Since early in 2007 the efforts to provide an email of hope as offered in A Course in Miracles to prisoners have been ongoing. Prisoners have been a pet project for this writer for many reasons. The initial of those reasons might be caused by the personal connection with having served most of a ten year sentence in prison, but the greater reasons have related to what occurred while there. It absolutely was 1974 and I was twenty-four years at the time. My own personal history up to the period was one like so many stories of a street thug, growing up in an operating class Chicago neighborhood, discouraged and disillusioned by the mediocrity and grind of what life had to offer.
That there must 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 searching for that thrill. So when those activities resulted in my own first arrests, confinement in juvenile punishment facilities and finally in a ten 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 most of the glamour of the life span of a criminal would cease to contain a trace of validity.
The underlying conviction that there must be something better yet remained but now (after the ability I’ll describe below) that something would take on an entirely new and remarkable definition.
So at twenty-four and while wallowing in the misery of prison life this is exactly what occurred that will cause forever changing just how I’d perceive the entire world:
The real 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 chance that I would be killed these day.
For the first time in many years I looked to the God I perceived and I prayed for deliverance. I begged and prayed for much time 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 yet again, 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 area itself…everything was Me. A crescendo of’sound’accompanied the ability that completely absorbed all sound on earth 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 could not get the answers. That individual, a product of exactly the 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 awareness of whatever he sought. He’d to escape 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 methods to do just that. In Forgiveness, the little self would fade to the oblivion from which 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 would be alright. And from that Essence a Power uncommon in this perceived world would accompany it and everything would change for the greater, forever.
Today, almost every day this writer visits the neighborhood post office to provide copies of the initial edition of A Course in Miracles [donated by Course in Miracles Society] along having an an easy task 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 find out more about the Course. With the writing version is a brief essay describing what’s called The Five Signs david hoffmeister audio, five mystical experiences in this life which resulted in adopting a functional application of the spiritual discipline taught in A Course in Miracles.
With assistance from 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, in addition to Beverly Hutcheson, Marrianne Williamson, Robert Perry, and those friends who assist with postage donations, and especially Course In Miracles Society, a brand 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 mild, 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 fact the egos appetite for misery,pain and hopelessness are now able to 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.