Doug is suffering quite a bit right now. I have been too worried and too tired to write. Please keep him in your prayers. I have never seen him like this. It is such a helpless feeling to watch someone you care about suffer. The only positives right now are chemotherapy is over and only three more radiation treatments.
“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