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Poems by Minette Quick - inspired from A Course In Miracles

There is no illness of the body apart from the mind.
~Socrates 500 B.C.

It is not the bacteria, it is the terrain.
~Louis Pasteur (on his death bed )

Every part of the personality you do not love will become hostile to you.
~Carl Jung

What great doctors do is awaken the doctor within.
~Albert Schweitzer

Beloved, to thee I raise my whole being, a vessel emptied of self,
Accept Lord, this my emptiness, and so fill me with Thyself -
Thy Light, Thy Love, Thy Life, that these Thy precious Gifts
may radiate through me and over-flow the chalice of my heart into
the hearts of all with whom I come in contact this day
revealing unto them the beauty of Thy Joy and Wholeness and
the serenity of Thy Peace which nothing can destroy.
~Francis Nuttall

You know that love fulfills the law but do you not realise that all the emotions opposite to love violate the law and you work against all creation instead of with it? Your whole being is thrown out of alignment so that you are out of harmony with life and when you are out of harmony your whole being reacts negatively. So often this is the cause of ill health.
~Eileen Caddy. The Dawn of Change.

The basic law underlying all occult healing, may be stated as follows:
All disease is the result of inhibited soul life, and that is true of all forms in all kingdoms. The art of the healer consists in releasing the soul, so that its life can flow through the aggregate of organisms which constitute any particular form.
~Alice A Bailey. Esoteric Healing.

The health specialist will work according to the basic assumptions that have emerged from the newly developing field of holistic medicine. There are four assumptions:
1. The individual person exists on many levels. These include the physical, the emotional, the mental, and the spiritual. All of them are equally important in achieving health. None is 'more real' than any other. One may choose to concentrate on a single aspect first with a particular patient, but all must be taken into account.
2 The patient has self-healing and self repair systems and they must be regarded as crucial in the prevention and cure of disease.
3 The patient must be actively and knowledgeably involved in his own treatment and in designing a programme to work towards health.
4 Each person is a unique individual and must be met and responded to as such.
~Lawrence LeShan. Holistic Health

It is your thoughts alone that cause you pain. Nothing external to your mind can hurt or injure you in any way. There is no cause beyond yourself that can reach down and bring oppression. No one but yourself affects you. There is nothing in the world that has the power to make you ill or sad, or weak or frail. But it is you who have the power to dominate all things you see by merely recognising what you are......all illness is mental illness.... all disease comes from a state of unforgiveness.
~A Course in Miracles

Health is inner peace. Therefore, healing is letting go of fear. To make changing the body our goal is to fail to recognise that our single goal is peace of mind.
~G.G.Jampolsky. Teach Only Love

Conflict cannot exist where truth is in expression; it occurs only in the presence of dishonesty. Where truth is denied, self-destruct mechanisms go into effect. People get sick because they are sick of them selves; they die because they do not forgive.
Disease is not caused by germs, toxins, viruses, excessive radioactivity, microbes, bacteria or by any other physical agent. Such things are ever present; thousands of them pass daily through every healthy human body. Such agents are only destructive when they do not pass through the human body but are retained instead.

There is only one reason why germs or toxins are retained in a human system: because present in that human system is an evil spirit. To the degree that an evil spirit is entertained and made welcome in an individual's life, his or her body will disease. This is a regulatory mechanism, designed to deprive destructive spirits of physical bodies.

Evil spirits are negative attitudes, destructive emotions rooted in fear. Some of the more common evil spirits are resentment, anger, shame, guilt, anxiety, hatred, greed, revenge, jealousy. All thinly disguised forms of fear, their presence in a human system gives harmful physical agents something to attach themselves to.
~Ken Carey. Vision

The secret of all healing, really, is in the ability of the consciousness to relax and to flow and allow its programmed parts to come back together, which they will do quite naturally, given half a chance........Healing the physical form ultimately does nothing, unless there is a complementary change of consciousness.......If this does not take place, the physical form will rather rapidly return to the state it was in. And it will most likely return to a worse state; because there will be added to that, the deeper sense of despair that, " Oh gosh, now I thought the thing had been taken care of and here it is again."
~David Spangler.Lecture entitled 'Healing : Good and Evil'

I do not think we cure anyone! People cure themselves. I think that with God we provide an environment in which healing can take place. ~Robert Bradley, M.D.

Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is hatred let me bring your love;
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord
And where there's doubt the true faith in you.

O master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is despair in life let me bring hope,
Where there is darkness only light
And where there's sadness ever joy.

O master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
In giving to all men that we receive
And in dying that we are born to eternal life.
~Prayer of St Francis of Assisi

As you recognise and accept your true relationship with Me, and do it as simply as a child without any complications, so will your whole life be filled with joy and thanksgiving. Then no fear can enter, and you will appear to live a charmed life, and to be fully protected, for where there is no fear, there is full protection. It is fear that opens the door to danger and leaves you vulnerable. Therefore banish fear, let My peace and love infil and enfold you, and give eternal thanks.
~Eileen Caddy. Opening Doors Within.

When the body is sick it is in some way lacking the light. All disease will in due time be traced to this lack.
~White Eagle. Jesus Teacher and Healer.

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.
~William Blake

Self-surrender is the surrender of all self-concern. It cannot be done, it happens when you realise your true nature..... The first steps in self-acceptance are not at all pleasant, for what one sees is not a happy sight. One needs all the courage to go further. What helps is silence. Look at yourself in total silence, do not describe yourself.
~I Am That Nisargadatta Maharaj

The LOVE PROJECT principles are:

- Be the change you want to see happen, instead of trying to change everyone else.

- Receive all persons, including yourself, as beautiful exactly where they are.

- Provide others with the opportunity to give.

- Perceive problems as opportunities.

- Have no expectations, but rather, abundant expectancy.

- Create your own reality consciously, rather than
living as if you had no control over your life.

REMEMBER: Choice is the life process. In every moment of awareness, you are free to make a new choice.
~"The Love Project" Arleen Lorrance

Try to be, only to be. The all-important word is 'try'. Allot enough time daily for sitting quietly and trying, just trying, to go beyond the personality, with its addictions and obsessions. Don't ask how, it cannot be explained. You just keep on trying until you succeed. If you persevere, there can be no failure. What matters supremely is sincerity, earnestness; you must really have had surfeit of being the person you are, now see the urgent need of being free of this unnecessary self-identification with a bundle of memories and habits. This steady resistance against the unnecessary is the secret of success.
~I Am That Nisargadatta Maharaj

We do not see things as they are.
We see them as we are.
~The Talmud

I am a point of light within a greater Light.
I am a strand of loving energy within
the stream of Love divine
I am a point of sacrificial Fire,
focussed within the fiery Will of God
And thus I stand.

I am a way by which men may achieve.
I am a source of strength, enabling them to stand.
I am a beam of light, shining upon their way
And thus I stand.

And standing thus, revolve
And tread this way the ways of men,
And know the ways of God.
And thus I stand.
The Affirmation of the Disciple
~Alice Baily


1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around.

2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called life. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.

3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial and error experimentation. The "failed" experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately "works".

4. A lesson is repeated until it is learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go on to the next lesson.

5. Learning lessons does not end. There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive there are lessons to be learned.

6. "There" is no better than "here". When your "there" has become a "here" you will simply obtain another "there" that will, again, look better than "here".

7. Others are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.

8. What you make of life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

9. Your answers lie inside you. The answers to life's questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen, trust.

10. You will forget all this.

Keep quiet, undisturbed, and the wisdom and the power will come on their own..... Abandon all desires, keep your mind silent and you shall discover..... Desirelessness is the highest bliss.
~I Am That Nisargadatta Maharaj

Reality is the Highest Order What is, is!
I have simply stopped arguing with reality. How do I know the wind should blow? It's blowing. How do I know this is the highest order? It's happening. Arguing with 'what is' is like teaching a cat to bark. It's not very fulfilling. I am my friend and no longer confused. The way I know that reality is good is that when I argue the point I experience tension, fear and frustration. I lose - not sometimes, but 100% of the time. It just doesn't feel natural inside: no balance, no connection. I want reality to change? Hopeless. Let me change my thinking. Some of us mentally argue with 'what is.' Others of us attempt to control and change 'what is,' and then tell ourselves and others that we actually had something to do with any apparent change that took place. This leaves no connection or room for God in my life. In the peaceful experience of no opposition to God, I remain aware of my nature: clear, vibrant, a friend, a listener.
~Byron Katie

Once you realise that the person is merely a shadow of the reality, but not the reality itself, you cease to fret and worry. You agree to be guided from within and life becomes a journey into the unknown..... If you just try to keep quiet, all will come - the work, the strength for work, the right motive. Must you know everything beforehand? Don't be anxious about your future - be quiet now and all will fall into place.
~I Am That Nisargadatta Maharaj

When you find out that you are faced with danger-when you're thinking, "What am I gonna do?"-see what happens if you say, "I'm not worried about it. I don't have to do anything. It'll be done." See what happens if you clear your mind and allow yourself to do exactly what is necessary, exactly what is correct. If you can do that, then when it's all over with, you'll discover that you're just there; you're an observer. And you'll discover that you've observed more than you've actually participated-that you have learned to still your mind so that the spirit can act. The spirit does not deliberate, only the mind does, and this is what you'll discover.
~Vernon Turner

Writes of himself as of a third person, and encourages his correspondent to press on to fuller practicing of the Presence of God.

"I have taken this opportunity to communicate to you the sentiments of one of our society concerning the admirable effects and continual assistances which he receives from the presence of GOD. Let you and me both profit by them.
You must know, his continual care has been, for above forty years past that he has spent in religion, to be always with GOD; and to do nothing, say nothing, and think nothing which may displease Him; and this without any other view than purely for the love of Him, and because He deserves infinitely more.
He is now so accustomed to that Divine presence, that he receives from it continual succors upon all occasions. For about thirty years, his soul has been filled with joys so continual, and sometimes so great, that he is forced to use means to moderate them, and to hinder their appearing outwardly.
If sometimes he is a little too much absent from that Divine presence, GOD presently makes Himself to be felt in his soul to recall him; which often happens when he is most engaged in his outward business: he answers with exact fidelity to these inward drawings, either by an elevation of his heart towards GOD, or by a meek and fond regard to Him, or by such words as love forms upon these occasions; as for instance, My GOD, here I am all devoted to You: LORD, make me according to Your heart. And then it seems to him (as in effect he feels it) that this GOD of love, satisfied with such few words, reposes again, and rests in the depth and center of his soul. The experience of these things gives him such an assurance that GOD is always in the depth or bottom of his soul, and renders him incapable of doubting it, upon any account whatever."
Brother Lawrence

If we ourselves remain angry and then sing world peace,
it has little meaning. So, you see, first our individual self
must learn peace. This we can practice. Then we can teach
the rest of the world .
~The Dalai Lama

The method for abandoning the hold which duality has on con-
sciousness is not simple. The more comfort and pleasure available
to man, the less his chance for a strong enough push to force him to
give up even the temporary happiness of his achievements. And yet
he must eventually do this ( internally ) to bring the full focus of
consciousness to bear on the experience of the eternally inherent
self or soul, with all its blissful freedom of real existence.

This is why God loves most the so-called destitute and helpless.
The greater the helplessness, the greater can and should be the
dependence upon God for His help, which is ever more ready than
are the sincere and earnest wishes for it. The greater the bindings, the
greater the chances for quick, permanent relief, through fully con-
scious experience of man's own original and everlasting freedom.

The unlimited and everlasting spiritual freedom of the self or soul
exists eternally and infinitely in one and all, and is equally available
to every man and woman irrespective of class, creed or nationality.
Spiritual freedom can and does transcend all the illusory phenom-
ena of duality, because divine Oneness is always divine Oneness,
before the beginningless beginning and beyond the endless end.
Contrarily, the illusion of all material binding from first to last is
always illusion, and even its illusory existence depends upon the play
of the eternal spiritual freedom of the soul.

It is only in spiritual freedom that one can have enduring happiness
and unhampered self-knowledge. It is only in spiritual freedom that
one finds the supreme certainty of truth-realization. It is only in
spiritual freedom that there is a final end to sorrow and limitation. It
is only in spiritual freedom that one can live for all, and yet remain
detached in the midst of all activity.
~Listen Humanity Meher Baba

Spiritual maturity lies in the readiness to let go everything. The giving up is the first step. But the real giving up is in realising that there is nothing to give up..... To be, you must be nobody. To think yourself to be something, or somebody, is death and hell...... When you are no longer attached to anything, you have done your share. The rest will be done for you.
~I Am That Nisargadatta Maharaj

Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger
than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once you have seen that you are dreaming, you shall wake up. But you do not see, because you want the dream to continue. A day will come when you will long for the ending of the dream, with all your heart and mind, and be willing to pay any price; the price will be dispassion and detachment, the loss of interest in the dream itself.
~I Am That Nisargadatta Maharaj

We look backward too much and we look forward
too much; thus we miss the only eternity of which
we can be absolutely sure - the eternal present,
for it is always now.
~William Phelps

if you distance yourself
only for an hour
from your endless thoughts
what do you think will happen

if you let yourself sink
just like a fish
into the ocean of our love
what do you think will happen

you are merely
a piece of straw
and we are
that eternal amber

if you leap forth
from your lowly house
to fuse with the amber
what do you think will happen

a hundred times
you've promised yourself
to depart from self-claim
to be humble as earth

only for once
if you keep your word
what do you think will happen

you're a precious
hidden diamond
sunken in the mud

if you wash away
all that impurity
from your gorgeous face
what do you think will happen

if you abandon
for a little while
your ego and greed
tear down your shield
rise with a quest
to unite with the divine
what do you think will happen

~ Ghazal (ode) 844
Translated by Nader Khalili
"Rumi, Fountain of Fire"
Cal-Earth Press, 1994

Fearful, always-moving mind,
the One who has no beginning
is thinking of how hunger
may fall away from you.

No ritual,
no religion
is needed.

Just cry out one
unobstructed cry.

14th Century North Indian mystic

this body's existence is like a bubble's
may as well accept what happens
events and hopes seldom agree
but who can step back doesn't worry
we blossom and fade like flowers
gather and part like clouds
worldly thoughts I forgot long ago
relaxing all day on a peak
~Stonehouse ( 4th century Chinese Taoist )

Self is always Present, Bliss is always Present.
You are not to work at attaining it,
just remove the obstacles by which you can't see it.
The hindrance is only one: Attachment to the past.

Every man is where he is by the law of his being; the
thoughts which he has built into his character have brought
him there, and in the arrangement of his life there is no
element of chance, but all is the result of a law which
cannot err. This is just as true of those who feel "out of
harmony" with their surroundings as of those who are
contented with them.
~James Allen - As a Man Thinkth

Egocentricity is the process of wanting something other than what is.
Egocentricity means there is an "I" who is separate from everything
else and doesn't like it; one thing is happening, but I want a
different thing to be happening. Egocentricity is that constant
concern with how I feel, what I think, what I'm doing, what I want -
looking at what is and seeing it as inadequate.
My identity is maintained by the struggle of wanting something
other than what is; that is how I continue to know myself.

This practice involves finding a willingness to suffer in order
to end our suffering. Instead of spending our time trying to avoid
suffering, we just find the willingness to go directly into it.
Whenever anything causes us to suffer, we can know two things:
suffering is the same as egocentricity, and when it arises, that
is our best opportunity to end suffering. As we open to our
suffering,as we embrace it, as we accept it, our relationship to
it changes. It is no longer something horrible, something to escape
from. Suffering becomes just another opportunity, another chance for
Please find out about that for yourself.
~From "Trying to be Human" Cheri Huber, Ed. Sara Jenkins

The ego is like an iceberg.
Ninety percent of it is under water.
As we observe it, the submerged
begins to move into the light of observation,
and melts into the light of awareness.
~Meher Baba

There comes a time when an individual becomes irresistible and his action
becomes all-pervasive in its effects. This comes when he reduces himself to zero.

Within the prison of your world appears a man who
tells you that the world of painful contradictions,
which you have created, is neither continuous nor
permanent and is based on a misapprehension. He
pleads with you to get out ot it, by the same way
by which you got into it. You got into it by forgetting
what you are and you will get out of it by knowing
yourself as you are.
~I Am That Nisargadatta Maharaj

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