Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Course Note #201: What is Occupying your mind?

hello friends, if you've been listening to this series, here is #9: What is Occupying Your Mind? 
In this 9th installment of “The Brain Tumor Chronicles” more on practice came through and really how to get to know the True Self. Below I share a little of what was talked about and how the “special relationship” that “A

Course in Miracles” speaks of is not about romantic relationships, but rather about a love affair with the False Self! HA!

“Every special relationship you have made has, as its fundamental purpose, the aim of occupying your mind so completely that you will not hear the call for truth.” (ACIM T-17.IV.3)

When our mind is occupied with a special relationship we cannot know the True Self, because our very preoccupation is designed to keep us absent from our mind, and focused on the small limited self.
What is occupying your mind “so completely”?
Perhaps your mind has been occupied with thoughts about money, lack, your body, a relationship…

So in this moment call to mind the special relationship occupying your mind so completely that you don’t hear the call of Love, and be willing to join with me as we ask Holy Spirit to release us:

Holy Spirit,
You’ve told me that my part is so little
compared to Your part, which is huge.
In this moment,
I recognize my resistance to healing,
yet I know that as I call on You,
You will call on Love
for me.
This holy instant would I give to You.
Be You in charge.
For I would follow You,
certain that Your direction gives me peace. ~Amen~


Friday, September 13, 2013

Course Note #200: The True Self

I have long been a fan of Richard Rohr.  This book, “Immortal Diamond” is about the search for our True Self.  And since I am currently actively involved in practices give from within on "know thy Self", this book is really enlightening.

I never thought of it quite this way but I like it:  he likens the True Self to the "branch connected to the vine" and the false self to "the branch cut off from the vine."   Yes, that's really it.  (John 15:4-5)

In the intro he has this to say:
            “I promise you that the discovery of your True Self will feel like a 1,000 pounds of weight have fallen from your back.  You will no longer have to build, protect, or promote any idealized self image.  Living in the True Self is quite simply a much happier existence.
            This is why we must engage in daily practices of some sort to extricate the mind from our preoccupations with the world/our perceived problems/etc.  WE Can readily see how the false self clings to thoughts and images of death, pain, problems and grabs hold of joy and happiness lightly, while clinging tightly to victim hood. 

Today’s lesson from “A Course in Miracles” happens to be:  “God is the only goal I have today.”  Yes… I spent this morning resting in God through the practice of centering prayer, which is without a doubt such a great practice for me right now.

Know thy Self is my sole Purpose now.  And as Srimati Margaret Coble writes in her book: “Self Abidance”:
            “Real Life begins with Self-realization. Each can accelerate his/her own transformation by knowing the universal goal for all mankind to be  Self-Abidance.”

You may ask yourself like I often have, Why is this so important?  What I am discovering these last few months through Self-Abidance practices is that the true Self is peaceful, wise and eternally here now ready to guide me in any way.  I am beginning to understand.  I am beginning to see.  It’s identifying with the thoughts in my head, the impostor-false self that *is* the Cause of suffering.  Look at your own thoughts and See that this is true.   

I love you!  Enjoy Today! 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Course Note #199: LIVING MY BEST LIFE NOW!

This morning I said to my husband: I Am Living my Fantasy Life!  We had gone for a walk with the dogs and I had completed a computer task I had wanted to do, and I embraced that I get do exactly what I want every day now.  Basically I am sort of ‘retired’ now, something I never thought would occur because I had no plans financially for it really.  Amazing how the universe works!  It’s so fantastic!

After that I had to spend a lot of time on the phone cleaning up credit issues after my time on the hospital incurring all sort of late fees.  Then I found out that my website had been deleted!  While I haggled with them over the phone about it, suddenly…I received loud & clear guidance;  
Sheryl, let it go.  That’s the past. You have a new life now!

Same thing happened to my dear friend and mentor Regina Dawn Akers a few months ago!  This afternoon as I told my husband about it, he reminded me that about a year or two ago, for fun, he had made me a new word press site, but never did anything with it.  He showed it to me this afternoon and it’s beautiful!!!!   So he’s going to show me how to add content and then later this wee I’ll post the new link because I assume I will have time to do it. Yay!

The most uncanny thing about it though is that he made it on his own with not much input from me at the time, and it totally reflects where my life is leading now!!!!   It focus is more on my speaking/writing/counseling side which is what I am moving into doing more of now. 

            All Because of a brain tumor I am LIVING my Best Life Now!  Can anyone say: WOW????!

Just found this quote and it is really true!  I would not be able to embrace my new life now if I was lamenting having to let go of what I had.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Course Note #198: Devotion of Know thy Self

Here is #8 installment of my series on “The Brain Tumor Chronicles”.  Again the theme Holy Spirit is focused on is devotion and practice, and this one also includes some good stuff on healing relations, and we even get into sugar addiction – HA!
Thank you dear Inner Teacher for leading me and guiding me each week to deeper practice and thus…more bliss.

The other day I was prompted to pull a book off one of my shelves called “God Calling” and read this:

August 6: Rest more with Me. If I, the Son of God, needed those times of quiet communion with My Father, away, alone, from noise, from activity – then surely you need them too.  Refilling with the Spirit is a need.  That dwelling apart, that shutting yourself away in the very secret place of your being – away alone with Me.  From these times you come forth in Power to bless and heal.

And yet we hear the voices in and around us that say practice is not necessary, especially hear this on FB! Lol!  All the great spiritual leaders/teachers, or at least the ones I am directed to advocated some sort of spiritual practice .

We Just heard Jesus, and recently I read a biography on Ramana Maharshi  who was definitely all about Self-abidance and silence practice
My fave: Nisgardatta Maharaj – turn away from outer preoccupations and focus within on the I Am

In “The Teachings of Inner Ramana” it says: “Since the idea of ego has been deeply learned through repetition, deep and consistent unlearning must result.  Makes perfect sense to me!

There is a story in the Bible that speaks of this, and I’ll bet many of us can relate: the story Martha and Mary

Bible that I particularly enjoy, the one about Martha and Mary in Luke 10:38.  In the story, Jesus goes to the home of two sisters, Martha and Mary.  Martha welcomed him to her home, but then became overly occupied and distracted by things she had to do in the kitchen.  Mary sat at his feet, hanging on his every word.
            Later Martha came to Jesus and said, “Lord, is it nothing to you that my sister has left me to do all the work? Tell her to help me.”
            Jesus replied: “Martha! Martha! You are anxious and troubled about many things.  You’re getting yourself worked up over nothing.  There is need of only one thing, and Mary has chosen it.  It is the main course, and it won’t be taken from her.”

            If I were in that situation what I would do is order a pizza, bring out the wine and sit down and listen to the Teacher! Ha!
            I have found the stories in the Bible hold richer meaning for me when I look at all the characters in the story as facets of myself.  Martha symbolizes the self that is distracted by the world and all the things that need to be done in it; and Mary represents devotion to the “one thing”, to the one purpose: Know thy Self.  And of course, the Teacher leads us to know the true Self that we all share.

What’s missing is the connection with the true Self that we all share.  What’s missing is the love and devotion to the one true thing: know thy Self.  In our willingness to focus on the one true thing, everything else will take care of itself.  All these problems and conflicts are indeed distractions that move us away from the one true thing – the Self.

            I was also reminded this week of a passage in the Bible that asks that we give no thought to your life, what you will eat or drink, to your body or the things of this world.  For a moment I wondered how to “give no thought” and the answer that came to me was this: Give no thought means that I will consciously and with vigilance not engage in “thinking” about person, place or thing.  As I put this into practice, I noticed how all my “thinking” was caught up in persons, places or things. 

I am willing to let every voice but Love be still in me.

            The true Self is here now.  I can be clothed in personality that hides my truth, or I can be clothed in the silence of Self. 

            As I go about my life this week, I am willing to be Mary.  Mary…who sits at the feet of the Teacher (Heart); Mary…who lets go of all distractions and instead, focuses with pure devotion and love on the one true thing.

I Love this from NTI:             “You will seem to have many temptations.  You will seem to forget My thoughts completely for a time.  Do not let that distress you.  The thinking you do apart from Me cannot hurt you.  It can only delay your healing for a little while. So when you have forgotten, shake off the past… Now is a new moment!  You help yourself by choosing My thoughts again now.”  (NTI Luke 10v1-24)

                Healing occurs in the present.  In any present moment that we remember to let go of ego, and instead, listen to the voice of Truth, in that moment, we have stepped forward once again. 
In any moment that we fall into berating ourselves, a helpful hint: Remember that you are listening to ego – choose again.  We can learn to listen to the Voice that does not crucify.

             Ah ha!  I don’t have to use my slip back into ego as an opportunity to berate myself.   So often in spiritual communities we see, what I like to call, spiritual tyranny.  People are judged by themselves or others, for being angry, upset, judgmental, afraid, sad or worried… Ego loves to do this, but it is just more ego. 
“In The Teachings of the Inner Ramana:  devotion is defined as the practice of slowing the mind and pulling focus inward.  We can do this with the mantra, with prayer, with meditation and contemplation. As I end, I’d like to share a “thought of awakening” with you, received by Regina Dawn Akers.


Devotion is an act of silence.
It is a decision
to stop the flow of thoughts
and return to the wisdom of stillness.

Thoughts shall start again,
and your attention will drift to them,
if you are interested.

But if you are also interested in devotion,
you can again make the decision
to return to the Heart.

In this decision,
thoughts are not fed.
That which is not fed
must eventually die.

~From our Holy Spirit