A few months ago I was inspired to begin a self-study of the Text of A Course in Miracles. In the past I tried reading it but found it dense and difficult to understand.
Since 2007 I’ve gone through the Course Workbook lessons several times, taking me sometimes up to two years to complete all 365 lessons; I’ve read the Teacher’s Manual, and studied parts of the Text randomly, on my own and in group settings.
The past few months now I spend about 20-30 minutes each morning with the Course Text. As I read a portion of it, I take notes in my notebook asking Holy Spirit to guide and reveal what I need to learn.
The experience has been very enriching. Through this study I’ve come to realize how important it is to be aware of my thoughts and beliefs at any given moment.
The Course states in Text, Chapter 2, VI.4:1, “The correction of fear is your responsibility. When you ask for release from fear, you are implying that it is not.” and also: 4:6 “You are much too tolerant of mind wandering, and are passively condoning your mind’s miscreations.”
Just these two statements are so empowering for me, realizing I am responsible for my mind wandering and for correction of fear.
The Text has also expanded my awareness of looking beyond what my perceptions and physical eyes show me in my relationships.
Another key principal Holy Spirit has revealed is that I am not here to change the script but to change how I respond to it.
A few days ago it began to rain while I was outside riding my bike. Immediately I felt a sense of frustration rising in me and I chose to give this feeling over to the Holy Spirit. Of course, I expected it to stop raining once I did that. I wanted to manipulate the situation to my benefit. Realizing this, I released it all to Holy Spirit and my frustration was gone.
Applying these principles sometimes seems difficult or even not possible for me; and other times I feel I should see immediate results as I work with these concepts… but even this is a mind trick. I remind myself that my old beliefs are deeply rooted and willingness and patience in the practice of these new concepts and principles will bring a new experience, a more joyful and real one. I also remember that I am never alone in my choice of perceiving a better way. Holy Spirit is always within me. I only need to ask and be willing to listen.
To all life and spiritual coaches, and all healers and helpers, let our words always be gentle and loving with our clients and the people in our lives, especially ourselves.
Through my Pathways of Light Ministerial training, I experienced how gentle, loving and fear-free the Pathways of Light teachings are… mostly based on the principles of A Course in Miracles.
I have been so enamored by the message of love and forgiveness in A Course in Miracles. Its continuous message is that we are guiltless and sinless. Its teachings have taken all the fear out of how my experience can be. Each time I read the material, I sense God’s Love and acceptance of me and of all. I practice these principles in my everyday life, in each of my relationships. Whenever I feel I have failed by reacting from my old nature, I am reminded from within, by my Higher Self, that it’s okay… I am loved and there is no judgment. There is no fear!
I remember when I was still going through my training, my facilitator saying to me that, “A teacher should never say anything that will produce fear in their students.” Oh my God, yes. I love A Course in Miracles because I’m not afraid of anything within its message.
Once something fearful is said, it raises our defenses, creating separation and the false belief of self-protection. There really is nothing to defend. Let us remember this as we relate with our clients and to all of life and ourselves. May our words be empowering, uplifting, honest, always focused on who we really are!
So many times I forget all the lessons learned on my life journey. I let myself be bogged down by old thought patterns, fears and just plain complaining and victimhood.
I forget about wonderful spiritual tools that really work, because I’ve practiced them over and over in the past. Yet I forget.
I forget what I learned from the Bible years ago that God always Is. To be still and know He is God. He/She is above any perceived challenge or problem. He is my Provider, my Strength…. and that needs to be my focus.
I forget I learned in YOU University Life Coaching that life is a school and that in someway, at some level, I create my experiences and there is always a lesson in each one.
I forget that A Course in Miracles teaches me to practice, practice, practice forgiveness, to not see error, but to remember that I am always as God created me; that I am holy, whole, complete, love, peace, not lacking anything; and the same for my brothers and sisters all around me. Again, when I lose this focus, I slip into fear and move away from my oneness with God.
Today, I remember. Today I step into my true identity. I am God’s creation. I am one with Him, with All That Is. How can I fear? How can I lack? I place my Inner Vision on these truths and affirm them over and over….and return to peace.
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