“This is a course in miracles. It is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary. Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum. It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time. The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance. The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.
This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.”
Every Tuesday I meet up with a group of beautifully light-minded people and study/learn A Course in Miracles. For those of you unfamiliar with this, ACIM is a Non-denominational self-study curriculum, which aims to assist in achieving spiritual transformation. The metaphysical, spiritual and psychological concepts presented in A Course in Miracles are universal. I find it more enjoyable to do in a group as you get different perspectives and I also love surrounding myself with light-minded people. ”A Course in Miracles asks you to accept nothing on faith, only to try its ideas with an open mind, so that you can experience for yourself the peace of mind that comes of letting go of illusions. There is nothing to lose, for only illusions can fall away.Distinguishing what is real from our fears, fancies and misperceptions is what the Course is about.”
The past weekend I stepped out of my comfort zone and went camping with some of my fellow ACIM-ers. We spent the night and following day in Lake Rodgers National Park. Florida never ceases to amaze me as it blows my mind that this piece of paradise was only 30 minutes away from where I live. Prior to this, the extent of my camping experience included a night in my friends front yard when in high school, so needles to say I was I really excited to connect with nature on a new level. Besides for how amazing it all was, this experience was so much more for me in a sense of conquering fears and proving to myself, HEY I CAN DO IT! And what a beautiful experience it was.We basically did everything you would probably stereotype hippies doing in the woods: camp fire, guitar playing, DEEP mediations, hiking, and tree hugging! All joking aside, if you have never hugged a tree, YOU ARE TOTALLY MISSING OUT. I can’t even begin to explain how magikal this weekend was. On our hike we found fresh blackberries that were so delicious we could have sat there for hours eating them. Mother nature and everything encompassed, (the trees -- the air -- the bugs- the birds & more) held such powerful energy that just amplified the energy we created just by being there. This made our ACIM studying and mediations even more influential. Alan, our course facilitator, showed me and JayJay the ways of camping which included organic veggies, popcorn, and vegan smores’, cooked FRESH on the fire. I literally want to dig a fire pit in our yard so I can cook all our meals that way for now on. If there is a cure to everything, it is most definitely spending time in nature. Waking up at sunrise, unzipping your tent, and catching the moon still out above the endless water and tress, provoked such a feeling of inner peace I cannot wait to do it again!
I know this is my first post in a while and I want you all to know not a day goes by that I don’t send you all love, light, and positive vibes. I have undergone some big changes and I am excited to share them with you when the time is right. As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have <3 If you are in the Tampa area and would like to join us on Tuesdays, we meet at 6:30 @ 12000 N. Dale Mabry #222 Tampa, Florida 33618 <3
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