ACFIP Newsletter
Issue 36 - March 2013
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 is Healing Accomplished?
*  The Difference Between Thought and Life - Jan Frazier
*  Pain, Pleasure and Desire - Nisargadatta Maharaj
*  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 is Healing Accomplished?

The Course in Miracles teaches that the only true healing is of the mind. To try to heal anything else is magic. Magic is defined as treating the effects and not the cause. For example, let's say that every time Mary goes to visit her parents, she develops a headache. To alleviate the pain she takes aspirin, which is a magical remedy. The Course does not object to this.

All material means that you accept as remedies for bodily ills (e.g. aspirin) are restatements of magic principles. This is the first step in believing that the body makes its own illness. It is a second misstep to attempt to heal it through non-creative agents (without forgiveness). It does not follow, however, that the use of such agents for corrective purposes is evil. Sometimes the illness has a sufficiently strong hold over the mind to render a person temporarily inaccessible to the Atonement (correction of errors). In this case it may be wise to utilize a compromise approach to mind and body, in which something from the outside (e.g. aspirin, surgery) is temporarily given healing belief. This is because the last thing that can help the non-right-minded, or the sick, is an increase in fear. They are already in a fear-weakened state. If they are prematurely exposed to a miracle, they may be precipitated into panic.  This is likely to occur when upside-down perception has induced the belief that miracles are frightening.
A Course in Miracles T-2.IV.4. (my comments in brackets)

But this approach is not getting to the cause of the problem. All sickness is some form of unforgiveness in the mind. Only forgiveness heals. Somewhere in our minds we know exactly why we are sick and what we must forgive. There is a strong resistance to this concept as our egos teach us that the cause of our disease is outside ourselves, in the world.

Healing must occur in exact proportion to which the valuelessness of sickness is recognized. One need but say, "There is no gain at all to me in this" and he is healed. But to say this, one first must recognize certain facts. First, it is obvious that decisions are of the mind, not of the body. If sickness is but a faulty problem-solving approach, it is a decision. And if it is a decision, it is the mind and not the body that makes it. The resistance to recognizing this is enormous, because the existence of the world as you perceive it depends on the body being the decision maker.
A Course in Miracles M-5.II.1.   

Imagine that on a piece of paper is written the cause of Mary's headache as well as the solution. But Mary is sitting in a darkened room and cannot read the paper she is holding. A healer enters the room with a torch (the Holy Spirit) and approaches Mary. She shines the torch on the paper. Mary may have a strong resistance to read the paper believing the problem lies not with her but with her parents' attitude towards her.

The healer, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, helps Mary to see that there is nothing to fear, and that there is no need to feel guilty. Mary reads that it is the bossy attitude of her parents that upsets her. It goes on to say that her parents' attitude mirrors the bossy way she treats her children. Mary needs to change the way she thinks about her children. She needs to forgive herself for feeling superior to her children. The nonjudgemental presence of the healer can help Mary change her mind about her children.

If Mary is successful in achieving this shift of perception, or miracle, then the next time she meets her parents she will not be upset about their attitude. She will, instead, feel compassion for their behaviour.

The healer did not heal Mary. It's our own thoughts that make us sick, and we can change our minds about our thoughts.

A therapist does not heal; he lets healing be. He can point to darkness but he cannot bring light of himself, for light is not of him. Yet, being for him, it must also be for his patient. The Holy Spirit is the only Therapist. He makes healing clear in any situation in which He is the Guide. You can only let Him fulfil His function. He needs no help for this. He will tell you exactly what to do to help anyone He sends to you for help, and will speak to him through you if you do not interfere.
A Course in Miracles  T-9.V.8:1-8

The following is the first part of Chapter 5 from my book The Findhorn Book of Forgiveness

Chapter Five (part)

Helping Others to Forgive

I am here only to be truly helpful.
I am here to represent Him who sent me.
I do not have to worry about what to say or do,
because He who sent me will direct me.
I am content to be wherever He wishes
knowing He goes there with me.
I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal.
A Course in Miracles  T-2.V.18:2-6


WORKING WITH OTHERS

This chapter has been included to enable me to share with other people - especially those involved with counselling and therapy - some of the ideas and techniques I have found helpful in trying to facilitate others to forgive themselves. This chapter is limited to an overview of this subject as space does not permit a fuller treatment. However, the case histories I have included to help illustrate the techniques used may be of value to all readers as they all contribute to the theme of forgiveness. I  assume that anyone drawn to trying these approaches will already have received training in psychotherapy.

A healing technique is of secondary importance compared with the presence of the therapist. By ‘presence’ I am referring to the state of mind of therapists whilst working with a client. For healing to occur therapists needs to be guided from within, and this can only happen if they are at peace around the client. A wonderful healing technique used at the wrong moment is useless. Knowing when to speak or remain silent, or when to use a different approach or method, must be guided from a place that is higher than reason and logic. Thus therapeutic skill needs to be combined with inner listening. The following account of a therapy session conducted by Dr. Kenneth Wapnick illustrates this point.

One of my first therapy experiences after I began working with the Course
  afforded me with a powerful example of the relationship between healing and forgiveness. I had seen Sister Annette for about two months. She was fifty years old and had been in religious life almost thirty years. She was also one of the angriest people 1 had ever worked with, filled with a silent hatred toward those in authority that would have destroyed mountains. Over the first few sessions, Sister Annette was able to begin questioning some of her attitudes toward her Order and her desire for revenge. She no longer seemed quite as committed to the retaliative steps she had contemplated. Or so I thought. Then one day Annette walked into the office with her face coldly exhibiting the “wrath of God!’ Her convent co-ordinator had done something she judged as being beyond forgiveness, and Sister Annette was hell bent on war, absolutely closed to any suggestions she do otherwise.

That same morning I had come down with a very bad cold and felt miserable. Not all my prayers and meditation were able to shift this, and I sat before Annette feeling utterly helpless and discouraged. I knew that if she left me as she had come in, she would be making an irrevocable mistake she would regret the rest of her life. Yet nothing I said could budge her, and my growing frustration only made my cold worse. The more frustrated I became, the more real I made Annette’s angry symptoms and, correspondingly, my own as well. Obviously, I was projecting my unforgiveness of myself onto Annette, seeing in her
stubborn clinging to her anger the mirror of my stubborn clinging to my cold, not to mention my own failure as a therapist. Separation through our symptoms became reinforced, and healing through joining retreated still further behind clouds of guilt and anger.

What added to my difficulty was the belief that Annette had been sent to me from God, and as she was in serious trouble it was my responsibility to help her. And I was obviously failing. About midway through the session, my desperation led me finally to remember that I was not the Therapist, and that I certainly could not be more concerned for Annette than Jesus was. Even as I was talking and listening to her, in another part of my mind I began to pray for help, asking Jesus to provide the words that would heal her anger and fear, and restore to her awareness the love that was her true identity.

The response was immediate, and I suddenly became available to the help that was there — for me. A warm surge of energy rose up from my chest, through my lungs, nose and throat, and I could feel my cold being healed and my head clearing up. At the same time I began to speak. 1 don’t recall what I said, and doubt if it were anything too different from what I had said previously. Only now I was different. I no longer saw Annette as separate from me, a patient in trouble whom I, as therapist, had to help. She now was my sister, and by joining with her I was joining with Jesus. I had become the patient as well, and together we received healing from the forgiving love of God. By the end of the session, her softened face reflected the shift from anger and fear to forgiveness and love, as my well-being reflected the same shift in myself. I had learned my lesson that day, to be relearned many times thereafter.

Forgiveness and Jesus by Dr. Kenneth Wapnick. Published by Foundation For A Course In Miracles © 1983 See Appendix for book description.

Without the help of an inner guide ( Holy Spirit ) it is impossible to work out what is best for the client. Fortunately we all have access to this wisdom once we can relax and are willing to be helped from that source. The therapist needs to be peaceful to access this inner wisdom.

If therapists find the presence of their clients disturbing, then their first duty is to restore their own peace of mind before attempting to help their clients. To achieve this they need to admit honestly that they have lost their peace, that the client is not responsible for this and that they could do with some help to see the situation differently. If their intention is sincere they can rest assured the inner help will come.

When clients are in the presence of therapists who are at peace they are given a message that they are not being judged, that they are not being seen as a sinner. This provides an opportunity for clients to change their minds and release the burden of self-imposed guilt.

In the above account of a counselling session, Dr. Kenneth Wapnick describes the turning point in the session:

Even as I was talking and listening to her, in another part of my mind I began to pray for help, asking Jesus to provide the words that would heal her anger and fear, and restore to her awareness the love that was her true identity.

No longer knowing how to help he turned within for guidance and received the help for himself and his client.

Below is a summary (please see book) of some of the techniques I use when helping others to forgive and heal themselves. I think of these healing approaches as keys on a piano. I need to know these keys well but try to allow a higher part of myself to know when to play them. Therapeutic training enabled me to practise a particular key well (for example, guided visualisation). However, it is through happily surrendering to a wisdom beyond my personality that allows the appropriate key to be “pressed” at the right moment. To be able to think to yourself in a healing session, “I have not got a clue what to do next”, and then be quiet and wait to be “told” what to do is an act of wisdom.

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The Difference Between Thought and Life - Jan Frazier

from:  http://www.janfrazierteachings.com/blog/?cat=5

Life is not an idea of life.  Life is what you are directly encountering, inside and out, right now.  Direct experience is life.  Everything else (yes, everything) is thought, or the by-product of thought, which is what emotion is.  If you suddenly became unable to remember any of your stories, and if you brought all of your attention to the immediate scene, without resisting any of it or making up a new story, you would be actually living.  Your mind would be mostly quiet.  You would feel (which is spontaneous, real, and very different from mind-caused emotion).

Thought is at a remove from life.  It will never be otherwise.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a “true” thought or a “good” thought.

If life is what is actually occurring, now, then any thought about life — any interpretive label or memory or anticipation — is not life.  Seeing the difference between the two is a wide-open door to being conscious.  To really living.  Right now:  which is all we’ve ever got, or ever will have.  Notwithstanding the grand sweep the mind is capable of, looking before and after, interpreting what’s presently occurring.  Take away all of that, and you’re left with now.  With life.

All the life you’ve ever lived occurred in a now.  The rest of it is dry cardboard in the mind.  Only you keep trying to invest it with reality.  The mind thinks up a thought, and the ego invests it with reality.  That’s what we do.  But there’s nothing that says it has to be that way.  The mind could think up a thought and you could just leave well enough alone, declining to take that next step.

Thought is at a remove from life.  Period.  It will never be otherwise.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a “true” thought or a “good” thought.  (The ego doesn’t like that.)  The only useful thing to do in relation to a presently-occurring thought is to see what it is:  a thing produced by the mind.  Not to step into it and live within it, as if a play could become life itself.  When the play is being lived in, life is being missed.  You have two options.  Smell the air, the armpit, the baking cookies; taste the mouth coupling with your own, the aftertaste of your lunch; or have the second-rate taste and smell of memory.  Live inside an interpretation.  At a remove.

If you are thinking, then part of the present-moment reality being experienced is that your mind is whirring.  When you can look at an episode of thinking that way — as phenomenon — instead of slipping into its content as if the envisioned scene were reality, then it becomes possible not to be imprisoned by the thought.  Which is to say, it becomes possible not to suffer because of the thought.  It becomes possible to be alive in the moment, to experience what’s around you, what your body is feeling like, what you’re doing outwardly, what you’re encountering.

Living life, moment by succulent moment, does not allow room for suffering.  For suffering to happen, thinking has to be entered into and mistaken for reality.

Oh, you say, not every moment is succulent.  Many moments are sucky.  Doesn’t make any difference.  It’s all life, and it’s all you’ve got.  (Which makes this moment succulent, it being the only one you’ve got.)

There’s no need to try to stop yourself from thinking.  (You can’t.)  What’s liberating is to recognize thought for what it is.  Which is an experience that’s radically different from living within the content of the thought, as if it were reality.

Thinking happens.  (This could become a new bumper sticker.)  It will probably always happen — on its own, as it were.  The option is NOT think versus decline to think.  The option is, see that thought is occurring OR enter into it as though it were real life.  Learn to see thinking as a phenomenon, just that.  To stay outside of it and just let it do its thing, without your getting into the ring with it.  You don’t have to humor every thought.  This is about learning to not mistake the contents of your head for the motion of the grocery cart under your hands.  The thought about grocery shopping (or whatever else is in your head while the thing is rolling along) is at a remove from the actual rolling of the cart and the grasping of the box and the can and head of lettuce, and the face of the person who is looking at the other kind of lettuce, beside you, and the color of her dress.  Dress and lettuce and can and box do not contain angst.  The accompanying mental narrative is the breeding pool for misery.

The mind says, oh, but buying groceries is benign.  No, it doesn’t matter if it’s the news of a dear one’s death or physical pain or shopping for food.  Be there with it, whatever it is, utterly with it, now and now and now, resisting nothing, and while the heart may break or the body may hurt, there will not be suffering.  The sensation is aliveness, hereness.  It is the sensation of being real, of knowing that you (and the world) be.  Groceries are.  Death is.  Pain is.  The difference between suffering and clean pain is the difference between an arm tensing for a needle and one that is soft.

When you are ready for this to penetrate, the relief will be profound.  Oh, and after a while, the mind won’t run so constantly, because it will have more and more trouble getting your attention.  Life will be too constantly absorbing to tempt your attention away, draining it off to some anemic thought or other.

Until you’re ready to fully take this in, there won’t be a lot of relief.  It’s just a matter of time till you’ve had enough.

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Pain, Pleasure and Desire - Nisargadatta Maharaj

from: "I Am That"

•The obstacles to the clear perception of one’s true being are desire for pleasure and fear of pain. Its the pleasure-pain motivation that stands in the way......Giving up desire after desire is a lengthy process with the end never in sight. Leave alone your desires and fears, give your entire attention to the subject, to him who is behind the experience of desire and fear. Ask: who desires? Let each desire bring you back to yourself. p.144

•.....pleasures lose their tang and pains their barb when the Self is known. Both are seen as they are-conditional responses, mere reactions, plain attractions and repulsions, based on memories or preconceptions. Usually pleasure and pain are experienced when expected. p.145

•Pain and pleasure go always together. Freedom from one means freedom from both. If you do not care for pleasure, you will not be afraid of pain. p.145

•When you realise that you are beyond both pain and pleasure, aloof and unassailable, then the pursuit of happiness ceases and the resultant sorrow too. For pain aims at pleasure and pleasure ends in pain, relentlessly. p.147

•Happiness depends on something or other and can be lost; freedom from everything depends on nothing and cannot be lost. Freedom from sorrow has no cause and, therefore, cannot be destroyed. Realise that freedom. p.147

•Go to the source of both pain and pleasure, of desire and fear. Observe, investigate, try to understand. p.121

•Pain and pleasure happen, but pain is the price of pleasure, pleasure is the reward of pain...To know that pain and pleasure are one is peace. p.165

•You imagine that without cause there can be no happiness. To me dependence on anything for happiness is utter misery. Pleasure and pain have causes, while my state is my own, totally uncaused, independent, unassailable. p.179

•But when the discriminative mind comes into being and creates distinctions, pleasure and pain arise. p.181

•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. p.189

•Sex is an acquired habit. Go beyond. As long as your focus is on the body, you will remain in the clutches of food and sex, fear and death. Find yourself and be free. p.217

•You are always seeking pleasure, avoiding pain, always after happiness and peace. Don’t you see that it is your very search for happiness that makes you feel miserable? Try the other way: indifferent to pain and pleasure, neither asking, nor refusing, give all your attention to the level on which ‘I am’ is timelessly present. Soon you will realise that peace and happiness are in your very nature and it is only seeking them through some particular channels, that disturbs. p.240

• - desires fulfilled breed more desires. Keeping away from all desires and contentment in what comes by itself is a very fruitful state - a precondition to the state of fulness...freedom from desires is bliss. p.249

•When you know that you lack nothing, that all there is, is you and yours, desire ceases. p.259

•Whatever may be the situation, if it is acceptable, it is pleasant. If it is not acceptable, it is painful. p.277

•As the acceptance of pain is the denial of the self, and the self stands in the way of true happiness, the wholehearted acceptance of pain releases the springs of happiness. p.278

•Don’t anticipate and don’t regret, and there will be no pain. It is memory and imagination that cause suffering. p.279

•A man’s desire for a woman is innocence itself compared to the lusting for an everlasting personal bliss. p.299

•You must unlearn everything. God is the end of all desire and knowledge....All desires must be given up, because by desiring you take the shape of your desires. When no desires remain, you revert to your natural state. p.336

•Q. How am I to practise desirelessness? NM. No need to practice. No need of any acts of renunciation. Just turn your mind away, that is all. Desire is merely the fixation of the mind on an idea. Get it out of its groove by denying it attention. p.338

•Whatever you think about with desire or fear appears before you as real. p.344

•To understand suffering, you must go beyond pain and pleasure. p.383

•Cease from looking for happiness and reality in a dream and you will wake up. You need not know all the ‘why’ and ‘how’, there is no end to questions. Abandon all desires, keep your mind silent and you shall discover. p.453

•It is desire that causes repetition. There is no recurrence where desire is not. p.454

•Desire is of the past, fear is of the future. p.454

•Each pleasure is wrapped in pain. p.455

•The right state and use of the body and the mind are intensely pleasant. It is the search for pleasure that is wrong. Do not try to make yourself happy, rather question your very search for happiness. It is because you are not happy that you want to be happy. Find out why you are unhappy. p.468

•....pleasure is a distraction and a nuisance, for it merely increases the false conviction that one needs to have and to do things to be happy when in reality it is just the opposite.p.486f

•Do not be afraid of freedom from desire and fear. It enables you to live a life so different from all you know, so much more intense and interesting, that, truly, by losing all you gain all. p.505

•When the centre of selfishness is no longer, all desires for pleasure and fear of pain cease; there is pure intensity, inexhaustible energy, the ecstasy of giving from a perennial source. p.511

•Desirelessness is the highest bliss. p.49

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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
 



Brisbane

Relaxation Centre

BRISBANE - 1 day - Sunday 10 March, 2013

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 experientially how we can awaken to our spiritual reality through simply being, awareness and forgiveness.

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

Cut off for registration Fri 8th morning.

Fee: Donation


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


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 2013 Dates

Bonn

June 15 and 16, 2013
10.00am to 6.000pm


Relationships: A Fast Path to Spiritual Awakening.
A Course in Miracles workshop

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.
from A Course in Miracles T-8.III.4.

Our relationships can become our daily classroom of forgiveness. "Relationships" does not just refer to our partners but everyone we meet. How we react to our family, colleagues, strangers, animals, people in the media mirrors what is contained in our minds. Daily we walk around in a hall of mirrors and when we lose our peace we are being shown something unhealed, unforgiven in our minds.

The Course seeks to take our difficult relationships and change their direction towards the goal of holy relationships in which we practice honesty and forgiveness.

As we learn to look at ourselves and others without judgement (forgiveness) we gradually remove the obstacles to the love and peace within us. Judgement is gradually replaced by compassion, and instead of separation, true acceptance, friendship and genuine intimacy become possible.

The workshop will contain exercises to help understand and heal painful dynamics found in ego-based relationships, allowing our natural state of peace and joy to be uncovered.


An Evening Introductory Talk - Fri 14th June 2013
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 22 and 23, 2013
10.00am to 6.000pm


Relationships: A Fast Path to Spiritual Awakening.
A Course in Miracles workshop

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.
from A Course in Miracles T-8.III.4.

Our relationships can become our daily classroom of forgiveness. "Relationships" does not just refer to our partners but everyone we meet. How we react to our family, colleagues, strangers, animals, people in the media mirrors what is contained in our minds. Daily we walk around in a hall of mirrors and when we lose our peace we are being shown something unhealed, unforgiven in our minds.

The Course seeks to take our difficult relationships and change their direction towards the goal of holy relationships in which we practice honesty and forgiveness.

As we learn to look at ourselves and others without judgement (forgiveness) we gradually remove the obstacles to the love and peace within us. Judgement is gradually replaced by compassion, and instead of separation, true acceptance, friendship and genuine intimacy become possible.

The workshop will contain exercises to help understand and heal painful dynamics found in ego-based relationships, allowing our natural state of peace and joy to be uncovered.


An Evening Introductory Talk - Fri 21 June 2013
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.

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

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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

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


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A Course In Miracles Pen Pals:
The Miracle Network http://www.miracles.org.uk hosts a A Course in Miracles pen pals group:
To  join this e-mail discussion group,  send your e-mail address to e.pals@miracles.org.uk. 
They will send you  updated lists of other e.pals and  inform them of your e-mail address.

Belief.net ACIM discussion:
This Belief.net web-based discussion is hosted by Joe Jesseph.
http://community.beliefnet.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=151

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTATIONS

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


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

A Course in Miracles  Lesson 250


Do understand that you are destined for enlightenment.
Co-operate with your destiny, don't go against it, don't thwart it.
Allow it to fulfil itself.
All you have to do is to give attention to the obstacles created by the foolish mind.

Nisargadatta Maharaj
I Am That

 
When you listen to the voice in your head, that
is to say, do not judge.  You'll soon realize: there
is the voice, and here I am listening to it, watching
it.  This I am realization, this sense of your own
presence, is not a thought.  It arises from beyond
the mind.
  
Eckhart Tolle
The Power of Now


One is more likely to awaken through surrender than through seeking to waken. The effort to awaken is the effort of ego, whereas to surrender is to give up all efforts and to place oneself in the hands of a vast force that is more powerful than any realization of non duality.
When one finally gives up one's futile attempts to make reality conform to one's own wishes, and allows it to unfold on its own terms, all the energy that was tied up in foolish attempts to manipulate the universe is freed up.

Mariana Caplan
Halfway Up the Mountain - The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment


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