C.Faith Holland

Soul Coaching

An Invitation for the New Year 12.27.14 December 27, 2014

Starting January 1, 2015… I will be “Teaching” and DOING the A Course In Miracles Workbook of 365 Lesson.. I have created a Private (Secret) Facebook Page for anyone who would care to “JOIN” US… If you would like to JOIN in, please send me an email… I have asked everyone “joining” to please read the section in the ACIM book “Manual for Teachers” below is the “Introduction” and on the FB page I have added the entire section so you can read it if you don’t have the book… It is also online and I have provided the link on the FB page as well

Manual Introduction
The role of teaching and learning is actually reversed in the thinking of the world. The reversal is characteristic. It seems as if the teacher and the learner are separated, the teacher giving something to the learner rather than to himself. Further, the act of teaching is regarded as a special activity, in which one engages only a relatively small proportion of one’s time. The course, on the other hand, emphasizes that to teach is to learn, so that teacher and learner are the same. It also emphasizes that teaching is a constant process; it goes on every moment of the day, and continues into sleeping thoughts as well.
To teach is to demonstrate. There are only two thought systems, and you demonstrate that you believe one or the other is true all the time. From your demonstration others learn, and so do you. The question is not whether you will teach, for in that there is no choice. The purpose of the course might be said to provide you with a means of choosing what you want to teach on the basis of what you want to learn. You cannot give to someone else, but only to yourself, and this you learn through teaching. Teaching is but a call to witnesses to attest to what you believe. It is a method of conversion. This is not done by words alone. Any situation must be to you a chance to teach others what you are, and what they are to you. No more than that, but also never less.
The curriculum you set up is therefore determined exclusively by what you think you are, and what you believe the relationship of others is to you. In the formal teaching situation, these questions may be totally unrelated to what you think you are teaching. Yet it is impossible not to use the content of any situation on behalf of what you really teach, and therefore really learn. To this the verbal content of your teaching is quite irrelevant. It may coincide with it, or it may not. It is the teaching underlying what you say that teaches you. Teaching but reinforces what you believe about yourself. Its fundamental purpose is to diminish self-doubt. This does not mean that the self you are trying to protect is real. But it does mean that the self you think is real is what you teach.
This is inevitable. There is no escape from it. How could it be otherwise? Everyone who follows the world’s curriculum, and everyone here does follow it until he changes his mind, teaches solely to convince himself that he is what he is not. Herein is the purpose of the world. What else, then, would its curriculum be? Into this hopeless and closed learning situation, which teaches nothing but despair and death, God sends His teachers. And as they teach His lessons of joy and hope, their learning finally becomes complete.
Except for God’s teachers there would be little hope of salvation, for the world of sin would seem forever real. The self-deceiving must deceive, for they must teach deception. And what else is hell? This is a manual for the teachers of God. They are not perfect, or they would not be here. Yet it is their mission to become perfect here, and so they teach perfection over and over, in many, many ways, until they have learned it. And then they are seen no more, although their thoughts remain a source of strength and truth forever. Who are they? How are they chosen? What do they do? How can they work out their own salvation and the salvation of the world? This manual attempts to answer these questions.

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Thoughts and Quotes for Today 12.26.13 December 26, 2013

Filed under: Love — C. Faith Holland @ 3:18 pm
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1.“Teaching means to show a person that something is possible.” ~ Fritz Perls

 

2. I LOVE THE SIMPLICITY OF THIS WORK: “Most mornings, before or after I went out walking, I would sit by a window in the sunlight and wait for an uncomfortable feeling to appear. If it did, I would be thrilled, because I knew that it was always the result of some thought I needed to clean up. I was this. So I would write the thought down, and there was a lot of humor in the process. The thoughts that I wrote down were almost always about my mother. I knew that if I burned through one delusion, I would burn through them all, because I was dealing with concepts, not with people. They were thoughts like “My mother doesn’t love me”; “She loves my sister and brother more than me”; “She should invite me to family gatherings”; “If I tell the truth about what happened, she’ll deny it and no one will believe me.” That first year, it wasn’t enough that a thought was being met by inquiry, wordlessly, in my mind. The thought had to be written down. You can’t stop mental chaos, however motivated you are. But if you identify one piece of chaos and stabilize it, then the whole world begins to make sense. For about a year, I had to write down the beliefs that kept arising in my mind. I had to write them down and inquire, in order to hold reality firmly. They came very fast—hundreds, thousands of them. Each belief felt like a meteor crashing into a planet, trying to demolish it. Someone would say, or I would hear in my mind, “It’s a terrible day,” and my body would start to shake. It was as if I couldn’t bear the lie. It didn’t matter whether I or someone else spoke it, because I knew it was all me. The cleansing, the undoing, inside me was instantaneous, whereas when I offer inquiry to people, they’re doing it in apparent time and space—in the density that looks like time and space. But for me, the timelessness was obvious. So, when a belief hit me, I would sit and write it down and put it up against the four questions and then turn it around. That first year, I was writing all the time, crying all the time. But I never felt upset. I loved this woman who was dying through inquiry, this woman who had been so very confused. I kept falling in love with her. She was irresistible.” ~ Byron Katie

 

3. Bryon Katie on Generosity: “it’s the self in discussion and inquiry with itself. The “other” is only self-imaged. If I hear a question, it’s inside me, it’s coming from inside me, not from out there, not from “otherness.” There’s no distance, it’s connected through inquiry and immediate, and to answer one’s own question is what love will always do if one stops to listen, always in service to itself. Of course one’s “other” would be grateful. It is its own self. I would ask nothing of myself that was beyond me. It’s refreshment. It is the unlimited mind, the beloved, the pure that answers and the pure that receives. Always expanding itself, stretching, soaring, as its unlimited self, beauty and goodness, creation without limit. To not answer the question is to limit its journey. Questions appear and the answers are there to meet them, unpracticed, spontaneous, new, wise, to the student who is truly a student, and that is all that’s necessary for the mind to authentically respond to itself in a totally unlimited way, dependent only on the student’s desire to listen. If I’m sitting with someone who thinks they know what my answer is going to be, then they have limited themselves and my answers are that limited. If I’m talking to you and you already know, then even my voice will trail away, something stops in me in that recognition that the student is limited. And if I don’t stop it, the student is kind enough to stop it himself. But if the student comes with a mind that is truly open, the answer is unlimited, it’s a bottomless source.”

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‎(Helpful for New ACIM Students) January 10, 2013

Filed under: Love — C. Faith Holland @ 5:07 pm
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WHO EXACTLY IS A COURSE IN MIRACLES WRITTEN FOR?

You cannot have a false sense of nothing. You cannot have a distorted perception of nothing. You cannot have a counterfeit of nothing. It must be a distorted sense of something. It must be a counterfeit of something. You cannot have a counterfeit $4 bill, because there is no real $4 bill to be counterfeited.
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“I would really like to understand where I’m misperceiving what the Course is saying about the body.”
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ANSWER: The difficulty lies in the fact that the Course, itself, is written for a readership of egos who do not realize that they are egos, who do not realize that there is any alternative to the means of perception which the Course refers to as ego perception. Therefore, for those who believe that “what they see is what they get,” and that that is all there is to everything, there needed to be a clear statement of the illusory nature of everything that was being experienced–that egos viewing life through the lens of the ego, were experiencing a distortion that could not be taken as fact, that could not be taken as real, because the perception did not allow for an awareness of God in it.
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This set of books was addressed to those who have embraced the Darwinian theory of evolution, of physical evolvement out of nothing by pure random chance–no underlying intelligence behind it or underneath it, but order that just happened to happen.
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The phrase, “ashes to ashes and dust to dust,” reflects this evolutionary, physical interpretation of everything that is going on as though what comes into existence is very temporary and then goes back into nonexistence–all of it simply being the effect of matter, of physical evolution.
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From within that frame of reference, the experience of everything is false. And this fact needed to be bluntly and clearly stated so that it might dislodge those who read these books from their confidence that they grasp what everything is, and that they are interpreting it and experiencing it correctly.
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So, the books speak unequivocally in this respect, and it is the reason that the very first lesson says, “Nothing I see means anything.”
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At the bottom line that seems very destructive and undermining of one’s ability to feel comfortable. “If nothing means anything, then what is the use in my existing?” But, you see, the intent of that lesson is to create such a stir as to “un-rut” people from their accepted beliefs and their firm convictions based upon those beliefs, so that they might be brought to a point where they would say, “If nothing that I see means anything, what does mean something?”
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You see, that involves a shift, a stepping back from automatic confidences and inner assurances, and causes one to look beyond, or somewhere else. In that looking, in that inquisitiveness, one puts oneself in the position of inspiration, of enlightenment, of the registering of what the Holy Spirit is conveying, the registering of what is Really going on, which has been blocked by one’s confidences that he knows just exactly what this physical world is, and is fairly confident that he knows where it came from and how it came about.
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In the act of inquisitiveness, of openness, it becomes possible for what the Father is to register with one. This is why the Course was written in such unequivocal terms. The terms do not allow one to hang onto even their highest concept of what the earth and what the world and what the body is. It doesn’t allow one to harbor pet theories–even more enlightened concepts of what it all is than everyone else has–because even those stand in the way of one’s being receptive to the truly undistorted perception of what everything is.
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You could say that the Course is the great “un-rutter.” But, something must come after what has been un-rutted. Now one has freedom of movement. One is not caught in a channel from which there can be no variation. Out of the rut there is total freedom of movement, so there must come an experience and an understanding of the territory in which this freedom is occurring.
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Now comes the opportunity to more correctly discern the world that has not disappeared, and understand it in the context of the infinite expression of the Father. In my working with those who find their way to have a conversation, this perspective is being provided as well.
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You see, as I have also indicated, you cannot have a false sense of nothing. You cannot have a distorted perception of nothing. You cannot have a counterfeit of nothing. It must be a distorted sense of something. It must be a counterfeit of something. You cannot have a counterfeit $4 bill, because there is no real $4 bill to be counterfeited.
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That which the ego has been looking at has been the presence of the Father. But the ego, in order to maintain its apparent and supposed existence, must deny the existence of the Father, and so the ego redefines everything in its own distorted way.
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Tell me, if you wish to take the first narrative of Creation given in the Bible, in which everything that was made was made, and the Father beheld it, “and behold, it was very good”–in other words, the Father saw Himself in it–why is it that there needed to be a second description of Creation, which truly refers to the ego’s process of re-identifying what the Father has made, in which everything becomes named?
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Everything already was. It was what it was, and what it was was known and experienced fully. There was no need to name it, except that the ego, in order to succeed in denying the Father, had to redefine that which the Father had already defined as His own Self-expression. The ego needed to redefine it in its own terms, thus apparently making that thing independent and different from what was truly the only creative Movement, which is described in the first chapter of Genesis.
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Now, the process of Awakening is a process of releasing the ego’s definitions, which are false, and, along with those false definitions, the distorted experience of That which has always been as the expression of the Father. One becomes freed from concepts or definitions and receptive to the clear, undistorted experience of what the original Creation was and is that required the ego to redefine It in order to apparently make a creation unlike the Father’s.
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Mind you, the ego is incapable of creating anything. Therefore its “creation” was constituted of a distorting of the perception of the only Creation there was, and, by virtue of that false definition, causing the only Creation there was to appear to be unlike its Source, and therefore independent of the Father.
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So, you see, literally everything the ego sees, which is constituted of its biasing of Creation Itself, is false, and cannot achieve great heights. It cannot exalt itself and become worthy of entering the Kingdom of Heaven. The biased perception of Reality will fade. It will dissolve. It will no longer be. But there will not be a void in its place.
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What will be left will be the original and ongoing Movement of Creation that the Father is and always has been being. But, I will tell you that your experience of It will be radically different from your experience of It now.
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The key factor that needs to be understood is that once one is unrutted, one cannot continue walking around in a state of denial, stating that “there can be no God in my experience because it is all illusion.” If one continues to deny the body or the forms in the world, one is denying the very place where the Father is being the Movement of Creation with absolute perfection. And if one is turning away from it on the basis that it is “absolute illusion” (which is like talking about dry water), one then does not have his attention in the very place where the Father is present to be recognized. That is nonproductive, and it inhibits the further experience of freedom that is now necessary since one has become un-rutted.
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I am not contradicting what the Course says. What the Course says still stands. You must understand that it is referring to everything that is seen from within the ego’s frame of reference. As one moves out of the ego’s frame of reference and accesses his or her own greater capacity to be aware divinely, the distortions and the limits of the ego’s frame of reference begin to fall away, and greater evidences of harmony begin to unfold. The undistorted perception of Reality “comes to view,” and it is experienced as transformation or healing.
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The fact is that one must recognize that unless he or she is totally awakened, whenever he or she looks at anything, he or she is not seeing its absolute divine Meaning. One is still seeing, to one degree or another, the distortion inherent in the ego’s frame of reference.

Conducted by the Northwest Foundation for ACIM

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