“Salvation is a collaborative venture. It cannot be undertaken successfully by those who disengage themselves from the Sonship, because they are disengaging themselves from me. (T69)”
Affirmation: “Salvation is collaborative”
1 – Don’t Isolate Yourself
We are not meant to isolate ourselves in this world–even to study the Course. We are meant to stay in the world ,and to minister to our brothers and sisters. Our brothers and sisters are the Sonship. (Note: Scribed in the sixties, A Course in Miracles uses the same masculine terminology that the Bible does, but in the sixties, the masculine gender was recognized by everyone as including both genders, male and female.)
2 – Let Jesus In
Jesus, in this passage, indicates how important it is that he be a part of our lives. This is his wish, but it is not mandatory. Indeed, Helen and Bill were reluctant, when introducing the Course, to tell their listeners that their considered opinion was that the speaker was Jesus. They knew how foreign this would sound to some hearers of the new message.
3 – Jesus as Elder Brother
Jesus can do more for us if we consider him a friend, an elder brother. He speaks at one point of how we can imagine him holding our hand as we walk along, and he indicates that this will be no “idle fantasy.” We cannot understand how this is possible, but we can take him at his word and see if it does not appear that he is with everyone who gives an insistent call. He will come at the first “unequivocal” call (from the Text).
4 – The Consequences of Withdrawal
When we withdraw for too long, we also withdraw from Jesus. And we cannot do that, because he and the Holy Spirit are our guides to better living. He is the elder brother who catches us when we fall, and the Holy Spirit is the inner guide that leads us every step of the way–guidance.
5 – Salvation for Ourselves AND Others
Surely we do not want to disengage from Jesus. So this passage has a warning for those of us who would seek our own salvation and not frequently enough think of the Sonship. The two go hand-in-hand.
When I am tempted to withdraw, help to remember my contribution to my brothers and sisters. They need me, as I need them. Salvation lies in our relationship.
May I learn from the Course with careful study, and then may I take that learning into the world. This is the solution that will work for the world and for me.