Healing the Dream of Sickness
Excerpts from the Workshop held at the Foundation for A Course in Miracles, Temecula CA
Kenneth Wapnick, Ph.D.
M-5.II.2:1-2) The acceptance of sickness is a decision of the mind, for a purpose for which it would use the body, is the basis of healing. And this is so for healing in all forms.
As we have said repeatedly, sickness has nothing to do with the body; it has to do with a decision in the mind for guilt instead of the Atonement. Once that decision is made, sickness is inevitable, regardless of the form it takes. Healing then brings the symptom back from the body—whether the emotional or physical level—to the mind, which is where the guilt is and where the healing or the remedy is. You bring the problem back to the answer, which is always in the mind.
(2:2-6) And this is so for healing in all forms. A patient decides that this is so, and he recovers. If he decides against recovery, he will not be healed. Who is the physician? Only the mind of the patient himself.
The physician is not the external person, and the so-called healing agent is not what heals. The physician is the mind, as Jesus says in this passage. It was the mind that made itself sick when it turned away from the Holy Spirit and toward the ego; therefore, it is only the mind that can correct itself. That is what asking Jesus for help is all about—it means going back into our mind and choosing a different teacher, which means choosing against the ego. Basically, we are the ones who make ourselves sick by choosing against the Holy Spirit and we are the only ones who can bring healing about by now choosing against the ego and for the Holy Spirit. That is the healing; that is the healer.
Lesson 200: There is no peace except the peace of God.
Seek you no further. You will not find peace except the peace of God. Accept this fact, and save yourself the agony of yet more bitter disappointments, bleak despair, and sense of icy hopelessness and doubt. Seek you no further. There is nothing else for you to find except the peace of God, unless you seek for misery and pain.
There is no peace except the peace of God, because He has one Son who cannot make a world in opposition to God's Will and to his own, which is the same as His. What could he hope to find in such a world? It cannot have reality, because it never was created. Is it here that he would seek for peace? Or must he see that, as he looks on it, the world can but deceive? Yet can he learn to look on it another way, and find the peace of God.
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.
Is Jesus Real?
(M-23.4:1-2) The name of Jesus Christ as such is but a symbol. But it stands for love that is not of this world. To say that Jesus is a symbol does not mean that he is unreal, at least certainly not in this world. We are also symbols—of fear, separation, and guilt. Jesus, however, not having an ego, now becomes a symbol of love. So to speak of Jesus as a symbol is not to say that he is any less real than we are. None of us is real on one level, obviously. But since we believe that the world is real and that our physical/psychological self is real, then within that reality, within that dream, we and Jesus are real. The difference is that we are a symbol of fear, guilt, and attack, and he is a symbol of love, forgiveness, and peace.
The name of Jesus is the name of one who was a man but saw the face of Christ in all his brothers and remembered God. So he became identified with Christ, a man no longer, but at one with God.
Jesus remains a Savior because he saw the false without accepting it as true. And Christ needed his form that He might appear to men and save them from their own illusions.
ACIM Urtext Version
RISING ABOVE VICTIMHOOD
Aphorisms for Thirsty Fish: The Lost Writings of Wu Hsin
One hundred years after Confucius, came Wu Hsin. His name literally means ‘no-mind.' And there is almost no trace of this person available And true to his name, there is no trace of him available – no profile, no wikipedia entry, one single image.
"Something is lost when you stop thinking, and that something is “you.” The person was not there before you were born, nor will it be there after you die. Instead of struggling with the person, why not leave the personal altogether?
It does not mean the extinction of the person; it means only seeing it in right perspective. Even if it is only for a single second, the experience of "no you" has the power to be life altering. It is the very transcendence of the twin prisons of past and future."
See that you create the space in which the world moves, the time in which it lasts. Come to realize that the world is only sand. You may play with it, you may walk on it, but don’t build your house there. There is no journey, as such. It may not seem so, but we are always back where we started. What we were in essence, and what we will be in essence, is what we are in essence.
From Behind the Mind: The Short Discourses of Wu Hsin
Sufi Mystic Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmi
The open sky drinks from their circling cup.
The sun wears the gold of their generosity.
When two of them meet, they are no longer two.
They are one, and six hundred thousand.
The ocean waves are their closest likeness when wind makes from unity the numerous.
This happened to the sun, and it broke into rays.
The disc of the sun does exist, but if you see only the ray-bodies, you may have doubts.
The human-divine combination is a oneness.
Plurality, the apparent separation into rays.
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
Friends, we are traveling together.
Throw off your tiredness. Let me show you one tiny spot of the beauty that cannot be spoken.
I am like an ant that has gotten into the granary, ludicrously happy, and trying to lug out a grain that is way too big.
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
Discovering Your True Self
A Course in Miracles is not about self-improvement; it is about self realization. We awaken each morning in gratitude for another day of limitless possibilities. The longing for God that our heart experiences is in fact a reflection of our actual connection with God. Resting in God is like the Christian idea of “Prayer without ceasing.” It doesn’t mean going about all day pleading and mumbling prayers. It means going about with an awareness of our connection to God and each other. It is an awareness of gratitude, for each breath, and each green leaf. I have learned to be grateful even for red traffic lights. They give me an uninterrupted minute or two, in which there is no other thing that I must do, except experience gratitude for my entire situation, including the beautiful surroundings — the canopy of trees, the golden light of a California afternoon. Or I can choose to pound my handlebars and curse the slowness of the light in changing. It is entirely my choice.The Course has the following to say about the life changing power of transcendence packed into the idea that “I rest in God”:
"This thought will bring you the rest and quiet, peace and stillness, and the safety and happiness you seek. … This thought has the power to wake the sleeping truth in you whose vision sees beyond appearances to that same truth in everyone and everything there is. Here is the end of suffering for all the world, and everyone who ever came and yet will come to linger for a while. … Completely undismayed, this thought will carry you through storms and strife, past misery and pain, past loss and death, and onward to the certainty of God. (W-pI.109.2:1)"
God Knows of Justice, not of Penalty.
God's justice of course has nothing to do with justice as we think of it. God's justice states that nothing happened. If nothing happened, there is no guilt and no punishment. (3:7) But in the dream of judgment you attack and are condemned; and wish to be the slave of idols, which are interposed between your judgment and the penalty it brings. But we are not condemned by God. We are condemned by the projection of our own guilt, which makes up a God Who is angry. We then deny the whole dynamic and make up a world in which we are continually condemning and judging others, while believing they condemned and judged us first. But our judgment is within our minds; that is our guilt. We project it out and make up a world of idols that will punish us; and we actually think there is a world out there that affects us. This is all part of the dream, which seems very real from within the dream.
The Meaning of Judgment: Excerpts from the Workshop held at the
Foundation for A Course in Miracles
Temecula CAKenneth Wapnick, Ph.D.
Misusing the Mind to Heal the Body
By Liz Cronkhite
The ego uses physical illness and pain to make the body real to you. That is its primary goal for illness and pain. This shows up as using them for many reasons: To get attention, to punish you, to avoid situations, to make others guilty, etc. But of course no matter how physical symptoms show up their origin is in your mind. Ultimately all healing is the result of you accepting healing in your mind, either directly in your mind, or through "agents" like medicines, doctors, and treatments that seem outside of you and that remove the symptoms in a way that your mind can accept. Using external agents is what A Course in Miracles calls "magical thinking", but it is necessary until you can accept healing directly.
"The miracle is useless if you learn but that the body can be healed, for this is not the lesson it was sent to teach. The lesson is the mind was sick that thought the body could be sick; projecting out its guilt caused nothing, and had no effects."(T-28.II.11)
“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.”
From The Workbook For Students: Lesson 136
Sickness is a defense against the truth.
No one can heal unless he understands what purpose sickness seems to serve. For then he understands as well its purpose has no meaning. Being causeless and without a meaningful intent of any kind, it cannot be at all. When this is seen, healing is automatic. It dispels this meaningless illusion by the same approach that carries all of them to truth, and merely leaves them there to disappear.
Sickness is not an accident. Like all defenses, it is an insane device for self-deception. And like all the rest, its purpose is to hide reality, attack it, change it, render it inept, distort it, twist it, or reduce it to a little pile of unassembled parts. The aim of all defenses is to keep the truth from being whole. The parts are seen as if each one were whole within itself.
12th Century Christian Mystic Meister Eckart
"The one work we should rightly undertake is eradication of the self. Could you completely forget yourself even for an instant, you would be given everything."
"When the soul has lost her nature in the Oneness, we can no longer speak of a 'soul' - but of immeasurable Being."
“Now pay attention to this. God is nameless for no one can either speak of him or know him. Therefore a pagan master says that what we can know or say of the First Cause reflects ourselves more than it does the First Cause, for this transcends all speech and all understanding . . . He is being beyond being: he is a nothingness beyond being.
A master says: If I had a God that I could understand, I would not regard him as God. If you understand anything about him, then he is not in it, and by understanding something of him, you fall into ignorance, and by falling into ignorance, you become like an animal since the animal part in creatures is that which is unknowing. If you do not wish to become like an animal therefore, do not pretend that you understand anything of the ineffable God.”
Today we seek no idols. Peace can not be found in them. The peace of God is ours, and only this will we accept and want. Peace be to us today. For we have found a simple, happy way to leave the world of ambiguity, and to replace our shifting goals and solitary dreams with single purpose and companionship. For peace is union, if it be of God. We seek no further. We are close to home, and draw still nearer every time we say:
There is no peace except the peace of God,
And I am glad and thankful it is so.
Quotes on Non-Duality from ACIM
A mind and body cannot both exist. Make no attempt to reconcile the two, for one denies the other can be real. If you are physical, your mind is gone from your self-concept, for it has no place in which it could be really part of you. If you are spirit, then the body must be meaningless to your reality. (W-pI.96.3:4-7)
Either all things die, or else they live and cannot die. No compromise is possible. (W-pI.163.6:3-4)
You see the flesh or recognize the spirit. There is no compromise between the two. If one is real the other must be false, for what is real denies its opposite. (T-31.VI.1:1-3)
Although you are one Self, you experience yourself as two; as both good and evil, loving and hating, mind and body. This sense of being split into opposites induces feelings of acute and constant conflict, and leads to frantic attempts to reconcile the contradictory aspects of this self-perception. You have sought many such solutions, and none of them has worked. The opposites you see in you will never be compatible. But one [truly] exists. (W-pI.96.1:1-5)
If you have the gift of everything, can loss be real? Can pain be part of peace, or grief of joy? Can fear and sickness enter in a mind where love and perfect holiness abide? Truth must be all-inclusive, if it be the truth at all. Accept no opposites and no exceptions, for to do so is to contradict the truth entirely. (W-pI.152.2:3-7)
"When no discriminating thoughts arise,, the old mind ceases to exist.
When thought objects vanish,, the thinking-subject vanishes,
as when the mind vanishes, objects vanish.
Things are objects because of the subject;, the mind is such because of things.
Understand the relativity of these two , and the basic reality: the unity of emptiness.
In this Emptiness the two are indistinguishable , and each contains in itself the whole world.
If you do not discriminate between coarse and fine , you will not be tempted to prejudice and opinion.”
You are Only the Victim of Yourself
Is it not strange that you believe [that] to think you made the world you see is arrogance? God made it not. Of this you can be sure. What can He know of the ephemeral, the sinful and the guilty, the afraid, the suffering and lonely, and the mind that lives within a body that must die? You but accuse Him of insanity, to think He made a world where such things seem to have reality. He is not mad. Yet only madness makes a world like this.
To think that God made chaos, contradicts His Will, invented opposites to truth, and suffers death to triumph over life; all this is arrogance. Humility would see at once these things are not of Him. And can you see what God created not? To think you can is merely to believe you can perceive what God willed not to be. And what could be more arrogant than this? (6:1-7:5)
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A Journey without Distance
(T-8.VI.9:6-9) The journey to God is merely the reawakening of the knowledge of where you are always, and what you are forever. It is a journey without distance to a goal that has never changed. Truth can only be experienced. It cannot be described and it cannot be explained.That is a clear, succinct, easily understood statement. Truth can only be experienced; it cannot be described or explained. That is why this is not a course in truth, but the foundation of the Course is truth. If you are to understand the reflection of truth that constitutes the main body of teachings of this course—namely what forgiveness is and the miracle is—then you must understand what it is a reflection of. Don't mistake the reflection for the truth. You cannot understand this course if you do not recognize what non-duality is, what a state of perfect Oneness is. Everything else is part of the dream and therefore is not real.
Excerpt from the Workshop held at the Foundation for A Course in Miracles Temecula CA
Kenneth Wapnick, Ph.D.
Chris Anderson Onefeather Interviews Gary Renard
The Miracle Within
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SELF REALIZATION AND NON-DUALITY
These idols were made to save us from the idol we made within our own minds (the ego thought system)
"The Forgiving Dream" (T-29.IX) (cont.)(3:1) All figures in the dream are idols, made to save you from the dream.Everything we perceive and believe is outside us is part of the dream. These are the idols, and their purpose is to make the outside dream real to protect us from the dream within our minds, which we do not want to look at. Course students compromise this over and over again by trying in whatever way they can to make some aspect of the external dream reality. That is why many students place such great emphasis on seeing Jesus or the Holy Spirit as doing things for them in the world. That is a subtle way of making Them part of the illusion, whereas in the Course Jesus asks us to take the illusion to the truth, not to bring the truth to the illusion. We have a strong investment in making the outside dream real, because if it is real outside, we do not have to look at the dream within our minds. What better way to make it seem real than to have God or Jesus or the Holy Spirit operate in it?That is why it is a mistake to confuse A Course in Miracles with New Age thought systems. The Course in no way compromises the truth that the entire physical universe is an illusion. But we want to make the figures in the dream reality, including the Holy Spirit and Jesus so we are protected from the underlying dream inside our minds.
ACIM is the Infinite Appearing as Form
The Course is collection of words appearing as form, and form has NO author. The Infinite is Authored by God. The finite is unreal and has NO author. The Thought beyond the veil of illusion (a veil which includes the book ACIM) is Christ, a Whole and Pure and Perfect and Abstract Idea in the Mind of God. The closest approximation to what this world calls "author" is the Holy Spirit, the Voice for God. The Holy Spirit is synonymous with the Voice for Christ. Forgiveness, itself an illusion, was "made" (not created) as a counter dream to the world of judgment. Yet even the "forms" the Holy Spirit seems to take (words, angels, visionary dreams, the forgiven world) are all illusion and will dissolve when the belief in time is no longer cherished. Time-space-form has no Divine Author! God is the Author of Reality and there is no Author but God! Reality is Eternity. God is not the "author" of time-space-form. "God knows not form." (See the Beyond All Idols section in the text of ACIM) God Authors Christ in Spirit and only in Spirit. The Eternal creates Eternally. The Infinite creates Infinitely. Reality is Spirit.
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The Cloud of Unknowing – an anonymous work of Christian mysticism written in Middle English in the latter half of the 14th century – advocates a mystic relationship with God. The text describes a spiritual union with God through the heart. The author of the text advocates centering prayer, a form of inner silence. According to the text God can not be known through knowledge or from intellection. It is only by emptying the mind of all created images and thoughts that we can arrive to experience God. According to the text God is completely unknowable by the mind. God is not known through the intellect but through intense contemplation, motivated by love, and stripped of all thought.
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Duality as Metaphor in A Course in Miracles
The words God and Christ symbolize something, but we, who are creatures of duality and specialness, have no way of understanding what the concept of oneness means, what the concept of non-duality means. The idea that "nowhere does the Father end, the Son begin as something separate from Him" (W-pI.132.12:4) makes no sense to us. There are many passages in the Course that reflect this. There is not much we can say about it, but it is, once again, extremely important that you understand this is the bottom line. This is the only truth there is, the only reality. Everything else is a dream, everything else is totally made up.
This is one of the few places in the Course where you can actually see not only a description of Heaven, but almost a definition of it.(T-18.VI.1:1) There is nothing outside you. This is a perfectly clear non-dualistic statement.(T-18.VI.1:2) That is what you must ultimately learn, for it is the realization that the Kingdom of Heaven is restored to you.There are many places in the Course where Jesus says things like this. When he says this is something you must ultimately learn, he is telling you this is very important. If you read this course with colored markers ready, this is one of the statements you should underline. He is telling you this is what it is all about, that you learn "there is nothing outside you." That means there is no God outside you, there is no Holy Spirit outside you, there is no Jesus outside you, there is no world outside you. If you keep statements like this in mind, you will not fall into the trap of making the error real, of believing there is a world out there that you must do something about, that you must heal, save, run away from, want to join with, or to forgive.
Kenneth Wapnick, Ph.D.
THE IMPERSONAL NATURE OF ACIM
HEALING CAN ONLY OCCUR WITHIN THE MIND
THE PRINCIPLES OF ACIM ARE NOTHING NEW
The miracle is an expression of an inner awareness of Christ and the acceptance of His Atonement.
ATTAINING THE PEACE OF GOD
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.