"Once you have developed a thought system of any kind, you live by it and teach it. Your capacity for allegiance to a thought system may be misplaced, but it is still a form of faith and can be redirected." -A Course in Miracles
Let’s look at this carefully. “Once you have developed a thought system of any kind, you live by it and teach it.” The thought system of any kind the Course is referring to is our beliefs. So once I believe in something, that’s what I teach. The challenge with that approach is, all beliefs are based on separation, on fear. It does not matter if they seem like positive beliefs. The reason being is because beliefs can be changed, and all beliefs have an opposite. Truth on the other hand has no opposite. So if we went to experience Truth, we must let go of everything we think we know; of every belief we have. In other words, we must let go of the “thought system” we have developed on our own.
That is a very simple thing to do, but not necessarily easy. It is simple because all we have to do is let go, but it is not easy because deep in our unconscious we have attached ourselves to those beliefs. So they need to be released gradually. That’s what the Holy Spirit is for, to help us release ourselves from every belief we have. But in order for us to do so, we first have to be willing to relinquish them to the Holy Spirit because we are the ones hanging on to them. We are the ones who have developed our own thought system the moment we chose the ego as our guide. The tool the Course offers us is the forgiveness process. We are not forgiving ourselves for being guilty because we have not done anything. We are innocent. However, we are forgiving ourselves for continuing to project an illusion that is not real, and in that forgiveness we release ourselves from our own chains. In that sense, the Course is not to be studied it is to be practiced.
The studying is the preparation, but the practice leads us to the experience. So the question is, How long do we want to delay the experience of remembering Who we really are? It is only a matter of when we want to let go of our own thought system (beliefs) and replace them with the Holy Spirit’s. It is that simple!