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"In God's Name"
A major television event addressing some of the most challenging and profound questions of our time,
will be broadcast December 23 on the CBS Television Network.

IN GOD'S NAME, a CBS primetime special produced in association with the acclaimed French filmmakers Jules and Gédéon Naudet, will explore the complex questions of our time through the intimate thoughts and beliefs of 12 of the world's most influential spiritual leaders.  These diverse and powerful voices offer provocative, compelling and enlightening perspective on myriad issues in our post-9/11 world, including the rise of terrorism, fanaticism, intolerance and war. 

In the intro video the Moslem Sunni leader, Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi, expresses something very interesting:

"People of all faiths and homelands are divided into reasonable and unreasonable people.
All that I wish and pray to God for is that the reasonable people would outnumber the fools."

Many if not most of us believe that all humanity's problems are rooted in the desire to overpower, control and consequently kill those who seem to be religiously, racially or politically separate. The problem is rooted in a FALSE IDEA OF SEPARATION. Religion backed by recent scientific discoveries reveal the truth that we all come from the same source both physically and spiritually. Based on that fact, by nature we ARE shifting our desire more toward peace than war. It is evident that there are more individuals in this world today that oppose war (even in the name of peace or God) than there were maybe a century ago. This is the result of nature's course of action for thousands of years. It is the evolution of human kind. The wish, "prayer of the heart", for betterment is/has been enough for change and yet at this point in time in our evolution of mind, we are are desperate for a more rapid solution to accelerate the necessary shift in consciousness. We can all feel the sense of urgency.
TIME IS SHORT.

By the grace of God, we have been given a miraculous speed up device, A Course In Miracles, for every single individual on the planet who is willing to change themselves. Through simple acts of forgiveness an individual can be directed toward a new purpose ultimately leading to a whole new thought system which shows everyone as one creation of God, innocent and loveable regardless of their mistakes.

In the video above Jules Naudet raises a very good question in regard to the events of September 11th:

Where was God that Day?

This question is answered very clearly, for those who really want to know,  in Lesson 14 of the Workbook of A Course In Miracles - "God did not create a meaningless world: - What God did not create does not exist. And everything that does exist, exists as He created it. The world you see has nothing to do with reality. It is of your own making, and it does not exist." Read the whole lesson

Please note that ACIM is NOT mentioned in this documentary and has been included in this article purely for any individuals who after watching the documentary find themselves, like many of us in a moment of honesty and self responsibility, asking for a better way. For more information about A Course in Miracles watch the video by the Master Teacher at the end of this article.

The CBS  two-hour special "In God's Name" will be broadcast
Sunday, Dec. 23
(9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

We will be reviewing this documentary after Dec 23 so check back with us. Thank you Jules and Gédéon for your ground-breaking documentary work....we look forward to watching it on December 23rd.

 

DECEMBER 24TH ~ A Quick Review!!!
Despite the subtle political overtones I appreciated the personal touch. Each individual sharing their experience of God. Their honest confession of doubt and corresponding faith that comes from God-dependence. The Holy War is an attack on myself. A war within myself. I hear one of two voices: the loud voice of the ego that always speaks first or the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit in me; gently reminding me that none of this is so. Which voice do I choose to listen to? The voice of fear and projection which demands that I am guilty or someone else is guilty; that it is always someone else's fault and that I am a victim of the world I see. Or do I choose to listen to the voice of love and responsibility that shows me I am innocent; that everyone is innocent; and as the cause of this world I have the power to change it by changing my mind? The decision is mine.

Listening to the challenges that our religious leaders face despite their absolute dedication and constant discipline it is no wonder that we all find it such a big challenge to forgive our enemy...to love our neighbor as ourselves. Jesus says...all are called; few answer.  I am beginning to understand why. It's impossible to do it alone. It requires a miracle. A requires a miraculous change of mind. He say's in A Course In Miracles: A universal theology is impossible, but a universal experience is not only possible but necessary.

I am blessed to have been given a glimpse of that experience. Like any bad dream the only solution is to awaken.  Thank God the war against myself is almost over.
 

 

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CBS Press Release:

On the day of the terrorist attacks in September 2001, Jules and Gédéon Naudet were caught in the collapse of the World Trade Center.  Jules was shooting inside when the South Tower fell.  "On Sept. 11, we faced death and thought we had lost each other," said Jules Naudet.  "This harrowing experience was the first step in a journey that would take us around the world searching for answers to the meaning of life."

The brothers' quest took them to Egypt, England, India, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Russia and the Vatican, as well as Illinois and South Carolina.

"We chose these 12 leaders because of the vast number of believers - more than four billion - that their faiths represent," said Gédéon Naudet.  "We also wanted to explore the diversity of spirituality in our world today."

The program marks the first time that this distinct group of leaders has appeared in one broadcast.  These spiritual beacons speak out about violence and hatred and reveal their own thoughts about faith, peace, unity, tolerance and hope.  Viewers will see them in intimate settings, including their homes and personal places of worship.  Ultimately, through the eyes of these 12 very different religious figures, the filmmakers discover the common ground among believers around the world.

The 12 leaders featured in this special CBS documentary "In God's Name", in alphabetical order, are:

 

Alexei II, Patriarch of Moscow and head of the Russian Orthodox Church Alexei II, Patriarch of Moscow and head of the Russian Orthodox Church
Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi), a Hindu spiritual leader Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi), a Hindu spiritual leader
Pope Benedict XVI, head of the Roman Catholic Church Pope Benedict XVI, head of the Roman Catholic Church
The Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists The Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists
Ayatollah Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah, a prominent Shi'ite Muslim leader  Ayatollah Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah, a prominent Shi’ite Muslim leader
Bishop Mark Hanson, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Bishop Mark Hanson, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and President of the Lutheran World Federation
  Michihisa KitashirakawaJingu Daiguji (High Priest) of the Shinto Grand Shrine of Ise
Yona Metzger, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel
Dr. Frank Page, President of the Southern Baptist Convention Dr. Frank Page, President of the Southern Baptist Convention
Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi, Sheikh of Al-Azhar and a prominent Sunni Muslim leader Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi, Sheikh of Al-Azhar and a prominent Sunni Muslim leader
Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of the Akal Takht, the Sikhs' highest authority Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of the Akal Takht, the Sikhs’ highest authority
Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Church of England Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Church of England

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A Course In Miracles video: I Am Sustained by the Love of God
By the Master Teacher

 

Watch "An Adventure In Self Discovery" video by the Master Teacher (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)


 

Lesson 14: God did not create a meaningless world.

The idea for today is, of course, the reason why a meaningless world is impossible. What God did not create does not exist. And everything that does exist exists as He created it. The world you see has nothing to do with reality. It is of your own making, and it does not exist.

The exercises for today are to be practiced with eyes closed throughout. The mind-searching period should be short, a minute at most. Do not have more than three practice periods with today's idea unless you find them comfortable. If you do, it will be because you really understand what they are for.

The idea for today is another step in learning to let go the thoughts that you have written on the world, and see the Word of God in their place. The early steps in this exchange, which can truly be called salvation, can be quite difficult and even quite painful. Some of them will lead you directly into fear. You will not be left there. You will go far beyond it. Our direction is toward perfect safety and perfect peace.

With eyes closed, think of all the horrors in the world that cross your mind. Name each one as it occurs to you, and then deny its reality. God did not create it, and so it is not real. Say, for example:
God did not create that war, and so it is not real.
God did not create that airplane crash, and so it is not real.
God did not create that disaster [specify], and so it is not real.

Suitable subjects for the application of today's idea also include anything you are afraid might happen to you, or to anyone about whom you are concerned. In each case, name the "disaster" quite specifically. Do not use general terms. For example, do not say, "God did not create illness," but, "God did not create cancer," or heart attacks, or whatever may arouse fear in you.

This is your personal repertory of horrors at which you are looking. These things are part of the world you see. Some of them are shared illusions, and others are part of your personal hell. It does not matter. What God did not create can only be in your own mind apart from His. Therefore, it has no meaning. In recognition of this fact, conclude the practice periods by repeating today's idea:

God did not create a meaningless world.
The idea for today can, of course, be applied to anything that disturbs you during the day, aside from the practice periods

Be very specific in applying it. Say:
God did not create a meaningless world.
He did not create [specify the situation which is disturbing you], and so it is not real.

 Click on the lessons below to read all the lessons leading up to Lesson 14:
 1:
Nothing I see means anything
 2:
I have given everything I see all the meaning it has for me
 3:
I do not understand anything I see
 4:
These thoughts do not mean anything
 5:
I am never upset for the reason I think
 6:
I am upset because I see what is not there
 7:
I see only the past
 8:
My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts
 9:
I see nothing as it is now
10:
My thoughts do not mean anything
11:
My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world
12:
I am upset because I see a meaningless world
13:
A meaningless world engenders fear

 

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