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Your Innocence

I have always been inspired by children’s television pioneer, Mr Rogers. His life is a testament to the power of kindness and compassion. Last year a documentary was released on the life of Fred Rogers and his innovative children’s show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood that first aired in 1968. The documentary entitled Won’t You be My Neighbor gave audiences a look at the man who was just as caring behind the scenes as he was in front of the camera. This powerful glimpse provided clues as to how he did it. Fred Rogers always carried in his pocket a quote given to him by a social worker that changed the way he looked at life. It read…

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It’s Not Too Late

The power of A Course in Miracles is that it is practical. It offers us a step-by-step plan for our awakening, a Guide who not only knows the answer to every question you have, but “will tell you, and then do it for you.” (T-14.IV.6) Many complain that the Course is hard, but as it says, “The way is not hard, but it is very different.” (T-11.III.4) This last weekend, the Center offered our first interactive, multimedia live streamed seminar on A Course in Miracles, “Getting God’s Guidance.” Center’s founder, Beverly Hutchinson McNeff, weaved a powerful, insightful, and experiential six hour journey…

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Deciding with God

“You’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off!” Remember that old saying? The fact is we have probably felt like that poor old chicken at one time or another. We have all had so much to do and couldn’t figure out what to do first, so we attempted to do everything at the same time and accomplished nothing! Our lives seem so busy and complicated: work, family issues, personal relationships, health challenges, politics, the environment, and the list goes on and on. What should we do first? There’s so much to do — can it all be done?…

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God is the Love in which I Forgive

“God does not forgive because He has never condemned. And there must be condemnation before forgiveness is necessary.” This powerful thought begins Lesson 46 in the Workbook for Students in A Course in Miracles, and it is an important thought because it tells us something about the Course’s view of God…

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A Course in Miracles for the Purpose Driven Life

Nearly twenty years ago, a book came out entitled, The Purpose Driven Life. It became a huge success because the idea spoke to a deep need and desire in each of us; we all want to know our purpose. We want to know how we fit in — how we can make a difference. We want to feel our contribution is valuable.

We often view our purpose as our profession…what we do for a living. Our profession can be what we get paid for, or what we do without pay, which can be just as important, such as being a parent.

I kept a Mother’s Day card my son gave me a few years back…

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Are You My Mother?

There is a simple children’s book — a perennial favorite I read to my kids when they were young — that depicts the search for spiritual truth in an unusually perceptive and direct manner. P.D. Eastman’s book, Are You My Mother? tells the story of a baby bird who hatches and tumbles from its nest while its mother is off gathering food. Not knowing what its mother looks like, the baby bird wanders the world in search of her, bumping up against a variety of different animals and objects along the way (including a dog, cow, boat, airplane, and a bulldozer) and asking each one the only question that matters to it: “Are you my mother?” Each answers, “No,” except for the bulldozer, which says, “Snort!” and then, in a surprising move, lifts the baby bird back to its nest, where it is finally reunited with its real mother. You might wonder how this story qualifies as a spiritual classic. Let me explain….

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Where Is Your Heart?

The other night we were watching the movie Titanic. I had forgotten how the movie started. It was all about treasure hunting and how this present day crew was using sophisticated machinery to survey the underwater wreckage of the Titanic. The salvagers were on a hunt for a precious, heart-shaped diamond that was purported to have sunk to the bottom of the sea on the ill-fated ship. The movie starts out as a hunt for a worldly treasure and then quickly turns into an inner journey about real value and treasure in the hearts of people…

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Legend or Learning?

Legend has it that the first brownie was made at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, Illinois at the request of Bertha Palmer, socialite and wife of the owner, Potter Palmer. She wanted something cake-like and small that could be served to the ladies at the Columbian Exposition for the Chicago World’s fair of 1893. Working with the hotel pastry chef, she came up with this delicious confection. In 1898 the first reference to the brownie in America appeared in the Sears Roebuck Catalog published in Chicago. If you like your brownies…

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Love Created Me Like Itself

This thought is the cornerstone on which A Course in Miracles is built because it is the truth. From love is everything possible for our healing and the healing of the world. This thought is the reason why “you are the light of the world” …“why God appointed you as the world’s savior” …“why the Son of God looks to you for his salvation.” The Son of God is saved because, “Love created you like itself.” As this lesson goes on to say…

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Call Me Trim Tab

Richard Buckminster Fuller was an American architect, author, inventor, and futurist. Probably best known for his creation of the geodesic dome, Fuller dedicated his life to making the world work for all humanity. What a wonderful purpose! When Fuller died, the following words were inscribed on his gravestone: “CALL ME TRIMTAB.” If you have ever wondered how mighty sailing ships turn, you probably thought it had to do with a rudder…

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