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Ask: Since Reality is eternal doesn't it follow that Its opposite is eternal, too?

“It occurred to me today, that the dream(s)/’life’ we imagine ourselves to be in, must also be eternal.  As true reality is eternal, then does it not follow that the illusory opposite of oneness, although not real, must also be eternal?  If so, is the only escape from the bombardment of conflict, etc. is to continually be aware of the Truth throughout all the dreams of separation for all eternity?...” – JR
            Truth is Eternal, which means It is timeless, not time without end. So time is the idea of the opposite of Truth (Eternity). Since Truth is One, or the same throughout Itself, time can only ever be an idea. It is an illusion. It has no reality. There is a trap of believing in two realities that students of A Course in Miracles fall into. One reality they call “God” or “Truth”. This is formless Being. The other “reality”, the experience of form, they label “illusion” without thinking what “illusion” really means. An illusion is something that appears to exist but does …

Ask: How do chakras relate to ACIM?

“…Generally, how do Chakras relate to ACIM? They seem to be part of Not Truth, but are they still helpful in pointing us towards Truth itself and where we are trying to compromise its inclusion in our lives? How do they fit into the big picture?...” A.N-G (January 24, 2014)

            The concept of “chakras” comes from the Hindu religion. They are the label given to the idea of a nexus of non-material energy with the material body. So you are correct that they are part of not-Truth.
            It is hard to see how they could point you toward Truth. Some make the mistake of thinking that anything that is unseen – like energy – is the same as “Spirit”. But energy is form and Spirit is Formlessness. You may find some practice involving chakras helpful to your life in the world, but this would not be a spiritual practice in the truest sense. It also would not be “right” or “wrong” or “good” or “bad”. Like all form, from the perspective of Truth, it is meaningless. The question you hav…

Ask: Can you send an article about release from physical pain?

“…Can you send one (article) that deals with releasing physical pain, please?” –TN

            Physical pain is an inevitable part of the experience of identifying with a body.  But suffering is optional. Suffering is the psychological effect caused by the unconscious or conscious beliefs that you have about the pain. These are usually that you are being punished by a god or that you are a victim of another or of a god. These beliefs make you suffer over the pain and may even prevent you from seeking relief from the pain. If you feel guilty you may feel that you deserve to suffer. And if you want to remain in the role of victim or to make another guilty for your pain you may not be willing to be relieved of pain. You will be completely released from physical pain when you no longer identify with a body. In the meantime, you can ask for guidance in overcoming physical pain. The answer may be a medication or a treatment in the world. These may be conventional or alternative medicines or…

Ask: Would you comment on the passing of Ken Wapnick?

“Please would you consider sometime commenting in your blog to the passing last week (December 27) of Kenneth Wapnick.  You never commented on those individuals who helped transmit the Course and I know that you exclusively used the UR text that was in the public domain.  But I would love to know how you would estimate the contributions of someone like Dr. Wapnick to bringing ACIM into the culture.  He and Helen worked side by side to refine the text and then the workbook before it was ready to be made public.  He devoted 40 years of his life to ACIM...” - SS (January 10, 2014)
            Someone told me that at the Foundation for Inner Peace website in reference to Dr. Kenneth Wapnick’s passing they quoted from A Course in Miracles: “There is no death. The Son of God is free.” What more is there to say? I am certain that Dr. Wapnick would not want anyone dwelling on “Ken” and would rather that you turned inward and remembered your Reality in Truth.             I did not know or stud…

Ask: I was wondering about other things that could be considered magic...

“…I was wondering about some other things people do that could be considered 'Magic'. I would say that the use of vitamin supplements, or at least ones designed to do certain things(fat-burning, heart health)...birth control (to 'correct' the problem of fertility)...using sunlight for anything...using creams, bicycles or other equipment to lose weight or firm the body... mood music to help relax... Just trying to have a better idea of this that's all. I know not to judge myself or others for using these things… I guess, the thing would be to forgive our use of them… If we wind up dropping using some of these things, fine...if not, fine too…” - CS
            Very simply, “magical thinking”, as A Course in Miracles uses the term, means the belief that healing the body heals you. You are mind so real healing means healing your mind. And since your one problem is your identification with a body, healing your mind means releasing your identification with a body. So wh…