Walking Together for 45 Years

I have been studying A Course in Miracles since 1977, so that is 45 years. As a result, that means I’m either spiritually enlightened or a slow learner! I am fond of saying the latter, but if, as the Course tells us, “enlightenment is but a recognition, not a change at all,” then enlightenment is awareness, and that’s what the Course has brought me. I am more aware when I choose fear or make compromises to peace; it’s no longer a comfortable experience for me. Therefore, I choose again much faster than before, which is…

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Train-ing My Vision

Our son, Jeffrey, grew up loving trains. As a little boy, he would say he wanted to be an engineer when he grew up. What he meant was he wanted to be the guy who drove the trains. He still wants to be an engineer, but now that means he wants to be the person who creates and builds structures. He still likes trains, though.

Trains were and will always be a big part of our lives, and I vividly remember a family train ride we took to Los Angeles when Jeff was about four years old. As we looked out the windows…

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The Permanence of Joy

What a great thought! Some may think this is wishful thinking, but this is the truth from A Course in Miracles’ perspective. We need to keep focused on the joy in our lives because that is what we are entitled to. The sad times, the fears, the anger, and depression may seem very real to us, but they are not our truth. We are entitled to miracles . . . we are entitled to the gift that God is holding out to us in this very moment.

Yes, God is giving us a gift at this very moment. As a matter of fact…

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The Freedom of Forgiveness

As summer rolls around, we often feel a sense of freedom. Schools are out, vacations from work are planned, the cold winter weather turns warmer, and summer for those of us who live in the United States brings to mind our country’s birthday and its struggle for freedom. Freedom is not something we can just assume will be given to us in this world. We must nurture and support that truth. We are still seeking freedom, for freedom represents release from bonds that seem to confine us…

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We Will “V” Stronger Together

“Don’t be a silly goose!” Have you ever heard that saying? When I was growing up, I remember hearing it all the time. It was a cute way of saying you were acting foolish and needed to stop that behavior and get the job done! However, if you know anything about geese, you might realize they are anything but silly, and geese certainly know how to get the job done in an efficient, compassionate, and caring fashion. We could all benefit from being a little more like a goose…

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The Power of Grace

During these challenging times in our world, it is appropriate to take a moment to acknowledge the gift that God is always holding out to us: grace. In the Miracle Prayer Ministry for July, our prayer thought is workbook lesson 168, “Your grace is given me. I claim it now.” This thought can help to lift us to the truth. As the lesson says, “If you but knew the meaning of His Love, hope and despair would be impossible. For hope would be forever satisfied; despair of any kind unthinkable. His grace His answer is to all despair, for in it lies remembrance of His Love.”

So many times in our lives, our pain and suffering seem too much to bear. We feel…

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Use It to Go to God

We often look at people who have had successful or inspiring lives, and we might want to be like them. However, we forget those lives didn’t always start out successful or inspiring. While often marked by tragedy or pain, they persevered. It was not that the world showed them success but that they were driven by something deeper.

Spiritual teacher Ram Dass once said that when faced with a challenging situation, we should…

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God’s Voice Speaks to Me All Through the Day

One of the most asked questions by students of A Course in Miracles has to be, “How can I hear God’s Voice?” The above title is from workbook lesson 49, and it gives us a somewhat different answer than the traditional “how-to” answer, for it says you already are listening to God’s Voice!

The lesson goes on to say that there is a part of our mind that “is in constant communication with God, whether you are aware of it or not,” but there is another “part of our mind…

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