the Bible it says Adam fell asleep—and nowhere
does it say that he woke up. It’s
as though the human race has been asleep for ages, not
metaphorically but in a certain way literally. In our
sleep, we have begun to dream. And some of our dreams
have turned into nightmares.
is a nightmare. Addiction is a nightmare. Violence is
a nightmare. Starvation is a nightmare. War is a nightmare.
And the way we will change the world from being a place
where these things happen to a place where they no longer
do is not through what we do in a traditional sense,
but because we wake up from the living nightmare in
which they occur.
have been asleep without knowing it, taking
part in a great forgetting—of who we
are, what our power is, where we come from,
and what we truly need.
have been asleep without knowing it, taking part in
a great forgetting—of who we are, what our power
is, where we come from, and what we truly need. But
a great awakening is on the horizon, stirring like a
new dawn in each of us.
no accident that enlightened masters are called the
“awakened ones.” And now a species that
has been asleep too long is on the verge of a mass awakening.
Resistance to this awakening, a lure to sleep, the false
pleasures of numbness, are all real in our experience,
but they are not as powerful as they appear to be. We
are one with the Mind that thought us up, and nothing
we make up separately has any meaning whatsoever. When
we remember we are one with our Source, we’ll
wake up to our power and our nightmares will disappear.
Who We Are to Remembering
change our lives for the better, the first thing we
have to do is stop projecting our ego-based subselves
all over the place. Leading with Me the depressed, Me
the insecure, Me the angry, and Me the frightened is
not exactly the psychological equivalent of putting
your best foot forward. Yet
these psychic splinters, as it were, are what we do
lead with until they’re subsumed into the grandeur
of your true selves.
insecurity, anger, and fear are not eradicated just
because we have the right clothes, enough money, or
the right credentials. They can be camouflaged, but
only temporarily. People will almost telepathically
pick up the truth of our deeper feelings and subconsciously
reflect them back to us. All of us are involved in this
constant interactive process, every moment, no matter
about our divine heritage translates into confusion
about ourselves; not understanding who we are
or where we come from, we find it hard to understand
who we are now or where we are now.
only way we’ll have whole lives is if we dwell
within the wholeness of our true selves. And we are
whole when we are one with God. The word holy refers
to our connection to Him, and outside the connection
we are dissociated from our own essence.
it be weird to be one of Queen Elizabeth’s children
but somehow not know it?
we be missing out on a pretty significant aspect of
that geometrically in terms of psychological effect,
and you have a sense of how bizarre it is that we’ve
forgotten our Father is in heaven.
to A Course in Miracles, what we have is an
authorship problem. Not recognizing our divine source,
we express ourselves as creations of the world rather
than as creations of spirit. The world has imprinted
upon our psyches its brokenness and pain. And there
is no point in trying to heal that pain until we heal
our misplaced sense of heritage. We are not children
of the world; we are children of God. We don’t
have to allow the false input of a weary world to affect
us as it does.
about our divine heritage translates into confusion
about ourselves; not understanding who we are or where
we come from, we find it hard to understand who we are
now or where we are now. And so we lack spiritual stability.
In the absence of the sense of a divine creator, the
mind assumes that we’re our own creator and thus
our own God. If God isn’t the big cheese, then
I must be the big cheese! And that thought—that
we’re it, we’re the greatest—is not
merely narcissism. It’s a psychosis that permeates
the human condition. In remembering the truth of where
we came from, we become more open to the truth of who
of us, however, in between our infancy and death,
fall asleep to our true nature and experience
the hell of our self-imposed separation from
of the exercises in the workbook of A Course in
Miracles reads, “Love, which created me,
is what I am.” That statement amounts to a radical
and counterintuitive evaluation of our true nature —
for if I’m so good, then who is this person who
keeps making mistakes, self-sabotaging, and repeating
person is our fear-based ego. The word ego here means
what it meant to the ancient Greeks: a small and separated
self. When we identify with the ego, it’s like
looking at a hangnail and thinking, “That’s
who I am.” The
ego is an impostor self, masquerading as who we really
are yet in reality the embodiment of our own self-hatred.
It is the power of our own minds turned against us,
pretending to be our champion yet in reality undermining
all our hopes an dreams. The ego is a delusional splinter
that has cut itself off from our larger spiritual reality.
It sets up a parallel mental kingdom in which it sees
itself as different and special, always justified in
keeping the rest of the world at bay.
ourselves as separate, we subconsciously attract and
interpret circumstances that seem to bear out that
belief. That delusion kingdom is hell on earth.
we remember who we are, when we stand firm in the light
of our own true being as children of God, then the ego
begins, however, gradually, to recede. Darkness cannot
stand when we truly embrace the light—when we
consciously foster it and devote ourselves to it. That
is why recognizing who we are—that we are love,
that we are as God created us—is the most important
thing we can do in any instant. Love
is our spiritual reality, untarnished by anything that
has happened in the material world. When we forget this,
thoughts of at least subtle attack and defense become
a mental backdrop to our entire existence.
ego is “suspicious at best and vicious at worst.”
And we should not underestimate its vengeance. If we
wish a genuine healing of our hearts—not just
fixing things, not just bandaging the broken aorta of
the spirit—we must question the ego’s most
fundamental assumptions. For only when we reject the
ego’s account of who we are, can we begin to discover
who we really are. And who we really are, is holy.
holiness is both the opposite of and the antidote to the
ego. It is a state of being in which we have reconnected
with our Source, remembering that in fact we never left.
We were created by God in a state of holiness, we were
born onto the earth in a state of holiness, and we will
return to this state upon our death
of us, however, in between our infancy and death, fall
asleep to our true nature and experience the hell of
our self-imposed separation from God. Remembering
our connection to our Source awakens us and frees us
from the nightmares we create. In any Holy Instant,
the ego is made null and void.
is not simply a theological construct, applicable to
saints and enlightened masters but not to you and me.
Keeping such a concept on a high altar, away from practical
application, issimply an ego ploy to keep it at bay.
To say that we are holy is not symbolic; it is to say
that we are children of God—not just children
of this world—we begin to realize what spiritual
wealth we have inherited. And it is ours to use, to
cast out all darkness from ourselves and the world around
prayer we can work miracles in our lives. We have so
much more power than we are using yet—to heal
disease, repair relationships, reconcile nations, protect
our cities, and transform our world. As long as we think
that only “others” are holy, then only “others”
will seem to carry miraculous authority.
it isn’t true.
fact, all of us are holy, for all of us were created
by God. As we open our hearts to Him, and to each other,
our minds become conduits of the miraculous. Any and
all of us can pray for miracles, and He hears any and
all of us when we do.When we have freed the inner resources
of compassion that lie trapped within the maze of the
ego mind, there will be an explosion of miracles that
completely transforms ourselves and our world. We will
become reborn in spirit, free to express the creativity
and passion that lie within us in a way that we never
mortals have even scratched the surface of the potential
genius we all possess and will one day realize. The
great enlightened masters, from Buddha to Moses to Jesus,
attained such alignment with spirit that the world around
them was never again the same. They are elder brothers
who demonstrated our potential. They showed us what
each of us can one day become.
the mind is permeated by the realization of the awesome
power that lies within us, and as we allow ourselves
to embrace the principles of higher awareness, the ego
in time takes a backseat to higher truth. It cannot
stand before a mind that has begun to awaken to its
true reality. Eventually, accumulated spiritual knowledge
pays off, and a larger life begins to emerge.
The Gift of Change by Marianne
only way to gain power in a world that is moving too fast
is to learn to slow down. And the only way to spread one's
influence wide is to learn to go deep.
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Which created me, is what I am.”
I seek my own Identity, and find It in these words:
“Love, which created me, is what I am.”
Now need I seek no more. Love has prevailed. So still It
waited for my coming home, that I will turn away no longer
from the holy face of Christ. And what I look upon attests
the truth of the Identity I sought to lose, but which my
Father has kept safe for me.
my thanks to You for what I am;
for keeping my Identity untouched and sinless,
in the midst of all the thoughts of sin my foolish mind
And thanks to You for saving me from them. Amen”