Rev. Glen Ganaway I.M.

Ritual Booth

The Fellowship of Awakening September 21, 2016

 
Teachers of God,

Lesson 265

Creation's gentleness is all I see.

I have indeed misunderstood the world, because I laid my sins on it and saw them looking back at me. How fierce they seemed! And how deceived was I to think that what I feared was in the world, instead of in my mind alone. Today I see the world in the celestial gentleness with which creation shines. There is no fear in it. Let no appearance of my sins obscure the light of Heaven shining on the world. What is reflected there is in God's Mind. The images I see reflect my thoughts. Yet is my mind at one with God's. And so I can perceive creation's gentleness.

 

In quiet would I look upon the world, which but reflects Your Thoughts, and mine as well. Let me remember that they are the same, and I will see creation's gentleness.

The Fellowship of Awakening September 14, 2016

 

Teachers of God,

Lesson 258

Let me remember that my goal is God.

All that is needful is to train our minds to overlook all little senseless aims, and to remember that our goal is God. His memory is hidden in our minds, obscured but by our pointless little goals which offer nothing, and do not exist. Shall we continue to allow God's grace to shine in unawareness, while the toys and trinkets of the world are sought instead? God is our only goal, our only Love. We have no aim but to remember Him.

Our goal is but to follow in the way that leads to You. We have no goal but this. What could we want but to remember You? What could we seek but our Identity?

The Fellowship of Awakening September 7, 2016

 
Teachers of God,

Lesson 251

I am in need of nothing but the truth.

I sought for many things, and found despair. Now do I seek but one, for in that one is all I need, and only what I need. All that I sought before I needed not, and did not even want. My only need I did not recognize. But now I see that I need only truth. In that all needs are satisfied, all cravings end, all hopes are finally fulfilled and dreams are gone. Now have I everything that I could need. Now have I everything that I could want. And now at last I find myself at peace.

And for that peace, our Father, we give thanks. What we denied ourselves You have restored, and only that is what we really want.

The Fellowship of Awakening August 31, 2016

 

 

​Teachers of God,

Lesson for August 31st, 2016

Lesson 244

I am in danger nowhere in the world.

Your Son is safe wherever he may be, for You are there with him. He need but call upon Your Name, and he will recollect his safety and Your Love, for they are one. How can he fear or doubt or fail to know he cannot suffer, be endangered, or experience unhappiness, when he belongs to You, beloved and loving, in the safety of Your Fatherly embrace?

 

The Fellowship of Awakening August 24, 2016

 

First Image: Robert Redford & Paul Newman in movie still from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

 

Second Image: Habitat for Humanity Volunteers

 

The Fellowship of Awakening August 10, 2016

 
Teachers of God;

Lesson 223

God is my life. I have no life but His.

I was mistaken when I thought I lived apart from God, a separate entity that moved in isolation, unattached, and housed within a body. Now I know my life is God's, I have no other home, and I do not exist apart from Him. He has no Thoughts that are not part of me, and I have none but those which are of Him.

Our Father, let us see the face of Christ instead of our mistakes. For we who are Your holy Son are sinless. We would look upon our sinlessness, for guilt proclaims that we are not Your Son. And we would not forget You longer. We are lonely here, and long for Heaven, where we are at home. Today we would return. Our Name is Yours, and we acknowledge that we are Your Son.

The Fellowship of Awakening August 3, 2016

 
​Teachers of God,

Lesson for August 3rd, 2016

Lesson 216

 

I am not a body. I am free. 
For I am still as God created me.

 

 

(196) It can be but myself I crucify.

All that I do I do unto myself. If I attack, I suffer. 

But if I forgive, salvation will be given me.

I am not a body. I am free. 

For I am still as God created me.

The Fellowship of Awakening July 27, 2016

 

I am not a body. I am free. 
For I am still as God created me.

 

(189) I feel the Love of God within me now.

 

The Love of God is what created me. The Love of God is 
everything I am. The Love of God proclaimed me as His 
Son. The Love of God within me sets me free.

 

I am not a body. I am free. 

For I am still as God created me.

The Fellowship of Awakening July 20, 2016

 
Teachers of God;

Lesson 202

I am not a body. I am free. 
For I am still as God created me.

 

(182) I will be still an instant and go home.

Why would I choose to stay an instant more where I do not 
belong, when God Himself has given me His Voice to call 
me home?

I am not a body. I am free. 
For I am still as God created me. 

The Fellowship of Awakening July 13, 2016

 
Teachers of God! 
 

Lesson 195

Love is the way I walk in gratitude.

Gratitude is a lesson hard to learn for those who look upon the world amiss. The most that they can do is see themselves as better off than others. And they try to be content because another seems to suffer more than they. How pitiful and deprecating are such thoughts! For who has cause for thanks while others have less cause? And who could suffer less because he sees another suffer more? Your gratitude is due to Him alone Who made all cause of sorrow disappear throughout the world.​

The Fellowship of Awakening July 6, 2016

 
Teachers of God;
Lesson 188
The peace of God is shining in me now.
Why wait for Heaven? Those who seek the light are merely covering their eyes. The light is in them now. enlightenment is but a recognition, not a change at all. Light is not of the world, yet you who bear the light in you are alien here as well. The light came with you from your native home, and stayed with you because it is your own. It is the only thing you bring with you from Him Who is your Source. It shines in you because it lights your home, and leads you back to where it came from and you are at home.

The Fellowship of Awakening June 29, 2016

 
Teachers of God,

Lesson 181

I trust my brothers, who are one with me.

Trusting your brothers is essential to establishing and holding up your faith in your ability to transcend doubt and lack of sure conviction in yourself. When you attack a brother, you proclaim that he is limited by what you have perceived in him. You do not look beyond his errors. Rather, they are magnified, becoming blocks to your awareness of the Self that lies beyond your own mistakes, and past his seeming sins as well as yours.

The Fellowship of Awakening June 22, 2016

 
​Teachers of God,
God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
 
I take the journey with you. For I share your doubts and fears a little while, that you may come to me who recognize the road by which all fears and doubts are overcome. We walk together. I must understand uncertainty and pain, although I know they have no meaning. Yet a savior must remain with those he teaches, seeing what they see, but still retaining in his mind the way that led him out, and now will lead you out with him. God's Son is crucified until you walk along the road with me.​

The Fellowship of Awakening June 15, 2016

 
Teachers of God,

Lesson 167

There is one life, and that I share with God.

There are not different kinds of life, for life is like the truth. It does not have degrees. It is the one condition in which all that God created share. Like all His Thoughts, it has no opposite. There is no death because what God created shares His life. There is no death because an opposite to God does not exist. There is no death because the Father and the Son are One.

​ 

In this world, there appears to be a state that is life's opposite. You call it death​

The Fellowship of Awakening June 8, 2016

 
​Teachers of God,

Lesson 160

I am at home. Fear is the stranger here.

Fear is a stranger to the ways of love. Identify with fear, and you will be a stranger to yourself. And thus you are unknown to you. What is your Self remains an alien to the part of you which thinks that it is real, but different from yourself. Who could be sane in such a circumstance? Who but a madman could believe he is what he is not, and judge against himself?​

The Fellowship of Awakening June 1, 2016

 
​Teachers of God,

Lesson 152

The power of decision is my own.
​You may believe that this position is extreme, and too inclusive to be true. Yet can truth have exceptions? If you have the gift of everything, can loss be real? Can pain be part of peace, or grief of joy? Can fear and sickness enter in a mind where love and perfect holiness abide? Truth must be all-inclusive, if it be the truth at all. Accept no opposites and no exceptions, for to do so is to contradict the truth entirely.​

The Fellowship of Awakening May 25, 2016

 
Teachers of God!

Lesson 146

My mind holds only what I think with God.

(131) No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth. 
(132) I loose the world from all I thought it was.

The Fellowship of Awakening May 18, 2016

 
Teachers of God;

Lesson 139

I will accept Atonement for myself.

Here is the end of choice. For here we come to a decision to accept ourselves as God created us. And what is choice except uncertainty of what we are? There is no doubt that is not rooted here. There is no question but reflects this one. There is no conflict that does not entail the single, simple question, "What am I?"

Yet who could ask this question except one who has refused to recognize himself? Only refusal to accept yourself could make the question seem to be sincere. The only thing that can be surely known by any living thing is what it is. From this one point of certainty, it looks on other things as certain as itself.

The Fellowship of Awakening May 11, 2016

 
​Teachers of God;

Lesson 131

No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.

Failure is all about you while you seek for goals that cannot be achieved. You look for permanence in the impermanent, for love where there is none, for safety in the midst of danger; immortality within the darkness of the dream of death. Who could succeed where contradiction is the setting of his searching, and the place to which he comes to find stability?​

The Fellowship of Awakening May 4, 2016

 
​Teachers of God,

Lesson 125

In quiet I receive God's Word today.

This world will change through you. No other means can save it, for God's plan is simply this: The Child of God is free to save himself, given the Word of God to be her Guide, forever in his mind and at her side to lead him surely to her Mother's house by his own will, forever free as God's. He is not led by force, but only love. He is not judged, but only sanctified.​

Fellowship of Awakening April 27, 2016

 

Teachers of God;

 
 

Lesson 110

I am as God created me.

Today's idea is therefore all you need to let complete correction heal your mind, and give you perfect vision that will heal all the mistakes that any mind has made at any time or place. It is enough to heal the past and make the future free. It is enough to let the present be accepted as it is. It is enough to let time be the means for all the world to learn escape from time, and every change that time appears to bring in passing by.

The Fellowship of Awakening April 20, 2016

 

Teachers of God;

 
 

Lesson 110

I am as God created me.

Today's idea is therefore all you need to let complete correction heal your mind, and give you perfect vision that will heal all the mistakes that any mind has made at any time or place. It is enough to heal the past and make the future free. It is enough to let the present be accepted as it is. It is enough to let time be the means for all the world to learn escape from time, and every change that time appears to bring in passing by.

The Fellowship of Awakening April 13, 2016

 

Teachers of God;

Lesson 103: God, being Love, is also happiness. 

Happiness is an attribute of love. It cannot be apart from it. Nor can it be experienced where love is not. Love has no limits, being everywhere. And therefore joy is everywhere as well. Yet can the mind deny that this is so, believing there are gaps in love where sin can enter, bringing pain instead of joy. This strange belief would limit happiness by redefining love as limited, and introducing opposition in what has no limit and no opposite.

 

God, being Love, is also happiness.
To fear Him is to be afraid of joy. 

The Fellowship of Awakening April 6, 2016

 
Teachers of God,
We're almost up the first 100!! How're you doing? This relates to today's theme about how we see ourselves reflects on how we treat others. We're in conflict, but don't have to be. Remember where the conflict is....in our clinging to our opinions and desire to control. 

Lesson 96

Salvation comes from my one Self.

Although you are one Self, you experience yourself as two; as both good and evil, loving and hating, mind and body. This sense of being split into opposites induces feelings of acute and constant conflict, and leads to frantic attempts to reconcile the contradictory aspects of this self-perception. You have sought many such solutions, and none of them has worked. The opposites you see in you will never be compatible. But one exists.

The Fellowship of Awakening March 30, 2016

 
Teachers of God;
We're about through with the review. It's worth repeating too. ​We're doing lesson 79 & 80: Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved. & Let me recognize my problems have been solved. 
This presents a problem to me which I would have resolved. 
The miracle behind this grievance will resolve it for me. 
The answer to this problem is the miracle that it conceals.
I need not wait for this to be resolved.
The answer to this problem is already given me, if I will accept it. 
Time cannot separate this problem from its solution.

The Fellowship of Awakening March 23, 2016

 
​Teachers of God;
We're on our second review!! How is that foundation building going? Not too much work I hope.

(63) The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.

My forgiveness is the means by which the light of the world finds expression through me. My forgiveness is the means by which I become aware of the light of the world in me. My forgiveness is the means by which the world is healed, together with myself. Let me, then, forgive the world, that it may be healed along with me.

Suggestions for specific forms for applying this idea are:

Let peace extend from my mind to yours, [name].

I share the light of the world with you, [name]. 

Through my forgiveness I can see this as it is.

The Fellowship of Awakening March 16, 2016

 
Teachers of God;
We now have the next 25 Lessons under our belts. We are placing those foundation stones among the cornerstones of the first 50 Lessons. We are building a strong foundation that we can place Forgiveness, Atonement, Wholeness, Grace and Glory upon. We give up the addictive need for conflict that the ego taught and move forward toward our good and sharing our hearts with the world. 
Lesson 74
There is no will but God's. I cannot be in conflict.
I am at peace.
Nothing can disturb me. My will is God's. 
My will and God's are one. 
God wills peace for His Son.
There is no will but God's. 
These conflict thoughts are meaningless.

The Fellowship of Awakening March 9, 2016

 
Teachers of God,
We've completed the first review and are beginning the next stage as we place the foundation upon the 50 Corner​stones. We are building the Altar of the Heart were the Kingdom of the World meets the Kingdom of Heaven. 

Lesson 69

My grievances hide the light of the world in me.

No one can look upon what your grievances conceal. Because your grievances are hiding the light of the world in you, everyone stands in darkness, and you beside him. But as the veil of your grievances is lifted, you are released with him. Share your salvation now with him who stood beside you when you were in hell. He is your brother in the light of the world that saves you both.​

The Fellowship of Awakening March 2, 2016

 
​Greetings Teachers of God!
We're out the first review and onto some more uplifting like.....

Lesson 61

I am the light of the world.
 
To the ego, today's idea is the epitome of self-glorification. But the ego does not understand humility, mistaking it for self-debasement. Humility consists of accepting your role in salvation and in taking no other. It is not humility to insist you cannot be the light of the world if that is the function God assigned to you. It is only arrogance that would assert this function cannot be for you, and arrogance is always of the ego.

The Fellowship of Awakening February 24, 2016

 
Teachers of God;
We're on Lesson 47! We're almost through with the FIRST 50!! If you're following along you'll find yourself on this lesson: 

God is the strength in which I trust.

Now try to slip past all concerns related to your own sense of inadequacy. It is obvious that any situation that causes you concern is associated with feelings of inadequacy, for otherwise you would believe that you could deal with the situation successfully. It is not by trusting yourself that you will gain confidence. But the strength of God in you is successful in all things.​

The Fellowship of Awakening February 17, 2016

 
​Teachers of God;
We're on Lesson 47! We're almost through with the FIRST 50!! If you're following along you'll find yourself on this lesson: 

God is the strength in which I trust.

Now try to slip past all concerns related to your own sense of inadequacy. It is obvious that any situation that causes you concern is associated with feelings of inadequacy, for otherwise you would believe that you could deal with the situation successfully. It is not by trusting yourself that you will gain confidence. But the strength of God in you is successful in all things.​

The Fellowship of Awakening February 10, 2016

 
​Teachers of God,
We're moving right along. Are you finding it easy, interesting or comfortable to place the foundation stones for the altar of the heart we're building? We're in the final 50 Lessons, which are the foundation stones. 39 has particular significance. It's all about guilt. How well do you deal with guilt? 

 

The Fellowship of Awakening January 13, 2016

 
Teachers of God,
How well do we know ourselves, much less the world? How aware are you of the powers that move? Lesson 12 spells it out. I am upset because I see a meaningless world. As you look about you, say to yourself:
I think I see a fearful world, a dangerous world, a hostile world, a sad world, a wicked world, a crazy world, 
​but I am upset because I see a meaningless world
.​
​What we are actually looking at is our own inability to create meaning. 

The Fellowship of Awakening January 6, 2016

 
Greetings Teachers of God;
Here we go again with the Course in Miracles. It's a new year and a new understanding of this deep, deep text. Are you doing the lessons? It's okay of you don't we're going to be looking at the text in dept and using the ideas to transform our lives and our ability to experience the presence of our Creator, in which we have our existence. 
This is how the Course begins:
 

The Fellowship of Awakening December 23, 2015

 
​Greetings Teachers of God,
We've almost made it another year! These last dozen or so lessons are actually some of the ones that I carry with me all through the year. They are a real touchstone to what ACIM and my mission and passion are all about. Lesson 360 really says it well: 

The Fellowship of Awakening December 9, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
We're wrapping up the year. We are in the Hall of Miracles this week. "What is a Miracle?

A miracle is a correction. It does not create, nor really change at all. It merely looks on devastation, and reminds the mind that what it sees is false.

​" and "Let forgiveness rest on all things." That would be a miracle,right? We'll that's sort of what she means when she says 'correction'. Everything is already okay. It's how we see it, the meaning and connection that we don't recognize upsets us and frightens us. 

The Fellowship of Awakening November 11, 2015

 

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The Fellowship of Awakening November 4, 2015

 
Teachers of God!
I am so proud of us! We went on retreat together and had a great time, built upon our connections with each other and learned something new about selves as well. We laughed, we cried and we listened to each other. I am so proud of this community. 
If you're doing the lessons, we are in the Hall of the 2nd Coming. No wonder the Chapter the corresponds to it is called Healing of the Dream. It signals that we are awake once again to our good and begin to have fun and play instead of worry and work. It says in the Introduction to these 10 lessons:"Pray that the Second Coming will be soon, but do not rest with that. It needs your eyes and ears and hands and feet. It needs your voice. And most f all it needs your willingness. Let us rejoice that we can do God's Will, and join together in its holy light. Behold, the Son of God is one in us, and we can reach our Father's Love through Him." We need to be our bodies for our work on the Earth. Healing our bodies requires we heal our minds. 

The Fellowship of Awakening October 21, 2015

 
Teachers of God;
We've sold out the 25 Spots on this year's Retreat!!! Congratulate yourselves!!!! 

Lesson 293

All fear is past and only love is here.

 

It's not an easy thing to live as if fear is in the past and love is the only reality, but we can demonstrate that. If we know who we are we can act like it. It does need practice though. We practice letting the past go and we practice trusting this moment. This moment is deep and attractive, but to know that we have to have the faith that the past and future hold nothing dear. Not an easy task sometimes. So when you catch yourself in stress know that it's the past or the future, not this moment and know there is only love here.

 

 

The Fellowship of Awakening October 15, 2015

 
Teachers of God;
We're in the section "What is the Holy Spirit" and this is what the Course says: "The goal the Holy Spirit's teaching sets is just this end of dreams. For sights and sounds must be translated from the witnesses of fear to those of love." Are we learning to trust who we are and rely upon our inner guidance to steer us toward that experience? 
We're going to finish up Chapter 25 the Justice of God with a chapter called the Justice of Heaven. It's very important to let self expression tell us how to share with others. What blocks it is comparison among other things. What do you think Justice is? Why is that such a big deal the course? Could it be that we have to change our thoughts about it? In what ways do we participate with justice? 

The Fellowship of Awakening October 7, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
We're moving through the text and the lessons of ACIM: In fact we're up to lesson 277! It says 

Lesson 277

Let me not bind Your Son with laws I made.

Your Son is free, my Father. Let me not imagine I have bound him with the laws I made to rule the body. He is not subject to any laws I made by which I try to make the body more secure. He is not changed by what is changeable. He is not slave to any laws of time. He is as You created him, because he knows no law except the law of love.

The Fellowship of Awakening September 30, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
We're on Lesson 272: How can illusions satisfy the Child of Truth? Yet we keep trying and trying to squeeze some satisfaction from them. It's not possible yet we're tempted, I certainly know. The Lesson says "​Can dreams content me? Can illusions bring me happiness?" That cannot be, can it. Remember the advertisement: Coke: It's the Real Thing! That's what we're talking about. 

The Fellowship of Awakening September 23, 2015

 
Teachers of God;
We're building the Hall of the Body. In the introduction it says "The body is the means by which God's Son returns to sanity. Though it was made to fence him into hell without escape, yet has the goal of Heaven been exchanged for the pursuit of hell. The Son of God extends his hand to reach his brother, and to help him walk along the road with him. Now is the body holy. Now it serves to heal the mind that it was made to kill." How we use the world, our bodies is very important. We can use the world to heal or hurt. 
We're up to one of my favorite lessons. The 5 Laws of Chaos! I look forward to this class every year. We're in Chapter 23, called The War Against Yourself. It's a serious discipline to get used to the ways we're being tricked back into suffering. Come and listen in and share your experiences! It has everything to do with the body and what we thing we're here for. Cannot Wait to Share with YOU!!!

The Fellowship of Awakening September 16, 2015

 
​Teachers of God;
We're up to Lesson 259. Only 65 more days before the end of the Calendar year. Today's ​lesson is particular relevance to to the section in the course we're going to be looking at. Let me remember that there is no sin. This isn't just an intellectual idea. It's an idea that requires action on our part. The prayer this today is "Father, I would not be insane today. I would not be afraid of love, nor seek for refuge in its opposite. For love can have no opposite. You are the Source of everything there is. And everything that is remains with You, and You with it." What does it look like to walk around without being afraid to love others? What actions are those?

The Fellowship of Awakening September 9, 2015

 

Teachers of God,

We've created the Forgiveness room upon the foundation we've been building; The Altar of the Heart. We've put in the Hall of the Salvation, the Hall of the World and now we're into the Hall of Sin. The course defines sin in this way "Sin is insanity. It is the means by which the mind is driven mad, and seeks
to let illusions take the place of truth." We must give up the idea of sin and replace it with error. Remember that from Chapter 19? Sin keeps us from being ourselves, to do what is ours to do. It causes us to be unaware of our connection to all that is. 
We're finishing up Chapter 21: Reason and Perception. We're going to look a bit closer at how we move through the world. We're going to talk about what happens when we apply the ideas of ACIM. We have a shift in awareness. We walk differently, sound different and have different experiences. That is sort of the test of understanding these ideas. We either implement them and get the consequences of that, i.e. awakening, a shift, etc Or we don't and continue to talk about them too afraid that our lives will change.

The Fellowship of Awakening September 2, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
So what is the world? "The world is false perception. It is born of error, and it has not left its source. It will remain no longer than the thought that gave it birth is cherished. When the thought of separation has been changed to one of true forgiveness, will the world be seen in quite another light; and one which leads to truth, where all the world must disappear and all its errors vanish. Now its source has gone, and its effects are gone as well." Without our error thinking we experience Reality. And like Lesson 244 Says 'I am in danger no where in the world." 

The Fellowship of Awakening August 26, 2015

 
Teachers of God!
What is Salvation? YIKES!! What in the world do I need to saved from? Really! Most of us don't think too highly of ourselves. Do we know that we're already okay? To quote ACIM: "Salvation is a promise, made by God, that you would find your way to Him at last. It cannot but be kept. It guarantees that time will have an end, and all the thoughts that have been born in time will end as well. God's Word is given every mind which thinks that it has separate thoughts, and will replace these thoughts of conflict with the Thought of peace." So how do we end conflict? 
We're on Chapter 20: The vision of holiness. Are you a vision of holiness? What does that evoke? Come by and find out it's not what you thought it was. 

The Fellowship of Awakening August 19, 2015

 
​Teachers of God,
Our retreat is filling up. We only have 10 more spots and we'll be full! Tell a friend or family! We're working on making this first retreat something spectacular! We're preparing rituals, workshops and have some special guest presenters that we're excited bout! Carolyn, Yolanda and I are very grateful. We're going learn how to have fun and expand our presence in the world!​
We've placed the cornerstones and built and mortared the foundation of the Altar of Our Heart. ​We've built the ​entry now. We first enter the altar through Forgiveness. To get into any of the other halls, we must pass through forgiveness it is the central tool in ACIM. It says: 

What Is Forgiveness?
Forgiveness recognizes what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred. It does not pardon sins and make them real. It sees there was no sin. And in that view are all your sins forgiven. What is sin, except a false idea about God's Son? Forgiveness merely sees its falsity, and therefore lets it go. What then is free to take its place is now the Will of God.
221. Peace to my mind. Let all my thoughts be still.
222. God is with me. I live and move in Him.
223. God is my life. I have no life but His.
224. God is my Father, and He loves His Son.
225. God is my Father, and His Son loves Him.
226. My home awaits me. I will hasten there.
227. This is my holy instant of release.
228. God has condemned me not. No more do I.
229. Love, which created me, is what I am.
230. Now will I seek and find the peace of God.

The Fellowship of Awakening August 12, 2015

 
​Teachers of God;
Please join us this Halloween for our retreat 'The Face of Our Ancestors'. We will explore the very real felt sense of your importance in the world. When we take responsibility of our lives our actions change. Our attitudes change and we experience greater appreciation and wonder for who we are. That must be integrated, lived, and shared with others. Please join us for this weekend of Workshop, Ritual, and a Bonfire! Blessed Be!

The Fellowship of Awakening August 5, 2015

 
​Teachers of God;
Carolyn MacLaury, Yolanda and I are working very hard to prepare an uplifting Halloween weekend. It's really important that take responsibility for our place in the world. We are the result of the actions of our Ancestors. We are the leading edge of the living intent of those who have come before us. We call the retreat The Face of Our Ancestors because that is You. That is US. We are here, now, to do something amazing. We are putting together a weekend of ritual and workshops that support your ability to stand as fully yourself and do what it is yours to do. Join us, won't you? The world disparately needs your contribution; the work of your ancestors and the fact that you are here is definitive proof of that! Register here: www.TheMightyCompanions.com Discounts available till August 31.

The Fellowship of Awakening July 29, 2015

 
Teachers of God! 
We're in a very important review. For 20 days we say "I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.​" It's the lesson we say the most in ACIM. Why? Well because we've got to develop another perspective. Our lives are not located in our bodies, nor do they find worth in them. Yet that's mostly how we identify ourselves and others and even create these fictions of race, gender and nationality that cause a great deal of suffering. Our bodies do not limit us the way we think they do. We limit ourselves to a body, and we impose this 'truth' on others. We can't do anything about it until we see it for ourselves. 

The Fellowship of Awakening July 22, 2015

 

A Course in Miracles

Chapter 18: The Passing of the Dream

Section I: The Substitute Reality

 

In you there is no separation, and no substitute can keep you from your brother. Your reality was God's creation, and has no substitute. You are so firmly joined in truth that only God is there. And he would never accept something else instead of you. He loves you both, equally and as one. And as he loves you, so you are. You are not joined together in illusions, but in the Thought so holy and so perfect that illusions cannot remain to darken the holy place in which you stand together. God is with you, my brother. Let us join in him in peace and gratitude, and accept his gift as our most holy  and perfect reality, which we share in him.

The Fellowship of Awakening July 15, 2015

 
Teachers of God;
We're in the middle of the year and we're making the slow turn toward the dark, toward are most inner selves. Right now we're at the height! We're moving and shaking! Are you full of energy and vitality? Are  you excited about your life? Are you participating in your relationships in rich and rewarding ways? That's how we're going to create what we want, you know. We're going to enlist the help and skills of others as they enlist our help. 

The Fellowship of Awakening July 8, 2015

 
Teacher of God;
We've just rounded the halfway mark of the year. The Introduction to this last set of foundation lessons says: "Our lessons now are geared specifically to widening horizons, and direct approaches to the special blocks that keep your vision narrow, and too limited to let you see the value of our goal." Can you take on multiple perspectives? It's a spiritual skill that helps us teach and learn. Lesson 181: I trust my brothers, who are one with me. Lesson 182: I will be still an instant and go home. Lesson 183: I call upon God's Name and on my own. Lesson 184: The Name of God is my inheritance. We don't need to give up who we are to understand another. In fact when we're fully ourselves is when we begin to appreciate others a great deal. 

The Fellowship of Awakening July 1, 2015

 
Teachers of God!
Today's lesson is I trust my brothers who are one with me. It says "Nor do we ask for fantasies. For what we seek to look upon is really there. And as our focus goes beyond mistakes, we will behold a wholly sinless world. When seeing this is all we want to see, when this is all we seek for in the name of true perception, are the eyes of Christ inevitably ours."​ Did you know that your brother is a good indication of whether you're seeing oneness or not? Do you really want to see what's before you or something that's going to keep you in illusion, upset and chasing your tail. 

The Fellowship of Awakening June 24, 2015

 
Teachers of God! 
We're on our 2nd the last review! We've almost half way done. Did you know that on July 1st we're halfway there? There are only 291 Original lessons in ACIM. The one you say the most is I am not a body, I am free; I am still as God created me. And we learn about the Holy Instant. 

The Fellowship of Awakening June 17, 2015

 
Teachers of God!
We're rounding toward the middle of the year. We start to turn toward the second half of the year on July first. It's no accident that the focus of the lessons is changing toward statements of being rather than illuminating error. There is one life that I share with God. Lesson ​167. In Chapter 14 it says, Life if God. We're beginning to piece together what the Course is talking about as our identities and how the idea of 'non-duality' works in our lives. Non-dual means 'not two'. We're not you and me, we're we. We're life. The life you feel connected to in a tree or a stream, and the life we feel reflected in the stars. This moment is our experience of it.

The Fellowship of Awakening June 10, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
In Lesson 157 it says: Into His Presence I would enter Now. "Your body will be sanctified today, its only purpose being now to bring the vision of what you experience this day to light the world. We cannot give experience like this directly. Yet it leaves a vision in our eyes which we can offer everyone, that he may come the sooner to the same experience in which the world is quietly forgot, and Heaven is remembered for a while." We're turning a bit in the lessons. We're taking all the inward direction and placing ourselves right here, right now. There is a physical aspect to it. Can you feel it?

The Fellowship of Awakening June 3, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
We're just past the 150 day marker. We're up to 154! How are you doing? We're moving into the halfway point where we'll turn and explore the gifts we've been given. 
We're looking at the second half of Chapter 14 this week. The chapter is called Teaching for Truth and it's all about acknowledging the darkness.

The Fellowship of Awakening May 27, 2015

 

Teachers of God,

We're in another review. We have a few to go as we underline these importantant foundation stones in our minds and combine them in new ways. It's important not to skip these reviews as they reveal connections that we may otherwise miss. 
We're on to Chapter 14 this week. We'll be here next week too, so dig in! Chapter 14 is called the Teaching for Truth. We're looking at the section called Your Function in the Atonement. Here we find our Creator ready to anoint us on the path. There comes a time in our journey in which our path is sanctioned. We accept fully what it is for us to and accept it as a blessed and holy thing. It's the end of Pentacost in the Christian Calendar, so it's no surprise that we find it here in our study of the Course In Miracles. Accepting our place is one way that the Holy Spirit offers the experience of Atonement. Isn't it interesting that we can accept others when we're doing our thing? When we're evaluating others we get in trouble, when we're busy in the flow of our unique expressions things just seem to work out. 

The Fellowship of Awakening May 20, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
We're about to go into our fourth Review. But before we do, we'll looking at some deep understanding about truth, itself. The reason we're taught math is so that we can balance a checkbook, handle money, follow a recipe, etc. What would happen if those values (like 0 and 1) changed all the time, or worked differently in California than they did in Thailand? It would be very difficult to apply and manage. Spiritual law is  the same way. We can rely on it and apply it. The truth about ourselves and the world around is can be applied to our jobs, our personal life and everywhere we place ourselves. It's about time that we start relying on what works rather than our past ignorant efforts to manipulate circumstances or muscle our will upon the world. 
These are the foundation stones we are working with this week:
131. No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.
132. I loose the world from all I thought it was.
133. I will not value what is valueless.
134. Let me perceive forgiveness as it is.
135. If I defend myself I am attacked.
136. Sickness is a defense against the truth.
137. When I am healed I am not healed alone.
138. Heaven is the decision I must make.
139. I will accept Atonement for myself.
140. Only salvation can be said to cure.

The Fellowship of Awakening May 13, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
We're looking at Guilt! (insert maniacal laugh here) Kinda what I'm feeling getting this out so late. But there it is. How do we deal with it and how do we participate with it? What's the best way to let it go? Find out with chapter 13! It's a long chapter. We're going to be here a while. (more maniacal laughter)

The Fellowship of Awakening May 7, 2015

 

Teachers of God,

 

The Fellowship of Awakening April 29, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
We're in a review right now. The 3rd of 6 Reviews. We're reviewing the last 20 lessons two at a time. I'm sure everyone is reciting them on the hour and every half hour, riiiiiiight? I know. Someone has to develop an app for that. Truly. We've done 90 lessons. Do you feel any different? How is this mind training going for you? We're also developing habits of being and practice. Look at the lesson, try to repeat it, combine them. The 6th Review is 20 lessons repeated, so we're gearing up to some real meaning making. Don't skip the reviews, they're very important to the training.

The Fellowship of Awakening April 23, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
We are all about the path this week. Your path. Your well being and your passion. How can we understand what perfect happiness actually is, other than one that is very specific, very particular to us. We need not let go of our human-ness, just know that it's not all there, and that we're actually using it up, like kindling. We are here, we exist to manifest the joy of God's creation. And yet....that looks different for every individual. In that way we see the road to forgiveness and the strength to believe in our innocence. 

The Fellowship of Awakening April 15, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
We're up to Lesson 100!!! We're moving right along on our building the Altar of the Heart and well on our way in the Journey to the Kingdom. I'd like to focus on lesson 101 today. Do you believe you have to suffer to be happy? Do you think that bad things must happen so that you can know good? It's a dangerous idea, you know. Our suffering is not a requirement for our happiness. Being ourselves is. And we know how to do that.
 

The Fellowship of Awakening April 8, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
Remember last week when we came out of the review into the Light. Light and Strength are One! We build on that idea with joy and peace. We end this next 10 with ideas about Salvation. 
Lesson 91 Miracles are seen in light.
Lesson 92 Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one.
​Lesson 93 Light and joy and peace abide in me.​
Lesson 94 I am as God created me.
​Lesson 95 I am one Self, united with my Creator​.
Lesson 96 Salvation comes from my one Self.
Lesson 97 I am spirit.
Lesson 98 I will accept my part in God's plan for salvation.
Lesson 99 Salvation is my only function here.
Lesson 100
​ 
My part is essential to God's plan for salvation.

The Fellowship of Awakening April 1, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
Big Day! We come out of the review again into the LIGHT! 
 
Miracles are seen in light. 

 

The body's eyes do not perceive the light. 
But I am not a body. What am I?

What you think you are is a belief to be undone. But what you really are must be revealed to you. 
I am not weak, but strong. 
I am not helpless, but all powerful. 
I am not limited, but unlimited. 
I am not doubtful, but certain. 
I am not an illusion, but a reality. 
I cannot see in darkness, but in light.-- 

The Fellowship of Awakening March 25, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
We're back! We're in a review right now, our second of six. We're mortaring the previous 60 Lessons. 50 Cornerstones and 10 of the first 100 Foundation Stones. We're learning of the light that undoes our Ego.

The Fellowship of Awakening March 19, 2015

 
Teachers of God!
We're in the second big block of lessons. We're on a pattern now of 20 lessons, then 10 Days in Review. There are six reviews, but the last one is 20 Days! Then we'll start setting things on this foundation. 
Foundation Stones 71-80
Lesson 71: Only God's plan for salvation will work.
Lesson 72: Holding grievances is an attack on God's plan for salvation.
Lesson 73: I will there be light.
Lesson 74: There is no will but God's.
Lesson 75: The light has come.
Lesson 76: I am under no laws but God's.
Lesson 77: I am entitled to miracles.
Lesson 78: Let miracles replace all grievances.
Lesson 79: Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved.
Lesson 80: Let me recognize my problems have been solved.

The Fellowship of Awakening March 11, 2015

 
Teachers of God! 
We've come out of the review into the LIGHT! But it's not any ordinary light. It's our true selves. We're finding that our job is to bring peace to the world, and that is where we find happiness. So nice to find so early in the text. After those huge first cornerstones we get to work on building the rest of the foundation. 
Foundation Stones 61-70
Lesson 61 I am the light of the world.
Lesson 62 Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world.
Lesson 63 The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.
Lesson 64 Let me not forget my function.
​​Lesson 65 My only function is the one God gave me.
Lesson 66 My happiness and my function are one.
Lesson 67 Love created me like itself.
Lesson 68 Love holds no grievances.
Lesson 69 My grievances hide the light of the world in me.
Lesson 70 My salvation comes from me.

The Fellowship of Awakening March 4, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
We've laid the first 50 Cornerstones and had our first review. We've come into the Light! I am the Light of the World and that is my Function!!! 
We're up to Chapter 7: The Gifts of the Kingdom. We're going to be reading from Section VII: The Vigilance to Peace.  here we are at a sort of cross roads, suited up, loaded up. So...what road are we taking? We have a function.....we're supposed to be the Light in this world.....how is THAT accomplished? We're taking on advisors in this stage. In Joseph Campbell's work on the Hero's journey, one of the first things that happens is we encounter our guide, or companion. We're choosing the guide these days, who we're going to listen to and who's advice we're going to take. We are powerful beyond our knowing...we'll discover that soon enough. Our Guide does know who we are and how powerful we are. Our egos want to usurp this power for itself and it's own selfish gains. Can we recognize the difference? Who's your Guide? 

The Fellowship of Awakening February 25, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
We're in our first review. We're stacking five lessons a day now! Oh My Gawd! Don't worry, it's gets more intense (but not much more). We're learning to combine the lessons and see how each fits with one before it. These are cornerstones, remember? Place them well in your heart. We are building the foundation of the Altar of Your Heart.

The Fellowship of Awakening February 18, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
One more day to complete the cornerstones. Then we're going to seal them in with mortar and finish the foundation for the Altar of our Heart. The final cornerstones can be quite beautiful and hint at the second half of the year where we study more about who we are than who we aren't. So lets bask in these first 50 days and let this good news wash over us. It's about to be Chinese New Year: Wood Goat! 
Cornerstones 43-50
43. God is my Source. I cannot see apart from him. 
44. God is the Light in which I see.
45. God is the Mind in which I think.
46. God is the Love in which I forgive.
47. God is the Strength in which I trust.
48. There is nothing to fear. 
49. God's Voice speaks to me all through the day.
50. I am sustained by the Love of God.

The Fellowship of Awakening February 11, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
We're on day 43 and about to complete the first 50 Cornerstones!! Then we'll take another 10 days and put these lessons together in a groups of five. We're building the foundation for the altar of heart that we'll use the rest of the year! Let s take a look at the lessons. 
Cornerstones 37 - 43
37. My holiness blesses the world.
38. There is nothing my holiness cannot do.
39. My holiness is my salvation.
40. I am blessed as the Son of God.
41. God goes with me wherever I go.
42. God is my strength. Vision is His gift.
43. God is my source. I cannot see apart from Him.

The Fellowship of Awakening February 5, 2015

 
Teachers of God;
Week Six! I really enjoy this time of year. Revisiting these lessons every year I see greater and greater structure and a solid foundation forming under me. My mind is getting a tune up. How are the lessons and ideas working with you? We've moved from talking about meaning to our goals/intentions and taking responsibility for our power as the Children of the Creator, the Holy Inheritors of the Kingdom! Do you feel it? Feel how powerful and holy you are. I remember being just blown away by this set of lessons when I did them the first time. 
Cornerstones 29 - 35
29. God is in everything I see.
30. God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.
31. I am not a victim of the world I see.
32. I have invented the world I see.
33. There is another way of looking at the world.
34. I could see peace instead of this.
35. My mind is a part of God's. I am very holy.

The Fellowship of Awakening January 28, 2015

 
Image One: Close up of Plato and Aristotle in Rafael’s painting: School
of Athens (1510)
Image Two: Stock Image in the style of Lichtenstein
Explanation of Images: As we begin on this journey together we agree to
learn and grow together. We must share of ourselves to fulfill our lofty
functions here. We are here to teach and to learn, not compare. We
must teach what we know to be true: to demonstrate and practice
truth. Sharing our hearts with each other actually creates the
atmosphere that these lofty functions thrive in. We’re used to
sequestering our knowledge and skills. Keeping secrets and knowledge
from others is one way we enforce the idea of separation. We can let go
of how our lives are supposed to be and begin to trust the Voice that
likes Us. We don’t need to suffer to learn. We need to believe that the
Universe is supporting us through our teachers and giving us the
opportunity to demonstrate Truth with our friends.

The Fellowship of Awakening January 21, 2015

 
Teachers of God;
Week Four! How are you doing with the lessons? Who was grateful to get to 20 & 21? Finally a relief, right? I love this time of year, at the beginning of things when we finally get to some intentions! I am determined to see things differently. I want to perceive what is actually there, not some fragmented, made up idea of how it is. And I today, as i do every year on the 20th, declare that I want to see the world as it it, differently than my opinion of it. So for about 60 Days we're putting the cornerstones into place. 
Cornerstones 15-21
15. My thoughts are images that I have made.
16. I have no neutral thoughts.
17. I see no neutral things.
18. I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing.
19. I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts.
20. I am determined to see.
21. I am determined to see things differently.

The Fellowship of Awakening January14, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
SECOND WEEK! How's it hanging? Are you about ready to throw this Course out the window? I see only the past! We're still working with how our minds construct 'meaning' and what we believe in and how that contributes to our suffering. How do feel about being a world that has no inherent meaning? Make you nervous? Feel off the hook? Maybe hyper responsible, that's what I felt the first few times. That and like child with a bad habit of picking his nose in public. I couldn't stop doing it and I didn't know I was doing it half the time.
Cornerstones 8-14
8.   My Mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.
9.   I see nothing as it is now.
10. My thoughts do not mean anything.
11. My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.
12. I am upset because I see a meaningless world.
13. A meaningless world engenders fear.
14. God did not create a meaningless world.
I have the habit of relying on my past learning to tell me what everything is and what it's for. Because of that I don't ever take a moment and really look without judgement at the beauty around me without a story. I cannot rely on my opinions to give me accurate information about what I'm looking at and what I am supposed to do. When I rely on my opinions and past learning I hurt myself and piss people off. When I believe my opinions I tend to make others wrong and bad and frighten myself with worry and anxiety about getting hurt. But the real world is here too. I'll ask God to show it to me and help me recognize it.
Image One: Bubble Heart by Kristen Star
Image Two: Treasure Chest clipart
Explanation of Images: What God has placed in your heart to do, you can do. It is in
fact yours to do and is necessary to the wholeness of the world. But we’re afraid of
ourselves and the world we live in. We tell ourselves stories, lies about how the world
works. There is a place of peace within each of us that does know what to do. It’s the
Altar of our Heart. We must not try to take lies and illusion into our hearts. Our heart
will deny them. We are learning the expression of wholeness our heart is trying to
teach us. Wholeness and Peace are of our union with all beings. Let go of the past
learning that tells us our deepest heart desires and longings are not possible. Join
with the supportive universe in creating what it is for you to create and living the life
that you were meant to live. Make a commitment to honor yourself and your treasure.

The Fellowship of Awakening January 7, 2015

 
Teachers of God,
Here we go again. It's a week now into the new year. We're on Lesson 7 and we're learning first about meaning. We jump right in to the deep end of the pool and say 'Nothing I see means anything." Say WHAT? Nope, form doesn't have inherent meaning. Do you know the difference between your opinion and the truth? That's worth looking at, right? Here we go. Doing the lessons is really cool and will change your life. If you want to change, that is. And are grateful of what's going on right now? So with Gratitude and Willingness we begin. 

The Fellowship of Awakening December 31, 2014

 
Teachers of God,
We have been really blessed by this community. I'm very grateful each of you is in my life. 
We're about to start again. It's what the Epilogue says in the last lesson, you know. "This course is a beginning, not an end." And so we end at the beginning and start all over again. I hope we see each of you at some point in the new year as we enter our second year at Yeoryia Studios. We're really praying up that Carmen Room! And as the Epilogue also states: "The end is certain, and the means as well." 
We are looking at the last section of the last section of the course. It's called Choose Again, and that's the whole deal, isn't it. In the very ancient history, that's what we called 'MAGIC'. It was the ability to change you mind. Because we know that when we change our minds we can change the world and ourselves. 

The Fellowship of Awakening December 24, 2014

 

Lesson for Christmas Day!

Peace be to me, the holy Son of God.
Peace to my brother, who is one with me.
Let all the world be blessed with peace through us.

Father, it is Your peace that I would give, receiving it of You. I am Your Son, forever just as You created me, for the Great Rays remain forever still and undisturbed within me. I would reach to them in silence and in certainty, for nowhere else can certainty be found. Peace be to me, and peace to all the world. In holiness were we created, and in holiness do we remain. Your Son is like to You in perfect sinlessness. And with this thought we gladly say "Amen."

 

The Fellowship of Awakening December 17, 2014

 
Teachers of God,
We just finished the second to the last hall! What is a Miracle? It's a correction, right? We're finally seeing the world as it is instead of the way we want it, right? The last paragraph in the introduction says "Miracles fall like drops of healing rain from Heaven on a dry and dusty world, where starved and thirsty creatures come to die. Now they have water. Now the world is green. And everywhere the signs of life spring up, to show that what is born can never die, for what has life has immortality." We're at the new beginning place, the place where we can let go of all the old ways that no longer serve us. Let the illusion die. Let the pain die. Let the sorrow and suffering be corrected by the miracle of our living presence. 
The 10 Pillars of the Hall of Miracles
341. I can attack but my own sinlessness, And it is only that which keeps me safe.
342. I let forgiveness rest upon all things, For thus forgiveness will be given me.
343. I am not asked to make a sacrifice to find the mercy and the peace of God.
344. Today I learn the law of love; that what I give my brother is my gift to me.
345. I offer only miracles today, For I would have them be returned to me.
346. Today the peace of God envelops me, And I forget all things except His Love.
347. Anger must come from judgment. Judgment is the weapon I would use against myself, To keep the miracle away from me.
348. I have no cause for anger or for fear, For You surround me. And in every need that I perceive, Your grace suffices me.
349. Today I let Christ's vision look upon All things for me and judge them not, but give Each one a miracle of love instead.
350. Miracles mirror God's eternal Love. To offer them is to remember Him, And through His memory to save the world.

The Fellowship of Awakening December 10, 2014

 
Teachers of God,
We're in the final few weeks of the year and our study is getting quite intense. We have just completed the Hall of I AM! These are some of the longest lessons in the Course too. The introduction to Who Am I states "We are the holy messengers of God who speak for Him, and carrying His Word to everyone whom He has sent to us, we learn that it is written on our hearts." That is what the Course is for, you know. Have we read the words that have been written on our hearts? Are we willing to do the task of helping others discover and follow their heart's instructions? I call us Teachers of God because that's all we're going to do if we're going to experience the happiness of doing what is on our hearts. We need the Holy Spirit, but we need each other as well. We need other's help and we want to be in service to them. How that happens is different for each of us. 

The Fellowship of Awakening December 3, 2014

 
Teachers of God! 
We're nearly done this year's lessons. Did you know that we're on week 49? There are only a couple more weeks to go. We're half way through 'What is the Ego?" Funny how we wait to this point in the Course to put this down in a definite way. The Course gives this answer: "The ego is idolatry; the sign of limited and separated self, born in a body, doomed to suffer and to end its life in death​." Yikes!!! How often do we rely on what's gonna come and then go? Would we recognize what's permanent if we wanted to? We have the innate ability to see through the antics of our wishful thinking, but we need help from our friends. We'll complete the lessons next week, then it's off to the final hall "What is a Miracle" and we'll put a roof on our Altar of the Heart with "What am I." Can't wait!! 

The Fellowship of Awakening November 26, 2014

 
Teachers of God,
We're finishing up the Hall of Creation this week! So "What is Creation?" The introductions says: "Creation is the opposite of all illusions, for creation is the truth. Creation is the holy Son of God, for in creation is His Will complete in every aspect, making every part container of the whole." What does that sound like? A hologram, of course. Did you know that you are a hologram? And the the Galaxy is a hologram? And the the Universe is a Hologram? Did you know that you contain Creation? That you are the only thing that has ever been created? 
The 10 Pillars of the Hall of Creation
321. Father, my freedom is in You alone.
322. I can give up but what was never real.
323. I gladly make the "sacrifice" of fear.
324. I merely follow, for I would not lead.
325. All things I think I see reflect ideas.
326. I am forever an Effect of God.
327. I need but call and You will answer me.
328. I choose the second place to gain the first.
329. I have already chosen what You will.
330. I will not hurt myself again today.

The Fellowship of Awakening: November 19, 2014

 
Teachers of God,
We are entering the next Hall! We've begun to explore Creation!! We've got less than a hundred pages and we are building that last three Halls before we put a roof on or Altar of the Heart. We'll complete it next next week. Just know this: "Creation is the sum of all God's Thoughts, in number infinite, and everywhere without all limit. Only love creates, and only like itself." And that is where we have our life and being. 
We're looking at Chapter 28: The Undoing of Fear and we're going to look at the contrasts and values of a single separate existence or one with our brothers and sisters in community in the Mind of God. 

The Fellowship of Awakening November 12, 2014

 
Teachers of God,
We're in the last 60 Days of the year. Things are getting deep, y'all! If you're following the lessons, you know that we're on the 'The Last Judgement" as in....what is it? The Course Says: "The final judgment on the world contains no condemnation. For it sees the world as totally forgiven, without sin and wholly purposeless." and "This is God's Final Judgment: "You are still My holy Son (CHILD), forever innocent, forever loving and forever loved, as limitless as your Creator, and completely changeless and forever pure." Not Bad! I'll take that! Forever Loving and Forever Loved!! We fear that we're not going to measure up, but it's not true. We are uniquely able to do what it is for us to do. We'll do the review next week as we end the section. 

The Fellowship of Awakening November 5, 2014

 
Teachers of God;
We've started the 9th Question. We're in the Hall of the Second Coming. So what is the Second Coming? The Introduction says "Christ's Second Coming, which is sure as God, is merely the correction of mistakes, and the return of sanity." Are we ready to operate from our sane minds at all times? Are we ready to know ourselves as sane? Can we imagine seeing our mistakes before we make them? The second coming is the realization that it's alright where we are and it's safe and fun to be ourselves and all those crazy ideas we like to worry about just go away. 
The 10 Pillars of the Second Coming
301. And God Himself shall wipe away all tears.
302. Where darkness was I look upon the light.
303. The holy Christ is born in me today.
304. Let not my world obscure the sight of Christ.
305. There is a peace that Christ bestows on us.
306. The gift of Christ is all I seek today.
307. Conflicting wishes cannot be my will.
308. This instant is the only time there is.
309. I will not fear to look within today
310. In fearlessness and love I spend today.

The Fellowship of Awakening October 29, 2014

 
Teachers of God,
We just finished the question "What is the Real World". Has anyone ever told you to 'Get Real!" What they mean, of course, is to 'Get Cynical!" The real world is not frightening or painful. The central paragraph in the introduction to this section reads "What need has such a mind for thoughts of death, attack and murder? What can it perceive surrounding it but safety, love and joy? What is there it would choose to be condemned, and what is there that it would judge against? The world it sees arises from a mind at peace within itself. No danger lurks in anything it sees, for it is kind, and only kindness does it look upon." Do you believe you are kind, peaceful, and full of love and joy? That's how we know we're experiencing the real world. Not through suffering, attack and judgement. 
The 10 Pillars of the Real World
291. This is a day of stillness and of peace.
292. A happy outcome to all things is sure.
293. All fear is past and only love is here.
294. My body is a wholly neutral thing.
295. The Holy Spirit looks through me today.
296. The Holy Spirit speaks through me today.
297. Forgiveness is the only gift I give.
298. I love You, Father, and I love Your Son.
299. Eternal holiness abides in me.
300. Only an instant does this world endure.

Fellowship of Awakening October 22, 2014

 
Teachers of God,
So we're at the point of the year where we ask 'What is the Real World?'. No accident that in many of the worlds traditions this is the New Year. At this time of year we're told that we should remember our ancestors and perhaps atone for our transgressions. Things are dying all around us. What is this reality when things die and go away? The Course says in the introduction to these 10 Pillars of the Real World: "The real world is a symbol, like the rest of what perception offers." and "The real world shows a world seen differently, through quiet eyes and with a mind at peace." Fear Not! There is a world we want to inhabit. One that Truth is evident and Love is an experience all around us. We'll go over the pillars next week as it's the end of the section and Halloween Season.

Fellowship of Awakening October 15, 2014

 

Teachers of God,

We're finishing up the hall of the Holy Spirit. We'll begin What is the Real World next week. As you know the workbook tracks very well with the text. We're reading this week from Chapter 25: The Justice of God. We're looking at the section called 'The Light You Bring" from section five. It's a study of projection and what our eyes are for and what we are to do here on Earth with these bodies. If we're listening to the Holy Spirit, then what kind of world becomes possible? 

 

Fellowship of Awakening October 8, 2014

 
Teachers of God,
We're entering the Hall of the Holy Spirit today. We begin setting up the 10 Pillars today. The question is 'What is the Holy Spirit?' and we are lead to the answer, our continually developing understanding, by contemplating these ideas. The introduction says "The Holy Spirit mediates between illusions and the truth." and "The goal the Holy Spirit's teaching sets is just this end of dreams." Do we know the difference between ourselves and our projections? 
The Pillars of the Hall of the Holy Spirit are:
281. I can be hurt by nothing but my thoughts.
282. I will not be afraid of love today.
283. My true Identity abides in You.
284. I can elect to change all thoughts that hurt.
285. My holiness shines bright and clear today.
286. The Hush of Heaven Hold My Heart Today.
287. You are my goal, my Father. Only You. 
288. Let me forget my brother's past today.
289. The past is over. It can touch me not.
290. My present happiness is all I see.

The Fellowship of Awakening October 1, 2014

 
Teachers of God,

We're working in the Hall of the Christ! Remember that Christ is a Greek word. It means 'The Anointed'. Two-thousand years ago there were a lot of folks who took that title. Especially first born sons indicating they were the main inheritor of their father's estates. The Course uses the term to talk about the one Child of God. It says "Christ is God's Son as He created Him. He is the Self we share, uniting us with one another, and with God as well. He is the Thought which still abides within the Mind that is His Source." and "Home of the Holy Spirit, and at home in God alone, does Christ remain at peace within the Heaven of your holy mind. This is the only part of you that has reality in truth. The rest is dreams." in the introduction to his section of the Lessons. Did you know that a part of your mind doesn't sleep? Did you know that you are always connected to reality? Here is what we're working with this week and into next.

The Fellowship of Awakening September 24, 2014

 
Teachers of God,
We're half way through with the Hall of the Body! Another wonderful definition of the body. We learned earlier in the Course that the body is a 'learning device' and here it has something else to say. It say in the Introduction to What is a Body "The body is a fence the Son of God imagines he has built, to separate parts
of his Self from other parts." An imaginary fence. We aren't separated, you know. We actually share the same life. Everything that has ever lived and will ever live has shared this life. The idea of a body is a huge message in ACIM. Remember the 20 days we spent repeating it? Well it comes up again to help us know our truth and perspective of a spirit in a body.

Here are the 10 Pillars of Hall of the Body
261. God is my refuge and security.
262.  Let me perceive no differences today.
263. My holy vision sees all things as pure.
264. I am surrounded by the Love of God.
265. Creation's gentleness is all I see.
266. My Holy Self abides in you, Son of God.
267. My heart is beating in the Peace of God.
268. Let all things be exactly as they are.
269. My sight goes forth to look upon Christ's Face.
270. I will not use the body's eyes today.

The Fellowship of Awakening September 17, 2014

 
Teachers of God,

We're finishing up the 10 Pillars of Sin! Whoo Hoo! We learned that is basically insanity and that it's believing we can turn illusion into reality. I like to think of sin as the idea that I can break god. It's absurd. The Truth of who we are and meant to express is very clear when we are able to be present with what is actually occurring in our lives. Whether it's pleasure, pain, ennui or plain old fashioned worry. We can look, and be present with our bodies, the sensations that are generated and truly be present to our healing and enjoyment. Sin cuts this short and narrows our ability to experience reality.

The Fellowship of Awakening September 10, 2014

 

Teachers of God,
Its only fitting that after we build the hall of Salvation and the Hall of the World we would take ten days to look into sin. It says in the introduction that "Sin is insanity. It is the means by which the mind is driven mad, and seeks to let illusions take the place of truth.​"​ When we're upset we're believing something is just not right and has to change for our happiness. We go insane at those times. Nothing has to change, but how we look at it. You can't break the world, after all.

The 10 Pillars of the Hall of Sin
251. I am in need of nothing but the truth.
252. The Son of God is my Identity
253. My Self is ruler of the universe.
254. Let every voice but God's be still in me.
255. This day I choose to spend in perfect peace.
256. God is the only goal I have today.
257. Let me remember what my purpose is.
258. Let me remember that my goal is God.
259. Let me remember that there is no sin
260. Let me remember God created me.

The Fellowship of Awakening August 27, 2014

 
Teachers of God,
We've constructed the entry, our Hall of Forgiveness. We enter into this room first before we enter any other room standing upon the foundation we've been laying all year. Here we put up the Pillars of Salvation. Salvation has been defined in this way in the Introduction: "Salvation is a promise, made by God, that you would find your way to Him at last." We will know our natures, we will experience our wholeness. It's a promise. And just a few paragraphs later: "Salvation is undoing in the sense that it does nothing, failing to support the world of dreams and malice." And in this way it's clear perception of what is. It's the ability to appreciate what is actually going on. The promise is that we can have skilled lives of joyful service. If we let of what isn't there. We're saved. Saved for Glory.

The Fellowship of Awakening: August 7, 2014

 

    

Teachers of God,

How's your foundation coming? We're almost done. When we see each other next we'll be on to the first question in the rest of the year's lessons. What is Forgiveness? I kind of think about this as the Entry Way or Foyer to the 12 Halls. So Build your foundations right and we'll put on them an understanding of forgiveness to start.

We're on my favorite chapter. Chapter 19: The Attainment of Peace. This week we're going to look at the foundations to this peace.

The Fellowship of Awakening: July 31, 2014

 

Teachers of God,

We're on the final ten days of our foundation. Are you enjoying saying "I am not a body, I am free. I am still has God created me." ? I learn something different each time I go through these lessons. They become more and more meaningful to me. I'm hearing 'STILL' this  time. I'm still as God created me. I have always been and will always remain. I don't need to worry about my identity so much. Or even worry about maintaining it. An Oak has zero ability to be a Sycamore. Zero. Doesn't even have to try to an oak. No matter where it grows it'll be an  oak. If it's a bonsai or lives in an open field, or a deep forest, it'll always be an oak. I am still God's child. No matter what happens or what I think happens.

The Fellowship of Awakening: July 24, 2014

 
Teachers of God,
We're in a review of the Lessons putting the final mortar on our extensive foundation of concepts. For 20 Days we will repeat 'I am not a body, I am free. I am as God created me.' This lesson is repeated more than any other lesson in Course. It has great significance because it is the primary obstacle to our experiencing and operating from the Truth. How much of our subconscious thinking tells us we're bodies. That's the exercise. I am not a body. I am free. I am as God created me.

We're looking at Chapter 18: The Passing of the Dream. We're looking at Section V: The Happy Dream. In the cosmology of the Course this is the place where all is well and God snatches you into heaven. Ever in a good mood where everything just went your way? Trains arrived, boons fell from the sky, and everyone was glad to see you? As we begin to see ourselves differently and act on the lessons contained in the Course our lives improve. Sometimes they difficult for a bit, but we see peace under it all and begin to believe the peace more than we believe the chaos. Are we acting on the Peace more than the illusions and wishes? If we are then the Happy Dream arrives. We enter into conscious relationship with all that is. We see others as essential to our being and our peace. We become grateful for life itself and full of wonder. The Happy Dream reveals Heaven here, now, available to all. We offer our peaceful presence to the world and others so that we can expand our relationship with​ God to all Beings.

A Course In Miracles

Chapter 18: The Passing Dream

Section V: The Happy Dream

 

Image One:

Jacob’s Ladder by William Blake Pencil & Watercolor 1806

 

Image Two:

Sibling Rivalry: Stock Photo

 

Explanation of Images:

We can share this precious moment with others because we share it with God. We didn’t create it, but we do experience the wholeness of our selves and others when we enter into relationship. In our relationship with God is the experience here on Earth, materially and sensually of the ‘happy dream’. We have a lot in common with others, right? They’re searching for the same thing/idea/experience we are, right? Can we be present with what is unchangeable in each other? There are others who are interested in our peace and fulfillment as we support the authenticity in others. Then why so much conflict? Because we forget that we’re looking at ourselves. Only ever looking at ourselves. The more perspectives that consciously join in the goal of peace the more the ‘happy dream’ will reflect the perfect wholeness and peace that we actually are. I need you and you need me. There is no way around this. And that’s a good thing!

The Fellowship of Awakening- July 16, 2014

 
Teachers of God;
We're finishing up the last of our foundation. We'll mix the last review and seal them all in place and begin building the rooms or halls as I call them. We're getting more and more expansive about who we are what is reality and peace....
191. I am the Holy Son of God Himself.
192. I have a function God would have me fill.
193. All things are lessons God would have me learn.
194. I place the future in the Hands of God.
195. Love is the way I walk in gratitude.
196. It can be but my self I crucify.
197. It can be but my gratitude I earn.
198. Only my condemnation injures me.
199. I am not a body I am free.
200. There is no Peace except the Peace of God.

The Fellowship of Awakening- July 10, 2014

 

Teachers of God,

We're up to the final run of the foundational lessons. They're getting longer and more poetic again. ​We have 10 more to go, then we begin putting together the rooms our altar and finally a roof. The​lessons move from Peace, Salvation and Blessing to their fruits: Joy and an end to pain.

185. I want the Peace of God.
186. Salvation of the world depends on me.
187. I bless the world because I bless myself.
188. The Peace of God is shining in me now.
189. I feel the Love with me now.
190. I choose the Joy of God instead of pain.

The Fellowship of Awakening- June 11, 2014

 

Teachers of God,

After guilt and forgiveness we come upon​ Miracles and blessings! We are quickly approaching the half year mark where we will secure our foundation of truth and build this altar. The lessons are fairly long now because we're combining many concepts together. The lessons are building on each other as you would expect. 
This week we are working with:
156. I walk with God in perfect Holiness.
157. Into His Presence I would enter now.
158. Today I learn to give as I received.
159. I give the Miracles I have received. 
​160. I am at home. Fear is the stranger here.
161. Give me your blessing, Holy Son of God.
​162. ​I am as God created me.

The Fellowship of Awakening- June 4, 2014

 
​Teachers of God,
The final forty bricks for our foundation are coming into place. We've completed the fourth review and have two more to go before we start placing rooms upon our 50 Cornerstones and 150 Foundation stones. The reviews are the much needed mortar we place the stones securely in our foundational activity. The first cornerstone is 'Nothing I see means anything.' But we see on lesson 151 it says: All things are echos of the Voice for God.' All things have no meaning because they are echos of what is real, not reality itself. We are real. God is real. Peace is real. The world is only able to reflect us, and that's very useful, but it doesn't have inherent meaning. In other words: Is a pen a pen if has no more ink? Or is it now just shaped like a pen? Is a computer a computer if it doesn't come on? Or does it become a a giant paperweight?

The Fellowship of Awakening- May 28, 2014

 
Teachers of God,

For 10 days, every waking hour, the Course asks us to repeat: My mind holds only what I think with God. This is the first time the review has a theme. This is one of three themed reviews as we wind up the last forty unique lessons. At that time we'll be half way done with the year. My mind holds only what I think with God. The operative word there is 'holds'. I am real. God is real. God made the reality that I experience in this body as Her Child. My will is God's will in Truth, right? All my loving thoughts are real. I'm co-creating the expansion of Love in the here and now. Or I'm trying to hold on to something that does not actually exist, like my suffering and my ego and my scintillating opinion of how I think everything should operate. Are we holding onto reality, which is not painful, or trying to hold on to an illusion, which is the definition of suffering? My mind holds only what I think with God. Let go of the crap, it's gone. Your mind is a holy place full of the thoughts we're thinking with God.

The Fellowship of Awakening- May 21, 2014

 

Teachers of God,

We only have 40 more pieces for the foundation. We've laid 50 cornerstones and 60 foundation stones. We've moved from the Truth and Value and Trust right into forgiveness. We are very attracted to our true nature as whole and complete. Can we let go of what forgiveness means. The Course really wants us to examine what we want to be true. Can we look without preconceived ideas? Does my opinion need to be truth for my safety?
This week's series is:

The Fellowship of Awakening- May 7, 2014

 
Teachers of God,
We're coming up on the 100th Lesson! We've had four reviews and are in the fifth section. We'll have one more section and a review then it's furious pace to the middle of the year as we finish up the foundation. This section begins the second layer and we build upon the first 100 Lessons. Here we are deep into the concept of forgiveness linking it first as a gift from God and joining God in the Love of God's Presence in this moment. This is the order:

121. Forgiveness is the key to happiness
122. Forgiveness offers everything I want.
123. I thank my Father for His gifts to me.
124. Let me remember I am one with God.
125. In quiet I receive God's Word today.
126. All that I give is given to myself.
127. There is no love but God's.

The Fellowship of Awakening- April 30, 2014

 
Teachers of God,
We're wrapping up the second 50 Lessons. They're all about trust and truth. We're learning to trust our nature instead of second guessing. Who knows better how to be us than us? The idea is not to get anywhere you know, that takes care of itself. The idea is to fully express ourselves. Is God blooming you? There is trust in our self knowledge.

This week we'll be looking at the last section of Chapter 12: The Holy Spirit's Curriculum Section 8: The Attraction of Love for Love. Makes sense doesn't it. We know this law as 'Like Attracts Like' Who is in our lives? What is our general disposition? I once knew a person that thought that if they frightened everyone they encountered they would get treated better. I've also known people that declare all day long how hard life is to endure. Have we examined what it is we're seeking and aligned our beliefs to support that experience? I know that I want to live in world that is safe, fun and interesting AND supports my awakening fully to the glorious Child of God I Am. Am I attracting that experience? Do I treat others as I want to be treated? Do I live as want to, or have I postponed that to some later day when it's safe? It's safe now to step into our lives the way we feel authentically expresses our connection to All That Is. Love is very attracted to Love. The way to have any experience in our lives is to express it. Express yourself.

The Fellowship of Awakening- April 23, 2014

 

 

Teachers of God,

We are currently in a review period before we start again on the next twenty, then a review and we'll be half way done with the year! It's flying by y'all. We're reviewing some major blocks. We're stirring up the mortar that we're placing those first 50 lessons in. We're building the altar of our heart. We're building it with the thoughts we think with God like I AM AS GOD CREATED ME. Did you know that if you got just one of these lessons completely you would pop out of illusion forever? It's true. God made you and the body and life you have is perfect for your transformation.

 

The Fellowship of Awakening- April 16, 2014

 
Teachers of God,
We're winding toward the final third of the first 150 Lessons. We're on lesson 106 and we're learning what Happiness, Joy, Love and Truth have in common. Are we still under the impression that God want's anything less our happiness? Are we still trying to please a capricious god? Ask for favors and say magic words to avoid punishment? These are lessons we're working with this week:
101. God's Will for me is perfect happiness.
102. I share God's will for happiness for me.
103. God being Love, is also Happiness.
104. I seek out but what belongs to me in truth.
105. God's Peace and Joy are mine.
106. Let me be still and listen to the Truth.

The Fellowship of Awakening- April 9, 2014

 
Greetings Teachers of God!

We are about the step onto Lesson 100! Can you feel it? (Technically the 80th Unique Lesson) But we are on day 100 of the is new year with A Course in Miracles. We are moving from the our creation to our function. Exciting time to be alive. It's spring and the juices are flowing! Here is a review of the lessons and you'll see what I mean.

94.  I am as God created me.
95.  I am one Self, united with my Creator.
96.  Salvation comes from my one Self.
97.  I am spirit.
98.  I will accept my part in God's plan for salvation.
99.   Salvation is my only function here.
100. My part is essential to God's plan for salvation.

The Fellowship of Awakening- April 2, 2014

 
Teachers of God,
I want to thank everyone for making The Gathering: Innocence & Renewal a success! We heard a wonderful opening from Aron and some history from Carolyn. We set ourselves in the place of power by claiming our innocence from which all renewals springs. I'm so proud of the new friends we made and being able to celebrate together our own renewal at this time of year.

We are half way through the first half of the year now. We've had a few reviews of the lessons and after the second review the next twenty lessons open with Miracles are seen in the Light. Remember what the lesson was when came out of the first review? That's right! I am the Light of the World. We are soaring again. Miracles are because I Am. Miracles are seen only in the Light I bring. Can we take that in? That's where we are in the text too. Lesson 91 asks us to say:

The Fellowship of Awakening- March 26, 2014

 

Teachers of God,

We're in a review. We're reviewing the  last 20 Lessons.. We are learning to build upon the primary structures  of the first 50 Lessons. Lets take a look at our progress.

I am the Light! Forgiveness is mine! The light brings  peace! Peace and Light are natural. My happiness is natural. I see myself all around me. I couldn't be resentful of angry if I tried. I let go of grievances because I'm open to solutions I don't know about, YET. 

The Fellowship of Awakening- March 19, 2014

 

Teachers of God,

Here we are well into the second set of lessons in the Course. And we've moved into the greater world. How do our thoughts create the world we're in? If we're beginning to understand how our mind operates, which is what the first 50 Lessons are about, then the next 150 are about combining these concepts to shape the world we want to experience. So we're looking at how grievances, salvation and light work together. Do you know the difference between a tool and a goal? Our goal is to experience ourselves as Light. We use the tool of salvation, an experience of wholeness, to undo our concept of a grievance. Are we still mad at the world?

The Lessons for this week are:

71. Only God's plan for salvation will work.

72. Holding grievances is an attach on God's plan for salvation.

73. I will there be light.

74. There is no will but God's

75. The light has come.

76. I am under no law but God's.

77. I am entitled to miracles.

78. Let miracles replace all grievances.

 

The Fellowship of Awakening- March 12, 2014

 

Teachers of God,

We're into the next set of of lessons. Here we find the brick and mortar to our temple. We have the cornerstones and will begin to build a solid foundation in which to build our heart structure.

65. My only function is the one God gave me.

66. My happiness and my function are one.

67. Love created me like itself.

68. Love holds no grievances.

69. My grievances hold the light of the world from me.

70. My Salvation comes from me.

71. Only God's plan for Salvation will work.

I am a vital part of God's plan for peace. I have a gift that valuable to the world. When I exercise that gift I find happiness. I encounter my true nature when I develop my talents, gifts and passions. I am grateful to my Creator for sharing these gifts with me. I am the only one who determines how my gifts are expressed in the world. I am responsible for my passions and my dreams. I will be liberated from grief and anxiety when when I follow my inner guidance in their pursuit. Doing God's will as my function in the world is my will and shows me that I am safe, loved and powerful. When I feel that way I am ready, willing and able to do what it is my Creator would have me do. I am fulfilled exercising my passions and gifts as the will of my Creator in service to my brother.

We are on Chapter 8 this week and will look at the introduction. What is the Curriculum of this Course? Now that we're 8 chapters into it, we are ready to talk about some distinguishing characteristics of those that will be fruitful in this endeavor.  There is a discussion of Knowledge vs Peace and their relationship. Which comes first in our awareness? Why do we think that is so? What is the curriculum of the world? What does the world want from us

 

 

 

The Fellowship of Awakening- March 5, 2014

 

Teachers of God,

We are standing above the 50 Cornerstones of this practice!! We are about to begin the process of putting the remaining pieces of our foundation together. We are learning the laws of Truth an it is well. A Good Time to be Alive! I know the review has been good for you. Let's look at the next few lessons.
 

61. I am the Light of the World.

62. Forgiveness is my function as the Light of the World.

63. The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.

64. Let me not forget my function.

65. My function is the one God gave me.

The Fellowship of Awakening- February 26, 2014

 

Teachers of God,

We're a week into the first review. The lessons are showing us our destructive thinking patterns. If we understood fully what kind of suffering they lead us to we wouldn't be tempted to follow along. How well do you know your mind? Do you consider your responses? I used to pride myself in my stubbornness. I found it very difficult to change my mind even I was confronted with evidence to the contrary. Have you ever been been proud of your ignorance?  "I'm this way." we say or "I would never do that." When all we're doing is protecting our ego. These lessons are asking us to look at our thinking and the ways we make decisions. Are those decisions supporting our happiness? We'll spend a couple of weeks here has we wrap up the review and begin the the next 150 lessons that form our foundation. There are a lot more reviews too, and none of them are grouped liked this ever again.

The Fellowship of Awakening- February 19, 2014

 

Teachers of God,

We are placing the final cornerstone today on the Altar of our Heart. The final stone is an "I AM' statement, the final of five in the first 50 and it's apotheosis.

This week began with "God is my Source" and is ending with 'I Am Sustained by the Love of God." Gentle consistent  pointing to the truth is a tried and true method. These are the lessons:

43. God is my source: I cannot see apart from Him.

44. God is the Light in which I see.

45. God is the Mind in which I think.

46. God is the Love in which I forgive.

47. God is the Strength in which I trust.

48. There is nothing to fear.

49. God's Voice speaks to me all through the day.

50. I am sustained by the Love of God.

The Fellowship of Awakening- February 12, 2014

 
Teachers of God,

Do you know that your Holiness Blesses the world? How could it not? YOU are it's creator. I know I've place limits on my Holiness. Oh yes I have. Have you? The Course says there is NOTHING  it can't do. So...this is the elixir. My Holiness. Is there anything you want? Your Holiness can get it for you. Let's take a look at the Road map, shall we? Right this way, Your Holiness.......

37. My Holiness Blesses the World.

38. There is nothing my Holiness cannot do.

39. My Holiness is my Salvation.

40. I am blessed as the Son of God.

41. God goes with me wherever I go.

42. God is my strength, vision is His gift.

43. God is my Source, I cannot see apart from Him.

The Fellowship of Awakening- February 5, 2014

 

Teachers of God,

We're up to lesson 36 again. How is all this impacting you? When Yolanda and I did these lessons together for the first time it was very cosmic. 'God is in my mind.' (cue Theramin) The belief in separation was so strong. It's not true, you know. We have the natural ability to experience oneness. Lets take a look at how this year is unfolding.

30. God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.

31. I am not the victim of the world I see.

32. I have invented the world I see.

33. There is another way of looking at the world.

34. I could see peace instead of this.

35. My mind is part of God's. I am very holy.

36. My holiness envelops everything I see.

The Fellowship of Awakening- January 29, 2014

 

Greetings Teacher of God,

We are building the cornerstones of our Heart Temple. We are forging these ideas so they can hold up the foundation we're going to build everything else upon. We've been looking at the the world with eyes wide open this week. What do we look at? What do we see? Do I know what to do with what is in front of me? 

23. I can escape the world I see by giving up attach thoughts.

24. I do not perceive my own best interests.

25. I do not know what anything is for.

26. My attach thoughts are attaching my invulnerability. 

27. Above all else I want to see.

28. Above all else I want to see things differently.

29. God is in everything I see.

The Fellowship of Awakening- January 22, 2014

 

Teachers of God;

We're on Lesson 22. How are you handling these this time around? Is this your first time, second? Tenth? They will have new significance each year you/we revisit them. I'm excited about sharing these 50 Cornerstones with you. The past week has brought us from Lesson 16 to Lesson 22. 

They are: 

16. I have no neutral thoughts.

17. I see no neutral things.

18. I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing.

19. I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts.

20. I am determined to see.

21. I am determined to see things differently.

22. What I see is a form of vengeance. 

The Fellowship of Awakening- January 15, 2014

 

Teachers of God,

Our lessons have been about 'meaning' this week. I have a good friend, named Paul who always says 'meaning is applied'. He's right. What we look at doesn't have inherent meaning. An object is going to mean something different to me than it does to you. Do you have sentimental objects in your home that would upset you if your cat knocked them off the shelf? That's what this week's lessons have asked us to look at. How we have applied meaning to objects that actually hurts us and prevents us from experiencing the presence of healing awareness. 

Those lessons are: 

11. My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.

12. I am upset because I see a meaningless world.

13. A meaningless world engenders fear.

14. God did not create a meaningless world.

15. My thoughts are images I have made.

The Fellowship of Awakening- January 8, 2014

 
Teachers of God,
We begin again with the 50 Cornerstones of the Course. 
Nothing I See Means Anything.
I have given everything I see all the meaning that it has for me.
I do not understand anything I see.
These thoughts do not mean anything.
I am never upset for the reason I think.
I am upset because I see something that is not there.
I see only the past.
My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.
I see nothing as it is now.

The Fellowship of Awakening- January 1, 2014

 

Teachers of God;

We begin again with Lesson One! The first three are very important. They go together. What are  you looking at? What do you see? Do you even know? Are you willing to be told? How much of this present moment can you experience? These first three exercises help us to cultivate that habit of beginner's mind. Nothing I see means anything. I have given everything I see all the meaning that it has for me. AND I do not understand anything I see. Your physical sight isn't reliable, you know.

The entire outline of the Course in Miracles takes place in the first chapter. In these 50 Principles were are taken from our own individual selves to our relationships with others, with God and finally into this holy encounter where time cannot go. The Miracle we seek, the Course teaches us how to present. The Course teaches about our home in this moment. I've often thought I'd create 50 Miracle Cards from this concept. What images come to mind as you read them?

The Fellowship of Awakening- December 25, 2013

 
Teachers of God,
I am very proud of us all. Allow me to express my appreciation for each and everyone of us!! Whoop! Whoop! BTW: We've only had 10 responses to the survey: Please consider taking one minute and letting us know your thoughts! go here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZC2XWNL
We have built this Altar. We have gathered the cornerstones, we have mortared the foundation together and built 12 rooms with 10 Pillars upon it. We have just completed the roof over our heads this past week. These are enlightening days, y'all. We are one step from Heaven. Look at the path that has brought us here. And here I stand with your hand in mine, singing one song. 
This holy instant would I give to You. 
Be You in charge. For I would follow You, 
Certain that Your direction gives me peace.

The Fellowship of Awakening- December 18, 2013

 
Teachers of God,
Here on the 2nd last week of the year we are finished with the final of the 12 Halls, the Hall of Miracles. "Miracles fall like drops of healing rain from Heaven on a dry and dusty world, where starved and thirsty  creatures come to die. Now they have water. Now the world is green. And everywhere the signs of life spring up, to show that what is born can never die, for what has life has immortality." Miracles offer us the relationship with reality that we want, right?
 

 

The Fellowship of Awakening- December 11, 2013

 
Teachers of God,
We are in the last few weeks of ACIM.  We are building the Eleventh Hall now. The Hall of Miracles: "What Is a Miracle? A miracle is a correction. It does not create, nor really change at all. It merely looks on devastation, and reminds the mind that what it sees is false...A miracle contains the gift of grace, for it is given and received as one." Our minds are now ready to be flexible enough to see the world from a different perspective. When we become willing to take another view, another way of looking, we experience grace. We have the AHA! "I never thought of it THAT WAY" or "I never saw that before." Those are moments of grace. Our practice and willingness create the conditions our experience of the truth beyond our opinions. We will complete the Hall of Miracles and move to the 12th Hall and then place the roof over our temple.

The Fellowship of Awakening- December 4, 2013

 
Teachers of God,
Are you enjoying these days? We're in the middle of the Holiday Season. From Halloween/Eid/Yom Kippur thru Thanksgiving/Channukuh/Holi to Christmas/Solstice and then to New Year's Eve. We have a lot going on. Many interactions with others, many social expectation from our families, workplaces and friends. It's no accident that it's here we find the Hall of the Ego. The Introduction says: "The ego is idolatry; the sign of limited and separated self, born in a body, doomed to suffer and to end its life in death." When we make decisions based here we end up with poor results, results that don't support the world we want to live in. It also says: "The Son of God is egoless." Do we think there is an ego to get transcend or loose? Not according to ACIM. Only learning the Truth of who we are satisfies us. Look deep there you will find yourself. You will never find an ego.

The Fellowship of Awakening- November 27, 2013

 
Teachers of God,
We have built the Hall of Creation! We put in the last pillar today. The Course says "Creation is
the holy Son of God, for in creation is His Will complete in every aspect, making every part container of the whole." and "We are creation; we the Sons of God." The universe and our place in it, Reality and our place in it, Love and our place in it is like a hologram. God is contained in us as we are contained in God. We are creators. Can we look at what is blocking that creating, the ways we can't see it? That's what the pillars are all about. 
 
The 10 Pillars of the Hall of Creation:
1. Father, my freedom is in You alone.
2. I can give up but what was never real.
3. I gladly make the 'sacrifice' of fear.
4. I merely follow for I would not lead.
5. All things I think I see reflect ideas.
6. I am forever an Effect of God.
7. I need but call and You will answer me.
8. I choose the second place to gain the first.
9. I have already chosen what You will.
10. I will not hurt myself again today. 
 

The Fellowship of Awakening- November 20, 2013

 
Teachers of God,
We started the 10th Hall this week. We're putting up the pillars of the Hall of Creation. The Introduction to this Hall is sooooo great. It says "Creation is the sum of all God's Thoughts, in number infinite, and everywhere without all limit. Only love creates, and only like itself." As God is creating us we are in turn creating as well. We're either using this ability to frighten ourselves and others or we're using it to join together in celebration of what is real. This is the Hall of Creation and it's no accident that we are encountering this in one of the last three Halls. We have the Hall of the Ego next and then the Hall of the Miracle (of course!). We are using the tools of this course to reveal our creative nature. What do you want to create with us? 
 
 

The Fellowship of Awakening- November 13, 2013

 
Teachers of God,
The lesson for today is "I follow in the way appointed me. I have a special place to fill; a role for me alone." I love this lesson. It's why I practice. It's why I pray and why I talk and why I go to work and why I do so much. This question gives meaning to my life. Does it give meaning to yours?
 

 

The Fellowship of Awakening- November 6, 2013

 
Teachers of God;
We are finishing up the Hall of the Second Coming! It's a very little emphasized part of the course. It's all about responsibility and what what we are doing. In the introduction it says: "Pray that the Second Coming will be soon, but do not rest with that. It needs your eyes and ears and hands and feet. It needs your voice. And most of all it needs your willingness. Let us rejoice that we can do God's Will, and join together in its holy light. Behold, the Son of God is one in us, and we can reach our Father's Love through Him." What? If I'm waking up, and that is the core of the idea of the second coming the course speaks about, what does that have to do with my hands and and feet and voice? Because unless you are ascending like Moses on Mt. Sinai, then you might have to come back down to the rest of us and do something with your talents. So it's about a perspective we have and hold, right?
 
The Ten Pillars of the Hall of the Second Coming are:
1. And God Himself shall wipe away all tears.
2. Where darkness was I look upon the light.
3. The holy Christ is born in me today.
4. Let not my world obscure the sight of Christ.
5. There is a peace that Christ bestows on us.
6. The gift of Christ is all I seek today.
7. Conflicting wishes cannot be my will.
8. This instant is the only time there is.
9. I will not fear to look within today.
10. In fearlessness and love I spend today.
 

 

The Fellowship of Awakening- October 30, 2013

 
Teachers of God,
We've started a new section in the lessons! Enter the Hall of the 2nd Coming! In the introduction it says; "What Is the Second Coming? Christ's Second Coming, which is sure as God, is merely the correction of mistakes, and the return of sanity." Christ is the Greek word for 'anointed one' meaning one that has received initiation. That's what it feels like when we're awaking, you know. It feels at first like we've been seen and recognized for who we are. Our ego minds will take pride in this grace. We don't fall for the mistakes of our past anymore. We don't take the bait. We are now ready to build the place in which is the container for our awakening to to ourselves and what we are meant to do.
 

The Fellowship of Awakening- October 23, 2013

 
Teachers of God,
What is the Real World? We're building the Hall of the Real World now! "The real world is the symbol that the dream of sin and guilt is over, and God's Son no longer sleeps" We use our eyes to view the mirror of our beliefs. What is creating the world? Our reality, our love and light. What we see is the moon in the water, not the moon. It would be a tragedy indeed if the moon could only exist in the reflection of a still pond on a clear night. In fact, the moon doesn't exist for us unless the sun is reflected off it. What we see is always the sun's reflection on the moon. Are we interested in the understanding the light or studying the changing waters? The real world is here and is more real and reliable than any reflection. 
 

The Fellowship of Awakening- October 16, 2013

 
Teachers of God,
We are putting up the final pillars in the Hall of the Holy Spirit. It's our Seventh Hall. We're about to count down the remaining 5 Halls and put the roof on our year with the Course. What is the Holy Spirit? It says in the course: "The Holy Spirit mediates between illusions and the truth." He is called the Bridge to Heaven and Our Right Minds. And this: "The goal the Holy Spirit's teaching sets is just this end of dreams. For sights and sounds must be translated from the witnesses of fear to those of love" Did you know that you could ask Holy Spirit to translate what frightens us to and experience of Love? 
 
The 10 Pillars in the Hall of the Holy Spirit:
1. 
I can be hurt by nothing but my thoughts.
2. I will not be afraid of love today.
3. My true Identity abides in You.
4. I can elect to change all thoughts that hurt.
5. My holiness shines bright and clear today.
6. The hush of Heaven holds my heart today.
7. You are my goal, my Father. Only You.
8. Let me forget my brother's past today.
9. The past is over. It can touch me not.
10. My present happiness is all I see.
 

The Fellowship of Awakening- October 9, 2013

 
Teachers of God;
We finish today the Hall of the Christ, as in What is the Christ? You know that Christ means 'anointed' in Greek, right? The Course calls the Christ, the part of our mind that we share with God. The Course also calls it the Home of Holy Spirit. It's the reliable part of us. The part that we can count on, that we actually share with everyone and everything that is real. 
The Ten Pillars of the Hall of the Christ
1 Christ's is the vision I will use today.
2. How can illusions satisfy God's Son.
3. The stillness of the peace of God is mine.
4. Today belongs to love. Let me not fear.
5. God's healing Voice protects all things today.
6. The Word of God is given me to speak.
7. Let me not bind Your Son with laws I made.
8. If I am bound, my Father is not free.
9. Creation's freedom promises my own.
10. What limits can I lay upon God's Son?

The Fellowship of Awakening- October 2, 2013

 
Teachers of God,
We're half way through the Hall of Christ. Christ is used to describe the concept that we one with all that lives. We have reflective consciousness so this often means that we argue with other people about what's correct. It's always about what bodies are supposed to be doing. These lessons are here to help us see that what we really want is an experience of this unity, or oneness consciousness. There is a real emphasis on what we're feeling and seeing because these are the infallible reflection of how we believe. How you doing with living in the oneness?!

The Fellowship of Awakening- September 25, 2013

 
Teachers of God,
We are finishing the Pillars in our fifth hall, The Hall of the Body. The introduction says "The body is a fence the Son of God imagines he has built, to separate parts of his Self from other parts...The body is a dream...The body is the means by which God's Son returns to sanity."
 
The Pillars are:
1.  The body is the means by which God's Son returns to sanity.
2.  Let me perceive no differences today.
3.  My holy vision sees all things as pure.
4.  I am surrounded by the Love of God.
5.  Creation's gentleness is all I see.
6.  My holy Self abides in you, God's Son.
7.  My heart is beating in the peace of God.
8.  Let all things be exactly as they are.
9.  My sight goes forth to look upon Christ's face.
10.I will not use the body's eyes today.

The Fellowship of Awakening- September 18, 2013

 
Teachers of God,
We are completing the final pillar of the Hall of Sin today! Let's take a look at them, okay? (Remember the introduction: Sin is insanity!)
1. I am in need of nothing but the truth.
2. The Son of God is my Identity.
3. My Self is ruler of the universe.
4. Let every voice but God's be still in me.
5. This day I choose to spend in perfect peace.
6. God is the only goal I have today.
7. Let me remember what my purpose is.
8. Let me remember that my goal is God.
9. Let me remember that there is no sin.
10. Let me remember God created me.

The Fellowship of Awakening- September 4, 2013

 
Teachers of God,

Are you enjoying building the 2nd Hall; the Hall of the World? We've got a few pillars up now. They are: 


This holy instant is salvation come

This day is God's. It is my gift to Him

Today I will judge nothing that occurs

I am in danger nowhere in the world

Your peace is with me, Father. I am safe

To love my Father is to love His Son

Without forgiveness I will still be blind

Whatever suffers is not part of me

Forgiveness ends all suffering and loss

Let me not see myself as limited

The Fellowship of Awakening- August 28, 2013

 
Teachers of God,

Today, we finished the second room in the home we're building. We have the entry way of forgiveness completed (Forgiveness Foyer?). We now have the first of the 12 Halls completed: The Hall of Salvation. Each Hall has 10 Pillars. When they are built we'll go to the Upper Room which has 10 Jewels and then place the roof over our heads.

The Fellowship of Awakening- August 21, 2013

 
T eachers of God;


We've built the first room in our house, lets call it the foyer, or entry way: which is forgiveness. To get anywhere we must start with forgiveness. The second room is Salvation. "Salvation is a promise, made by God, that you world find your way to Him at last."
  
The course also calls it an 'un-doing' 
because it doesn't support error, or illusion. It's like a solvent that cuts through the grime on a window. It doesn't change the view, but unless you know that the window is dirty, you might believe it was hazy out! Salvation is a promise. I like knowing that I will eventually understand, that I will eventually be true to myself. Because that's what salvation does, show us what is already there. We are wonderfully creative people, you know. What's holding us back most of the time is our resistance to our own good.
 

We're on Chapter 20 this week. It's a short one. We had a really long one the last two weeks as we looked at the nature of sin (It's the idea that you can break God.) and the Obstacles to Peace (1. You don't want it. 2. Pleasure is happiness. 3. Death is Real & 4. God is mad at me.) So now we're ready to talk about your Holiness. It's expressed in our relationships, you know. Or not. The Course calls our relationships the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we try to have a relationship with an imaginary object. Like a car, or a job, or even money or status. Cars and jobs and money aren't the problem, it's that we're trying to have a relationship with a tool, an object without meaning. How is our relationship with God reflected in our relationships with others? 

Hmmm and how in the world does Salvation fit into all of this?

The Fellowship of Awakening- August 14, 2013

 
Teachers of God ,

We're putting up the first room in our new house. The very first room is the Forgiveness room. We don't get to any other room before going through the forgiveness room. 



First Room: Forgiveness

"What Is Forgiveness? Forgiveness recognizes what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred. It does not pardon sins and make them real."

 

Then I've been wrong about a lot of stuff. I don't think I'd make a very good witness on my past if I can't be trusted to know what occurred. YIKES! That is a very strong statement. How can I find out what happened? Do I want to know or am I too attached to the story I tell about my past and myself? There have been times when I didn't want to know what reality is because then I'll have to change my behavior and stop hurting myself. And how boring would THAT be? 

Today's Lesson is about Home. Home is changing my mind about the purpose of the world. I'm safe at home when I can see myself and the world for what it is. But that would require not arguing with reality. To be home, we must practice forgiveness, which is letting go what we think happened in the past and what we think it means. When we do so we're home. 

The Fellowship of Awakening- August 6, 2013

 
Teachers of God,

We are almost done with the final review of the course. After this we have our foundation built and we start in on the first room. But we first must really get into our bones that we are not just our bodies. Materialism is what we call the belief in only what our senses tell us or that we can measure. But even the materials ask for faith. The Big Bang Theory is a way of saying something was created out of nothing a long time ago. Just because. A friend of mine says this is the 'Give us One Miracle." or as I call it "I can create the world and everything with just one miracle."

The Fellowship of Awakening- July 31, 2013

 
Teachers of God,

We are in the midst of the most profound turn in the year. Are you enjoying the review? I am not a body. for twenty days, twice a day. How does that jive with today's lesson that I have a function, that God would have me fill? Don't I need a body for that? No. But we need a body to feel it, to translate it into a sensual experience. My function feels good! All things are lessons that God would have me learn. Do I need a body for that? No, but I do need a body to imprint these lessons upon, to shape, like a sculpture. Is your life an artistic expression? Are we interested in all this existence and this unique experience has to offer? Most aren't you know. Most want the usual fair. I want unique self expression and authenticity. I have a special function after all. So do you. Don't sell yourself short of the vision of God that would have you experience the perfect sensual world of Reality that awaits those who are willing to be in this moment and learn of it.

The Fellowship of Awakening- July 24, 2013

 

Teachers of God,

We are in the last review of the blocks of our foundation. I am not a body I am free! And we re-visit the last 20 Lessons!In the last review we had two at a time in review as well as the review before that and the review before that and the review before that. The first review visited five lessons at a time. Then we go through four more reviews at two a day....to arrive at a day by day repeat of the final 20 lessons.....so these lessons we look at for two days a piece. More than any other group of lessons. We're asked to think about them with the notion that we are not bodies we are free. What does that mean in the context of the Big 20?

 

I trust my brothers, who are one with me.

I will be still an instant and go home.

I call upon God's Name and on my own.

The Name of God is my inheritance.

I want the peace of God.

Salvation of the world depends on me.

I bless the world because I bless myself.

The peace of God is shining in me now.

I feel the Love of God within me now.

I choose the joy of God instead of pain.

I am the holy Son of God Himself.

I have a function God would have me fill.

All things are lessons God would have me learn.

I place the future in the Hands of God.

Love is the way I walk in gratitude.

It can be but myself I crucify.

It can be but my gratitude I earn.

Only my condemnation injures me.

I am not a body, I am free.

There is no peace except the peace of God.

 

These lessons are leading us to our own peace. What I want is the peace of God. It is shining within us now. It is our home. I cannot have it without you so I give it away freely. The lessons I learn in this body are those that allow me to give it away with gratitude. I am not a body. I am gratitude, salvation, peace and joy and I bless all others! Long live the Father! Long live the Son! My future is secure in function God would have me fill. I sow the seeds of love to expand the Queendom!

 

How's your summer? It's been rather hot, right? Is everyone okay? All this talk of the body! Well, we'll be looking at Chapter 18 this week: The Passing of the Dream. We'll be talking about a much quoted aspect of the course 'The Happy Dream'. Do you know what your waking and sleeping perceptions have in common? YOU! The Course refers to your sleeping dreams as a 'perceptual temper tantrums' . Kinda flows with Freud and Jung and what most of us understand about the unconscious or subconscious. How well do we tolerate reality, which we do not create? Or I could say 'How much Joy can you stand?' Do we choose the Joy of God over pain? Dreams really show us that we are creating our own experiences. The waking portion of our lives is no different.


The Fellowship of Awakening- July 17, 2013

 
Teachers of God,

We are about to complete our foundation in A Course In Miracles. The final five bricks in our foundation will be laid this week.


The Final Five:

It can be but myself I crucify.
It can be but my Gratitude I earn.
Only my condemnation injures me.
I am not a body. I am Free.
There is no Peace but the Peace of God.

The Fellowship of Awakening- with Rev. RoYo and Rev. Glen

 

Teachers of God;

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 10, 2013 we start the final lessons in the bricks of our foundation. Lesson 190, which we complete today, is an affirmation that says "I choose the joy of God instead pain." I'm learning this as well. I don't always see pain as a choice, but I suppose it must be.

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