Theresa Tomilson, O.M.C. is a certified course facilitator, relationship enhancement counsellor and ministerial counsellor of Pathways of Light Spiritual College ®. She facilitates spiritually focused courses and programs through teleconferences or video-conference, and in person.
Throughout her professional life, Theresa has supported growth and healing for people; working one-on-one with clients as a holistic practitioner, in several supervisory roles, designing staff development programs, and presenting engaging workshops. Theresa completed Beyond Trauma facilitator training—A program developed by Dr. Stephanie S. Covington, who works extensively with women’s issues of addiction, trauma and recovery. For several years, Theresa facilitated programs for women involved with the criminal justice system through a court-work support agency and also presented workshops in a correctional facility. She considers her work in these settings to be as transformative for her, as for the participants. Theresa has worked with a diverse group of people from all walks of life, and she brings well-established interpersonal skills and intuitive qualities to her work as a spiritual counsellor.
Theresa recently designed a six-week program Nurturing Ourselves, which encompasses elements from her training and work experience to date and focuses on helping participants cultivate deeper practices of self-care, self-worth and self-love. The Nurturing Ourselves Program is offered in one-on-one or small group sessions, online and in person. It is also offered periodically in modified format as a one-day workshop or weekend retreat.
As a Course in Miracles student/teacher for almost thirty years, Theresa fully embraces the ACIM philosophy that "we are all students and teachers of each other." She honors individuals wherever they are in their healing process with respect for their personal level of understanding, receptivity and readiness, and with appreciation for their unique perspectives.
Described as being as down to earth as she is insightful and aware, Theresa believes true leadership is quiet and gentle—much less about our "labels" and more about the presence and authenticity we bring to the table. She keeps Margaret Thatcher's quote about leadership ever in mind: “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
Theresa's spiritual work is a labor of Love for her. She leads with care and compassion, creating a warm, nurturing space to promote healing and transformation. She offers these services with the sincere desire to assist others along their path of awakening.
* If you are interested in the Pathways of Light Spiritual College ® Ordained Ministerial Counselor training, Theresa is certified to facilitate you one-on-one through Steps One to Three of the OMC Program. Theresa also works on the Pathways of Light team of Step Four facilitators, and she may facilitate you through a portion of this final step of the training. The Ordained Ministerial Counselor training applies the principles of A Course in Miracles to spiritual ministry http://www.pathwaysoflight.org/minister_training
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A Course in Miracles.
If required, various payment plan options, or "spirit" sponsored sessions are available for my services.
When you find your path, you know it.
I discovered A Course in Miracles (aka The Course, ACIM) almost thirty years ago and it was like a long cool drink for my parched soul. It reinterpreted the mixed and distorted messages from my Catholic upbringing and vanquished the feelings of guilt and unworthiness I had internalized, and so much more... Not to suggest, however, that quenching the thirst of my parched soul implies it was easy...Hardly... This path of spiritual study is the ultimate in self-help courses, demanding a level of personal self-responsibility like few others. In the early years, I used to say The Course kissed one cheek and slapped the other, but it certainly showed me my stuff: my false perceptions, the emotional baggage I carried, and the wounds I protected. And whether my ego liked it or not, I knew at the core of my being that the teachings of ACIM were totally true. It may have presented some tough truths, but it spoke directly to my heart and soul. Beyond the words, the melodious messages of The Course deeply resonated within me; speaking a language that was somehow familiar to me and that I understood completely. The language it spoke, quite simply, was Love. To say that A Course in Miracles illuminated my mind, opened my heart, and nourished my spirit, doesn't cut it. It healed me. Of all the mistaken ideas I had held about the world and about myself... It restored me, mended my broken pieces— and saved me— from myself.
I was a young woman when I found A Course in Miracles. At that point, I didn't really have the life experience to justify my level of disillusionment with the world. Well... Unless you count the two divorces, followed by a few more broken hearts and a series of other sorrows, losses and disappointments—Not to mention the challenging childhood years and the angst of adolescence. Let's just say I began my healing journey early in life and I took the crash course. You get the idea — and perhaps the route is familiar to you as well. However, long before my life experiences fueled my dissatisfaction with the world, I had always felt like I didn't belong in it. I moved thirty something times in thirty something years, never "settling" anywhere. (I'm fairly certain I invented the phrase: the only thing constant in life is change.) From my earliest days I felt out of place in the world, in my life, and in my skin. I thought there must have been some huge cosmic error, and I landed on the wrong planet! I created many forms of conflict and chaos trying to escape the world as I knew it, but that's another story...
It was a relief to learn that the world really wasn't my Home after all, nor was I really the self I identified with. The Course helped me make sense of the senselessness, the aimlessness, and the meaningless I felt—If that makes sense. Oh, I still live very much on this human plane of existence here in 3D. The world may be a grand illusion, but a magnificent sunrise or sunset still sets my soul alight. Drama still creeps into my days, and my body and life experiences continue to show me where I have healing work to do... But I see how it all serves to help me uncover and release the residual wounds I hold on to—The scraps of fear The Course refers to, and awaken more fully to Love. It's ALL Perception! And I've (finally) learned to view it all through a light-filled filter; choosing the lens I use with care and my responses to life more consciously. But the greatest thing I've learned is that when I forget to apply the filter: Step back and surrender the projection as soon as possible! Sometimes it takes a repeat performance or two, but that's OK. Healing takes as long as it takes... What shapes us, heals us, is much less about what happens to us and more about what we do with it that counts. As they say: "We either get better or bitter." — We get to choose. Sure, there are dramas in my life that I wish had played out differently, but I wouldn't change a day of the journey that brought me here. I am deeply grateful for the many gifts that came disguised as losses, failures and disappointments.
I can't possibly sum up what A Course in Miracles is all about beyond saying that it is a deeply personal pathway to one's own soul. The manuscript uses 1000 + pages to express it, and then it says to forget The Course at the end.
I guess that says something about its non-attachment—not "special" teachings (special being a bit of a dirty word in ACIM). The Course clearly emphasizes it is but one path, one version of the universal curriculum, of which there are many thousands. To share ACIM philosophy in one sentence (Ha!): Any and everything basically comes down to choosing between fear and Love. But I can tell you a few things A Course in Miracles is not. It's not likely like anything you think it might be. It's not a religion or a new age cult; it's not the Christian terminology it uses, and it's not a book you can just read and think you've "been there, done that". Not even a little bit. It's not an intellectual process, it's an experiential one, and the soul-restoring solace it facilitates isn't found in the words on the pages, but somewhere deep between the lines. The heart of this curriculum is Forgiveness, in its truest sense, and the passing mark is Peace. To experience it, you must be willing to suspend everything you think you know about God, about forgiveness and everything else: Every definition you previously learned about the words it uses, every belief, attachment, perception, judgment, grievance, guilt, scrap of fear, mistaken idea or idle thought... Whew!—And surrender it all into the abyss. It's a little like going poof to the self you believe yourself to be. Only when we have unlearned all we think we know, can we embrace the true meaning, understanding and freedom that A Course in Miracles offers. As Confucius says: "Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."
For more information about A Course in Miracles, see this summary from The Miracle Distribution Centre: Overview of A Course in Miracles: https://www.miraclecenter.org/wp/about/a-course-in-miracles/
Messages from A Course in Miracles:
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# 203: Introduction to A Course in Miracles # 901: Introduction to Miracles Practice
" Put yourself not in charge of this, for you cannot distinguish between advance and retreat. Some of your greatest advances you have judged as failures, and some of your deepest retreats you have evaluated as success." T.18.V.1:5-6
"When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him you will see yourself. As you treat him you will treat yourself. As you think of him you will think of yourself. Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself." T.8.III.4:1-5
“Listen, perhaps you catch a hint of an ancient state not quite forgotten; dim, perhaps, and yet not altogether unfamiliar, like a song whose name is long forgotten, and the circumstances in which you heard completely unremembered. Not the whole song has stayed with you, but just a little wisp of melody, attached not to a person or a place or anything particular. But you remember, from just this little part, how lovely was the song, how wonderful the setting where you heard it, and how you loved those who were there and listened with you. The notes are nothing. Yet you have kept them with you, not for themselves, but as a soft reminder of what would make you weep if you remembered how dear it was to you. You could remember, yet you are afraid, believing you would lose the world you learned since then. And yet you know that nothing in the world you learned is half as dear as this. Listen, and see if you remember an ancient song you knew so long ago and held more dear than any melody you taught yourself to cherish since." T.21.1.6-7
Click to listen to Theresa read from ACIM Lesson 188
"Perception is a mirror, not a fact. And what I look on is my state of mind, reflected outward." W-pII1.3-4.