Undoing the Ego

Every Day Is A Holy Day

Amy Thanksgiving 2014 Holidays schmolidays! I’m not a curmudgeon — it’s just that holidays are no big deal when every day is a holy day.

It’s a new and holy day today,
for we receive what has been given us.
Our faith lies in the Giver,
not our own acceptance.
(W-168: Your grace is given me. I claim it now.)

A holy day is spent claiming God’s Grace. You do this by opening to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. You open by surrendering  your will to His. Remember, you are not your body, you are not your personality, you are not (Contact First Name) — you are Spirit! And Spirit is Whole and Holy.

One way to sustain your connection with your holiness is to do the ACIM Workbook practice. Workin’ the Workbook, my online VIDEO class, guides you one day at a time through the entire 365-day workbook practice found in A Course in Miracles.

WtW helps you stick with the ACIM Workbook practice, clarifies concepts from the Text, invites you to develop a relationship with your Inner Teacher and experience miracles for yourself!

You can do the Workbook on your own. But since the Holy Spirit moved through me and produced Workin’ the Workbook with over 365 videos to support the ACIM workbook practice, WtW is here if you want it. People tell me it really helps: Testimonials

If you’d like to see what the daily WtW emails look like, just scroll down to the previous blogpost.  Click here for more info and to sign up.

Copyright © 2014 Amy Torres. All rights reserved worldwide.

“I’m so in love with you, honey”

Remember Danny’s Song by Kenny Loggins?  It used to make me cry with hope that I would one day have a beautiful family.  After my marriage ended in divorce and bankruptcy, and my child-bearing days were over sans kids, I cried with despair that happiness would never be mine.

Now Danny’s Song brings tears of joy to my eyes because ACIM has proven to me that “everything will bring a chain of love.”  For the past 18 years, through thick and thin, I have been happy — and I know you can be happy, too.

Last email (if you aren’t on my email list and would like to be, the sign up box is to your right), I asked you to read the Introduction to the ACIM Workbook.  It’s one and a half pages of pure inspiration.  In it, Jesus promises you “undoing of the way you see now” and “the acquisition of true perception” which will light up your life forever.  He assures you that even if you don’t understand or actively resist the ideas in the Workbook, they will work anyway — if you just do them.

You can do the Workbook on your own, but for many this is easier said than done.  That’s why the Holy Spirit guided me to develop Workin’ the Workbook, an online class that helps you stick with the ACIM practice, clarify concepts from the Text, develop a relationship with your Inner Teacher, and experience miracles for yourself!  Students says it really works: Testimonials

Before you look at the online class, let’s sing along with Kenny Loggins:  Danny’s Song

Okay, now take a peek!  You will receive daily emails like this: Daily Email Lesson 34

Sign up here for WORKIN’ the WORKBOOK, a 365-day online VIDEO class (available on smartphones, tablets, desktops, PCs, MACs)
that helps you experience miracles as a normal part of your daily life.
“Miracles are natural.
When they do not occur something has gone wrong.”
(Miracle Principle #6)

Only $37 a month.  Just about a dollar a day.  

ONE MONTH FREE if you sign up by Dec 31st, 2014.

Click here for more details and to register 

If you want a miraculous life,
there’s no reason not to give it a try!

 (You can always cancel if it’s not for you.)

Give yourself or a friend Workin’ the Workbook as a holiday gift.  It’s not a lotta money and it is a lotta Love!
(Hey, that’s a Neil Young song!  Listen with the Holy Spirit: Lotta Love)
Email me at miracles@amytorresacim.com if you have a question about Workin’ the Workbook or would like a quick tour of the program.
Whole lotta love!  Amy ॐ
(Wait, that’s Led Zeppelin — here ya go: Whole Lotta Love)

Giving Thanks to You!

Thank you for receiving my Light,
and reflecting this Light back to me.

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“When a mind has only light,
it knows only light.

Its own radiance shines all around it,
and extends out into the darkness of other minds,
transforming them into majesty.

The Majesty of God is there,
for you to recognize and appreciate and know.

Recognizing the Majesty of God as your brother
is to accept your own inheritance.

God gives only equally.
If you recognize His gift in anyone,
you have acknowledged what He has given you.

Nothing is so easy to recognize as truth.
This is the recognition that is immediate, clear and natural.”
(T-7.XI.5)

For me, every day is Thanksgiving.  I don’t equate giving thanks one day a year based on a very short-lived respite between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians at Plymouth Plantation in 1621 with real gratitude.

True thanks is the immediate, clear and natural response when your only purpose is choosing to see the Light in others, no matter what their personality or behavior.  Admittedly, for most of us, Thanksgiving does provide ample opportunities to practice applying this truth ;-)

Let me know how seeing the Light in your brothers goes this holiday.  Email me at miracles@amytorresacim.com.

To receive my free e-newsletter, The Unlearning Classroom, as a beacon of Light in your email, just enter your email in the box to the right.


Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

Amy ॐ

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Receiving Is Giving

It used to be easier for me to give than to receive. There were rewards for giving. People were happy when I gave them what they wanted–be it a cup of tea, a comforting hug, a pep talk, some sympathy, money, loaning my car, etc. And I felt needed, useful.

However, after studying A Course in Miracles for a while (along with 12-step work and psychotherapy), I began to realize that giving on human terms was supporting conditional love rather than unconditional love. It was also enabling me to maintain control rather than developing faith in relying on my Inner Teacher.

“The bringer of miracles has need that you receive them first, and thus become the joyous giver of what you have received.” W-192

In the above quote, the “bringer of miracles” refers to the Holy Spirit, your Inner Teacher. Miracle principle #5, at the very beginning of the Text, states that miracles “should be involuntary. They should not be under conscious control.”  This is because miracles are being channeled through you by the Holy Spirit when you open to His joyous guidance.

As long as you select and direct who you love, who you are nice to, who you are generous with, who you pray for and what kind of healing you want, you are allowing the ego to play god instead of relaxing into God’s plan for salvation. God’s plan is communicated to you and through you when you allow yourself to receive the Love, Peace and Joy which is your true nature by opening as a clear conduit for miracles.

You cannot do this if you are constantly giving.  Constant giving is controlling and lacks humility.  It is busy egoic action and ultimately remains divisive and limiting.  You must open to receive what the Holy Spirit has to give you with no agenda whatsoever.  This is the path to an ongoing flow of miracles.  And remember, miracles are not for human gratification.  The purpose of miracles is to remind you of Who you really are–Spirit.

To hear more on this topic, tune in to my discussion on “Giving Is Receiving,” on Saturday, October 18th at 10 am EST, when Corinne Zupko interviews me.  To register and for more info, see Upcoming Events in the right hand column, or click here: http://amytorresacim.com/wordpress/miracleshare-virtual-conference-2014/

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Gaze on your Self

My Sufi teacher told me I had the penetrating gaze
I turned this gaze on many and it helped them dissolve

One day the Inner Voice imparted,
“Turn this gaze on your Self.”

The Beacon of Light annihilated all that was-not
And what remains simply Is

Copyright © 2014 Amy Torres. All rights reserved worldwide.

A Little Nothing Nobody

In 1992, I was working for an advertising industry trade magazine.  One aspect of that job was appearing on a monthly cable TV business show to review commercial campaigns.  This was a glamorous leap for me, who had never been in the public eye before.  After I had been doing this for a few months, a friend called to say he had seen me on TV.  He sounded quite impressed.

I heard myself say to him, “I know, can you imagine?  A little nothing nobody like me?”  We had a big laugh together.

Afterwards, I chastised myself for saying I was “a little nothing nobody.”  It was a time in my life when I was building up my self-esteem and I didn’t want to be self-critical.  Yet, oddly, calling myself “a little nothing nobody” felt very good.  There was a freedom and humility in it that was so relaxing and liberating.

cosmic heart infinityThis recognition is deep within all of us.  The Self knows it is no body and invites us to awaken to this Truth all the time.  “What is the ego?  Nothingness, but in a form that seems like something.” (C-2.2:1-2)

Even though I focused my attention, at that time, on building my self-esteem, for some reason I never forgot this phrase, “a little nothing nobody” and the quiet joy it delivered.  This remembering is the memory of God within.  We all have it; you just need to pay attention to inner messages and subtle cues that remind you of what you already know: You are not a body.  You are free.  For you are still as God created you.

On Thursday, I’ll be speaking with Jennifer Hadley about Miracles in Insight and Intuition.  If this topic interests you, please tune in on Sept 4th at 1 pm EST.  The program was free for 48 hours.  If you missed it, it’s available to purchase.  Just click the box that says Allowing the Miracle, and scroll down until you see Amy Torres, Miracles in Insight and Intuition.

Copyright © 2014 Amy Torres.  All rights reserved worldwide.

Is An Obsession with God Healthy?

dancing girl via bettina casimir clarkAbout 15 years ago, I realized that I was “obsessed with God.”  It was a healthy obsession which grew out of my immersion in A Course in Miracles.  God was in my thoughts day and night.  I looked “normal” and behaved “normally” but I was no longer alone in my thought process.  God was constantly with “me.”   Trust grew.  Fear lessened.  Miracles and blessings occurred daily.

I went through several periods of disorientation as my personal identity was uprooted but remained completely functional.  My personality still threw ego thoughts at “me” but interest in them waned as surrender to the Creator prevailed.  In other words, the personality and its demands became less and less riveting as God illuminated my mind.  This undoing process continues to this day.

I highly recommend the God obsession.  Many people are afraid that an obsession with God means they are having a break wivia Akasha Lightth reality or will turn into a monk or nun.  It’s the opposite.  A healthy obsession with God returns you to your right mind which puts you on the path to Reality.  And most people are not called to celibacy or a life of solitude, although if you are, it will be perfect for you.

The key element to a healthy obsession is tuning in to your Internal Teacher.  A Course in Miracles calls the Internal Teacher the Holy Spirit.  It goes by many names and can be found on countless spiritual paths.  Eventually the Internal Teacher makes Itself obsolete, as “you” disappear back into the nothingness from which you came, and Truth Presides.

Read Five Steps to Cultivating Your Relationship with the Holy Spirit to develop your own healthy obsession with God :)

Copyright © 2014 Amy Torres.  All rights reserved worldwide.

Why Attend “A Present Love”?

When I accepted the CMC’s invitation to be a presenter at A Present Love, the ACIM conference being held in New Yorkby pygmy palm5 City in April 2015, I also  agreed to promote the event.  But I really don’t enjoy promoting, so instead I’ll share with you what has motivated me over the years to attend events like this, and what I got out of them.  Just like me, you can:

oval blue dove*  Experience spontaneous miracles*
*  Clarify your understanding of ACIM concepts
*  Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of Truth
*  Find teachers who truly inspire you
*  Just be … just show up and allow Spirit to guide you all weekend
*  Use the event as a catalyst to heal your mind
*  Let A Present Love be a constant reminder 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

As soon as you sign up, you have begun to reap the benefits of the conference even though it is nine months from now.  This is because you have put your willingness into action.  You have planted the seed of awakening.  Your miracles begin here and multiply endlessly through you (even if it seemsRevised Final for CMC as though nothing is happening).

In my experience, signing up for conferences, workshops, retreats, intensives and other spiritual events has been a big opening for my healing and unlearning.  There is every reason for A Present Love to be that opportunity for you.  Here’s more info about the event: http://amytorresacim.com/wordpress/a-present-love-acim-conference-nyc-2015/ and http://www.miracles-course.org/2015_conference.html.  Also, feel free to email me questions at miracles@amytorresacim.com

HotelPennI look forward to seeing you there!  Please introduce yourself to me and let’s have a hug!  And if it feels right, check the “Amy Torres” box on the registration form:  https://www.miracles-course.org/2015_register.html

*If you need a free place to stay while in NYC, contact me at miracles@amytorresacim.com … this may be your first miracle :)

Copyright © 2014 Amy Torres.  All rights reserved worldwide.

Gatita Sparkles

gatita sparkles 8-8-14On July 12th, 2014, my darling, beloved cat, Gatita, emerged from the cocoon of the body and dissolved into timeless sparkles.  Many of you have expressed love for Gatita over the years, and I want to share some of the miracles that accompanied her “death.”

Gatita was 17 years old and the decline of her body had been going on for about three years.  During these years, she was the catalyst for many holy instants as I chose over and over again to purge fear and know Love in the present moment.

When the time came, overflowing with love for her, I held Gatita in my lap until her heartbeat ceased.  Then I gently handed her to Scott.  He felt a great relief escape from Gatita as she laid the body aside … and then a burst of joyous sparkles beyond anything words can describe as she effortlessly expanded into Limitlessness.  There was a clear sense she was still with us, not as a cat, but as Pure Being.  Scott and I alternated between tears of sorrow and of joy.  Weeping freely naturally served to release false beliefs and open us to Truth.

3 deerGatita was laid in the ground in a place I felt she had chosen and shown me a few days before.  Within the hour, a family of deer who often graze on the land around our home, walked along the path near where Gatita’s body was buried.  They seemed to know she was there.

After paying homage, they continued into our backyard as if carried by joyous sparkles, prancing and playing with each other.  Next, they rounded the other side of the house, pausing to munch on grass and bushes.  Eventually, the deer arrived on our front lawn, sat down and settled in.  Their presence was full of grace.  They sat in stillness for a long time.

deer sitting

The full circle that the deer completed around our house was unusual.  It symbolized to us that the essence of Gatita was Whole, Holy and fully present–and therefore, so were we.  The stillness and beauty of the deer was profoundly peaceful and undeniably confirming of timeless Love.

The next morning I learned that Gatita departed this world on Guru Purnima, the most auspicious day of the year for Self-realization.  “Gu” is Sanskrit for “shadows” or “darknesorange full moons” and “ru” means “he who disperses shadows” or “bringer of light.”  For ACIM students, the Guru is the Holy Spirit, your inner Teacher. “Purnima” means full moon.  The nights before and after Gatita’s passing were brightly illuminated by the fullest of full moons.  Darkness dissolved in this resplendent light.

It is said that the Guru principle is one thousand times more active on this particular full moon than any other in the calendar.  This is symbolic, of course, and that’s what miracles are: symbols of Truth.  The best time to awaken is always now.

“Today the promise of God’s Word is kept.  Hear and be silent.  He would speak to you.  He comes with miracles a thousand times as happy and as wonderful as those you ever dreamed or wished for in your dreams.  His miracles are true. … Hear Him today and listen to the Word which lifts the veil that lies upon the earth, and wakes all those who sleep and cannot see.  God calls to them through you.”  (W-106: Let me be still and listen to the truth.)

God calls to us through Gatita, Who cannot die because she, like you and me, is Life.  “There is no living thing that does not share the universal Will that it be whole, and that you do not leave its call unheard.  Without your answer is it left to die, as it is saved from death when you have heard its calling as the ancient call to life, and understood that it is but your own.” (T-31.I.9:2)

Gatita Sparkles is the second video from a series of conversations I had with David Hoffmeister and Frances Xu while they were in Florida.  Enjoy the video, and hopefully it will ease any grief you may be experiencing, and replace it with timeless Love instead.

If you are missing someone, you may find this article comforting: http://amytorresacim.com/wordpress/a-better-way-to-say-i-miss-you/

Copyright © 2014 Amy Torres.  All rights reserved worldwide.

A True Declaration of Independence

fireworks purple goldLet’s transform Independence Day, the July 4th holiday, into a mystical holy day by looking closely at what Jesus calls “independence” in A Course in Miracles.

In Chapter 4 of the Text, he offers us this prayer:

The Kingdom is perfectly united and perfectly protected, and the ego will not prevail against it.  Amen.

He says that it is a declaration of independence, and that we will find it very helpful if we understand it fully.

Here’s my translation for fuller understanding:  The Kingdom is our true Home. At Home we are all joined in one perfect, formless union.  We are perfectly protected at Home because as the Oneness we really are, there is nobody to attack, threaten or endanger anybody else.  The ego cannot defeat God’s Kingdom because the ego is a figment of our imagination, while our Home shines timelessly with absolute loving light.  And so it is!

Jesus also clarifies that the Bible says, “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you” but it should be, “The Kingdom of Heaven is you.”  In Chapter 5, we learn, “God is not in you in a literal sense; you are part of Him.”  Reminding ourselves that we are the Kingdom of Heaven helps us dis-identify as individual people and reconnect with Spirit.  Effortlessly, we rise above the battleground of the world.  Transcending the human identity doesn’t require a fight–just a change of mind.

This change of mind is affirmed in Lesson 31, “I am not the victim of the world I see” which explains that this idea is “the introduction to your declaration of release.”  As you grasp that you are not the victim of the world you see, you “remind yourself that you are making a declaration of independence in the name of your own freedom.  And in your freedom lies the freedom of the world.”  At first, this seems unrealistic, but with practice, miracles shift your perception from person to Presence.

Paradoxically, we come to realize our true independence relies on our complete and utter dependence on God!  Chapter 11 reveals, “Your whole creative function lies in your complete dependence on God, Whose function He shares with you.  By His willingness to share it, He became as dependent on you as you are on Him. … The belief in ego autonomy is costing you the knowledge of your dependence on God, in which your freedom lies.”

Another way of understanding this is that Jesus was able to lead because he was following the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  As Lesson 169 puts it, “The Son of God has merely disappeared into his Father, as his Father has in him.  The world has never been at all.  Eternity remains a constant state.”  The ego wants to be a self-governing entity, but the truth is, God “has included you in His Autonomy” and that is true freedom.

Happy Independence Day, Mighty Companions!

You might also enjoy:   How The Homeless Made Me Feel At Home

If you need help practicing the Workbook lessons from A Course in Miracles, sign up for my online class, Workin’ the Workbook.

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