This life is about the journey, not the destination – we hear that all the time, but we still focus on the destination, and sometimes we even make the journey very unpleasant by judging ourselves every step of the way. Been there, done that.
We judge our experience on the journey when there’s no added benefit. After all, we learn through contrast — it’s a journey of contrast, peaks and valleys.
Think of Dr. King and his “Mountain Top” speech. King told us that, in his heart and mind, he had felt and seen the fulfillment of his dream. He declared it in his very last speech, one of my favorites. He said he knew he might not get to the promised land with us in form, but he had seen the coming glory and knew it was real.
On the eve of his assassination, he told us he knew he had played his part, as difficult and grueling as it was, and he was grateful. He was filled with gratitude at having played his part, and for being able to truly know the coming glory. That’s the way to live our life.
Let us be grateful that we can play our part in learning what it feels like to live in despair, and then decide to move out of it. As we learn to grow towards the Light of our own being, we teach it, we demonstrate it, we share it. That’s a good and beautiful purpose, and I’m glad for it.
Let us be grateful that we can play our part in learning what it feels like to live in self-judgment, and then finally decide to Love ourselves and move forward in that discovery where the Love is that much more precious because we had to dig for it.
Let us be grateful that we can play our part in learning what it feels like to blame others for our problems and live in resentment, and then finally decide to release the judgment, forgive ourselves for straying off course, and then discover all the Wisdom, all the healing, that was encoded into everything that we had labeled as a betrayal.
Let us be grateful that we can play our part in learning what it feels like to live a loveless life of manipulating and controlling others, and finally realize that only giving without attachment brings Love and happiness.
Let us be willing to catch the vision of our future glory and hold it in our hearts now with a deep and abiding gratitude, allowing it to manifest as our very life.
Let us enjoy the journey together and drop all judgment, all criticism and all blame, so we can truly live the intended glory of our life now. NOW. Now is the time for us to DECIDE we’re done with playing small and living in lack and limitation. Now is the time for us to choose to move towards the Light in a dedicated and devoted way.
I’m a huge proponent of becoming dedicated and devoted.
It sometimes seems as though we don’t have what it takes, because we’ve left a long trail of broken promises that we’ve made to ourselves. I know A LOT about that.
No matter what the past has been, we can start again in this moment, and the key to our success will ALWAYS be allowing Spirit to do the heavy lifting of figuring out how the healing will happen.
We don’t have to figure out HOW.
Our one job is to ALLOW.
Spirit knows the way. Life IS Love and Love knows the way. There is that within us that knows, and we can ALLOW ourselves to be led.
Dedication to Love, not to rules and limitation.
Devotion to being kind, generous of heart, patient, and helpful has transformed my life, because it has kept my attention on Love.
I used to be angry most of the time.
I felt bitter and resentful much of the time.
I would look for things to be upset about in order to release some of the steam that was building up inside me. I’d blast it out all over people for any reason, whatsoever. I didn’t think about others. I was only hurting and needing to explode.
I felt entitled to hijack the conversation, the day, the event, the dinner, or whatever was going on. I’d hijack it with my desperation and my upset.
Ultimately, I realized, I hate myself for doing that and I have to learn to stop.
I became very determined to learn patience, kindness and generosity of heart, and to practice it NO MATTER WHAT. It wasn’t easy for me. It was extremely challenging and yet, just like when you challenge your physical body to strengthen through working out really hard, you can train your mind to be stronger and more fit.
And that’s what A Course in Miracles is.
It’s a mind training system that works.
When we apply it.
Learning to apply it was challenging only because my willingness to be loving was so much weaker than my need to be right about everything. That need to be right came from weakness. Every time I acted it out, I felt even more weak. What strengthened me was choosing to be loving.
And that’s why I offer the classes I offer now – because when we do it together, it’s SO much easier.
I decided to have 1 goal – and that goal was to simply be loving.
Let’s pray to let Spirit lead us and guide us! We use technology to transcend time and space and deepen our spiritual practice. And that’s beautiful!
If this topic of beginning again interests you, on January 1st, I did a radio show on The Holy Instant & Special Rebirth & Renewal that you may find helpful. Also on my radio show, I turn my focus to relationships for the whole month of February. I’ve been doing this for years, and so I’ll be starting that on Tuesday. If this is a topic that particularly interests you, I encourage you to go and check out the A Course in Miracles Radio show archive. You can also get the two podcasts for all of the episodes. It’s all available for downloading, including transcripts. And now, we’re also posting the radio show episodes at YouTube for viewing with captioning at my YouTube channel. If you subscribe, you’ll be notified when new videos are added.
Spirit is always for us and never against us, and we can learn to rely upon that and, when we do, we feel carried and lifted to much higher ground. Like, MLK, we can start to see and feel the promised land, and recognize that it is within us. It has been there all along!
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