It’s Christmastime. MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Christmas is a state of mind and the sign of Christmas is a star – a light in the darkness.
And yes, December happens to be the darkest month of the year, and so it’s good that in the middle of all this darkness is a reminder of light and the birth of Christ into our hearts and minds.
For a lot of people, not only is it the darkest time of year as far as the weather goes (dark still at 7am, and dark again at 3:45!!), it somehow ends up being the darkest part of the year in our lives on an emotional level, with stress and conflict around relationships, work, money, and a lot of people then start getting sick with colds and the flu and physical symptoms.
A Course in Miracles is a beautiful reminder that NONE OF THIS IS SO.
There is a state of mind you can reach where you find consistent joy, and you can reside and abide there.
You reach that place by your own willingness to go past the appearance of whatever seems to be happening in your life. YOU ARE LOOKING AT AN EFFECT OF SOMETHING THAT IS ALREADY OVER.
I super love A Course in Miracles because it always stops me from reacting to whatever seems to be happening in my life. It is a fast track to remembering that if I want the effects of my life to change, there is only one place that can happen: IN MY MIND.
What I think I see now are effects from past thinking.
So I see a world of separation and struggle and conflict, and lack and limitation.
And the human temptation – the old habit – is to engage in these situations. They seem real. They seem to be calling for your attention.
The usual way of responding is to fix, change or understand the situations.
But here is the thing … IT’S JUST AN EFFECT, IT’S ALREADY OVER.
I laugh out loud in joy every time I remember this!
It allows me to remember: “Hands off the wheel! The Holy Spirit is in charge!”
And then I am able to remember that all change happens in my mind, in my thinking. I am able to come back to my center and find the Kingdom of God in the middle of all that chaos.
Wherever I am is the perfect place to find the peace of God. Nothing needs to change EVER. No one outside of me needs to be any different. My old way of thinking went like this “if only this person acted differently, then I would be happy”
If only I had more money…
If only I lived in a warmer climate …
If only I lived in a cooler climate …
If only I was younger …
If only I was older …
If only I was ….
and you get to the point where you see that the list never ends !
Circumstances are NEVER Right !!
hahahahaha! It’s hilarious !!!
There is never a moment when all your ducks are going to be lined up in a perfect row ! And if it does happen that a moment does come when they are lined up perfectly, that will only last for 10 seconds before something comes along and disrupts it.
That’s just the way of it !!
So you start to realize: AH-HA! This is the PERFECT day to be alive!
This is the time and the place where I can find joy, extend love, and be happy.
My ducks are never going to be in a row! woooohoooo. The conditions are never going to be perfect. Yee-ha. Something is always going to be breaking. Halelujah!! There is no more perfect spot than this one that I am in RIGHT THIS SECOND.
Right here. Today.
Wherever you are, right now, is precisely where your joy is.
If you are not experiencing joy and perfect health right now, then you are on the wrong radio station. Change the dial. Christmas is a state of mind. Joy is a state of mind. It doesn’t depend on circumstances or situations. It depends on you.
One of my favorite lines in A Course in Miracles is MAKE THIS YEAR DIFFERENT BY MAKING IT ALL THE SAME.
Can you imagine living in a way that you always have one response of appreciation, no matter what happens.
That would be a gigantic shift of thinking, wouldn’t it?
To always be happy, no matter what.
This IS your natural inheritances, the gifts of Christmas: to be supremely happy – to become aware that this state of mind exists IN YOU now – and to know that you CAN find it, if you want to.
LOVE WITHOUT CONFLICT. Can you imagine?
Here is the message that Jesus gave to Helen and Bill back in 1965 (which is the message he is giving to us) – ENJOY !
I love it because Jesus is talking about how to prepare your mind for the light to enter – and what he says is: Be honest and watch your mind for scraps of meanness. He can only help us so far as we are willing to cooperate and help him. He cannot take away our conflict if we want to hold onto it, but if we want to release it, and offer it to him, he can dissolve it in two seconds.
Love Without Conflict
(December 27, 1965)
When H. reads this to you, Bill, try to listen very carefully. You have never understood what “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you” means. The reason you cannot understand it is because it is NOT understandable to the ego, which interprets it as if something outside is inside, which does not mean anything. The word “within” does not belong. The Kingdom of Heaven IS you.
What else BUT you did the Creator create, and what else but you IS His Kingdom? This is the whole message of the Atonement, a message which in its totality transcends the sum of its parts which we have covered before. Christmas is not a time; it is a state of mind. The Christ Mind wills from the Soul, not from the Ego, and the Christ Mind IS yours.
The reason you need my help is because you have repressed your own guide, and therefore need guidance. My role is to separate the true from the false in your own unconscious, so it can break through the barriers the ego has set up and shine into your minds. Against our united strength, the ego CANNOT prevail.
You who identify with your egos cannot believe that God loves you. YOU do not love what you have made, and what you have made does not love you. Being made out of the denial of the Father, the ego has no allegiance to its own Maker. You cannot conceive of the real relationship that exists between God and His Souls, because of the hatred you have for the Self you have made. You project onto your own idea of yourself the will to separate, which conflicts with the love you also feel for what you have made because you made it.
Watch your minds for the scraps of meanness, or you will be unable to ask me to do so. I can help you only as our Father Created us. I will love you and honor you and maintain complete respect for what you have made. But I will neither love nor honor it unless it is true. I will never forsake you, any more than God will. But I MUST wait as long as you will to forsake yourselves.
Because I wait in love and not in impatience, you will surely ask me truly. I will come gladly in response to a single unequivocal call. Watch carefully, and see what it is you are truly asking for.
Be very honest with yourselves about this, for you we must hide nothing from each other.
If you will REALLY try to do this, you have taken the first step toward preparing your minds for the Holy One to enter.
We will prepare for this together, and once He has come, you will be ready to help me make other minds ready for Him.
How long will you deny Him His Kingdom?” – Jesus, A Course in Miracles
NOT ONE SECOND LONGER ! The reason I need help is because “I have regressed my own guide, and therefore need guidance.”
I will take it !! I accept !!
Let us join in celebrating peace by recognizing the holiness of this day along with the holiness of every encounter we have with everyone we meet and think of today.
Just a reminder: the next 40-Day Online Program starts January 1, 2014. You can sign up here: http://teachersofgod.org/programs/40day