About a Seminar

Recently my wife Marianne and I attended a “seminar” given by Dr. Kennneth Wapnick at the Foundation for a Course in Miracles (FACIM) in Temecula CA titled, “Those you do not forgive you fear.” (sentence six from Text Chapter 19 part IV section D paragraph 11) T.19.IV.D is, The Lifting if the Veil, a metaphor for removing the barrier in our mind between us and our home in Heaven.

Ken’s principal idea was; we must take the road back to Heaven together with our brothers/sisters, which includes every part of our shared separated mind. We cannot so do it alone because, being of one mind in this dream of separation, we all must together choose the place in our mind where we forgive our brothers/sisters. It is there where we can go outside of time into the vertical NOW (the course calls this the Holy Instant). Jesus repeats this theme in various ways all through the Course (his ubiquitous way to make his teaching stick in our mind), for instance in the Pamphlet, ¬The Song off Prayer, Prayer, Forgiveness, Healing, Section I, Prayer.

Following are some passages from Lifting the Veil which we can use in any moment; any NOW, to bring our mind to recognize that we and our sisters and brothers are not separated.
(The numbers indicate sentences within the paragraph)

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7 … lift up your eyes and look on your brother in innocence born of complete forgiveness
of his illusions, and through the eyes of faith that sees them not.

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2 No one can stand before this obstacle alone, for he could not have reached this far unless
his brother walked beside him. 3 And no one would dare to look on it without complete
forgiveness of his brother in his heart.

Paragraph 11. This is the pivotal passage.
1. To look upon the fear of God does need some preparation. 2 Only the sane can look on
stark insanity and raving madness with pity and compassion, but not with fear. 3 For
only if they share in it does it seem fearful, and you do share in it until you look upon
your brother with perfect faith and love and tenderness. 4 Before complete forgiveness
you still stand unforgiving. 5 You are afraid of God [because] you fear your brother. 6
Those you do not forgive you fear. 7 And no one reaches love with fear beside him.

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7, Brother, you need forgiveness of your brother, for you will share in madness or in
Heaven together. 8 And you and he will raise your eyes in faith together, or not at all.

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1. This is your brother, crucified by sin and waiting for release from pain. 2 Would you not
offer him forgiveness, when only he can offer it to you? … 10. Forgive the sins your
brother thinks he has committed, and all the guilt you think you see in him.

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6. You and your brother stand together, still without conviction they have a purpose. 7 Yet
it is given you to see this purpose in your holy Friend, and recognize it as your own.

To use these excerpts to make a day in your life more peaceful; STOP; then replace fearful thoughts with one of the above sentences from Lifting the Veil. Or pick one yourself.

Many Course passages teach that we feel peace when we listen to the Holy but we feel fear when we listen to the ego. So notice feelings. If you feel fear, STOP and change your mind. Replace an egocentric thought with one of the above passages

It’s easy during this silly season of national politics and international strife to notice the ego. To replace fearful feelings about a political candidate or terrorist with a loving thought is difficult; but that’s why Jesus calls his book, A Course in Miracles.

Above The Battleground

My neighbor asked me, “Do you think this is Paradise?” I answered too fast. “Hell no, just watch the evening news.” Looking back, I was thinking of the world in general, and I believe that she was referring to the vast gated community in Central Arkansas where we lived for almost six years. I was thinking from my perspective as a student of ACIM, and she from her Baptist Bible Church. In retrospect, I lost a chance for any meaningful communication. A few weeks earlier, because her husband had asked for one, I gave him a copy of my book, “There is, ‘…another way,’ A Companion Guide to A Course in Miracles: Jesus’ Gift to Humanity to Recall our Eternal Existence in Heaven.” Later when we passed during a walk he commented (they are Christian Bible Centered Evangelists), “boy your beliefs are certainly different than ours.”
If I had I stopped to think before I blurted out my answer I might have started a discussion about this. Even though this place is beautiful, safe and quiet it obscures the word as, literally, a battleground. Wars are the most vicious example, but everywhere we look we can see less violent examples but which in content are the same. Sports, political campaigns especially, and subtle but no less intense is any competition, be it for a kindergarten slot for a four year old or place in a College or University. Let’s forget little girl’s beauty contests. My favorite comment about beauty contests in general are words I heard from a Guidance Counselor from Sayre PA who refused to release names of his students to the local beauty pageant organizers. He told them, “They emphasize only the most transient of qualities.” ACIM emphasizes our permanent quality: one as spirit with God in Heaven.
In ACIM Text Chapter 23, “The War Against Yourself,” Section VI we can learn how to be Above the Battleground. The best way to experience the section is to read it on your own. I hope that the following excerpts and comments will compel you to do that.
Here are its first, central, and final sentences.

Do not remain in conflict, for there [is] no war without attack.
Be lifted up, and from a higher place look down upon it.
Who with the Love of God upholding him could find the choice of miracles or murder hard to make?

Above the battleground is a metaphor, but from our perspective being here in this world seems very real, because we are embroiled within it, and there we choose attack and murder. ACIM teaches us that there is no difference between a cutting remark and murder, because both have the same content. When we are above the battleground miracles replace murder, because from that view we see the battles as unreal and so we escape them.
The current presidential campaign is a good example. Some of us are deeply engaged, some oblivious, and some of us can look at it for what it is, a transient competition which, in time, affects our lives but does not affect our true reality as one with God in heaven. I alternate between being engaged (but not deeply) and “trying” to be above it.
We can accept with certainty that by viewing the battlefield from above we will realize it is illusory. We see the world as nothing and Heaven as where we have everything.
So when we need to free ourselves from “The cares of the world” we go to the place in our minds that is always there, and is “Above the Battleground.” Finally, “Who with the Love of God upholding him could find the choice of miracles or murder hard to make?”