ACFIP Newsletter 
Issue 52  March 2017
Quarterly Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Inner Peace



Michael Dawson
PO Box 125, Point Lookout
North Stradbroke Island,
Queensland 4183,
Australia

Email: mdawson@acfip.org  
Web site: http://www.acfip.org



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If you are new to the Course you might find my summaries of help.
You can find them at http://www.acfip.org/sum.html and http://www.acfip.org/art4.html

eBooks and MP3s
1. Healing the Cause -A Path of Forgiveness.
Inspired by A Course in Miracles.
This is the eBook version of the paper back. The paper back is available from my website.

2. A Course in Miracles - Explanations of Major Themes
New book in eBook format

3. Forgiveness - A Path to Inner Peace. 
Inspired by A Course in Miracles
This is the eBook version of the paper back. The paper back is available from my website.

The eBook versions can be read on Kindle, iPad, Microsoft eReader, Nook, PDF readers (Mac and PC) and most eBook readers.

 Downloadable MP3s of my Healing the Cause self-help CDs now available.
See below for details.


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Regards 

Michael Dawson

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CONTENTS:


A Course in Miracles Material

* The Ego's World - Part 1 of 3 by Michael Dawson.


Non Dual Teachings

*Birth of Universal Man-A Journey from Personality to Divinity By Dada Gavand
*Time-Thought-Self by Jan Frazier
*Only Awareness Remains by Adyashanti
*I entered, not knowing where - a poem by Saint John of the Cross



Other

* Workshops
* Books and Audio Materials for Sale
* Links
* Inspirational Quotations



A Course in Miracles Material




Chapter 2 - The Ego's World - Part 1 of 3
reprinted from the Forgiveness - A Path to Inner Peace by Michael Dawson.

Perception is a mirror, not a fact. And what I look on is my state of mind, reflected outward ... Everything you perceive is a witness to the thought system you want to be true. 

A Course in Miracles. W-pII.304.1:3-4; T-II.V.18:3 

In this chapter, we will look more closely at some of the issues that were raised in the previous one. In particular, we will discuss guilt, denial, and projection, which are attributes of the ego. I am using the term ego to describe that part of our self that feels separated, lonely and isolated and in need of constant defence in a world perceived as threatening. 

It is the ego that feels guilty, inadequate, fearful, sure that anger will get it what it wants; it feels persecuted by the world and justified in attacking back. Ego cannot conceive of another way of acting in the world: kill or be killed is its motto. Never does it realise the problem is in its own mind, believing happiness will come if it can just change the world to suit its needs. However, there is another part of our mind that thinks the opposite to the ego and we can decide to listen to this instead. That will be the focus of chapter four, but first we need to understand some of the mechanisms of the ego. 

Sigmund Freud first introduced the concept of defence mechanisms; techniques we develop to defend against anxiety and to maintain self-esteem. Freud identified a number of these mechanisms, including denial and projection. 

When in denial, we refuse to recognise a threatening situation or thought. We can even bring into play another defence mechanism, that of rationalisation, where we attempt to excuse or explain our behaviour in a rational manner. For example, a person may refuse to acknowledge the effect of excessive alcohol intake by maintaining that wine is good for the health. 

Projection is an involuntary process motivated by impulses and emotions wherein a person imposes a subjective feeling or a thought onto others. For example, a seemingly jealous husband may accuse his wife of being unfaithful, while in reality it is he who secretly wants to embark upon an affair. 

Guilt and Denial 

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. 

C.G. Jung 

Guilt is the sum total of all the negative feelings and thoughts we have about ourselves: our lack of self- worth, feelings of inadequacy, inferiority complexes, shame, and inherent unworthiness. However, we are only aware of a small percentage of this guilt; it is like an iceberg, most of it lurking beneath the surface of our conscious mind. But we do still suffer from its presence, even though most of it is suppressed or denied. 

Unconscious guilt is easily triggered by events in the world, and whenever it resurfaces we feel very uncomfortable and desire to get rid of the feeling as soon as possible. We may turn to the event that triggered the unconscious guilt and blame that as the source of our unease. If we are not sufficiently aware to catch what we are doing, we easily get lost in the guilt/attack cycle (Figure 2.1). 

Fig. 2.1 

Stage 1 

An event triggers our unconscious guilt. For example, someone tells us we are lazy. Although we are aware that in most parts of life we are actually hard working, we are also conscious that in some areas we don't try hard enough. The guilt around this issue is now triggered. 

Stage 2 

The shame we feel rises into our conscious mind. We instantly become very uncomfortable with this feeling, and our desire is to get rid of it as fast as possible. 

Stage 3 

Our ego immediately informs us there's nothing wrong with us (denial), but there is certainly something wrong with the accuser (projection); it tells us we have been unfairly treated and victimised, and our resultant anger is justified. It counsels us to attack the other person so we can make them feel guilty, in the hope that their resultant guilt will make them change their behaviour into something acceptable to us. For example, we may receive an apology and this will reinforce our idea that there is nothing wrong with us, for the apology now declares the other person is at fault. If no apology is forthcoming, our ego will tell us to become even angrier in the hope of attaining our desired goal. 

Stage 4 

Making another person responsible for the guilt in our minds is a dishonest act. It does not matter whether the person apologises or not, for we know at some level that our attack upon them is unjustified. All this serves to increase our level of guilt which, once again, we try to get rid of by attacking the other. This is the vicious cycle of guilt and attack that can only be broken through forgiveness of ourselves. 

If only we could see it! The person we have chosen to attack is actually doing us a favour: we are being shown our unconscious guilt, and if we so choose, we could now try to heal it. This is the great value of all relationships - they bring unconscious guilt to the surface. We then have the choice of following our ego's advice, which is to attack, or to follow that wiser part of our mind, which counsels forgiveness of ourselves. 

Projection 

Our ego is always looking for someone or something to blame. It doesn't matter who the enemy is, sometimes we may even choose an inanimate object. Do you know the famous sketch from Fawlty Towers, where John Cleese beats his car with a tree branch because it won’t start? He is blaming his car for his guilt over being late, and that really isn’t so very far-fetched, people do things like that. A more common example might be the door that refuses to stay shut. You repeatedly try to close it with increasing force until eventually, losing your temper and banging it so hard it may never open again, you shout, “That will show you who’s boss!” Now was it really the door that made you so cross? If we are capable of doing that to an innocent door, imagine what we can project onto people. 

The ego requires a ‘scapegoat’ – an interesting term which warrants some explanation. When the Israelites wandered the desert, each year the high priest would gather the tribe and arrange for a goat to be placed before him. Laying his hands upon the head of the goat, he would announce that he was taking all the sins of the people before him and transferring them into the goat. The goat would then be driven out of the camp taking – the tribe believed – all their sins with it. 

Thousands of years later this practice continues daily, though we're no longer choosing goats to carry away our guilt. Instead, we may choose a particular race of people, for example black people, Jewish people, or gypsies. During the time when India was a colony of Great Britain, the British were an obvious target for hatred, and this hatred helped to unify the Hindus and Muslims in a common cause. However, once the British left so did a convenient scapegoat. The ego had to find a new enemy and so the Hindus and 

Muslims quickly began to attack each other instead. This goes on worldwide and the desire for these scapegoats will never end until we accept the responsibility for healing the guilt in our own minds. 

To help deepen our understanding of projection let's take a look at Figure 2.2 below. Do you see the face of a young or an old woman? If you see the face of an old woman, you might be wondering what I am talking about – or vice versa. 

Fig 2.2 

• If you can only see the old face, try looking at the right eye again, but now see it as the right ear of a young woman who is facing right. The nose of the old woman now becomes the cheek of the young woman. 

• If you can only see the face of the young woman try looking again at her ear, but now see it as the right eye of the old woman. The cheek of the young woman now becomes the large nose of the old woman. 

What has the mind been doing here? Data from the drawing enters the eye and forms an inverted two- dimensional image on the back of the eye, the retina. This is translated into electrochemical pulses that are sent by the optic nerve to the rear of the brain. The brain searches its data bank of images, decides on the most appropriate match, and projects that onto the picture. In other words, we see what we want to see and not necessarily what's there. 

So, which is the correct answer? They both are!


 

Fig 2.3 


Now take a look at Fig 2.3 - most people will see a white triangle. However, I think we would all agree that no such triangle actually exists, although our minds have projected one onto the diagram. Such is the power of projection! 

If we are capable of seeing what’s not there in the case of a simple, objective drawing, imagine our ability to get it wrong in the case of our psychological projections onto others – or other ‘things’ (remember the ill-fitting door?). Just as in the case of the above visual projections, our psychological projections also insist they are true and not open to question. 

When we discuss the first stage of forgiveness in Chapter Four we will see how important it is to take back into our own mind the negative things we have projected onto others. This does not mean we can’t observe accurately the behaviour of others – such as the sadistic behaviour of a cruel dictator - but if the behaviour of this dictator is causing us to feel anger then there is a denied and therefore unforgiven 'dictator' in our own mind. This is what taking back the projection means. 

Of course you may never do anything as bad as the cruel dictator, but there are other ways in which we can be dictatorial. Using our power to take what we want is dictatorial behaviour. We may do this subtly by manipulation of another, or by using our greater physical strength over others – our children perhaps. 

As long as we project the problem outside our minds and onto the world there is no chance of healing ourselves. It is only when we see it within ourselves that the healing can begin. 

A story I heard about a participant in a workshop by Dr. Kenneth Wapnick makes a good illustration of this point. 

During the workshop the topic of hating in another what you have denied in yourself had been raised. A large man stood up and protested at this teaching. He told the class that some months before he had witnessed a young girl being deliberately pushed in front of an oncoming underground train. The incident had remained with him for months and he felt distressed and very angry at what he had seen. “Surely,” he exclaimed, “you are not telling me I am capable of that behaviour. I refuse to believe it!” He sat down and the workshop continued. 

Towards the end of the workshop he stood up again and shared the following insight. He told the class that kids liked to play with him, and he thought his bulk was part of the reason for this. In fact, he was always asked at Christmas time to dress up as Father Christmas and distribute presents to the children. He hated the job but could not bring himself to refuse. The kids would get up on his lap, play with his beard and generally torment him. Although he suppressed his feelings, he admitted he wanted to fling these kids off him – just as the man he saw at the underground had flung a young child onto the rail tracks. He now understood why that scene had haunted him for so long. In seeing this, he had withdrawn his projection from the killer and brought it back to his own mind where the process of forgiveness could begin. 

 

If we are really upset about murderers and think they deserve the very strongest punishment, we are actually experiencing the effects of our denied desire for vengeance. We feel a strong desire to get even with those who we perceive as having treated us unfairly but would feel very ashamed to realise that we too are capable of murder. We only need to look at what happens to ‘ordinary’ people in times of war, where often the slightest excuse is all that is needed to kill another. 

This is a good time to go back to the list you made during the exercise in Chapter One. If you had trouble seeing the truth about yourself in the negative projections you wrote down, perhaps it will seem clearer now. I realise what a dreadful exercise that was for your ego, as it is the complete opposite of what we are normally taught. We live in a blame culture. 

Yes, forgiveness is very hard to do for it turns our world upside down. How can we carry on being victims with our justified anger when we start to realise we always choose our response to situations? In Chapter Three we will look more deeply at why it’s so hard to forgive. 


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Non Dual Teachings

This part of the newsletter offers input from non-dual teachers. What is non-duality? The word ‘non-dual’ means not two. On the first page of the ACIM text there is two line summary of a Course in Miracles. It begins with the line “Nothing real can be threatened.”
This refers to what God created – eternal, formless, spirit. Eternal means never born and therefore cannot change or die. The Course uses the expression ‘the Christ’ to denote this. Behind all the seeming multiplicity of the universe there is actually only one essential reality. Just as all the images on the cinema screen seem different, the light that creates them is one.

There is nothing outside you. That is what you must ultimately learn, for it is the realization that the Kingdom of Heaven is restored to you. For God created only this, and He did not depart from it nor leave it separate from Himself. The Kingdom of Heaven is the dwelling place of the Son of God, who left not his Father and dwells not apart from Him. 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.

The second line of the summary states ”Nothing unreal exists.” This refers to everything that is born and therefore dies - the ego’s world. Thus everything in the universe including ourselves is not real according to the Course. It is like a great dream. Only perfect oneness is real. 

There are two forms of non-duality – pure and impure. In the impure form God is aware that the universe is a dream and experiences itself through it - God's Leela or play as they say in the East. In the pure form of non-duality God is unaware of the universe. The Course is an example of pure non-dual teachings. A metaphor for this is a cinema projector where the lamp in the projector represents God. When the ego's film of separation is run past the light it is projected onto the screen of time and space. The light of God makes this possible, but the lamp is unaware of what is on the screen and would continue to shine when the film is taken away. To continue with this metaphor the light extending from the lamp is who we are, the Christ. ( See chart http://acfip.org/lightbulb.html)

You dwell not here, but in eternity.
You travel but in dreams, while safe at home. 
T-13.VII.17:6-7.

You are at home in God, dreaming of exile but perfectly capable of awaking to reality. 
T-10.I.2:1.


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Birth of Universal Man
A Journey from Personality to Divinity
By
Dada Gavand

When the seeker begins to arrive nearer the spirit, he starts to feel the signs of opening. Here at this stage the seeker has to remain utterly silent, inward and innocent. Knowledge, imaginations, hopes and the authority of books, gurus or one’s own strong opinions are all barriers. Only the factual experience within, in that moment, is real.
One has to be alert and obedient only to the inner happening. There the seeker must wait in total silence, without any movement of thought, with humility and in the spirit of anonymity.
At this point, abundant patience and openness are needed without any movement of thought — which is faith. Such faith is not in someone or in some idea created by the wishful mind. Faith is the state of humility, aloneness and total inwardness. This is surrender to the unknown.
In this state of surrender — which is humility, inwardness and anonymity — Life energy undergoes a mystical change. This is a point of transition, a critical point in consciousness when a dimensional change begins to take place. Here, in this state of absolute aloneness, the radical revolution occurs.
When the whole energy attentively awaits in the inner space without any fragmentation, the alchemy of Cosmic Intelligence begins to unfold within. One stands the chance to witness the magic of a radical revolution only when the mind comes to total silence through the in-depth understanding of itself.
At this point, the Life energy is utterly still, transparent and dynamic, awaiting in readiness for its ultimate freedom. In its creative intelligence, the whole energy acts upon itself to explode the old structure of the crystallized mind.
This is the moment of breakthrough. In this revolutionary action the old, time-bound structure of the ego/me is shattered, giving the experience of a new-dimensional energy flow. This is the true re-birth of a human being. It is the blessing and the grace of the Causeless Creation.
This celebration is the outcome of the alchemy of Life, an act of the unknown. It is a spiritual opening, a turn toward new-dimensional existence.
When one begins to perceive and feel the bondage of the mind very clearly, without any reservation, this sets in motion a counter-force in consciousness. This counter-force is a catalyst for change, for the radical revolution. This is a natural unfoldment toward the final flowering of the human mind.
In all types of matter particles there are corresponding anti-matter particles. When the matter particles collide with the anti-matter particles, both are destroyed, leaving only energy.
In true meditation — which is free from the frame of technique and tradition, and carries all-around awareness to all that is within and without — the alchemy of transformation begins. There is an important change in the energy particles when attentive awareness is going totally inside. You become internally silent and free from any outward movement, and energy is actively pulsating only within.
When the energy particles of unbiased perception of the present collide with the particles of the past memory-mind, the annihilation of this psychological memory structure occurs. In this annihilation the perceiver and the past memory-mind are both negated. Awareness and the content of awareness are both annihilated, and there remains only energy.
This energy, being of a different dimension, will free us from the bondage of thought, which is time. It is elemental energy — that which is impersonal, spontaneous and intuitive. It functions in absolute freedom, beyond the realm of time and tradition. This timeless energy is pure Intelligence, the wisdom of Life, the Divine.
Eminent scientists working in the field of particle physics and genetic engineering also seem to have reached the conclusion that there exists an energy of a higher frequency which is beyond the dimensions of time and space and which behaves in mysterious ways.
True meditation opens up the possibility of entering this sphere of the mysterious, the unknown, the timeless, which may be eternal as well. Intense sensitivity is the outcome of thought-free inward pondering. It is an inward movement of exalted innocence — a movement of thinking without thought as well as feeling without emotional drive.
When this movement is free from the reflections of any reference to the past, it is detached from the shadow of Time. By entering deeper into one’s own inner space, quite inadvertently, one would arrive at a point where one can get the first insight to behold the dawn of the Timeless. The rigidity of thought is then loosened; thought comes into No man’s Land — a state of not-knowing, which is complete innocence.
Such a state of intense sensitivity loosens the hold of the genetic code. This prepares the ground for the eventual rushing in of the mysterious Life energy, which operates with its own Intelligence, without reference to the brain or nervous system.
At the moment of breakthrough, the mysterious Life energy explodes within and shatters the very foundation of one’s personality, along with one’s well-organized, conditioned memory-mind. The dawn of freedom is experienced!
The liberated man is completely freed from the clutches of the genome and lives from moment to moment, with a sense of being complete, contented, fully attuned and alive. He is also extremely creative, being governed by intuitive intelligence rather than bound by one’s conditioning or genetic code. This is a great achievement for man on earth, a historical landmark in the unfoldment of creative intelligence in the human being. Here lies the beauty, mystery and alchemy of Nature. Here also lies the hope and assurance of the liberation of human beings.
Yet, this stage is only the right beginning, like opening a door to something new. The door is open, and you are experiencing that other energy flow. The mold of mind has been broken, but even then one has to guard that new opening by remaining vigilant and totally faithful to it. Here is the need for, that classical state of ‘shraddha’ or faith. Faith is not a wishful mental choice of anything, either inside or outside. Faith is a total state in itself. It is anonymity with humility and inwardness, untouched by the desiring mind.
After the breakthrough, there is a possibility that that the surrounding environmental influences will affect this new opening. They can overshadow and engulf it again, just as a few dark clouds can subdue and block the light of the mighty sun. The whole basin of ego-mind has to become empty and cleaned of the residue gathered by the personality during its centuries of travel.
So even after the door has been opened, the old habits do linger on. The mind, with ints ingrained self-interest, very cleverly tries to turn every new experience into an idea.
Truth is destroyed by making an idea of it. Thought embalms the Truth in time to keep it dead. This way the intellect can use Truth easily and conveniently whenever needed — to fulfill the vested interest of the ego. Be aware of the idea, the thought or concept. Thought is the slayer of Truth. Memory is a barrier to the Timeless.
Thus one needs to go deeper, to intensify the awareness, to remain faithful to that new beginning. The social mind and strong collective environmental pressures are always there. Those have the capacity to influence, to cast their own dark shadow, to take over again. You are open to a new freedom, yet the past is always lingering around to overcome the present. This, too, is a Law of Nature.
So one has to be vigilant and very aware even at this stage. Constant vigilance is the price of freedom. This new opening is not something that is permanent once it takes place. Life is a constant movement, a momentum of moments. One needs to be awake at every moment, which deepens one’s own faith.
Faith depends on what depth one has entered into oneself. One can play on the shore with the ocean water, or enter further into it to experience the full depth, the immensity. It is the depth that helps one loosen the grip of the foothold and thus become free from one’s own identity. Then one is carried aloft by the celestial current beyond the horizon to witness the panorama of unbounded space — the infinity.
Before that, the possibility is still there that the ego-mind will restructure itself and come back very subtly in a new guise. Some seekers see the glimpse through the door, but then they start glorifying the door, worshipping the light, singing songs about it. This can and does happen. The past is still there; the influences are still around. Any indulgence in glorificatory thought and idea about anyone or anything is a subtle and dangerous backward step. It implies that you are not yet completely free of mind.
The explosion almost completely breaks the mold, but the mold has the capacity to remake itself. That is why constant awareness is necessary. The mold of ego-mind has come into being through centuries and has created its own powerful vested interest. The mind mechanism, by utilizing all of the energy of Life, has rooted itself firmly. It does not let one move easily beyond itself towards divinity.
Even after this breakthrough, simplicity and austerity along with humility are essential, and deepening of the alert watchfulness is crucial. The explosion does bring a new order. It shatters the shell of the ego, the mind, and gives the experience of freedom and peace. But that freedom and peace have to unfold and flower to touch the source of one’s own inner being — the enormity of Life, the Divinity.
So there is not only the explosion but the deepening beyond it as well. You still have to let go of the foothold, to enter into the deeper eternal waters of Life. Then you become the water, the ocean, that vastness itself, in the flow of the Timeless. The ‘I’ as center merges into the circumference, which is limitless. You as a separate identity are not.
Here you come in Universality, the cosmic reality of Nature. You are not individual; you are not personality. That Universal state of being is the final point of arrival for human being. From personality to impersonality — which is Universality — is the unfoldment and fulfillment of life. He who merges with his own inner space becomes impersonal, becomes the whole. He is then not just in the world, but is one with it. And from there, when he loves one, he will love all.
This is the birth of the universal being, the impersonal one, and to experience this is our destiny. Here one is related to that vastness, to the infinity. In that enormity one experiences love and empathy. The entire world will then be in one’s orbit of relationship and love. What is love but one’s relationship with the impersonal intelligence beyond thought? When that comes into play, spirituality becomes much higher than just a religion, doctrine, philosophy, or tradition.
When one is operating from this impersonal state, intuitive expression brings forth the Truth that is the Cosmic Law. This Law will naturally guide one, rather than ethics prescribed by society or religion.
Love is the expression of cosmic creation in its highest form, beyond ethics, social morality and the rules of man. Intuitive expression from one’s inner space becomes the way of life. One finally embraces the Law of Divinity, which is not created by thought and so shall never perish. In this realm the creator and creation are one, subject and object are one.
Mankind is now facing its greatest challenge, with humanity on the brink. Sensitive and intelligent people are recognizing the fact that everybody is adding his bit to the world problems. Now their obligation is to become part of the solution. Only the individual acting and inquiring alone, within himself, can take up this challenge. Each one must explore within, with utmost urgency and honesty, to invite the radical revolution in the age-old mind.
Therein alone lies the hope for mankind. The mindless mind, freed from its fetters, will transform our perception, way of living and relationships. The human being will rise above individuality and nationality to embrace the Law of Universality.
Only through total upheaval and revolt, with a radical revolution of mind, can one discover the supreme fulfillment, with peace, love and the benevolence of Life. Universal human beings will live by the intelligence beyond thought, manifested in lives of creativity and intuitive spontaneity. This is the birthright of every human being on earth, the mystery which the Eternal is offering.
Let that Life lead you on…
With love,
Dada

From Intelligence Beyond Thought, Chapter twenty-eight
There is a website maintained for Dada at:  http://mysticdada.org/cms/?q=index.htm
To see more from Dada look here.

 
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Time-Thought-Self by Jan Frazier

Your thoughts seem to be on the same plane of reality as something sensory and immediate.
If you sometimes see the unreliability of your ideas about things, how subject to change they are; even if you can sometimes distance yourself from the activity of your mind, the great part of the time you live inside your head, as if its story-line and imagery were accurate representations of truth.  The thoughts you think have everything to do with determining your emotional reality.  When you are absorbed in thought, you do not experience the now.
It is easy to see how the three support one another, how each depends upon the apparent reality of the others.  They all keep each other going.  There cannot be a “you” unless it occurs over time.  The appearance of time, of a self, can occur only when you think about these things (when you remember what happened yesterday, or anticipate what might happen tomorrow; what kind of person you have always been, how you imagine people see you).  The idea of wanting to change yourself:  that is a thought, and it presupposes a continuity of a self, over time.

The Difference Between Thought and Life.
Life is not an idea of life.  Life is what you are directly encountering, inside and out, right now.  Direct experience is life.  Everything else (yes, everything) is thought, or the by-product of thought, which is what emotion is.  If you suddenly became unable to remember any of your stories, and if you brought all of your attention to the immediate scene, without resisting any of it or making up a new story, you would be actually living.  Your mind would be mostly quiet.  You would feel (which is spontaneous, real, and very different from mind-caused emotion).
Thought is at a remove from life.  It will never be otherwise.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a “true” thought or a “good” thought. 
If life is what is actually occurring, now, then any thought about life — any interpretive label or memory or anticipation — is not life.  Seeing the difference between the two is a wide-open door to being conscious.  To really living.  Right now:  which is all we’ve ever got, or ever will have.  Notwithstanding the grand sweep the mind is capable of, looking before and after, interpreting what’s presently occurring.  Take away all of that, and you’re left with now.  With life.
All the life you’ve ever lived occurred in a now.  The rest of it is dry cardboard in the mind.  Only you keep trying to invest it with reality.  The mind thinks up a thought, and the ego invests it with reality.  That’s what we do.  But there’s nothing that says it has to be that way.  The mind could think up a thought and you could just leave well enough alone, declining to take that next step.
Thought is at a remove from life.  Period.  It will never be otherwise.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a “true” thought or a “good” thought.  (The ego doesn’t like that.)  The only useful thing to do in relation to a presently-occurring thought is to see what it is:  a thing produced by the mind.  Not to step into it and live within it, as if a play could become life itself.  When the play is being lived in, life is being missed.  You have two options.  Smell the air, the armpit, the baking cookies; taste the mouth coupling with your own, the aftertaste of your lunch; or have the second-rate taste and smell of memory.  Live inside an interpretation.  At a remove.
If you are thinking, then part of the present-moment reality being experienced is that your mind is whirring.  When you can look at an episode of thinking that way — as phenomenon — instead of slipping into its content as if the envisioned scene were reality, then it becomes possible not to be imprisoned by the thought.  Which is to say, it becomes possible not to suffer because of the thought.  It becomes possible to be alive in the moment, to experience what’s around you, what your body is feeling like, what you’re doing outwardly, what you’re encountering.
Living life, moment by succulent moment, does not allow room for suffering.  For suffering to happen, thinking has to be entered into and mistaken for reality. 
Oh, you say, not every moment is succulent.  Many moments are sucky.  Doesn’t make any difference.  It’s all life, and it’s all you’ve got.  (Which makes this moment succulent, it being the only one you’ve got.)
There’s no need to try to stop yourself from thinking.  (You can’t.)  What’s liberating is to recognize thought for what it is.  Which is an experience that’s radically different from living within the content of the thought, as if it were reality.
Thinking happens.  (This could become a new bumper sticker.)  It will probably always happen — on its own, as it were.  The option is NOT think versus decline to think.  The option is, see that thought is occurring OR enter into it as though it were real life.  Learn to see thinking as a phenomenon, just that.  To stay outside of it and just let it do its thing, without your getting into the ring with it.  You don’t have to humor every thought.  This is about learning to not mistake the contents of your head for the motion of the grocery cart under your hands.  The thought about grocery shopping (or whatever else is in your head while the thing is rolling along) is at a remove from the actual rolling of the cart and the grasping of the box and the can and head of lettuce, and the face of the person who is looking at the other kind of lettuce, beside you, and the color of her dress.  Dress and lettuce and can and box do not contain angst.  The accompanying mental narrative is the breeding pool for misery.
The mind says, oh, but buying groceries is benign.  No, it doesn’t matter if it’s the news of a dear one’s death or physical pain or shopping for food.  Be there with it, whatever it is, utterly with it, now and now and now, resisting nothing, and while the heart may break or the body may hurt, there will not be suffering.  The sensation is aliveness, hereness.  It is the sensation of being real, of knowing that you (and the world) be.  Groceries are.  Death is.  Pain is.  The difference between suffering and clean pain is the difference between an arm tensing for a needle and one that is soft.
When you are ready for this to penetrate, the relief will be profound.  Oh, and after a while, the mind won’t run so constantly, because it will have more and more trouble getting your attention.  Life will be too constantly absorbing to tempt your attention away, draining it off to some anemic thought or other.
Until you’re ready to fully take this in, there won’t be a lot of relief.  It’s just a matter of time till you’ve had enough.

Jan Frazier’s books.

The Freedom of Being: At Ease with What Is (Weiser Books, 2012) explores the nature of the self that is subject to suffering and shows the way beyond that limited self.

Opening the Door: Jan Frazier Teachings on Awakening (eBookIt, 2012) is an ebook collection of essays. It opens the reader’s awareness to the possibility of a richly human life, beyond what appears possible to the ego and the mind.

The Great Sweetening: Life After Thought (eBookIt, 2016) is the newest ebook essay collection. It invites the seeker to ask What am I? This is the heart of the spiritual search, the question Am I my ego and my thoughts, or am I consciousness itself?


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Only Awareness Remains by Adyashanti

Life moves, undulates, breathes in and out, contracting and expanding. This is its nature, the nature of what is. Whatever is, is on the move. Nothing remains the same for very long. The mind wants everything to stop so that it can get its foothold, find its position, so it can figure out how to control life. Through the pursuit of material things, knowledge, ideas, beliefs, opinions, emotional states, spiritual states, and relationships, the mind seeks to find a secure position from which to operate.
The mind seeks to nail life down and get it to stop moving and changing. When this doesn't work, the mind begins to seek the changeless, the eternal, something that doesn't move. But the mind of thought is itself an expression of life's movement and so must always be in movement itself. When there is thought, that thought is always moving and changing. There is really no such thing as thought. There is only thinking, so thought which is always moving (as thinking) cannot apprehend the changeless.
When thought enters into the changeless it goes silent. When thought goes silent, the thinker, the psychological "me," the image-produced self, disappears. Suddenly it is gone. You, as an idea, are gone. Awareness remains alone. There is no one who is aware. Awareness itself is itself. You are now no longer the thought, nor the thinker, nor someone who is aware. Only awareness remains, as itself. Then, within awareness, thought moves. Within the changeless, change happens.
Now awareness expresses itself. Awareness is always expressing itself: as life, as change, as thought, feelings, bodies, humans, plants, trees, cars, etc. Awareness yields to itself, to its inherent creativity, to its expression in form, to experience itself. The changeless is changing. The eternal is living and dying. The formless is form. The form is formless. This is nothing the mind could have ever imagined.
© 2003 Adyashanti

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I entered, not knowing where - a poem by Saint John of the Cross


I entered not knowing where

And I remained not knowing,

Beyond all science knowing........


1. I did not know where I entered,

But when I saw myself there,

Not knowing where I entered,

Many things I suddenly learned,

I will not say what these things were,

For I remained not knowing,

Beyond all science knowing.


2. It was peace, It was love,

It was the perfect knowledge.

In deep solitude

I saw with wisdom;

It was a thing so secret

I was left babbling and trembling,

Beyond all science knowing.


3. I went so far beyond,

So lost and absorbed,

I lost all my senses

I was of all sensing dispossessed;

And my spirit was filled

With knowledge not knowing,

Beyond all science knowing


4. Whoever truly reaches there,

Is lost to herself;

All she knew before

Now appears very base;

But her knowledge grows,

And she remains not knowing,

Beyond all science knowing.


5. The higher she climbs,

the less she understands,

For this is the dark cloud

That brings light to the night;

And whoever has this light

Always remains not knowing,

Beyond all science knowing.


6. This knowing by not knowing

Is of such high power,

That the arguments of the wise

Are wholly unable to grasp it;

For their knowledge does not explain (indeed, it cannot)

Not to know knowing,

Beyond all science knowing.


7. And this exalted wisdom

Is of such excellence,

That no faculty or science

Can hope to reach it;

But she who learns to conquer herself

With this knowledge of not knowing,

Will always go beyond all science knowing.


8. And if you really want to hear it,

This highest science consists

In a most sublime sensing

Of the Divine Essence;

It is an act of clemency

Which leaves us not knowing

Beyond all science knowing!


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PLEASE NOTE: The Australian Centre for Inner Peace is not a counselling or psychotherapy centre; 
therefore we do not offer telephone or email service or counselling, therapy, or crisis intervention for personal problems. 
Please see the Contacts section at the end of this newsletter.
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Other


Forthcoming Workshops on A Course in Miracles


For up to date information on my workshops go to http://www.acfip.org/fws.html 


Germany 2017 Dates



Bonn - Sat 10 and Sun 11 June - 2017
10am to 6pm


Healing Ourselves and Others
from the perspective of A Course in Miracles 

Health Is Inner Peace....Health is the result of relinquishing all attempts to use the body lovelessly. 

The Holy Spirit is the only Therapist. He makes healing clear in any situation in which He is the Guide. You can only let Him fulfil His function. He needs no help for this. He will tell you exactly what to do to help anyone He sends to you for help, and will speak to him through you if you do not interfere. T-9.V.8:1-8
A Course in Miracles

Using the spiritual path of A Course in Miracles and its supplement - Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process and Practice - we will explore what true healing is: the return to our awareness of our spiritual identity. 

The cause of illness lies in the mind and not the body. By returning our awareness to the mind and forgiving the thought forms of judgement, attack and condemnation of ourselves and others we can return to a state of inner peace. The body will then return to a state of health.

To heal others, whether as a friend or as a psychotherapist, we need to learn to step aside and be guided in what to say and do . We need to remember “The Holy Spirit is the only Therapist.”

 Practical exercises will be used to help understand the ego and its mechanisms of denial and projection. We will practise forgiveness and turning within for guidance.

Topics also included:
*Healing ourselves
• Reasons for Sickness
• Special Hate and Love relationships
• The Process of Illness
• How is Healing Accomplished
• Forgiveness
• Resistance to healing

Healing others (teachings for everyone who desires to relieve suffering in others)
• The A Course in Miracles approach to healing others
• The differences between the healed and unhealed healer 
• Purpose of Psychotherapy
• The Process of Psychotherapy
• Role of the Psychotherapist

An overview of the Course's metaphysical, psychological and spiritual teachings especially in regard to healing of the mind, body and relationships will be covered. 
No previous knowledge of the book A Course in Miracles is required.   


An Evening Introductory Talk - Fri 9th June 2017
7.30pm to 9.30pm


Contact:
Albert-Schweitzer-Haus
Beethovenallee 16
Bonn 53173
tel: 0228 - 36 47 37



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Freiburg  2017 June

Fri 16,[6pm to 9pm] Sat 17 [10am to 6pm] and Sun 18 [10am to 5pm]

Healing Ourselves and Others
from the perspective of A Course in Miracles 

Health Is Inner Peace....Health is the result of relinquishing all attempts to use the body lovelessly. 

The Holy Spirit is the only Therapist. He makes healing clear in any situation in which He is the Guide. You can only let Him fulfil His function. He needs no help for this. He will tell you exactly what to do to help anyone He sends to you for help, and will speak to him through you if you do not interfere. T-9.V.8:1-8
A Course in Miracles

Using the spiritual path of A Course in Miracles and its supplement - Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process and Practice - we will explore what true healing is: the return to our awareness of our spiritual identity. 

The cause of illness lies in the mind and not the body. By returning our awareness to the mind and forgiving the thought forms of judgement, attack and condemnation of ourselves and others we can return to a state of inner peace. The body will then return to a state of health.

To heal others, whether as a friend or as a psychotherapist, we need to learn to step aside and be guided in what to say and do . We need to remember “The Holy Spirit is the only Therapist.”

 Practical exercises will be used to help understand the ego and its mechanisms of denial and projection. We will practise forgiveness and turning within for guidance.

Topics also included:
Healing ourselves
• Reasons for Sickness
• Special Hate and Love relationships
• The Process of Illness
• How is Healing Accomplished
• Forgiveness
• Resistance to healing

Healing others (teachings for everyone who desires to relieve suffering in others)
• The A Course in Miracles approach to healing others
• The differences between the healed and unhealed healer 
• Purpose of Psychotherapy
• The Process of Psychotherapy
• Role of the Psychotherapist

An overview of the Course's metaphysical, psychological and spiritual teachings especially in regard to healing of the mind, body and relationships will be covered. 
No previous knowledge of the book A Course in Miracles is required.   

Contact:
Margarete Sennekamp
Winterhaldenweg 4,
79856 Hinterzarten,
Tel./Fax: 07652-917530

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BOOKS AND AUDIO MATERIALS FOR SALE - by Michael Dawson


New teaching and healing materials - eBooks and downloadable MP3s:

Ebooks:

1. Healing the Cause -A Path of Forgiveness.
Inspired by A Course in Miracles.
This is the eBook version of the paper back.

2. A Course in Miracles - Explanations of Major Themes
New book in eBook format

3. Forgiveness - A Path to Inner Peace. 
Inspired by A Course in Miracles
This is the eBook version of the paper back.

The eBook versions can be read on Kindle, iPad, Microsoft eReader, Nook, PDF readers (Mac and PC) and most eBook readers.
For more details and how to purchase please visit: www.acfip.org/books_tapes.html


Downloadable Mp3s:

1. Healing the Cause: Self-Help Exercises 1
This MP3 contains the identical four exercises as the CD

2. Healing the Cause: Self-Help Exercises 2
This MP3 contains the identical four exercises as the CD

3. Healing the Cause: 3 Self-Help Exercises in English with German translation
This MP3 contains the identical three exercises as the CD

For more details and how to purchase please visit: http://www.acfip.org/books_tapes.html


Books:

Healing the Cause - A Path of Forgiveness.  Findhorn Press 1994
Also available in German, Romanian, French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese.

The Findhorn Book of Forgiveness.  Findhorn Press. 2003
Also available in German, French, Polish and Romanian.

For more details and how to purchase please visit: http://www.acfip.org/books_tapes.html

MP3s (see above) and CDs:

Healing the Cause:
Since 1986 I have been conducting healing workshops in the UK and abroad, and have continually experimented to find healing and forgiveness exercises that are effective.  I have found that a particular exercise can be effective for one person but not another. Accordingly, I was led to develop a series of exercises. Over the years workshop participants asked if these exercises could be put onto audio cassettes and CDs so they could repeat them. This has resulted in the Healing the Cause - Exercise series - Tapes 1 to 4 (2 exercises on each tape) and CD1 and 2 (4 exercises on each CD)

CD - 3 Healing Exercises in English with German translation. 10 Euro
Content: 
Ex1. Forgiving Ourselves. 
Ex2. Changing Perception and Finding peace. 
Ex3. Changing Perception of another - exercise for two people.

These exercises are similar to existing exercises already available on CDs but are translated into German.
 
Workshops:

1. Three Steps of Forgiveness. 
This workshop concentrates on the process of forgiveness from the perspective of A Course in Miracles. Includes 3 healing exercises.
 Recorded at the Annual Miracle Network Conference in London, November 2001. 1 hour 12 mins. One CD

2. Finding and Eliminating the Blocks to Receiving Guidance. 
This talk investigates what stops us hearing the guidance that is ever present in our lives. Recorded at the Annual Miracle Network Conference in London, October 20001 hour. One CD

For more details and how to purchase please visit: http://www.acfip.org/audio.html

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CONTACTS and COURSE INFORMATION 
Search Engine for ACIM Sites, Definitions and Articles by Joe Jesseph.
A Web search engine dedicated to finding discussion and definitions of terms and concepts found in 
A Course in Miracles as well as Web sites, articles and other writings related to the Course.

Question and Answer Service from the Foundation for A Course in Miracles. 
Their electronic outreach section has a question and answer service on the theory and practice of the Course. Their database of 1,400 questions and answers is searchable. They no longer take new questions as they feel all possible questions have now been put.

Foundation for Inner Peace..........................Publishers of A Course in Miracles and responsible for the translation programme. On-line mail order.

Foundation For A Course In Miracles................FACIM is the official teaching organisation of the Foundation for Inner Peace and the copyright-holder of_A Course in Miracles and all related materials. Publishes the quarterly Lighthouse newsletter. They have extensive on-line mail order for their books, CDs and DVDs.
The Foundation was started by Kenneth and Gloria Wapnick and has moved to Temecula in California. Kenneth is my teacher of A Course in Miracles. His body died in December 2013.
Their publications can also be ordered in Australia at:
Adyar Bookshop
230 Clarence Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Kenneth Wapnick ......……… Biographical information and excerpts from his writings
Kenneth Wapnick on YouTube
Glossary of ACIM terms from FACIM
"The Most Commonly asked Questions about A Course in Miracles"
by Kenneth and Gloria Wapnick
Index of Links to Miracle Studies Resources ...……....... A rich resource of materials on A Course in Miracles by an ex-staff member of the Foundation For A Course In Miracle. Joe also has a blog and has recently published  A Primer of Psychology According to A Course in Miracles.
miraclestudies.net  ………… A Course in Miracles Resource Web Site for ACIM Students
A Course in Miracles Study groups
Search for A Course in Miracles Study Groups Around the World. 
The Foundation for Inner peace also has a study group search engine.
Miracles Studies Australia  http://www.miracle-studies.net.au  lists study groups for Australia and new Zealand

Purchase ACIM on line
ACIM Historical Recordings & Video

A Course In Miracles Pen Pals:
The Miracle Network http://www.miracles.org.uk hosts a A Course in Miracles pen pals group:
To  join this e-mail discussion group,  send your e-mail address to e.pals@miracles.org.uk.  
They will send you  updated lists of other e.pals and  inform them of your e-mail address.

Belief.net ACIM discussion:
This Belief.net web-based discussion is hosted by Joe Jesseph.
http://community.beliefnet.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=151

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTATIONS

About three times a week I send a short quotation from some spiritual teacher or poet to people who have requested some uplifting thoughts. I have included some below. If you wish I can add your name to the email list.


How long, O Son of God, will you maintain the game of sin? Shall we not put away these sharp-edged children's toys? How soon will you be ready to come home? Perhaps today? There is no sin. Creation is unchanged. Would you still hold return to Heaven back? How long, O holy Son of God, how long?

A Course in Miracles  Lesson 250


Do understand that you are destined for enlightenment.
Co-operate with your destiny, don't go against it, don't thwart it.
Allow it to fulfil itself.
All you have to do is to give attention to the obstacles created by the foolish mind.

Nisargadatta Maharaj
I Am That

 When you listen to the voice in your head, that
is to say, do not judge.  You'll soon realize: there
is the voice, and here I am listening to it, watching
it.  This I am realization, this sense of your own
presence, is not a thought.  It arises from beyond
the mind.

Eckhart Tolle
The Power of Now

One is more likely to awaken through surrender than through seeking to waken. The effort to awaken is the effort of ego, whereas to surrender is to give up all efforts and to place oneself in the hands of a vast force that is more powerful than any realization of non duality.
When one finally gives up one's futile attempts to make reality conform to one's own wishes, and allows it to unfold on its own terms, all the energy that was tied up in foolish attempts to manipulate the universe is freed up.

Mariana Caplan
Halfway Up the Mountain - The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment


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Michael Dawson
PO Box 125
Point Lookout
North Stradbroke Island
Queensland 4183
Australia

EMAIL:       mdawson@acfip.org
WEBSITE:   http://www.acfip.org