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The insights posted by Eric are so insightful I thought I would post under Discussion Forum. Thank you Eric.:

"I too am a new student to ACIM. I have been reading the book now for 6 months but just recently started doing the exercises. I read Tolle before reading ACIM so he was a good primer to the profoundness of this book.

It does say in the book that there will be a time when there is discomfort and confusion in this transition and I know from my own experience that this is true.

I also was feeling like my ego was much more pronounced than before reading the book, but I have to step back for a minute and ask, "Is my ego more pronounced now or is my awareness of my ego more pronounced now?" I believe it to be the latter.

Letting the Holy Spirit in can be difficult at times. When I find myself in a situation that I don't want, quickly does my ego say, "I don't want this!!" and in this moment can resistence put the wall up and in the ego's instant I am automatically fighting against life itself.

One thing that I try to do when I find myself in a situation or arguement with someone is to become aware of my ego. Fine it doesn't want this moment or situation. So instead of trying to use willpower to fight off the ego's insane thoughts of struggling against life, I fully accpet that my ego doesn't want this situation and don't resist it at all.

What this seems to do is free up the energy I would have used by trying to use willpower against the now and lets me use it more productively.

I then say to the Holy Spirit, " I do not know what I want of this. What do I want of this?" and most often my awareness heightens and if I am angry, my anger diminishes quite a bit and there is an underlying peace within the situation or moment. Then more often than not, I have a clearer picture of what I need to do or sometimes I realize that at that moment, it is better not to do.

The one thing that I must make sure of is this though. Not to bring the ego into the instant. I know what my ego does not want, but I must make sure what "I" want. So it is important that I do not approach the Holy Instant wih, " I do not want this, so what do I want?" Then the Holy Spirit cannot enter.

And if it helps you with not having faith. Maybe refer to the Holy Spirit as your higher self. After all they really are only labels.

Jesus said something along the lines of "Of myself I can do nothing, but through the Father I can accomplish anything."

We can nothing through the ego, because the ego never has an answer. It was made from a question, "What Am I? for which it had no answer for. So it looks to the idols of the world in a futile to answer this question. WE will never find peace through the ego, because it comes from lack and so no matter how much we try to complete it, it will always have a void in it that lies emptiness.

Accept that the ego is the root of your suffering and it will make religuishing it that much easier.

Don't worry so much about not having faith at the moment. It is not mandatory. Just have the willingness to let the Holy Spirit in and He will be there. But remember, it is not your job to prepare for his coming. This is for Him to do. Don't try to make a Holy alter for Him, for that is His job. Just be willing.

Take care,

Eric

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Second post by Eric on February 2:

You're absolutely right Robin and it is not so much about letting the Holy Spirit in, but maybe more like letting the Holy Spirit into our awareness.

It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes in ACIM that I believe sums up quite a bit of the course.
and I'm paraphrasing here, "Our task is not to seek for love, but simply to seek out and find the barriers within ourselves that we have built against it."

Such a simple yet profound statement. Love is not elusive. Love is not special. Love is not for a lucky few.

LOVE IS.

Love is All Encompassing. Love is here and now as it has always been. Love is our natural state of being. We were created from perfect love and so perfect love we are.

It is such a dramatic shift of perception with this one realization. Much like life. I don't just have a life. I am not just living a life. I AM LIFE.

and this is the same with love, because love and life are the same. I don't just have the capacity to love or to find love. I AM LOVE.

It is the "little garden" that I made from fear, that makes the barriers to love seem so real. Love is my natural inheritance, because it was God's gift to me, because in my creation of God's Perfect Love am I just that.

And so to add to the original post. Maybe the turmoil that is happening right now is coming from the projection of guilt. All of my life have I projected this "guilt" onto the world without in hopes of relieving the "guilt" within. It seems to be an attempt to judge the world, before it had a chance to judge me.

"Oh, those people are wrong. Or those people are hypocrites. Or they are evil or insane. Or they just don't get it.

It seemed that I was trying to find salvation at the expense of another's condemnation. But from ACIM, once I realized that I was doing this. That I was projecting my guilt onto the world. Once I became aware of this, then I tended to somewhat break up that pattern. But there was a problem. I may have no longer projected the guilt onto the world without as much, yet I still carried it with me. Now must the guilt that I still have, did I start to seem to project onto myself. I was now guilty for trying to make the world guilty. Now instead of judging the world and finding my little salvation. I was judging myself and the verdict was condemnation.

This may seem like an exaggeration, but it really cannot be stated enough, that this is what I was doing. And it caused depression. It caused confusion, and concern and anger. "Where was my salvation?!"

And it took a little time for me, but I realized that I was looking at this self projected guilt with eyes wide closed. I wasn't looking at the guilt. I was looking at the effects of it. My own condemnation of it. When I realized this, it is then that I realized. I need do nothing, but simply be willing. Bring it to the Holy Spirit and let Him look upon it with me, but be willing to bring everything and not hide anything.

The ego is telling you that you must suffer for the judgments you have laid upon the world. That you are guilty of these judgments. Yet these are the ego's judgments and not your True Self.

It may be difficult at times, but if you are experiencing discomfort, just be aware of it. Without judgment and in practicing this, you will find a peace within the discomfort.

Also, I would like to mention breath, because breathing is something that is very under rated. Most people breathe wrong. They breathe in what is known as shallow breathing. When people are under stress, a lot of people will tend not only to breathe even more shallow, but also hold their breath. This will not only ctreae more stress, but will also cause muscle contraction, which will cause physical ailments due to stress. Here is a great relaxing breathing technique that I people that are quitting smoking (new quitters are notorious for shallow breathing) for not only does it mimic inhaling a cigarette, but it also relaxes the body from the fight or flight response that keeps smokers in the cycle of addiction. (a Whole other post)

Get comfortable and breathe through the nose for 4 seconds. Hold your breath for 7 seconds. Then through the mouth with the tip of your tongue lightly on the roof of your mouth right behind your front teeth, loudly let it out for 8 seconds. Repeat 4 to 8 times.

But breath awareness just on it's own is very helpful. Try to be aware of your breathing. Is it shallow? Are you holding your breath? There are many more techniques to try and googling Yoga Breathing Techniques, can help you find some very easy breathing techniques that can be done anywhere at anytime.

Take care,

Eric

You may read the original blogs on this topic at Letter from A New Student



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Hi Eric,

What powerful insights you have shared. In particular:

"I also was feeling like my ego was much more pronounced than before reading the book (A Course in Miracles), but I have to step back for a minute and ask, "Is my ego more pronounced now or is my awareness of my ego more pronounced now?" I believe it to be the latter.
....
So instead of trying to use willpower to fight off the ego's insane thoughts of struggling against life, I fully accpet that my ego doesn't want this situation and don't resist it at all.

What this seems to do is free up the energy I would have used by trying to use willpower against the now and lets me use it more productively.

I then say to the Holy Spirit, " I do not know what I want of this. What do I want of this?" and most often my awareness heightens and if I am angry, my anger diminishes quite a bit and there is an underlying peace within the situation or moment. Then more often than not, I have a clearer picture of what I need to do or sometimes I realize that at that moment, it is better not to do.

The one thing that I must make sure of is this though. Not to bring the ego into the instant. I know what my ego does not want, but I must make sure what "I" want. So it is important that I do not approach the Holy Instant wih, " I do not want this, so what do I want?" Then the Holy Spirit cannot enter.

I love this. Yes Eric... powerful point. I am grateful I learned early on the Holy Spirit does not enter uninvited. And our ego cannot enter the Holy Instant ...this is so true. Love and fear cannot coexist.

"Jesus said something along the lines of 'Of myself I can do nothing, but through the Father I can accomplish anything.' ....WE will never find peace through the ego, because it comes from lack and so no matter how much we try to complete it, it will always have a void in it that lies emptiness.
...
It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes in ACIM that I believe sums up quite a bit of the course, and I'm paraphrasing here, "Our task is not to seek for love, but simply to seek out and find the barriers within ourselves that we have built against it."

Such a simple yet profound statement. Love is not elusive. Love is not special. Love is not for a lucky few.

LOVE IS.
...
And so to add to the original post. Maybe the turmoil that is happening right now is coming from the projection of guilt. All of my life have I projected this "guilt" onto the world without in hopes of relieving the "guilt" within. It seems to be an attempt to judge the world, before it had a chance to judge me."
....
"And it took a little time for me, but I realized that I was looking at this self projected guilt with eyes wide closed. I wasn't looking at the guilt. I was looking at the effects of it. My own condemnation of it. When I realized this, it is then that I realized. I need do nothing, but simply be willing. Bring it to the Holy Spirit and let Him look upon it with me, but be willing to bring everything and not hide anything. ...

The ego is telling you that you must suffer for the judgments you have laid upon the world. That you are guilty of these judgments. Yet these are the ego's judgments and not your True Self.

It may be difficult at times, but if you are experiencing discomfort, just be aware of it. Without judgment and in practicing this, you will find a peace within the discomfort."

Great point Eric...We've been projecting guilt all our lives out there... so when we first start studying A Course in Miracles... the undoing is to see things as they are...and becoming "responsible for sight".. In the beginning this can feel painful. "Temporary discomfort is aroused so we can see the defilement of the Altar" (paraphrased). There is a part in the Course that says what feels like our greatest retreats are actuallly our greatest advances. "'Our tolerance for pain is not without limit..all will come to the point where we will ask for another way" (paraphrased). This is demonstrated in the video of how A Course in Miracles came about when Bill Thetford said to his colleague Helen Schuchman '"There must be a better way of living and working in this world." And Helen said, "You are right Bill and we can find it together." In their joining of a common purpose came A Course in Miracles dictated to Helen by Jesus..
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With regard to your comments about breathing:

"Get comfortable and breathe through the nose for 4 seconds. Hold your breath for 7 seconds. Then through the mouth with the tip of your tongue lightly on the roof of your mouth right behind your front teeth, loudly let it out for 8 seconds. Repeat 4 to 8 times.

But breath awareness just on it's own is very helpful. Try to be aware of your breathing. Is it shallow? Are you holding your breath? There are many more techniques to try and googling Yoga Breathing Techniques, can help you find some very easy breathing techniques that can be done anywhere at anytime."

Thank you for sharing this about breathing Eric. I have become aware of using my focus on breathing to stay Present. Presence is Christ consciousness."

Namaste,
Ruby
Eric says >>Also, I would like to mention breath, because breathing is something that is very under rated>>

In the ancient texts it says "Breath is Life and Life is Breath". And consider that Breath contains and is a conductor of vital life force or energy. This energy is called chi in the Chinese culture, and prana in the Indian culture.

Breathing deeply with awareness helps bring about a "stillness" in mind and a meditative state.
There was a brief moment years ago, when I wondered and perhaps even fretted about the ego and its impact in my life...looking toward the lessons and my practice, etc. That moment quickly passed. I mean it very quickly passed when I got it...that there is no ego to fret about.

Are there indeed barriers to the infinite love shed abroad in the world? Are there? Really? I know of no such barriers. Oh, perhaps we think up a storm, emote a bit, whirl our behavioral batons like we are marching to nonegoic zion.

When all that one could possibly devise in mind as lesson practices and ploys to move toward the atonement are done. When all struggles with behavior changes to somehow perfect ourselves in preparation to see once again are done. Or perhaps we are still engaged in these follies? When all...and I do mean all these are done even if we are still involved in these practices...in that instant when we realize they are completed (and have always been completed), there is but one idea that shines across the mind, ushering in that which we waited for unnecessarily long. That in that moment, and in all our endeavors, there is noticed one single truth arising from faithful trusting the perfect reality that we are created as. And it echoes so quietly as a knowingness wherein we recognize our invulerability...which could be voiced as "I need do nothing." But then again, it doesn't need earthly voice, but only our willingness to see ourself as we are, wholly and infinitely coexistent with all life (often referred to as others, or as an innumerable host).

What does one need to do to see again that perfect face of love's spirit of peace? And how long does it take to see it?

They need to nothing...and no time is required but right now...and just a pinch of willingness.

But I have looked and looked and see nothing? Well, if you can say that...I say this: If you have looked and believed you have not seen, consider that you have believed in the impossible. Look at your hand and look away 100 times. Looking at the reality of yourself, of others, of God's spirit...is exactly....yes precisely...that simple. When you look, be sure to accept that you do see, completely regardless of any so-called evidence. Understanding will arise and prove that you do indeed see, and that very clearly. Beyond the struggle, we may notice there was never a battle to win, nor any methodology to employ.

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