Rev. Peter Graham

Rev. Peter Graham

Rev. Peter Graham is CMC Minister #40. He was ordained on Feb. 23, 2002. He serves on the CMC Board of Directors as Secretary. He facilitates the CMC's Thursday "LGBTQ and Beyond" Zoom! 7 p.m. (Pac.) meeting. Zoom ID: 442 048 698

Tuesday, 05 October 2021 01:02

Ego Busyness and the Peace of God

Dear Miracle Workers,

Sometimes I feel like my life becomes a list of things to get done. One deadline after another puts me in an ego state of mind. I don’t like it -- it breeds guilt and anxiety. Despite our clear discomfort in this state of mind the ego counsels more busyness or compulsions that keep us a prisoner of it’s illusions. The Course says this about the ego:

"The fact that truth and illusion cannot be reconciled, no matter how you try, what means you use and where you see the problem, must be accepted if you would be saved. ²Until you have accepted this, you will attempt an endless list of goals you cannot reach; a senseless series of expenditures of time and effort, hopefulness and doubt, each one as futile as the one before, and failing as the next one surely will." (FIP.WkBk.96.2:1-2)

When we get caught up in the ego’s muck, it's time to remember Truth. Recall that we are climbing the ladder away from the ego's despondent thought system. All we are asked to do is to make the choice for another teacher. Turn to Jesus or the Holy Spirit (or whatever symbol of God that works for you) and ask for a miracle. For me, this usually includes the decision to STOP my thinking with the ego. I have to be emphatic. I am now ready to forgive and receive a miracle in collaboration with Jesus or the Holy Spirit. Sometimes it’s easier than others, but it always works with our persistence and faith. Choose again beloved spirits, and return to the peace of God!

(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #307, Oct. 5 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, 20 July 2021 04:59

Dredging for Miracles

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)

Sunday, 04 July 2021 00:36

07.04.21 Video "Dredging for Miracles"

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There are situations in our lives when the miracles seem to come to us easily and without much effort. Other times the pain and suffering that we experience takes a long time to process and the miracle can seem to take forever. At these times, we will be asked to have faith and be patient. The faith we need to have is in the eternal and not the ephemeral. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday. 26 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

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When I think of aliens, I think about how they’re portrayed in Hollywood movies. In many movies they look like fearsome, enlarged, insect-like creatures with really scary faces. The thought of making love to this depiction of an alien would repulse most people. A Course in Miracles describes an equally unpleasant image of the ego. It describes the ego using the imagery of blood, skeletons and pigs to name a few; still we often make love to its beliefs and idols. My talk will be about how we can use this imagery as a way to expose the ego and make love to the beauty, innocence, and oneness of our true reality. 26 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

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There are many synonyms for truth in A Course in Miracles. Essentially, Jesus wants us to seek for our reality which is based on the experience of peace, love, joy and oneness. This was his experience during his final lifetime. Our elder brother counsels us to repeatedly forgive the “tiny, mad idea, at which the Son of God remembered not to laugh.” (FIP.T.27.VIII.6.2) With this gentle, but firm encouragement, let us join on Sunday, recalling our silly follies and counter the foolishness of the ego with a hearty laughs. In this we realize our pursuit of truth is a joyous experience. Please join us on Sunday as we together “return the dream... unto the dreamer.’ (FIP.T.27.VIII.6.1), laughing as we go! 21 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

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We sometimes fall prey to the temptation to follow the ego's dictates and look for that special someone or something that will make us feel loved, whole and complete. Lesson 77 states "Let miracles replace all grievances," that we not find our peace and joy staring in the mirror of the ego world. Clearly, you will not find it there. My talk will inspire to you to see beyond the body or the shield of hate to the true beauty and essence of your brothers and sisters. Come to receive the miracles you are entitled to this Sunday!! 29 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

Thursday, 11 March 2021 22:50

Desire Is the Key

Dear Miracle Workers,
 
Recently, I was thinking about healing in life because some friends were experiencing life from the standpoint of grievances. You can feel their pain and suffering. I realized that when grievances rule your life, you can not receive the gifts of God. I thought about the years before I discovered A Course in Miracles when I believed that I was powerless over so many things in my life. I was powerless over my past, other people and wounds that seem to recycle in a persistent manner. I experienced periods of hell that is the ego’s gift to us and our perceived powerlessness. A Course in Miracles woke me up to another possibility!
 
The desire to be the Son of God is more powerful than our grievances! We must decide for ourselves that we have the power in our Minds to transform the seemingly intransigent pain from the past. We cannot embrace victimhood if we choose to be free. A Course in Miracles asks the Son of God, “Do I desire a world where I am powerful instead of helpless?” (FIP.21:VII:5:12) Well, do you? Sometimes, it’s a hard choice to stop “clinging to the old rugged cross.” (FIP.4:Intro:3:7) This willingness leads us to a better place.
 
The essential reality of our lives is that we must desire to change our thinking with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit! The desire to renounce bondage, rage, guilt and sin which counsels misery and fear preached by the ego appears impossible. When we decide to replace it the Holy Spirit’s still and gentle voice may be subtle, but it is enormously consequential. “You are not this littleness, my child ..." says the spirit. "You are love, joy, and peace eternal. It is your present and eternal future.” Pray for this desire when It seems impossible. Pray for this desire when it seems improbable. Pray for this desire until you experience peace and see innocence everywhere. Amen.
 
(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #277, Mar. 11 2021)

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A Course in Miracles tells us that even our preferred dreams are obstacles to our ultimate goal which is to awaken from all illusions. "The dreams you think you like would hold you back as much as those in which the fear is seen." (FIP.T.29.IV.2:1) It is clear then that we must recognize this so we can experience our reality which is peace, joy, and love. My talk will focus on coming to terms with this form of escapism so we can be in the mental space which allows for the miracle to occur thus reinforcing our belief and experience of our Truth or Infinite Reality. 22 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

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Recent events in our world suggest that we must attack, because we have been attacked. We must erect barriers, fences, barbed wired and call in the armed forces in a show of overwhelming force. Of course, some of this is required and necessary, but what we cannot overlook is how the recent happenings in the dream projection reveal the diabolical work of the ego. The ego relishes the drama and the intense emotions of fear, guilt, and blame that we now can see. The Holy Spirit gently reminds us to choose Again. Any form of an attack thought is a call for love. As miracle workers we are called to bring the light and forgiveness to all calls for love. My talk we expand upon these ideas that touch on all aspects of our perceptional lives gently reminding us to go within and forgive.  26 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

Thursday, 14 January 2021 22:38

Catch Me If You Can

Dear Miracle Workers,

In 2002 Catch Me If You Can, a film by Steven Spielberg and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, was released. The movie was based on a real life con artist who was expert at outsmarting law enforcement. The ego is much like our protagonist in this movie. The ego seeks to constantly play the con game with us through a multitude of deceptions. These deceptions seem so real! We experience an argument in one of our relationships. We turn on the news and our sacred democratic institutions seem to be under assault. We experience people dying due to a once in a century pandemic. The ego/con is serving up the drama of deception. How do we know?

A Course in Miracles tells us "I must have decided wrongly, because I am not at peace." (OrEd.Tx.5.96) We can tell when we are upset, sad, anxious or any of the myriad ways of not being at peace. Jesus challenges us to out the con of this thought system by observing our reactions to all external stimuli! This is simple but not easy for most of us. We know on some level this is a con that we are perpetuating on ourselves, "The secret of salvation is but this: that you are doing this unto yourself." (OrEd.Tx.27.86) This is an amazing insight, but it's difficult to understand when we are in the middle of the ego con. What to do then?

Well, we ask for help in exposing the ego's cons. We ask Jesus for the miracle with great desire or as much desire as possible. As we do this more and more, we begin to see the cons faster and heal them more quickly. A Course in Miracles reminds us what Jesus would have us do, "He bids you bring each terrible effect to Him that you may look together on its foolish cause and laugh with Him a while." (OrEd.Tx.27.85) Join with Jesus by laughing at the con with him and you will experience the miracle and the love of God.

(originally published in Miracles Weekly #269, Jan. 14, 2021)

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I realize that there are many distortions associated with the celebration of Christmas which have been introduced over the past 2000 years. The holiday has been commercialized by becoming a secular and capitalist holiday. Another valid critique is how the true message of Jesus' teaching was lost by many folks who couldn't understand it and became afraid. His life and teachings became mythological and less spiritually authentic. My Christmas' message will be about how we can apply the essence of Jesus' teachings from A Course in Miracles and experience the Holy Instant. The Holy Instant provides us with the true meaning of Christmas which is being in a state of peace with all of our brothers and sisters. Please join me and my fellow brothers and sisters at this Sunday's gathering and experience the true meaning of Christmas.

Friday, 20 November 2020 04:02

11.22.20 Video "The Pursuit of Virtue"

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A Course in Miracles teaches us many things including that we always have a decision to choose the miracle. This week we will celebrate Thanksgiving which is a holiday that reminds us of the virtue of gratitude. Aspiring to live by virtues brings us closer to the ultimate virtue of true love. My talk will be about how living a virtuous life can inspire us and propel us to a miraculous life! Please come and share your virtue!!

Sunday, 01 November 2020 04:00

11.01.20 Video "The Real Election"

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Unless you have been meditating in a Himalayan cave this year, you know that the United States is voting for its President. Many people refer to the Presidency as the most powerful position in the world. Wow! Awesome! Well, no, not really. The truly awesome insight is that we get to see what it is truly for. My talk will be about how we can have fun and be in the world, but remember that our real work and peace is found in another type of election - the election to see and choose the real alternative. Come to my talk and share in the revelation! Awesome!

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 22:16

Prayer the Greatest of God's Gifts

Dear A Course in Miracles Students,

At times a thought occurs to me related to my spiritual life. As you are probably aware, many of us are part of the Community Miracles Centers' Healing Team that is coached by Reverend Tony. He often comments on our ability to heal ourselves, and heal others as part of our purpose as Miracle Workers. Naturally, prayer is the medium of this healing endeavor. I was recently curious about what A Course in Miracles said about prayer. I was guided to go to the The Song of Prayer pamphlet. I was shocked when I read the first line. "Prayer is the greatest gift with which God blessed his Son at his creation." (S-1.in.1.1) Wow, I was struck by this. I wasn’t expecting this. If I had been asked "What was the greatest gift of God to his Sons/Daughters?" I would have said love, peace, innocence, oneness of God’s presence in our minds. After thinking about it, the obvious reason for this became apparent. "Endless the harmony, and endless, too, the joyous concord of the Love They give forever to Each Other." (S-1.in.1.3) Prayer is the gateway to miracles. Prayer removes the obstacles to our natural state with God in Heaven. We cannot access this state of mind without our intention and desire to join with God. This state cannot be described in words but only experienced. Prayer lifts us above the ego’s battlefield and returns us to our Grandeur. Nothing can impede us from our love, innocence, peace, and joy. Let us pray now, always, and often. After all it is God's greatest gift!

(originally published in Miracles Weekly #262, Oct. 14, 2020)

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