“If peace is homeless, so are you and so am I. And He Who is our home is homeless with us. Is this your wish? Would you forever be a wanderer in search of peace? Would you invest your hope of peace and happiness in what must fail?”
“The body can bring you neither peace nor turmoil; neither joy nor pain. It is a means, not an end. It has no purpose of itself, but only what is given to it. The body will seem to be whatever is the means for reaching the goal that you assign to it. Peace and guilt are both conditions of mind, to be attained.”
“It is impossible to seek for pleasure through the body and not find pain. It is essential that this relationship be understood, for it is one the ego sees as proof of sin. It is not really punitive at all. It is but the inevitable result of equating yourself with the body, which is the invitation to pain. (emphasis added) For it invites fear to enter and become your purpose.”–A Course in Miracles Chapter 19 The Attainment of Peace Section VIII, The Attraction of pain.
One must remember that this persisting illusion (our “existence”) will fade away. Through faith, eternity and miracles are one’s birthright. Pain is in your past, and may well be in your future, but linear time is a trick. You can be King of your own Castle of consciousness and through the reality of mindfulness free yourself from every illusion for it is only in the very blink of your eye that you are free from pain, guilt and suffering. This instant is yours.–TB
“The rituals of the god of sickness are strange and very demanding. Joy is never permitted, for depression is a sign of allegiance to him. Depression means that you have forsworn God. Many are afraid of blasphemy, but they do not understand what that means. They do not realize that to deny God is to deny their own Identity, and in this sense the wages of sins is death. The sense is very literal; denial of life perceives its opposite, as all forms of denial replace what is with what is not. No one can really do this, but that you can think you can and believe you have is beyond dispute”
“You may believe that you judge your brothers by the messages they give you, but you have judged them by the message you give to them. Do not attribute your denial of joy to them, or you cannot see the spark in them that would bring joy to you. It is the denial of the spark that brings depression, for whenever you see your brothers without it, you are denying God.” —“A Course in Miracles” Chapter 10 The Idols of Sickness, Section V. The Denial of God
Is this not the most difficult challenge we face in life; seeing the same spark in our brothers that is within us? Challenge yourself to look for it in even those you most despise and your depression will be gone. TB
It would seem the nature of man hasn’t changed much in 2000 years.
At the end of the day I realize how important gratitude really is. I feel an overwhelming sense of calm and joy when I reflect over all the love I was given over this holiday. I doubt that any time in my life before now did I ever appreciate what Thanksgiving really means. Family, love and laugher; I had so much of all that I must smile as I reflect. My stomach is overfull with food and I could almost feel guilty; but I’m not a glutton every day of the year. Thanks to all who made my Thanksgiving 2014 a treasure.
“Son of God, you have not sinned, but you have been much mistaken. Yet this can be corrected and God will help you, knowing that you could not sin against Him. You denied Him because you loved Him, knowing that if you recognized your love for Him, you could not deny Him. Your denial of Him therefore means that you love Him, and that you know He loves you. Remember that what you deny you must have once known. And if you accept denial, you can accept its undoing.”
–From Chapter 10 The Idols of Sickness V. The Denial of God
I find it quite a revelation that one cannot deny something someone has never known, and that it therefore follows, one has once known the love of God at some point during the existence of their Soul.