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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What’s Occupying Your Mind?

Many years ago, the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City, as well as other “Occupies” around the country, popped up to protest the financial challenges and wealth inequities and to call for help now. I think we can still relate, as our financial health and other inequities are still problems as we emerge from the pandemic with job layoffs, businesses closing, the wealth gap, mass shootings, and the ramifications of the war in Ukraine. …

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A Shift in Perception

A lady at a resort in the Catskills says, “The food here is terrible!”
Her friend replies, “Yes, and they give you such small portions.”

I always chuckle and shake my head at this joke because it really illustrates the situation of the world. We rant and rave about this problem and that person, but we’re still dining on that “terrible” food!

While we are not going to completely stop sneaking a taste of suffering all at once, we do need to start making a concerted effort to stop repeating the problem. That’s why the workbook of A Course in Miracles is so powerful…

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Tragedy to Transformation

“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.” — Robert F. Kennedy

As students of A Course in Miracles, this statement by Robert Kennedy is exactly how we should be looking at any tragedy but especially the latest shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas. The Course tells us that the Holy Spirit uses everything as a teaching device for bringing us home. Therefore, it is time for us to use every experience, even these, as moments to heal the Son of God…

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Raise Your Words

This quote by thirteenth-century Sufi mystic Rumi is needed now more than ever before. It is often said that we in this country have become divided and tribalized in our current culture. It seems that angry and hateful words and acts have become normalized. But civility and kindness can win out if we remember our goal…

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Eternal Holiness Abides in Me

What better way to start the day than with a declaration of the truth,

“Eternal holiness abides in me.”

And yet, for many of us, it’s hard to say this statement with a straight face! After all, you say, “There were times when I was mean just for the sake of being mean, I withheld my forgiveness because I wanted to, I yelled at her because she yelled at me,” and the list goes on. With all that going on inside of us, how in the world can we affirm, “Eternal holiness abides in me?” But this lesson says…

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A Happiness Birthday Reminder

Sometimes we hold on to our problems like a dog hangs on to a bone. The idea of someone taking those problems away from us causes us to growl and bark out things like, “you don’t understand why I’m so hurt by this” or “how can you expect me to let that go?!” The audacity of someone thinking they can solve our “dearly beloved” problems is just too ridiculous.

When I was in high school (remember high school?), I thought everything was a life-and-death situation. In my mind…

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Is Peace a Rare Commodity?

Peace seems to be a rare commodity these days. Wars rage around the world and even in our own backyards. Perhaps you have experienced family challenges, health issues, or just a feeling of malaise. But you are entitled to so much more; you are entitled to miracles!

A miracle is nothing more than a resetting of our minds to the truth of who we are and what we are entitled to. This awareness allows us to be in the world but not of this world – to use these temporal experiences as a doorway to the peace that will lead us home. And there is no better manual to lead on this journey than A Course in Miracles, as it says…

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