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When You See #24/2014

This morning I turned on the TV to check the weather. The station that was on was playing a movie I had seen before, called “At First Sight”. It’s a true story of a man who lost his sight at a very young age and then had it restored to him through surgery as an adult. Having lived by touch for so many years, he went through a period of tremendous disorientation, trying to discern what his eyes were now showing him.

I happened to come in right at the part where someone was teaching the man about optical illusions. The first words I heard were, “You mean that my eyes lie to me?!” A Course in Miracles tells us over and over and over again not to believe what our five senses show us; that what we “see” with our eyes is illusion; that only what we feel with our heart – only love – is real.

Towards the end of this very worthwhile movie, the lead character states it so well when he says, “When you see what’s real about yourself, you’ve seen a lot. And, you don’t need eyes for that.”

May we all see beyond illusion to the beautiful truth about ourselves and let our spirit soar!
Paula

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I don’t know #23/2014

In my last blog, I introduced this idea: “The very nature of true perception is that it has no limits. It is the opposite of the way you see now.”

A Course in Miracles Workbook lesson number three in A Course in Miracles tells me, “I do not understand anything I see . . .” then, lesson twenty-five says, “I do not know what anything is for.” For someone who thought she had come so far in her spiritual journey, reading those words a few years ago was more than a little upsetting!

In hindsight, I can see that my journey thus far had merely brought me to a state of mind in which I could finally be taught. I used to say to people, “Be open to the possibility that there is something you don’t know (remember), the knowing of which would transform your life.” Well, here was my opportunity! I could put up my defenses and pretend to be the wise one, or I could humble myself and take the first step toward becoming a true student of God. I could say, “I don’t know.”

It turns out that there was more truth in those three words than anything else I had ever said. They opened the door to teachings that are helping me see the world in a whole new way. I am remembering the beautiful truth about myself. It’s an ongoing journey, as the ego often puts up resistance. I still seem to have more questions than answers, but inner peace is growing. Love is expanding. Joy, at times, is bubbling up. I may not have all the answers, but being willing to be taught looks a lot more promising right now than thinking I can decide on my own. I think I’ll stick with that.

Is there something that you don’t know?

Let your spirit soar!
Paula

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I was in the middle of taking an online course the other day and the program froze. I sat there and watched the little wheel spin round and round, expecting that at any minute it would advance to the next slide as it had been doing. No luck. I walked away in exasperation and got sidetracked doing something else. The next morning, the wheel was still spinning. I began wondering if it was mirroring how I might be “spinning my wheels” in other ways in life.

For a while now, I have been feeling myself drawn to ever deepening levels of spirituality. (Actually, there are no “levels” in Oneness, which is what we are, but for the sake of conversation, I will use that word.) It’s all I want to talk and write about, but I find myself holding back for two reasons. Because I am still learning, I am concerned that I won’t be able to adequately answer the questions that will invariably arise in response to what I write. And, if I cannot answer those questions, will I leave people feeling upset and confused.

If I look at those fearful thoughts in light of the truth that we are all One, then who could I possibly upset (or help!) but myself? And, if we each have the answers within ourselves (which we do because we are all connected to the One Mind – the Higher Self that knows the truth), then the writing need only be a catalyst for people to look more deeply within themselves.

These truths that I am remembering are helping me reconnect with and experience the love, peace, and joy that is my (our) true nature. Why wouldn’t I want to share?!!! I owe it to my One self to extend the loving truth to the best of my ability in every moment. Anything less, and I am just “spinning my wheels”.

FIRST THOUGHT: “The very nature of true perception is that it has no limits. It is the opposite of the way you see now.” A Course in Miracles

Let your spirit soar!
Paula

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