ACIM Principles of Miracles 4 All miracles mean life, and God is the Giver of life. His Voice will direct you very specifically. You will be told all you need to know.
I. Principles of Miracles, P 4
4 All miracles mean life, and God is the Giver of life. His Voice will direct you very specifically. You will be told all you need to know.
Ok, this is one of my favorite principles. In my experience, I am being directed very specifically and told all I need to know. Since I started paying attention, I am even more aware of this Voice. I don’t always discern directions, but more often than not, I do. Sometimes I am aware of the direction and choose not to follow it. I don’t know why I do that because I always regret it. That Voice is for me, the instructions are always for my good.
I learned to listen first through writing. Keeping a journal while asking the Holy Spirit to guide my words set my intent. Also, it kept my attention focused long enough to get a clear answer. To do this, I had to get past the belief that only special people hear the Voice for God. At first, I thought that I was not deserving of this communication.
Consistent Awareness of My Inner Teacher
I also had to let go of the belief that It came and went and that sometimes for some strange reason, It was quiet. The Holy Spirit told me that He speaks to me all through the day as the lesson says and that it is I who fail to listen at times. I also had to let go of my expectations of what It would sound like or rather how I would experience this Voice. For me, it is a thought that comes through the mind but not from the mind, a thought Myron would not have had. Sometimes I go back and read His message from a past journal, and it is as if I am reading it for the first time.
I want to be aware of and follow my Inner Teacher knowing It always wants only my good, I want everyone to know that this is available to them whenever they are ready for it. Everyone can hear this Voice and is meant to, though it may come to you differently. Maybe you will experience it as an image or an intuition, as a symbol, or merely as inspiration.
Listen and Receive
Right now, I am using a little course available free of charge from Pathways of Light, “Listen & Receive.” I’ve had this course for a long time but have never actually looked at it. It is made to do alone, but a couple of people wanted to do it together. So, I am finally picking it up. I really love this course and understand now I know why so many people recommended it.
It begins by describing how to tell the difference between ego and Holy Spirit, something that people often ask. I know I did at first. The course provides a guided meditation to listen to or to read if we prefer. We are to become quiet and let our Inner Teacher communicate with us. Then we are to write it down. I did as instructed this morning, and here is what I wrote.
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My Message Today
Holy Spirit, I thank You for Your consistent guidance, and I want to spend more quiet time with You. I don’t seem to be able to find time for this, and I have a hard time staying with You if I am not writing. Please help me with this.
Holy Spirit: Can you give Me those 5 minutes I have been asking for? Drink your coffee and check your messages but don’t let them lead you into distraction. Then give Me the first 5 minutes. Do this every day for a while, and then we can see what comes next. Right now, just focus on 5 minutes. Let go of any expectations as to how this will look and how you will feel. Trust Me that what needs to happen in your mind is happening even if you are not aware of a change. Then, as you are doing now, we can communicate in this more familiar way. Both methods are advantageous.
Me: Thank you. I will do this.
God Gave Us This Helper
I am excited about this! I find it easy to be aware of what Holy Spirit wants to communicate to me when I am writing. But my mind is still undisciplined and I find it tedious to sit in silence for too long. I have said for a long time now that I am going to do this practice but I never do. Today, I heard Him and I know that I am going to follow up.
We are given this Helper because God wants us to return to our Self. God wants us to live, and what we are experiencing now is not Life. We pretend to be born and we pretend to live, then we pretend to die. All the while Life continues unabated and death is a strange concept that is unknown to Life. But while we are caught up in our stories of separation, Life continues outside our awareness. And so we suffer an imaginary but painful separation from our Father. We don’t have to, and it is this Helper, this Voice for God, that will direct us very specifically to gently undo what we have done so we can return Home.
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