Sunday, January 24, 2010

Transforming Hearts and Minds

Transforming Hearts and Minds


THE NIGHTMARE:

The Ego's picture of you - "The picture you see of yourselves is deprived, unloving and very vulnerable. You CANNOT love this. Yet you can very easily escape from it, or better, leave it behind. You are not THERE, and that is not YOU." T-7.VII.3.2


- "The ego’s goal is quite explicitly EGO AUTONOMY. From the beginning, then, its PURPOSE is to be separate, sufficient unto itself, and independent of any power EXCEPT ITS OWN. This is WHY it is the symbol of separation." T-11.V.4.4


THE HAPPY DREAM:

The way God sees you - "YOU are the work of God, and His Work is wholly lovable and wholly loving." T-1.III.2.3


"You are altogether irreplaceable in the Mind of God. ...You CANNOT replace the Kingdom, and you cannot replace YOURSELF. God, Who KNOWS your value, would not have it so, and so it is NOT so. Your value is in GOD’S Mind, and therefore not in yours alone. To accept yourself as God created you cannot be arrogance because it is the DENIAL of arrogance. To accept your littleness IS arrogant because it means that you believe YOUR evaluation of yourself is TRUER than God’s." T-9.VIII.10.1


CAN YOU IMAGINE...?

"Can you imagine what it means to have no cares, no worries, no anxieties, but merely to be perfectly calm and quiet all the time? Yet that is what time is for; to learn just that and nothing more." T-15.I.1.1


"You will first DREAM of peace, and THEN awaken to it. Your first exchange of what you made for what you want is the exchange of nightmares for the happy dreams of love. In these lie your true perceptions, for the Holy Spirit corrects the world of dreams, where ALL perception is. Knowledge needs NO correction. Yet the dreams of love lead UNTO knowledge. In them you see nothing fearful, and BECAUSE of this they are the welcome that you OFFER knowledge." T-13.VII.9.1


"In your [holy] relationship, the Holy Spirit has gently laid the real world; the world of happy dreams, from which awaking is so easy and so natural. For, as your sleeping and your waking dreams represent the same wishes in YOUR mind, so do the real world and the truth of Heaven join in the Will of God. The dream of waking is easily transferred to its reality. For this dream comes from your will, JOINED with the Will of God." T-18.II.9.4


"The holy instant, your holy relationship, the Holy Spirit’s teaching, and all the means by which salvation is accomplished... are all but aspects of the plan to change your dreams of fear to happy dreams, from which you waken easily to knowledge. Put yourself not in charge of this, for you cannot distinguish between advance and retreat. Some of your greatest advances you have judged as failures, and some of your deepest retreats you have evaluated as success." T-18.V.1.3


"Happy dreams come true, NOT because they are dreams, but only because they are HAPPY. And so they must be loving. ...

It is no dream to love your brother as yourself. Nor your holy relationship a dream. All that remains of dreams within it is that it is still a SPECIAL relationship. Yet it is very useful to the Holy Spirit, Who HAS a special function here. It will become the happy dream through which He can spread joy to thousands on thousands who believe that love is fear, not happiness." T-18.V.4.1


"Vision is the means by which the Holy Spirit translates your nightmares into happy dreams; your wild hallucinations that show you all fearful outcomes of imagined sin into the calm and reassuring sights with which He would replace them. These gentle sights and sounds are looked on happily, and heard with joy. They are HIS substitutes for all the terrifying sights and screaming sounds the ego’s purpose brought to your horrified awareness. They step AWAY from sin, reminding you that it is NOT reality that frightens you, and that the errors which you made can be corrected." T-20.VIII.10.4

Monday, January 18, 2010

The structure of psyche in A Course in Miracles






Monday, January 18, 2010 — 8 pm EST
Live online discussion on ACIM Chat


Class notes

In our picture of the psyche, there is an unconscious level, which properly consists ONLY of the miracle ability ... and a conscious level, which perceives or is aware of impulses from both the unconscious and the superconscious. These are the sources of the impulses it receives. Consciousness is thus the level of perception, but NOT of knowledge. Again, to PERCEIVE is NOT to know.

Consciousness was the first split that man introduced into himself. He became a PERCEIVER rather than a creator in the true sense. Consciousness is ... the domain of the ego. ... the ego is NOT the self... AND A crucial source of the ego's off-balance state is its lack of discrimination between impulses from God and from the body.

Everything that man creates has energy because, like the Creation of God, they (it) come FROM energy... Miscreation is still a genuine creative act ... To deny this is merely the previously mentioned fallacy of depreciation. AND .the individual.BELIEVES in what he has created in his unconscious.

The ability to perceive made the body [a means to see separate selves] possible... The superconscious, which KNOWS, could not be reconciled with this loss of power, because it was incapable of darkness [LIMITED ability to see]. This is why it became almost inaccessible to the mind, and entirely inaccessible to the body. [The superconscious cannot limit its Vision of the whole to the limited vision of the physical eye.]

Miracles come from the subconscious (below conscious) level. Revelations come from the above conscious level. The conscious level is in between and reacts to either sub- or super-conscious impulses in varying ratios. AND ...every level has a creative potential...

The mind is a very powerful creator, and it never loses its creative force. It never sleeps. Every instant it is creating, and ALWAYS as you will. AND The truth is there ARE no idle thoughts. ALL thinking produces form at some level.

Perception ALWAYS involves some misuse of will, because it involves the mind in areas of uncertainty. The mind is very active because it has will-power. When it willed the Separation it willed to perceive [i.e., NOT know = hide]. Until it chose to do this, it willed only to know. Afterwards, it had to will ambiguously, and the only way out of ambiguity IS clear perception.

[Knowledge] can always be REMEMBERED. This is not a literal remembering as much as a re-membering.

INSTRUCTIONS: The purpose of this course is integration.

The levels which man created by the Separation are disastrous. They cannot BUT conflict. ...one is essentially meaningless to another... They were conflict-prone by definition, because they wanted different things and obeyed different principles [uncertainty of values created a hierarchy of needs = Maslow].

Separation from God is the only lack he really needs to correct. But his Separation would never have occurred if he had not distorted his perception of truth, and thus perceived himself as lacking. The concept of ANY sort of need HIERARCHY arose because, having made this fundamental error [that he was lacking in ANY way], he had already fragmented himself into levels with DIFFERENT needs. As he integrates, HE becomes one, and his ONE need becomes one accordingly. Only the fragmented can be confused about this.

...nothing is difficult that is WHOLLY DESIRED. To desire wholly is to CREATE... AND ...unified perception ...parallels God's knowing.

The Separation HAS occurred. To deny this is merely to misuse denial. However, to concentrate on error is merely a further misuse of legitimate psychic mechanisms. The true corrective procedure, which has already been described as the proper use of the spiritual eye (or true vision), is to accept the error temporarily, but only as an indication that immediate correction is mandatory. This establishes a state of mind in which the Atonement can be accepted without delay.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Carmen's Thrusday night ACIM class


Tonight!  Miracle Thursday

Date: January 7, 2010

Presenter: Rev. Carmen M. Cameron
Meeting: 7:30 to 9:00 pm, Eastern time U.S.

Limited to 20 online


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