ACFIP Newsletter 
June 2018
Issue 57
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


A Course in Miracles introductory video by Michael Dawson 
I have recently produced an illustrated 11 minute A Course in Miracles' summary which looks at how the Course came and its metaphysical and practical teachings. It introduces the topics of heaven, the separation, guilt, denial, projection, forgiveness and our spiritual awakening.

Here is the YouTube link.

In July I will add a recent 1h 50m interview with Jack Childs. The first part covers my spiritual journey and in the second part I answer A Course in Miracles questions especially in regard to healing and metaphysics.

I will be adding more videos on Course themes. If you want to be automatically informed of new additions please press Subscribe on the YouTube page where my video is showing and click on the bell that appears so it appears as if it is ringing. This ensures you will get an email update when new videos are added.
These videos will also be listed on my website at: http://www.acfip.org/acim%20video%20channel.html

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If you wish to read previous issues please go to http://www.acfip.org/newsletterarchive.html.

If your email address ends with .au I put your address on my Australian list for advance notice of workshops I am giving in Australia. If you do not want to be on this list please let me know. If you reside in Australia and want to be on this list, but you address does not end in .au, please email me and I will include it.

If you are new to the Course you might find my 3 summaries of help.
You can find them at http://www.acfip.org/sum.html, http://www.acfip.org/art6.html and http://www.acfip.org/art4.html

eBooks and MP3s
Price of all three eBooks has been reduced by half to AU$4.99
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.

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

Regards 

Michael Dawson

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CONTENTS:


A Course in Miracles Material

Opening to the Light by Michael Dawson 
* Q.25 If all this is a dream or an illusion, does that mean that the abuse I suffered as a child is unreal and should be denied or ignored? - Kenneth Wapnick 
* Metaphysics and the body (audio 6mins) - Tina Spalding
Non Dual Teachings

From Transcendence to Embodiment - Atreya Thomas
* The Breakthrough Shift: Lost and Found - Jan Frazier
* Poem - 'Be still and know God' by kironJ Gardner
24/7 technology can block guidance - The Arcturian Group


Other

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



A Course in Miracles Material



Opening to the Light 
by Michael Dawson 

Why wait for Heaven? Those who seek the light are merely covering their eyes. The light is in them now. Enlightenment is but a recognition, not a change at all. 
from A Course in Miracles W-pI.188.1:1-4

The light, love and joy of God are ever present and wait only our acceptance. We need not earn them as they were freely given at our creation. Nor is sacrifice or suffering required. So why do we rarely experience the light?

Within the illusion of time we long ago decided separation was preferable to oneness. We entered space and time seeking happiness outside ourselves. That we have not succeeded is obvious - one look at the world clearly shows this. However, we are still optimistic and carry on searching for that elusive peace and joy. At times we find it only to see it slip away from our grasp. Our ego encourages us to keep trying not mentioning its real goal is to ensure we never succeed.

I have said that the ego's rule is, "Seek and do not find." Translated into curricular terms this means, "Try to learn but do not succeed." T-12.V.7:1-2

The ego is the thought of separation that we, the sleeping Christ, have created. It lives as long as we give it power and we will continue to do this while we think it serves us. It wants to continue and thus seeks ways to keep us believing it's worth keeping. As we begin to slowly realise that following the ego's thought system of separation brings only pain we start to turn to the Holy Spirit in our mind for help. We start to open to the light.

Tolerance for pain may be high, but it is not without limit. Eventually everyone begins to recognize, however dimly, that there must be a better way. As this recognition becomes more firmly established, it becomes a turning point. T-2.III.3:5-7

OBSTACLES TO THE LIGHT

The ego becomes alarmed at the direction we are starting to take and counsels us to return to him. He warns us that the Holy Spirit works for God and don't we remember we broke up Heaven, took God's power and set ourselves up in time and space where we hope God will not find us and exact his just revenge!

I have watched participants on workshops having some form of experience that brings them closer to God's love and light and then a short time after they experience some fear, depression or sickness.

As the light comes nearer you will rush to darkness, shrinking from the truth, sometimes retreating to the lesser forms of fear, and sometimes to stark terror. But you will advance, because your goal is the advance from fear to truth. T-18.III.2:1-2

On the one hand we are starting to tire of the ego's ways of attack, judgement, justified anger and victimhood but are terrified of losing our sense of identity, specialness and individuality. We are strongly attached to thinking we are a body with important roles and ambitions in the world. The notion of spiritually advancing and finally sitting on the right hand of God is very appealing. But notice something about this picture. You are still there! Duality has crept into the oneness of Heaven. This is the ego's version of spiritual growth - you take him with you to God.

In the fifth stage of the "Development of Trust" in the Manual for Teachers Jesus tells us we will all go through a "Period of Unsettling". Although we are close to the top of the ladder of trust, the Real World, we may remain a "long, long time" at this penultimate stage. Why? We need to willingly release the sense of "I", of a "me" before we can return home.

Peace and joy exist only in the state of oneness or union with God. To know this means releasing our investment in the ego's thought system of separation. Our dilemma is illustrated in the following story.

A man is swinging on a trapeze. He knows this trapeze well but is starting to tire of it. He is not happy where he is and knows he must change something. Suddenly he sees an empty trapeze swinging backwards and forwards in front of him. On closer inspection he sees his name written on the bar. He knows he must let go of his familiar trapeze before he can grasp the new one. His fear of the new and the death of the old make him want to hold onto the old trapeze with one hand whilst trying to grab the new one. An impossible task. Likewise, the ego still has a powerful hold on us whilst we are being drawn ever more strongly to the light of the Holy Spirit.

The "Obstacles to Peace" in Chapter 19 of the ACIM Text spells out the various arguments the ego will use to persuade us to stay with him. He tells us the body is valuable for what it offers and that pain "proves" that it is real and the Holy Spirit is a liar when He says it's an illusion. Death is further "proof" that the body is real and separate from God. Our attraction to guilt, attack, hate and anger also act as a defense to experiencing the love of God, which would lead to the death of the ego. The ego warns us that God is waiting at the end of our spiritual path to exact his justified vengeance (so don't go there!) Better to get caught up in the world's ambitions, know the body is the only reality and don't rock the boat.

As we slowly start to desert our ego its cries will follow us until that day dawns when we finally give up all investment in its illusions.
And the illusions subtly change. Seeing through the cruder illusions of the eg (that materialism will bring us happiness), we then fall into the trap off spiritual materialism. Yearning for God and enlightenment can keep us trapped for a long time.

The desire for truth is the highest of all desires, yet, it is still a desire. All desires must be given up for the real to be.....When all search ceases, it is the Supreme State.
from I Am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj.

Knowing we will experience fear and ambivalence on our journey is very helpful. The journey back to God is not sweetness and light. As the ego continues to rear its ugly head we can start to practise forgiveness.

FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness, on the other hand, is still, and quietly does nothing. It offends no aspect of reality, nor seeks to twist it to appearances it likes. It merely looks, and waits, and judges not.W-pII.1.4:1-3

This quotation is asking us to look quietly at our ego and not to fix them or improve it. We are asked not to hate or love it for it is nothing, simply the absence of love which is awaiting our welcome. It must wait while we welcome the ego instead. The ego, not being real, merely needs to be observed without judgement. As we learn slowly to maintain a witness attitude to our ego's behaviour we remove our investment from it and it begins to fade. Starved of attention and guilt its food supplies shrivel and it must start to lose its grip on our minds. But as soon as we feel guilty about its behaviour or thoughts we are saying to it, "You are real, I believe in you".

This is our day in and day out practice. Not yearning for God or enlightenment. Just watching our mind and not judging what we see while asking the Holy Spirit/Jesus for help in seeing the situation peacefully. Slowly we start to smile at the ego's goings-on. "Oh, I see I want to throttle the driver who just cut me off on the road. That reminds me of the anger I felt yesterday when someone jumped the queue I was waiting patiently in. So what's new!"

Many times we will forget to forgive and ask for help. On seeing this we can still learn to smile at our lack of practice, to forgive ourselves for not forgiving.

I recently saw someone had summarised my AAA approach to forgiveness and include it below.

1. AWARENESS
What is denied cannot be forgiven. Awareness of our inner world is as important as awareness of our outer world. Our egos will fight our attempts to become more aware of our darker sides. Watch thoughts without judgment - develop a "compassionate witness." The ability to watch thinking means we are not our thoughts.

2. ACCEPTANCE
What you resist persists. Acceptance dissolves guilt. Acceptance invites healing and change. Change is feared and can block forgiveness.

3. ASKING FOR HELP
Awareness and acceptance are our responsibility. A genuine desire for peace invites healing. Our inner guide completes the forgiveness process and will choose the form forgiveness takes: our job is to surrender to its guidance.

Reprinted from www.care2.com - adapted from The Findhorn Book of Forgiveness, by Michael Dawson

As we practise our daily forgiveness lessons the wall of the ego starts to fade revealing God's light behind it - a light incapable of destruction, only of being hidden. The fear of God's love for us, which will dissolve our egos, begins to fall away and we understand and follow Jesus's guidance at last:

My brother, you are part of God and part of me. When you have at last looked at the ego's foundation without shrinking you will also have looked upon ours. I come to you from our Father to offer you everything again. Do not refuse it in order to keep a dark cornerstone hidden, for its protection will not save you. I give you the lamp and I will go with you. You will not take this journey alone. I will lead you to your true Father, Who hath need of you, as I have. Will you not answer the call of love with joy? T-11.in.4.

(The theme of this article is developed in my workshop "Opening to the Light")

Reprinted from;
A Course in Miracles - Explanations of Major Themes


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Q.25 - If all this is a dream or an illusion, does that mean that the
abuse I suffered as a child is unreal and should be denied or ignored? - Kenneth Wapnick 

http://www.miraclestudies.net/QuestIndx.html

   Following from the answer to the preceding question, one can understand that childhood abuse, or any victimization, is part of a larger script that came into existence with the original thought of separation, which then shattered into billions of fragments. The “me” that I experience as myself, as well as all the experiences of the life I call my own, are but one aspect of the larger script of the decision maker. Indeed, all ego scripts are but projected dreams of a world of opposites that results from the belief that we (the victimizers) could banish God and His unity (the victim) from our minds. Thus, any part of our individual lives is a congealing in form of the ego script of victim-victimizer. Moreover, I must accept responsibility that my decision maker has written a script where I would experience the pain of abuse so that I could prove that God was wrong and I was right. In other words, there is no unity of the Sonship because the thoughts of separation and victimization actually occurred. Until I can accept this fact of my dream. I will not be able to accept the correction and healing of the Holy Spirit. Most importantly, people should never deny what seems to be happening to them in their dreams, for these events become the means of helping them to awaken from the dream. Rather, they should pay careful attention to such experiences and then ask the Holy Spirit for help in becoming a happy learner, and accepting His happy dreams of correction to replace the nightmare dreams that their egos had made.
  For example, if one suffered such painful abuse as a child that all memories had been repressed and therefore rendered inaccessible to correction, some form of therapeutic intervention that allows the person to recall the early abuse can often be extremely helpful. If this is not done, the thought of fear that “protects” the thought of victimization is accorded power, and indeed continues to exercise this power in the service of maintaining the ego’s thought system of separation and pain. Therefore, as A Course in Miracles repeatedly emphasizes, a happy dream of forgiveness must precede the ultimate awakening, in which—still within the context of the dream of separation—a person is able to look with Jesus at the bitter symbols of the dream’s past, open them to re-examination and therefore correction. This is the meaning of the following all-important passage from the text that conveys the gentleness of Jesus’ corrective and healing love:
  Nothing more fearful than an idle dream has terrified God’s Son, and made him think that he has lost his innocence, denied his Father, and made war upon himself. So fearful is the dream, so seeming real, he could not waken to reality without the sweat of terror and a scream of mortal fear, unless a gentler dream preceded his awaking, and allowed his calmer mind to welcome, not to fear, the Voice that calls with love to waken him; a gentler dream, in which his suffering was healed and where his brother was his friend. God willed he waken gently and with joy. and gave him means to waken without fear (T-27.VII. 13:3-5).
  And so. any intervention that allows individuals to gain access to their fear thoughts so that they can be looked at through the eyes of Jesus’ forgiveness—a vision of non-judgment—is of help. That is why Jesus dictated to Helen the pamphlet Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process and Practice. Though it clearly occurs within the ego’s dream of separation, psychotherapy can nonetheless be redirected by the Holy Spirit to serve His holy purpose of undoing the dream—through reversing the dynamics of denial and projection—by reflecting in therapist and patient the joining of God and Christ that is the only truth.
  As we have stated previously, it is indeed true that metaphysically speaking one’s early childhood abuse (or anything within a dream) is an illusion, but as long as one believes it did indeed happen—otherwise there would be no fear, denial, anger, or pain—then help must be reflected in the form the person needs. To dismiss a problem as mere illusion when one still believes one is a body and personality is simply silly, and not a legitimate spiritual practice. Such practice in denial clearly serves no one well, and Jesus did not give us a Course in denial, but one in its undoing.

Question  from
The Most Commonly Asked Questions About A Course in Miracles

By Gloria and Kenneth Wapnick, Ph.D.

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Metaphysics and the body (audio 6mins)
Channeled by Tina Spalding
https://channelingjesus.com


This is an extract from a 22min audio on this subject.
Email me it you want the whole audio.

Tina is a trance channel who brings through Ananda (a collective consciousness) and Jesus. 
Their teachings are loving, wise, without judgement and in accord with teachings of A Course in Miracles which they recommend.


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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.
A Course in Miracles 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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From Transcendence to Embodiment

from: Awakening into a Complete Human Being:  Merging the Outer with the Innermost Self  by Atreya Thomas

I mentioned the witness briefly earlier, but let us examine this state with a more critical eye. The witness state is what is left of an individual after awareness breaks away from mind and body. The witness state can be completely detached from worldly affairs, or it can oscillate between spirit and form. The depth at which someone enters the witness state is often determined by the intensity of his or her devotion, as well as by how much they have suffered while remaining identified with the mind and body. 
   For example, someone who has experienced a lot of trauma and anxiety feels remarkable relief when they discover the witness. Finally, the seeker is free from the torturous prison of OCD, addiction, anger, depression, frustration, and so on. This always feels like it is the final state to achieve, because what else is there? In this space, you have no real connection to anything, as you know yourself to be the unchanging awareness in an ever-changing world of fleeting objects, thoughts, and emotions. This is the experiential bliss of the Self. One merely witnesses as life rises and falls, remaining unaffected by phenomena. 
   Personally, I remember feeling that the most horrific situation could manifest in my life and wondering if I would feel anything, at all. It sounds extreme, but in this state, you are very much divorced from the objective, concrete aspects of life, since your primary experience is that of pure, unbroken bliss. 
   Multiple times for almost a decade, I experienced this state of going back into identification with mind and body and then swinging back into the witness state. This pendulum swing is common, as it is part of the process of the breaking down of the persona, or dysfunctional ego. After years of this, I dropped into a witness state that was abiding and deeper than anything I had ever experienced. I sat for at least six hours a day in the backyard whenever I did not have something I absolutely needed to do. I did not speak for nearly a year. The kids climbed on me, hit me in the face with pillows, stuck dirt in my ears, and more. I had sunk into a place that was completely unaffected by form. I had discovered my abstract, eternal nature and was absorbed in that state exclusively. 
   During that time, my mind was pristine and as still as calm waters, with flashes of extraordinary insights. I wrote down these insights, and they became the content for my first book: Revealing the Absolute: Where Seeking Ends and Learning Begins. Looking back, I see that this book was primarily concerned with transcendence, as that is the state I was in. I had gone beyond form. After about a year of remaining in this state, I came to a threshold that I can only describe as “Death’s door.” 

  DEATH’S DOOR 
   The witness has the shreds of dysfunctional ego built into it because there is still a sense of duality—the witness and that which is being witnessed. Therefore, in my experience, the witness has a choice: it can cling to the bliss of detachment, or it can die back into form. I remember coming to a threshold and being presented with this option, although I did not understand its significance at the time. I felt that I had the choice to die or to stay on my meditation cushion. My heart rate jumped higher than I had ever before experienced, and I was accustomed to strenuous exercise. In the past, I had been a seasoned runner who could run a six-minute mile. I had never felt my heart rate so high. I wanted to get up and run away, but I decided to remain. I remember saying to myself, “Okay, I am going to die; it is my time.” I knew I could get up and seek help, but I decided to stay and die. 
   What happened next is indescribable, because the experience did not come through the vehicle of the mind or body. However, I can say this: It was timeless. In other words, the sense of continuity, memory, or linear experience was not present, and yet, there was existence.
 
  UNITY CONSCIOUSNESS  
   Returning to my senses after this experience can be described as a birth back into the body. Except this time when I opened my eyes, the world was different. Objects were recognizable, but somehow changed. The best way I can describe it is that they all somehow appeared the same, although they were physically different. I got up, walked into my house, and saw my wife. I looked at her intensely, and what I saw next explained my experience. 
   As I looked at her, I saw my own face superimposed upon hers. For quite some time, this was my primary experience: everything I saw, touched, tasted, and interacted with I somehow experienced as myself in the most literal sense. This feeling has never left, but has become more of an undertone over time. Nevertheless, the intensity can be dialled up or down by certain embodiment practices I discovered. 
   It is important to note that not everyone’s experience will be like the one I described. In fact, you can bet that it will not be, because everyone’s experience with transcendence and unity consciousness seems to be unique, although there are always some similarities. 

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The Breakthrough Shift: Lost and Found

Jan Frazier

https://janfrazierteachings.com/teachings/

So much seeking is misguided. Many get hopelessly lost in the impression that somebody else “has it” while they do not. Awakeness is made into something extraordinary – something outside the one longing for it. Yet the only difference between someone who’s steadily awake and one who’s not is this: the awake person has discovered what always was within, and has come to dwell there. For others, the discovery is yet to be made. If something life-altering occurs at awakening, it’s got to do with perspective only.
Yet it seems some kind of change (or acquisition) needs to occur. As if the reality of stripped-down beingness weren’t already within, accessible to any who will pause long enough to let it be felt – to touch what’s beyond the reach of the mind.
Nearly all spiritual effort engages the mind. The mind can never take you anyplace but another part of itself. It cannot deliver you to what’s beyond all thought.
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To be awake is to be consciously aware in the moment. It’s to be attuned to what’s occurring here and now, both around yourself and within – without mental filtering, without resisting or assessing. This is as true of a fleeting moment of awakeness (experienced by many) as it is of a stable condition.
During the long intervals of unconsciousness, instead of attention being on momentary reality itself, it’s on ideas about what’s happening. Or it’s on a mental image of the past, or on some imagined moment (occurring elsewhere or later). The mind’s content is endlessly absorbing only because it’s so good at convincing you of its reality. A person doesn’t realize, mostly, that this impression of reality is entirely a homemade production. Hence the vast majority of life is “lived” inside the head. Meanwhile, you’ve lost touch with that part of yourself that’s purely alive: awareness itself.
Learn to mistrust the assumption that any moment of self-examination is useful to your spiritual life.
Yet what do seekers tend to focus on? They try to change themselves, discouraged by lack of “progress.” Mostly it goes unnoticed that all of this engages the mind. Meanwhile, people constantly fail to question the fundamental delusion on which everything depends: that the familiar self (with all its exotic mental lenses, its drive to improve) has an independent existence outside the head, and that it’s capable of awakening. They neglect to ask What is it in me that experiences suffering – that wants it to go away? The result is that people filled with longing constantly by-pass what’s always available, inside themselves. It’s just that they keep looking in the wrong place.
The greater part of any life’s attention is on the wish to attain happiness. (It’s this desire that draws many to spirituality.) In the attempt to figure out how to be happy, how to reduce suffering (often via some imagined spiritual “attainment”), people miss the fundamental reality.
The wellspring of equanimity is as palpable as bodily warmth. But it isn’t perceived because it exists at a level deeper than the one typically drawing attention – the level where suffering and hope flower, where seeking occurs. Only unfiltered attention to present-moment reality can bring equanimity, the kind that’s subject to nothing at all.
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Rarely does a person grow still enough to feel himself simply being. Being aware, sensing aliveness. How many times in a typical day does someone see that she sees, feel that she’s here? This noticing – or its absence – is the only difference between sleep-walking and really living.
Whenever it occurs to you, pause and ask, Where’s my attention? Even a brief noticing can shift the usual way of perceiving, opening the door to a new orientation to the moment – to yourself. Asking this question attunes you to what’s real. It stops everything, locating you (consciously) in the present. Next, ask this: What is it in me that’s capable of seeing where attention is? This question gently moves you into the “part” of you that’s been awake all along.
This is not a “method” to waking up. It is being awake (however fleetingly). It’s the thing itself.
This momentary shift in awareness has been celebrated by a well-known writer: “Who could ever tire of this heart-stopping transition, of this breakthrough shift between seeing and knowing you see, between being and knowing you be?”
That passage appears in a book not about spiritual awakening but about what it’s like to be a child. In An American Childhood, Annie Dillard is describing a kind of knowing that’s innate to the human being. To sense the living reality of conscious self-awareness is truly thrilling, especially when it first occurs, which is likely in childhood. (Not that a child could articulate it; that remains for the restless adult she’ll turn into. Is it any wonder we’re often wistful for childhood, pained by the sense that something precious has been lost?)
Is it lost? Or is it just obscured? As the child develops, other things begin to seem more important than the attunement to timeless being. Things like making friends and being well thought of, like self-esteem, doing well in school, obeying one’s elders, learning to belong, to achieve (and for some, to survive). On and on it goes. After an early immersion in the now, we learn to believe in time and its exotic promises. The primal sensation of conscious awareness is buried beneath the rubble of things we’re taught to believe matter more. Is it any wonder that along the way we inevitably lose track of our dearest selves? Yet what each of us most deeply is moves along with us, always, however obscured it may be. As if patiently waiting to be discovered anew, fresh as it was in childhood.
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Attention is always somewhere. You’re a physical being, perhaps in motion, located in a particular space. Something observable is going on “out there,” and inside as well (in body, in mind). You’re equipped with sense receptors, capable of attunement to the immediate surroundings and to the inner condition. Yet seldom is a person self-aware enough to notice where attention is at any given moment. Pausing to see where attention is, you find it’s on something: the red light you’re waiting to turn green, the button being buttoned, the thing being said to you, the pain in your back. Most often, attention is absorbed by the apparent reality of whatever story is currently playing on the mental screen, sapping all attention from immediate reality (so that you’re paying no attention to the outer activity). The mind has convinced you that its production is as real as whatever’s going on in front of you. Having no access to reality, all the mind can touch is its own content.
Thinking and attention are capacities innate to every human being. They are not the same. Each has its own terrain.
Thinking is the processor – not the experiencer – of reality. Although it occurs at a remove from life, thinking and its content take on the feeling of the real. The result is the generation of dissatisfaction, fear, anger, judgment, and resistance. In the mind dwell all identities, all ideas and beliefs – including spiritual ones. These are especially potent in their capacity to delude, to keep a person trapped in the head, wondering (most ironically) why awakening never occurs. The most deeply-entrenched beliefs and identities are often not even seen, because they appear to be “simply true” or “just who I am.” They are the building blocks of the rigid structure that constitutes the personal prison.
Most essential to see is this: the I (being quite literally made of thought) exists only inside the head, which spawns and maintains it at extravagant cost to a life. However real it appears to be (and however off-putting or unnerving this may be), the self has no independent reality, outside the mind’s impression of it.
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While the mind can know only its own creations, attention has access to life itself. It tunes into what’s happening in the immediate field of awareness, engaging at a more primary level than thought. Absent the conspicuous tension of mental processing, attention is simply tuned in. It feels alive, present, really here. It doesn’t generate ideas (including spiritual ones), or set intentions. Learn to recognize these impulses as coming from the mind.
Simply tuned into the now, attention doesn’t attach labels or project to what’s next. Of course, the mind will be eager to step in with its busybody ways, and it almost always does. But it’s key to notice that attention precedes processing, always. It’s possible to really be here for the moment without mentally handling it at all. Imagine that! (In order to discover this, you need first detect the split second that separates sensory perception from mental engagement.)
Thinking and attention function all the time for everyone. But seldom are we encouraged to notice them, to distinguish one from the other. Nobody teaches us about this in school or at home, and at terrible cost. (It’s never too late to learn.) Learning to recognize the difference, in a moment of self-awareness, leads you to that “part” of yourself where insight – and a potent shift – can occur.
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If I ask, “Where were you born?” what capacity is engaged? It’s the thinker that turns on. Attention doesn’t have access to stored information. That’s the mind’s terrain.
If I say, “Can you tell in this moment that you are alive, aware, here?” what do you use to tell? Clearly it isn’t the same capacity as the one that knows where you were born. Yet in an instant you can tell. See how the reality of being is a felt thing – not a mentally “known” one. Nothing requiring mental engagement can deliver you to that level of bodied recognition. Mental recollection of a bird’s name cannot hope to approach the effect of the nameless creature’s song on your interior.
This is what being awake is about.
If I ask, “Where has your attention been, the moment before this one?” often what you’ll realize is that it’s been on the content of your mind, having mistaken it for reality. But now, suddenly conscious, you can recognize it as mental content. And you can discover (most usefully) that during the interval of being “lost in thought,” you’d been largely unaware of the immediate scene. Since attention has now been re-directed from the real-seeming mental drama to the phenomenon of thought, you have arrived in the now, no longer distracted by what was masquerading as the real.
Contemplate this clear-eyed observation by Red Hawk: “Thought gains its dominance and control by a simple device: not being observed” [in Self Observation: The Awakening of Conscience]. The transformative power of observing the mind at work cannot be overestimated. This applies equally to an obvious stream of thought and to more subtle forms of mental content – real-seeming things such as identification, attachment, belief, and memory.
See, for transformation to come about, you don’t need to make yourself stop thinking. You need only recognize thought for what it is. This seeing drains the energy right out of a mental movie, changing it from three-dimensional color (with you inside it) to a pencil sketch you’re looking at.
Perspective is everything.
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In a moment of dissatisfaction or desire, ask yourself, What capacity is engaged here, in this moment? Learn to mistrust the assumption that any moment of self-examination is useful to your spiritual life. Simply notice what’s happening in the head, and then invite attention to attune to what’s actually real in the moment: the sensation in the body, the look and feel of the immediate scene. This simple gesture can teach you more about freedom than all the spiritual ideas in the world. More and more you will find yourself living not in your head but in the now – really alive! Any time you’re self-aware enough to notice where attention is (even if the moment just prior was missed by being lost in the head), you’ve just arrived in the present. Which is, of course, the whole point.
You may be surprised to notice, along the way, that the fierce drive to awaken has quieted down. (It was, after all, a thing of the mind.)
As you grow ever more aware of how much is mind-based, don’t get discouraged. The growing attunement relieves you of a crippling delusion. Say goodbye to the habit of self-judgment. Set down the exhausting attempt to change, to exercise vigilance. Instead, with great kindness to self, observe the compelling nature of the mental content. Discover how things of the mind manage to draw and hold your attention. Explore – ever more deeply – the fullness of what is mind-generated. There is much you’ve yet to recognize as mind-made. To the extent that you’re willing to see it all, you will become free of its tyranny. Thought gains its dominance and control . . . by not being observed.
Present-moment awareness is where the breakthrough shift occurs. Simply hold still. Look and feel. Be here. Attention itself becomes the teacher.
Rediscover what came so naturally in childhood. It wasn’t lost after all.


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'Be still and know God' by kironJ Gardner

'ACIM facilitator and events manager of the Miracle Network'

What if…
this really was the one answer to everything

What if…
there was absolutely nothing else to do but be still, and ask to know God

What if…
by asking to know God, and asking for nothing else, this allowed our lesser concerns to be addressed automatically and perfectly – with no effort or searching

What if…
God answers all the time, but we best understand the answers if we want to know Him above all else

What if…
when our only focus is to know Him, His answers bring us more and more peace

What if…
by being still we really do get to know God


What if I could do this?

What if you could do this?

What if we all could do this?


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24/7 technology can block guidance
from: The Arcturian Group
Channeled by Marilyn Raffaele
http://www.onenessofall.com/Welcome2.html

Individuals are only able to hear guide suggestions and intuition when they are quiet enough to hear the still, silent voice within. Technological distractions are serving to block inner communication for many. It is not only important, but imperative that anyone seeking guidance from within, learn to detach themselves from 24/7 technology . Anyone choosing to evolve and live spiritually, will have a very difficult time if they are plugged into and checking phones and computers every five minutes.
Some will say, " I need it for my work" which may be true for those who believe that success is entirely dependant upon personal effort because according to the three dimensional belief system, it is a "dog eat dog" world. However, you who read these messages are beyond this level and have become aware of the bigger picture. For you, a continuing reliance on three dimensional concepts will no longer serve you because you are no longer in alignment with that energy.
Let go of the temptation to stay constantly plugged in to news and information that quickly becomes obsolete. Technology is an important and powerful tool especially as it serves to awaken those of the status quo with video exposing situations the world over that heretofore were being ignored or covered up. However never lose sight of the fact that Technology is a tool to serve you, not for you to serve it.
Children must be taught that technology is a tool for learning and for fun, but must never become a distraction from living real life. Many children as well as adults, are losing their ability to play, love, evolve, and interact with others on a mature personal level because their obsession with technology leaves no room for real life experiences and allows them to live "fake" lives.
You have evolved beyond living in slavery to material distractions in order to feel fulfilled. This is not to say you cannot enjoy quality television, films, books, games, or take advantage of the latest technology but it must be remembered that the moment any of these things become "needs" necessary in order for you to feel complete and happy, you are in the old belief of separation.
The three dimensional world continues to seek your loyalty, interest, and purchases, through promotional efforts that inform you of latest trends guaranteed to solve everything troubling you. As the evolved states of consciousness you now are, you must accept the fact that it is time to come out and be separate, reclaim your innate power, and refuse to accept at face value everything so called experts, government, and religions tell you is true.
It is a new time, a time in which your inner self/SELF can become your best news source, technology, and font of information.


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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 2018 Dates


Bonn - Sat 9 and Sun 10 June - 2018
10am to 6pm


I need do nothing - moving from doing to being.

 To do nothing is to rest, and make a place within you where the activity of the body ceases to demand attention. 
Into this place the Holy Spirit comes, and there abides.
A Course in Miracles. T-18.VII.7

Our modern age is characterised by busyness, doing and speed, leaving little room to be guided This busyness often extends into our spiritual life as well. 

The Course reminds us that the memory of God, our spiritual reality, returns to the quiet mind and not one filled with busyness - whether material or so-called “spiritual.” As we learn to give up ego-based action, slow down and do nothing our actions will spontaneously come from a source of wisdom only found in the quiet mind. 

Save time for me by only this one preparation, and practice doing nothing else.  "I need do nothing" is a statement of allegiance, a truly undivided loyalty. Believe it for just one instant, and you will accomplish more than is given to a century of contemplation, or of struggle against temptation.
A Course in Miracles. T-18.VII.6

This workshop explores the following:
Effort versus relaxation
Need to surrender
Being not doing
I need do nothing
Forgiveness
End of seeking
Journey from a somebody to a nobody.
Planning and decisions
Not knowing
What keeps us from the now?
Fear of the unknown
Attaining a quiet mind

Exercises will be given to help us leave the control of the ego and move into a state of beingness and receptivity.
No knowledge of A Course in Miracles is required.




An Evening Introductory Talk - Fri 8th June 2017
7.30pm to 9.30pm


Contact:
Albert-Schweitzer-Haus
Beethovenallee 16
Bonn 53173
tel: 0228 - 36 47 37
http://www.albert-schweitzer-haus-bonn.de






Freiburg  2018 June

Fri 15,[6pm tp 9pm] Sat 16 [10am to 6pm] and Sun 17 [10am to 5pm]

I need do nothing - moving from doing to being.

 To do nothing is to rest, and make a place within you where the activity of the body ceases to demand attention. 
Into this place the Holy Spirit comes, and there abides.
A Course in Miracles. T-18.VII.7

Our modern age is characterised by busyness, doing and speed, leaving little room to be guided This busyness often extends into our spiritual life as well. 

The Course reminds us that the memory of God, our spiritual reality, returns to the quiet mind and not one filled with busyness - whether material or so-called “spiritual.” As we learn to give up ego-based action, slow down and do nothing our actions will spontaneously come from a source of wisdom only found in the quiet mind. 

Save time for me by only this one preparation, and practice doing nothing else.  "I need do nothing" is a statement of allegiance, a truly undivided loyalty. Believe it for just one instant, and you will accomplish more than is given to a century of contemplation, or of struggle against temptation.
A Course in Miracles. T-18.VII.6

This workshop explores the following:
Effort versus relaxation
Need to surrender
Being not doing
I need do nothing
Forgiveness
End of seeking
Journey from a somebody to a nobody.
Planning and decisions
Not knowing
What keeps us from the now?
Fear of the unknown
Attaining a quiet mind

Exercises will be given to help us leave the control of the ego and move into a state of beingness and receptivity.
No knowledge of A Course in Miracles is required.

Contact:
Margarete Sennekamp
Winterhaldenweg 4,
79856 Hinterzarten,
Tel./Fax: 07652-917530
email: M.Sennekamp@t-online.de
www.Sophia-Institut.de


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Workshop dates Germany 2019

Bonn: 14 - 16 June

Freiburg: 21-23 June

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BOOKS AND AUDIO MATERIALS FOR SALE - by Michael Dawson


New teaching and healing materials - eBooks and downloadable MP3s:

Ebooks:
Price of all three eBooks has been reduced by half to AU$4.99

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


Paperback 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