Tag Archives: reality

A Magic Carpet Ride

Studying Big Blue entails much more than an interpretation of the text. Being 280 Lessons in, I would be so bold as to say that whatever your perception of what The Course would be like, that image will in no way resemble the ensuing magic carpet ride.

My interest in pursuing The Course is as a spiritual one. The first time I saw Caroline Myss speak she said, “Religion is the worst thing that ever happened to God.” She has a strong belief in God, but just like The Course teaches, she sees how words separate us.

I enjoy imagining myself looking down on planet earth from deep in space. Seeing the planet as a whole, rather than one with borders and nationalities, filled with rules and beliefs that create division. Great truths are so simple, and resonate at a soul level. Knowing that we are all more alike than different is one of them. Julie discusses this separation eloquently in her post, The Name of God.

I have been exploring my creative side lately as an expression of my journey into love and into deep healing of old wounds.

My Happy Boxes have been a real joy to work with and have opened the door to a new level of intimacy with my husband as we collaborate on images. He is the photographer and I am the photo editor and designer.ACIM_let_things_be_HB2015

Lesson 268 – Let all things be exactly as they are.

I love this sentiment to let things be exactly as they are. There is a deep wisdom in  recognizing how innately our judgements and opinions are woven into each one of our thoughts; both the good and the bad ones. There is a freedom in holding them up like a ripe dandelion to blow away on a cool breeze; a letting go of what no longer serves us.

I am the first to admit that I am no expert in the religions of the world. I read what I can and my interests are varied.  I can clearly see base similarities between religions that at first glance seem worlds apart. The teachings of love as the basis of their dogma is powerful, yet the ego mind can corrupt their essence and obliterate the art of forgiveness, acceptance and other core values as nothing more than collateral damage.

This recent Happy Box sums up my feeling on the matter quite concisely:

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. – Matin Luther King

Studying A Course in Miracles is an interesting journey down into Alice’s rabbit hole which I have written about in more depth. Absorbing the wisdom, interpreting the biblical style text and applying it to life is a challenge indeed. A challenge I have found to be worth all the effort. I take the time to slow down and live in the present more than I ever used to. I am happier, kinder, more forgiving and have enhanced my ability to love everyone….including myself. I embrace gratitude as my yellow brick road and hope you too have found yours.

I will leave you with this sentiment for today.Candle_Sunset_HB

 

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

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What Is Forgiveness?

TwainSince completing the last review section, lessons 201-220, The Course has taken a change of course in how it presents the lessons. They are now broken down into sections of ten lessons with a topic in the form of a question that is covered in the ten lessons. The lessons themselves have become shorter again with one paragraph as a prayer to the Father (God) and one paragraph as the channeled message from Jesus to the authors of The Course.

The first section with this new format is titled: What Is Forgiveness? And in the introduction it states beautifully:

Forgiveness, on the other hand is still, and quietly does nothing. It offends no aspect of reality, nor seeks to twist it to appearances it likes. It merely looks, and waits, and judges not.

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Forgiveness seems so hard for so many. Maybe it is because it is thought of as something that we must do, a great effort or task. But that is an illusion. In reality, we only have to let go and do nothing. Forgiveness is the release of the chains that we put on ourselves, of the suffering we create in our minds, so that we can what? Seek revenge? Hurt someone back? Not forgiving harms no one but ourselves. By finding the inner strength to release, let go, and surrender our anger, hatred, and fear into the arms of God, into Love, into Joy, into Peace, we will suddenly find ourselves at that place of stillness where we already are. And, it takes nothing!

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In Lesson 225 it states: Father, I must return Your Love for me, for giving and receiving are the same, and You have given all Your Love to me. 

When I read for givingI also read forgiving. This made me think of the meaning of forgive. The English word is very similar to the German word for forgive: vergeben, which has more clarity when breaking the word into its two parts: for/ver and give/geben. The give/geben is clear in meaning, but the for/ver tells us how the giving is done: completely, thoroughly, or beyond a boundary (bonds). 

Forgiveness is an act of giving fully, thoroughly, beyond the boundaries of the illusions of the mind. This thorough giving is to our own souls, freeing our Selves from the bonds of the illusions of the mind by surrendering it to Love. Forgiving and receiving are the same and all it takes is nothing!

Lesson 229: Love, Which Created Me, Is What I Am. 

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