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The Son of Man Becomes the Son of God

“Thus does the son of man become the Son of God.  It is not really a change; it is a change of mind.  Nothing external alters, but everything internal now reflects only the Love of God.  (M-12.1)”

Affirmation:  “I ask for a change of mind today.”

Reflections:

1 – Too Good to Be True?

The state of mind which is described in today’s passage may sound too good to be true, too ideal to be a realistic, practical change of mind.  But we have A Course in Miracles to study, giving us the means for Awakening (from the Text).

2 – The Gender Problem

Of course, “son” and “Son” include the feminine also.  In the sixties, when Helen Schuman and Bill Thetford worked together to bring ACIM to the world, the masculine gender was taught in schools to be inclusive language that also included women.  This had changed by the seventies, and a sticking point for many younger individuals have been turned off by the masculine terminology.  But this is a straw issue.  The Bible also uses the masculine in most available translations and paraphrases.  We should not let this difference cause us any concern.

3 – Reflect the Love of God

Going back to the passage again, if the internal part of us could reflect only the Love of God, would we not have the Awakening that we seek?  Most of us can aspire to this ideal, but very few of us have actually sustained Awakening.  Before sustainability, we will know glimpses of Awakening, periods of time that show us the way that will eventually open to us.  In the meantime, we dwell with our feet on earth.

4 – A Goal for Today

To reflect the Love of God is a goal that all of us can seek to embody daily.  When we fall from these heights, we can ask forgiveness of ourselves and others, and we can try again.

5 – An Even Keel

There is no other way.  We walk the mundane paths of this world until we know the joy that Jesus would have us know on a sustained basis.  Let us reach for the stars even as we keep our minds and hearts on the even keel of a person seeking to allow the ego to wither away.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I would reflect the love of God today.  I would turn from petty problems that disturb me, to an all-encompassing thankfulness that my life is actually going so well.  If I can keep from letting the ordinary stress of life bother me, I will be in the right frame of mind to express the love that I feel God wants me to express.

May we not be disturbed by the male-female problem in terminology of A Course in Miracles.  The sixties were an era, now long ago, in which this scribing took place.  And people thought differently about language then.  In reality, we do not have to let straw issues disturb us.  Jesus is inclusive of women as well as men.

May the day go well.  May we enjoy the peace of a sunny day.  May we know that sunny days remind us of love, and lead us to think of love.  I would think of love today.

Amen.

Do Not Isolate Yourself

“Salvation is a collaborative venture.  It cannot be undertaken successfully by those who disengage themselves from the Sonship, because they are disengaging themselves from me.  (T69)”

Affirmation:  “Salvation is collaborative”

Reflections:

1 – Don’t Isolate Yourself

We are not meant to isolate ourselves in this world–even to study the Course.  We are meant to stay in the world ,and to minister to our brothers and sisters.  Our brothers and sisters are the Sonship.  (Note:  Scribed in the sixties, A Course in Miracles uses the same masculine terminology that the Bible does, but in the sixties, the masculine gender was recognized by everyone as including both genders, male and female.)

2 – Let Jesus In

Jesus, in this passage, indicates how important it is that he be a part of our lives.  This is his wish, but it is not mandatory.  Indeed, Helen and Bill were reluctant, when introducing the Course, to tell their listeners that their considered opinion was that the speaker was Jesus.  They knew how foreign this would sound to some hearers of the new message.

3 – Jesus as Elder Brother

Jesus can do more for us if we consider him a friend, an elder brother.  He speaks at one point of how we can imagine him holding our hand as we walk along, and he indicates that this will be no “idle fantasy.”  We cannot understand how this is possible, but we can take him at his word and see if it does not appear that he is with everyone who gives an insistent call.  He will come at the first “unequivocal” call (from the Text).

4 – The Consequences of Withdrawal

When we withdraw for too long, we also withdraw from Jesus.  And we cannot do that, because he and the Holy Spirit are our guides to better living.  He is the elder brother who catches us when we fall, and the Holy Spirit is the inner guide that leads us every step of the way–guidance.

5 – Salvation for Ourselves AND Others

Surely we do not want to disengage from Jesus.  So this passage has a warning for those of us who would seek our own salvation and not frequently enough think of the Sonship.  The two go hand-in-hand.

Prayer:

Dear Father,

When I am tempted to withdraw, help to remember my contribution to my brothers and sisters.  They need me, as I need them.  Salvation lies in our relationship.

May I learn from the Course with careful study, and then may I take that learning into the world.  This is the solution that will work for the world and for me.

Amen.