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Sunday, 21 November 2021 06:16

11.21.21 Video "As Powerful as God"

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I have had a growing realization recently that when I read about power in ACIM I was still relating to it in a limiting fashion. While I had challenged my perception of power for years, I never truly got that what ACIM was clearly stating was – we have all the same power God has. Perhaps it is more accurate to say – I read the words, understood them intellectually, but didn’t feel it the core of my being. Recently I saw videos of New Zealand men in the indigenous Polynesian Maori tradition, doing their power dance and chant “The Haka,” in protest to the severe, draconian measures being instituted by their government. Standing up to their government in this manner triggered something in me and I began to understand power in a different way. When ACIM tells us “My Father gives all power unto me” (OrEd.WkBk.320) it truly means ALL power. Our Creator withholds nothing from us. The New Zealand protestors were taping into something. I want to learn how to dance The Haka. 26 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

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Tuesday, 16 November 2021 05:27

Channeling Limitless Power

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Dear Miracle Workers

After my Workbook Lesson today, “My Father gives all power unto me” (OrEd.WkBk.320) I found myself reflecting. I am aware that most students relate to this as meaning we are very, very powerful. Which of course is true, but it is so much more that that. “All power” means there is no: energy, force, light, joy, wisdom, … that is outside of us. It means that God does not have a power that we do not have – we have all God’s power. In fact, we are the totality of power itself.

Reconceptualizing ourselves as the totality of power is not as difficult as some may think – because – since it is who and what we are, there is nothing to do except remove those ideas which are blocking that truth. Lesson #320 reminds us of our limitless nature. Limitless joy would mean whatever joy that we may be experiencing, we can and we will experience even more joy, because joy is limitless. Whatever experience of peace we may be having, we will have new experiences of more peace, because our peace is limitless. Plus, whatever experience of power we may be feeling we will feel more power, because our power is limitless too.

So take on the big things: domestic abuse, child sex trafficking, war, world hunger, gun violence, racial injustice, mental illness, sexism, physical disease, aging, …. Why not? "There is nothing my holiness cannot do." (OrEd.WkBk.38) When I do that I see that everything going on is part of those healings happening. I see the current pandemic is part of that too. There’s the disease itself and the untold suffering associated with it. There’s all the mitigation strategies and the negative consequences associated with those. It’s all bringing up those things that we will heal by channeling our unlimited power.

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(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #313, Nov. 16 2021)

Sunday, 14 November 2021 06:04

11.14.21 Video "Sunday with Mundy"

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Noted ACIM author and teacher Jon Mundy interviews Rev. Tony Ponticello in this extended format. Many topics related to ACIM covered 104 min.

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A Course in Miracles says “So should it be with the dark clouds of guilt, ... Let your Guide teach you their insubstantial nature as He leads you past them, for beneath them is a world of light whereon they cast no shadows.” (OrEd.WkBk.38.2) The holiday season is upon us and for those of us in the northern hemisphere, this also means less sunlight and more darkness. Yet, if we desire it, our eternal  Guide will shine away every dark cloud of guilt revealing to us our true reality of loving oneness. 22 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

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Dear Miracle Worker

The ego world of separation is merely a manifestation of our thoughts and beliefs. Our senses generally serve our ego mind. We see, hear, feel, smell, and taste the witnesses that merely bring to us the messages we have told our senses to go find. Within the ego’s world of separation it is a closed loop.
However we are blessed that there is more than the ego’s domain, for we have Holy Spirit.

The world Holy Spirit sees is vast and beyond the five sense, although it includes those as well. This larger seeing is called Vision. Vision is filled with spiritual intuition and sublime communication. The interconnectedness of all life is a foundational ground of being. Through our practice of ACIM we move from the ego world to the Holy Spirit world. I have experienced this movement as a gradual one for myself, a few people seem to move through faster. "By far the majority are given a slowly-evolving training program in which as many previous mistakes as possible are corrected." (OrEd.Mn.9.1)

It is unfortunate that many students have a difficult time cultivating the patience to walk this slowly evolving path. They tend to fool themselves and believe they surely are one of the few who had the “express lane” to revelation and enlightenment. They want to feel the spiritual high.

Desire for peak transcendent experiences is alluring – but it is not what ACIM is about. It is “A Course in Miracles” not a “A Course in Revelation.” These peak experiences may be tempting, but it just reminds me of the drug culture of the '60s and '70s. At its best the highs were short and the crashes were frequently brutal. Approaching ACIM for the quick bliss experience frequently only results in “crash and burn.”

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(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #312, Nov. 9 2021)

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I love that A Course in Miracles always tells us that salvation is now, and not in the imagined future. We do not have to wait to connect with our unlimited power. We can sit in that presence now and everyday. Actually connecting to that unlimited energy multiple times every day is a GREAT idea. The thought that this power is a future achievement is actually meaningless since there in no future. "Be not content with future happiness. It has no meaning and is not your just reward. For you have cause for freedom now." (OrEd.Tx.26.76) Many ACIM students are resistant by the idea of this much power available to them now, but confronting this resistance is a large part of the ACIM teaching. This is why sitting in our unlimited power as often as possible is such a great idea. Join me right now and on Sunday too. "Your holiness, then, can remove all pain, can end all sorrow, and can solve all problems. It can do so in connection with yourself and with anyone else." (OrEd.WkBk.38.2) 24 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

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I have frequently talked about how while peace is not always in my awareness, a positive and profound perception of my purpose in life always is. Many years ago when asked at a Sunday Gathering what I believed the greatest gift ACIM had given to me was, I said (without thinking about it at all) “Purpose.” There is a passage in ACIM that has always resonated powerfully with me. "Do you want happiness, a quiet mind, a certainty of purpose, and a sense of worth and beauty that transcends the world?" (OrEd.WkBk.122.1) That describes exactly how I constantly feel. I have a certainty of purpose that transcends the world. Nothing going on in the world ever makes even a dent in my positive, profound, perception of purpose. 26 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

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Wednesday, 27 October 2021 06:25

It Was On Purpose

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Dear Miracle Worker

I am grateful for many things in life. Having ACIM is maybe the greatest thing. However I know that this is not by chance. It was no accident that I found the Course. "No accident nor chance is possible within the universe as God created it, outside of which is nothing." (OrEd.Tx.21.7) It was on purpose.

When I muse about the blessings ACIM has brought me, it is always purpose that feels the most profound, the most beneficial. I acknowledge that it is different for different people. Some might be more grateful for peace, perhaps some for love. Maybe some are bold enough to say and declare health. But for me, purpose has always been the clearest and the one that has brought me the most.

When I was a teen and in my twenties, I wondered what my life was going to be about. I surely wanted to make a difference in the world. I wanted to do things that made the world a “better” place. Noted philosopher and transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children … to leave the world a better place … to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

Transcendentalists believe in the basic goodness of humans and nature. ACIM also believes in the basic goodness of people and that the world itself reflects Divine goodness when we perceive it properly.

Emerson wanted to leave the world a better place. Through his writings he did. Rev. Tony’s Divine purpose is to transform and heal the world – to make it a “better” place. I’m not sure I want to “leave” it, per se. (lol) but I think you all know what I mean.

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(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #310, Oct. 27 2021)

Sunday, 24 October 2021 05:03

10.24.21 Video "Bamboozled!"

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The world has bamboozled us. That’s my new favorite word. It means, "thrown into a state of confusion or bewilderment especially by being deliberately fooled or misled.” The world is deliberately fooling and misleading us. It is not a random or capricious thing. It is by ego design. The world is throwing us into chaos and confusion so that we rely more and more on the ego for guidance. Thus the bamboozle strengthens, "... you believe that misery is happiness. This has so confused you that you have undertaken to learn to do what you can never do, believing that unless you learn it, you will not be happy." (OrEd.Tx.13.54) We must free ourselves from this confusion in order to take our rightful place in The Great Awakening. Without us taking our place, we will never truly be awake ourselves – which means we will never be truly happy. The bamboozle has to end. 20 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

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Tuesday, 19 October 2021 03:57

Clear Guidance

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Dear Miracle Workers,

If you started the lessons at the 1st of the year then you’re well into the second half of the Workbook. For whatever reason, I am less vigilant with these later lessons. Finally admitting that to myself, I clearly got the message to start them over. I mention this because I didn’t chastise myself for not being vigilant nor did I feel compelled to finish the lessons like they’re a homework assignment. I was just being completely honest. I let go of my concern and obligation to finish the lessons and remembered that "There are no small upsets. They are all equally disturbing to my peace of mind." (OrEd.WkBk.5.6)

I have happily started over. I seem to need the early clear cut ideas to remind me that getting guidance is easy all the time. I sometimes forget that. The goal is to ask and then to accept the guidance. The goal is not to finish the lessons.

“I am not worried about [ finishing the lessons ] for the reason I think.” (OrEd.WkBk.5.11) I am willing to see things differently. In that willingness I am free.

Of course we are supposed to use all the lessons all the time in order to free our minds, but I’ve had a lot going on lately with caring for my elderly father, renovating my house, and the sudden seeming death of a friend. So, getting clear guidance came as a relief.

“There is another way of looking at this.” (OrEd.WkBk.33.4) "My happiness and my function are one." (OrEd.WkBk.66) "Only God's plan for salvation will work." (OrEd.WkBk.71)

These ideas relieve my mind from all effort and remind me to keep it simple. I want to be happy, and I recognize that I’ve been miserable. Thank God for the lessons. They have brought me back to my one function.

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(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #309, Oct. 19 2021)

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