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Ready for Holiness

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.

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  • Lynne October 12, 2013, 6:38 am

    Hey man,,,you scored an ounce of clarity today!x

    • Sean Reagan October 12, 2013, 6:50 am

      and I’m passing it around . . .

      Have a great day Lynne!

  • Cheryl October 12, 2013, 7:22 am

    It has been raining here since late Monday. Thanks for introducing a little sunshine. Couldn’t help smiling, Sean, as your “wordiness” is not only welcome but can be downright delightful!

    Now off to work with my (holeless) umbrella!!!

  • sandy October 12, 2013, 8:12 am

    I love your website and studied course for a while..but I noticed a lot of people putting down the bible really bad language ..this all seemed so far away from holiness I finally gave it up..

    • Sean Reagan October 12, 2013, 1:00 pm

      Hi Sandy,

      Thank you for reading and sharing. I’m sorry that your experience of some other students was negative with respect to the bible.

      At a personal level, I appreciate the bible. It has been a part of my life since I was very young, I have studied it with some wonderful teachers (including the Holy Spirit 🙂 ), and I have been both lifted and nurtured by it. I certainly feel it has enriched my experience of studying A Course in Miracles rather than taken away from it.

      On the other hand, I know that is not everyone’s experience. Plenty of people have had unpleasant and even harmful encounters with traditional Christianity and the bible, and so they naturally – and, for them, probably rightfully – shift away from it.

      It’s really a question of what works for us – I appreciate the bible, just as I appreciate certain Zen teachers, as well as writers like David Bohm and Krishnamurti. Plenty of ACIM students disagree with me about this!

      And that is okay . . . In the end, we have to tune in to our own inner teacher. Our experience of the Holy Spirit is different, and the form in which we remember our Oneness with God is different, too. The important thing is not that we agree – or that people adhere to our standards of kindness and decency – but that our focus remains always on God.

      If you are happy and centered with your practice shifted away from ACIM, then great! And if you miss it, and want to try and build an ACIM community that shares your sense of respect for traditional Christianity and its texts, then great!

      Anyway, again, thank you so much for sharing. I’m glad you are here today!


  • Susan October 12, 2013, 11:38 am

    Sean I just love the way you write. It is so beautiful and always gives me a takeaway. Thank you for sharing. Susan

    • Sean Reagan October 12, 2013, 12:47 pm

      Thanks, Susan – glad it’s helpful – and thank you for being here.


  • Sandy October 12, 2013, 2:41 pm

    Thanks Sean I am sorry I don’t want to be offensive..it is very true what you say..I think the course has some beautiful writtings in it and I love a lot of other sacred books..I think its what sometimes we or people do with it..I never read anything offensive you have written..I have been out of my church for a few years now ..to me the way Christianity does the bible is not really what it says and I left because of that..then got into the course and still read it some but lately went back to reading the bible too..they are both beautiful ..Its what people do with it ..this one person was really making fun of Jesus and Mary..it really got me so got him off my fb page..thanks for writing and I do love your post too..sometimes I m in the middle I think..Love and Light follow you..

    • Sean Reagan October 12, 2013, 3:18 pm

      The middle is not a bad place to be! God can reach us anywhere . . .

      Thanks, Sandy.


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