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Michael Mark

This blog exists as a means of sharing the unfolding of my heart.

When I began, I envisioned that much of what I would offer would be directly related to my experiences reading and working with A Course in Miracles, and subsequently A Course of Love.  I found out quickly, however, that ultimately what I desired to share were pure feelings, wisps of imagination and grace, field notes from forays into the Mystery, made-up(?) encounters with Hafiz and Jesus, and related instruments of the heart.  So before too long, many of my posts became poetic in form, as this seemed to be the clearest means of offering this content, but I still try and sprinkle some prose reflections in as well.  I’ve also posted some fiction samples based on related themes.

I’ve published one collection of poetry to date, which you can read more about on the author page I’ve put together.

This blog began because I thought I had something to say, and while that was not untrue, it turned out that exchanging ideas with others was the deeper purpose.  The blog has become a place where we are saying it together, and this is a far richer experience.  I hope you find this is a good place to share what is in your heart as well, for I do believe it is this form of sharing that enlivens us, and the world as a whole.

Thank you for being here.

Michael

101 Comments

  1. Hello, my friend, you have a nice blog up here. Well done! 🙂 Keep writing and you’ll do wonders! 🙂

    I would like to kindly thank you for following my blog. That is very kind of you. It is my mission to serve humanity through the written word. It is my aim to illuminate the World with my Light of Love. To do so, I write inspirational poetry and short stories and post them every Thursday. Please feel free to visit if you feel like inspiration. Take care and may the Light of Love perpetually shine in your heart, my friend. ♥

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  2. Thank you for visiting my blog and allowing me to find yours. Your words are a ringing of bells which are a reminder to listen to what is in the heart and its essence in the world. Looking forward to reading more from you,
    Thanks Susan

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    • Thank you, Susan, for taking the time to write. I have been enjoying learning a few snippets about life on the other side of the globe from your great pictures and writing. The wildlife seems different, but the human hearts seem to be much the same… Michael

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  3. Hello Michael, Edgar Cayce referred positively to A Course In Miracles and might have even conducted the sessions on it with positive results.
    Welcome to the blog Me & Ian or Spirit & Earthling. May what you read there lead you further rungs up the ladder of spiritual growth.

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    • Hi Teresa,

      Thank you very much for the nomination. I really appreciate it. After some thought, I have decided to maintain an award free blog. You wrote on your blog about the way in which your writing brings you closer to God, a sentiment to which I can relate, and maybe that is one way of summing up how I feel about what sharing here means to me. The giving and receiving that have taken place here are their own reward, and that is where I would like to maintain the focus. I hope this doesn’t in any diminish your enthusiasm. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.

      Michael

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    • Hi Rhonda, thank you very much! Please see my note below/above (not sure which way the thread runs… 🙂 ) to Teresa about remaining award free. Thanks, Michael

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  5. Hi Michael, nice to meet you. I’ve been travelling around your blog. Just being. I totally get your about page. I also get your wonderful expression of you being you. It’s very rich.
    Thanks for visiting our blog and for following. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.
    Blessings
    Alison

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    • Alison, thanks very much for the note. I am already enjoying your story and beautiful photos. Thanks for taking some time out of your traveling day to visit and read here. Hopefully you will find some beautiful thoughts to accompany your photos! No guarantees of course! 🙂

      Michael

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  6. “As things in themselves, these fragments of reality have failed to supply enduring satisfaction; however, viewed again in light of wholeness they are each intriguing and beautiful windows into Forever.”
    Love this Michael and am happy that you found my blog so I can now enjoy yours. I do feel we share a lot of common interests in reading this page. I recently discovered David Bohm’s writing and love his ability to write about the underlying whole and how language and time lead us to fragment that whole into static frames and parts.
    I look forward to reading more here…
    Peace!
    Debra

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    • Thanks, Debra. I look forward to more exchanges as well. I enjoy Bohm’s writing, but confess to date I have only read Wholeness and the Implicate Order, which is mostly a discussion of physics. Although if I recall he can’t help but sprinkle with some other snippets of his thinking. I have often thought about reading some of his other books, but haven’t made it to those shores yet…

      Peace to you also,
      Michael

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      • David Bohm also had many conversations with Krishnamurti and some are in The Ending of Time. A title you know doubt embrace! 😉
        (It’s worth a read.)

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  7. “I very much enjoy noting the connections that exist between diverse disciplines or areas of study and creativity, and in this regard my process of achieving increasingly clear and sustainable periods of Peace may be attributed to- in part- the weaving of many strands together into a strong Whole.”

    This resonates.

    I’ll be reading your writings with interest as I’m very curious about what you’ve discovered along your path.

    Glad to have “met” you,

    Casey

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  8. Hi Michael, I really like your linear, philosophical attempt to connect all the strands of life coming from the source. Profound stuff that can be fun, overwhelming and hopefully enlightening. To poets and philosophers. thanks for visiting my blog. blessings, Brad

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    • I acknowledge the write-up is a bit spartan in that area. Some things have changed since I wrote that a little over a year ago, not least of which would be my comfort writing a blog… Ha! So, here goes… I’m just shy of forty years old, working for a consulting engineering firm, am married with no children of my own though my wife has two. Some writers I currently enjoy reading for fun are Neal Stephenson, David Liss, Philip K. Dick, Thomas Pynchon, and Haruki Murakami. One of my all time favorite science type non-fiction books is The Rainbow and the Worm by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, whom I had the pleasure of meeting once, along with her husband, on a brief visit to London. Mostly my external life would probably be described as “uneventful.” I enjoy writing, sitting on the back deck in the sun, occasionally programming Visual Basic applications to streamline processes at work, etc. I dislike most forms of government paperwork and find things like registering cars and renewing credentials to be something of a nuisance. Not a day goes by without my thinking about accepting Love as fully into my daily modes of being as possible, though success obviously varies… I don’t have any concrete plans for my life although I have been working on stringing together enough words to claim I have drafted a novel… 🙂

      Michael

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  10. Michael!!! I am so glad I found your blog!!! Daughter just graduated engineering … And your Heart shows through all you write!!! I am traveling right now yet want to read it all!!! I just started blogging angel insights as my ‘love’ work …although I love everything I am involved in … Writing has me inspired.. Dental Hygienist for 34 years still inspired …yet much less hours now.. Thank you for writing in words …the course in Miracles …in life experience!! So looking forward to reading your posts!!! Heart to Heart Robyn!!

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    • Thanks, Robyn, for your presence and your enthusiasm! I’m grateful you have stopped by for a visit, and look forward to reading more of your Earth Angel insights. Do you get some sort of Congressional Medal of Valor or something for thirty four years of cleaning teeth!? You have given me a new definition of loving devotion to contemplate…

      Michael

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      • I may have to think about that one…medals are usually something I pin on others…Ha! I just went into that timeless space… I love to connect to my patients…and have a colleague who retired with enthusiasm after 50 years!! Your depth is truly amazing and I get very enthusiastic about meeting others (especially men) no pun intended ..that have depth Thank God I am married to one as well …who actually thinks…not just another sexy smart guy tehe… thanks for commenting and following…I am so looking forward to reading more from you..Just got back to Maui…Heart to Heart Robyn

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  11. Wonderful Michael — glad to meet you here in WordPressland. The Course in Miracles opened many doors and windows for me 30 + years ago. It also validated my own connecting the threads of various theologies, particularly Christianity and Hinduism. My travels have now brought me to a Muslim country (Morocco) where I am gaining some insights into this orientation toward the One. Thank you for your self-inquiry which provides the grist for this mill (blog) site. I’m enjoying very much what I am reading here. Blessings, Alia

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    • Thank you, Alia. A pleasure to meet you here in WPLand as well! Thank you for reading and sharing. Yes, the Course in Miracles has quite a bit of range to it if one is willing to look past the particular vocabulary to the essence of what is offered. I know so little about the part of the world you are in, and look forward to reading more. Blessings and safe travels!

      Michael

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      • Thank you Michael — ACIM gave me a vocabulary to express my joint understanding and love for Hinduism and mystical Christianity. I felt that the language of the Course gave voice to that particular blend of religions that had come to resonate within me as my “truth” at that time.
        I knew barely anything about Morocco or the Arab world when I arrived here in April. Part of how I hold myself is a “bridge” between the western and Arab cultures. Bridges go both ways, so I am hoping that my western readers will come to know the Arab world better through my writing and that my Moroccan neighbors and friends will get to know the better parts of their western counterparts. Being in a Muslim country during Ramadan, for instance, is giving me a lot of material for at least one future post. Glad you are following; we’ll learn together ♥

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    • Thank you, Ellen. I have noticed you out and about on the sea of blogs as well. You have a sincere and lovely presence. I look forward to more mutual insightings…! 🙂

      Michael

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  12. Michael, thank you so much for adorning my humble wee blog with a follow. It is truly appreciated and you are warmly welcomed aboard. Feel free to comment and chip in on any of the posts. I have to agree on the fascinations and incredible power of life, a gift given to us that we should take full opportunity of. Best wishes, MM 🍀

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    • Thank you, MM. Your photo’s are great, little windows into that incredible power of life. I look forward to their gracing of my day on a more regular basis. 🙂

      Michael

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  13. THank you for liking my blog. I followed your in return. I am enjoying your poetry. THank you for sharing it with the world!
    Blessings of ARTistry, CREATivity & BEaUty, Jody

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    • Thank you, Jody. Much appreciated. Creativity is such an integral part of simultaneously discovering and expressing who we are, I think. Thank you for sharing what is alive within you as well!

      Michael

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  14. I love coming across unexpected beautiful writing on the internet, and am happy to have found your blog. The thoughtfulness and philosophy in your words will keep bringing me back here 🙂

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    • Thanks, Paper Boat. I’m delighted to have discovered your site as well. Windows into other parts of the world are always intriguing portals through which to peer!

      Michael

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  15. I went onto my reader this morning as I often do, for inspiration in preperation to write a blog post.I find it centres me. I am going to posting on my second blog, a study supplement with my study buddy on ACIM. I am beyond delighted to have found your blog Michael. I look forward to getting to know you in the blogosphere! If you are interested in visiting here is the link: http://miraclesblazinglight.wordpress.com

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    • Thanks, John. I’ve much enjoyed discovering your poetry as well, and more recently, hearing your voice. Thanks for being here…

      Michael

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  16. I just wish to remember too … Your beautiful writing brings me there to that place around the fire where we gather in love …Michael , Thankyou , Thankyou for your sharing …xx

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    • Thank you, Meg! In A Course of Love, prayer is described as remembering the perfection that already is, that we already know. Such a beautiful practice. I’m hoping these memories we conjure in one another through our sharing are little sparks that catch hold somehow in this world. Thank you for taking the time to visit here and share. It is much appreciated…

      Michael

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    • Thank you, Marlyn! I am honored by your award and appreciate very much the connections you foster. I’ve chosen to be award free here, but do greatly appreciate your thinking of me… I’ll take a shot at your questions here, as I think you deserve at least some answers!

      What flower or plant would best represent you?

      Would that I knew a little more about the kingdoms of growing things… 🙂 I am thinking some type of evergreen, like a Douglas Fir.

      What animal or insect would best represent your loved one?

      This isn’t a fair question, Marlyn… 🙂 I’m going with the bee… Bees are love. They nurture so much life around them…

      Which boardgame do you think is a facsimile of the game of life?

      I think they all have some bit of life written into them or they wouldn’t have any staying power whatsoever, but I’m thinking of Operation. The more you relax and just play without worry of the outcome, the steadier the hand… And it’s punctuated by loud buzzing noises!

      When do you prefer to meditate? Sunset or sunrise?

      I think sunset. There is a softness in the knowledge of night’s pending arrival that makes relaxation a little easier…

      If you were given a chance to choose the kind of talent you’d like to have, what would it be?

      Would you pick anything other than what you’ve been given? I think ultimately we realize what we’ve been given is somehow perfect for each of us, so I wouldn’t change a thing…

      Thank you again!
      Michael

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  17. Hi Michael, I haven’t read all these wonderful comments yet however I certainly experience the connection that you talk about. I imagined that I was creating something by myself, but I had no idea that i was creating an incredible connection that sings to the stars and transcends boundaries. It’s magic! best wishes Jeni

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    • Hi Jeni,

      Thank you for this note. Yes, the connections we forge do indeed transcend our little niches in time and space I believe. Thank you for your note here, and for sharing the magic!

      Peace
      Michael

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  18. Hi Michael –
    Many enthusiastic congratulations on your mission and your impressive results!! Simply put, your blog is awesome, and has become a great forum for promoting positive ideals and allowing feedback where these ideals can resonate and grow.

    I’ve enjoyed sharing our mutual journeys as writers “in the fold”.

    Hugs,
    o and om

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    • Thank you Eyes of O! Likewise, I’ve enjoyed moving along the path, knowing there’s friends along the way… 🙂

      Thank you for the kind words. I am humbled by them. The interaction and resonance that has grown up here has been wonderful to participate in, and I hope as helpful to others as it has been for me…

      Peace
      Michael

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    • Yes, you clearly know this feeling. It is humbling to share from the heart of your own being, and to have others respond in kind. Simple acts like this of giving and receiving are truly beautiful…

      Michael

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  19. I love to read you, Michael although my english is too bad to understand it all. The warmth of your heart needs no words to be understand. Thanks alot for all and even for your visit on my blog and your ever very nice comments!! Thank you so much!
    Vera

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    • Hi Vera,

      Thank you so much for this lovely feedback. Perhaps it is the same as when I look at your paintings, when there are no words to explain what I’m looking at, but something heartfelt and genuine is simply obvious. I’m glad you have made a visit and I look forward to catching up on progress in your studio!

      Much Love
      Michael

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  20. Blogging is certainly a great way of giving and sharing, and you are doing both amazingly here Michael. Many thanks for visiting my blog and liking it enough to follow 🙂

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    • Thank you, Jude! My pleasure! Folks who ride around on a Ducati and make their own peanut butter in times of a toast crisis are clearly keeping it real. What arises is then a joy to behold. Thank you for sharing, too.

      Peace
      Michael

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