Since early in 2007 the efforts to supply a note of hope as offered in A Course in Miracles to prisoners have already been ongoing. Prisoners have already been a puppy project with this writer for a number of reasons. The initial of those reasons could be related to the non-public experience of having served most of a five year sentence in prison, but the higher reasons have to do with what occurred while there. It absolutely was 1974 and I was twenty-four years of age at the time. My very own history as much as the period was one like so many stories of a young 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 needed 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. Then when those activities resulted within my first arrests, confinement in juvenile punishment facilities and finally in a five year prison sentence,( the big time), I was delivered to a juncture. 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 span of a criminal would cease to contain even a trace of validity.
The underlying conviction that there needed to be something on top of that remained but 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 will lead to forever changing just how I’d perceive the entire world:
The true Me…The I…The Essence of Who and Where I AM emerged for just a couple of short minutes one summer afternoon after a complete sleepless night of worry and immense fear over the chance that I may be killed the next day.
For the very first time in many years I turned 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 could 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 david hoffmeister audio, the sunlight that streamed through the barred window, the trees and grass outside, the space itself…everything was Me. A crescendo of’sound’accompanied the knowledge that completely absorbed all sound on the planet and played as every instrument atlanta divorce attorneys orchestra all over 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 not find the answers. See your face, an item of the exact same thought system that created him, would seek and never find when he was simply in the way. His beliefs, his concepts and ascribed personage blocked the very awareness of what he sought. He’d to get free from his own way first. He’d 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 little self would fade to the oblivion that it came and what can emerge is that which was there all along. That Essence of the Real Self, that “I” and that assurance that everything could be alright. And from that Essence a Power uncommon in this perceived world would accompany it and everything would change for the better, forever.
Today, virtually every day this writer visits the local postoffice to supply copies of the first 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 writing version of Gary R. Renard’s The End of Reincarnation to lists of prisoners who’ve expressed the need to learn more about the Course. With the writing version is just a brief essay describing what is known as The Five Signs, five mystical experiences during 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, as well as Beverly Hutcheson, Marrianne Williamson, Robert Perry, and those friends who assist with postage donations, and especially Course In Miracles Society, a new wave of compassion is spreading through the populations of prisons all over the country.
For a number of these prisoners, long forgotten by family or friends, this new avenue of communication brings welcome relief and a gentle, warm and loving response to 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 chance of the Peace of God to a’place’where in actuality 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.