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November 29, 2015 Blog A Course in Miracles:  Lesson 333   A sign of higher consciousness is the ability to hold two or more conflicting ideas at once and know the truth of each.  What resolves conflict is not intellectual prowess but wisdom born of love.    Wisdom knows conflict cannot be avoided, evaded, called by another name, or hidden by deceit of any kind, if it is to be escaped.   Wisdom does not fear conflict in the least.  It knows each opposing view must be seen “exactly as it is, where it is thought to be, in the reality which has been given it, and with the purpose that the mind accorded it.  For only then are its defenses lifted.” Conflict is always born in defense of fear – usually fear of scarcity.  “If you win, I must lose something.” “Your gain puts my survival at risk.”  “You do not deserve.”  “Your freedom will imprison me.”  “Your will expressed means mine must be contained.”  “I cannot trust.” “I will regret it later if I give up now.” These are the kind of thoughts that must be brought to light.  But shame and guilt too often keep them hidden away, evaded,...
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November 28, 2015 Blog A Course in Miracles:  Lesson 332   “Fear binds the world.  Forgiveness sets it free.” The ego makes illusions of fear and an unquestioned mind believes in every one of them.  Who is it that is afraid?  “I” am.  “I” who lives alone and vulnerable in “my” little body, separate and isolated from all other life.  It “I” who needs preservation and defense from all the other “I’s” who also believe they are separate and alone. We worship the ego.   We love our separation.  We wallow in our specialness and want it even as it causes us to live in dreams of isolation.  You are you.  And I am I. It is impossible that we could share a mind.  And if we could, I would never want you to see what it is mine.  Nor would I be able to stomach what might be in yours.  The grand illusion that it is desirable to be an “I” is the source of all our fear.  It is the “I” that needs control over “my” own life.  It is the “I” who lives in “my” body that must be defended against weather, time, illness, and death.  Every single thing...
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November 27, 2015 Blog A Course in Miracles: Lesson 331   Today we begin a new set of lessons under the rubric “What is the Ego?” In traditional psychotherapy “balanced” ego development is viewed as a necessary component of the psyche. Ego is a "natural" part of all healthy personalities.   A Course in Miracles takes a totally different view; there are no "healthy" egos because the ego is an aspect of the Self that has split from the Reality of Oneness. Ego has lost all sense of consciousness beyond the body. In fact, the body is the symbol of the ego: vulnerable, separated from other bodies, from God, and never far from fear and pain.   The ego is incapable of recognizing the foundation of all existence, which is Oneness with the Creator. The ego is not healthy but it is insane. It lives in a fantasy world of its own creation – which is more like hell because separation from the Creator is intolerable.   ACIM tells us our true nature is egoless. It is conflict-free and knows no fear. It does not associate itself with form because it knows form is merely a creation of mind. Why fear...
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November 26, 2015 Blog A Course in Miracles:  Lesson 330 “ I will not hurt myself again today.” Forgiveness is unknown in Heaven where the need for it is inconceivable.  In this world, however, it is the way out of the illusion of separation.  Make no mistake, the illusion of separation breaks all the laws of higher ‘dimension’, for above our ‘dimension’ Oneness is readily apparent.  Forgiveness means looking past mistakes.  It is an act that frees both the forgiver and the hostage.  The experience of forgiveness is a direct way of knowing yet another fundamental law: What I would receive I must give and what I give I ALWAYS receive.  The world we live in now seems to break every rule of decency.  Not much need be said here because its apparent decline into chaos is there for all to see.   But rather than bemoan what appears to be inevitable, it is time to quietly stand up and live in the peace we seek.  What this means is simple:  know the test of truth.  Does your thinking bring you healing?  Do your thoughts speak to peace and understanding or are they words of separation and despair? Only you can deprive...
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November 25, 2015 Blog A Course in Miracles:  Lesson 329   “I have already chosen what You Will.”   Today we are reminded our sense of time is a perceptual illusion.  We are asked to open ourselves to a world we cannot yet see, but which has more significance than the one we accept as real.    “As you look upon yourself and judge what you do honestly, you may be tempted to wonder how you can be guiltless.  Yet consider this: You are not guiltless in time, but in eternity.  You have “sinned” in the past but there is no past.  Always has no direction.  Time seems to go in one direction, but when you reach its end it will roll up like a long carpet spread along the past behind you, and will disappear.  As long as you believe the Son of God is guilty you will walk along this carpet, believing that it leads to death.  And the journey will seem long and cruel and senseless, for it is.”   I’ve underlined my favorite parts.  But the key is this:  Always has no direction.  The laws with which Source created us exist beyond our laws of physics.  Our...
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