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December 30, 2015 Blog A Course in Miracles:  Lesson 364   A major emphasis of A Course in Miracles is that the body is NOT what we are.  The material body is immaterial consciousness projected into form.  Immaterial mind creates the dense physical.  Quantum physics is all but screaming this revolutionary truth.  Why have we not caught on? We have not caught on because we have been conditioned since birth to accept the assumption that we are physical creatures – biological machines with brains.   Generation after generation has passed down the undisputed conclusion that we are our bodies.  The mass media, family, friends, our culture reinforce the idea that the body is our only meaningful reality.  As we grow up, the indoctrination increases.  We are taught to be concerned with how the body is dressed, if it is healthy, how it should be housed.  We reward those with beautiful bodies.  We set standards for gender, color, height, and weight.  We are consumed with fear of illness and disease.  We literally spend every waking hour in service to the body and its perceived needs. Eventually we are taught a few metaphysical concepts in the form of religious beliefs.  In stories we are...
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December 29, 2015 Blog A Course in Miracles: Lesson 363   Author William Buhlman is an experienced out-of-body traveler. Based on over 40 years of experience, Buhlman describes consciousness as a form of non-physical energy extending its influence into matter through the use of biological vehicles. “All biological life-forms (including plant and animal life) are temporary cellular vehicles used by conscious energy for expression in a dense environment.” In other words, all biological life forms are, as A Course would say, “Holy Sons of God.”   William Buhlman is an explorer of inner reality, which he says is the birthplace of all reality. Our perception of the visible universe and our place in it is totally inaccurate. The universe in NOT the center of reality; it is only the outer crust, the thin epidermis layer of an inner realm of consciousness with multiple levels. Buhlman is convinced that the physical sciences are not equipped to explore the true nature of reality. As long as science confines its focus to the physical embodiment of consciousness, the inner reality from which all matter is derived will remain unrecognized.   Our future explorations of the physical world will move us inward. The creative power...
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December 28, 2015 Blog A Course in Miracles:  Lesson 362   Don’t let anyone tell you this work is easy.  Don’t listen to those who say it is nothing more than a brief escape from ‘reality.’  Try to remember this: the myriad of problems in this world will make every attempt to take precedence over this work.  There are a million ‘problems.’  They are the same problem in different form and they are diversions.  When you take up this work a thousand detours will appear, each one calling to you. At first, it will seem impossible not to listen.  There will be many times you will be drawn back.  You will ask yourself, “How can I perceive forgiveness in this world?” Over and over you will have the experience of seeing that the past is what hides forgiveness.  And you will realize that time itself is a detour and you will let it go.  Did anyone say this work was easy?   This work requires courage.  Even the people you love will hold you back, fearing your freedom could mean their loss.  It may take time for you to realize your freedom is theirs.  The thought of forgiveness itself will restrain you...
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December 27, 2015 Blog A Course in Miracles:  Lesson 361   Just about one year ago I made a commitment to myself.  I determined to take this year and write a daily blog on each of the 365 Lessons from the Workbook of A Course in Miracles. I never meant this blog to be anything special but if you have found anything it in, please know I am grateful.  It is not my job or intention to convince anyone of anything. The last five lessons of the Workbook are simple but their application is not the conclusion, it is only the beginning.    “This holy instant I would give to You. Be You in charge.  For I would follow You, Certain that Your direction gives me peace.”   This holy instant I would give to You.  In this NOW moment I connect with Source, and through this connection, all else as well.  I am the Child of God and shall remain so, independent of all my imaginings otherwise.   Be You in charge.  In every moment I have only two choices:  I can resist it or let it touch me.  Letting it touch me requires trust – not in my self...
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December 26, 2015 Blog A Course in Miracles:  Lesson 360   “Peace be to me, the holy Son of God. Peace be to my brother, who is one with me. Let all the world be blessed with peace through us.”   Peace be to me.  I am a 61 year-old woman but I am still a holy Son of God and so are you.   My dogs are holy Sons of God.  The 100 year-old pine in my back yard in a Holy Son of God.  My computer is a holy Son of God.  How delightful to know!   Peace be to my brother who is one with me.  Everything is my brother – male or female, human, or non-human – it’s all the same and that’s the point.  Everything is made of light and nothing is not me. Our group consciousness has created this entire world.  We are all in agreement with it.  How can I not be one with you and it?  Peace be to me and peace be to you.  The law of love knows no distinctions.   Let all the world be blessed with peace through us.  In holiness we were created.  In holiness we remain.  In Wholeness. ...
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