Rev. Glen Ganaway I.M.

The Fellowship of Awakening- April 2, 2014

Teachers of God,
I want to thank everyone for making The Gathering: Innocence & Renewal a success! We heard a wonderful opening from Aron and some history from Carolyn. We set ourselves in the place of power by claiming our innocence from which all renewals springs. I'm so proud of the new friends we made and being able to celebrate together our own renewal at this time of year.
We are half way through the first half of the year now. We've had a few reviews of the lessons and after the second review the next twenty lessons open with Miracles are seen in the Light. Remember what the lesson was when came out of the first review? That's right! I am the Light of the World. We are soaring again. Miracles are because I Am. Miracles are seen only in the Light I bring. Can we take that in? That's where we are in the text too. Lesson 91 asks us to say:

I am not weak, but strong.
I am not helpless, but all powerful.
I am not limited, but unlimited.
I am not doubtful, but certain.
I am not an illusion, but a reality.
I cannot see in darkness, but in light.

We're going to finish up Chapter 9 this week. Not coincidentally, but by intentionally we'll be looking the last section called Grandeur vs Grandiosity. We're in the habit of playing it small. We don't want to appear arrogant, right? I remember when I started doing yoga. I found it very hard to walk around with a straight spine. I felt haughty! "Oh! Everyone Look at MOI!" But I just stopped slumping. We are marvelous creatures of God's magnificent mind. Being small so that we don't upset other people is not the way to happiness. Being ourselves actually leads to humility and compassion. But we have to accept our own greatness. Not specialness, which is victim-hood and separation, but greatness, grandeur and yes 'The Light of World'. This involves self care, being kind to others and not needing justification for our wants, needs and desires.

A Course in Miracles

Text - Chapter 9

The Acceptance of the Atonement

Grandeur versus Grandiosity



Image One:

Opera Poster for Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen by Arthur Rackham.



Image Two:

Child in adult’s shoes. Stock photo.

Explanation of Images:

The world raises us up to believe we are inadequate and small, delicate and prone to disease and destruction. In this way we can be manipulated. It is our belief that we are small, little that is keeping us from experiencing our grandeur. Brynhilder is the immortal half of a pair of twins from a Wagner Opera. She is everything that is glorious and true. It is her strength and love that lead the mortal twin Seigmund to his destiny to save the beautiful girl from the Giants. We are the children of God. That gives us grandeur and power and beauty. The world will tell us we are children, weak, naive and in need of discipline. Relying on your innate grandeur is the truth about yourself. To believe the world over what the Holy Spirit is teaching is arrogance.