Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sitting Quietly, Being Receptive: Receptivity and Creativity Rhyme

Every day
early morning,
sitting in the living room,
reading the Lesson,
sipping coffee,
being still,
and often,
the Haiku come.

On composing a Haiku
Wild exactitude
five-seven-five, exactly
wild imaginings

Pine branches, bouncing
like dog tails wagging with joy
“Good Morning” to you

Wings of glass angel
hanging in Eastern window
catching morning sun

Skylight, pale blue sky
Wispy, cottony clouds pass
moving so swiftly

A crispy brown leaf
strangely caught in the updraft,
swirls towards Heaven

Light snow, overnight
sunlight attempting to pierce
marshmellowed skylight

Black limbs, layered snow
Bird lands, “Poof,” white crystals fall
miniature storm

Twenty degrees, rain
Forcing the snow from the leaves
raindrops and snow flakes 

“port,” harbor; “tune,” fortunate
sailing in, fair wind

Monday, November 23, 2015

Billy Fingers Ecourages us to Seek Peace During thesse Difficult Times

Following this passage from the Course, is an inspiring letter from Annie Kagan, Billy Fingers’ sister.

But what of those whose dedication is not to live;
the black-draped 'sinners',
the ego's mournful chorus,
plodding so heavily away from life,
dragging their chains and marching in the slow procession that honors their grim master,
lord of death?
Touch any one of them with the gentle hands of forgiveness,
and watch the chains fall away,
along with yours.
See him throw aside the black robe he was wearing to his funeral,
and hear him laugh at death.
The sentence sin would lay upon him he can escape through your forgiveness.
This is no arrogance.
It is the Will of God.
 What is impossible to you who chose His Will as yours?
What is death to you?
Your dedication is not to death,
nor to its master.
When you accepted the Holy Spirit's purpose in place of the ego's you renounced death,
exchanging it for life.
We know that an idea leaves not its source.
And death is the result of the thought we call the ego,
as surely as life is the result of the Thought of God. (T-19.lV.C.2)

Dear Ray Comeau,

I've been stressed out lately. The news is daunting; terror attacks, families fleeing war torn countries, the environmental mess.

In my book, The Afterlife of Billy Fingers, How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved To Me There's Life After Death, my brother Billy teaches how to better navigate life on planet Earth. Amazingly, Billy began sharing this wisdom with me a few weeks after he died. Two years of our conversations are recorded in our book.

One thing Billy says is;
People spend lots of time on things that make them unhappy. To cultivate joy, pay attention to what you like.

So, with all the disturbance happening on Earth, I made a list of things Billy says can soothe the soul.

The light, colors, scents and sounds of the natural world bring pleasure to and heal the senses. Walking in the forest, planting a garden, or simply feeling the warmth of the sun on your face, help you tune to the miracle of creation.

Many spiritual paths promote the concept of gratitude. Saying "thank you" may be simpler than trying to feel grateful. Saying thank you to all the things that please you, silently or out loud, helps you notice the grace in your life. Thank you is an easy step down the road toward gratitude.

Take time every day to admire something of beauty. Beauty is evocative; it awakens something deep inside and transcends the noise and static of the world. Beauty reminds you of the awe at the heart of life itself.

Singing, dancing and listening to music connects you to the special pleasure of being alive. Have favorite songs on standby to enhance your mood or change it. Some music could be bright and upbeat, some slow and melancholy, some designed for healing. Melody and rhythm turn the ordinary into the magical.

A change in perspective is powerful. According to Quantum physics, the way you see things can actually change them. If something upsets or frightens you, look for what you like about it. When it comes to people, focus on their deep voice, their sparkling eyes, their quick smile, their unique wit. When someone senses positivity coming their way, they may respond in kind.

Joy comes from doing what we love simply for the pleasure of it. Keep a journal, learn to surf, sing in a choir, bake bread, plant a garden, feed the birds. Everything you do doesn't have to lead to an outcome. The doing can be its own reward.
                                                                                                             © 2015 annie kagan 

With Love
Your friends
Billy Fingers
Annie Kagan 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Tapping into the FP, the field of potential,” with our Thoughts.

I am rather enjoying Pam Grout’s book, “E Squared:  Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.”  She makes it clear that there is an invisible energy field that flows through the universe, influencing the physical realm.  She calls it the FP, the field of potential.  She makes it clear that we can tap into the FP and transform this energy by using our thoughts. Every thought we have is an energy wave that affects everything else in the universe.  

And from her book:

Dr. Fred Alan Wolf says it boils down to this:  The universe doesn’t exist without a perceiver of that universe.  A Couse in Miracles is a self-study program in spiritual psychology that I’ve been practicing and teaching for 25 year; it, has always advocated the idea that consciousness creates the material world. It says we humans decide in advance how we’re going to experience life, that we choose beforehand what we want to see.

Pam Grout continues:

 The Dude Abides Principle:  There is an invisible energy force or field of infinite possibilities.

Every thought we have impacts the field of potentiality.  In fact, what we see is nothing but waves of possibility that we observed into form.  This principle states that you impact the field and draw from it according to your beliefs and expectations.

She tells the story that convinced her of this truth—the “nail miracle:”

For years, I placed a calendar beside my bed, plucking it down from time to time to jot down important events.  One night, I grabbed the calendar a bit too eagerly and pulled out the small nail that secured it to the wall.  I looked all over for it to no avail. I gave up and decided I would just send out an intention for it to show up.  The next morning when I woke up, the nail was in my hand nestled between my thumb and forefinger.

Most people associate the word abacadbra with magicians pulling rabbits out of hats.  It’s actually an Aramaic term that translates into English as, “I will create as I speak.”

She employs the scientific method to demonstrate this, encouraging us to do experiments.

So, I decided to try Experiment 1:  This is what I want to pull out of the field in the next 48 hours: 

 I want to see orange cars.

Well, Christine and I were driving to Michigan when I began seeing them everywhere—obviously, on the highway, in mall parking lots, in driveways, on the street, parked, and what really knocked me out was, after being gone for over three weeks, we drove into our driveway, and I looked across the street,  and our neighbor had acquired in our absence, a new , shiny ORAANGE car.

And here is the incident that inspires me the most.

While we were in Michigan, I went into my hometown of Three Rivers, particularly, to go to a store on Main Street that featured only sunglasses.  Actually, I had gone to that store several times, and each time it was closed.  I tried it once again, it was closed, and I turned away, muttering to myself, “Damn it,” and just then I looked across the street and saw a new, beautiful ORANGE car.  I actually walked across the street and patted it on the fender.  Then, I looked at its license plate, and it said:  URTOWN.
Now, that meant two things to me:  

1) I was experiencing the results of my projection, “Damn it,” making up my world, “my” town, and 2) it was, indeed, the town I grew up in.

Pam Grout:

To change the world is a simple matter of changing our thoughts.  To bring something into the physical world requires focusing not on what we see, but on what we want to see.

Doreen Virtue says in her book, “Healing with the Angels:  How the Angels can Assist you in Every Aspect of your Life:”

Angels sometimes communicate with us by using license plates.  In this way, the angels will actually give us detailed messages.

*     *     *

Yesterday afternoon, I was sitting on our Patio, enjoying the warm, sunny July day, and a  little bunny rabbit came to eat the black sunflower seeds on the ground underneath the bird feeder about 8 feet away from where I was sitting.  Uncharacteristically, I looked at him full on, and because of macular degeneration, he completely disappeared.  Usually, I l look at an object at 3 o’clock, or 9 o’clock, and my peripheral vision brings it into focus.
For a moment, I had this fear thought, “What will it be like in 10 years?”  At that very moment, the little bunny rabbit hopped over and sat right in front of me, twitching its nose, and looking at me. I kept saying, softly, “Hi, little bunny rabbit.”  After a couple of minutes, he turned and hopped back to his seeds.
 I felt comforted and safe, realizing that the FP, the field of potential,” was manifesting, willing to enter in at any moment, attracted by my thoughts, winking at me, saying, “You’re going to  be just fine.”

Friday, July 17, 2015

Prose and Poetry in A Course in Miracles

Since James Twyman is reading the Lesson of the day in his mellifluous voice, emphasizing the rhythm of the iambic pentameter, I want to bring to your attention the extent of the iambic pentameter in the Course.

In Lesson 97, I am Spirit, the first three paragraphs are the last prose in the Lessons.  

Today's idea identifies you with your one Self. It accepts no split identity, nor tries to weave opposing factors into unity. It simply states the truth. Practice this truth today as often as you can, for it will bring your mind from conflict to the quiet fields of peace. No chill of fear can enter, for your mind has been absolved from madness, letting go illusions of a split identity.

We state again the truth about your Self, the holy Son of God Who rests in you; Whose mind has been restored to sanity. You are the spirit lovingly endowed with all your Father's Love and peace and joy. You are the spirit which completes Himself, and shares His function as
Creator. He is with you always, as you are with Him.

Today we try to bring reality still closer to your mind. Each time you practice, awareness is brought a little nearer at least; sometimes a thousand years or more are saved. The minutes which you give are multiplied over and over, for the miracle makes use of time, but is not
ruled by it. Salvation is a miracle, the first and last; the first that is the last, for it is one.

The next stanza begins the iambic pentameter for the rest of the Lessons.

You ARE/ the SPIR/ it IN/ whose MIND/ a BIDES/
the miracle in which all time stands still;
the miracle in which a minute spent
in using these ideas becomes a time
that has no limit and that has no end.
Give, then, these minutes willingly, and count
on Him Who promised to lay timelessness
beside them. He will offer all His strength
to every little effort that you make.
Give Him the minutes which He needs today,
to help you understand with Him you are
the spirit that abides in Him, and that
calls through His Voice to every living thing;
offers His sight to everyone who asks;
replaces error with the simple truth.

In the Text, in Chapter 26, TheTransition, is primarily in iambic pentameter, but the last two prose paragraphs in the Text occur in Chapter 27, The Healing of the Dream, in the Section, Beyond all Symbols:

Power cannot oppose. For opposition would weaken it, and weakened power is a contradiction in ideas. Weak strength is meaningless, and power used to weaken is employed to limit. And therefore it must be limited and weak, because that is its purpose. Power is unopposed, to be itself. No weakness can intrude on it without changing it into something it is not. To weaken is to limit, and impose an opposite that contradicts the concept that it attacks. And by this does it join to the idea a something it is not, and make it unintelligible. Who can understand a double concept, such as "weakened-power" or "hateful-love"?

You have decided that your brother is a symbol for a "hateful-love," a "weakened-power," and above all, a "living-death." And so he has no meaning to you, for he stands for what is meaningless. He represents a double thought, where half is cancelled out by the remaining
half. Yet even this is quickly contradicted by the half it cancelled out, and so they both are gone. And now he stands for nothing. Symbols which but represent ideas that cannot be must stand for empty space and nothingness. Yet nothingness and empty space can not be interference. What can interfere with the awareness of reality is the belief that there is something there.

Here is the poetic stanza that begins the rest of the Text in iambic pentameter.

The PIC/ ture OF/ your BROTH/ her THAT/ you SEE/
or to deny; to love or hate, or to
kndow with power or to see as weak.
The picture has been wholly cancelled out,
because it symbolized a contradiction
that cancelled out the thought it represents.
And thus the picture has no cause at all.
Who can perceive effect without a cause?
What can the causeless be but nothingness?
The picture of your brother that you see
is wholly absent and has never been.
Let, then, the empty space it occupies
be recognized as vacant, and the time
devoted to its seeing be perceived
as idly spent, a time unoccupied.

Michael Russell was the first to bring this to the attention of the world in his magnificent book, “Rhythm and Reason:  Prose and Poetry in A Course in Miracles.”