Category Archives: WOM

Temporary Insanity

“You have a term in your legal system called temporary insanity.  The lawyer says, ‘My client is not guilty, it was just temporary insanity.’  Rest assured, that is exactly how it is in the cosmic dimensions of your being.  Your Father knows that given perfectly free will, you have elected at times to be temporarily insane.  Knowing this, no judgment has been passed, and you have never been made wrong by your Creator.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 15, Page 179)

When we have gotten it wrong, have made bad mistakes, then God knows that we have used our free will wrongly.  He doesn’t have to forgive, because He has never condemned.  God never condemns!  Isn’t this wonderful?  We have so often felt, wrongly, that if we made a mess of our lives, He would not be happy with us.  But He knows, that given free will, we will sometimes get it wrong.

He seeks to help us at such times.  He will lift us out of the morass, lift us up, and reassure us that He never even “saw” the error.  He will help us to avoid that error in the future.  Life is a learning process, at least until we have gone beyond learning to discovery—A Course of Love concept.

God does not “make us wrong.”  We do this judgment of ourselves.  And it is wrong to judge ourselves, as it is wrong to judge others.

Just turn aside from wrongdoing, forgive ourselves, make restitution if possible, and know that God realizes that we are finite beings with limited knowledge that sometimes goes astray from what we are meant to do.

Trust

“You abide nowhere but in the infinitude of God’s presence.  Mastery comes when finally you choose to release all attachment to fear.  And in perfect surrender, you release the dream of the dreamer itself, and allow the mystery of Life to live you, without obstruction, without fear, in perfect knowledge that:

“I and my Father are one.  There is nothing I have to do to get God.  There are only some things to be released, so that God can get me.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 14, Page 177)

Ask what we need to do today so that God can have full rein in our lives, so that “God can get me.”  He is waiting patiently, deep within, for the blessing of our saying, “I surrender to You.”

We need to “be willing to have it so,” an Eastern concept that means that we surrender to what life evolves for us.  This doesn’t mean that we acquiesce to something bad; we can still choose to change things.  But often we don’t need to change anything at all.  God has everything in hand.

The “awful” thing that we want to turn from may, in fact, be a blessing in disguise.  We never know, in our finiteness, for in this world we are limited in what we can know at any given time. 

Trust in the future.  Trust God to take things in hand, and us with those things.

Seek First the Kingdom

“And by using time wisely, I cultivated over time, the willingness and the ability to seek first the Kingdom, even to the point where I was doing it prior to every word spoken, every gesture made with the body. . . .”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 14, Page 176)

If we could only be like Jesus in this—to seek the Kingdom prior to everything that we do!  We can only try, and when we succeed, we will be blessed beyond description.

How exactly would we do this?  It can only come by staying in close contact with our inner Being, where God dwells.  This part of us is accessed by intuition, listening to the Divine as it presents itself to us.  Our insight will grow the more that we turn to the Inner on as much of a constant basis as we can possibly manage.

Listen for the silent whispers of how to proceed in our day.  We don’t “hear” anything, but we do know, and this knowing is profound.

Don’t forget God today.  He is our Helper, our Guide, our guidance.  And the quicker that we turn to Him before we take action, the more our very actions will bless us.

Awe & Mystery of Our Self

“I decided to be in relationship with the totality of my Self—mind, spirit, soul, emotion, body—with the same sense of awe and mystery that I felt when I looked upon the farthest of stars deep into the night on a quiet hillside.  And that changed everything.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 14, Page 175 – 176)

Jesus is speaking in this channeled work from Jayem.  Here Jesus says that he began to see his totality with awe and mystery.

We might do the same, for our spirit partakes of the same essence of God.  Jesus was onto something here.  If we think about ourselves as a mystery that we can’t fully comprehend, we will be led to turn to God for a resolution of that mystery.

Think about the wonder of our very Self today.  Let God speak to our heart about who we really are.

Jesus: “Awe of Mystery”

“I began to discern what brought me true joy.  Not just a moment of pleasure, or satisfaction, or sense of security, but which elicited true joy.  I discovered that what always brought joy was when I was willing to surrender into the awe of mystery. . . .”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 14, Page 175)

We too can experience true joy when we let our mind and heart rise upward to the true mystery of God.  Jesus is here laying out a pathway for us to follow, too.

We need to be aware when we are feeling joy as opposed to simply the earthly happiness.  Joy is on a higher plane, more akin to heaven on earth than our usual egoic world.  We have flights of happiness when the ego rules, but we don’t experience true joy—joy that lasts and warms our heart constantly.

Ask today to experience this true joy.  Lift our mind and heart to the mysteries of God.  Experience awe in His presence.

We will have a day like no other.

Stepping into Our Tomorrows

“The use of time determines, at all levels, what you will experience in your tomorrows. . . .[L]ong after the body dies, you will indeed be continually stepping into your tomorrows.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 14, Page 172)

This quotation is a poignant reminder of our eternal life, “stepping into your tomorrows.”  We need to know that we are preparing for the future always, even as we try with all our might to live in the Now (as Tolle says).  If we stay close to God, we will know how to make the best use of all of the Now times.  We will thereby be doing all that we can to ensure a good future.

We must not live in the past.  It is true that we can learn from the past, but we don’t want to get “stuck” in it.  The best preparation for the future is today well lived.  I read that a long time ago, too long to give a footnote.  It is something that we need as a constant reminder of what we are doing and where we are heading.

We don’t often think of the “use” of time.  We may rue our present, and that is not the way to live well.  Time is an illusion, it is true, but it seems real enough for us in our present environment.  So we can’t just ignore it.

Make today count.  Make all our days count.

The life well lived starts with today.

Freedom

“[Y]ou are the power and the source for all that you think, all that you see, all that you feel, and all that you would be and do.  You abide in that freedom constantly.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 14, Page 170)

We give lip service to the law of attraction, but all too often we don’t take it to heart and really live it.  We make the difference; we have that much power.

This is a secular way of viewing our world, but when we add spirituality to it, we benefit far more.  We try to live with only one hand to make a difference when we don’t listen to the New Testament, and learn that believing about the outcome of anything we do is vitally important.  Live with both hands today.  Let the power of a full commitment change our lives.

We make the difference in our lives and in the world we inhabit.  If all of us were to turn to the Force who guides everything, we would know a change for the better that would astound us.

Change of Mind

“Therefore, The Way of Transformation does not require you to change your circumstances.  It merely requires that you change your attitude toward them by recognizing that they are harmless, by recognizing that you have called all things to yourself.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 14, Page 170)

It is very reassuring to me to realize that I have called all things to myself.  If I like what I have called, then all is well.  If I don’t, then I have the means to change it.  We really do have that power.

Attitudinal shifts can be easy.  It just requires that we make up our minds for a change.  When we pray, we get inklings of the things that need to change in our lives.  And then we make the tiny effort required to turn things around to something better—if we are not satisfied with what we have.  But often, the only thing that needs to change is our attitude.  We need to realize that God’s way is right and good, and when we follow the best and highest that we know, all is well.

Our circumstances may not seem harmless to us, but when we change our attitude toward what transpires, we can see the benefit in what we have been through.  We know more now, we love more now—and so attitudinal change is inevitable as we progress along life’s highway.

Make up our mind to alter what we don’t like.  We will be helped.

Awakening Is Simple, without Effort

“The Way of Transformation is simple, for the way of efforting one’s way into the Kingdom cannot flow from the guidance of the Holy Spirit.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 14, Page 169)

We move into transformation when our heart is full, when Love overflows our being.  We don’t get God’s attention by imploring relentlessly and often.  He knows when we want to think that we are ready for Awakening.  He doesn’t always agree.

So we must be patient, know that by our effort we can do only so much.  A Course of Love counsels the removal of fear and judgment from our thoughts and feelings.  When we do this, we are removing the blocks to the awareness of love.  And that is what we need to do.

The only thing we need to do.  Awakening may come suddenly, when we least expect it.  I know someone who had suppressed anger for years, and then when he blurted out his discontent, he knew immediately that grace had descended upon him, and he felt intuitively that this Awakening would last.

God knew all along that he was cloaking his anger, and this very cloaking was standing in the way of genuine loving.  And God certainly wants us genuine.

Know that efforting will stand in the way.  Be ourselves, warts and all.  Then God can act in us to remove the impediments that have kept us from Awakening.  And we will find that removing fear and judgment, in genuineness, takes no effort at all.

Need

“I do not need the one that you call my Mother; she does not need me.  But, oh, how we delight in creating together that which extends the holy, the good, and the beautiful—without end!  Will you come and play with us?”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page 168)

“Need” is a slippery term.  Jesus and Mary are both whole in themselves, united with God, and so the human aspects of needing a soulmate are muted. 

We might learn from Jesus’ example.  If we approach our significant others with “need,” they may be overwhelmed, and paradoxically be less able to actually help us.  Our neediness drives them away, something that we don’t want.  When we love from a full heart, united with God, we love aright.  And “needing” another person is not part of the equation.

Of course, we are not as advanced as is Jesus, nor Mary.  We sometimes do “need” human companionship and human love in addition to what we feel from God.  This is as it should be.  We don’t have to pretend that we are more advanced than we are.  But our relationships blossom when we don’t lean on each other.  We go to God for that support. 

Don’t burden our nearest and dearest with gigantic needs than only God can fulfill.  Enjoy the companionship and the love, but go to God when we feel needy.

This puts things in the right perspective.

Wonder of This World

There are dimensions of experience awaiting you that are so much grander than the dimension of the body-mind!  But the way that you get to them is by bringing full awareness to what you are choosing to experience in each and every moment. (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page.167)

I don’t think that this quotation is describing dimensions of experience in the afterlife; I think this quotation is describing a greater dimension to experience right in this world we inhabit now.  The “body-mind” is circumvented, all too often.  Sometimes we have not given up the ego, and egoic tendencies and egoic patterns sabotage us at every turn.  Sometimes we have given up the ego, but we find that we still don’t know what to do with ourselves because we haven’t yet found Christ-consciousness.

Be gentle with ourselves.  We are not without limitations in this world.  But when we open to larger dimensions, intuitively, we are coming in to our own.  These intuitive responses are telling us how to live happily.  They are also solving problems for us, problems with solutions right with the problems.

If we focus on the wonder of this world, we will be taking the right path.  We are meant to be happy here, regardless of limitations, regardless of any suffering/pain.  We can rise above difficulties if we make the mental and heartfelt effort.  And there is very little struggle involved.  The Holy Spirit asks only for a “little willingness” (from A Course in Miracles).

Enjoy the wonder of nature.  Enjoy the wonder of our relationships, becoming holy rather than special.  Revel in the pleasures of this world, because this is not hedonism.  This is supreme good sense.  If we make the most of what we have now, then whatever comes in the future will be easier to take.

We will have discovered the secret to a good life.

Transformation

“The only transformation you can experience in space and time is the reaching down from the depth of the ocean into one tiny, temporary wave and readjusting the little foam drops on the tip of the wave you call the body-mind of the self, so that it begins to be a transparent conduit for an awareness of the ocean itself.  That is the game of awakening.  It is actually the most delightful use of time you will ever find.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page 166 – 167)

Don’t we want to have delight in our lives?  Well, when we are out of sorts, then we need to adjust that tiny, temporary wave from the ocean that is our body-mind.  This personal self is temporarily inaccessible to a greater understanding.  But we can’t readjust on our own; we need help, and we can have it from God Himself.  Ask for help in removing discontent, moving us to delight.  There is no better use of time.

We are—all of us—engaged in Awakening, whether we are seeing glimpses or are sustaining it.  We can hope that our glimpses will elongate, and elongate they will when our attitude is right.  Ask to have a readjustment whenever we lapse into negativism.  Ask to see things properly again.

Yes, we want delight in living.  And we can have it!  This is the great promise of Awakening.

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. . . .

RIGHT OR HAPPY?

Note: Published in MIracles magazine (Jon Mundy, publisher).

by Celia Hales

“Seek not outside yourself. . . Do you prefer that you be right or happy? . . . No one who comes here but must still have hope. . .that there is something outside of himself that will bring happiness and peace to him.  If everything is in him, this cannot be so.”  (ACIM, T-29.VII.1:6, 9; 2:1-2)

“I asked within A Course in Miracles: Would you rather be right or happy?  For happiness can only be the result of perfect trust.  And perfect trust emerges from perfect loyalty.  And perfect loyalty emerges spontaneously in the mind that has rested in surrender.”  (“The Way of Knowing,” WOM, Lesson 31, Page 353)

“Your mind might still prefer to be right rather than happy, so it is important that you let your heart lead in making this new choice.”  (ACOL, C:10.18)

            Jesus comes right to the point when he asks the question, “Do you prefer to be right or happy?”  He knows that a large part of our difficulty is found in our stubbornness in special relationships, special relationships that he would ask us to transform into holy ones.  We ask for friction when we prefer being right.  We move to a conciliatory frame of mind when we let the heart feel love, and then let the heart lead us to a better type of interaction.

            This is simple psychology.  Secular psychology, but it points to the spiritual in the manner in which Jesus discusses it.  We are asked to trust, and this trust comes about automatically when we surrender to God—and to love.  Our way back home, according to ACIM, is found in our relationship to our brother [and sister].  These significant relationships heal us, and a large part of the healing is in our own attitude—an attitude that doesn’t cling obsessively to our own point of view. We turn within to find happiness and peace.  And these cannot be found if we are intent on being “right” in relationships.  Turn aside from the ego to let our heart speak.  Our heart will then inform our mind, and we will understand how our function can be happiness, salvation, forgiveness, and giving miracles.

Clear Mind and Warm Heart

“Brother, sister . . . let me tell you that you are ready to heal fully.”  COL bk.2, 9:IV

The context of this quotation is that we have let the ego go and that we are merging with our Christ-Self.  If we have taken steps to eliminate fear and judgment, the two forbidden aspects of our thoughts that keep us back, then we are ready to heal—and to heal fully.  Healing is what is happening when we reach Christ-consciousness.  And healing is what happens when we have let neuroses go.

What a blessing this statement really is!  If we can be neurosis-free, then our minds will have learned from our hearts, and we will be walking a flower-strewn pathway.

Much of this philosophy of this post comes from A Course of Love, a received writing that came around the turn of this century.  We need to let our hearts, which have never doubted God, have full ascendancy over our minds, which are characterized by The Way of Mastery, as being “very stupid servants.”  While we may not agree that our minds are stupid, we certainly can know that we haven’t ever doubted God so much in our hearts.  It is only our minds that have given us problems, intellectual problems, about a God we cannot see.

But we can intuit God, and that is what I am asking you to do today.  Listen to the heart.  Know that it does not lie.  And the heart does not need the proofs of God’s existence that the mind seems to throw up while we are in the throes of the ego.

Be ready to heal fully, clear mind and warm heart, and accept this promise of full healing as our birthright.

Sense the Love of Our Hearts

“Let yourself be carried away by love and you will feel safe.”  Choose Only Love:  Let Yourself Be Loved (COL bk.2, 13:IV)

Who among us does not want safety?  Who among us does not want to feel safe?

These are the same questions.  And the Answer is the one that we have heard all of our lives:  just to love.  Let us be “carried away” by love.

The Way of Mastery, another received work, this one from Jesus, says that if we were told that scientists had discovered something new in the universe, never before known, and if it were called some exotic name, we would be more likely to listen than when we say that that this something new is love.  It is new because love has never been tried on a large scale.  We have loved in our families, perhaps, though this love has often been conditional and therefore imperfect.  We have loved our significant others, though often we have special relationships that do not become holy, and therefore fail us in the long run.  We have loved our friends, but often this too is fickle.  Whatever are we to do?

For love to work for us, we must sense love in our hearts.  This is the only way.  When we are enthralled by love in our hearts, we will know, finally, that we are safe in this earth.  Even in this earth that is fraught with dangers.

Safety is not always a physical thing.  But it can always be a “feeling” thing. 

Our hearts know the Answer, the Answer to one of our greatest needs—to know that we are safe in the arms of God.

Erase the Lines & Draw Differently

“The very same being could say, ‘I am much too grand to swim in a pool.  I believe I’ll put the little body on an airplane and fly to the grand ocean, to swim in the midst, unbounded by a box.’  The experience of that swimming is much different.

“Your consciousness is exactly like that.  All that you experience from the moment you awake I the morning until you awaken in the morning again (because there is no down time)—everything you see, everything you experience—is the direct result of where and how you have drawn the lines on the blank canvas of consciousness.  And you are free at any time to erase them and draw differently.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page 164)

We are in the midst of passages from The Way of Mastery that encourage us to be limitless.  We have so often, out of fear and anxieties, placed ourselves in boxes, and then closed the lids. 

We don’t have to do this anymore.  Even if we are quarantined from the coronavirus, our spirit can be free, and this free spirit makes for a limitless experience for us.  The mind is its own place, as Milton told us in Paradise Lost.  We can open ourselves up, but the only way that I know to do that is to love, and love mightily.  Fear contracts our experience, for we are afraid of the pain and suffering that fear brings to us.

Let love overwhelm us today.  Let Love, God Himself, overwhelm us every day.

Reading ACIM, ACOL, WOM

Note:  This is a response I penned yesterday to a new reader of my blog.  The idea of listening to one’s heart about this matter came sometime ago from Glenn Hovemann, Take Heart Publications, publisher of A Course of Love.

Thank you for writing to me.  I appreciate that you enjoy the posts on my miracles blog.

I think you must listen to your heart in trying to discern which book to read first, and then the order of all the reading.   

If you recognize that the Holy Spirit gives you guidance (as described in ACIM), then listen to what you have come to recognize as His promptings.  If you recognize the inner Christ-Self (as described in ACOL), then listen to this deepest essence of yourself.  If you simply realize that you have intuitive feelings, then listen to those.  You will know.  Prayer helps.

ACIM seeks to dislodge the ego, and ACOL is said within its pages to be a “continuation” of ACIM, meant to establish a new identity.  But ACOL can stand on its own, separately, if that is your prompting.  WOM may be the most approachable.  You can read the Manual of ACIM first, if the Text or Workbook seem too daunting.  All seek to bring us to Awakening, Christ-consciousness, enlightenment, the next step in our spiritual evolution.  ACIM is my happiness book, ACOL warms my heart, and WOM gives me hope and comfort on my journey.  That is my personal take on them.

You have a treat ahead of you!  We are meant to enjoy our delving into spiritual matters, and I encourage you to read in an easy, reflective, meditative manner, whatever book first that you are the most drawn to.  Whatever you choose will then be right for you.  It would be wrong for anybody else to try to choose for you.  I have just tried to give you something to think about as you mull over your options.

Thank you again for writing to me.

Love to you, Celia

To Live without Limits

“Here is the nub:  No one can make the decision for you.  I have never enlightened anyone.  I have never even so much as lifted them an inch.  I have merely chosen to demonstrate unlimitedness for myself. . . .” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page 163)

Jesus can’t do it for us; he says so, here.  We can’t get a transformative experience for Awakening or enlightenment by looking to somebody else, even one such as Jesus.  What do we have to do?  What we can do is remove the blocks to our awareness of love, and these blocks are fear and judgment.  Love is the Answer, always and forever, but these things, fear and judgment, that stand prevent us from loving well have to go.

Jesus demonstrates unlimitedness as a divine being.  We can ask for unlimitedness in ourselves, ask it of God, and we may very well get an affirmative response from Him.  We may very well find ourselves thinking, saying, and doing things that have eluded us until now.  We reach skyward in our unlimitedness.  And we find that we are not alone in this desire for ourselves.  God wants us to live in an expanded way, too.

We are unlimited, though we think that our finite minds hold us back.  It is true that with our finite minds, we don’t know everything.  We don’t know all the glories of the Kingdom and the universe(s).  But we can still enjoy magnitude.  Our Self is a glorious rendition of God’s way with us.  He is holding nothing back.  We are the ones who restrain ourselves.  And we have it in our power to change that restraint. 

Just ask, and see if we aren’t able to see an expanded role in our service to the world.

The Unlimited One – Us

“Whether it is a beautiful building or a beautiful painting, all that you are ever experiencing is something that you have drawn to yourself through the medium of the body.  It is an experience, and that is all.  You are the unlimited one who is in the driver’s seat.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page 162)

How many of us can actually feel in the driver’s seat, especially now?  Jesus’ words sound foreign to us, but I believe he means what he says.  But it is our soul that is making these decisions of what to experience. 

The little self, persona, that we are frequently resists what arrives for us to experience.  We can be glad that a “smarter” part of ourselves is actually in the driver’s seat.  This is the Self, Self with a capital “S.”  And we are all One in the Self, a part of God Himself.

It helps to see ourselves, in our greater essence, as “unlimited.”  If we chafe at restrictions now, we can realize that our soul has chosen this pathway—not only our soul, but the Self whom we share with all other brothers and sisters.  We are in this together.

Happiness in the Midst of Adversity

“You are the one who can bless creation.  It begins when you are willing to assume responsibility for what you want to use time for.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page 161)

In The Way of Mastery, Jesus says quite a lot about assuming responsibility for ourselves.  We so often want to think of ourselves as victims, when just picking up the phone and opening up lines of communication might be all that is lacking.  As the Don Miguel Ruiz’s Four Agreements says, we need to ask questions when we are unsure.  We don’t need to make assumptions that are possibly wrong; in fact, we don’t need to make assumptions at all.

We have a responsibility to use time well.  What do we have to lose but a poor self-image?  Using time well will give us a good experience of life.  And when we enjoy our days, we are blessing creation.

Let today be different from the past by letting go of the past and clinging to the Now, as Eckhart Tolle says in The Power of Now.

We can be happy, even in the midst of adverse circumstances such as we have now in our world—isolation, quarantine, coronavirus.  If we aren’t sure what we can do to be happy, then an Answer is only a heartfelt question away.

Commit to Awakening

“The Way of Transformation is much simpler than you think.  But again, it rests on your decision to use time to be wholly committed to awakening from the narrow constraints you have placed upon your vast field of consciousness.  For no other reason than that it might be rather entertaining to allow this tiny little ray to continue in space and time for a while, while being aware of the totality of your Self and actually operating from that totality.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page 160)

This quotation suggests that we have something to do with the timing of our Awakening.  God makes the decision, as A Course in Miracles tells us.  But we must remove the blocks to the awareness of love, the blocks of fear and judgment, as A Course of Love tells us.  This quotation, from The Way of Mastery, seems to say that if we let our consciousness expand, removing the constraints we have placed on it, we will make progress toward Awakening.  We might stay on this earth, in space and time, but we would draw on the larger Self who is beyond our little persona/personality.  This larger Self is merged not only with God, but with other people, too.  Our brothers and sisters are in this with us.

These thoughts demand some concentration.  If we can walk peacefully to a transformation, an Awakening or Christ-consciousness or enlightenment, we will be walking toward the goal of The Way of Mastery.  This is the next step in our evolution.  We need to take this next step.

Our world needs a comprehensive reawakening.  Let us focus on staying calm (no fears) and giving everyone some slack (being non-judgmental).  If we can do that much, we will have made progress that we may not even comprehend until the moment that we sense God’s presence in lifting us up into Awakening.

Looking to the Light of Our Soul, Pure Spirit

“Now, think about this.  If you feel constrained in this dimension, it does not mean that you are constrained.  It simply means that one tiny ray of your light is temporarily having a certain kind of experience.  If you trace that ray of light back to its Source, you find something brighter than ten thousand of your suns, something far more vast than the sun that lights your physical universe, something so vast that out of it has come forth a multitude of universes!

“That light of your soul, pure Spirit, remains undefiled and unlimited.  That tiny ray can become aware of the whole, and that is the process of awakening.  It doesn’t really change anything at all, since you begin to become identified, not with the tiny little ray that is having a temporary experience, but that field out of which the very power to experience the space-time dimension is coming forth.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page 159 – 160)

All of us certainly do feel constrained now, with isolation in our homes mandatory because of the coronavirus.  This means, as Jesus says, that “one tiny ray of. . .[our] light is temporarily having a certain kind of experience.”  Our Self is not affected by temporary conditions.  Our “light. . .pure Spirit, remains undefiled and unlimited.” 

I am just going through The Way of Mastery’s second book, The Way of Transformation, page by page with quotations meaningful to me.  But this one day, which just came in order, seems very appropriate to our situation.

Let us realize that only one bit of ourselves is having to experience this quarantine.  The glorious Self is free of constraints.  And it is to this glorious Self that we can look.  Our Self is much better and bigger than the persona that we have while living now on earth.

Let us ask the Self for the wherewithal to live with acceptance, making the best of a different sort of life—what we have to do for a while.

Limitless Reality

“You are in the holiest of temples—your Self.  You abide in the perfect moment for your transformation.  Nothing limits you at all, or at any time. . . . In reality, nothing is impossible to you and nothing unavailable to you.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page 159)

This is the perfection of the moment, as expressed by Jesus in channeled writings.  Where we are today seems very far from this pinnacle.  This pinnacle is the ideal.  The extent to which we can stretch ourselves to reach it is the extent to which we will have peace.

Our Self extends beyond just the body.  Our Self is one with God, the All, the Whole.  That is why it is the “holiest of temples.”  That is why we are limitless. Of course, we can’t see this, because our mind is finite.  In our greater essence, though, what Jesus says is true.  He is not speaking of the persona that we have in this world, but speaking for the larger dimension of which we are a part.

We can learn things from that larger dimension.  Things that will bless us.  Reach out today to our greater Self, and see if the day does not brighten.  There is always help on the way when we allow our sights to look skyward.

We Need Each Other

“The buildings, the automobiles you drive, the dollars in the bank—none of that is real.  These are merely symbols of the quality of experience you have chosen to call to yourself, as a temporary learning experience.

“Beloved friends, use time well.  Ask yourself:

“Am I fully committed to transforming my awareness from one who has been sleeping, and perceiving myself as limited to the space-and-time dimension, or am I committed to truly hearing my brother’s call to take up my cross and follow him?”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page 158)

The dollars in the bank, even when diminishing, are a temporary learning experience.  We want to cry out that it is all so unfair, that we didn’t call this to ourselves.  Yet we are caught in it.  And we have to make the best of a bad hand dealt to us.

In this ordeal, let us turn to our brother—whom we can imagine as Jesus or we can imagine as the one standing next to us in the flesh.  We need each other now more than we did last week.  And this will grow, perhaps, over time.  We need to awaken, even in the midst of our ordeal.  We have been asleep.  Now is the time to welcome the end of fear and judgment, and the beginning of wisdom, the glimmerings of Awakening.

We can turn this ordeal into a mixed blessing.  We can see our way home to God in and through it.

Ask Jesus for Help

“Therefore, if you would look upon another and say, ‘Oh, they can talk with Jeshua, but I could never do that,’ stop lying to yourself!  Rather, come to see that if this ability is being made manifest in your field of awareness, it is because you have called it to yourself as a reminder of what is already inherent within you.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page 157)

Perhaps we can talk to Jeshua (Jesus), just like Jayem, who channeled The Way of Mastery.  I used to have a dialogue going, every morning, with my concept of Jesus.  Maybe I was making it all up, but maybe not.  Then Jesus seemed to disappear on me, and Jayem told me in an email that Jesus doesn’t want to foster dependence.

We can depend on God rather than discrete entities, however exalted these entities might be.  When we depend on God, we are turning to our inner essence, the part of us joined with our Maker.   Then we get right answers, always and forever, though it is always possible that we mislead ourselves.  So, we must practice the concept of discernment.  Is this thought something that will hurt another?  If so, then we can be sure that we are getting “help” from some egoic part of ourselves.

Try talking to Jesus today.  His foci of consciousness know no limits, and also he has plenty of helpers who stand ready to guide us.  Always they will turn us back to our inner essence, for nowhere is it suggested or recommended that we turn our power over to somebody else.

We are not bereft in this troubled world.  We have help.  Regardless of our situation, help is only an appeal away. 

Abide Where We Are—Differently

“The Way of Transformation absolutely requires that you be committed to living differently.  For is not transformation a change from the status quo?  How can you experience transformation if you do not use time to think and be differently?  Crying out to me will not do it.  Reading a thousand holy books will not do it.  One thing and one thing only will bring you into the transformation that you have sought—the willingness to abide where you are, differently.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page 157)

We sometimes think that if everybody else would change, our problems would go away.  It takes a personal effort to change, though, a very personal effort. 

We project our experience of reality, and this projection makes for our perception.  An oft-quoted assertion from A Course of Miracles is that projection makes perception.  It may be hard to believe, but there is no “out there” that is separate and apart from us.  We are One with the whole.

Wayne Dyer used to joke that if we would round up all the people who are causing us problems, take them to him for counseling, that he would treat them, and then we would get better.   We easily recognize the joke in this, but in day-to-day life, the joke is on us.  We want everything and everybody else to change so that we will get better.

In times of difficulty, we often experience conflict in our intimate relationships.  Stress creates anger, which creates more stress.  And all we were saying is that we want to be loved—and safe, and that we are scared that we can’t make it on our own.

We need each other, but we need to function a new way in our world to take advantage, in the best way, of the cooperation that we seek from others.  We need to realize that the change must come first of all from our own essence.

When we make the determination to live differently, we will find that our experience of reality changes accordingly.  We do get help to make these changes, and the biggest source of help is our heartfelt, intimate, talks with our Maker. We do get some glimmer of solutions, then, though, as always, the solutions may take time in the working out. God gives us ideas that will help sustain, regardless of the difficulty. He may not take away the pain, but He inserts into our beleaguered minds the glimmering of solutions.

How to Know More

“Here is a simple exercise.  Take just a moment and within your consciousness, drop this simple pebble:

“I am not what I have perceived myself to be.  I am unlimited, pure Spirit and nothing is unavailable to me.  Therefore, in this moment, I choose to open access to other dimensions of experience so that I might call this moment to me in a different way.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page 155)

We seem to be more psychic than we know:  This is what Jesus is saying in this quotation for today.  If “nothing is unavailable to me,” then we can know those things that have been shrouded in mystery—just by asking to see with the eyes of our Spirit. 

On the other hand, if we think we can’t discern new things, we will be caught by our past.  Jesus would not have it so for us.

In The Way of Mastery, Jesus often speaks of dropping pebbles of thought into our consciousness.  These pebbles then circle outward, and the thoughts are thereby expanded.  The image is a comforting one.

Let us “open access to other dimensions of experience.”  We can’t know exactly what will come up from our subconscious when we do open up.  But what comes will heal us, be healing to us.  And if we are to have transformation, glimpses of enlightenment that lengthen to the real thing, then we are encouraged to heal all layers of our mind.

This is our way home to God.

Be Calm

“Beloved friends, The Way of Transformation rests on exactly the same thing that all of your dreams rest upon—the decision concerning what you would be committed to.  For you cannot dream a dream, that is, you cannot create an experience in the field of consciousness, without being one hundred percent committed to it.  It may appear that this is not the case, but I assure you that it is.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page 154)

Today I am beginning consideration of the second part of The Way of Mastery, about the transformation which we all seek, some without knowing it.  We are dreaming a dream, and right now in our world it very much seems that we are dreaming a worldwide nightmare.  We can, though, often make our experience better by what we choose to focus upon.  We create experiences for ourselves that we are committed to—that is what this quotation says.

Let us choose to commit to the good reaction of many good people in our world at this sad time.  If we choose to focus on this, the good reaction that does sometimes make the news, our dream will soften.  Our fears will recede, and with a clear mind we will begin to see solutions.  The solution is always with the problem, though right now that doesn’t seem true.  In our daily life, though, solutions do appear when our mind is calm.

May we do what we can in our little world, our circle of intimates.  May we stay peaceful, as much as possible, so that we can be of help to ourselves and the others we see and touch.

“I NEED DO NOTHING”

Note: Published in Miracles magazine for March – April 2020 (Jon Mundy, publisher)

by Celia Hales

“. . .[W]hen the goal is finally achieved by anyone, it always comes with just one happy realization: ‘I need do nothing.’”  (ACIM, COA ed., T-22.VII.7:1)

“This is a call that requires you to do nothing but to remain faithful to it.  You do not need to think about it, but only let it be.”  (ACOL, C:11.17)

“And here we begin to touch upon the essence of my teaching:  I need do nothing.”  (WOM, Part 3 “The Way of Knowing,” Lesson 27)

            When the light has dawned, when we reach Awakening, Jesus says that we sense, “I need do nothing.”  This sentence may have caused much confusion, because it isn’t saying what we  think it is.

            The Way of Mastery elucidates the meaning very well, for here the same thought is discussed.  First let’s take a look at what it isn’t saying:

I need do nothing so I’ll just show up. . . .I really don’t need to do anything, since none of it matters. (WOM, Lesson 27)

            We might think that we can now rest on our laurels.  That we have arrived!  And need do nothing more.  But this is not quite right.

            Instead, the meaning is simply to open ourselves up to our Source, God Himself, and the Holy Spirit Who will tell us that our only purpose is the extension of love.  In A Course of Love, we open ourselves up to the Christ-Self Who dwells within, for this is where we get guidance when we no longer need the intermediary of the Holy Spirit, being ourselves no longer afraid of God.  The Way of Mastery continues:

. . .to find that spaciousness with you in which you are willing to allow that voice within you that is eternally connected to your Source to be the vehicle through which you receive your guidance.  In the pure recognition that you have no purpose—save the extension of Love. (WOM, Lesson 27)

            We are opening ourselves to the spaciousness of our very souls, something that A Course of Love discusses at length.  We are not falling down on the job.  Our work in the world still happens—and still matters–but we don’t dwell on the end result.  Instead, the action, on a daily basis and in the present, is finally viewed as the most important part.    

            We listen for what to do, and then we act.             An easy way to live.

Peaceful Mind & Loving Heart

“That Love which God is, is incomprehensible forever!  The sunbeam can never comprehend the sun.  I am a sunbeam to that sun.  You are a sunbeam to that sun.  We are therefore made of one substance, and that substance alone sustains us throughout eternity.  The greatest of joys is to surrender fully into allowing that Light to light your way without ceasing.”  (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 12, Page 151)

We too are sunbeams to the sun, for we are actually no different from Jesus.  He has just walked ahead of us a little.  And now he returns to take us home with him.  The pathway is clear, and we need but to surrender to God’s love, and we will be taken home to Him.

Would we like more joy in our lives?  This pathway is the way.  When our heart is loving and our mind is peaceful, we are walking in the right direction.  And it does take surrender to God, for He cannot help us if we resist Him.  Surrender is not a passive subjugation; it is the sincerest form of love for our Maker.  He loves and loves and loves, and when we open to His love, we know a peace and happiness that is unavailable to us when we are in denial of Him.

His Light will light the way for us.  His Light will do what everything in this world has failed to do.  Haven’t we had enough of resisting Him?  Haven’t we had enough of trying to be joyous in ourselves, without His blessing upon our choices?

Choose to develop a loving demeanor today.  A loving heart and a peaceful mind will take us far.

Right into the arms of God, Who plans all things for our benefit.

We Are Not Alone

“Rest assured, you are not alone.  In any moment, you need only call upon me, and I am with you.  And I do not come alone!  For some of you, then, we would highly suggest that in those moments when you feel like you need a little help, when fear seems to be coming up, but you know you must go ahead, whatever it be, whatever you think you are fearing, simply say:

“Legions of angels and masters and friends, whose number is infinite beyond comprehension, you who are sent directly of God to assist me over the ditch, come now, because I declare it and I receive it.  And therefore it is!

“Then take the step that is necessary to take.  It will not be your imagination.  We will be with you.  And the perfect end is certain.  Fear is nothing more than the illusion you have chosen to value in order to experience what it is like to feel separate from Love.  That is all.  You merely waved your cosmic magic wand and said, ‘Let there be fear so I can experience it.’”  (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 12, Page 150)

This lengthy quotation has a lot to say to us.  Basically, we can get help if we are besieged by fear.  Legions of angels, masters, and friends will come to us, offering us the unseen help that we need.

Can we believe this?  Our life would be a lot more peaceful if we could.  If we could know that we have help at every turn, just for the asking.

Open the mind and heart a little, and see if we can adopt this consideration as a fact of life.  See if we can believe that many unseen forces help us when we fall in the “ditch.”

I sense unseen beings in the middle of the night, if I awaken and can’t get back to sleep.  The comfort soothes me, and often I do drift off again.  Believing that we are surrounded by loving spirits is a very empowering belief to have.

Try it out.  See if it makes sense to us.

Experiencing Love

“If you value sweetness, sweetness will come.  If you value receiving Love—listen to this carefully—if you value receiving Love, the world will begin to show up at your doorstep in completely different embodiments.  Different vibrations, different thought patterns will be mirrored back to you that let you receive Love.”  (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 12, Page 150)

We see what we want to see, and if Love is what we want to see, soon it will show up for us.  The sweetness of Love transforms, and after we have experienced the Love that Jesus here describes, we will be well on our way to a better life and a better future.

We get what we focus upon.  But the fulfillment of the law is made through Love.  Love is the highest and best energy available in the universe.  We touch God when we love. 

And nothing is ever the same again.

This quotation seems to emphasize that what we focus upon becomes our own. This is great news! If things are going awry, we need only change what we are thinking and feeling about, and life will smooth out.

This is true philosophy, true theology. And Love is the most fulfilling way that this manifestation will come about for us.

What We Value, We Experience

“Remember, then, as you begin to come to the completion of the study of The Way of the Heart, that what you see outside of you is only the reflection of what you have allowed to live within you.  And simply ask:

“Is this what I wish to continue?  What do I truly want?  What is this, my very consciousness, for?  What do I commit myself to?  What do I say I believe?  Where do I freely choose to place the power of valuation?

“For what you value, you experience immediately.  The world will bow down and say, ‘Very well.  You have let us know what you value.  We will mirror it back to you, because we love you, because we are a part of you.  And heaven forbid that we would take away your free will.”  (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 12, Page 149)

The world does mirror back to us what we focus on.  We are looking for it, and it appears, because, as A Course in Miracles says, projection makes perception.  And we are projecting outward what, on some level of mind or heart, we want to see—maybe not consciously, but still present at some level.

We are thus manifesting our free will, something that God would never take from us.  If we want to have good days, we can and will focus on good things, for the negative mind sees danger everywhere—and frequently finds it.  Creative visualization, as Shakti Gawain tells us, is a secret to better days, more enjoyable times in our lives, more positive outcomes.  This focus is creative visualization, something that we often don’t recognize.

We can make our world from a conscious awareness of what we want to see, what we want to experience.  As we move forward, we are actually “creating,” rather than “making.”  And A Course of Love tells us that the best route to better experiences is to create a new world, something that we can all have a hand in.

This is actually a very optimistic and happy alternative to what we often experience when we don’t know any better.  When we focus on anxious moments, this escalates the anxieties.  When we focus on, God forbid, hateful moments, these become our own in our experience.  And we can extrapolate this focus to anything that we dwell upon.

Ask today to have help in experiencing better moments in our lives.  Happiness is a function of God’s children, as we learn in A Course in Miracles.  But He needs our cooperation to bring happiness into our little, individual worlds.

Create the Good, the Holy, the Beautiful

“So, you see, where I abide is everywhere at once.  And so do you; you simply do not know it yet.  I abide with an infinite array of friends who have realized the Truth and have been set free.  They are infinitely creating, without ceasing, that which extends their treasure, which is the good, the holy, and the beautiful.  Many have given you images of choirs of angels singing the praises of God.  It is the same thing.”  (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 12, Page 148)

Here we get a glimpse of the world that Jesus inhabits now.  Like “choirs of angels,” seeking the “good, the holy, and the beautiful.”

Might we do the same, even in this conflicted world?  We won’t enjoy the ecstatic embrace of Love to the same extent as choirs of angels, but we can have our own experience, an experience which can be very good indeed.

What does Jesus mean by saying that he abides everywhere at once?  And that we do, too?  I think he means that there is nothing outside of him, nothing outside ourselves.  This belief that there is nothing outside us is a tenet of A Course in Miracles.  It means that projection makes perception, that we are a hologram that contains the Whole, though our finite mind cannot conceive of such a glorious Truth.  We are a part of God, and with this, we can know that anything is conceivable.  Even knowledge of the Whole.

Our days in this world can be glorious, if projection makes perception.  What we hold inside our ourselves, we see outside.  If we hold conflict inside, we project this, and this is our experience of the world.  If we hold Love inside, we see evidence of Love in the world.  And the experience changes to something very grand.

We can create the good, holy, beautiful, as well.  Let us be about our Father’s business, as Jesus is, and see what may transpire today.

Let Love guide us.  And there will be no turning back to a lesser world.

Walk a Flower – Strewn Pathway

“You cannot take fear into Love.  You cannot take judgment into forgiveness.  You cannot take limitation into unlimitedness.  These things must be released at the level in which they were first created.”  (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 12, Page 146)

Jesus’ channeled writings (the principal of which are A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, and The Way of Mastery) could not have been written in the manner given prior to Sigmund Freud.  Freud developed the idea of a subconscious mind that the mind of conscious awareness knew not of.  The fear, the judgment, and the limitation are lodged in this subconscious.  In the quotation for today, Jesus says that these things “must be released at the level in which they were first created.”   And this means the subconscious.

We didn’t set out to be fearful, to be judgmental, to be limited in our personalities.  These things developed over time in a world that impinged upon us.  We inherited much of this, but it is a dead-end street to blame our parents.  They too were hoodwinked.  People have simply not known any better because of the construct called the ego.  This is the false persona that rose up when we decided that we wanted a make a world different from what God had created.  We would try to do better than he.  And in this ridiculous notion, we retreated into fear when we “separated” from Him.  He let us go, knowing that with his gift of free will, He did not want to coerce us.

We cleanse the mind of fear, judgment, limitation by spending time communing with God in prayer, meditation, quiet times that nourish our soul.  We learn again that we are not sufficient unto ourselves, that we need each other.  We join others in relationships that promote the unity that we have to realize we need with God.  We take a step back from the ego.  We begin again.

We need to remove the blocks to the awareness of love.  This may take time, but it does not, should not, be a struggle.

When we seek, we do find.  And in the finding are all things made right again.  One with God and with each other, we walk a flower-strewn path—even in this world.

Expressing Mastery

“Expressing mastery is the effect of The Way of Transformation in this world, in this time, in this little tiny moment.  Rest assured, to the degree that you turn your attention to expressing mastery, to the degree that you use time wisely to be the embodied Christ, when the body drops away and it veils from you no longer the magnificence of the Light you are, the light will not be blinding to you.  You will not contract in fear.  You will merely let this world go gently and as easily as a child has put away a toy that has been outgrown, because its usefulness is complete.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 12, Page 145)

The way to Awakening, as developed in Jesus’ recent channeled works, is gentle in the extreme.  Previously, many individuals who awakened without this guidance were hurled into reality unawares.  A great shock.  But A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, and The Way of Mastery (the last also known as the Christ Mind Trilogy) have prepared us well to make a gentle transition into enlightenment.

Moreover, we know what is happening to us.  In previous years, the people who were hurled into reality frequently then went on an anguished search to try to find out what had happened to them.  There was evidence in the Eastern religions, Buddhism and Hinduism (among others), but very little could be found in Christian writing.  Sufism, the mystical arm of Islam, also knew some understanding.  But Christianity was nearly left out, and even today, there is very little that is discussed in mainstream Christian teaching.

If we want Awakening, Christ-consciousness, enlightenment, we need to erase the barriers of fear and judgment.  Our awareness of what love means needs to be strong in our heart.

Our light needs to shine in this world.  Ask to be shown the way today.

Mind = Servant of the Awakened Heart

“Those roots of fear must be dissolved at a level that is deeper than the conscious thinking mind can reach.  The mind was never designed to be your master, but to become aligned as a servant of the awakened heart, just like the flower blooms and sends forth its scent for all to see from the depth of the soil that is unseen, but has been well prepared.  So that the only roots that gather nourishment from the soil are the roots of that which speaks of Life and beauty, not that which speaks of fear and unworthiness.”  (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 12, Page 144)

We want the roots of our mind to be well-protected, nourishing new growth in our mind that will serve Love well.  The garden is an apt metaphor for this process.  Our subconscious mind has become polluted by weeds, and it behooves us to do something about this.

Jesus also speaks of Life and beauty, because these blessings will descend when we are truly loving and have cleansed our mind of pollutants.  What are the pollutants?  Hatred, attack, anger, discontent—all of these, plus many others that are hostile to the mind.  These hostile attitudes need to go, and go they will when we turn to love.  And Love with a capital “L,” Who is God Himself.

When we have been anxious and in fear for a long time, it may seem daunting to cleanse our mind of such pollutants.  If we ever want to reach Christ-consciousness, though cleansing the mind of fear and judgment is necessary.  And enlightenment or Christ-consciousness or Awakening—all meaning the same—is the goal of The Way of Mastery.  Jesus wants a genuine Awakening for all people everywhere, something that has never been done before.  But he is trying, and trying mightily, to get through to us, in channeled writings in addition to speaking to our hearts about what we really need to do.

Jesus has companions who work with him; he calls it the “lineage.”  These are entities who have long walked with God, loving and doing good in the world.  Many have now “graduated” from this plane, and return only to help us who are still caught in this world.

Ask today what might be done to rid the mind of weeds that have become an infestation.

Ask today to be shown how to love.

Quiet Mind

“I know that this sounds simplistic for you, but the way is easy and without effort.  Complexity is born of the world, and not from the Mind of God.  Therefore, continue well in that practice, and allow it to be the foundation from which the soil is prepared—the roots of fear are loosened—even in ways that you cannot comprehend with the thinking mind.  For the roots of fear are not merely ideas.  They are the effects of ideas.  They have been allowed to penetrate deep into the unconscious.”  (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 12, Page 143)

The Way of Mastery speaks often of how polluted our unconscious mind has become.  Our unconscious mind cries how for healing, and healing is on its way as soon as we make a nod in that direction.

We don’t have to “do” anything.  Doing will make for a busy mind, which is the reverse of what we seek.  The enlightened mind is quiet, thoughts slow down.  If we are to be comfortable with this new state of affairs, we need to begin somewhere.  We need to prepare the garden of our mind to welcome quietness.  In fact, A Course in Miracles says that a perfectly calm and quiet mind is where we are all heading.  Perhaps we don’t want that now, but that is because too much busyness has clouded our minds from what is the real good.

A friend once questioned “perfectly calm and quiet.”  She was quite a busy person, in work and in personal life.  She was so used to rushing around that we thought boredom would be her lot in life if she slowed down.

A quiet mind does take some getting used to.  But its advantages are many, and as we open to this healing, we will wonder why we used to run hither and yon all day long.  We will think that this rushing is an insane way to live.  And indeed it is.

Give calm and quiet a chance.  Let go of the stress that rushing about engenders.  Be willing to know that there is a better way to live.

Let Jesus Help

“Then, the rain of grace that purifies, transforms, awakens, and brings Christ consciousness to the mind can descend gently.  For when the rain falls upon hard ground, it strikes the soil and runs off, and the garden remains barren.  But the wise gardener, who has softened the soil, reached in and begun to pull up the roots, sifted the soil and made it soft, open and porous with the intent of bringing forth a beautiful garden, will, indeed, be assisted.  Then, the rain of grace will fall gently, without it being earned.  It is given freely.”  (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 12, Page 142 – 143)

We will be “assisted”!  Is this not a wonderful promise?  We are gardeners now, seeking to prepare the soil of our mind for Awakening, Christ-consciousness.  And we do need help in this endeavor.

Jesus will help, if we are open to this.  Many of us are not, for we have projected our judgmental thoughts onto him, and we don’t then feel kindly toward him.  But he has promised in A Course in Miracles to come upon a “single unequivocal call.”  Take him at his word.  Open the mind to locutions, which are quiet inner words that indicate an open heart, ready to receive. 

We may very well, infrequently, hear Jesus “speak” to us.  This is a very great blessing that will be transformative in our experience.  It doesn’t take much to change the habit of a lifetime, a habit in which we turned from our savior because he seemed to be fearful to us.

Listen to Jesus’s channeled words in The Way of Mastery.  Know that the way back to God is easy and effortless to the open mind and heart.

Our Soul Knows

“Grace does not descend until your Father knows that you are willing to prepare a place to receive it.  This is why, in the process of healing and awakening, it is not necessary to seek for Love.  It is only necessary to prepare the place, the soil, by choosing to discover the obstacles to Love—which all come down to fear—and to be willing to loosen that root, that it might be removed from the garden of your consciousness.  (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 12, Page 142 – 143)

Today’s quotation builds on the preceding quotations for the day.  The metaphor of a garden continues.  We prepare the soil by removing the weeds of fear.  Our garden is our consciousness.  The soil is our mind, reaching down into the unconscious for healing.

Our soul knows what to do.  If we make ourselves available, the elixir of peace will solve everything.  Leave time for calm moments in the course of a day.  If we rush about with way too many things to do, how can we also be engaged in healing our minds?  A busy mind does not heal well.

Love is what we know when fear has been removed.  Love is our birthright.  The moments in which we feel love for others and for ourselves are healing to us.  Love envelops us when the thorn of fear is loosened from the garden that is our consciousness. 

Feeling Love with our heart means that we have found God.  And He will then move to transform us by enlightenment.

Passionately Embrace Love

“The Way of the Heart has been designed to bypass the cognitive or thinking mind, and to strike at the roots of fear that abide in the depth of the mind in a place that is, by and large, unconscious.  All that we do seeks to dissolve that root from the depth of your being.”  (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 12, Page 142)

Our minds get us into trouble.  Our intellect, that intellect that we have often prized, is a handicap as we seek God.  Our intellect depends upon perception, which is an illusory way of viewing the outer world.  It is our heart that will save us, a concept that A Course of Love makes clear.

Uproot fear, reach for the root of it, and then be done with it.  Turn aside firmly, and passionately embrace love.  Love is the realm of the heart.  All that is not love is fear in some form.  And we need to find a way to remove ourselves from the fear.

Our thinking mind has often done us in, though we were taught to be proud of what we “knew” when we were going to school.  This was not true knowledge, which comes unbidden, intuitively.  What we had in school was a perception of ideas, and perception is fraught with illusion.

We need to let the unconscious rise to the surface, and to do this, we need quiet.  We need to spend time in our quiet corner each and every day.  If this is meditation, so be it.  The silence of quiet will heal.  And if the mind is busy, the unconscious won’t rise to the surface, where those thoughts can be healed.

Be patient, for we have many, many years of pushing down into the unconscious those things that disturbed us.  Fears, all.  Be assured that we will have help as we do our quiet part of releasing fears in the unconscious.  Don’t let the rising up be a disturbance.  The rising up is necessary for healing to take place.

Uproot the Weed of Fear

“Therefore, in truth, we come not to improve what you would be thinking of as the surface of the garden, the surface of the soil, but to strike at the root that resides deep within the mind, in the depth that I have called the heart or the soul.  All that we endeavor to do, then, is designed to uproot the weed of fear that has made a home in the depth of your being.  (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 12, Page 142)

We have a garden in the mind that has weeds.  The weeds are fears that need to be uprooted, not cut off above the root, but uprooted by plucking from the soil of our soul.  We can’t have Awakening or Christ-consciousness with fear engulfing our minds and bodies.  If we can’t get rid of fear, we can’t move into enlightenment.

This is something that we can believe God asks us to do, in preparation for His reaching “down” and uplifting us.  Get rid of the fear.  But not by resisting it, for resistance solidifies what we would avoid.  We just gently turn aside from the fear.  How to do that?

Meditation, someone commented on this blog, is the panacea for all ills.  Certainly Jesus thinks that meditation is helpful, for there is an entire workbook of meditations with A Course in Miracles (the second volume).  Meditation calms, and a calm mind is less anxious, and anxiety is one of the most common manifestations of fear. 

Let’s take a few minutes today to indulge our minds and bodies with meditation, for it is an indulgence, a healing.  Our very souls will thank us.

And fears will take a step backward.

Quiet Places of the Heart

“Even as the thoughts of the world stream through your brain-mind, even as the sensory data are received through the cellular structures of the nervous system of the body, you can relinquish these things, and act only from that depth of perfect wisdom, perfect safety and perfect peace. Let this be a time of ‘thanksgiving.’ Will it be that time in which you truly give thanks for the grace that sets you free? Will you honor that grace by descending of the stairway to the quiet places of the heart in each of your days?” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 11, Page 139)

When we have a busy mind, we are kept from the depths of our being, losing touch with our soul. But we can dip deeply into our mind, and still act from “perfect wisdom, perfect safety and perfect peace.” This better view comes when we relinquish the busyness, and just sink into quietness. This quietness will give us both happiness and calm, because it is the best thing that we have going for us.

Jesus seems here to be asking us to meditate. And certainly spiritual teachers everywhere and of every time have counseled meditation. The happiness and calm that we know after a little while of meditation is palpable. We are much more prone to love, in the greatest sense possible. When we are stressed, love goes out the window.

We thus need to descend the stairway to the quiet place of the heart in each of our days.

It will make all the difference.

Turn to Quiet Center of Self

“Remain with me here, for here do I abide. The only difference between us is that occasionally you believe that you abide somewhere else. When you journey up those stairs, to begin to be distracted by the thoughts on the surface of your mind and by the sensory feedback of the energy field that comprises your physical creation, I remain in our shared heart, patiently waiting for your return.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 11, Page 138)

We are all One, and this includes Jesus, who many believe channeled this message through Jayem. Here Jesus refers to our “shared heart,” and the Self is indeed the One to which he refers.

We often leave this shared heart to go about our business in the world. We don’t touch base with our interior nearly enough. And touching base with our interior is the best way that we have to make wise choices in life. This is communing with the Holy Spirit (as described in A Course in Miracles) or the Christ-Self (as described in A Course of Love).

When we lose touch with what is inside of ourselves, we lose touch with that which can give us solace and peace. We are cut adrift.

Turn to the quiet center of the Self today. Don’t try to go it alone in a hostile and cruel illusion of a world.

We won’t succeed in living a good life if we seek to be independent and self-sufficient.

True wisdom is recognizing that turning to our Creator is the wisest decision we can ever make.

Imagining Jesus’ Lifetime

“As you come to feel grounded, rooted in that deep and silent place, ask whatsoever you will and its answer shall not be hidden from you. Ask to witness my lifetime as I walked upon your Earth, and it will be shown to you. Ask to be shown the vibrational field in which you were conceived in this life; it will not be hidden from you. Ask whatever you would about a friend, who perhaps has seemed troubled of late, and the source of what is occurring within them will be gently revealed to you.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 11, Page 137)

This quotation says startling things that are actually great blessings. Would we not want to know more? When we are grounded in our walk through this world, we develop certain powers that are not available to us when we live on the surface of life.

This is a “knowing.” We don’t imagine, develop figments of the imagination or flights of fancy. This knowing leads us by the hand and gives us a better way to view life.

These are the new gifts that come to us as we walk farther along our pathway back home.

These are gifts that hurt nobody, and that offer a solace to ourselves, as well as our brothers and sisters.

Be sure to say “thank You” to God for these new, psychic gifts.

Caressed by the Touch of God

“When you think a loving thought, you have been caressed by the touch of God. When you hear not loving thoughts within yourself, this can mean only that you have returned to the surface, and have denied the depth within you.

“If you would hear only loving thoughts, simply observe where your attention is. And allow it to settle deeply into this place, beyond time, beyond the body, beyond the dream of the world. For this place—the Kingdom of Heaven within you—is vast beyond comprehension. The world you know when you take your attention to the surface of the mind is contained and embraced within this heart, like a dewdrop begins to be consumed by the ocean that receives it.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 11, Page 136)

We are encouraged to take our mind and heart deep within us, often.
This soulful living will keep us moving in the best direction. We will know peace. We will know stillness. We will be led to make good choices, the right decisions, and we will find peace in those decisions.

This takes love, and we might spell Love with a capital “L,” for this Love is God Himself. We need Him, and all of us know this, though we frequently take our mind to the surface and seem to get disconnected from the vast ocean of His love. If we are to thrive, we must practice not only Love of God, but Love of others, and (particularly difficult for us) Love of self.

This love of Self is not an egotistical thing, for that would break the circuit. This love of Self is recognizing that we can’t love our Creator if we don’t love ourselves. And this is where many of us get hung up. We think that self-love is egoic, and even when we know better, we find many things about ourselves to regret. We think we aren’t good enough, and so we make New Year’s resolutions that seek to turn us into something we can accept.

We are good enough right where we are! Our mistakes are just that, and when we are aware of those mistakes, and seek retribution in God’s love, we have done all that needs to be done. We are sorry for our wrongs; we apologize to others; we apologize also to ourselves.

Take the time today to take to heart the truth of A Course in Miracles: that we are innocent of wrongdoing, that we have been living in a dream, and that our mishaps have not really happened at all.

Dreams are not true reality. When we awaken from our dream, then we will know the reality of harmony and peace, true blessings of the Love Who created us.

Just a Quiet Knowing

“Within this awareness lies the answer to every question you might choose to ask. Within this shimmering awareness is the reassurance that the end of the journey is certain. Within this shimmering awareness do you abide at one with all minds and every aspect of creation. Join with me here often, in remembrance of me. For this is the secret of communion—to relinquish the perception of the world in favor of the acknowledgment of Reality.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 11, Page 136)

The perception of the world includes much that is deplorable. We don’t have to look with fearful eyes at this perception, though. Reality, true Reality, is perfectly harmless. It is the way we perceive that shows us harmony, joy, peace, Love. It leads into knowing, or into just “knowledge,” which is an immediate understanding that is largely intuitive. We act out of knowing when we are sure of the action we are taking. No voices, no locutions, no magic. Just a quiet knowing.

We are invited to commune with Jesus so that he can show us more than we could figure out on our own. Our awareness takes a giant leap forward when we take him up on his word. His foci of consciousness is very great, so that many of us can tune in and be answered at any given time. Of course, such speculation is beyond us. How could there be numerous foci of consciousness on the part of one entity? We don’t know, but then again, we don’t have to know. We can test out our suspicions about Jesus’ availability to us, and we will not be disappointed. We will find him here for us, if we ask for his presence with an open heart.

Would it not be wonderful to have the solution to every problem, shining in the wind? Every question we seek to ask has a ready Answer in the Holy Spirit or the Christ-Self. We need simply pose a question, clear our minds, get quiet, and then wait patiently. The Answer will, when we are open, pop into our mind. There is no struggle. We are the ones who make struggle, and we are looking deep in our depths, where there is only quiet, no struggle at all.

Commune with our depths today.

We will never find a better way to live.

Depth of a Perfect Silence

“I share with you the depth of a perfect silence. I share with you wisdom supreme. I abide as you are: the thought of Love in form. To be in form does not mean to be a body. It means only that the Christ Mind, which is the reality of Love’s existence, truly abides within each of us equally. If this were not so, you could not recognize me. When you read a word, or a sentence, or a paragraph that resonates within you as being the truth, you could not know it was so, if that Truth did not already live within you as the reality of your very existence.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 11, Page 135)

We are not actually learning anything new: We are “remembering.” This is a tenet of The Way of Mastery, that we don’t actually learn new things, that we are recalling to mind what was learned a very long time ago, and then forgotten, much to our detriment.

Our Truth is written on our heart. Not our mind. When we say this, everyone knows what we mean. The “heart” has a very definite point of understanding in our psyche. When we soften to listen to our heart, we want a smooth pathway back to our God. Our feet don’t stumble on stones, we don’t trip and fall. We just walk smoothly along a flower-strewn pathway. And we discover much on this peaceful and often slow journey.

We get impatient to get on with it. We want Awakening, and we want it now.

But this is not God’s way. He acts only when certain that WE are ready for the great responsibility of Christ-consciousness. Sitting as Christ for five minutes a day can speed the process, but still God probably acts in a much more measured pace than we would like. The slowness prompts patience, something sorely lacking in many of us.

Jesus, our leader, is offering us the chance to commune with our God in silence. In silence is how God speaks to us. Understanding Him is a “feeling” issue, and feelings belong to the heart. That is why turning to our heart for decisions is so important. Our ratio of mistakes to good decisions becomes much improved toward good decisions.

When in doubt, just ask for the loving response to be writ upon our heart. This way we won’t go astray as we walk back to God, letting Love heal the separation.

Still, Small Voice

“Rest with me, and acknowledge that our minds are joined. As you rest, again, you might notice that thoughts seem to arise and pass away. But do you not sense them, now as though they were coming from a place where you are not, as though you had sunk more deeply to a place of quiet beneath the surface upon which thoughts flow back and forth without ceasing?” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 11, Page 135)

Being quiet, staying in our quiet corner, is a most powerful way to connect with the God within. If we let the hubbub of the world get into our mind and heart, we will find it very difficult to listen to the still, small Voice. And listening to the still, small Voice is exactly what we need to do.

What will that Voice tell us? Some of what we hear will be unique to each of us, for we are unique creations of God, with nobody else the exact duplicate of ourselves. But some of what we hear will be shareable with others, for they too will need the same message. Shareable when they are open to hear, for we do not want to force ourselves on anybody who is not ready to hear God’s message.

If we “rest” with Jesus, we will be well on our way to a new day in living. He would not have us anxious and tied in knots over anything. His Father is not reached that way. We make our own hell on earth when we let nervousness take over. So contemplate silently, or meditate. Still the mind and heart.

When the mind and heart are stilled, then flow happens. And flow is as close to following the Holy Spirit’s every nudge as we can come. We don’t get stubborn and seek to have everything “our” way. We listen to our inner guidance, and then we act. This best way to live is open to all of us, though not all of us are equally listening. For those who are, the message is clear and unmistakable.

Be still and listen for God’s prompting in our very soul.

We WILL hear, and we will not be disappointed in what we hear.