II. Revelation, Time and Miracles

This post is part of a series of Posts entitled Reflections from a Course in Miracles,

This second chapter, 7 pages into this book was the hook chapter for me, my first time through this book. I can tell you that the first 2 paragraphs perfectly describe my own awakening. When you get your first glimpse at the awesomeness that is the Universe and the Circle of Life and the truth to our parallel universe and the truth about how much power each of us has in this world, power of our thoughts, power of mind, Power of words and emotions. There is absolutely no way to describe the experience without sounding like a raving lunatic. There are no words to describe the enormity of it… even know, I struggle to find the words to explain…

If you haven’t yet had that first experience of sheer bliss and sheer knowing of the truth of the universe, keep meditating, its coming… back to that hook chapter, allow me to quote directly before I continue.

  1. “Revelation induces complete but temporary suspension of doubt and fear. It reflects the original from of communication between God and His creations, involving the extremely personal sense of creations, sometimes sought in physical relationships. Physical closeness cannot achieve it…”
  2. “Revelation is intensely personal and cannot be meaningfully translated. That is why any attempt to describe it in words is impossible….”
  3. “Awe should be reserved for revelation, to which it is perfectly and correctly applicable.”

This description of Revelation perfectly describes my own awakening. As I tried to describe to you above, There really are no words to describe what you suddenly inherently just know when you wake up.  There are many, many ways to find your path to enlightenment. I interpret the above lines to mean just that, when you catch that first complete but temporary glimpse of the world… there are no words to describe it….. except, maybe awe.

Since my very first glimpse, I have spent much time trying to get back there, to that place (although, it isn’t exactly a place), it is just a space in your mind, where time stops and you suddenly know everything you need to know. It’s like you look around and you are amazed at what you suddenly know. But, you dont realize that it is temporary, you arent going to remember it all, or you didnt know what you needed to know (The importance of setting an intention) and practicing meditation more and more, because the better you hone your skills, the more you practice, the more relaxed you are and the easier it is to access that place of knowing, that we sometimes call intuition, some call it God, some call it Ancestors, ghosts, aliens, I think it is all the same thing, it is all manifestations of energy and as said above, deeply personal. It is why those highly enlightened people, those that can mainline the divine, like and MichaelAngelo and Walt Disney and Homer and Hemmingway and Shakespear and Mozart and Socrates and for that matter told us stories and painted it into Allegory, because it is so profoundly deep that we recognize our little minds have no words to describe it all.

We humans have been plugging away at the truth for centuries. As things become common knowledge, our minds become capable of describing and comprehending the bigger concepts, like the quantum sciences.

Whew, got a little of track there… OK, so this chapter first seeks to define the difference between a revelation and a miracle. A miracle is something basically performed between two humans (one channeling the divine, or receiving from Christ, or performs magic) and the other one who is having difficulty recognizing their own divine self. Awe should be reserved for Revelation, because during Revelation (aka Enlightenment or Awakening, maybe “woke” for some of you) it such a deeply personal and profound experience understanding your true place in the world. On the other hand, a miracle is something that happens between “brothers” and therefore, awe, would subjugate you to your “brother”

“The miracle is a sign of love among equals. Equals should not be in awe of one another because awe implies inequality”

Written in the voice of Jesus Christ, son of God, the book next begins to explain that we the reader stand below Jesus Christ and he stands below God. Exactly as I described above, the truth is so enormous and difficult to comprehends, let alone explain that every single human who has reached spiritual enlightenment before us has used story and allegory to explain the truth to us. To explain to us that we are all energetic beings, that we truly create our lives with our thoughts, feelings and actions. I believe in some ways, that when the book says to us

In the process of “rising up,”  I am higher because without me the distance between God and man would be too great for you to encompass

the author or channel is telling us exactly what I just said. I am sure this will not be a popular opinion, but perhaps the Bible is just that, a collection of ancient stories telling us how to navigate our lives 2000 years ago.

The book tells us that miracles are not worthy of awe and he who performs a miracle is not to be worshipped. Yet I believe this is exactly what we have done, those highly enlightened individuals who perform miracles become saints. Perhaps even Jesus Christ and Buddha themselves were just highly enlightened people who mastered their emotions, who mastered their thoughts, their minds and their energy.

Bare with me, I know this might sound outrageous, but let me just keep highlighting a few more sentences.

I bridge the distance as an elder brother to you on the one hand and as a Son of God on the other. My devotion to my brothers has placed me in charge of sonship, which I render complete because I share it.  This may appear to contradict the statement, “I and my Father are one,” but there are two parts to the statement in recognition that the Father is greater”

with that, I shall leave the rest of the interpretation up to you… I would love to hear your thoughts!

Next post in this series III. Atonement and Miracles part 1

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I. Principles of Miracles

Right out the gate, the root of ACIM is in the Heart.  This first chapter establishes very firmly that all miracles are rooted in love and are therefore equal as all expressions of love are maximal.

“The only thing that matters is their Source, which is far beyond evaluation”

The verse goes on to say that it is not really the miracle itself that matters, but the love that causes the miracle to happen, as all miracles are that, an expression of love.

3″The real miracle is that love inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle”

4 All miracles mean life, and God is the giver of life. His voice will direct you very specifically. You will be told all you need to do.

33″Miracles honor you because you are lovable.”

35 “Miracles are expressions of love, but they may not always have observable events.”

40 “The miracle acknowledges everyone as your brother, and mine. It is a way of perceiving the universal mark of God.”

 

When we begin to view love as the real miracle, this makes miracles more accessible to the average person, opening up the slightest belief that we can all be capable of miracles in our own lives.

The first chapter goes on to tell us that miracles should be habit, they should not require thought, basically, because they are rooted in love (and essentially God), they should be natural, unconsciously occurring, by the direction of the divine.

The verse mentions purification as a necessary component, everyone has a right to miracles, but purification is necessary first.

Miracles are healing expressions of love which are always miraculous, again, this takes us back to miracles being synonymous with love and discuss the benefits to both the giver and the receiver in a charitable sense and chastises the use of miracles for spectacle.

Prayer is discussed as a medium or conduit of miracles, a means of communication with the creator. This implies that devout prayer (love of the creator) leads to some sense of accessibility to the creator, in that he will allow your hands to perform the expression of love or miracle as the case is.

11″Through prayer love is received, and through miracles, love is expressed.”

I find verse 12 particularly interesting in that while the material is very Christian in nature, and the authors to claim to be Christian, the concept in verse 12 is very “other” in nature. In all of my years in catholic school, I never once was led to believe that the every day man had the power to perform miracles, yet here, in Chapter one, in the Course in Miracles, I am feeling like miracles are very accessible. Verse 12 leaves me feeling more like I am reading a Tibetan text or an Ancient Chinese Medicine text or even verses from Hindu Vedas.

12″Miracles are thoughts. Thoughts can represent the lower bodily level of experience, or the higher or spiritual level of experience. One makes the physical, the other creates the spiritual”

For me, this verse ties Christianity for the first time, to the belief in an energetic body if you will. In Eastern Ideology, Thoughts create reality. Here in the first chapter of ACIM, we are learning that Thoughts are Miracles and Miracles are Love and Love is an expression of God through the hands of he who performs it (arguably the one who prays)

Verse 13 clues us into the circle of life, everything is a beginning and an ending. But, if we look back to verse 9, where we learned that the exchange of a miracle can reverse the physical laws and we refer back to verse 13 where we learn :

13″Miracles are both beginnings and endings, and so they alter the temporal order. They are always affirmations of rebirth which seem to go back but really go forward. They undo the past in the present, and this release the future.”

To me, this is stating that much like clearing blocked energy, these acts of love (called miracles) can undo the damage caused by mistakes in the past, thereby “changing the physical laws” and perhaps changing the course of the future. This idea almost reminds me of the purification process of a catholic confession. Once you have recognized your misgivings and spoken them in the confessional with repentance the sin is washed away and you are given a clean slate.

In this case however, miracles are not only those of forgiveness, but as we were shown in verse 8 Miracles also consist of being charitable.

8″Miracles are healing because they supply a lack; they are performed by those who temporarily have more for those who temporarily have less”

This idea is revisited in Verse 16, where we learn that miracles (Again, remember in this regard, we are talking about acts of love) are teaching devises for demonstrating that it is as much a blessing to give as to receive.

Time an again, we hear that giving to others less fortunate is nourishing to the soul. The fact that ACIM brings having a charitable heart to its introductory chapter emphases the importance to which it places charitable miracles on the spectrum of importance.

16 ” Miracles are teaching devices for demonstrating it is as bless to give as to receive. They simultaneously increase the strength of the giver and the receiver”

18″A Miracle is a service. It is the maximal service you can render to another. It is a way of loving your neighbor as yourself. “You recognize your own and your neighbors worth simultaneously”

In Verse 21 we are introduced to forgiveness as a means of miracles

21 “Miracles are natural signs of forgiveness. Through miracles you accept God’s forgiveness by extending it to others”

25 “Miracles are part of an interlocking chain of forgiveness which, when completed, is the Atonement. Atonement works all the time and in all dimensions of time”

27 A miracle is a universal blessing from God through me to all my brothers. It is the privilege of the forgiven to forgive”

Much of Chapter 1 discusses atonement, a means of forgiveness and cleansing, or wiping of clean of the slate (your mind) with untruths in preparation to receive the truths

25 “Miracles are part of an interlocking chain of forgiveness which when completed, is the Atonement. Atonement works all the time and in all the dimensions of time”

34 “Miracles represent freedom from fear. “Atoning” means “undoing” of fear as essential part of the Atonement value of miracles”

34″Miracles restore the mind to its fullness. BY atoning or lack they establish perfect protection from fear”

37″ A miracle is a correction introduced into false thinking by me. It acts as a catalyst, breaking up erroneous perception and reorganizing it properly. This places you under the atonement principle, where perception is healed. Until this has occurred, knowledge of the Divine Order is impossible.”

39″The miracle dissolves error because the Holy Spirit identifies error as false or unreal. This is the same as saying that by perceiving light, darkness automatically disappears.

42 “A major contribution of miracles is their strength in releasing you from your false sense of isolation, deprivation and lack”

44″The miracle is an expression of an inner awareness of Christ and the acceptance of His Atonement.”

49″The miracle makes no distinction among degrees of mis-perception. It is a device for perception  correction, effective quite apart from either the degree of the direction of the error. This is true indiscriminateness.”

Finally, it is important to recognize in this first chapter that miracles are described as some sort of awakening to the Holy Spirit

39 “The miracle dissolves error because the Holy Spirit identifies error as false or unreal. This is the same as saying that by perceiving light, darkness automatically disappears.”

41 Wholeness is the perceptual content of miracles. They thus correct for, atone for, the faulty perception of lack”

44″ The miracle is an expression of an inner awareness of Christ and the acceptance of his Atonement.

46″The Holy Spirit is the highest communication medium. Miracles do not involve this type of communication, because they are temporary communication devices. When you return to your original form of communication with God by direct revelation, the need for miracles is over.”

This first chapter of ACIM introduces us to the Miracle, a direct link with the Holy Spirit which allows for the truth to be seen and expressed through the hands of the believer in an effort to help another see the light.

As a non-Christian, I can certainly see where the messages of this book can quickly become lost in the doctrine and dogma of the Christian Faith.

However, if you are able to see the Holy Spirit and God in the terms you believe them, such as the Universal Power, Source, Spirit, or even your internal spirit, if you can just see past the terminology, you may be able to get the message from its content.

Many of the concepts as you will see, as we go through this Course, are closer in ideals to other studies like Buddhism and Hinduism. You will see in the course, where its authors try to dispel some of the Christian concepts of an angry, punishing higher power and get us to understand the concept of its study lies in pure unconditional love and rightful action, concepts that can be applied to every single religion, no matter which deity or deities you choose to believe in.

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Turning Dead Ends Into Doorways

I’ve spoken before about life changing books, I found it necessary to talk about this one and remiss for not having done so before. I first read this book a year ago, actually this blog probably never would have existed without this book. This book pulled me out of my long standing depression and made me start engaging in my own life again. Reading through this book again recently, I realize just how far my views have come since first reading this over a year ago and reading again has brought me even greater insight into the gifts of this book.

This book served as a beacon for me, lulling me out of the darkness in which I hid myself from the world. Staci taught me that I was defining myself by my depression and it held me down like an anchor to my past.

Staci was the first to convince me that I actually did have choices in my life and I could choose to let go to my victim roles. This is an idea I would revisit in Warrior Goddess Training and one I had visited many times in my past. It was Staci’s words that made me see the cycles and the ways lessons I did not quite get right before had come back to revisit me again until I valued the lesson that was presented.

As usual, I allow Staci to tell you about the philosophy behind her book, using her own words from the book.

“I offer a different kind of spirituality. A Spirituality that moves underneath positive or negative circumstances to help individuals develop the inner resources  they can access any time. A spirituality that applauds fiery questioning. A spirituality that cultivates personal truth to grow authenticity. A spirituality that forgives mistakes in order to learn. A spirituality that shows people how to trust and have faith even when what they think, believe, or sometimes experience makes no sense. Ultimately, facilitating exploration becomes a doorway for people to awaken consciousness and discover their own spiritual connection.”

“For me, the definition of spiritual does not necessitate a belief in GOd but does include a hunger for meaning: an urge to connect with something bigger than ourselves, which can happen through art, work, dance, prayer, cooking, conversation, mediation, parenting, hugging trees or practicing gratitude. ”

“I connect practical with the spiritual to help people find a point of balance between reality and the unknown mystery. Practical Spirituality holds that healing is journey as much as a destination”

Turning Dead Ends Into Doorways – Staci Boden

This is one of those books that will be ear-marked and highlighted and visited over and over again. This is one of those undervalued resources you should add to your library right away! Do Not miss out on the gifts of this precious read!

 

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Warrior Goddess Training

Occasionally, You come across a book that changes your life. I have been remiss in not writing about this one sooner. This is one of those books that just speaks to my soul, it is one of those books that helps me to connect the dots, somehow stringing together all of the rabbit holes I have crawled through as a seeker of answers, a student of knowledge.

A student of Toltec Wisdom, Heatherash Amara writes in a way that speaks to my heart and makes me too yearn for my warrior goddess self to shine.

It is one of those books you will want to buy for all of your best girlfriends, you will want to immediately surround yourself with your own Warrior Goddess Tribe.

In order to show you exactly what I mean about her words, I have decided to highlight a few for you here, to entice you to read the book for yourself and see.

I am so excited about this book and the two that follow that I have actually decided to become a certified Warrior Goddess Trainer so that I can offer this course to you in the very near future. In the meantime, visit he website and you can find some available classes now.

“Warrior Energy is a combination of Focus, dedication, purpose and determination. Consciously bringing these things together gives us our power. When we harness our warrior energy we are confident, clear and bring 100% of ourselves to each action.

Goddess Energy is our creative flow:Unconditional love, pleasure, passion, and wisdom. When we claim our goddess energy we live in joyful acceptance and self-respect, and we listen to our sacred inner voice.”

 

HeatherAsh guides her readers through clearing old energy and releasing our old stories in favor of our new Warrior Goddess Vibe!

“Warrior Goddess Training is about finding out who you really are and what you really want and armed with that knowledge, creating an external reality that authentically matches who you are on this inside.”

HeatherAsh Amara – Warrior Goddess Training

This journey of self-acceptance and claiming our personal power is a must read for all women who are feeling like there must be something more, if you are searching for more, trying to put your finger on what is missing, allow this book to show you a powerful journey to claiming your authentic self and creating your life with the knowledge of your souls’ purpose.

The Landscape of your mind

 

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Picture your mind… as the vast ocean, each thought.. a current that determines the tide.

Do you lull yourself to sleep at night like a lullaby lapping gently at the sandy shores of your sleep or does your mind rumble with undercurrents, tossing and turning below the surface?

Do the shores of your mind invite tranquility, with glassy-serene calm? Or do they rumble with dark clouds and thunder, brooding, threatening, judging?

Do your thoughts gently nudge you, like the sun peaking over your distant dark waters to welcome your day and brighten your rise in shine? Or do they rip you awake like a thunderous storm cloud in the middle of your bad dream?

What is the landscape of your thoughts? What do the horizons of your mind look like? What is the world you are creating for yourself?

There is a Buddhist saying:

Body like the Mountain

Heart like the Ocean

Mind like sky

If your emotions are the ocean and your thoughts the sky, are you creating rainbows or Tsunamis?

Who are your heroes?

Recently, a young lady has been all over media, popularized by her antics on the Dr Phil show. She is an obnoxious young lady with serious boundary and authority issues and needs a swift dose of what we in the military used to call wall to wall counseling.

Recently, I witnessed my kids checking out her antics, spreading like wildfire over social media, they are making this obnoxious young lady famous, popularizing her poor behavior. One story reports she will get her own tv show…. what is becoming of our society that we reward bad behaviour with money and fame while our teachers, cops and fire fighters barely make enough to get by and are publicly critized for anything other than sterling behavior.

It is a sad state of our society, it makes me sad that we accept this as ok.what do you think?