Rev. Joanie Schaeffer-Goss

Rev. Joanie Schaeffer-Goss

Rev. Joanie Schaeffer-Goss is CMC Minister #71. She was ordained on Feb. 16, 2014. She co-facilitates the "Southern Spirit Sisters" Fri. 4 p.m. (Pac.) Zoom! meeting. Zoom ID: 9424 662 0530

Tuesday, 19 October 2021 03:57

Clear Guidance

Dear Miracle Workers,

If you started the lessons at the 1st of the year then you’re well into the second half of the Workbook. For whatever reason, I am less vigilant with these later lessons. Finally admitting that to myself, I clearly got the message to start them over. I mention this because I didn’t chastise myself for not being vigilant nor did I feel compelled to finish the lessons like they’re a homework assignment. I was just being completely honest. I let go of my concern and obligation to finish the lessons and remembered that "There are no small upsets. They are all equally disturbing to my peace of mind." (OrEd.WkBk.5.6)

I have happily started over. I seem to need the early clear cut ideas to remind me that getting guidance is easy all the time. I sometimes forget that. The goal is to ask and then to accept the guidance. The goal is not to finish the lessons.

“I am not worried about [ finishing the lessons ] for the reason I think.” (OrEd.WkBk.5.11) I am willing to see things differently. In that willingness I am free.

Of course we are supposed to use all the lessons all the time in order to free our minds, but I’ve had a lot going on lately with caring for my elderly father, renovating my house, and the sudden seeming death of a friend. So, getting clear guidance came as a relief.

“There is another way of looking at this.” (OrEd.WkBk.33.4) "My happiness and my function are one." (OrEd.WkBk.66) "Only God's plan for salvation will work." (OrEd.WkBk.71)

These ideas relieve my mind from all effort and remind me to keep it simple. I want to be happy, and I recognize that I’ve been miserable. Thank God for the lessons. They have brought me back to my one function.

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(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #309, Oct. 19 2021)

Thursday, 29 July 2021 22:39

A Seeker No Longer

Dear Miracle Workers,

I have a friend who loves to talk about UFOs, strange phenomena and people who can channel. When we are together she shares what she has recently learned or recently read about these topics - all of which are interesting. It’s a lot of fun, but I’ll never forget what Holy Spirit reminded me of when she wanted to take me to see a medium, “You have found. You are a seeker no more.”

All of these various topics are interesting, but talking to your higher self supersedes everything. The Holy Spirit’s clarity and peace is beyond anything I have ever experienced.

I’m friends with a medium and friends with a psychic. I’ve even seen a UFO twice. But A Course in Miracles now that’s interesting!! It has taught me and shown me things and never ceases to amaze me. The sheer depth of its teaching is truly awesome. “God's blessing shines upon me from within my heart where He abides. I need but turn to Him, and every sorrow melts away as I accept His boundless Love for me.” (OrEd.W.1.187) Oh yes, I have found. It is my true path and my only passion. I am eternally grateful for this book and for the mighty companions who walk this path with me and in gratitude, I thank you all.

(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #297, Jul. 29 2021)

Tuesday, 25 May 2021 12:00

Your Practice Is Important

Dear Miracle Workers,

As I practice using the Course I sometimes forget why I’m doing it. Sometimes I get caught up in how often I have practiced and judge myself on whether or not I’ve had a miracle as often as I used to have them. All this is simply more madness from my ego. Recently, I was taking a walk and I was thinking again that I hadn’t had a miracle in a while. That’s when it popped into my head (thank you, Holy Spirit) that it was still important to practice the ideas. The ideas themselves are healing and upholding the One Mind. I had never realized that before. Simply repeating the ideas in my mind is helpful.

The miracle is always there, but I am still practicing whether I have a miracle or not. We are each here to help one another remember. My remembering is helping my brothers as well as myself. That thought has helped to release me from “trying” to have a miracle or judging myself about it. I know that’s my ego, but somehow I’ve been freed from all concern about it. Now I’m just willing to practice. “The overall aim of the exercises is to increase your ability to extend the ideas you will be practicing to include everything.” (FIP.WkBk.Intro.7) So, I am happy just to practice.

(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #288, May 25, 2021)

Saturday, 20 March 2021 21:24

This World Is a Dream

Dear Miracle Workers,

I’ve heard a few A Course in Miracles teachers throughout the years say that this world is a school. Apparently many different spiritual teachings say this. I understand if that’s helpful to them, but the Course makes it clear that the world is a dream. I guess I'm a purist. I find the Course to be very literal and very direct. We are here to forgive the dream. "I am upset because I see something that is not there." (OrEd.WkBk.6) Clearly I must be hallucinating. In fact, I think the whole Course is based on the fact that we are already home in God dreaming that we are separate.

So, how is it a school? We are here to remember our identity. "Your goal is to find out who you are." (OrEd.WkBk.62.2) "Your picture of the world can only mirror what is within." (OrEd.WkBk.73.5) I understand to a degree (pun intended) that these lessons make it sound like a school, but a school also implies that it takes time. And time is not real. Plus, the Holy instant can take you straight to God. "We will succeed today if you remember that you will salvation for yourself." (OrEd.WkBk.73.8) It means you can reach God today.

It's really not important whether you believe it's a school or not, except you might be tempted to relax your practice and coast a little. Getting your degree takes hard work and a lot of study, and although the Course takes discipline I'd like to remind us all that miracles are natural and happen without effort. Allow the Course to be easy, because in truth, it is. Use the idea of school only if it's helpful and drop it if it interferes with your progress.


(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #278, Mar.16 2021)

Friday, 05 March 2021 23:57

The Purpose of the World

Dear A Course in Miracles Students,
The purpose of the world from the ego's view is to get whatever you can however you can and do it before you die. Oh – and you’re always right and everyone else is wrong. And compare yourself and your progress of "getting and knowing" (being right) to everyone you meet. Then ... you die. That's the ego’s purpose. The Holy Spirit gently asks that you change the purpose of the world to forgiveness or true perception. The Holy Spirit simply says, "You cannot change, because your function has been fixed by God. ... Forgiveness does not aim at keeping time but at its ending when it has no use." (OrEd.29.41)
I mention forgiveness specifically because of the presidential election next week. Apply these ideas to the winner whoever he may be. Do not allow your fearful ego to tell you that all is lost or that you're moving to Canada ... or that you hate anyone. We cannot hate. Hate, judgment, loss, comparison and "being right" are all part of the ego mentality that we came to heal. It's easily done if we give a new purpose to the world we see. That purpose is forgiveness. "Only my condemnation injures me." (OrEd.WkBk.198) We can do this. It is why we came. Blessings.
(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #263, Oct. 28 2020)
Friday, 05 March 2021 22:30

All Miracles Are the Same

Dear Miracle Workers,
Do you make hierarchies of your miracles? Do you define fear as more prevalent, or deeper, or more terrifying in certain circumstances than at other times? I do. It is this I feel I am learning. “There is no order of difficulty in miracles, for they are all the same.” (OrEd.Tx.19.44). Of course this idea is mentioned throughout the Course. I chose this quote because of the second part. “For they are all the same.” There is only one miracle. That miracle is the removal of fear to reveal the love that is already there.
I sometimes feel situations or people are more difficult at times than at other times, but that’s merely because I’m unwilling to ask for a miracle. I still believe in differences. I’m now beginning to remember that there are no exceptions to applying these ideas. There is no hierarchy. I made that up. Since I made it up I can ask Spirit to help me let it go. The easiest way is to apply the lessons to every situation and to everyone. Spirit waits only for our willingness to see things differently. In the new year with the early lessons I can easily see that there is no hierarchy in any situation, event or personality. “Thoughts are not big or little, powerful or weak. They are merely true or false.” (OrEd.W1.16.1) I am willing to dispose of the idea of hierarchies. I was wrong, and I’m so glad to remember that! “Make this year different by making it all the same.” (OrEd.Tx.15.112)
(originally published in Miracles Weekly #271, Jan. 27, 2021)

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