Sunday, January 30, 2022

Miracle-minded thinking reduces fear.

You may still complain about fear, but you nevertheless persist in making yourself fearful. I have already indicated that you cannot ask me to release you from fear. I know it does not exist, but you do not. If I intervened between your thoughts and their results, I would be tampering with a basic law of cause and effect; the most fundamental law there is. I would hardly help you if I depreciated the power of your own thinking. This would be in direct opposition to the purpose of this course. It is much more helpful to remind you that you do not guard your thoughts carefully enough. You may feel that at this point it would take a miracle to enable you to do this, which is perfectly true. You are not used to miracle-minded thinking, but you can be trained to think that way. All miracle workers need that kind of training.T-2.VII.1: 1-10

A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition. 

The Jesus who dictates the Course to Helen says clearly that we all are in need of miracle-minded thinking and that this takes training. We are so conditioned and socialized to think by the ego that we have forgotten that unconditional love is our natural inheritance. Jesus’ teaching is gentle. Jesus doesn’t demand or coerce, He merely observes and suggests. It is up to us to decide whether we want to continue with our wrong-minded thinking or learn and implement right-minded thinking. The “miracle” is simply this shift in the way we think. It is a miracle because it is the opposite of the way we have been conditioned by society.

In Alcoholics Anonymous it is suggested, in step twelve, that we share this spiritual awakening facilitated by knowing that there is another way to think with others. The old way of thinking, wrong-mindedness, must be risen above and a whole new world opens to us which we come to understand was there all along.

In Unitarian Universalism, we covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. This search takes us eventually from wrong-minded thinking with the ways of the ego to right-minded thinking with the way of Spirit.

Today, it is suggested that we make a decision to enter into training in miracle thinking. The promise of the Course is that miracle thinking will reduce, if not eliminate, our fear.

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