An exercise in Trust while following Love’s plan.

 

 

“Using WAZE is an exercise in trust!” I said to my husband as we allowed the GPS app to navigate us around traffic and road hazards to arrive safely at our ‘destination’; the fundraiser event with Pathways of Light, Gary Renard and Joe Wolfe of Spirit Light Outreach.   

WAZE is a navigational App and community of drivers all wrapped up in a tool for helping each other get where we want to be.

It felt very much like ‘blind’ trust.   Especially when it guided us down a road that seemed out of the way.  There were moments when we started to question the app (and ourselves I think) but then decided to just go with it.

 

Once we ‘arrived at our destination’ It was such a joy to meet Robert and Mary, the founders of Pathways of Light and share hugs with everyone.   It was an inspiring day of learning, support and extending Love.

 

Now, I’ve had many drives before my discovery of GPS, ACIM and becoming a Pathways of Light minister where I was “on my own” or with my kids, in unknown territory and felt nervous, lost, alone and fearful.

 

When we lived in the Miami area there were many a times in the car, going on homeschool field trips when I missed an exit or took a wrong turn and ended up in an area that was a ‘questionable’.  The fearful mind would take over momentarily and all kinds of judgements about being ‘directionally challenge’ and the safety of my family would swarm around in my mind…. then came the laughter from Alex and Patrick in the back seat – declaring “You did it again!?”.       “Yes…yes I did” I would honestly say as I remembered why we were doing this in the first place; to learn, enjoy the time together and have fun.  At times I would call my husband for navigational assistance and other times I would do my best to “feel my way through it”.  We always ended up finding our way back on track and safely arrived at our destination.

 

Following Love’s Plan

 

“Once you accept His plan as the one function that you would fulfill, there will be nothing else Holy Spirit will not arrange for you without your effort.  He will go before you making straight your path, and leaving in your way no stones to trip on, and no obstacles to bar your way.  Nothing you need will be denied you.  Not one seeming difficulty but will melt away before you reach it.  You need take thought for nothing, careless of everything except the only purpose that you would fulfill.  As that was given you, so will its fulfillment be.  God’s guarantee will hold against all obstacles, for it rests on certainty and not contingency.  It rests on you.  And What can be more certain than a Son of God?  from A Course in Miracles  T-20.IV.8:4-12

 

 

 

Answering the Call

 

The Call to become a Teacher of Love and an ordained minister have been very much the same exercise in trust.   More accurately it’s required the Development of Trust the course outlines in the Manual for Teachers.  M4:.I.A

 

Many times in life I have felt Called.  A Call for me is Holy Spirit’s way of communicating to my true Self who more than anything desires to play my part in God’s Plan.   The Call can begin as a ‘feeling’ or ‘inner nudge’  to do something or go somewhere.    I do my best to listen, follow the inner guidance and trust that there’s some role for me there.

Sometimes I ignore that feeling and let the questions, uncertainty, fear or my own stubbornness delay me.   Then the ‘nudge’ becomes more like a loving ‘shove’.    I might feel more of a sense of urgency followed by seeing and hearing messages that help me refocus and move forward.     When I decide to Accept that Call and take a step in the direction and I find a path shows up that leads me toward my desired ‘destination’.  Only I realize it’s not so much a destination but a perfectly timed and designed Path Home to the realization of Love’s Presence.

 

“The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught.  I does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is our natural inheritance.” acim-Introduction 1:6

 

I’ll be honest.   The Call to become an ordained minister and Teacher of Love felt HUGE for me.   Deep within me I KNEW it was what I am meant to do.    I wanted to be used to teach Love…Pure, Unconditional Love.   The Call was so strong and it was super scary!     Many times I felt alone and questioned whether I could handle what felt like was such a big responsibility.    My kids had left the nest and my coaching business was finally beginning to show signs of financial success, so I questioned whether it was the responsible thing to do.

 

Once I made the decision to Accept the Call and Follow God’s Plan as my focus I had to suspend all doubt and remember that I can trust WAZE/GPS app a.k.a. Holy Spirit (IGS Inner Guidance System) in my mind to guide me.   I began to listen and respond to the intuitive hits to make a call or go to a website or reach out to someone, without questioning why.    These steps led me to this Pathways of Light community and ministerial training.    I was ordained last November and have now completed the Relationship Enhancement Counselor Training.

 

I believe that where there is a Call there is a Way.    In my own journey there is positive evidence that this is true.

 

I continue the journey of developing that Trust and allowing the ministry to unfold.  I’ve had to release any ideas of how I think it’s ‘suppose’ to look like and simply respond daily to what shows up.   It doesn’t feel like a huge responsibility anymore, because I’m not on this journey alone.  I always have my handy dandy IGS – Inner Guidance System and and a community of family and friends along the way to enjoy being with as we learn and grow together.

 

The Wisdom within you.

Every one of us has Wisdom with/within us.

Even before we found A Course in Miracles (or rather it found us); or consciously stepped onto a Spiritual Path (or don’t feel spiritual at all).

Even when we were going through what seemed like the worst of the worst; It was there, that still small Voice of Truth, our Inner Guide.

 

There is an eternal love that IS us that shines through and guides us when given the chance.

When we are willing or even when we’ve had quite enough of the nonsense and have no choice but to surrender it all, the reassuring, loving and helpful guidance comes through in the form of words, images, or feelings.

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Throughout my life’s journey the Guidance found its way through as a reminder especially in the times when I needed it the most.

 

One morning while I lie in bed in the back of our RV the following message came through which I included as the introduction to my book, I Am, Inc. written during a time in my life when I was attempting to be a successful coach, entrepreneur and full time mom.

The words came on my heart so clear and gentle. 

The RV was the temporary home for our family of 4 plus 2 dogs and a cat for two years while our home was rebuilt in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley.  I believe it was a nudge from Holy Spirit that reminded me that even while I and my husband were dealing with shady building contractors and attempting to make some sort of ‘normal’ life for our family after the storm there was the Call to wake up to what is real and eternal within.

Whatever you are going through right now, whatever burdens you are trying to carry, whatever thoughts of the past are taking up space in your mind; in this Holy Instant

LET IT ALL GO!

Let it be a reminder for you too.

 

Here’s the message:

Are you aware of the wisdom within you?


Do you know of the Love we share?


Are you aware of the Light within you?


Or is it hiding in the shadows of your fears?


Do you know that I AM with you – with every step and every breath?

When you look through the patterns of your life, do you see me in

every thread?


Do you know you have a mission that only you can do?

And you were created with ALL you need,
even the smallest seed,


To do what you are here to do, and love as I love you.

 

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Rev. Cathy Silva is an Accessing Inner Wisdom Counselor, Pathways of Light minister and facilitator of A Course in Miracles and related programs.  You can connect with her at revcathysilva@gmail.com or cathysilva.org

 

 

A Day of Profound Fulfillment

IMG_0640“Let the invisible unity of which you are a part be the guiding influence in your life. Life lived as the Whole rather than as a separate part, is perfectly fulfilling. You are the Whole; you contain and are contained by everything. There is nothing that is not your Mind.

“Apparently separate existence is but a dream you are dreaming. While you continue to sleep, the dream seems real, much as your nightly dreams seem real until you awake. Then you see clearly that you were dreaming and you do not mistake those dreams for reality. When you awake from the sleep of ignorance, you will know that the world you see and everything in it was nothing more than a passing dream that is now over. The spiritual sun is rising, and its Light shines away the darkness of the long night’s sleep. Step forward into the Light and take your rightful place as the Christ, God’s holy Creation. Even now you are the Christ as you have always been. The dream cannot affect your Reality, only your awareness of It.”  (From the Christ Mind Book II, p. 173)

The Whole of Reality is Love and nothing else. When we identify with Love, we are identifying with all that is Real. When we accept that we are united with the Whole, containing and contained by It, we see the truth in everyone as one with us in the unity of the Whole. We join with the Love that unifies us as Christ in the Mind of God. We see past the appearances in the dream of separation. The Love that we are joins freely and without limit with the Love that is everyone.

Our hearts are filled with joy, for we are fulfilling our sole purpose to extend Love. We dedicate today to letting Love guide our vision, our thoughts, our words and our actions. With Love as our Guide, it will be a day of blessing and profound fulfillment.

© 2017, Pathways of Light. http://www.pathwaysoflight.org. You may freely share copies of this with your friends, provided this notice is included.

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A Message from Rev. Cathy ❤

It’s such a joy for me to share a message of Unconditional Love with my brothers and sisters around the world!

Through my work and life I came to realize we all share the same basic desire for Peace and Happiness; but there seems to be much happening in our world that can create blocks to achieving that. We are hearing a collective wake up call and searching for a better way. I practice daily following the guidance of Inner Wisdom, developing trust and loving others and myself unconditionally. With the help of Holy Spirit I have experienced growth, from life’s challenges and loss.

I dedicate my life for joining with people around the world as we remember our true Identity in God as that Peace, Love and Happiness we seek.

“What is a miracle but this remembering? And who is there in whom this memory lies not? The light in one awakens it in all. And when you see it in your brother, you are remembering for everyone.”  ACIM – The Forgotten Song.

As a Pathways of Light Minister I offer Accessing Inner Wisdom Counseling and Courses to help you awaken spiritually. My emphasis is always in meeting you where you are to help you find the way that works best for you in hearing your own Inner Wisdom; to find the answers that are right for you. I am committed to creating a safe, open and comfortable space for you to explore and share.

I am also available for your customized weddings ceremonies, relationship enhancement counseling, memorial services, and other ceremonies of life transition.

Email me at revcathysilva@gmail.com to connect or request support.

With Love, Peace, and Deep Gratitude for you!!

Rev. Cathy

 

 

Choosing the Path to Healing-ACIM Support

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Living Life in Love

“You see what you expect, and you expect what you invite. Your perception is the result of your invitation, coming to you as you sent for it. Whose manifestations would you see? Of whose presence would you be convinced? For you will believe in what you manifest, and as you look out so will you see in. Two ways of looking at the world are in your mind, and your perception will reflect the guidance you have chosen.

“When you want only love you will see nothing else.”

“The power of decision is your one remaining freedom as a prisoner of this world. You can decide to see it right. What you made of it is not its reality, for its reality is only what you gave it. You cannot really give anything but love to anyone or anything, nor can you really receive anything but love from them. If you think you have received anything else, it is because you have looked within and thought you saw the power to give something else within yourself. It was only this decision that determined what you found, for it was the decision for what you sought.” (T-12.VII.5;8:1;9)

It seems hard to believe that the world we see is there by our invitation. We invite it by identifying with the ego. When we accept the ego thought system as our own, all of its wild imaginings seem to be ours. The core destructive aspect of the ego thought system is its wish for death, its wish to be separate from the Source of Life. All the seeming pleasant aspects of the world’s appearance are just camouflage for the underlying ego wish for separation and death. But this underlying wish still shows up in all the appearances of destruction in the world.

The means to release ourselves from the prison of the ego thought system is forgiveness. If we choose the Holy Spirit as our Guide in all our decisions, all our perceptions, we loosen the chains of the belief in fear. The Holy Spirit will always lead us to healing. The ego will always lead us to the appearance of death. We can choose the path to healing and release by choosing the Holy Spirit as our Guide.

© 2017, Pathways of Light. http://www.pathwaysoflight.

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