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I'm nostalgic, homesick Seeking for the place, I am Where is the love, I am Behind a façade I forgot again But forgetfulness is not a place, but a when If the moon is dark in time And the sun seems to have left the sky Where have I left the cord in the maze Wrong sequence, I left only riddels All seems easy, until time's painful embrace Where, when, how, am I so lost Pull me up from the ocean In which I can't see I should forgive the hook in my cheek Remind me, over and over of myself Fishes shine laying ashore Reflecting every light, but then pulled back by tide Somedays I wash up at my core
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.
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.
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.😘🥰❤️🌈🌸🌅🙏
Aarons & marks Workbook has been SO helpful in helping me get clear on the desires/needs I have. The idols I’ve made in my egos attempts to fulfill those desires/needs. And the feeling I think that these desires will bring me. I desire _______, so that I can have the feeling of______, and I have made this idol of _________, as an ego attempt to fulfill my desire I think Health & Safety are my greatest desires right now so that I can have the feeling of energy, strength, freedom & rest . The Idols have made over the last 35 yrs are too long to list! 😬😅 but I’m glad I can see them more clearly now ! Aaron & Mark are geniuses! If you haven’t checked out that Masterclass yet I HIGHLY recommend it !☺️🥰
Hi brothers and sisters! There is a practice from sadhguru that I really feel like sharing. He says that food is our compulsion, but eating can become a conscious process. Whenever meal is brought in front of you, wait for 2 minutes before beginning to eat, then eat slowly fully feeling and experiencing every moment and each bite. However, this serves highest benefit when you are starving, the hungrier, ther better. I've done this for a while and really it has transformed my perception and enhanced my self-control to a great degree. ✨
After a great discussion on the physics and metaphysics of "Love" this morning on our Watch Party, I asked our fearless leader @Aaron Abke to tackle the impossible question of "What is love?" and this was his response: "Love is ultimately impossible to define, because it manifests uniquely at every dimensional level of creation. Scientifically, love is what physicists call quantum entanglement. Entanglement is evidence of the fact that all is one. On the metaphysical level, love is the fact that everything is connected and exists in relationship. Love is natural law, on that level. But on the individual level love is the inner recognition of shared being, unity or oneness with another. It is not conceptual but felt intuitively/directly. Love is the fact that the Universe is One Being, and this fact can be felt at all levels of creation. It is a very fun and interesting question to ponder, ultimately impossible to answer though 😄"
I know a lot of people believe that Healing the body is either unimportant , impossible or not likely …. But this chapter gives me the impression healing the body is important and shows how to heal ourselves. I’m gonna share some ACIM quotes & some context first before I ask my question & share my struggle…. ACIM says: “ Damaged (sick) bodies are accusers” “ Accusation is a block against love (god)” “ damaged bodies stand firmly against trust in peace, Proclaiming that the frail can have no trust, and that the damaged can hold no grounds for peace” “ who has been injured by his brother, and could love and trust him still” “ how can I trust God if I am damaged and sick” I resonate very deeply with this and can totally see how the subconscious mind created this protector (or defense) in order to protect myself from further abuse. “Accusing” him as dangerous, unsafe, bad/wrong for the abuse & separating myself from him in order to find safety & get my joy /peace back I also can totally resonate with an inability to trust & love a “brother” whom I feel injured by So my question is…..how does one “trust” a brother whose been incredibly violent to you ? And I’m not just talking about someone who’s yelling & in rage…. I’m talking about someone who should probably be n jail…..Threatening to kill, hitting, kicking, choking, spitting on, terrorizing, stalking etc… And actually the WORST of the abuse was his use of God or ACIM concepts in order to try manipulate,control and dominate me. (The Physical abuse is way easier to overcome than the psychological/spiritual abuse) Constantly screaming & raging at me saying “we’re souls NOT human egos” (implying if I really loved him I wouldn’t be having any feelings about the abuse and I’d just be able to love him undconditionaly which in his mind is accepting & enduring the abuse) Saying “it’s in the past!” (Implying if I was more forgiving I’d get over it) when I say I don’t want to be treated in this way etc etc
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?
As a newcomer to LTC Ashram, let me say how refreshing it is to read heart-felt, sincere responses to questions, that if asked in another forum might make the questioner vulnerable and open to attack and/or ridicule. The LTC Community seems like a safe place to explore spirituality with like-minded, respectful souls on the same path. I am grateful to have joined and would like to thank the courageous people who pose their questions and statements, and to all those who provide helpful and encouraging comments. Each one of us is both teacher and student in this loving community. 😍
I’ve been listening to the audiobook From Anxiety to Love by Corinne Zupko and loving how supportive, soothing and rich in ACIM quotes it is. The latest thing she quoted from ACIM was “our mind is not in our body, our body is in our mind,” and bam just like that I got it. My power was handed back to me and ever since my inner dialogue with my body is totally different! 😊
In my “Christian days”, I remember reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis and connecting with it more than anything else I had read. As I read it again now, I wonder if he didn’t have more of an “awakened” view than I realized. Anyone else a CS Lewis fan?? See below: Many people today are seeking to know who they really are, but they are going about it in the wrong way. Only Jesus Christ can help us discover and become who we are meant to be. In his conclusion to Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis gives us the answer: The more we get what we now call “ourselves” out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become. There is so much of Him that millions and millions of “little Christs,” all different, will still be too few to express Him fully. He made them all. He invented—as an author invents characters in a novel—all the different men that you and I were intended to be. In that sense our real selves are all waiting for us in Him. It is no good trying to “be myself” without Him. The more I resist Him and try to live on my own, the more I become dominated by my own heredity and upbringing and surroundings and natural desires. In fact what I so proudly call “Myself” becomes merely the meeting place for trains of events which I never started and which I cannot stop. What I call “My wishes” become merely the desires thrown up by my physical organism or pumped into me by other men’s thoughts or even suggested to me by devils... Until you have given up your self to Him you will not have a real self. Sameness is to be found most among the most “natural” men, not among those who surrender to Christ. How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different are the saints. But there must be a real giving up of the self. You must throw it away “blindly” so to speak. Christ will indeed give you a real personality: but you must not go to Him for the sake of that. As long as your own personality is what you are bothering about you are not going to Him at all. The very first step is to try to forget about the self altogether. Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking at Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters.
1 Conflict must be resolved. It cannot be evaded, set aside, denied, disguised, seen somewhere else, called by another name, nor hidden by deceit of any kind if it would be escaped. It 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 and the truth can shine upon it as it disappears. 2 Father, forgiveness is the light You chose to shine away all conflict and all doubt and light the way for our return to You. No light but this can end our evil dreams. No light but this can save the world. For this alone will never fail in anything, being Your gift to Your beloved Son. ‐-------------------- All conflicts arise because the thinking mind sees what is not there. The thinking mind is convinced of these false images simply because of a stronger investment in not-Truth than Source Love. You are not this creation, but you see yourself and others as a product of not-Truth. This means that guilt, shame and blame easily arise because lack, loss and limitation become the definitive factor of all personal identity. Look at another and perceive to see what they have not done or defined by the errors of who they present to be. Look upon yourself and see the ‘not good enough’ and longings for more or different. Regret, judgment and attack becomes a constant cycle of self-abatement. In these patterns of perception, there is never Peace nor even simple acceptance. Who can trust in a companion who is eternally lacking, disappointing or worse yet disturbing? Of course no one can. This is why the vision and thinking mind need be changed, to simply see again- not through a vision of faults but through a willingness of possibilities. Notice there is not the call to see someone from ‘zero to hero,’ for this would not be equally productive. Only a false sense of trust or confidence there. Instead, allow yourself a simple “what if.” What if they were not the conclusion of the thinking mind’s judgments? What if there was another aspect to see here? What if you did not know their story or reasoning for doing or being who is perceived? This is the open door. This is the invitation to someone new. Maybe not yet a brother but possibly no longer an enemy. This tiny alternative commitment, of questioning the previous conclusion, is all you need for expanded peace of mind. Allow yourself to consider this change of mind, the simple what if, and any prior investment in guilt, shame and blame are at least reconsidered, at best gone. Rest with this now and see all possibilities. Love Is.