Day 34 Urtext ACIM pg. 30 and 31 Spirit First Then The Body; Seek Ye First The Kingdom of God

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

All actions which stem from reverse thinking are literally the behavioral expressions of those who know not what they do.

*Hence, the prayer of Jesus, “Forgive them for what they do.” Could that not be said for most of life’s experiences? This world is built on body protection and survival. Its focus needs to change to the witness of spirit survival and thriving.

Actually, Jean Dixon was right in her emphasis on “Feet on the ground & fingertips in the Heaven,” though she was a bit too literal for your kind of understanding. Many people knew exactly what she meant, so her statement was the right miracle for them.

*Helen’s clinical and scientific mind did not like the esoteric. Bill was more willing to give it some possibility of credibility. Jesus taught “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God…”. Jean Dixon’s comment would resonate with this as well.

For you and Bill, it would be better to consider the concept in terms of reliability & validity.

*Do they accept the concept? Have they tested and proven following the Spirit? No, Jesus is speaking about what they have tested which is the reverse thinking concepts or those that come from the body image first and do not put the spiritual personage first.

A rigid orientation can be extremely reliable, even if it IS upside down.

*This form is time tested by tradition and culture. It is reliable, but is it valid?

In fact, the more consistently upside down it is, the more reliable it is, because consistency always held up better mathematically than test-re-test comparisons, which were ALWAYS on shaky ground.

*This suggests the reason prophets have said that there would be an Armageddon is because of the psychological shake up that we will be going through. We want to have faith in God and in ourselves as we walk on the shaky ground so that we can “get our feet under ourselves”.

You can check this against Jack’s notes if you wish, but I assure you its true. Split-half reliability is statistically a MUCH stronger approach. The reason for this is that correlation which is the technique applied to test-re-test comparisons, measures only the EXTENT OF association, and does not consider the Direction at all.

But two halves of the same thing MUST go in the same direction, if there is to be accuracy of measurement. This simple statement is really the principle on which split half reliability, a means of estimating INTERNAL consistency, rests.

Note, however, that both approaches leave out a very important dimension. Internal consistency criteria disregard time, because the focus is on one-time measurements. Test/retest comparisons are BASED on time intervals, but they disregard direction.

It is possible, of course, to use both, by establishing internal consistency AND stability over time. You will remember that Jack once told his class that the more sophisticated statisticians are concentrating more and more on reliability, rather than validity.

The rationale for this, as he said, was that a reliable instrument DOES measure something. He also said, however, that validity is still the ultimate goal, which reliability can only serve.

*This is a good example of Jesus being willing to use terminology and the language of the individual he is teaching.

*Note the last statement that validity is still the ultimate goal, which reliability can only serve. So, even if everyone is doing it, that alone does not prove a truth. Where have we heard that before?

*Next week we get to talk about sex, YES! I actually did the lesson to work out what I was experiencing in working through this part of the text. I do not want to make the reading for my readers too great though, so I will leave it for next week. It’s good stuff!

Till next time, God bless, Namaste

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