People often ask me why I study and practice the metaphysical teachings of A Course In Miracles and the answer is quite undramatically, unimpressively, unassumingly simple: It works.
By that I mean: it gets me to the peace.
I truly believe that this is the single most important measure of a working spiritual practice. Is it getting you to a place of deep internal peace. Everyone’s path and practice will be rich and different and special, but as long as it gets one to the peace, all is solid with the Universe.
But if your spiritual path doesn’t lead you to peace? It’s not working.
So let’s talk about the work. In today’s podcast episode I delve into the core message of The Course which is that the way to live out our fullest expression of love is through practicing forgiveness.
I’ll be straight with you guys. I am not proud of this, but I used to think forgiveness was weak, and therefore pathetic, and therefore boring (as you’ll hear in a minute).
But now I know it’s exactly the opposite. I know forgiveness is our life line, it’s our sacred strength, it’s our faith in the very brilliant beings we are.
Fair warning: what you are about to hear is me riffing on the topic of self-forgiveness as an exercise of deep, soulful compassion of the variety that most of us are not used to allowing ourselves to experience. I’m not suggesting we sprinkle ourselves with self-love as a fun perk, I’m talking about going deep, as in tears-pouring-forth-in-ecstatic-relief-deep, when it comes to stopping the negative self-loathing guilt trips we are all prone to engage in in the privacy of our own weary minds.
This recording is not perfect because it’s me being real, alone in a room, holding the recorder in one hand and my heart in the other, burning with the desire to light you up with self-love, wishing I could look each and every one of you guys in your precious eyes and smile.
Click play and let me know if this hits home for you:
I would love to hear your thoughts on all or any of this. Do you struggle with the guilt spiral? Would you give immediate self forgiveness a try this week and see what you discover?
As always, I welcome your comments – and you :) – with open arms and an open heart.
As promised, here is the link to Be Here Now by Baba Ram Dass which I reference in the podcast. You will adore this book for its spectacular wildness, its burning truth, and its beating heart of pure transcendent love. The illustrations and messages are textured spiritual fire.
If you’d like to see the Instagram post I reference in the podcast (titled “forgive yourself immediately”) come check it out here: @glorybegin and follow along for daily inspirational posts.
With so much love and compassion upon compassion upon compassion,
Allison Marie Xxx
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P.S. I could never say this enough but I’ll say it a million times: thank you for your comments, emails, messages, feedback, encouragement and love. And thank you for sharing my work; my heart and soul go into absolutely every single thing I do here. It truly means the world to me to know it touches you in some way.
So much love, peace and light to you all. :)
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