Rev. Glen Ganaway I.M.

The Fellowship of Awakening- January 15, 2014

Teachers of God,

Our lessons have been about 'meaning' this week. I have a good friend, named Paul who always says 'meaning is applied'. He's right. What we look at doesn't have inherent meaning. An object is going to mean something different to me than it does to you. Do you have sentimental objects in your home that would upset you if your cat knocked them off the shelf? That's what this week's lessons have asked us to look at. How we have applied meaning to objects that actually hurts us and prevents us from experiencing the presence of healing awareness. 

Those lessons are: 

11. My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.

12. I am upset because I see a meaningless world.

13. A meaningless world engenders fear.

14. God did not create a meaningless world.

15. My thoughts are images I have made.

There is meaning in the world you know. You just didn't make it. It was created by God. The meaning you seek is You in relationship with All That Is. And that brings us to Chapter 2. We're going to look at the 8 Special Principles of Miracle Workers. It's all about healing our minds and offering that healing to others. It's about our right minds and knowing how they work, what they're good at and the things that they cannot do. Like create meaning. I am surrounded by the images I have made. I'll either see them as fearful and perpetuate and teach that or I'll see them as they are and heal from my misconceptions. That is the way the Course teaches forgiveness. I don't want to experience suffering, I want to experience the presence of Truth. I can. If I let the Holy Spirit decide for me what everything means. There is healing in that idea.

A Course in Miracles

Text - Chapter 2

The Separation and the Atonement


8 Special Principles of Miracle Workers


1. The miracle abolishes the need for lower-order concerns. Since it is an out-of-pattern time interval, the ordinary considerations of time and space do not apply. When you perform a miracle, I will arrange both time and

space to adjust to it.


2. A clear distinction between what is created and what is made is essential. All forms of healing rest on this fundamental correction in level perception.


3. Never confuse right- and wrong-mindedness. Responding to any form of error with anything except a desire to heal is an expression of this confusion.


4. The miracle is always a denial of this error and an affirmation of the truth. Only right-mindedness can correct in a way that has any real effect. Pragmatically, what has  no real effect has no existence. Its effect, then, is emptiness. Being without substantial content, it lends itself to projection.


5. The level-adjustment power of the miracle induces the right perception for healing. Until this has occurred healing cannot be understood. Forgiveness is an empty gesture unless it entails correction. Without this it is essentially judgmental, rather than healing.


6. Miracle-minded forgiveness is only correction. It has no element of judgment at all. The statement "Father forgive them for they know not what they do" in no way evaluates what they do. It is an appeal to God to heal their minds. There is no reference to the outcome of the error. That does not matter.


7. The injunction "Be of one mind" is the statement for revelation-readiness. My request  "Do this in remembrance of me" is the appeal for cooperation from miracle workers. The two statements are not in the same order of reality. Only the latter involves an awareness of time, since to remember is to recall the past in the present. Time is under my direction, but timelessness belongs to God. In time we exist for and with each other. In timelessness we coexist with God.


8. You can do much on behalf of your own healing and that of others if, in a

situation calling for help, you think of it this way:


I am here only to be truly helpful.

I am here to represent him who sent me.

I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do, because he who sent

me will direct me.

I am content to be wherever he wishes, knowing he goes there with me.

I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal.

Image One:

Vintage design for a Nurse Tattoo by Quyen Dinh

 

 

Image Two:

‘Reiki Lotus’ by Erin Wilson


Explanation of Images:

We are all called upon to first heal ourselves then to offer this healing to others. Our healing begins with our relationship with the Holy Spirit and developing trust in our ‘right minds’. In fact, that what the Course in Miracles is attempting to do; he calls the Course ‘Mind Training’. When have learned to forgive ourselves for who we thought we were we are healed because our lives reflect the truth. This truth is available to others as well. As we live and interact with others we heal our friends and family and community as we are healed. Healing is natural; it is an expression of our authentic selves in relation to All That Is.