“Understanding the lesson of the Atonement, they are without the wish to attack, and therefore they see truly. (T39)”
1 – Definitions of Atonement
In not too many places in A Course in Miracles is there a definite definition of the Atonement. Sometimes Atonement is simply called “correction.” My favorite definition reads as follows: “the restoration of the integrity of the mind. (T74)” There are also broad explanations that encompass a definition that is at odds with traditional Christianity. Jesus asserts that to cling to the crucifixion is a mistake; the crucifixion points out to us that he did not launch a defense under the extreme situation in which he found himself. Not to be defensive is a major Course tenet.
2 – Looking to the Resurrection
Instead, we are to look to the resurrection, the overcoming of death–the promise of eternal life. This step will bring us peace. Our binding of ourselves to God is a lesson of the Atonement. To do so constantly is a challenge to the neophyte, but not to the advanced teacher of God. We learn more as we progress through the Course.
3 – At – One – Ment
Atonement is sometimes viewed as “at-one-ment,” but this is a bit limited in its interpretation. It is this and more. Atonement is the surrender of the little self to the larger Self that is allied with the Holy Spirit. When we make this surrender, we see the futility of attack, and our perceptions are therefore cleansed.
4 – Personal Experience
Twice for fairly lengthy periods have I experienced the mystic arrival of an unsustained Awakening. Once, for ten weeks, when I was 23; and then again, for almost six months, when I was 34 to 35. There is nothing else like it. I lived without fear for those marvelous months. And I felt love for all others whom I encountered.
5 – A Course of Love
A Course of Love says that nobody has ever sustained elevation of the Self in form. This elevation is roughly akin to Awakening, and we remain in the physical body and do not die. This Awakening is what we are meant to do, akin to the next evolutionary trend. I think, though, that the idea of elevation of the Self in form, and the idea of Awakening, are somewhat different (an interpretation), because I have read of awakened individuals on this earth. I do not put much trust in self-reports of Awakening, though, especially when they are said to be sustained. Most people in this situation are very quiet about what has happened to them. May we move ever closer to a sustainable elevation. According to A Course of Love, we find ourselves now in the time of Christ, the time of Christ-consciousness. We are rapidly moving beyond the time of the Holy Spirit (the time described in A Course in Miracles).
6 – God Acts
May God find us where we are, and then take us a step farther on our pathway. And may nothing said or done by our withered egos interfere.
May I see the futility of attack today, and if and when I am tempted to attack, may I refrain. Often no response is better than a vicious one. But You have taught me that the best response is to run to my brother’s side with love, for he is hurting.
May I look to the resurrection of Jesus as I realize that there is no death. We will all live eternally, because this is Your great promise.
Be with me now as I slow down to Your pace. I feel closer to You when I am living effortlessly, when I am not struggling to get something (anything!) done. If there are plans to be made, we will intuitively recognize what those plans are. Help me to remember Your advice to live effortlessly, not to struggle.
Thank You for always being there for me. I ask for physical and emotional health as I go about Your world today, doing Your bidding.