There is only one problem with self-help—the Self that we are doesn’t need any help. As we move towards the Atonement, we move increasingly to the awareness that we have been wrong about everything, and towards the realization that, “my mind holds only what I think with God.” Our purpose is not to create a utopia on earth, but only to open our minds to a state of deep love and gratitude for the One, our Creator. Many of us were taught that it’s not wise to become too happy, but Love invites us to be divinely and fully happy now.
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Be free from any feeling of pressure to succeed. You were taught that success is acquiring something that you didn’t have, but that has value. Yet the more you question beliefs, the more you see that you are what is valuable. And in order to know what you truly are you need to forget what you have been taught. You do not have to make anything of yourself, as you may have been told to do as a kid. You do not have to be productive, or believe that you are going forward in time. You’ve been tricked to think that you are a body moving forward in time towards death.
You don’t even know what you truly fear because it is so pushed out of awareness that, if you were aware of it, you would not be able to hold on to a personal identity that is separate from this truth. Yet, whether you take this leap now or actively choose not to, makes no difference to the inevitable. It stays shining just like the sun, no matter where it is. The end of fear is always waiting for you. But you can choose to delay it if you want to stay in a fearful thought system. The change of mind that you are asked to make is from fear to love.
What is the purpose of my relationships? Are they helping me towards my goal of present peace? Notice your own symbols of encouragement. See also where you are compromising. Compromise at any level is a killer of present moment awareness. With this world being created as a trap, compromise is then a trap within a trap. The very moment we compromise, we imprison ourselves in a concrete mold of limitation. No wonder it’s hard to function in the world.
What am I identified with, right here, right now in this present moment? Could it be that there is an identification that has its own thoughts and its own feelings that isn’t me, yet I believe it is? Can I be that insane? No. It is only that I am believing in something that is that insane.
You have what seem to be mounds of memories of past situations. You try to use these memory fragments to gain understanding. For example, if you have a conversation with a family member that you find upsetting, you might think back on it later and wonder: What was going on there? Why did I feel so upset? When you use this kind of situational thinking to try to understand a feeling, you are using the ego’s framework of linear time. Through the ACIM daily lessons you are trained to remember that time is already over. You do not have to believe that one thing happens after another in your experience. There is a different way to experience being.
At some point in our lives, we have asked ourselves a few questions. “How did I get here? Where did I come from? Was I really born, or did I pop into consciousness 13.5 billion years ago? Was it really 13.5 billion years ago or 5 minutes ago? If I’m constantly recreating myself, how do I stop?”
Here is a great gem from David’s ACIM videos. Find out how to pin-point where you get tripped-up with perceiving upsets as being outside of your own mind. See that there is no pain in reality; the thought of pain originates in the sleeping mind. “A Course in Miracles” quotes Jesus’s teaching: “All things work together for good. There are no exceptions except in the ego’s judgment.” (T 4.V.1.1) No exceptions! That means that what the ego experiences as a pain is working for good.
Do you think that feeling resistance on the spiritual path is wrong? What if it is really progress? If you truly do not know your advances from your retreats, how could you be sure of what is wrong or right? Jesus teaches that resistance is the ego’s interpretation of progress and growth. Reassess your judgment of any part of the healing and how it appears. Experiencing resistance on the spiritual path is just a misinterpretation of the feeling of being reeled in to truth.
What would it be like to live in a state of grace forever? Someone compliments you, then the next moment curses you, then leaves your life forever. What if none of this had any effect on you? You simply stayed happy no matter what the passing objects did or didn’t do. The Christ Mind does not get offended. It is always content, always peaceful, always still.