom of God,a New Heaven and a New Earth,the shift of the ages,the return to love,the prodigal's return,the end of the dream,the return to original design,the end of time as we haveknown it,the return to Reality,the great awakening,Unity consciousness,the Time of Christ,the greatest adventure,beyond description but not beyond feelingand experience,and knowing,our final journey,back to Oneness,back to God,back to love,the final frontier,the age of the god man/god woman.Resurrection without dyingakathe elevation of the self of form,the great transformation,the return to original purpose,of physicality,the end of pain and suffering, disease and death,the end of separation,and absurdity,an event without parallelin the long brief history of time,what beloved brother Jesuswith his mother Maryannounced, modeledand demonstratednot so long ago,for what is 2000 yearsin the span of millions,or billions,or eternity?It invites us,it needs us,it calls to usnow.All are called,all are chosen,but only each one can choose herselfor himself,choose to join,willingly.For only togetherin unity and relationship,can we fulfill,the reason for our creation,the purpose of existence,what is simply obvious,what was always inevitable,the only certainty,the NEW,it is here.it has begun.Halleluiah!!!

 

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.

 

~****~lcarolan49@gmail.com^Readers share how ACOL has impacted their lives. 15 interviews and more being added weekly! Click on the image or go to youtube.com/c/acourseoflove^^youtube.com/c/acourseoflove^^A Course of Love Companion Group and the Discovering A Course of Love group^~https://acourseoflove.org/transformation/~~The Embrace #63: Transformation~~Transformation By Michael Mark

Our world is being stretched. The tightened skin becomes translucent. It's like a magic trick, only the illusion is punctured instead of unfurled. What's really there can no longer be hidden. The make-up is sloughing off. It's challenging, but clearly it's needed.

We have far to fall. But the ground is close. As close as we make it. That’s because the ground is us. We are the ones who will catch each other. Not the institutions we’ve made. Not the halls of justice, which fail us in our time of need. But people. People are shining. People are making the difference.

It is true we are falling. But we are falling from the limbs of unwholesome dreams. Dreams of empire. Of economic supremacy. Of earthly power and glory.

We invented toilet paper in 1857. If a generation is 25 years, then we’re in the seventh generation since this fantastic invention. That’s one of the brands we use here at home. There is such beautiful irony in this, I swear. I’m not trying to minimize the impact of this disease, but our capabilities today are unprecedented. We probably don’t know the true mortality rate of Covid-19, but let’s call it 3% or 4%. That’s a quarter of the quantity of the world’s population that doesn’t have enough to eat. According to the World Health Organization, there were 2.3 million new tuberculosis cases in 2018 that were attributable to malnutrition.

I comprehend and grieve with those who will face profound suffering in their lives and in their families because of this virus. At the same time, it is remarkable to me that not that long ago the Native Americans faced smallpox that ravaged whole populations, or political forces beyond their control that deceived, pillaged and killed them, or forced them to look on, powerless, as the bison were systematically exterminated. This isn’t like the days when Africans were shackled and dragged across the sea en masse to be beaten and worked to death and spit upon in service of the elite nation-states and economies of the world. These aren’t the days when immigrants to the United States worked themselves to death on docks, in factories and meat packing plants—laboring through disease and famine and drought.

It’s surely not fair to compare one age to the next. We are not those people, and these are not those times. But it’s wrong to think the disease was different in each of these ages. It’s incorrect to think the disease that kills most human beings in our day today is any different than the diseases of the past, because the disease was greed. The disease was specialness, elitism, the hunger for power, and the fear of falling into the misfortunes of the many. The fear of losing what we’ve gained. The fear of being like everyone else. The world hasn’t changed with the onset of Covid-19—it is only being revealed to us once again.

Hopefully we see it for what it is, and hopefully we realize the profound gift we all are to one another.

There is a line from A Course of Love that seems most apropos for this revelation, and that is the idea that in accordance with the Laws of Love, there is no loss, only gain. For what do we lose, but our specialness and our privilege? And what do we gain, but the humbling appreciation of our mutuality?

This quote is from the second Treatise in A Course of Love: An understanding of the mutuality of needs will aid you in being honest about your needs, thus allowing them to be met. Then the need to define or to identify them ceases. Your needs only continue to be brought to your awareness as needs until your trust in their immediate and ongoing fulfillment is complete. Once this trust is realized you will no longer think in terms of needs at all. Once you are no longer concerned with needs and the meeting of needs you will no longer be concerned with special relationships. You will realize that there is no loss but only gain involved in letting them go.

It is specialness that distorts the truth. The truth that all can be provided for.

These are hardly the worst of the worst times that we have faced. And again, with a full heart for those who suffer directly as a result of this disease, and for all those who suffer from all of the various diseases manifest in our world, I would like to say that Covid-19 is gentle as far as wake-up calls go. It is not a scourge, but a crack in the façade of a normalcy that isn’t working, and hasn’t been working, and which we don’t know how to fix without a nudge or two in the direction of our shared humanity.

I am humbled by those delivering groceries to the elderly, by those singing opera from the balconies, by those working from home while caring for their children. I had a conference call last week: five senior managers in track suits at their laptops. It was heartening. We are all the same. Not in our fear, but in our needs. In our humanity. And when we acknowledge this, when we no longer accept as status quo the specialness and power-mongering that divide us, the world will transform.

And it will be good.Michael is a utility systems engineer and writer whose short fiction has appeared in Solstice, the Tahoma Literary Review, and Delay Fiction, among others. He has also published two collections of spiritually-themed poems: A Cannon, a Heart, and Now This, and I Place My Hand Upon the Sky. On his blog, Embracing Forever, he features the odd poem, updates on his fiction, Course-related pieces, and sprinkles of other interests. This article was reprinted from his blog with permission. 

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I Can Be Trusted Received from Jesusby MaryBeth Scalice

Soften the brow. Soften the heart. Soften the breath. I go before you. I can be trusted.

I have been in the midst of trouble before and untroubled have given you reason to unfurl the ridges that line your face.

I know what to do. I restore, I embrace the helpless. I hear you. I can be trusted.

How does the Lover come close when you are hard, rigid, unyielding to His touch? Look at the defense that costs you so much, that costs you the love that impassions your life, that leaves you defunct a fatigued and fruitless vine.

Soften the mind. Soften the eyes. Butter the bread of communion with your life

wide open, with your consent, with a yes. Give me all the rest.

Give me the discontent, the fear, the doubt, the beatings on your breast, of frustration. Lean upon My Strength. I will gird you up. I will draw you in. I am open, a hidden tunnel giving way as you tumble into welcome, into Word, unlike the judge who abuses the tenderness you offer, who shreds the gifts you give into raw and ragged threads. I am gently exalted in your precious- depthless softness.

Soften the brow. Soften the heart. Soften the breath and let Me love you. Let Me Love you strongly.

Resist not My Love. But love Me without defense. I assure you I have a Plan. Have I said it plainly enough? I can be trusted.

***~Embracing Forever^^Write, Beloved, Write
by MaryBeth Scalice, M.A., Ed.D., who 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. Through this union, MaryBeth came to experience the Voice for Love. Its invitation has been to listen, to write and share the words that fulfilled her life. 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 is the founder of Foundation of Open Hearts^~https://acourseoflove.org/sheltering-in-the-embrace/~~The Embrace #62: Sheltering in The Embrace~~Sheltering in The Embrace Feeling into Oneness and Safety

 

Editor's Note: This time of personal and social stress is a fiery crucible in which our future experience is forged. We either choose love and compassion, or fear and separation. We are being called to “shelter in the place” to feel that which is True. The following is taken from ACOL — a “Reader’s Digest” version of chapter 20.

This is a call to move now into my embrace and let yourself be comforted. Let the tears fall and the weight of your shoulders rest upon mine. Let me cradle your head against my breast as I stroke your hair and assure you that it will be all right. This is the embrace of the universe, the all of all in which you literally exist. Feel the gentleness and the love. Drink in the safety and the rest. Close your eyes and begin to see beyond thought and words.

You are the beloved child suckled at the breast of the Queen Mother Earth. Your identity no longer stands in form, but flows from life itself. Your beauty is the gathering of the atoms, the order in chaos, the silence in solitude, the grace of the cosmos. Our one heart is the light of the world.

We live in the embrace as one body, experiencing communion, the soul’s delight, rather than in otherness. It is a seamless world.

We have returned to the embrace.

And now we begin to see with the eyes of the heart. We are no longer looking outward, but within. Within the embrace our sight clears and what we see is known rather than understood. Here, rest comes to weariness and gently lays it aside. Time has ended and there is nothing you must do. Being replaces separate identity and you say, I am. I am and there is nothing outside of me. Nothing outside of the embrace. You are cradled gently while your spirit soars. You feel the heartbeat of the world just beneath your resting head.

We are the heartbeat of the world. This is creation. This is God. This is our home.

We exist in the embrace of love like the layers of light that form a rainbow, indivisible and curved inward upon each other. Love grows within as a child grows within its mother’s womb.

Oneness prevails. The reign of Christ is at hand. In the cave on this Earth where my dead body was laid, the Christ in me returned me to the embrace. The singular heartbeat of the man Jesus no longer sounded. My heartbeat was the heartbeat of the world. All share the heartbeat of the world and are at rest within each other, within each other’s embrace and the embrace of God’s love, God’s heartbeat. God’s heartbeat is the Source of the world, existence with no beginning and no end. One embrace. All in all.

There is no longer cause for fear, for alienation, nor for the feeling of abandonment. You are now within the embrace where all such hurts are healed.

The world does not exist apart from you, and so you must realize your compassionate connection. The world is not a collection of cement buildings and paved streets nor of cold, heartless people. It is but the place of your interaction with all that lives within you, sharing the one heartbeat. The heartbeat of the world does not exist apart from God. The heartbeat of the world is thus alive and part of you.

Have you never felt as if you would wrap your arms around the world and bring it comfort if you could? This you can do. Not with physical arms, but with the arms of love.

Have you never cried for the state of the world as you would for one small child in need of love? Are your tears not shed for what lives and breathes and exists along with you? And when you have leapt for joy at the world’s beauty, has it not leapt with you, returning grace for grace? How could it exist apart from you? Oneness with Christ, dear brother and sister, is nothing more than this concept realized. And also nothing less.

Within the embrace you can quit thinking even of holy things, holy books, holy men and women, and even divine beings, even the one God. Is not the embrace itself holy? Sanctity is all that exists within the embrace. How could you be less than sacred? You exist in holiness.

To know the safety and love of the embrace is to know no cause for fear, and thus to come into your true power. True power is the power of miracles. Miracles are expressions of love.

You might think of miracles as acts of cooperation. Your expression of love is unique. It is in the cooperation between unique expressions of love that creation continues and miracles become natural occurrences. This cooperation is natural when fear has been rejected.

The universe, existing in a state of compassionate free will devoid of fear, knows what it does. There are no opposing forces that are not in agreement about their opposing force. No atoms do battle. No molecules compete for dominance. The universe is a dance of cooperation. You are but asked to rejoin the dance. The embrace has returned you to attunement with the heartbeat, the music of the dance. You have not known what you do or what to do only because of fear, only because you have been out of accord with the one heartbeat.

The world, the universe, is your partner—and only now do you hear the music that brings grace to all your movements, all your actions, all your expressions of love. While this may seem to be metaphorical language, it is not. Listen and you will hear. Hear, and you cannot help but rejoice in the dance.

 

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Chronicles of the New Genesis:

IT BEGINS

By Miguel Carvalho

 

From the Heart of Consciousness,the Source of Unity,beloved brother Jesushas spoken.The call has sounded.It is urgent.You are needed. The time is now,to step outof the time of learning,into the fullness of time,the timeof Christ Consciousness,sustained. Now the time,to establish the Covenant of the New,to bring heaven to earth,to end all suffering. And we have answered. From the ends of the Earth we come, hearts akindle, souls afire,gathering in the Heart of hearts,to keep our promise made to God,an ancient shared agreement,to be the living Covenant of the New,by accepting our Self. We have begun already,on the path ofjoy without sorrow,love without fear,and life everlasting. To create in community,in dialogue, in commitment and togetherness. Within us is all we needto create the New.Within us alone the authoritywe need but claim.And within usall the power of the universe given and received. Ours is the power of the god man,god woman,the power of God brought into form.The power of who we are rather than the power of who God is. And what about you?Will you stop and listen? In your own heart it sounds,the call.For all are called. Have you chosen?You are needed.It is urgent.We are herewith you. Thank you. 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. ~***~convert to your time

Please register^Available now^mhpress55@gmail.com^A Course of Love Companion Group and the Discovering A Course of Love group^~https://acourseoflove.org/what-to-do-when-disaster-strikes/~~The Embrace #61: What To Do When Disaster Strikes~~What To Do When Disaster Strikes By the Holy Spirit through Beth Geer

 

Editor's Note: In the past few days this message arose unexpectedly from within to Beth Geer from an inner voice she refers to as the Holy Spirit. Its guidance is consistent with the experience of Dr. Rod Chelberg, whose message also appears in this Newsletter. 

When disaster strikes somewhere in the world, fear is the first thing to enter your mind and heart.

When a world leader says or does something you wholeheartedly disagree with, fear and anger is the first thing to enter your mind and heart.

What should you do the moment you notice this? What action, thought, and deed can you take to correct your discomfort and eliminate your fear? How can you best help the world and heal your own suffering in response to it?

I tell you this: Fear cannot be corrected with fear. This may sound like common sense to you, but I assure you, if you truly believed the above statement, you would never make another decision lead by fear again.

Let us look at it this way: If a neighbor fell down into a deep dark hole, would it make sense to jump down and join him there? No. For there you would be, two fine companions stranded in darkness and misery together. Rather, the better choice would be to stay on the high ground and seek the help of an Elder Brother Who knows how to rescue such people who have fallen into the dark.

I am that Elder Brother. It is My wise counsel and Perfect Help you should seek when you witness that another has fallen down into a deep dark hole in thought and deed.

Therefore, when you hear a world leader speak in ways that make your heart fill with hate and rage, do not join him down in the dark hole. Do not respond to hate with hate, fear with fear.

When you witness world catastrophes, disease, and war in the world around you, do not join the world down in the dark hole. For fear only begets more fear.

The moment you notice your thoughts falling, cease everything. Do absolutely nothing for just a moment.

Then reach out to Me. Even the slightest effort will bring results. Hear My Voice amidst the storm and know: Nothing beyond yourself can make you feel fearful because there is nothing but My Love.

All else is a distraction set up by the ego to keep your mind focused on fear. Do not fall for this! Do not allow yourself to fall down the dark hole with the rest of the world in fear. When you find this happening, you can literally say to your thoughts, “Get behind me now! I want no part of this and will go instead and seek the Help of God.” For only God’s Word can correct the error of fear.

Your part is to step aside and allow God’s Word to come through you into the world and reach out to all whom are lost down the deep dark hole.

You step aside when you remember you do not want to jump down the hole with your neighbor, and must instead seek help from One Who knows what to do.

And then a miracle will happen.

A miracle happens when you allow God’s Love to extend through you.

And what must you do to allow God’s Love to extend through you?

You join your will with God’s Will. God’s Will is that you intentionally extend His Love to the problem, person, or disaster in question. In essence, you love your “enemy” in whatever form your fear may take.

This is God’s Will.

Love God's Love within all living things.

You do not have to love what another's ego is saying or doing. You do not have to love the disaster. But you are being asked to love the Love that binds all living things beyond what your eyes behold.

It is His Will that you extend His Love to all the world; and when you join His Will there is nothing that cannot be healed, no disaster that cannot be averted and no person who cannot be drawn up out of the deep dark hole.

Let all judgment be set aside.

You have no idea how the person fell down into the hole. You have no idea how the disaster came to be. But now you are witness to it, and the ego would have you consumed and distracted with a myriad of forms of fear over it. All because the ego cannot have you consumed with God's Love, for in God’s Love it would be completely dissolved and rendered impotent.

Become an active participant is saving others through loving them and refusing to join them in their misery.

Love holds no grievances. You must become as Love is.

It may be difficult at first to adapt to being Love. This idea of yourself is completely foreign to your ego-self and you have spent plenty of time down in your own dark hole. Though painful and terrifying this dark hole has been, it is at least a familiar place and it can be difficult to leave the familiar behind you – even if it is painful.

Yet, would you not be willing to relinquish your grievances if for one moment you truly believed that by doing so you would find peace?

A grievance is a form of fear. By holding onto it, you are holding onto fear and remaining trapped down in the dark hole with your neighbor. A neighbor you may say you also despise and desperately want to correct but only find you are both miserable in this state.

Fear can only be corrected with Love.

Therefore, if there is a world leader you despise, or an environmental calamity on the horizon, or illness sweeping across the world, do this:

First, do nothing. Become completely still and cease all thoughts of fear for just a moment.

In this space of your small willingness to consider an alternate choice in seeing the world, a miracle will come.

Second, allow the miracle to move forward through you as you step aside and let God’s Will be done.

God’s Will is Love.

Let your mind rest for a moment on your heart where Love is felt. Listen very closely to the feelings of your heart when you have ceased to think about the horrors of the world.

You will find there a tiny space of peace that, if given to God, can be expanded.

Your true Being is in perfect Unity with the peace of God.

Your true Home is in perfect Unity with all living things.

None of what you think upsets you is your true Home or your true state of Being. This is why it causes you so much distress. It literally contradicts Who You Are. And it is quite liberating to let it all go. It feels quite peaceful in fact.

Now, move into this feeling of inner peace. Allow it to expand from your heart and reach out into the world. Send it to the world leaders you despise. Send it to the natural disasters and the illnesses that threaten the world with death and disease.

Now you are doing something to help rescue those who have fallen down the deep dark hole. You are sending out a lifeline of peace and love – a thought of Unity in God’s Love with them – to heal and correct the fear that sent them down the hole to begin with.

You are merging with the Christ-consciousness that encompasses all living things, protecting us all within It’s Loving Embrace. Through this merging you are joining God’s Will of Unity for all humanity.

And together, you and God and all of us in Unity will emerge from the dark together, unharmed and healed of all pain and suffering.

Fear will be no more. The deep dark hole will no longer exist. For it will be filled with God’s Love.

Do this, and you will save the world, for you will have quietly and gently overcome fear with God’s Love.

There is nothing in the entire world to fear, for God’s Love is all there is. You rest in the Heart of God. This is your true state of being. Bring your mind here and you will be Home. Amen

Beth Geer is the author of Awakening To One Love, a compilation of  inner conversations with the Holy Spirit. She is currently working on a second book of teachings from the Holy Spirit. For more information go to www.awakening2onelove.com.

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Be Calm and Allow God

By Dr. Rod Chelberg As an intensive care and emergency room physician for decades, I followed all of the same steps as outlined by Holy Spirit through Beth Geer. Whenever I saw a trauma patient come in, amongst all the frantic activity that occurs, the first thing I must do is not to react to the appearance of what my eyes show me, but rather take a step back and calm down. God can only be heard in the quiet. When I still my mind, I then feel the presence of Christ. Many times I can see him on my right side as well. I listen to what he says and pass this on to my crew.   In other words, no matter what you see with your eyes, it is not real. It is an illusion and a distraction. Don't join with it. Rather, step back and allow God's love to flow through you into the darkness of the illusion. The light that shines through you is really quite beautiful to behold. The light from the patient and others is usually dulled by their veil of fear. When they see your light, theirs brightens up and harmonizes with you.   Then a miracle occurs. God's light shining within you shines away their darkness. This is how healing works. Just step back, listen, join with God's will, and let God lead the way. When our ego mind thinks we know what to do more than God does, disasters usually result.   It takes just one person to influence in a positive way all those around. I refuse to let the situation have power over me and I refuse to abide in fear. Ultimately, this all distills down to the fact that the ego wants me to believe that God and I are separate. Therefore I refuse to abide in the thought that I am separate from God.   Dr~***Rodney Chelberg - ACOL Reader*~Awakening To One Love, a compilation of  inner conversations with the Holy Spirit. She is currently working on a second book of teachings from the Holy Spirit. For more information go to www.awakening2onelove.com^Available now^“When God Calls, Say “Yes!”^~https://acourseoflove.org/the-intimacy/~~The Embrace #60: The Intimacy~~The Intimacy:Jesse Speaks

By MaryBeth Scalice

Note: The following poem in two parts was channeled from Jesus, whom MaryBeth knows as “Jesse.”

 

The Invitation

Here in liesthe word.It is for you,givenTo those whodoubtBut linger inthe acheThat cries outfor God.

Because youhave opened it,It will be givento youTo keep andto shareBecause you havesought for Love.

Love has answered.

Love seeks yourfaith now;Faith in Loveto give youwhat you seek.

Faith in Loveto fulfill you.

Faith to designateyour Purposeand complete the workof your lifetime.

Faith in Loveto love youunto peace.

Love wishesto give you everything.But you must giveyour faith to Loveto receive It.

It is no idle thingasked of you.It is Godasking youto enter intoHoly RelationshipWith Him/HerThrough the onecalled Christ.

Will you read on?Will you say yes?Will you close your eyesin this momentand feel your heart leapwith the wantingfor these wordsto be true?

These words maybless youas the first wordsyou have ever truly heard.

Let your heartabsorb them.Let your mindopen to them.Let your beingbe filled with wonder.Let Me be trustedby giving your faith to themas possibility.You need do nothing.

I don’t wish to takeanything from you.I want to give to youincomprehensible joy.

I will to make My Loveknown to you.I want you to experience       The Love of your Life.

The love you were createdto knowto beto give.

 

This is your invitation.

 

      Patience

 

Please put thisdown now.Don’t rush ahead.Forgive the impulseto finish, to hurry,to be in the future.

Faith in Loverequires patience.Faith and patienceare two birdssinging one song,two tufts of threadwoven into one rope.

This is givento be savoredTo be digested slowlyand completely;Each word a gift,forming a partof your awakening.

Your anticipationis welcomed.I welcome enthusiasticand motivated learners.But if you truly are motivated,you will wait,quietly thinkingabout the invitationthat has been extended.

If you truly are motivatedto experience the Love of your Life,surely you are willingto give a day’s faithto these words?and begin again tomorrow,early.

You will see,Love is like a rising sun.It does not come upon youlike lightening,Shocking you to death!

It appears simplyas a glow on the horizon,great rays streamingout of darkness,gently falling upon the worlduntil the world is completely caressedin Light.

So it isthat the work for this first dayIs offered asa nibble, a peek,a dawning.

Please sit with wonderat the coming of the great Sunwhich will soon enoughmelt your heartinto iridescentblushing Light;the Light in WhomLilies bloom.

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. Through this union, MaryBeth came to experience the Voice for Love. Its invitation has been to listen, to write and share the words that fulfilled her life. 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, https://www.foundationofopenhearts.org and in 2019 published Write, Beloved, Write.

Immersion Challenge:Experience "The Forty Days" in the 40 Daysof Lent --Starting Wednesday!

 

The forty days of Lent offer an ideal opportunity to go deeper into the "Forty Days and Forty Nights of ACOL--doing one Day each day. Susan Bernardini, ACOL's able Facebook Companion Group guide,  will be posting a short synopsis of each Day and hosting the event. (Not a member? Just go to the Companion Group and click on the blue "Invite" button.) We will also be drawing upon Laurel Elstrom's Love on the Mountain: A Guide to Self-Discovery, a book that uses ACOL's Forty Days as a framework for exploration. Laurel's book is full of self-inquiry questions, life stories, and guided meditations that encourage a deep dive into The Forty. See below for two Practices and a Guided Meditation from Laurel's book.

  What if you are actually living in a hologram of your own creation? What if your body/mind is the avatar symbol you took on for this adventure? What if everything you experience is actually created within you and projected out onto the hologram? What if your experience is the greatest sci-fi adventure you can imagine?

In the television series, “Star Trek,” the starship’s personnel enjoyed adventures on what they called a “holodeck.” Individuals entered into virtual reality worlds for entertainment, training, and relaxation purposes. They took on characters and roles in order to participate in complex and realistic computer programs. They knew intellectually that the stories, characters, and environments were simulated, but the simulation was so realistic they sometimes got lost in the programs.

You, too, were lost in a virtual reality. You, too, mistook yourself to be a character in a story. Until you’re finished with it, the hologram continues. You can enjoy your simulated world without being trapped by it. It’s your individualized interactive program!

Try living your daily life from this perspective. Imagine that everything you experience is your own virtual creation. Whenever you feel pulled into life’s dramas, return to this perspective. Open your mind to observe what is happening with curiosity.

Could you be living in your own responsive hologram?

 

Guided Meditation#5: Discovering Your Essential Nature

 

Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. In this meditation, you are going to explore your fundamental nature. What is it like in your essential mind? Begin by turning your awareness toward your body sensations. Notice whatever experience is showing up in your body. Allow your attention to move from one physical sensation to the next, however it wants.

Now turn your attention toward your emotional state. Become aware of your feelings without trying to name them. Notice if your experience stays in one place or if it changes.

Observe the coming and going of all phenomenon. See if any experience stays the same. Whatever comes and goes can’t be your essential nature. Nothing that changes is your essential nature. Try to identify the essential, unchanging nature behind all phenomenon.

Dismiss any activity having to do with the past or the future. Don’t follow any thoughts. Allow anything that is changeful in nature to flow on past as you remain with that which stays the same. Let your mind rest in this natural state and observe it. Notice its clear and luminous nature. It is empty, but it is alive. It still exists without any concepts. Rest in the clear aliveness of pure awareness for a few minutes. This is your essential nature. When the experience feels complete, open your eyes and go about your day. Remember this place. You can return to it whenever you choose because it does not change or move.

 

Practice #30: Looking for Lovein All the Right Places

 

In this moment, deeply enter your experience. Look to see if love shows itself. When you breathe, is something reaching out to you? Look at objects around you. Is love extending itself to you through them? Allow all experience to come without interference as you look for love in all of it. Is God reaching out to you through this? Can you recognize love in this?

**~https://www.foundationofopenhearts.org and in 2019 published Write, Beloved, Write^Companion Group guide,  will be posting a short synopsis of each Day and hosting the event. (Not a member? Just go to the Companion Group and click on the blue "Invite" button.) We will also be drawing upon Laurel Elstrom's Love on the Mountain: A Guide to Self-Discovery^Love on the Mountain: A Guide to Self-Discovery^~https://acourseoflove.org/i-refuse-to-be-happy/~~The Embrace #59: I Don’t Want To Be Happy!~~

I Refuse To Be Happy!

By Lori LaValley

Somewhere deep within my Being—past the conscious wishes and desire for God’s peace and joy—is this: “No, no, no, no, NO! I don’t want to be happy—I REFUSE to be happy!” This thought may accurately be described as “A Block to the Awareness of Love’s Presence,” or, as I like to call it, a BALP.

To me my BALPs are incredibly subtle; to others, completely obvious. They are most especially obvious to Jesus, my other higher energy teachers, to my friends, and even to dogs, who often try their best to remind me to be happy. God IS trying to show me something.

All of these “outer” beloveds in my life are trying to help me by noticing my routines, patterns, and behaviors, and commenting on them (darn it!) “Why don’t you do____?” “Why don’t you STOP doing ____?” “Don’t you want to rest?” “You’re so hard on yourself!” “Let’s save that work for later and go play ball now!” (You can tell who THAT comment is from!)

Many of these companions are firmly on the path of A Course in Miracles (ACIM), A Course of Love (ACOL), and How To Become a Christ (HTBAC), and they are absolutely right in their comments. (Again, darn it!) Or, better, “Thank you, God for sending these brothers to poke big holes in my ego-thought system and help me release these dysfunctional patterns by pointing them out to me—over and over and over.”

I wouldn’t need them pointed out so often if I just listened to God’s hints and looked at why I don’t want to be happy.

What’s really going on inside that makes me refuse to be happy and change my patterns? And to do so quickly? Yes, sometimes change is just a slow process. I don’t usually change overnight, although sometimes, in desperation, I do. It’s about uncovering deeper layers, one onion layer at a time. I’ve worked through that first onion long ago and am now on onion #462! And sometimes it’s about the fact that you can only change as fast as you can integrate and assimilate new information and energy.

All of the above is true, but here’s the REAL reason I refuse to be happy and am unwilling to change my unhappy patterns quickly:

I’m just scared, plain and simple.

Fear kicks in and blocks God’s peace and joy from wafting through or racing through, gently flowing in or thundering in, burbling and gurgling up from deep within the God Self of my being and radiating out from every part of “me.” Actually, there can be no boundary around God’s Love that’s only called “me,” but that’s another sharing.

So here’s God trying to shine throughout my entire being and here’s what this exquisite, beauty-full, awe-inspiring LOVE finds: Blockages. Shutting the good energy down. Nothing getting through here today. I have free choice and I choose to say “No.” BALP!

Absolutely crazy, right? Well, yes and no. I really do want God’s Love and all the amazing energy and experiences God offers. So I am going to have to deconstruct those blocks, because I am the one that constructed them in the first place. If I created them, I must have had a reason then that wasn’t crazy—just the best choice I could make at the time. Now, I can go back with a deeper understanding and re-solve the problems, using forgiveness, compassion and a willingness to feel the feelings. I can release all of the fear-based ego thoughts and emotions from the past that hold these BALPs in place.

It’s the “Heroine’s Journey” all over again: “Be willing to look honestly and squarely at every one of those thought/feeling/belief blocks that come up—no squirming, denying, playing dumb, distracting myself with TV or food or relationships or anything. Honestly look at each and every one of them, work through the issues, and change the patterns. Feel the emotions, question the thoughts, forgive everything, release it all.”

So with the Sword of Truth in one hand, the Shield of Faith in the other, on my trusty steed Courage, with ACIM and ACOL and HTBAC books in the saddlebags, and Jesus by my side, I’m ready to gallop into the valleys and vanquish the dark ego foundation stones there. I can’t lose, right?

Clash! Resentments.

Clang! Griefs.

Swing! Fears.

Attack! Beliefs.

Parry! Past memories.

Poke! Stereotypes.

Stab! Judgments.

Blood! Oh, wait, that’s MY blood!

In pain, weary, I can’t go on anymore. Too much work, too much suffering! Too much trying to fix everything in me! Too many years of doing this releasing, healing work! My heart is worn out. I just can’t take it anymore.

And, then, Jesus is there in the valley with me.

“Are you happy?”

“No.”

“You could be . . .”

“But I thought I had to be down here looking at and working through all of my BALPs! For years now I’ve been doing whatever it took to let go of them.”

“Do you want the peace of God?”

“Yes! But I am SO tired of working on these issues, so tired of fighting all this.”

“Then let the internal fight go. Let ‘working on blocks’ go. Give the blocks to me.”

I am strong, but not strong enough to keep doing this work anymore. It’s just too much. Crying, I say, “Yes, please take them . . .” And I just let go. I give UP, literally just hand the thoughts, the fear, the pain UP to him, SO relieved.

“Watch this,” he says, and with a knowing twinkle in his eye, receives the blocks from me, holds them in his hands . . . there’s a fading out . . . and then they just dis-appear. Not even a shadow left. Just gone, simple, quick, easy, in two seconds! What I’ve been working on for months and years is gone!

Jesus smiles at me, “Now, Beloved One, THIS is the big key. What would make you happy right now?”

“Um, well . . . I guess, to eat dinner and read a book.”

“Then, do that. If you want to feel peace and happiness, you need to spend much more time IN peace and happiness. Joy begets joy, love extends into more love, peace enfolds and encompasses all in a peaceful state. Spend your days and moments and, eventually, all your life there. And, if you feel a disturbance to your peace of mind, or to your peaceful heart coming up, then let it go—give it UP to me and I will dis-appear it for you, like the illusions they are. This is my gift of Love to you. It’s much easier to release the blocks than you think. I can help you in ANY way you need.” And, bowing slightly to me, he gives me a knowing smile, seeing that I’ve gotten the lesson, and then he dis-appears, too.

For my new awareness of his ability to instantly release everything I am willing to give to him, and for his loving help to do absolutely anything to make this journey easier for me, I feel enormous relief and gratitude. My “refusing to be happy” beliefs still need to be released but it will be SO much easier now. And I can spend more time in Peace, Love and Joy.  I think I’ll go outside to play ball with the dog now. Thank you, God!

Lori LaValley, aka “The Wandering Bookseller,” is a devoted facilitator of A Course In Miracles, A Course of Love, and How To Become A Christ.  She offers workshops, in-person and online groups to share her experiences in how to open up to deeper levels and truly experience the Christ Self within each of us. She travels throughout the Western US and is available at howtobecomeachrist@gmail.com.

Save the Date! Saturday, Jan. 4 -- An Interview with Sebastian, “A Pencil in the Hand of God”Click the above image to live stream the interview.

Sebastian will be interviewed on the leading spiritual talk show, "Buddha at the Gas Pump," Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. Central time (click here to convert to your time zone). The host, Rick Archer, has interviewed over 500 people. Most interviews garner 6,000+ views within the first week, and over time, some well over 100,000. (Also see Mari Perron's previous interview.) If you tune in at the time of the interview you can ask questions. Sebastian is an extraordinary channel of love. The first volume through the angels, Choose Only Love, is now available.

A generous donor extended the deadline to the Epiphany, Jan. 6, to match all gifts to the ACOL Global Family up to $10,000. Your gift to the ACOL Global Family is very helpful in reaching people around the world who are ready for ACOL. All donations are tax deductible for US residents. Are you called to support the ACOL Global Family? Please click here:

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It answers questions such as:How to discover your true SelfHow to embrace your powerHow to live a full lifeHow ACIM relates to ACOL

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  The NEW Genesis:IT BEGINS

By Miguel Carvalho

From the Heart of Consciousness,the Source of Unity,beloved brother Jesushas spoken.The call has sounded.It is urgent.You are needed.

The time is now,to step outof the time of learning,into the fullness of time,the timeof Christ Consciousness,sustained.

Now the time,to establish the Covenant of the New,to bring heaven to earth,to end all suffering.

And we have answered.

From the ends of the Earth we come, hearts akindle, souls afire,gathering in the Heart of hearts,to keep our promise made to God,an ancient shared agreement,to be the living Covenant of the New,by accepting our Self.

We have begun already,on the path ofjoy without sorrow,love without fear,and life everlasting. To create in community,in dialogue, in commitment and togetherness.

Within us is all we needto create the New.Within us alone the authoritywe need but claim.And within usall the power of the universe given and received.

Ours is the power of the god man, god woman,the power of God brought into form.The power of who we are rather than the power of who God is.

And what about you?Will you stop and listen? In your own heart it sounds,the call.For all are called.

Have you chosen?You are needed.It is urgent.We are herewith you.

Thank you.

 

Citations to ACOLT4:9.9D:2.23D:3.1.23D:4.1.23,31D:5.16D:Day1.12D:Day23.1

*Sebastian Blaksley's interview at BatGap.com***~Sebastian Blaksley's interview at BatGap.com^click here to convert to your time zone
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The Abundance of the Heart

Excerpts fromChoose Only Love: Echoes of HolinessReceived by Sebastian Blaksley

The word is powerful, because it arises from the abundance of the heart. Your hearts are like an unfathomable treasury from which you create countless universes of ideas and nuances in the expression of those ideas. Your treasury never runs out, for you are unlimited. Your word arises from the depths of your hearts. It is your symbolic expression, your language, which manifests not only in the spoken word but also in your body, in every gesture and movement, as well as through your emotional body in all that you do or stop doing, Your lives are a constant communication in all that you attract to yourself or reject from your consciousness.

The word is thought and thought is always powerful, much more than you recognize. Therefore, we ask you always to speak with love. Children of God, do not complain in your hearts when we ask you to speak more and more as Christ speaks. Rather, enjoy it. Feel the embrace of the love of the Mother of God who wants her children to remember how to live as a blessing through the holy use of language, just as Christ does. Enjoy this simple path of living as a blessing and thus dive more and more into the depths of the Heart of God, and dwell there. Grow day after day in blessings. Remember that your function is to bless creation. What else can that mean but to speak with love on your lips, in your expression, in your hearts, and in your whole self?

Cleansing your hearts of all feelings that do not come from love will purify your words and illumine the Earth. Then the abode of Christ shines. Keep your hearts sparkling like the pure crystal castles where Christ dwells. You are the abode of Christ, never forget. You no longer live, but Christ lives in you. He is always comfortable in you, just as you are.

Everything Communicates

Perhaps you ask yourselves why we speak of the “laws of humans” and their rebellion against the “laws of love” when we have told you that we come to speak about the word. We do this because there is an inseparable relationship between language and identity. In fact, language is identity and vice versa, in such a way that just as God is the word of eternal life, you are a manifest word. Everything is word because everything is thought. Everything in you communicates and cannot stop communicating. Your life is a trustworthy testimony to what you communicate. You communicate union or separation; you communicate fear or love; you communicate illusion or truth. A language that does not come from union is a language that separates, as it is inevitably the perfect manifestation of its source. A language based on the union that is Christ is a language based on love, and therefore unites. The language of separation is harsh, inflexible, and leaves little room for compassion. The language of union is easily recognized by its sweetness, always inclining toward bridges of friendship and reconciliation, integrating rather than nullifying the parties involved. Its tenderness is evident as well as the certainty coming from its perfect wisdom. The language of love has no room for fear, because it has no room for judgment or punishment. The language of love has room only for truth. You have experienced both languages clearly. Each is known by its fruits. Each is a system of thought. One is the language of the world, which always speaks of superiority and separation, and causes sadness and confusion. The other is the language of love, always coming from truth and equality, and brings joy and peace because it dwells in certainty. You can access either flow. With every thought or word, you are manifesting something from the deep cavern of your pure potential, from the abundance of your heart. We have come to invite you to express yourself now and forever in the language of love, a language that, although beyond all words, embraces with tenderness and beauty all that is part of you. Your body absorbs love. Your voice absorbs love, as does your mind and heart. Likewise, the Earth absorbs love. The whole material universe absorbs love. Even unconsciousness, the source of separation and fear, can absorb love. Therefore make your words and everything you express be the living manifestation of love. All that is required is your willingness.

The Language of Unity

As a result of the rebellion, which replaced knowledge with perception, the language of love was replaced by unintelligible languages that increasingly reflected separation and caused confusion. This is symbolized by the Tower of Babel. Likewise, the story of Adam and Eve symbolized knowledge being replaced by perception—the apple of the tree of good and evil. This is not what was planned originally. While the languages of the world are languages of separation, it need not be so. Language need not divide. Knowledge need not be misrepresented by interpretation. In other words, just as you have been called to return to the direct knowledge of God, abandoning all learning and desire to learn in order to return to direct revelation as the means to access wisdom, now you are also called to manifest within yourselves the language of love. Allow your memory to begin to recall divine memories and thus remember the language that is a living expression of your true identity. Love is the language of unity. It is the language that recognizes your heart because it is the language of communion. When living in communion with all that you are and with everything that is around you and beyond, you are living within love. To live in love is to drink from the waters of eternal life. Drinking from the waters of eternal life nurtures your self with what God created to be your true identity, giving attributes to your self just as His wisdom has arranged. In this way you allow love to be the painter who colors your soul, not your autonomous self. Masterpiece of God’s love, give the paintbrush of your soul to Christ. Let him and only him express through you. That way, and only in that way, will your self be the living expression of the language of love, for it will be the living expression of the divine truth that dwells in your heart. To let Christ color your soul is to let the beauty, holiness, and purity you truly are paint his masterpiece as you. That is how you become a melody of love, a note in the hymn of praise of creation—a song that, though forgotten, is loved. This is how your whole self will express love and nothing but love. Your heart will be the word of eternal life, a language of communion. Now Heaven itself joins Earth and becomes one with it in you. Now the human and the divine are joined. Now you become aware of being a human expressing in unity. Now you are the communication of love. Now you are communion. Now you are the language of love.

Sebastian Blaksley has established a nonprofit foundation, Fundacion un Curso de Amor, in Argentina which publishes The Spanish-language edition of A Course of Love. He has contributed previously to The Embrace, in issues numbers 47, 34, 25, and 13, which can be accessed here. He can be reached through the Choose Only Love website.

 

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Sundrops(and a few other poems)

By Don Turner Sundrops

 Sitting by the open windowSavoring morning tea,Across the cluttered tableA friend's face glows before me,Sunlight pouring in,Voices softly heard in the silence,Now a bird sings.  

Now that the World is New

 Now that the world is newNow that only love is hereNow that we are conscious Of who we are And what this moment meansNow that we may speak from our heartsAnd share our dreamsAnd live them together Now that we are on the other sideBeyond time and uncertainty Now when the glassy sun poursInto every cellAnd sweet life singsIn our earsNow in this new morning of the worldLet us say only what is trueDo only what is goodAnd create only what is beautiful And what will be forever.

 

Love Is

 Love is like a boatCarrying us onwardOn our voyage through lifeTo beyond.Love is a journey—An adventure togetherAs we awaken each dayIn new song.Love is a moment We share in together—A timeless landWhere our hearts live as One.

A New Day

 Cool and delicious morning air,Awakening, quickening,I breathe deepAnd harmony and beauty infuse.A new day,Waiting not on the sun,But on a rare effusion, a subtle presenceHidden in the wind.Before I was not.But now it fills me,And only now do I breatheAnd look about.Don Turner is a retired psychotherapist and student of many spiritual traditions. In his retirement he turned to writing. His book, Christ Self Reflections: An Ongoing Communion is available for 99 cents as an ebook. Other poems and stories are on his website, http://soullifecenter.org/  Don says, "I am excited to know that the Second Coming of Christ is now happening through us as we open to and live from our One Self and what is in the moment." His article, "From Thinking Love to Living Love," was published in The Embrace #50.

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to be introduced to Sebastian and his experience. The book can be purchased here^Fundacion un Curso de Amor, in Argentina which publishes The Spanish-language edition of A Course of Love. He has contributed previously to The Embrace, in issues numbers 47, 34, 25, and 13, which can be accessed here. He can be reached through the Choose Only Love website^new website^^rosegannon1@gmail.com^available for 99 cents as an ebook. Other poems and stories are on his website, http://soullifecenter.org/  Don says, "I am excited to know that the Second Coming of Christ is now happening through us as we open to and live from our One Self and what is in the moment." His article, "From Thinking Love to Living Love," was published in The Embrace #50^~https://acourseoflove.org/the-embrace-57-my-homelessness-my-home-in-god/~https://acourseoflove.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Hardin-Paula-1-6-2-2-3-4.jpg~The Embrace #57: My Homelessness, My Home in God~~

 My Homelessness, My Home in God

By Jasmine Elder

Blog post of October 28, 2019

This is about the aftermath of October 10th, the Officer coming to my house to drop off the eviction notice.

I inched myself closer and closer into the realization that yes, I would be moving, and yes I had no idea where to. Another breaking free of a fear time came. And to talk to my sister who had lived with me for two years in California. The text went something like this.

Hey Angie, so I can no longer afford to live here in this house. I’m so sorry for the short notice. You are still welcome to stay with us but I don’t know what will happen next.

Unbeknownst to me, just two days before, Angela had come to her own realization after living with me for two years. She explained to one of her friends that, no matter where she lived, she realized that her happiness wasn’t dependent on it. She realized that she was taking herself with her.

She had literally transformed before my eyes in the last two years. And to be only 22! I’m still just at a loss for words.

“So don’t worry Jazz.” We stand across from each other in my bedroom on her lunch break, and she reassures me with a smile and a hug. She continues: “I feel for some reason I am supposed to move back to New Jersey. It isn’t that I don’t love California, I do, but it seems like something is there in Jersey, I’m not sure what.” So the plan would be for her to move back to our mom’s apartment. Not that my mom was thrilled at the news.

It’s October 15th, and I’m watching the neighbors literally move IN to the house next to me. Parallel city. I couldn’t help but chuckle. All of my other neighbors, although polite, secretly hated our existence because of my kids’ wild, rebellious ways, mainly the twins. They pee in the backyard, but who hasn’t at some point in life peed in their own backyard and ran around naked? We were pretty much the only family with young children on the street. But the family moving in next door had two young boys. I peeked through the window to see that they were already running around, barefoot and without pants on, in the front lawn for the world to see. Naked and not afraid. Hah!

The Final Sun

I was getting very used to the rug being swept from underneath me. I was becoming very accustomed to project nowhere and just be here, in presence. Anticipate no future step, and just . . . watch the sunset. The thoughts were comforted by the peekaboo sunset view. Half hidden, and yet beautiful in the mystery of just not knowing what was coming.

The next day I was still stuck between fighting to stay in my current house longer, and demanding that I be seen by the eviction court (I was never given a date to show up in court, I was just served eviction papers), when deep down, I knew it was time to completely step into the unknown, just like that sunset. And so it hit me. How was fighting to stay put in a house for a few months where I couldn’t pay the rent a good fit for everyone involved? It wasn’t. I was thinking about just my family. Not the company that bought the house, not the potential future renters that could benefit from living there. And that’s when my back and forth about should I fight to stay or leave . . . vanished.

Another it hit me moment: That Friday, Operation Storage unit was the name of the game as I watched the few hundred dollars I have turn into 50. And I looked at my pretty little baby grand piano back at home. And knew that I was supposed to give it away. God business. It’s funny how when things are totally free, people become very suspicious. No one likes strings, I guess. I put my $3,000 mini grand piano that I had bought 10 months before for $200 up on the app LetGo.

And I found the buyer. I just knew she was the one. Her beautiful response: I’m not sure why I’m so drawn to your piano but I grew up playing piano and violin. It was my only solace in my family because I was very severely ADD, extremely shy, super bullied at home, and in school music was my escape in my salvation and I haven’t had a chance to play for over a decade. It would be a fresh start for me to reclaim music without any of the negative things that I grew up with. It would be the world to me to be able to have your baby grand gorgeous white piano.

A little later, my dear friend Sabryna and her boyfriend helped me get my TV off the wall and showed me how the back seats to my SUV go all the way flat. Oh, wow. I can take a lot more with me to the storage unit than I thought. I had a feeling that very quickly that’d be becoming our new bed for a while.

The piano lady finally came to get the piano. But not before engulfing me in what? Prayer! Lord Father God, please guide Jazz in this time, to know that you are with her every step of the way. I smile. God sure knows how to pick ‘em, I thought.

As I listened to her sincere concern, I could tell that she felt guilty. Guilty for taking the piano off my hands when she didn’t realize it was all a very deliberate part of the plan. I knew it was just one more step into the giving up for me. I stood there in the deepest internal knowing that giving and receiving are one.

I felt full of love. Full.

As half of my house was packed, and the other half I vowed to leave behind (it just felt right), I woke up the next morning, Monday morning, knowing today would be “the day.” It would be the day where I had to leave the house willingly. The Officer who was due to lock me out, and never came back on Oct 16th. He told me not to worry, he would give me a few extra days. And that was a kind move on his end. It was now that Monday, five days after the lock-out date. I was ready to be the one to make the move first. I was physically tired, but spiritually filled up. I knew it was time to go. I sat quietly clutching my final cup of coffee and a mug I’d leave behind.

Xander turned to me: “Mom you know what is a great idea. You should go to the wishing well, and make a wish.” I knew exactly what he was talking about: the little Make-A-Wish Penny Fountain at the mall.

“It’s funny, Xander,” I started, knowing not how much of this my six year-old would get. “I only have one wish, and it is to follow God. The money comes when it is time, buddy.” He smiled at me, laid his head down softly in my lap, and I felt overwhelmed with appreciation for his suggestion.

I sent the kids to school, wrapped the house up, and said goodbye to it. So much had happened. The person that walked into that house in 2016 was not the same person standing there waving farewell that day. My bedroom had become sacred ground to me in those three years. The realizations, all of them, happened there in that room. I wrapped it up with an email to the Officer and left the God stuff out.

I found myself in Mission Viejo, not entirely sure what to make of the day. I decided to go for a stroll in the mall. And as I pace back and forth, back and forth, from upper level to lower level, I saw something from the corner of my eye. OMG, how could I have forgotten? The penny fountain! As I get a closer look. I see it. All the wishes, all the pennies were gone and the entire well was dried up except for a little bit of dirty water hanging out as a remembrance of what used to exist. I hadn’t even thought about going to the mall because of the wishing well, and here I was standing in front of it.

I couldn’t help but see the symbolism. The well was how things look. They “looked” hopeless. To the point where all of the wish-making was gone. And so I dug around in my back pocket and found a dime. I was gonna make a wish, at Xander’s request. And I knew which one I was gonna make:

No matter where this road goes, no matter what I have to lose, no matter how bleak things “appear” to look on the outside, I will follow the Will of God, I will stay with truth and I will stay with peace.

That’s it. That’s my wish. And it was clear that that wish had already been granted by me to me.

And so there I was, without a home and overwhelmed with an abundant amount of peace. Shocker. Operation Homelessness Preparation complete.

Blog post of October 29, 2019

My heart wants to write about this today.

I’ve been on the receiving end of a lot of love, a lot of help, and even encouragement. To be in this position, to be the receiver of all of this, has been very healing for me. I had past stories in my mind for years that I allowed to still follow me. The help I was used getting to from others, in my mind, usually came with strings, rules, expectation, and judgment. And this time around, that has not been my experience.

Unconditional Help

I was surrounded by a crew of people that knew specifically the particular journey I’m on. They know that becoming God-realized is no easy feat, and it requires 100% commitment. A crew that sees the willingness to be homeless as as a part of the plan as strength, not weakness or misfortune. Most of these people I met later in life, but some were family.

The officer went well out of his way to let us stay in the house for 5 days after our lockout. Then, after us moving, he went well out of his way to make many phone calls on our behalf, to get us some information about shelter resources. He even took his work phone home with him each night, and continued to communicate with me several days after leaving the house. For real? I landed an angel.

Among my family and friends, I pulled Aunt Helen into this journey whether she liked it or not maybe almost a year ago, because I knew sooner or later she’d catch on, and she has. She’s been one of my biggest cheerleaders, comedians and filling in any gaps and inserting assistance where she thought I could use it. No judgment, just support. Me so lucky.

I’ve got my other buddy who hooked me up with my membership to the YMCA, for our showers and workouts. Then there is my friend Sabryna and my sister Angela. I sometimes plug away at life, and I forget to stop and really ask for assistance. With these two, I never had to even ask over the last few weeks. It wasn’t a passive “let me know if you need anything,” or a “poor you, you must be so stressed out” It was more like a “I support you, and I’m sending you money for gas, here is my house for a few days, I’m babysitting for free, we are coming to help you move.” They were just there, no questions asked.

A dear woman, my ministerial teacher, has been there. She said to me the other week, “I knew from meeting you that the two of us have work to do together. I’m honored to be your mentor, and I am dedicated to you.”

Dude, where do these people even come from? Oh that’s right. God. Instead of feeling sorry, or bad for me, they noticed the peace, the laughs, and the obvious strength that I was exuding from my “situation,” which is not really a situation, it just is, and the isness of it is a part of my God-in-a-body process.

Unconditionally Giving Because It’s All God

Now lets talk about the other kind of help. There is a different kind of help, that is not the same kind of help as the first one. I remember this funny scene from Nursing School. One of my professors was clear to mention,

Please don’t become that Nurse that is inching her back towards the exit door of the patients room and she says, “Well, let me know if you need anything.” Rather than her saying “Tell me what I can do to help?”

There is a huge difference between the two statements. Or what about this kind of help? —

Oh I feel bad that you are in this situation, so I need to help you.

Back in the day, I would’ve been the first one to give a homeless person money, because I felt “sorry” for them. When this happens, we are giving from a place of guilt, a place of seeing the other person as suffering, and not whole. We are clearly not seeing them as God or anywhere near God if we feel sorry for them. If we don’t see another through this God-lens, then we can’t know ourselves as God either.

Once you open your eyes, you look around and you see life. Replace the word “life” with “God.” You move through the scenes of God without your own value judgments, of what is fortunate and unfortunate. You see God, experiencing God through different scenes, different forms, and different experiences. All temporary, all impermanent and ever-changing.

You see God as God experiencing homelessness.

You see God as God experiencing losing a job.

You see God as God experiencing God as even losing a child.

It is all God. All of it. There are no exceptions, but you can still choose to see separation. You can still choose to see an incomplete world. You can choose to still see someone’s circumstances as unfortunate and feel sorry for them. You can choose to not see the truth. You can always choose to not see God in yourself and another.

It’s irrelevant to whether that person that you are looking at, knows their true God nature or not, or the truth in what they are experiencing. But it’s you, seeing them clearly for who they really are. The information is for you to know, and for you to keep. It’s for you to treat them from a place of limitlessness, non-judgment, expansion, and light.

Without the value judgments, and stepping into naked awareness towards another, we place projections on what another is experiencing. What replaces this is a deepened respect. A respect in knowing that God in another is experiencing what it desires to experience whether consciously or unconsciously.

As you  give to another from this space of no obligations, no conditions, and seeing another for who they really are, you are directly and immediately giving to yourself.

The friends and family I have mentioned have completely mastered unconditional giving—the art of giving and receiving being one, one of the major themes of ACOL. It’s a secret that most people think is one of those sing-alongs that has no meaning.

Even the Bible has some truth that you can’t misinterpret: Do unto others as you would yourself. Love you neighbor as yourself.

Or this beautiful piece from ACIM: When you meet anyone remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him you will see yourself. As you treat him you will treat yourself. As you think of him you will think of yourself. Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself, or lose yourself. (T-8.III.4)

These people take it literally. They see themselves as me, and me as themselves.

Envision a world on the foundation of each individual projecting self-empowerment onto the world? Imagine seeing everyone as whole, and seeing the human experience as an endless river, that has different currents, speeds, currents, and curriculums? Yet — It’s just one ever-flowing river. All integrated, overlapping, and continuous.

It always comes back to this: There is only one of us here.

Love, God

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A Prayer for Gladnessand Acceptance By Elliott Robertson

This prayer was inspired by Chapter 15 in the third volume of A Course of Love wherein movement, being and expression are identified as the first, second and third principles of creation respectively.

Great Spirit, may I be glad in my expression, in my unfolding. May I be cheerful to receive the movement of the holy spirit and to allow my being to express just as the rose is glad when her petals unfold.

Great Spirit, may I sense the joy that is yours when I express and unfold, the joy Spirit takes in life coursing through me, and may I give way to Life and to the being of the Godhead.

This gladness will not bubble up within me if I am in resistance to any this or that

O Great Spirit, may I begin with acceptance of who I am as the expression that I am. May I begin with the acceptance of my unfolding as it is and may I accept all that is and all that I encounter and all that flows through me.

O Great Spirit, may I be accepting and completely nonresistant today. May nonresistance prepare the way for movement, being and expression to dance and to unite. May all that I am be upheld by trinity.

Elliott Robertson is a happiness coach. He has been certified by Marci Shimoff to lead “Happy for No Reason” workshops. His book Say Yes to Life: Seven Keys to Living Full Out from Within will come out soon. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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