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Questions and Answers -- Q & A

Message:   Hello. I've been a student of nondual awakening teachings for about 8 years. And I've had many emotional/mental burdens lightened by investigating these teachings. But recently I've been doing one acim lesson per day. I just finished lesson 30. But even by lesson 15 or 16 I had noticed the most progress in the shortest time I've ever experienced. My life has become very simple and I've lost all desire for "normal" social interaction. But I'm feeling more and more drawn to seeking communication and some sort of mentorship or spiritual family. Preferably in-person rather than online. but I haven't found any acim groups in my area. I live in spanaway wa. The nearest meeting I've found is in Redmond which would require 3-4 hours of travel since I have no vehicle. I'd really appreciate any direction you could give me or even better if you know of someone who'd be willing to work with me. (Separate question: I see there is some online ucome discussion group. But I see no link to it) Thank you.  (Submitted by Otter rivers on October 29, 2017)


Answer: Hello, Otter (Joshua), I have been in touch with the teacher of a class in Auburn, Wa., which is about 23 miles from Spanaway.  I have asked him if he has a student who can give you a lift to class and have sent you his information.  I am so glad the Course is working for you.  On the website (www.UCome.org) there is a weekly Workbook Review which may be helpful to you in your studies.  There is a Contact page where you may ask questions or make comments, which with your permission will be addressed on the Q & A page.  The link to the discussion is being activated by Google and may take another few days to effect. The website was devised partially to give students access to an online class if they do not have one locally. I am happy to have a one-on-one with Course students -- whether they are local or out-of-town, and will be happy to study with you. I understand you do not want to have normal "social" contacts. The Course says the fastest way to Enlightenment is through "holy relationships," so I hope you will continue to shine your light with others, and they with you.  Our email address is Ucome1@aol.com if you want to use it. Reverend Lori   

 

Comment:  Try the Bible.  Jesus said "I am the way the truth and the life" (Submitted by JW on October 17, 2017)


Answer:  Yes, and he also says that numerous times in A Course in Miracles.   We are on the same page, JW, even if we are not in the same book. Jesus also says "I am always with you."  And then, "Because I am always with you, you are the way, the truth and the life."  This is why I also read the Course, JW.  It amplifies the Bible.  Will you join us?


References:  ACIM:  Text Chapter 7, Section III, Paragraph 1, Sentences 7 and 9.


Comment:  Spirit is directly connected to the Source, hence Higher Self; sees bigger picture & exact opposite to Soul.  (Submitted by BD on October 16, 2017)


Answer:  The term "soul" is not used in the Course except in direct biblical quotations because of its highly controversial nature.  It would, however, be an equivalent of "spirit," with the understanding that, being of God, it is eternal and was never born.  Thus spirit and soul are not the "exact opposite" as the above comment indicates.  "Spirit" and "soul" are the same.  "Spirit" is the Thought of God which He created like Himself.  The unified spirit is God's one Son, or Christ. Spirit is the part that is still in contact with God through the Holy Spirit, Who abides in this part but sees the other part as well.  The other part of the mind (ego) is entirely illusory and makes only illusions.


References:  ACIM:  Clarification of Terms, 1. MIND -- SPIRIT, paragraphs 1,2,3.                                                                                                                                                                              

Question:  What do you say to a woman who is speaking only negatively about her deceased husband? (Submitted by J.D. on July 31, 2017)


Answer: Thank you for your question, J.D. You may ask the woman if her negative thoughts about her deceased husband are bringing her peace?  If the answer is no, then you may suggest she ask for another way of seeing him -- one that WILL bring peace. This way you are not judging and also not advising, just ASKING and offering a SUGGESTION.  There is more than one way to view everything here on this earth!! 


Comment:  Dear Lori, I think your website is terrific, and you are clearly one of the true scholars on A Course in Miracles.  So I am pleased that the site is going up and that it has a true Authority behind it.  I feel certain that you will enjoy a positive outcome, and good participation.  (Submitted by Marie A. on June 17, 2017)

Answer: Thank you for your appreciative words, Marie. The Church appreciates you and your help as well. You are a true blessing!


Question:  I have had difficulty breathing ever since I moved to the seaside of California.  Did God give me this condition? Like, is there a reason I have this difficulty; is there a lesson here that I need to learn? 


Answer:  God gave you everything you need in your creation, and "breathing difficulty" was not on that list.  God's Will for us is perfect happiness, and life is clearly happier when we are clearly breathing.  Choose to be a "happy learner" and watch these "difficulties" pass away into the nothingness from which they came.  This is a happy lesson to learn from this situation.


References:  ACIM:  Workbook Lesson 101.h; ACIM: T-14.II -- The Happy Learner.


Question:   Is there a way I can be "real" in this world of illusion and still be kind?  Does being real necessarily involve being blunt?


Answer:  It is sometimes thought that being "blunt" is being real, and the action is often followed by this sentence "I am just being real." Yet we are the most "real" in this worldly illusion when we are being kind, compassionate and loving. You can speak "concisely" without being "blunt."   Wisdom and Kindness are excellent companions. Jesus depicted this beautifully when he is reported to have said "He who is among you without sin, let him first throw a stone . . ."  He could have called them hypocrites, yet he chose otherwise.  He used wisdom coupled with kindness.  His words were more instructive and helpful, than critical and blunt. He taught that as you see your brother/sister, so do you see yourself. He helped the would-be stone throwers to see things differently.  His words were so powerful that they evoked peace. ONLY LOVE IS REAL. 


Reference:   Lamsa Bible:  John 8:1-11 (7).


Comment:  Your web site is beautiful.  As I read the words I felt the Love.  I am so excited for you, the world is a better place because of the wisdom and love you will be sharing through your church.  The heavens celebrate you.  Blessings. (Submitted by Lois J. on October 10, 2016)

Answer:  Thank you, Lois.  Your loving words are appreciated, as are you! 

Question:  I have learned so much from your classes, Rev. Lori, and I would like to make a contribution for all the hard work you put into teaching your classes . . . ?  (Submitted by Lois S. on October 5, 2016)


Answer:  Thank you, Lois, it is a JOY having you in my classes!  Your Course understanding and wisdom is appreciated by us all. Contributions can be made to the church via PayPal or other credit companies.  The "Donate" button is on the Contact Page, and at the top of many pages of the website.  


Question:  The mother-in-law image has really taken a toll on society over the last half century.  Comedians have taken it to the limit and others, too.  That seems so unfair.  I understand that some may deserve it, but surely not everyone falls in that category? (Submitted by A.F. on September 4, 2016)


Answer:  Mothers-in-law, and even mothers, have a different row to hoe when their offspring marry.  It brings new relationships that must be developed, and a definite change in role.  For example, my son is still my son even after he marries, but I must remember that he is an adult now and can make his own decisions.  I still listen, and I speak when the Holy Spirit guides me to speak, but mostly I just enjoy him.  As for daughters-in-law and sons-in-law, a lot depends upon how they want the relationship to develop with a mother-in-law, and also between the mother-in-law and their grandchildren.  Some accept more love and attention and assistance from their mother-in-law than others do.  Some take their cue from the experience of their parents, and hopefully it was a happy one. The mother-in-law has to take the cue from the daughter- or son-in-law, and abide by their choice.  A happy relationship cannot be foisted upon anyone.  I must admit that the relationships can be challenging, yet the situation can also be ripe for humor.  Just remember that all relationships are lessons in love, so follow the Holy Spirit as He guides you through them.  Let them help you to learn and grow.  And be patient. Remember, when following the Holy Spirit a happy outcome to all things is sure!

Reference:  ACIM:  W-pII.292.h.

Question:  Why do some "Christians" treat some people fairly and kindly, and treat others with disdain?  It would seem that if people go to church, and study the Bible and other religious writings, that kindness and mercy, fairness and love would be reflected in all their encounters, not just in some! (Submitted by Lynne R. on September 4, 2016)

Answer:  Going to church and studying the Bible do not a Christian make.  Love, kindness and mercy come from within, not from a building or a book, and extend to everyone when it is truly true.  Christianity is not a pick-and-choose thought system.  It is All -- not all or nothing, and not even for most -- but for ALL.  Christianity is INclusive, not EXclusive.  Remember that anything that is not appearing as love, is appearing as a "call for love."  The Answer, then, is love, no matter the form of the "call."
                                          

Question:  Why do I dislike being corrected?  And how do I overcome this to accept correction with grace? (Submitted by A.F. on September 3, 2016)


Answer:  The adversity to correction is of the ego.  Correction is embarrassing only to the ego which wants you to think it knows everything.  Yet in order to overcome this response to correction, you must see correction differently.  Correction in the course is actually a miracle.  "A miracle is a correction introduced into false thinking by (Jesus). It acts as a catalyst, breaking up erroneous perception and reorganizing it properly (thus) perception is healed."  One of the ways in which we are truly helpful to each other is through correction. Errors lead us away from God. Truth leads us toward Him.  So wanting correction for an error is a blessing.  It is the way we LEARN AND GROW in the lord.  Why would anyone want to keep an error?  Why would anyone want a blockage on the path to God?  Love a person enough to care that they know the truth and that they be set free from error. In fact, you might almost say to relish being alerted to mistakes, so they can ALL be corrected, and thus you can get higher and nearer to truth and to God.  Yet, as with anything, correction must be done under the guidance of the Holy Spirit with forthright honesty, standing firm in the truth, and above all with kindness and with LOVE.  True correction is both given and received with God's grace.


Reference:  ACIM -- T-1.36., Principles of Miracles.


Question:  I was thinking today about how much we affect each other by our attitudes, our words, and our actions.  I was wondering if there is enough joy coming my way to make up for all the joy I have not had all these years, because I have been with many trying or troubled or grumpy or greedy or somehow downtrodden and dysfunctional people, and I allowed it to separate me from my joy? (Submitted by Lynne R. on August 25, 2016)


AnswerThe people we are around, and the thoughts we allow into our minds -- all may have a HUGE effect on our happiness.  We must therefore make a change.  We must not allow those around us to choose misery.  We must choose happiness for them.   We must follow the Holy Spirit as He guides us to make a positive difference in the minds of those who come into our lives.  And as we do, our own minds will respond in kind -- and in kindness.  Let that thought become a prayer.


One moment of true joy will make up for a lifetime of misery for you and your brothers.  Remember, the holiest place on earth is where two people have forgiven each other. 

PrayerBless us all, Father, as we rise above all the lower thoughts of disharmony into the higher thought levels of harmony, as we remember our goals and disallow distractions and discordance, and as we reach to our inner core of light and love and share THAT with everyone.  Regardless of what others bring to us, we can bring Your Love to them -- and with Your Help and Helpers, we will to do this, until we all are Home.  In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. 


Question:  What is a miracle and why are miracles important?


Answer:  According to A Course in Miracles, "A miracle is a correction entered into false thinking" by Jesus.  "It acts as a catalyst, breaking up erroneous perception and reorganizing it properly." Correcting false perception is very important in this world.  When perception is false, so are all the premises built on that falsity.   A false perception will lead to another false perception, and another. A man who builds his "house" upon sand, builds an unstable house.  The first step toward freedom, then, involves a sorting of the false from the true. "Truth will correct all errors in my mind." Begin with the truth, continue with the truth, and extend the truth by demonstrating it and sharing it. If there is only truth, you will see only freedom in perfection. Then you will recognize the validity of the statement:   "The Truth will set you free."


References:  ACIM:  Miracle Principle 37 (T-I.1:37); ACIM: T-2,VIII,4:1; ACIM:  W-107.h.; ACIM:  T-3.II.3:5.

                     Lamsa Bible:  Matthew 7:24-27, Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders.


Question:   What is the "the Truth that will set you free"?


Answer 1:  "I am as God created me."


"Let us declare this truth as often as we can.  This is the Word of God that sets you free.  This is the key that opens up the gate of Heaven, and that lets you enter in the peace of God and His eternity."  


References:  ACIM:  Workbook 110.11:4-7.

                     ACIM:  Workbook 191.all.  "I am the holy Son of God Himself."


Answer 2:   "My Son is pure and holy as Myself." 


"Because your Creator creates only like Himself, you are like Him." God and His Son are One.  All of God's children are His One Son, collectively called "The Sonship."  Nothing can prevail against a Son of God who commends his spirit into the Hands of his Father.   When the Will of the Sonship and the Father are one, their perfect accord is Heaven. Once this Truth is awakened in your mind, is accepted and becomes manifest, you will indeed know freedom.  Then you will use the power of which you have been unaware for so long. 

  

References:  ACIM:  W-pII.276.1:2;  ACIM:  T-8.II.7:6; ACIM:  T-1.I.19:2; ACIM:  T-3.II.5:1; ACIM:  T-3.II.4:6


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