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Introduction to A Course In Miracles

This is a course in miracles. It is a required course.
Only the time you take it is voluntary.
Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum.
It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time.
The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love,
for that is beyond what can be taught.
It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s
presence, which is your natural inheritance.
The opposite of love is fear,
but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.
This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:

Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.

There are 50 miracles to get through. We will now focus on the first 14 from Page 1 of the text.

Miracle Principles 1-14

It is crucial to say first that this is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary. Free will does not mean that you establish the curriculum. It means only that you can elect what to take when. It is just because you are not ready to do what you should elect to do that time exists at all.
(You will see miracles thru your hands thru me. You should begin each day with the prayer “Help me to perform whatever miracles you want of me today.”)

1. The first thing to remember about miracles is that there is no order of difficulty among them. One is not harder or bigger than another. They are all the same.

2. Miracles do not matter. They are quite unimportant.

3. They occur naturally as an expression of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense, everything that comes from love is a miracle.

a. This explains the first point related to the lack of order. All expressions of love are maximal.
b. This is why the “thing in itself” does not matter. The only thing that matters is the Source, and this is far beyond human evaluation.

(Q and A re first 3 points.)
Q. HS (HS = Helen Schucman) Would you regard this communication as a kind of miracle?
A.
There is nothing special or surprising about this at all. The ONE thing that happened was the Universal Miracle which was the experience of intense love that you have felt. (Don’t get embarrassed by the idea of love. Embarrassment is only a form of fear, and actually a particularly dangerous form because it reflects egocentricity. Do not feel guilty about the fact that you are doubting this. Just re-read them and their truth will come to you. I (I = Jesus Christ) love you, and I am not afraid or embarrassed or doubtful. MY strength will support you, so don’t worry and leave the rest to me. But when you see B (B = William “Bill” Thetford), be sure you tell him how much he helped you thru by giving you the right message, and don’t bother with worrying about how you received it. That doesn’t matter either. You were just afraid.)

(HS fearful in taxi about a communication which related Dave’s healing and Jonathan’s hernia. She thought it would be safer to dissociate the two. Instructions were: refer to point 1 and re-read NOW.)

4. All miracles mean Life, and God is the giver of the Life. He will direct you VERY specifically.
(Plan ahead is good advice in this world, where you should and must control & direct where you have accepted responsibility. But the Universal Plan is in more appropriate hands. You will know all you need to know. Make NO attempts to plan ahead in this respect.)

5.Miracles are habits, and should be involuntary. They should not be under conscious control.
(Otherwise they may become undemocratic. Consciously selected miracles are usually dangerous misguided and may destroy this will make the talent useless.)

6. Miracles are natural. When they do NOT occur something has gone wrong.

7. Miracles are everyone’s right, but purification is necessary first.

8. Miracles are a form of healing. They supply a lack, and are performed by those who have more for those who have less.

9. Miracles are a kind of exchange. Like all expressions of love, which are ALWAYS miraculous in the true sense, the exchange reverses the physical laws.

10. A miracle is a reversal of the physical order because it brings more love to the giver and the receiver.

(A miracle is misunderstood when it is regarded as a spectacle.)
11. The use of miracles as a spectacle to induce belief is wrong. They are really used for and by believers.
(HS has some fear about 11) and doubt about 9) and 10). Probably doubt by fear of 11).

(When you say “If you want me to I will” please add “and if you DON’T want me to I won’t.” This is the RIGHT use of inhibition. There has to be SOME control over learning for channelizing purposes. Remember retroactive inhibition which should be easy enough for you.Sometimes the new learning is the more important, and has to inhibit the old. It’s a form of correction.)

12. Prayer is the medium of miracles. Prayer is the natural communication of the Created with the Creator. Through prayer, love is received, and through miracles love is expressed.

13. Miracles are thought-creations. Thought can create lower-order or higher-order realities. This is the basic distinction between intellectualization and thinking. One creates the physical, and the other the spiritual, and we believe in what we create.

14. A miracle is a beginning and an end(ing). It thus abolishes time. It is always an affirmation of re-birth, which seems to go back, but really goes forward. It undoes the past in the present, and thus releases the future.

I like how this starts out. There are 50 miracles in total. And they are a little confusing at times. Number 2 is the one that confuses me the most on this list. How can miracles be unimportant if the rest of this is stating how important they are. I know they are also saying that miracles are natural and happen out of nowhere. I believe that. But my logical mind is telling me that miracles are very important. It’s what people pray for. It’s what I have prayed for before.

I do believe that my purpose on this Earth is to create love. I was born to give as much love as a possibly can to everyone I meet. I am working very hard on letting go of expectations and trying not to add personal attachment to my feelings on other people. I need to allow them to think, feel, say what is on their mind. And not box them into what I want to happen. This is a great book to remind myself to always come to someone with peace and love in my heart for them. No matter the circumstances. I pray everyday to find peace. I found it once, but I let it go. I had to. Now I’m looking for my own inner peace and for that, I will search daily.

What did you think of this? How did you comprehend this? I would love to know your thoughts. Leave me a comment please.

Have a great day, you are very loved!

Studying a Course in Miracles

ACIM-3rdEd_hardcvr_wSeal-LgI have done this before. I got 300 pages into it, of 1500 pages and had to stop for personal reasons. I’m going to start all over. This is an incredible book. In many ways this is my “Spiritual Bible”. Now don’t freak out on me please. You all know how much I love, worship, and praise God. I believe and study/read my American Standard Bible everyday. I read it at lunch time while I eat. It’s my reflection time to pray in the middle of my day and give thanks to my Lord and Savior. This is the book where I have expanded my mind on new spiritual ideas. The one that has opened me up to life. To new ideas that I have never thought of.

A friend of mine from Chicago recommended this to me years ago. I first read Marianne Williamson’s Return to Love book. Then found this. Her book is based on this one. How this book changed her life. This book changed my life too. Studying it reminds me of when I first read it. It’s a hard read. It took me months to get all the way through it. Then I read it again to understand and highlight the sentences that I loved.

Studying it here will allow me to take it apart and really put thought into what it is saying. And how I am interpreting it. There are so very bold ideas here. Somethings that I don’t even agree with. And that’s why I like it. Anything that challenges me is something I go towards more. I love a good challenge. I love to learn. I hope you all take the time to read this. I’m going page by page to make it easier for myself. That way I can read one page, write about it and let you all comment on what your thoughts are.

I hope you enjoy this book. It’s going to take us months to get through it but I’m really excited to start!

How to follow your Intuition

41So many of us have an inner voice that we hear. Or we feel. Either one is trying to get your attention. But do you trust it? Do you follow what it is saying to you? I am trying very hard lately to trust my intuition. By doing that, I have found out that someone was trying to manipulate me and I caught them in the middle of 2 bad things. I listened to my gut because it didn’t add up to me. I felt something was wrong. I heard my inner voice telling me to check this person out. I’m glad I listened.

That gut feeling you get, it’s never wrong. You may think it is but it’s your body’s energy giving your life a warning flag. How many times did you feel or hear something your gut was saying and you ignored it? And then later on you say to yourself I should have listened to my gut! Well then start listening now. See what it feels or says to you. Don’t analyze it, just follow it. I’m excited to see what I can learn from all of this. So I looked up how to do this. I wanted to share it with all of you.

The best article I have found about this is here: How to Follow your Intuition

Intuition is “knowing” something without being able to explain how you came to that conclusion rationally. It’s that mysterious “gut feeling” or “instinct” that often turns out to be right, in retrospect. When you’ve whittled down your options and are stuck at a crossroads, getting in touch with your intuition can help. Learning how to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak, is difficult but intuition can be developed, especially when following some of these ideas.

Steps

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    Trust your instincts. It can be difficult to depend on something that you don’t understand, and you probably shouldn’t base every one of your decisions on intuition. For example, if you’re hiring someone, you should look at qualifications first and foremost, or else you might accidentally discriminate. But when you’ve weighed all the options and there is no obvious, rational choice, intuition is really all you’ve got. Consider the following:

    • Intuition is basically how you quickly tap into your subconscious mind, which is where you “archive” all kinds of information that you don’t remember on a conscious level.[2] Sometimes you pick up on things subconsciously without realizing it, such as body language. It’ll register as a certain “feeling” that you can’t articulate at that moment, but it could very well be valid.[3]
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    • Without intuition, you’re no different than a computer. You only make decisions based on facts, and you don’t always have all the facts.[3] So unless you’re functioning like a computer, you are already making decisions based on various factors other than logic. Why not learn how to use your intuition as well?
    • Even some of the world’s greatest scientists, the most logical thinkers of all time, have made their greatest discoveries based on flashes of intuition (think of Newton and the apple that fell on his head, or Archimedes shouting “Eureka!” in his bathtub).
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    Ask yourself questions and listen to the first answer that pops into your mind. That isn’t easy, because several thoughts will flood your mind at once. For instance, let’s say you’re looking at a menu. In figuring out what you want, pick out the first thing that stands out to you. Ignore the remainder of your thoughts, like for example: “But I didn’t even look at the specials” or “But my friend is on a diet and I’ll feel bad eating this in front of him” or “But my uncle said the mashed potatoes he had here were too mushy” etc. Don’t dwell on it. Just pick something. It might be scary, because what if you make the wrong choice? Do not worry, you will be fine.
     
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    Meditate. Clearing your mind of repetitive thoughts and worries will make it easier to listen to your intuition. Find a meditative technique you are comfortable using and practice.
     
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    Listen to your gut. There’s a reason it’s called a “gut feeling”. Many times, a decision that you “know” is wrong makes you feel discomfort in your stomach area.
     
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    Listen to and communicate with your multiple brains. Neuroscience research has shown we have functional and complex brains in both our heart and gut. These brains have memory and intelligence. As the points above indicate, your gut and heart brains know when something isn’t right and will tell you through feelings, hunches and messages. You can communicate with these brains through simple language, imagery and touch. Sometimes few things in our life gives us feeling of fear and nervousness . From the core of our heart we are not ready to accept this. As these are the feelings which makes us realise what we are going to do or what is going to happen is not good for us. So, we must avoid those things and protect ourselves from any wrong doing. As these intuitions comes out to be true.
     
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    Keep an intuition journal. Every day, use your intuition to make a guess about someone or something. Don’t act on it, though. Just write it down. Focus on statements like “I have a feelings that…” or “My intuition tells me that…” If there are any sensations associated with your intuition, such as a vision, or physical discomfort, be sure to record it. Looking back in your journal, see how often you are right. As you learn more about how to recognize your intuition, and you see it leading you in the right direction. Your confidence will grow and so will your intuitive power.
     
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    Exercise the right side of your brain. Intuition is drawn from the right hemisphere of the brain[4] which is the same side that controls nonverbal, holistic thought and expression. Here are some other ways to “work out” your intuition:

 

Rowboat Book Club Book #29

Hey guys! This month we will be reading George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Plot summary

The poorly-run Manor Farm near Willingdon, England, is ripened for rebellion from its animal populace by neglect at the hands of the irresponsible and alcoholic farmer Mr. Jones. One night, the exalted boar Old Major organizes a meeting, at which he calls for the overthrow of humans and teaches the animals a revolutionary song called “Beasts of England“. When Old Major dies, two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, assume command and stage a revolt, driving Mr. Jones off the farm and renaming the property “Animal Farm”. They adopt the Seven Commandments of Animalism, the most important of which is, “All animals are equal”. The decree is painted in large letters on one side of the barn. Snowball teaches the animals to read and write, while Napoleon educates young puppies on the principles of Animalism. Food is plentiful, and the farm runs smoothly. The pigs elevate themselves to positions of leadership and set aside special food items, ostensibly for their personal health. Following an unsuccessful attempt by Mr. Jones and his associates to retake the farm (later dubbed the “Battle of the Cowshed”), Snowball announces his plans to modernize the farm by building a windmill. Napoleon argues against this idea and matters come to head which culminates with his dogs chase Snowball away and he declaring himself leader.

Napoleon enacts changes to the governance structure of the farm, replacing meetings with a committee of pigs who will run the farm. Through a young pig named Squealer, Napoleon claims credit for the windmill idea, saying that Snowball actually was only trying to win animals to his side. The animals work harder with the promise of easier lives with the windmill. When the animals find the windmill collapsed after a violent storm, Napoleon and Squealer convince the animals that Snowball is trying to sabotage their project, and begin to purge the farm of animals Napoleon accuses of consorting with his old rival. When some animals recall the Battle of the Cowshed, Napoleon (who was nowhere to be found during the battle) gradually smears Snowball to the point of saying he as a collaborator of Mr. Jones, even dismissing the fact that Snowball was given an award of courage while falsely representing himself as the main hero of the battle. “Beasts of England” is replaced with an anthem glorifying Napoleon, who appears to be adopting the lifestyle of a man. Many animals who later claim to be helping Snowball in plots are executed by Napoleon’s dogs, which troubles the rest of the animals. Despite their hardships, the animals are easily placated by Napoleons retort that they are better off than they were under Mr. Jones, as well as by the sheeps’ chant of “four legs good, two legs bad”.

Mr. Frederick, a neighbouring farmer, attacks the farm, using blasting powder to blow up the restored windmill. Although the animals win the battle, they do so at great cost, as many, including Boxer the workhorse, are wounded. Although he recovers from this, Boxer eventually collapses while working on the windmill (being almost 12 years old at that point). Boxer is taken away in a knacker‘s van, but Squealer quickly assures the animals that the van had been purchased from the knacker by an animal hospital and that the previous owner’s signboard had not been repainted. Squealer subsequently reports Boxer’s death and martyrizes him with a festival the following day. However, the truth is that Napoleon had engineered the sale of Boxer to the knacker, allowing Napoleon and his inner circle to acquire money to buy whisky for themselves.

Years pass, the windmill is rebuilt, and another windmill is constructed, which makes the farm a good amount of income. However, the ideals which Snowball discussed, including stalls with electric lighting, heating, and running water, are forgotten, with Napoleon advocating that the happiest animals live simple lives. In addition to Boxer, many of the animals who participated in the rebellion are dead or old. Mr. Jones, having moved away after giving up on reclaiming his farm, has also died. The pigs start to resemble humans, as they walk upright, carry whips, drink alcohol and wear clothes. The Seven Commandments are abridged to just one phrase: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” and the maxim “Four legs good, two legs bad.” is changed to “Four legs good, two legs better.” Napoleon holds a dinner party for the pigs and local farmers, with whom he celebrates a new alliance. He abolishes the practice of the revolutionary traditions and restores the name “The Manor Farm”. The men and pigs start playing cards, flattering and praising each other while cheating at the game. Both Napoleon and Mr. Pilkington, one of the farmers, play the Ace of Spades at the same time and both sides begin fighting loudly over who cheated first. When the animals outside look at the pigs and men, they can no longer distinguish between the two.

A letter of hope

To my love,

I am so in love with you sometimes I can’t even stop smiling for a whole day. I find myself thinking about you and I melt. You have touched my heart and my soul so deeply. I don’t know where I begin and you end. We have become One. You are my heart and soul and I love you so desperately.

Believe in love again, as I do. Believe that you are worthy of this feeling. Trust in me to open your heart and kiss all your scars. I love you through everything. I could love you through anything. I love you enough to give you all that I am without question. You are the greatest source of inspiration for me. I can’t believe this is happening to me. To us. But I am so humbled by it. By you. I pray God has kept you safe and loved. I am here now in your life to be your rock, your biggest fan, and your champion of love. Put all of your worries on me and I will be there for you.

You are all I need. You are my greatest blessing and I aim to put all others before me to shame by oving you more than you know. To me love is a building block into creating the feeling of home. And I couldn’t be happier to say you are what home is to me. I love you for the gift that you are to my life. I wake up alone every morning waiting for my chance to speak to you and see you. I am humbled by your heart. Your capacity to love me is the greatest feeling. I love you and  I wnt us like this all of the time.

I choose you. I have always picked you. Even before I met you. You are my dream come true and my best answered prayer. I am proud of us. We have found love and a way to communicate on a deeper level. I love everything about you. And I love you. Forever.

 

Love Always,

Me

Fresh start and a trip to Chi-town

fresh.start  I have decided to start fresh on this website. I haven’t had any free time the past few months and am finally making time for myself. I need to. I am so unbalanced with working too much that it has become unhealthy. I like to stay centered.

There are so many changes happening in my life and it’s only going to get better. I have so much love in my life right now I almost don’t feel worthy of it. I am humbled by all of my family and friends that have taken the time to talk to me. I love my family a lot but we struggle to stay in touch. Everyone is so busy and when the weather gets nice most of them take off for Florida to summer there. They don’t get back home until the beginning of fall. Such an unusual family I have. I wouldn’t trade them for the world. My friends are always calling or texting. Keeping me up to date on who is having another baby, who is getting married, and unfortunately who is getting divorced. I love that I’m still in the loop with them after everything the past year. I am thankful. I am humbled.

My mind often goes to what loves means to me. I think it means creation. I believe we are born to create love. That doesn’t mean in the Bible sense. It means we build relationships, friendships, momentary acquaintances that really touch your heart. People come into your life the moment they are meant to. It is by nature, an act of God. And they leave the moment they are meant to. The ones that stick around for a long, long time, they are meant to heal you. They know you well and know your story. They are the ones that carry on your essence. I know my story is so big I need several people to carry it. I want to be known as a kind and loving man who did the best he could. I would be happy with just that much. I know I am so much more, but I don’t feel the need to have a goal other than kindness.

I can’t wait to get back home to Chicago. I have a business trip next week. I’m so excited to go. I had planned on meeting up with an old friend but she decided that would not be in her best interest. So I said okay and take care. She is in her own world and I’m happy to leave her where she is happiest. I am a little sad to not be seeing her but I know it’s for the best. The food there is amazing. I plan on bringing a bunch of my favorite stuff back with me. I will only be there a few days. I wanted to stay a week but with all the bad weather in Oklahoma recently I need to stay focused on getting it all cleaned up.

I miss Chicago. It was my happy home for a long time. Now it’s a stopping place to rest and visit. I’m glad I had all of the experiences I had and I move on with joy in my heart. I know my strength now. I know my weaknesses. I know who I am and I am glad for that.

I hope everyone is doing well. I am taking each day one by one. I am still an avid reader and will be sharing the books I read once again on here. I look forward to all the comments and reconnecting. Have a great day. Know that you are loved!