ACFIP Newsletter 

Issue 33 - June 2012

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:

 

*  How Do I Forgive?

*  Kenneth Wapnick Interview

*  The Best Thing You Can Do for Yourself - Jan Frazier

*  Call Off the Struggle - Adyashanti

*  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

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.

¥ 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

 

 

 

 

 

How do I forgive?

 

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

 

At the heart of all true spiritual traditions is the concept of awareness. The spiritual path contained within A Course in Miracles is no different. Looking at the definition of forgiveness above, we see the stress on awareness. Awareness does not do anything and is still. It observes what is going on in the world and in our own minds. Awareness is not out to change anything. That is why it can wait. To look without judgement is the simplest definition of forgiveness. 

 

Vigilance was required of me (Jesus) as much as of you, and those who choose to teach the same thing must be in agreement about what they believe. 

A Course in Miracles T-6.V.C.9:9

 

Just be aware; that is all what you have to do, without condemning, without forcing, without trying to change what you are aware of. 

J Krishnamurti

 

Watching is the key, nothing else matters, slowly slowly an understanding start growing, a witness arises and this witness is the bud of our being, the miracle that transforms, the miracle that heals, the miracle that gives birth to your authentic self.

Deeshan

 

The hallmark of the ego is that it takes sides. It states, "This is right, this is wrong, this is good this is bad". Forgiveness seeks to change nothing. This does not mean appropriate action cannot come from awareness. In fact, it's the only true action. While we look at the world and find ourselves appalled by what is wrong, what shouldn't be happening, what is not right, then we are limited in our helpful response towards it. Our judgements upon the suffering in the world actually closes our hearts. If we can look upon the suffering in ourselves and in the world without judgement, we enable a loving wisdom to enter our minds and direct our actions. A Course in Miracles calls this the Holy Spirit, or Jesus. There is no need to first judge the situation before you help. The Course reminds us that constant judgement is very tiring.

 

You are not really capable of being tired, but you are very capable of wearying yourself. The strain of constant judgement is virtually intolerable. It is curious that an ability so debilitating would be so deeply cherished.

A Course in Miracles T-3.VI.5.

 

All that we need to know any moment is available to us. But we must play our part, in removing the veils that separate us from that wisdom and love. 

 

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 T-in.1.   

 

These veils are our judgements, our labels of right and wrong that we place upon the world. Just simple looking, with nothing added to it is required. This is not cold detachment, when our minds look for a place of safety, or retreat from the world. 

 

Every day when we are awake, we could choose to view the world as a classroom of forgiveness. 

 

Gently, gently, I trained my mind to suspend its processes and thoughts. Then (in the windless calm), the flame of the Lamp, shining steady and bright, Revealed my true nature unto me.

Lalla

 

We can decide to operate on two levels. The first and most important level is to forgive what happens throughout the day both in our minds and in the world we observe. Second is the practical level of getting achieved what we need to do for the day. We practice being aware without judgement. We try to watch everything without the intervention of the judgemental mind. This will allow an inner wisdom to rise and inform us what to say, what to do and where to go. Our minds should only be used for practical applications. This function of mind has been called "toolbox mind" by the American teacher Adyashanti.

 

What the Course asks of us is really very simple. However, we often find it difficult to carry out as it contradicts the ego's plan for salvation.

 

The ego's plan for salvation centers around holding grievances. It maintains that, if someone else spoke or acted differently, if some external circumstance or event were changed, you would be saved. Thus, the source of salvation is constantly perceived as outside yourself. Each grievance you hold is a declaration, and an assertion in which you believe, that says, "If this were different, I would be saved." The change of mind necessary for salvation is thus demanded of everyone and everything except yourself.

A Course in Miracles W-pI.71.2.      

 

We should not be surprised therefore that during our day judgement will continuously arise. The judgement, "I am failing to forgive" will also come. We may fall into the trap of listening to the ego and feel guilty for our lack of progress. In contrast, the Holy Spirit will guide us to forgive our lack of forgiveness. It's okay if we are not ready to forgive yet. This approach will still greatly speed the time when we can forgive. The Course does not ask us to stop judging, for this is impossible for us at the moment. It does ask us to try not to judge our judgements. Any judgement means the ego has returned. 

Judgement here refers to value judgements like right and wrong and not to the judgements/decisions we all must make in life.

 

You have no idea of the tremendous release and deep peace that comes from meeting yourself and your brothers totally without judgement. 

A Course in Miracles T-3.VI.3.

 

Another statement of forgiveness used in the Course is to learn to smile gently at our egos. This means to stop taking the ego seriously. There is no need to attack it, suppress it or deny it. We may still get angry many times in the day, but as we watch the anger without judgement we soften it. In time, as we learn to smile at the ego, we might say to ourselves ÒHere I go again. What's new? This is no big deal." This is great progress! 

 

Step back from your experience. Observe yourself, your reactions, and everything that happens through the eyes of a compassionate witness. This is what it means to pay attention.

 Metta Zetty

 

If we look upon the ego as an iceberg of guilt, guilt that we normally project out onto others as it's to painful to become aware of in ourselves, then the approach of forgiveness will gradually cause this iceberg to melt. This iceberg has been hiding our true spiritual nature from our awareness. As it melts we become increasingly more peaceful and joyful, the hallmarks of our spiritual reality. 

 

Awareness cleaned my mind to a polished mirroring.

The presence came near, and I knew that That was everything, and I nothing.

Lalla

 

Gradually we learn not to try to change our ego or other people's egos. We only try to change things we take as real. If we make someone's ego real then we forget their spiritual reality. Only one can be real, not both. And if we make another person's ego real, we will also make our own ego real as well. This does not mean we may not have to take action when in the presence of a violent ego, but our action need not be taken out of judgement. If we do not label then wrong or bad we create a space in our mind to receive the help we need which will also be for the highest good of the other.

 

If we can succeed in dedicating a major part of our day to practising non-judgemental awareness, we will be on a fast track to peace and joy.

 

This awareness, that is not thinking, if applied with great consistency, will cause the mind, thought, the dominance of mind, the tyranny of mind, to spontaneously collapse.  .... As you gently relax into awareness, into listening, the mind's compulsive contraction around objects will fade. Silence of being will come more clearly into your consciousness, welcoming you to rest and abide. An attitude of open receptivity, free of any goal or anticipation, will facilitate the presence of silence and stillness, and reveal them to be your natural condition. 

Adyashanti

 

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A conversation with Ken Wapnick: Did I mention youÕre too serious?

by Susan Dugan

 

http://www.foraysinforgiveness.dreamhosters.com/interviews

 

 

Renowned Psychologist, Teacher, and Author Kenneth Wapnick, PhD, has been studying, teaching, and writing about A Course in Miracles since 1973, and worked closely with Course Scribe Helen Schucman and Collaborator Bill Thetford in preparing its final manuscript. With his wife, Gloria, he is president and co-founder of The Foundation for A Course in Miracles (http://facim.org) in Temecula, California.

 

 

OK, so admittedly I did most of the talking when Ken Wapnick once more generously agreed to answer some questions about practicing forgiveness and looking with Jesus. Along with the other characteristics of GodÕs teachers mentioned in the Teachers Manual, he also demonstrates honesty, defined in A Course in Miracles as consistency. I found his response to my overly complicated questions newly humbling. ÒDonÕt take it seriously,Ó he answered, in response to every query. He has said this before and will likely have to say it again because eventually we begin to try to make awakening a goal and weÕre not smiling with Jesus anymore but gritting our teeth with the ego, once more seeking and never finding our self. Thank you Ken, for reminding us to quit working so hard and simply smile .

You talk a lot about forgiveness being a process of the decision maker looking with Jesus/our right mind. IÕve noticed lately in practicing forgiveness that I really want Jesus to look with me rather than look with him.

Oh, youÕre pretty slippery. And here I thought you were a nice person.

Nope. I think I need a review because thatÕs what IÕve been doing and what it shows me is how resistant I am to really looking. Could you go over the process of looking and maybe speak to our tendency to deceive ourselves about what weÕre really doing?

Well, the whole idea of looking makes sense when you realize itÕs the correction for the egoÕs not looking. ThatÕs really the bread and butter of the egoÕs thought system because if you donÕt look it means youÕre mindless. If you look you become a mind instead of a body and if you donÕt look you can never see that the ego is really nothing. Forgiveness defined as looking is really just the correction for the ego telling you not to look.

When you want Jesus to look with you, then you want him to look at your body and your experiences as a dream figure. To look with him means you look at the world and see it as a projection of an inward condition which means you go back to the mind. ThatÕs the key. ThatÕs why nobody wants to do it that way.

Well, I want him specifically to see how awful these people are treating me.

He just smiles at that. ThatÕs when I get a phone call saying, ÒYou know what she just said to me?Ó And then he just bursts out laughing.

I knew you were going to say that.

Well, IÕm glad I didnÕt disappoint you.

I have been practicing forgiveness in a special relationship each time conflict arises and experience deep comfort when I look at whatÕs really going on with my right mind but sooner or later feel once more attacked. I get discouraged and I suppose impatient wondering if IÕm ever going to heal my mind completely about this relationship.

ThatÕs what trips you up right there. At that point youÕre making it into something serious and real and impossible when all you want to do is just look at your ego and smile at it. DonÕt try to let go of your ego. I kiddingly say that Jesus hates serious people and he especially hates serious A Course in Miracles students because all they want to do is let go of their ego. And if youÕre so hell-bent on letting go of your ego youÕll never let it go because the ego is not the problem.

So that impatience I feel should clue me in that thatÕs what IÕm doing?

Exactly right.

It amazes me how quickly I can go from right-mindedness to really feeling genuinely attacked and completely out of my mind. Even though I understand what the Course is saying and am committed to practicing forgiveness it feels like an ambush. Does it ever get easier?

Yes, when you stop taking it so seriously.   YouÕre such a nice person, Susan, but youÕre so damn serious. ThatÕs what trips you up. It wonÕt start getting easier until you give up the idea that thereÕs an ÒitÓ that has to get easier.

So, itÕs still that idea of having to do this right thatÕs the problem.

Yes.

ThatÕs a hard habit to break.

Yes, it is. But the whole idea is to live lightly. As I quote all the time the problem was not the tiny mad idea but that the Son of God forgot to laugh at it. The problem is not anything of the ego; the problem is that we took it seriously.

So when we find ourselves taking it seriously the answer is looking with Jesus who only smiles?

ThatÕs what looking with Jesus means. And heÕs smiling at the silliness of ever having thought that this is important, which is silliness.

So not joining with an ego attack, just letting it all pass.

Letting it all pass which doesnÕt necessarily mean you donÕt have a behavioral response but it means you donÕt get upset by it and you donÕt want to change it.

And you donÕt want to get upset with yourself when you do get upset.

Yes, absolutely.

I have found myself mentally complaining a lot about all the external demands on my time that seem to keep me from spending quality time with Jesus. It makes me laugh because even though I understand that A Course in Miracles is a path in relationship I still want to withdraw from relationships and just be with my right mind, be with Jesus. Does that make me a really bad student?

It makes you a really bad student only if you donÕt laugh at yourself.

Because thatÕs really trying to take away the curriculum, right? So, donÕt do that?

Not unless you want to get me angry at you. Jesus will laugh at you and IÕll yell and scream at you.

ItÕs just this desire to have a little time in between forgiveness lessons to breathe. Because sometimes it seems like thereÕs just this unrelenting, incoming barrage of lessons that just wonÕt quit.

(Internationally renowned priest and author) Henri Nouwen said something like I kept getting interrupted in my work and then I realized my interruptions were my work. So, if you want to spend time with Jesus, then see him in everybody; thatÕs the answer.

I fear sometimes that some really catastrophic forgiveness lesson is looming around the corner. I know thereÕs no hierarchy of illusions but sometimes it seems that the lessons are becoming more challenging.

ItÕs true that the lessons are getting more challenging because youÕre becoming more and more serious.  So ego issues that you (unconsciously usually) held off; now youÕre saying I canÕt get it unless I look at all these spots of darkness. So these are the ones that we have the most fear and guilt associated with and so our experience is that they become more difficult.

So all of them have to come to the surface and those are just the ones we are the most frightened of?

Yes. At the beginning we tell Jesus IÕll look at this one with you and that one with you but I donÕt know about this one. And after a while you say, well, I better start looking at this one because this is really starting to be a problem.

I was flying back to Denver recently in turbulence and suddenly found myself demanding to have an embodied Jesus holding my hand to protect me. I know you say we need to mature as Course students instead of relying on Jesus because weÕll never begin to see that we are one with Jesus otherwise. But when IÕm really frightened I still need that thought of a hand to hold. Is that OK?

Yes, of course. YouÕre really too strict with yourself. Did I mention youÕre too serious? Just do your daily stuff and be as normal as you can and try not to take your ego or the ego of others seriously. Be patient with yourself. Be gentle with yourself. Looking with Jesus really just means sharing that sweet, knowing smile. ThatÕs what it means. He takes nothing here seriously because thereÕs nothing here. And when you get serious about something especially if itÕs about the Course then youÕre missing the whole point.

ThatÕs a big trap; getting too serious about the Course.

Oh, God; thatÕs the worst trap. ThatÕs why we already have the regurgitation of Christianity with the Course; itÕs already happening.

Yes. I wanted to ask you about the proliferation of channeled and abbreviated and new and improved versions of A Course in Miracles that are cropping up all the time. I havenÕt even looked at any of them because I came to this path after a lot of seeking and I donÕt believe there can possibly be anything faster or simpler or more loving than the Course.

I think thatÕs very true.

Can you talk about this whole impulse to improve on perfection?

ItÕs the egoÕs thing. We tried to re-write Heaven right at the beginning and weÕre still trying to. If the Course is a reflection of the truth of God and the love of Heaven, which it is; then people are going to try to re-write it, too. And thatÕs just another form of a magic thought talked about in the Teachers Manual. The idea is to not get angry at it because thatÕs what people do and thereÕs nothing wrong with people doing it.

You often talk about how thereÕs no need to teach A Course in Miracles but is there anything wrong with teaching the Course?

No, I think I do that. The whole idea is not to identify with your role of being a teacher and to also know that the real teaching is to demonstrate what the Course is saying and the formal teaching is just another way of demonstrating. And thatÕs what you want to identify with. If you start to get serious about your teaching then you know you got caught in the trap. Just donÕt take it seriously, thatÕs all.

WhatÕs really important in practicing the Course or teaching the Course is not to work at it. If youÕre working at it youÕll never get it. What you want to do at this point is not to work at it during the day which means donÕt work on your ego, donÕt work on anybody elseÕs ego, donÕt work on your response to anybody elseÕs ego; just keep asking Jesus to remember to smile. The end of Chapter 27 is wonderful because itÕs all about the importance of smiling and laughing. When you read it, though; read it seriously. :-)

A Course in Miracles, Chapter 27, The Healing of the Dream, VIII., The ÒHeroÓ of the Dream, paragraph 5, text page 586:

ÒHow willing are you to escape effects of all the dreams the world has ever had? Is it your wish to let no dream appear to be the cause of what it is you do? Then let us merely look upon the dreamÕs beginning, for the part you see is but the second part, whose cause lies in the first. No one asleep and dreaming in the world remembers his attack upon himself. No one believes there really was a time when he knew nothing of a body, and could never have conceived this world as real. He would have seen at once that these ideas are one illusion, too ridiculous for anything but to be laughed away. How serious they now appear to be! And no one can remember when they would have met with laughter and with disbelief. We can remember this, if we but look directly at their cause. And we will see the grounds for laughter, not a cause for fear.Ó

 

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The Best Thing You Can Do for Yourself

 

Jan Frazier

http://www.janfrazierteachings.com

ItÕs the most radically relieving thing you can do for yourself.  Radically illuminating.  Simple.  So simple a gesture, so uncomplicated.  Unambiguous as a surgeonÕs knife. 

DonÕt let it get complicated.  Seize any impulse to judge and set it aside, far over there, with lots of space around it.  Take any thought to change yourself and set it over there beside the temptation to judge.  These two things must be far away, so far you forget they were ever an option.

Now come back here and look.  Cleanly, with wide, inquisitive eyes, observe to what extent your experience of your life is determined by something going on in your head.  Anything at all going on in your head.

You are thinking, But itÕs unavoidable.  Something will always be going on inside my head.

Remember, the thought to change anything needs to be set aside.

Discover to what extent the way your life feels to you is shaped by mental activity, by the mind-made lens you look through.

You are thinking, But itÕs important for the mind to process, to evaluate, to look out for danger, to hope for a better time.

Relax the tendency to object.  This isnÕt about second-guessing.  ItÕs about the willingness to notice.  YouÕre simply observing a phenomenon, as itÕs presently operating.

This isnÕt (above all) about improving your thoughts.  It isnÕt about wresting control of your life by creating a spruced-up mental framework.  ItÕs about relaxing the wish to control.

ItÕs about discovering, for yourself, the difference between a moment of real life and your mental handling of it.

We live inside our mental impressions of life.

You say, But thereÕs no choice about that.  Oh yes there is.  You say, But we are intelligent beings, and besides, the mind runs on automatic.

It does, yes.  And we have fine brains that are useful when they are useful.

This isnÕt about stopping thought.  ItÕs about seeing that thought is one thing and the direct, yielding encounter with reality is another.

The mind insists that it has to mediate.  That to relax the habit of mediation would subject a person to danger.

Has your mind ever grown still?  Have you been stunned to stillness?  Have you had that experience where time has seemed to stop?

What did it feel like?

In the confrontation with a single riveting fact, has all the rest of the world — and all thought — fallen away?  In the physical presence of a beloved, the shock of devastating news, a sudden threat to your existence?  A singer on a stage, her voice breaking your heart open and open and open?  A labor contraction getting worse by the millisecond?  A grenade you can see sailing toward you?  Your body in purely focused effort (running at top speed, climbing a mountain)? 

Where was the mind then?  Where were you?  Lost in the moment.  Given utterly to the present thing.  What strange calm suffuses a person at such a moment (even when itÕs a terrible moment).

But most moments arenÕt mind-stilling ones like these.  Life is nearly all lived inside the head.  So, we suffer.

This isnÕt about trying to change anything.  The desire for things to be different, like the tendency to lament (or celebrate) what is seen, needs to be allowed to recede.  These tendencies are structures that block the light.  Just watch what happens inside the head.  Observe the running background commentary, and see how it affects your feeling state.

Oh yes, it can all change.  Not by your trying to make it change.  But by the simple, clean gesture of watching whatÕs actually going on, as you presently are.  Trying to change yourself guarantees you never will.  Try the other way, and see what happens.

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Who Hears This Sound?

Call Off the Struggle.

Adyashanti

 

 www.adyashanti.org

 

Most people are in a constant state of struggle with themselves. Tremendously burdened by the past and in constant anticipation of the future, most human beings are rarely able to be fully present for more than very brief moments. The tremendous openness and intimacy that is required to be fully present is beyond most people's ability to sustain for more than a few moments before they habitually contract back into the familiar condition of separateness and struggle that so characterizes the human condition. This constant state of struggle manifests as a compulsive and addictive relationship to the movement of thought, emotion, and time.

 

There is great reluctance to stop struggling because in the absence of struggle you suddenly begin to lose your boundaries and definitions of who you are. For many people this causes fear to arise as they experience the loss of their familiar sense of self. Struggling is how the ego-personality maintains its existence. When you cease to struggle, identification with the personality begins to break down and you become aware of your emptiness and lack of boundaries.

 

The most difficult thing for spiritual seekers to do is to stop struggling, striving, seeking and searching. Why? Because in the absence of struggle you don't know who you are: you lose your boundaries; you lose your separateness; you lose your specialness; you lose the dream you have lived all your life. Eventually you lose everything that your mind has created and awaken to who you truly are: the fullness of freedom, unbound by any identifications, identities, or boundaries.

 

It is this locationless freedom of being that spiritual people are seeking, and at the same time are running away from because its faceless nature gives no fixed reference point for the personality to hold onto or to seek security in. As long as you remain identified with the personality, you will always be seeking security to the exclusion of the Truth, and will remain in a constant state of struggle. It is only when your love and desire for Truth outweighs the personality's compulsive need for security, that you can begin to stop struggling and be swept up into the arms of an ever unfolding revelation of the Truth and Freedom of Being.

 

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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 2012 Dates

 

 

 

Brisbane

 

Relaxation Centre

 

BRISBANE - 1 day - Sunday 29 July, 2012


9.30a.m. to 4.30p.m.

 

                                                                 Being, not Doing 

                                                                   - A Path to Peace

 

                                    Those who seek the truth by means of intellect and learning only get further and further away from it.     Huang-po

 

 

When we put aside our restless pursuits, whether material or spiritual, we create a space where peace can return.

 

This workshop will explore how we can awaken to our spiritual reality through simply being, awareness and forgiveness.

 

No knowledge of A Course in Miracles is required.

 

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

 

VENUE:

Relaxation Centre,

15 South Pine Road

Alderley

Brisbane 4051

 

COST

$55

 

BOOKINGS:

Relaxation Centre

07 3856 3733

(Please do not book through me)

 

The Brisbane Relaxation Centre has informed me that many people are increasingly booking at the last moment. I check the number of participants on Friday morning before the workshop. If numbers are small I cancel the workshop so those the are booked can be informed and make other plans for their weekend.

If you wish to attend the workshop please book by the Thursday before.

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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

emailM.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.

 

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

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

 

 

Downloadable Mp3s:

 

1. Healing the Cause: Self-Help Exercises 1

This MP3 contains the identical four exercises as the CD

 

2. Healing the Cause: Self-Help Exercises 2

This MP3 contains the identical four exercises as the CD

 

3. Healing the Cause: 3 Self-Help Exercises in English with German translation

This MP3 contains the identical three exercises as the CD

 

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

 

 

Books:

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

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

 

The Findhorn Book of Forgiveness.  Findhorn Press. 2003

Also available in German, French, Polish and Romanian.

 

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

 

MP3s (see above) and CDs:

Healing the Cause:

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

 

CD - 3 Healing Exercises in English with German translation. 10 Euro

Content: 

Ex1. Forgiving Ourselves

Ex2. Changing Perception and Finding peace. 

Ex3. Changing Perception of another - exercise for two people.

 

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

 

Workshops:

1. Three Steps of Forgiveness. 

This workshop concentrates on the process of forgiveness from the perspective of A Course in Miracles. Includes 3 healing exercises.

 Recorded at the Annual Miracle Network Conference in London, November 2001. 1 hour 12 mins. One CD

2. Finding and Eliminating the Blocks to Receiving Guidance. 

This talk investigates what stops us hearing the guidance that is ever present in our lives. Recorded at the Annual Miracle Network Conference in London, October 20001 hour. One CD

 

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

 

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CONTACTS and COURSE INFORMATION 

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

Question and Answer Service from the Foundation for A Course in Miracles. 
Their electronic outreach section has a question and answer service on the theory and practice of the Course. Their database of 1,400 questions and answers is searchable. They no longer take new questions as they feel all possible questions have now been put.
Foundation for Inner Peace..........................Publishers of A Course in Miracles and responsible for the translation programme. On-line mail order.
Foundation For A Course In Miracles................FACIM is the official teaching organisation of the Foundation for Inner Peace and the copyright-holder of_A Course in Miracles and all related materials. Publishes the quarterly Lighthouse newsletter. They have extensive on-line mail order for their books, CDs and DVDs.
The Foundation was started by Kenneth and Gloria Wapnick and has moved to Temecula in California. Kenneth is my teacher of A Course in Miracles.

Their publications can also be ordered in Australia at:

Adyar Bookshop

230 Clarence Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

Kenneth Wapnick ......ÉÉÉ 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 ...ÉÉ....... 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  ÉÉÉÉ A Course in Miracles Resource Web Site for ACIM Students

A Course in Miracles Study groups

Search for A Course in Miracles Study Groups Around the World. 

The Foundation for Inner peace also has a study group search engine.

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

 

Purchase ACIM on line

ACIM Historical Recordings & Video

 

A Course In Miracles Pen Pals:

The Miracle Network http://www.miracles.org.uk hosts a A Course in Miracles pen pals group:

To  join this e-mail discussion group,  send your e-mail address to e.pals@miracles.org.uk.  

They will send you  updated lists of other e.pals and  inform them of your e-mail address.

 

Belief.net ACIM discussion:

This Belief.net web-based discussion is hosted by Joe Jesseph.

http://community.beliefnet.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=151

 

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTATIONS

 

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

 

 

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

 

A Course in Miracles  Lesson 250

 

 

Do understand that you are destined for enlightenment.

Co-operate with your destiny, don't go against it, don't thwart it.

Allow it to fulfil itself.

All you have to do is to give attention to the obstacles created by the foolish mind.

 

Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

 

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