can literally create a 'mind meld', where you begin to appreciate the fact that the mind of the Master Teacher is not separate from yours. So when he reads the tougher parts of Chapter 19, you are more inclined to accept the Truth of them, and thereby experience the inevitable expansion and attendant peace and joy of your own mind.
Wisconsin Dells, WI (Vocus) September 17, 2009
"Obstacles To Peace: Episodes 1 and 2" were selected today as the featured videos of the week from the extensive archives of The Master Teacher of A Course In Miracles as part of the now weekly tradition of offering an entire DVD of the Master Teacher for immediate download and or streaming from the website, http://www.TheMasterTeacher.tv, with no requirement for site membership.
Announcing the selection for the week, site administrator, John Gaffney explained that the title "Obstacles to Peace comes from Chapter 19 of the Text of A Course In Miracles and contains some of the most confrontational passages in the entire Course.
In this week's feature, the Master Teacher instructs from, 'A. The First Obstacle: The Desire to Get Rid of It' and 'B. The Second Obstacle: The Belief the Body is Valuable for What It Offers'. So masterful is the presentation that the willing aspirant who watches the video will quite literally experience himself in the action of the release of his self-imposed mind constrictions and begin to experience the light that is his natural inheritance."
"The intensely personal nature of these presentations," continued Gaffney, "can literally create a 'mind meld', where you begin to appreciate the fact that the mind of the Master Teacher is not separate from yours. So when he reads the tougher parts of Chapter 19, you are more inclined to accept the Truth of them, and thereby experience the inevitable expansion and attendant peace and joy of your own mind."
"For example, Jesus Christ asserts unequivocally in Chapter 19 of A Course In Miracles that, 'It is impossible to seek for pleasure through the body and not find pain. It is essential that this relationship be understood, for it is one the ego sees as proof of sin. It is not really punitive at all. It is but the inevitable result of equating yourself with the body, which is the invitation to pain. For it invites fear to enter and become your purpose. The attraction of guilt must enter with it, and whatever fear directs the body to do is therefore painful. It will share the pain of all illusions, and the illusion of pleasure will be the same as pain.' This is a hard chunk for any human being to swallow, and is almost always immediately rejected. Jesus expounds on it thus":
"Is not this inevitable? Under fear's orders the body will pursue guilt, serving its master whose attraction to guilt maintains the whole illusion of its existence. This, then, is the attraction of pain. Ruled by this perception the body becomes the servant of pain, seeking it dutifully and obeying the idea that pain is pleasure. It is this idea that underlies all of the ego's heavy investment in the body. And it is this insane relationship that it keeps hidden, and yet feeds upon. To you it teaches that the body's pleasure is happiness. Yet to itself it whispers, "It is death."
"Jesus then asks the 'dreaded' question, 'Why should the body be anything to you?' and continues, 'Certainly what it is made of is not precious. And just as certainly it has no feeling. It transmits to you the feelings that you want. Like any communication medium the body receives and sends the messages that it is given. It has no feeling for them. All of the feeling with which they are invested is given by the sender and the receiver. The ego and the Holy Spirit both recognize this, and both also recognize that here the sender and receiver are the same. The Holy Spirit tells you this with joy. The ego hides it, for it would keep you unaware of it. Who would send messages of hatred and attack if he but understood he sends them to himself? Who would accuse, make guilty and condemn himself?'"
"These ideas are totally preposterous to the average human being and are fundamentally unacceptable. Yet each one has to recognize the Truth of them in order to experience true self realization or enlightenment, explained Gaffney. That is why the agency of the illuminate mind of the Master Teacher is absolutely invaluable. It is a privilege to be afforded this encounter with him."
To watch or download the video, "Obstacles To Peace", visit http://www.themasterteacher.tv/obstaclestopeace
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