I. The Invitation to the Holy Spirit, P 2
2 Let us start our process of reawakening with just a few simple concepts:
Thoughts increase by being given away. The more who believe in them the stronger they become. Everything is an idea. How, then, can giving and losing be associated?
Thoughts increase by being given away. I feel very strongly about watching my thoughts and noticing the ones I am giving away. When someone says something negative today, complaining about the weather, expressing fear of political changes, worrying about their job, or any of the many other ways we express the belief in lack and loss, the belief in pain suffering and death, what will I say in return? I have heard myself join right in with my own complaints, my own fears, and I don’t want to do that anymore.
I don’t want to ever do that again, and the way to stop doing it is to notice when I do and ask that my mind be healed of these beliefs. In the past, I have tried swallowing the words and that is not the solution. My beliefs will find a way to surface in spite of my efforts to hide them. And whether I actually voice wrong minded beliefs or not, they still affect the Sonship. I choose healing today. I don’t want to be the complainer or the fear monger. I want to have a grateful heart and a thankful mind. I want to increase love, not fear.
Everything is an idea. We have already talked about that, but it is good to look at it again because it is a different way to think. Before ACIM, I didn’t think of a couch as an idea. I thought of an idea as potential. It was the first step in making something. A Course in Miracles has turned my understanding upside down. I don’t have a clear understanding of the way things are, but I understand enough to know how ignorant I was before.
Jesus doesn’t say that everything starts with an idea. He says everything is an idea. The ego begins with a thought and then looks for a way to make something that represents that thought. I wonder how many patents there are for things we have made. I think that making things is a distortion of creation. It is a way of convincing us that our mind is powerless.
We are smart enough to think of ways to make things happen within a very limited scope, but there is too much fear to accept our true power. As egos we accept that we are clever, but our fear is that to think we are powerful is to invite the wrath of God. Playing small is the way we hope to convince God that we are not worth His concern, to allow him to forget that we, in a long ago moment of madness, usurped His power and became our own creators. So we pretend that if we want a new and better mouse trap we have to invent one. Its all part of the game we play, the game of being human.
We have done such a good job of hiding out in the world, pretending to be small and insignificant that we have truly forgotten who we are. We have forgotten our Divinity and all that means. Jesus remembered and he is helping us, as we are ready, to remember. He says that we can start with a couple of simple concepts. Thoughts increase by being given away and everything is a thought. Give freely what you want to see increased, what you want to grow stronger in your mind. Give freely because the more you give it the more you have it. Give freely because there is no loss in giving, only increase.
Today I am going to give what I want; I am going to give love and kindness. I am going to ask that every other thought in my mind be healed. I will ask for healing of the need to be right, the need to be first or greater, the need to hide or be smaller. I will ask that my mind be healed of the belief in pain, suffering, and death in whatever forms they may take. I will give (believe in, think about, express) only what I want to retain and what I want to increase.