We not only project the body, we then project upon the body. We do this with cars and hang our identity on them. Once we take our steps to the realization that all is divinely given, we will realize our worth lies in nothing of this world.
Look at your thoughts. Are my thoughts fearful? What is the purpose or motive underneath? Believing there is spirit in matter, in doing certain behaviors, is to miss the point. Let those thoughts go. You are a saint in training. Purify your mind. Begin to think of yourself as holy. Focus on your mind, not form. Remind yourself, “I am worth the goal of peace of mind.”
People in the world are afraid of giving up control of their own thoughts. The “big brother” in George Orwell’s, “1984,” is based on fear and control. The Holy Spirit is different. The Holy Spirit never forces anyone, but waits until you voluntarily offer your thoughts. You can control the direction of your thinking and align with God and the Holy Spirit. Put your effort into this mind training.
David answers questions about replacing words in the Course that you can’t seem to relate to with words that resonate with you. For instance, if you have a hard time relating to a word such as guilt, you could use the word pain instead. ACIM is experiential and whatever is most helpful for you is appropriate.
In meditation we observe our thoughts, yet self-inquiry is the pathway inwards to stillness. As I inquired into myself, I found that beneath my faulty perceptions were fear-based emotions, and beneath them were my thoughts. And what drove my thoughts was my belief system. The core belief of the ego thought system is linear time. This is the root of all conflicts. The ego made linear time to cover over the present moment. The ACIM Workbook is the beginning of self-inquiry. It leads you to an open mind and to the experience of miracles.
David Hoffmeister reminds us of the ACIM teaching that all is in the mind. All problems are mental problems. “A Course in Miracles” is a tool to take us into a consistently peaceful state of mind. While practicing the lessons of ACIM we experience the difference between a fear-based thought system and a love-based thought system. Through practice, we can learn to choose the loving thought system that gives us peace. In this way, we reduce stress and worry in our lives. Things that seem to happen in the world are neither good nor bad. It is the underlying thoughts and fears that need to be looked at.
Feeling an obligation to complete anything in form keeps you in the loop of involuntary choices. When you release fear from your mind, you’ll see that perception is unified, which carries with it no consequences. Life has its own gentle voice, reminding us we’re never alone.
In “A Course in Miracles,” Jesus teaches us that the use of what he calls “magic” (anything in form that feels helpful, such as medicine) can be helpful in reducing extreme fear. This is ultimately so that the mind can feel relaxed and open enough to choose the miracle instead. As you continue to practice and follow intuitive prompts, you find it becomes easier to choose the miracle right away and thus let go of the old concepts which were the cause of sickness to begin with.