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.

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