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"Brothers, this day is sacred to the world. Your vision, given you from far beyond all things within the world, looks back on them in a new light. and what you see becomes the healing and salvation of the world."
~A Course in Miracles OrEd.WrBk.164.6
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Our eNewsletter has been hosting a three part series, written by Robert D Sears [Bob], called "The Process of Learning". In the first segment, Bob described the four parts of learning. In the second segment, Bob continued with a discussion on the "World's" learning style. This month, in the last section, Bob discusses the eventual "Next Step" of ACIM.
The POEM this month is an excerpt from the book: "God I AM: From Tragic to Magic" by Peter O. Erbe in which we hear the call to awaken from our dream of fear and Know our True Reality.
Mark Stanton Welch is songwriter, performer and educator who has been inspiring people with his music for over 25 years. This issue introduces Mark to those who don't already know him and includes samples of his music.
Daniel Tipton's article for his DARE TO BE HAPPY series this month is "The Transformation of a Student of ACIM". In this article, Daniel shares his insights regarding the characteristic of TRUST in the Teachers of God as described in A Course in Miracles - Manual for Teachers.
The Question and Answer section this month by Bart Bacon, addresses two excellent questions: "What are the meanings of 'world' in ACIM? Why do ACIM students say that God did not make the world and that we made the world?"
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The Next Step
By ROBERT D SEARS
PART III in the series "The Process of Learning"
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This is the last in a three part series, "The Process of Learning"
So what is the next step? Very simply moving from Conscious Incompetence to Conscious Competence.
While I use riding a bicycle as my example, the shift I am working toward is the true awareness of who we are, why we are here, what we gain from that awareness and how to save ourselves, our loved ones, and our planet in the process.
If you read my Short BIO , you know that I love movies. One powerful movie I saw recently was "Alien Visitor", on streaming video from Netflix. It is not your typical UFO style, big eyes, little green man, alien visitor. In the movie, our 'visitor' is an attractive and intelligent woman who appears out of nowhere and makes contact with a surveyor in the Australian Outback. It is a fun and entertaining story if you choose to watch, but here is the essence.
She is here to bring certain things into the mindset of our Australian Surveyor whom I will call "Our Hero." She points out that we, as a species, have a level of intelligence that is less than that of a child. We live our lives in what I refer to as "Ostrich Syndrome." We totally ignore what we are doing to ourselves, our children, and our planet, simply because we choose to remain in denial, for to understand what we are doing would be considered criminal. We don't want to face that reality. We are totally Unconsciously Incompetent about what we are doing toward our own destruction at some time either in the near or distant future.
She asked of our hero, "Have you ever heard the term, intelligent species?", to which he responds in the positive, but she goes on to say, "Well you (inhabitants of Earth) are not one of them." She goes on to ask in another scene, "Do you think these trees chose to die?"
OK. Lest I seem to be climbing on an ecological soap box, what I am trying to point out is that sometimes we just choose to ignore what we are doing that is really killing us. We are so burdened with unconscious guilt over our actions that it is more tolerable to remain in total denial.
What I AM trying to get to is that this type of 'ignorance' also applies to things on a Spiritual level as well, and I am trying to introduce the idea that there is more we really need to learn about our True Being, our True Existence, and how THAT knowledge will allow us to 'heal all the wounds' we have caused to each other and to this planet we call our temporary home.
Earth is NOT our home. It is merely a place of learning...a school perhaps...but one we do need to go through, and learn all the prescribed lessons before we can return to our True Home. Our bodies are not even real, but tools with which we can see in the script of our lives, the characters in the movie we call our lives, all the things that need to be undone before we can truly appreciate What and Who we Are and what our Real place is in this Universe.
This is the essence of "A Course in Miracles" (ACIM). Being open to new ideas of who and what we are, will bring us from the point of Unconscious Incompetence, through the stages of Conscious Incompetence [understanding and seeing there is a lesson at hand], and with constant vigilance, focus and practice, through the stage of Conscious Competence ['seeing' the real solution], into Unconscious Competence.
In a spiritual sense, Unconscious Competence is reached when we practice perfect love, practical compassion, and understanding without judgment, during every moment of every day, totally without effort...without exception.
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This series or articles can be adapted for presentation in any venue on any subject of endeavor. Robert is available to direct workshops in this subject adapted to the particular audience. Contact us to arrange such a workshop at your location.
*Robert Sears has been a student of A Course in Miracles since 1990. He came to ACIM after years of following a very convoluted religious path, and sometimes refers to himself as a CathoBaptiMethoCostalScientist, which explains why some call him a Spiritual Mutt.
Bob experience the healing power of miracles by stopping two heart attacks in their tracks simply by applying a deep understanding of the content, meaning and values of Lessons 1 and 2 in the workbook. "All I needed to do was to realize the meaning I was giving to the symptoms of a heart attack were purely mine. I withdrew MY meaning...and poof!"
Bob is also familiar with several of the Eastern Philosophies but now finds himself most comfortable sharing and teaching ACIM. Bob is also a non-practicing Reiki Master preferring to focus entirely on the Course.
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Once led to engage in full time ministry as a Course teacher, Bob opted to become and independent non-denominational minister so that he could teach a pure version of ACIM without the need to satisfy any particular denominational tenets. Bob, originally from NY, now resides in Southern California where he teaches in churches and home settings. More on Bob can be found on his ACIM teaching web site.
GOD I AM
From Tragic to Magic
BY PETER O ERBE
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Brothers, awaken from your dream
There is no thing to fear
Life is not toil, nothing to get
For all that is, IS YOU.
And if you BE All-There-Is
Then you have ALL as YOU.
Stand straight, walk tall, discard your burdens, fly.
For fly you can,
But if you dream your wings be small,
How can you lift to heights where eagles soar?
Do not compensate your dream of lack
With things within the dream.
Your Being is your sustenance.
Do not disavow your heritage,
For it is yours to take.
Come, and leave your battlefields,
Their harvest is but fruits of fear
With further seeds of fear.
The ONE who loves you
More than you can love yourself,
Who knows you but as children
Having lost their way,
He calls you home.
He sees only innocence
Where you see guilt and sin.
Counsel not your dream for answers,
Cling to it no more,
For that is all you lose,
Just disenchantment, broken dreams.
Awaken now and dream no more!
*Excerpt from "God I AM: From Tragic to Magic" written by Peter O Erbe. "It is the purpose of this material to develop the magnificent tool of True Perception, with which we align ourselves for the birth into the dawn of a new day in creation, the Age of Love."
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Dare to Be Happy
By Daniel Tipton*
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The Transformation of a Student of ACIM
Section 4 of A Course in Miracles ~ Manual for Teachers describes the characteristics of God's teachers - that is, who we all inevitably become with the study of ACIM. The first characteristic is Trust. Under this sub-heading, a process is described that struck me because it seemed quite familiar to my own path. Since I've begun this study, I have realized a personal undoing and unfolding. I will relate what is said to my own experience.
Stage 1: "a period of undoing"
"First, they must go through what might be called 'a period of undoing.' This need not be painful, but it usually is so experienced. It seems as if things are being taken away, and it is rarely understood initially that their lack of value is merely being recognized." ACIM OrEd.Mn.4.5*
Prior to starting my study of ACIM, I had been in a not so healthy relationship for nearly five years. I knew it was not right for me yet I was too afraid to get out. I give ACIM credit for helping me have the courage to seriously question what I was doing. Three months into my study, I had a break-down one day. Things with my ex were really starting to bother me and I was literally on my knees at one point desperately asking God "what is going on?" and saying "this does not seem right but I don't know what to do." A week later, something drove me, as if I were being pushed, but I wasn't in fear, to tell her that we needed to end the relationship. It seemed fairly easy at first yet what followed was a period of painful, yet eye-opening self reflection.
What ACIM helped me with here was the realization that I don't perceive my own best interests. It taught me that I must come from a place of questioning and not knowing. Furthermore, it helped we realize the powerful enchanting ability of my own ego. Something from my early study gave me a knowing of what had to be done. It was what I needed in order to finally have the courage to undo a major part of my life. There have been other parts of my life that I've been undoing, but this was one of the first and perhaps the most significant to this point.
Stage 2: "a period of sorting out"
"Next, the teacher of God must go through a 'period of sorting-out.' This is always somewhat difficult because, having learned that the changes in his life are always helpful, he must now decide all things on the basis of whether they increase the helpfulness or hamper it." ACIM OrEd.Mn.4.6
This is certainly familiar to me. Over the last few years I've been trying to sort out what I would call the "big three": my relationship with my parents, my approach to relationships in general, and my occupation. ACIM has encouraged me to look hard at all of these and ask, "What is my purpose here?" or "What would God have me do here?" In the process, I've gained a lot of clarity on what I'm looking for in relationships and I'm starting to find the things in people that bring about holy relationships. I've also ...................
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*Daniel Tipton resides in Omaha, NE and is a member of the Course in Miracles Society. He is in his second year of the 2 year ACIM Ministerial Program offered by the Community Miracles Center and he is one of the founding members of the new Miracle Cell Men's Team.
Daniel attended the 2011 Annual ACIM Conference in San Francisco and is currently working on a masters degree in Counseling at UNO. He will be assisting at the 2013 ACIM Conference which will be held in Chicago. More Conference Information here
*ACIM Original Edition NOTATION:
OrEd.Tx.6.24 - Original Edition, Text, Chapter 6, paragraph 24
OrEd.WkBk.186.4 - Original Edition, Workbook, Lesson 186, paragraph 4
OrEd.Mn.4.5 - Original Edition, Manual, Section 13, paragraph 7
Questions Regarding the Teachings of ACIM
QUESTION: What are the meanings of "world" in ACIM? Why do ACIM students say that God did not make the world and that we made the world?
ANSWER: Over my years as an ACIM student, I've gained the impression that the word "world" is one of the most misunderstood words in A Course in Miracles. It's also one of the most common words in ACIM.
In order to check on how common the word "world" is in ACIM, first I searched my mind for words that embody key themes in ACIM, and then I used the search engine at the CIMS website to see how many times those words occur in the Original Edition.
My results were:
miracle 687 hits
God 592 hits
see 513 hits
mind 455 hits
world 406 hits
love 404 hits
thought 376 hits
perce 356 hits (for perception and perceive)
think 346 hits
Holy Spirit 226 hits
forgiv 212 hits (root of all forms)
heal 198 hits (root of both heal and health)
Christ 130 hits
So "world" is in fifth position, ahead of "love", "thought", "perception" plus "perceive" plus all of their derivatives, ahead of "heal" plus "health" plus all of their derivatives, and ahead of both "Holy Spirit" and "Christ".
I think that "world" presents unique problems to ACIM students. Jesus uses several different definitions of the word. Even to the extent that we can identify the multiple definitions, he uses the word loosely within those definitions, with different shades of meanings in different places. The problem with "world" is particularly important because when we encounter the concept that "we make the world" and "God did not make the world", our spiritual growth as ACIM students will be impaired if we attach the wrong meaning to "world" in that context.
There are at least three definitions of "world" that are immediately apparent, both in ACIM and in common usage. Once we realize that Jesus is using the word with different meanings in different places and then start focusing on the meaning of "world" each time he uses it, we realize that there are even more meanings of "world" in ACIM.
One of the three most obvious meanings of "world" is the collection of all the souls that are experiencing separation. Examples of this meaning can be found at Lesson 319. The title is "I came for the salvation of the world." Within the lesson we read "What aim but the salvation of the world could You have given me?" According to the search engine at the CIMS website, "save the world" occurs twenty-one times, and "salvation of the world" occurs 23 times. ACIM makes it clear that God created all of us, so the meaning of "world" as "all the souls that are experiencing separation" is not the operative meaning of "world" when we encounter the concept that "we make the world" and that "God did not make the world".
A second of the three most obvious meanings of "world" is...
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* Bart Bacon received a BA in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. He served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and was the founder and president of a money management firm. He has studied the ancient teachings of Jesus since his youth. He first encountered ACIM in 1977 as a freshman in college when a friend loaned him the Manual for Teachers and has studied the course continuously since 1985. He has been an active participant in and supporter of the ACIM movement with particular emphasis on supporting translation of ACIM into other languages.
Guidance from Elder Brother
As Received and Transcribed by Sun~Rose
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"The Still Small Voice of Calm"
TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE: In His Guidance, He has asked Me to capitalize the pronouns You and We as an acknowledgement of the Divinity of All of Us, an acknowledgement of Equality, an expression of His Love and respect for You.
When You see the word 'YOU' capitalized in the Guidance, know that He is not just speaking to YOU, He is honoring YOU.
"Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire, Thou still small Voice of Calm."1
"And o'er earth's troubled angry sea I see Christ walk, And come to me, and tenderly, Divinely talk."2
Belov�d Brothers and Sisters, those of You who are working with the daily Lessons from A Course In Miracles, and those of You who aren't, I trust You are understanding the purpose of these Lessons, which is to encourage You to make no decisions by Yourself, on Your own, but rather to Join with Me, the Father, Your Guide, or the Holy Spirit. And let Us Guide You. Our Guidance is the "journey without distance" that brings You back Home to Life, to Love, to Heaven.
The only "distance" would be the unwillingness to Join, to Listen, and be Guided. The "journey" is the mental movement from unwillingness to willingness. To open up Your mind's eye to see the Truth, the Love right where You are.
Centuries ago I was quoted as saying: "Search the Scriptures, for in them You think You have eternal Life, and they are they which testify of Me." (John 5:39) In other words, prophesy Me.
What I was really saying was that in studying the same Scriptures as I, You too are able to overcome death and find eternal Life right here and now.
And because it was not understood, this mistaken teaching has kept Me on a pedestal as Someone 'special', and stopped You from healing as I did, and overcoming death as I did. And as long as You keep choosing to die, You keep staying in the dream till You make a different choice. This choice is what We call Awakening. And Heaven stands waiting, longing for Your Homecoming. Each One of You is so important to God, Our loving Father-Mother.
1 John Greenleaf Whittier
Dear Lord and Father of (Us All),
Forgive our foolish ways!
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.
In simple trust like theirs who heard
Beside the Syrian sea
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow Thee.
O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee
The silence of eternity
Interpreted by love!
With that deep hush subduing all
Our words and works that drown
The tender whisper of Thy call,
As noiseless let Thy blessing fall
As fell Thy manna down.
Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.
2 Christ My Refuge
O'er waiting harpstrings of the mind
There sweeps a strain,
Low, sad, and sweet, whose measures bind
The power of pain,
And wake a white-winged angel throng
Of thoughts, illumed
By faith, and breathed in raptured song,
With love perfumed.
Then His unveiled, sweet mercies show
Life's burdens light.
I kiss the cross, and wake to know
A world more bright.
And o'er earth's troubled, angry sea
I see Christ walk,
And come to me, and tenderly,
Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock,
Upon Life's shore,
'Gainst which the winds and waves can shock,
From tired joy and grief afar,
And nearer Thee, -
Father, where Thine own children are,
I love to be.
My prayer, some daily good to do
To Thine, for Thee;
An offering pure of Love, whereto
God leadeth me.
(Poems by Mary Baker Eddy, pp. 12, 13)
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