Like a HOUSE. . .

I’m either Letting in,

opening up, or considering.

or . . .

I’m shutting down,

closing off, and refusing.

Today —

my window is slightly ajar.

Rumi puts it this way:

The Guesthouse 

(Translated by Coleman Barks)

“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

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.”


What a consolation that, ” I could see JOY/Peace instead of this.” Lesson 34 ACIM

It’s my choice what I see. Looking beyond appearances at what the Christ would see, I can see Joy, Peace, and Forgiveness. Yes, my ego’s eyes see usually see otherwise, but I am learning to ask Spirit’s help in seeing the essence of myself, others, and the entire world in the light of Christ. Makes an eternity and many lifetime’s viewpoint more loving and gentle.

“I could see Joy instead of this.”

Your Tired Eyes

from my notebook-April 2021

“To your tired eyes I bring a vision of a different world, so new and clean and fresh you will forget the pain and sorrow that you saw before. ⁵Yet this a vision is which you must share with everyone you see, for otherwise you will behold it not. ⁶To give this gift is how to make it yours. ⁷And God ordained, in loving kindness, that it be for you.” (ACIM, T-31.VIII.8:4-7)

“You are still worn and tired, and the desert’s dust still seems to cloud your eyes and keep you sightless. (ACIM, T-18.VIII.13:2)

I am indeed world-weary and tired indeed of not seeing. Of projecting, judging, and reincarnating over hundreds of lifetimes.

Over the past six months, I have given myself over to daily study of A Course in Miracles in order to see differently. With vision. Through the eyes of Spirit. It’s the beginning of envisioning myself and everyone else as we really are in Spirit. Equal and divine. Together. One with God. A huge endeavor, but not without hope–or help. The reason for Spirit.

Difficult to share these new and emerging understandings of mine outside the context of the Course. I’ve been delving into this for the past three years, but only after studying with my online study group have I begun to understand and find increasing glimpses of Inner Peace–the goal of the Course.