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”

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