Please bring a prayer and the Holy Spirit with you. Text is bold type, my comments are *asterixis*.

*This is coming off the discussion that sex and miracles are forms of relating and that the why you want the connection gives you what you get. Directed or mis-directed) Body image enhanced is the result of misdirection.

ALL shallow roots have to be uprooted, because they are not deep enough to sustain you.

*What he is saying is that we want to plug into what we really are. Like a cord that is not in the right outlet, relationships (sexual or otherwise) are not where you want to put all of your energy. We want to be connected to our inner self and to Source (which are not necessarily two different things) first and foremost. If not, we lose all or at least delay our deliverance from suffering and understanding ourselves.

The illusion that shallow roots can be deepened and thus made to hold is one of the corollaries (*consequences, results, effects) on which the reversal of the Golden Rule, referred to twice before, is balanced.

*The Golden Rule = Do to others what you would have done to you. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Reversed = Do to others what you expect they want to do to you or treat others as bad as you expect to be treated.

*I used to attend the Mormon temples very regularly. It was very important to me. It was one place where I felt peace. They are all about promises and ordinances that have to do with the body. Blessings promised if you would walk a certain way. Do certain things, do not do certain things. And stand as a witness to all others that this was the way, the truth, and the life. The imagery of “the body” seemed very prominent there.

*I honed into the fact that all the ordinances and blessings were based on the body during a three-year period that I was also attending the Minneapolis Meditation Center that was run by a “soon to be” head guru in India. It was the real deal. One method attempted to put the body in its place as a vehicle or instrument to nirvana and the other attempted to put the body under the direction of the mind as directed by the Holy Spirit (and General Authorities/Apostles as this was a world-wide church). Both principles were commendable and helped greatly to get me on a solid spiritual journey.

*Sadly, humanity tends to take both of those paths and focus on what the thrills are for the body. You are somehow left with an understanding that a real connection with Divinity is for another time. And the principles can be used to hold others in bondage or to take advantage of a situation. Abide by this or you are not good enough. Do this or something bad will happen to you.

*The temple ordinances give some people the idea that all they have to do is get the ordinance and they are home free and do not need to tend to their relationship nor their spiritual one with Source/God/The Universe/Themselves. Likewise, with meditation. I remember reading of a famous yogi whose birth happened while his father was in meditation and he woke to find his wife dead beside him, somehow that seemed very uncouth to say the least.

*When we cling to the dogma as our claim to salvation instead of our relationship with the Holy Spirit and our understanding of Christ, Jesus, and God, we are upside-down.

*These ideas leave people feeling they have fallen short or not met the purpose of there

*A true connection with Source/God/Christ would connect you with the Divine in such a way as to work as a Guide throughout life in the body for oneself and for those that you can assist. Also, foremost, it testifies of the Son of God’s innocence. That does not mean that you do not feel the sorrow at the challenges humanity faces but that you understand Christ needs to be forgiven for the error of believing it is possible to be separate from God.

As these false underpinnings are uprooted (or given up), equilibrium is experienced as unstable.

*We feel as if we are giving up our family and all that we hold dear, yet nothing could be further from the truth. We have to be willing to give them up if we are willing to know them. It is part of the being true to yourself and knowing what is real and what is not.

But the fact is that NOTHING is less stable than an orientation which is upside down.

*Body first then spirit?!! No, spirit first, then body. He is not asking us to ignore that we currently have a body. A personal relationship that is based on a personality and not on a spiritual recognition of who you each truly are is on shaky ground, even if it lasts 70 years.

Anything that holds it this way is hardly conducive to greater stability.

*Finances, traditions, culture, family, there are a lot of things to stand as a foundation that is not divine.

The whole danger of defenses lies in their propensity to hold misperceptions rigidly in place.

*Defenses, justifications, reasons…finances, traditions, culture, society, family, they all may be used to hide behind.

This is why rigidity is regarded AS stability by those who are off the mark.

*Holding your ground and defending tradition or claiming and I.O.U. or perhaps vengeance or position.

*Think about relationships you know or maybe a favorite TV show, remember Dallas?

Note: The only final solution – (no, Helen, this has nothing to do with the Nazi use of the term.) You just got frightened again. One of the more horrible examples of inverted or upside-down thinking (and history is full of horrible examples of this) is the fact that the Nazis spelled their appalling error with capital letters. I shed many tears over this, but it is by no means the only time I said “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

*How tender and personal is this relationship between Helen and Jesus. He knew of her familiarity and concern over the “Mark” as a person of Jewish decent, especially having lived in the era of the Holocaust.

*Note his concern and reflection of shedding tears. This tells us about the fact that emotions are felt by those who have crossed through the veil.

*Upside-down thinking causes hardship worldwide and in our own hearts.

*Note that the final solution was not actually given here. It will be covered in future discussions. This portion of the text is very lengthy, detailed, and highly subject to the individual’s perspectives on the sex drive and their understanding of the Miracle at that time, so it can get stretched out. I do believe there is merit here and that Spirit will teach us as we are persistent in our desire to understand. Thank you for sharing the journey with me!

http://www.miraclevision.com/acim/urtext/acim-urtext-2003-upe-ready-edition.pdf

Till next time, God bless, Namaste

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