A Course in Miracles says to "Teach only love, for that is what you are."
But how do you speak and act from that love when you're paying bills, your boss is putting pressure on you, your child is acting up in school, your spouse forgot to unload the dishwasher (again), and all you really want to do is go to the movies and lose yourself in La La Land?
If you're like me, it's one thing to read (or write) about spiritual principles like peace and harmony. It's another thing to live them out consistently day to day.
That's the real practice—speaking and acting from loving thoughts.
That's why I'm excited to offer a new 40-day course, Loving Thoughts/Loving Actions. It'll give you tools from A Course in Miracles to handle everyday situations—and let you go to bed at night feeling more rested and at peace about your life.
Imagine having the confidence to know you can handle situations like these:
A friend wants to share her drama with you—and you don't want to go there.
Your spouse is feeling stuck, while you feel like you're growing.
Your boss is blaming you for something you didn’t do.
Your child is getting in trouble at school.
Your brother-in-law talks about politics at all your family gatherings—and not in a good way.
Your community is enacting laws that you disagree with.
A cashier at the supermarket is rude to you.
An old friend unliked you on Facebook because you don’t agree with her views.
Your spouse is angry with himself and instead yells at you.
You witness someone being bullied and aren't sure what to do.
These are real situations—the kind that can hit our hot buttons and trigger not-so-loving words and actions in no time.
So how do you stay mindful in the midst of real life? How do you speak up? How do you disagree without blame? How do you stay true to what you believe, and do it with love?
To give you a solid foundation, we'll cover five key principles from A Course in Miracles:
1. Seeing with the eyes of Spirit. With this fresh perspective, you'll see the dynamics of any situation and be able to react with compassion and confidence.
2. Loving yourself. Build a loving relationship with yourself, and every other relationship in your life will change for the better. You'll learn how you can value yourself more, how to ask for what you need, and how to use the words "Yes" and "No" so they'll make your life better rather than busier.
3. Living with unity instead of separation. Does it seem like it's often easier to be judgmental than kind? An essential teaching from the Course explains why. Putting this one principle to use in your life can help break the cycle of conflict.
4. Practicing forgiveness. This can be a tough one, but only because of the way we define forgiveness. The Course has a whole different definition that will help you see events from the past differently, doing away with anger and blame so you can experience real and lasting peace.
5. Asking for help from Spirit. This is what allows the miracles to happen. By building a relationship with Spirit and asking for help everyday, we can trust our ability to turn loving thoughts into loving actions.
You'll see how to put these
principles into action every day of your life.
At the core of the Loving Thoughts/Loving Actions program is a whole series of examples—scripts, if you will—for how to handle situations like the ones listed above.
You'll receive sample conversations, actual examples and words to use in those tough situations that often take you by surprise.
You may not run into every one of these situations, but every single example will help you. That's because the thinking behind our loving words and loving actions are similar, no matter what the circumstances.
The many examples you'll receive throughout the course—and the repeated exposure to new perspectives—will give you countless ways to handle situations in your life.