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P. 218-225 Combined class summaries 11/20 & 11/27 This section gets down to the real nitty-gritty of the choices that are involved in raising our vibration and keeping it there (as best we can). I believe that we often forget that when resistance arrises in whatever form that the resistance is really the coming to the surface of something that needs to be healed or released. It is so easy to react against those things or to judge ourselves thinking there must be something wrong. There is not anything wrong;  the resistance is simply a woundeddness, a behavior pattern, thought or idea that needs healing or release. So when resistance shows up we are encourage to welcome it rather than to fight it or to judge it:  “So understand, everybody, when you encounter resistance through this work, it is actually a blessing and a real indication that you are moving forward. Obstacles come up when it is time to overcome them, and fear will have its way when fear is about to be


In the midst of all the election turmoil I felt it would be very remiss of me not to address some of the hurt, pain and confusion that might be going on with some of us. Two thoughts that have been with me continually: one is there are never any winners if we think there are losers, and the other second is much more simple and that is HEALING. And I believe those two principles would apply no matter what the results of elections might have been. Our nation is so divided and there has been an undercurrent of fear and anger and prejudice that has been exposed that certainly needs our loving attention. This destructive undercurrent was not recently created, it has been here for quite some time, but today it has been brought to consciousness and whenever something is brought to consciousness it is there to be healed. There is a simple truth here, that I cannot heal what I am not aware of.  Again it is very easy to think of those things as being “out there” someplace having to


p. 213-218 I have to say that I felt profoundly blessed during Sunday's lesson. There was an experience that came to me as I was attempting to describe some of the material  and that was an image and a deep sense of this paradoxical state that we can be in sometimes during our spiritual work. I recall I was speaking of desire, and as the book pointed out we are not condemning the desires of the body or the ego, but to be aware how easily we can fall into that state of yearning and desire and miss what it is that we really truly are drawn to.  I was taking off from the book itself, and I began to speak about what I was calling “desires of the soul” )even though the word ‘desire’ is not quite right it's the best we can). I was reminded of that wonderful quote from Augustine “Lord, You have made our hearts are restless and they will never rest until they rest in Thee.” There is a desire within soul to embrace and to be embraced by that sense of Oneness, of unity, or we


This last chapter ends with a reminder that we already know many of these lessons, but the challenge now is to continually to put them into conscious practice. This is not something that is done online with the mind or just mental discipline. This is about spiritual awareness, opening and openness to the truth of who you are, releasing any conflict with that. Releasing doubt, releasing fear. Francis's prayer made this very clear “Lord make me an instrument of your peace.” Just take that in for a moment. Imagine what that would be like that to be instrument of your peace. What would it be like to apply that to current situations in our lives? Our opinions of who is to be elected and why or on a smaller scale our relationships with our family, our coworkers. What would it be like to be an instrument of peace and how often what I need to stop for and change the direction of my thoughts? “Now allow us to work with you. “I am receiving myself as healed of those attachment