Monday, 25 May 2015

Messages & Miracles~Lesson 8 ~ ACIM

Wow! this has certainly been some amazing journey! An incredible Shift in Awareness to the Gift of this Present Moment of Mindfulness ♡ But also new understanding & more so, a confirmation of my teaching; an accountability to my self, my destiny, my future; my accountability to others as well. I open up more each day.

If it is not serving your highest power, it's holding you back. It, is you. Your thoughts that you feed, rather than the Integrity of your Spirit♡ for most of us, the teaching began at a very young age. The time has come to create new memories, new ideas, new thoughts; of only the loving kind.

Workbook Lesson 8~ 'My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.'

This idea is, of course, the reason why you see only the past. No one really sees anything. He sees only his thoughts projected outward.

Make sense? The mind's preoccupation with the past is the cause of the misconception about time from which our seeing suffers. It's time to grasp onto the present moment, the present thought, which is the only time there is.

The mind does understand time, and cannot, in fact, understand anything.

The one wholly true thought one can hold about the past is that it is not here. To think about it at all is therefore to think about illusions. Very few have realized what is actually entailed in picturing the past or in anticipating the future. The mind is actually blank when it does this. We create it from the best of our memory, usually from our emotions, of any given situation/experience/person.

The purpose of the exercises for today is to begin to train your mind to recognize when it is not really thinking at all.

While thoughtless ideas preoccupy your mind, the truth is blocked. Recognizing that your mind has been merely blank, rather than believing that it is filled with real ideas, is the first step to opening the way to vision.

The exercises for today should be done with eyes closed. This is because you actually cannot see anything, and it is easier to recognize that no matter how vividly you may picture a thought, you are not seeing anything. With as little investment as possible, search your mind for the usual minute or so, merely noting the thoughts you find there.

Name each one by the central figure or theme it contains, and pass on to the next. Introduce the practice period by saying:

'I seem to be thinking about ______.  Then name each of your thoughts specifically, for example;
I seem to be thinking about [name of a person], about [name of an object], about [name of an emotion], and so on, concluding at the end of the mind-searching period with:

and continue with, 'But my mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.'

This can be done four or five times during the day, unless you find it irritates you. If you find it trying, three or four times is sufficient. You might find it helpful, however, to include your irritation, or any emotion that the idea for today may induce, in the mind searching itself.

Happy Trails today, it's a Brand New Day <3 Much Love, Lori 

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Messages & Miracles~Lesson Seven~ACIM

Calm of breath, I begin today♡ Yesterday I was grateful for my tools. I used yesterdays awareness only once and it really helped me to balance my thoughts of worry. Simply saying, 'this thought has no meaning to me,' provided me a mindfulness that stopped it dead in its tracks. New reflection♡ That make me happy♡

A Course in Miracles, Lesson Seven, 'I see only the past.'

This idea may be difficult to believe, if it is a new one to you, yet it is the rationale for all of the preceding ones....

It is the reason why nothing that you see means anything.
It is the reason why you have given everything you see all the meaning that it has for you.
It is the reason why you do not understand anything you see.
It is the reason why your thoughts do not mean anything, and why they are like the things you see.
It is the reason why you are never upset for the reason you think.
It is the reason why you are upset because you see something that is not there.

It begins to make complete sense.
Old ideas about time can be difficult to change, because everything we have been taught to believe is rooted in time. It's survival in your reality depends on you not learning these new ideas about it; believing or knowing that you can learn or create a different memory... continually♡throughout your entire lifetime!

This is precisely why we need new ideas about time. This first time idea is not really as strange as it may sound at first.

Look at a cup, for example. What
thoughts come to mind? Do you see a cup, or are you merely reviewing your past experiences of picking up a cup, being thirsty, drinking from a cup, feeling the rim of a cup against your lips, having breakfast and so on? Are not your aesthetic reactions to the cup, too, based on past experiences? How else would you know whether or not this kind of cup will break if you drop it? What do you know about this cup except what you learned in the past? You would have no idea what this cup is, except for your past learning. Do you, then, really see it? Conscious Awareness.

Look around.... this is equally true of everythung you see/look at. Acknowledge this with everything you look at by applying the idea for today; indiscriminately to whatever catches your eye. For example:

I see only the past in this pencil.
I see only the past in this shoe.
I see only the past in this hand.
I see only the past in that body.
I see only the past in that face.

Do not linger over any one thing in particular and remember to omit nothing specifically. Glance briefly at each subject, and then move on to the next. Three or four practice periods, each to last a minute or so, will be enough.

Take delight in your ♡Journey♡ Be Kind, beginning with self♡ Lori-Lynnxxxxx)))

Life Loves Me♡
Life Blesses me♡

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Messages & Miracles~ACIM~ Lesson Six

Lorilynn Koke, ACIM, SpiritwithinusI have had some amazing new experiences since I dedicated my consciousness to this re-awakening. It has been a miraculous journey in Awareness and Temperance. I Gratefully move into today. I Graciously accept responsibility for my Perception of events and cast Judgment aside.  This has allowed me to see not only myself, but others in a new light, with eyes that have been reopened. I have learned to fully understand and apply my rule of Loving Allowance, 'The Loving Allowance of all to be. In their own space and time. Beginning with Self.' This has been the same for experiences. Of course, there are still some experiences that stand before me that are more challenging than others. Still I persevere and execute my thoughts.  Life does love me. YaY me!

The word 'BUT' means nothing to me. There is no 'but' with but one exception of , 'There but for the Grace of God Go I.'  I can only teach well what I have learned well. Ha!

Today's Lesson~ Lesson Six is  'I am upset because I see something that is not there.'

Lorilynn Koke, ACIM, Spiritwithinus
When I say this exercise out loud, I begin to understand that there are times in which we want to be angry or fearful, mad or stubborn; we choose to be. In doing the exercise, it mindfully forces me to accept my responsibility; what I am seeing, what I have created. What I am seeing, keeps me stuck; in the pain, the sorrow, the guilt; the past.  Keeps me stuck in believing who I am not. So I allow myself to move forward.

The exercises with this idea are very similar to the preceding ones. It is necessary to name both the form of upset (anger, fear, worry, depression and so on) and the perceived source very specifically for any application of the idea.

Lorilynn Koke, ACIM, SpiritwithinusFor example:
I am angry at ______ because I see something that is not there.
I am worried about ______ because I see something that is not there.

Today's idea is useful for application to anything that you allow to upset you (hijack your thoughts/reality), and can profitably be used throughout the day for that purpose.

The three or four practice periods which are required should be preceded by a minute or so of mind searching, as before, and the application of the idea to each upsetting thought uncovered in the search.  I am upset because I see something that is not there.

If you find yourself resisting when applying to some upsetting thoughts more than to others, remind yourself of the two cautions stated in the previous lesson:

There are no small upsets. They are all equally disturbing to my peace of mind. 


I cannot keep this form of upset and let the others go. For the purposes of these exercises, then, I will regard them all as the same.

Have an incredible day <3 with love, happiness & much laughter, lori-lynnxxx)

Friday, 22 May 2015

Messages & Miracles~ ACIM~ Lesson 5

LoriLynn Koke, Spiritwithinus
A Course in Miracles, Lesson 5   'I am never upset for the reason I think.' 

This is one of my favorites and such an amazing growth & awareness! I have learned this (and teach it) many times... I guess we learn something until we completely understand its concept. This exercise, for me, brought my awareness back to life♡ This exercise is simple, just the words, themselves, help. I then teach finding the root. The difference with this Lesson (and the lessons before), we are also minimalizing, no 'big or small.'

'I am never upset for the reason I think. (inhale & continue on) There are no small upsets. They are all equally disturbing to my peace of mind.

This idea, like the preceding one, can be used with any person, situation or event you think is causing you pain. Apply it specifically to whatever you believe is the cause of your upset, using the description of the feeling in whatever term seems accurate to you. The upset may seem to be fear, worry, depression, anxiety, anger, hatred, jealousy or any number of forms, all of which will be perceived as different. This is not true. Until we learn that form does not matter, each form becomes a proper subject for the exercises for the day. Applying the same idea to each of them separately is the first step in ultimately recognizing they are all the same.

LoriLynn Koke. spiritwithinus
I am not angry at ______ for the reason I think.
I am not afraid of ______ for the reason I think.

Then examine your mind for whatever is distressing you, regardless of how much or how little you think it is doing so. You may also find yourself less willing to apply today's idea to some perceived sources of upset than to others (pick & choose what we think we should be getting rid of, as we have implied importance or significance). If this occurs, think first of this: 

'I cannot keep this form of upset and let the others go. For the purposes of these exercises, then,
I will regard them all as the same.'

Then search your mind for no more than a minute or so, and try to identify a number of different forms of upset that are disturbing you, regardless of the relative importance you may give them. Apply the idea for today to each of them, using the name of both the source of the upset as you perceive it, and of the feeling as you experience it. Further examples are: 

I am not worried about ______ for the reason I think.
I am not depressed about ______ for the reason I think.

Three or four times during the day is enough. Inhale, Breathe & Let it Go♡

Wishing you a Miraculous Journey♡

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Messages & Miracles~ACIM~ Lesson 4

spiritwithinus; lorilynnkoke
Detachment is Beautiful♡Freedom♡ like getting your wings as you grow into a  glorious Butterfly♡
Self Talk~ releasing the doubt, anger, detrimental, negative~to choose~ Only Love

 A Course in Miracles~Lesson Four~ 'These thoughts do not mean anything.'

It's time to take my power back. That's what it feels like....and to put it into the right hands♡

These thoughts do not mean anything. They are like the things I see in this room [on this street, from this window, in this place].

Unlike the preceding ones, these exercises do not begin with the idea for the day. We begin with noting the thoughts that are crossing your mind for about a minute. We then apply the idea to them. If you are already aware of unhappy thoughts, use them as subjects for the idea.

With this awareness, do not, however, select only the thoughts you think as 'bad.' You will find if you train yourself to look at your thoughts, that they represent a mixture of 'good' and bad' that in a sense, none of them can be called 'good' or 'bad. This is why they do not mean anything.

In selecting the subjects for the application of today's idea, the usual specificity is required. Do not be afraid to use the good thoughts as well as bad.  None of them represents your real thoughts, which are being covered up by them. The 'good' ones are but shadows of what lies beyond, and its the shadows make sight difficult. The 'bad' ones are blocks to sight, and make seeing impossible. You do not want either.

Today's lesson is a major exercise and will be repeated from time to time in somewhat different form. The aim here is to train you in the first steps toward the goal of separating the meaningless from the meaningful. It is a first attempt in the long-range purpose of learning to see the meaningless as outside of self, and the meaningful within. It is also the beginning of training your mind to recognize what is the same and what is different.

In using your thoughts for application of the idea for today, identify each thought by the central figure or event it contains; for example:

This thought about _______ does not mean anything.  It is like the things I see in this room [on this street, and so on].

You can also use the idea for a particular thought that you recognize as harmful. This practice is useful, but is not a substitute for the more random procedures to be followed for the exercises. Do not, however, examine your mind for more than a minute or so. You are too inexperienced as yet to avoid a tendency to become pointlessly preoccupied.

Further, since these exercises are the first of their kind, you may find the suspension of judgment in connection with thoughts particularly difficult.

Do not repeat these exercises more than three or four times during the day.

You are Beautiful ♡Wishing you the BEST journey today! xxx))

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Messages & Miracles~ACIM~Lesson Three

I literally breathe in deeply as I follow the lessons once again. 
A Wonderful Remembrance.

Lesson three; 'I do not understand anything I see.'

Following lesson #2, this is such a great awareness. Attachment has such value in this society. Perspective becomes our Reality. But see if from a new perspective, an openness, WoW, your world opens up! My niece is teaching in Africa and is blessed to experience this gift every day.

The question just came to me ♡if  I have nothing, then what will I be?'  The answer is simple, Love.

'I do not understand anything I see.' I do not understand anything I see in this room [on this street, from this window, in this place].

Apply this idea in the same way as the previous ones, without making distinctions of any kind. Whatever you see becomes a proper subject for applying the idea.

Be sure that you do not question the suitability of anything for application of the idea. These are not exercises in judgment. Anything is suitable if you see it. Some of the things you see may have emotionally charged meaning for you. Try to lay such feelings aside, and merely use these things exactly as you would anything else.

The point of the exercises is to help you clear your mind of all past associations, to see things exactly as they appear to you now, and to realize how little you really understand about them.

It is therefore essential that you keep a perfectly open mind, unhampered by judgment, in selecting the things to which the idea for the day is to be applied. For this purpose one thing is like another; equally suitable and therefore equally useful.

Oh beautiful day♡have an amazing experience... see you tomorrow ♡♡LOVE♡♡

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

A Course in Miracles~ Lesson Two

SpiritWithinUs, LoriLynn Koke
A Course in Miralces
Smile & Release~ 'I have given everything I see all the meaning it has for me.'

Yesterday was such an amazing awareness in judgment and association I found this acceptance to be incredible! A huge awakening. Today is an extension of Lesson OneA Realization♡ 

I have given everything I see all the meaning it has for me.

Begin with the things/objects that are near you, and then apply the words to whatever your glance rests upon. Continue to widen the range outward. Turn your head to include whatever is to either side, and if possible, apply the idea to what is behind you. 

SpiritWithinUs, LoriLynn KokeThe key, once again, is to be as indiscriminate as possible in selecting subjects for its application; do not spend time or concentrate on anything in particular. Merely glance easily and fairly quickly around, trying to avoid selection by size, brightness, colour, material, or relative importance to you. Take the subjects simply as you see them.

Try to apply the exercise with equal ease; to a body as to a button, a fly as to a floor, an arm as to an apple. The sole criterion for applying the idea to anything is merely that your eyes have lighted on it. 

Breathe in, Release, Smile & have an Incredible Day♡Namaste

Monday, 18 May 2015

A Course in Miracles~Lesson 1

Breathe In♡and Exhale♡So here I am, day one of my teaching! This is a very important leg of my journey♡ Namaste~ thank you for sharing in this journey with me♡

Lesson 1 - 'Nothing I see means anything.'

As you look slowly around the room, apply this thought, very specifically, to whatever you see. Begin with what is around you and expand this thought to broaden your awareness; around the house, in your vehicle, and then on the street.

This exercise should be done twice daily, morning & evening, for a minute or two, no longer.

'Nothing I see means anything.'

This table does not mean anything.
This chair does not mean anything.
This hand does not mean anything.
This pen does not mean anything.
That door does not mean anything.
That body does not mean anything.
That lamp does not mean anything.
That sign does not mean anything.
That shadow does not mean anything.

These statements are not arranged in any order or importance; it makes no allowance for differences in the kinds of things to which they are applied. That is the purpose of the exercise. The statement is merely applied to anything you see; use it totally indiscriminately. It's placing a new awareness in your thought process, releasing pre-attachments.

The idea of this exercise is not to become ritualistic.  Be sure that nothing you see is specifically excluded. One thing is like another as far as the application of the idea is concerned.

Have a wonderful day♡Happy Awareness♡

Messages & Miracles♡Lori

Thursday, 14 May 2015

A Course in Miracles~An Introduction

On Monday, May 18th, I begin this new journey, as a teacher & as a student of A Course in Miracles.

A Course in Miracles teaches us that 'the role of teaching and learning is reversed in the thinking of the world.'

When I read this, it made sense and is in line with my beliefs. It also follows the rules of the best teachers. It goes on to say, that 'the reversal is characteristic. It seems as if the teacher and the learner are separated, the teacher giving something to the learner rather than to himself. Further, the act of teaching is regarded as a special activity, in which one engages only a relatively small proportion of one's time. The course, on the other hand, emphasizes that to teach <is> to learn, so that teacher and learner are the same. It also emphasizes that teaching is a constant process; it goes on every moment of the day, and continues into sleeping thoughts as well.'

'To teach is to demonstrate. From your demonstration others learn, and so do you. You cannot give to someone else, but only to yourself, and this you learn through teaching. Teaching is but a call to witnesses to attest to what you believe. It is a method of conversion. This is not done by words alone. Any situation must be to you a chance to teach others what you are, and what they are to you. No more than that, but also never less.'  'The curriculum is set up determined exclusively by what you think you are, and what you believe the relationship of others is to you.'

And so my Journey begins. When the student is ready to learn, the opportunities to teach will be provided for him. And so it is.

The course opens up with a renewed clarity and understanding. It begins simply and moves forward as we grow in awareness. When we are met with only this present moment, that began with forgiveness, a whole new sense of calm reawakens within us. 

The characteristics of the Student are simple; to only be open to the experience; to know that from within this journey comes change. Miracles come to us daily, yet in our busy lives, we often cannot see this.  The course begins also by making aware to us our attachments.

We have learned also to see miracles as BIG and small, which we often come to believe and accept the small miracles as 'luck' and the BIG ones as difficult to manifest, by means, often, that we are unworthy of or need make extreme sacrifice. The only sacrifice is forgiveness of all and a change in perception. All miracles come from releasing our hold on our unworthiness, and which is attached to our past, and a belief that we are not whole. Miracles are brought forth when we bring forth acceptance.

You are whole. You are worthy.

The characteristics of a Teacher, I will embrace as I enter into this journey:

Trust, this is the foundation on which the teachers ability to fulfill their function rests. It is through this power that the teachers of God look on a forgiven world.
Honesty, all other traits of God's teachers rest on trust.
Tolerance, God's teachers do not judge.
Gentleness, Harm is the outcome of judgment.
Joy, is the inevitable result of gentleness. Gentleness means that fear is now impossible.
Defenselessness, God's teachers have learned how to be simple.
Generosity,  it means giving away in order to keep.
Patience, is natural to the teacher of God.
Faithfulness, is the teacher of God's trust in the Word of God to set all things right; not some, but all.
Open-mindedness, comes with lack of judgment.

The exercises are simple. They do not require a great deal of time. Only an awareness and connection as you do them. They do not need an preparation or skill level.  The purpose is to re-train you mind to think as it was intended, and to enter into a place of love.

The only general rules to be observed throughout, then, are: 

First, that the exercises be practiced with great specificity, as will be indicated. This will help you to generalize the ideas involved to every situation in which you find yourself.

Second, be sure that you do not decide for yourself that there are some people, situations or things to which the ideas are inapplicable. The very nature of true perception is that it has no limits. It is the opposite of the way you see now.

The overall aim of the exercises is to increase your ability to extend the ideas you will be practicing to include everything. This will require no effort on your part. The exercises themselves meet the conditions necessary for this kind of transfer.

Some of the ideas the workbook presents you will find hard to believe, and others may seem to be quite startling. This does not matter. You are merely asked to apply the ideas as you are directed to do. You are not asked to judge them at all. You are asked only to use them. It is their use that will give them meaning to you, and will show you that they are true.

Remember only this; you need not believe the ideas, you need not accept them, and you need not even welcome them. Some of them you may actively resist. None of this will matter, or decrease their efficacy. But do not allow yourself to make exceptions in applying the ideas the workbook contains, and whatever your reactions to the ideas may be, use them. Nothing more than that is required.

So, we enter into this journey, this experience, together, bringing us to a place of love and peace within. Namaste 

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A Course in Miracles♡Messages & Miracles

After a particularly tough day last week, I Googled Miracles and was taken on a journey into discovery. I was only trying to understand better, but rather, I had my awarenesses reopened and my senses hightened♡

I chanced upon 'A Course in Miracles' on audio. I tuned my truck radio onto the station and began listening with an open & clear mind. This instantly surprised me as I connected with the words. I felt no fear while taking in what was being offered. I felt no offense or confusion. I only felt love and a sense of peace.

I am a deeply Spiritual person who base is Catholicism. I have learned for myself and teach my understandings, based on my perceptions. I have discovered along my journey that there is a vast difference between Spiritual and New-Age. There is no right or wrong, no better way, except that which is within the heart and soul. My religion has taught me about God, the life of Jesus, Mary, and forgiveness, while offering a freedom from sin. I have learned that the place to begin is with forgiveness. Forgiveness is whole and complete. Forgiveness of self is the key that unlocks the door and the chains that bind the soul to our past. It is the catalyst for the acceptance and the forgiveness of others. 

New Age offers tools and insight along our journey. I teach some of these New-Age tools, as they are a powerful aid. Spiritualism means focusing on the Spirit within; connecting with and finding the answers inside ourselves, with a deep commitment to love. To find the peace within the loving hands of God. To see and to understand that there is only love.

Only love. This is what resonated with me while I listened to the teachings in A Course in Miracles. It is love based and not fear driven.

And so my journey begins. Beginning Monday, May 18th, I will be posting daily my teachings from the Students Handbook, the Workshop, a Course in Miracles, while following the Teachers Guidebook. 

Why teach? First and foremost, this is who I am. To breath this in, and to acknowledge this, and to share the journey. The course states that no one is better or less than another, teacher and student, friend and foe, we are all equal. So I accept this.

I am excited to begin this new journey, of awareness and love, with an open heart and mind. I invite anyone who wishes to embark on this journey with me, to do so. It is a year long discovery. Each day a new lesson, only one lesson.  The best place to begin is within. The best time to start is now. 

If you are waiting and waiting for someone else to change, it's the equation that is misled. For it is within YOU that need begin the act of change to facilitate change in another.

Courage, the Wisdom to go within, deep within, past the fear, anger, hurt, or frustration, and choose to change. These emotions are learned, of which we attach our meaning, and often a false sense of pride or stubbornness. A lesson learned, breathed into our core, is a step forward, towards the light within.The time has come, the moment has come, to shine your light!

The moment that we change our perception, our inner awareness, is the moment that our life changes. We re-write that which has been learned and accepted as our truth. 

The truth. We are all children of God. We are whole. We are each born into a vast, healing, and amazing Universe, whole & loving. We were born with all the gifts in which we need to not only survive, but to thrive in this world. It's both time to connect with and shine our light out into the world. To accept that miracles happen to us daily. That life itself is a miracle. There are no greater or lesser miracles, only an allowance of their beauty to shine through us.  

So, if you like, or feel led to join my on my journey, I welcome it! I welcome the adventure and the love. Know that we will all have a different experience, especially from the beginning. You may wish to 'follow' this page or to follow my google+ so that you do not miss a day of this experience into a world of love and miracles! 

I have posted a separate page outlining the 'Principles of Miracles.' Know that you do not have to understand completely or even accept what is being taught, especially at first, you merely need be open, to just allow.   

Let the Journey begin!