Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the sun lit, cold, captivating island of Nantucket! Great to be with you and yours once again, broadcasting LIVE ‘down on the docks’ of historic Hyannis Harbor, on this amazing morning on a little sand bar ‘time’ forgot. It is the Nineteenth Day of March, 2016, per the grand consensus, and it is a Saturday, the original ‘day of rest’ lest WE forget who created this whole magnificent world in the first place…
“Perception selects and makes the world you see. It literally picks it out as the mind directs. The laws of size and shape and brightness would hold, perhaps, if other things were equal. They are not equal. For what you look for you are far more likely to discover than what you prefer to overlook. The still, small Voice of God is not drowned out by all the ego’s raucous screams and senseless ravings to those who want to hear it. Perception is a choice and not a fact. But on this choice depends far more than you may realize yet. For on the voice you choose to hear, and on the sights you choose to see, depends entirely your whole belief in what you are. Perception is a witness but to this, and never to reality. Yet it can show you the conditions in which awareness of reality is possible, or those where it could never be.
Reality needs no cooperation from you to be itself. But your awareness of it needs your help, because it is your choice. Listen to what the ego says, and see what it directs you to see, and it is sure that you will see yourself as tiny, vulnerable and afraid. You will experience depression, a sense of worthlessness, and feelings of impermanence and unreality. You will believe that you are helpless prey to forces far beyond your control, and far more powerful than you. And you will think the world you made directs your destiny. For this will be your faith. But never believe because it is your faith it makes reality.
There is another vision and another Voice in Which your freedom lies, awaiting but your choice. And if you place your faith in Them, you will perceive another self in you. This other self sees miracles as natural. They are as simple and as natural to it as breathing to the body. They are the obvious response to calls for help, the only one it makes. Miracles seem unnatural to the ego because it does not understand how separate minds can influence each other. Nor could they do so. But minds cannot be separate. This other self is perfectly aware of this. And thus it recognizes that miracles do not affect another’s mind, only its own. They always change your mind. There is no other.
You do not realize the whole extent to which the idea of separation has interfered with reason. Reason lies in the other self you have cut off from your awareness. And nothing you have allowed to stay in your awareness is capable of reason. How can the segment of your mind devoid of reason understand what reason is, or grasp the information it would give you? All sorts of questions may arise in it, but if the basic question stems from reason, it would not ask it. Like all that stems from reason, the basic question is obvious, simple and remains unasked. But think not that reason could not answer it.”
(~”A Course in Miracles”~ Foundation for Inner Peace; V. ‘The Function of Reason’, pages 456-7)
Of course, one might say, ‘who the heck is he to speak of “my” ego? Touche. However, consider these sacred sutras that may make all of this ‘abstract’ yet vital knowledge a little clearer to SEA…, true as the sky is blue, by one Mark Twain way, way, way back in the 19th Century. Samuel Langhorne Clemmens (pen name “Mark Twain”, 1835-1910), American Author/Humorist, “Adventures of Tom Sawyer” & “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, considered by many “The Great American Novel”…
“Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”
“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”
“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled.”
Enjoy the week end America!
PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M