1/16/2007

The Real Alternative

Time to Teach

There is a choice that you have power to make when you have seen the real alternatives. Until that point is reached you have no choice, and you can but decide how you would choose the better to deceive yourself again. This course attempts to teach no more than that the power of decision cannot lie in choosing different forms of what is still the same illusion and the same mistake. All choices in the world depend on this; you choose between your brother and yourself, and you will gain as much as he will lose, and what you lose is what is given him. How utterly opposed to truth is this, when all the lesson's purpose is to teach that what your brother loses you have lost, and what he gains is what is given you.


Reading
A.
Chapter 22 IV. The Branching of the Road
Lesson 185 I want the peace of God
Manual for Teachers 1. Who Are God’s Teachers?

B.
Chapter 21 VII. The Last Unanswered Question
Lesson 165 Let Not my mind deny the Thought of God
Manual for Teachers 9. Are Changes Required in the Life Situation of God’s Teachers?

C.
Chapter 31 IV. The Real Alternative
Lesson 133 I will not value what is valueless
Manual for Teachers 12. How Many Teachers of God are Needed to Save the World?



Inquiry
What are the alternatives open for your choosing?
According to what criteria can you tell what is, and what is not, a real and valuable option for choice?
What do you need to realize to bring the salvation of the world within the power of your decision?
How does a fundamental change and an actual escape from hell occur?


Presentation
Do you remember the moment in time, or the phases in your awakening when it became clear to you that you were in need of a real alternative and not just another substitute or signpost within the world?
What was it that offered or triggered to you the promise and possibility of this alternative?
What is the way appointed to you, now that you have seen and experienced the real alternative?


“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”


The Only Choice

I am grateful again to be able to sit down and
completely immerse myself into this new topic that has
inspired me. I really enjoy the new direction that i
was directed to take concerning the mannner in which
to sequence and organise these new and reworked
assignments for the time to teach classes.

To approach an overall theme for four weeks from four
different angles i find very inspiring and enriching.
I find that i can fall deeper into the true meaning of
the central course topic that is being conveyed to me
and with which i become more comfortable and familiar.


Last week we taught the Power of Decision, this week
we couple our decision with the irreversable
recognition of the unchanging nature of this selfsame
decision. Now our minds are made aware of what the
real alternatives are.

We put a stop to the wavering and meandering of the
way in which we used our divine and all powerful
minds. Instead we are guided and reminded here to the
solid realisation that once a decision is made with
the power of heaven to uphold it,it cannot be undone.

The only 'choice' we still have is to deceive
ourselves about the nature of the alternatives and to
cover up the decision that we made long ago. Over the
nature of the outcome of our choice we have no power
since the alternatives are predetermined but we do
have to go with one or the other since everything in
between is evil.

Once again the course merely helps you to sort out the
true from the false, eternal from temporal, valueable
from valueless.
But the most important revelation and message from
this theme and this assignment is that you yourself
are delivered to the insightful experience that you
are the only one to offer and extend and manifest
this real alternative and no other than you.

We are coming clean in these lessons and for a moment
come to a halt and review the choices we have made
thus far. Let's appreciate and become powerfully aware
of our true function within and as the real
alternative itself. Allow yourself to really find
truth and recognition of your identity and true
function in this assignment, these words and this
message.

Declare yourself:

"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life"




1/07/2007

All power on earth and heaven is given you. And here
with this assignment we are asked to realistically
look at where exactly this power lies.

Why does the lesson 152 say:"The power of decision is
my own" and not all power is given to you, to do with
as you please?

How do i apply my mind to the making of all the right
decisions? How willing am i to follow these
instructions?
How ready am i to take responsibility for the mastery
over the outcome and 'effects' of my decisions?

Last week we focused mostly on the intention of your
mind to learn how to make the decisions that give you
the outcome that you want.

This week we get in touch with mind as the mechanism
of the decision, what are the options between which we
choose? How real is the making of these decisions? And
how essential and inevitable is it to understand our
role in the 'process' of choice and how much is set in
stone?
How powerful is our choosing?

Lots of questions here already! I hope you recognize
the necessity to teach this, the same way that i do.
How complacent i get, when i don't give the experience
and the truth of this offering from our Jesus'
master-mind away. I recognize a strong need to stand
in the uncompromising way, truth and life of this
message.

I love you and let's do this.

With Love and Dedication Bastiaan


Power of Decision

Time to Teach
No one can suffer loss unless it be his own decision. No one suffers pain except his choice elects this state for him. No one can grieve nor fear nor think him sick unless these are the outcomes that he wants. And no one dies without his own consent. Nothing occurs but represents your wish, and nothing is omitted that you choose. Here is your world, complete in all details. Here is its whole reality for you. And it is only here salvation is.

Reading
A.
Lesson 138 Heaven is the decision I must make
Chapter 5 II. The Voice for God

B.
Lesson 152 The power of decision is my own
Chapter 21 II. The Responsibility for Sight

C.
Lesson 190 I choose the joy of God instead of pain
Chapter 8 IV. The Gift of Freedom

Inquiry
Explain the role of decision making in the practice of mind-training!
Explain mind as the mechanism of decision!
Can a decision be undone once it is made?
What makes a decision permanent and capable of genuine change?

Presentation
What are the alternatives that are open to your choosing?
Why does all your power lie in your decision?
What power belongs with God and which power with you?


“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”

Happy new year. This is a new beginning. The first day
of the new year. For me it was the finest example of
feeling entirely separate and again recognizing the
only solution to be entire surrender to God and his
Love which i need in its entirety to restore me to my
own awareness of completion and wholeness. The
relinquishment of my self-identity. We even have
methods for that. One of them is called a Course In
Miracles. And for this week's topic and time to teach
assignment we will look at the exact procedures to
camcel out all interference between what we really
really want and all the ways in which we think we can
reach that goal. So what we really want has never
changed, it is now clarified at the beginning and then
the means in which the goal is realised is approached
systematically by giving up and cancelling out any
involvement with which we attempt to reach the goal. A
perfect example in which we step back and are shown
the very practical aspects of that action within our
own mind. From the pure intention of not making
decisions by ourself. I love you and which you the
best for this new year. Practice this course and you
will receive the benefits of a new day, a brand new
beginning and the means to make your happiness
consistent and permanent.
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life

Love Bastiaan

New Beginning
Time to Teach

The new beginning now becomes the focus of the curriculum. The goal is clear, but now you need specific methods for attaining it. The speed by which it can be reached depends on this one thing alone; your willingness to practice every step. Each one will help a little, every time it is attempted. And together will these steps lead you from dreams of judgment to forgiving dreams and out of pain and fear. They are not new to you, but they are more ideas than rules of thought to you as yet. So now we need to practice them awhile, until they are the rules by which you live. We seek to make them habits now, so you will have them ready for whatever need.

First reading
Chapter 30 I. Rules for Decision

Second reading

A
Chapter 5 VII. The Decision for God


B
Chapter 14 III. The Decision for Guiltlessness


C
Chapter 31 VIII Choose Once Again


Inquiry
What is the new focus of this curriculum!
What are the specific methods and rules of thought for attaining the goal of this course?
What are the procedures to be followed, to give you the day you want?
What are the steps that will help you cancel out your own interference?
What agreement you are asked to make, permits all things to happen?

Presentation
How exactly do you turn these ideas into rules of thought! Do it!
What makes one a true follower or disciple of Jesus?


“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”





Here is the next one already. The last assignment of
the Christmas series and the last one of this year.
What better way than to come to experience the Peace
of God which we could say is the purpose of doing
this A Course In Miracles after all. A great
concluding and powerful set of readings and
workbookpractice combined with only three most
fundamental questions that Jesus poses in our first
reading of the Manual for Teachers What is the Peace
of God?
How is the Peace of God recognized?
Secondly How is the Peace of God found? And being
found how is the Peace of God retained?
Answer these questions and you you will have a very
clear understanding of what this Course really offers
you and how we can achieve the goal of this Course.
I wish you all a blessed Christmas celebration and may
these days be holy and joyful for you. If you have
some time around christmas read some of the sections i
gave you in the previous assignment about the Time of
Christ with your friend(s) or family since Christmas
is still upcoming and then close this year with a true
experience of the Peace of God. Not a bad plan is it?
I love you and wish you a merry Christmas and a happy
new year. And thank you for your dedication in
teaching this message of Christ with me and in
allowing this to become a true experience for you
personally and for the extension of your light and
demonstration of the Way the Truth and the Life. I
will write, talk to you, hear from you and or see you
next year.

Love Bastiaan


Peace of God

Time to Teach
Peace is the bridge that everyone will cross, to leave this world behind. But peace
begins within the world perceived as different, and leading from
this fresh perception to the gate of Heaven and the way beyond. Peace is the answer
to conflicting goals, to senseless journeys, frantic, vain pursuits, and
meaningless endeavors. Now the way is easy, sloping gently toward the
bridge where freedom lies within the peace of God.

First Reading
MFT 20. What is the Peace of God?


Second Reading

A.
Lesson 34 I could see peace instead of this
Lesson 185 I want the peace of God
Chapter 13 VII. Attainment of the Real world


B.
Lesson 109 I rest in God
Lesson 188 The peace of God is shining in me now
Chapter 29 V. The Changeless Dwelling Place


C.
Lesson 74 There is no will but God’s
Lesson 200 There is no peace except the peace of God
Chapter 13 XI. The Peace of Heaven


Inquiry
How is the Peace of God recognized?

How is the Peace of God found?
How is the Peace of God retained?


“ I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”

12/15/2006

Commencing Christmas
The third assignment of this Christmas season is

completely dedicated to the celebration of Christmas.
Its true meaning and the most genuine manifestation of
Christmas through your own personal rebirth and
reawakening from this funny dream. This is the Time of
Christ let us not forget the true significance of
these days and the true gift it holds in store for us.
A time in which i will forget about my little self and
increase my awareness of reality by returning to my
true function of giving and forgiving here and
communication and creation 'there'. I wish you a great
time and hope that you might find the peace of God
that is truly available in these days of giving and
surrender to God.
Love Bastiaan


Time of Christ

Time to Teach
This is the season when you would celebrate my birth into the world. Yet you know not how to do it. Let the Holy Spirit teach you, and let me celebrate your birth through Him. The only gift I can accept of you is the gift I gave to you. Release me as I choose your own release. The time of Christ we celebrate together, for it has no meaning if we are apart.

First Reading

New Testament, Luke, Chapter 1 and 2
&
Ch.15 III. Littleness versus Magnitude
Chapter 15 X. The Time of Rebirth
Chapter 15 XI. Christmas as the End of Sacrifice


Second Reading
A.
Ch.22 I. The Message of the Holy Relationship
Lesson 182 I will be still an instant and go home.
Lesson 303 The holy Christ is born in me today.

Or

B.
Workbook What is the Christ? (pg. 431)
Lesson 110 I am as God created me.
Lesson 308 This instant is the only time there is.

Inquiry
What is the first Christmas you remember?
What does Christmas represent for you?
What does Jesus ask you to do, to remember his birth?
How do you celebrate Christmas?

Presentation
What is the gift you are born to give?
What is the lesson you are born to teach?
How do you tend to the birth and growth of the Christ Child?


“I am the Way, the Truth, the Life”

12/05/2006

To Give is how to Live!

Hee you. This week's assignment for the academy class and for some of the other classes is the Attitude of Gratitude. But because i want to give some more preparation time for my paltalk friends i already send you the next week's assignment.

The act of giving is a very consistent topic that keeps coming back to mind and represents the whole action of A Course In Miracles. Give so you can live. Give so you may get out of your isolation and return to your original function of creation. Escape your self contained ideas of limitation and lack of self through the act of giving. Experiment, try something new, something you would never do since it so much contradicts your stale and old ideas of your self that make up your identity in boredom and death.

The act of giving. A whole new perspective on the concept of giving which stems directly from a newly conceived sense of freedom. No longer are you bound to objective reality and the observation of yourself in relation to other figures in your dream. No longer do you represent past memories of limitation, loss and different ways in which you used to sacrifice yourself for the bigger good. No more observation and formal relationships in which you repeat old grudges, and cast yourself and others into old stories in which you give in order to lose what you value the most. No more of that stuff.

You are now in the act of giving in order to experience something brand new. You give in order to break through. You live in order to give of yourself and discover that this is God's gift to you.
Not to withhold, look back or withdraw and analyze your thoughts and actions but to step forward from the place where you truly find yourself into the discovery of your true value. You are now received by your brother and your value has therefore increased in your own sight; like Jesus would say it. Anyways a lot to be grateful for because there is a lot to give. And there is always plenty more from where this came from.

So protect all things you value by the act of giving them away, and you are sure that you will never lose them.

I love you and i truly hope you will discover the necessity for giving not only because of this Christmas season but because of the importance of giving for your realisation of this most precious gift that lays just before your feet in this road carpeted with miracles.
You can tell i have been reading the Course perhaps a little too much if that is possible.

Bye for now and good luck teaching and demonstrating the act of genuine giving that starts within you, as you and will never leave you.

Love Bastiaan









Act of Giving

Time to Teach
Protect all things you value by the act of giving them away, and you are sure that you will never lose them. What you thought you did not have is thereby proven yours. Yet value not its form. For this will change and grow unrecognizable in time, however much you try to keep it safe. No form endures. It is the thought behind the form of things that lives unchangeable.

First Reading
Lesson 187 I bless the world because I bless myself

Chosen Reading


A. Lesson 105 God’s peace and joy are mine
Lesson 166 I am entrusted with the gifts of God
Chapter 11 I. The Gifts of Fatherhood


Or

B. Lesson 108 To give and to receive are one in truth
Lesson 126 All that I give is given to myself
Chapter 20 IV. Entering the Ark


Or
C. Lesson 158 Today I learn to give as I receive
Lesson 159 I give the miracles I have received

Chapter 27 V. The Healing Example


Inquiry

List all the beliefs of the world in regards to giving!
Why is it important to undergo a thought reversal in regards to your view of giving?

How do you recognize, accept and receive God’s gifts?

What is the gift God wants you to give?

Why do you think is the emphasis placed on the ‘act’ of giving?


Presentation

Give one example of a true moment in which you gave something that you thought you didn’t possess until the moment that you gave it!

Explain the transfer or transformational value of true giving?

“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”