What I hear the most from students over the last few decades of working in groups and individually with students is that they want to hear the Voice for God (or Holy Spirit or Jesus) speaking to them. This is the number one request of students besides any other topic related to A Course in Miracles.
Rev. Paul wanted the same when I first met him when he was a brand-new ACIM student and came to my study group in February 2003 when we were both still living in Pittsburgh.
We all start somewhere, and it is that desire to receive guidance and wisdom in our lives. I know that was true for me around 1990 or so, when I was a single parent, having a hard time in my life and was encouraged to read “A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson by my therapist.
It opened my eyes, my heart and my mind. I had been meditating since 1980 and was drawn to Eastern philosophies and studies. I embraced ACIM wholeheartedly at the time. I already knew the power of silence and listening within but studying ACIM then helped me go a little deeper and truly pay attention to what love truly was and that I was in fact loved by God. Fittingly, I bought the actual ACIM book on Valentine’s Day.
As I shared with you earlier this week, the key to listening is cultivating the relationship with Holy Spirit. Just like any relationship there are times we speak and times we listen. All too often in relationships we have our agenda and speak incessantly rather than listening.
I hope with the tips that I give in this first part and what’s to come in part two that you will receive benefit in your relationship with Holy Spirit.