Lifted Out of Pain and Destruction by the Atonement

“No one accepts Atonement for himself who still accepts sin as his goal. You have thus not met your one responsibility. Atonement is not welcomed by those who prefer pain and destruction. (T-18.VII.1)”

We are lost in pain and destruction when we remain oblivious to Atonement, or correction. We are caught in an imprisoned will, a will that because of our insanity in the ego, does not know any better way to do anything. This imprisoned will also doesn’t know how to correct itself.

There remains only one option, to look to another as our source of correction, and Jesus tells us in A Course in Miracles that he is in charge of the Atonement. For those of us who have chosen Jesus as our leader, this is the answer. We accept correction from the one, Jesus, whom we have come to love. We don’t wander, mindlessly, in madness any longer.

If we think that we are giving up our free will by choosing Atonement, we will muddle along in pain and destruction for eons more (maybe). We will be like adolescent children, still in rebellion against our Parent, God. We need to realize that we don’t want to do wrong things, we don’t want to make the mistakes that we, in our befuddled attitudes, will think are sinful. When we sin deliberately, we will think that we are cutting ourselves off from God. And we will feel guilty. And we will be lost in pain and destruction.

Give up this insanity today. There is another way, a better way. And Jesus is pointing it out to us in ACIM. We turn from our mistakes, with the help of guidance, and we walk in the pathway toward salvation by recognizing that we need help. We recognize that we did not make ourselves, God created us, and we cannot save ourselves either. We need Someone Who knows better, and that Someone is God’s Voice, the Holy Spirit. He will guide us very gently out of the morass, and we will soon—yes, soon—be home at last.

Author: Celia Hales

I intend "Miracles Each Day" to offer inspiration and insight into A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, The Way of Mastery, Choose Only Love, Mirari, and similar readings.

8 thoughts on “Lifted Out of Pain and Destruction by the Atonement”

  1. This “soon” can take an Instant, several years, or likely, incarnations…

    No…We cannot be saved in “Time”, as both “sooner” or “later” are the denominations made up by the deluded mind…

    There is maybe another way to see it: if we never “left”, if we viscerally understand that we never separated, how then can we be saved…? Speaking in “earthly” terms, we need to be saved – or healed – this very Insant…

    In this sense, it is Now or Never…

    1. Time spreads out eternity so that we can experience what is going on in the illusion in which we live. But, yes, time is an illusion also. But things are not so dismal; it is not “now” or “never.” Jesus says in A Course in Miracles that the return from the presumed separation may take millions of years, just as the separation (also illusory) took millions of years to occur.

      So “time” (the illusion) is on our side.


      1. I don’t think A Course in Miracles ever addresses your question about dying, and I try to stay close to what ACIM says. It would just be guesswork on my part.


      2. I remember this quote from The Course. It was maybe formulated differently, but this is the gist:

        “Time is but another meaningless defense you made against the truth.”

        So when I said “dying takes no more than a second”, I was referring to the willingness of “disengaging” from thought and linear time.That the only true measure is the timeless:

        The Holy Instant… – something that the human intellect doesn´t really grasp…

  2. Well said and thank you, this helps with my temptations and failures.

    A word on Julienmatei. Death does not exist. Our leaving this body is instantaneous, so much so, we may not even realize we have left. I get these ideas from Emanuel Swedenborg and the NDE accounts I have read, plus Hinduism and Buddhism.

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