Being Dis-Spirited / Stabilizing the Unstable

“I raised the dead by knowing that life is an eternal attribute of everything that the living God created. Why do you believe it is harder for me to inspire the dis-spirited or to stabilize the unstable? I do not believe that there is an order of difficulty in miracles; you do. I have called and you will answer. I understand that miracles are natural, because they are expressions of love. My calling you is as natural as your answer, and as inevitable. (T65)”

1 – Jesus

Jesus is again speaking here. He is emphasizing that all miracles are natural and any is as easy for him to effect as any other.

2 – Miracles

We obviously find this hard to believe, for others if not for Jesus. Yet we are told elsewhere in A Course in Miracles that miracles are our natural inheritance. It is fascinating that here Jesus reaffirms that he raised the dead in his life on earth. This, perhaps, has been an element of the New Testament that some have found hard to understand–even long-time Christians. ACIM, scribed 2,000 years later, may make this claim more plausible.

3 – Certainty

Jesus is certain that we will respond to him. This certainty is comforting to us, because perhaps we see the way to Life as long and arduous. The pathway need not be such. We can turn to

4 – A Friend

Jesus as our Friend, as he has always promised that he would be. (In A Course in Miracles, he identifies himself as an elder brother.)

5 – Mind

“Your mind will elect to join with mine, and together we are invincible. You and your brother will yet come together in my name, and your sanity will be restored. (T65)”

This passage is a reassurance from Jesus that when we join in holy relationship with our brother, we are joining with Jesus. Our sanity is restored, according to the teaching of ACIM, by this method. It is the method of ACIM.

6 – Relationships

In the way of ACIM, we are meant to see that our special relationships transform into the holy. This saves us time. It is said in ACIM that contemplation will achieve the same purpose, because of its aim, but that contemplation is tedious and time-consuming. With a joining to our brother/sister, we are well on the way to Awakening.

7 – Romance

This way of proceeding works well with our Western propensity to romanticize our relationships. We believe in falling in love, and we do so, sometimes many times over the course of a lifetime. But we never forget the ones we have loved. Love is, as Shakespeare said, not love that alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove (from Sonnet #116). And so those of us who subscribe to this truth are particularly apt to find A Course in Miracles appropriate to our needs. We are ready for it. And we find it, this means to our way home in God.

8 – Higher Mind

“I do not attack your ego. I do work with your higher mind, the home of the Holy Spirit, whether you are asleep or awake, just as your ego does with your lower mind, which is its home. (T65)”

This is Jesus speaking. He is our elder brother (a Course concept), willing to help at any and all times. It is important that Jesus does not attack our egos. Elsewhere he tells us that attack is never justified, and he himself exemplifies this assertion.

9 – Holy Spirit

It is reassuring to know that we have help in trying to change our minds to be at one with the Holy Spirit. We surely do not understand what all of this change entails, and we need counsel that is sure and lovely. Jesus provides this, but silently, nearly always without our being aware of his presence.

10 – Holding Jesus’s Hand

There is a passage elsewhere in ACIM that invites us to imagine our holding Jesus’s hand as we go about the world. He asserts that this is no idle fancy. We cannot understand how this is possible, but Jesus is one who has made it Home, and we dare not doubt his word. We never need to feel alone or lonely again. Not only do we have Jesus, but also other companions of whom we are not usually aware. Surely there is no reason to be afraid, though, as very human people, we will probably still succumb to this temptation to fear for ourselves. In our better moments, passages such as the one above from ACIM can be our reassurance that all is truly well.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I need help, now and always. Help me to keep my mind in close cooperation with the Holy Spirit, and not dip into ego-oriented desires.

May Jesus help me, as he has promised. Then I can rest assured that all will go well for me in this world.

Amen.

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