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Father, I give You all my thoughts today. I would have none of mine. In place of them, give me Your Own. I give You all my acts as well, that I may do Your Will instead of seeking goals which cannot be obtained, and wasting time in vain imaginings. Today I come to You. I will step back and merely follow You. Be You the guide, and I the follower who questions not the wisdom of the Infinite, nor Love who’s tenderness I cannot comprehend, but which is yet Your perfect gift to me. ~ A Course In Miracles

Isn’t it beautiful?

Embrace Your Awesomeness!

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The Morning God Wept

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On December 14th, 2012 at 9:30 am, a heavily armed man dressed in black infiltrated Sandy Hook Elementary School and without a word opened fire.Teachers locked their doors. Children were ordered to hide in corners, closets, and cupboards. A quick-thinking library clerk locked and barricaded 18 children in a storage room giving them crayons and paper to occupy their minds. A kindergarten teacher covered the windows and locked the doors to her classroom, and an effort to keep her students calm, she read them a story. The principal, the school psychologist and four teachers lost their lives trying to protect those of their young students.

Despite their best efforts, twenty 6 and 7 year old children lost their lives. The 400 that survived, aged 5-10 years old, are scarred with the memory of a nightmare and left brokenhearted  to mourn their siblings, cousins, and friends.

Although the shooting lasted only a few minutes, it’s effect will last a lifetime.

Children were led hand in hand, eyes closed, as they made their way through the aftermath of terror.

Frantic parents met the children at a nearby Firehall. The pain of looking for their child or children in the middle of such a tragedy would surely have been unimaginable. As would have been the grief of the parents who were forced to identify their children from photographs taken at the scene.

Obama echoed the voice of every parent when he said “we will hug our children a little tighter”. Unfortunately for some, this simple act could not be carried out that night.

On December 14th 2012, flags flew at half-staff and candlelight vigils were held nationwide. Newtown’s St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church was filled to capacity with mourners and people trying to make sense of a gross injustice, people searching to grab hold of an ounce of hope in the midst of complete devastation.

On December 14th 2012, the nation wept as 20 little angels were sent back home into the arms God.

RIP Sandy Hook Elementary Victims, children and school staff

May God heal the hearts of the little one’s who survived and hold in his heart the families of those who did not.

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Unfortunately, I could not locate pictures of Madeleine Hsu, Allison Wyatt, Benjamin Wheeler, and Arielle Richman. May they rest in peace.

My Faith, Unveiled

Since the birth of my blog, I have been questioned countless times about my faith. People are curious as to what I call myself. What religion I follow, If I consider myself a Christian, and who is my God?

So here it is…my faith, unveiled.

I want to first be very clear that I struggled with sharing this post and only did so because so many of you have asked. I am willing to share my point of view, however this entry is not meant to convert you to my way of thinking, and it is in no way meant to impede on any other persons belief system. I have friends who emanate a love so pure that it can be felt by everyone around them and they each have different belief systems. My faith is sacred to me. It is my foundation. It comes from a place of love that allows me to be my best self, as is probably the same for you and your belief system. Religion and spirituality are a hot topic…I am only sharing with you what I have been asked.

I was baptized and raised in the Catholic faith. I am fascinated by the teachings of various religions. It seems that as many religions as there are, and though their words may differ, the teachings are relatively all the same. In how many languages can you speak Love?

I study and try my best to live by the teachings of A Course In Miracles. A Course in Miracles is is a unique, universal, self-study spiritual thought system that teaches that the way to love and inner peace is through forgiveness. Although the language of the Course is that of traditional Christianity, it expresses a non-sectarian, non-denominational spirituality. It is a universal spiritual teaching, not a religion.It’s teachings resonate with me. Through these teachings, I have learned to seek  answers within my own heart.I have learned to love what is and trust in God’s plan. My journey through this course has been nothing short of miraculous and unquestionably beautiful.

As for my beliefs…I believe in God. I believe in one God. I see Him as a being of pure and absolute love. I believe that everything He created, He did so in His own image…meaning to me, that God’s pure and absolute love is found within all of His creation. I believe he created me exactly as I am, and you exactly as you are. I believe He did so in order for us to carry out a very special purpose, a purpose we have been carrying out our whole lives, most of the time unknowingly. I believe that life is divinely organized. I like to believe that God and I create my life together. He has my back, and I do my best to have His. I communicate with God through prayer and I believe I have learned to feel His love and ‘hear’ His guidance with my heart. Through this precious relationship, He has helped me to achieve what I only dared to dream.

When bad things happen, I do my best to see them as gifts. How often has something felt like a disaster that later turned into a blessing? No human being is perfect, it’s what makes us human. We make mistakes, and we learn from them. The best lessons are those we have learned in turmoil and disappointment. I do my best to see God in all things, whether they seem good or bad. God is everywhere. Miracles surround us every single day. We need only to pay attention in order to see them.

Every failure is a stepping stone to success; to relish the sweetness of success one must endure the pain of failure

I had always considered myself a Christian, however I’ve been corrected by others who follow this faith. Many have referred to me as “new-age-y”. I’m okay with either or none. I guess I don’t really fit into any particular box. No matter what anyone wants to call it, I know it as Beautiful. So now when people ask what they should call me, I simply answer them “my friends call me Sandy :)”

So many wars, arguments, and fights have erupted in the name of religion. As long as one is coming from a place of pure love, real love, does it matter what label or title we attach to their beliefs? What happens to people like me? People who don’t quite fit into any particular religion?

I know my heart, and God knows it too. When I die, I just can’t believe that God will look upon my soul and say “Well Sandy, you did your best and you spread as much love as you could everywhere you went. It’s too bad you chose the wrong the religion.”

And so there you have it…my spirit, my heart, and my soul…my faith, unveiled…only because you asked. 🙂

I am always happy to hear your thoughts, I ask only that with this particular post, on this personal subject, that you respect my faith as I respect yours, even if they differ. As I said, my faith is very sacred to me. I am always learning, I am always evolving, and I look forward to continuing my journey in my own way. I would much rather live my life believing in all the beauty and love a heart can hold and die to find out I was wrong, than to live my life in fear or judgement only to die to find out love and forgiveness were always the answer.

Journey Through Miracles – a personal story

 

I’d like to share with you a personal story of empowerment and inspiration; my journey through A Course in Miracles.

A Course In Miracles is a unique, universal, self-study spiritual thought system that teaches that the way to Love and Inner Peace is through Forgiveness. Although my journey is yet to be completed, it still deserves to be shared.

Through the course, I learned to accept that things are rarely as they seem. Everything I see in my world is a matter of perception, rather than a matter of truth. Learning this truth allowed me to see each person, myself included, as beings doing the best we can with what we know. I learned to listen with both ears and a compassionate and open heart. I learned to question less the ways of the world and trust that everything is as it should be for reasons only known to God.

I also learned the importance of my own self-worth. Realizing that not only am I enough, I am precisely, and exactly as I was always intended to be. I think this was the hardest truth for me to accept. I hadn’t realized how unworthy I felt of receiving love until I pushed myself through this lesson. Tears streamed down my face as I recognized how my lack of self-worth affected every single relationship I had in and throughout my life. It affected my choices, it hindered my happiness. I allowed myself to come last. I allowed myself to be hurt. I allowed myself to be taken for granted. It affected every area of my life and every relationship I had. The moment I genuinely accepted and embraced my worth, everything changed. Instantaneously, without warning, without reason, the most beautiful change had taken place.

My favorite lesson so far is that of forgiveness. It was also the most difficult. Forgiveness is hard. Forgiving the past, forgiving those who hurt me, forgiving those who continue to cause me grief was hard. Forgiving myself was harder. I learned that forgiveness is not about being okay with an injustice, it’s not about ignoring a problem. Forgiveness is simply understanding that as humans, we are all created to make mistakes. Our mistakes teach us to be and do better. It’s so important to remember – even when we don’t understand – We are all doing the best we can and things are rarely as they seem. Forgiveness is to me the most beautiful lesson so far because I have learned to feel worthy enough to walk away from those who cause me pain, and not only have I been able to forgive them, I am able to genuinely love them. I don’t always agree with their choices, I don’t always like them, I keep healthy boundaries, and I love them from a place of peace.

When I started A Course in Miracles, I was excited to see miracles unfold before me, now as I continue through the Course, I’m fascinated to see the miracles unfolding within me!

Here’s to you and your journey!

Embrace Your Awesomeness!

 

Pamela Tourigny

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