is the universe a friendly place?

This post was written by DoctorJay on December 26, 2009
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook,forgiveness,gratitude,peace,philosophy,unconditional love

Day fifty six and the ACIM reviews have at last reached God. These I love and can use all the time (my comments in Italics):

(26) My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability.

How can I know who I am when I see myself as under constant attack? [] perfect security and complete fulfillment are my inheritance.
I can change my thoughts and hence change the world.

(27) Above all else I want to see.

Recognizing that what I see reflects what I think I am, I realize that vision is my greatest need. [] with this vision, I will look upon the world and on myself with charity and love.
And this is the most important thing. The world – consensus reality will not disappear – what will disappear is my negative attitudes. When I forgive, I’m compassionate, unconditionally loving toward all (this by definition includes myself), the world becomes clear, clean and loving.
Albert Einstein is supposed to have said, “The most important question for humanity may be, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?'”
In reality the answer depends on our attitude. When we are unconditionally loving and we forgive all no matter what, we see a friendly place.
When we have attack thoughts we see an attacking universe. The universe mirrors what is inside us.
As Hermes Trismagister  (three times the greatest – master of science, philosophy, esoteric arts) said thousands of years ago:
As above – so bellow.
As bellow – so above.

That’s to say the microcosm (internal universe of our thoughts) reflect the macrocosm (the external universe) and the macrocosm reflects the microcosm.
You see what you are.

(28) Above all else I want to see differently.

The world I see holds my fearful self-image in place, and guarantees its continuance. While I see the world as I see it now, truth cannot enter my awareness. I would let the door behind this world be opened for me, that I may look past it to the world that reflects the Love of God.
Psychologists say, “Perception is projection,” We see what is inside us, If we are loving, kind, forgiving, we see a forgiving, kind, loving world. We can change our inner world and see differently.

(28) God is in everything I see.

God is [] everywhere and in everything forever.
This is all we need to know – by knowing I mean experiencing and not blind faith which is belief in what someone else may tell us.
When we see God in everything – everything becomes sacred and beautiful.

(30) God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.

In my own mind, behind all my insane thoughts of separation and attack, is the knowledge that all is one forever.
When I have had mystical experiences in deep meditation and was at one with God I knew (experienced) that you can never be apart from God. The only difference is that normally we lose that awareness. There is always part of us which understands and thinks with the mind of God.

When the Buddha became the Buddha and returned from his seclusion he was so radiant, so different that people wondered what he was. They would ask questions like:

  • Are you an angel?
  • Are you a God?
  • Are you a demon?
  • Are you a spirit?

The Buddha kept saying no to every question asked. So eventually a wise person asked, “Then tell us what are you?”

The Buddha replied, “I’m awake.”

And that’s the only choice we have. We cannot get away from the truth that we think with the mind of God. We cannot get away from the fact that all our thoughts (even the supposedly negative ones) are the thoughts of God. We can be asleep to it – like we are normally – or be aware of it – the goal of all wisdom traditions including A Course in Miracles.

My wrist hurt a huge amount just now. I have carpel tunnel and arthritis which flare up at times. Immediately I used the thought, “God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.” As I thought that the pain disappeared. The awareness is still there – the awareness of the injury is needed so I do not injure myself more. The message (meaning) of that awareness has changed. It is exactly like when I use self hypnosis to get rid of pain.

I’m thinking that this is what happens to the truth. The awareness of being at one with God never goes away. Our focus of consciousness moves away from that locus of thinking with God’s mind.

I cannot remember whether A Course in Miracle mentions this or I read it in another book about mysticism and waking up from the illusions of daily life. If you read Genesis chapter two you will see that God put Adam (humanity and not a real person) to a deep sleep (of illusions) but you never read about Adam waking up from this sleep. That’s the goal of all mystical practices…

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