The Answer to Every Problem — A Course in Miracles reminds us that the answer to every problem is given once we recognize what the problem really is. “Everyone in this world seems to have his own special problems. Yet they are all the same, and must be recognized as one if the one solution that solves them all is to be accepted. Who can see that a problem has been solved if he thinks the problem is something else? Even if he is given the answer, he cannot see its relevance. That is the position in which you find yourself now. You have the answer, but you are still uncertain about what the problem is. If you could recognize that your only problem is separation, no matter what form it takes, you could accept the answer because you would see its relevance.” (ACIM, W-pI.79.)
The goal of spiritual practice is to be in the flow of presence, to be tuned in to Spirit. Here we learn to forgive all perceptions of suffering and lack we have placed upon the world. Decision-making becomes simple and easy with the Spirit. It only seems difficult when we attempt to run some aspects of our lives by ourselves. This is where all sense of struggle comes in. When we completely let go and let God, all struggling comes to an end. In its place we find happiness, joy and freedom.
Why hold on to a little autonomous role, even that of being a spiritual person? Nothing repetitive, no spiritual ritual, will take you to the holy instant. Only the desire of your heart will take you home. You can have a spontaneous Awakening just from following your intuition. What Jesus is saying in A Course in Miracles can be paraphrased as, “You can see this world without any help. But you need help to see another world. You need help to have spiritual vision. You need a lot of help to come back to remember who you are as the Christ. Yet you can see this world without help.”
The Atonement as referred to in “A Course in Miracles:” There is no hierarchy of illusions just as there is no order of difficulty in miracles. The power of God transcends any kind of belief in error or sickness. The Atonement is a different breed. Jesus speaks of it as being an unequivocal choice. The section in ACIM called “The Last Unanswered Question”gives four questions and points out that the fourth is different from the others. In order to experience who you really are, you have to be able to answer the last unanswered question.
“Do I want to see what I denied because it is the truth?” Spiritual vision was denied in order for this world to seem to arise. A shadow world, a world of images. The graven images referred to in the bible is the cosmos. God is Spirit, he creates in Spirit. The ego made all the images. The Vision of Christ is always available. It can seem to be a matter of time or a matter of readiness but what it comes down to is the willingness to see what has been denied to see with spiritual vision, which is what revelation is about.
Jesus says that the Holy Spirit’s lessons begin with, “To have, give all to all.” (ACIM, T-6.V.A) This parable by David Hoffmeister is a wonderful demonstration of this lesson as it plays out in his encounters with friends, Mary and Steve. As always, David offers so much love, wisdom, and humor as the Spirit just pours through him.
The Holy Spirit knows what the untrained mind believes in. While one believes he is in a body in a world and dealing with differing situations, there seem to be steps towards the Atonement. The Holy Spirit knows exactly what steps need to be taken to uncover the truth of who we are. As we learn to hear this guidance and follow these steps we will be shown the way.
All objects are part of the self-concept. Jesus let the Holy Spirit give them back to him cleansed, all in one category: unreal. On the cross, he was no longer in the body; he did not see Judas as betraying him. The body (not the temple) will be rebuilt in three days. If you believe in unity and wholeness you see the real world. Although the body’s eyes report differences, Vision comes through the mind.
The Holy Spirit does not see the world the way a personality-self sees the world. The Holy Spirit sees it all as the same. To the ego, variety is the spice of life and sameness can seem boring, but David explains how sameness single-mindedness is not boring. It is glee, because it is prior to judgment in the mind.
The Holy Spirit has the job of convincing us that we are dreaming and that the body is not real. Very much like in the movie “Inception” where they used “kicks” to remind the characters they were dreaming, the Holy Spirit uses “kicks” of a sort to help shake us out of our sleep. And this is how healing of the mind, the only level of healing for which we should be concerned, occurs.