A Course In Miracles

  • How we self-sabotage our spiritual practices

    How often have you been getting along nicely with your spiritual reading and practice when you get interrupted? It might be by something as simple as a bad cold and you feel rough for a few days, so you take time out to have a “duvet day” because you feel poorly and don’t want to do anything except watch daytime TV and eat chocolate to console yourself!

    Or it might be something more time-consuming such as a trip away or having a friend to stay so your routine gets disrupted and you almost forget that you had this good thing going prior to their visit!

    Or worse, you might get made redundant, or have a relationship breakdown, or have a challenging situation with a family member. You get completely thrown off track and your spiritual progress gets put back or worse – ignored!

    It might be that one of your major life lessons comes up to the surface for healing and that can also stop us in our tracks – it’s not always the ego, it can be a previous trauma coming up to be healed which may seem horrific at the time, but if you can forgive and release these emotional traumas you will be able to breakthrough and heal them – but they can, of course, throw us off track from our good spiritual practices.

    Our egos love to trip us up and will find many ways to do so – this is how we self-sabotage! It can be very much “three steps forward and two steps back”.

    Self-sabotaging is what we also tend to do on a low-key daily basis – we allow ourselves to be distracted from focusing on our thoughts because we want to go out shopping, meet a friend or watch TV. Socialising and relaxation are essential of course, but if we allow ourselves to become so busy being “human doings” instead of human beings, it will be your ego’s way of distracting you from your beneficial spiritual practice. Our egos will also distract us from leading a healthy lifestyle or a disciplined exercise routine. The ego will do anything and everything it can to keep us from progressing – it continually self-sabotages us, so be on your guard!

    The solution

    Start listening to your thoughts. Learn to not only listen but to distinguish your ego thoughts from your intuitive thoughts – these comes direct from Spirit and will always take you on the right and happiest path. Whereas our distracting, negative and anxious thoughts are ego-driven – they’re lies! Lies and damn lies! Thoughts that make you feel angry, resentful and upset in any way – including anxious thoughts – are of the ego. On the other hand, our intuitive thoughts are peaceful, happy and light-hearted. You can actually feel the difference in your body.

    Have a go. It’s fun! And don’t beat yourself up if you think, “I can’t do it”, because THAT’S a lying ego thought. If you want to receive intuitive guidance, you will succeed. It’s how I was taught by Maitreya, so if I can do it so can you!

    Say “No” to self-sabotage today!

    With love, as ever

    Jacquie

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  • We never really die!

    We don’t die – we simply pass away from this lifetime. Death is simply a passing from this life to the world of Spirit. Those of us left behind in the world are the sad ones, mourning the loss of our loved ones, but they will have definitely moved on to a loving, peaceful ‘heavenly’ dimension. It was simply their time to leave this lifetime.

    I wrote a little bit about loss and grief in the Empty Nesting blog. This article is to let you know that when we leave these physical bodies – we pass to the Spirit world where we meet with wiser beings who metaphorically hold our hand and take us on a journey into the Light. (This is different to when we become enlightened and merge with the Oneness known as God – at that stage we leave our soul and individual mind behind.)

    Reviewing the life we just left

    With these wise beings in the world of Spirit, we review the life we just lived. In my current life it would be as an English woman called Jacquie, but in another of my thousands of lifetimes I might have been a Chinese man or a Norwegian woman – and this process happens between each of our lifetimes. So, a bit like in a cinema, I would be shown my life on the big screen – warts and all – I would see the challenges I faced in this lifetime and how I dealt with them. The people I related to and what those interactions were like, and then, remembering that “time” is only a worldly concept and not a part of being in Spirit, I would choose my path for my next incarnation including who my parents will be and which challenges I want to have so I can continue to grow and heal.

    My goal is to become enlightened, so I’m trying to evolve as Jesus and Buddha did – to take two well-known souls who mastered their lives – and it is said that when we review our lives in this “cinema” or Hall of Mirrors, we are very keen to do better in our next lifetime so we can continue to achieve our goals.

    Souls that have been mentally disturbed and take their own lives, or people unexpectedly killed in accidents or by freaks of Nature are very much comforted when they pass over. We go to a place of peace because it’s only the physical world that is painful and unkind. The world of Spirit is loving and peaceful. It’s said that souls love being there but choose to reincarnate on Earth because this is such a beautiful planet. There are other dense planets where we could reincarnate – but I am going to stick with the old familiar world we inhabit at the moment!

    When Dad “died”

    When my father passed over, I knew he was comfortable about dying and we both knew where he was going, so I did not grieve his leaving (although I naturally miss him!) I was actually relieved because he had been suffering with cancer. I sent him Reiki healing for his onward journey and found myself naturally looking up into the corner of the room which is where I felt him to be, rather than at his spiritless corpse he’d left on the bed. A few months’ later, through an excellent Medium (please ask me for her details if you want them), Dad thanked me for giving him Reiki at the time of his transition, and I recommend to anyone who is attuned to Reiki to do the same thing. The Medium hadn’t known any of the details of how I dealt with my father’s passing – so it was very comforting to receive Dad’s message through her.

    “What happens when we die?”

    This was my main question when I started actively on my spiritual path in the 90s, and after many years of research and personal experience, I have the answers I was looking for. Indeed, even prior to that, in the 70s I bought a book about near death experiences (NDEs) which was full of documented accounts from people who were thought to have died but came back to life. These NDEs more often than not show people that there is definitely another dimension – the world of Spirit – and they talk about a loving place beyond our imagination. This is my experience when I connect to Holy Spirit – pure joy and Light and Love and laughter!

    So when you next experience grief, of course deal with your emotions, but with the knowledge that your loved one is not suffering anymore and is in a place of peace and love, I hope you will find it easier to grieve. I found great comfort was gained from my reading with the Medium, it really was most beneficial – which is why Mediums do that job for us.

    Do ask questions about what I’ve talked about in this blog – I’m happy to discuss anything with you!

    With love, as ever

    Jacquie

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  • Mind Body Spirit

    Master Your Life Courses

    You’ve probably heard it said that this life is “an illusion”, a “dream”, and that we are here in physical form for one reason and one reason only, and that’s to learn our lessons, to heal and evolve? It’s an illusion because our only true home is in God. But while we’re here in the physical world we’ve been given energy to work with, so that we can heal and become enlightened. How cool is that?!

    I’m a firm believer in ‘Mind Body Spirit’ – the three are integral to our lives. It’s like the Holy Trinity – three in One! The thoughts in our minds affect our bodies, and Spirit holds everything together and sees us through this complicated thing we call life! I’m going to consider the three components:-

    MIND

    Journalling, or ‘writing my diary’ which I’ve done since I was a teenager, is an excellent way to process our thoughts and feelings, and a great way to keep an ongoing check on what’s going on in our minds. If ever you’re feeling confused, it helps to write it down.

    I usually write my diary first thing in the morning, before I get up. Over the years I’ve found my best inspiration comes to me first thing in the morning, often so quickly that I have to scrabble around for a pen and paper to write it down! Some days I’m brimming with ideas but on others, if I’m not, I simply write my thoughts and feelings about what’s happening in my life – it always helps to get it out of my head and onto paper.

    It’s really helpful to distinguish our ego thoughts – the endless chatter – as opposed to the messages we receive from Spirit. When it was first explained to me – I was incredulous that our ego had an agenda of its own! And I’ve since had the experience that my ego doesn’t like me exploring my mind and connecting to Spirit – our egos want to keep us stuck on the Earth plane!

    BODY

    In our restrictive physical bodies, it is super important that we maintain our health and have a good level of fitness so we’re in the best of health to study mind-training and practice our spiritual connection. Therefore, having regular energy healings is an important way to look after the Body part of this much-used phrase – Mind Body Spirit!

    Once learnt, I think the Spirit element is the easiest because who hasn’t sneaked a piece of candy or chocolate today? Even though you knew you didn’t really want to because it was unhealthy?! Who hasn’t done enough exercise? Well, me, that’s for sure! This is why I find the Body element reasonably hard to remain disciplined in. There’s a lot of temptation out there!

    And for me, the Mind element means regular study, practise and catching my thoughts all the time so I don’t lose my (usually good!) temper and become irritable with my loved ones – especially hard during the Lockdown when we’re living in such close quarters!

    SPIRIT

    Back in the ’90s I was an enthusiastic spiritual seeker, reading everything I could lay my hands on to explain the unknown …  the “Great Mystery”. I’d practised Buddhism for a few years and attending metaphysics courses that really opened my eyes and mind to amazing possibilities. Since then, I’ve listened to my thoughts and have learnt to distinguish the two thought sources; I’ve also learnt not to be ruled by my ego’s beliefs anymore but rather to listen to Spirit’s guidance.

    It took lots of listening and distinguishing the two sources, plus me trusting that I would one day succeed in making the distinction. Inspiration and messages from Spirit always come to me from a certain angle, above my head. That sounds odd now I’ve written it, but it’s how it seems to me! And it will be different for everyone, because thoughts can’t be actually placed in a physical place!

    So, do we really understand the spiritual connection to Spirit? In the early days of my seeking I didn’t, even though I was taught how to channel, I found it hard to trust what I was being given. But that early training stood me in good stead and I slowly gained confidence and realised that Spirit was really talking to me – communicating telepathically – dropping words into my mind, initially for me to give readings for others but now all the time, and how exciting was that to discover!

    I can now hear telepathic messages from Spirit, especially in answer to questions I ask. Channelling is a skill we can all learn and I teach people how to channel on my courses.

    Many spiritual seekers have understood asking Spirit for what we want to mean only for manifesting material things, but Spirit will answer all of our questions – even giving us more “time” in our day if we need it! Some books on manifesting are all about getting what we think we want in the world – usually big houses, cars, etc, and although there’s nothing wrong with that, they won’t ultimately give us the peace we’re seeking.

    Holy Spirit is the Voice for God and the link to our Divinity – Spirit gently guides us to awaken. I think it’s the easiest of the three Mind Body Spirit elements because in the long-term it turns out to be the easiest, and it’s so amazing that you’ll just want to do it more and more, all through the day. In A Course in Miracles, Jesus teaches that we can “ask” for every single decision we make, even the smallest, because Holy Spirit will always set us straight, and if we rely on our own decisions we are likely to make ego-led mistakes.

    THREE in ONE!

    I hope you’re managing to enjoy some mindfulness, that you’re eating healthily and giving your body some daily exercise, and connecting to Spirit at every opportunity – I love helping people understand how to listen to their thoughts on my courses. It can be mind-blowing!

    All this leads us to remember Who We Really Are. That we are not separate from God, but while experiencing physicality we use what we can in the world to undo our ego beliefs, learn to hear Spirit and evolve!

    Please do leave a comment!

    Here to serve,

    Jacquie

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  • What is Fear?

    Fear – what is it really?

    Hello there, isn’t this the strangest time of our lives? The whole world is under Lockdown due to the Corona Virus, and from what I gather, most people are feeling anxious and fearful. But also, the wonderful thing is that the whole world is working together to support each other, to keep each other safe and survive this pandemic.

    Can you feel the Fear more than usual at the moment? As soon as I hear the News come on the radio & TV, I can feel my mood instantly drop and feel a slight anxiousness descend upon me. I’ve therefore chosen not to listen to it. I rarely buy newspapers or read them online anyway, but when I’m listening to a music station they read News on the hour and every half-hour, so sometimes I can’t miss the latest death tally in England, Wales, etc.

    Spirit teaches there’s only either Love or Fear. If you’re not feeling God’s Love or the Peace of Spirit in your heart and mind at any time, everything else is linked to the ego self and is, therefore, fear-based.

    In A Course in Miracles (ACIM), a study book channelled by Jesus, he teaches exactly the same thing. There can only be Love or Fear, and our purpose is to be in a place of peacefulness and Love at all times, and to heal our unconscious minds so that we rid ourselves of the fear in them. Every time we feel ourselves being drawn into the mass consciousness of fear, we need to actively pull ourselves back by re-minding ourselves what the Truth is and to actively focus on Love, Peace and God.

    This Earth, our world, is an illusion of our ego’s making and the ego loves drawing us back into its dramas – at the moment it’s all about the Corona Virus. The ego doesn’t want us to become enlightened, loving beings.

    Fear is ONLY linked to our ego. It is in NO way connected to Spirit or our Higher Selves. Love and Fear are the only two true opposites, and only one is real – ie Love! What we usually think of as opposites, such as good and bad, black and white, light and dark are also of the ego mind. There can be NO opposites in God.

    Why is that? Jesus teaches in ACIM that Source is pure Love. God doesn’t see our imperfections and doesn’t acknowledge our trials and tribulations. All of our issues are only connected to our ego and therefore fear, which God doesn’t get involved with.

    God sent representatives such as Buddha, Jesus and ascended master Maitreya, to show us the way out of fear and lead us back to the Light. We have a choice – so let’s choose wisely. What are you choosing in this moment? Which would you rather align with? Love or Fear? Well, that’s a “no brainer”, surely?!

    We were raised in the ego’s belief system, therefore, it takes focussed hard work and persistent awareness to move towards the Light and to make the changes to our mental habits that we need to become and stay enlightened.

    After my kids, Russell and Frances, and I came back from Margaret McElroy’s Metaphysics courses (between 2003 – 2005), we used to stick bright yellow Post-It Notes all over our kitchen and bedroom walls, and on the doors leading from one room to another! We covered our house in re-minders of what we’d learnt so that we would be re-minded wherever we looked. No, it wasn’t pretty, but it worked! The notes said things like:

    1. Let go and let God – my favourite!  2. Meditate to connect to Spirit.  3. Ask Spirit for guidance.

    4. Speak your truth, quietly and clearly.  4. Face the fear.  5. You can do it!

    Frances created her Happi Cards, which you can buy from The Happi Empire’s website at https://www.thehappiempire.com, based on these teachings, which have developed since she also started studying A Course in Miracles. Check them out! They’re a very popular tool for spiritual development and used by Life Coaches around the world.

    It’s advisable to have a healing session at least once a month for our ongoing well-being. In times of self-isolation we can all practise Reiki on ourselves – the 21 day self-practice would not go amiss during this Lockdown. If you want to be attuned to Reiki, I can recommend teachers.

    Please remember that feeling fearful IS a choice. I’ve chosen to not allow it into my heart and mind so I don’t listen to the TV or radio News 24/7, it’s simply not necessary. Many Lightworkers don’t read the News anymore. If I do hear it and feel upset in any small way, I forgive and release it straightaway, which always brings me back to peace.

    So, how are you doing? How are you spending your days? I’m taking this time to catch up on some reading and have more time to do my spiritual practice. I’ve been creating some art – just for me – not for public viewing! And I’m keeping fit by jogging and walking, which is possible where I live. I’m communicating as much as possible with friends and family, and with strangers on social media! I’ll talk to anyone to try and calm their anxiety (fear) as much as I can – as I’m sure are you.

    It’s been lovely connecting with you today through this blog, and if you’d like to  leave me a comment, even if it’s just a “Hello” that would be lovely because it’s more important than usual to connect during this pandemic, and if website Contact forms are the way to do it, let’s get connecting!

    Stay safe.

    Love as ever,

    Jacquie

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  • A Course in Miracles and Where the ego is!

    Rainbow miracle

    As this is the first blog for my new website, I thought I’d introduce myself and share a little about Who I Am, and What I’m about!

    I’m a student, practitioner and teacher of A Course in Miracles. No, I’m not Marianne Willaimson or David Hoffmeister or Gary Renard – three successful and amazing Course Teachers (who all happen to be Americans), but I have a few students and after setting up a Home Study Group in Guildford in 2008 with just a couple, my son and myself, something I’d wanted to do ever since I started studying the Course in 2007, I’m pleased to say that our Group is still going strong and has 11 members! 

    We meet in each other’s homes and after reading some of the Text (or during) we discuss how we are putting the Course’s teachings into our everyday lives – or more importantly, HOW we can use them to help us grow and become enlightened. Not that the Course uses that term, it talks about Salvation and Atonement, but Nirvana and enlightenment are more commonly used by spiritual seekers – like you and me! 

    Language and jargon can be very misleading, or very helpful. But I’ll tell you one thing, it is very hard indeed to describe an enlightened moment, or a spiritual experience!

    One thing many people get muddled up about is the “ego”.

    It is not your personality or characteristics. It is a thought belief system in your mind. Not in your brain or “in your head” … in your mind! It sends you thoughts all the time (thousands all day long) about this and that, judgement calls usually, whether you like her or dislike him, and most usually about ourselves – and very often negative, self-defeating thoughts like “I’m not good enough”, etc.

    Another thing that is commonly misunderstood is the mind. The mind is not in our heads, or in our brains. In fact, we are IN our minds! Well, that’s obviously something for the physicists to ponder, but Science is beginning to understand what metaphysics and esoteric teachings have known for aeons.

    To learn more – do contact me, Jacquie, using the contact form on the website. I look forward to hearing from you – not for an esoteric discussion because we’d be here all day! But to assist you on your spiritual path. I look forward to hearing from you.

    http://www.jacquieverbeek.com

    Photo by Alistair MacRobert on Unsplash

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