Archive for February, 2010

Channeling Jesus

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Channeling Jesus.

Channeling first became popular as part of the “spiritual” culture in the 1970s. The first I can remember is Seth, followed by Lazarus. Ramtha, Mafu, and many others. Most were identified as disembodied cosmic spirits who expounded all sorts of cosmic nonsense and even advertised ice cream on television. However, people hungry for meaning in their lives latched on to these spirits enthusiastically. Until the late 1980s no one claimed to channel Jesus. After A Course in Miracles became popular, with Helen Schucman claiming to hear the voice of Jesus, many new voices of Jesus began to arise. Even one existing channel named Raj suddenly claimed he was really Jesus. Unfortunately, most channels do not understand their own process or where the voice comes from. And while there may be a cosmic consciousness to which one might be connected, more often it is only another voice within one’s own head.

Recently I received an e-mail from another of these different Jesuses claiming to have new phases for A Course in Miracles. Even a cursory reading of the initial e-mail clearly demonstrates that the voice is not the same voice that dictated A Course in Miracles. The concepts are different, the phrasing is different, the attitude is different. When I responded to this e-mail with questions about the veracity of the voice I received a very defensive e-mail attempting to justify, defend and explain this new voice. The fact that the voice felt a defensive e-mail was necessary is another illustration of its questionable nature.

In reading A Course in Miracles it becomes obvious that the source of the material is beyond most human comprehension. It is cohesive and without contradiction. The thought system it proposes is whole and thoroughly and completely developed. On the other hand, the ideas proposed by most of the other Jesuses are usually just a rehash of popular new age so-called “spirituality” and lack the cohesiveness and depth of A Course in Miracles. For that reason I suggest each individual reader apply a certain level of discrimination. If there are ideas or concepts which seem somehow in conflict or in opposition to one’s understanding of A Course in Miracles that the material be examined with a critical eye. For example, in the e-mail I recently received there was mention of concepts like “spiritual progress,” “spiritual development,” and “spiritual path.” None of these phrases appear anywhere in A Course in Miracles. This is a very quick clue to the fact that the voice speaking these words is not the same voice that dictated A Course in Miracles.

Helen Schucman kept an almost invisible public profile and sought no credit or fame from scribing A Course in Miracles. Unfortunately, virtually all of these other voices of Jesus do not follow the same policy. They are, quite obviously, seeking recognition and/or income. This is another clue to their lack of veracity. A Course in Miracles stands on its own and requires no additional external teachers or guides. The difficult part is that it asks one to do it on his own without external guidance. A Course in Miracles is about learning to listen to internal guidance, something which most 21st century people find most difficult. Following an external guide or guru seems a much easier path, but it is not the way of A Course in Miracles.

Beware of false prophets!

Dreaming

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Is it not possible that we are dreaming all the time and that this (which we call “reality”) is but another level of dreaming? How would one know? Does not the main figure of a dream (which is called or identified as “I”) think of himself as real…while the dream is on? Does not the experience of a “nighttime dream” seem real while it is being dreamed? And very logical and reasonable…even though, upon awakening, it seems to be the grossest sort of foolishness? From my research and experience I find there are several types of dreams, but the most common are what I call “trash” dreams. The mind just makes up stories from scraps, with no investment whatsoever in their veracity, accuracy or relevance. They mean nothing at all. Dreams (for the most part) are a sign of bad sleep. The brain never rests. As I said before, it is merely a dreaming mechanism (not really a mind at all…it really doesn’t think…rather constantly rearranges what it has already gathered) and it’s activity is non-stop.

Meaninglessness and Despair

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

For at least a couple of years I have been contemplating the synergy between:

1. “Learn now, without despair, there is no hope of answer in the world.” (T.31.IV.4.3 – bold mine). What would make it possible to learn there is no hope in the world WITHOUT DESPAIR?

2. “I do not know the thing I am, and therefore do not know what I am doing, where I am, or how to look upon the world or on myself.” (T.31.V.17.7) I wonder if any have really come to this realization. Yet ACIM says: “…in this learning is salvation born.”

3. Lesson 13 – A meaningless world engenders fear. Doesn’t it just???? And is not despair the same as fear? I wonder how many, if any, have really come to grips with the fact that absolutely everything in the personal world is meaningless, including me?

Star Trek: Voyager

Friday, February 5th, 2010

My most favourite episode of Voyager is Season 2, episode 23 called “The Thaw.” I recently downloaded a copy of it and burned it to a DVD. It is just as stunning now as it ever was. A perfect metaphor for our situation as described in ACIM.