“The purpose of this course is integration. You cannot use it right until you have taken it. As long as your identification either vacillates or is weak, you cannot accept the gift that belongs to you. You are still vacillating between recognizing the gift and throwing it away, or regarding yourself as too weak to accept it. You do not know its healing power.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.50.5:1-5)
This is likely a personal reference to Helen and Bill, co-scribes of A Course in Miracles. But we can expand it to know that Jesus is also possibly talking to us as well. Jesus wants us to integrate ACIM into our very souls, and most certainly into our lives. If we don’t accept the gift of ACIM, we will not save ourselves much time. Our way back to God could theoretically take much longer.
Read A Course in Miracles carefully, and, if led to do so, repeatedly. One can get more from each reading, because our mind has expanded to understand more. Reading ACIM will be healing, and I can vouch for that. I fell in love with the channeled writing upon first reading, and I have never in all these years since 1981, strayed too far from another reading.
We do not have to see ourselves as weak. We become strong in the Holy Spirit, the One Who will be our strength as long as needed (and this may be needed for a very long time). Even if the way back for all of us takes millions of years (even longer than the separation, as Jesus says), we can rest in the love that will be ours along the way. Try not to be discouraged by the length of time. Our happy dreams, sent to us by the Holy Spirit, will encourage us that we are making progress, and happy dreams leads easily into Awakening.
Our goal is exalted, to save the world. But not by forcing our opinions upon those who are not ready. We are meant to be examples of right living, not evangelizing those who are not ready.
Pray that we ourselves are ready. Life gets ever better when we follow the wonderful advice in A Course in Miracles.
“In sorting out the false from the true, the miracle proceeds along these lines:
“Perfect love casts out fear.
“If fear exists, then there is not perfect love.
“Only perfect love really exists.
“Therefore, if there is fear, it produces a state which does not exist.
“Believe this and you will be free.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.50.2:3-8)
This quotation is a favorite part of A Course in Miracles for its students and teachers. Of course, saying that we love, and that we want to be free of fear, is easier than having it done for us. But it can be done for us, by the Holy Spirit. And by God, when He reaches down and lifts us up to Awakening.
In the meantime, for us lowly mortals, we know that we need to love more completely to get line for these great blessings. Any attack will move us farther away from our goal, and attack/anger are the result of fear. When we don’t have stress/fear, we may proceed in a harmonious way through our days.
But life is life, and things happen, prompting us to leave our good intentions for something that doesn’t work at all. Keep in mind that we think awry when we fear and stress, and that we are on the beam when we love. And the more completely we love, the better off we can be.
“Christ-controlled miracles are selective only in that they are directed toward those who can use them for themselves. Since this makes it inevitable that they will extend them to others, a very strong chain of Atonement is welded.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.49.2:1-2)
When we perform a Christ-controlled miracle, i.e., choose expressions of love directed by Jesus, we gain just as much as the recipient. This is illustrative of what a blessing miracles really are. We find out how to live “in the flow,” going about our day without trying to control everything, and we keep constantly attuned to the Answer. Our joy overflows, for living with a readiness for miracles is truly living a charmed existence.
If we strive to be happy, we will find that keeping an ear attuned to miracles will fulfill that adventure. Living close to Jesus is its own reward. If we think that we have a personal relationship with him, indeed we do. But he loves us more than we love him, for we are not purified as he is. His ability to love is therefore greater. It will not always be this way, but the earth sojourn is not easy, and we have learned things that will not help us as well as learned things that will.
Open ourselves to miracle readiness. Open ourselves to the Holy Spirit (if following A Course in Miracles) or the Christ Self (if following A Course of Love). It matters not that we think, in the beginning, that we are losing control of our lives. We are really growing into them, in the best way possible.
“The physical world exists only because you can use it to correct your unbelief, which placed you in it originally. As long as you knew you did not need anything, the whole device was unnecessary.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.48.24:4-5)
What is our “unbelief” but an idea that we can go it alone, not needing each other, not needing God? But we learn in the physical world that, contrary to what the ego tells us, we cannot make it independently. We need each other and we need Divine Love. Our idea that we ought to be autonomous and without needing to love is a false idea indeed.
Jesus here asserts that our souls would not have needed physicality unless the separation had happened prior. Then a new choice was needed to preserve the universes and our own God-given divine Self. The choice for physicality now gives us a new lease on life; we know that in these frail bodies, we are needy, and it is only when we return to true reality that we realize what we have lacked all along. These frail bodies taught us that much.
In our risen Self, we don’t have “needs” in the same way as on earth. We love, but we don’t reach out to others in a false way, to prop us up, to give us validity. This way of thinking is egoic. When we are surrounded by the reality of love, we know that all of our needs are met, and therefore we have no unsatisfied needs. We are free in this new reality.
Let the choice for physicality do its work. We reach out to others, knowing that they are here for us, and we reach out to God. Then we are truly saved. Then we know that we have no other needs.
“The sex impulse is a miracle impulse when it is in proper focus. One individual sees in another the right partner for propagating the species and also for their joint establishment of a creative home. This does not involve fantasy at all. If I am asked to participate in the decision, the decision will be a right one, too.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.48.9:3-6)
How many of us might be inclined to have enough of a personal relationship to the Jesus of A Course in Miracles that we would invite him into our selection of a mate? Maybe we didn’t know that this were possible. According to ACIM, Jesus makes himself available to us for all manner of ordinary decisions, and marriage is certainly one of the most important. Jesus wants us to make right decisions about marriage, forming a holy relationship, not special. If fantasies predominate, he implies here, the choice is for a special relationship. And special relationships do not have the staying power of holy ones.
Our holy relationships do not oscillate between highs and lows, drama and controversy. Our special relationships are akin to a fast track to nowhere, because the one in whom we had placed such faith tends to have feet of clay. Our special relationships divide; our holy make one. It is imperative that we move forward into creating a new world peopled with the holy. We will not have peace in the special, but only in the holy. And isn’t peace an overriding desire of us all?
We find our greatest challenges in our relationships. Here we are given an option: From Jesus, “get my advice.” Of course, we don’t know how he can be in so many foci of consciousness all at once. And perhaps, he can’t, that he was speaking just to Helen and Bill when he offered all manner of help. But I think not.
There are more wonders in heaven and earth than we have dreamt of. Jesus’s help for us is a responsibility he assumed eons ago as the leader of souls coming to earth to rescue the trapped (an Edgar Cayce assertion). He has not wavered in his commitment. Can we say the same? I think not. But the future can use Jesus’s example as our way to be faithful to the God we worship.
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“No fantasies, sexual or otherwise, are true. Fantasies become totally unnecessary as the wholly satisfying nature of reality becomes apparent.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.48.9:1-2)
As we progress, we feel better almost constantly. This is the “wholly satisfying nature of reality.” In the frame of mind that we develop, we have no need to escape into fantasies.
Fantasies have no basis in fact, and indulging in them catches us up in a false reality, an even greater illusion than we normally experience.
It is hard to imagine a more illusory state of mind than we normally inhabit in this world, for we are lost in illusions, far removed from God’s true reality. Only when we have progressed farther will we know the truth of this. And fantasies delay our progress. No one can fantasize often and expect to join God’s Kingdom, the real world, the House of Truth (the last, as called in A Course of Love).
What do we need to experience the wholly satisfying nature of reality? We need to open ourselves to the experience of God, something that comes very easy as we do so more and more often. Let Him speak to us, let Him remind us of Scripture that will ease our minds and hearts.
His way works. Our own does not, especially when that own is a fantasized projection from a deluded mind.
“Fantasies and projection are more closely associated, because both attempt to control external reality according to false internal needs. ‘Live and let live’ happens to be a very meaningful injunction.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.48.7:4-5)
When we see something “out there” that we want but seemingly can’t have, then we are likely to indulge in fantasies that will make it ours, or (more likely) we imagine that it really IS ours by way of projection. In projection, we imagine that what we perceive internally is sent to another, “projected,” and that out there the truth is the same as our internal, fantasied “reality.”
It is unlikely that Jesus would have said so much in psychological terms if Helen and Bill, co-scribes, had not been psychologists who knew well the connotations of what Jesus was saying. Jesus returns to our understanding, a lay understanding, when he says, “Live and let live.” In other words, we must choose a better way than fantasy and projection to make our reality. We must live our real truth, and allow our brother to live his. We must live (ourselves) and let live (our brother). We must reject the notion that we can alter circumstances to suit our fancy. We come very close to the insanity that Jesus says we all have in the madness of this world. Here he uses psychological terms that will illustrate for us just how close to the world’s evaluation of madness we could come—if we are not careful.
So: Let our brother, who is our savior, meant to be in holy relationship to us, walk his own way. We each have truly holy relationships that do not evolve into intimate terms in this world.