Australia Newsletter February 2011
I will be still an instant and go home
The Silent Joy
Quiet nights and quiet days
Quiet walks on quiet ways
Floating with the Inner Force that guides us
Quiet thoughts and quiet scenes
Quiet words and quiet dreams
Soaring in a Sky of Love
Beyond the world and so together.
We shall live Eternally In a state of Revelry
Away from all the earthly cares that bound us.
The world seemed so unfinished
Until I found You in it
And all at once the happiness I knew
Is now a quiet time of loving You.
"Turning To Peace" - Paul Schwartz
By Sue Daniel
Yesterday as I prepared somewhat anxiously for the first Living Miracles Church in which I was officially a Minister I pondered and prayed for guidance around the theme for the Church...."I will be still an instant and go Home"
Having recently recognised the call of the heart to stillness, I found myself asking spirit for help to see this idea through Holy Spirits eyes. I was shown that there is no fear or anxiety experienced when I truly surrender ‘mini me’ into Christs’ hands. It’s here Now that my thoughts are relinquished and the presence of God is revealed.
I saw the distraction of worldly affairs through the constant ‘doings’ of the ego as the way I avoid the possibility of the silence that is always available just beneath the activity of mind. In fact the ego is desperately afraid of empty spaces and quiet moments. I so desire leisure time and yet I anxiously fill it with a busy schedule! I fear the void because if I remove ‘my’ meaning from the world I see, God will rush in with His meaning. To help remove the defences protecting my identity and to learn to face the emptiness without fear these words from A Course in Miracles can be applied in every situation, including Church!
"I do not know what anything, including this means,
And so I do not know how to respond to it.
And I will not use my own past learning as the light to guide me now"
As I came to the completion of my prayer I discovered I was clear, relaxed and at peace. I knew I had come to a place in the mind where I was God dependent and all fear had dissolved. Although I knew no more of what was to come during Church, I was holding the innocence of Christ out in front!
I feel honoured and grateful to have this opportunity as Minister of the church that I may know the freedom that comes from extending Spirits message, that I may recognise the gifts I have been given by Him.
Thank you to the Messengers of Peace and Beloved brothers and sisters joined in the one glorious purpose of healing the belief of a split mind!
Changes to Church Services
The Church Services will now be held from Living Waters in Yowrie, where Sue Daniel, Living Miracle Australia’s newest Minister will be holding the services.
The format for joining the services will also be different. Instead of joining via Skype, you will now join via an internet link to BlogTalkRadio. Click on the following link:
We will send out further details on how to join the service on the mailing lists this week and Karen will send the notice to all the Skype users who currently attend via this method. Also the Living Miracles Australia Website will have full details on how to join via BlogTalkRadio under the Services Heading by the end of this week.
See you in Church!
We wish David Hoffmeister and the Messengers of Peace a joyous farewell as they leave our shores once again. Our hearts are full and our minds hopeful that the gifts of Grace are being layed upon them in each moment as we join in our purpose to remember our only inheritance; the Peace of God.
We offer our deepest thanks for shining the light so brightly into our minds and hearts and await in gentle welcome their speedy return!!
By Sonia Stocco
I was in my kitchen about a week before the recent Mystery Bay retreat when I suddenly felt the knowing that I would ask to be baptised there. My initial reaction was "No way, why do I need to do that?" I put the thought to the back of my mind and didn't really give it any more attention.
Before arriving at Mystery Bay, my prayer was to see all others around me as innocence because I still saw error and felt criticized by others. It kept me in a vicious cycle of feeling like I cannot get this right. It keeps the feeling of smallness and judgement as my main experience. I asked to no longer feel the judgments of others but little did I know that I had to see myself as pure innocence. That was what it really came down to.
Whilst on the retreat, I saw a vision just upon waking:
I was standing on a thick glass floor that was stopping me from going deeper into my soul. I wanted to smash this floor that was blocking me and keeping me imprisoned. As I thought this, it smashed and I plunged down, landing in a house that was flooding. The water was half way up the walls. I was floating in a room with furniture floating around me; I saw this as thoughts floating around in my mind. There was an open doorway and I propelled myself through it, into another room. Here on the other side of the room there was another doorway but this time the door was closed. I headed towards it and with great strength and determination, pushed it open with my legs.
I knew then that I would be baptised in the days to follow and in some way it felt as if it had already happened, the script was written! I could feel that baptism wasn't actually anything to do with religion (unlike my catholic up-bringing) but was a symbol of a cleansing and a new beginning.
Over the course of the retreat, I spent a lot of time in deep meditation with other participants; it was through this deep joining in meditation that my innocence was shown to me by the Holy Spirit.
I noticed that I would be in deep meditation when suddenly I would have a guilt or doubt thought arise in my mind. When this happened, the depth of the meditation would subside and become more superficial. The doubt thoughts and guilt presented as people I knew talking to me, judging me, disapproving of my actions and way of thinking. This is when I had a large realization, that these people weren't even physically present, yet it was as if they were! Their criticisms were in my mind! They weren't outside of me! It had nothing to do with 'others' or someone else disapproving of me or criticizing me; it was my own doubts and guilt directly from the ego. In these deep meditations I felt my identity melt away and became One with the Universe, I was vast and light and in pure peace with no desires or wants; just quiet stillness. So these doubts and guilt couldn't be coming from there because it is impossible for that to exist in such a Holy space. This is when I saw my true innocence.
The following morning we went down to the river and I was plunged under the water for a brief moment. I had some beautiful companions who then slowly and silently floated down the river with me, all on our backs. I will never forget the silence and stillness that I experienced as I floated down the river.
I feel that I smashed through my glass floor and am now bathing in the light of my baptism. My new beginning has begun. I welcome it with an unknowing of what I am actually welcoming but all I need to remember is the gift of joining in true deep meditation and that is my true place of rest.
Where do I feel most at home? In the world busily doing? Or in that place of true deep rest where I totally loose who I am, no time exists, and I am so vast that I belong to everything and nothing? The answer is obvious! I rest in my Innocence.