Aug 19, 2016
A Course in Miracles says “There is no order of difficulty in miracles.”
And yet … it doesn’t always seem that way, does it?
Often we experience problems, sickness, fear, no money, confusion and doubt and it seems like there’s a HUGE order of difficulty!
You probably have noticed that if you have ever been sick or with a health-related issue, suddenly you are completely self-absorbed.
All you can think of is the pain or problem.
During these times, all your thoughts are spent trying to heal – either trying to heal the body or trying to heal the mind if you are on a spiritual path: A totally vicious cycle that goes nowhere!
You spend your time searching to find a solution and you don’t really think about other people too much.
It’s like being in a self-contained bubble, that excludes everyone and everything.
In times of sickness, you can’t think of much else besides the sickness and life gets put on hold.
Jesus says: “Sickness is isolation” and boy is this true! We just mostly want to be left alone!
You think “When I am well and feel better, then I will …”
Then I will go outside and be active.
Then I will connect with people.
Then I will start that creative project I have been thinking about.
Then I will be in service and help people.
Then I will go back to school.
Then I will travel.
Then I will be alive.
This self-isolated bubble also holds true for when you have very little money.
“When I have more money and my bills are paid, I will …”
Almost no one really sees “trying to heal” and “trying to think of ways to improve/change your life” as an ego-trap.
These attempts seem innocent enough, but they are actually an attack on yourself. They keep you isolated in the same stuck place, in the hell of your own thinking.
SO WHAT’S THE solution?
Remember the truth:
God goes with you wherever you go.
You are whole and perfect.
You are not weak, but strong.
You are not helpless, but powerful.
You are not limited, but unlimited.
Most people (myself included for years) do not know how to move out sickness and limitation, because they have given the sickness and limitation power over them. No one does this consciously, but it is precisely what happens.
And yet … right now… You are Spirit.
“Spirt am I, a holy Son of God, free from all limits, safe and healed and whole, free to forgive and free to save the world.” -A Course in Miracles, Workbook Lesson 97
“Deep within you is everything that is perfect, ready to radiate through you out into the world. It will cure all sorrow and pain and fear and loss.” -A Course in Miracles, Workbook Lesson 41
“The separated ones have invented many “cures” for what they believe to be “the ills of the world.” But the one thing they do not do is to question the reality of the problem. Yet its effects cannot be cured because the problem is not real. The idea for today has the power to end all this foolishness forever. And foolishness it is, despite the serious and tragic forms it may take.”
For years, I used to wait, pray, hope, ask, wish, wonder, intend and visualize for change to occur. Not much happened. I would beg, plead, make promises to God, along with promises to myself. I would stare at Jesus’ photo for hours on end. I am not kidding. I tried to bargain. You give me this and I’ll do that. I would meditate, read books, take classes and buy lottery tickets. This was my great formula for success.
Not much changed. No big surprise!
Transformation is inside job that must work within my own thought system, removing the blocks obstacles to the awareness of love’s Presence. I was acting like there was a God or a Jesus outside of me that could help me, and give me a happy life without my involvement.
I wanted my life to change without me needing to change. haha!
A few years ago (in 2012) I made a decision to LIVE A Course in Miracles – to practice and apply – you know like actually “DO” what it says – and I moved out of poverty in less than one day.
It actually happened in an instant because I felt the change occur immediately. I made a decision that I was no longer a victim, no longer a person in lack and that instead I was an active worker for Jesus, the richest, most generous person in the world and it happened in that instant. I literally felt my entire vibration and thought system change.
It felt like walking away from a bad neighborhood and saying “goodbye” to it and never looking back. It was that simple.
Here is the Formula for Freedom. I MADE A DECISION AND MOVED FORWARD.
What’s interesting is that you’re not actually going anyways. It’s a journey inward, to a place you never left.
There are so many great lines in A Course in Miracles that point to MOVEMENT: Ascend to the Christ, Rise Up. Lifted and carried. Look up! Go within.
Here are the simple steps I took:
I acknowledged that God goes with me everywhere I go
This was a big one. Before I was acting like God was separate from me. I thought had to do the right thing, behave properly, be good, be nice, be kind, be generous to get His attention. I didn’t realize that God went with me everywhere. God is one with me. I am one with God. I am one with everyone and everything. This changed my whole life when I “got” this.
I questioned the “reality” of the problem.
I had been living in debt with no money for so many years, that I never questioned the “reality” of the problem. I kept thinking “oh well, I just have to accept that life is a struggle.” It was when I questioned it that everything changed. I realized that I am a child of God, with everything that is perfect is within me, ready to radiate out to the world.
I changed my story.
I did this in an instant once I saw that it was possible. I didn’t ever have to say again “I have no money.” I started feeling like the richest person on the planet, for real. I could feel the light in me that wanted to radiate out to the world. I knew that I wasn’t alone. I felt daring, strong, confident, excited.
I watched my mind like a hawk for limited fear-based thoughts that were keeping me in hell and I was determined to choose true thoughts of love, gratitude, appreciation and joy.
The reason I’m so in love with A Course in Miracles is because it’s a systematic way to “train your mind” to a different perception of everyone and everything. Most people are not aware of the thoughts they have all day long and how these thoughts make the world you seem to live in, and if you wish to change your experience, you must change your thoughts. If you would like to give yourself a big gift of a 40-Day challenge to watch yourself like a hawk, you can sign up for the 40-Day Program which begins on Tuesday September 6, 2016. It’s free. Click here: http://www.teachersofgod.org/40day
I made a daily commitment to ascend to meet the Christ in me.
Another big one. I made it my #1 priority to get still every day to allow myself to be lifted up to the place where I AM abides. I would meet my Self every day, the place in me of joy and love. Don’t know how to do this? Sign up for the 40-Day and and I will show you how: http://www.teachersofgod.org/40day
Here is Workbook Lesson 41 from A Course in Miracles, in entirety, because there is no need to wait for a cure for even one second longer because you are whole and perfect.
***If you are ready to see changes as soon as today, make sure to do the 3-5 minute practice period that is described in this Workbook Lesson 41 It can bring startling results even the very first time it is attempted and eventually it’s always successful.
Today’s idea will eventually overcome completely the sense of loneliness and abandonment all the separated ones experience. Depression is an inevitable consequence of separation. So are anxiety, worry, a deep sense of helplessness, misery, suffering and intense fear of loss.
The separated ones have invented many “cures” for what they believe to be “the ills of the world.” But the one thing they do not do is to question the reality of the problem. Yet its effects cannot be cured because the problem is not real. The idea for today has the power to end all this foolishness forever. And foolishness it is, despite the serious and tragic forms it may take.
Deep within you is everything that is perfect, ready to radiate through you and out into the world.
It will cure all sorrow and pain and fear and loss because it will heal the mind that thought these things were real, and suffered out of its allegiance to them.
You can never be deprived of your perfect holiness because its Source goes with you wherever you go. You can never suffer because the Source of all joy goes with you wherever you go. You can never be alone because the Source of all life goes with you wherever you go. Nothing can destroy your peace of mind because God goes with you wherever you go.
We understand that you do not believe all this. How could you, when the truth is hidden deep within, under a heavy cloud of insane thoughts, dense and obscuring, yet representing all you see? Today we will make our first real attempt to get past this dark and heavy cloud, and to go through it to the light beyond.
There will be only one long practice period today. In the morning, as soon as you get up if possible, sit quietly for some three to five minutes, with your eyes closed. At the beginning of the practice period, repeat today’s idea very slowly. Then make no effort to think of anything. Try, instead, to get a sense of turning inward, past all the idle thoughts of the world. Try to enter very deeply into your own mind, keeping it clear of any thoughts that might divert your attention.
From time to time, you may repeat the idea if you find it helpful. But most of all, try to sink down and inward, away from the world and all the foolish thoughts of the world. You are trying to reach past all these things. You are trying to leave appearances and approach reality.
It is quite possible to reach God. In fact it is very easy, because it is the most natural thing in the world. You might even say it is the only natural thing in the world. The way will open, if you believe that it is possible. This exercise can bring very startling results even the first time it is attempted, and sooner or later it is always successful. We will go into more detail about this kind of practice as we go along. But it will never fail completely, and instant success is possible.
Throughout the day use today’s idea often, repeating it very slowly, preferably with eyes closed. Think of what you are saying; what the words mean. Concentrate on the holiness that they imply about you; on the unfailing companionship that is yours; on the complete protection that surrounds you.
You can indeed afford to laugh at fear thoughts, remembering that God goes with you wherever you go.
If you want more of this kind of practicing and would like to make a 40 Day Commitment to live in gratitude, love and appreciation, make sure to sign up for the 40-Day Program that starts on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. It’s Free!