There IS Something in You That Knows

A better and far more helpful way to think of miracles is this: You do not understand them, either in part or in whole. Yet they have been done through you. Therefore, your understanding cannot be necessary. Yet it is still impossible to accomplish what you do not understand. And so, there must be Something in you that does understand. ~ A Course in Miracles, Chapter 16, Section III

In spiritual circles, including those related to A Course in Miracles, there is a tendency to focus on the "awakening" experience. That moment of crystal-clear understanding when the veil of not-knowing is lifted and the Light of God shines completely without anything to obscure it.

Many hold the belief that they are trying to get somewhere. Or, they must work at being something more or better than they are right now. Yet this way of thinking only works to confirm the identity that we are small, limited, frail, and weak. The egoic mind says, "This weakness must be overcome, but that's not really possible, so do your best and maybe you'll get somewhere. Good luck!"

However, the awakening experience is more accurately described as the process of undoing or a removal of all the extraneous identities which serve to drown the recognition of who we've always been. The identity Love gave us.

You are perfect, whole, and complete - NOW. Awakening isn't trying to become perfect, whole, and complete. It is the remembrance and return to the pure identity God created. It is the understanding that perfect, whole, and complete is what you've always been - even when you didn't know this or act like it!

We only thought we needed to look good, have the right partner, be married for the right amount of time, have sex with the right person or the right number of people. We only thought we needed to have the right possessions to feel good about ourselves or feel secure. We only thought we needed the right education or an education from the right place in order to be good enough or accepted. We only thought the right spiritual path would save us.

What Love created doesn't need anything beyond itself to be perfect. Yet, we've run ourselves ragged trying to be something we are not at all: separate from our Creator and needing things beyond our spirit to make ourselves acceptable.

Yet, the truth is: We don't need to become anything because, in the wise words of Saint Francis of Assisi, "The one you are looking for is the one who is looking."

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