Because I am dedicated to training my mind, I drive around listening to A Course in Miracles a lot. It is, after all, a course in mind training and I am of the opinion that what we think matters. I don’t always change the CDs that often and consequently I have listened to the Clarification of Terms section of the Course dozens and dozens of times. In section two, (The Ego-The Miracles), the Course tells us that instead of worrying about defining what doesn’t really exist (ego), that we should listen to God’s voice, which poses just one question “Are you ready yet to help Me save the world”?
It’s a daunting thought, for sure. It seems like a huge responsibility. The only reason I bring it us is that today’s ACIM lesson, #18, says “I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing.” Reviewing the lesson, I kept hearing that question echo in my mind: “Are you ready yet to help Me save the world”?
What we think matters. It’s how we save the world.
This is a frequent topic of conversation among Course people because there is this erroneous notion that because so much of what we deal with on a daily basis is ego bullshit and thus illusion, that it doesn’t matter. But it does. It matters that all sentient beings wake up to the truth of who and what they are. The LOVE matters, and today’s lesson is the reminder that it matters. When I realize that I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing, then I realize that I have a moral responsibility to choose love; to be the best person I know how to be.
“’Are you ready yet to help Me save the world?’ Ask this instead of what the ego is, and you will see a sudden brightness cover up the world the ego made. No miracle is now withheld from anyone. The world is saved from what you thought it was. And what it is, is wholly uncondemned and wholly pure.”
Can it really be that simple? I am still reading Michael A Singer’s The Untethered Soul, and he says “Just decide that no matter what the mind says, you aren’t getting involved. You don’t fight the mind.”
Now, from my perspective, what he is really saying is don’t listen to ego. (The Clarification of Terms says, “What is the ego? Nothingness, but in a form that seems like something.”)
Learning to help God save the world is really about learning to listen to the Voice for God rather than ego. It is about learning to “Be vigilant only for God and His Kingdom.” Singer would say that it is about being open and allowing things to just pass through you without the energy getting stuck. “If you aren’t centered, your consciousness is just following whatever catches its attention.” It’s about learning to keep the heart open without allowing whatever is happen to snag you (shepna). Singer says, “Every place you go there’s someone or something trying to disturb you, trying to get your goat. Why not let them have it? If you don’t really want it, then don’t protect it.”
In Course terms, “In my defenselessness my safety lies.”
So, as I practice today’s lesson, I remind myself that what I think matters; what we think matters. It is how we have the world. Choose love. Stay open to love.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.