Radical Self-Honesty Required


In order to undo all the false beliefs in your mind that stand in the way of inner peace, you have to be willing to be radically honest with yourself. If you are not honest with yourself you cannot be honest with anyone else—including the Holy Spirit (Awareness of Truth in your mind).

It is not enough to say to the Holy Spirit, “I have this emotional/psychological pain. Please take it from me.” If you really want it removed, what you have to mean is, “I have this emotional/psychological pain. Please help me find the thoughts causing it so we can undo them together.” This means you have to be completely honest with yourself first about all that you feel and think.

Oh, were you expecting the path to peace to be a comfortable process? Alas, no! You have to face your beliefs in guilt and sin and the fear they cause, in their many forms, no matter how trivial, stupid, or shameful you think them, to undo them. This is very difficult at first because they seem very real to you. This is why not everyone chooses inner peace. It takes strength and courage to look into your mind. But keeping uncomfortable beliefs hidden also keeps them real to you and acting on you in both unconscious and conscious ways. The only way out of them is through them, with the Holy Spirit’s Light and Love. Because you can be sure the Holy Spirit does not believe in them.

In time, though it is never comfortable or easy, you will want to be radically honest with yourself. The more you use it and experience the relief it brings, the more you will be motivated to use it. You will get through your discomfort by reminding yourself of the relief you had found in the past.

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will said…
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ACIM Mentor said…
I was lucky to have a mother who instilled a conscience in me. So I can *feel* when I'm being dishonest, even when I don't want to admit it. Can't lie to myself for long. Too uncomfortable. If I don't get honest, layers and layers of discomfort build. Then I'd have to get meds from a doc or self medicate or something.

Also had the experience of denying my sexuality when very young. Once I came out I became terrified of denial and my own subconscious. How could I hide such an integral part of my personality from me? I *never*, *ever* wanted to go through something like that again. This motivated me further to be radically self-honest.
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George Fordham said…
Will, what's the point keep beating yourself up ? After all, this physical body and world is only a dream, an illusion. In reality we are all of us safe in God's loving embrace. Why not just relax, laugh at it all, and enjoy the ride,even if it is bumpy at times ? I find all your comments helpful. Best Wishes, George.
will said…
George, Beating myself up? I haven't mentioned myself. I write things down that I think might be helpful to people who are new to the course. It's kind of a 12 step thing. I mean this in a helpful way, being condescending reinforces the belief in the ego.
will said…
George, To be as honest as I can today I wasn't trying to be helpful to you. I had other motives, but that's who I am sitting here writing today.
I am aware that what I am doing writing all this stuff may be annoying to some. It is not my blog so your point is well taken. There is a selfish element in doing it because I like to write. But to give everyone a break I will stop.

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Christine said…
George and Will, you're both right...the way you individually assess things is the way for each one of yourselves...each one of us is following his or her own curriculum, all with the same goal.
LVO said…
I found this posting to be quite different from my experience. Perhaps it is why it took so long for me to come to willingness? Or perhaps we all find our own way as we study but I did not have to seek out or look at my thoughts to have a change of perception. I just told Holy Spirit that I was willing to see things differently (for three years! Lol) Then one day I surrendered. It wasn't conscious ....but in hindsight I realized that willingness is a vibration/feeling that up until that moment of grace, I hadn't embraced. I didn't need to look at, or do anything. It was done 'for' me. It was an aha moment...Still forgetting and remembering continues. It is what it is... a dream.
LVO said…
I found this posting to be quite different from my experience. Perhaps it is why it took so long for me to come to willingness? Or perhaps we all find our own way as we study but I did not have to seek out or look at my thoughts to have a change of perception. I just told Holy Spirit that I was willing to see things differently (for three years! Lol) Then one day I surrendered. It wasn't conscious ....but in hindsight I realized that willingness is a vibration/feeling that up until that moment of grace, I hadn't embraced. I didn't need to look at, or do anything. It was done 'for' me. It was an aha moment...Still forgetting and remembering continues. It is what it is... a dream.

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