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Let Love teach you what You are.

Beloved One,

Blessings of Joy. When you have dedicated your mind to heal and bless and share
and give, every Moment becomes an opportunity to Give as God Gives. God is
Love, and Love knows ItSelf and all Creation as Loving. There is no reciprocity
in Love, no giving to get. In fact, getting is a concept completely illusory
and therefore unknown to the Loving Reality that is Love or God.

This entire illusory cosmos was invented and projected by the illusion of lack,
and all attempts to get are therefore attempts not to know ThySelf and therefore
not to know God. There is nothing so alien as the 'getting' concept on which
personhood and personality were built.

My friend Andy sent in an e-mail yesterday along with a file he prepared that
contains and addresses some very pertinent passages from A Course In Miracles
and that explains and instructs about this very topic:

_____________________________________________________________________

Hi David, my friend, my brother,

On several occasions I have read the following paragraph aloud in a group, felt
confused, and just chugged on past it. Today I took a closer look at it and was
rewarded. I have attached my interpretation notes.

"If paying is equated with getting, you will set the price low but demand a high
return. You will have forgotten, however, that to price is to value, so that
your return is in proportion to your judgment of worth. If paying is associated
with giving it cannot be perceived as loss, and the reciprocal relationship of
giving and receiving will be recognized. The price will then be set high,
because of the value of the return. The price for getting is to lose sight of
value, making it inevitable that you will not value what you receive.Valuing it
little, you will not appreciate it and you will not want it."
T-9.II.10.

Another challenge I'm experiencing is trying to fully understand, in my
imaginary bones, that I am not a body and there is no world.
I mean every day. I rarely get (a major) upset these days, one worth doing an
Instrument of Peace over. Constant mind watching is required! It's not out
there; it's in my mind. I feel like I should have really integrated this by now.
Watching the Matrix, Dark City and the Thirteenth Floor recently has helped me
loosen my grip on the world, but it would be so much easier having a microchip
drilled into my head. Please let me know if ReKall, Inc. or Lacuna, Inc. comes
out with the procedure first. :-D

Peace, love and joy,
Andy

____________________________________________________________________

Here is the file:

T-9.II.9.

5 There is a price you will pay for judgment, because judgment is the setting of
a price.

6 And as you set it you will pay it.

T-9.II.10.


1 If paying is equated with getting, you will set the price low but demand a
high return.
2 You will have forgotten, however, that to price is to value, so that your
return is in proportion to your judgment of worth.
3 If paying is associated with giving it cannot be perceived as loss, and the
reciprocal relationship of giving and receiving will be recognized.
4 The price will then be set high, because of the value of the return.
5 The price for getting is to lose sight of value, making it inevitable that you
will not value what you receive.
6 Valuing it little, you will not appreciate it and you will not want it.


a price = a value; to pay = to suffer consequences; judgment = putting a value
on, or assigning a value to, something or someone.

5 When you judge you will suffer a loss of value because you will assign a value
[and this you cannot do to your brother.]
6 As you assume to judge/ assign value you will suffer the consequences.

paying = giving something in exchange for something; return = the ratio of
money gained or lost on an investment relative to the amount of money invested.

1 If, when you pay, you are focused on getting more back than you give (because
you see what you give, or pay, as lost), you will set a low value on what you
give but demand a high value in return.
2 If you set a low value on what you give, however, your return will be
proportionately low.
3 If, when you pay, you do not see it as loss but as freely given, you will
recognize that the joy of giving equals the joy of receiving.
4 You will assign a high value to what you give because you receive back an
equally high value.
5 When you focus on getting you lower the value of what is exchanged, so you do
not value what you receive in exchange.
6 If you don't want or appreciate it, you have nothing. You have paid a big
price, suffered heavy consequences.



T-9.II.11. Never forget, then, that you set the value on what you receive, and
price it by what you give. To believe that it is possible to get much for little
is to believe that you can bargain with God. God's laws are always fair and
perfectly consistent. By giving you receive. But to receive is to accept, not to
get. It is impossible not to have, but it is possible not to know you have. The
recognition of having is the willingness for giving, and only by this
willingness can you recognize what you have. What you give is therefore the
value you put on what you have, being the exact measure of the value you put
upon it. And this, in turn, is the measure of how much you want it.


T-9.II.12. You can ask of the Holy Spirit, then, only by giving to Him, and you
can give to Him only where you recognize Him. If you recognize Him in everyone,
consider how much you will be asking of Him, and how much you will receive. He
will deny you nothing because you have denied Him nothing, and so you can share
everything. This is the way, and the only way to have His answer, because His
answer is all you can ask for and want. Say, then, to everyone: Because I will
to know myself, I see you as God's Son and my brother.

_____________________________________________________________________

I am happy to simplify this lesson by pulling 3 key ideas from all that is
written above:

"When you focus on getting you lower the value of what is exchanged, so you do
not value what you receive in exchange."

"By giving you receive. But to receive is to accept, not to get. It is
impossible not to have, but it is possible not to know you have. The recognition
of having is the willingness for giving, and only by this willingness can you
recognize what you have."

"You can ask of the Holy Spirit, then, only by giving to Him, and you can give
to Him only where you recognize Him. If you recognize Him in everyone, consider
how much you will be asking of Him, and how much you will receive. He will deny
you nothing because you have denied Him nothing, and so you can share
everything."

I find in my life experience that this is the reason why I am so happy and
joyful and peaceful consistently: "I don't want to get anything, and I want to
give and share everything I value in my heart with everyone - everywhere and
always."

I cannot even consider charging money or asking for reciprocity for anything the
body of David seems to do or say or share or produce because I have absolutely
no interest or desire to 'get' anything. I am reminded of the passage from the
Manual for Teachers in ACIM and the section on the Development of Trust called
'Generosity':

VII. Generosity

M-4.VII.1. The term generosity has special meaning to the teacher of God. 2 It
is not the usual meaning of the word; in fact, it is a meaning that must be
learned and learned very carefully. 3 Like all the other attributes of God's
teachers this one rests ultimately on trust, for without trust no one can be
generous in the true sense. 4 To the world, generosity means "giving away" in
the sense of "giving up." 5 To the teachers of God, it means giving away in
order to keep. 6 This has been emphasized throughout the text and the workbook,
but it is perhaps more alien to the thinking of the world than many other ideas
in our curriculum. 7 Its greater strangeness lies merely in the obviousness of
its reversal of the world's thinking. 8 In the clearest way possible, and at the
simplest of levels, the word means the exact opposite to the teachers of God and
to the world.

M-4.VII.2. The teacher of God is generous out of Self interest. 2 This does not
refer, however, to the self of which the world speaks. 3 The teacher of God does
not want anything he cannot give away, because he realizes it would be valueless
to him by definition. 4 What would he want it [for]? 5 He could only lose
because of it. 6 He could not gain. 7 Therefore he does not seek what only he
could keep, because that is a guarantee of loss. 8 He does not want to suffer. 9
Why should he ensure himself pain? 10 But he does want to keep for himself all
things that are of God, and therefore for His Son. 11 These are the things that
belong to him. 12 These he can give away in true generosity, protecting them
forever for himself.

So if you accept your Calling to accept the Holy Spirit's Purpose to forgive and
See with the Vision of Christ, you will not want anything from a brother or the
world. You will be reminded as I am ever reminded: "The teacher of God does not
want anything he cannot give away, because he realizes it would be valueless to
him by definition. What would he want it [for]? He could only lose because of
it."

I Now feel it is impossible to lose anything, for the belief in loss (the ego)
has no reality in my mind. This is the lesson in True Freedom that the
Atonement teaches, and by accepting it the mind that once seemed to believe in a
linear cosmos is set Free to Be ItSelf.

Forever in Love & Gratitude,

David

http://awakening-mind.org

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