Category Archives for "The Narrow Gate"

Apr 15

The Metaphorical Garden

By Joe Danna | The Narrow Gate

The circumstance with Adam, which to me is a metaphor for what was/is happening with the human mind, is that he got what was subjective/internal mixed up with the objective/external. Since everything created is extended from the Creator, or the Breath of God, the WORD, whatever we choose to call IT … we have ITS attributes, therefore we also have creative potential and are co-creators. Yet, Adam in innocence had no way of knowing that what he was doing was defining himself by what he didn’t extend, but “projected” or “externalized”, which were called vain imaginings. Vain because in his innocence he misappropriated his own power to externalities, when they never had anything but HIS power and in fact are NOTHING but a projection of his own thoughts. He had no sense of this. Innocence has no experience to draw from. On top of that, this scenario was fully intended to be for the contrast needed in order for innocence to know ITSELF. It was/is all part of the plan. There is no light without dark. It’s still happening today. The externalized world we see is an effect of a cause, and in this case the cause is the collective mind of humanity. We could say no where in scripture does Adam ever come out of the sleep which fell upon him. God only created good. The misery in the world is an effect of Adam‘s (human collective mind) mental processes as “he” wields God Given Power without knowledge of the fundamental principles/nature of that Power or even that he has power! He has forgotten God/All Power. Not willfully/pridefully. He is just innocent and unknowing. Again it’s all part of the process…our process of awakening to what is true and real. The reason I don’t need objective proof is that I understand Spiritual/Cosmic Law, which leads to the knowledge of why there is no real objective world. That’s why it’s called temporal. In the light of truth the only thing that falls away, because it never truly existed, is what God didn’t create. Adam “made” it; like a dream. Yes, Joe Blow and others may have their own truths just like Adam did when he BELIEVED in his own (innocent) original sin/error which has compounded exponentially, but those are not truths. They are false. THAT’s the “LIE”, which is actually too harsh a word. It’s not even a mistake. We have to walk through the dark in order to see the light. Trust me in this ONE thing: When we see the LIGHT, we recognize IT because there is a sort of “spiritual DNA” within us that remembers. After all. The prodigal SON does come from a home. This is the Holy Spirit bearing witness within. As for what to do with what we see as external? FORGIVE! The true meaning of forgiveness is to extend what we KNOW as true within us … to others. Because IT IS their Truth too. When we know it FOR them, even if necessarily from a distance, we are “Bridging the gap”. This is the pathway to Christ Consciousness.

Dec 19

The Narrow Gate, A Journey Through Identity, Belief, and Perception, A Course in Miracles, Course of Miracles, ACIM

By Joe Danna | A Course in Miracles , ACIM , course of miracles , creative writing , imaginitive writing , The Narrow Gate , transformative writing

I took A Course in Miracles, ACIM, and have always wanted to be able to share my innermost thoughts through transformative writing and I did so by writing a book titled “The Narrow GateA Journey Through Identity, Belief, and Perception. Before I started this ACIM type writing I took some refresher classes in creative writing through The Long Ridge Writer’s Group, and while writing a 500-word short story assignment I became entranced with what turned out to be my 52,000-word spiritual narrative about universal natural law. I’ve heard many creative writers talk about reaching a jet stream of creativity. Now I know what they mean. Everything I had ever learned and experienced spiritually came to the surface in writing my manuscript about The Narrow Gate, A Journey Through Identity, Belief, and Perception. For two years I pulled from my old writings on identity, belief, and perception. Hours went by in blocks of ten. I expanded and pieced my creation together.
Among the topics included in the mix are the law of attraction and principles of vibration, anxiety and panic disorder, reconciliation of a repressed memory, man-made-fear-based theology, its cause and effect,  forgiveness, projection, illusions, the list goes on. In A Course in Miracles format, the message in my depiction of identity, belief, and perception is to show how we can still manage to listen to the wind song of life in a chaotic world. We can learn about the narrow gate opening to absolute reality of ACIM.