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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

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

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

Get Lost! #21/2014

Has anyone ever told you to “Get lost!”? Well, I am telling you now. I don’t mean as in go away and don’t bother me. I mean get lost doing something you love to do; something so absorbing that you totally lose all track of time. For me, I often lose myself in my artwork or writing. More recently, I find I lose myself when facilitating a meditation group. And, what “self” am I losing? The small, ego self that I call Paula. I’m learning that losing our small self is no loss at all. In fact, it is the best thing we can possibly do! When we are “lost” in the creative moment, we lose our sense of limitation and allow our true, higher self to shine through. The love that we are gets a chance to express in wondrous ways.

I go back to what Michael Beckwith says. “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask yourself what is it that you love to do. Then, do that. That’s what the world needs, more people joyfully doing what they love to do.”

What is it that you love to do? I encourage you to make space in your day to do it. Go ahead.

GET LOST.

Let your spirit soar!

Paula

husband51 #20/2014

In order for this story to make sense, I must begin by telling you that, besides our deep love for each other, my late, ex-husband, Roger, and I also shared a similarity in our birthdates. All the numbers are either fives or ones and we were both born in 1951. He passed away eight years ago. After all this time, I unexpectedly received something in the mail regarding him that I needed to respond to. So, for the past few days, he has been on my mind.

Apparently, I have been on his as well.

The other morning, right after sending an email in response to the letter I had received, I decided to check and see if a recently published article of mine could be viewed online. I discovered that it could. When I went to “Share it with a friend”, I was stunned to see the security code. As you know, the codes are usually gibberish and difficult to read. This one could not have been clearer.

“husband51”

Over the years, I have so often felt Roger’s presence. I have more stories than you can imagine! Sometimes, though, I will go a while without thinking about our deep connection. Somehow, he always finds a way to remind me.

Let your spirit soar!

Paula

Sit there! #19/2014

Recently, I began facilitating a meditation group once a week at a senior center. One of the points I make often is that the solution to our perceived problems usually isn’t more doing or planning. The answers are often better found when we sit in silence and meditate. When we return to a more peaceful state of mind, we open ourselves up to hear guidance about what, if anything, we should do. But it starts with being still and listening, not with doing. Upon returning home from the group the other day, while reading, I came across the perfect saying to illustrate my point. Don’t just do something; sit there!”

Let your spirit soar!

Paula                     

To illustrate a point in his book, Launch, author Jeff Walker tells a short story about being stuck in a traffic jam in a parking lot with three of his high school friends. He says, “There were so many cars trying to get out the exit that no one was moving at all. One of my friends, who understood a lot more about authority than I did, found a flashlight rolling around on the floor of the car and immediately knew what to do. He jumped out of the car, turned on the flashlight, and started directing traffic. Actually, he didn’t really direct traffic; he mostly just walked in front of our car and waved us forward through the congestion. Seeing the flashlight’s beam, other drivers made way for our personal “traffic director” and we drove right out of the parking lot. The only authority he had to direct traffic came from the flashlight. But people saw that flashlight, and they assumed he was in a position of authority.”

What struck me about this story was the line, The only authority he had to direct traffic came from the flashlight. My thought was that, the only time we truly have authority to assume a leadership role is when we are shining our light. Then, we have both the authority and the ability to walk out in front of the crowd, waving them forward through the congestion of their lives. We don’t have to stay stuck. We just need to remember to let our light lead the way.

Let your spirit soar!

Paula