ACFIP Newsletter 
September 2018
Issue 58
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


New Video Channel:

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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um7zsxUvIwg

From head to heart
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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RrEQvsu9FA

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

 Another world awaits us by Michael Dawson 
* Q.250 Does the Holy Spirit act in this world? - Kenneth Wapnick 
* Tina Spalding - Audio and text quotes

Non Dual Teachings

Potential and Fulfillment by Jan Frazier.
* I have learned so much - Hafiz
* A sleep of prisoners - Christopher Fry


Other

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



A Course in Miracles Material


Another world awaits us

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

The above quote so beautifully tells us that this world is not our home. It is pointless to try to find permanent peace and joy in what the world has to offer. How can a dream satisfy? To pursue pleasure automatically brings pain. They are two sides of the same coin. First there is the fear that we will not attain what we crave. If we do attain it we will fear to lose it or grow tired of our prize and start searching over again. This very search for satisfaction blocks the awareness that God has given us everything at our creation.

The Course explains to us that in our desire for something different, to play at being God and become individuals we had to fall asleep in Heaven. It is only in the dream state we can achieve our desire for separation. To maintain the illusion that we have really achieved our goal of separation we need to make our dream seem very solid. The section in the Text on the Obstacles to Peace states how attached we are to the body, guilt, pain and death for they seem to make this world real. Just one look at what is portrayed in the media will show us what we give our interest to. There is nothing like pain to make this world true and what the Course states as truth a lie. We pursue our relationships of 'special hate' (choosing someone to project our guilt onto) and 'special love' (needy relationships used as a substitute for God's love) as they are are our best safeguard from waking up and returning to the awareness of God's love for us which would shatter our precious dream of individuality.

All your time is spent in dreaming. Your sleeping and your waking dreams have different forms, and that is all. Their content is the same. They are your protest against reality, and your fixed and insane idea that you can change it. In our waking dreams, the special relationship is your determination to keep your hold on unreality, and to prevent yourself from waking. And while you see more value in sleeping than in waking, you will not let go of it.
A Course in Miracles
 T-18.II.5:12-20

Sometimes something happens to shake the reality of our collective dream and fear is the usual result. I can remember watching a play on television that had caught my attention. Suddenly part of the picture broke up and the face of the actor speaking became a series of small squares. I felt a fear go through me that what I was so intently watching a moment ago was simply an illusion. I used to teach electronics and understood how pictures are displayed on a cathode ray tube. I also knew how distortions could occur just like the one I had seen. But none of this knowledge prevented the small wave of fear that swept through me. What I had been reminded of was that what I had taken for reality had dissolved for a moment. I could sense that I did not want my everyday world to start shaking at the edges, for the illusion to reveal itself as it is. As we start to awaken from the dream of separation and another world becomes apparent our egos become terrified. What should be an uplifting experience may well become a terrifying one. Jesus warns us early in the study of the Text that:

This is a course in mind training. All learning involves attention and study at some level. Some of the later parts of the course rest too heavily on these earlier sections not to require their careful study. You will also need them for preparation. Without this, you may become much too fearful of what is to come to make constructive use of it. However, as you study these earlier sections, you will begin to see some of the implications that will be amplified later on.
T-1.VII.4:1-6 

In the film The Matrix we are shown a world after a war between humans and super intelligent robots where the robots are the winners. The robots still need the humans to live so they are bred in farms and kept asleep. The humans are programmed with a collective dream so they don't realise what's happening to them. The dream seems very realistic and they have no knowledge of their real state. Except for a few humans however, who have succeeded in waking up and escaping from the farm. These awake ones have found a way to enter the collective dream of the other humans and offer them the opportunity to awake as well. As you might imagine, the sleeping ones have a hard time believing the story of the awakened ones and are not sure if it's worth the trouble of waking up.

Jesus has taken on the same role of the awakened ones in The Matrix. He enters our dream (when we invite him) and attempts to teach us that we are asleep and that another world, what the Course call the Real World awaits us. He knows we would be petrified to wake up in one go, even though we may ask for this, and instead gradually leads us from nightmares to happy dreams of forgiveness until we can finally wake up to the perception of the Real World. Now we have become lucid dreamers where we know what we see is a dream and that nothing in it can harm us, become a cause for fear, give us peace or take it away. We see everyone in the dream through the Holy Spirit's judgement as either extending love or asking for it. The Real World is not Heaven but its reflection here in time and space.

The path becomes quite different as one goes along. Nor could all the magnificence, the grandeur of the scene and the enormous opening vistas that rise to meet one as the journey continues, be foretold from the outset. Yet even these, whose splendor reaches indescribable heights as one proceeds, fall short indeed of all that wait when the pathway ceases and time ends with it.
M-19.2:5-7

So how can we wake up from our present nightmares into the perception of the Real World? We simply have to want to above all else. And here lies the problem. Parts of our current dream are seen as undesirable and increasingly so. We gradually become disillusioned with what the ego's world has to offer although once we pursued it with great intent. We start to see the prizes that world offers us come at to higher price - our peace of mind. But parts of the dream still appeal and these we still want. We may see through the deceptions of materialism, status, power, money, ambition, etc. but still be snared by other attractions including the so called spiritual. Perhaps we yearn for a spiritual soul mate, to be seen as spiritual, to find fulfilment in healing and teaching others. But as the Course warns:

Anything in this world that you believe is good and valuable and worth striving for can hurt you, and will do so. Not because it has the power to hurt, but just because you have denied it is but an illusion, and made it real. And it is real to you. It is not nothing. And through its perceived reality has entered all the world of sick illusions.
T-26.VI.1:1--5

Notice the use of the word 'anything'! Any dream, no matter how holy-sounding, is still a trap from waking up to who we really are - the one Christ, the formless eternal spirit that was never born and hence can never die. That is why Jesus never asks us to pursue some goal in the world but to wake up from the dream of separation (what the Course calls accepting the atonement for ourselves). All dreams must finally be given up and the illusion of sacrifice that usually accompanies this thought must be seen through as another ego ploy to delay our awakening.

You cannot dream some dreams and wake from some, for you are either sleeping or awake. And dreaming goes with only one of these. The dreams you think you like would hold you back as much as those in which the fear is seen. For every dream is but a dream of fear, no matter what the form it seems to take.
T-29.IV.1:7-8, T-29.IV.2:1-2,

For many of us, as we get older, the world has less and less to offer us and the message of the Course has an increasing appeal. But still there are aspects of the world that hold our attention and to let these go seems to be a sacrifice. The Development of Trust section in the Manual for Teachers highlights this. Of the six stages in gaining trust four are described as difficult with the illusion of sacrifice being the dominant hindrance to achievement of trust. At the fifth stage of the development of trust we are asked to let go the very individuality we prize so highly. The loss of 'I' is seen by our ego as committing suicide and our resistance to that step is enormous, a true dark night of the soul.

The world can teach no images of you unless you want to learn them. There will come a time when images have all gone by, and you will see you know not what you are. It is to this unsealed and open mind that truth returns, unhindered and unbound. Where concepts of the self have been laid by is truth revealed exactly as it is. When every concept has been raised to doubt and question, and been recognized as made on no assumptions that would stand the light, then is the truth left free to enter in its sanctuary, clean and free of guilt. There is no statement that the world is more afraid to hear than this:

I do not know the thing I am, and therefore do not know what I am doing, where I am, or how to look upon the world or on myself.

Yet in this learning is salvation born. And What you are will tell you of Itself.

T-31.V.17:1-8

Increasingly the world is simply seen as a classroom of forgiveness. A place where relationships of every sort reflects back to us what is unhealed in our own minds - the only place where forgiveness is needed. As we practise our daily lessons of forgiveness our sense of separation slowly diminishes along with our ego identity.

The attachment to being a separate individual is the last dream to let go before we awake to the everlasting peace and joy of the Real World and wonder why we delayed so long to enter it!

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


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Q.250 Does the Holy Spirit act in this world?- Kenneth Wapnick 

Question 250: In Kenneth Wapnick’s book Forgiveness & Jesus, he says on page xv in the Preface: “Jesus and the Holy Spirit do not operate in the world, and certainly do not send people as if they were operating a giant chess board, moving us around according to the evolution of the plan of salvation. ” However, the manual for teachers of A Course in Miracles says: “There are no accidents in salvation. Those who are to meet will meet, because together they have the potential for a holy relationship” (M-3.1:6-7) ; and then later it says, “Remember that no one is where he is by accident, and chance plays no part in God's plan” (M-9.1:3). This indicates that meeting certain people is part of God's plan, and as I have understood the Course, the Holy Spirit is operating in the illusion to help us, just as the Course is made within the framework of the illusion. Meetings are part of God's plan—there are no accidents—so how can this be interpreted? 

Answer: There are no accidents because everything has already happened, and we are simply reviewing mentally what has already gone by: “The script is written. … we but see the journey from the point at which it ended, looking back on it, imagining we make it once again; reviewing mentally what has gone by” (W-pI. 158.4:3-5). In “The Little Hindrance” Jesus tells us: “To you who still believe you live in time and know not it is gone, the Holy Spirit still guides you through the infinitely small and senseless maze you still perceive in time, though it has long since gone. You think you live in what is past” (T-26. V. 4:1-2). So people are in our lives only because that is what our scripts involve. We have no recollection of our having written these scripts (a metaphor, of course), which is part of the ego’s strategy to keep us from remembering that we are decision-making minds. You might wish to consult Kenneth’s A Vast Illusion: Time According to “A Course in Miracles, ” which is an in-depth study of this intriguing part of the Course’s theory. We are inclined to view what the Course says from our perspective, which is that the world and linear time are real. And that is why we would think that the Holy Spirit and Jesus actually do things, such as direct us to specific people so that we can learn our lessons of forgiveness. But that could not be, since there is no world, and time is not real, either. It is helpful to review the levels of language in the Course, and why Jesus speaks to us as if our experience in the world and linear time were real. Earlier answers to questions have developed these topics, and we refer you to them for further study: Questions #72 and #116.

Comment from me: The "script is written” does not imply everything is predestined. The Course emphasises we have choices to make here. There are scripts within scripts. For example we may have some one get angry at us giving us the opportunity to review an attack script or a forgiveness script. Or we may find ourselves in a difficult situation giving us the chance to review a script where we ask Jesus for help which he gives or we may decide to review a script where we don’t ask and try to sort out the situation ourselves.

This Question is from 1400 Q and As which are now available as a PDF from:
https://facimstore.org/products/q-a-pdf

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Audio quotes - Channeled by Tina Spalding
https://channelingjesus.com

The true act of forgiveness requires you to see your own judgments as the crime, the one thing that keeps you from connecting with Source.
Making Love to God: The Path to Divine Sex
Tina Louise Spalding

Frequencies & Healing - 5mins

Health-how it is obtained 2m30s 

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.

Separation
In some insane moment eons ago yet a moment ago, an aspect of Divine mind decided that it would experience individuality. It wanted to experience separation to try its own game, so to speak. In that amazing moment of creation —for it was a moment of creation, albeit a misguided one —your consciousness plummeted into separation, and the incredible contrast of the fear in that experience brought terror into the mind. In that moment, the separated consciousness completely abandoned its home, and it tried to create something that would placate the terrors and intense feeling of separation. That is what this world is: It is your mind covering up what you have chosen to do, which essentially is to abandon love.
 
In creating this split —for it is a split mind that you experience —you have hidden from yourself the great fears, great guilt, and these concepts, and you have put them out in the world on the movie screen that plays in front of you. You seem to be the innocent one and okay within yourself, but there are bad guys out there. Death lurks around each corner, and war rages, but you still think you are the innocent one.
 
The love we speak about is divine love, the love that God has for you and that you are made of. You chose other. You chose an individual experience, to come into a small self rather than the large self that you were generated within, so there is great guilt and fear hidden in the mind. You have put it outside of yourself, and that is why the world appears to be a frightening place and why you hide from it. That is why you keep yourselves in little homes and are fearful of relationships and of being hurt: You feel, as you get close to people, the unconscious guilt and fear that lives in the mind. You have not rid yourself of it; it is merely separated from your awareness. But when you get close to it, you begin to shake in your boots, so to speak.
 
But the separation does not have to look as bad as it does on your planet; there are many societies in different galaxies and on different planets that are in the physical realm and are happier, more peaceful, and more loving. So we want you to know that separation, in and of itself, does not have to be hellish.

from:
Love and a Map to the Unaltered Soul.
Channelled by Tina Louise Spalding
https://channelingjesus.com

Reflection on You
You have not been taught the principles of meditation. You have not been taught the principles of focused thought. You have not been taught the principles that underlie the consequences of judgment, that show you what happens when you are judging and separating yourself from your brothers and sisters on this journey. You have not been taught the liquid and malleable nature of your world. You have been taught that it is a reality that is hard and objective and fast, but it is not. It is absolutely and in all respects a reflection of you. Yes, everything on this plane is an aspect of you.
Sickness is a reflection of the aspect of self that is not healthy, that is not making healthy decisions, perhaps intentionally. Wars on your plane are the reflections of the battles going on in your mind. Perhaps those battles are with relatives or ex-lovers, or perhaps they are future battles that you fantasize about having with your enemies. All are creators of war on your plane. Your separation from your brothers and sisters, these judgments that you make about your value over theirs or their value over yours, creates the disparity between wealth in your plane: the poor and the rich, the valuable and the valueless, the ugly and the beautiful.
All of these relative experiences exist within your mind, and as you heal them within your mind, you will change your experiences in the world. This is the simple science of it. This is not spiritual in the sense that something is being done to you or for you by a god that is more powerful than you, a god that is outside of you. That is not the case. You are being shown what your mind believes in. That is what your world is, and that is what you are seeing.”

From: “Jesus: My Autobiography.”
Channelled by Tina Louise Spalding
https://channelingjesus.com

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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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Potential and Fulfillment by Jan Frazier.
From: Freedom of Being

What does it mean to have a good life, to achieve your potential as a human being? What constitutes success? What does it mean to reach maturity? And how does any of it relate to awakening?
The specifics vary with the individual, of course, but in general, fulfillment is thought to come of realizing your potential in mind, heart, and body. In a successful life, at least some of your dreams reach fruition, perhaps resulting in outer signs of effectiveness, worthy of respect and admiration.
A good life, as it's commonly understood, comes of applying your innate gifts to undertakings of value to yourself and others. You enjoy yourself, and you have fulfilling relationships. There's a healthy self-image and a solid identity built on clear values and beliefs, which are reflected in your work and personal life. You meet your obligations and assume responsibility for your actions. Where you see improvements that could be made to yourself or your environment, you make earnest efforts in those directions. The world is better for having had you in it.
A Well-Developed Self
The messages and role models promoted in youth, continuing into adulthood and through maturity, encourage the pursuit of personal qualities and behavior that will enhance the familiar self. That's where the focus is: on developing and expressing a well-defined identity. You're encouraged to cultivate a sturdy sense of self, to distinguish yourself from others, to know what you believe in, to take pride in what you do—all so you can feel good about who you are.
Look at your own life (past and current). Where have your energy and time been invested? What has your training been? When you've felt happy or unhappy, successful or disappointed, mature or embarrassingly naive, hasn't it usually been related to things of the egoic self?
When are young people—in families or schools, or even religious institutions—encouraged to explore the higher consciousness? To become alert to that inner knowing that doesn't waver in the face of life experience? Where are there messages inviting a person at any stage of life to seek truth within, without reference to the inherited cultural legacy? Who ever says the best thing you could do is discover the innate presence that's not prey to fear, resistance, or the desire for control? You will look in vain, in the world at large, for encouragement to pursue the underlying reality.
Yet it's stunning how the focus on the familiar self fades to nothingness when a person makes the shocked discovery of truth that halts the machinery of ego, bringing blessed quietude to the mind and flooding awareness with clarity.
The messages we're given, beginning in youth, are counter to all that's discovered in awakened presence. Consider what we're taught:
A person who wants to awaken to deeper nature is being asked, essentially, to question all that's normally valued, that's supposed to define a worthwhile life. We are, in short, at odds with ourselves. Is it any wonder awakening is so rare? Considering all the effort given to bolstering the ego—the emphasis on self-esteem, reputation, achievement, physical appearance, material acquisition—it's a miracle awakening ever happens at all.
Is There More to Life?
It's natural, every so often, to assess how it's going so far in this thing called life. Some kind of standard for success is carried around inside most people's heads, having to do with what they want for themselves, what they've been told they ought to aspire to, and so on. Anyone who grows up in the modern western culture is well acquainted, by the end of adolescence, with the pressure to get it all sorted out, to get going. The mid-life crisis and the death bed are classic settings for self-review, as is any major crisis or turning-point. Many people, in moments of private reflection, lament that they haven't done very well—at least, not as well as they could have, or thought they might.
Having arrived someplace significant and looking around the new terrain, a person may wonder in the quiet of the middle of the night,Is this what it was all supposed to be about?
Those individuals who've accomplished impressive things, who seem to have reached their potential, attaining fulfillment others only dream of—even they will sometimes admit to an underlying angst. They look at all they've done and think, Shouldn't there be more to life? There's a sense that something is missing. There's a longing to know—to occupy—a state that's not dependent on continuing success. 
For some, in the aftermath of the height of achievement comes a malaise, even a despair. No matter what has been attained, there's an awareness that it's subject to threat, to change—that there may be a fall from the height. Anyone of reasonable intelligence and experience knows that nothing is certain. When the fall comes, if it does, the devastation to one's sense of self can be terrible. Even if it never comes, in the background of awareness lives the knowledge that it could. On the level of the familiar self, in the shadow of every attainment lurks some measure of insecurity, a subtle dread, a practiced denial. 
It's in these dread-filled shadows—or in the actualization of some awful loss or undermining—that the spiritual life may find its birth. Challenge to the realm of the egoic self is often the setting where the life-altering question comes to flower: Isn't there something, some reality, that's not subject to threat, that's of a value beyond all of this that's seemed to matter so much?
It's not that what high achievers have accomplished isn't relatively valuable. It's just that the realization of the narrowly defined self—however impressive—doesn't tell the whole story of the potential of a human life. It's not that a person shouldn't bother with the things society says to value. It's just that they do not—they cannot—satisfy the deep hunger to know what a life is ultimately about. 
Whatever gives rise to pride and admiration necessarily plays itself out in the arena of the egoic self. However successfully developed the ego, it cannot fail to be hobbled by its nature as a self-serving entity: because its primary wish is to keep itself going (having no incentive or ability to look for meaning outside its self-defined world), the ego will inevitably be subject to undermining, and therefore to conservatism and fear.
Isn't there something within that's precious, in and of itself? Something in us senses that it is so, or wishes it were.
Two Ways of Looking at Human Potential
If you look at the full picture of the makeup of a human being, taking into account not only the familiar self but also the higher awareness that “contains” the ego and coexists with it, the possibility for fulfillment goes well beyond what's ordinarily defined as human potential.
Which is not to say that spiritual realization is a natural or logical next step beyond the attainment of a satisfying egoic self. It would be a mistake to see liberation as the final frontier for a highly successful person, as if it were on a trajectory in common with familiar achievement. Ordinary attainment is no foundation for reaching what's beyond all limitation. A person who's succeeded in world-defined terms and now (having no place left to go) seeks to become established in presence, will be dismayed by the necessity to jettison the very thing all the attention has been lavished on: the well-polished, high-functioning ego.
Occasionally, awakening will come to a person who's achieved great things, someone accustomed to admiration and emulation. Such a person will report that all the previous satisfaction and recognition have dissolved into insignificance. The solid identity has fallen apart into nothingness. Radical fulfillment is the end of any of it mattering.
The familiar kind of human development does not naturally prepare a person for radical fulfillment (except insofar as it provides the setup for its own undermining, the devastation of ego occasionally resulting in awakening). Having its own well-being as its primary focus, the ego is simply not equipped to take a person beyond itself.
Since awakening involves ceasing to take seriously the ordinary self, it may be that the last thing a well-developed, high-achieving individual would desire is spiritual liberation. A person who's done well in life, in society's terms, is in for a big surprise, if spiritual opening begins to happen. After a lifelong focus on self-enhancement, the identity begins to thin out, to soften. With growing spiritual maturity, what's seen is that the “thinner” the conditioned self, the more possible it is to sense the higher presence within.
The fulfillment of the conditioned self involves an accumulation of knowledge and experience, the maturing of an identity—things that take place over time. It asks a certain vigilance to maintain itself. Radical fulfillment, by contrast, removes all consideration of temporal experience. The realization of the higher self takes place outside of time, in moments of utter stillness. Sensing its own vastly greater reality, the “self” discovered in awakened presence cares nothing for concerns of the ego. Awakeness asks no vigilance. 
A person's intellect and creativity may be impressively developed, relationships deeply satisfying, the facets of the personality well-integrated. Yet even with maturity in these arenas, until the higher self is known, an individual has realized only the relative youthfulness of what's possible for a human life. From the vantage point of the potential for awakened awareness, even the most deeply fulfilled life as an egoic self amounts to perpetual adolescence.
Only with the dissolving of the familiar self does true maturity become possible.

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I have learned so much by Hafiz

translated by Daniel Ladinsky

I
Have
Learned
So much from God
That I can no longer
Call
Myself

A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim,
A Buddhist, a Jew.

The Truth has shared so much of Itself
With me

That I can no longer call myself
A man, a woman, an angel,
Or even pure
Soul.

Love has
Befriended Hafiz so completely
It has turned to ash
And freed
Me

Of every concept and image
My mind has ever known.

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A Sleep of Prisoners 

Christopher Fry

The human heart can go the lengths of God... Dark and cold we may be, but this
Is no winter now. The frozen misery
Of centuries breaks, cracks, begins to move; The thunder is the thunder of the floes, 

The thaw, the flood, the upstart Spring. 

Thank God our time is now when wrong 
Comes up to face us everywhere,
Never to leave us till we take
The longest stride of soul we ever took. 

Affairs are now soul size.
The enterprise
Is exploration into God.
Where are you making for? 
It takes So many thousand years to wake, 
But will you wake for pity’s sake! 


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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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Forthcoming Workshops on A Course in Miracles


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


Germany 2019 Dates


Bonn - Sat 15 and Sun 16 June - 2019
10am to 6pm



Return to love
from judgement to forgiveness

The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. 
It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love's presence, which is your natural inheritance. 
A Course in Miracles  Introduction to the Text. T-in.1


When a person feels seen and not judged, change happens on its own. it is like magic.
Paul Lowe

We are all created in the image of God and therefore love is our nature, our natural state. Judgements of ourselves and others blinds us to this awareness. Forgiveness of ourselves undoes judgement and begins to reveal the love within us. Any behaviour out of accord with love will show up as a disturbance in us. Our focus will be on identifying and removing the blocks to love.

This A Course in Miracle’s workshop explores the following:

What is love?
Everything is either an act of love or a call for love
From head to heart - the longest journey
Fear of God’s love
Denial and projection
Judgement
Relationships - special hate and special love
Loving yourself - acceptance
Healing others through love
Forgiveness 
False forgiveness


No knowledge of A Course in Miracles is required.



An Evening Introductory Talk - Fri 14th June 2019
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  2019 June 

Fri 21,[6pm tp 9pm] Sat 22 [10am to 6pm] and Sun 23 [10am to 5pm]



Return to love
from judgement to forgiveness

The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. 
It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love's presence, which is your natural inheritance. 
A Course in Miracles  Introduction to the Text. T-in.1


When a person feels seen and not judged, change happens on its own. it is like magic.
Paul Lowe

We are all created in the image of God and therefore love is our nature, our natural state. Judgements of ourselves and others blinds us to this awareness. Forgiveness of ourselves undoes judgement and begins to reveal the love within us. Any behaviour out of accord with love will show up as a disturbance in us. Our focus will be on identifying and removing the blocks to love.

This A Course in Miracle’s workshop explores the following:

What is love?
Everything is either an act of love or a call for love
From head to heart - the longest journey
Fear of God’s love
Denial and projection
Judgement
Relationships - special hate and special love
Loving yourself - acceptance
Healing others through love
Forgiveness 
False forgiveness

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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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


The true act of forgiveness requires you to see your own judgments as the crime, the one thing that keeps you from connecting with Source.
Making Love to God: The Path to Divine Sex
Tina Louise Spalding

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