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The people of the world will never live in peace until the people of the world have inner peace. Inner peace and true strength are major goals of A Course in Miracles, but it has a unique way of accomplishing this within you. The world will change as result of it, but that is not what the Course is for. It is for you. It's a present. But it is also a challenge.
You will sometimes hear people say that the Course is simple, but you will seldom hear anyone say it is easy. The world will…Continue
Anything you do to get by in the world is just a cover job. Your real job is to learn, practice, and eventually apply very skillfully the same art of advanced forgiveness that J did. That’s how you will be brought by the Holy Spirit back to the Kingdom of God. ~ The Disappearance of the Universe
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If you solve one problem in the universe of time and space, then what you get is another problem. That's the way it's set up so you'll keep looking for answers in the wrong place, out there in the world where the problem appears to be, instead of where it really is, which is in the mind that caused the one real problem in the first place.
~ Your Immortal Reality…
J was teaching that the Kingdom of Heaven is something that is PRESENT, if not presently in your awareness. "The disciples said to him, 'When will the Kingdom come?' He said, 'It will not come by watching for it. It will not be said, "Behold here," or "Behold there." Rather, the Kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and p do not see it."
J is not saying here that the Kingdom of the Father is IN the earth. Indeed, he knew that the earth was in our minds. He was speaking…Continue
Everybody celebrates this time of the year. If they could bring their peace into the new year, then it would REALLY be something. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Gita Jayanthi - they are all symbols of the acknowledgment of something bigger than the individual realm. ~ The Disappearance of the Universe
Mikey's Note: I recall Gary saying on one of his holiday podcasts a few years back how people are generally nicer to each other around the holidays, then once we get into the new…Continue
Added by Mike Lemieux on December 27, 2012 at 10:15pm — No Comments
A miracle is a correction. It does not create, nor really change at all. It merely looks on devastation, and reminds the mind that what it sees is false. ~ J-Dog
The time of Christ is the time appointed for the gift of freedom, offered to everyone. And by your acceptance of it, you offer it it to everyone. ~ J-Dog
Added by Mike Lemieux on December 26, 2012 at 9:35pm — No Comments
As J asks you in the Course, "Why wait for Heaven? Those who seek the light are merely covering their eyes. The light is in them now." You have work to do along with the Holy Spirit to uncover your eyes and get your mind into the condition where you can awaken from the dream and become aware of what you really are, and where you really are. No matter how hard it may be for you to believe in your present condition, all your lifetimes have been just one big, gigantic mind trip going nowhere.…Continue
Added by Mike Lemieux on December 26, 2012 at 11:20am — No Comments
Let no despair darken the joy of Christmas, for the time of Christ is meaningless apart from joy. Let us join in celebrating peace by demanding no sacrifice of anyone, for so you offer me the love I offer you. What can be more joyous than to perceive we are deprived of nothing?
~ J-Dog, The Voice of A Course in Miracles
Added by Mike Lemieux on December 25, 2012 at 12:50pm — No Comments
This year, instead of making the holidays the usual orgy of capitalism, make them what they should be. Think about God, and about what you and your brothers and sisters really are.
Mikey's Note: And you know what the Course says, "As you see him you will see yourself." So simple, yet as we all know, not necessarily always easy to apply. But from personal experience, seeing people as innocent is much more satisfying and rewarding than projecting guilt, though the latter may give one…Continue
Added by Mike Lemieux on December 25, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Mother Teresa was an excellent example. She looked at everybody with love and forgiveness. Ultimately, it didn't matter what her theology was. Most of the people she ministered to throughout her life weren't even members of her own religion. That didn't matter to her. She saw everyone as being completely worthy of God's love, without exception. Her love and forgiveness were not withheld from anyone. It was total and universal. She judged and condemned no one. So her mind was completely…Continue
Added by Mike Lemieux on December 24, 2012 at 10:25am — No Comments
As far as the Gnostic sects are concerned, they were right in believing that God did not create this excuse for a world, but they made the same error that almost everybody else does: They made the mis-created world psychologically real for themselves. They saw it as an evil to be despised. J, on the other hand, viewed the world as the Holy Spirit sees it: a perfect opportunity for forgiveness and salvation. ~ The Disappearance of the Universe…
Added by Mike Lemieux on December 23, 2012 at 9:23pm — No Comments
The Course is about the healing of your unconscious guilt by the Holy Spirit and your return to Heaven through the dynamic of forgiveness, which harnesses the tremendous power of your mind's ability to choose. As J puts it, 'This is a course in mind training.' And, 'An untrained mind can accomplish nothing.' ~ The Disappearance of the Universe…
Added by Mike Lemieux on December 23, 2012 at 12:39pm — No Comments
Ask not to be forgiven, for this has already been accomplished. Ask, rather, to learn how to forgive, and to restore what always was to your unforgiving mind.
~ J-Dog, The Voice of A Course in Miracles
Added by Mike Lemieux on December 22, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Think forgiveness; don't say it; forgiveness is done silently. Do the Course. Don't dumb it down. Don't fall into the trap of thinking you can just pray to God and everything will be hunky-dory. That's a myth. The Course says of the words, "I want the peace of God" :"To say these words is nothing. But to mean these words is everything." And , "To mean you want the peace of God is to renounce all dreams." Thus you demonstrate that you want the peace of God not with your words, but by your…Continue
Enlightenment or resurrection is waking up from the dream and recognizing the truth that has always been and always will be. And true forgiveness can't help but lead to this.
~ The Disappearance of the Universe
The reason some of your forgiveness lessons are so hard is because your unconscious mind remembers the bad relationship you had with the other person in a previous lifetime, so you’ve been set up to have tremendous unconscious resistance to forgiving them in this lifetime. Plus, there’s the resistance to giving up your personal identity that is always there, because the ego senses that if you practice forgiveness, then this is its end. Everyone has these past-life relationships, and the…Continue
Added by Mike Lemieux on December 20, 2012 at 10:21am — No Comments
The ego has tricked you into thinking you're getting rid of your unconscious guilt when you project it onto others, by making them wrong, or condemning them or blaming certain circumstances for your problems or the world's problems, or whatever. Instead, what this really does is cause you to hang on to your unconscious guilt forever. Are you beginning to understand how important forgiveness is for you? ~ The Disappearance of the Universe …
Added by Mike Lemieux on December 19, 2012 at 8:50pm — No Comments
Everyone wants their life to have meaning, but they're looking for it in the wrong place - in the world. People feel a deep emptiness somewhere, and then they try to fill in the hole with some accomplishment or relationship on the level of form. Yet all of these things, by definition, are transitory at best. Thus you need to realize, as J counsels very early in the Text, 'A sense of separation from God is the only lack you really need correct.'
~ The Disappearance of the Universe…
Added by Mike Lemieux on December 19, 2012 at 12:49pm — No Comments
The Course teaches that the direction of the mind cannot help but be determined by the thought system to which it adheres. The thought system of the Holy Spirit is guided by love; the thought system of the ego is guided by fear and hatred and will always eventually result in some kind of destruction. Suicide bombers and other murderers may appear to be fearless, but their psychotic fear has merely been denied and projected outward. The appearance of peace is not always true inner peace, and…Continue
Added by Mike Lemieux on December 18, 2012 at 8:34pm — No Comments