Saturday, June 21, 2014

So Much Depends on Seeing with Vision

Reading the newspaper daily, I am always amazed at the suffering and pain and wars going on all the time around the world.  For much too long, I did not understand when a brother would say to me, “You are the cause.”

“What?  I am here, and that is taking place there.”

Well, I finally got it.  It all depends on whether I am looking at worldly events through the body’s eyes, or the eyes of Christ.  This is the causation.  Through my body’s eyes, I see projected images of what is dark within; through the eyes of Christ, I see a bright reflection of my innocent Self.

This all came back to me this morning while I was reading these passages from the Text of the Course.

A simple question yet remains, and needs an answer. Do you like what you have made?—a world of murder and attack, through which you thread your timid way through constant dangers, alone and frightened, hoping at most that death will wait a little longer before it overtakes you and you disappear. You made this up. It is a picture of what you think you are; of how you see yourself. A murderer is frightened, and those who kill fear death. All these are but the fearful thoughts of those who would adjust themselves to a world made fearful by their adjustments. And they look out in sorrow from what is sad within, and see the sadness there.

Have you not wondered what the world is really like; how it would look through happy eyes?

Who in a holy relationship can long remain unholy? The world the holy see is one with them, just as the world the ego looks upon is like itself. The world the holy see is beautiful because they see their innocence in it. They did not tell it what it was; they did not make adjustments to fit their orders. They gently questioned it and whispered, 'What are you?' And He Who watches over all perception answered. Take not the judgement of the world as answer to the question, 'What am I?' The world believes in sin, but the belief that made it as you see it is not outside you. (T-20.lll.4,6)

It all depends on what we choose to see, reminding me of this poem by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963 ).

The Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white

This is a demonstration of seeing something exactly as it is, objectively, no judgments,  no projections, just a simple reflection.

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Just after writing this, I sat down to read “A Course of Love,” a book that Mari Perron scribed, listening to Jesus, and I read this passage, echoing what I just wrote:

There is not a soul who walks this earth that does not weep at what it sees.  Yet, the Christ in you does not weep, for the Christ in you sees with eyes of love.  The difference is the eyes of love see not the misery of despair.   This is the miracle.  The miracle is true seeing.  Think not that love can look on misery and see love there.  Love looks not on misery at all.  (p. 12, 2.10)

Friday, June 06, 2014

Jesus Postures Our Voices to Speak His Words

I often refer to blank verse in A Course in Miracles, i.e., 10 syllables per line, the rhythm, slack STRESS, iambic, and I do not want to leave the impression that every line is iambic because that would be weak and sing-songy.

Jesus, the Master Poet, uses the poetic metrics that have come down through the centuries to vary the rhythm, so that He can posture our voices to speak the lines as He intended, emphasizing certain words, sound echoing sense.

For illustration I have selected the first stanza of Lesson 157, Into His Presence would I enter now, demonstrating the slack STRESS pattern.

1.    THIS is a/ DAYof/ SI lence/ and of TRUST./
2.    It IS/ a SPE/ cial TIME/ of PROM/ ise IN/
3.    your CAL/ en DAR/ of DAYS./ It IS/ a TIME/
4.    HEAV en/ has SET/ a PART/ to SHINE/ up ON,/
5.    and CAST/ a TIME/ less LIGHT/ up ON/ this DAY,/
6.    when ECH/ oes OF/ e TERN/ i TY/ are HEARD./
7.    THIS DAY/ is HO/ ly, for IT/ USH ers in/
8.    a NEW/ ex PER/ i ENCE;/ a DIF/ ferent KIND/
9.    of  FEEl/ ing AND/ a WARE/ ness. YOU/ have SPENT/
10.long DAYS/ and NIGHTS/ in CEL/ e BRAT/ ing DEATH./ DAY/ you LEARN/ to FEEL/ the JOY/ of LIFE./

As you can see, 8 of these lines are strictly iambic, slack STRESS:  2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 11.

In Line 1, Jesus wants to emphasize this day and silence and trust, and so he purposely broke the iambic pattern with:

/THIS is a/
/DAY of/
/and of TRUST/.

In Line 4, He wants to emphasize heaven:

/HEAV en/
In Line 7, He comes back to this holy day:

 /ly, for IT/
/USH ers in/

For a more complete explanation of poetic metrics in the Course, please take a look at my Preface to “The Rhythm and Reason of Reality:  Prose and Poetry in A Course in Miracles.”  In His Course, Jesus shifts from prose to poetry in the Text in Chapter 26, and in the Workbook, in Lesson 98. 

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So, I am sitting on our couch in our Sun Room, looking through the large windows on three sides, gazing at the dark green leaves on the branches gently bowing in the slight breeze, and consciously breathe in and breathe out, my feet firmly grounded on the floor, and slowly read aloud the first stanza of today’s Lesson, 157, Into His Presence would I enter now, the cadence of the blank verse matching the beating of my heart, the tip of my finger on my carotid artery, each beat the STRESS and the space in between, the slack:

when ECH/ oes OF/ e TERN/ i TY/ are HEARD/

This is a day of silence and of trust.
It is a special time of promise in
your calendar of days. It is a time
Heaven has set apart to shine upon,
and cast a timeless light upon this day,
when echoes of eternity are heard.
This day is holy, for it ushers in
a new experience; a different kind
of feeling and awareness. You have spent
long days and nights in celebrating death.
Today you learn to feel the joy of life.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Ours is the power of decision.

Lesson 152, The power of decision is our own.

“Decision” comes from the Latin, decidere, meaning “to cut.”  

Nothing occurs but represents your wish,
and nothing is omitted that you choose.
Here is your world, complete in all details.

This Chart chart demonstrates that mind is the mechanism of decision.  When we decide for Separation, we experience these consequences, cutting us off from Union.  When we decide for Union, we cut ourselves off from Separation.  There is no in between.  

The Holy Spirit uses our thoughts of Separation to guide us to Union.

Mind of God
A Thought of God
For I am still as God created me
Mind is mechanism of decision

SEPARATION                                                                              UNION
self                                                                                               Self
Body’s eyes                                                                                 Christ Vision
Projection                                                                                    Reflection
Time/space                                                                                   Eternity
Unreal                                                                                          Real
self-centered                                                                                Relationship                                        
Illusion                                                                                        Reality
Falsity                                                                                          Truth
Fear                                                                                             Love
Doubt                                                                                           Certainty
Judgment                                                                                     Forgiveness

The Holy Spirit’s lessons will enable you to bridge the gap between illusions and truth.  (Lesson 151.9:7)

This is summarized in a sonnet:

Now do we join in glad acknowledgment
that lies are false, and only truth is true.
We think of truth alone as we arise,
and spend five minutes practicing its ways,
encouraging our frightened minds with this:

The power of decision is my own.
This day I will accept myself as what
my Father's Will created me to be.

Then will we wait in silence, giving up
all self-deceptions, as we humbly ask
our Self that He reveal Himself to us.
And He Who never left will come again
to our awareness, grateful to restore
His home to God, as it was meant to be.