In Praise of Rain

Alert I stand this day, my God, on morn’

With rain to start just now, see I indeed.

‘Tis joy to welcome rain to bless, to adorn

O’r world.  The day doth seem to say:  “Now read!”

A reading day is good when sun no more,

A rainy day to shine instead in peace.

Perhaps the day wilt thunder bring with roar.

When lightning strikes, inside I stay, to miss

A danger clear.  We need, dear God, the change

That weather brings.  The change doth lift o’r mood,

For stagnant we be not, on day that brings us rain.

I like a rainy day, n’er have this rued.

            In praise I write for rainy day of mine.

            The peace thus sent oft’ shows a God so kind.

9/18/2021

Why Are We Here?

We be rambunctious angels indeed, my God.

We come to Earth to work and play, but oft

We think “play” not an option, with ye rod

Chastising us through day (with rod, not soft

Be we).  Yet be this not illusion sure?

Ye hurt no one, my God, we do it all.

We strayed apart from Love.  We needed cure!

We visit Earth until return Ye call.

When call doth come, if respond, we be redeemed.

O’r sadness ends, o’r joy begins.  When turn

To You, o’r problems o’er, no more what seemed

Mistakes do bring us low with pain, concern.

            Ye be o’r mainstay firm, my God, alway’.

            O’r reason to be here resolved, I say.

9/2/2021

Loving & Giving

Teach me to love, dear God, my balm, my Rock!

When young, a child, I heard that loving, I.

Yea, loving—giving, too.  From “Granny” caught

The bliss of love indeed.  Now do I sigh

For gift of love that relatives did make.

My Sweet’, my husband dear, knows need of mine

For Love so great (he learned it on first date!).

All through the years, hast giv’n  love so kind.

Yet God’s bless’ Love doth soothe me best this day.

As Friday’s child, to love and give, I seek

To be like Him—foresooth—this much I say!

Let Love remain in flow, n’er spring a leak.

            I do seek Love.  Just grow my Love this day.

            Make bright this Love, my God, all like sunray!

8/24/2021

Note: “Monday’s Child” is a popular nursery song for children, a kind of fortune-telling based on day of birth.

Release

  Dear God, do keep my thought uplift’  this day.

   When I awake in morn’, I’m oft’ cast down.

   A dream so bad, a careless wisp o’ mind. I say              

That thoughts so low must not go ‘round and ‘round.                  

I ask Ye charge do take of dismal thought

   Unsought.  Do cleanse my mind and set it free

  Of mulling o’er the fears that stress, all caught

 In busy mind, when better I, You see,

 Feel heart so sooth’ by Love from Ye, my Rock.                      

‘Tis possible Ye cleanse my mind from fear                       

When first awake in morn’.  This have I sought

From Ye indeed, and now ask for mind clear.

                    If this be method for release, I thank

                   Ye with return’d Love sure, sent with all might.

8/23/2021

Heart & Mind

 I need the balm that God doth give each soul;

  I need the comfort of bless’d thoughts sublime,

  But mind takes off with fear all in a roll!

 I need a gentler mind—a mind all kind;

I need a mind that’s kind to me also!          

‘Tis true that when my heart doth speak, my mind                                   

Doth listen well:  I be not brought e’er low.

The heart, the mind—together well they rhyme.

Without my heart, my mind be cast adrift:

My thoughts doth fall off cliff into abyss!

I know that feelings, thoughts best have no rift;

Like lovers, heart and mind need proffer kiss.

                          A Course of Love doth offer this true gem:

                          When heart and mind in concert be, we mend

August 20, 2021

Note:  Many spiritual seekers accept A Course of Love as the continuation of A Course in Miracles (something said within the pages of A Course of Love).  The Voice is the same.  A Course of Love is published by Take Heart Publications.

#84 (“I do so feel my love for ye. . .”)

I do so feel my love for ye, my Sweet’.

                        No word can say how much I love ye true.

                        I praise the day so long ago when meet

                        We did at door of mine, blind date n’er rue.

                        O’r time together has flown swift’ with ease.

                        Yea, thirty-five years past we did say vow.

                        Since then we have seen great deal: Sailed the sea,

                        Careers had, liv’d four place’ in peace, allow’d

                        O’er bond grow e’ermore firm with joy sustain’d.

                        In next the life we live, I want ye find,

                        To live again as One:  this goal, my main

                        Desire today.  I say—this be love’s sign!

                                    Thanks due to God for love so good and true.

                                    With ye in life of mine, I n’er be blue.

7/12/2021

Secret Unveiled

                        Thank You, my God, for giving me the gift

                        Today of knowing, coming to the gist

                        Of puzzle long obscure for me.  To sift

                        The chaff and find the grain of truth, not list’

                        To words untrue, no matter meant so well.

                        My future seems most bright when Ye doth speak.

                        I have the truth today, my God.  I sail

                        Ahead with anchor firm, though heart be meek.

                        This gift of knowledge comes from You, comes years

                        From past kept secret by intent all good.

                        But now I know, and mem’ry heals and sears

                        My Self with joy today that buoys all mood.

                                    For years a secret hath o’rshadow’d life.

                                    Now truth doth win, confusion no more rife.

5/1/2021

Peace Brings Love

                        How do God’s children discover more to love?

                        If love we do, o’r fears, anxieties

                        Will crumble all around.  We be like dove,

                        A dove of peace, a harbinger one sees.

                        If peace we feel, then fears, anxieties

                        No more can rear their ugly heads so cruel.

                        Yea, we have found the secrets true—the keys

                        To triumph o’r our errors:  Love will rule.

                        Relax, my friend, and let God’s peace surround

                        Us in this world.  Let His Love mark o’r days.

                        No more, in peace, will mind, perturbed, be down.

                        In spirit true and good we see Great Rays.

                                    We see God’s Rays when love with all o’r might.

                                    We see God’s Rays when mind, heart merge aright!

1/20/2021

#83 (“Thank you so much. . .”)

                        Thank you so much for presents, Love, my Sweet’.

                        This Christmas is one to remember well.

                        But best of all is time with you, to meet

                        Each morning fresh and personal’ty meld.

                        Ye make my day worth living, Dear, just you.

                        That’s all I really want from Santa Claus.

                        Time spent with you is time n’er lose nor rue.

                        I hug ye fast and long, a time to pause.

                        My presents have made this day a delight,

                        On top of time to spend with you in peace.

                        I nev’r do let thee out of range or sight

                        I do just ask, alway’, for hug or kiss.

                                    O’r blessings great this Christmastide, my Dear.

                                    I do ask little more, just you, just mere.

12/25/2019

New Book Published on A Course of Love by This Blogger

To my viewers on this blog:  Over six years in the making, this book has been carefully written and revised many times.   It focuses on A Course of Love, but also includes A Course in Miracles.  Thank you for considering reading.  Love, Celia

Available from Amazon.  Read free with Kindle Unlimited membership; or $5.99 to buy e-book; or $8.95 for paperback.  Previously unpublished material.  265 pages.

DESCRIPTION from the Amazon web site:

Being Who You Are: Pondering A Course of Love

by Celia Hales

Being Who You Are offers contemplative reflections on A Course of Love that are meant for readers of A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love as well as newcomers to the material.

A Course of Love answers questions that spiritual seekers may still have despite earnest study of A Course in Miracles. Being Who You Are highlights these answers in words carefully chosen for clarity and understanding.

Being Who You Are presents A Course of Love as a heartfelt continuation of the coursework provided in the more mind-focused A Course in Miracles. Chapters concentrate on the following themes: love; fear; holy vs. special relationships; the nature of true reality; mind, heart, and wholeheartedness; unity and relationship; Christ-consciousness/Awakening; separation from God healed; Jesus and Mary; and the elevated Self of form. Tender human interest stories round out the ten comprehensive chapters.

This book, by the long-time blogger at “Miracles Each Day,” has been designed with care to introduce A Course of Love into the spiritual mainstream.

INTRODUCTION from Being Who You Are

A Course in Love answers questions that earnest seekers still have despite careful study of A Course in MiraclesA Course of Love (ACOL) is thus a stated “continuation” (A.4) of the earlier work, though ACOL can be read independently. Most dedicated students of A Course in Miracles (ACIM) recognize that our egos have been weakened by our carrying out the dictates of what we have read.  But with what do we replace the ego?  There is a void, and this is a dangerous condition in which to live.  We intuitively know this, and so we keep seeking.  “Is there no end to seeking?” we ask, somewhat plaintively.  There is an end to seeking, and A Course of Love takes us to that end.  As an aid to understanding this new end, Being Who You Are reflects upon ten themes from A Course of Love, drawing on the whole of ACOL, and also comparing aspects of A Course in Miracles.

With weakened egos after studying A Course in Miracles, but with nothing to replace the ego, in the words of A Course of Love we have “rejected” ourselves.  We think that to claim our rightful place of identity with the Christ within lacks humility.  A Course of Love says that such an attitude is actually borne of fear: We are afraid we will not please God if we take on a more exalted notion of ourselves. 

You prefer selflessness to self because this is your chosen way to abolish ego and to please God.”  (ACOL, P.20)

But now we approach final learning, and we learn what “pleasing” God is all about—

We take a step away from the intellect, the pride of the ego, and approach final learning through the realm of the heart.  This is why, to end confusion, we call this course A Course of Love. (ACOL, P.44)

There is a single significant difference between A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.  A Course in Miracles, through the Holy Spirit, brings comfort to the mind.  A Course of Love brings comfort to a troubled heart.  This comfort to the heart is by identity with the Christ within.  It is not a comfort for pride but solace brought to us by Jesus himself.  He embraces us with love.

The thesis of A Course of Love can perhaps be summed up in the following sequence of ideas:  We abandon all attempts to glorify the separated self, the self who does not know God but thinks it is lost to Him because of our sin.  When we wholeheartedly abandon any attempt to glorify this self, we are launched on the way to Christ-consciousness, a transformation that will let us know that our previous faults were mistakes only, not sins, and thus entirely correctable and forgivable.  We merge ACIM and ACOL, in that we merge mind and heart, and we recognize that we are actually in union with God, never separated from Him.  He lives through us.

Note these words from the conclusion of A Course of Love:

“You will realize that you know what to do. . . . Expect heaven on earth, you were told.  This is what it is.  There will be no doubt, no indecision.  Your path will be so clear to you it will be as if it is the only path in the world and you will wonder why you didn’t see it all along.  Expect this.  And it will be. (E5-6)

May this pondering speak loudly and powerfully to your heart and mind–“wholeheartedly.”  Let us claim the heritage that is ours, no longer fearful that we are acting out of ego.  Jesus asks us to leave our fears behind and claim our power with new identity.  Then the more widespread Awakening of our world surely will begin.

                                                            —

The framework of A Course of Love, in that it is a “course,” is the same as A Course in Miracles; the channeling author, Jesus, the same.  The first receiver (scribe) of A Course of Love is Mari Perron, and she received for three years around the year 2000.

In these contemplative reflections on A Course of Love, let us see how we are to come to the end of seeking.