Is storytelling good or bad? The ego made up all the stories, and will use storytelling to justify emotions and to reinforce the personality identity. Yet storytelling can also be used by the Spirit to heal and bless. The real question to ask is, “What is the point, the purpose, of the story?” Just as Jesus only told stories that had a clear point and purpose to them, so too should we be equally mindful as to why we are telling a story.
Form and Content
Health and Sickness 5–10 mins, A Course in Miracles, Body, Body Issues, Denial and Repression, Form and Content, Healing, Health, Meditation, Mind Training, Perception, Practical Steps, Reflections, Self-Improvement, Spiritual Journey, Symbols, Uncovering Blocks
The chakra system is not mentioned in “A Course in Miracles,” for it is merely another set of symbols that can be used by the Holy Spirit or by the ego, depending on one’s purpose. Used by the Spirit, the chakra system could be a helpful stepping stone in one’s journey towards getting in touch with one’s mind. Used by the ego, it can be a delay maneuver that keeps the mind believing there is causation in form.
Living with Purpose 5–10 mins, Defenselessness, Form and Content, Happy Dream, Holy Spirit, Miracles, Movie-Watching, Perception, Present Moment, True Joy
David tells the parable of the Holy Spirit teaching through movies. The movies are “The Game” and “The Man Who Knew Too Little.” See also the Movie Watcher’s Guide to Enlightenment online at http://mwge.org for more movies and insights on how to watch them.
Living with Purpose 5–10 mins, Attack Thoughts, Form and Content, Illusion vs Reality, Manifesting, Personality-Self, Purpose, Service
The sense of service can be a helpful step as a backdrop for watching the mind. Everything is thought, and really, the service is learning how to forgive and release attack thoughts. “I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts.” (W-23) Service cannot be judged in terms of form. True service is an alignment in purpose.
Living with Purpose 10–30 mins, Body, Control, Form and Content, Healing, Health, Mind, Script Is Written, Sickness, True Peace
“… seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.” (ACIM,T-21.in.1:7) Explore one of the most talked-about A Course in Miracles quotes: “The script is written.”(W-158.4:3) You do not have control over the script, but you do have control over your state of mind. Healing is of the mind. You made everything that your perceive with the body’s five senses in order to imagine yourself separate from God. The mind is reminded of this through many A Course in Miracles quotes, including, “Everything you perceive as the outside world is merely your attempt to maintain your ego identification,” (T-12.III.7) and, “Do not believe it (the world) is outside of yourself.” (T-12.III.9)
Living with Purpose 5–10 mins, Choice and Free Will, Dark and Intense Emotions, Discernment, Form and Content, Holy Spirit, Inspiration, Making Decisions, Purpose
We are often tempted to choose where it’s not really possible. Most of the choices we make in this world are of the same order, and the questions we typically ask make no sense in Reality. Choices become easier when we follow the Holy Spirit (peace); we will feel in harmony and flow with life. Ask only one question in any situation: “What is it for?” That’s very different from the ego saying, “What are the pros and cons here?” A mind in turmoil is not an inspired place from which to make decisions.a
Inspiration < 5 mins, Beliefs and Concepts, Creation and Extension, Empty Your Mind, Form and Content, Practical Steps, Theory vs Experience
Forgiveness underlies all paths to God, no matter the form. The Holy Spirit uses all forms the ego made and beautifully translates them to give them a new meaning. The purpose is always to bring the mind back into unification. This is not a path of comparisons; no experience is better or worse than another. We are all here to bless everyone, because everyone is our mind. As you go deeper, as Jesus and Buddha did, it is all about emptying your mind of everything you thought you knew!
Guidance 5–10 mins, Choice and Free Will, Fear, Form and Content, Guidance, Inspiration, Making Decisions, Purpose, Script Is Written
We are often tempted to choose where it’s not really possible. Most of the choices we make in this world are of the same order, and the questions we typically ask make no sense in Reality. Choices become easier when we follow the Holy Spirit (Peace); we will feel in harmony and flow with life. Ask only one question in any situation: “What is it for?” That’s very different from the ego saying, “What are the pros and cons here?” A mind in turmoil is not an inspired place from which to make decisions.
Peace of mind, being aligned with the Holy Spirit, is the goal and is what saves the world. What you do comes from what you think. While you’re listening to both the Holy Spirit and the ego, your thinking and behavior will be erratic. You don’t save the world personally. The problem is perceiving a fragmented world, seeing separate people who need help. You ask yourself, “What is it for?” The deeper you go with the mind training, you become clear on following the Holy Spirit’s purpose.
What we do follows from what we think. We must become consistent and clear in our thought processes in order for our actions to flow clearly from them. When we think of them as not connected, there is not a sense of harmony. This whole world is the “Pinocchio” syndrome. Human beings believe that they are autonomous people. We have to start to acknowledge the invisible strings and conditions. There is a very direct connection between action and thought. It seems invisible because the ego belief is that we have minds, thoughts, and bodies of our own which all support the belief that we are autonomous individuals.