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Q. My brother is addicted to some hard drugs and his mood swings are very violent and scary to me. Can the Course help me to deal with this lovingly?
A. Dear Soul, we were created to be fixated on God (love). So “addiction” was built into us in our creation (see Original Edition of ACIM, “The Eternal Fixation”). Some addictions are more self-destructive than others but they’re basically all the same: a call for the love that we have rejected (“lost”) when we turned our backs on God (love).
Your brother is just calling for love, dear heart. How can you give it to him in a way that he can accept it? I don’t know. No individual human does. But the Holy Spirit DOES and He can tell you what to do to be truly helpful to your brother.
Know that there are no accidents, hon. Your brother CHOSE to have you in his life. Perhaps because his soul knew that you’d find the way to connect with the one true Healer FOR him…. Read More
You have the ability right now to free him from ALL guilt about his addiction (it is guilt that is holding it fixed in place). Lesson 78 might be of help to you.
And please remember two things while you are trying to deal with this: no effort is ever wasted (even if it looks as though it might) and YOU will be blessed with a miracle with every one you let the Holy Spirit do THROUGH you. Handy, that last one, because you have addictions. too, just more socially acceptable ones or at least less obvious than your brother’s. But no guilt in that fact either, dear, we’re ALL addicts one way or another. Our healing begins when we just accept that and simply choose to start redirecting those urges toward learning to GIVE the very same thing that we ALL crave. Love.
God bless you both! God bless us all.
In love, Carmen Cameron*
Carmen Cameron is one of the founding members of CIMS and presenter at the 2009 ACIM Conference as well as presenting again at the 2011 ACIM Conference. For more information on the next Conference please go here: http://www.miracles-course.org/2011_conference.html
The Course in Miracles Society, publisher of The Course in Miracles, original edition, is pleased to announce the start of a new study group on PalTalk hosted by Regina Dawn Akers.
This will be a cover-to-cover study of the original edition of The Course in Miracles beginning Friday, November 20, 2009 2 PM ET.
If you are unable to attend The Original Edition study group but you are interested, please look for posted audio on http://www.reginadawnakers.com. Regina will begin posting after the first study group on 11/20.
If you do not have a copy of the original edition and you would like to get one prior to starting the study group,
please go to http://jcim.net/Pages/CIMSBooks.html
You can choose between hardcover, softcover, pocket editions or PDF editions.
Regina said she really enjoys her pocket editions of both the text and workbook/manual for teachers since they are easy to pack and carry when she travels.
As you may know, Regina Dawn Akers contributed to the CIMS October Newsletter with the following article: The Simplicity of Awakening
Regina is also author of the book, “The Holy Spirit’s Interpretation of the New Testament“.
For more information on Programs such as this one, please go to: http://acimgather.org/index.html
And for specific DIRECTIONS on how to access the Chat Room study group on Paltalk, please go to: http://acimgather.org/instructions.htm
We hope to see you there!
Blessings of peace,
|2011 ACIM San Francisco Conference-
“Listen, Learn and Do”
“… you MUST join the Great Crusade to correct [ lack of love ]. The slogan for the Crusade is listen, learn and do: LISTEN to my voice, LEARN to undo error, and DO something to correct it.” .” (ACIM-OE T1.31)There are 19 presenters scheduled to participate, giving very unique presentations. All of our presenters will be available to meet people and talk with you informally at their information tables, during meals and at breaks for the entire three days.From October 26, 2009 until December 31, 2009 there is a HUGE early enrollment discount of $230 (38%) off the door price of $599. A $125 deposit (non-refundable & non-transferable) will reserve your place, but complete payment of $369 must have been received by December 31, 2009 for you to qualify for this discount.Follow this link for all the details: Conference DetailsThe other savings options are:
Oct. 26, 2009 to Dec. 31, 2009 – $369 – 38% savings
Here are the presenters that will represent the eight cosponsors of the Conference: (alphabetical order)
A Center for Inner Peace – Sharon Sherrard
These 11 authors and presenters will also be speaking. (alphabetical order)
DavidPaul & Candace Doyle
When you register please tell them that you were referred by Course In Miracles Society (CIMS).
We love you and bless you!
By Carmen Cameron*
[as it appeared in the November 2009 Newsletter]
Question: The Course clearly appeals to people from very diverse religious backgrounds. Why do you think that is?
First and Foremost: A God you can love wholeheartedly
The diverse appeal of A Course in Miracles is due in very large measure to the way it completely reshapes our relationship with God. We do not have to earn our way back into our Heavenly Father’s love because we never lost it!
That’s what Jesus himself was saying when he gave us the parable of the Prodigal Son and the Lord’s Prayer. Like the Prodigal Son, a child of God need only to change her direction back to home, and God the Father will run to meet her with open arms.
The appeal of the truth of ACIM is very great, undoubtedly, but even before we can get to an understanding of that truth, the appeal of a completely loving God is what kindles most student’s motivation to learn and then maintains our momentum home.
Second: The desire for peace
“You who want peace can find it only by complete forgiveness. You never really WANTED peace before, so there was no point in being told how to achieve it.”
The horror of nuclear destruction shocked a generation about the potential costs of war. Instant video news coverage and graphic Hollywood productions shoved the routine horror of war in the world’s face. All romantic nonsense about the glory of military combat could be questioned, and rejected.
For the first time in history the instructions for peace could be heard by a significant slice of the population, for the simple reason that people of all nations were ready to listen. A Course in Miracles is a comprehensive “how-to” manual for genuine peace.
Third: Eliminate the (often corrupt) middlemen
Eastern traditions and ideas have been percolating around the Western world for several hundred years taking root. A new generation coming of age in the 1960′s flocked to the promise of a direct personal connection to the transcendent world, and to God. The stale preaching of worn out doctrines by hypocritical clergy were not enough to satisfy a growing hunger for the divine.
A Course in Miracles presents itself as a truth to be tested and experienced, not as dogma to be blindly accepted. A revolt against the guardian priests was gaining strength.
Fourth: The inner world
Some sixty years after Freud popularized the idea of the unconscious mind, an educated public was ready to take it seriously and to go exploring. Saints and sages throughout the ages had know of this secret, and wrote about it, but it has been just recently that the terrible fear of the unknown depths relaxed its grip on the public consciousness.
A Course in Miracles provides a comprehensive set of spiritual exercises designed to deal with the dark nightmares that haunt our minds, and it lends us the courage to face them.
A perfect storm
These factors combined at the perfect time and in just the right place to make A Course in Miracles possible. The Course came as an answer to the heartfelt cries for help from the people of a war-weary world. The Course appeals to people from very diverse religious backgrounds because the Course promises what everyone wants deep down.
* Carmen Cameron, who is a founding member of Course in Miracles Society, has been teaching classes in A Course in Miracles since 1994. She was a presenter at the 2009 Miracles Conference in San Francisco and is scheduled to present again at the 2011 Conference. Carmen’s website is: http://peaceful-path.blogspot.com/
By J Michaels*
[as it appeared in the November 2009 Newsletter]
Nicobod and Ichobod went up the hill
Through the valley and round the bend
They went high and they went low
They went to and they went fro
From here to there they went
Looking up but fell down
Looking for good but evil found
Searching for truth, looking for peace
Til they came upon a stone
A large obstacle in their way
They pushed and shoved
They pulled and prodded
But the stone remained
And ever will, until they know
Where lives the stone
And its refrain
Reluctantly written, the ode became the first of several hundred the man would write before his poems would make their way into the public domain. Strangely enough, Nicobod and Ichobod did not go to print first. The first book of poems containing their small adventure was destined to arrive after a second volume, which you now hold in your hands. In the months following the birth of the boys of similar name a series of small miracles occurred. Although more poems were destined to arrive in the sleeping state, more and more they arrived when the man was awake, usually after or during his morning meditations. Though not as insistent as the original, they came without invitation at first. A word, a title, a thought was all that foretold arrival. As the man became accustomed to the late night interruptions and the morning appearances, he began to welcome them. The man’s life was inexorably changed from that point onward.
That man of course, was me. Although I had, like many men, written the occasional love poem for my wife on Valentine’s Day or her birthday, this was completely different. And despite the fact that I had pursued a rather unconventional spiritual path most of my life, I was unprepared for the volume, depth, and profound nature of what was to become the center of my life. Many times over the years I have asked for guidance. Many times I have prayed for a vision or enlightenment that would validate my course. Just before one of my darkest hours was to arrive, the answer came in the form of a book. I have read hundreds, possibly thousands, of books in my life and the vast majority was of a spiritual nature. But never before had I read anything that I knew was true.
The book, A Course in Miracles, was given to me by my wife shortly before the death of my mother. Although I found it difficult to understand at first, a deep inner knowing relentlessly drove me to continue reading. The more I read, the more I was convinced I had been given a gift from a divine source. A few years later, after what was by now a daily study of the Course, my young son was murdered by a boy he once considered his best friend. I will never forget the feeling of dread as I stood at my front door facing the police who had come to call late that night. I knew, even before they said anything, that it was about Christopher and that our lives would never be the same after the next few moments. My son’s violent and pointless death was the most difficult event in my life. It almost destroyed me. And I believe it would have, had it not been for my loving family and this strange new book that had taught me the true meaning of forgiveness. Had I not been able to forgive my son’s killer, I would have died in the most meaningful way possible. My soul would have perished and the continued existence of my body would have meant nothing. A Course in Miracles taught me how to forgive and how to live. I will never again for one moment doubt its efficacy or truth.
A Course in Miracles is difficult for most people at first but with continued reading, becomes relatively simple. That is because, although it is radically different from conventional religions and spiritual paths, it is at its heart, simple. The primary tenet of The Course is forgiveness and how it leads to untold spiritual riches. The difference between The Course and the many other spiritual paths that advocate forgiveness is The Course’s definition of the term. ACIM teaches that forgiveness is essential to spiritual growth and salvation not because our brother has harmed us and we need to be magnanimous enough to “pardon his sin”. It teaches instead that the world as we experience it with our senses and perception is false. Therefore, anything done in that context is forgiven because it is illusion and a projection of the ego mind. As radical as this may seem, consider for a moment what you consider real. If we truly believe in a benevolent, all-powerful, and loving God, then how is it possible to reconcile the world as we know it with these qualities? Is it possible that God did not create the world as we know it? How could a loving God create such a foul and reckless place? Perhaps the real world is one of love, peace, and harmony. And maybe, just maybe, we made the world we experience on a daily basis. Let us consider the possibility that separation from the Oneness that must be God would leave us with a deficit that could certainly blind us to what we had traded for an individual life. In that blindness, is it possible that we made a world of separate things, a world of opposites, filled with the qualities that are antithetical to the divine nature? Maybe the real world is the one God created and this world is the one we made in His absence.
Rather than attempt to describe the beautiful place that I believe God created for us, I will leave that to The Course and my poems, if you choose to read them. What I can say about it is that it has changed my life; completely, profoundly, and so much for the better that my frail words cannot do it justice. So if I have yet to alienate, offend, or amuse you, please read on. I can guarantee but one thing. You won’t be bored.
* J. Michaels has completed five books. They are: The Poet’s Quill a spiritual poetry collection, Treasure of the Mind a novella based on the death of his son, plus poetry collections Common Ground, Emerald Mandala , and Mystic Twine, all scheduled for publication in the next few months. His web site is http://greybeardsociety.org