8/30/2005

The Necessity for Mind-training
Introduction

To structure this essay I chose a couple of definitions from Webster's dictionary that will best illustrate the workings of the mind as referred to in A Course in Miracles. I will attempt to make this essay easy to read and in harmony with my desire to express my experience and understanding of the necessity for the Mind-training that A Course in Miracles proposes. I will relate this necessity directly to the power of decision that our minds represent.

Mind is the mechanism of decision and with this knowledge Jesus is training our mind to make all the right decisions and lead us to a rebirth and a whole new place within our mind. We are given very specific instructions and revealed to us is a mind-training procedure, structured as a sequence of 365 sets of exercises, one for each day of the year. This workbook is an impeccable program for the mind's release from its self-inflicted imprisonment.
As a direct consequence the world is freed from the unrelenting pressure and distorting effect of the fear and guilt that was projected upon it. The workbook provides us with all the tools to regain the power of mind as it is given to us in heaven and on earth. Only by applying these workbook-lessons and their exercises do we truly become Jesus’ disciples.

How it works
The success of the workbook-lessons depends entirely on the mind's ability to make decisions. The first decision to be made is the resolve to accept the training exactly as it is structured and designed for the human conceptual mind. The mind needs to be undone from all its futile attempts to assert its separate identity as a self-willed individual. Our human separate thought-system has been found wanting. The way you perceived the world through eyes of judgment didn't deliver the joy and freedom that, deep down in your heart, is the thing you desire and deserve. Our human experience of severe and never-ceasing conflict, our dependence on sickness and death while existing in this futile plane of human endeavor has led us to the conclusion that within this frame of mind, no satisfactory solution is possible. We are therefore not asked to put new wine in old bottles. First the old wine is poured out of the old bottle than the old bottle is tossed and we are subsequently given a new bottle to be filled with new wine. The workbook is structured in this self-same way. The first part of the workbook rids us from our old way of thinking and we are emptied of all the misperceptions that were a result of a faulty conceptual framework. The second part of this workbook is geared toward acquiring real vision and solidifying our true identity and function within the universe that God created for, with and as us.

Mind as the mechanism of decision
So let us look at these definitions that are given in Webster’s dictionary to explain what the mind is and how it functions as the mechanism of decision in this mind-training procedure of A Course in Miracles Workbook.

1. “the element or complex of elements in an individual that feels, perceives, thinks, wills, and especially reasons
Mind is the element that reasons. We depend entirely upon the light of reason and the reason of light to motivate and direct the mind to make sound choices every moment of the day. We set aside certain intervals of time and use each of them to apply the idea given for that day to every situation and every thought that appears within the windows of our mind. The mind is sped up to the frequency of the miracle and awakens to its true nature and potential in order to accomplish the learning goals this course attempts to teach. “An untrained mind can accomplish nothing”. We train our minds to activate our ability to be reasonable and to make sane choices accordingly.What we experience is determined by what it is we desire. The only genuine desire you have is to be in full communication with the Source of all creation. To that end your mind has to be guided step by step to be freed from its meaningless and false conceptual thinking. We change the direction of our mind from horizontal to vertical thinking. From a ‘life’ spent in a progression from birth to death, we are reborn to a life dedicated to sharing with each other the eternal presence of living within God’s Mind. Broad is the way that leads to destruction, narrow the way that leads to life.

2. “to remind or to remember
Here we deal with the mind in its capacity to remember. The mind has to be opened and called upon to entertain an honest, disciplined and consistent attitude. It has to become aware of its responsibility for the effect that each choice to perceive a situation or person in a particular way has on a wide constellation of events. In this program, your mind is reminded every single day of the fact that you rule your own destiny and the well-being of the universe accordingly. Every time we practice these revelatory ideas we open up vistas where glimpses of reality are conveyed to us. We cultivate within ourselves a growing desire to return to our original state of beauty, vision, comfort, certainty and peace.

3. “Intention, desire
As stated in the introduction to the mind-training, only the time you take it is voluntary but you do not and cannot establish the curriculum. The lessons help you to get in touch with your shattered and deceptive intentions and replace them with your one true intent. They offer you ideas that motivate us to fulfill our true function which is one of being in a constant universal light communication…“To be the light of the world.” When the light seems to be absent for a moment you are trained to be in a mode of letting yourself be restored to sanity. Our function on earth therefore is to heal and allow ourselves to receive healing, as it is our function in Heaven to create. The exercises help us to facilitate our desire to let our erratic thought system be replaced with the Thought of God. We allow God to think for, as and through us. We so desire to be a whole and irreplaceable part of an entirety that doesn't make exceptions and refrains from introducing hierarchies of thought, so that essential qualities like light, love, joy, equality and a genuine sense of peace can abide within it.

4. “opinion, view
This description of what the mind consists of, is the fact that we choose, select and invest in certain beliefs and ideas. To take such an arbitrary position within a dualistic thought-system does not offer the true perpective that we are looking for. We are brought into contact with our desire for peace and are determined to let peace be manifested in our daily experience of the world and ourselves. In workbook lesson 190 of A Course in Miracles we read the opening sentence that pain is a wrong perspective. It thus states the inescapable emotion that results from our choice to be in the possession of an autonomous perspective towards life and our perception of the universe. Pain is the consequence of this attempt to be separate and to exist apart from the benificent experience of God’s love. Since mind is always active you are causing yourself pain. You have made a full demand on God and His universe, wanting it your way. Now give thanks to Him for giving you a mind-training procedure enabling you to make a different choice from the one you made before. This real and simple choice will free the energy compacted and frustrated within your futile thought system that you were protecting with all your might. Your thoughts are waiting to fly home and be loosed from your former decision to give expression to an imprisoned will.

5. “capitalized: God
God is the Mind that creates and permeates the universe and has made all decisions already. He created everything in His likeness and nothing separate from It exists. God is all powerful and shares His power with all His creations. He creates purely in order to extend Himself, never to limit Himself. He does not oppose His own purpose to love and appreciate. Everything that is created stems directly from this all-encompassing Creator. God is my source, I cannot see apart from Him. God is the light in which I see. God is the mind with which I think, the love in which I forgive, the strength in which I trust. God is the Voice that speaks to me all through the day and God is the Love that sustains me.

6. “a conscious substratum or factor in the universe.”
You are a conscious substratum of God’s Mind and are given the power of decision to return to your original function which is to create like the Father. On your acceptance of the Atonement the Universe depends. You are a concious part of His mind and therefore are called upon to be awake. Your mind needs to come out of its slumber. It cannot afford to be neutral. It cannot exist in a grey area. It is not created to reconcile good with evil. Your mind is always active and you always know what you are doing. “You are responsible for what you see. You choose the feelings you experience and you decide upon the goal you would achieve. And everything that seems happens to you, you asked for and receive as you asked.”

7. “to attend to closely, to regard with attention, consider important, to be careful, to be cautious about, to give protective care to.”
The goal of the mind-training is to become mindful of the actual power given you to create or miscreate. You are urged to be careful and become vigilant only for God and His Kingdom. Your mind cannot serve both God and Mammon. Stay watchful, because every moment could be the moment you are taken out of this field of separate existence and transported to higher ground. Give protective care to the Christ-child that is born within you and needs to be tended to. It needs to be guided towards the Source of its origin and sustenance. Be attentive to its needs and mature in your function to represent the Kingdom of Heaven which exist within you and is all about you. Make this mind-training your first and foremost priority and everything else will be added unto you. Your mind will experience release from the heavy burdens of guilt and fear. And you will see and actually enter into the light.

8. “to give heed to attentively in order to obey, to follow the orders or instructions of
“Because an untrained mind can accomplish nothing, we are embarking on an organized, well-structured and carefully planned program aimed at learning how to offer to the Holy Spirit everything you do not want. Do you not have greater reason to fear the world as you perceive it, than to look directly at the cause of fear and let it go forever?”

You are asked to follow exact instructions. You are asked to listen, learn and do. Since you weren’t able to find your own way out of misery, please trust in the mind of Jesus who did find his way out of the human drama. Here and now a true change of mind not only becomes possible but is accomplished. You are led with baby steps to the elevating universal experience that is not at all dependent on time or circumstance. You are free to be yourself and free to change your mind whenever you are tempted to not be yourSelf.

With devotion and love, Bastiaan Berende

8/29/2005

Intro to MIND the mechanism of decision
We continue in our mind training and this week we will look at the crucial role that decision plays in the change of our minds and our whole outlook on life and the universe in its totality. Mind is the mechanism of decision and we are confronted once again with our complete responsibility for what it is we choose to experience and share with others. All power is given unto you on earth as well as in Heaven. What are you here to do? What are you here to fulfill? Are you in the application of a mind-mechanism that keeps this world real in its appearance of causing your suffering as well as your well-being or do you apply your mind to the mechanism of the miracle mind training that will help you loose your investment in suffering and grants you the power to decide for yourself, gives you the power to decide for what it is you really want, helps you to decide for God and everything that is Godly.
Feel free to post comments on this blog preferably related to the theme of this week teaching.

Love Bastiaan

8/28/2005

MIND the mechanism of decision


Time to Teach

The decision to unite must be unequivocal, or the mind itself is divided and not whole. Your mind is the means by which you determine your own condition, because mind is the mechanism of decision. It is the power by which you separate or join, and experience pain or joy accordingly.

Preparation
lesson 152 The power of decision is my own
Ch. 5 VII The Decision for God
Ch. 8 IV The Gift of Freedom

lesson 190 I choose the joy of God instead of pain
Ch. 5 II The Voice for God
Ch. 14 III The Decision for Guiltlessness

lesson 138 Heaven is the decision I must make
Ch. 15 III Littleness versus Magnitude
Ch. 26 III The Borderland

lesson 133 I will not value the valueless
Ch. 21 II The Responsibility for Sight
Ch. 30 I Rules for Decision

lesson 136 Sickness is a defense against the truth
Ch. 31 IV The Real Alternative
Ch. 31 VIII Choose Once Again

Inquiry

What is the mind? What is its relation to the body and spirit?
Why is the mind the mechanism of decision?
How does a fundamental change and a real escape from hell occur?
Why did you decide to come here?
According to what mechanism does Jesus ask you to apply the power of your decision?
Explain the role of decision making in the process of mind-training!


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

8/22/2005

Intro to Practice in Perfection

Back to the crux of the curriculum. This is a required course. The Practice of the mind-training is crucial for the fulfillment of its purpose. A real exciting mind-training practice.
To honestly look at our motivation for doing a mind-training and undoing our old way of thinking and therefore of perceiving ourselves and the world as a result of this undoing. Nothing is more valuable to the mind that is ready to truly awaken from its state of being asleep. Nowhere in the Bible is there a reference to the Son of Man (Adam) waking up from his sleep. Well this is it. Nowhere left to hide, just dealing with your thoughts your ideas, beliefs, perceptions and experiences of people, places and things. Straight is the gate and narrow the way to pass through this transition of the replacement of our old thought-system by this new one. It is simple, consistent and all inclusive. I invite you to read a part of the introduction to the workbooklessons that i posted on the blog as Purpose and Practice. I also want to encourage you to use the teacher's assignment that is called "Practice inPerfection". I hope you have an impeccable, unforgettable experience. Please feel free to write your comments, experience or testimonies on the blogwhere you see comments.

Purpose and Practice
(From the Introduction to the Workbook of A Course in Miracles)

The purpose of the workbook is to train your mind in a systematic way to a different perception of everyone and everything in the world. The exercises are planned to help you generalize the lessons, so that you will understand that each of them is equally applicable to everyone and everything you see.

Transfer of training in true perception does not proceed as does transfer of the training of the world. If true perception has been achieved in connection with any person, situation or event, total transfer to everyone and everything is certain. On the other hand, one exception held apart from true perception makes its accomplishments anywhere impossible.

The only general rules to be observed throughout, then, are: First, that the exercises be practiced with great specificity, as will be indicated. This will help you to generalize the ideas involved to every situation in which you find yourself, and to everyone and everything in it.

Second, be sure that you do not decide for yourself that there are some people, situations or things to which the ideas are inapplicable. This will interfere with transfer of training. The very nature of true perception is that it has no limits. It is the opposite of the way you see now.
The overall aim of the exercises is to increase your ability to extend the ideas you will be practicing to include everything. This will require no effort on your part. The exercises themselves meet the conditions necessary for this kind of transfer.

Some of the ideas the workbook presents you will find hard to believe, and others may seem to be quite startling. This does not matter. You are merely asked to apply the ideas as you are directed to do. You are not asked to judge them at all. You are asked only to use them. It is their use that will give them meaning to you, and will show you that they are true.
Remember only this; you need not believe the ideas, you need not accept them, and you need not even welcome them. Some of them you may actively resist. None of this will matter, or decrease their efficacy. But do not allow yourself to make exceptions in applying the ideas the workbook contains, and whatever your reactions to the ideas may be, use them. Nothing more than that is required.

Practice in Perfection
Time to Teach

You may complain that this course is not sufficiently specific for you to understand and use. Yet perhaps you have not done what it specifically advocates. This is not a course in the play of ideas, but in their practical application. (Ch. 11 VIII p.5)

Preparation
1. Choose one of the following lesson clusters and its accompanying text-section!
2. Before you do anything else write down what it is that motivates you to do or to resist practicing these first 50 mind-training lessons from the workbook of A Course in Miracles.
3. Next read your text section and allow it to give you further motivation and direction for doing these lessons.
4. Now start practicing your cluster of lessons the way they specifically instruct you to do them.

Lesson 1-6
Chapter 11 VIII The Problem and the Answer
Lesson 7-14
Chapter 31 IV The Real Alternative

Lesson 15-21
Chapter 21 II The Responsibility for Sight
Lesson 22-28
Chapter 12 V The Sane Curriculum

Lesson 29-34
Chapter 13 VII Attainment of the Real World

Lesson 35-41
Chapter 11 III From Darkness to Light

Lesson 42-50
Chapter 12 II The Way to Remember God

Presentation
Share your experience of your initial motivation, how the text motivated you to do the lessons and what the result was of actually practicing the lessons.

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

8/17/2005

Introduction
After last week's assignment and looking at being God's manifestation we learned and taught to become His ultimate expression here on earth through cultivating certain attitudes and attributes within ourselves. For this week we become more and more certain of our function by no longer cherishing the fears and the doubts that held us from experiencing ourselves in our fullest extension possible, while we abide in this place where we are not really at home. We look at the paradox of being certain in an uncertain place and time. The moment we know with a certain precision what we are we can no longer be located in a body and a space/time continuum that binds us and everyone with us. We become really free. If we were really from here the world would love us. But since we are not, we are the provision of love in this loveless place by means of our true connection with God and everything he has kept in store for us. For that we can be grateful and certain.

8/15/2005


Certainty of Self
Time to Teach
How happy to be certain! All our doubts we lay aside today, and take our stand with certainty of purpose, and with thanks that doubt is gone and surety has come. We have a mighty purpose to fulfill, and have been given everything we need with which to reach the goal. Not one mistake stands in our way. For we have been absolved from errors. All our sins are washed away by realizing they were but mistakes.



Preparation
:

Choose one out of three assignments:

Lesson 98 I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation

Chapter 9 VII The Two Evaluations

Chapter 28 IV The Greater Joining




Lesson 139 I will accept Atonement for myself

Chapter 6 IV The Only Answer

Chapter 20 III Sin as an Adjustment

Lesson 151 All things are echoes of the Voice for God

Chapter 3 III Perception versus Knowledge

Chapter 14 VII Sharing Perception with the Holy Spirit



Inquiry:

1. What is the uncertainty-principle?

2. How does this new-science idea help me to recognize the certainty of what and who I really am?

3. How did I - in my attempt to be separate from God- try to make an uncertain existence seem certain?

4. What is the only thing to be certain about?

5. How is the certainty of my Self attained and how is it increased?

6. Why is the whole universe and your function within it dependent on your certainty of Self?

“I am the Way, the Truth, the Life”

The Uncertainty Principle

The principle says that the product of the uncertainty in the position of a particle and the uncertainty in a momentum of the particle is greater than or equal to Planck’s constant.
The implications of the seemingly simple formula are immense.
If we know the position of the particle to very high precision, then we cannot know its momentum better than some given level of accuracy no matter how hard we try and no matter how good our instruments may be.

Conversely, if we know the momentum of a particle to good accuracy, then we cannot know the position well. The uncertainty in the system can never go away or be diminished below the level prescribed by the formula of Heisenberg.

read more about the implications of the uncertainty principle go to http://www.aip.org/history/heisenberg/p08c.htm

8/09/2005

Introduction to attitudes and attributes
The inspiration for this week's assignment came to me last week. For this week's assignment I wanted to include Jesus' Sermon on the Mount which you can find in the New Testament
(Matthew chapter 5-7).

In the beginning of this Sermon he attempts to educate his chosen ones to incorporate a series of attitudes that will help them to understand and demonstrate not only brotherly love, but to go beyond and transcend this limitation to the experience of love. He expected more from his core group of followers and instructed and trained them to cultivate a fatherly love. To become perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. To love one another the way that I love you.
To literally enhance a number of particular attitudes and attributes in order for you to become a more effective vehicle of transmitting God's message of love and His godly qualities here on earth.

In A Course In Miracles a whole section is dedicated to describe these characteristics of a teacher of God, all of them founded on the necessary development of an infallible trust in God.

I added a certain workbooklesson to each characteristic of God. These lessons are designed to acquire and develop these deeper characteristics which as a teacher of god you are called upon to cultivate within yourself. Through direct experiences with the nature of God, and in your quest to represent His being in the flesh, you attain certain divine qualities that are reflected in your attitudes towards your brother and the world.

Here is where the rubber meets the road and you will recognize the need for personal change. You will have to become pro-active in the responsibily you accepted for the salvation of this world. Remember though that my yoke is easy and my burden is light. You only have to be willing and constant in your efforts and directed energies to let these programs to be downloaded onto your local disk drive drive and to let go of all fear, guilt and anger.This takes nothing less than a miracle.
Enjoy and let me know how teaching A Course In Miracles is going for you. Love Bastiaan

Below I posted a prayer lesson from A Course In Miracles, the introduction to the characteristics of God out of the manual for teachers of A Course in Miracles and an additional reading taken directly out of the Life and Teachings of Jesus from the Urantia book.

Than for newcomers an explanation of Time to Teach as a program of spiritual conversion.


I am forever an Effect of God.
(Lesson 326 workbook A Course in Miracles)

Father, I was created in Your Mind, a holy Thought that never left its home. I am forever Your Effect, and You forever and forever are my Cause. As You created me I have remained. Where You established me I still abide. And all Your attributes abide in me, because it is Your Will to have a Son so like his Cause that Cause and Its Effect are indistinguishable. Let me know that I am an Effect of God, and so I have the power to create like You. And as it is in Heaven, so on earth. Your plan I follow here, and at the end I know that You will gather Your effects into the tranquil Heaven of Your Love, where earth will vanish, and all separate thoughts unite in glory as the Son of God.

Let us today behold earth disappear, at first transformed, and then, forgiven, fade entirely into God's holy Will.

Characteristics of God's teachers
The surface traits of God's teachers are not at all alike. They do not look alike to the body's eyes, they come from vastly different backgrounds, their experiences of the world vary greatly, and their superficial "personalities" are quite distinct. Nor, at the beginning stages of their functioning as teachers of God, have they as yet acquired the deeper characteristics that will establish them as what they are. God gives special gifts to His teachers, because they have a special role in His plan for Atonement. Their specialness is, of course, only temporary; set in time as a means of leading out of time. These special gifts, born in the holy relationship toward which the teaching-learning situation is geared, become characteristic of all teachers of God who have advanced in their own learning. In this respect they are all alike.

8/08/2005

Attitudes and Attributes
Time to Teach

God gives special gifts to His teachers, because they have a special role in His plan for Atonement. Their specialness is, of course, only temporary; set in time as a means of leading out of time. These special gifts, born in the holy relationship toward which the teaching-learning situation is geared, become characteristic of all teachers of God who have advanced in their own learning. In this respect they are all alike.



Everyone read:
Manual for Teachers 4;
Intro and section on trust and the development of trust.


Choose:
Three of the characteristics of a teacher of God that you feel you want or need to look at and practice its corresponding lessons!

Honesty
Lesson 156 I walk with God in perfect holiness

Tolerance
Lesson 35 My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy

Gentleness
Lesson 94 I am as God created me

Joy

Lesson 103 God, being love, is also happiness

Defenselessness
Lesson 170 There is no cruelty in God and none in me

Generosity
Lesson 167 There is one life and that I share with God

Patience

Lesson 67 Love created me like itself

Faithfulness
Lesson 91 Miracles are seen in light

Open-mindedness
Lesson 127 There is no love but God’s

Inquiry
Why is a development of trust essential as a teacher of God?
In what phase do you find yourself?
In what manner are the three attributes that you chose related to the experience of trust in God?
Why are all these nine attitudes which are only outward manifestations of your trust nonetheless important attributes of your teaching?
How do you nourish these attitudes and strengthen your ‘special’ attributes?

“I am the way, the Truth and the life”

8/06/2005

The Be-attitudes
Jesus did not expect his followers to achieve an impossible manifestation of brotherly love, but he did expect them to so strive to be like God--to be perfect even as the Father in heaven is perfect--that they could begin to look upon man as God looks upon his creatures and therefore could begin to love men as God loves them--to show forth the beginnings of a fatherly affection.

In the course of these exhortations to the twelve apostles, Jesus sought to reveal this new concept of fatherly love as it is related to certain emotional attitudes concerned in making numerous environmental social adjustments.

Faith-attitudes
The Master introduced this momentous discourse by calling attention to four faith attitudes as the prelude to the subsequent portrayal of his four transcendent and supreme reactions of fatherly love in contrast to the limitations of mere brotherly love.

He first talked about those who were poor in spirit, hungered after righteousness, endured meekness, and who were pure in heart. Such spirit-discerning mortals could be expected to attain such levels of divine selflessness as to be able to attempt the amazing exercise of fatherly affection; that even as mourners they would be empowered to show mercy, promote peace, and endure persecutions, and throughout all of these trying situations to love even unlovely mankind with a fatherly love. A father's affection can attain levels of devotion that immeasurably transcend a brother's affection. The faith and the love of these beatitudes strengthen moral character and create happiness. Fear and anger weaken character and destroy happiness. This momentous sermon started out upon the note of happiness.

1. "Happy are the poor in spirit--the humble." To a child, happiness is the satisfaction of immediate pleasure craving. The adult is willing to sow seeds of self-denial in order to reap subsequent harvests of augmented happiness. In Jesus' times and since, happiness has all too often been associated with the idea of the possession of wealth. In the story of the Pharisee and the publican praying in the temple, the one felt rich in spirit--egotistical; the other felt "poor in spirit" humble. One was self-sufficient; the other was teachable and truth-seeking. The poor in spirit seek for goals of spiritual wealth--for God. And such seekers after truth do not have to wait for rewards in a distant future; they are rewarded now. They find the kingdom of heaven within their own hearts, and they experience such happiness now.

2. "Happy are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." Only those who feel poor in spirit will ever hunger for righteousness. Only the humble seek for divine strength and crave spiritual power. But it is most dangerous to knowingly engage in spiritual fasting in order to improve one's appetite for spiritual endowments. Physical fasting becomes dangerous after four or five days; one is apt to lose all desire for food. Prolonged fasting, either physical or spiritual, tends to destroy hunger.
Experiential righteousness is a pleasure, not a duty. Jesus' righteousness is a dynamic love--fatherly-brotherly affection. It is not the negative or thou-shalt-not type of righteousness. How could one ever hunger for something negative--something "not to do"?
It is not so easy to teach a child mind these first two of the beatitudes, but the mature mind should grasp their significance.

3. "Happy are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." Genuine meekness has no relation to fear. It is rather an attitude of man co-operating with God--"Your will be done." It embraces patience and forbearance and is motivated by an unshakable faith in a lawful and friendly universe. It masters all temptations to rebel against the divine leading. Jesus was the ideal meek man of Urantia, and he inherited a vast universe.

4. "Happy are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Spiritual purity is not a negative quality, except that it does lack suspicion and revenge. In discussing purity, Jesus did not intend to deal exclusively with human sex attitudes. He referred more to that faith which man should have in his fellow man; that faith which a parent has in his child, and which enables him to love his fellows even as a father would love them. A father's love need not pamper, and it does not condone evil, but it is always anticynical. Fatherly love has singleness of purpose, and it always looks for the best in man; that is the attitude of a true parent.

To see God--by faith--means to acquire true spiritual insight.
And spiritual insight enhances
Adjuster guidance, and these in the end augment God-consciousness.
And when you know the Father, you are confirmed in the assurance of divine sonship, and you can increasingly love each of your brothers in the flesh, not only as a brother--with brotherly love--but also as a father--with fatherly affection.
It is easy to teach this admonition even to a child. Children are naturally trustful, and parents should see to it that they do not lose that simple faith. In dealing with children, avoid all deception and refrain from suggesting suspicion. Wisely help them to choose their heroes and select their lifework.

Be perfect
And then Jesus went on to instruct his followers in the realization of the chief purpose of all human struggling--perfection--even divine attainment. Always he admonished them: "Be you perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect." He did not exhort the twelve to love their neighbors as they loved themselves. That would have been a worthy achievement; it would have indicated the achievement of brotherly love. He rather admonished his apostles to love men as
he had loved them--to love with a fatherly as well as a brotherly affection. And he illustrated this by pointing out four supreme reactions of fatherly love:

1. "Happy are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted." So-called common sense or the best of logic would never suggest that happiness could be derived from mourning. But Jesus did not refer to outward or ostentatious mourning. He alluded to an emotional attitude of tenderheartedness. It is a great error to teach boys and young men that it is unmanly to show tenderness or otherwise to give evidence of emotional feeling or physical suffering. Sympathy is a worthy attribute of the male as well as the female. It is not necessary to be calloused in order to be manly. This is the wrong way to create courageous men. The world's great men have not been afraid to mourn. Moses, the mourner, was a greater man than either Samson or Goliath. Moses was a superb leader, but he was also a man of meekness. Being sensitive and responsive to human need creates genuine and lasting happiness, while such kindly attitudes safeguard the soul from the destructive influences of anger, hate, and suspicion.

2. "Happy are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." Mercy here denotes the height and depth and breadth of the truest friendship--loving-kindness. Mercy sometimes may be passive, but here it is active and dynamic--supreme fatherliness. A loving parent experiences little difficulty in forgiving his child, even many times. And in an unspoiled child the urge to relieve suffering is natural. Children are normally kind and sympathetic when old enough to appreciate actual conditions.

3. "Happy are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God." Jesus' hearers were longing for military deliverance, not for peacemakers. But Jesus' peace is not of the pacific and negative kind. In the face of trials and persecutions he said, "My peace I leave with you." "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." This is the peace that prevents ruinous conflicts. Personal peace integrates personality. Social peace prevents fear, greed, and anger. Political peace prevents race antagonisms, national suspicions, and war. Peacemaking is the cure of distrust and suspicion.
Children can easily be taught to function as peacemakers. They enjoy team activities; they like to play together. Said the Master at another time: "Whosoever will save his life shall lose it, but whosoever will lose his life shall find it."

4. "Happy are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Happy are you when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven."
So often persecution does follow peace. But young people and brave adults never shun difficulty or danger. "Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for his friends." And a fatherly love can freely do all these things--things which brotherly love can hardly encompass. And progress has always been the final harvest of persecution.
Children always respond to the challenge of courage. Youth is ever willing to "take a dare." And every child should early learn to sacrifice.

And so it is revealed that the beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount are based on faith and love and not on law--ethics and duty.
Fatherly love delights in returning good for evil--doing good in retaliation for injustice.

From Urantia book
THE ORDINATION OF THE TWELVE
(paper 140)
FATHERLY AND BROTHERLY LOVE (section 5 )


Time to Teach
Teaching is a method of conversion

This is the place where students of A Course in Miracles become teachers. Time to Teach is a proven and set approach towards the fulfillment of your call to express a message of love and transformation by means of your own individual recognition of wholeness and Christ-hood.The only requirements to participate in Time to Teach are;a constant and steadfast willingness to come into a brand new experience, an inquiring mind and the readiness and honesty to accept the uncompromising message of A Course in Miracles for oneself.It is not at all my intention to motivate you to present a purely conceptual teaching or deliver a merely correct sentiment.

It is my intention to fuse what it is that Jesus says in his exact words with the occurrence of your own personal awakening experience. This way you become a true teacher because you will demonstrate that the practice of the Course has a direct and profound effect on you and will therefore be communicated most effectively to everything about you.

Time to Teach is organized around weekly assignments. The assignment is designed as a blueprint around one of the central themes that the Course teaches. They are great to use in Course group-settings or individually in a variety of teaching possibilities. You will receive these assignments once a week hopefully giving you at least two or three days before your group or class.

During the stage of preparation you emerge yourself fully in the assigned material of the Course. In so doing you become the initial receiver of the message of truth.
In many of the assignments you will be asked to look at a mind-training lesson(s), prayer or a practical course section. In this way you will train yourself to become increasingly sensitive and aware exactly how the promise of a real alternative is accomplished through the practice of the application of your mind towards these new and simple but revelatory ideas.
In other assignments the main emphasis will lay on the function that you are called upon to fulfill. This aspect will support and motivate you in your teaching, healing and miracle working capacities as a Teacher of God.

According to Socratic questions, creative and self-inquiring tasks you are directed to look closely at what is being communicated to you in a very literal and exact manner.During this stage of preparation you become both subject to and vehicle of the message at the same time. It will help you to open up new vista’s of expression and to integrate your personal memories and experiences as a Teacher of the Truth.

The presentation in the class or on paper will then come to mirror your personal awakening to the truth, which is now very active and alive within you. At this stage you are invited to drop your notes and be employed as a vehicle of the Universal Communication we call God.

Some of the assignments introduce a teaching technique which you can regard as a suggested tool to communicate this message to others. They can help to break through old patterns of teaching and come to develop your own teaching-style as you are always willing to expose yourself to new ideas and suggestions.

A Time to Teach class is where every teacher who has prepared for it, will get an opportunity to stand up and teach for 5 up to 30 minutes. There are no questions asked or discussions entertained, just one teacher at a time honestly but without any compromise expressing this message in his/her highly individual and unique away.

If you creatively and open-mindedly follow the instructions and suggestions for your preparation and presentation you will begin to find and increase the certainty and fulfillment that God intended for you as his chosen teacher. Let us now gladly declare:

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life

8/01/2005

Introduction
Time to Teach assignment

A really exciting week. Looking at achieving the true fulfillment in your life by living the message as it is revealed to us through the mind of Jesus Christ. It is a real occurence that takes place in you. It is different in any regard than how you used to perceive your function here on earth. It becomes a really joyous one in the knowledge that you don't have to go out in order to assert yourself, but you are asked to turn deeper and deeper inwards and forgive the blocks, grievances, hidden corners and compacted memories that are stored up your my mind. It is your function to allow these to be brought to the surface, shined upon by the light and there to be released. The new world automatically appears as a result of your fullhearted acceptance of a genuine purpose and function for Jesus and God. Have fun. And thank you.

So find the teachingsheet below and chose a reading, look at the questions of the inquiry and have an experience of sharing your experience of being immersed in this teaching/and learning experience of the truth.
If you are new to this program, please read Time to Teach Teaching is a method of conversion posted further down this blog. Love Bastiaan

Fulfill your Function
All that we are asked to do is to accept our part in genuine humility, and not deny with self-deceiving arrogance that we are worthy. What is given us to do, we have the strength to do. Our minds are suited perfectly to take the part assigned to us by One Who knows us well.


Reading assignment
Lesson 66 My happiness and my function are one.
Chapter 14 IV Your Function in the Atonement

Lesson 99 Salvation is my only function here
Chapter 18 V The Happy Dream

Lesson 186 Salvation of the world depends on me
Chapter 25 VI The Special Function

Lesson 192 I have a function God would have me fill
Chapter 27 II The Fear of Healing


Inquiry
What is the literal meaning of function?
How is the fulfillment of your function related to what you belief yourself to be?
Who decides on your proper function?
Contemplate your function as an activity of the mind, as a profession and
finally as the way that you as part of God’s plan relate to the whole!


Presentation
Share how the acceptance of our assignment leads to the fulfillment of your being!
Express what you used to think was your function here, and how exactly your perspective has changed.

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life