Monday, December 21, 2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015
"God did not create a meaningless world." (ACIM Workbook Lesson 14)
This lesson teaches us about what is real and what is not real. We learn this by making the distinction between what has been eternally created and what has been temporarily made by us.
What has been made by us by thought and concept is dependent on conditions. Thus it cannot be real in an eternal sense, and is only a phantom. Conversely what God created is changeless and has always been.
Once we sort the real from the unreal, we need only concentrate and focus our attention on the real! The unreal will then lose its importance in life and fade into the dream that it always was. The real remains "shining", our foundation, and self-evident as it always has been.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
If you've done basic mantra work for a while, and have built a decent foundation for "access concentration" (or mindfulness on an object), the next step is to add some Insight practice.
In my experience, I've found mantra work plus the later step of "self-remembering" (or maintaining a steady awareness of one's self doing the mantra work) to be extremely potent.
It also has the benefit of making it virtually impossible to "fall asleep at the wheel", or get lost in imagination, while performing meditative /spiritual practice.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
“The more you try to fix it, the more you reinforce the belief that it’s broken.”
Speaking in absolute terms, this may be true.
But is it true for you now? We don't accept things on heresay.
Perhaps there's plenty to do while we're still here identified as seperate individuals. The ego loves to distort these teachings into forms of self-comfort, in the form of "ultimately it's all ok, nothing to do", and thus it continues on its merry way.
The goal can seem far away, but ultimately exists right now. Yet, until we actually investigate things, as they really are (most importantly what we believe ourselves to be), then there is yet apparent work to be done, beliefs to be "fixed", and time set aside to listen to the Truth in silence.
We work together and become as One.