Archive for September, 2010

Burning the Koran (Quran)

Regardless of the outcome, Pastor James, of Gainsville, Fla., on Saturday September 11, 2010 – certainly knew how to make the ego and himself real – and Tolerance unreal.

Here we have 3 gods:  Jewish, established in 550 B.C. – Christian, est. in 30 A.D. – Islamic, est. in 600 A.D.  The fact that these gods are time bound makes them unreal.  All these religions believe in monetheism.  Each theism has one creator – the ego.  As Voltaire said so aptly:  “If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated”.  What keeps these religions going, killing millions in the process of turning people toward “god” is their strong bent towards “Fundamentalism”.  Fundamentalists are known for there “intollerance”.  Karen Armstrong, a religious writer says:  “In true fundamentalism, tolerance is sin.”

A Course In Miracles considers “Tolerance” one of the characteristics of God’s teachers. Tolerance means giving up judgment.  It does not refer to a holier-than-though, condescending attitude that “tolerates” bad behavior of individualis or groups.  It speaks of tolerance in the highest sense of not judging anyone

Manual p.12, under “Tolerance” says:  “God’s teachers do not judge.  To judge is to be dishonest, for to judge is to assume a position you do not have, … Judgement implies a lack of trust, and trust remains the bedrock of the teacher of God’s whole thought system.  Let this be last, and all his learning goes. ”

Myself- I’m with Ronald Reagan who said:  “Trust, but verify.”  Within the dream we cannot live without judgment.  I am in the dream because I believed in separation which is a thought of judgement – it’s either Him or me!  Denying that I judge is very unhealthy because it leads to further guilt.  Learning to judge with the Holy Spirit is the way to go. 

One teacher, Ken Wapanick, Ph.D explains:  ” When Jesus talks about God’s teachers and the ten characteristics,  he is describing “advanced” teachers;  those already high on the ladder”.  If I still engage in judging, it means I know what is best.  I know who’s books should be burned,  for I can distinquish between good and evil.  I thus assume a role I do not have, which is a shadowy fragment of what we all did at the beginning when we usurped God’s role of creator and became self-creators. 

The only judgement that is justified is the Holy Spirit’s:  everyone calls for love or expresses it.  It is essential that we prefer to be happy and not right.

 

Monday, September 27th, 2010 Arthur's Letters No Comments

Vive La Difference

To embrace “Diversity” is a slogan I see everywhere.  That is also the ego’s goal:  To split off, separate, divide and subdivide-anything but wholeness.  “Nothing so blinding as perception of form.” (text 476.6) – The physical world we see is all about form and differences, and these differences lead us to make judgments and establishes an order of difficulties.  The belief in order of difficulties and differences is the basis for the world’s perception…….

Manual p.24 says: It (world’s perception) rests on differences; on an uneven background and shifting foreground, on unequal heights and diverse sizes, on varying degrees of darkness and light, and thousands of contrasts in which each thing seen competes with every other in order to be recognized.”  In the entertainment industry we have high excitment and low excitment forms.  In sports we have the extreme and ordinary types.  It has been obseved that much of the world’s troubles derive from the desire for diversity and excitment rather than the quest for peace.

The above is only a myth, but we nevertheless continue to believe it.  The Manual continues:  “Illusions are always illusions of differences.  How could it be otherwise?  By definition, an illusion is an attempt to make something real that is regarded as of major importance, but is recognized as being untrue.  The mind therefore seeks to make it true out of its intensity of desire to have it for itself.  Illusions are travesties of creation; attempts to bring truths to lies.”

“The body’s eyes will continue to see differences.  But the mind that has let itself be healed will no longer acknowledge them.”  The healed mind will see sameness as real and differences as unreal. “The one answer to sickness of any kind is healing.  The one answer to all illusions is truth.”

Monday, September 6th, 2010 Arthur's Letters 1 Comment
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