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New Book Release Insights

Hello my friends!

I wanted to thank you for visiting this site! I just released my new book, All Peace No Pieces: A Course in Miracles’ Take on “the World.”

It was truly a labor of love and I hope those of you who are inspired to get a copy find it helpful!

Here is an excerpt from the book. I think it’s a wonderful reminder and helps me practice the Course’s principles when the world get in my face!

“Our learning has gotten us to wherever we are. Now we have a choice to make if we’re tired of suffering. Which teacher do we follow in the dream? One keeps us dreaming and the other wakes us up. True forgiveness is what wakes us up. Not being taken in by appearances wakes us up. I know you’ve probably heard the saying, “we’re all in this together.” We truly are. When we make either choice, for the ego or the Holy Spirit, we make the choice for the entire Sonship because all minds are joined being that there’s only one. We are either teaching love or teaching fear in each moment, depending on which interpretation of the dream we choose to listen to. Through consistent choice for the Holy Spirit’s forgiveness classroom, we eventually find ourselves back in the home we never truly left. Let’s wake up to the awareness that we are all peace. No pieces.”

I find this helpful because we don’t have to worry about where we were before, in the past. We can start each day anew, in the present, remembering that we are not alone in working towards having a more peaceful and fulfilling life! It starts right now -let go of the past. Not because you’re ignoring it, but because the Course is teaching that it never happened. It’s truly gone because it never was.

Can we still learn from past mistakes? Of course we can and we do. The difference is, do you have to put your salvation in it? Do you have to believe it’s real?

A Course in Miracles wants us to eventually remember, when we’re ready, to let the Holy Spirit correct our one and only mistake – the belief in the ego (false self). All our other seeming mistakes will be corrected.

Love and many blessing to you!!

Jackie

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Maui Dreaming…a symbol in the mind of peace & comfort!

Jackie Lora Jones and Cindy Lora-Renard in Maui, HawaiiHello my friends!

The picture in this post is of my sister Cindy and I in Maui.  I have been thinking about Maui lately and the peace I felt there.  When I look at my Maui photos I’m reminded of the wonderful energy we all experienced on that trip! Can’t wait to get back to Hawaii at some point!

A Course in Miracles is only and always about the mind, how you’re thinking and with whom you choose to view your life here with as the observer: the ego or the Holy Spirit. Here is a quick reminder that helps me when I am in what I call “mellow overload”. I touch on this term I’ve coined for myself in my forthcoming book. We all feel overwhelmed with our life at times. Maybe there’s a lot on our plate, a loved one is sick, work is hectic, the state of the world bothers us and so on.

One of the benefits I’ve experienced over all these years of practicing ACIM is that when I’m overwhelmed it doesn’t have anywhere near the debilitating punch it used to! I now find myself in “mellow overload” at times when I’m viewing through the ego’s lens. I say “mellow” because while I’m aware that I’ve reached my capacity to function properly, my mind switches to the Holy Spirit’s thought system almost immediately. It has become a part of me, my default setting instead of the ego. I’m able to observe the body of Jackie in a state of overload. When I’m observing it with the right-minded teacher, my experience of it is different.  I know my body is a communication tool and only responds to the intentions of which thought system I choose. The Course teaches us how to use the body lovingly with no ego projections.

These days I notice that I may have a lot on my plate at certain times, but I use the feeling of overwhelm as a forgiveness opportunity, as my classroom to interpret what is happening correctly – I remember I’m having a dream of overwhelm. I’m not the body and whatever the body seems to be doing is outside of me and not my concern, as Jesus teaches us in the Course.

Tips when you’re feeling overwhelmed:

1. Remember to STOP. Don’t judge your feelings or thoughts, just observe them with Jesus or the Holy Spirit. Looking at your thoughts and feelings without judgment is the choice for the Holy Spirit. For example: “I’m feeling overwhelmed and I know I can see this differently, but I can’t do it alone.”

2. Ask to see the situation differently. Wait. Take a deep breath.

3. Remember that you’re dreaming. This removes you from identifying with the illusory “you” as body just for a moment.

4. Trust the Holy Spirit and choose His strength. There’s no need to do anything. Just let your next words or actions be done through you. Maybe silence is called for, but whatever happens you have changed your internal teacher in the mind and that will direct all your functioning. It’s the change of mind that heals.

Be well & blessings my friends!

Jackie

 

Some Inspiration

Hello my friends,

Here’s another “reminder” to inspire you whenever the world gets in your face and you get upset, discouraged, or are not at peace for any reason.

“Where God is, there are you. Such is the truth.” -ACIM

Remember that we are dreaming here although perfectly capable of awakening at anytime. Do we wake up and go poof in the night? No. It’s a process. We have to take the hand of the Holy spirit and slowly undo our belief in this world. We have a belief that we could actually be separate from our Creator. This false idea is the ego. The ego thought system is based on sin, guilt & fear. The projection of this unconscious guilt is the whole world you see. We’re seeing the contents of our mind splintered out in form – lots of different forms. Our body is part of the projection. The body is the hero of the dream of separation.

If the world is just a projection from the mind, and I’m part of the projection as an individual special self, what do I do here?

We be normal, but instead of looking through the lens of fear, we  look through the Holy Spirit’s lens of love. We live under a different set of principles: forgiveness instead of judgment, shared interests instead of separate interests, innocence instead of guilt.

How do we practice this on a daily basis?

Every time you feel lack, upset, dis-ease, insecure, anxious, fearful or depressed, just stop.

1. Stop

2. Be mindful of your thought in that moment. Know that there’s another way to interpret what is seemingly causing the upset.  Ask the Holy Spirit to look at your thoughts with you. We can’t do it alone. The Course teaches that we’re never upset for the reason we think. We can’t understand this without the Holy Spirit or Jesus as our guide in the mind.

3. Remind yourself that you can take the Holy Spirit’s hand and look at the situation differently. Why are we never upset for the reason we think? Because what we’re seeing isn’t true. It’s just a projection. The ego wants you to believe that something in your life is the cause. This is to keep you out of the mind – to keep you mindless. The ego knows that its existence depends on your belief in it. But remember, you haven’t really separated into an individual self – you’re just dreaming it. So, turn the tables on the ego by going back to the mind and “choosing once again”, as the Course says. What are you choosing? The Holy Spirit as your teacher instead of the ego. What does this do for you? The Holy Spirit starts to take over your mind and remind you that your identity in the dream is of a dreaming mind that can wake up at any time.

4. Trust the Holy Spirit’s strength.

Be well & blessings,

Jackie

 

Gratitude

Hello my friends!

This time of year is the perfect opportunity to focus on gratitude! Gratitude is a major theme in A course in Miracles. We are thankful to our brothers, sisters  and all “living things” for the opportunity to remember who we are through forgiveness. Forgiveness is the reflection of God’s love for us. Practicing “true forgiveness” reminds us who we are.

Without all the seeming situations, events and people in our lives that make us upset, we would never have the opportunity to change our minds about them and therefore remember we HAVE a mind which can choose to view our situations with the ego or the Holy spirit. As we turn inward to the mind, we slowly recognize what we see out in the world is in an outward picture of the inward condition of our decision making mind.

Any upset that is used as a classroom to bring our attention back to the mind, so we can choose again, is something to be grateful for. We learn our pain or happiness is not because of anything in the world, but rather a choice for our wrong or right minds. Why is this so?

We are dreaming a dream of separation and can awaken by choosing to follow our right-minded teacher and forgive what seems to be outside of us. We are really forgiving ourselves for dreaming all the dream figures and situations in our lives. The world – our situations, events and especially in our relationships –  is where we project our unconscious guilt. We are projecting our own unconscious guilt onto others, and they act out to fulfill our secret sins and hidden hates. If we are not aware of our unconscious guilt then there is no way of forgiving it. This is why Jesus helps us use the people and situations in the world as a classroom to learn to forgive.

When we awaken from the dream we know there is only Oneness – no separation, differences, fragmentation, opposites or division. No bodies, only awareness of perfect Oneness with our Creator.

Lesson 195 says ” Love is the way I walk in gratitude”.  Gratitude reflects the perfect Oneness in Heaven – no differences, only Oneness.

Love & blessings,

Jackie

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Peace to my mind. Let all my thoughts be still.

Hello my friends!

I wanted to put out one of my little “reminders” on how to stay vigilant for the Course’s teachings of true forgiveness!

Any time you feel you are not at peace, you know you are in the ego’s thought system. Remember that you can change your internal teacher at any time, in any place and in any circumstance.

For example, say to yourself “I am willing to see this (person, situation, circumstance) through Christ’s vision.” Just being able to STOP in the moment and have the awareness that there are 2 teachers in the mind is big! Congratulate yourself for that recognition!

Then be still. There’s nothing to “do” in that moment. Let the Holy Spirit/Jesus’ thought system take over. For example, you may hear things like “remember you’re dreaming. The separation from God did not occur, you are still safe at home where you’ve never left, you just believe you did.”

Now you are back to  place of cause and not effect. Remember the world is in the mind, it’s just a projection coming from you (not you as body, but as the one mind that believes it’s here).

Our identity in the world is of a dreaming mind. You are love and you are loved!

Be well & blessings!

Jackie

Happy 4th of July! A note for you about my experience of true freedom!

Hello my friends!

I hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!

I will be relaxing, enjoying some time outside, and eating some good food!

I wanted to share my thoughts about being vigilant with my practice of A Course in Miracles and my experience as a result of consistent practice over many years.

For those of us on this particular spiritual path, it’s helpful to remember that we live “normal” lives and have “normal” conversations. One of the things that’s most important is remembering  ACIM only asks us to change the internal teacher in our mind to the Holy Spirit or Jesus  and live under His direction instead of the ego’s. Either the teacher that reflects fear (the ego) or the teacher that reflect love (Jesus, the Holy spirit) is guiding us in every moment.

A Course in Miracles is always about what we’re THINKING in our minds. Which teacher are we listening to as we go through all our experiences here? Listening to the ego always involves competition, separate interests, bargaining with one another, scarcity, lack, sin, guilt, fear & death. Listening to the Holy Spirit always involves shared interests, peace, compassion, love, forgiveness and eventual awakening to perfect Oneness – our true home!

When the mind is  at peace love is reflected here in the world. It has been so freeing to become a “follower”. I follow my internal guidance from my Highest Self, which the Course terms the Holy Spirit or Jesus.  As soon as the ego part of my mind wants to take charge I gently remember to give it a back seat! True freedom has been giving up judgment! The individual “I” that used to think it knew everything is replaced with the loving guidance of the One Who knows more than the ego’s “I”.

My days are light, gentle and easy. This is not because I never get upset or because there are never any problems to face. Those things are always built into the script while we appear to be here in the world. However, what changes with the daily practice of true forgiveness is the amount of time I spend with the ego or the Holy Spirit. The majority of my time is spent with my Higher Self ( Jesus, the Holy Spirit)  in my mind accompanying me as I move through my days and awaken.

Food for thought on this relaxing Sunday…

Love & Blessings,
Jackie

Only Love is Real

TfT BugHello my friends!

We are in mid-May! Can you believe it? I wanted to post a little “reminder” from A Course in Miracles to help us all stay focused on what is “true”: Our shared Oneness, in Heaven, the home we never really left. We are dreaming this world of perception.

The world is always crazy and if we allow our mind get caught up in it we are merely reinforcing the ego’s illusion of separation. Let’s remember to choose the right-minded teacher – the Holy Spirit or Jesus, and reflect that interpretation and thought system into the dream hologram!

We will be most helpful to everyone when we remember this! After all, there’s only one of us that thinks its here. When our mind makes this choice we make it for everyone.

Be well & blessings!
Jackie

Book Recommendations

Hello my friends!

Happy March to all of you! Can you believe how fast the year is going? Wow!

I wanted to recommend a couple books that I’ve found very helpful. They are by New York Times Best-Selling author Anthony William.  the first is Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal. The second is Medical Medium: Life Changing Foods!

Following Anthony’s suggestions have resulted in increased energy and peace of mind! Enjoy!

Blessings,
Jackie

Focus on Reflecting Love instead of Feeding Fear

Hello my friends!

There appears to be many things happening to make us fearful these days.  We see images and hear a narrative on the news of how bad things are. It can seem overwhelming, to say the least. We naturally want to stay “informed” so we know what’s going on in the world.

However, if we look at things from a higher perspective, through a different lens,  we can choose where to invest our focus, time and energy. Why would we look at things from a higher perspective? There comes a point when we say “enough is enough – there must be a better way.”  It is possible to have inner peace regardless of what is happening around you.

The ego looks at what goes on through the lens of fear and illusion, while the Holy Spirit/Higher Self looks through the lens of true forgiveness and compassion.

A Course in Miracles gives us a way to deal with the illusion (world) and reverse our projections of unconscious guilt. This is a “process” because we experience time-space and need help from outside this cosmic dream. For sure, we are having the experience that everything is real.

Ego ( false self) says – “This world is a mess! Oh, but there are some good parts to life too, and a lot of beauty in the world. You are at the mercy and a victim of your experiences here, but if you stay positive, be a good person, do the right thing and try to make the world a better place, everything will be okay.”

It is never okay in a permanent way. This approach does not work.

We experience duality in the world which means there are both good and bad experiences. We temporally experience an illusory process with a beginning and an end. Because our experience is temporal and spacial, the Course speaks to us where we believe we are.  We need help to change our thinking- our perception. The ego wants to keep its existence, so it does not show us the truth. We have to change our teacher in the mind. Enter the Holy Spirit/Higher Self/Jesus.

Holy Spirit/Higher Self says: “Yes, the world is a mess because it was made by a messy ‘thought’ of separation, sin, guilt & fear.  The guilt was so acute in the mind that it was seemingly projected outward resulting in the making of the world. The body was made along with the world only to experience separation. This projection of separation is the whole world you see. It is not real – you are asleep and dreaming.”

The physical universe is the opposite of Heaven, which has no form, only awareness. The Holy Spirit is the memory of What and where you really are, and is also a thought in the dreaming mind, just like the ego.  Our job is to choose it. You can awaken the sleeping mind to reality at anytime. True forgiveness facilitates our awakening.”

There are 2 ways to view the projection – through the ego’s lens of it being real, or through the Holy Spirit’s “true perception” that the separation didn’t really occur – we did not separate from perfect Oneness in Heaven. We just THOUGHT we did.

Therefore instead of believing the “tiny, mad Idea” of separation, we can choose the atonement (correction of perception that the separation did not occur) and recognize what we’re seeing isn’t true. Now we are at cause ( mind) instead of effect (bodies in a world).

We function normally in the world, but under a different set of principles – the principles of  spiritual sight, true forgiveness, shared interests and kindness. We THINK about everything differently. This undoes the idea of separation in the mind (ego) and does not further illusions, but wakes us up!

The way to heal the world is to reflect love into it-into the time-space dream.  This is done by  how you think about the world. How you choose to think will direct all your functioning.  Feeding the fear reinforces the illusion.

Love & blessings!
Jackie

The Political Situation from ACIM’s Perspective

Hello my friends! I hope this new year is treating you well!

This year has started off right up the ego’s alley – separation, division and differences. I’m speaking of the political scene seemingly dividing many groups at this time.  Let’s look at it through ACIM‘s perspective.

A Course in Miracles reminds us that everything  we see in the world is a reflection of the thought of separation in the mind. The Course teaches that we are mind – this is the mind outside time and space where we are viewing our dream.  It doesn’t matter what images that thought system reflects, it’s all part of the same illusion that has never left its source in the mind. The world is a projection of the unconscious guilt in our mind over the seeming separation from our Creator/Source.  The unconscious guilt projected from the mind  takes form – bodies, objects- animate and inanimate. The Course teaches that the world is an “outside picture of an inward condition”. The inward condition is the ego thought system of separation. The ego wants to keep us convinced we’re bodies so we never go back to the mind and choose against it in favor of Spirit.

The Course teaches ” I am never upset for the reason I think.”  We forget that what we see is all part of the same projected illusion. The illusion of the world and body comes from the illusory thought in the mind.  This illusory thought that we could be separate from our Oneness in Heaven seemed to occur as a “tiny mad idea…” in the mind. When we chose to believe this “tiny, mad idea”, it set into motion the whole chain of seeming choices that resulted in the making of the illusory time-space universe.

The mind seemed to go to sleep for a little while and is dreaming we are separate from our Creator/Source.  We are fooled into thinking that the cause of our upset is all the people and situations in the world. However, we are really upset because we chose the teacher of  sin, guilt and fear in the mind that made up the illusory world to keep us mindless.

The figures in our dream take many forms – these forms include political figures. Remember…anytime anything external in the world makes us upset, triggered, angry, a victim, depressed, sad, etc., that is our clue to go back to the mind (cause) and choose the right teacher.

A  political situation is no different than any other situation, person, or event. We forgive all images equally because they’re all untrue.  As we forgive, we undo the idea of separation in the mind, thus helping us awaken from the dream.

When we forgive the images our body’s eyes show us for what they haven’t really done, we make the choice for the entire sonship because there’s only one mind that thinks it’s here.  Everyone is included when we make a choice for the atonement, which is the correction of our belief in sin.  Atonement in ACIM says we did NOT sin (we did not separate from our Creator). Mistakes call for correction, not punishment.

The core process of forgiveness is withdrawing our projections. The miracle (a shift in perception) takes our attention from the illusory world and brings it back to the mind so we can choose again.  Changing our thinking changes everything in our experience. It does not necessarily change the world/forms, but when we are right-minded we are not concerned with form, rather we are focused on the content of love in the mind. The love is then reflected into all our actions and words.  Our bodies are involved in the “doing”, however we know that we are not really our bodies.  When we feel there’s something to “do”, the Course asks us to let the content of love be the agent of our “doing”.

Love & blessings,
Jackie