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"The Course asks us to open up each cubbyhole, and clean out any dark thoughts that we’re storing inside."

  Dan Joseph, Inspired by Miracles, Part 1

A Course in Miracles offers many insights on opening to the experience of a miracle, or an inner healing. I’d like to jump right to one of the most powerful tools in the whole Course.

As I wrote earlier, the Course says that miracles are waiting for us all the time. We can accept a miracle – an experience of God’s love – at any moment. The central blocks to miracles are our own dark thoughts. By loosening our grasp on our unloving thoughts, we open our minds to miracles.

In this chapter, I’d like to add a few more ideas on this process. According to the Course, we often "store" our dark thoughts in the form of grievances toward people. Grievances (or resentments) are, in fact, among the most common "hiding" places for our dark thoughts.

To illustrate this idea, let’s imagine our minds as being filled with rows of cubbyholes. Each cubbyhole represents a particular relationship in our lives. We have cubbyholes for our parents, our children, and our friends. We even have cubbyholes for people we haven’t seen in years.

In each cubbyhole, we store various thoughts toward the particular person. Some of these cubbyholes contain largely benevolent thoughts. Others are filled with grievances and other dark thoughts.

We may think that everything is stored away neatly. After all, we rarely "look" into most of these compartments. However, the fact that we’re not aware of our stored-away thoughts doesn’t mean that they’re not affecting us.

The Course asks us to open up each cubbyhole, and clean out any dark thoughts that we’re storing inside. In doing this, we clear out the darkness from every corner of our minds.

As an example of this, I may have a row of cubbyholes that represent people whom I haven’t seen in years. I may not think that it’s important to identify my thoughts toward these people – after all, I may never see them again.

The Course, however, points out that my thoughts toward these people are still in my mind, and those thoughts may be blocking the full experience of a miracle. The Course asks me to open each cubbyhole, and let God flush out any dark thoughts I’m storing inside.

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