Baby Stepping it One Lesson at a Time

As my study buddy Julie and I navigate through our four weekly lessons,  themes become revealed in the teachings. The Course has a way of baby stepping students through the material into some fairly deep philosophical terrain. So much so, that I pause with a big grin on my face when I realize how far down the rabbit hole we have gone without realizing it. I am in gratitude for the  baby steps.cause_effect_world

Coming from a non-religious background I do not struggle with lessons pertaining to God/Source/Universal Law being within us rather than something we need to connect with outside of us. I certainly do have my struggles and that is what inspired this post.

Lesson #75 – The Light Has Come

I packed “Big Blue” in my suitcase and crossed the border for Amma’s Embracing The World Retreat in Seattle. I wrote about that on my blog if you are interested in the experience I had with my seven year old daughter with Amma, the hugging Guru. In relation to The Course, I really hit the wall for the first time since I began. So much so I knew I couldn’t move past the lesson until I “got it”.knees_on_the_floor

At the retreat, I was surrounded by people from all walks of life, gathering together in a hall to experience Amma’s loving energy. Some believe her to be God, some believe she can heal the ills of their life and some (like me) want to bask in her glow of loving energy and enjoy the blessings that come from that kind of love. Receiving darshan (a hug) from her is such a sweet experience, but it can also stir up intense emotions and it DID.

So as I enter my meditation for this lesson: The light has come. I have forgiven the world, simply put, I cannot forgive the world. Feeling of injustice, suffering and unhappiness surface.

Perhaps if I was a high Lama living, breathing and practicing meditation and service for decades I would achieve a level of forgiveness that surpasses my ego, but I am just not there. Not…even…close.

Typically, the lessons and meditations move me in a way where I deeply connect with them. I can feel myself progressing and accepting the teachings and incorporating them into my daily interactions. I just couldn’t do it.

Here I am at this retreat surrounded by suffering. The energy was palpable. I couldn’t escape it.darkness_forgive

I needed three days with this one. That is the work of The Course. I read and re-read the lesson and could slowly feel myself reconciling my feelings about being in complete forgiveness. I floated through the clouds like a soaring eagle, witnessing the beauty that is our earth. I connected with Source and could embrace its natural state of abundance. I think of earlier Lessons, #14 – God did not create a meaningless world, #28 – Above all else I want to see differently, #32 – I have invented the world I see, #34 – I could see peace instead of this and most of all #46 – God is the Love in which I forgive

Lesson #46 states: God does not forgive because He/Source/Universal Law has never condemned.

We are spiritual beings having a human experience. It is the realization and acceptance of forgiveness as the key to open the door that is the lesson. Every decision we make is an opportunity to put it into practice and hopefully, as we know better we will do better. I see the brilliance in all that “baby stepping” the lessons have been doing.

I recently saw Wayne Dyer speak and he said something so beautiful.

He said, “Think of the sun for a moment. It shines down on the earth and gives life to everything on our planet. Never once, does it ask for anything in return. Imagine what a love like that could do in your life.”sunset_africa

Lesson #75 has cast a light on the depravity of judgement and the requirement of forgiveness in the human experience. It is in love that we are free. And what better place to explore the idea of Love than with Amma.

We have created this blog as a place for sharing, inspiration and support. We would love to hear your experiences on Blazing Light of Glory!

Peace, grace and love! Lisa

Blazing Light of Glory, A Study in A Course in Miracles is a co-created and cooperative writing, studying, and teaching effort of Lisa of BloomLisa and Julianne Victoria of Through the Peacock’s Eyes.


About Lisa van Reeuwyk

I show heart-centred people how to find clarity, live with confidence and create killer cashflows. Vancouver based mom of two beautiful girls and wife to one hunk of love. I read anytime I can, have a sacred love of nature, took my first yoga class was in 1993, constantly taking online courses, I read oracle cards and am inconveniently allergic to garlic.

9 thoughts on “Baby Stepping it One Lesson at a Time

  1. Reblogged this on bloomlisa and commented:

    YES!!!! I finally wrote my first official post on my new blog with the amazing Julianne Victoria of Through the Peacock’s Eyes. This post explores my journey in navigating the concept of complete forgiveness for the world and how I got to the other side. Light & love and many thanks for your support:) Lisa

  2. Lovely Lisa! 🙂 Dyers’ quote reminded me of this little poem:

    Even after all this time
    the sun never says to the earth,
    “You owe me.”
    Look what happens
    with a love like that –
    it lights up the whole world.

    – Hafiz, Persian Poet

    1. YES, perfect Julie. He quotes a lot of poets when he speaks and that is the one smarty pants. You & Wayne remind me of my Dad, always pulling out poetry from the depths of your intelligence.

  3. Lisa, you are well on your way through the course and are stepping in excellent company to receive the insights needed for the lessons …
    I am loving reading your journey my friend
    Blessings Sue xox

  4. Hey Lisa…and hello Julianne Victoria! Great post here…and I am excited to follow this new blog of yours. I have never studied the Course with anyone…only by myself. I look forward to following with you here 🙂 Much love and many blessings!!

  5. Great stuff Lisa! Great post, every time I see you writing about Course on Miracles I feel the book on my book case! Keep going please, Im enjoying reading your experiences for know ;p

    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement! You will know when to dust it off, all in good time. I love how it states on the first page of the Course that it is mandatory, only the time you take it is completely up to you. All good things to you sweet thing!

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