Your experience is always the result of where you have chosen to focus the attention of your consciousness." Way of Mastery The Way of the Heart, page one
The basic premise and teaching of both A Course in Miracles and the Way of Mastery is that only Love is Real. An aspect of this Loving Reality is that we are unconditionally FREE, and no outside force or power can alter or create our experience. Nothing can happen "to us" without it being our specific choice at the level of soul. There IS no separate, external reality, or external power. Science and religion both agree on this. The medium for our creation of experience is Mind, and Thought. By putting our attention on Loving Thoughts, we experience Love and Reality. But putting our attention on unloving thoughts, we experience conflict, and in a sense, we dream, as our experience is devoid of the awareness of the Nature of Reality. The array of our thoughts are both conscious and unconscious, and all combine to create our exact current experience. The entire feeling body/mind is an aspect of this thought array, as is as the thinking, brain/mind. All is "Mind,." Our experience is the out-picturing, like a movie, on the screen of consciousness, of only our thoughts. Therefore, the way to change our experience is not by changing the "external world", but by seeking out the unloving thoughts that we have allowed, and continue to allow, to live in our minds. The directive of both ACIM and WOM is to seek out the obstacles to love, the unloving thoughts, and to "make soft what is rigid within" by bringing them to Love for healing and correction. While ACIM and WOM are full of exercises which address this issue, Radical Inquiry is as profound and powerful a modality for healing thought, and therefore body and mind, that the pathways contain.
This world, meaning by that the experience that comes from the perception of separate powers and things, is a particular form of experience freely chosen by all those engaged in it, as are all events that occur in this world. Duality is the norm of human collective consciousness, being out-pictured and experienced as the conflict of many separate powers. The nature of this particular choice for experience is metaphorically described in the Biblical story of Adam and Eve, in which they eat of the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil." In doing so, they made a choice to focus the power of their attention on the idea of duality, both good and evil, not merely Love, which is the entire nature of Reality and has no contrasting opposite. Out of this grew the experience of this universe, the choice for duality and separation being expressed first at what science refers to as the Big Bang, which occurred in consciousness, not matter. The out-pictured universe of contrasting things (light and dark, up and down, big and small etc) is the "movie" of this choice to experience good and evil. As with all choices to dream, to experience something that is not aligned fully with Love, there exists in the experience of this world discontent, and the desire to return to something else, to greater awareness and ":Heaven." Suffering is a natural result of the choice to turn attention to unloving thoughts, and this world of "good and evil" will naturally contain suffering, so that the journey back to truth is eventually desired. When it is, practices to end the dream are given. Radical Inquiry is a powerful practice given to awaken from the dream. At the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus (Yeshua /J eshua, "The Way Shower") of Nazarath laid out the nature of the journey of the soul into this world, and the way to return to Enlightened Truth and "Heaven." Armed with Christ Consciousness, and subsequently an enlightened awareness of Loving Realty, He explained in the teachings known as the Beatitudes, the "Blessed are the..." teachings, the specific nature of the stages of awakening, and how to use them. These are revealed in translation from the original Aramaic language in which He spoke, and bring the attention of the student of these teachings back the the cause of their experience of this world, their own thought. These Aramaic Beatitudes start with the essential step in all healing, bringing attention to the identity of self as observer, not reactor. This is conveyed in the very first words of the teachings, "Now is the ripe time to make one's home in the breathing", ie, to bring awareness to the witness presence that is the true nature of Self, and to access the stillness within which is the seat of wisdom, and the link back to Truth. Radical Inquiry as a practice is an expression of the wisdom of the Beatitudes in action, created as a practice to "find what is rigid", untrue, unloving, within the mind, and bring it to healing. Occurring in a series of specific stages, this affects healing not only at the level of conscious thought, but on far deeper levels of mind accessed by "feeling states" made possible by the link with breath, and through it the entire map of the soul's journey home that the body/mind's wisdom holds. This is the path home. For the Radical Inquiry Process click here