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Founded to provide an affirming environment for individuals who are committed to a Universalist approach to spirituality, encompassing all faiths and all traditions, and who wish to express their spirituality in a universal tradition without dogma.

PLEASE DO NOT JOIN THE MEETUP GROUP IF YOU DO NOT PLAN ON ATTENDING EVENTS.

We are an independent community founded by Rev. Ed Geraty. We meet weekly for discussion and exploration of Consciousness, Awareness, or Enlightenment. We are an awakening community, meaning that we are aware that we are more than our personal Ego-self.

Some of our meetings focus on Non Dual spirituality. We have a monthly movie night with movies based on Consciousness exploration. We also hold Kirtans (Bhakti Yoga) and weekly Insight Meditation sittings. Join us.

We are located within The Insight Center, 2 Oakway Road, Timonium, MD 21093

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A Course in Miracles Study Group: Review Lesson 144. Two for the price of one.

Lesson 144

My mind holds only what I think with God.

(127) There is no love but God’s.

(128) The world I see holds nothing that I want.

Introduction to Review

1. Now we review again, this time aware we are preparing for the second part of learning how the truth can be applied. ²Today we will begin to concentrate on readiness for what will follow next. ³Such is our aim for this review, and for the lessons following. ⁴Thus, we review the recent lessons and their central thoughts in such a way as will facilitate the readiness that we would now achieve.

2. There is a central theme that unifies each step in the review we undertake, which can be simply stated in these words:

²My mind holds only what I think with God.

³That is a fact, and represents the truth of What you are and What your Father is. ⁴It is this thought by which the Father gave creation to the Son, establishing the Son as co-creator with Himself. ⁵It is this thought that fully guarantees salvation to the Son. ⁶For in his mind no thoughts can dwell but those his Father shares. ⁷Lack of forgiveness blocks this thought from his awareness. ⁸Yet it is forever true.

3. Let us begin our preparation with some understanding of the many forms in which the lack of true forgiveness may be carefully concealed. ²Because they are illusions, they are not perceived to be but what they are; defenses that protect your unforgiving thoughts from being seen and recognized. ³Their purpose is to show you something else, and hold correction off through self-deceptions made to take its place.

4. And yet, your mind holds only what you think with God. ²Your self-deceptions cannot take the place of truth. ³No more than can a child who throws a stick into the ocean change the coming and the going of the tides, the warming of the water by the sun, the silver of the moon on it by night. ⁴So do we start each practice period in this review with readying our minds to understand the lessons that we read, and see the meaning that they offer us.

5. Begin each day with time devoted to the preparation of your mind to learn what each idea you will review that day can offer you in freedom and in peace. ²Open your mind, and clear it of all thoughts that would deceive, and let this thought alone engage it fully, and remove the rest:

³My mind holds only what I think with God.

⁴Five minutes with this thought will be enough to set the day along the lines which God appointed, and to place His Mind in charge of all the thoughts you will receive that day.

6. They will not come from you alone, for they will all be shared with Him. ²And so each one will bring the message of His Love to you, returning messages of yours to Him. ³So will communion with the Lord of Hosts be yours, as He Himself has willed it be. ⁴And as His Own completion joins with Him, so will He join with you who are complete as you unite with Him, and He with you.

7. After your preparation, merely read each of the two ideas assigned to you to be reviewed that day. ²Then close your eyes, and say them slowly to yourself. ³There is no hurry now, for you are using time for its intended purpose. ⁴Let each word shine with the meaning God has given it, as it was given to you through His Voice. ⁵Let each idea which you review that day give you the gift that He has laid in it for you to have of Him. ⁶And we will use no format for our practicing but this:

8. Each hour of the day, bring to your mind the thought with which the day began, and spend a quiet moment with it. ²Then repeat the two ideas you practice for the day unhurriedly, with time enough to see the gifts that they contain for you, and let them be received where they were meant to be.

9. We add no other thoughts, but let these be the messages they are. ²We need no more than this to give us happiness and rest, and endless quiet, perfect certainty, and all our Father wills that we receive as the inheritance we have of Him. ³Each day of practicing, as we review, we close as we began, repeating first the thought that made the day a special time of blessing and of happiness for us; and through our faithfulness restored the world from darkness to the light, from grief to joy, from pain to peace, from sin to holiness.

10. God offers thanks to you who practice thus the keeping of His Word. ²And as you give your mind to the ideas for the day again before you sleep, His gratitude surrounds you in the peace wherein He wills you be forever, and are learning now to claim again as your inheritance. (https://acim.org/acim/en/s/546#1:1-10:2 | W-rIV.in.1:1–10:2)

TENTATIVE: Cards Against Hummanity online (NC-17)

Online event

TENTATIVE: This is a truly terrible event for horrible people; Mara & all his daughters will be there. Consider it a great opportunity to practice moment-to-moment non judgmental living. And if that fails, please try to have compassion for all of us sick souls stuck in this dualistic existence.

Insight Meditation Group

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$8.00

This meditation sitting is open to all. Join us Sunday morning 11am for a gentle guided meditation. No previous experience with meditation is required.

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THE DHAMMAPADA at the Shingyo Sangha (Applied Buddhism without the frills)

*** THE DHAMMAPADA: ONLINE BOOK STUDY & DISCUSSION ***

Greetings! Please drop into this ongoing book series at any time. We are presently reading the (lenghty) introduction to the Dhammapada, translation by Eknath Easwaran. There is no need to buy the book; we have a wonderful reader that will share sections of the text, with frequent stops for group reflection.

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Dhammapada means "the path of dharma," the path of harmony and righteousness that anyone can follow to reach the highest good. The Dhammapada is a collection of verses, gathered probably from direct disciples who wanted to preserve what they had heard from the Buddha himself.

Easwaran's introduction to the Dhammapada gives an overview of the Buddha's teachings that is penetrating, and clear - accessible for readers new to Buddhism, but also with fresh insights and practical applications for readers familiar with this text. Chapter introductions, notes and a Sanskrit glossary place individual verses into the context of the broader Buddhist canon.

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Again, drop into this book discussion at any time. The Shingyo Sangha is a circle of friends coming together to learn from Buddhist teachings and to find out what we can extract from them in order to benefit us on the path. We call our approach "Applied Buddhism": Buddhism without the dogma, rituals and metaphysical interpretations. Shingyo is based on the Heart Sutra (http://plumvillage.org/news/thich-nhat-hanh-new-heart-sutra-translation/) and asks the question, "How can we practice the teachings of the Buddha in our day-to-day lives?"

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