ACFIP Newsletter 

Issue 38 - Sept 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:

 

* What Am I? Michael Dawson

* Gun. Byron Katie

* No More Big Sighs:The End of the Search for Security. Jan Frazier

* Let Everything End. Adyashanti

Nisargadatta Maharaj's  Worldfrom "I Am That"

* Quotes from Jac O'Keeffe, from "Born to be Free"

* 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 ahttp://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

 

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What Am I?

 

Salvation can be seen as nothing more than the escape from concepts.

A Course in Miracles T-31.V.14-3

 

Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 per cent of everything you think, and of everything you do, is for yourself — and there isn't one. Wei Wu Wei, (Terence Gray)

In our dreams last night we enacted certain roles, had experiences and were certain of who we were. On waking we see that nothing of the dream was real including ourselves. But did we awake this morning?

Dreams show you that you have the power to make a world as you would have it be, and that because you want it you see it. And while you see it you do not doubt that it is real. Yet here is a world, clearly within your mind, that seems to be outside. You do not respond to it as though you made it, nor do you realise that the emotions the dream produces must come from you. It is the figures in the dream and what they do that seem to make the dream. You do not realise that you are making them act out for you.... You seem to waken, and the dream is gone. Yet what you fail to recognise is that what caused the dream has not gone with it. Your wish to make another world that is not real remains with you. 
A Course in MiraclesT-18.II.5.

What keeps the dream going is that the world of separation, specialness and uniqueness can only operate in a dream state. If we want to be separate we must dream for separation cannot occur in Heaven, a state of perfect oneness.

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

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

As we grow older many of us realise that much of the world of separation is painful and is no longer attractive. However, if some parts of the dream still seem attractive the dream will continue so we can fulfil these desires. We have forgotten that it is the absence of desire which brings happiness, our natural state.

And what you seem to waken to is but another form of this same world you see in dreams. All your time is spent in dreaming. Your sleeping and your waking dreams have different forms, and that is all. Their content is the same. They are your protest against reality, and your fixed and insane idea that you can change it. 
T-18.II.5.

We have rejected the perfect oneness of Heaven believing we can create something better. We want to be God and not God's Son. We know better than God and want to prove it and, given enough time and lives, we hope to achieve our goal.

But who is this "I" that thinks it can improve on God's creation? This question is rarely asked as it seems obvious who we are equating ourselves with (mind, body and emotions). When we seek to go deeper and enquire who we are we cannot find any real, eternal "I". Just thoughts, feelings and physical sensations but nobody who has them. What is found is awareness but nobody who is aware.

 

 

 

The self you made is not the Son of God. Therefore, this self does not exist at all. And anything it seems to do and think means nothing. It is neither bad nor good. It is unreal, and nothing more than that. It does not battle with the Son of God. It does not hurt him, nor attack his peace. It has not changed creation, nor reduced eternal sinlessness to sin, and love to hate. What power can this self you made possess, when it would contradict the Will of God?

W-pI.93.5.     

 

The "I"or me is as much a part of the dream as the rest of the dream. We are simply a thought in our heads. To find out who we really are we have to let go all that we have thought ourselves to be.

 

Simply do this: Be still, and lay aside all thoughts of what you are and what God is; all concepts you have learned about the world; all images you hold about yourself. 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.

W-pI.189.7.   

 

We have great resistance to letting go our self image. It's who we have taken ourselves to be. As Byron Katie has asked "Who would you be without your story?" 

 

One day, I discovered I didn't need a personal history, so, like drinking, I dropped it. 
Carlos Castaneda in Tales of Power

Our life story may be positive or negative. It does not matter as it creates our identity which we cherish and are loath to release. It seems like suicide to let our image and history go

 

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.

 

The word What in the last sentence above is capitalised to indicate Spirit. When we have at last emptied ourselves of who we thought we were a space is created for the Holy Spirit to tell us who we really are - the Christ - which is eternal, formless and perfect. This is a return to wholeness and Oneness and the death of separation. In losing our false self we become the Self. We are simultaneously nothing and everything. It is like a character on a cinema screen realising she is just an image made by light as is everything on the screen. Although things appear separate it is all an illusion. The one light illumines all the images on the screen. She realises her true reality is the lightbulb in the projector (God).

 

When I look within and see that I am nothing, that is wisdom.

When I look without and see that I am everything, that is love.

And between these two, my life turns.

—Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

The Holy Spirit, ever practical in His wisdom, accepts your dreams and uses them as means for waking. You would have used them to remain asleep. I said before that the first change, before dreams disappear, is that your dreams of fear are changed to happy dreams.

T-18.II.6.

 

The ego greatly fears its end and so the Course mentions we gradually awake from nightmares, to happy dreams of forgiveness until we are ready for the full awakening - the Real World. This does not mean the death of the body, but the realisation we are not the body, mind or emotions. We become aware that we are awareness. Our natural state of peace and quiet joy returns to our awareness. Our body is now used as a loving tool of communication as we extend God's love and wisdom into the world.

 

God whose love is every where can’t come to visit unless you aren’t there. Angelus Silesius 

 

 

Gun

 Byron Katie

 

A man sticks a pistol into my stomach, pulls the trigger back, and says, "I'm going to kill you." I am shocked that he is taking his thoughts so seriously. To someone identified as an I, the thought of killing causes guilt that leads to a life of suffering, so I ask him, as kindly as I can, not to do it. I don't tell him that it's his suffering I'm thinking of. He says that he has to do it, and I understand; I remember believing that I had to do things in my old life. I thank him for doing the best he can, and I notice that I'm fascinated. Is this how she dies? Is this how the story ends? And as joy continues to fill me, I find it miraculous that the story is still going on. You can never know the ending, even as it ends. I am very moved at the sight of sky, clouds, and moonlit trees. I love that I don't miss one moment, one breath, of this amazing life. I wait and wait. And in the end, he doesn't pull the trigger. He doesn't do that to himself.

 

A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are (Paperback)

By (author) Byron Katie, With Stephen Mitchell 

 

 

 

No More Big Sighs: The End of the Search for Security. 

Jan Frazier

Sometimes a person will seek to awaken because of a hunger for an all-encompassing solution to life’s difficulties.  A kind of global guarantee of okayness.  Freedom can be seen as a source of security. 

What is security?  In ordinary life, it’s establishing circumstances expected to provide stability and safety.  A reliable set-up of some kind, a stable sort of container for life to move along in.  The desire for security often comes of having not had it, or being afraid of losing it.  Something to do with physical circumstances, financial well-being, health.  Knowing you will have ready access to what you need.  That you won’t have to reinvent the wheel, or maybe do without, every time a need arises.  When the rain is falling, there will be a roof to get under.  When there are meds to buy, there will be money, or a health plan, so you can get them.  A reliable car in the driveway, or proximity to good public transportation.  Somebody to look out for you when you need help or love.

When you wake up, you stop having big sighs of despair and big sighs of relief.

Sometimes when some of this hasn’t come together very well, a person will turn to the spiritual life as an alternative source of security and well-being.  A set of beliefs enabling faith, a way to believe that all will be well, that the universe is benign, that a divine goodness is overseeing all.  There’s a wish for life to be understandable.  Life is seen as a series of lessons, or the playing out of karma or destiny, something with a larger meaning.  A frame of reference to make the hard times tolerable or at least comprehensible.

Something.  Anything.

When a person awakens, no assurance of security comes with the revelation of the truth.  What happens is that you’ve stopped needing any sort of promise that all will be well.  It stops mattering.  You stop looking for meaning.  It stops being important to be able to count on something, somebody.  Yourself even.

When you wake up, you stop caring very much about what happens to you.  Not because you don’t cherish your life.  No, it’s that you no longer feel quite real to yourself, at least not in the way you used to.  Why would you need to keep yourself in a certain kind of condition when you have nothing to lose?  You have let go completely of needing to keep your sense of self intact.  You cannot be threatened.  You’re okay with whatever happens.

How can you feel afraid of something unknown, something in the future, if only this moment feels real to you?

What you come to see is that there never was any security.  Ever.  Only the impression of it.  That is the truth, and one of the things about awakeness is that it is entirely comfortable with changeable reality.  It’s no longer uncomfortable in the presence of even an ugly or painful truth.  The truth is, even when you thought you had attained some kind of security, in your life before, you hadn’t really.  Secretly, you knew this.  (We do know this.)  It’s just that — well, back then, when security was something you valued, you sort of held your breath, day to day, year after year, hoping the flimsy edifice would remain roughly stable.  During the intervals when it did hold (by luck mostly), you told yourself (because you wanted to believe it) that now you had things pretty much together, and maybe this time it would be for keeps.

The problem is, you always deeply knew that someday something would go wrong.  For instance, you always knew death would come.  (The trend is observable.)  The fact that we can manage to forget death is coming, most of the moments we live, is the ultimate indicator of the thinness of the appearance of safety.

So when somebody wants to find their way to a reliable, solid piece of ground to stand on, and they think waking up will provide that, I want to look them in the eye and gently say — well, no, it doesn’t work like that.

You don’t wake up so you can finally feel safe.  You wake up because you want to stop needing safety and predictability.  You wake up because you want to know what it’s like to live in the present instead of in the future.

For what can security possibly mean, if there is never any such thing as tomorrow? as continuance? as predictability?  If this moment, this exact one right here, really is the only one that’s ever real (this is one of the pieces of truth that smacks you right in the face, when you wake up), then how can the question of providing for the future even be taken very seriously?  And if you don’t have any built-in resistance mechanism, whatever any moment holds is just what it is — neither okay nor not-okay.  Just real.

Oh, of course you will keep paying the rent and registering your car and putting gas in it and trying to save a little money.  The practical stuff will keep happening, as it should.  But you will stop being in the least invested in any of it holding up as it might have previously.  You won’t assume anything will continue, let alone improve.

When you are awake, none of the little successes gives you a warm fuzzy feeling anymore.  Nor does some upheaval in your life turn your stomach to water or interfere with your sleep.  You pretty much stop having big sighs of despair and big sighs of relief.  You no longer identify with how things are going in your life.  None of it affects your sense of self worth, well-being, security.  The ever-changing circumstances are a practical matter, that’s all.  You respond as you need to, and you move on.

So if you appear to have the circumstances that amount to somebody’s idea of security, you don’t feel any different inside from how you’d feel the day after some or all of it fell completely apart.

Because it isn’t about you.  It just isn’t.  And you know what?  It never was. You just thought it was.

 

      

Let Everything End.

Adyashanti

 

There is a great momentum of suffering and confusion that every spiritual seeker encounters. It is the momentum of ignorance which manifests as the experience of conflict and confusion and which causes suffering. In order to discover the perspective of Liberation, which alone transcends this entire movement of ignorance and suffering, one needs to let everything end. "Letting everything end" means to stand in the moment completely naked of attachment to any and all ideas, concepts, hopes, preferences, and experiences. Simply put, it means to stop strategizing, controlling, manipulating, and running away from yourself--and to simply be. Finally you must let everything end and be still.

 

In letting everything end, all seeking and striving stops. All effort to be someone or to find some extraordinary state of being ceases. This ceasing is essential. It is true spiritual maturity. By ceasing to follow the mind's tendency to always want 'more', 'different', or 'better', one encounters the opportunity to be still. In being still, a perspective is revealed which is free from all ignorance and bondage to suffering. From that perspective, eternal Self is realized. The eternal Self, the Seer, is recognized to be one's true nature, one's very own Self.

 

This is an invitation to let all seeking end, all striving end, all efforting end, all past identity end, all hopes end, and to discover That which has no beginning or end. This is an invitation to discover eternal, unborn, undying Truth of Being. The Truth of your Being, your own Self. Let the entire movement of becoming end, and discover That which has always been present at the core of your Being.

 

 

 

Nisargadatta Maharaj's  World.

from "I Am That"

 

•When I met my Guru, he told me: ‘You are not what you take yourself to be. Find out what you are. Watch the sense ‘I am’, find your real self. I obeyed him, because I trusted him. I did as he told me. All my spare time I would spend looking at myself in silence. And what a difference it made, and how soon! It took only three years to realise my true nature. My Guru died soon after I met him, but it made no difference. I remembered what he told me and persevered. p.301

 

•If you imagine yourself as separate from the world, the world will appear as separate from you and you will experience desire and fear. I do not see the world as separate from me and so there is nothing for me to desire, or fear. p.123

 

•The only difference between us is that I am aware of my natural state, while you are bemused.  Just like gold made into ornaments has no advantage over gold dust, except when the mind makes it so, so are we are in being - we differ only in appearance.  We discover it by being earnest, by searching, enquiring, questioning daily and hourly, by giving one’s life to this discovery.

 

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

 

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

 

•Pleasure and pain lost their sway over me. I was free from desire and fear. I found myself full, needing nothing. p.30

 

•To me it is ‘a body’, not ‘my body’, ‘a mind’. not ‘my mind’. The mind looks after the body all right, I need not interfere. p.31

 

•Whatever is done, is done on the stage. Joy and sorrow, life and death, they all are real to the man in bondage; to me they are all in the show, as unreal as the show itself. p.179

 

•To me nothing ever happens. There is something changeless, motionless, immovable, rock-like, unassailable; a solid mass of pure being-consciousness-bliss. I am never out of it. Nothing can take me out of it, no torture, no calamity. p.191

 

•All is attended to in minutest details and yet there is a sense of unreality about it all. So is the case with me. All happens as it needs, yet nothing happens. I do what seems to be necessary, but at the same time I know that nothing is necessary, that life itself is only a make-belief. p.191

 

•There was discovery and it was sudden. Just as at birth you discover the world suddenly, as suddenly I discovered my real being. p.191f

 

•I am neither conscious nor unconscious. I am beyond the mind and its various states and conditions....A person is a set pattern of desires and thoughts and resulting actions; there is no pattern in my case. There is nothing I desire or fear - how can there be a pattern. p.222

 

•I see as you see, hear as you hear, taste as you taste, eat as you eat. I also feel thirst and hunger and expect my food on time. When starved or sick, my body and mind go weak. All this I perceive quite clearly, but somehow I am not in it. I feel myself as if floating over it, aloof and detached.....as if the body and the mind and all that happens to them were somewhere far out on the horizon. I am like a cinema screen - clear and empty - the pictures pass over it and disappear, leaving it as clear and empty as before. In no way is the screen affected by the pictures, nor are the pictures affected by the screen. p.267

 

•Having realised that I am one with, and yet beyond the world, I became free from all desire and fear. I did not reason out that I should be free - I found myself free - unexpectedly, without the least effort. This freedom from desire and fear remained with me since then. Another thing I noticed was that I do not need to make an effort; the deed follows the thought, without delay and friction. I have also found that thoughts become self-fulfilling; things would fall in place smoothly and rightly. The main change was in the mind; it became motionless and silent, responding quickly, but not perpetuating the response. Spontaneity became a way of life, the real became natural and the natural became real. And above all, infinite affection, love, dark and quiet, radiating in all directions, embracing all, making all interesting and beautiful, significant and auspicious. p.269

 

•Q.But when you look at yourself, what do you see? NM. It depends how I look. When I look through the mind, I see numberless people. When I look beyond the mind, I see the witness. Beyond the witness there is the infinite intensity of emptiness and silence. p.355

 

•Once my Guru told me: ‘You are the Supreme Reality’, I ceased having visions and trances and became very quiet and simple. I found myself desiring and knowing less and less, until I could say in utter astonishment: ‘I know nothing, I want nothing.’ p.391

 

•There was never any journey. I am, as I always was. p.392

 

•I look, but I do not see in the sense of creating images clothed with judgements. I do not describe nor evaluate. I look, I see you, but neither attitude nor opinion cloud my vision. And when I turn my eyes away, my mind does not allow memory to linger; it is at once free and fresh for the next impression. p.445

 

•All three states (waking, dreaming and dreamless sleep) are sleep to me. My waking state is beyond them. As I look at you, you all seem asleep, dreaming up words of your own. I am aware, for I imagine nothing. It is not samadhi (peaceful trance state), which is but a kind of sleep. It is just a state of mind unaffected by the mind, free from past and future....To be a person is to be asleep. p.453

 

•In my world the seeds of suffering, desire and fear are not sown and suffering does not grow. p.485

 

•It (‘I am’) enables me to become a person when required. Love creates its own necessities, even of becoming a person. p.488

 

•Q. Surely you feel at least compassion when you see a man steeped in sin? NM. Yes, I feel I am that man and his sins are mine.

 

•They (self-realised people) may laugh and cry according to circumstances, but inwardly they are cool and clear, watching detachedly their own spontaneous reactions. Appearances are misleading and more so in the case of a self-realised people. p.529

 

 

 

Quotes from Jac O'Keeffe, 

from "Born to be Free"

http://www.jackieokeeffe.com/

 

Chap 4 - Spirituality

 

There are many who find it difficult to receive. These will work hard with their spiritual efforts before rewards are gleaned. If you can allow yourself to have it all (yes to have it all), unconditionally and without cost, then the inner lightness, peace, and calm can be enjoyed as your heart allows, not as your conditioned mind monitors. Take a moment to check within to find out if you are resistant to receiving it all unconditionally.

 

Having a discipline gives you a framework that enables you to follow guidelines to bring changes to your lifestyle. It gently introduces new habits that allow you to integrate practises in your day. Adopting changes to your life is easier using discipline. There is a belief that discipline runs close to sacrifice, but this is misinformed: they are not connected. Discipline is a gentle practice. It is selfdesigned so as you can gently nudge yourself towards change.

 

If you understand and know that seeking spiritual knowledge means paying attention to yourself from the inside, then no outside environment is more conducive than another. It can be useful and a support, but it will never stop you from or encourage you towards progress. Because no matter the daily demands in your life right now, spiritual principles always apply, the truth remains the truth.

 

Chap 5 - Natural State

 

All searching is driven by thought; even the attaining of enlightenment does not exist beyond a concept. Whatever you do to find your Self will take your attention from it. 

 

The idea of looking for something, be it a feeling or a state, can only arise when there is dissatisfaction and rejection of what is present. Consider that the desire to be other than you are, to feel differently about yourself or your life, is only a thought distracting you from what is in perfect order, silent and peaceful at a deeper level within you.

 

Develop the habit of retaining your awareness as the observer of your life. This will yield an enormous freedom, but you will not be able to retain your awareness there permanently, for there is more to be uncovered.

 

So who sees the observer? Bring your attention to that which is the ultimate seer. Be there. If you can experience it or if you can talk about it as a phenomenon, then your mind is playing tricks on you. Reject all ideas, images, and experiences. Go to what is seeing the most subtle movement within you.

 

It has been said that silence is the language of the Self and words are the language of the intellect. Silence is beyond words, beyond mind and communication. Silence in its purest absolute form is Self. It is not that that which is the Absolute is silent, there is nothing to be anything. So that which is, the Absolute, is pure silence. You are That. Hence, Absolute Silence without absence or presence of any kind is your natural state. Abiding in your Self is your natural state. This is the state in which you always are. All that has happened is that your attention has rested elsewhere for quite some time.

 

Chap 6  - Deep Sleep

 

In sinking into that which is prior and beyond all thoughts, all states of mind, all experiences, resting in the beingness that sees but cannot be seen, it is revealed that beyond the shadow of a doubt mind itself does not exist. Mind is only a concept.

 

Chap 7 - Therapy

 

Every path is a legitimate path offering what can be fantastic experiences and a wonderful sense of liberation that lasts for a while. Only the ego can reap these benefits. If you are open, therapeutic work helps refine the ego, making you more pliable and open to shifts in perspective and helping you move outside rigid beliefs. To this end, it serves a wonderful purpose. Engage in that to which you are naturally drawn. Proceed towards what makes sense to you and, in time, the attractions towards therapy will fall away of their own accord.

 

To take up the idea that there is something you need to do and a destination for you to arrive at will serve to create a seeker within you. It establishes a belief system that you must do something to be something or someone that you are not already. All of this is thought. It is nothing more solid than conditioned thinking playing out. As long as the idea that you have something to gain holds credibility for you, then you will seek. Seeking is valid, but it cannot lead you to the treasure Of your deepest yearning. All searches are ultimately for the Self, for the home within. While there are many levels of seeking, they all culminate at a point where the activity of searching is recognised as the outcome of a habitual thought and thus seeking ends.

 

One discovers that what you are looking for is precisely where you are looking from. As you abide in the Self and identification with thoughts is lessening, your experience will be that whatever needs to be refined within you will be automatically realigned. This happens by itself without effort by you or interference from you. In this way consciousness takes care of itself.

 

Abiding in the Self is not the reward for working through a process. There is nothing to work through. In fact, no amount of energetic, emotional or mental processing will result in realising the Self. Equally, no amount of spiritual practice will directly result in selfrealisation. These are simply thoughts arising in consciousness. Consciousness is not concerned with working things out; it does not seek resolution. Nothing needs resolution. All unfolds as it unfolds.

 

If you do not limit yourself to being an individual, a whole package of stories will disappear with that limitation. As you recognise your capacity to observe without identification, an automatic inner tidying up of erroneous beliefs begins to take place. If there is an inner recognition of this taking place for you, then fear and anxiety vanishes. Everything settles by itself into a perfect emptiness. No turbulence remains and it cannot feature until you pick up your next thought.

 

Chap 9 - Effortless

 

The mind loves distraction. It continually seeks to be involved in doing something. It can be obsessed with ideas of what to do and what not to do, and what to do after this ... and then what ... and then what... Thoughts of what to do are seductive. Doing something is easier than not doing. Pushing yourself to do hard work, to practice, to make deadlines, is easier than sitting still. Mind loves activity. The doer that is ego wants to act according to its rules of conduct. Doing what you think you should do, what you think will make you or others happy, or what you think is expected of you must be dropped. These compulsions arise from a desire to control, and appear to prevent other things from happening. Observe this fear and let it all happen.

 

 

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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 

 

 

 

 

 

Germany 2014 Dates

 

Bonn 

 

28th-29th June, 2014

10.00am to 6.000pm

 

Inner Peace - Our Natural State

- A Course in Miracles workshop -

 

 

It (inner peace) is given you the instant you would have it. ACIM T-15.IV.9.    

 

The purpose of this world is not to find a permanent peace and happiness.

 It cannot be found here. 

 

You do not really want the world you see, for it has disappointed you since time began. T-13.VII.3.    

 

Instead, if we see the world as a classroom of forgiveness we will discover the uncaused happiness that lies within - our natural state. To forgive is to look at everything in our minds and in the world without judgement.  

 

Forgiveness offers everything I want. Lesson 122

 

While we search to fulfill our desires in the expectation of happiness we block the awareness of the constant, uncaused happiness within.

 

You will first dream of peace, and then awaken to it.  .....  Love waits on welcome, not on time, and the real world (inner peace) is but your welcome of what always was. T-13.VII.9.    

 

Peace is the absence of desire; forgiveness reveals our natural state.  

 

This workshop explores, with the aid of exercises, how we block this happiness and peace and how it can be revealed. 

 

No knowledge of A Course in Miracles is required.

 

 

An Evening Introductory Talk - Fri 27th June 2014

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

 

Freiburg  2014

 

 

July 4  6pm to 9pm

July 5 10.00am to 6.00pm

July 6 10.00am to 5.00pm

Inner Peace - Our Natural State

- A Course in Miracles workshop -

 

 

It (inner peace) is given you the instant you would have it. ACIM T-15.IV.9.    

 

The purpose of this world is not to find a permanent peace and happiness.

 It cannot be found here. 

 

You do not really want the world you see, for it has disappointed you since time began. T-13.VII.3.    

 

Instead, if we see the world as a classroom of forgiveness we will discover the uncaused happiness that lies within - our natural state. To forgive is to look at everything in our minds and in the world without judgement.  

 

Forgiveness offers everything I want. Lesson 122

 

While we search to fulfil our desires in the expectation of happiness we block the awareness of the constant, uncaused happiness within.

 

You will first dream of peace, and then awaken to it.  .....  Love waits on welcome, not on time, and the real world (inner peace) is but your welcome of what always was. T-13.VII.9.    

 

Peace is the absence of desire; forgiveness reveals our natural state.  

 

This workshop explores, with the aid of exercises, how we block this happiness and peace and how it can be revealed. 

 

No knowledge of A Course in Miracles is required.

 

Contact:

Margarete Sennekamp

Winterhaldenweg 4,

79856 Hinterzarten,

Tel./Fax: 07652-917530

email: M.Sennekamp@t-online.de

www.Sophia-Institut.de

 

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 ......……… Biographical information and excerpts from his writings

Kenneth Wapnick on YouTube

Glossary of ACIM terms from FACIM

"The Most Commonly asked Questions about A Course in Miracles"
by Kenneth and Gloria Wapnick

Index of Links to Miracle Studies Resources ...……....... A rich resource of materials on A Course in Miracles by an ex-staff member of the Foundation For A Course In Miracle. Joe also has a blog and has recently published  A Primer of Psychology According to A Course in Miracles.

miraclestudies.net  ………… A Course in Miracles Resource Web Site for ACIM Students

A Course in Miracles Study groups

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

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

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

 

Purchase ACIM on line

ACIM Historical Recordings & Video

 

A Course In Miracles Pen Pals:

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

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

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

 

Belief.net ACIM discussion:

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

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

 

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTATIONS

 

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

 

 

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

 

A Course in Miracles  Lesson 250

 

 

Do understand that you are destined for enlightenment.

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

Allow it to fulfil itself.

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

 

Nisargadatta Maharaj

I Am That

 

 

When you listen to the voice in your head, that

is to say, do not judge.  You'll soon realize: there

is the voice, and here I am listening to it, watching

it.  This I am realization, this sense of your own

presence, is not a thought.  It arises from beyond

the mind.

   

Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now

 

 

One is more likely to awaken through surrender than through seeking to waken. The effort to awaken is the effort of ego, whereas to surrender is to give up all efforts and to place oneself in the hands of a vast force that is more powerful than any realization of non duality.

When one finally gives up one's futile attempts to make reality conform to one's own wishes, and allows it to unfold on its own terms, all the energy that was tied up in foolish attempts to manipulate the universe is freed up.

 

Mariana Caplan

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

 

 

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Michael Dawson

PO Box 125

Point Lookout

North Stradbroke Island

Queensland 4183

Australia

 

EMAIL:       mdawson@acfip.org

WEBSITE:   http://www.acfip.org