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ACFIP Newsletter 

Issue 25 - June 2010

Quarterly Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Inner Peace

 

 

 

 

Michael Dawson

PO Box 125, Point Lookout

North Stradbroke Island,

Queensland 4183,

Australia

 

Email: mdawson@acfip.org  

Web site: http://www.acfip.org

 

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CONTENTS:

 

*  Spiritual Awakening - Nisargadatta Maharaj

*  Jan Frazier Quotes

*  Workshops

*  Books and Audio Materials for Sale

*  Links

*  Inspirational Quotations

 

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 summaries of help.

You can find them at http://www.acfip.org/sum.html and http://www.acfip.org/art4.html

 

 

Regards 

 

Michael Dawson

 

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Nisargadatta Maharaj's Spiritual Awakening
from I Am That compared to A Course in Miracles

If I had to choose a couple of spiritual books to take with me onto a desert island they would be A Course in Miracles and Nisargadatta Maharaj's I Am That. Nisargadatta's book consists of transcriptions of dialogues between Nisargadatta Maharaj and people who visited his small house in Calcutta. He struck me as a man who had spiritually awakened, no longer had a personal "I" and was aware the world was a dream. The Course would say he lived in the real world, the Course's term for how the world will appear when our forgiveness lessons are complete. Nisargadatta's path included forgiveness as he practised and advocated a non-judgemental awareness of everything that arose. He sometimes referred to this as being in the "I Am" state, instead of falling into the trap of thinking "I am this" or "I am that" as in the case of thinking "I am this body", "I am a daughter", "I am a sinner", "I am a student," etc.

Watch your mind, how it comes into being, how it operates. As you watch your mind, you discover your self as the watcher. When you stand motionless, only watching, you discover your self as the light behind the watcher. The source of light is dark, unknown is the source of knowledge. That source alone is. Go back to that source and abide there.
Nisargadatta Mahara

Forgiveness  ... is still, and quietly does nothing. .... It merely looks, and waits, and judges not.
A Course in Miracles W-pII.1.4:1,3

A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part. 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 fulfill itself. All you have to do is to give attention to the obstacles created by the foolish mind."
Nisargadatta Maharaj

Only be quiet. You will need no rule but this, to let your practicing today lift you above the thinking of the world, and free your vision from the body's eyes. Only be still and listen. You will hear the Word in which the Will of God the Son joins in his Father's Will, at one with it, with no illusions interposed between the wholly indivisible and true.
A Course in Miracles Lesson 129

Below is a dialogue between a visitor who asked Nisargadatta Maharaj about his spiritual awakening. I have also added some other replies on the same subject he gave to different visitors. Relevant quotations from A Course in Miracles (in italics) have been added.

Dialogue:

Questioner: Are we permitted to request you to tell us the manner of your realisation?
Maharaj: Somehow it was very simple and easy in my case. My Guru, before he died, told me: Believe me, you are the Supreme Reality. Don't doubt my words, don't disbelieve me. I am telling you the truth - act on it. I could not forget his words and by not forgetting - I have realised.

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. 
A Course in Miracles  Workbook Lesson 188


Learn, then, the happy habit of response to all temptation to perceive yourself as weak and miserable with these words:
I am as God created me.  His Son can suffer nothing. And I am His Son.
Thus is Christ's strength invited to prevail, replacing all your weakness with the strength that comes from God and that can never fail.
A Course in Miracles T-31.VIII.5.

You are as God created you, and so is every living thing you look upon, regardless of the images you see.  T-31.VIII.6.   

Q: But what were you actually doing?
M: Nothing special. I lived my life, plied my trade, looked after my family, and every free moment I would spend just remembering my Guru and his words. He died soon after and I had only the memory to fall back on. It was enough.

When I met my Guru, he told me: ‘You are not what you take yourself to be. Find out what you are. Watch the sense ‘I am’, find your real Self. I obeyed him, because I trusted him. I did as he told me. All my spare time I would spend looking at myself in silence. And what a difference it made, and how soon! It took only three years to realise my true nature. My Guru died soon after I met him, but it made no difference. I remembered what he told me and persevered.

Error cannot really threaten truth, which can always withstand it. Only the error is actually vulnerable. You are free to establish your kingdom where you see fit, but the right choice is inevitable if you remember this:

Spirit is in a state of grace forever.
Your reality is only spirit.
Therefore you are in a state of grace forever.  T-1.III.5.   

Q (a different visitor): Please tell me which road to self-realisation is the shortest.
M: No way is short or long, but some people are more in earnest and some are less. I can tell you about myself. I was a simple man, but I trusted my Guru. What he told me to do, I did. He told me to concentrate on 'I am' - I did. He told me that I am beyond all perceivables and conceivables - I believed. I gave him my heart and soul, my entire attention and the whole of my spare time (I had to work to keep my family alive). As a result of faith and earnest application, I realised my Self within three years. You may choose any way that suits you; your earnestness will determine the rate of progress.

Q: It must have been the grace and power of your Guru.
M: His words were true and so they came true. True words always come true. My Guru did nothing; his words acted because they were true. Whatever I did, came from within, unasked and unexpected.

Nothing can prevail against a Son of God who commends his spirit into the Hands of his Father. By doing this the mind awakens from its sleep and remembers its Creator. All sense of separation disappears.  T-3.II.5.   

Q: The Guru started a process without taking any part in it?
M: Put it as you like. Things happen as they happen - who can tell why and how? I did nothing deliberately. All came by itself - the desire to let go, to be alone, to go within.

Save time for me by only this one preparation, and practice 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.

To do anything involves a body. And if you recognise you need do nothing, you have withdrawn the body’s value from your mind....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.... For from this centre will you be directed how to use the body sinlessly.  T-18.VII  

Q: You made no efforts whatsoever?
M: None. Believe it or not, I was not even anxious to realise. He only told me that I am the Supreme and then died. I just could not disbelieve him. The rest happened by itself. I found myself changing - that is all. As a matter of fact, I was astonished.

Whenever you are tempted to undertake a useless journey that would lead away from light, remember what you really want, and say:

The Holy Spirit leads me unto Christ, and where else would I go? What need have I but to awake in Him?  T-13.VII.14.   

Then follow Him in joy, with faith that He will lead you safely through all dangers to your peace of mind this world may set before you. T-13.VII.15.   

But a desire arose in me to verify his words. I was so sure that he, could not possibly have told a lie, that I felt I shall either realise the full meaning of his words or die. I was feeling quite determined, but did not know what to do. I would spend hours thinking of him and his assurance, not arguing, but just remembering what he told me.

Have faith in only this one thing, and it will be sufficient: God wills you be in Heaven, and nothing can keep you from it, or it from you. Your wildest misperceptions, your weird imaginings, your blackest nightmares all mean nothing. They will not prevail against the peace God wills for you. The Holy Spirit will restore your sanity because insanity is not the Will of God. T-13.XI.7.   

Q: What happened to you then? How did you know that you are the Supreme?
M: Nobody came to tell me. Nor was I told so inwardly. In fact, it was only in the beginning when I was making efforts, that I was passing through some strange experiences; seeing lights, hearing voices, meeting gods and goddesses and conversing with them.

As we go along, you may have many "light episodes." They may take many different forms, some of them quite unexpected. Do not be afraid of them. Workbook Lesson 15

 Once the Guru told me: 'You are the Supreme Reality', I ceased having visions and trances and became very quiet and simple.

They are signs that you are opening your eyes at last. They will not persist, because they merely symbolize true perception, and they are not related to knowledge. Workbook Lesson 15

I found myself desiring and knowing less and less, until I could say in utter astonishment: 'I know nothing, I want nothing.'

To learn this course requires willingness to question every value that you hold. Not one can be kept hidden and obscure but it will jeopardize your learning. No belief is neutral.  T-24.in.2.   

You do not know the meaning of anything you perceive. Not one thought you hold is wholly true. The recognition of this is your firm beginning. You are not misguided; you have accepted no guide at all.  Instruction in perception is your great need, for you understand nothing.
Recognize this but do not accept it, for understanding is your inheritance. Perceptions are learned, and you are not without a Teacher. Yet your willingness to learn of Him depends on your willingness to question everything you learned of yourself, for you who learned amiss should not be your own teacher.  T-11.VIII.3.

There was no 'me' left to strive for. Even the bare 'I am' faded away.
The other thing that I noticed was that I lost all my habitual certainties. Earlier I was sure of so many things, now I am sure of nothing. But I feel that I have lost nothing by not knowing, because all my knowledge was false. My not knowing was in itself knowledge of the fact that all knowledge is ignorance, that 'I do not know' is the only true statement the mind can make.

Think not you understand anything until you pass the test of perfect peace, for peace and understanding go together and never can be found alone. T-14.XI.12:4

Your learning gives the present no meaning at all. Nothing you have ever learned can help you understand the present, or teach you how to undo the past. Your past is what you have taught yourself. Let it all go. Do not attempt to understand any event or anything or anyone in its "light," for the darkness in which you try to see can only obscure. T-14.XI.3:4-8

Q: Were you genuinely free of desire and knowledge, or did you impersonate a jnani (enlightened teacher) according to the image given to you by your Guru?
M: I was not given any image, nor did I have one. My Guru never told me what to expect.

If you imagine yourself as separate from the world, the world will appear as separate from you and you will experience desire and fear. I do not see the world as separate from me and so there is nothing for me to desire, or fear.

Q: More things may happen to you. Are you at the end of your journey?
M: There was never any journey. I am, as I always was.

Yes, I appear to hear and see and talk and act, but to me it just happens, as to you digestion or perspiration happens.  The body-mind machine looks after it, but leaves me out of it.  Just as you do not need to worry about growing hair, so I need not worry about words and actions.  They just happen and leave me unconcerned, for in my world nothing ever goes wrong.

To me nothing ever happens. There is something changeless, motionless, immovable, rock-like, unassailable; a solid mass of pure being-consciousness-bliss. I am never out of it. Nothing can take me out of it, no torture, no calamity.

The journey to God is merely the reawakening of the knowledge of where you are always, and what you are forever. It is a journey without distance to a goal that has never changed. Truth can only be experienced. It cannot be described and it cannot be explained.  I can make you aware of the conditions of truth, but the experience is of God. Together we can meet its conditions, but truth will dawn upon you of itself.  T-8.VI.9.   

Q: What was the Supreme Reality you were supposed to reach?
M: I was undeceived, that is all. I used to create a world and populate it - now I don't do it any more.

The world and the mind are states of being.  The supreme is not a state.  It pervades all states, but it is not a state of something else.  It is entirely uncaused, independent, complete in itself, beyond time and space, mind and matter.   ........There is nothing to recognise it by.  It must be seen directly, by giving up all search for signs and approaches.  When all names and forms have been given up, the real is with you.  You need not seek it.  Plurality and diversity are the play of the mind only.  Reality is one.

What I see reflects a process in my mind, which starts with my idea of what I want. From there, the mind makes up an image of the thing the mind desires, judges valuable, and therefore seeks to find. These images are then projected outward, looked upon, esteemed as real and guarded as one's own. From insane wishes comes an insane world. From judgement comes a world condemned.
Workbook Lesson 325

Q: Where do you live, then?
M: In the void beyond being and non-being, beyond consciousness. This void is also fullness; do not pity me. It is like a man saying: 'I have done my work, there is nothing left to do'.

I see no difference between you and me.  My life is a succession of events, just like yours.  Only I am detached and see the passing show as a passing show, while you stick to things and move along with them.

Having realised that I am one with, and yet beyond the world, I became free from all desire and fear. I did not reason out that I should be free - I found myself free - unexpectedly, without the least effort. This freedom from desire and fear remained with me since then. Another thing I noticed was that I do not need to make an effort; the deed follows the thought, without delay and friction. I have also found that thoughts become self-fulfilling; things would fall in place smoothly and rightly. The main change was in the mind; it became motionless and silent, responding quickly, but not perpetuating the response. Spontaneity became a way of life, the real became natural and the natural became real. And above all, infinite affection, love, dark and quiet, radiating in all directions, embracing all, making all interesting and beautiful, significant and auspicious.

Q: You are giving a certain date to your realisation. It means something did happen to you at that date. What happened?
M: The mind ceased producing events. The ancient and ceaseless search stopped - l wanted nothing, expected nothing - accepted nothing as my own.

I think the above quotations from Nisargadatta Maharaj give a valuable insight into the real world, which is the goal of A Course in Miracles. I will finish this article with a favorite quote of mine from Nisargadatta where he highlights the paradox of the awake person who is both everything and nothing.

When I look within and see that I am nothing, that is wisdom.
When I look without and see that I am everything, that is love.
And between these two, my life turns.
Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

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Jan Frazier Quotes

 

 

Waking Up.

It's very much a matter of undoing, of letting go, giving up, relaxing and getting quiet. Because it is already in us, it's in inate to us, but it is quiet and its passive because it doesn't resist anything. And so abnormal activity which usually has something to do with thinking and certainly busy physical activity maintaining of self and all that, that is all very noisy and occupying of awareness. So really it's a matter of letting all that stuff undo itself. Not taking it on as an enemy, thinking it's bad just realising that it's not who I am and the more I can not take myself seriously and notice how busy my mind is, the more possibility the other can be felt.

 

by Jan Frazier author of   When Fear Falls Away  - The Story of a Sudden Awakening

 

 

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The following is from Jan's home page on her web site http://www.janfrazierteachings.com/blog/

 

Some moment it will dawn on you:  you’re free, and always have been.  Radically free.  You’ll realize you never needed to try so hard — either to spiritually awaken, or to make things happen in your regular life.  You’ll realize that all along you had what you wanted.  You already were it.

A moment will come when you realize there’s not, after all, a problem.  You will notice that the impulse to resist has left you.  Things just are as they are.  Inside it is weirdly peaceful, even though outwardly things are pretty much as they have been right along.  It’s just that they no longer seem to be so much about you — even the ones that directly affect your life.

Your sense of who you are and what your life is about has opened, softened.  A lot that used to matter is no longer absorbing.  You move through things (all things) with a light-hearted ease.  You can feel how struggle, the urge to make something happen — a whole life’s worth of effort — has drained right out of you, as if you’ve sprung a leak.

Children know something about this.  Then forgetting comes.  Grown-ups mostly have forgotten they ever knew something.  Some have a little recollection, like a remnant taste of a sweetness from long ago, a fleeting bit of a song they know they’d recognize but can’t quite sing.  They wonder about the source of this, how to find their way again to the origin of that inexpressible thing.  They may think they once had it, but then lost it.  Or they may think they imagined it, that they dreamed the whole thing up to give themselves some kind of comfort, a respite from the daily, the difficult.  But no, that isn’t quite what’s going on.

They didn’t dream it up.  It’s real.  It’s the most real thing there is.  And it didn’t go away. 

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Imagine a life without suffering.  Not because bad things have stopped happening in the world or in your personal life. But because your orientation to them has changed.  Your orientation to yourself has changed.  The end of suffering comes about when you find your way to that primeval sweetness that has never left you, which is the essence of every human being.  This essence has never known the swelling of pride or the grip of fear.  It has never been lonely or ambitious.  When the familiar sense of who you are has softened and grown light, when it is allowed to fall away, what remains is a pool of calm delight.  You no longer ask things of your life.  Each moment is enough, as it is.  Life lived within that awareness is heaven on earth.  It is human nature allowed to come to full flower.

 

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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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Forthcoming Workshops on A Course in Miracles

in Australia and Germany

 

 

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

 

 

 

Australia 2010 Dates

 

 

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Please note that there will be no further workshops held at Hillier, Gawler, South Australia

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Brisbane

 

Relaxation Centre

 

Sunday  July 4th 2010

9.30a.m. to 5.00p.m.

 

 

Awakening to Our Spiritual Reality.

from the perspective of A Course in Miracles

 

 

You dwell not here, but in eternity.

You travel but in dreams, while safe at home (T240; T-13.VII.17:6-7).

You are at home in God, dreaming of exile but perfectly capable of awaking to reality (T169; T-10.I.2:1).

A Course in Miracles

 

 

Identification with our bodies and personalities blinds us to our spiritual reality. The Course teaches us how to awaken from this dream of separation from God and experience joy and peace. Exercises will be used to help remove the obstacles to peace.

 

Michael Dawson has lived and taught at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland for many years and has presented A Course in Miracles in many countries.

 

An introduction to the Course’s metaphysical, psychological and spiritual teachings will be covered.

 

VENUE:

Relaxation Centre,

15 South Pine Road

Alderley

Brisbane 4051

 

BOOKINGS:

Relaxation Centre

07 3856 3733

(Please do not book through me)

 

TIMES: 9.30am to 5pm

 

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Germany 2011 Dates

 

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

 

 

Bonn 

 

June 18 and 19, 2011

9.30am to 5.30pm

 

Discovering Inner Peace. 

- A path of undoing -

From the perspective of A Course in Miracles

 

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. 

A Course in Miracles. Lesson 188

 

Inner peace and joy was given us when we were created. We are already enlightened and sinless. Our desire to be separate and special has led us to forget our spiritual reality. This workshop will explore the way to undo our errors (the miracle) so we can remember who we really are.

 

Instead of asking "How do I become enlightened?" we need to change the question to "How do I unenlighten myself?" The first question leads to struggle, fear, anticipation and a future goal. The second question brings us into the present moment and on to the way of undoing the obstacles to peace through forgiveness. 

 

Subjects will include the mirror of relationships, traps on the path, where is peace to be found, ladder of trust, not knowing, being versus doing, forgiveness, undoing the blocks to receiving guidance and giving up control. 

 

Exercises will be used to help identify and heal the obstacles we have created allowing our natural state of peace and joy to be revealed.

 

An Evening Introductory Talk - Fri 17th June 2011

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

 

 

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Freiburg

 

 

June 25 and 26, 2011

10 am to 6 pm

 

Discovering Inner Peace. 

- A path of undoing -

From the perspective of A Course in Miracles

 

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. 

A Course in Miracles. Lesson 188

 

Inner peace and joy was given us when we were created. We are already enlightened and sinless. Our desire to be separate and special has led us to forget our spiritual reality. This workshop will explore the way to undo our errors (the miracle) so we can remember who we really are.

 

Instead of asking "How do I become enlightened?" we need to change the question to "How do I unenlighten myself?" The first question leads to struggle, fear, anticipation and a future goal. The second question brings us into the present moment and on to the way of undoing the obstacles to peace through forgiveness. 

 

Subjects will include the mirror of relationships, traps on the path, where is peace to be found, ladder of trust, not knowing, being versus doing, forgiveness, undoing the blocks to receiving guidance and giving up control. 

 

Exercises will be used to help identify and heal the obstacles we have created allowing our natural state of peace and joy to be revealed.

 

 

 

An Evening Introductory Talk - Fri 24 June 2011

 

 

Contact:

Margarete Sennekamp

Winterhaldenweg 4,

79856 Hinterzarten,

Tel./Fax: 07652-917530

email: M.Sennekamp@t-online.de

www.Sophia-Institut.de

 

 

 

Biography

Michael discovered A Course in Miracles whilst visiting the Findhorn Foundation in 1982. He subsequently became a member of the Foundation for about six years and involved himself with healing and teaching. In 1994 he published Healing the Cause - A Path of Forgiveness which serves as an introduction to the Course. His second book, The Findhorn Book of Forgiveness (Findhorn Press) uses exercises, stories and case histories to guide the reader to inner peace through forgiveness. Michael now lives in Australia and gives workshops on the Course world-wide.

 

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BOOKS AND AUDIO MATERIALS FOR SALE - by Michael Dawson

 

New

An eBook containing all my web site articles plus a bonus chapter from Healing the Cause and The Findhorn Book of Forgiveness is available for download in PDF format from http://www.acfip.org/ebook.html

 

Books:

Healing the Cause - A Path of Forgiveness.  Findhorn Press 1994

Also available in German, Romanian, French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese.

 

The Findhorn Book of Forgiveness.  Findhorn Press. 2003

This will be republished undo a new title in 2011.

Also available in German, Polish and Romanian.

Will be available in French in the next few months.

 

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

 

Audio Tapes 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.

 

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

 

Foundation for A Course in Miracles

41397 Buecking Drive, Temecula, CA 92590

Tel: 909 296 6261 Fax: 909296 9117

 

Books, videos, CDs and audio tapes by Kenneth and Gloria Wapnick are available from their web site http://www.facim.org

 

Question and Answer Service:

Their electronic outreach section has a question and answer service http://www.facimoutreach.org/ 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.

 

Their publications can also be ordered in Australia at:

Adyar Bookshop

230 Clarence Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

 

Foundation for Inner Peace - the publishers of A Course in Miracles

http://www.acim.org/

 

ACIM study groups:

Go to The Miracle Distribution Center http://www.miraclecenter.org/ for the largest and most frequently updated list of A Course in Miracles study groups available anywhere.

A global map of A Course in Miracles Study Groups

 

Miracles Studies Australia  http://www.miracle-studies.net.au  lists study groups for Australia and new Zealand

 

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.

 

A Course In Miracles Chat Groups:

The aim of this board is to provide a place for people to chat about ACIM.

Any related discussions are more than welcome and I believe helpful! - moderated by Glyn Milhench

http://glynbo.proboards84.com/index.cgi?board=acim

 

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 or four 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

 

 

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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