Forgiveness by Marsha Straubing, ALSP

Certainly the world would be cured of all its ills if we, as a human race, developed and practiced a constant attitude of Forgiveness.
And what a wonderful world it would be.  Mostly we could sit back and relax… trusting ourselves and others to take responsibility for their projections and when things go phooey at work or at home there would be a sense that each side of an argument or misunderstanding would quickly go through a forgiveness process that would result in a resolution that looks and feels like love.  Well-being would be easily restored.

In the interim, as we are in the process of solidifying forgiveness as a dedicated way of life, we have forgiveness as a gigantic safety net…waiting patiently for us to fall into its loving arms when we are struggling with some judgment that is disturbing our peace.  If we dive into the safety net of forgiveness, not only does it support us by guiding us back to ourselves and back to love, but the impact causes us to bounce back just a little higher than before.  Our vibration rises.  Most likely it will be easier next time and even easier the time after.  Soon, the occasional falling into forgiveness by default, perhaps after all else failed, becomes more of a habit than a conscious practice and soon, a way of life.  Now the strength of forgiveness is no longer outside of us and we can remove the net as the process has become internalized. Forgiveness is what we do.  Forgiveness is who we are.

So, over time, we remove the training wheels and take off with confidence that we have embodied a way of life that is steeped in an understanding of Universal Law that allows us to Forgive and Love, Love and Forgive until all there is, is Love!

 

Divine Download by Kim Stanwood Terranova, ALSP

Have you ever felt like downloads were coming in so fast that you did not know how to contain them?  Those moments in time that you suddenly knew more than you thought you did, moments where you were intuitively guided to go in a certain direction, or where an answer to a question just miraculously landed on your lap?  Those precious moments in time where God was showing you that you were more than you knew you were, or more than you ever thought you could ever be?

Well, prepare yourself please, it is time to accept that this is your new normal!  As we continually set a bold intention to stay connected to Spirit and to embody deep wisdom, then we are actively inviting divine downloads to abundantly land upon our consciousness! Prepare yourself!

We came here to remember who we are and receive the blessings of the almighty Spirit.  That is our journey in the human form.  We grow to know more, to be more.  As awakened beings we get to remember that divine downloads from the Universal field of wisdom are the natural order of life.  We are receiving divine inspiration every moment, if we but listen.  Our divine duty is to be still and listen with an open heart, to listen with every cell, to listen to the inner workings of Spirit that is always walking with us.  The sweet messages are landing in our consciousness with every breath we take.  They are gifts of the divine that are yours to be received.

The downloads are coming, they are never ending, and you have all you need to catch them, and allow them to propel your life forward in expansively profound ways.  YOU are the access point where Spirit is downloading. Be open to say yes to receiving!

 

‘Better than Sex’ by Gary Renard, excerpt from ‘The Disappearance of the Universe’

Better Than Sex (excerpt) from ‘The Disappearance of the Universe’ by Gary Renard

I had noticed many things in my life about sex. Three of the most interesting were:

  • Although sex was as “natural” as anything in nature could be, people were always trying to make other people feel guilty about having it.
  • People kept doing it anyway, even if they did feel guilty.
  • Although one wasn’t supposed to point it out in a sexually obsessed society, sex didn’t really make anybody happy.

As a musician, I had known quite a few people who engaged in an unusually large amount of sexual behavior and were still miserable. Sex was a very transitory experience. People assumed that other people who got a lot of sex were happier as a result, but that wasn’t really true. If someone seemed content, it was because they had some kind of internal happiness that was not ultimately dependent on temporary gratification.

One of the things I liked about the Course was the fact that sex wasn’t even an issue. There was no judgment made about behavior. The only question was: Does the student want to have the body or spirit for an identity? If one chose the spirit, that didn’t mean one couldn’t have sex. To insist on celibacy for yourself or anyone else would be a judgment rather than forgiveness, yet it would be perfectly appropriate for someone to choose celibacy if they wanted to. Not having the body as their identity simply meant that at some point students should remember who they and their partners really were. For those in love, sex could be used as a symbol of joining and an expression of their love. The key was an awareness — even if that awareness was temporarily forgotten in the heat of the moment — that their partner was not really a body but Christ. In turn, how they thought of the other person is what established their own identity in their mind. (ACIM: T667)

A powerful advantage of A Course in Miracles is that instead of merely telling you to believe you are not a body, it actually gives you the means to experience something beyond — and better. Most people have no idea of how good they could really feel. A chief goal of the Course is to lead the student to an Identity, and associated experiences, that are not of this world. These non-intellectual experiences, which are paradoxically the result of intellectual processes, are in fact the forerunner to the Holy Spirit’s permanent answer to this world. Most people would hesitate to give up the world, but would they be so hesitant if they were given a clear taste of the alternative? Given an authentic spiritual experience, they would find the material world a cruel joke compared to what’s available.

All experiences, including sex, are mental states — even if the illusion is that they take place in the body. I remember visiting a church in Boston to hear a lecture by two Buddhist monks who grew up near the border of India and Tibet. After the lecture, people in the audience were given the opportunity to ask questions. Most of them were the nice “spiritual” questions people usually ask. Then one woman had the courage to get up and ask the monks how they could go so long — in one case, thirty years — without having sex. The monk who had been celibate the longest, and who spoke English as well as the Dalai Lama, thought for a minute and then surprised the audience with his reply: “When you’re coming all the time, it doesn’t make any difference.”

From the vantage point of my new experiences, I could now see that happy monk’s answer in sync with the Course’s answer to the dilemma of giving up the changing, illusory universe. What the Holy Spirit offered was constant, compared to the precarious and unreliable experience of each seemingly separated mind. The eternal Word of God could not really become temporary flesh, except in unreal dreams, but the flesh could be brought to the truth.

Given my desire to talk about the subject of sex during our next meeting, it was with happy anticipation that I would go into my living room in April of 1999, each time hoping for Arten and Pursah’s next expected appearance. Then, late in the evening of what New Englanders call Patriots Day, I received the visit I was waiting for.

ARTEN: Hey Gary. PURSAH: Hey Gary. GARY: Hey guys. I’m psyched! Thanks for coming. It seems like so long since I’ve seen you. PURSAH: We’re always here; you just don’t always see us. Speaking of a long time, after this visit our last three appearances will all be in December — the next three Holiday seasons — ’99, 2000, and 2001. You already know enough to forgive, and we know you’ll continue with your chosen path. At this point we’re just coming to support you and add a few observations for your benefit. Since sex is part of what you call life, and since we already know you want to talk about it, where would you like to begin?  GARY: Good old Pursah; always right to the point. You already talked about how the Course teaches that temptation wants to convince me I’m a body, so I guess the question is: How do I live the normal life you said I could live, practice the Course, and still not feel bad about that body identification part of my dream life? ARTEN: By remembering what it is and forgiving it at an appropriate time. A dream is nothing, and sex is nothing. But I wouldn’t recommend that you turn to your partner after making love and say, “That was nothing.”  GARY: I knew I was doing something wrong.  ARTEN: However, you can realize what the truth is whenever you want to. For example, the Course says very early on,

…Fantasies are a means of making false associations and attempting to obtain pleasure from them. But although you can perceive false associations, you can never make them real except to yourself. You believe in what you make. If you offer miracles, you will be equally strong in your belief in them. (ACIM: T15)

GARY: So it’s all a fantasy, and the sexual part of it is an attempt to derive pleasure from a false association. I take it part of that would be the fact that we’ve made a false idol out of the sexual feeling — like a substitute for God. PURSAH: Yes. Listen to this quote from the section of the Text called “The Anti-Christ.” J is talking here about different kinds of idols, and sex would certainly be considered one of them.

Let not their form deceive you. Idols are but substitutes for your reality. In some way, you believe they will complete your little self, for safety in a world perceived as dangerous, with forces massed against your confidence and peace of mind. They have the power to supply your lacks, and add the value that you do not have. No one believes in idols who has not enslaved himself to littleness and loss. And thus must seek beyond his little self for strength to raise his head, and stand apart from all the misery the world reflects. This is the penalty for looking not within for certainty and quiet calm that liberates you from the world, and lets you stand apart, in quiet and in peace. (ACIM: T619)

GARY: Now you’re really getting me in the mood.  PURSAH: Fear not, dear brother. As J tells you,

This course does not attempt to take from you the little that you have. (ACIM: W245)

It merely puts you in a position where you can claim your natural inheritance, which is far greater than any bodily feeling you can conjure up. GARY: You know, before the Course I wouldn’t have thought so — but the Holy Spirit is actually offering me something better than sex. In fact, it’s not even close.  PURSAH: That’s correct. At the same time, He doesn’t seek to deprive you of what you temporarily perceive to be your desires. Speaking of your desires, Karen isn’t here tonight? GARY: Nope. She went to New Hampshire to do some shopping with her mother. She’s spending the night there with her. PURSAH: A likely story. GARY: Funny. You know I was telling her a few weeks ago about when I was a teenager and I went to a dance at a Catholic church hall. I was dancing a slow dance, really close to this girl. All of a sudden, a nun came running over and stuck a ruler between us and said, “Now kids, let’s leave enough room in there for the Holy Spirit.” I always got a kick out of that. ARTEN: Yes, most religions have always sought to repress sexual expression — until it’s time to get married and make more bodies for the church, of course. Telling people to repress their unconscious, pre-programmed desires is like telling a bird not to fly. Do you remember that self-righteous minister at the Baptist church when you were in high school, who used to speak out against the evils of sex — all the while he was going after half the women in the congregation? GARY: Oh, yeah! We called him “Old bless ’em and undress ’em.” ARTEN: So when you’re in high school and you’re helplessly horny, how likely are you to listen to a hypocrite like him? GARY: Not very. ARTEN: No, which leads us to a subject that isn’t funny, but which we should cover briefly. For the first 750 and some odd years of the church’s official existence, from 325 to around 1088, there was no such thing as a requirement for priests’ celibacy. Then Pope Gregory, who had no sense of humor, insisted on all priests being celibate — even the ones who at that time were married! Of course that begs the question, what could Gregory’s decision possibly have had to do with J? GARY: Ah, nothing? ARTEN: Precisely. So for the last 900-plus years, priests have had to be celibate. In some cases that’s fine, but in other cases it has led to instances of sexual abuse that would not otherwise have occurred if only the priest had a legitimate outlet for his sexual desires. The illusory universe is a place of tension and release. That’s duality. You see it all through what you call nature. You even find it in music. It is not natural to make someone give up certain kinds of behavior until they themselves are completely ready to, nor in the case of most priests is it necessary anyway. And yes, there are child abusers who shouldn’t be priests no matter what the rules are.       Now with the Course the tension is released by forgiveness, but until someone is very proficient at it they shouldn’t be expected to give up most earthly desires. That’s something that comes naturally with the maturity of a mind that is advanced in the ways of true forgiveness. Even J was not always celibate, and though he didn’t need sex the last few years of his life, he was married for the final fifteen years.  GARY: Excuse me? ARTEN: Today, you find that idea to be unusual. Yet if you were there two thousand years ago, what would have been very unusual was a Jewish man of J’s age to not be married. It wasn’t until over a thousand years later that the Pope decided you had to be celibate to be a priest. Only because of your warped view of history, along with centuries of projection of unconscious sin and guilt onto sex, do you now see the idea of J being celibate as a necessity.  GARY: Hey, I don’t give a rat’s ass! Somebody else might. ARTEN: Then let them know the way it really was. The whole idea about sex being a bad thing never came from God and it never came from J. If you think there’s something wrong with sex then you may as well think there’s something wrong with eating food. They are both normal activities for a body, and any idea to the contrary is completely made up by people, not spiritually inspired. Yet it’s perfectly appropriate for someone to give up sex if they themselves feel inspired to do so as an expression of what they really are….

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Enthusiasm: Our Passport to Awakenings by Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith.

Rev. Michael – “Enthusiasm: Our Passport to Awakening”,  excerpted from Agape’s Inner Visions Daily Inspirational Guide, June 12, 2019

Enthusiasm is our passport from the surface to the depths of awakened consciousness. Consider the etymology of the Greek word en + Theos, which means “inspired or possessed by God.”  When we are overtaken by an awareness of this Great Something that breathes our breath, walks through our feet, loves through our heart, communes with Itself in our soul, how can we not enthusiastically, passionately be on fire to enter the holy of holies and taste the ecstasies of awakened consciousness?

Enthusiasm keeps us steadfast during those “I don’t feel like it” moments.  We can’t be half-hearted about enlightenment—meditating, praying, chanting, visioning seven days in a row and then stopping for another month. When we are sincerely enthusiastic, whether our day’s meditation flowered into blossoms of bliss or not, we remain loyal to our practice.

When we are in a consciousness of en-Theos, inspired by Spirit, our nervous system becomes recoded because enthusiasm births inspiration; inspiration births gratitude.  Gratitude opens the floodgates of receiving. Entering its flow, we draw to ourselves all that is required for the next step in our evolutionary process.

Just as a photographer must go into the darkroom to develop his photos, so must we enter the darkroom of our spiritual practices to develop our soul qualities.  As Jesus instructed his followers, “When thou prayest, enter into thy closet…,”  and we all know most closets are dark until we turn on the light.  Our spiritual practices provide that divine illumination.  In this cave of stillness you cultivate the qualities of Spirit that are etched upon your soul.
Then, equipped with a conscious realization of your true nature, even the crash of breaking worlds cannot disturb your equanimity, because you are standing in the unshakable realization that Spirit is, you are, and you are One.

‘Nothing is Missing’ by Dr. Diana D. Light

“Nothing is Missing”

I remember as if it was yesterday, when Peggy Bassett, a Leading New Thought Minister, said, “You are Divine!”

I remember thinking, “Maybe you are Honey, but you don’t know me! I am NOT Divine! I am a sinner. I have been told that I am a sinner All My Life!”

I grew up feeling that “Something was missing.” I felt an emptiness that no one or nothing could fill. I felt so alone, I wanted to die. I asked Jesus for Love or Death! I was all of seventeen.

Jesus presented himself to me in full illumination. He radiated Love through His Light. He told me I could have either. The choice was mine and mine alone. He assured me whichever I chose He would Love me.

After that encounter, I never felt empty again. His radiant Light filled me with the Love my life seemed to be missing. It wasn’t until Peggy said I was Divine that I finally realized, “Nothing was Missing” in my life.

It was some time later, I took on the middle name of “Divine” in hopes that maybe someday I could claim my Divinity and be as Peggy had said, “Divine!”

The day has come. This is the day! I declare me “Divine!” I am Divine!

I know from the depth of my Soul that God created me in His Likeness and Image and “God does Not create Junk!”

Within me, a Spark of the Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent Presence lives and has His Being. Within me All Love, All Light and All Creative Wonder exists! I shine as a Beacon of Light remembering who I am, “My Wholeness,” and my Light illuminates my Love-filled Life.

My Light precedes my footsteps and Lights my Path of Goodness, Truth and an extraordinary Life filled to the top and overflowing with Love. Every moment I feel Blessed by my Life and its enfoldment of Good, Creativity and Joy!

The more gratitude I express in my Life, the more God gives me to be grateful for. I cannot out give God! The more I give gratitude for people and things in my Life, the more gratitude expands my reasons to be grateful! I feel more Love and Light the more it floods through me to others.

Divine? What else could it be? Yes, Peggy, I am Divine! Yes, being in Gratitude is a Divine Circle of Gladness ever spiraling my Life into more and more Divinity. I say Yes! I say Thank you! I say Being Divine expands “Who I thought I was not” into “the Essence of Who I really am.”

I am Good

I am Present

I am Awake

I am Juicy!

I am Alive!

I am here as Love Enfolding

I am here as Love experiencing itself

I drink in my own Divinity

Would you like to drink in your Divinity and join me in a toast?

We are all Divine

We always were

We always will be

Divine is the Path, we do not have to travel, to get to where we already are Loving the Journey is the Path,

Divinity is the Center, ever expanding

“Who We All Ready Are!”

Dr. Diana Divine Light©January 27, 2019
Revised and Inspired by Rev. Keith Horwitz

 

Take My Advice by Ram Dass

Don’t sell  yourself short by thinking you are only your body or your personality, no matter how intriguing and dramatic they be. For behind them, there lies a more profound part of your true self. Call it ‘Spiritual’ or call it ‘High Consciousness’… call it when you will, but … Call It!

One of the doorways to that higher self is through the cultivation of your intuitive wisdom. As you learn to listen to and trust your intuition, you will find a quiet place in the heart of your being that  is wise and can guide your actions. One of the things it will remind you of is your interconnectedness to all things, And out of that appreciation will spontaneously arise compassion for those who suffer, for the Earth, and for all living things.

When that happens, don’t be overwhelmed by the suffering you see, by the darkness that exists in the human  condition. True, there is much of it. But so, too, is there much caring and compassion in the world. Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘What you do may seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.’ It is important for yourself, as well as for the balances in the world. As you let your compassion guide you into action to help heal the earth and those who suffer, your very acts will feed your own compassionate heart and in so doing, open the inner gates to knowing your own Highest Self.

I promise you that plumbing the depths of your being is an unparalleled adventure. I wish you well on the Journey.

In Love,

Ram Dass.

‘Break free from the “it’s good enough” paradigm!’ by Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith

Excerpted from Agape International Spiritual Center’s Daily Inspiration ‘Inner Visions’, September 12, 2018,
‘Try It On!’

Courage is the spiritual art of living dangerously.
Osho

When it comes to evolving one’s fundamental life structures, most individuals go through life experiencing an “it’s good enough” mindset.  Fearing that a shift in consciousness equals an unguaranteed outcome, they remain willing to settle for what they perceive to be the safety and security of predictability. More directly stated, it’s about living in the illusion that life’s outcomes can be controlled. Bottom line: A life philosophy of “It’s good enough” is a fear-based agreement with mediocrity.

Break free from the “it’s good enough” paradigm!  Dare to have the courage to trust in yourself, in life itself.  Try on a state of consciousness that allows you to discover that there is so much good, love, joy, peace, prosperity, and creativity yearning to manifest in your life once you give it permission to do so. Because when you do, there will be an energetic opening that will usher you into a whole new recognition of limitless possibilities, into an unconditional “yes” to this great adventure called Life.

What does this take?  Courage.  The courage to disrupt your comfort zone, to live beyond your coping mechanisms, justifications, rationalizations, manipulations, well-worn excuses that hold you back simply because you fear stirring up your life or what others will think about you. Trust that your life, just as it is, is a trustworthy path to evolving a deeper confidence in the truth that you live in a friendly universe that supports you in every way. Let your reliance be on the reliability of Reality, of Spirit, which are constantly offering you opportunities for enlightened action.

Go ahead—try it all on, even if you don’t know where it will lead you, what Teutonic shakeups will take place in your life, because when you do, you will gladden your heart with the realization that it’s all working together for your good with the full support of the Universe.

Affirmation:

As I free myself from mediocrity and try on my highest potential, I realize that it is a perfect, custom made fit.

Michael Bernard Beckwith

 

Tikkun Olam: Repair of the World

‘Tikun Olam: Repair of the World’ by Dr. Cheryl Joy Bratman from Agape’s Inner Visions publication of daily dnspiration on Sunday, September 9, 2018.

Let the good in me connect with the good in others, until all the world is transformed through the power of love.
Rabbi Nachman of Breslow

Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

This year, September is the month of the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It is a time of deep reflection and prayer as the Jewish New Year begins and profound atonement and forgiveness are practiced and embodied. In Hebrew, tikkun olam means to repair, heal and restore the world. This concept speaks to the shared responsibility we have with God to continue to make the world a better place.

The mystical teachings of the Lurianic Kabbalah envisioned that God contracted part of God’s self into vessels of light—partly limiting itself—to create the world. These vessels shattered and their shards became sparks of light trapped within the material of creation. Prayer, especially contemplation of various aspects of divinity, releases these sparks of God’s self and allows them to reunite with God’s essence, bringing them closer to a fixed world.

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson said: “If you see what needs to be repaired and how to repair it, then you have found a piece of the world that God has left for you to complete. But if you only see what is wrong and what is ugly in the world, then it is you yourself that needs repair.”  We are currently living in a world that seems incredibly chaotic and discordant, and it is our job to come together to make the world whole again.

So at this time of the Jewish High Holy Days, no matter what your religious heritage may be, let’s all come together to meditate, pray, follow God’s commandments, and perform good deeds, realizing that we are all participating in tikkun olam– helping to perfect the world.

Affirmation:
I consciously choose to be responsible for my part in tikkun olam – helping to repair and heal our world.

Dr. Cheryl Joy Bratman 

 

The Truly Unlimited Life by Kim Stanwood Terranova, ALSP

The Truly Unlimited Life

Life is an adventure.  A truly unlimited life is an adventure into the unknown!   If we choose, we can be conscious, willing adventurers that seize all the possibilities before us.  It all depends on where we hold our attention, in what we believe.  From our belief, we create.  So, let us create from the knowing that all sense of limitation is false and that  unlimited living is our birthright.

Limitation is a perception, because as we know, we live in an unlimited world.  As you look out into the world, if you look closely, you will see creation sprouting forth in so many ways!  The depth of the ocean is unlimited, the sky above is unlimited, and nature itself is completely unlimited!  Spirit is unlimited in all its creation and we are one with Spirit.  If I ever begin to forget and fall into the trap of limitation, the best solution is for me to immediately get myself out into nature. I hike, I walk, or sometimes I just sit and observe the ease and grace in which all the ways the Earth keeps creating.  I then remember again that all is well and abundant.  If I am one with God, which I know I am, then I am able to tap into the abundance, the unlimited nature of God.  This is where I choose to live.  It is our job to push through any illusion of limitation and see the unlimited opportunities that lie before us.  When we remember that we live in an unlimited world, then we will mold our choices and create a truly unlimited life!

So what are you choosing to create today?  A life of limitation or a full experience of unlimited living?   Remember that adventure awaits you at every turn, and you deserve to live an unlimited life now!

Affirmation:

I boldly stand in the adventure of life as I accept unlimited possibilities around each turn.

Kim Stanwood Terranova

Excerpt from Agape International Spiritual Center’s daily inspiration ‘Inner Visions’, 7.10.2016.

“We are here to align our personal laws of life with the cosmic laws governing the universe and thereby flourish.”
Michael Bernard Beckwith, Spiritual Liberation

 

Speak this Word by Jason D. Mitchell, ALSP

SPEAK THIS WORD!

**Warning: Reading the following may change your life….

 

The following is meant to be read silently or aloud, once or twice, every hour or until you realize these Truths about yourself.

I AM grateful for life and the experience of the journey.
I AM alive for a reason and my purpose is continually revealed to me.
I AM continually awakening and my understanding is expansive.
I AM fully equipped, supplied and provided for.
I AM one with all life
I AM patient, sowing seeds of love, peace and joy.
I AM harvesting in abundance where I have and where I haven’t.
I AM at home everywhere I go, in all settings and situations.
I AM the presence of love, harmony and joy wherever I go.

There are no obstacles that are too big for me.
There is no experience or situation that overwhelms me.
The conditions and facts of situations and circumstances do not define me.
The heat of the moment meets the coolness of my consciousness revealing the perfect conditions.
There are no glass ceilings, limitations or boundaries that can restrict the realization of the dreams, visions or plans Spirit has given me.
There is one power, one authority and It has sanctioned my journey.
The same power that animates my life activates the creative genius and brilliance that uniquely reveals itself as me.
I do not carry burdens, live through the past or linger in unforgiveness.
My burden is light. My burden is LIGHT…MY BURDEN IS LIGHT and brings illumination, elucidation and edification.

I am overjoyed to know the truth of who I AM.
My walk, dance, laugh and smile celebrate all of life’s journeys.
I accept who I’ve been, where I’ve been and know that today I am not that nor am I there.
Today I am free to be the full expression of Life in a way It has never been before.
Abundance is the reality of my existence.
All concepts of lack are dissolved and impoverished mindsets become fertile and fruitful in the field of my conscious awareness.
Peace saturates my mind and penetrates the calcified impossibilities.

Love is upon me as a blanket of dew in the morning.
Love holds my hand, lifts me up, guides and comforts.
Love is always, was always and will be always in all ways.
Love graces, discerns and imbues me.
Love allows my tears to nourish the garden of my conscious awareness.
Love is my way of being in the world.
Love is all there is!

That’s it and that’s all!
No doubt about it and that’s about IT!
AND SO IT IS! AND SO IT SHALL BE!
NOW, RIGHT NOW AND RIGHT NOW!