Dealing with Questions about A Course In Miracles

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Introduction

I have been writing a series in HubPages about my experience doing A Course in Miracles. Taking five lessons at a time I have written the series by reporting on the realisations and insights I have had in performing the exercises in the course.

The exercises are designed to make us experience the ideas outlined rather than using them as an intellectual exercise. I have found the experience to be a most rewarding one and the journey has been an enlightening one.

I would highly recommend that anyone interested in the course first read the book “The Disappearance of The Universe” by Gary Renard. The book does a great job in giving the reader an overview of what to expect and in so doing gives a focus that the reader might otherwise take some time to find or even fail to recognise.

I recently received some very interesting questions from a hubber called Mr Happy about some of the exercises and the results I reported. The questions were so good that I felt they deserved a hub devoted to answering them as the comment box would simply not do them the service they deserve.

Question #1


Spirit Whisperer says:

"It does not claim to be the one and only right way back to God but simply states that it is one way to get us back on track to HIM."

Mr Happy asks:

Are you sure HE is not a HER? Could you elaborate? - I'm half serious. I am half serious here because you made the "HIM" claim and half unserious (I think I just invented a word) because as I previously said somewhere else I believe that in a sense, everything is equally important and equally meaningless thus, nothing really matters. You can answer my question and all is good or you can not answer my question and all is still good. This is just my opinion.

Spirit Whisperer answers Question #1:

The words HE and HER are both as meaningless as each other in this context. It is as meaningless to call God a He or a Her as it is to do so with the flame of a candle. It is not going to detract from the essential message as long as you keep the mind fixed on the goal. The distractions are the meanings we attach to the world and this includes the idea we each have of God. All equally meaningless. If we suspend our associations with the words we use and read the message it simply states that we are lost and will inevitably find our way home.

We each take different paths but there is only one destination – God. And before we get embroiled in thinking about God it is important that we accept that any idea that we can think about God is just that … an idea and nothing to do with God and that includes the random gender meaning that the words He or She might try to attach to the idea of God.

God is not an idea. If you keep your mind focussed on thinking about your idea of God you are in essence creating God in your mind and only adding to the confusion and the separation from truth. Whatever words people use to refer to God it is important to remember that words are ideas and nothing to do with the things they describe but important for us to function within the collective illusion we call life.

Question #2


Spirit Whisperer says:

"True love is unconditional and asks for nothing."

I love this sentence! There is no other way to put it.

With the following, I have a problem: "The Holy Spirit teaches us to learn how to automatically forgive".

Mr Happy asks:

I can forgive, once, twice, three times, four times, five times ... maybe ten times but there is a point where I will let the nasty wolf come out. When confronted with pure negativity, I can eat-it-up and dissolve it within myself. Doesn't a negative plus a negative become a positive? I can intake some "poisons" and overcome them.



Spirit Whisperer answers Question #2:

You make a very good point here and you very clearly illustrate the misunderstanding many people have about forgiveness.



To judge is the opposite of forgiveness. So when a person says they forgive then their thinking is implying that there has been a wrong doing and that is a judgement.

Forgiveness is a state of being but most people use it as a covert way to judge and so increase the internal confusion and the separation from God.

There is nothing to forgive as there is nothing to judge. It is all meaningless because we have created it all in our minds. If you create something in your mind then you must know that it cannot in reality exist outside of the mind that created it. So when you say you forgive, you are saying you forgive the wrong doing that you yourself created in your mind and which therefore does not in reality exist.

When you truly realise this you reach the state of forgiveness and when you reach this state you are in a position to live in both worlds. What I mean by this is that you can function within the illusion without being of it and that is a loftier purpose of our existence than giving so much importance to the meaningless illusions we continuously create with our minds.

The negative exists because we believe in the positive. Both are equally meaningless and are creations of the mind.



Question #3


Spirit Whisperer says:

"Forgiveness is necessary in this dream world in order to correct the mistakes we have made in a thinking that keeps us separate from ourselves and from God."

Mr Happy asks:

I can agree with this statement too, although I just think forgiveness is necessary in order to grow as self. I leave it at that.

I dislike prophets ... I am not fond of Jesus or Mohammed or anyone else who claims to be the voice of the Great Spirit. The Great Spirit is in us all. I can listen to that silence within me which is older than time or thought ... I do not need the voice of others who claim to hear the voice within myself better than I do.

All opinions. Thank you.



Spirit Whisperer answers Question #3:

The idea that you have of Jesus and Mohammed are creations of your own mind. They do not exist outside of your mind and as such have nothing to do with them. How can we truly know what they claimed exactly? They never wrote anything down so all we have to go on are “Chinese Whispers” !

The problem we have with the message is with our idea of the messenger. Would we refuse to receive a cheque of $1,000,000 because we did not like the postman who was delivering it to us?This is how meaningless it would be to deny the message because of an idea we have created about the messenger.

The only meaningful question here would be to ask ourselves if the message can help us correct perception. It is our perception that distorts everything and we don't help the situation by further adding to the distortion by the mind altering substances that we deliberately and even accidentally or inadvertently take.

The mind is very clever so we should not be fooled by what we call the silence. Even this has associated with it meaning that we have written on it. It is when all judgement is suspended and all ideas be given the same meaningless importance that we transcend thought and the illusion it creates.

I refer to the Holy Spirit as in intermediary while we learn how to do this and correct perception. Ironically we must use thought against itself in order to transcend it. By calling on the creator we are in effect saying that we no longer trust the world that we have created and we are now ready to see the world that God has created. We are asking God to guide us free of any ideas we previously held. We call on our inner teacher or guide and that is the only worthwhile idea in our quest for truth.

There are many ways to say the things I have said in this hub and the message has been expressed in many different ways by many different people from the beginning of time so what I say is nothing new. The message is distorted by the mind that perceives it so the way to hear the message is to correct perception. What better way to do this than to ask our creator to guide us?

Conclusion


Mr Happy said:

I do not need the voice of others who claim to hear the voice within myself better than I do.”

Spirit Whisperer comments:

I agree with this statement completely as long as we have learned to discern between the voice of ego and the illusion of truth it creates and the voice of our timeless inner teacher, the one I call the Holy Spirit.


Thinking is No substitute for the Experience


I would like to thank Mr Happy for his questions which have given me an opportunity to clarify some of the things I have written about in my series about A Course In Miracles.

There is however no substitute for experience. We each of us regularly fall prey to thinking about something and believing that by thinking about something that we have experienced it. This is a mistake and only serves to add more layers to the illusion.

The menu might look nice but no menu would taste anything like the actual meal !

Following are two links to the books I have recommended in this and my other articles on this subject. Reading the book by Gary Renard would serve as an invaluable introduction so when you actually start the course it makes it all a lot easier to follow.


A Course in Miracles the Documentary

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Comments 18 comments

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epigramman 5 years ago

1. I always love how you support your fellow artists and of course your fellow writers and colleagues here at the Hub.

2. Thank you for being my friend; it is quite a honor coming from such an esteemed and noble gentleman such as yourself.

3. Your complimentary gift will be most welcome; please send a selection of your own choosing that you feel would be of most benefit to me.

4. Your writing always takes me places further into the back of my mind - they say we only use 20% capacity of our brains - well you are certainly stretching that theory with your soul searching style of writing.

5. No question here really - be able to follow you and your words of wisdom and depth -- is a (hub)miracle!

lake erie time 11:49 am with second cup of Joe, a dip in the lake, and the 12:00pm TV news on the horizon during this week we must call a heatwave!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

epigramman, I am humbled by your very kind words. Thank you.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I want to sincerely thank you for the discussion Mr. Spirit Whisperer. It is quite price-less and words cannot really show my gratitude in full.

In respect to this blog, to begin with I must say that I love the photograph posted. I obviously love wolves but I also love crows in a more personal way. You will see that after I develop my photographs from my last trip in British Columbia.

Now, on the issue of referring to the Great Spirit (or God as your choice of names is) as "him" or "her", I find that to be confusing. I do get tied-in with the issue of linguistics because honestly, that is our main way of understanding one another. So plainly speaking, when we talk about "him", generally we are referring to one who is a male. The term "male", comes with an entire baggage of preconceived notions which I will not go through because I believe that they are very well known.

In university my major was Humanities and I studied metaphysics. I often found (in my opinion) that some philosophers in trying to explain things, sometimes made matters more complicated and/or confusing.

With that in mind, I try (that does not mean that I succeed) to simplify things as much as possible and some things I do not try to explain (Ex: the Great Spirit/The Great Unknown Mystery).

I am thankful for your explanation though. It is what one feels when he/she talks about the Great Spirit that really matters and not whether the word "he" or "she" is being used; it is in the "intention" of the one who wills/thinks. (Again, this is just my plain opinion, biased in its own way.)

Moving on to question number two and your commentary. Again, thank you very much for going through that.

I personally think that many people give a negative connotation to the word "judge" (again I find myself in the world of linguistics).

"To judge is the opposite of forgiveness."

My idea of "judging" is more like "choosing". I chose or I judge are quite the same thing for me. I am not sure how you judged (or chose to think) that "to judge is the opposite of forgiveness".

At this point I must ask if you believe in any sort of balance or the ying and yang or the two wolves or any of those ideas? Do you see what I am thinking?

Onto question number three. Thank you again for your explanation. I have a couple of comments to make on that.

"The idea that you have of Jesus and Mohammed are creations of your own mind." - Of course the idea of Jesus and/or Mohammed are creations of my mind, to a certain degree. I did not write the verses in the Old or New Testament; nor did I write the Suras or the Hadiths. My imagination did not make those up - you see those texts physically as I do, I think ... I may be wrong here. Do you not flip pages and read each letter as it is written? If you did not, you would not understand what I am writing now.

What I am trying to say is that as much as we want to let go of preconceived meanings (or if we are still talking about Jesus for example then, of biographies) we really cannot do so fully because we would no longer have a common base of understanding one another. Perhaps we might be able to do so if we could start communicating telepathically. I am not sure though.

Do I really invent everything around me? Have I invented my parents at birth? I'm a little lost here.

"It is when all judgement is suspended and all ideas be given the same meaningless importance that we transcend thought and the illusion it creates." - I fully agree with this statement. I think that is the silence which one can find within oneself (of which I was talking about earlier).

The problem which arises here though (in my opinion) is that I am not sure how we can operate in this three-dimensional existence while in that state. Haha ... this is gymnastics for the brain ...

There's a heat-wave in Toronto now and I think it's making it difficult to think, especially since I just dropped down from the mountains where the temperature was close to zero Celsius many times.

One last part I want to comment on is where you wrote that:

"By calling on the creator we are in effect saying that we no longer trust the world that we have created and we are now ready to see the world that God has created. We are asking God to guide us free of any ideas we previously held. We call on our inner teacher or guide and that is the only worthwhile idea in our quest for truth."

This in my opinion is beautifully expressed. I bow to that and to you for writing this blog. Wisely put. I cannot thank you enough. All the best!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is very deep, a little over my head, but interesting. I need to read Mr. Renard's book. Thank you.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I often happen to re-read things and I happened to focus on something else you wrote, this time around: "you can function within the illusion without being of it and that is a loftier purpose of our existence than giving so much importance to the meaningless illusions we continuously create with our minds."

Now, we are literally talking Neo playing in the Matrix ... are we not?

And I suppose the above quote would also answer the part in my above comment when I wrote: "The problem which arises here though (in my opinion) is that I am not sure how we can operate in this three-dimensional existence while in that state."

Although it does not say how, it says that it is possible to do so. Fair enough.

Nice.

I will most likely be back. Cheers!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

always exploring, I think once you read Mr Renard's book it will all become a lot clearer. I am simply commenting on my own experiences with the course and if I had not read the book none of this would make sense either for me. I think you are great to explore outside the comfort zone and that's what makes you you! Thank you.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Mr Wolfman Jack, I love your comment and the way you get your teeth into things. I want to give your comment the time and energy it deserves but I have to work now but will get back to you later on today. I can't wait. Work is getting in the way of our talks LOL!


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Thank you Spirit for putting this on in Hub form. It is most interesting and thought pondering. Also in the Hub format one can return to re-read again for further points and in-sights possibly missed the first time because of tiredness, distractions etc. Well done my friend and you too Mr. Happy.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Alastar, I always appreciate you taking the time and glad you find this piece of interest. I can't imagine you tired or distracted, you are too sharp for such conditions!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Mr Happy, I have a break so I have the time to respond.

Firsly, let me say that the picture was carefully chosen.It is of course from deviantart and I deliberately chose the white wolf which is your avatar and the black raven which symbolises something I asked you to check into before. White wolk and black raven have a special significance and that is your homework LOL! There is also the obvious black and white mentality of people who can't bear loose ends. They must have everything labelled and neatly put away. You know what I mean.

I agree with you when you say that words get in the way and more often than not we are saying the same things but using words that don't mean the same thing to each other.

I also agree with you when you say that sometimes it is better not to over explain as that can lead to confusion. People need the space to work things out for themselves and I try to keep it as simple as possible and even when I see that someone doesn't quite get what I am saying I think I have the self discipline to let them have the last word.

Some of the things you talk about like, the meaning of judgement, of God, of gender etc I feel cannot be intellectualised further or the object of the lessons I am commenting about will be lost. It is only by doing the exercise that you will answer your own queries in those and I hope you understand. I am not trying to get people to do the course because everyone has their own path but I am merely reporting my own experience as best I can. If what I write motivates people to do the course then well and good but I have to emphasise that it is not an intellectual exercise but more an experiential one and that is why there is only so far I can go with my explanations.

I would also say that there is a hubber whose work you would love and he is Slarty O'Brian. You remind me of him and I say this in a very respectful way.

I love the analogy you suggest of the Matrix with what I say. I love the way you think and question things but there is also another part of you that has nothing to do with thinking and is perfectly at peace. I wonder if you find that part of you in the mountains and the forests far away from people and machinery. Thoughts represent the hustle and bustle of your everyday life but the real you is not your thoughts!

A wise man once said to me "There is nothing in this world other than "I" " It has taken me nearly 30 years to figure out what he meant.

You have a good day in that melting pot called Toronto!


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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

I will be pondering your words in this hub for a long time, Spirit W. I made sure to write myself a personal note to go to the local bookstore for Mr. Renard's book. I was wondering, have you ever met any of the authors of the wonderful books you recommend to us to read? (I hope I have more time to read.)


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Tina for visiting and please let me know how you get on with the book. No I don't know the authors personally and some of them like James Allen and Howard Murphet are dead. I feel that you get to meet an author when you read their work so in a way I suppose you can say I have met them.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Greetings again Mr. Spirit Whisperer. Back I am ... or maybe I never left. Many thanks for the conversation. It is certainly fun (in many ways).

"Firsly, let me say that the picture was carefully chosen" - I would not have thought it otherwise. Now, regarding the comment about "the black raven which symbolises something I asked you to check into before" ... I am afraid I lost track of that - perhaps I will have to retrace my footsteps to figure it out.

If I put the wolf and crow together, I get the Dacian Draco (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dacian_Draco). It's a bit of a jump but it is what it is. I will not go into details here because I will be (eventually) posting some essays on my Dacian ancestors.

I just check-out Mr. O'Brian's profile page - interesting, thanks for letting me know.

In respect to your statement that: "I love the way you think and question things but there is also another part of you that has nothing to do with thinking and is perfectly at peace", there are a couple of things to say (or so I think). To begin with, thank you very much for your humbling words ... words do fail me at times.

I am happy that you enjoy my questioning of things. I have been wrestling with "why" for years on end now. Every time I answer a question "why" jumps on top of me to complicate things. It enjoys it, I think. As of not too long ago, I have begun to accept things not only as true but sometimes just simply as necessary.

Regarding the second part of the statement, about how there is a part in me perfectly at peace. That has to do with many things ... knowledge, immortality, experience ... I am Dacian. And yes, there is indeed that part of me, that silence deep within myself which is you say "at peace', I say it is "peace".

Well, I had a phone call interrupt my train of thought ... quite annoying, bloody cell phones lol

To continue with the peace thought if you have the time at some point maybe you can read a little piece I wrote after visiting a church in Paris last summer. This is a fairly short piece: http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/My-Thought

Have an awesome day Sir!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Mr Happy, I followed the wikipedia link but got the following message: " Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name."

I read the hub about your experience in the church and thank you for directing me to it. It is a beautiful piece and I resonate with it on so many levels.

Go neiri an bothar leat.( Irish Gaelic greeting )


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

The link does not work for a reason, obviously. It worked for me when I linked it. All is good because as I said I will be writing several essays relating to the history of my ancestors.

Thank you for stopping by my blog on that Parisian church. I thought it would explain better that "silence" which I kept mentioning.

Toate bune. (All the best.}


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Wow! What can I add to all this? Excellent hub - you make me think too much! Lol


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Melovy 5 years ago from UK

Hi SpiritWhisperer,

Really enjoyed reading this, both your article and the comments. Loved this:

"God is not an idea. If you keep your mind focussed on thinking about your idea of God you are in essence creating God in your mind and only adding to the confusion and the separation from truth.”

I think (and by doing so I already create a concept of course, but hey!) that if we would remember only that quote of yours above that almost nothing else is needed. Thank you.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Melovy, thank you for reading it and your comment is much appreciated.

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