Truth is True

By Bob Pajer, based on an interpretation of Jesus’ words and my notes from A Course in Miracles

Truth is true.

Let it shine on me, through me, and to you.

I teach release and gladness. Or, I will teach sorrow and despair. Neither accepts a partial attempt. I need to be glad that we have been asked to teach the first, for that is what I will learn for myself. Should I decide to teach the other, that is what I will surely learn—of course to watch truth come again. For is truth relentless, and inevitable. It will never leave me in the darkness of my mistakes. We are blessed, as we bless.

Learn to be a happy learner—a really happy one. Who loves a sad teacher?

Be not content with nothing. You have all from All. Grab it and cling to it. It is your inheritance. You can find it unacceptable, but you cannot change it.

Truth is true. Its all there is. For it holds the key — light. The light has come. Don’t darken it with guilt, unless you wish to play God again, trying to convince all the Power there is that It is not salvation, but guilt is.

No form of human suffering fails to belie a guilty thought. That is because a guilty thought is an attack on God, and further separation. And when we try to attack God, or one of God’s children, the same mistake, we affirm our insanity, which is we think we separated from God—the impossible. For that one thought we invite our own suffering. Not liking suffering very much, we will blame someone, or blame ourselves. A vicious cycle dearly loved by the ego.

I am the decision maker in my time here in this world I made. The decision for guiltlessness is mine, as is the deciding for guilt. When I decide for guiltlessness, it is mine. Once mine, I must give it away to keep it.

The value of all this I just said is my restoration to sanity — learning to teach only God’s lessons here in this world, now. God teaches us. All things are lessons He/She would have us learn. Not to worry about things I don’t understand. More will be revealed, as I decide to let in what i already know to be true.

Let me bring peace. As a matter of fact it is why I’m here. Actually, the only reason I’m here. If I think this is not so, I am out of alignment with the Will if God.

I’m deciding something in every second in time, including time itself. It is my power to do so. “God, the world was a poor decision, as You know. “Don’t worry, “ God says, “That mistake and all mistaken decisions are corrected the instant they are made—for everyone involved, by Truth. My Will. My Voice. My Love.”

When I attack a brother or sister I will instantly believe attack on me is inevitable. This is the ego’s law, coming from it’s laws if chaos. Truth will not allow attack in any form whatsoever. Peace will always abide in God’s law, the only law there is.

When I judge someone, condemning myself or another for what appears to be right or wrong, I usurp God’s authority, God’s authorship of creation. Or, mistakenly try. God does judge. But only as follows: “Behold my Children, in whom I am well pleased. You are as I created you.” Unless we believe this, now, we will continue to search, until we learn there us no search where upon we will find what we are looking for, as we look on our own, without God.

“Father, I am here only to be truly, helpful. How do You want me to see this situation, accepting what I am, Love!?”

Replace darkness with light. You can. Just ask “What is Your will for me, Father.” You will recognize your will.

Darkness has no power, other than in your perception, which retains the power of choice until we are able to see. See there is no choice, for love excludes all choices. And God is love.

As you grow in Holy Perception, and you will, it will become more and more, impossible to see or dream of darkness.

Guiltnessness forms my invulnerability, beyond form.

God is the only Cause.

The causeless cannot be. When I fully learn this one thing I will know everything, for knowledge is true.

Deny what is causeless. That’s a worthy use of something I have well practiced, denial.

I cannot make decisions on my own. Whatever I decide I decide for every one. Every decision you make is for the Sonship.

Guilt is not a virtue. Nor is shame, which is a form of guilt, which is fear. Don’t listen to your ego on this subject, nor on anything for that matter.

If you seek love outside yourself you can be certain you are perceiving hatred within, and are afraid of it. My dear brother/sister, there is nothing out there. We are in here together in union with Our Father.

Beyond Seeing – A Psalm

I seem to know. Yet I don’t. Knowledge is protected from my egoistic mind. I think sometimes when I feel like I’m on top of things I make up, I’m surely not. When I see myself in poverty, however, I am likely to welcome Truth. My heart soars at the idea my having is my very being, always in Your Heart, Father: The Kingdom, now. My life is only sad and unmanageable when I believe stuff I made up without You, Father. I have made a world of sin and guilt. You, dear Father have created a Heaven where I’m forever welcome. It’s not a place I think I can play my ego’s games and prove to my self, that at its hand I die, not a place I can play the game of deprivation: sickness, attack and littleness, determined to prove at least one thing: that I see. I Imagine, I think I actually know through the seeing of eyes that don’t see. Knowledge cannot be in the hands of a life that thinks it sees with eyes that cannot see; ears that cannot hear. My solution to this is always to sacrifice Life. I will willingly die for one sacrifice. Death, dear Father. This is not your will! You will only that Your Son live, as You created me. Quiet my mind, Father that I may hear your calling—Your ancient song you sing to me with every breath I take and every encounter I have with a brother or sister. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done. Let this song be my aria to all my my brothers and sisters here. We know not what we say, yet I do know this one thing: When I listen I can hear beyond our voices, we sing the greatest melody we cannot help but sing here and in heaven: we are One, in unity with our Holy Father. Amen.

Bob Pajer


Book Review: Stations of the Cosmic Christ, by Matthew Fox and Bishop Mark Andrus. Review by Bob Pajer

Mathew Fox is surely one of the greater thinkers in our times.  His ideas are forward, bold, fearless, searching and inspiring.  “Stations of the Cosmic Christ” by Fox and Bishop Marc Andrus won’t disappointment in any of these lofty achievements, nor Joanna Macy’s cover comment on the book, “…It celebrates the sacred at the heart of the universe.”

There is no universal theology, but there is a universal experience Jesus tells us in A Course in Miracles.  I’m sure “Stations of the Cosmic Christ” demonstrates this message from Jesus.  Christ is in us, all of us.  No matter what our eyes or ears seem to tell us.  Trapped in an ego mind, however, which is what the made up world is, is aimed at the maintaining of the bondage of self.  We really have no chance of making the world a better place by hoping that somehow we’ll finally get it right doing the same things over and over again, after which God in cosmic love demonstrates again and again: man has no will or mind, or anything really, separate from its Source, God if you will.  We are one and only as One do we awaken to the connection we have in Great Unity with God.  Christ is the path to this, and the only path, albeit under other names.  Jesus came to tell us and demonstrate this one truth, ever reminding us there’s no way to God except through Christ, our true identity.  His message also tells us this practically achieved by us the oneness of the forgiving thought, upon letting go of all un-forgiving thouths.   

One of the adventures of Fox’s book is that we are invited to believe in the Oneness of the Spirit in us, Christians call Christ. The name is not what is important, but the function of our lives in relation to it is.  Our brothers and sisters in this place we seem to live all have the same interest and because this is irrevocably true, my interests cannot be seen as more or less than yours. 

There is a truly remarkable Martin Luther King quote in “Stations of the Cosmic Christ” which I will carry with me always as a reminder about what is true in this world, often different than what I see: 

“Evil may so shape events that Caesar will occupy a palace and Christ a cross, but that same Christ arose and split history into A.D. and B. C., so that even the life of Caesar must be dated by his name.  Yes the arc of the moral  universe is long, but it bends toward justice.  There is something in the universe which justifies William Cullen Bryant in saying, ‘Truth crushed to earth will rise again.’”  p. 98

And a later quote by Buckminster Fuller:  “…The Ascension event is reminding us that the Christ presence is felt in the furthest reaches of the universe.  We are not just dwellers in our little villages on the modest planet; we share in the cosmic events and we carry the Cosmic Christ within us — the very ‘fullness of the one who fills the universe in all its parts.”   p. 144.  Thus the forgiveness Jesus teaches us is a cosmic event. 

Enjoy this book.  It is a masterpiece in our readiness for return to the Kingdom and not to dwell on our identity with religions’ negative  interpretation of the crucifixion, but to live the message of promise:  Viewing Jeus’ Resurrection in our lives through Christ.    

I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR,Part 255.

Book Review: The Book of Revelation, (A NewTranslation) by Michael Straus, Illustrations by Jennifer May Reiland

Reviewed by Bob Pajer, NCTM, WSCTM, NIPA

It is of course difficult to say what John’s Book of Revelation is really about . Take your pick among those who have studied it.  My guess the Gnostics have it correct, only because of my own Gnostic leanings.  I and they  say that Jesus was a loving messenger.  His message is of love because he professes that only, his love, and the love of all of us comes from our creation.  I believe he heard only One Voice in his life here, a feat not many achieve as yet.  He preaches that we are as God created us.  God is love and therefore so perfectly equally are we.  Those references of the Oneness of love and the definition of God as Love can be found throughout A Course in Miracles.  Being a student of the Course I find Revelation to be difficult to understand because of the Courses’ references of itself to be the second coming of Jesus.  Jesus tells us this in the Course. The Jesus who teaches us we are One, as Christ, in union with God.  The best way it seems to place who God seems to be is by the two words: Our Father.  Oliver Wendall Holmes said that is all he needed to know about religious belief. 

A Course in Miracles takes this up with its main teaching:  to know who you are, see all your brothers and sisters as Christ, the One Son, the Sonship and only see him that way.  That in itself will tell you who you are, what we are all searching for here, being plagued by the thought we left Our Father for a world we continue to make up.  and fail to achieve peace doing it.  Who are we?  Yet our egos take us all around the battlefields we create to not find out who we are.  The world we appear to live in is not made to discover who God is as our Source.  As a matter of fact it is make by its makers to do just the opposite.  It is beleaguers us.  It is the root of all suffering here because it is based on unforgivenes,  by a whole people asking the question not to be answer, only to lead to more questions. The ego has no answer to anything, Jesus tells us in the Course in Miracles in his words, knowing they touch the truth in us that God put there.  Lots of questions and no answers.  Of course it will never have an answer to anything because it is a lie.  Lies are certainly not about truth.  Truth is true.  Lies remain, well, lies, much as depicted in Revelation.  The ego lives as a lie itself seemingly within us.  It has no intention of losing its place in our minds which are its hostage, never having us wander too far to realize we would be far better off by being host to God.  Jesus is host only to God.  He does not listen to the ego. Most everyone breathing in this world feels like a terrible thing has occurred:  separation from Our Father, a betrayal beyond words and thoughts, always there within us waiting for the day to strike out and finally create life. Guilt was born here, followed by death and the unknown. 

As to this new translation of Revelation, I can not tell you anything about its translation.   The translation is acceptable in my opinion, which of course is limited by my lack of knowledge of the subjects the author lays before us.  I find Revelation difficult to read in any form.  It is an ugly story, wasting one’s time in reading it.  The world is sad, old, and a tired place. It stumbles on with shear will power, coming from the mind of God which who is One.  After all we are the Power God created, but no to misbehave and kill each other.  No powers can exist before God’s Power. When men and women think they can oppose this with a separate will and power, we go to sleep and beat the hell out of each other.  Yes, “we”.  God’s children are not separated from one another.  That is the meaning of the clear statement of Jesus: 

Mark 10:9

What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

King James Version (KJV)

I do not think Jesus was referring necessarily to marriage in saying this, but to all men and women.  We are eternally joined.  There is no separation among us.  Although the ego, we, decided otherwise and made ourselves into bodies, trying to make each a separate mind.  Bodies are not minds.  Minds are forever joined in oneness with God as their Father. 

When we oppose God we sleep, just as God puts Adam asleep in the Bible and never wakes him up.  So let Revelation be.  It keeps biblical scholars and theologians busy.  The ego loves to study itself, but it does not tell us annoyingly about the everlasting love Jesus has and always will have for every “single” one of us.  And he waits for us to enter the Kingdom with him.  To join him and become together as the Christ, the only Son of God. 

Lastly, I find the authors’ use of sexual activity appalling in the pictures throughout the book.   I could only interpret this as our way of thinking about sex.  It’s the one big sin, the one we can feel most guilty about.  Which is all nonsense.  The ego thrives on the insanity of guilt over our separation from Our Father.  Sexual sin is one its favorite forms of making us feel the guilt, which is why we neglect and treat each other with disdain:  judgment, condemnation and hatred, leaving little room for the forgiveness we must practice in the face of any form of separation.  Sex fits into all this as a false god.  There is no order of separation.  Most of what drives us to remain separated is from other faults, not sex.  Separation either is or it isn’t.  Our spirits, however can not separate.  We think we are separate, nonthless, that we in fact did it, and then feel guilty and enter a deep sleep in order to play out our true wish to separate. 

I cannot find any salvation or Atonement thinking in Revelation, nor in the pornographic material Jennifer My Reiland presents throughout the book, except the focus on bodies, which are separation itself.      


I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR,Part 255.

God and Hamilton ~ Spiritual Themes from the Life of Alexander Hamilton by Kevin Cloud

Review by Bob Pajer for Speakeasy

What if we really listened to Jesus and told his story — not the one we made up?  Well, we would wake up and say to ourselves, “What the hell was that all about.”  A fitting question, upon knowing that All has given us all, and only insanity would take us from a creation like that.  The world would completely wake up to what is eternal mind, God’s mind, first finding we never left, and then realizing, that was a bad dream, not a real choice after all, one being real and the other only seeming to be real, but now knowing only real is real and that we brought a story onto ourselves that that we know is impossible now and all the ways we look at this tired old sad world would disappear and leave our minds to be as they are:  only love, God’s extension of Him/her Self on to us, just as God is. Simply, the most and only most powerful existence in the universe, in the mind of God — no longer are we a sunbeam that does think is is sun, a droplet of water that believers it is the ocean can’t exist, and its insane to think so. 

Hamilton and all the characters in this book, along with the author clearly   have an awareness of Jesus’ message, as we all do. it is the one we hide, however, that keeps us in a world that seems to invite its own destruction.  We are so fearful of fully seeing it that all we experience here in this world is a distortion.  Think about it.  Jesus comes to us to be with us, to be a part of salvation, an awakening to truth and love, to help us come out of our dream of separation — and we build large cathedrals which all depict the crucifix with Jesus hanging from it, as though he came here and we really killed him. This is the mass neurosis that underlies our insistence we can build a world apart from God.  Forgetting Jesus real message is always simply love, as reflected in this world as forgiveness, the inevitable and only way to  return to God, through our own resurrection. 

So why do we keep thinking if we just get our world right, get things straight once and for all, atone for our sins, sacrifice, or become martyrs we’ll be something, we’ll have the peace of God. While we already and forever will be what we are:  an extension of God’s love for us.   

This is a splendid book, telling a story of all of us.  We fall here and we find that falling leads to more falling, hopelessness, suffering, guilt and more suffering.  We are separated from God, and in that thought doing what we believe is possible.  These are all aspects of idolatry.  We try over and over to somehow get it right and don’t.  It is why the First Commandment says, in its deepest meaning, we cannot do idols.  “the  shalt not” means we can’t.  Yet we do and do over.  Change the illusion to a better idol we have great hope will work.  We think that things like the Lease of Nations will end all war.  Or, a bigger bomb will end war based on more effective fear of one-another.  we continuously work on our concept of God, thinking that’s the answer, not remember Adam tried and got us to where we are.  (What kind of God would kick us out of the heaven and tell us we’re out at His hand, put two angels with swords to make sure we don’t come back the same way, and worst of all — we’ll now have to work for what we get. All, exactly what our ego wants, for us to determine who God is and how He operates, as one more idol among idols.  False gods we got.  Plenty. 

God does not play this way and Jesus came here to tell us so — and we killed  him.  Or at least thought we did.  The result of that false notion, comes out as more blame.  It wan’t enough that Adam blamed his wife for doing the fatal deed, we continue and  blame his death on some group, a group not the same as we are.  Projection is seemed to kill Jesus in the form of the “other.”  Blame is what happened to Hamilton and Burr.  They simply could not give up blaming.  So they engage in a killing game, one loss and the the other loses, fully intending for one to lose and one to win, a game we are so good at that we prove we can separate by losing, or winning.  Fortunately, God doesn’t play such game and nor does Jesus.   

Jesus teaches, on the other hand, that we cannot do anything that is not eternal love, what we are.  We think otherwise, that we can defile the alter God places in us, and really do it as a matter of sin.  Which Jesus is here to tell us otherwise.  We can’t  separate from anyone, because separation is an attack on God, who is not attackable.  Thank God. 

Hamilton’s affair and his duel are interestingly told about in this book.  We can one more time see the fall of God’s perfect son, so loved by his Father that his father does not ever forgive him, for He never condemns him.  If forgiveness were possible for God, so would condemnation and punishment be possible.  Either of these are of God and never will be.  We cannot change this.  We condemn, in our seemingly separated mind,  and think we must out of the goodness of our hearts, forgive.   In the process we don’t forgive we pardon someone who has sinned in some way, and feel ourselves more innocent.  Jesus on the other hand teaches us we can’t sin, but when we think we sin, pardoning someone is a hallow gesture.  And we underneath our actions in the process, we know this.  Forgiveness on the terms of this world, means that one of us is better than the other, or lots of others. In the great goodness of our hearts, in separation we pardon this person for what we think we never do.  The ego has long ago interpreted forgiveness this way, probably the moment Jesus uttered the term and its meaning as our lonely way to God, here in this world.  Not in heaven because there is no forgiveness where it need not be.  No in hell, because there is no hell accept that one that resides in the depths of our own hearts, known to be hateful and sinful — only a notion about our selves fortunately and nothing to do with how God thinks about His children.  We think we have other reasons for being in this world, on its terms, as a part of its unholy trinity:  sin, guilt and death.  Once in that pattern of thinking and behavior we have no way out.  God does fortunately:  in our inevitable return to love, our home where we have never left, not “out there” where we play the games we play and ‘die” playing them.  “The wages of sin are death.”  Jesus teaches us there is no sin and there is no death.  Did we ever ask God about sin or death.  I think we make up a lot of stuff. 

Jesus came to bring us home and he is doing that, on God’s terms, not ours. 

What this review has to do with this book is that much of what I have said here is discussed in the book, but  in different ways however — the ways that does not mention there is is no sin, because Jesus there is no sin. That’s not so difficult to figure out, but it does depend on our concept of God, which some might say is impossible to have, a concept of God.  However, the world runs on a concept of God.  I want mine to be true, and Jesus, as my inner teacher, miserable sinner that i am, is the only concept I want to listen to  There is no power but God’s, our Father’s proclamation is we are His only begotten Son (the Christ in us All) having a dream of separation, where we go all out to defend ourselves at all costs, forget about His love for us, forget about the fact that we are defending ourselves from God’s perfect hotness in each of us, forget that we are His love, we have all and are All with Him/Her, as long as we don’t leave His mind. We are not bodies, we are free.  Learning, or unlearning al the blocks to truth and God’s love, is our way home.  Teaching and learning are the same to His holy children.  What we teach we learn.  What we learn we teach.  Atonement, which we all need, is not sacrifice or punishment, but just recognizing we can’t be harmed in anyway and all suffering is a defense against this miracle of invulnerability within us all.  That is what Jesus teaches us here today.  It is also true that we are still afraid of Jesus’ message, for, as Christ’s message, it scares the hell out of us, as we perceive it to be.  Who stands up against an army of hate and says you can tear my body apart, kill it, but I’m not a body and you in reality have done absolutely nothing, but hurt yourself.  You can hang me on the biggest cross around, and nothing will happen to me, or you.  You’ll hate yourself, wallow in the guilt you already carry for ages, never smile again and you will nave done another.  Would my Father, and yours let this happen?  No, Our Father, doesn’t even think in your terms.  Our Father doesn’t know from bodies.  Only His/Her creation means anything.  And He/She doesn’t deal in the ephemeral.  Our minds, joined in a Oneness you can’t imagine, live and minds can’t attack.   

Also we don’t listen very well. 

The depiction of Hamilton’s life in this book is told slightly off track.  It seems to me an old story: fix ourselves, make the world a better place, find the right hero, sacrifice, avoid sin and prepare for death and a better place somewhere else (while trying so hard to unsuccessfully immortalize the life we live in a dead world.)  Jesus never ran for office, was hardly a financial expert, (maybe), never talked about having even intentions about  having a plan to change the world ,because he made none, as far as I can see. 

The crucifixion is quite the opposite from changing this world:  surrender.  He would not even make a sacrifice or be a martyr.  What a disappointment I suppose to those who were looking for someone to save them, smite the evil we suffer from here.  No, he says simply “Father, if is done.” the “it” being I have heard only your voice, there is no world without You, I came to get the attention of my brothers and sisters, so that they would see the battle is over, and You dear Father have won, because there was no battle. Who in their right minds would battle against the only Power there is, and the very power you gave them?   That, the message you gave me message is complete equality, even in a world that dreams otherwise, as we are all one, in unity with the only One, You.  There is nothing to fight, because we can only dream there is something we need to defend.  God’s children can only seem to be harmed in the world it makes up to include the idea of harm.  If we do not believe this, and only this, we do not believe Jesus’ message, today and always.      

Could we do what Jesus did?  Yes. He teaches us he is no different than we are, in that he was able to hear only God’s Voice as a single and only connection, an undoing of his own separation and Atonement.  That is what he truly did for us:  if I can do this, my brother/sister, so can you. 

For Hamilton and Burr to hear God’s Voice, as Jesus did he would have had to say to Burr:  “Brother, I forgive you for what you did not do.” There is no need for a duel, as we are here in this world together, knowing my interests are clearly no different than yours: our only purpose and function here is  forgiveness.   

Burr in return, would have to say, “Alexander you are right, I thought for a moment I could harm you because I thought you harmed me. I have a lot of hate in me, perhaps you understand that, and you became my specific, the special person I need to go on hating. I regret so much of my life and I will never be able to let go of the guilt in me.  Then  I made that mistake we all make here and the moment I thought I was protecting myself, I lost sight of the fact that in any defense of my self (my ego), I lose once again,  by attacking my own invulnerability.  God does not make what can be harmed — reflecting Jesus message from the cross and his resurrection, which is:  “teach only love, for that is what we are.” 

Taking steps in the opposite direction of where we stand,  waling away from one another in fear, then turning to face one another to hate yet more, aiming the and killing is clearly not love, and this act we do cannot be.   I see now its rather my own anger at myself for whaat i think I’ve done in my own separation from God and of course you.  But, boom!  “I had this strong terrible feeling that I am protecting my honor, as though it could be lost, and I could alter God’s perfect love for me.  He loves me, and there is no change possible in that. Boom. I will now lead the rest of my life, perhaps in more guilt and terrible suffering, not because I made a mistake, but clearly, I have sinned.  My ego has had its day with me, error becomes sin, the very mistake our Savior came to take away from the world in us.  I must be guilty, the wages of sin are death and I must too now die at your hand.  I recognize I could have lived at your hand, good brother 

All “Burrs” suffer over this same thing. But it is, like all suffering we choose to undergo, a rebirth into learning truth, there is no sin, only forgiveness and that there are only two things going on in this world:  love and a call for love.  And Burr, will surely learn as we all do:  my response can only be love, for that is what I am.  We will all learn this at a time where there is no time, when we are ready to see that we already have.  Our spiritual awakening is just that:  universal and required.  When we awaken to the fact it is our only real choice here.  As long as we continue to believe the “better way” involves a change in the world, and not in our minds about the world, we continue to do what we think will be sacrifice over and over, expecting a different result. (From Albert Eistein’s view of the world.)

There are great moments in this story about Alexander Hamilton, certainly an inspiring figure in our history,  and in the author’s words as well.  We “resonate”  because truth always finds its way into our hearts where it finds its likeness, our image of Our Father Who bore us into His own perfect love and holiness, where will also be found the tiny mad idea that told us for a spit second in time  we can separate from God and set up on our own account. Let’s give it a whirl! A kind of game of opposites, where following the rules, or not following them, leads equally to the truth, being, we can either have heaven or hell.  And yet there is no opposite that we can find to truth, whatever path we choose to take to All. 

Jesus has a wonderful way of putting it in his “A Course in Miracles:”

“All things are lessons God would have us learn.”

Bob Pajer

I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR,Part 255.

Book Review: “Living Revision – A Writer’s Craft as Spiritual Practice

Review by Bob Pajer

For anyone who has entered the writer’s world for publication of their works or not, this is a fascinating and expertly written book.  Elizabeth Jarret Andrew has a written a book that is truly a gift to us all.  Whatever you consider the word “spiritual”, in her chosen sub-title, to mean you will get a lot out of Andrew’s way of explaining what it exactly is to be a writer, in my opinion one of the noblest of activates.  I think her word “spiritual” is quite appropriate.  At least as I think of the word’s meaning, a place we go in our minds that focuses our attention on who we are, from where and why we are here.  None of which is clear to most of us, so we think of a higher power that can teach us.  For many, this higher power is within us, unclaimed territory for helping us to better understand our potential and the capabilities of realizing it. 

Andrew explains to us that in revision, that moment when the material we have written seems like it needs change in the direction of closer to what we are thinking and wanting to tell.  I have always found this phase of writing to frustrating, disconcerting and disappointing as an author.  However, I’m drawn to it nonetheless and I love it.  I am a pianist and all of the preparation for a concert performance is exciting to me, from the moment I introduce my self to a piece of new music.  Right up to the moment before performance I am tinkering and testing, listening and revising, aiming for perfection, while knowing the only thing I can do perfect here is practicing my skill and deeper understanding of the music.  All so that when the time comes and I’m ready to give this piece away I can do it with the fullest understanding of what it’s about.  Knowing the fathom achieved so far is a touch of something out there that is, well just there, for me to view in a very with limited perspective from a mind that places it’s own limits on it self for some rather strange reason.  My mind is always afraid of knowing not its limitations, but the grandeur of coming from its Higher Source, some call God. 

Complete with descriptions of what writing is, what revision is and then providing excellent what Andrew’s refers to as “Toolbox”  One such helpful tool box (p. 120) describes use of tools in “Looking for Clues.”  She quotes Patricia Hampl in this Tool Box:  “Now that I have the fragment down on paper, I can read this little piece as a mystery which drops clues to the riddle of my feelings, like a culprit who wishes to be apprehended.  My narrative self (the culprit who invented) wishes to be discovered by my reflective self, the self who wants to understand and make sense of half remembered moment about a nun sneezing in the sun.” 

Later Andrew says, “These are clues to your piece’s inner life.  Reflect on them in our journal, dialogue with them, stretch these moments in your draft with more details  — in other words, listen to what these clues say.”

That can be a profound spiritual moment, a time when you are able to step out of the box of never ending thought and mind wandering to a deeper place in your spirit, which by the way I believe is having a human experience here in this world.  You know, the place we chose to come to better understand ourselves, as though we could do such a thing in a world that is made (by us) to do just the opposite.  But we do remember the questions we have.  You know, the ones that impose on the comfort not knowing seems to bring at times.  The inevitable questions our Creator left with us when we decided to set up on our own account in a universe we make up to “validate” in the impossible.   Those She asks us, “Where are you?” when we need attention, like He asked Adam in the garden, “Where are you Adam.”  Of course They know. 

This is an excellent book, written by a person who thinks beyond the regular age old repetition the mind normally wants to impose on us.  A book that will be on my desk as long as I believe writing is a very special uncovering of what spirit means, I am desperately trying to communicate with you about things we are still hiding from ourselves, until we’ve gathered enough holy perception to take the final stages of a journey without distance to a goal that has never changed, Jesus says in “A Course in Miracles.”

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Book Review: Seven Stories – How to Study and Teach the Nonviolent Bible by Anthony W. Bartlett

Review by Bob Pajer

This excellent book, study guide, draws on the work of Girardian Anthropology, which stems from thinkers like Durkheim, Freud and Live-Strauss — the human sciences.  Anthony W. Bartlett, our author, both agrees with the concepts brought forth by these writers and thinkers and develops his own philosophy and theology.  The point of meaning for Rene Girard, at least, comes in the form of mimesis — “If human beings are intensely memetic and this very quickly becomes conflict, their species would seem doomed to  immediate self-destruction.  At the level of early hominids, where the brain function of mimesis had overtaken inherited and instinctual  dominance-and-submission patterns, a self-destructive war of all-against-all could be the only outcome. However, a solution presented itself, enabled by the same imitative capacity.  In a crisis of desire everyone imitates everyone else’s violence, all against all, but then very quickly, as one appears weaker and/or more hateful, it becomes all against one.  If one homing falls and is being horribly beaten everyone will join in, attracted by the triumphant violence . The single victim becomes the evil source guilty of the whole crisis; but his/her killing brings transcendent peace, so heshe also becomes the god who brings sacred order.”

My comment on this is its true.  We are a nasty lot.  However, Jesus saw this and continues to see this in another way.  A forgiven world.  However, this truth is out of our minds.  We cannot see it because we’re in it, but out of our minds.  According to Jesus, as I read what he has said and is still telling us, not to worry.  We have not done anything that effects our Source and as our Source is in tact so are we.  We do make up some pretty awful stuff, however AND make it real.  That’s entirely possible because we are still in the the only power that is the eternal universe, created by God and never to be touched by human hands.  This to me is Jesus message, only message, which overrides whatever we think we see or mime toward desire as Girard seems to say.  Jesus is not saying be credulous but he is saying separation (our only problem here) never happened.  We will yet see it unravel, as though it happened and then never look back.  We are not bodies, we are free. 

Yet Bartlett describes three stages coming out of Girard’s thinking, and the third state is where Biblical interpretation enters in terms of the victim and sacrifice.  Ultimately, bringing us to forgiveness.  Very important to this study, according to our author, is Girard’s work, Things hidden, sin the Foundation of the World, in which Girard claimed the Bible reveals in the scapegoat/victim.  “Girard argues that the Bible reveals the innocence of the victim and perpetuates sacrifice.” Bartlett quotes. 

The mob that brought Jesus to the cross and his resurrection was mass mimesis, I believe Girard and Bartlett would agree.   

Through these discoveries mimesis, scapegoating and victim hood, Bartlett interprets for us a new “good news”, or certainly one that was there all the time in the Gospel.  Perhaps what the Gnostics and the early followers of Jesus saw and, through a surge of the destructive force between the earliest founders of the universal Christianity, sought to hide, the Empire’s church took its course as retributive and penal distorted Jesus’ message of love and compassion.  All are called, while few hear at first, all will be saved by you and I.  We do not have to get good, just see good in each other.  Jesus demonstrates this throughout his time here. 

There are many interesting and loving ideas ideas in Bartlett’s book.  It is especially helpful to all of us as a study guide introducing these new ideas in the following way: he say,  “The Bible, and in particular the gospel, continues to disclose the falsehood of the scapegoat process, as the same as proposing forgiveness and love as the new way forward for human beings.  This then becomes our new understanding of atonement.”

This is an excellent book with fascinating ideas.  However, its appeal to this reviewer is its overall acceptance of forgiveness over violence. Both are defenses in this world, forgiveness is the only defense, however, that isn’t in any way a two edged sword.  Jesus is certainly the one herald of a concept of forgiveness both difficult to conceive for us and, very clearly, impossible without God’s help in the form of His Voice speaking to us through the Holy Spirit.  Jesus did not die on the cross.  He continued his life there in the form of an extreme example.  He was not a victim, not did he sacrifice himself.  He certainly was not a martyr.  I am thinking, perhaps I am wrong, this book heads for a result of Jesus’ teaching, without an understanding that nothing in this world, no thought, idea, or action, unless it is in line with this truth will ever work.  Jesus says in A Course in Miracles, “Forgiveness is the only way to God here.  There is no other way.”  Jesus’ life here, in all respects, taught this.  And he is still teaching it.  Forgiveness means we have fully given up the idea that anything can happen to us, because we are not bodies that come here for a blip in a time frame that has no connection to God’s thought, except He suffers our use of this illusion because we made it.  As he overlooked the appearance of torture and death, he overcame the grand illusion we all suffer, separation.  Yes for us. But only to show us we can and will  do the same.  Not that he is asking us to go through the same extreme example he did, but to do the same in our everyday living here. Mimeograhing ourselves has I believe nothing to do with this. 

The Holy Spirit, the One who knows God and us, uses whatever we make to our own salvation, eventually.  Does it matter we mimic one another?  I think, probably not.  Egos do exactly that in keeping us from the frightful thought we will see God again.  In our ego trance we mimic ourselves and then define our gods (including our concept of God) just that way.  As Truth enters our minds, and it will, we will then find there is no world, no evil, no violence, no ego; but only our own illusion for what we think the world is for.  Would God let us define what a mad world is for?

Notwithstanding my comments about this book it is excellent and can lead us in the the direction to teach us Jesus’ true message, “Love one another as I have loved you.”  We have to understand exactly what this means before we become willing to let the Holy Spirit teach us how to learn all the blocks to love we have set up between that truth and our dreams of making the world a “better” place.  This is a work book and a great place to start on that work. 

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Book Review: Mind Your Life, by Meg Salter

Review by Bob Pajer

“It’s not just about following your breath” says Me Salter, who writes an excellent book on meditation practices from her own point of view as well as from the point of view of many who have worked with her on development an individualized program of meditation for themselves.  The practice of meditation described in Salter’s book has many facets.  We get to choose what’s best for us.  And then go on adjusting based on our own experience. 

“Regarding which mindfulness method choose, the most important guideline is that it doesn’t matter.  All the methods in the this book develop the core skills of concentration, sensory clarity and equanimity.  So pick whatever appeals to you.  The more you enjoy, the more you will practise (sit), the sooner you will develop mindfulness skills and taste the positive rewards.”

However, and this is my qualifier, based your reviewer’s experience with meditation.  Few really serious meditators are that lenient with the practice they have studied and teach.  That may be a good practice or one that’s not so helpful.  My own teacher is dedicated to what he has practiced for over sixty years.  He is a Roshi in the Empty Cloud Lineage and I can pretty much assure you, he is staying with what he has practices and does not drift at all from his long education on the subject.  Its just a matter of greater and greater development of the method you are in, and, those who feel they are really doing well with what they have don’t try a little of this and a little of that.  It is the method. 

After my studies with him for many years now, I can see the importance of perseverance and dedication.  It has taken a long to feel I know anything about it, which is little, why it works and what the future of my life with it will unfold. I just keep doing what I have been doing.  As the years go on I do see how much I feel differently, see differently and can see anything “out there” differently (all experiences that may have something to do with again).  My mind has changed about my mind, however, and I prefer how I see it today.  This new view, which I believe, in a large part comes from my meditation practice, is getting stronger and I’m less likely to take myself too seriously.  I’m simply OK leaving here with a passing grade.  There is within me now a general inner peace to which I can go to anytime and anywhere. 

All I do is sit and focus on the koan, which is at the moment for me,  mu (no-thing.)  I have found it can take much of a lifetime to delve deeper and deeper into just that and just to realize I’m not there and it doesn’t matter. I have no intention of ever trying to permanently stop my mind wandering, the “bad” mind that is so noisy at times I grow weary of it.   It is just there.  And it’s not going anywhere. I seem to have little power over its.  It’s a nuisance for sure.  But minds do this here. The world is made upon it.

I can, however, listen to it, or not.  That is the practice.  And the ego is extremely unwilling to let its “cover” go.  So I don’t try.  The ego, however, does hate to be watched, more or less, and will stop its incessant noise if it sees I’m watching.  It’s very life depends on it.  In addition to whatever it can use to get me to believe I’ve separated from my Source and join with the force it makes up for a better world, or a worse world, whichever is my on my menu for the day. 

Notwithstanding these remarks, which come from perhaps thousands upon thousands of hours sitting in mediation for over thirty five years, this is a good book for anyone wishing to improve their meditation practice or learn anew.  If I were starting over again, I would just continue to sit based on certain natural ways of pursuing a better life through mediation.  Worry not about the results, nor how frustrating it can be at times, because our minds have been trained to make up a body that is in fact an illusion.  The turning point for me occurred when I asked myself why I can’t make better headway on the control my noisy mind, why I go off on a side road so frequently, seeming to have no control over it at all.  The answer came quickly:  Stop cavetdhing about the times you left the field and congratulate yourself for every time you returned.  You are always a step ahead of your own disappointment over your progress.” 

I recommend this book for the novice considering mediation as a practice and anyone interested in the subject.   

Review by Bob Pajer

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Wisdom Walking – Pilgrimage as a Way of Life, by Gil Stafford

Book Review by Bob Pajer


Wisdom Walking is one person’s experience in soul transformation.  A beautifully written diary of Gil Stafford’s journey into the woods with expectations and coming home with a larger life experience that he reports transforms his spiritual life.  That is the theme of the first part of the book.  His transforming experiences in the last half of the book are about his journey living, with family and others.  He is deeply affected by those close to him and he describes a compassionate and warm understanding of those who are affected and suffering.  If I were going though a painful time, I would want him around. 

That is Stafford’s real contribution to the world of searching, all of us, who have  experience here.  It is a great breath of fresh air to hear it as a genuine experience.  Stafford reminds me there is no universal theology.  There is only a universal experience.  Truth comes with the second.  Perhaps all truth can be seen in a universal experience, if we search there for it.  Programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon are just that.  And it is why they can embrace all religions and philosophies in the the success they have for helping people recover from the deadly decease, which alcoholism is, where past programs have always fallen in failure to do so.  Of course not everyone recovers in these programs, they are perfect in the practice of principles leading to sustainable recovery for most.  When someone like Gil Stafford shares his heartfelt experience in a world being restored to sanity, I want to listen,  

Alchemy is often referred to in this book.  That comes best where minds join and bodies are put aside for awhile, waiting for the power of the messages minds can give when there is a “we” program involved.  Stafford talks about solitude and quietness that comes from a walking pilgrimage, the way of life toward greater and greater looking into oneself and becoming comfortable with what we really are, in truth just  as God created us.  We are not bodies.  We are free —  freedom we get from being OK with oneself, walking through  the woods, or in relation to another person on the same journey, which everyone one is.  Our own equanimity.  Relationship is key to our own healing and recovery from separation.  And it is this aspect of spiritual growth that brings us to God, and in many ways Stafford tells us through his own experience.  

Quietness is essential to spiritual growth I believe, yet it is in compassion for others and loving, not special love, but loving one another as we are:  perfect, holy children of One Creator and Source, that we get to see that is what we are.  We find our identity in one another.  That in itself is the master key to the Kingdom of God, for that is what we are.   When I see you as God’s child, of a loving Father we both share equally in union with this Father, the world changes.  I am deeply impressed with Gil Stafford’s ability it seems to do this.  His description of his family relationships are poignant and inspiring.  A beautiful example of “I see you as God’s child and my brother or sister.”

For all who want to see the passage of healing that God brings to everyone, eventually, whether they seem to want it or not, this book is a great read.  This is truly an exciting journey.  If your soul is having a dark night, it will be helpful for you to see some light ahead in the tunnel, I think more so by our author’s beautiful love stories describing his experience with “love one another, as I have loved you.” 

Following Jesus’ practice of love is not so easy in a world that denies him and God — along with his being the Christ in all of us.   But it is simple I believe: Jesus tells us to follow my example and teaching of unconditional love together, and you will see God standing there right before your poor unseeing eyes, in the other person’s oneness with you.  And don’t ever deviate from this one thing.  For it is the crucible of our experience that the the Holy Spirit, the only alchemist, teaching us the only alchemy there can be how to regain sight of our own identity. 

Reviewed by Bob Pajer

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