Our Reality Is in the Image of God

“There are many in your world that teach this illusory doctrine of what is called karma—that what you send out now you must experience sooner or later, and how you experience it is directly related to the quality of the ripple you send out. That is not true. That would make you a victim.

“If you are made in the image of God, and I assure you that you are, you are not a victim of the world you see. You cannot, in reality, be victimized by anyone or anything at any time because your reality is that you are made in the image of God. If you could truly be victimized, it would mean that God creates unlike Herself. Does a salmon come from an oak tree? Does a nebula come out of the womb of a woman? Does a raspberry grow on a grocery store shelf? No. Like begets like.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 9, Page 113)

We are made in the image of God, and like begets like. So we are not victims. Jesus is here saying that karma, as popularly characterized, is not quite accurate. We do not have to atone for our sins (read mistakes) in past lives.

What, then, causes suffering? Basically, we don’t know, but we do know that what we hold in our minds and hearts as a focus is very likely to come true. So we are asked to keep to positivity always, even in the face of pain and suffering.

We experience many variations in our world—all meant for our growth. An old tale has it that above every blade of grass, there is an angel whispering, “Grow, grow.” We might say the same for ourselves. If even angels encourage us to grow, then we must see vicissitudes of experience to create growth. And some of these are more negative than others.

We are not victims. We must realize this, despite New Age thinking that has us blame the victim. There are no victims! We are safe in God’s arms, just all the time.

Even when we doubt.

Ripples of Experience Can All Be Good

“Now, it is very true—please listen carefully to this—that at any moment as you go along in your experience, as you experience the reverberation, the coming back of the ripples you have sent out, in that very moment you are not a victim of what you have created. Because in each such moment you remain as perfectly free as you were when you first dropped the pebble into the pond that even created the ripple in the first place. You are free to choose how you will experience the effect of that ripple.

“And if you experience it with unconditional freedom, with unconditional acceptance and Love, forgiveness, neutrality and innocence, you literally defuse the effects of that ripple upon the pool of your consciousness. And then, in that moment, you become instantly free to begin creating, in a new way, the ripples that you will experience in the future. And this is why you are never a victim of anyone’s creation, especially your own.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 9, Page 112)

The allusion here is of dropping pebbles into a pool of water, a pool of water that is compared to our experiences here on earth. These experiences fall into our consciousness, and thus we “experience” what is going on.

We are never victims. Is not this very good news? We hold the ace card; we choose what we will experience from the myriad of happenings that we see going on in our world.

It is true that New Age thinking often seems to blame the “victim,” that we cause the bad things that happen to us. But we are at cause here, and we are victims of nobody and nothing. We may never, in this life, come to understand why some things happen as they do, some seemingly very bad things. But we can rest on the assurance that it is not God Who is doing this to us. We remain in the driver’s seat. Yet we are not, as this passage assures us, “victims.”

Let’s choose today to drop pebbles that create ripples that we actually like and enjoy. We can have this blessing of the good if we so choose. Don’t let the choice of what to experience delay our progress any longer.

Choose to experience the best of all possible worlds.

And it will be ours.

Comfort in Creation

“Therefore, the pathway of awakening—The Way of the Heart—must start with the decision to embrace the Truth that is true always:
“I am a creator of all that I think and see and experience. I am free always. Nothing impinges upon me, but the thoughts I have chosen to hold within. Nothing imprisons me, but my own perception of imprisonment. Nothing limits me at any level or dimension of experience, save that which I have chosen.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Chapter 2, Page 13 – 14)

This quotation elaborates on the thesis that we create our own reality (begun in this blog recently). This idea has the potential to be very, very comforting, but it also has the potential to scare us. How can we control what we think? And isn’t it thought that brings our reality to us, in the law of attraction?

We must remember that we have help, the help of the Spirit within, the Holy Spirit as a mediator between ourselves and God, or the Christ-Self, Who is merged with God deep within each of us. We are beset by both subconscious and conscious wishes, and that is why what we want does not always materialize into a belief that will draw the blessing to us. Our soul knows the whole pathway. We don’t. And we trip ourselves up with part-knowledge.

“I am the creator of all that I think and see and experience.” There is satisfaction in those words if we listen aright. We are not at the mercy of any outside force, nor of any person outside ourselves. We are in the driver’s seat. And we can create joyous moments through a contemplation of the Love that God pours out upon all of us.

We aren’t victims of anything or anybody. This alone ought to give us solace. If we are hurting, our souls know why—though we may not know why on this side of the veil of death. Yet knowing that there is an Answer we will know ultimately must give us a particular comfort.

What Is the Word of God?

ACIM Workbook Lesson 276 – for Monday, October 3, 2011

Affirmation:  “The Word of God is given me to speak.”

“What is the Word of God?  ‘My Son is pure and holy as Myself.’  And thus did God become the Father of the Son He loves, for thus was he created.

“Father, Your Word is mine.  And it is this that I would speak to all my brothers, who are given me to cherish as my own, as I am loved and blessed and saved by You.  (WB434)”

Reflections:

1 – We Are Still as God Created Us

“Pure” and “holy” are different ways of saying that we are all actually innocent of wrongdoing.  We are still as God created us (from the Workbook).  We have made mistakes, but we live in an illusory world, and these mistakes and this world are not reality.  Of course, we do see effects of our mistakes in this illusion, and we will act to undo wrongs that we may have perpetrated, if this is now possible.  We see, in our egoic minds, the result of mistakes made “real” in illusion, but nevertheless felt by flesh-and-blood creatures that we are.

2 – We Choose Our Reality

Our suffering is felt by us and felt by those who love us.  Even though we are told in A Course in Miracles that nothing happens that we have not chosen, we do have difficulty with this concept.  If we see this message truly, we will not blame the victim, although much New Age thinking does.  We will see that the Self that chose this pain did so for a reason, and that God’s best answer to us is to guide us away from the pain.  He would not have us learn through pain, which is quite unnecessary (a Text tenet).  We learn best through rewards, which are lasting in their effect (unlike pain, which is temporary at best, a Text tenet).  We are living in illusion, and so the Self that chose the pain knows that the illusion is just that–and not real.  But we are little selves that do not see the broader picture, and so we question and bemoan our fate.  It should not be thus.

3 – Guide Our Thinking to a Better Life

We can create a better life for ourselves by changing the manner of our thinking.  ACIM counsels this, and a close study of Jesus’s words will change one’s life for the better.  The more our minds are filled with Course-centered thinking, the better our lives will become.  We lose those “happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings” only when we attack, drop into judgment, or plan unnecessarily against contingencies to come.  (If there are plans to be made, the Holy Spirit will tell us of these–an ACIM tenet.)

4 – Our Real Selves Are Holy

So, today, let us see ourselves, our real Selves as pure and holy.  In no way are we to attach ego to this perception, because, if we do, we fall on our face again.  Let us know that innocence is real because illusion is not real.  And it is the real world that we would choose for our living today.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I would listen to Your Word and not the egoic voice that I made in a foolish, but tragic desire to be separate from You.  I would not end the separation on Your timetable, but I ask that Your Voice guide me all through the day, so that I fulfill Your requirements for salvation.  Help me to be patient and kind always, the epitome of loving.  May I not hold anything that is amiss against my holy brothers and sisters, Your children.

Be with me throughout this day, something that I ask of You repeatedly.  Your Voice will guide me when I am flexible enough to listen.  Help me to be pliable today.

Amen.