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Images and Content

A few times a year I’ll hear from readers who want to know how they can look at some horror in the world and see Love, so the answer bears repeating. The answer is that the content of what you see never comes from the images appearing before you. By “content” I mean the meaning that you see, which is the same as what you experience. And that is either some form of fear or Love, which always comes from you. Love is Reality. It is your Being. It is the True Content—meaning, the Real World, as A Course in Miracles calls It. In my translation of ACIM into plain language (The Message of A Course in Miracles and Practicing A Course in Miracles/The Way of A Course in Miracles) instead of “Real World” I use “True Perception”. For me, “True Content” and “True Perception” more accurately describe the experience of Spiritual Vision. What you perceive is always your own mind. When you perceive through the personal thought system (ego) you project onto forms the source of guilt and fear and thei…

Fallen Expectations

Several years ago—I’m not sure when it began—a new understanding of the nature of everything began to creep into my mind. The insights came slowly over time and eventually formed a whole picture for me. These showed up in my articles over a span of time. It began with me understanding, in A Course in Miracles’ language, that there is only one dream, one dreamer of the dream, and that all of us are dream figures in that dream. There is one will living out through what seems to be individual wills. On a personal level I experience desire and choice and they feel like mine alone, but they are this universal will (“the universe”) living through me. Eventually I understood what was unfolding in time was the moment in the Mind of Truth of the idea of Its opposite arising and being instantly undone by Truth’s all-encompassing nature. This is what ACIM calls the Atonement and I call the Undoing. What I didn’t realize was that those were not just insights and understanding, but a whole new way…

Oneness As a Creator

I have been experiencing Oneness in a way I did not expect, so for a long while I didn’t label it “Oneness”. I have had experiences of someone, something, and even everything else as me. In the moment of the realization of Oneness, the mind, not the body’s eyes, is the source of my awareness. So appearances do not determine my awareness, but are wrapped up in it. For example, if I’m looking at a tree and I know we are one, its appearance is also mine and vice versa. This experience of Oneness is how I understood the experience of “creation” or “extension” in A Course in Miracles. God (Truth) “creates” through extension, meaning Its Being extends everywhere, always. So “Creation” in ACIM is not something brought into being by God, like the universe of form. In ACIM “Creation” is God’s Infinite Being. That’s the level that ACIM calls “Knowledge”, which is apart from the level of perception (consciousness, awareness). At the perceptual level, we experience Oneness as I described above. …

Detachment Evolves Into the New Normal of Oneness

“The body is a limit imposed on the universal communication that is an eternal property of mind. But the communication is internal. Mind reaches to itself. It is not made up of different parts, which reach each other.” (T-18.6.8)
“The body is a limit imposed on the Oneness that is an Eternal Property of Mind. Oneness is internal and It reaches to Itself. It is not made up of different parts which reach to each other.” (MACIM-18.6.8)*
I have learned that detachment evolves into the extension of Oneness (Wholeness). First, let me explain how I was before detachment. I was pretty much attached to everyone. Another way to say this is I projected my source of wholeness onto everyone, expecting that they had what I needed to be whole. Oh, I didn’t go around saying this, not even to myself. It was just how I related to the world in my identification with a self (body/personality) through the ego (personal thought system). I reachedto others for whatever I thought they could give me. I sought co…

Heaven Forgives Death

Heaven is not a place nor a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect Oneness, and the knowledge that there is nothing else; nothing outside this Oneness, and nothing else within.” (T-18.VI.1)
In A Course in Miracles, “Oneness” refers to the “only Truth” (nothing outside), to “the same throughout” (nothing else within), and to Wholeness (perfect). As you can see in the quote above, these are the same thing, and being aware of them is Heaven. “Love” is also experienced as Wholeness, or Oneness. So an awareness of perfect Love is Heaven. Love came for me in August of 2018. Oh, I’d had many experiences of It before, but this Golden Light of Love was different. Its arrival in my conscious awareness signaled a major shift. And what I’ve faced since is that a part of my mind fearfully equated the arrival of Love in my conscious awareness with “death”. My thinking was that since Heaven comes after death (in traditional thinking), Love must mean death. And it does mean a certain conscio…

The Journey and the Destination

The other day I realized I have heard the saying “it’s not the destination; it’s the journey” only one way. I heard it as the saying of ditherers: People who didn’t want to get there, but just play at it. For example, they wanted to remain spiritual seekers and never experience Perfect Peace (the absence of all conflict). But the other day I heard it in a different way: If you focus on the journey you will reach your destination. The inverse of this is if you focus too much on your destination you miss the steps along the way that will get you there. For example, if you constantly measure your peace (“Am I There yet?”) you’ll miss the opportunity to learn the lesson or remove the obstacle to experience Peace that is in front of you. It’s okay to take a measurement of progress now and then. It can be helpful to see if what you’re doing is effective so you can make changes if necessary. But the best way to do this is to look behind, not ahead. Compare how you feel now to, say…

Slow Awakening

My favorite story about Buddha is where he was out walking one day when a man saw him and noticed something different about him. The man asked him if he was a prince and Buddha said no. So the man asked if he was a magician and Buddha said no. “What are you?” the man finally asked. “I am awake,” Buddha responded. What does it mean to be “awake”? In the past year I have written about the huge shift in me and in some of my articles I mentioned how I am aware that the ego (personal thought system) has fallen away from all but my conscious awareness. I can’t find its structure in my mind, only its echo—habits of seeing and thinking left in my conscious awareness, which fall away quickly once recognized. My trust in the Awareness (Consciousness/Perception) of Truth (Holy Spirit) grew over the years until the line between me and It began to blur. But I have not sustained this in my conscious awareness. My conscious awareness is what I’m aware of in my mind and in my perception at…