Oct 10, 2016
Here is my observation: Many people who say they want success (or healing), don’t REALLY want it. They kinda want it. It’s a luke-warm want. They have a “it-would-be-nice-if-it-happened-but-I-think-I’ll-just-keep-doing-what-I-always do” kind of attitude.
How bad do you want it?
How willing are you to do things differently?
How focused are you?
Would you be willing (and committed enough) to read this entire blog post all the way to the end?
Already I have lost 90 percent – who have gone back to Facebook to find more interesting posts to “like”.
If you are part of the remaining 10 percent, YOU ROCK.
Would you be willing to give up your story for it?
If you answered YES to that question, keep reading.
We’re down to about 3 percent now, who are still reading this.
I love A Course in Miracles.
It says “An untrained mind can accomplish nothing” and that is totally true.
If you have a symptom or problem in your life, how far are you willing to go to see it dissolve and disappear?
What are you willing to do?
What’s your commitment level?
What if you knew there was some work involved in healing, would you be open to doing it? Or are you going to continue to keep holding out “for a miracle”.
What if there was a systematic way to train your mind so that every unwanted problem and pain disappeared? That would be cool, right?
Would you sign up for something like that?
What if dramatic awesome change required ONE YEAR of your life? Would you do it then?
If you answered YES, then go to the next question.
What if it required your your whole life – heart, mind and soul – would you do it THEN????
If you answered YES, then go to the next question.
Are you willing to leave it all behind – everything?
We are getting into deep water now. Many people bail when they hear there is a commitment involved. They just want healing, with no involvement, no effort, no time, no energy spent. Just give me the miracle and I’ll be happy!
Sometimes spontaneous healing works like that, but 9 times out of 10 … it does not work like that.
9 times out of 10 (and usually 10 times out of 10, let’s be honest here), a miracle requires you to change your thinking – and probably change all your habits while you are at it.
I talk with a lot of people who “have” A Course in Miracles, but still have problems. I always ask “Have you done the mind-training? Have you trained your mind” and in almost every case, I get the blank stare.
They want to know what I mean. It’s a trick question really. If you have a problem, I know you have NOT trained your mind.
When you train your mind, all pain and sickness disappears.
Are you looking for a fast miracle cure? (aren’t we all?)
Can you admit that the fast miracle cure doesn’t happen that way. Your involvement is needed … ONE … HUNDRED … PERCENT.
Think about Olympic athletes. They are not hoping or wishing for a perfect performance that happens miraculously. They are training every day, often for years.
So what makes us think we are different? We often think “If I am a good person, then this thing I want will come to me.”
IT DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY.
We think “If I am dedicated enough to God, then God will heal me.”
IT DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY EITHER.
Whatever situation you seem to find yourself in right now, you caused it with your thinking.
You have done it.
And you can undo it.
Would you be willing to dedicate one year of your life to the complete reversal of every thought you have ever had?
If you think of the number of years you have already spent in trying to heal or change your situation, then one year is nothing.
Training and discipline is a requirement.
One workbook lesson 1, it starts you where you think you (in suffering and separation), and leads you with simple steps from there.
It begins to train your mind and needs your collaboration – to let go of fear and doubt.
A Course in Miracles has many practices in it (in the form of 365 workbook lessons) with your Inner Guide as your Teacher.
Here is an example of what your inner Teacher asks of you (from Workbook Lesson 44):
“Have at least three practice periods today, each lasting three to five minutes. A longer time is highly recommended, but only if you find the time slipping by with little or no sense of strain. The form of practice we will use today is the most natural and easy one in the world for the trained mind, just as it seems to be the most unnatural and difficult for the untrained mind. Your mind is no longer wholly untrained. You are quite ready to learn the form of exercise we will use today, but you may find that you will encounter strong resistance. The reason is very simple. While you practice in this way, you leave behind everything that you now believe, and all the thoughts that you have made up. Properly speaking, this is the release from hell. Yet perceived through the ego’s eyes, it is loss of identity and a descent into hell.” -ACIM
I love how much Jesus – the author of A Course in Miracles – talks about the necessity for discipline and commitment. He says I may encounter strong resistance. A good teacher knows what might happen with the student!
Plain & Simple: A Course in Miracles is a mind-training program – it teaches how to take 100% responsibility for everything that seems to happen to you.
Whatever seems to be happening to you: YOU ARE CAUSING IT.
If you can accept this, healing will be very easy for you.
Think about whatever you seem to be suffering from. Sit quietly and OWN IT.
I did this.
I caused this.
I am doing this to myself
A Course in Miracles teaches how healing is accomplished and gives us a systematic way that anyone can use with perfect results, every time.
Many people put their healing out to external factors – pills, medicine, doctors, even God or Jesus. We pray and hope and wish that our sickness will change, that we will be healed. And then we wonder why nothing happens.
We often hear “miracle stories” where people used certain healing techniques and they were healed. But then when you try them, nothing happens.
This was me for years. I have tried other people’s healing techniques – following the instructions 100% and nothing much happened. All I could think was “I must have done it wrong” along with “maybe there is a lesson in here for me and that’s why nothing is changing.”
Then came the self-doubt and self-sabotage in the form of thoughts like “I’m being tested” and “I’m being punished.”
I was trying to heal the body. I was trying to change the external picture – which is what A Course in Miracles calls AN EFFECT.
And here is the thing: you cannot change an effect. You must change the cause – YOUR THINKING – because the cause is causing the effect.
WHAT WORKS: DOING WHAT A COURSE IN MIRACLES SAY TO DO.
If you want healing, if you want success … you must train your mind.
An undisciplined mind can accomplish nothing.
If you have already “done” A Course in Miracles, but are still struggling, my suggestion is to begin today with a clean slate like you have never seen it or heard of it before, and begin again.
I suggest starting with the ACIM workbook lessons and make a one year commitment to do them.
Re-arrange your calendar to make time to read (and complete!) all 31 chapters of the Text, the Manual for Teachers, the Clarification of Terms, Song of Prayer and Psychotherapy.
In honesty, will be totally amazed to see how much hours you already spend playing around on the internet or watching television. You can make a commitment to be an “athlete” and do some “Olympic training” and complete A Course in Miracles.
Start with a beginning mind, as if you have NEVER seen the book or done it before. This is my 2 cent advice.
If you would like additional support and encouragement, you can sign up for my one-year audio program called ACIM 365 where there is a daily 10-minute audio (with written transcript) for all 365 lessons. It’s $149. You need a copy of A Course in Miracles before you begin.
If you are ready for something very life-changing, consider Living in Purpose – the Teachers of God Foundation’s 6-Month Mastery Program (which includes ACIM 365). It is currently running a special price promotion for the current 40-Day Group – $975 if you sign up before November 1, 2016. Then the price goes up to $1250 after November 1st.
If you read the whole way through this blog post and reached the end, you are part 1 percent!!
I’m thrilled to be here with you.
Please leave a comment and let me know how JUST HOW FAR YOU ARE WILLING TO GO.