Being considered a professional is important. But most of us are 'old' professionals, not old in age, but old in thinking style and approach to living. Old professionals separate science and spirit and think in terms of either/or - 'you're either for me, or against me.' New professionals connect science and spirit and think in both/and terms. Please read: The New Professionalism: Connecting Science and Spirit, available at www.WisdomAtWorkUSA.com.
Most of us consider
ourselves professionals.But we’re old
professionals, not in age, but in how we think about things. We rely on
rationality, science and our left brains to the exclusion of intuition, spirit
and our right brains. To relate to our work, families, communities and even
ourselves more effectively we need to be new professionals, using both science and spirit, left brain and right, head and heart.
Such a new professionalism would offer a way beyond using
only the cold technique and icy expertise of old traditional professionalism,
to enable us to include the enthusiasm, joy and compassion of our spiritual power,
what Ralph Waldo Emerson called the energy of the “divine circuits.”
We don’t have to put that energy into things, Emerson tells
us, it’s there already.To reach it in
ourselves and others, to have our personal and professional lives filled with
that glow, we have to get the blocks, what Emerson called, our “bloated
nothingness,” out of the way.
saying we’ve had it backwards all this time.Spirit -- enthusiasm, warmth, creativity and trust -- is the rule, not
the exception.If we can get our bloated
nothingness – our worry, fear, and solitary dependence on science and
rationality, out of the way, spirit is what’s left.
Three steps do that.First,
realize you have a bloated nothingness and it operates through your
conceptual frameworks (conframes), the invisible patterns connecting thoughts,
feelings and actions.Second, be
mindful of which of the four conframes you’re using.Third, consciously shift to the one
for the new professionalism, the one that interferes least with the
Shape Shifting Consciously
The shapes below represent the thoughts, feelings and experiences
produced by the four basic conframes.Since shifts between them are usually unconscious, if you become more
mindful, you’ll know which conframe you’re using (Step 2) and which to shift to
(Step 3).Only one conframe shape
represents the new professionalism and connects scientific expertise
with inner wisdom and spiritual power to provide the skill, enthusiasm, warmth
and creativity we want in our lives.Before going on, consider the shapes and see if you can identify which
When using the Blob,
you’ll have blah experiences.Everything
will seem the same, without meaning or significance.Nothing will matter very much and no thing
will be all that different from any other thing.Key word: one dimensional.
With the Dichotomy, things are
experienced as two dimensional.As in:
“you’re either for me or against me,” and, “things are either good or
bad.”Key word: either/or.With the Dichotomy there’s no middle ground.
Key words for the Pyramid are hierarchy
and scarcity.Judgments and rankings
are instantaneous and automatic.Best is
at the top, worst at the bottom.The
moment we experience something, we judge it.
The Continuum connects.Its keyword is both/and.By virtue of its shape alone, the Continuum
communicates a sense of wholeness and completeness; without barriers, levels or
other forms of separation.Striving and
proving are replaced by flow and intuition.It is the shape of the new professionalism, a relationship
with customers and others emphasizing trust and cooperation instead of the
strife and struggle represented by the Dichotomy and Pyramid.
Next time you reach the limits of your expertise or feel you’re losing
it with yourself or others, shift to the Continuum.And remember, shifting begins in the easiest
and hardest places -- your own heart and mind.
Easy because believe it or not, in spite of what your parents, teachers
or society did to you, your heart and mind are, and always have been, 100% your
own.And hard, because being 100% your
own, you have to face yourself and accept responsibility for what goes on
there.The most difficult journey is the
eighteen inches between head and heart.
Continuum Work for You
Though the Continuum’s best, it’s not
the most popular.Just as people thought
the world was flat in 1492, so now most people think professional relationships
and life in general, are best understood as a Pyramid or Dichotomy -- the
conframes of the old professionalism -- the bloated nothingness that blocks the
You have to consciously choose
the Continuum.It will not operate
automatically as our bloated nothingness, the Dichotomy and Pyramid, do.Here are a few examples that show both how to
use the Continuum, and it’s superiority.
water on a continuum of hot and cold.Ice at one end, steam at the other, liquid in
the center.You can differentiate
between them and simultaneously understand that they’re different forms of the same thing, water.The Blob couldn’t do that.
With the Blob, you’d perceive only
water and wouldn’t be able to make the very useful distinctions between its
solid form, ice, and its gaseous form, steam.The Dichotomy would reduce the three -- ice, liquid and steam -- to
two.And the Pyramid would arrange them
into a hierarchy with one at the top.
Here’s another.Put the skin color of human beings
on a continuum with one end being white, the other, black.Each color is visible but we can clearly see
the larger truth, all are part of the same thing -- humanity.The Blob wouldn’t detect differences at
all.The Dichotomy would focus only on
differences, missing the connections.While the Pyramid would include them all, but suggest some differences,
those at the top, are better than others.
Do emotions.With the Blob we’d have nothing but
emotions.The Dichotomy makes emotions either
good or bad.While the Pyramid
says some emotions are better than others, perhaps love at the top and hate at
Except during a war,
when it would be reversed.The Continuum
shows all emotions have a place.
The Continuum connects you, your client, and learners instead
of separating them.By adding warmth,
creativity and enthusiasm to expertise and technique it creates a new
professionalism, one that is more effective and life-affirming than the tired,
over-worked old professionalism we’re used to.
Become a new professional.Use the three steps.First, realize you have a
bloated nothingness and it operates through your conceptual frameworks.Second, be mindful of which of the
four conframes you’re using.Third,
shift to the Continuum.Put your
thoughts, feelings and experiences on it and let the Continuum’s level flow
become the pattern for your life.
Most of the time, believing as we do, that we are separate
individual personalities living in bodies, we feel we have an obligation and
duty to take care of ourselves and not be a burden to other separate individual
personalities living in bodies. We therefore seek to create social systems of
economics, politics and other things such as health care, based on that idea
and maximizing the role of the individual, individual freedom and
responsibility, and minimizing the role of community, interdependence and cooperation.
Metaphysics aside, how realistic is this dualistic,
either/or thinking of the individual vs community model?
Do people really ‘make it’ and ‘succeed (whatever that
means)’ as individuals? To some extent, yes. But what about all the things already
in place that contribute to making that success possible, the things put there
by other people working as a community: the schools, hospitals, roads and
bridges, police and fire (which Republican aggressiveness and Democratic cowardice
are allowing to be gutted)?
Clearly, these other things, built and sustained by
community make individual success possible. So really, the ‘issue’ isn’t either
individual vs community, but how can we release such dualistic, either/or
thinking and work together to have both individual success and community.
And how about men vs women (or protecting men from women);
no abortion under any circumstances vs abortion in cases of ‘authentic’ rape;
or the heroic hard working white middle class vs the free-loading racial
inferiors; or the innocent victimized Christians who are only trying to save
the world vs the godless commies and false religions?Is there no middle ground, no balance?Clearly the problem is not the various
positions, and which position is ‘right’.
The problem is the dualistic, either/or thinking itself.
The way things are now in American politics, it feels like
it would take a miracle for people to realize their connection to one another,
no matter their politics, and see their common hopes, aspirations and concerns as
Americans first, despite the political rhetoric.
In our everyday thinking, a miracle seems to be a rare,
magical, supernatural event that hardly ever occurs and if it does occur,
happens to someone else, never ourselves. In this way of thinking, miracles are
special, God induced suspensions of natural laws that have to be earned.Miracles are only dispensed to the ‘good,’
‘righteous’ and ‘deserving’.This, of
course, is the ego’s way of thinking, the thinking or our self.
In the spiritual thinking of the Course in Miracles--the
thinking of our Self, miracles are not a suspension of ‘natural’ laws, but a
return to them; are free--do not have to ‘earned’ and are available to
everyone, all the time. In this way of thinking, because the decision maker in
our minds mistakenly chose to identify with the ego instead of with our reality
as spirit, the miracle is nothing but a correction—the sudden awareness of the
truth about ourselves and the world. The miracle happens inside us, not outside
Suddenly, the scales drop from our eyes, we wake up and
realize things need not be as they are, that almost anything is possible. The
miracle feels supernatural because our spiritual reality is supernatural
compared to our ego reality. The miracle corrects our self concept, exchanging
it for a Self concept.
The miracle reveals our At-one-ment; shows us that we are
all human beings, no matter our incomes, skin color, politics or religion. The
miracle replaces our desire to be special and unique and judge others. The
miracle shows us that nothing has changed God; nothing, no matter what we have
done, has changed our Self. A dream is a dream is a dream and can have no
effect on our reality.
So, yes, the way things are now in American politics, it
would take a miracle for us to realize our connection to one another, no matter
our politics, and see our common hopes, aspirations and concerns as Americans
first, despite the political rhetoric, but not the kind of ‘miracle’ our self
believes in, but rather the kind our Self believes in.
One of the best ways to creatively and
sustainably solve seemingly intractable problems, such as Republicans and
Democrats realizing and accepting that we are all Americans first, is to just
play, play without keeping score.
“Playing to win is just another name for
work” – Roy Williams.
My last post was about the ‘love of God….’What ‘love’ is, exactly, and ‘God’ is,
exactly, is a mystery; the great cosmic mystery. There are many formal,
structured, dogmatic religions that claim to know, exactly. But in truth, no
matter how beautiful the ritual or compelling the dogma, no one knows for sure.
However, we can experience
‘the love of God--It loving us, and we loving It,’ and feel It animate and
vibrate through us.It’s just that it’s
difficult to define It from ego—while we believe we are bodies. Actually, it’s
impossible to do so. We of ourselves—our ego selves, are not capable of doing
it. What we are capable of doing and what the Course is trying to help us do,
is undo the interferences to the remembrance of ourSelves.We don’t have to put the ‘love of God’—the
peace, compassion and inclusiveness into things, we only have to remove the
blocks within us to Its expression thru us.
The ego is such a block. The ego speaks first and is always
wrong. We want to learn to use the ego’s symbols within its framework but for a
totally different purpose. That purpose is to teach the truth of the
at-one-ment and our reality as spirit, not by preaching or explaining, but by
accepting Its principles and living them, by allowing the ‘love of God’ to
extend thru us. “Teach not that I died in vain,” the Course quotes Jesus as
saying. “Teach rather that I did not die by demonstrating that I live in you.”
Our lives are always demonstrating and ‘teaching’ something.
“The question is not whether you will teach,” Ken Wapnick says, “for in that
there is no choice.” The question is who are you teaching with—ego or spirit,
and what do you want to learn, because we always teach what we want to learn.
It’s our choice. Monitor your experience. If you’re feeling
fear, worry, pain, blame, guilt and hate, you’re teaching with ego. Watch what
you’re doing and shift. No blame, no guilt, just, ‘oh, there I go again,
teaching with ego,’ and shift. This monitoring and shifting is a constant
process, so don’t feel ‘bad’ if you find yourself doing a lot of catching and
shifting.In fact, doing a lot of
catching and shifting is ‘good’ ‘cause it means you’re making progress!
Our true reality, our Identity as spiritual beings, our
Self, is not changed by what we think with the ego. The fierce, horrible,
frightening things we think with the ego are not the truth about us, nor are
they even the truth about the world.The
world is neutral, like a movie screen, and reflects back at us what we project
onto it. If we project the ego’s nightmare, the world is a nightmare.If we project our true Identity, then the
world is a blessed, joyous place.
To transform the world, we have to transform ourselves
first. We must see what we are doing—projecting the ego’s nightmare, take
responsibility for our projections, and choose to project from our true
Identity. That is why “our only purpose here is learning we are not here.” The
more we blame others: Republicans, bankers, Adelson and the Kochs, the more we
invest in fixing the world of the ego and forgetting our only purpose.
Isn’t it comforting to know who you really are?Who your Self is, and what you’re true
It sure is for me!I
take a deep breath and relax into it.I
affirm: “Today, I let spirit, mySelf, look upon all things for me and judge them not. But give each one the miracle of love
instead.” I, as an ego, am not capable of this. But with the love of God upholding me—It loving me, and me loving It, the
work can be done thru me.
“Today the peace of God envelops me, and I forget all things
except His (Its) Love,” the Course in Miracles
This does not mean that you do not watch the news, read a
paper, work and demonstrate against current Republican brand abuses, or listen
to someone’s sad story. But rather that you do so with spirit. Forgetting all
things except “His (Its) Love,” means my ego needs recede to the background while
“His (Its) Love,” moves to the foreground. It means I realize the purpose is
not to satisfy myself’s needs, but to satisfy mySelf’s need to give and receive
forgiveness—accept my own and everyone’s at-one-ment, everyone’s reality as
spiritual beings, even those supporting the current Republican brand.
It means I will experience daily events and relationships
differently, especially political events. Not as challenges to myself’s
sovereignty, but as opportunities to practice my changed purpose. I will not deny
that I live in a world of time and space and Republicans, but I let that world
recede into the background, and allow the real world of love, compassion, joy,
creativity, cooperation and community to glide into the foreground.
As I reverse figure—ego, and ground, spirit, I can
experience the perceptual world of time and space and Republicans as the
myself’s creation—my story, my script, and I can look at it another way, with
the love of God upholding me, with mySelf, upholding myself. As the peace of
God envelops me, and I forget all things except “His (Its) Love, I understand
that “our only purpose here is learning we are not here.”
“The law of love,” Ken Wapnick of the Course says, “is
universal, holding for everyone; (and) the at-one-ment principle (letting go of
the ego’s separation and claiming our reality as spirit) is universal, holding
for everyone;” even for those who reject it, like those who support the current
Republican brand. “Yet the specific ways in which we practice the at-one-ment
will differ for each of us.”
“Since we wrote the scripts of our special (ego)
relationships,” Ken Wapnick of the Course says, “and these differ from the
scripts of others, our experiences of undoing the ego (forgiving, accepting the
miracle and our reality as spirit first—seeking first the Kingdom of Heaven
then working in the world) will also differ. We will experience the correction
(the miracle) in the forms we need,” in the forms unique to us as the
individuals we think we are.“The
underlying principle is always the same (for everyone) however—the mind has
dreamt the dream, and therefore it is the mind alone that can change it.
“Our only need here (in the world, the ego’s nightmare
reality) is forgiveness or the miracle.” The miracle reminds me that as the
decision maker in my mind chose the ego’s nothing, now in light of the
miracle’s reflection of the Everything, I can chose anew. “In the end, making
the right choice is inevitable (for) ‘Who with the Love of God upholding him
could find the choice of miracles or murder hard to make?’”
“No one will love you more than you love yourself,” says Bob
Lukin in the Science of Mind Daily Readings for August. “If anyone were to do
so, you would not be able to accept it. Love starts and ends with you.”
Yes, but which “you”—your self, or your Self? Your Self
never stops loving your self. Your Self loves unconditionally. No matter how you
judge your self and your so-called ‘sins,’ your Self know who you really are,
your true identity as spirit, and loves, supports, embraces and enfolds your
self. So, yes, within the ego nightmare, “no one will love you more than you
love yourself,” but if you allow it, your Self will love your self
unconditionally and in turn you can return that love to Source by loving your
self and other selves the same way.
“Only from the heart,” Rumi said, “can you touch the sky.”
According to the 7/30 issue of the Christian Science Monitor
Weekly, which is as close to an objective source of news and info one can find
now-a-days, only one third of Americans can name all three branches of
government, and another third cannot name any!Wow!Also, only 28% of 12th
graders scored proficient or advanced on the National Assessment for
Educational Progress civics exam. Additionally, the ‘we’re # 1’ ‘exceptional’ USA ranks 120th
out of 169 democracies in voter turnout; and these trends are accelerating.
Does this bode well for ‘government of the people and by the
Who tends to benefit from this ignorance and deterioration
of American civic competence and culture? Who’s trying to suppress the vote in
the name of preventing non-existent voter fraud? Need I say it?The current Republican brand.
An exaggeration? Possibly. But no matter who may benefit
from these trends in the short run, we all lose in the long run if these trends
continue.So what are we, gonna do about it?What are ‘we’, collectively and individually
going to do to reverse these trends?Think about it, and whatever you can do, please do it before it’s too
late. Even if you only think about things differently, about yourself, your
prejudices and the role of government, and think more often with spirit than
with ego, that will matter, that will make a difference…that will matter a great
Spirituality—a non-dogmatic belief in a benign, universal
power inherent in all human beings, is the thing itself, religion, its various
brands. Appeals to fundamentalist, traditional, judeo-christian religious
beliefs seem to be working for the current Republican brand. But the fact is
that the demographic trends of those who carry those beliefs are against that
brand. Hopefully, we are seeing the last hurrah of that kind of thinking.
Meanwhile, people of all demographics, even those favoring
the Republicans, hunger for spiritual connection and succor.The kind of spirituality I've been posting
about is politically Progressive spirituality, connecting Science and Spirit,
heart and mind. It is cutting edge spirituality, not religion; compassionate,
non-dogmatic, inclusive, non-ideological, pragmatic, and emphasizes love over
fear. By learning about this kind of spirituality and practicing it,
Progressives claim the future.
In the separated experience of living in the ego’s
nightmare, if I want something, I have to give something. Nothing is for
nothing; it’s dog-eat-dog, the bedrock of the current Republican brand. But
according to the Course in Miracles: “God thinks otherwise. (Of course, the
spiritual version of ‘God’ doesn’t ‘think;’ thinking is a human activity used
here to anthropomorphosize God – to make God more comprehensible to us by
making God in our image, instead of vice versa.) Sacrifice is a notion totally
unknown to God. It arises solely from fear, and frightened people can be
vicious. Sacrifice in any way is a violation of (spirit’s) injunction that you
be merciful (and forgiving) even as your Father in Heaven is merciful (and
So the ego’s thought system of punishment, vengeance and sacrifice,
that we so strongly identify with, is quietly undone through forgiveness, which
restores to our awareness our reality as spiritual beings having earthly
experiences. “The mercy and the peace of God are free. (They) and salvation
have no cost. (They) are a gift that must be freely given and received.
Heaven’s love is not diminished by our belief in the hell of judgment.”
As is evident from the success of the current Republican
brand, the separation of religion and politics does not work. Appeals to
fundamentalist, traditional, judeo-christian religious beliefs is working for
them. But the fact is that the demographics of those who carry those beliefs
are against them. Hopefully, we are seeing the last hurrah of that kind of
Meanwhile, people of all demographics, even those favoring
the Republicans, hunger for spiritual connection and succor.The kind of spirituality I've been posting
about is politically Progressive spirituality, connecting Science and Spirit,
heart and mind. It is cutting edge spirituality, not religion. By learning
about this kind of spirituality and practicing it, Progressives claim the
And actually when we release our ego identity and accept our
reality as spirit we don’t just go ‘poof!’ and disappear, we experience a
miracle, a healing, a gradual shift from living lives of fear, disappointment,
anger and blame to lives of hope, optimism, generosity and compassion. The
miracle and forgiveness are similar aspects of healing the ego’s nightmare illusion
of separation. The miracle is not about external changes but solely about a
change of mind from ego to spirit.
“The miracle is taken first on faith, because to ask for it
implies the mind has been made ready to conceive of what it cannot see and does
Gradually, as we go within and shift from the ego’s guidance
to spirit’s, we feel more peaceful because we realize we that we, not anyone or
anything else, are the ones that give things all the meaning they have for us.
We thus are choosing differently and interpreting differently and feel less
victimized by what goes on around us. Faith in the constant presence of
spirit’s love and support and our oneness with it--the inside-out approach, shows
that our happiness does not rest upon external happenings: whether someone has
a good or bad day, does or does not smile, the weather is nice or nasty, or
whatever we believe secures our happiness and peace.
“Faith will bring its witnesses to show that what it rested
on is really there. And thus the miracle will justify your faith in it, and
show it rested on a world more real than what you saw before; a world redeemed
from what you thought was there.”
This happens, not because something magical occurred, but
because we practice our faith. We
bring the ‘problem’ to its source in the mind, shift from ego to spirit and
that changes how we interpret and feel.As
we increasingly experience release from the ego’s nightmares of judgment and
pain, we recognize the joy in learning we are not figures in this dream, but
the dreamers of the dream.As our faith
bears wonderful fruit, we realize the illusory dream has never left its source
in the illusory mind, that we have been wrong about everything here, and acting
on our faith in our reality as spirit brings us what we truly want.
“Miracles fall like drops of healing rain from Heaven on a
dry and dusty world, where starved and thirsty creatures come to die. Now they
have water. Now the world is green. And everywhere the signs of life spring
Babies will cry when the scissors they are playing with are
taken from them. To the caring adult this source of ‘enjoyment’ is a dangerous
potential source of harm. The still small voice of spirit is the caring adult
within us, trying to get us to stop playing with our dangerous ego toys, except
the still small voice does not have the same power over us that the adult has
over the child. It—spirit, the still small voice, must whisper, nudge and wait
patiently until we return to our minds and change them. Our Self is trying to shift
focus from our self’s dangerous toys—the ego’s specialness, gently, not by
force, not by force, but by showing us it does not make us happy.
Because the self thinks separation, not at-one-ment with its
Self will make it happy, and because the Law always gives us what we want
most—separation, “let us resolve today to ask for what we really want, and only
this (at-one-ment with ourSelves), that we may spend this day in fearlessness
without confusing pain with joy, or fear with love.”We need a new definition of happiness which
comes only when we step outside ourselves, the ego dream—outside our personal
identity, and allow our Self to teach us what alone will give us what we want:
the perceptual shift of relationships that forgiveness brings.
Each situation, experience and feeling whether positive or
negative from the ego’s perspective is an opportunity to awaken and claim the
gifts of peace and oneness that forgiveness brings. Seeing our lives as
classrooms in which we constantly practice returning to our minds and perceiving
our mistakes and seizing our opportunities without guilt, judgment and blame
works best. No one and no-thing can ever take our Self’s love, compassion,
peace and joy from us except our self’s fear of loosing its illusory identity.
“No one desires pain,” The Course says, “but he can think
that pain is pleasure. No one would avoid his happiness. But he can think that (happiness
and) joy is painful, threatening and dangerous.” This confusion happens because
we mistake the ego’s gifts for spirit’s gifts, and our self for our Self.The self, the ego, perceives itself as
separate from spirit, its true Self. The self’s very existence depends on the
denial of spirit, on being separate and keeping the Self away.
If the self is part of the Self, which it is, then the self
has no individual identity, no separate existence and would cease to exist as a
separated self. This is very threatening and frightening to the ego self.It will do anything: hurt itself, suffer,
attack, fear and blame to keep itself busy in the illusion of the world and
thus maintain its separate individual identity. Only by being willing to
relinquish our separate identity and awake from the ego’s nightmare version of
the world of separation, can true sustainable and lasting joy and happiness
(and the cessation of pain, fear and anger) come.
Thinking we are bodies, instead of accepting our at-one-ment
with our Source, our Self; believing more in our physical external identities
than our inner spiritual identities, confuses us and we really do not
understand the difference between pleasure and pain. If we believe the body can
give one, we believe it can also give the other. Joy is giving up the ego self,
our individuality and self importance, what Emerson called “our bloated
nothingness,” and choosing our spiritual Self.As egos, we are like the drop of seawater thrown into the air by the
crashing waves, thinking it is separate from its Source the sea, rejoicing in
its ‘freedom’ and fearing its inevitable fall back into the ocean from which it
came and of which it is a part.
Yesterday’s post said, “each time”—each time we feel the
fear, feel separated from our Source, we need do nothing but release the ego
and embrace our inner power. Each time—we are never done, it is never over, it
is a process--we are always needing to be mindful, self aware and Self
The Self is our Source, the power within that knows the
truth, knows our true identity as spiritual beings having earthly experiences.
The self is the ego self, the identity we identify with most of the time, the
self we think we are that perceives, thinks and understands incorrectly.The process of living well involves monitoring
ourselves, to be mindful and aware of which self/Self we’re identifying with,
and if it’s the self, we want to ask the Self for help shifting to It from the
When we’re with our Self we’re not projecting, and when
we’re not projecting, we’re not creating any illusions to be afraid of or worry
about. So, knowing what we perceive outside us is a projection, an illusory
experience that we give meaning to, we want to acknowledge our perceptions;
after all we can’t go and play in the traffic. But then, as yesterday’s post
said, we want to “live so as to demonstrate (we) are not egos.” To demonstrate
we are spiritual beings having earthly experiences and to deal with our
perceptions from that place: the centered, inner place of compassion, peace,
joy, creativity and inclusion. Then, from there, make our own unique
contributions to a world that works for everyone and everything.
The Atonement and forgiveness help me see things differently
and know that there is nothing to fear, because there is no projection of guilt
that demands attack and defense. The Atonement and forgiveness remind me of the
innocence and oneness, the sinlessness, we all share as spiritual beings.
I find peace, safety, love, and happiness, not through the
world changing or my manipulating others to meet my special, ego needs, but
rather by changing my mind’s thought system and teacher, shifting from the
ego’s endless nightmare to spirit’s eternal bliss. This means that all I have
to do each time I become aware of the fear, anger and pain is accept the
Atonement for myself. In other words, when the harsh, evil, horrifying movie of
the world gets to me, goes out of focus, instead of going up to the screen to
change the focus—trying to make the world better, I go to the projection booth
in my mind and ask to see things differently.
“All I need do is undo
what my ego has taught me.I need do
nothing of myself, for I need but accept my Self, my sinlessness, created for
me, now already mine.” The sinless innocents that we truly are, are safe
because they live from their spiritual reality and project nothing. “Nothing
they see (such as the current Republican brand) is harmful, for their awareness
of the truth releases everything (such as the current Republican brand) from
the illusion of (sin) and harmfulness. And what seemed harmful (such as the
current Republican brand) now stands shining in (its) innocence, released from
sin and fear and happily returned to love.”
We “are asked to live so as to demonstrate (we) are not
egos;” to realize we did not sin but merely made a mistake. “Though we
perceive, think, and understand incorrectly, there is (a power) within that knows
the truth.” We need do nothing but release the ego and embrace this power each
time we feel the fear...and vote Democratic!
“Forgiveness let’s me know that minds are joined,” the
Course says—minds, not bodies! This is so cool—minds, not bodies! The
metaphysics here is beautiful and empowering—minds, not bodies! Metaphysics—the
higher order abstraction, the Laws governing the energy everything is made of.
The Course’s metaphysics holds that only the mind is real, only the ephemeral
invisible energy we all share is real, and that what we think and feel with
that mind is what manifests in the world.
Only the one mind is real and the world, as real as it
seems, is an illusory creation of our individual ego use of that one mind. The
world is a consensus reality, a reality created by the agreement and consent of
all the individual egos using the one mind.
Forgiveness, asking spirit for help in shifting our
perception of the world from ego to spirit, returns us to the real world—the
experience of peace, joy, and compassion. From the place of forgiveness,
letting go of sin, guilt, fear, and blame, we are able to see that the
so-called ‘sinners’, guilty and fearful ones, and those worthy of blame and
punishment, are human beings—spiritual beings have earthly experiences, same as
we are, sharing the need let go of the ego nightmare and return home to spirit
as we all do.
Forgiveness let’s me know that minds are joined. By first
accepting the Atonement—at-one-ment, for myself, by forgiving the ego illusions
of sin, guilt, fear and blame—all designed to keep me busy in the world and distracted
from my reality as spirit, I return to the mind that originated and projected the
ego. I can then look within at the mind’s wrong-minded decision for the ego,
recognize my mistaken choice and choose correctly, returning home to the love,
peace, joy and compassion already in our hearts, to our shared reality as
spirit. I can end the ego nightmare right now, by asking to see things
differently, with spirit, and choosing again – each time the pain arises. Minds
are joined; forgiveness let’s me know