11/30/2006

Commencing Christmas
We are entering the Christmas season. I am making a
series of four especially on the course themes related
to the very essence of christmas. Four beatiful topics
about gratitude, giving, rebirth and the nourishment
and maturity of the Christ in you.

This week's assignment is on the attitude of
gratitude, the intention and true commencing of
christmas. To fall completely back on yourself in full
appreciation of all the blessings that have come to
you and are now and will always be with you.

Gratitude for the season in which we come into action
and step into an active recognition of who we are and
what we really can and have to give in these week's of
brotherly love. Further we are being led to an
experience of rebirth and recognize the christ child
within and as yourself. A child nourished only in
defenseless innocence and the recognition of the
unalterable state of God's Peace on earth the way it
is in Heaven.

We are definitely not going on a sidetrack just
because of the holidays but instead we are standing in
the middle of the true essence and action of Christmas
and will not avoid but enter deeper in the true
meaning and message of Jesus Christ to this place and
condition of darkness, isolation and sense of
separation. We will surrender completely to our Father
and give him all our darker feelings concerning these
days and revealed to us will be his light, joy and
happiness. All the more reason to be grateful.

With love and dedication Bastiaan


Attitude of Gratitude

Time to Teach

Today let us be thankful. We have come to gentler pathways and to smoother roads.
There is no thought of turning back, and no implacable resistance to the truth.
A bit of wavering remains, some small objections and a little hesitance,
but you can well be grateful for your gains, which are far greater than you realize.

A day devoted now to gratitude will add the benefit of some insight into the
real extent of all the gains which you have made; the gifts you have received.
Be glad today, in loving thankfulness, your Father has not left you to yourself,
nor let you wander in the dark alone. Be grateful He has saved you from the
self you thought you made to take the place of Him and His creation.
Give Him thanks today.

~ Workbook Lesson 123 p.1 and p.2 ~



Practice
Lesson 123, I thank my Father for His gifts to me

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Lesson 195, Love is the way I walk in gratitude

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Lesson 197, It can be but my gratitude I earn


Preparation
Make a gratitude list:
Write down the gains you made and the gifts you received since you embarked upon your Course in Miracles.
Think of all the ones that crossed your path speaking and offering you saving grace!
Think of the mighty companions that go with you now and are committed to you and your awakening!
Think of all the moments where sorrow miraculously turned to joy, sickness to health, addiction to sanity and fear to love!

Presentation
Who needs your gratitude the most?
How do you express gratitude?
How does God express His thanks to and through you?
How do you obtain and sustain an attitude of gratitude?

“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”


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