A Course in Miracles
What Are You Being Called to Do?
Do you feel an inner restlessness that keeps calling you to pay attention? Do you sense that there is more that you are meant to be doing? Do you receive inner “nudges” that you acknowledge but aren’t sure what to do with? If so, have you considered that there is a higher purpose waiting to be expressed through you?
What Is That Inner Yearning for More?
Do you sometimes struggle with being in the world? Do you feel like you’re not of this world, that it seems to confront you at every turn, and yet you have to find a way to exist in it? Do you yearn for more, but you can’t seem to find what you seek in the world? I often feel like I’m a stranger here — that I don’t belong — and yet, I’m here. I have to find a way to be in this world, this world that feels too harsh, that often grates against the me that feels so sensitive, so tender, so not of this world.
“You Will Look Upon That Which You Feel Within”
Has anyone else been feeling unsettled and restless? Have you felt unhappy and out of sorts? Since I have returned to work after the holidays, I have experienced a continuous dis-ease within, a dissonant inner hum, if you like. I am out of harmony and off balance, and as I am within, so I see without. My daily experience has confirmed my inner disharmony. Nothing has felt satisfying, and I have been operating in a continual state of “feeling off.”
Getting Out of Our Own Way
Do you try to figure out everything about your life in your head? Do you think you have to control everything that happens in your life? Do you believe that it is up to you to make things happen? Well, I am here to advise you to get out of your head… and out of your own way.
The Freedom of Releasing Control and Learning to Allow
I have made a pact with myself, a pact that is bringing such peace and freedom into my life, that I wonder why it took me so long to accept its importance. My pact is very simple; I release my need to control life and allow life to flow. I have been a “control freak” perfectionist most of my life. Everything had to be done according to my notions of “perfect,” and the one that I was hardest on in this elusive quest for perfection was me. I felt that I needed to take care of every detail so that things were done “right.” That pursuit had a high cost because I demanded 110% of myself for every single thing that I did. I wasn’t content with 90% or even 100%. I had to push myself to give more than was possible or expected so that I could live up […]
A Tribute to Motherhood
I dedicate this post to mothers everywhere — new mothers, experienced mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers, those who yearn to be mothers, and those who just naturally mother all living beings in their lives. Motherhood opens wide our hearts, and teaches us about unconditional love… love that truly surpasses all understanding, love that recognizes the beauty of another’s inner light and finds its expression in giving and nurturing. Motherhood strengthens our hearts to withstand the agony of worry and the pain of witnessing our children’s hurt, and not being able to do anything other than hold them and shelter them from the stormy winds of life. Motherhood tempers our hearts with understanding and compassion so that we learn what it is to truly listen without judgement or the need to fix, so that we learn to witness and guide our children’s journeys to finding who they are. Motherhood fortifies our […]
Do You Feel Restless and Unsettled?
Even when your life seems to be progressing smoothly, do you experience periods when you feel restless and unsettled? You look at your life and you can identify all that is going right — with your work, in your personal life, with your accomplishments — and you think that you should feel fulfilled and content. You can’t put your finger on what doesn’t feel right, because on the surface, you seem to have it all. However, beneath what is visible on the outside, it feels like something is missing. You look at the life you have created, and everything seems to be on track. You tell yourself that you should feel like you have it all, but you can’t shake this sense that there is more. You experience frustration because you can’t identify what is lacking. You wear all the outer trappings of success. You are financially independent; your career is on track; your […]
Help Our Children Discover Life Beyond Entitlement
O child of my heart, I wanted to give you everything… … lay the world at your feet …. make all your wishes come true … create a fairy tale existence of happily ever after. All for you, Child of my heart. O child of my dreams, I wanted to give you everything I imagined I didn’t have growing up… … recognition of how special and worthy you are … opportunities to have and experience everything other kids got to enjoy … rewards for doing your best… and sometimes, not even your best. Every first… and second and third… every little thing… had to be recorded and displayed in honour of you and your life… … albums and digital folders and walls of photos … posts on social media seeking affirmation of all that I see in you. You were the star of everything you did. I made the world […]
All That You Seek Is Within You
It seems to me that everyone is searching… for the perfect job, the perfect partner, the perfect home, the perfect look, the perfect vehicle, the perfect holiday, the perfect deal.. and the list goes on. One only needs to take note of people’s actions and comments over a short period of time to observe this endless quest. Just stand back and observe people in a shopping mall. Listen to people’s conversations over a meal or at coffee. Watch the media messages that bombard us every day. The underlying belief is that these external markers of success will make us happy. Hmmmm… questionable logic seems to be at work here. “When I have/get [insert wish here], I will be happy.” When did having or getting anything ever result in lasting happiness? Might you experience happiness in the attainment of something? Of course. You might experience excitement, a surge of joy, delight, or even a […]
Roadblocks Help Us Find Our Way
How do you view the roadblocks that have appeared in your life? At times, has it seemed that your life journey seems to meet one obstacle after another? There were certainly times in my life when it seemed that no matter which way I turned, I ran into another roadblock. When I look back, I see my roadblocks through a different lens of understanding than I did when I was mired in the muck of frustration and blinded by emotional reactions that ranged from anger and rejection to hurt and despair. Along my road to self-discovery, I have learned that all I need is within me. Prior to realizing this, I spent most of the years of my life seeking love, worth, fulfillment, and happiness outside of me through travelling, partying, relationships, my work, involvement in organizations and groups, and striving to achieve and be the best I could possibly […]