1 – Strong Call
“The principle of Atonement and the separation began at the same time. When the ego was made, God placed in the mind the call to joy. This call is so strong that the ego always dissolves at its sound. (T75)”
This passage identified why joy is the preferred way to come to salvation and on to Awakening. The ego dissolves when we are overcome with joy. Indeed, we could not feel such joy if we held onto the ego, for the ego does not mean us well.
2 – Blessing
A call for joy that is so strong! This is a great blessing.
3 – Separation
What did the separation accomplish? Nothing! That is what A Course in Miracles teaches. We have actually never changed in our Selves as we really are. The separation was a tiny, mad idea that is now no longer in the mind that thought it (ACIM concept).
4 – Peace and a Calm Mind
May we react to the joy that God would have us feel, and thereby leave the ego and separation behind. We will then know the peace that a calm mind induces.
5 – Holy Spirit
“The Holy Spirit is in you in a very literal sense. His is the Voice That calls you back to where you were before and will be again. (T75)”
The presence of the Holy Spirit is not abstract, is not theoretical, and is not a metaphor. The presence of the Holy Spirit in us is fact, truth, literal truth.
6 – Separation?
We have only fallen away from where we were “before,” before the presumed separation. I say “presumed,” because we never actually separated from God; we only thought that we did, and this thought has made all the difference.
7 – Part of God
We are part of God, and so we could not really separate from Him. But in illusion we could think that we did separate, and this tiny, mad idea built up a world of separation that has been a trap for us.
8 – Trap
Let us get out of this trap forthwith. We stay only because we prefer it, the familiar to the forgotten, the unknown. Yet the forgotten is where our real joy comes. And with this call for joy, we are well on our way home.
9 – The Voice
“It is possible even in this world to hear only that Voice and no other. It takes effort and great willingness to learn. It is the final lesson that I learned, and God’s Sons are as equal as learners as they are as sons. (T75 – T76)”
If we can get ourselves to follow guidance consistently, we will be led away from judgment and therefore on our way home. Judging our brother/sister is the only thing, repeat, the only thing, that has stood in our way. And the guidance of the Holy Spirit will take us consistently away from that tendency toward judgment.
10 – Choose Again
We cannot be unjustly treated. This is a tenet of A Course in Miracles. We are deprived of nothing except by our own choice. And we can, at any and every moment, choose again.
May I have a calm mind, because I have known joy that dissolves the ego. May I remember these moments of peak experience, so that I can call on them when the going gets rough.
May I realize that the separation accomplished nothing–that my real Self has continued in peace and joy with You.
May this good day go well. Thank You for my many blessings. I know that I am fortunate indeed, as are my brothers and sisters when they stop to think about it. You have never left us bereft, but are always near. The sense of Your Presence will sustain us through the darkest nightmare. And, if we remember to thank You for our blessings, the nightmares will fall away for our thinking will be straight and true.