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Inspiration: From “This Spirit Touch”:
“At some time, perhaps in a more moderate way, nearly everyone has experienced this spirit touch of God the fleeting feeling of insight, love, joy, and ‘The world is right.’ Once, I thought that only unusual circumstances made these moments possible. Actually, I now think, they are forecasts of what one can have if one is willing to take the time and make the effort. Peace, love, and joy can be sought through quiet thinking and honest prayer. The wholeness, the new awareness, that is produced affects one’s relationship with God and man to a degree greater than would seem possible in ordinary life.”
1973 AAWS Inc. 
Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 65
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE (R
“How to own yourself
You are now adventuring toward finding and living with what is
truly your own. That alone delivers abiding inner satisfaction.
How do we find our own? By first discovering and discarding what
does not really belong to our essential nature. Disturbance does
not belong to our true nature, so to see how easily we are dis-
turbed by exterior events is a good start toward ending disturbance.
This kind of self-awareness produces unique power. With it you begin
to see the difference in disturbance being real as an experience but
not real as a necessity.”
Secrets for Higher Success, p. 43
. . . we then look at Step Six. We have emphasized
willingness as being indispensable.
Steps Four and Five were difficult, but worthwhile. Now I
was stuck on Step Six and, in despair, I picked up the Big
Book and read this passage. I was outside, praying for
willingness, when I raised my eyes and saw a huge bird
rising in the sky. I watched it suddenly give itself up to the
powerful air currents of the mountains. Swept along,
swooping and soaring, the bird did things seemingly impossible
for mortal birds to do. It was an inspiring example
of a fellow creature “letting go” to a power greater than
itself. I realized that if the bird “took back his will” and
tried to fly with less trust, on its power alone, it would spoil
its apparent free flight. That insight granted me the
willingness to pray the Seventh Step prayer.
It’s not easy to know God’s will in each circumstance. I
must search out and be ready for the currents, and that’s
where prayer and meditation help! Because I am, of
myself, nothing, I ask God to grant me the knowledge of
His will and the power and courage to carry it out—today.
Thought should tend more and more toward an affirmative attitude of mind that is positive, stable and-above all else a real unity of the Spirit that is already complete and perfect. 
Science of Mind page 5

There is a spirit that pervades everything, that is capable of powerful song and radiant movement, and that moves in and out of the mind. The colors of this spirit are multitudinous, a glowing, pulsing rainbow.
 I found that I can’t do this thing alone, 
I need you. I would never have been able to admit that.
“This being human is a guest house / Every morning a new arrival / A joy, a depression, a meanness, / some momentary awareness comes / as an unexpected visitor.”


ACIM Workbook Lesson 152 Insights
“The power of decision is my own.”
Jesus is encouraging me to accept the truth and let go of the ego lies of separation. The truth is, all that is real is one in God and has never changed from how God created it. All is one continuous whole in God. This one, continuous whole is changeless and eternal. This is my true Identity and everyone’s true Identity. This is the real universe as God created it. In today’s lesson Jesus is encouraging me to let go of what is not true, what is not real. What is not real — bodies in a world of time and constant change — is not what God created.
Let me accept the truth today. Let me not try to change God’s creation and make an individual self image. Let me let go of that self image and accept only the truth as true. Let me accept my one universal Self in God as all that is real. This is salvation. My identity could never be anything other than as God created it. Let me accept the truth today.
This lesson lays responsibility for the world I see squarely in my own hands. Recognition of this as true is essential to my release from it. As long as I believe anything in the world I see is not of my own making, I am a victim of the world, powerless to do anything about it. Acceptance of full responsibility for the world is key to my release from it. It means I have all the power I need to release the world I see and return to Heaven, where I was created to be and still am in truth.
The decision for what I want to believe is true is always mine. This is a point that is repeated many ways, again and again throughout the Course. The ego puts up all kinds of smoke screens trying to hide this fact and make it seem as though what happens in the world I see is entirely out of my control. The ego’s very existence depends upon my believing this. The recognition that the world and everything I seem to experience in it is of my own making brings instant release.
No one consciously hangs on to pain, isolation, fear and guilt. It is the quick forgetting referred to in an earlier lesson that makes these decisions seem to be unconscious and holds the illusionary world in place.
As I accept my Self as God created me, I free myself from the world of limitation and death. Only I can make this decision, for it is only I who has made the decision to deny it. Today’s lesson is simply a reinforcement of the lesson, “Heaven is the decision I must make.” Today I will practice remembering that I remain as God created me.
I love the first paragraph of this lesson, but it also scares me. I am perfectly willing to accept the idea that I am responsible for everything in my world, but somehow I am unwilling to accept that I have the power to change it. Can I really have the power of decision as my own and if so, why do I not use it? What is wrong with me that I choose misery, guilt and fear instead?
In my meditation this morning I asked Holy Spirit to show me specific places in my mind that I have chosen to believe the truth is not true. These were all familiar places to me. I knew they were there and often I have pretended to myself that I wanted healing and even asked for healing. God doesn’t hear my false words that I use to fool myself; He hears, instead, what is in my heart and so I choose to believe I can keep these exceptions to the truth and pretend they are the real world I inhabit.
I am not going to waste any time trying to figure out why I choose pain over joy. I have asked Holy Spirit to gently remind me throughout the day when I am making these choices. This day I am not going to pretend circumstances are out of my control and there is nothing I can do about certain things in my life. I accept that God did not create me to be fearful and so if I am feeling fearful I am trying to make my own truth to replace God’s Truth. How crazy is that? I am not going to try to reason with the ego or allow anything to cloud the issue. That is how I’ve kept these self-deceptions in place for so long. If it is fear, God did not make it and it is not true.
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Rumi in the early 2000’s became one of the most widely read poets in America. I began translating Rumi in 1988, and sharing and performing his poetry in 1991. I never thought that he would become so popular in the West in such a short time. Rumi is one the world’s brightest creative talents. He’s on par with Beethoven, Shakespeare and Mozart.
Rumi was born on the Eastern shores of the Persian Empire on September 30, 1207, in the city of Balkh in what is now Afghanistan and finally settled in the town of Konya, in what is now Turkey. Today three countries claim him as their national poet: Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan. However none of these countries as they are today actually existed back then. Iran was called the Persian Empire, a monarchy, and it was quite larger than it is today. It included all of today’s Iran and Afghanistan also parts of Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey and Iraq. Turkey had not yet formed then and Afghanistan was part of the Khorasan Province in the old Persian Empire.
Rumi’s life story is full of intrigue and high drama mixed with intense creative outbursts. Rumi was a charming, wealthy nobleman, a genius theologian and a brilliant but sober scholar, who in his late thirties met a wandering and wild holy man by the name of Shams. In Rumi’s own words, after meeting Shams he was transformed from a bookish, sober scholar to an impassioned seeker of truth and love.
Rumi and Shams stayed together for a short time, about 2 years in total, but the impact of their meeting left an everlasting impression on Rumi and his work. After Shams was murdered by Rumi’s youngest son, due to events that are explained further down on this page, Rumi fell into a deep state of grief and gradually out of that pain outpoured nearly 70,000 verses of poetry. These thousands of poems, which include about 2000 in quatrains, are collected in two epic books named, Divan-e Shams-e Tabrizi and Massnavi (Mathnawi).
Please read our “Rumi & Shams, the Untold Story” below for a more in-depth biography of Rumi and an overview of his unconventional friendship with Shams.
It seems that the universe brought these two opposing characters (a wealthy nobleman and a poor, wondering, wild holy man) together to remind us that it is impossible to know where your next inspiration may come from or who might aid furthering your growth. For Rumi the life of mystics is a “gathering of lovers, where there is no high or low, smart or ignorant, no proper schooling required.”
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