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Ask: Removing Blocks to Love (Guilt/Fear)

Can you talk about what the Course says about love and removing blocks to love (guilt/projection)? – Anonymous

A Course in Miracles teaches that you do not have to learn Love, earn Love, or attain Love, because Love is always within you. So, if you are not aware of Love always, you must have obstacles to this awareness. To be at peace, then, you must seek for and remove your obstacles to your awareness of Love’s Presence within you.
God is an experience of Formless, Boundless Love, Peace, and Joy. This is your natural State of Being. “Love”, then, is another word for God. Your obstacle to being aware of your natural State of Being is your belief that you are something else, which takes the form of you thinking that a personal self in a body in a world is your reality. Underlying this belief is the belief that you have “attacked” God to make this separate “reality”, so at the heart of your identification with a personal self is guilt, and fear of punishment from God. You cann…

Ask: Psychoactive Drugs and Course "Purists"

Thank you for your recent blog entry (December 10, 2010). It is very helpful and rings true with what I understand the Course to be saying about the mind/body 'split'. I have one question - and others may have the same question as well - does the same thinking also apply to medications that address problems such as ADHD and depression? At the end of the day, if I feel peaceful about my decision to take psychoactive medication isn't that all that matters? Then again, I can see that maybe some Course 'purists' would consider that a cop out and just show that we haven't been going to God often enough. As you can see, I have conflict about this issue… -MP

Of course, psychoactive drugs are no different from other drugs which you take to ease your suffering or discomfort. There is no reason for you to suffer, not just physically, but psychically, or with the chaos of ADHD. Just as with physical illness, you can trust that, as you center your mind in God, you will be …

Ask: Spiritual Partnership

...I am friends with, and see so many people on this planet now, who are so striving to be in a healthy, committed spiritual partnership. They have drawn to them people who seem perfect for this dance of love and yet the feeling isn't mutual and has all the additions of "I love you, but, not in the way you love me", etc. Then the victim comes out, why am I not good enough? On and on the inner ego screams. And we feel alone and know that we aren't.
Can you comment on how we can keep our inner balance and peace in the days where the person we think is the most wonderful for us as our beloved spiritual partner really isn't the one? – Anonymous

Your real “spiritual partner” is the Holy Spirit (the Truth in your mind). If you want inner peace, which is a state of mind, this is the relationship that you must make your primary relationship. When you do this, relationships in the world then become extensions of your relationship…

Ask: The Mind/Body Split

I have a point on which I would love some clarity. When one’s newborn is sick and needs antibiotics for pneumonia, wouldn't the most recent message from the Course concede that one not identify with the illness as the ill body is not God Consciousness? Therefore, leading one not to treat the sick infant? When a woman bleeds every month she must take care of her body? The mind/body split has me perplexed… I can be in full loving consciousness, living out of the Love Consciousness not the fear consciousness and have a back spasm that necessitates a focus. Is one to deny this? – Anonymous

I’m not sure what you mean by “most recent message from the Course”, but A Course in Miracles is quite clear on your first question about treating an illness or not: You (or anyone that you are caring for) do not need to suffer. Take whatever is necessary to ease your discomfort or pain. The appropriate course of treatment to pursue will come into your mind as a manifestation …

Ask: Disease and Healing

Ask ACIM Mentor:

Would you please comment on disease - how our thoughts create it and how we heal again. Thank you. – AM

You are mind. Diseases of the body are no different than any other appearance. The world, the body, diseases of the body – all of these are thoughts in your mind. They are the effect of your mind, which is their cause, but they are not you. They are “illusions”, because they are not your Reality.
God is your Cause and Reality. God is Limitless, Formless Being, or Mind, extending infinitely and eternally. The experience of God is boundless love, peace, and joy. God extends only God, so as God’s Effect, you extend God infinitely and eternally. In God, then, Cause and Effect are One and the Same, but in your belief that not-God is possible, you are cause of effects unlike God. When you identify with (give your attention to) a personal self in a body in a world, then, you believe that you are limited, time-bound form. This is not true, so it is pain…

Ask: Forgiveness Can Take Different Forms

In your October 29th newsletter, there was a question about forgiving and how the person had trouble forgiving an “abusive” person. In your answer, you suggested that “forgiveness” can take different forms, and that choosing not to speak to someone might be “a miracle, not a failure”.
This perspective helped me a lot, after I felt into it for a while. I agree that this might be a way of letting go, and free myself and the other person from grievances and other attachments.
However, there is one thing that is still puzzling me. It seems to me that there are people where choosing not to speak/interact is not an option. Close family members, for instance. What about my 4-year-old-son? What about my mother? It seems to me I can’t just choose to not to speak to them, or stop taking care of my son, although I must admit that I sometimes feel like it. On the other hand it seems that not having all options would contradict the idea of forgiveness and miracles.

Ask: How Can I Choose to Not Suffer?

Ask ACIM Mentor:

How can I choose not to suffer? In my head I can, but I still feel the pain of rejection. - AM

In Truth, you cannot suffer, but you need to be in touch with the Truth in you to be able to turn toward It, away from suffering. So, before you can stop suffering, you must cultivate your awareness of God within you.
In your mind, you have two thought systems. One comes from God – what A Course in Miracles calls the “Christ Mind” or “Holy Spirit” in you. This is the Part of your mind that knows that you are One with God (eternal, limitless love, peace, and joy). The other thought system is what the Course calls “ego”, and I have translated as “personal mind” or “personal thought system”. This thought system is the opposite of God in every way. Its foundation is guilt, therefore fear-of-God, which manifests as anxiety, anger, insecurity, irritation, worry, etc. It is your identification with this thought system that leads to your suffering, so the obvio…

The Limited Value of Theology, revisited

From May 19, 2007:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/05/limited-value-of-theology.html

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How Do I Forgive What I Am Not?

Ask ACIM Mentor:

This week's story on forgiveness was very enlightening. You said that most people who find another troubling is because the “other” has somehow said something that connected (not well) with our ''story of me'' (ego) and has made us feel like a victim. What if the people you don’t want to be around have what you think are qualities you don’t have? Not because there is anything wrong with the person (being abusive, etc.) but their personalities just seem to drive home the ''story of me'' that you think is ''wrong'', such as, not being outgoing enough, not being family oriented, ....these are the people I don’t want to be around, not the obviously nasty ones.
This always is my problem...comparisons which make me feel like I’m lacking, no one is ever “bad”, really, they are “good”, it's just that I feel bad because I’m not like them...self-assured and outgoing etc.
I’ve never seen this problem wr…

Ask: Trouble Forgiving

From Ask ACIM Mentor:

I have a person in my life that I am having a lot of trouble forgiving. Usually, when I have a problem with a person, I usually find something good to concentrate on. By doing this, I have something to hold on to when there is a conflict.
But with this new person, I can't find any good in them. Sorry if that sounds harsh but that is the total truth. This person has done a lot of harm to people. It's hard to ignore that - I know I'm supposed to believe that the world is an illusion and there is no loss, but it's very difficult to see people being victimized.
Is the Course saying I literally made this person up?
I am torn between the two concepts of cowardice and forgiving. Sometimes I feel like the Course is asking us to "back down" which, in my mind, could easily be seen as an excuse for cowardice. I think about this in terms of dealing with this person in the world. In other words,…

"Master" Teachers, revisited

From May 15, 2007:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/05/master-teachers.html

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Ask: Advice on Sticking with the Path

From Ask ACIM Mentor:

…my question for you has to do with the effectiveness of the Course in waking up from this dream. Now, I've read of your own mind blowing experiences of God, which seem to have started early in your study. I've met a lot of people who have been working with the material for years (myself included) who have not had direct revelation. I've been studying other teachings that promise quicker results, but I still don't have anything earth shattering to report. Feeling a bit discouraged, but no matter how much I try to turn away from ACIM, I just seem to always be pulled back to it. Any advice you have on sticking with the path and releasing doubt would be greatly appreciated. Much love and thanks, Bryan in L.A.

Despite my early experiences of revelation, Bryan, I didn’t experience any comprehensive shift toward peace until I had been a student for over 20 years. A revelation is simply a glimpse of the Ultimate Goal of God. If I could stay T…

Evolving Toward the Holy Spirit, revisited

From May 12, 2007:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/05/evolving-toward-holy-spirit.html

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What is the Experience of the Holy Spirit?, revisited

From May 8, 2007:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/05/what-is-experience-of-holy-spirit.html


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How Holiness "Shows Up", revisited

From May 5, 2007:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/05/how-holiness-shows-up.html

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Overcoming Jesus' Crucifixion, revisited

From April 17, 2007:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/04/overcoming-jesus-crucifixion.html

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Sex and the Course Student, revisited

From April 14, 2007:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/04/sex-and-course-student.html

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Error and Sin, revisited

From April 10, 2007:


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But I'm Not Feeling God!, revisited

From March 27, 2007:


http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/03/but-im-not-feeling-god.html

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You Won't Lose the Special Relationship, revisited

From March 24, 2007:


http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/03/you-wont-lose-special-relationship.html

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Revelations, revisited

From March 20, 2007:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/03/revelations.html

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Evolving Concepts of God, revisited

From March 17, 2007:


http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/03/evolving-concepts-of-god.html

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You Don't Have to Analyze Your Projections, revisited

From March 14, 2007:


http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/03/you-dont-have-to-analyze-your.html

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Accepting the Pain of this Existence, revisited

From March 3, 2007:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/03/accepting-pain-of-this-existence.html

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You're in Ego? So What?, revisited

From February 27, 2007:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/02/youre-in-ego-so-what.html

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But It's Not Real, Right?, revisited

From February 24, 2007:


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From Intending to Willing, revisited

From February 20, 2007:


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From Seeking to Having, revisited

From February 13, 2007:


http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/02/from-seeking-to-having.html

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Reincarnation

First published on February 6, 2007:


http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/02/reincarnation.html

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The Bliss of Letting Go, revisited

From January 30, 2007:

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ACIM Mentor Articles Book Now Available!

The ACIM Mentor Articles: Answers for Students of A Course in Miracles is now out! This is a collection of the articles that you all have been reading on this blog for the past 4 years. You can read all of the articles at my website, www.acimmentor.com, under "Answers by Topic", or buy the book here.

"Getting Into" Heaven

From January 20, 2007:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/01/getting-into-heaven.html

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A Miracle to Share, revisited

From January 16, 2007, a miracle involving an abusive relationship:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/01/miracle-to-share.html

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How Do I 'Accept the Atonement' For Myself?, revisited

First published on January 13, 2007:


http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/01/how-do-i-accept-atonement-for-myself.html

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Maintaining Your Peace Outside Your Home, revisited

First published on January 3, 2007:


http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2007/01/maintaining-your-peace-outside-your.html

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The 'Happy Dream' Error, revisited

From December 27, 2006:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2006/12/happy-dream-error.html

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Martyrdom: The Common Mistake, revisited

From December 9, 2006:


http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2006/12/martyrdom-common-mistake.html

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What Happens to My Relationships When I Detach, revisited

First posted on December 6, 2006:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2006/12/what-happens-to-my-relationships-when-i.html

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Resting in Forgiveness

I have been asked why I have been recycling my articles for my blog and newsletters this year instead of writing new ones. In thinking about this, I’ve realized that teaching for me comes in two forms: active and passive.
“Active” teaching occurs for me when I feel spontaneously motivated, even compelled, to teach. I have been surprised to discover that what motivates me to “go out” and teach (write, speak) is a perception of lack. I used to perceive a lack of understanding of A Course in Miracles in others, or a need for correction in how they read or practiced the Course, and this motivated me to actively teach. Of course, this perception was my projection of my own need to learn the ideas in the Course, and to be corrected, but this only became obvious to me as my need to teach “others” fell away as I became more and more aware that there is nothing to teach or to correct! The Truth is unchanged and Perfect, so there is nothing to fix There, and, as I recogni…

Detaching From Attack, revisited

First published on November 22, 2006:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2006/11/detaching-from-attack.html

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You Will Never Convince the Ego, revisited

First published on November 15, 2006:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2006/11/you-will-never-convince-ego.html

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Revisiting the Idea of 'Conscience'

First posted October 7, 2006:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2006/10/conscience.html


First posted October 11, 2006:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2006/10/conscience-revisited.html


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Do I Have to Give Up....?, revisitged

First published on September 27, 2006:


http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2006/09/do-i-have-to-give-up.html

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Fearing the God We Made, revisited

First published on September 17, 2006:


http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2006/09/fearing-god-we-made.html

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The Course and Raising Children, revisited

First published September 3, 2006:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2006/09/course-and-raising-children.html

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The Past and Forgiveness, Revisited

First published on August 12, 2006:


http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2006/08/past-and-forgiveness.html




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To Dream or To Awaken - That is the Question, revisited

First published June 30, 2006:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2006/06/to-dream-or-to-awaken-that-is-question.html



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Hiding Your Fear of God, revisited

First published June 19, 2006. An article about trusting the Holy Spirit, and the sneaky way that denial works:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2006/06/hiding-your-fear-of-god.html


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Which is the Real Sacrifice?, revisited

First published on March 31, 2006:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2006/03/which-is-real-sacrifice.html


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Distinction: Peace vs. Boredom, revisited

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2006/03/distinction-peace-vs-boredom.html


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The Course and Jesus, revisited

From March 6, 2006:

http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2006/03/course-and-jesus.html


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The Time Saving Tools of the Course, revisited

When the Course Becomes an Idol, Revisited