Ask: (#3) How can there not be a connection between Truth and you as a person?
(This is a continuation of a conversation published as the March 21 and 28 articles).
“…You have said, ‘I think you may be locked in the old, religious habit of spiritualizing the ego. That’s when you think that there is a connection between the Truth and what you do or do not do as a person’. By judging me as thinking from 'old religious habit of spiritualizing the ego' haven't you contradicted yourself and judged me from the ego?
Also, how can there not be a connection between the Truth and what you do or do not do as a person? That's clearly separation thinking because WE ARE TRUTH. How then am I so calm and less stressed out since I started studying the Course? As I study the Course and Jesus points me gently towards the Truth I feel peaceful even for a little bit, why is that? If there is no connection between Truth and what I do as a person?
You have said you spend your experience, energy and time with your clients in exchange for money- so aren't you valuing your worldly abilities in this dream world therefore reinforcing the ego?..” – KR
There is a difference between judging and merely observing. Judgment applies a meaning (right/wrong, good/bad) and results in an emotional charge. When you merely observe you do not give any meaning (right/wrong, good/bad) and you feel no emotional charge. I was simply asking you to look at your thinking. I was not implying that your thinking was right or wrong or good or bad, but that you may find it is an obstacle to peace.
The self is not Truth. The self is the illusion that A Course in Miracles talks about. The Truth (God) within your mind is reality. The body/personality/ego is not reality. You are calm since you started reading the Course because it points you to the Truth within yourself. But if you want to experience only peace you will have to release yourself from your identification with a self.
When I say that there is no connection between what you do as a person and Truth I mean that what you do as a person has no effect on Truth. Truth goes on untouched by the self in any way. The self is only a projection of your mind so your awareness of the Truth affects your projection of the self. But what the self does or does not do does not affect Truth in any way. So there is no reason to give meaning (right/wrong, good/bad) to what the self does.
It is this teaching – that nothing real is occurring in your experience of a self in a world because God (Truth) goes on untouched by any of it – that sets A Course in Miracles apart from other teachings. It is a teaching in absolute forgiveness that releases you from guilt and fear of punishment. Of course other teachings – Hinduism, Buddhism, for example - teach that the self and its world are all an illusion. But as far as I know only ACIM actually helps you do the psychological work necessary to release yourself from the unconscious and conscious belief in guilt that is the primary obstacle to peace.
Yes, this self in my mind exchanges its experience, energy, etc. for money because I have evaluated these as worth something. I leave it up to others, however, as to whether or not what I offer has value for them. That is the way that the world works. But I no longer evaluate myself by what the self has to offer. If I did, then, yes, it would reinforce the ego in me and be an obstacle to peace. But the Truth is true for me now and I let go of the self – which means I let it be, and let it do what it does, without judgment.
What changes as you go along in this process is not what you do in the world, but from which thought system you approach the world. So your life in the world looks like any ordinary life, but you experience peace within because you come from an awareness that Truth, not the self, is Reality.
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