Today’s ACIM lesson, #359, is Lesson 359 says “God’s answer is some form of peace. All pain is healed; all misery replaced with joy. All prison doors are opened. And all sin is understood as merely a mistake.” It is the call to peace. It is the call to be healed. This blog post was written last January, but since I am on track this year, it was meant to be the Christmas day lesson. So on this day, as I remember that innocence is the truth of who we are, I bid you peace and joy and love. Merry Christmas.
God’s answer is always peace. If peace is missing, then we must have forgotten who we are, for God is always peaceful. In moments where peace seems to be missing, I know the answer is forgiveness. I always need to return to forgiveness when ego slips his ugly opinion in and I find myself judging. To return to peace, I have to let go of thinking I know better than God how this whole show should be run. There is no should. There is no judgment. I am currently listening to the Manual for Teachers as my car’s “music” when I drive and loving it because I get to hear these beautiful reminders. “1 God’s teachers do not judge. To judge is to be dishonest, for to judge is to assume a position you do not have. Judgment without self-deception is impossible. Judgment implies that you have been deceived in your brothers. How, then, could you not have been deceived in yourself? Judgment implies a lack of trust, and trust remains the bedrock of the teacher of God’s whole thought system. Let this be lost, and all his learning goes. Without judgment are all things equally acceptable, for who could judge otherwise? Without judgment are all men brothers, for who is there who stands apart? Judgment destroys honesty and shatters trust. No teacher of God can judge and hope to learn.”
If my goal is peace, then I must be willing to accept that maybe God knows better than I do. Sometimes, I have these moments of clarity when I recognize how utterly insane it is to judge because the “Atonement is forgiveness. “ If we are all One, and I judge, then I have judged myself. The Atonement recognizes that oneness, and forgiveness is the natural response to clear the erroneous idea that there was ever separation.
Today’s lesson, which begins “God’s answer is some form of peace,” is the restoration of right-mindedness. It is the recognition that peace is the inevitable outcome if we have accepted the Atonement, if we have expressed our willingness to “step back and let Him lead the way.”
God’s answer is some form of peace. All pain
Is healed; all misery replaced with joy.
All prison doors are opened. And all sin
Is understood as merely a mistake.
Father, today we will forgive Your world, and let creation be Your Own. We have misunderstood all things. But we have not made sinners of the holy Sons of God. What You created sinless so abides forever and forever. Such are we. And we rejoice to learn that we have made mistakes which have no real effects on us. Sin is impossible, and on this fact forgiveness rests upon a certain base more solid than the shadow world we see. Help us forgive, for we would be redeemed. Help us forgive, for we would be at peace.
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“Sin is impossible.” (The game is rigged.)
As understanding begins to settle into the mind, it replaces the folly of believing in sin as anything more than an error in perception. If we are indeed as God created us, how could we be anything but innocent? If we are indeed one, how could there be an opposite to anything?
The Course says that “The Atonement is the only defense that cannot be used destructively because it is not a device you made. The Atonement principle was in effect long before the Atonement began. The principle was love and the Atonement was an act of love. Acts were not necessary before the separation, because belief in space and time did not exist. It was only after the separation that the Atonement and the conditions necessary for its fulfillment were planned. Then a defense so splendid was needed that it could not be misused, although it could be refused. Refusal could not, however, turn it into a weapon of attack, which is the inherent characteristic of other defenses. The Atonement thus becomes the only defense that is not a two-edged sword. It can only heal.”
When there is but One, it changes everything. “A two-way defense is inherently weak precisely because it has two edges, and can be turned against you very unexpectedly. This possibility cannot be controlled except by miracles. The miracle turns the defense of Atonement to your real protection, and as you become more and more secure you assume your natural talent of protecting others, knowing yourself as both a brother and a Son.”
Sometimes I think it has taken all this time for me to begin to understand what it meant by the Atonement. We always say “At-one-ment” to help us remember that it is the principle of Oneness. Perhaps the split mind can’t fully comprehend what that means. All I know is that the closer I get to comprehending how very logical A Course in Miracles is, the easier it becomes. Somehow without guilt, without the ego thought system that attacks and condemns, the inevitability of it seems like a no-brainer. Of course, miracles are natural expressions of love. Of course, there is no order of difficulty. Of course, healing is the result of right-mindedness a shift in perception.
I say this and yet the part of my mind that is still afraid of such power resists.
All of us are capable of miracles. All of us can heal. It is not the “self” that does the healing, it is the removal of the idol we have made; it is the relinquishment of illusion.. The Laws of Healing explain, “1 This is a course in miracles. As such, the laws of healing must be understood before the purpose of the course can be accomplished.”
The only way to heal is to be healed, to accept the Atonement. In The Healing of the Dream, the Course says “1 The only way to heal is to be healed. The miracle extends without your help, but you are needed that it can begin. Accept the miracle of healing, and it will go forth because of what it is. It is its nature to extend itself the instant it is born. And it is born the instant it is offered and received. No one can ask another to be healed. But he can let himself be healed, and thus offer the other what he has received. Who can bestow upon another what he does not have? And who can share what he denies himself? The Holy Spirit speaks to you. He does not speak to someone else. Yet by your listening His Voice extends, because you have accepted what He says.”
“The sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself.” An unhealed healer cannot heal.
“10 Healing is the result of using the body solely for communication. Since this is natural it heals by making whole, which is also natural. All mind is whole, and the belief that part of it is physical, or not mind, is a fragmented or sick interpretation. Mind cannot be made physical, but it can be made manifest through the physical if it uses the body to go beyond itself. By reaching out, the mind extends itself. It does not stop at the body, for if it does it is blocked in its purpose. A mind that has been blocked has allowed itself to be vulnerable to attack, because it has turned against itself.
“11 The removal of blocks, then, is the only way to guarantee help and healing. Help and healing are the normal expressions of a mind that is working through the body, but not in it. If the mind believes the body is its goal it will distort its perception of the body, and by blocking its own extension beyond it, will induce illness by fostering separation. Perceiving the body as a separate entity cannot but foster illness, because it is not true. A medium of communication loses its usefulness if it is used for anything else. To use a medium of communication as a medium of attack is an obvious confusion in purpose.”
Somehow, I have been attempting to hold back some little piece for myself (an ego desire it I ever heard one!). Somehow, I have been trying to learn how to be a healer without being healed myself.
So I keep studying. My hope is that one day, I will master this stuff and be the person God intended me to be. In the meanwhile, it is just another opportunity for forgiveness.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.
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