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Lesson 267: My Heart Beats Peace

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Today’s ACIM lesson, #267, My heart is beating the peace of God is a lesson of joyous celebration.  When we/I arrive at the place where we feel safe because we know how loved we are, we know that God has it covered and there is nothing to fear, there is peace. For myself, I finally get it that if I am encountering fearful things, it is my mind that created them and because I finally know that I am responsible for the fear. (“The correction of fear is your responsibility. When you ask for release from fear, you are implying that it is not. You should ask, instead, for help in the conditions that have brought the fear about.”)  This blog post from last year was written on September 27th, my anniversary because I was a few days behind by that point.  Nonetheless, it was and is perfect.  Without anxiety the mind is wholly kind, and because it extends beneficence it is beneficent.  I am learning to let go of anxiety and this lesson is the perfect reminder to help return my mind to the peace of God.

My Heart Beats Peace

My Heart Beats Peace

Today is my 24th wedding anniversary.  Life goes on, of course.  Work tugs and I have things I must tend to, but for a moment, I pause to remember this day 24 years ago, when I was excited and happy and grateful.  So I love today’s A Course in Miracles lesson:  My heart is beating in the peace of God.  It is.  My heart beats peace.  My heart beats love.  I am always happy on my wedding anniversary because I remember how improbable it was for me to be marrying this man and how marrying him changed the trajectory of my life in countless ways.

So today, there are no “poor me” stories.  Today, there is love.  Today there is the remembrance of being perched on possibility, against the odds, against all odds.

My heart beats peace when I remember this.  It returns to me to the place where I would “leap and the net will appear.”  I forget that sometimes.  I don’t know why.  By now I should be practiced in stepping out in faith and demonstrating how its done, but somewhere along the way, I allowed myself to get beat up a bit.  I felt sorry for myself when things looked different than I thought they should have.  Too many of these pages are battles with ego instead of proclamations of love.

In love, peace reigns.  In love, joy is easy.  In love, sickness disappears, resources are plenty and the world is a possibility of excitement.

I was excited on our wedding day.  Breathlessly excited. ” I can’t believe I get to do this” excited.  I had permission to be happy, to be myself, to be a little reckless and foolish and see where it takes me.

Ego wants safe, and yes, we all crave safety.  But the ego’s safety is born of fear.  True safety can only be found in God.

“The only safety lies in extending the Holy Spirit, because as you see His gentleness in others your own mind perceives itself as totally harmless. Once it can accept this fully, it sees no need to protect itself. The protection of God then dawns upon it, assuring it that it is perfectly safe forever. The perfectly safe are wholly benign. They bless because they know that they are blessed. Without anxiety the mind is wholly kind, and because it extends beneficence it is beneficent. Safety is the complete relinquishment of attack. No compromise is possible in this.”

Today’s lesson:

Today’s lesson:

Lesson 267

My heart is beating in the peace of God.

Surrounding me is all the life that God created in His Love. It calls to me in every heartbeat and in every breath; in every action and in every thought. Peace fills my heart, and floods my body with the purpose of forgiveness. Now my mind is healed, and all I need to save the world is given me. Each heartbeat brings me peace; each breath infuses me with strength. I am a messenger of God, directed by His Voice, sustained by Him in love, and held forever quiet and at peace within His loving Arms. Each heartbeat calls His Name, and every one is answered by His Voice, assuring me I am at home in Him.

Let me attend Your Answer, not my own. Father, my heart is beating in the peace the Heart of Love created. It is there and only there that I can be at home.

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When I married Jay, I knew it was so that I could be free to do my life work.  I didn’t know exactly what that looked like.  I expected it to be much different than it turned out, but in class last night, it occurred to me that I do indeed have but one vocation: teacher for God.  I am a Practitioner and I love being a Practitioner because my “job” is to see God in everyone.  My job is to know the truth about “others;”  to see the perfection behind the masks; to recognize God in everyone.

My heart beats peace because on this day especially, I remember possibility, I remember the promise of limitlessness.

Last night, in class, as we discussed Emerson and Holmes, we pondered what limits us.  Not God.  The nature of the Divine is infinite.  What limits us is our own fears.

We can have as much as we can accept. Emerson says, “What your heart thinks great is great.”  Holmes says, “When we think, something happens to thought.  The field through which thought operates is Infinite.  There is no reason to doubt it.  No matter how it is approached, to thought there can be no limit, so we will say that it is the nature of Being to react in this way.  Here and now, we are surrounded by, and immersed in, an Infinite Good.  How much of this Good is ours?  ALL OF IT!  And how much of It may we have to use?  AS MUCH OF IT AS WE CAN EMBODY.”

(Holmes shouts a lot.)

To be a success, one must feel successful.

In the heart of love, lies peace.  In the heart of love, lies joy.  In the heart of love, lies infinite possibility.

My heart beats peace today because I remember.  Thank you, God.  I am grateful to remember.

Namaste, my friends, Namaste.

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