The evening began with talk about the Course in Miracles material, and we shared thoughts about the difference between false goals and true goals. Must we give up life goals?
ALL MUST REALIZE THAT THE TERM “HOLY SPIRIT” [which often appears in the Course in Miracles] DOES IN FACT REFER TO THE ESSENCE — THAT WITHIN THE SELF WHICH IS IN CONTACT WITH THE TAO. TO CONTACT THIS HOLY SPIRIT, THEN, REQUIRES ONLY THE QUIETING OF THE [negative poles of the] OVERLEAVES TO THE EXTENT THAT THE ESSENCE CAN BE PERCEIVED. THE PERCEPTION IS OFTEN BRILLIANTLY ELUCIDATED DURING A SO CALLED “SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE”, WHEN THE PERSONALITY IS TEMPORARILY INACTIVATED BY THE POWERFUL INPUT. DRUGS WILL OFTEN FACILITATE THIS, BUT ARE NOT NECESSARY; ENVIRONMENT IS MORE IMPORTANT. WITHOUT THIS PERCEPTION, ALL OF THIS [teaching from us] IS SIMPLY ANOTHER BARRAGE OF WORDS. ONLY THE KNOWLEDGE OF ONE'S OWN ESSENCE IS CONVINCING. WE CANNOT EMPHASIZE THIS TOO MUCH. IT CAN BE EXPLAINED BY THE TIMEWORN CLICHÉ, “SEEING IS BELIEVING”. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY THAT ONE CAN BE CERTAIN THAT PLANES BEYOND THE PHYSICAL EXIST, OTHER THAN EXPERIENCING THEM. THE SAME CAN BE SAID FOR THE PERCEPTION OF ONE’S OWN ESSENCE. WHEN THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED, THE POWER OF THE EXPERIENCE DROWNS DISBELIEF. THEN, OF COURSE, IT IS STILL ENTIRELY UP TO YOU WHICH COURSE YOU WISH TO PURSUE. IT IS DOUBTFUL, THOUGH, THAT ONE WOULD CHOOSE TO CONTINUE WITH PURPOSELESS ACTIVITIES.
FALSE GOALS ARE THOSE WHICH ARE LARGELY UNATTAINABLE, AS THEY EXIST ONLY IN FANTASY. TRUE GOALS LEAD TO THE AWAKENING OF THE ESSENCE AND ITS BREAKTHROUGH. THIS IS INDEED POSSIBLE FOR THOSE WHO WISH IT, AND WITHOUT GREAT SACRIFICE UPON THE MOUNTAIN TOP.
Someone asked for a comment concerning the Course in Miracles.
THE ONLY DIRECT COMMENT THAT WE COULD MAKE IS THAT THIS STUDY IS AS EFFECTIVE IN ITS OWN [way] AS ARE THOSE OTHER COURSES OF STUDY THAT HAVE [been] DISCUSSED. THE LANGUAGE IS DIFFERENT AND THE EXERCISES ARE DESIGNED TO PRODUCE AN IDENTICAL RESULT: THAT IS, AN ENTITY FRAGMENT IN TOUCH WITH ESSENCE AND FREE OF THE DISTRACTIONS OF THE PHYSICAL PLANE SUCH AS GUILT, VANITY, AND THE LIKE. THIS DOES NOT MEAN A ZOMBIE UNABLE TO RESPOND EMOTIONALLY, BUT A SOUL WITH HEIGHTENED RESPONSE TO EVERYTHING, AND FAR MORE APPRECIATION THAN IS AVAILABLE TO YOU IN YOUR PRESENT STATE. THIS IS ALL ONE CAN ASK FROM ANY TEACHING.
A comment was made by someone that the distractions of the physical plane were what he enjoyed most!
IF THEY ARE PLEASANT FOR YOU, THEY ARE PROBABLY NOT DISTRACTIONS. BY DISTRACTIONS, WE MEAN THOSE CONSIDERATIONS THAT YOU DAILY MAKE THAT KEEP YOU FROM TACKLING THOSE TASKS YOU WOULD PERFORM FROM ESSENCE. READING GREAT LITERATURE, WRITING POETRY AND PROSE, LISTENING TO SERIOUSLY CONCEIVED MUSIC, ARE NOT DISTRACTIONS. DWELLING ON INJUSTICES, PLOTTING REVENGE, AND DESIGNING YOUR LIFE ARE.
SOURCE: Michael Teachings Transcripts