In order to have peace of mind, we have to raise up the ego beliefs and be free of them. Sexuality is the basic belief in needs which is all part of the perception of being a human being. As these needs are fulfilled on a regular basis the mind can be raised up into and advanced higher order of needs and that would be self-actualization. Sexual desire is a distorted miracle impulse, and is actually a gentle reminder, to see that you are being called back to God.
A retreat participant shares about her experiences and David speaks about what real love is, giving the movie, Solaris, as an example. We replay the past until we let forgiveness show us each other as we are. “Though lovers be lost, love shall not. And death shall have no dominion.” (Dylan Thomas, And Death Shall Have No Dominion)
The world is based on hypothetical possibilities. The mind is described “as if” it has two parts. An event on the timeline has to be an “as if.” As if it will, or could possibly, occur; as if the separation occurred. The whole teaching of ACIM is that the Atonement is a complete escape from the past and a complete lack of interest in the future. This zooms us into an experience. The only thing that makes anything helpful is zoomed into by asking one question, “What is the purpose?” This is an age-old question. And the answer is: it is for Love, for Joy. It is a celebration of divine Innocence.
When you are in your Holy Spirit-given function you are guaranteed to be happy. When you seek for happiness through external means you will always feel incomplete. Think about Hollywood. In Hollywood there is great wealth, fame, glamor, and glitz. The ego says if you had those things then you could be happy. But it’s apparent that it’s not really the case! Instead you see suicide and depression! Why is it that the people that have most of the things that the rest of the world is looking for, aren’t happy?
In “A Course in Miracles,” Jesus shares a question that we would do well to ask ourself in any situation in which we are uncertain: “What do I want to come of this? What is it FOR?” (T-26.IV.2.1) This question forms a logical thought trail in the mind to follow inwards, first towards recognizing whatever motives the ego had for the situation; and then secondly to help reconnect us with our True Purpose of Inner Peace. Joined in this shared Purpose, it can be seen that the ego’s motives for everything and everyone are actually quite humorous. Ask yourself, what is the purpose of relationships? What do I want to come out of this relationship in particular? What is it FOR?
Does spiritual awakening change relationships? As you move along a path of spiritual practice, what happens to interpersonal relationships? Another way to ask these questions is: Do you think in terms of persons and bodies? As your perception shifts, you get to a turning point where you see that you can let go of everything you believe is true. The scariest thing for the ego is for us to start opening up to the Spiritual Vision of Christ which takes us past the body and interpersonal relationships entirely. The Holy Spirit is taking us to a whole different perception of everything and everyone that we perceive; a way of opening to a deep intimacy to feel that deep Love that we’ve always known is there, a Love that includes everyone.