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19. Making dangers real requires forgiveness

Sunday, Nov 26, 2023 797 words 3 mins 32 secs

Have you done this? I know I have done it many times: "Who but yourself evaluates a threat, decides escape is necessary, and sets up a series of defenses to reduce the threat that has been judged as real?"


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18. The appearance and illusion of physical form

Friday, Oct 13, 2023 1604 words 7 mins 7 secs

An "appearance" is another term for something physical. It's what you see when you take the physical form at face value. You look at what it appears to be on the surface, on the face of it, without any...

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17. Constant vigilance against temptation

Sunday, Sep 17, 2023 1406 words 6 mins 14 secs

I find very often that if I am not constantly "rebuking" everything the world seems to portray, I will fall into temptation and buy into problems. Then I'll have reactions based on ego and form and bodies and appearances,...

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16. Why doing ACIM seems so difficult

Friday, Sep 08, 2023 1596 words 7 mins 5 secs2 comments

Sometimes doing ACIM seems very difficult. It boils down to a simple fact. Everything in the world is opposite to the truth. And that means you're going to have to become opposite to everything in the world!

"This IS...

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15. The many things in the world are not different

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2023 2047 words 9 mins 5 secs

One of the major teachings of A Course in Miracles, also present in Buddhism and Hinduism and many other belief systems, even present in the very first lessons of the Workbook, is that the physical world is a world...

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14. Everything in the world is trying to tempt you

Thursday, May 26, 2022 1213 words 5 mins 23 secs

Take a look at this one statement.

"Nothing the body's eyes seem to see can be anything but a form of temptation, since this was the purpose of the body itself."

"You made the body in attempting to deceive...

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13. The temptation of the world

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 1352 words 6 mins 0 secs

"Nothing the body's eyes seem to see can be anything but a form of temptation, since this was the purpose of the body itself."

What are you being tempted to do? You're being tempted to identify yourself with the...

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12. An evil world of temptation and hell

Thursday, Apr 14, 2022 1662 words 7 mins 23 secs

The physical world was made as a projection of a false idea. Everything in it is false, untrue and unreal. It therefore depicts a lie, a deception, an illusion, and an attempt to ASSERT that something false is true. That...

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11. The temptation of a sick body

Thursday, Apr 14, 2022 772 words 3 mins 25 secs

A person's body is held up as a picture. It covers up who they are. It says, "this is true of me." Or "this is what I am."

"You made the body in attempting to deceive yourself."

"What you...

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10. Tempted by another's sins

Monday, Dec 20, 2021 1076 words 4 mins 46 secs

The ego is sneaky about projecting sin and guilt onto others. If someone else is not really doing anything wrong, it is riskier and perhaps more difficult for you to "unfairly" project your own sin and guilt onto them....

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9. The temptation to scapegoat everyone

Sunday, Jul 04, 2021 549 words 2 mins 26 secs

If I find anyone to be "wrong" in ANY WAY, for ANY reason, I am scapegoating.

It doesn't even matter what the reasons are. Even if the reasons are valid.

If someone is making a wrong decision... if I identify they are...

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8. Fear is an attempt to hurt yourself and deny your immortality

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 3076 words 13 mins 40 secs

"All forms of sickness, even unto death, are physical expressions of the FEAR of awakening."

Fear is not "just fear". It's not just "an emotion". It's not just "one thing". It's not just "a reaction". Everything that fear appears to be,...

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7. Are you tempted by the world?

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019 682 words 3 mins 1 secs

"Temptation has one lesson it would teach, in all its forms, wherever it occurs. It would persuade the holy Son of God he is a body, born in what must die, unable to escape its frailty, and bound by what...

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6. What is temptation but a wish to make illusions real?

Monday, Sep 17, 2018 870 words 3 mins 52 secs1 comments


"What is temptation but a wish to make illusions real? "

Illusions are not inherently real. However, there is a potential in illusions to be "tempted" to believe they are real. If someone is sane, they will recognize the illusion is...

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5. Ego presents only a lose-lose situation, tempting you with specialness

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 1079 words 4 mins 47 secs

Everything about the ego appears to present one way that you can win, and one way that you can lose. It always suggests there's some way to get away with something, to escape the effects of something. To be the...

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4. Overcoming the temptation to diagnose a thumb pain

Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 604 words 2 mins 41 secs

Recently I've seen how it is detrimental to spend a lot of time trying to diagnose problems or to even understand what is happening. But this was mainly in the realm of what's happening with other people. Now I've come...

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3. What you resist persists

Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016 405 words 1 mins 48 secs

When you be afraid of something, you are attempting to increase a sense of separation between you and something. You hope that if you can separate yourself from it more, you will feel safer.

It doesn't work. It is the opposite.


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2. Resist the compulsion to do something about it

Tuesday, Nov 08, 2016 267 words 1 mins 11 secs

"I've got to do something about this!" shrieks the ego. I MUST FIX IT!!!


Ok. Stop.

1) We believe something has gone wrong and think it's real.

2) Believing it is broken, we MUST believe that a remedy is needed.

3) We now try...

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1. Are you being tempted by the ego?

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 581 words 2 mins 34 secs

In ACIM the idea of evil is defined as 'ego', more or less. Not just individual egos but also a collective one.

The ego uses temptation to distract you from the truth. It is capable of creating scenarios in which...

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