December 14, 2008

What Is Life to You?

Recently I commented on a discussion between Christopher Hitchens and Frank Turek. The question was: "Does God exist?" Following the link you can see them both on video. Frank from a Christian Evangelical and Christopher from an atheistic viewpoint offered their ideas. Both ask some valid questions, I think, but both do not go far enough in looking at their implications of what they say. I liked Hitchens for his passionate and eloquent statement that this place cannot possibly have anything to do with love or a loving God, but because he does not doubt the reality of this world, there can be no God in his mind. Frank asks the question of mind and consciousness to reject the idea of "there is no God", but then does not see mind and matter as mutually exclusive which devalues his objection completely.

My initial response was that they both completely avoid the idea and possibility of happiness, of true happiness, and I presented some ideas that should really challenge someone looking at this debate. I had fun with it and liked to clarify my ideas. Rich, who posted the video on his blog, is willing and open to learn of differing viewpoints. But regardless of that, and because our concepts of reality are so different, there seemed to be no communication possible. While we all know about the lack of communication in this world, the actual experience that we literally do not communicate through concepts is still stunning to me. It is not possible to do it. Amazing. It has to be a miracle.

It reminded me of lesson 132 from A Course In Miracles, "I loose the world from all I thought it was", where Jesus says,
The thoughts you hold are mighty, and illusions are as strong in their effects as is the truth. A madman thinks the world he sees is real, and does not doubt it. Nor can he be swayed by questioning his thoughts' effects. It is but when their source is raised to question that the hope of freedom comes to him at last.

What we experience is the effect of what we think. To let someone see that this is so is not possible unless there is an allowance of questioning the source of his thoughts which would indicate that there is another way to think, a different kind of thought, because there is a different mind. Obviously God does not think like we do in a body identity. Jesus in communicating A Course In Miracles did not come from a conceptual frame of mind. Definitely, from a conceptual frame of mind the declaration and expression of Jesus, or of any enlightened mind are not understandable. That is the whole dilemma. The source of thought needs to be questioned before there can be something else, because it has to be something entirely different to be meaningful.

We obviously need help, help of a different kind or light that gives us a completely new understanding and perception of ourselves and everyone in this world. This is what A Course In Miracles is about. It lets us train our minds to a new perception to really change and heal our minds.
There is a light in you the world can not perceive. And with its eyes you will not see this light, for you are blinded by the world. Yet you have eyes to see it. It is there for you to look upon. It was not placed in you to be kept hidden from your sight. (A Course In Miracles, Lesson 189)

Here is an excerpt from a transcript of a video that Master Teacher did many years ago. I think his statements question our human assumptions about life in a beautiful and challenging way. This is necessary. Until one reaches the point where he says and truly means that there has to be something other than this, there is no hope. What is the relevance of that to my daily life, one might ask. There is none. This is an offering of a complete alternative. Is that why the world doesn't want anything to have to do with Jesus Christ? Yes.

Let’s look at what you define life is, just for a moment. Say to me, “Life is a nitrogen fixation.” Say that to me. [Life is a nitrogen fixation] Yes. If you stand back with a map, even of the galaxy – never mind the galaxy; just go to the solar system – and you look at the containment of the world, of the earth, you can see that it’s surrounded by a nitrogen cloud. I know all of you are aware of the inevitable statistical fact that the constitution of your atmosphere is 79.7 percent nitrogen. The vast majority, the other 20 percent of it, is the poison called oxygen, which is needed as a fix to justify the associations of your body form.

Now, obviously, that’s what you believe life is, but if you’d care to look at it with me, it would seem fairly ridiculous that you would be a nitrogen-oxygen fixation. It has to be a molecular association of form somewhere that the variations are the number of protons contained within the nucleus. So after you get to six, which is nitrogen, you add on seven and you’ve got carbon, or the reverse of that, and you’ve got oxygen. So your entire constitution is a molecular association of nitrogen and oxygen? That’s it? That’s 99.1 percent. Thankfully, we’ve got a little argon in there. Argon, another .8 percent. A little krypton, maybe. A little krypton and argon might help you facilitate yourself.

Can I say this to you? If you believe that that’s the constitution of reality in your mind, you’re ridiculous. What you’re saying to me is, if I’m mostly nitrogen – I am fixed in nitrogen – literally, what you’re saying is “I’m either going to crap on myself or blow myself up.” Laugh. This is the carbon cycle, guys. Everything I do either turns to crap or dynamite. It’s either nitrogen or oxygen. And that remains the fact of the matter. But why that would possibly constitute the formulations of your association with the innovative factor that you employ in order to demonstrate your creative purpose is a complete mystery to my illuminate mind and will be to yours in just a moment, this entire teaching, that you are a captive within the body form within this ridiculously contained idea that doesn’t even represent light in any true sense.

So you’ve been representing darkness. So I’m offering you a new idea, and along with this new idea will be the necessity for you to escape from the confines that you have defined within your own objective reference. Is this true? [Yes] I must offer you a manner by which your mind can expand its consciousness identity into a realization that transcends the lock of the nitrogen fixation that you are using to identify your molecular association.

I’m talking to some of you out there, who, on the experience of the joy of self-reality, that is, the idea in a moment of revelation that you are indeed free as God created you, only to have it reduced to the idea of, let’s call it, “practical application,” if you want to stay with me just for a moment... The idea of practical application, the idea that we would take this revelatory association of your mind that constitutes the joy of your creative purpose – I’m speaking of my mind here now or your mind as you come into this new facility – and we would have to reduce it to an exchange factor that would justify motivations for remaining in the stricture of your conceptual mind are meaningless and very depressing. They’re very depressing. If you’d look at it, what in the hell would be more depressing than the idea of a practical application of a revelation that showed you an entire reference of the association of eternal life, only to be reduced to some sort of exchange?

Are you aware that that’s how it works? Are you aware that you can constitute all of the innovative ideas expressed in the certainty of research that will give you surprising alternatives based on accumulative thought processes that your innovating mind can express, only to have them simply thrown out because they have no application? Are you aware why you don’t like the mind training of A Course in Miracles? Very simply because it’s the offering of direct contact with God and actually it has no practical application in regard to your necessity to stay in a nitrogen fixation and die. Is that so? Do you see that?

So, what is life to you? Do you still believe in the story you tell yourself? Or did it become absurd enough to allow for the possibility of something else altogether?

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November 16, 2008

How Dare I Say, You Are Dreaming...

"The world you see has nothing to do with reality. It is of your own making, and it does not exist." This is a statement directly out of A Course In Miracles, which teaches a new way to think and perceive through a revolutionary mind training program. There simply is no world, you made it all up. It doesn't exist, because it is not based on a true idea. Yet it is based on an idea. It is only your beliefs that hold it in chains. You maintain it in thought, yet it is already over. It was over a long time ago.

Wouldn't this be joyous news to anyone in this world? All your sickness, pain, getting old and dying is not so. You are just dreaming. Why would you in your right mind object to this idea of you being an hallucination in your own mind?

Take a closer look at it? I like to think things through. Well, shall we ask, what if?

You appear to be a human being in a body in an objective world, and you are confronted with the idea that no part of your limited existence is real, that you are simply dreaming a dream of separation that is not based on reality in any regard? You obviously in your current mind set either reject the idea, or accept it. You can discuss and analyze it all you want, however, thereby you do not accept it. You reject it instead. There is no consequence to that. You just continue your existence in an objective world. We want to look at the second possibility: You accept the idea that there is no world, and that you are merely dreaming. What if you accepted this idea to be true?

What would you lose, if you accepted this, except what you don't want? You don't want to suffer pain, or be unhappy, and you don't want something seemingly good, if it's result is pain. Not really.

If this world is not real in any regard, and you knew it, would you want it? Would things at the very least not become much easier and lighter, if you knew you are really dreaming all of this? You could even go on dreaming, pretending all is still playing out as it seemed before. Maybe, you might take things not as serious as before. But it doesn't necessarily mean that you don't do them, except you see that you really want something else. It would not have to mean that you become irresponsible to people and things around you. Why would you? What reason would you have to act unlovingly if you knew you were dreaming? What reason would you have in any regard to act unlovingly? There is no justification for an unloving act. It's just that you don't remember what loving is, and you don't know yourself as what love is. You are dreaming. But in the light of this idea you would have a chance to look differently at yourself and the world. You could let go of fear and a deep sense of deprivation, because they would not be based on anything real.


Would there be any immediate changes in your experience? How far would you want to go with it? It would depend on your decision, wouldn't it, if your action of mind got you to the point where you are now. (Follow deeper this thought below.)

What about the scenario where there is truly an objective world of bodies of space and time, and you just accepted this "crazy" idea that there is no world but in your dreams? Say, you would live as if the idea were true, faking your fake identity. Again, we see that it would be meaningful only, if you did it all the way. It could only bring change in your experience if you let the idea be true in all circumstances. But in the end, what you did in your mind would make no difference, because you, just like anyone else, would share in the same fate every occupant of this objective world suffers. You would get old, sick and die. No matter what belief you held all along.

Just recently some people of some news station painted deliberately, by selection of material completely out of context, a bleak and fearful picture of Endeavor Academy, saying the people there (I) don't think for themselves (myself), and saying they (I) might be in danger to even kill themselves (myself). My mind works differently. What gain is there in engendering fear? And why in hell would I want to hurt myself or anyone else, if I have the idea that this world is not real? Would that get me anything? If I knew that this world is not real, the idea of getting something would no longer be a valid one. If it is all a dream, what could I really get except more of the same?

If it is all a dream, it would have to be my dream. If it is my dream, I obviously determine the content of my dream by my choice of what I want and want to be. I would have very good reasons to examine my mind and decide about what I want to do in my mind, if I am getting the result of my action of mind.

So, why is this idea fearful? What if you are hallucinating? What if you knew you are hallucinating? So far, there are only indications that it would offer a much greater sense of freedom and choice, even a real possibility to escape the idea of suffering forever. Why would someone need to be protected from this idea that he is dreaming? Could it be that he knows already, and knew all the time that he is indeed dreaming, and would have to face the collapse of a false sense of self, of a false sense of reality, that does not hold, and never will do so? Could it be that this fear of having to admit to his falsity governs this blind and bewildered objection A Course In Miracles meets everywhere in this world?

Because if he thought through the idea, he would see that his sense of self does not depend on anything in his dream. So what then is he? Who is he, and how did he get here? Does he know? Is there an answer?

How dare I say all this... Am I your reflection, and you are about to wake up?

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October 16, 2008

What Is the Real Poverty?

Poverty has many faces in this world of deprivation and separation from any real abundance, and many bloggers covered these conditions today in their posts, looked at strategies to overcome poverty, or wrote about being grateful for what they have and can do to make a difference.

Yet what is poverty really? What is it based on? Is there anyone in this world who will say that he, being truly loved by God, is poor? Is it possible that you could lack anything that you need when you have a true friend, when there is a whole universe that wants to give to you and does so for the mere asking? In my experience I am either poor or rich and given everything, depending on what I think I am. Depending on what I believe and hold to be true about myself. If there is a loving God, I could not possibly be lacking anything. All sense of lack would have to be my delusion of being deprived and cut off from life and happiness as God shares it with me always.

Depending on my discipline of mind, my determination to no longer side with and tolerate what is false about myself but by denying and letting go of my old ideas about the world and everyone in it, I experience myself as coming out of the darkness of this world of poverty. I am waking up from this dream of lack, need and endless seeking for what is not there. I am not a victim, and so is no one here on earth. What is true about me, is true for everyone. I am not special, but given everything by the will of God. To share what God gives is to deny poverty in any form. Nothing in this world is true, and never will be. That is what A Course In Miracles teaches me, and that is what I practice: the training of my mind to a new perception of myself and others in order to escape the bondage of the false laws of this world that would only impoverish and deny me my happiness. It is all in my hands.

Do you consider yourself or others as poor or given everything and therefore whole and complete, as powerless or powerful, as all-powerful? What do you want? This is a real question, because it all starts and ends with you. What is it that you want?

What is poverty then really? It would have to be a condition of my refusal not to answer God's calling on me to be who I am and accept His gifts to me to share them with all of my mind. The Last Unanswered Question is a section from A Course In Miracles that challenges me to overcome the false identity of a human being, offering me a new and necessarily constant because true experience instead of the poverty I find myself in in this ever changing world:

"Do you not see that all your misery comes from the strange belief that you are powerless? Being helpless is the cost of sin. Helplessness is sin's condition; the one requirement that it demands to be believed. Only the helpless could believe in it. ...

No one believes the Son of God is powerless. And those who see themselves as helpless must believe that they are not the Son of God. What can they be except his enemy? And what can they do but envy him his power, and by their envy make themselves afraid of it? These are the dark ones, silent and afraid, alone and not communicating, fearful the power of the Son of God will strike them dead, and raising up their helplessness against him. They join the army of the powerless, to wage their war of vengeance, bitterness and spite on him, to make him one with them. Because they do not know that they are one with him, they know not whom they hate. They are indeed a sorry army, each one as likely to attack his brother or turn upon himself as to remember that they thought they had a common cause.
The army of the powerless is weak indeed. It has no weapons and it has no enemy. Yes, it can overrun the world and seek an enemy. But it can never find what is not there. Yes, it can dream it found an enemy, but this will shift even as it attacks, so that it runs at once to find another, and never comes to rest in victory. And as it runs it turns against itself, thinking it caught a glimpse of the great enemy who always eludes its murderous attack by turning into something else. How treacherous does this enemy appear, who changes so it is impossible even to recognize him.

Yet hate must have a target. There can be no faith in sin without an enemy. Who that believes in sin would dare believe he has no enemy? Could he admit that no one made him powerless? Reason would surely bid him seek no longer what is not there to find. Yet first he must be willing to perceive a world where it is not. It is not necessary that he understand how he can see it. Nor should he try. For if he focuses on what he cannot understand, he will but emphasize his helplessness, and let sin tell him that his enemy must be himself. But let him only ask himself these questions, which he must decide, to have it done for him:

Do I desire a world I rule instead of one that rules me?
Do I desire a world where I am powerful instead of helpless?
Do I desire a world in which I have no enemies and cannot sin?
And do I want to see what I denied because it is the truth?

You may already have answered the first three questions, but not yet the last. For this one still seems fearful, and unlike the others. Yet reason would assure you they are all the same. ... This final question, which is indeed the last you need decide, still seems to hold a threat the rest have lost for you. And this imagined difference attests to your belief that truth may be the enemy you yet may find. Here, then, would seem to be the last remaining hope of finding sin, and not accepting power.

Forget not that the choice of sin or truth, helplessness or power, is the choice of whether to attack or heal. For healing comes of power, and attack of helplessness. Whom you attack you cannot want to heal. And whom you would have healed must be the one you chose to be protected from attack. And what is this decision but the choice whether to see him through the body's eyes, or let him be revealed to you through vision? How this decision leads to its effects is not your problem. But what you want to see must be your choice. This is a course in cause and not effect.

Consider carefully your answer to the last question you have left unanswered still. And let your reason tell you that it must be answered, and is answered in the other three. And then it will be clear to you that, as you look on the effects of sin in any form, all you need do is simply ask yourself:

Is this what I would see? Do I want this?

This is your one decision; this the condition for what occurs. It is irrelevant to how it happens, but not to why. You have control of this. And if you choose to see a world without an enemy, in which you are not helpless, the means to see it will be given you.

Why is the final question so important? Reason will tell you why. It is the same as are the other three, except in time. The others are decisions that can be made, and then unmade and made again. But truth is constant, and implies a state where vacillations are impossible. You can desire a world you rule that rules you not, and change your mind. You can desire to exchange your helplessness for power, and lose this same desire as a little glint of sin attracts you. And you can want to see a sinless world, and let an 'enemy' tempt you to use the body's eyes and change what you desire.

In content all the questions are the same. For each one asks if you are willing to exchange the world of sin for what the Holy Spirit sees, since it is this the world of sin denies. And therefore those who look on sin are seeing the denial of the real world. Yet the last question adds the wish for constancy in your desire to see the real world, so the desire becomes the only one you have. By answering the final question 'yes', you add sincerity to the decisions you have already made to all the rest. For only then have you renounced the option to change your mind again. When it is this you do not want, the rest are wholly answered.

Why do you think you are unsure the others have been answered? Could it be necessary they be asked so often, if they had? Until the last decision has been made, the answer is both 'yes' and 'no'. For you have answered 'yes' without perceiving that 'yes' must mean 'not no'. No one decides against his happiness, but he may do so if he does not see he does it. And if he sees his happiness as ever changing, now this, now that, and now an elusive shadow attached to nothing, he does decide against it.

Elusive happiness, or happiness in changing form that shifts with time and place, is an illusion that has no meaning. Happiness must be constant, because it is attained by giving up the wish for the inconstant. Joy cannot be perceived except through constant vision. And constant vision can be given only those who wish for constancy. The power of the Son of God's desire remains the proof that he is wrong who sees himself as helpless. Desire what you want, and you will look on it and think it real. No thought but has the power to release or kill. And none can leave the thinker's mind, or leave him unaffected."
(A Course In Miracles, Chapter 21)

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September 29, 2008

Music as Spiritual Practice - Michael Waters

A friend of mine introduced me to Michael Waters, an amazing and truly excellent musician on the acoustic guitar. I am not used to write about music, but to me his is pure, powerful and thoughtful. I absolutely love it. No surprise if it makes you cry.

Michael WatersMichael says about himself and how he came to write his music:
"My pathway has been unusual - 20 years playing as a spiritual practice before composing two songs, then another thirteen years before finally reaching a correct approach to music, resulting in continuous composing since October 2004."
There truly is a plan for all of us. We will play our part when we are ready. It is inevitable and certain, because it is impossible. We just have to look at ourselves and see what is true, innocent and whole. All else will fall away in this healing of our separate minds, and we express and offer our perfection and light to include everything. Having found his way, he says, the "music has matured, and I can no longer approach it as a search, having touched its source."

About his music in short, Michael writes:
"The music I play is not easy to describe, as it has grown as a natural personal expression over 35 years. To young people it is acoustic psychedelic chill, to over 40s it is a classical/world music/flamenco sound... All the indigenous musicians I meet understand it immediately..."

On his website you'll find a presskit with more information about Michael, including reviews, a radio interview and an interesting statement about his playing technique. He also offers beautiful pieces to download for free, according to his own words, "rough sketches and loose recordings", but nevertheless they are beautiful and inspiring.

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September 15, 2008

I Am the Light of the World

I had an intense week of grievance and upheaval in my mind. Some teacher really got to me, teaching all week long and using all the right words, but what an attitude! It made me FEEL everything I do is shit, and I should read more in the Course, watch more Master Teacher videos, do this, do that and on and on. Or maybe better that I am nothing but shit. And he is right, but what does that help me? I did not want to listen to him anymore. I got into this paranoid fear of being up against everything, and each and everyone and everything against me. Seeking for allies and friends that would share my perspective and experience, all the while feeding my perception of a schism between those with and those objecting to the teacher, seeing only two categories in my mind: friend and enemy, and I split in between with no means to solve this conflict. Who is the hero in all this? Who is the hero of my dream? Oh, it couldn't be me, could it?

Abstraction of Rage

I did not run away, though I kept my distance. I practiced the lessons of the Course like a madman. "I am the light of the world." "I need do nothing." "I am not separate from God." I had to, otherwise I would either give into what seemed complete insanity to me, or I accumulate more and more grievance and rage. And I have to give, I have to love, I have to extend to everyone and everything. Otherwise I am nothing. And loving is entirely possible, it just takes willingness. I don't know how, I feel totally justified in my rage, but I am willing to love, because only that can offer me an experience of love. I stood still. I went for a walk and talked with a great friend. And I had a talk with two friends I thought would be on the other side. I had a straight talk, plain honest and simple, and suddenly there is the light. I don't compare myself. I just ask for how things are for me. I don't need to judge when I turn to the light and, in fact, I have to suspend judging in order to turn to the light. I am NOT the author of reality. I need to be shown, so I look for help and certainty in God. And there is all the help. I am so grateful. What a good conflict can be used for. Amazing.

So what can I say? I could care less what anyone says, I have to remember always, I am not separate from God. I am the light of the world. There is nothing outside of my mind. Let it all break loose, and in my non-defense, taking responsibility as the light of the world, I experience a freedom and joy that is truly MINE forever, and that no man and nothing can take away from me. How awesome it is to be inspired and infused by the light of God, by this ever gentle but certain light that is in each of us to guide us and to call us home to God.

"How are things for me?" "How is this for me?" "How is that really?" Instead of relying on what someone else has to say, I turn inside, and THERE I find certainty and release, and possibilities to give and love, to stay and extend peace of mind. That is what I want, and I am sooooooo grateful to have found this, miraculously, by not running away from conflict, but by looking towards the solution and only option I have which is that I am whole and perfect as God created me. I can't believe it. It is so good.

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September 1, 2008

This Need not Be

Today I heard it read again, the passage in the Course where Jesus says, when you feel guilty etc, know this need not be. I post here part of it. It is such a great and simple reminder:

If you cannot hear the voice of God, it is because you do not choose to listen. The fact that you DO listen to the voice of your ego is demonstrated by your attitudes, your feelings, and your behavior. Your attitudes are obviously conflicted; your feelings have a narrow range on the negative side, but are never purely joyous; and your behavior is either strained or unpredictable. Yet this IS what you want. This is what you are fighting to keep, and what you are vigilant to save. Your minds are filled with schemes to save the face of your egos, and you do not seek the Face of God.

The glass in which the ego seeks to see its face is dark indeed. How can it maintain the trick of its existence except with mirrors? But where you look to find yourself is up to you. We have said that you cannot change your mind by changing your behavior, but we have also said, and many times before, that you CAN change your mind. When your mood tells you that you have willed wrongly, and this is so whenever you are not joyous, then KNOW this need not be.

In every case you have thought wrongly about some Soul that God created, and are perceiving images your ego makes in a darkened glass. Think honestly what you have thought that God would NOT have thought, and what you have NOT thought that God would have you think. Search sincerely for what you have done and left undone accordingly. And then change your minds to THINK WITH GOD'S.

This may seem hard to you, but it is MUCH easier than trying to think AGAINST it. Your mind IS one with God's. Denying this and thinking otherwise has held your ego together, but has literally split your mind. As a loving brother, I am deeply concerned with your minds, and urge you to follow my example as you look at yourselves and at each other and see in both the glorious Creations of a glorious Father.

When you are sad, KNOW that this NEED NOT BE. Depression ALWAYS arises ultimately from a sense of being deprived of something you want and do not have. KNOW you are deprived of nothing, except by your own decisions, and then decide otherwise.

When you are anxious, KNOW that all anxiety comes from the capriciousness of the ego, and NEED NOT BE. You can be as vigilant AGAINST the ego's dictates as FOR them.

When you feel guilty, KNOW that your ego has indeed violated the laws of God, but YOU have not. Leave the sins of the ego to me. That is what the Atonement is for. But until you change your mind about those your ego has hurt, the Atonement cannot release you. As long as you feel guilty, your ego is in command, because only the ego CAN experience guilt. THIS NEED NOT BE.

It is so true. The reason I don't hear God speaking to me is that I am simply not listening. I listen to my ego, to my own voice which tells me that I am separate from everything else. This cannot not be fearful, and all my defenses are rooted in this one idea. But it need not be. I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me. But hearing God's voice is the only way to be healed. It is up to me. Just to know that it need not be, let's me relax and shift my attention to what I really want.
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August 26, 2008

A Course In Miracles Unleashed -- GO!

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August 11, 2008

"There Must Be Another Way" by Ray Comeau

My friend Ray Comeau published a new book, a collection of 20 essays, "based on deeply-felt, personal experiences of reading the Lessons and the Text of A Course In Miracles." This is the fruit of his contemplation of the ideas of A Course In Miracles and his listening to the Voice for God in order to find and experience the peace of God. I am certain, anyone will greatly benefit from this book in his application of the ideas of A Course In Miracles. Ray is a great writer, and deeply appreciates the power, beauty and depth of A Course In Miracles. Please consider buying his book, and spread the word.

Also, the official release of our new documentary, A Course In Miracles Unleashed, is approaching fast. Use this link for more information and maybe participation in its distribution. I will be busy the next few weeks with translating it into German. Of course we want it to be available in all major languages.

I also was thinking about moving on to a self-hosted blog, using Wordpress as a publishing tool. It looks more professional and allows for more sophisticated plug-ins. Do you have any suggestions? Would you like to be notified? I appreciate any feedback on this. Thank you for coming back to my blog.

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July 29, 2008

Guided and Inspired by the Holy Spirit

When I was a kid, I wondered about the idea of the Holy Spirit when I saw rays of light coming from the sun through the clouds. I thought, here is God's descending spirit, and I liked the beauty of how it looked very much. I believe it was my desire for inspiration, being filled with joy and awe, that was behind this fascination.

Holy SpiritToday I learn that the Holy Spirit, God's Voice is indeed speaking to me. He speaks to me all the time. I love this idea. It doesn't depend on anything except me listening, regardless of where I am or what I am doing. I am given a Teacher, a Comforter, a Guide to decide for God, for life instead of the death of my own ideas. I use Him to give meaning to the thoughts that come to mind, because I am tired of my own interpretation and judgments. I love it. He guarantees me happiness I could not provide for myself. He keeps me free. He keeps me out of troubles, unless I fall back into my judgmental activity again.

I use Him to do my lessons in A Course In Miracles. Its words came to me from God through Hims. He knows what they stand for. I learn through and with Him, because there is nothing that I can do by myself. Nothing. What I do by myself is all in vain, me in my own little bubble, having no effect upon Reality, yet being unaware of Its glory and love. No more. I am as God created me, that is whole and perfect.

Invest with me in the idea of being created whole and perfect by God in His likeness? I love this part in the course, where it says, we have to invest in wholeness with spirit, which is will, and will is the "price" of Heaven.

"Behold the Guide your Father gave you, that you might learn you have eternal life. For death is not your Father's Will nor yours, and whatever is true is the Will of the Father. You pay no price for life for that was given you, but you do pay a price for death, and a very heavy one. If death is your treasure, you will sell everything else to purchase it. And you will believe that you have purchased it, because you have sold everything else. Yet you cannot sell the Kingdom of Heaven. Your inheritance can neither be bought nor sold. There can be no disinherited parts of the Sonship, for God is whole and all His extensions are like Him.

The Atonement is not the price of your wholeness, but it is the price of your awareness of your wholeness. For what you chose to 'sell' had to be kept for you, since you could not 'buy' it back. Yet you must invest in it, not with money but with spirit. For spirit is will, and will is the 'price' of the Kingdom. Your inheritance awaits only the recognition that you have been redeemed. The Holy Spirit guides you into life eternal, but you must relinquish your investment in death, or you will not see life though it is all around you."
(Chapter 12.IV, ACIM)

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July 28, 2008

I Do not Understand anything I See

"I do not understand anything I see", is the title of lesson 3 of the workbook of A Course In Miracles. When I apply this lesson to anything I see, I free myself from the past, because all my understanding is based on a past learning. I thereby deny my past learning and let it go. It then cannot hold me to a past reference that is over and gone. That is a very freeing experience, and the question is only, where do I stop applying it? What is so valuable to me that I dismiss the practice of the lesson in any instant? My world is not doing anything in that regard. It is me valuing certain things, ideas or circumstances, habitually reacting to them and thereby defending an idea and image about myself that is not in accord with what God knows and wills. Or I reject something based on what I think that something or someone is and does and my differing preferences, thereby creating a spit identity in my mind by setting up an enemy in my mind, an alien thought that I no longer see as mine, but applying only to the "other".

blind eyeFact is, I never deal with things directly. My physical eyes do not see. They do not report to me WHAT I see. I always react to my interpretations of things. I always deal with thought. And here is the whole problem, and also the solution. Mis-perception is going on in my mind, and it is only in my mind. Since it is always based on an idea, I can let it go by changing my mind. I don't have to buy my own ideas about things. They are entirely meaningless, because I have to admit I do not understand a single thing about anything I deal with on a daily basis. I think I do, but I don't. Without a heightened awareness I go through my day without even suspecting that I have no clue whatsoever. That is what is called "sleeping".

Let's say, I went swimming today. I take off my clothes, stand naked for a moment before I put on my swim wear. What do I know about my body? I mean really know about it. What does the world really know about it? That it is all space, made up of protons and electrons with a vast amount of space in between? What does that help me? What does my body do? Who is governing its movements? O.k, then, dressed, I decide to walk to the pool and jump into the water? Who is doing what? Who lifts my right foot, and not my left? And the water? What is water? It is cool, smooth, soft, gives way to every movement, but also resists. It is made of hydrogen and oxygen, H²O. What else? What do I know by these statements? It has some practical value, yes, but what do I really know and understand? And how much does my self-proclaimed and "blind" knowledge of things get in the way of recognizing something of real meaning?

What to do with this lesson, "I do not understand anything I see"? Well, you are asked to apply it without making any distinctions. What you see in any given moment, is the proper subject for your practicing. You are not asked to question the "suitability of anything for application of the idea", since this is not an exercise in judgment, regardless of what "emotionally-charged meaning" things may have for you. What is the point of it?

"The point of the exercises is to help you clear your mind of all past associations, to see things exactly as they appear to you now, and to realize how little you really understand about them." (Lesson 3, ACIM)

Try it out. See for yourself. This is exciting and liberating. What is going to happen, if you allow yourself to loose your ideas about things and stand naked in not knowing what things are? That is called "being undone" in A Course In Miracles. That is obviously a requirement of the mind training to stabilize a new perception in our minds. And that is what forgiveness is. The idea that something happened in the first place is changed. Nothing did happen. You cannot be hurt. Why? You are not a body. You are free, still as God created you in His likeness.

What do you say what you are seeing? What do you say you know about it? Are you doing the workbook lesson of A Course In Miracles? Please share.

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July 20, 2008

The Bible and A Course In Miracles

Today I opened A Course In Miracles and found something I have never read. It's about the idea that the Course means what it says. Often Christians who know the Bible much better than I do, reject the idea that A Course In Miracles and the Bible say exactly the same thing. They even go so far as labeling A Course In Miracles as nothing but another cult.

I found a reference that helps us to look deeper into what is said in the Bible. For some reason it was taken out of the second edition of A Course In Miracles. It is found only in the original source text and the edition done by William Thetford. The later edition misses the first paragraph of the following. I find it contains a very helpful answer to the idea that what the Bible says is to be taken literally. I love the Bible, but with many ideas I have struggled. They did not seem to speak to me of a God of love and light.

While teachers like Emmet Fox helped me to come to a deeper and more consistent understanding of what is said in the New Testament, I never found the issue expressed better than here, by Jesus himself. Thank you, Jesus.

"You have begun to realize that this is a very practical course, because it means EXACTLY what it says. So does the Bible, if it is properly understood. There has been a marked tendency on the part of many of the Bible's followers, and also its translators, to be entirely literal about fear and ITS effects, but NOT about love and ITS results. Thus, 'hellfire' means burning, but raising the dead becomes allegorical. Actually, it is PARTICULARLY the references to the outcomes of love that should be taken literally because the Bible is ABOUT love, being about GOD.

The Bible enjoins you to be perfect, to heal ALL errors, to take no thought of the body AS SEPARATE, and to accomplish all things IN MY NAME. This is not my name alone, for ours is a shared identification. The name of God's Son is One, and you are enjoined to do the works of love BECAUSE we share this oneness. Our minds are whole BECAUSE they are one. If you are sick, you are withdrawing from me. But you CANNOT WITHDRAW FROM ME ALONE. You can only withdraw from yourself AND me.

I would not ask you to do things which you CANNOT do, and it is impossible that I could do things YOU cannot do. Given this, and given this QUITE LITERALLY, there CAN be nothing which prevents you from doing EXACTLY what I ask, and EVERYTHING which argues FOR it. I give you NO limits, because God lays none upon you. When you limit YOURSELF, we are NOT of one mind, and that IS sickness.

And once again, if you haven't seen the trailer for the upcoming feature length documentary about A Course In Miracles and what it means and does for some 120 teachers and students, please watch it, spread the word. It will be released and published shortly.

Update: The documentary film, A Course In Miracles Unleashed, was released in Septermber 2008, and is available on DVD.

Thank you.

July 12, 2008

I Will Forgive

Today's lesson of our Course In Miracles is lesson 193, "All things are lessons God would have me learn."

That lesson offers the end of conflict, for why would I need to continue to choose between this or that when all things are lessons God would have me learn? Or let me do the choosing. There is no loss, because all things are lessons God would have me learn. I can't escape the lessons I need to learn. So, how do I learn?

"God does not know of learning. Yet His Will extends to what He does not understand, in that He wills the happiness His Son inherited of Him be undisturbed; eternal and forever gaining scope, eternally expanding in the joy of full creation, and eternally open and wholly limitless in Him. That is His Will. And thus His Will provides the means to guarantee that it is done."

I will forgive

How do I learn? I do not only need to accept the goal of learning, but also the means, coming from Him. Trying to set up my own curriculum will guarantee failure. But if the goal is possible, the means to accomplish it, must be possible as well. Insisting on doing it my way could only mean my wanting of God's purpose has been shaken.

"God sees no contradictions. Yet His Son believes he sees them. Thus he has a need for One Who can correct his erring sight, and give him vision that will lead him back to where perception ceases. God does not perceive at all. Yet it is He Who gives the means by which perception is made true and beautiful enough to let the light of Heaven shine upon it. It is He Who answers what His Son would contradict, and keeps his sinlessness forever safe."
God does not see what we see. Contradiction is alien to Him, as well as perception. Talk about the depth and insanity of our condition. Everything about it, everything about us is false. God does not know of it. God does not know of our limited self-identity. Yet our perception is being used for a new purpose; the purpose of healing.

"These are the lessons God would have you learn. His Will reflects them all, and they reflect His loving kindness to the Son He loves. Each lesson has a central thought, the same in all of them. The form alone is changed, with different circumstances and events; with different characters and different themes, apparent but not real. They are the same in fundamental content. It is this:

Forgive, and you will see this differently.

Certain it is that all distress does not appear to be but unforgiveness. Yet that is the content underneath the form. It is this sameness which makes learning sure, because the lesson is so simple that it cannot be rejected in the end. No one can hide forever from a truth so very obvious that it appears in countless forms, and yet is recognized as easily in all of them, if one but wants to see the simple lesson there.


This is the lesson God would have you learn: There is a way to look on everything that lets it be to you another step to Him, and to salvation of the world. To all that speaks of terror, answer thus:

I will forgive, and this will disappear.

To every apprehension, every care and every form of suffering, repeat these selfsame words. And then you hold the key that opens Heaven's gate, and brings the Love of God the Father down to earth at last, to raise it up to Heaven. God will take this final step Himself. Do not deny the little steps He asks you take to Him."
How easy. All I need to do is forgive. It makes no difference, whether "someone else" or "me" is sick. It is all my perception, and I need to forgive it. In my forgiveness does the problem disappear. How simple. What a simple way to tell whether I have learned my lesson. When I have forgiven, it is gone, it has disappeared. If I still remember the problem, I haven't forgiven. That is also what Emerson wrote in his essay called "Circles":

"People say sometimes, 'See what I have overcome; see how cheerful I am; see how completely I have triumphed over these black events.' Not if they still remind me of the black evens, - they have not yet conquered. Is it conquest to be a gay and decorated sepulchre, or a half-crazed widow, hysterically laughing? True conquest is the causing the black event to fade and disappear as an early cloud of insignificant result in a history so large and advancing."
So, I will forgive. I don't want to hold onto my grievances. My way of seeing things is wrong. I allow it to change through miracles. I will forgive. I will forgive everything, because everything is my memory, a part of me. That is my conversion. When I see something less than perfect, I need healing. When I see someone sick, I need healing, and I need to offer healing in order to be healed. How could I be free and healed as long as I hold anyone to my old ideas of pain, sickness and death?

That is A Course In Miracles. There is no difference between the attacker and the victim. It is one thing. There is no separation. I accept at-one-ment for myself, for I am still the holy Son of God Himself.

If you haven't seen the trailer for the upcoming feature length documentary, A Course In Miracles Unleashed, please watch it, and spread the word. It will come out very soon. Thank you.

July 1, 2008

A Course In Miracles Unleashed

The making of a feature length documentary presenting the teachings of Jesus Christ in A Course In Miracles is coming to an end. A Course In Miracles Unleashed: A Direct Encounter With Jesus Christ In The Evolution and Enlightenment of the Human Species is about to be released shortly. Therefore it is time to spread the word for this testimony of awakened teachers and students of A Course In Miracles witnessing their miraculous transformation and illumination through the practice of a simple idea for every day which is the mind training program of A Course In Miracles.

Thank you for watching this trailer. Thank you for spreading the word about this movie.

The happy and joyful accounts of the teachers and students in this film speak for themselves. They carry a miraculous message of love and forgiveness that leads us back to our home in Heaven that we never left. All we needed was to listen and apply the ideas to our life. The miracle and light does the work. We are so lucky. You are so lucky. We have no idea.

For more information about the movie, see A Course In Miracles Unleashed.

Thank God for the miracle, thank God for the light, thank God for Jesus and Master Teacher and A Course In Miracles. I needed this, and it really saved my life, because it is a miracle. A Course In Miracles is obviously not of human origin, coming from Him who is my brother and friend, Jesus Christ.

" 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.


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."

(Lesson 182, A Course In Miracles)

June 26, 2008

Did Jesus Fake His Ordeal?

What a question! What assumption would I have to make in order to seriously come up with such a question? Or could it be that as a Christian I accepted ideas about Jesus that would conclude in this question, although I knew that it is out of question, and would not dare to pose it. Let's see...

Today in session I saw an old video -- “The Power Of Decision Is My Own” -- with Master Teacher. There was this particular expression about Jesus in it that I thought was very cool. Master Teacher raised this outrageous question, "you mean he faked his ordeal?", thereby showing the absurdity of the idea that Jesus did not undergo his own transformation and conversion.

In Gethsemane, on the cross, Jesus walked in our shoes in a most extreme example, and like any human being in his moments, he felt abandoned and forsaken. That is what makes him a savior. He was really here. He went through it, and came out the other side, demonstrating the unreality of this world. That is our salvation. There would be no need for such a demonstration when it would have been clear from the beginning that there was nothing to demonstrate. If he was perfect and not also man for this moment in time as I am and as you are, he would not have been here at all to show us another way.

(Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane
by Edward Coley Burne-Jones; 19th century)

So, here is the quote. It is transcribed from the video of a session in 1999 in San Fransisco in the Herbst International Exhibition Hall, The Presidio:

"I heard on television yesterday from a very noted Christian theologian that at the time of the crucifixion Jesus Christ knew exactly who he was. Come on! That he’d been sent from Heaven by God in order to show everybody through his sacrifice that there was nothing to sacrifice. I took one look at it and I said, 'You mean he faked his ordeal.' He would have to. What the hell good is a savior who fakes his ordeal? Can you hear me? If he knew he was perfect, he wouldn’t have to be here. There has to be a moment for him to save me when he felt that moment of conversion.

'Oh, he was sent by God and is perfect, and he faked his ordeal.' That’s not the truth of the matter. The truth of the matter is in Gethsemane, when he went off and all his disciples feel asleep … and he said, 'God, I’d certainly appreciate it if you’d remove this. I’ve done everything you told me to do. I’m standing here and I’m about to be killed. I’d appreciate it if you’d remove this', what happens? Nothing. God can’t hear him when he talks about death. Death heard him and justified his death."

That also is an amazing idea: "Death heard him and justified his death." God does not know of death. "There is no death. The Son of God is free." So, how could He hear anyone talking about death. If God knew about death, we would be condemned to death forever.

June 18, 2008

Just One Instant

How long is one instant? This question doesn't really make sense, does it? But it is fun, and lets our minds stop for a moment. It is a good question for which we don't have an answer right away.

This instant is the only time there is. You don't have any other instant. The past is over, the future not there. You can think about the past, or anticipate the future, but that is all. You cannot be in any other instant than this one, right here and now. So, how long is an instant? That is all you have. That is how long this world lasts. It is only an instant. And either you hate this, or you love it, because it is your freedom.

Lake Delton disappeared

The one who hates it, believes in this world of separation and death, and wants it so. He loves the things of this world. He values being a body that can be gratified by the pains and pleasures here. He plans and organizes for a future reference in oder to bring about what he thinks will make him happy, even if it means that others will suffer, be it because of or not because of the direct effect of his selfish actions. Yet, if this world endures only an instant, it is very clear "that death and sorrow are the certain lot of all who come here, for their joys are gone before they are possessed, or even grasped." (A Course In Miracles, Lesson 300)

The one who loves it, uses this thought to teach himself not to hold on to anything. Not a thing, not a thought. Not an emotion, not an experience. With this idea in mind he is protected from letting any false perception keep him in its hold, "nor represent more than a passing cloud upon a sky eternally serene." (A Course In Miracles, Lesson 300)

It is this serenity we seek today. We want it unclouded, obvious and sure. And it is ours by simply applying the idea that this instant is the only time there is. We don't have to know or believe this idea to be true. We just have to be willing to try it. To try it without making any exception. No matter what we may feel or experience, no matter where we may find ourselves, be it pleasant or unpleasant, only an instant does this world endure. There can be no compromise involved for it to be true. It is either totally true, or not at all. Therefore, we have to use it indiscriminately.

So, we watch our thoughts, because that is all we have to do. It is training of our minds that we need. Obviously we can have only one thought in this instant. It doesn't matter what thought, if it is only this instant that we can have it. Nothing can stop us from letting go of the thought we have in this moment, when we truly draw our circle with the idea that this instant is the only time there is. Why? We begin to laugh at the meaninglessness, at the littleness of what we may think. We can ask ourselves, "is this the thought with which I want to spend my one instant in this world?" Is there any worldly thought that wouldn't instantly become absolutely ridiculous? And see how much value and meaning we give our thoughts on a daily, on a moment-to-moment basis.

We tell ourselves the most horrendous and cruel stories with our thoughts. We indulge in them, because they give us an identity. We tell ourselves stories of sickness and death. That we are having cancer or Alzheimer's disease, or blablablabla... You name it. Or, that people die, are tortured and murdered while we stay alive. Or that the environment is damaged and irreversibly destructed by our irresponsible acts. And we fear and defend ourselves, because we think the same will happen to us. We believe our stories of loss to be true and telling us about reality. We never really question the reality of this world where there is no certainty, no matter how hard we try to establish it.

houses built on sand

And aren't we justified in it? We were justified in all of this, until one man came along, and stood up to the truth that there is no such thing as this world. That there is no death. That there is no reason for this world. That God is love, and still love. That there is no better use for our time being here than to seek the Kingdom of God. He taught us to trust, to have faith, to believe in God, and in him or the very works he did. He taught us to forgive and love our enemies, our neighbors. He taught us not to judge, but do unto others what we would have them do to us. He knew we would not understand it right away. He knew we misunderstood most of his ideas, and used his teachings to justify our agendas. Yet, he kept going. He made no compromise to fit his ideas into our world. Because there is no choice. There is no world, because the Father and the Son are one.

That was yesterday, a week ago, wasn't it? Time is a vast illusion, a trick, a sleight of hand, that we maintain by sequencing our thoughts, one after another, without ever pausing, piling one on top of the other, judging one by another. Yet all we can do is have one thought in this moment. There is nothing else. Thank God, and thank you, Jesus.

God loves me

How do I want to spend this instant? I'll tell you. I want to remember God, His unceasing never-ending love for me and all His creation. That He gives me everything. And that I share His will. That's it. There is no world. I will what He wills. There is nothing else. Period. And this instant is the only time there is for me to realize all this.

Thy will be done. I love you, Father.

June 7, 2008

I Am Dreaming -- I Must Be Waking up

I am a miracle healer simply because I decided to be one. Recently I moved to the Miracles Healing Center in Wisconsin Dells, where we offer a 24 hour prayer line. We take turns in answering the phone during the night, and last night it was my turn.

So, someone called for help early in the morning while I was still asleep. To my surprise I was awake immediately. I was clear in thought, teaching the idea that this is in its entirety a dream, and nothing but a dream. What does it matter what happens in the dream, who you seem to be, and where you seem to find yourself. A dream is a dream; it is not real, it doesn't have any meaning. Your only necessity is to wake up. That was so clear to me. It made me laugh. What a start for a new day. It was exactly what I needed to hear myself. Wake up sleepy head...

How does one do this? It is very simple. If all of this is your dream, then all of your perception is equally unreal and meaningless. You have to start from there, and not waver or compromise. Because then you are right in the middle of your necessity to train your mind. Mind training is essential, because you can't afford to give meaning to what is meaningless and past. What is unreal, will never have meaning. And now look at you. How quickly you forget!

"What if you recognized this world is an hallucination? What if you really understood you made it up?"
(Chapter 20.VIII, A Course In Miracles)

How fast you rush in to judge and claim to know what is going on in any given situation! It is all not so. You are completely mistaken. You see only the past. You therefore see nothing as it is now, meaning you don't see at all. What you perceive in a dream could not be called seeing, could it? As you let go of your preoccupation with dreams and past ideas you are released, focusing on what is true and loving it. That will make you happy like nothing else will. And it is all up to you. You decide whether to give meaning to what is meaningless or not. When you are afraid, you have decided to value wrongly. Amazing.

I enjoy my healing shifts at the Miracles Healing Center. It is a wonderful energy here, healing energy. We answer prayer requests, answer the prayer phone line, and pray for those who requested prayers. Sometimes we also get visitors who seek for help. It is a great way to give and serve, because I also receive the healing that I pray for. I know miracles are happening. Miracles correct our perceptions, and heal our needs and dysfunctions. Today I listened to beautiful music during my shift, while sitting in the sanctuary. I cried. Not only with all those who turn to us, but because I know that they are getting healed. It is a miracle. I am so grateful.

May 25, 2008

Giving Myself away

The other day I heard an idea expressed in a new idea. It was about giving, giving as an action of mind. Giving means the giving away of my ideas of what I need to be comfortable, and to be happy. Fact is I don't know what I really need. No one knows. Yet I have all sorts of ideas and patterns established in my mind on how to get what I think I need. Along these lines of thought I will always experience lack, because my ideas are ideas of lack. As I give them away, I am not bound by them, but open to experience a new freedom.

Master Teacher left his body. I don't see him anymore, and that is getting to me now. At first I felt simply gratitude for him, and joy, experiencing that nothing really happened, that all is well and continuing according to God's plan. Yet there seems to be a cleanup happening. That initial sense of freedom and love made way to sadness and even depression. It is catching up with me emotionally. I simply miss Master Teacher. He "was" such a strong reference and guarantee of an alignment with truth in my mind. I simply want him back. Pure selfishness. That is the way my story goes. While I know it is just a story of mine -- I am never sad/depressed about Master Teacher leaving his body for the reason I think -- it is too late already. I feel the emotions. I can't hide from them. I can't think myself out of them. That is not what I am asked to do. Everything changes as I let go of the meaning I have given everything.

Obviously, I can't fill the gap by my own means. I may try to substitute, but it won't work. I don't want healing to be delayed. The discovery is, as always, very simple. I don't have to do anything except to be honest and truly admit to what is going on with me. As I do this with all of me, not trying to exclude my emotions, I clearly see the healing coming from God. I can't solve my situation. I can't make Master Teacher come back. I give my need to God, and find it fulfilled in a more direct and comforting way than ever before. My need disappears. I am free. Simply because I don't insist on a specific solution. I don't need to know what will happen. I don't justify my story. I simply give it to God, because I am sick and tired of my own judgment and subsequent failure to solve my problem.

It is so simple. How could I ever miss this? It is applicable for any problem I perceive. God takes care of me, if I let Him. God is my strength, my Reality. It is a miracle.

We always teach, "give yourself away". It doesn't matter what it is I give. Asking for help and not hiding myself is giving. God only gives. God is love. He never gives me anything but love, no matter where I am coming from. Yet I can't receive unless I give. I won't find help, unless I ask for help, and trust. I won't find forgiveness, unless I offer forgiveness. Beyond this world there is a world I want. It is all in my trusting or for-giving.

"The children of God are entitled to the perfect comfort that comes from perfect trust. Until they achieve this, they waste themselves and their true creative powers on useless attempts to make themselves more comfortable by inappropriate means. But the real means are already provided, and do not involve any effort at all on their part. The Atonement is the only gift that is worthy of being offered at the altar of God, because of the value of the altar itself. It was created perfect and is entirely worthy of receiving perfection. God and His creations are completely dependent on each other. He depends on them because He created them perfect. He gave them His peace so they could not be shaken and could not be deceived. Whenever you are afraid you are deceived, and your mind cannot serve the Holy Spirit. This starves you by denying you your daily bread. God is lonely without His Sons, and they are lonely without Him. They must learn to look upon the world as a means of healing the separation. The Atonement is the guarantee that they will ultimately succeed." (A Course In Miracles, Chapter 2.III)

May 17, 2008

Love and Appreciation for The Master Teacher of A Course In Miracles

This is an invitation for everyone who knew -- or did not know -- my teacher, The Master Teacher of A Course In Miracles, to join in on PalTalk for an evening to share our love and gratitude for his uncompromising and unwavering dedication to the awakening of each and everyone of us. He left his body on Tuesday, 13th of May. It was a surprise to me, but then it was not. His mission was done. He had called and chosen us, and he has fulfilled his promise to us in our awakening. Thank you, Dear One -- as I call him -- for everything. I am forever grateful to you. I love you.

Now what? This is about my transition now. Nothing has really changed, I still have to apply and teach A Course In Miracles and thereby fulfill my function as a Teacher of God while following him, returning home to our Father in Heaven. I have no idea how that will look like, and how much time it will involve. His last words were, "it will be very short". I do know I want to go home. I don't want to make more time. I don't need to stay here. It is accomplished already. Time is short.

Dear One was truly my teacher who gave me everything every single day I had the privilege to be with him, as he still does. Words fail to let you know what he is for me. I know one thing: he did not leave me. He is with me still, always.

An Evening of Love and Appreciation
for The Master Teacher of A Course In Miracles

With Alden and Darla Hughes
from Endeavor Academy and Miracles Healing Center
PALTALK at ACIM Gather Room
7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 17, 2008

Our beloved Teacher and friend, Dear One, left the body on May 13.
Many of you also know Dear One as a teacher of teachers and a beloved friend. We invite you to join us this evening in not just talking about Dear One but BEING with him in a brand new hologram of light that he continues to offer - even now - to everyone.

As you well know, he has not 'gone anywhere'! There has simply been a new offering made of pure, resurrecting light and love. Our personal, ongoing experience is expressed by Jesus so beautifully with the words:
"I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you."

We will share Dear One's deep love for us all by offering his healing voice and some of his favorite songs. We love you and hope to see you there!

For information on our ongoing mission of extending A Course in Miracles, go to Endeavor Academy, or call 608-253-6898. For an experience of Dear One's teachings, see his videos at The Miracles Network or at Truveo, A Course In Miracles with Master Teacher.

To learn about our healing ministry and Course In Miracles Retreats or advent programs, go to The Miracles Healing Center. The Miracles Healing Center also offers a prayer line 24 hours, 7 days a week: 608-253-HEAL (4325)

Watch yesterdays video to experience Master Teacher now...

I'm Guilty Of Loving You

Thank you.

May 9, 2008

Update on Recent Activities on Squidoo

Dear Reader,

I would like to let you know about a newly created website (Lens) of mine on Squidoo. It is meant to present some of the masterpieces of teaching and learning that we use in our endeavor to change and heal our minds, first and foremost, of course, A Course In Miracles. I called it "Resources of a Simple Truth: Ideas and Practice of Only ONE Thing - Just Be Here Now"

Another one I just made is called "There Is no Solution here". I tried out the new lens format for a debate hoping to bring an idea to our awareness that easily escapes us in our daily preoccupations and routines. There is no solution here. Wouldn't that be worth an argument? Sometimes I do enter and loose myself in futile discussions, only to realize again, that there is no solution here. Conflict can't be solved on the level were it is seen. A recent debate here on this blog showed this to me very clearly.

How about you? Do you (still) see hope for yourself and others to be in this world and find solutions to the problems of our existence? Don't we all have this nagging feeling of our own futility? I included some fitting expressions from "A Spiritual Teachers Notebook" by Master Teacher. Thank God that this is available. Thank God for me that I can hear this.

I also updated my lenses "The Master Teacher: The Greatest Videos Ever" and "Healing - It's Your Decision In A Course In Miracles". I appreciate your interest and visit, or even comment and support.

Last but not least, a picture of the Wisconsin River from three weeks ago. After this long and hard winter the melt of all that snow let the river raise high. I like the reflection of the deep blue sky on the river. When we step back and don't judge, we see the majesty of ourselves reflected in the world, in nature. Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. It is a mistake in our conceptual thought processes and projections to think we are separate from what we think. When we think we see beauty outside, we see ourselves.