Miracles Need Not Apply

by Robert Wolfe on May 20th, 2012

I sometimes like to play back to you some of the wiser things you’ve written:

“…your letter is appreciated. It is not easy to chew on this stuff without quality feedback. And I applaud the definition/explanation of Krishnamurti’s statement….about fixing; self improving; changing what is so—and fancying all of the world’s idealistic values.
I’ve spent 13 years in The Course’s thought and philosophy. I do not see how it has helped me in any way.

It would take more time than I am willing to give to manifest my personal displeasure with The Course’s failure to explain or give relief to the various issues that were often quite specifically enumerated.

I do not believe in ‘miracles,’ or any such thing as divine intervention, or ‘answered’ prayer….there is no need of miracles. There is only a need to awaken if sleeping and dreaming (illusions) are causing us all of this grief.

So, what about a goal? I don’t think I have any that one could identify. Even peace as a goal has eluded me. It seems you can’t make it happen.”

My (random) comments on your comments:

I think you are wiser to turn your attention to the words of Krishnamurti (to the extent that you have access to them): my conclusion regarding what I have read of The Course in Miracles is that it is highly ambiguous, in the same way as the Koran or Bible; a person can “read into it” virtually anything she is pre-disposed to believe or want to hear. Concerning miracles, divine intervention and answered prayer, the Course (in my opinion) has a Christian undertone which can reinforce some of these “salvation” ideas. As you comment, there is no need of miracles: the “divine,” “sacred” or “holy” is at once what is seen and what is seeing.

And peace as a goal is an idealistic notion. You’ll not know true peace, and freedom, until you are free of goals, ambition, hope for things to be “better” in the “future.” That means: when you no longer think in terms of “this is peace,” “this is not peace,” then ironically you are at peace with what is—however it presents.

You write, “I’m having a hard time with any concept that provides for an an-“other.” You have a cellmate who is “an-other.” When will the letters of complaint end, about your steady string of cellmates? You were expecting the Dalai Lama? Having no irritation among two persons in a small cell (even husband and wife) is an idealistic notion, an unrealistic goal: there’ll be less anguish (for both of you) if you give up hope on that one.

“Even the idea that things mean something has lost its attraction.” And this can apply to the meaning and importance you give to the many personal slights that are directed toward you (whether deserved or not). Need you be offended by every so-called “offender” on your tier (whatever their uniform)? Rather than trying to “make peace happen,” there is only a need to awaken “if sleeping and dreaming (idealizing) are causing all of this grief.” Awakening won’t make peace happen—any more than it is (or is not) present now—in the external world. But it will have something to do about accommodating what is, absent impractical ideas about changing it.

“I have much to contemplate.” And you’re doing a good job of getting started on that, once that insight is present!

Posted in Dialogue, Unpublished    Tagged with Krishnamurti, course in miracles, miracles, prayer, goals, freedom, ambition, other, what is


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