I have literally sat down at the computer tonight without knowing at all what I would write about. A few days ago I re-read The Four Agreements and I definitely want to touch on some of that in a post eventually, but not tonight. What popped into my head after that was something I read in A Course in Miracles this week. Here it is:
Truth needs no defense.
In this world of polarized viewpoints in so many aspects of our lives, but especially in Politics and Religion, this is something that if I can take down to my heart just might set me FREE! I don’t need to argue why I believe what I believe. I don’t need to attempt in any way shape or form to pull you to my side. At the end of the day Truth stands whether we’re there with it or not.
Next time I start to argue my point of view, I’m going to ask myself why I need to do that. If my ideas are so shaky that they need me huffing and puffing, then maybe I need to go within and ask to see the truth.
What I have decided is that when I get to a place, especially with Religion, where I can hear a different viewpoint and not feel attacked, then I have truly begun to live what I know. In the end, what you know intellectually can only get you so far, it is only when you are changed by it that you know it is Truth.
Some time ago, maybe two years, I reached out for spiritual answers through “automatic writing.” This is a much more woo-woo way of saying soul-writing or journaling. It was at a point where I was quite certain I needed a spiritual teacher. I’d been informed by various people that everyone needs a real-life teacher. You can’t get there with books alone. I asked my journal, or asked God through my journal, who would be my teacher. The answer that came into my head and onto the page was JESUS.
At that time I’d just bought A Course In Miracles which is supposedly a curriculum by Jesus (through Helen Schucman). I started reading the text but didn’t complete it and didn’t even begin on the student workbook. The book is a lot to grasp, I’d say in parts it is as tricky to decode as the Bible. And to some extent I was as skeptical of it as I am the Bible. After reading over 700 pages of it (it’s over 1000 pages) 400 pages of the almost 700 page text, I put it aside and have only thought of it on a few occasions. (One of those occasions was when I was bringing the blog back and I considered making it an ACIM themed blog.)
So the idea of learning from Jesus through A Course In Miracles has been a seedling in my brain for a while. This week I read the last two books in the Reflections of the Christ Mind series by Paul Ferrini. Just as Helen Schucman before him, he feels and claims that the content of his books came directly from Jesus. When you read it you feel as if you are having a modern day conversation with the Savior himself. The teachings are exactly what resonates with me and nothing like what I heard in the Baptist church that reminded us again and again that without accepting Christ we’d suffer for eternity in Hell.
The last book in the series mostly came from Paul Ferrini himself. He talked about how he came to accept Jesus as his teacher. He was raised Jewish and wasn’t necessarily open to the Christian concept of the son of God. But in a moment of darkness in his life, a voice came to him and guided him. Later he would realize this presence was Jesus. Along his path he found A Course in Miracles and although skeptical of it’s origin found that the teachings were in line with the Christ he knew. Through reading what was in essence his testimony, I came to understand the true meaning of accepting Jesus Christ as your savior. It is not a process in which you take a vow and start going to church. Instead it is about going within, asking Christ to guide you, and being open to that guidance without inserting your ego into the mix. We really can know Jesus.
I had such an experience some time ago (of truly feeling Jesus was with me). I’d had an encounter with someone who had accused me of worshiping false Gods and being a voice for the devil. But what I felt in my heart was that I’d learned that I could commune with God and Jesus in silence. I’d even felt that a lot of what came to me through meditations, books I found, and people I met were messages about Reality from God. So after this run-in, I wanted to prove to myself that Jesus was with me too. That night in bed I asked Jesus for a sign. It may have all been in my head but I swear that I felt the palms of my hands and my feet tingle. In the next moment I heard “Forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Since that night I’ve still struggled with my relationship with Jesus. Because of the religious influences in my life it is often hard for me to separate the loving, forgiving brother and wayshower with the God up on the cross that I am supposed to bow down to. In my attempts to analyze this I’ve even questioned his very existence at all. This week I had the opportunity to hear a call in the form of those books. It reminded me that there is a teacher out there for me and all I need to do is commit to finding quiet time to commune with him and follow the example he set. The Christ is within all of us, it’s just up to us if we want to meet him there.
“The Holy Spirit’s Voice is as loud as your willingness to listen.” ~ACIM (A Course in Miracles)
I don’t really believe in making resolutions. I’ve only ever been successful at keeping a resolution once and that was about 9 years ago. But if I was going to make them, here are some of the things I’d like to do/be/achieve this year.
1. Lose 20 pounds by eating healthy and exercising every day. (Even if I don’t lose the 20, I still want to eat healthy and exercise daily because I just feel better and my body works better when I do.)
2. Meditate twice a day totalling at least 40 minutes every day no matter what!
3. Read from the Bible (thanks Heather), A Course in Miracles, or Joel S. Goldsmith for at least 10 or 20 minutes a day.
4. Start volunteering once a month with a friend from church at The Shelter feeding a meal to the homeless.
5. Write a novel!
6. Continue to post on the blog daily.
7. Journal each day especially about all that I am grateful for.
8. Keep in touch with people.
9. Keep the house clean and clutter-free.
10. Practice yoga at least 3 times a week.
11. Set a schedule for internet “checks” and stick with it!
12. Last but absolutely MOST IMPORTANT is to spend more quality time with the girls and Mark!!!!
So now that I’ve made the list, I am surrendering it! Some of it will happen because it is meant to and some of it will not. As long as I am aware enough to hear the still small voice and to pay attention to the signals my body sends me, I should be just fine. I have a good feeling about 2010, that is for sure. 2009 was a year for change and rebirth, 2010 will be the year for me to discover who I am and what I’m capable of now!
About a year ago I was driving down Appalachee Parkway with my then 2-year-old daughter in her carseat. One of her Crocs had slipped off her foot and she desperately wanted me to get it for her. I couldn’t and she wasn’t happy about it. She went into hysterics, crying and screaming for her shoe. I began repeating an affirmation I had gotten from Wayne Dyer via A Course In Miracles…I choose peace instead of this. Well Callee did not like that one bit. She was not choosing peace and began to scream louder. It was in that moment that I was inspired to write the following poem about my passionate youngest daughter.
Two Years Old
In two years, you’ve taught me what it is to live
When you’re sad, you cry, salty tears like rain
Only stopping when a warm body holds you close
When you’re happy, you laugh, exploding laughter like fireworks
Lighting up a room
Stopping people in their tracks; joyfully
When you’re angry, you roar, raging roars like a mighty river
Stirring up the energy
Creating your own witches’ brew
When you’re loving, you kiss, sweet sugar smacks like chocolate
Peace bubbling around you
Using your keys to unlock hearts
You wear them all proudly, never asking what I think
You demand to be heard
To be comforted
To be entertained
To be cherished
In two years, you’ve become
The essence of life