As of . . . Today!
As of today the telephone service has been restored and a number of the bills which were due by the 20th have been paid. Thank you to everyone who made that possible.
The remaining bills amount to $1,700, and there is still $4,276 needing to be paid on the property taxes—with a $427 penalty which will be added if it is not paid by May 31st.
As of today we continue to function on the basis of Gift and invite everyone to be involved in the act of Giving. As everyone is learning, to engage in the holy instant, to listen to the Holy Spirit or me, is more than a head trip. It’s a heart trip. It’s not a remote or distant thought of Love, but an intimate giving of Self, time, energy . . . yes, effort. It’s an involvement which, when engaged in, involves one fully.
Like Paul, right now.
As of today, right now, Paul is practicing the holy instant. He is listening to me and sharing . . . extending what I am saying, what I am teaching, what I am promoting in terms of a fuller comprehension of the involvement I am asking everyone to engage in. And, while he is doing this, he isn’t eating, socializing, playing, or doing anything else, knowing that he is involved with you as an act of Love, an actualization of Brotherhood.
On most websites, if there is something valuable to be shared, it’s put into the form of a “product”—books, CD’s, classes, etc., which you can get for a fee through a private transaction (digitally processed by a computer program) which the provider of the material may not even know about. It’s clean! Clear cut! No messy entanglements!
Pay & Get!
But, it’s not that way here. Everyone knows that I am constantly inviting involvement—the actual gifting of some of your “substance,” some of what you might see as your security, something borne of your labor—on behalf of your Brothers. And although the argument may present itself that “Either way, you have to pay,” it cannot change the radical fact that in order “to have, give all to all.”
Clarity reveals the deceptiveness of the concept that “either way is the same.” It shows that one way you get, and the other way you give. One way you love and the other way love has nothing to do with it. One way is brotherliness and the other way is simply a digital process. One way unites two or more in Brotherhood, while the other involves no one but a consumer, the thing wanted, and the getting of it.
Since the beginning, we have provided what may be an unsettling dynamic by insisting upon grounding everything in the practice of Giving, instead of the manipulation, domination and power which are inseparable from “transaction.”
Simply functioning on the basis of Gift for all of these years has been providing the opportunity and the encouragement for everyone to make an essential world shift—to replace the artificiality, the divisive conceptual structures of transactional commercialism which insure “safety in rules,” and “guaranteed control,” . . . to replace that with the recognition that real safety is found in Brotherhood, which arises out of Love, and that it’s found in involvement, the actual expenditure of time, energy and effort in intimacy with one’s Brothers, in the context of his divinity.
Paul’s and Susan’s lives have been an illustration of what I am talking about . . . for thirty-six years.
Why do I say this? To draw attention to them? No! I do it to draw attention to the fact that their survival—functioning on the basis of Gift—has not been a temporary fluke but an enduring experience, and therefore it is reasonable and justifiable to believe what the Course teaches about the holy instant, the Holy Spirit, and your function as it relates to Atonement.
Nevertheless, I can hear someone saying, “Doesn’t seem to be working out too well, does it? I mean, look at how many letters, invitations and requests you are constantly putting out!”
Yes, it does seem to be taking a long time for everyone to get it. Two thousand eighteen years, so far. But, as I told Paul early on—which you will find in You Are the Answer—“I will be happy to tell you as many times as I need to, until you finally get it.” That is the grace and love extended to everyone as a result of God’s Love, and it is something you will do likewise when the Holy Spirit is infilling you with something to share with your brothers and sisters and they say something like, “Doesn’t seem to be working out too well, does it?”
You see, the wonder of A Course in Miracles is that it isn’t something to give lip service to or contemplate. It’s something which promotes fundamental change of the sort I’m talking about—transformation. Something called “a sudden shift of perception.” The definition of “a miracle.” That which the Course is about! And as a holy Son or Daughter of God, appearing to be a student of your own divinity, you are bound, sooner or later, to give permission for the miracle to happen . . . in you! And the bottom line is that if your Brother isn’t the reason you give that permission, there is no miracle.
In The Wizard of Oz it was only necessary for Dorothy to click the heels of her shoes together three times in order to go home. After all she had gone through to get back home unsuccessfully, that’s all it took!
Isn’t it incredible . . . isn’t it awesome . . . isn’t it deeply and profoundly meaningful that all it takes to go Home is the simple act of loving your Brother without the ace of a “transaction” up your sleeve, and that He goes with you as well?
Thank you to everyone. And know that everyone around the globe who values the materials found here thanks you, too, in one grand Brotherhood.
May 27th, 2018
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