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It’s Monday morning, November 2, 2020 as I write this blog. It’s windy, overcast and cold here in Maine where I live with my husband Bill Free. Tomorrow is election day in the United States and by the time this blog is sent out to the Teachers of God mailing list on Wednesday, November 4th, the United States elections will have taken place.
From where I stand right now, on Monday morning, it’s anyone’s guess what Wednesday will look like.
That’s amazing, right? That life can change in an instant, with no warning.
That’s been 2020 in a nutshell.
We cannot predict what will happen in the next hour, day, week or year.
One thing I know for sure, something that I absolutely CAN predict with 100% accuracy: my peace will remain exactly the same on Wednesday as it is today, as it will be tomorrow, as it was yesterday and as it will be for every day of my life.
Nothing can disturb your peace, unless you fall asleep to the awareness of your True Self and forget what you are, Love’s Presence.
2020 has been a whirlwind year, with a lot of unexpected events that have changed the patterns and routines of how we live life.
I personally see it as a time of global awakening, an opportunity to remember the truth of our shared Oneness.
I am grateful for A Course in Miracles that it has step-by-step practices and fill-in-the-blanks so you can take any upset or problem you think you have and you can directly experience the “problem” disappear as it is replaced with peace.
I thought it might be helpful to give a quick practice here, for this perfect Wednesday morning, in case you are experiencing anything other than joy, gratitude, love, appreciation and peace right now.
Any time you feel your peace disturbed (or whenever you wish things were different):
STEP 1. Stop & Be Still.
Wherever you are, this is your place of peace and power. It’s not somewhere else. It doesn’t come later when circumstances change. It’s right here in the very place whereon you stand, which is holy ground. So Step 1. Stop. Be Still.
STEP 2: Notice any discomfort, thoughts, feelings, emotions or sensations.
Here in Step 2, you are simply going to become aware of what the mind is doing without trying to fix, change, improve or heal the thoughts or conditions or situations. Just notice. In The 40-Day Program for Transformation, I call this practice “watching your thoughts like a hawk.”
In Step 2, notice there is an “I” on the scene and it can show up as “I’m afraid” or “I’m angry” or “I feel ____” or “I wish this wasn’t happening” or “I don’t know what is happening.” It can also show up as “I am so excited” or “I am so glad my candidate won” or “I got what I wanted.”
STEP 3: Stay with the thoughts, feelings, sensations, discomfort, conflict fear, etc. (whatever is arising) as the observer and do NOT move away from it.
In almost all situations, most people want pain and fear “to go away”. They distract themselves. They say it’s not real. They look for a way to get rid of it. They call fear by another name. They use positive affirmations to feel good. This just keeps the fear and conflict right in place.
STEP 4: Realize “Conflict must be resolved.”
This is Workbook Lesson 333 in A Course in Miracles. In my work as a healer, I teach about Workbook Lesson 333 every single week, several times a week. In my own opinion, it’s the most important workbook lesson in A Course in Miracles if you want peace and happiness.
A lot of very dedicated spiritual seekers want to avoid pain instead of going straight into it.
A lot of very devoted Course in Miracles students feel guilt if they experience conflict and fear. They think they should NOT be experiencing fear. No where in A Course in Miracles does it say this. It’s not there. There is the mistaken belief that you should be happy all the time. And so quite often when an emotion arises that is not joy, love, peace, appreciation or gratitude, there is guilt and condemnation.
Today, let us resolve the conflict instead of feeling guilty about it.
Today, let us do what A Course in Miracles shows us to do, as laid out in Workbook Lesson 333.
Resolve the conflict.
Forgiveness ends the dream of conflict here.
Conflict must be resolved. It cannot be evaded, set aside, denied, disguised, seen somewhere else, called by another name, or hidden by deceit of any kind, if it would be escaped. It must be seen exactly as it is, where it is thought to be, in the reality which has been given it, and with the purpose the mind accorded it. For only then are its defenses lifted, and the truth can shine upon it as it disappears.
Father, forgiveness is the light You chose
to shine away all conflict and doubt,
And light the way for our return to You.
No light but this can end evil dreams.
No light but this can save the world. For this
alone will never fail in anything,
Being Your gift to Your beloved Son.
STEP 5: Know that you ARE this light, one with this light.
You are not the thoughts, feelings, emotions or sensations that that you think you experience. You are not your story. You are not memories. You are the light behind (below, above, beside and before) all of the activity of the mind and body. Know that you are Love’s Presence, one with God, one with everyone and everything. There is One Life. There is One Self.
Remember that whenever there is fear, right there is where the Love of God is.
Love is not somewhere else. It’s right here, in the very place where you find yourself.
You are the light of the world.
Your identification with this light (in place of identification with the body-self) shines away all conflict and doubt.
This light is what you are.
No matter who wins the presidential election, no matter what happens in the world, nothing can ever change our eternal, changeless perfection, our One Self, which shines and shines forever.
My suggestion is always the same if you are interested in waking up to your True Eternal Self as Love’s Presence and abiding there consistently: Get a copy of A Course in Miracles and do exactly as it says
And Oh Yea, one more thing: Make No Exceptions.
I love you.
Lisa Natoli is happily fulfilling her function as the light of the world. She is the Creator of The Healing Cure and The 40-Day Program for Transformation. https://www.lisanatoli.com
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Dear Lisa, your words are relief to me after a long day and you remind me of the Big Truth.
You, my dear, are a life raft in the storm.
These steps were so welcome and appreciated when you shared them Sunday from Unity of Seacoast. I took notes, but it is so good to have your thoughts and teachings in your own words. Thank you, Lisa, for all you give, all you share, and all you are. Your sincerity and authenticity shine through again and again. I am blessed, honored, and enriched by my All Acess Pass to so many resources through the Teachers of God Foundation. I highly recommend it to everyone. It’s value and gifts are far above and beyond the monthly fee. With much love and gratitude, Carol.
Thank you for the awareness and presence you are.
And, thank you for keeping me on track.
I love this. It is just what I needed to hear. I am noticing my thoughts and especially at this time and am trying to live in the present moment and not in the future. It helps a lot but I forgot about ‘being aware of the sensation of sadness’ which I was having when living in the future. I can now also practice that. Thank you Lisa
Thank you so much lisa. I just love you
Hafiz on loneliness: “I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being. Yet this applies to every area .. when we turn from the astonishing light of our own being ..
As always spot on. Happy vibes to you always for your input in my life. May you live long and prosper gifted teacher.
Thank you for this reminder Lisa It’s very helpful. I love you.
Thank you for your constant reminders. Cannot hear them often enough. Received and read in deep appreciation!
Dear Lisa, Thank you for reminding me of what in most important in these challenging days, and for a way back to peace. I love you.
Namaste! Well done. We have been reminding ourselves over the year at our weekly meetings that we are the light and the peace and the love that we need to extend to the Sonship during this choatic year. This unrest in the world may continue for some time and we who have consciously decided to wake up are the peace of mind the world needs during these turbulent times.
Hi Lisa, namaste! A perfect reMinder right on time! It was there right when I needed it, and I have read it again, as if it was written for me. I feel the Strength, Peace, Unity and Clarity of Its Truth holding me up from within. A bit challenging lately and your message helped me feel, I am not alone nor crazy! But finding sanity. I so appreciate about acknowledging you are Light! The Light beyond this world, I as well as all is Light! With an appreciation beyond words, thank you, in the Light and Love of One, namaste, Elizabeth