How A Course in Wonders Helps You Discharge Guilt

Awakening Mind Devotional Retreats and Stays - ACIM

I want to thank Jason, and everyone at the Monastery again for welcoming me with such openness. I’m still amazed that I was granted this opportunity to see shining examples of the teachings of A Course in Miracles, and for the first time in a long while, I do not feel alone.

Part of me wanted to stay longer, but beneath that desire was the thought that I would be doing so for the wrong reason; as a way to avoid my problems. The stronger feeling was, and is, that my travels will continue.

Before I left, Jason asked if I had had any insights acim. What I’m about to share was not yet clear at that time; only on the drive away did it coalesce.

That morning, several lines from a Vance Joy song kept running through my head, “I never should have told you, never should have let you see inside. Don’t want it troubling your mind, won’t you let it be?” This confused me as I could not think of anything that I had said that I felt regret for.

Eventually, the phrase, “don’t want it troubling your mind” stood out. This reminded me that the most prominent fear I had in coming to the Monastery was that I would somehow interfere with its residents’ peace of mind, simply by my presence alone. This belief that I could negatively affect other people’s state of mind has been with me for many years, and has colored many of my past experiences and relationships.

This fear left my awareness soon after I arrived. On the drive away it rose again, but I remembered David saying in one of his videos that minds cannot attack. I cried and laughed, and now feel as if the belief is being (has been?) released.

There are other things that happened that felt important, but I can’t think of them right now.

While many of us have already been raised to think that prayer requires pleading to God to simply help, save, correct problems and carry people things in this world, that is not true prayer or its purpose. Prayer in A Program in Wonders (ACIM) is quite different and very beautiful. More than a track, it is wondrous trade of Enjoy and thanks between God and His Creations that uses the forgiveness process to correct the mind before the Prayer Music is all that remains. It’s the ticket home so knowledge true prayer, and forgiveness, may be worth the time in retraining the mind.

Prayer is trading (sharing) a Track of Enjoy and Generation or judgments of the confidence based on everything you look for (agree with) in the mind. There is no other way. In the Course, your head (content) is separate between Lord and the confidence; and you’re selecting all the time with an area as reason for effect.

Types (all points of the world) are miscreations showing the ego’s judgmental believed system. We’ve managed to get up (miscreated that world) and may give it down anytime by correcting the mind (forgiveness). True prayer involves this modification of your head as Lord has nothing to do with forms.

What Prayer is Not:

When you are always determining, everything you look for when you pray is what counts. Once you plead in prayer to possess Lord repair a questionnaire problem with another sort issue, you are wondering the confidence mind for help (not God). These types and needs are regarded more important than God’s Enjoy which will stay concealed to the degree you select the illusion.

All additional things (forms) are needs. Other labels are wants, dreams, position, issues, sickness, human love (special relationships), gifts and targets nowadays, etc. They’re that which you pick as replacements for God’s Love and the confidence may pose the purpose of prayer by using them to further the illusion. Thus, prayer cannot be about “forms” or “needs” in just about any way.

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