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 spent with Mighty Companions

Hey there!   I just wanted to quickly share about this past weekend.

I had the Real Joy of meeting up with some beautiful Mighty Companions.

The Presence of Love was palpable.

 

There’s some great work in support of helping all in Living Life In Love and true Purpose happening all around us –

You just need to turn your attention away from the fearful stuff going on in the world- focus your mind on your desire to experience Love and be open to the opportunities that show up for you. 

♥♥♥

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With my Brother Joe Wolfe

Joe Wolfe’s,  story is of amazing transformation.  Joe is also a Pathways of Light Minister and founder of Spirit Light Outreach.

His journey includes time behind bars for being as he describes it a ‘very bad boy’.

To look at his face, share a hug and listen to the message he has for each of us who find ourselves imprisoned by a false identity gives you the Real Experience of being wrapped in the Love of God. What struck me the most was how comfortable I felt with him. 

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Gary R Renard – I call him my brother Maineiac (because that’s where he lived when he wrote Disappearance of the Universe).  Gary is the perfect combination of funny, wise, and honest.   I can really relate to his irreverent approach to teaching true Spiritually.

Even my husband (the non ACIM student) throughly enjoyed his talk. 

Speaking of my husband.  I am so blessed with his love and support for my work even when he doesn’t really ‘get it’ (his words). He gets me and love’s to do stuff together (which is why he went) and that’s enough for me! He’s the one that took these great pictures.    Along the way he’s been one of my greatest teachers and the perfect partner- encouraging me to do what I do and be who I am!   

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Lastly, meeting Robert and Mary the beloved teachers of God who founded Pathways of Light – A Course in Miracles – ACIM will be remembered as a high point in my life. Mary and I found such a fun connection with each other!  

I know it was ‘ordained’ for us to come together and for me to answer the Call to become a minister through Pathways of Light.

Have you noticed when you know somethings right you can feel it with every fiber of your being?     Well with every step since I began my ministerial training – this feels so Right.

I am so blessed with their love and support as my ministry unfolds. 

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We were there in Ormond Beach, FL. for a Book Benefit to raise money help provide spiritual books to prisoners and the needy.

Please go to Joe’s site www.spiritlightoutreach.org to check out his ministry and inspiring books.   Even reading them is a transformational experience.   When I finished the last page of In Warm Blood I had tears streaming down my face, and I felt so much hope for us all!

The ultimate message here is

 “Teach love, for that is what you are.” ~ A Course in Miracles

 

With Love, Peace, Blessings and a BIG WARM HUG,

Rev. Cathy ❤

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Stay tuned for new developments – including the details about an opportunity to participate in the Pathways of Light 8  week Spiritual Awakening program I’m facilitating locally.

If you feel prompted to connect or have questions or concerns you’d like me to respond to shoot me an email to schedule a time.  – revcathysilva@gmail.com    I’m here to support you!

 

 

Peace First

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When I am experiencing challenge and chaos and looking for Guidance  as to what to ‘do’ about it, I’ve learned it is so helpful when I remember to go to Peace First.

I know, I know,  I can hear you saying “Yeah right!!, How’ do I do that?    Especially when my world appears FAR from peaceful!”

To begin with you need to be willing to go against the ‘norm’.

In A Course in Miracles Lesson 33 the idea is:

There is another way of looking at the world.  – Today’s idea is an attempt to recognize that you can shift your perception of the world in both it’s outer and inner aspects.

And in the next Lesson 34:

I could see peace instead of this. – The idea for today begins to describe the conditions that prevail in the other way of seeing.  Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter.  It must begin with your own thoughts, and then extend outward.  It is from your peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arise.

 

I’ve noticed it’s become the ‘norm’  to  think we need to fix or change the conditions and circumstances first in order for us to feel any semblance of the Peace we desire.

We’ve all been there in some form….

You’ll clean the house, clear the clutter, rearrange the furniture end a relationship, stop spending time with ‘toxic people’, quit drinking and eating food that you’ve heard is ‘bad’ for you, start exercising, yoga, read a spiritual self help book,   etc. etc. etc.

And you find that it works….for a while.

That clean room feels so nice to be in.  You are happy to be free of that person who had a knack for ticking you off and pushing your buttons.     You feel good about your new healthy eating and exercise (when you do it.)   Life is generally GOOD.

Then you realize one day you wake up and the clutter mysteriously has come back, you are feeling overwhelmed AGAIN, the list of things to do keeps growing,  you still have moments you are impatient, angry, guilty, defeated….far from Peaceful .

You cry out “Stop the world I want to get off!”

I know…I hear you…I’ve been there.  (Still go there on occasion but don’t stay there long anymore.)  

I’ve found that’s EXACTLY what’s needed….to STOP and return to Peace.

In case you’ve forgotten here’s a reminder  –

Your natural state is Peace.    Your true Identity behind all you think you are is LOVE.  You are Holy, Perfect, Loving and Lovable.   

What I’ve found happens when I stop, quiet my mind and allow myself to return to the awareness of Peace and my true Self;  is that the circumstances, people and the physical world transforms.

You might still clean your house, do Yoga, eat well, go to the gym, end a relationship (or begin a new one), quit drinking so much, or not….

But you won’t be doing or not doing any of these things to have peace.    You will do what you are guided and inspired to do because you are Peace, and the act of going there helps you remember your true Self.   

From the awareness of PEACE, all you do you do with Joy and Love – in a state of Peace.

I invite you to simply experiment with this idea.

I’ve gained a deeper understanding, Love and appreciation for myself and others in this state of Peace.   Life and time together with ‘others’  is so much fun and playful!  I find that I laugh more too, and I love to laugh!    I feel at ONE with everyone and everything.  Ideas and Guidance pops in more easily.

You occasionally might find yourself back in that chaotic “un-peaceful” place, but it’s ok.   There’s nothing wrong.  It’s all perfect as it is.

There may be times when feeling Peace is uncomfortable.  It’s just because you’ve temporarily forgotten how safe it is.    Be honest and gentle with yourself.

You can choose to return to Peace anytime you want, as you are ready.

I’ve shared an excerpt from the Peace First handout from Pathways of Light courses to further support you.

And if you have questions or a would like support from me leave a comment below.

Your questions and insights are helpful to us all as we awaken together.

 

 PEACE FIRST  (from Pathways of Light)

In all your thinking and doing in the world, there is nothing more important than peace.

If you notice that you are not feeling peaceful, you have the right to say:  “Stop the world, I want to get off.”

You never need to go on with tension leading the way.

You always can stop, no matter what is happening, and allow yourself to return to peace.

Peace transforms all thoughts and activities.  When the feeling of peace has returned, you put Inner Wisdom in charge instead of following ego’s direction.

The peace of your true Self creates miracles every day and every moment.

Continuing the tension and fear of the world is not helpful.  A willingness to lay it down is the only way out of pain and suffering and limitation of any kind.

Let peace be your guide.       Let peace come first.

An opening to peace leaves the door open to hear the guidance of your Higher Self.  Once that door is open, the knowing is clear, the direction is clear and the pathway is simple, unclouded by ego’s decoys which divert us from the truth.

Laying down tension and replacing it with peace is always a valid agenda.  It paves the way for hearing the Voice of Inner Wisdom again.

Nothing needs come before peace.     Nothing is more important than peace.

Peace prepares you to receive the wisdom of your real Self.

Peace is your greatest ally, the greatest gift in your life.

Peace paves the way for the true knowing of Spirit’s plan for you.

So let peace come first as a facilitator of your life, your awakening, your return Home.

Click here to learn more about Accessing Inner Wisdom Counseling and schedule a conversation with me.

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The Peace of God is Shining in me now.

From ACIM Workbook Lesson 188

Why wait for Heaven?  Those who seek the light are merely covering their eyes.   The light is in them now. Enlightenment is not a change at all.

It’s comforting to know that when there appears to be conflict and chaos happening, I can go to that Peace within. It’s the sweet-spot where only Love exists. It’s like being on a boat in the middle of a storm and being able to throw an anchor in that stabilizes us. It’s the calm in the storm. We are all in the ‘same boat’ so to speak, living the same dream. Being rocked about and knocked around by all “those people” all “those thoughts”.

The beliefs that we are separate and against each other runs us.

It feels like we don’t have control..that others have power over us somehow.

But it’s not true – it’s a lie we bought into ‘hook, line and sinker”.

We are not separate…we are One.

– There’s another way.

It’s the way of Love.

It’s coming to Realize the Truth. “The Peace of God IS shining in me now.”

It’s here now..in me…Ever-present. Patiently, Peacefully HERE for me to BE at Peace. I simply need to Be at Peace and that Peace extends to those on the boat with me.

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Love.  Cathy

Wishing for a Joyfully Simple Christmas this year

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I’m finding myself really resisting the ‘hustle and bustle’ that ordinarily comes with the Christmas season.

This can be a stressful time, especially when there are challenges in relationships with family members and others.

The expectations and judgements just seem to be magnified when we let ourselves get caught up in what seems to be important. Those judgements are what make us feel separate from one another.

It all can feel so complicated.

I am feeling drawn to the simple things lately and in the coming year. But I am realizing that the holiday season is the perfect opportunity to come back to love, which is in Reality the simplest thing of all. That is when we are willing to let go of all we thought to be important and true about others, about events, seasons, circumstances…everything. So for today, in this moment at least, I choose to see beyond the vail of perception and illusion with the eyes of love.

I hope you find ways to enjoy a Joyfully, Simple and Peaceful Christmas

Love,

Cathy