Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ask: Do the following statements/questions about mind make sense?

“…If one has read ACIM and experienced a number of shifts in identity, do the following statements/questions make sense to you?

1.  IT is what we Are (MIND and mind) = ONE Mind
2.  Is the above statement what Jesus (a figure within the mind to point us to the MIND) meant when he said "when two become One, it shall be done".  I had experience where the two parts (seemingly) merged or crossed over. 
3.  Once one realizes that all is Mind, is there a natural merging back into the mind? Or is that still the conditioned mind (ego) demanding attention.  It feels like mind wandering again.  The running of different fantasy about a personal life and I know that I am hurting myself because at some place I again fulfill the wish (live, die, repeat ??)
4.  What stage would this fall into?  Once having realized being the Mind, the seeker within (so I don’t study like I use to) faded and now I just pay attention to my thoughts.  I want to play with them also, but this has led me to a feeling that I have to start all over Forgiving.  The secret dream that the Course refers to is just as demanding but different because one knows the separation never happened.  Instead of forgiving the world of form, I am forgiving my perceptions in my own mind.  Yet they are perfect if one was to stop and realize. I still mix the ego in with them it seems.  Does that make sense?
5.  The personal self does not know what to do to advance her career because I experienced a 'what illusions to choose from' realization.  The mind is always waiting for the next thought.
6.  There is no personal awakening, so how could Mind realize Itself and continue to pretend to be mind?
7.  All the personal yuk stuff resurfaces (only It’s in the Mind of the mind). So it seems... new to Salvation and still dealing with my stuff ha ha!!!  It is kind of funny.  And I get tired of my perceptions pretending to be separate…

…Basically, I want to perceive the Holiness of my Mind all the time.  Stable. Having experienced Eternalness I am not fulfilled with anything less than and with this thought I am not as joyous as I have been.  I know that IT is there, however I still get caught in my ego thoughts…” – DM

1. Yes, there is one Mind. It is the Mind of True Being. But where the thought of the opposite-of-Truth occurs it seems as though there are many minds split between Truth and illusion. Truth is all that is real and eternal in any mind. Everything else falls away.
2. If you are speaking of a quote in A Course in Miracles I could not find it. (I tried all sorts of configurations of your quote in my searchable ACIM and found nothing like it). It is possible that it was a passage referring to your mind no longer being split. However, often when in ACIM such statements are made it is referring to Helen and Bill’s unique Holy Relationship where they were at an equal teaching/learning stage, simultaneously learning the same things. They each saw their own Holiness reflected in the other. So it may have been saying that when they accept the Holiness that they see reflected in the other and realize that the seeming separation is not real, their “salvation” will be complete.
3. There is nothing to “merge back into” Mind. Mind is always Mind. The problem is that you believe that you are a self, which is a thought in your seemingly-separate mind. And you believe in all of the other thoughts you have about the self and the rest of the universe of form (also thoughts). And you believe in the thought system of the ego, which is a thought system about the reality of the self. So what must occur is you drop your belief in these thoughts. Then all that will be left is Mind.
4. You are in the” period of sorting out” or you would not be contacting me. Once a person enters the “period of relinquishment” they no longer have a need for an external teacher, except maybe at the very beginning of that stage. It is the stage where you become willing to follow only the Holy Spirit.
Watching your thoughts is the practice that makes you aware that you are mind. Forgiving (releasing your belief in) your ego thoughts is the whole process to peace. So you do not “start over”, you continue in that process.
The desire to study will come and go until all studying falls away naturally. Sometimes you will be hungry for study. At other times you will not want to study at all. In those times you are integrating all that you have learned up to that point. When it’s time to learn more, the hunger for study will return.
5. Your old motivations for the self fall away when you no longer try to find fulfillment by living through the self. Then you find it difficult to make decisions for the self. So give the self to the Holy Spirit. Say to the Holy Spirit, “Is there a next step for this self’s career? If so, I am open to Your guidance.” Then let it go and keep your mind open. If there are steps to take, you will know what to do.
6. There is no personal awakening in the sense that a self and its thought system (ego) do not become aware of Truth. But an individual mind can become aware of the Truth in itself apart from the ego thought system. But becoming aware of the Truth within and accepting that only the Truth is true is a long process where one vacillates between Truth and illusion for a long time as they undo all of the ways that their desire for and belief in illusion shows up. And then, finally, one must become used to a different way of being – as an abstract mind rather than a concrete body/self.
7. You will not be bothered by the ego’s perceptions of separation when you no longer believe in them. Then you will see that they are nothing and easily dismiss them. In the meantime, grow your awareness of Truth and the awareness that these thoughts are not real will come naturally.


Yes, once you experience Truth you will not be satisfied without It being wholly in your awareness. And that is the motivation that keeps you going in this long, sometimes difficult process. So as you work this process enter into Truth when you can, and when you cannot, remember that It is here whether or not you are aware of It. Accept that you are in a process that will result in Truth being always in your awareness. Joy will return!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ask: Would a "peak experience" be a Holy Instant?

“I was wondering lately how the Course would describe or define Maslow’s “Peak Experience” occurrence? I didn’t know that I had two distinct Peak Experiences before I took a psychology course in college… Nothing since then! Would a “peak experience” be something like the Holy Instant? Thanks.” – CS

            What Maslow describes seems to take in many kinds of experiences. So I would say that his descriptions of peak experiences would include, but are not limited to, the Holy Instant.
            The Holy Instant is an experience of God (True Being). The ultimate Holy Instant would be a direct Revelation of God in which you experience only God. In this experience the world does not exist for you at all, not even as an idea. It is an experience of pure, joyous Being extending infinitely. This is very rare. Most never have this experience. And those of us who do experience direct Revelations have them very rarely.
            But as you practice the Holy Instant daily it can show up for you as an everyday miracle, like hearing the Holy Spirit or having peace suddenly come over you. Or sometimes you may have what I call a “higher miracle”. In a higher miracle you transcend the world but you are still aware of it. You have an expanded sense of being, beyond the limitations of a self. You are everywhere and you feel joyously connected to everything that you perceive. But you see that the world is nothing. The connection you feel is to content – the mind behind the forms that you perceive.

            So some of what Maslow calls a “peak experience” would be what I just described as a “higher miracle”. 

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Ask: How can people with brain diseases choose the Holy Spirit?

“I would like to know how ACIM deals with Alzheimer's, dementia and mental illness. These illnesses seem different from say from cancer, paralysis or heart issues. The latter seem to leave room to make decisions with the Holy Spirit. But what about diseases such as the ‘brain’ related ones mentioned above. How can these patients choose again for Spirit?” – J

A Course in Miracles does not address specific illnesses because from the perspective of Truth all illusion is illusion. The specific form of an illusion does not make it any less an illusion.
The mind is not in the brain but as long as you identify with a body you will allow your thinking to be affected by the brain as though it is. However, the Truth in your mind goes on untouched in any way by anything that seems to happen in the illusion. Your awareness or lack of awareness of Truth has no effect whatsoever on the Truth in your mind. So if a person’s identification with a body keeps them from being consciously aware of the Holy Spirit (the awareness of Truth in their mind) it does not affect the Truth in their minds. They just remain unaware of It.

Remember, your lack of awareness of Truth is temporary. In other words, it only affects what you think of as you in the story that you are that which is in time. That story is an illusion whether you are or are not aware of Truth. It falls away whether or not you become aware of Truth. Only the Truth in your mind is eternal. So no one has to become aware of Truth. It’s an individual choice of a mind that thinks it is in time and wants to find lasting peace.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Ask: What does ACIM say about the future?

“I understand time is an illusion but we still need to deal with the "world" where we find ourselves. I'd like to know if the Course says anything about the future.” – J

The future is not here and it never will be. It is only a concept in your mind right now. A Course in Miracles points out that the ego (personal thought system) uses this concept to perpetuate guilt:

“By the notion of paying for the past in the future, the past becomes the determiner of the future, making them continuous without an intervening present.” (T-13.IV.4)

The Holy Spirit (the awareness of Truth in your mind) knows that you are only right here, right now in the present. So It conceives of the “future” as an extension of the present:

“Healing cannot be accomplished in the past. It must be accomplished in the present to release the future. This interpretation ties the future to the present, and extends the present rather than the past.” (T-13.IV.9)

Because the future is only a concept any dream or expectation that you have about the future is a fantasy and nothing more. And all worry about the future is really an expectation of punishment that is rooted in the belief that you are guilty. Fantasies about the future or worry about the future are really just ways of avoiding what is really going on in your mind right now. So when you find yourself caught up in fantasy or worry ask the Holy Spirit to help you look at what is bothering you right now. You are either avoiding something painful (fantasy) or expecting punishment (guilty). Both will keep you from being present, which is the only time in which you can be with God (True Being) and work out your obstacles to peace.

When you undo the guilt in your mind you will not think about the past or the future. You will just be present. And, in a practical sense, you will be directed in how to take care of anything now for a future occurrence.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ask: Can you take us through how forgiveness has changed for you?

Wondering if you could just take us through a day in the life for you in regards to "forgiving".  And maybe how you first started "forgiving" versus how you do it now.
From forgiving the whole world to forgiving a hang nail.  Sometimes it seems when I read about child abuse for example, and I say "it's not real" it kind of feels like I'm discounting the horrible pain the child has gone thru…it's just my projection seems kind of like a cop out or something.....I really do understand it's all a dream, but still. I've been doing my forgiveness work for almost 3 years now and I really don't feel any happier or peaceful and it's starting to zap my motivation.....
I do what the Course says:

1.      Notice it - acknowledge it's you/your projections
2.      Realize it isn't real/truth
3.      Release it to the Holy Spirit

Am I doing something wrong ? – DC

            The reason you cannot forgive is that the world and your projections onto it are still very real to you. You are trying to forgive from the ego.
            In the beginning it was the same for me. I finally gave up trying to forgive or to do anything that I thought I read in A Course in Miracles. I decided one day that I would focus on what I knew already worked for me: Communing with God (True Being) daily and maintaining my relationship with the Holy Spirit. I did this for a while, and nothing else, and lo and behold forgiveness happened of itself! This is why I emphasize growing your awareness of Truth rather than trying to forgive. Growing your awareness of Truth is the way to forgive. You do not forgive the world by looking at it and trying to convince yourself that it isn’t real. You forgive the world by looking away from it and toward Truth instead. To let go of the world you must become aware that the Truth is Reality. Otherwise all you’ve got is the ego and its projections.
            So when something comes up that disturbs your peace use it as a reminder to turn your mind to Truth. Don’t try to forgive it; just use it to remember Truth. As the Truth becomes true for you the world will become less true for you. Then you will not feel that you are copping out when you say it isn’t real. You will truly know that it isn’t real.

            Now I spend my day maintaining my awareness of Truth and forgiveness happens of itself. In fact, I don’t even think in terms of “forgiveness” anymore because there’s nothing there to forgive.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ask: Is the ache I feel for others a judgment?

Is the ‘ache’ I feel for others a judgment? …What I am experiencing is an overwhelming sadness/ache for others and I sense this is in fact the flip-side of the ego coin and is a form of judgment in its own right.  The arrogance of ‘feeling sorry for people’ perhaps, although it doesn’t feel like pity…I feel overwhelmed at times by this ‘ache’ for others, for the state of the world and so on.  I wonder if it is like any other projection that needs to be recognised for what it is, forgiven and released to the Holy Spirit?  That said, the ego tells me that if I felt neutral and peaceful over the plight of others I would be cold and heartless.  I understand that the pain and suffering of the world is not the Truth, but as a seeming person living ‘in it’ I can’t quite grasp that, although I get the metaphysics of it…” - AM

            You are projecting meaning (judgment – wrong/bad) onto what you see happening in others’ lives and responding to your projections of meaning as though they are real. You ache for others because you identify with them. In other words, you are looking out at others from the ego (personal thought system) rather than from an awareness of Truth (Holy Spirit). So you are using these situations to reinforce your belief in the ego in your mind. And, yes, as A Course in Miracles teaches, this is a judgment against yourself because the ego is not you.

“To empathize does not mean to join in suffering, for that is what you must refuse to understand. That is the ego's interpretation of empathy, and is always used to form a special relationship in which the suffering is shared. The capacity to empathize is very useful to the Holy Spirit, provided you let Him use it in His way. His way is very different. He does not understand suffering, and would have you teach it is not understandable. When He relates through you, He does not relate through your ego to another ego. He does not join in pain, understanding that healing pain is not accomplished by delusional attempts to enter into it, and lighten it by sharing the delusion.”(T-16.I.1)

As long as you see yourself as a “seeming person living ‘in it’ (the world)” you will not grasp how you can look on the world and see that suffering is not real. You must make the choice to let go of your identification with a self in a body in a world and to learn What is real. In a situation where you are confronted with a story of suffering you can turn away from the story, and therefore the ego in you, and remember that only God (your True Being) in you and in the other is real. This is true empathy. And this is how you can use these situations to remember the Truth instead of to reinforce your belief in the ego.
Of course to the ego your turning away from the ego and its projections appears cold and heartless. And as long as the ego and its projections of meaning seem real to you, you will agree with the ego on this. But as you grow your awareness of Truth you will find yourself overlooking what appears in the world. You will feel compassion for others in that they suffer, but you will know that what they suffer over is not real. In time you will also learn that their suffering is not real, either. But you cannot know this from the ego. You can only know this from an awareness that only the Truth is true.

In anticipation of the emails I will get let me say this about responding to others who seem to be suffering: No, you do not want to say to others that what they suffer over is not real. You do not want to tell them that their own suffering is not real. If you wish to do that you are coming from a competing ego not the Holy Spirit (your awareness of Truth). You just need to know for them that suffering is not real while they still think it is. You will find yourself saying things like, “I can see this really hurts you” or “I’m sorry you are hurting” and leaving it at that. For many, all they want is to be heard and understood. That’s all the love that they can accept in their belief that suffering is real. To love others in the world you meet them where they think they are, not where you want them or even know them to be.

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Learn about the books The ACIM Mentor Articles, The Plain Language A Course in Miracles, 4 Habits for Inner Peace, and Releasing Guilt for Inner Peace at www.acimmentor.com.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ask: How are others just ideas in my mind?

A Course in Miracles tells us:Everyone makes an ego or a self for himself, which is subject to enormous variation because of its instability. He also makes an ego for everyone else he perceives, which is equally variable.” (T-4.II.2) I have to admit that I have a hard time seeing how others are just ideas in my mind. There they are, a body, which seems so solid and real to me… (September 12, 2014)

The body, like all of the universe of form, is only an empty symbol onto which you project the idea of a “person”. For example, my mother died over 10 years ago and yet when I think of her I still get a feeling that I think of as “Mom”. It’s the same feeling I had when there was a body here onto which to project “Mom”. It’s really an aggregation of thoughts and the feelings to which they lead that I think of as “Mom”. Sometimes it is so vivid that it is as though she is present. So it’s pretty clear now that Mom’s body is gone that the body could not have been the source of my experience of “Mom”. Since I still feel her she must be an idea within me. And since it’s the same feeling I had when there was a body here she must have always been an idea within me.
            It’s the same with anyone who is not in the room with you right now. Think of someone still “alive” but whose body is not with you right now. You get a feeling that you think of as that person. That’s obviously coming from you because their body is not present to you right now. So they are only an idea – an aggregation of thoughts and the feelings to which they lead – in your mind. Your experience of them is coming from you. When they are with you their body says and does things, but those actions are meaningless in themselves. You give meaning and a story to those actions based on your story for yourself and your story for them. When you do not know this, you respond to the story in your mind as though it is a fact outside of you over which you have no control. But once you do know this you can deal with your thoughts and change your experience from conflict to peace.
            You learn that you are mind, and that everything is an idea in your mind, by watching your mind and seeing how it constructs with thoughts and ideas the world in which you think you live. This does require that you slow down and pay attention to what is going on in your mind. This is the practical way to learn that what you perceive in the universe of form is an illusion – merely a projection of ideas from your own mind.

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Read the books The ACIM Mentor Articles, The Plain Language A Course in Miracles, 4 Habits for Inner Peace, and Releasing Guilt for Inner Peace at www.acimmentor.com.
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