A Course in Weight Loss Day 5 – Lesson 3

Today’s lesson is about building our relationship to our Higher Power. We are building an altar of love to that Higher Power.

We talk a lot about the altars we built in this exercise and what it meant to each of us. We talk about some of the items that we placed on our altars.

Placing the altar out in the open brought up some things for us. We had kept our altars in a box before this exercise and now we see the value in keeping them out so that they remind us often of the love for our Creator, our Higher Power. Keeping them out had a lot of symbolism for us about being scared to put our love out there.

We must turn this work over to God, our Higher Power. He has the work to do. We just have to believe that He can, He will, and He will for ME.

This is a process. We will have good days and bad days. The 10 Day challenge has helped us with this program. It’s been important for us to look at the mental, physical AND the spiritual aspects of weight loss all at the same time. We both feel like this time it’s going to stick.

We apologize for the background noise in this video. It was a beautiful day here in Bowling Green, Kentucky and we had the windows open. It got rather windy for a while and the wind chimes were much louder on video than they were in real life.

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  1. I gotta say I was initially struggling with the idea of creating an altar. I was raised in a Pentecostal Christian home and I guess I equate altars as some form of idol worship (which I recognize probably seems ludicrous to some people, but hey….we are ALL products of our past!) It’s probably because I have never stopped to consider it as anything else and while I practice yoga and meditation alongside worship and prayer, an actual altar seemed a step over the line for my Christian sensibilities. I think too, I have never felt the need because I believe God is always with me so making a physical place in my home didn’t really make sense.

    But in the spirit of being open to all the principles of this journey: I decided to research it a little more before I made a decision on whether I could reconcile myself to including one or not. I thought about the old Testament and how altar’s were built as a sacrifice and a way to come before God. In a way, giving back to God all my hurts and fears and insecurities feel a little like a sacrifice- because even though they are unhealthy practices, they are a safety net- at least I know what I am getting with them- so putting them on the altar to be altered is a little frightening.

    I also thought about how I have grown up with altar calls- a common part of Church life and a concept I can associate with. Isn’t it funny how we can recognize something in one form but not in another? I can understand the importance and significance of ‘altar’s’ in a church setting, yet, it was something I would never have considered to have in my home. But as I think about the purpose of having an altar I now feel comfortable to build one – one that reflects my relationship with God. An altar is about physically and symbolically saying to God that you want to “draw near to Him.” It’s a place to come to rededicate your life and to receive blessings and give God any needs in prayer- and boy….that is definitely a part of my daily journey as I apply these spiritual lessons on my pathway to healing!

    I am choosing to look at a physical altar as a place to encourage more personal intimacy with God- Just as I am changing my focus and looking at myself in new ways- the altar serves as a physical representation of changes and of grace. It also serves to remind me that I need to stop and come before God on those days when life is particularly tough. I am actually excited now about the idea of this (I have NO idea where I am going to put one in my teeny apartment- but that’s a minor complication) and looking forward to setting it up and having a daily reminder of coming before God and consecrating my life and my focus to become well and healthy and finally letting go of the things that are holding me back and down.

    • Sally, you put on paper the exact feelings and struggle I had when I approached the idea of an alter. After I prayed about it and meditated on it, I found a similar viewpoint. I began to look throughout my home to ALL the different alters I ALREADY had in place. I have several to my children. They are spread out but all of them are representations of them: pictures, trinkets of their accomplishments and reminders of the joy I have with them.

      My point; I was raised with no real foot in any Christian religion (I visited everywhere from Catholic to Pentecostal and everywhere in between) it was Christian none-the-less. I had Charlton Heston screaming in my head, “you shall not have any other gods before me”. I looked for God in the alters that I visited on Sunday mornings and had a hard time. I looked at the ones I had and the one I was building and could see God in everything! I had already built alters to the love of my children so it made sense to me to have one to God (The Universe, Divine Mind, my Higher Power–whatever name we chose to call it/him/her).

      I am grateful of the daily reminder that God is with me…everywhere. In the faces of those I love, in what I do and in me. My alter has a mirror on it. I wanted to see the God in me as well.

      I do not feel like I have put aside anything I have been taught, I am expanding on it and it feels good.

      Thank you for expressing your thoughts on this subject. You are not alone. I am there too and I know there are others as well.

  2. Vivian Miller says:

    I am not sure whether I make sense. I’m not sure so maybe tonight I just need to shut up, but I won’t. I have felt somewhat “off” for several days this week. I don’t know whats up with that. Is this my meltdown. I am just gonna keep going and keep my spirit connected to my God-self. I will not question it. It just is what it is.

    I don’t know if it’s the database issue at school. Let me just go to my journal and see how I feel afterwards. Love you guys.

    • I am feeling off as well Vivian. I am trying to just go with it and see what it is trying to tell me. I think sometimes we just have to hang onto the rope. Hang in there. We are with you and loving you through this.

  3. Vivian Miller says:

    I like the idea that the only failure is quitting. My eating has been less than my hopes, but I have told myself it is a process and I must not judge it. My eating today was somewhat better. I think the fact that I remembered to do my check in with God and ask for guidance to make better selection decisions.

    This has been such a long batter and I am so tired of it. My altar is done and has been in place for some time.It is out in the open for the world to see, but no one goes in that room. I have angel cards, crystals, crucifix, money and stones. I also have a loving picture of me at about 4 years old and her name is Precious. I really like my altar and it feels nurturing.

    I am open and willing to not keep it a secret. I have to make time to get to the gym. This is my least favorite thing to do, but I do like the benefits related to strength building and just feeling stronger.

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