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Many on the spiritual path have mentioned that there are “stepping stones” along the journey. At first, I didn’t understand. Over time I realized that when I am willing, the Holy Spirit provides the exact steps needed to help me find the way home to Love, the natural state of Peace and Joy.

~Featured Article Learning to Be 100 Percent By Cay Villars

 

I had been studying A Course in Miracles (ACIM) for a few years when I heard from the Holy Spirit/Jesus that I was to drive to Dallas to visit another ACIM student. I also had a family reunion upcoming in New Orleans. It may seem like a rather long route from Houston to Dallas to New Orleans, yet I’ve learned that Holy Spirit does not follow the conveniences of the world.

In Dallas I was guided to join ACIM groups, yet there weren’t any nearby with the right timing to join during my stay in Dallas. What did “come up on the radar” was an A Course of Love (ACOL) group only a short distance from where I was staying. Even though I didn’t know anything about ACOL, I heard the call to go to this meeting. I see now that the only way to truly reap the fruits of the Holy Spirit is to follow even when you don’t know anything.

The group leader, Judy, and the ACOL group members were very welcoming.

As they read the text aloud, I could hear the beauty of ACOL.

Now that I am willing to hear Jesus clearly and fully, he tells me that he is behind the writing of this text as a helpful means to spiritual awakening.

The most important purpose of texts like ACIM and ACOL is to start a full conversation with Jesus/Holy Spirit. As he says about ACIM, “you have to forget the Course” because there can be a tendency to read a text over and over and completely miss a full grasp of the message! This is true of all spiritual texts. Once the conversation with Jesus/HS becomes the only Voice worth hearing, following the “book” is transcended. It becomes direct experience—the full meaning of the message is an unending celebration within.

There is nothing special about hearing Jesus. Jesus says it is natural to hear him and if we don’t, there is some desire not to hear that must be cleared/forgiven. The real question is, how devoted are we to following?

Jesus does not make one spiritual text “better” than another.

Each has an important purpose as long as he guides which text is used, how it is used, and its interpretation. There is nothing quite like having a direct conversation with Jesus about these texts! Many students have fallen into the trap of arguing over texts or what versions are to be used. Jesus merely states that it is always about following guidance (the steps) for what is most helpful for ceasing to deny inner Light.

The curriculum may seem to take many forms; ultimately, however, it is always the same—“Follow my lead”; “Cease to deny what you already are”; and “If you are willing, I will show you how you are denying who you are.”

I was guided to ACOL for a while, then he sent me to the Urtext of ACIM and other teachings that he dictated directly to me. His point is, “get the lesson!” He is always the one to know which text, what timing, and specifically how to use it most effectively to save time in spiritual awakening. Jesus taught me that the ego can use various texts and “spiritual programs” for a lot of mental gymnastics to avoid the atonement!

Many hear the Voice and write down his words. But he says it is rare to find one who will follow him without any compromise to an abiding awakening, or Choiceless Awareness.

I accepted the invitation to join the ACOL group again before leaving Dallas. In addition to discovering the beauty of ACOL and devoted mighty companions, there was another step. I shared with Judy that I was on my way to a family reunion and had no idea how I was going to cook grits for 80 people. She promptly gave me two crock pots that she was planning to give away! I drove to New Orleans and cooked grits for 80 people.

Next? HS said, “donate the crock pots to a food shelter!” HS led me to a stunning holy encounter with Pamela McKay, of God’s Unchanging Hands Feeding Ministry in Covington, Louisiana. When she dropped by to pick up the crock pots, Pam launched into a full “how to follow Jesus and all the benefits of following him'' session! She shared how Jesus had told her to start the food pantry from scratch.

I was transfixed by her dedication and trust in following Jesus. Pamela knows of neither ACOL nor ACIM. What she has is the one thing that we all need, which extends beyond reading any spiritual text—the faith, trust, and commitment to fully follow without question the steps that Jesus gives.

What joy it was to email Judy and my ACOL mighty companions to share the holy encounter story of the crockpot that came full circle to Jesus.

Cay Villars is a mystic and typed the text Jesus: A New Covenant as dictated by Jesus.

Jesus: A New Covenant^join@joininginlight.net^~https://acourseoflove.org/the-embrace-85-ukraine-an-invitation-to-love/~https://acourseoflove.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Patricia-Pearce2-scaled.jpg~The Embrace #85: Ukraine: An Invitation to Love~~

Issue No. 85

As I sit down to write this article, the war in Ukraine is in its fourth week. As we witness the horror and brutality being unleashed in that country, many of us are asking ourselves: How can we contribute to the healing that is so obviously needed in our world right now? What does it mean to offer a miracle in this historic moment?

It is helpful to remember that what we are witnessing is nothing new. It is but one more graphic display of the mind’s original error of separateness that has been playing out for millennia. Once the mind embraced the fallacious idea of separateness, it became inevitable that it would attempt to divide reality into good and bad, us and them, enemies and heroes, perpetrators and victims, conquerors and conquered.

But this attempt to divide reality, no matter how violently enacted, is and always will be futile. Reality cannot be divided. Love cannot be destroyed; and it is this understanding that enables us to hold all that we are witnessing with equanimity and compassion.

Going to the Headwaters

I had a dream a few weeks ago while I was on retreat that has continued to linger with me, especially in light of what we are witnessing in Ukraine. In the dream I am walking along an old, cobblestoned city street. Walking in the opposite direction was a large group of people who were participating in some sort of action or demonstration, I think having to do with the climate crisis.

As I walked I realized that what I wanted to do was not to focus on the manifestations of the climate crisis, but to go to its headwaters, to the point where it originates in consciousness. There, I know, is where healing and transformation will happen.

The same could be said for the crisis of war, or any of the global crises we are facing. They are all expressions and outgrowths of an erroneous idea that found its way into our consciousness; and the only true resolution of these crises will occur when the underlying error has been abandoned. As the well-known Vedic saying states: “War begins in the minds of men.”

Going to the headwaters is something each of us can do. When we notice that place within our own mind that is harboring the patterns that we see playing out in this war—thoughts of division, of sides, of enemies, of attack—and dissolve those thought patterns in love, we make a lasting contribution to a world of peace.

We are the original victims of our own mental warfare, and so this stance of love begins within ourselves. We inflict tremendous suffering on ourselves when we judge ourselves and engage in self-loathing. This inner violence towards ourselves is the same violence that ripples out into hostilities in the world.

Seeing Together

Since the pandemic first began over two years ago, I have been intrigued by the fact that Covid, were it a word, would literally mean “to see together” (co- together; vid- to see). For me, that sums up this remarkable moment in our collective dream. We are “seeing together” things that in the past we couldn’t see, or simply refused to see.

Now that technology that has connected us globally, we are seeing together the virulence of racism, the dire consequences of our alienation from the Earth, the vast inequalities of wealth. We are seeing together how eagerly we divide ourselves into camps of us-versus-them, and how enthusiastically the mind embraces falsehoods that reinforce its narrative of division. And now, with this war in Ukraine, we are seeing together the shocking insanity of war.

This is a time of great reckoning for us as a human species. Seeing the mind’s insanity so clearly manifested in so many distinct yet inter-related forms, many of us are experiencing a deepening commitment to awaken from this illusory dream of the ego. That awakening dawns fully within us when we not only see the insanity that our minds have been harboring, but also realize that we are not and never have been judged because of it.

An Outbreak of Love

So what does it mean to offer a miracle in the case of this war?

It is the same as in any scenario: to allow our own perception to be corrected so that we are able to see and stand in the divine essence of all the players in this conflict. As A Course of Love states: . . .  social causes, environmental causes, political causes. The cause of all these issues is fear. The cause and effect of love is all that will replace these causes of fear with the means and end that will transform them along with you. You are means and end. It is within your power to be saviors of the world. It is from within that your power will save the world. (D:Day 10.37)

It is to recognize that no matter how extreme or violent humankind's expressions of separateness may be, they can never achieve the impossible. They can never make illusion real. They can never destroy our divine nature. They can never sever us from love.

As A Course in Miracles says, everything is either an expression of love or a cry for love. What we are seeing playing out right now in Ukraine is a tremendous cry for love. What if we then allow this outbreak of aggression to be the impetus for an equally stunning outbreak of compassion? What if we see this war as a calling for each of us to express love in new and creative ways—not only toward those who are experiencing the direct effects of this conflict, but with every one we meet? And what if we begin that outbreak of love with ourselves—accepting, finally, the eternal and inviolable beauty of our own divine nature?

The only replacement that can occur that will accomplish what you seek is the replacement of illusion with the truth, the replacement of fear with love, the replacement of your separated self with your real Self, the Self that rests in unity.  (ACOL C:9.24)

This war, if we let it, can be a catalyst for our hearts to open as never before. This can be the moment when we commit ourselves fully and unequivocally to choose only love no matter what illusions the egoic mind is enacting. And because all is interconnected, each and every expression of love diminishes the energy of fear on this planet and hastens our collective awakening to the truth of who we are.

Receiver of the seriesCHOOSE ONLY LOVEandPublisher of A COURSE OF LOVE (Spanish Ed.) Will be interviewed on the famousBuddha at the Gas Pump showClick here for the connection Don't miss it! Submit questions! April 102 pm Central Time (Missed it? Go here or to Youtube for the recording) and Just Published!CHOOSE ONLY LOVE:The Way of Being(Vol. 7, last of the Series) Received by Sebastián Blaksley Please order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or from your favorite bookstore “Of course it’s happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it’s not real?” said Albus Dumbledore in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

In my experience life is real, all right! I’d have to be pretty oblivious to claim otherwise. And at the same time it’s kind of not real. I agree with Dumbledore. It’s a quantum both/and kind of thing. It all depends on who is looking and responding. My self as a lonely separate human, often terrified, struggling to survive, and competing for my fair share? Or my Self joining with all—including and especially that lonely, terrified self—part of the whole as a divine human being, knowing I am never alone, and choosing as often as I can remember to be/give/receive the love, joy, safety, and abundance I seek? For there’s no place “outside” of Oneness! No “where” to leave “out” anyone or anything! It’s all within me, and I get to choose my response.

I wrote the above words three years ago and today they still renew my moment-to-moment devotion to joining in union and relationship with all that is unfolding in Ukraine, with the devastating floods in Australia, and more importantly joining with all that is arising within me as I follow these tragic events and more. As within, so without: owning my response-ability for resolving all conflict within me. Enfolding with compassion the nameless fear, the swirling anxiety, unloving thoughts, words, deeds, as well as the myriad body aches and joint pains that seem to be calling for my attention.

How thoroughly insane is the idea that to defend from fear is to attack! For here is fear begot and fed with blood, to make it grow and swell and rage. And thus is fear protected, not escaped. Today we learn a lesson which can save you more delay and needless misery than you can possibly imagine. It is this: You make what you defend against, and by your own defense against it is it real and inescapable. Lay down your arms, and only then do you perceive it false. A Course in Miracles, W-pI170.2

In other words, loving it all—out there, in here—same thing! Dissolving all separation everywhere, not just when I feel like it or where it’s convenient. There is no room for playing helpless. There is no one out there whose job it is to fix things. There is no other out there to blame. There is no turning back. It’s time to claim our creator selves.

For every joining, every union that you enter into, your real world is increased and what is left to terrify you decreased. This is the only loss that union generates, and it is a loss of what was merely illusion. A Course of Love, C:5.28

There will never be a better time than now to walk in the world as it is, simply doing what feels loving, one step at a time, one moment at a time, trusting our heart prompts, blessing all indiscriminately, loving all unconditionally. And remembering to ask for assistance from the myriad unseen who stand at our side awaiting our invitation!

Now you are called to create reality—a new reality. This is where you begin again. Begin again with the Self you now know yourself to be. A Course of Love, D:Day36.5-6

The only response is Love. The only time is Now. And We are the Ones.

***~Beyond Jesus: My Spiritual Odyssey and No One in I Land: A Parable of Awakening, She also hosts the free daily online WeAwakening Meditation Community. Find out more at www.patriciapearce.com^^Click here for the connection^Submit questions^here^^http://cocreatingclarity.com^~https://acourseoflove.org/the-embrace-84-a-hidden-key-to-harmony/~https://acourseoflove.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Elliott-Robertson-e1647232632180.jpeg~The Embrace #84: A Hidden Key to Harmony~~

Issue No. 84

In these unsettled times when the world is turbulent, we need to “hold space” for one another. Unfortunately, the mind’s need to cling to its opinions about what’s best can get in the way.

Stephen Covey provided us with a simple illustration of what holding space can look like in his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. He contrasted two fathers responding to their sons’ assertions, “I want to drop out of school.” The first father said, “You will not drop out of school! I graduated from high school and it paid off.” The second father asked his son to tell him more, listened attentively, and within a few minutes understood that his son was feeling humiliated by the reading scores he had received at school that day.

Covey is not only contrasting one father who misses a chance for listening and the intimate connection that listening can bring, he’s also shining a light on the mind. The introduction to A Course of Love says:

The human mind wants stability. The difference between Covey’s two fathers is that the second father allowed his mind to appeal to his heart—he let his heart lead the way. ACOL would have us do just that:

We’ve all had times when we’ve been like the first father, sure that we were right about what would be best for someone else or for ourselves. “I’m right about this” becomes more important than listening, relating, giving it a second thought, or anything else. We tend to forget the famous question posed in A Course in Miracles, “Do you prefer that you be right or happy?”

Given that the mind “so hates to be confused” and “desires anchors to hold it in one spot,” it’s not surprising that this attitude shows up in social media. The mind doesn't say, “tell me more” when reading a post in Facebook. The mind and ego excel at keeping us stuck where we are—until something jars us, something not easy to dismiss.

The mind’s avoidance of confusion can also impede on our relationship with ourselves. Just as the first father missed out on a chance for a tender moment with his son, so too do we miss out on tender moments with ourselves. Sometimes we shut down a voice that’s crying out within, wanting to be heard.

My heart may be saying, “I don’t want to work in a job that doesn’t line up with my values any longer.” My mind might respond, “This is the only job possible given my skills and capabilities.” If the conversation ends there, a rich exploration of feelings, visions for the future, and ideas is stymied, as well as the unearthing of doubts and fears. For now, feelings and dreams go unacknowledged.

If I’m entrenched in a particular set of notions about myself such as “my skills and capabilities are limited to x, y and z,” to open the way for change and growth I’ll need to release the mind’s need to be right. When the mind appeals to the heart to lead the way, I’m more likely to discover who I am—or at least get a fresh new glimpse of the glory within me and my capabilities. I know all about this. I’ve worked at one entry-level job after another for a few decades, always thinking I didn’t have what it took to do my boss’ job.

Imagine, if you will, being a mansion with hundreds of rooms. Imagine you’ve lived all your days in just one room and you take that room as the entirety of who you are.

Over the years you may have adopted the opinion that you’re undisciplined and procrastinate, that these are your traits. Maybe you say to your friends, “That’s just the way I am.”

If you start off with “This is just the way I am,” you forfeit exploring the mansion. You’ve glued yourself to the room you’re in. In this example, you cling to “undisciplined,” and while this may accurately describe your experience in that room, it denies the presence of the rest of the mansion that may inform you of more about who you are.

Many of us may have been finding ourselves in a very constricting room lately. I’ve noticed people deciding that they don’t have what it takes to accept people who think differently about important social matters. “I guess it’s just the way I am, I’m not able to accept everyone,” some of us are saying with resignation.

This mind-trip keeps us static, not daring to open doors that might lead to a place that wants to behold God’s light in all.

What a heavy price to pay for the need to be right! We cut ourselves off from others and keep ourselves contracted by saying “No” to the eternal invitation to discover more of who we are. Surely this can only lead to suffering.

Our hearts know that being right isn’t as important as holding the space for ourselves and for one another, setting ourselves and each person free to be wherever we may find ourselves, and living the best life we can, open to joy. Our hearts know that embracing all souls may be the highest (and happiest) way to the creation of the New. With our hearts in the lead, we are ready to encounter the man or woman we were born to be.

 

See the Stunning,StimulatingMarch issue ofMiracles Magazine!  The Chain ofBeautiful Love An Excerpt fromChoose Only Love:The Way of Being(Vol. 7)

In order to express the truth of who you are, it is first necessary to love yourself, for if you don't love yourself enough, you cannot trust what your heart hears. If you cannot trust your heart, you lack true inspiration, not because spirit does not inspire your soul, but because your lack of self-confidence makes you devalue the beauty of who you are, and therefore of what you could manifest. By failing to love yourself, it is as if you preview your works, and say; “Look how ugly they are, they are just like me. They not worth showing to anyone.”

Can you see how much lack of love is in that vision of yourself?

Love who you are so you can create with love, and so you can love your creations. When you do that, you will begin quickly to see and realize how much beauty you can express, how much holiness you can birth, how much beauty you are. You will even be surprised at how much wisdom you have received, and how well you can guide those who have not yet been able to accept that they need no external guides. You will be amazed at who you are. With happy astonishment you will discover that the beauty of Christ resides in you, and that you have the ability to make a whole Heaven. You will be a light to the nations, a joy to your friends, and a source of inspiration to others. But above all, you will be very happy, because you will be giving creation the most beautiful gift possible: the gift of the love you really are. In this way, the world will know a new light of Christ shining on Earth, as if it were a new sun in the sky.

**~^Miracles Magazine!^~https://acourseoflove.org/the-embrace-83-my-life-deconstructed-and-reconstructed/~https://acourseoflove.org/wp-content/uploads/2025/01/Evalyn-Sorrentino-e1644216093331.jpg~The Embrace #83: My Life, Deconstructed and Reconstructed~~

Issue No. 83

I now walk the internal road. It’s been a long journey.

I tell my story not necessarily according to linear time, but along the lines of my understanding and the lines of my heart’s hearing.

I was born in the 50s to a Catholic-oriented family and was baptized. Just when I was entering kindergarten, a huge rage manifested and the Big D occurred. After that I lived with my dad. There was rage when my mother tried to reclaim us, though legally she had no right. There was rage when the past tromped across my dad’s mind. The rage grew into a beast that would be directed toward my two older siblings: my older brother, who looked like my paternal grandfather, and my older sister, who looked like my mother.

After the Big D, our family was asked to leave the Catholic church. Without argument, my Dad took us to a Protestant church. I achieved a certain status there by memorizing certain “important” facts, one of which was reciting the books of the Bible in the order they appeared, both the Old and New Testament. I could do this not only perfectly but also faster than the other Sunday school initiates.

Fast—something I cherished and honored. By all means do everything faster than anyone else. And do it well. It did not see that “fastest and best” might be an oxymoron.

For reciting all 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament in 1 minute and 38 seconds, I received a King James Bible where the words that Jesus spoke appeared in red. I liked Jesus. Illustrations of him holding lambs frequently appeared in books I read. Little children gathered around him closely because he exuded peacefulness and patience. For that reason, I liked reading the words in red.

When my dad took the family out to shop, I would ask to stay home, all by myself. I was so insistent and so convincing that he allowed this 8 year-old to stay home alone. When the door shut and the motor of the red station wagon vroomed, I ran up the 13 steps to my bedroom, belly-flopped onto the bed facing the open window, seeing only tree leaves, and started to read the red. Ahhh, such joy I felt.

After exploring a few other sects I left the Protestant church. Part of me missed a mother figure, and I was drawn to Kwan Yin, and so began to know Buddhism. My journey then led, via Paramahansa Yogananda, to Parvati, the female consort of Shiva. I liked that she resurrected from a hidden force, for what else could lead one to immolate oneself? But unlike Parvati I did not practice asceticism. I indulged my vices. I saw life as a see-saw; there must be fine balance between vice and spirituality. That balance was my goal, but my life might best be described as a roller coaster, mountain tops and deep valleys, thrills and calm.

I did not notice the destruction monster chewing away at my life. I used extremes to maintain a distance from my dark sides arising from pain and misunderstandings. So I searched for more religion to solve me. Through the Sufi years I raced, though the words still linger like perfume. In the Kabalistic studies, the writings of Rabbi Isaac Luria and in the Bal Shem Tov I found kindred ones who cherished midnight candle readings and meditations as I did.

What else was there? I could search no more. Despite all the searching I lived a life of self- loathing, quelling my feelings with alcohol, sugar, drugs, sex, and workaholism.

During this time, a woman, my Aunt Mary, paid occasional attention to me. She had two sons but missed not having a daughter. When she felt misunderstood, she reached out to me. I never knew what to say, so I just listened. She had discovered a “miracle site” in New York where the Pieta had been on view years earlier. Confident in her experience, she besieged me with invitations. After my nay-saying eroded, I finally agreed to accompany her on a trip to the site.

Once there, I participated halfheartedly in an hour-long procession and three hours of  reciting the rosary. I only did it so that Aunt Mary would leave me alone and not disturb my pure hedonism.

But something happened on the ride back. I was disturbed. Deeply disturbed. I heard an invitation, reminiscent of the peace and comfort I felt when reading the “red” as an 8 year-old. I am in my 30s, I thought, too young to heed these feeling. I still wanted to sow more oats. But after three months I felt, ringing deep and true, “Why did I not come to this sooner?”

In the words of Indian firm director Ritesh Batra, “often the wrong train can get you to the right station.” The train was Aunt Mary. (Stop bugging me!) The station was peace and understanding. The mechanism was the very slow, painfully slow, recitation of the rosary—so slow that one could feel between the words, feel the supersensual, that which is beyond the five senses. I could feel the deep despair of fast. I could feel the squeeze and suffocation of confinement. I could feel open arms metaphorically receiving me.

Feel. Feel. Feel. A dam broke loose. I did not know what to do with this all this feeling.

Thus life intervened again and led me to the path I happily travel today. My old friend Joel Goldsmith showed me what was there, and I surrendered to life bringing me what I needed. I received A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.

Eventually I heard a clear, distinct message: “My Life’s Purpose is to decide what feelings to keep and what feelings to release.”

I now walk the internal road. I feel beyond emotions and beliefs. I feel luminosity in the darkness and the supersensual love that dissolves it. I occasionally listen with my body’s ears, but today I listen, most of the time, with my heart’s ears, or the deep feeling state of the supersensual.

Now, in the love of super-consciousness, the universal Christ-consciousness, I have found my true Mother, my true Father. I feel the oneness that I am.

Close your eyes and turn your awareness to the experience of being you in this moment. Notice any physical sensations. Notice how it feels to sit in your body, how the chair holds your weight, and how the earth supports you. Watch your breath for a few moments. Make no effort to change or control anything. Just look to see what’s going on with you.

When thoughts or feelings arise, allow them to fall back to where they came from. There is no need to chase them or fight them. Let this be a neutral place.

Now turn your attention toward the character you’ve been playing in this life. Recognize how hard your character has worked to get it right. Acknowledge how noble and earnest you’ve been. All of your efforts have brought you here. Every experience, every so-called mistake, every spiritual search, and every failed attempt taught you what you needed to know. Your character has shown great bravery and sincerity. In this moment, express your appreciation to yourself for all you’ve been through. Acknowledge your accomplishment and the challenges you have faced. Recognize the beauty of your earnestness.

Know that all of creation supports you. You are loved beyond measure. You are recognized as holy and completely beautiful. You are openly adored as the divine work of art that you are. Feel into that. Feel the energy of the universe supporting you and loving you exactly as you are. Know that you can’t get it wrong, that your unique expression is completely embraced by All that Is.

Make a commitment right now to your personal self to offer the same unconditional love and acceptance that the universe extends. Your human adventure is a vehicle through which you can live as a Christ, as God/man or God/woman. Release any preconceived ideas of how you should look or feel or act or think. Allow the unfoldment of your own individual expression to be fresh and free in each moment, unen­cumbered by judgment and limiting ideas. Your human expression doesn’t need to be a firmly defined character with set parameters. Be Consciousness showing up for this experience right now. Embrace all parts of yourself from this moment onward. Commit to love, honor, and accept whatever phenomena come and go, for you are big enough and grand enough to include all of it in your embrace.

*~Love On the Mountain: A Guide to Self-Discovery, which uses "The Forty Days and Forty Nights" of ACOL as a framework for exploration toward Self-recognition and Self-love. She can be reached through her website, https://laurelelstrom.com/^~https://acourseoflove.org/love_born_of_torrential_grief/~https://acourseoflove.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/MaryBeth-sm-e1641750728833.jpg~The Embrace #82: Love Born of Torrential Grief~~[et_pb_text content_tablet="Healing and Love Are the Same By Lana Carolan

This article was inspired by an upcoming surgery for spinal stenosis I've been guided to have in the very near future, and an episode of fear associated with it that came to visit me recently. I seemed to be swimming in it the other day, and decided to pause, quiet my mind and commune with Jesus. I must admit I was feeling a bit fragile. But I knew better than to resist the feelings that were rising within me and passing through.

As I was deep in my meditation, I heard Jesus break into my thoughts, telling me, %22You don't have to be strong for me. Let me be strong for you.%22 He was reminding me not only of his Love for me but of the power of the Love of God to heal anything unlike itself. And that is why for me, as the title of this article reflects, Healing and Love are one and the same.

Most of us are very familiar with the story in ACIM of the moment when a tiny mad idea crept into the mind of the Son of God, and instead of laughing at its absurdity, God's Son accepted it as a serious idea. He believed it was true, and in so doing, like Alice in Alice in Wonderland, he made up a world of his own and ever since has been lost within it, a prisoner of his own making. In short, he fell asleep to his own reality as a creation and child of God.

Yet neither reality nor creation were affected in any way. Creation by both the Father and the Son continues interrupted. The real world merely awaits the return of our awareness. We remained joined as One with God and with our brothers.

Even a simple smile given to a brother is a holy instant of Love shared and experienced by both. If we pay close attention, we will feel an energetic shift the instant we smile. It is Love expressed. Even a simple smile contains Love's healing power.

Love cannot be defined, for it is Love that defines us. And as we %22be%22 the Love that we are, it will tell us of Itself and we will come to know its divine nature. We are the Love we seek. In ACOL, Jesus tells us that %22joining is where the realm of the One unites with the realm of the many.%22 D:Day31.7 True joining produces an experience of our shared identity in God.

It is a perfect Plan that in Truth is already accomplished. This undoing, or Atonement, has begun—and once begun is unstoppable and thus already inevitably accomplished. C:19.19 We are asked to accept the fact that God's Plan of Atonement worked and it, as well as all of us, are accomplished.

All miracles are inspired by Love, which brings me back to my theme: In truth healing and love are the same. Only that which is embraced by Love has any Reality at all. Love IS Reality, Love IS Creation, Love IS the remedy for anything %22appearing%22 unlike Itself. Therefore, it is Love that heals, it is Love that forgives, it is Love that inspires Miracles. Love brings Reality to anything that is devoid of Love.

Love is the only litmus test in determining the Reality of anything.

Love gives meaning where there is no meaning. Love gives purpose to what has no purpose. Love is the creative energy of God's universe. Love is the substance that gives Reality to an unreal world. Love is what gives meaning and purpose to bodies that were made by fear. Love's creative power transforms what is not Love into Love. Love heals because it brings life to the lifeless and perfection to the imperfect.

As scripture teaches, %22God is Love and he who abides in Love abides in God and God in him.%22 Jn:4.16

How could I ever hold a grievance against anyone when the eyes of God are looking back at me through their eyes? In seeing the Love and Light of Christ shining back at me through the eyes of my brothers are we both healed.

Jesus recognized his Truth and saw himself in each of his brothers and remembered God. By recognizing Christ in his brothers he remembered the Christ within himself. Jesus was the God-Man, both human and Divine, awake and alive, walking among us as one of us. To awaken to our Christ-Consciousness and sustain it while still in form is what Jesus accomplished and he is helping us do the same. Death of the body does not need to precede our Soul's awakening.

For me, %22heart%22 has always been the word-symbol for Love. At the very beginning of A Course of Love, Jesus says, %22Let us define heart as the center of being, that place from which all feeling arises.%22 C:1.1 We are beings of Love, being Love. We are Love being Itself. The heart is not a thought system, nor has it ever been split like the mind. The heart shares only Love. %22What your heart has shared with your mind is shared with all minds, and what your heart has to share is only Love. Thus has Love returned to Love.%22 C:32.6

Since Love is the only Reality, Love is what we are awakening to and it is also the means of our awakening. Whenever there is a call for Love, it is the heart that responds. Jesus describes the heart as “the abode of Christ” and the “bridge between the human and the divine.” T2:3.3, T3:6.5

Thus Jesus emphasizes the union of heart and mind in ACOL. The unification of our mind and heart with the mind and heart of God is more powerful than anything the ego thought system could unleash upon us. Such is the power of wholeheartedness.

Wholeheartedness is a unified state of Being. It remembers everything, including the instant just before it accepted that crazy, mad idea that it was possible to be separate from ItSelf and separate from its Creator. It remembers Its Truth and the Truth of our brothers and all of God's Creation.

Recent messages of Jesus received through our loving brother, Sabastián Blaksley in his seven-book series Choose Only Love reinforce the teachings ACIM and ACOL. Jesus emphasizes the importance of our learning to %22accept%22 ourselves as creations of Love and of God:

You cannot access and remain in the consciousness of unity—and therefore in your eternal unconditionality—if you believe yourself to be anything other than love. Moreover, you cannot remain in the consciousness of Christ if you do not unconditionally accept the fact that everything around you is love expressing itself. Your sisters and brothers are love. The creatures of the Earth are love. The moon and a snowflake, with all their beauty, are love. Everything that is real is love. Nothing unreal truly exists. CHOL BkIV:4.II.6

Love knows itself through Its expression within each of us. All Reality is a sharing and extending of Love's eternal nature. Love is healing because healing is Love and Love is ALL there is.

Editor’s note: A few days after composing the above essay, Lana’s surgeon reviewed recent tests and told her that surgery was unnecessary.

Lana Carolan has been a student of ACIM for about 40 years and, more recently, of ACOL and CHOL. Lana can be reached via Facebook or email, lcarolan49@gmail.com.

" content_phone="Healing and Love Are the Same By Lana Carolan

This article was inspired by an upcoming surgery for spinal stenosis I've been guided to have in the very near future, and an episode of fear associated with it that came to visit me recently. I seemed to be swimming in it the other day, and decided to pause, quiet my mind and commune with Jesus. I must admit I was feeling a bit fragile. But I knew better than to resist the feelings that were rising within me and passing through.

As I was deep in my meditation, I heard Jesus break into my thoughts, telling me, %22You don't have to be strong for me. Let me be strong for you.%22 He was reminding me not only of his Love for me but of the power of the Love of God to heal anything unlike itself. And that is why for me, as the title of this article reflects, Healing and Love are one and the same.

Most of us are very familiar with the story in ACIM of the moment when a tiny mad idea crept into the mind of the Son of God, and instead of laughing at its absurdity, God's Son accepted it as a serious idea. He believed it was true, and in so doing, like Alice in Alice in Wonderland, he made up a world of his own and ever since has been lost within it, a prisoner of his own making. In short, he fell asleep to his own reality as a creation and child of God.

Yet neither reality nor creation were affected in any way. Creation by both the Father and the Son continues interrupted. The real world merely awaits the return of our awareness. We remained joined as One with God and with our brothers.

Even a simple smile given to a brother is a holy instant of Love shared and experienced by both. If we pay close attention, we will feel an energetic shift the instant we smile. It is Love expressed. Even a simple smile contains Love's healing power.

Love cannot be defined, for it is Love that defines us. And as we %22be%22 the Love that we are, it will tell us of Itself and we will come to know its divine nature. We are the Love we seek. In ACOL, Jesus tells us that %22joining is where the realm of the One unites with the realm of the many.%22 D:Day31.7 True joining produces an experience of our shared identity in God.

It is a perfect Plan that in Truth is already accomplished. This undoing, or Atonement, has begun—and once begun is unstoppable and thus already inevitably accomplished. C:19.19 We are asked to accept the fact that God's Plan of Atonement worked and it, as well as all of us, are accomplished.

All miracles are inspired by Love, which brings me back to my theme: In truth healing and love are the same. Only that which is embraced by Love has any Reality at all. Love IS Reality, Love IS Creation, Love IS the remedy for anything %22appearing%22 unlike Itself. Therefore, it is Love that heals, it is Love that forgives, it is Love that inspires Miracles. Love brings Reality to anything that is devoid of Love.

Love is the only litmus test in determining the Reality of anything.

Love gives meaning where there is no meaning. Love gives purpose to what has no purpose. Love is the creative energy of God's universe. Love is the substance that gives Reality to an unreal world. Love is what gives meaning and purpose to bodies that were made by fear. Love's creative power transforms what is not Love into Love. Love heals because it brings life to the lifeless and perfection to the imperfect.

As scripture teaches, %22God is Love and he who abides in Love abides in God and God in him.%22 Jn:4.16

How could I ever hold a grievance against anyone when the eyes of God are looking back at me through their eyes? In seeing the Love and Light of Christ shining back at me through the eyes of my brothers are we both healed.

Jesus recognized his Truth and saw himself in each of his brothers and remembered God. By recognizing Christ in his brothers he remembered the Christ within himself. Jesus was the God-Man, both human and Divine, awake and alive, walking among us as one of us. To awaken to our Christ-Consciousness and sustain it while still in form is what Jesus accomplished and he is helping us do the same. Death of the body does not need to precede our Soul's awakening.

For me, %22heart%22 has always been the word-symbol for Love. At the very beginning of A Course of Love, Jesus says, %22Let us define heart as the center of being, that place from which all feeling arises.%22 C:1.1 We are beings of Love, being Love. We are Love being Itself. The heart is not a thought system, nor has it ever been split like the mind. The heart shares only Love. %22What your heart has shared with your mind is shared with all minds, and what your heart has to share is only Love. Thus has Love returned to Love.%22 C:32.6

Since Love is the only Reality, Love is what we are awakening to and it is also the means of our awakening. Whenever there is a call for Love, it is the heart that responds. Jesus describes the heart as “the abode of Christ” and the “bridge between the human and the divine.” T2:3.3, T3:6.5

Thus Jesus emphasizes the union of heart and mind in ACOL. The unification of our mind and heart with the mind and heart of God is more powerful than anything the ego thought system could unleash upon us. Such is the power of wholeheartedness.

Wholeheartedness is a unified state of Being. It remembers everything, including the instant just before it accepted that crazy, mad idea that it was possible to be separate from ItSelf and separate from its Creator. It remembers Its Truth and the Truth of our brothers and all of God's Creation.

Recent messages of Jesus received through our loving brother, Sabastián Blaksley in his seven-book series Choose Only Love reinforce the teachings ACIM and ACOL. Jesus emphasizes the importance of our learning to %22accept%22 ourselves as creations of Love and of God:

You cannot access and remain in the consciousness of unity—and therefore in your eternal unconditionality—if you believe yourself to be anything other than love. Moreover, you cannot remain in the consciousness of Christ if you do not unconditionally accept the fact that everything around you is love expressing itself. Your sisters and brothers are love. The creatures of the Earth are love. The moon and a snowflake, with all their beauty, are love. Everything that is real is love. Nothing unreal truly exists. CHOL BkIV:4.II.6

Love knows itself through Its expression within each of us. All Reality is a sharing and extending of Love's eternal nature. Love is healing because healing is Love and Love is ALL there is.

Editor’s note: A few days after composing the above essay, Lana’s surgeon reviewed recent tests and told her that surgery was unnecessary.

Lana Carolan has been a student of ACIM for about 40 years and, more recently, of ACOL and CHOL. Lana can be reached via Facebook or email, lcarolan49@gmail.com.

" content_last_edited="off|tablet" admin_label="Main Article" _builder_version="4Love Born of Torrential Grief By MaryBeth Scalice

It is not just the recent burning of Superior, Colorado that brings me to grief. My children are fine. We had a series of miracles that left their house standing in the midst of ash and ruin, untouched, undamaged.

That image reminds me of my personal life, a house in the midst of a burning world, a human being so blessed by miracles that she appears unscathed but for the deeper feelings of loss and sorrow that can’t be reconciled.  Those who burned are also me. Those with Covid are also me. Those who are hungry are also me. Trees, and birds and deer, every creature, every creation is also me.

I cannot wrap my head around the loss but the heart cracks open. I am invited to enter the feared and wild world of the hidden psyche.  This is the tomb of all losses, all deaths, the guilt and shame of parts of me rejected, denied.  I feign some normalcy, but inside, a woman dressed in black mourns and cries and calls back to life what she hid and squelched, dimming her own capacity to offer the world Her light.

To be human is to struggle with sorrow, to suffer, to feel pain.  Daring to have a practice that brings you to face your grief is spiritual work.  Cleansing the soul and waking the numb heart is necessary for those who desire awakening, joy, peace.

To touch our wounds, to speak of guilt, to share feelings in the presence of compassionate others is essential to connecting with our souls and our soul kin.  Soul kin are everyone, within and without. Daring to face our darkness together brings a kind of communion and bonding in God that supersedes every party and festivity.  It leads to the greater celebration of each other and the sweetest lightness of being.

We are carrying so much now. Transformation is impeded by denial. Fear, grief, disappointment and broken-heartedness are the norms of light workers at this time.Spiritual devotees also experience trauma, perhaps more so than those who bypass the call.

My poetry is a mindful practice of looking in, listening, feeling, and embracing as best I can, the whole divine-broken human being. It is daily bread in the midst of daily loss.  It is a reverent approach to healing that reveals a golden lining beyond the shadow. The power and purpose and meaning of love is born from self-intimacy, and specifically, grief.

The primal cry of the child separated from love is the call of the Christ from the cross.  We acknowledge all we believed forsaken. God hears, God grieves. God Loves and we are resurrected.

When grief finally comes,it has a holy face,not light, not beamingbut eyes of sorrow glintwith embers slowly dying.

It is an ashen face of devastation.Some idol is reduced to rubbleunable to ignite,to burn on nothing,to enflame.

Grief is torrentiallike rain all over the world;a downpour that makes ithard to see or breathe.A house collapses.A city washes away.All that we thought was oursburied in the mud . . . I thought I understoodwhat He meant,when He said,You build your liveson foundations of clay.I didn’t. I don’t . . .

For a while, the denialkeeps us jogging,faking fitness.Until steady damagebreaks the heart apart;the earth herselfqu-aches with pain,and choice appears:life or annihilation.

There is something betweenthe courage to liveand the fear of dying.Could it be acceptance?I’d like to try that way butit is a way of not trying.

I leave the safety of normal,greeting the overwhelmed,the anxious, the unbearable,the rejected-repressed,depressed and deprived;(How many selves has my psyche?)feeling the traumatic gravitas of ghosts,seeing and hearing and mourning my loss.Is it sick, my longing to open the tombs?Or a true experience of intimacy,the exquisite, what is it(?), beauty(?),of meeting oneself with nothing butraw faith in I-know-not-what.

The tremolo of a Voicethought to be compassion,fades into silence,suspended in black,as a world-moan rises,steadily, hauntingly,the sanctified bellowof merging voices,creature and human,elemental and alien,wild and tame,spirit and flesh;a song begun in the bowels of the planetreceived and repeated by legions of angels;all lips pursed, our bellies opened,hearts liquified in pooled vibration . . .

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOmmmmm.

MaryBeth Scalice, M.A., Ed.D., views her life as a living-breathingpoem of God. Many years ago, her heart opened, her listening deepened,the breath fell away, and divine union was realized. MaryBeth isa counselor, writer, and teacher trained in humanistic and transpersonalpsychology. Her work integrates psychology with spirituality,offering transformational heart-centered therapies for health andself-realization. She created the Foundation of Open Hearts, and in2019 published Write, Beloved, Write.

Featured in this Issue of Miracles Magazine:★ If This World Is A Dream, Does It Matter?and★ How to Accept the Unacceptableand★ Take the Truth Quiz The Worst Thing We Ever Did By Chelan Harkin

 

The worst thing we ever didwas put God in the skyout of reach

pulling the divinityfrom the leaf,sifting out the holy from our bones,insisting God isn’t bursting dazzlement through everything we’ve made a hard commitment to see as ordinary, stripping the sacred from everywhere to put in a cloud man elsewhere,prying closeness from your heart.

The worst thing we ever didwas take the dance and the songout of prayermade it sit up straight and cross its legsremoved it of rejoicingwiped clean its hip sway, its questions, its ecstatic yowl,its tears.

The worst thing we ever did is pretend God isn’t the easiest thing in this Universe available to every soul in every breath.

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

 

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2019 published Write, Beloved, Write^^Susceptible to Light, from which this selection is reprinted with her gracious permission, and Let Us Dance! The Stumble and Whirl with The Beloved. Or order from a local independent bookstore that ships internationally. The poetic expression of inspiration and truth is Chelan’s primary spiritual path in which she aims to open a window in the soul to gaze upon the wonders of reality more clearly, and receive its beauty. http://chelanharkin.com^~https://acourseoflove.org/healing_and_love/~https://acourseoflove.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Lana-Carolan-sm.jpg~The Embrace #81: Healing and Love~~[et_pb_text content_tablet="Healing and Love Are the Same By Lana Carolan

This article was inspired by an upcoming surgery for spinal stenosis I've been guided to have in the very near future, and an episode of fear associated with it that came to visit me recently. I seemed to be swimming in it the other day, and decided to pause, quiet my mind and commune with Jesus. I must admit I was feeling a bit fragile. But I knew better than to resist the feelings that were rising within me and passing through.

As I was deep in my meditation, I heard Jesus break into my thoughts, telling me, %22You don't have to be strong for me. Let me be strong for you.%22 He was reminding me not only of his Love for me but of the power of the Love of God to heal anything unlike itself. And that is why for me, as the title of this article reflects, Healing and Love are one and the same.

Most of us are very familiar with the story in ACIM of the moment when a tiny mad idea crept into the mind of the Son of God, and instead of laughing at its absurdity, God's Son accepted it as a serious idea. He believed it was true, and in so doing, like Alice in Alice in Wonderland, he made up a world of his own and ever since has been lost within it, a prisoner of his own making. In short, he fell asleep to his own reality as a creation and child of God.

Yet neither reality nor creation were affected in any way. Creation by both the Father and the Son continues interrupted. The real world merely awaits the return of our awareness. We remained joined as One with God and with our brothers.

Even a simple smile given to a brother is a holy instant of Love shared and experienced by both. If we pay close attention, we will feel an energetic shift the instant we smile. It is Love expressed. Even a simple smile contains Love's healing power.

Love cannot be defined, for it is Love that defines us. And as we %22be%22 the Love that we are, it will tell us of Itself and we will come to know its divine nature. We are the Love we seek. In ACOL, Jesus tells us that %22joining is where the realm of the One unites with the realm of the many.%22 D:Day31.7 True joining produces an experience of our shared identity in God.

It is a perfect Plan that in Truth is already accomplished. This undoing, or Atonement, has begun—and once begun is unstoppable and thus already inevitably accomplished. C:19.19 We are asked to accept the fact that God's Plan of Atonement worked and it, as well as all of us, are accomplished.

All miracles are inspired by Love, which brings me back to my theme: In truth healing and love are the same. Only that which is embraced by Love has any Reality at all. Love IS Reality, Love IS Creation, Love IS the remedy for anything %22appearing%22 unlike Itself. Therefore, it is Love that heals, it is Love that forgives, it is Love that inspires Miracles. Love brings Reality to anything that is devoid of Love.

Love is the only litmus test in determining the Reality of anything.

Love gives meaning where there is no meaning. Love gives purpose to what has no purpose. Love is the creative energy of God's universe. Love is the substance that gives Reality to an unreal world. Love is what gives meaning and purpose to bodies that were made by fear. Love's creative power transforms what is not Love into Love. Love heals because it brings life to the lifeless and perfection to the imperfect.

As scripture teaches, %22God is Love and he who abides in Love abides in God and God in him.%22 Jn:4.16

How could I ever hold a grievance against anyone when the eyes of God are looking back at me through their eyes? In seeing the Love and Light of Christ shining back at me through the eyes of my brothers are we both healed.

Jesus recognized his Truth and saw himself in each of his brothers and remembered God. By recognizing Christ in his brothers he remembered the Christ within himself. Jesus was the God-Man, both human and Divine, awake and alive, walking among us as one of us. To awaken to our Christ-Consciousness and sustain it while still in form is what Jesus accomplished and he is helping us do the same. Death of the body does not need to precede our Soul's awakening.

For me, %22heart%22 has always been the word-symbol for Love. At the very beginning of A Course of Love, Jesus says, %22Let us define heart as the center of being, that place from which all feeling arises.%22 C:1.1 We are beings of Love, being Love. We are Love being Itself. The heart is not a thought system, nor has it ever been split like the mind. The heart shares only Love. %22What your heart has shared with your mind is shared with all minds, and what your heart has to share is only Love. Thus has Love returned to Love.%22 C:32.6

Since Love is the only Reality, Love is what we are awakening to and it is also the means of our awakening. Whenever there is a call for Love, it is the heart that responds. Jesus describes the heart as “the abode of Christ” and the “bridge between the human and the divine.” T2:3.3, T3:6.5

Thus Jesus emphasizes the union of heart and mind in ACOL. The unification of our mind and heart with the mind and heart of God is more powerful than anything the ego thought system could unleash upon us. Such is the power of wholeheartedness.

Wholeheartedness is a unified state of Being. It remembers everything, including the instant just before it accepted that crazy, mad idea that it was possible to be separate from ItSelf and separate from its Creator. It remembers Its Truth and the Truth of our brothers and all of God's Creation.

Recent messages of Jesus received through our loving brother, Sabastián Blaksley in his seven-book series Choose Only Love reinforce the teachings ACIM and ACOL. Jesus emphasizes the importance of our learning to %22accept%22 ourselves as creations of Love and of God:

You cannot access and remain in the consciousness of unity—and therefore in your eternal unconditionality—if you believe yourself to be anything other than love. Moreover, you cannot remain in the consciousness of Christ if you do not unconditionally accept the fact that everything around you is love expressing itself. Your sisters and brothers are love. The creatures of the Earth are love. The moon and a snowflake, with all their beauty, are love. Everything that is real is love. Nothing unreal truly exists. CHOL BkIV:4.II.6

Love knows itself through Its expression within each of us. All Reality is a sharing and extending of Love's eternal nature. Love is healing because healing is Love and Love is ALL there is.

Editor’s note: A few days after composing the above essay, Lana’s surgeon reviewed recent tests and told her that surgery was unnecessary.

Lana Carolan has been a student of ACIM for about 40 years and, more recently, of ACOL and CHOL. Lana can be reached via Facebook or email, lcarolan49@gmail.com.

" content_phone="Healing and Love Are the Same By Lana Carolan

This article was inspired by an upcoming surgery for spinal stenosis I've been guided to have in the very near future, and an episode of fear associated with it that came to visit me recently. I seemed to be swimming in it the other day, and decided to pause, quiet my mind and commune with Jesus. I must admit I was feeling a bit fragile. But I knew better than to resist the feelings that were rising within me and passing through.

As I was deep in my meditation, I heard Jesus break into my thoughts, telling me, %22You don't have to be strong for me. Let me be strong for you.%22 He was reminding me not only of his Love for me but of the power of the Love of God to heal anything unlike itself. And that is why for me, as the title of this article reflects, Healing and Love are one and the same.

Most of us are very familiar with the story in ACIM of the moment when a tiny mad idea crept into the mind of the Son of God, and instead of laughing at its absurdity, God's Son accepted it as a serious idea. He believed it was true, and in so doing, like Alice in Alice in Wonderland, he made up a world of his own and ever since has been lost within it, a prisoner of his own making. In short, he fell asleep to his own reality as a creation and child of God.

Yet neither reality nor creation were affected in any way. Creation by both the Father and the Son continues interrupted. The real world merely awaits the return of our awareness. We remained joined as One with God and with our brothers.

Even a simple smile given to a brother is a holy instant of Love shared and experienced by both. If we pay close attention, we will feel an energetic shift the instant we smile. It is Love expressed. Even a simple smile contains Love's healing power.

Love cannot be defined, for it is Love that defines us. And as we %22be%22 the Love that we are, it will tell us of Itself and we will come to know its divine nature. We are the Love we seek. In ACOL, Jesus tells us that %22joining is where the realm of the One unites with the realm of the many.%22 D:Day31.7 True joining produces an experience of our shared identity in God.

It is a perfect Plan that in Truth is already accomplished. This undoing, or Atonement, has begun—and once begun is unstoppable and thus already inevitably accomplished. C:19.19 We are asked to accept the fact that God's Plan of Atonement worked and it, as well as all of us, are accomplished.

All miracles are inspired by Love, which brings me back to my theme: In truth healing and love are the same. Only that which is embraced by Love has any Reality at all. Love IS Reality, Love IS Creation, Love IS the remedy for anything %22appearing%22 unlike Itself. Therefore, it is Love that heals, it is Love that forgives, it is Love that inspires Miracles. Love brings Reality to anything that is devoid of Love.

Love is the only litmus test in determining the Reality of anything.

Love gives meaning where there is no meaning. Love gives purpose to what has no purpose. Love is the creative energy of God's universe. Love is the substance that gives Reality to an unreal world. Love is what gives meaning and purpose to bodies that were made by fear. Love's creative power transforms what is not Love into Love. Love heals because it brings life to the lifeless and perfection to the imperfect.

As scripture teaches, %22God is Love and he who abides in Love abides in God and God in him.%22 Jn:4.16

How could I ever hold a grievance against anyone when the eyes of God are looking back at me through their eyes? In seeing the Love and Light of Christ shining back at me through the eyes of my brothers are we both healed.

Jesus recognized his Truth and saw himself in each of his brothers and remembered God. By recognizing Christ in his brothers he remembered the Christ within himself. Jesus was the God-Man, both human and Divine, awake and alive, walking among us as one of us. To awaken to our Christ-Consciousness and sustain it while still in form is what Jesus accomplished and he is helping us do the same. Death of the body does not need to precede our Soul's awakening.

For me, %22heart%22 has always been the word-symbol for Love. At the very beginning of A Course of Love, Jesus says, %22Let us define heart as the center of being, that place from which all feeling arises.%22 C:1.1 We are beings of Love, being Love. We are Love being Itself. The heart is not a thought system, nor has it ever been split like the mind. The heart shares only Love. %22What your heart has shared with your mind is shared with all minds, and what your heart has to share is only Love. Thus has Love returned to Love.%22 C:32.6

Since Love is the only Reality, Love is what we are awakening to and it is also the means of our awakening. Whenever there is a call for Love, it is the heart that responds. Jesus describes the heart as “the abode of Christ” and the “bridge between the human and the divine.” T2:3.3, T3:6.5

Thus Jesus emphasizes the union of heart and mind in ACOL. The unification of our mind and heart with the mind and heart of God is more powerful than anything the ego thought system could unleash upon us. Such is the power of wholeheartedness.

Wholeheartedness is a unified state of Being. It remembers everything, including the instant just before it accepted that crazy, mad idea that it was possible to be separate from ItSelf and separate from its Creator. It remembers Its Truth and the Truth of our brothers and all of God's Creation.

Recent messages of Jesus received through our loving brother, Sabastián Blaksley in his seven-book series Choose Only Love reinforce the teachings ACIM and ACOL. Jesus emphasizes the importance of our learning to %22accept%22 ourselves as creations of Love and of God:

You cannot access and remain in the consciousness of unity—and therefore in your eternal unconditionality—if you believe yourself to be anything other than love. Moreover, you cannot remain in the consciousness of Christ if you do not unconditionally accept the fact that everything around you is love expressing itself. Your sisters and brothers are love. The creatures of the Earth are love. The moon and a snowflake, with all their beauty, are love. Everything that is real is love. Nothing unreal truly exists. CHOL BkIV:4.II.6

Love knows itself through Its expression within each of us. All Reality is a sharing and extending of Love's eternal nature. Love is healing because healing is Love and Love is ALL there is.

Editor’s note: A few days after composing the above essay, Lana’s surgeon reviewed recent tests and told her that surgery was unnecessary.

Lana Carolan has been a student of ACIM for about 40 years and, more recently, of ACOL and CHOL. Lana can be reached via Facebook or email, lcarolan49@gmail.com.

" content_last_edited="off|tablet" admin_label="Main Article" _builder_version="4"Let Me Be Strong for You" —Healing and Love Are the Same By Lana Carolan

This article was inspired by an upcoming surgery for spinal stenosis I've been guided to have in the very near future, and an episode of fear associated with it that came to visit me recently. I seemed to be swimming in it the other day, and decided to pause, quiet my mind and commune with Jesus. I must admit I was feeling a bit fragile. But I knew better than to resist the feelings that were rising within me and passing through.

As I was deep in my meditation, I heard Jesus break into my thoughts, telling me, You don't have to be strong for me. Let me be strong for you. He was reminding me not only of his Love for me but of the power of the Love of God to heal anything unlike itself. And that is why for me, as the title of this article reflects, Healing and Love are one and the same. 

Most of us are very familiar with the story in ACIM of the moment when a tiny mad idea crept into the mind of the Son of God, and instead of laughing at its absurdity, God's Son accepted it as a serious idea. He believed it was true, and in so doing, like Alice in Alice in Wonderland, he made up a world of his own and ever since has been lost within it, a prisoner of his own making. In short, he fell asleep to his own reality as a creation and child of God.

Yet neither reality nor creation were affected in any way. Creation by both the Father and the Son continues interrupted. The real world merely awaits the return of our awareness. We remained joined as One with God and with our brothers. 

Even a simple smile given to a brother is a holy instant of Love shared and experienced by both. If we pay close attention, we will feel an energetic shift the instant we smile. It is Love expressed. Even a simple smile contains Love's healing power.

Love cannot be defined, for it is Love that defines us. And as we "be" the Love that we are, it will tell us of Itself and we will come to know its divine nature. We are the Love we seek. In ACOL, Jesus tells us that joining is where the realm of the One unites with the realm of the many. D:Day31.7  True joining produces an experience of our shared identity in God.

It is a perfect Plan that in Truth is already accomplished. This undoing, or Atonement, has begun—and once begun is unstoppable and thus already inevitably accomplished. C:19.19 We are asked to accept the fact that God's Plan of Atonement worked and it, as well as all of us, are accomplished. 

All miracles are inspired by Love, which brings me back to my theme: In truth healing and love are the same. Only that which is embraced by Love has any Reality at all. Love IS Reality, Love IS Creation, Love IS the remedy for anything "appearing" unlike Itself. Therefore, it is Love that heals, it is Love that forgives, it is Love that inspires Miracles. Love brings Reality to anything that is devoid of Love.

Love is the only litmus test in determining the Reality of anything.

Love gives meaning where there is no meaning. Love gives purpose to what has no purpose. Love is the creative energy of God's universe. Love is the substance that gives Reality to an unreal world. Love is what gives meaning and purpose to bodies that were made by fear. Love's creative power transforms what is not Love into Love. Love heals because it brings life to the lifeless and perfection to the imperfect.

As scripture teaches, God is Love and he who abides in Love abides in God and God in him. Jn:4.16

How could I ever hold a grievance against anyone when the eyes of God are looking back at me through their eyes? In seeing the Love and Light of Christ shining back at me through the eyes of my brothers are we both healed.

Jesus recognized his Truth and saw himself in each of his brothers and remembered God. By recognizing Christ in his brothers he remembered the Christ within himself. Jesus was the God-Man, both human and Divine, awake and alive, walking among us as one of us. To awaken to our Christ-Consciousness and sustain it while still in form is what Jesus accomplished and he is helping us do the same. Death of the body does not need to precede our Soul's awakening.

For me, "heart" has always been the word-symbol for Love. At the very beginning of A Course of Love, Jesus says, Let us define heart as the center of being, that place from which all feeling arises. C:1.1  We are beings of Love, being Love. We are Love being Itself. The heart is not a thought system, nor has it ever been split like the mind. The heart shares only Love. What your heart has shared with your mind is shared with all minds, and what your heart has to share is only Love. Thus has Love returned to Love. C:32.6

Since Love is the only Reality, Love is what we are awakening to and it is also the means of our awakening. Whenever there is a call for Love, it is the heart that responds. Jesus describes the heart as the abode of Christ and the bridge between the human and the divine. T2:3.3, T3:6.5

Thus Jesus emphasizes the union of heart and mind in ACOL. The unification of our mind and heart with the mind and heart of God is more powerful than anything the ego thought system could unleash upon us. Such is the power of wholeheartedness. 

Wholeheartedness is a unified state of Being. It remembers everything, including the instant just before it accepted that crazy, mad idea that it was possible to be separate from ItSelf and separate from its Creator. It remembers Its Truth and the Truth of our brothers and all of God's Creation.

Recent messages of Jesus received through our loving brother, Sabastián Blaksley in his seven-book series Choose Only Love reinforce the teachings ACIM and ACOL. Jesus emphasizes the importance of our learning to "accept" ourselves as creations of Love and of God: You cannot access and remain in the consciousness of unity—and therefore in your eternal unconditionality—if you believe yourself to be anything other than love. Moreover, you cannot remain in the consciousness of Christ if you do not unconditionally accept the fact that everything around you is love expressing itself. Your sisters and brothers are love. The creatures of the Earth are love. The moon and a snowflake, with all their beauty, are love. Everything that is real is love. Nothing unreal truly exists. CHOL BkIV:4.II.6

Love knows itself through Its expression within each of us. All Reality is a sharing and extending of Love's eternal nature. Love is healing because healing is Love and Love is ALL there is. 

Editor’s note: A few days after composing the above essay, Lana’s surgeon reviewed recent tests and told her that surgery was unnecessary.

Lana Carolan has been a student of ACIM for about 40 years and, more recently, of ACOL and CHOL. Lana can be reached via Facebook or email, lcarolan49@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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In the poetic fable below, sleeping beauty finds fulfillment in the quiet, ordinary slipping away of ego. Am I willing to allow waking experience to be so simple?

The Arrival of the PrinceHow long have I waited for the kiss.looking frogs directly in the eye,wondering if this one was my bliss?Now I see, the Prince arrived.It was ages ago.Not at all what I expected,especially the cracked nailon the bruised digitof his second toe.It’s been a long journey.

He brought a sticky note,not an autographed memoirfrom God saying,I’m out here babes,counting stars till you come home.

It did not, as I wanted, suggest,do this, and do thatand all will be well.Moses was a lucky onewith his stone slabsfull of simple directions.

My little sticky-icky message said,Sleeping with the wolf is certain death.Shepherd your heart with loving kindness.

A princess makes many promisesshe cannot keep.She believes selling Her soulto a fire-breathing Fatherwill save her badass.

She believes in apple bitesfrom apple treesthat make naughty girlsweak in the kneesshe previously was not awareshe had.

She believes in rescue squadsand saviors and virgin motherswhose King babies come frombeing super sweet.... in magic and men,especially the god-manwho dressed in royal reds,shall come to sweep her up,her arms around his perfect absstraddling a white stallion.

Together they gallopheading due verticalto God’s castle in the sky,a place on high, where heaven is...has always beenwaiting for this rescue mission.

The prince arrives.

I hear no wedding bells.He rides a mule.His eyes are brown, not blue.He kisses my cheek.I wake from sleep.Ego falls from its pedestal.

MaryBeth Scalice, M.A., Ed.D., views her life as a living-breathing poem of God. MaryBeth is a counselor, writer, and teacher trained in humanistic and transpersonal psychology. Her work integrates psychology with spirituality, offering transformational heart-centered therapies for health and self-realization. She created the Foundation of Open Hearts, and published Write, Beloved, Write.

 

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Recently I was asked for help by a reader who wanted to know how to handle a difficult relationship situation. In brief, her problem was that her husband was an active church member who often was involved in projects that also included predominantly women from the congregation. Due to a negative experience in a previous relationship in which her partner was unfaithful, this woman was afraid it might happen again. She did not like her husband being around all these women. What could she do about it? She said, “How I can change a situation that I detest so strongly? It’s like forcing a person to be fine with eating liver even though they don’t like the taste.”

A very good question! How indeed do we “make peace” with the unacceptable? How do we come to a place of acceptance of something we cannot accept? I had no immediate answer, so as always, I asked the Holy Spirit for guidance. Here is what I received:

Holy Spirit: First, I want you to recognize that your ego is not being asked by the Holy Spirit to “like” anything. You are not being asked to “like” any situation you find yourself in, you are just being asked to see it differently, to cease to think about it in the way you are now, to stop making it the focus of your energy.

This is the first major step in returning your mind to peace when such thoughts overtake your mind.

The next step is to realize there is nothing you can do about what another feels, thinks, or does. But you can change how you respond to the situation, which will inherently change it—if not immediately, it will in time if you remain consistent.

The first thing you might consider changing about how you respond to a situation you do not like, is to know that the more you try to “fix” a problem, the more you keep the solution away. What you resist persists. Remember, the ego always needs someone or something to hate. It needs this focus in order to keep your higher Self unaware of Who You Are; for you remain as God created you. You rest in His peace and this is your natural state.

So, the ego must constantly invent new targets for your mind to be distracted by—wishes that certain events or people were different, because these people or events, as they are, seem to be keeping you from your happiness. The ego does this in order to keep you from remembering the Truth. The ego wants to maintain a feeling of resistance to what is. The ego wishes the past were different and for the future to be under its control. It gives no consideration to the peace of the present moment or the thoughts and feelings of anyone else but itself.

In fact, this is the root of all unhappiness—one hundred percent of all your suffering comes from your ego wanting people or circumstances to be different than they are. This is a state of complete resistance to your present peace.

And one hundred percent of the solution comes from ceasing to listen to the ego.

Yet, despite what your ego wishes, you remain as God created you. How did God create you to be? He created you without ego thoughts—without thoughts about separate forms, the world of bodies, and all their related complications and problems. God created you still. He created you as part of His Stillness, resting in quiet peace and deepest, profound joy.

So now, let us turn to any problem you may think you have. How do you solve it? Know this—you are not being asked to solve any problem. That is not your role in the world. The ego thinks it can solve problems through endless thoughts, filled to capacity with anxiety, dread, and worry. Yet, all this analyzing is wasted effort. Why? Because even if all your current problems were solved to your ego's liking, I promise you, the gap would soon be filled with more. There is no end to the ego’s taste for disharmony. This is because if your mind was allowed to be still even for a moment, the ego knows it would cease to be.

Your problems are inventions of the ego to keep you distracted from your inner peace. That is the only reason you perceive any problems at all.

The only solution is to let everything be. Let your thoughts be still for just a moment, and you will be guided from within as to what next to say and do, if any action is called for. Such guidance will always feel like loving inspiration that brings peace to all involved, and not a solution stemming from control, revenge, or anger.

You are not here to solve all the world’s problems. You are here to fix the one problem you have with the world: Why do you see it at all? Herein lies the answer to every problem you have ever had. For the world you see through the ego’s thinking is an illusion. Overcome the illusion, and you will have overcome all your perceived problems. (End message from the Holy Spirit)

So how do we overcome illusions?

In A Course In Miracles we read, “How does one overcome illusions?  Surely not by force or anger, nor by opposing them in any way.” (T:22 V.1:1-2)

How does one go about “not opposing” what we detest?

A Course of Love explains, “You are not called to accept what you do not like, but to accept that you don’t like whatever it is you don’t like. Then, and only then—when you have accepted how you feel—can you respond truly. . . . All power to effect change comes from acceptance—not acceptance of the way things are, but acceptance of who you are in the present.” (D:Day 8:8.4,8)

Our happiness comes down to paying attention to how we feel. Do we like how we feel in response to our situation? Is this feeling what we truly want?

If the answer is “no,” then remember that you’re resisting the situation, and the ego is ruling your mind. You have lost all awareness of our inherent Oneness.

Again, the ego always needs a target to hate—a situation or person to focus on, to divide you from another person or situation as it attempts to control through guilt or fear. The ego wants you to have a reason to feel resistance in order to keep the “drama wheel” turning so that you never stop and allow stillness to enter your mind.

Thus, when you have forgiven—that is, when you have ceased all “control thoughts” or wished things were different—healing will come and it will change your life, first inside, then out.

Then is your mind free to move into the stillness of God’s Thoughts: Thoughts that trust in the truth that we are eternal, we are One, we are as God created us—forever at peace in His Love.

So, what should we do about our relationships, including the one mentioned above? The most loving thing you can do is to allow. To accept what is, including your thoughts about others. Cease to wish anything to be different about them. The ego will always want assurances that love will not walk away. We each have an intense fear of abandonment, reflecting the initial mistake of thinking that we could ever be separate from God. This is what we think happened to us in our relationship with Him, and became the root of all relationship insecurities.

Call the ego’s bluff! Let go! Cease in your mind and heart to be another’s jailer. I guarantee you’ll discover your personal power instead of fear.

Beth Geer is the author or “Awakening To One Love” and an upcoming book, “Awakening Humanity: Our Place Among Extraterrestrials and Angels.” You can find her at www.bethgeer.com

 

 

 

 

 

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How’s your day going?Don’t give me that “fine” stuff.Anyone can plainly see the world is bonkers.I’m not asking about the insanity that wants to be seen.I’m referring to the day you asked forwhen you rose from the bed,cheeks flushed pomegranate redfrom things you did in dreamsin the full-mooned-night.Who did you sleep with? Fear or Love?Please don’t think I’m judging you.Really just checking in to see how themorning is unfolding.Is it sweet with honey from your heart comb?Or a slab of ego baloney?Don’t be offended. Honestly,my interest in your wellbeingis interest in my own.The kind of day you have,the pal with which you choose to cruise,even this question, how’s your day going(?),depends on a decision.The decision for union.Nothing at all... read my lips,nothing can be decided alone.Agreement is the cause of everything.Yep! everything.Agreeing itself is a powerful seeing.What you agree upon you get.Remember that quote from the Bible,where two or more are gathered...?Relationships Rule.It is what we are.It is how we create.Can’t live even a moment unconnected, un-creative.That’s the same as death.Wow. look at all this flow from one simple inquiry.Let’s flood the gate with another.Whose queendom is the world for you today?Speaking for my Self, it’s dawn kissedwith the promise of happiness.Wouldn’t you agree?

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s discuss the prayers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

The longing slips away into oneness.

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

 

 

 

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^~https://acourseoflove.org/recognizing_jesus/~https://acourseoflove.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Lana-Carolan-sm.jpg~The Embrace #77: Recognizing Jesus~~How I Recognize Jesus By Lana Carolan Many have asked me over the years how I recognize Jesus as the true voice delivering A Course in Miracles and also within A Course of Love.  That's an easy one: Jesus has traveled with me since I was a small child. I met him on the playground. As a child I was always frightened about everything—especially the priest and nuns at the Catholic school I attended. Every recess, Sister Mary Dorothy always sent for my older brother to come down and hold my hand during recess time. One day my brother was home sick. I was alone, frightened, standing by the school wall. I felt someone reach for and hold my hand. It was no different than if you were holding my hand. But there was no physical appearance of a "someone" present. Yet I felt his presence beyond the mere sensation of him holding my hand. I felt him deeply within my heart, within my whole inner being. I knew nothing of the mechanics of forgiveness at the time. All I knew was that whenever I was afraid, all I needed to do was to call on Jesus and my fear went away. When eventually I left the Catholic faith I just took Jesus with me. He was very different than the Jesus I was taught about in school. My Jesus always reminded me of my innocence and of my safety within his loving embrace. Even as a young adult, I remember always calling on Jesus before answering the phone or door or in any situation where fear lurked.  Jesus was just a presence I carried with me, within my mind and heart. Jesus spoke to me in what I describe as "thoughts I do not think."  That is also how I hear the Holy Spirit and the Voice for God. They come through "thoughts I do not think."  Thoughts are simply delivered to my mind without my participation. They are always messages of comfort and joy. They always bring me peace. You can imagine my surprise at finding my Jesus in the pages of ACIM. There was never a "figuring it out" about the authenticity of that writing. It was more of an energetic recognition. It was familiar and comforting. I just had a knowing that it was him. We continued to travel together in my journey with ACIM for the next 40 years. A few years ago I was guided to ACOL by a dear friend whom I trust completely.  My trust was doubly validated when the very first words I saw when I randomly opened the pages of ACOL, were, "Your first experience of Unity may be in the thoughts you do not think."  "There you are. There you are again," I remember thinking with a loving sigh. It was instant recognition. I knew Jesus wanted to continue to teach me through this beautiful book with its message of unity and love. The more I absorb the wisdom of ACOL, its authenticity only resonates more deeply with my heart and mind.  It has contributed so much in validating so many of my experiences that have occurred during my years in studying ACIM.  ACOL has facilitated episodes of expanded awareness I could have never imagined possible. I find it to be a seamless continuation of ACIM in the reawakening of Truth in my mind. Every morning Jesus and I have what I call a meditative writing session together. It is a blended communication, the content coming from Jesus in a form that shows up as "Lana."  I share my writings on Facebook. I have been doing that for almost twelve years. By sharing, I strengthen the truth within myself and with those with whom I share it. I share and extend the love of God via Jesus sharing it with me. In both ACIM and ACOL, sharing is a means of experiencing our Unity with each other and with our Creator. Nothing that is real can be increased except by sharing. That is why God Himself created you." (Tx:4.99 OE) Jesus continues his teachings on sharing in ACOL: Sharing is the means through which the holy relationship you have with everything is revealed in truth. (C:31.23.1) I have discovered that sharing the love of God facilitates an actual experience of a fundamental reality: that is giving and receiving are ONE in Truth. The love I share is always returned to me in full measure. To share the love of God is my vocation and devotion. It brings me joy, as do you. Lana Carolan has been a student of ACIM for about 40 years and, more recently, of ACOL. She says: “I mentor many students and it has been through them that I have come to recognize that giving and receiving are truly one.” Contact Lana via Facebook or email her at lcarolan49@gmail.com.         NEW! Choose Only Love MUSIC Listen here to the gentle love-infused sounds of harmonium, guitar, and voice of Mandi Solk Or here to learn more & purchase ★★★★★ Subscribe to Miracles MagazineFeatured articles include: ★"Dad, Don't Ever Think of Me as Dead!" ★What Need Do I Have for You? ★An Extraterrestrial Birthday Gift     As You Are By Love Itself, through Janine Miller-DeLany   I love you as you are, even when, especially when you are letting yourself just be with Me.   I Love you simply as you are.  I love you when you don’t know how to fix things or cure your health.  I Love you simply as you are.  Have you forgotten, My will for you is happiness? You don’t have to make anything happen.   You get to just trust and allow my blessings and gifts to come to you. There is nothing I require of you.   There is no job or task you must accomplish.  There is nowhere you must get to.  This life I have loved you with is simply here for you to experience.  As you remember, you are ever joined with Me, then can you experience the bliss of knowing, there is nothing else.   There is only My love in you to experience and exchange and realize your union with as far around you as the sky that enfolds you. There is nothing but this…My love.  All else is simply an imagining of the ego-mind trying to convince you otherwise."

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

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

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