Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Course Note: #185: What the Heart knows...

My friend Mark Reddy wrote this:

Last night I turned to the heart for an answer,
but the heart sat silent and still,
as if no care for my trouble,
no servant to my will,
so I stayed a while in presence of this unworried heart,
And we watched the world together,
of which my worry was a part.

I love it because it so resonates to my own discovery in the past year, which is this:

When I shift attention from world
to Heart,
              I rest
                          in the silent now
                                         and know

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Course Note #184: What is ego?

What is Ego?
            Ego is the “I” that I think I am.
                         I am not that.

            It is the “I” that is individual and separate
                              the Truth of All That Is.

            Thought-stories about me and I
                              as a vulnerable body
                          the cause of suffering.

            Thinking writes the script
                                     for the “I” that walks        fearfully in the world.

  I am this…
                I am that… 
                      I want…
                         I like…
                            I desire… 
                              I hate… 
                                I don’t like…
                                                I wish…

            This “I” is the false imposter self. 
                                  The true Self simply rests in I am. 
                                                             There…all is well.

How do I relinquish this false “I thought”, i.e., the imposter self?
                                                              By not listening to it. 

The practices of mantra and surrender
                are tools used to change the station
                               from ego to Self
                                           from false to true.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Course Note #183: Problem-solving

“Inward problems can only be solved by looking inward.”  ~ Michael Langford

A powerful and favorite teaching from A Course in Miracles says that instead of seeking to change the world, seek instead to change your mind about the world.

This has been very meaningful to me over the years especially when thinking about problems and such, as it reminds me to turn within and see anew.  Delving deeper this past year I now see the next step…

            Seek not to change your mind about the world, seek instead to know the Self that exists before and beyond the world.  There, all problems cease to exist.

            Our “problems” have to do with identifying oneself as a body, which leads to identity as a vulnerable person living in a fear filled world; a world where disease, death, lack, limitation and suffering appear to reign.

            With willingness and devotion I seek the true Self – the Self that remains now and forever untouched by world-body events and conditions.  Knowing Self is the truth that sets me free. 
                                       I am the truth that sets me free!


 “The ego knows that if the attention is turned inward, the ego will be found to be a myth, an imposter, an illusion, a delusion, a dream.” ~ Michael Langford

            As I shift attention inward and rest it in Heart-stillness, I see that ego is not real, and never has been, and that I have never been separated from True Being except in “my” thoughts.


“Therefore, due to the ego’s fear of ending, the ego keeps the attention directed outward.” ~ Michael Langford

            When my attention is focused on world-body events or conditions, I continue to write the actor-imposter script.  As I rest in Heart-stillness, all script writing ceases and I live authentically in now – free!


 “Usually, when people attempt to turn the attention inward, they are still looking outward because they do not understand the meaning of looking inward.” ~ Michael Langford

            One may rest in quiet, and yet still be listening to and believing their thoughts.  In this way, one is still looking outward at the object of thought. 
            Looking inward entails shifting attention away from thought to Heart-stillness where there is no-thought.  Inward is no thought-thinking.

            “In your practice, then, try only to be vigilant against deception and seek not to protect the thoughts you would keep unto yourself.  Let the Holy Spirit’s purity shine them away and bring all your awareness to the readiness for purity Love offers you.”  (ACIM O.E. T-15.44)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Course Note #182: What Self knows...

The imposter self cannot know bliss because it obscures true sight. 
            The imposter self cannot know wisdom because it thinks it knows.
                The imposter self cannot know peace,
                                                   for it values conflict and separation.
                                    See this!

Fear, lack, limitation, guilt…
          all stem from ignorance
                                     of true Self-Reality. 

Abide in me as I abide in you
                                                                      and notice the absence
                                                                              of all forms of limitation.

Bondage, sorrow and suffering are found
                in identification with the false-imposter self. 

                     True Self knows only of freedom-bliss-joy.
                            The Good News is that this Self is what you are
                                          And, it is here now. 

                                                   Shift attention to the Heart
                                                                     and rest in Self now.

         to the things of this world
                   carry with them a sort of bondage

If you doubt this,
consider how you think you would feel
              in regard to giving up attachments
                           to people, body, things…

            Once you rest in the true eternal Self, you will see
                        ~ Yea, you will Know
                                   that you have sacrificed nothing
                                                                                  and gained mastery
                                                                                                       of everything!

 picture by Jacqueline Ripstein

This blog was inspired by guidance from my 7steps journal:  http://stepstoself.blogspot.com/
Quotes 764-785

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Course Note #181: The Cosmic Chess Game

What is the difference
Between your experience of Existence
And that of a saint?

The saint knows
That the spiritual path
Is a sublime chess game with God

And that the Beloved
Has just made such a Fantastic Move

That the saint is now continually
Tripping over Joy
And bursting out in Laughter
And saying, “I Surrender!”

Whereas, my dear,
I am afraid you still think

You have a thousand serious moves.

                           Hafiz ~ Ladinsky

            As I Sit with Hafiz inspiration wells up from within:   

There’s a cosmic chess game
In play.

And be moved from

And you’ll flow into
                             Right moves.

To Freedom and

To the absence
                              Frustration and


And Know

                                         ~ Valentine

Cosmic Chess Game ~ Jacqueline Ripstein