Our Creations

 OUR CREATIONS

by Reja Janaki Joy Green*
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Ah that word ‘Creation’ again. It has plagued Course students for decades. We think we know what it means and then we lose it again.

On the M-F ACIM TEXT Conference Call today we read the following. [By the way, the call is free and open to everyOne. More info is here: http://www.jcim.net/acim-conference-calls/]:

Chapter Eight The Journey Back  VI. The Power of Joint Decision http://www.jcim.net/acim_us/TxtChap-8-6.php

45 “You want your creations as He wants His. Your creations are your gift to the Holy Trinity, created in gratitude for your creation. They do not leave you, any more than you have left your Creator, but they extend your creation as God extended Himself to you. Can the creations of God Himself take joy in what is not real? And what is real except the creations of God and those which are created like His? Your creations love you as your Soul loves your Father for the gift of creation. There is no other gift which is eternal, and therefore there is no other gift which is true”. ACIM CH 8 VI

So we might question, “What are our CREATIONS?” Can we ‘see’ them. Can we take joy in them if they are not ‘real’? Ah perhaps that’s the key. Are they ‘Real’?

We perceive what is transient and finite. And we are learning that only what is Eternal is True and stems from Knowledge. So it would seem that the beauty of our ‘creations’ on this plane is merely an illusion. How could they be TRUE if they are perceptions.

And thus, in this Dream, it would seem we are learning that creation is impossible and that this world is an illusion.

Or is it?

I’m thinking that we might not be able to ‘understand’ what is meant by ‘our creations’ but we may very well ‘experience’ what is meant by them.

We read in today’s TEXT reading segment about ‘experience’:

51 “The journey to God is merely the reawakening of the knowledge of where you are always and what you are forever. It is a journey without distance to a goal that has never changed. Truth can only be experienced. It cannot be described, and it cannot be explained. I can make you aware of the conditions of truth, but the experience is of God. Together we can meet its conditions, but truth will dawn upon you of itself. [emphasis is mine.]” ACIM CH 8 VI

Maybe we need to pause and step back to see it from outside of the usual way we think of ‘creation’ or anything-everything, for that matter.

I recall coming across this in “GOD I AM: From Tragic to Magic” by Peter O Erbe, a book that has been described as a mini-ACIM:

GOD I AM:“We should not lose heart when we are told that this world is an illusion. The tree, the lake, the lark and the sky or a crisp mountain morning-the delight of little ones chasing clumsily through meadows lift our hearts and thus point the way. The truth becomes reversed when these are seen as being apart from us.

“There is beauty here, indeed – in fact, the elation at the sight of creation seen as my Being, and not perceiving myself as being separate from it, reverses the known picture to the extent of beauty being All-There-Is. Nothing outwardly may have changed, but one’s seeing is now knowledge, not perception any more. In an instant one is transported into a higher dimension. One has come into one’s own. That now the outward scene adapts itself to one’s reality, should not come as a surprise.” Pg 161

This reminds me of Lesson 268 “Let all things be exactly as they are.” .

“1 Let me not be Your critic, Lord, today, and judge against You. Let me not attempt to interfere with Your creation and distort it into sickly forms. Let me be willing to withdraw my wishes from its unity and thus to let it be as You created it. For thus will I be able, too, to recognize my Self as You created me. In Love was I created, and in Love will I remain forever. What can frighten me when I let all things be exactly as they are?ACIM Lesson 268

We also learn in the Course that “Heaven is here. There is nowhere else. Heaven is now. There is no other time.” ACIM Manual for Teachers #24  And so it keeps dawning on me that we could awaken RIGHT NOW. Change can come in the twinkling of an eye, which is an idea expressed in this exquisite song created during those magical days at FINDHORN:

CHANGE CAN COME (Words and Music by Lark Batteau)

“Change can come in the twinkling of an eye,
In the ripple upon a lake.
Change can come in the color of a flower,
In the sparkle of morning dew.
When the Light catches you.
In that tiny moment, you are transformed.And the radiance of Christ Shines forth in reply
From within, and has made itself known,
And from the two is born A new world.

Come let us join Our many gold flickerings
And create one Light, Together, Forever.”

Orbe’s book continues on:

GOD I AM: “This is the awakening. One now sees all as it really is and the memory of one’s ‘normal’ state of mind in Social Consciousness seems like death itself. One has come home. And it is so natural. One experiencing this knows this to be the natural heritage of every soul on Earth. The thrill of joy, the excitation, and yet the absolute peace one IS, is too far beyond words. One is complete.” Pg 161 GoodReads Review

This brings to mind recounts of Near Death Experiences [NDE]: Anita Moorjani, Billy Fingers and Dr. Rajiv Parti, for example. The Dr shared that he experienced this change in perception during his NDE and when he regained consciousness he was filled with GRATITUDE! NDE Stories .

GOD I AM: “Such sight would be at a loss for words, for words for this have not been coined. One with such sight would weep with joy and utter only this: Thank you God for being God! Thank you for being the ME of me.

“Such one would see his brother as he truly is, as God created him. And if his brother be the meanest the world has known, capable of horrifying deeds – this one sees with eyes unveiled and what does He behold? He cannot share his sight in words, for there are none. In speechless wonder he beholds a radiant jewel, a beauty so divine, – his crystal SELF. He becomes witness to the living God. To him who sees with such sight, the true meaning of the Last Judgment is revealed And truly, there is such a thing as this. And He who speaks it, says: BEHOLD – MY SON IS INNOCENT! What else, I ask, could Love say to its own SELF?”

How powerful this is!

GOD I AM: “At this point we may have comprehended in depth already what this material is trying to bring to our awareness: our experience of life on Earth can be Heaven on Earth, if we allow it to be so. To allow means not to resist but to see life as a whole and not single out parts and value those as wholes in themselves. If we insist on our upside-down perception we fail our mission.

“Our brothers and the Earth itself with all its beauty are not the illusion But our perception of it is. Truth is not absent here, make no mistake, but it is certainly obscured.” Pg 161

Thank you God, for being GOD! Thank you for being the ME of me. ♥

I will let everything point the way Home! Everything can be an expression of Love – IS an expression of Love. I will be witness to the living GOD – right here and right now.

Om SHANTI!

Photo by Mitzi Condit ~ NM, USA

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*Reverend Reja Joy Green is one of the founding members of the Course in Miracles Society [CIMS]; She is the CIMS webmaster,  eMagazine editor and producer of the Daily Lesson Mailings [example of mailings]. Rev. Reja Joy facilitates the Course in Miracles study group in Omaha and is ordained as a Community Miracles Center minister.  Rev Reja Joy facilitated the 2013 free ACIM Daily LESSON Conference Calls along with Rev. Pamela Whitman.

As a registered Yoga Instructor, Rev. Reja Joy teaches through her RejaJoy-Yoga-Studio from the perspective of A Course in Miracles and hosts several social media groups for those who share this journey. Rev. Reja Joy currently resides with her loving husband Chris Green in Omaha, NE.

Course in Miracles Society (CIMS) is an international group of Course students and teachers organized to discover, authenticate and propagate the divine teachings of A Course in Miracles. As students, we seek to increase our knowledge of Jesus’ words and to deepen our experience of his teaching. As teachers, we work to circulate the message of A Course in Miracles throughout the world by our words, by our deeds and by the example of our lives.  Jcim.net

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There is no cruelty in God

 

THERE IS NO CRUELTY IN GOD AND NONE IN ME.

ACIM LESSON 170

by Reja Janaki Joy Green*
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Quiet Recognition

1 No one attacks without intent to hurt. This can have no exception. When you think that you attack in self-defense, you mean that to be cruel is protection; you are safe because of cruelty. You mean that you believe to hurt another brings you freedom. And you mean that to attack is to exchange the state in which you are for something better, safer, more secure from dangerous invasion and from fear.

2 How thoroughly insane is the idea that to defend from fear is to attack! ACIM Lesson 170

HE tells us in this lesson that “No one attacks without intent to hurt. This can have no exception.” And yet we make exceptions almost immediately.

One exception might be a situation in which we would attack someone and feel justified.  And what about ‘self defense’?  Wouldn’t we, at the very least, attack in self-defense?  How could we not? Doesn’t the god of fear tell us all that if we do not defend ourselves, we could be hurt?  Doesn’t the god of fear tell us that our only protection and security, from a dangerous invasion and from fear, is to ATTACK in retaliation? And so we defend ourselves  to keep what we have; or we attack another to get what we think we want. How could we possibly think that we could gain at another’s loss?

60 The whole belief that someone loses but reflects the underlying tenet God must be insane. For in this world, it seems that one must gain because another lost. If this were true, then God is mad indeed! But what is this belief except a form of the more basic tenet, “Sin is real and rules the world“? For every little gain must someone lose and pay exact amount in blood and suffering. For otherwise would evil triumph and destruction be the total cost of any gain at all. You who believe that God is mad, look carefully at this and understand that it must be that either God or this must be insane, but hardly both. ACIM CH 25 VIII

A VISITOR to our ACIM Study Group recently shared that an incident had occurred in his home ACIM Study Group.  He described the facilitator of his Group as very non-confrontational and accepting. And he described his group demographics as all women, except himself, who were over 60 years old.

A man, an INTRUDER, joined their group and announced that he was going to be taking over. Our VISITOR told us that this man hinted that he had a weapon.

That’s when our VISITOR made the decision, based on the inability of the Facilitator to protect the group and based on the vulnerability of the elderly women in the group, to proceed with a preemptive strike.  He told the man that he was leaving and escorted him out by force. As he did so, someone had already called the police and the police took the INTRUDER away.

Our VISITOR reasoned that he was merely acting out the ‘dream’ of the INTRUDER. The INTRUDER was ‘dreaming’ that it was his job to attack the group and cause a reaction.  And so our VISITOR was just giving him what he wanted. When he mentioned this, our group exploded in laughter! It seemed like a plausible scenario.  The INTRUDER ‘wanted’ to go to jail!

And yet is there another way to see this?

This situation in the ACIM Study Group is a symbol for the many times we ‘see’ attack as real and our defense as justified. We judge what is real for us in any situation and then respond. HE tells us in ACIM Ch 3, VIII:

It does not matter in the end whether you judge right or wrong. Either way, you are placing your belief in the unreal. This cannot be avoided in any type of judgment because it implies the belief that reality is yours to choose from. ACIM CH 3 VIII paragraph 62

When we make a judgment from the belief that we can choose what is real in any situation, we are placing our belief in the unreal. “Nothing real can be threatened and nothing unreal exists”, from the ACIM Introduction. We separate ourselves into separate ‘bodies’ and then protect these bodies by mitigating a perceived attack.

In our Lessons we are being taught to ‘see’ holiness in everything. We are taught in Lesson 37: “My holiness blesses the world.” In this lesson HE tells us:

This idea contains the first glimmerings of your true function in the world or why you are here. Your purpose is to see the world through your own holiness. Thus are you and the world blessed together. No one loses; nothing is taken away from anyone; everyone gains through your holy vision. It signifies the end of sacrifice because it offers everyone his full due. And he is entitled to everything because it is his birthright as a Son of God. ACIM Lesson 37

Amazing!!!  No one loses. Nothing is taken from anyone. Blessing everything and everyone with our holiness, with our sight of wholeness and perfection, is our salvation. That is why our brother is our Saviour! When we bless him, no matter what he is choosing to ‘act out’ from his nightmare, we teach the meaning of love.

Your holiness blesses him by asking nothing of him. Those who see themselves as whole make no demands. ACIM Lesson 37

How could we possibly ‘bless’ this INTRUDER, in this situation? He tells us “Your holiness blesses him by asking nothing of him.” In any attack, there is an opponent which is needed for the attack to have meaning. When there is no opposition, the attack fails. It returns to the nothingness from which it came. Its seeming ‘reality’ comes only from the defense it engenders. Without a ‘defense’ it becomes impotent.

He tells us you teach the world by “your quiet recognition that in your holiness are all things blessed.” ACIM Lesson 37  What could occur that does not warrant our quiet recognition of this holiness in all things?

Yet we may wonder how could we ever see that this seeming attack warrants our quiet recognition of ‘holiness’. If we do that, won’t we open ourselves to pain and suffering? Without our defense, wouldn’t there be chaos? And He tells us without the ego all would be Love.

He also tells us that in our defenselessness our safety lies. Attack and defense are two sides of a dance that has been re-enacted over and over since the beginning of our illusory time.

He also tells us that “If I defend myself I am attacked.” ACIM Lesson 37 The situation becomes an ATTACK only if and when I DEFEND myself.

I shared the following in my article, “Avatar and ACIM”:

In the book, “Creating Miracles” written by Carolyn Miller, PhD, there are many examples of those who were in the face of imminent death and yet in that moment they experienced a clarity and a peace and a sense of unconditional love and wholeness that encompassed everything, including the perpetrator. In that moment they became ONE with the perpetrator. The would-be murderer knew that they had been forgiven and released of their guilt and in that Holy Instant they were transformed.

The strength of right perception is so great
that it brings the mind INTO accord with His
because it yields to His pull which is in all of you.” OrEd.Tx.5.36

So, how could this ‘situation’ have been different?

What could you not accept if you but knew that all events, past, present, and to come, are gently planned by One whose only purpose is your good? ACIM L135

A man comes into the group and announces he is taking over control. The reaction by those who are in the group is one of surprise and then perhaps gaiety! “Welcome dear one!! We’ve been awaiting your arrival.  How blessed we are to have you with us today.” The group knows themselves, and the INTRUDER, as whole and complete and still as God created them and from this knowledge of their wholeness they make no demands.” Out of their Knowledge of Who they are and Who the INTRUDER is, they know they need only extend their love.

The INTRUDER is totally caught off guard and then the sinlessness in him recognizes the love that is being shared with him! He opens to the shared recognition of his wholeness and his light. Isn’t that what we all want as well? Isn’t that what we are all searching for?

You have no idea of the tremendous release and deep peace that comes from meeting yourselves and your brothers totally without judgment.

When you recognize what you and your brothers are, you will realize that judging them in any way is without meaning.

In fact, their meaning is lost to you precisely because you are judging them.

In the presence of knowledge, all judgment is automatically suspended, and this is the process which enables recognition to replace perception. ACIM CH 3 VIII paragraph 63

And so we lovingly bless this brother by seeing what is REAL in him. We need nothing from him. He need not be different.  From our Wholeness we see him as Whole. We see him with the eyes of Love. And as we see him, we see ourselves. This is why we came here. This is our salvation.

Your holiness is the salvation of the world. It lets you teach the world that it is one with you, not by preaching to it, not by telling it anything, but merely by your quiet recognition that in your holiness are all things blessed, along with you. ACIM Lesson 37

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*Reverend Reja Joy Green is one of the founding members of the Course in Miracles Society [CIMS]; She is the CIMS webmaster, eMagazine editor and producer of the Daily Lesson Mailings [example of mailings]. Rev. Reja Joy facilitates the Course in Miracles study group in Omaha and is ordained as a Community Miracles Center minister.  Rev Reja Joy facilitated the 2013 free ACIM DAILY Lesson Conference Calls along with Rev. Pamela Whitman.

As a registered Yoga Instructor, Rev. Reja Joy teaches through her RejaJoy-Yoga-Studio from the perspective of A Course in Miracles and hosts several social media groups for those who share this journey. Rev. Reja Joy currently resides with her loving husband Chris Green in Omaha, NE.

Course in Miracles Society (CIMS) is an international group of Course students and teachers organized to discover, authenticate and propagate the divine teachings of A Course in Miracles. As students, we seek to increase our knowledge of Jesus’ words and to deepen our experience of his teaching. As teachers, we work to circulate the message of A Course in Miracles throughout the world by our words, by our deeds and by the example of our lives.  Jcim.net

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