“I need do nothing.” This is a core teaching of A Course in Miracles (ACIM) that is not understood by most of the world. We have been taught our whole lives that we must DO. We must strive. We must work hard. We must take action. Or else nothing will get done. That’s what they taught us.
But it’s not true. In fact, the idea of “working hard” is pure ego consciousness, and is based on the misconception that it is our bodies that are accomplishing anything in this world. When we realize that our bodies are nothing, and that it is our subconscious mind that is doing all the heavy lifting, then we can understand that “doing nothing” and “just being me” is actually a very valuable thing to do.
Today is a good day to revisit this passage from A Course in Miracles because today I slept until 4 pm! Lol, and I could easily go back to sleep and sleep all the way until tomorrow. I keep getting the Doreen Virtue Angel Card that says “Rest.” My ego wants to do, but I feel like doing nothing.
Here is the passage from A Course in Miracles:
“You still have too much faith in the body as a source of strength. What plans do you make that do not involve its comfort or protection or enjoyment in some way? This makes the body an end and not a means in your interpretation, and this always means you still find sin attractive. No one accepts Atonement for himself who still accepts sin as his goal. You have thus not met your one responsibility. Atonement is not welcomed by those who prefer pain and destruction.”
Right, so here ACIM is helping us understand that focusing on “doing” is based on our “faith in the body,” which is a misconception of who we really are. We are not bodies. We are spirit. Our bodies are just projections of the mind. The Course continues:
“To do anything involves the body. And if you recognize you need do nothing, you have withdrawn the body’s value from your mind. Here is the quick and open door through which you slip past centuries of effort, and escape from time. This is the way in which sin loses all attraction right now. For here is time denied, and past and future gone. Who needs do nothing has no need for time. To do nothing is to rest, and make a place within you where the activity of the body ceases to demand attention. Into this place the Holy Spirit comes, and there abides. He will remain when you forget, and the body’s activities return to occupy your conscious mind.”
The words of ACIM are so beautiful that I often feel like paraphrasing them just takes away from their power. The gist of this passage, from the perspective of my Holistic Belief Reprogramming system, is that when we forget the body, we are remembering that really our consciousness is running the whole show of projection that we see. And changing our consciousness does not require us to go out and DO anything. This is why we can tap from the comfort of our own home in our pajamas and change the world. We can attract money miracles without ever stepping foot outside. Because we have recognized that it is not our body that heals the planet and creates miracles. It is our mind that does all that.
If just ONE person on this planet healed their mind completely, the entire planet would be healed. That’s how powerful our subconscious mind really is.
The passage from A Course in Miracles continues:
“Yet there will always be this place of rest to which you can return. And you will be more aware of this quiet center of the storm than all its raging activity. This quiet center, in which you do nothing, will remain with you, giving you rest in the midst of every busy doing on which you are sent. For from this center will you be directed how to use the body sinlessly. It is this center, from which the body is absent, that will keep it so in your awareness of it.
And this is true. The more we understand that we “need do nothing,” the more our consciousness transforms even when we ARE doing something. Of course, while we are in physical bodies, we still continue to take action. But we no longer take the frenetic maniacal action of the ego. Now we only engage in INSPIRED ACTION, which is a totally different thing. And inspired action comes from this quiet center where we realize that we are not bodies but spirits. Inspired action is efficient action, so it is the epitome of “do less, accomplish more.”
Erika Awakening, High Priestess of Miracles at TAPsmarter (click here to check out the new website!)
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