December 27, 2007

Self-Discovery

As long as the focus of my aspiration and action is outside of myself, I will experience despair and loss, never to escape a deep sense of being incomplete, inadequate and helpless. Whatever I may try and accomplish, I will fail and die, if I look outside of myself, thinking fulfillment and completion lies in things I may possess. No god, and no friend can save me, if they are outside of myself. For how could God have meaning, if death is real? How could there be wholeness and love if anyone could really die and be separate? Life in this world is what death is. It is separation, perception of differences. It is what must forever be impossible, if there is one Source of reality. It is only what I have chosen to believe and accept as reality. It is the worshiping of death. It is a mistake. Nothing more, for God is still God, and nothing I ever thought had any effect on reality. This, and only this is my freedom and perfect safety.

If there is one Source of life, I cannot be outside of it. Differences and separation are not true. Reality is one. I am it. That is what A Course In Miracles teaches me over and over again. It is a required course, offering me a mind training to undo my false sense of self, daily lessons to heal my illusory perception of separated states and minds.

It is very simple, and inevitable. I am still me. A Course In Miracles is simply the discovery of Self. Everything I think I am and do in the thoughts I think I think is used for a new purpose to heal my mind. I simply ask for help, follow instructions and trust. A healed mind knows no fear, no anxiety, no lack of any kind. It knows itself as the one Self, united with its Creator. That is what I want: to be whole, to be free from any belief in limitation, and be what I am.

Have you seen "The Snowman" by Ramond Briggs? It is on YouTube. What an amazing movie with an even more wonderful music! Do A Course In Miracles and reach the point where the sad ending of this movie will never again be a part of your life only to arrest your thoughts and dreams in another cycle of death. You are not bound but free forever. Enjoy...

December 25, 2007

This World Is Not Home To You

Merry Christmas to you, dear Reader. May we all pause an instant and listen to be united in a holy instant of communication with each other and God. In that we remember who we really are. In that we remember where we are at home. It is not here. You will never fit in here. And you know it.


(Image credit: Wieslaw Sadurski)

There is one lesson in A Course In Miracles that makes particular reference to this idea that you are an alien here. It is a powerful lesson, speaking to the innocent Child in you, defenseless and with infinite patience. He is calling you to let Him go back home and take you with Him. Everyone knows this Child, and knows of what He wants to tell you, just as everyone knows of Him who calls to you through this lesson to change your mind about yourself. Jesus is speaking, and no one knows it better than He whose birth we celebrate in this time...

I will be still an instant and go home.

"This world you seem to live in is not home to you. And somewhere in your mind you know that this is true. A memory of home keeps haunting you, as if there were a place that called you to return, although you do not recognize the voice, nor what it is the voice reminds you of. Yet still you feel an alien here, from somewhere all unknown. Nothing so definite that you could say with certainty you are an exile here. Just a persistent feeling, sometimes not more than a tiny throb, at other times hardly remembered, actively dismissed, but surely to return to mind again.

No one but knows whereof we speak. Yet some try to put by their suffering in games they play to occupy their time, and keep their sadness from them. Others will deny that they are sad, and do not recognize their tears at all. Still others will maintain that what we speak of is illusion, not to be considered more than but a dream. Yet who, in simple honesty, without defensiveness and self-deception, would deny he understands the words we speak?

We speak today for everyone who walks this world, for he is not at home. He goes uncertainly about in endless search, seeking in darkness what he cannot find; not recognizing what it is he seeks. A thousand homes he makes, yet none contents his restless mind. He does not understand he builds in vain. The home he seeks can not be made by him. There is no substitute for Heaven. All he ever made was hell.

Perhaps you think it is your childhood home that you would find again. The childhood of your body, and its place of shelter, are a memory now so distorted that you merely hold a picture of a past that never happened. Yet there is a Child in you Who seeks His Father's house, and knows that He is alien here. This childhood is eternal, with an innocence that will endure forever. Where this Child shall go is holy ground. It is His holiness that lights up Heaven, and that brings to earth the pure reflection of the light above, wherein are earth and Heaven joined as one.

It is this Child in you your Father knows as His Own Son. It is this Child Who knows His Father. He desires to go home so deeply, so unceasingly, His voice cries unto you to let Him rest a while. He does not ask for more than just a few instants of respite; just an interval in which He can return to breathe again the holy air that fills His Father's house. You are His home as well. He will return. But give Him just a little time to be Himself, within the peace that is His home, resting in silence and in peace and love.

This Child needs your protection. He is far from home. He is so little that He seems so easily shut out, His tiny voice so readily obscured, His call for help almost unheard amid the grating sounds and harsh and rasping noises of the world. Yet does He know that in you still abides His sure protection. You will fail Him not. He will go home, and you along with Him.

This Child is your defenselessness; your strength. He trusts in you. He came because He knew you would not fail. He whispers of His home unceasingly to you. For He would bring you back with Him, that He Himself might stay, and not return again where He does not belong, and where He lives an outcast in a world of alien thoughts. His patience has no limits. He will wait until you hear His gentle Voice within you, calling you to let Him go in peace, along with you, to where He is at home and you with Him.

When you are still an instant, when the world recedes from you, when valueless ideas cease to have value in your restless mind, then will you hear His Voice. So poignantly He calls to you that you will not resist Him longer. In that instant He will take you to His home, and you will stay with Him in perfect stillness, silent and at peace, beyond all words, untouched by fear and doubt, sublimely certain that you are at home.

Rest with Him frequently today. For He was willing to become a little Child that you might learn of Him how strong is he who comes without defenses, offering only love's messages to those who think he is their enemy. He holds the might of Heaven in His hand and calls them friend, and gives His strength to them, that they may see He would be Friend to them. He asks that they protect Him, for His home is far away, and He will not return to it alone.

Christ is reborn as but a little Child each time a wanderer would leave his home. For he must learn that what he would protect is but this Child, Who comes defenseless and Who is protected by defenselessness. Go home with Him from time to time today. You are as much an alien here as He.

Take time today to lay aside your shield which profits nothing, and lay down the spear and sword you raised against an enemy without existence. Christ has called you friend and brother. He has even come to ask your help in letting Him go home today, completed and completely. He has come as does a little child, who must beseech his father for protection and for love. He rules the universe, and yet He asks unceasingly that you return with Him, and take illusions as your gods no more.

You have not lost your innocence. It is for this you yearn. This is your heart's desire. This is the voice you hear, and this the call which cannot be denied. The holy Child remains with you. His home is yours. Today He gives you His defenselessness, and you accept it in exchange for all the toys of battle you have made. And now the way is open, and the journey has an end in sight at last. Be still an instant and go home with Him, and be at peace a while."
(ACIM, Workbook Lesson 182)

December 21, 2007

I Need Do Nothing

I need do nothing. I don't have to make up something. I don't have to come up with a great post, change the world, make it better or the like. I need do nothing. There is no world. There is no blog. This is not my home.

I am mistaken. That's all. I look out into the universe. I'll disappear.

You really need do nothing, because you are already who you are. You are not what you are not, and never will be. You can only be mistaken about what you are. The only remedy for this mistake is the miraculous change of mind to re-member, or to re-cognize, who you really are.

Merry Christmas to you...

December 12, 2007

The Master Teacher of A Course In Miracles on YouTube

Here is my first attempt to put the videos of the Master Teacher of A Course In Miracles on YouTube. I start with I Am Sustained By The Love Of God - "Entanglement" The Greatest Mystery In Physics from one of his latest series. YouTube asks me to break them up into 10 min segments which means that there will be six clips for a one hour video. The actual video quality is much better then the impression one gets from these video stills.

I hope this format is helpful to receive this miraculous correspondence of the teachings of A Course In Miracles and all its light and love for which it speaks. If you find the videos beneficial, please pass them on and let others know about it. Finally a long awaited systematic way to train our minds to a complete alternative to loneliness, pain, sickness and death, and be what we truly are in God's Mind. Imagine the world actually watching and listening to these videos!!!



I also would like to upload short clips from these videos to highlight specific ideas and themes. Here is the first one, also from the same video production, presenting the idea of projection that makes perception. In other words, you see a reflection of yourself. You are dreaming.



"Peace to all seeking hearts today. The light has come to offer miracles to bless the tired world. It will find rest today, for we will offer what we have received." (ACIM, Lesson 345)

Merry Christmas to you...

December 10, 2007

Christmas -- The End Of Sacrifice

Christmas takes on a new meaning. I find it in this prayer poem from the workbook of A Course In Miracles (Lesson 343). I do not need to be a body. I do not need to get old and sick and die in the end. In fact I cannot be a body, except in dreams that are all already over. A light has come into my dream, making this truth evident to my mind. I am free in the certainty that the Christ is within me, born in me, today. What peace, what joy to come to realize this.

I am not asked to make a sacrifice
To find the mercy and the peace of God.


"The end of suffering can not be loss.
The gift of everything can be but gain.
You only give. You never take away.
And You created me to be like You,
so sacrifice becomes impossible
for me as well as You. I, too, must give.
And so all things are given unto me
forever and forever. As I was
created I remain. Your Son can make
no sacrifice, for he must be complete,
having the function of completing You.
I am complete because I am Your Son.
I cannot lose, for I can only give,
and everything is mine eternally.


The mercy and the peace of God are free.
Salvation has no cost. It is a gift
that must be freely given and received.
And it is this that we would learn today."


I post this lesson in its poetic form which is the blanc verse, consisting of iambic pentameter. To help you learn to appreciate it, I direct you to Ray, who wrote a nice article about the wonderful poetic prose of A Course In Miracles.

Chistmas in Wisconsin?



Here are three paragraphs from the last section -- Christmas As The End Of Sacrifice -- in chapter 15 of A Course In Miracles , where Jesus talks about sacrifice, his mission, the impossibility to find love in a body identity, and how you overcome it in the holy instant. Merry Christmas to you...

"As long as you perceive the body as your reality, so long will you perceive yourself as lonely and deprived. And so long will you also perceive yourself as a victim of sacrifice, justified in sacrificing others. For who could thrust Heaven and its Creator aside without a sense of sacrifice and loss? And who could suffer sacrifice and loss without attempting to restore himself? Yet how could you accomplish this yourself, when the basis of your attempts is the belief in the reality of the deprivation? Deprivation breeds attack, being the belief that attack is justified. And as long as you would retain the deprivation, attack becomes salvation and sacrifice becomes love.

So is it that, in all your seeking for love, you seek for sacrifice and find it. Yet you find not love. It is impossible to deny what love is and still recognize it. The meaning of love lies in what you have cast outside yourself, and it has no meaning apart from you. It is what you prefer to keep that has no meaning, while all that you would keep away holds all the meaning of the universe, and holds the universe together in its meaning. Unless the universe were joined in you it would be apart from God, and to be without Him is to be without meaning.

In the holy instant the condition of love is met, for minds are joined without the body's interference, and where there is communication there is peace. The Prince of Peace was born to re-establish the condition of love by teaching that communication remains unbroken even if the body is destroyed, provided that you see not the body as the necessary means of communication. And if you understand this lesson, you will realize that to sacrifice the body is to sacrifice nothing, and communication, which must be of the mind, cannot be sacrificed. Where, then, is sacrifice? The lesson I was born to teach, and still would teach to all my brothers, is that sacrifice is nowhere and love is everywhere. For communication embraces everything, and in the peace it re-establishes, love comes of itself."

December 6, 2007

"In God's Name" -- Upcoming CBS Documentary

A major television event, "IN GOD' S NAME", addressing challenging and profound questions of our time, will be broadcasted Sunday, Dec. 23 on the CBS Television Network.

This prime time special will include extraordinary footage of 12 of the world's most influential religious leaders, all featured in a single broadcast for the first time.

The documentary was done by Jules and Gédéon Naudet who directed the award-winning film "9/11" before.

For more information on the event, see In God's Name CBS

December 1, 2007

Barnes & Noble With A New Edition Of A Course In Miracles

A Course In Miracles in a very beautiful new edition is now available at Barnes & Noble. The small image does little justice to the marvelous hardcover edition with golden letters imprinted on the outside. The text itself is printed with a beautiful font that is easy on the eyes and to read. As a small book (8.3 x 5.3 x 1.5 inches) it is very handy. More than ever you take it with you wherever you go. But the big surprise is the price. For only 12.98 US$ you can buy this most amazing masterpiece of enlightened thought that will change your life forever.

Go buy it, use it in your everyday life, train your mind to a new perception of everything you did not understand and know, but only thought you knew. This is the book of your life. It is a required course. It will offer you a new recognition of who you really are in this universe.

Who are you? You are one Self, united with your Creator.

If you are looking for mind training courses to accelerate and undergo your inevitable transformation of mind and body, Endeavor Academy is your number one choice.

I love you,
Alban

November 25, 2007

Don't Tell Me There Is No God

The other day I saw August Rush in the theater, a beautiful movie about a boy and musical prodigy, being lost and found again by his parents. It speaks of our desire to belong and be home, and trust that we will be found for our true asking. I was completely taken by the music, especially the guitar parts which are done by Kaki King who became famous with her unique style of playing the acoustic guitar. Her music is so beautiful I have no words to describe, only an experience of something not from here making everyday life feel like nothing.

I remember walking in the woods on a windy day. It is snowing, and every trunk and bush and branch is covered with fresh snow on one side. Suddenly this powerful beauty hits me, and I am struck and overcome by a passionate sense of a much bigger picture. Everyone has these moments. Maybe in moments, when the night sky reveals the vastness of the universe, although we cannot see much more than 2500 stars. It still stirs up a memory of something forgotten and not of this world, but all too familiar.

There is a God, and it is an experience. An experience of something much bigger, much more real and attractive than anything this world has to offer. Yet, in my pre-occupation with my past thoughts these moments are very fleeting, and cast aside by my need to define and explain, and to control my emotions. It takes great learning and mind training not to let my thoughts interfere with what is going on inside me. The peace of God is shining in me now, yet I have to want that above all else to experience it, and to experience it permanently. It's a miracle.

Music helps us to find this experience of peace, inspiration, joy and happiness inside of us. Other than concepts, it touches us immediately, and helps to let go of concepts and ideas.

Here is Kaki King with her song Magazine, live at Winnipeg Folk Festival 2005, to give you a short impression of her wonderful music.



A friend of mine told me about Michael Hedges who played a similar technique when he was still around. He is amazing. Listen to his song Aerial Boundaries. Enjoy...

November 21, 2007

Active On Squidoo

In my attempt and inspiration to go new ways to get the message of A Course In Miracles out into the world, I joined Squidoo, and created a few "lenses". It is a great and simple format for expressing your expertise and passion. It is a great platform with many possibilities, also because Google seems to like it, and ranks it well.

I started out with one about forgiveness and healing, and added nine more. I admit, it is quite a lot to maintain and update, and Squidoo is very demanding, when it comes to being included in top ranking positions. You easily end up in a place where you try to please Squidoo instead of following your inspiration, and staying with your original intent. In other words, over time things can get a little out of focus, if you are trying to please other than God.

Image credits: rosemary*

Today I revised one of my first lenses to make it more clear and crisp, more clean in its design, and more consistent in its content. It is not finished yet, but I very much like the result already. A dear friend of mine, Roz, offered to help me with it. It was fun and insightful. I am not so much of an artist; so having the mind of a designer with me makes for great learning in the realm of web design. Tweaking images in Photoshop and looking at the overall composition to make sure that everything from text and other modules, images and all its colors fit well together, helps to offer a more user-friendly experience. If you will take a look at her lenses, though all in Dutch, you'll know what I mean. They are very beautiful, and show great taste and sense for composition. She did four so far, one about light, one about the Call to awaken, one about the door to reality, and finally one about Emerson. You will definitely enjoy them, even if you don't speak Dutch.

So, would you like to see what we did so far? The lens is about God, and the idea of judgment. Master Teacher stresses very often the idea that God does not judge. Rightfully so, for it truly is a key idea in practicing A Course In Miracles, and entering in to a real relationship with God. The world is obsessed with judgment, and invests heavily in a judgmental God. How offensive is the idea that God does not judge!!! It means that in the universe no one cares about what you think and do. The call is only to wake up and be who you are. So take a look at my lens about God not judging.

The other lenses of the first generation are about forgiveness in particular, healing and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Recently I got inspired to use the new "Ever" format on Squidoo. Literally, after having a really great day, I made four lenses in one evening; one for the Greatest Message Ever, one for The Best Youtube Videos Of All Time, one for The Greatest Videos Ever, and finally one for The Greatest Teaching Of All Time. Another one, about The Greatest Jokes Ever, followed a few days later.

I hope you like them, and feel inspired by them. If so, please give me a five star rating for which you will have to register at Squidoo. Thank you very much.

November 15, 2007

Savant Syndrome -- Extraordinary Mental Faculties

I just watched this amazing video documentary about Daniel Tammet, a prodigious savant, with extraordinary mental abilities. He loves numbers, sees them as images appearing to him in his mind. He can do incredibly complicate mathematical calculations and give you the numbers of π [pi] which is an irrational number, meaning its decimal expansion 3.1415926535897932... never ends, or repeats. Yet Daniel is able to give you the numbers behind the point to a vast extent, to be exact, he once expressed to an audience up to about 22000 decimal places of π without mistake. This took him 5 hours. What else? He learned Icelandic, a very difficult language, in 7 days to talk on national television in Island. He did very well. These are just a few things that astonished me. He is exceptional among the savants of the world because he is very capable of normal interaction with other people. He is a very likable and kind, sensitive person.

To watch the documentary was a great experience. I think it is within us all to use these abilities of the mind. They are just in a place we seem to not have visited yet. I liked that aspect about this video. Daniel is a very gifted man, and yet he is like you and me. There is nothing mysterious about it. It is what I practice daily in A Course In Miracles, and yet, we all have different talents. So it seems.

Master Teacher did some great videos on idiot savants or savants to introduce us to the idea that everything I see is a memory, an idea in my mind. Therefore, I have access to it instantly, and to all of it at the same time. It is literally so. There is no time, or all time is going on all the time. I see only the past, and it is over. So, I live in a past memory. Yet it must be me who places the limitation on my memory to remember only a tiny fraction of what is in my mind.

Also, these great minds present us with truly miraculous phenomena which could not possibly be explained by what we think we know about ourselves. You hear people in the video quite often say, "this is not human". So what is it then? And who are YOU then?

Watching Daniel was a very joyous experience. It was like sharing with him the miracle of our minds, our creative power as we are as God's children. Absolutely fascinating. What a treat to know someone like Daniel, and have him show me MY mind!!! I love it.

He is an inspiration. Thank you Daniel. I love numbers.

The documentary is a very well made, viewable and enjoyable video.

Unfortunately the video is no longer available to watch online.


Want to come to know who you are? Order A Course In Miracles. Train your mind to become miracle-minded at Endeavor Academy. There could nothing be more joyous than claiming the miracles you are entitled to.

November 9, 2007

There Is No Death. You Are Free

This is my request till your next visit.

Please, watch and listen to two absolutely beautiful new videos by Master Teacher, offered especially to you so that you can enter into an experience of what A Course In Miracles is designed to bring about.

It is a joyous experience of something completely, entirely, utterly different from anything you can experience in this world of separation. It will allow you to see that there literally is no death. There is no death, because the Son of God is free. You are free, unlimited and not subject to any laws of time and space. That will be your experience if you can be still for a moment, and will listen truly. Focus, and try simply to listen.

These two new videos are being sent out as a special package to offer this bright new continuum of time where everyone is meeting to return home and remember God.

Please do watch them. They are so beautiful.

http://www.themasterteacher.tv/members/videos/ET-03a


The exact titles are:

"There Is Another Way Of Looking At The World."
"There Is No Death. The Son Of God Is Free."

I think you have to register at this site to watch the complete videos. Thanks for watching.

November 7, 2007

A New Idea About Time

This morning I read in Lisa Natoli's new book, "gorgeous for God - the power to change the world by changing your mind". It is an inspiring and enlightening book of her awakening through A Course In Miracles, easy and fun to read, a lively dialogue she put together from her blog entries over a period of three years. If you are practicing, or are interested in practicing the principles of A Course In Miracles to awaken to a radically different and new life, you might as well get the book right away, because it is really good. Or have a taste of her writing, her experiences and revelations.

In the book she tells a story of a little bird brought to her by her cat. Lisa was in her room, and watched that cat and the bird. The cat just wanted to play, the bird was in panic. It desperately tried to find a way out, once the cat had released him. Yet it only hit the wall, and could not see the door standing wide open. It literally did not see it. There was nothing else disturbing in the room, the cat did not threaten it. The bird was perfectly safe, but caught in his own fear. It had to calm down and take a look at its situation. It had to be still for a moment, as Lisa describes it. Only then could it fly out the door which was open all the time.

I take that as a very close analogy and description of the human condition. I am literally caught in my own fear and thinking. I am confused about what I am, where I am, and do not recognize anything that would even remotely remind me of my true nature. Everything seems to threaten me, and in my defense against it, it grows to enormous proportions, and seems to hold me in a cage where all I can do is to react to the fearful imagery I see. I get accustomed to it, adjust to it and learn to think my way around in this world of perceived imagery. And deeper and deeper I enter this rabbit hole the more I adjust and try to find my place in it. I will never find it, for it is not my home. I have to find, actually simply see the open door, and fly out of my prison. "The prison door is open. I can leave simply by walking out. Nothing holds me in this world. Only my wish to stay keeps me a prisoner." (Review Lesson 56, ACIM)

So, would you now give up your insane wishes and walk into the sunlight at last?

The reason this is so simple is that you are not a body. "I am not a body. I am free." You are free. This is a major lesson in your release. It is a key in your awakening you should hold very dear.

But now I want to come back to my original intent. My idea is to strengthen a new concept of time. With Lisa's story in mind it is very clear that there is no sense in further trying to rearrange the rooms of my prison, or changing the world in any way. I can do it, if I like, but it won't make any difference. A prison is a prison, as a desert is a desert. All I can do is leave. That is the only reasonable thing to do here. The distance to doing just that is therefore one of time. It will always be just here. And now, but am I now?

The Course In Miracles is designed to shorten my time till that instant where I only desire to exit this world of deception and fear, and want to remember my Father in Heaven in a single desire. That is the function of the miracle. It is not providing a better living for me in this prison of mine. It is the collapsing of time.

Remember, the door is always open. To exit is always available to me, right here and now. So I am not really doing anything in my mind training to perceive a new world. I am simply allowing to have the obstacles be removed that I have put before my eyes to block the way out. I am becoming willing to be still, and let something else be shown to me. Relaxing and looking around in my world to realize that nothing is really going on, except what I have put there in my confusion and terror, is very important. Fear makes blind, and without forgiveness of what I put out into this world, without forgiveness for myself for my crazy thoughts, I will still be blind. The more I calm down, the better I am able to see what is really there, and from there I can learn to forgive the images of my frightened mind. As long as I am trying to forgive someone outside of me, or a sin my brother did, or change my outer circumstances, I am missing the mark. Only when I fully take responsibility for what I see, am I able to ask truly for a miracle to have it undone.

That is what the mind training of A Course In Miracles is all about. It removes the debris of my mind, and prepares me to stand still in this one moment of terror where I thought I am separate from God and His Love. This is the shortening of time in which I am required to participate. It lets me focus only on the truth to be restored to sanity and love.

Let's look at lesson number 7 of the workbook. It offers the practice of a new concept of time. Obviously, you would not have to change anything in this world, if you knew it is all past, even your thoughts of changing the world. They are as much over as is what you see. This is a major exercise in letting go and get over yourself to be in peace and happy expectation of a new world dawning on your mind. Obviously, you would not try to go back into the past to fix or correct something. You would simply stand still, fearless, and wait for God.

Please, watch the video by Master Teacher at the bottom of this post for further exercise in this new concept, covering the same lesson, and including the previous ones. So much more is offered, as always, just try to open your mind and listen.

"I see only the past.

This idea is particularly difficult to believe at first. Yet it is the rationale for all of the preceding ones. It is the reason why nothing that you see means anything. It is the reason why you have given everything you see all the meaning that it has for you. It is the reason why you do not understand anything you see. It is the reason why your thoughts do not mean anything, and why they are like the things you see. It is the reason why you are never upset for the reason you think. It is the reason why you are upset because you see something that is not there.

Old ideas about time are very difficult to change, because everything you believe is rooted in time, and depends on your not learning these new ideas about it. Yet that is precisely why you need new ideas about time. This first time idea is not really so strange as it may sound at first.

Look at a cup, for example. Do you see a cup, or are you merely reviewing your past experiences of picking up a cup, being thirsty, drinking from a cup, feeling the rim of a cup against your lips, having breakfast and so on? Are not your aesthetic reactions to the cup, too, based on past experiences? How else would you know whether or not this kind of cup will break if you drop it? What do you know about this cup except what you learned in the past? You would have no idea what this cup is, except for your past learning. Do you, then, really see it?

Look about you. This is equally true of whatever you look at. Acknowledge this by applying the idea for today indiscriminately to whatever catches your eye. For example:


I see only the past in this pencil.
I see only the past in this shoe.
I see only the past in this hand.
I see only the past in that body.
I see only the past in that face.


Do not linger over any one thing in particular, but remember to omit nothing specifically. Glance briefly at each subject, and then move on to the next. Three or four practice periods, each to last a minute or so, will be enough."
(Lesson 7, ACIM)

November 1, 2007

Trust and Self-confidence -- Listening to Jesus

Going out to teach A Course In Miracles is a way to give what I have been given. It is very fulfilling to give away something that is truly valuable. And what could be more valuable to you than the idea of being still whole and perfect as God created you?

Teaching A Course In Miracles however is the most challenging thing there is. In order to teach and give it away, I have to be it. Only in my acceptance of it can I be the messenger and bringer of miracles and its healing grace. As Jesus called upon God's name and power, stepping back from his own ideas and limited identity, he truly taught and healed. Contrary to what the world thinks, this simply means that Jesus was true to himself. There can be no separation between God and me. Any self-doubt is doubt of God and His love. There could be no greater confrontation with all my self-doubt than teaching A Course In Miracles.

VenueLast weekend I went with a few brothers from Endeavor Academy to Ohio to teach an Advent of A Great Awakening. (The image shows the venue in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.) I had no formal teaching responsibility, but was simply part of the support and light team. It is a great and fun thing to do, both for the camaraderie of brothers with a true purpose, but most of all for the act of giving away this priceless message and witnessing to the awakening of someone seemingly separate but me in truth.

How did it go? I think it did go very well. Some people showed up that did not know of A Course In Miracles before, and they were able and determined to stay the whole weekend. They were open enough to let the word and light of this new continuum of time in, and in a new experience be changed by this timeless message.

trucks and the vertical perspectiveFor me personally, it was a great learning experience. I became afraid, largely due to self-doubt, then being unable to reach out and seeing myself totally unable to give. What led to this? I compared myself with others, and stopped trusting in Jesus and the Holy Spirit. How can I think, others have it or do great but I don't? What an absurd and frustrating idea! I would not be able to think that way, unless I have attacked myself first and given meaning to this idea of differences and hierarchy.

The whole weekend was about this idea of trusting not in my own perception and strength of myself, but consistently in Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Once again I thought I had to be and act like others. Yet what others? All I see is my own perception and interpretation of others. That was to what I was reacting. Teaching myself that there are actually other people apart from me removed me further from myself. That was my way of avoiding the fact and confrontation that salvation of the world depends on me. It is quite funny to look back and see all my thoughts being acted out by me, but without me being the thinker and ruler of my mind.

That is why A Course In Miracles in the end is nothing but mind training, looking at thoughts, taking responsibility, and instead of projecting them outward, asking for help, and letting them go to accept a new and brighter association of self that reflects (more) God's idea of me. I am as God created me, whole and perfect, and I as a human being of completely denying my source simply die in this idea.

sunset


The magnitude of A Course In Miracles is shown in the idea that I need not concern myself with what I think, but only that I am thinking. I simply need to change my idea of myself, and not what I am thinking. Once I change my idea of who I am, and accept God's idea, I am free. I simply was deluded in my own mind about myself. I took my thoughts seriously. It is never more than that.

The intensity of the light and energy of our gathering brought up my lack of trust and confidence, and this is inevitably part of my transformation. I am glad that I found brothers that know the dynamics of transformation, and can stand with me in whatever I am going through. That helps me learn to stand in my conversion, and I learn that there is nothing to fear. I go through fear to meet my love. I saw very clearly that I will always be afraid, if I look at appearances of other people and fail to look beyond and listen to Jesus and the Holy Spirit; for I cannot forgive without a reference from beyond this world.

Thanks to my brothers and teachers, I learned some basic ideas about listening to Jesus as expressed in Absence from Felicity. It is not a matter of being able, because everyone can and will listen to Jesus. It is a matter of focus, concentration and confidence. Obviously, I have to learn to concentrate. I also have to trust that Jesus will be able to reach or get through to me. That is an interesting idea for me, since it involves confidence in myself and Jesus. And, when I get an idea or message, which could come to me in any form, a feeling of peace of mind, or a certainty about what to do in a particular situation for instance, I then can ask, if that is all to make sure I got the whole message. Essential to me is the idea of an overall trust in Jesus. He knows what he is doing. Trusting in that, I easily am willing to look and be ready for him, and only him. What else would I need? I do not need to accomplish anything. I need no proof of anything. I simply need the truth. The peace of God is shining in me now.


be still


If I look at appearances, I will never find truth. Truth is beyond this world, changeless and eternal as I am, in God's Mind. I learn to listen beyond this world of appearances, and let go of my concerns about what is long since past. I am glad I went to Ohio. Thank you.

Advents in this Great Awakening are offered all over the world for the purpose of sharing and extending a real solution and alternative to the human condition through A Course In Miracles.

October 29, 2007

Big Mind

Thanks for bearing with me. I just came back from an Advent of A Great Awakening in Ohio which was quite a trip for me. I am grateful to be back, but more grateful to be part of this awakening and project of teaching A Course In Miracles. What better could one possibly do? I should be able to write a little the next few days.

Meanwhile, I have "Big Mind", a great little video and song by a musician and friend of mine. A friend said, it is a real piece of art. I agree. I love the song. Great imagery. Watch the synchronisms when the music blends with the images. If all this was intended? Enjoy...



What do you think of the song? Know of similar songs?

October 17, 2007

I See Only The Past

If everything I see is already over, why do I react to it as if it were happening now? What need do I have to defend myself against ANYTHING, if the Course is right? What could I possibly want to change, no matter how uncomfortable and threatening it may appear to be? I could let myself die, for I cannot die. I could let myself be changed in a miraculous event of inclusion of whatever comes to confront my limited identity, and simply expand in its light. Yet I defend myself, screaming and kicking and judging, only to stay separate and apart. I am insane.

Reasonably, all I could do is look and judge not, thereby keeping the truth in mind that whatever I face or see is already over. My slightest reaction shows me that I lost sight of the truth. As Jesus says in chapter 27, "The Hero of the Dream", I would not react at all to figures in a dream I knew that I was dreaming.

Now, that takes mind training. It takes everything of me. It takes all my determination to not give in to temptation. That must be peace of mind; to look "on everyone, on every circumstance, all happenings and all events, without the slightest fading of the light" Christ's vision sees. Without God's Help I will never be able to do this.

"If you but knew how much your Father yearns to have you recognize your sinlessness, you would not let His Voice appeal in vain, nor turn away from His replacement for the fearful images and dreams you made. The Holy Spirit understands the means you made, by which you would attain what is forever unattainable. And if you offer them to Him, He will employ the means you made for exile to restore your mind to where it truly is at home." (ACIM, Workbook, What is the Holy Spirit?)
"Christ's vision has one law. It does not look upon a body, and mistake it for the Son whom God created. It beholds a light beyond the body; an idea beyond what can be touched, a purity undimmed by errors, pitiful mistakes, and fearful thoughts of guilt from dreams of sin. It sees no separation. And it looks on everyone, on every circumstance, all happenings and all events, without the slightest fading of the light it sees.

This can be taught; and must be taught by all who would achieve it. It requires but the recognition that the world can not give anything that faintly can compare with this in value; nor set up a goal that does not merely disappear when this has been perceived. And this you give today: See no one as a body. Greet him as the Son of God he is, acknowledging that he is one with you in holiness.
" (ACIM, Lesson 158)
God's light, available to me in Christ's vision, transforms this world which is my projection, or my ideas of what I am, separated from the universe.
The past is over. It can touch me not.

"Unless the past is over in my mind, the real world must escape my sight. For I am really looking nowhere; seeing but what is not there. How can I then perceive the world forgiveness offers? This the past was made to hide, for this the world that can be looked on only now. It has no past. For what can be forgiven but the past, and if it is forgiven it is gone.

Father, let me not look upon a past that is not there. For You have offered me Your Own replacement, in a present world the past has left untouched and free of sin. Here is the end of guilt. And here am I made ready for Your final step. Shall I demand that You wait longer for Your Son to find the loveliness You planned to be the end of all his dreams and all his pain?
"(ACIM, Lesson 289)

Now I can look at these images differently. What do I see? Where is my focus? It is entirely up to me. Is it simply nice images of fall colors, or do I see my own reflection offering me an alternative?

The past is over. It can touch me not.

The past is over. It can touch me not II

The question is as always: what do I want, no matter how much I may wish to deceive myself on this. Am I willing to recognize the illusory nature of things? If I would, I could hardly be tempted. I am tempted to give in and react because I do not recognize things as they are. I see everything upside down. I am past. Upset, fearful, judgmental, and defending myself all alone in the universe. What an idea and existence!

Jesus, I can't do this. Please help.

Thank you for A Course In Miracles. Thank you for coming back, and being with me always. I love you.


Time to see a new heaven and a new earth...

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October 10, 2007

Time -- The Problem of Locating Yourself

This post invites you to an incredible exploration of the idea of time on video, dealing with our frustration in trying to answer the question of what time is, and offering the miracle of the collapse of time to be born again.

With Einstein we know of the complete relativity of time. Through Heisenberg we can be certain that we will never be able to locate ourselves in time/space, yet we do so with stubborn ignorance, holding onto and justifying an idea of body identity that contains all of our past memories, and projecting them into a future that is not different from the past, if time is a dimension like space is. Yet all we can say in any given moment is that there is no time; this instant is the only time there is. The idea of time is not the idea of God. Does the fox know of time? Does the primate plan for the future? Who is it that knows of time, and lives his life by its laws?

A Course In Miracles teaches me that time is an invention of my mind. Who am I without time? What is the "time" before time? What can collapse the distance between the Alpha and the Omega? If I can look at time as the distance between the beginning and the end, I can also admit that all time must be already over. I must be over in whatever I think of myself. Who am I then? (Image credit: Cory Ench; click on the image to get to the artist's page. The still picture of the embed player below is from the same artist.)

Obviously, it takes a miracle to collapse time so that I can experience myself as I truly am, before time was, and after it is over. Since there is no one but me making up time, the miracle would have to happen in MY MIND. That is what A Course In Miracles is about. It's mind training provides the means for the undoing of my time identity. That is the adventure, everyone is looking for.
"The miracle minimizes the need for time. In the longitudinal or horizontal plane the recognition of the equality of the members of the Sonship appears to involve almost endless time. However, the miracle entails a sudden shift from horizontal to vertical perception. This introduces an interval from which the giver and receiver both emerge farther along in time than they would otherwise have been. The miracle thus has the unique property of abolishing time to the extent that it renders the interval of time it spans unnecessary. There is no relationship between the time a miracle takes and the time it covers. The miracle substitutes for learning that might have taken thousands of years. It does so by the underlying recognition of perfect equality of giver and receiver on which the miracle rests. The miracle shortens time by collapsing it, thus eliminating certain intervals within it. It does this, however, within the larger temporal sequence." (ACIM, Chapter 1, Revelation, Time and Miracles)

"The idea that the conceptual mind, in its organization of time, can actually locate itself anywhere is the dilemma of the Uncertainty Principle of Jesus. The simple fact of the matter is you can’t. Did I forget to locate ourselves here for just a minute? Here…I did, I charged into that a little bit. Let’s come together for just a moment. I’m looking at our relative associations based on the Revelations that I just read you. Say to me: 'I am the Alpha and the Omega.' I am the beginning and the end. Here’s a problem you have: in your idea of the sequentiality of objectivity association, you believe that if you collapse your beginning and your end, you’ll be nothing – you’ll be gone. I want to assure you that because of the entirety of the uncertainty of your relationship in space/time, the moment you didn’t attempt to locate yourself within your identity of your invention of time, you would not be gone, OK, but in the entirety of the Mind of God. You would not be lost, but found.

Very simply the idea of your location in time, human, in your invention of your determination to organize within the whole fundamental idea of separation, is why you’re here.

Time, or the idea of time within your objective association, is in a literal sense, what’s denying you the creative entirety of the universe.

Here I am within an aggregation of your identity of yourself, in the conflict that is inevitable in separate location, showing you that the immediate solution would be to locate yourself with objects that are apparently contained at the speed of light, in the certainty that at any single moment you can be found in your entirety.
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We are discovering to our happy amazement the complete relativity of our associations with each other in the fabric of the idea that we even fundamentally could have been separate, so that the basis of our reality is then the idea that once we have located ourselves within space/time, we must justify it. The idea that it’s not justifiable is a threat to you, because the determination of your consciousness association with yourself is where the justification lies. The problem is not that so much, the problem is that in the justification for yourself in time, cannot not be your own termination. Do you see? If you’ve invented time, an idea about what you intend to be in a correspondence with yourself, you cannot not get the result of your own time frame." (Excerpt by Master Teacher in Quantum Resolution, Episode III)

The third episode from the Quantum Resulution series is to be seen here:
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October 5, 2007

Jesus Is Speaking -- I Love You

"I hear only the Holy Spirit in you, Who speaks to me through you." This is the line that stood out for me, when I read this morning the first section, "I Love You", of this great little booklet, called Jesus Is Speaking. Except for the Bible quote, all words are taken from A Course In Miracles. This line is all I need to accept my innocence and perfection. Jesus does not look at my mistakes and shortcomings, or whatever I may think of myself. He listens only to the Holy Spirit in me, whom He said He will send to everyone.

And there is all my sin and separation made obvious. As long as I don't hear only the Holy Spirit in myself and you, I am lost -- nowhere, dead -- listening to my own voice which leads me to making false judgments and asserting my own ideas and grievances. My sin or separation is that I think I can make another voice, and have another will but God's. How impossible is that! It is what the Course calls arrogance. Do I really want to believe there could be something God willed not to be? What could be more arrogant than this?

Do you care to take a look at the insanity of the human condition? How foolish, how ridiculous my idea of a separate will. And yet, how fundamentally it serves as the cornerstone of my existence here, that I never care to even look at it so that it could be questioned based on the idea of its source. Do I know that this is the basis of my existence? That is why Jesus said, "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do. Literally, I do not know what I am doing, where I am from and why I am here. I see myself as something God did not will to be. How more wrong could I be. Yet, how simple the solution. I am wrong, and my mistakes are easily undone in my surrender to God's will. In a new alignment with the vision of Christ, I will be born again.

What I am saying is this: I cannot solve this problem. Thinking in separation, believing it to be real, I cannot make myself whole again. I have canceled myself out. There is no separation, because God willed it not. Yet, how real it is, once I have deluded myself to believe I am this body identity, walking my separate ways, thinking separate private thoughts, waiting to die as my only purpose and escape from this condition.

I am very aware of the fact that I need to train my mind not to give in to such thoughts and ideas. The human condition is insane, and it does not matter, what the particulars are. It is all the same. I cannot solve any of it, yet I can demand of myself to stay conscious to its thoughts and ideas. I will there be light. I will that this gets undone. That is my prayer. I will the light of truth to dawn on my mind and shine my darkness away. I will not accept to wander off and believe a false image of myself. I give my thoughts and feelings to God to purify them from the insanity of my mind.

Christ at the Sea of Galilee

Thank God for the Course In Miracles that points out to me my condition, and offers a real solution, saying that everything I see is already over and that everyone has accepted this in time to return back home in Heaven. Thank you Father, for Jesus, Who shows me the way. Who tells me He loves me, holding my hand to walk out of this nightmare of denial and death. My acceptance is my acceptance of atonement for myself.

Enough is enough. I love you.

So, here is Jesus, speaking to us...


As the Father hath loved me,
so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength,
and with all thy mind: and thy neighbour as thyself.

Come unto me,
all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.

I love you.

I love you for the truth in you, as God does. Your deceptions may deceive you, but they cannot deceive me. Knowing what you are, I cannot doubt you. I hear only the Holy Spirit in you, Who speaks to me through you.

I come to you from our Father to offer you everything again. I love all that He created, and all my faith and my belief I offer unto it. My faith in you is as strong as all the love I give to my Father. My trust in you is without limit, and without the fear that you will hear me not.

Love's meaning is your own and shared by God Himself. For what you are is what He is. There is no love but His, and what He is, is everything there is.

Let the Love of God shine upon you by your acceptance of me. My reality is yours and His. By joining your mind with mine, you are signifying your awareness that the Will of God is one.

Would you know the Will of God for you? Ask it of me who knows it for you and you will find it. I will deny you nothing, as God denies me nothing. Ours is simply the journey back to God Who is our home.

The journey to God is merely the reawakening of the knowledge of where you are always, and what you are forever. It is a journey without distance to a goal that has never changed. Truth can only be experienced. It cannot be described and it cannot be explained. I can make you aware of the conditions of truth, but the experience is of God. Together we can meet its conditions, but truth will dawn upon you of itself.

I give you the lamp and will go with you. You will not take this journey alone. I will lead you to your true Father, Who hath need of you, as I have.

Your Father loves you. All the world of pain is not His Will. Forgive yourself the thought He wanted this for you.

You cannot understand how much your Father loves you, for there is no parallel in your experience of the world to help you understand it. There is nothing on earth with which it can compare, and nothing you have ever felt apart from Him resembles it ever so faintly.

Only the Love of God will protect you in all circumstances. It will lift you out of every trial, and raise you high above all the perceived dangers of this world into a climate of perfect peace and safety.

God's Will for you is perfect happiness because there is no sin, and suffering is causeless. Joy is just, and pain is but the sign you have misunderstood yourself. Fear not the Will of God. But turn to it in confidence that it will set you free from all the consequences sin has wrought in feverish imagination.

To your tired eyes I bring a vision of a different world, so new and clean and fresh you will forget the pain and sorrow that you saw before. Yet this a vision is which you must share with everyone you see, for otherwise you will behold it not. To give this gift is how to make it yours. And God ordained, in loving kindness, that it be for you.

It is not time we need for this. It is but willingness. For what would seem to need a thousand years can easily be done in just one instant by the grace of God.

His gift of grace is more than just an answer. It restores all memories the sleeping mind forgot; all certainty of what Love's meaning is.

This world is full of miracles. They stand in shining silence next to every dream of pain and suffering, of sin and guilt. Let us be glad that we can walk the world, and find so many chances to perceive another situation where God's gift can once again be recognized as ours!

And thus will all the vestiges of hell, the secret sins and hidden hates be gone. And all the loveliness which they concealed appear like lawns of Heaven to our sight, to lift us high above the thorny roads we traveled on before the Christ appeared.

God gives thanks to you, His Son, for being what you are.

You are His Own completion and the Source of love, along with Him. Your gratitude to Him is one with His to you. For love can walk no road except the way of gratitude, and thus we go who walk the way to God.

You do not walk alone. God's angels hover near and all about. His Love surrounds you, and of this be sure; that I will never leave you comfortless.

"Father, You stand before me and behind, beside me, in the place I see myself, and everywhere I go. You are in all the things I look upon, the sounds I hear, and every hand that reaches for my own. In You time disappears, and place becomes a meaningless belief. For what surrounds Your Son and keeps him safe is Love Itself. There is no Source but This, and nothing that does not share Its holiness; that stands beyond Your one creation, or without the Love Which holds all things within Itself. Father, Your Son is like Yourself. We come to You in Your Own Name today, to be at peace within Your everlasting Love."
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September 30, 2007

The Miracle of A Course In Miracles

Course in MiraclesA Course In Miracles is a magnificent tool and document of my awakening, which is the awakening of the human species. When I first bought the book and started really reading it in my home, I was so fascinated by the power and truth of it, that I made little notes of sentences, paragraphs to take them with me to work. I knew it was the truth, and what I was always looking for. When I discovered it contained a workbook with a daily lesson to practice its ideas in every moment, I immediately wanted to do them, and did. And still do to this very day. It is my discipline of my mind in my desire for a complete solution of something totally different. The Course is not a play in philosophical ideas, does not offer another doctrine or another system of thought. No, it is a means for the undoing of my system and structure of thought, of my identity, of what I think I am as a body figure in space time, all of which is not true. What I think I am has nothing to do with reality. Yet as long as I use my thinking to define what I am, and let it tell me what to do and where I am, I will be in need of correction and the undoing of it.

Devil's Lake State ParkThat is what A Course In Miracles is about. The word of God is written in and on my mind. God's voice is talking to me all the time. Yet since I have made up a whole world to hide God and truth from my mind, there is an undoing required. It involves a process of forgetting what I have made, and also of remembering of what is true. In that my freedom and sanity of mind is restored. That is my happiness and joy. That is what I really want.

Stone telling a storyThe experience of the miracle, and the change of mind is brought about through the application of its lessons. In that there is an action of mind involved that is the inevitable consequence of the fact that it is about my mind - not someone else's mind -, and about my thoughts that I need to watch and let go. It is about my participation, and availability for something different. In doing the lessons the magnificence of the Course becomes obvious and an experience of a newness of myself that I do not want to miss for anything in the world. I do forget about it, but the world simply fails to offer me anything I really want, once I have experienced this new mind of light and truth and power beyond the darkness and littleness of this world.

Stone revealedHow about you? If you would not need the lessons, you would not need A Course In Miracles, and you would not be here at all. Since you find yourself here, you have only one choice. That is to be about your Father's business, and to train and teach your mind to a new perception of each and everyone in the world. What else is there to do? Getting old and sick and dying in the end is not an option. It is insanity.

I invite you to watch two little clips of a good friend of mine. Greta is her name, and she loves the Course. I love the way how she expresses her appreciation for it. She is very passionate about its mind training. See for yourself.





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Let's pray with Jesus.

How can illusions satisfy God's Son?

"Father, the truth belongs to me. My home is set in Heaven by Your Will and mine. Can dreams content me? Can illusions bring me happiness? What but Your memory can satisfy Your Son? I will accept no less than You have given me. I am surrounded by Your Love, forever still, forever gentle and forever safe. God's Son must be as You created him.

Today we pass illusions by. And if we hear temptation call to us to stay and linger in a dream, we turn aside and ask ourselves if we, the Sons of God, could be content with dreams, when Heaven can be chosen just as easily as hell, and love will happily replace all fear." (ACIM, Lesson 272)


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September 27, 2007

Why It Is Always A Miracle

Here is an incredible statement from A Course In Miracles. It is in chapter 9, section VII, "The Two Evaluations". You find these gems whenever you open the book in need of help, asking for a new perspective. How true that is!!!

landscape of stoneHaving had an experience of something not from me, or of something not from my closed thought system and its effects, I can see why when in doubt, conflict or fear, I simply need a miracle. I cannot correct myself, because I am part of the problem. In fact, I am the problem.

I can only let it be, ask for help and trust in something beyond me to provide me with the solution. I use Jesus Christ who gave this Course In Miracles to me to heal my mind. In Him I receive help and correction. And this is all the training I need; that I learn to step back and listen to the Teacher who knows the answer. Everyone hears the answer, but few choose to listen. When I think I know, I won't listen. I don't know. In not knowing is therefore my salvation, because only then will I stop to listen to my own voice and not provide the answer that does not work. What when I do think I know? Well, I have to use up what I hold on to. The faster I see that I only use the past, and can let go of it, the less pain will I experience. It is all up to me. Jesus is always with me, yet I have to choose to listen and want only His solution.

"You cannot evaluate an insane belief system from within it. Its range precludes this. You can only go beyond it, look back from a point where sanity exists and see the contrast. Only by this contrast can insanity be judged as insane. With the grandeur of God in you, you have chosen to be little and to lament your littleness. Within the system that dictated this choice the lament is inevitable. Your littleness is taken for granted there and you do not ask, "Who granted it?" The question is meaningless within the ego's thought system, because it would open the whole thought system to question.

I have said that the ego does not know what a real question is. Lack of knowledge of any kind is always associated with unwillingness to know, and this produces a total lack of knowledge simply because knowledge is total. Not to question your littleness therefore is to deny all knowledge, and keep the ego's whole thought system intact. You cannot retain part of a thought system, because it can be questioned only at its foundation. And this must be questioned from beyond it, because within it its foundation does stand. The Holy Spirit judges against the reality of the ego's thought system merely because He knows its foundation is not true. Therefore, nothing that arises from it means anything. He judges every belief you hold in terms of where it comes from. If it comes from God, He knows it to be true. If it does not, He knows that it is meaningless.

fairy forestWhenever you question your value, say:

God Himself is incomplete without me.

Remember this when the ego speaks, and you will not hear it. The truth about you is so lofty that nothing unworthy of God is worthy of you. Choose, then, what you want in these terms, and accept nothing that you would not offer to God as wholly fitting for Him. You do not want anything else. Return your part to Him, and He will give you all of Himself in exchange for the return of what belongs to Him and renders Him complete." (ACIM, Chapter 9.VII)


God is incomplete without you. Yet God cannot be incomplete. So, what about you?

Read Leaves on stone

There is only totality. That is the foundation for forgiveness in this world. The world is a hallucination including the one making this statement. It is undone by the application of the mind training of A Course In Miracles BY my mind, since it is not outside of me.

Devil's Lake from West Bluff

Again, the pictures are available for download on my Flickr page.

September 24, 2007

The Problem of Teaching Jesus and A Course In Miracles

"When Jesus Christ of Nazareth 2000 years ago stood up to teach, all He would really teach you is that God is Love. He cannot not teach “Love your enemy” because you hate and despise and reject your enemy. This is how simple this is. Don’t you see?

And I can pick up the Holy Bible and read that to you and that might or might not mean something to you. It hasn’t meant anything to you in 2000 years. The idea that you should love your enemy hasn’t meant anything to you in 2000 years, and it would be very unlikely that the circumstances in which you find yourself will allow you to love your enemy since he already is your enemy.


Moon light on Devil's Lake

This is the whole problem with trying to teach A Course in Miracles, as you are aware, because the idea of forgiveness -- the forgiveness of your enemy -- is not possible if you live with a god of fear. It is impossible to forgive your enemy if he is constructed separately from you, because your fear of god would demand your attention to the fear of him, so that forgiveness becomes meaningless. Do you see that? The idea that you would have to forgive somebody who could actually wrong you would make forgiveness impossible. This is the dilemma of the rejection of the teachings of Jesus and, obviously, the Course in Miracles.

“I threw the Course away,” said somebody last week, “simply because it’s not relevant to my condition.” That’s a fact of the matter. “I threw away the teachings of Jesus Christ because the teachings of Jesus Christ are not relevant to my problem. The Course says to ignore my children, let them starve, and go to Heaven.” That’s exactly what the Course does not say. Yet that’s exactly what that woman heard that the Course says. So do you still. You actually believe the Course teaches you to forgive your enemy -- that you must practice forgiveness of those outside of you who are wronging you and causing you the problems in your association. It’s exactly the opposite. The entire teaching of Sermon on the Mount, of all whole minds, is that you are the cause of this.

Once more: The entire teaching of Jesus Christ of Nazareth is: As a man thinketh, he will get the result of his own mind in relationship with himself. Period.

Now we’re at the crux of this teaching, which you have become ready to hear. All power is given unto you in Heaven and in earth.
(Matthew 28:18) There is nothing that you cannot do. Giving power to God without your entire association will just give you fear of God. The idea that you would fear God is simply the idea that you would fear something outside yourself. You then require the power of that something outside of you to justify your continuing separation from singular reality." (The Master Teacher of A Course In Miracles in 'Timeless Voice of Resurrected Mind')


Evening light in forest

I am surrounded by the Love of God.

Father, You stand before me and behind, beside me, in the place I see myself, and everywhere I go. You are in all the things I look upon, the sounds I hear, and every hand that reaches for my own. In You time disappears, and place becomes a meaningless belief. For what surrounds Your Son and keeps him safe is Love Itself. There is no Source but This, and nothing is that does not share Its holiness; that stands beyond Your one creation, or without the Love Which holds all things within Itself. Father, Your Son is like Yourself. We come to You in Your Own Name today, to be at peace within Your everlasting Love.

My brothers, join with me in this today. This is salvation's prayer. Must we not join in what will save the world, along with us? (ACIM, Lesson 264)



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September 21, 2007

What The Hell Are You Doing Here?

What the hell are you doing here? What did you do to end up on this planet in this universe? Something terribly stupid, sinful, ignorant, or arrogant?

These are just some answers that are given to this question of why are you here. You have to ask this yourself. The question is unavoidable. It is there, and you will look straight at it, when you watch a video of the Hubble Deep Field. Some say, it is the single most important picture ever taken. It is breathtaking.



It is also interesting to watch the answers that come up to answer the question. How willing am I to put up with littleness? What little causes do I accept to justify my being here on this mud ball?

Also, how easy it gets to see myself here as in one boat with everyone else here! How small my flimsy excuses not to love everyone here do get in the light of this. How easy it is to see that we all must share one and the same interest, no matter how deluded and misled we are in our individual stories! Basically every story is one of separation, fear, lack of love, and the search for a way out. Everyone is looking for a way out.

Is there a way out? How about you?
Did you grow tired of what you do/are here?
Did you find a way out?

I can not tell what anyone has to do, nor how he will find his way out. Yet I can tell there is a way out. I found this way in A Course In Miracles. Its message might make more sense to you in the light of the Hubble Deep Field and your experience of it. It talks about YOU, about what you do in your mind. It talks about the action of your mind. Are you in defense of who you think you are, or in release or your self-concept? Are you in fear - non-existing - or are you in love? Do you contract, or do you extend?

"Every defense takes fragments of the whole, assembles them without regard to all their true relationships, and thus constructs illusions of a whole that is not there. It is this process that imposes threat, and not whatever outcome may result. When parts are wrested from the whole and seen as separate and wholes within themselves, they become symbols standing for attack upon the whole; successful in effect, and never to be seen as whole again. And yet you have forgotten that they stand but for your own decision of what should be real, to take the place of what is real." (ACIM, Lesson 136)


It is a lesson about sickness, being a defense against the truth. I love it. Here we go...

"Sickness is a decision. It is not a thing that happens to you, quite unsought, which makes you weak and brings you suffering. It is a choice you make, a plan you lay, when for an instant truth arises in your own deluded mind, and all your world appears to totter and prepare to fall. Now are you sick, that truth may go away and threaten your establishments no more.

How do you think that sickness can succeed in shielding you from truth? Because it proves the body is not separate from you, and so you must be separate from the truth. You suffer pain because the body does, and in this pain are you made one with it. Thus is your "true" identity preserved, and the strange, haunting thought that you might be something beyond this little pile of dust silenced and stilled. For see, this dust can make you suffer, twist your limbs and stop your heart, commanding you to die and cease to be.

Thus is the body stronger than the truth, which asks you live, but cannot overcome your choice to die. And so the body is more powerful than everlasting life, Heaven more frail than hell, and God's design for the salvation of His Son opposed by a decision stronger than His Will. His Son is dust, the Father incomplete, and chaos sits in triumph on His throne.

Such is your planning for your own defense. And you believe that Heaven quails before such mad attacks as these, with God made blind by your illusions, truth turned into lies, and all the universe made slave to laws which your defenses would impose on it. Yet who believes illusions but the one who made them up? Who else can see them and react to them as if they were the truth?

God knows not of your plans to change His Will. The universe remains unheeding of the laws by which you thought to govern it. And Heaven has not bowed to hell, nor life to death. You can but choose to think you die, or suffer sickness or distort the truth in any way. What is created is apart from all of this. Defenses are plans to defeat what cannot be attacked. What is unalterable cannot change. And what is wholly sinless cannot sin.

Such is the simple truth. It does not make appeal to might nor triumph. It does not command obedience, nor seek to prove how pitiful and futile your attempts to plan defenses that would alter it. Truth merely wants to give you happiness, for such its purpose is. Perhaps it sighs a little when you throw away its gifts, and yet it knows, with perfect certainty, that what God wills for you must be received.

It is this fact that demonstrates that time is an illusion. For time lets you think what God has given you is not the truth right now, as it must be. The Thoughts of God are quite apart from time. For time is but another meaningless defense you made against the truth. Yet what He wills is here, and you remain as He created you.

Truth has a power far beyond defense, for no illusions can remain where truth has been allowed to enter. And it comes to any mind that would lay down its arms, and cease to play with folly. It is found at any time; today, if you will choose to practice giving welcome to the truth." (same lesson, emphasis by me)

Tomorrow is International Day of Peace. What peace would I want except the peace of God, when I know, that our galaxy is one of about 100 billion galaxies, each one an island of stars in a dark and empty universe. What solution for any problem I may perceive would I consider worth pursuing?

Fuck that. I am going home. That is the only way to find peace and share it. Bodies cannot share.

September 18, 2007

Back to Basics

A Course In Miracles is first and foremost a tool for my awakening and remembering who I am. Realizing that there is nothing in this world that is worth holding onto, I am in need of training my mind to focus on what is really worthy of my attention. What can be and does get taken away from me at any moment, is certainly not what I can use to depend on. If that is so, whatever I see is meaningless, and can have only the meaning that I have given it. Yet Jesus says in lesson 7 that it is always over. I see only the past. So what am I doing?

All I can do is to teach A Course In Miracles. I assert in my mind the ideas of Jesus that are given me in A Course In Miracles. It is my salvation that one voice in my mind appeared that tells me that there is no world, that everything I see is completely meaningless, and that my only purpose is to wake up. One is enough. One voice in my mind stands for the truth.

I am very grateful. Thank God that I can teach myself, that there is only me to be taught. I am teaching only myself, and do teach in every moment, because there is no choice in that. I let this be true, I choose to listen to Jesus, teaching. That is ME teaching myself. As I let this be so for me, Jesus becomes me teaching myself. His learning becomes my learning. I teach myself, and realize there is only one Self. There is only one Mind, one Self and one Life. I think, all I want to express here is the idea of acceptance. Acceptance is my key to a different experience. As I let Jesus mean/teach what he says, I get the benefit from that, meaning I experience it as true. I have stepped back, and my block to the awareness of love's presence is removed.

Back to basics is what I need, over and over again, to free myself from old thought patterns, looking at the past or anticipating the future. Life is not that. How insidious and deeply rooted in my mind is that thought system of separation, judgment and denial of God's love all around me! HELP!

"Nothing I see means anything.
I have given everything I see all the meaning it has for me.
I do not understand anything I see.
These thoughts do not mean anything.
I am never upset for the reason I think.
I am upset because I see what is not there.
I see only the past.
..."

I want to be free. I want to experience the peace of God. There is nothing outside of me. That is all I want.

September 15, 2007

Invitation to join A Course in Miracles Online Advent

Invitation by A Course in Miracles International

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*A Course in Miracles Online Advent*
Saturday, 15th of September 2007,
10:00AM - 1:00PM (American Central Time)

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THE ADVENT OF A GREAT AWAKENING


Come join Teachers of God from A Course In Miracles
in a joyous experience of resurrection through forgiveness.
This experience will show you
a complete new version of yourself.
Everyone and everything in the whole universe
around and about you will change
through this out of time message
and the mind training A Course In Miracles offers.


Are you ready for a miracle?
You are invited to join us and participate from your
home or the closest miracle center.
We’ll be using online technology for this transmission.

Information about how to connect to this transmission,
and how to avail yourself of this technology will
be published here:


Teachers:
*10:00 - 11:00 Monica
*11:00 - 12:00 Helen
*12:00 - 1:00 Tony C.

September 14, 2007

Let There Be Light

Today's entry is about light, and the desire for the light that heals and enlightens to lift me out of this dream of separation and death to the remembrance of God.

First, I let Edgar Allan Poe express his gratitude to a lady who saved once his life.

Then there is an invitation to an experiment -- to experience this light here and now. By considering God's Will we can let go of idle wishes and grievances that hide the light in us. In so doing our false sense of separation and of being imprisoned in a body is undone and replaced with the truth of what we really are. Forgiveness is the key to eternal life.


TO MARIE LOUISE (SHEW)

(This lady at one time, by her kind nursing, saved Poe’s life. – Ed.)

Of all who hail thy presence as the
morning-
Of all whom thine absence is the
night-
The blotting utterly from out high
heaven
The sacred sun – of all who, weeping,
bless thee
Hourly for hope – for life – ah, above
all,
For the resurrection of deep buried
faith
In truth, in virtue, in humanity-
Of all who, on despairs unhallowed bed
Lying down to die, have suddenly arisen
At thy soft-murmured words, “Let there be light !”
At thy soft-murmured words, that were fulfilled
In the seraphic glancing of thine eyes-
Of all who owe thee most, whose gratitude
Nearest resembles worship, - oh, remember
The truest, the most fervently devoted,
And think that these weak lines are
written by him-
By him who, as he pens them, thrills to
think
His spirit is communig with an angel’s.
Edgar Allan Poe





This is lesson 73 from A Course In Miracles:

I will there be light.

"Today we are considering the will you share with God. This is not the same as the ego's idle wishes, out of which darkness and nothingness arise. The will you share with God has all the power of creation in it. The ego's idle wishes are unshared, and therefore have no power at all. Its wishes are not idle in the sense that they can make a world of illusions in which your belief can be very strong. But they are idle indeed in terms of creation. They make nothing that is real.

Idle wishes and grievances are partners or co-makers in picturing the world you see. The wishes of the ego gave rise to it, and the ego's need for grievances, which are necessary to maintain it, peoples it with figures that seem to attack you and call for "righteous" judgment. These figures become the middlemen the ego employs to traffic in grievances. They stand between your awareness and your brothers' reality. Beholding them, you do not know your brothers or your Self.

Your will is lost to you in this strange bartering, in which guilt is traded back and forth, and grievances increase with each exchange. Can such a world have been created by the Will the Son of God shares with his Father? Did God create disaster for His Son? Creation is the Will of Both together. Would God create a world that kills Himself?

Today we will try once more to reach the world that is in accordance with your will. The light is in it because it does not oppose the Will of God. It is not Heaven, but the light of Heaven shines on it. Darkness has vanished. The ego's idle wishes have been withdrawn. Yet the light that shines upon this world reflects your will, and so it must be in you that we will look for it.

Your picture of the world can only mirror what is within. The source of neither light nor darkness can be found without. Grievances darken your mind, and you look out on a darkened world. Forgiveness lifts the darkness, reasserts your will, and lets you look upon a world of light. We have repeatedly emphasized that the barrier of grievances is easily passed, and cannot stand between you and your salvation. The reason is very simple. Do you really want to be in hell? Do you really want to weep and suffer and die?

Forget the ego's arguments which seek to prove all this is really Heaven. You know it is not so. You cannot want this for yourself. There is a point beyond which illusions cannot go. Suffering is not happiness, and it is happiness you really want. Such is your will in truth. And so salvation is your will as well. You want to succeed in what we are trying to do today. We undertake it with your blessing and your glad accord.

We will succeed today if you remember that you want salvation for yourself. You want to accept God's plan because you share in it. You have no will that can really oppose it, and you do not want to do so. Salvation is for you. Above all else, you want the freedom to remember Who you really are. Today it is the ego that stands powerless before your will. Your will is free, and nothing can prevail against it.

Therefore, we undertake the exercises for today in happy confidence, certain that we will find what it is your will to find, and remember what it is your will to remember. No idle wishes can detain us, nor deceive us with an illusion of strength. Today let your will be done, and end forever the insane belief that it is hell in place of Heaven that you choose.

We will begin our longer practice periods with the recognition that God's plan for salvation, and only His, is wholly in accord with your will. It is not the purpose of an alien power, thrust upon you unwillingly. It is the one purpose here on which you and your Father are in perfect accord. You will succeed today, the time appointed for the release of the Son of God from hell and from all idle wishes. His will is now restored to his awareness. He is willing this very day to look upon the light in him and be saved.

After reminding yourself of this, and determining to keep your will clearly in mind, tell yourself with gentle firmness and quiet certainty:

I will there be light. Let me behold the
light that reflects God's Will and mine.


Then let your will assert itself, joined with the power of God and united with your Self. Put the rest of the practice period under Their guidance. Join with Them as They lead the way.

In the shorter practice periods, again make a declaration of what you really want. Say:

I will there be light. Darkness is not my will.

This should be repeated several times an hour. It is most important, however, to apply today's idea in this form immediately you are tempted to hold a grievance of any kind. This will help you let your grievances go, instead of cherishing them and hiding them in darkness."


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