“This is the one disjoining that your choice for separation brought about, and it is but a separation from your Self. This is the most difficult point to get across, because in it lies a contradiction, the one contradiction that has created the world you see and the life you live. Although it is impossible for something to have gone wrong in God’s creation, something has gone wrong!” (ACOL, C:12.10)
We have pondered how separation from God, even illusory separation, could have occurred. If God is perfect, we have wondered how the world we see, if created by God, could have gone awry. How could there be such suffering in a world that was perfection itself? These are all doctrines of traditional Christian theology.
A Course in Miracles and A Course in Love see the unfolding of our world differently. Something did go awry! ACIM calls this a “tiny, mad idea,” about which God’s children forgot to laugh. ACOL calls this a contradiction that couldn’t have occurred, but did. In neither are we told that God created the illusion in which we live; we are told, in contrast, that we ourselves, in separation, made the illusion in which we find ourselves.
This interpretation can free us from blaming a perfect and loving God with placing us in a world in which so much seems to go wrong. God is not present in the illusion, but he did “let go” when we were rebellious, eager to embrace a physical body and, with it, a separation from Him. We are also told, in ACOL, that a physical body did not have to mean that we would be separate from God. We did that part. And we can undo it. We can walk along the pathway, heading backwards in time, to the point at which the mistake was made to travel separately from God. And then, when God knows that we are ready, we embrace Awakening or Christ-consciousness (these are the same), and nothing is ever the same again. Everything is, contrariwise, much, much better.
We separated from Self, which is One with God, when we separated from God. And in union, announced by A Course of Love, we reunite with the Self and therefore with God. We also enjoy a new form of holy relationship with everyone, for we are not truly separate from anyone at all. All of us are One, with our Self, with God, with others who inhabit the known universe with us.
God allowed us to leave him, though we knew not what we were doing. He did endow us with free will, and in that free will we decided that illusion would show us something that true reality lacked. What the illusion did show us has been pretty bad indeed. And the vast majority of us want out. We want to reunite with God, to know Love again. On our deathbeds, we know that love is all that matters. And many of us now in active life are now realizing that love is all that matters.
Give God His due. He did not follow us into illusion, but He found us there, and He now is trying, with the help of enlightened beings, to help us find our way back to a better life indeed. Listen to the voice of guidance, which will show us the way back. Let nothing interfere with a desire to know and to love God again, full out, no reservations.