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Joining in Truth Toward Planetary Enlightenment

 

On Line Course - Addendum for Text: “Not Guilty” 

 

Questions and Answers

Q&A I- Are you ready to give up nothing for everything?

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Related Reading - Introduction and Chapter 1 of Not Guilty

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From the introduction:

 
  1. Are you the cause of everything that happens to you? Is that good news?
  2. Does the suffering of others affect you? Why or why not?
  3. Is there anything you can or need do about the suffering in the world?
  4. Are you Divine? How do you know?
  5. Why does ego want you guilty?
  6. How can one get lost in concepts, even with a true teaching?
  7. Do you need to agree with my conclusions? Why or why not?
  8. Sai Baba is my primary teacher and I frequently refer to him. Is that ok with you?   Do you need to believe in Sai Baba in order to be saved?
  9. Is truth knowable? How can one recognize truth?
  10. Can we have opposing views and still both be right?
  11. Why is it so easy to misinterpret the teachings?
  12. Is ego a problem?
  13. Do you have an ego? How do you know? Is it possible to be free of ego? Do you want to be ego free?

From Chapter I:

 
  1. ACIM says you were created to be and have everything.   Do you think that's true? What is meant by everything?
  2. What might an experience of everything look like? What might cause unrest in such an idyllic setting?
  3. Did we trade in everything for nothing? Why? What is meant by nothing?
  4. Can nothing be part of everything? Why or why not? Where does everything end and nothing begin?
  5. Where you created? Who is your Source? How do you know? Why were you created?
  6. How did God create you? Equal with Him? One with Him?
  7. How might we experience separation from God?
  8. How do we stop giving reality to that which is not real?
  9. How does bringing opposites together expose their complete incompatibility?
  10. What is forgiveness?   What is a miracle?

Our Answers (where your answers differ, we both have an opportunity to scrutinize our conclusions and see if they are based on conclusive evidence, and whether we are willing to be wrong. When we are willing to be wrong about everything we have taught ourselves, we open the door to Truth)  - Are you ready to give up nothing for everything?  YES

 

From the introduction:

 

  1. Are you the cause of everything that happens to you? Yes, we are all the cause of our own experience. Is that good news? Yes, because it means we are also in charge of when our destiny changes and it changes when we believe we deserve better.
  2. Does the suffering of others affect you? Why or why not? Yes, everyone's suffering affects me deeply because we are all one. If you are not affected, it is only that you have cut yourself off from yourself in order to escape pain. This will not heal it, but rather will perpetuate suffering.
  3. Is there anything you can or need do about the suffering in the world? I was told to strive to my maximum capacity for perfection in purity, righteous, nobility, virtue, kindness… and to pray constantly for the uplift of all humanity. My constant prayer is, “Please show me what to do and where to go. I'll go anywhere. I'll do anything.”
  4. Are you Divine? Yes. How do you know? Because God created us Divine for all eternity and He created us such that we could not forget who we are. We all do know the truth.
  5. Why does ego want you guilty? Ego lives on guilt. As soon as you realize your innocence, ego has lost it's hold over you and you are free of it. Ego and guilt are exactly the same. All the suffering in the world is due to guilt for crimes that were never committed and it stops when we stop feeling guilty for no reason at all. We all make mistakes and mistakes are correctable. We must correct our errors rather than feel guilty for them. We must recognize that no mistake had any real effect and choose to act in ways that support the truth of who we are as God created us.
  6. How can one get lost in concepts, even with a true teaching? As long as you are allied with ego, ego will try to convince you to misapply true teachings to your disadvantage so that it can exist at your expense. Ego is the full power of God turned against ourselves, at our choosing – ego is our only problem and our salvation lies in the fact that ego is an imposter (more on that later). As soon as we discover the truth, ego is gone, for ego and truth are mutually exclusive.
  7. Do you need to agree with my conclusions? No. Why or why not? Because the truth is within you. However, it is very helpful to look at differing points of view. Many times I would think I had understood, but when I looked at the issue from a number of different angles, for example from someone else's perspective, I could expand my understanding and go deeper. This is why it would be helpful to post your answers so that others can benefit from them. Truth is the same for all of us. If we differ that means there is work to do. Differing is an opportunity for expansion, for open-mindedness, for new possibilities…
  8. Do you need to believe in Sai Baba in order to be saved? Of course not. You are your own savior. Sai Baba, Jesus, Buddha… can help you to discover that, but no one can save you but yourself.
  9. Is truth knowable? Yes. How can one recognize truth? It is known by the certainty you feel, and the peace. It is known by the feeling of true freedom in God, in holiness… It is hard to put truth into words because what I say will be heard differently depending on how you want to hear it, more to the point depending on whether you're listening with God or with ego. Words can point the way to truth. You willingness to hear it the way it was meant, your willingness to be wrong, your willingness to have only the truth, your willingness to do whatever it takes will help you to recognize it.
  10. Can we have opposing views and still both be right? Yes that is possible. It is also possible that only one of us is right or that both of us be wrong. I am always asking, always willing to be wrong, always willing to be shown by Spirit within.
  11. Why is it so easy to misinterpret the teachings? Because we have allied with a slippery ego that wants to exist at our expense and truth and ego are mutually exclusive.
  12. Is ego a problem? Ego is the only problem. If you think you have a problem but you don't think it is ego, that is because ego does not want you to see it as your only problem. Ego's objective is never to be found out by you, because once you see it as the problem, you will see that you don't have a problem, because ego is not real and only your power of belief keeps it alive. Once you look at ego, it simply vanishes into thin air because it was never real and then your problem also vanishes. However ego is also the full power of God turned against ourselves, and that's not nothing. Only by trusting God completely can we hope to free ourselves of ego's clutches.
  13. Do you have an ego? Yes, though I've seen through it, I must still be constantly vigilant. How do you know? Anytime there is a feeling of constriction or separation that would be ego. Is it possible to be free of ego? Yes. Do you want to be ego free? We all made for ourselves an ego to experience independence from God. As long you are not awake you are under ego's spell. You cannot free yourself of ego's clutches, only God can free you – that is due to ego's cunning and deceptions. I want the whole world to be free of ego, for only then will we have a peaceful world of abundance, joy and love for everyone.

From Chapter I:

  1. ACIM says we were created to be and have everything. Do you think that's true? Yes. What is meant by everything? I know myself to be and have everything. Everything means all power, glory, strength, knowing, holiness, truth…
  2. What might an experience of everything look like? Undisturbed peace, pure love, ever increasing joy, perfect communication with everyone and everything, perfect equality with God and everyone, eternal life without opposite, grandeur, limitless creative expression, beauty, vibrant color, glorious music….. What might cause unrest in such an idyllic setting? A desire for more than everything, independence, freedom from God's will, choice, special favor, an idea of lack…
  3. Did we trade in everything for nothing? Yes. Why? We thought we were missing something. We wanted more than everything, we wanted to be self-created - autonomous, self-authored, free to be imperfect even though God depends on us to be perfect as He created us, we wanted to be greater than others though God created us equal with everyone, we wanted to compete with others, to be free of God's will though God's will for us is perfect freedom, except for the freedom to create ourselves or to be autonomous, as that is impossible. We thought we lacked freedom, but we traded in freedom for bondage. God created us one with Him, and we made ego to sever that eternal oneness. We cannot create what has already been created. We can create like God, but we cannot recreate what God already created. We cannot create ourselves or our source. Ego is an attempt at self-creation or at creating our source and as the premise is false, ego does not exist in truth. Just as we cannot give birth to our worldly parents, or ourselves, so we could not replace God as our source, nor could we create ourselves. That is what ego is – a false idea of self-creation, held in place by the power of our belief. Ego is nothing. What is meant by nothing? Nothing relates to our desire to have more than everything, all that changes, decays, dies… for God only creates the eternal. Ego and all that comes from alliance with ego is nothing.
  4. Can nothing be part of everything? No. Why or why not? Because God and ego are mutually exclusive ideas and God is everything/a real idea while ego is nothing/a false idea. Where does everything end and nothing begin? Everything has no end and nothing has no beginning. The two are mutually exclusive and never meet.
  5. Were you created? Yes. Who is your Source? God is my source. How do you know? We know because He created us to know, and though we have fooled ourselves into believing in that which is not true, we do not have the power to forget the truth. When God created us, He created us to know the truth for all eternity, so we do all know that we were created by God. Why were you created? God created us to express His love and extend His joy.
  6. How did God create you? Equal with Him? One with Him? Yes, perfectly equal with Him in power and love and glory, perfectly one with Him for all eternity. There is no place where God ends and His creations begin. We were all created to be and have everything that God has.
  7. How might we experience separation from God? By thinking we are not equal with God, that God is not who He is - pure love, that God judges, punishes, abandoned us… How might we experience our oneness with God? By recognizing our perfect equality with God and trusting that God loves us with an eternal and unaffectable love, by being willing to have been created by God.
  8. How do we stop giving reality to that which is not real? As soon as we stop believing in ego,   we pull the plug on all that goes with having an ego, all suffering, conflict, pain…Those are really nothing, but have been believed to be everything. We must change our minds about who we are and the purpose for which God created us.
  9. How does bringing opposites together expose their complete incompatibility? If you add nothing and everything together you get everything. Nothing does not increase everything. It has no effect. It is non-existent. God and ego cannot both exist. Ego was made to replace God. God cannot be replaced, therefore ego does not exist. When light enters a dark room the darkness vanishes. Both light and darkness cannot exist together. It is impossible. Ego is only sustained by the power of our belief, because we are all-powerful. When we stop believing in it, it no longer has power over us, because it was never real.
  10. What is forgiveness? To forgive is to stop giving reality to the unreal. We forgive ourselves for making an ego to replace God as source. We accept that we made a mistake and correct our error by seeing that ego is an unreal idea that lacks truth. Forgiveness sees that you are responsible for everything that happens to you because there is no one more powerful than you, and so you forgive others for what they did not do. Nothing can happen to you without your will, therefore no one outside of you can hurt you. You are invulnerable as created by God, therefore nothing happened to who you really are. You are not your body. To know all this is to have no enemies. That is true forgiveness.
  11. What is a miracle? A miracle undoes the unreal. Miracles heal the world of sickness, suffering and death which were never real and thereby reveal the real world of peace, love and joy God created whole and perfect for all eternity.

"Love All, Serve All."    Sai Baba