Day 4 URTEXT ACIM WP STUDY BY YVONNE pg 14
(* Remember I claim no special gifts, they are just my thoughts after a lifetime of trying to understand the will of God, as Jesus taught it, and share it with others from my place of understanding. My comments are as follows: (*…) With the text being in bold print. Crossed out words and phrases from the Urtext did not copy here, so they are made mention to in my comments, if they appear in the transcript. Please bring the Spirit with you to the reading.)
11. The use of miracles as a spectacle to induce belief is wrong.
*We want to recall that Jesus is teaching Helen a new language. Basically, he is teaching her with words that she is familiar with but giving them new meanings. Miracles, as Helen knew them in context with Jesus, were expressly used to convince people to be believer’s in the teachings of Jesus, in his days on the earth, according to the people in charge some 60 plus years after the crucifixion. That concept intensified in the following years.
*Underlining induce says something about belief. From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary
1 a : to move by persuasion or influence
b : to call forth or bring about by influence or stimulation
2 a : effect, cause
b : to cause the formation of
c : to produce by induction induce an electric current
3 : to determine by induction specifically : to infer from particulars
*I take this to mean that belief may be something that we become aware of, rather than something that we become convinced of, as Jesus uses the term. This may be a key reason why this is not a book of religion, as it requires no change in the person, per se, only an awareness. (Forgive me if this is not as kosher a word or expression as it should be.)
They are really used for and by believers.
*Here is miracles true use: for and by believers. …She has no idea where this is going or what he means.
(HS has some fear about 11) and doubt about 9) and 10). Probably doubt by fear of 11).
*Jesus is speaking in her language as a psychologist. (He will speak to each of us in our own language and interests, so that he may be understood. Goes to show how much he knows us, does it not? You and I would do this to communicate to someone we care about as well.)
*9 and 10, so you have a place of reference for what he is saying here.
9. Miracles are a kind of exchange. Like all expressions of love, which are ALWAYS miraculous in the true sense, the exchange reverses the physical laws.
10. A miracle is a reversal of the physical order because it brings more love to the giver and the receiver.
*Helen does not yet understand the Holy Instant and how we change the perspective we have of life from a mortal point of view to that of the Holy Spirit and Divinity.
(When you say “If you want me to I will” please add “and if you DON’T want me to I won’t.” This is the RIGHT use of inhibition. There has to be SOME control over learning for channelizing purposes.
*Here, he is clarifying, for Helen’s personal comfort as the one receiving this channeling from Jesus. Inhibition in this statement is not what the average person would think of. He clears it up with the next statement. I sense that he is seeking to empower her here, as well as clarify that she will need to be receptive to opening up herself completely to receive what Jesus has to offer. For her to be withholding, even in her chosen definition of a phrase or word, would lessen the flow of instruction and perhaps stop it. “SOME” suggests to me that they were having a bit of a power struggle which is not an uncommon occurrence as two people are developing a close relationship. The personality of Jesus comes through very clearly, as he is not only concerned about sharing what he has to offer, he wants you to be comfortable and a willing recipient of it.
Remember retroactive inhibition which should be easy enough for you.
*Retroactive Inhibition definition = NOUN; psychology the tendency of later learning to hinder the memory of previously learned material. Oxford Dictionary
=obliteration of the results of learning by immediately subsequent activity Merriam-Webster
Sometimes the new learning is the more important, and has to inhibit the old. It’s a form of correction.)
*This seems fairly clear, note the emphasis on has. Suggesting a definite action that is necessary, as stated, for correction.
Prayer is the medium of miracles.
*Medium, meaning how miracles are communicated or acknowledged. I liked this phraseology from Webster’s, a condition or environment in which something may function or flourish.
Prayer is the natural communication of the Created with the Creator.
*He is still helping his scribe understand his definition of miracles. The Workbook takes you step by step to re-evaluate what you know about what you think you know. 🙂 I have had experience learning the meaning of words when using the same language when I was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 27 years of age. I had a dictionary with me continually for five years, before I felt comfortable that I understood the meanings behind the words they were using. It is something to keep in mind when we meet someone who speaks the same language. How often do we take the time to know what they are really saying, or even what we are saying, for that matter?
Through prayer, love is received, and through miracles love is expressed.
*I love this statement. It is one that could be pondered regularly. I am not feeling that prayer, noted here is of a formal nature. Throughout this text Jesus will be teaching a new meaning to everything, so try to keep an open mind, which is one which listens and observes before making conclusions.
*Seriously, this reminds me to remember that it is that state of communion or prayer, that allows me to welcome love. Here again a bizarre way to express the term miracle from the scribe’s perspective. We may extend love then, to others, through recognizing and implementing the Holy Instant, or seeing ourselves for what we truly are.
*I have only just recently, after four years of study, really gotten it into my mind that the Holy Instant Jesus is speaking about, encompasses all of humanities’ sojourn in time. So I can truly relate to Helen’s confusion as she began her work as scribe to Jesus.
I hope this serves you.
Till next time, God bless, Namaste~