We cannot find peace if we continue to remember and replay hurtful events from the past. Are you happy being stuck on automatic thinking about an old event? Are you replaying blame, pain and guilt? Was it their fault or yours? If it was your fault you feel guilty. If it was theirs, you feel victimized. Neither are happy making!
What part of your mind is doing the replaying? Ask Yourself: Do I want peace and joy rather than guilt or victimhood?
If the answer is YES, then decided to STOP replaying the past!
HOW? It is up to you……yes YOU! You are doing the replaying yourself!
You could choose to look at it another way.
Say: “OK – I’ll look at this another way for the sake of my own peace.”
Begin to think of the people involved (or the situation) and realize that you are denying them peace and joy (that is their right under the equal laws of God) AND you are ALSO denying peace and joy to yourself.
WOW: If you hold a grievance against someone….it is held in your MIND! You are trapped in the grievance with them. Are you happy? You are trapping your light and joy!
Think of the people involved a little while and tell them in your mind:
* “My brother/sister/: peace and joy I offer you,
That I may have God’s peace and joy as mine.”
We don’t think that just because we have denied peace and joy to someone that we are in effect really denying peace to our Self. If you hold hate or a grudge in your mind, you are the one doing the HOLDING, so you are the effect of your own suffering! Do you like how you feel?
Do you think your brother is suffering? We don’t know but we know you are.
Would you rather say to that brother?
My brother/sister/myself: misery and suffering I offer you
That I may have the ego’s misery and suffering as mine.
Which version do you choose? If the word God bothers you, take it out. God won’t care. That mystery which is love, never condemns. It doesn’t know how to. Make a copy of the pledge and paste it around the house. Take yourself on as a student and train yourself to accept that peace and joy is your inheritance and that you are worth it.
* The quote is from A Course In Miracles, Workbook lesson 105 God’s Peace and Joy are Mine. Visit www.acim.org go The Workbook lessons and then click the lesson selector. You can also click “hear” and listen to the entire lesson and close your eyes. Choose peace!
Hint: When you give you also receive!
In the fox holes of life: ‘I Am There.’
Easter and Passover join hands this year! Passover and Good Friday on March 30 and Easter April 1. Jesus always takes center stage for Easter. For years I had problems with the concept of Jesus until I started studying the spiritual psychological non- dual metaphysical book, ‘A Course In Miracles.’ Maybe since he was proclaimed the CHOOSEN one i.e. the favorite son of God, it made me wonder about the rest of us. Did he (God) care about me or anyone else for that matter? I decided probably not. But Jesus in the Course tells the scribe, Helen Schucman, that yes, he is a Son of God but so are you and I. He is not special. We are equals and all equally loved!
“The miracle is a sign of love among equals. Equals should not be in awe of one another because awe implies inequality. It is therefore an inappropriate reaction to me. An elder brother is entitled to respect for his greater experience, and obedience for his greater wisdom. There is nothing about me that you cannot attain. I have nothing that does not come from God. The difference between us now is that I have nothing else. This leaves me in a state which is only potential in you.” T.1.II.3.4-12.
He also says that we do need help and He and the Holy Spirit are here for us.
“I go before you because I am beyond the ego. Reach, therefore, for my hand because you want to transcend the ego. My strength will never be wanting, and if you choose to share it you will do so.” T. 8.V.6 7-9.
Hold out your hand i.e. your mind and he is there. Yes, He is the Christ but so are you and I and everyone, whether we accept it or not.
Another wonderful thing about the Course is that since Jesus’s Mind joined with Helen’s we know he is not dead! He tells us throughout the Course that there is no death. He did not die on the cross! His body did but HE did NOT!
I have come to believe that Jesus is really REAL! Not in the bodily sense but within the fox holes of life where faith holds our hand and trust, the light. God does not need us but we need to know, that HIS love and grace are always here with us – Within.
Recently I learned about the mystical poem ‘I am There’ by James Dillet Freeman. He is sometimes known as “the poet laureate of the moon” because two of his poems are on the moon. ‘I Am There’ was taken by Astronaut, James B. Irwin in 1971 and ‘Prayer for Protection’ by Lunar Commander ‘Buzz’ Aldrin in July 1969. Here are the poems of assurance and a blessed Passover and Easter to all.
I am There
Do you need Me?
I am there.
You cannot see Me, yet I am the light you see by.
You cannot hear Me, yet I speak through your voice.
You cannot feel Me, yet I am the power at work in your hands.
I am at work, though you do not understand My ways.
I am at work, though you do not recognize My works.
I am not strange visions. I am not mysteries.
Only in absolute stillness, beyond self, can you know Me as I am, and then but as a feeling and a faith.
Yet I am there. Yet I hear. Yet I answer.
When you need Me, I am there.
Even if you deny Me, I am there.
Even when you feel most alone, I am there.
Even in your fears, I am there.
Even in your pain, I am there.
I am there when you pray and when you do not pray.
I am in you, and you are in Me.
Only in your mind can you feel separate from Me, for only in your mind are the mists of “yours” and “mine.”
Yet only with your mind can you know Me and experience Me.
Empty your heart of empty fears.
When you get yourself out of the way, I am there.
You can of yourself do nothing, but I can do all.
And I am in all.
Though you may not see the good, good is there, for I am there.
I am there because I have to be, because I am.
Only in Me does the world have meaning; only out of Me does the world take form; only because of Me does the world go forward.
I am the law on which the movement of the stars and the growth of living cells are founded.
I am the love that is the law’s fulfilling. I am assurance. I am peace. I am oneness. I am the law that you can live by. I am the love that you can cling to. I am your assurance. I am your peace. I am one with you. I am.
Though you fail to find Me, I do not fail you.
Though your faith in Me is unsure, My faith in you never wavers, because I know you, because I love you.
Beloved, I am there.
The Prayer of Protection
The light of God surrounds us;
The love of God enfolds us;
The power of God protects us;
The presence of God watches over us;
Wherever we are, God is!
Learn more about the history and mystery of ‘I am There’ by James Dillet Freeman at http://www.unity.com.
The Course in Miracles tells us that the memory of God comes to the quiet mind. Is your mind quiet? Do you want it quiet? If so, then why isn’t it?
This is an age old question but the answer is simple: We can’t have a quiet mind if we are judging people. Judging is the ego’s primary goal and it keeps us in separation and guilt. We cannot enter God’s Presence alone. We need to take along our “brother” (the brother we are judging) which means the ACCEPTANCE of Him/Her/Them i.e. everyone.
We are judging people if we cannot accept them as Holy and therefore we are outside of holiness as well.
Look at the judgments and above all – do not judge yourself for making them or the ego has you by the throat. When you judge yourself (good or bad) you are making the error (the ego and the body) real. When we hang onto the hate, grievance, upset we are keeping it, the ego’s hate ALIVE!
But we have a purpose in keeping the grievance ALIVE?
When we see the other person, in our dream as separate and split off, they serve as scapegoats for the part of our self we do not want to accept or recognize.
If you don’t see others as holy…..you are not holy.
Judgment is purposive. It keeps us unholy and bound to guilt. If we were holy we would be One with God, with Love and we would disappear. Our individuality would be zero. We are afraid of Love. We want to stay unholy, keep the ego and our judgments in order to stay in the world and be FAR away from God….away from Love.
Freedom lies in looking at the hate with Jesus/Holy Spirit beside us. This is a Course in attaining the light by looking at the darkness. We expose the darkness by taking gentle steps. Look at it and going to the quiet center with Holy Spirit say
“I see this anger/hate/fear/grievance, but I don’t want it anymore. It is keeping me away from peace, from God and from Love. Help me see it differently. Help me recognize it is a projection, it is not real, this is a dream and a script I chose to experience when I * separated from God.”
Peace is attained by each one of us looking and undoing the hatred in ourselves. Self-hatred creates guilt and guilt protects us from love. Joy is finally recognizing you are FORGIVEN and all GUILT is GONE!
* We NEVER left God. We just think we did when we chose the ego!
Reference: A Course In Miracles – Chapter 11. God or the Ego, Section III. From Darkness to Light.page 198.
As students of A Course In Miracles we are asked to consider our True Identity.
We are born into a body, in a particular family of certain circumstances but seeking the answer to the age old question: Who am I? We learn (gradually) we are NOT who we THINK we are!
The Course tells us we are Spirit and little by little we come to understand that YES, that is true, our (eternal) spirit does reside in our body for now but the time will come when we will leave the body, thank it for its service and move on. We are really caretakers (or not) of our soul that is currently inhabiting this body!
The more and more we REMEMBER we are in fact SPIRIT, the more peace we will have. When the body has a problem, which it will, it is a chance to say: NOPE – NOT ME!
Of course we take care and “fix” the body and do whatever we can to stay in the world and learn lessons that are sure to come. A elderly friend became sick recently and the sickness was such that she decided NOT to “fix” her body! That was courageous but I know the time will come when I will make that same decision. I will know what’s right when that time comes and I will leave knowing I did the right thing.
Workbook lesson 199. I am not a body. I am free, is a wonderful lesson to explore the feelings of not being the body. You can go to http://www.acim.org and click on lessons and then close your eyes and listen quietly to let it sink in.
Remember, you are a decision making Mind! You have the power to choose! You have two choices: Love or Fear. You can listen to the ego’s fear or listen to the Holy Spirit’s grace and faith.
Isn’t it great to know you have a CHOICE! That is why you are not a victim.
http://www.facim.org – Lesson 199: “I am not a body. I am free. I hear the Voice That God has given me, and it is only This my mind obeys.”
“The mind of an enlightened human being is flexible and adaptable. The mind of an ignorant person is conditioned and fixed.” Ajhan Sumedho, ‘Don’t take your life seriously’, Buddhist Publishing Group
As a student of non-duality, a friend recently loaned me the above book. Ajahn Sumedho. Ajahn, (“teacher” in Pali) was born Robert Karr Jackman, July 27, 1934, in Seattle. He is the senior Western representative of the Thai forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism. A bhikkhu since 1967, Sumedho is considered a seminal figure in the transmission of the Buddha’s teachings to the West. During the Korean War he served for four years from the age of 18 as a United States navy medic. He graduated in 1963 with an MA in South Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Per Wikepedia
A Course In Miracles has many similarities with Buddhism and the one that stands out from all others is our judgment of ourselves and others. I don’t know about you but I’ve been fixated on politics, our nation and world conditions since the January changes in government. Chaos and change happens in our lives and that creates nervousness and anxiety, the opposing poles of inner peace. Ajahn says the world is: “just the way it is!” Accept! We are not at peace when we judge anyone; feel superior or inferior to others.” As Babies we were not born with a self-view. That is developed over our lifetime. We therefore become a “created concept” and we suffer and seek answers to the suffering.
Whatever our self-concepts are we are not that! When we choose, we can acknowledge innate pure consciousness to receive wisdom. Wisdom operates through the marriage of awareness joining with consciousness. Suffering is the theme in The Four Noble truths. Judgment is suffering. As we become aware of pure consciousness, judgments shift and soften: “so it is” or “like this” to pure subjectivity. The ego personality says: “I like this or I don’t like that.” It is my choice then, should I get caught up in the annoyance, suppress it or try to change it? I know I want my way but can I be assured that will bring me peace? Until I can accept the world is just ‘like it is’ and ‘what is just – is’, I am the one choosing to suffer. Buddha called it Dukkha.
When you say: “I AM pure consciousness uncreated” your mind is at rest. Say it slowly with eyes closed. Say it slowly with eyes open. Pure consciousness does not have a sex, nationality or a world view. It means, I AM – not a permanent body; rather I am eternal, consciousness. Consciousness is behind awareness and when melded spark an awakening experience, like the Buddha, or Christ .
Contrast this with the impermanent, unsatisfactory “not self” that we think we are. The idea of “me and mine” created out of ignorance and separation from pure consciousness. The personality and life circumstances always change. You don’t stay the same person as the ego personality is reactive. Old age is another seeming failure but pure consciousness does not age. Awareness transcends the conditioned ego state. If we continue to give our allegiance and beliefs to the ego rather than to our natural pure awareness, we will suffer – until we tire of it. We can see seek refuge in awareness and pure consciousness.
As we look at national and world conditions, be aware and say: ‘so it is.’ The Course calls it our script. It just is and we can view it through the ego i.e. suffering or Awareness i.e the Holy Spirit. Consciousness is stainless, it cannot be contaminated. I am reminded of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, working for peace yet staying in pure consciousness throughout the tumult of his life and Jesus who assures us we are “As God Created Us” and not the thing or ego we created.
Perhaps we will become enlightened as insanity propels us to approach pure consciousness; non-attachment vs pure hell. The Holy Spirit within that is the alternative voice to the ego.
As the months and years unfold, our mindful practice, whether with Buddhism or A Couse In Miracles workbook lessons, will guide us to the wisdom and peace available at the center of our One luminous being.
See A Course In Miracles Workbook Lesson 45. God is the Mind with which I think
I have been listening to a CD series of Dr. Ken Wapnick called: The Experience of A Course In Miracles, A Commentary on the section: “Development of Trust.” This 10 CD series covers the development of trust and the six stages a student goes through while on the path set forth by the Course.
All of the ten characteristics of God’s teachers rest on Trust which is the first. The other nine are: Honesty; Tolerance; Gentleness; Joy; Defenselessness; Generosity; Patience; Faithfulness and Open Mindedness. I am sharing the below notes because it is a powerful look at the dynamic of why we “LOVE to hate! (You can purchase the CD series at http://www.facim.org)
Notes from Ken Wapnick, Ph.D. – Development of Trust CD 2.4
“Love makes no comparisons. Love is perfect Oneness. In Heaven there is no duality – no comparing – no judgment. In Heaven there is only ONE – not even God and Christ are separate and that One knows nothing else. God does not know we are here. God does not know of illusions – if He did it would make it true. No Duality – only One. (For those who are put off by the term “God” just think Love because no one knows what the mystery of God could be.)
In this world however, we have the ego’s distortion of love which in the Course is called “Special Love.” Here, in the world of duality, everything is based upon comparisons. You have something that I lack and therefore what I lack is what I want – so I set out to get it from you. We make special relationships very interesting in all the ingenious ways we go about getting or stealing from others what we think we need for our own salvation.
This works both in the forms of special love and special hate. Special hate is when what you have, that I lack, which is innocence, I then feel sinful because I believe I’m a sinner (and I compare you to me) therefore what I do is I project my sin onto you thereby making you the sinner, and thereby making you worthy of my hate!
That’s why we all love to hate in our world. I hate you because if I make you are the repository of sin, then I am innocent because in the ego thought system it is always one or the other. (So when I hate someone that makes him the sinner and therefore I am innocent….. per the ego. This is why we “love” to hate. We get rid of our guilt nice and neatly. I’ve always wondered why it is we “love” to hate – especially those of another political party, or someone who is richer, prettier, more talented, etc. Find an example in your own life to understand the projection/psychology behind it but don’t feel guilty about it just look at what your ego does to keep love away!)
Everything in this world is based upon comparisons. It is impossible to avoid this. Perception is all about comparisons and judgments. You couldn’t see otherwise. When we perceive something we’ve already make the judgment that it is important and everything else is unimportant.
The Right minded use of comparisons is to evaluate the difference between the ego’s thought system and the Holy Spirits. What is the ego’s thought system is all about is judgment and separation. When we catch the ego’s tricks we understand what it is up to. We see it is false and it is all made up. Our resistance in looking is what makes this so difficult.”
I recommend going to the book: A Course In Miracles; see the Manual for Teachers towards the back of the book; and see # 4. What are the Characteristics of God’s Teachers, I. Trust. and A. Development of Trust.
The Elusiveness of Peace and Joy!
Do you want peace and joy? Of course you do. As least you think you do until you have a judgment or an upset that you won’t let go of. You are sure something was done to you and you are right and the offending party should go to hell. Or places like that. OK – maybe you are right but do you want peace and joy? You can’t have it if you want someone to go to hell or hold onto an upset that you will not consider in another way.
I know someone who is holding onto a grievance. He was actually attacked, pushed up against a fence and would have been hit if someone had not interfered. Why did the perpetrator assault him? He had responded to an insult with his own insult and that angered the attacker and so he took matters into his hands, literally. Who started it? It doesn’t matter. What matters is how we now find the peace that eluded us the first moment we reacted. That will be the subject of another article and an important one for now, let’s look at where we find ourselves and how can we choose another way back to the peace we want.
We have not found peace by remembering and replaying the event because we are stuck in our belief system and we are sure we are in the right. But are you happy being in the right? Would you rather be right or happy? Now when we see that person or think of them we are unhappy. Ask yourself: Do I want peace and joy?
If the answer is YES, then decided to STOP the set belief in your mind (just for a moment) and choose another way to look at this? Say: “OK – I’ll look at this another way for the sake of my own peace.”
*“Begin to think of that (person) brother who has been denied by YOU the peace and joy that is his right under the equal laws of God. You have denied them to yourself and now you claim them as your own. Think of this brother a little while and tell him in your mind:
My brother peace and joy I offer you,
That I may have God’s peace and joy as mine.”
We don’t think that just because we have denied peace and joy someone else that in so doing we are in effect really denying them to our self. If you hold hate or a grudge in your mind, you are the one HOLDING the hate and the grudge in yourself. You are the sufferer. Do you think your brother is suffering? We don’t know but we do know you are.
Would you rather say to that brother?
My brother, misery and suffering I offer you
That I may have the ego’s misery and suffering as mine.
Which version do you choose? If the word God bothers you, take it out. God won’t care. That mystery is love and love never condemns. It doesn’t know how to. Make a copy of the pledge and paste it around the house. Take yourself on as a student and train yourself to accept that peace and joy is your inheritance and that you are worth it.
* This quote comes from the spiritual book, A Course In Miracles, Workbook lesson 105 God’s Peace and Joy are Mine. Visit www.acim.org go The Workbook lessons and then when the lesson comes up, click on “hear” and listen to the entire lesson and close your eyes. Choose peace!
Hint: When you give you also receive!
You are a decision making mind! Right?!
However, you are a decision making mind that has decided it is NOT a decision making mind! At least not all the time and here is why.
IN our world of illusion we have a split mind: the ego and the right mind which the Course calls the part of the mind we use to access the Holy Spirit, Jesus, the Love within. Observe your mind when it is on automatic. There are thoughts of worry, envy, judgments, fear, and also thoughts of appreciation, a friend, a loved one, clouds or spring flowers, raspberries, chocolate, or coffee. Understand that there are various categories of ideas, thoughts running helter skelter, hither and yon and where are you? If you are following your ego lock, stock and barrel you are not using the right mind. You are off course! The Course in Miracles, tells us our egoic thoughts are not out real thoughts. Our real thoughts are the thoughts we share with God, with love. It also says the memory of God comes to the quiet mind.
The Course In Miracles has a workbook of 365 lessons, one per day, that trains us to see through the veil and reclaim our decision making mind. That process helps us learns to make the choice between the ego and the right mind. It is a journey without distance. You don’t need to travel to see a guru or take a workshop but you will be led by a quiet voice of love within. The journey is inner, it is between your Self and the Love within that will hold your hand the entire time and for all time. Take the journey with the intention and determination that you are doing something very Holy. It is truly a mind training and life changing journey and you will succeed.
Take the journey to your real home. Start at lesson number 1 and read one every day no matter if you understand it or not. Keep going!
When you get to lesson 35 you will read: “My mind is part of God’s I am very Holy.”
Keep going – your decision making mind is in charge! You are on your way HOME to the true Self!
www.acim.org – look at the lessons and the text
www.miraclecenter.org – find a study group in your area.
www.facim.org – lots of wonderful books by Dr. Ken Wapnick
The Metaphysical/Spiritual book called A Course In Miracles contains a workbook that offers a lesson for each day. The lessons are offered online so you do not have to buy the book to get started. http://www.acim.org – see directions below.
You can start the lessons anytime you want but be sure to start at lesson #1, as they follow a mind training process that is powerful and helps us see through the world and the illusions that make us sad, angry, depressed, anxious, happy at times, sadness over death, destruction, injustice and more. I believe the Course has brought many back from the brink hopelessness because it did for me.
Would you like to forgive the world? It may not seem that you need to but the world has a way of showing us what we dislike as well as what we like. The world is dualistic. It contains the opposites that we then judge as good or bad! We gradually give the world up by forgiving seeing it for what it is and in doing so we become the Light that is our true identity!
Today, March 16th is the 75th day of the year and today’s Lesson 75. The Light Has Come.
The lessons can be read online and they have been recorded so you have the option of sitting back and listen to the lesson being read to you!
“The Light Has Come.”
Go to http://www.acim.org
click on Online Lessons
click on Workbook table of Contents and
Choose 75! Enjoy being in the Light! Listen to a lesson any time you want!
If we are 100% responsible not for WHAT we see but the WAY we see it we are withdrawing our projections and living the examined life that the Course In Miracle’s is encouraging us to do.
His Holiness The Dalai Lama has said on occasion that we will not have peace in the world until we have inner peace. Many spiritual paths help us become aware of the duality of the split mind containing opposite thoughts of love or fear. The thoughts of the false self, the ego is not who we are but it runs the world and our lives until we begin to awaken and learn to see it for what it is.
On that note, I awoke one morning recently with the following thought: “Our 45th President is operating from his personality, the false self. This false self, a mask is not the reality of his true identity. He is not that any more than my false self is who I am.” It was an “Ahh ha” moment because I’ve been aware that I certainly lose my peace when I watch him on TV or read the newspapers.
To delve further, it is our thoughts and judgments that determine whether we have the inner peace about which both the Course and his Holiness speaks. We can believe the thoughts or not, that is our choice. Judgmental thoughts come from our perceptions and then are projected ‘out’ and seen in someone else rather than accepted in myself. It’s called projection.
Some history per Wikipedia: “Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is habitually rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude. It incorporates blame shifting. In 1841, Ludwig Feuerbach was the first enlightenment thinker to employ this concept. The Babylon Talmud (500 CE) notes the human tendency toward projection and warns against it: “Do not taunt your neighbor with the blemish you yourself have.” The term “Projection” was conceptualized by Freud. He considered that, in projection, thoughts, motivations, desires, and feelings that cannot be accepted as one’s own are dealt with by being placed in the outside world and attributed to someone else. What the ego repudiates is split off and placed in another.”
To gain peace we gradually understand the projections we have placed on others by looking inward to see the “offense” is within. As Course students we honestly look and we recognize aspects of similarities if not in the exact form but similar in content. We thus, awaken because we look and gradually this is the way we undo the ego! It is not always easy to do because we prefer denial. But we accept and doing so we in effect forgive ourselves plus the one we are projecting onto. We are the same! We have looked at and withdrawn the projection. We changed our mind.
Inner peace and a piece of wholeness reclaimed is the prize! For example I may not send “tweets” attacking or insulting others but I may harbor judgmental thoughts. They may not be the same but still they are judgments. Freedom is: Looking without judgment, but when we do judge (and we will) don’t feel guilty for having judged! The ego will try and lay on the guilt but instead laugh, chuckle or smile at the folly of the crazy world. Eventually the ego will dissolve.
Why go to this trouble to acknowledge projection? If we keep it buried in our unconscious it will eventually emerge in anger, envy and hate. In making judgments we are in effect, depositing our “darkness or shadow” onto someone else. That may make us feel better for a while because we got rid of it but the downside is the residual blotch of guilt, a gift the ego neatly places in our mind. We are addicted to judgment after all we’ve been doing it since we threw our bottle across the room or whenever we decided we didn’t want to obey our parents, which echo’s the authority problem we have with anyone from bosses to God.
The Course In Miracles in Chapter 11. God or the Ego, Section V. The “Dynamics” of the Ego, pg 202 states:
“No one can escape from illusions unless he looks at them,
for by not looking is the way they are protected.”
Whenever your peace flies away, democrat, republican or independent your ego has taken charge. You are pushing love away. The Course says this is reminiscent of the first thought of separation; the separation from God and from love. Whenever you feel a lack of love, look at your thoughts. Who or what are you judging? Judgment is separation and separation is not love; joining is.
We gradually learn we are One; we are the same; we all have the same false ego and the correction of the higher self.
Know this as you head out the door with your sign standing as a peacemaker -protester but at the same time exclude no one from your love. We can still disagree about policies while holding the hand of the other who sees things differently. Maybe put a few red hearts on your sign sending the subliminal message: Love is the reason I am here.
We are no longer staring at the shadows on the walls of Plato’s cave because we move to the Light by holding the hands of all brothers and trust knowledge and peace will lead the way. We are in good hands, we lack nothing and everyone is loved.
You are complete, healed and whole!
“Peace now belongs here, because a Thought of God has entered. What else but a Thought of God turns hell to Heaven merely by being what it is?” M. 11.How is Peace Possible in this World? P.4.8 & 9.
The above quote from the Manual of A Course In Miracles can relax our tortured mind if we remember that Peace is of God. The memory of God is in our mind and we, mankind have denied it but it is impossible to destroy that memory. Mankind has forgotten who we are. We are of God, we are all His children. We are therefore related because we came from the same “Father” who loves us equally. We are One. We realize that when we remember to think of God.
This is how peace is possible in this world: Thinking of God, remembering God IS and that you are LOVED, we are ALL LOVED EQUALLY. We are ONE.
We are related beyond the color of skin; culture; religion, country of origin; language or sex. We are One.
Since God is mysterious compassionate all encompassing eternal LOVE and we are His offspring, then we inherited the same attributes of compassionate eternal love. This means we will never die – our bodies will, but our true SPIRIT SELF is eternal like God.
No one can exist or has ever lived that is not of God. Our task is to remember who we are and we do that by ceasing all judgment.
“Ask yourself whether your judgment or the Word of God is more likely to be true. For they say different things about the world and things so opposite that it is pointless to try to reconcile them. God offers the world salvation; your judgment would condemn it. God says there is no death; your judgment sees but death as the inevitable end of life. God’s Word assures you that He loves the world; your judgment says it is unlovable. Who is right? For one of you is wrong.” M. 11. 4. 2.8.
“Peace is impossible to those who desire war. Peace is inevitable to those who offer peace. How easily, then, is your judgment of the world escaped! It is not the world that makes peace seem impossible. It is the world you see (through the eyes of the ego) that is impossible. Yet has God’s Judgment on this distorted world redeemed it and made it fit to welcome peace.
Peace now belongs here because a Thought of God has entered.” M. 11.4.1-8
Your mind is becoming a judgment FREE ZONE!! That is Peace!
http://www.acim.org (The Course In Miracles is now in several languages.)
This is the title of Workbook Lesson 187 in A Course In Miracles.
The lesson starts off: “No on can give unless he has. In fact, giving is proof of having.”
If we STOP counting our problems and setbacks and worries we could make room for thoughts that bless ourselves where we are right now – wherever that may be.
Bless yourself for all the thoughts of love that you extend to friends and family. Extend love to that person you saw standing in line at the grocery story who you judged as _________ (fill in the blank) by sending them message now. A simple little thought like -“I saw you there and my ego judged you but now I withdraw that thought and see you as a Holy Son of God that you are.”
Since you send the blessing you have right now blessed yourself. You have also blessed the world because you powerful mind sent a the powerful thought of LOVE and acceptance. The Course says all minds are JOINED at some level, so just know your loving thought was received not only by that person but to others – the whole enormous family!
In the Course, Chapter 1, Page 14 in the text:
Perfect love casts out fear. If fear exits, there is not perfect love
Only perfect love exists. If there is fear, it produces a state that does not exist!
Send perfect love. The miracles is remembering you are a Decision Making Mind and you can choose the Holy Spirit, in your mind, (the thought of peace) and send love or even ask for help…..RIGHT NOW!
Go to Workbook Lessons and see Lesson 187
When we look out at the world, the problems, the Presidential Election, no matter which one you like or dislike…..and we wonder……where is the PEACE?
Peace cannot be found in the world. Well you say, what about the quiet stream and the birds singing and the flowers and the walk in the woods.
Yes, some remnants of peace can be found in the world BUT…..for how long? Snippets at a time.
Then what about your thoughts as you sit by the steam? What are you thinking about? When you took the kids fishing and OH….and that son is now dead. Where is the peace?
Peace can only be found when we FORGIVE EVERYTHING and FORGIVE OURSELVES from thinking I am a separate little EGO and instead remember:
“I could choose peace instead of this” Then the thought doesn’t matter. Yes that son is now dead but A Corse In Miracles says there is no death in this world. This world is not REAL.
Yes, this world has betrayal, upsets, fun, danger, competition and strife but the only way to BE in the WORLD but NOT of IT is to remember with the help of that tiny small voice found only inside:
RISE above the BATTLEGROUND……this is NOT ALL THERE IS.
PEACE is within and what is found within is that still small voice that reminds you there is TRUTH and it is not here. This is not real. God IS
Peace can be found in a Spiritual Path….that is where GOD IS.
There are thousands….and they all say “The Son of God is innocent”
One path to Peace is: A Course In Miracles –
http://www.facim.org (Ken Wapnick books and tapes found here)
http://www.miraclecenter.org (You can find a list of world wide study groups on this website)
Photo: Two “spheres” appear in a picture taken at Sun River, Oregon, 2008
Perception is the ego’s interpretation of people, circumstances, things, situations etc. Therefore perception being from the ego’s slanted position is not TRUE it is not a FACT.
Why do we believe our ego’s perceptions and judgments? We cannot tolerate those aspects as also being in ourselves so we must see them elsewhere.
Ken Wapnick says in his book, ‘Journey Through the Text of A Course In Miracles’ – Volume two, Chapter 11. Pg. 84
“If we accuse others of not being Christ like to us, not being loving, sensitive, or understand, it is only because we were not Christ-like to them, if only in our unkind thoughts. No matter how hateful people may be, we experience them that way because we were hateful first; otherwise we could not judge them.”
We just cannot accept those qualities in our self so we MUST see them outside. They are too icky!! No way is that within me! Ken goes on to say:
“It can never be said too often that perception is interpretation, not objective fact. There are no objective facts in the world of illusion. Regardless of the behavior of others, our accusations of un-Christ like behavior come only because we were like that, if not in actions then certainly in our minds. The guilt over perceived sin of withholding love demands that we project, judging others for what we secretly believe we have done.”
The Course in Miracles claims that this world was not created by God so it is therefore an illusion. God only creates the REAL and ETERNAL and the world is neither. Certainly not ETERNAL since one day it will be consumed by the sun and become a cinder.
“The world’s viciousness notwithstanding, if we choose the Holy Spirit (The voice for Love in our right mind) as our Teacher, the behavior will be perceived as an expression of fear and a call for love. The mind’s decision alone is the determiner of wrong or right minded perceptions; projection makes perception.”
How can we hear the love or Holy Spirit in our right mind? Become QUIET! Shhhhhhh – don’t think. Not one miserable thought is TRUE. Shhhhhhhh. Breathe – in hale long through your nose and exhale out through your mouth. What “color” is the exiting breath? Keep it up until that “color” is clear, translucent and filled with light. A TRUE thought will come and it will bring tears of gratitude.
“Once again, herein lies the difficulty of practicing A Course In Miracles: there are no exceptions to this principle of forgiveness. Acceptance of this happy fact of salvation marks the end of all wars, in the mind and in the world, which ultimately originate in the authority problem. We need to accept full responsibility for everything we perceive and react to. Once more: perception is interpretation.”
Did you catch what he said? This practice of looking at our projections is a “principle of forgiveness.” Isn’t that nice to know. You don’t have to “excuse” someone because you think they cheated you. All you have to do is see that you have also cheated! Own it! It is the way to PEACE!
And so it is!
Go to http://www.facim.org and visit the bookstore. Many of Ken’s small concise books are on sale!
Do you think you are LOVE?
Say “I am Light and Love” and mean it! Say it several times.
You may not “think” you are because you have a split mind!
It loves this one and hates that one!
But Love is REAL and it is the TRUTH.
Hate is false and it is of the ego (split) which is not “I” or YOUR TRUE SELF.
That makes hate false and not worthy of you fine beautiful mind!
Focus on the LOVE and let the HATE go…..away with the wind.
The “I” which says “I” is not the true I.
The “I” which simply is – never separate from nor different than the present moment, which also simply is….. That is who you truly are.
Whenever you hear the thought “I”, as in “I want”, “I need”, “I am angry, happy etc..” recognize that is the (ego) mind-made self, the false self, and let that recognition be a reminder to regain awareness of That which simply is, ever-present Presence, The Self. Quote: Avi Birnkrant
“Therefore, you have a function in the world in its own terms. For who can understand a language far beyond his simple grasp? Forgiveness represents your function here. It is not God’s creation, for it is the means by which untruth can be undone. And who would pardon Heaven? Yet on earth, you need the means to let illusions go. Creation merely waits for your return to be acknowledged, not to be complete.” ACIM Workbook Lesson 192. 2. – 7.
God only knows Truth. He (whatever that Mystery is) does not pardon because he has never condemned. There is no condemnation in Heaven. We as mortal bodies, we do condemn and we condemn a lot. That is why forgiveness is necessary and why it is our function in the world.
Everyone – You and I, – we all need pardoning. Now you can “play God” by pardoning everyone, everything, every creature and every thought you or anyone else has ever had. Oh and don’t forget yourself!
THIS IS THE WAY TO FORGIVE: HERE IS YOUR FUNCTIION –
LOOK AT WHATEVER IS RUMINATING IN YOUR MIND. GET CLEAR ABOUT THE ISSUE THE PERSON. GO AHEAD AND STATE THE PROBLEM: HE DID THIS AND I’M MAD!
SAY….. “SO – NOW LET ME SEE, HAVE I DONE THIS BEFORE OR SOMETHING SIMILAR?”
LOOK AT THE CONTENT AND NOT THE FORM. FOR EXAMPLE, MAYBE YOU HAVEN’T RAPED ANYONE BUT HAVE YOU EVER TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF SOMEONE?
NOW WAIT. DON’T THINK JUST WAIT. YOU HAVE ASKED THE QUESTION AND AN INTUITION OR THOUGHT WILLCOME TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION. MAYBE NOT WITHIN THE NEXT MINUTE BUT MAYBE TOMORROW OR THE NEXT DAY. IT WILL COME.
WHEN YOUR QUESTION HAS BEEN ANSWERED AND YOU HAVE SEEN THE ISSUE ALSO IN YOURSELF, DO NOT JUDGE THAT THOUGHT OR YOURSELF. REMEMBER DON’T JUDGE IT.
SANITY IS NOW RESTORED AND YOUR FUNCTION IS COMPLETE.
THIS IS FORGIVENESS: LOOKING, WAITING AND NOT JUDGING ANYONE OR ANYTHING.
YOU HAVE WITHDRAWN YOUR PROJECTION AND YOUR PERCEPTION HAS CHANGED.
Therefore, hold no one prisoner. Release instead of bind, for thus are you made free. The way is simple. Every time you feel a stab of anger, realize you hold the sword above your head. and it will fall or be averted as you choose to be condemned or free. Thus does each one who seems to tempt you to be angry represent your savior from the prison house of death. And so you owe him thanks instead of pain. Lesson 192. 9. 1 – 7
SEE A Course In Miracles Lesson 192. http://www.acim.org click on workbook lessons
During this political season you probably “hate” one candidate and “love” the other?
We harbor both of these aspects within our Mind however, our true identity is attached to light and love. Therefore “hate” is the intruder into your beautiful Mind.
But you are the boss! You can decide not to hate anyone – including yourself. You have that POWER! You are the decider!
Say: “I refuse to hate myself or anyone – it makes me miserable and I let all the grudges and judgments GO!”
Really – you can do this. Why do you hold onto the old grudges that make you miserable? Do you like being miserable? No! So let it ALL Go!
It is that EASY! TRY IT!!
For example – Decide you will be happy for the next hour! Look at the clock – write down the time. State your decision….I will let go of thinking about _______ and worrying about ______ or fretting about ________. I will spend the next hour releasing and breathing and focusing on being pleasant.
Try it! You have the Power and the Time is NOW!
The spiritual book, A Course In Miracles advocates forgiveness for inner peace. However the Course sees forgiveness as looking at whatever or whomever is bothering us and finding it within ourselves. We project onto others what is in fact within our mind and thoughts.
For example: If you are angry with Donald Trump because he is a rude bully – find the rude bully in you. See the “content” and aspects of being a bully and rude within – even if it is only in the way you “think” but would never say aloud, and sure enough, it is there so now we can let it go. That is forgiveness.
If you hate Hilary Clinton because she is not trustworthy, look within. Are you trustworthy? Really? When were you not trustworthy? Don’t go to guilt because that is ego territory. In “looking” you are forgiving and awakening. Try it with all those worries and little annoyances you listed above and have been harboring. Then you are free!
A Course In Miracles, Workbook Lesson 105 ” God’s peace and joy are mine.”
http://www.acim.org ( click on workbook lessons)
“Peace of Mind is clearly an internal matter.
It must begin with your own thoughts and then
extend outward. It is from your peace of Mind
that a peaceful perception “of the world arises”
A Course In Miracles Lesson 34. I could see Peace Instead of this.
W. 34 P. 1.2 – 4
We think peace comes from anywhere but our own Holy Mind. We seek
peace in places of solitude, a quiet path through the woods or perhaps
having tea with a friend. But it is our thoughts that either create peace or
chaos. We may have a quick judgmental thought and then realize it does
not bring peace. When that happens just notice it and forgive. Don’t go
to guilt. The Course says the “ego always speaks first” and it does! So
What?! Get back to into the peace of the Right Mind and tell yourself
“I could see peace in this situation instead of what I now see in it” and
peace will return.
It may be hard to believe that peace comes from within yourself but
watch your thoughts and you will be surprised and realize that
YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF WHAT YOU THINK! IT IS UP TO YOU!
http://www.acim.org – Workbook Lessons – Lesson 34.
Have a Heart! Mt. Shasta’s heart! But always remember your heart, the love within is your guide!
We live in a dualistic world: war and peace; hot and cold, short and tall and the list goes on. We also have a dualist mind that contains two thought systems: the voice of the ego or the voice of the Holy Spirit, truth and peace.
Watch your thoughts and you will figure out which voice you listen to.
The bad news is that the ego is the default system that is always running.
The good news is that YOU are the one with the remote! You are in charge of changing channels.
We are listening to the ego’s sly thoughts when our judgments are of someone or yourself. Worried or fearful thoughts of guilt or envy are certainly egoic thoughts. However, they are just thoughts. You don’t have to believe them. Ask yourself: How do I feel? To my mind the ego is always comparing, sizing up the situation, and a master at separating us from others.
For example one night I woke up worried about a planned trip. I could see my mind was going crazy with various scenarios and worry. However, I was worried about something that was in the future. I was projecting fear into the future. The ego went crazy building the case that I was going to miss my plane, or get air sick or stuck in bad weather, etc. I finally realized what was happening and changed channels. I repeated my favorite mind calming phrase “I rest in God” from Workbook lesson 109 and went to sleep. Choosing peace is a practice and a decision.
This example clearly shows that there is a part of the mind that is separate from the ego. It is the decision maker within that chooses, when you are aware enough, and you realize you are not at peace. Always ask: “How do I feel?” If not peaceful then it is up to you to change your thoughts.
I am forever and always inspired by A Course In Miracles, and in particular Lesson #106.
Let me be still and listen to the truth.
“If you will lay aside the ego’s voice, however loudly it may seem to call; if you will not accept its petty gifts that give you nothing that you really want; if you will listen with an open mind, that has not told you what salvation is; then you will hear the mighty Voice of truth, quiet in power, strong in stillness, and completely certain in Its messages.”
When I don’t forgive I am in misery. I am in doubt and afraid. I am sad and confused and without a clue about what I should do. I feel awful and nothing goes right. My mind is like the branches of this gnarled oak tree, going every which way and winding up….where?
“Forgiveness, on the other hand, is still and quietly noes nothing. It offends no aspect of reality, nor seeks to twist it to appearances it likes. It merely looks, and waits and judges not. He who would not forgive must judge, for he must justify his failure to forgive. But he who would forgive himself must learn to welcome truth exactly as it is.” ACIM Workbook pg. 401. 1. What is Forgiveness.
You can see forgiveness has three important aspects.
- Looks: when I feel AWFUL like the above statement describes, I need to look carefully and notice the disturbed thoughts. At this point I am in charge of my mind because my “decision maker” has decided to look. I know I need help to look so I ask the Holy Spirit to help me see this problem/judgment differently. I have not turned to the ego for help because it will help me hide under its dark wings of denial but I must look because that is where peace lies.
- Waits: I have looked and now I wait for the peace to descend. I have honestly looked at the problem, what I am in doubt about, what I have judged, am afraid of or sad and confused about. I have withdrawn my projections (projections make perceptions) onto others and have either found it or aspects of it in myself. I know peace will descend if it hasn’t already. A “thought” my enter my mind and it will clarify things.
- Judges not: If I keep ruminating over the problem or if I don’t see and withdraw the projections I will not have peace. If I continue to judge I am afraid of love and I don’t want peace. I must continue these three steps until I have what I want: PEACE
The Course In Miracles is a non-dualistic thought system. We are not our bodies, we are living in a dream and the world is not real. Nothing has happened therefore there is really nothing to forgive. Do you forgive the person in your dream who has hurt you? It’s a dream! But since we believe the world is real, this practice of forgiveness helps us look at the illusion, our ego’s silly upsetting thoughts and ask the Holy Spirit or Jesus to help wake us up.
This practice of forgiveness does not accept that anyone has harmed you or ever could harm you. You have harmed yourself by believing the egos judgmental thoughts and thinking you could be separate from God. That’s it!
Example: When your family member annoys you, look at the annoyance and ask the Holy Spirit to see it differently. Wait a bit and soon you will have a thought of a time when you annoyed them. Ahhhh….there is the projection. Then DO NOT judge yourself. Just say “No big deal.” I was wrong and now I am Happy.
Remember only this: This is a dream – nothing has happened! That is the bottom line!
My raspberry bushes are beautiful this spring. They show the promise of berries to come in June. The peace of being in the garden dissolves grievances. But what do I do when the garden is not available? I still choose to end the upset by looking inside. That is where grievances end and Peace begins.
End the grievance! Choose Peace! Ending a grievance is choosing peace.
Choose peace and give up the need to be right about something, to feel like a victim.
Yes, maybe you were cheated but look “inside”……have you ever cheated?
Yes, maybe you were wounded but look “inside”…..have you ever wounded someone?
Yes, maybe you were ignored but look “inside”…..have you ever ignored others?
Ending the grievance is looking “inside” and saying OK – YES….me too!
What a relief……feel the cool fragrant breeze flowing over the raspberry bushes and soothing your brow. Feel it.
Feel the Sun’s first warmth from a cold winter upon your shoulders.
Only you can end the upsets, the judgments, the wounds by looking “inside” and smiling!
You are loved.
go to http://www.acim.org
Click on workbook lessons – Lesson 152 – “The Power of Decision is my own.”
“Hate has no business here. We stand with our Muslim Community Members. We stand with refugees and immigrants in our community. All are Welcome Here.” Poster on the door of the First Presbyterian Church, Ashland, OR
This is what greeted me upon entering the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland a few weeks ago. With open arms and hearts, it bids the entire world to enter. To me it says no one would be denied entrance regardless of belief, race, and social status or even if they believed in God or not. The poster is in nine languages so whatever your native tongue, surely it is there.
This was unlike the Church I visited as child where not everyone would have been welcome. One Sunday when I was about seven, and I looked out the window at the beautiful green trees and in a brilliant instant I knew that God was not hateful, and we were not the sinners the fat red faced preacher claimed we were. I grew up wondering if solace and peace could be found anywhere in the world because it wasn’t in Church. After a search of various thought systems and spiritualties I did find peace and with it came the realization that God Is, the greatest of mysteries, and is Love and only Love because where else could something as beatific as Love commence, unless it originated from outside this insane war weary world.
Easter with the fuzzy bunnies, candy eggs and colored jelly beans has never covered the elephant in the room: The Crucifixion. The symbol of the resurrection implies that while bodies die, the spirit is eternal. We cannot prove that the spirit never dies but there have been many near death experience stories like Dr. Eben Alexander’s book ‘Proof of Heaven’ and many others that strongly indicate life after death. We come as spirit; we inhabit a body but we learn we are more than a body.
We are born into a dualistic world of opposites, life and death; love and hate. We are programed by our family, culture and society and it serves to “entombed” us like the Easter story. The tomb protects us but it also functions to deceive and keep us separate. We accept the programming of our individual “tombs” and wonder why we continue to feel depressed, persecuted or alone. We feel bereft of love and at the same time afraid of it.
We are afraid of love because the ego or shadow part of our dualistic mind judges and finds fault with things. You cannot love something you’ve previously condemned. As soon as we think we are happy, we are not. How long have you been happy after you bought the new: ______fill in the blank? There is always something more. We walk a lonely road in the dark woods of separation seeking, never finding and at times feel crucified.
In the Easter Story, Jesus was certainly hated but he refused to return it and offered only love and forgiveness. Overcoming hate then, is our resurrection from the tomb. We are resurrected from the programming of the dark tomb we inhabit and like Jesus we offer tolerance, love and yes forgiveness too. We roll the rock away and free our lives and our spirit from the tight grip of egoic judgment and hatred. Our mind then opens to the clarity of healing light. We come here to overcome the programming and refuse one unkind thought about anyone or anything anywhere. All hate is of the ego; all love is of God.
Like the Church, let us place a post-it note over our heart “Hate has no business here.” We then wake each day choosing peace and embracing each other as the loving One Family we are.
Are you aware of every thought that shows up and runs through your brain?
Or are you consciousness itself – aware – looking out through the eyes
of the Holy Son of God that you are? Who are you? You are not your thoughts
or your beliefs. You are innocent whether you believe it or not.
Only the thoughts you think with God are your True thoughts.
The ego says you are guilty. Guilty for “thinking” you left God.
We are born into the World and we “think” we left God but that
is not true. We have silly thoughts and we believe them and we separate
ourselves from others and then wonder why we feel lonely.
Your ego would have you believe you are not part of God. But…..
How can the wave leave the sea?
He is in your MIND – how can you leave your MIND?
You cannot leave the Mind you share with God.
You cannot leave God. Isn’t that wonderful to know?
See A Course In Miracles lessons 59 and 60 –
These lessons are all about your relationship with God.
God is the “Force” within Everyone and all Faiths.
It is hard to watch the violence in the new Star Wars movie. But after all it is called “wars” so what else could I expect?
The one characteristic of the Star Wars saga that interests me is the concept of the “Force.” It is the promise of wisdom and innate goodness of this mystery that I associate with a loving, all knowing God.
I think most of us believe in a God of some sort but there is no scientific proof. However if you have had a revelation or mystical experience, you don’t need proof, you know God is.
If God is the “force” of love that we share and give then: God Is. God must be that beautiful mysterious energy or force that gave the spark of love and light as a gift to every soul.
God is the Force and it is IN you.
That is why the force is with you. God is with you…..always.
God is the love guiding the helping hand. Many have been mistreated and have hardened themselves saying if evil exists there must not be a God. But buried within the soul is the love that came with birth and cannot be ignored because it curiously pulls us ever closer.
Make 2016 a Guilt Free Year! Whenever a guilty thought comes up, wash it with the Force of good that you are! The awakening process is looking at anything that is not loving and saying “not true.” You are not guilty no matter what you “think” or what you “believe” or what your ego tries to make you believe.
God, the Force, is the Love within and the eternal “see-er” holding the lamp of truth. Love cannot be squashed or eliminated as it is eternal. Like your Soul, like Love and like Light!
Guilt is from the ego. God is guilt Free.
The ego uses guilt as its secret weapon against you.
But you can STOP it easily!
The ego is a thought in your mind. So…..change the thought.
Refuse to believe the ego’s foolish gibberish.
You have a Mind that you Share with God. The ego does not
want you to know you are connected to the mystery of the Universe
that is God. Yes God Is! We don’t know what God Is exactly but
if God is Love then…..God Is! Love is.
If God is Love then what is hate?
Hate is of the ego and the ego’s job is to make you feel miserable
and in gives constant pain and guilt by condemning others and
separating from them and from yourself.
But the ego is not WHO you are! Remember it is a thought so change it
like we change clothes every morning.
Guilt is the ego’s engine, its gas! Don’t give it gas!
Take your foot of the gas pedal and Give up Guilt! Today!
Everyone feels the sting of guilt but it is false – not true.
You have a Holy Mind and the ego does not determine your holiness,
God does! God being zillions, billions percent Love never condemns
anyone for anything they may have done, so why should you?
Your Higher Self never condemns but the ego does attack and
it motivates through fear and separation from others.
Forgiveness is looking at the ego and saying “Not True.”
See the A Course In Miracles Lesson 340 – I can be free of suffering today!
http://www.acim.org – go to workbook lessons;
then table of contents to lesson 340.
When we are free of the ego – we are free of suffering. We are Free!
God Bless You!
Nothing anyone says or does determines your worth. And nothing you say or do or don’t do determines your worth. Your worth is not established by teaching or learning. Your worth was established by God. As long as you dispute this, and as long as you believe in superiority and inferiority, you will have fear. Again, — nothing you do or think or wish or make is necessary to establish your worth. This point is not debatable except in delusions. (based on A Course In Miracles, Text Chapter 4.I.7:1-7)
Oh, Oh… the Holidays are upon us! How many of you are grinding your teeth because your least favorite relative will be showing up? Relax, it happens to all of us but by bringing yourself to relax and forgive you will have freedom. You probably think you have to forgive them for some slight or even perhaps a terrible thing that they did, but you don’t.
We have been taught to judge everyone and everything since before we were 5 years old. Can you see your small self sitting at the Judges Bench with a gavel in your small hand and making decision about this one or that one: guilty/dislike or innocent/like? We are taught to judge and know the score in order to protect ourselves. It is part of growing up in a dualistic world that contains both good and evil.
Let’s face it; some people we like and some we don’t. If we can understand however that it is the thought “I like or dislike” in the mind that is causing the problem. You can change it. It is just a thought and is it really true? Be open. First of all admit you are unhappy about something. For example: You have a relative that really bugs you, he/she is a loud mouth, controlling, conniving busy body. When you have a few minutes to spare this Holiday Season sit down, be still and take a few deep breaths until you feel calmer. Stay focused on that quiet safe place inside. Imagine you are holding the hand of Love/Spirit/God, whatever compassion and love represents for you. Stay quiet for a while and then tell Love, whose hand you are holding, what is on your heart, how do you feel? Perhaps: “Aunt Julia drives me crazy with her constant badgering questions and I want peace. I’m afraid I may blow up. How can I see her/this differently?” Then wait and look and continue to stay quiet. Watch your thoughts. A thought will come, maybe in the next few minutes, an hour or maybe days later but stay open, hang tight! The “ah ha” thought you’ve asked for will come and will bring peace. If the thought does not bring peace, it is not from Love but is from the ego, the part of our mind that likes to holds the gavel.
We do not know everything there is to know about another, even close relatives. The “new” thought will bring a feeling of release coming from the voice for love and understanding to your Higher Self. Sometimes this has to be repeated because the ego can be vicious and is resistant to input that is not of itself. When we have been given the information to see a person, our self or a situation differently, we understand, we can then see it another way. We cease believing our judgments and let them go because we were mistaken. The ego is not our friend and will separate us from others as it projects onto them. A projection is a judgment that we project out, onto someone else and perceive it in them, in order not to recognize aspects of it in our self. Like disliking someone who constantly interrupts when we unconsciously do the same thing.
The spiritual, non-dual, metaphysical book, ‘A Course In Miracles’ states
“Forgiveness on the other hand is still and quietly does nothing. It merely looks and waits and judges not. He who would not forgive must judge, for he must justify his failure to forgive.”
When we quiet the mind we see that our judgments serve to separate and divide us, one from the other. We are miserable and alone. We are not residing In Love.
How freeing to have a mind at rest! During this Season of Love, rest yourself!
Go to the quiet place within and listen to the Love that IS You. We all have had experiences that seem beyond the forgiveness factor. The question is: How long do you want to hold onto the pain? We do have a very high tolerance for pain. It will last as long as you hold the grievance/judgment. Take yourself off the judge’s bench, be pain free and forgive everyone for everything!
A Course In Miracles – Lessons with Forgiveness Themes
Click on some of the Workbook Lessons below
Lesson 78. Let miracles replace all grievances
Lesson 121. Forgiveness is the key to happiness.
Lesson 122. Forgiveness offers everything I want
Lesson 134. Let me perceive forgiveness as it is.
What is Forgiveness – Workbook Part II page. 401
Sleeping Adam Adam Awakening
Do you sleep or are you awakening?
The book, A Course In Miracles states:
“Yet the Bible says that a deep sleep fell upon Adam
and nowhere is there reference to his waking up.” ACIM, Text Chapter 2. 1.3.6.
The Course then goes on to say “The world has not yet experienced any comprehensive
reawakening or rebirth. Such a rebirth is impossible as long as you continue to project
or miscreate. It still remains within you however, to extend as God extended His Spirit to you.”
Time to wake up sleepyhead! Awakening is a process and it can be unpleasant.
Why? We miscreate because we use the ego as our guide in the world. It causes us to
act or react and we realize the seeming enormity of the task we undertake in its undoing.
The ego is not your friend. It will “speak first” and “think and act first” and you realize how
insidious it is. In any problem that arises, it will show UP to guide you. It is only a thought!
The Course says it is false and it is not who we are. You are Spirit as God created you.
You have a voice of love to follow. Follow it. You are having a dream of being a body in the world.
Still the challenges (as the ego sees them) come up BUT they only serve to help
with the awakening process. Surrender to Love within and let the ego go….every instant.
Do not let anything of this world take the peace of God away from you.
What a wonderful challenge. Peace is within. It is yours….right now! You are worth it.
The Workbook lessons guide us through the mind training process. They are the road map.
I take that road every year and each year they unpeel the layers and help with
“removing the blocks to the awareness of Love’s presence, my natural inheritance.”
You may be inspired by lesson 200 in the A Course In Miracles Workbook.
There is no Peace except the Peace of God
“1. Seek you no further. You will not find peace except the peace of God. Accept this fact and save yourself the agony of yet more bitter disappointment, bleak despair and sense of icy hopelessness and doubt. Seek you no further. There is nothing else for you to find except the peace of God, unless you seek for misery and pain.”
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You are a Holy Son of God! You might not feel like it or believe it but read on and consider this:
The part of you that is Holy is your Mind. The Mind is neither male nor female. Your identity is not the body but the Mind that inhabits it. You are a Holy Son of God whether you are male, female, or LGBT.
As a Mind you are loved, innocent, changeless and eternal like God. We take care of our bodies since we find ourselves here and since it is the “vehicle” we use to learn the lessons we came to learn. Why do we have these lessons?
We don’t know the answer to that or what the script contains, what is to come or the lessons we are to learn.
Except for this: whatever is before you, see it as lesson you came to learn. The key is knowing we do have a choice in HOW we understand, perceive, interpret and respond to the lessons.
Do we avoid and deny lessons or do we face them while accessing the holiness that dwells in our mind and holds the compassion needed for guidance and inner peace. We wonder why we have this script, or why do we have the life we have and it is not knowable or understood. But it has been chosen and written by us so we cannot blame whatever comes whether it is a tragedy, joyous, challenging or sorrowful.
In all circumstances we quite ourselves and invite the Holy Spirit within to help us see through the lens of Love and Truth; the Truth that God gave through the help that resides within your Mind.
The key is in correcting our “feeling” and “thinking” that we are separate from God. If we forgive ourselves for that “mistaken belief” because that is all it is, we return to the peace that we were born to know and realize no matter what our script/life may be.
We sleep, we dream of a world and our various scriptw however, it is time to awaken – Get up sleepy head!
Lesson 45 in A Course In Miracles “God is the Mind with which I think”
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The Spiritual book, A Course In Miracles says we are all One!
Recently in Roseburg Oregon, a 26 year old man killed 9 plus himself, and injured others.
Am I One with the murderer?
Yes, I am One – with those murdered and with the murderer.
We are all brothers on this journey through life.
We may be aghast and horrified at what has happened but we are
asked to look at our projections on others and withdraw them.
We need to recognize anyone can be capable of murder.
Our government murders for us when people on Death Row are put to death .
We are all capable of becoming angry and going into a rage.
We need to know what our ego mind is capable of, and how it
manipulates so we will never follow it.
Only they ego kills.
Our true identity as Spirit would never kill or harm anyone.
Our compassion needs to go out to those families who grieve and to
the perpetrator’s family as well.
We do not understand this world or why things like this happen.
If we constantly practice forgiveness we will have joy in our Minds.
When we give we receive.
Give only Love for that is what you are.
Listen to Workbook lesson #62. Forgiveness is my function as the Light of the world.
http://www.acim.org (Click on workbook lessons and then on “hear” to have it read to you.
In the metaphysical book, A Course In Miracles, Jesus gently guides us back to the part of our mind that forgot we *separated from God. God didn’t leave us, we left him. Chapter 10 of the Text, in Section II. The Decision to Forget, beautifully explains what has “seemingly” happened by our dissociation.
*We never left God but we are having a dream that we did.
Chapter 10. Section II. The Decision to Forget
1. “Unless you first know something you cannot dissociate it. Knowledge must precede dissociation, so that dissociation is nothing more than a decision to forget. What has been forgotten then appears to be fearful, but only because the dissociation is an attack on truth. You are fearful because you have forgotten. And you have replaced your knowledge by an awareness of dreams because you are afraid of your dissociation, not of what you have dissociated. When what you have dissociated is accepted, it ceases to be fearful.”
Here is the proof: You cannot split off from something unless you first knew what you split off from. In the dream we heard the ego and the Holy Spirit but we chose the ego. The very fact that we chose the ego proves that there is a Holy Spirit, the memory of God in our mind!! Now that we know we actually have a Holy Spirit in our Mind, we can choose it and LISTEN!
We think we have a battle with the ego in our Mind. The Love of God is going to win because Love is stronger than fear! But the battle only “seems” horrific! It is not! It is a simple gentle decision that now we choose to REMEMBER. After the ego “speaks” – and you SEE it for the hate it is – you remember the Holy Spirit is in your mind and you CHOOSE it as your teacher.
We know the truth and still the ego speaks and still we choose against it. The power of our mind is expending large amounts of energy by separating off from the atonement (the belief we can be separate from God) to worship the ego.
Now we let that energy go to choosing the LOVE within rather than the false self that wants to be in control.
With the power of our mind we buried the memory of God. Now with the power of our mind we remember to choose again and realize the ego is just a “thought” and it can be changed!
And….NO GUILT! Absolutely do not accept a thought of guilt in your holy mind.
We do not need to be afraid of God because he is waiting patiently for us to wake up and give him a Kiss! He can’t wait to hold you in his love – which by the way He is he doing at this very present moment and never has stopped.
Every time a little false thought appears and you change it you are on the road HOME to where True Love Awaits!
We made the world by choosing against God and the GUILT began.
Now we drop the ego’s hand and GUILT disappears!
And….NO GUILT! Absolutely do not accept a thought of guilt in your holy mind.
We wake up by choosing the Holy Spirit again! And again, And again….it gets easier the more you do it.
And….NO GUILT! Absolutely do not accept a thought of guilt in your holy mind.
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A Course In Miracles Lesson 273 hit me “between the eyes” today.
Maybe I should say it seemed to hit me “In the Soul”
Here is this beautiful lesson and my ego’s response:
The Stillness of the peace of God is mine.
Sally: Yes – I want the peace of God but….. something happens…. always!
Perhaps we are ready for a day of undisturbed tranquility.
Sally: Yes, Yes, please bring it on!
If this is not yet feasible, we are content and even more than satisfied to learn how such a day can be achieved.
Sally: I know, I know, I’m supposed to remember to change my mind when I’m being disturbed by —–!!
If we give way to a disturbance, let us learn how to dismiss it and return to peace.
Sally: OK but how do you dismiss when the ego is jumping up and down and having a tantrum?
We need but tell our minds with certainty, “The stillness of the peace of God is mine,” and nothing can intrude upon the peace that God Himself has given to his Son.
Sally: Yes, I know, when I give way to a disturbance I need to remember to dismiss it and return to peace.
The key is “when I give way” I am upset, I am in judgment about something and I have “given way” to it. I have “given” my peace away. Me….I did it. If I did it, then I can get it back!
Recovery is taking it back – I remember to choose peace. I forgive the seeming separation from God. I am One with God and that is where my peace resides – in the stillness.
I have recovered when I say “…the stillness of the peace of God is mine.”
When I say that I am “taking back what I gave away!
Nothing can intrude upon the peace because God Himself has given it to me! It is mine.
It is a immense gift from God, when I remember to return to his stillness from the ego’s upsetting ways.
Go to http://www.acim.org click on lessons – you can then “listen” to this beautiful lesson 273 and the prayer that goes with it.
Black lives matter; Muslim lives matter; all lives matter!
We live in a world that screams of distraction and misery, especially with the current immigration influx of Muslim refugees running for their lives from war to the protection and safety of Europe.
Some in Europe welcome them with open arms and some are fearful and want to turn them back.
As Course students we remember this world is an illusion. Bodies are also illusion.
And then we remember we are here to learn lessons and to be in the world but not of it.
We have no enemies and we withhold love from no one.
The refugee, men, women and children are our brothers, we are One with them. Isis, who are waging war on them also are our brothers. Everyone is acting and reacting out of fear.
But we have a choice. We can look at this through the eyes of love or eyes of fear.
The love within us will urge us to do the loving thing. A fearful mind will put up road blocks and produce more terror for itself.
If we refuse ego fear we will see clearly and choose the right thing to do. Maybe we will choose to do nothing in form but the love in our mind can and will offer solace to the One Mind we all share.
We therefore choose not to follow the ego voice of fear but follow the love within and reflect it outward; inspiring others; a community as we send echoes of peace around the war weary world.
Elie Wiesel said “Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.”
Jesus said: “Love your brother as yourself.”
I suggest you read A Course In Miracles Lesson 262 –
“Let me perceive no differences today.”
“Father you have one Son. And it is he that I would look upon today.”
http://www.acim.org – click on workbook lessons and then click on 245 and “hear” –
sit back and let it bring you Home.
There is a blessed relief that washes over us when we feel loved.
A blue jay recently bounced onto a flimsy oak branch outside my window with an acorn in its beak. It flew to the ground and hopped around the garden looking for just the right place to store it. A few minutes later it was sitting in the pear tree, sans acorn. I know it is storing food for the future but it is also taking care of my little yard and our planet too. I feel loved and I appreciate its beautiful blueness. I see its actions extending beyond its everyday duties for the good of everything. Maybe tomorrow I won’t feel loved but if I can stop and recall the blue jay, and the goodness inherent in you and all living things, the love will return. I am reminded of Love’s Presence daily if I look for it rather than the opposite.
We see the bitter struggles and the aching sense of being on the outside looking in when we watch the news and the Middle East refugees trying to find a place of respite for themselves and their families. As Course students we know this world is not our home. We are all refugees as we live the scripts of our lives and learn the lessons we came to learn.
Everyone fights a hard battle on planet earth: addictions, homelessness, combat PTSD, suicides, culture, race, Black Lives Matter and everyone needs love, acceptance and peace. If we can let a thought of pure joy fill our mind, for just an instant: Respite Is, Peace Is! We care, we weep, but weeping doesn’t help. A thought of LOVE does. It has recently been proven that a mind can “pick up” thoughts and we have sense perceptions we are not aware of. But just because we are unaware does not mean they are not there.
In the book “The Source Field Investigations,” author David Wilcox calls this consciousness transfer, pg. 33. He describes it thus: “Dr. Charles Tart of Berkeley, CA conducted an experiment where he gave himself electric shocks and then attempted to “send” his pain to another person who was the “receiver.” The other person in another room was wired up to measure heart rate, blood volume and other physiological signals. Tart found that the receiver’s body did indeed respond to the shocks through such things as an increased in heart rate and a decrease in blood volume but the receiver had no conscious knowledge of when Dr. Tart was sending them.” I wonder what would have happened if Dr. Tart had sent love instead of pain?
As Course students we are told that thought creates form! What if my angry thoughts create war somewhere?
A Course In Miracles states in the introduction to Chapter 5. 3.
“You are being blessed by every beneficent thought in any of your brothers anywhere. You should want to bless them in return, out of gratitude. You need not know them individually or they you. The light is so strong that it radiates throughout the Sonship and returns thanks to the Father for radiating His joy upon it.” Your mind is very powerful.
Send loving beneficent thoughts out into the world, to people we want to help, to our neighborhood and town can be “received” on some level.
Send loving thoughts to someone you DON’T LIKE! In the Course its called projection. So love them and you will be loving yourself. Forgive yourself for believing your ego!
Can the sunbeam be separate from the sun? Can an idea be separate from the mind that thinks it? Peace is giving beneficent love and in so doing, we also feel love and know we are not separate or alone.
The cure for loneliness: Send love to someone.
Use it to go to sleep at night.
Be cognizant of the ego part of the mind that does not believe we could possibly be connected, want peace or love for that matter. It loves to exclude, separate, condemn and judge. Watching politics is proof enough. Watch politics with the Holy Spirit.
However, the ego does not represent Truth. Love and forgiveness is as close to Truth as we can get in duality. Let the world “go” and realize its whims or yours do not last for long. Identify with your true Self/ Spirit/Soul /Mind that is connected to everyone.
God/Love is not distant but found within.
There is a blessing in Unity churches which ends with the words “Wherever I am, God is.” You can also say “Wherever I am, Love is.”
My condemnation injures me! Really?
Realizing that the condemnation I might heap on another can injure myself is hard to believe but let’s investigate it further.
If I hold a grievance against someone for something they did or didn’t do and I avoid that person, crossing the street, or going to the other end of the store to avoid them means I am not free. I am in a pain of sorts but I don’t want to recognize it. As long as I see someone as ________ (fill in the blank) my mind is locked and a locked (blocked) mind is suffering even though it may not realize it.
When I condemn someone I am the prisoner. I am the prisoner of my own hate (judgment). I am projecting _______on someone rather than recognizing it in myself. It is called projection. I am projecting ______ onto someone else, usually something distasteful; not recognizing it is within me as well. I am in denial but I “feel better” since I am getting rid of ______ by projecting it outside of myself. They are guilty – NOT ME!
Since I began the spiritual practice of A Course In Miracles, my goal for peace is to see no one as separate from myself and to exclude no one from my love.
Except for_______! What about her? I have to be truthful with myself and acknowledge the condemnation I have placed on her if I want to choose peace and awaken from the dream the Course says we are in. She must be my enemy if I condemn her. Do I want to give up the condemnation in order to have peace?
Yes I do when I finally recognize what I have been doing. I stop condemning another and realize I am injuring myself by not forgiving and awakening from the ego’s dream.
Crossing the street to avoid someone is a wakeup call. It is a call to stop the condemnation to recognize it is time to change my mind about this “enemy” I have not wanted to recognize. We look at the problem with our elder brother Jesus and while holding his or the Holy Spirit’s hand we see the projection and do not accept guilt in its place. Then we laugh!
The Course says in lesson 198. Only my condemnation injures me.
“Condemn and you are a prisoner of your thoughts. Forgive and you are freed. This is the law that rules projection. Forgiveness sweeps dreams away. Forgiveness is a dream too but it breeds no others. Illusions end. Forgiveness is the dream of waking. It is God’s plan. You hold the answer to your problems in your hands.”
The method of forgiveness that works for me is to sit quietly, eyes closed. I visualize the person in my mind. I see myself hugging them and saying
“You are a Holy Son of God along with me. We are equal as brothers; we are equally loved by God and I hold you in the light of love.”
When we commit to choosing peace, it means carefully watching the ego part of the mind. We are vigilant for the little condemnations. When one comes up says “Ah ha! Gotcha ego.” And do the work to free yourself from the silliness it is.
To read or hear lesson 198 go to http://www.acim.org and click on workbook lessons and then the list. When the lesson comes up click on “hear”
God Is. You are loved!
In Loving Memory
September 28, 1970 to September 24, 2013
Shawn Jason, 42 year old son of Carl and Sally; brother to Scott Michael. a husband and Father of two, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Sept. 24th, 2013 in Reno, NV. four days before his 43rd birthday. Shawn was born in Hayward, CA and grew up in Northern California, Oakland and Moraga. He graduated from Campolindo High School in Moraga in 1988. He attended Diablo Valley College and then graduated from San Jose State University in 1996 with a degree in Business and Industrial Psychology.
Those are the facts however there is much more behind this beautiful fun loving man. Growing up in the forested hills of Oakland; he attended Joaquin Miller Grade School; was a member of Oakland Boy Scout Troop 206 and participated in Soccer clubs and games. In High School in Moraga he mastered the skate board and photography was a favorite subject. After College he went to work for Pacific Bell and lived in Danville, CA where he would ride his bike to the top of Mt. Diablo every weekend. He entered his first triathlon in 2009. He learned to snowboard as a young adult and snowboarding became a passion and why he loved living in Reno, NV. He worked for Pacific Bell aka AT&T for 17 years and loved his job, co-workers and customers he met from offices in San Ramon, CA; San Francisco, CA; Raleigh North Carolina and then finally in Reno, NV. He and his wife traveled to Japan and Europe. At the time of his death he had a four year old son and a 2 year old daughter.
He was a former board member of the Sycamore Valley Homeowners Association, Danville, CA; Fantasy Football League and he loved to hunt in Northern California with friends and bagged a deer one year.
In his memory the family asks that you heal all your family relationships and extend love to everyone you meet.
Blessings and Thank you,
Shawn and newborn Luke May 2009.
With Mom and Dad
Shawn and family at the Seattle Space Needle July 2013
Shawn and Dad Naples, Florida
Shawn with Luke and Kelsey Sept. 2012
Shawn taking pictures of my tulips April 22, 2013
He IS still a Soul. The Soul never dies. His body is gone. He is free of its problems.
His Soul was born into a body, into the world of form where it learned the lessons of time.
The body is a shell that houses the Soul for a while. We will all leave the body one day.
“I am not a body. I am free for I am still as God Created me.”
ACIM Workbook: Lessons 201 to 220
The body is endangered by the mind that hurts itself.
We are a Decision Making Mind. Find that within and Peace is Realized.
Harvard Nuerusurgeon Eben Alexander’s NDE Radically Changes His Beliefs (Videos & Text) http://ndestories.org/dr-eben-alexander
Uncle Scott and Kelsey age 5
Uncle Scott and Luke age 7