“Honesty does not apply only to what you say. The term actually means consistency. There is nothing you say that contradicts what you think or do; no thought opposes any other thought; no act belies your word; and no word lacks agreement with another. (M11 – M12)”
1 – Important Passage
This is, to my mind, a most important passage from A Course in Miracles. Being honest, constantly honest, has been a point for me in my life; I have sometimes rejected people who did not tell me the truth. And I have been lied to, though when encountering one who is dishonest, it is hard to know at what point the lie occurred.
2 – Trust
Honesty promotes trust, and dishonesty makes one doubt every encounter. I think that my own first dishonesty as a child, when I lied to my mother when she was punishing me for a misdeed, has colored my perception of honesty all the time since. I seemed to lose God at that point. I was five years old, and the loss of God was the dimming of my sight. Even my physical sight dimmed, causing me to require glasses by age 9 (and needed glasses sooner).
3 – Sound Good Sense
The important of honesty is that it is sound good sense. We don’t have to remember what we have lied about. The fact that consistency is the hallmark here is pivotal to a good life. We don’t have to say one thing, and think or do another. We are at one with ourselves, through and through. Anyone who can reach this level of understanding is well on the pathway to Awakening, but most of us still dissemble, at least from time to time.
4 – Stop the Dissembling
We are encouraged with this passage to stop the dissembling, to be consistent in our inner thoughts and our outer words. No less would be required of us along the pathway home to God.
5 – No Conflict
“At no level are they in conflict with themselves. Therefore it is impossible for them to be in conflict with anyone or anything. (M12)”
An admirable situation, we are out of conflict. And conflict is often what gives rise to attack, because conflict breeds stress, and stress breeds anger, leading to attack. At least in my experience.
6 – Peace of Mind
“The peace of mind which the advanced teachers of God experience is largely due to their perfect honesty. (M12)”
What would we not attempt to do to experience peace of mind always? Throughout each and every day?
7 – How to Have Peace of Mind
This passage tells us how. Just strive to be at one with one’s subconscious thoughts, leading to conscious deeds that are consistent with inner Self. The inner Self is the Christ Self (according to A Course of Love), and this is our beacon as we move beyond A Course in Miracles, away from the time of the Holy Spirit and into the time of Christ.
8 – Consistency
Perfect honesty, as explained, really means “consistency.” We don’t say or do anything that contradicts the love that is in our hearts. We therefore do not know conflict, but instead perfect peace of mind.
9 – Teachers of God
Are all of us advanced teachers of God? Not yet, but we are destined to become that, once we have gone through the workbook, as well as studied carefully the other parts of the Course. We will know the peace of mind that is reserved for those who have walked the full pathway.
10 – Heaven on Earth
This is a glorious promise, one of the best in the Course. Surely we will do our part to bring about this Heaven on earth of peace of mind. No one can ask more of us, and Jesus assures us elsewhere that it is easy. We may find this hard to believe, even after years of studying the Course, but easy it can become for us when we turn to the Holy Spirit for all of our answers.
11 – At One with One’s Self
“No one at one with himself can even conceive of conflict. (M12)”
This is an endeavor worth pursuing! Ask today how we might effect this positive persona. May we be at one with ourselves, and in the achievement, we will cease to know conflict. And when conflict goes, so many negative traits of our personal self go as well. This passage is, to my mind, extremely important.
12 – Communion with God
Pray to know how to be at one with self. There are no easy answers, but communion with God will give us those answers.
13 – Challenge
“There is no challenge to a teacher of God. Challenge implies doubt, and the trust on which God’s teachers rest secure makes doubt impossible. Therefore they can only succeed. (M12)”
I have long loved this passage, the fact that “challenge” does not have to arise. In my past, I have thrived on challenge, but sometimes the challenge was of the ego. This passage indicates that challenge is not a desired state of mind. We choose for all people when we eliminate challenge as an egoic notion.
14 – Marching Orders
We do not need to doubt. We get our marching orders from the Holy Spirit (if we are following ACIM) and from the inner Christ Self (if we are following A Course of Love).
15 – Guidance
What a wonderful state of affairs! To fail to doubt our words and deeds is to know that we are listening to guidance, though of course we remain sometimes vulnerable to misthought. We may not hear aright. But when we are on the beam, and emotionally stable, we will know with an inner knowing what we are to say and do next. Ask often. We will be led well.
I long for peace of mind above all other joys. And I recognize that it is joy that this peace gives to me.
May I be perfectly consistent in my thoughts and behavior, and may I realize that this is what honesty actually entails. Please stay by me.