The ends is in the means. Does your desire match your means to get there or is it merely a wish?
A Course in Miracles tells us: “How can one be sincere and say, ‘I want this above all else, and yet I do not want to learn the means to get it?’ To obtain the goal the Holy Spirit indeed asks little. He asks no more to give the means as well. The means are second to the goal. And when you hesitate, it is because the purpose frightens you, and not the means.”
I speak with so many people who’ve procrastinated, delayed and detoured so often and for so long that they’ve begun to give up on themselves. I had that same feeling. It gets so discouraging.
Fortunately, I made the decision to REALLY see what God could do with me. I gave myself over and decided to make a shift.
I realized that I’m always either constructive or destructive in my contribution to life.
That’s pretty simple. Think about it. In each moment you can be either constructive or destructive, but there really is no middle ground. You’re either being truly helpful or you’re a drag on the system.
I used to sit in the darkness and curse the darkness until I realized that I had the option to turn on the light because I AM the Light of God. The Light doesn’t ever have to ask the darkness to leave. The Light is and the darkness goes.
Darkness has zero power.
Light has ALL power.
It can be subtle and challenging to discern, but since I desire to make a positive contribution ALWAYS, and since I intend to be the bringer of Love and Light ALWAYS, I’m committed to paying attention to even the most subtle waves of energy I’m sending.
I fall asleep at the wheel every day, but then I start to feel uncomfortable and I wake up and remember what my life is for.
How frequently do I think about whether or not my actions are constructive? All day long. I can feel the difference immediately. All that’s required is for me to be awake in the moment. To be awake in the moment requires my willingness. I’m willing to be awake. I desire to be awake.
How many times have I tried to solve a problem without considering whether or not my solution was actually constructive or merely a band-aid? Millions. Hey, I’m having a HUMAN experience!
I’m learning to remember and remembering to learn.
Sometimes what I’ve done to make things better has been reactionary, borne of a fear of what might happen. Sometimes I’ve known that what I was doing was actually destructive and I’ve gone ahead and done it anyway in order to get a temporary feeling of resolution. This is what I see others doing all the time. We especially see it in politics. People use violence as a quick way to attempt to end violence. It never brings Peace, but they try it again anyway.
In Trumpet of Conscience, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. says, “Means and ends must cohere because the end is preexistent in the means, and ultimately destructive means cannot bring about constructive ends.”
Truth is true for everyone and this is true for ALL of us! It’s also incredibly helpful to us.
The bottom line is: if I have a problem and I try to solve it with anything other than Love, I will still have a problem, and it will definitely manifest in another way. In other words, “what goes around, comes around.”
Many people resist the truth. They don’t realize that every thought is a choice. They’d rather step back from taking responsibility for every thought they think.
And yet, in taking that responsibility is the very power to change their lives.
Many people feel powerless yet resist the one thing that will empower them. Responsibility. That’s where having a strong aspiration to be of service to the Light in All inspires us to stay awake and make more loving choices. I desire to serve the Light with every choice I make. I am willing to take responsibility for every choice I make even when I forget my aspiration and get distracted.
Today, in every area of my life, to the very best of my ability, I choose constructive means to bring about constructive ends, for the purpose of our collective awakening. In this way, every day, I can contribute to the liberation of all beings from the dream of separation and suffering. In this way, I can make every day a good day.
I meet so many people who are realizing what it says in ACIM is true – all are called. We’re all called to be what ACIM would call a Teacher of God. A Teacher of God is anyone who has had even a brief realization that they’re not separate from their brothers and sisters. That’s you and that’s me.
In ACIM, Jesus tells us that we all are called, but few choose to listen. However, what I know is that my decision to listen has inspired others to do the same, and that’s a great service. I’ve come to see that ALL are supported as well as called.
When we decide to answer the call, that’s when the big shift happens. Spirit will provide the next steps. Now, it’s time for us to be congruent, heart and mind. Let’s be congruent in our actions and choices as well as our thoughts.
I find so much joy and gratitude every day because of answering the call in the smallest ways. The other day I was coming from Newark Airport at 1am. It had been a very long day of traveling. I really was looking forward to getting to bed. My Lyft driver was late, and then later, and then even later. When I had arrived at the curb to get my car there were at least thirty people waiting with me and now there were none.
I could have been angry and upset that the driver took so long, but I just let it be. I’d called him and let him know I was waiting. He said he was on his way. When he arrived I let it be. I didn’t give him a bad rating. I was kind and courteous. I was grateful. That was my guidance. Be kind. I didn’t know what he was going through.
I can always just be still and know that all of life is supporting me even when it looks like it isn’t. Holding the high watch – that’s ministering. That’s being a teacher of God.
This week on my weekly A Course in Miracles weekly Radio Show by request, the topic was Worthy to Minister. FYI, you can search through the archive for episodes on whatever topic you’re interested in.
Another story from this week, Jon Mundy and I are offering minister & teacher training retreats in August. I had arranged for a wonderful retreat center for us that cancelled suddenly with no explanation. Then after a lot of work, I found a beautiful boutique hotel in NY that was perfect for us. We negotiated everything and then suddenly they wanted to charge an extra $25,000 which made it impossible for us. Yikes!
It all felt so challenging, but I just kept giving it over to Spirit. I work for God, Inc. so if Spirit isn’t showing me the way then I know to stay where I am until the guidance is clear.
Now, we’ve settled on a beautiful resort in Scottsdale, AZ. (Which I hope will make all the west coast people that have been asking me to come out there happy!) I’ve been to this resort and it’s BEAUTIFUL. I LOVE it at this place. Why did it all take so long to figure out? I have no idea because I don’t know what anything is for except for my good.
If you’d like to learn about these trainings in inspirational writing, teaching and speaking, click here for more information. The new place is a resort that also takes pets, maybe that’s the reason we had to go there!
Not everything goes the way I wish it would. Lots of things don’t. Some challenges are really intense, but these days, most are not. I have found that I’d rather stay in my seat, and remember the call of God than be upset. I’d rather stay in my congruency of ends and means. It’s a journey and I’d like it to be a peaceful, fun, and loving journey – all the way!
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We’re waking up together and finding freedom in our hearts. I’m so grateful for this!
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