ACFIP Newsletter
Issue 29 - June 2011
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:

*  Breaking the Spell of Thought
*  How Do I Realise Who I Really Am?
*  Adyashanti 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

New
• Healing the Cause: A Path of Forgiveness is now available as an eBook.
• A new book, A Course in Miracles: Explanations of Major Terms, is now available as an eBook.
• The Findhorn Book of Forgiveness is now available as an eBook
• 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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Breaking the Spell of Thought


Empty your mind of everything it thinks is either true or false, or good or bad, of every thought it judges worthy, and all the ideas of which it is ashamed. Hold onto nothing. Do not bring with you one thought the past has taught, nor one belief you ever learned before from anything.
Forget this world, forget this course, and come with wholly empty hands unto your God.
A Course in Miracles Lesson 189


We enter this world with no self-image. As time goes by we gradually create one. What we create depends upon our conditioning, religion, race, sex, experiences in life, whether we are loved or not, our education, and many other factors. We are actually a bundle of memories, habits and conditioning. All of this is thought. If these thoughts are believed then we have created a self.

As we acquire new experiences the image of oneself changes. If we experience trauma in our lives, this may lead us to feel we are a victim. Old thoughts we once believed in will be released, and new thoughts will be taken on. In this way, the images of ourselves constantly changes. If we do not step back and watch this image, and see it as but a thought we believe in, we will lead our lives as if in a trance.

A Course in Miracles asks us to forgive this image, to stand back and look at it without judgement. In this way it starts to lose its power over us. The identification with this image is normally very strong in us. It does not appear to be an image, but who we really are. If someone says to us something that contradicts the image we hold, this can be quite painful. Our egos will inform us that this is unjust, and counsels us to attack.

Thoughts have no power in themselves. It is when we believe in them that they become important and affect our lives. If we look back upon our lives we will discover thoughts we took very seriously then, but no longer do. What has changed? The belief in the thought as being true and important.

If you are willing to renounce the role of guardian of your thought system and open it to me, I will correct it very gently and lead you back to God.
T4.I.4:7

 We spend much time protecting and defending our self-image. After all, this is what we believe we are.  Our security lies in what we believe to be true. If our thought system is threatened, our security is threatened. When Jesus preached in Palestine, he strongly challenged the thought system of the priesthood. This produced a strong insecurity and fear in their minds. His message of love was seen as a threat and had to be attacked.

If we study various cultures, we quickly find that what is important in one culture is unimportant in another. If we also look at just one culture, but in different time periods of its history, again we will see that what was deemed important once may no longer be so.

The Course teaches us that our true identity is the Christ. We are eternal, formless, perfect spirit. We are not bodies and personalities. We are not male or female. This is all body identification. All the labels we ascribe to ourselves are thoughts that we believe in, and we are happy to go to war to defend them. My religion versus your religion, democracy versus communism, etc.

 The Course wants us to stand back and look at all the images we have created over our lives and ask ourselves - are these true? Or are they just thoughts we have given importance to for a while. As Byron Katie has said "Who would we be without our story?".

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.

Whilst our mind contains powerful images of who we think we are, there is no space for truth to enter, as the above quote points out. There's great fear associated with letting go who we think we are.  We believe that without our self-created image we would be nothing. But these images stand in front of the truth and obscure it.

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.
Nisargadatta Maharaj

How can all this be changed so truth can dawn upon our minds and we can remember the peace of God? If the images we hold about ourselves were created by taking thought seriously, we can reverse the process. We are so used to giving serious attention to the thoughts that arise in our minds. Instead, we could watch these images arise but without taking them as being important. Our thoughts are accustomed to be taken seriously. What would happen if we paid less attention to them? They would not be 'fed'. Thoughts coming and going in our mind would start to be treated like various odours coming in and out of our nose.

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

We need to break the spell of thought. We have thoughts, but we're not our thoughts.

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.

The mind has a very important function.  None of us could survive in the world without it. The American teacher Adyashanti refers to that aspect of the mind as "toolbox mind." You need it to read this article, drive a car, understand the computer. If the mind could stay in that sphere of operation everything would be fine. However, we seek to use it in areas that is not designed for. It should not tell us who we are. That will be revealed to us when our mind becomes quiet.  As the quote above emphasised:

Yet in this learning is salvation born. And What you are will tell you of Itself.
T-31.V.17.

The truth of who we are cannot be learned through the mind. All images of ourselves just block the awakening to truth. If we think we know who we are, truth must wait. We need to give God a gap. Our ceaseless thinking and image-making draws a veil across the truth. As we start to challenge our mind by not taking the images it creates seriously we start to starve the mind. Eventually, the mind will revert to its true function, a wonderful practical tool to help us live life here.  Now a space has been created that allows the intuitive wisdom of spirit to guide our lives.

What is hidden deep in our innermost being lies in silence and stillness, and in the silence of the deep springs the eternal, inexhaustible, original source of all being. Countless words trouble the soul; where words fall silent, the everlasting begins. Keeping inwardly silent before God is the implicit precondition for perceiving the everlasting within us. If God is to speak, then all thinking, imagining, and supposing must stay quiet. All faculties must remain silent and prepare a place of inner stillness for God to speak in us.
Wolfgang Kopp - Free Yourself of Everything


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How Do I Realise Who I Really Am?
From I Am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj

Do understand that you are destined for enlightenment. Co-operate with your destiny, dont go against it, dont thwart it. Allow it to fulfil itself. All you have to do is to give attention to the obstacles created by the foolish mind.
 
There are no conditions to fulfil. There is nothing to be done, nothing to be given up. Just look and remember, whatever you perceive is not you, nor yours. It is there in the field of consciousness, but you are not the field and its contents, nor even the knower of the field. It is your idea that you have to do things that entangle you in results of your efforts- the motive, the desire, the failure to achieve, the sense of frustration-all this holds you back. Simply look at whatever happens and know that you are beyond it.
 
 The real exists and is of the nature of witness-consciousness. Of course it is beyond the witness, but to enter it one must first realise the state of pure witnessing....The witness is the reflection of the real in all its purity....The state of witnessing is full of power.
You need not get at it (Enlightenment), for you are it. It will get at you, if you give it a chance. Let go your attachment to the unreal and the real will swiftly and smoothly slip into its own. Stop imagining yourself being or doing this or that and the realisation that you are the source and heart of all will dawn upon you. With this will come great love which is not choice or predilection, nor attachment, but a power which makes all things love - worthy and lovable.
 
.....It is only when the mind refuses to flow with life, and gets stuck at the banks, that it becomes a problem. By flowing with life, I mean acceptance - letting come what comes and go what goes. Desire not, fear not, observe the actual, as and when it happens, for you are not what happens, you are to whom it happens. Ultimately even the observer you are not.
 
Discover all you are not. Body, feelings, thoughts, ideas, time, space, being and not being, this or that - nothing concrete or abstract you can point out to is you. You must watch yourself continuously - particularly your mind - moment by moment, missing nothing. This witnessing is essential for the separation of the self from the not-self ........be aware of that state which is only, simply being, without being this or that or the other.
 
 I see what you too could see, here and now, but for the wrong focus of attention. You give no attention to your self. Your mind is all with things, people and ideas, never with your self. Bring yourself into focus, become aware of your own existence.
See how you function, watch the motives and the results of your actions. Study the prison you have built around yourself, by inadvertence. By knowing what you are not, you come to know your self. The way back to your self is through refusal and rejection. One thing is certain: the real is not imaginary, it is not a product of the mind.
 
When you are no longer attached to anything, you have done your share. The rest will be done for you.
Don’t look for quick results, there may be none within your noticing. Unknown to you, your psyche will under go a change, there will be more clarity in your thinking and feeling, purity in your behaviour. You need not aim at these - you will witness the change all the same.
 
Whenever a thought or emotion of desire or fear comes to your mind, just turn away from it......just refuse attention......just turn away.....look between the thoughts....when you do not resist, you meet with no resistance......turn away from your desires and fears and from the thoughts they create and you are at once in your natural state.
The Supreme is the easiest to reach for it is your very being. It is enough to stop thinking and desiring anything, but the Supreme.
 
Humility and silence are essential, however advanced.
 
Live your life without hurting anybody. Harmlessness is a most powerful form of Yoga and it will take you speedily to your goal.
 
What is seedless and rootless, what does not sprout and grow, flower and fruit, what comes into being suddenly and in full glory, mysteriously and marvelously, you may call that ‘god’ It is entirely unexpected yet inevitable, infinitely familiar yet most surprising, beyond all hope yet absolutely certain....You can do nothing to bring it about, but you can avoid creating obstacles. 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.
 
You have to be very alert, or else your mind will play false with you. It is like watching a thief - not that you expect anything from a thief, but you do not want to be robbed. In the same way you give a lot of attention to the mind without expecting anything from it.
By giving attention to your living, feeling and thinking, you free yourself from them and go beyond them. Your personality dissolves and only the witness remains. Then you go beyond the witness. Do not ask how it happens. Just search within yourself....In one [person] you desire and fear, in the other [witness] you are unaffected by pleasure and pain and are not ruffled by events. You let them come and go.
 
See the event as event only, the transient as transient, experience as mere experience and you have done all you can. Then you are vulnerable to reality, no longer armoured against it, as you were when you gave reality to events and experiences. But as soon as there is some like or dislike, you have drawn a screen.
 
When you demand nothing of the world, nor of God, when you want nothing, seek nothing, expect nothing then the Supreme State will come to you uninvited and unexpected!


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Adyashanti Quotes


That Which Contains All

It doesn't matter how profound a vision is or how wonderful the kriyas, or the kundalini, or the bliss. No matter how beautiful the spiritual experience is, it is only an experience, and experiences come and go.

Freedom is found only in that which does not come and go. If it doesn't come and go, that means that it's present now.

When you have a beautiful spiritual experience and then seem to lose it, ask yourself: What was present then that is still present now? Then, you know where to put all of your attention, all of your dedication, and all of your heart. Don't put it anywhere else.

You are that permanence which contains all becoming and all be-going.


What Always Is?

Most people fret about losing this state or that state. They get caught up in what's not present anymore. That which comes and goes is not real; quit chasing it. It doesn't matter.

What haven't you lost? That is what's important. What always is? What is there in bliss and in misery? Who you are is always present and is always the same.

That which doesn't come and go is real. That is where Freedom is found -- nowhere else.


Go Deeply into the Unknown

You must go so deeply into the Unknown that you are no longer referencing thought to tell you who and what you are. Only then will thought be capable of reflecting that which is true, rather than falsely masquerading as truth.

What I am talking about is a condition where the mind never fixates, where it never closes, where it has no compulsive need to understand in terms of ideas, concepts, and beliefs. A condition where you are no longer referencing the mind, feeling, or emotions for security in any way.

What I am talking about is the complete surrender of all separateness until liberation becomes a permanent condition, and you are forever lost in the freedom of the Absolute.

Addicted to Being Separate

Many people are addicted to, and identified with, being the separate and unique victims of the tragic dramas of their lives. People so often form the deepest bonds with one another by sharing the painful and tragic episodes of their lives, as if those episodes define who they really are.

Many people really see themselves as "the one who has struggled," and "the one who is struggling now." Others struggle to hold onto a more positive, fixed identity as a good, successful, or spiritual person.

However, most people cling to both negative and positive self images, creating an endless struggle between contradictory identities that have no fundamental reality to begin with. Is it any wonder that so many spiritual seekers remain so confused?

Awaken from the Dream

The most insidious and unconscious way that spiritual seekers struggle is by struggling with practices and techniques that are supposed to help them stop struggling.

But who has the biggest investment in these practices? The sense of a separate self, or ego, does. Only the ego asks how to stop struggling because all how-to questions lead to further struggle.

This mechanism of maintaining struggle is how the ego maintains control. Struggling only ceases when you passionately inquire into who and what you truly are -- deeply enough to awaken from the dream of being a personal, separate self.

Stop Struggling

The most challenging thing for the spiritual seeker to do is to stop struggling. The human condition is characterized by a constant state of struggle which manifests as conflict, fear, and confusion.

These various states of tension, caused by the compulsive and mechanical impulse to struggle, distort our ability to perceive what is true and liberating. What is truly interesting is that the human condition contains within it an unconscious need to struggle. Why?

Because by remaining in a state of constant struggle we maintain the boundaries that create the sense of a separate self, a self who unconsciously defines itself as "the one who struggles."

And even more shocking is the discovery that not only do we need to struggle in order to remain separate, but we want to remain separate -- even though it causes so much suffering, fear, and confusion. We want to remain separate because by remaining separate we maintain the sense of being someone different, special, and unique.

Be More Interested in the Unknown

The aim of spiritual practice is to discover in your own present experience That which the movement of thought never touches.

This does not mean to suppress the thinking mind, nor does I mean to attempt to understand by using thought.

What I am pointing toward is the Unknown: the already, ever-present, silent, still source that not only proceeds thought but surrounds it.

You must become more interested in the Unknown than in that which is known. Otherwise, you will remain enslaved by the very narrow and distorted perspective of conceptual thinking.


www.adyashanti.org

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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 2011 Dates


Brisbane

Relaxation Centre

BRISBANE - 1 day - Sunday 24 July 2011
9.30a.m. to 5.00p.m.

Applying A Course in Miracles in Our Daily Lives


The Course asks us to use our daily life as a classroom of forgiveness.
We will explore how we can find peace when challenged by money, anger, hate, sex, relationships and sickness.
Exercises will be used to help us identify and heal the issues that confront us.

No previous knowledge of A Course in Miracles is required.


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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Brisbane

Relaxation Centre

BRISBANE - 1 day - Sunday 18 Sept 2011

9.30a.m. to 5.00p.m.


Surrendering to the Light: Undoing the Ego
from the perspective of A Course in Miracles

Love waits on welcome, not on time.
Release is given you the instant you desire it.
(A Course in Miracles)

The Course teaches us that we do not know the way home and need to be guided from within. Realising we know nothing about discovering our inner joy and peace, the workshop aims to explore the path of humility and surrender to allow truth to reveal itself to us.

As we approach the light our ego will become fearful and will resist its own undoing. Our minds do not want to release control and seek to be in charge of our spiritual path. Only by stopping, letting go, relaxing, trust and surrender can we fully open to the love, wisdom and peace within us.

We play our part by discovering the obstacles to love and releasing them through forgiveness.

Workshop subjects will include: the nature of the ego, no path to God, fear of love, not knowing the way, awareness, "I need do nothing", being in the present and forgiveness.

Exercises will be used to help us undo the ego and move into the present moment.

No knowledge of A Course in Miracles is required.

VENUE:
Relaxation Centre,
15 South Pine Road
Alderley
Brisbane 4051

BOOKINGS:
Relaxation Centre
07 3856 3733
(Please do not book through me)




North Stradbroke Island, QLD 4183
One hour east of Brisbane
Sat.8 and Sun.9  Oct 2011
10am to 5.15 pm

Anchorage Village Beach Resort, Point Lookout,
North Stradbroke Island, QLD 4183


Meaningful Relationships
- finding peace and growth in the mirror of relationships.
From the perspective of A Course in Miracles

When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter.  As you see him you will see yourself.  
As you treat him you will treat yourself.  As you think of him you will think of yourself.  
Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself.  
A Course in Miracles.

The world is a mirror to our state of mind. Relationships do not have the power to give or take our peace. Each difficult encounter with those we meet - children, friend, partner, parent, boss, or stranger - gives us another opportunity to see what is unhealed and unforgiven in our minds.

Forgiveness looks gently and without judgement at the disturbances in our minds thus allowing them to be released. As our judgements are healed our eternal spiritual reality of quiet joy and inner peace starts to dawn upon our minds.

Exercises will be used to see how we deny and project our unhealed parts onto others and how they can be healed through forgiveness and inner guidance.

No previous knowledge of A Course in Miracles is required.



Cost:
Earlybird rate: $185 until 8th Sept.; $225 from 9th Sept.
To qualify for the earlybird rate the $185 must be received by me by 8th Sept.


Please make cheques payable to " Michael Dawson", - see contact information below.
Bank transfers possible.

Date and Times
Sat.8 and Sun.9  Oct 2011
10am to 5.15 pm

Refund policy:
Full refund less $30 administration charge up to 8th Sept; $50 after.
No refunds for late arrival or early departure.

Contact:
For all enquiries regarding the workshop (not accommodation) please contact:  
Michael Dawson

Email:  mdawson@acfip.org

Address: P.O. Box 125, Point Lookout, Qld. 4183

Meals:
Refreshments provided for morning and afternoon breaks.
For lunch - cafes and hotel in walking distance (see map below).

Workshop Location
Anchorage Village Beach Resort, Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island, QLD 4183
web: http://www.anchorage.stradbrokeresorts.com.au
email: anchorage@stradbrokeresorts.com.au

A comprehensive website on Straddie is available at http://straddieonline.com.au/


YouTube Video of Point Lookout

 

    
Whales can be seen from May to October


Accommodation:
NOTE:  All accommodation must be booked directly with the provider.  Workshop organisers will not be handling any accommodation bookings.

The Anchorage Village Beach resort (07 3409 8266) provides accommodation in units each containing a single and queen size bed. If you wish to share, the price for two nights is about $135 per person for two sharing or $102 per person for three sharing. (2010 prices)

There is plenty of accommodation at Point Lookout ranging from camping and back packers to hotels. Here are some links:

http://northstradbroke.i4u.com.au                  http://www.northstradbrokeisland.com
http://www.stradbrokeholidays.com.au           http://www.stradbrokehotel.com.au

http://www.stayz.com.au/accommodation/qld/queensland-islands/north-stradbroke-island

Camping
http://www.more2redlands.com.au/Explore/Camping/Pages/default.aspx


How to get there:

North Stradbroke Island can be accessed easily in your own car, or via public transport.

 

Two companies operate car ferries from Cleveland to Dunwich.
Stradbroke Ferries - car ferry timetables
and
Sea Stradbroke car ferries - The Big Red Cat

Two companies operate passenger water taxis from Cleveland to Dunwich. These are met by buses at Dunwich which can drop you outside the Anchorage Village resort/workshop venue.

Stradbroke ferries water taxi
and
Stradbroke Flyer Gold Cats

Ferry and Accommodation package deals




Germany 2012 Dates


Bonn

June 16 and 17, 2012
9.30am to 5.30pm

Surrendering to the Light: Undoing the Ego
from the perspective of A Course in Miracles

Love waits on welcome, not on time.
Release is given you the instant you desire it.
(A Course in Miracles)

The Course teaches us that we do not know the way home and need to be guided from within. Realising we know nothing about discovering our inner joy and peace, the workshop aims to explore the path of humility and surrender to allow truth to reveal itself to us.

As we approach the light our ego will become fearful and will resist its own undoing. Our minds do not want to release control and seek to be in charge of our spiritual path. Only by stopping, letting go, relaxing, trust and surrender can we fully open to the love, wisdom and peace within us.

We play our part by discovering the obstacles to love and releasing them through forgiveness.

Workshop subjects will include: the nature of the ego, no path to God, fear of love, not knowing the way, awareness, "I need do nothing", being in the present, ladder of trust and forgiveness.

Exercises will be used to help us undo the ego and move into the present moment.

No knowledge of A Course in Miracles is required.

An Evening Introductory Talk - Fri 15th June 2012
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


June 23 and 24, 2012
10 am to 6 pm


Surrendering to the Light: Undoing the Ego
from the perspective of A Course in Miracles

Love waits on welcome, not on time.
Release is given you the instant you desire it.
(A Course in Miracles)

The Course teaches us that we do not know the way home and need to be guided from within. Realising we know nothing about discovering our inner joy and peace, the workshop aims to explore the path of humility and surrender to allow truth to reveal itself to us.

As we approach the light our ego will become fearful and will resist its own undoing. Our minds do not want to release control and seek to be in charge of our spiritual path. Only by stopping, letting go, relaxing, trust and surrender can we fully open to the love, wisdom and peace within us.

We play our part by discovering the obstacles to love and releasing them through forgiveness.

Workshop subjects will include: the nature of the ego, no path to God, fear of love, not knowing the way, awareness, "I need do nothing", being in the present, ladder of trust and forgiveness.

Exercises will be used to help us undo the ego and move into the present moment.

No knowledge of A Course in Miracles is required.



An Evening Introductory Talk - Fri 22 June 2011
8pm - 9.45pm


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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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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BOOKS AND AUDIO MATERIALS FOR SALE - by Michael Dawson


New teaching and healing materials - eBooks and downloadable MP3s:

Ebooks:

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

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

3. Forgiveness - A Path to Inner Peace.
Inspired by A Course in Miracles
This is the eBook version of the paper back.
Available June 2011

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

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


Downloadable Mp3s:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
 
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.

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

Search for A Course in Miracles Study Groups Around the World

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 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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