February 17, 2009

"On a Clear Day"

Again and again we get to see that the message and promise of A Course In Miracles was always known to man. It was and is expressed in the arts, science, and everyday life throughout time, but it still takes one to see and hear it expressed.

For a trained mind that is only natural. In the video On A Clear Day Master Teacher did years ago as part of the Mind Training Series, he uses the song that goes by the same title to show what A Course In Miracles is. Though a great song, someone might not see much meaning in it. But a mind that is changed through miraculous intervention literally thinks differently, and it shows in everything it does. As an expression of a complete healing and transformation Master could not not use everything to teach the message of A Course In Miracles. He surprised with a revelation of new associations and meaning in the most ordinary things. Just as the Course says, "Miracles are natural. When they do not occur something has gone wrong." That is how a trained mind experiences his own reality, seeing God in everything.

On a clear and warm day the ice of the frozen Wisconsin River breaks and melts, but to a still mind everything opens up and gets transparent to see through, forever. Master Teacher expressed it as a translation of space to time.

The song “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” contains everything that you would ever have to know in regard to who you are. Everything that is an indication of a holy instant that’s possible for you to share will be a part of this. If I were just meeting you right now for the first time, I would say, “Would you like to sit and listen with me to a song that is going to offer us a solution to this incredible problem of who we are that we’re experiencing?” Listen.

“On a clear day you can see forever.” An association in time that is ready to orchestrate this lyric is ready to awaken, because the lyric says, “On a clear day you can, on a clear space you can see time. On a clear day you can see forever.” The capacity of your mind (and I’m teaching again here) to translate space to time should begin to amaze you. You take it for granted that you could understand, “On a clear day I can see forever.” No, it’s not really what you said. You didn’t say you could see a great distance. You said you could see forever. You could see eternity.

“You’ll be part of every mountain, sea and shore” is the entire reference of the teaching. “You can hear from far and near a world you’ve never heard before.” I don’t know what you think that lyric is. Obviously it’s the whole Workbook of A Course in Miracles. If I didn’t have the Course in Miracles, I’m liable to come and sit with you and say, “Sing this with me,” or “Talk to me about this,” because this is a direction that’s being offered you that you could actually take.

I’ll try it. “On a clear day rise and look around you.” That got us up to Lesson Number 7. “On a clear day I’m determined to see.” “Today I’m going to rise and look around me.” “And you will see who you are.” It doesn’t say you’re going to discover something out there. What does it say? It says you’re going to see who you are. Who are you? The only living Son of God, cast into a dream for just a moment from which you are now awakening.

“On a clear day how it will astound you.” The amazing experience that I’m sharing with you right now is astounding you. Isn’t it? Are you being astounded by the revealing of what’s suddenly happening to you? “On a clear day how it will astound you.” Are you ready for this next sentence? Who? Yes. Barbra Streisand. Yes, I’m aware of that. Barbra is a very old, dear friend of all of us. You guys are really something.

“On a clear day how it will astound you that the glow of your being outshines every star,” that the essence of the brilliance of your mind in association with the Creative Reality outshines a little twinkling of stars that you heretofore had given all sorts of light associations. “You feel part of every mountain, sea and shore. You can hear from far and near a world you’ve never heard before. On a clear, on that clear day, you can see forever and ever more.”

So I hope you’re happy to hear that God, Eternal Life, doesn’t know anything about the little dream of death that you’ve been having in your own mind. If you’ll let me, I intend to show you an alternative.

You can order videos by Master Teacher at the Miracles Communication Center. "One A Clear Day", however, is available only on VHS on special request.

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February 7, 2009

The Beautiful Poetry of A Course In Miracles

The poetry of A Course In Miracles always fascinates for its perfection. I love how much thought and precision is expressed and given in the text which is published as prose, but both in the Textbook as well as in the Workbook gradually changes to poetry using the form of blank verse. The form and structure of that shift is astounding, if you really look at it. My friend Ray Comeau wrote more about that. See his post, Prose and Poetry of A Course In Miracles.

This aspect of the Course does show the divine origin of this masterpiece. As Steve Russel put it,
"The magnitude and beauty of the Course, simply as a work of literature and without regard to its miraculous content, adequately belie any notion of its human authorship. To those who wonder why Jesus chose to use this form, I can only say that it is clear from the content of A Course In Miracles that healing is its only purpose, and so this poetry must also serve that purpose."

Here is one example of blank verse in the Course, mainly using the structure of iambic pentameter:

"The state of sinlessness is merely this:
The whole desire to attack is gone,
and so there is no reason to perceive
the Son of God as other than he is.
The need for guilt is gone because it has
no purpose, and is meaningless without
the goal of sin. Attack and sin are bound
as one illusion, each the cause and aim
and justifier of the other. Each
is meaningless alone, but seems to draw
a meaning from the other. Each depends
upon the other for whatever sense
it seems to have. And no one could believe
in one unless the other were the truth,
for each attests the other must be true.
Attack makes Christ your enemy, and God
along with Him. Must you not be afraid
with "enemies" like these? And must you not
be fearful of yourself? For you have hurt
yourself, and made your Self your "enemy."
And now you must believe you are not you,
but something alien to yourself
and "something else,"
a "something" to be feared instead of loved.
Who would attack whatever he perceives
as wholly innocent? And who, because
he wishes to attack, can fail to think
he must be guilty to maintain the wish,
while wanting innocence?
For who could see the Son of God
as innocent and wish him dead?
Christ stands before you,
each time you look upon your brother.
He has not gone because your eyes are
(ACIM, Chapter 25.V)

Christ "has not gone because my eyes are closed." I love that.

Finally - the reason why I wrote this post - I want you to meet my friend Ray introducing you to the beautiful poetry of the Course much better than I can do.

Please comment, rate and share The Sheer Poetry Of A Course In Miracles - Ray Comeau on YouTube. Thank you.

Ray Comeau also appears in the documentary film A Course In Miracles Unleashed.

Do you know the Course to be from Jesus Christ?
Does the poetry of A Course In Miracles speak to you of its divine origin?
What is your favorite poetic passage in the Course?

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