Since early in 2007 the efforts to deliver an email of hope as offered in A Course in Miracles to prisoners have now been ongoing. Prisoners have now been a pet project because of this writer for many reasons. The very first of those reasons might be related to the non-public experience of having served most of a five year sentence in prison, but the more reasons have regarding what occurred while there. It was 1974 and I was twenty-four years old at the time. My very own history around that point was one like so many stories of a new street thug, growing up in a working class Chicago neighborhood, discouraged and disillusioned by the mediocrity and grind of what life had to offer.
That there had to be something better was always a predominating thought. So’better’for me personally, was the excitement and the radical comradity of our little clique of thugs, always plotting, always stealing, always trying to find that thrill. When those activities resulted in my own first arrests, confinement in juvenile punishment facilities and finally in a five 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 all the glamour of living of a criminal would cease to contain a trace of validity.
The underlying conviction that there had to be something better yet remained nevertheless now (after the ability I’ll describe below) that something would accept 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 could cause forever changing just how I’d perceive the planet:
The true Me…The I…The Essence of Who and Where I AM emerged for just a couple short minutes one summer afternoon after a complete sleepless night of worry and immense fear over the chance that I will be killed these day.
For the very first time in many years I considered the God I perceived and I prayed for deliverance. I begged and prayed for several hours with fever and intensity no time before 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 once again, that I will be alright.
While the human body lay on the prison cell cot below, the awareness of “I” expanded to include every molecule of air around Me… every feature, the sunlight that streamed through the barred window, the trees and grass outside, the room itself…everything was Me. A crescendo of’sound’accompanied the ability that completely absorbed all sound on the planet and played as every instrument in every orchestra all around the world, in perfect harmony.
Now, many years later, and after much search, many books, and after the message of Forgiveness as gently prescribed in A Course in Miracles, I came to realize that the’person’who searched would not find the answers. See your face, something of exactly the same thought system that created him, would seek and never find while he was simply in the way. His beliefs, his concepts and ascribed personage blocked the awareness of that which he sought. He’d to get out of 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 means to do just that. In Forgiveness, the little self would fade to the oblivion from which it came and what can emerge is the thing that was there all along. That Essence of the Real Self, that “I” and that assurance that everything will be alright. And from that Essence a Power uncommon in this perceived world would accompany it and everything would change for the better, forever.
Today, almost every day this writer visits the neighborhood post office to deliver copies of the original edition of A Course in Miracles [donated by Course in Miracles Society] along by having an simple 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 about the Course. With the writing version is a brief essay describing what’s known as The Five Signs david hoffmeister audio, five mystical experiences in this life which led to adopting a functional application of the spiritual discipline taught in A Course in Miracles.
With the aid of 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, as well as Beverly Hutcheson, Marrianne Williamson, Robert Perry, and those friends who benefit postage donations, and especially Course In Miracles Society, a new wave of compassion is spreading through the entire populations of prisons all around the country.
For many of these prisoners, long forgotten by family or friends, this new avenue of communication brings welcome relief and a soft, 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 is 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.