Sep 01, 2017
This week I had a great demonstration of hearing God’s Voice and how what it says in A Course in Miracles: that Christ (the Voice for God) will tell us everything we need to know, tell us exactly what to do, where to go, what to say …. but WE ARE NEEDED to go there, say whatever we are meant to say, do whatever the Voice is telling us to do.
“I need you as much as you need me.” -Jesus, in A Course in Miracles.
Jesus says: I need your hands, your feet, your ears, your eyes and your voice.
So this work is truly a collaborative venture. I love how A Course in Miracles says “the purpose of this course is integration” – where the mind of Christ is integrated with my mind and they are not separate anymore.
For a while you might still think Jesus (Christ, Holy Spirit, God) is separate from you and you say things like: “Jesus told me” or “Jesus is with me”
Or “God’s Voice spoke to me.”
Or “Holy Spirit guided me.”
And this is all a beginning step where there is a “you” and a “You” (the Self that God created). So at first there is still a split: something separate from you.
But as you practice more and more, and you get more comfortable listening to this Voice, there comes a time when this “voice” and you are not separate. It’s literally begins operating in you, as you, in your body.
So you no longer say “Jesus said” but instead you are speaking from your “I am” and this “I am” is you, as Christ.
But in the training phase, which I am in now (and which I describe fully in today’s Unity Radio Show called “Working with Jesus”) you acknowledge that are a learner and a follower and a student and that there is a Teacher, Guide, Advisor, Counselor, Friend with you.
The other day our cat Vanna went missing. We moved up to our camp in Maine for the month of September and our cats Joy and Vanna have never been there, so when I first arrived with the cats, they were scared.
But they started to become more comfortable, and I thought: okay, this is good. They like it here.
Then after a few hours, I noticed Vanna had not been around for a while. I looked for her, in every possible physical space and she was NOWHERE. Bill arrived, he looked in every possible physical space and she was NOWHERE. I figured she must have somehow slipped out a door, even though this seemed highly unlikely as she’s not really the kind of cat to bolt.
I tell the whole story of what occurred in today’s Unity Radio Show “Working with Jesus”
She was gone missing for 3 nights. The whole time I kept thinking “She’s in here.” It wasn’t like a voice that was speaking to me. It was more like a thought, that was the sound of my own voice. I had Bill make a poster with Vanna’s photo on it and I kept thinking “you don’t need these” but I went ahead and printed them anyways. I tried to print 10 posters but only one printed. When I got it off the printer, I had the thought again: “You don’t need this.”
But I went ahead and photocopied a second one! I was not trusting in this voice. I was hearing it, but not trusting it.
We never put them up, but I was outside every day calling her name, putting out food, looking for her and hearing “she’s not here. She’s inside.”
So I kept looking inside and there was no possible place she could possibly be. We looked everywhere.
I felt guilty that I could have been so careless to let her get outside. I didn’t know how it happened because I felt like I was super careful, but still. It’s the only thing that made any sense to me. She must have gotten out and she must be outside.
I open A Course in Miracles and my eye lands on this sentence:
“I need the children of light now. You who are so close to God must not give way to guilt.”
-Jesus, Chapter 1, A Course in Miracles
So, I got it. I’m not guilty. The cat is not here and I am not guilty. Jesus needs the children of light now. Okay, Okay. I get it. I’m not guilty: but where is she???
And in the shower, after 3 nights of her missing I kept thinking: “God’s Voice speaks to me all through the day.” Then I was told specifically where she was. And when I went to look there, there was no possible way she could have been in the place my mind was telling me where she was. There was about a half inch of space, and no way possible she could have gotten in there.
And suddenly, my mind is thinking about all those movies where someone is stuck in a cave, down a hole, on a deserted island just waiting for someone to show up. And finally someone DOES show up and the person who is stuck who needs to be saved knows they are about to be saved – but the person saving them doesn’t know anyone is there, and then the person gives up too quickly and leaves. And the person in the cave, the whole, the deserted island is like: NOOoooooooooooooooooo!!!!! Try harder!!! I’m here!!!!! Come back!!!!!!!!!!
So that image is going through my mind.
And I knew, that I might have to break the drawer in order to get in there, and I knew that I was GOING TO BREAK if I had to. I knew that I wasn’t going to stop until I had the drawer out. It seemed to be built into the wall. I couldn’t get it out, but I knew I was going to get it out .
I finally pulled the top drawer out, and there was Vanna. Just sitting there in this big empty space behind the cupboard, looking at me with this big eyes. She wasn’t scared. She didn’t look surprised. And she hopped right out, walked to the cat food and started eating. haha.
I took the above photo of Vanna after she jumped out. This does not look like a cat who had been stuck for 3 nights with no food and no water.
During these 3 days, all I kept thinking was: “Your part is to be happy.”
This comes straight out of A Course in Miracles from Jesus, and I knew that there was no accidents, my day was not at random, and that I had asked for this to happen exactly like this.
I had been feeling for the past several weeks that it was time for me to make no decisions by myself anymore. I wasn’t going to be working with Jesus, trained and taught by Jesus and that I was not to do anything without ASKING.
And that’s what the 3 days were for me: a time to see that I am not lingering in illusions anymore. I knew I might never seen Vanna again and that was totally fine with me. I knew that I could have no attachment to an outcome. My part is to be happy, to know my Self.
I am here ONLY for the salvation of the world. I have no other purpose and no other function.
If you like this story, you will enjoy my radio show this week “Working with Jesus.” I talk about how I have been thinking of going back to school to get my Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy and what Jesus had to say about that.
You can listen to it here: WORKING WITH JESUS ON UNITY FM RADIO, with LISA NATOLI
I find that a lot of Course in Miracles students say “This is an illusion. I need do nothing” and to me this was such a great example that the Voice is speaking to us all through the day, and how simple it is to simply do what it is instructing?
How hard was it for me to pull a clothes drawer out? It was the simplest thing in the world. And I had heard to do this on the very first afternoon, before even one night has passed.
So it’s got me thinking: I wonder how many other things I have “heard” and not followed through on?????
Jesus says right there in Chapter 1 of A Course in Miracles, right out of the gate: Remember to ask me. Remember to ask my help. I will help you, but you need to ask me. Do nothing without asking me. Ask me. Ask me. Ask me.
So, I think he might be trying to say to me to ask him.