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Atonement and Miracles

“The answer is to never perform a miracle without asking me if you should. This spares you from exhaustion. Just because miracles are expressions of love, it does not follow that they will always be effective. I am the only one who can perform miracles indiscriminately, because I am the Atonement. You have a role in the Atonement, which I will dictate to you.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.35.5:1-5)

For students of A Course in Miracles, the admonition from Jesus to ASK before attempting a miracle is well-known. But how many of us really do stop ourselves as we go about our day, asking if now is the right time to give an expression of love. Many of us don’t think of love at all in our daily grind; we just want to get through the day creditably. Yet expressions of love, as miracles, would mean so much to our brothers and sisters. And to us, for the first person that a miracle affects is the one who is charged with bringing that miracle into the world.

We aren’t to push ourselves to exhaustion, for this is a form of sacrifice, and Jesus has also asked that we not sacrifice ourselves, even to Love. He says that he did not do so, and thus it is correct to know that he would never ask us to do so either. We need Jesus’ guidance about when to act and when to rest. We need to know that we are proceeding under guidance that is just beyond what we normally think about in our daily pathway. The Holy Spirit and, later, the Christ-Self, will provide careful instruction to us.

We are never left in the dark about what to do next; we just need to ask of a Power greater than our little, finite, personal selves.
Jesus, in charge of the Atonement, does let us know what is expected of us by way of support for the Atonement. We are joining together to create a new day, a day of ultimate salvation, a day of Christ-consciousness or Awakening. We are needed. All of us.

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Listen, Learn, and Do

“The slogan for this Crusade is ‘Listen, learn, and do.’ This means:

“Listen to my voice, learn to undo the error, and do something to correct it.

“The first two are not enough. The real members of my party are active workers.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.26.6:5-9)

The easy way in which Jesus speaks to us in the new complete (and annotated) edition of A Course in Miracles is highlighted by this quotation in which Jesus stipulates that he wants “active workers.”

This doesn’t mean sacrificial effort, though, as he points out elsewhere in this edition. Edgar Cayce, the great psychic, gave numerous readings toward the end of his life in a sacrificial gesture that shortened his life. Jesus indicates that this was a mistake, that he himself did not do such.

Jesus’ death on the cross is not sacrificial, as Jesus explains. It was meant to show that even in outrageous circumstances one does not have to become defensive. He had not hurt anybody, and he had healed many. Instead, we look to the resurrection of a body, in some other form (as said in A Course of Love), to be the Atonement.

So our active working for salvation, the mission of Jesus, is meant to keep us busy but not deluged. He does want us to be busy in this mission, but we do have to use common sense and not let our guilt at not being any more perfect keep us tied to a sacrifice that is not only unnecessary, but is undesirable.

Time

“I cannot save you more time than you will let me, but if you are willing to try the Higher Shopping Service, which also covers all lower-order necessities, and even quite a number of whims within reason, I have very good use for the time we could save.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.25.6)

Jesus has a sense of humor! This comment, meant for Helen, is telling her that he would like for her to focus on their work together and not the new coat that she hopes to find! It is insightful passages such as this that gives us such a gem in the new, complete A Course in Miracles.

We apparently do get help from the Other Side, but only when we open ourselves to it. This saves us time, and most of us realize that there are things that we can do on earth that are closed to those spirits who hover around us. With the time that we save, we can cooperate in higher order concerns.

Even “whims” are included! Jesus knows us very well, knows that we imagine ourselves needing things that while unimportant in the grand scheme of things, are important to us.

And he cooperates with us in all of that. I also love the human side of the human/divine Jesus, shown in the new edition of ACIM.

Jesus Assists

“The reason I direct everything that is unimportant is because it is no way to waste your free will. If you insist on doing the trivial your way, you waste too much time and will on it.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.25.3:1-2)

This statement is made before the Holy Spirit is precisely introduced in A Course in Miracles. Jesus is actually talking to his close allies, Helen and Bill, who are working with him to bring his channeling into the world. We may, if we wish, imagine that Jesus acts for us in a similar way. This is something that I have discussed at length in this blog. Jesus is a spirit whose focus of consciousness is beyond belief; he will come to each of us with a “single unequivocal call” (from ACIM).

It is good to imagine Jesus’ partnership with us in this sometimes difficult world. His way, his helpful way, will smooth pathways far more than we can believe.

Give him a little choice in our lives, and we will be stunned by the magnitude of what he can bring about.

How to Ask for Divine Instructions

“Therefore, when you say, ‘If you want me to I will,’ please add ‘and if you don’t want me to I won’t.’ This is the right use of inhibition.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.24.5:3-4)

These are very specific guidelines for following guidance. We do get a sense of what we are to do, and when. Whether or not we follow that guidance depends on our resistance to what God is trying to tell us. Here Jesus is directing Helen and Bill, and by extension, us, very well. He knows that if he doesn’t want us to do something that we seem intent on doing, we need to be willing to be pliable.

Guidance is vitally important to a full and active life in the Spirit. Our little, finite, minds don’t know the whole picture, can’t see it, and so following the nudging of the Holy Spirit is vital. He guides us very specifically, whether to turn right at the next corner, even, sometimes. We don’t follow impulses willy-nilly, of course, but if we test out an impulse, and we see that there is no harm in what we think is being asked of us, then why don’t we respond, and respond quickly?

We don’t respond quickly because we have our own ideas about what is best for us, for our brothers and sisters, and the world. But how wrong we can recognize we have been in the past, before the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and even afterwards, when we were being headstrong.

There is a better way. Ask before resistance becomes confirmed. Ask what to do or say. The way will open. It will be a bright and glorious way, full of God, full of the Holy Spirit, and full of our best Self.

Take time to ask first today. If we proceed without that divine approval, we may make problems for ourselves that could be overcome with a little flexibility on our part.

Dear God,

Thank You for answering my prayer, and removing my resistance, to something You intend for me. I have known all along what You were saying, but I did so want to go my way. This is utter stupidity. The best way is always Yours, and I do know that my real will and Your will are identical.

Thank You for the blossoming of this day, after I bent my will to what I knew was divine leading.

Amen.

Atonement

“. . .[I]t is clear that when you can atone by miracles, both giver and receiver are atoning. It is better to atone this way because of the mutual benefits involved. ‘Inasmuch as you do it unto the least of these my brethren’ really ends with ‘you do it unto yourself and me.’ The reason why you come before me is because I do not need miracles for my own Atonement, but I stand at the end in case you fail temporarily.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.24.2.:4-7)

When we accept the request of Jesus to go and let a miracle come through us, we are atoning for self and the other. It does not mean that we have “sinned,” for we know from A Course in Miracles that Jesus believes that our misdeeds and misthoughts are mistakes only, something that will encourage us to remedy the problem, not to be drawn to the same thought, deed, or word time and time again.

We can see that in looking to guidance for what miracles to perform, our guidance is seeing the whole picture—for us and for the one to whom we are sent. The mutual benefit that occurs is substantial. And we don’t make mistakes in this endeavor, if, that is, we depend on our guidance. Jesus is looking deep in our souls to see what miracles he can depend upon us to perform.

Jesus rectifies mistakes that we make that we cannot resolve. This is his promise: “I stand at the end in case you fail temporarily.” With a back-up like that, how can we fail, ultimately? We can’t. We have only to call in reinforcements, in this case, Jesus himself. He offers his help as a free offer. God does the same.

Dear God,

I have not seemed to be sent on a mission today. If I have missed hearing the call, please alert me to listen better. I will promise to go and do anything with You standing behind me, and Jesus at my side—a spirit I can’t see but can feel.

Miracles have come to me today. When I ask for a blessing of guidance, You are quick to see that my Answer from You arrives right on time—that is to say, immediately. I appreciate that You don’t hold my impatience against me. You like speed, too.

Thank You.

Amen.

Jesus’ Limitless Efforts

“When your equilibrium stabilizes, you can teach as much as you learn. This will give you the proper sense of balance. Meanwhile, remember that no effort is wasted. Unless you remember this, you cannot avail yourself of my efforts, which are limitless.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.22.5:4-7)

We learn several things in this quotation, the most important being that Jesus’s efforts are “limitless.” This is the kind of big brother that we have. This is his inner self, revealed.

When we stabilize, we do have a balance of teaching and learning with our brothers and sisters. And when we try, make an effort, we are not wasting our time. We are reassured that some good will come of a good effort. And we don’t have to feel unappreciated; Jesus appreciates us.

Teaching actually occurs naturally in our world. A Course in Miracles asserts that what we teach, teaches us. We are in balance when this happens, because others are learning from our example. We need to be positive that our example is good and true.

I return to Jesus’s statement that his efforts are limitless. Perhaps we ought to say a little prayer for him today. He listens to us, don’t you think? And yet it is almost never said that he too needs our prayers. We are all in this together.

Dear God,

Be with Jesus today. May my intent join with You to give him a positive experience as he looks at a world in disarray. His contribution is beyond our calculations, and it is all because he is close to You.

Be with me today. I would teach what I can, even when I am not aware that teaching is going on. And help me learn from my brothers and sisters. Their good example gives me hope.

Amen.