Opening up to a spiritual awakening experience, David Hoffmeister explains – The Holy Spirit is such a gentle presence. He says, “I know you believe in lack. That’s okay. We have a Course here with a workbook and mind training program to work on this thing. Nothing will be taken away from you; you need to experience miracles; you need to learn to listen and follow. You need to call so and so, hug and comfort him or her, wipe their tears, be a translucent instrument for God’s love.”
The more you do that, the more you will be filled up within from miracle impulses. You are going to be a miracle worker.
St. Francis and his band of merry men took the vow of celibacy. You might have seen the beautiful movie Brother Sun, Sister Moon where Giocondo is having lustful thoughts for a woman and St Francis hears him say “I can’t do it, I’ll ruin everything.” And St. Francis says to him that everyone is trying to open up and love God to their capacity. He says, “If celibacy feels like a distraction to loving God, then be fruitful and multiply.” “But with a wife,” Francis adds as Giocondo goes off.
In other words, you need to trust the Holy Spirit for everything. The Holy Spirit is not going to give you a pathway that seems like deprivation and sacrifice, you would quit listening to the Holy Spirit if you start feeling that. You have to be given a carefully developed curriculum, step by step, to build your confidence in miracle working.
What Jesus says in the Course is that “All real pleasure comes from doing God’s Will.” As we open up to that, we grow in confidence; we grow in spirit.
People look at my life and say, “You trusted the Holy Spirit and you have no job, no girlfriend, no money, no house, and no car to call your own. How does that feel?” I can honestly say that when you are in a state of joy there is no feeling of sacrifice.
And what is this joy going to cost you? Nothing of real value. But you have to let the Holy Spirit convince you. I had to let the Holy Spirit convince me.