Someone is waiting for me..

Hi there! Coming to you from the desk of Carolyn Sykes! Today I’m immersed in my new favorite thing…writing. How was your Christmas? I’ve been wanting to write for a few days now on how special Christmas feels AND the sadness/emptiness that can be felt when the festivities are over. This is the way with everything in life – or should I say with everything that is stimulating to the mind. No matter what it is we are anticipating or working towards, there will come a moment when ‘the party is over’ and life can be experienced through a series of highs and lows. What happens then is the mind gets attached to the highs and ‘resists’ the lows. There’s a couple of issues with this – firstly as you will know if you watched my recent facebook live on slowing down to speed up, time is an illusion and can either speed up or slow down – you know the saying time flies when you’re having fun!! So time seems to speed up when we are experiencing the occasions we are attached to, and it can seemingly slow down when we are experiencing what our mind is resisting aka SUFFERING.  And, as the Buddha said, all suffering stems from attachment and resistance  … So I  just wanted to connect to let you know that there is another way. That other way I have experienced directly through my daily commitment to my meditation practice. When you hear those words, daily commitment to meditation practice it can sound quite dull, like a drudgery that most run for the hills from. But...

What I’ve Learned This Week!

A Course In Miracles lesson 135 states ‘If I Defend Myself I Am Attacked‘. The course also states at the beginning of the work book that “you need not believe the ideas, you need not accept them and you need not even welcome them. Some of them you might actively resist. None of this will matter, and whatever your reactions to the ideas may be, use them. Nothing more than that is required”. As a group we meditated together on this idea last Thursday in my weekly Miracle meditation class. Our joined minds focussed on this idea together in silence for 15 mins and created a palpable shift in energy within the group consciousness. This was all that was required for the Miracle, aka, shift in perception to occur through us. The Miracle for each person in the group will have manifested in a different way, perfect for each individual based on their current level of understanding. For myself the power of joined minds sustained over the period of time manifested as a genuine Joy as the session closed, which lasted well on into the evening and the next day. For others it may have raised questions as to ‘what does this actually mean?‘. From the Course’ perspective it means that all of our judgements are defenses against the Truth. Our incessant judgement on life is blocking us from experiencing the joy and the perfect Love that exist in every moment when we allow ourselves to simply be present, without judgement. Even our planning for the future is seen as a defense from the Course’ perspective as it suggests...