ACIM Yoga inspired by
“A Course in Miracles”
MIRACLE YOGA IS A WAY OF FOLLOWING CHRIST
Miracle Yoga is a form of Christian yoga since it is a way of practicing yoga as a means of following Christ. Miracle Yoga is also called "ACIM Yoga" because it is based on the spiritual principles of A Course in Miracles. Miracle Yoga encourages you to make progress in learning how to love, serve, meditate, understand, and forgive.
Awakening to the Light
- A PATH OF FORGIVENESS AND AWAKENING
- Yoga literally means "union" and typically is understood as a path toward ultimate awakening to your own true spiritual nature in God. Obviously you cannot "force" yourself to wake up to God, but you can prepare a solid foundation for this ultimate awakening through practicing Miracle Yoga. Yoga, which also can be interpreted as "integration," involves paying careful attention to the body, mind, and spirit as a preparation for uncovering your divine oneness with God. Spiritual awakening includes diving deep within yourself to find the light, as is illustrated in the image above. Nevertheless, you cannot awaken all by yourself. This growth process includes not only awakening to your inner union with God, but also awakening to your union with all your brothers and sisters in Christ. Miracle Yoga teaches that forgiveness and joining with your brothers and sisters is an essential part of your awakening, as is symbolized in the circular Miracle Yoga logo shown at the top of this web page.
Seeing everything through “forgiving eyes”
WHAT IS TRUE FORGIVENESS?
Course in Miracles asks you to reconsider many commonly held
instance, forgiveness is normally thought of as an undeserved gift
given to a
person while still perceiving him as being sinful and guilty. The
this “false forgiveness” because it preserves false judgments and
“True forgiveness” removes all judgments and resentments and allows you
perceive the divine presence of holiness in others. The following
excerpt from An Overview of a “Course in
the nature of true forgiveness:
A Course in Miracles asks you to reconsider many commonly held beliefs. For instance, forgiveness is normally thought of as an undeserved gift given to a person while still perceiving him as being sinful and guilty. The Course calls this “false forgiveness” because it preserves false judgments and resentments. “True forgiveness” removes all judgments and resentments and allows you to perceive the divine presence of holiness in others. The following excerpt from An Overview of a “Course in Miracles” describes the nature of true forgiveness:
forgiveness, which is based
on right-mindedness, involves both “looking and overlooking.” The
part of forgiveness looks past what is forgiven seeing that it is
illusion that never happened in reality. Thus “overlooking” consists of
“looking beyond error from the beginning, and thus keeping it unreal
True forgiveness, which is based on right-mindedness, involves both “looking and overlooking.” The “overlooking” part of forgiveness looks past what is forgiven seeing that it is entirely an illusion that never happened in reality. Thus “overlooking” consists of “looking beyond error from the beginning, and thus keeping it unreal for you.”1 Yet keeping error unreal in your eyes can be tricky in your practical application of overlooking. “The ego’s plan is to have you see error clearly first, and then overlook it. Yet how can you overlook what you have made real? By seeing it clearly, you have made it real and cannot overlook it.”2 Overlooking requires only that you recognize immediately at first glance that all fearful appearances of sin and guilt are illusory because they contradict the knowledge that every Son of God is just as holy now as when God created him in the eternal present moment. Therefore, it is necessary from the beginning to pay no attention to the details of what is forgiven as you practice overlooking.
The “looking” part of forgiveness sees only the divine holiness and true reality of the one who is forgiven, realizing he is always worthy of only love. Since he is worthy of love, you join with him. The ego is the idea of separation, which says there is a real gap of separation between you and your brother. However, when forgiveness occurs, you join with your brother, and you realize you are equals because he is just as holy as you are. “Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of separation.”3 Forgiveness then removes this illusory gap between you and your brother and proves to yourself that the ego, the whole idea of separation, is an illusion. What is this joining with your brother? Joining is the earthly version of love, which reflects the total joining that occurs in Heaven. You “can look with love or look with hate, depending only on the simple choice of whether you would join with what you see, or keep yourself apart and separate.”4 Forgiveness represents the choice to join. Thus forgiveness accomplishes your true goal of love, which is all that you really want.
According to the Course, you are asleep in Heaven right now, and you are dreaming of this world of fear, sin, and guilt. While you are dreaming that you are separate from God, His everlasting Love gently caresses you. Your loving Father has sent the Holy Spirit into your dream world to show you how to change your fearful nightmares into “happy dreams” and then to show you the way beyond all dreaming. The Holy Spirit calls you to awaken from your dreams of separation and encourages you to use true forgiveness as your means of awakening. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you can use “forgiving eyes” to transform your perception of the world. Forgiveness allows you to overlook the illusions of fear, sin, and guilt that you have projected onto the world. You can learn to see the divine presence of holiness that is normally hidden from your vision of the world. The following Course quotation affirms that true forgiveness transforms your vision of the world of dreams and ultimately leads to final awakening in Heaven, which is your true Home:
will rise to bless your sight as you look upon the world with forgiving
For forgiveness literally transforms vision, and lets you see the real
reaching quietly and gently across chaos, removing all illusions that
twisted your perception and fixed it on the past. The smallest leaf
thing of wonder, and a blade of grass a sign of God’s perfection.
All this beauty will rise to bless your sight as you look upon the world with forgiving eyes. For forgiveness literally transforms vision, and lets you see the real world reaching quietly and gently across chaos, removing all illusions that had twisted your perception and fixed it on the past. The smallest leaf becomes a thing of wonder, and a blade of grass a sign of God’s perfection.
From the forgiven world the Son of God is lifted easily into his home. And there he knows that he has always rested there in peace. Even salvation will become a dream, and vanish from his mind. For salvation is the end of dreams, and with the closing of the dream will have no meaning. Who, awake in Heaven, could dream that there could ever be need of salvation?5
T-9.IV.5:3, p. 169
2. T-9.IV.4:4-6, p. 169
3. T-3.V.9:1, p. 46
4. T-31.VII.12:6, p. 665
5. T-17.II.6:1-3, 7:1-5, p. 354
T-9.IV.5:3, p. 169
MIRACLE YOGA IS A MARRIAGE OF THE EAST AND WEST
Traditional Christianity is based on “dualism,” which is the idea that because of sin, you are currently separate from God and that hopefully you will join with Him at some future date. In contrast to dualism, "nondualism" maintains you are joined with God now and always, but you have merely temporarily lost your awareness of that everlasting union.
The gift of the East is yoga disciplines directed toward nondualism in which spiritual fulfillment is awakening to your ever-present oneness with God. The gift of the West is the loving forgiveness of Christ. Miracle Yoga brings together these two gifts of the East and West. “A Course in Miracles” is the perfect philosophical foundation for Miracle Yoga because it is the only Christian philosophy that supports the belief in nondualism. As a blending of the East and West, Miracle Yoga consists of a healthy balance of five areas of spiritual development. You can click on the links below to learn about the five aspects of Miracle Yoga:
Click below for an overall description of Miracle Yoga:
Click below for information about each individual aspect:
- The five aspects of Miracle Yoga are elaborated upon in the autobiography described below, which also includes instructions in how to practice Christian meditation and simple yoga postures and breathing practices.
Memory Walk in the Light:
My Christian Yoga Life as
"A Course in Miracles"
Many years ago a total stranger walked up to me and invited me to go on what he called a “memory walk” with him. I accepted his invitation, and since then my life has never been the same. Now I am inviting you to take a “memory walk” with me. This autobiography is a journey into the darkness of the past with the goal of arriving at the light of the present moment. My story bears witness to the truth that with the Love of God all things are possible. Quite naturally God’s Love leads to forgiveness, which has shown me that, “The holiest of all the spots on earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love.”1
1. T-26.IX.6:1, p. 562
Click here to for the full introduction to this book...
James Giacobbe worked for sixteen years as a case manager for the state
Arizona serving developmentally disabled clients. The professional
his human service work placed limitations on his ability to express his
spiritual motivations overtly, so out of necessity he served as an
"undercover agent" for God.
A more direct approach to spirituality was facilitated by living with Zen Buddhist seekers and then being part of a yoga community. Later he was the director of the Aquarian Age Yoga Center in Virginia Beach, VA. He served as an instructor of meditation and yoga, teaching college courses and appearing on television. He specialized in providing yoga teacher training certification courses and leading meditation workshops and retreats. In his teaching of meditation, Don has attempted to strip away the rituals of Zen Buddhism and yoga practices and transpose only the bare essence into a Christian context. Techniques of meditation inspired by Eastern sources enhance the use of traditional Christian practices, such as the "Jesus Prayer," and lead to the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit that occurs in Christian contemplation.
Don encourages the doing of God's Will, being receptive to the Holy Spirit, and finding Christ within the temple of one's own heart. While respecting all Christian spiritual expressions, he became a monk by making his vow directly to God, without the stamp of approval from any religious organization. For many years Don used the term "Christian yoga" to describe his spiritual path, which combined following Christ with yoga disciplines. However, in recent years he has adopted the term "Miracle Yoga" to describe the specific path of Christian yoga he has chosen. This form of spirituality is a synthesis of yoga and the philosophy of "A Course in Miracles." The seeker is encouraged to see with "forgiving eyes" and perceive Christ in everyone. Don's goal is to maintain a balance between opening inwardly to divine love and allowing that love to be extended outwardly to others.