Change the World – An Excerpt From A Very Enlightened Teacher
All we need to begin with, Jesus tells us, is a “little willingness,” to let the way we see the world be changed. A certain degree of openness to new ideas, differing perspectives, other points of view, and altered attitudes, is very helpful here. The ordinary ego state of mind, the one in operation as we make our rounds throughout the day, has an imagined veil of limitation drawn around it to protect its “separation,” and thus dogmatically clings to all its limiting beliefs. Anything it perceives as radically different from its established belief system, it usually dismisses as delusional, but if it can’t escape acknowledging its occurrence, it calls it “a miracle.” Thus, to the ego, even any other state of mind, if actual, would have to be “miraculous.”
Many minds are closed to the possibility that there might be more to life than just the life we experience as a body. And having set that up initially and continually experienced it, in any given moment no departure is allowed from past experience, referred to simply as “the past” within this Course. Many others among us are locked into old religious dogmas of one sort or another, part of “the past” for them. If one has even a little curiosity about this Course, which is an extensive set of inspirations that purportedly have come from Jesus, addressing us from “beyond the veil,” it’s a step in the right direction for our learning.
Taking a twenty-minute break, twice daily, from the usual busy-ness of mind can be very helpful to enabling true forgiveness and the miracle. In Workbook Lesson #189 Jesus says, “Simply do this: Be still, and lay aside all thoughts of what you are and what God is; all concepts you have learned about the world; all images you hold about yourself. Empty your mind of everything it thinks is either true or false, or good or bad, of every thought it judges worthy, and all the ideas of which it is ashamed. Hold onto nothing. Do not bring with you one thought the past has taught, nor one belief you ever learned before from anything. Forget this world, forget this course, and come with wholly empty hands unto your God.”
By Ron Grow, Morrison, Colorado