By Invitation Only

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 Paul and I had the following conversation last night, prompted by Paul’s difficulty in dealing with his friend’s commitment to dying and refusal of any form of prayer or healing.

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PAUL: Why did I go through the day, today, without direction—floating like a leaf on the wind of (so-and-so’s) manipulation? Why did I not feel the gumption to interrupt it, free myself from it and stay joined with you? To say it better, what can I do if this happens again? How can I override the inclination to take no action and just quietly sit with whatever the bad feelings are? Being rudderless is an awful experience. Continue reading

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Waking Up or Checking Out

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Dear friends,

The relative silence during the past four weeks, the absence of updates and appreciation for everyone’s wonderful support (which did indeed meet the needs), and the fact that we have only had one Study Group during that period has been due to Paul’s learning that a very good friend—a student of the Course and of mine—was told he had a terminal condition with only a short time to live, and that he had made a commitment to dying!

This friend’s sudden “sanctification” of disease and death—claiming that he has realized that they are part of the naturalness of life—together with his demand that no one pray for his healing or contradict his new-found revelation, not only ignores the fact that there is no order of difficulty in miracles, it renders miracles meaningless. This change of attitude has been very hard for Paul to deal with, even with my help, and he has not been dealing with it well. Continue reading

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Unannounced Study Group Held Tonight

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Plain, Pure and Simple—UPDATE

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Dear friends,

Thank you again to those who have joined in confirmation of the extension of Love rather than the “extraction of cost” as the real rate of exchange. Your gifts have reduced the amount needed to $2,500—which is still due two days from now on June 20th.

These funds are not present in the Foundation’s bank account, and I am once again inviting everyone to participate in the practical actual acts of extension which confirm the embodiment of Gift as brotherly love.

Divine idealism must be translated into practical realism—needs met.

Your participation is needed, and it is needed now. And it must be understood that the practical realism of meeting the need is a holy activity because it establishes Heaven on earth. It restores earth to its spiritual original as the Kingdom of Heaven which had been misperceived, and the restoration cannot occur if “the human condition” is overlooked, ignored, risen above or discounted in any way. Continue reading

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ACIM Study Group Tonight

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Plain, Pure and Simple

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Dear friends,

Thank you to those of you who responded so quickly to the recent invitation of support. It has reduced the balance needed to approximately $4,000, which is still due by the 20th.

To those who have yet to contribute, I invite you to add your support. It makes it possible for everything we do to be done as a gift—free for the asking—which has always been the context of our activities. It is the extension of Love—plain, pure and simple—and your support helps us keep it that way.

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Making the Gift

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Dear friends,

There are a few who have inquired as to what the needs are as we approach the 20th of this month. And, as usual, they amount to approximately $5,000. Everyone’s help is invited, since the funds presently in the Foundation’s bank account are insufficient to cover the majority of those expenses. Continue reading

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