Wednesday, May 21, 2008
A Course in Miracles
“The ‘little I’ seeks to enhance itself by external approval, external possessions and external ‘love.’ The Self that God created needs nothing. It is forever complete, safe, loved and loving. . .
“ Perception sees through the body’s eyes and hears through the body’s ears. . . The opposite of hearing through the body’s ears is communication through the Voice for God, the Holy Spirit, which abides in each of us. His voice seems distant and difficult to hear because the ego, which speaks for the little, separated self, seems to be much louder. This is actually reversed. The Holy Spirit speaks with unmistakable clarity and overwhelming appeal. . .
“A miracle is never lost. It may touch many people you have not even met, and produce undreamed of changes in situations of which you are not even aware. . .
“You are the work of God, and His work is wholly lovable and wholly loving. . .
“Miracles arise from a mind that is ready for them. . .
“All real pleasure comes from doing God’s Will. This is because not doing it is a denial of Self. . .
“This is a course in mind-training. . . Healing is of God in the end. . .
“in reality you are perfectly unaffected by all expressions of lack of love. . . Peace is an attribute in you. You cannot find it outside. . . This peace is totally incapable of being shaken by errors of any kind. It denies the ability of anything not of God to affect you. . .
“Whenever you are afraid you are deceived, and your mind cannot serve the Holy Spirit. This starves you by denying you your daily bread. . . All healing is essentially the release from fear. . .
“Charity is a way of looking at another as if he had already gone far beyond his actual accomplishments in time. . . It must be understood, however, that whenever you offer a miracle to another, you are shortening the suffering of both of you. This corrects retroactively as well as progressively. . .
“The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think. . .
“There is no strain in doing God’s Will as soon as you recognize that it is also your own. . .
“The mind is very powerful, and never loses its creative force. It never sleeps. Every instant it is creating. It is hard to recognize that thought and belief combine into a powerful surge that can literally move mountains. . . There are no idle thoughts. All thinking produces form at some level. . .
“Whenever light enters darkness, the darkness is abolished. What you believe is true for you. . .
“The resurrection demonstrated that nothing can destroy truth. Good can withstand any form of evil, as light abolishes forms of darkness. . .
“All your difficulties stem from the fact that you do not recognize yourself, your brother or God. . . Questioning illusions is the first step in undoing them. . .
“The choice to judge rather than to know is the cause of the loss of peace. . . You have no idea of the tremendous release and deep peace that comes from meeting yourself and your brothers totally without judgment.”
--from A Course in Miracles