The Criteria for Awakening/Enlightenment

“This step [to Awakening], the smallest ever taken, is still the greatest accomplishment of all in God’s plan of Atonement. All else is learned, but this is given, complete and wholly perfect. No one but Him Who planned salvation could complete it thus. (T-17.II.3)”

This is the epitome for those of us living in this world. And this world ceases to be in illusion for us when we have Awakened. We live in the real world, in truth and in reality. This quotation praises God, though elsewhere we have been told that He does not need our praise. Jesus is in awe, I think, from the perfection of the plan. God restores us to full awareness of what, in actuality, we never left but thought we had: Heaven on earth.

God’s gift of Awakening is a free gift, given as soon, and just as quickly, as we are ready. He does not brook delay; He will act as soon as we have fulfilled the criteria, which are an end to self-doubt, a failure to attack, a cessation of judgment of ourselves and others, and a stop to planning, obsessive planning, against contingencies to come (a defense, and all defenses are anathema to God). This sounds like a lot, but just one thing, fully done will resolve all complexity. When we truly forgive our brother, Awakening will be granted to us. We live in happiness and we offer salvation when we have forgiven. And those are our function as children of God.

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