Awakening Mind Newsletter September 2014
“We are now harvesting and reaping the fruits of the seed thoughts God has given us to sow. And we give thanks to the Source of all the thoughts of Love.”
– David Hoffmeister
Innocence and Gratitude Give Birth to the Playful Heart!
Healing in mind is clearly the focus here in Mexico, which has led to many deep joinings. There have been many opportunities to look at looping in old patterns, really being aware of where the ego wants to play out the same old story. We have given each other full permission to bring these patterns to awareness, to allow them up, and to give them over to the Spirit. The backdrops have included collaborative projects that have served well; the orchestration of the Spirit is beautiful in joining with those that help with the opportunities for healing. There has been a clear call for attentiveness, which is serving so well in keeping the mind fully in line with the Spirit.
Geoff and I were called to two gatherings in the Monterrey area. Monclova was well attended with around 40 people that were so keen to learn of the ways of community, how to practically apply the Course in their lives, and to feel the presence of joining in the truth. The next evening in Monterrey was movie night, where Spirit was clear that littleness is so old and magnitude is its replacement! We explored how the ego’s goal is to keep the mind distracted and how the movie, Lucy, beautifully showed that clear purpose and focus bring us into magnitude, into the I AM presence. It was so beautiful to feel such a deep heartfelt connection with all these brothers and sisters; it was truly a blessing!
“Peace of Mind is my one goal” is the glorious theme of the upcoming gathering in Guadalajara on September 20, 2014 with Sue and I. There is a call here similar to our beloved friends in Monclova to learn how to fully experience ACIM in each Now moment and to join in presence. For details contact Cathy Urroz: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are gearing up for the “You are the Light of the World” week-long retreat that starts on September 24, 2014. As I write, Nikita is joining us fresh from the Strawberry Fields Forever Festival in Utah. A new Palapa building is being constructed on the La Casa de Milagros property that will be a very helpful large outdoor gathering space where we envision many deep teachings, joinings, and dance parties taking place. We welcome Kirsten and David who will join us in the week leading up to the retreat. This will be a time of immersing in the recognition of who we truly are (the Light of the World), and in that recognition, deep healing, great joy, happiness, and laughter! The event is getting close to being full, so if you are considering joining us, contact Sue: email@example.com.
The Light Has Come
A Sunday Service in the Park
Join Michael and the La Casa de Milagros community for a playful journey into innocence, down at the local park in Chapala for their Sunday Service Gathering.
Gratitude beyond Words
I have only been back in Mexico for a couple of weeks, after a brief visit to Australia, but it feels like I’ve never left! It’s a soft, rainy evening as I write and I love the sounds of happy Mexicans in the street and the ever present bray of the neighbor’s donkey and yapping dogs all mixed in with the soft patter on the roof. All this sound points me willingly Home!
It was fantastic to find Michael at the helm at La Casa de Milagros when I returned and I am so enjoying the non-compromising relationship with him in my role here as miracle overseer and to experience the blooming of la Casa guided by his tender, inspired care!
It’s not about the goings on at La Casa. However, I would like to share a Holy encounter that I had in Australia. It deeply strengthened my commitment and desire to be in service to the Truth. It also points to my gratitude for the devotion, service, and Love that David Hoffmeister and the Messengers of Peace, like Michael, give so consistently.
While visiting a long time ACIM student and friend from my old Endeavour Academy days, I was happily sharing my experiences with Living Miracles when a huge wave of gratitude came pouring through. And I mean HUGE! Grateful tears rolled down my cheeks and thoughts of the message David demonstrates so lovingly, the deep experiences I have had with the Messengers, and the glorious teachings that each and All have given me over the years flooded through like a slide show! I experienced a quiet gentleness of the Christ as the conveyer of these thoughts and a depth of Truth that I cannot describe.It felt like a lineage of awareness that I have been gloriously given to extend everywhere!
The beautiful thing was I hardly said a word. I was so ‘in’ the experience, but the message of gratitude filled my friend, and he totally received it. What I saw was that the experience of gratitude is the transmission of Love itself. That’s the ultimate gift we have been given to give! No words can ever express this, just a deep acceptance of the Grace of God which fills the Heart and becomes a living demonstration of the perfect innocence that we truly are, just like David!
In service to That!
I am gratitude itSelf!
Fun Music Video Pick
You’ll love this super fun rendition of “The Light has Come – Children of the Light”
Quickening in Community
My experience in community here at La Casa de Milagros has been one of deepening purpose and expansion. Upon my arrival, I felt a profound sense of home. I felt that I was finally in an environment where true transformation could take place. And has taken place!
Old beliefs have been washed away in the torrents of the Mexican rain, and laughter has bubbled up without a logical reason. I have played in the garden (of Eden) like a child, and accepted the call to express that which has weighed heavy on the heart. I have felt the “rightness” of being radically honest, the peace of letting go, and the power of prayer. It feels like these, and a million other “tiny” moments have come together to form a larger experience of healing and Joy.
The mind continues to become clearer and clearer. I am more easily able to recognize detours from peace and offer them up to the Light. I am living from the place of Inspiration, allowing it to pour through me into new and exciting projects. I am aware of this being a reflection of my own willingness and devotion to Love, and for that I am grateful.
I feel deeply appreciative of my Mighty Companions here, who have opened their hearts and shared these experiences with me. To each and every one of them, I offer a prayer of thanks. It is their tremendous support, integrity, and open-mindedness that has helped to strengthen my trust in God.
As I prepare to leave the community and “go out into the world” to extend in new ways, I am grateful for the time I have spent here at La Casa. It was the perfect place, at the perfect time. And I take with me the certainty that it will forever be so.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Themes: Awakening, Adventure, Transformation, Purpose, Littleness to Magnitude, Overcoming Self-doubt, Opening to the Present Moment, Fear of Intimacy, Communication, Mighty Companions, Cant Mess It Up!, Taking the Leap, Faith, Trust, All Things Work Together For Good
Director: Ben Stiller
Stars: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly
A fantastic awakening movie about taking the leap and soaring in Purpose! The rewards of faith are spiritual, and with every leap of faith comes an expansion of self. You are so much more than you could ever dream yourself to be! And your part is absolutely essential in the Plan! All of heaven is awaiting your Yes! The Spirit will show the way with signs and clues – and you will literally be carried by Grace to ensure you make it to your Destination. It may not always be experienced as ‘graceful’, but there is never a moment when the way isn’t shown – when you have the eyes to see and the courage to keep leaping! The Spiritual journey shifts from an experience of seeing missed opportunities and regrets, to soaring with the mighty wings of an eagle, seeing how incredibly all things keep working together for good, for you! It was all to bring you to this very Moment. And this Moment is so precious because You are Here, aware and saying Yes! Welcome Home to the awareness of Who you truly are!
Walter Mitty works in the basement, believing himself and his role in life to be small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things. He has no idea that his part is essential in a much bigger plan, and that without him, the dreams of others couldn’t be realized. Living life bombarded by doubt-thoughts every day, and fantasizing of opportunities to be so much more, it all reaches a point where it just cannot be tolerated any longer. Self-doubt and hesitation fall away with every step that is taken, replaced with certainty of purpose and the realization that mighty companions are everywhere.
It is time to break out of littleness and go on the ride of a lifetime!
Lyrics from the theme song Stay Alive “There is a truth and it’s on our side. Dawn is coming, open your eyes. Look into the sun there’s a new day’s rise”.
Coming Events at La Casa de Milagros
Michael and Sue are joining friends in Guadalajara for a one-day gathering on September 20, 2014, remembering that our One goal is Peace. By holding Peace out front in every moment we reveal the blocks to its awareness in the spirit of the happy learner!
Contact Cathy Urroz at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Also, don’t miss…
We are all getting excited about the upcoming ‘You are the Light of the World’ retreat starting on September 23, 2014 here at la Casa de Milagros. 7 days of joy and presence, joining in the Love and experience of our true magnificence Now!
Click here for more details.
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Global Coming Events
There are gatherings and retreats happening all over the globe this season. Have a look at our coming events to join with us.
Peace of Mind is my One Goal
Sept 20 Guadalajara, JAL, Mexico
You are the Light of the World Retreat
Sept. 24 – 30 Chapala, JAL, Mexico
Live Life in the Flow Retreat
Oct. 3 – 5 Poole, Dorset, UK
Quantum Love Tour – Europe
Oct. 10 – 15 Dublin, Ireland
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Our centers are for those who desire to be in service and experience the gifts of prayer and devotion to the Spirit. Our focus on service is a way for the ego thought system to be undone, by reversing the habit of the mind from getting to giving. Our centers offer a space for deepening in devotion. They provide a safe environment to look fearlessly at the ego and come into the experience of living the practical application of our teachings. The sole purpose of coming together in community is the realization of our True Nature. There are opportunities to collaborate in a variety of projects.
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