Category Archives: A Course in Miracles

You Get What You Give

You Get What You Give
(New Radicals)

One, two
One, two, three

Wake up kids,
We’ve got the dreamers’ disease
Age fourteen,
We got you down on your knees
So polite,
You’re busy still saying please

Frienemies,
Who when you’re down ain’t your friend
Every night,
We smash their Mercedes-Benz
First we run,
And then we laugh ‘til we cry

But when the night is falling
You cannot find the light (light)
You feel your dreams are dying
Hold tight

You’ve got the music in you
Don’t let go
You’ve got the music in you
One dance left
This world is gonna pull through
Don’t give up
You’ve got a reason to live
Can’t forget
We only get what we give

I’m comin’ home baby
You’re tops,
Give it to me now

Four a.m.,
We ran a miracle mile
We’re flat broke,
But hey we do it in style
The bad rich,
God’s flying in for your trial

But when the night is falling
You cannot find a friend (friend)
You feel your tree is breaking
Just then

You’ve got the music in you
Don’t let go
You’ve got the music in you
One dance left
This world is gonna pull through
Don’t give up
You’ve got a reason to live
Can’t forget
We only get what we give

This whole damn world
Could fall apart
You’ll be ok,
Follow your heart
You’re in harm’s way,
I’m right behind
Now say you’re mine

You’ve got the music in you
Don’t let go
You’ve got the music in you
One dance left
This world is gonna pull through
Don’t give up
You’ve got a reason to live
Can’t forget
We only get what we give
Don’t let go
I feel the music in you
Don’t let go

Fly high
What’s real can’t die

You only get what you give
You’re gonna get what you give
Don’t give up
Just don’t be afraid to leave

Health insurance rip off lying
FDA big bankers buying
Fake computer crashes dining
Cloning while they’re multiplying
Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson
Courtney Love, and Marilyn Manson
You’re all fakes
Run to your mansions
Come around
We’ll kick your asses

Don’t let go
One dance left
Don’t give up
Can’t forget

(© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Spirit Music Group)

God I love this song, especially the lyrics. It is so insightful and hopeful.

My comments on the lyrics:

  • We’ve got the dreamers’ disease: Those of us who are idealists at heart have the “dreamers’ disease” and it competes with the “Matrix” worldview that says, “This material world is all there is to life.” But the essence of life cannot be found in the Matrix. We are what we believe.
  • Age fourteen, we got you down on your knees: A reference to organized religion which institutionalizes the worldview offered by the Matrix.
  • You’ve got the music in you: Your soul is alive! It is the essence of who you are.
  • This world is gonna pull through…This whole damn world could fall apart; you’ll be ok, follow your heart: “The planet is going to be fine,” as George Carlin used to say. It’s survived for billions of years and, anyway, is not our true home. It’s just stuff – death with pry it from our fingers. Follow instead the ways of your soul.
  • You’re in harm’s way, I’m right behind; now say you’re mine: You cannot possibly fall out of God’s “hand,” no matter what you do.
  • What’s real can’t die: The introduction to A Course in Miracles states, “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” You are real!
  • You only get what you give; you’re gonna get what you give: Karma baby.
  • Don’t give up; just don’t be afraid to leave: “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the Kingdom of the Soul.” (Luke 9:62 [my translation])
  • Health insurance rip off lying…: This stanza describes the noise/static that is constantly coming from the Matrix. It has always produced this static and probably always will. Ignore it. You are not “of” the Matrix. You won’t be living in the Kingdom of the Soul if your happiness/self-worth are based on what comes out of the Matrix.

Jesus & The Matrix, Part II

NEO: This isn’t real?
MORPHEUS: What is real?  How do you define real?  If you’re talking about your senses, what you feel, taste, smell, or see, then all you’re talking about are electrical signals interpreted by your brain.
. . .

NEO: I thought it wasn’t real.
MORPHEUS: Your mind makes it real.
NEO: If you’re killed in the Matrix, do you die here?
MORPHEUS: The body cannot live without the mind.

If you’re killed here, on the planet earth, in the form you presently occupy – that is, in the virtual reality of The Matrix – do you die in the real world (wherever that may be)?

Morpheus demurs to the question.

Jesus, and sages from every other religion I’m aware of, would answer: “No. Morpheus is correct: ‘the body cannot live without the mind.’ But the mind cannot live without the soul, even though our minds – motivated by fear – believe just the opposite.”

And his unequivocal answer would not be contingent upon our particular religious opinions. Eternity is our birthright as human beings. Believe it or not.

What was the Message of Christ?

Death has no power over us (none of us, not just Christians) because we are not the form – the body we’re in. The body will disintegrate like all other forms. We’re primarily spirit — that non-material, otherworldly stuff within each of us — and we survive the disintegration of the body.

Therefore, we have no excuse for not living according to the spirit – no excuse for not overcoming fear and being who we really are. We must remove the masks we wear and express our love and uniqueness to the world in whatever manner the spirit dictates.

Love/God bats last.

What is Real?

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NEO: This isn’t real?
MORPHEUS: What is real?  How do you define real?  If you’re talking about your senses, what you feel, taste, smell, or see, then all you’re talking about are electrical signals interpreted by your brain.
(From the film The Matrix)

This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.
(From A Course in Miracles)

We are living in a virtual reality comparable to The Matrix. But it is not metaphorical.

We have no direct contact with the physical world around us. All sensory data we receive comes to us in the form of electricity, which is interpreted by the brain. Our mind controls the interpretation of the five dimensions of data it receives from our sensory receptors (i.e., the eyes, nose, ears, etc.). In other words, we perceive the “outside world” entirely in our minds. Our lives in the outside world are lived entirely in our heads. As the unchallenged interpreter of sensory input, the mind controls our perception of the physical world. Since we have only indirect contact with the physical world and there is no device available to calibrate our senses, we don’t know whether or not we are perceiving the “true reality” of the physical world at all. What do objects “really” look like “out there”? We don’t know.

It also follows that the mind can misperceive and can even create distortions; it can change the “scenery” – that is, our perception of physical objects – whenever it wants to. Examples: When we sleep, the mind shuts our senses down for the most part; the mind can “forget” sensory data during intense physical trauma, perhaps as a defense mechanism. And who hasn’t taken a sip of a drink — water for example — believing it to be something else, such as iced tea? Initially, the water will taste like iced tea until the mind catches up and adjusts.

In short, sensory perception presents us with a virtual reality that is extremely limited and unreliable.

The only certain knowledge we have comes from “inside” us – from the soul. And what the “voice of the soul” has to tell us is far more important than the virtual reality we are currently experiencing through the senses.

A Course in Miracles uses two terms to address this distinction: “perception” and “knowledge.”

Perception is inherently illusory because it is based upon the interpretation of sensory data by the ego, which is nothing more than a distorted set of beliefs that perceive the body as our ultimate reality and, therefore, limits our understanding of who we really are. Flowing from these distortions is our primary, erroneous belief that we are separate from God and from one another.

Knowledge, by contrast, is the reality that lies beyond The Matrix, beyond the world of sensory perception. But it can only be recognized by the soul, not by the virtual world of the senses. Knowledge reveals our true nature: we are one with God and with each other. “Sin is regarded as lack of love, or as a mistake calling for correction and love, rather than for guilt and punishment.”