Ask: Any comments on you being an iconoclast?
“The more I read the July 27 blog (http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2016/07/learning-beyond-whats-in-acim.html) along with the comments and your responses, the muddier the waters seemed to get (for me) until I read your statement:
‘ACIM led me to the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit led me past my obstacles to being aware of Truth, many of which were not specifically mentioned in ACIM.’
You have always made the point that studying the Course was simply a means to an end; that it was even possible to reach an understanding of the Course and still not have inner peace. After getting almost nothing from the Course per se, the various teachers, authors, books, speakers, and students - I came across 4HIP, Releasing Guilt, the Mentor Articles and your personal mentoring. Now that I have established a relationship with my inner Teacher of Truth - which I find to be fairly accessible, simple, quiet and tailor-made, I feel like a phony to consider myself a student of ACIM. Why bother with what seems like a lot of extra baggage. I have enough of my own to sort through, why wrangle with more - especially if the original "brand" comes up short - like the issue of boundaries which other Course teachers and students seem to reject outright. Not to mention my own incredulity with the Course's origins; the inscrutable, grandiose language; distracting issues with the Jesus connection, and Course teachers and students who reject my approach to the Course because I'm not loyal to the "brand".
You Liz, are an iconoclast in the best sense – it’s not a role you affect, it’s just the place where you come from.
Any comments?” – ES
Hmmm. I don’t think “iconoclast” would be the word I’d use for myself since my dictionaries all seem to indicate that an iconoclast “seeks to destroy” or at least to “challenge” conventional ideas, icons, etc. Although the result is often that I do take apart conventional ideas my goal is to undo guilt and reveal Truth. I chose to be led by my experiences of Truth rather than by my intellect because intellectual understanding is not transformational but the experience of Truth is. And I (eventually) wanted real shifts to know Truth, not just to understand some spiritual teaching.
A client once said to me, “You don’t teach ACIM so much as you teach Truth.” Truth draws me like nothing else because It is the truth. What else could be worthy of my time and effort but the Truth because It is the truth? This does mean that, yes, I walk apart from almost all of the rest of the world. I’m not sure what this is called.
I can see why you may not consider yourself a student of A Course in Miracles since it has not worked for you. I still think of myself that way, or at least as a former student of ACIM, because it was almost exclusively the tool the Teacher of Truth (Holy Spirit) used to reach me for a very long time. I have left it behind but it is still the common language and a useful tool that I use with my clients.
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