Never Reduce Your Teaching

A response to student letters:

“it is impossible not to use the content of any situation on behalf of what you really teach, and therefore really learn…from your demonstration others learn, and so do you. The question is not whether you will teach, for in that there is no choice. The purpose of the course might be said to provide you with a means of choosing what you want to teach on the basis of what you want to learn. You cannot give to someone else, but only to yourself, and this you learn through teaching. Teaching is but a call to witnesses to attest to what you believe. It is a method of conversion.” So, in that vein, here goes….!

One of the very first things the Master Teacher instructed me is to “never ever reduce your teaching”. You must always pitch your teaching, offer your demonstration where YOU find yourself in your mind. The ones who are meant to share in that & be healed will naturally gravitate towards you. You don’t have to manipulate anything as everything is orchestrated by God.

To really appreciate the plan of the teachers, you have to understand the nature & flexibility of time. “Their function is to save time. Each one begins as a single light, but with the Call at its center it is a light that cannot be limited. And each one saves a thousand years of time as the world judges it. To the Call Itself time has no meaning.” There is a ladder of ascension from A to Z, from Alpha to Omega, from the ‘Birthplace of Dreams’ which is also the ‘Deathplace of Dreams’. It ends where it begins – essentially it’s a loop. “Time has an ending, and it is this that the teachers of God are appointed to bring about. For time is in their hands. Such was their choice, and it is given them”

For every movement from step A to step C, there is a bridge B. For step X to Z, there has to be a bridge Y to get there. Everyone is a bridge for someone else in time. But how would it serve anyone if you always remained as bridge B – you have to evolve in consciousness as you go. The way Josh teaches this, is that you are replaceable. When you move up a rung on the ladder, you are always bringing someone up with you as you go. That one takes your place – the position you once held in the Greater Plan is filled by your student, so you can rise in frequency to enter into a new vista. In this sense, your teacher is always preparing a place for you. This keeps things moving in the right direction. You take all your thoughts home to God, like a net full of fish. How on earth is there any other way for a mind to complete its journey here? The sign of a good teacher is that they eventually become redundant. Josh has never bound me to an idea in time – he is always showing me, offering me more. Equally it is my agreement as his student that I allow him to rise & leave to prepare a new place.

“Because your will is free you can accept what has already happened at any time you choose, and only then will you realize that it was always there. As the course emphasizes, you are not free to choose the curriculum, or even the form in which you will learn it. You are free, however, to decide when you want to learn it. And as you accept it, it is already learned.

Time really, then, goes backward to an instant so ancient that it is beyond all memory, and past even the possibility of remembering. Yet because it is an instant that is relived again and again and still again, it seems to be now. And thus it is that pupil and teacher seem to come together in the present, finding each other as if they had not met before. The pupil comes at the right time to the right place. This is inevitable, because he made the right choice in that ancient instant which he now relives. So has the teacher, too, made an inevitable choice out of an ancient past. God’s Will in everything but seems to take time in the working-out. What could delay the power of eternity?”

 

When you finally reach the place in time when you decide you are done with dreaming in its entirety, you are given the right bridge for you, the right teacher who can take you to the next step. I started my path when I was 18 and over the past 25 years, at each cycle, I relinquished the tradition, the teacher because I saw that it was not whole, not comprehensive and I always wanted more, further, faster… “when the student is ready, the teacher comes” – in my complete devastation that I could not go on anymore with this so-called ‘life’ collapsed, in my true humble prayer of the heart, a door opened, light descended and thoroughly penetrated me and I was faithfully lead to the lineage I am now in – my teacher arrived, firstly in the form of the Master Teacher and subsequently Josh who would act as my final bridge. Did you know that the Master Teacher came for 3 weeks to the UK in 1997 bringing 20 of his brightest minds, only to pick up me in answer to my prayer? When a teacher is out on assignment, he is not expecting masses – he is lucky if only one person hears & recognises him.

How would a teacher earlier in time serve an advanced student later in time? That student has already transcended and moved past all that they have to offer. For myself, for instance, I have little use for a Gary Renard, a David Hoffmeister, a Marianne Williamson, a Ken Wapnick. I have gone beyond what they can offer me. As primarily conceptual teachers, they will be given the students who are ready to learn what they offer. Jesus says in the Course, some are only ready for a smile. Equally, how would an advanced teacher in time be the suitable bridge for a student early in their venture into awakening? They simply wouldn’t hear him, understand him, recognise him as has been shown by the reaction of the Course students. In fact, they are most likely to crucify him simply by their ‘unreadiness’. Do you think the resources of a Van Gogh are best spent teaching kindergarten children how to make a pasta art?

In my first year of the Academy, I didn’t hear the Master Teacher at all. It was very frustrating for me and why I was given Josh who was able to bridge the gap for me. The Master Teacher had a function, an agreement with his core guys to keep moving them along, always acting as a forerunner. This is why that within this lineage, I have been placed as a bridge for minds like yourself. Josh completely understands & appreciates the value that his apostles have. So, yes there is an intelligence to the plan that is NOT of YOUR making because, as you correctly said, you do NOT know the bigger picture, so how are you able to determine how and what it should look like? Leave it to One who does.

“There is no one from whom a teacher of God cannot learn, so there is no one whom he cannot teach. However, from a practical point of view he cannot meet everyone, nor can everyone find him. Therefore, the plan includes very specific contacts to be made for each teacher of God. There are no accidents in salvation. Those who are to meet will meet, because together they have the potential for a holy relationship. They are ready for each other….God’s teachers work at different levels, but the result is always the same. Each teaching-learning situation is maximal in the sense that each person involved will learn the most that he can from the other person at that time.”

Everyone has a place & function within the atonement. No matter where you find yourself in time, you will have the potential to act as a bridge for minds. In that sense, the Ken Wapnicks, Gary renards, David Hoffmeisters & Marianne Williamson’s have their place – they will attract minds specifically to where they reside within the frequency they are transmitting. As Jesus says, “Certain pupils have been assigned to each of God’s teachers, and they will begin to look for him as soon as he has answered the Call. They were chosen for him because the form of the universal curriculum that he will teach is best for them in view of their level of understanding….His pupils have been waiting for him, for his coming is certain. Again, it is only a matter of time. Once he has chosen to fulfill his role, they are ready to fulfill theirs. Time waits on his choice, but not on whom he will serve. When he is ready to learn, the opportunities to teach will be provided for him.”

Someone has to pick up minds not ready for this quantum leap that we are offering. Now, where WE as a lineage under the Master Teacher are residing, is in the full visceral cellular embodiment of the physical resurrection, between worlds, appearing & disappearing. We are living breathing DEMONSTRATIONS of the alternative, that there is no world. Who is ready to be part of this time/space sequence?  Not very many at all. We are only for the very few who are ready to make the jump to “Z”. Source Temple represents that bridge from time to eternity. It is not usually the destiny of advanced teachers to descend deep into time to collect the ‘deep seeds’ (Although they are always willing to do so if guided to) – there are other teachers better placed within the greater plan to fulfil that role. Equally it needs the dedication of the rare ones keeping the portal open at the end of time for those souls preparing to leave.

“A universal theology is impossible, but a universal experience is not only possible but necessary. It is this experience toward which the course is directed.” What is the world? It is the attempt of subtraction, dissociation from this universal experience. What is Source Temple? It is the demonstration of the universal experience. How that pictures, formulates, is expressed is individual. Josh refers to this as “the yogic response to Truth”. Dramatics aside, when truthfully expressed, it may picture as anything: screams, bodies being thrown about, silence. When this happens there is no observer, there is no ‘do-er’ – you are being done. How is anyone to judge the meaning of the way it formulates? There IS no-one to judge – there is simply the experience which you can dive into at any moment. Those not in the experience, are judging, are observing. There is no in-between. Observation, judgement IS the denial of the universal experience. Your lack of “enjoyment” is simply exposing you to your judgemental ideas.

You have to understand that the whole excursion into time, the world is a complete parody, charade – it IS cartoonville! (Did you know that the location of Endeavour Academy, Wisconsin Dells, is smack bang in the centre of a tri-state holiday resort – when I first arrived I couldn’t believe how cartoon-like was the environment. Do you think that this is a coincidence? It’s a cue!) Do you think the human condition enjoys being exposed to its ridiculous lie?!! HA!

“Exposing Ourselves” to the “intimacy” of the experience IS what we are being asked to do! It’s an invitation. Are you seriously asking us to not be ourselves, to not demonstrate what we have been asked to do? To contract in fear? To diminish our expression of the alternative in the dream? Essentially, to be a human being and deny what it is we have been given to do? Those with eyes will see, those with ears will hear. Why are you or Roberto attempt to explain us – you can’t explain it! It’s impossible. We are not missionaries in the sense of trying to convert those who don’t want to be converted. We simply are GIVEN minds that may be ready to hear.

When you viewed the Forgiveness video – you had one of two choices: either to enter into the experience that was being offered and be healed or to observe & judge. “He who would not forgive must judge”. You are simply showing your unwillingness to join, the unnatural and “strange” ways the ego attempts to dissociate from the here & now.

There is always a natural sorting out of the ‘sheep from the goats’. At each stage, each cycle there is a dropping off of those who are unable to go the next leg of the journey. Simple, those who do not see are not ready to do so. What you see as “indifference” toward Course groups is simply a recognition of fact. Anyone with eyes to see would just have to watch one minute of one of the Physical Resurrection videos to immediately without question KNOW. Of course, miracles are always present. “The Call is universal. It goes on all the time everywhere. It calls for teachers to speak for It and redeem the world. Many hear It, but few will answer. Yet it is all a matter of time. Everyone will answer in the end, but the end can be a long, long way off.” Is a teacher going to wait around for thousands of years for a particular mind to stop denying Him? Don’t be ridiculous! When they are ready, they will be offered a bridge. In the meantime, they are the problem and not the solution. Another teacher will pick them up later when they are ready.

The world in its entirety is a denial of the light, of God and therefore of what we represent as the light in the dream. A mind which CHOOSES, i.e. is determined to continue to dream, HAS to crucify the symbols of light because their acceptance would be the precursor to the end of their dream. A teacher understands that, unfortunately so, crucifixion is part of the role he has to endure for a moment. (I remember a story Josh told once that after an Advent in Vienna, the group that went to the cafe after were in a lot of light and in their demonstration the whole matrix was shifting, collapsing. The people in the cafe on some level felt what they were doing literally turned around and in the minds were saying “stop what you are doing. We want to continue dreaming”)

You say, “I feel we tend to become one more group, apart from the “others” that unfortunately can’t accept us”. We are not the ones dissociating ourselves from the world – we are giving ourselves freely. We are willing to enter into the smallest willingness to open & join. If the mind is not in the disposition of being wrong, there is absolutely nothing we can do until it changes its mind. The problem lies with the lack of acceptance, the/your judgement. Who is in error here? Who is separating? The one judging clearly!

When a teacher comes into the dream to demonstrate, he just gives everything and is not attached at all to how or whether it is received. He is simply being himself. A true Master couldn’t give a flying fuck how he is received – he is simply being himself. Because you are so guilty to be yourself, you project your guilt onto the one who is wholly innocent & free. Finally the teacher takes you to the point where you can finally be yourself. “Dance like no-one is watching”. No-one IS watching! You’re not separate from ‘that’.

“No teacher of God should feel disappointed if he has offered healing and it does not appear to have been received. It is not up to him to judge when his gift should be accepted. Let him be certain it has been received, and trust that it will be accepted when it is recognized as a blessing and not a curse… It is not the function of God’s teachers to evaluate the outcome of their gifts. It is merely their function to give them. Once they have done that they have also given the outcome, for that is part of the gift. No one can give if he is concerned with the result of giving. That is a limitation on the giving itself, and neither the giver nor the receiver would have the gift.”

You are not here on the world’s terms so don’t let it tell you who you are and what you should do. It’s a viper’s nest, each colluding and verifying each other in the grievance. All it wants is your annihilation. Josh is if offering you a part in HIS awakening dream. Even here at Source Temple, effectively the best type of dream that the world can offer, dreams rarely intersect at a mutual place – we are always dealing with the impossibility of this place, no more so than at the top of the pyramid. Separation has always been the problem, but one which has already been solved & accomplished. We have a navigator who has returned from its accomplishment to guide us through this senseless, trivial maze. While the flavour of its outpicturing might not always appeal, ‘Modern Ashram’ is getting good ratings and his heading for an end-of-season Grand Finale – would you like to play a guest role? On God’s terms and not your own? Then fuck the world and its petty ways and get your ass here…humbly & gratefully.

This entry was posted on September 26, 2012. 2 Comments

Escada de Jacó: Abolindo o Tempo & A Mecânica do Milagre

A maioria das antigas tradições espirituais que encontrei “querendo”, porque eu sempre me senti uma vítima ao tempo: sob o equívoco de que o tempo estava se movendo de forma seqüencial linear no mesmo ritmo. Meu último mestre, por exemplo, disse que eu teria de encarnar 108 vezes antes de despertar e eu sabia que isso não abrangia todo o quadro. O curso é uma atualização na verdade, não porque a Verdade foi alterada, mas porque a mente amadureceu o suficiente para receber estas novas idéias mais abrangentes sobre o tempo. A primeira coisa que Jesus trouxe através de Helen, o escritora (canalizadora) do Curso, foi que “É um curso obrigatório. Só o tempo que você gasta é voluntário. Livre arbítrio não significa que você pode estabelecer o currículo. Significa apenas que podes escolher o que você quer ter em um determinado momento. “Ele imediatamente estabelece que o tempo é flexível e você está na escolha.
Tempo tem um começo e um fim. O ponto de entrada, ou como meu Mestre chama de “o berço dos sonhos”, é também o portal de saída. “Eu sou o Alfa & Omega”, a partir das citações Bíblia para esse caso. Sonhar termina onde começou. Outra maneira de ensinar isso é que quando Jesus ressuscitou, você também ressuscitou. O despertar Dele é o seu despertar: só há uma mente despertando . O ponto de partida de Jesus deste mundo é também o seu ponto de partida. Em termos bíblicos, Jesus diz que “Ninguém vem ao Pai senão por mim”. Ele explica no Curso que isto “não significa que eu estou de forma alguma separado ou diferente de você, exceto no tempo”, e o tempo na verdade não existe. A afirmação é mais significativa considerando um eixo vertical em vez de horizontal. “Você fica abaixo de mim e eu estou abaixo de Deus”. No processo de “erguer-se,” Eu sou maior porque, sem mim, a distância entre Deus e o homem seria grande demais para que você possa compreender. “Você pode pensar nessa ascensão em termos da idéia oriental de” linhagem “. Seus irmãos mais velhos são, essencialmente, suas pontes para altas freqüências de luz.
“O propósito do tempo é para que você possa aprender a usar o tempo de forma construtiva. É, assim, um dispositivo de ensinamento e um meio para um fim. O tempo cessará quando não for mais útil para facilitar o aprendizado. “Você poderia dizer que o tempo está acontecendo o tempo todo e que a “redenção (atonement, onde todos somos um) trabalha o tempo todo e em todas as dimensões do tempo. ”

“Tempo e eternidade estão ambos em sua mente, e entrarão em conflito até que perceba o tempo apenas como um meio para recuperar a eternidade … você tem que aprender que o tempo está apenas à sua disposição, e que nada no mundo pode assumir esta responsabilidade por você . “Todo o curso foi trazido à existência como um método de colapso do tempo para trazer a filiação em todo o Grande Despertar mais rapidamente. Ele usa a idéia do milagre que é acessível no “instante santo” dentro de seu relacionamento santo com o seu irmão – que está disponível agora, não em algum cenário futuro. Ele chama isso de “imediatismo da salvação”. Seu irmão é, literalmente, o seu caminho para sair daqui.

“É impossível aceitar o instante santo sem reservas, a menos que, só por um instante, você esteja disposto a ver sem passado ou futuro. Você não pode se preparar para ele sem colocá-lo no futuro. A liberação é-lhe dada no instante em que você desejá-la. Muitos passaram a vida inteira em preparação, e de fato alcançando os seus instantes de sucesso. Este curso não tenta ensinar mais do que eles aprenderam com o tempo, mas visa uma economia de tempo. “Este é o lugar onde Jesus fala sobre esse modo de Despertar de ” Um Curso em Milagres “, em oposição a outras modalidades e tradições. “Você pode estar tentando seguir um caminho muito longo para a meta que aceitou. Todas as tentativas acabarão sendo bem sucedidas, em função de sua finalidade. No entanto, os meios são entediantes e muito demorados, pois todos eles olham para a liberação futura de um estado presente de indignidade e inadequação. Seu caminho será diferente, não no fim, mas no meio. Um relacionamento santo é uma forma de poupar tempo. Um instante passado junto com seu irmão restaura o universo para ambos. Aqui é a última liberação que todo mundo um dia vai encontrar à sua maneira, a seu próprio tempo. Você não precisa neste momento. O tempo tem sido guardado para você, porque você e seu irmão estão juntos. Este é o meio especial que este curso está usando para lhe poupar tempo. Você não estará fazendo uso do Curso se insistir em usar os meios que serviram bem aos outros, mas negligenciando o que foi feito para você. Poupe tempo para mim se preparando desta forma, e pratique fazendo nada mais. “Eu preciso fazer nada” é uma declaração de lealdade, uma lealdade verdadeiramente indivisível. Acredite por apenas um instante, e você vai conseguir mais do que é dado por um século de contemplação, ou de luta contra a tentação. ”

O perdão de seu irmão é a essência do Curso, ao preparar sua mente para o que está além. “Seus irmãos estão por toda parte. Você não precisa procurar muito para a salvação. Cada minuto e cada segundo lhe dá uma chance para se salvar. Não perca estas oportunidades, não porque eles não vão voltar, mas porque o atraso da alegria é desnecessário. Deus deseja a sua felicidade perfeita agora. ”

Este é o ponto crucial no qual o curso é baseado. Jesus diz que “o milagre é o único dispositivo à sua disposição imediata para controlar o tempo” e “é um instrumento de aprendizado que diminui a necessidade de tempo. Ele estabelece um intervalo de tempo fora de padrão que está livre das leis usuais de tempo. ”

O tempo não é seqüencial. Você pode pensar nisso como fragmentos de memória empilhados em cima uns dos outros. Cada fragmento é distinto a partir do anterior. Cada ciclo no tempo retorna para o ápice e, em seguida, entramos em uma seqüência totalmente nova. A evolução ocorre em súbitas mudanças quânticas. Você é ejetado num flash e depois volta de novo e tudo mudou. (Aliás, é por isso que a evolução de Darwin incorre em erro). É assim que a ascensão ocorre: Escada de Jacob. A medida em que cada fragmento de memória volta para amar, o fundo ascende e a parte inferior eventualmente transforma-se no topo e não há mais tempo restante para descer.

Além disso, o tempo não está se movendo no mesmo ritmo – quanto mais próximo do ápice você chegar, mais rápido é o movimento. Se você pensar no tempo como uma espiral decrescendo a partir do topo se aprofundando no tempo, quanto mais perto você chegar ao topo, mais condensadas ou mais rápidas são as revoluções (e quanto mais fundo você descer, mais lentas são as rotações). Uma mente desperta está em uma velocidade incrível, se comparada com a lentidão de uma identidade humana. Minha experiência pessoal é que eu estou literalmente movendo-me através de quatro estações em um dia “- talvez décadas e centenas de anos podem passar em um instante. Jesus diz, “não há nenhuma ligação de memória para o passado.” Ele acrescenta: “Se você quer que ele esteja lá, então ele lá está. Mas só o seu desejo fez a ligação “. Em outras palavras você continua artificialmente juntando-se ou seqüenciando esses fragmentos de memória em uma linha do tempo ilusório horizontal que não tem nenhuma base na realidade.

Ele explica mais detalhadamente a mecânica do milagre: “no plano longitudinal ou horizontal, o reconhecimento da igualdade dos membros da Filiação parece envolver um tempo quase infinito. No entanto, o milagre implica uma mudança súbita de uma percepção horizontal para vertical. Isso introduz um intervalo a partir do qual o doador e o receptor, ambos emergem mais adiante no tempo do que teria sido de outra maneira. O milagre, portanto, tem a propriedade única de abolir o tempo, na medida em que torna o intervalo de tempo que se estende desnecessária. Não há nenhuma relação entre o tempo que um milagre leva e o tempo que ele cobre. Os substitutos milagrosos para aprender isso podem ter levado milhares de anos. Isso é feito através do reconhecimento subjacente da perfeita igualdade de doador e receptor, sobre o qual repousa o milagre. O milagre encurta o tempo colapsando-o, portanto eliminando certos intervalos dentro dele. Ele faz isso, no entanto, dentro da maior seqüência temporal. ”

Essencialmente, o “Curso não está além da aprendizagem imediata”. Em outras palavras, não requer tempo. “O instante santo é este instante e cada instante. O que você quiser que seja, já é. O que você não queria que fosse está perdido para você. Você deve decidir quando é. Isso não é atraso. Pois além do passado e do futuro, onde você não irá encontrá-lo, lá ele está em prontidão brilhante por sua aceitação. “Em outras palavras, você está na aceitação ou negação do instante santo e, portanto, você está decidindo a cada momento se atrasar ou acelerar a sua linha cronológica. Cada momento de reconhecimento da santidade e inocência do teu irmão te carrega junto, e cada queixa e projeção de erros mantém você e seu irmão presos aqui.

A lição de hoje diz: “sua passagem através do tempo e espaço não é ao acaso. Você não pode deixar de estar no lugar certo na hora certa. “Mas é importante reconhecer que onde você se encontra é onde você escolhe estar. Essencialmente, você pode pressionar pause no jogo, ou fast-forward (ou até mesmo retroceder!). “O instante em que a magnitude de sua realidade desperta em você, aí é o mais longe que o seu desejo por ela pode levá-lo. Enquanto você não desejá-la e em vez disso estimar a pequenez (do ego), ela estará longe de você na mesma medida. Tanto quanto você a queira, assim irá trazê-la para mais perto.”

“A decisão básica de uma mente voltada para o milagre não é de esperar no tempo por mais do que o necessário. O tempo pode desperdiçar assim como ser desperdiçado. O trabalhador de milagres, por isso, aceita o fator tempo-controle com prazer. Ele reconhece que cada colapso de tempo traz todos para mais perto da liberação final do tempo, em que o Filho e o Pai são um “(Curiosamente, ele acrescenta que” a igualdade não implica igualdade agora ‘-. Somos apenas iguais em eternidade, não no tempo.) “A ânsia do Espírito Santo para dar-lhe isso é tão intensa que ele não poderia esperar, mas Ele espera com paciência. Encontre Sua paciência (do Espírito Santo) através da sua impaciência em relação à demora em encontrá-lo. ”
O mundo é o resultado da idéia ilusória de que há uma vontade distante ou separada de Deus e, como tal, estar aqui é uma negação de Deus. No entanto, uma vez que esta é uma idéia impossível, o paradoxo é que este mundo não é real. Não tem causalidade. Isso nunca ocorreu. É um erro, uma falha, uma anomalia, uma torção na matriz que já foi resolvida na ressurreição de Jesus. Isso já acabou. A salvação já foi alcançada. Sua mente humana não pode realmente entender isso. “O tempo é um truque, um passe de mágica, uma ilusão enorme em que figuras vêm e vão como que por magia. No entanto, há um plano por trás das aparências que não muda. O roteiro está escrito. Quando a experiência tiver terminado o seu duvidar terá sido definido. Pois nós vemos a jornada do ponto em que ela terminou, olhando para trás, imaginando fazê-la mais uma vez, revendo mentalmente o que se passou, “Portanto o atraso é do ego, porque o tempo é o seu conceito. Tanto tempo quanto atraso são sem sentido na eternidade. ”

De uma maneira absoluta, todo o mundo, a excursão no tempo e espaço, é um gigante atraso, que o faz evitar estar onde você realmente pertence. Jesus fala sobre isto desta maneira: “Deus, em Seu conhecimento não está esperando, mas o Seu Reino está desprovido enquanto você espera. Todos os Filhos de Deus estão à espera de seu retorno, assim como você está esperando o deles. Atraso não importa na eternidade, mas é trágico no tempo. Você optou por estar no tempo em vez de na eternidade, e portanto acredita que está no tempo. No entanto, sua eleição é livre e alterável. Você não pertence ao tempo. Seu lugar é apenas na eternidade, onde o próprio Deus o colocou para sempre. ”

Mas Jesus não está pedindo para você negar o mundo, mas sim assumir a responsabilidade por ele. Se você vir um mundo, então você é responsável por ele e, consequentemente, a correção é necessária em sua mente. “Lembrar serve apenas para devolver à sua mente o que já está lá. Você não faz o que você lembra, você simplesmente aceita novamente o que já está lá, mas foi rejeitado “, Ele acrescenta,” O que você acredita, é verdade para você. Neste sentido, a separação ocorreu e negá-la é meramente usar a negação de forma inadequada. No entanto, se concentrar no erro é apenas mais um erro. O procedimento inicial de correcção é reconhecer temporariamente que existe um problema, mas apenas como uma indicação de que uma correção imediata é necessária. Isto estabelece um estado de espírito em que a Reconciliação (Atonement) pode ser aceita sem demora. Deve-se ressaltar, no entanto, que em última análise, o compromisso não é possível entre o tudo e o nada. O tempo é essencialmente um dispositivo através do qual todo o compromisso a este respeito pode ser descartado. Ele apenas parece ser abolido por etapas, porque o tempo em si envolve intervalos que não existem. ”

Deixe que a beleza da prosa poética de Jesus lave você enquanto ele rapidamente o atrai à “toca do coelho” e traz você até o precipício da sua saída deste mundo: “A cada dia, e a cada minuto em cada dia, e a todo instante que cada minuto contém, você apenas revive o único instante em que o tempo do terror tomou o lugar do amor. E assim você morre a cada dia para viver de novo, até atravessar a lacuna entre o passado e o presente, que não é de maneira alguma uma lacuna. Tal é cada vida, um aparente intervalo desde o nascimento até a morte e então à vida de novo, uma repetição de um instante que passou há muito tempo e que não pode ser revivido. E todo o tempo é senão a crença louca, de que o que já acabou está aqui e agora.

“Perdoe o passado e deixe-lo ir, porque ele já se foi. Você não está mais de pé no chão que fica entre os mundos. Você se foi, e chegou ao mundo que está no portão do céu. Não há obstáculo para a Vontade de Deus, nem qualquer necessidade de você repetir uma viagem que se acabou há muito tempo. Olhe gentilmente para o seu irmão, e contemple o mundo em que a percepção de seu ódio foi transformada em um mundo de amor. “

Jacob’s Ladder: Abolishing Time & The Mechanics Of The Miracle

Most of the older spiritual traditions I found wanting because I always felt a victim to time: under the misapprehension that time was moving along in a sequential linear manner at the same rate. My last Master, for instance, said I would have to incarnate 108 times before I awakened and I knew this not to be the whole comprehensive picture. The Course is an upgrade in Truth, not because Truth has altered but because the mind has matured sufficiently to receive these new broader ideas about time. The very first thing that Jesus brought through Helen, the scribe of the Course, was that “It is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary. Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum. It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time.” He immediately establishes that time is flexible and you are in choice.

Time has a beginning and an end. The entry point, or as my Master calls it ‘the birthplace of dreams’, is also the very same exit portal. ‘I am the Alpha & Omega’ from the Bible points to this. Dreaming ends where it began. Another way to teach this is that when Jesus resurrected, so did you. His awakening is your awakening: there is only one mind awakening. The departure point of Jesus from this world is also your departure point. In Biblical terms, Jesus says that “No man cometh unto the Father but by me”. He explains in the Course that this “does not mean that I am in any way separate or different from you except in time, and time does not really exist. The statement is more meaningful in terms of a vertical rather than a horizontal axis. You stand below me and I stand below God. In the process of “rising up,” I am higher because, without me, the distance between God and man would be too great for you to encompass.” You could think of this ascension in terms of the Eastern idea of ‘lineage’. Your elder brothers are essentially your bridges to higher frequencies of light.

“The purpose of time is to enable you to learn how to use time constructively. It is thus a teaching device and a means to an end. Time will cease when it is no longer useful in facilitating learning.” You could say that all time is going on all the time and that the “atonement works all the time and in all the dimensions of time.”

“Time and eternity are both in your mind, and will conflict until you perceive time solely as a means to regain eternity…you must learn that time is solely at your disposal, and that nothing in the world can take this responsibility from you.” The whole Course was brought into being as a method of collapsing time to bring the whole Sonship into the Great Awakening more rapidly. He uses the idea of the miracle that is accessible in the ‘holy instant’ within your holy relationship with your brother – it is available now, not in some future scenario. He calls this the ‘immediacy of salvation’. Your brother is literally your way out of here.

“It is impossible to accept the holy instant without reservation unless, just for an instant, you are willing to see no past or future. You cannot prepare for it without placing it in the future. Release is given you the instant you desire it. Many have spent a lifetime in preparation, and have indeed achieved their instants of success. This course does not attempt to teach more than they learned in time, but it does aim at saving time.” This is where Jesus talks about this mode of Awakening of ‘A Course In Miracles’ as opposed to other modalities and traditions. “You may be attempting to follow a very long road to the goal you have accepted. All attempts will ultimately succeed because of their purpose. Yet the means are tedious and very time consuming, for all of them look to the future for release from a state of present unworthiness and inadequacy. Your way will be different, not in purpose but in means. A holy relationship is a means of saving time. One instant spent together with your brother restores the universe to both of you. Here is the ultimate release which everyone will one day find in his own way, at his own time. You do not need this time. Time has been saved for you because you and your brother are together. This is the special means this course is using to save you time. You are not making use of the course if you insist on using means which have served others well, neglecting what was made for you. Save time for me by only this one preparation, and practice doing nothing else. “I need do nothing” is a statement of allegiance, a truly undivided loyalty. Believe it for just one instant, and you will accomplish more than is given to a century of contemplation, or of struggle against temptation.”

Forgiveness of your brother is the essence of The Course in preparing your mind for what lies beyond. “Your brothers are everywhere. You do not have to seek far for salvation. Every minute and every second gives you a chance to save yourself. Do not lose these chances, not because they will not return, but because delay of joy is needless. God wills you perfect happiness now.”

This is the crux on which the Course is based. Jesus says that “the miracle is the only device at your immediate disposal for controlling time” and “is a learning device that lessens the need for time. It establishes an out-of-pattern time interval not under the usual laws of time.”

Time is not sequential. You can think of it as fragments of memory stacked on top of one another. Each fragment is discrete from the previous one. Each cycle into time returns back to the apex and then we enter a brand new sequence. Evolution occurs in sudden quantum shifts. You flash out and then back in again and it has all changed. (Incidentally, this is why Darwin’s evolution is in error). This is how the ascension occurs: Jacob’s Ladder. (the ladder to heaven described in the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament). As each memory fragment is resolved back to love, the bottom is raised and the bottom eventually becomes the top and there is no more time remaining to descend into.

Also, time is not moving along at the same pace – the nearer the apex you get the faster it goes. If you think of time as a spiral widening down from the top deeper into time, the closer you get to the top, the narrower or quicker are the revolutions (and the deeper you descend the slower are the rotations). An awakening mind is in a vast speed up compared to the slowness of a human identity. My personal experience is that I am literally moving through ‘four seasons in one day’ – perhaps decades and hundreds of years can flash by in an instant. Jesus says, “there is no link of memory to the past.” He adds: “If you would have it there, then there it is. But only your desire made the link”. In other words you keep artificially joining up or sequencing these memory fragments into an illusory horizontal timeline which has no basis in reality.

He explains in more detail the mechanics of the miracle: “in the longitudinal or horizontal plane the recognition of the equality of the members of the Sonship appears to involve almost endless time. However, the miracle entails a sudden shift from horizontal to vertical perception. This introduces an interval from which the giver and receiver both emerge farther along in time than they would otherwise have been. The miracle thus has the unique property of abolishing time to the extent that it renders the interval of time it spans unnecessary. There is no relationship between the time a miracle takes and the time it covers. The miracle substitutes for learning that might have taken thousands of years. It does so by the underlying recognition of perfect equality of giver and receiver on which the miracle rests. The miracle shortens time by collapsing it, thus eliminating certain intervals within it. It does this, however, within the larger temporal sequence.”

Essentially, the “course is not beyond immediate learning”. In other words it doesn’t take time. “The holy instant is this instant and every instant. The one you want it to be it is. The one you would not have it be is lost to you. You must decide when it is. Delay it not. For beyond the past and future, where you will not find it, it stands in shimmering readiness for your acceptance.” In other words, you are in acceptance or denial of the holy instant, and therefore you are deciding each moment whether to delay or speed up your timeline. Each moment of recognition of your brother’s holiness & innocence moves you along, and each grievance and projection of wrongs keeps you & your brother imprisoned here.

Today’s’ lesson says “Your passage through time and space is not at random. You cannot but be in the right place at the right time.” But it is important to recognise that where you find yourself is where you choose to be. Essentially, you can press play, pause or fast-forward (or even rewind!). “The instant in which (the) magnitude (of your reality) dawns upon you is but as far away as your desire for it. As long as you desire it not and cherish (the) littleness (of the ego) instead, by so much is it far from you. By so much as you want it, will you bring it nearer.”

“The basic decision of the miracle-minded is not to wait on time any longer than is necessary. Time can waste as well as be wasted. The miracle worker, therefore, accepts the time-control factor gladly. He recognizes that every collapse of time brings everyone closer to the ultimate release from time, in which the Son and the Father are one.” (Interestingly he adds that ‘Equality does not imply equality now’ – we are only equal in eternity, NOT in time.) “The eagerness of the Holy Spirit to give you this is so intense He would not wait, although He waits in patience. Meet His patience with your impatience at delay in meeting Him.”

The world is the result of the illusory idea that there is a will apart or separate from God and as such, being here is a denial of God. Yet, since this is an impossible idea, the paradox is that this world is not real. It has no causation. This never occurred. It is a mistake, a glitch, an anomaly, a kink in the matrix that has already been resolved in the resurrection of Jesus. This is already over. Salvation is accomplished. Your human mind cannot really grasp this. “Time is a trick, a sleight of hand, a vast illusion in which figures come and go as if by magic. Yet there is a plan behind appearances that does not change. The script is written. When experience will come to end your doubting has been set. For we but see the journey from the point at which it ended, looking back on it, imagining we make it once again; reviewing mentally what has gone by.” So “delay is of the ego, because time is its concept. Both time and delay are meaningless in eternity.”

In an absolute way, the whole world, the excursion into time & space, is one giant delay, avoidance in being where you truly abide. Jesus talks about it in this manner: “God in His knowledge is not waiting, but His Kingdom is bereft while you wait. All the Sons of God are waiting for your return, just as you are waiting for theirs. Delay does not matter in eternity, but it is tragic in time. You have elected to be in time rather than eternity, and therefore believe you are in time. Yet your election is both free and alterable. You do not belong in time. Your place is only in eternity, where God Himself placed you forever.”

But Jesus is not asking you to deny the world, but rather to take responsibility for it. If you see a world then YOU are responsible for it and consequently correction is necessary in your mind. “To remember is merely to restore to your mind what is already there. You do not make what you remember; you merely accept again what is already there, but was rejected.” He adds, “What you believe is true for you. In this sense the separation has occurred, and to deny it is merely to use denial inappropriately. However, to concentrate on error is only a further error. The initial corrective procedure is to recognize temporarily that there is a problem, but only as an indication that immediate correction is needed. This establishes a state of mind in which the Atonement can be accepted without delay. It should be emphasized, however, that ultimately no compromise is possible between everything and nothing. Time is essentially a device by which all compromise in this respect can be given up. It only seems to be abolished by degrees, because time itself involves intervals that do not exist.”

Let the beauty of Jesus’ poetic prose wash over you as he speedily draws you down the rabbit hole and brings you up to the precipice of your exit from this world: “Each day, and every minute in each day, and every instant that each minute holds, you but relive the single instant when the time of terror took the place of love. And so you die each day to live again, until you cross the gap between the past and present, which is not a gap at all. Such is each life; a seeming interval from birth to death and on to life again, a repetition of an instant gone by long ago that cannot be relived. And all of time is but the mad belief that what is over is still here and now.

“Forgive the past and let it go, for it is gone. You stand no longer on the ground that lies between the worlds. You have gone on, and reached the world that lies at Heaven’s gate. There is no hindrance to the Will of God, nor any need that you repeat again a journey that was over long ago. Look gently on your brother, and behold the world in which perception of your hate has been transformed into a world of love.”

LA ALQUIMIA DE LA SUBLIMACION

Cuando era niño, uno de los regalos favoritos de cumpleaños recibido por mis padres fue un Juego de Química. Pasaba eternidades con mis pociones y polvos, viéndolos burbujear, explotar, encender y chispear. Cuando fui a la escuela secundaria, fui bendecido con el  típico profesor loco que siempre comenzaba sus lecciones con alguna demostración cautivadora que nos trasladaba a un fascinante silencio de asombro y maravilla. –El incandescente blanco brillante del magnesio encendido, un pedazo de potasio elemental  que cae en un recipiente de agua efervesciendo y estallando en  llama lila, justo en el preciso momento en el que el color del liquido cambiaba. Tengo una memoria en particular, una pista, retrocediendo en el tiempo, con un proceso químico fascinante llamado sublimación; ocurre cuando una sustancia solida, a través de factores como el calor y la presión directamente se convierte en gaseosa (sin pasar por el estado líquido).

Siempre amé la Gestalt del laboratorio, así que fui a la universidad a estudiar ciencias. Otra pasión mia, la cocina, tiene muchos aspectos similares, componentes modificándose para convertirse en otra cosa. Justo hoy estaba contemplando momentos tántricos en la cocina: cuando harina, agua y levadura fermentan para convertirse en pan, o cuando ingredientes tan dispares de pronto se  convierten en mayonesa.

Si tuviese que extraer la esencia de eso que tanto me apasiona seria  ese crucial momento de transición en el que un componente particular completo en si mismo se convierte en algo nuevo. Aquí existen paralelos con respecto al objetivo de la alquimia: Las primeras aspiraciones de las que surgió la Piedra Filosofal capaz de transmutar metales básicos en una más elevada frecuencia como el elemento oro, supuestamente elixir de vida  e inmortalidad. Esta idea mística está relacionada con el despertar, al igual que el refinamiento y metamorfosis de un cuerpo grotesco de carne en un vehículo de luz. El cuerpo es sólido; El vehículo de luz, por así decir, gaseoso, ejem.sublimacion. Encuentro asombroso el hecho de que la derivación de la palabra sublimación sea sublime. El diccionario lo define como; inspirador, elevador, imponente, trascendente y magnífico. Desde el lugar donde me encuentro con respecto a la idea de la resurrección, se puede decir que los atisbos de los que estoy siendo agraciado son verdaderamente sublimes..

Jesús habla sobre el escape de transición del cuerpo de la siguiente manera: “Todo el mundo ha experimentado lo que podría describirse como una sensación de ser transportado más allá de sí mismo. Esta sensación de liberación va mucho más allá del sueño de libertad que a veces se espera encontrar en las relaciones especiales. Es una sensación de habernos escapado realmente de toda limitación. Si examinases lo que esa sensación de ser “transportado” realmente supone, te darías cuenta de que es una súbita pérdida de la conciencia corporal, y una experiencia de unión con otra cosa en la que tu mente se expande para abarcarla. Esa otra cosa pasa a formar parte de ti al tú unirte a ella. Y tanto tú como ella os completáis, y ninguno se percibe entonces como separado. Lo que realmente sucede es que has renunciado a la ilusión de una conciencia limitada y has dejado de tenerle miedo a la unión. El amor que instantáneamente reemplaza a ese miedo se extiende hasta lo que te ha liberado y se une a ello.

 “No hay violencia alguna en este escape. No se ataca al cuerpo, sino simplemente se le percibe correctamente. El cuerpo no puede limitarte, ya que ésa no es tu voluntad. En realidad no se te “saca” de él, ya que no puede contenerte. Te diriges hacia donde realmente quieres estar, adquiriendo, no perdiendo, una sensación de Ser. En estos instantes en que te liberas de toda restricción física, experimentas mucho de lo que sucede en el instante santo: un levantamiento de las barreras del tiempo y del espacio, una súbita experiencia de paz y alegría, y por encima de todo, pierdes toda conciencia del cuerpo y dejas de dudar acerca de si todo esto es posible o no… Ven a este lugar de refugio, donde puedes ser tú mismo en paz. No mediante la destrucción ni mediante un escape, sino simplemente mediante una serena fusión.… “

En esencia, el contexto de unión con tu hermano, en un Instante Santo (especialmente con el catalizador de una mente despierta que ya ha trascendido el cuerpo), provee del calor y presión necesarios para que el fenómeno de la transformación tenga lugar. Ciertamente no es infrecuente experimentar estos sentimientos según el proceso de despertar se va intensificando. Básicamente, lo que necesitas es ser cocinado el tiempo suficiente en el horno cósmico. “Mi Dios es un fuego todo consumidor”, una de las muy conocidas referencias místicas.

Sigo encontrando extraordinario el hecho de que el cuerpo, del que yo creí era algo sólido, se deshace más y más cada día según practico el entrenamiento mental del Curso de Jesús. Son los vínculos químicos los que hacen que algo sea sólido, y es la ruptura de éstos los que transformarían la sustancia en gas. No es interesante que la palabra inglesa (bondage) vínculo, signifique (imprisonment) aprisionar? “Te ves a ti mismo encerrado en una celda aparte, aislado e inaccesible, y tan incapaz de establecer contacto con otros como de que otros lo establezcan contigo.” Sin embargo Jesús nos asegura que el cuerpo es un sueño. “El cuerpo no existe. No hay ninguna barrera entre Dios y Su Hijo, y Su Hijo no puede estar separado de Sí Mismo, salvo en ilusiones. Puedes alzar la mano y tocar el Cielo. Tú, cuya mano se encuentra asida a la de tu hermano, has comenzado a extenderte más allá del cuerpo, pero no fuera de ti mismo, para alcanzar juntos la Identidad que compartís.”

Es un hecho conocido que el centro de la constelación en el espacio es un agujero negro, de hecho la idea puede ser aplicada tanto para el macro como para el microcosmos. Un microscopio electrónico revela el vacío de los elementos. Es todo espacio!, semejante al despertar, donde constantemente se te va llevando a ese horizonte donde se encuentra tu agujero negro personal. En la biblia Jesús lo refiere como a la tumba vacía y nos recuerda llevar nuestros cuerpos como vestimentas ligeras. Al igual que soltar nuestras defensas, el punto crítico final de la expiación.

“Sólo puedes aceptar la Expiación dentro de ti liberando la luz interior. Desde la separación, las defensas se han usado casi exclusivamente para defenderse contra la Expiación y mantener así vigente la separación. Generalmente esto se manifiesta como una necesidad de proteger el cuerpo.” Mi Maestro usa la frase: ”nudillos blancos”- Como en la montaña rusa, cuando tus manos se agarran tan temerosa y fuertemente que tus nudillos se ponen blancos!

Jesús revela: “El Reino se alcanza por medio de la Expiación, la cual te libera para que puedas crear… una vez que el Espíritu Santo deshace lo que tú has hecho, se restaura el residuo bendito y, por consiguiente, éste continúa creando” y más tarde explica: “Hay algo que nunca has hecho: jamás te has olvidado completamente del cuerpo. Quizá alguna que otra vez lo hayas perdido de vista, pero nunca ha desaparecido del todo. No se te pide que dejes que eso ocurra por más de un instante; sin embargo, en ese instante es cuando se produce el milagro de la Expiación. Después verás el cuerpo de nuevo, pero nunca como lo veías antes. Y cada instante que pases sin ser consciente de tu cuerpo te proporcionará una perspectiva diferente de él cuando regreses. No hay ni un solo instante en el que el cuerpo exista en absoluto. Es siempre algo que se recuerda o se prevé, pero nunca se puede tener una experiencia de él ahora mismo.”

Esta es una idea paralela a la de la partícula & onda de la física cuántica. Observación & juicio colapsan el funcionamiento natural de la onda en la formulación ej.las imágenes reflejas de la realidad objetiva. El entrenamiento mental te lleva a la liberación de todas tus ideas, creencias, opiniones y juicios, y a la consecuente tendencia antinatural de la mente a particularizar tu sueño. Te está guiando, a través de la aplicación de las lecciones del Curso, hacia la pureza de un espacio vacante de pura subjetividad, donde el mundo y el cuerpo son disueltos y la mente retorna a casa, al cielo que nunca abandonó su Ser innato. Como una esfera metálica que encaja exactamente en su agujero: El Punto Cero.

Esto también viene a colación sobre el repentino interés científico sobre la investigación de La Célula Madre  la cual tiene una correspondencia paralela en la consciencia. Una  Célula Madre es una célula original no diferenciada que se encuentra predominantemente en la medula ( y también en materia umbilical),antes de diferenciarse y convertirse, por ejemplo, en neurona o en célula hepática. Es una célula que tiene la capacidad de regenerar tejido, a lo largo del curso de la vida, caracterizada por su habilidad de diferenciarse y auto regenerarse, actúa como un sistema de reparación del tejido del cuerpo. Básicamente está tan cerca de la inmortalidad como el cuerpo pueda lograr. Una área particular de investigación es aquella relacionad con las señales emitidas por la Célula Madre que llevan a la reprogramación de las células adyacentes a un estado embrionario ej. Cuando éstas son colocadas con células cancerígenas, sucede una respuesta simpática que revierte las células cancerígenas a un estado no diferenciado sano.

 

Consideraría esto como que más allá de la Célula Madre hay un imperativo biológico en un nivel de frecuencia: expandir y compartir su resonancia, alcanzando al recuerdo de la memoria celular de células enfermas y tomando todas las células circundantes de nuevo al estado sano. Esto es como la referencia que Jesús hace en el Curso sobre función: El Perdón, uniendo tu mente con tu hermano.

 

Análogamente aquel que ha experienciado su despertar es, de hecho, una Célula Madre que ha experimentado la no diferenciación de su estado ilusorio de separación de vuelta a su estado pleno original (embrionario) tal como Dios te creó. La resonancia simpática de una mente plena iluminada, penetrando en la mente enfermiza o de separación de la condición humana es inestimable para la sanación del mundo. En el lenguaje del Curso, Jesús lo refiere de esta manera: “Tú tienes otra consagración que puede mantener al cuerpo incorrupto y en perfectas condiciones mientras sea útil para tu santo propósito… “Si lo usas (el cuerpo) con el solo propósito de llegar hasta las mentes de aquellos que creen ser cuerpos para enseñarles a través del mismo cuerpo que eso no es verdad, entenderás el poder de la mente que reside en ti…La mente que está al servicio del Espíritu Santo es ilimitada para siempre y desde cualquier punto de vista, transciende las leyes del tiempo y del espacio; está libre de ideas preconcebidas y dispone de la fortaleza y del poder necesarios para hacer cualquier cosa que se le pida…Cuando se usa con el propósito de unir, se convierte en una hermosa lección de comunión, que tiene valor hasta que la comunión se consuma. Ésta es la forma en que Dios hace que lo que tú has limitado sea ilimitado.”

 

En otra referencia Jesús dice: “Guiado por el Espíritu Santo…el cuerpo se convierte en un medio a través del cual la parte de la mente que trataste de separar del espíritu puede transcender sus propias distorsiones y retornar a él. El templo del ego se convierte así en el templo del Espíritu Santo, en el que la devoción por Él reemplaza a la devoción por el ego. En este sentido el cuerpo se convierte ciertamente en el templo de Dios; Su Voz reside en su interior dirigiendo el uso que se hace de él.”

 

Es por esto que el estar cerca de una mente iluminada, es tan preciado y valioso para aquel que quiera catalizar su propio despertar. En la filosofía budista se dice que una mente despierta puede apoyar 10.000 separadas. (Otra pista interesante: La patente que cubre la mayoría del trabajo sobre las Células Madre embrionarias humanas del mundo son propiedad de la Fundación de Investigación Alum ni de Wisconsin, el mismo estado en el que se encuentra mi linaje espiritual.)

 

Usando sus propios cuerpos como su laboratorio personal experimental, Sri Aurobindo y la Madre, dos pioneros extraordinarios, verdaderos maestros adelantados en su tiempo, llegaron a conclusiones similares.( Si tienes la oportunidad de asir  una vieja  copia del libro “Mind of the cells”,”La mente de las células” de Satprem , lo recomiendo.) Forjaron una nueva base en la consciencia dejando camino al experimento divino de Un Curso De Milagros. Fueron más allá de los límites del despertar personal: La vuelta a la materia trayendo “eso” al aquí y ahora en la formulación del tiempo y espacio – Una impronta y su subsecuente saturación de la Luz directamente a la aparente densidad de la Tierra y su translación de nuevo de vuelta a la Luz.” Tu Voluntad sea así en la Tierra como en el Cielo”.

 

Mi Maestro llamó a esto la “Matrix texturizada”. Jesús se refiere a esto como La Resurrección. La Nueva Era lo llama la Ascensión del planeta, cuánticamente propulsada a una octava más alta en frecuencia. Llámalo como quieras, de lo que no hay duda es de que estamos viviendo un momento profundo en el umbral.” El Advenimiento a un gran despertar” está aquí.- La evolución de la especie humana de Homo Sapiens a Homo illumina es tangiblemente inminente.

 

 

“Lights will guide you home

                                                           And ignite your bones

                                                           And I will try to fix you”

 

                                                                    Fix You, Coldplay

 

“Luces te guiaran a casa

Y encenderán tus huesos

Y yo intentaré arreglarlo por ti”

The Alchemy of Sublimation

When I was a child, one of my favourite birthday presents I ever received from my parents, was a Chemistry set. I would spend ages with all my potions & powders watching things fizz, explode, ignite & sparkle. When I went to secondary school, I was blessed with an archetypal mad professor type that would always begin lessons with some captivating demonstration that would bring us to a deafening silence in awe and wonder – the brilliant white incandescence of ignited magnesium, a piece of elemental potassium dropped into a bowl of water whizzing & bursting into lilac flame, the precise moment during a titration when the colour of the liquid changed. I have a particular memory cue that I placed back in time for myself with one fascinating chemical process, called sublimation, whereby a solid substance, via certain factors such as heat & pressure, directly becomes gaseous (without passing through the liquid stage).

I have always loved the gestalt of the laboratory and later went onto study the sciences at university. Another passion of mine, cookery, has many similar aspects – component elements modifying to become something else. I was just contemplating today of tantric moments in the kitchen: when flour, water and yeast ferments to become bread, or the moment disparate ingredients suddenly reformulate into mayonnaise.

If I had to boil down the essence of what juiced me so much, it would be that pivotal fulcrum of change at which particular constituents, whole in themselves, become something new. There are parallels here with the objective of alchemy: the primary aspirations of which was the creation of the Philosopher’s Stone capable of transmuting base metals into the higher frequency element of gold, which was also supposed to have acted as an elixir of life conferring immortality on its user.  This mystical idea is akin to the awakening – how the gross meat body refines & metamorphosizes into the light vehicle. The body is solid; the light vehicle, to all intents and purposes, gaseous, i.e. sublimation. I find it stunning that the derivation of the word sublimation is sublime. A dictionary definition espouses the words uplifting, inspirational, awe-inspiring, transcendent and magnificent. From the point I find myself in the resurrection, the glimpses I am being gifted can truly be said to be sublime.

Jesus talks of this escape or translation of the body in this manner: “Everyone has experienced what he would call a sense of being transported beyond himself. This feeling of liberation far exceeds the dream of freedom sometimes hoped for in special relationships. It is a sense of actual escape from limitations. If you will consider what this “transportation” really entails, you will realize that it is a sudden unawareness of the body, and a joining of yourself and something else in which your mind enlarges to encompass it. It becomes part of you, as you unite with it. And both become whole, as neither is perceived as separate. What really happens is that you have given up the illusion of a limited awareness, and lost your fear of union. The love that instantly replaces it extends to what has freed you, and unites with it.”

“There is no violence at all in this escape. The body is not attacked, but simply properly perceived. It does not limit you, merely because you would not have it so….You are not really “lifted out” of (the body); it cannot contain you. You go where you would be, gaining, not losing, a sense of Self. In these instants of release from physical restrictions, you experience much of what happens in the holy instant; the lifting of the barriers of time and space, the sudden experience of peace and joy, and, above all, the lack of awareness of the body, and of the questioning whether or not all this is possible. ..come to this place of refuge, where you can be yourself in peace. Not through destruction, not through a breaking out, but merely by a quiet melting in.”

In essence, the context of coming together with your brothers in a holy instant, (especially with the catalyst of an awakened mind that has already transcended the body), provides the heat and pressure that are necessary for the phenomenal transformation. Certainly, it is not uncommon to experience these feelings as the awakening intensifies. Essentially you simply need to be baked long enough in the cosmic oven. “My God is an all-consuming fire” is one of many mystical references to be found.

I still find it extraordinary that the body, which I used to think as so solid, is melting more & more each day as I practise the mind training of Jesus’ Course. It is chemical bonds which make something solid and the breakage of them that transform the substance to gas. Isn’t it interesting the word bondage signifies entrapment? “You see yourself locked in a separate prison, removed and unreachable, incapable of reaching out as being reached… (the body) seems to surround you, shutting you off from others and keeping you apart from them, and them from you.” Yet Jesus assures us that the body is a dream. “It is not there. There is no barrier between God and His Son, nor can His Son be separated from Himself except in illusions. You can stretch out your hand and reach to Heaven. You whose hand is joined with your brother’s have begun to reach beyond the body, but not outside yourself, to reach your shared Identity together.”

It is a known fact that at the centre of a constellation in space is a black hole – indeed that idea can be applied both to the macrocosm and the microcosm. An electron microscope reveals the emptiness of elements. It’s all space! Similarly in the awakening you are being steadily led toward the event horizon of your own personal black hole. Jesus in the Bible refers to the tomb as being empty and reminds us to wear our bodies like loose garments. As we release our defences, this is the final critical point of the atonement. “The Atonement can only be accepted within you by releasing the inner light. Since the separation, defenses have been used almost entirely to defend against the Atonement, and thus maintain the separation. This is generally seen as a need to protect the body.” My Master uses the phrase “white-knuckling” – like on a roller coaster or a bungee jump when your hands are fearfully gripping so tightly onto anything that your knuckles turn white!

Jesus reveals that “the Kingdom is attained through the Atonement, which releases you to create…once what you have made is undone by the Holy Spirit, the blessed residue is restored and therefore continues in creation” and explains later that “There is one thing that you have never done; you have not utterly forgotten the body. It has perhaps faded at times from your sight, but it has not yet completely disappeared. You are not asked to let this happen for more than an instant, yet it is in this instant that the miracle of Atonement happens. Afterwards you will see the body again, but never quite the same. And every instant that you spend without awareness of it gives you a different view of it when you return. At no single instant does the body exist at all. It is always remembered or anticipated, but never experienced just now.”

This is very much in line with the quantum physics idea of particle & wave. Observation & judgement causes a collapse of the natural wave function into a formulation i.e. the reflected imagery of objective reality. The mind training is leading you to a release of all your ideas, beliefs, opinions & judgements, and the consequent unnatural tendency of the mind to particalize your dream. Instead, it is leading, through the application of the Course’s lessons, toward the purity of a vacant space of pure subjectivity, where world & body dissolve and the mind returns home to the heaven it never left back to its innate formlessness or beingness. Like a ball-bearing sitting squarely within the hole of one of those children’s toys: zero point.

This also brings to mind the sudden scientific interest in Stem Cell research which has a corresponding parallel in consciousness. A stem cell is an original undifferentiated cell that is predominately found within bone marrow (also umbilical matter), before it differentiates and becomes, for instance, a brain cell or liver cell. It is a cell that has the potential to regenerate tissue over a lifetime, characterized by their ability to differentiate and self-renew, acting as a tissue repair system in the body. Fundamentally, it is as close to immortality as the body can attain. One particular area of investigation is in relation to the signals emitted by stem cells that lead to reprogramming of adjacent cells to an embryonic-like state e.g. when placed, for example, with cancer cells, there would be some sympathetic response that reverted the cancerous cells back to the undifferentiated healthy state.

I would envisage that beyond the form of a stem cell is a biological imperative, at the level of frequency: to spread & share its resonance, reaching out to the remembrance in the cellular memory of the diseased cells, drawing all the surrounding cells back to their origin, the result being an outpicturing of healing. This is rather like what Jesus refers to in the Course as function: forgiveness, joining your mind with your brother.

Analogously, one who has undergone their awakening is, in effect, a stem cell that has undergone its undifferentiation of its illusory separation back to its original (embroyonic) whole state as God created. The sympathetic resonance of that whole illumined mind, re-entering back into the diseased or separated state of the human condition, is invaluable to the healing of the world. In the language of the Course, Jesus talks in this manner: You have another dedication that would keep the body incorruptible and perfect as long as it is useful for your holy purpose. …If you use (the body) only to reach the minds of those who believe they are bodies, and teach them through the body that this is not so, you will understand the power of the mind that is in you… The mind that serves the Holy Spirit is unlimited forever, in all ways, beyond the laws of time and space, unbound by any preconceptions, and with strength and power to do whatever it is asked… in the service of uniting it becomes a beautiful lesson in communion, which has value until communion is. This is God’s way of making unlimited what you have limited.”

In another reference Jesus says that, “guided by the Holy Spirit…the body becomes a means by which the part of the mind you tried to separate from spirit can reach beyond its distortions and return to spirit. The ego’s temple thus becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit, where devotion to Him replaces devotion to the ego. In this sense the body does become a temple to God; His Voice abides in it by directing the use to which it is put.”

This is why being in the physical vicinity of an illumined mind, is so precious and valuable to one who wants to catalyse their own awakening. In Buddhist philosophy, it is said that one awakened mind can support 10,000 separated ones.  (Another interesting cue: The patents covering the majority of the world’s work on human embryonic stem cells are owned by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the same state in which my spiritual lineage is based)

Using their own bodies as their personal experimental laboratory, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother were two extraordinary pioneers, truly masters beyond their time who came to similar conclusions. (If you ever have the chance to grab an old copy of the now discontinued book “Mind of the Cells” by Satprem which catalogues their ground-breaking experimentation, I would highly recommend it). They forged new ground in consciousness paving the way for the divine experiment of A Course In Miracles. They went beyond the bounds of personal awakening: a return into matter by bringing “that” to bear here & now into the formulation of time & space – an impregnation & subsequent saturation of the Light directly into the apparency of the denseness of Earth and its translation back to Light. “Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven”.

My master called this a “textured matrix”.  Jesus refers to this as the resurrection. New-agers may call it the ascension of our planet, quantumly propelled into a higher octave of frequency. Call it what you will, there is no doubt that we are living in a profound threshold moment. The “Advent of a Great Awakening” is upon us – the evolution of the human species, on a grand scale from Homo Sapien to Homo Illumina is tantalisingly imminent.

 

“Lights will guide you home

And ignite your bones

And I will try to fix you”

Fix You, Coldplay

To Dream The Impossible Dream

To Dream The Impossible Dream

To dream the impossible dream

To fight the unbeatable foe

To bear with unbearable sorrow

To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong

To love pure and chaste from afar

To try when your arms are too weary

To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest, to follow that star

No matter how hopeless, no matter how far

To fight for the right without question or pause

To be willing to march anywhere for a heavenly cause

And I know if I’ll only be true to this glorious quest

And my heart will lie peaceful and calm when I’m laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this

That one man scorned and covered with scars

Still strove with his last ounce of courage

To reach the unreachable star

(Lyrics by Joe Darion, from the musical “Man of La Mancha”)

For me, this has always been such a powerful and inspired song – very much expressing the journey we must all someday take: the role of the Christ – to dream the impossible dream.  As me eyes begin to finally open to vision, I am seeing more & more evidence of what is required in the storyline of A Course In Miracles and how exquisitely every seeming element is woven into a gigantic tapestry that is the Atonement, both in my personal story of redemption, but also the whole.

Jesus says we are literally deciding between death & resurrection every moment of every day. Each time we are given the next opportunity or step in our ladder of ascension and we make the decision to delay or not take our part, we fall back down into pain & death. It reminds me of an expression the French use, “le Petit mort” – the little death (usually used in conjunction with masturbation!). But I see that remaining in the dream realm of formulation & time, is all masturbation – Narcissus entranced with his own reflection.  The Master used to joke that we are all addicted to friction in this place.

 

Life is the outcome of “yes, I’m willing to take on my function now – bring it on!” There is no time to sit on our laurels. “There is much to do, and we have been long delayed… take your place, so long left unfulfilled, in the Great Awakening.” To dive ever deeper into the recesses of the split mind and convert it back to love & light: ever onward upward. “The evolution of man is merely a process by which he proceeds from one degree to the next. He corrects his previous missteps by stepping forward…the Atonement is the device by which he can free himself from the past as he goes ahead. It UNDOES his past errors, thus making it unnecessary for him to keep retracing his steps without advancing toward his return.”

 

Though, as I’ve found out, it is certainly not a journey for the faint hearted (I was oblivious to read the small print when I signed my contract out of time). Even many awakened teachers have shied away from their invitation to assume the all-embracing role as the primary dreamer of this dream. It is an ordeal. The cornerstones of the awakening are constant will, determination and perseverance to push through the obstacles & to forgive your ideas that each stage entails. With every drop down the rabbit hole, there are seemingly incessant rounds of progressively more encompassing integration with consequent responsibility going beyond the personal to the global. The vigilance necessary for keeping the altar of my mind clean entails constant attention & maintenance. Each day it feels like I’m being trained & refined, like an athlete of the mind – an evermore finely tuned infinitely delicate string.

Every great story throughout time & space is alluding to this quest, this adventure. It really takes a knight of the realm, a faithful warrior to Truth to climb every mountain, to follow that star, to claim the Holy Grail, the pearl worth any price- to do what needs to be done without question or pause, to be willing to march anywhere for a heavenly cause. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven – we will have to fully embody “that” beyond this world, right here & now. To fully baptise the formulation with light – to resurrect this dream of pain, sickness & death with the frequency of our light to eternal life. And the Word was made flesh.

I know I have been round the endless karmic wheel for eons without fulfilling my function – and I know there is no escape from this dream until every error has been corrected & embodied here in this world. In fact without constant direction, encouragement and an occasional good kick up my ass from my Master, I doubt I would have found the courage to do what everyone must do. In fact there are those who literally cannot do this until we step up to our mark – this lineage or as Jesus describes, an “interlocking chain of forgiveness”. You hold your thoughts in the bondage of body identity in this “slaughterhouse” of a world until you fulfil your function, taking full responsibility for your kingdom, your projected identity.

Finally, after a bit of kicking & screaming, course ideas like “Only God’s plan for salvation will work”, “free will doesn’t mean you can establish your curriculum” & “responsibility for sight”, I can now enjoy. Jesus reminds us, “God’s plan for your salvation will work, and other plans will not. Do not allow yourself to become depressed or angry at the second part; it is inherent in the first. And in the first is your full release from all your own insane attempts and mad proposals to free yourself…but God’s plan will succeed. It will lead to release and joy”. I am being shown another way of being here – there is another way of looking at the world. I see my deliverance, the end of my tunnel – and it doesn’t require dying. I see that my function & happiness are the same. As Jesus promises, salvation becomes a happy game that children play.

With vision, it really becomes fun to watch your dream pictures of death turn from black & white to colour, not dissimilar from that wonderful movie Pleasantville; literally morphing, breathing new life into your imagery before your eyes because that is what you choose to see. And you don’t have to go searching for your function because your function will find you, right in the place where you are. You will, and are being told, all the time by the Voice of God your next steps. Trust, follow. I take the second place to gain the first. I step back and lead the way. Thy will be done. These ideas are all pointing to an obedience and responsibility.

I follow in the way appointed me: “I have a special place to fill; a role for me alone. Salvation waits until I take this part as what I choose to do. Until I make this choice, I am the slave of time and human destiny. But when I willingly and gladly go the way my Father’s plan appointed me to go, then will I recognise salvation is already here…your way is certain, and the end secure. The memory of You awaits me there. And all my sorrows end in Your embrace.”

In a worldly context, freedom and obedience seem to be forces pitted against each other, as if we are called to sacrifice, but we eventually see the paradox that our true freedom lies only in God, that your true autonomy and independence lies in doing God’s Will, because your will is none other than God’s. Our joy is being a humble servant. God’s will for you is perfect happiness.

So it really all boils down to what the Eastern traditions call karma yoga or service; very specifically to asking God: “What would You have me do? Where would You have me go? What would You have me say , and to whom?”  It’s not complicated stuff, but are you willing to do whatever it takes? “Confuse it not with difficulty in the simple things salvation asks you learn. It teaches but the very obvious. It merely goes from one apparent lesson to the next, in easy steps which lead you gently from one to another, with no strain at all”.

For instance, just now I was working in the grounds of our beautiful lush gardens in Brazil, trimming the grass by the lake. On returning to the job, I saw on my way that a stream had become stagnant and that waterlilies, broken twigs & mud was blocking the flow. Symbolic, huh? My sleeping mind was about to ignore and not be vigilant to the “cue” I was being drawn to attend to. Why was I being given this instruction? God only knows – literally; but I knew not to walk on by. After clearing the stream and ensuring that the water was flowing again, I stood up and was rewarded with a huge “whoosh” of light from my toes out the top of my head – there’s always a gift. Or today in session, the tune of a song was running through my head, and eventually realised it was Billy Joel’s “An Innocent Man” – just another reminder of my sinlessness. And they occur in the most obscure places: just now I was listening to my Learning Spanish CD and the teacher was bizarrely using the example “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”.

Now everyday is packed full with an endless stream of reflections, signposts & indicators reminding me that I’m on my way home -thank you Father. Everything is speaking to me.  I’m reminded of that scene in ‘Interview With A Vampire’ when LeStat asks Brad Pitts character to open his new vampire eyes for the first time. The real world, which Jesus refers to, is opening before my eyes: a hologram of Light. “The real world is all that the Holy Spirit has saved for you, out of what you have made, and to perceive only this is salvation, because it is the recognition that reality is only what is true.”

It’s about being in what Jesus refers to as communication. This is the game. Your mind is not contained within your head – you are walking in your mind. Your world is an outpicturing of your mind. My thoughts are images I have made. In what state do you find your images? It’s all you – ideas leave not their source. Anything need attending to? I have a kingdom I must rule. Are you ready to take responsibility for your kingdom? You learn to become ever more alert to the reflective ideas and symbols that you are being shown. They are literally your guiding posts all the way home.

And don’t forget not to confuse the levels. This is not about fixing a pre-existing world or healing at level of effects. It is already too late. We are dealing only with mind – the source of your world. “In truth you found exactly what you looked for when you came” (into your world.) “There is no world apart from your ideas because ideas leave not their source, and you maintain the world within your mind in thought…release your mind, and you will look upon a world released.”

But should you be reticent about taking on your inevitable function, remind yourself: what else would I be doing in a dream but waking up? Can you really be satisfied with illusions and endless rounds of getting old, sick and dying? You have absolutely NOTHING to lose. The Master used to say “it’s the only deal in town”. There is nothing else going on. And once you get even the faintest glimmer of the other side, all importance you ever gave to your world pales radically into insignificance and you know there is no going back. Your time of dreaming is coming to an end and you just want to dive deeper into the ocean. So, time to take the bull by its horns and cowboy up!

 

“To infinity and beyond!”

Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story

 

This entry was posted on June 6, 2011. 1 Comment

Swear Not To Die!

I have been on an earnest spiritual enquiry for over 20 years. However, during that time of exploration of the many paths & teachers, I was never fully satisfied with the sum of the various approaches. While they were all important stepping stones and am grateful to the countless teachers, the principles always left me wanting – they never seemed comprehensive enough to take me all the way out. At best, they could only take me as far as being awake in the dream. “This is all there is” many teachers advocate. Certainly, I was never satisfied that this took time; my last Advaita Master said that I would have to live out 108 lives before I woke up. Brahma Kumaris taught me that I would be eternally cycling around endless ages of truth & light and ensuing ages of darkness; the best that they could offer me was that soon we were currently in the transition from this age of darkness (Kali Yuga) and crossing the threshold into the Golden Age (Sat Yuga), only having to repeat endless eons of the same cycle. Please God, there had to be more than “life” on Earth tied to the prison of a body identity that was only going to get old, sick & die.

The thought of having to come back again into the world was unbearable, no matter how bright the reflection. During an early profound Rebirthing session, like many ‘old souls’, I uncovered a deep memory regarding the devastation I felt about having to return into the world again. An awakened mind I was with at that time, saw in the Akashic records, that I entered in with what she referred to as an “obstinacy print”. In fact, I was 3 weeks overdue, was induced and a very long labour – I really didn’t want to enter in again! I remember cycling back into the frame with the determination that this would be my last life and I would complete my function here. “Swear not to die you Holy Son of God”. I knew there was more, and it was this I prayed for.

The answer was the Course and the lineage that I am now in. I was highly fortunate to have been offered in answer to my prayer, a little known but impeccable true Master and spiritual circle – a lineage through the mind of Jesus and the Course in Miracles. Despite lapses into vainly searching for my illusory salvation in the “attraction of death” and periods of descent into the fragmentation of the “thorny byways” of the dream which brought me to my knees in desperation, I eventually stuck by this living enactment and demonstration of the principles of A Course In Miracles. Essentially the lineage I belong to, is what Jesus refers to as “an ever expanding circle of atonement”, the frequency of which, has now stabilised into a vehicle, or merkabah of awakening – an exit portal from time & space. In this holy place, my newly awakening mind stabilises.

I wanted to offer comfort and assurance to advanced students of A Course In Miracles who avidly make application of its ideas, that this modality of awakening is highly effective and to share insight as the ideas of the Course have literally blossomed and become alive in my trained mind. This template of enlightenment has accomplished for me in such a short time, what the more Eastern & secular traditions could not offer me. As Jesus says, this Course aims at saving time and it has indeed been the case for me.

One of the ideas that I am currently being offered from “upstairs” is that while “only Truth is true” and that “a universal theology is impossible”, the spiritual traditions are evolving to fit the needs of where the current sleeping mind finds itself. Clearly, there were some who were ready for this radical expose of the Truth. When the student is ready, the teacher will come, (and incidentally vice versa is also true. “His pupils have been waiting for him, for his coming is certain…it is only a matter of time. Once he has chosen to fulfil his role, they are ready to fulfil theirs. Time waits on his choice”). Even though the Course is way ahead of its time and perhaps may not come into its own for many hundreds of years in earth’s time, the Course came into being in the late sixties in preparation for the trail-blazers, which I am grateful to be part of, who are forging a new, more efficient approach to awakening and the exit from hell. Who are these trail blazers? “A teacher of God is anyone who chooses to be one”. Thank you Jesus for giving me back my free will to choose again and understanding that I am not a victim of this world and that I truly am under no laws but Gods.

As Jesus emphasises in the introduction, “The time you take it is voluntary. Free will does not mean that you can establish your curriculum. It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time”. You mean that I can take my entire curriculum now? To end the endless cycle of birth & death? Absolutely! You see, a “future” life is simply the continuation of where you left off the last time you decided to die because this was all the curriculum you wanted to take. Jesus stresses that all death is suicide and that you find that you cannot die anyway! In fact, in the Teacher’s manual it says that “in the ultimate sense, reincarnation is impossible. There is no past or future, and the idea of birth into a body has no meaning either once or many times”. He goes on to say that “it cannot be too strongly emphasized that this course aims at a  complete reversal of thought…it is at this moment that complete salvation is offered you, and it is at this moment that you can accept it.” So, why not heal the entirety of the tension and perpetuation of unresolved, unforgiven, unreclaimed constructs of false identity which you perpetuate as ‘out there’, here & now. Why not take entire responsibility now for your mind? “This is still your one responsibility. Atonement might be equated with total escape from the past and total lack of interest in the future. Heaven is here. There is nowhere else. Heaven is now. There is no other time.”

What I see, is that until now, historically in previous spiritual doctrines, all that an awakening mind was ready for was personal enlightenment and, subsequently, only then commencing  to give it away – to extend its mind to offer it to those that God brought to him – essentially forgiveness. In other words, the old-style still holds onto the illusion that you are living in sequential time, but as Jesus says, “time is a trick, a sleight of hand”. Fundamentally, through the subtraction of the idea of time, and the introduction of the idea that this is already accomplished, that you are already whole & complete, what Jesus has proficiently managed, is to bring comprehensively together what conventionally has been pre- and post-enlightenment so that forgiveness, the collapse of your former ideas, occurs as you go.  You start at Omega, until Alpha reaches it or you bring cause and effect together in your mind. Another way to teach this idea is that you are converging together the horizontalness of your projections in time and ascending vertically, with them, to eternity. Through the idea that “I see only the past”, Jesus’s Course starts at the end point, the purity of your illumined mind, collapsing the potential of all possible future life scenarios here and now. The minds with scientific propensity may like the idea that you are collapsing time & space into the void of the black hole (the emptiness of your body identity); “the tomb is empty” is the biblical reference.

Essentially, the first fifty lessons, realised, are your “personal” awakening; subsequent lessons focus on your function as your true identity as the Light of the world. Thus as the transformation proceeds, you become more inclusive in your Self-identity as the only one here – I am all of these. You penetrate your awakened mind into the sleeping “others” acknowledging and demonstrating that minds are joined thus bringing peace to every mind along with yours. This is how the atonement progresses – your mind broadens to include all those that are given to you as a microcosm of the whole, ensuring your function is complete and your final exit from the dream into reality.

Jesus stresses that we have been long delayed and until every mind recognises that it is already at home in heaven, the atonement is not all-inclusive. “As long as a single slave remains to walk the earth, your release is not complete.  Complete restoration of the Sonship is the only true goal of the miracle-minded.”  Even Ramana Maharshi had to recognise the fact that awakening was not meant for him alone, after being reluctantly pulled out of his cave by his disciples. Jesus clarifies that the Course’s framework “will be different, not in purpose but in means. A holy relationship is a means of saving time. One instant spent together with your brother restores the universe to both of you.” While the old approaches will “ultimately succeed because of their purpose”, Jesus stresses that “the means are tedious and very time consuming” since they “look to the future for release from a state of present unworthiness and inadequacy”.

My Master used to say that awakening is only the starting line – until then absolutely nothing is happening. The shocking truth is that you literally don’t even exist; you remain a dream figure. It is only when “Heaven is the decision that you (made)”, that you even begin to show up on the radar of consciousness.  Until then, you remain in the illusory nothingness of a separate ‘me’. God doesn’t even know you in your self-constructed identity – he only knows you as He created you. I can now really comprehend when Jesus was on the cross pleading with God, “why hast thou forsaken me?”, why the response he received was silence. God knows nothing of the perceptual conclusions of your dream. It is all an imagined overlay or matrix of illusory separate self on top of the ever present singular reality here and now. It never was the case. You were always what you were. This is why many teachers say that you are awakened now, but, (and a big but!): this does not really help you while you still believe and, more importantly, live as, that separate body/ego personality. You still have to undergo this “journey without distance”. Despite its ‘overness’, you still have to submit yourself to your curriculum – the undoing of what was never real, allowing time to catch up with eternity. The godsend, however, is that within your current dream framework there has appeared, for your mission (should you choose to accept), the grace, elegance and swiftness of the ideas from Jesus’ “Great Experiment” A Course in Miracles.

This entry was posted on February 21, 2011. 2 Comments