God is Love

ummmm……..of course you\’ve heard this before.

But what I\’d really like to say is forget everything you\’ve ever heard about God anywhere. Just reflect on the idea of love. Love is all there is to God; nothing more. Love does not need to be prayed to and shouldn\’t be asked for anything since all has already been given. Let the idea of love be abstract, not attached to a person or event in this world. You\’ll have more success with it that way.

Here is my Spiritual Creed as it has evolved over the past couple of months:

If I am afraid, I am deceived.
I am spirit, grace means most to me.
Fear is lack of love. Atonement heals.
Expanding love is my reality.

In the holy instant, thou I see.
Thou art miracles come forth as love.
I am not alone. My love is here.
My love is the undoing of the dream.
The voice of love comes from deep within me.
I hear love speak quietly in my mind.

Giving and receiving are the same.
Full appreciation is my gift.
The innocent see perfection truly.
Love vision is where they put all their faith.
My mind holds only light and it shines out.
I see love\’s majesty in all others.

God is not symbolic. He is love.
Love\’s peace is always firm. On it I stand.
Into love\’s hands I commend my spirit.
And so my mind awakens from the dream.
Truth is my commitment. Joy I am.
Love is my intention. Silence seen.

Love based thinking is my one desire.
Inner peace is what I really want.

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Continuous Prayer

This morning, I woke up with a peaceful and positive mind. One of my first thoughts was, \”See my life as grace-full and enjoy it.\” This thought was sort of an intuitive command. My life is grace full in the sense that I have abundant time to seek God, and I do turn to Spirit for direction.

I can not explain why some days, maybe even most days, I wake up with a head full of self deprecation. I do my spiritual work in order to dig out of the mental crap. Some days, I don\’t seem to make it. The defeatist attitude is what I call \”melancholy,\” which is an old fashioned term but seems to fit me better than the more modern \”depression.\” Why am I melancholic? Was it the way I was born, or my horrible parents, or God? I guess it doesn\’t matter how it came to be. I have the tools to improve it. In fact, melancholy has driven my entire spiritual practice; and so I should perhaps be grateful. If I was of benign emotional consistency, I\’d probably not pursue the spiritual life at all. I\’d go to the car show and eat hot dogs.

Today, in my happy state of mind, I composed a new litany, or spiritual creed, or spiritual life line.

Spirit of the Lord remind me to
Live your grace-filled life and present peace.
You created me. I am your love.
Living here and being one with you.
Eternal silence lives its life in me.
Still and quiet love has set me free.

And during my 20 mile jog, I repeated this alot. In the past 30 years, I have basically devoted several years of my life to about 4 theological systems: 12 Step spirituality taught in AA; Benedictine monasticism; Roman Catholicism and A Course in Miracles. Except for Catholicism, I find many overlapping and helpful spiritual concepts. At this point in my life, I seem to want to integrate what ever was good about these things and strike out directly into God. I want to live directly in spirit, not through someone else\’s propositions.

And my spiritual life line is something short and quick to grasp at some times; and slowly ponder at others. It is my \”practice of the presence,\” my continuous prayer. This particular litany is closer to what I actually think and farther from what I read in books.

Today, running and repeating my creed, I finally made the connection between spirit and leadership at work. At work, I am embarking on 3 leadership programs. I\’ve been afraid that leadership means setting my ego about the task of complying with company norms and working hard to get ahead. But I know that this attitude is not sustainable and not fun. In so far as work is about money and position and beating out my colleagues, then it is an ego motivated achievement and makes me UNhappy. In so far as it is creativity, mindful matters, facilitation and break through thinking, then it is a spiritual achievement in harmony with my true existence as a creation of love. If I re-frame the leadership activity as an invitation from spirit to go and live my true existence, mean while trusting spirit to provide whatever opportunities come my way\’ then the endeavor is sustainable, happy and fulfilling on the spiritual level.

Thread of My Life

This morning, as I was doing my morning spiritual workout, I wondered what I am doing here. What is the purpose of my life? I could go read in a book what humans are for. I\’ve done that already. I wondered what I would say if I searched inside for my own answer.

It suddenly became obvious that I want to know my spiritual identity. And then it became obvious that my spiritual creed is my spiritual identity.

I am NOT a spirit having a human experience. I AM a spirit having a worldly delusion. I am a long distance runner and athlete; but this is merely a reflection of my spiritual program. It is the spiritual identity which comes first. I can see this if I review my life and all the interests and experiences I\’ve had. I\’ve put a spiritual spin on all of them. I even accredit my current state of fitness and career success as a spiritual endeavor and result. My worldly life is just a reflection of spiritual growth.

I\’ve always been somewhat jealous of people who had worldly identities: family, profession, religion, etc. Earlier in life, I tried to gain one of these identities. More recently, I\’ve divorced myself from all of them. Now, as of today, I validate my spiritual identity as the main, and really the only, purpose of my life.

Spiritual Creed:
Father in Jesus\’ name remind me of
Your love for me and of my love for You.

I hate the world because it is my fear.
I am spirit. Know this need not be.
Fear is lack of love. Atonement heals.
Expanding love is my reality.
I am not alone. Jesus is here.
Jesus is the undoing of the dream.
The Holy Spirit is the Voice for God.
I hear Him speak quietly in my mind.

In the holy instant I forgive.
Miracles come forth as love expressed.
Giving and receiving are the same.
Full appreciation is my gift.
The innocent see perfection truly.
Christ vision is where they put all their faith.
My mind holds only light and it shines out.
I see God\’s majesty in all others.

God is not symbolic. He is fact.
Peace is always firm. Love I believe.
Into His hands I commend my spirit.
And so my mind awakens to His peace.
Eternal Silence lives Its life in me.
Still and quiet Love has set me free.

Truth is my commitment. Thinking peace.
Love is my intention. Silence seen.
Love based thinking is my one desire.
Inner peace is what I really want.

Beyond This World

I have always wanted to have a new thought; something the others weren’t thinking.

Do these come from: God, Higher Self, Holy Spirit, Jesus, collective consciousness, my subconscious, or created by me?

If I am quiet, will I hear one?

Thinking something different than everyone else is a major concern of mine. At work, I take and teach courses on \”Breakthrough Thinking\” and creative thinking. I do everything to be outside the box. I want love-based thinking. One thing I like about A Course in Miracles is it teaches different ways to see things. I have to conclude I am a one year old crawler when it comes to unique thinking or I wouldn\’t still be learning from established methodologies.

This morning I was reading in 12.III in the ACIM text:

  • Whenever you become angry with a brother, for whatever reason, you are believing that the ego is to be saved, and to be saved by attack. If he attacks, you are agreeing with this belief; and if you attack, you are reinforcing it. Remember that those who attack are poor…
  • To identify with the ego is to attack yourself and make yourself poor. That is why everyone who identifies with the ego feels deprived. What he experiences then is depression or anger, because what he did was to exchange Self-love for self-hate…
  • Everything you perceive as the outside world is merely your attempt to maintain your ego identification…
  • If you will recognize that all the attack you perceive is in your own mind and nowhere else, you will at last have placed its source, and where it begins it must end. For in this same place also lies salvation. The altar of God where Christ abideth is there. …Bring your perceptions of the world to this altar, for it is the altar to truth. There you will see your vision changed, and there you will learn to see truly.

When I run long slow distance, I am not thinking of races. I am thinking of extending my mind and becoming just a thought floating free in the universe. When I ski on the nordic track, I put ear plugs in and shut my eyes. Then I ponder my personal spiritual creed (litany). I go deep into the meaning and feel the presence of divine Silence.

    Spiritual Creed:
    Father in Jesus\’ name remind me of
    Your love for me and of my love for You.

    I hate the world because it is my fear.
    I am spirit. Know this need not be.
    Fear is lack of love. Atonement heals.
    Expanding love is my reality.
    I am not alone. Jesus is here.
    Jesus is the undoing of the dream.
    The Holy Spirit is the Voice for God.
    I hear Him speak quietly in my mind.

    In the holy instant I forgive.
    Miracles come forth as love expressed.
    Giving and receiving are the same.
    Full appreciation is my gift.
    The innocent see perfection truly.
    Christ vision is where they put all their faith.
    My mind holds only light and it shines out.
    I see God\’s majesty in all others.

    God is not symbolic. He is fact.
    Peace is always firm. Love I believe.
    Into His hands I commend my spirit.
    And so my mind awakens to His peace.
    Eternal Silence lives Its life in me.
    Still and quiet Love has set me free.

    Truth is my commitment. Thinking peace.
    Love is my intention. Silence seen.
    Love based thinking is my one desire.
    Inner peace is what I really want.

    Litany Tweaked

    I use my litany to keep my mind on track. It is good for when I cannot sleep or when I am upset. I\’ve been reading in A Course in Miracles about the love that really does exist between God and us.

    Father in Jesus\’ name remind me of
    Your love for me and of my love for You.

    If I am afraid I am deceived.
    I am spirit. Know this need not be.
    Fear is lack of love. Atonement heals.
    Expanding love is my reality.
    I am not alone. Jesus is here.
    Jesus is the undoing of the dream.
    The Holy Spirit is the choice for God.
    I hear Him speak quietly in my mind.

    In the holy instant I forgive.
    Miracles come forth as love expressed.
    Giving and receiving are the same.
    Full appreciation is my gift.
    The innocent see perfection truly.
    Christ vision is where they put all their faith.
    My mind holds only light and it shines out.
    I see God\’s majesty in all others.

    God is not symbolic. He is fact.
    Peace is always firm. Love I believe.
    Into His hands I commend my spirit.
    And so my mind awakens to His peace.

    Truth is my commitment. I am joy.
    Love is my intention. God I see.
    Love based thinking is my one desire.
    Inner peace is what I really want.

    ACIM Forgiveness

    Yesterday evening, I worked out for 3 hours on my ex-machines. Then today, I jogged for 5 hours. During my jog, I spent substantial time practicing ACIM forgiveness.

    Am I ready to discuss ACIM forgiveness? It finally seems clear to me.

    First, some Course principles:
    a) This world is an illusion of the ego. The ego is a tiny mad idea that thinks it is separate from God. Everything you see with your body’s eyes, including your body, is a projection of the ego.
    b) You are innocent. Everything you think you did wrong never happened because it is part of the ego projection. You don’t need to be afraid because you are innocent.
    c) You don’t have to use your body’s eyes. You have spiritual sight and you can train yourself to use it.

    So, ACIM forgiveness is literally overlooking. This means using spiritual sight to look beyond the illusion and see the Son of God instead. Learning the practice of forgiveness is what removes you from the ego’s illusion. Instead, you begin to experience a reality created totally of love.

    I use my litany to practice ACIM forgiveness. When I say “true appreciation” I mean I have seen the Son of God within and loved it. When I say “see perfection” I mean I have seen the perfection God created. When I say “Christ vision” I mean I used spiritual sight, not my body’s eyes. When I say “God’s Majesty” I mean I have recognized God in everyone.

    I did not see an annoying person. I did not see anything to fear. I did not believe the ego’s illusion is real. I stuck to my conviction that our minds are light, we are joy, we are spirit; and nothing else.

    Here is my litany in total, but divided into movements. The first movement is a defense against the ego. We need this for when we feel fear, hate, annoyance or lack. The second movement is a practice of forgiveness. As I think the thoughts, I also see others in my mind, looking beyond their illusion and seeing Christ within. The third movement is a affirmation of God’s Authorship and my commitment to my identity as a creation of Love.

    My ACIM Litany:

    Defense against the ego:
    Father in Jesus name remind me of,
    Your love for me and of my love for you.

    If I am afraid I am deceived.
    I am spirit. Know this can’t hurt me.
    Fear is lack of love Atonement heals.
    Expanding Love is my reality.
    I am not alone, Jesus is here.
    Jesus is the undoing of the dream.
    The Holy Spirit is my choice for God.
    I hear Him speak quietly in my mind.

    Forgiveness:
    Giving and receiving are the same.
    True appreciation is my gift.
    The innocent see perfection truly.
    Christ Vision is their one and only sight.
    My mind has only light and shines it out.
    I see God’s Majesty in all others.

    My Identity:God is not symbolic. He is fact.
    His peace cannot be shaken. I am free.
    Into Your Hands I commend my spirit.
    And so my mind awakens to Your peace.
    Truth is my commitment. I am Joy.
    Love is my intention. So I bless.
    Love based thinking is my one desire.
    Inner peace is what I really want. (Amen)

    The Purpose of My Life in Particular

    This morning, and for the past 3 days, I\’ve had some totally wonderful early morning running. The streets have hard packed snow and it is very cold; but for some reason I\’ve thoroughly enjoyed this time. I\’ve had no pains and I\’ve felt like I could run forever.

    My alarm goes off at 3:30 am. I get up and spend the first hour with my spiritual reading of A Course in Miracles (ACIM). I talk to Jesus. I listen intently to the silence. The question always arises in my mind, \”Have I heard anything?\” This question is the ego\’s question; and no, the ego hasn\’t heard a thing. But if I will trust the deeper part of my mind, the something else part of my consciousness, I\’ll find that I have indeed heard and accepted the inspiration which is always given.

    But how do I know? I want to know.

    Usually when I get to this point in my reflecting, I stop and go work out. This morning, I bundled up and went running (oh so sweet). I ran for 94 minutes.

    After the run, getting ready for my shower, my mind flashed on how I had been a contractor for my current employer more than 10 years ago. Then gone off to the monastery for 4 years. Then got kicked out of the monastery and have lived in the secular world for the past 7 years. How I\’m glad I don\’t live in the monastery because I really didn\’t like community life and much prefer being an athlete. How, I now work for my current employer and deal with all the daily ups and downs of that.

    I grew up in a difficult parental situation; so I couldn\’t rely on my parents for many of the standard things and had to be self sufficient more than many children. I never got married although I certainly tried when I was younger; my motive was finding someone to take care of me. Then, I picked a stable monastic institution because I wanted 3 hots and a cot for life. But, really, I\’ve been on my own most of my life and that situation promises to continue. But when ever I seem to need a job or another person to help me out, the resources are there.

    Then my key thought was this: What if the purpose of my life is to experience God\’s love for me?

    What I mean is that I have never been able to build stability into my life (like by having a husband and family who are always there for you, or living in a huge old brick convent where sisters and care givers are always there for you). I have a good career but the way I have obtained jobs and moved from job to job every 3 to 5 years, is very miraculous. I thought about my situation now. I make a good salary but over half of it never makes it into my checking account. I rent an apartment so I am not gaining worth from a monthly payment. I buy running stuff like crazy and am not really saving any after-tax money. This is anti-middle-class-American-consumer to not buy a house if you are a professional with my salary.

    But I realized that God will always love me and care for me and give me what I need. That is the point of my life: trust God. I can\’t carry out this mission except by living without many of the social structures others rely on.

    The point of my life is not to be rich or famous or a brain surgeon or an elite athlete or a holy vowed religious. It is to trust God. ACIM does say what a persons purpose is. It doesn\’t exactly say \”just trust God.\” So when I say that my purpose is to know God loves me and actually does care for me, I am not parroting something I read or was taught. I am stating a thought which came from the inside. I am stating the bed rock of who I am. The truth of my existence is that I am a well loved creation and as such, I need do nothing. But humans have a very difficult time with the task of letting go and letting God; and believing that it was God\’s love which provided. One again, my purpose is to EXPERIENCE God\’s total unequivocal, unending, unchanging eternal Love for me. Period.

    My purpose brings me back to my litany. I try to meditate on that twice a day. It takes desire and patience to do this. But it is spiritualizing my brain such that I identify more with God than the dream of this world. My litany is something of an ACIM creed. Some day, I will get around to explaining line-by-line what this means, but for now, here it is again:

    Father in Jesus\’ name remind me of
    Your love for me and of my love for You.

    If I am afraid, I am deceived.
    I am spirit. Know this can\’t hurt me.
    Fear is lack of love. Atonement heals.
    Expanding love is my reality.

    In the holy instant I forgive.
    And miracles come forth as love expressed.
    Giving and receiving are the same.
    Full appreciation is my gift.
    The innocent see perfection truly.
    Christ Vision is our one and only sight.

    I am not alone. Jesus is here.
    Jesus is the undoing of the dream.
    The Holy Spirit is my choice for God.
    I hear Him speak quietly in my mind.

    God is not symbolic. He is fact.
    His peace cannot be shaken. I am free.
    Into Your Hands I commend my spirit.
    And so my mind awakens to His peace.

    Truth is my commitment. I am joy.
    Love is my intention. So I bless.
    Love-based thinking is my one desire.
    Inner peace is what I really want.

    (I typed this whole thing; not cut and paste)

    Mind Training

    Here I am at work after 5 days off, and before taking 5 more days off.

    This morning, as I did my spiritual study and meditation, I noticed a dramatic difference in the type of thoughts I was having. My thoughts were related to work: how terrified I was that something bad would happen and how much I hate a particular person. (As I write this blog at noontime, I realize that both these types of thoughts are related to ego deflation).

    But, OMG, my head is usually full of these fearful and hateful thoughts before every work day. And I got to tell ya, rationally speaking, it is not the job. Its me and my attitudes.

    So, I recognized these thoughts. Then I reached out to Jesus for help. I immediately heard an answer: the litany is a series of doorways out of the ego world and into the Real World, the Kingdom. Pick a doorway and go through it.

    Wow! So powerful. These fear/hate thoughts are not true because I am spirit. These thoughts are my ego thoughts being projected and making a terrible day. I must have made a decision to have a bad day. I need to choose again.

    This worked to help me shift my perspective. I really don\’t want to spend my days with a hateful mind. The Course in Miracles teaches that we have control of our thoughts. And we can choose to think something else. Shifting my thoughts instead of letting them drone on and on unchecked is what I am learning. If I let the ego negative fear/hate thoughts go unchecked, I will soon be projecting them and believing them. If I put a stop to it early in the morning and choose a spiritual doorway from the litany, I\’m going to have a happy day and project joy (which is what I am). The litany is listed below.

    Supporting Miracle Principles:
    36 Miracles are examples of right thinking, aligning your perceptions with truth as God created it.
    37 A miracle is a correction introduced into false thinking by me. It acts as a catalyst, breaking up erroneous perception and reorganising it properly. This places you under the Atonement principle, where perception is healed. Until this has occurred, knowledge of the Divine Order is impossible.

    And here is some of what I read in the text (6.V.C and 7.III):
    What you made (the ego and its world) has imprisoned your will, and given you a sick mind that must be healed. Your vigilance against this sickness is the way to heal it… Be Vigilant Only for God and His Kingdom …By teaching the power of the Kingdom of God Himself, He (the Holy Spirit) teaches you that all power is yours. Its application does not matter. It is always maximal. Your vigilance does not establish it as yours, but it does enable you to use it always and in all ways…Because God\’s equal Sons have everything, they cannot compete. Yet if they perceive any of their brothers as anything other than their perfect equals, the idea of competition has entered their minds. Do not underestimate your need to be vigilant against this idea, because all your conflicts come from it. It is the belief that conflicting interests are possible, and therefore you have accepted the impossible as true…God has lit your mind Himself, and keeps your mind lit by His Light because His Light is what your mind is.

    My Litany:

    Father in Jesus name remind me of,
    Your love for me and of my love for you.

    If I am afraid I am deceived.
    I am spirit. Know this can’t hurt me.
    Fear is lack of love Atonement heals.
    Expanding Love is my reality.

    Giving and receiving are the same.
    True appreciation is my gift.
    The innocent see perfection truly.
    Christ Vision is their one and only sight.

    I am not alone, Jesus is here.
    Jesus is the undoing of the dream.
    The Holy Spirit is my choice for God.
    I hear Him speak quietly in my mind.

    God is not symbolic. He is fact.
    His peace cannot be shaken. I am free.
    Into Your Hands I commend my spirit.
    And so my mind awakens to Your peace.

    Joy is my commitment and the truth.
    Love is my intention as of now.
    Love based thinking is my one desire.
    Inner peace is what I really want. (Amen)

     Here is another picture of me at Run for the Ranch (3:51 marathon, Boston Qualifier):

    Litany Tweaked Again

    Today I went for a 24 mile run. I noticed how effective the litany, even one line of it, is in avoiding the ego\’s thoughts of fear, anger or hate. Whenever I stop deciding what to think, the ego takes over with thought attacks against various people, places and situations. I choose not to live with a conscious which is completely unaware of joy. A big piece of learning from the Course in Miracles is that I am in charge of my thoughts and I can decide what to think (or at least decide what not to think and ask for help). I decide what I want (as often as necessary, even several times and hour). I ask for help. I proceed with what I heard from the Holy Spirit.

    I tweaked my litany a bit. Here it is as I was reciting it this morning:
    Father in Jesus name remind me of,
    Your love for me and of my love for you.

    If I am afraid I am deceived.
    I am spirit. Know this can’t hurt me.
    Fear is lack of love Atonement heals.
    Expanding Love is my reality.

    Giving and receiving are the same.
    True appreciation is my gift.
    The innocent see perfection truly.
    Christ Vision is their one and only sight.

    I am not alone, Jesus is here.
    Jesus is the undoing of the dream.
    The Holy Spirit is my choice for God.
    I hear Him speak quietly in my mind.

    God is not symbolic. He is fact.
    His peace cannot be shaken. I am free.
    Into Your Hands I commend my spirit.
    And so my mind awakens to Your peace.

    Joy is my commitment and the truth.
    Love is my intention as of now.
    Love based thinking is my one desire.
    Inner peace is what I really want. (Amen)

    Being is Joy

    Yesterday was a momentous day in my spiritual life. I said yesterday that I was feeling happy. Later in the day, I worked out a terribly important coupling equation.

    I mentioned the inner being, the inner force of something which gets me out of bed; the inner power or spirit. Yesterday, I realized that this inner power is \”Sheer Joy.\” Yup, that\’s right: Joy resides in me but I never recognized it for what it was.

    As a matter of fact, I have spent most of my life hating \”joy.\” This is because I\’d read spiritual books and read about others joy and think that I had not one scrap of joy. Really. I\’d hate the authors of these books and hate the joy too; because I had no idea what it is. I had only experienced the temporary sort of happiness which comes from the ego getting what it wants; never knowing anything about the true divine Joy which comes from Heaven.

    Let me repeat: that thing that gets out of bed, which insists on daily spiritual study, pondering and prayer, which is the awesome athlete, which is the driving force behind my life, that something else which is not ego (the tiny mad idea): That is Sheer Joy. I am really Joy. I can now live from my true starting point and beginning: I am Joy.

    Solution to the coupling equation: My life force = Sheer Joy from inside.

    The truth about me (and you or anyone) is that we are Joy. God made joyful thoughts and that is what we are, nothing else. We are not bodies and we are not here is this dreadful world. We are all Sheer Joy.

    How did we come to not know we are Sheer Joy and instead think we are these limited weak physicalities which get old and feeble and die? We decided to be special and so threw away the Kingdom of God. Jesus in A Course in Miracles says thin, \”Everything outside the Kingdom is illusion (the ego world). When you threw truth away, you saw yourself as if you were without it. By making another kingdom (the ego world) that you valued, you did not keep only the Kingdom of God in your mind, and thus placed part of your mind outside it. What you made has imprisoned your will, and given you a sick mind that must be healed. Your vigilance against this sickness is the way to heal it\” (ACIM text 6.V.C.9).

    My way of being vigilant, because I want the Kingdom not the kingdom, is to take thought inventory. Any thought which is against the Sheer Joy reality needs to be brought to Jesus\’ light for healing. Remembering I am Joy makes me invulnerable to the ego world. I cannot be hurt because no one can hurt Joy; and I am not invested in the tiny reality which is without Joy. I am invested in the Kingdom which is only Joy, with which I am truly one.

    The reality and acceptance of my inner Joy allowed me to make another extension. It relates to what I have perceived as a problem with a work colleague. He continually does things behind my back and I was perceiving this as a threat to me. So I feared and hated him. But if I realize I am Sheer Joy and can\’t be hurt, I don\’t need to fear this man. Further more, as Joy, I live under God\’s laws not worldly laws. So what happens here is known as a delusion and not true. This is way of perceiving is a true miracle.

    Here are some supporting Miracle Principles:
    33 Miracles rearrange perception and place all levels in true perspective. This is healing because sickness comes from confusing the levels.
    33 Miracles honour you because you are lovable. They dispel illusions about yourself and perceive the light in you. They thus atone for your errors by freeing you from your nightmares. By releasing your mind from the imprisonment of your illusions, they restore your sanity.
    36 Miracles are examples of right thinking, aligning your perceptions with truth as God created it.
    37 A miracle is a correction introduced into false thinking by me. It acts as a catalyst, breaking up erroneous perception and reorganising it properly. This places you under the Atonement principle, where perception is healed. Until this has occurred, knowledge of the Divine Order is impossible.
    41 Wholeness is the perceptual content of miracles. They thus correct, or atone for, the faulty perception of lack.

    I still think I am here in this dream called the world. But, I am coming to have a consciousness which is love and peace and joy. I\’d rather have Joy than hate and fear. I choose to have a mind which is one with God and so I want Joy and do what ever I need to uncover my fears and annoyances and bring them to the light. I will continue to study A Course in Miracles, continue to follow Spirit. My way of remembering the Course and its teachings is to ponder my litany, which is really a short form of Course principles. Yet, I have revised it again:

    Father in Jesus name remind me of,
    Your love for me and of my love for you.

    If I am afraid I am deceived.
    I am spirit. Know this can’t hurt me.
    Fear is lack of love Atonement heals.
    Expanding Love is my reality.

    I am not alone, Jesus is here.
    Jesus is the undoing of the dream.
    The Holy Spirit is my choice for God.
    I hear Him speak quietly in my mind.

    Giving and receiving are the same.
    True appreciation is my gift.
    The innocent see perfection truly.
    Christ Vision is their one and only sight.

    God is not symbolic. He is fact.
    His peace cannot be shaken. I am free.
    Into Your Hands I commend my spirit.
    And so my mind awakens to Your peace.

    This is my commitment: I am joy.
    Love is my intention as of now.
    Love based thinking is my one desire.
    Inner peace is what I really want. (Amen)

    Now its time for another 5 hour workout. First a couple of hours of ex-machines and then running on trails. It is cold outside today, but not that windy. I\’ll still have to bundle up.