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Healing Anxiety, Fear, and Pain
"Never be afraid to reveal who you really are, regardless of what anyone thinks. As a magnificent force of light your purest Self is needed in a world shadowed with illusion."
~ Maureen Moss
Many years ago, I was back to work at my full-time job after the Christmas holidays, and I could not seem to access my heart. I was living in my "conditioned ego self." Caught up in the practical task of fitting into the working world, I felt as uninspired as I could possibly be.
In an attempt to uplift myself out of the emotional heaviness of my "pain body," I was about to start my yearly attempt to tackle the 365 lessons in A Course in Miracles. The text and the 365 Workbook lessons in ACIM had always posed a challenge for me.
The style of writing in the text and workbook felt ponderous and dense, and the religious language frustrated my creative understanding. And after many years of studying the Course, I still found the lessons dense and difficult to understand.
As I was about to start the 365 days of lessons, I received the insight that I could embody the lessons in a feminine way by writing about how I intuitively lived into them each day in my journal.
Approached creatively, I realized that the writings were specifically about understanding how anxiety and fear sit on top of the unhealed emotional pain body.
As I finished eating lunch in my car I contemplated the sheer magnitude of writing an intuitive interpretation of ACIM. Still musing, I went into a second-hand store to look around for the rest of my lunch hour.
As I browsed, I walked directly toward a simple second-hand book of prose excerpted from A Course In Miracles. The distillation of the teachings struck my heart. I took that synchronicity as a sign to begin.
Embodying higher spiritual vision in the midst of ordinary life is no small feat. It had long struck me that Helen Schucman, the psychologist through whom the Course was channeled, was unable to heal her personal emotional pain body, and embody the teachings of ACIM.
Struggling at the time with my emotional pain body, and observing the anxiety and fear in those whom I loved, my longing intensified. Over the past many years of writing, I aimed to embody each ACIM lesson creatively - in a way that the original channel of the Course so struggled to do.
Spiritual Support and the Absence of Fear
When I was in my twenties, I experienced two spiritual heart openings that pointed me to a temporary embodied experience of spiritual light and love: my emotionally heavy and fearful personality subsided completely for a time. The first heart opening happened prior to the death of my father to cancer - a brief, but powerful opening that lasted about an hour.
The second heart opening happened when my marriage to my daughter's father ended, five close members of my family died, and I "re-met" my soul mate. It was during that 3-month visionary time that I could see the falsity of my fearful ego conditioning. By the age of 30, I began to "unravel" and "undo" all of the destructive choices I made from fear and began to choose from love.
After my two heart opening many years ago, I studied the deepest spiritual and psychological literature I could find. I wanted to understand why my freedom from anxiety, fear, and pain could not continue.I sensed that A Course in Miracles best described the "mechanics" of the heavy fear conditioning I was struggling with.
Aspiring to the Light
Raising ourselves out of the mire of the common consensus consciousness is no easy task. Most people live in their pain bodies and project their pain onto others, instead of healing themselves. Many of us are so immersed in our pain bodies, we think it is who we are.
Our anxieties and fears feel "normal." Fear is the water we swim in, and our ways of contracting away from our spiritual light. Overcoming anxiety and fear requires a daily, determined intention to focus on our highest spiritual aspirations.
My favorite ACIM lesson, "I am the light of the world" has always had the power to restore my enthusiasm for life. As a child, I deeply understood that beauty, light, and creativity were trying to come into this world. We can forget that as children we held a certitude about the spiritual world that adults could no longer see.
The Spiritual Light of Children
As children, we understood how to have faith in a spiritual reality that we felt but could not see. The intensity of aspiration inherent in the lesson, "I am the light of the world" shines through the mire of pain and limitation that weighs down the world.
Holding onto the visionary spiritual aspirations that we naturally understood as children, and sustaining them when we become adults, translates into a level of spiritual confidence that is not common in this world.
My favorite ACIM lesson, "I am the light of the world" speaks to the unique "grandeur" of soul light that we are, regardless of the heavy emotional pain body that we carry on top of our soul.
Repeating "I am the light of the world" returns us to the sweetness of aspiration that heals out anxiety, fear and emotional pain.
The following is my meditation on the ACIM lesson "I am the light of the world." The entire 365-day course is now available for free HERE.
A Course in Creating Miracles
by Shelley Klammer
"I am the light of the world."
The purpose of this lesson is to embrace your real purpose and truth here on earth.
Meditation: As many times as possible, every hour for 1 or 2 minutes, tell yourself, "I am the light of the world. That is my only function. That is why I am here." Then, let related thoughts come.
Contemplate the truth that you are the light of the world. How does it feel in your body? How does this larger thought inspire you to speak, listen and take action in your life today? Where inside of yourself do you embrace this light, and where do you resist it?