Jan O'Kelley and Timothy Holmes
I am so grateful to be able to work with my husband and partner, Timothy, on what is the most exciting project I can imagine: helping ourselves and others to take our part in the great global awakening. And I am deeply thankful for all of you mighty companions who are learning the thought system of forgiveness with me.
The desire to do my best with whatever I have, to advance my happiness and the Light in the world, brought me to A Course In Miracles. It has been my daily companion since January 1981 (40-year anniversary coming up!)
Raised Roman Catholic, I have been a mother, a self-employed book salesperson, a professional life coach, a workshop leader, a partner in ministry, and have had many more roles. As a foundational idea, I understand that inside each relationship there is holiness. It is this, and not the form or role, that links us to the Light within and without. Dismantling the blocks to seeing this is our work.
Timothy and I have had many adventures spiritually and otherwise, and currently we seem to be in the midst of a burgeoning Zoom and YouTube ministry. Michael Mirdad's Edenshire Zoom daily live production has been a powerful sponsor. We are grateful to him and his team for ushering us into a new level of The Little Garden Ministry.
More will be revealed.
Like most Course students, I try to make the Course a way of life. An important theme in the Course is that your life experiences are what convince you of its truths.
Jan and I have learned to value these experiences both within ourselves and in our relationships with those around us. Those who share the Course with us see relationships in this way, too -- as a way whereby love becomes both the means and the end of our shared life with each other.
I started spiritual life as an initiated disciple of Ramakrishna, the East Indian 19th century saint of the non-dualistic path Advaita Vedanta. I remain a part of this tradition even as I am on the path of A Course in Miracles.
Along with these influences, I have a degree in western philosophy that focused on the metaphysics of mind, language and Self, with a second major in theater.
For many years Jan and I, individually and together, have taught Course students how to closely read and understand the Course for themselves. Reading it carefully pays rich rewards, and anyone can learn to do that. Many of our students have become teachers of the Course in words.
We don't claim to be perfect by any standards but God's. That is what we are practicing to accept in ourselves, each other and everyone we share our lives with.
Teaching is important, but loving is more important!
Timothy says with a laugh, "Perfection is not the standard. If you are looking for perfect people, you have come to the wrong place! This isn't it!"
"The Thought of God surrounds your little kingdom,
waiting at the barrier you built
to come inside and shine upon the barren ground.
See how life springs up everywhere!
The desert becomes a garden, deep and green and quiet,
offering rest to those who lost their way and wander in the dust.
Give them a place of refuge,
prepared by love for them where once a desert was.
And everyone you welcome will bring love with him from Heaven for you.
They enter one by one into this holy place,
but they will not depart as they had come, alone.
The love they brought with them will stay with them,
as it will stay with you."