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I remember reading in the Disappearance of the Universe how Gary was driving to see a movie and was supposed to be involved in a car accident as per "the script". Pursah and Arten explain to him that he avoided the the accident because of the forgiveness that he had previously done. In other words, the lesson had been learned and so the accident did not need to happen.
How do you explain the difference between there being a written script and our ability to alter the script, like Gary did, based on what we do and who we do it with?
OMG Suzanne! This is perfect! I know Michael hasn't had the chance to watch it yet, but I'm going to let him know how helpful this is!!!!
Thanks so much ♥♥♥
Thank you so much for the video. Extremely helpful:-) Thanks for taking the time to share. - Michael
Thanks Mike. Some very helpful insights for me. Appreciate it!
There isn't just a single script. Various teachers describe this in different ways. I like to think of it as a big role-playing computer game, where you have a choice of what you say to other characters in the game, and the characters respond accordingly. But the responses are all pre-programmed in the game.
Agree. I think you've hit the nail on the head. Everything is scripted, but you choose which door to open (think of a maze - the layout has already been, well, laid out, but you choose how you move around it).
Why this talk about scripts? I mean, we don't know what the script is, and so we don't know when and if we've altered it, right? (except those who have visitors telling them so). Is it our function to alter scripts? The script isn't real anyway, right? Or am I missing something? Peace and love!
Julia, I think the idea is that the ego wants us to believe that everything is hopelesss and it doesn't matter what we do, so it tells us to latch onto the idea that "the script is written." Then we can quit making choices, quit choosing HS. Then we can just relax and listen to the ego exclusively, because it doesn't matter anyway.
Thank you Warren for this clarification. Very helpful. I often feel with the Course, it is difficult to be motivated/inspired to do anything, since nothing exists. I know Ken Wapnik often says to Course students to "be normal". I just find this hard when on the same token nothing here supposedly has meaning... so choices don't matter on this earthly plane, just in the mind. In otherwords, why do a job I don't like if it doesn't matter?
Oh, yes! I'm so glad you said this. I feel the same way, like nothing matters and it is all pointless. I struggle with figuring out what to do with my time. I had always wanted to please God and do the right thing. Now it seems there is no right thing - an idea that makes me uncomfortable, and God is already "pleased". So now what? To me, "normal" is a setting on the dryer. I ask the Holy Spirit all the time, and the answer so far has always been "just be", "be present".
Nothing here has meaning in itself, but only the meaning we give it. The reason to "be normal" and go about our daily business, I think, is because that is how we encounter our forgiveness opportunities -- it's easy to feel "spiritual" sitting all alone on a mountaintop, but not as easy in a traffic jam. If you don't like your job, then ask HS for guidance. Or maybe the fact that you don't like it is guidance.
You are right! This darn ol' sneaky ego!
In the "script" we defend ourselves from the perceived attacks. So when we start the journey "here", we are full of blockages (we don't "feel" whole).
As we go through the journey, we learn (by finally wanting it) to unblock ourselves thus we can hear the Spirit (ours and the HS is one - there's only 1 Spirit) more and more. Our ultimate desire is/will be to align our will go God's - it is our heart's desire. "Getting there" is the journey, because we try with our Free Will to get what we want thinking it is what we need. This is how we pursue all the lesser gods before we finally realise we only want the "real" One (Truth).
The journey is actually perceiving incorrectly. Each incorrect perception is really a "clue" (a poke) on what needs to be looked at (healing). Each time we heal, we see a better picture of the whole (until we perceive ourselves as what we are, Whole).
The Ego is necessary to guide us through what needs healing; the Spirit checkmarks the undoing of each incorrection.
Pleasing God and doing "the right thing" is really pleasing the heart. It is not easy to 1) listen to the heart (we are usually blocked) and 2) follow its instructions. There's always some sort of people pleasing that gets in the way, or feelings or worthlessness, or whatever, you get the idea.
When there is no struggle (when things are "efforless") is when we are "doing the right thing". But we don't know because there is no self-consciousness (self is out of the way). This is how innocence plays the part; the innocent (the pure at heart) just ARE. They enjoy doing what they are doing without knowing they are doing it. Only the bits "in between" (when we worry or stress) are the bits that need looking at. [to Julia > that's probably why you get the "just be" messages]
It is a fantastic plan which works only when we really want it. How amazing is that? Of course, we can't force ourselves to want it, this has to come naturally. Unfortunately pain is usually the cause of us wanting "a better way". This is why it's also called "the way of the cross". It's a shame, but as we wake up spiritually we start to find less painful ways of changing (wanting) what we really need.
The script is written (we are always Whole), but we can change it all the time (in fact, every Now) by every new decision we make. It is a powerful mystery which seems frightening but it is actually very Loving indeed.
Align your thinking, your doing and your saying according to what your heart tells you and you should "never go wrong".