Finally I am back to write something new here. Those of you who keep up with my Facebook page know that I have been out of commission for a while, having experienced a heart attack on April 4th. Apparently this body was in fairly bad condition for a while, as the things you always see on TV or in the movies with a hospital scene, the two things (I have no idea what they are officially called) are placed on your chest to send a shock to stimulate the heart into beating again, and the lungs into breathing. I don't remember any of that, as I don't remember the hours leading up to the attack or anything about the few days that immediately followed.
(Somehow I am unable to get the space between paragraphs just right, as in writing there is only one space between them. Please excuse the pitiful appearance and simply open up to what is available.)
I was in the hospital (first Intensive Care and then the Heart ward) for 16 days, and then in a physical rehabilitation center for 15 days before finally returning home. (And oh how I was happy to get home--I am truly a Cancer homebody.) I was heavily sedated for several days in the hospital, which led to some very intense and vivid dreams, which to me were mesmerizing experiences. I have shared some of those experiences since then on Facebook, and others in the lessons of the Course.
My theory, for what it's worth, is that someone or something died during that time, as perhaps was foreseen, and that whatever is left is a lighter, purer version of what (or who) was here before. That's been, let's say, simply my observation, subjective as it might be. Whatever the truth, I am happy to still be here, to be embodied and active among you. I enjoy a renewed enthusiasm and a great energy to share as much with you as possible during my extended time here.
After returning home, I began a renewed focus on the principles presented in the Course, in all lessons at and since the beginning. From my own experience, and from what many have shared with me over the years, I have seen that the primary principles of Truth are not only helpful, but essential to enjoying life as fully as possible--which includes successful accomplishment, radiant health, loving and harmonious relationships, contentment, and the ultimate fulfillment.
Those five qualities pretty much sum it up for me. With them, what else is needed or helpful? The principles of Truth were not invented by me, but are ancient teachings that have been passed down for a very long time. That in itself is something that is too large a subject to present at this time, although it comes to be understood in a most natural way by participants of the Course.
The two primary principles of Truth are that only the present moment is real, or exists now, and that what you think is what you get. Of course, simply reading or hearing about these principles, or even agreeing with them, is not enough to activate in our life the capability to experience them on an ongoing basis. To do this requires a continuous training for a period of time, and a great deal of repetition, for it is extremely challenging to present a new idea to the conscious mentality of a human individual unless it is reinforced over and over again. It is even a matter of understanding the same ideas in new and more expanded ways. Then, over and over again, we realize, 'Oh, that's what this means!'
This is why I chose, or it was chosen for me, to present the principles in an ongoing Course instead of a book, which can be finished and laid aside. This way we actually have time for the growth process to take place, and for true transformation.
There are many other principles that we can apply in practical ways for a greater life. For example, many people's lives, consciously or unconsciously, revolve around relationships in one form or another. Relationships exist on many levels simultaneously, and it is good to have an awareness of the different forms of relationship. In a sense, right now we are in relationship to time, depending on the time of our present existence, and to space, depending on where we find ourselves at the moment. We are also in relationship to all the various beings who people our lives.
There are many principles regarding participating in all these relationships in the highest possible way, which includes the communication or transmission of love and respect to all those around us. It does not matter how others might be, or if we perceive that they 'deserve' our love and respect or not--everyone deserves love. Love and respect are the primary qualities we have to share with others, and are all we should truly accept from others, regardless of how they treat us or the tone of their voice when they speak.
Again, merely reading about this, it seems a very good and noble idea, but more is required in order to actually generate these qualities in our actual day-to-day life. We must be trained how to do it right and to do it well, and we must practice with patience, yet persistence. The average person doesn't have the developed degree of will, or will power, in order to actually practice the principles in practical ways in his or her own life, yet it takes a while to truly understand what that means.
Can we relate to others with love and respect? It is HUGE to do so, yet it requires a conscious generation of love and respect to actually do this. This can be learned over a short time, if we are truly open to learning and practicing it, or over a longer time, if we have a hard time accepting the Truth of it, or resistance to practice, or resistance to repetition ('I already know that; why are you repeating that again?')
Just because we know it doesn't mean that we can apply it, which is one of the hardest things for many to grasp. We tend to think that because we know it, we can do it, but this is not true. There is a great difference between 'knowing about' it and actually doing it, or actually applying it in practical ways. Philosophically understanding something does not mean that we can actually put that knowledge to good use in our own life, for the betterment of ourselves as well as those with whom we are in contact.
To powerfully apply the principles requires a more refined energy than we ordinarily live with. This energy can easily be generated, once we learn how. You see, it is not enough to merely say, 'Generate more energy.' This cannot be done by someone who has never learned how to do that. The Course of Training via email is designed to increase the energy-level that we live on, which is much more satisfying than what we ordinarily experience.
We have the opportunity to learn many things that in ordinary life are never considered. For example, have we learned to go beyond reactions and to only consciously respond to anything that comes up? As long as we easily react to various things that happen, or to what others say, we put ourselves at a great disadvantage. Our reactions, for the most part, are conditioned in us from an early age, and are not natural ways of responding to whatever stimuli requires it.
Do we know to never blame another for our experience or our feeling? It is essential for a balanced life to take responsibility for whatever we experience or feel. In fact, we reach a point where we even take responsibility for what we see--depending on our own degree of development. We habitually blame our reactions and anger on another or others, not realizing that we ourselves habitually (and unconsciously) generate them, as well as other negative emotions.
Are we aware of the great power of never explaining ourselves? This is so simple, yet it is important to understand. For example, regarding most people, if you suggest to them a better, more effective way of doing something, they react by explaining why they are doing it the way they did. For some reason people always want to explain themselves, as though rationalizing their lives at every turn. It is fine to explain something if someone asks us to, but to offer an unsolicited explanation is usually pretty boring for anyone.
Don't you get bored hearing others explain themselves? Who cares? All we can do is be patient and say, 'Thank you for the explanation,' and hope they are willing to go on with something more alive.
Yes, that's it: an upgraded quality of life is what we are looking for, and this is accomplished by adding more liveliness to life. Again, it is a matter of generation. People do not realize that, in order for a quality to actually be alive, it must be generated. We tend to wish for love, while the only way to actually experience love is to generate love.
All of this happens quite naturally through participation in the Course, and through staying attuned to our current lesson, once we start receiving them. From that point it is like taking one step after another in a most natural way.
Those who participate in the Course--and we get new participants every month--already know these principles, or are in the process of learning and applying them, yet I simply felt like presenting them to those who might not be participating in the Course, just to share the great value of them, as well as to serve as an overview and a review, for Course participants, of some of the basic principles explored in the lessons.
At this point I will present some question and answer interactions from the comments following the previous (March) article, or post.
Actually, I will share the answers, as the essence of any question is contained in the answer. If you wish to specifically see the question, refer to the comments from last time:
There is a unique Self that operates in us as Awareness/Attention. It plays a game of imagining Itself to be all these various individuals, for Its own amusement and delight. The Reality of it never changes, although the forms it appears in are constantly changing.
For example, there is the same amount of water in the world today as there was in the beginning. It only changes forms--is evaporated out of the ocean, then deposited by rain into a stream which runs into a river that eventually returns it to the ocean, where it began. The cycle continues endlessly.
It is the same way regarding the Self, or pure Consciousness, or the Awareness of Being. It is eternally changeless, perfect, and pure; yet it manifests as a multitude of forms that are continuously changing, as Its own Play.
You asked, 'To experience the benefits of the Course fully, is it necessary to practice the principles of creative thought?'
Only if you have previously created or attracted conditions of lack, loss, illness, negative emotions, a general unhappiness--all of which are the result of negative or limited thinking. The primary reason the Course includes the process of Creation, to create or attract more desirable conditions and experiences, is because we already use that power anyway, only we unknowingly use it negatively, to make us feel even worse and to make life seem even harder than it needs to be.
This is why I say, if the conditions of your life as it is are painful or unsatisfying, you can create more pleasant conditions simply through training your creative mind to think only what you choose--which will be what is best for yourself and for everyone around you as well.
The best meditation I experience is reading my current lesson. If you read through your whole current lesson, you will have experienced a great meditation.
Other than that, you can sit in a comfortable position, spine straight to allow the passage of energy, and focus on your body being filled with light--or even envision a body of light that animates and carries around this temporary physical body. Focus on light until it fills the room, or space that you occupy, with light.
Regarding your depression, it is very important to actually APPLY the principles of the lessons, and not merely agree with them. That is, think only what makes you feel good, and refuse to even consider anything that makes you feel bad. It is such a simple solution to all problems, but only a handful actually do this on a consistent basis. It does require will power until it is passed on to the subconscious mind, and then it will happen automatically, without having to think about it.
You said, 'Applying 'what I think is what I get' is difficult for me.' I respectfully disagree. You get right now what you think or have been thinking over time. The principle is infallible. So you are getting what you think, but if you are not happy with it, then you need to change your habitual thoughts and think only what makes you happy. Refuse to even consider anything that makes you unhappy, or that feels bad.
As far as what direction you should go in your life, you are already going. The mind can't figure out which direction to go. Your self-created karma (the conditions and experiences of our personal life) will happen no matter what you think. Then the only thing we can do is to remain in harmony with our karma. If you are not in harmony with something, then look within and discover within yourself what you need to change in order to be in harmony with it. Do not worry about changing the outside. Our life has its own direction, and we are already on the path. All we need to do is to maintain a harmonious state regarding anything that comes up.
This very moment our past is passing, our karma (the results of all our predominant thoughts leading up to Now) is happening exactly as we 'saw' it in our thoughts and beliefs. What we inwardly see now includes the seeds that have been planted inside us some time in our life. Now you have the power to project your own state, your own feelings and beliefs, upgrading the 'reality' perceived from birth, as you have been subtly and not so subtly brainwashed since then.
In time the principles of Truth will become your link to what we are all tuning more and more into--the Supreme Principle--because of its solidity, and because nothing can change or alter it in any way, and you have no doubt about it whatsoever.
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