1 Forgiveness is a choice. I never see my brother as he is, for that is far beyond perception. What I see in him is merely what I wish to see because it stands for what I want to be the truth. It is to this alone that I respond, however much I seem to be impelled by outside happenings. I choose to see what I would look upon, and this I see and only this. My brother's sinlessness shows me that I would look upon my own. And I will see it, having chosen to behold my brother in its holy light. 2 What could restore Your memory to me except to see my brother's sinlessness? His holiness reminds me that he was created one with me and like myself. In him I find my Self, and in Your Son I find the memory of You as well. ---------------- The conflict felt, every conflict, is an uneasiness with acceptance of Love. Therefore, any conflict or choice to see ego over Source is to deny the Truth of Your Self. It is to choose separation over and over again. In the process of learning this Course, many a student will say, “but how am I held accountable for a choice that I myself did not make?” In other words, why is God allowing me to dream of separation from Him? The Truth is that God is not initiating. God knows Only the Truth of His Creation. While it is His Creation that temporarily is dreaming by not realizing their Self. The choice is not from a distant past as much as the choice lingers in the present by seeing shame, blame and guilt in the ones perceived to be not of you. The choice for separation occurs in every judgment, conflict, upset, word, irritant, war, and instant when you do not see your companion as your Self. This is the choice, relived again and again in a myriad of ways, through warped justifications and means. So you may ask, how then am I to forgive everyone? Start by forgiving your self. Start by being daring to admit your own failure to See Love here and now. Why focus on the splinter in another’s eye when the beam is in your own? Sound familiar? Ask yourself, why am I unable to see the better intentions in the ones who stand near me? I am not asking for the beginning to be a focus on global affairs; but on the one who seems to bestow you the practice in smaller irritations and upsets. These “sins” will be the easiest to let go. For example, the one who speeds, the one who drives too slow, the one who gives you ‘that look’ or shares with you ‘that opinion,’ etc.
To see your Brother's sinlessness is to See your Own. The act of forgiveness is about recognizing where in your thinking mind you wish to place your value. If in ideas of blame, shame and guilt or lack, loss and limitations, this is the measure that will rule your mind and be seen all about you in form. To forgive, or more plainly, to choose again from an alternative measure - one of inclusion, Love, understanding, patience, kindness, willingness to see differently... you are instructing the thinking mind to know another opportunity. This new opportunity is one of increased Peace and Joy. Forgiveness is not as much as removing the global occurrences of form; but of choosing to place one's definition and day to day awareness or interactions in a Self beyond these occurrences. Here, from this Perspective, Peace flows more freely through a mind welcoming another way.
When my partner died 3 years ago, he left with me our child, Spencer, a Himalayan cat with a true soul consciousness. From my crying back then and his dad's disappearance, he developed stress asthma, and has had to have daily Prednisone and and an Albuterol inhaler ever since. His breath is growing weaker this past month. I fear I may loose him and that will be soul-crushing. Wish I had the ability like @Aaron Abke to blow life into his lungs. He's just as precious as a June bug to me. Please send prayers from the Ashram.
Sending comfort and peace during this challenging experience. I have many animal companions in my home and know how each gives unconditional love (except for when wanting food). Do know that the Love we give is never lost - whether in form or Content.
“²The ego always speaks first. ³It is capricious and does not mean its maker well. (ACIM, T-6.IV.1:2-3)” I’m reminded of this quote during experiences presenting as antagonizing a stress response. The thinking mind enjoys being a spin-artist of endless suggestions about why a stimulus is wrong and should be judged. The thinking mind thrives on guessing and surmising all the ways that a situation or other person involved “could have or should have [insert guilt or blame] which definitely means [insert terrible effects].” I find it interesting when I consciously take the minute to pause and listen to what the thinking mind is ‘telling’ me. Listening from a neutral stance allows for the opportunity to observe and then ask questions of the ‘witness.’ Sitting in a neutral space, taking on the role of a message detective can be helpful in that we then have a buffer of open observation to simply see again. I picture myself lovingly looking at the ego, as if it sits in a chair across the table from me, “Okay, so what you are saying is that I should conclude by [this experience] happening that I’m [sad, angry, lonely, attacked…]” “Tell me though” I respond, “if I did what you suggest, what would I gain?” Then I wait. In most cases I don’t receive a logical response. The chaos 'heard' is usually more hyped up suggestions on why me feeling bad or angry about the situation is somehow perceived as purposeful at least and vindicated at best. Silly, silly ego! It tries sooo damn hard! Sometimes instead the ego is seen as a simple raving vocalization of staccato like accusations or judgments, rattling away with thought after thought in definite conclusions, barely taking a breath, only wishing for me to feel negative. This too can be observed for what it is… insanity. I’m so grateful to have ACIM teach me to take a tiny step of willingness to ask “What is this for?” Here, the tiniest bit of chosen space can lead to a vastness of impenetrable Peace of mind.
@Dennis Goodrich I want to laugh at this thought because I tell myself... he simply doesn't know my own thinking mind because he does not live in it! Oh the chaos!! LOL! However instead of denying this blessing, I will simply say, Thank you - for this does help me recognize Me more and more! 🥰
The Course states "conflict is the root of all evil." Ouch and whoa. Yet, as I consider this and take the message deeper, I recognize its accuracy. Might even say 'conflict is the root of all ego!' Even if our conflict is not external in form, the very thought that we are not as God Created is enough internal conflict to lead to the projection of an entire world and a perception of lack, loss and limitation within or all about. Enough of this foolish thinking! Call attention to the ways the thinking mind justifies conflict and we are able to step back away from it.
My purpose is not to fix anyone. That requires judgment and separation. A separation from others and the beauty the moment would reveal to us. My purpose is to appreciate them. Not just a quaint appreciation about a separate individual being imagined from my past memories arising. Rather, a deep soul penetrating appreciation that my openness with what is allows us to expand into an all encompassing timeless connection with existence. An appreciation that expands effortlessly into a timeless embrace with creation just as it is. In this appreciation individuals with problems dissappear and are replaced with the truth of who they are. Now I am coming from true understanding. From this place I am capable of loving everyone all at once. And from this place anything is possible. This is our true identity. I appreciate you now as the gift of grace that you are to the world. Can you see that anything telling you otherwise is a lie?
The desire to fix is the choice to see lack, loss and limitation- for who but the lacking would need correction? This desire is rational when seen with the eyes of the world, and so to recognize another way is to realize Wholeness beyond the world and conditions seen. The thinking mind will scream that this is apathy and insensitivity. However, Guidance will say to simply rest, accept and trust. The Love you can give will be shown you once the sight of lack and fear is released.
1 I will not wait another day to find the treasures which my Father offers me. Illusions must be vain and dreams are gone, even while they are woven out of thoughts that rest on false perception. Let me not accept such meager gifts again today. God's Voice is offering the peace of God to all who hear and choose to follow Him. This is my choice today. And so I go to find the treasures God has given me. 2 I seek but the eternal. For Your Son can be content with nothing less than this. What then can be his solace but what You are offering to his bewildered mind and frightened heart, to give him certainty and bring him peace? Today I would behold my brother sinless. This Your Will for me, for thus will I behold my sinlessness. -------------------- What would you rather have be: the Peace of God or anything but? Sounds silly to ask, and believe this or not, this is the only question to be answered in every moment. The Peace of God is always and all ways with You. That is in essence the Good News. No matter what the thinking mind wishes, this Ultimate Reality can only be denied for just so long. Where God does not, will not, intervene, due to The Love Held for You, He need not ntervene due to Ultimately the Love You have for You. Even You are capable of Seeing another way and can tolerate this playful imagining for just so long. God knows Your wish and sets You free because He Knows You cannot but return to Thee. As long as linear time and space are the measuring rod, the distance will feel too great to surpass. But again, more Good News, the journey is made in an instant! You do not cross eons of ills and sufferings with solely the longing in your heart to awaken. You Simply Be, committed to the Truth As You Are and poof! Tadah!! Funny yes?! While equally joyful. Therefore have faith my Friend, You are not lost to this tiny thinking mind of insanity and have been left comfortless. In all areas of confusion, merely close your eyes, quiet your heart and reach out to the Peace beyond all understanding. See Thee here like a hand grasping out for you from the darkness. A lifeboat in a tossed and tumultuous sea. See the choice to See and See nothing else. Here Peace becomes your Soul commitment and Pure Awareness. Yes… yes You can. Breathe and let This Be. Love Is.
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@Kelly Bedient welcome! There are many online resources for A Course in Miracles. I posted an article on here with some of my favorites after more than 25 years of experience. I would recommend beginning with the clarification of terms and the lessons. While many seek to practice one lesson a day, the instructions say to only NOT do more than one lesson a day, which means take your time, be gentle with yourself and allow for Holy Spirit to guide you.
Here we recognize that the only conflict existing is our mistaken identity of not seeing Ourselves as God Created. When we return to Seeing the Truth of Our Self and the Entirety of Creation, all conflicts disappear and only Love Is.
Every thought you think has an opportunity to free you. This is not about what is happening around you as much as what is happening within you. Notice how interpretation is the starting point from every thought, leading then to reaction in emotion and behavior. Stop the cycle at its source. Notice how the thinking mind spits out a thought and with intention for either projection of peace or punishment, interpretation occurs. Notice this very actual choice and the control returns to you. Ask to learn the messages behind the fears that are felt and you will learn where each forgiveness opportunity is awaiting you. Love is.
Sitting here writing this from inside the emergency room of my dad's local hospital. He was found on the floor today with a change of mental status. So far, his body seems okay for a 92 year old while they try and sort out why he has had the change in cognition. Nonetheless, I decided to write on here because I continue to find how a committed mind can continue to experience the benefits of awareness. I enjoy observing these benefits. For example, while 4 hours away this morning and conversing with first responders only by phone, I could have been panicked, frustrated, anger, sorrow, etc. That said, instead, I felt a sense of trust and comfort, clear-headedness and compassion. I do work in the healthcare field, so one could easily attribute the response to this experience. However, I'm willing to say the Course was there with me. A choice to "see Peace instead" is always available. The willingness to stay in the now rather than project into worrying, is a choice that be made endlessly when we want to see a better way. As I continue to sit here, in the bustling hallways of a very crowded emergency room because there aren't enough rooms available, I could feel frustration and exasperated or simple acceptance and patience. Living the Course has taught me - there is always a choice between ego and Source. The rules of decision tell me to be willing to ask again when I at least see that I don't like the results of what I'm perceiving. I'm grateful for the opportunity to forgive and make the Choice for God.
The world asked asks, but one question. It is this; of these illusions, which of them is true? Which one establishes peace and offer joy? And which can bring escape from all pain of which the world is made? Whatever form the question takes its purpose is the same. It asks, but to establish sin is real and answers in the form of preference. Which sin do you prefer? That is the one you should choose. The others are not true. What can the body get that you would want the most of all? Thus is all questioning within the world, a form of propaganda for itself! May we all think upon this today and choose again.😘🥰❤️🌈🌸🌅🙏
@Daniyal Raza My brain had to simplify all the 'big words' 😆🤣. How about: "Nothing can compare to Your Highest Purpose. To align yourself with any other idea than Your True Self is a simple attempt to lessen Your Source."
@Daniyal Raza for me I can tell who (so to speak) is leading the way by the companions of the thoughts. If there is any hint of shame, blame, guilt, anxiety, fear, lack, loss, limitation, defense or upset - it is based in not-Truth. Even if the mind dares to renounce the possibility of peace, internally or externally. If there is simple Peace, acceptance, willingness and understanding to listen or joy (not smug joy at the expense of another's sorrow) but free joy felt for all, it is Source. The ego needs vindication, needs comparison or separation. The ego thrives on judgment and not-good-enoughness. See these and see the mistaken identity for what it is.