Today’s ACIM lesson, #354, is a lesson in solidary. It is the reminder that in Christ all things are possible. “We stand together, Christ and I, in peace and certainty of purpose. And in Him is His Creator, as He is in me.” It is the teaching that tells us that Christ is not “out there” but within. It is the reminder that “The sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself.” This means there is no separation. This means that we are not separate from God, but part of God. We are not separate from Christ but are the Christ. In Oneness, there can be no separation. This makes ego crazy because it wants to be different, special. But as we read last night in our ACIM group, “You are not special. If you think you are, and would defend your specialness against the truth of what you really are, how can you know the truth?” Even God is not “special,” but the same – the same as the truth of who we are: Pure Love. “You are alike to God as God is to Himself. He is not special, for He would not keep one part of what He is unto Himself, not given to His Son but kept for Him alone. And it is this you fear, for if He is not special, then He willed His Son to be like Him, and your brother is like you. Not special, but possessed of everything, including you.”
How good it is to stand in the solidary of Christ, knowing that we are like the Father. “For your Father is your Creator, and you are like him.” From last year’s writing:
As a kid, I used to sometimes play games with the reflection in my vanity mirror, wondering if there was a world beyond the world I saw mimicking my every move. I didn’t know about metaphysics. A Course in Miracles was still in the process of being birthed into existence. I was simply imagining, “What if there is another world beyond the one I can see?” There is and in a sense studying the Course is about learning to see that world.
It is mind-blowing to think that I made the world I see. I think about how little kids make up games and draft the rules for it on the fly. It is part of the socialization process where we craft our beliefs about how we think the world works and what we deem acceptable. It is the learning of limitation. What do we think is possible?
Of course, most of us don’t recognize that the world we live in works in accordance to those beliefs. We think of them as true because they are true for us, but that’s because we made the world we see! “5 Have you not wondered what the world is really like; how it would look through happy eyes? The world you see is but a judgment on yourself. It is not there at all. Yet judgment lays a sentence on it, justifies it and makes it real. Such is the world you see; a judgment on yourself, and made by you. This sickly picture of yourself is carefully preserved by the ego, whose image it is and which it loves, and placed outside you in the world. And to this world must you adjust as long as you believe this picture is outside, and has you at its mercy. This world is merciless, and were it outside you, you should indeed be fearful. Yet it was you who made it merciless, and now if mercilessness seems to look back at you, it can be corrected.”
Today’s lesson is solidarity with Christ. It is the choice to relinquish the world of illusion and see the “real world,” the one beyond the pain and suffering; the one where we are One, united with one another in Love.
We stand together, Christ and I, in peace
And certainty of purpose. And in Him
Is His Creator, as He is in me.
My oneness with the Christ establishes me as Your Son, beyond the reach of time, and wholly free of every law but Yours. I have no self except the Christ in me. I have no purpose but His Own. And He is like His Father. Thus must I be one with You as well as Him. For who is Christ except Your Son as You created Him? And what am I except the Christ in me?
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These lessons are lessons in learning what is real. It’s not like we go around saying, “Yeah, I love being in hell. I think I’ll stay awhile!” It’s that we don’t know any better. It’s that we don’t believe in our own mightiness, our own glory.
Sometimes when new people show up at our Tuesday night group, they want to challenge the teachings. They want to cling to condemning injustice. They want to fight to defend what they believe in. Part of learning this Course is learning what we can trust. “You always choose between your weakness and the strength of Christ in you. And what you choose is what you think is real. Simply by never using weakness to direct your actions, you have given it no power. And the light of Christ in you is given charge of everything you do. For you have brought your weakness unto Him, and He has given you His strength instead.”
The only reason we don’t choose Christ is because of faith in the ego’s methodology. We are so practiced at listening to ego that it doesn’t occur to us that there is another way. But “It is a required course.” Our failure to choose Christ is simply a delay tactic, like a kid asking for a glass of water to delay bedtime a few more minutes. We are attached to our miscreations. The world may suck, but it’s mine, dammit!
The Course is a gentle path. We have free will so we get to choose whenever we want to take the ride, but make no mistake, we will take it because the game is rigged. It’s already over. Time doesn’t really exist; it’s part of the dream.
I can’t usually grasp that fully, but it helps to remember what the Course says, “You do not have to continue to believe what is not true unless you choose to do so. All that can literally disappear in the twinkling of an eye because it is merely a misperception. What is seen in dreams seems to be very real. Yet the Bible says that a deep sleep fell upon Adam, and nowhere is there reference to his waking up. “
This world we see is simply the result of this “tiny, mad idea, at which the Son of God remembered not to laugh.” You know those moments where you and your friends are all sitting around joking and someone throws out a piece of insanity and suddenly everyone is quiet as all of you stop and ask yourself, “What if we tried that?” In that moment, the ego was born and we decided to try an experiment.
“No one asleep and dreaming in the world remembers his attack upon himself. No one believes there really was a time when he knew nothing of a body, and could never have conceived this world as real. He would have seen at once that these ideas are one illusion, too ridiculous for anything but to be laughed away. How serious they now appear to be! And no one can remember when they would have met with laughter and with disbelief. We can remember this, if we but look directly at their cause. And we will see the grounds for laughter, not a cause for fear.
“6 Let us return the dream he gave away unto the dreamer, who perceives the dream as separate from himself and done to him. Into eternity, where all is one, there crept a tiny, mad idea, at which the Son of God remembered not to laugh. In his forgetting did the thought become a serious idea, and possible of both accomplishment and real effects. Together, we can laugh them both away, and understand that time cannot intrude upon eternity. It is a joke to think that time can come to circumvent eternity, which means there is no time.”
Sometimes, when I am tempted to get all caught up in the world of terror and murder, political strife and cruelty, I remind myself that as elaborate as it is, I created the world I see. Looking at it makes me feel helpless, but then I remember that “We stand together, Christ and I, in peace and certainty of purpose.”
Choose again: choose the strength of Christ.
“3 Trials are but lessons that you failed to learn presented once again, so where you made a faulty choice before you now can make a better one, and thus escape all pain that what you chose before has brought to you. In every difficulty, all distress, and each perplexity Christ calls to you and gently says, ‘My brother, choose again.’ He would not leave one source of pain unhealed, nor any image left to veil the truth. He would remove all misery from you whom God created altar unto joy. He would not leave you comfortless, alone in dreams of hell, but would release your mind from everything that hides His face from you. His Holiness is yours because He is the only Power that is real in you. His strength is yours because He is the Self that God created as His only Son.”
There is a world beyond the one I see. It is the world of peace and love and understanding. I am still learning how to see that world, but sooner or later I will.
Because the game is rigged, I can’t screw it up. There is nothing I can do to make illusion real. There is nothing I can do to separate myself from God.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.
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