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Thursday, 26 August 2021 05:24

There Truly Is No Excuse

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Dear Miracle Workers,

I am frequently hearing excuses from the ACIM community. I hear excuses about why NOW isn’t the time to start a dedicated ACIM class. I hear excuses about why NOW isn’t the time to extend healing the way Jesus is asking us to. "I would not ask you to do the things you cannot do, and it is impossible that I could do things you cannot do. Given this, and given this quite literally, there can be nothing which prevents you from doing exactly what I ask, and everything which argues for your doing it." (OrEd.Tx.8.88)

I hear excuses about why NOW isn’t the time to join the CMC Healing Team. When is this bizarre and so different from now “future” that people are always waiting for? "What time but now can truth be recognized? The present is the only time there is. And so today, this instant, now, we come to look upon what is forever there – not in our sight, but in the eyes of Christ." (OrEd.WkBk.164.1) That future that they are waiting for is – never.

What are YOU waiting for? Hopefully nothing. We can do everything we CAN do NOW. If we can’t do it now, then it’s not supposed to be done now. But there are always things we can do now, so let’s start doing them. “Listen, learn and DO.” (OrEd.Tx.1.31) We need to let go of our excuses and realize that “future” day when you will truly do the Workbook lessons is here NOW! If there is a program that will help you to do them, then the time to join that program is NOW. "For the past is gone, the future but imagined. These concerns are but defenses against present change of focus in perception. Nothing more." (OrEd.WkBk.181.4) Do it now. No excuse.

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(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #301, Aug. 26 2021)

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A Course in Miracles is an amazing manual, teaching us how to heal at the level of cause (the mind) and, thus, heal at all levels, since the body and the entire physical world is being projected by the mind. But, after 35 years of working with students, I find that people are still confused about how this is done, the mechanics of it. Underneath this seeming confusion is an active resistance to the process, which many students don’t want to look at. I addressed this issue in a recent workshop for Miracle Network the main ACIM organization in the United Kingdom. This Sunday I am going to share some of the highlights from that 3 hour workshop. 27 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

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Thursday, 19 August 2021 22:49

Receiving the Promise of ACIM

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Dear Miracle Workers,

Being dedicated ACIM students takes dedication and discipline. While people can certainly use ACIM for random inspiration, I believe to truly receive the promise of the Course requires much more from a person. "You want salvation. You want to be happy. You want peace. You do not have them now because your mind is totally undisciplined" (OrEd.WkBk.20.2) The promise referred to in this passage would be salvation, happiness, and peace. So ask yourself, do you feel saved, happy, and peaceful? If your answer to any of that is not as much as you would like — then it’s time to look at you dedication and discipline.

How is your daily lesson practice? If you are doing the lessons in the yearly sequence, then Thursday’s lesson is number 231 “Father, I will but to remember you.” In this 2nd part of the Workbook we are supposed to read the special topic that precedes each group of 10 lessons every day before the day’s lessons for all 10 days. Today started “What is Salvation?” (OrEd.WkBk.SpTp231) Did you read it before reading the lesson? Will you do that for the next 10 days? How long are you spending in quiet meditation after reading both the special topic and the lesson? Try upping the time. I am currently doing 15 minutes. I know many think they do not have the time but think of the time we waste doing unimportant things. How much time do you waste on social media every day. "Time can waste as well as be wasted. The miracle-worker, therefore, accepts the time-control factor gladly" (OrEd.Tx.1.87)

I certainly don’t want to be wasted. I’m into waste management! (lol) Did you remember to think about the many thousands of other ACIM students doing the day’s lesson along with you. No? Do it now.

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(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #299, Aug. 19 2021)

Dear Miracle Workers,

Tomorrow, Wed. Aug. 11, I fly from San Francisco, CA to Syracuse NY. I was born and raised in a small town named Canastota near there. I went to Canastota High School there. Sat. Aug 14, I will be attending my high school reunion. The last reunion I attended was 15 years ago.

While I have been “Rev. Tony” for many years I have never gone home wearing a cleric shirt and collar before. I sought guidance on if I was indeed going to show up like this. Eventually got a clear “yes” – so here I go.

ACIM tells us many times, “The past is gone.” (OrEd.Tx.16.73) I did pull down my old high school yearbook and took a look through. I felt very disconnected from it all. It seemed remote and held little interest. In truth that past IS gone and it doesn’t interest me.

What does interest me are the relationships I have and can have with some of these people now in the present. There were 144 people in my senior class. I believe over 30 of them have already made their transition from earthly life with a couple passing this past month. I have felt a certain openness from some as they accumulate years and witness classmates pass. Perhaps I can bring a new perspective. I am interested in experiencing the Holy Encounters I can have with the ones who remain and who will be experiencing me for the first time as not only “Rev. Tony” in name but also in appearance. They have no past reference for that. "When you have learned to look upon everyone with no reference at all to the past, either his or yours as you perceived it, you will be able to learn from what you see now." (OrEd.Tx.12.46)

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(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #299, Aug. 10 2021)

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The Holy Spirit knows when and where to reveal the miracles to you. One of places that I often find my inspiration is when I am taking my shower - early in the morning. Recently, I had a significant healing moment while showering. I was reflecting on conflict that I had at work and how my awareness suddenly took me "Above the Battlefield." I could see my part in the grand drama as well as my colleagues. I could see that both the "Victim" and the "Victimizer" were truly innocent and that we all had lessons to learn in the conflict. I sense that our drama is not completely healed, but that we are on our way toward resolution. My talk will focus on the forgiveness lessons that are being held for us all as we participate in the wondrous celestial awakening. I hope you can be there as we all participate in the Joy of our singular awakening. 24 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

Tuesday, 03 August 2021 05:57

Now More than Ever

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Dear Miracle Workers,

One thing the current pandemic has shown me is that a vast majority of people walk around with a huge amount of fear and rely almost exclusively on external guidance. The belief in sickness and death is very strong for most, and unfortunately the belief in healing through spiritual connection is very weak. Sickness, the fear of it, and the defense from it preoccupy the many minds which are still listening a majority of time to the ego. Alas this is exactly what ACIM teaches the ego wants to do. "Sickness is a way of demonstrating that you can be hurt. It is a witness to your frailty, your vulnerability, and your extreme need to depend on external guidance. The ego uses this as its best argument for your need for its guidance." (OrEd.Tx.8.76)

What this means for us ACIM people is that the world needs us now more than ever. The world needs us to be walking and living demonstrations of another way. The world needs us to be fearless. No wait – it is so much more than just being fearless. The world needs us to be walking, living demonstrations of people fully engaged and experiencing the joy and abundance of life. We need to be the embodiment of this ACIM message. "Very gently [God's teachers] call to their brothers to turn away from death. Behold, you Son of God, what life can offer you. Would you choose sickness in place of this?" (OrEd.Mn.5.9)

I do that every day and in every way I can. I know that I may need to improve a bit on the “very gently” part (lol), but I do see the results. I witness the others I connect with reflecting the joy of life too, especially when with me. We all heal each other.

(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #298, Aug. 3 2021)

Thursday, 29 July 2021 22:39

A Seeker No Longer

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Dear Miracle Workers,

I have a friend who loves to talk about UFOs, strange phenomena and people who can channel. When we are together she shares what she has recently learned or recently read about these topics - all of which are interesting. It’s a lot of fun, but I’ll never forget what Holy Spirit reminded me of when she wanted to take me to see a medium, “You have found. You are a seeker no more.”

All of these various topics are interesting, but talking to your higher self supersedes everything. The Holy Spirit’s clarity and peace is beyond anything I have ever experienced.

I’m friends with a medium and friends with a psychic. I’ve even seen a UFO twice. But A Course in Miracles now that’s interesting!! It has taught me and shown me things and never ceases to amaze me. The sheer depth of its teaching is truly awesome. “God's blessing shines upon me from within my heart where He abides. I need but turn to Him, and every sorrow melts away as I accept His boundless Love for me.” (OrEd.W.1.187) Oh yes, I have found. It is my true path and my only passion. I am eternally grateful for this book and for the mighty companions who walk this path with me and in gratitude, I thank you all.

(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #297, Jul. 29 2021)

Sunday, 25 July 2021 06:54

07.25.21 Video "As It Is in Heaven"

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Most people recognize this oft repeated phrase as from The Lord’s Prayer. Many ACIM students want to separate earth and Heaven with a gulf so great it can never be bridged. Yet that famous phrase from The Lord’s Prayer is in ACIM too, and not just in a reference to the Bible or even the Lord’s Prayer directly. "The Holy Spirit is the way in which God's Will can be done on earth as it is in Heaven." (OrEd.Tx.5.26) Actually ACIM talks several times about the separation between earth and Heaven disappearing. "'Heaven and earth shall pass away' simply means that they will not continue to exist as separate states." (OrEd.Tx.1.34) "It is His holiness that lights up Heaven and that brings to earth the pure reflection of the light above, wherein are earth and Heaven joined as one." (OrEd.WkBk.182.4) Join Rev. Tony Sunday as he brings earth and Heaven closer together for all of us. 25 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

Dear Miracle Workers,

As of Tuesday, July 20 we entered a section of the Workbook that said the minimum amount of quiet time after reading the lesson needs to be 15 minutes. It’s in the introduction to Review VI, "Besides the time you give morning and evening, which should not be less than 15 minutes …” (OrEd.WkBk.RvVI.1). I read that this morning and said, “Oh crap!” I have made a commitment this year to up my game and truly do the lessons to the best of my ability the way they are put forth. There is no reason why I could not give 15 minutes – so I did. It helped that I had a lesson partner keeping me accountable as well.

I have never been much of a meditator and was always glad that ACIM didn’t seem to have a focus on meditation. In fact – it seems to say it wasn’t necessary in a couple of places. "Nor is a lifetime of contemplation and long periods of meditation aimed at detachment from the body necessary." (OrEd.Tx.18.56) The rest of that passage talks about how tedious and time consuming these meditations could be. That was certainly my experience.

Still, I couldn’t get past today’s instruction and how clearly stated it was. I certainly don’t want to reinforce an idea that I do not have enough time by choosing to NOT do the 15 minutes asked. If my belief is that I do not have enough time then I will continue to manifest a life experience where I don’t have enough time. I’ve done enough of that in my life and I am willing to let it go. I do have enough time. I have an abundance of time. How are you all doing with your lesson practice?

(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #296, Jul. 20 2021)

Tuesday, 20 July 2021 04:59

Dredging for Miracles

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Dear Miracle Workers,

As a boy growing up in New Jersey, we would often travel to the shore for vacations. On some of these visits we would see large flats boats that would be in the inlets of bays, or in the ocean itself. They had a large vacuum that went down to the water’s bottom, and you could see tons of sand being deposited into the well of these boats. They were dredge boats. This was done to deepen the harbor and also to provide sand for the ever-diminishing beaches. I've realized that some miracles are like this.

I am not talking here about our run of the mill type miracles we may need for: traffic, the grocery line, or an annoying co-worker. I know ACIM states, "There is no order of difficulty in miracles. One is not ‘harder’ or ‘bigger’ than another." (FIP:1:I:1-2 ) While this is true, my lived experience is that sometimes we experience persons, situations or events that require us to do a deep dive into our minds to dredge for the miracle: the loss of loved one, partner, relationship, job, or a major health crises. Recently, I have encountered allegations made against me at work based on a colleagues attempt to infer my motivation related to a conflict there. After a long period of struggle, a deep dredge, I am seeing the miracle for myself. The light at the end of the tunnel approaches but I must still forgive this person.

"But the dark journey is not the way of God's son. Walk in light and do not see the dark companions, for they are not fit companions for the Son of God, who was created of light and in light." (FIP:11:III:4:5-6) By doing the work of forgiveness we can get down in the muck of our minds and dredge for the miracle.

(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #293, Jun. 30 2021)

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