A Course in Miracles Review 1

I opened my daily calendar lesson for A Course in Miracles to find the first “Review” Introduction section that includes the first five lessons from the Course. This couldn’t have come at a better time because I was almost starting to forget some of the first lessons. I mean, you can’t expect to remember 50 plus lessons. It’s helpful to remind me of how far I’ve come and what the root/core of the Course is.

The review is also cool because it gives additional comments under each lesson that sort of breaks down the lesson into the bare bones, condensed version. As part of the review for today, you are supposed to practice each lesson at least once. So the five review lessons are:

(1) Nothing I see means anything.

“What I think I see now is taking the place of vision. I must let it go by realizing it has no meaning, so that vision may take its place.”

(2) I have given what I see all the meaning it has for me.

“I have judged everything I look upon, and it is this and only this I see. This is not vision. It is merely an illusion of reality, because my judgments have been made quite apart from reality. My judgments have hurt me, and I do not want to see according to them.”

(3) I do not understand anything I see.

“What I see is the projection of my own errors of thought. I do not understand what I see because it is not understandable. There is no sense in trying to understand it. But there is every reason to let it go, and make room for what can be seen and understood and loved.”

(4) These thoughts do not mean anything.

“What I call “my” thoughts are not my real thoughts. My real thoughts are the thoughts I think with God. I am not aware of them because I have made my thoughts to take their place. I am willing to recognize that my thoughts do not mean anything, and to let them go. My thoughts are meaningless, but all creation lies in the thoughts I think with God.

(5) I am never upset for the reason I think.

“I am constantly trying to justify my thoughts. I am constantly trying to make them true. I make all things my enemies, so that my anger is justified and my attacks are warranted. I have not realized how much I have misused everything I see by assigning this role to it. I have done this to defend a thought system that has hurt me, and that I no longer want. I am willing to let it go.”

Like I mentioned earlier, this could not have come at a better time for me. Sometimes I feel like two sides of good and evil are always competing for my thoughts, to control me as a living being. I have to constantly remind myself to stay in the moment so that I don’t go back to that place that would love to govern my reality and turn it into mush. These five ideas for review are so simple and when practiced, immediately take away all fear, doubt, anger, worry and make room for the good, God-like way, the only way. Anything else is just not true, an illusion, something that my previous thoughts had made.

I’m still learning and I’m just very grateful to have had this review day. I was starting to wonder if it would just keep going and going. I look forward to tomorrow to see if more reviews will be provided. It’s like reviewing for a test or exam, except it’s not one that I am being graded on in an institution. The test is administered every day of my life, in every instance and one day I will master these ideas, but for now I crawl and cry like a baby, until I can learn to speak and write the universe’s language and fly with my mind’s wings ūüėČ

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Positive Affirmations to Change the World

Thoughts are really super powerful, which is why popular media and television are so heavily controlled and polluted with tragedy stories, gossip, and just plain nonsense.
If we really want to spread good news and empower people, we could advocate positive affirmations, inspirational stories, natural health tips, and financial and educational plans to improve every human being’s quality of life. We are going to get there, but as for now, and on the way, it’s best to stick with positive affirmations. Those of us that know what’s up, have to keep the torch of hope burning with goodness, peace, and positivity, so we can infect everyone else with it. “Kill em’ with kindness,” as they say.

It’s amazing to watch your thoughts and recognize that they really are what shape your reality. Whatever you “think” happens, if you think it enough. Like if you go the gym every day and pump iron, you’re gonna get buff, or if you study a language every day, you’ll learn it. Same thing with every day thoughts. If you think it enough, it will happen and become true.

I love this quote from Margaret Thatcher where she says:
“Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Watch your words for they become actions.
Watch your actions for they become habits.
Watch your habits for they become your character.
And watch your character for it becomes your destiny.
What we think, we become.
My father always said that… and I think I am fine.‚ÄĚ

It’s so true.

The Course in Miracles lessons lately are getting pretty “holy.” It’s funny because my boyfriend has become really religious. He sort of became that way after the first two years after we started dating for his own reasons. Sometimes I tell him what I’m learning in the Course in Miracles and he’s like, “I’ve been telling you that for so long,” but he follows the Bible’s teachings and thinks the Course in Miracles is new age spirituality. I think it’s pretty much the same thing, the same ideas because he recognizes the ideas I’m telling him but he just got them from the Bible.

ANYWAY…

Lately, the Course in Miracles teachings have been getting very “Holy,” like the one for today which is “My holiness blesses the world,” or yesterday’s “My holiness envelops everything I see,” or the one before that which was, “My mind is a part of God’s. I am very holy.”

You can look at it as God’s teachings from the Bible or the Course in Miracles. It’s all good love, good positive energy that is mainly focused on changing the way we think to be more in line with “God” or “The Universe.”

It’s really been working though. Miracles are happening for me. I am saying what I want out loud to the Universe, staying in line with these positive teachings, seeing the holiness in everything I see, everyone I see or talk to, because we really are all connected. Nothing is separate. Whoever I see is a reflection of myself and I’m falling in love with everyone and everything. I don’t care if it comes from the Bible or the Course in Miracles, having positive thoughts about everyone around me is working. We can really only change ourselves before we can change anything or anyone else and it all starts with our thoughts.

The Test

The Course in Miracles lesson for yesterday and today are similar. They involve vision due to the strong positive nature of the words. Today’s lesson is: “God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.” Yesterday was: “God is in everything I see.”
To practice the lessons, you are just supposed to look around you at objects, people, etc. and say the words, “God is in everything.”

Yesterday when I went to work I was working on some writing. I wanted to write about coffee additives like Splenda or Coffee Mate¬†and how they are like poison, but once I started practicing the mantra, “God is in everything,” any negative thoughts I had immediately¬†disappeared. ¬†I wanted to go on a rant about the people who make coffee additives, but I couldn’t. God was in everything I was seeing. This world was full of God and love. I changed the direction of my piece immediately.

But yesterday I was TESTED. I was at¬†my night yoga class with my least favorite teacher, an interesting bird with a huge ego¬†who doesn’t address me by my name even though he knows it.¬†I kept having to tell myself, “God is in this teacher,” “God is in this man.”

Boy, it was hard!¬† I had to constantly say it during Savasana, because normally I would roll my eyes when he talked or made any of the negative comments he would make regarding his philosophies in life about how people should be. I realized that I was being tested. If there are people we don’t like, they are reflections of what we don’t like in ourselves and we have to work even harder to love those people. I like most people, especially yoga people because they are generally good natured. This teacher is nice but awkward and a little fake and I think he means well¬†but the way he comes off is negative, since he uses negative reinforcement. I guess I don’t like that because that’s how I grew up. Negative reinforcement was used on me and it didn’t work. I only ended up rebelling or rolling my eyes, so now I still roll my eyes as an adult when I hear it because I don’t find it effective. It leaves a stale air in the room.

But I must work hard to remember that God really is in everyone, because it is in our minds. This teacher is a reflection of parts of me that still exist and I must work hard to embrace and love, even though it may be challenging.

A Course in Miracles Lesson 25

“I do not know what anything is for.”

This lesson couldn’t have¬†come at a better time. My routine has been waking up and checking out the daily calendar lesson on www.acim.org. Sometimes I get it, sometimes I don’t, and I just try to maintain focus on the overall task at hand, which is releasing anything that stands in the way of getting what I want.

And this lesson blew me away a bit, but I like it. It literally says, “I do not know what anything is for.”

Half of the time I read these lessons, I’m like, “huh?”

Then I read, “You perceive the world and everything in it as meaningful in terms of ego¬†goals. These goals have nothing to do with your own best interests, because¬†the ego is not you.”

So I thought, okay, what I want is maybe not in my best interest, so I have to withdraw the goals I assigned to the world¬†and go with the lesson for today, “I do not know what anything is for.”

This lesson says that you have to give up your goals and recognize that they are meaningless, because what you want may not be in your best interest.

I can understand that. I have a LOT of goals. I am generally goal-oriented, believing that I always have to have my eyes on the prize, something to shoot for, because otherwise life just feels like I’m floating. But maybe I need to float, maybe I need things to be random,¬†spontaneous,¬†or something and let the universe take over. I have to work on being okay with that.

A Course in Miracles Lesson 16

Today’s lesson from the Course is “I have no neutral thoughts.” It said that every thought you have contributes to truth or illusion; either it extends truth or multiplies illusion.

This made me think of the other day when I walked away from a verbal sparring I’d allowed myself to take part in with a family member. I don’t know about you but I think we fight with our family members more than others because we know they will love you no matter what. But that doesn’t give anyone the right to disrespect you. So our conversation went sour when my family member started saying some funky stuff. I walked away because you know, who wants to fight? I went to yoga and when I came back, my family member was like, “I’m sorry for the things I said. I don’t know how to talk to people.

The reason I bring this up is because of the lesson for today: “I have no neutral thoughts.” This lesson says that thoughts are not big or little; powerful or weak. They are merely true or false. Those that are true create their own likeness. Those that are false make theirs. I’m still trying to wrap my head around that.

All I can conclude is that truth is love and illusion is fear. When we fight, we fill ourselves to the brim with fear and the illusion of a nasty hateful reality is created. I walked away from the conversation because I didn’t find my family member’s words to be true. How could it be true that three and a half years of Bikram Yoga practice were meaningless and haven’t helped me develop as a more rational and calm human being? I know what she said was silly, false, an illusion. I recognized it right away and I thought, I know what my truth is, so it’s time for me to walk away from this illusion. It’s not real.

I knew at that moment, that my family member was operating from a nasty place that wasn’t God-like, supportive, or even remotely true, which is why when I returned two hours later she immediately apologized for her words and admitted she didn’t know how to talk to people.

Really, if we stop and control our emotions, we know the true way for us to treat each other is with kindness and love. We aren’t meant to be nasty with each other. This person loves to fight because she grew up fighting for her life. I get it. I engaged with her because I knew she needed to talk, but in the process, the conversation got nasty because I guess I just don’t know how to listen to people complain. I didn’t want to hear her complain about others. Life is too freaking short for that! Ever since my uncle passed, I almost have no tolerance for lovelessness, for complaining, resentment. Let’s just love each other and speak the truth to who we need to speak it to!

So today’s lesson, “I have no neutral thoughts,” says that every thought we think is either a truth or illusion, a love thought or a fear thought. It’s really cool doing the exercises for this exercises because you get to be objective with yourself and just let yourself think and realize that every thought you have is not neutral, it has a point of view, negative or positive. But you can at least recognize it as the first step.

The exercise involves just spending a minute or so with your eyes closed, allowing yourself to think whatever it is you think, and just say “this thought about___is not a neutral thought, because I have no neutral thoughts.” It’s nice because if you have a nasty thought, you recognize it and I’m hoping the lessons that follow in the Course will teach to think more positively.

A Course in Miracles Lesson 12

Today’s lesson from the Course is “I am upset because I see a meaningless world.”

When I wanted to start the Course in Miracles workbook before, I was put off by the lessons because they seemed negative and I felt like they implied that anyone coming to the course already thought negatively. I don’t like to look at anything as being “meaningless,” and I don’t like to be upset about things.

But I think what I’m getting or understanding about the Courses’ teachings so far is that these exercises are meant to strip down all previous ways of formulating ideas and viewing our world.
The lesson also said “the world is meaningless in itself.” Whatever meaning previously assigned to the world was done by the individual.

I am very positive and I like to view things in a bright way, but there are things that I glaze over such as my past, without realizing that I may still have old thought patterns that are currently shaping my reality. In 2013 I made a lot of changes, but mostly focused on thinking positively in my present moment, rather than clearing out all the rubbish from the past, almost like covering a crap flavored cupcake with a beautiful, tasty frosting. I haven’t fully stripped down my thought processing to the bare bones.

I’m excited about stripping my thought formulating process down because I know I’ve been baking funky cupcakes for a long time. I’m ready for a new recipe. For today, I am going to recognize that what I see right now is a mere result of past thinking and I’m willing to release everything.
I will take this blank slate idea of “the world is meaningless in itself” one day at a time.
Here’s the link for today’s lesson: http://acim.org/Lessons/lesson.html?daily_lesson=12

A Course in Miracles Lesson 10

Today’s lesson in the Course in Miracles was “My thoughts do not mean anything.”
This was a hard one to wrap my head around but so far it’s been the lesson I value the most. It immediately took me out of a negative head space.
I have been debating moving back to California to help take care of my grandmother and my head has just been all over the place, but as soon as I started doing the exercise for today, I was brought back to the present moment, of just existing as a blank slate. My mind felt clear, as though I had no thought in the world. I didn’t have to wonder why I thought what I thought, because I would keep saying, “my thoughts do not mean anything,” or “my thought about__ does not mean anything.”

Basically I felt like an empty vessel that was more able to receive messages and a clear plan for my existence.

All the frivolous little thoughts that came up in my head like “why is that girl talking so loud next to me?”, or “my hair is frizzy today” all of the sudden didn’t mean anything. You almost get to wondering where those thoughts even come from.
Another part of the lesson is after saying “my thoughts do not mean anything,” you follow that by “this idea will help to release me from all I now believe.”

This part I viewed as being both good and bad. Good because you want to release certain thought patterns, but do you really want to forget everything you believe? Like seven years of college and graduate school?

I’m going to have faith in the Course’s teachings. It may not make complete sense to me right now but I am hoping it will. Most people I look up to like Louise Hay, Gabrielle Bernstein, Wayne Dyer, are all students of the Course, and I want to walk the same path, or one very similar.

Here’s a link to the Course in Miracle’s website I’ve been looking at. It’s less intimidating to me than that huge blue book: http://acim.org/Lessons/lesson.html?daily_lesson=10