9/27/2005

Straight is the Gate
Welcome to your possibility to teach an immediate message of Salvation. This week I chose the most incredible and famous text sections out of A Course in Miracles. Each of them conveys to us the immediacy of Salvation. Salvation doesn't take time, it doesn't require a whole lot of effort and finally you can't go it alone. We are led to recognize an entire new way to perceive and work with time. Future and past are brought into the present in an all powerful moment of converting horizontal sequences and release them to the vertical alignment of our minds with the singularity of God's mind who thinks with us. We are told exactly what to do. And most importantly what not to do. Not as a command or a demand but only to save us all the time and effort that we previously wasted on trying to reach God with our human and mostly futile attempts. Further we are asked to invite our brother in and really join with him. We are asked to overcome the fear of exposing ourselves to our brother which brings about a reversal of our well-kept guilt and fear and our perceived inablity to communicate with him into an experience of true forgiveness and the infinite joy of sharing. Sounds pretty soft to you perhaps though it is the thing most feared and that is exactly where we are asked to go. Our burden is light. The world is burdened by our tendency to keep ourselves separate from and to resist the entire force of Universal mind.

The burden converts the moment we stop resisting and give in. Give in to the collapse of time and human effort. Give in to our brother who represent the desire and need of the whole universe to be at one with us and no longer separate. Heaven is being brought to earth. Behold i saw a new heaven and a new earth. I am the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. I am the Savior of this world because i bring my own inner conflict to the altar and ask it to be fused to singularity. The only peace possible is through the alignment of my own personal mind and to become immediate through the mindfulness in which i accept the Atonement for myself and become ruler of my universe. The meek shall inherit the earth since they represent this divine defenselessness in which they surrender the authority problem that we looked at last week and enter the narrow way and the straight gate that leads to life eternal.

I think you will really enjoy this week's assignment and i am sure you will have an experience of immediacy the way that i did after working with this material. This Course is impeccable and simply can't fail to give you the entirety of the freedom of your mind. Not to feel threatened by an evil outside world but to feel safe in the whole transformation of the world and yourself.

Love Bastiaan

9/26/2005

The IMMEDIACY of Salvation

Salvation is immediate. Unless you so perceive it, you will be afraid of it, believing that the risk of loss is great between the time its purpose is made yours and its effects will come to you. In this form is the error still obscured that is the source of fear. Salvation would wipe out the space you see between you still, and let you instantly become as one.


Reading
A Chapter 18 IV The Little W illingness
Chapter 18 VII I Need do Nothing

B Chapter 26 VIII The Immediacy of Salvation
Chapter 26 IX For They Have Come

C Chapter 26 V The Little Hindrance
Chapter 28 I The Present Memory


Inquiry
Look up the original meaning of Salvation and its singular nature!


What beliefs regarding salvation and the ways in which we attempt to reach it are adressed in Jesus’ teaching of Immediacy?

How does the activity of the body and its function change through the realisation of the immediate nature of salvation?

Look honestly at your perceived need to prepare and purify yourself in order to receive Salvation! Does it work?

What does salvation really ask of you?

Through what means does this course aim to save you time?



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



9/21/2005

Intro to the
Root of all
Evil

Sounds pretty scary. And it can be for a moment when you look directly at your predicament. Did i make myself, did my brother make me, did God make me. Did i make both myself and my brother. Or did God create us both and assigned us our true function, our whole reason to exist here as messengers of His Higher Reign. Will i allow His governing thoughts to control me, to manage everything about my Life and what it is i need to give. That sounds like a dangerous direction to take. Only a matter of time though since what is already true waits only for your recognition and acceptance to become true for you. Why is the authority-problem the root of all evil? Why is it essential for me to look and admit to my arrogance to presume i can do better than my ownCreator. Because if it is all about me who would be better at knowing what is good for me than me, myself. All conflict arises from this disposition. What about this other guy then, did he make himself and is he trying to put everything in order to best serve himself. You can imagine what conflict that would cause and did. Because this is exactly what you have believed until know. So take the time and give this gift to yourself in order to truly understand you are better off having been wrong about this idea this cornerstone to your separate thought-system. Recognize how better off you are and how grateful the universe would be to let it be governed by a force, a power that knows what is best for all. Since he is the One that created everything unchangeable and unchanging out of theThought that transcends and encompasses everything and everyone in It you might as well let Him be in charge. Be grateful also to be able to share in the totality of everything created instead of feeling lonely, afraid, angry and to suffer from a lack true purpose. Be liberated from your sense of worthlessness that stemmed from having denied and therefore chose to not know your origin. Be released from the arrogance and your false humility and dare to step up in the light of true creation. We are getting to the root of all conflict and guilt here. To have usurped God's power and to have disowned His perfect creation has produced an enormous amount of guilt in you. Somewhere you believe you manipulated the whole universe in your attempt to fit it to your liking and scheme of things. Who were you fooling. Are you ready to let God be who he is and to take on your role long left unfulfilled.

Check out my blog for additional reading and for the Time to Teach assignment called the ROOT of all EVIL.


Love Bastiaan

9/19/2005

the ROOT of all EVIL

The issue of authority is really a question of authorship. When you have an authority problem, it is always because you believe you are the author of yourself and project your delusion onto others. You then perceive the situation as one in which others are literally fighting you for your authorship. This is the fundamental error of all those who believe they have usurped the power of God.Being uncertain of your true Authorship, you believe that your creation was anonymous. This leaves you in a position where it sounds meaningful to believe that you created yourself. The dispute over authorship has left such uncertainty in your mind that it may even doubt whether you really exist at all.

Reading:
Chapter 3 VI. Judgment and the Authority ProblemChapter
3 VIII. Creating versus the Self-Image
Lesson 72 Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvation

Chapter 1V. Wholeness and Spirit
Chapter 4I. Right Teaching and Right Learning
Lesson 154 I am among the ministers of God

Chapter 4II. The Ego and False Autonomy
Chapter 28 II. Reversing Effect and Cause
Chapter 5 How It Works
( page 60 last paragraph “the first requirement...to page 63 paragraph 2 ...utterly to Him.”) out of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous posted below.


Inquiry
What is the root of all evil?
What myths or theories can you think of that illustrate and perhaps even justify this problem?How do I encounter or in better words “author” this in my day to day experience?
Through what action of mind do I perpetuate the problem?
How are you restored to your true Authorship?

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

9/18/2005

At the Root Reading out of the Big Book of AA

The first requirement is that we be convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success. On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good. Most people try to live by self-propulsion. Each person is like an actor who wants to run the whole show; is forever trying to arrange the lights, the ballet, the scenery and the rest of the players in his own way. If his arrangements would only stay put, if only people would do as he wished, the show would be great. Everybody, including himself, would be pleased. Life would be wonderful. In trying to make these arrangements our actor may sometimes be quite virtuous. He may be kind, considerate, patient, generous; even modest and self- sacrificing. On the other hand, he may be mean, egotistical, selfish and dishonest. But, as with most humans, he is more likely to have varied traits.
What usually happens? The show doesn't come off very well. He begins to think life doesn't treat him right. He decides to exert himself more. He becomes, on the next occasion, still more demanding or gracious, as the case may be. Still the play does not suit him. Admitting he may be somewhat at fault, he is sure that other people are more to blame. He becomes angry, indignant, self-pitying. What is his basic trouble? Is he not really a self-seeker even when trying to be kind? Is he not a victim of the delusion that he can wrest satisfaction and happiness out of this world if he only manages well? Is it not evident to all the rest of the players that these are the things he wants? And do not his actions make each of them wish to retaliate, snatching all they can get out of the show? Is he not, even in his best moments, a producer of confusion rather than harmony?
Our actor is self-centered — ego-centric, as people like to call it nowadays. He is like the retired business man who lolls in the Florida sunshine in the winter complaining of the sad state of the nation; the minister who sighs over the sins of the twentieth century; politicians and reformers who are sure all would be Utopia if the rest of the world would only behave; the outlaw safe cracker who thinks society has wronged him; and the alcoholic who has lost all and is locked up. Whatever our protestations, are not most of us concerned with ourselves, our resentments, or our self-pity?
Selfishness — self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt.
So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn't think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kill us! God makes that possible. And there often seems no way of entirely getting rid of self without His aid. Many of us had moral and philosophical convictions galore, but we could not live up to them even though we would have liked to. Neither could we reduce our self-centeredness much by wishing or trying on our own power. We had to have God's help.
This is the how and the why of it. First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn't work. Next, we decided that hereafter in this drama of life, God was going to be our Director. He is the Principal; we are His agents. He is the Father, and we are His children. Most Good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom.
When we sincerely took such a position, all sorts of remarkable things followed. We had a new Employer. Being all powerful, He provided what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed His work well. Established on such a footing we became less and less interested in ourselves, our own little plans and designs. More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute to life. As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter. We were reborn.

9/12/2005

Intro to a matter of MINDFULNESS
We are getting closer and closer to the direct and
uncompromising message from Jesus and his appearance
and presence to us through his words. His words that
ring eternally true and lift us out of our futile
human existence and all the laws and limitations we
thought we had to live by. This week we are shown the
true intent and the life altering effect that these
proclamations from our Savior can have in our minds
and hearts. Know ye not you must be borne again. And
this is how to do it. We reaffirm our dedication and
commitment to the world of God, the real world and
therefore lay up stores through the investment of the
power of our minds on God's Realm only. We are shown
on a very mundane manner how to come up to where God
wants your mind and has placed your mind. Through a
matter of Mindfulness we are given the doctrine to
follow in Jesus' footsteps. Narrow is the way that
leads to life. Only by following his commandments and
consistently applying them to every area of your life
without exceptions can you finally enter the gate
beyond which lie no more illusions and deceptions. So
we read from the New Testament this week. Matthew 5,6
and 7. We let it become completely contemporary and
subsequently look at one of the lessons out of our A
Course in Miracles in which we discover a continuing
assistance to make this Kingdom of Heaven, this
experience a real one. One we cannot fail to find if
we ask, knock and seek to find the truth only.
I posted the Aramaeic version of this part of the
Gospel of Matthew which is incredibly fresh and new.
On the time to teach blog you will also find the
teachers assignment called a Matter of Mindfulness.
Enjoy and take in as much as you can from this bread
of Life.
With Love and Dedication Bastiaan

9/11/2005

A Matter of
MINDFULNESS

Time to Teach
You respond to what you perceive, and as you perceive so shall you behave. The Golden Rule asks you to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This means that the perception of both must be accurate. The Golden Rule is the rule for appropriate behavior. You cannot behave appropriately unless you perceive correctly. Since you and your neighbor are equal members of one family, as you perceive both so you will do to both. You should look out from the perception of your own holiness to the holiness of others.

Reading

Matthew 5 (verse 17-48) and Matthew 6 (verse 1 - 21)
lesson 76 I am under no laws but God’s

Matthew 6 (verse 25-34)
lesson 50 I am sustained by the Love of God

Matthew 7 (verse 1-28)
Lesson 131 No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth

Inquiry
How does Jesus bring you from the Old Testament’s “do not” behaviors to the crucial importance of what it is you do in your mind?
What is the golden rule?
How is your perception corrected?
What are Jesus’ commandments to you?

Write down for yourself all the things that to you seemed to offer salvation?
What arethe laws that you have to obey subsequently?
Discern the laws of God from the reading of Matthew and your workbooklesson.

Presentation
Explain why salvation is a matter of mindfulness!

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life

9/10/2005

Mindfulness in Matthew
Matthew 5,6 and 7

Matthew 5
17 ¶ Do not expect that I have come to
weaken the law or the prophets; I have not
come to weaken, but to fulfil.
18 For truly I tell you, Until heaven and earth
pass away, not even one yoth * or a dash
shall pass away from the law until all of it is
fulfilled.


19 Whoever therefore tries to weaken even
one of these smallest commandments, and
teaches men so, he shall be regarded as small
in the kingdom of heaven; but anyone who
observes and teaches them, he shall be regarded
as great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness
exceeds that of the scribes and
Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom
of heaven.

21 ¶ You have heard that it was said to those
who were before you, You shall not kill, and
whoever kills is guilty before the court.
22 But I say to you, that whoever becomes
angry with his brother for no reason, is guilty
before the court: and whoever should say to
his brother, Raca (which means, I spit on you)
is guilty before the congregation; and whoever
says to his brother, you are a nurse maid,
is condemned to hell fire.
23 If it should happen therefore that while
you are presenting your offering upon the
altar, and right there you remember that your
brother has any grievance against you,
24 Leave your offering there upon the altar,
and first go and make peace with your
brother, and then come back and present your
offering.
25 Try to get reconciled with your accuser
promptly, while you are going on the road
with him; for your accuser might surrender
you to the judge, and the judge would commit
you to the jailer, and you will be cast
into prison.
26 Truly I say to you, that you would never
come out thence until you had paid the last
cent.

27 ¶ You have heard that it is said, You shall
not commit adultery.
28 But I say to you, that whoever looks at a
woman with the desire to covet her, has already
committed adultery with her in his
heart.
29 If your right eye should cause you to
stumble, pluck it out and throw it away from
you; for it is better for you to lose one of
your members, and not all your body fall into
hell.
30 And if your right hand should cause you
to stumble, cut it off and throw it away from
you; for it is better for you to lose one of
your members, and not all your body fall into
hell.

31 It has been said that whoever divorces
his wife, must give her the divorce papers.
32 But I say to you, that whoever divorces
his wife, except for fornication, causes her
to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is separated but not divorced, commits adultery.

33 ¶ Again you have heard it was said to them
who were before you, that you shall not lie
in your oaths, but entrust your oaths to the
Lord.
34 But I say to you, never swear; neither by
heaven, because it is God’s throne;
35 Nor by the earth, for it is a stool under
his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of
a great king.
36 Neither shall you swear by your own
head, because you cannot create in it a single
black or white hair.
37 But let your words be yes, yes, and no,
no; for anything which adds to these is a deception.

38 ¶ You have heard that it is said, An eye
for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.
39 But I say to you, that you should not resist
evil; but whoever strikes you on your
right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if anyone wishes to sue you at the
court and take away your shirt, let him have
your robe also.
41 Whoever compels you to carry a burden
for a mile, go with him two.
42 Whoever asks from you, give him; and
whoever wishes to borrow from you, do not
refuse him.

43 ¶ You have heard that it is said, Be kind to
your friend, and hate your enemy.
44 But I say to you, Love your enemies, and
bless anyone who curses you, and do good
to anyone who hates you, and pray for them
who carry you away by force and persecute
you,
45 So that you may become sons of your
Father who is in heaven, who causes his sun
to shine upon the good and upon the bad,
and who pours down his rain upon the just
and upon the unjust.
46 For if you love only those who love you,
what reward will you have? Do not even the
publicans do the same thing?
47 And if you salute only your brothers, what
is it more that you do? Do not even the
publicans do the same thing?
48 Therefore, you become perfect, just as
your Father in heaven is perfect.

CHAPTER 6
BE careful concerning your alms, not to
do them in the presence of men, merely
that they may see them; otherwise you
have no reward with your Father in heaven.
2 Therefore when you give alms, do not blow
a trumpet before you, just as the hypocrites
do in the synagogues and in the market
places, so that they may be glorified by men.
Truly I say to you, that they have already
received their reward.
3 But when you give alms, let not your left
hand know what your right hand is doing;
4 So that your alms may be done secretly,
and your Father who sees in secret, shall himself
reward you openly.

5 ¶ And when you pray, do not be like the
hypocrites, who like to pray, standing in the
synagogues and at the street corners, so that
they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you,
that they have already received their reward.
6 But you, when you pray, enter into your
inner chamber, and lock your door, and pray
to your Father who is in secret, and your
Father who sees in secret he himself shall
reward you openly.
7 And when you pray, do not repeat your
words like the pagans, for they think that
because of much talking they will be heard.
8 Therefore, do not be like them, for your
Father knows what you need, before you ask
him.

9 ¶ Therefore pray in this manner: Our Father
in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done,
as in heaven so on earth.
11 Give us bread for our needs from day to
day.
12 And forgive us our offences, as we have
forgiven our offenders;
13 And do not let us enter into temptation,
but deliver us from error. Because thine is
the kingdom and the power and the glory
for ever and ever. Amen.

14 For if you forgive men their faults, your
Father in heaven will also forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive men, neither
will your Father forgive even your faults.

16 ¶ When you fast, do not look sad like the
hypocrites; for they disfigure their faces, so
that they may appear to men that they are
fasting. Truly I say to you, that they have
already received their reward.
17 But you, when you fast, wash your face
and anoint your head;
18 So that it may not appear to men that you
are fasting, but to your Father who is in secret;
and your Father who sees in secret, he
will reward you.

19 ¶ Do not lay up for yourselves treasures
buried in the ground, a place where rust and
moth destroy, and where thieves break
through and steal.
20 But lay up for yourselves a treasure in
heaven, where neither rust nor moth destroy,
and where thieves do not break through and
steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there also is
your heart.

22 The eye is the lamp of the body; if therefore
your eye be clear, your whole body is
also lighted.
23 But if your eye is diseased, your whole
body will be dark. If therefore the light that
is in you is darkness, how much more will
be your darkness.
24 ¶ No man can serve two masters; for either
he will hate the one, and like the other;
or he will honor one, and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon
(wealth).

25 For this reason, I say to you, Do not worry
for your life, what you will eat, and what
you will drink, nor for your body, what you
will wear. Behold, is not life much more
important than food, and the body than clothing?

26 Watch the birds of the sky, for they do
not sow, neither do they harvest, nor gather
into barns, and yet your Father in heaven feeds them.
Are you not much more important than they?
27 Who is among you who by worrying can
add one cubit to his stature?
28 Why do you worry about clothing? Observe
the wild flowers, how they grow; they
do not get tired out, nor do they spin.
29 But I say to you, that not even Solomon
with all of his glory was covered like one of
them.
30 Now if God clothes in such fashion the
grass of the field, which today is and tomorrow
falls into the fireplace, is he not much
more to you, O you of little faith?
31 Therefore do not worry or say, What will
we eat, or what will we drink, or with what
will we be clothed?
32 For worldly people seek after all these
things. Your Father in heaven knows that all
of these things are also necessary for you.
33 But you seek first the kingdom of God
and his righteousness, and all of these things
shall be added to you.
34 Therefore do not worry for tomorrow;
for tomorrow will look after its own. Sufficient
for each day, is its own trouble.

CHAPTER 7
JUDGE not, that you may not be judged.
2 For with the same judgment that you
judge, you will be judged, and with the
same measure with which you measure, it
will be measured to you.

3 Why do you see the splinter which is in
your brother’s eye, and do not feel the beam
which is in your own eye?
4 Or how can you say to your brother, let
me take out the splinter from your eye, and
behold there is a cross beam in your own
eye?
5 O hypocrites, first take out the beam from
your own eye, and then you will see clearly
to get out the splinter from your brother’s
eye.

6 ¶Do not give holy things to the dogs; and
do not throw your pearls before the swine,
for they might tread them with their feet, and
then turn and rend you.

7 ¶ Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek,
and you shall find; knock and it shall be
opened to you.
8 For whoever asks, receives; and he who
seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, the door
is opened.
9 Or who is the man among you, who when
his son asks him for bread, why, will he hand
him a stone?
10 Or if he should ask him for fish, why,
will he hand him a snake?
11 If therefore you who err, know how to
give good gifts to your sons, how much more
will your Father in heaven give good things
to those who ask him?

12 Whatever you wish men to do for you,
do likewise also for them; for this is the law
and the prophets.

13 Enter in through the narrow door, for
wide is the door, and broad is the road which
carries to destruction, and many are those
who travel on it.
14 O how narrow is the door, and how difficult
is the road which carries to life, and few
are those who are found on it.

15 ¶ Be careful of false prophets who come
to you in lamb’s clothing, but within they
are ravening wolves.
16 You will know them by their fruits. Why,
do they gather grapes from thorns, or figs
from thistles?
17 So every good tree bears good fruits; but
a bad tree bears bad fruits.
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruits, neither
can a bad tree bear good fruits.
19 Any tree which does not bear good fruits
will be cut down and cast into the fire.
20 Thus by their fruits you will know them.

21 ¶ It is not everyone who merely says to
me, My Lord, my Lord, will enter into the
kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will
of my Father in heaven.
22 A great many will say to me in that day,
My Lord, my Lord, did we not prophesy in
your name, and in your name cast out devils,
and in your name do many wonders?
23 Then I will declare to them, I have never
known you; keep away from me, O you that
work iniquity.

24 ¶ Therefore whoever hears these words
of mine, and does them, he is like a wise man,
who built his house upon a rock.
25 And the rain came down, and the rivers
overflowed, and the winds blew, and they
beat upon that house; but it did not fall down,
because its foundations were laid upon a
rock.
26 And whoever hears these words of mine,
and does them not, is like a foolish man, who
built his house upon sand.
27 And the rain came down, and the rivers
overflowed, and the winds blew, and they
beat upon that house; and it fell down, and
its fall was very great.

28 ¶And it happened when Jesus finished
these words, the crowds were stunned at his
teaching.
29 For he taught them as one who had the
power, and not like their own scribes and
Pharisees.

~Taken directly out of the Aramaic version of the New Testament~

9/07/2005

Intro to the Target of my Grievance
This week it was a very clear direction for me to teach the two impeccable programs i know that deal with the relinquishment of grievances in a very structured yet divine manner. This assignment is not about reading chapters and chapters of the most amazing spiritual expressions and its corresponding lessons that are dealing with the same theme. This week we practice and practice. Under spiritual leadership ofJesus Christ there is more required of us that to simply love those that already love us. We are asked to forgive our enemies so that we may come to understand the way in which our Father in Heaven loves us. We have read and taught a whole lot about forgiveness, healing, atonement, salvation but how is it really done?! How does forgiveness work in practice. How do I reach a genuine spiritual awakening and how can I help to bring this about. This assignment will show you that there are these two programs that without doubt and without any inconsistencies (except the ones you introduce) deal with adressing the target(s) of your grievance and the subsequent reversal of your thinking in regards to those persons, situations, institutions and disasters.The more you give to working these programs the more they will work you and work through you. It is simply never the way you think it is and it doesn't work the way you expect it to work. If it would, you wouldn't need a program and would be in a constant experience of the grace of God or be in the total denial of God without knowing or caring about it. So if there is just a hint of conflict in your day to day experience and you are willing to become free of this conflict, these limitations, this shame or this anger; you are ready to take certain steps and to follow specific instructions that are given you in these prorams and in this assignment. This week we bring together the 12-step program as it is practiced in Alcoholics Anonymous ( and other 12-step based recovery programs) with the mind-blowing program of our Course In Miracles. The 12-step programs recognize that grievances are at the root of all our human suffering and that to adress these grievances and to rid ourselves of our characters-defects we are made whole and home-free. Next thing we look at the workbooklessons of ACourse in Miracles that deal directly with getting rid of these evil doers, these rats in the basement that we have to catch before letting them out in the open air. So experience for yourself how both programs work. How they assist you in relinquishing these old ideas and perceptions you no longer want to manifest in your life. Then miracles will replace all of them, all this once, once and for all.Thank you for your participation, you are part of a new and efficient leadership. One that takes responsibility exactly there where it is given all power to take responsibility. For your own mind, heart and for all your subsequent perceptions and experiences.

I will attempt to include an audio talk I did on step four of the twelve step program in combination with A Course in Miracles. Feel free to listen and experience. Visit my blog at http://time-to-teach.blogspot.com/ and if you have a moment read my finished article on mind as the mechanism of decision/the necessity for mind-training, which is going to be published in our A Course inMiracles International Newsletter for september; due on monday the 19th of this month. http://newsletter.acimi.com/

With Love Bastiaan

9/05/2005

the target of my Grievance

Time to Teach

How willing are you to escape effects of all the dreams the world has ever had? Is it your wish to let no dream appear to be the cause of what it is you do? Then let us merely look upon the dream's beginning, for the part you see is but the second part, whose cause lies in the first. No one asleep and dreaming in the world remembers his attack upon himself. No one believes there really was a time when he knew nothing of a body, and could never have conceived this world as real. He would have seen at once that these ideas are one illusion, too ridiculous for anything but to be laughed away. How serious they now appear to be! And no one can remember when they would have met with laughter and with disbelief. We can remember this, if we but look directly at their cause. And we will see the grounds for laughter, not a cause for fear.

Personal Inventory (12-step program)
1.What are the kinds of things you hold grievances for?
Make a simple list of all the grievances you have with persons and things!

2.Write down for each grievance in what way you are affected by this person or thing!
What ideas do they reflect about what you are?

3.What part did you play in causing this conflict?
How are you responsible?

4.What do I get out of holding on to this grievance and these beliefs?

5. Am I now entirely willing to let the grievance go?


Workbook-Practice (A Course in Miracles)

A. Lesson 68. Love holds no grievances
Lesson 69. My grievances hide the light of the world from me

B. Lesson 72. Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvation
Lesson 78. Let miracles replace all grievances

Through what process are you led you to relinquish all your grievance(s)?
Do you see any similarities or differences with the 12-step approach?


I am the Way, the Truth and the Life