ACFIP Newsletter 
June 2019
Issue 61
Quarterly Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Inner Peace



Announcements


1. Individual healing sessions via Skype

I have been giving healing sessions for over 30 years, and have now decided to offer healing sessions via Skype. When I travel and give workshops I am often asked for a session but have virtually no time available. Recently I gave a healing session via Skype and I noticed it was effective. The client and I both felt we were in the same room together. As A Course in Miracles states, “all minds are joined”, so perhaps I should not be surprised. Time and space are ego illusions, not Spirit’s.

For more information and fees please go here.

New Testimonial:
The work with Michael has truly been an experience that has brought more light and love to those hidden confines of this body.  The gentleness of Michael’s tone and depth of his connection allows trust to be present.   Movement of energy on an ineffable level is guided by Michael’s disarming presence and this assists in the ease of the safely guided practice with lasting results.  Finding Michael has been a gift to support clearing so I may know this body/mind /spirit’s truth to revel in and to share.
Gretchen Wassinger - Colorado, USA.

2. 
Videos on my A Course in Miracles  YouTube channel
I will be adding more videos on Course themes. If you want to be automatically informed of new additions please press Subscribe on the YouTube page where my video is showing and click on the bell so it appears as if it is ringing. This ensures you will get an email update when new videos are added.
An updated list of videos will be found on my website at: My Video Channel

3. ACIM Workbook lessons and commentaries.
Tina Spalding, a trance channel, is reading all the 365 Worbook lessons and then channels a commentary from Jesus.
They are published daily and can be seen on her YouTube channel "Channeling Jesus & Ananda"

I am also collecting the audio only versions which are available in my DropBox and will be updated as new lessons are produced by Tina:

Instructions for listening to DropBox links on a computer.
When you double click a link below it opens in your web browser on your computer. You can choose to play it right away in the browser or in the top right of the page you can press the Download button and it will download to your computer. I find it takes a few seconds before the download starts.

Instructions for listening on a smart phone or tablet..
If you are using a smart phone or tablet you will need to get the free Dropbox app. When you tap one of the links it will open in Dropbox where you can play and pause at the bottom of the screen. You can store the audio offline for those times you are not connected to the internet. Simply locate and tap the three dots at the top right of the screen and tap “Make available Offline”. The audio will be downloaded and appear under Recent on the Home Page.



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If you are new to the Course you might find my summaries of help.


CONTENTS:


A Course in Miracles Material

Dialogue on "I Need Do Nothing - Michael Dawson 
Q. A Course in Miracles teaches that anger is never justified. Does
this mean I should never get angry, and that if I do, I am not being
a good Course student or am not being spiritual enough? Kenneth Wapnick 
* Forgiveness - Tina Spalding

Non Dual Teachings

The Value and Limitation of Religion - Jan Frazier
The Lessons of Life’s Vital Moments - Adyashanti
 

Other

* Workshops
* Books and Audio Materials for Sale
* Links
* Inspirational Quotations



A Course in Miracles Material



Dialogue on "I Need Do Nothing” - Michael Dawson 


There is an important but oft misunderstood section in A Course in Miracles entitled "I Need Do Nothing" (T-18.VII). The following fictional dialogue between a student and teacher is designed to help make clear this section and deal with some of the misunderstandings that arise.


Q. I have been told there is a section in A Course in Miracles entitled "I Need Do Nothing" . Do you know the origin of this passage?

A. Originally that section was not in the Course. It was a message from Jesus to Helen regarding solving a non-existent problem. Helen was living with her husband on the 16th floor of an apartment block in New York. Lift operators were threatening to call a strike and Helen feared getting a heart attack climbing the stairs and being separated from her husband. She decided to stay at a nearby hotel for a week, not realising that the threatened strike was called off before it started. Jesus pointed out that she should have turned to him for the answer and not to her maladaptive solution to a non-existent problem. She needed to do nothing. (from "Absence from Felicity" by Kenneth Wapnick).

Q. Does doing nothing mean I can just sit back and relax from now on?

A. Your ego would love to see this passage as an excuse for idleness, passivity and spiritual inactivity. This is how the Course defines doing nothing:

To do nothing is to rest, and make a place within you where the activity of the body ceases to demand attention. Into this place the Holy Spirit comes, and there abides. T-18.VII.7:7-8

To make a place within you for the Holy Spirit is the Course's path of forgiveness. To be guided by the Holy Spirit requires the mind to be quiet so you can hear His voice. You cannot hear His voice if your mind is full of judgement, whether for yourself or others. Forgiveness is not easy. It requires vigilance, awareness and a recognition that the problem is in our mind and not in the world. This is not brought about by dozing in bed all day but in the 'classroom' of relationships.

Q. O.K, but maybe I need to do as little activity as possible during the day?

A. When the Course states you need do nothing it means that we allow Jesus or the Holy Spirit to do the doing and not us. We no longer do things on our own but allow spirit to work through us. I need do nothing does not mean you won't do anything. This could result in a very active life but as you are not the doer you no longer feel tired. Instead of working from ego energy your strength comes from a higher source. You will no longer do things from guilt and you will never be in a hurry. You will lose the sense of urgency in what you do.

Q. I am finding it hard to believe so little is being asked of me. Surely I need to pursue some worthy task in life like helping the poor or healing the sick?

A. This may be your forgiveness path in life but beware of being attached to results. If your peace is dependent on the outcome of your efforts you will know the ego is in charge and not the Holy Spirit

Anything in this world that you believe is good and valuable and worth striving for can hurt you, and will do so. Not because it has the power to hurt, but just because you have denied it is but an illusion, and made it real. T-26.VI.1:1-2

Q. This all sounds a bit selfish to me. Surely the Holy Spirit needs my help to make this a better world?

A. The only purpose the Holy Spirit sees in this world is as a classroom for healing ourselves.

The sole responsibility of God's teacher is to accept the Atonement for himself. Atonement means correction, or the undoing of errors. When this has been accomplished, the teacher of God becomes a miracle worker by definition. M-18.4:5-7

Our job is first to heal ourselves which will allow the Holy Spirit to then guide our lives making us a beacon of light and love in the world. We will then no longer be driven to fix things in the world: our mere presence will bring healing where it is needed. This does not mean we have to be perfect before we can be of help. Our work may already be in the helping professions. However, we realise that it is in this work we can learn to heal ourselves by learning to lay our egos aside and invite the Holy Spirit to work through us.

Q. But surely I will need to continue my spiritual search, my meditation and contemplation. And then there are all my faults I need to fight against.

A. Searching implies that something is hidden.

Why wait for Heaven? Those who seek the light are merely covering their eyes. The light is in them now. Enlightenment is but a recognition, not a change at all. Workbook Lesson 188.

We were created perfect as Christ. The Christ is hidden by veils of judgement which can be removed by forgiveness.

The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love's presence, which is your natural inheritance. T-in.1:6-7

The workbook does contain some meditative exercises but this is not the main thrust of the Course. Forgiveness of our relationships is the main teaching of the Course with the Holy Spirit or Jesus as our guide.

Forgiveness ... is still, and quietly does nothing. .... It merely looks, and waits, and judges not. (W-pII.1.4:1,3)

Meditation, contemplation and fighting against sin are paths but Jesus warns us they are long and tedious.

Enormous effort is expended in the attempt to make holy what is hated and despised. Nor is a lifetime of contemplation and long periods of meditation aimed at detachment from the body necessary. All such attempts will ultimately succeed because of their purpose. Yet the means are tedious and very time consuming, for all of them look to the future for release from a state of present unworthiness and inadequacy.  T-18.VI.4:8-11

Q. What about finding the way back to God? I must be responsible for the search.

A. Jesus tells us that if we think we are bodies then we are insane. That makes most us insane and how can the insane know anything of importance let alone the path back to God?

Is it not He Who knows the way to you? You need not know the way to Him. Ask and receive. But do not make demands, nor point the road to God by which He should appear to you.Lesson 189

We are told that our paths are highly individualistic and as such require the guidance of the Holy Spirit. By practising our daily forgiveness lessons we open more to His guidance and He will lead us home.

Q. I still need to make plans. Surely that's all right isn't it?

A. That depends on who is making the plans.

A healed mind does not plan. It carries out the plans that it receives through listening to Wisdom that is not its own. It waits until it has been taught what should be done, and then proceeds to do it. It does not depend upon itself for anything except its adequacy to fulfil the plans assigned to it. It is secure in certainty that obstacles cannot impede its progress to accomplishment of any goal that serves the greater plan established for the good of everyone. Lesson 253

When plans are needed they will be given at the right time and place. We are being asked to get out of the driving seat, to reduce the function of the thinking mind from trying to sort everything out and simply follow plans from a higher source.

J. Krishnamurti said that only confused people make decisions for there is only one right action at any given moment. The ego cannot know this but the Holy Spirit does.

Q. You seem to imply I know nothing of value and should give up all my efforts to improve myself.

A. Who are you trying to improve? If the Christ within you is already perfect that can only leave your ego to improve. If your ego is particularly dysfunctional such that you cannot survive easily then some work to make your ego more confident would be necessary. However, if you are capable of surviving satisfactorily why try and improve your ego. Surely that will only delay the time of awakening to the grandeur of your spiritual reality?

We have mesmerised ourselves into thinking we are bodies and afford them great importance. Most of our time is spent in satisfying their desires, protecting them and making them feel comfortable. Jesus refers to our body as the hero of the dream.

To do anything involves the body. And if you recognize you need do nothing, you have withdrawn the body's value from your mind. Here is the quick and open door through which you slip past centuries of effort, and escape from time. T-18.VII.7:1-3

Q. There does not appear that there is much for me to do. I am told I know nothing and my efforts are delaying my awakening. I am beginning to find all this rather personally insulting!

A. If it's any comfort Jesus agrees with you!

You find it difficult to accept the idea that you need give so little, to receive so much. And it is very hard for you to realize it is not personally insulting that your contribution and the Holy Spirit's are so extremely disproportionate. You are still convinced that your understanding is a powerful contribution to the truth, and makes it what it is. Yet we have emphasized that you need understand nothing. Salvation is easy just because it asks nothing you cannot give right now. T-18.IV.7:3-7

The Course states that all that is required of us is a little willingness. Not a big willingness, as that could be seen as an invitation to the ego to start offering his solutions (which are designed never to work). A little willingness means that we recognise problems are in our mind and not the world, that we can see them differently and find peace and this will happen once we invite the help of Jesus. Simply put, a little willingness means we look at our minds without judgement.

You do not have to seek reality. It will seek you and find you when you meet its conditions. (Peace through forgiveness) ... You need do so little because your little part is so powerful that it will bring the whole to you. Accept, then, your little part, and let the whole be yours. T-8.IX.2:4,5,9,10

Q. I guess I am being asked to be more humble and confess how little I know of importance. I am beginning to sense the possibility of laying a large burden down. What a relief it will be to give up being in charge all the time! I am beginning to see my mind is a useful tool in the hands of the Holy Spirit but a weapon in the hands of my ego. Any last advice?

A. Let's finish from the section of the Course you first asked about;

Save time for me by only this one preparation, and practice doing nothing else. "I need do nothing" is a statement of allegiance, a truly undivided loyalty. Believe it for just one instant, and you will accomplish more than is given to a century of contemplation, or of struggle against temptation. T-18.VII.6:6-8

If you have sufficient humility, are happy to surrender to a power higher than your logical and reasoning mind and let the body lose its dominant importance in your life Jesus offers you a fast way to peace and joy.

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32) A Course in Miracles teaches that anger is never justified. Does
this mean I should never get angry, and that if I do, I am not being
a good Course student or am not being spiritual enough?


   Jesus does in fact explicitly state in two places that anger (or attack) is never justified. In the introduction to his discussion of the crucifixion, he states:
  Anger always involves projection of separation, which must ultimately be accepted as one’s own responsibility, rather than being blamed on others.... You cannot be attacked, attack has no justification, and you are responsible for what you believe (T-6.in. 1:2,7).
  And later in the text, discussing why forgiveness is always justified, Jesus teaches:
  Anger is never justified. Attack has no foundation. It is here escape from fear begins, and will be made complete. Here is the real world given in exchange for dreams of terror. For it is on this forgiveness rests, and is but natural (T-30.VI. 1:1 -5).
  Our answer here directly follows the discussion of the previous question, and goes to the heart of one’s practice of A Course in Miracles. Jesus is not asking his students to be perfect; if they were, or even wanted to be, then they would have remained in Heaven—the only home of perfection—or would already have returned. The fact that students have need of A Course in Miracles is witnessing to their belief in the reality of imperfection. And imperfect people become angry and seek to avoid responsibility for their own choices. One can indeed say that the core thought of everyone’s ego is to keep the individuality and specialness it believed it stole from God, but to avoid responsibility for it. Therefore, this avoidance can only occur by people blaming another for what they secretly believe they did, and thus attacking someone else for their sin.
  Jesus’ purpose in the Course is to help his students accept responsibility for their projections onto others. It would be most unrealistic of him to expect his students to have no attack thoughts, but it is a most reasonable goal to ask that students at least be aware of their egos’ attempts to deny responsibility for being upset. Therefore, becoming angry does not mean one is not a good Course student, but becoming a “good” one means learning—or even being willing to learn—to be responsible for one’s angry perceptions of others, and to be aware of one’s own guilt over separation from the Love of God and the loving guidance of Jesus or the Holy Spirit. “Good” students thus would never seek to justify their angry thoughts or feelings; at the same time they would not be denying that they have them. This honesty allows Jesus or the Holy Spirit to help them change their minds, if they so choose. This is the gentle and loving way of understanding Jesus’ statements in the text that we quoted above.

Question  from:
The Most Commonly Asked Questions About A Course in Miracles

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Forgiveness

From: “Jesus: My Autobiography.”
Channelled by Tina Louise Spalding

Forgiveness is the most important practice based on this understanding. I am not asking you to forgive for no reason; I am telling you to forgive because it is the key that unlocks the door to knowledge. Through the practice of forgiveness, you achieve peace, harmony, and love, and when you are in that state, you are in alignment with the nonphysical and Divine Mind, and you will receive information from that higher vibratory source. Your life will begin to change in a way that is beyond your comprehension at this moment.

This idea of forgiveness, this idea of not reacting to a negative attack from the outside world and instead seeing it as something that you can transform through love and through an open heart and an open mind — these were the teachings. 

Enlightenment is this: It is the absolute transformation of mind, removing all the blocks to love’s presence — removing all blocks, all fears, and all hatreds — and it is often accomplished when beings have done much work themselves, working with love energies, forgiveness, compassion, and these kinds of things. I had done much work through my teens and twenties and when I was on my trek to remove fears and thoughts from my mind that caused pain and suffering. 

I taught forgiveness, for judgment is indeed the biggest interference to connection to the nonphysical world. It is judgment that will keep you in the dream, separated from your Source, this being that you call God that is an overall, overriding energy that pushes you toward love, acceptance, and freedom. 

What I taught and what I am teaching now is this idea of forgiveness when you understand that all of the things you experience in your world are your own creations, so there is no point in attacking them judgmentally because you are literally attacking yourself in unawareness.

This idea of forgiveness is multileveled. You must forgive yourself for the error that you made in creating this world. When you look around the world and do not understand it, when you look around the world and hate it, when you look around the world and see injustice and suffering, then you do not understand the principle of projection. It is not until you understand the principle of projecting the unwanted into the world that you will begin to be able to come to some place of forgiveness and peace. As long as you believe that it is real (in the absolute sense of the word) and as long as you believe that enemies and evil exist out there, you are in the powerless place of the victim. You are in a powerless place of unconsciousness, which is an uneducated state. You do not understand truth — you do not understand that God is love, that All is love — other than what you witness through your mind, which is the projection of all your fears into the world so that you might hate them. The reason you have projected them is you cannot contain that kind of conflict within the mind. The guilt and fear would overwhelm you, and you would go into a state of catatonia, let us say, or have a psychotic break. So what you have done is separate all your fears, all your hatreds, out into the world so that you might judge them. You have heard this phrase, “Judge not, that ye be not judged” [Matthew 7:1, KJV], and you will not accept this until you understand that this world is your own creation and that your enemies are your own frightening aspects of mind that you have separated out so that you do not have to live with them. When you see an enemy or when you see something to judge, you must understand that it is a part of your fractured mind represented outside of yourself to give you some relief from your distorted ideas. When you judge that, then you judge a part of your mind, you feel it as pain even though you might not be aware of it. So this is where the concept of forgiveness comes in, and it is so very important for you to see it not as the way that it is represented in Church teachings and not in the idea that a good person forgives and therefore overcomes badness. What you must understand is that forgiveness is the act or the statement of your comprehension of truth, which is that any crimes committed by other beings are projections of your own mind’s separation and your own mind’s fearful concepts. To love and forgive those will allow you to integrate that aspect of self into mind, and you will become more whole. It is this state of peace — through the practice of forgiveness via the understanding of the truth of your creative process — that you will be able to return Home and return to a state of peace and wholeness.

Join us in this direction toward light, toward love, toward self-acceptance, and toward self-appreciation through the practice of forgiveness and the practice of letting go of the untruths in your mind. That is all forgiveness is: You only remember the loving, you only remember the kind from the past, and you choose only to bring that with you and to offer it to your fellow brothers and sisters. This simple practice of letting go of the negative, the fearful, and the untrue will transform your body, will transform your mind, will transform your experience, and will transform your ability to tap into the creative powers that are given to you by this benevolent force that wants you to vibrate in accord with it in its loving, loving vibration.

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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.
A Course in Miracles T-18.VI.1.

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 http://acfip.org/lightbulb.html)

You dwell not here, but in eternity.
You travel but in dreams, while safe at home. 
T-13.VII.17:6-7.

You are at home in God, dreaming of exile but perfectly capable of awaking to reality. 
T-10.I.2:1.


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The Value and Limitation of Religion by Jan Frazier
Posted on March 29, 2019


So much trouble has been set in motion by religion. Even so, religious or spiritual practice surely has been a blessing for some who long to know the truth of what they are, beyond all limiting definition of a self.
In childhood, I periodically sensed a something much bigger, a reality beyond the apparent. It was palpable at times, almost a physical sensation. There was the urge to stretch the roof of my mouth higher, as if straining to make more space for it. I wanted to taste, to contain, what seemed uncontainable. Something seemed to swell inside my small ribcage, when I lay in my dark bed talking to God. Going to church, the container and dispenser of religion, provided a context of sorts, a language and rituals. Sunday Mass offered a framework that seemed to account for the inner experience. Communion was sublime — the mystery of it, and how substantial it felt, beyond the symbolic.
It’s not unusual for a young child to intuit that “regular life” is apart from a larger, more diffuse reality. Early on, before time has come to feel altogether real, before the root of a forged identity has taken hold — before (that is) a child has learned how to be a person, enslaved by thought — there’s inner space, a receptivity to that which does not fit neatly into received thought structures. For a young child, dwelling in the now comes naturally. Momentary experience, not thought, is what rings with authenticity.
At some point, though I would not understand why until long after, something in my growing self intuited the limitation of the religious formulation of things. I chafed against the rigidity that was intermixed with the evocation of vastness. It was time to move on. By then I was a young adult.
When the mind and ego take hold of something they cannot hope to fathom, it’s just a matter of time before it’s mangled beyond recognition.
Many years went by. There was much development, life hitting me upside the head one way and another, pummeling the steadily aching heart in its earnest up-and-down pursuit of happiness. For a while I was devoted to a spiritual practice, having a beloved teacher who was a great blessing in my life. Eventually, in middle age, it came to pass that practices and containers of any kind ceased to compel. Everything fell away, and a clarity entered the picture. It was as if I’d come home to what my young self had known.
Yet this opening didn’t lead me to lose sight of the potential benefit of religion and spirituality. If anything, it led to an appreciation for how these structures perhaps originated, a recognition of the common something at their collective core. That pristine essence, before the start-up of dogma, prior to crippling certainty and its inevitable companion, intolerance. It was easy to see how the reality of being had been distorted over millennia, how humankind had lost sight of that original awe, before concept or word, boundary or definition.
When the mind and ego take hold of something they cannot hope to fathom, it’s just a matter of time before it’s mangled beyond recognition.
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In the beginning, long before dogmatism and religious strife spread over the earth, someone somewhere (perhaps a few individuals, across cultures) sensed that formless, tender something beyond, and also within, the ordinary human being. Maybe there was a heartfelt attempt to express that intuitive knowing — to acknowledge its presence, to share and celebrate it. Neighbors were invited to sense it within, to look into each other’s eyes for recognition, with a communal bowing to the mystery.
Those around such a person, recognizing the apparent power embodied there, mistakenly saw this one as different, better — as “having something” they did not. It’s easy to imagine how a religion came into being, when the predominant experience of ordinary life was challenge and imperfection. Yet this person in their midst appeared to be profoundly at peace, attuned to a larger reality.
Then people did what people do. Those around that person made him or her into something special. The adoring followers came up with ideas, with structures, for the mind’s rendering of the truth. Ways were found to spread the word. Containers sprung up in cultures everywhere, inevitably clashing, generating distortion and intolerance.
In its origins, religion only ever meant to be about love. The unconditional sort, unbounded by limiting, divisive ideas. There never was meant to be fear, or separation, or the attempt to control. Only a radical opening to what is here, an invitation to sense the vast formlessness. To feel it within oneself and in others — in all-that-is.
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In this life of ceaseless change and uncertainty, starved for the illusion of security, humankind has naturally searched for something to take refuge in, a way to soothe ourselves in the chaos and rampant imperfection. But we seem to have made a terrible mess of things. With the flowering of dogmatism, as religions became politicized, conflict entered the picture of one religion and another. Along the way, the exquisite origin of it all was lost sight of.
The whole mess was set in motion (and has been maintained, for millennia) by the narrow sense of self, that mind-enslaved “part” of a human being not attuned to the larger reality.
In our strained reaching for the appearance of some kind of truth to guide us, we’ve become mired in corrosive certainty, in arrogance. As if our version of the truth was better than that of another sect, some other “-ism.” Yet concealed under the crushing burden of belief and rigidity remains the gold of that original intuiting.
No religion, no structured spirituality, can hope to contain that which is beyond comprehension or definition. In their attempt to enshrine, containers only block the light.
And yet as far as these things go, they can have their usefulness.
If you’ve felt drawn in a heartfelt way toward a religion, or a spiritual teacher or practice, there may be (or was) something there for you — even though what occurs in that setting may not look like what you expected or sought. As with any life development that nourishes and stretches a person, your time in a particular tradition will perhaps come to an end. When nature is allowed to take its course, awareness continues opening and unfolding, so long as there’s no clinging to the status quo. The ultimate value of any system of belief or worship is to lead you beyond itself, into the profound stillness and well-being within.

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The Lessons of Life’s Vital Moments
by Adyashanti

There are times when a great deal depends on the decisions we make and which direction we go in. I call these “vitality moments.” Sometimes, when we are in the thick of it, we understand our choices are vital; at other times, these moments are harder to spot. Sometimes we notice important, vital moments only when we look backward, as if in the rearview mirror.
We can explore vitality moments within the context of our spiritual search. If we consider some of the myths of great spiritual beings, there is always a vital moment in the story. The first that comes to mind is the Buddha, who left the life that he knew and his family and became a renunciant in order to seek the answers to his questions about the nature of human existence. When he came into an unfiltered, visceral relationship with suffering, sickness, old age, and death, he saw that this is how everything ends. His was a universal reaction: as we grow up, at a certain age we confront our mortality and accept that one of the few guarantees life offers is death. That is when the Buddha had his vitality moment, or turning point, when he recognized some fundamental aspects of the human experience: that everything is changing and that nothing lasts forever. In one sense, vitality moments are an obvious part of living, yet few people experience them in a deep and profound way. It is as if we notice them enough to try to change our focus, to look away, or to think about something else. That is not what the Buddha did; he dove into that great mystery of the unavoidable and inevitable aspect of life, which is suffering. The Buddha’s whole life pivoted on how he responded to this observation.
Divine guidance always arises like a whisper. It does not yell, and it does not insist. It is a quiet thing. We cannot hear the whispers of divine guidance until we have embraced where we are. Let yourself know that and rest with it; realize that sometimes knowing what is not working is extremely important, and you do not need to jump past knowing that you do not know. You can let yourself stop right in the middle of the insecurity.

In the Buddha’s story, when he reached that point, the first thing he did was veer from the renunciant path. He found himself by a river, half-emaciated and starving to death. A woman offered him some milk and later some food, which he accepted — a no-no for a holy man at that time. By receiving this woman’s compassion in the form of nourishment, he had to relinquish his entire world view about what a spiritual seeker should and should not be doing. He had to let himself step outside of the paradigm, but he did not have a plan. He knew that he had not found what he was looking for. Breaking some of the rules of the renunciant life changed the trajectory — whether he knew it or not — of his whole spiritual search. That was a vital moment!
It was a vital moment not only for him to know what was not working, but also for him to accept help from the woman. It was a vital moment because it was something the Buddha would not have done before. It was a decision that altered his spiritual life. I imagine he did not know that or understand it at the time; rather, he was following a voice of authenticity within himself in a deep way. This led to him sitting under the bodhi tree and making his declaration that he would not move until he reached enlightenment, and the story goes on from there.

Transformation tends to happen when we stop or something stops us — a tragedy, a difficulty — and we reassess and realize that the way we are going about life must be redefined. Sometimes we will need to redefine our whole identity. This does not just happen to spiritually advanced beings — this is human stuff. These moments occur with some regularity, and if we recognize how important they are, when they come, we can see them as both great challenges and great opportunities. How we respond is important. Do we search for a quick solution, for a quick answer, or for somebody to save us from our insecurity? Or do we find the wherewithal to settle into those moments and meet ourselves, like the Buddha did? We can lean forward into what is occurring, into the human experience or unresolved quality — whether it is doubt, or fear, or hesitation, or indecision, or whatever our pattern is that causes us to not throw ourselves entirely into that moment. We never know when these moments are coming. Some are big, and some are much smaller.

We should not assume that the small moments are not as important as the big, obvious ones, because attending to the small moments is the way we build a capacity to attend to the big moments of crisis. It is the reason why most spiritual traditions have various ways of getting us to pay attention to our life, even when nothing significant seems to be going on. This comes from an acknowledgment, a realization that vital moments are current in our life and there are decisions being made — consciously or unconsciously — about how we are going to relate to them.

Do you relate to life as an unfolding mystery and an adventure of discovery? An encounter with your immense capacity for wisdom, love, and experiencing life with intimacy and vitality? We have extraordinary abilities as human beings when we begin to recognize the vitality of certain moments and we bring a consciousness to them. These vitality moments happen in our lives with great regularity and are opportunities for awakening and transformation. We must repeatedly embrace the insecurity of these moments and by doing so come to trust them and so ourselves. In these moments, all we need is knowledge of the next step and the willingness to take it. Paradoxically, the knowing of what the next step is arises when we have the capacity to rest in not knowing what the next step is and to recognize this is an intimate part of the process of transformation.

Excerpted from The Most Important Thing: Discovering Truth at the Heart of Life by Adyashanti. Copyright © 2019 Adyashanti. Published by Sounds True.
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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.
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Forthcoming Workshops on A Course in Miracles


For up to date information on my workshops go to http://www.acfip.org/fws.html 


Germany 2019 Dates


Bonn Sat 15 and Sun 16 June - 2019
10am to 6pm



Return to love
from judgement to forgiveness

The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. 
It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love's presence, which is your natural inheritance. 
A Course in Miracles  Introduction to the Text. T-in.1

When a person feels seen and not judged, change happens on its own. it is like magic.
Paul Lowe

We are all created in the image of God and therefore love is our nature, our natural state. Judgements of ourselves and others blinds us to this awareness. Forgiveness of ourselves undoes judgement and begins to reveal the love within us. Any behaviour out of accord with love will show up as a disturbance in us. Our focus will be on identifying and removing the blocks to love.

This A Course in Miracle’s workshop explores the following:

Metaphysics of separation from love
Manifestation and love
What is love?
Everything is either an act of love or a call for love
From head to heart - the longest journey
Fear of God’s love
Denial and projection
Judgement
Relationships - special hate and special love
Loving yourself - acceptance
Healing others through love
Forgiveness 
False forgiveness

No knowledge of A Course in Miracles is required.



An Evening Introductory Talk - Fri 14th June 2019
7.30pm to 9.30pm


Contact:

Albert-Schweitzer-Haus

Beethovenallee 16

Bonn 53173

tel: 0228 - 36 47 37

http://www.albert-schweitzer-haus-bonn.de







Freiburg  2019 June 

Fri 21,[6pm tp 9pm] Sat 22 [10am to 6pm] and Sun 23 [10am to 5pm]



Return to love
from judgement to forgiveness

The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. 
It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love's presence, which is your natural inheritance. 
A Course in Miracles  Introduction to the Text. T-in.1

When a person feels seen and not judged, change happens on its own. it is like magic.
Paul Lowe

We are all created in the image of God and therefore love is our nature, our natural state. Judgements of ourselves and others blinds us to this awareness. Forgiveness of ourselves undoes judgement and begins to reveal the love within us. Any behaviour out of accord with love will show up as a disturbance in us. Our focus will be on identifying and removing the blocks to love.

This A Course in Miracle’s workshop explores the following:

Metaphysics of separation from love
Manifestation and love
What is love?
Everything is either an act of love or a call for love
From head to heart - the longest journey
Fear of God’s love
Denial and projection
Judgement
Relationships - special hate and special love
Loving yourself - acceptance
Healing others through love
Forgiveness 
False forgiveness

No knowledge of A Course in Miracles is required.

Contact:
Margarete Sennekamp
Winterhaldenweg 4,
79856 Hinterzarten,
Tel./Fax: 07652-917530
email: M.Sennekamp@t-online.de
www.Sophia-Institut.de



Germany 2020 Dates

12 - 14 June Bonn
19 - 21 June Freiburg

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BOOKS AND AUDIO MATERIALS FOR SALE - by Michael Dawson


New teaching and healing materials - eBooks and downloadable MP3s:

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

Inspired by A Course in Miracles.
This is the eBook version of the paper back.

New book in eBook format

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: www.acfip.org/books_tapes.html


Downloadable Mp3s:

This MP3 contains the identical four exercises as the CD

This MP3 contains the identical four exercises as the CD

This MP3 contains the identical three exercises as the CD

For more details and how to purchase please visit: http://www.acfip.org/books_tapes.html


Paperback Books:

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: http://www.acfip.org/books_tapes.html

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
Content: 
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.
 
Workshops:

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: http://www.acfip.org/audio.html

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CONTACTS and COURSE INFORMATION 


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
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.
miraclestudies.net  ………… 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  http://www.miracle-studies.net.au  lists study groups for Australia and new Zealand


A Course In Miracles Pen Pals:
The Miracle Network http://www.miracles.org.uk hosts a A Course in Miracles pen pals group:
To  join this e-mail discussion group,  send your e-mail address to e.pals@miracles.org.uk.  
They will send you  updated lists of other e.pals and  inform them of your e-mail address.

Belief.net ACIM discussion:
This Belief.net web-based discussion is hosted by Joe Jesseph.

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTATIONS

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


The true act of forgiveness requires you to see your own judgments as the crime, the one thing that keeps you from connecting with Source.
Making Love to God: The Path to Divine Sex
Tina Louise Spalding

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


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

EMAIL:       mdawson@acfip.org