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Ask: How does the Course fit in with the fear eating at me?

I have been studying the Course for 3 years now…My life in the world is stressful, I have enough money to sustain myself for a few more months, and then......  Being 70 makes it difficult.  I am distracted by the pressures of survival… I love the Course, it does and has sustained me.  Just wonder where it fits with the fear that is eating me. - CG
It sounds like A Course in Miracles is a bunch of nice ideas for you but that you are not really experiencing Truth (God) within you enough to trust It yet. Trust that you will be guided as to how to take care of the personal self will only come when Truth is a real experience for you. So your first object is to develop your awareness of Truth. Your situation is a perfect opportunity to do so. Ask the Teacher of Truth (Holy Spirit) for guidance about money and any other issue bothering you. You will always be answered. You may not accept the answer the moment you ask, but it will come to you when you are open and willing to hear it. Fear wil…

Ask: How can I let go of the wheel when I'm going 60mph on the freeway?

…But facing what I feel are the "facts" of the state I find I'm in, I can't do this when I'm driving my car and in heavy traffic on the freeway going 60 mph to simply say : "This is all not reality, it’s not, in Truth, happening and is an illusion.” With that I, simply let go of the wheel. Intentional or not the physical world is what it is for me. Telling the Holy Spirit that I don't know how to resolve this and turn it over to my Teacher I confidently fear such a physical act will harm me and many bodies. Forgive my mistaken thinking. I'm not intending to be argumentative but am truthfully wrangling with what's real, what's illusion and live in it without making things worse. In what I read currently I can't be in both "worlds" and expect the Holy Spirit to fix this… LM Only the ego (personal thought system) would think it was necessary for you to let go of a steering wheel while going at 60mph on the freeway. To do what? Prov…

Ask: How can I be more diligent with the lessons?

Every year I go gung ho and start off doing a lesson each day using index cards to write the day's lesson down and in a couple of months I falter and stop completely. Why is that?  How can I make myself more diligent so that I do at least one lesson per day? – DH
            If you have been unable to complete the lessons in the Workbook then you need to ask yourself what form of resistance is coming up around the time that you falter and stop. Some students think that they have to do the lessons perfectly each day and when they don’t they give up, feeling like a failure. Others bump into ideas that they find hard to accept and give up. When you find yourself resistant go back and read the introduction to the Workbook. It gives you instructions for doing the lessons and it makes it quite clear that you do not have to accept the ideas in them. Simply do not actively resist them. Each day just do the best that you can with that day’s lesson, then move on to the next lesson the next …

Ask: How did you deal with anxiety and panic?

…I was interested when reading your personal story, that you experienced anxiety and panic attacks… there is a lot of talk about "energy therapy" that releases the "trapped" energy in the subconscious mind.  I use it sometimes and it does help to bring me back to a rational state of mind where I can then more clearly ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.  Do you have an opinion on this? If you don't mind sharing, how did you approach dealing with your anxiety and panic attacks?  Were you using the course at the time? You spoke about "processing" time with the Holy Spirit.  How did you go about doing that and were you able to remove subconscious blocks and beliefs by doing that alone? Sometimes, when doing the exercises, I feel a literal "block" almost like a brick wall that makes it very difficult to absorb new thoughts and truths. –SL
            Yes, I used to experience anxiety and panic attacks. They began before I was a student of A Course in…