Valentine Message

VALENTINE SEMINAR ~  Prophets of Love: A Case for the Real Jesus in Your Life
Bob Dylan, The Holy Bible, Emanuel Swedenborg, and A Course in Miracles Inspire a VALENTINE MESSAGE

Feb. 13 at 20th Century Center from 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: 20th Century Center, Murdock Theater
Street: 536 N. Broadway
City/Town: Wichita, Ks
Phone: 316-558-5998
Organized By: Peggy Ann Howland

Admission: Open to the Public. FREE (but MUST call Chain of Miracles Center at (316) 558-5998 in advance to RSVP seats due to limited seating of 400)

Drawings will be held for door prizes. Audio, video, and personal readings will be used in this special presentation.

Donations will be accepted to help with future endeavors of Chain of Miracles. (Has notreceived our non-profit status just yet, but hopes to have it soon, so donations are not tax deductible at this time)

entire press release at following link:
http://chainofmiracles.chipin.com/chainofmiracles-ministry

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Treasure of the Mind


TREASURE OF THE MIND:

A Tale of Redemption

By J. Michaels*
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[as it appeared in the February 2010 Newsletter]
[Preface:”My son’s untimely and premature death at the tender age of seventeen left me in despair….I will leave you to ponder what is fact and what is fiction. I have truly exercised my poetic license, but in the process, a story worth the ‘telling’,and I believe the ‘reading’, has been born.”]

REVIEW BY REJA JANAKI JOY GREEN

While I was reading this book I went through a gamut of emotions and when I had finished  many of the pages were wet with my tears. I ‘recognized’ so much of what J. Michaels shared here. Even though I have not gone through the grief and guilt of losing a child, I have experienced the pain of separation from my Source and the inherent guilt I allowed that sense of separation to bring. I have felt like a victim and have blamed the dream. I have longed for release and healing and for the forgiveness that can only come from within.

This book is about a Journey we must all make; to walk with forgiveness in our hearts, out of the dream of fear, anger and guilt and into our TRUE Reality as the sinless Eternal Son of God.

J. wrote:

“I refused to let the grief-induced depression take me and, on that little patch of beach, I fought for my soul. I had deluded myself for years about every conceivable subject. Now it was time to let my faith take over and save me from the world and myself. Sitting there on the beach, I felt Chris with me. I felt him stronger than I ever had before and I knew he was truly alive.”

And J.’s Guide tells him,

“Sadness is for those who don’t believe in eternal life. Our bodies may separate after today but our minds and souls never will.”

This book that J. Michael has given us is simply a gentle, beautiful, artful illustration of the message of A Course in Miracles and I feel so blessed to have read it.~ Janaki Joy *Reja* Green, CIMS

 

REVIEW BY KAREN BENTLEY

Treasure of the Mind is a short, fictionalized story of author J. Michaels’ recovery from grief and guilt after the death of his teen-aged son, Chris.
It’s told from the perspective of a bereft father who interacts with a friend named Wayne and a wise man named Solomon.
At the start of the book, the Wayne character says “Tell me about your hell and we’ll see if there’s a way out.”  We follow along with the father as he learns how to exit from suffering.
Michaels has an unusually beautiful way with words. He artfully combines equal doses of prose and poetry to deliver an uncompromising ACIM-based spiritual message about the meaning of love and life. The essence of the Course is captured and distilled in a clear, concise and minimalist way. As the Solomon character says, “…you know my position on the use of words; as few as possible to make the point…”
The best part is that Michaels doesn’t actually talk directly about the Course. He doesn’t rely on extensive quotes. And he doesn’t offer up the re-hashed interpretations of others. It’s refreshing to hear from a translator who can think for himself.
That said, the story is a predictable one, and you know from the start how it’s going to end up. This doesn’t take away from the emotional impact that reaches out and grabs you as you change your perspective about the death of a loved one.

I very much liked Michaels’ lyrical poetry, which reads like a song on paper. Somehow Michaels is able to make an elegant point with the precision of a surgeon. “Forgive me Father for I have sinned; falser words were never spoken. Children of God could be but perfect; even if thoughts are broken.”

“Treasure of the Mind” would be particularly helpful to any parent dealing with the loss of a child, and it’s really too bad the subtitle doesn’t specifically target or appeal to this audience.
Karen Bentley
America’s Spiritual Reviewer
karen@karenbentley.com
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*J. Michaels additional books include: “The Poet’s Quill”, a spiritual poetry collection; plus poetry collections  “Common Ground”“EmeraldMandala”, and “Mystic Twine”.  His web site is http://greybeardsociety.org ; To order “Treasure of the Mind” please click here.
[These reviews originally appeared in the CIMS February 2010 Newsletter    http://jcim.net/Pages/ArticlesFebMar2010.html ]

Scribing by Sun~Rose


YOU ARE LOVED AND SAFE

 
Jesus Expanding The Miracle Principles
Given In His Course In Miracles
original edition

as received and transcribed by Sun~Rose*
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[as it appeared in the February 2010 Newsletter]

 

3. Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense, everything that comes from love is a miracle.

  From this You may begin to understand that Reality is Love, and anything less than Love is unreal.  Reality is also Life.  And anything less than Life is unreal.
 
4. All miracles mean life, and God is the Giver of life. His Voice will direct you very specifically. You will be told all you need to know.  You need only listen, else the Voice for Love will fall on deaf ears.  This is why I said: “You have eyes and You do not see, and ears and You do not hear.”6   It is also what Jeremiah the prophet meant when he said that You “have forsaken the fountain of living waters” – of Life – “and hewn out cisterns” – limited concepts: the ego, and limited containers: a ‘brain’ – a ‘body’ – for life – “broken cisterns that hold no water.”7       
Life cannot be contained by body, nor can It be limited or curtailed or controlled by the body.  Life is ever-available for It is What You Are.  It is a synonym for Love.

 

(1972 manuscript as given to Hugh Lynn Cayce
by Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

 

Chapter 1

INTRODUCTION TO MIRACLES

 

5. Miracles are habits and should be involuntary. They should not be under conscious control. Consciously selected miracles can be misguided.  In other words, listen first and trust.  Confide your need to God, and then let go into those arms, confident You will not fall; your security assured. 

If You would but know – with every fiber of your being – how You are Loved, your cares would vanish as You relax into that cherishing, embracing Support.

6. Miracles are natural. When they do NOT occur something has gone wrong.  This is no major project to correct.  It is but a simple mistake: You thought You succeeded in separating yourself from God.  You didn’t.  You suffer only from a belief, and beliefs can be willingly changed. 

7. Miracles are everyone’s right, but purification is necessary first.  What is this purification?  Is it a long and arduous task, a struggle of the forces of good against the forces of evil?  Must You “gird up your loins” to do battle against the “powers of darkness” – the evils within yourself and others.  Shall You give your firstborn for the “sin of your soul” as Micah asks?  No.  As he continues, all that is asked is “to do justly and love mercy (lovingkindness) and to walk humbly with your God.”8  And what is your God but Love? 

This is, of course, summed up in: “Do unto others as You would have them do unto You.”  Very simple, isn’t it?  Your devotion to God finds natural expression in your Love for others. 

8. Miracles are healing because they supply a lack in that they are performed by those who temporarily have more for those who temporarily have less.  Uh, oh.  I thought We were all equal, so what’s this about?  Miracles heal because they are gifts from those who are remembering more than those who are forgetting.  It is important to say here that forgetting something doesn’t mean it’s gone. 

It simply means that You have forgotten that you have it.  It is instantly available with your remembering.  Such is your true nature, your precious Divinity.  And of such remembering comes healing. 

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to be continued….

Sun~Rose is the scribe of this soon to be published book: “You Are Loved and Safe”. She has also written”A Radiant Life: Raw Food and the Presence of Love“, available at Amazon.com

DavidPaul Doyle


When God Spoke to Me:

The Inspiring Stories Of Ordinary People
Who Have Received Divine Guidance and Wisdom

By DavidPaul Doyle*
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[as it appeared in the February 2010 Newsletter]

  

Listening to the Holy Spirit, the Voice for God within you, is central to the teachings of A Course in Miracles (ACIM). In the Preface of A Course in Miracles, Helen Schucman, the scribe of the Course, makes the following statement about the book:

“It is not intended to become the basis for another cult. Its only purpose is to provide a way in which some people will be able to find their own Internal Teacher.” p. viii

In the Epilogue of the A Course in Miracles Workbook, Jesus states:

“This Course is a beginning, not an end…No more specific lessons are assigned, for there is no more need of them. Henceforth, hear but the Voice for God…He will direct your efforts, telling you exactly what to do, how to direct your mind, and when to come to Him in silence, asking for His sure direction and His certain Word.”
Workbook, p. 487

As a result, it is with much excitement and anticipation that we tell you about DavidPaul Doyle’s upcoming new book, When God Spoke to Me: The Inspiring Stories Of Ordinary People Who Have Received Divine Guidance and Wisdom.

    

Although the book will not be officially released until March 17, we wanted let you know about it now so you could pre-order it on Amazon or plan to purchase it on March 17.

To our knowledge, this is the first book ever written that shares over seventy inspiring first-person accounts from ordinary people of hearing the Holy Spirit. In these stories, over 44 different qualities of mind are shared that are critical for hearing the Holy Spirit, including 33 unique ways of hearing God’s Voice in the world.

Because the stories are not dogmatic or preachy, but simply share peoples raw, unadorned experiences of hearing God’s voice, the book is receiving critical acclaim from leaders across religious and spiritual boundaries.

This will surely be a book you’ll want to add to your collection come March 17. It will help to deepen your experience of hearing the Holy Spirit in your life, and help you recognize how you may already be hearing this Voice within, without knowing it. 

~*~

“This inspiring book is a rich storehouse of stories of people who—in the midst of addiction, grief, anger, rebellion, loneliness, and many other situations that afflict us all—have heard the voice of a God who can restore and renew. These testimonies are the best evidence we can hope for that the Ancient of Days is still transforming lives in the 21st century!” Richard J. Mouw, President and Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary

I loved this book! I told all the ministers who graduated from seminary with me to read it! These heartwarming stories brought me to tears, not tears of sadness, but tears of joy knowing that the tangible love and presence of God is with us always.” Rev. Brad Langdon, Unity Church of Anderson, Indiana

“This book reeks of hope. These raw stories of genuine people and their encounters with God have a compelling way to help us remember hope, restoration, and goodness.  It gives us living, breathing examples of how God scoops us up when all is lost.” Daniel McIntosh, Pastor, Believer’s Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma 

“It seems that God does not check on either one’s green card, photo ID or denominational membership before He/She speaks! Nothing seems cooked up or even unlikely about these testimonies from a range of people. As for the rest of us: are we really listening?” Harvey Cox, Professor of Divinity at Harvard, Author of The Future of Faith

“I have been reading your book daily and I can’t put it down. It has enlivened my life and touched my soul. I find my self in almost every story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the many ways God speaks to us.” Ken D. Foster, Author of Ask and You Will Succeed

You’ll weep as you read contributors’ experiences with cancer, paralysis, drug addiction, depression, the 9/11 tragedy, and the deaths of loved ones… and you’ll rejoice as they describe the contentment, love, freedom and faith that touched their hearts… as promised in Proverbs 3:6… “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” When God Spoke to Me is 266 uplifting pages of proof that if you listen for His voice everywhere you go, He will keep you on track!” Loree Lough, best-selling Christian author of nearly 80 award-winning books

“DavidPaul Doyle has done it! Whether you consider yourself spiritual, religious, or just a believer, these deeply profound stories will open your heart and expand your mind to experience the powerful and loving presence that transcends labels and ideologies.” Max Simon,  Former Director of The Chopra Center

“This book is Richard Dawkins and other atheists worst nightmare! It is an extraordinary confirmation that God exists and is intimately active in our hearts and minds, guiding our lives in deeply personal yet practical ways. Fasten your seatbelt for an exhilarating and inspiring ride.” John Maxwell Taylor, Author of The Power of I AM

“This book has perfect timing. Never before has the world been more ready and open to receive the message that When God Spoke To Me brings. If you would like to learn how to open to divine guidance and healing, this is the book for you. Pick up two copies; one for you, and one for someone you really care about.” Keith Leon, author of Who Do You Think You Are? Discover The Purpose Of Your Life

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*Excerpt from their website: “DavidPaul Doyle and Candace Doyle and have been hearing and sharing God’s Voice since 1994. Having received life-changing communication and guidance from this Voice over a 10-year period, DavidPaul quit his job at America Online in 2003 and moved to Ashland, Oregon to write a book that would teach people how to hear this Voice within them.”Please visit their website to view their Books and CDs : http://www.thevoiceforlove.com/index.html

 

Q and A with Carmen


Good Questions 

Questions & Answers

By Carmen Cameron*
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[as it appeared in the February 2010 Newsletter]

 

 

There is nothing I like more than a good question about the Course.  And by “good question”, I mean a thought provoking one – a question that makes me reassess what I currently believe and perhaps come to see it in a new light. As a result, we have a very interactive study group of Course students here in Louisville where everyone is encouraged to share their insights and questions. It is also a very diverse group with people from widely varying religious backgrounds so we get a lot of very insightful questions and I’ve been making a note of them for the last 15 years.  Here is another of my favorite ones:

 

 

Question: Am I crazy or are there messages in today’s movies that are very much like those in the Course?

 

Answer:

No, dear heart, you’re not crazy. (Unless I am, too. 😉

To be awake in this world is a bit of a burden because you want to wake up everyone – but you can’t. Truth feels like attack until someone’s READY to hear it and that’s why we call people “crazy” for speaking the obvious (and the inescapable) truth. But art has a way of presenting hard-to-digest truths in a way that is palatable – and the Holy Spirit clearly uses that human quality to reach us.WHY THE SUDDEN WEALTH OF SPIRITUAL INFORMATION NOW?

We are “a people apart”, not separated from others by traditions, politics or blood but simply by the ability to see what is right in front of us.

 

There is a psychological sub-study called Semiotics which is specifically focused on how and why people filter out “inconvenient” knowledge. The only thing that can break down those barriers is usually some kind of crisis bad enough to make a person willing to change simply because it’s either that or die.  But art (like movies) can get around those barriers and filters!

Do the most creative minds among us have a direct line to the Highest Source of intelligence? Yes! (That’s why truly creative innovations are called inspiration which literally means “of the spirit”.)

Spielberg, Lucas, Luc Bessom and even James Cameron can see and hear and tell us truths that are presented in such an artful way that they CAN get past the outer layers of our mental filtration systems – go AROUND the walls we build for our own self-protection – and they show us what could be if we were willing to crawl out from behind our barricades. God bless ’em!!!

I don’t know if you’re asking about a particular movie but I just saw “Avatar” a couple of weeks ago. Despite lousy critical reviews, everyone seems stunned by that movie’s vast and lasting appeal. But it really is very simple:

It’s a “return to the Garden” parable — something that we each long for with all our hearts – a reconnection in a tangible way to both each other and our world, a simplification of needless complexities, a sense of meaning and real belonging.

Cameron uses color (I noticed this particularly because I dabble in color drawings) to reach around our heads and get a death-grip on our hearts. The human scenes are SO familiar and yet so grey and drab (and heartless) and in such an incredible contrast to the startling vibrancy of the rainbow pallet that lights the natives’ world like flaming jewels. Brilliant, indeed!

(Any psychologist will tell you that much of the appeal of art is its ability to get past our protective walls by entrancing our intellects with color.)

And the simple message of Avatar is that we are all connected in completely real and tangible though unseen ways. And the message is getting across: they have noted a new psychological pattern for people who have seen the movie and are now depressed (wittily dubbing it “The Avatar Blues” 😉 and not wanting to go back to the grey world of their normal lives – some are even suicidal. And bless their hearts, they don’t know WHY.

But YOU know why. And so do I. The world we’ve made is an abomination – a total perversion of our nature – and it is bringing humanity right to that place where you get willing to change or die.

How do I look on such a sight and still stay sane – and even HAPPY?!? Because I know that it’s ALL under “intelligent management”, as David Wilcock likes to say. NOTHING is by accident. This, too, is part of a grand design. And I’ve had enough experience of that “management” to know two things with all my heart:

#1. It’s real. And it has very real effects. All we have to do is be open to the possibility it’s real and then it will SHOW us far beyond the slightest shadow of a doubt.

and #2. It’s totally benign. It’s wants us safe and happy and wholly fulfilled in alignment with our true AND  individual natures. But the most sacred part of that nature is free will (so it can NOT force itself upon us).

Beyond those two things, for me, the specifics do not matter. And I can accept everyone where ever they’re at knowing that their process – for them – is absolutely PERFECT.

I don’t know if this has helped you or if it has answered your question entirely but know that I feel very blessed that you used this as a reason to get connected.

Yours is a very clear and precious being and the universe is dedicated to using EVERY means at its disposal to help you learn exactly that. Including movies!

Another related idea is this:

This certainly is the “Information Age”, if it is anything! Sometimes I feel like a sponge – thirsty to absorb everything – NOW. 😉

And yes it won’t last forever (if much longer at all) and so it behooves us to be very dedicated to learning all that we can asap.~*~

One of the maxims about esoteric (hidden) knowledge is that those in power always attempt to wipe it out because it so empowers the “little” people, so it is hidden for most of human history in order to protect it from being destroyed. The second part of that maxim, though, is that the knowledge DOES come to light just before it is needed.

A sobering thought…

But whatever is coming in the coming years, dear heart, the thing that I hold onto is that it is ALL for our own GOOD (somehow) – that it is about teaching us how powerful we really are. And in discovering that power we will also realize that we can return to the Garden in a very real sense WHENEVER we choose to do so.

I find that a comforting thought…

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/

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