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gratitude and ACIM/Raj/Awakening/Together video meeting
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Zane
Posted 2020-05-30 12:35 PM (#236707 - in reply to #236686)
Subject: RE: gratitude and ACIM/Raj/Awakening/Together video meeting




"YOU need to develop your weakened 

Ability to BE grateful"


(p41) "The crucifixion was a complex of behaviors arising out of clearly opposed thought systems. As such, it was the perfect symbol of conflict between the ego and the Son of God. The conflict is just as real now, and its lessons, too, have equal reality WHEN THEY ARE LEARNED. I do not need gratitude any more than I needed protection, but YOU need to develop your weakened ability to BE grateful, or you cannot appreciate God.


(p42) That’s another way of saying, if you cannot Love your Brother whom you have seen, how can you Love God whom you have not seen?


(p43) … YOU need to develop your weakened ability to BE grateful, or you cannot appreciate God. HE does not need your appreciation, but YOU do.


(p44) And you all know this. When you are afraid of something, when you’re engulfed in fear, it’s almost impossible to feel gratitude. And because you are constantly defending, reinforcing, supporting your false sense of yourself, and therefore a false sense of what you’re called upon to be every day, you seldom find occasion for expressing gratitude, and it has become a somewhat foreign activity to you.


(p45) Now, a short while ago, I suggested to everyone that during the holiday period here, that you when you encounter someone who is providing you with a service, that when they’re finished you look them squarely in the eye and say, “Thank you for being here for me.” Or “Thank you for doing what you do.”


(p46) Ah! A little bit of expression of gratitude. Many of you have found this difficult to do. That it’s much easier just to say, “Thank you very much.” But to say, “Thank you for being here for me,” or “Thank you for doing what you do,” is more difficult because it’s more intimate. Intimacy breaks isolation. And those of you who have attempted to put into practice my suggestion have found out just exactly how much you defend yourself against abandoning your isolation. It shows you how deeply ingrained your habit of separation goes. And all of it comes out in a very simple opportunity to do something very simple, to say a few words. “Thank you for being here for me.” “Thank you for doing what you do.” I encourage you to engage in this practice indefinitely.


(p47) You know you need to experience gratitude expressed toward you. Well, so does everyone else. And gratitude can only be extended from a heart that cares. So, does that tell you something? If you’re reluctant to express gratitude, it means you are reluctant to express the fact that you care. It demonstrates how defended you are against caring, how foreign it has become to you. And yet I tell you that when you become completely undefended, when you yield into the Brotherhood, as it were, and you find yourself at one with everyone, you will find that caring, that being the Presence of Love as a direct, not communication, but as a direct communion, it will be the most joyful thing you have experienced. But it’s got to start right now in the middle of your reluctance to express it, because it seems to have become foreign to you, in order for it to grow into a fuller and fuller expression.


(p4 Now, you know what? When you let appreciation come forth from you, it can’t come forth as any means of control over another. It will be a gift. And it will create ripples and it will spread.


(p49) And not only will it become less and less foreign to extend appreciation and to break down the isolation, it will also become easier and easier for you and everyone else to stand in receipt of appreciation without minimizing it, or apologizing for it, or talking it away. “Thank you for being here for me.” “Oh, oh, that’s okay! It’s nothing!” You see? “You look especially lovely today.” “Oh, well. Well, the dress I’m wearing was only $5.95 at the store.” You know, instead of saying “thank you” and letting it in and letting it register with you as nothing more or less than appreciation, Love extended.


(p50) It not only is difficult for you to express a simple intimacy of appreciation, it’s hard for you to let appreciation or Love in and register with you without messing with it, at least a little bit to keep it from being clearly what it is. Because if you let it be clearly what it is, it will mean that you have lowered your defenses which you are hesitant to do, because your sense of yourself, your definition of yourself causes you to experience everything as duplicitous.


(p51) As a result, you must be suspicious of everything. And even an expression of simple appreciation, intimacy, will be interpreted at times to be a means that your Brother or Sister has to try to get something from you, that there’s some other reason for their behavior than real appreciation.


(p52) This is very important. Your conflicted way of looking at everything causes you to be sure that everything has two sides, and that therefore everything is untrustworthy until you have put everything to the test. And even then, you are not so sure.


(p53) Now, find ways to express appreciation. Why? Not because your Brother needs it, even though your Brother does, but because you need to break the habit of maintaining your isolation.


(p54) Again …


(p55) I do not need gratitude any more than I needed protection, but YOU need to develop your weakened ability to BE grateful, or you cannot appreciate God. HE does not need your appreciation, but YOU do.


(p56) And so, at this Christmas season when singing praises to God are… the words singing praises to God are heard in your Christmas carols, know that it’s not that God needs your praise, but that it is a reminder that you need to engage in the act of praise extended to God and extended to each other.


(p57) Continuing …


(p5 You cannot love what you do not appreciate, and FEAR MAKES APPRECIATION IMPOSSIBLE. Whenever you are afraid of what you are you do NOT appreciate it,…


(p59) Whenever you are afraid of what you are, you do not appreciate it. Let’s be clear here. I’m not talking about when you are afraid of what you think you are. I’m talking about when you are afraid of What You Are. When you are afraid to acknowledge the Holy Spirit in you, with the awareness that acknowledging It means acknowledging that which is nothing more than your Right Mind. You’re afraid of doing this, and quote:


(p60) Whenever you are afraid of what you are you do NOT appreciate it, and will therefore reject it. As a result, you will TEACH REJECTION.


(p61) Fortunately, the Holy Spirit is not amenable to your projection on It. And because It is you, It cannot abandon you, and so It remains you in your Truth, you in your Reality, busy, forever busy insinuating Itself into your awareness, attracting you to let It in. Which means attracting you to a forever better experience of What You Truly Are.


(p62) Continuing …


(p63) The power of the Sons of God is operating all the time because they were created as creators. Their influence on EACH OTHER is without limit, and MUST be used for their joint salvation.


(p64) Right now you’re using that for the purpose of reaffirming, re-establishing, and confirming separation. And it’s called war. And it’s called not saying, “Thank you for being here for me.”


(p65) Continuing …


(p66) Each one must learn to teach that all forms of rejection are utterly meaningless.


(p67) And, again, this is the lesson of the crucifixion.


(p6 Each one must learn to teach that all forms of rejection are utterly meaningless. The separation IS the notion of rejection.


(p69) “Father, I’d rather see it my way. Don’t call me. I’ll call you.” Rejection of your Father, rejection of your Source, and ultimately, rejection of your Identity.


(p70) Continuing …


(p71) As long as you TEACH this, you still believe it.


(p72) Or conversely, as long as you believe it, you still teach it, because you teach what you believe. Your behavior expresses what you believe.


(p73) Continuing …


(p74) This is NOT as God thinks, and you must think as He thinks if you are to know Him again.


(p75) Mmmm. If you are to know Him again. You know what? There’s something in it for you. Knowing Him again is inseparable from a Gift that you will experience and that Gift is remembering your Identity. So, it’s not about puny little you acknowledging God, appreciating God, while you remain puny little you. It’s not about puny little you engaging in adoration. It’s about you reuniting with your Source so that the full Conscious Experience of What You Are comes back into your mind as realization, enhancing everything about you so that your full potential can come forth.


(p76) You must think as He thinks if you are to know Him again, and if you want to know your Self again. There must be a reconciliation that undoes the bill of divorcement. And when that bill of divorcement is annulled, you come into the full use of your Right Mind and wake up. And dreams and illusions cease.


(p77) This sounds pretty magnificent and impressive and major, if you will. But you know what? You don’t have to somehow do this all at once. You can start out with two simple things. Say to others, “Thank you! Thank you for being here for me. Thank you for doing what you do.” Remember, look them in the eye when you say it. Look them in the eye when you say it. And don’t demean it by saying it in an offhanded way.


(p7 Teach only Love for that is What You Are. Don’t take the bait that causes you to forget What You Are and causes you to react from a habituated place of automatic responses which are all defensive.


(p79) And I want to point out something else to you. When others engage in projection or when you engage in projection, but I’m primarily going to put it this way, when others engage in projection and project upon you the fact that they’ve forgotten Who They Are, and therefore can’t see you except in a conflicted way, they will always call your ego into question. They will always make some remark that will twist what may have been a perfectly clear expression of Love into an opportunity to suggest that you’re not the Presence of Love and that you are nothing but a collection of psychological responses which are less than the best. And they will suggest that your behavior occurred for some unsavory reason. And that’s the invitation to take the bait and forget yourself that what you were expressing was Love and respond in like manner to their behavior.


(p80) So when you find someone minimizing you, misinterpreting you, and addressing you on the basis of the way they’re seeing you in a reactive and uncomplimentary way, be very alert because they’re doing exactly the opposite of what is healing. What is healing is to impersonalize the ego, to impersonalize the suggestions that the ego makes. Conversely, the use of projection is to personalize your behavior and twist it into something that it is not.


(p81) And of course, that’s always experienced as insulting. “Oh!” Insulting to what? Insulting to nothing if you didn’t take the bait. But if you take the bait and forget What You Are and forget what you were meaning, you will identify with the definition of yourself, and you will immediately move into defensive mode, attack mode, retaliation mode, and now you’ve both fallen into the ditch. And you’re the blind leading the blind, which means that all that can follow is bumping into this, that, and the other thing, and skinning your shin, until someone remembers that they took the bait and then consciously steps back prior to that point remembering to join with the Holy Spirit in you so that everything that follows might be nothing less than the Expression of Love that can trigger your Brother’s release from his need to project by personalizing something you have done on you. This is very important…."


Raj

December 21, 2003







Edited by Zane 2020-05-30 12:49 PM
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