“You do not need God’s blessing…”

One of the most sobering and refreshing quotes from A Course in Miracles is surely Jesus’ assertion in (T-7.VII.3:1) that “you do not need God’s blessing, for that you have forever. But you do need yours.” Not only does this mean that God isn’t concerned with time and space at all; it also means that we do not need to work hard in this world to atone for our supposed sinfulness. But we do need to honestly look at what we have conditioned ourselves to think!

Studying A Course in Miracles, we are taught to look at just how unforgiving and condemning our minds are most of the time, consciously and unconsciously. Since, according to ACIM, the outer is merely a reflection (or projection) of the inner, it must follow that we silently condemn ourselves all the time. Indeed, even though consciously we make think of ourselves are loving, mindful and helpful, deep down in the unconscious underwater iceberg of our mind, we believe we are unworthy of God’s love because we rejected His Oneness Love. Having been born from the idea of separation, all we do in time and space comes down to further separation and condemnation.

Sooner or later we realize that nothing here works; nothing lasts. Often we cover up this disappointment by inflating our ego, attributing all kinds of ‘positive’ characteristics to it. This merely strengthens our identification with the separated ego. Decades later we still do not experience lasting inner peace; we might conclude that A Course in Miracles doesn’t work.

Therefore, when Jesus talks about forgiveness as the ‘royal road to peace’, this requires honest and unconditional forgiveness of ourselves. This requires the willingness to accept, at least in part, that we are not an ego. We are pure spirit. God is a loving Father Who will gladly welcome the prodigal Son back in the ‘Oneness joined as One’, which is our true Home for all eternity. Salvation is reminding ourselves that this dualistic world of time and space is not our Home. (T-25.VI.6:1)

When trying to muster the willingness to be “vigilant only for God and His Kingdom” (T-6.V), your clever ego will devise all sorts of strategies to sabotage this. You might, for example, feel guilty over failing to maintain the spiritual vigilance that you know will bring you Home. The key is to turn on the ‘observant decision maker’ in your mind, above the ego’s battleground, and gently smile at it all, knowing you are already safe anyway. All we need do is stop condemning and stop interfering with the Holy Spirit’s quiet voice of intuition. I always like to emphasize that the process of taking Jesus’ hand comes down to four words: “Letting go, letting come”.

miraclesormurdertitle3601Also see my seven “guidelines for living in an illusory world” in “Miracles or Murder: a guide to concepts of A Course in Miracles”. This guidebook is published in March 2016 by Outskirts Press and is now available at Amazon.com:

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“Miracles or murder” has been endorsed by Gary Renard and Cindy Lora-Renard: “Jan-Willem’s book is a wonderful summary and recap of the key concepts in A Course in Miracles, furthering one’s understanding and meaning behind this non-dualistic teaching. All the essential elements are brought together with the author pointing out a key theme in the Course, which is the understanding and practice of true Forgiveness. We highly recommend this book as a helpful complement to the teachings of the Course.”

This blog aims at further clarifying the message of this guidebook. It is hoped this will help to speed up your spiritual journey Home.

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“I could see peace instead of this.”

Lesson 34 in the Workbook of A Course in Miracles reminds us that no matter what form of fear, anxiety, anger, or depression seems to confront us, we still have the power in our decision-making mind to choose peace. The underlying premise, of course, is that the outer world is a projection of our inner world. This is why A Course in Miracles is a course in mind training. “Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.” (T-21.In.1:7). If our inner world isn’t peaceful, we won’t experience peace outside of us.

This lesson is more than merely an affirmation. It is a declaration of release from the ego’s tyranny of sin, guilt, fear, attack and defense. And it’s a thought that you can practice at any time during the day. In fact, watch your mind for doubts, slight irritations, “little” judgments and dislikes. A Course in Miracles repeatedly emphasizes that these are no different from terror, intense fury or deep depressions. To be sure, the form differs greatly, but the content is the same. What is not love is murder (T-23.IV.1:10). Any time you notice such thoughts occurring, remind yourself that you could see peace instead of this, and that you really want to. Who wouldn’t?

Of course none of us are wholly without condemnation throughout the day. The purpose of the lesson is therefore not to make us feel guilty and unworthy, but rather to make us realize just how deeply conditioned we are by unloving thoughts, and that it is in our power to consciously choose a better way: the way of inner peace, no matter what may happen during the day. Try not to be disturbed too much about these shadow thoughts that keep occuring. Indulging in such thoughts mere strenghthens them. But we do need to look non-judgmentally at what’s going on in our minds. That willingness allows us, as decision maker, to finally choose once again for love. It’s a practice that requires abundant willingness, but the rewards are great. As your inner world changes, you’ll be baffled to notice how your outer world (i.e. outer perception) seems to change as well.

miraclesormurdertitle3601Also see my seven “guidelines for living in an illusory world” in “Miracles or Murder: a guide to concepts of A Course in Miracles”. This guidebook is published in March 2016 by Outskirts Press and is now available at Amazon.com:

buy-now-amazon-button

“Miracles or murder” has been endorsed by Gary Renard and Cindy Lora-Renard: “Jan-Willem’s book is a wonderful summary and recap of the key concepts in A Course in Miracles, furthering one’s understanding and meaning behind this non-dualistic teaching. All the essential elements are brought together with the author pointing out a key theme in the Course, which is the understanding and practice of true Forgiveness. We highly recommend this book as a helpful complement to the teachings of the Course.”

This blog aims at further clarifying the message of this guidebook. It is hoped this will help to speed up your spiritual journey Home.

Jan-Willem van Aalst

“What is not love is murder.”

“Murder” in the psychological sense of the word, of course, meaning condemnation. This is what Jesus states in the spritiual classic “A Course in Miracles“, a curriculum for attaining lasting inner peace, scribed between 1965 and 1972. A Course in Miracles teaches us that complete and unconditional forgiveness is the royal road to lasting inner peace. Yet no one on this planet is free of condemnation all the time, so this seems like an impossible task. And yet A Course in Miracles guarantees that eventually everyone will learn this curriculum, because though tolerance for pain may be high, it is not without limit. Eventually everyone will come to understand that there must be a better way, and the outcome is as certain as God.

miraclesormurdertitle3601A Course in Miracles describes this way to lasting inner peace, theoretically through its textbook, and practially through its workbook and manual for teachers. However, to many first-time readers, the concepts seem too complex, abstract or incomprehensible, and they choose to pass on it altogether. This guidebook aims at clarifying some concepts that we are all familiar with, but which have a different meaning in A Course in Miracles.

This guidebook is published in March 2016 by Outskirts Press and is now available at Amazon.com:

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This blog aims at further clarifying the message of this guidebook. It is hoped this will help to speed up your spiritual journey Home.

–  Jan-Willem van Aalst