Rev. Tony Ponticello

Rev. Tony Ponticello

Rev. Tony Ponticello is CMC Minister #20. He was ordained on Oct. 17, 1997. He is Executive Minister of Community Miracles Center and serves on the CMC Board as President. He is the Master of Ceremonies for the CMC Sunday Gathering and teaches 2 other CMC classes.

Sunday, 13 March 2022 03:47

03.13.22 Video "Fear – Nothing to It!"

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It is a well know fact that “Fear not,” “Be not afraid," or some other derivation of this thought is the most often repeated phrase in the Bible. It is a common thing for angels to say to people. An angel told this to Mary the mother of Jesus when she learned she was pregnant. An angel said this to the shepherds who were in fear of the light and “glory” all around them when the baby Jesus was being born. Of course Jesus said it frequently during his ministry too. He told this to his apostles when they panicked at seeing him walk on water. And he’s still saying it to us in ACIM. All throughout ACIM we hear this consistent “fear not” message. The lesson from the Workbook "There is nothing to fear." (OrEd.WkBk.48) comes to mind. I always like to remember that this can be also interpreted as that fear is vaporous and without substance, as in “fear – nothing to it.” Join me on Sunday as we explore our ego's favorite addiction – fear. 31 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

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Tuesday, 08 March 2022 02:59

I Am a "Freedom Sider"

Dear Miracle Workers,

I have always been a “freedom sider,” a term I just made up. I am not a freedom fighter. The world has celebrated freedom fighters throughout history, but a few “freedom siders” have managed to catch the world’s attention too. Mahatma Ghandi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. come to mind. ACIM calls us to be “freedom-siders.” “You have heard many arguments on behalf of ‘the freedoms,’ which would indeed have been freedom if man had not chosen to fight for them. ... Yet the argument that underlies the defense of freedom is perfectly valid. Because it is true, it should not be fought for, but it should be sided with.” (OrEd.Tx.7.11) The quotation is provocative because it states that once we start fighting for freedom it is not even freedom anymore, hence it must be slavery.

There is much going on in the world that inspires these thoughts in me today. The People’s Convoy of USA truckers with 1000s (possibly) of trucks and other vehicles circling the Washington DC beltway (Interstate 495) because they are siding with freedom from medical mandates (vaccine and mask etc). Some people call these medical mandates, medical tyranny.

There are the images of regular Ukrainian citizens in the Russian occupied Black Sea port city of Kherson protesting the Russian occupation in the town square and city streets unarmed and peacefully right alongside and in front of Russian military vehicles and tanks – a wonderful demonstration of siding with freedom.

However there were disturbing images of the Ukrainian government arming the civilian population with automatic rifles and teaching them how to be snipers so that if they need to they can kill occupying Russian troops. That is fighting for freedom and remember ACIM says that is not even freedom anymore when it gets to that.

(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #327, Mar. 8 2022)

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Sunday, 06 March 2022 03:38

03.06.22 Video "Happy 35th Birthday CMC"

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March 1st was the Community Miracles Center’s (CMC) 35th birthday. I, (Rev. Tony) have been the President and CEO for the entire time. I am very grateful that we have stayed active and vital through all those years, and especially through the last 2 years of the pandemic. Many small churches or similar religious organizations have not survived. The fact that CMC is still here and meeting the needs of ACIM students around the world is a very noteworthy accomplishment. Our world situation is uncertain right now and the future is impossible to predict. However what one can bet on is the CMC being there to meet the future head on and continue providing spiritual community and study resources to the large, broad, and diverse ACIM community. 34 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

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Wednesday, 23 February 2022 01:35

As the CMC Turns 35 Years Old – Patience

Dear Miracle Workers,

On March 1, 2022 the CMC turns 35. We will be completing our 35th year, beginning our 36th. I have been the Executive Minister the entire time and in these last few days of year 35 I am guided to pause and contemplate.

At this moment, more than others in the past, I truly have no idea what is in store for the future. Of course I never truly knew, but there were Holy Spirit given plans. "[A healed mind] carries out the plans which it receives through listening to Wisdom that is not its own." (OrEd.WkBk.135.12) Now Holy Spirit's guidance is, “There are no future plans.” It’s all day to day right now. Each day I approach work with what is the most important thing to do today. “Steady as it goes” seems to be another thing I hear. At the moment there are no conferences to plan (either in-person or virtual) and they were huge undertakings for the previous 20 years. The world itself seems to be on hold.

I have no office assistant right now. At first I saw this as a “lack” that needed to be filled, but my perception has changed. “All is well as it is” is what I hear. A leaner CMC is a more viable CMC right now. We are being prepared for something. What it is has not been revealed.

We have our Sunday Gathering. (Have you joined us lately?) There are 5 other drop-in groups happening weekly. Plus we have 4 classes people register and enroll for. Miracles Monthly continues to go out. I’m working on the last issue of Volume #35 now (420th issue). Our web site is expanding. I am open to receiving new guidance. At this moment, "Patience is natural to those who trust." (OrEd.Mn.4.20)

(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #325, Feb. 23 2022)

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Wednesday, 16 February 2022 01:26

Ted Poppe Has Made His Transition

Dear Miracle Workers,

On Saturday morning February 12, 2022, I heard from Vicki Poppe that her former husband Teddy (Ted) Poppe had made his transition. Ted and Vicki were living together again in Quincy, MA outside of Boston. They reunited just a couple of years ago. Ted's health had been challenged for awhile, though I hear that the quick transition was unexpected.

Ted was a key figure in the copyright controversy and trial that dominated the ACIM community between ~1995 to 2004. Ted was involved with Endeavor Academy at the time and Endeavor was the defendant in the copyright law suit that had been launched by: Foundation for Inner Peace, Foundation for ACIM, and Penguin Books. This case resulted in the copyright (and later the service marks and trade marks) being declared null and void by the fateful decision by Federal Judge Robert Sweet in 2003.

Ted was a very outspoken, sometimes controversial figure. At this moment I want to remember all that he did to free ACIM from the copyright which allowed the earlier edits to be published. This includes the versions based on an earlier edit found in the Edgar Cayce Library (the *Original Edition* and the *Sparkly*). This also includes versions based on the original typed manuscript found in the copyright office of the Library of Congress (the *Urtext Manuscripts*). It also includes versions based on the original shorthand notes also found in the Library of Congress (the Complete & Annotated Edition* and *Helen's Notes*).

Ted himself published the Sparkly and Helen's Notes (which is the first 8 chapters of *ACIM* transcribed completely from the shorthand notes) which came out just a few months ago. Those of us who feel like they have benefited from these earlier edits owe Ted a heart-felt declaration of gratitude. "Thank you Ted!" The best to you in your next adventure.

(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #324, Feb. 16 2022)

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Sunday, 13 February 2022 02:40

02.13.22 "I Heal, Therefore I Am"

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The 17th century French philosopher René Descartes made a famous proclamation "I think, therefore I am." In ACIM we have this similar statement "If I did not think, I would not exist, because life is thought" (OrEd.WkBk.54.3) which is saying the exact same thing. ACIM agrees with the 17th century French philosopher! For us ACIM students I would tweak Descartes famous statement into, "I heal, therefore I am." We are here to represent our Creator and we do that by healing. One of the final lessons of the Workbook is this, "Sickness is but another name for sin. Healing is but another Name for God. The miracle is thus a call to Him." (OrEd.WkBk.356) We heal. And healing is God's name and thus it is us calling to our Creator with every miracle that we perform. Do you want to find God and thus our true Selves? God is not hiding, and neither are we. We find God, and we find our selves by healing. "I heal, therefore I am." 26 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

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Since the title of the book we study is “A Course in Miracles” one might think that, among the faithful, there was a general agreement about what a miracle is. There isn’t. Many people like to downplay miracles and say that a miracle is just a shift in perception. The problem is that there is no support for this in the ACIM book itself. ACIM never defines “miracle” as a "shift in perception." However miracles are defined several times as “expressions of love.” “Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.” (OrEd.Tx.1.3) It is the belief of this author that these expressions of love are actual interpersonal gestures, or as ACIM says, “doings.” "And now in all your doings be you blessed. God turns to you for help to save the world." (OrEd.Mn.29.8) Join me as we get clear about the “miracles." 22 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

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I recently was challenged by the appearance of having manifested Covid-19. I was actually told by the Emergency Room doctor, “I don't think you are going to make it.” (Exact words.) He told me he thought my body was going to die. That was a first. I have never had that experience before. However I am blessed because I am a 40 plus year ACIM veteran and I knew I had other guidance. ACIM tells us, "We will be told exactly what God wills for us each time there is a choice to make." (OrEd.WkBk.Ep.5) There were choices to be made and Holy Spirit and Jesus were with me. I made different choices. I chose NOT to be admitted to the hospital. I chose to return to my home and proceed with my ortho-molecular protocol that I had just started. That is what God’s Voice, the Holy Spirit, told me to do. I knew exactly. It made all the difference. I am well today, and I tested Covid negative last Sunday. I am so grateful that I am an ACIM student. I believe it saved my body’s life. 26 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

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On Friday evening at the stroke of midnight the old year 2021 ended and the new year 2022 began. Of course all of this is arbitrary, nothing really “happened” at the stroke of midnight. It was all just another now moment in a seemingly endless string of them. On previous years I have hosted a fun New Year’s Eve party which would culminate in an adventurous trip to Pier 14 on the San Francisco Bay to watch the amazing fireworks display synched to music. This year there were no fireworks for the second year in a row because the fireworks were canceled just last week due to surging Covid19 cases. Plus I (Rev. Tony) was in no shape to host or organize anything because I was feeling very poorly with a fever above 102 plus at the stroke of midnight. Apparently I was manifesting one of those Covid surge cases they were talking about. Feeling better today, but still a little off, I am thinking about the new year, possibly the 3rd year in the pandemic and what perspective the Holy Spirit has for me to embrace and share. 25 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

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Thursday, 30 December 2021 04:52

The End of the Year, the Beginning of the Year

Dear Miracle Workers,

It’s all arbitrary, this thing called time, calendars, an old year ending, a new year beginning. In truth there is nothing truly significant about that moment between midnight and midnight, December 31st 2021 and January 1, 2022. It is our minds that makes these moments significant. "I have given everything I see ... all the meaning that it has for me." (OrEd.WkBk.2) While there is no doubt that this is true the desire to make the coming midnight moment significant is very strong. We still seem to exist in a world that is constantly aware of what time it is. We have clocks everywhere ”Yet what meaning can the words convey to those who count the hours still and rise and work and go to sleep by them?" (OrEd.WkBk.169.9)

2021 started in the midst of the pandemic which we had thought was over but then surged again. 2021 ends in the midst of a pandemic which we had thought was over but then surged again. I think I’ve had enough of that repetition "Human living has indeed been needlessly wasted in a repetition compulsion." (OrEd.Tx.4.3) I am definitely ready to let go of this repetition compulsion.

There is always reason to be joyful, sometimes it just seems a little more challenging to stay focussed on that, but I believe we are up for the challenge. Perhaps it is useful to associate joy with freedom. This ACIM passage about the new year does, “So will the year begin in joy and freedom. There is much to do, and we have been long delayed." (OrEd.Tx.15.112) While it may not seem to be the most joyful and free thing to think about how much work we have ahead of us in the new year, at least we know we are needed.

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(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #319, Dec. 30 2021)

Tuesday, 21 December 2021 04:42

Three days till Christmas. “WooHoo!!”

Dear Miracle Workers,

In three days we will celebrate the holiday most mentioned in ACIM, Christmas. Today I am reminded of this reference. "In this season (Christmas), which celebrates the birth of holiness into this world, join with me, who decided for holiness for you. It is our task together to restore the awareness of magnitude to the host whom God appointed for Himself." (OrEd.Tx.15.29) Let’s review the important Christmas ideas contained here. What is this season truly celebrating? It’s celebrating the birth of holiness into the world. The Course doesn’t say anything about celebrating Jesus’ birth, but the birth of holiness. Commit yourself to only perceiving holiness in the world. That is how holiness will be birthed into the world. We will put it there by our chosen perception, by Christ’s vision.

How to we do this? We do this by joining with Jesus because Jesus has decided for holiness for all of us already. All we have to do in join him. Ready! Set! JOIN!

I love the next idea that we now have a joined and sacred task. It is our job! We, all together, are bonded in a Divine job, to restore an awareness of magnitude to all beings. We are all the host, the vessel, which is hosting God and thus making God manifest. All the brothers, sisters, and others hosting God (all of us) were once aware of our magnitude, our grandeur, but through a simple mistake we tumbled into an identity that appeared limited and weak. Now, our job, joined with Jesus, is to restore that awareness of magnitude. We are all grand and amazing. We are all invulnerable. There is no “Kryptonite” to destroy our invulnerability. Be a “Superbeing” this Christmas and communicate to others that they are a “Superbeings” too. “Merry Christmas you Superhero!"

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(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #318, Dec. 21 2021)

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 04:35

'Christ Mass' Literally

Dear Miracle Workers

We say that word a lot and don’t think about it much, but “Christmas” literally means “Christ mass” or “a religious celebration for the Christ.” We ACIM students know that “Christ” is not just another name for Jesus. While Jesus (we believe) became totally identified with his Christ Self, that same Christ Self is at the foundation of each of us as well. A “Christ mass” would actually mean we are celebrating our own true “Christed” Selves. "Christ is God's Son as He created Him. He is the Self we share, uniting us with one another and with God as well." (OrEd.WkBk.SpTp271.1)

In an attempt to counteract the secular consumerism of Christmas, religious people often remind others “Jesus is the reason for the season.” However we ACIM students know that that isn’t really true either. We are the reason for the season, but the “we” must be our true Selves, the Christ within at the foundation of our being. This holiday celebrate your own rebirth as the Christ. Let’s face it, December 25th was never Jesus’ birthday anyway and everybody knows that.

"Watch with me, angels; watch with me today. Let all God's holy thoughts surround me and be still with me while Heaven's Son is born .... for He is born again in me today." (OrEd.WkBk.203.1) The Herald Angels announcing the birth of Christ are announcing our own birth. Do you hear their glorious trumpets? I do! And we have arrived here on earth as Christ just in time. The Great Awakening awaits us. It is time for us to do our part. "There is much to do, and we have been long delayed. Accept the holy instant as this year is born and take your place, so long left unfulfilled, in the Great Awakening." (OrEd.Tx.15.112)

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(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #317, Dec. 14 2021)

Sunday, 12 December 2021 06:23

12.12.21 Video "A Christmas State of Mind"

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We’re deep into the holiday season. Thanksgiving and Chanukah are behind us and Christmas is coming ‘round the corner. While looking up references in ACIM to Christmas I found this one and realized that it was not in the FIP blue book. "Christmas is not a time; it is a state of mind. The Christ Mind wills from the Soul, not from the ego, and the Christ Mind is yours." (OrEd.Tx.4.41) Wow! What a teaching to leave out! Are we all claiming the Christmas state of mind? Reminds me of the old Billy Joel song, “New York State of Mind.” (1976) Let’s explore this state and see what its characteristics are: love, abundance, giving, peace, joy, – family & friends, comfort food, Christmas carols, … Let’s all claim a Christmas state of mind. 26 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

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Sunday, 21 November 2021 06:16

11.21.21 Video "As Powerful as God"

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I have had a growing realization recently that when I read about power in ACIM I was still relating to it in a limiting fashion. While I had challenged my perception of power for years, I never truly got that what ACIM was clearly stating was – we have all the same power God has. Perhaps it is more accurate to say – I read the words, understood them intellectually, but didn’t feel it the core of my being. Recently I saw videos of New Zealand men in the indigenous Polynesian Maori tradition, doing their power dance and chant “The Haka,” in protest to the severe, draconian measures being instituted by their government. Standing up to their government in this manner triggered something in me and I began to understand power in a different way. When ACIM tells us “My Father gives all power unto me” (OrEd.WkBk.320) it truly means ALL power. Our Creator withholds nothing from us. The New Zealand protestors were taping into something. I want to learn how to dance The Haka. 26 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE

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Tuesday, 16 November 2021 05:27

Channeling Limitless Power

Dear Miracle Workers

After my Workbook Lesson today, “My Father gives all power unto me” (OrEd.WkBk.320) I found myself reflecting. I am aware that most students relate to this as meaning we are very, very powerful. Which of course is true, but it is so much more that that. “All power” means there is no: energy, force, light, joy, wisdom, … that is outside of us. It means that God does not have a power that we do not have – we have all God’s power. In fact, we are the totality of power itself.

Reconceptualizing ourselves as the totality of power is not as difficult as some may think – because – since it is who and what we are, there is nothing to do except remove those ideas which are blocking that truth. Lesson #320 reminds us of our limitless nature. Limitless joy would mean whatever joy that we may be experiencing, we can and we will experience even more joy, because joy is limitless. Whatever experience of peace we may be having, we will have new experiences of more peace, because our peace is limitless. Plus, whatever experience of power we may be feeling we will feel more power, because our power is limitless too.

So take on the big things: domestic abuse, child sex trafficking, war, world hunger, gun violence, racial injustice, mental illness, sexism, physical disease, aging, …. Why not? "There is nothing my holiness cannot do." (OrEd.WkBk.38) When I do that I see that everything going on is part of those healings happening. I see the current pandemic is part of that too. There’s the disease itself and the untold suffering associated with it. There’s all the mitigation strategies and the negative consequences associated with those. It’s all bringing up those things that we will heal by channeling our unlimited power.

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(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #313, Nov. 16 2021)

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