A Course in Miracles meets us where we are. This is the essence of doing nothing. Or rather, doing nothing but opening: allowing the Holy Spirit into our lives as we understand and believe those lives to be.
The Holy Spirit, seeing where you are but knowing you are elsewhere, begins His lesson in simplicity with the fundamental teaching that truth is true. This is the hardest lesson you will ever learn, and in the end the only one (T-14.II.2:1-2).
We are not asked to invent the guest, set a table for the guest, entertain the guest, make a bed for the guest or make pancakes for the guest.
We simply have to open the door. The rest is taken care of for us.
Thus, we can put aside the metaphysics. They are the foundation upon which the house is built, yes, but which one of us lives in a house and constantly gives her attention to the poured cement upon which it rests?
We are not asked to become intellectually proficient in ACIM-related ideas, nor adept at iambic pentameter, nor followers of Tara Singh or Gary Renard or Ken Wapnick or Liz Cronkhite.
We don’t have to attend conferences for Lightworkers, hang rainbow fractals on the wall, email inspiring quotes to friends and family, or genuflect before every beautiful flower that we see.
We can put acorns on our bookshelves, wear clown shoes to church, punch holes in our umbrellas and even eat crayons.
None of it matters. What we call our lives – in their gracefulness and their anguish, in their joyfulness and their grief, in their foolishness and greed – bear no resemblance to Life. They are dirges, odes to what is broken, jagged hymns to anger and guilt.
You who are steadfastly devoted to misery must first recognize that you are miserable and not happy. The Holy Spirit cannot teach without this contrast, for you believe that misery is happiness (T-14.II.1:2-3).
Simply see the need for this new Teacher and open the door to allow the new learning to begin. Nothing else is asked. Nothing else could be asked.
The significance of learning with Jesus – of accepting the Holy Spirit as our guide – is internal. The action is all within. Will there be external manifestations of our new learning posture? Behavioral expressions reflecting our emerging relationship to Truth?
There will be. But they are not what matters. They cause nothing. The lake reflecting the full moon does not cause the moon. It does not make the moon.
It is possible to move through this world – through this life – as quietly and gracefully as starlight and geese and passing clouds are reflected on the dark glass of a lake’s surface at dawn. Form but reflects the content within which is always Love, or a call for Love.
In time, form too will pass. But for now it seems real and so why resist it? Make peace with appears to be your body, the bodies of your family and friends, the zinnias and chickadees, the far off wars, the nearby injustices. It is nothing to you. All that matters is your willingness to open the door and welcome the guest sent by God to heal and teach you your holiness.
Like you,the Holy Spirit did not make truth. Like God, He knows it to be true. He brings the light of truth into the darkness, and lets it shine on you. And as it shines your brothers see it, and realizing that this light is not what you have made, they see in you more than you see (T-14.II.4:1-4).
Be the Holy Spirit’s project today: give full rein to the Teacher God appointed for you: give welcome to the peace of the forgiven.