Question: "I noticed that you said that you eat very healthy and follow a healthy life. I understand that what you are saying is that you are shown to eat those food. I do understand to follow Holy Spirit's guidance on everything. However, here is my question: Since nothing is real and nothing can hurts us, why eat certain things instead of others? If it is a Holy Spirit's guidance then I am not questionning it but why make a difference between the food? I am sorry I am just a bit stuck on… Continue
Added by Nick Arandes on February 7, 2010 at 2:44am —
“Everyone who follows the world’s curriculum, and everyone here does follow it until he changes his mind, teaches solely to convince himself that he is what he is not.” -A Course in Miracles
This ties up with another Course's lesson stating that I am what I teach. So if I teach separation I am separation, however, if I teach oneness, I am oneness. But how do I teach oneness when I am experiencing separation? The answer would be by denying the illusion. Denying the illusion is my… Continue
Added by Nick Arandes on November 19, 2009 at 10:03pm —
"Once you have developed a thought system of any kind, you live by it and teach it. Your capacity for allegiance to a thought system may be misplaced, but it is still a form of faith and can be redirected."
-A Course in Miracles
Let’s look at this carefully. “Once you have developed a thought system of any kind, you live by it and teach it.”
The thought system of any kind the Course is referring to is our beliefs. So once I believe in something, that’s what I teach. The… Continue
Added by Nick Arandes on April 13, 2009 at 11:45am —
"I will direct you to wherever you can be truly helpful and to whoever can follow my guidance through you." -A Course in Miracles (Original Version)
In understanding that every encounter is a holy encounter, allows us to realize that we are here to help bring healing to others. Not because there are such thing as others, but because they are helping us see areas within ourselves that needs healing.
So wherever we are guided to go, it is simply an opportunity for us to… Continue
Added by Nick Arandes on April 8, 2009 at 2:13pm —
"God, who encompasses all being, nevertheless created beings who have everything individually but who want to share it to increase their joy. Nothing that is real can be increased except by sharing. That’s why God Himself created you. Divine abstraction takes joy in application, and that is what creation means. ‘How,’ ‘what,’ and ‘to whom’ are irrelevant because real creation gives everything since it can create only like itself."
-A Course in Miracles (Original Version)
Added by Nick Arandes on April 7, 2009 at 2:28pm —
"You have very little trust in me as yet, but it will increase as you turn more and more often to me instead of your egos for guidance."
-A Course in Miracles (Original Version)
I have spent my whole life looking at the world through my physical eyes, therefore, believing in what I see. But as I practice turning within, little by little the veil that covers my eyes is being lifted so that I can really see because in reality my eyes see nothing. All they do is, they simply… Continue
Added by Nick Arandes on April 6, 2009 at 5:12pm —
My three favorite lessons from ACIM are, lesson 50, lesson 135 and lesson 189 paragraph 7.
That will keep you busy reading. In the meantime, before my next posting, I did a radio interview earlier today.
To listen to me on radio, the actual mp3 link is:
To listen from my website the link would be:
Hope you all enjoy it! And… Continue
Added by Nick Arandes on April 5, 2009 at 2:47am —
“’Self esteem’ in ego terms means nothing more than that the ego has deluded itself into accepting its reality and is therefore temporarily less predatory. This ‘self esteem’ is always vulnerable to stress, a term which actually refers to a condition in which the delusion of the ego’s reality is threatened. This produces either ego deflation or ego inflation, resulting in either withdrawal or attack.”
–A Course in Miracles (Original Version)
Our self esteem, in ego terms, is… Continue
Added by Nick Arandes on March 27, 2009 at 1:07pm —
Lesson 50, which along with lesson 189.7 are my two favorites, lesson 50 talk about illusions and idols which can confuse students who are not clear about what The Course is talking about. So I am going to take that same paragraph 4 from Lesson 50 and will substitute the words “illusions” and “idols” with “the things of this world” to see how easily the paragraph can be understood. But first let’s start by quoting Jesus from the Scriptures:
“Love not the world, neither the things… Continue
Added by Nick Arandes on March 26, 2009 at 12:54pm —
“The body cannot know. And while you limit your awareness to its tiny sense, you will not see the grandeur that surrounds you.” –A Course in Miracles
I feel that sentence says it all!
Added by Nick Arandes on March 23, 2009 at 2:29pm —
“If you perceive a teacher as merely a “larger ego” you will be afraid because to enlarge an ego is to increase separation anxiety. I will teach with you and live with you if you will think with me, but my goal will always be to absolve you finally from the need for a teacher.” –A Course in Miracles (Original Version)
Many students often look for a guru or teacher not realizing that the only teacher is the one within. But to listen to our inner teacher it requires practice and most… Continue
Added by Nick Arandes on March 21, 2009 at 2:22pm —
"Love waits on welcome, not on time, and the real world is but your welcome of what always was." -A Course in Miracles
It is interesting how we often think that we have to find, look or work towards remembering who we are, when in reality, all that is need of us is the willingness to surrender everything that we are attached to. All of our attachments, i.e. illusions, are the blocks that prevents us from revealing the love that is us.
I was sharing in A Course in Miracle's… Continue
Added by Nick Arandes on March 19, 2009 at 10:19am —
"You who want peace can find it only by complete forgiveness. You never wanted peace before, so there was no point in being told how to achieve it." - A Course in Miracles (Original Version)
What the statement is saying to me is that the only way I will make myself open to experience peace is by really wanting God more than anything else. I can say that I want peace, but as long as I still have some kind of attachment to illusions I will not give myself the opportunity to be open to… Continue
Added by Nick Arandes on March 18, 2009 at 12:42pm —
"Whatever is true is eternal, and cannot changed or be changed."
- A Course in Miracles
It is fascinating how spiritual teachers are so caught up in this “energy” idea, equating God with energy. Seminars on spirituality and metaphysics worship the word energy as if it has anything to do with God. Yet, what is scientists telling us about energy? That although it cannot be destroyed, it can be changed, or transformed.
So if God is eternal, never changing, how could we… Continue
Added by Nick Arandes on March 17, 2009 at 10:18am —
"Those who remember always that they know nothing, and who have become willing to learn everything, will learn it. But whenever they trust themselves, they will not learn. They have destroyed their motivation for learning by thinking they already know. Think not you understand anything until you pass the test of perfect peace, for peace and understanding go together and never can be found alone.
" - A Course in Miracles
A friend asked me a question expecting a definite answer,… Continue
Added by Nick Arandes on March 16, 2009 at 11:46am —
"A body needs no healing. But the mind that thinks it is a body is sick indeed! And it is here that Jesus sets forth the remedy." - A Course in Miracles
Jesus never saw a sick body. He only perceived a mind what was fearful. As result, he never prescribed or told anyone what to do, He simply asked, "Do you have faith?" In that moment, because of Jesus' strong faith, their mind was able to be at peace, and the healing took place. In other words, Jesus' faith was strong enough to… Continue
Added by Nick Arandes on March 15, 2009 at 12:25pm —
"You are not making use of the course if you insist on using means which have served others well, neglecting what is made for you". –A Course in Miracles
That line I use as a reminder to help me be still and to listen. The reason being is, all the answers I have always been seeking, which in reality, it is just one answer, is within. And the answer is God Is! But as long as I continue to look for others to give me answers such as gurus, teachers, healers, ministers, experts,… Continue
Added by Nick Arandes on March 14, 2009 at 6:43pm —