For one reason or another I have yet to blog about my new studies. January 1, 2014 I cracked open my dense, heavy navy blue copy of A Course in Miracles. Might I add that not only is it HUGE, but it has that type of paper that is super fine and stick together, resulting in many, many more pages.
It is said that your life often falls apart when taking The Course. That isn’t a big surprise to me, nor does it dissuade me. When you think about it, peeling away patterns of days gone by and shifting your consciousness so dramatically HAS to result in BIG changes.
In writing this post I ask myself why do I take the Course? I live my life in search of happiness that doesn’t end. Real long lasting happiness. To remember that I am a spiritual being living a human existence not the other way around. I strive to find more patience as a wife and mother, more happiness and fulfillment as a woman and more graciousness & generosity as a citizen of planet earth.
The Course has been calling me softly since back in 2008 when I was introduced to Marianne Williamson and A Course in Miracles through her podcasts. she has a nurturing quality to her voice that I found so comforting after the passing of my beloved Dad that Fall. The Course however was not yet meant to come into my life.Not only has she been teaching the Course for decades, this amazing woman is currently running for Congress in California!!!
Fast forward to I Can Do It Vancouver 2012. A good friend invited me to attend this conference & buying my ticket changed my life forever. I had never done anything like it and the icing on the cake was the 1 1/2 hr keynote from the one and only Marianne Williamson. Her soothing voice with a southern twang enveloped me like the wings of an angel. From funny to profound she made so much sense, but I was unsure of this “Course in Miracles“ she continued to reference over and over again. I do know that after that conference I walked around for days seeing an actual light inside every person and the connection flowing between us all. Talk about a good spiritual conference!!
The Course baby steps you into some pretty deep philosophies about life and love as it trains the mind to look for peace and love in ALL situations. It is broken into several sections which makes it easier to digest. There are 365 lessons in the workbook and students should not study more than one a day. It is not for everyone, but it is definitely for me. Forgiveness, being present, non-attachment, letting go of what has passed, these are all very appealing to me. I strive daily to increase my capacity to embody these traits.
A Course in Miracles is not affiliated with any religion but it IS written in Christian verbiage. Part of my success has been translating the lessons into terminology that aligns with my beliefs. Miracle becomes love. God becomes Source. Holy becomes connection. Kingdom of heaven becomes bliss that doesn’t end (who doesn’t want that?!?). It is working out nicely.
The Course continued to show up for me and after seeing Amma in Seattle last spring I clearly received the message to, at long last, take the Course. It is said that the Course finds people and turns up for them. Well I received it for a birthday gift and found the most amazing study buddy to keep me on track. She is none other than Through A Peacock’s Eyes! Please check out her blog if you aren’t already connected, she is amazing.
When I put a blog call out for a study buddy I asked my angels to deliver an earth angel and THEY DID!!! I couldn’t have manifested a better partner. She is intuitive, intelligent and brings thought provoking ideas to our weekly FaceTime chats. Although we live seemingly opposite lives we have a remarkable amount in common, once again proving to me that when you open the door to “it”, “it” arrives. The Law of Attraction delivered my earth angel, many thanks and gratitude for that. Or as a new blog buddy says on her site: Blessitude (I am so blessed and full of gratitude).
I look forward to hearing your stories and inspirations too as I speed down this runway of open hearted living. If you know of any bloggers on the Course, please leave a comment with the link!! I feel so blessed to have this supportive online community. Lucky lucky Lisa.
UPDATE – Since writing this post, my study buddy Julie and I have created a new blog dedicated to ACIM and you can find it here:
Blazing Light of Glory, A Study in A Course in Miracles, is a co-created and cooperative writing, studying, and teaching effort of Lisa of BloomLisa and Julianne Victoria of Through the Peacock’s Eyes.
Peace, grace and love, Lisa
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