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One of the most beautiful aspects of A Course in Miracles is that it always lets us know that Spirit loves us and we are dearly cared for. No matter what we do, or what we’ve done, we’ll never be punished. “All things are lessons God would have me learn.”
I also love that ACIM tells us we can learn how to remember what we already know, what is eternal truth, the truth that sets us free, we don’t have to learn through experience. Learning through remembering is Joy-full. Learning through experience is usually painful.
When people ask me where to start with ACIM I have two suggestions for them:
I recommend starting with the Manual for Teachers and with Gary Renard’s excellent and inspiring book, Disappearance of the Universe.
One of the most helpful sections in all of ACIM is in the Manual for Teachers, Chapter 4 – the Characteristics of God’s Teachers. The first one is Trust. And the Section A. Development of Trust is one I recommend people read every day for a week, and then once a week after that.
Here’s how it begins:
“A. Development of Trust
First, they must go through what might be called “a period of undoing.” This need not be painful, but it usually is so experienced. It seems as if things are being taken away, and it is rarely understood initially that their lack of value is merely being recognized. How can lack of value be perceived unless the perceiver is in a position where he must see things in a different light? He is not yet at a point at which he can make the shift entirely internally. And so the plan will sometimes call for changes in what seem to be external circumstances. These changes are always helpful. When the teacher of God has learned that much, he goes on to the second stage.” M-4.I.A.3.
Do you notice the part where it says, “This need not be painful, but it usually is so experienced.” We can change that by being willing AND committed to remembering instead of learning.
When we’re clinging to the past, it makes the undoing painful. How can the Higher Holy Spirit Self take from us the causes of our pain if we cling to them? It’s not possible. We have to be willing to let them go.
That’s why I find it so helpful to say, “I don’t know what anything is for.” Why would I cling to something when I don’t know what it’s for? If I think that this thing will bring me happiness, but the fear of losing it makes me frightened, wouldn’t it be incredibly helpful to be willing to let go of the meaning I’ve given it?
And then, people ask me, “How, Jennifer? How do I let go of the meaning I’ve given it?”
We don’t know the “how” of it, but we do know what to do. We give it to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing. When we’re willing to release the attachment, it can be undone. When we’re not willing, it can be undone. Pretty simple.
When I’m not willing, it can feel like I’m being punished. But God doesn’t punish. It’s only that all attachments cause suffering.
How does the Higher Holy Spirit Self do the undoing in our mind? How do the attachments get released once we’re willing? I don’t remember and I don’t actually care that I don’t remember, as long as it works. I give the Holy Spirit the heavy lifting and it works when I really mean it. If I don’t really mean it, it doesn’t work.
I pray to be willing. Every day, I pray to be more willing. Let’s pray on it!
Affirmation: I am willing to let go of all attachments.
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