A Course in Miracles
Mentoring with Jewel
I've had a natural rapport with non-dual spiritual awareness all my life.
From about age 10 to 14,
spontaneous mystical journeys with an inner wisdom Teacher
began occurring on a semi-regular basis.
These experiences instilled an abiding faith within that helped me trust a larger picture,
wildly different from how things seemed to be on Earth.
I knew 'who' we were, our greater reality as wholly loving,
non-physical, expanded wisdom, light and spiritual Presence.
I learned to disregard and overlook how people acted;
hurting themselves and each other by thinking they were merely their bodies,
stuck in time and space with something to defend.
In my twenties and early thirties, the Love and warmth I felt whenever I listened within,
helped me know I was a seemingly small but significant helper in the world,
and that nothing 'out there' was really as it appeared in my perception.
I only had to follow the wise and gentle Presence guiding
from inside my consciousness;
loving me, and everyone around me, unconditionally.
I studied Gestalt, Freudian and Jungian psychology,
combined with dance, mysticism and Eastern spiritual practices,
hoping to merge what I knew inside with how things 'seemed' to be on the outside.
Like all of us, I also had a library of lifetimes of unresolved beliefs and
punishing emotional traumas weighing heavy on my body/mind.
In 1996, I was in my late 30's, at a spiritual training at the Omega Institute in NY state.
To my shock and amazement, as I was a devoted Buddhist at the time,
I experienced an indescribably potent joining in Light
and met my Inner Teacher for the first time face-to-face.
It turned out, all these years, it had been Jesus (Yeshua).
I was surprised because, except for poetry and lyrics, I didn't really even believe in him
and had never felt drawn towards even the most liberal forms of Christianity.
Yet such unfathomable Love and Light now
filled my entire consciousness, I was literally 'born anew'.
Afterwards, my perspective on universal Love matured in every way possible
through the mystical healings, purification, initiations and deeper non-dual instruction that followed.
Over the next nine years,
I continued to study, and later teach, at some wonderful advanced esoteric healing schools.
I also had a private healing practice, where I embodied,
more and more deeply, the Awareness, through myself and others,
of the non-dual Truth of who we really are as perfect Love and oneness.
It was not until 2005, that I realized my inner Guru was the same Voice
who had dictated, over seven years, the extremely comprehensive, wholly enlightening,
psycho-spiritual 1,333 page manuscript, A Course in Miracles.
Initially, the language of the Course felt challenging...
I was used to simpler Zen-like vocabulary and ACIM sounded weirdly religious (giggle).
I was wrong, but it took a while to learn to appreciate
the 'pure non-dual' definitions of seemingly biblical words,
rather than my misinterpretations based on lifetimes of egoic conditioning.
Reading Gary Renard's book, The Disappearance of the Universe
and supplementary materials by Dr Kenneth Wapnick,
provided extremely helpful adjuncts to my understanding of the uniqueness
of what the Course was saying.
In 2007, I 'came out' as an ACIM group leader.
In 2009, I was asked to be a Course community radio host for a year.
From 2009 to 2019, I was invited a series of favourite Course teachers to visit my small city
for satsangs and workshops and I've also travelled to learn from teachers and students afar.
Gratefully, I've also had the privilege to mentor the same weekly group
of 'mighty companions' since 2010, as well as some other groups along the way.
We have joined deeply within and externally as 'Oneness in Oneness in Oneness in Oneness'
through dozens of retreats dedicated to our deepest healing and Awakening.
I've also been a personal mentor, always guided by the living Wisdom within,
in private healing sessions, since 1997.
A Course In Miracles
is a metaphysical, holographic masterpiece.
Often compared with the Hindu Vedanta
< because all awakening ultimately arrives at the direct
and sustained knowing of our pure Oneness >
ACIM differs in it's methodology by adding a quantum forgiveness practice
that speedily undoes our hallucinating ego,
altering how we view, think and respond to human life.
Forgiveness is taught as a choice for total non-judgment,
unconditional Love and absolute equality.
It makes sense to think this way in context with
the liberating logic of Course metaphysics
and how we came to believe we are here,
dreaming we are experiencing duality in the first place.
It teaches that my perception of the world,
including my body, brain, timelines and narratives,
are but projected symbols of inner beliefs hidden within
my vast, but seemingly divided, collective unconscious mind.
The images, sights and sounds that I perceive 'out there'
have been projected from a 'mind-blowing' creation story that you and I as one,
dreamed we made before the beginning of time and space 'in here'.
Yes wild, and difficult to explain in a sentence or two,
but once you get it, you become so happy, as a giant weight is lifted
and deep inside you feel the return of primal absolute freedom, joy and innocence.
This liberating perspective softens and dissolves the hypnotic hold
the world (as an illusion of seeming opposites to Love) has on us,
every time we choose to bless and forgive, instead of condemn.
Love, which is what I really am, holds no grievances ~ ACIM
Any judgment that I indulge about myself, or others,
keeps my awareness blocked from knowing our true Reality
and our Source who created us as One;
whole, holy, pure, perfect extension of infinite Oneness, love, light and joy.
The utter perfection of Who and What we really Are
cannot be described in words,
but as we experience the results of our personal choice for Love,
we release our fixation on the projected world of opposites;
or what Buddhists call the 'wheel of suffering'.
'Miracles fall like drops of healing rain'
because we are not, and never have been, diminished, alone, abandoned, dead,
nor guilty of any of the things we dream we've done in this and every other lifetime.
We awaken gracefully and naturally each time we choose to think with, and like,
instead of apart, and different from, our Source and True Self, which is Perfect Love.
Like everyone, my experience of the Course is highly personal and individualized,
but leads to a universal experience of awakening.
Because of my Buddhist, sensation-centered, esoteric healing background,
my style of ACIM mentoring combines pure uncompromising Course teachings
with a grounded 'felt-sense' embodiment practice based on subtle anatomy,
including learning to rest our inner Awareness
in the center of verticality behind our dreaming body/mind.
This aids in the direct realization of our identity
as wholly infinite Light, Love, and 'no-body'.
In mentoring sessions, whether conversing with another, or in silence,
I simply bless and follow Guidance as it opens in the moment;
while you, sovereign in your own direct experience,
learn to consciously trust the expansive Wholeness as it is shown to you within.
You become witness to the Light of your own journey and choices,
guided by your Inner Teacher, your own true Self, and your immortal and divine reality in Spirit.
From this rich, infinite wellspring of incorruptible Presence,
miracles are the natural result of our change of mind.
Giving and receiving are recognized as the same One thing and
Universal Love is revealed through all perception; past, present and future.
And all of us become invariably calm, patient, tuned in,
trusting, inspired, good-natured, genuinely happy,
peaceful, joyous, neutral and unafraid
because this is simply who we Are.
Each of us and everyone we know,
are whole and innocent, pure and perfect,
no matter what mistakes we dream we've seemingly made
or have been made towards us.
Oneness is the simple miracle the Course encourages us to choose
in place of grievances, guilt, punishment, fear and the temptation
to believe that we are lost in individual stories of separation.
Life still plays itself out,
but we are no longer victims of our thoughts about it.
Instead we learn that miracles are natural and normal
and our Awakening is
gentle, quantum, joyful and guaranteed in time.
I'd love to support you in discovering this for yourself, if you happen to feel the call.
I love mentoring Course students,
as well as those who don't realize that they might be Course students.
I am adaptable and able to work with all kinds of different languaging,
foundations, attachments, fears, situations and orientations.
Let me know if you feel the inner urge to explore together,
or even just to use me as a small stepping stone along your way.
Easily facilitated in-person or through virtual means.
'Savouring the Metaphysics of A Course in Miracles'
Sunday Morning Gathering Drop-in on Zoom ~ Sunday September 27, 10.30 - 12 Noon