“As we embrace you, embrace one another.”
We have arrived at a point where we can no longer remain silent about the need for funds. The need is now and the need is urgent in the amount of $4800 by the 20th. Thank you to those who have extended their love. Your contributions have been received with gratitude.
Due to the fact that it takes up to two days for contributions to arrive in the Foundation’s bank account, and considering the amount that is needed, it is timely to look at the situation now.
What really needs to be understood is the practicality of spirituality — the meeting-of-the-needs part! For example: The idea has been expressed that if the function of the Foundation is to share my words, “Why don’t I see to it that the abundance is there for it to be accomplished?” Well, I am. I am by virtue of teaching the need for involvement, for acts of kindness and love, for brotherhood in the simplest of forms. It is the shift of perception from static independence to active embrace which is the miracle needed, not the magical appearance of abundance which leaves everyone quietly, peacefully isolated still.
Needs met in solitary isolation might be considered spiritual, but it is not a living spirituality, and to use the Course or any other teaching to create a life in a “cave” of intellectual independence carries the divorce from the Father (the Fall) and orphanhood to the extremity of insanity. I am counteracting this!
The miracle of brotherhood restored is the shift from “me” to “we.” A shift of perception, to be sure, but a shift in behavior as well! A shift of perception without a shift of behavior gives lip service to Truth, but does not embody It, and brotherhood is reduced to manipulation through mutual agreements, engaged in because they are essential in the absence of real brotherhood. Does that experience sound familiar? Of course!
Together with being a brother to you by illuminating the Course, I am specifically translating its revelations of Truth into “life transformed” here and now, in the world which so many students of the Course are using the Course to rise above and get beyond. Unfortunately, in the process, one also gets over the “illusion” of humanity, of “being human,” thereby proving that there is no need for involvement, embrace or brotherhood.
This approach, this mindset, is not peculiar to students of the Course, but it is antithetical to the fundamental teaching of the Course, and so I am correcting it. And I am using the practice of Gift as the teaching tool for illustrating and promoting, in the most down-to-earth practical way, the shift of perception — the miracle — from “me” to “we.”
Of course, you can say that “gifting others with the materials, together with their availability” is just a finessing of the sensibilities — a confusing way to describe what is fundamentally nothing but the practice of “business” . . . another way to make money. But, you know what? The practice of “business” doesn’t promote brotherhood, real caring, practicing the Golden Rule, and it doesn’t push for a change of consciousness away from profit as the bottom line, does it? No!
What I am teaching demands something the ego is the defense against:
The End Of Sovereignty!
It is a lesson slowly learned because it is so repulsive to the ego, which cannot learn it! But as one shifts from ego identification to that of holy Son or Daughter of God, in whom God is well pleased, embrace and humility come together in one grand shift, and everything changes.
One last point: An argument is that “either way, you have to pay,” whether we’re talking about commerce or gift. But the fact is that in the world of commerce, you don’t have if you don’t pay. And that is not the truth when it comes to Gift.
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October 15th, 2015
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