In a world of opposites, forgiveness isn’t positive. In fact, “A Course in Miracles” states, “The miracle does nothing. All it does is to undo.” (T-28.I.1:1-2) So, we could even call a miracle a positive thing, in the sense that all it does is undo. The journey from the ego’s perspective is very disheartening, challenging, disconcerting, frustrating, irritating. In fact, a vast amount of the stages in the development of trust are very difficult to go through. With this forewarning, it is no surprise when the floor drops out and we experience intensity. But it is only inevitable that the floor will no longer drop. Eventually, we experience lasting stability in mind. This is no small gift.
When we get into the flow of love, everything comes our way, without exception. When we have “giving love” at the core of our logical system instead of “ownership and possession,” everything proceeds beautifully. It is systematic and scientific.
You can live from inspiration by becoming a miracle worker. Trust Spirit and everything needed to convey the message is provided. In the beginning the ego resists being let go. Then it feels very natural.
We live in community at a Monastery in Utah; it is not like what you may think, however. It is very spontaneous and we follow only two rules: no people-pleasing and no private thoughts. In this honesty, we allow our resistances to come up and be released. This stops us from taking things so seriously, and we become more creative and playful. The creative impulse born out of this is the miracle mind, and miracles are collaborative. While living in community in Mallorca, Spain at a 6-week retreat we organized, there were many opportunities to release old habits of thinking; this talk starts with a music video that poured out as a beautiful collaboration by some of the Messengers of Peace while participating in that retreat. Through sharing these things with the world, we share our attitude of love and truth. And “No one can fail, who seeks to reach the truth.” (ACIM, W-131) Is there a finer promise than that?
Have so much fun—like a child playing with sand—that you forget to have people thoughts. Pay no attention to the criteria of the world. Trust that Spirit orchestrates everything, and give joy away. Stop seeking more and rest in contentment. You are not a person; you are an idea in the mind of God.
The support of mighty companions in community is very helpful on this walk Home. Holy encounters with them remind you of the truth. In community, there is a soft, happy feeling of not needing to care for anything.
If this is a dream, does that mean I have to take all responsibility for events in the world? Does “I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts” (W-54) mean I am responsible for an earthquake? The answer lies in “My Self is ruler of the universe.” (W-253) What we experience is what we desire. Giving and receiving are the same. The world is projected thought images. The world is not outside of mind. Our ego’s perception is fragmented and shows fragments, but they are all the same. Trust Spirit. With healed perception you see wholeness; you experience peace; you become a miracle worker.
David Hoffmeister talks about turning your life and relationships over to the Spirit and letting go of attachment, control, and past associations. This 52-Card Pickup metaphor has the Holy Spirit redealing the deck as witnesses to the new purpose are called forth and given to replace those of the old (ego) purpose that previously dealt the deck.
It takes a lot of mind training to become clear about your yes and no. In our community we use the elder brother approach. One who has gone before and who is consistently peaceful is someone to join with. The ego is concerned with autonomy. It takes much letting go of autonomous decisions to come into alignment with the Holy Spirit, to be done through by Spirit.