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Forgive Everyone Everything

Forgive and be free! Forgive them for what they did or didn’t do! Exclude no one from the blessing of your forgiveness, including your Self. Forgive your 4th grade teacher, the co-worker who betrayed you, the military, parents, siblings, all relatives, enemies and friends! And whoever it was who scratched your car and forgot to leave a note. Right now as you read this, close your eyes and imagine that all is forgiven, the past, current issues and fears projected into the future! The power to change your mind i.e. what to think or how to think about something is up to you. That is where your true power lies. We have been brainwashed by parents, society, governments with laws but forgiveness, the release of judgment, is the trump card, your creative choice!

We live in a dualistic world: good and bad, hot and cold, short and tall, young and old, etc. We also have a split mind with two thought systems. We can listen to the ego or the voice of Love. YOU, the Decision Maker decides which system to follow. Choose the Christ mind, (Spirit, Source, God, Allah, Yahweh or Creator,) Love or the ego’s voice of fear, judgment, guilt and envy. Watch your mind to see these thought systems. For stress, choose the ego’s fear, pain, guilt and hate. For peace, choose the thoughts of forgiveness, equality, compassion, non-judgment and kindness. To tell which mind you are listening to ask yourself: How do I feel? A forgiveness thought brings a soothing balm. A blaming, judgmental thought brings guilt and fear of attack. The ego thought system is designed to keep the misery, disharmony and attack going. It can also make you sick, literally!

The purpose of the world is forgiveness! Forgiveness is our function over and above marriage, career, family etc. It brings inner peace. When you are upset there is something to forgive. We can be hurt by nothing but our thoughts and we can change all thoughts that hurt. For example: Someone at work really bugs you, he/she is a loud mouth, controlling, conniving busy body. Ask the voice for Love/Spirit in your mind: How can I see this differently? Then wait. A thought will come, maybe in the next few minutes, hour or even later but hang tight! Keep asking. If asked, the ego mind will bring up an attack or get even thought. The thought that brings a feeling of release and peace is the voice for love within your mind. Forgiveness sets in. Sometimes this has to be repeated because the ego is resistant. When we can see a person or situation differently, we understand that it was just a mistake; we had a lesson to learn about our perceptions, expectations and or projections. A projection is a judgment that we project out, onto someone else in order not to recognize it in ourselves. Like disliking someone who constantly interrupts when we in fact do the same thing but no one tells us!
How freeing to have a mind at rest! When tenseness, headache or worry sets in there is something to forgive. Forgive, release and laugh at it! Remember, your true identity is Spirit, eternal, residing in Oneness and Loved. So is everyone. How can the eternal be hurt? The only thing that seems to hurt is the ego and the ego is not who you are! It is false and has a loud shrill voice. Don’t listen to it. Choose the decision making mind and listen to Spirit, the eternal that is in you. Forgiveness enters and heals all wounds, judgments and grievances. We all have had painful experiences that seem beyond the forgiveness factor. The question is: How long do you want to hold onto the pain? We have a high tolerance for pain. It will last as long as you withhold forgiveness. Be pain free in 2010 and forgive everyone for everything!

Sally McKirgan, A Course In Miracles student, artist and poet lives in Ashland, Oregon.

Three Step Process To Undo The Ego

The Disappearance of the Universe, straight talk about A Course In Miracles and a 3-step process to undo the ego.

A Course In Miracles is a spiritual teaching of pure love and forgiveness, written down by Helen Shucman as she heard the words dictated by Jesus. It is 3 books in one: a text that offers the theory of pure non-duality, a workbook to apply it in daily life, and a manual for teachers. It was presented in classic Shakespearean blank verse with Christian references, partly, it is believed, to be legible for future ages, and also to offer correction to traditional Christianity. It uses the masculine to reference God, and the Holy Spirit–or the Voice for God–and Christ, only for purposes of consistency with the understanding that they are genderless and really all one.

Gary Renard became a student of the Course after numerous remarkable visitations by his teachers who helped him offer Jesus’ message from the Course in a modern conversational format and offers clarification to many of the common mistakes made by students and teachers. Gary’s sense of humor, and the lightness his teachers bring to this advanced form of spirituality is so refreshing that it slips in the keys to secret of the Universe as disarmingly as a good joke!

3-part spiritual practice:

In the “Disappearance of the Universe“, Gary Renard’s teachers, two of Jesus’ disciples, now ascended masters, describe a silent prayer meditation practiced by Jesus 2000 years ago.

They suggested this meditation as one of a 3-part practice designed to accelerate the undoing of the ego by releasing the unconscious guilt that keeps us stuck in the cycle of reincarnation, as a way of hiding in the Universe of form and the belief that we chose to separate from God.

The practical results to this doing this work become obvious when you realize that peace, love, and true forgiveness brought into any area of your life have immediate benefits, not the least of which being peace of mind and a renewed passion to contribute toward positive change in whatever walk of life you’re in. Obviously, the world could use some change for the better, but the true power that results from practicing the Course is changing how you see the world and the people in your life. The focus is on affecting change at the level of cause (the mind and your thoughts) rather than effect (the world of illusory form). This is the only place of true change, since it undoes the unconscious guilt where it originated.

Meditate morning and evening for just 5 minutes in silent joining with God and you may find, over time, that the results can lead to direct inspiration in regards to your life purpose and any major decisions. On a day to day practical level, you may find that committing to this practice helps you become more peaceful throughout the day, and the things that used to really get to you, just don’t upset you anymore.

When you notice this, you’ll have solid evidence that this is working to undo the guilt and anger in your unconscious mind, and it will have lasting effects in your daily life. Your interactions with people become more harmonious and you will feel directly guided at times as to the best course of action in every moment of the day.
It has been revealed in A Course In Miracles that prayer as Jesus taught and practiced it, was intended to be done in silence as a joining of your mind with God’s. Becoming one with His love answers all worldly problems. Thinking of your complete oneness with God, rather than seeing Him as outside of you helps to put you in ‘one-mindedness’ or right-mindedness, as the Course describes, by choosing the Holy Spirit as our teacher and interpreter.

Apply Advanced Forgiveness to whatever disturbs you during the day. This isn’t about forgiving some guilty ____ for what you think they’ve done, but overlooking it by seeing who they truly are in their innocence, and so forgiving what never happened. It is a quantum approach to applying non-duality to every situation recognizing that you are not a victim. Pure non-duality, as presented in the Course, is the awareness that what God created is whole, and completely perfect and so cannot have any counterpart or opposite. At this level of awareness, the truth is revealed that you, as Christ, are one with God and there cannot be anyone or anything separate from the one.

You can start practicing this true forgiveness now, even though you seem to be experiencing separation in a body, by letting the Course retrain the mind to recognize there’s really no one outside of you making you feel the way you do. Seeing with true spiritual sight means seeing everyone as innocent and everything in the world as meaningless, except to offer it to the Holy Spirit for reinterpretation. This is the keystone to the work of getting home, where you remember you’ve been dreaming and you are really safe at home with God. Peace is the result of practicing this level of forgiveness, returning your mind to heaven, where God’s Peace is always the natural condition.

Einstein understood that what we’re seeing with the body’s eyes is an optical illusion of reality. In short, the only real problem is the belief that we’ve separated from our Source and are wandering around inside a body observing a real world. The one correction is to forgive the images we’ve made up since the beginning of time, whether they are bodies, trees, or universes. Here, the cycle of birth and death ends, and your immortality is all that remains.

A Course in Miracles describes our particular dilemma in this way: “You are safe at home in God, dreaming of exile, but perfectly capable of awakening to reality.” The key that Jesus found to waking up was to choose reality instead of the dream. He thought of everyone he saw as perfectly innocent and whole, not a part of God, but one with God. Eventually the guilt that had him perceiving incorrectly and judging others as separate from him and God was undone and he was able to think of them as pure Spirit and eventually experience that reality for himself. This practice of advanced forgiveness he offers through the Course is designed to be a fast track home, to reawaken to what he is–perfect and constant love–and to our mutual inheritance.

A good forgiveness example was offered by Gary’s teachers for times when someone is pushing your buttons: “You are Christ, whole and innocent. All is forgiven and released.” See them released into the light of pure Spirit and you are also being released from guilt and separation.

Ask the the Holy Spirit to guide you through the day as the final part of the 3-step practice. It is very simple, but not always easy to follow. Every morning upon awakening, hand over your day to Holy Spirit (the Bridge between your mind and God’s) to guide you through the day. When you don’t have time to ask, trust that His Wisdom will be there to guide you.

The ego is based on the fearful belief that you separated from God, projecting itself outside God and into bodies, and holding on to the guilt of separation in the split mind at an unconscious level. Projecting this guilt on to others is the only way we can sense some relief from this condition. Unfortunately it doesn’t last. The ego will continue to try to place it’s terrible burden of guilt outside itself and so never bring healing to the split mind that created it. The only way out of this is to undo the ego by choosing true forgiveness with the Holy Spirit, overlooking the belief in separation, thereby returning your mind to God.

This is a life-long practice for most, since the unconscious guilt must be removed gently by the Holy Spirit or we would be overwhelmed. But the immediate results from practicing forgiveness–ever expanding peace and more awareness of God’s Love–are constant reminders that your mind is being healed–forever. I’ve noticed the benefits also include a feeling of taking yourself more lightly. May your feet tread softly through the dream as you become a passerby!

– Jonathan Joshua

A Course in Miracles and Forgiveness

ACIM T p 138
Knowledge is not the motivation for learning this course. Peace is. This is the prerequisite for knowledge only because those who are in conflict are not peaceful, and peace is the condition of knowledge because it is the condition of the Kingdom. Knowledge can be restored only when you meet its conditions.

DU p 109
The peace of God is the goal of the Course because it must be attained in order to regain the awareness of your reality in the Kingdom.

YIR p 139
It’s through your own choice for the Holy Spirit and His thought system instead of the ego’s that your mind is returned to peace. That has to happen first in order for you to go home. You can’t skip your forgiveness homework. Everybody wants to skip to the end and be enlightened now, but it doesn’t work that way. If peace is the condition of the Kingdom, then the mind must be at peace in order to fit in. And in order for the mind to be at peace, you have to forgive. It’s as simple as that.

DU p 147
Without its practical method of forgiveness, the Course would be nothing but a beautiful and useless book – fuel for debate and the games of the ego. Fortunately, as J says in the Introduction to the Clarification of Terms, p 77: This is not a course in philosophical speculation, nor is it concerned with precise terminology. It is concerned only with Atonement, or the correction of perception. The means of the Atonement is forgiveness.

What is Forgiveness? ACIM W p 401
Forgiveness recognizes what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred. It does not pardon sins and make them real. It sees there was no sin. And in that view are all your sins forgiven.

Forgiveness is the key to happiness. ACIM Lesson 121 W p 214
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.

Forgiveness offers everything I want. ACIM Lesson 122 W p 217
What could you want forgiveness cannot give? Do you want peace? Forgiveness offers it. Do you want happiness, a quiet mind, a certainty of purpose, and a sense of worth and beauty that transcends the world? Do you want care and safety, and the warmth of sure protection always? Do you want a quietness that cannot be disturbed, a gentleness that never can be hurt, a deep abiding comfort, and a rest so perfect it can never be upset?

All this forgiveness offers and more. It sparkles on your eyes as you awake, and gives you joy with which to meet the day. It soothes your forehead while you sleep, and rest upon your eyelids so you see no dreams of fear and evil, malice and attack. And when you wake again, it offers you another day of happiness and peace. All this forgiveness offers you, and more.

DU p 343
We came here to give people a spiritual message, a message that not everyone is ready for yet, and this is it: When you are ready to accept that the only thing that really matters in your illusory lifetime is the successful completion of your lessons of true forgiveness, then you will be truly wise indeed.

DU p 221
True forgiveness is the real purpose of life, but you’ve got to choose it in order to make it yours. Remember, practicing real forgiveness can’t help but lead you home.

YIR p 128
You can’t wake up from a dream as long as you’re stuck in it. Awareness of dreaming breaks the hold. And the more you forgive, the more you become aware that you’re just dreaming.

Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world. ACIM Lesson 62 W p 104
It is your forgiveness that will bring the world of darkness to the light. It is your forgiveness that lets you recognize the light in which you see. Forgiveness is the demonstration that you are the light of the world. Through your forgiveness does the truth about yourself return to your memory. Therefore, in your forgiveness lies your salvation.

God is the Love in which I forgive. ACIM Lesson 46 W p 73
God does not forgive because He has never condemned. And there must be condemnation before forgiveness is necessary. Forgiveness is the great need of this world, but that is because it is a world of illusions. Those who forgive are thus releasing themselves from illusions, while those who withhold forgiveness are binding themselves to them. As you condemn only yourself, so do you forgive only yourself. Yet although God does not forgive, His Love is nevertheless the basis of forgiveness.

The words, Forgive(s), Forgiven, Forgiveness, Forgiving, and Forgivable show up in the Course a total of 842 times.

Forgive and let live.

Mike “Giddyup Mikey” Lemieux

Forgiveness: The One Solution In All Problems – Ashland seminar May 8, 2010 with Linda McNabb

(This event was CANCELLED as of 18 Mar 2010 by presenter’s request due to scheduling conflicts.)

“When Darkness Takes Flight, You’ll Live in the Light”

Linda McNabb, author of, One Again: A True Story of a Different Kind of Forgiveness,
presents a workshop designed to show you how to release the past
and open the door to a whole new life that you can love.

In this workshop you will be shown:

What is really happening here.

That life is eternal and what that means to you now.

The one real problem that all of humanity suffers from.

The one real solution to end all sufferings.

How to truly forgive anything that disturbs your peace, past or present.

How to walk in peace through a door into a whole new life that is beyond your wildest dreams.

You will realize that you have the ability to automatically act from a pure space of  wisdom and strength resulting in a high level of  skillfulness in all areas of life.

You will understand how to move from the intellectual understanding of the truth to a consistent and eventual automatic experience of the truth.

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ACIM author and presenter Linda McNabb will be giving an all day seminar entitled “Forgiveness: The One Solution In All Problems” in Ashland, Oregon on Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 10AM-4PM (book-signing from 4-5PM) at the Best Western Windsor Inn. Linda is the personal assistant to Gary Renard, and has written “One Again – A True Story of a Different Kind of Forgiveness.” This will be her second event in Ashland, following a popular  presentation given on October 24, 2009 which featured a surprise guest.

For more information, contact us via email, or phone 541-973-3512. To register, please mail a check for $45* (suggested contribution) to Elysian Publishing, POB 431, Ashland, Oregon 97520 and include your full name, email (very important since that’s how we’ll contact you primarily), phone number, address, and any other pertinent contact info or details.

* The cost will be $55 at the door, so save $10 by pre-registering before April 8, 2010!

Linda appeared on Channel 5 (KOBI-TV) Medford (October 2009) on the evening news prior to her first Ashland event. There was (now deleted by the station) an archive link to the interview which you can watch online. Linda will (likely) be appearing on Channel 5 again soon.

If you are traveling from out of the area and need lodging info please contact Ed Karlovich at 541-646-8332. A few rooms at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Ashland (adjacent to the Best Western Windsor Inn) are reserved and available at discounted rates for attendees of Linda’s seminar.

Here is a printable flyer and a version as 4 mini-posters and both pdf and MSWord versions of  a Press Release about this event.

If you want to automatically receive ACIM-related event news, updates and other non-dualistic musings, you might also want to subscribe to our email bulletin.

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“I realized that as immortal spirit I no longer needed to define myself by what had happened to my body or by what I’d done with my body. That is how I ended my suffering. This is everyone’s story, it is a story of being lost and finding oneself. Sure, the events maybe different, but in awareness they are all the same. We are all in the same boat here. I count my abusers and attackers among my greatest spiritual teachers and all I want for them is to experience the peace of God as I am, and more. There is but one problem, that we imagine we are separate from our source. There is but one solution, to rest in the awareness that we are perfect love, wisdom, and compassion and to live from that place.” – Linda McNabb

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About Linda McNabb

Currently Linda is a personal assistant for bestselling author and acclaimed teacher of “A Course In Miracles,” Gary Renard, and gives monthly workshops and classes on the Wisdom of True Forgiveness. Her book, ‘One Again: A True Story of a Different Kind of Forgiveness,’ is the story of how she was finally able to forgive a traumatic childhood, including being gang-raped at the age of 13 followed by years of self destruction. By practicing and using the forgiveness teachings from Mr. Renard’s books she was able to end her suffering and change her life. To learn more about Linda, her book, and her workshops please visit her website.

Linda recently gave a presentation at Agape in southern Calif. She will be featured at the ACIM Conference in San Francisco in 2011.

Here are more details from Linda about her life and work:

“After reading Gary’s books DU and YIR and then becoming ACIM student I was inspired to write my life story, something I never dreamed I’d do in a million years. Then as I wrote, I began forgiving all the traumatic events of my childhood using Gary’s and ACIM forgiveness teachings. I never planned this, it just happened through using the forgiveness teachings I was led to telling this story. I realized that I was not a body that could be damaged or destroyed. I realized that as immortal spirit I no longer needed to define myself by what had happened to my body or by what I’d done with my body. That is how I ended my suffering. This is everyone’s story, it is a story of being lost and finding oneself. Sure, the events maybe different, but in awareness they are all the same. We are all in the same boat here. I count my abusers and attackers among my greatest spiritual teachers and all I want for them is to experience the peace of God as I am, and more.

There is but one problem, that we imagine we are separate from our source. There is but one solution, to rest in the awareness that we are perfect love, wisdom, and compassion and to live from that place.
The only thing that will ever satisfy us is the magnificence of God! And by that I mean to go beyond the intellectual understanding and to actually experience it. That is what I am doing.

I began substance abusing at age 12 and did so for a good part of my adult life, while suffering from suicidal depression.
It has been nearly a decade since I’ve abused any substance other than chocolate.

Writing this book led to me meeting Gary and becoming his personal assistant. I’m honored to call Gary my dear, good friend.  He endorses me in all my work. My book and workshop is complimentary to his. My work stands on it’s own merits as I have taken the teachings and applied them to my real life and am now more whole than broken. More sane than insane. That is how I can help others. As you gain stable well-being you are able to live a wholly beneficial life.”

Tom and Linda Carpenter – Ashland, Oregon seminar – Aug. 29, 2009

“Mind makes forms the symbol of its thoughts so the world can become evidence of their reality.  The function of these symbols will bear witness to their purpose.   To not be misled by the appearance of the symbol is the function of forgiveness.” – Tom Carpenter

I’m extremely happy to share the news that Tom and Linda Carpenter will be giving an all day seminar in Ashland, Oregon on Saturday, August 29, 2009 from 10AM-4PM (book-signing from 4-5PM) at the Best Western Windsor Inn. The Carpenters will give an interactive talk about “Forgiveness: Innocence and Guilt.”

For more information, contact us via email, or phone 541-826-3583. To register, please mail a check for $45* to Elysian Publishing, POB 1515, Eagle Point, Oregon 97524 and include your full name, email (very important since that’s how we’ll contact you primarily), phone number, address, and any other pertinent contact info or details.

Dialogue On Awakening – Communion With a Loving Brother (and the Carpenter’s work in general) get my highest recommendation! I read Dialogue On Awakening years ago and it is one of my all time favorite books complementing A Course In Miracles. I had the pleasure of finally meeting Tom & Linda in San Francisco at the ACIM conference there earlier this year. Our local (Rogue Valley, Oregon) ACIM study groups have been watching and sharing inspirations from a wonderful DVD interview with Tom, Linda and Robert Holden, PhD entitled “A Dialogue On Forgiveness” which I also highly recommend.

* The cost will be $50 at the door, so save $5 by pre-registering today!

If you are traveling from out of the area and need lodging info please contact Ed Karlovich at 541-646-8332. A few rooms at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Ashland (adjacent to the Windsor Inn) are reserved and available at discounted rates for attendees of the Carpenter‘s seminar.

Here is a printable flyer as a full 8.5″ x 11″ poster and as 4 mini-posters and both pdf and MSWord versions of  a Press Release about this event.

If you want to automatically receive ACIM-related event news, updates and other non-dualistic musings, you might also want to subscribe to our email bulletin.

Stay tuned for more details!

JAFO (Just Another Forgiveness Opportunity) T -Shirt

JAFO

Hi all: I thought this “JAFO” shirt might help remind me not to take the illusion of our increasingly surreal 3D world too seriously… more posts to follow; thought I’d start out on a whimsical note! :-) The quote is from Gary Renard, author of Disappearance of the Universe and Your Immortal Reality.

Here’s a couple examples of t-shirts with the JAFO reminder that everything our senses, space, time, bodies and our personal identities show is … Just … Another … Forgiveness … Opportunity :-)

Perfect "T" for your little ACIM baby!

A great reminder "T" for all sizes!