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Welcome to The Church Within website and to the very idea of The Church Within itself. The Church Within was founded in 1992. We are an ever-evolving spiritual community, dedicated to offering unconditional support and love to all who seek inner wisdom through a spiritual life.
The best way to get to know us is to share in the joy, spirit, and celebration of our 10:00 AM Sunday gathering. The best "brochure" we have is us.
We are folks whose pasts include other churches or no church at all. Some come simply to expand their current faith experience. As one of our members puts it, "I come to The Church Within, because it helps me discover my faith and live it out in the world."
We are a diverse, informal gathering who believes in the power of prayer, in God (whatever name you use for Source), and in each other.
Last week we looked at The Course’s basic teachings on perception. This week
“JUST THE BASICS: SICKNESS AND HEALING” will be the topic for A Course in Miracles class Thursday April 16, 7 p.m. at The Church Within.
M-5.II.2. The acceptance of sickness as a decision of the mind, for a purpose for which it would use the body, is the basis of healing. 2 And this is so for healing in all forms. 3 A patient decides that this is so, and he recovers. 4 If he decides against recovery, he will not be healed. 5 Who is the physician? 6 Only the mind of the patient himself. 7 The outcome is what he decides that it is.
In a workshop titled “Healing The Dream of Sickness”, Kenneth Wapnick stated:
“Sickness is not the physical symptom. Sickness is the expression of the belief: ‘I am separated from God, and prefer my individuality to the Oneness of Christ.’ Regardless of why someone is not at peace — whether is is a physical, emotional, financial, or relationship problem — it is still the same sickness, for it comes from the same source of separation.”
“Once you understand that your sickness is that you pushed Jesus and his love away, it will be obvious that your healing lies in inviting him back in. Whether you judge yourself or others, it is the same sickness.”
“HEARING THE DIRGE” will be the topic for A Course in Miracles class Thursday March 26, 2015.
A dirge is a grim, desolate song of grief and mourning. It’s amazing, when you start to listen, how many dirges can be heard in popular music. Here’s one example, some lines from a current hit song:
“We all want what we ain’t got,
Our favorite doors are always locked.
On a higher hill with a taller top,
We all want what we ain’t got.
We all wish it didn’t hurt,
When you try your best and it doesn’t work.
And goodbye’s such a painful word,
We all wish it didn’t hurt.”
P-2.VI.1. “God may not enter here” the sick repeat, over and over, while they mourn their loss and yet rejoice in it. 5 Healing occurs as a patient begins to hear the dirge he sings, and questions its validity. 6 Until he hears it, he cannot understand that it is he who sings it to himself. 7 To hear it is the first step in recovery. 8 To question it must then become his choice.
A friend told me today about his 78-year-old mother’s “dirge” of constantly bemoaning the passing of the 1950’s, when everything was wonderful and good. Perhaps you are aware of some sad song that you like to sing about the golden past? We will explore.
“FIELD WORK: FORGIVING THE BODY” is the topic for A Course in Miracles class Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m. at The Church Within. We will delve into why we made (make) the body and identify with it, and the unloving and loving uses to which we have put it.
T-24.IV.2. Of itself the body can do nothing. 11 See it as means to hurt, and it is hurt. 12 See it as means to heal, and it is healed. T-25.in.3 The body needs no healing. 2 But the mind that thinks it is a body is sick indeed! 3 And it is here that Christ sets forth the remedy. 4 His purpose folds the body in His light, and fills it with the Holiness that shines from Him. 5 And nothing that the body says or does but makes Him manifest. 6 To those who know Him not it carries Him in gentleness and love, to heal their minds.
Talking about the body in this way, detaching from it ever so slightly, is helpful in developing the Observer or Witness consciousness. Each of us is the ultimate expert in what it means to be/have a body, so whoever attends tomorrow night will be part of a panel of experts!