Scribing by Sun~Rose Guidance on Awakening

Guidance from Elder Brother
as Received and Transcribed by Sun~Rose*

[As seen in the October 2011 Newsletter]


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GUIDANCE ON AWAKENING

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I’d like to talk on real rehabilitation, which is to Awaken.  Let’s start with these words from the Course:

“I must have decided wrongly because I am NOT at peace.

I made the decision myself, but I can also decide otherwise.

I WILL to decide otherwise because I WANT to be at peace.

I do NOT feel guilty because the Holy Spirit will undo all

the consequences of my wrong decision IF I WILL LET HIM.

I WILL to let Him by allowing Him to decide for God for Me.”

Let’s go back to the place where You made the decision.   Now this Course passage is referring to the second sleep, the one within the sleeping of the dream of separation.  However, the words are applicable to both and to the point I’m wanting to make to You:

“How you wake is the sign of how you have used sleep. To whom did You give it? Under which teacher did you place it? Whenever you wake dispiritedly, it was not of the Holy Spirit. Only when You awaken joyously have you utilized sleep according to the Holy Spirit’s purpose.”

So at the time of separation, Your Holy Mind – the one that is one with God – no longer cared to listen to Him, and that willfulness seem to create a whole new teacher, which We have called the ego.  It was a faulty choice, and that is where the correction must be made.

And yet, there is no need to look to the past.  For We may start from the realization that there is no time, so now is always when it happens.

You must learn to take the past and bring it to the Now, for only Now can it be healed.

So let us speak Now, for a moment, of ex-spouses. For Sun~Rose You saw it yesterday in looking for something through old papers, things that were written before You had Your healing seemed to catapult You back into long past aggravation.  A perfect example of what happens when You live in the past. You recreate a thing that never happened to begin with. And even if You do believe it happened, it’s not happening now; so just drop it!

And this is what You did yesterday, and it left You free until I mentioned it this morning. So You may see the supreme importance of dwelling in the Present.

How long will You let the Christ be hidden by these foolish ruminations about the past or future, those imaginary places are where the ego dwells? If You would be free You need to quit them. The Holy Spirit calls You gently saying: “Come be with Me Now My dearest Sisters and My dearest Brothers.  Let Us be the Place of Love for everyone where We may dwell happily forever.”

“Not so!” The ego thunders. “All the wrongs against me must be righted, for God is useless when it comes to wreaking vengeance even though He promised to within the Bible. So I, the ego, will take up the great crusade. And We will change the statement to: “Vengeance is mine! Saith the ego.”

Oh yes, the ego is a tricky fellow. Listen to it, and You won’t feel mellow (guess who Guided Ogden Nash?).

So once again We come to My favorite dictum……

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Would You be this?” How often must I say it?  For daily, moment by moment, do I but offer possibilities of the Holy Instant with the words You know so well:  Brother, choose again.  Sister, choose again, and this time choose God.  You know, God has already chosen You. And who will march in His crusade, if it isn’t You?

When all Your days are given to the ego’s business, how is this to be done?  Why, oh so simply, as You do whatever You are doing, Joined with Me as One.

For the moment that We Join now have You become as One with Holy Spirit, which is Your Right Mind as well as Mine; as You and I but do His bidding and Join with one another. And Us, together, We stand for unity and not for separation.

And in that stance – and in that willing stance – is open possibility for endless dreaming brothers. For minds are Joined, and so Your willingness radiates out to all the Universe.

And those already Joined rejoice at Your new connection – at Your new permanent connection – for sporadic does not get You in the Kingdom with the always frequency that’s needed.

You may think I’m asking way too much of You, and yet I’m not, unless You think that You could have too much of Heaven.

Trust Me sisters, trust Me brothers, Heaven is the one addiction that brings endless blessings. Could You be too happy?  Could You have too much Peace?  Could You but give and receive too much Love?  Not when You once again remember what Love and Peace and Happiness are like as the Consciousness of Heaven.

And realize that You have spent endless dreams searching for Heaven’s Peace and Happiness and Love. For never have the ego versions (of happiness and peace and love) given any lasting satisfaction.

For nothing lasts within the dream but its pretense to mimic Heaven as You pass from dream to dream, that one attempt is constant.

Why would You settle with a useless substitute for Reality, when Heaven stands available to You?  And not a heaven that You need to die to get to.  For the Father’s Gifts to You are but Life, Truth and Love.

The two of You can surely see the vast importance of Joining, for there is nothing else that is so crucial.  It is the one way to Awaken.  For how else could You forgive the endless ‘crimes’ of the ego but in understanding that they are unreal. There is nothing going on while You go Your way alone and solitary, deep in ego dreams.

Existence only functions as a Whole.  Not one thing that You think You’ve done alone has any meaning.  So all the words that hve been spoken, and all the words that have been written, in this endless dreaming, if they were spoke and writ alone they are but gibberish that has not any meaning.

One gentle word or gentle touch, flowing from Our Union, can heal the Universe.

Do You understand how total is the commitment that I am demanding?

Now You need to implement it.  And it is no task for You are not doing it alone.

Just reach out for Me and I will help You.

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*Sun~Rose is the scribe of the recently published book, YOU ARE LOVED AND SAFE: Prep Notes for Experiencing God’s Love.

She is also author of, A Radiant Life: Raw Food and the Presence of Love“.

BOTH now available on amazon.com

Daniel Tipton ~ My Philosophy of Life


Dare to Be Happy

By Daniel Tipton*

MY PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE

[as it appeared in the October 2011 Newsletter]

    My philosophy on life is to continue to develop my philosophy on life. By this I mean that I am constantly assessing the meaning behind my actions and the life that they manifest. If I were to describe my current philosophy, it would be an image of how I feel about how I have progressed and where I am going. However, when I get to the self most centrally mine, there are a couple underlying themes which drive me and which I doubt will ever change. One is to be my most authentic self and the other is to make the best use of this lifetime. These philosophies are based on, firstly, a desire to find the path that brings me the most peace and joy. If I feel steady peace and joy, I know that I am being true to myself. Right now, I am training myself to be an attentive internal listener so that I may be guided by higher wisdom from within to fully reveal myself. Secondly, I have a desire to not waste a lifetime. I believe that any progress not made in this life will need to be made up in successive lives. Essentially, I want to make the most of my life.

In striving to be my most authentic self, I find that it is also a calling to live a life that brings me the most love. It is important for me to know that my actions are serving my higher purpose. When I am giving or receiving love in all of its forms, whether it be an act of charity or fully enjoying whatever I am doing, I am being true to my nature. I also believe that my most authentic self is one who is kind and giving to everyone. I closely watch my behavior toward people and ask myself if I am behaving toward that person how I would enjoy being treated. This is cliché but I find that if one can truly empathize with another person’s position, they will act in a loving way toward them. This keeps me, most of the time, from attacking people because I can feel what it would be like to be attacked the way I am thinking about doing so.

In following this pursuit of authenticity and efficiency, I have found little use for religious dogma.      Catholic dogma used to be a part of my philosophy on life but I no longer find it useful. I was without a religion, per se, for over a decade until I discovered a work call “A Course in Miracles”. It is not so much a religion as it is a guide to looking at ourselves and removing fear-based obstacles to love and serenity. I have been studying this course for over two years and it is the centerpiece of my “religious” study. It says that there is a God and I believe that there is a divine creator. It also speaks of the afterlife as a return to our true essence, which is some sort of oneness with the creator. The afterlife is not spoken of as a reward to the righteous but a state every person will return to where the suffering and  materialism we experience here mean nothing. I find that modern religions can be helpful in some ways but I trust my inner voice to guide me to a fulfilling life.

As I have mentioned before, I trust myself to be able to find the truth in any situation based on intuition. When something feels right and it increases love or a feeling of connectedness with each other or ourselves, I consider it truth. When there is untruth, I experience discomfort to some degree.  The tricky part about following intuition is …

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     …that we have a louder ego that guides us away from truth. I am ever learning how to decipher between the destructive callings of ego and the blessed callings of intuition. One example of a truth that I know and have experienced is that when I am doing what I love, I have an overall happier outlook on my entire life. I quit a well-paying job recently to go back to school to be a counselor. After doing that, my outlook and attitude toward everything in my life instantly improved. I now look at my life and am invigorated instead of feeling restless and unsure like I had before.

In order to live out my philosophies, I must be able to act on free will. When we make a loving choice, we benefit in some way from it. When an unloving choice is made, we experience unhappiness to some degree, thus we always have the choice between increasing or decreasing love (peace, happiness, joy, connectedness).The power to do either, is the power to dictate the quality of our lives. Furthermore, my conception of free will means that all humans have the right to make whichever choice they feel is best for them that doesn’t take away from another person’s freedom. I believe we were created to practice free will, and anyone that imposes on the free will of another is creating suffering and going against the laws of nature. Therefor, I find it just to reprimand violators. In a society where all are not evolved enough to see that crimes toward humanity are unnecessary, law is needed.

I find that beauty and love go hand in hand and that like love, beauty can give us a mystical experience. In keeping love in my life and making the most of it, I think it is important to enjoy beautiful things. Whether something gives us a mystical experience or not, depends on the person, but I also believe that there are some things that are considered beautiful to the mass consciousness. I have read that there are many ways to have a mystical experience and some are through art. I believe that a mystical experience is a feeling of wonder or awe. So if I look at a painting with wonder and/or awe, that makes it beautiful to me. Similarly, when I hear a quotation that rings with truth, I will say that it is beautiful because it gives me a mystical experience that I can feel inside.

One thing I have found helpful on my path is to take complete responsibility for everything I experience. I feel  it is important that we awaken to the fact that we are completely responsible for everything that occurs in our lives. Whether we feel we are a victim or not is beside the point; we are still responsible. I think that if we would stop thinking that our lives are happening to us and see that we are creating it with every thought and action, we would have a healthier and happier society. I think that it would be extraordinarily helpful to have more people among us who empower others and help them see that they are the only ones standing in the way of their own happiness. That is why I am becoming a counselor. I want to help awaken the dormant creative power in our society and at the same time, be my greatest self.

*Daniel Tipton resides in Omaha, NE and is a member of  the Course in Miracles Society study group. He is enrolled in the ACIM Ministerial Program offered by the Community Miracles Center, attended the 2011 Annual ACIM Conference in San Francisco and is currently working on a masters degree in Counseling. Daniel will be attending the 2013 ACIM Conference which will be held in Chicago. More Conference Information here

Daniel Tipton

Scott Kalechstein Grace ~ Music

Music of
Scott Kalechstein Grace
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[as it appeared in the October 2011 Newsletter ]

AUTHOR’S INTRODUCTION

EXCERPT from Scott’s new book “Teach Me HOW TO LOVE

One winter’s day in 1987, while I was waiting to use the restroom at a McDonald’s, an elderly woman in a wheelchair came in, and her caregiver asked me if they could go ahead of me. “Of course!” I told her. As she was escorted into the bathroom, I noticed a beautiful glow in her eyes, which reminded me of the eyes of a baby: bright blue, crystal clear, pure and precious.

Two minutes passed slowly, and finally I heard the sweet sound of a toilet flushing. Both women came out smiling, and before I knew what was happening, the older one wheeled herself right up to me, slowly rose out of her wheelchair, kissed me on the lips and said, “Thank you. I love you.” She came into my arms and offered her frail body in a delicate and tender embrace. her eyes blazed with life and love, and I felt a warm ripple spread throughout my chest. She sat back down and was escorted out. I also took a seat, to collect myself and to reflect on what had just happened. The woman’s eyes, her radiant spirit, and especially her innocent and courageous offering of love had me shaking. I was in delicious shock, thrown completely into a state of wonder. It seems life’s best moments catch us off guard, sneaking up on us when we least expect it, and this was surely one of them.

My mind, that endless question machine, was spinning. Who was that woman? Was she too old and senile to remember that one doesn’t go around kissing strangers on the lips, or was she too wise to allow her heart to be confined to the ways of the world? My thoughts raced with theories and questions that would never be answered. Finally, I gave up and just let it be. For the rest of the day I could not wipe a smile off my face.

I’m happy to say that I never fully recovered from that experience. What was my way of expressing love? Images danced through my mind about what I might say and do. Would I kiss strangers on the lips and tell them I loved them? Pretty soon I realized that I couldn’t approach this business of loving with a plan of action. It had to spring up from my heart like a bubbly fountain, spontaneous and unrehearsed. All I could do was practice being a vessel for love, not its controller. From the depths of my being, I asked to learn the ways of love, and my prayer took the form of a song:

TEACH ME HOW TO LOVE

I want to wake up in the morn, and know what I’m made of
Oh, Great Spirit, teach me, teach me how to love
I want to hear the birds at dawn, and know what they sing of
Oh, Great Spirit, teach me, teach me how to love
I’ve learned quite well just how to hide
Behind these rusty walls inside
But now my heart is calling me to rise above
Teach me how to love

I’ve shined on just a chosen few that fit me like a glove
Oh, Great Spirit, teach me, teach me how to love
Teach me to shine on everyone just like the sun above
Oh, Great Spirit, teach me, teach me how to love
I’ve walked the earth in self-defense
Bracing for some punishment
Could it be I’m safer here?
I’ve asked a jury of my fears
I’d rather ask a dolphin or a dove
Teach me how to love

1987© ScottSongs

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TEACH ME HOW TO LOVE is on Scott’s Let There Be Lightalbum as well as one of the 17 songs on the CD that comes with his NEW Book “Teach Me HOW TO LOVE”   

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And so Scott began his journey on learning how to love and express love and on the way he found his ‘VOICE’. In his 1999 CD “Love Songs for the Heart’s Awakening” Scott presents us with an array of songs intended to provide “an opening, enjoyment, healing and assistance on the journey toward greater heart connection and intimacy, both with a partner and with Life.”

The following song is from that album.

OPENING UP IN THIS MOMENT

Walking this world alone
Cannot bring me all the way Home
I’ve seen it raining on my charade of private happiness

Light shining brightly you came
Piercing through my fear and my shame
Stronger than my armor’s appeal
The power of love
Is melting steel

And I’m opening up in this moment
Opening up my heart
Holding your hand I can understand
Joining is the way we come to God
Opening up in this moment
Opening up my heart
Holding your hand I can understand
Joining is the way we come to God

I was trying to rise by closing my eyes
And meditating fear away
Now I see it was the closing
That’s been keep me so afraid

So I’m down from the mountain
That’s where the journey starts
And my yoga now is to share my heart
What a stretch!
To open and feel
To risk the pain and let love heal

As I’m opening up in this moment
Opening up my heart
Holding your hand I can understand
Joining is the way we come to God
Opening up in this moment
Opening up my heart
Holding your hand I can understand
Joining is the way we come to God

Well I know that I can stand alone
I’ve learned it through and through
But now the stand I want to make
Is being close to you

And I’m opening up in this moment
Opening up my heart
Holding your hand I can understand
Joining is the way we come to God
Opening up in this moment
Opening up my heart
Holding your hand I can understand
Joining is the way we come to God

Come to God
Come to God
Come to God


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And along the way Scott increased his ability to bring Love and Laughter and Lots of Levity to the seriousness of Life.

He shares his Voice and his Laughter with all of us on the CD “Levitational Pull“.

This musical clip from the album is called “A Beautiful Day” in which Scott uses Mr. Rogers to give us a taste of what the Real World is all about.

A BEAUTIFUL DAY

(My tribute to Fred Rogers and the Real World he lives in)

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood
My spirit is soaring free
I’ve taken the weight of the world off my shoulders
And found a lighter me
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood
There are no locks on the doors
People come out to play everyday
And we know what life is for

(chorus)

We laugh at the notion that love is rare
We laugh at the notion of fear
We come to each moment with cupboards bear
And open our hearts to the Heaven that’s here
We open our hearts to the Heaven that’s here

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

In my body community
The organs and cells get along with each other
A happy biology
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood
So we’re having a block party
God has decreed they’ll be joy in the streets
So we sacrifice self misery

(repeat chorus twice, solo, then repeat chorus twice again)

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood
Our spirits are soaring free
We’ve taken the weight of the world off our shoulders
And found our harmony
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood
Mr. Rogers is singing along
Who would have known that the journey Home
Would lead my heart back to this song
Who would have known that the journey Home
Would lead us all back to this song…

Would you be mine, could you be mine

Won’t you be my neighbor?


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Scott has continued from 1987 to the present day to share his inspired ability to LISTEN and give away as he hears the Voice within. He leads workshops and presentations and recently shared something he ‘received’ from Dr. Seuss!! This clip is absolutely hilarious and will brighten your day! It expresses the epitome of the teachings in A Course in Miracles.

Scott shares how this poem came about:

SCOTT: “I ‘received’ this poem over a two month period in early 2010. It really did feel like I was  “contacted” by Dr. Seuss. Please watch it till the end and have fun with it. If you don’t stick with it, and you’re trapped in chronic seriousness, you might feel the need to reach for the Prozac. Let’s bring some witnessing presence and levity to the neurotic ego so you can let go of identifying your sense of Self with your ego-mind. I’m curious how this landed for you. I look forward to your comments on YouTube.


http://bit.ly/IFDrSeussMetEckhartTolle

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*Scott Kalechstein Grace lives in Marin California with his lovely partner Venus, and their darliing daughter Aysia. He is a Writer / Coach / Comedian / Speaker, as well as a Singer / Songwriter / Recording Artist / Minister and Workshop Leader. 

 http://www.scottsongs.com

GAFF ~ Thoughts of a Fisherman

GAFF: God is But Love
Thoughts of an Old Fisherman
by
Lorena R. Peter, Ph.D.*
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[as it appeared in the October 2011 Newsletter]

Gaff laughed, entertained by antics of swooping and diving seagulls. He nodded toward them. “They might all be a part of the same system, but they each fight to get the biggest piece. Don’t think it’s nature’s way for one bird to give the larger portion of food to the bird diving next to him.”

Priscilla giggled at the thought. “You take it… No, you take it… No, I insist. You take it. It’s much bigger than the fish you caught.”

Gaff reacted to her with a belly laugh. “Pelican would probably take both fish.”

Priscilla was sitting in Bobby’s chair on the other side of the cooler. Her eyes followed those of her friend and she laughed. “Yeah, we humans have some strange ideas. Leaving some food on your plate so that the hostess won’t think you didn’t have enough to eat! Silly, really.”

Gaff turned to her, more serious now. “It is silly, but a lot of those customs are a shorthand way of communicating with people around you. Ways of showing respect, too, some of them.”

She nodded, in silent thought.

He yawned and turned toward the sun. “You haven’t been around much lately.”

A shake of her head. She reached into her bag and pulled out a book. Waved it in his direction. “I’ve been taking some classes about making films at the local college. You know there’s a big film community in this area.”

It was his turn to nod. “Taking a break from studying those other books of yours? And doing the lessons in that workbook?” He looked at the tip of his rods to see if a fish was on the hook. No wiggle there. No jumping around.

Priscilla riffled through the pages of her book and then returned it to the bag. “Do that at night. And in the morning. Starts the day out right. Besides, I’ve had a few opportunities to apply the lessons from that book.”

Gaff chuckled as he pushed out of his chair to head toward his fishing rods. “Sounds like there’s a story in this…..

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I need to check my lines before we get too deep into it.” He flipped a bail and reeled in first one hook and then the other to find his bait in tatters. “Looks like someone was eating around the bone here.”

Priscilla moved to join him on the sand. She laughed. Then she closed her eyes and turned her face toward the sun. “Never get tired of this.” She sighed her words into the wind.

Gaff paused, hands dropped to his side as he, too, turned a smiling face to the warmth of the sun. After a moment, he returned to his job. He cast both hooks, filled with bait, into the deep on the other side of the sandbar and put his hands in the water to rinse the fish juice from them. The friends went back to their chairs.

Priscilla closed her eyes to the sun and murmured, “Thank you, Mother Water, for all this glory.”

Gaff dried his hand on the towel as he asked, “And just how did you apply those lessons?”

Her head jerked upright. “Looking for a location to shoot the film I’m making for class. Has to be a beautiful old home with a window on a courtyard or some interesting walkway. So I looked at this historical home in Wilmington. You know, on that street of quaint old homes a block from the river.”

He nodded and the corners of his eyes crinkled in amusement. “Uh-hunh.”

She waved strands of hair out of the way and reached for a shell in the sand beside her. “Wasn’t right for the film, but the curator gave me a number for a neighbor down the way. Someone with a better view.”

“And you called.”

“When I did, a woman answered. I started into the explanation when she cut me off. Wouldn’t let me finish.”

“Yell at you?”

Priscilla threw the shell toward the water. “Not exactly, but her voice was hard and angry and her words…”

“Not helpful? Helpful like southern people are reputed to be?” He smiled at this last.

Priscilla turned toward him. “You know her? Sounds like you’ve got her number.”

“Na. But we’ve got a lot of people move down from the north. Takes ‘em a while to figure it out… that they don’t need to be afraid of everyone.”

Distracted momentarily by the loud squawking of the birds, she just shook her head for a bit. “She didn’t sound afraid. More like she was terribly hurt and wanted to hurt everyone she could to spread that pain around.”

“Don’t let it bother you. Maybe I can help you find another place.”

She turned a brilliant smile toward Gaff. “That’s just it. When she took a breath, I said in a soft voice that I really appreciated her kind help and hung up.”

Gaff grinned. “Good that you didn’t yell or pout about it.”

The smile brightened. “No, I did feel upset about the way she treated me and that she wasn’t at all helpful, but I didn’t feel angry. I just felt sad.”

Gaff nodded and looked toward the tip of his rod to see if there was a fish on the line. Maybe.

“When I got up this morning, I let the book fall open and read from that page. There were six lessons and they all said the same thing repeated again and again: ‘God is but Love, and therefore so am I.’”

Gaff’s brow squinched together indicating his confusion.

Priscilla threw her hands into the air. “Don’t you see? I was love.”

He shrugged, but still didn’t understand. “You were nice.”

“Yes, I was nice to her even as she was not nice to me. I thanked her for helping me even before I realized how much she had helped.”

“How’s that? How’d you think she helped you?”

“She was a test to see if I really learned those lessons.”

“And you passed.”

Priscilla’s grin was at its broadest. “I did pass. I wasn’t angry and I didn’t attack. I said, ‘Blessings to you,’ and I really meant it!”

“No hint of anger?”

The grin dimmed a bit. “I did feel hurt that she would attack me, a stranger.”

“And a nice person.”

“But when I thought about it, I realized that she might have been afraid. A total stranger called her home… and knew where she lived.”

“That would explain the fear, but the attack…”

Priscilla shrugged and ran hands through the sand. “As we said before, she was in pain and was dumping some of that on me. Maybe something happened to her at work… or she had a fight with her husband.”

Gaff laughed. “You sure are good at coming up with maybes.”

She looked intently at Gaff. “You always say that we don’t know what goes on behind closed doors… and it’s really none of our business. Whether it was something that happened that day or from a childhood filled with abuse, her pain was so great that it splatted out all over me.”

He tilted his head. “And you gave back Love instead of fear.”

“I did. I did. And the quotation this morning was perfect. I am Love.”

He laughed now. “I can hear Professor Doolittle saying, ‘She’s got it. I think she’s got it.’”

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*Lorena Peter, Ph.D., writes entertaining mysteries, romances and wisdom books.
All have strong spiritual underpinnings and paranormal elements. She blends aGaff By the Sea medical intuition and healing practice (and travel) with her writing. For more information go to WWW.LORENAPETER.COM. You may contact her on Facebook. For her understanding of the Course, she thanks Carmen Cameron and the class in Louisville, KY.

Lorena Peter is also the author of the delightful book: GAFF: WISDOM FROM THE SEA

Disappearing Truthe ~ Chris F Minshew

Disappearing Truthe
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By Chris F Minshew*

[as it appeared in the October 2011 Newsletter]


Wantingly, wearily, they begin to see
The writing on the wall confirms you and me.


We all tried to tell them, but to no avail
This isn’t heaven, it’s literally hell.


Forget what we told you, believe it or not
The truth behind hell is neither cold nor hot.


Living it is the only way you will see
Nothing here exists, not even you or me…


**Chris F. Minshew has led anything but a “normal” life. His list of prior occupations ranges from Bail Bondsman to Golf Club Executive to Walt Disney World employee! For the past 20+ years (as well as in past lives) he has been a musician and a poet (150+ poems & counting). In the past couple of years he has begun putting some of the poems to music under the band name “Punchweasel” (www.punchweasel.com). On more than one occasion, when asked how he has been able to write so many poems/songs, Chris has been overheard saying, “I don’t write them, I just write them down…” (Most of the time, the poems are dictated from a “Source.”) Along with his wife Summer (Punchweasel’s vocalist), Chris is working towards using his music for healing purposes (as instructed by his “Source”). Chris and Summer reside in Carthage, MS and have been studying ACIM for the past few years.

What is Revenge?

WHAT IS REVENGE?

Article by Rev Reja Janaki Joy Green*
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Last MAY I wrote a Facebook NOTE after the death of Osama Bin Laden titled, “HOW COULD THE DEATH OF SOMEONE HURTFUL BRING JUSTICE” You can read it here:  http://on.fb.me/DoesDeathBringJustice

 

[I’m posting this now because it’s just as applicable to the killing of Ommar Gaddafi. ]

 

The following is an answer to one of the private COMMENTS to that note which was:

Something to think about. If Osama Bin Laden was captured alive, tried and found guilty in a court of law and sentenced to life imprisonment, would that be revenge?”

 

Thank you for asking this. It’s great to have a question that fosters further understanding.

 

When I sat in quiet with today’s Lesson 126 “All that I give is given to myself” I got a sense of our intimate connection with one another. Every ONE of us is part of the Sonship and is part of the Unity which is the One Reality. If we find ourselves in this 3D dream, in a body, in a society and separate and we know that we are responsible, then we get to use the body to WAKE UP.

 

The Course tells us it is not productive “To deny the denial”. This sounds confusing until we replace the word DENIAL with the word DREAM. It is not productive “To deny the dream”. And it is the ‘dream’ which is the denial of Reality. We can’t deny that we think we are in here in this dream. We are dreaming if we find ourselves anywhere but in eternity. The challenge is to realize that we are dreaming and wake up! And while we’re doing that we need to stop our vehicles at red lights and go when the light turns green. We’re IN the world, but not ‘OF it’. We are getting a sense of this and so we need to accept it and begin to heal the seeming separation.

 

In our APRIL Newsletter we had an article written by Rob Rideout about finding ACIM while in prison. http://jcim.net/Pages/MyPathToCourse.html   which helped him to heal. [Select url, right click, copy, then paste into browser.]

 

In our MAY Newsletter we had an article by Corinne Zupko about the anxiety and panic attacks that were healed by using the principles of ACIM.
http://jcim.net/Pages/WorkingThroughAnxiety.html

Both of these people took responsibility for their painful life experiences and received the Lessons that those experiences were there to bring.

 

If Bin Laden had been captured and placed in prison, that would have been the lesson he would have been presented with to learn. He was killed. That is the actual lesson he was presented with which to learn. “All things are lessons God would have me learn”. L193

 

It would sound ludicrous to say being killed were a lesson presented for his learning only if you believed that death were real. If you believed that there is no such thing as ‘death’ and that only the body, which is part of the dream, ceases to be while you [Spirit] continues, then indeed that experience is a lesson.

 

Many people have had near death experiences in which they experienced their ‘death’ and have come back with a renewed perception of ‘life’.

 

Only the Loving Thoughts of God are true. Everything else is an appeal for help and healing. Bin Laden is a Child of God. That is a Loving Thought of God. He thought he was separate and had unloving thoughts. That was an appeal for help and healing. His healing would have been an ‘option’ whether he had been incarcerated or killed. That’s the only option there is.

 

We continue on this journey without distance to a goal that has never changed. We are here to heal. And we either chose the option now or later. The end is inevitable. And once again today’s Lesson is: “All that I give is given to myself.”

 

When we realize our oneness which is the atonement or healing of the separation, then we know that we can ONLY give to ourselves. We are all in this together. We are all going home where we will once again Know there is only

GO(o)d. Only Love.

 

Until then the journey is our path and all our experiences are the lessons. In light of all of this, the concept of ‘revenge’ is not only not applicable, it just doesn’t make sense. ♥

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*Reverend Reja Joy Green is one of the founding members of the Course in Miracles Society [CIMS]; She is the CIMS webmaster, eMagazine editor and producer of the Daily Lesson Mailings [example of mailings]. Rev. Reja Joy facilitates the Course in Miracles study group in Omaha and is ordained as a Community Miracles Center minister.  Rev Reja Joy facilitated the 2013 free ACIM DAILY Lesson Conference Calls along with Rev. Pamela Whitman.

As a registered Yoga Instructor, Rev. Reja Joy teaches through her RejaJoy-Yoga-Studio from the perspective of A Course in Miracles and hosts several social media groups for those who share this journey. Rev. Reja Joy currently resides with her loving husband Chris Green in Omaha, NE.

Course in Miracles Society (CIMS) is an international group of Course students and teachers organized to discover, authenticate and propagate the divine teachings of A Course in Miracles. As students, we seek to increase our knowledge of Jesus’ words and to deepen our experience of his teaching. As teachers, we work to circulate the message of A Course in Miracles throughout the world by our words, by our deeds and by the example of our lives.  Jcim.net

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Scott Kalechstein Grace ~ Teach Me How To Love

Teach Me How To Love

A True Story  that Touches Hearts and
Helps with the Laundry

[Song on YouTube]

TeachMeHowToLove[For more information on this book, just CLICK the picture above]

Oh my! What an experience. There I am on my  porch-deck, crying – then laughing – then laughing – then crying. There was so  much I resonated with in Scott Kalechstein Grace’s book “Teach Me HOW TO  LOVE” Teach Me How to Love: A True Story That Touches Hearts & Helps With The Laundry.  I absolutely loved it!!

Not only did I also live in New York City around the same time as Scott did,
but I also went through a very similar search for meaning. I bookmarked some
places that intrigued me like when Scott “focused like a laser beam on the
here and now”. It was during that time when Scott was a struggling artist
selling laundry bags on the street’s of the NYC boroughs and had to vigilantly
be on the watch for the police. Scott wrote, “Perhaps the finest moments
of connection happen when we are willing to abandon the popular script and
improvise our own”, speaking of when he handed a funny permission slip
from his Mom to the police who came back later and wanted a copy of it since
their cronies hadn’t believe them.

Scott wrote of his laundry bag performance as a “ministry” which it
truly was. Throughout the book we witness Scott’s ability to be HERE and NOW no
matter what he is doing and to transform day to day interactions into moments
of “connection”. My husband is a mainframe programmer and works in
various cities but he always sees it truly as a venue to extend his love. My
husband goes to work, much as Scott describes his work in this book:
“excited and eager to make a small difference in people’s lives, to bring
a little levity to their gravity.” People end up realizing that there’s
been a shift in their lives and they are just not the same as before and that’s
because their hearts have been touched by the extension of Love.

That’s the gift Scott has and it’s a gift he has now developed to the point of
being able to transform his connection with others into an instant “Song
Portrait”.[He shared this talent recently on Facebook!]

AH, and Scott shared so many synchronicities in his book! I love
synchronicities! They are incredible, like when Scott “heard” to play
“AMAZING GRACE” in the airport and a man in the crowd shared that he
had just buried his Mom and that song was her favorite and how he felt it was a
message from her. The man said, with tears in his eyes: “I felt her
presence. I heard her telling me she was quite all right, and that she would
always be with me.”

Another time Scott was guided to pick up a little pamphlet at a workshop, just
after asking for guidance in healing the relationship between himself and his
mother and discovered that the pamphlet contained a conversation between the
workshop leader and an unidentified person which was actually SCOTT! The
conversation had occurred four years earlier at another workshop in which Scott
was working out his relationship with his Mom!! Afterwards Scott got a chance
to share the pamphlet with his Mom which began the healing of their
relationship.

Throughout the book Scott shares his breakthroughs which are incredibly genuine
and heartfelt. There was the time Scott got his white pants dirty just before
having to stand up and give a talk and he was quite upset until he finally
realized, “Is there ever a moment or place where the opportunity to
express love doesn’t exist?” NO!! Now is the only time there is and LOVE
can always be expressed. Love waits on welcome, not on time.

Regarding Soulmates, Scott wrote: “I imagine if Jesus were preaching to
today’s crowd on the Soulmate subject that he might say: ‘Seek ye first the
Kingdom of your own soul, and your Soulmate will be added unto you.'” That
was my experience. I had finally given up and said, OK God. I am here only to
be truly helpful. If that means I will be alone, so be it. I am here only to
heal, to be healed and to love. I decided to stay in NE and shortly afterwards
met and married my Soulmate!!

Scott wrote: “Music had always been a source of great joy for me, but it
was beginning to show up as something I never knew it could be: a delivery
system for guidance, healing and transformation.”

That’s what this book is. It’s a delivery system for Guidance, Healing and
Transformation. It gives us a wonderful glimpse into Scott’s journey, which is
our own, as he opens up his heart and lets himself be Guided. I’m blessed to
have read it and now I’m blessed to be sharing it with you. As the sub-title
says: It’s “A True Story that touches hearts and Helps with the
Laundry”!!

Reja Janaki Joy Green
Omaha, NE
[More of Scott’s music in CIMS October Newsletter]

          

*Scott Kalechstein Grace lives in Marin California with his lovely partner Venus, and their darling daughter Aysia. He is a Writer / Coach / Comedian / Speaker, as well as a Singer / Songwriter / Recording Artist / Minister and Workshop Leader.

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