11/10/2005

Hello there. Can you hear me? A week devoted now to gratitude. To really take the time to see how far you have come along this road to your salvation.
A great opportunity to make a list of your gains and the gifts that have been given you by God and that have never since left you. To become solid as a rock through the
realisation that you haven't lost anything, that you didn't have to sacrifice or exchange anything that is really part of you in order to change your ways and
walk with God.

I took this opportunity to express my own personal gratitude for what has happened to me and how far i have come. I will list some of the gains and gifts i recognize i have received and tell you of my faith, dedication and belief in the possibility and therefore the fact that there is always more in store the further you dare to step back and become ready to receive your inheritance. I came to understand that a
lot less is asked of you that you might think.

Now looking at my own experience i am starting to recognize that a lot more is possible than the allowances i made for myself. A greater freedom has come to me and it doesn't ever stop and in fact cannot stop expanding.

First of all i have become consistently happy. That was one of the things i would never allow myself to be all the time. What i used to do was to attempt in many
different ways to suppress and therefore avoid my inherent depression of not knowing who i really was and what i came here to do. As a teacher of God now, i have recognized my true function and it is what my life has become because that is the only thing it can be. I am designed and created as a expression or extension of God. There are no objectives. Everything has started to express itself through me as itself.

No-where is there a separation between what i do and what it is I am. I am grateful for the thousands of corrections i have received and for having become willing and open to accept and integrate these corrections through a discipline of constantly being undone and reborn. Which is not the road most travelled in this world. My identity is no longer mainly concerned with how i present myself as a body or what it is i do and attract to my body.

My achievements, self-assertion, attempts at being different, original and better than others are not my main priority or purpose anymore. My new purpose is to
communicate with you, to join with you, to work together with you in the truth of what we truly are and the function we happily fulfill. We do this through standing next to each other in the light of who we are. I am now finally able to work together
with others in honesty and without a hidden agenda.

I lost my guilt-ridden self, most of my arrogance and false humility. I stopped loathing, hating and attacking my self and therefore others. I have taken a more permanent vacation from my false identity and lost my deep sense of unworthiness. My relations with my closest family members have become conflict-free and transformed to such a level that i am no longer in a guilt-association with my own flesh and blood.

I am grateful for finding and being re'member'ed among the ranks of the Saviors of this world, a legion of 'old' friends, companions, loved-ones, brothers and sisters in Christ. Completely being themselves they allow me to be who I am and express myself in a glorious and powerfully free manner. In my daily life of service as well as the times that are devoted towards making direct contact with my Creator i find more and more of this freedom of self-expression.

My mind has become very active and released from my passive and victimized attitude towards life. I have become a lot more interested in others and their well-being. I mostly lost my pre-occupation with selfish concerns and worries. I am learning to do the things i want to do more freely and i found out they are exactly the things that God wills me to do. He wants me to be happy and to happily fulfill my function.

The notion of sacrifice doesn't exist in my life anymore. The thing i might be most grateful for is the appearance and continual appearance of Jesus in my Life in all the forms he took and takes that are most recognizable to me at the given time. Thank you for receiving my declaration of gratitude. I could go on for a little while but have to keep it short.
I am consistently exposed to the light through my commitment and personal dedication to be the Way the Truth and the Life.

Love Bastiaan

11/07/2005

Attitude of
Gratitude

A day devoted now to gratitude will add the benefit of some insight into the real extent of all the gains which you have made; the gifts you have received. Be glad today, in loving thankfulness, your Father has not left you to yourself, nor let you wander in the dark alone. Be grateful He has saved you from the self you thought you made to take the place of Him and His creation. Give Him thanks today.

Practice
Lesson 123 I thank my Father for His gifts to me
Lesson 195 Love is the Way I walk in gratitude
Lesson 197 It can be but my gratitude I earn

Preparation
List all the gains you made and the gifts you received ever since you embarked upon your Course in Miracles!
Think of all the ones that crossed your path speaking and offering you saving grace!
Think of all the moments where sorrow miraculously turned to joy, sickness to health, addiction to sanity and fear to love!

Who is in need of your gratitude the most?
How does God express His thanks?
What choice guarantees you the experience of gratitude?
How can you increase your thankfulness?

Presentation
Since the theme of all our newsletters this month is gratitude, I would like to ask you to take a pen and a piece of paper or to open a new document and write a short piece of 3, 4 paragraphs to a maximum of one and a half page.

Describe in a tangible way the miracle of the changes that occurred in your life. Offer a genuine and personal reference to whomever might be reading your declaration of gratitude. If you finish before wednesday please sent your piece to
submissions@acimi.com. Then it will be published in one of our newsletters.

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

11/02/2005

Last week's theme was to "Follow
in the Way". We read from John 13 up to 17 where
Jesus instructs his disciples. Preparing them and you
for the responsibility to be among the Savior's of the
world. This week it came in for me to deal with the
positive interpretation and true message that is
waiting to be received by us when we open our minds
enough to look at the crucifixion experience that
Jesus underwent.
We might just find out that there is more to learn
than meets the eye.
The Message of the Crucifixion is to choose Jesus'
side of the story which is a lot more amazing in its
wisdom and depth of experience than doing away with it
by saying he died for our sins or that the crucifixion
was some useless journey. As Jesus says there is
always a crucial lesson to learn. Use me. Make
constructive use of my experience so you can save
yourself a lot of time and effort. Look
at how this single experience supports his
entire teaching and all the golden rules, principles and commands
commands around which his faith is built and in which your
faith and therefore your whole experience of transformation
can flourish in your transition from human
being to a divine realisation. To do the work is to
be always self-reflective, to expose your thoughts and
to allow to let the spirit of God work with you. The
only perspective you really need, the only reference
you should use to be truly happy is God's. Your
relationship with Him is the only thing that really
matters, since He makes everything that you ask for
possible.
So look with Christ eyes and love in your heart and
see everything you thought was evil transform in a
endless number of possibilities to heal and offer
salvation. Do not observe or judge the ones you think
are responsible for your suffering. Instead take up the
cross and let the suffering convert in a single pillar
of certainty that you represent in your atonement with
your Source, your Father who is in Heaven and
available to you in all circumstances under which you
feel weighed down and burdened. Be free, take
yourself off the cross. Learn how not to give in to
situations that habitually catch you off guard and
gain power and increasing hold over you. Be free in
the realisation that what is real can not be
threatened and what is unreal doesn't exist. Herein
lies the peace of God.
So check out the blog. There is not a whole lot to
read but the questions are really designed to help you
to have a valuable experience with the message that
the crucifixion holds in your store.

With Love and Dedication Bastiaan Berende