Fear of experiencing miracles comes from our deep-seated unworthiness that we are not worthy of love. We need new experiences—miracles—that contradict our limited sense of self. We are afraid to drop the mask and experience our power because we think we misused our power and are afraid of experiencing it again. The ego would keep us small. So, “A Course in Miracles” reminds us of how worthy we are. You are worthy of experiencing miracles. The mind has a deep sense of being not worthy, but the Spirit is trustworthy and worthy of your trust in Him. The belief in being unworthy of love runs deep in the mind, but it is a worthy task to allow feelings of unworthiness to come up for healing. Healing is something you’re worthy of, and you can embrace your own self worth now.
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The ego is the denial of love, a fear of real intimacy. Everyone on earth believes they are separate from everyone else. So, along with its belief system, the ego invented romantic love to take the place of divine Love. This is simply a substitute, much like a light bulb gives off light at a very minute level. Everything in this world is a cover, like a shield, against knowing our true light, which we share with everyone and everything.
When we get into the flow of love, everything comes our way, without exception. When we have “giving love” at the core of our logical system instead of “ownership and possession,” everything proceeds beautifully. It is systematic and scientific.
Jesus led an inspired life, and that is what you are aiming for. Purpose is being guided, being inspired, and becoming aligned with God. And then that expresses. This is not about making distinctions in form, such as equating stillness with sitting in the lotus position.
The script is written. Only with the ego does time move from past to future. To the Holy Spirit, time is simultaneous. With forgiveness your perception gets lighter and lighter. The undoing of linear time can be disorienting. The Course is about training your mind to become aware of dreaming, which is empowering.
How you read the Course depends on the readiness of the mind. A teenage “crystal child” went to a Course group in Cincinnati and read their minds. Such a one need not read the Course cover-to-cover. Most Course students, however, read the Course cover-to-cover, not just once, but many times. Some don’t read it front-to-back, but pick it up and open it to use as an oracle.
The beginner’s mind is the “I don’t know” mind. It’s a beautiful place to live. It’s a wonderful feeling to have no opinions; very freeing. One doesn’t feel dumb or credulous; just free. And everything that is needed in any situation is given without any vote from you at all.