ACFIP Newsletter

Issue 49  June 2016

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

 

 

 

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

 

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CONTENTS:

 

 

A Course in Miracles Material

* Asking for Help - part 1 of 2 - Michael Dawson

* Chart - New Charts at http://www.acfip.org/ws2016.html

 

Non Dual Teachings

* When It’s PersonalChristine Horner

* Extract from: Revealing the Absolute

A Child Again by Jan Frazier

* All about me - Jac O’Keeffe 

* Adya - excerpts from “Impact of Awakening”

 

Other

* Workshops

* Books and Audio Materials for Sale

* Links

* Inspirational Quotations

 

 

 

A Course in Miracles Material

 

 

       Chapter 6 - Asking for Help

Reprinted from Healing the Cause by Michael Dawson

 

       You have no idea of the tremendous release and deep peace that comes from meeting yourself and your brothers totally without judgement. (T42; T-3.VI.3:1) 

 

       When the ego tempts you to sickness do not ask the Holy Spirit to heal the body for this would merely be to accept the ego’s belief that the body is the proper aim of healing. Ask rather that the Holy Spirit teach you the right perception of the body, for perception alone can be distorted. Only perception can be sick because only perception can be wrong. from A Course in Miracles  (T146; T-8.IX.1:5-7) 

 

       In our search for healing there comes a time when we realise that we can only receive help from outside our ego’s thought system. The help of the Holy Spirit is always available to us but it needs to be invited in. The Holy Spirit cannot come where it is not welcome, for it will never go against our free will. To ask for help is to understand what true prayer really means.

       The subject of prayer is easily misunderstood because of our identification with our ego needs. The ego gives us a shopping list of what to pray for and tells us that this will bring us happiness. Following the ego’s advice, we pray for things like money, security, status, power and healing of our bodies and often we feel disappointed when our prayers are not answered. In this chapter we shall explore the difference between true and false prayer and the role of the Holy Spirit. I have been considerably helped in the writing of this chapter byDr. Kennneth Wapnick’s commentary on the pamphlet The Song of Prayer found on CD set of the same name.

       We all have a psychic ability to manifest things. Some people can draw to themselves money and material goods, others are good at getting parking places and taxis. The Bible, too, states that if we believe we will get what we pray for, we will receive it. Psychic abilities are of a neutral nature and can be used by either the ego or the Holy Spirit, but the abilities themselves do not bring the peace and joy of God into our lives.

        

       As his awareness increases, he may well develop abilities that seem quite startling to him. Yet nothing he can do can compare even in the slightest with the glorious surprise of remembering who he is. (M59; M-25.1:4-5)

        

       The question the Course would always encourage us to ask is, "What is it for?". In the hands of the ego, psychic power is used to reinforce the seeming reality of our world. Believing its advice that happiness can only be found outside ourself, we use this power to attract the forms of this world. Even if we are successful in our manifestations, lasting peace and happiness are still not forthcoming and so we are forced to try to obtain something else, or more of the same. "Seek and do not find" (T210; T-12.V.7:1) is the ego’s dictum, and in this way we keep our attention fixed on the world of form and away from spirit. 

        

        

       False and True Prayer

        

       These forms of prayer, or asking-out-of-need, always involve feelings of weakness and inadequacy, and could never be made by a Son of God who knows Who he is . . . True prayer must avoid the pitfall of asking to entreat. Ask, rather, to receive what is already given; to accept what is already there. 

       (S3, S1; S-1.II.2:1, S-1.I.1:6-7) 

        

       When we pray for external things to happen, whether for ourself or others, we are implying that we know what is the best solution. The Course points out that all we know is how to create problems and only the Holy Spirit knows how to solve them and return us to a state of peace. Our ego-based prayers seek to change the circumstances of our life so we can be happy again. If only we could get enough money, heal our bodies or find the right partner, we think we would be happy. 

       The Holy Spirit is not concerned with getting rid of our problems but with helping us to find peace in them. Our prayers should not be about changing the world, but about changing our mind regarding the world. The world will never be as we want it to be but we can learn to be at peace within it. The Holy Spirit is not concerned with the forms of this world because they are the miscreations of our ego and thus illusory. To ask the Holy Spirit to act on a form level is to ask Him to believe in the same illusion we do. It is His task to awaken us from the illusion, not to adjust it to our liking. Everything in this world is the same to the Holy Spirit. He sees nothing as good or bad in itself, otherwise He would make the same mistake as us and "make the error real". He simply sees everything as a potential classroom for learning our lessons of forgiveness. 

       If our body becomes diseased, or we have an accident, we may be tempted to pray to the Holy Spirit to heal us. The Course reminds us, however, that we should pray to understand the right use of the body which is to be a tool of communication for the Holy Spirit. (See quotation at the beginning of this chapter.) This elevated perception is very difficult for us to appreciate and the Course is well aware of this. "It takes great learning to understand that all things, events, encounters and circumstances are helpful." (M9; M-4.I.4:5) 

      Our ego constantly advises us to change our circumstances instead of learning to find peace in them. This is not to say that the Holy Spirit may not guide us to change our circumstances. However, His purpose will be to enable us to learn more about inner peace and will not entail any sacrifice — apart from the sacrifice of letting go our illusions, and this of course is often experienced as painful. The Holy Spirit is only concerned with the cause of a problem, which is a wrong perception in our mind. If we invite Him to help us at the causative level, He can create a shift of perception (a miracle) in our mind which will restore to us the peace we have lost. This is in opposition to the ego’s approach which is only concerned with the effect of the problem, which is seen outside our mind in the world. It is here that the ego asks us to direct our prayers for change. The Course states:

        

       . . . The only meaningful prayer is for forgiveness, because those who have been forgiven have everything. Once forgiveness has been accepted, prayer in the usual sense becomes utterly meaningless. The prayer for forgiveness is nothing more than a request that you may be able to recognise what you already have.

       (T40;T-3.V.6:3-5)

        

       If God has given us everything at our Creation, what ‘gifts’ of the earth can possibly compare with this? When we have completed our process of forgiveness, we shall awaken from our dream of separation and find all God’s gifts of love, peace, joy and creativity waiting for us to reclaim them. The very act of praying for specifics reinforces our belief in scarcity and affirms our ego. Prayer, like forgiveness, is a process. Jesus likens it to a ladder and we must all start at the bottom. 

 

 

 

Ladder of Prayer

        

Ladder of Prayer

 

 

       At the bottom of the ladder we use prayer to entreat, asking for things of this world, which only reinforces our sense of scarcity and separation. Our prayers to heal our body are also found at this level. Believing our body is our most important possession we become very concerned for its safety and health. If the motive for our prayers is to heal our body, we will reinforce the reality of the ego’s world of form. The ego identifies with our body and makes it its home. If our prayers are only concerned with the well-being of our body we are reinforcing our belief in the ego. But if we pray to the Holy Spirit to show us how we can be at peace with our bodily problems, we can turn a bodily symptom into a classroom of forgiveness. 

               

Over time the emphasis of our prayer shifts from form to qualities we desire — peace, for example. Even here the prayer for peace is affirming that we do not already possess it, that God has not already given it to us. In the process of learning what true prayer is, we shall feel moved at times to pray for others, or to send them light and love. We might decide to pray for our enemies or to heal another, but to pray for one’s enemies is to fall into the trap of making the error real, for there are no enemies, only mirrors to the guilt within us. 

        

       We said that prayer is always for yourself, and this is so. Why, then, should you pray for others at all? And if you should, how should you do it? Praying for others, if rightly understood, becomes a means for lifting your projections of guilt from your brother, and enabling you to recognise it is not he who is hurting you. 

       (S5; S-1.III.1:1-4)

 

Part 2 in September newsletter.

 

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Non Dual Teachings

 

 

When It’s Personal

Christine Horner

 

After a lifetime of an on and off again love affair with God, bouncing through various religions, in 2006 I turned my life over to God. Literally, I gave my bodily existence over to God to know Truth, accepting that it could even mean my physical death. The human constructs of what God was according to my own personal culture and conditioning had become so unsatisfactory and ridiculous in my mind, after spending much time in Nature and in contemplation, I could no longer accept those constructs. Nothing less than the Truth was acceptable to me beyond this point. With Buddha and Jesus as my inspiration, I told God to "put me on the fast track."

It was shortly after that I wrote a poem called, The Gift, not fully comprehending the magnitude of those words and where they would lead me. On top of the world and ready for anything, my cup overflowing with positive energy and affirmations, my life utterly and devastatingly . . . fell apart.Broke with $20 left in my pocket and groceries in the refrigerator from my ex so I could feed the kids, I was forced to make the decision to call my family across the country to send money so I could pack the car to travel back to the Midwest—the last place I wanted to go back to—as it meant I would once again be separated from my son.

A month later my grandma, who had been a rock in my life, passed away. A family disagreement led to my estrangement from my entire family during that same time, and then finally, weeks before Christmas the same year, my 11-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer—a brain tumor.

Her father and my son, living across the country, rushed to be with her for brain surgery. Unable to afford to commute across the country regularly, my daughter and I braved the chemo/radiation and many weeks in the hospital, for the most part, alone. It was when I was up all night with a child vomiting into a bucket that the channels of clarity began to open wide for me. I spent much time writing and working from my laptop plugged into a hospital Ethernet cable as my daughter slept in her hospital bed or rested at home.

I felt such purpose with this greater clarity. I desired to save the world and even formed a non-profit foundation with the last vestiges of the inheritance I received from beloved Grandma.

As my inspiration felt divine, my hard work was sure to be rewarded; supporting not only my daughter and me, but allowing me to share with those that I loved and had supported me in the past.

It wasn’t to be so.

The sustenance and partnerships I had hoped to bring to fruition toward alleviating the world of its self-created suffering never materialized. Despite “doing” all that I could to keep “negative thinking” at bay and the positive affirmations of myself as part of the Infinite flowing, I began the final death spiral into the abyss of total darkness through an extended Dark Night of the Soul.

My small business consulting clients had long since dried up. As my daughter needed continual medical care for a persistent hormone elevation that rendered her medical team unable to declare her in remission, finding regular employment was nearly out of the question; unless I lied my way through the interview process which I finally succumbed to doing.

No matter what I did, the results were always the same—no channel opened up to end the hell I was going through, though a friend did take us in for a while and another friend lent me some money, which in the end only delayed the inevitable.

I sold everything I owned piece-by-piece. I meditated, I prayed, I read everything I could get my hands on, I tried to BE—and I waited. I waited some more for that miracle that never came. The Universe had always generously supported me in the past; why was every stream now dry and barren?

I lost my apartment and my daughter was separated from me, moving in with her best friend’s family and I was unable to hug my teenage son who lived across the country, for two years. Thank goodness for Internet video chat.

It was this time that I was left hanging on my own personal cross, crying out, “Why have you forsaken me?”

I had had faith. I had believed. I’d done the work and I’d dedicated my life to God and serving humanity. How could this be happening to me?

I couldn’t find God anywhere that I looked. I felt numb and dead inside. I’d never felt so abandoned. This was my crucifixion of the ego. In that some people have a health-related physical near-death experience, this was as near death as I was to get as I contemplated how I could gracefully bow out of the lives of my children without causing them irreparable damage and end the depths of my despair. The crazy thing was I couldn’t even shed any tears over the situation. There was literally nothing left inside, except, finally . . . total surrender of everything I thought I had ever understood about life.

I wore a brave face and kept my affairs as private as I possibly could, until one day I told God that I was done with this experience of living in my car. Apparently, Life Itself agreed. Life brought a kind stranger into my life who became the clichéd trickle of light at the end of the tunnel. When this sweet man, who bought my last possession off of Craigslist, finally figured out why I was spending my days at the library, the coffee shop, and the park, he and his wife immediately took me into their home. Eventually, my daughter also came to stay while I worked to get back on my feet.

Throughout this period of “wandering the desert” in empty hopelessness, my life as I had known it was deconstructed, including most of what I had previously clung to as precious. I was done with books and teachings. I was even done with Jesus and Buddha, whom I had begged, even screamed at, to show up and tell me what I wasn’t getting. All of my beliefs were deconstructed, even the new ones I’d replaced the old ones with, including letting go of any egoic idea of saving the world, letting go of any concept that I was special in any way, and, eventually, letting go of any belief in a personal me. The depth of this letting go allowed me to see that I AM Life Itself.

Surrender must be so deeply experienced that even hope, a concept rooted in an imaginary future and a personal self, must fall away. All teachings and all teachers must fall away. Every concept we are still grasping at for safe harbor must leave until we are utterly naked before God, who is none other than Creation Itself.

Here’s the miracle I discovered:  True freedom is not about what the egoic, personal self “gets.” One cannot carry one single item of baggage through the doorway, not even the personal self. The only way through is emptiness.

Throughout this period of the emptiness revealing itself, I had many epiphanies. I realized that God/Life had never abandoned me because there was never any outside deity looking down over me in the first place, making judgment calls and therefore decisions on my behalf. Life, by its very nature, supports life, even in this situation when a loving universe didn’t look like I thought it should.

I came to understand that on the local level, it appears as if I have free will, but that as part of the tapestry of life, Life is just “Life-ing,” and the concept of free will is rooted in a limited point of view. Is a drop of water ever really separate from the ocean? If I have free will, then separation is real.

When the awareness comes to the forefront that a choice is to be made, no matter what fork in the road is taken, it is done by Life Itself.

Ultimately there is no separate “me,” as I am the imperishable absolute behind the relative, the BE-ing behind human thought that is timeless and eternal. “I” is the light. As Creation Itself, we are forever whole and the entire relative world is our projection of thought, making us its creator.

Many people confuse this concept with the egoic idea that you can manifest all that you desire by your thoughts alone. Life manifests life. Whether your individuated idea of what life should look like appears in your physical reality depends on whether or not it supports life as a whole.

I share this with you not to draw attention to myself, but rather to first comfort you in that it isn’t necessary to go through a near-death-experience or financial devastation to discover who you really are as the Infinite. (Neither does your newfound discovery exempt you from hardship.)

Though many are going through their own personal crucifixions of the ego or dark nights of the soul as a unique expression of the Infinite, how your life appears is one-of-a-kind; no one will have your exact experience.

When you accept and love yourself unconditionally, essentially forgiving yourself—for there is no one “out there” to forgive—you see that life conspires to support you. You see that what you do is not as important as the fact that you BE, and that to know what you be, you must inquire within. When connected to your BE-ing, what you do arises as an expression of your BE-ingness as part of the tapestry of Life and is not the goal itself. The ego’s need to claim do-ership, ownership, or exclusivity is no longer a part of who you are. The idea of a separate self even begins to fall away, like so much unnecessary debris. Living and breathing from your radiance, you become a light unto the world, and you joyfully offer your magnificence to the world . . . as a GIFT.

© Christine Horner, 2013

 

The above story was extracted with permission from The Journey Home: Awakening in the Dream, 

published by In the Garden Publishing in partnership with OneTheMagazine.com.

Available from GroundingHeavenAsEarth.com

 

Reprinted with permission from OneTheMagazine.com

" ONE is a quarterly online magazine bringing the good news of awakening from around the globe. Featured are deeply personal accounts of non-dual realization and newsworthy events that exemplify and celebrate our true nature as one."

 

 

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Extract from: Revealing the Absolute

Where Seeking Ends and Learning Begins

 

reproduced by permission from the author Atreya Thomas.

 

https://revealingtheabsolute.com

 

Book available at  http://www.amazon.com

 

 

The statements in bold were received by Atreya during a year of silence.

He then made up a fictitious character to ask the questions. - Michael

 

 CHAPTER ONE

 

 Revealing the Conceptual Self

 

        

       I have always been a seeker, have always been looking for something greater—especially spiritual understanding. Christianity was introduced to me first, when I was young, and I have a strong connection to it. Since then, I have had the opportunity to study other religions, both while I was attending university as well as on my own. Nothing completely frees me. I still experience anger and anxiety on occasions, and I still struggle with certain desires. What I have discovered for myself is that when I am experiencing some of these unfavorable feelings, my mind and my thoughts are always involved. Looking outward, you need only watch the news to discover that troubling things are happening due to the way people think, due to their minds. So, what is the mind?

        

       The mind is the platform from which all objective phenomena are experienced and projected outward as thoughts. The trouble you speak of is associated with the mind as ego.

        

       What is the ego?

        

       The ego is the individual, conceptual persona—a vast conglomeration of this and that, likes and dislikes, desires and fears. The sum of this conglomeration is the me that resides as your first name.

        

       Am I the ego?

        

       Your true self is the one who sees all the activities of the persona. You are the audience, watching it strive, rest, fear, relax, panic, and seek pleasure.

        

       What is the true self?

        

       The true self is the changeless observer of the ego and all other phenomena.  

        

       What is this anxiety or fear I feel sometimes?

        

       To be afraid is to be afraid of something. That something is a thought as well as a physiological response in the body. Who is the observer of this fear? Who is watching all this?

        

       Some have told me to drop all effort, but isn’t having goals a good thing? Doesn’t the spiritual aspirant have a goal to become free and self-realized?

        

       While the illusion that you are the ego exists, it is necessary for the persona to strive and inquire until the inquiring ego itself gets burned up in the process, leaving the residual, the true self. 

        

       I feel like I’ve practiced “presence” for so long and yet I still do not have a sense of absolute freedom? Why?

        

       All practice is done through the effort of the ego or conceptual self. You believe that you are being the true self if you embody the “good” aspects of the ego or the things that bring you pleasure because they feel good. But real freedom comes from seeing the falseness of thought, from seeing that the ego is merely acting or pretending to be your true self. Both good and bad must be seen as one and the same—as attributes of the transient persona. Something about you exists in spite of ego and its thoughtful efforts, in spite of your body, and in spite of your mind and all its opposing forms. That part of you is already free and does not know any other state. It can be found only by subtracting the ego organ, not by adding to it, modifying it, or enhancing it.

        

       What is human consciousness?

        

       Human consciousness is the field that contains the sum total of human thoughts and their corresponding emotions in the past, present, and future. But who is conscious that you are conscious of human consciousness?

        

       Why am I afraid of death?

        

       The me depends on form for existence, and that is why it fears death—death of our bank account, our position, our job, and ultimately our body.

        

       Why do I feel guilt?

        

       As far as the ego is concerned, all things are guilty by association with it. Whatever you feel, what you think about this or that, these are all objects possessed solely by the ego. From what point of observation is all this experienced?

        

       Is the spiritual seeker apart from the ego?

        

       The spiritual seeker is really the ego trying to refine itself to become the true self. So the me tries to resist all things “non-spiritual” in the hope of becoming more refined. But the ego can never take the place of the Unchanging Observer, no matter how refined it becomes, because its creations are always transient, whereas your true self is always unmodified, remaining as the un-involved eternal witness.

        

       Sometimes I worry about what other people think about me.

        

       Only the ego can worry about what other egos are doing. The ego is always limited to its own field. It cannot go beyond the boundaries of human consciousness. Do you worry about the characters in a movie?

        

       Sometimes... (Laughs.)

        

       Only when you identify with them. The difference is, soon after the movie is over, you realize that the characters are not you. If you remain the observer of your life, you will have the same realization.

        

       Why does it feel like I always have problems?

        

       All problems are attributes of the conceptual self. Your true self is the witness to the ego and its problems. What would happen if the ego was left alone with its problems? Without problems, the ego cannot exist. These problems always exist on the timeline of past, present, and future. Problems are perceived in the present, sustained by the past, and given continuity into the future. This all involves identification with thought. Who is all this happening to? Who is the perceiver who may or may not identify?

        

       I often have a general feeling of anxiety. Is this normal?

        

       The conceptual self, the me, is hyper vigilant. It is on constant lookout for even the slightest change. It finds its comfort in certainty. Therefore, sometimes even the slightest change can appear to be a threat.

        

       Sometimes I feel trapped by time. I worry about the future and obsess about the past. Why?

        

       Your true self is here and now in spite of this, and it has no connection to the concept of time. Only the ego works on the timeline of past, present, and future, which are fleeting concepts.

        

       Can the ego change into something else?

        

       The ego is incapable of being anything but itself. Its idea of change is to move from one area of consciousness to another or from one object to another. Its existence is dependent on form. But all objects are transient, so no matter where the ego moves, it is moving into decay.  

        

       Why do I feel so protective of my “stuff” and so attached to my life?

        

       The ego must attach itself to something if it is to survive as the separate entity referred to as me. It must be exclusive; my life is separate from others’ lives. Once established, the ego will protect its assets to the point of suffering. It will worry, it will go to war, it will destroy, and it will dominate all that it can.

        

       Why is the ego so attracted to violence?

        

       The lifeblood of the ego is conflict, and conflict is violence. The ego will create a problem just to experience the conflict. The ego may even create a problem to which there is no solution to give it an indefinite source of energy . It must have problems in order to continue its existence. Imagine if you refused to get involved with thought-based problems and accepted each moment as it is. The quantity of thoughts coming out of the mind would be far less. The ego would be diminished.

        

       Isn’t the ego required for just about everything we do each day?

        

       Find out! It’s amazing how such a small amount of thought is required each day. Yet, the ego wants to involve itself in just about everything. So, experiment with remaining quiet as often as possible.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

       From a young age, Atreya Thomas was a spiritual seeker. He read much of what the spiritual community had to offer. At age twenty-seven, he gave up his pursuit, a pessimist, declaring that there are no answers in books and that people cannot change. 

        

       At age thirty, he was overtaken by the first in a series of three transformations over five years. He described these as coming “without warning” and “overwhelming the persona.” The last transformation left Atreya aware, but the thinking mind was not accessible. He said, “I literally could not remember my own name or the names of those around me.” With each transformation, awareness as the unchanging observer became more permanent. Which eventually culminated into merging the observer and the observed.

        

       Outwardly, Atreya, his wife, and three adopted children live in California, where Atreya works as a pre-school teacher. He and his wife are also foster parents to drug-exposed infants who are hard to place. 

 

       Atreya is the author of another book, Revealing the Christ: The Way, the Truth, and the Life. 

 

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A Child Again by Jan Frazier

http://janfrazierteachings.com/teachings/

Living awake feels like being in a child’s story, a simple story about a simple thing. The restoration to innocence, to the time before time, with no possibility of harm. Once-upon-a-time. The garden of Eden. 

That’s what it feels like. A person who has awakened feels like a little kid. Everything is fresh and new, every ordinary thing. How good it feels to brush your hair! How the trees look moving in the wind. The sensation of urine releasing. 

You tilt your head at people’s complaints and worries, trying to understand. The effort to wring meaning out of every life episode, to pronounce it good or bad. Your heart breaks (but not for long). 

You do remember what it feels like to be caught up in problems (your own, your wife’s, your child’s, the country’s), to have it all matter so much, everything riding on one outcome or another. What it’s like to be convinced time is a real thing, to be tormented by its apparent brevity, haunted by aging and death. But now, you could just sit the livelong day, never read another newspaper, work on another project. Things smell good. You move from one savoring to another. The way light plays on a stranger’s face. It’s like when you were a kid, enthralled with the feel of warm sand falling through your spread fingers.

 

The pleasure of awareness is exquisite like that sand. There’s absolutely nothing going on, and how can nothing feel so substantial? What could be more delicious than this, just feeling this moment? How did you ever imagine any of that other stuff mattered so much? 

Like a little child, you care nothing for time, nothing for people’s expectations. The world, the physical world, is the entire miracle. And here you are, in it. 

Look! See, smell, touch! Oh, taste! Tuna! Garlic! Ice cream! Wine! Coffee! Lips!

* * * * *

Before a child has been outfitted with the adult-made lenses we all learn to look through, before becoming entrenched in the ideas of things, of right and wrong; before categories arrive on the scene, before expectations, somebody’s idea of self-esteem, dignity – before, even, the name for a thing – there is direct apprehension. Encounter. There is feeling. No intervening mental filter. No urgency for an inner narrative. 

This is what you are restored to at awakening, when the self you thought you were ceases to enthrall. Names for things are still there, retrievable. It’s still possible for thinking to occur. But only when you want it to. Thinking no longer runs the show, the constant noise of it. Thought serves at the pleasure of what you have discovered yourself to be: consciousness itself. 

Anything mental is secondary, if it’s there at all. You have entered an existence made of primary experience – felt, sensory life, this moment. There’s no distance between you and what you’re aware of. You are what you experience. You and the moment are the same thing. This is the all-that-is. 

The norm is awareness of what-is. This living consciousness is here for each episode of reality but does not mutter to itself about what it means. There is no spawning of opinion, fear, desire. 

Often you are bewildered, the way a child is, at how people seem to be. No longer playing by their rules, you have to work a bit to remember what it feels like to be that way. 

(Who is the grown-up here?) 

But the almost universal way of being a person, which you can’t help noticing, has trouble holding your attention. You keep getting absorbed in the way the fabric feels against your arm. The airiness in your mouth when you sing. The world, you keep discovering, is constantly here. It’s what you find when life has finally stopped being about you. Even with all its apparent problems, existence is entirely miraculous. 

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 All about me - Jac O'Keeffe

(Article published in the french magazine '3Źme Millenaire', October 2011)

 

The "all about me" story can become a painful one. If you have become fed up with talking about "my life, my beliefs, my opinions, my belongings, my money, my life style..." then perhaps the futility of these unending and repetitive stories is beginning to show itself.

 

Take a look and see if you can recognize that many of these stories about "me" are simply an attempt to defend who you THINK you are. Without these believed stories you might find you are not who you think you are. The personal I can never be satisfied because it is fundamentally inauthentic. Its very nature is filled with desire. There is no personal I that is constant and unchanging. The personal I knows no stillness and moves between pleasure and pain in response to the senses. The personal I is an insatiable idea constantly protecting itself and seeking acceptance and love.

 

This unending cycle has no resolution. It can only be recognized as a futile play and abandoned. Let the "all about me" story fade out. At this point you will find there is something that is watching the play of the one who wants everything to be about itself. The one who sees the hungry personal I does not require the world to rotate around itself. The impersonal I has a knowing that all that happens does not have a direct impact on who you are. Simply put, the impersonal I does not take things personally.

 

If your reference point has moved from the personal to the impersonal I, then emotional reactions will have lessened greatly. The search for love and attention will have taken a back seat and judgement of others largely subsided. Without a doubt, the impersonal I is a reference point from which you can operate with significantly less suffering. A sense of being less self- absorbed arises. Increasingly, you will notice that when the personal I appears, some drama ensues, because the personal I is perpetually seeking attention.

 

Many have found that the withdrawing of attention from the personal to the impersonal I is a useful spiritual practice. For some, mind is calmer and for most an inner contentment begins to develop. This is a natural consequence of the removal of attention from who you think you are.

 

 So why bother training your mind to operate from the perspective of the impersonal? Undoubtedly there is less suffering when events are understood to be not about you. However, there is an inconsistency in this practice. It is impossible to be established in the position of the impersonal while the belief that you are a separate individual is still active. It will feel like there is an internal switch which reactivates the personal I. While it seems obvious to seek to avoid suffering and therefore relocate your perspective to the impersonal, something inherently continues to be not at rest. Both the personal and the impersonal points of reference are tricks of the mind as it attempts to make life an experience with less suffering.

 

Mind imagines that something is to be gained by the perspective of the impersonal, but what it has to offer is limited and becomes not good enough. It is mind that plays with spiritual practice and you are not your mind. Neither are you a product of your thoughts. Both the personal and the impersonal are conceptual states of mind that run their course experientially, and you can erroneously think that you are making progress towards freedom.

 

So what to do? What you are, is prior and beyond the games of mind. But while you think you are an individual, let it be known that this is idea of separation is no more than a thought believed into a subjective reality. What you are knows nothing of personal and impersonal, of spiritual practice, of awakening. You are not who you think you are and mind cannot conceive of what you truly are. Mind was not designed to know your true identity. Mind is a tool kit to allow manifestation to appear as real. It imagines as it goes. It believes or doesn't believe, as it goes. Who you are is not concerned. In fact, who you are has no capacity to imagine anything at all. Who you are knows nothing of who you think you are. The lies that are offered by mind are no more than a smokescreen, an apparent movement that has the capacity within itself to like and dislike what it has created. Do not be bothered with any of this as there is nothing to be fixed or changed here. However, the appearance of manifestation will appear to continue as it plays a game of control. It is mind that tries to control mind, tries to minimize suffering, tries to annihilate itself and imagines that without itself it will be happy. See this game of life for what it is. What you are is beyond all of it.

 

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Adya - excerpts from “Impact of Awakening”

 

The Evolutionary Impulse to Be Free

The impulse to be free is an evolutionary spark within consciousness which originates from beyond the ego. It is an impulse toward the divine, unity, and wholeness. It is an impulse originating from the Truth itself. This impulse to evolve is often co-opted by the ego, which then creates the illusion of the spiritual seeker. This impulse, which is inherently innocent, is something that, in and of itself, has nothing to do with any seeking to attain. It is only when the ego co-opts the impulse and then tries to attain something, that the seeker is born. This impulse, this spark of evolution, becomes almost instantly corrupted by a wanting which gives birth to the seeker.

Q: Is there any positive side of ego in this whole process?

A: Ego is neither positive nor negative. Those are simply concepts that create more boundaries. Ego is just ego, and the disaster of it all is that you, as a spiritual seeker, have been conditioned to think of the ego as bad, as an enemy, as something to be destroyed. This simply strengthens the ego. In fact, such conclusions arise from the ego itself. Pay no attention to them. Don't go to war with yourself; simply inquire into who you are.

 

Insecurity and the Unknown

Inherent in the impulse to be free, is insecurity. The impulse to be free comes from outside of the mind, and because of this, it makes the mind feel very insecure. Most spiritual seekers move away from this insecurity by seeking and striving for a distant spiritual goal. That's how they avoid feeling insecure. In an effort not to feel insecure, in an attempt not to directly face the Unknown - which is where the impulse to be free originates - the ego creates a spiritual seeker as a means to avoid it. It is a very intelligent play of the mind, a show, a fantasy.

 

 Meditation and Spiritual Practices

True meditation has no direction, goals, or method. All methods aim at achieving a certain state of mind. All states are limited, impermanent, and conditioned. Fascination with states leads only to bondage and dependency. True meditation is abidance as primordial consciousness.

True meditation appears in consciousness spontaneously when awareness is not fixated on objects of perception. When you first start to meditate you notice that awareness is always focused on objects: on thoughts, bodily sensations, emotions, memories, sounds, etc. This is because the mind is conditioned to focus and contract upon objects. Then the mind compulsively interprets what it is aware of (the object) in a mechanical and distorted way. It begins to draw conclusions and make assumptions according to past conditioning.

In true meditation, all objects are left to their natural functioning. This means that no effort should be made to manipulate or suppress any object of awareness. In true meditation, the emphasis is on being awareness; not on being aware of objects, but on resting as primordial awareness itself. Primordial awareness, consciousness, is the source in which all objects arise and subside. 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.

Silence, stillness, and awareness are not states and therefore

cannot be produced or created. Silence is the non-state in which all states arise and subside. Silence is itself the eternal witness without form or attribute. As you rest more profoundly as the witness, all objects take on their natural functionality, and awareness becomes free of the mind's compulsive contractions and identifications, and returns to its natural non-state of Presence.

The simple yet profound question "Who Am I" can then reveal one's self not to be the endless tyranny of the ego-personality, but objectless Freedom of Being-the Primordial

 

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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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Other

 

 

 

Forthcoming Workshops on A Course in Miracles

 

 

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

 

 

Germany 2016 Dates

 

 

 

Bonn - Sat 11 and Sun 12 June - 10am to 6pm

 

 

 

Stages of Spiritual Awakening

from the perspective of A Course in Miracles

 

Forget not once this journey is begun the end is certain. Doubt along the way will come and go and go to come again. Yet is the ending sure. No one can fail to do what God appointed him to do. When you forget, remember that you walk with Him and with His Word upon your heart. Who could despair when hope like this is his?

A Course in Miracles-Clarification of Terms-Epilogue

 

Everyone's path is unique. Some take the steps in different order and sometimes simultaneously, and some appear to miss out some steps all together. Some experience visions, ecstasy, physical phenomena, and other mystical and psychic experiences, whilst others travel a less dramatic path but still reach the same destination - an inner peace, quiet joy and a oneness with all things, and even beyond that oneness.

 

Many of the challenges on the path return again and again in cyclic fashion until the journey is completed. What is required of us is to start out on an unknown journey with a faith that increases with experience, moving from an initial awakening to a full embodiment in daily life.

 

The Course has much to help us on our path of awakening and also warns us of the traps on the way. However, some important aspects of the awakening process are not covered in the Course. To help with these I have drawn on the observations and experience of some awakened teachers.

 

Topics also included:

Requirements for awakening

Progressive versus direct paths

The spectrum of spiritual awakening

Practice or no practice?

Effort or grace?

Gradual and sudden awakenings.

Kundalini

The seekers trap

Forgiveness

 

Exercises will be used to help undo the blocks to awakening.

No knowledge of A Course in Miracles is required.

 

 

 

An Evening Introductory Talk - Fri 10th June 2016

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  2016

 

Fri 17,[6pm to 9pm] Sat 18 [10am to 6pm] and Sun 19 [10am to 5pm]

 

Stages of Spiritual Awakening

from the perspective of A Course in Miracles

 

Forget not once this journey is begun the end is certain. Doubt along the way will come and go and go to come again. Yet is the ending sure. No one can fail to do what God appointed him to do. When you forget, remember that you walk with Him and with His Word upon your heart. Who could despair when hope like this is his?

A Course in Miracles-Clarification of Terms-Epilogue

 

Everyone's path is unique. Some take the steps in different order and sometimes simultaneously, and some appear to miss out some steps all together. Some experience visions, ecstasy, physical phenomena, and other mystical and psychic experiences, whilst others travel a less dramatic path but still reach the same destination - an inner peace, quiet joy and a oneness with all things, and even beyond that oneness.

 

Many of the challenges on the path return again and again in cyclic fashion until the journey is completed. What is required of us is to start out on an unknown journey with a faith that increases with experience, moving from an initial awakening to a full embodiment in daily life.

 

The Course has much to help us on our path of awakening and also warns us of the traps on the way. However, some important aspects of the awakening process are not covered in the Course. To help with these I have drawn on the observations and experience of some awakened teachers.

 

Topics also included:

Requirements for awakening

Progressive versus direct paths

The spectrum of spiritual awakening

Practice or no practice?

Effort or grace?

Gradual and sudden awakenings.

Kundalini

The seekers trap

Forgiveness

 

Exercises will be used to help undo the blocks to awakening.

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

 

 

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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. His body died in December 2013.

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