Saturday, 4 July 2015

Messages & Miracles, ACIM, Lesson 48

Spirit Withinus, ACIM, Lori-Lynn Koke, Miracles
Every once in awhile, a wave of fear overcomes me. What is so typical for many to do when this happens, is to jump on the back of that horse and take it for a ride, often fast and furious, just going where the horse leads.  One of the major lessons that I have learned is to pull the reigns in on my horse to halt him right in our tracks. To refocus, with a greater awareness; and to go inward, to listen with a complete state of mindfulness. And with this, I pull my boots back on, put a new saddle on the back of the horse, jump back on, grab the reins, point in the direction that offers the greatest opportunities, and trot off towards the shining sun. Temperance. A Balancing of not only emotions, but every aspect of our lives; to always find the best route from a space of calm and wisdom.

If we were to truly ask what may be holding us back, the core answer, I believe would most often be fear. More interesting than this, is that if you ask many what it is that you fear most, I would go out on a limb and say that the majority of the people would (A), not know, and (B) that the fear is justified and that there was nothing that they could do in regards to it. Either way, the fear would not be substantiated. And yet we continually feed it.

It has been said that our present recollection of an experience is an actual memory of the experience, that we are recalling the memory of the last time you remembered it... and ... that our memory of an event can grow less precise even to the point of being totally distorted.  Our brains are constantly betraying us, transforming our memories every time we think about them.

For a moment, try and look at a past experience, particularly a traumatic one. Then look at it again, several times, with different eyes, as many different perspectives as you can think. Look at it through the eyes of love and then finally, through the eyes of the victor. This is the where leaders and winners jump ahead, they will always see themselves as the winner and the victor. 

So a new question arises, what is it that we are fearing? It's time to introduce a brand new concept. There is nothing to fear at all; your ride awaits, to take you on yet another incredible journey.

A Course in Miracles~ Lesson 48~ There is nothing to fear.

The idea for today simply states a fact. Illusions are not facts; in truth there is nothing to fear. It has always been very easy for many to say and recognize this statement, but very difficult to move past it; to see that it merely us holding ourselves back for no reason. It keeps us locked in the illusion, believing it and expanding upon it until we recognize it to be true. The truth is that there is nothing to fear. 

Today's practice periods will be very short, very simple and very frequent. Merely repeat the idea as often as possible. You can use it with your eyes open at any time and in any situation. It is strongly recommended, however, that you take a minute or so whenever possible to close your eyes and repeat
the idea slowly to yourself several times. It is particularly important that you use the idea immediately, should anything disturb your peace of mind.

The presence of fear is a sure sign that you are trusting in your memories of experiences. The awareness that there is nothing to fear shows that somewhere in your mind, though not necessarily in a place you recognize as yet, you have remembered God, to align with His presence within. To allow His strength take the place of your illusions. The instant you are willing to do this there is indeed nothing to fear.

Go get em Tiger! Love to all, Lori-LYnn

Friday, 3 July 2015

Messages & Miracles~ ACIM~ Lesson 47

ACIM, loriLynn Koke, Spiritwithinus
The greatest strength comes from within ♡ 
True strength is knowing that only Love is Real♡ 
A couple of phrases that come to mind today. There are days where pulling up our socks seems difficult, when we have seemedly tried everything, nothing is working in our favour, times when we just want to let go, take a break or give up, even if just for a moment. We all have these moments; moments that often we refer to as moments of weakness.

If we only knew that we could do this and that our strength lie within us rather than in the external, and that this strength is available to us at any time, would that not be incredible.  What if someone were to tell you that this strength is within each us and has been all along. This strength is rooted in love and committed to our highest good.

It is so. You are loved. You are supported. You are worthy. Each and Everyone of Us. All we need to do is to ASK. Find a place of peace, a place of love, and ask to be guided, to be shown the way; ask for strength to carry you through, and for your burdens to be lifted. And then get on with your day, knowing; with Faith. God is the strength in which I trust.

The greatest strength comes from within because this strength is the wisdom and the awareness that God is within us all. The gift is knowing that in calling to God, that in asking, is not a matter weakness, for God's strength is based on his love for us.

A Course in Miracles ~ Lesson 47 ~ God is the strength in which I trust.

For many, trusting in our own strength often leaves us apprehensive, anxious and fearful; like a crap-shoot. Trusting in our own strength brings so many variables. What is under your control? What is there in you that can be counted on? What would give you the ability to be aware of all the facets of any problem, and to resolve them in such a way that only good can come of it? What is there in you that gives you the recognition of the right solution, and the guarantee that it will be accomplished?

So what is the secret? Where is the power & strength?  God is the strength in which I trust.

God is your safety in every circumstance. His Voice speaks to you in all situations and in every aspect of all experiences, telling you exactly what to do to call upon His strength and His protection. We were all given free-will to experience life, to learn & to discover. God truly wants this for us. But he also wants us to know that we can turn to him in times of need and darkness, to find the light.

Today we will reach past our weakness to the Source of real strength. Four five-minute practice periods are necessary today, as well as shorter, frequent ones throughout the day. Close your eyes and begin, as usual, by repeating the idea for the day:

God is the strength in which I trust.

Then spend a minute or two in searching for situations in your life which you have invested with fear, dismissing each one by telling yourself once again; God is the strength in which I trust.

Next, slip past all concerns related to your own sense of inadequacy, past the fear and the ego; trusting in the knowledge that it is the love within that you will gain confidence. The strength of God in you is successful in all manners. You must gain an awareness that confidence in your real strength, the strength of God, is fully justified in every respect and in all circumstances.

There is a place in you where there is perfect peace. There is a place in you where nothing is impossible. There is a place in you where the strength of God abides. This is that place. Within You. Within us all.

At this time, reach down in your mind and into your heart to that place of real safety. This safety is based on love of self. You will recognize that you have reached this place when feel a sense of deep peace. This may be only momentarily for the first try, but will gain greater momentum with each try as you move forward.
During the day, repeat the idea often.  Remember that peace is your right, because you are giving your trust to the strength of God. 

In love & peace, lori-lynn

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Messages & Miracles~ACIM~ Lesson 46

ACIM; LoriLynnKoke; spiritwithinus; miracles
Holding back Forgiveness often keeps us locked in the cycle of bitterness, hared, self-blame and/or shame.  It steals from us our freedom. Today we reach a place that unlocks an awareness that begs us to begin the process. We recognize the harm, damage and destruction that has been left in the wake of its path. This is a movement that opens our eyes fully to the understanding that Forgiveness begins within and with self. The choice is yours, to stay where we are; in the hurt, anger, fear, resentment, blame, shame or guilt, or open yourself up to the Joy, Love, and Peace that Forgiveness brings.

Forgiveness♡ truly lightens our spirit and gives us wings to fly.  Forgiveness should be practiced daily; as an awareness and understanding that to be released fully, it must be whole and complete. Its rewards are miraculous, I have seen the beauty within it. True forgiveness lay deep within our hearts, and offers, both of self and another, understanding, empathy and compassion.  It does not mean that we deny the other person's responsibility for hurting us, nor does it minimize or justify the wrong; but it does allow us to move forward, placing the judgment into the hands of God. Their actions are between them and God. Yours are between you and God.
Radical Forgiveness is about YOU.  Its purpose is to assist in releasing the chains that bind you to another; another person, circumstance or experience, and allows you to move forward into a greater peace and love.  It is based on your inner knowing that Forgiveness needs to be whole and complete to heal and move forward.

Radical Forgiveness does not require us to understand how something happened, why somebody hurt you, or to understand the circumstances fully; and it doesn’t ask you to perceive the details, it only asks you to be open to letting go, letting of the shame, the blame, guilt, resentment, fear and anger that you carry around with you.  What is required is the willingness to learn, to accept, to grow and move forward; to be open to the idea that there is growth in releasing, growth in healing. There is growth in moving forward.

A Course in Miracles ~ Lesson 46~ God is the Love in which I forgive

God is the Love in which I forgive.

Feel this. Feel the strength in which it carries. Forgiveness is the one great need of this world that can bring about an even greater change. It is made easier by the process of recognizing that the world is filled with illusions. Those who offer true forgiveness are releasing themselves from these illusions, while those who withhold forgiveness are binding themselves to another or an experience.

Fear condemns and love forgives. Forgiveness thus undoes what fear has produced, returning the mind to the awareness of God. As we learn to move towards the true meaning of forgiveness, we open ourselves up to the means by which illusions disappear. Allow yourself the time to understand that it is indeed a process that takes time to fully understand and accept in its fullest state of awareness. Do not beat yourself up if you are unable to forgive in the beginning. Begin with the small stuff; at a daily level, building up to a greater understanding.

Today we begin the process with these exercises; three five-minute practice periods are required. Shorter practice period are also recommended that can be done throughout the day.

Begin by repeating today's idea to yourself.  Close your eyes and as you do so, reflect for a minute or two searching your mind for those whom you have not forgiven. Know that if you have not forgiven someone completely, then you have not forgiven them at all. Begin one by one, and slowly. Being gentle and kind with yourself, bring forth the name of someone that you have not forgiven and say:

God is the Love in which I forgive you, [name]God is the Love that blesses me. God is the Love in which forgiveness heals. 

The 2nd aspect of the technique supports the understanding that it is necessary to forgive ourselves. With this in mind, after you have applied the idea to all who have come to mind, is time to grant yourself the same allowance. Look inward and repeat: 

God is the Love in which I forgive myself. God is the Love that blesses me. God is the Love in which I love myself.  God is the Love in which forgiveness heals. 

Throughout the day, any circumstances that arise or times when you become aware of any kind of negative reaction to anyone, take a deep breath inward and repeat:

God is the Love in which I forgive you, [name or self]. God is the Love in which I love myself.

This exercise offers the wisdom that only God can truly forgive.  If the process is slow, that is okay; just know what is important is that the process has begun. Have a kind and gentle day♡ LoriLynn

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Messages & Miracles~ACIM~ Lesson 45

ACIM; Spiritwithinus; LoriLynnKoke; Miracle
I have been thinking this way for as long as I can remember, often frustrating, as I knew (and often made aware) that I thought differently from many. The Pollyanna Philosophy of Life centres around 'The Glad Game,' an optimistic attitude in which the young girl learned from her father. The game consists of finding something to be glad about in every situation.  It was I, as I was told time and time again, that  was not seeing the reality; that my rose coloured glasses were preventing me from the truth. 

When we seek out the bad in others, in a situation or experience, expecting to find it, we surely will. This seems to be a lesson that has increasingly become more of a socially fashionable lifestyle rather than an awareness. The truth is; I know that the bad and negative exists, for me, it is just not a focal point that I want or choose to dwell upon or expand on.

Again, today, I would say that much of this is a reflection of our pull away from God. I cannot see in any way, how it could bring us closer to. Too often, we forget to seek the balance. If everything is in accordance with our Free Will, than there is a major importance to what we have created, so the 'glad' must exist within it. Again, today, an Ahhhhhh moment.

To seek out the good, to find the good, brings me joy. When I seek the good, it allows me to see that there is a solution, because there is a place to go or a lesson to be learned. Perhaps we are to see and be made more aware of the many that are hurting, suffering, angry, calling out for help; because we continue to not see it as we are too often seeking out only the bad, expecting to find it; not the lesson or the growth. Those that we have perhaps given up on, those that are too far gone, those who have lost their way. To fully open our eyes to see the existence. To then seek the change.

So rather the existence of this in our lives is not to be pulled in the drama, but rather to bring awareness where we ourselves have become lost.  If we see in these terms, with this awareness, it begins to makes sense to me. This has been created by us and the media has done us a favour by placing it upstage and centre for the whole world to take notice. The time has come to do this.To become accountable to what has been created. To break the chain and recreate the link with God; to see our truth and feel once again with our hearts. It's not that which God allows to happen or has done to us, it is that which we have forgotten.

By not stopping, we allow. Then we blame God for allowing.   

It's time to remember. Remember who we truly are and what our role is. We need to remember that God is the light within us ALL, not merely a select chosen few. God has not let us down, as so many believe and pushes us further away; we have let ourselves down and don't want to be accountable. The only true 'evil' that exists is the darkness that is felt when we have closed ourselves off from the light within. The light of God.

Judgment. Much of what we have learned to focus on is judgment; beginning with judgment of self. It sometimes seems that much of what would make us joyful and filled with life, many teachings have placed in the realm of sin. If you think about how wrong this is, it is actually hilarious. Life is to experience joy and happiness, free of fear, ego, and judgment. We were created with the Freedom of Will. The awareness is to shift the accountability to our own Free Will, one that is connected to the Love and Will of God.

We are accountable. For every aspect of our lives; our choices, our decisions, our thoughts, feelings, and expressions. Allowing the door to be opened to sanction forth the light of God into our hearts, minds, and soul; to shine brightly from within. God IS the mind with which I think. To know this without bringing forth judgment or ego, only love.

A Course in Miracles ~ Lesson 45~ God is a part within my Mind with which I think.

Today's idea holds the key to discovering your truth. Perception has become so real that we have forgotten that truth even exists. Nothing that you think you see, bears any resemblance to what true vision will show you.

To once again think with your mind and the Mind of God as one. Therefore you share your thoughts with Him, as He shares His with you. They are the same thoughts, because they are thought by the same Mind. To share is to make alike, or to make one. They are in your mind, where He is also.

As you are part of His Mind, so are your thoughts part of His Mind.

Today we will attempt to reach your real thoughts. Fortunately, they must still be there, as they cannot have left their source. They are just forgotten. 

Remembering. We will use the same general form as was used in applying yesterday's idea, with three five-minute practice periods. We will attempt to leave the unreal and seek for the real. We will deny the world in favor of truth. We will not let the thoughts of the world hold us back. We will not let the beliefs of the world tell us that what God would have us do is impossible.

Rather, we will try to recognize that only what God would have us do is possible. We will also try to understand that only what God would have us do is what we want to do, with the mindfulness that we cannot fail in doing what He would have us do. There is every reason to feel confident that we will succeed today. It is the Will of God.

Begin the exercises for today by repeating the idea to yourself, closing your eyes as you do so. Then spend a fairly short period in thinking a few relevant thoughts of your own, keeping the idea in mind. After you have added some four or five thoughts of your own to the idea, repeat it again and tell yourself gently:

My real thoughts are in my mind. I would like to find them.

Then seek to go past all the unreal thoughts that cover the truth in your mind; to reach the real truth.  Open your mind and your heart to shed light on the truth. Under all the senseless thoughts and crazy ideas with which we have kept cluttered in our minds are the thoughts that we, until this moment, thought were consistent with our God Thoughts. They are there in your mind now, completely unchanged. They will always be in your mind, exactly as they always were. But the gate was closed.  It's time to open the gate.

This is the Foundation for today's lesson. Here, with your mind joined with the Mind of God. Here, with your thoughts one with His. This is the place you are trying to reach, opening within. You may recognize at this time how 'high' you are trying to go; to the height of pure truth and light. 

When practicing throughout the day, try to remember how important it is to you to understand the holiness of your mind and the connection of this with God's mind. Take a minute or two, as you repeat the idea throughout the day, to appreciate your mind's holiness. Stand aside, however briefly, from all thoughts of judgment and ego. End the thoughts with gratitude; thanking God for the thoughts He is thinking with you and the place of truth that this brings you to.

With this awareness brings a new, greater reality; a bolder truth. Happiness and love today♡ Lori-Lynn 

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Messages & Miracles~ ACIM~ Lesson 44

ACIM, A Course In Miracles, LoriLynnKoke, Miracles; Spiritwithinus, Dear God
I read the message for today and I smile♡ I close my eyes♡and I read the message in my mind once again♡ and I smile again-♡
We talk so much about exercise; reinforcing how important exercise is our life to keep us healthy. And it is true. We talk much about nutrition; reinforcing how important good nutrition is to stay healthy. We talk less about education and learning, not truly recognizing the importance of continual education is for our mind. Perhaps we forget that we are meant to always learn and discover, for there is so much out there to learn. Most importantly, I believe, is that we talk rarely about Spirituality, and the  importance it is to our mind, our bodies and our souls.

I find that the best way to begin each day is by taking several deep breaths and going inward, signifying the importance of each breath; taking us back to the place of calm, a place of love, reaching our life force. At this time to also remember what is important and to give thanks. Breath in the good, the plenty, the love; exhale all that is not important, thoughts that do not reflect our authenticity. I, personally, then, focus within to the message of importance for today, always from a place of love.

There are major differences between Religions and Spirituality. I myself have become disheartened with many religious practices. Religions has, for me, become a place of dis-ease. Among other things, Religion is often depicted by the repeating of words. I say 'words' because I truly feel that this is what they have become to many; just words. The words begin to be repeated similar to a young child who has just learned the alphabet. They repeat it over and over without any idea of what they are repeating.

We should be saying these words with a feeling of commitment, acknowledging and reaffirming our faith and love. In my classes I teach that when we say affirmations, it is important to believe them to be true. This may be a slow process, not always true in the beginning, but as we move forward, to find that place that we do begin to believe, and then that belief grows stronger as we discover, learn, and grow in awareness. Often also, the affirmation changes. It changes as we gain insight. Finding what works for each one of us, on an individual basis, is personal; a personal reflection of who we are and what we need.

I know that I have felt this way for many many years and this was one of the reasons that I stopped partaking in many of the religious rituals. I believe in the importance and the significance what we are saying in each word and with every breath. These prayers, as intended, are our formal request for help, or an expression of thanks addressed to God, in a dignified manner. Perhaps, this is what we need to remember.

One of the strongest prayers that we should be doing daily, is one of gratitude. To then ask for the strength and the courage to rediscover and remember who we are, at our core; a Child of God, with God as the light that shines brightly within us all.

When I meditate, I envision the hands of God pouring down upon me, the light flowing through his hands cascading all around and through me; this is the light that flows with love. And on this day, I awaken to today's lesson, number 44, and I smile

A Course in Miracles ~ Lesson 44 ~ God is the light in which I see.

Today we are adding a new dimension onto yesterdays thought. Light reflects life, and is therefore an aspect of creation. Light and life must go together, as different aspects of creation. In order to see, you must recognize that light is within, not without. You do not see outside yourself, making it essential to ignite the light that makes seeing possible. This light is with you always, making vision possible, in every circumstance. This is the importance of remembering and reaffirming each morning. 

Today the lesson shows us how to reach that light. We will use a form of exercise which has been suggested before, and which we will utilize increasingly as we move forward.  This exercise  represents a major goal of mind training. Be patient gentle with yourself, not forcing anything. It's from a place of calm that we most learn.  This training will become accomplished, only through practice and patience if you are to see.

Three practice periods are best for today, each lasting about five minutes (or longer if possible), but only as you feel the time passing along with little or no sense of strain. The form of practice will become natural and easy with training. All exercises have served to assist in training your mind; it is already no longer wholly untrained. You are ready, but even so, you may find that you may encounter resistance. This is because what we are learning to leave behind everything that you may now believe, recognizing that all these thoughts you essential have made up. 

If you can stand aside from the ego by ever so little, you will have no difficulty in recognizing that its opposition and its fears are meaningless. God is the light in which you see and with each lesson, we are building a path to seeing this light and allowing this light to shine from within us.

Begin the practice period by repeating today's idea with your eyes open. Then close them slowly, repeating the idea several times more, and as you do so, sink back into your mind, letting go of every thought or interference, moving past them. Allow your mind to take its natural course. Try to observe your passing thoughts without involvement, and slip quietly by them.

What is necessary in this exercise is a sense of the importance in what you are doing (but, as mentioned previously, this will come with time and patience).  If resistance arises in any form, pause long enough to repeat today's idea, keeping your eyes closed, focusing within on the light.

As you practice this exercise, you will begin (some may at the start) to experience a sense of relaxation. As you move forward, we will begin to feel that you are approaching, and then entering into light. Try to think of light, formless and without limit, as you pass by your thoughts.  Throughout the day repeat the idea often, with eyes open or closed as seems better to you at the time.

Have a Blessed and Bright Day, filled with the light of love within you♡ Lori-Lynn

Monday, 29 June 2015

Messages & Miracles~ACIM~ Lesson 43

ACIM; Spiritwithinus; lorilynn Koke; Miracles
Oh Incredible Day♡HavePatienceWillTravel♡sight unseen; this is the message.

To know that even when we cannot 'see' or 'feel' the growth, the development or the change, does not mean that it has failed us, or that it does not exist. There is always movement.  This is much like our faith in miracles and for some, the existence of God himself.

Faith is knowing that He lives within our hearts and in the hearts of all and that he is working continually behind the scenes on behalf of our prayers of hope, our dreams of plenty, our visions of the future; the path in which we most need to travel. 

This, consistent with the messages in this phase of 10, is a vital link between the separation and the existence of miracles, that requires an awakening from its sleep. The land may appear barren, dry, or soggy; so we fear, we worry, we become frustrated, angry or scared;'s only in not planting the seed that it will never grow. Plant the seed, nurture it, allow it to experience all that is required; knowing. Knowing that it will sprout and that it will blossom into a beautiful flower. Watch with anticipation for it to germinate, poke its head from the dirt, always with excitement and knowing that it will bud, it will grow, and it will progress into the triumphant flower that it is meant to be.

Another growth may also exist. That in which a seedling will appear 'magically' from where we had not planted one at all! ~an intention~within our mind~ delivered by our thoughts, with a prayer~

A Course in Miracles~ Lesson 43~ God is my Source. I cannot see apart from Him.

God is my existence. Perception is not an attribute of God. His is the realm of knowledge.  Perception has no meaning.  Healed perception becomes the means by which the Child of God forgives his brother, and thus forgives himself.ACIM; Spiritwithinus; lorilynn Koke; Miracles

With this link in our separation between God and Faith, perception will become changed; its purity will lead to knowledge. This is its function as the Holy Spirit sees it. Therefore, that is its function in truth. Perception has no function in God, and, therefore, does not exist. But, we have been taught and therefore, learned, to make this our reality. This awakening now becomes the means for the restoration and our awareness.

Perception is continually changing as we learn and grown. It is not concrete. This is the allowance that must allow it to be.  

We cannot see apart from God because we cannot be apart from God. Whatever you do, you do in Him, wherever you go, you go with Him, whatever you think, He is with you always, and therefore, you think as a co-creator with His mind. We cannot see apart from God because we cannot be apart from God.

If vision is real, and it is real to the extent to which it shares the Holy Spirit's purpose, then you cannot see apart from God.

Three five-minute practice periods are required today, again; one as early and one as late as possible in the day. The third may be undertaken a time convenient time for you. Today's idea should also be applied throughout the day to various situations and events that occur, particularly to those which seem to distress you in any way.

At the beginning of the first practice period, repeat the idea for today to yourself with your eyes open. Then glance around you for a short time, applying the idea specifically to what you see.  Choose four or five subjects for this phase.  Be sure that you select the subjects for this phase of practice indiscriminately, without self-directed inclusion or exclusion.  You might say, for example:

God is my Source. I cannot see this desk apart from Him.
God is my Source. I cannot see that picture apart from Him.

For the second practice period, close your eyes, repeat today's idea again, and then let whatever relevant thoughts occur to you add to the idea in your own personal way. Thoughts such as:

God is my Source. I cannot see apart from Him... (continued with your own personal idea)...I see through the eyes of forgiveness or I see the world as blessed

Any personal idea related to today's idea is suitable; the key is that they are not be in opposition to it. The form may vary according to the circumstances and situations in which you find yourself during the day.

When you are with another person (equally applicable to strangers also; trying not to make distinctions at all), practice telling him silently:

God is my Source. I cannot see you apart from Him.

Breath to see the Love in All♡ the Holiness in self and others♡

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Messages & Miracles~ ACIM~ Lesson 42


The lessons of recent have reached a place deep within my core and in the forefront of my thoughts.  Its been a wonderful reawakening of the light within to know that God is not only the love and calm at the core of this, but as todays lesson reflects, our strength.

To know this always and to carry it, with a confident sense of awareness, that there is always a vision.  God's vision is his gift to me. To then go to this place of love during those times when we may be unable to see; to hand the reigns, to let God be our vision.  To know that his vision is that of love.

This is where the ultimate power of love lay. Allow his light to shine brightly within your heart and soul. He is with us always, he goes wherever I go♡

Sunday♡ Sunday~ our day of reflection♡

A Course in Miracles~ Lesson 42~ God is my strength. Vision is His gift.

The idea for today combines two very powerful thoughts, both of major importance. It sets forth a cause and effect relationship that explains why you cannot fail in your efforts to achieve the goal of the course. You will see because it is the Will of God.

And it is His gift, rather than your own, that offers vision to you in times of need. Love♡

God is indeed your strength, and what He gives is truly given. This means that you can receive it any time and anywhere, wherever you are, and in whatever circumstance you find yourself.  Such is the strength of God. Such are His gifts.

We will have two three-to-five-minute practice periods today, one in the morning, and another as close as possible to the time you go to sleep.

Sit quietly by yourself, at a time when you feel ready. Begin these practice periods by repeating the idea for today slowly, with your eyes open, looking about you. Then close your eyes and repeat the idea again, even slower than before. After this, try to think of nothing except thoughts that occur to you in relation to the idea for the day.

Any thought that is clearly related to the idea for today is suitable. You may, in fact, be astonished at the amount of course-related understanding some of your thoughts contain. Let them come without censoring.

You may also reach a point where no thoughts at all seem to come to mind. If such interferences occur, open your eyes and repeat the thought once more while looking slowly about; close your eyes, repeat the idea once more, and then continue to look for related thoughts in

There is no limit on the number of short practice periods that would be beneficial today. The idea for the day is a beginning step in bringing thoughts together, and teaching you that you are studying a unified thought system in which nothing is lacking that is needed, and nothing is included that is contradictory or irrelevant.

The more often you repeat the idea during the day, the more often you will be reminding yourself that the goal of the course is important to you, and that you have not forgotten it.

Sunday♡Sunday♡ May God be your Vision & and Your Strength today♡

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Messages & Miracles~ACIM~Lesson 41

Seeking Justice and Love...

Blessed Day♡ as I work through the process.  The messages don't come either easily nor quickly to me today. My thoughts are present and alive; for this is where the creation is. Last evening before bed, I read through the message of today seeking insight, as I was unsure as to what to write about. The lesson today is a beautiful one.  God goes with me wherever I go.

But as I read out the analogy, what I was reading did not make sense to me. The message that I keep hearing is, 'Seek the light wherever you may go.  Seek clarity and truth.  Seek from the heart and through love.'  Perhaps not awe-inspiring, however, but simple. The message is clear and seeks to be embraced.

Today the message, for me, was also more personal. I am not alone. We are not alone. We are not alone now, nor are we ever. God is by our side and in our hearts; he is the spark that lights the soul, no matter how dim the light may seem at times, he is there. And in times of doubt, to go to this place within.

Many choose to think and then perceive, through their own personal experiences or those of greater tragedy or atrocity, that he is alone or alienated. Today's message seeks to make sense of this. It just didn't make sense to me. Until I watched a piece of the news.

'Let us see where we have been blinded.'  U.S. President Obama deliver his heartfelt and impassioned eulogy for the nine slain in South Carolina. It was a speech that sought to heal rather than blame, to love rather than hate, to come together in solidarity, through peace rather than fear, anger, or hate. To teach rather than follow. He reached out and for the first time, his dedicated and compassionate words spoke through the eyes of love in a manner that focused passionately on the lives of those murdered.

When we do not seek the solution, we cannot find the way. Of late, there has only been chaos in the wake of tragedy. President Obama's speech asked for more than this; he asked for not only justice to be served, but for our eyes to be opened.  When we only seek to hate, we will not find the love. We must move from that place and stand outside the norm; outside the fear, the anger, the rage, and the hate. My prayer is for this to be the beginning of a movement forward, beginning with self, then as a community, a nation, and may then this extend beyond.  'Let us see where we have been blinded.'

We were created with free will and to experience. Today's lesson brings us back to the light; trusting. Trusting and indebted that all experience is a necessary part, and our opportunity, to grow in accordance with that free will.  This brings a renewed awareness that these souls gave their lives in the name of healing, and to save the lives of many; to open our eyes to be freed from the hate. To carry this in our hearts as justice is served and as we move forward.

A Course in Miracles~ Lesson 41God goes with me wherever I go

Today's idea will eventually overcome completely the sense of loneliness and abandonment from our separation and our experiences appear to bring us to. Depression is an inevitable consequence of separation. Separation from self, from our experience, and from God. This separation leads to anxiety, worry, a deep sense of helplessness, misery, suffering and intense fear of loss.

Society has invented many cures for what they believe to be the ills of the world. The one thing they do not do is to question the reality of the problem. It has not been cured as we don't look to the creation of the problem.  The idea for today has the power to shed enlightenment on even the most tragic forms it may take.

Deep within us all, everything that is perfect and ready; always to radiate through and out into the world. This light has the capabilities to cure all sorrow and pain, fear and loss; because it heals the mind, the heart and the soul. This is the first step in our awareness of this.

You can never be deprived of your perfect holiness because its Source goes with you wherever you go. You can never suffer because the Source of all joy goes with you wherever you go. You can never be alone because the Source of all life goes with you wherever you go. Nothing can destroy your peace of mind because God goes with you wherever you go.

This may be incredibly difficult to understand or to believe, especially during this time. But yet the families of this recent tragedy do. I have experienced others that have also. To believe and to embrace that the truth is there; hidden deep within, under a heavy cloud of  angry or fearful thoughts, is a miracle in itself. Today is our first real attempt to get past this dark, obscure cloud; to go through it to the light beyond.

Today's practice period begins in the morning. Sit quietly for three to five minutes, with your eyes closed. Begin by repeating today's idea very slowly. Then, make no effort to think of anything. Try, instead, to get a sense of turning inward, past all the idle thoughts of your day, your life, and the news of the world. Try to enter very deeply into your own mind, keeping it clear of any thoughts that might divert your attention.

From time to time, you may repeat the idea if you find it helpful. But most of all, try to sink down and inward, away from the world. The goal is to reach past all these things; to leave appearances and approach reality.

It is quite possible to reach God at this time, even on your first try. It may be very easy, as it is the most natural thing in the world to do.  The way will be opened, if you believe that it is possible. This exercise can bring very startling results even the first time it is attempted. Eventually you will learn, that it is always successful. We learn more about this as we go into more detail in future lesson. Just know, at this time, that instant success is possible.

Then throughout the day use today's idea often, repeating it very slowly, preferably (and when possible) with eyes closed. Think of what you are saying and what the words mean. Concentrate on the holiness that they imply about you and on the complete protection that surrounds you.

Have a Blessed Day♡seeking through the eyes of God & a Miracle♡ LoriLynn

Friday, 26 June 2015

Messages & Miracles~ACIM~ Lesson 40

Spiritwithinus; LoriLynn Koke; Miracles
A Day of Remembering♡ A Day of Reckoning♡ I am filled with excitement as I begin today. A different kind of excitement. An excitement that is whole and calm, uplifting and genuine.

My whole journey brings me around to this. I close my eyes and I relax my thoughts, and I am calm. How does this happen, I am wondering.  As I grew up, my relationship with God pushed further and further away from me. It wasn't until I began the journey of discovery, of who I am, that the answer became clear. Does everyone know this or was I just left out? Was I so blind? Was this the intended path?  How can you find something that you had no idea that was lost. What I do know most is that this was the peace (ha!) of me that has been missing.

The Box.

The box represents that wall around us. It blocks our wholeness. It prevents our hearts from singing. It prevents our ears from hearing. But what I understand now is that the box does not shut us off from the rest of the world, as so often is depicted, it shuts us off from our relationship with God. This is the one relationship that makes us whole. It is the relationship that connects us to our soul and it is one of goodness and joy. And love♡ That's what the teachings are about.

I am thinking that this may not make sense. I am trying to remember as I type. I allow my thoughts to flow through my fingers (as I always do... today the messages are fast and excited). Where did I fall off the path? Was I ever on the path? A new awareness. A-ha...gosh darn it, I think that I just understood. A wave of resurrection has just passed through me.

We teach a false sense of God, a fearful God. Yes, certainly, they do throw in the word Love every now and then, but this word seems to be associated with a sense of fear. Forgiveness is a word that is used most often. I understand now that there is a link between all of this they forget to teach; Love, pure and simple. They forget to teach about our true connection with God, one that is based on Love. This connection is whole, it is forgiving, and it is based on experiencing love. 

I am going to stand up on this one. I have to. To shout this out to the world. We are truly teaching the wrong lessons to our children. True, I am saying this based on my experiences; but I do believe it to be true for the masses. When we look out into the word we can see it.  I attended a Catholic school for a period of time. I went to church on Sundays and took part in Catechism. I went to Bible camp and joined Young Life, a Christian based group. All of these experiences should have brought me closer to and taught me the importance of my relationship with God. But rather they took me further away. 

The missing component from all of these entities was Love. But how can that be. 

Only a couple of experiences stand out for me during my Catholic School days, with my first communion at the top of this list. I can still envision myself kneeling at the altar with my white dress and veil; I thought this to be the most wonderful experience. That moment was one that did bring me closer to God. I was in awe of the experience. I still am. I also remember Miss Williams, my favorite teacher. What stands out in my mind is that she was not a nun, yet she is the one whom I would say most personified love, compassion, and a gentleness. I wanted to be like her.  On the flip side, up close and personal, throughout my experiences, were fear and judgment, sometimes anger. I look back and now wonder, how can we teach about God without portraying love?  

Looking back now at all of my 'religious' opportunities before me as a child, I believed (or rather  assumed), to better understand and nurture my relationship with God.  I remember just wanting to connect; to sing, to pray, and to love. But this was all against a backdrop of judgement, fear, doubt and other complexities. This is the pull. And this is where the lessons have brought me back to. That place where true love exists. True love that allows. Love without fear or judgment. Love that only learns and experiences. Love that is joyful, accepting, and nurturing. I am most grateful to be back at this place. I am grateful to remember. To remember that I am a Blessed Child of God.

A Course in Miracles~Lesson 40~ I am blessed as a Child of God.

Today's lesson takes us back to that place of remembering.  Practice periods are not required today, only an allowance of remembering. Keep remembering throughout the day, bring your thoughts back to this place. I am Blessed as a Child of God

You may wish, at times, to stop, relax, say the words, and allow yourself to feel the message; allow yourself to fully remember.

You may wish, also to add different attributes, that you may associate with being a Child of God, applying them to yourself. such as:

I am blessed as a Child of God. I am happy, peaceful, loving and contented.

I am blessed as a Child of God. I am calm, quiet, assured and confident.

We are learning to experience. First with self; for this is the only place to begin. It's difficult to teach what we do not fully recognize, know, or understand. We are only teaching words then. The word of God should be recognizable and unified; Love. Today brings us back to remembering, to the recognizable. Embrace the message. Embrace the Love♡ Lori-Lynn

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Messages & Miracles, ACIM, Lesson 39

ACIM; Spiritwthinus; A Course In Miracles; LoriLynn Koke; Miracles
For this is where the Light will Lead Us♡ Many years back I had a session with a medium who channeled Dr. Peebles (To Dance with Angels). He said to me, 'it's to understand the perceived Illusion of the Separation.' In this moment, some 20 years later that I can say that I understand the illusion. This course has brought me here. To this place of understanding. For this is where the Light Shall Lead Us♡

Today's lesson is the final lesson as we move forward with some pretty amazing awareness. 

The other day I mentioned that I had found that particular lesson to be personally difficult. We had reached a level that was moving me forward to a place that brought forth many of my fears from my childhood. Somehow I knew that I had to fully understand and embrace those lessons to move forward in my Journey.

I can look back, now, and see that during my late teens all the way into my years as a young adult, I struggled to separate in order to belong. Acceptance. In my courses I teach that we all have a 'root' word, a root cause of our fear. Mine is acceptance. I see that each time I moved closer to God or my Holiness, the more fearful I became.  The message became clear; if I associate with God, then I was expected to act in a certain manner. I was expected to be something that I was not. And I wanted to belong, to be accepted; to have friends. To be loved.

The greatest love is that of God.

How to separate and belong at the same time. How to have fun, cross lines and discover; and still have a relationship with God, became the challenge. I had some pretty crazy experiences throughout those years, many of which I am not proud of.  I struggled with the expectation; how I was supposed to act, think, and feel. For if I was holy, than I was perfect. All the while knowing that I am not.  I knew my mistakes, each and every one of them.

But there is often no allowance for mistakes, especially in the church. Or so I began to think, believe and finally fear. I struggled between acceptance and my relationship with God.

The separation became more difficult as I began to believe that it was only through perfection that I could be holy. That each mistake (sin) that I made took me further and further away from my  relationship with God, until I reached a place where I truly believed that I was so riddled with sin and mistakes that I could not possibly be loved by God, that I was too far gone that I could not be saved, and that I was doomed to not reach Heaven.

I always knew that I could not be perfect and to be honest, despite what others may believe, I was never trying to be. I know that I am not without sin. Let's just put that out there for the world to see. I have made mistakes, a boat-load of them truthfully, and I continue to make them. I have made some  bad choices, really bad ones. I have hurt others, consciously and unconsciously.  But I have also learned to forgive. I learned this long ago. What I understand now is that the person that I needed to forgive most, was myself. I am here not because of all the mistakes I have made, but rather for the lessons that I have learned. I can now fully forgive myself.  I can then move forward, both learning and making mistakes, both that are consistent with my journey and my awareness. As I grow, so too will I make new choices.

What I have learned most in this phase of 10, what God is really telling us is that these mistakes are necessary for our growth and we have to experience them for ourselves. and that it's Okay. To live in a state of mindful awareness; with compassion; being caring, loving, gentle, and kind. And to forgive; self, as well as others. The Loving Allowance of all to Be; to experience, to learn, to grow, to move forward; each in our own place and time.

Today's lesson is 'My Holiness is my salvation.' Key here is MY, my lessons, my growth, my awareness, my mistakes. We have been taught to judge and to condemn. Not by the word of God, but rather by the word of others. It's a false interpretation that brings about so much fear.

Today is about letting go of this; releasing the attachments and narrowing the separation. In spite of all the mistakes, I am still holy. 

This phase of lessons is so important, to understand, and more so, to embrace, as we enter into the next 10 phrases. For me, this is the final step in releasing judgment of my mistakes and to find acceptance with God. It's between me and God, it always has been.

A Course in Miracles~ Lesson 39~ My holiness is my rite and my salvation.

The idea used for the exercise today is very simple, very clear, and unambiguous.  We are brought to the very obvious, which has been overlooked in the clouds of complexity in which we have been taught to think.

Our holiness is the answer to every question that was ever asked, is being asked now, or will be asked in the future. Your holiness means the end of guilt, the end of fear, and therefore, the end of hell, as we have been brought to believe. How could you, to whom your holiness belongs, be excluded from it? The answer is simple; God does not know UN-holiness.

A full five minutes are urged for four longer practice periods today. Frequent practice sessions are also encouraged throughout the day. 

Begin the practice periods as usual, by repeating today's idea to yourself. Then, with closed eyes, search out your unloving thoughts in whatever form they appear; uneasiness, depression, anger, fear, worry, attack, insecurity and so on. Whatever form they take, they are unloving and therefore fearful.
And so it is from them that you need to be 'saved'.

Specific situations, events or personalities you associate with unloving thoughts of any kind are suitable subjects for today's exercises. It is your blessing of them that will give you a renewed vision.

Slowly, without conscious selection and without undue emphasis on any one in particular, search your mind for every thought that stands between you and your salvation. Apply the idea for today to each of them in this way:

My unloving thoughts about ______ are keeping me in fear. My holiness is my rite and my salvation.

Feel free to introduce variety into the exercise periods in whatever form appeals to you. In doing so, keep in your awareness that the idea should be stated so that its meaning is the fact that our holiness is a rite and our salvation.

May love and peace be with you throughout today♡ You are, I am, We all are, Loved. Blessed Be♡ Lori-Lynn