The Fellowship of Awakening August 19, 2015
Teachers of God,
Our retreat is filling up. We only have 10 more spots and we'll be full! Tell a friend or family! We're working on making this first retreat something spectacular! We're preparing rituals, workshops and have some special guest presenters that we're excited bout! Carolyn, Yolanda and I are very grateful. We're going learn how to have fun and expand our presence in the world!
We've placed the cornerstones and built and mortared the foundation of the Altar of Our Heart. We've built the entry now. We first enter the altar through Forgiveness. To get into any of the other halls, we must pass through forgiveness it is the central tool in ACIM. It says:
What Is Forgiveness?
Forgiveness recognizes what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred. It does not pardon sins and make them real. It sees there was no sin. And in that view are all your sins forgiven. What is sin, except a false idea about God's Son? Forgiveness merely sees its falsity, and therefore lets it go. What then is free to take its place is now the Will of God.
221. Peace to my mind. Let all my thoughts be still.
222. God is with me. I live and move in Him.
223. God is my life. I have no life but His.
224. God is my Father, and He loves His Son.
225. God is my Father, and His Son loves Him.
226. My home awaits me. I will hasten there.
227. This is my holy instant of release.
228. God has condemned me not. No more do I.
229. Love, which created me, is what I am.
230. Now will I seek and find the peace of God.
Forgiveness is the key to a still mind. I will begin today and forgive this moment and myself in it. To enter the presence of God requires me to forgive God and and my brothers and the world I see. God calls me into this moment and into Her presence. She Loves me and shows that by beating my heart and breathing my body for me. I return the love to God by not attacking this moment for what it didn't do. My home is here in the presence of God. I am safe here. I release what isn't real to experience what is real. God isn't mad at me when make mistakes, so it's easy to forgive myself, learn and grow. I am love, just like my Mother who created me. Peace is assured in the presence of God, I share with my brother.
We're up to Chapter 20. It's called The Attainment of Peace. Do we really know what upsets us? Do we know where we are leaking the peace in our lives? If we're mostly relationship, then when we're not sharing ourselves with others, restricting others and imprisoning others, then it becomes difficult to experience wholeness, completeness and joy. It's fun to be with others. Who pisses you off? Who pushes your buttons? Do you know why? There is a holy space here available for us, if we'll walk into it. A holy space of peace.
A Course in Miracles
Chapter 20: The Vision of HolinessSection IV: Entering the Ark
Image One: Bald Eagle Pair (wallpaper.com)
Image Two: The Ark of the Covenant (AKA: The Ark of Peace)
Explanation of Images: We are all powerful and influential people, but we don’t think of what we say or do as very important. We have been programmed by our egos to keep our head down and attack when we have the advantage; it’s the difference between eagles and sparrows. Our relationships are where the influence and power is shared. We’re learning of the power of innocence and love and truth. We’re teaching others about what kind of world we want to live in. The way to create that world is to live free, not fight what we don’t want. It’s the Golden Rule. When we do that we create the Arc of Peace. Free yourself and teach others they are free. Peace is here, it soars on eagle’s wings.