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- Written by Rev. Tony Ponticello
Judy became the very public face of A Course in Miracles in the late ‘70s. She personally introduced it to thousands of people in events around the country. She told a compelling story of how ACIM had been scribed by Helen with connection and support from Bill, how miraculously it came to Helen word for word just as it was printed, and how the whole copying, distributing, and then publishing of it was one miracle after another. She told how she at first had to “xerox” copy after copy to give to people who were interested and how there was no way she could keep up with the demand for early copies. She talked about how the money to professionally publish was miraculously received. The story seemed almost too good to be true.
About two years ago – I had met Rev. Tony a little earlier in Utah – I got an email from the CMC talking about this pastoral counseling certification class. At that point, I was working on my master's degree. I thought, "I want to do this. I want to help people in recovery." That was really my main goal. I went into this with the intention of, "I want to have a counseling business." I know how grateful I am for my own recovery path, and I can truly help other people.
So I started on that journey. The Holy Spirit has helped me to reframe my life. Through the lessons of the Course I found that forgiveness and love have helped me to detach from what was an appearance of a very painful past. The lessons also helped me avoid the anxiety of the future and find the peace of mind of living in the present moment. That's where God's Voice is. That Voice is always there for me for wisdom and guidance. The lessons also teach me that life and love are eternal and that we can learn to live in that holy instant where the Voice of God is.
The Community Miracles Center is a local and worldwide fellowship. We share our experience of A Course In Miracles and other related spiritual teachings in order to heal our perception of ourselves, our relationships, and the world."
"There is no choice in this because only you can be the foundation of God's church. A church is where an altar is, and the presence of the altar is what makes it a church. Any church which does not inspire love has a hidden altar which is not serving the purpose for which God intended it. I must found His church on you because you who accept me as a model are literally my disciples." (OrEd.Tx.6.12)
1. Articles of Incorporation Secretary of State of State of California Feb. 9, 1987 (Shows Church intended purpose)
2. Recognition Letter Franchise Tax Board State of California Jun. 17, 1987 (Shows legal Church status)
3. Recognition Letter Internal Revenue Service U.S.A. Jan. 8, 1988 (Shows 501[c] Public Charity status)
4. Amendment to Articles Secretary of State of State of California Jan. 14, 1998 (Shows name change)
5. Reissue Recognition Letter Internal Revenue Service U.S.A. Oct. 10, 2018 (Shows 501[c] Public Charity status with new office address)
This song, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" in my mind, that's part of what it was about. We recognize all the struggles that have happened in this world that we are in, but those struggles can be shifted and seen differently when we allow other's voices to come through. We allow those voices to come in a way that they are an opportunity to experience the healing, the opportunity to experience the light, the opportunity to experience the love.
That's what I experienced that weekend, especially in that diversity and inclusion group, just to see it, just to hear it blew me away. It blew me away to hear individuals get that deep about what was going on with them and to share it in front of so many people. That's because of removing potential blocks and creating that space to let them know it is okay to allow their voice, not just my voice, but their voice, every single one of our voices to come through. Then A Course In Miracles tells us this, "Direct communication was broken because you had made another voice through another will. The Holy Spirit calls you both to remember and to forget." (OrEd.Tx.5.22)
I really think that is the spirit that A Course in Miracles is written in. You know Jesus is saying to us in A Course in Miracles, "Hey guys, take a break." Think about what he said in the reading that we heard earlier today. It said that we dress up our bodies "... as bait to catch another fish." (OrEd.Tx.24.65) (laughter)
Come on. We all do it. Let's admit it; we all do it. I go to the gym. Some people diet. We do whatever. We wear fancy costumes. All that kind of stuff. That is all fine but we have to look at it with a bemused smile. Oh we know what we are doing. We know what we are doing. That's what was in this reading we had today. It was kind of like he is saying to us, "Hey guys, gals, folks. Be real with yourselves. Know what is your motivation. What is it for?"
I already read this earlier but let's hear it again. A Course in Miracles says, "You who perceive yourself as weak and frail, with futile hopes and devastated dreams, born but to die, to weep and suffer pain, hear this: All power is given you in earth and Heaven. There is nothing that you cannot do."(OrEd.WkBk.191.11) That bears repeating. No matter what we've got going on in our life ... I mean: our dreams don't seem to be manifesting, we are sad, we have pain, we have physical problems, and that's the way it is. But just remember, "All power is given you in earth and Heaven," and sit in that power multiple times every day.
Don't despair because of your limitations. I say that a lot. It is your function to escape from those limitations, not to be without them. "Do not despair, then, because of limitations. It is your function to escape from them, but not to be without them." (OrEd.Mn.26.4) Nobody here is to be without limitations, but overcoming these limitations become ways that we prove our power to ourselves. When we escape from those limitations, when I built myself back up to 200 sit-ups holding 16 pounds at my head, when I escaped from the limitation about that, it was a great thing. It was a great witness that I could have for myself.