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The 52: Lesson Twenty Three — Do Nothing, All is Perfect

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butterflyblueskyThere is nothing to do.  Everything is perfect. Is that what I said?

How could that be?  Shouldn’t you be changing yourself?  Improving yourself?  Fixing yourself?  What about making yourself a better person, taking courses, working on yourself?

I will never forget when I first read those words in a Siddha Yoga course letter.

There is nothing to do. Everything is perfect just as it is.

I was stunned.  I don’t have to do anything?  Me?  Me, the one with so many flaws?  Me?  Surely, this advice must have been written for someone else — for someone much better than I am.  It did not mean me, the one so  far from any kind of ideal.

And “perfect.”  Everything is perfect? Just as I am right now?  And, wait, forget about me, what about the world and the other people in it?  Perfect?  With murders, wars, terrorism, bullying, violence?  And all of those frivolous, stupid, trivial, vacuous pursuits people follow?  Perfect? What kind of craziness would lead one to give such advice?

Well, fasten your seat belt, get ready to consider that this may be one of the best pieces of advice around.  Laugh or shake your head if you want. Just try living with this advice, taking it in, and see what happens.

LESSON TWENTY THREE

THERE IS NOTHING TO DO.  EVERYTHING IF PERFECT JUST AS IT IS

As radical as this idea seemed at the beginning, I trusted the teaching I was following enough to use it as a start to daily meditation.  I repeated it throughout the day.  This was not easy for me, a classic  type A personality, who believed that one should always be multitasking with at least three or four things going on at a time — like talking on the telephone while taking out laundry from the dryer while minding my dinner cooking on the stove and taking notes on the yoga lesson I had planned for that evening’s session.  Oh, and monitoring my breathing at the same time.  If anyone did just ONE thing, they must be really lazy, I said in my judging mind.

The idea that I could do nothing at all, and I would still be okay, was unheard of in my assessment of life.  That meant nothing to do or say or accomplish or prove or study or anything at all.  Good heavens, would I even exist if I wasn’t doing something?  And to think that everything would be perfect with my not trying to fix myself (and everything and everybody else) seemed completely ridiculous.

Imagine!  Just BEING was enough.

My ego, the haughty one who pretended to know a lot to cover up for the fear of  knowing nothing and making a mistake, hated this idea.  Being perfect (as in the eyes of the Divine) was anathema to the ego. Wouldn’t I become like a lump on a log?

But I got to like the notion that I didn’t have to do anything to be lovable, worthy — to just exist.  In time I could relinquish and surrender enough to understand that I am not the “doer” anyway.  That is just a game.

It did not turn me into a “lump’ after all.  I didn’t go into a cave to sit and meditate all day.  Ironically, I became more capable and active, once I gave up being driven by fear and neediness.  I was no longer swimming against the current but flowed with the current. How calming and relaxing.

Then I came to understand “perfection” a little better.  Studying A Course in Miracles and many other texts and writings showed me that this was not really my domain anyway. In the Course, it said:

You are still as God created you.

Nor can you dim the light of your perfection.

Even if this seems whacky to you, what harm will it do to test it yourself.  Here are some ideas:

  • Repeat that phrase as an affirmation as you rise in the morning and just before going to sleep. “There is nothing to do.  Everything is perfect just as it is.”
  • During the day, when you feel stressed, repeat it again.  It does not mean that you will sit on a chair and do nothing, it means that you will take the tension out of your actions and accept some “help” — maybe from Divine Consciousness.
  • In using the affirmation, remember that you are bypassing the ego and acknowledging “non-doing” and going with the flow of action.
  • In trusting a certain perfection, you are also beginning to notice what is in the world and what your perceive in your own mind are very much alike.  Maybe this is a matter of perception.  What if your perception shifted?

As I write this lesson, I know that these ideas may seem far-fetched to some of you.  They may seem like spiritual gobbledygook.  I thought that myself at one time.  In fact, I had thought to hold this lesson back and write it much later in “The 52.”  But now I think it is too important to hold off.

I am eager to hear what you think and how this particular lesson influences your life.

Every one of these lessons spring from a place of deep love and a desire to share information that, having been given to me (sometimes in quite miraculous ways), have made my life lighter and happier.  And that is my wish for you.

And besides, whatever you do or don’t do with this lesson will be just perfect!

With love and namaste, Deanne

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The 52: Lesson Twenty Two — Through Kindness You Are Lighter and Happier

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butterflyblueskySilent film star Charlie Chaplin was, in his era, a huge presence.  Funny, controversial, outspoken, and a film genius, he made waves wherever he went.  And he said this:

We think too much and feel too little.  More than machinery, we need humanity.

More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.

He had seen nothing in terms of machinery and technology as we do today.  Imagine what he would say today.

LESSON TWENTY TWO

LOVING KINDNESS

Now, perhaps more than at any time in the past, we MUST behave with kindness and gentleness. And this again brings us to using everything we have, all our senses, our minds, our bodies, our thoughts, and especially our loving hearts to acting with kindness under ALL circumstances, most importantly with ourselves.  Kindness grows from within.  It reaches out to others and reflects back on us.  It soothes us to know that we can extend love, forgiveness and kindness inwardly, not relying on others to do it for us.  Kindness can become a habit; a natural way to respond in any event or situation.  It surrounds us with a presence that merges us with the Divine Presence, that knows only Love and Grace.

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.  Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.

This is a quote from Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip. I think it is very appropriate to consider.  As many have written words about the simplicity of creating “small” acts of kindness, few speak of the ripples.  Of course, even the tiniest act brings benefit to the receiver and the giver, yet it goes beyond.  It moves into the consciousness of all of us, even as we may not have full awareness of this.  Each act, in a profound way, changes the world and the hearts and minds of all of us.

If you think about it, extending loving kindness is so easy. Think about these questions:

  • How hard is it to give a smile to someone you encounter during your day? It might be someone you pass on the street or even your own spouse or children.
  • Is it really so hard to open a door for another person or to motion a car driver waiting to enter a lane to go before you?
  • Is there someone you might call or email, just to say a few kind words?
  • How about greeting those you see on a routine basis, like the checkout person at the store or the doorman in your apartment building or the neighbor walking the dog?
  • If there is someone you know whose life has reached a place where they have few friends — perhaps because they are old, without family, and most of their friends have passed on or someone who has made decisions that led to addiction or have, without any act on their own, been “downsized” in their job — maybe you could reach out to them, with kindness and non-judgment.
  • Or, if all of this seems like too much, do you have a spare moment to send some thoughts of loving kindness to others?  Thoughts!  Just think love and send it forth.  Many of us believe that there is great power in such a small act.
  • Now do the same for yourself — in forgiveness, kindness, love.  Let the healing commence!

I am very enthusiastic about this kind of simple practice.  In fact, I so believe in it, that I promise you that you will feel lighter and happier as soon as you begin.  Give it a try.

I hope it becomes a habit!  Watch yourself soar like the blue butterfly, right into the Light of Love!

With love and namaste, Deanne

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The 52: Lesson Twenty — Love is Like a River

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butterflyblueskyLove is like a river.  Continuously flowing and leading into the welcoming ocean of love.  This metaphor is often used, in lyrics, in poetry and in spiritual writings to describe the never-ending, always flowing, and continuous love that is there to embrace each and everyone of us.

Many rivers flow into the same ocean, just as many souls (seemingly separate) reach the ocean, only to see that they are all the same, glistening brightly together.  They are the embodiment of love — from start to finish and then into eternity.

YOU flow on that river of life.  YOU reach the ocean. YOU do not need to wait to reach the ocean to know this Truth.  You can be conscious, awake and in full realization that you are now just as you always have been.  YOU are LOVE.

LESSON TWENTY

LOVE IS LIKE A RIVER

There is a gospel group we have come to enjoy over the years. My husband and I have listened to so many of their songs, we can repeat the lyrics from memory.   The music of the Gaither Vocal Band is exuberant, uplifting, and healing.  When the music starts, in seconds our toes are tapping, our hands are clapping , and our spirit is soaring, even at times when we are confronting issues like grief, loss or sadness.

Love is like a river, running and a rolling

Rolling from the lazy stream, drumming through the mountains,

Moving through the valley. over everything in between,

Rushing and a flooding, til all of a sudden it’s washing all over me.

Love is like a river, running and a rolling,

Rolling to the deep blue sea.

With due respect to the GaitherVocal Band, I hope I have gotten these lyrics right.  But, nonetheless, they express the mighty force of love, ever flowing.  If it hasn’t already, it will be washing all over you sooner or later.  Be ready to joyfully bathe in the experience.  You will be carried on the current, buoyed by the ecstatic nature of endless and unconditional love.  The best part of all is this:  When it finally hits you that you have always been both the recipient as well as the source of this love, your heart will sing!

Unfortunately, many of us spend more time listing the reasons we are not loveable, not worthy, not good enough.  Instead, do this:

  • Right now, make a little list, in your mind or on paper, of some of the loving qualities you have.  They can be big or small.  Maybe you showed kindness and love to someone lately, or opened the door for someone to pass through, or volunteered your time for a cause, or simply smiled at someone who looked like they needed it.
  • Think of specific times in your life when you have felt love in your heart – for another person, an animal, a plant in your garden, a small child you pass on the street.
  • Think of how you felt when love was extended to you
  • See yourself as a fountain of love that can flow from you, then send it forth.  In your mind, see that love entering into another human heart.

You see, YOU yourself are the river of love, if you put your attention on it.  BE that river and let it flow.  Imagine how many hearts will be opening when they see that love coming.  Don’t hold back.  It is an endless stream.  Let it wash over everything in its path.

My heart is sending love to you right now.  Are you getting it?

With love and namaste, Deanne

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The 52: WHO is Reading These Words?

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butterflyblueskyThere is a presence within you

that has never suffered.

It lives in joy that has no cause.

                                      It is who you most deeply are.

These are the words of Jan Frazier, the author of When Fear Falls Away and The Freedom of Being at Ease with What Is.  Jan writes and speaks with a depth of authenticity that is often breathtaking. I met Jan a few months ago when she spoke in New York City, but I have long been impressed by her writings and her experiences.  She encountered and describes a spontaneous enlightenment and, with it, all fear fell away from her.  She was transformed.  I would like to say, she learned ” in a twinkling of an eye,” just who she is and what truly matters.  Spiritual change can occur like that — without warning or expectation — the spark is ignited and nothing is ever the same again.  Jan knows this.  I know this.  Do you know this?  Do you think you have to be someone special for this to happen? 

Imagine being at ease, no matter what happens in your life.  A good beginning in finding this kind of peace is in finding out just who you are.  There are time tested methods that can encourage such an awareness.  Meditation is perhaps the most well-known and has the capacity to draw inward enough for the True Self to become better known to you.  Some people find being in concert with nature as a viable means to bring about the connections.  Or it could be through chanting, dancing, singing, or doing nothing out of the ordinary at all.  Sometimes we remember who we are completely by surprise, as if Grace descends upon us in all its glory and for no reason at all.  You weren’t even trying.

It helps to be open to this kind of wisdom and changes.  Just to know there is someone other than your most commonly accepted self, in the world, opens the door.

So please re-read the last lesson.  Entertain the notion that you are as magnificent and full of love as you can imagine.  Just because you don’t see this side of yourself at this moment, does not mean it is not true.  Even if you find this incomprehensible or ridiculous, does not mean it is not true.  Caste as much cynicism upon it (I did that for years), but all the skepticism I could muster did not mean it was not true. 

You are beyond any dream you could ever have about yourself.  Believe it!  Then see what happens next.

With love and namaste, Deanne

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The 52: Are You Lighter and Happier and More Patient?

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Being patient may seem like a trivial thing, especially when we consider gratitude and love and so many other “virtues.” But, make no mistake, a lack of patience results in a lack of peace and wellbeing.  When we are impatient, we have given away the sense of calm and have replaced it with anxiety and “not right-ness.” We are agitated, and who wants that?

Our world, when we engage it too much and take it too seriously, sets us up to be permanently in a state of dis-comfort.  Think of the constancy of the 24/7 news cycle, usually filled with bad news rather than good.  Consider our propensity to compulsively “stay in touch” through texting, emails, and social media.  Everything is happening FAST and, to my way of thinking, this makes patience difficult to attain. 

How about taking some examples from nature?  The great poet, author, and, some would say, mystic, Ralph Waldo Emerson, wrote this:

Adopt the pace of nature.  Her secret is patience.

Where I live, in Connecticut, we have had a long winter and spring has taken its time to unfold.  Is nature saying, “Come on, you daffodils, get up and bloom!” or “What’s wrong with you trees?  Can’t you start budding and spreading your leaves out to the sky?”  Instead, we wait.  Being impatient will not make a difference in the course of nature.  There is a lesson to learn here.

In like manner, we may give thought to “time.”  Some things take time to evolve. William Shakespeare, in his great wisdom, wrote:

How poor are they that have not patience.  What wound did ever heal but by degrees?

When my mother passed away some years ago, I learned that some people believed that grieving had a time limit.  Someone said to me, after three months had passed and I was still sad and feeling loss — well, I just missed her — that I should just “get over it.”  but that is not the way healing occurs.  We all have our own way to heal, and we should relax, be patient, and let it unfold in due time.

Being patient is being kind to yourself and all that is around you.  Try it!

I am a little impatient to find out what you think of this.  Just kidding!

With love and namaste, Deanne

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The 52: Lesson 17 – Practice a Little Patience!

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Patience is the companion of wisdom.

Thus spoke Saint Augustine, the Roman Catholic saint and poet, during the 1800’s.  Perennial wisdom does not change with time. Patience, it is said, is a virtue.

Most of my life, I have not been a very patient person.  I wanted things done yesterday.  I suffered because of my lack of patience and my thinking that, by doing more and more, I could speed up time and make things happen faster.  What I accomplished was a perpetual sense of frustration and a loss of living in the present moment.  I was impatient for something to happen in the future. I am happier now as I learn to embrace the gift of patience.  It is an important step..

Take to heart the first quote and these:  The Buddhist philosopher, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, said this:

With love and patience, nothing is impossible.

Thomas Henry Huxley, the botanist, wrote:

Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.

LESSON SEVENTEEN

PATIENCE

It may seem ironic that patience plays such a big role in success.  Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare?  Sometimes moving along at a comfortable pace is better than racing wildly.  Action does not necessarily mean “right” action.  And when you are patient in your endeavors, you save yourself all the anxiety that comes with impatience.  You enjoy a modicum  of steadiness and peace while pressing forward.  You are okay just as you are, even while pursuing goals and dreams.  You let go and surrender the fruits of your labor in honoring the “now.”  This is a whole lot easier than going crazy with fear.  It is fear, in so many ways, that brings on impatience.  If it is time you are worrying about, just forget it. We yogis say time doesn’t exist anyway, but you don’t need to take my word for it.

I promised that these lessons would guide you to a life that is lighter, happier and more loving.  Sometimes we should focus on just resting with an idea, like a sense of gratitude for all that is so abundantly given to you — the sunshine, food, family, friends, the birds in the trees. Other lessons may ask you to take action, like monitoring your thoughts or checking how you are breathing or spending some time in silence or meditation.  Yet there is a commonality in all of this: It is to be patient and love yourselves where ever you are at this moment.  To love yourself, right NOW!

  • When you find yourself impatient to see change, to have an accomplishment, or to change yourself, stop for a moment.  Rest where you are. Decide to see yourself as in the right place at the right time.  You might say to yourself — No rush.  Everything is unfolding in perfect timing.  Breathe and relax, even when you look at that list of goals you may have right in front of your eyes.
  • See yourself with loving and nurturing eyes, as if you could stand witness and view your body and your mind resting calmly and patiently.
  • All in good time, you might say to yourself.
  • What’s my hurry?  Especially if life is eternal.
  • Smile at your impatience.  Lighten up.  You’ll get there when the time is right.

We are not here, in this life, to be tortured with a sense of impatience or to believe that, once we have that “thing” we are impatient to achieve or experience, that then, only then, we will be okay.  You are okay right now.  No waiting!

With love and namaste, Deanne

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The 52: A Lighter, Happier YOU — So, What Are You Thinking?

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Just what are thinking now?  And all day long? What is rolling around in your mind?  Are you paying attention?

This week’s lesson is focused on a time tested, relevant method for changing perpetual ways of thinking.  For bringing them to light and then acting on them.  Do you realize how important this is?

I first heard about this idea from Dr. Henry Grayson (see previous post and check him out online at www.henrygrayson.com.  One day he suggested that I monitor my thoughts by writing them down all day long, noting those that are troubling.  I looked at him with glazed eyes.  “Are you kidding?” I thought.  Who has time to do such a thing?  We laughed about it, but what he said was not lost on me.  I began noting those thoughts that were self destructive or, if not so extreme, just repetitive and damaging on some level.  These were things like telling myself : I wasn’t organized enough.  I wasn’t teaching enough classes.  I wasn’t caring enough to my friends and family.  I wasn’t reading enough books.  I wasn’t good enough, strong enough, kind enough… Blah, blah, blah.  And those were the easier ones I told myself. 

As I began thought monitoring and deleting those thoughts, I noticed tangible change.  Not that some of those thoughts didn’t slip in and I missed them from time to time, but I saw the pattern.  I saw that a lot of it revolved around a sense of lack of worthiness.  Noticing this changed my life.

I am not saying I liked acknowledging how lomg I had held onto terrible thoughts and how deeply set they had taken root, even in my childhood.  It hurt quite a lot to acknowledge this.  I had spent much of my life acting in ways to deny how much fear and sadness was there..  But now, like a miracle, it was out in the open.  It was no longer cloaked in dark places. I began to find new ways — thanks to Dr. Grayson and my intense yoga spiritual studies and beliefs — to start dissolving those fear based thoughts. 

In future lessons,we will give attention to removing these sad core beliefs, to set new core beliefs in place, and to penetrate the depth of those beliefs to excise them.

For now, I hope you have begun thought monitoring. Please don’t be afraid to clear this clutter. It cannot hurt you.  You are much bigger than any thoughts you have. You are the essence of love.  Believe it!

With love and namaste, Deanne

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The 52: Lesson 16 – As You Think, So You Become

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If you really want to become lighter, happier, and more abundant in Love, maybe you should think about dropping some of those negative thoughts.  I am talking about the ones you have probably been carrying around for a long time.  The ones that get replayed day after day and nip away at your natural state of joy.

Do you believe that your thoughts form your reality?  Do you think that, by changing how you think (like flicking a switch), can actually make a tangible difference in the quality of your life?  On the surface, it sounds too easy to be true.  And yet it is!

Thoughts have power and energy within them.  They have more power than most of us can even imagine, so it’s worth paying attention to what you are thinking.

Eckhart Tolle has said:

What a liberation to realize that the “voice in the head” is not who I am.

Who am I then? 

The one who sees that.

In upcoming lessons, we will delve more deeply into the question of who we are. For now, let’s think about the  “voice in the head.”  We are thinking about it, so thinking has a worthwhile purpose.  Yet most of the thoughts we have are random, repetitious and even potentially damaging.  Most of us pay little mind to how and what we think, even as those thoughts construct the person that we seem to be.  It is worth taking note of what you think — about yourself, others and the world around you.

LESSON SIXTEEN

THOUGHT MONITORING

Here is the beginning of a practice I learned from a man who has spent years as a therapist, author, energy healer, and teacher.  He is Henry Grayson, Ph.D. and the authors of several books.  The latest is quite revolutionary, Using Your Body to Heal Your Mind.  I was a student in a course he taught several years ago, covering many methods of energy healing.  We learned his program for thought monitoring.  This is it:

  • Notice what you are thinking frequently during the day.  If you are feeling agitated or any level of discomfort, check to see what you are thinking at that moment.  It will likely be a negative thought and something that is unsettling to you.  Put a “check” next to that thought. Note that it it may be a recurring thought that keeps you locked into negative self assessment.
  • Now that you have pulled that thought out for investigation, label it. “Oh, there goes another one of those negative thoughts again,” you might say.  Now it is out in the open and no longer hiding from you.  You have brought it out into full view.
  • Ask yourself this question: “Do I want to continue to have this thought? ”  Do not analyze it. If the thought isn’t good for you, you will answer no.
  • Because we know thoughts are repetitive and we’ve found this little culprit, the thought,  lurking in our minds, we want to find a way to get rid of it.  So we say, “I choose to delete this thought.”  Or you can use the word “cancel” or “dismiss” or “burn out” or say words that seem right to you.
  • Now that you have dropped the thought, you have created an empty space where that thought was.  So now you will fill it with something positive, to form a habit of positive thinking.  You could use the affirmation I love myself completely NOW or something that puts a positive on the negative thought or a mantra or, from A Course in Miracles – God is but love and therefore so am I. 

Experiment with this thought monitoring.  Play with the words you use. Don’t be shocked if you find that you have been creating a lot of negativity everyday by what you were thinking.  Now, you are “sweeping the deck” clean.  Be patient and loving to yourself in the process.

This is a powerful practice.  You may not tell everyone you are “thought monitoring” though having a friend participate is a good idea.  You can share the nuggets you find hidden in your mind, then watch as they begin to dissolve.  You will be lighter and happier.  Trust me on this!

And let me know how it goes.  I am here to help.  Always.

With love and namaste, Deanne

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The 52: Lesson Five — More on the Breath and How it Can Change Your Life

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Here is a life-changing story!

One of my yoga students told me this story years ago.  She had taken classes from me for a long time.  She was aware of the power of the breath and how to effectively use the breath in life situations.  What she told me illustrates just how valuable it is to know how to breathe properly.

She received a telephone call and was told that her husband was in the hospital.  He was in serious condition, perhaps having suffered a stroke.  She rushed to the hospital emergency center.  As she entered the building, where there were two sets of doors, she walked through the first automatic door and was about to go through the next door.  She stopped herself.  She knew she was panicking.  She remembered our lessons about the fight/flight response and how you can control this through your breathing.  She knew that, if she didn’t do something right away, she would next be seeing her husband.  He would know that she was frightened.  Her mind would not be able to function in a methodical, calm way in order to make the right decisions for him.

Here’s what she did:  She consciously checked her breathing.  It was high in her chest (fight/flight breathing).  She made it deeper and moved it into her belly.  Then she slowed and smoothed out the breath.  In moments, she brought her breath and herself under control.  By the time she entered through the second set of doors, she was calm enough to handle whatever she would encounter.

Now that’s a skill worth knowing.  See how powerful the breath can be!

How are you breathing right now?

With love and namaste, Deanne

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The 52: Lesson Fourteen — Eternal Life AND Love

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butterflyblueskySpringtime has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Happy Springtime. We think of springtime as bringing renewal. As I write this, it is springtime in New England, where I live.  The sun is warming the earth and, in response, green shoots are popping out of the soil, woodchucks are emerging from their hibernation and foraging for sustenance, new, colorful birds are arriving in the midst of their travels.  There is a song in the air and an expression  of  lightness in the faces of people enjoying the fresh air..

We think of springtime as bringing renewal, and it does.  One of the Christian holidays that marks this time of year is Easter, the celebration of true re-birth, hope, and love. A triumph of eternal love.  All of these qualities are worthy of celebration, not just in the spring, but in all seasons of our lives.

Perhaps Easter is not a holiday you celebrate. Even so, I believe that Easter is an important day for all of humanity.  Why would I say this?  The “story” of Easter and resurrection is immensely valuable to contemplate when thinking of the meaning and duration of life and love.  I am enthralled with the story of the passion and the unconditional love that is predominant in the Easter story.  Of course, I was raised in a Christian family and Easter, with all its pageantry, was a special day in my life.  I liked searching for Easter eggs, eating jelly beans, enjoying a springtime dinner with family, and dressing up in new clothes that reflected the sunny days and flowers blooming.  Our family album is full of pictures of my mother, father, and brother, all decked out in new Easter finery, with my brother and me clutching Easter baskets full of treats.

For many years, I discounted the story of Easter.  Those were the years when I took a sabbatical from organized religion.  In fact, I pretty much discounted all the stories of miracles and faith, Christian or otherwise.  That was then.  Now, again, I call myself a Christian but right along with this statement, I could equally call myself a Yogi , and a believer in the mystical branches of all religions.

I relish the chance to say Happy Easter.  The significance of the story of Jesus and resurrection, of eternal life and love, and of what this says about death (or no death, to be exact) resonates with the truths of the most ancient spiritual writings.

I have written quite a lot about eternal love.  I hope you will take a minute to go back to Lesson Six that focused on this subject.  It will give you a better idea of how I came to so firmly believe in the continuation of life after we depart the body and why I have not the vaguest doubt that love is eternally the most important subject of all time.

So now, at this time of renewal and rebirth, we remember the truth that our souls are free from death.  We only depart from our bodies, yet WE continue to be the Divine Spirit and embodiment of Love.

LESSON FOURTEEN

ETERNAL LIFE AND LOVE

This is the Practice for this week’s lesson:

  • Take a bit of time each day to contemplate the idea of eternal life and love.
  • Carve out a few minutes to sit in silence.  Calm your body and your breath.  Long slow breathing.
  • Now contemplate these words from A Course in Miracles:

You dwell not here but in eternity.

You travel but in dreams while safe at home.

  • Think on these words.  What does it mean for you, for those who have already “died” and for those you love who will surely leave their bodies?
  • What if you are already dwelling in eternity, but have failed to recognize this?
  • What if you are safe at home all the time?
  • What if you are, right now, the perfect embodiment of love, but you have confused this truth with messages from the world of dreams.

I do not pretend that this is easy material to consider, especially if you are seeing it for the first time.  It is, nonetheless, the basis of most spiritual paths, dating from the earliest writings that still exist.

This is where we are heading.  And, whether you embrace these beliefs or not, it does not alter the Truth.

You are Love.

You are Eternal.

Life is Eternal.

Love is Eternal.

These words are not just meant for Jesus or Buddha or saints or gurus.  These words are about YOU!

With love and namaste, Deanne

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