All that I give is given to myself

This post was written by DoctorJay on March 7, 2010
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook

Some of the claims in A Course in Miracles are alien to me.

From the ACIM workbook for today:

Today’s idea, completely alien to the ego and the thinking of the world, is crucial to the thought reversal that this course will bring about. If you believed this statement, there would be no problem in complete forgiveness, certainty of goal, and sure direction. You would understand the means by which salvation comes to you, and would not hesitate to use it now.

Actually today’s idea is self evident to me. Since I believe there is only one entity which has Ultimate Reality all that I give is given to my real self by definition. After I had my first mystical experience (the unity of the universe) I found being kind and forgiving to others so much easier. The event happened forty three years ago and I understood that there is only one.

I understood that when I’m kind, I’m kind to myself and when I’m not I betray myself. It did not make me into an angel and I have been unkind many times since then. It did make me into a slightly better person and now that I’m studying ACIM I’m improving a little more.

The problem with spontaneous mystical experiences may be that after experiencing the truth you return to consensus reality and habits (selfishness, vengeance, unkindness, lack of forgiveness take over again).

To continue with ACIM:

Today we try to understand the truth that giver and receiver are the same. You will need help to make this meaningful, because it is so alien to the thoughts to which you are accustomed. But the Help you need is there. Give Him your faith today, and ask Him that He share your practicing in truth today. And if you only catch a tiny glimpse of the release that lies in the idea we practice for today, this is a day of glory for the world.

Give fifteen minutes twice today to the attempt to understand today’s idea. It is the thought by which forgiveness takes its proper place in your priorities. It is the thought that will release your mind from every bar to what forgiveness means, and let you realize its worth to you.

In silence, close your eyes upon the world that does not understand forgiveness, and seek sanctuary in the quiet place where thoughts are changed and false beliefs laid by. Repeat today’s idea, and ask for help in understanding what it really means. Be willing to be taught. Be glad to hear the Voice of truth and healing speak to you, and you will understand the words He speaks, and recognize He speaks your words to you.

As often as you can, remind yourself you have a goal today; an aim which makes this day of special value to yourself and all your brothers. Do not let your mind forget this goal for long, but tell yourself:

All that I give is given to myself. The Help I need to learn
that this is true is with me now. And I will trust in Him.

Then spend a quiet moment, opening your mind to His correction and His Love. And what you hear of Him you will believe, for what He gives will be received by you.

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I just did a wonderful forgiveness, loving kindness meditation by listening to a tape by Jack Kornfield. It is a Buddhist loving kindness meditation. You start with asking forgiveness for harm you have done to others, then ask forgiveness for harm you have done to yourself and finally forgive all who have harmed you. Next you send loving kindness first to yourself, then to your loved ones and finally to all sentient beings.

I felt greatly at peace after doing this meditation. Of course it affirms today’s thought. All the loving kindness and forgiveness is ultimately to and from the One as the only thing that exists is the One.

Anyway, the biggest truth is that the universe is a mirror and all perception is projection. You get what you put out. Send love and you receive love back. Send our vengeance and hatred and you get it…

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