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Three years ago, after participating in Lisa Natoli’s 40-Day Journey Program for Personal Transformation, I opened fully to A Course in Miracles in ways not possible prior. After studying the course for over two decades, it was the 40-Day journey that served as the key that granted me access to the Course in its totality. As such, I no longer study the course—I live it. The Course might exist tangibly as the “big book” that sits in various areas of my home, but the ideas of the Course are now woven deeply into the fabric of my everyday life.
Part of the way that I have come to “live” the Course is through a set of daily practices that have helped me to integrate it into my daily life. These practices are not substitutions for the Lessons in A Course in Miracles, but play a significant role in keeping me miracle-minded. These practices set up my day, keep me in check, and serve to call me back to Christ Consciousness whenever I am lured away by Ego.
A lamp must be plugged into a wall socket for it to work. When it works, we see very clearly around us. Much like the lamp; we, too, need to be “plugged into Source” to “see” clearly and to function well. The practices shared here are the ways that I keep myself “plugged in” to Source. I notice that whenever I am tired, irritable, anxious, depressed, or fearful—I am not plugged in. Whenever I am engaging in gossip, openly discussing and dramatizing grievances, and harshly judging myself or others—I am not plugged in.
In sum, whenever I am not at peace, I am not plugged in.
These practices help me to keep the power of my own “light” on and as such, I can see things and others very clearly. I am fully awake to and aligned with Christ Consciousness.
My intention in this blog is to lead you through five key stages of my day within which I am purposefully checking in on myself and if necessary, re-connecting to Christ Consciousness. I hope that these practices will be helpful to you and that you might consider integrating them into your daily routine.
Join me as I walk you through my day.
Dawn: Plugging In
I purposefully set my morning alarm so that I am rising before the first light of day. The tender moments prior to dawn feel sacred to me. At pre-dawn, I am quiet, vulnerable, and open hearted. It is during this time that I am most acutely aware of God’s Presence.
Before setting my feet on the floor and starting my day, there are three specific steps I take to set up my day.
Step One: Basking in the Energy of Christ Light
Laying still on my side, I take several deep breaths. I envision that I am surrounded by a radiant golden light. This light symbolizes Christ Light. Closing my eyes, I envision that I am held and cradled in this light. In some cases, I imagine being held in the arms of Christ, much like a child might be held in the arms of her mother during that tender time that precedes dawn. This visualization is one within which I feel nurtured, protected, and completely supported. More importantly, this practice is how I join with Christ.
Step Two: Connecting to Source
Fully engulfed in the vision of being held in Christ Light, I gently nudge Ego to step aside so that I might be the pure, open channel through which God is fully expressed.
Nothing matters more to me than to live each day as an expression of Christ here on earth in this body form called, “Christine.”
I ask that anything that is obstructing the full expression of my Divinity to drop away. I ask to be freed of any worry, concern, irritation, anger, or grievances that might keep me in the mindset of fear.
Step Three: Living from Christ Consciousness
Once I move through steps one and two, I say the following prayer. I wrote this prayer some time ago. Uttering these words at the break of dawn each day keeps me “living” the course all day long. Feel free to borrow this prayer as part of your morning practice.
“Today—with all people and in all my affairs…
May I think with the mind of Christ,
May I intuit from the Guidance of the Holy Spirit,
May I see through the eyes of Christ,
May I speak with the Voice of Christ,
May I serve with the hands of Christ,
May I traverse the terrain of my day with the feet of Christ,
May I live every moment of this day from the Heart of Christ.”
The practice of this prayer is a North Star of sorts. Whenever I am feeling triggered throughout the day, I pause and I think back on this morning prayer.
I then ask myself:
“In this moment, are your thoughts coming from the Christ Mind?
How would this look different through the eyes of Christ?
Have you severed your connection to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit?
Are the words you are choosing expressions of the Christ voice?
Have you ceased serving?
Are your feet moving in the direction of love, growth, compassion, inspiration?
In this moment, what might you do to come back to living from the heart of Christ? “
The mere act of running myself through these questions whenever I feel triggered reconnects me back to the Truth of who I am and the prayer that I spoke at dawn.
One of the hallmarks of my morning commute is to call upon the Holy Spirit for guidance. Inspired by Lesson 71 in The Course, I ask of the Holy Spirit:
“What would You have me do? Where would You have me go? What would You have me say, and to whom?”
Additionally, I add a prayer that I created to assist me in extending the love of Christ in the direction of anyone I will encounter throughout the day.
“May I bless everyone I encounter with my Holiness so that I might see theirs. As such, I am reminded that we are of the same Sonship—expressions of the same Divine Source deserving of every opportunity to remember who we are.”
This prayer has had a transformational impact on my interpersonal relationships. Within the context of my personal and professional relationships, I am rarely triggered anymore. And when I am—I lean into the word “Sonship.” When feeling reactive, I might say:
“This person before me is my brother/sister. We are of the same Sonship. Unique expressions of Divinity–no more or no less radiant in our expression.”
Leaning into the remembrance the Sonship, I am freed from the charge, suffering, and negativity of relational triggers.
Lunch Time Date with the Holy Spirit
Lunch time requires a longer period of intentional reflection.
While preparing lunch, or sitting quietly before my plate of food, I take a few moments to reflect upon any person or situation that has proved challenging thus far that day, or anything ahead that I might be feeling anxious about.
Bringing this person or situation fully to mind, the central question that hovers over my lunchtime “date” with the Holy Spirit is:
“Seated in the firm, reliable, and stable foundation of love—what would love do in this situation?
What “inner teacher” have I chosen to best deal with this situation—Ego or Holy Spirit? Do I need to make a shift?”
I might reflect on these questions for a period of 3 to 10 minutes—committing to however long it takes for me to reconnect to the Light.
There are days when this lunch time date is not easy or convenient. However, on the days that I miss my date with the Holy Spirit, I am far more inclined to be jerked around by Ego.
I often need to find creative ways to keep this date. This might mean running myself through these questions while walking to lunch or scheduling lunch with a colleague ten minutes later than usual so that I might sit quietly in my office to keep my “date.” Another strategy is to journal the answers to the questions above. The act of journaling will get you accustomed both to the questions and to taking the time to keep your date with the Holy Spirit.
This lunch time date, if kept consistent, is a form of wiping the slate clean—beginning again so that you might experience the rest of your day more fully connected to God and to your brothers and sisters.
Honoring the Sacred at Dusk
From the time I was a child, I have always found dusk to be as sacred as dawn. There is something about the change in light that makes me want to drop to my knees in gratitude. This is one of the reasons that I have come to honor the changing light of dusk by implementing a gratitude practice. Regardless of where you are located geographically, use the shift in light as your sign to take a mental pause and shift into gratitude.
I practice the principal of what I call, “just 3 things.” I know that no matter the circumstance, I can always find at least three things about which to feel grateful. That said, to truly live your own Divinity, I encourage you to focus on all the ways that you have felt the Presence of God throughout your day. For example, my gratitude practice might sound something like this:
“I am so grateful that while leading my morning workshop, I experienced myself as a clear channel through which Christ energy flowed.”
“I am grateful that during my challenging conversation with John, I saw him as my brother and that shifted everything.”
“I am grateful that when triggered by the email I received from my daughter—I caught myself—paused, and asked: “how would love respond to her right now?”
Keep your dusk gratitude practice simple. It may be that you are grateful for the feeling of the earth beneath your feet or the freshness of the air you are breathing. It may be that you are grateful for the sound of your child’s laughter, the sweetness of your lover’s kiss, or the beauty of your pet sleeping soundly at your feet as you read. What matters most is the practice itself.
Evening Lullaby with God
My favorite practice comes at the end of my day. Before drifting off to sleep, I do a 3-stage mental inventory centered around a series of questions.
Stage One: Honoring the Good
Reflecting upon my day, I contemplate the following:
What happened today that went really well?
When did I feel totally plugged into Christ Consciousness? What was happening? How did that feel?
Stage Two: Acknowledging My Humanity
Gently acknowledging that I am a perpetual student and an expression of Divinity, I take a moment to gently assess other parts of the day where I could have “chosen differently.” It is important to ease into this part of the evening routine without judgment!
Reflecting upon my day, I ask:
In what circumstances and with what people was love absent?
When did I feel threat, fear, anxiety, judgment?
Noting those times when I became triggered and reactive throughout my day, I take myself back into the scene and I ask:
“How could I have handled that differently? What might I have changed to manage this situation from Christ Consciousness?”
I then clearly envision myself making the correction and I “feel” into a different outcome. I stay with this imagery until I feel peace. I then release the situation from my awareness.
Stage Three: Forgiveness
Begin this final phase of the evening routine by asking yourself: “Who do I need to forgive before drifting off into sleep?” To the best of your ability, placing this situation and/or person into the hands of the Holy Spirit.
More importantly ask:
“In what ways do I need to forgive myself?”
This may be the most important question of the day. Identifying moments of self-judgment, self-loathing, and self-criticism and releasing them into the hands of the Holy Spirit is a powerful form of self-compassion. Free of guilt and shame and fully connected to God, we are then free to sleep deeply and well.
I end my evening practice by coming full circle. I envision myself cradled in the golden light of Christ. And from this place of connection, protection, support and deep love, I enter deep rest.
My sincerest hope for all of you who are fiercely devoted to A Course in Miracles is that you will come to live your own Divinity as you begin to see the course as a way of being. The simple practices I share here will help you to integrate the course more deeply into your everyday lives. Feel free to create your own rituals and practices to support you in feeling “plugged in” all day long. Lean into your practices to gently guide yourself “back home” whenever Ego lures you into states of panic, fear, anger, irritation, judgement and negativity.
Although we read, study, teach, talk and write about A Course in Miracles, it longs to be lived. May these practices inspire you to live your Divinity so that your brothers and sisters of the Sonship will remember their own.
If you would like to take part of Lisa Natoli’s 40 Day Journey, you can learn more here.
Christine Kiesinger, Ph.D.
Dr. Christine E. Kiesinger has been a student of A Course in Miracles for over two decades. She is a university professor, integrative wellness educator and a personal and professional development coach. Christine lectures extensively in the areas of communication, relationships, leadership and mindfulness. Regardless of topic area, all of Christine’s teachings are rooted in the fundamental principles of A Course in Miracles as she aims to be a living expression of the peace, grace and love of God.
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