Since early in 2007 the efforts to supply a message of hope as offered in A Course in Miracles to prisoners have already been ongoing. Prisoners have already been a puppy project because of this writer for all reasons. The first of those reasons might be related to the non-public connection with having served nearly all of a twenty year sentence in prison, but the more reasons have to do with what occurred while there. It was 1974 and I was twenty-four years old at the time. My very own history around that time was one like so many stories of a street thug, growing up in a functional class Chicago neighborhood, discouraged and disillusioned by the mediocrity and grind of what life had to offer.
That there needed to be something better was always a predominating thought. So’better’for me, was the excitement and the radical comradity of our little clique of thugs, always plotting, always stealing, always looking for that thrill. So when those activities resulted in my first arrests, confinement in juvenile punishment facilities and finally in a twenty year prison sentence,( the big time), I was brought to a juncture acim audio mp3. I’d crash and burn. Previously embraced justifications for my anti-social behavior would soon be shattered and every one of the glamour of the life of a criminal would cease to contain a trace of validity.
The underlying conviction that there needed to be something on top of that remained nevertheless now (after the knowledge I’ll describe below) that something would undertake a completely new and remarkable definition.
So at twenty-four and while wallowing in the misery of prison life it’s this that occurred that would cause forever changing the way in which I’d perceive the entire world:
The true Me…The I…The Essence of Who and Where I AM emerged for just a few short minutes one summer afternoon after a whole sleepless night of worry and immense fear over the likelihood that I will be killed the next day.
For the first time in a long time I looked to the God I perceived and I prayed for deliverance. I begged and prayed for several hours with fever and intensity no time before offered.’He’answered…’ He’delivered me. And for a few brief moments’He’lifted Me from the human body and embraced Me as a loving Father does His Son and assured Me once again, that I will be alright.
While the human body lay on the prison cell cot below, the awareness of “I” expanded to include every molecule of air around Me… every feature, the sunlight that streamed through the barred window, the trees and grass outside, the area itself…everything was Me. A crescendo of’sound’accompanied the knowledge that completely absorbed all sound on earth and played as every instrument in every orchestra all over the world, in perfect harmony.
Now, a long time later, and after much search, many books, and after the message of Forgiveness as gently prescribed in A Course in Miracles, I came to realize that the’person’who searched could not get the answers. See your face, something of the exact same thought system that created him, would seek and never find while he was simply in the way. His beliefs, his concepts and ascribed personage blocked ab muscles awareness of that which he sought. He’d to escape their own way first. He’d to surrender their own image of who he thought he was before any Real knowledge could enter.
The Law of Forgiveness would lend him the way to do just that. In Forgiveness, the small self would fade in to the oblivion from which it came and what might emerge is what was there all along. That Essence of the Real Self, that “I” and that assurance that everything will be alright. And from that Essence a Power uncommon in this perceived world would accompany it and everything would change for the higher, forever.
Today, nearly every day this writer visits the local post office to supply copies of the initial edition of A Course in Miracles [donated by Course in Miracles Society] along by having an simple to comprehend introduction to The Course as made available through the writing version of Gary R. Renard’s The End of Reincarnation to lists of prisoners who’ve expressed the want to find out about the Course. With the writing version is just a brief essay describing what’s known as The Five Signs, five mystical experiences in this life which resulted in adopting a functional application of the spiritual discipline taught in A Course in Miracles.
With the aid of people like Jon Mundy and his Miracles Magazine, Regina Dawn Akers and her The Holy Spirit’s Interpretation of the New Testament, Gary R. Renard and Tami Simon, (The End of Reincarnation) and Dov Fishman of The One Mind Foundation and Acim Gather, as well as Beverly Hutcheson, Marrianne Williamson, Robert Perry, and those friends who help with postage donations, and especially Course In Miracles Society, a brand new wave of compassion is spreading throughout the populations of prisons all over the country.
For several prisoners, long forgotten by family or friends, this new avenue of communication brings welcome relief and a mild, warm and loving response with their cry for help. It brings Hope where apathy, despair and grief make their home. It delivers Love where blame, guilt and punishment saturate the atmosphere. It brings the likelihood of the Peace of God to a’place’where in actuality the egos appetite for misery,pain and hopelessness can now move aside to welcome a glimmer of Light.
May the Love, Light and Peace of God be experienced by them, and with every second feel another moment spent in His Endless Embrace.