For many years I have read the book A Course in Miracles. I know that the message that has come to us in the form of this book really works. The whole book is consistent which you will notice when you do the exercises as written and read the fantastic textbook and teacher's guide. I and others with me are so grateful that we have found this book and for everyone who helped so that the message could reach us in this time. For me, it is a rescue, a new way of looking at the world, an "exit" from this upside-down world. At the same time, it is like poetry to my eyes and like a symphony to my ears. It is the pearl that I have been searching for all my life. I already knew this when I read two sentences in the book when I stood there in the bookstore and the tears fell down my cheek. Tears of joy and gratitude. Tears of recognition and certainty.
I used to feel a sense of fear and guilt when I heard the word God. I thought God was going to take revenge on me and punish me for something and I didn't know why. If God had created me, why would He want to harm me? It doesn't add up and it felt wrong to say that I am a poor, sinful person. I have experienced so much thanks to the book A Course in Miracles and it has shown me over and over that I am completely valuable and all through love.
From hearing people say that God is an old man up on a cloud in the sky, I now know that God is not male or female, does not sit on a cloud, and that I do not need to fear Him anymore. If you want, you can call God the Love, the Universe, the Cause, the Source, the Light, Father/Mother. You can also think of God as ALL THAT IS. Because it's true. ALL THAT IS. There is no one and nothing that is not God. God says "I AM". Use the word that feels good to you.
You think with the Mind of God and you share your thoughts with Him just as He shares His with you. What comes from Love is only Love and thoughts do not leave their Source. We are forever one. Whole and perfect. An effect has the same properties as its Cause. No matter how much we think we have been able to hide from God/Love, it is not possible because we are One. We are not separate no matter how much we think so. We think we want to run away from home, leave the Garden of Eden, live a life where we ourselves get to rule, decide everything and take over the role of God. Yes, we think we have and the reason for that would be guilt and fear of being punished.
As I said above, we cannot leave our Source, God or Love. We haven't done that either, but as long as we think so, that's exactly what we experience in our own perception. It is this mindset that needs to change to another mindset and you only need a little willingness to do this. Listen within, listen to your heart. Do you feel that you have a streak of light within you? The smallest opening is enough. Hold on to that light. Count on it. Whatever your little separated self or ego tells you. Your great, true self is that which is always with your Source which is only Love. Your little, imaginary self is what you think you are in this world where you dream you are and this is an illusion and cannot be true. Only the truth is true.
This is what it says in the preface to A Course in Miracles:
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.
This sums up the entire content of the book. When you fully understand these three sentences, you have understood the whole message. When you do the exercises or lessons in the book, you are trying to reach your real thoughts. Look for them in your mind, because that's where they are. They must still be there because they cannot have left their source.