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 for this writer for a number of reasons. The very first of the reasons might be caused by the non-public experience of having served nearly all of a ten year sentence in prison, but the higher reasons have regarding what occurred while there. It was 1974 and I was twenty-four years old at the time. My own history as much as that point was one like so many stories of a young 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 must 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. Then when those activities resulted within my 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 would crash and burn. Previously embraced justifications for my anti-social behavior would soon be shattered and most of the glamour of living of a criminal would cease to contain a trace of validity.
The underlying conviction that there must be something on top of that remained however now (after the knowledge I’ll describe below) that something would accept a completely new and remarkable definition.
So at twenty-four and while wallowing in the misery of prison life this is what occurred that could lead to forever changing just how I would perceive the planet:
The actual Me…The I…The Essence of Who and Where I AM emerged for just a couple of short minutes one summer afternoon after an entire sleepless nights worry and immense fear over the chance that I might be killed these day.
For initially in several years I looked to the God I perceived and I prayed for deliverance. I begged and prayed for several hours with fever and intensity nothing you’ve seen prior offered.’He’answered…’ He’delivered me. And for some brief moments’He’lifted Me from your body and embraced Me as a loving Father does His Son and assured Me yet again, that I could be alright.
While your body lay on the prison cell cot below, the awareness of “I” expanded to add 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. david hoffmeister audio A crescendo of’sound’accompanied the knowledge that completely absorbed all sound on the planet and played as every instrument atlanta divorce attorneys orchestra throughout the world, in perfect harmony.
Now, several 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 would never get the answers. See your face, a product of 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 very awareness of what he sought. He had to get free from their own way first. He had to surrender their own image of who he thought he was before any Real knowledge could enter.
The Law of Forgiveness would lend him the way to do just that. In Forgiveness, the small self would fade to the oblivion where it came and what would emerge is what was there all along. That Essence of the Real Self, that “I” and that assurance that everything could be alright. And from that Essence a Power uncommon in this perceived world would accompany it and everything would change for the higher, forever.
Today, nearly 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 with 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 want to find out about the Course. With the writing version is just a brief essay describing what’s known as The Five Signs, five mystical experiences in this life which generated 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, as well as Beverly Hutcheson, Marrianne Williamson, Robert Perry, and those friends who help with postage donations, and especially Course In Miracles Society, a fresh wave of compassion is spreading through the populations of prisons throughout the country.
For a number of these prisoners, long forgotten by family or friends, this new avenue of communication brings welcome relief and a gentle, 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 actuality the egos appetite for misery,pain and hopelessness may now 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.