Spirit Quest Meeting Notes - 22 February 2012

(based on the documentary "A Course in Miracles: The Movie")

1.  What is a miracle? It is a correction of perception. A Course in Miracles seeks to change our perception.

2.  We think this physical world is real, but it is only an illusion. We created this illusion.

3.  The five physical senses make the physical world seem real. Fear convinces us of it.

4.  In fact, we are still in Heaven, dreaming that we are experiencing a life here in the physical world. The idea is to awaken from the dream (in a spiritual awakening).

5.  Just as we never really leave our beds when we are asleep and dreaming at night, so also have we never really left Heaven, and we are there dreaming that we are having this physical experience. At some point, we will awaken and realize we have been dreaming all along, just as we do each morning.

6.  We seem to be born into physical bodies in a physical world, but the truth is: we are not even here.

7.  What we see around us in the world, and what we experience throughout our lives, is just a projection of our own mind.

8.  We think we are physical bodies, and as such, we believe we are separate from each other.

9.  Our physical bodies are an illusion we created to try to separate ourselves from each other. Likewise, we created the physical universe to try to separate ourselves from God.

10.  The belief that we are separate from God and from each other is the cause of all suffering in the world.

11.  Time also is an illusion. Everything that seems to be happening now has, in fact, already occurred, and we are merely observing it, much like watching a movie that was produced months or even years ago. When watching a movie, we become immersed in it, and what happens in it seems “real” to us.

12.  We can choose the ego’s thought system (as we normally have done). Or we can choose the Holy Spirit’s thought system (as A Course in Miracles encourages us to do).

13.  The ego is the “me” that I think I am. The ego’s mantra is: “Seek and do not find (the truth).”

14.  The Holy Spirit is the Voice of God/or the teacher that dwells quietly within us. The Holy Spirit will teach you the truth about what you really are -- that is, a divine, eternal, invulnerable child of God. The Course refers to us collectively as the Son of God. God is Love, and so are we.

15.  The Course seeks to help us undo the ego’s stranglehold on us.

16.  Special relationships are totally different from holy (or divine) relationships. Special relationships are typically what we experience here in the physical world. In them, we expect others to satisfy our wants and needs. We think others are responsible for our happiness. We project our guilt and blame on each other. We see ourselves as separate from each other.

17.  Forgiveness is a central teaching of the Course. As used in the Course, forgiveness means: The things I thought others did to me in the past never really happened. Instead, everything that seems to have happened is just a projection of my own mind. Thus, I have never been the victim of anyone. Forgiveness is a process of undoing judgments we have made about others and the things we thought they did to us in the past.

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1.  Do you think physical reality is real? Or is it just a very convincing illusion?

2.  If, in fact, we are asleep dreaming that we are here in the physical world, why is it so hard for us to awaken?

3.  What do you think we really are? And why do you think we came into this physical world?