A Course in Miracles with Anasuya

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        Do you want peace, and struggle with trusting yourself?    

       You are an intelligent and sincere seeker of Truth. You may have begun more than once to study A Course in Miracles and for various reasons you quit. Or, the Course sits majestically on your bookshelf, next to your bed or on your favorite reading table yet to be opened. Possibly wanting to “get it right”; you either don’t start or never finish.  You want to begin. It calls to you. You walk right by it, one more time, and hear yourself say, “Maybe later.”

       You begin reading and find yourself confused at times, even daunted by its iambic pentameter and Shakespearean style. While you may have sat in on more than one study group or followed different teachers, you want greater clarity.   Or, maybe you have been studying on your own and are wanting the company of others who share your longing for Truth and struggle with how to trust themselves and apply the teachings in their lives.

           You can learn to trust yourself and experience the miracles of peace in your daily life.  

             Honest learning begins with self acceptance.  You begin where you are.  By releasing the assumption that there is a right way to study, you can relax.  When you let yourself become quiet, the Still Small Voice reveals its healing Presence.          

           Only Love is real.  You are that Love. The Course is simple in its approach. All you need is a little willingness. Your longing to know the Truth of who you are is the guiding force that returns you Home to your true Self. As the Course reminds, you are not on a journey. You are in an awakening to this truth.  

               For more information about A Course in Miracles and its origins, click HERE to visit The Foundation for Inner Peace website.

            “Hi! My name is Anasuya Floan. I understand and deeply appreciate the path of learning Trust. Since 1980, I have helped hundreds of people attain peace of mind and heart by providing a safe container for deep listening and clear reflection.  If you want to experience the teachings of the Course reveal their power in the midst of daily life, if you want to learn how to trust your Heart to enlighten every step of your awakening, I am here to support you.”

        I wholeheartedly welcome you to your study and participation in A Course in Miracles.”          

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by Anasuya Floan

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‘Cause Waking Up is Hard to Be

 

You know that waking up is hard to be                                       Now I know                                                                                 I know that I see                                                                   Sometimes I think and pretend                                                   When waking up is breaking up I wish that I                                    were sane again!

 

I woke up one morning to the tune of Neil Sedaka’s “‘Cause Breaking Up is Hard to Do” and was humored as I watched my mind adapt the words. I love the sense of humor that wakens me in spontaneous revery.

Isn’t it true?  Waking up is sometimes so hard to be.  The process of coming into Awareness can be difficult and is sometimes fraught with pain and discomfort.  Being in Awareness, BEING is not difficult at all.  We are enfolded, fused in the safety and comfort that peace and wisdom provide. Stillness and Supreme Silence send waves of bliss and joy. We breathe in the knowledge that everything really is ALL right!

Stillness and Supreme Silence send waves of bliss and joy.

So, when the receptive waves of wakin’ up start breakin’ up and the static of fear starts running interference with the Truth, then what?

How do I bring myself back to Being?  First, I must sing the song I’m singing.  If I try to fool myself and others with lyrics to a melody of anything other than self acceptance, we all know how that goes.  Lying to ourselves and others just digs us deeper into the hole of our illusions.

My favorite lessons from A Course in Miracles are those that direct our power of choice. Through consistent practice, we learn to focus our will and turn the mind toward the Light of our Awareness.  The Holy Spirit “tells you to return your whole mind to God, because it already belongs to Him.”  (Text, page 98).

So, I must begin where I am.  Afraid, angry, resentful, filled with regret and remorse, guilty, grieving, irritated, judgmental, confused; all of which the ego uses to spin endless, clever ruses to assuage its pain.  This is where waking up is hard to be.  I have to become aware of right where I am and connect with the pain I am experiencing, whether it be emotional, physical, spiritual or mental.

…the point of pain is the place where healing begins.

The Course reminds us to see all pain as a call for love.  And, to understand that the point of pain is the place where healing begins. Rumi says, “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.” This is how I understand Rumi’s words:  I have to turn my attention into the pain and “sell” everything I think I know about it. Then, bow my head low enough to touch the feet of my Heart.

Through honest learning, we prepare ourselves to “buy bewilderment”. Humility becomes our currency of exchange. We accept that we don’t know how to come into Love’s grace. Waiting with our willingness to be surprised, The Still Small Voice offers Itself as the Answer. In a state of tenderness, we find ourselves surrendered. The Holy Spirit moves of Its own Will, leaving us in landscapes of the Heart where delight and awe breathe fresh breezes that purify the mind and refresh the soul.

A sigh of relief beckons us to bow our heads low, and we pray, “What would You have me say and do in this situation? What do You want me to understand?  What do You want me to see? How can I serve You?” Our individual will aligns with the Will of Love.

…find a way that works for you and work it.

Waking up is hard work, the hardest work we will ever do and keep on doing.  It means honoring the longing in our heart by committing to a rigorous and vigilant mindfulness training. This is the supreme beauty and gift of the daily lessons in The Workbook for Students.  Through practice, we learn to witness the mind, then offer it to the Holy Spirit and see with the eyes of God.  So, to master the mind, find a way that works for you and work it.

It’s helpful and nurturing to have a support team, members of whom are committed to seeing themselves as Love and extending that vision to you and all others. I call these angels my Board of Advisors. They include stellar friends and the Masters throughout time who have gone before us to show the way home to the Heart.

Also, it’s deeply enriching to have a safe place where you can gather with others who share your passion and longing for Truth.  People who are not afraid to sell their cleverness. In their courage to be transparent, they allow themselves to be vendors of bewilderment for one another as they listen to and speak from the Heart.

‘Cause waking up is hard to be

Now I know

I know that I See …

Once you have experienced the whispers of Awakening, there’s no turning back or pretending you don’t know. Give your whole mind to God, then give your whole Yes.

If you want peace and struggle with trusting yourself, you are warmly invited to participate in A Course in Miracles study groups and retreats with Anasuya.

If you are wanting the benefits of private work, please call Anasuya directly at 707-889-3510.

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by Anasuya Floan

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Let it Die ~ A Gift of Grief

Let it Die – A Gift of Grief

Sometimes an unexpected message of change becomes a gift of grief that breaks us open and sets us free.

I recently experienced what I perceived as a betrayal. It wasn’t the message itself; that I accepted. In fact, I was coming to the same decision. I felt betrayed by the way the message was delivered.

When I left the ten-minute meeting in which I had been told in a few sentences that I was no longer needed, I heard two very distinct and tender whispers calling from beneath the searing pain in my Heart: “Let it die.  Die into Me.”

There are certain parts of ourselves that only grief can introduce us to.

        Those loving commands became the mantras that guided me through the following weeks of grief. I was suddenly and unexpectedly saying goodbye. And to way more than the position of service I had held so dear, I was saying goodbye to a part of myself that only grief could introduce me to.

    Through the stream of midnight tears, I shed the skin of attachments that I had accumulated without realizing it. I laid awake, listening. “Let it die” on the inhale, “Die into Me” on the exhale. Slowly, gently, I offered my trust to the Still Small Voice. Then with each breath, I gave myself over to Its gentle influence and fell deeper into the pain.  Is Love here too?

     “Let it die.” The welcome comfort of my tears brought the humility of acceptance that would reveal the errors of who I thought I was.  I am not what people think of me.  Nor, am I what I have accomplished or how well I have performed.  And, I am not my perception of how I think they should treat me because of what I believe or hope they think of me.

What are the gifts of abundance that the Divine is wanting to give me now?

“Die into Me.” As I let go into the Light of my heart, I could now see the root cause of my mistake in how I perceived myself. The lie that I am not loved dissolved in the Grace-giving waters of Forgiveness and left me naked, free to be in the truth.  I am loved.

     From within a delicate and empty Quietude, a question emerged, “What are the gifts of abundance that the Divine is wanting to give me now?” As I drank from this unexpected and welcome pool of hope and renewal, a warm glow of light began to emanate beginning in my belly, “Time.” Blissfully rising up into my heart, “Freedom.”  And peacefully settling just below my throat, “Relief.”

     I have more time to focus on the things that my heart is longing to do, like write the story of my spiritual journey that has been my guiding Light through life.  A new freedom is singing in my heart.  No more need to please, perform and answer to someone else’s demands.  An abundance of relief offers a respite of peace. Relief from responsibilities that are no longer mine, I am free to rest my focus in the safety of Love’s Will for me.

Give yourself over completely to Love’s Influence

“Let it die.  Die into Me.”  Trust the Still Small Voice within.  Give yourself over completely to Its influence.  It speaks as the Divine Will, leading the mind safely home to the Heart. Joy, freedom, peace and abundance are Its gifts. Take all you need. They are yours for the taking.

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If you want peace and struggle with trusting yourself, I invite you to join me and other dedicated students of Love to participate in the Joy of Trust retreat this weekend, March 25 and 26.  Register today and save $50. For information about the retreat, click HERE. To join my email list and receive my free newsletter, Fresh Insight, click here.

For questions and to register, please call Anasuya directly at 707-889-3510.

by Anasuya Floan

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From Clear to Fear and Back Again

From Clear to Fear and Back Again

You know how it is. You have clarity. You’re inspired. Your heart moves you. You know it’s the truth. You’re at peace and like the song says, “On a clear day you can see Forever”. A quiet joy fills you and you begin to see the first action steps that will bring your heart’s desire to life. You may even take a step or two. You can’t help but notice that you’re, well … dare you admit it? … Happy?!

What others think is none of your business

You know how it is. And then.. and then a shrinking darkness pulls you back and whispers, “but what about (fill in the blank with a who or what)?” “You can’t do that!” “No one wants to hear you.” “What about the kids? the laundry? what about all of your responsibilities?” “They’ll think you’re a loser. They’ll think you’re not responsible. They’ll think …” Yes, they will think.

You know how it is. You’ve successfully negotiated with fear’s reasoning and logically worked your way out of the terror that squashed your truth. You fall numb to its deafening effect on the Still Small Voice within.

You know how it is. You get grumpy, irritable. Everything feels off and no one can do anything right around you or for you. You toss it off to a “bad day” or Mercury retrograde. You tell yourself, “I’ll feel better when it stops raining.”

Grace moves by Its own Will 

You know how it is.  You feel Something deep within calling you to be still. You resist the Invitation until … in some quiet corner of your day, an unexpected breeze of tender Grace moves by Its own Will and wins your attention.  By some benevolent mystery, you accept yourself just as you are: afraid, feeling alone and needing help.
With a little willingness, you respond to the Call within. It offers release and as the tears flow, you let go.  A miracle flashes forth, a spontaneous shift in your perception.  You are humbled as you realize that it arrives at the threshold of your awareness by nothing you do.  The grace of forgiveness welcomes you home to Love’s embrace.
You breathe in the atmosphere of Clarity and you know the next right step, the clear and loving thing to say, the decision that is authentic and true to YOU, the REAL you. You know you can trust Love’s command and you take another step.
You know how it is. Being human dancing with the Divine. From Clear to fear and back again. Trust the dance. Love is the Friend Who dances you.

by Anasuya Floan

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