Teaching Indifference and Love

In A Course in Miracles, Jesus explains the importance of the crucifixion:

I elected, for your sake and mine, to demonstrate that the most outrageous assault, as judged by the ego, does not matter. As the world judges these things, but not as God knows them, I was betrayed, abandoned, beaten, torn, and finally killed. It was clear that this was only because of the projection of others onto me, since I had not harmed anyone and had healed many.
A Course in Miracles, T-6.I.9:1-3

In other words, Jesus did not consider himself to be a body, so the attack on his body did not matter. We cannot find peace in this world unless we are indifferent about what happens to the body. If we worry that we will be attacked, that we will get sick, or that we will die, then we immediately lose our peace. When we worry about our bodies, we attempt to protect them by building walls between ourselves and other potential attackers, by putting special foods or substances into them to try to ward off disease, and by preemptively attacking anything that might be a threat to our body.

However, as Jesus explains, when we think of ourselves as a body we are thinking insanely. What is real cannot be destroyed, and the body, by virtue of being destructible, cannot also be real. What are we really? We are an extension of the love of our Creator, an extension of the thought of union. Instead of believing that we are spiritual love, we often believe that we are fragile bodies, and thus we feel a continual fear that we will be destroyed along with our bodies. We cannot feel peace or experience our true nature of love while we are afraid of the death of our bodies.

Thus, we need to be indifferent about our bodies in order to accept perfect love into our mind. Jesus gave us an extreme example of indifference. He endured many assaults on his body without fighting back, thus showing us how we could overcome our fear of death and have faith in eternal life. Jesus doesn’t ask us to be martyrs but to be teachers. We continually teach others our beliefs, because our beliefs directly influence our actions and our words. When we react in a fearful manner, we are teaching others that we are a fragile body. However, when we respond to assaults with love, we are teaching that it doesn’t matter what happens to our body, that we are indestructible spirit, and that no one can become sinful by attacking us.

The belief that the body is real, and that reality can be destroyed, lead to the belief that sin is real and that guilt and fear are justified. On the other hand, if we believe that we are God’s eternal and indestructible creation, then we can overlook all attacks on our body, we can teach others that only love is real, and we can regain our peace.

The Ego’s Last Stand

This poem is about letting go of the past, and abandoning our belief that sin cannot be undone

You’ve taught me to lie without a trace
And to kill with no remorse
On the outside I’m the greatest guy
But now I’m dead inside
—From “Dead Inside” by Muse

You would be responsible for the effects of all your wrong thinking if it could not be undone. The purpose of the Atonement is to save the past in purified form only…. The continuing decision to remain separated is the only possible reason for continuing guilt feelings.
—A Course in Miracles

If we cannot undo the past
And in its grip it holds us fast
Then sin must be seen as real
And guilt is what we all must feel

But if the effects of our deeds
Can be undone, then life proceeds
And if our mind this world has made
Our mind can allow the world to fade

For the mind can create or make
The mind can create when awake
But when the mind itself divides
It makes what the ego decides

The ego is a brief aberration
It is our choice for separation
But our nature is to be complete
By uniting all that is discrete

The ego knows that its days are short
And many are leaving its support
But what can the ego really give
That would help us to thrive and live?

The ego spreads the idea of sin
And that we must fight in order to win
Each on his lonely island must contend
And his private body and thoughts defend

But without our obsession with guilt
Which our strong belief in sin has built
The ego would not need to exist
And our “sinful” past would be dismissed

For eons the ego has been preaching
And we have been following its teaching
We have over-learned its lessons of hate
And we have accepted death as our fate

But some have begun heeding a timeless voice
And are learning that they have another choice
They’re learning about the strength of a healed mind
Which, alone and separate, they could not find

But the ego will not go away in peace
Until we give it up, its shrieks will not cease
It attempts to keep us apart and unique
And it uses every trick and technique

But the power is now in our hands
We don’t have to heed the ego’s commands
We only need to learn how to forgive
If we would begin to live and let live

If I Believe

This is my first, and perhaps last, Shakespearean sonnet.

If I believe that you are safely hid
In the eternal place where you are from,
Then nothing you will do, or sooner did,
Possesses strength to keep you ever glum.

If I believe that you may not be hurt
Or crushed by careless spoken barbs in haste,
Then all they say to you or do assert
Will not leave you chagrined or quite disgraced.

If I believe the world is just a test
For us to quickly learn how to forgive,
Then maybe we will all be fully blessed
By the joy we all both receive and give.

And nothing will be able to destroy
The nature we all share of love and joy.

The Cat And The Mouse

Once there lived a cat and a mouse
In an average suburban house

The cat got his meals every day
Even when the owners were away

The cat had nothing to worry about
But there was something he was without

He felt alone, even with clever mankind
For his owners could not understand his mind

So the cat felt lonely and without a peer
For there was only one other animal near

The mouse had to scavenge for every meal
And run and hide whenever the women squeal

He fears every moving being
And is always their sight fleeing

The cat knows he’s the master
And that he can run faster

And the cat knows that he is duty bound
To chase and kill every mouse that’s around

But the cat has had enough of killing
And to chase, he is no longer willing

Every time he does a mouse kill
He gets less and less of a thrill

And he thinks, “I would rather have a friend
Than see the life of this last mouse end”

So he waits for the mouse to come out
Of his hole, and step gently about

But the mouse smells the cat waiting
And he thinks, “He is only baiting”

After several nights without seeing the mouse
The cat walks back and forth through the house

The cat thinks, “I need a friend
But this mouse does not comprehend

That my intentions are good
He has not understood”

Then the cat had a new thought
And to the mouse’s hole some food brought

But the mouse would not go outside
And continued from the cat to hide

But then the mouse had nothing to eat
He wondered if he should take the treat

“Is it better to starve in this place
Or take the risk of death and disgrace?”

But then he thought, “For countless years
Cats and mice have fought, it appears

But perhaps this cat is not the same
Maybe he has given up the game”

So, one night, the mouse came out
For the food and sniffed about

He smelled the cat, and saw the food
When he took the crumb, the cat just mewed

Then the mouse thought, “Is this really true?
Can this cat shun what he was raised to do?”

Although the cat could not speak
He won the mouse’s trust after a week

And now these enemies are friends
And the mouse has joy that never ends

For he has forgiven the cat for killing his kin
And the cat also feels that it is a win-win

For he has a friend who understands him
And he feels relief for being forgiven

And maybe someday the owners
Will no longer be loners

When they see the cat and mouse playing
Maybe they will also cease their slaying

And by the example of these two friends
Also find a joy that never ends

Special Love or Real Love

The ideas in this essay are abstract, but the truth is abstract because it applies to everyone. Statements about specific details are not important. What is important is finding the truth that can solve all of our problems at the same time.

All of the world’s problems came from our feelings of guilt. Actually, the whole visible world was produced and is maintained by our feelings of guilt.

Originally, we knew ourselves as a holy and guiltless spiritual presence, at one with all that is. Although we are still guiltless spirit, we now perceive ourselves as separate, guilty bodies and do not remember our state of guiltless love and joy.

While we were in our state of guiltless love and joy, we had the idea of sin. And because we were free to think and do anything, this idea of sin had the power to block from our awareness our innocence and joy. Because we began to believe in sin and guilt, the world we see was made to express and experience these ideas. Because we now believe we are guilty, we want to get rid of this guilt to make ourselves feel better. One way that we try to get rid of guilt is by forming “special relationships” and by attempting to obtain “special love.”

“Special love” is really a contradiction in terms, because real love does not see differences but instead loves everyone and everything equally. Special love separates one part of the world and tries to gain acceptance and love from this special part of the world. Because we feel that we are guilty, we search for someone who will tell us that we are special and important. Without feelings of guilt, we would never attempt the impossible and try to find union through exclusion.

Because we feel guilty, we “sacrifice” our self on the altar of the relationship and attempt to replace our guilty self with the other special self that we have found. However, when we try to steal this special self and take it as our possession, this makes us feel even guiltier, because we feel that we have nothing of value to give in return. Therefore, special relationships continue the cycle of guilt and continue the belief that we are sinful and guilty.

Another side effect of our feelings of guilt is the desire to attack ourselves and others for our perceived guiltiness. If we did not feel guilty, we would not condemn ourselves or others, for we can only see sin in others if we see the same sin in ourselves first.

We cannot get rid of guilt by ourselves because the thoughts of sin and guilt have become a habit and a cycle. We need someone who is not locked into this cycle to tell and show us that we are guiltless. We need the help of someone who does not share our belief in sin and guilt. When we listen to this voice, sometimes called the “Holy Spirit,” we will gradually learn that we have never sinned and that we are still guiltless.

The “Holy Spirit” (the spirit of oneness) teaches us to forgive ourselves and others—to forgive everyone equally. The only way to get out of the mess that we are in is to forgive, or to overlook everything that we think is a mistake. This way, we will not even see sin in ourselves or anyone else.

Special relationships make us feel fearful, selfish, jealous, and even guiltier. On the other hand, holy relationships bring us closer to the awareness of oneness, real love (which is spiritual union), peace, and joy. We are all sick until we are all well. No one can be completely joyful while one of us is separated from the whole. That is why we must all work together and help each other to forgive. We are all working together on this project of regaining our awareness of heaven. We are already within the heaven of real love, but we need to practice forgiveness in order to cleanse our minds of the remaining feelings of guilt.

You might say, “But I really am guilty, for I have done many bad things, and I have hurt many people.” In response, the Holy Spirit says, “What is real is eternal and cannot be destroyed or hurt. Only mistaken thinking can cause anyone to suffer. Are you ready to choose to forgive, let go of the belief in sin and guilt, and return to your home in heaven, which you have never really left?”

Reality and Forgiveness

If we consider bodies and physical things to be real, then all of our forgiveness is useless because all physical things will dissolve and all of our hopes and dreams and plans will come to nothing.

On the other hand, if we consider only eternal things to be real, then forgiveness is not needed because eternal things cannot be destroyed and no action can affect what is eternally real.

It is only while we are in the middle that we need forgiveness. When we are tempted to believe that bodies are real, we make plans that involve the body. Then we become angry and judgmental when someone does something that disrupts our plans that involve the body. Forgiveness is needed in this case because we need to overlook what we thought was evil. This “evil” is not real in an objective, absolute sense because it depends on our thoughts about the supposed reality of the body and the importance of our plans concerning the body.

We are not a body. If we were a body, then we would have no reason for faith or hope or love, for these things are impossible when we think that we are a body that will die. Instead, what we are is the thought of love (spiritual union). Most of the time, we don’t believe that we are spiritual love. We have forgotten our reality. Forgiveness is for those of us who still believe that the physical world is real and has value. While we believe that the experience of being in the body can give us something we want, we become resentful when someone does something that prevents us from fulfilling our body wishes. However, when someone does something that disrupts our body plans, this action cannot be objectively and absolutely evil. We can see the action as evil and something to be condemned if we believe that our body plans should not be changed. On the other hand, we can see the action as something to be thankful for if we see it as a reminder that we are not a body and that we should focus on eternal reality.

Therefore, we have a choice. We can either focus on the body and think of our body plans as holy and something to be defended, or we can focus on the eternal and realize that all of our worry, fear, and anger have no foundation. Forgiveness helps us to go from the first perspective to the second. Once we have forgiven all of the “evil” that has been done to us, we will realize that that evil had no real existence. And without the existence of evil, we will know ourselves as the love that we all are.

The Emerging World of Oneness


Contents

The Desire for Oneness | The Richness of Nature | Some Important Terms | A World Based on Attack | Levels of Organization and Emergence | The New Paradigm of Love | The Importance of the Resurrection | Electromagnetic Energy and Communication | Separation Before Oneness | Characteristics of the World of Oneness | The Earth Is not the Ultimate Goal

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The Desire for Oneness

But if tomorrow everybody under the sun
Was happy just to live as one
No borders or battles to be won

But if tomorrow everybody was your friend
Happiness would never end

Lord, don’t you wish it was true
Lord, don’t you wish it was true
–John Fogerty, from “Don’t You Wish It Was True”

The wish for everyone to live as one is not an idle wish or a powerless desire. This essay will attempt to show how a world of oneness will emerge.

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The Richness of Nature

John Denver wrote “Annie’s Song” for his lover. In this song, he compares his lover’s presence to the experience of being in nature:

You fill up my senses
Like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
–John Denver, from “Annie’s Song”

When I was a child, in the 1980s, I lived in an average American neighborhood. I lived in a small three-bedroom house lined up close to two neighboring houses on a straight, concrete street. Each house had a small backyard and front yard. In our front yard, my dad had mowed the grass around the small oak trees that had just started growing. By the time I had reached eight or ten years of age, the trees had grown to tower over our house.

At that time, we had put up some bird feeders and bird houses around our house. One bird house that we put up was about 10 feet (3 meters) above the ground on the side of one of the oak trees. We had cut the door hole of the bird house at just the right size so that the common house sparrows could not fit inside, but smaller birds could fit inside.

It happened that a pair of chickadees (small black-and-white birds) built a nest in the bird house. One day, after the baby birds had hatched from the eggs, I climbed a nearby tree to get a better look at the bird house. When the parent birds got used to my presence, they continued to feed their offspring. Chickadees, in my opinion, have a very cheerful song, and they sang this song while they worked to feed their young. This experience of observing the chickadees cheerfully feeding their young was one of the highlights of my experience of being in nature and I have never forgotten it.

Those who have always lived in a big city or in a skyscraper might never have had the experience of being immersed in nature and absorbing all of its amazing sensory inputs. One cannot adequately describe or transmit this experience in words, for you have to experience it yourself to understand it. John Denver’s song above might sound strange to you if you have never been immersed in nature. Could it really be a compliment to compare your lover to “a night in the forest”?

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Some Important Terms

Love, oneness, God, and communication are related ideas that cannot be precisely differentiated or separated into different definitions. However, we can say that complete communication is necessary for love and oneness, and we can say that God is the intelligence of love or oneness. In this essay, you can substitute the word “oneness” for the word “God” if the word “God” makes you feel uncomfortable.

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A World Based On Attack

In John Denver’s most famous song, “Rocky Mountain High,” he sings about the joy of being in nature, either alone or with friends. However, in this same song he says,

Now his life is full of wonder
But his heart still knows some fear
–John Denver, from “Rocky Mountain High”

Why does he still feel fear? In nature, there is an undercurrent of fear, for different species attack and devour each other, and members of the same species attack and compete with each other for food, resources, and mates. For example, the chickadees in my experience had to kill insects so that their offspring could grow and survive.

My grandmother once told me about an experience she had at her house in Florida. She also had a bird house on a tree in her yard, and some type of birds had made a nest there. When the young birds were old enough to leave the nest, some of them came out of the bird house. However, an owl was patiently waiting for this event, and when the young birds left the safety of the bird house, the owl swooped down and snatched one of the baby birds for its meal. My grandmother said that she felt sad about this, but she decided that that was just how nature was.

The book A Course in Miracles agrees with this assessment of nature that my grandmother made. In fact, it claims that

The world was made as an attack on God [or oneness]. It symbolizes fear. And what is fear except love’s absence? Thus the world was meant to be a place where God could enter not, and where His Son [God’s creation] could be apart from Him. Here was perception born, for knowledge could not cause such insane thoughts. But eyes deceive, and ears hear falsely. Now mistakes become quite possible, for certainty has gone.
–A Course in Miracles

We attacked oneness because we wished for reality to be different. However, we could not destroy oneness. We simply became blind to oneness and our knowledge of oneness became subconscious. Now we consciously perceive separation and fragmentation in the world. In order to maintain the illusion of separation, we have to continue to attack each other and every part of the world. Thus, attack is the basis of the world we see.

Everywhere you look now, Murder Incorporated
–Bruce Springsteen, from “Murder Incorporated”

Attack is incorporated in the world as we know it. And attack can include a nasty look or a verbal insult, as well as a physical assault. All of these things serve to separate us and maintain the perception of the fragmentation of the world. However, on the subconscious level, we are all still one. We are like icebergs. We cannot see how we all are united by the water of energy that surrounds us. We can only see the tops of the icebergs, which appear separate from each other. We are also like sleepwalkers. We are not awake to–or aware of–oneness. We are asleep and dreaming of separation, fear, and attack.

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Levels of Organization and Emergence

There are many levels of organization in the universe, from subatomic particles to atoms, molecules, cells, organs, organisms, ecosystems, planets, solar systems, galaxies, and so on. We have no idea how far down and how far up these levels of organization extend. Let’s start with an atom. Let’s imagine that we have an isolated individual atom (something impossible, except in our imagination). When the atom combines with other atoms, it can emerge as a mass of some type of substance in some phase (such as a solid, liquid, or gas). However, when one type of atom combines with (chemically reacts with and bonds with) another type of atom, the resulting molecule usually has characteristics and properties that are quite different that the properties of either of the component atoms. In fact, we cannot guess the properties of the resulting molecule merely by looking at the properties of the component atoms. The resulting molecule has properties and behaviors that are entirely new and different from the properties and behaviors of the component atoms. This emergence of new properties and behaviors occurs with every step up to higher levels of organization. We cannot tell how a human will behave merely by studying the cells that make up his body, for the human is a new level of organization with its own unique properties and behaviors.

The awareness of oneness is what we lost when we attacked reality. Now, oneness is only subconsciously part of us. Our bodies obviously work well when we do not attack them, for they are connected to oneness. We do not fully know how our bodies work, for only a small part of our body-awareness is conscious, and the subconscious workings of our bodies are taken care of by the so-called “autonomic nervous system.” The choice that we have to make is one of joining the rest of the universe in its oneness, or choosing to continue our illusory separate existence by attacking everything that we meet. Even if we choose attack, we cannot destroy ourselves or reality, for the reality of oneness continues to surround us.

God goes with me wherever I go.
–A Course in Miracles

A cell might find meaning in its life by being part of a human, while a human can find completion by nurturing each cell in his body. In the same way, a human can find meaning in life by doing the will of God, and God can find completion by loving and nurturing each human in His care.

God Himself is incomplete without me.
–A Course in Miracles

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The New Paradigm of Love

The heart has got to open in a fundamental way
–Leonard Cohen, from “Democracy”

When Jesus lived on the earth about two thousand years ago, he “seeded” the world with a new idea. In place of the paradigm of attack, he introduced the paradigm of love (a paradigm is a framework with which we perceive the world):

[Jesus said,] “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
–John 13:34 NASB

How did Jesus love his followers? He laid down his life for them. As he said,

[Jesus said,] “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
–John 15:13 NASB

It is this self-giving and ego-denying love that Jesus embodied and taught:

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after [follow] Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”
–Matthew 16:24-25 NASB

Many people think that they have to fight for their lives to survive (the attack paradigm), but those who hear Jesus’ message–and know that he conquered death by his return to life–have faith in eternal life, and self-giving love.

[Jesus] said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that the birds of the air can nest under its shade.”
–Mark 4:30-32 NASB

Jesus nourished the seed of self-giving love, and that seed has been spreading throughout the world. Some people accept Jesus’ message of forgiveness and love, while others reject it. Some people are inclined to accept the new paradigm of love and oneness, while others are unable to accept the new paradigm, and they cling to the old, familiar paradigm of attack.

[Jesus said,] “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end [of the age] will come.”
–Matthew 24:14 NASB

Once everyone in the world has been exposed to Jesus’ idea of self-giving love, and has been given a definite choice, the end of the age will come. Those who believe in love will form a new organism, and a world with the property of oneness will emerge. Those who are unwilling or unable to adapt to the new energy of oneness will leave the earth. Those that still cherish the attack paradigm will be like cancer cells in the body. The body (the earth) will identify the cancer cells, separate them from the healthy cells, and flush them out.

Those who choose the love paradigm do not instantly and automatically cease to attack, for the transition from attack to love requires the process of forgiveness. The feeling of guilt is what makes us attack ourselves and others, and attack, in turn, makes us feel guilty. Forgiveness of ourselves and others is the way out of the cycle of guilt and attack. Forgiveness is the process of reversing the first decision to attack reality and reject oneness. Forgiveness is the willingness to choose the reality of oneness instead of the illusion of separation. This willingness to give up attack and embrace love grows stronger with practice.

One of Jesus’ followers, named Peter, apparently did not yet fully understand Jesus’ command of love, for when some men came to arrest Jesus, Peter attacked one of the men with a sword. (His mind was still in the attack paradigm.) But Jesus immediately healed the man’s wound. (Jesus continued to embody the paradigm of love, even when being arrested.)

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The Importance of the Resurrection

It is important to understand and believe that Jesus, the Christ, died and came back to life. He was arrested (although he had done nothing wrong) and he was crucified (nailed to a wooden cross). He died on the cross and was put into a tomb. On the third day, he came back to life (a process called the resurrection) and came out of the tomb. He then appeared to his followers and his followers began to have a deeper understanding of eternal life and self-giving love. Without faith in eternal life, self-giving love becomes a joke, for who would give up his life for his friends if he didn’t believe in eternal life? As it is written in the Bible,

But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. [Vain means empty or pointless.]
–1 Corinthians 15:13-14 NASB

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies…”
–John 11:25 NASB

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Electromagnetic Energy and Communication

The experience of being in nature does not just involve the five usual senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste, for nature communicates in conscious and subconscious ways with the whole electromagnetic spectrum. The world is bathed in electromagnetic energy, and natural systems and organisms use this energy to communicate with meaningful signals.

However, if there is too much electromagnetic noise in the environment, it becomes very difficult for organisms to communicate internally and externally, inside and outside the apparent boundaries of their bodies. If the signal-to-noise ratio gets too low, then the signal gets lost in the noise and normal communication is blocked.

When we are in nature, we don’t just see the light shining through the trees, hear the birds singing, or feel the grass under our feet. We are bathed by a symphony of electromagnetic energy. This energy is what makes us feel alive and connected to the environment. With all of the manmade electromagnetic energy in the world now (produced by, among other things, radio and television towers, cell phone towers, cordless landline phones, power lines, and Wi-Fi routers), many bands of the electromagnetic spectrum are blocked or confused. On a personal level, I haven’t received “good vibrations” from nature for many years.

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Separation Before Oneness

We can view the earth as an organism that is composed of component organisms (such as plants, rocks, animals, and humans). The world we now see was initially made as an attack upon oneness. However, Jesus initiated a new paradigm in the world that will restore love and oneness to our minds.

If you have built a house out of Legos, and you decide you want to make a hospital out of the same blocks, you have to take apart the pieces of your house first. In the same way, perhaps, the lack of communication between organisms, the jamming of their natural signals by manmade technology, has a secondary purpose. Perhaps, the old world of attack is being taken apart so that a new world of love can be assembled. Beings of attack are being electromagnetically decoupled from beings of love so that the beings of attack can be removed from the world-organism.

Love, as with electromagnetic communication, is also being jammed or blocked:

[Jesus said,] “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.”
–Matthew 24:12 NASB

However, even if beings of love and beings of attack are being separated by the disruption of communication, all beings still have a subconscious connection to oneness that can never be severed, for life is eternal and it does not exist in isolation.

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Characteristics of the World of Oneness

The characteristics of the new world-organism will be new and different from the characteristics of the old world-organism. However, the prophet Isaiah gives us a hint about what the world will be like when the paradigm of love is fulfilled in the world:

“The wolf and the lamb [natural enemies in the world of attack] will graze together [in oneness], and the lion will eat straw like the ox; and dust will be the serpent’s food. They [and all of nature] will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain,” says the LORD.
–Isaiah 65:25 NASB

They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea.
–Isaiah 11:9 NASB

In other words, oneness, love, and complete communication will return to the world.

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The Earth Is not the Ultimate Goal

Life on earth is not the ultimate goal, for life on earth does not last forever. The faith in eternal life is the faith that allows one to overcome the fear of death and accept self-giving love. No one on earth is perfect yet, for if one were perfect, one wouldn’t need to learn the lessons of forgiveness available on earth. The emergence of oneness on earth provides a place for the last lessons that we need to learn before God takes the final step of bringing us into heaven, our true home.

When the body [and earthly, physical things] ceases to attract you, and when you place no value on it as a means of getting anything, then there will be no interference in communication and your thoughts will be as free as God’s. As you let the Holy Spirit teach you how to use the body only for purposes of communication, and renounce its use for separation and attack which the ego sees in it, you will learn you have no need of a body at all.
–A Course in Miracles

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An Open Letter to the Oppressed People of the Earth

This poem introduces five ways of dealing with suffering.

Around the world, people are suffering
From hatred, attack, and plundering
But each has his own way of dealing
With the pain and sorrow he is feeling

The first way of dealing with oppression
Is to stoically endure the aggression
To grit one’s teeth and to brace
For the pain that one must face

The second way of dealing with abuse
Is to return the punches, and to refuse
To endure the attacks without
Trying to knock the abuser out

The third way of dealing with forceful whim
Is to feel that one is a superior victim
By suffering, one feels that one is better
And that one’s attacker will be a debtor

The fourth way of dealing with attack
Is to pity the one who strikes one’s back
To believe that the attacker will receive
Punishment for his acts, without reprieve

The fifth way of dealing with insults
Is to see that error has no results
The body that does hurt and ache
Does not of reality partake

This is the way that the mind does transcend
The suffering that does not seem to end
The mind that can transcend by forgiving
Will find a new peaceful way of living

The body cannot suffer without the mind
So the mind simply needs to seek and find
A way to cancel all thoughts of pain
That travel through the physical brain

The mind that does not cling to guilt or fear
Can overlook the past, and become clear
For the past and its errors do not exist
And only thoughts of love and truth will persist

So to the oppressed I say
Look with hope toward that day
When the past is canceled out
And peace and joy are felt throughout

You don’t need to feel the pain forever
You don’t need to hate the oppressor
You don’t need to feel superior to him
Or pity him for reaping his harvest grim

Be glad that creation is all the same
We all need to give up attack and blame
And when we conquer the darkness within
We will finally achieve the win-win

A Myth of Eternity and the World

Imagine this: There is a small point of light. You are that light. The light that is you begins to expand and grow brighter and brighter. You are light, love, joy, and knowledge. These attributes are you and you are all of them. In your light, your knowledge is complete. You know everything there is to know. In your love, which is your union with all of creation, your joy continues to increase. Your love and joy continue to expand into infinity. Your mind is filled with unspeakable gratitude to your Source, your Creator, and your mind is filled with the thought, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” You know your Creator completely because He made you like Himself. In your joy, you desire only to extend your joy, so you create like your Creator by extending your attributes into infinity. In the light that is you, you are free to express all thoughts and ideas without limit. Your play is unlimited, free, and joyful. You know that you were created as an eternal being. You don’t need to look out of a body’s eyes on a small part of the universe. You don’t need to hear with a body’s ears only sounds in a small, limited space. You are unlimited light and joy. Within this sea of love and joy, a thought comes to you: I will do something my Creator has not done. In fact, I will contradict his will. The next instant, a frown appears on your metaphorical face. Then you wink, and are filled with uproarious laughter, laughter that reverberates throughout the entire universe. You realize that you had made a tremendously funny joke, and you cannot limit the joy that you created. Your joy extends to infinity and all of creation shares your joy. All of creation realizes that creation is eternal, that life shares one will, and that the Creator cannot be contradicted. This knowledge is what keeps all of creation in complete security and happiness. You continue to praise and thank your Creator and you continue to create by extending yourself into infinity.

Why am I sharing these abstract ideas about eternity? Reality is beyond anything that we can say, isn’t it? Yes, but words can point us towards the truth, even if they cannot fully represent the truth. The previous paragraph is a metaphor, or myth, that can point us towards the truth. Eternity is unbroken, unlimited joy. However, we can be blind to eternity while we are in time. In fact, the previous paragraph basically explains how A Course in Miracles says the visible world was made. The whole world of perception that we now share was made from the idea that we had contradicted the will of God. Our whole timeline occurred in the instant that we metaphorically frowned. The next instant, we shared the joy of our joke. However, when we “frowned,” we made a world of perception and time, a world of separation in which real love, joy, light, and knowledge cannot exist. Even though eternity is not affected by this world of time, we still get to experience this world of time. The good news is that nothing we do here can destroy our eternal reality. The bad news is that we can experience time for as long as we wish and we can delay our return to the light as long as we want.

The instant that we entered time, we actually believed that we had contradicted the will of our Creator. We believed that we had “sinned.” That is why we feel guilt deep within ourselves, and this guilt is what keeps the world going on in its separated form, with separate bodies and separate thoughts. Our Creator answered our separation and guilt by creating the “Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit gently encourages us to forgive ourselves and to awaken to our reality in the light. In reality, we are not guilty of anything, because our excursion into time has no effects on eternal reality. However, since we believe we are guilty, and we continue to judge and attack ourselves, we need to forgive ourselves to reverse our thoughts of guilt and purify our minds. Once all of the parts of this world have completely forgiven themselves, everything here will re-enter the light and this world of perception will cease to exist. It is all about what we think. What we choose to think has power–the power to make unreal worlds, or to extend eternity. The thoughts that we share with our Creator are the ones that we can extend into infinity. The thoughts that we try to think apart from our Creator have the power to make inconsequential worlds of perception, and while we believe in these separate worlds, we will see them. The question is this: How long do we want to stay in this world of separation, guilt, fear, and pain? It is only a matter of time until we return to the light. We can delay this return as long as we want, but time has an appointed end, and we will re-enter the light to our great joy. This essay gives us the big picture. In a future essay, I might discuss more details about our work to make the end of time come more quickly. Let me know if you would like to read more essays about this topic.

The UniMind and the Imminent Awakening of Creation

Are you ready for the shining world transparent
When the contents of your heart will be apparent
For the mind’s eye will see what is unblocked
And the secrets of the world will be unlocked
—From “The World Transparent,” by Alan Steinle

When they [your thoughts] have been sufficiently purified He lets you give them away. The decision to share them is their purification.
A Course in Miracles

I don’t claim to be the originator of the ideas in this essay. I am simply putting the ideas into a new form. The ideas come from the book A Course in Miracles and from many other sources, but ultimately they all come from one source—the Universal Mind, or what we can call the one mind or the UniMind.

In the same way, I don’t claim to have originated myself. I am an idea in the UniMind, and I am not a body. I am an extension of the UniMind, an extension of all that the UniMind is—love (union), knowledge, joy, and peace.

If we are the creation or extension of the UniMind, then why aren’t we aware of its attributes of love, joy, peace, and knowledge? It is because we have chosen to take a “detour into fear.” We have chosen to reject the reality of the UniMind. We have rejected omniscience (or, rather, uniscience, “the knowledge of oneness”) for the perception of individual parts. We have collectively chosen to perceive the universe as a multitude of unrelated parts. This is why we live in fear and loneliness. We have given up the union of all for the experience of living in isolation.

Ironically, we first had to collectively decide to separate before we could experience separation and isolation. Why we decided to separate is not something we can understand. It has no meaning. And when we decide to be aware of our oneness again, it will be as though our fragmentation had never occurred—it will be completely forgotten.

So, our current situation is one of fragmentation and isolation, but this is not our natural state. Our natural state is to be completely happy and satisfied with perfect knowledge. How do we regain this sublime state? We have to want it more than we want the now-familiar state of separation. We have become so used to being separate from each other that we find some comfort in it, and we have become afraid of the currently unknown state of oneness. However, we cannot forever exist in a fragmented state, for that is not the will of the UniMind, and neither is it our will.

At this point in the world, some minds are pulling towards fragmentation and other minds are pulling towards oneness. Those pulling towards fragmentation keep the separation going by attacking others in large and small ways. They attack others by judging, ridiculing, or putting down other minds and parts of the universe. Those pulling towards oneness forgive others. In other words, they continually try to put out of their minds all unloving thoughts. Loving thoughts serve to unify, while unloving thoughts promote attack and separation. There are no neutral thoughts. We are either promoting separation or oneness. Since love (union) is our natural state, all we have to do to return to love is to remove from our minds all hindrances to love, and love will exert its natural centripetal force to reunite our minds. In other words, it takes a lot of effort to maintain the separation through attack, but it only takes a small willingness to let love reunite us as one.

In this tug-of-war between love and attack, love will eventually win. In the end, everyone will be on the side of love, but within the world of time, some will return to the knowledge of oneness before others. When creation awakens (or, more precisely, when that part of the UniMind that denies oneness changes its collective mind to embrace oneness again), the earth will shift to a higher level of knowledge or awareness. However, those who still desire separation will move on to other realms until they are ready to give up their isolation and their fear of love. Those who still feel more comfortable in the dark will exist in the darkness until they are ready for more light.

The earth will become a sort of stepping stone to uniscience, or the knowledge of oneness. Those who still live in bodies will learn, little by little, that they don’t need bodies. The earth will be a sort of “ladder to heaven.” While any individual mind retains any residual fear of love, that mind will be able to experiment with different kinds of union until that mind is ready for the experience of complete oneness. For example, individuals in bodies will be able to share their thoughts telepathically with other individuals with whom they feel a safe connection. If an individual feels that he is getting too close for comfort, he can back off for a while and rest by himself. However, when he is finally ready to open his mind to complete oneness, he will leave his body behind and enter the heaven of oneness.

At this time on the earth, the separation of minds is the normal state, and we believe that we have private thoughts. However, when the balance of forces shifts from separation to reunification, there will be a big change in the circumstances of all individuals on the earth. This is not a reason for fear, for life is eternal. To leave one’s body is not to lose one’s identity. It is to potentially gain a much wider perspective and know one’s identity much more completely. Individual minds will go to the places that they feel most comfortable until they are ready for complete oneness and perfect knowledge. Within the perception of time, there are differences and temporary separations, but in eternity, time disappears into a oneness of bliss.

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