|PROSPERITY by Dr. Gary Arnold
Class members, here is my most recent material for what the Course says on prosperity. I hope you like it, apply it and benefit from it. By the time this series is concluded I will have included a total of 9 such presentations on Prosperity from the Course's perspective. ALL the Course quotes in this article are from the HUGH LYNN CAYCE ACIM VERSION. I thought that would be more thought provoking for you. The PURPOSE of this article is to explore three terms. The terms are CONSCIOUSNESS, RESISTENCE, and DESIRE. These terms structure how the Course frameworks Prosperity.
Class members can find further COUSE REFERRENCES ON PROSPERITY LISTED ON OUR WEB SITE http://www.miraclecourse.com/ : 1. T9/11 2. T57/63 3. T526/567, 4. T404/434, 5. T257/276, 6. W79/79, 7. W36/36, 8. T239/256, 9. T99/107, 10. M32/33, 11. SOP 6, 12. T575/619, 13. T515/554, 517/556 14. W236/242, 237/243 15. W287/294, 16. W311,318
PROSPERITY as ACIM Sees It
by Dr. Gary Arnold
On the first page of our web site http://www.miraclecourse.com/, we have a quote from Anais Nin saying, "We see the world not as it is, but as we are." 'The Course Teachings on prosperity can guide you to higher realms of application, shifting you in a way that will change your living forever. Dissolve incongruity, dissolve small mindedness, cast away limit and lack. WHO YOU ARE in the bigger scheme of things is a Light that shines away illusion, anger, doubt, fear and lack. Stop confusing the little irritations of living, with your Life. Learn how to stop valuing ego projections and scarcity. Infinity is too abundant, grand, and generous for such a small basket.'
WHY LEARN ABOUT PROSPERITY as the Course sees it, in the first place?
• Happiness or unhappiness, what would you prefer? The Course can set you free of old restraints that make you unhappy?• Beliefs are a stumbling block for many. Why not make them a stepping stone and learn to align your beliefs with the goals you want to accomplish?• Security is a primal desire. How can you feel more secure about your ability to conduct your own life?• Ego or Higher Self- you have to recognize one or the other. The Course says you can experience a higher, wiser, more peaceful expression -your Higher Self. Want to know the signs of the Higher Self?• Still struggling? Want to give up the struggle and rise above the sorrows? Learn to see struggle and sorrow for what they really are?• Heaven, nirvana, enlightenment - is this available now-here or no-where? Would you like to experience the state of heaven consciousness traditionally described as enlightenment?
WHY DO THE DAILY ACIM WORKBOOK EXERCISES TO LEARN ABOUT PROSPERITY?
Be Zen-like for a moment. Think about archery like an Einstein. (Einstein rode on a beam of light in his imagination.) You aim your bow and arrow. You fired the arrow. But this time mid-flight you stop the arrow (Like a Matrix movie moment), and again sight (re-aim) along the arrows shaft and the target. You recalculate. Adjust. You arange energy in motion.
Your life and your decision making process can be like that. The Course says, "I am responsible for what I see" . If can stop your life and your decision making process in flight and re-sight along the way- recalculate, recompose, restructure the energy. Are you headed where you wanted to go? Are you moving toward enlightenment with this current path and decision? Are you helping the planet progress toward an enlightened civilization. The Course can save you a thousand years if you choose to awaken your consciousness. Wouldn't you want to become increasingly immune to anything 'taking your peace'? Don't you want to know knows what REALITY really is? Want to value peace, love and wisdom regardless of circumstance? Then read on.
What ACIM says about POSSESSIONS AND WEALTH
T-29.VIII.8. (this is from the HUGH LYNN CAYCE ACIM VERSION)
4The world believes in idols. 5 No one comes unless he worshipped them, and still attempts to seek for one that yet might offer him a gift reality does not contain. 6 Each worshipper of idols harbors hope his special deities will give him more than other men possess. 7 It must be more. 8 It does not really matter more of what; more beauty, more intelligence, more wealth, or even more affliction and more pain. 9 But more of something is an idol for. 10 And when one fails another takes its place, with hope of finding more of something else. 11 Be not deceived by forms the "something" takes. 12 An idol is a means for getting more. 13 And it is this that is against God's Will.T-29.VIII.9.
God has not many Sons, but only One. 2 Who can have more, and who be given less? 3 In Heaven would the Son of God but laugh, if idols could intrude upon his peace.4 It is for him the Holy Spirit speaks, and tells you idols have no purpose here. 5 For more than Heaven can you never have. 6 If Heaven is within, why would you seek foridols that would make of Heaven less, to give you more than God bestowed upon your brother and on you, as one with Him? 7 God gave you all there is. 8 And to be sure you could not lose it, did He also give the same to every living thing as well. 9 And thus is every living thing a part of you, as of Himself. 10 No idol can establish you as more than God. 11 But you will never be content with being less.
The TV shows Survivor, Amazing Race, Beauty and the Geek, - and on and on can teach us something the Course would like us to learn. We can develop our ability to dis-create illusions we once valued. We can play the game of life differently. And we can alter our decisions about living to alter our perception of life.
WE CAN DECIDE TO CHANGE OUR CHANNEL
Beliefs are a filter. They are tuning (choice) mechanisms in our consciousness. I always have a sensory filter through which I observe and interact with life. The filter is a particular belief (choice). I always filter out certain information. I also allow information that aligns with my beliefs- the lens I look through. TV Reality shows are a good analogy: Survivor is on. Your tuned to Survivor. Your not tuned to the other shows on at the time. That is all you can see on TV because that is all you are tuned into. You are watching the program you are tuned into. If you don't change the channel that channel is all you'll watch no matter how much 'effort' you apply. Even if you have a 'role-model' to coach you, if you are tuned to that channel, that is what you see. If you are in therapy or a support group or are taking assertiveness training you see that channel if that is what you are tuned to.
If your TV has 'picutre in picture' you see a small 2 inch cube of something else happening on another channel but the big picuture is 95 % of what you see. The point is, if you don’t change the channel, that is what your senses will be absorbed in. That is what they use to make your world view, your universe.Beliefs are the tuning and filtering mechanism in your mind's TV station. The information on the screen you watch is what channel you are tuned into.
To see anything else you need to change the channel. If you don't then what you see is the channel that is on. As with TV so with your life.Time to use the remote. If you want to change what you are looking at you need to change what you are tuned into to - you need to alter your belief filter frequency. If you believe that 'life's a bitch and then you die, then life will be hard. If you believe that money is hard, or Life is serious stuff. Or that no one is credible and giving and loving (ie- people are only out to get what they can out of you), or living is hard work and not much fun, then that is what your belief filters will see. That is what gets projected onto your consciuosness. The Course says, "Perception makes projection." Anais Nin said, "We see the world not as it is, but as we are." We see what we project onto the screen of our consciousness.
If you proceed through life with a 'life is tough' mentality then what you get is a 'life-is-hard' outcome that just reinforces your belief. If you have an 'I need .... (fill in the blank)' mentality then you attract circumstance that support that belief and keep it locked in place. Beliefs like, I never get any breaks, or, it’s hard to have fun, or having money is hard show up and get noticed because that is what you choose to look for. Get the picture? The belief filter lets in information primarily aligned with your beliefs- what you’re tuned into.What beliefs are you stuck in? All beliefs are filters. Beliefs create (filter in) and dis-create (filter out). Are they yours from living experience or are you stuck in someone elses beliefs? Is you childhood (old beliefs) still guiding you through today. Are you aware what you are tuned into? Is it a conscious decision? Is it the channel you want to choose consciously? That’s one of the things people learn in the Course—they go through a years lessons in the Workbook to learn how to improve their reception of Reality and get a picture they like (value) better.
You can choose what you value (or don't value) also. The Course wants us to hold on to our beliefs loosely. To give them up effortlessly when a higher belief comes along. We are to learn not only to create new beliefs but to deliberately dis-create beliefs we don't value (ie. "You can always choose again.") What you see on the screen of your consciousness is what you wrote there. Knowing you create your beliefs you can write and produce shows you like -like happiness, peace, wisdom, love, kindness, and prosperity. You’ll take over the network!
HERE'S A FUN EXERCISE FOR ACIM CLASS MEMBERS
Do a reality show of your own. Here’s an exercise you can do to explore the power of your belief filters. (NOTE: this is what the daily exercises in the Workbook are for.) Do some channel changing of your own- learn to choose again.
For openers we are going to play with two different viewpoints, one at a time. Note that you can aquire either viewpoint and doing so living appears a little different. In viewpoint #1 you see your brother and sisters as 'others'. you see everyone as Bodies, Egos, Personalities, Unique, and Separate. They are different from you. With this idea in your beliefs and imagination you see what you believe. The universe provides it as you expect it. With this (separation) as your filter everything you observe is filtered by that viewpoint. Look around you with that filter. Notice your feelings and your judgments. Notice your thoughts expectations. Look at someone you know. How do they look through that filter. Listen to your thoughts- your mental dialogue.
Now look through a different filter, filter #2. The course calls this filter the happy dream, the viewpoint that sees union instead of separation, peace instead of chaos and love instead of fear. Now use this to see what the course would have us experience with this new belief filter. Now try to see from this viewpoint ( What Carlos Castinata would see as a . Really examine the people you see. What do you notice? Do you see them as a body, separate, an other, or do you see them as part of the sonship, a son of god. Can you see the union, the eternal joining of the infinite within the brother you see. Can you sense the expansiveness of this viewpoint? Did switching gears give you a new perspective able to see everyone as offering love or a call for love.
Viewpoint #2 sees the simility, the unity, the sameness of being alike - like Son's of God - whether they know it (remember it) or not. Believing this idea the universe provides evidence that it is real. (Note: both viewpoints are a closed looped system consistent within their own perspectives.) Know that if you believe it you think it's true. You value it. You support it. You identify and defend your beliefs. Look at those you see with this filter. Again witness your thoughts, observations, feelings, judgments. Observe your thoughts and feelings now. Take a few breaths with this idea. See the sameness, the unity of the people around you. Observe the differences disappearing.
See that you deliverately choose your beliefs, your viewpoints, your perspectives. Now life seems different than with viewpoint #1. Now you feel connected, joined, part of the whole. You surender to the guidance of your Higher Power, the Holy Spirit within. Viewpoint#2, enhances your wellbeing, the wellbeing of those in relation to you, and the planet's expression of life and freedom. People who you connect with assume similar beliefs and attitudes- effortlessly. Like attracts like.
The Course reminds us to see Situations, circumstances, people and places as love or a call for love. Not because of any particular circumstance. No specific situation or person need be different because of the filter you are using - effortlessly you trust - it's all perfect. Love is the highest, most powerful force in the universe. Now the filter and lense is love, peace, trust, wholeness, oneness, and this is the channel you choose. You choose your belief- the highest thought, clearest word and grandest vision.
Circumstance doesn't dictate how things are going spiritually. On the level of Awareness it’s all perfect, always has been and always will be. Neither does your understanding dictate how things are spiritually. Your beliefs are only a temporary filter and ALL beliefs filter. And you can always choose to change the channel- YOU CAN CHOOSE AGAIN - to see and experience the highest understanding you are capable of experiencing at this time, in this moment, in this place. You hold your belilefs gently, willing to let them go as you gain recognition of further Awareness.
The Course is designed to show you how to choose your beliefs again, in an easy and light-hearted way. The ACIM workbook teaches 365 practical, how-to-do-it techniques that are currently missing from your ego's toolbox. Incidently, they will always be missing from the ego's toolbox. You don't make a good ego. You don't focus on correcting the ego or teaching the ego. You simply allow the ego (illusion) to dissolve by exposing it to the Light ( heaven consciousness, awareness). A happy dream will do until you give up techniques and meditations and exercises and make this your lifework and natural habit. When this is all you value, when love is all you value, you won't settle for less. Thoughts and beliefs will only slow you down.
LET'S LOOK AT THREE IMPORTANT COURSE CONCEPTS 'CONSCIOUSNESS, RESISTENCE, AND DESIRE' INVOLVED WITHPROSPERITY
The 1st term, CONSCIOUSNESS
A COURSE IN MIRACLES -CLARIFICATION OF TERMS-INTRODUCTIONC-in.1. This is not a course in philosophical speculation, nor is it concerned with precise terminology. 2 It is concerned only with Atonement, or the correction of perception. 3 The means of the Atonement is forgiveness. 4 The structure of "individual consciousness " is essentially irrelevant because it is a concept representing the "original error" or the "original sin." 5 To study the error itself does not lead to correction, if you are indeed to succeed in overlooking the error. 6 And it is just this process of overlooking at which the course aims.
Consciousness is God plus ego. Another way to see this is as a veil to the clarity of vision. Vision is awareness without the ego - seeing what is as it is in reality- unlimited by temporary constraints of time space thought and form. Consciousness is awareness plus. The plus is an ego intrusion, a judgment, a word defining what you are experiencing. Consciousness puts time (the not-eternal), thought (past experience verse the all-encompasing now) , form (separation/body) and space (distance vs oneness) , effort ( ego vs spirit), desire (God/Heaven/All That IS plus ego) . Awareness is your Reality. Awareness is what is, as it is, without time, space, thought, or form.
Awareness is your pure, clear, present Self. Your god-consciousness views life ( God-consciousness itself) without your filters and beliefs, pure being, effortless, non-time bound, non-space bound, beyond conscious definition. Awareness is Source. With awareness you are a 'sourcerer'- one with the Source. Awareness is the essence of your consciousness. Understanding, misunderstanding, confusion and doubt are all functions of the judging consciousness. Understanding is simply to rearrange What Is in an order that is acceptable to you. Space is simply the our sphere of recognition of things within predetermined spheres of responsibility (read that as levels) you assume.
One can achieve understanding in two ways. You can either reduce the number of conscious creations by quieting the mind, or you can broaden your sphere of responsibility to create more space. Do I Meditate or achieve? That may be the wrong question. Confusion is disorder or worry. There are too many creations, too little space. Too many thoughts, not enough responsibility. The zen saying, "how you see anything is how you see everything." describes your consciousness. Your posessions posess you. The state of your possessions reflects your conscious state. ( a la read Zen and the Art of Motorcyce Maintenance) . When you clean house, the attic, the closet or garage, you therapeautically effect your consciousness. This is more powerful than worry and grasping. Attachment, worry and grasping are all about keeping too much, thinking too much, craming too much into the moment. The moment is too small a space to cling. Worrying is like fishing without dolphin-free nets - you cling and catch what you don't want and what won't do you any good. Clinging is a veil that covers your Awareness of your Awareness. Without clearity, Awareness vanishes. Heaven consciousness requires clearity. Experience while Aware requires clarity. Awareness is no substitute for understanding, thinking, feeling. Awareness is what holds these sensory experiences clearly. Awareness is effortless, clear, light, free. When you feel exhausted, your consciousness is exhausted, not your awareness. Awareness does not tire.
**** The bridge across separation is perception. **** Appreciate your perceptions just as they are, without judgment or evaluation, without desire or resistance. When you do not grasp and cling to the ego-lens, separation disappears and the light of Awareness returns. Life is an eternal, continuous, joined, flow. When you see the flow and feel the flow the recognition happens that there are no separate events or people or ideas or places. The more you are Aware the more joined What Is becomes. The more synchronistic flow is recognized, the more order is recognized. (ie, ACIM says , "Perception makes projection.")
The 2nd term, RESISTANCE
I. Rules for DecisionT-30.I.1. Decisions are continuous. 2 You do not always know when you are making them. 3 But with a little practice with the ones you recognize, a set begins to form which sees you through the rest. 4 It is not wise to let yourself become preoccupied with every step you take. 5 The proper set, adopted consciously each time you wake, will put you well ahead. 6 And if you find resistance strong and dedication weak, you are not ready. 7 8 But think about the kind of day you want, and tell yourself there is a way in which this very day can happen just like that. 9 Then try again to have the day you want.T-30.I.2. (1) The outlook starts with this:2 Today I will make no decisions by myself. 3 This means that you are choosing not to be the judge of what to do. 4 But it must also mean you will not judge the situations where you will be called upon to make response. 5 For if you judge them, you have set the rules for how you should react to them. 6 Andthen another answer cannot but produce confusion and uncertainty and fear. T-30.I.3. This is your major problem now. 2 You still make up your mind, and decide to ask what you should do. 3 And what you hear may not resolve the problem as you saw it first. 4 This leads to fear, because it contradicts what you perceive and so you feel attacked. 5 And therefore angry. 6 There are rules by which this will not happen. 7 But it does occur at first, while you are learning how to hear. T-30.I.4. (2) Throughout the day, at any time you think of it and have a quiet moment for reflection, tell yourself again the kind of day you want; the feelings you would have, the things you want to happen to you, and the things you would experience, and say: 2 If I make no decisions by myself, this is the day that will be given me.3 These two procedures, practiced well, will serve to let you be directed without fear, for opposition will not first arise and then become a problem in itself.
Resistance is an opposition, due to some belief, to experiencing something just as it is. It’s an attempt to create from consciousness rather than from awareness. Time is the primary resistance that consciousness creates. It delays experience so that an event can be understood—meaning sorted and categorized according to prior stored events and preserved as consciousness. Adding time transforms the flow of experience (what’s happening now) into defined, separate events with beginnings and ends that are stored as a time track of creation. Awareness is timeless.These resisted events will still be experienced, eventually. Maybe little by little over a long period, or all at once at some future time when consciousness has collapsed in on itself, over and over, and reached some critical mass.
Let me digress for the next paragraph which describes KARMA - not a Course term, but it is interesting to explore in light of what we have just reviewed.
This is the mechanism behind the idea of karma. 'Whatever you create, you will eventually experience. ' 'The univese records everything.' 'No good deed goes un-noticed.' 'What goes around, comes around.'
Within every belief there is an intention. Beliefs are seed-pods of intention. As they are focused on and energized, recognized and identified with they blossom. (Review all the garden and seed parables in the New Testament). What beliefs grow into is their creation and effect. Their effect is either suffering or joy. The consciousness you perceive and intend with the belief you extend comes around in the experience of what is made by the belief. A judgment is a receipt of your intention and belief. It is the color you put on the lens of your senses. Judgments color experienece. Like or dislike, good or bad, judgments create separation and veil clarity of awareness. Experiencing transforms your intents (words, definitions, beliefs), into awareness. John's gospel starts with "In the beginning was the word" and so your words and beliefs turn life (eternal) life into living (time bound form).
Just experienceing with awareness is seeing what is as it is, as they are created, without judging, coloring the experience with expectations of how things should be. You accept the mystery and paradox as it is. You drop understanding and defining. You step into the experience without seeing the past (nolonger time and space bound). You give up the symbols, holy books and gurus. You accept being within the mystery. You no longer require or seek god-plus.
The 3rd term, DESIRE
T-30.IV.5. Appearances deceive they are appearances and not reality. 2 Dwell not on them in any form. 3 They but obscure reality, and they bring fear they hide the truth. 4 Do not attack what you have made to let you be deceived, for thus you prove that you have been deceived. 5 Attack has power to make illusions real. 6 Yet what it makes is nothing. 7 Who could be made fearful by a power that can have no real effects at all? 8 What could it be but an illusion, making things appear like to itself? 9 Look calmly at its toys, and understand that they are idols which but dance to vain desires. 10 Give them not your worship, for they are not there. 11 Yet this is equally forgotten in attack. 12 God's Son needs no defense against his dreams. 13 His idols do not threaten him at all. 14 His one mistake is that he thinks them real. 15 What can the power of illusions do?
The Hindu expression is, "Desire is the creator, and desire is the destroyer. (read that in Course terms as "Desire is the maker, Desire is the destroyer." All Desire is resistance to what is or what is not. Desire is the belief of lack applied to form, space, time, and thought. Desire is the experience of resistence to What Is. Desire makes the whole - compound and subject to destruction. All compound elements and substances have entropy. Resistence is friction, dis-ease, dis-comfort.
When appreciation is at hand, there is effortless mastery, awareness and grace of what is athand. The trap of desire is the failure to see grace and appreciation. The power of love and peace and wholeness and beauty and goodness is deeper than desire, deeper than resistance. Consciousness filters out appreciation and instead sees resistance and desire. Appreciation leads to awareness in the moment. Awareness is all-pervasive; it is throughout your life and illusions, your consciousness and unconsciousness, your dreams and your remembering of reality, your living and your dying. Awarenes is realizing, "Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God. And so you are faithful to your Awareness and mere consciousness is surrendered to the ALL THAT IS .
peace and love,