Stepping into personal power

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Have you ever had a moment of personal power? A moment of infinite freedom? A decisive moment in your personal history where you were 100% aware of your personal power and the freedom to choose?

They say that someone with nothing left to lose has nothing to fear.  I believe the reason for this is because it somewhat liberating, while not necessarily ideal, when you have lost everything you love, you have the ultimate freedom of choice. Because you are no longer weighed down by commitment to others or commitment to responsibilities or commitment in general. You have removed all the balls and completely cut all the chains. It is the reason why people who have finally hit rock bottom can not only come back, but often come back stronger than ever. When you have lost everything, you no longer have any reason to stop trusting your intuition and listening to your own inner guidance and GPS. Because when you hit rock bottom, you start realizing the roll you have had to play in your own failures.  Because when all you have loved is lost… you truly have to choose to live. Once you make the choice to live and claw your way through all the muck and mud of self destruction you can see the places where you took wrong turns.

Losing everything is not the only way to step into our own power. Unfortunately, we humans tend to like taking the hard way more often than the scenic route.

Every day we have the ability to wake up and choose a different reality. It all starts when we claim our personal power and recognize the power of personal choice and take different actions than the ones that keep us tied to ideals that are not ours. Even when we choose to compromise our ideals because we love someone, once we recognize this has been our choice, we no longer feel a victim of circumstance or anything else. When we own our choices we become more powerful because we establish healthy boundaries when we know what we stand for and value most.

Of course once we step into our power, there are always circumstances outside of our control because there are Billions of souls co-creating our reality and not everyone’s ideal fits together. This of course means that we still have a responsibility to choose our response to that reality. I hate traffic jams, it gets up my blood pressure and stresses me out. When I allow myself to become inpatient with the traffic, it does not change the fact that their is traffic, it just makes the traffic unbearable and my mood sour. This is a choice!

From here, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce the impact our choices have on our health and in our bodies. Besides the food we choose to eat, choosing to stress out in traffic for an hour a day certainly is not doing much to help the blood pressure. Minute by minute we make little choices that impact our reality and impact our health. When we step into our personal power, we start to recognize the impact each and every choice we make every single minute of every single day creates this life and at any moment we can choose to create a different reality by making a different choices.

I struggle with this daily. I know I create my own reality intellectually, but sometimes, my ego has a difficult time making the integration with reality. Its super easy to get in my car, excited to get somewhere (Usually trying to get home from the daily grind) and then get irritated when I see traffic is going to delay me. It’s easy to lose sight of my part in creating my own reality when the guy in the next lane decides to jump in front of me and then hit his breaks. It’s really easy to lose sight in those instant moments of impact where the rubber meets the road. But, we must slug on and keep at it, like a meditation practice, when we realize the mind has wandered, we gently go back to the breath. Daily, we must gently remind ourselves, when we realize we have allowed emotions to take control (the ego), we must be gently with ourselves when we do this, because forgetting is part of the human condition. When we catch ourselves drifting down the river of emotion, simply remember that at anytime we can choose not to. We always have a choice. The choice will not always be easy but it is always there.

The more we practice stepping into our power and claiming the power of our own choices, we get better at it, it becomes more natural. Our mind wanders less and the tides of emotion begin to shore themselves up.  We begin feeling empowered by our choices and we begin to claim that power more often. We no longer say yes when we mean no. We no longer make commitments our hearts are not really congruent with. We begin valuing our time and our personal freedom. We express our boundaries and communicate our needs clearly and our relationships transform. We choose when to compromise and when we refuse the incongruence.  Once we have claimed our power, life starts getting easier because we understand the power of choice.

This also means we have to start looking at what we hold dearly and where we have those balls and chains. I had a very liberating moment when I learned for myself to consider the source of my critics. It is a basic human need to want to fit in, but it is important to recognize where it is we are trying to fit before we make commitments to sacrifice our freedom to choose.

I have shared before that I have had some daddy issues over the years, constantly seeking approval from men who are incapable of giving it to me for one reason or another, repeating the patterns of my childhood, my father’s emotional unavailability and my need for his approval.  Cutting that ball and chain gave me wings to fly! One day, I realized that my father is a miserable, unhappy man who is chronically negative, critical and dryly sarcastic. He is that way with everyone. While I had always made it my personal mission to seek his approval and pride, he  is incapable of giving it to anyone, it has nothing to do with me, it wasn’t personal. It was his problem with his life, not mine. When he chose to criticize my choices, I started choosing to not care. Because if choosing the life he would chose for me would result in my having his disposition, why on earth would I choose his path? Do not get me wrong, this does not mean we should criticize anyone else’s path, but I do think we should consider carefully whose criticism we are willing to take to heart. Whose life are we trying to live? Who are we trying to emulate? Once we step into our personal power, it becomes more evident that the fewer opinions we allow to matter, the more liberated we are.

Stepping into our power is not an overnight thing, it is a process that has to be worked at and perfected and massaged and molded. We learn as we grow and we share what we know with others so we can all help light the way. Because enlightenment itself is so brief and hard to explain in human words, we do every thing we can to find ways to describe what we have seen and to live up to our part in the circle of life.

I am by no means an expert because as I have shared, it is a daily struggle to remember. Emotions are like waves, they have a tendency to knock us out of our natural rhythm. We have to learn to swim with the tides, sometimes that means diving right into the thick of it and holding on to see what comes out the other side.  Each and every day I have to remind myself I have choices, but it gets easier with practice and then I begin discovering even more layers of places in which I actually have more control than I have ever realized. Its an amazingly fabulous journey! What does your struggle look like? How do you struggle to remember you have choices?

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Fear and Conflict part 2

 

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This post is part of a series entitled: Reflections from a Course of Miracles. This is part two of Chapter 2, Part VI. Fear and Conflict.

Fear can also come from doing something our minds have not completely set mind to do. When we enter into these agreements, if you will, we are doing something we are not totally committed to doing. This can cause rage, resentment and projection. In order to respond to this fear, we must ask ourselves what exactly it is we are afraid of and why we are fearful. We must be honest with ourselves about what we want and what we fear. Having a clear intention eliminates fear.

“The Strength to do, comes from your undecided decision”

Only the mind can create fear. When wanting and doing are incongruent, fear is inevitable, so it is important to know our intentions first. As the quote above states, the only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future.

First we must understand what fear is, then we must also know that fear arises from incongruence or a lack of understanding that spirit is perfect and has nothing to fear, and we are all nothing more than spirit.  When we accept that we are spirit, we can love spirit completely without fear. Perfect love is the remedy for fear. When we know we are spirit and we know our intentions, and we remember that spirit is perfect. We have no reason to fear, because spirit is eternal. Perfect, unconditional love of ourselves in this case, brings us back to the understanding that we are spirit and perfection and eternal. There is nothing to fear.

“The mind is very powerful, and never loses its creative force. It never sleeps. Every instant it is creating. It is hard to recognize that thought and belief combine into a power surge that can literally move mountains. You prefer to believe that your thoughts cannot exert real influence because you are afraid of them. There are no idle thoughts. All thinking produces form at some level.”

The mind is much more powerful than most of us believe or realize. We can truly manifest the life we want through our intention.

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Fear and Conflict part one

This post is part of a series entitled: Reflections from A Course in Miracles. 

 

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Fear is manifested in the body and the mind. As we learned in previous posts, the body is nothing more than a playground, a school yard for the spirit to experience presence here on earth as a human being.

“The presence of fear shows that you have raised body thoughts to the level of the mind.”

Once we have reached a state of fear, we are less able to access our true source of power, the intuition. It is necessary to remove the fear in order to access our intuition, which is the only true connection we have with “source.”

“You would not excuse insane behavior on your part by saying you could not help it. Why should you condone insane thinking? There is a confusion here that you would do well to look at clearly. You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think.  The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can access choice.  What you do comes from what you think.”

Whenever you are fearful, it is because you have allowed the mind to take control, and stopped listening to your intuition, which is your true source of knowing.

“You must change your mind, not your behavior, and this is a matter of willingness.”
Without changing our mind, we cannot change our actions. Everything starts with intention, this is a product of the mind.

“The correction of fear is your responsibility” Spirit is perfect and is not afraid of anything. Therefore, if you are fearful, you are once again forgetting that you are spirit and spirit is perfection (aka the separation.) If you are asking to be released from fear, you are taking away your own responsibility to recognize that fact that once again, you are spirit and spirit is already perfect and has nothing to fear, everything is already as it should be.

Incongruence, as defined by Carl Rogers’ humanistic approach to psychology, and it reflects a difference between a person’s self-image and actual experience.  Fear then, is always a sign of incongruence. It is the conflict that arises when our values and our experience do not match.

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Book Review: Burning Woman

 

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In her own words, Lucy Pearce describes Burning Woman: “This book is for all women who burn with passion. Have been burned by shame. And in other places, at other times would have been burned alive for what they do and who they are. It is written for every woman who has struggled with expressing herself. Every woman filled with burning questions, who longed to give voice to the ideas within her, but was too scared by what might happen if she did. It is dedicated to every woman who is in the process of stepping into her power. And every single woman who has burned when she did.”

This book is about stepping into your personal power. “Something far bigger than just their desire to paint or write or start a blog or a business or protest. There is a collective burning igniting within women. A deep need to tell our stories and be heard. A longing to heal past hurts and move beyond them, into something big and bold and fresh and new. Something is changing, we can sense it. And yet when we have this yearning, when we hear this calling there is still the paralyzing fear.”

Lucy Pearce finds a way to take feminism and make it more approachable for those of us who never had a desire to burn our bras. This is a wonderful empowering book for all women, of all ages. If you are not burning before you read this book, as woman, you most likely will find yourself burning as you read it, I certainly did! If you want to ignite your passion and burn with an unquenchable fire, if you are searching for something and not quite sure what it is, if you are hungry for something, this book is for you!

Lucy writes with knowledge, authority and approachability. As I leaf through my own copy of this book, most of it is highlighted or dog eared or underlined. It is an incredible spiritual journey which will not disappoint!

“Now the phoenix of humanity can rise out of the flames of the old culture. Now is the time to return to the Feminine into her full power, to work in partnership with a new, mature masculine. Now is the time to give birth to a new world. Burning woman, hear the call!”

This book is for women who burn with passion. The book will have you accessing your personal power, courage and ready to engage the world in new ways!

“I invite you to stay aware of your body and emotions, note the impact that the words and ideas have on you internally. Feel where they inflame you, with passion or anger. See where they hit blockages or seed sparks. Because they will. These are burning words. Written for you, Burning Woman

This book came at such an amazing time for me, while trying to access my personal power and my own femininity.  I do hope you read Burning Woman and I do hope that you burn, that you find your own personal power and that you never stop burning with feminine energy and passion. This book was an incredible journey for me!

 

 

 

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The Function of the Miracle Worker

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This post is part of a series entitled: Reflections from a Course in Miracles.   We are currently in Chapter 2: The Separation and the Atonement Section V The Function of the Miracle Worker.

In my last post, we talked a little about the purpose of miracles: To remove fear. We also learned that the mind is the only thing that can create and can create

“It is essential to remember that only the mind can create.”  So, it is given that only the mind can create error (in thought) and the mistake must be corrected where it happens (in the mind).  We are reminded that spirit is perfect and therefore does not require any correction and the body is non existent, as anything more than a container for the spirit and as a learning device for the mind.

“It is obvious, then, that inducing the mind to give up its miscreations is the only application of creative ability that is truly meaningful”

In paragraph 2, we are reminded that we cannot approach the miracle with fear. Fear, which is tied to the ego will only lead you to miscreate. The text advises us to continue using physical medicine to heal the body until we are not fearful, because fear puts the creating principles of the miracle at risk. Self-doubt in your ability to heal with your mind, will also put the miracle at risk. The text tells us to be ready or not attempt the miracle. Self deprecation and Exaltation are both false and therefor will impact the ability to perform the miracle. My interpretation of this is that we must be humble and confident in our ability to perform the miracle.

“The healer who relies on his own readiness is endangering his understanding. If your miracle working inclination s are not functioning properly, it is always because fear has intruded on your right-mindedness and has turned it upside down. You are perfectly safe as long as you are completely unconcerned about your readiness, but maintain a consistent trust in mine”

The sole purpose of the miracle worker is the atonement (see previous post for a definition of atonement in this context) for himself. Once your mind, heart (spirit) and body are congruent, you begin to heal yourself and those around you. There is emphasis on recognizing the power of the mind to create both positive and negative.

When you begin to recognize the power of your mind, it is important to attribute only creativity to it. While the mind has the ability to deconstruct, it is important to focus on the more positive, creative aspects. In focusing on creating the miracle and creating what you want in your life, you will find the destructive habits of the mind lose their power. (This is completely a power of positive thinking).

Remember again, that the body is nothing more than a learning playground for the spirit.

“Corrective learning always begins with the awakening of spirit, and the turning away from the belief in physical sight”

The eyes are wired directly to the mind. Many of us have difficulty believing in something we have not physically seen with our own eyes.  But, to understand the miracle, and the atonement, it is important to have faith and understanding that some things exist, which we cannot physically see.

“What the physical eye sees in bot corrective, nor can error be corrected by any device that can be seen physically.  As long as you” (only) “believe in what your physical sight tells you, your attempts at correction will be misdirected.

Finally, this section addresses charity. Charity in this sense is considered, “a way of perceiving perfection in others, even if you cannot perceive in yourself. When you offer this miracle to another, you are healing both of you, this healing transcends time.

 

Riding the Wave of Fear

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The other day while kayaking on the North Shore, I hit a particularly rough patch of surf by accident. I had been distracted with the sunset and enjoying some quiet evening reflection and drifted farther from shore than I usually go. On the way back to my launch spot, I encountered some pretty large waves, at least I considered them rather large to be taking on in an inflatable kayak, even one that was ocean rated. My heart began racing and I felt a panic attack coming. Realizing the need to remain calm under the circumstances, I did a quick mental inventory. I asked myself, “What are you really afraid of here?” I evaluated the surf and determined that I would feel confident swimming in it and I also felt confident in my ability to release myself from the kayak, should I topple, therefor my anxiety to the situation was a little exaggerated. I decided after further evaluation that the weight of the new anchor in my kayak made me feel a little less certain of my ability to steer the kayak and how evenly distributed my weight was and therefore maybe, I was afraid of toppling over. Further evaluation still, revealed that I was carrying all the cargo for me and the kids (Who were in other water craft behind me and I had successfully steered clear of the surf I was currently contending with) and I was afraid of losing the cargo. Once I recognized that losing cargo if I toppled was my actual fear, I realized my response was over inflated and disproportionate to my actual fear. Since I also knew that tackling the waves while relaxed was my best bet, I immediately relaxed and actually found enjoyment in kayak surfing, it was actually quite exhilarating and fun and I have since gone back with a lighter load with the intention of surfing some waves in the kayak!

While this story is not something you encounter everyday, I think it gives a clear example of how we can reframe our fears in every day circumstances. It becomes clear through my story above, that my anxiety was coming from the fact that my body’s fear reaction was not congruent with the actual situation. Once I realized I felt confident in my ability to swim through the waves, the fear for my life response my body was trying to let take over became inflated, it lost power over me and in doing so it left room for me to find incredible enjoyment in the situation at hand. Had I not conquered that fear, in the exact moment it was happening,  the tension response in my body would have rendered me useless in navigating the waves and I would have missed out on an exhilarating experience I intend to turn into some kind of hobby!

Ryan Holiday, in his book, The Obstacle is the Way, invites us to take a look at all of our fears with this same introspection I demonstrated in the story above.  The Obstacle is about following the yellow brick road and conquering your fears. When we practice this daily, it brings presence and focus in the Now, the only moment we actually have any control over. It also prepares us to handle skillfully the more life threatening things that may actually come our way through practice and honing in our own tendencies to judge ourselves or be overly critical in our assessment of our abilities. When we learn to ask ourselves what is the worst that can happen and is that a risk I am willing to take ? What is the best that can happen? Is that a chance I am willing to take? What am I really afraid of in this situation? Do I have any choices here?

When we quickly get caught up in life’s currents, often times we no longer have the choice to not be present. The power of choice is always in the present moment. You can continue pretending (denial) that you are caught in the wave and hope for the best, you can jump right through it and see how you come out on the other side or you can embrace it and ride it and let it take you where it may and enjoy the ride. I chose to ride the wave and the ride was well worth the fear I had to conquer!

Healing as Release from Fear

 

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This post is part of a series entitled: Reflections from a Course in Miracles

Let’s review a few terms in the context of my interpretation before we dive into this chapter.

Thus far, we have learned Atonement, in the archaic, non-religious use of the word, is defined as reconciliation or agreement. In theological studies, the word is used  do describe reconciliation with God for sins, making amends. Since I am agnostic, I have chosen to use the word in the archaic sense for my interpretation of ACIM.

This chapter opens with the emphasis on miracles as the means to reconciling with the truth (That is we are not separate from God or Jesus Christ) If you are new to this series, I highly recommend you go back to this post, for a deeper understanding of my interpretation of God and Jesus Christ from an agnostic perspective. My intent is not to discount God or Jesus Christ in this interpretation of ACIM, but rather my interpretation seeks to make the text more accessible, particularly to those who are not Christian. I feel the book is such a valuable tool in my spirituality practice, even though I do not believe in God (in the traditional sense). If you are religious, I invite you to explore the text with me anyway, as I would love to share an open dialogue with opposing view points.

Let is then understand atonement as the correction of any error (those ordinarily defined as “Sin”) with an additional understanding that the text makes it very clear that there are no such “Sins” that make you any less than an equal to God, I his eyes.

This chapter begins by telling us our focus is shifting to healing now. Miracles are the mechanism. We have already learned in previous chapter that Forgiveness and Gratitude are miracles. The goal for miracles is to release fear and doubt (and any understanding that we are less than perfect already). The text also reminds us once again that miracles are not stratified and a miracle is a miracle, regardless of how big or small, they are all equally impressive and serve to erase the mistake of believing anything other than perfection and unconditional love.

In the last post, we learned that the body is the temple and intuition (inner voice, god-voice, spirits, angels, guides, aliens, ghosts etc) is the altar, housed inside the “Temple.”

We are reminded that spirit, created in the likeness of God is already perfect. The spirit is perfect and the body is nothing more than the container, therefor, it is the mind that fabricates error. (in believing we are not perfect). Atonement seeks to realign this belief and make the body-min-spirit connection congruent.

We learn that all sickness is “not-right-mindedness” as in the mind is creating a false belief. All sickness than is created in the mind through incorrect belief. It is this incongruence the miracle seeks to correct and in essence bring about the final miracle of atonement(reconciliation with ourselves and God).

The body, we learn does not create illness, the body is nothing more than the container and all levels of correction should begin with the mind because error can only be corrected on the level in which it occurred. So, we cannot perform a miracle on the physical level, it must be performed on the mental level (In the mind).

Since we learned already that miracles can be nothing more than a sincere apology, we know now that the apology must come from the heart and be sincere or it cannot have the same efficacy.

Anytime there is fear involved, it is not a miracle. The entire aim of the miracle, as we have already learned, is to eliminate fear and increase congruence (through atonement).

If you are enjoying these posts, please leave a comment and let me know what you like and don’t like about them. It is very time consuming to post my interpretation of this lengthy course and your feedback is essential to ensure I am giving you what you want to read. I value your input and look forward to more open dialogue.

I have not receive much feedback on looking at this course from an agnostic perspective, what are your thoughts? Are you able to follow along if you are Religious? How about if you are not? My intent is to make this text more accessible, your feedback is greatly appreciated and gives me the drive to continue with these posts.

The Altar Of God

This post is part of a series of posts entitled: Reflections from a Course in Miracles.

Chapter II, Section III The Altar of God

We have already learned that Atonement, in ACIM, in my interpretation, is defined as the correction of error. The error ACIM speaks of is the separation. The separation is the belief that we are separate from one another, God and perfection. Separation defines the lies of the ego.

We learn that our body is our temple. However, we also learn that the body is not really a structure at all and its beauty can only be found at the altar. Our inner voice, intuition, voice of God, Spirit, Angels, Guides, Ghosts, Aliens, whatever you believe is the source of your truth and the answer to your prayers and meditations is where we find our altar. (See this post for more information about my interpretations of this text.)

“It’s true holiness lies at the inner altar around which the structure is built. The emphasis on beautiful structures is a sign of the fear of atonement and unwillingness to reach the altar itself. The real beauty of the temple cannot be seen with the physical eye. Spiritual sight, on the other hand, cannot see the structure at all because it is perfect vision. It can, however, see the altar, with perfect clarity”

I have three sons, all three are teen/young adult in age and two of their girlfriends also currently live in my home. I am constantly trying to get these kids to meditate. It is a losing battle. I am often amused at the lengths they will go to in order to keep from being alone with their own thoughts.  There is a TV or music on in every room. They cannot drive until they have put music on. They even take a floating speaker along when we kayak and paddle board.

I revel in the silence when I paddle. I love the quiet at the top of the mountain, I feel like I can see the whole world. I have learned to love listening to the sound of my breath, The silence refreshes me. Only after I learned to embrace the quiet did I find my inner voice.

When I read the quote from ACIM, above, I think it speaks to this, our fear of finding the answers inside, our fear of silence, our need to constantly distract ourselves. I recently described a night when the power went out in my neighborhood and how I watched relationships reform, because people had nothing to distract them from the people they were sitting next to. We always have our faces in our phones, computers, TVs and video games. We have not only forgotten how to interact with one another, but more importantly, we have forgotten how to have a relationship to ourselves and listen to that quiet knowledge we all possess on the inside.

“Before the separation, the mind was invulnerable to fear, because fear did not exist. Both the separation and the fear are mis-creations that must be undone for the restoration of the temple, and for the opening of the altar to receive the Atonement. This heals the separation by placing within you the one effective defense against all separation thoughts and you perfectly invulnerable.”

Meditate! Get Quiet, Listen to your inner guidance. Trust your gut, Heed your intuition. The more you practice in the silence, the more you will be guided because you are paying attention. The voice is always there, our inner guidance is an eternal fountain of truth that is always available for us to drink from. When we learn how it speaks, when we learn its quiet, gentle, thoughtful ways, we learn the difference between the voice of intuition and the voice of our ego. Once we learn the difference, we begin to recognize that it is always available to us, when we listen. Even when the ego is screaming, we learn to recognize the quiet, steady guidance of that guidance, even amongst all of the noise. Once you arrive at this place, you are no longer vulnerable to lies and fear because the source of all knowledge is available to you and you become more and more confident in your ability to access the fountain of knowledge within you, your inner altar is always available and you do not need ANYTHING external from you in order to access it.

We have all heard that some people need to first see or actually hit rock bottom before they turn their lives around. Everyone has different levels of hell they are willing to go through to protect what they value and not everyone values healthy things.

“Tolerance for pain may be high, eventually, everyone begins to recognize, however dimly, that there must be a better way”

We all have choices. We get to choose what we value. We get to choose what our rock bottom is. We also choose to be silent or distracted. But, this text tells us that we will all reach a point where we have had enough and start making different choices. Once we learn that we have an internal fountain of joy and truth and love inside ourselves, we becoming increasingly intolerant of the things that cause us pain, which we used to accept pretty regularly. Like taking vitamin C at the first sign of a cold, we can likewise find respite inside ourselves, at the inner fountain, when spiritual pain threatens to weaken our immune system. Once you learn how good it can feel to find that inner source of knowledge, the smallest irritant will prompt us to look within.

We are here on earth to learn to ignore all the distractions, to follow our inner guiding light, to share that light with others and to create that light in our own artistic way, whatever that way is. Each and everyone of us has a gift to share with the world, it is only fear and separation from our source of power that keeps us from success.

Relating to my teen

My 16 year old son and I were talking about something today and I was trying to make my perspective clear. He stopped me and said “I know mom, I get it, watch this video game trailer and you will see that I know what you are talking about.”

I may want to play this game myself

The Atonement as Defense

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This post is part of a series entitled: Reflections from a Course in Miracles. If you are new to the series, you may find it very helpful to go to this post to understand a few important assumptions that define many of my spiritual beliefs and my interpretation of some of the terms in ACIM.

Chapter II The Separation and the Atonement Part II The Atonement as Defense

If we work with the assumption of Jesus Christ as our own intuitive voice, we open this section with Jesus telling us that we are capable of doing anything he asks us to do.

“You can do anything I ask. I have asked you to perform miracles and have made it clear that miracles are natural, corrective, healing and universal”

We have to believe in the miracle in order for it to work.

Here we also learn that anything that is not Godly, cannot harm us.

The text also defines the proper use of denial-that is to correct error, rather than to hide anything, it is a correction, not a concealment.

“It denies the ability of anything not of God to affect you”

True denial , then, as is defined above corrects all error, and brings all false ideals into the light of truth. This is indeed a powerfully protective device, as described, because this means anything that is not love based (assuming God is love) cannot harm us.

“You can and should deny any belief that error can hurt you.”

Remember, that we are perfection and everything we create is perfection. There are no errors. There are no mistakes. Everything is as it should be.

This chapter also reminds us that we should be cognizant of what we treasure because we automatically defend our treasures. This reminds us to define our values. I have always been a proponent of this. When you know what you value, it makes all of your decisions much easier. When you know what your goals are, each and every choice comes down to one decision, does it support your goals and values or not, this should easily help you decide which decision to make. Companies use this all the time, it is why it is important to have defined mission, vision and values, because they become your beacons, your GPS, they guide you in the right direction and help you make choices easily.

“Everyone defends his treasure and will do so automatically.. The real questions are, what do you treasure and how much do you treasure it? Once you have learned to consider these questions and to bring them into all your actions, you will have little difficulty in clarifying the means. The means are available whenever you ask. You can, however, save time if you do not protract this step unduly. The correct focus will shorten it immeasurably.”

When we know what we want in life and what we value, we can more easily make decisions that support them. When we clearly define our own personal mission, vision and values, we begin to make the choices that make our dreams come true.

In this chapter, we learn more about the Atonement, it is an act of Love. Love then can only be used as part of the truth and not as a weapon. Atonement was not necessary before we started to believe that we are separate from God, Separate from each other, Separate from the birds, the trees, the plants, the animals, and fish. Now, it is necessary for us to seek the truth because our Ego led us to believe that we were separate and not equal.

When we recognize and accept that we are co-creators of our own lives, we no longer need the atonement. Its lessons are only important as long as we believe that we are separate from each other, that we or any of God’s creations are imperfect and requires correction.

This chapter seeks to tell us that we are perfect and we have not made mistakes and nothing needs correction.  When we understand that time does not exist and we stop ruminating over our past mistakes, we will no longer have lessons to learn and therefor, they become unnecessary.

“The Atonement is the device by which you can free yourself from the past as you go ahead. It undoes your past errors, thus making it as unnecessary for you to keep retracing your steps without advancing to your return.

Finally, we learn here that in performing miracles, we protect ourselves, and others.

This reminds me of so many other training platforms I have seen. It is the “Learn One, Do One, Teach One” Philosophy. It is the core of programs such as alcoholics anonymous, once you learn the steps, you help others with the steps. Once you learn the way, you share the way with others.