Do you have to meditate to awaken? The Course in Miracles is a mind training, it does not require a great deal of time where you sit and watch your mind and slow down the thoughts and then stop thinking. It is more direct, in that you are required to read a lesson and follow instructions with the idea presented. Meditation is more timely, more about control and trying to stop the thoughts. It means you are an objective thing trying to objectify or purify your thoughts. It can be a waste of time. If you have been doing it for a long time, and you still are not awake, try something new.
When doing the lesson, you surrender your idea and replace it. You don’t try to stop anything because ultimately your mind is thought, you are thought. This body form you occupy is not you, so who is meditating and why? You have to ask yourself, what do I hope to accomplish by meditating?
A mind training program requires a searching of the mind to correct the thoughts. You then automatically become more aware, more conscious of who you are. Each lesson requires that you observe your mind thinking thoughts that are in conflict, then you apply the lesson, asking for help, and repeating the thought for the day. This action of mind is the correcting device. A correction of thoughts is what the miracle is.
It is an undoing of the way you think! That is why it works. You want your mind to become free, not dead.
The miracle is always available to you. That is why the method, or the lesson, is actually also the result you are seeking. It does not require a lot of time, but it does require that you have the willingness to do the lesson. It saves time because you do not have to watch and observe your crazy thoughts. You simply notice a thought, just see that you think it, and apply the lesson.
Then throughout the day you notice that a thought of fear arises, and you release it with a lesson such as “These thoughts do not mean anything”. Then fear thoughts no longer bother you. You replace it with a true thought.
I notice that after many years of doing the lessons, the central ideas of the Course are completely ingrained, my mind has been changed fundamentally so that I don’t take seriously fear thoughts any more. I notice them, and feel how they affect me, then give them no attention. I see/feel them when they arise and I decide I don’t want these thoughts. I ask for help immediately and release them. It is easier than when I first began, but I have to say, the same mechanism is always at work. The fear yields to the love underneath them, and the fear is gone. When the light has come, the darkness simply vanishes.
It is a very simple course and one that requires very little time from you. In the beginning, only a couple of minutes each day are required.
You only have two choices, one is fear, the other is infinite Love. Which would you prefer?
To be afraid of the love of God is the height of insanity. It implies you don’t know who you are or what you are doing here. Do a lesson today and feel how much happier you are when you repeat it to yourself throughout the day. For example: God is the Mind with Which I think. God is the strength in which I trust. God is in everything I see.
Meditation can be very time consuming and you may not reach the goal. Your thought system needs to be reversed from fear based thinking to love based thoughts. This is a “sea change”. From fear to love, from pain to peace. From death to eternal life.