Jesus reminds us that right now we are safe in God (our Source/unconditional Love) where we never left. The world and bodies we see are just a projection of the mind. It’s all just a dream that we have separated from our Source. Our reality is that as an extension of God's Love, we are formless, Spirit, perfect unconditional Love. Only Love is real and there is nothing outside of us.
The Course teaches us about the importance of not making the dream real in our minds. With this awareness, we still do the same normal activities in our daily lives. We still enjoy the world. The change we make is at the level of the mind (cause) and not on the physical (effect). It’s about how we view the world and everything in it and what meaning and purpose we give to it. We can make it a happy dream or an unhappy one. Moment to moment each day, there are two ways we can choose in our minds what we want to identify ourselves as. We can see ourselves as Spirit sees us, as Love and One with All at Home in God (Truth/reality), or as the ego sees us, as bodies and being separate from others and God (dream/unreal).
By not making the dream real in our minds and choosing to remember our true reality as Love, we recognize that all is truly well and that there are no problems. How we see another is how we see ourselves and it also reinforces our belief in who we think we are at the deepest level of our being.
True forgiveness, (which relinquishes judgement and recognizes the wholeness and innocence of all of us, as perfect Love) is what A Course in Miracles teaches and it becomes easier to practice as holding onto grievances only brings turmoil.
“You who were created by love like itself can hold no grievances and know your Self. To hold a grievance is to forget who you are. To hold a grievance is to see yourself as a body. To hold a grievance is to let the ego rule your mind and to condemn the body to death.” (From Lesson 68 of the Course).
We can use whatever appears as problems that show up in our experience, as opportunities to practice forgiveness and to reinforce in our minds our true reality as Love. Whatever upsets us in the dream, has been projected to reveal to us the false beliefs we still hold within about who we think we are. We are not our bodies. So, instead of attacking the projection that was created from false beliefs, we can choose to forgive everyone and the projection which results in healing for everyone.
Implementing the teachings of the Course in my daily life over the years, has resulted in much inner transformation and deeper healing. As I began to see things differently, with Spirit's loving guidance and vision, I was able to let go of many old grievances. It has now also become an automatic process to practice true forgiveness, so that I don't get stuck in fear (judgement) and what is not our Truth.
When I notice myself feeling troubled, I pause, take a step back and just observe. I recognize that I was feeling this way as a result of slipping back into thinking with the ego’s thought system of fear which I did not want, rather than Spirit’s thought system of love. I then make the choice for love once again, which undoes the belief in separation. I hand-over whatever is bothering me to Spirit and ask Spirit to help me to heal the root cause of the condition that created it in the first place (which is always the belief that we are separate from our Source). It is important that when we notice ourselves judging, to not judge ourselves for doing so, but instead be kind and loving to ourselves. I also find it helpful to remember that the thoughts that arise in the mind are just that. Thoughts. They are not who I am. I can observe them without attachment and let them go.
I then envision all involved (another person and/or myself), as the radiant Light and Love that they are. I remember that (on the deepest level of our being) that person is me and that we are the same Spirit, and One in God’s Love. This really helps and works quickly to dissolve any upsetting feeling. Sometimes I even giggle to myself at the whole thing, about how the ego tries to make everything so serious and real.
By forgiving everything and everyone, we don’t make the dream of separation real in our minds and we save ourselves much time and unnecessary suffering. We awaken to our reality of love.
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