The “magic” of adjustment enables us to look at the world we project into a state of mind that does not create. We make what we think we see. If it’s not quite right, we adjust, thinking, with enough intellect, it will be real one day. We can spend thousands of years working on this. The ego does allow us to say, “You can’t take it with you.” However we’re rarely convinced of that. The ego cannot see the world without the errors it has imposed on it, believing one more change will get it for once just right. It cannot know how to get anything right. It seeks only an adjustment to guilt, which is far out of its realm, in the absence of any realm built upon separation from God, yet where it pretends to live. in which it pretends to live. It’s only success is to rob us of 1000s of chances to accept God’s will for us. It’s only success is our death at its hand, convincing us of its just moment in payment for our sins. The ego is a habitual trap, keeping us in bondage to its false self. There is nothing to expect from it but it’s relentless seeking of rule over us. Letting it go is not easy, but just accepting the plan for salvation given to us is simple. This path it is unequivocal. We are are not. Opposing the ego makes it real to us. Accepting God’s love in its place makes it simply unnecessary. Those who seek the truth won’t fail. That is our happy road of destiny.

The more I contemplate Step 6, the more I come to believe I need do nothing. The battle is over and I just need to surrender to win. Life in this world, which I am coming to forgive, is a made up deal at my hand, purposely without God. “Sit down over there, God. I’ll let you know when I need you. Don’t go too far, though. That moment may be at hand.” And I forgot to laugh! My complete function here is forgiveness of myself. That is what allows Spirit to shine through me to where that frozen block of ice sits melting to flow in oneness with all my brothers and sisters here. We have a river to move in a torrent of loveliness! RGP

Based on:
“God makes ready for the removal of all my faults, that I may receive light on all my problems and there true causes.”
One Day At A Time in Al-Anon.

Rain Drops of Love, by Life, as shared with Eileen Workman. Review by Bob Pajer

“Beloved,

know that whenever Spirit, your mind, and your heart are out of attunement, your body will send you signals of pain because it does not know which of those voices it ought to obey. Should it only heed Spirit’s inspired call? Or should it respond to the heart’s plaintive cries to bring an end to your gut-wrenching fear and intensive self-loathing? Or should it listen to the mind’s dire stories and obey its logical reasons and justifications for inflicting self-abuse?” P. 139, Raindrops of Love for a Thirsty World.

That, dear friends, is what this book is about. It is one of the most beautifully written pieces of truth, perhaps all the truth there is, this reviewer has seen.   Eileen Workman describes the Voice that gave her such passages as one she would yield to, knowing as we all can know that somewhere deep down in us is a Voice that does not hide from us. It will speak when we ask. It will tell us the truth about ourselves beyond anything we can know here in our made up world. God leaves His children with His Word, never to be erased. It is our journey here in this world, of mistakes, correction and finally His Love that speaks and will speak to anyone who decides to follow, as we join with others and melt into it. It will one day take all of us on a ride in a torrent of compassion and understanding for all, as we see it working in others. When Jesus commands us to love one another as he loves all of us, there are volumes of words now in this world that will direct us in the process. As I see you, I will see myself.  We are never left without this decision.

Everyone in the world needs to read Workman’s book. It comes from somewhere not here and it will take you there becoming entirely ready to have the power of love infused in your life here. The book is about forgiveness, the only way to God here in this world. As you read this book set aside everything you think you know about your own well being and the well being of others. For you will learn the battle is over. The ego carried on a mighty battle but was found wanting in the face of a Loving Father who wants his children in the only place they can be: home in the arms of their Creator and accepting a Power within us that is so far beyond the one we have tried to make up, don’t even try to imagine it. Because we cannot. All are called to this as God has His/Her arm around all. In the meanwhile, all disturbance we see in this world is simply, pitifully, painfully, sadly a call for just this. It will be answered because it cannot not be. Such is an inkling of His Love. Just an inkling.  More will be revealed.

Thank you Eileen Workman for giving us this beautiful message.

 

Blue Ocean Faith, by Dave Schmelzer Book Review by Bob Pajer

 
“The vibrant connection to Jesus that opens up insanely great possibilities in a secularizing world — and might kick off a new Jesus movement.”

Dave Schmelzer writes in his book Blue Ocean Faith.  He along with many other Christians these days, are reaching out to the world in what appears to be a strong  new look at Jesus and how Christian churches preach his message.  What has happened to many such thinkers in our time is a recognition that secularization has kidnapped Christianity itself and in the process driven people away from traditional churches.  I believe this partners with a politicizing of Christianity itself, lured by political aims as it must have been in Constantine’s time when the Roman Empire under Constantine, first turned toward Christianity, perhaps to further its own aims in gaining more power in the world. While the church might have thought that they could ride this power and secure Christianity in the history of the world, there has always been a price. Namely, that price would be to completely delete Jesus’ teachings in the process. The core of his teaching is forgiveness and that is not the core teaching of any political system that is bent on growing power in the world, nor the churches that follow in this direction. It is in fact the opposite. That Jesus delivers his message of love and we build cathedrals has always been since he seemed to leave us here, as kings build great palaces to impress their fellow power grabbers in the world.  Economic systems are grounded in taking. Jesus message is grounded in giving, all to all. There’s no match here that can be reconciled.  Who in power gives all to all as a part of a polity that does the same?

The better approach is hinted at, never really attained,  in American government, founded on the principle of separation of church and State. Although not all of our founders believed that to be the way to go, many were able to have it included as a consideration in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence. We still argue over it today and we have at times come close to achieving some first steps in that direction.  But in todays world the Christian religion has been hi-jacked once again and politicians, while perhaps having no intention of using Jesus’ message as it was meant to be, complete and total, unequivocal, they have pressed peoples fears, the threat of the dark side to get votes, promising what we will now be saved by, not by Jesus but by bombs, exclusion and hatred. Its a mixed message that conservative and fundamentalist thinkers fall for, while hoping they will finally get Jesus’ message to be heard.  That’s not so difficult to do in America at this moment of its short life as the longest living democracy, leaving itself open to autocratic demonizing, pressing on the fears Christianity itself can’t seem to put its arms around and tell us what Jesus really had to say. America has survived much, however. Perhaps it will this onslaught on its values as well. I find hope in Schmelzer’s book, and the writings of other Christians who see the danger of letting greed mix with Jesus message, as though there could be any  mix of anything with what he had to say, and said it so clear

There is one sentence in Blue Ocean Faith that in a real sense tells all we must know about Jesus and his coming here: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Jesus is talking from His to be his resurrected Christ Self here, and if we could in this world hear this message from Him we would indeed be where Jesus wrote in His prayer, “Thy Kingdom come, They will be done in earth as it is in heave.” One of America’s greatest spiritual messages comes from the program for recovering alcoholics In Alcoholics Anonymous Tradition Two of the Twelve Traditions states: “For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.” How different the world would be if we lived by this tradition. Perhaps Jesus had a hand in helping suffering alcoholics maintain a society that has kept them sober, as a model for keeping us all sober. (One meaning of the word sober is prudent.) There has never a been such a powerful spiritual program as far as we know in the history of this world. And it works without getting involved in politics and government. Christian churches are more and more taking note of this approach to finding our way home to Spirit in a world that certainly does not listen to Jesus.

My reading of this book reminds me it is the Christ in him that Jesus refers us to in the above passage quoted above.  And I believe the same Christ that abides in all of us here. So when he says we’re not going anywhere except through Him, he means through Him, in us. That is clearly inclusive. Our author speaks of this in his description of “Bonded Set” and “Centered Set” Christianity. Centering on Jesus rather than rules and the just right criteria for becoming a part of a corporation is his preference. Instead of rules, there is one who came to join us in our human-ness to take us out of it. We need but look within, where the Kingdom is.  I think Schmelzer may imply this in his book.

Yes, I say to that!  To go into the desert to come out of it. To be in relationship. As Jesus always is. He is alive and very ready to speak to us along these lines. “A Course in Miracles” is Jesus telling us all he has to say in his second coming. All are called, few choose to listen. Fortunately, Jesus in his wisdom coming from his own experience here and his own transformation invites us “tear down this wall” as one of our conservative brothers said, perhaps thinking differently as to why he said it. I believe Schmelzer’s writing invites us to consider the unequivocal Jesus, our older brother who has gone before us to bring the light we need to proceed. Simple, we change what he means by our own peril in doing so. We are here to forgive, I’m reminded. And forgive we can in churches or groups that meet to recognize all our brothers and sisters are one in unity with God. He is, as Jesus says, Our Father. This requires acceptance simply, that best takes place in the kind of church our author speaks of, like the early Christians who decided against the Roman approach to their church, a simple meeting place with the only authority being a loving God for all, those who might have said, “Who is leading the meeting today in memory of Jesus? And a woman raises her hand as cheerfully accepted to celebrate Jesus Resurrection, as an example for all of us.

However,  the separation from God state of mind we think we are in, and feel profoundly guilty because we think we really are separated, is a condition none of us can really sustain forever.  Although not necessary, pain will bring us to truth in the return to our true place as the Son of God.  Our way in the world we made  just cost too much and we will return to Truth because  of that.   Jesus, I believe, is always helping us remove ourselves from that conditions required of a thought system that is not of God, but one we make up to protect us from God’s Kingdom, strange as that sounds.   These are my thoughts as I read through this very insightful book.

Bob Pajer

 

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