January 29, 2009

Playing - Five Questions by Danielle

I am playing an interview game. You can play, too. You'll find the rules below.
Danielle LaPorte, author of the refreshing white hot truth, gave me among twenty others who replied to her interview answers, five questions to look at myself. All interview is innerview, isn't it? Thank you for your time and spirit, Danielle.

1. What feeling are you usually trying to create for yourself?

Like everyone else I want to be happy, too often choosing means that guarantee exactly the opposite. As a teacher of A Course In Miracles I am committed to uncover my pursuits of insane ideas to let them be healed. What I experience in this endeavor shows me that I don't know what will make me happy in any given moment. I want to be happy, but don't know how to "create" that feeling except to let go of whatever I think will make me happy. I can only be happy. I consider the lilies of the field and decide for happiness, till I forget and need to remember again that my function is happiness. God created me to be happy as He is.

2. What teaching from the Course In Miracles was most effectual for you?

Oh my, single out one, when they all point to the same thing. What helps me at any given time changes. However, from the beginning I loved the idea that God does not know of this existence, meaning that I am doing it but to myself. Jesus tells me that I am not a body and need not suffer anything. I love the idea that I am seeing only the past. But to answer your question I would have to say that asking for help, asking for a miracle to change my mind, helped me the most. We have to ask for help.

3. What's your guilty pleasure?

Thinking of a "guilty pleasure", my mind still goes to sex immediately. But more and more I come to realize that sex is actually no pleasure. It never was for me. I thought it was, but I was taught wrong. So what is my guilty pleasure? My thoughts and judgments about others? I love to surf and read on the Internet, and often do get lost with it for which I then feel guilty when I stay up late or "waste" a beautiful day, forgetting that I am doing exactly what I want to do. Another thing is driving fast on the highway. In my adolescence I was vehemently opposed to driving a car, especially a heavy and fast one. I don't have one, but I would love it.

4. What 3 books rocked your world?

Well, there are A Course In Miracles, the writings by Master Teacher and the Bible. At university I devoured Norbert Elias.

5. Milk chocolate or dark?

I share your love for milk chocolate. But it needs to have some nuts. Hazelnuts.

I loved your short and pithy answers on your post. Thank you, Danielle.

The interview rules:

* leave me a comment saying: "interview me"
* all comments will be published
* I will e-mail you five questions of my choice
* you can then answer the questions on your blog {with a link back to my blog}
* you should also post these rules, along with an offer to interview anyone else who e-mails you wanting to be interviewed
* anyone who asks to be interviewed should be sent 5 questions to answer on their blog
* it would be nice if the questions were individualized for each blogger

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January 21, 2009

"Wholly Worthy of Forgiveness"

Everyone practicing A Course In Miracles knows this; we have our favorite lessons, sections, chapters, and we refer to them more than to other parts of the Course. But then, when everything seems to fail to help us find back peace and joy, and we are willing to sit for a moment to let the miracle occur, anything can come to mind to help and guide us to the dawn of light in us.

dawning of the light
The other day I reached, or better admitted to and expressed a point of hopelessness and futility for which I really needed a solution, because it was just too painful to ignore it and waste any more time on it. I shared it, admitted defeat and failure, and really did not know what to do. Nothing new, it was just more obvious at that time. So I sat in that, joining the one I had a grievance with in prayer and the desire for change. This line occurred to me: "regard one brother as wholly worthy of forgiveness." I remembered the Golden Rule, admitting that I need to give/offer forgiveness, because that is what I want for myself. I focused on the idea of "wholly worthy of forgiveness" and asked or was willing that my brother be wholly forgiven. I can't do it, but it can be done. It can and will be done by the Holy Spirit the moment I invite him and let him do it. That is so true. It was done. There was the light again. Tears rolled down my cheeks, I started to laugh and experienced communication again. My grievance was undone. Thank God. How easy it is, if I be willing.

Here is the context for the line that came to mind. I love it. My concept of myself seemed real and inescapable. Wrong. All my investment in it - misplaced. Desire something else, and you can be sure it will be given you.

"You cannot give yourself your innocence, for you are too confused about yourself. But should one brother dawn upon your sight as wholly worthy of forgiveness, then your concept of yourself is wholly changed. Your "evil" thoughts have been forgiven with his, because you let them all affect you not. No longer do you choose that you should be the sign of evil and of guilt in him. And as you give your trust to what is good in him, you give it to the good in you.

In terms of concepts, it is thus you see him more than just a body, for the good is never what the body seems to be. The actions of the body are perceived as coming from the "baser" part of you, and thus of him as well. By focusing upon the good in him, the body grows decreasingly persistent in your sight, and will at length be seen as little more than just a shadow circling round the good. And this will be your concept of yourself, when you have reached the world beyond the sight your eyes alone can offer you to see. For you will not interpret what you see without the Aid That God has given you. And in His sight there is another world.

You live in that world just as much as this. For both are concepts of yourself, which can be interchanged but never jointly held. The contrast is far greater than you think, for you will love this concept of yourself, because it was not made for you alone. Born as a gift for someone not perceived to be yourself, it has been given you. For your forgiveness, offered unto him, has been accepted now for both of you."
(A Course In Miracles, Chapter 31.VII)

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January 4, 2009

Free from All Past Associations

Today's lesson of A Course In Miracles, "I do not understand anything I see", is a great lesson of undoing our false perceptions and concepts regardless of how we may feel about them. They are all meaningless because reality has nothing to do with them. Reality does not need to be understood. Reality does not need our definition to be what it is. There is nothing to understand. There is nothing hidden. Reality is perfectly clear and open, but it cannot be understood. It can only be known. Yet what are we doing in our minds? We judge. We define everything. In other words, we give everything all the meaning it has for us, and we suffer from the delusion that we understand what we think and see and do.

The meaning we give all things is not true, because we are not thinking with the mind of God Who is the only Source of reality and truth. Justifying what we think things are will not solve our problem. What is our problem? We don't know ourselves.

We don't know the only thing that can be known. We don't know the very thing we are and by which we live. That is impossible and clearly the case of our insanity. Yet normally as humans we do not doubt our situation. Our situation is not based on one true idea. That is why we are given lessons to undo our situations and identity. We train our minds to no longer give meaning where there is none. We train our minds to overlook any appearance and experience of separation. As a result of that we wake up and experience a different world and self. We see Christ and God in everything, no longer to be subject to meaningless and past thoughts. That is a very different experience.

Anything we see is a proper subject for our application of today's lesson. Questioning the suitability of anything for application of the idea is really just our need to be faithful to our own mistaken thoughts and ideas. It is very clear to me that the Course is either totally true or not at all. Truth is true, and nothing else is true. While we can and must not deny our emotions - we are emotionally involved - we cannot let ourselves be deceived by any "emotionally-charged meaning" things may have for us. We have to put such feelings aside and use them as everything else. That is easy if we want to. It is easy when we include everything in with our practice. Only that will set us free. In our judgments we become the jailer of things, and no jailer is exempt from what he does. We practice to be free from our own past associations and let things be what they are. They don't need our thoughts about them.

"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." (A Course In Miracles, Workbook Lesson 3)

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