We are unlimited beings. A Course in Miracles tells us, “You are part of Him Who is all power and glory, and are therefore as unlimited as He is.” Yet I, for one, don’t often feel that way. As I repeat the daily lessons, and try to deepen my understanding of them, I find myself contemplating that, I find myself realizing how much I limit myself because of my beliefs. I believe my thoughts when I am “not really thinking.” I am, in fact, delusional (because ego is insane!). Today’s lesson, “My thoughts do not mean anything,” tells us that “This idea will help to release me from all that I now believe.”
This discussion about thoughts was, naturally, part of the topic of conversation last night in our Tuesday ACIM group. The Course tells us that we can’t really think apart from God. We are putting our energy into illusions. “…When you do not think like God, you are not really thinking at all. Delusional ideas are not real thoughts, although you can believe in them. But you are wrong. The function of thought comes from God and is in God. As part of His Thought, you cannot think apart from Him.”
It’s rather strange because we are so habituated to “thinking” of ourselves as separate beings, and believing those thoughts, that it takes commitment to shift that thinking. Of course, that is why we practice the daily lessons. The Course in meant to be an “undoing;” to release us from the illusion of separation. In the very first chapter, Principles of Miracles, it tells us, “Miracles represent freedom from fear. ‘Atoning’ means ‘undoing.’ The undoing of fear is an essential part of the atonement value of miracles.”
Atoning is the recognition that there IS no separation.
Miracles are our birthright, and they are thoughts! “Miracles are thoughts. Thoughts can represent the lower or bodily level of experience, or the higher or spiritual level of experience. One makes the physical, and the other creates the spiritual.”
And even though, the very first thing the Course tells us is “There is no order of difficulty in miracles,” the egoic part of my mind doesn’t fully believe that miracles are part of my skillset.
“Miracles are not in competition, and the number of them that you can do is limitless. They can be simultaneous and legion. This is not difficult to understand, once you conceive of them as possible at all. What is more difficult to grasp is the lack of order of difficulty that stamps the miracle as something that must come from elsewhere, not from here. From the world’s viewpoint, this is impossible.”
The part that I am beginning to get at a deeper level is that all of this is tied up with giving. As I mentioned a few days back, while reading Fearless Giving, the giving piece is the key. When I come from what can I give instead of what can I get, the energy is shifted from ego perspective to Holy Spirit perspective.
The Course acknowledges that this undoing takes work. It tells us, it is “the undoing of the getting concept.” “3 The first step in the reversal or undoing process is the undoing of the getting concept. Accordingly, the Holy Spirit’s first lesson was ‘To have, give all to all.’ I said that this is apt to increase conflict temporarily, and we can clarify this still further now. At this point, the equality of having and being is not yet perceived. Until it is, having appears to be the opposite of giving. Therefore, the first lesson seems to contain a contradiction, since it is being learned by a conflicted mind. This means conflicting motivation, and so the lesson cannot be learned consistently as yet. Further, the mind of the learner projects its own conflict, and thus does not perceive consistency in the minds of others, making him suspicious of their motivation. This is the real reason why, in many respects, the first lesson is the hardest to learn. Still strongly aware of the ego in yourself, and responding primarily to the ego in others, you are being taught to react to both as if what you do believe is not true.”
Saying that arouses fear. Saying that makes ego go crazy.
Which is why I am pleased to still be awash in the energy of Fearless Giving. By simply asking myself what I want to give in the moment, selfishness falls away. I notice that my limiting thoughts have less power. I notice that I am less attached to my beliefs, especially since I am aware that ego is the one who conjured them from the misguided idea that they were protecting me.
I am already safe. The idea that I am not is just another egoic escapade into fear. “The Father keeps what He created safe. You cannot touch it with the false ideas you made, because it was created not by you.”
Fear is the perpetuation of the concept of separation. It is born from believing thoughts which are not true.
“You have not only been fully created, but have also been created perfect. There is no emptiness in you. Because of your likeness to your Creator you are creative. No child of God can lose this ability because it is inherent in what he is, but he can use it inappropriately by projecting. The inappropriate use of extension, or projection, occurs when you believe that some emptiness or lack exists in you, and that you can fill it with your own ideas instead of truth. This process involves the following steps:
You see, our problem (my problem – the only problem the Course says there is) is that we (I) believe we are separate. (From lesson 79, “The problem of separation, which is really the only problem, has already been solved. Yet the solution is not recognized because the problem is not recognized.”) If we recognized who we really are, if we recognized that there is nothing we need to struggle against, the perfect peace that is already here would be ours. It is ours.
What I know is that if I am to be the miracles worker God sent me here to be, I must accept that my thoughts do not mean anything, because most of the time, I’m not really thinking at all.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.