The Fellowship of Awakening- February 26, 2014
Teachers of God,
We're a week into the first review. The lessons are showing us our destructive thinking patterns. If we understood fully what kind of suffering they lead us to we wouldn't be tempted to follow along. How well do you know your mind? Do you consider your responses? I used to pride myself in my stubbornness. I found it very difficult to change my mind even I was confronted with evidence to the contrary. Have you ever been been proud of your ignorance? "I'm this way." we say or "I would never do that." When all we're doing is protecting our ego. These lessons are asking us to look at our thinking and the ways we make decisions. Are those decisions supporting our happiness? We'll spend a couple of weeks here has we wrap up the review and begin the the next 150 lessons that form our foundation. There are a lot more reviews too, and none of them are grouped liked this ever again.
We've moved on to Chapter 7 this week. It's called The Gifts of the Kingdom (or Queendom, which is the how the Aramaic actually translate it.) This concept of a Kingdom is rife with meaning. We discover that, like many things the Course teaches, cannot be summed up in a simple concept. In this section we're going to look at The Reality of the Kingdom. In the language of the Course that means that it doesn't change. Remember from the introduction: "Nothing real can be threatened, Nothing unreal exists, Here in lies the Peace of God." The Kingdom cannot be threatened and is real. What could that mean? Well, in this chapter we look at what is reliable. What can we seen in our brothers that could be wholly reliable? How can we act and think that will allow us to experience this Reality? The Course says that this is where all power lies. And who doesn't want power? Reality and the participation with reality is the power that is real. Do we participate in real power or do we seek petty, scarce power? Would we know real power if we beheld it? Let's find out.
A Course in Miracles
Text - Chapter 7
The Gifts of the Kingdom
The Reality of the Kingdom
Purple Candle photograph by Bruce Nutting.
Two Knights fighting: Clipart.
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Instead of seeking peace, or joy, serenity or truth, we seek power because we think it’s going to bring us these experiences. But it turns out that power is the same as peace and truth and joy. Power is found in the exercise of Truth. Power shares and expands what is true; it doesn’t compare or measure. When we compete with others for our good we are actually siding with the idea that we are small and fragile and must be defended. God has placed the light within us. There is nothing another can do to extinguish that light. We can give it away and burn brighter, but we will never be less than our brothers and sisters. Life and Truth are not comparable. They are the light that beats our heart and the heart of every living being. We are that power and see others as non threatening.