ACFIP Newsletter 
March 2020
Issue 64
Quarterly Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Inner Peace



Announcements

•My new website on the dangers of 5G and radio frequency radiation

•Dražen who is currently translating “Jesus: My Autobiography” channelled by Tina Spalding
has discovered an excellent translation website. You may want to copy and paste this newsletter into it.

 


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.

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 Workbook 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:


4. Complete audio version of A Course in Miracles and Supplements available free of charge on YouTube.
These audios are suppled by the publisher of A Course in Miracles, the Foundation for Inner Peace.


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If you wish to read previous issues please go to http://www.acfip.org/newsletterarchive.html.

If your email address ends with .au I put your address on my Australian list for advance notice of workshops I am giving in Australia. If you do not want to be on this list please let me know. If you reside in Australia and want to be on this list, but your address does not end in .au, please email me and I will include it.

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


CONTENTS:


A Course in Miracles Material

 A Course In Miracles and Forgiveness - Michael Dawson 
*  How does one forgive oneself? - Kenneth Wapnick

Non Dual and Other Teachings

 Gradual Awakening - Adyashanti and Sally Bongers
 Split Mind Channelled by Tina Spalding 
Quotes

Other

* 3 Workshops in Germany - Bonn, Freiburg and Kempton
* Books and Audio Materials for Sale
* Links
* Inspirational Quotations



A Course in Miracles Material


A Course In Miracles and Forgiveness
Reprinted from the The Findhorn Book of Forgiveness. 
Findhorn Press
by Michael Dawson www.acfip.org

The Course is written on two levels - metaphysical and practical. Metaphysics investigates what is truth and what is illusion. The following quotation is from the metaphysical level of the course.

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

The practical teachings of the Course seek to awake us to the reality contained in that statement.

Jesus teaches us that this universe is not our real home. What is true is eternal which means it was never born. Anything that has a beginning must have an end and as such is not real. As God is eternal so must His creations be. His creations exist outside of time and space and therefore can not be threatened by change or death. What we mistakenly take as real changes all the time and death can strike at any moment. The Course sums this up on the first page of the Text:

Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God
(T-introduction.2:2-4)

Our true reality is really eternal, changeless, perfect formless spirit in complete oneness with God. What God did not create does not exist, apart from in a dream. In contrast our world is one of form, bound by time, is always changing and is far from perfect. Thus God could not of made this physical universe or know of its existence. What we take as reality, this time-space world, is really a dream from which forgiveness will awaken us. Its only value is as a classroom of forgiveness.

Of course, the world does not seem like a dream to most of us. But then our dreams last night also seemed real when we were dreaming them. Why does the Course refer to the universe as a dream? The symbology of the Adam and Eve story in the Old Testament can help us here. Adam and Eve were happy in the garden (Heaven) until an idea came that perhaps things could be even better if they ate of the forbidden fruit. This fruit is described in the Course as the thought of separation and is referred to as the ego. To be separate from God and do our own thing is impossible. But to dream of it is not. In our desire for autonomy and individuality the Course says we fell asleep so our wishes could come true in our dreams.

Into this dream we bring fearful thoughts of what we have done to our creator. Believing we have knocked God off his throne and stolen his power has left us with a strong thought that we have sinned. This thought must leave us feeing very guilty and we expect there will be a just punishment forthcoming from God. This is depicted in Genesis as God storming into the garden of Eden looking for the two transgressors who are trying to hide from his retribution behind a bush. On being caught they turn to their ego’s for advice on how to handle this situation. The ego’s advice is, as always, to deny and project. “It’s not my fault,” protests Adam, “It was Eve who tempted me”. “But I was persuaded by the snake,” protests Eve. It’s love that makes Heaven “go around” but in our dream world it has become guilt.

Now “we travel but in dreams”, forgetting we are “safe at home”. We seem to have got what we wanted - separation in exchange for the oneness of God and His creation which the Course calls the Christ. Jesus describes himself in the Course as a man who remembered he was the Christ, as we all are. The Christ shares in the love and majesty of God for there is only a perfect oneness in Heaven. Heaven cannot be understood by us who only know time and space, it has to be experienced.

In this dream we strive to be happy believing that with enough time and opportunity the world will provide us with what we want. “If only I can find the right partner, earn enough money, maintain my health, live long, become successful in my job, etc. then I will be happy,” we say to ourselves. Even if all the conditions are met there will always be a lurking fear in the back of our minds that any of these conditions could so easily change. The stock market could crash, our partner may get sick, war could be declared and so forth. We seem to prefer all this uncertainty to honestly saying to ourselves, “I have been wrong. There can never be any lasting peace here. Perhaps there is another way.” (T-30.I.12) And like the prodigal son, in the end all living things will decide to return to their loving Father in Heaven.

The world we have appeared to make is based on murder. We believe, in our unconscious, we had to kill God and take His power to make our world. This thought now manifests here in our dream as every living thing needs to kill something else to continue living and spend much of its time protecting itself or its young from being killed in turn. In the last century over 100 million people died in wars and many more were maimed, raped and tortured. We might say that we are vegetarians but still another life form must always die for us to continue. In contrast to Heaven (where need does not exist) ours is a world of scarcity where we fight over the resources. We need to ask ourselves the question, “Could a loving God have created such a world?” (T-13.in.3) 

Forgiveness is the ‘other way’ which seeks to gently wake us from our nightmare of separation and murder and return us to the awareness of our true home in Heaven. This dream seems so real that without help we would never awaken. When the separation from God appeared to happen (it never did in reality) we took with us into the dream a memory of God (to borrow a phrase from Dr. Kenneth Wapnick) we could never quite forget. The Course calls this the Holy Spirit and without His help we cannot awaken. In this book I have referred to the Holy Spirit as our inner guide.

The Holy Spirit is described as the remaining communication link between God and His separated Sons. In order to fulfil this special function the Holy Spirit has assumed a dual function. He knows because He is part of God; He perceives because He was sent to save humanity. (C-6.3:1-3 ) 

The Holy Spirit knows the truth of our oneness with God but also recognises our illusions so that He can teach us how to overlook them. Jesus is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit and is ever present to help us with our lessons of forgiveness if we but invite him in. As Jesus has transcended his ego his patience is infinite and he will stay with us until the end of time to help us all wake up.

After the seeming separation from God our minds became split into three parts, the ego, the Holy Spirit and the sleeping Son of God who has to decide which of the two voices to listen to. Although the Holy Spirit is always present in our minds ready to teach us another way of looking at the world, we fear to turn to Him for help. We think we have successfully abandoned God, broken up Heaven in the process and escaped into our self-made world where He cannot find us. To have God’s representative in our mind, the Voice for God, is frightening and we prefer to turn to our ego for help. “After all, does not the Holy Spirit work for God,” we exclaim! “And if we turn to Him for help He will punish us for our sins”.

Without the Holy Spirit’s help we are really lost as we have only the advice of the ego left. The ego is a thought we have made and, like any creation, wants to live. Its advice to us is only to ensure its own survival. Its counsel is that to escape from our dreadful feelings of guilt over the separation we need to deny the problem and project it onto the world. Until we learn to try another way we are doomed to repeat our errors. This reinforces our guilt which in turn maintains the ego thought system. The ego’s ‘food’ is guilt and following its advice will always lead to creating more guilt.

Although we seemed to have achieved the goal of separation and individuality we are left feeling that there is something missing in our lives, we no longer feel complete. The Holy Spirit would tell us that what is missing is the oneness with all life and God. But fearing this Voice we have only the ego thought system to turn to. The ego tells us that there is something lacking in us and we can only find it by looking in the world for it. We try to fill the bottomless pit in ourselves by plunging into work, eating, drinking, sex, entertainment and above all by ‘falling in love’. Another person or object now becomes our substitute for God - what the Course describes as a ‘special love’ relationship. As long as each person fulfils the needs of the other the couple remains content for a time. But soon as one breaks this bargain the old feeling of emptiness arises. The door over the inner pain opens again and we try desperately to close it. Our ego will counsel us to attack the other in the hope that s/he will become guilty enough to change his or her behaviour. If this fails the relationship is likely to end and another sought instead.

At this difficult time we could also turn to forgiveness instead of attack. The strife we are experiencing will seem all too familiar. We can ask ourselves, “Perhaps there is another way of looking at this situation. What can I lose by trying?” (Lesson 33) This is an invitation to bring the power of the Holy Spirit into our minds. Our partner can be transformed from enemy to saviour becoming a mirror to our guilt. The relationship is now transformed into the goal of a holy relationship where truth and forgiveness and not ego needs take first place. Nor does it take the other to think this way for it is our change of perception that will bring us peace. The relationship may still end but the forgiveness learnt will take us one more step to peace.

We do not have to learn about love, truth and joy for that was eternally given us and but awaits our welcome.(T-13.VII.9) What we do need to do is to remove the blocks to that awareness and that is the role of forgiveness. Our world is a world where perception rules. (This is unknown in Heaven - in perfect oneness there is nothing to perceive.) Our need is to correct our perception with the aid of the Holy Spirit or Jesus.

What we think is what we perceive. Believing separation to be real that is exactly what we perceive around us. But when we awaken from the dream and realise all is one we can only perceive everything as part of ourselves. To attack another will then be impossible as it will seem as if we are stamping on our own feet. Everyone here perceives a different world because no two people think exactly the same. We can observe this in ourselves when we change moods. When we feel happy the world looks a far nicer place than when we are distressed.

Forgiveness teaches us that the world but reflects our thinking and therefore it is pointless to try to change the world to make ourselves happy. As I quoted earlier:

Projection makes perception. The world you see is what you gave it, nothing more than that. But though it is no more than that, it is not less. Therefore, to you it is important. It is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition. As a man thinketh, so does he perceive. Therefore, seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world. (T-21.in.1:1-7)

Of course, we all have our preferences with regard to clothes, climate, food, etc., which is normally linked to our conditioning. There is nothing wrong in this. However, understanding that what we perceive in the world is mirroring our state of mind is the road to lasting peace and joy. Now we have the power, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, to change our mind about the world. We realise its foolish to blame people and circumstances for our unhappiness. Nobody and nothing has that power over us. Until this is seen we are forced to defend the world we have made up by using defence and attack. It takes a lot of work to prop up our illusions about ourselves. If we are invested in being a victim we are forced to see a world populated by persecutors just waiting to have a go at us. Our perception of the world becomes highly selective, filtering out what does not support our beliefs and selecting that which reinforces them. Life now becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Forgiveness is a process where we start to learn our perceptual errors and decide we wish to see things differently. As we correct out perceptions we begin to undo the blocks we have created and true perception or spiritual vision starts to dawn on our minds. The world we once saw as a hostile place out to attack us was but merely mirroring our own belief that attack will get us what we want. When we think anger would get us something of value we also believe others will be thinking the same. This must result in us feeling insecure for now we are waiting to be attacked. This is why Jesus asks us to teach what we want to learn. (T-6.I.6.)

Forgiving this false perception immediately transforms the world we live in. Now, when others attack us we can see they think like we once did and do not realise they are actually reinforcing their own sense of vulnerability. Our new perception is that their attack is a call for our help. (T-12.I.5) Not that they are aware of this, which does not matter, it is that we are now aware of what they are doing as we have forgiven this behaviour in ourselves. Wishing to reinforce the love we feel growing within us we are happy to extend our love to those who attack us.

The form our behaviour will take we cannot know in advance, for what we have learned is under the direction of the Holy Spirit to which we are learning to turn more and more. If we are judged or attacked by another we may be guided to say something, to remain silent, to walk away - the appropriate loving response will be given if we are open to our inner guide.

To the ego the body is its home. How the body looks, what others think of it becomes of prime importance. When it is sick or in pain it is easy for us to focus on the seeming reality of the world. Now the Holy Spirit seems a liar as we say, “Don’t tell me this world is not real. I am in pain!”. But the body does not have a mind of its own. It must be told by the sleeping Son of God what it must feel, when it is to be born and die, whether to be sick or well. With the ego as our guide we play the game of making our body our reality. Once we change our allegiance to the Holy Spirit the body’s function will change. Now the body is perceived as a loving tool of communication instead of as a weapon of attack. This will also produce gains in vitality and health. The purpose of the body will change, no longer being seen as who we think we are. Instead it becomes a vehicle in which we can learn our lessons in our daily classrooms of forgiveness.

How long this journey home takes is entirely up to us. All the answers to all our problems are existing in this present moment, just waiting to be accepted. The Holy Spirit sees time as an illusion we have made as we could have no separate world without it. The ego relies on its past experience to try and solve present problems, and always fails. The Holy Spirit’s answers to our problems are like gifts just waiting to be unwrapped and received. We do not have to earn them or suffer or pray to receive them but simply want them with all our heart. The Holy Spirit will never go against our free will but will come instantly if He is made wholly welcome. (T-13.III.9) But while we think we know better and trust the counsel of our ego the gifts must wait for the day we are ready to accept them. These gifts are but various forms of forgiveness perfectly tailored to match the complexity of our problems. In time we learn His way works and will turn more and more to Him for help.

Step by step as we tread the path of forgiveness, we will be kindly and gently led from our nightmares to happy dreams of forgiveness. (T-13.VII.9) The world we once perceived as dark and threatening will start to be perceived differently. Former enemies are now perceived as our saviours as they offer us the chance to forgive what we have been projecting onto them. Our days become dedicated to finding peace through forgiveness. Our bodies gain vitality as they serves a holy purpose, no longer being perceived as our identity. When all our lessons are finally learnt we will perceive the Christ in all living things. We realise that there is nothing to forgive for what God created is perfect and needs no forgiveness. Further, having left our ego behind there is nothing unhealed to project and therefore nothing to forgive.

With forgiveness complete we enter what the Course calls ‘the real world’. It is still this world but seen differently. Now we walk quietly in peace. Finding the Christ within our own mind it is now impossible to see anything else in the world. People are perceived as either giving love or asking for it. (T-12.II.1) This is the judgement of the Holy Spirit and so becomes ours. Whether the body lives or dies is not important. It will be known when it is time to lay it aside, just as everything else is known. Choice has gone to be replaced by an inner certainty and the need for forgiveness is over.

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Q #7: How does one forgive oneself? I have a pen pal in prison who is new to the Course. He is 
in prison for assaulting his girlfriend. He says he is learning to forgive others but not himself. He 
is angry and ashamed of himself for hurting her. I can see his actions as a “call for love,” a 
mistake to be corrected and not a sin to be punished. He no doubt was a victim who became a 
victimizer, and keeps reliving it now. I would tell him to let it go—”Brother, choose again.” But 
could I say this to myself? I have dealt with depression most of my life and guilt is a familiar 
companion. My ego’s accusations seem overwhelming when I do one thing wrong. I see when I 
project my guilt onto others and I know it’s not helpful to blame and accuse myself when I judge 
others. But what if I really hurt someone else in some way? I could try to make amends and 
move on, but I don’t think my ego would let me off the hook that easily. I seem only to be able to 
release myself from guilt by experiencing pain for the length of time my ego dictates. I know 
there has to be “another way.” Why am I kind to others and mean to myself? 
Top 
To top it all off, I seek my addictions to get some relief from the pain of the guilt, and then I feel 
guilty for indulging in the addiction. I need a way out of this. Can we project guilt onto ourselves 
as well as others? I know I will come to understand why I don’t love myself and why I even hate 
myself at times. I am still learning. It is ironic that, as my friend in prison is trying to forgive 
himself, I am in my own prison trying to do the same. 

A: It does seem that as we learn more and more to release others from the projections of our own 
guilt, we then feel stuck with the guilt ourselves. Jesus tells us that “as blame is withdrawn from 
without, there is a strong tendency to harbor it within” (T-11.IV.4:5). But he goes on to say, “It is 
difficult at first to realize that this is exactly the same thing, for there is no distinction between 
within and without” (4:6), and then, “Blame must be undone, not seen elsewhere” (5:3). So how 
do we do that? 
The question you raise, “How does one forgive oneself?” is a good one, but it is actually the 
wrong question. Because we are still so strongly identified with our egos, we can not forgive 
ourselves, at least not by ourselves (i.e., on our own, which is the ego state). That is why we need 
Jesus or the Holy Spirit, or whatever nonjudgmental symbol of love and acceptance we feel 
comfortable with, to look with us at our “sins.” We need someone outside of our guilt-based 
thought system who knows the truth about who we really are, to whom we can give our guilt, 
once we have uncovered it and recognized its purpose and its cost. We believe that we are bodies 
that can hurt and be hurt by each other. Jesus knows we are spirit, the guiltless Son of God who 
is incapable of attack. We don’t believe that and in fact we don’t want to believe it, because we 
still want the separation and our own individuality to be real. And so the forgiveness process 
must involve joining with someone or something outside of ourselves, such as Jesus, who knows 
separation and attack and guilt are not real. We are incapable of this realization on our own, by 
definition. 
The ego, as you are experiencing it for yourself, tells us that we need to atone for our sins 
through suffering and sacrifice. But that only reinforces our belief that our guilt is real and that 
God is a punishing God who seeks revenge for our very real sins. And all of our attempts then to 
gain release through expiation are just forms of magic that fail to address the real problem in the 
mind. We need to understand that the problem is not the guilt we believe we are experiencing for 
our transgressions here in the world. Those “sins” are really deliberate distractions, serving the 
purpose of keeping our focus here in the world, looking for magical solutions to release our guilt 
(e.g., making amends) or to avoid experiencing it (e.g., addictions). But these only prevent us 
from looking deeper into our mind to the real source of all of our pain and guilt (and everyone 
else’s)—the belief that we have not only separated ourselves from our loving Source, but that we 
have been willing to kill Him, to destroy Love, to be on our own. 
However, if we can join with a reflection of that Love, such as Jesus or the Holy Spirit, and look 
at our self-accusations with their loving presence beside us, we will have to realize at some level 
that we have not destroyed love. And in that recognition, real forgiveness—for what has never 
happened—is possible, dissolving all guilt and releasing us from our self-imposed prison. And 
then whatever action or behavior, if any, may be most helpful and healing in response to our so-
called transgressions against others in the world will simply flow through us. 

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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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Material from ETs

I introduce ET material from loving, wise and non-judgemental sources in most newsletters. I realise this is a controversial subject so I want to introduce below the science behind the possibility of other life forms in this universe, some of which are far in advance of us.

I recently learned that the US space agency NASA has been pointing an orbital telescope at one small part of our Milky Way galaxy and found about 3000 planets to date. This led to one of their department heads saying there must be more planets in the universe than stars. 
There are trillions of stars in the universe. A trillion is a thousand billion. A billion is a thousand million. A million days have not gone by since Jesus died. This is a very big number. 
There are also trillions of moons. Are they all empty of life and the only life is all crowded onto this one planet? A few hundred years ago we thought the Earth was at the centre of the universe and everything else revolved around us. If some of this ET life is just a few thousands years ahead of us technically, they would have learned how to travel beyond Einstein's light speed barrier and easily and quickly visit us here. 
I believe many of them have much to teach us especially as some have been through our current challenges a very long time ago.
Michael Dawson

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Gradual Awakening - Adyashanti and Sally Bongers

I’ve met people for whom awakening almost happened as if in retrospect, like it crept up on them. The transition may not have been marked by distinctive, obvious moments. It’s almost like they crept out of the dream or crept into outer space, and then at some point there was recognition, “Oh, when did that happen?”
They can’t really point to any distinct moment when there was a change, but they recognize at some point that a real, total change has happened. So it can sneak up on you; it can happen that way, too. 
From The End of Your World by Adyashanti


from: I am the tree
"Everyday Enlightenment"        
Seven Stories of Awakening - Sally Bongers

There was a kind of gradual awakening going on over that time. Sometimes I felt I was almost getting it but wasn't sure. The concept of getting it all at once, I felt, was a block because while it was taking place I was waiting for the big bang and blocking what was already there. That is what the story was - this big light would come on and angels would sing or whatever. So it was hard for me to recognise that it was me, it was this, not something else.

With some, realisation comes imperceptibly, but somehow they need convincing. 
They have changed, but they do not notice it. Such non spectacular cases are often the most reliable.
Nisargadatta Maharaj - I Am That

You don't want to accept the ordinary. It's like: "This can't be it. Is this all there is to it?" That's what keeps you from recognising what it is - the expectation that it is not this, but it's over there somewhere, it's going to get better, brighter - whatever the expectations are, whatever you have been conjuring up in your mind.

Eventually the idea that you haven't got it yet just peters out. Even the thoughts that come up about it are just the story. It's your mind. It doesn't want to lose control. It's not going to let you go so easily. It's going to keep on running, though the fact that you don't believe it takes the juice out of it and weakens it more and more.
It will die a natural death.  

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Maybe that's why so many of us are waiting for the big wow, the implication being that we are missing the awakening that's going on right here and now in front of us, because it is so soft and subtle.  We've been conditioned to look for it in only one kind of package, and miss it when it comes wrapped differently, because it doesn't look to us as expected.
If awakening comes with a soft "oh my," instead of a big, mind-blowing "wow," don't overlook the possibility of the "oh my" in favor of waiting for the big "wow."
From an interview with Adyashanti


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Split Mind
Channelled by Tina Spalding

 

Transcript for the YouTube Video (021C): 
https://youtu.be/1taTjPh8hEw

We're with you again dear ones. Your journey continues with us through these subjects that we are bringing forth here on a relatively regular basis. 
Now our dear one (Tina Spalding) is a being who has taken on this work as her life's purpose. So we would like you at this point of the interaction... in getting to know us and in getting to know our deal one as we call her... we would like you to pay attention to the judgments that arise in your mind. 
Pay attention to the judgments that question the reality of this experience. 
Pay attention to the feelings and emotions that arise as you begin to gaze into your own mind, as you begin to shift your own interaction with your own consciousness. 
What we want to tell you here, some basic consciousness rules. 
Your life is a journey through your own consciousness.
You have been taught that this world is objective, that it arises  of its own volition, that things that happened to you have nothing to do with you. Some of you are opening up to this idea of creating your own reality, but for many of you, this is not a fully formed concept, not a fully understood belief. You still think that you are victimized by people. You still think that your suffering is caused by others. But it is not. It all arises within your own consciousness, and your consciousness plays out in front of you. 
It plays out in all of your relationships, it plays out in your work, it plays out in your car accidents and your sicknesses. These are all places that your consciousness expresses itself. But you have a great rift in your mind and the rift in your mind is what we call a split mind. The split mind is a consciousness that is trying to keep itself at peace, and this is not a bad purpose. We are trying to bring you to a state of peace, but with an integrated mind. 
What most egoic consciousnesses do, and remember, this is a place of the ego, this is a place of the split mind. For most beings on this plane at this time, except those who are on the very leading edge of awakening, they believe that the world is happening to them and that they have no influence over it. And this is a very powerless and frightening place for you to be. We are here to tell you that you have great influence, that you have great power, that you have, in fact, at your fingertips the creative power of a God, and you can change your world. 
Now in your Judeo Christian culture, for you are in a Judeo Christian culture, you have forgotten that. It seems modern, it seems evolved and liberated, but it is in fact quite restricted by ancient teachings that were inflicted upon your society and upon which your society has been built. Behavioral norms that are, in fact, Christian in nature, as defined by the Christian church. You are now living in a society that was founded on these rules, founded on these ancient traditions. But some of these ancient traditions, some of these rules, are not so, are not true in that sense. And so we are leading you through an experience that is going to take you into many, many different realms, many, many different aspects and facets of your own consciousness, in an effort to reintegrate your mind. 
You see, you have placed many ideas outside of your mind that you do not like. And you call them wars, you call them sickness, you call them horrible people. But in actual fact, they are manifestations of your own mind, ideas that you have disconnected yourself from, ideas that you have refused to accept. And this is a complicated concept for the western mind, for you are raised in a scientific tradition that tells you that this world is materialistic, not spiritual. It tells you it is objective and not subjective. But we are here to tell you different. 
We are here to bring into the modern times some ancient teachings that have been forgotten in your secular world, that have been dismissed by fundamental religious beliefs over the centuries. And now we are speaking the truth to you, we are speaking the truth that you are a great magnet. You are a great creator. And the ideas and beliefs that you hold in your mind are that which is creating your body, are that which is creating your world, and are that which is creating your experience. 
So over these many, many days of instruction that you will receive, if you continue to join us in this excursion into mind, you will find out about many different aspects of mind that perhaps you have not heard about before. Perhaps you have heard about them, but spoken in different ways, different language. 
But we are here to tell you that it is YOUR mind that is creating your experience. Your life is YOU showing up as people, places and things. 
So if you have conflict in your world, that is because you have conflict in your mind. If you have sickness in your body, it is because you have unhealthy ideas in your mind. If you are experiencing poverty, it is because you have ideas of scarcity within your own mind. And you are manufacturing things of like-vibration, and attracting them to you. 
There are many, many ways to change this experience. You can have many, many different practices, many different mantras or exercises. But the biggest concept that we want to introduce in this daily lesson is the idea of 'forgiveness'. 
Forgiveness is a practice that asks you to look at the world differently. It asks you to look at the world with a soft eye, a gentle eye, a questioning eye, an open heart, an open mind. Not judging it as wrong. Not judging it as evil. Not judging it as 'other'. But asking that question, "Does this situation have something to do with me? Does this person who is yelling at me angry and frustrated have something to show me about my own anger? Does this family member who is ignoring me, do they have a message for me? Do I ignore people? 
This world is a reflection of you and so we want you to plant that idea in your mind today. We want you to go out into your world today. Look at the people in your life. Look at the jobs, look at the frustrations, look at your home, look at your finances. Just with an easy eye, and ask yourself where are you thriving? Where are you happy? And look at the beliefs that you hold about that particular area of your life. The joy you bring to it, the enthusiasm you bring to it perhaps? And then look at a part of your life that is not thriving. Look at a part of your life that is stilted or limited. And then look at the beliefs that you hold about that part of your life. Are they fearful? Are they unloving? Are they frightened? 
This is what is creating your world. This is what is bringing to you in physical form, a reflection of that which is ideological in the mind. And this is a revolution, indeed, for once you grasp this truth, once you grasp this idea, then you will in fact have in your hands the reins of your life, the control of your life, and you will be able to begin to manufacture, in physical form, that which you wish. You will be able to attract to you the kinds of relationships, the kinds of abundance, the kinds of experiences that you want. 
But to do that, you must understand how creation works. You must understand that it is vibrational in nature, that is YOU, coming to YOU, in physical form. It is a reflection, a mirror of your internal, unmanifested world, ideas, thoughts, beliefs, coming to you to show you what is actually going on in your mind. This seems a big topic for you to understand what is going on in your mind. But trust us, this is where it all begins. This is where your life begins. This is where your health begins. And this is where you see where you are unloving and disconnected from love. For that as all humans want, they want to give love and receive love, feel healthy and happy and creative and enjoy themselves. So we are teachers that are leading you along this road to those experiences, but you must understand how creation works. You must take responsibility for your own experience and your own creative power.
We will look forward to these many conversations, but today that is our lesson to give you. 
We would say look inside your world and ask yourself, where are you happy? Where are you unhappy? And see if you can discern the difference between the ideas that you have about the good parts of your life, and the ideas that you have about what you consider the bad parts. 
Remember, you are not here to be perfection, you are here to come to see that which is untrue in your mind. You are on a journey to return to love, to return to your natural state as a loving giving creative part of God-mind if you want to call it that. 
We are merely here to assist you in helping to identify where your lack of love lies, so that you can begin to bring love to that part of your mind, and therefore to that part of your life. It will begin to flourish, it will begin to flower just like the strong and thriving parts of your life already are. You know how to do it in some areas. But for most of you, you have an area or two, or three, where you are frustrated, where you are having a difficult time. And that is where we want to help you ease your experience. Where we want to help you raise your vibration so that you may begin to experience more joy, more happiness, more health, more abundance. We are Ananda, we are your dear teachers and friends and we will speak to you again soon.
July 13, 2015

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Quotes

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..... The search for reality is the most dangerous of all undertakings for it will destroy the world in which you live. But if your motive is love of truth and life, you need not be afraid.
Nisargadatta Maharaj
I Am That

The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the possessing entity - the thinker. Knowing this enables you to observe the entity. The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated.

You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter -- beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace -- arise from beyond the mind.

You begin to awaken.
Eckhart Tolle
Practicing the Power of Now

When you are willing to accept sole responsibility for the ego's existence you will have laid aside all anger and all attack, because they come from an attempt to project responsibility for your own errors. But having accepted the errors as yours, do not keep them. Give them over quickly to the Holy Spirit to be undone completely, so that all their effects will vanish from your mind and from the Sonship as a whole.
A Course in Miracles (T.7.VIII.5:4-6).


       This world is a dream—don't be deluded;
        if in a dream a hand is lost, it's no harm.
        In dreams, no real damage is done if the
        body is maimed or torn in two hundred pieces.
        The Prophet said of this apparently substantial
        world that it is but the sleeper's dream.
        You've accepted this as an idea, but the spiritual
        traveler has beheld this truth with an open eye.
        You are asleep in the daytime; don't say this is
        not sleep.

                            - Rumi

Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
The journey to God

The journey to God is merely the reawakening of the knowledge of where you are always, and what you are forever. It is a journey without distance to a goal that has never changed. Truth can only be experienced. It cannot be described and it cannot be explained. I can make you aware of the conditions of truth, but the experience is of God. Together we can meet its conditions, but truth will dawn upon you of itself.
A Course in Miracles  T-8.VI.9:6-11

The real does not die, the unreal never lived..... The world and the mind are states of being. The supreme is not a state. It pervades all states, but it is not a state of something else. It is entirely uncaused, independent, complete in itself, beyond time and space, mind and matter.....There is nothing to recognise it by. It must be seen directly, by giving up all search for signs and approaches. When all names and forms have been given up, the real is with you. You need not seek it. Plurality and diversity are the play of the mind only. Reality is one.
I Am That
Nisargadatta Maharaj


Well, we can tell you that if you actually go into the minds of many beings, they are not thinking smart things at all. They are regurgitating old family stories. They are replaying old resentments and fears. They are projecting into the future of things they don't want to have happen, not understanding the power of their mind. Not understanding that every thought is a prayer.
Every thought you have is sending out a frequency that will attract to you things of a like frequency very, very quickly.
You may notice that if you have one negative thought it tumbles into another negative thought, and before you know it, you are feeling terrible and the day is ruined. That is the Law of Attraction playing out in the non-physical sense. 
But those negative thoughts are also going to attract to you— if you keep having them — they are also going to attract to you experiences, people, places, and things of that frequency.
So when you have, we will call it, what do you call it, 'a brain worm' where something just keeps going around and around and around and around in your head — that is something that is creating and manifesting a single thought into a thought form. A thought form then has more power because it is infused with your power. You are powerful creators. 
So the thought forms that you are feeding —
"I am not worthy enough."
"I am poor.
"Nobody loves me."
 "The world is dangerous." 
— those kinds of thoughts you have held in your mind repeatedly, create thought forms which then begin to become more and more powerful because of your imbuing them with your creative power.

It is not God working against you, it is not the world working against you, 
it is your thought forms magnetizing to you something of a like frequency.
Channelled by Tina Spalding

 

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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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Three Forthcoming Workshops on A Course in Miracles


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


Germany 2020 Dates


Bonn Sat 13 and Sun 14 June - 2020
10am to 6pm



The Power of Forgiveness - 2020

Forgiveness is the key to happiness. 

Here is the answer to your search for peace. Here is the key to meaning in a world that seems to make no sense. Here is the way to safety in apparent dangers that appear to threaten you at every turn, and bring uncertainty to all your hopes of ever finding quietness and peace. Here are all questions answered; here the end of all uncertainty ensured at last. 
A Course in Miracles 
Lesson 121 

Forgiveness is at the heart of the practical teachings of A Course in Miracles. It removes all the obstacles to realising our divine, eternal, formless nature. It reveals the peace, joy and love put there by our Creator. Forgiveness is misunderstood by the world which sees problems outside ourselves instead of in our mind, where forgiveness can heal them. When we attack and judge another we are really attacking our own mind, the source of projections. What we find disturbing in the world are but symbols of what is unhealed in our minds. We live in a reflective universe.

This workshop will explore both the metaphysical and practical teachings of the Course. Exercises will be used to apply forgiveness to the problems in our minds, the only place true healing can occur.

We will explore the following topics from the Course:

Metaphysical teachings:
Metaphysics of forgiveness
Forgiveness saves time - the miracle
Creating a different reality with forgiveness-manifestation

Practical teachings:
The ego's world of guilt, denial and projection
Two faces: victim and victimiser
True and false forgiveness
Resistance to forgiveness
Ladder of forgiveness
Judgement and defenselessness
Healing the body through forgiveness


No knowledge of A Course in Miracles is required.



An Evening Introductory Talk - Fri 12th June 2020
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  2020 June 

Fri 19,[6pm tp 9pm] 
Sat 20 [10am to 6pm] and Sun 21 [10am to 5pm]



The Power of Forgiveness - 2020

Forgiveness is the key to happiness. 

Here is the answer to your search for peace. Here is the key to meaning in a world that seems to make no sense. Here is the way to safety in apparent dangers that appear to threaten you at every turn, and bring uncertainty to all your hopes of ever finding quietness and peace. Here are all questions answered; here the end of all uncertainty ensured at last. 
A Course in Miracles 
Lesson 121 


Forgiveness is at the heart of the practical teachings of A Course in Miracles. It removes all the obstacles to realising our divine, eternal, formless nature. It reveals the peace, joy and love put there by our Creator. Forgiveness is misunderstood by the world which sees problems outside ourselves instead of in our mind, where forgiveness can heal them. When we attack and judge another we are really attacking our own mind, the source of projections. What we find disturbing in the world are but symbols of what is unhealed in our minds. We live in a reflective universe.

This workshop will explore both the metaphysical and practical teachings of the Course. Exercises will be used to apply forgiveness to the problems in our minds, the only place true healing can occur.

We will explore the following topics from the Course:

Metaphysical teachings:
Metaphysics of forgiveness
Forgiveness saves time - the miracle
Creating a different reality with forgiveness-manifestation

Practical teachings:
The ego's world of guilt, denial and projection
Two faces: victim and victimiser
True and false forgiveness
Resistance to forgiveness
Ladder of forgiveness
Judgement and defenselessness
Healing the body through 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


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Kempten, Germany
Sat 27[10-6] and Sunday 28 June [10-5], 2020

Cost: E200


Healing Ourselves and Others

from the perspective of A Course in Miracles
- Michael Dawson -
www.acfip.org

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 healing 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.         

Contact:
Volkmar Zahor
Freudental 14
87435 Kempten
Tel: +49 (0)831 96 06 1953
Fax: +49 (0)831 96 06 1955
volkmar@naturheilpraxis-zahor.de 
www.naturheilpraxis-zahor.de


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Workshop dates for 2021

Bonn 11.-13.June. 2021, 
Freiburg 18.-20.2021.

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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

For free copies of two of my 8 healing exercises please click:
Reducing Physical Pain This audio helps to reduce or eliminate pain and find the cause in the mind so it can be released through forgiveness.
and
Self Forgiveness. This audio aids us in accepting and forgiving the parts of ourselves we dislike.


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 


Complete audio version of A Course in Miracles and Supplements available free of charge on YouTube.
These audios are suppled by the publisher of A Course in Miracles, the Foundation for Inner Peace.



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

If you hate something and you focus all your energy on it, you will get more of it! 
So watch who you hate, how you hate, and when you hate, and make a different choice.
If you invest energetically in something, then you will get more of it. Have no doubt about it.
So know that the ripples of hatred and judgment that you send out will come back to you in the form of a magnified energy of that very same frequency, and that is something to contemplate, is it not?

You Can Free Yourself from the Karma of Chaos 
Channelled bTina Spalding

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
Queensland 4183
Australia

EMAIL:       mdawson@acfip.org
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