Copyright 2017 Nouk Sanchez
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Having spent many years with “A Course in Miracles” I can say that I recognize the Course is already complete. It is a total teaching. There is nothing left to add. Everything is already given in the Course. However, there are still vastly unrecognized and therefore, un-embodied teachings within its earthly pages. After all, Jesus does say that we will come to do as He did – and more. And that has not yet occurred in the dream of time.
The “and more” aspect of this statement is yet to be witnessed in this particular phase of the dream. Although time is collapsing comprehensively as abundant miracles are now piercing its flimsy defense.
There appear to be a few differing interpretations of the one complete, singular and total teaching of the Course. So why are there seemingly different interpretations?
We all read, absorb and begin applying the principles of the Course through the mechanism of our own ego filter at first. We initially embark on these teachings through fear rather than through Love. Only gradually do we open to surrendering our tightly defended beliefs, our values, our stories, our identity, our bodies and all our relationships to the Holy Spirit.
Jesus explains that at first we trust the ego to tell us what reality is. We trust its fear paradigm and what it seems to see through the body’s five senses as well as our past. Yet the past along with everything the body reports to us is a lie. The ego unconsciously and consistently wishes to be unfairly treated so it can perpetuate separation. Therefore, what it sees and hears will always confirm exactly what it’s looking for; a sense of separation from Love, from God. This doesn’t seem to be conscious at first, at least not until we desire to become aware of it and to heal it.
I have come to know the Course as immensely holographic. It reveals itself in my awareness to the exact extent that I have shifted my trust from fear to Love. One Truth seen just continues to unpack itself in a multidimensional way as my resistance falls away and open mindedness replaces it. The words have not changed in the twenty seven years I’ve been reading it. However my experience of what it is pointing to has.
The holographic nature of miracles extends to every facet of my life, even to people and situations that seemed impossible to reach from the ego’s limited scope of awareness. The miracle quite literally heals the past. It undoes the false memory by removing it from the split mind because that is the only place the past exists – in memory. It does not exist in Truth.
Only the ego’s perverted memory holds onto pain and drags it forward into the imagined future so it can obscure the present moment which is the only place healing can occur. This is why grievances must be forgiven in our own mind in this Holy Instant and not in the past. What we believe was done to us was not done to us. It looks as if it happened in the past but it appeared in our mind as a memory of fear to separate us from our present safety (innocence) in God’s Love.
When I believe that I was mistreated in the past, and there is an emotional charge remaining, then I unwittingly separate the past from my mind. This is separating cause from effect. Remember that all cause and effect remain together in my mind. They can never be separate.
If I really do believe that I was unfairly treated, then suddenly, I reject the real cause and cannot heal it (my mind). I have stashed the illusory cause in the past. This blocks me from the miracle. The same dynamic occurs if I blame someone for something, if I hold a grievance.
I have isolated the real cause in my own mind from the effect which is this person along with their behavior. However both the offending person and my mind are one. That person is not external to me while doing things independently of what my own mind directs them to do. To the degree I am triggered tells me the extent to which the cause arises from my own unconscious wish to be unfairly treated.
As difficult as it is to accept, liberation comes when we recognize that we could not be attacked unless there was a choice to be unfairly treated. I can only accept healing and demonstrate it to the degree my own fear has been replaced by Love in my awareness. And this comes from valuing forgiveness above valuing attack and taking things personally. Every area of our life must be given over to Spirit for divine re-purposing and reinterpretation.
If I still attempt to keep some areas of my life compartmentalized from Spirit (relationships, past, body, financial affairs, career, family, etc) then I must still trust the ego more than I trust in Spirit. And I will read the Course through a filter of fear. And because of that I will only be willing to see, accept and practice that which does not threaten my present beliefs and values of my false identity, relationships and world.
Transfer from Fear to Love
My own development of trust has been a gradual letting go of my limited beliefs and values all based on fear. It continues to be a transfer of trust from fear to Love. As my fear is willingly released then Love’s clarity keeps revealing the depth of Jesus’ teaching. This for me has been an experiential process rather than an intellectual one.
Relationships appear, situations arise, bodily states appear to change, yet there is an awareness of the miracle’s perfect applicability in every facet of life. For instance like most, I despised being triggered. Yet now when it occurs I am quick to recognize that it’s a divine opportunity to forgive yet another layer of the false-self’s previously unseen self-hatred and unworthiness. Why then would I defend myself from it? Why would I react to a trigger if it is a literal gateway to my infinite liberation? I’m definitely learning not to exclude any part of my relationships or my life from God’s all-inclusive and comprehensive transformation.
This process has involved the demolition of all my unseen misidentifications; my miscreations both in belief and form. These I see, were used as substitute idols to block me from resting in the infinite safety and security of God’s Love as my Holy Self. My fear-filter is falling away. I really appreciate now exactly what all these fears were initially made to hide from my real vision. As my trust is extended to all aspects of my life the miracles which earlier were hidden behind my guilt and fear are currently springing forth all over the place.
As we turn over to Holy Spirit all the areas of our life which we previously managed independently of Spirit, we develop trust in only Spirit and the divine transition in trust moves significantly from fear to Love. This is a mighty shift from within but inevitably it affects every single aspect of our life.
Only One Truth Not Many
As our trust is transferred we learn that there is only one Truth. And that means we recognize there to be just one purpose for all our perceived challenges and triggers. This fact is consolidated in our experience as we literally recognize that we all share one mind. As our own mind is healed we will see it in others as well. We never heal alone because there is only one mind to heal.
The reason there are different interpretations of the Course is because each interpretation arises from that particular individual’s level of trust, their demonstration of trust. The more our trust is transferred from fear to Love the more undiluted Jesus’ message becomes. There is just one message, one Truth and one purpose.
For example, some popular and highly respected teachers of the Course taught that the Course was highly metaphoric and that there were parts of it that were not to be taken literally, like physical miracles such as healing the sick and raising the dead. To them the idea of physical death was still accepted as the natural, inevitable and legitimate outcome of all life. For many years I also believed this.
Our own “fear-filter” at the time denied us access to Jesus’ deeper teachings. Our belief in death as the natural outcome of all life is indeed the denial of God as Love and life. Death is the central dream from which all illusions stem. In a nutshell if we believe that death is natural then we are unknowingly still terrified of God (Love and life itself). And we will continue to try to escape from Love and life (God) through our attraction to sickness, special relationships, conflict and death. We will also believe unconsciously that death actually comes from God. We have to ask then, “Who would turn their body, their relationships and their life completely over to a God if He wills our death? Who can trust a God like this?”
Think about this: If death is real there is no God. If God is real there is no death. Death is the fear of awakening to our Holy Self. We don’t go home through death as many mistakenly believe.
As Jesus tells us:
“The world is not left by death but by truth…” T-3.VII.6:11
“All forms of sickness, even unto death, are physical expressions of the fear of awakening. They are attempts to reinforce sleeping out of fear of waking. This is a pathetic way of trying not to see by rendering the faculties for seeing ineffectual.” T-8.IX.3:2-4
Some of these teachers and students still believed (as I had) that death offered them the peace that life denied them. Death was seen as the end of conflict. When someone passes away and it’s posted on Face book, I see Course students and teachers who clearly do not yet see or accept Jesus uncompromising message about the unreality of death.
Good Intentions Are Not Enough
I often witness their messages of sympathy being offered with good intentions. But the common blessing, “may they rest in peace,” is an example of their confusion over the central message in the Course. I made this same mistake repeatedly in my earlier years. Jesus gently corrects us:
“Rest in peace” is a blessing for the living, not the dead, because rest comes from waking, not from sleeping. Sleep is withdrawing; waking is joining” T-8.IX.3:5-6
Another foundational Course teaching which has been misunderstood by many including myself is that of Holy Relationship. And I look forward to sharing the transmissions I received from Jesus as I asked Him to help me see, embody and demonstrate this shift from specialness to Holiness. Holy (Healed) Relationship is the subject of The End of Death, Volume Two (due for release 2018).
The holographic message of the Course is gradually unpacked, seen, accepted and finally embodied in increments according to our own release from guilt and fear. I predict that as we release our own fear-filter, we will all see that there is only one complete and ultimately simple Truth of Jesus’ message in the Course. There will be just one interpretation then because there will be only one consistent experience. And it this experience and demonstration that speaks louder than a thousand words. Only Love is real.
“Nothing real can threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” T-in.2-4
In my experience we need to learn to clearly delineate between the real and the unreal. We cannot possibly discern Love until we have learned to identify and release everything that is not Love. Through the ego filter we have no idea because we are so confused. The false-self has never known Love without fear, guilt or loss (which is not Love). It cannot know Love because its existence depends on fear. The experience of Love, like light shining away darkness, obliterates the false self.
Unknowingly we are terrified of God (Love) hence our obsession with the personal self and the erroneous belief that it can be attacked. We see this unfortunate dynamic played out in every special relationship that was ever made.
God is Love without any form of conflict or fear. This is “What” we are beneath our superficial and illusory self. We cannot trust God (Holy Self) implicitly until we first uncover our secret beliefs (fears) about God and His intent. And when we do we will be shocked. The “Fear of God” exercise is a good place to begin: https://takemetotruth.org/nouks-blog/are-you-fearful-of-god-a-surprising-and-revealing-exercise/
While the “forms” of teaching and learning may vary greatly there is just one message and only one purpose of the unequivocal and uncompromising teaching of A Course in Miracles:
“The form of the course varies greatly. So do the particular teaching aids involved. But the content of the course never changes. Its central theme is always, “God’s Son is guiltless, and in his innocence is his salvation.” M-1.3:2-5
Thank God <3
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