In this section we have instructions for the little willingness. You would think we would not need instruction, but we do. Sometimes, and I know I can do this, we over-complicate this path. To experience the holy instant, we need these pieces:
As I learned over these many years, I do not have to purify myself to come to the Holy Spirit as He is the Purifier.
We are given a prayer to use:
I who am host to God am worthy of Him.
He Who established His dwelling place in me created it as He would have it be.
It is not needful that I make it ready for Him, but only that I do not interfere with His plan to restore to me my own awareness of my readiness, which is eternal.
I need add nothing to His plan.
But to receive it, I must be willing not to substitute my own in place of it.
Five lines seem a small preparation to accept and receive the holy instant, but seriously it is all that is required. We make more of this Course than it needs to be. I know at the beginning of my studies with ACIM, I approached it academically. Yet, when I released the yearning for understanding, and did exactly as I was told, (Ha, we never want to do what we are told, right?) then, it began to work for me. What does this look like? Do you think I repeat these words too often? Practical application? When I went through the baptism of fire in tragedies in my life, practical application is what worked. Let me say that again, it is the ONLY thing that worked.
When Jesus says in the Workbook how resistant we may be to the ideas of the Lessons, and then says, do them anyway, as they will help you, he really means it! Next time you find yourself saying how hard the Course is, remember it is your ego that is whispering that to you. The ego does not want you to practice this Course, as it knows it is the end of the itself. Practice and practice, and certainly join with others to listen to their miracle experiences. There is power in the sharing. When ego says, “No, this is a self-study course,” it is only telling you one side of it. Yes, you have to study and do the work yourself, but keeping isolated from others, no matter what those reasons may be, (summer is a good excuse that comes up for students this time of year) you are holding yourself back from the healing. For that, the ego is grateful.
MiraclesOne is different in our study of ACIM, as our focus is on helping students to live the Course for themselves. We are not gurus and do not proclaim to be. We share from our own backgrounds and stories, our foibles and our miracles. We’re the “everyman” of the Course community. We study, but more importantly we share how to be a practitioner of the Course. It’s one thing to read it, but another to practice it. Join us for one of our groups soon so you can see for yourself. Our study groups and classes are accessible to anyone anywhere as we use video conferencing and phone conferencing as well as attendance at our physical location at our center. Miracles are accessible to all. We never turn anyone away because of their financial situation, as it is so written in the Psychotherapy supplement. Only your ego is what holds you back. Even in AA they suggest 30 meetings in 30 days. Try it with ACIM, and tell me if it does not make a difference in your life. I know it did for mine!
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