Miracles are involuntary and they cannot be controlled. This is how a joyful life is lived, by letting go and letting God; by not trying to control the world, and not trying to plan for the future. It’s okay to let go, you will not die by letting go of control, you will actually live!
Trust 5–10 mins, Christ-Identity, Contentment and Happiness, Ego, Guidance, Hallucination, Planning, Prayer, Purpose, Self-Concepts, Time and Space, Trust, Undoing the Ego
Jesus will guide us so our journey is smooth and joyful. We only feel pain and sacrifice when we resist. Plan Bs are resistance, used to support the self-concept rather than the Christ Self. Yet the Holy Spirit and Jesus show us that trust is justified. Are we willing to trust so much that we let go of our plan Bs? Our problem is that first we decide what we want, and then we ask for guidance. The asking needs to come first. When we are identified with a self-concept we don’t know our best interests; we are completely lost and need the help of the Holy Spirit. Thankfully, that help is available to us anytime we ask for it
Guidance 5–10 mins, Ego, Guidance, Listen and Follow, Making Decisions, Mind Training, Past–Future Thoughts, Planning, Practical Steps, Present Moment, Spirit-Invitation, Transcendence
When you are willing, you can stop being distracted by the ego’s trick of linear time and allow Spirit to show you, very specifically, what to do next. ACIM daily lessons direct the mind out of the maze of linear time. Lesson 32 says, “I have invented the world I see.” To be human is to make images, to imagine hypothetical possibilities for the future. There is a lot of fear in this process. The ego mind keeps generating a future, which is just a construct, to keep the guilt going. Concern for the future is a defense against the present moment.
Inspiration 5–10 mins, Creation and Extension, Intuition, Planning, Preferences, Present Moment, Quantum Field, Stress
Diving into the experience of presence is the natural state while we’re not at Home. If there are plans to be made, we will be told of them. Nothing needs to be held in mind. Everything in life is given intuitively. Any kind of event comes effortlessly.
Guidance 10–30 mins, Family, Forgiveness, Guidance, Making Decisions, People-Pleasing, Planning, Relationships
“No” is an absolutely essential word in the vocabulary of the Holy Spirit. It is not helpful to get into bargaining in relationships, constantly compromising, people-pleasing in order to be liked. This reinforces the idea of “my way” and “your way.” When you tune in to guidance and prompts you can confidently say “no.” No’s from the Holy Spirit are firm no’s: “No, but thank you for asking.”
Trust 5–10 mins, Awareness Of Dreaming, Consistent Experience, Dreamer of the Dream, Miracles, Planning, Spiritual Journey, Trust
Letting go of control and letting everything be given by Spirit is a radical life change. It is as radical as learning to breath liquid oxygen. You will experience periods of disorientation and come out soaring. The Course prepares you for being miracle-minded, even helping you remove the special relationship. Every miracle reinforces the awareness that life is but a dream.
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.
Money < 5 mins, Body Issues, Contentment and Happiness, Control, People-Pleasing, Planning, Possession and Ownership, Private Thoughts, Sex and Sexuality, Shame, Specialness
What is success? You may have specific ideas about what success would look like in your life. Is it built on a concept like the “American Dream,” or some other artificial standard? These societal ideas about the “success” are like a cosmic fig leaf, covering over the separation and belief in guilt and shame. There is no need to cover anything up. There is nothing to hide.
There are many tools the Holy Spirit has given us to align back into our true nature. Whether it’s using the “Rules for Decision” in the book, “A Course in Miracles,” or the first two commandments in the Bible, all these tools help us keep the Kingdom of Heaven in focus.
“Who would defend himself unless he thought he were attacked, that the attack were real, and that his own defense could save himself? And herein lies the folly of defense; it gives illusions full reality, and then attempts to handle them as real. It adds illusions to illusions, thus making correction doubly difficult. And it is this you do when you attempt to plan the future, activate the past, or organize the present as you wish.” (W-135.1) The destination is now; the means are given simultaneously with the end. Like a musician or an athlete in the flow of the moment, the experience is the end. The Holy Spirit will guide you in the present where you lose the sense of a personal self. Join in stillness and listen for your next steps. The Holy Spirit will use your skills.