Day 4 Awakening Grace and Miracles - My Personal Journey with A Course In Miracles

Hello, beauty,

It is early morning here in the Highlands of Scotland, there is a stillness outside, and the house is mostly quiet, with my son asleep and a friend snoring softly in our tiny attic room above.

I have the diffuser emitting clouds of Frankincense essential oil beside me, I am in a particularly contemplative mood this morning, and I am keenly aware of the magnetic pull of the moon, which is due to be full tomorrow.

I love the fact that, by the power of the internet, you are reading these words, and that perhaps, in some small way, they may serve you.

Isn’t it wonderful that in connecting this way there is an invisible cord of energy that unites us wherever we may be in the world, on this glorious planet of ours?

The day ahead promises to be gentle and restorative, my son has a day off work, so I shall join him in that, along with our friend, we will spend our time collecting wood for our wood burner, a walk, in the sunshine along the beach, cosy chats and snuggles … pure bliss.

How are you spending your time today?

I have meditated, showered and sat down to study todays lesson, Lesson 4 of A Course In Miracles,

So, let us settle down with a cuppa and begin …

Today our task is to tend, periodically throughout the day, to the thoughts that pass through our minds; to become familiar with the types of thoughts we experience, and come to learn that these thoughts have no inherent meaning, other than the meaning we give them.

In time, with practice, we come to absolutely KNOW that our thoughts in and of themselves mean nothing, they are neither good nor bad, positive or negative, they simply are thoughts, just like the objects we observed in the previous lessons, they simply are, and by nature are meaningless.

I don’t know if you are anything like me, but I have days, when I drop in and be with my innermost self, often during meditation or on a walk in nature, those times where I prioritise making friends with the internal landscape of my being and observe the experience in that moment, that often it feels still, timeless and serene, and yet, at other times, my experience in this place feels loaded with chaotic thought after thought and inner turmoil.

For the most part, after many years of meditating, these moments within are rather peaceful, quite delicious actually! And for the times that I have more thought’s I can, most often observe the thoughts as passing clouds across the clear blue sky of my mind, with no desire to capture or worry them.

I, personally, am not remotely interested in disassociating from the thoughts and experiences that make up the fabric of my life, or as many people believe, engage in trying to stop the thoughts in a false belief that this is practicing meditation.

Rather, I prefer to allow things to present themselves as they are, to move through me, and make friends intimately with the experiences I have whilst simultaneously remembering the truth, that we filter our experiences and thoughts through our own delusions, imaginings and conditioned filters.

Therefore, my task as a practitioner, is to come back to source, to connection with the All That Is, to unity consciousness whenever I have ‘forgotten.’

On those days when my mind is filled with doubts, fears and concern it can be quite a task to simply observe! At other times, during majestic, love filled, luminous experiences, where everything shines bright and clear, it is seamless, there is no ‘other’, no outside and inside, me or you.

“Before theseparation the mind was invulnerable to fear, because fear did not exist.”

- A Course In Miracles

For todays lesson, which I will repeat three or four times throughout the day, I am to spend a minute (yes that is all), just one minute to observe my thoughts and apply the idea for today and what has been learnt and integrated so far during the course.

For example,

This thought about … (insert your own thought here) … does not mean anything.

It is like the things I see in this room (on this street, and so on … it does not mean anything, not even the meaning I have placed upon it and I do not understand it).


This thought about my body does not mean anything.

It is like the things I see in this room.

This thought about my work does not mean anything.

It is like the things I see in this room.

This thought about my family does not mean anything.

It is like the things I see in this room.

This thought about my purpose in life does not mean anything.

It is like the things I see in this room.

This thought about my ‘to do’ list does not mean anything.

It is like the things I see in this room.

The purpose of this exercise, in my understanding, is to facilitate our understanding that ‘good’ or ‘positive’ thoughts are in fact veils to what is beyond our humanistic perceptions. The perceived ‘bad’ or ‘negative’ thoughts prevent us from seeing clearly, they serve to disconnect us from our divinity, from knowing truth.

Neither of these thought tendencies, good or bad, are true, they are in and of themselves meaningless. But may, with practice show us where we have forgotten to know, speak, see, and reveal Oneness.

We are NOT our thoughts.

We are learning to KNOW this, so that we are free to live in the clear sight of connection.

Connection to God, Source, Creator, The Universe … your god of choice.

Connected to the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent force across all time, space, dimension and reality.

As we continue this journey back to wholeness, less encumbered by our tendencies towards separation we reside in unity consciousness with the divine as our companion.

We know our divinity, our true nature, even though we will faulter from time to time, we recognise that you are me as I am you, and that we each, are the physical embodiment of the divine, or indeed our personal god of choice.

“The real beauty of the temple cannot be seen with the physical eye.”

- A Course In Miracles

As the sun shines on this crisp winters day I feel that it is time to move my limbs, shake it out, have a walk along the shore, and allow the mornings musings to filter through, to seep seamlessly into the cells of my being and watch my thoughts with curious self-inquiry.

May you know, feel, and express Love in all Her ways today, and be infinitely gentle with yourself.


Charlotte xx

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