What Does It Mean to Have a Relationship with Jesus? – Asking for guidance can feel confusing when we’re not sure who it is we’re asking. Is it Jesus? Is it the Holy Spirit? God? Who should we direct our prayers toward? In this retreat talk, David helps us understand the proper use of symbols. And we’re told that Christ is the symbol of pure innocence, but it’s not the name or the word that’s important; it’s what it represents to us.
The Spirit’s purpose for this life is for freedom, to wake up from the dream of the world, not to attain and achieve. The ego’s use of the body, of family and education, is for reinforcing a personal separate identity. But you are Spirit and must unlearn everything the ego has taught you. Your only responsibility is accepting the correction. It is not about dropping worldly responsibilities, but having them all handed to Spirit who would address them through a path of miracles. David says the Course can be summed up in the Serenity Prayer, recognizing what you can and cannot control and the wisdom to know the difference. What you can control is your state of mind. What you cannot control is the world, and everything associated with the world. Have gratitude and appreciation for everybody, because they are helping you to forgive.
The more you give yourself over to the joy of the Spirit, the more you see that your Plan Bs avail you nothing. The world’s mantra that we need to plan for the future and be prepared for all situations is not our real concern. Our real fear is present joining. As we give up our little plans and align our mind with the Spirit’s plan, we experience life as a joyful, spectacular unfolding.
Give yourself permission to fall in Love with God, your Source! Spirit is in charge of your Awakening, and all you can do is to allow yourself to be awakened. Be like a child, hold out your hands, and be walked Home by Spirit in innocence. Allow Him to lead you on the path of no error, no sin, and no judgments. This is what Awakening is all about! Enjoy this deeply inspiring gathering.
A Course in Miracles teaches: “You have but two emotions, love and fear.” T-13.V.1 Ultimately the only thing we are afraid of, is Love. The ego would have you believe that there are other, specific things in the world to fear, because it wants to protect itself from being exposed to the light of truth: the things it wants you to fear are actually just distractions to keep you from the awareness of your desire for God. Under the Spirit’s Guidance, miracles occur absolutely involuntarily; every person, every place, and every situation will be used for the healing of your mind.