“The specialness of God’s Sons does not stem from exclusion but from inclusion. All my brothers are special. If they believe they are deprived of anything, their perception becomes distorted. (T12)”
Affirmation: :”I would have clear perception today, perception leading to knowledge.”
1 – Everyone Is “Special”
All of us are included in this statement about specialness. We are all equals. Elsewhere Jesus says that none of us has anything that is not also given to our brother. He also says that temporarily some may have more than another, but eventually this will change. These are theoretical foundations of A Course in Miracles. What is this “more” that some have now? It is an understanding about forgiveness that leads to salvation, and, with this, happiness. All of these–forgiveness, salvation, and happiness–are said at different points in ACIM to our “function.” We may find that we are too self-centered when we are unhappy to reach out effectively to others, or even to forgive them. And we may get so down on ourselves that we don’t see how salvation is possible for one such as ourselves.
2 – Wait for the Mood to Lift
This is faulty thinking. When our mood lifts, we will see more clearly. Our seeing may still be perceptual rather than a knowing, but the right perception leads inexorably to knowledge of God. This pathway becomes clearer the farther along we walk. At this point, it may be enough to know simply that we will be happier when we ask for guidance, and this guidance will console us. Our needs will be met. We may not now believe this, for we live in a sometimes difficult world, but our attitudes will change, and even if other people perceive problems for us, we will live protected in the haven of God’s Arms. (These are interpretations, not stated in ACIM.)
3 – Perceiving in a Distorted Fashion
When we feel little and left out, we are perceiving in a distorted fashion. We think that we are deprived. But none of us are deprived of anything, except it be our choice. We can choose again, and the Holy Spirit will respond. We may actually receive what we ask, or we may not. If it would hurt us, we will not receive it. Jesus says that a loving Father does not give a Son (or Daughter) what would hurt him (or her). He will protect us still, if in our ignorance we ask for what will harm.
4 – Gifts of the Holy Spirit
When we ask for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we are always answered in the affirmative. These are not “special” gifts, but gifts that are the inheritance of everyone. By so doing, we have taken the right prayer and wedded it to the philosophy of A Course in Miracles.
I do understand that all of us are “special,” which can also be stated that none are “special,” because we are all equal. I would not let the ego intrude today; I am trying to encourage my ego to wither away. I do not mean my personal self, but the egotistical, false sense of self that I all too often had in the past. I would let that past stay in the past.
May we come to understand that one day all gifts from You will be shared by everyone. In the meantime, for awhile some will have more of one thing, and some more of another. All of this is only temporary, in our illusory world.
Be with me today as I seek to remain in the flow with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I would welcome entry into the Christ-consciousness, but I await Your nod on this. I have had glimpses of Awakening, and for that I am grateful. I pray for all my brothers and sisters that they will have glimpses, before the new Way is sustained.