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~https://acourseoflove.org/the-embrace-90-the-great-transformation-under-way/~https://acourseoflove.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Patricia-Pearce-3.jpg~The Embrace #90: The Great Transformation Under Way~

Humanity seems to be going in two different directions. There is an impulse towards allowing a new world and a new humanity to arise in which the mind and the heart are united—a new state of consciousness. At the same time, there is a reaction towards the new that is emerging—an attempt to reassert the old order, to try to hold on to what has been.

~Featured Article The Great Transformation Under Way By Patricia Pearce

 

At the same time, there is a reaction towards the new that is emerging—an attempt to reassert the old order, to try to hold on to what has been.

It’s a dramatic process we’re living through, and nature gives us a helpful perspective in the metamorphosis of the caterpillar-chrysalis-butterfly.

In David Korten’s book The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, he explains how, before it begins its metamorphosis, the caterpillar gorges itself—eating as much as it possibly can, just as humanity has also been gorging on the resources of our planet.

Then it attaches itself to a branch, encloses itself into a sheath, and hangs as a chrysalis for about two weeks as the caterpillar begins a journey towards its own transformation. Its body turns into a soup. Its body dissolves. Within this soup, the DNA that holds the code for the butterfly becomes activated and gives rise to what are called “imaginal cells.” These imaginal cells begin to find one another. They begin to form what are called “imaginal buds,” which are the nascent organs of the new butterfly.

Right now on the planet we see imaginal cells—people—arising from this social soup, who are containing a vision for something new. Collectively we contain a knowing of a new thing that is coming. And we are finding one another.

But the thing that is so instructive—at least for me and for us in this moment—is that in this process of the chrysalis, as these imaginal buds are beginning to take shape, the immune system of caterpillar is still intact enough to be able to detect what is happening. And determining that these imaginal buds are actually foreign to itself, it begins to attack them. It sees this emerging thing as alien, as a threat.

The immune system of the caterpillar is unable to recognize its own transformed self as expressed by these imaginal buds. This is exactly what is happening in society today, mostly unconsciously. There is fear of what is happening—the dissolution of the old order and arising of the new—and this has triggered an attempt to reinstate the world that has been and to annihilate the expression of the New.

In the chrysalis, though, the imaginal cells do not attack back. Instead, they keep emerging. They keep finding each other. They keep connecting. They keep forming the new organism.

That, to me, is what we are called to be doing right now—not to overreact to the attacks, but to continue aligning ourselves with the energy and the frequency of the new consciousness that wants to arise, and finding others who are doing the same. Connecting. And in this connection we create the new pattern. We allow the new to take shape in our own beings as well as in the collective.

Eventually in the chrysalis, the imaginal cells become so numerous that they overwhelm the immune system and the new organism comes forth—the beautiful butterfly that lives lightly on the earth, a pollinator of flowers, a thing of beauty that has emerged from this stunning metamorphosis.

Jesus makes good use of this pattern of nature: You might think of the caterpillar as the unaltered self with which you began your journey. You might think of your body as the cocoon, the carrier of your potential. You might think of the butterfly as your spirit, revealed only after the potential has matured and been released. . . . To attempt to remain within the cocoon of the body, to attempt to contain the spirit within that cocoon, is to attempt the impossible. It is the nature of spirit to become. . . . Yet the body is not left behind. The caterpillar, the cocoon, and the butterfly have always been one and remain one. Each form is but a different stage in the becoming of the spirit. (ACOL D:Day24.5-7)

The caterpillar and the butterfly are not two separate creatures, but the same creature that has profoundly transformed. That is what’s happening now. We are one humanity, one mind, one heart, and we are undergoing a transformation so profound that it seems like a new thing.

Currently we’re in this chrysalis where things seem to be “hanging in the balance.” It is up to us to trust the process that is underway. Not be thrown off our path by attacks. Not to defend or counterattack. But just to continue to tune in to the new consciousness that is coming and to find one another. That allows the new organism to emerge. Jesus’ voice rings with power when he speaks of the New:

Creation of the new has begun. We are an interactive part of this creative act of a loving Creator. . . . Your willingness for the new, a willingness that included the leaving behind of the old, a willingness that included the leaving behind of fear and judgment and a separate will, was necessary to begin creation of the new. Your former willingness to accept the old but kept creation's power harnessed to the old.

 What will the future hold? It is up to us dear brothers and sisters. It is up to us acting as one body, one mind, one heart. It is up to us creating as one body, one mind, one heart. Because it is the new future of a new form joined in unity and relationship, the only guarantees that are known to us is that it will be a future of love, a future without fear, a future with unlimited freedom. For what more could we ask? And what more could be asked of us?

The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community^https://patriciapearce.com/. The author of two books, Beyond Jesus: My Spiritual Odyssey and No One in I Land: A Parable of Awakening^~https://acourseoflove.org/the-embrace-89-from-courtroom-to-classroom-to-playground/~https://acourseoflove.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Scott-Grace-2.jpg~The Embrace #89: From Courtroom to Classroom to Playground~

I’m writing this while in a playground. Where are you? Pretend with me for a moment that there are only four places you can be on Earth at any given time: a prison, a courtroom, a classroom, or a playground. The prison is where we go when we have convicted ourselves of a crime.

~Featured Article From Courtroom to Classroom to Playground​! By Scott Grace

 

Pretend with me for a moment that there are only four places you can be on Earth at any given time: a prison, a courtroom, a classroom, or a playground.

The prison is where we go when we have convicted ourselves of a crime. To do this one must believe in their own guilt with conviction. If you are practicing a case against yourself, please do be careful of things like A Course in Miracles or A Course on Love. They might just make an ex-con out of you.

Within the prison lies a courtroom. This is where most of humanity currently resides, standing trial for their trials, never realizing that there is no judge outside of their own ego, unaware that they are being tried by a jury of their fears.

Come on in. Let’s take a look and listen. Can you hear it?

The prosecuting attorney is busy making sure there is plenty of evidence for your guilt, or, when that gets tiring, someone else’s. His job is to make sure your joyful inner child never escapes prison.

By the way, when your inner child is behind bars he becomes vulnerable to being abused by other inmates.

When we believe that punishment serves a good purpose, every one of us is behind bars, and we are all doing time.

Our defense attorney is also present, with plenty of evidence for your innocence. But usually the prosecution objects so loudly the defense lawyer goes unheard. Note that the dress code in the courtroom is quite formal and very uncomfortable.

On an aside, perhaps I can explain why aristocrats are actually voted in: Scared human egos are feeling powerless, out of control, and are in the market for anyone who promises to restore order in the court! Whether it be Hitler or someone more recently, the promise of more order in the court is what seduces us into choosing a leader drunk with power.

Let’s take a recess. The schoolroom is open. Class is in session. The classroom is where we go to learn lessons, take tests, and continue to higher education. Bring on A Course in Miracles, The Way of Mastery, A Course on Love, Choose Only Love, and many other disciplines and practices.

Study, study, study!

Perhaps it’s time for a study break. The playground is where we learn our Earth lessons at lightning speed. That is why babies gobble up languages so fast. They are not trying to learn. Joy is their classroom. We can all be happy learners.

The only tool needed to go from one location to a more desirable one is awareness. Nothing more, nothing less.

Teach Me How To Love, and Oh the Places Your Ego Will Go. His ACIM-inspired songs can be enjoyed on Spotify under his old name, Scott Kalechstein. He has a life coaching practice, and moonlights as a spiritual stand-up comedian. www.scottsongs.com^~https://acourseoflove.org/the-embrace-88-mazzie-come-home/~https://acourseoflove.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Janine-3.jpg~The Embrace #88: Mazzie Come Home~

A few days ago, our sweet puppy, Mazzie, stealthily slipped out our back gate while my husband, Jere, was absorbed in his music and transporting brush from our yard. Mazzie loves to chase bunnies! It’s evident she was born for this! It is her greatest passion and gives her boundless energy.

~Featured Article Mazzie Come Home! By Janine Miller-DeLany

 

Now, normally, on such an occasion as this, Jere and I would spend the next 2 and a half hours chasing her around a 2 mile radius of our house. It's become quite a game to her, and she LOVES it! She darts in and out of the neighbor's bushes happily hiding from us and then magically appearing again if we've lost track of her. We usually end up thoroughly exhausted and recognize all the while that she will only let us catch her when she is good and tired and ready to come home.

This time was different, however. We finally got smart and put a GPS tracker on her. Sure, we chased her for about 45 mins. But then we thought, hmmm, perhaps we should just let her have some fun and we'll sit back and just keep an eye on her whereabouts through our phones. You see, the tracker updates her location at our request and we can see exactly where she is (at least momentarily) by looking at the app on our phone.

So we decided to let Mazzie have her fun this time. And we sat down to eat dinner, though a bit nervously. We had a pretty strong feeling that she knew where home was and we wanted to see if she would return on her own when she was tired and ready for food and water. Now, Mazzie is a beagle. Beagles are natural runners and hunters; it's not typically in their nature to just come when called as in many of those more eager-to-please breeds. Hence, most of our research simply suggests at least five-foot high fencing to prevent these escapades. Basically, our little experiment felt a tad bit risky.

We tried to enjoy our dinner but, I confess, we were both a little uneasy. It was evening, soon it would be dark, and trying to find her small black frame, possibly in the woods and creek behind our home, would be almost impossible.

So we sat and ate, periodically checking the GPS for reassurance that she was still fairly nearby. About an hour and a half after her romp began, Jere walked outside to see if she was in sight and looking tired yet. Relief flooded through me as I watch him walk in with a very thirsty puppy, exclaiming, "look who decided to come home!" He noted that at his first call she came happily running to greet him. Whew!! Our experiment yielded our greatest hope! She did know HOME and she would eventually decide to return!

A tiny glimmering of memory has returned to you and will not leave you to the chaos you seem to prefer. It will keep calling you to acknowledge it and let it grow. It will tug at your heart in the most gentle of ways. Its whisper will be heard within your thoughts. Its melody will play within your mind. “Come back, come back,” it will say to you. “Come home, come home,” it will sing. You will know there is a place within yourself where you are missed and longed for and safe and loved. A little peace has been made room for in the house of your insanity. (ACOL C:10.32)

I can only imagine that Mazzie enjoyed following her bliss all the more, because she knew what we didn't know she knew. She knew where home was. And she stayed fairly close so she couldn't get lost.

Do you ever wonder, if we stayed a little closer to home in our hearts, whether that would help us to savor and enjoy this life experience all the more? You dwell not here, but in eternity. You travel but in dreams while safe at home. Give thanks to every part of you that you have taught how to remember you. (ACIM TX:12.76)

After all, Home, Love Itself, is always there tracking us and happily waiting for our return. Can we too give ourselves permission to stay close and return home when we are tired and need to replenish from this adventure we call life?

Love Itself gave me this message:

Return to Me. 

For in your release of your attachment to the body, the mind, and your preconceived beliefs, there do you feel the weight of earthly cares and forces lift from your being. 

There do you find a peace that passes all understanding and an awareness of love that never ends.

As you stay with Me, patient in your trust of what will be revealed to you, does it dawn upon you, a knowing that you exist in a realm of infinite possibilities. 

Each is there for your choosing and immediately available upon your acceptance.

As you return to Me, each moment, do you choose again the life you wish and the heaven you wish to see. For it is always and now, ever here for you.

www.theheartsway.org. Janine can be reached at janine@theheartsway.org^~https://acourseoflove.org/the-embrace-87-lightening-up-body-and-soul/~https://acourseoflove.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Lana-Carolan-2.jpg~The Embrace #87: Lightening Up, Body and Soul~

Jesus was giving me the following information as I was typing. At times it seemed as if Jesus was talking, and at other times, me. Jesus: “Remember the hot and cold water flowing through and coming out of the same water spout.”

~Featured Article Lightening Up, Body and Soul By Lana Carolan

 

Jesus: “Remember the hot and cold water flowing through and coming out of the same water spout.”

So this is a blend of Jesus/Me, or Jesus coming through me as me.

My experience: I felt myself spinning around as an electron or proton and that I was an atom, every atom, and ALL atoms, an eternity of atoms. I was twirling around and around as in a rainbow-colored tornado, yet it was as gentle as could be—utter peace and the glorious feeling of Love emanating all around me, consuming me fully, like fireworks sparkling, sparkles like diamonds falling all around me. I was one of them, whiter than white, brighter than bright. Pure gold—indescribable! He/we said:

"Everything is a degree or density of energy. Energy is eternal. Even a single atom, which is actually empty space, is energy. Energy is a single reality of Truth. The denser the energy, the slower the movement of energy, and the more seemingly solid is its manifestation. It is still all empty space, just atoms jammed closer together that give the illusion of solidity. Atoms are indestructible. They can be split but not destroyed. The first atom that began life is still present. The first "Adam" of life is still alive and well in creation.

"Awareness of embodiments do not represent a separate world.

The denser energies just hide it. As we literally ‘lighten up’ we become able to become aware of aspects of consciousness that are aware of other embodiments. Dense body forms can be occupied which seem to be consecutive (many forms back-to-back) and sequential (serially, one form following another), yet always simultaneous. It is the soul ‘lightening up.’

“As we lighten up while in form, our energy starts to reflect the actual purity of the Soul, and pieces start to fall into place. Veils fall. We recognize our inner light rays of being, as Jesus did. As we drop the denser bodies, we embody less dense ones. Embodiments become lighter and lighter until none are needed.

“All embodiments exist here and now in the forever of eternity. Lighter ones are aware of the denser ones. The so-called "departed" are not departed at all, they are just a lighter density and outside of our awareness. Yet they continue to be aware of us.

“Jesus' initial transformation was to a light body at his resurrection but required no body at all after the Ascension.

“All ‘forms’ exist together in the unity of God. All form is energy, empty space seeming solid.

It is nearly impossible for dense body-like energies to see beyond themselves. Only the Atonement can accomplish this. As we undo, we ‘lighten up’ and we see and are seen with a new kind of clarity. Mental communication between embodiments is then possible. As you know, beautiful Child of Light, the lightest and most pure of all energy is love, what you call God. That is the ultimate Ascension: the pure energy of God, the spark of creation.”

Then I found my energy/consciousness in a lush and gorgeous garden and I am a part of it. Not in a human form, but in it/as it. There seems to be no delineation between the garden and my consciousness. I'm not sure exactly what I am—a ladybug? Maybe a flower? I have no idea, but my consciousness seems to be at an extremely high level of awareness. I know intuitively I am in God's world, the world He loves and gave to us. A world He wants me to know, too.

The experience is sublime. The sights, scents, and sounds are glorious. There are other senses available here that I have no words for. I never want to leave. There are colors I've never seen before and can't describe. Beautiful trees that are unimaginable. Animals peacefully travel about me and through me, with me, as me. This can't be three dimensional. It's like I'm inside a multi-faceted diamond. There are no words. This must truly be a part of Heaven. Feeling so safe, so loved and so free. (Jesus is smiling)

Jesus: “Continue non-resistance to energies, all energies. Stay light. (He winks.) Eat them up like PacMan transforming everything.”

I felt myself falling, but gently, like I had a parachute, falling back into something. I immediately felt homesick.

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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
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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/2022/08/Evalyn-Sorrentino-2.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.

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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.

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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.

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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/2022/07/Lana-Carolan-2.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.

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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.

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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.

 

  ~%22%22*%22%22****~lcarolan49@gmail.com^lcarolan49@gmail.com^lcarolan49@gmail.com^—And a heartfelt invitation to you, also, if you can, to help in this way for Love to reign.^Subscribe today! ^Foundation of Open Hearts
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