Rev. Paula Carpe is CMC minister #125. She was ordained Feb. 14, 2021. She teaches CMC's Wed. morning 9:00 a.m. Pacific, A Course of Love (ACOL) class on Zoom! She also facilitates CMC's Thu. morning 8:30 a.m. ACIM drop-in "Global Miracle Workers" meeting on Zoom! Meeting ID: 8560 203 8327
Dear Miracle Workers
I’ve been praying for a new love – a partner – someone like-minded to hang out with and share this life journey. I’m very happy on my own, being single for many years, enjoying life. But still, there has always been a feeling that I would be even happier with a partner again. I love what I do for work and play, and I have many friends and family – realizing I am blessed with love and happiness, and none of us are alone.
So now that I’ve met someone (and feel good about that) why is there a sense of fear coming up? I wonder if this could really be a love that will last forever, having a few that didn’t work out as I imagined.
It’s interesting when fear and doubt come up from the past, when the ego-mind tries to warn us and sabotage happiness. I realize that fear is a choice and not what I choose now. I remember to be present, to let go of past relationships ⏤ to forgive and allow new love to be expressed uniquely as it is. As love just is Love.
My prayers have been answered. All the attributes of my perfect partner are being checked off my list. We seem to be a great fit, and this feeling of love is mutual. The timing is perfect for us both, So in this moment, I’m grateful for being happy and in love again. I’m grateful for A Course In Miracles for reminding me to let go and let love, to forgive the past, and to know that our natural state of being is Love.
All fear is past because its source is gone and all its thoughts gone with it. Love remains the only present state .... (OrEd.W.293.1)
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(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #314, Nov. 23 2021)
Dear Miracle Workers,
It’s always been important to me to maintain a state of healthy vibrance and vigor, that sense of wellness inside and out. Even now as society considers me a member of the senior community, I haven’t changed that belief. What has recently changed is a test result showing a decrease in bone density. Being young at heart and never feeling my age, not believing in physical limitations (until, of course, something hurts). I continue to believe that we are as young as we feel, however, I’m letting go of the boxing class for now. I continue lifting weights, cycling, walking, swimming, yoga, golf, and dancing. All of which bring me joy and a physically fit body.
I have learned that wellness ultimately derives from attitude. Outer forms and inner shifts can work together to accommodate this. A physical workout builds a sense of self-satisfaction, as well as getting the blood pumping and the endorphins "dorphing." An inner workout, like blessing one’s body with gratitude, helps us to feel integrated and whole.
Knowing there’s no one right way for our bodies to be, my body vehicle that gets me around the earth plane responds well to appreciation, Love and respect. This inner practice supports an optimal state of wellness at the level of form. At the level of Spirit within we are and remain only well and whole.
The Course reminds us that:
"I am as God created me.
I will remain forever as I was,
Created by the Changeless like Himself.
And I am one with Him, and He with me."
"A mind that recoils from a hurt body is in great need of rehabilitation itself. All symptoms of hurt need true helpfulness, and whenever they are met with this, the mind that so meets them heals itself." (OrEd.Tx.4.105)
(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #302, Sep. 2 2021)
Dear Miracle Workers,
A common belief among most New Thought practitioners is that the essential key to health maintenance is affirmative prayer. This is believed to be the most direct way of manifesting the desired outcome. Denial prayer, on the other hand, (for some) is not considered an essential step in the process. Emma Curtis Hopkins, the founder of New Thought, taught her students the importance of denying the truth of the belief - accepted by the human mind - which gave rise to whatever untoward condition presented itself in the body. It is the denial of whatever thought caused the condition to manifest in form.
A Course in Miracles speaks of this in the teaching "Healing as Release from Fear": "The sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself. This means that he recognizes that mind is the only creative level and that its errors are healed by the Atonement. Once he accepts this, his mind can only heal. By denying his mind any destructive potential and reinstating its purely constructive powers, he has placed himself in a position where he can undo the level confusion of others. The message he then gives to others is the truth that their minds are similarly constructive and that their miscreations cannot hurt them. By affirming this, the miracle worker releases the mind from over-evaluating its own learning device (the body) and restores the mind to its true position as the learner." (OrEd.Tx.2.65)
As a professional practitioner, I use proven spiritual practices such as Affirmative Denial prayer to correct misbeliefs, manifest miracles and heal. Most important of all I’m open and receptive to hear God’s Divine Guidance.
(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #295, Jul. 13 2021)