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, “EmeraldMandala”, and “Mystic Twine”.  To order “Treasure of the Mind” please click here.
[These reviews originally appeared in the CIMS February 2010 Newsletter ]

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 the recently published book,

YOU ARE LOVED AND SAFE: PREP NOTES FOR EXPERIENCING GOD’S LOVE”

She is also author of, “RADIANT LIFE: RAW FOOD AND THE PRESENCE OF LOVE”

 BOTH now available on amazon.com

 

Q and A with Carmen


Good Questions 

Questions & Answers

By the late 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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