Judy became the very public face of A Course in Miracles in the late ‘70s. She personally introduced it to thousands of people in events around the country. She told a compelling story of how ACIM had been scribed by Helen with connection and support from Bill, how miraculously it came to Helen word for word just as it was printed, and how the whole copying, distributing, and then publishing of it was one miracle after another. She told how she at first had to “xerox” copy after copy to give to people who were interested and how there was no way she could keep up with the demand for early copies. She talked about how the money to professionally publish was miraculously received. The story seemed almost too good to be true.
The Community Miracles Center is a local and worldwide fellowship. We share our experience of A Course In Miracles and other related spiritual teachings in order to heal our perception of ourselves, our relationships, and the world."
1. Articles of Incorporation Secretary of State of State of California Feb. 9, 1987 (Shows Church intended purpose)
2. Recognition Letter Franchise Tax Board State of California Jun. 17, 1987 (Shows legal Church status)
3. Recognition Letter Internal Revenue Service U.S.A. Jan. 8, 1988 (Shows 501[c] Public Charity status)
4. Amendment to Articles Secretary of State of State of California Jan. 14, 1998 (Shows name change)
5. Reissue Recognition Letter Internal Revenue Service U.S.A. Oct. 10, 2018 (Shows 501[c] Public Charity status with new office address)
"There is no choice in this because only you can be the foundation of God's church. A church is where an altar is, and the presence of the altar is what makes it a church. Any church which does not inspire love has a hidden altar which is not serving the purpose for which God intended it. I must found His church on you because you who accept me as a model are literally my disciples." (OrEd.Tx.6.12)
This got me thinking more about hope. You know what? We're starting 2021 and lots of people set goals or resolutions for themselves. Every year it's something that folks do, and something that I continue to do. I continue to reflect on my life and how the previous years were, and how I'm hoping to continue to evolve in the next year. The thing that came up for me is that – you know what? I want to be able to allow myself to be more hopeful. It's about me learning how, no matter what's going on in my life, no matter what type of challenges that may be coming up, to have the frame of mind of having hope. Because, when I think about it, when I am feeling like I am not hopeful, or even feeling like I'm hopeless, it's very draining. It takes a lot of energy out of me, and I don't want that.
I want more of that uplifting positive energy in me. And that's what I want to strive for in this year. I want to look at every situation in a more hopeful way, not in a negative way. It got me to reflect even more on my life, about what things have been like for me throughout my years in this world regarding that aspect of hope, and to recognize and to understand that – you know what? There were numerous times in my life when I did not feel hopeful. I grew up in an area where I had to deal with a lot of harassment. I grew up in an area where there was a lot of drive-by shooting. I grew up in an area where I lost a lot of key people in my life in an early age. I grew up in an area with situations where I just did not feel safe all the time.
Trust is listed as the first of ten characteristics of the Teachers of God. There are ten characteristics of the Teachers of God and trust is the first one. Then A Course In Miracles tells us that trust is the foundation of the other nine. It says, "This is the foundation on which their ability to fulfill their function rests." (OrEd.Mn.4.3) Everything that we are going to do as Teachers of God, all the miracles that we are going to do and our part in the atonement, it's all founded on trust.
Now coming back a little to my story. I think we all go through our ego development, we form who we are, at a certain point. I would say most people are fully formed by 18-22. I started deconditioning myself from the negative aspects of masculinity during college, when I started to become more honest with myself about my sexuality and I started coming out in therapy. (Rev. Peter is an out gay man.) I experienced depression for mental illness, because I was having a very hard time reconciling myself with who I had appeared to be as a ball player – I was captain of my college football team. I had all these obviously stereotypical masculine traits and a conservative Catholic upbringing – though that was changing in my mind. I realized, "Oh my God!" I've had this attraction to men, and how am I going to reconcile these things. It seemed that my masculinity was really in conflict.
The guidance that I got is that it is the teacher's job to help the student, or it is the healer's job to help the patient, keep following the Holy Spirit through the seeming terror that may come up for them, understanding that the student and the patient are going to be severely tempted to abandon the Holy Spirit's guidance when they confront their fear. Often A Course in Miracles says things like, "You're severely tempted." So if Jesus is telling us that we're going to be severely tempted, I think he wants us to understand how strong that temptation is, and that it is the teacher's job, it is the healer's job, to help students get through that.