When someone you are concerned about (such as a daughter) keeps coming to mind, it is a Call for Love to bring to the Holy Spirit. It may or may not call for a specific action (such as calling or emailing the person), but it is always helpful to take it to prayer and look at one’s thoughts. The ego has set up many “ego ideals” such as being a “good-enough mother”, and it’s important to look with honesty at these thoughts and be willing to release them with Spirit’s Help.
Give up the idea of protection. What are you protecting? Evil is not real. There is nothing other than God. The ego is not real. Only the truth is true. You are the dreamer.
“A Course in Miracles” (ACIM) teaches that time is simultaneous. To show the concept of linear time, David Hoffmeister uses a spaghetti string, a noodle. He says that we are like a fish out of water. Or, “a spirit out of spirit—on a noodle!” A spirit who has forgotten spirit and is on a noodle now; that’s pretty difficult. So, if you have had struggles and difficulties in your life, it’s not even surprising, because of the mind’s belief in time. In ACIM, Jesus says that the world was made as an attack upon God. Why would God send you to a world that was made as an attack upon God? That would be mean! Some people may say, “I didn’t ask to be here.” The answer to that is that everyone who believes they are in time asked to be here.
How you read the Course depends on the readiness of the mind. A teenage “crystal child” went to a Course group in Cincinnati and read their minds. Such a one need not read the Course cover-to-cover. Most Course students, however, read the Course cover-to-cover, not just once, but many times. Some don’t read it front-to-back, but pick it up and open it to use as an oracle.
Health is inner peace. I can be hurt only by my own thoughts. “As I cleared my mind of fearful thoughts, I lost the need to be cautious. I simply followed Spirit into so-called “dangerous” situations. Rather than seek healing for myself, I have experienced the healing of others.” –David
David Hoffmeister shares this idea along with a song from Donna Marie Cary: “If you knew who walks beside you along the way fear would be impossible.” There are many ways the Holy Spirit reaches a willing mind: songs, movies, books, billboards, bumper stickers, etc.
–From David’s East Coast Australia tour in Newcastle, Australia
Raising children while practicing ACIM can be very powerful! This experience gives you the opportunity to learn from your children. Just because you feel you are in a bigger body with a bigger brain and have read more books does not mean that you are superior. Learn the lesson of perfect equality! Nothing can obscure this perfect equality. Resign from this role of superiority and instead see what is going on in your own mind. Relationships in the world mirror your mind. Children deserve gratitude for mirroring back your belief system. A parent’s darkness and guilt may be acted out by children. If you unconsciously believe in abandonment, you will see scenes of abandonment. Find fearful beliefs in yourself and let them go. As you find inner joy and love, your children will witness to it. Lessen the sense of control. Children are our equals.
Find inspiration! There are many different ways of expression, many different ways to extend. Tap into the question, “where is my glee? My joy?” Let these questions carry you down the runway towards lift-off. Know that Spirit will use everything to take you home, even your preferences. Let Spirit use your unique likes and dislikes in a way that will lift you up beyond all identification with the ego. You don’t have to hide your ego preferences.