ACFIP Newsletter 
Issue 54  September 2017
Quarterly Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Inner Peace

Michael Dawson
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A Course in Miracles Material

* The Ego's World - Part 3 of 3 by Michael Dawson.
Q. Since all sickness is a projection of the mind's guilt, 
does this mean that it is wrong to take medicine for physical pain? - Kenneth Wapnick

Non Dual Teachings

*Spiritual Vigilance: Give It a Rest - Jan Frazier
*How to be free of suffering - Enza Vita
*Healing and Sickness - Dada gavand
*Four stages in spiritual development - Gina Lake
*Let Everything End - Adyashanti


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A Course in Miracles Material

Chapter 2 - The Ego's World - Part 3 of 3 
reprinted from the Forgiveness - A Path to Inner Peace by Michael Dawson.

My late wife Salice had an experience in February 1992 – around the time of the first Gulf War – that illustrated the common belief that we think our problems are out in the world, not within our minds. Salice was meditating and reflecting on Saddam Hussein and on the situation in Iraq and Kuwait. She felt helpless, there were so many terrible things happening out there, and she wanted to do something to help. 
“What on earth can I do?” she asked.
A voice in her mind responded with a question: “How do you see Saddam Hussein?” “As cruel, controlling, attacking and angry!”
“And do you have any of these traits?”
Salice thought deeply before admitting that she did indeed manifest these traits at times. 
“Then this is what you can do: fix these things in yourself. That is the greatest gift you can give the Gulf War.” 
She was then shown a picture of Saddam Hussein standing on top of a mountain with all the people of the world gathered around its base. Saddam Hussein was holding a large mirror and the light was glinting on it. He was saying, “Look at me. You can’t see these qualities inside yourselves so I am being a mirror for you and I have to exaggerate them in order for you to see them.” Salice said she knew in that moment that whilst she or anyone else has any negative quality, it is always eventually projected onto something or someone else. 
from Healing the Cause: A Path of Forgiveness, Michael Dawson. Findhorn Press. 1994 

It may be that we are puppets – puppets controlled by the strings of society. But at least we are puppets with perception, with awareness. And perhaps our awareness is the first step to our liberation.
Stanley Milgram, 1974 

Forgiveness and Sickness

Sickness takes many forms, and so does unforgiveness. The forms of one but reproduce the forms of the other, for they are the same illusion. So closely is one translated into the other, that a careful study of the form a sickness takes will point quite clearly to the form of unforgiveness that it represents. Yet seeing this will not effect a cure. That is achieved by only one recognition; that only forgiveness heals an unforgiveness, and only an unforgiveness can possibly give rise to sickness of any kind. 
from Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process and Practice P-2.VI.5, Supplement to A Course in Miracles 

The above quotation makes a powerful statement: that the origin of sickness is in the mind and not the body. Grievances held in the mind can become mirrored in the body as particular ailments – as dis-ease. Even our language gives us pointers: “Get off my back”, “You are a pain in the neck”, “You make me sick”, and so on. Thankfully, just as a lack of forgiveness can result in physical disease, forgiveness can heal it. 

Case Study – Sue 
(Names have been changed in all case histories.) 
Sue was a client of mine. Her work as a massage therapist was becoming difficult because of a pain in her right arm and she was concerned whether she could continue with her work. During our session, Sue began to see a shadowy picture and experience feelings of fear. She had difficulty understanding what the picture was but felt it might be a face, as it appeared to have a nose. However, the nose was not really the right shape. I encouraged her to just let the picture be and to stay with the feeling of fear. Suddenly, the picture became clear: It was not a face at all; it was male genitals. The ‘nose’ was a penis. 
In the scene that unfolded, she was a young girl being forced to masturbate her uncle using her right hand. Despite pain in her arm, the uncle would not let her stop until he was satisfied. On seeing this, Sue experienced a strong sensation of anger. After venting her anger, the remainder of the session was concerned with whether she was ready to let this feeling go. She was partially successful and her feedback, a few days later, was that her arm was much improved. 
A dramatic illustration of the mind-body link is provided in the case of people with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder), in which the physiological state of their bodies can change when different personalities take control. This can result in particular ailments – even 
allergies – appearing or disappearing when a different personality/person comes to the front. And this can lead to all manner of problems for the medical profession, as well as the individual requiring treatment. 

Differences in allergic reactions among members of the ‘family’ have resulted in cases of allergies completely fading away as another personality takes control of the body. By changing the personality some multiples who are drunk can instantly become sober. If a child personality takes over a sedated adult personality the adult dosage may be too much for the child and result in an overdose. 
from The Holographic Universe, M.Talbot, HarperCollins. 

Some years after The Findhorn Book of Forgiveness was published a friend of mine who works as a clinical psychologist in Europe and specialises with patients who have Dissociative Identity Disorder informed me she had personally observed the following: 

Allergies appearing and disappearing as personalities switch in and out.

Different personalities require different levels of sedation before operations. My friend stated she had
to work for some weeks with a client before an operation to ensure the patient stayed in one personality during the operation. If an adult personality changed to a child personality during an operation the patient could overdose. If a child personality was sedated before an operation and then switched to an adult during the operation that patient could become conscious.

The voice pattern is different for each personality - accomplished actors can't alter their voice enough to disguise their voice patterns.

Female personalities are on different menstrual cycles.

Some multiples carry two or three different pairs of eyeglasses to accommodate their alternating

One personality can be colour blind and another not.

Eye colour can change.
Here’s one definition of this very complex disorder: 
"Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder) is the presence of two or more distinct identities or personality states recurrently taking control of the person's behaviour. This leads to an inability to recall important personal information that is too extensive to be explained by ordinary forgetfulness. It is commonly thought to be a survival tactic developed by highly traumatised children to protect themselves from the memory and effects of trauma and abuse. These children dissociate or block trauma from their conscious memories and place it in compartments or separate personalities within their self."
Diagnostic Statistics Manual – version IV 

Other people seem to have developed ‘natural multiples’ without being abused and/or traumatised. They often refer to themselves as ‘multiples’ or ‘plurals’ in which many people share one mind, taking turns managing the body. 

It has all the benefits and drawbacks that you would find in any other group of people. It is not automatically a disorder ... Individuals in the group may be of any age, religion, orientation, race, or gender – just like any other random group of people.
from 'What is Multiplicity' 

As different people/personalities take control of the body, they bring with them different mindsets. The body acts like a puppet with the mind pulling the strings. A different mindset can bring about a physiological change. 

There has been much research into multiple personalities. Psychologist, Dr. Nancy Perry, observed, “The different personalities have different brain waves, different blood pressure, vital signs, different allergies, different blood reactions; some of them are left-handed and some of them are right-handed."
(From an interview with Dr. Nancy Perry, a psychologist who works with multiples. Dave Baum Show. WBBM News Radio 78. June 27, 1990 ) 

Multiple personalities can prove problematic for criminal investigators and can be baffling for experts, as N Humphrey and D.C.Dennett found: “Preliminary evidence, for example, of changes in handedness, voice-patterns, evoked-response brain-activity, and cerebral blood flow. When samples of the different handwritings of a multiple are mixed with samples by different hands, police handwriting experts have been unable to identify them."
(From Speaking for Ourselves, N. Humphrey and D.C.Dennett. Raritan: A Quarterly Review, IX, 68-98, Summer 1989. Reprinted (with footnotes), ) 

All this evidence forces us to look more closely at the mind-body link. It also gives a further incentive to practise forgiveness. Holding onto our unforgiveness not only causes us to lose our sense of emotional and mental well being, but contributes to physical ill health as well. 
A friend once recounted a story of her struggle to finish with a job that was exhausting her. Jean helped run a centre for refugees; the work involved long hours and was emotionally demanding. Initially Jean was fuelled by enthusiasm but had now reached a stage where she wanted to leave. The problem she faced was that the rest of her colleagues were already overworked and her leaving would only add to their problems. Every time Jean intended to tell someone she wanted to leave she would be overcome with guilt and continue working instead. 
One day, whilst shopping in town, Jean was overcome with the feeling that she was in an impossible situation and she inwardly cried out: “I must stop working now!” On her way from one shop to another a car mounted the pavement and ran over her foot. Jean spent the next few weeks resting at home and put in her notice, as she was no longer able to work. This painful invocation demonstrates the power of our minds – even if we are not aware of it. Forgiving her guilt about leaving people in need would have allowed her to leave her work in peace. In retrospect, Jean knew there had been a more graceful option of forgiveness but she was unable to take it, at least this time. 
If we are afraid of taking the next step in life, we may resort to sickness or an accident as a defence against the truth. Perhaps a long-term relationship is coming to an end and one of the partners fears the necessary separation. This partner may choose sickness in the hope that the other person will stay and look after him or her. Fear is often associated with change and sickness can be seen as a good defence, distracting us from what is really happening and moving the focus onto the body. In this way, we need no longer confront the real issue but let the body take centre stage instead. 

Sickness is a decision. It is not a thing that happens to you, quite unsought, which makes you weak and brings you suffering. It is a choice you make, a plan you lay, when for an instant truth arises in your own deluded mind, and all your world appears to totter and prepare to fall. Now you are sick, that truth may go away and threaten your establishments no more. 
A Course in Miracles W-pI.136.71-4 

If instead we choose the path of forgiveness, we will become non judgementally aware of what is really happening in our lives, realising change is needed and how it would serve us. Then we can turn to our inner guide and ask for help to move forward and take the next step in our growth. Choosing sickness or an accident only painfully delays the day when forgiveness will finally be chosen. 
Accepting that the source of our problems – both physical and psychological – is within our own mind and not in the world allows healing to occur. If the cause of our problems is seen in the ‘outside’ world, healing must wait. We can still have success in treating the effects of our sickness and, of course, medicine may help us dampen down the symptoms. However, as long as the underlying grievance or fear remains unforgiven, the dis-ease will manifest in a similar or related form. 

The realisation of the mind-body link reveals to us that healing is now possible and it is our responsibility to start this journey.


 Index to The Most Commonly asked
Questions about A Course in Miracles
By Kenneth and Gloria Wapnick 

Q. Since all sickness is a projection of the mind's guilt, does this mean that it is wrong to take medicine for physical pain? 

A. Kenneth Wapnick
Absolutely not. As we have just explained, the Course's "morality"-- whether any particular behavior is "right" or " wrong"-- depends only on which voice we choose to listen to. And there certainly could be instances when the guidance of Jesus would be to take medication or pain-killers. Above all, as is seen throughout A Course in Miracles, his teaching and guidance is gentle and loving, which is exemplified in an extremely important passage near the beginning of the text. It specifically addresses this issue of taking medicine, a form of what the Course refers to as magic. The passage is particularly important because of the tendency for students of A Course in Miracles to judgmentally use its teachings against themselves or others. It is also an excellent example of the integration of what we have frequently referred to as the two levels of the Course: Level I -- the metaphysical foundation of the Course's teachings that contrasts the reality of God and Christ with the ego's illusory world; and Level II -- the part of the Course's teachings that focuses only on the world of illusion, the dream. On this level, the truth is the Holy Spirit's interpretation of the world as a classroom in which we learn forgiveness, contrasted with the illusion that is the ego's vicious use of the world to advance its own specialness. The passage begins with a metaphysical statement about the illusory nature of the body, and then Jesus gently shifts the focus to the experience of his students when they are gripped with fear: 
All material means that you accept as remedies for bodily ills are restatements of magic principles. This is the first step in believing that the body makes its own illness. It is a second misstep to attempt to heal it through non-creative agents. It does not follow, however, that the use of such agents for corrective purposes is evil. Sometimes the illness has a sufficiently strong hold over the mind to render a person temporarily inaccessible to the Atonement. In this case it may be wise to utilize a compromise approach to mind and body, in which something from the outside is temporarily given healing belief. This is because the last thing that can help the non-right-minded, or the sick, is an increase in fear.  They are already in a fear-weakened state. If they are prematurely exposed to a miracle, they may be precipitated into panic. This is likely to occur when upside-down perception has induced the belief that miracles are frightening (T-2.IV.4; italics ours).
From a reading of other passages in the Course, it is apparent that since the origin and content of all dreams is fear, everyone in this world is in a fear state. Moreover, there is an inherent fear of the power of the miracle to release us from all defenses that "protect" us from the "threat" of God's Love. Sickness and pain constitute essential aspects of the ego's plan of protection, since they rivet our attention on our bodies and away from our Identity as spirit, the memory of which is held for us by the Holy Spirit in our right minds (see workbook Lesson 136, "Sickness is a defense against the truth"). Therefore we usually need the "compromise approach" Jesus mentions above. And so very often, a decision to ask the Holy Spirit for help instead of the ego -- because of our fear -- needs to be expressed in material form, as Jesus explains in this passage from the manual: 
The acceptance of sickness as a decision of the mind, for a purpose for which it would use the body, is the basis of  healing. And this is so for healing in all forms. A patient decides that this is so, and he recovers. If he decides against recovery, he will not be healed. Who is the physician? Only the mind of the patient himself. The outcome is what he decides that it is. Special agents seem to be ministering to him, yet they but give form to his own choice. He chooses then in order to bring tangible form to his desires. And it is this they do, and nothing else. They are not actually needed at all. The patient could merely rise up without their aid and say, "I have no use for this."  There is no form of sickness that would not be cured at once (M-5.II.2; italics ours).
Therefore, taking medicine can actually be an expression of students' asking Jesus for help, and accepting that help in the form that does not reinforce their fear of the power of their minds to heal. The fear is exacerbated because the ego's thought of attacking God and usurping His role as First Cause is also found in the mind. And so returning to the mind its power to decide for God, also calls forth the memory of its misuse of that power to choose against Him. The guilt acts almost as an electric grid that emits a shock whenever it is approached, recoiling us from our goal. And so often our asking Jesus for help in our minds needs to be "compromised" by mediating that help through the body. This dynamic is reflected in the following paragraph, part of which we quoted earlier: 
The value of the Atonement does not lie in the manner in which it is expressed.  In fact, if it is used truly, it will inevitably be expressed in whatever way is most helpful to the receiver. This means that a miracle, to attain its full efficacy, must be expressed in a language that the recipient can understand without fear. This does not necessarily mean that this is the highest level of communication of which he is capable. It does mean, however, that it is the highest level of communication of which he is capable now. The whole aim of the miracle is to raise the level of communication, not to lower it by increasing fear (T-2.IV.5).
Even though taking medicine is, on one level, expressing the "misstep to attempt to heal ... through non-creative agents," on another level -- as we have already discussed -- it reflects turning to Jesus for help and accepting it on the only level that does not reinforce fear. To exclude such behavior in the name of the teachings of A Course in Miracles is subtly to make the body real by stating that certain behaviors are "evil" or "wrong." In the words of Hamlet: "There is nothing right or wrong, but thinking makes it so." And our thinking can express either the "wrong" thought system of the ego, or the "right" one of the Holy Spirit. Our actions simply mirror the decision our minds have made. However, as we shall discuss in the next question, it is a mistake to attempt to understand which teacher has been chosen based upon observable actions. 


Non Dual Teachings

This part of the newsletter offers input from non-dual teachers. What is non-duality? The word ‘non-dual’ means not two. On the first page of the ACIM text there is two line summary of a Course in Miracles. It begins with the line “Nothing real can be threatened.”
This refers to what God created – eternal, formless, spirit. Eternal means never born and therefore cannot change or die. The Course uses the expression ‘the Christ’ to denote this. Behind all the seeming multiplicity of the universe there is actually only one essential reality. Just as all the images on the cinema screen seem different, the light that creates them is one.

There is nothing outside you. That is what you must ultimately learn, for it is the realization that the Kingdom of Heaven is restored to you. For God created only this, and He did not depart from it nor leave it separate from Himself. The Kingdom of Heaven is the dwelling place of the Son of God, who left not his Father and dwells not apart from Him. Heaven is not a place nor a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect Oneness, and the knowledge that there is nothing else; nothing outside this Oneness, and nothing else within.

The second line of the summary states ”Nothing unreal exists.” This refers to everything that is born and therefore dies - the ego’s world. Thus everything in the universe including ourselves is not real according to the Course. It is like a great dream. Only perfect oneness is real. 

There are two forms of non-duality – pure and impure. In the impure form God is aware that the universe is a dream and experiences itself through it - God's Leela or play as they say in the East. In the pure form of non-duality God is unaware of the universe. The Course is an example of pure non-dual teachings. A metaphor for this is a cinema projector where the lamp in the projector represents God. When the ego's film of separation is run past the light it is projected onto the screen of time and space. The light of God makes this possible, but the lamp is unaware of what is on the screen and would continue to shine when the film is taken away. To continue with this metaphor the light extending from the lamp is who we are, the Christ. ( See chart

You dwell not here, but in eternity.
You travel but in dreams, while safe at home. 

You are at home in God, dreaming of exile but perfectly capable of awaking to reality. 


Spiritual Vigilance: Give It a Rest - Jan Frazier

Conscious awareness is often confused with vigilance, an enforced self-observation having the goal of catching oneself at something “unspiritual,” so a correction can be made. Growing ever more aware of mental (and emotional) trouble-making, some seekers adopt this kind of vigilance, supposing it’s a good thing. There’s an intention to be less judgmental and resisting, to be alert to the starting up of a story in the head. To exert control over the inner life.
An underlying assumption is that to drop one’s guard is to invite unconsciousness to take over, to become overtaken by story, belief, judgment, denial. Which means becoming lost in circular thought patterns, consumed by uncomfortable emotions.
This orientation to the interior introduces a subtle exertion, the never-resting machine of self-measuring, of holding self to a standard. The fuel of the machine is an underlying idea of the “right” (and wrong) way to be, if one is to move ever closer to awakening. There is effort involved, a straining to exert control. To force change.
It’s a colossal waste of effort.

What’s important to see is this: the one engaged in this vigilance is the very ego that’s in the way of awakening. What, after all, is it to awaken, but to realize you never were your “imperfect” self?
Yes, it is the ego, dressed in spiritual clothing. This is the one that thinks there’s a problem in the first place – above all, a problem with “me,” hoping to do better, all the way to enlightenment.
To practice the exhausting rigorous self-examination, with an eye to doing better, is to reinforce the seeming reality of the self that seems capable of awakening.
The one engaged in this vigilance is the very ego that’s in the way of awakening.
That self is not going to wake up. If awakening blessedly occurs, it will be because something occurred to cause you to realize, in a bodied way, that you are not that self. All the ego knows to do is judge, fail, improve, living in an idea of a future in which it will finally have become free of itself.
To attempt to “get there” via spiritual vigilance (however well-meaning the effort ) is to give the ego a role in dismantling itself. As if it would willingly participate in its own demise.

There’s another way to orient to the inner life, a fruitful way that involves no strain. It’s to rest in awareness itself. Conscious awareness allows for complete transparency, the willingness to see whatever is there. It occurs naturally, without tension or movement of any sort. The mind is not engaged. The ego is not stirred to action.
How profoundly restful it is. How illuminating of the ways in which the ego-mind keeps convincing you it’s what you really are. There is no judgment of what’s seen, no attempt to change anything, no intention to do better next time.
You’re thinking Okay, how do I do that?

For starters, you stop mistaking vigilance for conscious awareness. When the habitual self-improvement machinery tries to start up, you notice it for what it is and decline to indulge it. As soon as you’ve recognized it for what it is, you’re already at a little distance from it. Something in you has seen it occurring. That “something” is awareness itself. There’s spaciousness around the familiar habit. See if you can “back up” to sense the larger space around it.
(When awakening occurs, what’s happened is that you’ve come to know you are that space, NOT everything that’s been happening “in” it.)
But here’s the real heart of the matter, the answer to the question “How can I bring conscious awareness to momentary life?”
Awareness is already a natural part of our human endowment. It isn’t about some heightened spiritual state, something granted at awakening. Awareness “happens” all the time, throughout every day we live. We constantly notice what’s happening – in outer life, inside ourselves.
Awareness is plain noticing, before the mind gets hold of the thing being noticed and makes something of it (a story, a problem, a reason to get lost in the head). You notice you’re sleepy, or tense, or hungry, or afraid. You notice a sound in the distance, a car coming into your driveway, an expression on someone’s face. You notice it feels good at the end of a taxing day. This is a bodied sort of awareness, primarily sensory. Something registers in the body. Yes, the mind generally rushes in fast and starts labeling what’s been seen, deciding it’s a problem, starved to make a story about it. But awareness – that bodied “registering” of a thing – happens first.
It’s just that mostly we don’t consciously notice awareness “happening.” Typically, we’re aware but not conscious of being aware. This is primarily because we hurry into the mind with whatever’s been tuned into. Awareness so swiftly yields to mental handling that we almost never linger in those primary impressions, in whatever the attuned body has detected is happening inside or out.

It’s crucial that you not confuse conscious awareness with ordinary thought. Awareness is just seeing. It can see, for example, that thought is occurring. It can see that you’re feeling anxious. But awareness doesn’t experience (or bring about) anxiety. Whereas thinking involves movement (and all manner of trouble), awareness itself is entirely still. Peaceful. Unlike thought, it’s untroubled by whatever it sees (even if what’s being seen appears less than wonderful to the egoic mind).
Don’t expect this to be automatic, to tease these things apart. We’re not accustomed to making the distinction between thinking and being (plainly) aware. Be patient in this exploration. It’s not immediately obvious that there’s a difference between plain awareness and mental processing. But do devote yourself to the exploration of the two, the qualities of each, in your everyday experience. Notice how in a given moment of life, awareness precedes mental processing. Discover how plain awareness feels different from the way thinking and emoting feel.
Ask yourself where each capacity “lives” in you. (What are “you,” anyhow? For this is the enduring question beneath all the exploration.)
A thing is seen before you make something of it (deciding it’s a problem needing fixing). Every single time. When you dwell there – however infrequently, however briefly – whatever is seen bears fruit. All on its own. This is where revelation occurs. This (not vigilance) is the environment of transformation.

If you’re asking yourself how can I notice awareness more of the time? realize this is (once again) the egoic mind posing the question – and therefore not worth pursuing. Trying to be conscious more of the time, to be steadily in conscious awareness, would seem a worthy approach to the inner life: it feels so much better to be conscious, after all. It locates a person in the now. It feels alive to be really here. Waking up from an episode of unconsciousness, you realize how miserable it’s been to be so lost in the mind and its emotion-generating misery. You’d be crazy not to try to be conscious more of the time . . . or so the argument goes.
Awareness is either noticed, in a given moment of life, or it’s not. Among the things we’re not in control of is the matter of how and when moments of conscious awareness occur. Give up the illusion of control. (Talk about restful!) But when you do notice what’s happening on the interior, in a more spacious way than the usual vigilant wish to improve, for goodness’ sake pay attention. See everything that’s there to see, for as long as the awareness sustains. (You cannot “make it last.” Rest from that attempt too.)
A moment of unconsciousness – or of consciousness – comes all on its own. You did not “cause” either. Trying to be conscious, or lamenting the repeated lapses, accomplishes nothing. Just welcome an episode of consciousness when it does come, however briefly. Just be there. Be glad of it. Look around.
The vigilant seeker-self means to “catch yourself” at thinking, at attachment, story-making, being lost in belief. At denial, avoidance. A thousand ordinary human twists and turns. The thing is, when one of those is occurring, it’s already happening. See it! Just see it. You cannot undo it. You didn’t cause it, and you can’t prevent its next occurrence. But you can . . . when awareness remembers itself . . . observe it. You can see deeply into what it’s about.
That’s all that needs to take place. So simple, really. And vastly more restful than the other way. Not to mention likely to yield liberating insights.
Vigilance is exhausting, useless, and reinforcing of a multitude of delusions: that you can control (improve) yourself; that the “you” being vigilant is real; that the problem has to do with what goes on inside you, rather than the problem being what feels like you in the first place.
So restful.

Why bother even paying attention to what’s seen in the light of clear awareness? What’s the point, if not to set about trying to change anything (which has been the focus of all the vigilance)? It’s simply to enable you to become more deeply acquainted with what you are not. To come to understand how the whole thing keeps itself going, entrancing you in its seeming reality. So you can stop assuming its impulses are worthy of any attention. All of this leading you to the enduring, fruitful question What am I, really?
What becomes ever more clear is this: the one that’s doing this seeing is what you really are.

When awareness is the guiding light of inquiry, in favor of vigilance, you don’t walk around with a preconceived idea of a “good” way to be. No scrutinizing eye is running over the inner landscape. Just a spacious, relaxed noticing of whatever’s happening inside. Something happens and it’s seen. It’s neither anguished over nor pushed away. It feels a certain way in the body. That too is observed. There’s no attempt to vanquish the thing, to wrestle it to the ground. No strain to replace a negative thought with a positive one, to “rise above” whatever is happening.
Awareness itself has never experienced mental/emotional movement. Not once in its uncomplicated life. Imagine that. (This is bewildering at first, because we mistake awareness for thinking. Explore that assumption.)
A person (even a “spiritual” person) is not a self-improvement project, an imperfect being needing whipping into shape by the internal task-master, on the way to enlightenment. Give it a rest. See what happens when you relax into spacious awareness.

- Jan Frazier

Copyright © 2017 Š Jan Frazier Teachings


It is possible to achieve freedom from suffering, the one that we cause ourselves with our attachments and aversions, and the suffering that we cause others as a result. If our suffering is caused by chronic physical pain, we first do all we can to alleviate it, then if we wish we can also try the following tips: 
First we need to try to stay in the moment as much as we can. This doesn’t mean we can’t think of past and future but if our mind gets caught up in these thoughts we bring it back, gently. 
We investigate what this thing called “pain” really is and we notice the bunch of sensations constantly changing from one moment to the next, regardless of how solid they appear to be. 
We don’t ignore the pain (or try to push it away) but we try to soften the resistance we may feel toward it by treating the pain as we treat a loved one who is suffering. 
We expand our awareness to include any pleasures that maybe happening in our physical, emotional and mental experiences in the present moment; being cared for by loved ones or the sun streaming through our window or the trees outside, swaying in the breeze. Every moment is an opportunity then to learn to come back to the entire field of what is happening now in our lives where our suffering is only one of several things that we are aware of. 
Once we hold this vast view we then practice letting go of the view by allowing it all to arise and to dissolve moment by moment. And through the intensity of our suffering and our willingness to investigate it, we develop the possibility of liberation.    

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Healing and Sickness.
Dada Gavand.
From Beyond the Mind.

There are different types of sickness, but most of these are psychosomatic disorders, and very few are real illnesses. When you are free from this thought activity, and free from fear, the physical body becomes tension-free and functions automatically to regain its health.

By talking and being with the patient, the therapist has to affect the patient with his own life force. That is a very, very important means of bringing about a change in the patient. It is always the uncommitted energy that brings about a change. By uncommitted, I mean free. Only that quiet, silent energy which dwells within is capable of bringing about understanding. So, without contacting the mind, the idea level of the patient, the therapist may contact that life force behind the idea activity to bring about the right understanding. 
But generally a therapist tries to convince the patient by ideas, to establish a relationship on a verbal level alone. Talking may be the means, but that talking has to be the expression of the pure energy within; then it is going to affect the patient. He may not even understand the therapist or follow the logic of his talk, yet something is going to touch him. Some energy is going to contact him and help him establish that balance again.
So the real work of a therapist is to discover this energy within himself and work with it. He alone is a healer who has that abundant energy to supply to the needy. it is not through ideas and techniques, nor through convictions of the mind, but it is through the energy that healing takes place.
Charles: Is this energy the healing element in the human potential? 
Dada: Yes, this pure energy, this elemental source of life is the human potential. This energy has the capacity to repair any damage anywhere, The freedom of this energy is perfection.
Whatever methods he might use, basically this energy is going to do the healing.
These so-called healing techniques and approaches are only environmental influences, which offer temporary relief to the patient.
The true healer may work with his hands or with chemicals, but basically it is the energy that cures.
I am not interested in the approach of becoming a little better and a little more relaxed by playing around with all kinds of popular techniques.
Our whole purpose is to discover that contact, to be with it, and to allow the action to flow from there.
Disease is mainly the expression of a disturbance in energy. Health is the balance of energy. Imbalance, which is dis-ease of the energy, causes disease. The patient will have to see the cause of the imbalance in himself, and by eradicating the cause, establish the balance. This is basically the work of the patient, which has to come through his own perception and understanding. The doctor can only assist the patient to find the cause; the doctor can be a guide and helper.
Healing is possible only when there is intimate contact with the whole person. This pure energy of life which is uncontaminated by the mind will perform the miracle of healing. It is this energy of the helper that assists and heals. If doctors can establish purity and balance in their own living, they will find a new benevolent force in themselves to work with. Such doctors would become a very potent force of creative and benevolent energy. The very existence of such a person in the society is a benediction. That is why we need that pure life energy so much, that intelligence which is lying beyond the frontiers of the mind, that consciousness which exists beyond the horizon of the thought/emotion world. Discovery of this new energy is a necessity for the betterment of mankind.
Everyone is suffering from one disorder or another —physical, emotional or psychological. And the touch of the new-dimensional energy alone will heal and cure all the imbalances and disorders of the person. The true healer is he who lives and works with this new consciousness.

Mind keeps its vested interests intact through the strategy of refusing to look at its own workings. Whenever there is a serious attempt to look at this mental mechanism, it reacts cleverly and subtly. The mind does not like to be discovered and known. It lives and functions at ease in its extraverted activities. The knowing of the mind happens when the energy falls back upon itself by taking a turn within. But this inward turn is abhorred and resisted by the mind, as it knows that in this backward turn there is a danger of losing its identity and becoming annihilated. When one seriously attempts to erase the mind to reach that state of peace, the ego comes out with strong reactions, at times violently, to hinder the attempt. The mind has the capacity to produce acute psychosomatic disorders and to disturb the physical body by producing untraceable symptoms. The ego then upsets the emotional balance and produces insecurity and fear. Through these subtle attempts, many complicated illusions and situations are created to upset this new movement of life. In this move of energy toward its center within, the ego fears its own liquidation and senses its annihilation. At the sensing of this imminent abortion, the ego becomes frantic and crazy, upsetting its own balance. And for the aspirant, these disturbances become suffering and pain.
Normally this kind of upheaval will cause a great deal of suffering, but attention within oneself, to note all the subtle movements of the ego, will keep the right energy balance and understanding. This understanding which comes out of a quiet perception will give you a new strength to accept the challenge of these disturbances thrown out by the ego. In fact, this very challenge becomes a great opportunity to develop your depth of inner perception. With the intensity of a disturbance —which is so-called suffering and pain —the attentive perception will grow. At this level suffering has its own beauty and utility, which helps one reach the intense and deep state of attention. The more the suffering, the more sensitive and attentive one becomes within to understand it. Suffering gives the opportunity to gather the perfume of perception in the present. And how strange, the more deeply you perceive the reactionary moves of the ego in the moment, the less disturbed you become!

There is a website maintained for Dada at:
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Four stages in spiritual development.
from: In the World but NOT OF IT by Gina lake 

 In the first stage, you only know yourself as the character. You believe that’s who you are and don’t even think of questioning this. In this stage, the ego is mostly in charge of the character and the character’s life, or at least trying to be. There is no awareness on the part of the character of any other possibility. 
   In the second stage, the experience is one of going back and forth between believing you are the character and experiencing Presence. Through meditation and other spiritual practices or through Grace, you’ve discovered Presence, but you still don’t know yourself as Presence. Presence is an experience the character has during meditation, on walks in nature, or while drumming or dancing, for example, but Presence seems to come and go. After these glimpses of your true nature, which might even be lengthy, you always return to feeling like you are the character. Your consciousness is still seated in the false self. This is the experience of most spiritual seekers, which they often describe as having “got it” and then “lost it.” 
   The third stage, which is the result of self-realization, or awakening, is knowing yourself as Presence. In this stage, your consciousness is fully seated in Presence, while at times, noticing yourself identifying with the character to some extent. You occasionally may become very involved in playing the part of your character, including having feelings. But even then, you never lose sight of the fact that you are playacting. Your words and even your feelings can feel oddly like they aren’t real or not yours; and yet, you speak them and go through the motions of being this character. You are simultaneously aware of watching the play of life and participating as the character you are playing. 
   At this point, the degree to which the character suffers or causes suffering to others is the degree to which the personality has not been purified of ego and the wounds caused by the ego. If the psychological issues and wounds are mostly healed, being the character isn’t likely to cause much suffering. The divine self will shine through quite purely. On the other hand, if those wounds are not healed, this character will still experience some suffering and cause suffering to others. For instance, if some fear still exists in that character due to childhood abuse, then under certain circumstances, anger and other emotions will get triggered as defense mechanisms. 
   This explains how some people can be self-realized but still not be so happy or free of emotions or difficulty in relationships. Someone can be self-realized but still have a lot of healing to do, in which case the character’s behavior will not appear all that enlightened. You are only as free of emotions as you are healed. 
   The same unhealed person might still be able to transmit Presence very powerfully to people while in the role of spiritual teacher. Once one is self-realized, the capacity to be a pure channel of Presence is there and, in the right circumstances, can be actualized. However, in more ordinary circumstances, especially when that person is under stress or challenged by others, any remaining wounding is likely to compromise that purity. 
   The fourth stage is full enlightenment, which is quite rare. Many who’ve reached this stage are no longer participating in the world very much. They’ve gone through the various stages and completed the human journey and are spending much of their time in other dimensions, absorbed in meditation. Many of these individuals are unknown to the world, although some have disciples. Such individuals may have spent most of their life in a state of enlightenment and reclusion or only part of it. This stage is not to be confused with the unintegrated state, which is one of incomplete realization and escape from the world. On the other hand, this last stage might also be lived very much like the third stage. 
   The journey from self-realization to full enlightenment can be a very long one and is often not completed in one lifetime. The more awareness brought to any remaining mistaken ideas and unmet feelings, the more quickly this evolutionary process proceeds. This clearing of the clouds is essentially the work of enlightenment, both before self-realization and after. 
   Although clearing the clouds that obscure blue-sky consciousness continues even after self-realization, that work is much easier once you are established in Presence, since Presence does all the work. From Presence, there is a natural curiosity about whatever is happening and no resistance to seeing the truth about thoughts and feelings, and the truth can be seen more quickly. Even when identification happens and emotions arise, Presence notices this. Slowly, all of this noticing chips away at the egoic lies and unconscious material that continue to arise, until there is very little left to heal. The result is an individual who is both completely at home in his or her humanity and in the world, but not of it. 
   This is the journey you are on, and it is all good, all designed especially for you, by you. When you finally come to the end, what it was all about becomes crystal clear, and you rejoice in the magnificence of such a plan. The preciousness of the human drama is finally apparent, and all you can do is bow deeply to it and take your own bows for playing your part so well. 


Gina Lake is the author of over twenty books about awakening to one’s true nature, including From Stress to Stillness, All Grace, In the World but Not of It, The Jesus Trilogy, A Heroic Life, Trusting Life, Embracing the Now, Radical Happiness, and Choosing Love. She is also a gifted intuitive with a master's degree in counseling psychology and over twenty-five years’ experience supporting people in their spiritual growth. Her most recent books were received from Jesus in the same way that Helen Shucman received A Course in Miracles. Gina’s website offers information about her books, online courses, and spiritual mentoring as well as free ebooks, book excerpts, a monthly newsletter, a blog, and audio and video recordings:


Let Everything End - Adyashanti

There is a great momentum of suffering and confusion that every spiritual seeker encounters. It is the momentum of ignorance which manifests as the experience of conflict and confusion and which causes suffering. In order to discover the perspective of liberation, which alone transcends this entire movement of ignorance and suffering, one needs to let everything end. "Letting everything end" means to stand in the moment completely naked of attachment to any and all ideas, concepts, hopes, preferences, and experiences. Simply put, it means to stop strategizing, controlling, manipulating, and running away from yourself--and to simply be. Finally you must let everything end and be still.
In letting everything end, all seeking and striving stops. All effort to be someone or to find some extraordinary state of being ceases. This ceasing is essential. It is true spiritual maturity. By ceasing to follow the mind's tendency to always want more, different, or better, one encounters the opportunity to be still. In being still, a perspective is revealed which is free from all ignorance and bondage to suffering. From that perspective, eternal Self is realized. The eternal Self, the Seer, is recognized to be one's true nature, one's very own Self.
This is an invitation to let all seeking end, all striving end, all efforting end, all past identity end, all hopes end, and to discover That which has no beginning or end. This is an invitation to discover the eternal, unborn, undying Truth of being. The Truth of your being, your own Self. Let the entire movement of becoming end, and discover That which has always been present at the core of your being.


PLEASE NOTE: The Australian Centre for Inner Peace is not a counselling or psychotherapy centre; 
therefore we do not offer telephone or email service or counselling, therapy, or crisis intervention for personal problems. 
Please see the Contacts section at the end of this newsletter.


Forthcoming Workshops on A Course in Miracles

For up to date information on my workshops go to 

Germany 2017 Dates

Bonn - Sat 10 and Sun 11 June - 2017
10am to 6pm

Healing Ourselves and Others
from the perspective of A Course in Miracles 

Health Is Inner Peace....Health is the result of relinquishing all attempts to use the body lovelessly. 

The Holy Spirit is the only Therapist. He makes healing clear in any situation in which He is the Guide. You can only let Him fulfil His function. He needs no help for this. He will tell you exactly what to do to help anyone He sends to you for help, and will speak to him through you if you do not interfere. T-9.V.8:1-8
A Course in Miracles

Using the spiritual path of A Course in Miracles and its supplement - Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process and Practice - we will explore what true healing is: the return to our awareness of our spiritual identity. 

The cause of illness lies in the mind and not the body. By returning our awareness to the mind and forgiving the thought forms of judgement, attack and condemnation of ourselves and others we can return to a state of inner peace. The body will then return to a state of health.

To heal others, whether as a friend or as a psychotherapist, we need to learn to step aside and be guided in what to say and do . We need to remember “The Holy Spirit is the only Therapist.”

Practical exercises will be used to help understand the ego and its mechanisms of denial and projection. We will practise forgiveness and turning within for guidance.

Topics also included:
Healing ourselves
• Reasons for Sickness
• Special Hate and Love relationships
• The Process of Illness
• How is Healing Accomplished
• Forgiveness
• Resistance to healing

Healing others (teachings for everyone who desires to relieve suffering in others)
• The A Course in Miracles approach to healing others
• The differences between the healed and unhealed healer 
• Purpose of Psychotherapy
• The Process of Psychotherapy
• Role of the Psychotherapist

An overview of the Course's metaphysical, psychological and spiritual teachings especially in regard to healing of the mind, body and relationships will be covered. 
No previous knowledge of the book A Course in Miracles is required.   

An Evening Introductory Talk - Fri 9th June 2017
7.30pm to 9.30pm

Beethovenallee 16
Bonn 53173
tel: 0228 - 36 47 37


Freiburg  2017 June

Fri 16,[6pm tp 9pm] Sat 17 [10am to 6pm] and Sun 18 [10am to 5pm]

Healing Ourselves and Others
from the perspective of A Course in Miracles 

Health Is Inner Peace....Health is the result of relinquishing all attempts to use the body lovelessly. 

The Holy Spirit is the only Therapist. He makes healing clear in any situation in which He is the Guide. You can only let Him fulfil His function. He needs no help for this. He will tell you exactly what to do to help anyone He sends to you for help, and will speak to him through you if you do not interfere. T-9.V.8:1-8
A Course in Miracles

Using the spiritual path of A Course in Miracles and its supplement - Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process and Practice - we will explore what true healing is: the return to our awareness of our spiritual identity. 

The cause of illness lies in the mind and not the body. By returning our awareness to the mind and forgiving the thought forms of judgement, attack and condemnation of ourselves and others we can return to a state of inner peace. The body will then return to a state of health.

To heal others, whether as a friend or as a psychotherapist, we need to learn to step aside and be guided in what to say and do . We need to remember “The Holy Spirit is the only Therapist.”

 Practical exercises will be used to help understand the ego and its mechanisms of denial and projection. We will practise forgiveness and turning within for guidance.

Topics also included:
Healing ourselves
• Reasons for Sickness
• Special Hate and Love relationships
• The Process of Illness
• How is Healing Accomplished
• Forgiveness
• Resistance to healing

Healing others (teachings for everyone who desires to relieve suffering in others)
• The A Course in Miracles approach to healing others
• The differences between the healed and unhealed healer 
• Purpose of Psychotherapy
• The Process of Psychotherapy
• Role of the Psychotherapist

An overview of the Course's metaphysical, psychological and spiritual teachings especially in regard to healing of the mind, body and relationships will be covered. 
No previous knowledge of the book A Course in Miracles is required.  

Margarete Sennekamp
Winterhaldenweg 4,
79856 Hinterzarten,
Tel./Fax: 07652-917530


Dates for 2018 workshops in Germany

Bonn   June 9 and 10
Freiburg   June  16 and17



New teaching and healing materials - eBooks and downloadable MP3s:

Price of all three eBooks has been reduced by half to AU$4.99

1. Healing the Cause -A Path of Forgiveness.
Inspired by A Course in Miracles.
This is the eBook version of the paper back.

2. A Course in Miracles - Explanations of Major Themes
New book in eBook format

3. Forgiveness - A Path to Inner Peace. 
Inspired by A Course in Miracles
This is the eBook version of the paper back.

The eBook versions can be read on Kindle, iPad, Microsoft eReader, Nook, PDF readers (Mac and PC) and most eBook readers.
For more details and how to purchase please visit:

Downloadable Mp3s:

1. Healing the Cause: Self-Help Exercises 1
This MP3 contains the identical four exercises as the CD

2. Healing the Cause: Self-Help Exercises 2
This MP3 contains the identical four exercises as the CD

3. Healing the Cause: 3 Self-Help Exercises in English with German translation
This MP3 contains the identical three exercises as the CD

For more details and how to purchase please visit:


Healing the Cause - A Path of Forgiveness.  Findhorn Press 1994
Also available in German, Romanian, French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese.

The Findhorn Book of Forgiveness.  Findhorn Press. 2003
Also available in German, French, Polish and Romanian.

For more details and how to purchase please visit:

MP3s (see above) and CDs:

Healing the Cause:
Since 1986 I have been conducting healing workshops in the UK and abroad, and have continually experimented to find healing and forgiveness exercises that are effective.  I have found that a particular exercise can be effective for one person but not another. Accordingly, I was led to develop a series of exercises. Over the years workshop participants asked if these exercises could be put onto audio cassettes and CDs so they could repeat them. This has resulted in the Healing the Cause - Exercise series - Tapes 1 to 4 (2 exercises on each tape) and CD1 and 2 (4 exercises on each CD)

CD - 3 Healing Exercises in English with German translation. 10 Euro
Ex1. Forgiving Ourselves. 
Ex2. Changing Perception and Finding peace. 
Ex3. Changing Perception of another - exercise for two people.

These exercises are similar to existing exercises already available on CDs but are translated into German.

1. Three Steps of Forgiveness. 
This workshop concentrates on the process of forgiveness from the perspective of A Course in Miracles. Includes 3 healing exercises.
 Recorded at the Annual Miracle Network Conference in London, November 2001. 1 hour 12 mins. One CD

2. Finding and Eliminating the Blocks to Receiving Guidance. 
This talk investigates what stops us hearing the guidance that is ever present in our lives. Recorded at the Annual Miracle Network Conference in London, October 20001 hour. One CD

For more details and how to purchase please visit:


Search Engine for ACIM Sites, Definitions and Articles by Joe Jesseph.
A Web search engine dedicated to finding discussion and definitions of terms and concepts found in 
A Course in Miracles as well as Web sites, articles and other writings related to the Course.

Question and Answer Service from the Foundation for A Course in Miracles. 
Their electronic outreach section has a question and answer service on the theory and practice of the Course. Their database of 1,400 questions and answers is searchable. They no longer take new questions as they feel all possible questions have now been put.

Foundation for Inner Peace..........................Publishers of A Course in Miracles and responsible for the translation programme. On-line mail order.

Foundation For A Course In Miracles................FACIM is the official teaching organisation of the Foundation for Inner Peace and the copyright-holder of_A Course in Miracles and all related materials. Publishes the quarterly Lighthouse newsletter. They have extensive on-line mail order for their books, CDs and DVDs.
The Foundation was started by Kenneth and Gloria Wapnick and has moved to Temecula in California. Kenneth is my teacher of A Course in Miracles. His body died in December 2013.
Their publications can also be ordered in Australia at:
Adyar Bookshop
230 Clarence Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Kenneth Wapnick ......……… Biographical information and excerpts from his writings
Kenneth Wapnick on YouTube
Glossary of ACIM terms from FACIM
"The Most Commonly asked Questions about A Course in Miracles"
by Kenneth and Gloria Wapnick
Index of Links to Miracle Studies Resources ...……....... A rich resource of materials on A Course in Miracles by an ex-staff member of the Foundation For A Course In Miracle. Joe also has a blog and has recently published  A Primer of Psychology According to A Course in Miracles.  ………… A Course in Miracles Resource Web Site for ACIM Students
A Course in Miracles Study groups
Search for A Course in Miracles Study Groups Around the World. 
The Foundation for Inner peace also has a study group search engine.
Miracles Studies Australia  lists study groups for Australia and new Zealand

Purchase ACIM on line
ACIM Historical Recordings & Video

A Course In Miracles Pen Pals:
The Miracle Network hosts a A Course in Miracles pen pals group:
To  join this e-mail discussion group,  send your e-mail address to  
They will send you  updated lists of other e.pals and  inform them of your e-mail address. ACIM discussion:
This web-based discussion is hosted by Joe Jesseph.



About three times a week I send a short quotation from some spiritual teacher or poet to people who have requested some uplifting thoughts. I have included some below. If you wish I can add your name to the email list.

How long, O Son of God, will you maintain the game of sin? Shall we not put away these sharp-edged children's toys? How soon will you be ready to come home? Perhaps today? There is no sin. Creation is unchanged. Would you still hold return to Heaven back? How long, O holy Son of God, how long?

A Course in Miracles  Lesson 250

Do understand that you are destined for enlightenment.
Co-operate with your destiny, don't go against it, don't thwart it.
Allow it to fulfil itself.
All you have to do is to give attention to the obstacles created by the foolish mind.

Nisargadatta Maharaj
I Am That

 When you listen to the voice in your head, that
is to say, do not judge.  You'll soon realize: there
is the voice, and here I am listening to it, watching
it.  This I am realization, this sense of your own
presence, is not a thought.  It arises from beyond
the mind.

Eckhart Tolle
The Power of Now

One is more likely to awaken through surrender than through seeking to waken. The effort to awaken is the effort of ego, whereas to surrender is to give up all efforts and to place oneself in the hands of a vast force that is more powerful than any realization of non duality.
When one finally gives up one's futile attempts to make reality conform to one's own wishes, and allows it to unfold on its own terms, all the energy that was tied up in foolish attempts to manipulate the universe is freed up.

Mariana Caplan
Halfway Up the Mountain - The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment


Michael Dawson
PO Box 125
Point Lookout
North Stradbroke Island
Queensland 4183