Correct spiritual Orientation
Start at the Destination: Presence!
Spiritual orientation is your internal google maps, what is your starting point? Correct Presence Practice is pillar No1 in this Laws of Grace framework that sets out your spiritual orientation. This can also be viewed another way: Where is your inner spiritual guidance system starting as you face the challenges of life? We all seem to start at the wrong place initially. Three decades of personal experience and observation tells me most seekers start outside of where they want to end up. Seeking means chasing that which is not yet default or 'all ready here'. Watch this delightful video as I try to stop tears of exquisite bliss overtaking me as I Transpersonally merge with wild grey kangaroos. The bandwidth of these ancient animals is serene Stillness.
ACIM versus Presence
the fundamental error of A Course in Miracles
Did that video make sense? To create feelings that are not naturally already here in your current situation means it is forced by personal will (your ego). Your job as a person, with your time and attention is to action the 4 steps of Presence practice. What is then experienced is the Divine, God's Will, for you in this moment. To action Presence practice then opens your neurology and unconscious mind to do the rest. As you are Present your unconscious mind can use all its resources to bring back a nicer equilibrium. The operation of the prime directives dictate this is what will happen, unless overridden by a higher ranked prime directive (a fight flight override).
What amazes me with this sort of material like A Course in Miracles is that it is trying to explain What Is by asking you to create what isn’t. Can you see this? This is the trap that people fall into. If you are practising Presence then allowance and acceptance is a natural outcome. This does not mean a situation or emotional state will then feel nice, it won’t! But you can have the peace of Step 3 Presence. Then within that the feelings of gratitude or thankfulness (etc) may arise because it is genuinely real. To manufacture is inherently not Thy Will. To feel a feeling that is not naturally arising in Presence is not correct Presence practice.
The old habits of being lost as a seeker die hard. For decades I have watched people trapped in this place, the solution is here, practice Presence correctly. This trip is short, if not then perhaps you need to reflect on your Presence practice and your spiritual orientation. The 9 pillar Enlightenment framework is concrete for this reason as it clearly and definably sets out how you can apply your spiritual practice so it is measurable, defined and based in evidence.
Presence that is Step 3 of the 4 Steps of Correct Presence Practice and the Divine Nothingness that is Step 4 allows What Is. By definition this means whatever you are experiencing, including your thoughts and emotions are what they are, eh? So to practice Presence as best as you can, even if that is just feeling your legs so you are not caught up in your head thinking then that Is What Is. This is the correct Orientation of the Laws of Grace. This is infinitely better than trying to force or create with egoic-will and the mind to change What Is to something it plainly is NOT. Deeply examine this for yourself, check your willingness to feel and be here with life's happenings. See if Presence is there with it and how it changes your experience of it.
Mental forcing to somehow create “gratitude” as ACIM asks in some chapters (or any other feeling for that matter) when it is not happening is forcing and not allowing what God has given you. How is this letting be What Is? Please reason this until you see it clearly.
God creates all reality, not you the person. Yes you the person when you are conscious as the Nothingness which is God, but that is impersonal consciousness so there is no manipulator there to bend it to your personal (non-God) identity. To 'fall from Grace' is simply you not being consciously experiencing Step 4 of Correct Presence Practice.
Step 3 of Presence as the default habit both consciously and unconsciously is all you can do as a human. Abiding Presence when that is your default habit is defined here as Enlightenment Level 1. To live in the state of Grace (Step 4 in the definition here), the Divine, God's Will, Thy Will happens literally by Grace. Yet due to the operation of the Laws of Grace it is mathematical (habitual) and you grow into holding the Divine as you settle into the next phases of Awakening. Glimpses of Grace can happen at any moment regardless of your spiritual practices. These are often referred to as Awakenings. If you cannot re-enter that instantly by conscious choice, then it has gone.
This is why the Laws of Grace course is so epically huge and specific as it covers all these aspects that trip seekers up for decades. I state this framework can be applied to any spiritual or religious path. The operation of the unconscious mind, its habit formation process means that attainment of Abiding Awakening is possible within 5 years for most people. It's a matter of correct habit application. Some factors may hinder this such as blind spots which is why this aspect is assigned as pillar No8. The Laws of Grace course and the 9 pillar framework here in this website will point out what is hindering you if you cannot enter Abiding Presence in that time frame. Personal feedback will bring clarity as to why if you really want to know why your progress is not as fast as you desire it to be.
As you clear out your bad-non-present habits the Divine Nothingness that you are will be in flow with the Divine. Then yes 'you create your reality' as you are totally in flow with What Is. A Course in Miracles is kinda correct as it is plausible and conceptually appealing. What if you were Present, the I Am Presence first? Test this and apply the rules of evidence to see if it is true for you. Send me email of your experience, I'd love to hear of your results and insights.