Category Archives: COL

Living Extraordinary Lives

This is to be a quiet movement at the borderline. A movement that gently normalizes the extraordinary as ordinary, as natural, and as a return of the feminine.  Mirari

Mary here seems to say that we can live extraordinary lives as naturally as the sun rises every day.  A Course of Love says something very similar about “extraordinary” lives, that when ordinary people are seen to be living in an extraordinary way that others will be encouraged to do likewise.

Mary goes farther, though, to say that extraordinary can become the norm.  We are allowing the feminine to rise in importance in our world, and it is the mother/wife/sister/daughter in cooperation with men, too, who will accomplish much in this new world.  It is natural to women to be nurturing, and now we can see that women are going to nourish things that have been out of reach before.

Ask what we—both women and men—can say and do today that will make a lasting difference in our world.  We need meaningful change, reconciliation with our brothers and sisters, loving attitudes to inform all our ways.

Be among the pioneers.  There is room for all.

Wonder

“Here, in our time of bringing the miracle to mystery, we come as the feminine, bearing the way of Mirari—the way of wonder.”  Mirari

“Mirari” means “wonder,” and in this newly received book from Mary of Nazareth, Mari Perron talk intimately with her and shares Mary’s revelations.  We are entering a time when the feminine face of God will be more evident.  His two faces, the masculine and the feminine, will join together to assist us in creating a new world.

We often want to explain away every miracle.  This is just not possible, and it is to our benefit that it is not.  Wonder is a legitimate way to interact with the world.  Keeping the mystery alive is good for the soul.

When we are skeptics, we don’t see miracles.  They are just not there for us.  But when we open the mind and heart, our understanding deepens, and we don’t cast aspersions on what we are viewing that we don’t understand.

Let us open our mind and heart today to let God speak to us in mystery.  Let Him have His way with us.  Even seek to let Mary talk to us.

Healing

“Grieve your dark days only to awaken from them with greater depths of compassion, with greater awareness of love’s many expressions, and let them rise from you, and with you, into time free of the concreteness of the past.”  Mirari

We all need to let the past go as we walk through life’s onward passages.  But all too often we don’t do this; we cling to what has been the past, often clinging even to what pained us the most.

Yet when we walk farther along, living in love, we find that we can relinquish the past.  Our love has healed us.  And we are happy.

Let the past go.  We will hold in our subconscious the teachings of the past that have healed.  But let the healing of the present proceed unencumbered by our past pain.

Living Christ

“When you pray to God, you are praying to that part of yourself that is divine, that which we call the living Christ who lives in you.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 11:II

We are not just praying to our little personality when we pray.  We have a larger Self who is merged with God, and this larger Self is a part, but only a part, of the Christ.  Christ is a plural term, not meant in this era for only Jesus.  We partake of divinity, too.

Know that turning inward is not praying to an external God, for God is not external to ourselves.  We are a part of Him, always and forever, even when we are living with the ego in a “fallen” state.  We gain insights by turning inward to the God Who dwells deep inside.  We know better how to live.

Ask today how to proceed in life.  Let our intuition be our Guide, for God is speaking in the silence to us through our intuition.

One with God

“Meditate with serene joy on the fact that you are one with God:  that you are that of God which extended in form to be able to know yourself.  You are God in God, literally.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 11:II

Life is formed from the inside out, with God directing every move whenever we will let Him.  We get nudges just all the time, and it is only when we resist that our life falls on rocks.  God is living through us, though we are endowed with a mind that is finite, and so we can only intuit Him in His fullness.

This must be the only way that God could enjoy His reality, His existence in untold universes and beyond form as well.  We have been told in numerous spiritual works that God is at play in the universe, that He is experiencing bliss as He looks upon us—and even when we fall short.  When we fall short, God knows that it is a temporary failing, because He knows what the end result will be—union with Him, bliss for all creations, us among them.

Say a prayer of thankfulness today for the Intelligence that created this way of experiencing His totality.

Love & Miracles

“Since that part of God that dwells in you is as powerful as God Himself in its totality, then certainly you can do miracles by invoking the divine aspect of yourself or getting events to be harmoniously oriented in love.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 11:II

What does this mean? It does not mean that we are as powerful as God. The divine aspect of us “in its totality” is what we are talking about. And with this divine aspect we can work miracles that are prompted. We don’t work miracles that we think are well-advised, for this is the one way to get ourselves and others into trouble. We wait for guidance, and then, almost without knowing, we are in a miracle-minded state. From there it is easy to bring about the miracles that we are asked to perform.

If our lives are flowing in the harmony of love, we are right where we ought to be. We are living joyously. We are in tune with the Infinite, God Himself. If we are depressed in spirit, our good deeds will be tainted, for we will bring our suffering into them. If we want to live well, doing good for others while we ourselves are listening to guidance, we need to remain centered in wellness. This is not so hard to do when we are living with the thought of love in our mind and heart.

Love will transform us so that miracles will light not only our path, but those in our circle of family, friends, acquaintances–and even the larger world.

Lift our eyes to the heavens. We will be lifted up at the same time.

God’s Help

“When you ask God to help you with this or that, you are consciously joining the part of you that is divine.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 11:II

I ask God for help just a lot. And this quotation says that I am joining with Him, with His divinity that is deep within me.

Most of us don’t recognize that we are joining with a part of our Self when we join with God. But He is not separate from us. He is everywhere, and He is within all of us. We are One with Him and all others, all that has been created. The universes are One.

It is OK to beseech Heaven with requests for help. We have finite minds and hearts that are only now just coming into loving in a big way. We don’t know it all. God will gift us with intuitive thoughts from the silence in which He dwells. And He will warm our hearts while informing our minds. We will be much better off.

Don’t feel that we have to go it alone. The God Who dwells within us knows all, sees all, and can let us know the right way to proceed. His love for us does all this for us.

God’s Plan

“You have not entered the physical plane after My incarnation by chance.  It is part of God’s plan.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 8:III

There are no accidents in life, no chance meetings, no happening that “just” happened to come about.  We are living at the right time for us, the time following Jesus’ incarnation. We are living a plan, a plan that we intuited from God, and then set up as our contract for our life.  We put bad things in our contracts as a way of growing, a growing to perfection.

We know from A Course in Miracles that it is not necessary to learn through pain.  Jesus said in ACIM that learning through rewards is more lasting.  Unfortunately, many of us are just learning this, discovering this.  And so we are caught in bad things happening to good people.

We can change on a dime.  We can soften the hard parts of our contract with life.  When we turn to God in our daily lives, He comforts and soothes us.  Always with us, living through us, He would not have us turn the pain in our contracts into suffering.

Make a decision today to live above the fray.  If we lighten up about life, life lightens up for us as well.  We are caught in a drama, in a series of dramas, but we don’t have to buy into the chaos.

Know that every prayer to God is heard. 

And with this knowledge, the fray will recede in our minds and hearts, hopefully never to return. We just must remember to do our part, a part we discover when we ask for guidance on a frequent basis.

Holy Spirit

“[T]he Spirit of God that lives in you, which is what Holy Spirit means, likewise encompasses the love beyond attributes that God is.”   Choose Only Love bk.4, 1:III

We haven’t had a good handle on Who the Holy Spirit really is, and today we discover–the Spirit of God. Though part of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is nothing really separate, even as the Son (and Daughter) are not actually separate from God–for God lives in all, the All, everything.

The Way of Mastery refers to “a” holy spirit that overshadowed Jesus in his time on earth. Yes, a holy spirit really did overshadow him. And that Spirit was the Spirit of truth (though we can see that truth in reality is really Love).

We have moved into the time of Christ now, the time in which all of us following God’s pathway do indeed embody Christ. Christ is not limited to one entity, Jesus. Jesus welcomes us all into his mantle.

Ask that our truth today be informed by the love that truth really contains. We need each other, and we need each other in love.

We Live in God

“God is a marriage of love because everything, male and female as you consider it, resides in God, as well as in all true creation.”  COL bk.4, 1:IV

We are composed of love—through and through.  We are living, many of us, in madness still, because the ego has not yet died in us.  When the ego does die, we will know what it is to live in God.  We will be part of “all true creation.”

What we have made of ourselves in this world is not “true creation,” for our mistakes have made us labor under extreme conditions of depravity.  Never God’s intention, He “let go” when we rebelled (A Course of Love concept).  What else could He do?  We as parents even do this with our rebellious teenagers.  Neither we, in God’s sight, nor teens, are yet mature—or we wouldn’t make such havoc for ourselves.

Let the love that we are embrace us and give us new life.  In this time of spring in the northern hemisphere, we can be at home in our world when we recognize that all of life can be our springtime—a time of new growth, new growth into greater immersion in God.

A Startling Assertion

“Those who join this angelic manifestation are those whom the Creator has called from eternity to join the new consciousness of the Second Coming of Christ, the new prophets of the end times.

“Nothing happens by chance.  God does nothing in vain.  You who receive these words are literally part of the one hundred and forty-four thousand announced.  Your new garments shine radiant in the whiteness of Mary’s virgin purity.”  Choose Only Love bk.4, 2:I

“You who receive these words” are those who are reading Choose Only Love (available on Amazon). This assertion is startling. We read of 144,000 called individuals in the New Testament. Can we really be seeing those of this calling in our world today?

This is not something to boost the ego. The ego will have fallen away from this 144,000. To whom much has been given, much will be expected. We need to ask what our task in the great unfolding drama really is.

We need to ask what God would have us do.

Peace

“You cannot stop being who you are, although you can live in a way contrary to it in your mind and heart.  Thus you cannot ever lose your holiness, because your Source goes wherever you go.  You cannot lose your peace of mind because God goes with you wherever you go.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 8:III

We have peace of mind, because God grants it to us—but we may be oblivious to that peace.  We need to follow our guidance to let peace blossom in us.  If we forge ahead when our guidance is to wait, then we need to revisit intuition.

Being Unique

“There are things you can do that I can never do, nor Mary.  Those are what make you unique. . . .”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 8:III

We all still strive for a particular place in God’s world.  Here we are seeing from Jesus that we have a contribution to make—one that only we ourselves can make.  Being unique does not have to be striven for by the ego; being unique can be an affirmation of our worth, our egoless worth.

Try to find out today what your contribution, as a unique child of God, is or has been—plus what it will be in the future.  To access intuition about this important factor in our lives, we need to get quiet.  We need to relax totally, take worries and fretting off our minds, and ask our heart to inform us of our way.  When we get a thought in this relaxed state, we need to follow it.  We may have the idea to read something, or we may have an idea of a prayer we need to pray.  Nothing genuine in this practice will harm anyone, including ourselves.

Everyone is different, and our guidance will come to us individually in different ways at different times.  Invite the insertion of the divine in our lives.

God will not tarry, for we have given our permission to Him to enlighten us with His insight about us.

Love

“Bringing human nature to its fullness in love is what has been the purpose of Our incarnation, just like yours.  There are no differences between you and Us.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 8:III

Jesus is here speaking of himself and Mary.  If we know that we have one purpose in this world, and that purpose is to live in the fullness of love, then life becomes very easy.  We do things that promote love, and we avoid things that do not.  How hard can this be?

One purpose means that life becomes simple.  Oh, how our insane ego has made life in this world so complicated!

But we are through with this madness—and through with it now!  Affirm to God that we will walk His way, and His way only.

And then life will become completely bearable, and easy and simple in the extreme.

Jesus’ Humanity

“I loved My humanity and I still love it.  The human nature that the Father gave Me is eternal.  I am fully man and fully God, always—likewise with Mary, Heavenly Mother of all men and women of all times.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 8:III

Jesus is giving us a reason not to turn against our humanity—because he hasn’t.  He is saying that he is fully human and fully divine, just as traditional Christianity says.

Is it too much to realize that we too have a divine nature, a human nature as well as a divine one?  Jesus has told us elsewhere that there is nothing he has that is unwelcome for us.  We are equals (though he has walked farther ahead than have we).  We are of the same nature.

Likewise, Jesus here brings in Mary, who is his soulmate.  We will find as we read further in Choose Only Love that God too has a feminine nature.  God is revealed as a God of both the masculine and the feminine.  His nurturing manner is an aspect of the feminine, often more so than in the masculine.

So our human natures will be eternal also.  Definitely we don’t want to denigrate the human by wishing for an otherworldly nature to the exclusion of the human. 

Our divinity will inform our humanness.  And then we will be fully whole.

Our Humanity Is Good

“To despise your humanity is an act of cruelty—so far from love that you could not believe such nonsense.  Not a fiber in your body is not holy; no aspect of your personality is not holy; nothing in you is imperfect.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 8:III

Certainly when we first read this quotation, our mind takes exception from what is said.  Who, on first reading, could agree, “nothing in you is imperfect”?  But Jesus is talking about our REAL Self, the Self with a capital “S.”  This Self reaches down into our personalities and purifies; our mind and heart, similarly, use our bodies in good ways when we recognize that the body too is holy.

If we reject our humanity, we are rejecting something that was created for our good.  Our human nature partakes of our spiritual essence; they are part and parcel of the same.  The new revelations assert that we don’t have sinful natures in the flesh, in our humanity.  The most that we have done is to make mistakes, and mistakes can and will be corrected, when we see the light. 

It is true that traditional Christianity often made us feel very guilty about our sinful flesh.  But we are seeing a new way of looking at humanity now.  We are seeing, in new revelations (A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, The Way of Mastery, Choose Only Love, Mirari, etc.) that our very flesh is, as we have learned, made in the image of God.  There is nothing there that we need to denigrate.

We don’t denigrate our humanity unless we have bought into negative ideas.  Actually we do not believe that we are lowly and unworthy of God’s attention.  Only when we stoop down in the dust and find ourselves depressed about our very being do we decide that we have not a worthy bone in our body.

Listen to these wise words from Jesus.  And embrace our humanity, a humanity that can and will glorify God for His part in forming our natures.

We are worthy; that is not delusion.  It is the sanest good sense.

Jesus & Mary

“[T]hroughout the history of humanity I have manifested as a self separated into two realities, that of Jesus and Mary.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 8:II

Edgar Cayce, perhaps speaking metaphorically, said that Jesus and Mary started out as Adam and Eve.  We can’t know what this means, though we know that Adam and Eve represent the advent of human beings on earth.

Here Jesus is raising the feminine to new heights.  We have lived so long in a masculinely oriented world.  But the feminine has great value, and recently channeled writings—A Course of Love, Choose Only Love, Mirari—have said much about greater leadership, leadership of being as opposed to doing, coming from women.

We would all hope for a soulmate relationship such as Jesus enjoys with Mary.  Perhaps we all have such a relationship, if not here on earth, then waiting for us on the Other Side.

Let our minds play with the benefits that a feminine concept can give.  For one thing, feelings are often transcendent in a woman, feelings rather than the thinking of the mind. 

See what that idea can do for us today.

Prayer

“We come to invite you to live in prayer.  Prayer, as has been said, is the life of the soul.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 8:I

When we feel reverent and at peace, our prayers seem to have wings.  But sometimes we think they don’t reach the ceiling.  What is going on here?

We have to realize that what we feel at any given time is not always evidence of reality. 

When we turn to God often, sensing that He is here for us, then our prayerful life will mean that we live better.  This is when we are in touch with our very soul.  This is when we live in Love.

We don’t always “feel” it, even though we are making an effort to live in prayer, making an effort to live in Love.  This is the time for faith, for our mind and heart to work together, knowing that God is real and that He is always near.  Found deep within us, and also outside, God is the energy of consciousness, emanating through and through the cosmos.

When we want to feel Him more than intellectually, we can turn to our heart.  The merger of mind and heart influences us to know that God is always near, ready and willing to help us whenever we call on Him.

Power

“Believe me when I tell you that with every movement of your mind and heart, that is, of what you really are, you impact everything.  Nothing in you is without effect; nothing in you is futile.  You are eternal creators of your own experience.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 8:I

By “everything” in this quotation, I think Jesus means literally the universe as a whole, not just our own little part of it.  That is just how powerful we are.  That is just how much we need to be cognizant of what a difference we can make.

We know that we influence our circle of friends and family, and if we postulate that our influence reaches out farther, to this world, we can also postulate that our world impacts others—others about which we know nothing.  It behooves us to be careful with our days.  Reverent in our doings.  Peaceful in our approach to life.

What a difference it makes if we are really this powerful!  The slightest movement creates ripples that spread throughout the cosmos.  We are not powerless, but very powerful indeed.

Let us walk carefully through our world today, aware that what we say and do influences realms far greater than we know.

Peace

“Once the thought pattern of concern arises, you make that concern real, which then encompasses the entire space of your mind and heart, and thereby you lose peace.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 3:I

When we focus on something, we make that something real to ourselves.  A Course in Miracles says this, though using other words.  ACIM says that if we make our anger at another person real by concentrating on it, how can we overlook this anger?  The thing to do is to fail to focus on something bad or wrong, thereby never making it “real” in our experience.

The thought pattern of concern is worry, pure and simply.  We do too often rue our days by worrying about all manner of things.

Worry/concern does not have to happen.  I find that if I journal about an issue, the solution often surfaces—and in the journaling, I am setting aside worry.  Then my mind is free and clear, and nothing is hindering my contact with God.  Prayer then follows easily, nothing separating me from Him.

We need peace.  ALL of us need peace.  Our troubled world can only turn to those who do have inner peace. 

Who else is in a position to help?

Finding Peace

“Observe how the thought pattern of worry blocks access to peace, and therefore to your true self.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 3:I

I came from a long line of worriers.  My grandmother said I came by my worry “honestly.”  Only she, my grandmother, in four generations, remained peaceful and calm.

I do know that this quotation from Choose Only Love is right on.  All is not lost, though, for I have made great strides to eliminate worry—just using thought stoppage, silently saying “Stop!,” when I start to fret.

We all want to come to know our true self.  And this quotation tells us we can’t do that if we are caught up in the fruitless process of worrying.  Peace is our birthright.  Worry is a holdover from the ego.

Ask for peace today.  Ask for peace every day.  We can change the habits of a lifetime if we put our mind and heart to it.  Help will arrive.

Getting Answers from God

“When you feel worried, sit down, relax, take a deep breath, connect with the desire, and wait for the answer.  The answer to desire will be given in due time and in perfect form.  Someone will knock on the door and bring you the solution, or a situation will be unlocked, or a successful idea will come, or simply the problem will be otherwise resolved.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 3:I

Jesus is very sure about this advice, but how many of us, when overwrought, are inclined to sit still and let God handle the worry?  If we move in this manner, our worries will dissolve, and solution will be found.  A Course in Miracles says that the solution is always WITH the problem.  Often when we think we have a long-held problem, we are seeking a solution before its time, or, in other words, fretting needlessly about something that is not here yet.

Listen to Jesus in this quotation.  Do it now, if you can, for I am sure that all of us have problems that cry out for solutions, and solutions that have seemed obscure.  See if it is time for a solution, if indeed anything at all needs to be done NOW.  Often we are simply borrowing trouble.

Sitting still and listening, in the silence, for God’s Answer, is advice that is “right on” and perfectly suited for most of us.

Try it today.  Try it now.

Warmth from God Transforms Our Concerns

“I ask you to observe the pattern of concern, the recurring pattern of worry.  Always it takes concrete form:  maybe money, a business, health, the safety of the children.  Everyone has an area in which they feel insecure.  Maybe there are several areas, but they are always few and very specific.  We now work with these areas to experience those patterns of thought and emotional responses, and to transmute them.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 3:I

Here Jesus, in channeled writing, says that the areas for which we have concern or worry are always “few and very specific.”  Yes!  The few and very specific may vary over the years, even over the days and weeks, but our finite mind cannot encompass more than a few at any one time.

It is our job now to consider these areas of concern and then to move beyond them, to “transmute” them, as Jesus says.  They have come up out of the subconscious for just such a transformation in our mind.  We had to invite the subconscious into the conscious in order to be ready for Awakening.  We had to transmute that which has troubled us.

If we see these concerns/worries as insecurity, as Jesus also says, then this will help us to deal with them.  We absolutely do not have to feel insecure in God’s world.  When our minds and hearts are listening to His word, we know how to attract those things that bless.  We don’t get lost in negativity that invites disaster.

Turn to God with our concerns.  In a heartbeat He can warm us, cocoon us, and we can know in just that moment that all is well.

Trust

“[T]oday I speak of trust.  Observe how the thought patterns of worries and concerns of all kinds seem to assault you again and again.  These concerns come, in fact, from beliefs contrary to trust.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 3:I

How do we eliminate worries and concerns?  We trust God to take care of us!  As many of us know, “trust” is the first and most important attribute of a teacher of God.  This from the Manual of A Course in Miracles.  So it stands to reason that when we have progressed and can call ourselves “teachers,” then in our trusting we will see worries and concerns just drop away.  If we are tied up in knots, we can’t represent God well.  And we can’t do our spiritual tasks well, either.

It is hard to get started on the path toward trust.  But as we open more and more of our lives to God’s action in us, each next step becomes easier.  And we see the results in better living.  No longer tangled up, we walk happier, joyfully, and we accept life as it is without adding to our discomfort by worrying about what is happening.

We all face adversities.  It is not the fact of what we face that is important, but how we face it.  We can dip low and feel sorry for our misfortune, importuning God to take away our troubles, or we can lean on Him, legitimately, asking for help in bearing up under the burden.  We do have this choice.

And this choice is enough.

Living in Love

“[L]iving with fear was the reality of the contraction in which you lived.  Now we begin to live consciously without fear, joyfully recognizing that we are the resurrection and will live in love.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 2:III

I know that this assertion is true; I know from long life experience.  I used to live with the anxiety of a stressful job, and now that I am no longer in the work force, I am amazingly calm, sometimes sleepy in the mornings, something I resist.

I can make accommodations so that I am more alert, living in Love and not fear.  I have read that it takes more patience to live calmly than to live in agitation.  We have been used to dramas, dramas that kept us uptight.  Now all of us can adjust to a better way, if we have a mind to.  We can adjust to peace without highs and lows that are emblematic of an egoic existence.

Here Jesus says that we are the “resurrection.”  He is seeing us in a new era, the new time of Christ, the second coming of Christ.  Elsewhere Choose Only Love asserts that we are living in the end times.  This does not mean the annihilation of the earth, but it does mean the annihilation of the difficult ways of the ego.

Accept calm when it comes.  Accept calm in this new era.  And be grateful for it. 

Our lives will smooth out, and we will know a better way of walking through the new world that we will be creating.

Peace in Our Soul

“[S]tay for a few moments in the silence of your heart as you experience the peace of your soul as you hear these words:  You are safe and sound.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 2:III

We all need to be sure that we are “safe and sound.”  Jesus knows us at least as well as we know ourselves, and many believe that much in Choose Only Love is channeled from him.

Jesus appeals to our heart, letting us know that when we turn there, we experience peace in our very soul.  Most of us fret too much when faced with the difficulties of our world and of our daily lives.  We need to turn somewhere, and this passage suggests that our soul needs us to turn to our heart.  This is a primary emphasis in A Course of Love as well.  We have lived in our deluded minds too long, entertaining an ego that did not mean us well.  But many of us are leaving madness behind as we choose to relinquish the ego at every point that it seeks to ensnare us.  And ALL of its points seek to ensnare us.

Link our soul to our heart today.  Our feelings will indicate to us when we have succeeded in this exercise.

God speaks in silence, and He often speaks to our heart because it is not caught up in remaining patterns of the ego.  See what our heart is trying to say to us today.  See what we need to discover.

Love

“My beloveds, I cannot fail to mention that you must take charge of everything that you experience in yourself that is not love.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 2:III

We have something to do.  This word from Jesus tells us just what it is.  If something we recognize is not love, love-oriented, then take charge of it, and banish it from our lives. 

There are many emotions that are love, emotions of positivity.  Harmony, peace, tranquility, being soothed, being cocooned—all of these are of love.  But there are also emotions that are not of love.  Anger, attack, jealousy, violence—all of these are not of love. 

If we recognize that we are harboring one of these negatives, we must do something about it.  We must not depend on anyone else to banish these emotions from our self.  WE must do it.

The good news is that when we enlarge the love in our lives, the negative emotions of hate fall away of their own accord.  We don’t have to seek to discredit them or to remove them.  Love embraces all and transmutes the negativity, leaving the positive emotion of love as an all-embracing blessing.

Ask for help from God to shift into love-oriented living today.  God is Love, and He will understand our own failings in this regard.  He will fill us with His Love, and then all will be well.

God Knows Us

“To believe in a God incapable of experiencing that which comprises the vast range of human experience is to misunderstand.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 2:I

God does understand us, our strengths and our foibles.  As we are part of Him, He is living through us.  His strength informs our own.  And when we slip up, His greater knowledge is there to set everything aright again.

God therefore experiences right along with us.  But I believe that He, as the Infinite, knows the Whole, and our finite minds, even our finite hearts, cannot comprehend that Whole except by intuition, intuition as our pipeline to sensing God.  Our intuition is best experienced as a heartfelt understanding.  Our heart has not had the false value of an ego to lead it astray. 

Our mind, on the other hand, got distracted by the ego that we made up and believed in for so long.  Our highs and lows of egoic longings only served to distract us from real truth.  But now many of us are coming around.  We now know that deemphasizing egotistical and egoic values is the right way in which to live.  We do know better now.

God is not incapable of knowing what goes on with us.  He lives within each of us; He lives within the consciousness of all universe(s).  His Energy transforms us, when we give our assent to Its transforming of our emotions, our mind, our heart.

God does know.  He is a personal God Who answers personal prayers.  We hear Him in silence, but we hear Him surely.

Forgiven World

Note:  I am returning with this post to Sebastian Blaksley’s received work from angels, Jesus, and Mary.  His work is profoundly meditative, and if we let the heart rule, we will derive great benefit from reading his Choose Only Love—out now in four volumes of a projected seven.

“Keep in mind during this journey that the world is a great illusion; and that the day will come when the veil will be lifted and in the forgiven world you will see the true creation of God. . . .”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 1:III

We can have hope from reading this quotation.  In the real world, the forgiven world, we are no longer living in illusion.  And we are living in love.

Sebastian Blaksley has published an excellent article on the forgiven world, the world that love rules, in Miracles magazine.  He addresses the confusion that there has been in the Course in Miracles and Course of Love communities about what “illusion” actually means.

An idea is not an illusion, and in my belief we are all living ideas in the Mind of God.  With the ego, we spun illusions willy-nilly just all the time.  Not so when we have moved into the real world.  Our ideas, based as they are in God’s prompting, are real and good.  We have passed beyond the confusion that the egoic world made for us.  We are living better, even if the times we live through now seem perilous. 

Our hearts are filled with God’s love, and this love transforms everything.

Experiencing Angels

“Here is where you find what has been called in your language the hierarchy of angelic beings, of angelic worlds.  They are points of light, just like you, but not in the experience of time, nor in the condensation that you would call physical bodies—not even the lower astral bodies.  Still, this multidimensionality of creativity is a radiant dance with just a tinge of a sense of separation, or ‘otherness,’ or fear.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 16, Page 193)

Angels are all around us and all there to help us. Here Jayem, channeling Jesus, tells us a little more about angels: “points of light,” but with just a tinge of “otherness,” or fear. This is news to us, for we had previously imagined angels to be all light. It may help them to help us if they understand fear to a little extent–but they certainly have not entered into fear as much as we have.

It is often believed that we each have a guardian angel or angels. I sometimes wonder how they must feel when we ignore them. Ask today to tune into our angels. They will be amazed that they have been noticed, but, I think, oh, so happy.

We all on this plane of earth need much help. It is only when we seek to go it alone that we get into trouble. Here, with angels, is another avenue of help, sanctioned by God. Angels, after all, heralded the birth of Jesus to shepherds. And we have just passed through this time of Christmas once again. Don’t let the spirit of Christmas leave. Keep tuning into the glory that is ours to experience.

And let the love of angels surround us.

A further note: Sebastian Blaksley is a gifted man whose channeled writings, called Choose Only Love, include encounters with angels, beings that he can see. I recommend Choose Only Love, four volumes of seven which have currently been published by Take Heart Publications and are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and DeVorss Publications.

Interview with Sebastian Blaksley, Receiver of Choose Only Love

Jon Mundy, publisher of Miracles magazine, will interview Sebastian at 12 noon Eastern Standard Time (time on the East coast of the United States). This will be a blessing to all who listen in. Sebastian has received messages from the celestial, now in the process of being published under the title, Choose Only Love.

This blog, Miracles Each Day, has considered these new revelations. The revelations are a call to meditative consideration, not a “course” as such.

To register for the interview, visit the following web site: www.miraclesmagazine.org.

Glenn Hovemann, publisher of both A Course of Love and Choose Only Love, has penned some insights into Sebastian that may be helpful to you in making a decision to listen:

“Have you become acquainted with Choose Only Love? Unlike both Helen Schucman and Mari Perron, Sebastian received each of the 144 parts of COL in a “nanosecond,” and in symbolic form. With Archangel Raphael by his side, he immediately put the symbols into words, first in his native Spanish, and then immediately following, again putting the symbols into English.

“I edit and publish Choose Only Love. Altogether it will amount to almost the same number of words as A Course of Love. It is truly remarkable stuff. At age five Sebastian had a near-fatal accident—the car was run into by a train and he, along with his younger brother, were thrown underneath the moving train; the brother was instantly killed but Sebastian heard a voice telling him not to move and not to be afraid. The voice eventually revealed itself as Jesus. Sebastian has been in touch with that voice virtually every day since, about 45 years ago. 

“Some people consider the Choose Only Love books (only 4 (7 available so far) to be, in a sense, the next step beyond ACOL, for Choose Only Love is most definitely not a “teaching” but is more like being wrapped in angels’ wings and having an intimate conversation.” — Glenn Hovemann

 I invite your prayerful consideration of this opportunity.

Living in Love

“Beloved friends, the world that you look upon is not real! . . . But it is a creation that can be impregnated with the perfect Love of God.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 15, Page 182)

When we are living in love, we are living in reality.  Then the creation that is the world is “impregnated” with the “perfect Love of God.”

We see with real vision when we live in love.  Our physical eyes see with a nonphysical expression.  When this first occurs, we see little edges of light around the same familiar objects in our everyday world.  This is one of the signs that real vision is coming upon us.

Real vision is not seen with the physical eyes.  It is something else entirely.  We see with Love that is imbued with the harmonies of love, peace, tolerance, kindness.

This physical world will one day disintegrate.  It is only slowed down energy of the cosmos. 

But the real vision that we have when we are living in Love will be eternal.

Take a moment today to ask for real vision and to see the real world.

Unlimited, Unfettered, Unvictimized Living in This World

Note:  I will leave Choose Only Love for the moment, and return to The Way of Mastery in my blog posts.  I will return to Choose Only Love a little later on. – Celia

“You then, are Christ, playing in the world—unlimited, unfettered, unvictimized by anything. . . .You simply create the structure of your experience.”   (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page 165)

Here we see that we are indeed creating our own reality, just as we heard in New Thought and in the New Age.  If we believe that Jayem channeled Jesus, and I believe he did, we have on the highest authority—Jesus himself—that we attract what happens to us by the focus to which we bring our consciousness.

This is how Jesus can be with us, any of us, at one and the same time.  He focuses his consciousness wherever he might wish.  This is indeed a reassuring concept.

So:  We are all—ALL—Christ, playing in our world.  We are not victimized by anything, because we always have the choice to change our minds about what we experience.  We are unlimited creations of God.  Our potential is therefore limitless.  A Course in Miracles talks about “limitless release” and it is this that we are confronting today in this blog post.  We have the right and the will to structure our experience in line with the will of God—or to avoid Him and choose to live by our own very limited ego.

I hope that all will choose the guidance of God and will follow His will for a glorious future—beginning today.  There is no better way to live.  Unlimited, unfettered, unvictimized. . . .

Heaven Is Where We Are Living Now

“Within your self is a place where you can read God’s purpose for you.  There, in the sacred precinct of your holy will, resides truth, love, and Heaven.  It is where we are living now.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 7:III

We often wonder what we are here for.  This quotation tells us that we simply must look within to find the answer.  Of course, we can still get ourselves all tangled up with superficial answers that are coming from either the ego or (later) the patterns of the ego.  We can still confuse ourselves.

The way to be certain that we are reading our purpose correctly is, in my opinion, to look back over our life and see what we have been doing that seemed “right.”  When we have really been on the beam, we have known it.  Our joy has been full, for joy is an indication that all is well.  God intends us to be joyous, even in the midst of living in a difficult world.  God’s joy is an indication that we are in our purpose.

I think we have an overall purpose, all of us, to heal ourselves, and our brothers and sisters.  This purpose obviously takes many forms, and it is these many forms that we need to focus upon—to know what is the particular form that healing takes in our lives.  A Course in Miracles has a good affirmation, “I am here only to be truly helpful.”  And in the healing that we will do, we will be truly helpful.  We don’t impose on another our own will, though.  We let healing occur through our connection with God.

Heaven resides in this inner place that we are accessing today.  As the quotation says, “It is where we are living now.”

Enjoy heaven today.

Listen to God

“God communicates eternally with your self and all selves without interruption of any kind.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 7:III

If we only listened to the message of this quotation!  Yes, God is always right here, trying to get through to us.  Why don’t we listen more?  We are willful, and sometimes that will is turned against divine guidance.  We think we know better, but we should know from experience that when we forge ahead, unmindful of what God might say, we make mistakes.  We don’t live as well.

Make a decision today that regardless of personal thought, we will lift up our decisions to a Higher Power.  He will show us why His way is best.  And when we think rightly, we know that we are communing with our interior, where God dwells.  We will make the right decision, if we listen attentively, if we discern carefully.

This communication with God is eternal.  We will place ourselves in a better position for the future if we listen well today.  There is no interruption to God’s influence on us.  Even the ego did nothing, when it held sway.  It acted only in illusion, and we would now be firmly embedded in reality.

All selves are the Self whom we all share.  When we make a decision with God’s input, we choose for all the lives that we touch.  And we touch everyone, though we can’t see how this is possible.  Don’t let our finite ideas change the truth that we are impacting a vast field of all of our brothers and sisters.

Communion

“[T]rue communication is communion, the union of two souls and with them, all souls in union with the totality of self.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 7:III

The Self is another way of speaking of God.  Our Christ-Self, which we try to access as we progress, is one with this Self.  This is the “totality” of which Choose Only Love speaks (as does A Course of Love).  We are one with God, though we are too encased in ego sometimes to see this.  As we progress, we relinquish the ego and are left only with the patterns of the ego—something that can still trip us up.

Communion with our God is the sweetest thing we can ever do.  When we truly reach inward to Him, we know a peace that envelops all of our life.  We feel truly at home, for in this we are touching heaven.  Likewise, when we commune with our brothers and sisters in this world, we are soothed beyond belief.  We truly communicate, and when we truly communicate—understand and are understood—we are blessed beyond description.

We start with our brother or sister, our way home as described in A Course in Miracles.  Our holy relationships show us God.  And we go home to heaven holding the hand of our brother or sister.

Allow our communion with other people and with our God inform our day.  There is no better way to have a good day.

Purpose

“In the depths of your heart is inscribed the purpose of your existence.  Knowledge of that purpose is what we call the wisdom of the heart, an essential part of yourself.  All carry it.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 7:III

May we all reach deep today, inside, listening to our heart, to discover the purpose for which we came to earth.  There is one overriding purpose, though I think there may be different aspects demonstrated over time. 

Help us to discern rightly.  Help us to align our thoughts, feelings, and actions with the will of God (which A Course in Miracles says is the same will that we possess).

If we listen to our heart, we will be well served.  Listening to our heart is the only way to live well.  And the heart functions in love, something we all need to do.

Live in Love

“[I]t is essential that you remember that the fundamental thing is not to accumulate information or particular worldly knowledge.  The essential thing is to live in love, to know you are loved.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 7:II

First things first—and love is always and forever the answer.  Our knowledge/information is something in which we take pride.  But our love is the only thing that matters.  When our lifetime is nearing a close, we will know this.  Nobody wishes that they had spent more time at the office when that person is on a deathbed.

We who study Jesus’ channeled writings may be studying them for the wrong reasons.  Perhaps this is implied in what Jesus is saying here.  It is interesting to understand ultimate reality, but it is not essential.  And anybody who gives up grievances and resentments can live in love.  The knowledge that Jesus imparts in his books give us grounding in love, it is true.  But we are born with an innate ability to love.  It is our birthright.

Turn to our significant others today in love.  Express love.  Feel love.  Live love.  There is no other way to live successfully.  Living in love is the true measure of success.

Yearning that Takes Us to God

“The mind longs to know, but the heart longs for love.  In both yearnings, united, resides the longing to be, which is not other than yearning for God.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 7:I

This quotation highlights what has often been said about A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love—the former for the mind, the latter for the heart.  Together these two books explain our yearning for God and give us a way to fulfill that yearning.  Now the words of Choose Only Love are giving us a warm and inviting way to approach God experientially.  Not intended to be a “course,” like the other two, Choose Only Love is intended for meditative reading and inspirational thought.  Read slowly, COL fulfills its purpose of drawing us in to God, giving us the sustenance to know that we are experiencing God in our daily round.

Choose Only Love is a love letter to us from God.  And He never fails us.

Jesus: “This Work Is a Love Letter”

“The secret of this world lies not in what can be learned, but that love, and only love, is what it evokes.

“This work is a love letter.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 7:I

When we project love from within, then we see love without.  Our projections create our perceptions.  While we think negatively, this world does not seem to evoke love.  But Jesus, who channeled these words, sees with the eyes of love, and thus he sees in the world something infinitely better than we could ever imagine.

His words to us, this “work,” is thus a love letter to us.  How grand!  This message can and will evoke love in our heart, as surely as Jesus’ heart is filled with love.

May we lay aside all resentments, antagonisms, grievances today—right now.  These feelings are not worthy of God.  Ask Him to fill our mind and heart only with what is worthy of Him.

And what is worthy of Him is always and only seeking to live love.

Perfect Love

“The world understands power as a means to force submission.  Jesus also submitted, but not to the laws of the world, not to its codes, systems, or authorities.  Jesus wanted to show you, whom He loves infinitely, how far obedience should go to God, that is, to perfect love.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 6:II

Obedience to God counts for a lot.  We often reach out to Him without realizing that there are requirements in place that we might not want to fulfill.  If we sense that He is asking something of us, we need to dwell on that urge, that sense, and see if it is our personal mind who is speaking to us, or God within.  If what we are imagining will hurt nobody, then we are wise to consider carefully if now is the time to act on the feeling that we are getting.

If we are acting in perfect love, there will be no downside.  We have to use discernment here, though, because if we are still caught by the ego, we might imagine action that is actually far from God.  Practice prayer assiduously.  Really give some thought to the urge that is overwhelming us.  Be sure that what we are hearing is coming from a Higher Power, not our lowly egoic self.

Jesus was gentle.  If we use his example as our guide we will submit to God and not the world, but we will do so gently.  Ask if the will to react is a God-driven initiative, in the example of Jesus.  Ask to be shown the obedient-to-God way.

Eternal Is Real

“Once you accept that only the eternal exists and that everything else—however powerful to the separated mind—is illusory, then you can go through the continuum of life without clinging, but simply flowing.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 5:III

Our world of form feels real to us, and we in our physical bodies are, in a sense, “supposed” to let it feel real.  But I believe it is illusory, that, as A Course in Miracles says, “There is no world!”  ACIM also says that projection makes perception.  This would mean that our inner Self is taking from within and sending outside of us what we would experience, also what we would see.  We are in a mass hallucination, which could also be called a dream.

If so much is illusory, we can flow through life, knowing that that blood we see is really catsup—not real pain and suffering.  This gives us an equanimity that keeps us feeling safe.  We learn, discover, from our experiences, but we do best when we don’t take life too seriously. We are meant to experience life, physical life, as real; otherwise, the illusion would have no meaning to us.

Let life flow through us.  Let the dream that is life affect us, but not to our detriment.

It is illusion, an idea only, an idea in the Mind of God.  The world of physical form is simply slowed down energy, the stuff of God.  His eternity is all that is real, and His eternity includes the intangibles of peace, calm, tranquility, harmony, love.

This can only mean comfort for us.

We Are in League with Jesus & Mary

“Creation had to be restored, recreated again on the basis of divine love.  The original plan had become distorted and needed to be redirected back to the light of perfect love.  This is what my life and that of Jesus accomplished once and for all, in union with you.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 5:II

We have been part of the restoration of creation on the basis of divine love.  Of course, we don’t understand how this can, particularly because we don’t feel good enough.  But the lives of Jesus and Mary accomplished this, in union with us.  Here Mary makes this clear.

This is cause for rejoicing!  We must do what we can to bring salvation to the world.  We must allow ourselves to be conduits for divine love.  We can do this, if we reaffirm our dedication.  If we realize that everybody does a little bit for God, once a person has decided to be “for God” all the way.  We need to say, often, “I am determined to go God’s way.”

And it will be done.

Remember that we are loved deeply.  We couldn’t make any difference in the world unless we were loved, are loved.  Our tranquil and kind words and deeds, prompted by this love, do count for something.

Benevolence of Creation

“Remember once again that this problem that concerns you so much, I will solve it.  That paralyzing fear has no reason to be.  What you think will happen will not.  Rather you will see for yourself the benevolence of creation.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 4:III

Jesus is here referring to something specific, I think, in Sebastian’s (the receiver) life.  His “paralyzing fear” was without reason.  But now, in our world, we can take solace in these words as well as imagine that Sebastian did.  “What  you think will happen will not.”  So often we get ourselves tangled up in knots with anticipation of the worst.

It is true that sometimes the worst does happen.  Yet God gives us the grace to survive it.  He gives us the grace to be sustained through the worst of it.

God will always do this.  We can count on him.  We can know that He means what He says.  Creation is benevolent, though in our turmoil we cannot always see this.

Jesus: “I Want You to Be Happy”

“I want you to be happy, just as you want happiness.  Let go of your worries.  Give them to me.  I love.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 4:III

What a heartwarming message given by Jesus!  He is standing right beside all of us, embracing all of us with love.  He invites us to eliminate worry.  If we truly believed that he stands beside each of us, which one of us would still cling to worry?

None!  None of us would cling to worry.  Believe these words.  Jesus loves.  We learned this in Sunday school many years ago.  Now we can understand it on a more mature basis.  He can love more greatly than we can, for nothing in our experience has taught us as keenly as what Jesus knows about love.  Let him give to us the knowledge that is his.  Ask for this today.

We all want happiness, and while there is much that we can do to improve our attitudes, happiness does ask for divine bestowal.  We can believe, rightly, that happiness is God’s will for us, for all His children.  We get ourselves tangled up when we think we need to “deserve” love.  We are worthy children of God, and nothing that we do or say gives us worth in His eyes (from A Course in Miracles).  We are worthy as we are, without exception.  We need to ask forgiveness for our mistakes, for they are not dark sins. 

When we have done that, our function of salvation, forgiveness, happiness (as said in A Course in Miracles) becomes real to us.

Be Fully Ourselves to Avoid Pain/Suffering

Note:  After today’s post, I’m going to take a break from posting for a little while.  Thank you for your views.  Love, Celia

“All pain comes from not being fully yourself.  Whenever you suffer, you suffer because somehow you are not being fully you.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 4:II

This is a novel idea, that not being ourselves can cause suffering/pain.  If this is true, we have some control over suffering and pain.  If we sense these things, we can simply ask in what way we are not being true to ourselves.  Not being fully ourselves is not being true to ourselves.

Perhaps we aren’t certain how to be fully ourselves.  This is a common problem, but a problem easily solved if only we remember to go within for our Answers.  Going within solves so much that has troubled us.  It is the way we reach God.  It is the way that we go home for a while, even while in the midst of this sometimes troubling world.

Pain is not the same as suffering.  In this world, we will sometimes have pain, but we can avoid the emotional context that leads to suffering, because suffering nearly always has an emotional component.  Jesus seems to be saying here that if we are fully ourselves, we won’t even have pain.  This is an ideal situation, and not all of us can reach to Jesus’ ideal.  But we can try.

Go within, in prayer, in contemplation—especially when something is troubling us.  If we nip the trouble in the bud by having as a goal being true to ourselves, then we will eclipse much that has been a problem in the past.

Remember that God sustains us.  When we turn to Him, we are much more likely to be successful in our desire to eliminate pain/suffering from what we experience, because it is not He Who brings bad things to us.  True, He allows it, but these mysteries of pain and suffering are not anything that we can fully understand with finite minds.  We need to practice acquiescence, as God does.  Then and only then, in our acceptance, will we have taken the first step toward getting rid of the things in our lives that we don’t want—principally, pain/suffering.

Love Is What We Are

“Love is not an idea.  Love is not an abstraction.  Love is you.  Love is what you are.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 4:II

We need to understand much more about love than we do.  We often think of it as simply a feeling or an emotion.  But it is a Force, the Force that is God.

When we give ourselves up to love, we know peace.  And we don’t know genuine and lasting peace any other way.

Here we learn that love is what we are.  This is actually saying that we partake of the essence of God.  He does not stand apart from His creation, but is in it, through and through.  So He overshadows us with the love that is the essence of Himself.

Ask to understand love better today.  Ask to see how love could be the essence of the universes, of us, of God Himself.  We are created of the essence of Him. 

We can thrive in no other way than to let love embrace us.

Love’s Embrace

“In the wisdom of love is where you will receive what you are waiting for, receive the certainty that you are seeking, the peace you are longing for, the embrace that your hearts need.  It is in love where all that is needed is given.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 4:II

We need that embrace!  A Course of Love has a wonderful passage in which Jesus talks to us, inviting us into his embrace.  And there he gives us certainty and peace.  Our hearts need the embrace.  We are bereft without it.

In love we find what we have been needing.  In love we both give and receive.  And our heart overflows with love that dwells deep within all of us, where God is.

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in our heart.  Be patient, for the blessing will come.  Jesus has promised, and, if anything, he keeps his promises.

Love = True Function

“Your function is not to be anything, but to be what you are, which is love.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 4:I

We don’t have to fulfill a self-described image of what we want to be, a self-image.  Images are often ego-originating, and false to the core.  Instead, we simply need to focus on what we know of love, to fulfill a vision of someone who loves.

This cannot be hard, though our real Self has been covered over by egoic notions for a long time.  Yet, even in the midst of folly, all of us have known love, from someone or something.  We first receive love from God, and this first receipt from Him enables us to be able to give.  If we had not first received, we would simply be unable to heal the separation, something that God Himself longs to see.

Simplify life today.  Know that when all is said and done, we don’t want more honors, more promotions, more achievements. When life is ending for us, we will never say that we wish we had spent more time at the office.  We will say that we wish we had loved better.

Begin today to rectify gaps in our experience of love.  Pray to be brought closer to true reality, which at base is nothing if it is not love.

Being Who We Really Are

“The wind does what is natural to wind.  The purpose of existence is to be its true nature.  That is why, we have spent so much time reminding you of who you really are.

“Being aware of who you really are allows you to live as who you truly are.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 4:I

Often we try to live up to an ideal that is only in our mind.  “Being who we are” is something more substantial than just an appeal to ideals.  Knowing who we are takes some deep thought, some mystical insight, and a connection to God Himself Who will guide us to blossom as He intended.

We are individuals who best live in love, not fear, and especially not egoic fear.  We know that we are really One with all our brothers and sisters, with whom, if things are good, we live in holy relationship.  We unite with the depth of ourselves, the Christ-Self.  As the Christ-Self learns over time, we see a bloom come to all we encounter, for projection makes perception.  What we are inwardly, we see as external to ourselves.  We are projecting “reality” as we view it.

God wants us to enjoy ourselves in this lifetime.  Often we don’t, because we know pain, sorrow, even suffering.  But these things can disappear more often than not when we are keen to follow guidance as we know it.  God means us well.  He does not visit bad things upon us.  Usually our free will has brought the more unfortunate parts of our lives to us.

Ask today, deep in contemplation and prayer, for an understanding of the personality that has been given us.  We do have some say in the matter, of course.  Some of life is meant to be play.  When we develop the best that is in us, we know a joy that cannot be known by anybody who is simply playing a part.  We know a joy because our innermost essence is divine, and when we touch the divine, we sense God’s love in everything about us.