Saving Time

December 1, 2022

Time can be invested wisely and not wasted.

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I used to have an intense compulsion about saving time.  I really did.  

For instance, on several occasions I tried to reduce the amount of time I was sleeping because it was just too much time.

This was back in the 1980’s when I was in my 20’s.  I used to sleep 9 hours a night.  It felt like such a waste to spend all that time sleeping.  So, I’d try to get up earlier and earlier and then be sleep deprived.  

I’d drink more and more coffee throughout the day to stay alert and then after a few days of that I’d get sick with a cold or something and then give up.

I think I slept 9 hours a night because I really needed the extra time in dreams to work things out mentally.  I noticed that in the 2000’s, when I had a real and effective spiritual practice that my need for sleep kept declining.  It got down to about 7 hours which is where it’s been for more than 20 years.  I find that interesting.  It’s just one of the many ways that spiritual practice has saved me time.  

I’m also healthier now than I’ve ever been, which I attribute to having an effective spiritual practice – working at the level of the mind.

In my Masterful Living Program class this week I was sharing that many people have asked me where to find it in A Course in Miracles that it says “you are already as holy as holy can be.”  And the answer is, you can’t find it there because it’s not in there.  That’s a thought that came to me when I was reading what has become one of my favorite passages in the Course (T-18.VII.4.)

This course …  aims at saving time.  You may be attempting to follow a very long road to the goal you have accepted.  It is extremely difficult to reach Atonement by fighting against sin.  Enormous effort is expended in the attempt to make holy what is hated and despised.  

Nor is a lifetime of contemplation and long periods of meditation aimed at detachment from the body necessary.  All such attempts will ultimately succeed because of their purpose.  

Yet the means are tedious and very time consuming, for all of them look to the future for release from a state of present unworthiness and inadequacy.

Your way will be different, not in purpose but in means.  

A holy relationship is a means of saving time.

An effective spiritual practice undoes the crippling false beliefs and the false identification with an unworthy, small selfish self, and restores the identity of the expansive, wise, and magnificent Higher Holy Spiritual Self.

If we’re daily doing battle with our sinful self, our sinful nature, as many think of it, trying desperately to keep our obsessive compulsive addictive tendencies in check, then we’re also affirming those negative aspects of the personality and giving them credence.  

Just as we cannot say someone has betrayed us, and sinned against us and then forgive them and feel free, we cannot think of ourselves as sinners, confirm the sin, place the label on ourselves, and then tear it off and think that we’re free of the judgment.

Instead, the time-saver is to realize we’re not sinners.

Jesus did not die for our sins.  That was something Paul sad in an epistle to the Romans.  The Romans were the ones who had Jesus crucified, so, in a sense, you can see how it is that Paul might say to the Romans that Jesus died for their sins.  

Jesus didn’t die for our sins because we’re not sinners.  And Jesus didn’t die.  Only his body did.  Let’s not perpetuate the false beliefs.

Let’s save time by no longer fight against the belief in sins.

Let’s not label ourselves (or anyone else) less than holy – instead, it’s our job to see the holiness in everyone.  That’s where our healing comes from.  

We don’t have to have some tedious and time-consuming spiritual practice in order to liberate from the ego.  In fact, if our spiritual practice is tedious and time-consuming it may just be that the ego is in charge of our spiritual life.  

There’s a spiritual imperative for us to realize that we’re ALREADY as holy as holy can be, so we don’t have to work at being holy.  If we do think we need to become more holy then we don’t know who we are, and who sent us.  We don’t know our purpose or our true nature.  And, if we don’t know these things, we can remember them in an instant!

The deep sense of unworthiness that most people carry can be eased and eliminated so quickly with an effective spiritual practice.  Why wait?

There’s a tremendous and painful cost to managing and coping with feeling unworthy and unlovable.  It can be healed very quickly when we’re willing and that saves a lot of time that would otherwise be spent in misery.

If you’ve got some willingness to shift the pattern of feeling unworthy, sinful and unsupported, join me TODAY,  Thursday for my free class:  Worthiness Workshop – I’m sharing some of what I’ve learned about undoing unworthiness and I’ll be offering some live coaching as well!

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