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A COURSE IN MIRACLES
CH 15 THE PURPOSE OF TIME
X. THE TIME OF CHRIST
93 The holy instant is truly the time of Christ. For in this liberating instant, no guilt is laid upon the Son of God, and his unlimited power is thus restored to him. What other gift can you offer me, when only this I will to offer you? And to see me is to see me in everyone and offer everyone the gift you offer me. I am as incapable of receiving sacrifice as God is, and every sacrifice you ask of yourself, you ask of me. Learn now that sacrifice of any kind is nothing but a limitation imposed on giving. And by this limitation, you have limited acceptance of the gift I offer you.
A COURSE IN MIRACLES
WORKBOOK Part I ~ REVIEW V
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Now we review again. This time we are
Steady our feet, our Father; let our doubts
be quiet and our holy minds be still,
God is but love, and therefore so am I."
God is but love, and therefore so am I."
~ Original Handscript of ACIM
L e s s o n 174 ~ Review V
[Lesson 157 and Lesson 158]
God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
 Into His Presence would I enter now.
God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
 Today I learn to give as I receive.
God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
~ The Original Handscript Notes
ACIM Edmonton - Sarah's Reflections
LESSON 174 ~
Into His Presence would I enter now
Today I learn to give as I receive.
We continue today to review the Lessons with the constant reminder, "God is but Love and therefore so am I." Anything God creates is like Himself---holy, sinless, innocent, an endless spring of love, and immortal as Himself. We are not human beings who are desperately seeking our spirituality or having a spiritual experience. We actually are spiritual beings, who think we are having a human experience, although we are dreaming we are here.
The truth is that we are love. We defend against that love in order to maintain an existence separate from God. Now we choose to bring our defenses to awareness, recognizing how unhappy we are in our seemingly separated state.
We are guided on this journey by the Holy Spirit, Who is the quiet presence in our right minds, but as long as we stay in control of our process and believe everything is up to us, we will continue to take the lead ourselves. When we are willing to step back and let Him lead us, we are then giving over our separate will, as we say, "Lead our practicing as does a father lead a little child along a way he does not understand. Yet does he follow, sure that he is safe because his father leads the way for him." (W.R.V.2.5-6) The truth is within us now, and Jesus is leading us to this state of happiness and peace that is not possible to achieve by our own efforts, no matter how hard we try. When we think we know our own best interests, we are constantly reaching out for pleasure, but we always receive pain because that is the way the ego set it all up.
We take this teaching on faith until we have the experience that affirms the truth of it. Yet since the truth is already in our minds, we will resonate with what is said here. Because we defend against it, we will have resistance to his teaching, but he is gentle with us. We are in charge of how quickly we go. Thus, we don't have to be afraid we will be hurled into Heaven. Our awakening is one of a gentle process, even though to the ego some events are seen as not to its liking. Since everything that seems to happen is by our own choosing, we are not victims of the events and circumstances of our lives.
As we apply the Lessons, we increasingly experience a shift into greater peace and freedom. We have all had experiences of being in the right place at the right time, of meeting people whom we need to meet, of feeling in the flow where everything works easily, and of having things work out when we take our hands off of the steering wheel of our lives or when we give up control even a little. Alternatively, when things seem not to be moving in this kind of flow and challenges arise, we can remember to ask for help in choosing peace. Everything made by the ego can be used by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of undoing what does not serve us. Nothing the ego has made will ever bring happiness. We are reminded that we don't know our own best interests, and that our greatest setbacks, as seen by the ego, can actually be our greatest spiritual advances. When we let all things be exactly as they are and not fight and resist what comes, then we become happy learners. "You are not a happy learner yet because you still remain uncertain that vision gives you more than judgment does, and you have learned that both you cannot have." (T.21.I.3.7)(ACIM OE T.21.II.5) Until we step through this conflict, there will be resistance to the Lessons. When the conflict becomes sufficiently painful, we will be ready to take the giant strides to our freedom by focusing all of our efforts on the Holy Spirit's Lessons.
How do we learn to hear the guidance? The approach taken in the Course, to help us with the decision process that we go through every day, is different than what we have learned in the world, in that no tools are given us to help us make better, wiser, or more effective decisions. Jesus tells us we are incapable of good decisions, so we need to let the Holy Spirit decide for us. This means making room for Him to guide our lives. We just need to ask in everything we do. We might complain that we don't hear His Voice, which is actually speaking to us throughout the day, but when we don't, it is because we are listening to our own voice, which is the voice of the ego. That voice is loud and raucous. To be guided is to silence the ego by bringing its wrong-minded dictates to the truth.
When we have the desire and willingness to hear and the confidence that the answers will be provided, we can trust in the perfection of everything that shows up for our healing. When we don't hear, it is because our minds are cluttered with guilt and fear thoughts. We want to stay in control, and thus, we resist guidance. With time and practice, our trust will grow, and increasingly we will find we are releasing control, day by day, step by step.
Jesus reminds us, "We sing the song of thankfulness today, in honor of the Self That God has willed to be our true Identity in Him." (W.123.4.2) "And we give thanks that in our solitude a Friend has come to speak the saving Word of God to us. And thanks to you for listening to Him. His Word is soundless if it be not heard." (W.123.5.2-4) Thus, our ability to listen comes when the obstacles in our minds are seen and brought to the light of Truth.
Today, we enter a day of silence and of trust. We remind ourselves that we can be wholly unafraid and thus completely trusting because of our invulnerability as spirit. As we walk in trust and unafraid, we choose Christ's Vision, which ". . . looks on everyone, on every circumstance, all happenings and all events, without the slightest fading of the light it sees." (W.158.7.5) No matter what comes up as we go through the day, we recognize there is no value in anything except to know our identity as the love that we are.
Often, I find that when a situation shows up for me that seems problematic, if I don't try to address it on my own, but live in the not knowing, then the answer comes in unexpected ways. Guidance comes in many forms. We just need to stay aware and tune into the guidance, whether it shows up as an inner voice, in pictures, nighttime dreams, a gut instinct, coincidences, feelings, a stirring in the heart, or other signs or symbols.
And in this journey to awakening, Jesus goes with us. He says, "I take the journey with you. For I share your doubts and fears a little while, that you may come to me who recognize the road by which all fears and doubts are overcome. We walk together. I must understand uncertainty and pain, although I know they have no meaning. Yet a savior must remain with those he teaches, seeing what they see, but still retaining in his mind the way that lead him out, and now will lead you out with him. God's Son is crucified until you walk along the road with me." (W.R.V.6.1-6)
He knows the way out, and he has shared our experience. He understands all that makes our progress slow and about our hesitation on this road. He knows what lies at the end of the road. He knows our doubts and fears, and yet he sees a way out. He is our perfect teacher and holds our hand through every step of this journey to the end. He knows both the journey and the end of it as a result of his own experience. He never raises himself above us, but walks beside us as an equal. It is so encouraging when we take this seriously. Can you really imagine the perfect, most loving teacher who has had the experience we have had, lovingly walking with us through each practice period and motivating us to hasten our footsteps. We ask this of God in our prayer, but he needs us to do our part.
"My resurrection comes again each time I lead a brother safely to the place at which the journey ends and is forgot."
(W.R.V.7.1) This is the part of our mind where the journey began with the choice for the ego. This led to the experience of this body and the world. The journey ends with the correction of our mistaken choice for the ego. The choice for resurrection is the same choice made by Jesus. He demonstrates for us that we can make this same choice he made, so that we could realize our own resurrection as we awaken from this dream of death. "Release me as you practice once again the thoughts I brought to you from Him Who sees your bitter need, and knows the answer God has given Him." (W.R.V.8.1) We need to really take this seriously. He is the symbol of the awakened mind, right there with us, because he is in our minds. Indeed, he says, "I am incomplete without your part in me." (W.R.V.8.7) There is only one Son, but we need to ask for his help, or he cannot help us because we are free to choose as we desire.
It is a journey back to our ancient home, a home that was prepared for us "before time was." It has been kept pristine, safe, immaculate, and unchanged through eons of time. It is awaiting our return, though we have never left, except in dreams.
I will refer to David Hawkins, simply because I am currently inspired by reading his book, "Discovery of the Presence of God: Devotional Non-Duality." In it he says, "The pace of spiritual evolution is not under personal control, and may take sudden surprising leaps. Therefore, It is wise to prepare beforehand with knowledge of what yet may come." Certainly that is the reason for our study of the Text. It helps us see what is yet to come. And to the question of why we sometimes feel like we are not making progress on this path to enlightenment, his words are encouraging. "There is no point to wondering how am I doing? For the compass has already been set by dedication and devotion to the highest truth. While the pace may seem slow or even arduous at times, it is best to be prepared for sudden, unexpected leaps. It is wise to avoid pessimism, even after a seemingly long, dry period of frustration, for such periods are due to overcoming major obstacles and attachments that often presage major changes."
Today, "We place faith in the experience that comes from practice, not the means we use." (W.R.V.12.2) Thus, our faith is in the experience when we use the words of this Lesson to point us to the truth. It is an experience of deep peace, a feeling of being connected with all there is, and a trust in our brothers and in the journey we seem to be undertaking.
is in your power in
time to delay the perfect union of the Father and the Son. For in this world, the attraction of guilt
does stand between them. Neither time nor season means anything in eternity. But here it is the Holy Spirit's function to use them both, though not as the ego uses them. This is the season when you would celebrate my birth into the world. Yet you know not how to do it. Let the Holy Spirit teach you, and let me celebrate
your birth through Him. The only gift I can accept of you is the gift I
gave to you. Release
me as I will
your release. The time of Christ we celebrate
together, for it has no meaning if we are apart.
93 The holy instant is truly the time of Christ. For in this liberating instant, no guilt is laid upon the Son of God, and his unlimited power is thus restored to him. What other gift can you offer me, when only this I will to offer
you? And to see me is to see me in everyone and offer everyone the gift you offer me. I am as incapable of receiving sacrifice as God is, and every sacrifice you ask of yourself, you ask of me. Learn
now that sacrifice of any kind is nothing but a limitation imposed on giving. And by this limitation, you have limited acceptance of the gift I offer
94 We who are one
cannot give separately. When you are willing to accept
our relationship as real, guilt will hold
no attraction for you. For in our union, you will accept
all of our brothers. The gift of union is the only gift that I was born to give. Give it to me, that
you may have it. The time of Christ is the time appointed for the gift of freedom, offered to everyone. And by
your acceptance of it, you have
offered it to everyone. It
is in your power to make this season holy, for it is in your power to make the time of Christ be
95 It is possible to do this all at once because there is but
one shift in perception that is necessary, for you made but
one mistake. It seems like many, but it is all the same. For though the ego takes many forms, it is
always the same idea. What is not love is
always fear and nothing else. It is not necessary to follow fear through all the circuitous routes by which it burrows underground and hides in darkness, to emerge in forms quite different from what it is. Yet it
is necessary to examine each one as long as you would retain the
principle which governs all of them. When you are willing to regard them not as separate but as different manifestations of the
same idea, and one you do not
want, they go together. The idea is simply this-you believe that it is possible to be host to the ego or hostage to God. This is the choice you think you have, and the decision which you believe that you must make.
96 You see no other alternatives, for you cannot accept the fact that sacrifice gets
nothing. Sacrifice is so essential to your thought system that salvation
apart from sacrifice means nothing to you. Your confusion of sacrifice and love is so profound that you cannot conceive of love
without sacrifice. And it is this that you must look upon-sacrifice is
attack, not love. If you would accept but this
one idea, your fear of love would vanish. Guilt
cannot last when the idea of sacrifice has been removed. For if there is sacrifice, as you are convinced, someone must pay and someone must get. And the only question which remains to be decided is
how much is the price for getting
97 As host to the ego, you believe that you can give
all your guilt away
whatever you think and purchase peace. And the payment does not seem to be
yours. While it is obvious that the ego
does demand payment, it never seems to be demanding it of
you. For you are unwilling to recognize that the ego, which you invited, is treacherous only to those who think they are its host. The ego will never let you perceive this, since this recognition would make it homeless. For when this recognition dawns clearly, you will not be deceived by
any form the ego takes to protect itself from your sight.
98 Each form will be recognized as but a cover for the one idea that hides behind them all-that love demands sacrifice and is therefore inseparable from attack and fear. And that guilt is the
price of love, which must be paid
by fear. How fearful, then, has God become to you, and how great a sacrifice do you believe His love demands! For total love would demand total sacrifice. And so the ego seems to demand less of you than God, and of the two is judged as the lesser of two evils, one to be feared a little, but the other to be destroyed. For you see love as
destructive, and your only question is who is to be destroyed, you or another? You seek to answer this question in your special relationships, in which you are both destroyer and destroyed in part, but with the idea of being able to be neither completely. And this you think saves you from God, Whose total love would completely destroy you.
99 You think that everyone
outside yourself demands your sacrifice, but you do not see that
only you demand sacrifice and
only of yourself. Yet the demand of sacrifice is so savage and so fearful that you
cannot accept it where it is. But the
real price of not accepting this has been so great that you have given God away rather than look at it. For if God would demand total sacrifice of you, you thought it safer to project Him outward and
away from you and not be host to Him. To Him you ascribed the ego's treachery, inviting it to take His place to
protect you from Him. And you do not recognize that it is what
you invited in that would destroy you and
does demand total sacrifice of you. No partial sacrifice will appease this savage guest, for it is an invader who but
seems to offer kindness, but always to make the sacrifice complete.
100 You will not succeed in being partial hostage to the ego, for it keeps no bargains and would leave you nothing. [Nor can you be partial
host to it.] You will have to choose between
total freedom and
total bondage, for there are no alternatives but these. You have tried many compromises in the attempt to avoid recognizing the one decision which must be made. And yet it is the recognition of the decision
just as it is that makes the decision so easy! Salvation is simple, being of God and therefore very easy to understand. Do not try to project it from you and see it
outside yourself. In you are both the question and the answer-the demand for sacrifice and the peace of God.
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