Snack-Sized Shifts ~ Daniel Tipton

Dare to Be Happy

By Daniel Tipton*


[As it appears in the June 2011 Newsletter] 

Things I’ve picked up over the last month.
This isn’t to say I’m right; just where I am right now in my healing.

~ Let people speak and chime in when you can be truly helpful. The rest is ego play. Most conversations I experience (myself included) are two or more people with a single goal of saying what they feel they need to say regardless of where it takes the conversation.

~Having an opinion is always a waste of energy. I’ve been particularly judgmental of a certain person recently, convinced that my opinion was justified. After giving heaping spoonfuls of my “advice” and criticism, I’m right back to realizing that what I should have done was love and accept as always. I pray for forgiveness in this area. The Course says that it is impossible for us to make an accurate judgment unless we know every detail about everything, past, present, and future (which is also impossible!)  We all express opinions daily and may even be required to, but I know that deep down an opinion has no ground.

~Jesus calls us to maintain that little spark in our consciousness at all times. The daily lessons are a practice of mind discipline for achieving this. We learn to step back, look at our thoughts, and choose a course of action that increases love. He asks us to merely keep a spark of Christ consciousness in our minds and let Him do the rest.  This is a seemingly small request yet we need A Course in Miracles just to get to that point. May we all move a little of the clutter in our minds out of the way to make a place for Jesus to get comfy and guide. And what is our prize? Real, lasting joy!

~I recently read Doug Thompson’s article in the CMC Ezine which brings up the tired subject of right and wrong interpretations of the Course (which he has found it in his heart to forgive us for). It included a few opinions which brought up opinions of my own. Yet, I took a step back and looked at what I loved about it.

When I started reading the Course, I had to re-read parts. In doing so I would be amazed at the beautiful command of language. It reminded me of how I would read Shakespeare in high school. Well, Doug says the following in his article: “At the very least, ACIM as the longest work of iambic pentameter poetry ever composed in any language should attract interest from literature departments. Regardless of its content, its FORM is unprecedented in human literary history. Jesus embraces Shakespeare and then dances circles around him.” This paragraph gave me goose bumps.

~It seems like some of the most out-spoken people are generally some of the most fearful.

~The truth will weather and correct all errors. Sit back and let it unfold.

~I’ve discovered that I want to dive deeper into my spiritual practice but I have a fear of losing my identity. I see the error now (thanks to ACIM) and am asking for guidance.


Daniel Tipton

*Daniel Tipton resides in Omaha, NE and is a member of  the Course in Miracles Society study group. He is enrolled in the ACIM Ministerial Program offered by the Community Miracles Center and attended the 2011 Annual ACIM Conference in San Francisco.