Regina’s Tips

Regina Dawn AkersRegina Dawn Akers guides a group of committed students who would like to make consistent, gentle progress toward genuine peace, joy and love. Her tips regarding the group’s homework assignments are posted here.

Everyone who is willing to make a commitment to healing/awakening is invited to join this group.

 

Group Schedule
Tuesday evenings, 8-10pm ET
Facilitated by Regina Dawn Akers

Tips from Regina – Lesson 154, I am among the ministers of God

Today’s workbook lesson is a calling. All are called. The question is, who will answer? In order to answer the call, there are certain requirements. We must let go of judging of ourselves. This includes letting go of judging if we are ready for service, if we are worthy of service, and what our role… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 153, In my defenselessness my safety lies

In Chapter 1 of The Untethered Soul, Michael Singer writes, “… the mind talks all the time because you gave it a job to do. You use it as a protection mechanism, a form of defense.” Is that true? Is the mind a form of defense? Let’s watch it for a day and find out.… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 152, The power of decision is my own.

Over the last two days we have been contemplating Michael Langford’s theatre analogy along with Lesson 151. Today’s workbook lesson looks at a difference between the theatre analogy and our experience with the world. In the theatre analogy, people are born in a theatre and mesmerized by the film, but they have nothing to do… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 151, All things are echoes of the Voice for God

At the last Gentle Healing meeting, I read some paragraphs from Chapter 14 of “The Most Direct Means to Eternal Bliss.” Part of that reading was a story about a planet where people are born and raised in a movie theatre, and they never question if the movie on the screen is reality; they simply… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Review Lesson 150

My mind holds only what I think with God. I will accept the Atonement for myself. The “will” in this sentence implies the future, as in ‘I am going to do this.’ I don’t feel to see it as a future endeavor. I accept the Atonement for myself now. As NTI Luke says, “Now is… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Review Lesson 149

My mind holds only what I think with God. When I am healed I am not healed alone. In Chapter 1 of A Course in Miracles, Jesus says, “I have nothing that does not come from God. The difference between us now is that I have nothing else.” That is healing, having nothing but that… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Review Lesson 148

My mind holds only what I think with God. I have noticed since beginning this review that something is shifting in me. There is greater confidence than there was before in the efficiency of the direct path and in my desire and ability to remain focused on it. I feel as if I am learning… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Review Lesson 147

What good news yesterday’s lesson was. “No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.” And yet, one must be honest about her seeking. To say she seeks the truth, but to look to the world for happiness, is to be dishonest with her self. One who seeks the truth seeks inward, toward the… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Review Lesson 146

Yesterday my focus was watching for defenses and self-deceptions, that which keeps my attention away from my true Self. I did this because it was a request made in the review instructions. After making that request, the review instructions say: “And yet, your mind holds only what you think with God. Your self-deceptions cannot take… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Review Lesson 145

“My mind holds only what I think with God.” It is lack of forgiveness that blocks this realization from our awareness. The review instructions ask us to notice “the many forms in which the lack of true forgiveness may be carefully concealed.” In other words, the review instructions ask us to put some effort into… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Review Lesson 144

The central theme that we are contemplating during this review period is: My mind holds only what I think with God. The workbook instructions for the review period say, “It is this thought that fully guarantees salvation to the Son. For in his mind no thoughts can dwell but those his Father shares. Lack of… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Review Lesson 143

The instructions for this review period give us a central theme to contemplate each day. That theme is: My mind holds only what I think with God. The instructions go on to say, “That is a fact, and represents the truth of what you are and What your Father is.” This means that what our… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Review Lesson 142

The instructions for this review period have told us that we will use this review to “concentrate on the readiness for what will follow next.” And then it gave us a central theme to use in that concentration: My mind holds only what I think with God. Each day during the review period, be sure… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Review Lesson 141

“My mind holds only what I think with God,” is the key thought we will contemplate as we go through this next review, so let’s begin by looking deeply at what that means. Interestingly, the dictionary does not define ‘think’ as the ongoing mental chatter in the mind, although most people tend to think that chatter… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 140, Only salvation can be said to cure, 2 of 2

Today’s lesson speaks of “happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings” and says they are “different from the dreaming of the world.” With the mindset of the world, a happy dream would be a dream where all of my problems are resolved. I have enough money. I am healthy. There is only peace in all of… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 140, Only salvation can be said to cure, 1 of 2

The primary purpose of today’s lesson is to clarify the goal. When people believe they suffer because of a specific problem in form, it is easy to think their answer lies in resolving that specific problem. However, one problem follows another problem in the changing world of form. The only answer that resolves all problems… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 139, I will accept the Atonement for myself

I love, love, love today’s workbook lesson. It is so simple and clear! Yet, I don’t think I saw it that way the first time I did the Course in Miracles Workbook. I don’t think I knew what it talked about then when it said, “Who is the doubter? … He has accepted [truth] because… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 138, Heaven is the decision I must make

Actually, I like these words: “Heaven is the decision I make.” In other words, I don’t need to wait for any additional learning to make that decision. I make it now. There is an idea that there is something we have to learn about truth. There is nothing necessary to learn about truth, although some… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – lesson 137, When I am healed I am not healed alone

I have experienced miraculous physical healing. The first time it happened, it was a broken toe. I broke my pinkie toe around 5pm one evening. I was guided to put a tight sock on the foot and to ice it, but not to go to the doctor. The next morning the entire top half of… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 136, Sickness is a defense against the truth

I want to simplify this lesson so it is most helpful. Instead of focusing on sickness, I want to focus on defenses against truth. We all have our ways of defending against the truth and then denying that we are the one who set up those defenses. Sickness has never been a big defense for… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 135, If I defend myself I am attacked

Today’s lesson is about Self-inquiry, ‘Who am I?’ And then it is about taking Self-inquiry one-step further by living from the answer. Today’s lesson tells us that we use many forms of defense to try to protect who we think we are, and in so doing we hide the truth about ourselves from ourselves. We… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 134, Let me perceive forgiveness as it is

Forgiveness is letting go of the mind. Or said another way, it is letting go of believing the chatter in one’s mind. With that said, there are some helpful pointers in today’s lesson. 1. “Because you think your sins are real, you look on pardon as deception.” – I would word that this way: Because… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~Lesson 133, I will not value what is valueless

Today’s lesson begins by telling us we will take a break from the theoretical and come back now to practical concerns. If we will see today’s lesson as practical and not theoretical, we will shed the ego thought system. Let me start by saying that the ego is inherently selfish.The ego always thinks of ‘me’… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 132, I loose the world from all I thought it was

Today’s lesson is an interesting lesson. Is it implying that you should be able to heal the sick and raise the dead? Does it mean you can end wars by changing your mind? Or is the main point that there is no world at all? I have seen many Course students give their point of… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 131, No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth

Today’s lesson is good news. It’s just as Jesus said, “Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7) It is popular today to say that seeking is the problem; one is already awake & needs only to let go of seeking. To me, that is kind of… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 130, It is impossible to see two worlds

Today we go even deeper into ‘Choice A’ and ‘Choice B,’ which were introduced in yesterday’s tip. Today we are told that we see a world of differences, which is not there, because we want to see it; we value it. This is where A Course in Miracles and other truth teachings can become a… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 129, Beyond this world there is a world I want

Anyone who is familiar with Michael Langford’s work may have noticed “Choice A” and “Choice B” in today’s workbook lesson. These choices are laid out in Chapter 5 of ‘The Most Direct Means to Eternal Bliss.’ Here are some excerpts: “The primary means to awaken the extremely intense desire for liberation is to carefully examine… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 128, The world I see holds nothing that I want.

In ‘The Most Direct Means to Eternal Bliss,’ Michael Langford writes: “54. What is the goal of [spiritual] practice? It is to bring the ego and its suffering and illusions to a final end so that only the true Self whose nature is Infinite-Eternal-Awareness-Love-Bliss remains. “55. What is most important is already described in #54… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 127, There is no love but God’s.

I remember the first time I read this lesson. I DID think “there is a kind of love for this, a kind for that; a way of loving one, another way of loving still another.” Back then, if a mother had told me that she loves a bug in the same way she loves her… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 126, All that I give is given to myself

Today’s lesson says, “If you believed this statement, there would be no problem in complete forgiveness, certainty of goal, and sure direction. You would understand the means by which salvation comes to you, and would not hesitate to use it now.” This is true. I know it is true, because it is exactly what happened… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 125, In quiet I receive God’s Word today

Today’s lesson tells us that God/Spirit has not waited for our return to it to give its word to us. I think it is really important for us to realize that inner wisdom has always been there; we just haven’t always been listening. In fact, often we have purposefully chosen the opposite of inner wisdom.… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 124, Let me remember I am one with God

On Wednesday night of this week, we were gathered in the Awakening Together Sanctuary for the Michael Langford Study Group. We were reading from his book, “The Importance of Practice and Effort”. On page 22, Nisargadatta Maharaj and a devotee are discussing awareness-watching-awareness meditation. The devotee said, “I have tried many times and failed.” When… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 123 ~ I thank my Father for His gifts to me

NTI Luke, Chapter 17 says that gratitude “nurses your willingness to full health. Do not hold back on gratitude. Take time to sit in quiet and know your gratitude.” NTI Hebrews, Chapter 12 says, “Worship in reverence and awe the true desire of the Heart by giving your gratitude to it. Through gratitude, [true] desire… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 122 ~ Forgiveness offers everything I want

What do you think you want? Today is a good opportunity to look and uncover the world-based ‘wants’ that are driving you. Consider writing down everything you think you want, and then ask ‘why.’ Look deeply at your wants until you discover what you really, really want. After you’ve done that, read today’s lesson again.… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 121 Forgiveness is the key to happiness

Today’s workbook lesson describes the ego mind. This mind, as described in the lesson, may be more or less conscious for you now. You may be well aware of being torn with doubt, confused, afraid and angry, weak, blustering, afraid to go ahead, afraid to stay, afraid of every sound, yet more afraid of stillness;… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 120 ~ Review of lessons 109 (I rest in God) and 110 (I am as God create me)

How to Contemplate, conclusion: In summary, here are the keys to contemplation. • When you contemplate the written word, read slowly and repeatedly with long silent pauses. • Toss out your beliefs, preferences and all prior knowledge as you enter the sacred ground of contemplation. • Listen or feel inwardly for some stirring that might… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 119 ~ Review of lessons 107 (Truth will correct all errors in my mind) and 108 (To give and to receive are one in truth)

How to Contemplate, continued: As with all things spiritual, the best way to learn contemplation is to learn from yourself. Therefore, for today’s tip I’d like to share some of my favorite quotes on contemplation. As you contemplate these quotes, you learn how to contemplate through contemplation: Abandon the words but remain established in the… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 118 ~ Review of lessons 105 (God’s peace and joy are mine) and 106 (Let me be still and listen to the truth)

How to Contemplate, continued: In my experience, the ego will almost always (& maybe I should say ‘always’ instead of ‘almost always’) try to block contemplation, and it will do it in any way that it can. Peace Pilgrim said that the ego knows the weakest spot in your armor. That means the ego will… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 117 ~ Review of lessons 103 (God, being Love, is also happiness) and 104 (I seek but what belongs to me in truth)

How to Contemplate, continued: Contemplation is a process of discovery, a process of going deeper into something or going beyond what was already known or consciously realized. I ‘d like to share an article by Adyashanti. In this article he talks about “meditative self-inquiry.” His meditative self-inquiry is contemplation. He does an excellent job of… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 116 ~ Review of lessons 101 (God’s Will for me is perfect happiness) and 102 (I share God’s Will for happiness for me)

How to Contemplate, continued: Sometimes we may be asked to contemplate material we do not like. Maybe the material uses words or symbols we do not like. Maybe we don’t have any mental understanding at all, and we feel frustrated about that lack of understanding. Maybe we don’t like the source of the quote. Maybe… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 115 ~ Review of lessons 99 (Salvation is my only function here) and 100 (My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation)

How to Contemplate, continued: A common block to receiving wisdom through contemplation is perceiving the text that is being contemplated as straightforward and easy to understand. Maybe you are contemplating a sentence that is short, simple and clear. “I get it,” the mind says. Well … that doesn’t mean there isn’t more to be gained… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 114 ~ Review of lessons 97 (I am spirit) and 98 (I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation)

How to contemplate, continued: Whenever we contemplate anything, we receive the most if we are willing to be completely open, trusting and non-judgmental. If I think wisdom should look or sound a special way, I may block wisdom. It’s good to look and see if we have special expectations or have put special limits on… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 113 ~ review of lessons 95 (I am one Self, united with my Creator) and 96 (Salvation comes from my one Self)

How to Contemplate, continued: Sometimes when contemplating, the flow of wisdom begins on its own spontaneously. Sometimes the flow of wisdom begins as I focus on an inquiry. For example, let’s look at this quote: “Who cares if you’re enlightened forever? Can you just get it in this moment, now?” ~ Byron Katie If I… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 112 ~ Review of lessons 93 (Light and joy and peace abide in me) and 94 (I am as God created me)

How to Contemplate, continued: When I was first guided to write “The Holy Spirit’s Interpretation of the New Testament” (NTI), I was given instructions about how to do it. One very important instruction was: “In order to understand the symbol, one must accept the Love of Christ. One prepares himself to accept that Love BY… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 111 ~ Review of lessons 91 (Miracles are seen in light) and 92 (Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one)

One of the skills that has really benefited me on the path of awakening is contemplation. Contemplation is different than meditation. During meditation we are pay attention to the true Self (awareness). Whenever attention drifts back into thought, we use Self-inquiry or another means to bring attention back to awareness. Contemplation has a different purpose.… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 110, I am as God created me

Today’s lesson begins by telling us, “We will repeat today’s idea from time to time,” and then it goes on to discuss two key practices that we need to continuously repeat until awakening has occurred. The practices are two types of inquiry. 1. After introducing the quotation that we are to say as we begin… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 109, I rest in God

NTI Luke says, “Sickness must rest and be quiet. This is the way to health. Let your sickness rest.” This is why we want to rest. When our attention is caught up in our mind’s conditioned thought habits, the neural pathways that are related to those habits are well worn and as slippery as water… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 108, To give and to receive are one in Truth

Today’s lesson says, “To learn that giving and receiving are the same has special usefulness because it can be tried so easily and seen as true.” This lesson points to the value of making the Loving All Method a way of life. If you haven’t become deeply familiar with the Loving All Method, consider reading… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 107, Truth will correct all errors in my mind

Yesterday’s tip pointed out that true spirituality is based on trusting the teachings enough to engage in spiritual practice. The benefits of spiritual practice are highlighted in today’s workbook lesson. My outward-focused ego mind sees meditation as a waste of time. I like to meditate for a minimum of one hour, and I prefer to… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 106, Let me be still and listen to the truth

Today’s lesson encourages you to have your own direct experience of truth. It says, “Be not deceived by voices of the dead, which tell you they have found the source of life and offer it to you for your belief.” One primary obstacle to true spirituality is belief. If you look at members of traditional… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 105, God’s peace and joy are mine

Today’s workbook lesson says, “A major learning goal this course has set is to reverse your view of giving, so you can receive. For giving has become a source of fear, and so you would avoid the only means by which you can receive.” There is a divine law by which the universe operates. We… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 104, I seek but what belongs to me in truth

This week we are looking deeply at happiness. I’ve said that happiness is natural, and when we are not happy it is because we decided we wanted something else. We judged a circumstance as something that should not be, and we decided we want it to be different. Right now I sit in bed in… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 103 – God, being Love, is also happiness.

Today’s workbook lesson begins with this: “Happiness is an attribute of love. … Yet can the mind deny that this is so, believing there are gaps in love where sin can enter, bringing pain instead of joy. This strange bellef would limit happiness by redefining love as limited, and introducing opposition in what has no… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 102, I share God’s Will for happiness for me

Today’s workbook lesson tells us that we think pain and suffering buy us something, something that we want. If we are not perfectly happy, this belief is in our mind. It may not seem that way. It could even feel offensive if someone tells us that we are unhappy because we think unhappiness will get… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 101, God’s Will for me is perfect happiness

Two days ago the tip for Lesson 99 led you in an inquiry. As part of that inquiry you were asked to “Notice the difference between thought and awareness. Notice which causes all kinds of trouble and suffering, and which is peacefully present. Notice which is you and which is not.” I hope you were… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 100, My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation

The other night I met an Indian man who wanted to know what I had achieved thus far through spiritual practice. I told him that I am happy. He didn’t seem to think happiness was evidence of progress. Maybe he would have been more impressed with stories about physical healing or divine visions. Oh, I’ve… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina ~ Lesson 99, Salvation is my only function here

Let’s simplify today’s lesson: “Truth and illusions both are equal now, for both have happened. … [This seems true, because the] mind that sees illusions thinks them real. … And yet they are not real, because the mind that thinks these thoughts is separate from God.” The pathway to salvation lies in the paragraph above.… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 98, I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.

What is God’s plan for salvation? In the language of the Course, it is forgiveness. What is forgiveness? It is removing your attention from the untrue. Removing attention from problems. Removing attention from grievances. Removing attention from fears. Removing attention from regrets. Removing attention from jealousies and envies. Removing attention from judgments. Removing attention from… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 97, I am spirit

Sh-h-h-h-h. Listen. What do you hear? That’s spirit. What’s listening? Spirit. You can’t get away from it. Spirit, everywhere. Look at this verse from the Gospel of Thomas: Jesus said, “It is I who am the light over all. It is I who am the entirety: it is from me that the entirety has come,… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 96, Salvation comes from my one Self

The most important thing about today’s lesson is that we continue to practice looking at awareness for 5 minutes every hour. When we can’t do that, we at least say today’s lesson to our self and practice Bentinho’s 2-5 seconds. This practice of looking at awareness frequently is much more helpful than you may imagine.… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 95, I am one Self, united with my Creator

Today’s lesson is really subtle. It’s an important lesson. It’s also a lesson that the ego can’t understand. Let’s look at it carefully and slowly so it can be understood and digested beyond the ego mind. “I am one Self, united with my Creator.” If this is true (and it is true), can I do… Continue Reading

Gentle Healing Group – notes on “The Metaphysical Secret”

Francine Wright created this summary of “The Metaphysical Secret” for her use and offered to share it with the group. Notes from “The Metaphysical Secret” Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 94, I am as God created me

Many people who study A Course in Miracles study at the level of mind–at the the level of thinking–so when they come to Lesson 94, they adopt the idea, “I am as God created me,” including their imagination of what that means to them. It doesn’t penetrate very deep, because it is only at the… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 93, Light and joy and peace abide in me

Yesterday we saw that some of the symptoms of the “I am a body” belief are judgment, condemnation, fear, attack, and self-hatred. The voice in your head that we call the ego is the voice of the “I am a body” belief. Watch it as a curious observer and you will see what I mean.… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Visualization Plan

An example of what I am calling a “visualization plan” is in the audio “The Secret Holy Spirit Style,” which is also part of this week’s homework. Maybe my term, “visualization plan,” is a poor choice of words, but I am pointing to the kind of visualization/contemplation statements that I shared in that audio. Of… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 92 Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one.

Yesterday we saw that the miracle is what you are, and light is awareness. Your truth is known in awareness. Today we learn what strength is. Strength is the natural beneficence of awareness. Beneficence and awareness are one. The idea that you are a body in a world of other bodies is false. In today’s… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 91, Miracles are seen in light

What is the miracle? Today’s workbook lesson says, “The miracle is always there.” The miracle in this context is what you are. What is light? Light is awareness. “Miracles are seen in light” means: Your truth is known in awareness. Today’s workbook lesson also says, “To you, then, light is crucial. While you remain in… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 90

I don’t know about you, but I am excited for the new start that begins tomorrow … our first lesson after the second review period. My heart is beating excitedly with joyous anticipation of the journey ahead. (It is also kind of fun that we begin this newest phase of our journey on Easter morning… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 89

For most of us, the spiritual path is a path of hills and valleys, of what might feel like successes and failures. There are times when we feel like we aren’t doing good enough. Maybe we plan not to get angry, and then we get really angry. Maybe we plan to remember our Course lesson… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 88

The ego often tells us that awakening is impossible. Or, at least it will say it is impossible for “me.” However, A Course in Miracles says: “In an impossible situation, you can develop your abilities to the point where they can get you out of it.” And that is what we are doing in the… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 87

As mentioned in yesterday’s tip, discouragement is of the ego. It is a very successful ego trick, because it can lead us to let go of the practice that awakens. Today I would like to share several quotes from masters. These quotes all make the same point: Complete awakening is possible for you if you… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 86

Some spiritual teachers, like Michael Langford and Ellie Roozdar, teach that awakening/enlightenment are extremely rare. Often, when people hear this, they feel discouraged. Recently, Kathy Smith expressed that discouragement during one of my Seven Steps teachings, and Michael heard it. He responded by writing a letter to Kathy. Here is some of what he wrote… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 85

Someone once asked me what motivates me to spiritual practice. My answer: It is the practice itself that motivates me. I find that as I dedicate myself to spiritual practice, I experience an increase in my desire for spiritual practice. There may be some bio-chemical thing happening in the body to explain this. Just as… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 84

Buddhists often speak of compassion. They practice compassion in many ways. It occurred to me recently to look at the life of Buddha to see what he meant by compassion. For those of you who don’t know the story of Buddha, he was born the son of a king. When he was born, a prophet… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 83

I know some of you found yesterday’s tip difficult. One ego preservation strategy is denying the full onslaught of suffering and terror caused by the ego thought system. If we looked directly at it, we would give it up. It’s like the movie, “Inception,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. In that movie, they are going deep into… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 82

Earlier this week someone, presumably Syria’s president Assad, ordered a chemical attack on civilians/terrorists (depending on who is telling the story). In America, we saw images of the children affected in the attack. Last night US President Trump ordered an attack on a Syrian airbase. Russia, Iran and Syria say the US attack was “naively… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 81

Congratulations. You have made it to the second review in the ACIM Workbook. I know some of you feel you have not been doing this perfectly. That’s okay. We rest for a bit in the arms of this review in order to strengthen our commitment to truth. Notice these sentences in the introduction to the… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 80, Let me recognize my problems have been solved

Yesterday we recognized that our only problem is listening to and believing mental chatter. When we carefully examine our mental chatter, we find it is full of untruths. I remember once when I was going through a lot of fear regarding stories in my mind about what would happen if I quit my job, which… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 79, Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved

The universe played a little joke on me today. I awoke to two Awakening Together technical problems that needed to be looked at over coffee. This was before opening the Course to see today’s lesson. What I noticed as I looked at these technical problems was the ‘sensibleness’ that led the looking. It was a… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 78 – Let miracles replace all grievances

Today’s workbook lesson is another lesson that teaches a ‘skill’ that helps us awaken. Notice how we are to begin our longer practice periods. We notice a person that we have a grievance against. We hold that person in our mind, and we review that one as we see her now. We examine her faults,… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Tip for Lesson 77, I am entitled to miracles

There are many wonderful pointers in this lesson. Let’s look at each of them briefly: “You are entitled to miracles because of what you are.” – Yesterday’s tip encouraged you to ask, “What am I?” Today’s lesson begins by prompting us to look in the same direction. “What am I?” “You will receive miracles because… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Tip for Lesson 76, I am under no laws but God’s

This lesson says something very important. “… how simple is salvation.” Our confusion is thinking we need something other than salvation to save us. We think we need a healthy or beautiful body, a certain amount of money, a certain quality of relationship, etc. And because we think we need these things, we then think… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Tip for Lesson 75, The light has come

Read this lesson slowly at least 3 times today. That’s it. That’s my tip. Love Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Tip for Lesson 74, There is no will but God’s

Some people feel fear, sacrifice or doubt upon hearing the idea, “There is no will but God’s,” but that is due to a lack of understanding. God’s will is what you are, life-awareness-intelligence-open-freedom. You are that, and in being that you are God’s will. The funny thing is, you can’t stop being that (even though… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – The Easy Way to Let Go of Ego

This is an optional 1-hour audio that summarizes the process for letting go of ego. Listen to this audio Based on the video, The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Alan Carr Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Tip for Lesson 73, I will there be light

Today we cross a threshold. We have stepped into a new level of commitment within ourselves. We are more willing for truth-realization today than we were yesterday. Now we know that we crave pain and suffering, regardless of whether we experience that as grievances, stress, arrogance, unworthiness, guilt, jealousy, anger, suspiciousness, self-hatred, fear, worry, inertia,… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Tip for Lesson 72, Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvation

Today’s workbook lesson says, “the ego is the physical embodiment of [its wish to replace God].” We saw how this “physical embodiment” occurs in the move, “What the Bleep Do We Know?” First, there is the ego. It is the idea of “me.” The brain as a whole does not have this idea. It collects… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 71, Only God’s plan for salvation will work

Today, I burst out laughing when I read, ”The role assigned to your own mind in this plan, then, is simply to determine what, other than itself, must change if you are to be saved.” What a silly idea! This is saying that we believe suffering is salvation. To discover this for yourself, notice how… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Tip for Lesson 70, My salvation comes from me

In Jesus’ day, people thought ‘salvation’ was being freed from Roman occupancy and returning the government to a righteous Jewish king (messiah) that would be selected by God. This religious governmental structure was called “the kingdom of God.” “Now when [Jesus] was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 69, My grievances hide the light of the world from me

Many people undertake spiritual practice with this personal point-of-view in tact: I am not worthy of God/awakening. I have to struggle against God/reality to try to awaken. (Of course, in the end it is never going to happen anyway, because I am not worthy of it.) It’s important to notice that Lesson 69 says the… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Two specific parts of ‘What the Bleep’ are with me today as I contemplate Lesson 68, Love holds no grievances:

1 – Our brain processes over 4 billion bits of data per second, but we only aware of about 2000 bits of data per second. We select the data that is most related to our individual body, and pay attention only to that. 2 – At the quantum level, one thing can appear in many… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Tip for Lesson 67, Love created me like Itself

This tip is for those who are new to meditation. As you know, we are now practicing awareness-watching-awareness for at least 10-15 minutes per day. Today’s workbook lesson gives good instructions for moving into the awareness-watching-awareness practice. It says: “You may find it necessary to repeat the idea for today from time to time to… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Lesson 66, My happiness and my function are one

Commentary on Happiness: Happiness is our natural state, quite literally. This is difficult for many people to believe since the ego is constantly chattering that we need one thing or another in order to be happy. However, the only thing that blocks our natural state is belief in the ego’s ideas. Therefore forgiveness, which is… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 65, My only function is the one God gave me

We are going to spend two days with lesson 65, because lesson 65 represents two important objectives: 1 – Realizing total commitment to awakening by realizing truth is the only thing we really want. 2 – Seeing that mind’s thinking is filled with other goals & desires, which distract from our commitment to awakening. As… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Tip for Lesson 64, Let me not forget my function:

It may be helpful to pick a few lines from today’s lesson that really jumps out at you, and write a few related thoughts about each of those sentences. I did that this morning after practicing the longer morning meditation. Here is my journaling: “The purpose of the world you see is to obscure your… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Tip for Lesson 63:

The purpose of today’s workbook lesson is to motivate us to practice forgiveness. When you allow related thoughts to come to you today, allow the thoughts that motivate you. Maybe your motivation is a little different than ‘salvation of the world.’ That’s ok. Whatever it is, let it come. For my morning contemplation, I put… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Tip for Lesson 62, Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world

What is forgiveness? It is letting go of the untrue and placing attention with the true instead. When you read A Course in Miracles, it is helpful to know that the thoughts its scribe suffered from were attack thoughts. Her mind fiercely attacked nearly every person she ever met. There were a few people who… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Tips for Workbook Lesson 61, I am the light of the world

Here are some things to contemplate as you contemplate today’s workbook lesson: In our reading from ‘I Am That’ at the last Gentle Healing Group, Nisargadatta pointed to your reality as that which “imparts reality to all it touches.” I said that your reality, awareness/attention, is the light of the world, and I asked you… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Regina’s personal comments on Lesson 60: (Review lessons 46-50)

Review 46. God is the Love in which I forgive. I am ready for advanced forgiveness now. Advanced forgiveness is letting go of all ego thought, even that which appears benign and necessary, like thinking through a problem that needs to be solved. Letting go of ego can feel like letting go of ‘me.’ However,… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Regina’s personal comments for Lesson 59: (Review lessons 41-45)

Review 41. God goes with me wherever I go. The ego does too. This is because both are in my mind. One is my true Self. The other is an imposter, a habit. Am I ready to break this entrenched habit? What do I want for myself? Review 42. God is my strength. Vision is… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Regina’s personal comments for Lesson 58: (Review lessons 36-40)

Review 36. My holiness envelops everything I see. When I sing songs of devotion, the heart’s eyes look out on the world. The heart’s eyes are God’s eyes. They are one and the same. I can see the universe with God’s eyes because God is my truth. When I look with God’s eyes, I see… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Regina’s personal comments for Review 57: (Review lessons 31-35)

Review 31. I am not the victim of the world I see: Resistance may arise as I follow this commitment I have made to remain fully immersed in God, but I am not the victim of resistance. I am not the victim of my habits. I am not the victim of the apparent wishes of… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Regina’s personal comments for Review Lesson 56: (Review lessons 26-30)

Review 26. My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability: What business does one who wants to be immersed in God have thinking about the world? Find the way of living that does not require thinking. It is a path that is right here at your feet now, but all that you think must be let… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Regina’s personal comments for review lesson 55: (Review lessons 21-25)

Review 21. I am determined to see things differently: I do not know how enlightenment sees. It seems to me that if I decide on a belief about what enlightenment sees, I may restrict myself to my belief. I do not want to be restricted by my imagination of truth. I want the genuine experience… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Regina’s personal comments for Review Lesson 54: (Review lessons 16-20)

Review 16. I have no neutral thoughts. It is time for maturity. Maturity begins by realizing who I am, what is true and what is false. This is wisdom. Maturity lives from wisdom. What I am is living-intelligent-open-awareness. What is true is what I am, life-intelligence-love-presence. What is false is form. Form is the manifestation… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Regina’s personal comments for Review Lesson 53, Review 11-15

  Review 11. My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world. When I see with the mind, I am lost in an individualistic illusion that has no meaning at all. When I see with the heart, I am in communication with my true Self. When I am in communication with my true Self, I… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – The Story of the Box (Inspired by Lessons 51 & 52)

When I see the world through my individual point of view, I see an individual world. No one else sees a world exactly like the world I see. It is as if each of us is walking around with a box on our head. Our unique worlds are drawn on the inside of our boxes,… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Review Lessons 51-60:

The instructions for Review 1 are fairly flexible. For example, you are told that “if any one of the five ideas appeals to you more than the others, concentrate on that one.” The flexibility in the instructions allows you to develop a personal relationship with the review lessons. When Helen scribed the review lessons, she… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Lesson 50, I am sustained by the Love of God

One error that creeps into the minds of many spiritual students is “magical thinking.” Magical thinking is believing that spiritual practice protects us and makes us happy by correcting the things in the world that we think need correcting. This error is fairly common and is fiercely protected by the ego, so it isn’t always… Continue Reading

Tips From Regina – Lesson 49, God’s Voice Speaks to me all through the day

Part 1 of 2 God’s Voice is silent. It communicates with no words at all. We ‘hear’ God’s Voice more as an intuitive feeling. An example of God’s Voice is the feeling ‘all is well.’ When we feel ‘all is well’ under all circumstances, we are listening to God’s Voice consistently. God’s Voice prompts us… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 48, There is nothing to fear

Today’s workbook lesson does not have a period of meditation. At our last Gentle Healing group meeting, I asked you to practice 5 minutes of awareness-watching-awareness meditation each morning even if the workbook lesson does not include meditation. This is a reminder of that request and, hopefully, a little bit of inspiration regarding the request.… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Commentary on Workbook Lesson 47, God is the strength in which I trust:

We are spending two days with Lesson 47, because it represents an important shift. It represents a shift from trusting in ‘me’ to trusting in a mystery that the mind cannot begin to fathom. Last week I wrote about some of the aspects of reality: life, awareness, intelligence, and love (unconditional-allowance). Another important aspect of… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Comment on the homework:

Last night I said that because I love you, and because my purpose is to lead you to healing, I don’t want to encourage you to cut corners on the homework. I request that you complete all of the homework each week. Here is some additional clarification: Occasionally I will make suggestions for maximum benefit.… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 46, God is the Love in which I forgive

The human idea of love is typically very different from the love of God. Since our ideas about love can be mistaken, we can also misunderstand a lesson that uses the word ‘love.’ So, let’s take a minute to look at ‘love.’ Love may be best defined as openness. Other words that help us grasp… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Workbook Lesson 45, God is the Mind with which I think

In order to have openness to what this lesson points toward, we may need a different understanding of the words “thought” and “think”. In the awareness-watching-awareness practice instructions, Michael Langford defines thought as “the words of your native language in your mind.” Thoughts can also come as pictures, as they did for Temple Grandin and… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Day 2 with Lesson 44

Yesterday I wrote that “light” and “awareness” are synonymous in Lesson 44. If you read Lesson 44 with this realization, it speaks clearly. For example, the lesson says “light and life must go together, being but different aspects of creation.” In this sentence, “creation” is a term used to mean the ‘totality of reality’. It… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 44, God is the light in which I see

This is the lesson we will stay with for 3 days in order to practice awareness-watching-awareness meditation. You can see “light” and “awareness” as synonymous, because in this context, they are. I recommend reading the workbook lesson in full at the beginning of each of the 3 days. If you are comfortable with meditating longer… Continue Reading

Tips from Regina – Lesson 43, God is my Source. I cannot see apart from Him.

During this lesson’s practice sessions, we are asked to allow related thoughts to come to us. The lesson says, “Any thought related more or less directly to today’s idea is suitable. The thoughts need not bear any obvious relationship to the idea, but they should not be in opposition to it.” We have seen this… Continue Reading

Helpful Notes from Regina’s Gentle Healing Journal – Week 6

A tip about lesson 38: The workbook lesson, “There is nothing my holiness cannot do,” may give the impression that the mind can pick a problem or form of suffering and then decide to ‘heal’ it miraculously. This is not the best way to understand the lesson. There is too much ‘me’ and what ‘I… Continue Reading

Helpful Notes from Regina’s Gentle Healing Journal – Week 5

Tip for Lesson 33 and beyond: Today we are doing the meditation, “There is another way of looking at the world.” As you do the meditation, the ego may utilize a trick. The trick is letting the lesson slide back and be repeated in the background of attention while thoughts sneak forward to reclaim the… Continue Reading

Helpful Notes from Regina’s Gentle Healing Journal – Week 4

Workbook Lesson 22, What I see is a form of vengeance “Vengeance” is retaliation for something. It could be called returning like for like. The world as “a form of vengeance” comes from the thinking-seeing loop. For example, if there is an idea in the mind that I am not as good as others, I… Continue Reading

Helpful Notes from Regina’s Gentle Healing Journal from Week 3

Workbook Lesson 16, I have no neutral thoughts Here are some definitions to consider while contemplating NTI Ephesians, especially chapters 3 & 4: mind – a conscious substratum or factor in the universe; a complex of elements that feels, perceives, thinks, wills and especially reasons. (Note: A “complex” is a whole made up of complicated… Continue Reading

How to Awaken Spiritual Insight – A Message for Members of the Gentle Healing Group from Regina Dawn Akers

NTI Ephesians, Chapter 1 says, “Welcome into your heart the Holy Spirit, for He is the Voice within you that knows your truth …” This is why I ask each of you to journal as we go through Gentle Healing together. Through journaling, you open up for spontaneous spiritual wisdom to come through you and… Continue Reading

Helpful Notes from Regina’s Gentle Healing Journal from Week Two

Workbook Lesson 9, I see nothing as it is now The three most recent workbook lessons are “I see only the past,” “My mind is preoccupied by past thoughts,” and today’s lesson, “I see nothing as it is now.” The first three chapters of NTI Romans give some context for these workbook lessons. According to… Continue Reading

Helpful Notes from Regina’s Gentle Healing Journal from Week One

Hi Everyone, I decided to share these notes from my Week One Gentle Healing Journal because it may be helpful to some of you as you walk through the purification process. I will continue to share anything from my journal that I feel may be helpful. You can share from your journals in the Sharing in… Continue Reading