~Death and Dying Academy, Temecula, March 2011 ~
Part 3
(Winnie's notes posted at Acimvillage.com. Many thanks to Winnie from Bernard)

[ Ken quietly shooshes us after each break which is so endearing.] Hopefully I will get us out of this situation by lunch, he quips…]
The key thing is the blue dot. It is our self-concept. There are no blue dots in Heaven. It behooves the ego, which is all of us, to not remember that we are decision-makers. It is imperative that the blue circle remains empty, that we remain mindless.. That`s why the Third Obstacle is the attraction of death, not the fear of death, because if the body died, the body must have lived. You would think it would be the opposite.

We are a sinful, guilty, fearful self hiding from the wrath of God.
Genes and chromosomes have nothing to do with reality or determining if we are healthy. Everything here is an effect…..of a decision. We are just playing around with effects……just playing around with effects.. The mind`s decision for guilt continually generates more effects.
Everybody tries to make sense of a world of bodies but everybody is wrong because they have forgotten the cause.
The entire Course is designed to help us remember………… Enter the miracle.

Once you define the problem, the answer is easy. We want answers but we don`t want the question. One purpose of this Course is for Jesus to convince us how miserable we are. Things were already worse. We just didn`t know it.
Because of the dynamics of specialness we think it is nice. Anything that roots us in the body is good – pleasure or pain.

The body is nothing because ideas leave not their source. The thought of separation has never left its home in the mind.
WB page 242 The world is nothing in itself. Your mind must give it meaning. And what you behold upon it are your wishes, acted out so you can look on them and think them real.

We have a two-fold wish that sustains our existence, a wish that we would die for and always do. Firstly, We exist. Secondly and this is all important – I exist as a body and it`s not my fault. You`ve got the wrong guy.

You chose your parents and your country. That`s why “No one is entitled to his bitterness”. It seems unkind, cruel and nasty to tell that to a body. But to tell a mind is salvation.
No one dies without his consent. No one is born without his consent.

The key definition of the miracle is that you dream a dream and its contents are not true. We bet on the wrong horse but the horse dropped dead at the starting gate and we put all our money on it.
We still think it is a wonderful horse, just like we think the emperor`s new clothes are wonderful.
Everybody here lies. We made bodies to lie.
I quoted William Blake- visionary and mystic in his poem Everlasting Gospel on Sunday :-
“This life`s five windows of the soul
Distorts the Heavens from pole to pole
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not thro`, the eye”

Why are we born as innocent victims? Listen to what the baby`s cries are really saying with your third ear. This is the original cry and we have never stopped.
There is no hope for release from pain in this world. Bodies don`t do anything. Pain is a decision. Being born is a decision. I have momentary flights into pleasure but they don`t last.
When we say there must be another way, it is an invitation to the Holy Spirit to follow the pathway of the miracle. This Course can be summarised as taking us from mindlessness to mindfulness.

The body is one big problem. In our mother`s womb there are no problems. Once we get here, problems just grow – one problem after another.
There is no hope here.

All the pathways of the world lead nowhere. The miracle doesn`t mess with the world. The miracle looks on devastation and reminds the mind that what it sees is false.
The miracle does not choose for us. What we chose before was incorrect.

The UNESCO constitution says that “wars begin in the minds of men, and it is in the minds of men” that the cause must be undone.
Being a decision-maker, implies a choice. This world of duality is a choice. We think we are bodies following the laws of nature. My mind made up the laws of development, the belief in the laws of gravity.
You don`t have to take this world seriously. It can be a classroom that leads us back Home.

~Death and Dying Academy, Temecula, March 2011 ~
Part 4
(Winnie's notes posted at Acimvillage.com. Many thanks to Winnie from Bernard)

If you really understood the First Principle you wouldn`t need the rest of the book.

The purpose of the ego is to preserve its identity as a separate creature, to nullify the blue dot, to keep the Son of God firmly identified as a body.

The ego is just a belief.
We are all narcissists. We are addicted to ourselves. It doesn`t matter if we are alive or dead, in pain or joyous.

The Bible has had incredible power and influence. The God of the Bible notices us – that`s why it is so popular. He notices our sins and punishes us. He notices our good deeds and loves us. We worship a cult of individuality.

The ego made up a body that always needs attention. It is incredibly vulnerable. The body is a vertical need machine, so that our attention is riveted in the world and the blue circle remains vacant.

The only question to ask of anything is -What is it for?

Every single thing in this world keeps us in a perpetual state of mindlessness. There is no hierarchy of illusions, but there is a difference in form – that`s what confuses us.

I see the world I want to see because I want to see it.

The etymology of “radical” is “root”. This Course is radical because it gets to the root of the problem.There is only one problem – the decision-maker choosing the ego.

To seek to understand, predict, control what goes on in the world is fruitless. WB p141The temptation to regard problems as many is the temptation to keep the problem of separation unsolved. The world seems to present you with a vast number of problems, each requiring a different answer. This perception places you in a position in which your problem solving must be inadequate, and failure is inevitable.

I have to be worried, to be anxious. I`m not saying not to be busy. I`m saying not to take it seriously. Then there will be no effort, no anxiety, no expectation and no demand.

Do you think that there is any hope for anyone in this world?

Everything here is polluted. Here`s where you want to live purely [points to blue dot on chart].

Nothing ever changes in the world.

Here`s what you want to focus on [points to blue dot again] and you will be very effective in this world. You will be very effective in the world in a different way. You become an example of the right mind. You stand for the alternative. People will look at you and see Jesus.

The problem is you chose the wrong teacher. Separation is not the problem because the separation never happened. The problem is that we believe in separation. The problem is that our minds believe in it.

Tp666 Temptation has one lesson it would teach, in all its forms, wherever it occurs. It would persuade the holy Son of God he is a body, born in what must die, unable to escape its frailty, and bound by what it orders him to feel.
Tp485 Do you not see the opposite of frailty and weakness is sinlessness? Innocence is strength and nothing else is strong.

The world you see is an outside picture of an inward condition. This is a breath of fresh air !

There is no hope in the world. Jesus gently lifts the veil so we can see that the world is not what we thought. As Plato taught us, we have chained ourselves to the world never realizing the whole other world in our mind. Everything here is projection.

In The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud tells us that “dreams are the royal road to understanding the activities of the unconscious mind”. Jesus never quotes that, but that is his content. That`s why we are told not to deny our experiences. With no classroom, no curriculum and no student, what good is a teacher? But we don`t want to learn from them. We want to be the teacher and tell Jesus what we think is wrong.

The real Jesus won`t participate in insanity and so we have to make up a Jesus who will.

The gospel writers thought he was a chip off the old block, which he was. Woe betide if you were a fig tree. He didn`t like fig trees. He didnt like the jews, the gnostics. Read John`s gospel. The gospel writers didn`t know what to do with him so they made him into a special saviour here in the world…… unless he has a bad day then you can pray to his mother – she`s much nicer.

The world is a pictorial representation of your attack thoughts.

There is no world. It is a projection to push Jesus away. It is a chain reaction. We separated from Love. We feel guilty. We project it out and we achieve our goal -> the twofold wish -> I exist. I exist and it`s not my fault.

There are some crazy drivers out here in Southern California. That`s why people move out here, so they can accuse other drivers of being unkind and reckless. You pushed Jesus out of the car at 70 miles an hour and he splattered on the ground and then you got angry because you wanted to get angry. That`s what we do each and every time we choose the wrong teacher. That is our only problem.

It is insane to think there is a world. To be specific we`re all paranoid schizophrenics because we think that beating up on others is salvation. The world comes from a delusional system. There is no world.

We have a teacher of correction who won`t punish us.