Medical Update

Sawadee Khrap

I hate to post my progress because I seem to be taking 2 steps forward and one step back each time.  But I have reduced the Lorazepam to 0 and so far not suffered any side effects of shooting HBP – fingers crossed. 

This means I am only taking Valsartan and occasionally some Hydralazine for spikes above 150  BP.  Pretty steady around 140 or so now.   Also seem to be returning to a non-drugged spatial balance and getting my walking in – so far so good  3/4 mile each day.  It’s taken almost 1 1/2 years to get here.  Thank God, the (DIP)  Drug Induced Parkinson’s symptoms are gone and I seem to be getting back to normal, or at least normal for a 81 year old.

That’s about it for now – praying that it continues.-

God Bless,  FORGIVENESS is the key

Ciao.

Today’s reading to study.

Sawadee Khrap

My reading for today was from  ACIM Text-Chapter 31-III The Self Accused.


“Only the self-accused condemn.  As you prepare to make a choice that will result in different outcomes, there is first one thing that must be overlearned.  It must become a habit of response so typical of everything you do that it becomes your first response to all temptation, and to every situation that occurs.  Learn this, and learn it well, for it is here delay of happiness is shortened by a span of time you cannot realize.  You never hate your brother for his sins, but only for your own.  Whatever form his sins appear to take, it but obscures the fact that you believe them to be yours, and therefore meriting a “just” attack.”      (ACIM Text-Chapter 31-III The Self Accused)

And this reminds me of that which Jesus said in the Bible:  

“But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”     (Matthew 5:22  KJV)

Jesus was always spoke directly and specifically. For example, “Raca” comes from the Aramaic term reqa.   It was a derogatory expression meaning “empty-headed,” insinuating a person’s stupidity or inferiority.    It is a judgment or condemnation.    More importantly, the phrase ‘without a cause’ has been added, anger would  never be justified.


“And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,  They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?  This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.  And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.  When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”     (John 8:3  KJV)

“Convicted by their own conscience”   This is saying the same thing.

A lot in this lesson to explore.

Ciao

Non-Dualistic approach – but not quite.

Sawadee Khrap

At AA meetings, there’s a saying “attend and listen long enough and you will hear your story.”.  So true, and it  happened to me , when another shared their story of addiction  – it was almost  exactly like me talking –  In almost all circumstances it was the same with few exceptions, but those exceptions were profound and specific to each of us.

The same thing just occurred arabiregarding my Theology or concept of life.   In this talk by Filip, of   “Let’s talk Religion”  on YouTube titled  “Ibn ‘Arabi & The Unity of Being”  On the religion and Theology of this Mystic Sufi Muslim,  I heard my thoughts and concepts presented but with an glaring exception.    The  major exception, is that I see he is also trying to justify and include together  the existence of both the UN-Real and Real  –   GOD and ILLUSION   This world and God.  

Of course my Master is Jesus’s teachings , (NOT Paul’s or the Church)  and His theology,  elucidated,  as presented in the ACIM literature.   A Non-Dualistic Theology where ONLY God Exists and anything else but an Illusion or dream, and that includes ALL OF THIS world.  FORGIVENESS is the only function here – for by removing the desire to be special and unlocking the dream,  allows Christ’s Vision to see God’s Reality or Creation as it really is.  “I AM”    Check it out.


God Blesses     Christ Blesses       I NEED ONLY FORGIVE AND BLESS

Ciao


Is the “body” the first symbol of “sin”.

Here’s a great example of that fact that the body is always the symbol if sin.  Here is is presented though the teachingsroman7 of Paul in Christianity.  The first sin is the desire to be specials and therefore this demands that we must be separate from God and ALL of His Creation, where we were created in the image and likeness of God.   Merely perceiving ourselves as a body is “sin” itself.  Missing  the mark, trying to change Creation or God’s Reality into our desire, illusion or dream, where WE are the creator..   Zac Poonen  uses Roman 7 to make the point clear.  It’s straight to the point – the flesh is prone to sin, and only through “Christ’s” Vision can we see and understand this fact.   Asking to see, is our first venture into what “Forgiveness” really means.

God Blesses        Christ blesses    

I NEED ONLY LEARN HOW TO FORGIVE AND BLESS.

Ciao

Medical Update

Sawadee Khrap

As of today my blood pressure is somewhat stable around 140/80.    I’m back to walking 3/4 mile a day, up and down the parking lot, at leased one time a day.  Reduced HBP meds to 40mg Mircardis (Telmisartan) each afternoon and 1/8 to 1/4  of 40mg Furetic, a diuretic when BP is over 155.    Each evening I also take 0.4mg Tamsulosin, after dinner, for BHP or enlarged Prostrate, which by the way also lowers BP.  Not a lot of meds now.  Most of the induced Parkinson’s signs are going away.   I bought a nebulizer and will try Hydrogen Peroxide vapor to clear phlegm and possibly viruses in nose and throat..

But I think the major change was the elimination of the laundry soap and the change to getting my drinking water in glass bottles and NO MORE PLASTIC. The brightener chemicals in the soap and leached chemicals from the plastic bottles were raising hell with my system and not allowing BP control –  Once they were gone my BP began to come down and stabilize.

P.S.   I did get a single jab of Pfizer vaccine but am on a Ivermectin , Vitamin  D3, Zine and Vitamin  C protocol for the Covid.19.    It would appear, here in Thailand, the crisis is ending and the country will try to reopen in November.

Will post again on progress.

Ciao

God blesses       Christ Blesses          I NEED ONLY FORGIVE and BLESS

God’s Grace – Forgiveness – Opposite of Specialness !

Sawadee Khrap

ACIM Chapter 25 – God’s Justice,  Section VI – The Specials Function.

The grace of God rests gently on forgiving eyes, and everything they look on speaks of Him to the beholder.  He can see no evil; nothing in the world to fear, and no one who is different from himself.  And as he loves them, so he looks upon himself with love and gentleness.  He would no more condemn himself for his mistakes than damn another.  He is not an arbiter of vengeance, nor a punisher of sin. The kindness of his sight rests on himself with all the tenderness it offers others.  For he would only heal and only bless.  And being in accord with what God wills, he has the power to heal and bless all those he looks on with the grace of God upon his sight.


……. and continues …….


Here, where the laws of God do not prevail in perfect form, can he yet do one perfect thing and make one perfect choice.  And by this act of special faithfulness to one perceived as other than himself, he learns the gift was given to himself, and so they must be one.  Forgiveness is the only function meaningful in time.  It is the means the Holy Spirit uses to translate specialness from sin into salvation.  Forgiveness is for all.  But when it rests on all it is complete, and every function of this world completed with it.  Then is time no more.  Yet while in time, there is still much to do.  And each must do what is allotted him, for on his part does all the plan depend.  He has a special part in time for so he chose, and choosing it, he made it for himself.  His wish was not denied but changed in form, to let it serve his brother and himself, and thus become a means to save instead of lose.


…….. continues ……..


The Holy Spirit needs your special function, that His may be fulfilled. 2 Think not you lack a special value here.  You wanted it, and it is given you.  All that you made can serve salvation easily and well.  The Son of God can make no choice the Holy Spirit cannot employ on his behalf, and not against himself. Only in darkness does your specialness appear to be attack.  In light, you see it as your special function in the plan to save the Son of God from all attack, and let him understand that he is safe, as he has always been, and will remain in time and in eternity alike.  This is the function given you for your brother.  Take it gently, then, from your brother’s hand, and let salvation be perfectly fulfilled in you.  Do this one thing, that everything be given you.”


God Blesses    Christ Blesses   I Need Only Bless

Ciao

I have a function God would have me fill.

Sawadee Khrap

I asked for guidance thin morning and this is the result of the “Oracle” link on ACIM.

FORGIVENESS   forgiveness   forgiveness

ACIM Lesson 192  “I Have a  Function God would have mw fill.”

Therefore, you have a function in the world in its own terms.  For who can understand a language far beyond his simple grasp? Forgiveness represents your function here.  It is not God’s creation, for it is the means by which untruth can be undone.  And who would pardon Heaven?  Yet on earth, you need the means to let illusions go.  Creation merely waits for your return to be acknowledged, not to be complete….and continues …..

Who can be born again in Christ but him who has forgiven everyone he sees or thinks of or imagines?  Who could be set free while he imprisons anyone?  A jailer is not free, for he is bound together with his prisoner.  He must be sure that he does not escape, and so he spends his time in keeping watch on him.  The bars that limit him become the world in which his jailer lives, along with him.  And it is on his freedom that the way to liberty depends for both of them.

Therefore, hold no one prisoner.  Release instead of bind, for thus are you made free.  The way is simple.  Every time you feel a stab of anger, realize you hold a sword above your head.  And it will fall or be averted as you choose to be condemned or free.  Thus does each one who seems to tempt you to be angry represent your savior from the prison house of death.  And so you owe him thanks instead of pain.”

God Blesses         Christ Blesses         I NEED ONLY BLESS

Ciao

Camels are on the horizon

Sawadee Khrap

Thanks Kevin for this greet quote:   SO TRUE, SO TRUE !!!!!    Just look around.

The founder of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid, was asked about the future of his country, and he replied, “My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I ride a Mercedes, my son rides a Land Rover, and my grandson is going to ride a Land Rover…but my great-grandson is going to have to ride a camel again.”

Why is that, he was asked? And his reply was, “Hard times create strong men, strong men create easy times. Easy times create weak men, weak men create difficult times.  Many will not understand it, but you have to raise warriors, not parasites.”

And add to that the historical reality that all great empires…the Persians, the Trojans, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, and in later years, the British…all rose and perished within 240 years.

They were not conquered by external enemies; they rotted from within.  America has now passed that 240 year mark, and the rot is starting to be visible and is accelerating. We are past the Mercedes and Land Rover Years….the camels are on the horizon. 

… or perhaps Rickshaws? 

God Blesses     Christ Blesses      I Need Only  Bless

Ciao





Healing form – yes or no

Sawadee Khrap

I think it was about 1990 when I first met Tony and attended his church in San Francisco, Calif.    I went for almost a year and also went to the first International ACIM Conference at SF.   That conference made a major impact on my attitude toward Christianity and emphasized my acceptance of the teachings of the Course.CMC sermon

Here is a great sermon by  Pastor Tony Ponticello     Titled:   “Too Focused on Form? -or- Just Practicing the Course!”

God Blesses          Christ Blesses         I Need Only Bless

Ciao

The Perfect Human

Sawadee Khrap

Socrates said “The perfect human being is all human beings put together, it is a collective, it is all of us together that make perfection.”

What a great thought !!!!  It reminds me of ACIM Lesson # 243

Today I will judge nothing that occurs.

“I will be honest with myself today.  I will not think that I already know what must remain beyond my present grasp.  I will not think I understand the whole from bits of my perception, which are all that I can see.  Today I recognize that this is so.  And so I am relieved of judgments that I cannot make.  Thus do I free myself and what I look upon, to be in peace as God created us.


Father, today I leave creation free to be itself.  I honor all its parts, in which I am included.  We are one because each part contains Your memory, and truth must shine in all of us as one.”

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Do THOUGHTS count ?

Sawadee Khrap

ABSOLUITY YES.   All thoughts have effects – but only LOVING thoughts are real and “One” with God, all Minds and brothers and the holy Spirit – all others are illusions of separation..  It’s beautifully expressed in ACIM Workbook Lesson 97:2 as:

We state again the truth about your Self, the holy Son of God Who rests in you, whose mind has been restored to sanityYou are the spirit lovingly endowed with all your Father’s Love and peace and joy.  You are the spirit which completes Himself, and shares His function as Creator.  He is with you always, as you are with Him.

Today we try to bring reality still closer to your mind.  Each time you practice, awareness is brought a little nearer at least; sometimes a thousand years or more are saved.  The minutes which you give are multiplied over and over, for the miracle makes use of time, but is not ruled by it.  Salvation is a miracle, the first and last; the first that is the last, for it is one…… (and continues)……..

The Holy Spirit will be glad to take five minutes of each hour from your hands, and carry them around this aching world where pain and misery appear to rule.  He will not overlook one open mind that will accept the healing gifts they bring, and He will lay them everywhere He knows they will be welcome.  And they will increase in healing power each time someone accepts them as his thoughts, and uses them to heal.

Thus will each gift to Him be multiplied a thousand fold and tens of thousands more.  And when it is returned to you, it will surpass in might the little gift you gave as much as does the radiance of the sun outshine the tiny gleam a firefly makes an uncertain moment and goes out.  The steady brilliance of this light remains and leads you out of darkness, nor will you be able to forget the way again.

Begin these happy exercises with the words the Holy Spirit speaks to you, and let them echo round the world through Him:

Spirit am I, a holy Son of God, free of all limits, safe and healed and whole, free to forgive, and free to save the world.”

God Blesses      Christ Blesses         I Need ONLY forgive to Bless

Ciao

FORGVENESS is the key

Sawadee Khrap

I need always remember that “Forgiveness is the  – ABSOLUTE –  key to realizing God’s Kingdom”.   It is my condemnation that separates me from my brother and therefor from God Himself.  What I JUDGE, and EVERYTHING I judge,  I set apart and special – therefore separate from the “ALL”.  

A dream of judgment came into the mind that God created perfect as Himself.  And in that dream was Heaven changed to hell, and God made enemy unto His Son.  How can God’s Son awaken from the dream?  It is a dream of judgment.  So must he judge not, and he will waken.  For the dream will seem to last while he is part of it.  Judge not, for he who judges will have need of idols, which will hold the judgment off from resting on himself.  Nor can he know the Self he has condemned.  Judge not, because you make yourself a part of evil dreams, where idols are your “true” identity, and your salvation”   (ACIM T29.IX.2.1 The Forgiving Dream)

Think you that you can bring truth to fantasy, and learn what truth means from the perspective of illusions?  Truth has no meaning in illusion.  The frame of reference for its meaning must be itself.  When you try to bring truth to illusions, you are trying to make illusions real, and keep them by justifying your belief in them.  But to give illusions to truth is to enable truth to teach that the illusions are unreal, and thus enable you to escape from them.  Reserve not one idea aside from truth, or you establish orders of reality that must imprison you.  There is no order in reality, because everything there is true.from the judgment laid in terror and in guilt upon yourself.”    (ACIM T-17.I.5. Forgiveness and the Holy relationhip – Bringing fantasy to truth)


Perception is a choice and not a fact.  But on this choice depends far more than you may realize as yet.  For on the voice you choose to hear, and on the sights you choose to see, depends entirely your whole belief in what you are.  Perception is a witness but to this, and never to reality.  Yet it can show you the conditions in which awareness of reality is possible, or those where it could never be.”   (ACIM  T-21.V.1.7 The Function of Reason)


In the “Lord’s Prayer” Jesus told US to forgive, on the “Cross”, He asked His Father to forgive them,  He now asks ME to forgive.   I NEED ALWAYS ask myself,

  • Do I really want to see my brother sinless???  or remain in Hell 
  • Do I  want to be HAPPY or right ???   and remain in Hell  
  • Do I really want to see the REAL World ???   or want to remain in Hell???

Where sin once was perceived will rise a world that will become an altar to the truth, and you will join the lights of Heaven there, and sing their song of gratitude and praise.  And as they come to you to be complete, so will you go with them.  For no one hears the song of Heaven and remains without a voice that adds its power to the song, and makes it sweeter still.  And each one joins the singing at the altar that was raised within the tiny spot that sin proclaimed to be its own.  And what was tiny then has soared into a magnitude of song in which the universe has joined with but a single voice.”  (ACIM C26– IV. Where Sin Has Left)


God Blesses        Christ Blesses        I need only Forgive and Bless

Ciao

Trying to explain rain and fog to a fish. !!!

Sawadee Khrap

What would it be like trying to explain rain and fog to a fish ???   They have gills and not lungs, breathing is different yet both  breath oxygen.  The same would be like trying to explain a non-dualistic world to anyone in the dualistic dream or illusion.  In this world, we judge everything with our five material senses and those senses were specifically established to validate the symbols of a dualistic perspective.   But what then is the”real” world?   Is this what is meant by “God IS”?

FORGIVENESS is the KEY

The real world is a symbol, like the rest of what perception offers.  Yet it stands for what is opposite to what you made.  Your world is seen through eyes of fear, and brings the witnesses of terror to your mind.  The real world cannot be perceived except through eyes forgiveness blesses, so they see a world where terror is impossible, and witnesses to fear can not be found.

The real world holds a counterpart for each unhappy thought reflected in your world; a sure correction for the sights of fear and sounds of battle which your world contains.  The real world shows a world seen differently, through quiet eyes and with a mind at peace.  Nothing but rest is there.  There are no cries of pain and sorrow heard, for nothing there remains outside forgiveness.  And the sights are gentle.  Only happy sights and sounds can reach the mind that has forgiven itself.

What need has such a mind for thoughts of death, attack and murder?  What can it perceive surrounding it but safety, love and joy?  What is there it would choose to be condemned, and what is there that it would judge against?  The world it sees arises from a mind at peace within itself.  No danger lurks in anything it sees, for it is kind, and only kindness does it look upon.”  

So, forgiveness should be our only goal, without judgement we will look upon the “World” as God Created it,  not as what we wished or dreamed it is.  

The real world is the symbol that the dream of sin and guilt is over, and God’s Son no longer sleeps.  His waking eyes perceive the sure reflection of his Father’s Love; the certain promise that he is redeemed.  The real world signifies the end of time, for its perception makes time purposeless.


The Holy Spirit has no need of time when it has served His purpose.  Now He waits but that one instant more for God to take His final step, and time has disappeared, taking perception with it as it goes, and leaving but the truth to be itself.  That instant is our goal, for it contains the memory of God.
  And as we look upon a world forgiven, it is He Who calls to us and comes to take us home, reminding us of our Identity which our forgiveness has restored to us.”       (ACIM  W-pII.8.1.)

Remember the story of the Prodigal Son – the only treasure the Father valued was His Son.

God Blesses      Christ Blesses     I Need Only Forgive and Bless

Ciao