I love the hopeful quote at the bottom of this page from A Course in Miracles. It was right around this time twelve years ago that my friend Gwyneth gifted me her copy of a book titled Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard. She had been telling me about this book for quite some time, but I already had a stack of books waiting to be read. Surely this one could wait a little while. When Gwyneth found out the author was scheduled to speak at my church at the end of January, she gave me her audiobook and basically insisted that I listen to the CDs before the event. Gwyneth and I were classmates in massage school. We had spent a lot of time together and I trusted her. She was absolutely convinced that I needed to listen to those CDs and go to that event. I did. She was right.

I had no idea the book was about A Course in Miracles, or that it would change the way I experienced life. At the time, I was a massage therapist living in Miami. In order to finish the audiobook before the event, I had to listen to the CDs in my car between massage clients. What I heard blew me away. Through frank and funny conversations between Gary and his teachers, Arten and Pursah, the principles of the Course are explained in a linear and easy to understand way. This book answered more questions than anything else I had studied thus far. Not only did it make sense, but the thought system it presents is also absolutely consistent. The principles felt true deep in my heart. After Gary’s workshop at Unity on the Bay, I knew this was the path for me, so I ordered my first copy of A Course in Miracles from The Foundation for Inner Peace. And so the year began in joy and freedom.

A dozen years later, these teachings still make sense, are 100% consistent, and ring true in my heart. For me, 2018 was full of big changes that came with some challenges, but the Course has helped me remember that what is true is changeless. As we begin this new year, I invite you to make it different by making it all the same. No, that doesn’t mean have the same thing for dinner every night or wear the same clothes every day. I interpret that to mean do your best to choose peaceful and loving thoughts no matter what appears to be happening in your life or in the world. True, it’s not always easy, but it is possible. I can tell you from experience, with practice, it gets easier.

When I get frustrated or overwhelmed, I ask myself questions like, “What would love do or say in this situation?” Sometimes the answer is “keep your mouth shut and don’t say anything!” Sometimes I ask for help to see things differently. That’s when ideas pop into my head that I don’t think would have if I hadn’t asked that question. Whatever the question, by asking love to guide the way fear naturally falls away. They are opposites.

If you would like to make this year different by making it all the same, maybe A Course in Miracles or one of Gary Renard’s books is calling you. I would be honored to help you begin this year in joy and freedom with a series of Life Coaching sessions or a private Family Constellations session. Both can be done from anywhere in the world by telephone or computer. Please look around my website or send me an email for more information or to schedule a session.

Until next time, if a friend you trust keeps telling you about a book or class, or it keeps coming up in different conversations with different people, you might want to pay attention. It might just change your life in miraculous ways.

So will the year begin in joy and freedom. There is much to do, and we have been long delayed. Accept the holy instant as this year is born, and take your place, so long left unfulfilled, in the Great Awakening. Make this year different by making it all the same. And let all your relationships be made holy for you. A Course in Miracles – T-15:XI.11

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