Metaphysics Degree

This is a collection of essays regarding several courses on metaphysics offered through the Universal Life Church. Our metaphysics courses cover a wide variety of topics in metaphysics and each carry with it its own degree.

Friday, October 31, 2008

A Course in Miracles

I have just completed the course on Metaphysics and Miracles. I have found this course to be extremely valuable to me in assessing my own life issues. I think I will start this paper on the quote in the very
last lesson: " And the big lie that the ego still sells today is the belief that we need something outside of us to make us feel happy and complete." I think this sums up the entire experience for me designated in this course. I also quote: "Desire and belief gave birth to choice[the Decision Maker]." and I add that the statement " all beliefs are real to the believer".

When taking this course I had many past recollections of the wrongs done to me as it was my beliefs of such. I was frustrated that I was holding grudges and anxieties that could never find home in me and no resolution seemed possible. I found that I had anger and animosity towards to others, who some of were passed on to the Almighty. I could not let go of the wrongs within me and therefore suffered with anguish. If nothing else, I took this serious and found it detrimental to my well being. I could not let go and could not find happiness when those issues came to me in topic of thought or discussion.

Early on in the course I read of giving these thoughts up to let the
love and the holy spirit into me to shine and remove this. I have found
that by doing so that I was able to forgive and more importantly find my
role in the responsibility for such issues within me. I had been
estranged from one of my children for a number of years and felt huge
regrets about such. So I decided based on this course that was not in my
interest. I asked the God within me to rid me of this and to take hold
of me and guide me out of this course of thoughts. I was able to forget
and forgive and be responsible too. I fought to assure that I did not
carry this anymore. I found the thoughts of ego and the negative issues
to be ones I had within. I decided to cast them out and to live in the
now and found that I was actually able to do so. I let it be known to my
source of such feelings and have found that there is relief and release
of the negative from me. What the future holds I am open to, but I am
not going to blame that which comes on the other person nor anyone. I
have committed to be free of guilt and to be open to the present and not
live with such negatives. Their is a glimmer of hope where none was
evident in the past. I renounced all of my issues of blame and placed
myself in God's hands to find peace and have since found such. I opened
this door to a much broader base then to that of the work which I used
to do and have forgiven and accepted what was and now find in discussion
with colleagues that I have no remorse for my practices and find I am
proud of my accomplishments.

I guess in evaluating this course the thing that one must contend with
is the Awareness of others to have such feelings. I have looked at the
issues of boss and worker and found that the bosses ego would not allow
such events. I subconsciously reflected that without knowing I did so, I
did not use ego to approach the difficult boss. I did what I did with
truth and integrity to me without knowing so. In discussion with a
friend and colleague on this very day, he confirmed that we each dealt
with ourselves in the most positive of conducts and for the good of the
organization, in spite of the negatives.

I suppose the biggest issue I have is adjusting to the fact that others
may not be enlightened by such knowledge of truth and sincerity. Thus,
in dealing with a person all one can do is their best to try to practice
the principles for themselves and trying to show through actions they
are one who is without such hangups. Even when another may not
understand this element of action from within. For many are not
fortunate to have the security of self and love within to be able to
accept that others can be fortunate and positive impacts on their course
of actions. All one can do is attempt to assure they are uniform in
their principles themselves and hope that others will see and respect
that. And if the others do not see this, it isn't a matter of
superiority, it is a matter of keeping true to ones self and letting
what goes on be as it is.

I have a very close friend with cancer and I found that chapter
illuminating. I even have shared some of the information with the
person[s]+[ as there are actually several folk whom I correspond with
right now who have cancer]. I have given to them the wisdom [not mine,
but that of which I have learned about] of letting God be within them
and asked of them to accept such to help them in their journeys through
their treatments and asked and prayed for them to accept God and enjoy
every moment. And you know what? They do! My own parents, who are quite
elderly and severely ill, have rejected my assistance to them. I put my
values on them and instead of accepting their lifestyles- since I wanted
to help and make their lives easier in my opinion- they have chosen not
to discuss their issues with me. So I asked God for help and I have come
to the realization that they are happy in their world and I should
accept what their wishes are. I cannot be let in without their
permission and they will not allow help, thus I search with my heart to
accept their beliefs of what is best for them and I can adjust to that
now with love in my heart.

So it is asked of me, to answer what I have found in this course and I
have found a newer version of me. I have let more goodness enter me with
God's help and I have accept what I can not change. I am accepting what
people want in their judgments and I am living a better life with my own
illness and pains. I ask of God to help me in my struggles with health
issues and give me guidance. I do not dwell upon what was. It is over
and history and I cannot change it.

I would not live my life over. I have accepted those things that were
and move forward to accept the present and look for a bright future and
attempt to give to others who ask. As a member of a civic organizations,
the issues of giving and then receiving were especially home hitting. I
have found that to give unconditionally, is the brightest spot for the
soul to be replenished and rewarded. I ask for nothing but God's love
within and whenever I have doubts I ask for guidance and love and things
just happen. There is no need to relieve the past nor fret upon the future.

In the very first few pages of this course, it talks about Fear based
thinking. I heard a soldier who was on many tours talk about fear. He was asked if he feared on his missions and his response was Fear is "false expectations appearing real". His answer stuck with me and it was before being involved with this course. When I opened the first chapter and read about fear based thinking those words came back to me. We have untold freedoms and we are free to chose if we so deem it to be. This course gives us guidance to learn how to choose and that choices can be made through our Almighty Great Spirit that is within all of us to discover. We have power and it is for us to harness it to archive well being and not let the monsters of ego and separation from our God give us that ego. Our God gives us our strength to achieve those " Miracles" for each of us.

I suspect if I have any issue with what is within the course it is one more of a political nature. I am not at one with those who wish to inflict harm unto others. I am not sure how one person can alter the course of others with other agendas. I know I can do what one person can do, but to alter the course of world events is beyond that of my comprehension at this time. I suppose I will dwell upon that and still do my best to assure God's being. However, it is an issue of which I
have yet to come to terms with. I pray for such persons and ask that they be shown a light that God's power has, but I have difficulty reconciling hatred and death being wished upon others who are different. I Pray for them and I pray for me to accept with reason.

It is however, one issue that needs to be addressed in a whole world view. To pray, gives me solace, but it may not be followed by others. I ask for that, but I am not sure of the results for mankind? Yet I pray!

Thank you for this very enlightening course.


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