January 31, 2008

Ask For A Miracle

Lesson 30 of A Course In Miracles says, "God is in everything I see, because God is in my mind". How lucky am I, that I am offered an experience entirely not of this world. This experience obviously transcends time and space, because God is not limited by these inventions and ideas. To my mortal mind this experience must be totally inconceivable and impossible. It is really saying, God is in my mind.

God is in everything I seeA Course In Miracles teaches, I always see my own projections. I am responsible for what I see. What I see in anything, I see because it is in my mind, and because I want to see it. As much as I may say, I don't want this, I hate this, go away, this is not me, I see only my own ideas and images, projected outward. I see through a mirror, darkly. The world is like a mirror. It reflects back to me, what I am thinking, or better what I think I think. Because it is already over, has nothing to do with reality, and does not exist. That is why it is illusory. Illusions can only deceive, but have no real effect. When I believe them, I become one with them; no longer the mind projecting outward, but a figure in a dream of death and separation. It is a separation fantasy, having no meaning whatsoever.

forgiveness shows me a true reflectionA Course In Miracles gives me a mind training. What does it want me to do? Very simply, it wants me to train my mind to become miracle-minded in every moment of my day. If what I see is a reflection of what I think about myself, I can see it differently. I can see it with a different purpose. I can see the purpose of the universe in it. I don't have to continue to believe that it is what my physical senses tell me. According to them its only purpose could be to die, and serve me as a verification of my concepts about myself. When I stop giving them meaning I open my mind for a new interpretation and vision, free from judgment and fear. Only that can offer me peace of mind, and a way out of its conflict. And only that is forgiveness, which brings about a spiritual awakening to the fact that reality is spiritual. You are not a body. You are free.

Because God is in my mind, I can think and therefore see with Him. That is what A Course In Miracles offers me, right here and now. It will always be a miracle. To think and see with God is miraculous, and miracles come from it, because God thinks entirely unlike me. Only miracles can correct my faulty perception, because it is all based on thought. Thoughts do not leave their source. I can not escape my thoughts, or not think, or make them neutral or idle. Every one of my thoughts constitutes this world of separation. What am I going to do? If I want a lasting solution, I need a miracle. Because any solution the world offers me, can only be temporary, and therefore no solution at all. What about meditation? Meditation will not solve my problem. Meditation will not allow me to escape the cause of this world. Only a miracle will. And for a miracle I have to ask, because I cannot make it myself. And I do ask for it, because beyond this world there is a world I really want. Thank God.

January 13, 2008

How To Ask For Help

Someone asked me about how to ask for help, when I wrote an answer to a post from Anuradha on her blog (see blogroll).

My answer got a little longer, so I want to post it here, too. Of course, I changed it a little. Everything always changes here, doesn't it?

I wrote this: "Thanks for asking... That actually is a form of asking for help.

There are many forms of asking for help, and what works for one, might not always work for another. Yet asking does work always.

asking for helpI learned that if I mean it when asking for help, I get help. That of course, goes for anything. What you really mean, becomes a reality for you. In that sense, the form of your asking does not matter at all. It is always a question of what it is you are asking for in your heart. What is it that you really want? What is your purpose? What are you here for? It is true that your life will shape around, and organize according to how you answer these questions. If you want peace, you will find peace. It is totally a matter of your determination.

In my case, I knew somewhere that the solutions offered by this world, would not help me, or anyone, in my, or his, need for help. How did I know this? I don't know. I knew I needed help, and nothing I found in this world, answered my need.

Then I found A Course In Miracles. That was quite some years ago. I did the mind training lessons, and still do them. Every day. To do this is my form of asking for help. I can't do a normal life. A Course In Miracles is not coming from a human being or anything normal here. It was the answer I was looking for.

Of course, asking for help is also when I talk to a friend about something that is bothering me. Praying to Jesus, God or whomever. I often use Jesus, because I love him. He helps always.

Asking for help, in my case, is also to be at Endeavor Academy, where The Master Teacher of A Course In Miracles is teaching. No matter how I feel I go to "session". I may not have the slightest clue of what is going on, or what he says, but I go, and listen and stay present to the best of my ability, because I know there is an energetic transmission happening. Call it healing, resurrection, it doesn't matter. It is light, and miracles are happening and seen in light. That helps my healing and awakening. That is my way of asking for help. I expose myself to the light.

In a way I am re-phrasing the idea, on which you quoted me ("...no Master and no one can do anything for anyone if one does not ask for it. We have to ask for help all the time, because we need it"). The presence of a master is like a catalyst. It means a speeding up of your process. A real master, to me, also does not shy away from confronting you, when you are stuck, or from telling you what you don't want to hear. He has to, because he has to teach the truth, and won't let you die. In that sense my participation in what is offered at Endeavor Academy is like an incubator. I am getting cooked, presented with situations that are bringing me to the point where I really ask for help. The clearer I am about the situation I find myself in, the more openly I will ask for help, and the more immediately I will get help.

It is always just me. I am dreaming this world. As long as I like to be here, I will find a reason to be here. When I realize I don't want it anymore, I leave. It is incredibly simple, when I see that it is just me in my mind. How simple is forgiveness! I ask for help to forgive myself for my mistakes, for my illusions about myself.

January 4, 2008

The Daily Lessons Of A Course In Miracles

Greetings to you, dear Reader... I welcome you to join me in this new year to practice the workbook lessons of A Course In Miracles on a daily basis. One lesson a day. That is all it takes for you to undergo a real shift to a broader view of yourself in this universe, a real experience of peace, happiness and, most of all, freedom from bondage of any kind. It is very simple, because you will be dealing with your own mind, your own thoughts.

There is no other tool like A Course In Miracles. There simply isn't. Simply because it trains you to use the most powerful means for change there is. That is what? It is the miracle, and obviously, A Course In Miracles is a miracle in itself. No human being could have put this text together, and come up with lessons of such brilliance and insight into how your mind works. Thank God, a miracle does not need you to understand it, or to know how to bring it about for it to work.

That is not to say that the ideas and principles of A Course In Miracles are always easy to swallow. Some of them you may want to resist till the end. This does not matter, or reduce their efficacy. Your mind training requires only your willingness, based upon your desire for a new kind of experience. The experiences of the mind training are very individual. No one can tell how it will be. Remember, training your mind means that you will inevitably look at the blocks to your awareness of the presence of love which is your natural inheritance. Love, happiness is what you are. You do not need to "create" or protect it. You have to be who you are, find yourself in your Self. The mind training is an undoing. You will, till the end, always come back to that same moment of separation from your Self, from God and the Universe, to stand there, and let yourself be undone, in a new light and solution for what seems unsolvable from the perspective of that dark and fearful moment.

Indeed, you will be looking straight at what is causing you to experience pain and misery, which is also what is causing apparent others to experience pain and misery. You don't have to accept or believe any of the ideas of the Course for them to work, and help you to find truly a new happiness and freedom. You don't have to know or believe that you are causing all of the pain and suffering in this world to practice the simple lessons of the Course. It is due to the nature of the human condition of fear and lack of love, that this Course will lead you directly into fear. But you won't be left there. The Course In Miracles is the escape from fear and conflict. Nor will you be asked to accept anything about yourself except your own perfect innocence and eternal freedom.

The lessons are perfectly designed for you to learn to let go of any demand and idea of what seems to distract you from looking within at your own mind and heart, and finding what you were always looking for, but did not find in the ever shifting patterns of this world. What will you discover there? Training you mind to think along the principles of the Course will restore you to your own eternal Self and power. "Each small step will clear a little of the darkness away, and understanding will finally come to lighten every corner of the mind that has been cleared of the debris that darkens it." (ACIM, Workbook Lesson 8)

One lessons leads to the next, and each one helps you to open for the possibility of an entirely different world. If you knew you are hallucinating every detail of this world, you would not wait an instant to ask for help and let it be changed and healed. So, if that is what you really want, what are you waiting for? Do the lessons of A Course In Miracles. They really work.

Please, in your mind training look up also the blogs of Tanja, The Light Has Come, who writes beautifully from her own experience with the lessons of the Course, and of Lisa, who made it her resolution for this year, to post daily in Gorgeous For God about the lessons of the Course. See the Miracles Network for the latest videos by The Master Teacher of A Course In Miracles.

Great news is also that Marianne Williamson offers a daily radio practice on Oprah & Friends Radio to do the lessons of the Course.

God bless us.