A Course in Miracles with regard to Criminals
September 8, 2020 Business
Since early in 2007 the efforts to supply an email of hope as offered in A Course in Miracles to prisoners have already been ongoing. Prisoners have already been a pet project for this writer for a number of reasons. The initial of these reasons may be caused by the personal connection with having served most of a ten year sentence in prison, but the higher reasons have related to what occurred while there. It was 1974 and I was twenty-four years at the time. My own personal history as much as the period was one like so many stories of a new street thug, growing up in a working class Chicago neighborhood, discouraged and disillusioned by the mediocrity and grind of what life had to offer.
That there had to be something better was always a predominating thought. So’better’for me personally, 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 ten year prison sentence,( the big time), I was brought to a juncture. I’d crash and burn. Previously embraced justifications for my anti-social behavior would soon be shattered and all of the glamour of living of a criminal would cease to contain even a trace of validity.
The underlying conviction that there had to be something on top of that remained but now (after the experience I’ll describe below) that something would accept 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 result in forever changing the way I’d perceive the world:
The true Me…The I…The Essence of Who and Where I AM emerged for just a couple short minutes one summer afternoon after an entire sleepless nights worry and immense fear over the possibility that I will be killed the next day.
For the very first time in many years I looked to the God I perceived and I prayed for deliverance. I begged and prayed for several hours with fever and intensity nothing you’ve seen prior 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 more, that I would be alright.
While the human body lay on the prison cell cot below, the awareness of “I” expanded to incorporate every molecule of air around Me… every feature, the sunlight that streamed through the barred window, the trees and grass outside, the room itself…everything was Me. A crescendo of’sound’accompanied the experience that completely absorbed all sound on earth and played as every instrument in every orchestra throughout the world, in perfect harmony.
Now, many years later, and after much search, many books, and following the message of Forgiveness as gently prescribed in A Course in Miracles, I came to appreciate that the’person’who searched would never find the answers. See your face, something of exactly the 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 the very awareness of what he sought. He had to get free from his own way first. He had to surrender his 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 where it came and what can emerge is what was there all along. That Essence of the Real Self, that “I” and that assurance that everything would 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 area postoffice to supply copies of the original edition of A Course in Miracles [donated by Course in Miracles Society] along having an simple to comprehend introduction to The Course as made available through the text version of Gary R. Renard’s The End of Reincarnation to lists of prisoners who’ve expressed the need to find out more about the Course. david hoffmeister audio With the text version is a brief essay describing what is 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 help 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, along with Beverly Hutcheson, Marrianne Williamson, Robert Perry, and those friends who assist with postage donations, and especially Course In Miracles Society, a fresh wave of compassion is spreading through the populations of prisons throughout the country.
For many of these prisoners, long forgotten by family or friends, this new avenue of communication brings welcome relief and a soft, warm and loving response for 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 possibility of the Peace of God to a’place’where the egos appetite for misery,pain and hopelessness may 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.