There is a need. It is the need for Truth to be expressed, and to be increasingly expressed until It rings from every mountaintop and every valley on your globe. And it needs to be coming from every single one of you in a chorus of Brotherly love made possible because you abandoned your imagined “role” of being a Son or Daughter independent from your Father, and you invited in the Voice for Truth which speaks for Him — the Holy Spirit — abandoning every vestige of an independent mind, an ego, and its mean-spirited divisiveness.
This is the central lesson of A Course in Miracles, and it is the purpose and function of the Northwest Foundation for A Course in Miracles, embodied in the form of a gift, available to everyone without charge but not without expense. And this is made possible through the contributions of those who find it of value and wish for it to be accessible everywhere — from a small town at the base of a mountain in Poland, to a lake in Switzerland, a laptop in a village in South Africa, or a library computer in the Bronx — wherever there is a seeker seeking.
This work is essential, and it is necessary for it to continue and increase. The demand for relief from fear and suffering is clearer and greater than ever before, because the ego’s promotion of fear and suffering is increasing. And it simply means that everyone must more consistently give voice to the Voice for Truth by listening for It, sharing It, and supporting others who are actively engaged in extending Its outreach as well.
The point to realize is that the call for more consistently giving voice to the Voice for Truth is not because world conditions call for it — although that is the need — but because it is the shift back into everyone’s right mind. It is the “coming Home” which is what the Atonement is all about. It is not a temporary concerted effort to be laid aside with relief when the “emergency” is over . . . laid aside with a grateful acknowledgment of the power of Truth over error, the power of Love over hate.
No. Being truly Conscious is more than a technique for survival, even though most everyone has used it for that purpose. It is actually the return to Sanity — a state to be enjoyed without ever being interrupted again!
And so, I am clearly inviting everyone to support us in promoting the increasing extension of Truth and Love. For it to “ring from every mountaintop and valley” is an inspiring idea. But if one keeps his feet on the ground and his head not too far away, the translation of inspiration into action amounts to more than a good feeling or positive outlook. It amounts, in our case, to effort, involvement, commitment, and the practicalities of paying for utilities, workspace and the services required in order for someone in Poland, Switzerland, South Africa or the Bronx to actually be able to turn on their computer or cell phone and, with only a click or two, instantly read or hear the Truth and feel the Love that overrides fear, inspires trust and promotes the shift of perception and experience which is called a miracle.
The call for Love today is more insistent than ever, and the response of Love — engaging in the holy instant, listening, hearing, and behaving consistently with what is revealed — will always be equal to the call.
The response will always involve active Brotherhood, not mental magic accomplished privately by good thoughts alone; demonstrating the fact — and this is the first time I have shared this — that Atonement will be and is the result of answering the call for Love together. . . through intimacy, and nothing else . . . the intimacy of looking into your brother’s eyes and remembering God.
I will share with you that an even more profound fact is that the choice to do otherwise is disappearing, and that is the significance of the call for Love in the world today!
And so, the practicalities of our extension of Love are: an immediate need for $3,000 to cover unpaid expenses for October and first-of-the-month bills for November. This is an accurate figure. However, it will “just meet the need” and won’t allow for expansion or increased extension. You can count on it: the making of the Gift will persist, and the invitation to join with us will, too.
We stand ready to increase. We stand ready to share more. And we need to. Your help is invited!
Thank you to everyone.
November 4th, 2018
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