November 2012 ACIMblog bulletin

ACIMblog bulletin for November 2012:

Class: Universal Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws: Denver, CO Nov 5, 2012

Universal Geometries of Inclusion: How Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws Become Reminders for Kindness - Denver class 5Nov2012
On Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, from 7-9PM (Mountain Standard Time) I’ll be giving an evening multimedia class/presentation: “Universal Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws Within Us; Friendly Reminders of Inclusion to Forgive the Dreamer of Separation” at Shining Lotus Metaphysical Bookstore, 2178 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222 I will share LOTS of visual multimedia imagery, animation and more, along with plenty of theory on the mystical underpinnings of sacred geometry, the seven ancient Hermetic laws of truth, take-home lessons from modern physics, and how the non-dual metaphysics of inclusion, kindness and forgiving our self-judgments is key to sustainable happiness (a.k.a. non-dual metaphysics)! 🙂 There will be a book-signing after the class; both of my books, Sacred Geometry Design Sourcebook and The Geometry Code, are available from Shining Lotus Metaphysical Bookstore. Space is limited to 20 participants, so please contact me ASAP if you’re interested and want to pre-register.

7 New Articles by Brent Haskell

Brent Haskell

Brent Haskell is the author of Journey Beyond Words and The Other Voice: A Companion to the Text of The Course Chapters 1-15 (Miracles Studies Book). During October, 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting Brent at the Miracles In The Mountains conference in Cañon City, Colorado and hearing him give a presentation there, during which offered to send several articles:
Jeshua: The Script Is Written
Yeshua: On Creation
Yeshua: On Fear
Yeshua: On Faith
Jeshua: On Why The World
Jeshua: On Marriage
Jeshua: On Death and Dying

Kindle edition of The Geometry Code now available!


The long-awaited (at least by me 🙂 Kindle version of the book The Geometry Code: Universal Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws Within Us; Friendly Reminders of Inclusion to Forgive the Dreamer of Separation is now available. Many thanks to all who have encouraged me to complete it, and all your support … so very appreciated! 🙂 BTW, if you prefer a ‘treeware’ (paperback) version, you can order it here. Here are abundant details about the book – which really IS an ACIM-studies book, despite the prominent appearance of the word ‘geometry’ in the title.
Just an FYI, even if you don’t have a Kindle, there are lots of other platforms you can read the Kindle version (or any Kindle book) on, including smartphones such as iPhone and iTouch, Android, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry, Windows and Macintosh computers, and tablets like iPad and Android tablet. Enjoy! 🙂

Upcoming Interviews / Webcasts / Videos / Meetings / Conferences / Presentations

More online study groups via Google+ Hangouts

ACIM Hangout - Diederik Wolsak - screen snap from video presentation-meeting

Kenneth Bok, José Lorenzo Rodríguez, Michael Ordoña, Maureen Muldoon, several others (including a new group forming in Germany) and myself have been collaborating and expanding online (Google+) ACIM Hangout study groups and meetings; here’s a link to the ACIMExplained’s YouTube Channel (which has LOTS of wonderful videos) and the most recent weekly Saturday morning meeting (a ‘full house’ with 10 participants) including ACIM – Diederik Wolsak. Enjoy, and join in if you feel inspired to share in the fun. Here’s a calendar of upcoming online ACIM Hangouts.

Miracles In The Mountains Conference: Cañon City, CO Oct 12-14, 2012

A few weekends ago, I attended – and very much enjoyed! – the Miracles In The Mountains (MITM) Conference; where I had the pleasure of meeting many new fellow ACIM students (many of whom I only had ‘met’ on FaceBook), scribes, and teachers – we’re all teaching one thought system or the other 24/7/365 aren’t we! – such as Brent Haskell (see the 7 new articles above!), Scott Kalechstein Grace and Larry Seyer, (and re-connecting in ‘person’ with a handful of long-time ones, like Gary Renard, Cindy Lora Renard and Regina Dawn Akers); I posted a few photos on the MITM and my personal FaceBook pages. Giddyup Mikey & I even got to have lunch with Dave Van Dyke before the conference, which was attended by close to 200 enthusiastic students of ACIM.

Recent Radio/Webcast Interviews/Podcasts/Videos

I’ve been updating the GeometryCode Events page with upcoming, ongoing, and past radio and internet interviews, presentations, and more. (The majority of the content I share in these events is about non-dual metaphysics, and becoming ever more so.)
Among the recent past interviews I’ve participated in (with free audio archives online that you can listen to) are:

… and many more on the Events page.
I always enjoy talking about the non-dual Metaphysics, Psychology, Symbolism, Philosophy and more contained within the book “The Geometry Code: Universal Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws Within Us; Friendly Reminders of Inclusion to Forgive the Dreamer of Separation” which is available here.

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Brent Haskell article: Jeshua: On Faith

Greetings to you this day.  I am Jeshua.  You have asked me about faith.  And of that, I have come to speak with you this day.  Faith is mentioned so often in your life.  Faith is mentioned so often in A Course in Miracles.  People say in religious organizations, “You must have faith, faith in God, faith in many different things.”  And I tell you to have faith in God.  I tell you to have faith in your brother.

And now you ask me, what really is this faith?  And if I have and exercise faith in my life, what shall I do? Ah– Always comes the question, what shall I do?  When I walked this earth 2000 years ago I said one day, “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could move a mountain.”  That seems like a tremendous claim, does it not?  And they attribute to me miracles– healing the lame, healing the blind, controlling the storm, walking on water.  And indeed, all of those things happened.  Was it because of my faith that it happened?  And the answer is yes, indeed.  There is a story of one who simply touched my robe and was healed.  And I said to her, “Your faith has made you well”.

So what of faith, then?  Faith does not come from your thinking.  I have told you so many times, your thoughts do not have creative power.  Your thoughts are not your real thoughts.  Your thoughts have no meaning.  Your thoughts are simply images.  So can a simple image move a mountain?  And the answer is, no.  So when people say “Have faith”, it is not as simple as simply saying, “I believe in an idea.”  It is not as simple as saying, “I will think these thoughts.  And that must be faith and all of the rewards will follow at once”.  No, indeed.  Faith is beyond your words, beyond your thinking.  Faith arises from the very core of your being.

So in this world, if you would have faith, what do you do?  And this is what you do.  Faith is when you connect with your source.  Faith is when you connect with God.  Faith is when you connect with me.  Faith is when you connect, most of all, with your life.  For I have told you, your life is love, nothing more.  Totally love.  If I say, have faith in yourself, I mean, pause your thinking.  Therefore, let go of your fear and connect with your life.  And why you connect with your life you simply experience the truth of what you are, beyond and without fear.  If you have faith in me, you connect with me, Spirit, without thought, without contemplation, without fear.  If I say to you have faith in God, that simply means pause, and be still, and connect with All That Is.  For that is the only way to define, if you will, God– All That Is.  But simple it is, indeed.  For All That Is, is love.

So ultimately, if you would have faith, you open your life and connect with that which is real, that which you are.  You open your life unto Love.  Ah–  When you connect with love, so many times I have told you, you will, in the sense of this world, know what to do, know where to go, know what to say, know what to be.  And everything will be peace and joy and love.  And yes, happiness.  So, it is that simple.  Have faith.  Let go of your fear.  Open to love.

But the nature of the world, here, the nature of the ego, which you have conspired to make up in order to let you experience space-time, the nature of the ego is such that it is so very strong indeed.  And if you feel– if I let go of my fear, if I let go of my ego, then surely I will die.  And that is true.  The image, the collection of images you have about who you are, will pass away.  And in exchange, you will find yourself in the presence of Love; in the presence of myself, for I am the same; in the presence of the One Self, for it is the same; in the presence of God, for it is the same; and in the presence of your own life, for it is the same.  Your life, when seen through the eyes of forgiveness, beyond fear, and beyond the ego, is simply an exercise in love.  When you can open to that fact, and experience it at the core of your being, beyond your thoughts, then that is faith.  So how about the power to move mountains?  How about the power to walk on water?  How about the power to heal yourself, or another?  For if you have faith, have I not said, you can do all these things.  And did I not say, all the works that I do, you shall do as well.  And greater works than these shall you do.

So what of faith, then?  Herein lies the catch, and the dilemma.  You cannot arrive at faith through the pathways of the ego.  You cannot arrive at faith through your thinking.  So can you decide of your ego, ah, I would like to move that mountain today, and then do it?  It is by careful design that you have created this world.  For if anyone could simply think a thought and move a mountain at will, you realize at once your world would be chaos in its appearance.  So can you of your thinking, of your ego, exercise the power of faith, if you will?  And the answer is no.  For you cannot experience faith itself in that venue.

So what does that mean?  You begin by having faith in your life, which is faith in me, and God, and All That Is, and every brother who walks this earth with you.  And out of that faith, you will be free of your thinking.  And you will know what to do, and where to go, and what to say, as I have said.  Within that pathway, you may have a knowing that you are to do something within this world that will truly look to your brothers like a miracle, which will truly seem to override and overcome the laws of this world, if you will, the patterns you have set up in order to make it seem consistent and stable for those of you who walk this life.  You may come to a point where you will know what to do and it will seem like a miracle indeed.  And then as you allow love to flow through your being, things can happen.  It arises not from your thinking, but from the power of spirit with which you connect.  I said, when I walked this earth, about the miracles, “It is not I who is doing these works, but the Father working through me.”  And that is an expression of how faith works.  Not one time did I say I, Jeshua, ego, elect to do this miracle.  Always I was connected with the source, love, God, and my life, and simply allowed things to flow.

The power of your spirit is so great that it could create an entire universe.  And so connecting with an illness to allow fear to disappear, so it can heal, is indeed, minor.  Even moving a mountain would be indeed, minor.  So I lived my life as I urge you to do, having faith, which means staying connected to love, which is, as I have said, you, and your brother, and me, and God.  I lived my life connected.  And I came to show you that it is, indeed, possible.  And, indeed, it is possible.  And that is, in essence, all that I am trying to share with you in A Course in Miracles.  If you let go of fear, which is to let go of your thoughts, which is to let go of your ego, and connect with spirit, which is love, that in the absence of fear, Spirit can, without effort, move mountains.

So can you demonstrate your faith to show off, if you will?  And the answer is, no.  Can you listen in your stillness and express infinite love through your being that others can experience because you have made it available to them.  And the answer is, indeed you can.  And in the presence of that love can fear disappear?  And it can.  And in the absence of fear can your world seem to change without effort?  And indeed it can.  That will only happen if it is part of the chosen pattern for your life, as it was the chosen pattern of mine.  So faith does not arise from your thinking.  Faith never arises from separation.  So could you use the power of faith to overcome an enemy.  I’m sure you laugh as you hear those words. For how can you connect with the ultimate source of all that is, love, while you yet believe in separation, much less having a desire to overcome your brother to substantiate and to support your own sense of separated self.  So can you with faith win wars?  Of course not.  Can you with faith dominate your brother in competition?  Of course not.  Can you with faith bring unto the world infinite love that flows through your being, when you have gone beyond your fears?  That is what I did.  And still, 2000 years later, the world remembers.

So if you would have faith, in words, ‘tis simple indeed.  So if you would have faith, and every time that you feel anxiety, or fear, or competition, or a sense of separateness between you and your brother, then you are standing face to face with that which you would let go of.  And as you let go of your sense of separation, then you will connect, in one small piece, further, with your brother, until all the blocks are gone.  And then you will, at the core of your being, realize that you and your brother are one. And then you will have faith in your brother.  And you will understand the nature of life, the nature of love, and the nature of God, and the nature of who you are.  For they are all the same.

My blessings upon you all.  That is all.

Brent A. Haskell, Ph.D., D.O.

Brent Haskell

(Editor’s note: Brent Haskell is the author of Journey Beyond Words and The Other Voice: A Companion to the Text of The Course Chapters 1-15 (Miracles Studies Book). During October, 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting Brent at the Miracles In The Mountains conference in Cañon City, Colorado and hearing him give a presentation there, during which he offered to send several articles – including this one – via an email to those interested.)

Brent Haskell article: Jeshua: On Fear

Greetings to you this day.  I am Jeshua.  I have come this day to discuss with you, fear.  For you have asked me about fear.  You have asked me what it is and how it functions in your life.  You have received in your quiet times, some of the answers.  But today I will clarify for you many of those things and more.

So what is fear, you ask.  For I have told you in A Course In Miracles, there are only two emotions, love and fear.  Now I tell you, love is all that is.  The entire universe is comprised totally of love.  The word you can use is non-dualistic.  A non-dualistic universe means there is one; God is one; you are one; you and your brother, you and your sister, are one.  And that means there is absolutely nothing which is not love.

So what is fear, then, if everything must be love?  Fear is that of which this world is made.  And I have told you, have I not, that fear has made everything you think you see.  Now why would that be so?  When you, creative spirit, son of God, decided to create a world of space and time, you needed to work out the logistics, if you will, of how it would work.  And in order to experience space-time, in order to experience this world as you seem to, even though it is not real, it is necessary that you not be fully aware of the nature and essence of what this world is, which, as I have said, is love, nothing but love.  And so as I have told you before, part of the creation of this world was imagined bodies, and an imagined brain, and imagined thoughts that seemed to be within that brain.  And I have told you in A Course in Miracles, your thoughts do not mean anything.  I have told you that your thoughts are just images that you have made.

And what is an image?  An image, for you, is a picture, if you will, something you project onto a screen that you can then observe and experience.  The thoughts of your brain function as images that you can look at, if you will, in order to experience the world of space and time.  This was necessary in order for you to believe, if you will, that this world is real, even though it is but illusion and it is not real.  So when you experience this world, in order for it to play out as you have desired, you need to look at images.  And those are your thoughts.  You need to look at images you have made that allow you to experience what you will of space and time.  And I have told you that perception involves an exchange or a translation that knowledge does not.  And that is the exchange or translation.  The truth of what you are is modified into an image that is pasted, if you will, within your brain.  And you think thoughts.  You think thoughts with such clarity and with such a vivid nature that you absolutely believe them to be real.  In fact, one of the things that causes you to believe it is real is the fact that you seem to think at all.  And you say, “I think, therefore I exist”.  And that is a most powerful illusion indeed.

Now when you look at your world of space and time and limitation and isolation and separation, you are seeing that which is not real.  However, this world, illusion though it be, was created by you, creative spirit, child of God, one with God, and in a non-dualistic universe.  Everything must be love.  So this world, this world that you seem to live in, in these imagined bodies is, in essence, love.  It is not possible that it be anything else in a universe where all is one.  But in order to play out the illusion of space and time and bodies, you must see it differently.  And what allows you to see it differently, if you will, are the thoughts of your brain, the images that you have chosen to place in that brain, that you use to play out this illusion of space and time.  And if you will, all of the thoughts of your brain, all of the images which seem to show you a world that is not perfect love, which it of course must be, — all of the images that seem to show you a world that is not perfect love, that is fear.

Doubt, fear, you can use as a word.  And it has meanings and connotations for you.  And you think of fear as being afraid of something.  And that is exactly right.  However, the fear can be extremely subtle, even though in your silence it can be extremely strong in its expression.  So fear is the thoughts of your brain, the images.  Fear is anything that would cause you to believe in this illusion, rather than to see the world of perfect love.  Now I have told you that the thoughts, which are not your real thoughts, the thoughts that are images you have made, have no meaning, and no effect.  The thoughts of your brain do not have creative power.

This I have told you before.  And yet you seem in your world to have choices.  You seem to process within your brain.  And you believe, in your thinking, that you make choices which determine what happens in your life.  And that is one of the grand illusions as well, that thoughts have creative power, and that they can determine what happens in your life.  Hear me well, this day.  It is not so.  And the reason it is not so, I have already told you in A Course in Miracles, is that the script is written.  Time but seems to go in one direction.  And what seems to be the flow of cause and effect is but façade, and is part of the illusion itself.

The thoughts of your brain do not have creative power.  However, those thoughts are most powerful in the world, the thoughts of your brain.  The images you have made, which are not your real thoughts and are not real, have power.  They do not have the power to create.  They do not change or alter your life.  They do not make it happen.  The power that lies within your thoughts is the power to block your awareness of the presence of love.  And have I not told you that A Course In Miracles is all about removing the blocks to your awareness of love and its presence.  So, in a word, how do you remove those blocks?  You do it by letting go of fear.  But if fear is the thoughts of your brain, then you remove the blocks to the presence of love by letting go of your thoughts.  And have I not told you, be still and know that I am God.  And when you are still, when you have gone beyond your thinking, then what arises, like the most illustrious sunrise?  What arises is the world as it truly exists and as it was created, a world of perfect love and beauty and joy.

So it seems easy, does it not?  Stop your thinking, and you will see love.  And that is true.  However, herein lies the catch.  The thoughts of your brain, the thoughts that are indeed fear, are the very same thoughts that define who you are.  The thoughts of the brain define your ego.  And you equate your ego, while you are yet living space and time in the illusory aspect of it, you define your ego as who you are.  And, therefore, to give up your thinking is tantamount to dying.  And I said to you when I walked this earth 2000 years ago, “He who would seek his life shall lose it, but he who shall lose his life for my sake shall find it”.  I did not, indeed, mean dying physically.  I meant that he who has the courage and the fortitude to give up the image of himself defined by his thoughts, he who has the courage and the fortitude to cease to exist as ego, will discover the world of love.  That is called, if you will, enlightenment.  That is called the atonement.  That is called the world of forgiveness.  Though, when you let go totally of your thoughts, including your very life as it is defined by those thoughts, when you let go of that, you simply see the world differently.  Instead of seeing through the false images, you see and experience the truth of love.

What of ego, then?  What if you give up your ego?  What if you cease to think?  How would your life look?  Would you physically die?  And the answer is no, indeed.  In your life, the script is written.  And you were born, and you will play out your days in space and time until the chosen moment when your body seems to die and you evolve back into spirit only, and its freedom, and the essence of love.  Is it possible to flow through your life without ego, and experience it here?  And the answer is yes, indeed. That is what I meant when I said for you to live in the world but not of the world.  For the illusion of this world cannot define what you really are.  So would your life look different from what it might look if you gave up ego and continued to live in this body, to someone observing you from the outside?  There would be no change.  For the script is written.  But what you would experience is a world beyond fear, beyond the thoughts that define who you are.  You could still be aware of your space and time.  And you could still be aware of the images and what they look like.  And you could still flow through your life and keep appointments, and above all, experience that which you came here to love and to do.  But all of it would be the perfect, almost unfathomable for you, flow of love.  For your life was created as exactly that.  It is entirely possible to live this life without ego in a world of oneness and perfection and joy.

And could you still enjoy the same things that you enjoy now.  And the answer is, of course.  For you all come here with choices which give you the huge variety of experiences here.  Some of you might like music and some of you might not.  Some of you might enjoy being on stage and acting in a play.  Some of you might not.  Some as you might be academic and scholastic and some of you may not.  Some of you may enjoy athleticism and seeing what your body can do in performance and others might not.  Can you still live all of that in the awareness of love?  And the answer is yes, indeed.  For in a world that is comprised totally of love, everything in it is love.  It cannot be otherwise in a non-dualistic universe.

So the goal for you is to give up your fear.  In fact, that means dying to your ego.  How can you tell if your thoughts are of ego?  One is if you feel threatened, then that is fear.  One is if you feel that you, as you define yourself, will change, and you have apprehension, that is fear.  One is if you wonder if you will be able to understand something and are not sure you will, that is fear.  In the absence of fear, you flow through your life.  You flow through the experience of infinite love here in space and time, reveling in every moment, but without agenda and without attachment.

Does that mean you should not love your life here?  If you look out at a world that is comprised totally of love and you experience it, is it possible not to love?  And indeed it is not.  What would seem to block your awareness of love, which is also fear, as I have told you, are your values.  And your values, in simplest form, are the building blocks of your ego.  The things that you value you feel you must have or maintain in order to be at all, or in order to be who you are.  In the absence of fear, you will value nothing.  You will value nothing.  That sounds in fact, negative, does it not?  But it is not, indeed.  For I have told you, you want nothing you value to come of a relationship.  And what does that mean?  If you value a relationship, you use it to define who you are, ego.  And that is a special relationship.  And that will always, as I have told you, bring you pain. It is not possible to love, which is to allow freedom, if you value anything.  So when you give up your values, you simply allow your world freedom.  That is all.   That is the beings in it who seem to be walking this world with you, that is your possessions, that is your livelihood, that is your job, that is your hobbies.  That is everything in your life.  Can you live it, can you love it with great passion, but without valuing, without attachment, and to simply experience it as you will?  And when it passes away to move onto something else.  And, indeed, you can.

And how do you do that?  By living, if you will, in this moment.  And I have told you that is the holy instant.  The holy instant is just my term.  Some people say, live in the now.  Some people say, live without attachment.  Some people say, live in the moment.  It is all the same.  For when you live in the holy instant your life will flow through time, but you will not sense that the past has determined what you are, and you will not fear.  Hear me well.  You will not fear that what you experience in this moment will affect the future, for it does not.  Remember the script is written.  You are playing out your life in an arena where you are absolutely safe.  In a life that is comprised of nothing but love, when you fear, you are simply choosing to see it differently.  But that does not change the fact that it is nothing but love.  You are here playing out a life that has already been created and ordained by you, creative spirit.  And you play it out in an arena where no harm can come to you.  And you can choose, if you will, to see it through the eyes of fear or see it through the eyes of love.  And that that is your only choice in this world.  And I have said, you have but one remaining choice in this world, and that is which voice you will listen to.  You can listen to the voice of fear or you can listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, the voice of love.  And that is your choice.

Eventually, I promise you, you and every one of your brothers will flow into seeing the world only as the love.  And when that happens all of your fear will pass away.  Even that moment has been set, as I told you.  But you can choose.  You can choose to see through the eyes of fear or through the eyes of love.  It does not change the flow of your life.  It only changes how you experience it.  And that is the power of fear.  It cannot change your life.  It cannot change the script.  It only has the power to let you see it as fear instead of love.  And what you have to do to let go of fear, as I have told you, all you have to do is die.  All you have to do is let go of this ego that you cherish as if it were your very self.  And in your dying, in your letting go of fear, you will open, as I have said, to a world of perfect, infinite love.  And you will experience the rest of your days of space and time in exactly that love.

My blessings upon you all.  That is all.

Brent A. Haskell, Ph.D., D.O.

Brent Haskell

(Editor’s note: Brent Haskell is the author of Journey Beyond Words and The Other Voice: A Companion to the Text of The Course Chapters 1-15 (Miracles Studies Book). During October, 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting Brent at the Miracles In The Mountains conference in Cañon City, Colorado and hearing him give a presentation there, during which he offered to send several articles – including this one – via an email to those interested.)

Brent Haskell article: Jeshua: On Marriage

Greetings to you. I am Jeshua. You have asked me about marriage. Of that I would speak this moment.

How is it that you can marry? For indeed, can you change in any sense what already is? Do you not desire but to become One in the eyes of the world? But I tell you truly, you are naught but One, and can never be otherwise. I would advise you at this moment, as you come to marry, be very cautious that you not allow your marriage itself to set up a barrier between the two of you and the others in your world.

It is all well and good that you should stand before those whom you love, and take these vows. For the sharing that you do openly, with your words, through your bodies, benefits not only yourselves, but all the others whom you would share this with.

As you come to marry, what can you bring? What gift can you bestow upon someone you love who has everything? Ah, the gift you shall bring to this marriage is the promise to honor the truth that your spouse has everything, always. And how is it that you honor the simple truth that everything is his, or hers? You honor it by promising to do your best, from this moment until the end of time and beyond– by promising to do your best, each moment, not to allow any fear to enter this relationship, this marriage.

For what is it to marry except to make a public statement that says, in your presence, my beloved, I stand unafraid? What is it to marry except to stand before the world and to say, I have found this being, this person, in whose presence fear dissolves into a nothingness? And what is it to marry except to say, in the absence of my own fear, I promise you the right to live your life without fear, as well?

Do not think that the absence of fear promises that there shall be no change. For it is not so. Each of you, man and woman, myself, God, Life itself, is change, in a never-ending ebb and flow, within and without, of Being, unrestricted, again without fear. That is, indeed, but Life. And that is indeed, but Love. So never think that you can stand and promise not to change. For in the next moment, I promise you, you are a different being from the person that seemed to occupy the moment before.

If you cannot promise not to change, then how can you dispel fear? For does not safety lie in the absence of change? No, indeed. Safety lies in the awareness that you are free to be what you are, without judgment and without condemnation, for all of your life, and for all of time. And so you come to each other to bring, to receive and to give, the absence of fear, for the rest of your lives.

How can you promise, in your time, to give that, when everything is change, moment upon moment upon forever? And you can, and shall, do it thusly– your true love, the love that shall release you from your own fear, and release your beloved from his or hers, is your total openness and honesty. Of course, I am speaking now of the Holy Relationship, and the Holy Instant. As you marry, there is but one promise you can make, which should be a valid attempt for you to keep for the remainder of your days, throughout space and time and beyond. And that is the promise of openness, and honesty.

And so if you would bring a marriage vow to this day, to this moment, then let it be this– My beloved, I come here this day to set you free. The gift that I bring to you, which shall be my gift to myself, and to us in our Oneness– the gift that I bring is my openness and my honesty. I pledge to you this day, and from henceforth, that there shall be no secrets between us. I pledge to you this day that I stand open and naked in spirit before you, always to remain so. And therefore, as I stand open and naked before you, you are free to be the same with me. If you shall change, I promise you to do my best to allow you that freedom to do so.

Ah, but what if fear creeps upon your being, either one of you? Then contained within this same promise of honesty and openness you bring, your promise shall be thus– In my openness and my honesty, in my willingness to stand before you naked in spirit, I promise to do my best to realize, when you are afraid, that what you need is Love. I therefore promise to do my best, when you are afraid, not to react to that selfsame fear, and not to participate in it with you. For were I to do so, it would no longer be love. And it is my wish that in the days when I am afraid, that you, in the same openness, shall out of Love, not participate in my fear with me. For if one of us stands beyond fear, then that shall carry both of us beyond that same fear, for now and all of our days.

You come to marry to become One. But you cannot change what already is. All that you can change is appearance. So as you stand before the world, there is appearance that shall change. And these words shall help to structure that appearance. And always let that appearance be a message of unity, a message of Oneness, and a message of Love to the entire world. As you stand, together now, in your Oneness, let it be your pledge, that in the safety that you share, in your openness, let it be your pledge that all other beings shall from henceforth be absolutely safe in your presence. Let this be your pledge to all those present, and to everyone in the world, that they shall, in your eyes, both of you, see but safety and openness, and love, and the freedom to be, without judgment or condemnation.

And what you shall find, I tell you this day, is that as each of you, the individual, learns true openness and true freedom from each other, then shall you extend it outward to your world. And as your world receives it, it shall magnify your own lives. And you shall grow and grow and grow in this marriage, and in this love, in ways beyond what you can measure this day. That is all.

Brent A. Haskell, Ph.D., D.O.

Brent Haskell

(Editor’s note: Brent Haskell is the author of Journey Beyond Words and The Other Voice: A Companion to the Text of The Course Chapters 1-15 (Miracles Studies Book). During October, 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting Brent at the Miracles In The Mountains conference in Cañon City, Colorado and hearing him give a presentation there, during which he offered to send several articles – including this one – via an email to those interested.)

Brent Haskell article: Jeshua: On Why The World

Greetings to you, this day.  I am Jeshua.  And you have asked me a question this day.  And your question is this—“Why is the world?”  As you seek to understand, in your thinking, life here, as you seek for peace and love and the atonement and forgiveness, the question has arisen– “Why has creative spirit created and made this world in the first place?”  And the answer follows from the question– “Why does, would, creative spirit do anything?”  When you use the word “do”, you think of bodies as doing things.  You might have a physical task that you accomplish, something that you make or construct.  You might think of a project that you would finish, even if it be academic and involves thinking and writing.  But you think of doing something.

Spirit does not do anything.  Spirit simply becomes.  God, the source of all that is, created beings like unto himself with creative power, to create and experience whatever could be desired or imagined, in your terms.  And as I have told you, the only thing that the created beings cannot do is turn around and change the Creator.  For the nature of the Creator, for the nature of God, is perfect, infinite, unconditional love.  And that is what you, creative spirit, are, and must be, and can not change.

What, then, is the purpose of being itself?  The purpose is to create.  To create what? Anything at all.  Love is perfect freedom, and existence simply is.  It does no good to ask the question– “Where did God come from?  Why is God?”  God is simply existence, as I have told you.  God is love.  Outside of your time, God is.  Within your time, God has always been and shall always be, infinite, and forever.  And that is all.  So being exists.  And it creates.  And creation flows outward from the source.  You have creations.  And those creations have creations, and on and on unto what you perceive as infinity.

And still the question arises– “Why this world?”  I have told you in A Course in Miracles, for you, in this world, God’s will for you is perfect happiness.  Happiness comes from doing and experiencing that which brings you joy.  And that is the purpose of existence.  Joy– and that is all.

It is easy for you here to perceive that you need to grow, and accomplish, and become. And that is because, without recourse, you are constrained, at one time or another, to find the pathway home.  And that is part of the design of this world.  However, spirit does not need to grow.  Spirit is not in a testing ground.  Spirit, you, creative spirit, was not created as a spirit child who then must grow and mature and evolve, eventually graduating into a fully fledged creative spirit.  No, in the instant of your creation, you were complete and whole.  And so, there is nothing as spirit that you need to become, or need to accomplish, in your world.

You look out at all of your brothers, who seem separate from you, and you want to care about them, because there is within you the quiet knowing that you are one.  And you look at the circumstances in your world, and you are wont to help others, if you understand love.  In the world of spirit, it is not so.  Spirit is complete.  Spirit is perfect.  Spirit is unconditional and infinite love.  So is there anything that spirit needs to do to care for others, if you think of separation, or to contribute to the oneness, if you think in spirit terms.  And the answer is no, indeed.  So is there anything that spirit needs to become, or to do, or to imagine, or to create? And the answer is– not at all.

So why would you do anything?  To make happy, in the sense of your world.  You might say, to have fun.  Can you think of this world, if you wish, as a game?  For you do play games, and some of your games use your computers.  Fun, indeed.  And you might find yourself in a world that you must discover and perhaps escape from, or to reach some goal.  And in many of your games, the goal is not even defined.  You have to figure it out as you go along.  And you thoroughly enjoy those games because of fun and challenge.  And you know that in such scenarios in your game, you are absolutely safe.

And here is a world that creative spirit has made up.  And that is the illusory part of this world.  The physical world is made up made up only of love, but still made up.  You, your body, your brain, your thoughts, are just made up.  You are placed in a world out of love, and that out of necessity came and went in but an instant.  But that is how creative power works.  It knows not of time.  But, in the illusion of this world, the illusion of your brain,  the illusion of your thoughts which I have told you have no meaning and are just images, in the illusion of this world, it seems, does it not, that your thoughts can make a difference.  And you can choose, as I have told you before, between two voices, the voice of fear, the voice of the illusion and the voice of love.

You are placed here in an imaginary world as spirit created it, and think of it as a game if you wish, in which you need to find your way home.  You are given a brain.  And thoughts are placed in it.  And those are the images which seem to tell you of your world.  And above all, those images tell you of who you are.  And that is your ego.  And you know enough now to see that the goal of the game is to release fear so that you can discover love and be home.  The goal of the game is to release the building blocks of your ego, which likewise, are fear, so you can find your way home.

And there is guidance within your world, as I have told.  You spirit, placed a tiny, tiny, spark of discontent, deep within your being that tells you that you need to be seeking for something.  But if you knew right from the start what you were to do, it wouldn’t be as much fun.  So you can think of your space-time as a game which you created, a game in which all spirit is absolutely safe and no harm can come to anyone.

So you have a tiny spark within you.  Yet you live a life based on egos and the notion of separation.  And it doesn’t take long to realize that it seems not to be so much fun.  For there seem to be struggles, and becoming, agendas, and the absence of peace.  You can play that game as long as you like.  But as I have told you, you must one day in your time evolve back into the awareness of love and exit the playground totally.  Or can you come back here and play in different lifetimes, different chapters in different scenarios.  And indeed, you can try being rich and being poor.  You can you try being healthy and being sick.  You can try being male and being female.  And the list goes on.

So the purpose of the world is simply happiness.  And when you play your games here, you do it because it is fun, because it makes you happy– all the while knowing that no harm can come to you.  So a huge step for you in enjoying this world is realizing that no harm can come to you.  And eventually, as I have told you, you will discover that the real pathway home is to let go of all of your fears, to let go of ego itself, of your whole belief that you are separate and isolated and alone.  And then you can live life here as long as you like in a world which is totally love, and a world that is oneness and peace and harmony.

And when you do that, then you will realize, of course, that the world of fear and the world of ego, even though it may have seemed fun at the time, was nothing compared to the happiness and joy you will feel when living here in a world that is totally of love.  And that, of course, is living in the world but not of the world.  It is living in the world without the confines and constraints of ego and fear.  And that, in essence, is what spirit created, a world of space- time, just for fun, a world that is totally made of love because it could not be otherwise.

So you ask—“why the world?”  You ask—“Why anything?”  I have told you, spirit does not need to become.  Spirit does not need to contribute to, or help, the oneness.  For it is already complete and whole.

So in your world, you think of imagination. And the purpose of creation is to experience joy and use that creative power, doing whatever you can imagine.  And this world of space-time is but one of those.  And there are myriads and myriads of other creations that as spirit you can experience and enjoy forever and ever in your time.  In the world of spirit everything is love.  You are love.  This world is love.  And that is happiness, and that is joy.

My blessings upon you all.  That is all.

Brent A. Haskell, Ph.D., D.O.

Brent Haskell

(Editor’s note: Brent Haskell is the author of Journey Beyond Words and The Other Voice: A Companion to the Text of The Course Chapters 1-15 (Miracles Studies Book). During October, 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting Brent at the Miracles In The Mountains conference in Cañon City, Colorado and hearing him give a presentation there, during which he offered to send several articles – including this one – via an email to those interested.)

Brent Haskell article: Jeshua: On Death And Dying

Greetings to you, this day.  I am Jeshua.  And today I would speak with you, at your request, about that which you call death, and dying.

For in this world, even though it be illusion, these bodies that you have do seem to die.  And the dying seems to you, does it not, to close a door upon the manner in which you can experience this, this creation of yours, this world of space and time, and yes, these very bodies of which we speak this moment.

Have I not spoken to you before, and offered to you words which are designed, truly, to bring you peace?  And have I not said to you, “You are not a body.  You are free”?  And have I not said to you, “There is nothing in this world which you want.”?  And I have I not suggested to you not to value the things of this world?  And have I, as well, not said to you, “If you choose a thing which will not last forever, it is of no value whatsoever.”?  And, of course, does that not mean that your body is of no value whatsoever?

And in a time when you are perhaps saddened, in your humanness, in your caring, one for another, in this world of bodies and space and time– in a time when you are sad that someone has seemed to die, you are wont, of course, to ask “How can these words bring us peace?”  Can you speak to us in such a way that peace can come to us as we look upon death, be it our own, or be it the death of one whose form we have dearly loved for much of a lifetime?

Ah, remember, when I say to you, do not value the things of this world, never for one moment is it a suggestion for you not to love those same things.  And as you would approach someone’s death, whom you love, I would admonish you not to interpret any of my words in such a way as to make you think that I am saying, do not love, or do not care.  For such is not the case.  When I say do not value, I simply mean, do not be confused about what you are.

And that is the essence, that is the thought, when it becomes experience for you, that will bring you freedom, and will bring you peace, in times like this.  Your body is not what you are.  You are so much more.  You are beyond this image, this illusion, of a body.  And one whom you love whose body seems to die– that body is not what he, or she, is.  And therein lies your peace.  Simply realize that when you die, you change not.  And when a loved one dies, he, or she, likewise, changes not.  And when I died upon a cross two thousand years ago, nothing whatsoever changed about the reality of what I was, and what I am.

And yet you say, why am I sad?  Can you comfort me when I, when I cry tears, and am sometimes wont even to feel guilty for crying the tears?  Pause for a moment, and think of how sad it might be if someone whom you loved for years dies, as you put it, and you, in your humanness did not care.  Can you feel the emptiness, and the sadness, if one should die, and no one should desire to shed a tear.

And what are the tears, then?  Are your tears not a validation of the love that is within you?  And are your tears not a simple celebration of two lives that came together, and in the coming together, created joy and love?  And that, indeed, is the purpose of creation itself– for spirits to flow together, and to create love and joy.  And so, if you would look upon your tears this moment, you will see within your being, and hear a voice that says– “Yes.  It was love, and it was joy.”

And if you, then, know that a body that dies changes nothing, and in reality does not even bring about separation– if you know that, and you have welling up within you a tear that sings you a song of love, then in that can you be at peace?  And indeed, you can.

And what of the struggle, what of the struggle that comes when you think about your own aloneness in the absence of another body?  Then, truly, of course, you are looking into the face of your own fear.  And what do you do when you are afraid?  Simply realize, as with your brother, it is a call for love.  And so as you feel within yourself, in your grieving at the death of the body of one whom you love, as you look at that face to face, then can you not, as well, hear the message of love?  For only the awareness of love can generate a call for love.  Do you see?

And sometimes you might wonder, how is it the Holy Spirit can only see love in everything, even death?  And this is one way in which He does.  Even when you are afraid, and you are calling for love, you could not know to call for love, out of your own fear, unless, within you, the love that you were seeking was there.

And so your tears, as you shed them for another, are truly a celebration of the sharing of love, and the creation of joy.  And your tears, as you shed them for yourself, are but your promise, to yourself, that within you, truly, exists love, the Love of God.

And one more thing I might suggest to you this day–  As you approach the experience of another’s dying, attempt to approach it in the awareness of your own, and your brother’s, freedom.  For have I not told you, it is not possible that anything can befall the Son of God except that it be of his own choice?  No accidents are possible within the world of freedom which God has created.  And so even, even death itself, is an exercise in freedom.

And as you would grieve for another who has died, as you would grieve for him, or her, then let your thoughts shift to the awareness of freedom, and of safety.  And as you know, at a level deep within, your beloved is living a life of perfect freedom, in a world where he, or she, and all beings, are absolutely safe.  As you realize that he, or she, is absolutely free, and completely safe, in God’s world, then what happens to your belief in tragedy?  It disappears, does it not, in the twinkling of an eye?

And as you would, in the awareness of freedom, grieve for yourself this day, which you do in your humanness, perhaps you can choose to alter your thinking so that you can speak to your beloved, and say to them– “I trust you.”  And even though there may be a fear within you that arises from your own thoughts of aloneness, open yourself to placing trust in your beloved.  And if it were not a gift of love, then even death could not occur.  For it is possible, I promise you, to look upon every circumstance, including death itself, and see it as an act of love.

And so as you now, this moment, trust your beloved, and out of the stillness within, say these words– “I love you, and I trust you.”– as you open to that, and you are still, then what you shall become aware of, truly, is a gift of love.

So death itself is but a change in form.  And form, as I have told you, matters not.  In this world, in your humanness, once again, you have come to love the form, to live out your creations here, to learn of love and joy, in celebration, to exercise creation within your unlimited freedom.  And death itself is nothing more than that.

And so this day, as you think about death, realize that it is given you to see things differently.  This I have told you before.  And as you see things differently, what shall you find?  Simply that of which we have spoken this day.  You will find the celebration of a life of love and joy.  And you will find within you the promise that love is there, always, speaking to you and calling your name with infinite gentleness.  And as you see things differently, you will find reason to understand, and to trust, the perfect freedom given you by God, the absolute safety in which you live your lives.

And above all, above all, you will find within yourself, and within your beloved, the awareness that you are so, so beautiful, as the spirits that you are–  and the awareness that you are loved, loved, loved, beyond any measure of your comprehension.

My blessings, my blessings upon you this day.  That is all.

Brent A. Haskell, Ph.D., D.O.

Brent Haskell

(Editor’s note: Brent Haskell is the author of Journey Beyond Words and The Other Voice: A Companion to the Text of The Course Chapters 1-15 (Miracles Studies Book). During October, 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting Brent at the Miracles In The Mountains conference in Cañon City, Colorado and hearing him give a presentation there, during which he offered to send several articles – including this one – via an email to those interested.)

Brent Haskell article: Jeshua: On Creation

Greetings to you this day.  I am Yeshua.  I have come this day, as always, to speak with you about A Course in Miracles.  Always it is to speak with you about what you are.  Always it is to speak with you about your freedom.  Always it is to speak with you about your release from this world of illusion, which you seem trapped into believing that it is real.  It is not.  That I have told you again and again and again.

I would speak with you this day of many things, of your thoughts,  and perception, of your freedom, of choice, of the creation of this world, of the split mind, of the power of your mind, of many things.

So often you are wont to ask, how could this world of illusion arise?  In a world in which all is One, in which there is only knowledge and certainty, in which there is perfect peace, how could all of this–illusion, sadness, misery, fear and death–how could that enter the mind of a perfect creative being, the Son of God?

Creation is thoughts, thoughts which come from mind.  And Creation, which is really simply love, is the experience, the expression of creative ability in literally an infinite number of ways.  You are absolutely unlimited in what you can experience.  And so it simply is that out of the infinity, literally the infinite number of thoughts which can arise within the mind of the Son of God, there, for an instant, and truly only an instant, there arose the thought about the reversal of Cause and Effect, the thought about whether Creation could flow in two directions instead of one.

I have told you, in order for Creation to be, it must extend.  God is the Cause.  We, the Son of God, are the Effect.  We are One in every respect except that the Effect cannot reverse itself and become the Cause–which is to say you, the Son of God, cannot create God, who is your Creator, who is the  Cause.

There arose a thought for one instant, which was then dismissed in the same instant–what if Cause and Effect could be reversed?  What if the Son of God could create God?  This would reverse the flow of Creation, and this is what is the cause of separation.  You could say that the separation is nothing more than the belief that Cause and Effect, the extended outward flow of Creation–that those could be reversed, which they cannot.  And the separation is impossible.  And so it is, for a moment the Son of God thought within his mind of what it might be like if Cause and Effect were reversed.

This world is an expression of the creative power of Spirit.  While your mind was, for that instant, contemplating the thought that the Cause could become the Effect, and the Effect could become the Cause, you created a world.  And in that world, compatible with the thought you were entertaining, the design followed.  And thus it seems within this world which you have created, within this world in which Creation MUST flow outward, for it can only do so in reality–in this world you have created, you have believed that the effect, which is this world, could become the cause.  And so it seems, illusion though it be, that this world, that your body, that space and time is the creator of what you are.  It seems truly that the effect has become the cause.  That is because Creation is consistent.  Based on the belief that Cause and Effect could be reversed, that belief must hold in this world as well.

The belief that the Effect could be the Cause is not consistent with truth.  You cannot change what is true.  This I have told you many times.  God is the Creator.  God is the Cause.  We are the Son.  We are the Effect.  And we cannot change that.  Within the mind of the Son of God remains that truth always.

In the instant in which an idea opposite to that truth arose, there was a conflict within the mind of the Son of God, which could not be tolerated.  For in reality there is no conflict.  And so in that same instant, the Son of God chose, for the purpose of entertaining the tiny mad idea which I have mentioned–in that instant the Son of God chose to split his mind.

This was not done at random.  This world, as I have said, is a carefully contrived plan.  No stone is left unturned.  No detail is left unattended to.  This world, designed by you from within your mind, wherein all Cause lies–this world designed by you represents exactly what you have chosen it to be.

And so in that same instant there arose the circumstance of conflict within the mind of the Son of God, which was intolerable.  And yet there was the desire to experience the notion that Cause and Effect could be reversed.  And so the unreality, that aspect of the mind became projected out of the mind.  And it was split.  All of this was done in an instant.  But all of it was done after this whole world was carefully contrived, carefully designed, to the last detail.

From within the mind of the Son of God, which is pure, which is untouched, all of it came and went in less than an instant.  A brief chuckle, and it was gone.  From within that same mind there arose the ability to split off part of that mind, simply for the purpose of experience.  That is all.

Within this world, mind is the creator.  Everything comes from mind.  I have spoken of level confusion and told you that the body has no power to act on its own.  Likewise, your brain has no power to act on its own.  Your brain is of your body.  And truly, no creative thoughts come from your brain.  Everything comes from one source, and that is mind.  It cannot be otherwise.

I have told you as well, the script is written.  Indeed, it is.  The time will come.  And yet, within the mind of the Son of God, it has already been chosen, just as I have told you.  This world is a mental review of something long gone by in the instant which I mentioned a few moments ago.

How did it work?  I have told you that consciousness, the level of perception, was the first split introduced into the mind after the separation.  Consciousness is the level of your thoughts, the level of your brain.  It is not a creative level, as I have said.  This is what happens.  Your mind created an idea, which it wanted to experience, and had to project that idea outward to free itself of the intolerable conflict we have mentioned.  It had created an idea in which the effect could become the cause.  And thus the world that it created was consistent with that idea.

A thought in the mind of the Son of God becomes projected onto this world of illusion.  Thoughts form in the brain, which are perceptions.  And perceptions, which you think of as thoughts in your awareness of your brain, are always of the past.  Perception is looking at something which has gone by.  Perception is the observation of a thought which arose in the mind of the Son of God.  Within that whole framework, the body will express whatever is the desire that came from the mind of the Son of God.  And then the thoughts of your brain perceive what that is.  And at the level of space-time you seem to experience it here.

Ah, nothing is separate from the mind of the Son of God.  And that mind then becomes aware of what the brain and the body seem to be experiencing.  And in that indirect manner, your mind, which is only mind, which cannot be a body, and knows that–in that manner your mind can literally experience space and time and limitation and illusion.  Masterful you are in your creative abilities.  Masterful you are as creator.  And of course, for you are the Son of God.

When I speak to you of thoughts, and the creative power which thoughts have, thoughts always arise from mind.  Thoughts are not the ideas of your brain.  The ideas of your brain are perceptions.  They are always after the fact.  They are always but interpretations, reactions to something which has gone by.  And I have told you very early on in the Workbook, those thoughts do not mean anything.  Another way to say that, which I have told you, is that those thoughts have no creative power.  They are simply observations.  That is all.  Now do you see how I say your thoughts are meaningless?

What is it that many of those thoughts do, the ideas of your brain, the perceptions?  They define who you are.  That is your Ego, the collection of thoughts you have about who you are.  Those have been carefully chosen and planned at the level of mind.  And for this imagined lifetime, mind has made the choice of what you will be, so that mind can indirectly experience just that.  And so you seem to be a collection of thoughts.  You call it your self.  You cling to it as if it actually is what you are.  And yet I say to you, it is of no value whatsoever, and means nothing at all.  And that is you, this tiny insignificant collection of thoughts about who you are.  That is the Ego of which I speak.

The Ego is not the Son of God.  ‘Tis nothing really, at all.  Tied into all of that is the body.  And I have already spoken at length of the body–that it is not real, that its experiences are not real, that it brings you nothing of value whatsoever.  Likewise your perceptions are the same.

I speak in the Course in Miracles and I talk to you about choice.  I say you are free.  Herein seems to lie a paradox, does it not?  You are free.  The Son of God is created free, and cannot be otherwise.  The Son of God is so free that his mind could even entertain the notion that Cause and Effect could be reversed, when it actually is totally impossible.  The mind of the Son of God is absolutely free.  The mind of the Son of God always has choice.

In the careful design of this world, its comings and goings, whatever it is the Son of God would experience, he literally chose every last detail.  And I tell you that is exactly what you have done.  You are free and you have chosen.  But the choice has not come from your brain.  It is only the perceiver I have told you it is.  And so the paradox seems to be this– The choice has been made, and yet it comes.  The script is written, and yet you are free in each moment to do what you will.

The simple truth that makes this possible is that the Son of God exists above and beyond time.  Time is that which allowed the separation.  Time is simply the ability to project out of your mind whatever you will.  And that includes this entire world.  Time to you seems to be a thing which flows.  However, to the Son of God time is simply the created ability to project something, an idea, outside of your mind.  And that is all.

So choice is a freedom you have in this world, even though the choice was made.  Even though the time in which the mind of the Son of God returns to its full awareness has been set, the pathway is full of choices.  And both are true.  Once again, the Son of God created this with his mind, projected it onto a world in which the effect seemed to be the cause, for the purpose of experience.

The choice is this: the Son of God has the choice, had the choice, to experience as much of space and time as he desired, in as many forms as he desired, and if you will, for as long as he desired.  All of that was chosen, carefully contrived, all of it within the simple constraint that cause and effect could not be reversed.  Therefore, a required part of the design, the plan, is that the Son of God must return to Oneness, to the full awareness of what he is.  Outside of time this took less than an instant, and warranted nothing but a chuckle.  And it was gone.  Within time, as I have said, the Son of God remembered not to laugh.

The design of your salvation, the design which shall of necessity bring you back to your Oneness and your Unity is salvation.  There is within your mind a connection that cannot be broken to God, the Source.  There is within your mind a pathway which must return you to the awareness of what you are.  That is the pathway of salvation, and it functions, as I have said, like a single edged sword.

And to review briefly it is like this.  Out of your mind experience is created.  Experience which is of illusion remains within the illusion.  It can be experienced through awareness indirectly by the Son of God in his mind.  But it cannot rise to the level of truth.  Along the pathway, along the choice, at the Son of God’s discretion, there will come moments in which truth, in some measure,  will be perceived by the brain.  And those thoughts, those perceptions, rise to the level of truth and form a small connecting link to truth itself.  And those remain.  And over the total time the Son of God has chosen, more and more perceptions of truth, more and more of the little links that connect you to the truth of what you are, that return you to the awareness of what you are, are formed.  And eventually in your time, already chosen by your Self, that awareness shall become complete.

I say to you, you have a choice.  And it seems you do.  But choice is at the level of your mind.  And insofar as you are not, in your perception, preoccupied with the thoughts of your brain, then you open yourself to the awareness of the connecting links that take you back to truth.

And so in a word, the message of A Course in Miracles is this.  Your thoughts, your perceptions, your Ego, that which you believe yourself to be in this world, are not real, and are of no consequence.  As that becomes experience, then that experience rises to the mind of the Son of God, and rises to truth, rises to Oneness.  And the separation, this tiny mad idea that was projected out of the mind of the Son of God, simply disappears, and is gone. ‘Tis that easy.

For where you are in this splendid world which you have designed, it seems as if this world creates what you are, that you are a victim of your body, a victim of your thoughts.  It is not so.  And as you will focus, by your own choice, less and less on your thoughts, as you focus less and less on these false ideas, insignificant ones about who you are– as you become more and more willing to allow life to simply flow through you, without judgment, without concern, without fear, then you shall be transported along the pathway to freedom, along the pathway to love, along the pathway to joy.

All of it came and went in an instant.  And you have never changed.  ‘Tis simply your awareness, ’tis simply your choice to imagine that Cause and Effect could be reversed.  Rejoice.  For it cannot be so.  It never happened, and it never shall.  Always you are the Son of God, co-creator of All That Is.  Always it is that your existence is the infinite creation of whatever you can experience– for the simply purpose of joy, harmony, peace, and love, and freedom, all of which are the same.  Because everything is One.

Blessings upon you.  That is all.

Brent A. Haskell, Ph.D., D.O.

Brent Haskell

(Editor’s note: Brent Haskell is the author of Journey Beyond Words and The Other Voice: A Companion to the Text of The Course Chapters 1-15 (Miracles Studies Book). During October, 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting Brent at the Miracles In The Mountains conference in Cañon City, Colorado and hearing him give a presentation there, during which he offered to send several articles – including this one – via an email to those interested.)

Brent Haskell article: Jeshua: The Script Is Written

Greetings to you this day.  I am Jeshua.  And I have come, as always, to discuss with you A Course in Miracles.  You have been struggling, as it were, for some time, about some words, which I have placed in A Course in Miracles.  And those words are these; “The script is written.”

And what I have told with you with those words is that for everything that seems to happen here, it has already been done.  The time when each of you shall come to understand the truth of who you are is set.  It is in the script.  It is just as if it has been placed at a certain frame on the film that you play out, that you call your life.  And only when you arrive at that frame and that moment, that seeming moment in your time, will you truly understand.

And I have said to you that time only seems to go in one direction.  Time only seems to go in one direction.  And all of this can present such a dilemma for you, can it not?

Here, in your earthly life, what can you do?  I have told you that always when you come to the point in time when you understand, when you come to your moment of awakening, you will realize in that same moment the truth that – There was nothing I needed to do.

But your question for today goes even beyond that.  For indeed, is there anything that you can do at all?  If you are impatient to know the peace of God, can you, in your time, speed up the process?  Can you be diligent and make the moment come sooner in your time?  Does the time of your study, the time of your contemplation, the time of your simply being silent, does any of that make any difference at all?  Or will you simply one day awaken, and say, “Aha, I see.”?

Now I have told you, have I not, so many times, that this world never happened.  And I have told you that this world is but illusion.  It is not real.  And do you know one of the aspects of reality itself – reality is imbued with creative power.  That which is real is of God.  You are of God.  Because you, the reality of what you are — you are real.  But this world, ah — ‘tis not real.

And what does that include?  That includes your bodies.  They are not real.  That includes the aspects you see of space and time, the skies and the heavens, the earth about you, the flowers and the trees – none of it is real.  ‘Tis but a figment of imagination, if you will.

And this is part of what I have told you, but is so difficult for you.  The thoughts you think you think are not real.  The thoughts of which you are aware are not real thoughts.  And that means this, as I have told you — The thoughts you think you think, the thoughts of the brain, if you will, the thoughts of space and time, are not real.  And as such, hear me well, they have no creative power.

So can you, of your thinking, of your planning, of your struggling, of your doing things here, change anything, do anything at all?  And the answer must be no.  The answer must be no.

This is the fundamental struggle that you, insofar as you believe yourself to be your ego, this is the fundamental struggle that you must deal with.  And I have spoken to you and called it the authority problem.  As ego, as a conscious thinking being, here, who seems to have life, and seems to have choice, and would seem to perhaps have power associated with your choices, is there anything you can do?  And the answer is – no.

Consider for a moment — what if that were not so?  What if you, in your conscious thinking, could in fact change your mind and see your life or your world change?  Then that would demand that your thinking, the thoughts of this world, had creative power.  Suppose that you could, with your body, do acts, do things that would change your world.  That would mean that bodies had within them creative power.  And that would mean that the thoughts of consciousness, the body itself, would be of God.  That which has creative power must be God Itself, just as you, in your reality, have creative power and are God.

So how do you deal with this issue, if I tell you, as I truly am telling you, that nothing that you do in your life makes any difference at all?  And one of your great passions, one of your great concerns in being loving and pursuing the spiritual path — for most of you, for so many of you – is that you say, “I want to make a difference.  I want, when my life is over, to be able to stand tall and say, ‘I made a difference.  I changed my world.’”  And do you know that that is?  Truly, that is but the voice of the ego crying out not to die.

Ask yourself this — if this world is not real, if it is but illusion, if it has no effect of any kind, in all of eternity — then why would it matter whether your life here makes a difference?  That too is but illusion.  So if you would be a student of A Course in Miracles, if you would be a teacher of A Course in Miracles, if you would be the writer of books, the sharer of wisdom through lectures or speaking engagements, or workshops —  does any of that matter?  And the answer truly is – it does not.

Such harsh words, are they not?  For have I not just told you that all of your struggling, everything you would do to seek to accomplish good in your life, matters not at all.  Do you recall that I said in A Course in Miracles, “Your only goal is to accept the Atonement for yourself.”?  And do you recall the words I spoke in A Course in Miracles, that experience cannot be given directly.  The only thing you have to offer is the vision of Christ, the vision of the Holy Spirit.

And vision itself, hear me well, has no power to change.  Vision is but the experience that you have within yourself when you, in a moment, see this world differently, when you forgive this world.  And that, as I have told you, is your only function, to forgive this world, to forgive yourself, to forgive your brother, to forgive me, and to forgive God Itself.

Have you heard these words at the core of your being?  You forgive through vision.  You forgive not through action, not through doing, not through trying, above all not through studying and struggling and dialoging, if you will.

So what does that mean?  What it means is – you must hear these words I speak this day, and these words which you will find in A Course in Miracles as you look for them — it means that you must take those words and experience them.  For it you do not, or until you do, you will not know the peace of God.  Hear me well.

So if your life matters not – ah, did I say that?  Did I say your life matters not?  Or did I say that there is nothing you can do to change anything?  There is a difference.  There truly is nothing you can do to bring about sooner the moment of your awakening.  And if you feel that you are awakened already and wish to give the gift to your brothers and sisters, there is nothing you can do whatsoever to hasten the moment of their awakening, as well.  The script is written.  The time is set.

Time but seems to flow in one direction.  What does that mean?  You believe in cause and effect.  And you believe in cause and effect being separate.  That ultimately is the belief in your time.  For you believe that an action, a thought, a word, a deed, now, will result in change.  The word “will” speaks of the future; do you hear?  You believe that a word, an action, a thought, now, can effect what you see as the future.  And it is absolutely not so.

I have told you that every single moment of your time is totally independent of every other moment of your time.  That is what it means to say that cause and effect are not separate.  In the absence of time, the Son of God imagines whatever he will, and in that instant, it is done.  There cannot be delay.  Delay is but illusion.

And so all of your struggling to become is but your desire to worship time, and to hallow what you would call the future, the result.  And it is the grandest delusion of the ego to believe that what you call the future is the result of the past.  And if it is, then you can further delude yourself into believing that what you did in one moment affected the next.  And thus you believe that you have creative power.

The nature of God, the fact that time itself does not exist, make it impossible that such could be the case.  In this moment, you either know the peace of God, or you do not.  And the next moment is the same, the next is the same, the next is the same, the next is the same.  And creative spirit, which sits at the core of your being, always knows the peace of God.

Did you, Mind, cease creating for a moment to make up a world of illusion?  Hear me well.  To create is to be.  And to cease to create would be to cease to be.  Mind never sleeps.  It is creating every moment.  That I have told you.  And what is it that mind creates – nothing but love. For that is all there is.

This world, I tell you — and this fact lies at the core of your forgiveness — this world, every aspect of it, is love being expressed.  And in your forgiveness, when you awaken, in your moment of awakening, you will know that to be true.  And that shall be the forgiveness that you seek.  And in your forgiveness, you shall find the peace of God.

Can you, from within the framework of the ego, from within consciousness, can you rationalize, can you discuss and discover, can you debate and find, can you figure out how it is that this world is nothing but love?  Hear me well.  Absolutely not.  It is the framework of this world, which imprisons you.  It is that framework which you use to form that which you call ego, that which you believe yourself to be, but which you are not.  From within the domain of the ego, you can not discover, you can not find vision, the vision of the Holy Spirit, the vision of your One Self, the vision of Christ, the vision of God.  They are all the same.

How then can you find the peace of God?  Do you remember that I have told you — you have but one choice in this world – To which voice shall to listen?  One choice – to which voice shall you choose to listen?  I have told you that there is nothing you can do to hasten the moment of yours or your brother’s awakening.  Your only goal is to forgive.  Your only goal is to accept the Atonement for yourself, which is exactly the same thing.

There truly is nothing you can do.  For if it were not so, this world would be imbued with creative power, and would be real.  And that which you pretend to see would be God Itself.  And the universe would be a place of fear and horror.  And it is not so.  Hear me well.

How do you choose to listen to the Voice of God?  How do you choose to hear the Holy Spirit?  For when you do make that choice, then what will fill your awareness is the vision of Christ.  For truly then, your One Self, the Holy Spirit, I, God Itself, were He to choose to look upon this world, would see with vision, and would see nothing but love.

How do you choose to do that?  There is but one way.  For the choice you have of which voice to which you shall listen is not really a choice at all.  So even in the sense of choosing which voice you shall hear, there is still nothing you can do.  Hear me well.  For this I have told you before.

The Holy Spirit, the Voice of God, the bringing of the vision of Christ, speaks with the quietest of whispers you could ever imagine.  The truth is this, my brothers — you hear the Voice of God in your silence.  The only choice you have is the choice to be still, to cease the workings of your conscious mind.  For when you do not think, you are free of the busyness of this world, you are no longer burning with a passion to dialogue, or debate, or study, or think, or to use your thoughts to become – when you are free of that, then in your silence there comes a whisper, the Voice of the Holy Spirit.

And as you sit in your silence for more than a moment, then there will come exactly this, a vision.  And arising out of your silence, you will be given a new world.  But nothing will have changed at all.  You will be given a new world because, as you look upon your world and experience this world here beyond the domain of the ego, you will come face to face with the vision of Christ.  And everything you see will be the Love of God.  And everything you experience will be the Love of God.

And what will you do in your life?  You will celebrate.  For the fullness of the awareness of that Love will make it impossible for you not to do so.  Hear me well this day.  That is the measure of your forgiveness.  As you look upon your world, do you see nothing but love?  As you look upon your world do you see nothing but love in action?  As you look upon your world are you filled with joy and wonder at it all?  And as you look upon your world are you filled with a total peace that desires to change nothing?  For why would anyone desire to change the perfect Love of God?  Do you see?

Then what do you do in your life, if all of your doing matters not?  And this I have told you, as well.  How do you know if you are happy?  Do you contemplate and debate, or do you simply know at the core of your being?  How do you know if you are filled with love?  Do you debate the meaning of Love?  Do you define love and write books about love or do you simply experience that which it is?  And experience, as I have told you, lies beyond thought, lies beyond your thinking mind, lies beyond the domain of the ego.

So what can you do then?  You simply experience your life.  If you would do that, you do not plan one moment in the future, but simply experience your life.  And do you remember those words?  I spoke them even two thousand years ago, and yet again and again.  So many times and places.  And yet again in A Course in Miracles.  If you would simply experience your life, what will you do?  And the answer is so extremely simple that you perhaps have never heard it.  If you would simply experience your life, you will follow the path of your own joy.

Do you think I was joking when I said, “God’s will for you is perfect happiness.”?  And when I gave you the affirmation – God’s peace and joy are mine.  Not at all.  What if your joy does not lead you to study A Course in Miracles?  What should you do?  Follow the path of your own joy.  What if your joy does not lead you to writing books and going to workshops or seminars or dialoging with your brethren about the nature of truth?  What should you do?  You should follow the pathway of your own joy.  I promise you, if you are not following the pathway of your joy, you are nowhere near, at all, the discovery of the peace of God.

Can you speed up your time?  No, indeed.  Can you be joyful in your life?  Yes, you can.  What happens if you truly become silent and open your being, and open your heart, if you will, to the presence of the Holy Spirit, to my presence, to the Voice of God?  What happens if you do that?  Time itself collapses.  I have told you that as well.  Miracles collapse time.  Those are not new words to you, are they?  The only place that time can collapse is in your silence.  The only activities that can possibly bring you to the point of time collapsing are those that bring you joy.

And what is the measure of your joy?  I have told you this also many times.  If you believe you are experiencing joy, then ask yourself – “Can anything of this world threaten my joy?”  And if the answer is “yes”, then it is not the joy of God.  It is still the ego clamoring and crying out to be heard, and trying to convince someone, somewhere, that it exists, which of course it does not.

In the moment of your silence, in the moment of your joy, in the moment of the collapse of time, then all of time becomes the same instant.  Do you hear?  And in that instant – in that instant of the forever of your time, as it collapses into a single moment, the time of your awakening is there.  And I have, have I not, called that moment the Holy Instant, the moment of the miracle.  And that is exactly what it is – the moment of the miracle, the moment in which time collapses.

But remember, you cannot make it happen.  You cannot figure it out.  You cannot dialogue and discover what it is.  You can never, ever, ever, give it as an experience to someone else.  The only thing you can do is enter into your own silence, wherein you listen and are still, and wherein you hear the Voice of God, and wherein you gain the vision of Christ, and wherein you see a new world — not a world that has been changed, but the same world seen anew.

And in that moment, you will no longer see a world of illusion.  Illusion will pass away, including the illusion of time.  And in the moment of forever, you shall awaken.  And in your awakening, you will have within you the vision of Christ.

Can you force it upon your brothers?  No, indeed.  But as you hold that vision, then it is present for anyone and everyone, throughout all of space and time, past, present and future, to experience and to celebrate.  And in your own moment of experiencing that vision, truly as I have told you, your silence and the joy to be found therein, make you, without effort, the saviour of the world.  And your life, moment upon moment, shall become blessed in ways beyond what you can comprehend, even though the moments of your space and time have changed not one iota.

My blessings upon you all.  That is all.

Brent A. Haskell, Ph.D., D.O.

Brent Haskell

(Editor’s note: Brent Haskell is the author of Journey Beyond Words and The Other Voice: A Companion to the Text of The Course Chapters 1-15 (Miracles Studies Book). During October, 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting Brent at the Miracles In The Mountains conference in Cañon City, Colorado and hearing him give a presentation there, during which he offered to send several articles – including this one – via an email to those interested.)

August 2012 ACIMblog bulletin

Sacred Geometry bulletin for August 2012:

Upcoming Interviews / Webcasts / Videos / Meetings / Conferences / Presentations

New ACIMexplained.com ‘Google Hangouts’ / interviews with Kenneth Bok

Check out Kenneth Bok’s new (google hangout) format (with multiple live videos) and Skype interviews on his superb YouTube channel about ACIM. Here’s an example of the new format with Miranda McPherson sharing about defenselessness with several other participants in the multi-video teleconference.

I’m scheduled to participate in tomorrow’s multi-participant video ‘google hangout’ with Ken and Michael Murray, 10AM Pacific 25Aug2012 and others. It should be on Ken’s YouTube channel about ACIM shortly after that if you’re unable to join us live.

On Sunday, August 26, 2012, Doug Sparks will give another free talk at 11AM “A Garden Epiphany” and an afternoon workshop 1-4 PM “A Dream of Trees” at The Rocky Mountain Miracle Center in Denver, Colorado. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed 2 other presentations that Doug gave there; he is a long time student of Kenneth Wapnick and an excellent, kind-hearted teacher.

For almost a year, I’ve been ‘skype-ing in’ to the Wed. evening ACIM/DU study group I started in southern Oregon (thanks to Dan & Terry Miller!) and now we have regular attendees from 3 states. It’s a joy to be able to continue the friendship and deepening of understanding and sharing about our revelations about our practice of forgiveness, kindness and non-dual amusement/amazement. 🙂 So, I’m further enthused about the prospects of extending that capability among different groups around the planet. We get to play ‘pioneers’ in rediscovering how to reflect the connection, wholeness and sameness we never left. 🙂 These video connections are a great complement to the audio-only programs such as ACIM Gather, which Dov Fishman does a great job hosting. Details about my weekly Friday program (amid the enjoyable 24/7 line up) are below.

Saskia Roell will do an interview with me on her Your Soul Guidance show on Transformation Talk Radio Wed., 12 Sept. 2012, 7AM; MDT. Radio station WBLQ has a live stream or you can listen via 1230 AM in the vicinity of Westerly, Rhode Island.

In October, I’ll be attending – and very much looking forward it! – the Miracles In The Mountains (MITM) Conference; I hope to see you there! Here’s a bit of fun I had ‘PhotoShopping’ a few ‘bobbleheads’ of some of the featured contributors … on the ‘road to the abbey’ 🙂
Road To The Abbey

Recent Radio/Webcast Interviews/Podcasts/Videos

I’ve been updating the GeometryCode Events page with upcoming, ongoing, and past radio and internet interviews, presentations, and more. (The majority of the content I share in these events is about non-dual metaphysics, and becoming ever more so.)

Among the recent past interviews I’ve participated in (with free audio archives online that you can listen to) are:

… and many more on the Events page.
I always enjoy talking about the non-dual Metaphysics, Psychology, Symbolism, Philosophy and more contained within the book “The Geometry Code: Universal Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws Within Us; Friendly Reminders of Inclusion to Forgive the Dreamer of Separation” which is available here.

Zazzle 20% off sale (over $50) through Sunday

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Zazzle.com is having a 20% off sale on orders of $50 or more until August 26, 2012 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Use coupon code BTSESSENTIAL during checkout. So if you’d like a good deal on shirts, prints, framed prints, wrapped canvas and other items, including sacred geometric images from the Martineau Solar System series or other sacred geometry themes, now is a great time!


Kenneth Bok interview: A Course in Miracles & Sacred Geometry? on the ACIM Explained YouTube series

Kenneth Bok interview: A Course in Miracles & Sacred Geometry? on the ACIM Explained YouTube series

Check out Ken Bok’s interview of Bruce Rawles on (ACIM Explained).
I recommend all of Ken’s engaging engaging and thoughtful interviews about ACIM.

ACIM Gather program continues on Friday afternoons

My ACIM Gather program (formerly on Tuesday evenings) is now on Friday afternoons. After reading Kenneth Wapnick’s brilliant Journey Through The Workbook of ACIM some months ago, I recently started reading his similarly outstanding Journey Through The Manual (JTTM) of ACIM. I have also recently started sharing some brief quotes (mostly from my daily reading of this book) on my frequent FaceBook status updates and recent tweets on Twitter. You can see a few of the most recent tweets in the right-hand sidebar on each page of this site. I’ve shared online on ACIM Gather for several weeks now (with super support from Dov Fishman)… It’s lots of fun. Please join in the conversation when you can on Fridays from 1:30-2 PM Mountain Time. To listen to ACIM Gather on Paltalk Express (and optionally participate interactively), create a free Paltalk Express account, then login, search for ACIM Gather, and listen to (and chat via your keyboard with if you’re interested) ACIM-related hosts 24/7. Here is the weekly ACIM Gather schedule. You can also listen to the ACIM Gather programming (LOTS of great ACIM programming 24/7!) here.

New ACIM studies book available

The new book: The Geometry Code: Universal Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws Within Us; Friendly Reminders of Inclusion to Forgive the Dreamer of Separation by Bruce Rawles (with a Foreward by Gary Renard) became available on Tuesday June 5th.
Don’t let the word “Geometry” in the title scare you off! While there is a backdrop of geometric symbols in this book, they are used merely to provide outside pictorial reminders of the inward condition of choosing our shared Teacher of Kindness… or, as is often the case, gently nudge us to let go of our own hopeless yet silly dualistic notions, fantasies, special attachments and aversions. The book also draws on the ancient Hermetic Laws, which again, are used solely for the purpose of memory aids to bring to the Inclusive Spirit within to show us how our personal interpretations are never going to work, but those brought to the eternal Truth of the Being we all have in common will always restore our minds to wholeness and peace.
Learn more about the book here…
The Geometry Code: Universal Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws Within Us; Friendly Reminders of Inclusion to Forgive the Dreamer of Separation by Bruce Rawles (front cover)

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JAFO revisited – The World Is Our Study Group

Once again, I’m forgiving myself for what appears like not having the site quite as far along as I thought it would be by now! 🙂 However, I’m confident that it’s evolving according to a plan far superior to anything I could devise. Meanwhile, here’s an email (slightly modified) that I sent to one of our local ACIM/DU study groups recently:

The World Is Our Study Group:
Allowing the Personal to Guide Us Back To The Transpersonal

During last night’s ACIM/DU Study Group, I was observing the dialogue and appreciating how we all practiced, each in our “own” way, the shared intention of returning to source, to essence, to unity and wholeness. It was more than just about following a prescribed agenda; ostensibly we come together to read and talk about A Course In Miracles and related books and media (like the work of Gary Renard, Kenneth Wapnick, Brent Haskell and others). We can (and do) all do this “on our own.” I think I’m starting to catch on to what Gary’s teachers suggest as the true purpose of (any) relationship: forgiveness! I was noticing within myself, and as I “checked in” around the room, the recognition that as each “individual” shared their stories and experiences, the “others” slowly but surely added their strength, support and love to the person speaking; releasing attachment to personal agendas, trusting in the transpersonal (Holy Spirit), to validate the stories, but more importantly to acknowledge the true eternal being of what we ARE as one, expressing as “individuals.” Perhaps this is why we all seemed to resonate with the idea of silent meditation and savoring the serenity of the closing meditation that was offered again.

We’re writing this together! It appears that I’m sitting in my office at my computer, yet when I allow the truth to settle in, I realize that all of you are here within me. I can (and do!) vividly imagine each of your smiling faces as I go around the room last night and I also include those who haven’t attended for a while, or even those who are on the email list but haven’t yet made it to a single “meeting.” After all, aren’t meetings in our mind? 🙂 This seems like such a perfect opportunity to demolish the illusion of specialness and separation. I just went through the list of folks on this email list, and if everyone showed up there would be 42 of us! (The meaning of life for Douglas Adams fans! 🙂 The point is, we can make the best use of our seeming time together by extending that feeling of oneness throughout each day. As we “tune in” to “each other” with what might be called telepathy, we can directly access the transformative power of infinite support that is our combined wisdom, levity, and peace. I do this as often as I can remember by mentally reviewing the “smiles around the room” and remembering that, as the Michael Hedges song lyrics go, “I carry your heart … I carry it in my heart”…

I encourage the idea of “tuning in” and asking for the support of “each other” and gradually extending it to total inclusiveness. Sure, it seems easier, at first, to practice this with those that SEEM to be more “kindred souls” at the moment. Yet it also seems that taking the feeling of support and applying it to whoever and whatever is in our mind at the moment is what the Christ/Holy Spirit/pure non-dualistic thought system is all about!

Best of all, our mutual support is available 24/7 throughout space and time. When I think about having friends like all of you to share eternity with, it not only helps me to laugh gently at the folly of our bodies and their little petty dramas, but to emphasize the invigorating freedom and joyousness of our one spirit! We can use the “base metal” of our special relationships (including our particular study group and extended to include ALL) for the alchemy of seeing the gold, the Cheshire cat smiles that remain after the form no longer holds us captive. Why not bring the darkness (phantom egoic menace) of specialness (e.g. thoughts like I can only be peaceful with my “special friends”) to the light? Our attachments and aversions (the things we think we need; including ANY agendas 🙂 can be lovingly placed on the altar of forgiveness which becomes an alchemical crucible for sustaining comfort and support!

In one of the first metaphysical books that inspired me in the early 1970s (Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East by Baird Spalding), there is a recitation by Jesus called “The Light.” In it, there are 6 “keywords” that apply wonderfully to the feeling that I experience when I engage in this quantum support/forgiveness practice: life, love, strength, purity, beauty and perfection. These qualities are evident in this thought system which goes way beyond a theoretical understanding. When I “imagine” the unity that we all share, I feel the reality of our oneness that cannot be threatened by anything space or time can throw at it! 🙂

Here are the words of “The Light” (from Volume 3, page 45):

THE LIGHT

As I stand alone in Your Great Silence, God my Father, in the midst of me there blazes a pure light and it fills every atom of my whole being with its great radiance. Life, Love, Strength, Purity, Beauty, Perfection, stand forth in all dominion within me. As I gaze into the very heart of this light, I see another light – liquid, soft, golden white and radiantly luminous – absorbing, mothering, and giving forth the caressing fire of the Greater Light.

Now I know that I am God and one with God’s whole Universe. I whisper to God my Father and I am undisturbed.

STILL IN THE SILENCE

Yet in this complete silence there exists God’s Greatest Activity. Again, I am undisturbed and complete silence is all about me. Now the radiance of this light spreads to God’s vast universe and everywhere I know there is God’s conscious Life. Again I say fearlessly, I am God; I am silent and unafraid.

I lift the Christ high within me and sing God’s praise. In the tones of my music inspiration hums. Louder and louder within me the Great Mother sings of new life. Louder and clearer with each new day, inspiration is lifting my conscious thought until it is attuned to God’s rhythm. Again I lift the Christ high and give close ear that I may hear the glad music. My keynote is harmony and the theme of my song is God and God seal my song as Truth.

BEHOLD I AM BORN ANEW – A CHRIST IS HERE

I am free with the great light of Your Spirit, God my Father. Your seal is placed upon my forehead. I accept.

I hold your light high, God my Father. Again I accept.