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JANUARY THEME
A New Year: Looking at our Bodies

from the Perspective of A Course in Miracles

JANUARY THEME
A New Year:

Looking at our Bodies
from the Perspective
of A Course in Miracles

The New Year for many of us is a time for resolving to make changes that help improve our lives. Common goals are to lose weight, eat healthier, get more exercise, save money, quit a bad habit or addiction, use our time better, spend more time with family and friends, get things organized, complete a long-standing unfinished project, or begin and complete the Course’s workbook lessons. Nearly all of our desired changes share in common a focus on the body and behavior, and a belief that the changes will somehow make us feel happier and better about ourselves. While Kenneth has never been opposed to discipline aimed at changing our behavior, he has always emphasized the Course’s message—the only meaningful change is at the level of mind, not behavior. His teachings are directed towards helping us recognize the ego’s purpose for the body as a prison, and the Holy Spirit’s different purpose for the body as a classroom for learning our lessons of forgiveness. The body then serves only to bring our attention to the real cause of our unhappiness and dissatisfaction with ourselves—our choice for guilt in the mind.

For the month of January, in order to help students in the New Year resolve to make both a shift in purpose for the body and a shift in focus to the mind from the body, we are offering the following titles at 25% off:

Overeating:
A Dialogue An Application of the Principles of A Course in Miracles

This dialogue presents the Course's approach to issues such as food addictions and preoccupation with weight. In a discussion with three students of A Course in Miracles, Kenneth points out the ego dynamics involved, and how forgiveness and the choice to accept the Holy Spirit's purpose of experiencing the peace of God, rather than the ego's purpose of fostering guilt can be applied to the issues raised.

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The Healing Power of Kindness-Vol. 2 Forgiving Our Limitations

This second title on kindness centers on two statements of caution Jesus offers in A Course in Miracles. Characteristic of his gentle guidance, he tells us not to be disturbed by the shadows surrounding our “little willingness” to learn from him, and not to despair because of our limitations. These cautions were the themes of two workshops presented at our center—"Shadows of Limitations" and "Sweet Are the Uses of Adversity"—that form the basis of this book. If we identify with the ego, our limitations become cause for comparison and judgment, and thereby impel us to seek ways to overcome the imperfections in our bodies and the world. This focus serves the ego's purpose of concealing the mind's decision for guilt, substituting a limited self for the unlimited Self of Christ. Identifying with the loving Presence of the Holy Spirit in our right minds, we recognize our self-defeating choice, thus allowing true correction to heal. We now look kindly on our imperfections, redefining them not as our reality but as mere detours on our journey home. These shadows of limitation become the contours of the classroom that Jesus uses to teach us his kind lessons of forgiveness. Thus do they ultimately fade in the light of the Atonement, in which we all are joined as the one perfect Son of God.

      "Kindness created me kind."

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Form versus Content: Sex and Money

The near-universal preoccupation with the issues of sex and money can be traced to the ego's agenda concealed in our minds—specifically its plan to keep us rooted in the body and the world so we will never get to the real source of pain and conflict, which is the mind's decision to sustain the separation from God but not be held responsible for it. In the context of the ego's principles and its doctrine of specialness and separate interests, both sex and money can be seen as behavioral forms that give expression to the contents of our minds. The focus in this book, therefore, is on identifying the content that gives rise to the guilt, conflict, myths, and obsession associated with sex and money. Forgiveness enables us to shift our attention from the complexity of behavior to the simplicity of purpose. Thus are sex and money, which have come to express the ego's guilt-inducing thought system of one or the other, transformed in purpose to reflect the Holy Spirit's healing principle of together, or not at all.
   

      Nothing so blinding as perception of form
      For sight of form means understanding has been obscured.

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From Futility to Happiness: Sisyphus as Everyman

The Greek mythic figure of Sisyphus was condemned by the gods to a life of pushing a rock up a mountain only to have it fall back down to the bottom, there to begin his labors again. His life of futility mirrors our life in the body and the hopelessness inherent in pursuing any meaning in the world. The first part of this book addresses this view as presented in A Course in Miracles, summarized in the idea that we can never be truly happy in this world because it is not our home. The second part discusses the transition from futility to happiness in the context of the Course’s offering of another way of looking at our seeming fate, reflecting Albert Camus’ important essay on Sisyphus, which he ended by stating, “We must imagine Sisyphus happy.” Through a change of mind brought about by changing our inner teacher from the ego to Jesus, our lives of futility are transformed into opportunities of unlearning the ego’s thought system. A purposeless life of inherent meaninglessness thus metamorphoses into a meaningful classroom that leads us to the Heaven we never truly left.

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The Temple of the Holy Spirit

​This 2003 workshop contrasts the ego's and the Holy Spirit's purposes for the body. The ego uses the body to reinforce its thought system of separation and guilt, with particular emphasis placed on the special relationship. From the perspective of A Course in Miracles, the biblical view of the body falls into that category. The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, uses the body as a means of communication, undoing the ego's thought system through forgiveness. This is expressed in the holy relationship, which occurs only in the mind—the seat both of the mistaken choice for the ego (the temple of separation) and the right-minded choice for the Holy Spirit (the temple of forgiveness).
  

      The holiest of all the spots on earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love.

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The Body: An "Engine of Destruction"

This 2007 workshop explores the two purposes for the body. The ego uses the body to fulfill its strategy of mindlessness, wherein the mind's decision for the ego and its thought system of sin and destruction is hidden behind projection. Thus does the body become the engine of destruction that symbolizes the death of God and His Son. The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, shifts the body's purpose from hate to forgiveness, so that it becomes the classroom in which we learn that nothing has occurred to change the sinlessness of God's Son. As we choose again, the ego's judgment becomes the Holy Spirit's vision and we are healed:

Made to be fearful, must the body serve the purpose given it. But we can change the purpose that the body will obey by changing what we think that it is for.
   

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The Loving Use of the Body

This presentation combines two seminars held at the Foundation in 2013: Bodies: "Senses without Sense" and "The Christ in You." The focus is on the Course's compromise approach to mind and body, whereby the body's needs and experiences are not denied, but are given the Holy Spirit's purpose of leading us from illusion to truth. The shift from the ego's purpose of making the world and the body real to the Holy Spirit's mind-healing purpose takes place through our recognizing more and more that we are decision-making minds that have chosen incorrectly and that can now choose correctly. We thus learn Jesus' gentle lesson that while bodies are different, our purpose is always the same: to learn that God's Son is one in his universal sameness, thus paving the way to our awakening from the dream and realizing we are all one as Christ.

The body was not made by love. Yet love does not condemn it and can use it lovingly, respecting what the Son of God has made and using it to save him from illusions.
   

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A Transition in Perspective

PLEASE NOTE: This program also includes The Golden Thread of Hope (CD/3m168dl).

This set combines a seminar (“The Golden Thread of Hope”) and Academy class (“A Transition in Perspective”) from 2010, held at the Foundation in Temecula, California. The common theme in these talks is the transition Jesus asks us to make from body to mind. Central to the journey within is recognizing the ever-present “golden thread” (the right-minded purpose of forgiveness) that runs throughout our lives, even midst the ego’s dark and despairing existence. What facilitates this transition, which is the meaning of salvation, is the daily practice of kindness: feeling the need of others to know they are forgiven, rather than demanding the satisfaction of our own need for specialness. Thus we take the little steps with Jesus that lead us from bodily dreams to the mind’s dream, and then awakening to our Self in God.

This is the lesson God would have you learn: There is a way to look on everything that lets it be to you another step to Him, and to salvation of the world. To all that speaks of terror, answer thus: I will forgive, and this will disappear. To every apprehension, every care and every form of suffer­ing, repeat these selfsame words. And then you hold the key that opens Heaven's gate, and brings the Love of God the Father down to earth at last, to raise it up to Heaven. God will take this final step Himself. Do not deny the little steps He asks you take to Him.
   

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The God Spot: Spirit or Body? 

The God spot is a phrase that has been used by some scientists to describe the place in the brain where they believe spiritual, religious, and mystical experiences originate as a result of stimulation, a lesion, or a tumor in that part of the brain. More generally, scientists almost always regard mind/consciousness as a function of the brain. When studying the large body of research done on this topic over the years, students often lose sight of just how radical A Course in Miracles’ thought system is, especially in its teaching that spirit and flesh have nothing to do with each other. The discussion in this class therefore centers on the importance of identifying the purpose of everything that goes on in our personal lives as well as in the world so that we can fulfill the purpose of the Course itself, which is to get us back to the mind, where we can then choose the true God spot, the right mind where the Holy Spirit is, the Thought of the Atonement that connects us back to the God Whom we never truly left.

You will identify with what you think will make you safe. Whatever it may be, you will believe that it is one with you. Your safety lies in truth, and not in lies. Love is your safety. Fear does not exist. Identify with love, and you are safe. Identify with love, and you are home. Identify with love, and find your Self.
   

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Shadows of Limitation

This workshop develops the themes expressed in the following two sentences, the first from the text, the second from the manual: “Concentrate only on this [the little willingness], and be not disturbed that shadows surround it. That is why you came.” “Do not despair, then, because of limitations. It is your function to escape from them, but not to be without them.” The first statement relates to our learning that the world is a classroom in which we forgive our ego's shadows by seeing them as helpful detours that Jesus uses to bring us home. The second refers to not despairing over our limitations, for it is through them the Holy Spirit teaches. Though teaching and learning are the same, their emphasis differs, and this is reflected in our discussion of learning the Holy Spirit's lessons, and concludes with our role as instruments of His teaching. (Partial edited transcript of this workshop included in Volume Two of The Healing Power of Kindness.)

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"The Seven Ages of Man": The Ego in Action

Jaques’ famous speech from Shakespeare’s As You Like It serves as the framework for this workshop on the ego’s use of the body to further its goal of perpetuating the mind’s belief in separation, protecting itself from the decision-making mind reversing its erstwhile decision and choosing the Holy Spirit as its Teacher. Thus does the ego convince us that since the body is real, not to mention the world in which it resides, they should be taken seriously. And so we give the world and body power to affect our self and take away our peace. Inviting our new Teacher into our lives means learning to forgive our projections by returning them to our minds where the choice for guilt can be undone. This is the meaning of forgiveness and the means for returning to our home as spirit.
The body can become a sign of life, a promise of redemption, and a breath of immortality to those grown sick of breathing in the fetid scent of death. Let it have healing as its purpose. Then will it send forth the message it received, and by its health and loveliness proclaim the truth and value that it represents. Let it receive the power to represent an endless life, forever unattacked. And to your brother let its message be, “Behold me, brother, at your hand I live.”
   

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