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.
All the pictures of your life are just like digital memories that you manipulate. The only lesson you need to learn is that you are the dreamer. You can stop trying to protect your dream.
Meditation is generally considered as an activity on the timeline, to still the mind. In reality it’s not an activity. Release time-related concepts such as preparation. Empty your mind. You can only desire the holy instant. Give yourself over to the desire for the peace of God.
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.
The Holy Spirit knows what the untrained mind believes in. While one believes he is in a body in a world and dealing with differing situations, there seem to be steps towards the Atonement. The Holy Spirit knows exactly what steps need to be taken to uncover the truth of who we are. As we learn to hear this guidance and follow these steps we will be shown the way.
The laws of this world are many, but in Heaven there is only one law: Love. In this world, this translates to the return to the full remembrance and true deep awareness of Spirit. What is, is what is, and is all there is. Just relax, go slow. You are already Home!
If you can choose the miracle, the need for exposing falls away. The Holy Spirit overlooks the unreal effects and their unreal cause (the ego). You accept the correction for the error. Ultimately, the attraction of love leads to ascension. If you can see the true value of the miracle, then the need for exposing beliefs falls away. For example, Taoism uses many beautiful metaphors about nature, saying all streams and rivers merge into the ocean of Oneness. There is also the metaphor of the tree, with all its branches and leaves.
David Hoffmeister shares an afternoon ACIM workshop titled, “I Could See Peace Instead of This.” They offer teachings and practical application of forgiveness as presented in the book, “A Course in Miracles,” with lots of examples and metaphors.