The Spirit will unwind our mind from all the sexual repression and denial that has gone on, and it will use symbols in a highly individualized way depending on each person’s patterns. For example, one who has been very sexually promiscuous in the past may very well be Guided to be celibate for a time. On the other hand, one who has repressed their sexuality may be Guided to start having more sexual experiences which undo old ideas about what sexuality means. In either case…
Tag: Practical Steps
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.
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.
Trust < 5 mins, Beliefs and Concepts, Contentment and Happiness, Faith, Guidance, Holy Instant, Practical Steps, Questioning, Self-Honesty, Theory vs Experience, True Freedom, True Peace, Trust, Undoing the Ego, Unwinding from the World, Worldly Issues
You have been exerting a lot of mind energy trying to find love, freedom, happiness, and peace in the wrong direction: the world. Put all of your trust in the Spirit, and look closely and honestly at where your mind energy goes. What are you invested in? What are you putting your trust in? Nutrition, […]
Anger 5–10 mins, Accepting Correction, Beliefs and Concepts, Choice and Free Will, Ego, Expression Sessions, Metaphysics, Practical Steps, Self-Honesty, Separation, Theory vs Experience, Undoing the Ego
There is no true answer to the question, “How did the separation happen?” A short while into the scribing of A Course in Miracles, Helen and Bill asked Jesus, “Wait a minute! How could the separation have happened in the first place!?” Jesus’ answer was, “You can tell by your emotions that you believe it happened!” In this humorous and insightful video, David expounds on this answer from Jesus by explaining how the Course was written for the mind that believes in the separation and therefore must meet the mind where it believes it is. All the things of this world which hold no value are magnified by the ego as a distraction. It is an upside-down and backwards world we live in.
Living with Purpose 5–10 mins, Comparison, Death, Ego, Knowing, Mind, Practical Steps, State of Mind, Theory vs Experience, True Forgiveness, True Joy
Spirituality has to be practical. We don’t really need another theology. We’re here to have an experience. A Course in Miracles says an experience will come to end your doubting. In heaven there are no concepts, but one concept that is still helpful while we are here is forgiveness. There is no thought of forgiveness in heaven; God does not forgive for he has never condemned. There must be condemnation first before forgiveness is necessary. The ego is a wish to be separate from God and forgiveness is a healing wish. Everything is mind. The question always comes down to, “What do you want?”
Inspiration 5–10 mins, Creation and Extension, Desire, Practical Steps, Purpose, Spirit-Invitation, Time and Space
“A Course in Miracles” offers steppingstones and metaphors that point to the change of mind it takes to make a future different from the past. When you have gone through a phase of changing the mind this way, you dip into deeper states of mind called mysticism. Here, you begin to discover the sameness of the world and start to question even the idea of linear time, and the idea that the future could be different from the past. “The past is gone, the future but imagined. These concerns are but defenses against present change of focus in perception.” (W-181.5) This is an entirely different idea than making a future different from the past because when you have gone this deep, even thoughts about the future will be distractions away from the moment—the gateway to eternity. But “A Course in Miracles” is so practical, just like learning to ride a bike, we have to go out and pedal, and take our steps! We need to use the metaphors and the steppingstones that have been given to us. And it’s also very individualized; the Spirit reaches the mind through whichever form of communication the mind is open to, yet the supporting joy and love underneath the form is the same. This is based on our invitation.
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!
On the spiritual journey there is a discipline, a mind training, to undo the doer. Experiment with the steps. We seem to have a sense of self-doubt and fear of getting a bad evaluation. Wouldn’t it be nice to transcend that, to just show up in presence and let go into the flow?! The Holy Spirit gives you the gifts, the miracles, to give from the storehouse of your mind moment to moment.
Guidance 10–30 mins, A Course in Miracles, Guidance, Healing, Listen and Follow, Practical Steps, Purification, Self-Concept
The Holy Spirit has a great perspective and knows in every seeming circumstance what would be most helpful. David speaks about Helen Schucman’s experience with scribing “A Course in Miracles” and how she had a lot of resistance towards the Voice. The Holy Spirit cannot take your fear away because it would be interfering with the most basic laws of cause and effect, trying to step between your thoughts and their effects. It is an inside job and you can use the guidance to see the conditions that were set up in your mind, and really, you are not bound by these conditions. The Course is only a tool to bring you in contact with your internal teacher. The Holy Spirit is kind and gentle and will help undo concepts.