1 – Convince Ourselves of What We Are Not?
“Everyone who follows the world’s curriculum, and everyone here does follow it until he changes his mind, teaches solely to convince himself that he is what he is not. Herein is the purpose of the world. What else, then, would its curriculum be? (M1 – M2)”
The ego is the important point to note here, for it is the ego that has us trying to convince ourselves that we are as we are not. The ego would have us believe that arrogant independence, standing alone, is the way to be strong and valiant. But A Course in Miracles shows us that we were never meant to be all alone and lonely. Our way to God is the pathway through our relationships. When we reach out to others, we are supporting them at the same time that we are allowing them to support ourselves. And forgiveness of our brother/sister is our way home.
2 – World’s Curriculum
The world’s curriculum also teaches that judgment of our own is a criterion for success in the world. We are led to believe to we need to hone our judgment so that we make better and better decisions as we grow older. Yet A Course in Miracles teaches just the opposite, for ACIM affirms that we cannot judge accurately, because it is impossible for us to know all circumstances—past, present, and future—that might affect a given decision. ACIM encourages us, above all, to place reliance in our guidance from the Holy Spirit. And we are led to understand that we will come to know through an inner knowing (and there are many ways to come to an inner knowing). Our way home is prepared by the guidance that we hear, and follow, from the Holy Spirit. And this knowledge, for it is knowledge and not perception, is contrary to what the world’s curriculum seeks to teach.
3 – Teachers of God
“Into this hopeless and closed learning situation, which teaches nothing but despair and death, God sends His teachers. And as they teach His lessons of joy and hope, their learning finally becomes complete. (M2)”
Jesus says elsewhere that the world needs us now. It is in a bad way, as all of us know who listen to the daily news. It is a “hopeless and closed learning situation,” and Jesus is looking to us to change the situation to something better.
4 – Teach. . .and Learn
As we teach, we learn. As we have been saying, there is no other way. When we teach that joy and hope are our rightful inheritance, we too learn this. We are traveling farther on the pathway to Awakening.
5 – Jesus’s Teachers
We are Jesus’s teachers (once we have completed the workbook of the Course). May we let our own neuroses drop away, with the help of the Holy Spirit, and may we do our part to save the world and all people in it from unhappiness and hopelessness.
May I know that as I teach joy and hope to a desperate world, I will find that my learning has become complete. Thank you for this reassurance.
May I turn to the world and seek to help the people in it in their distress. Jesus needs me, and to believe so is not arrogance, but the truth.
Thank You for Your many blessings. I can’t say that strongly enough or often enough. You have given me many, many good things for a good life throughout a lifetime that has included some challenges. All of us have problems, but when we recognize that Your solution comes with the problem, all is well able to be resolved. Thank You.