W-118: Review of Lessons 105 & 106

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

This fullness is truly mighty.  This swelling inside my heart … turns me Inside Out … the within is without … the Above is Below … and there is no out because the coating has dissolved … a pulse, an undulating Wave … a slowing, a Knowing … an opening, a Flowing … thank You.

LESSON 118

For morning and evening review:

(105)  God’s peace and joy are mine.

Today I will accept God’s peace and joy, in glad exchange for all the substitutes that I have made for happiness and peace.

(106)  Let me be still and listen to the truth.

Let my own feeble voice be still, and let me hear the mighty Voice for Truth Itself assure me that I am God’s perfect Son.

On the hour:
God’s peace and joy are mine.

On the half hour:
Let me be still and listen to the truth.

Let’s practice together!  Listen to You Are Entitled to Miracles and  You Are the Light of the World.  Watch and hear Amy reading each ACIM Lesson on Youtube.  Also, check out Workin’ the Workbook, Amy’s online class which supports the ACIM Workbook practice. 

To ask Amy a question, email miracles (at) amytorresacim (dot) com

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W-117: Review of Lessons 103 & 104

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

This is the place where Love melts away anything that is not-Love.  There is no place but This.  And This is not-a-place, where nothing-happens, being Beingness Itself.  Heart opens, Love spreads, Stillness ripples, Isness Is.

LESSON 117

For morning and evening review:

(103)  God, being Love, is also happiness.

Let me remember love is happiness, and nothing else brings joy.  And so I choose to entertain no substitutes for love.

(104)  I seek but what belongs to me in truth.

Love is my heritage, and with it joy.  These are the gifts my Father gave to me.  I would accept all that is mine in truth.

On the hour:
God, being Love, is also happiness.

On the half hour:
I seek but what belongs to me in truth.

Let’s practice together!  Listen to You Are Entitled to Miracles and  You Are the Light of the World.  Watch and hear Amy reading each ACIM Lesson on Youtube.  Also, check out Workin’ the Workbook, Amy’s online class which supports the ACIM Workbook practice. 

To ask Amy a question, email miracles (at) amytorresacim (dot) com

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Remember to Laugh

Amy crosslegged whiteLaughing is the application of ACIM principles.  It’s right there in Chapter 27:  “Into eternity, where all is one, there crept a tiny, mad idea, at which the Son of God remembered not to laugh. In his forgetting did the thought become a serious idea, and possible of both accomplishment and real effects. Together, we can laugh them both away, and understand that time cannot intrude upon eternity. It is a joke to think that time can come to circumvent eternity, which means there is no time.” T-27.VIII.6:2-5

Dr. Bernie Siegel, the author of Love, Medicine and Miracles, has many stories to tell about the power of laughter.  There’s a whole school of yoga devoted to laughter.  Comedian John Cleese says, “Laughter is a force for democracy.” Cancer thriver, as Kris Carr calls herself, has laughed in the face of terminal disease.  Vice president Joe Biden shines light when he shares the tragic death of his wife and child.  How do we laugh when we’re least likely to feel like laughing?

Biden considered suicide but came to find, “There will come a day, I promise you, and your parents, as well, when the thought of your son or daughter or your husband or wife brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye.”  He was speaking to the families of military veterans, but it goes for the rest of us as well.  It applies to anyone who has contemplated suicide or hurt inside in any way, for any reason.

“This is the great wake-up call, this is the great spiritual practice.  What am I going to do now?  Am I going to fold?,” asked Carr, author of Crazy, Sexy Cancer, who was given a death sentence but instead chose to keep smiling and become a peace revolutionary through a plant-based diet.

There is a saying, “Time heals all wounds.”  A Course in Miracles promises to save us time.  It teaches that miracles literally collapse time.  The miracle of laughter uses time for healing rather than brooding, simmering, panicking, collapsing, or seeking vengeance.

“The Holy Spirit uses time as He thinks best, and He is never wrong.  Psychotherapy under His direction is one of the means He uses to save time …” P-1.5:5-6

Laughter is psychotherapy.  Laughter is good medicine.  And when we just can’t bring ourselves to laugh, a wry comment, some dry humor, a small smile are better than nothing.  They are the equivalent of raising our eyes up from the ground and looking out towards the horizon.  There is some scientific evidence which shows that laughter, even when we force it, or fake it, stimulates chemical changes in the brain and body which are powerfully healing.

Of course, ACIM students learn that the only illness is mental illness and when we’re willing to change our minds, we find an inner peace that removes the wrinkles from our brow and puts a smile on our lips.  Remembering to laugh is choosing to forgive.  Lesson 121 is, “Forgiveness is the key to happiness,” and Lesson 122 follows with, “[Forgiveness] sparkles on your eyes as you awake, and gives you joy with which to meet the day.”

At the root of physical and emotional pain is always psychological pain.  Whether our situation is dramatic or mundane, we deserve to exercise our option to choose light and laughter.  Remembering to laugh is an undoing process that takes us from our personal problems all the way back to the one problem the Course says is the only real problem: believing the tiny, mad idea that we are separate from God.  All we have to do to establish inner peace is choose again, choose to recognize the cosmic joke is on us, and forgive, forgive, forgive!

TIP:  Paradoxically, sometimes the only way to laugh is to stop laughing.  When I was going through a “dark night of the soul,” it was healing for me to stop laughing and smiling, because I blocked people from helping me with my constant good cheer.  They just assumed I was okay.  So if it seems to you that your smile is a defense, relax into your pain and allow that energy to move through you.  This is easier said than done, because becoming vulnerable when we’re frozen with self-protection takes time.  And certain emotions feel dangerous.  But if you sincerely want to heal, the Holy Spirit will show you how, and will help you find a healer with whom to do release work.  You will laugh again.  And each time you do, time will melt into timelessness until you remember Who you already are.

Read previous, related issues of The Unlearning Classroom:

God Is In Your Smile
Forgiveness is Fear-Removal
What Is Forgiveness?
Forgiveness is Understanding

 

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God Is In Your Smile

“Find where your smile originates and you will find your Source.”  Holy Spirit beamed this thought into my open mind and Amy crosslegged whiteinstantly I became aware that a smile is not your lips, your tongue, your mouth, your teeth, your jaw.  A smile starts deeper than that and spreads beyond the face entirely.

In fact, during my advertising career years, when I was lucky enough to work with voiceover artists and celebrities in recording studios, I learned that you can hear a smile.  If the person reading the script is faking their smile, a smile is not communicated!

(FILES): This February 24, 2008 file phoTo digress a moment, Wesley Snipes once read some copy of mine before he was famous.  And it was an honor to write for Ossie Davis, whose voice raised thrills as he warmed up by practicing some of my lines aloud.  Both of them had beautiful smiles, by the way. Ossie Davis smile

As I was saying, a smile spreads beyond your face because a smile is actually your Inner Light.  Your smile is one of those obvious, but often overlooked, clues that God is in you since your smile isn’t mechanical, therefore it must be inspired!  I remember telling my psychotherapist at a very low point in my life when I felt that I couldn’t overcome the anxiety and depression that was paralyzing me at that time, “The worst part is that deep inside I know I’m naturally cheerful — it’s in my smile!”

I once knew someone who had Bell’s Palsy* which is a condition that affects the nerves in the face.  He was self-conscious John Sudworth bells palsy smilethat his smile became crooked and spent the rest of his life trying not to smile.  How sadly backwards.  It took an effort to stop smiling — and if, instead, he had smiled, he may very well have healed and reactivated the nerves and muscles of his face.  But even if he didn’t, his smile would have communicated Love which overrides any deformity.

Your smile is an ordinary miracle, capable of reminding you every day that God is within you and without you.  When you smile, you radiate well-being and joy.  In other words, you are a conduit for healing miracles.  And when you become conscious that you have volunteered your body to fulfill the Holy Spirit’s loving purpose, your smile is reflected back to you a thousand times more than you smiled it!

A Course in Miracles defines a miracle as being spontaneous, natural, involuntary and it collapses time.  It defines a holy instant as a miniature of Heavewink with star in eyen — providing us with an experience of Timelessness.  String together enough miracles and holy instants and — poof! — you discover your Inner Light.  Why wait?

Let’s find where your smile originates right now and you will encounter your Self.  Take a moment and follow the trail of  your smile.  Does it actually start in your mouth?  Is it in your heart?  Your eyes?  Is it moving through you and emanating from you?  Right about now you could feel a shift in perception and realize that your smile is not only within you, but you are within God’s Smile!

Abide in your smile“Father, Your Son is holy.  I am he on whom You smile in love and tenderness so dear and deep and still the universe smiles back on You, and shares Your Holiness.  How pure, how safe, how holy, then, are we, abiding in Your Smile, with all Your Love bestowed upon us, living one with You, in brotherhood and Fatherhood complete; in sinlessness so perfect that the Lord of Sinlessness conceives us as His Son, a universe of Thought completing Him.” (W-341)

Abiding in your own smile naturally leads to the discovery that you truly abide within Your Father’s Smile.  How many times does Jesus tell us in the Course that you are not the body, you are free, for you are still as God created you?  Well, it’s true!

While you identify as human, place yourself in the Holy Spirit’s Hands for guidance.  You will find yourself smiling more and more!  As you smile, you will realize that you are not human — you are Being.  And Being is Unaffected by what is not real.

As the Introduction to ACIM states: Nothing real can be threatened.  Nothing unreal exists.  Herein lies the peace of God.

Enjoy “Service with a Smile”! and Remember to Laugh

* Click on the photo to read about John Sudworth’s attitude towards Bell’s Palsy.

To hear Amy speak about A Course in Miracles, watch her YouTube videos, and join her at the Weekend of Freedom Retreat this September.

If you’d like to ask Amy a question for her popular Ask Amy column in Miracles magazine, email miracles (at) amytorresacim (dot) com … Also, check out Workin’ the Workbook, Amy’s online class which supports the ACIM Workbook practice. 

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W-116: Review of Lessons 101 & 102

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Make me more aware of the Light than the container.  Relieve me of the delusion of “me.”  Replace “me” with You.  God’s Will for the real Me/You/Us as Great Rays is perfect happiness and this makes sense without belief in this seeming fence I’ve built around my Self.

LESSON 116

For morning and evening review:

(101)  God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.

God’s Will is perfect happiness for me.  And I can suffer but from the belief there is another will apart from His.

(102)  I share God’s Will for happiness for me.

I share my Father’s Will for me, His Son.  What He has given me is all I want.  What He has given me is all there is.

On the hour:
God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.

On the half hour:
I share God’s Will for happiness for me.

Let’s practice together!  Listen to God Goes With You and You Are the Light of the World.  Watch and hear Amy reading each ACIM Lesson on Youtube.  Also, check out Workin’ the Workbook, Amy’s online class which supports the ACIM Workbook practice. 

To ask Amy a question, email miracles (at) amytorresacim (dot) com

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Why Attend “Weekend of Freedom” 2015?

Intimate retreats like Weekend of Freedom 2015 are powerful and enlightening because they encourage communion with Truth (sometimes called satsang).

WOFR flyer 2015By committing to attend, whether you notice it or not, you immediately start to:

*  Experience spontaneous miracles
*  Clarify your understanding of ACIM concepts
*  Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of Truth, Love and Freedom
*  Connect with teachers who truly inspire you
*  Just be … simply allow Spirit to guide you every day
*  Absorb the healing energy of the retreat even before it’s begun
*  Be more willing to practice forgiveness each day
*  Meet like-minded people who are supportive of  your spiritual life
*  Allow the Holy Spirit to provide, even when money seems scarce.  After all, your nature is Unlimited Abundance!

As soon as you sign up, you begin to reap the benefits of the retreat!  You have put your willingness into action.  You have planted the seed of awakening.  Miracles effortlessly ripple through you (even if it seems as though nothing is happening).

In my experience, signing up for retreats, workshops, intensives and other spiritual events has been a big opening for my healing and unlearning.  There is every reason for Weekend of Freedom to be that opportunity for you.

Here’s more info about the event: http://weekendoffreedomretreat.com/price_list.php and how to commute there: http://stonypointcenter.org/events-retreats/getting-here#.VTv9pJPUzYB

Also, feel free to email me questions at miracles (at) amytorresacim (d0t) com

I look forward to hanging out with you during the Weekend of Freedom!  Please introduce yourself to me and let’s have a hug!  Much appreciated if you check the “Amy Torres” box on the registration form.

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A Course in Miracles Is A Sexy Read

unzipthebodyA Course in Miracles, typically considered mystical scripture, can also be seen as a love story, a whodunnit, a thriller, a new genre mixing Fact and fiction, and an interactive read where the reader discovers she or he is the protagonist!

ACIM promotes naked honesty and constantly invites you to strip … your false identity.  It is, after all, an exposé of the ego.  How?

Well, at first, by forgiving everybody towards whom you’ve ever held a resentment or grievance.  The twist is that everybody turns out to be you.  Yep, it’s similar to the movie Fight Club — well worth watching if you’d like a better understanding of the ego and self-hatred.

ACIM 3rd EditionThe book cover lacks an author.  For some, it is obvious that the Course was written by none other than Jesus Christ.  Others dispute this vehemently.  Many don’t know and don’t care because deep immersion in A Course in Miracles reveals that although you seem to be in this world, you are certainly not of it — and the joy and freedom of this discovery make authorship inconsequential.  Then, WOW, what a discovery!  It turns out that you are the author.

Yes, it becomes obvious that you are the author of A Course in Miracles because it is simply the memory of God within you speaking through you to you of You.  You might need to read that sentence again :).  The evil villain turns out to be you.  The scrumptious lover turns out to be you.  The cripple; the hero; the traitor; the staunch defender; the coward; the victor — all you.  Jesus turns out to be you.  In fact, you are an extension of God Itself.

This God-Self is totally impersonal and yet the most intimate love relationship of all.  Plus, it’s never-ending bliss because as  pure, unborn Life, You can never die.  Stick with the Course and you’ll find out that at no single instant does the body exist at all.  So that pesky personal identity that’s been plaguing you is just an idea (you’re human) that you’ve attached to another idea (you’re in a body), neither of which are real.

rose petal bedSuspenseful and mind-boggling, isn’t it?  A Course in Miracles is over 1,200 pages, so you can settle into bed with this big, long book and have yourself a good time!  You’ll never want it to end, and, luckily, Timelessness never does.

Did I just say Timelessness?  Don’t mind me.  Just read it for yourself.  After you get through the part about how you actually love crucifixion, and you’re truly terrified of redemption, then comes the really good stuff!

To hear Amy speak about A Course in Miracles, watch her YouTube videos, and join her at the Weekend of Freedom Retreat this September.

If you’d like to ask Amy a question for her popular Ask Amy column in Miracles magazine, email miracles (at) amytorresacim (dot) com … Also, check out Workin’ the Workbook, Amy’s online class which supports the ACIM Workbook practice. 

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W-115: Review of Lessons 99 & 100

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

The aroma of lilies is creamy sweet and very pleasing.  Even more pleasing is that there are no flowers in the room.  They are a clue that Jesus is present.  They are His gift which is ever-present, a gift I am learning how to accept moment-to-moment.  If I forgive the world for all the errors I have made, then I am not-guilty.  If I fulfill my part in saving the world, then all are innocent and I with them.  Happiness blossoms up, knowing this is true.  Pure and immediate, free and easy, innocent release.  Full, deep inhale; luxurious, relieving exhale … how beautiful to be Breathed by God.

LESSON 115

For morning and evening review:

(99) Salvation is my only function here.

My function here is to forgive the world for all the errors I have made.  For thus am I released from them with all the world.

(100)  My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation.

I am essential to the plan of God for the salvation of the world.  For he gave me His plan that I might save the world.

On the hour:
Salvation is my only function here.

On the half hour:
My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation.

Let’s practice together!  Listen to God Goes With You and You Are the Light of the World.  Watch and hear Amy reading each ACIM Lesson on Youtube.  Also, check out Workin’ the Workbook, Amy’s online class which supports the ACIM Workbook practice. 

To ask Amy a question, email miracles (at) amytorresacim (dot) com

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Shut Off Your Brain and Open Your Heart

Brain Heart Patti ReedIt’s always comforting and inspiring when people share ordinary miracles — things that happen daily but can easily be missed … unless you shift your attention to what is True.

Today, one of my Course students shared this beautiful miracle that occurred as she was walking on the beach.

She said a silent prayer and then looked down, saw two sea shells and took them to mean:

“Shut off your brain and open your heart and God’s Will will be done.” ~Patti Reed.

By the way, Patti is a miraculous healer and you can learn more about her work at http://www.pattiintuitivemovement.com

Thanks for sharing, Patti!

I welcome all your miracle stories.  Please email them to me at miracles (at) amytorresacim (dot) com

Let’s practice together!   You can watch and hear Amy reading each ACIM Lesson on Youtube.  Also, check out Workin’ the Workbook, Amy’s online class which supports the ACIM Workbook practice. 

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W-114: Review of Lessons 97 & 98

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)
Streaks of light emanate in every direction, like a circular lightning burst.  Sun of God, without limitation.

The Word of God is not made of letters.  The Word is Formless, Changeless Spirit communicated by symbol to minds with amnesia, but Who, on accepting our part in God’s plan, find ourselves saved from our own delusions of separateness.

LESSON 114

For morning and evening review:

(97) I am spirit.

I am the Son of God.  No body can contain my spirit, nor impose on me a limitation God created not.

(98)  I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.

What can my function be but to accept the Word of God, Who has created me for what I am and will forever be?

On the hour:
I am spirit.

On the half hour:
I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.

Let’s practice together!  Listen to God Goes With You and You Are the Light of the World.  Watch and hear Amy reading each ACIM Lesson on Youtube.  Also, check out Workin’ the Workbook, Amy’s online class which supports the ACIM Workbook practice. 

To ask Amy a question, email miracles (at) amytorresacim (dot) com

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