The Miracle Worker Magazine - Never Forget To Laugh

Well, how could I not say “yes” to writing an article since this is the title of my book about ACIM co-scribe, Bill Thetford! What an amazing, brilliant man he was, and unknown to many, a famous psychologist in his own right unrelated to the Course. Among his stories from Columbia, Bill delighted to talk about being co-editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology from 1965-1971, the years of Course dictation. He periodically rejected articles that were “not sufficiently scientific,” and of course, under the circumstances, found this situation ridiculous and very humorous.

Besides his legendary healing presence, Bill was known for his unparalleled sense of humor; he was hilariously funny with great wisdom and sanity packaged in dry wit. One of his signature lines, always offered with a big smile was, “I know it’s hopeless, just not serious!” He was able to joke about the hopelessness of finding ultimate satisfaction in our hallucinated world...

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Accept Your Emotions - Transform Your Life!

Recently I had the delightful experience of speaking at a wonderful retreat in Utah and it triggered my intuition to pass come important information on to all of you.   Throughout that long weekend, besides our scheduled presentations, I had a great many conversations, in large groups, small ones, and with individuals.  In all cases, and with all questions, the very same issue was apparent - the attempt to resolve problems intellectually, to “figure them out,” while avoiding emotions.  And this is not new.  I’ve been watching this dilemma of emotion avoidance for decades, and no matter what the circumstances, this problem must be addressed if we are ever to stand a chance for real happiness and peace. You see, to avoid feeling how you feel is also to avoid your healing,  your abundance, your safety, and your peace of mind! 

Here’s the situation. We have been habituated to the idea, in many ways from our earliest experience,...

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Let me remember I am one with God

Let Me Remember I Am One With God


Remembering this is often hard. Not only hard, but impossible as long as I am fixated on remembering I am one with my ego mind!  From our earliest days, our focus is directed toward the care and maintenance of the personal self - its safety, needs, requirements for self-promotion.  As we are reminded in the Course, we have made gods of the self-concepts contrived as we “mature,” and do indeed, worship at their altars.  A wonderful quote from ACIM - “And thus are two sons made, and both appear to walk this earth without a meeting place and no encounter. One do you perceive outside yourself, your own beloved son.  The other rests within, His Father’s Son, within your brother as he is in you.  Their difference does not lie in how they look, nor where they go, nor even what they do.  They have a different purpose. “


So naturally, our “own beloved sons” command our...

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Transforming Depression - Part 2

Where does depression really come from in the first place?  


If we don’t know, we’re hard pressed to find a solution other than medication.   More and more people are looking for natural remedies and that requires looking at the actual cause.  In part 1 we discussed depression as resulting from refusal to feel our strong upsetting feelings, shoving them into unconsciousness or unmindfulness.  And experience has shown that refusal to feel our feelings does not solve the problem, satisfactorily or permanently. 


Therefore, it’s essential that we find out how all these unwanted feelings are arising in the first place - unwanted because we believe their presence means something negative about us and they are distressing and painful.  


Chemical Cocktails – The Emotional Menu


Our emotional state is created by chemicals in the brain that are transferred throughout the entire body; hence the term “body chemistry.” ...

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The Healing of Bill Thetford

The Healing of Bill Thetford


Want to live a conflict-free life?  Bill Thetford knows how and is still available to lead us there.  The Bible states, “May the mind that is in Christ Jesus (Holy Spirit) be also in you.”  Our modern version might be, “Let the choice that was Bill Thetford’s also be ours.” Bill’s life story is not only  compelling from the human perspective, but more importantly, the simple steps he took to become conflict-free, to awaken, we also can follow.  


While in this world, Bill finally wanted only to be ordinary and to find sameness with everyone.  Only if we are the same does his story have meaning for us.  If we change just a few details, we recognize our own journey in his and can see that his answers are also ours.  It is true that Bill possessed talents and assets that many of us don’t have, making many facets of his life easier than for most. ...

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Relationship Advice - How to Communicate when we feel upset

Relationship advice - how to communicate when we feel upset

This situation demonstrates the most common challenge we all must meet.  We have very little idea how to communicate truthfully and appropriately with one another in the face of strong emotion or upset feelings.  Most of us were not taught how to handle our feelings and take responsibility for them.  Instead we learned to believe that someone or something other than ourselves was the cause of our upset and that "maturing" involved perfecting our attack and defense strategies.  We learned to try to avoid or reduce upset by attempting to control, manipulate, shut down, blame, or fight.


In this particular case, all the anxiety of "will there be enough?" and "am I really deserving?" was brought into awareness by the building of the home.  Instead of owning their fear and insecurity, Wayne  and Diane attempted to distract themselves from their own inner disturbance and focus on the other's...

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The Purpose and Practice of A Course In Miracles

Purpose and practice of A Course In Miracles

Everyone is looking for happiness whether that is recognized, or not. Normally, that search leads us outside ourselves on the presumption that the right person, situation, bank balance, or job will do it. These will not - at least permanently. Happiness is an inside job and denied to us only by ourselves.  How does that happen? By what we believe, which determines what we think, how we act and feel.  A Course In Miracles is a spiritual technology designed to uproot the unfortunate, limiting beliefs that grow out of programming and conditioning instilled in early life and replace them with broader, more loving and practical beliefs.   

What is A Course In Miracles?

A Course In Miraclesis primarily a guide to cultivating a fundamentally different attitude and approach to life. An inspired work given to the world by two Columbia University professors, it is based on love and equality rather than fear,...

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Healing Anxiety

Overcoming Anxiety

 

We have an epidemic of anxiety and no one knows exactly why. It’s time to examine this challenging emotion with a  different lens. What if it’s not a scourge to be hidden or medicated away, but an unrecognized clue that leads to finding true peace of mind?  Many people who experience anxiety have no idea where it comes from or what to do about it other than take medications.  For those who would prefer a different and permanent solution, you’ve come to the right place. Here we will show you the 2-Step PROVEN solution for managing and rising above anxiety. We know it works because we use it ourselves.


Anxiety is the result of a particular combination of chemicals in the body created in the brain. Medications are designed to artificially restore the body’s chemistry to a more healthful and comfort-inducing state.  It’s possible and much more desirable to restore the body’s chemistry, and thus how you...

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Joy or Judgement - it's a choice

Joy or Judgment - Our Choice

Joy or Judgment – Our Choice


As one observes our increasingly fractured world with the breadth and depth of difficult situations spinning daily out of control, one might be sorely tempted to doubt that joy and a deep peace are anything more than fairy tales of the deluded.  Yet ACIM promises that joy arising from a newly-born perception is available here and now and that our part is to find and release all the barriers to our awareness of it.  Many years ago, I was graced with an exceptional experience of joy concurrent with a profound lesson about the obstacles to its constant presence.  Indeed, it presents a model for  what we’re all invited to do  today.  In 1985 the Dalai Lama decreed that the world was in such a state that a Tibetan Buddhist initiation, normally available only to Buddhist monks, was to be offered to the general public on five different occasions in 1985-86.  No requirements...

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Releasing ourselves from the prison of our mind

Release from emotional prison - everyone’s challenge!

 

I’m sure it seems strange that one who has never been in a “real” prison should be pontificating to those who are incarcerated!  However, those on the “inside” and “outside” have more in common that one might imagine.  And what works to bring peace to one applies to all, no matter the seeming difference in outer circumstances.  Some thoughts to ponder:

 

1.  Feeling trapped, imprisoned, blocked, and without options is, amazingly, an inside job - a feeling that is caused by closing down, defending, resisting, and judging.  Now these psychological defenses are used by everyone, no matter where they are.   So many people use these words to describe how they feel and I assure them that indeed they are accurate, but that those dismal feelings are not caused by outside events, circumstances, people or situations, although we’ve always...

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