I think about the Christian teachings I grew up with. It wasn't just that I was a sinner because I did bad. I was a sinner because I was born that way. I was bad because I was born, because that is what people are – they're sinners. That's the Christian teaching I had. I grew up, and eventually I did leave the Christian Church. I grew up and was in the professional world. At my job, a person would get their performance evaluation, and there would be this whole award preogram. If you got a good performance evaluation you got an award – money! They would tell everybody who got the awards, and who got the money.
I've learned to compare myself. I'm not as thin as I want. I'm the "fat" girl. How much judgment is there about our bodies? I'm not good enough. How can I expect good? Even sometimes we take stuff from the Course and make it to fit our plan. In some portions of the Course it talks about our belief that we've murdered God. Well if we've murdered God, goodness gracious, how could anything be for our good if we're doing that horribly? So we can take things from anywhere in our experience and make it for our unworthiness. Yet it says, "What could you not accept if you but knew that [it all was for] your good?" (OrEd.WkBk.135.19)
We A Course In Miracles students should seek a future different from the past in amazing ways, in miraculous ways. We want a world transformed. We want a world where there isn't sickness and death. We want a world that reflects reality where life is infinite and eternal. That's when earth and Heaven will cease to exist as separate states. In the reading this morning, it was describing the real world, which is the world we are all supposed to be manifesting. It is not talking about Heaven. The real world isn't Heaven, it's this world transformed and healed. Most people skip over this teaching because it's way too challenging. Let me just read to you a little bit about it.
"Sit quietly and look upon the world you see, and tell yourself, The real world is not like this. It has no buildings, and there are no streets where people walk alone and separate. There are no stores where people buy an endless list of things they do not need. It is not lit with artificial light, and night comes not upon it. There is no day that brightens and grows dim. There is no loss. Nothing is there but shines, and shines forever." (OrEd.12.58.59)
That is the future that we are trying to make that is very different from the past. We're trying to make a whole, different, future physical reality. It's a physical reality where there isn't even day and night.It will be just day and always light. There isn't sickness and death. That's the future that we're seeking that's different from the past. We're trying to manifest a totally different world. We are trying to manifest a world that is such a close reflection of heaven that they cease to exist as separate states, and just "good" people are never going to do that. Awesome, glorious, and great people are going to do that, and that is what I want to do. I want to inspire people to be awesome, glorious, and truly great people. My teaching is not just for good people who want to study something to be a little more peaceful, and a little happier, maybe, as they steadily march toward the grave. That's just not good enough. That's just not my energy.
It has been a little over a month since the A Course in Miracles Conference happened in Las Vegas. As I take a moment to reflect upon the Conference, it brings up a mixture of emotions for me with regards to my experience there. The over-arching feeling is of love. It is amazing being in a surrounding where there is such a high spiritual energy that filled the rooms for three consecutive days. The theme of the Conference itself I found to be perfect considering where we were having it. We were having a spiritual conference in a city that is known to this world as "Sin City." There are tons of things happening in Vegas that might be perceive as sinful, and there is no better place for spiritual healers to congregate. As a Course student I recognize that every single day I am given the opportunity to forgive and extend love to everyone who I come in contact with.
There was something about this particular Conference that allowed my juices to flourish. I do believe that in order for us to change this world we need to have an open mind, to go outside of our comfort zone. I know for me, listening to the amazing Presenters over the weekend brought great hope that we will be able to change our minds and change the world to be more healing and loving. Along with the amazing Presenters we had the remarkable people who attended the Conference. Being able to interact with so many people during the three days was exactly what I needed at that moment in my life. Each person, who I had the opportunity to interact with, brought new perspectives to me on how I perceive myself in this world we think are in. One of the beauties of A Course In Miracles is that we are always given a chance to utilize the teaching in this world we are in. What a better way to put it to practice than at a spiritual conference that is happening in "Sin City." I know for me, I had many opportunities to put ACIM to use while at the Conference.
In another place in A Course In Miracles — it's actually talking about something else controversial that can't be proved, reincarnation. So, it's talking about reincarnation but it applies just as well to this. I'm going to substitute a few words to make this quotation a little more applicable. "For our purposes, it would not be helpful to take any definite stand on [the authenticity of The Disappearance Of The Universe.] A teacher of God should be as helpful to those who believe in it as to those who do not. ... Our course is not concerned with any concept that is not acceptable to anyone, regardless of his formal beliefs. His ego will be enough for him to cope with, and it is not the part of wisdom to add sectarian controversies to his burdens." (M-24.3.1-2,4-5) "It cannot be too strongly emphasized that this course aims at a complete reversal of thought. When this is finally accomplished, issues such as the validity of [The Disappearance Of The Universe] become meaningless. Until then, they are likely to be merely controversial. The teacher of God is, therefore, wise to step away from all such questions, for he has much to teach and learn apart from them." (M-24.4.1-4)
It's a sectarian controversy. The wisest thing would be to not get embroiled in it. To side step, away from it. Actually, I'm going to use the text of this sermon as my way to answer the whole question about The Disappearance Of The Universe. (Thus, this article in *Miracles Monthly.*) I think we should get on with the main task at hand which is teaching A Course In Miracles and not get so embroiled in this idea whether Arten and Pursah actually exist, because nobody can prove it either way. The author says it happened. That's just the way the situation is. We need to accept the situation.