Cultivating Peace

April 5, 2020

Peace is the state of mind in which we quarantine.

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I’m a very sound sleeper. I fall asleep so easily. I’m very blessed that way and I’m so grateful. For the last week I’ve noticed that I’m not falling asleep as easily or sleeping as soundly.

I can tell that even though I feel at Peace, the majority of people don’t, and, being an empath, I can feel what others are going through. I know many people in New York, some I’m talking with each day, and things are very intense there. I know others who are very worried about family members.

I saw that Maggie Haberman, longtime NY Times White House reporter, who apparently lives in Brooklyn said that the sirens were non-stop in Brooklyn. I can only imagine how intense that would be and I’d rather not.

I saw in the paper where EMT (emergency medical transportation) workers were overwhelmed and afraid.

When we trust more in our own abilities than we do in Spirit, then we’re always insecure and off-balance.

The only way to truly be at Peace is to place our full faith and trust in Spirit.

In each and every moment, we are placing our trust and faith somewhere in something. If we’re not placing it in Spirit, where are we placing it? This is one of the most basic aspects of our spiritual practice. This is why TRUST is the #1 characteristic of God’s Teachers.

It’s times like this that are calling us to place our trust and faith in Spirit.

The stress of trying to rely upon our own resources, and our own abilities is intense!

The pain of separation thinking is pushing us.
The vision of our holiness is pulling us.

Let us be more pulled by the vision than pushed by the pain.

This is Easter week, and Passover week too. This is the time for us to remember to Partner UP with our Higher Holy Spirit Self.

While so many of our brothers and sisters are essential workers to support the rest of us. And so many are risking their lives and going through a nightmare scenario in hospitals all over this world, let us hold down the spiritual fort for them and PRAY.

Let’s stand strong in our faith and KNOW that EVERYTHING works together for our good. Now, more than ever, for some of us, the pain is pushing us to hold the vision and not make any compromises.

One of the things I love about the A Course in Miracles Manual for Teachers is Chapter 4’s Characteristics of God’s Teachers. Trust is #1, and #2 is honesty, which Jesus says means consistency.

He tells us, “Conflict is the inevitable result of self-deception, and self-deception is dishonesty.”

I find this so helpful. We do deceive ourselves, and frequently. We play these mind-games that keep us going around in circles. Now is the time for honesty.

Hear what ACIM is telling us: Honesty is the way OUT of conflict.

Trust is the way to Peace.

Consider this, if you’re in a relationship with someone who is deceptive, can you ever rest, relax and feel secure with them? No, of course not. So, the same thing applies to our relationship with our self. Let’s be honest with ourselves. Let’s cultivate an honest relationship with our own self.

Can we actually be heart-centered and open-hearted and be self-deceiving? It seems impossible to me.

Let’s stop playing games and deceiving ourselves, if only because it’s not loving, and not supportive of our awakening.

More than ever, our consciousness is needed to be a support to people who are freaking out, and people who are exhausted or experiencing intense trauma. We can be available to support them. Let’s be honest with ourselves and others and let’s be intent on learning to rely upon Spirit rather than our own abilities and devices.

In that same section on Honesty in the Manual for Teachers on Honesty, Jesus says, “There is no challenge to a teacher of God. Challenge implies doubt, and the trust on which God’s teachers rest secure makes doubt impossible. Therefore they can only succeed.”
Let’s recognize that we can only succeed if we’re willing to consistently trust Spirit. Isn’t that a great thing to PROVE?

Let’s PROVE Spirit works in our life.
Let’s live without inner conflict.
Let’s be truly helpful.

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Now more than ever it’s important to hold to our spiritual practices. And prayer is our POWER TOOL.

To be helpful is why every day I write inspiration and record a prayer to go with it. You can join me in cultivating the willingness that raises us ALL up so we can be truly helpful in this world. Please share my daily prayer with anyone who would find it helpful.

Let’s pray on behalf of all the people who’ve lost their jobs and have a family to feed.

Let’s also remember all of the olympic athletes around the world who’ve worked SO HARD to qualify and now have to wait one more year. That’s intense too.

Think of all the weddings that are being postponed.
And the babies being born who won’t get to be held by their grandparents for a while.
Consider the folks who are unable to quarantine in detention camps.

Some people are complaining they’re bored.
Let’s see if we can help them find a way to be truly helpful for others.
There are people all over the world who would be thrilled to trade places.

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THIS EASTER SUNDAY I’m participating in an online service with Jon Mundy, David Fishman, Bill Free, Lisa Natoli and others. You can join us by registering here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vJMpdO2opj8rrCm_R6rjNKu_wPoRGp8OyA

I look forward to our gathering. It means so much that we can join together and love on each other!

May you and your family feel blessed.

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