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June 2017

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All about army and navy store clothing

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Persons admire those people in the navy and army, so a great deal so that they want to wear clothing these heroes wear. Likely to a surplus retail outlet can aid people today uncover army and navy clothing. These merchants present military services jackets, outerwear, boots, camouflage, t-shirts, hats, and more.

Military services surplus are clothing goods that are offered or disposed of when they are no longer desired by the military services. Business owners obtain the discarded clothing and resell them at surplus merchants. Military services surplus will almost never include weapons or munitions, but they can be found in some surplus merchants.

Ordinarily, the surplus goods are clothing, equipment, and tools that are helpful in nature. They also sell embroidered patches, identify tags, and other goods that can be used for a fake military services uniform. These merchants also sell goods that are past their use by date. Sometimes, big surplus merchants will sell automobiles like jeeps and trucks.

Desire for military services surplus arrives from collectors, survivalists, and supporters of air comfortable and paintball guns. Surplus goods are also preferred by those people looking for substantial quality and durable military services problem clothing. Surplus merchants sell goods that are each used and obtained but unused and no longer desired. These merchants are normally identified as army-navy merchants.

Most of the time, goods for sale at a surplus retail outlet are not latest problem. If a surplus of substance is produced for military services use and it can’t be disbursed, then it may perhaps appear in a military services surplus retail outlet. Selling prices are reduce at surplus merchants and the equipment is substantial quality.

Surplus merchants had been created immediately after the Very first and 2nd Environment Wars. After these wars finished, there was an huge quantity of surplus of military services clothing and other military services goods that the govt has no use for. Retail outlet house owners began obtaining the surplus from the govt to sell in their merchants.

This marketing was extremely selective and confined until the Surplus Property Act of 1944. This act from Congress was enacted to present the disposal of surplus govt property to a point out, a political subdivision of a point out, or a tax-supported group.

A 3 member board, recognised as the Surplus Property Board, licensed the act. The board was changed in a yr by an company that was operate by a single administrator. Several of the provisions had been repealed in 1949.

Most militaries are supplied by a range of providers which make anything desired for military services use, from destroyers to uniforms. The military services will spot a big buy for provides which are fabricated and transported to military services headquarters and bases across the nation. They may perhaps also be transported abroad if there are troops stationed there.

The military services generally retains a surplus of provides to make certain that all servicemen and women will be properly fitted for battle. Suppliers age or slide out of utilization and this is when surplus is offered at auction. They are generally offered to private dealers who transform all around and sell it to the community for a tiny gain.

An army surplus retail outlet seller can receive a big quantity of goods at a extremely low-priced value. This enables them to sell the goods at a small price to consumers. Common suppliers include uniform parts. This can include pants, shoes, jackets, ammunition scenarios, gasoline masks, tents, and equivalent equipment.

Color assortment can be confined to army eco-friendly, but equipment is durable and helpful. Campers use army surplus merchants to outfit them selves as properly as members of paramilitary businesses who want to undertake army equipment.

Surplus merchants get their goods from multiple military services expert services but most normally get goods from the army and navy. Typically they sell goods beneath the banner of military services surplus. When surplus is offered at auction, dealers are not picky about which provider it arrives from.

Pull the Pin Army Navy Retail outlet is an online super retail outlet of military services and outdoor clothing and add-ons. They present the greatest military services clothing, jackets, boots, camouflage clothing, and other army navy surplus. Their military services clothing arrives in camouflage and reliable khaki and black colors. Their military services clothing also honors provider men and emergency clinical provider providers with daring and emotionally potent layouts.

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Accepting complete responsibility for your state of mind: always and without exception

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You’re talking on the phone in the morning to your mother and your mother says, “I’m not feeling well today,” but you don’t have to listen to her explain why she thinks she’s not feeling well. She says, “Oh you know I’m not feeling well, but Jesus told me I decided I’m not feeling well.” Then she said to Jesus, “Well, then I’m going to have to change my mind,” and Jesus said, “That’s a very good idea, let’s do it together.” And your mother says, “I’m feeling much better now, because I accepted responsibility for my state of mind, because I accepted that there’s nothing outside of me that can make me sick, and I chose a miracle instead.” Then your mother said, “I think I’m going to do this every day, I’m going to be a miracle worker.” And this example is why everything in the whole world would change if we started to realize there is no cause outside our mind.

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Now there is a part in the Manual for Teachers of A Course In Miracles where Jesus says, “Sickness is a decision and you can change your mind at any time.” But, he also says, “What will this decision cost you?” He is actually saying, “What will the decision for healing cost you?” And he says, “It will cost you the whole world you see,” that’s the price of healing, the whole world that you see because the body will no longer seem to be the decision maker and the world of form will no longer be seen as the ’cause.’ When we think of decisions we always think of persons, we’ve given away the decision maker in our mind and we’ve put it on the body. But if you could recognize the decision is always in your mind, no matter what the circumstance, then you could accept the healing. So that’s what it takes to hit the reset button for healing: you have to be willing to be wrong about everything you believe about the world including the belief that people make decisions. Because people are just puppets of the ego, and yes the ego made the puppets and the ego tells the puppets what to do. The ego makes the puppets seem sick, and it’s the ego that makes the puppets die and makes them seem like they can decide, but people do not decide. There’s really only one of us, One Mind, Uno Sola Mente, and that’s the only realization you have to have. That is the prayer, that is the reset button, but it will cost you the whole world, you see.

This is a reflection of the workbook lesson from A Course In Miracles: “When I am healed, I am not healed alone.” Well remember that the mind is very powerful and when you give a very powerful mind a crazy idea, a crazy belief, that’s where you get a crazy world. I was mentioning that new movie, Split, and the main character seemed to make up twenty-three different personalities. The therapist that was working with this patient was helping them to honor and respect all of the personalities, and that’s the first step in healing. You’re looking for wholeness, you’re looking for integration, you’re looking for that experience that says, they are not different from me, because we are the same. The personalities are not the same, but the mind that made up the personalities is the same. The dreamer is the same, it’s only one dream, and so if I take responsibility for my state of mind with the whole dream, then everyone must share in my healing.

All the great religions and spiritualities talk about Love and Oneness, and the error always talks about separation and differences. So when you’re able to realize the power of the mind and to realize that you have not misused this mind, that God never gave you the power to misuse the Light, that you remain as the Light, that means that everything is healed together. That’s when evil becomes impossible, if we are all One Self then there is no evil. This world comes from the belief in a separate self apart from God. So this means that once you see a brother first as a mirror, then you will see this other as an opportunity to forgive in the mind, and then once you actually forgive, there is no other, there’s only Christ. When we talk about this reset button we start to realize that the reset button is that everything is in our mind. So this helps us understand the meaning of Jesus’s words. Jesus is telling us the family of God lives in your mind because everyone lives in your mind. Not the images of who we think they are in the past, but who they are as God created them. So when Jesus said, “Sell all your possessions, leave your family and follow me,” he was really saying, “Let go of the past.” Let go of all your beliefs and ideas of who you think they are, let go of all the concepts of this earthly family because those concepts are still made up by the ego.

One time Jesus was teaching a large group (this is a story from the Urantia Book) and in the back of the crowd Mother Mary showed up and word started to spread, “Your mom is here.” But Jesus continued teaching as if nothing special had happened and he could feel the crowd had started getting distracted a little bit and so he said, “Who is my father, mother, sister, brother? He who does the will of my Father in Heaven is my father, mother, sister, brother.” So he’s asking us to reclaim the power of our mind, of our Divine Mind that lives in the Mind of God and to let go of any past associations that would block us from the light. Because guilt always comes from past associations, only Love comes from the holy instant. If we could be completely present in this moment, we would have no guilt whatsoever. There’s another time in A Course in Miracles where Jesus says, “In no single instant does the body exist at all. It is always remembered or anticipated, whenever we think about the past, we are thinking about the body and whenever we have future goals we are thinking about the body,” but he said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” A hand is very close, he is inviting us to go deep into our hearts into the stillness, into the Love.

Yesterday I came to the cinema here in Monterrey to watch a Martin Scorsese’s movie “Silence” and it was a very deep movie involving Christianity being carried or taken from Portugal over to Japan. And the leaders in Japan basically resisting, saying, “No thank you, we don’t need Jesus, we have our culture, we have our Buddha and our own way of life for many centuries. The Christian Missionaries had been going to Japan, following what they believed was their mission, to share Christ with everyone in the world. It reminded me a little bit of Superman vs. Batman, since I was watching people getting killed, and fighting, and preaching, and more killing. It was a crazy battle of cultures and theologies, like Jesus vs. Buddha, and it seemed at the end, Buddha won. But when the priest was dying and his body was burning, he had a little cross in his hand. So it showed the folly of theology because the essence of Buddha is Love, and the essence of Jesus is Love, and Love doesn’t fight itself. Not only that but Love does not try to convince anyone that it’s real. So isn’t it great that we don’t have to convince anyone about anything, but we do have to allow the Spirit to convince us that we are Spirit. Think how wonderful this is in all your relationships, you don’t have to convince a husband or a wife, a boyfriend, a girlfriend. You don’t have to convince your children of anything, you don’t have to convince your parents of anything, you learn to let all things be exactly as they are, you’re here to learn complete acceptance.

Imagine how wonderful the world would be if a child is offered Broccoli, the mother has cooked the broccoli and served it to the child and the child says, “No thank you, I don’t like the taste of it.” “Okay, I love you,” says the mother. Not even convincing a child to eat food, what a beautiful world, when you allow your mind to be convinced instead of projecting that convincing onto the puppets. And so, I would say, that this is actually practical.

One time I went to a park and I was playing with a child and the child and I were laughing and we were on the swings, swinging higher and higher. And then the mother of the child appeared and she said, “You looked like you were having a lot of fun with my child,” I said, “Yes, yes, we were having fun on the swings together.” And she said, “Wait until you get your own, then you’ll see if it’s fun.” But that’s the whole thing of ownership, as soon as we think we own something then there’s a responsibility, a heavy responsibility. If you walked out of the hotel into the parking lot, you could find a car in the parking lot and you say, oh well, it’s a car.” But if it’s your car then you’ve got responsibility. You have to think about gasoline and oil, you’ve got to keep the car clean. If somebody takes the car you get upset. It’s the ownership that’s the problem because the ownership is always about the personality self. Christ doesn’t own anything and that’s why Jesus said, “Leave it all behind and follow me.” He was basically just saying, “Leave the ownership and responsibility behind and come into true freedom.”

Love does not possess. And this whole world is based on the belief of possession. For example, if you let your eyes pass around this room, we could say well that is a big lamp, but somebody owns that lamp. That lamp is a possession, or maybe someone rents it from somebody who owns the building and the same applies with people. You say, “Oh I’m her boyfriend, and I’m her daughter and you can go around the room, but everybody is possessed, belongs to something, and that’s what the problem is. If we said, “We’re all children of God,” that would be turning in the right direction. If we perceived everyone as equal, completely equal, that’s moving in the right direction because that’s moving towards Oneness. And so you see to actually follow Jesus requires lots of trust, because all of your doubt thoughts about Jesus will get acted out by the people.

The more I got involved in studying and practicing A Course in Miracles, that stirred up things for everybody in my family. They said, “Okay, it’s a nice book to study, but what are you going to do for a career? How will you make a living?” You see those are the questions and reflections that start to come when you follow Jesus very deeply. And we all know that voice in our mind when we start to practice to meditate or to study a spiritual scripture. There’s this voice in our mind that is the voice of doubt, it feels threatened, and so that voice of doubt needs to be washed away. We have to be convinced that we are not those doubt thoughts, that we are not that fear, and we are not that judge.What you’re describing is common to all human beings, that the human being is always looking out to the world and watching the faces and the behaviors around it and always judging which appearances are loving, and friendly, and helpful, and which are fearful and dangerous. And so in order to undo this filter, we must train our mind to a new way of perceiving and that’s why the very first workbook lesson in A Course in Miracles is, “Nothing I see means anything.” And the second lesson is very important, “I have given everything I see, all the meaning it has for me,” and this is the thing they are discovering in Quantum Physics as well, that we perceive the world based on the meaning we give the world. And we are being shown that nothing happens to us, but everything happens for us because everything is happening in consciousness.

We have simply had a bad ego habit of judging that there are good things and bad things in the world. Love/hate are showing that the mind is split and it’s very unnatural to try to hold onto both of those emotions. And yet we have Jesus within us saying, “Bring them together and one will disappear, perfect Love casts out fear.” Hate must dissolve if you cease to protect it. So how do we protect hate? By seeing it in the world instead of our own mind, by seeing it acted out in externals instead of forgiving it inside where it’s at. And that is the purpose that has called all of us together.

We need only accept complete responsibility for our State of Mind always and without exception, and our happiness is guaranteed.

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About the Philippines – the country, islands, and the philippine people

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The Philippines is a place in the Pacific Ocean. The republic of the Philippines has one of the premier populations in the entire world. The place is an archipelago of a substantial team of islands surrounded by crystal distinct water and stunning and distinctive coral reefs. Of the seven,107 islands in the Philippines the premier is Luzon, at 105 square kilometres and just about fifty p.c of the islands in the place have names, and only 350 islands are even larger than two and a 50 percent kilometres square. The tallest mountain array can be discovered on the island of Luzon the Cordillera Central the best of the mountain reaches about 2743 square meters. The tallest mountain peak can be discovered on the second premier island in the place Mindanao. Mount Apo rises 2956 meters tall. Like several other mountains in the place Mount Apo is an lively volcano. Luzon is also the web page of the funds of Manila the premier and most vital Philippine metropolis. Manila has a port that stretches all-around Manila bay for hundreds of many years Manila bay has been the country’s heart of delivery and trade. The Visayas make up the center aspect of the Philippine islands. The premier islands in the Visayas consist of Leyte, Samar, Cebu, Negros, and Panay Mindanao is an Philippine island in the south of the place and the second premier island in the Philippines the island actions 94,seven hundred square kilometres.

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The islands

The Philippine islands ended up formed by volcanoes and are aspect of a mountain chain that is mainly underneath water. The inside of most of the islands have several rugged mountains with dense rain forest and simply because of the repeated rain slide there are several rivers streams and waterfalls that regularly surge down the mountain sides. Since of the dense mountain rainforest and repeated rain slide the Philippines is endowed with breathtaking sceneries in the islands tropical rainforest majestic waterfalls superb caves and rock formations. Regretably a large amount of the rain forest is disappearing before the Spanish arrived in the 1500 about ninety p.c of the Philippine islands ended up covered in rain forest. To date the place has lost close to one-3rd of its tropical rainforest. The rain forest has been utilized and lower down for its timber and to distinct land for farms and homes.

The shoreline

With about 7000 islands the place has a coastline line more than 36,300 kilometres in duration. The seashores and shoreline differs throughout the place are quite sandy in places such as Boracay which is famed for its stunning picturesque tropical white sand seashores. With tropical vegetation and palm trees expanding on these superb seashores. On some island coastline strains are quite rocky in location and in some places you will obtain gray white sand seashores and substantial inland rivers that border with mangrove trees and swamps.

The rivers and lakes

Filipinos depend on fresh new water from rivers and lakes to irrigate their crops and individual working day-to-working day dwelling demands such as drinking and washing. Pasig River is one of the premier rivers in the place and flows by means of the funds of Manila. In the north also on the island of Luzon the longest Philippine river that flows by means of the Central Cordilleras, the Cagayan River.

Volcanoes

Since the place is sitting on the pacific ring of fireplace usually means the Philippines have a large amount of lively Volcanoes. One particular of the most famed volcanic eruptions happen in June 1991 in the north of Luzon for several hundreds of many years Mount Pinatubo lay dormant. When Mount Pinatubo erupted more than one thousand people killed or wounded and left countless numbers of people homeless. The explosion made a massive ash cloud that covered more than 125 thousand square kilometres blanketing the region in ash rock and darkness. One particular of the most lively volcanoes in the Philippines is Mayo, also regarded as Mount Mayo this volcano has erupted 48 instances in the earlier four hundred many years. Mount Mayo found on the island of Luzon in the province of Albay. Mayon Volcano proclaimed a national park in the calendar year 2003. The Mayo volcano is a flawlessly formed cone that towers 2462 meters above the land. Mayon Very last big eruption was in February 1814, when it destroyed 3 towns and covered an additional two with volcanic ash and hot larva about 1600 people died thanks to this eruption.

The Philippine People

For countless numbers of many years several different types people and nations have been aspect of the Philippines the outcome is a place and people with a distinctive blend of several cultures. About 30,000 BC Stone Age people settled in the Tabon caves on the island of Palawan the place was afterwards joined by the Negritos that came throughout land bridges from Borneo Indonesia, and Sumatra and generations latter joined by guests from Malaya India china and the center east. Magellan was the very first European to established foot on the Philippines in 1521 Ferdinand Magellan explored the archipelago Magellan and most of his men ended up killed during the struggle of Mactan on the Island of Cebu. Spain set up a everlasting settlement on the island of Cebu in 1565

Loved ones faith and education and learning are quite vital in Filipino society.

Temperature dwelling in the metropolis or the place or on an isolated island household, faith and education and learning are quite extremely valued by nearly every single one Filipinos have several positive values such as regard for authority and a large regard for the dignity of all the people.

Faith

Most Filipinos keep robust spiritual beliefs they routinely acquire aspect in spiritual ceremonies rejoice holy days with substantial festivals. The Spanish exactly where quite thriving in converting the Filipino to Christianity making the Philippine the only Christian country in Asia Roman Catholic make up 85% of the inhabitants, five % of the inhabitants are Sunni Muslim’s the premier no Christian team in the place. Most early Filipinos ended up animistic and worshiped ancestral sprits regarded as anitos they believed theses sprits lived in the mountains in the Trees Rivers and fields. A lot of Filipinos consider in ghost and witches (Multo) ghost and (mangkukulam) ghost. Roman Catholic perception performs an vital aspect in the day-to-day existence of most Filipinos.The Philippine people worship Christ mother Mary and other holy people termed saints several Filipinos adorn their homes trics jeepneys boats educational institutions of illustrations or photos of Christ and mother Mary.

Close by islands and china launched Islam to the Philippines these days there are various million Filipinos that abide by the faith of Islam. Some Filipinos follow Taoism which is a spiritual perception that originated in china the biggest Taoist temple in the Philippines is in Cebu.

The Filipino household

The Filipino household the essential units of the Philippine social business which consists of the father the mother and youngsters the bilateral prolonged household which incorporates all relations of the Father and Mom. Of distinctive value the bond and unity formed by the brothers and sisters. Filipino thinks of their household as a supply of strength and security. It is not unusual for single daughters and sons to are living at home with their mothers and fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. The household are quite close and if an individual requires assist some others chip in and do what they can to assist the household member in need. The father-spouse is the head of the household and is generally unconditionally obeyed by his spouse and youngsters. The father role and duty is to meet the money requires of the household. The Filipino father is the primary supply of self-control in the household and often works by using corporal punishment on each sons and daughters even though corporal punishment utilized on youngsters in the Philippines is now little by little obtaining utilized much less and much less thanks to the Philippine modern society educating and imposing new values on elevating youngsters. The youngsters a large amount of Filipino mothers pamper their youngsters these has the outcome of prolonging the childhood of the youngsters they are not pushed or rushed into adulthood tasks and expectations are retained down below the kid’s opportunity this treatment and affection lavished on the youngsters results in a sensation of belonging and security. As a outcome the youngsters will generally lead to parent’s money support and psychological support and security. The regular Filipino spouse and mother acquire treatment of all the information to guarantee the household functions as a dwelling and loving organised household device. The mother is in charge of the home and all the information pertaining to the youngsters such as cooking the household meal looking at the youngsters are clothed and ready for school the shelling out of wage to the maids (ya -ya) and all other family charges. Unusual as it could appear to be females share equal location with guy in Philippine modern society woman participation in qualified work and politics is completely accepted this equality can be traced back to historic Malayan custom.

Instruction

Instruction Filipino youngsters go to 6 many years of elementary school and 4 many years of large school. Courses are taught in the Philipino, language tagalog and English the countrys primary official languages. Much more than ninety% of all elementary go to government educational institutions. From June until March Filipino youngsters devote their days at school courses start out all-around 8 in the early morning in the metropolitan areas like Manila and often all-around seven am in the rural regions before courses start out the youngsters salute the flag and recite the pledge of allegiance. The Philippines has a quite large literacy charge which most people in the place can go through and compose regretably thanks to the large unemployment charge and the minimum wage paid to reduce class workers such as farmers and labours some youngsters have to fall out of school to work and assist to support their people and some youngsters go to educational institutions that do not have ample school materials and gear such as textbooks desks and chairs and computers.

Languages

The Philippine for its languages Filipino English and Spanish there are 87 different big dialects ranging from Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Waray-waray, Kapampagan, and Panasinah. The English languages and the mass education and learning of the English language has been an American contribution to the Filipino existence. English was launched so different people dwelling in different parts of the Philippines could have an understanding of one an additional. The American declared English the place official language during the time they dominated the Philippines. In 1937 the Philippine government made the decision to substitute English with a language termed Filipino also regarded as Tagalog the most commonly spoken Philippine language in particular all over some of the big metropolitan areas. Nowadays Filipino and English are the place official languages. In different parts of the Philippines some time s you will Filipinos that can talk anyplace up to 4 languages and some instances more in particular the people who have traveled and lived in different parts of the place. For case in point theses Filipinos can talk the language from the region they grew up in and lived in as a youngster they also can talk English and Tagalog and often an additional language that is native to exactly where they are living as an grownup or learnt as a youngster. For case in point English, Tagalog, Cebuano, Waray-Waray could be 4 languages a single Filipino can talk.

The people regular dwelling

50 percent of the Philippine inhabitants are living in the place close to mountains forest on little islands or on the plains there are several types of regular homes Bahay kubo is a regular rural home some time referred to as a nipa hut.The walls and flooring are built from bamboo and palms leaves the woven palm leaves are overlapped and drained down to timber or bamboo to kind the roof. Other people in the place aspect are living in picket home and other affordable timber with iron and galvanised roofs.The more rich place Filipino are living in a much larger fancy modern day home and houses are built from cement bricks and cement.On a large amount of Little Island and place regions the home has one primary room with a handful of items of household furniture and mats on the ground exactly where the household sleeps.The kitchen area is generally in an additional room with a wood burning stove and often a little gasoline stove based on how isolated the household is from the closest city. In the much larger place towns several of the native houses have electrical energy and some of them even have indoor plumbing but theses conveniences are unusual in little villages even though now more and more Little Islands and villages are acquiring electrical energy but there is nevertheless a large amount of villages that do not. The Philippine people that are living in an region that does not have electrical energy or indoor plumbing assemble water from a local community very well and melt away kerosene lamps for lights in the night

The people’s transportation

The very first people who migrated to the Philippine islands utilized barangays (boats). Now day’s inter island ships and ferries have been the greatest usually means of transportation of good and items from island to an additional people also depend on these ships as ferries simply because the expense of a plane ticket are quite high-priced for the low profits people. Banca a slender picket boat with an out boat motor connected to the back. The boat has picket and bamboo frames extending from each sides of the boats that perform like platoons avoiding the boat from tipping about or capsizing. Early Filipinos utilized these little boats to trade and get materials from neighboring islands.The much larger banca boats are mostly utilized as people ferries and substantial professional fishing boats.The scaled-down banca boats are utilized for scaled-down journeys in calmer water. A regular kind of transportation is the pedicabs a tricycle with a aspect cart this kind of transportation are nevertheless well-known in some place towns and provinces in particular on the island of Leyte and Samar.

The Philippine jeepney

A Philippine icon king of the road proof of Philippine innovation the jeepney is a little bus built from jeeps left powering by the US military. The jeeps exactly where remodeled in to busses painted in lively glowing flamboyant colours and patterns and decorated with mirrors multi-colored lights and spiritual icons. The jeepney scaled-down brother the stainless metal jeep was built and manufactured for sensible explanations fisherman complained that seawater and the setting was corroding their jeepneys. So in 1971 Tomas Araga invented and manufactured the very first jeep the jeep demands much less maintenance simply because it is hard and does not rust. The jeep is an excellent Philippine motor vehicle simply because they are adapted to the distinctive Philippine local weather in particular from the harsh salt air and the unpredictable climate.

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Meet David Hoffmeister, a traveling mystic

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David Hoffmeister is a living demonstration that peace is possible. His gentle demeanor and articulate, non-compromising expression are a gift to all. He is known for his practical application of the non-dual teachings necessary to experience the Unified Mind. His clarity about the function of forgiveness in spiritual awakening and his radical use of mindful movie-watching in the release of judgment is Enlightening!

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Over the past 30 years, David has traveled to 44 countries across 6 continents to extend the message that Truth is available for everyone, now. David’s message speaks to all people, regardless of whether their background is religious, spiritual, or scientific. He is as comfortable delving into the metaphysics of the movie The Matrix, as he is in pointing to the underlying meaning of the scriptures in the Bible.

David Hoffmeister began his journey to spiritual Enlightenment in 1986 when he encountered A Course in Miracles and recognized it as the tool he had been seeking for a radical transformation of his mind and perceptions. In the early years, he studied the Course with passionate intensity, often reading it for eight or more hours a day. Among family members, friends, and teachers, David had always been known for questioning everything. Thus, he was delighted to find in the Course support and encouragement from the voice of Jesus for his careful examination of every idea, belief, concept, and assumption.

It wasn’t long before David began to hear Jesus speaking to him in his mind as a clear stream of thoughts. Jesus became David’s internal teacher, answering his every question and giving him practical guidance regarding the day-to-day management of his life—his work, finances, relationships, etc. Over time it became clear that this guidance could be relied upon for answers to his every practical need.

After two and a half years of studying ACIM alone, David began seeking the company of other ACIM students, attending as many as five groups a week. At these groups, he was startled to find that instead of just speaking to him, Jesus then began speaking through him! Due to the clarity and authority that could be felt, many students in these groups began referring their questions to David.

In 1991, David was guided to make a leap of faith and began traveling around the United States and Canada, sharing his clarity of understanding related to the Course. He followed Jesus’ instructions to “become as a child,” allowing himself to be totally dependent on the Holy Spirit for money, transportation, shelter, food as well as for the words to speak in any given encounter. He was guided to visit countless ACIM gatherings, churches, metaphysical and spiritual groups, as well as a host of persons who knew nothing of the Course. David found that in all encounters, it was his constant joy and peace that was the best teacher of all.

As he had instructed the apostles 2,000 years earlier, Jesus also told David, “Freely you have received; freely give.” Thus David has never charged for his time, teaching, or any of the many materials he gives away, but has been supported entirely by love offerings. Through countless miracles in which he was supported in ways that could never have been anticipated, David learned that he could perfectly trust the Holy Spirit to provide for him and be his constant guide in every situation. Everything that was ever needed to accomplish his purpose as a teacher of God was given without effort or strain.

In 1996, David was guided to purchase a small house in Cincinnati, Ohio, which he named the Peace House and where he welcomed those desiring to step back from the world to discover the Christ within. A community gradually began growing around him, and this community is known today as Living Miracles. With all the global travels that have taken David all around the world, Living Miracles centers have since sprung up in Utah, Spain, Mexico, and Australia. They have supported David in extending his non-compromising teachings through a vast internet ministry of audio and video forums, written publications, inspirational gatherings using music and movies for Awakening, live stream web events, and Enlightenment retreats at the Living Miracles Monastery.

For those who hope that Enlightenment in this lifetime is possible, David is pure inspiration. His gentle demeanor and articulate non-compromising expression touch all who listen. Open your heart, be guided through this website to his clear message of original innocence, and experience the inevitable Awakening to your true Christ-Self.

David’s own journey involved the study of many pathways, culminating in a deeply committed practical application of A Course in Miracles, of which he is a renowned teacher and international speaker. His teachings have been translated into 13 languages, and taken into the hearts and minds of millions through the intimate style of his books, audios, and videos. His number #1 best selling book Quantum Forgiveness: Physics Meet Jesus, catapults the mind into a true and transcendent experience of Peace, now. While his latest book The Mystical Teachings of Jesus offers searing clarity with Bible verses and A Course in Miracles quotes to illuminate the mind!

Centers devoted to his teachings have opened in the USA, Mexico, Europe, Australia and Canada. In 1999, he started the Foundation for the Awakening Mind, a US non-profit 501(C3) educational organization to share the teachings of the Awakening Mind pathway.

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Our one responsibility is finding true happiness

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You can expect to have a very profound experience in the mind because you are welcoming the experience of Inner Truth. All of us have the Spirit’s Voice within us, and so today we pray that that Voice be loud and clear for us. That Voice is always very gentle, very kind, always reminding us that we are perfectly innocent, that we remain loving as God created us and the Voice is there to guide and direct us back to that experience. The Spirit is very simple. I would like to talk about some terms that we are familiar with on this inward journey to happiness.

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David Hoffmeister
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Kamas, UT 84036
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Many of us who were raised in Christianity or around Christianity were told about this word called sin, and this is a major idea in Christianity. It’s described as if all of mankind, all of the human condition, is based on original sin. But in A Course in Miracles, Jesus defines sin as an error, and we all know that errors can be corrected. This is a term in Christianity called forgiveness, forgiveness is a correction of the original error. Our entire lives on planet earth are really about one thing, and that’s accepting the correction of error. So this is what the Spirit’s Voice wants to tell you, however your life appears to be in form, whatever your circumstances, however your movie looks, whatever roles and duties you’ve taken on, the Spirit says: “Just relax, you have only one responsibility, you have only one duty, and only one role and that is to accept the correction.” You don’t have to make it more difficult than that, you can tell yourself that as many times as you like.

Let’s say you’re going to the grocery store to go shopping for food, and that’s a very specific purpose, but really you are only going there to accept the correction of error. It’s really not about buying the food and this is why people feel stress in their life, they have just forgotten that they only have one responsibility. Now food can seem to be one thing, but children can seem to be another, but again we can see that this transfers to every aspect of human life. We have been told that we must have an education, that we must learn many different skills, that we will take on many different roles and responsibilities and that everyone gets to go through this and that these skills must become more developed and more refined. We are told we must learn about the body and how to take care of the body. We are told that we may have jobs taking care of other bodies, and you can see that there are many expectations about our human life and it’s all coming from a belief system that says, this is just the way it is, you better get with the program. Because if you don’t get with the program you will not be able to function and the chances are you will die. You will die much sooner if you don’t follow the program. Also, our happiness is tied into the program, we’re told we have no hope of happiness unless we follow the program. But there are so many versions of the program, millions and millions of versions, but this is our ego conditioning.

Along comes A Course in Miracles and Jesus is saying, “No actually, I mean this, you have only one responsibility and we could call it forgiveness,” and that’s what it’s been called for many centuries in Christianity. But even in Christianity if you forgive all your sins you still have to grow old and die and if you’ve been good enough you get to go to Heaven after you die and so you have to wait for Heaven. Christianity does not teach that Heaven is now, it teaches that Heaven is in the future, hopefully, if you’re good enough, and if you’re bad, oh well. Heaven is not now and Heaven isn’t even in your future, Heaven is out of the picture completely. So as I find, when people work with A Course in Miracles, they do uncover a lot of guilt and this guilt is usually around this feeling, I’m not enough, I’m not good enough, I haven’t done well enough on earth. Then all these roles that have been taken on, I’m not the best father or son, not the best mother or daughter, not the best sister or employee. We always fall short of these roles and responsibilities and we always hear the word, “You can do better,” but it’s a strange world because better never really comes in a lasting way. We become better and then there’s always more, it just never ends it’s like a cycle. It’s like we’re saying, “Is that good enough?” And the guilt in us is saying, “No, no that is not good enough.”

So this world becomes very, very complicated, and for example if you mess up your phone you can always go back to the default setting. Often times if you call for technical support and they can’t figure out what the problem is they’ll say, “You have to re-set your phone. Go back to the beginning and re-set the whole thing.” And this is what Jesus is telling us to do: reset your life, push the re-set button because these little attempts to make things better are not really working. In fact, I think it gets more depressing when you go down trying to make things better when things never get completely better.

I have a friend of mine named Peter and he grew up in a family that was very Christian and he married a Christian wife, all of his children were Christian. But the world never made much sense to Peter and he had a lot of questions around Christianity, even questions about the Bible. Then at some point in his life, he discovered A Course in Miracles and it began to confirm some of his deeper teachings from the Bible. He started to really connect with Jesus in a very deep way and there were sayings from Jesus that jumped out to him about leaving the world behind. About leaving your family, leaving everything behind and following Christ, and so he was so excited he decided to talk to his wife and family and they said, “That’s not what Jesus is saying, you’re taking all of this way too far, you’re getting way to happy and you’re becoming fanatical about forgiveness.” He said, “I don’t think it’s fanatical, I’m feeling very peaceful and happy,” but he had very strong resistance from his wife and his family because he took it that he really just had one responsibility. He started to be very sincere about that idea, he started to practice with everything and everyone, including his own family and he did come over to spend some years working with me and my community and that wasn’t very well liked by his family. They said, “You are wasting your life.”

Actually, if we really take the teachings very sincerely Jesus will always go before us and give us whatever we seem to need, and will actually take care of us as long as we need to be taken care of. And Jesus is calling us into an experience, a real experience of true happiness. As we go deeper we have to let go of all of our concepts of God, we have been taught that sometimes God favors other things instead of just being pure Love and pure acceptance. We have things called religions and philosophies, different theologies, but in the end we must yield all those things away too. And so you might say we are on a very deep journey together, to practice every day at hitting the re-set button. Wake-up every morning and say, “You’re going to have to show me the way today. My best plans have not solved the error. My best plans have not shown me the correction, maybe it’s hidden but I know I do need help to find it.”

No “person” finds this correction because it is much deeper than our personality self and we need lots of miracles to show us the way. We need to feel that things are showing up in our world, like signs and symbols and good feelings that tell us that we’re going in the right direction. Because even if we have not found the re-set button, we would feel hopeful if we know that we’re moving in the right direction. Now part of our programming is, we’re always making decisions and it’s important to make the right decisions because the right decisions will lead us towards happiness and the wrong decisions will lead us towards pain and guilt and suffering. But we live in the land of many choices and it seems to get more and more complicated with these many choices, we need to be trained how to make the right decisions in our mind and in the end Jesus will tell us there’s only one decision that’s important, to accept your one responsibility and to accept the correction. Out of all the trillions of seeming choices, only one matters, that’s amazing when you look at all the decisions we seem to make as a human being, only one counts and the rest don’t count. You don’t have to answer for them when you get back to Heaven, God is not going to say, “Why did you choose that?” None of them count except the correction, and just to begin to acknowledge this, is a huge thing because this acknowledgment is the beginning of the end of guilt. This acknowledgment is the beginning of true happiness and that’s what we want in our hearts, we want to be truly happy. I am grateful to Jesus and his Course In Miracles for showing us the way!

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Discovering true union and lasting happiness

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Our deepest desire is for Union. I join you in a prayer of trust that all things are working together for good. Offer your mind and your function to the Holy Spirit that everything may serve the Highest Good. The subtleties of the ego are exposed simply in this way: The ego’s plan for salvation demands that something should be different than it is. The ego believes that happiness and peace can arise from changing the script. A miracle is a change of mind that happily shows that the script cannot be changed. I join you in this holy prayer: “Let all things be exactly as they are.” This is a Workbook lesson from A Course In Miracles (ACIM).

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David Hoffmeister
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You are the Light of the world. Shine this Light wherever you may seem to be, for as you allow It to shine through you will experience the Joy of God that knows no emptiness. Inner Joy will attract many witnesses as you Awaken to Divine Love. As devotion is placed in experiencing the Joy within, the seeming outer world will reflect this Joy. The happy dream of non judgment precedes Awakening.

You are entitled to Great Joy! Stay focused on what you want to experience and observe that the chips of the world have fallen where they have fallen. Thank You God for Giving the Joy of creation without end. Thy Will Be Done, and all creation gives thanks.

In heaven there is free will. The only reflection in this world of heaven is the power to choose. What you have the power to choose, moment by moment, is your state of mind. It seems in this world that there are other choices. It seems as if every day is filled with a menu of choices – when to wake up, which dress to wear, where to go, who to call, what to eat. These are all delusions of decisions, for the script of the world is already written. That is why the psychics are able to predict events with much accuracy. All events, encounters and circumstances of the scripts of this world are the past. Moment by moment, you have the power to interpret what you are seeing. You can interpret it with the Holy Spirit – in which case you will have peace and happiness – or you can interpret it with the ego which analyzes and breaks apart and judges. The mind is always upset when it is interpreting events with the ego.

A Course In Miracles (ACIM) helps put you in direct contact with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is always direct, but the fear of healing means the Holy Spirit must work with the willingness of the mind to release the fear. God’s Will is for Perfect Happiness, and every seeming problem and situation dissolves before the remembrance of Christ and God in the Holy Instant. The mind must be trained to unlearn everything it believes about the world and self, including the release of judgment, to make way for the remembrance of the Present. All perceptions of mistreatment and injustice are misinterpretations, and miracles offer glimpses of another Way of looking upon the world. The spiritual journey is a journey inward, and forgiveness is the release of all illusions. Complete forgiveness brings the peace that passes the understanding of the world. With willingness to forgive every thing and every body there is a willingness to release the past. The complete release of past-future thinking brings Present rest and contentment and lasting Happiness.

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Forgiveness now: a course in miracles & the non dual

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Render our holy mind unto God, for only in God is Life and Meaning. Jesus Christ, an amazing non dual teacher, teaches resist not evil precisely because there is no “evil” to resist in God’s Creation and Oneness. In A Course In Miracles Jesus says: “Recognize what does not matter, and if your brothers ask you for something ‘outrageous,’ do it because it does not matter. Refuse, and your opposition establishes that it does matter to you. It is only you, therefore, who have made the request outrageous, and every request of a brother is for you. Why would you insist in denying him? For to do so is to deny yourself and impoverish both. He is asking for salvation, as you are.”

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David Hoffmeister
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Share freely the Joy of the Holy Spirit! Share the Joy of ACIM as a living demonstration of Divine Love. The Holy Spirit uses the symbols of the world to lead to an experience beyond the symbols. There is no limit on the Holy Spirit’s use of symbols. It is impossible to be limited in any way. I rejoice in this experience. Peace of mind is the outcome of non judgment. Peace comes from the Holy Spirit’s Purpose and not from any “specific” outcome in form.

The ego seeks to “promote” a “plan of salvation” that requires something other than the mind to change to “in form” and “in the future.” Thus does the ego seek to make its “salvation” or “forgiveness” political or social by defining its “forgiveness” as within the dream. Yet forgiveness is simply the Perspective that sees the dream as a dream. Forgiveness does not required that anyone act differently or change in any way. Forgiveness looks and waits and watches and judges not, for from Its kind Gaze illusions are all the same. All form is the illusion of the past, and what is past and gone cannot BE changed. This is the loving teaching of A Course In Miracles.

Jesus Christ is an example or demonstration of the be-attitude of acceptance and non judgment. To take a stand “for” or “against” a form “outcome” makes the error of separation real in awareness, though not in Reality. There is nothing causative in form, yet to believe that some form “outcomes” are “better” than others is the attempt to deny that all illusions are the same. A change of purpose from a grievance to a miracle is meaningful for it is another way of looking upon the world. Yet this shift makes no demands, for the mind is thus freed from the insane wish and attempt to make things be “different” and “better” than they already are. While the ego demands that the “problem” be defined in form (ie., personal, societal, interpersonal, environmental, etc.), the Holy Spirit simply asks that the belief in separation be brought to the Light within.

The problem is not “in” the world, for there is no world apart from mind. Forgiveness is not “in” the world, for there is no forgiveness apart from mind. If forgiveness is put truly “first” by valuing the Perspective of the Holy Spirit, there can be no wish to improve the dream. For the problem was never “in” the dream. It was only a “problem” of perspective, and the “problem” has been healed.

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Rethinking history

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I was studying a reserve on Rethinking Record by the article-contemporary Historian Jenkins. The reserve provides out Philosophical perspectives on the crafting of Record that is Historiography.

In the to start with portion of the reserve he faithfully tries to define what Record is and his definition is that Record is a discourse. Then proceeds to split down Record into an ideology, methodology and epistemology. He laments that Record taught in educational institutions does not integrate article contemporary Record and its numerous perspectives.

Initially of all I would like to say that the phrase Record is a misnomer and need to be a self-discipline that embodies Histories. The phrase Record if used would be symbol-centric and rooted in a Western Historic paradigm. There are lots of Histories circulating today this kind of as black Record, Counter Society, and Feminist Record and so on.

The crafting of Record can under no circumstances be goal. Details are interpreted by Historians as ideological sutures. Outdated info can be presented in new-gentle as the Historiography of crafting. For instance there are incredibly very little research on the plight of the feminine gender in Nazi Germany. The harsh remedy of Germany following the defeat of Globe War A single can be observed empathically as a cause for the increase of Nazi fanaticism. A Marxian would treat Histories as class wrestle. Ideological positions have to be deconstructed. For instance Marxism as a grand narrative when place into application in Soviet Russia failed bitterly. Queer background deconstructs the ideology of gender and associations to sex. Historic textual content textbooks need to consist of numerous narratives. For instance: a soldier’s diary entry. The narratives built by a Nazi mom are some illustrations. Record taught in educational institutions is one particular dimensional. The school textual content textbooks need to integrate numerous narratives.

When encountering the methodology of one particular can not be typically goal, neutral and scientific. How can we narrate a black mom staying raped by a white? If she writes a poem about it, is it not a portion of a Black lifestyle which is repressed. For instance if we seem at existing day Hong Kong we see a favourable affect of it as British Colonization. The British colonizers labored difficult with advantage to make Hong Kong now less than China as affluent country. The poverty of India following Independence has been even worse than it was during the British routine.

Now what is Record as a discourse? A discourse is a narrative, an prolonged explanation of anything. In a Historic discourse the previous is explored and proof gathered and place into interpretations. For instance Hitler’s Mein Kamp and Diary of Annie Frank are the two discourses, one particular which promotes the racial pleasure and superiority of the race and the other the struggles encountered by a female during the second entire world war. The ontology of political consciousness will become a discourse wherever people stand for Record with numerous factors of perspective.

Record as an epistemology need to encompass numerous narratives into its literary mould. For instance I would have to read through Toni Morrison, if I am crafting a historiography of Black Females. Epistemology has to location its roots in the ontological construction of consciousness. Re-deciphering Record need to have the ontological construction of poetry, a fiction.

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The correction of faulty “cult thinking” and misuse of a course in miracles at Endeavor academy

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Question: There was a teacher who for years was called and declared himself to be an awakened “master” teacher and the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. He taught that mind is singular, that this world was over long ago, that he speaks from out of time, and that he and all of us followers were going to flash out of time together. He made many references to the Bible and A Course In Miracles, yet in the Bible Jesus teaches to turn the other cheek, resist not evil, and says if someone asks you for your coat to offer them your cloak as well. In ACIM Jesus even teaches: In my defenselessness my safety lies. This “master” teacher, however, for years advocated and participated in an ongoing campaign and lawsuit against the copyright holders of ACIM and justified this action as taking a stand for Christ against those who would attempt to distort the teachings and block the spreading of the His Word. This was confusing. I do not understand how it is possible to engage in a lawsuit, have legal representation, prepare a case against a brother, and defend a position – all in the Name of Jesus Christ? In ACIM Jesus says: If I defend myself I am attacked. Could you explain this?

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David: Christ is Spirit, created by God, and needs no defense. Concepts were made by the ego and thus seem to need constant defense. Truth needs no defense for Truth has no opposite or opposition. Concepts of self are fragile and no matter how puffed up they may seem to get in this world, they have no foundation in truth and offer no peace of mind, safety, or security. Mastery through Love sees the folly and the impossibility of defense. Mastery through Love sees that a lawsuit is a joke, for defense and authentic spiritual practice have no meeting point. Defense is an ego attempt to teach that vulnerability is real and that something exists which is in need of protection. Yet the central teaching of A Course In Miracles is “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” Peace and understanding go together and cannot be found apart. Be glad that you CANNOT understand a lawsuit justified and engaged in under the Name of Jesus Christ. What you have described is a good example of the joke of the world, the foolishness of the ego’s antics under the pretense of a “spiritual cause.”

Question: My second question has to do with the teachings from this “master” teacher about physical transformation. If the body is an illusion how is it possible to transform or change an illusion? This “master” teacher refers to the transfiguration of Jesus, yet I cannot understand how a change in form or in the physical has anything to do with the transformation of mind called Enlightenment? Am I missing something in the teachings of ACIM?

David: In Answer to your second question, “physical transformation” is a contradiction in terms. This is the error of the world of contradictions. It is indeed impossible to transform or change the physical, for the change of illusion is simply the illusion of change. That is why Jesus said: “Seek not to change the world. Rather change your mind about the world.” The Serenity Prayer is the same reminder: The world cannot be changed, the sleeping mind can seem to change (accept its Eternity), and the Holy Spirit is the Wisdom to know (discern) the difference. The transfiguration of Jesus described in the Bible was a “phenomenon” or “window dressing” and at best is seen as a symbol or representation of going beyond the veil of images to the Light of Christ beyond. It is helpful to be reminded, however, that all perceptions are false. Abstract Light is Universal and not specific or particular. Spirit never “comes into” matter and Truth cannot be brought to illusions. Eternity never “comes into” time and Infinity never “comes into” the finite. This is also why the concept of an “insertion of Light” is impossible, for the Word does not literally become flesh. Reality cannot be translated or transformed into unreality. Instead, bring the darkness of false belief (including the physical) to the Light of Truth and Know Thy Self as Spirit. Time-space-matter-physical dissolves, and the Spirit remains. Accept Atonement (the Correction) and this realization is obvious.

Question: My third question has to do with spiritual specialness. This “master” teacher referred to himself and was referred to as an insertion of light into the time-space continuum, yet at the same time he spoke of being out of time. There was great importance placed on being WITH this “master” teacher and staying in the high energy and fast time “with” the “master” teacher and the association or group. Yet in A Course In Miracles I read that the holiest spot on earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love. Would you speak about the trap of making somebody special and different from everybody else? I have heard this called the guru trap and it seems to be yet another ego ploy to set one brother above others and to maintain a sense of uniqueness, specialness, and separation in a subtle way. If we are One Mind then it seems that no person, place, event, or thing will have MORE importance and that there is nothing to compare in truth. Is this so?

David: In Answer to your third question, the ego IS the belief in specialness or uniqueness. The attempt to single out a person, place, thing, situation, or event from the whole tapestry of the cosmos IS the attempt to make and worship an idol or God-substitute. This ego temptation (the wish to make illusions real) of “guru worship” is but one example of the death wish of specialness. Whenever a comparison is made, duality has been accepted as real and Divine Love is seemingly blocked from awareness. Yet Love simply Is. Spirit Love is the Energy of Life in God. This Energy is never “high” or “low,” “bright” or “dim,” “strong” or “weak.” Spirit is Timeless and Changeless. Time is an illusion, and thus there is no “fast time” or “slow time.” It is impossible to be “close to” or “far away” from Spirit because Spirit transcends the false concepts of distance and increments of measurement. The ego attempts to use such concepts to maintain its “existence,” and its “existence” rests on the belief in differences and uniqueness. Happily Oneness cannot be broken into different, unique pieces or parts. Wholeness means One!

You speak of the so-called “master” teacher and the association or group of followers. In an earlier writing I addressed the illusion of an “enlightened person,” which is another contradiction in terms. Divine Mind is real.

Person-hood, a concept of body-mind-soul, is not real. It is impossible for a concept to be real, for God did not create concepts. God creates Spirit and Spirit shares in God’s Reality. A Course In Miracles is but one seeming “pathway” of releasing past associations, accepting the wholeness of the forgiven world, and remembering Self and God. Where would “the association” begin? Where would “the association” end? You see, the false is false and cannot be broken into parts or pieces. There is no we/they split, no in/out split. The “association” or group is but another self-concept. Remember that only self-concepts require the illusion of defense, and this will offer you insight to the Answer to your first question about the lawsuit. Salvation is nothing more than the escape from self-concepts. Forgiveness, the last illusion, the last self-concept is not made by you alone. The Holy Spirit offers Atonement (Correction) as the Perspective of wholeness that transcends the ego’s “personal perspective” of parts. To the Holy Spirit GURU means Gee You are You. The I Am Presence is Spirit, One Self forever in the Mind of God. Nothing else exists.

Truth is an experience. It cannot be organized. Look not to the flesh for the experience within. Look not to man or woman or “master” teacher in form. Spirit neither leads nor follows. Spirit simply Is. Enlightenment is but a recognition, not a change at all. Atonement is the Point of recognition which trancends the ego traps of “leader” and “follower.” There is nothing “outside” of One Self. Such is Enlightenment!

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Commands and commandments are in place until someone with authority authorises they be changed!

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How can I become fruitful and how can I live a positively fruitful life?

Now, most people want to be fruitful and productive and appreciated.

Fruit comes by gradual growth. Fruit can be a slow process, but the tree produces what people need. The vine produces what people around us require.

Over these past weeks I have been reading and studying around the topic of the fruit God would us grow in our lives. These articles are based on some beautiful words, in the New Testament, from Galatians Chapter 5 and verses 22 and 23.

Jesus Christ displayed perfectly and fully the fruit of the Spirit – and Jesus says – “Follow Me” – so simple – watch where I go – watch what I do – pay attention to what I say – “Follow Me”. Jesus also displayed most of the gifts of the Spirit because He enjoyed perfect communion with the Father.

Paul is writing here to Christian disciples who did not have an easy time but he writes about how God wants the fruit of the Spirit to permeate our whole character – and give flavour to our lives – love, joy, peace.

How are we to cultivate the fruit? There are many and various answers to that question. II Timothy 2 verses 6 and 7 may help – where Paul speaks about the hardworking farmer. Cultivating the fruit will take time and effort. We need to know God’s Word, and become familiar with it. If we are not familiar with the Word of God, we will go without many of the benefits and blessings which God wishes to provide, and which God wishes us to enjoy.

Derek Prince used to say to people who were coming for ministry and for help and who were wrestling against Jesus and His Word – and he would discern this – “Come back when you are ready to believe the Bible!”

II Timothy 2 verse 15 develops this matter of working at our faith. When it comes to the Word of God, I need to be a good workman. Some things do not happen automatically. There is the sense here of rolling up our sleeves and getting stuck into this Book.

Verse 16 is fairly direct too, and if we do not pay attention to that, the very opposite can be produced.

The first part of the fruit of the Spirit of God is LOVE, but what does that mean? Let’s examine it, because it is very important in the Christian Faith.

We read of it in Galatians Chapter 5 verse 6, and in verse 13 – and then in the next verse Paul uses a word which many people are not all that keen to hear today – COMMAND!

II Corinthians 5 verse 14 – For Christ’s love compels us. A man can be compelled by the love of achieving something – being successful – or giving his life for a cause.

The love of Christ is deeper than the love of any cause.

This is an unconditional love – a love which surges from the heart of God into ours.

Many people are unaware that the cause of Jesus Christ is the greatest cause anyone can be involved in, in the whole world.

It covers and embraces every area of life – and death!

Turn to John Chapter 13 verses 34 and 35 – these too are beautiful words. Nothing can compare with this. But it is a Commandment – and it is NEW.

I used to find that some people did not like Commandments and they did not like anything NEW. So they can have great trouble with what Jesus says.

Jesus gives His disciples a new commandment – it is a command – not a suggestion – and it is not optional – and it is not advice to be taken or ignored depending upon how you are feeling.

All commands and commandments are in force until the orders are changed, and I have no evidence that this order has been changed, nor has it been withdrawn, or modified.

Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children’s Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

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