Healing of the Atonement

“It is obvious, then, that when you are afraid, you have placed yourself in a position where you need Atonement because you have done something loveless, having willed without love. This is precisely the situation for which the Atonement was offered. The need for the remedy inspired its establishment. As long as you recognize only the need for the remedy, you will remain fearful. However, as soon as you use the remedy, you have also abolished the fear. This is how true healing occurs.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-2.IX.13:1-6)

How do we “use” the remedy of Atonement to reach our own fearlessness? It is easy to say, but sometimes difficult to do—but we clear our minds, choose love in the setting where we are afraid, and the Love heals. Just that easy. It will work if we work it.

We are after true healing in this life. Nobody receives true healing who still holds something against a brother or sister. Our ego, withering though it is, makes that impossible. We must over and over, in every situation, choose to keep a positive, kindly attitude toward those whom we feel have wronged us. This is called forgiveness, and if we recognize that we called that action to ourselves, we will realize the innocence in another. Everyone is doing the best he/she can do in every situation. Not all are ready for love, and if we are in their way, we may get burned.
Our own innocence in this process must be highlighted. We are not victims of another; we merely got in the way, choosing to get in the way when we didn’t know better how to handle the situation. Would we blame ourselves for our ignorance? I think not. We simply learn, discover, from the mistake we made what is better next time to choose. We choose again.

If there is an unhealed place in our lives, let us ask for healing today. We will not be left in disaster; our guidance will tell us how to extricate ourselves from the problems in which we find ourselves.

3 Replies to “Healing of the Atonement”

  1. “We simply learn, discover, from the mistake we made what is better next time to choose. We choose again.”

    Your sentiments are something I can wholeheartedly relate to. As an atheist I find it interesting that one is not asked here to beg forgiveness off a deity but merely to alter our behaviour for the better.

    That is something I can really appreciate and relate to. Your message is one which, if listened to, would indeed create a better world. We would do well to listen.

    I don’t wish to offend (at all!) but I have absolutely no belief in, or need for, an external god, be he Zeus, Yahweh, Ganesh or Christ.

    I do have a belief in and a need for a better world less divided by ugly selfishness and violence and I believe many religions teach a way forward. Better for me (and probably many others in this secular age) when gods are treated as a useful metaphor.

    The metaphor I happen to love best is CS Lewis’s Aslan.

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