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The Message is Clear

A Course In Miracles (ACIM) has a clear and simple message. God is all there is. There is nothing else. “Nothing real can be threatened – Nothing unreal exists. Here in lies the Peace of God.” ACIM

The journey leads us to see this reality by seeing God in everyone. This is Not about anthropomorphizing God, rather seeing the world metaphysically. This helps prevent the ego from taking hold. Most of what we see in this world is a distraction, especially when it comes to activities, including work, busi-ness, and play. Ego attracts us to these activities promising happiness and gives us just enough to keep the distractions viable. Be aware. Nothing this ego world offers will persist. It all passes away eventually, so why invest in it? Build your house up in Heaven as is taught in the bible. Not to say we should ignore life here. “Be in the world, but not of it.” as Jesus shows us. The beggar will be the Master and vice versa, meaning both that it’s all temporary and dualistic. What we give is what we receive. Another aspect to this is the saying “it takes one to know one”. Consider this deeply. Every coin has two sides, see the whole coin and not just the sides. To heal another to is heal the self.  To condemn another is to condemn the self.  A practical application is to view your immediate surroundings as a reflection of you. Our world is literally a bubble limited by sight. Anything outside this bubble is projected from mind and does not exist in reality. This can be confusing, I know since I have been studying it for decades. ACIM does a great job of explaining all this as do two of my favorite authors, Gary Renard and Eckhart Tolle. Eckhart’s book, A New Earth, does an amazing job of explaining the tricks of the ego mind. The text of ACIM can be difficult to understand since it is written in Iambic Pentameter and in the language of a bible. Gary Renard’s books cut through all this and lay it out bare for the mind to absorb. “Disappearance of the Universe” is the place to start reading Gary Renard.

So to sum this all up, “As you see them (other self), you will see yourself”… so seek God/Holy Spirit/Infinite Intelligence/Great Spirit/Allah… and you will find your way home. (which according to ACIM we never left) Many spiritual teachings refer to awakening and how appropriate this is, since this ego dream has trapped us for too long. Be still… and know God.

Sequoia Elisabeth

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Non Dualism What it Is and Isn’t

The following is from Gary Renard’s books which I highly recommend you read. He has four books out now which all discuss the teachings of Jesus (J) as presented in ACIM. The choppy quotes below are just a taste to wet your appetite. The teachings of ACIM (A Course in Miracles) are for everyone – when you are ready, so don’t feel bad if you are not ready now…You will be at some point. There is a process to awakening. Contrary to popular belief it does not happen in a flash, although you will get flashes of insight along the road. Once one becomes awakened the road does not end there, as Gary illustrates in this book. ACIM explains everything one needs to know and leaves no question unanswered. I have found no other teaching that lays it all out like this. If it is hard to understand, stay with it because eventually your mind will align with His and it will all seem so simple. This takes intention, dedication, and practice.

“PURSAH: The concept of oneness is hardly an original one. However, the question few people ever ask is: What am I really one with? Although most of those who do ask this question would say the answer is God, they then make the error of assuming they and this universe were created in their present form by the Divine. That is not true, and it leaves the seeker in a position where even if he masters the mind, as Buddha certainly did, he will still not reach God in a permanent way. Yes, he will achieve oneness with the mind that made the duality waves. This mind, in a non-place that transcends all of your dimensions, is completely outside the system of time, space, and form. This is the logical and proper extension of non-duality, yet it is still not God. It is, in fact, a dead end. Or better yet, a dead beginning. This explains why Buddhism, which is obviously the world’s most psychologically sophisticated religion, does not handle the issue of God. It’s because Buddha didn’t handle the issue of God while he was still in the body you call Buddha. It’s also the reason we’ll be making distinctions between non-dualism and pure non-dualism. When Buddha said, “I am awake,” he meant he realized that he was not actually a participant in the illusion, but the maker of the entire illusion.  Still, there is another step required, where the mind that is the maker of the illusion chooses completely against itself in favor of God. Of course someone of Buddha’s tremendous accomplishment had a snap of it, quickly going on to the exact same awareness as J. But this was done by Buddha in a lifetime the world doesn’t even know about. It’s not unheard of for people to achieve J’s level of enlightenment in obscurity, and for the world to think they achieved it in a more famous lifetime when they really didn’t. Most people who approach true spiritual mastery are not interested in being leaders. At the same time, there are people who are highly visible when, rather than being true masters of spirituality and metaphysics, they are merely exhibiting the symptoms of an extroverted personality.

GARY: So, non-dualism is like the old teaching that you live as if you are in this world, but your attitude is that of the two seeming worlds, the world of truth and the world of illusion, only the truth is true and nothing else is true.

ARTEN: The Vedanta is a non-dualistic spiritual document that teaches that the truth of Brahman is all that there really is, and anything else is illusion—untrue, nothing, zilch—period.

I know you don’t want to hear this yet, but it doesn’t matter what actions you take or don’t take in the world—although your way of seeing and the attitude you maintain while engaging in any action does matter. Of course, as long as you appear to exist within the world of multiplicity, you will have some temporary earthly concerns, and we do not intend to ignore your worldly needs. The Holy Spirit isn’t stupid, and as we said, your experience is that you are here. There is a way to go through life doing many of the same things you’d do anyway, but now you won’t do them alone. And thus you will learn that you are never alone.

Everything is in your mind, including your own body. As aspects of Buddhism correctly teach, the mind that is thinking everything is one mind, and this mind is completely outside the illusion of time and space. What no philosophy except one teaches is a truth that will seldom be well received by anyone: the fact that this mind is itself also an illusion.

It should be self-evident that if there is only oneness, then anything else that appears to exist must have been made up. Furthermore—and this is an issue that no teaching has satisfactorily supplied the motivation for until very recently—it must have been made up for what appeared to be a damn good reason. Thus, instead of judging the world and everything in it, perhaps it would be more helpful for you to ask what value you saw in making it up in the first place. It may also be wise to ask yourself what would be a more appropriate response to it now.

ARTEN: As I said, J was neither judgmental nor a reactionary, and our brief outline of non-dualism should have given you the idea that he would not be willing to compromise on this logic: if nothing is outside of your mind, then to judge it is to grant it power over you, and to not judge it is to withdraw its power over you. This certainly contributes to the end of your suffering. But our brother J didn’t stop there.

Pure non-dualism recognizes the authority of God so completely that it relinquishes all psychological attachment to anything that is not God. This attitude also recognizes what some people have called the “like from like” principle, which says that anything coming from God must be like Him. Pure non-dualism is not willing to compromise on this principle either. Rather, it says that anything that comes from God must be exactly like Him. God could not create anything that is not perfect or else He wouldn’t be perfect. The logic of that is flawless. If God is perfect and eternal, then by definition anything He creates would also have to be perfect and eternal.

…His Love (J’s), like God’s, was total, impersonal, non-selective and all-embracing. He treated everyone equally, from rabbi to prostitute. He was not a body. He was no longer a human being. He had passed through the eye of the needle. He had reclaimed his place with God as pure spirit. This is pure non-dualism: an attitude that, along with the Holy Spirit, will lead you to what you are. You and J are the same thing. We all are. There is nothing else, but you need more training and practice to experience this.”

Renard, Gary R. – The Disappearance of the Universe: Straight Talk About Illusions, Past Lives, Religion, Sex, Politics, and the Miracles of Forgiveness – October 31, 2004. Hay House, Inc. Publisher.

Renard, Gary R. – The Lifetimes When Jesus and Buddha Knew Each Other: A History of Mighty Companions – November 14, 2017. Hay House Inc. Publisher.

https://perfect1ness.wordpress.com/2014/12/24/dualism-nondualism-pure-nondualism-as-taught-by-jesus-from-the-disappearance-of-the-universe-by-gary-renard/

 

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Happy Easter!

“During the Crucifixion, one of the Roman soldiers ran a spike through J’s (Jesus) wrist. He didn’t feel or show any pain. The soldier was indignant. He screamed at J and demanded, “Why don’t you feel any pain?” J looked at him calmly and said, “If you have no guilt in your mind, you cannot suffer.” The soldier became outraged at his inability to inflict pain on J, and stuck a spear in his side. It didn’t do the soldier any good, or have any effect on J.

At one point, with J nailed to the cross and with blood flowing down, he gazed lovingly over at his wife, Mary Magdalene, and she looked at him. As their eyes connected, a gentle smile came on both of their faces. They knew he had overcome death. He wasn’t a body in his mind. What he was couldn’t be killed by the world. It couldn’t even be hurt by the world! The spirit that he really was, which is no different than God, would go on forever. She was experiencing the same thing as J, and there was nothing anyone in the world could do to alter the truth that was within them.

That’s the message of the Crucifixion, or as J put it later in the Course, “Teach only love, for that is what you are. If you interpret the crucifixion in any other way, you are using it as a weapon for assault rather than as the call for peace for which it was intended.” (Love Has Forgotten No One: The Answer to Life, by Gary Renard)

Happy Easter Beloveds!  It is so important to actually understand what this day really celebrates.  Our level of expansion is reflected in our degree of understanding of this human experience.  Jesus is a story whose purpose is to free us from our misconceptions of “reality”.  Several of his teachings come to mind now – one is; be in this world – not of it.  Which actually means the only way to be free of it is to move through it.   Love your life and the ride is much more pleasant.  To hate it, get upset, or be angry is literally being mad (pun intended)!  It is resistance and as we know, what you resist, persists.  A confusion that often arises is that you must like all of your experiences and this is simply not true.  The fact is you will not like many of your experiences.  They are still good experiences.  The reason is up to you of course.  My opinion is we have experiences we don’t like because we need balance and it also expands the mind.  The deeper in illusion you are the more unpleasant experiences there are to be had.  Let go and allow yourself to rise up like a balloon rising up through consciousness!

On this day of Resurrection keep the above quote in mind and forgive your thoughts of dying!  Life is eternal!  No one ever dies, although the dream would have you thinking of it all the time.  Know that you have a body, but that you are not that body.  Nor are you the mind which thinks you are the body.  Be not attached to this world, but at the same time Love It!  Love every aspect and when the time has come we will be released from this dream to experience Eternity once again.

Sequoia Elisabeth 🙂

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ACIM and Gary Renard

“Beware of the temptation to perceive yourself unfairly treated.  In this view, you seek to find an innocence that is not Theirs but yours alone, and at the cost of someone else’s guilt.  Can innocence be purchased by the giving of your guilt to someone else?” (Jesus)

There’s a capital T in Theirs because what they really are is innocent Spirit, beyond the veil.  But if you perceive yourself as unfairly treated, then you’re making everything real, which makes the entire ego thought system of guilt real in your mind.  The only way to find your innocence is to get that it’s not real and forgive others for what they have not done in reality. And since it never happened, you can then think of them as being innocent.  That’s the way to have it for yourself.  Never forget that.  It’s the only way out.  (Gary Renard, 2013 p.108)

If you perceive yourself as unfairly treated,

then you’re making everything real.

Just one of many insightful quotes from Gary Renard’s new book Love Has Forgotten No One.  Of the many ACIM teachers out there Gary is by far the easiest to understand and thus the most effective.  He makes the course enjoyable as well as comprehensible.  Of course to fully understand this book, reading the other two are required, but then no one said being an ACIM student was easy.  It takes at least a year to do the daily lessons and in reality is will take the rest of your life to fully grasp and apply the teachings.  This is only if you are dedicated also.  This does not give you an excuse to skip it altogether though.  As is stated in the beginning of the textbook, “”This is a course in miracles. It is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary. Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum. It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time. The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance. The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.” (A Course In Miracles, 1996, p.2)

If you are not already a student I recommend reading Gary’s three books first and then doing the course or perhaps if you are dedicated you could do Gary’s books while you do the workbook daily lessons.  Just be warned, your life will never be the same again!  This is a good thing.

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

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