Can Africans accept a course in miracles?

CAN AFRICANS ACCEPT THE SELF AND GOD TAUGHT BY A COURSE IN MIRACLES?

Ozodi Osuji

Africans, as I see them, with a few exceptions, desire for their egos and bodies to be real for them; they worship their egos and bodies; they desire a God that is separate from them and has human form  and they worship him and he helps them make the most of their egos and bodies on earth; they want their God to help them live as egos and bodies but they do not want to let go of their attachment to their egos and bodies and live as part of oneself, one formless field of light.

     (Whatever a person says about other people is his projection, is about himself that he projects to other people; thus, I am talking about the me that I give away to Africans; so be it; what I say is what I perceive in Africans, projection or not.)

      In my experience, Asians (Hindus and Chinese etc.) are more amenable to accepting an abstract conception of God and self, a formless God and formless sons of God.

     Most Europeans tend to be like Africans in their conception of God; they, too, want to retain their egos and bodies and conceptualize God who enables them to retain their egos and bodies and they use those egos and bodies to worship God. Europeans and Africans are mostly what Hindus call Bhakta yogis, those who see God as a person they worship.

      Africans do not want their egos and bodies to die out; they believe that even after they die on earth that they still will live in egos and bodies in their ancestors’ land; they desire a separated self, ego and body. That is, they are attracted by sin because the ego is separation and separation is what sin is all about.

     I believe that only a few Africans and Europeans are ready for A course in miracles type abstract conception of the self and God; they are not ready for what Hindus call Jnana Yoga, God seen as an idea, the idea of a formless whole self while people are seen as the ideas of the parts of that formless whole self.

      There are other yoga’s, such as karma yoga, raja yoga, tantra yoga, hatha yoga, ayurveda yoga and kundalini. Briefly, karma yoga entails approaching God through rendering service to all people; raja yoga entails meditation and trying to reach God by tuning out the ego; tantra yoga entails approaching God through love of all God’s creation; hatha yoga is exercises that make the body fit so that it can approach God not distracted by bodily issues; ayurveda yoga is Hindu medicine; kundalini yoga is arousing the believed energy centers, chakras, of the human body.

    Jnana yoga (also called Vedanta) is considered the more philosophical approach to God whereas Bhakta Yoga is considered a more childlike approach to God. Most Africans and Europeans, in as much as they approach God through bhakta yoga, worship God, have a childlike conception of God and self.

       In the end God is beyond our ego conceptions; what he and his sons are we cannot understand with our ego separated minds. God is beyond concepts, he is in the realm of knowledge, not concepts and perception.

    A course in miracles emphasized forgiveness of all people who wronged one. Africans want to punish their enemies, those who harmed them and in the process make separation real, make their egos and bodies real; they are not yet amenable to accepting the idea of forgiving those who harmed them because they see the world and the harms done in it as real; they do not understand that the world, the ego, body, space, and time are illusions; A course in miracles sees the world as not real, as a dream and what is done in it has not been done hence the need to overlook the ego and its world to know one’s real self, the formless part of a formless whole self.

     They have not yet understood that their egos and bodies and their world is the symbol of sin; the world is the symbol that they did something sinful by separating from God and their real self; believing that they sinned by separating from God they desire to be punished for that sin, and since God does not punish anyone, they punish themselves with poverty and suffering.

   God knows that his children cannot separate from him although they can dream that they are separated from him and from each other; because they are not separated from him God knows his children as innocent, guiltless and sinless and holy and does not punish anyone;   the sons believing that they did separate from God, because they desire separation from God, see themselves as sinners and punish themselves on behalf of God.

     To punish themselves on behalf of a God that did not ask them to do so is ego arrogance.

      God knows that he and his sons are eternally connected. We are also connected in the physical universe despite seeming space and distance between us. At the subatomic level there is only light; that light joins each of us, a particle of light, to one connected wave of light; there is no separation in space and time and certainly no separation in the spiritual realm where we are one shared self with one shared mind.

     A course in miracles says that all the people, animals, plants, and everything in the universe are in our minds; we project them out, as we do in dreams, and use them to experience whatever we want to experience on earth, in the dream of separation.

    You did everything that happened to you, so forgive all people that did harmful things to your earthly ego and body to forgive you and in doing so know peace and joy.

      It is pointless talking to Bhakti Africans about A course in miracles; instead, one should practice what it teaches and experience union with God and then write about it and when Africans are ready to learn spirituality, they will discover one’s writings.

      I do not expect Africans to practice forgiveness and overlook their egos and bodies; they are not yet ready for that behavior. I accept them where they are at, knowing that in a few hundred years they will attain the abstract conception of God articulated in A course in miracles.

      You cannot force people to develop beyond where they are in space, time, and matter. Each of us chose to come to planet earth, chose what happens to him, what he experiences to enable him to learn that separation is an illusion (or is real if he is still enthralled by separation) and chose when he would leave this world (that is, chose when he dies).

     Each person is on his own trajectory, and you cannot change it for him; all you can do is understand your own journey in the dream and how you will die, awaken in the world reinterpreted by the Holy Spirit, your right mind.

     We currently live in dense bodies; those bodies are transformed to light forms; each of us will awaken in formless unified spirit self.

CONCLUSION

    I let Africans be where they are at; it no longer bothers me that they do not seem drawn to spirituality but only pay attention to religion, to what their fundamentalist Christian pastors talk to them; what does not even remotely resemble the Gnostic Christianity of Jesus Christ articulated in A course in miracles.

     Regular pastors are unable to lead people to the metaphorical death of their egos in their awareness and to the resurrection of Christ, their real self, in their minds; these people have no understanding what the metaphors of second birth, Jesus coming into their lives the second time mean.

       Each of us passes the last judgment on his ego self and its world and decides that it is no longer what he wants and then, like the prodigal son, accept that he made a mistake in separating from his father, God, and embarks on a homewards return Journey to God, and when he gets to the gate of heaven, unified state, God himself runs and embraces his lost son that has returned home; returned to union; heaven rejoices that the lost sheep is found by the shepherd (the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, our unified mind).

Ozodi Osuji

October 23, 2022

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