I am combining a couple of classes here.
As simple as this chapter sounds, it is quite challenging. We are being asked to view ourselves as LOVE. That's it. Not as our profession; not as any of our roles in life, not even as bodies, but as LOVE.
That should be simple, right? All we have to do is to see ourselves as we really are. This is a choice--not about feelings so much, but a choice as to how we perceive ourselves.
The only catch is that in order to perceive ourselves as love, we have to perceive everyone else that way too..
“When you understand for a moment that you are right where you are supposed to be in your consciousness and that the circumstances around you are things that you have created to bring you to this place of consciousness, you can then change them. But the perfection that you find in this moment of awareness will be profound. “I am where I am. I see where I am. I am right where I am supposed to be” will liberate you to take change as the miracle that it is. You have opportunities to grow, as does everyone. And you are all where you are supposed to be given what you know, what you have had available to you, and what you have come here to learn.”
The way a teacher friend of mine translates this is: "Instead of asking, "Why is this happening to me?" say, "This is happening for me. I might not understand why, but I have been given an opportunity to transform my thinking (raise my vibration) about this."
Now through willingness and intention, we have the ability to say:
“I am Love through the one before me, Love I am Love. Word I am Word through this intention.”
Or you can simply state,
“I am Love through this one I see before me. Word I am Word.”
There is no necessity for many words here. If you can affirm, "I am love incarnate," and then, "I am love through the one I see before me (no matter who that is), you have graced yourself and he world!
Saturday, September 12, 2015
We began to explore the idea in this book, and most spiritual literature, that when we are speaking of energies such as love, joy and peace, we are speaking much more deeply than the level of feelings and emotions. Unfortunately, we do not have an adequate vocabulary for these concepts, and so when we are working on understanding these energies on a spiritual level it is very easy to confuse the emotional and the spiritual.
The book does an excellent job in redefining love as a spiritual force and to separate the spiritual experience from the emotional one.
“However, love is not a feeling. Love can be felt, but it is not a feeling. Love is a frequency. It is the action of God expressing himself through you as love.”
As we examined this truth and how it affects us, we also explored other “feelings” some of which we might define as negative.
Many times we are told we “should” not have these feelings. It is wrong to be angry or fearful or doubtful or even sad.
Now perhaps when I become fully in the flow of Love, none of these earthly feelings will affect me, but up until that time, how I feel or how I react to the stuff of life will be “grist for the mill” of my spiritual growth.
The shortest verse in Christian Scripture is “Jesus wept.”(at the death of his friend Lazarus). He was not above feeling sadness for the loss of his friend.
So we also experience sadness, grief, fear, joy, impatience, annoyance, peacefulness—all of which are part of the human condition. We do not usually have much of a choice about how we are feeling, but we do have a choice as to how we hold those feelings. We can hold them in self-judgment (which is not very helpful) or we can hold them as points of growth and deeper awareness of Self and our relationship with God.
Now that second choice is not always easy. It is much easier to try to distance ourselves from our “negative” feelings, but when I begin to realize that my feelings, even the ones that seem to be automatic, are my response to life situations, I can begin to work on transforming my responses.
OK back to love, beyond feelings.
“God’s love is unconditional. Understand this, please. It is unconditional. It is manifested as you, as an aspect of you, and if you want to believe that you can experience yourself as love, you can attune to it. But you have to do this through your intentions. So:
“I am now manifesting myself as the energy of love. I am Word through this intention. Word I am Word.”
As you manifest yourself as love, your experience begins to transform. And as it transforms, you understand yourself as a vehicle of the Creator in action.”
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Finishing up on the law of karma.
Yes, you reap what you sow. We are all responsible for what we have done and not done.
But to have that working for us we need to go beyond words, because this is not about saying a quick prayer or mumbling some magic incantation. It is about a "change of heart" (what the word “repent” means). It means claiming this power within us and setting our willingness and intention to continually work out of this energy of love.
So for me, until I am completely living in this consciousness of Word—"I am one with God; the love of God flows to me and through me; there is nothing that can separate me from that love; we are all one; there is no truth in any judgment; etc."—I need to work on being constantly aware of the Presence of God within you and me. And when I forget,when I lose it; when I fall asleep; I dedicate myself to returning to that awareness.
“So we will say it very simply. When you are in the Christ frequency, you are operating from a different level. You are actually working with a higher frequency that, in many ways, will move through that karma and transform it so that you’re not on a battleground with your past actions in repayment or in fear.”
Now here is the next step. Coming to believe that we are love incarnate.
Beyond the body, beyond the mind, beyond the emotions—we are love incarnate.
As ACIM states—"ideas do not leave there Source." And since each of us is an “idea” in the Mind of God, we have not moved from the Source itself.
“If you can imagine that you are all on a forward path, every man, every woman, every being on this planet is moving forward regardless of what they may appear to present in form, you will understand that your destinies are for good. We say that you are all on your way to the Source. Everyone is on their way to the recognition of who they are as an aspect of the Creator. “Word I am Word through my knowing of myself as Word” is stating that. “I am knowing. I am an aspect of the Creator made manifest in form. I am Word through my knowing of myself as Word.”