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A COURSE IN MIRACLES
CH 25 THE REMEDY
III. THE SAVIOR FROM THE DARK
A COURSE IN MIRACLES
WORKBOOK for STUDENTS
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The body is a fence the Son of God
imagines he has built to separate
parts of his Self from other parts. It is
within this fence he thinks he lives, to die
as it decays and crumbles. For within
this fence he thinks that he is safe from love.
Identifying with <its safety>, he
regards himself as <what his safety is>.
How else could he be certain he remains
within the body, keeping love outside?
The body will not stay. Yet this he sees
as double safety. For the Son of God's
impermanence is "proof" his fences work,
and do the task his mind [assigned] to them.
For if his oneness still remained untouched,
who could attack and who could be attacked?
Who could be victor? Who could be his prey?
Who could be victim? Who the murderer?
And if he did not die, what proof is there
that God's eternal Son [has] been destroyed?
The body is a dream. Like other dreams,
it sometimes seems to picture happiness,
but can quite suddenly revert to fear,
where every dream is born. For only love
creates in truth, and truth can never fear.
Made to be fearful, must the body serve
the purpose given it. But we can change
the purpose [which] the body will obey
by changing what we think that it is for.
The body is the means by which God's Son
returns to sanity. Though it was made
to fence him into hell without escape,
yet has the goal of Heaven been exchanged
for the pursuit of hell. The Son of God
extends his hand to reach his brother, and
to help him walk along the road with him.
Now is the body holy. Now it serves
to heal the mind that it was made to kill.
You will identify with what you think
will make you safe. Whatever it may be,
you will believe that it is one with you.
Your safety lies in truth and not in lies.
Love is your safety. Fear does not exist.
Identify with love, and you are safe.
Identify with love, and you are home.
Identify with love, and find your Self.
L e s s o n 266
My holy Self abides in you,
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Father, You gave me all Your Sons, to be
my Saviours and my Counselors in sight;
the Bearers of Your holy Voice to me.
In them are You reflected, and in them
does Christ look back <upon> me from my Self.
Let not Your Son forget Your holy Name.
Let not Your Son forget his holy Source.
Let not Your Son forget [Your] name is [his].
This day we enter into paradise,
calling upon God's Name and on our own,
acknowledging our Self in each of us;
united in the holy Love of God.
How many Saviours God has given us!
How can we lose the way to Him, when He
has filled the world with those who point to Him,
and given us the sight to look on them?
~ Original Handscript of ACIM
ACIM Edmonton - Sarah's Reflections
My holy Self abides in you, God's Son.
What an amazing Lesson this is when we focus fully and deeply on what is being communicated here! Jesus is telling us that everyone who shows up on our path is not only a savior to us but also a counselor and the ". . . bearers of Your holy Voice to me." (W.266.1.1) Everyone! No exceptions. It certainly does not feel like that with those who seem to attack me and those whom I deem have betrayed me. Yet we learn when we see a brother as hurting us, we are not seeing him correctly. What we are doing instead is seeing our own sins in him while claiming innocence for ourselves and seeing ourselves as victimized by him. Yet here Jesus tells us our brothers are all the bearers of God's holy Voice back to us. It reminds me of the passage that says, "If he speaks not of Christ to you, you spoke not of Christ to him." (T.11. V.18.6) (ACIM OE T.10.VI.58) If we don't see the Christ in our brother, it is because we choose to put our sins on him instead.
Yes, I remind myself that the guy who would not take my VISA over the phone, which required a trip across town to pay for supplies needed by my son in Vancouver, is actually my savior and yes, a counselor in my sight. This means this brother has given me an opportunity to see who he really is---the Christ---if I am willing to release my judgments of him. This then is my gift to my own mind, as I receive whatever it is I give. Our saviors are everywhere! The person who committed fraud with my investment, my sister who criticized me, the man who showed up on our doorstep who was living in his car, broke and looking for a spiritual group on his way to Vancouver, my young friend who called in the late evening from 60 km away who needed to be picked up and taken to the hospital, my partner who shared the Lesson with me this morning, and a friend who showed up for ten days sharing our space, are all bring gifts to help me heal my mind. They all provide a mirror for me of my inward condition that I see in each one. They all give me another opportunity to heal my specialness. They all point the way to Heaven for me. It is a path of healing through our relationships.
Yes, I forget daily that this is all here for my healing. I think of people who get in the way of my self-imposed goals as obstructing my path and causing me grief. I complain and see myself as being unfairly treated at times, not recognizing I have drawn all of these events into my life and not recognizing that if I feel betrayed or imposed upon, it is because I want this. Why would we want it, you might ask? It is because we believe we have betrayed God and now we don't want to take responsibility for our own betrayal and instead project it out onto others and see them as the betrayers so we can be the innocent ones. We don't want the responsibility of what we have done, so we want to be betrayed and see ourselves as the victims. Underneath our victim stories, we are actually happy to be hurt by others as it allows us to be off the hook with God.
We are being reminded daily there is another way of seeing people whom we think of as protagonists, standing in the way of our joy and peace. We can choose instead to see them as our saviors, showing us something of our unconscious beliefs about ourselves that we would not be able to see without them in our lives. They have been given to us for this purpose as part of our own script and made outside this dream. Now, instead of seeing them as interfering with our path to God, we can see them as helping us on the way. Everyone is a symbol for what is going on in our own minds, including those whose shining radiance shows us we share the same Self. I can see those I consider innocent, beautiful, and full of grace as a symbol of what is in my mind as equally as those I see who are obstructive and difficult, stubborn and judgmental.
How we see anyone truly has nothing to do with them, but it is all about our own thoughts projected onto them. Our sins are projected onto them, obscuring the light of Heaven in them and in us. "The images I see reflect my thoughts." (W.265.1.8) I am seeing only my thoughts everywhere and in everyone. I see thoughts of beauty and innocence reflected from my mind, and I see thoughts of destruction, conflict, and self-condemnation. Both are in my mind because the fragmentation of the mind is reflected in a fragmented world. What I see reflected is my own split mind. By seeing my projections, I have been given an opportunity, should I choose to use it, to release the obstacles to the truth of what I am and to also see the beauty and innocence already in my mind.
I am the one giving power to my thoughts. I am the decision maker, who can choose between the right mind and the wrong mind. When I recognize this, I bring awareness to the power I am giving my thoughts. When I am holding judgments of anyone, I ask Jesus for his help to see this person, this event, or this situation in another way. First, I must take responsibility for my projections, bringing them back to my mind and seeing that no one is doing anything to me. It is all by my own bidding. They are reading the lines I have written for them in my script. When I look inward and choose not to deny they are all my interpretations I have given to neutral events, I can choose to ask the Holy Spirit how to see correctly. I realize I am wrong in my interpretations of everything when I choose to listen to the ego. When I choose to lose interest in what the ego tells me, I am withdrawing my belief in my own thoughts. I recognize they are only hallucinations of the past based on my conditioned mind. We have deceived ourselves as to who we are.
I hold this thought in my mind today, "My holy Self abides in you, God's Son." (W.266) Everyone is me and I am everyone. We are the same ego and the same Self. We can only heal our guilt by reclaiming what we project onto our brothers. It is not helpful to judge ourselves for our projections. Judging ourselves keeps us bound and imprisoned in chains of guilt. By withdrawing our investment in maintaining our image, we commit instead to reclaiming the truth of who we are. Every single person on our path is helping us to wake up. They are pointing the way home for us. When we see it this way, we can be grateful to our parents, who did not love us as we thought they should, our teachers who demeaned us, our ministers who affirmed our sin and guilt, our partners who betrayed us, and indeed everyone on our path. They are all there to help us in our healing, should we choose to see it that way.
Our relationships are the means this Course provides us to find our way home. Our saviors are thus everywhere. "He has filled the world with those who point to Him." (W.266.2.3) In every encounter, we can find these saviors who point our way to Him. It is, therefore, impossible to lose the way to Him when we decide to truly apply these Lessons. God has not really put these people on our path, as He does not know of this world. Our own script is what has brought these perfect saviors, who have at some level agreed to these roles. Everything changes when we start to emit our own frequencies, rather than absorb the frequencies of those around us.
Yes, we can delay. We can procrastinate. We can rebel. We can project anger onto the world. We can see the cause of everything outside our own minds, but when we know this keeps us in hell, we will ultimately put away these "sharp-edged children's toys." (W.PII.Q4.5.2)
We are here to let go of the past, to let go of what our brother did not do to us, to let go of all thoughts of lack, all grievances, and all beliefs there is something in the world that will provide us with love, security, and future happiness. We need not torture ourselves in the battleground of our own thoughts. We need not suffer any longer. Every decision we make is for peace and joy or for Heaven or hell. Our only confusion is confusion about who we are. It is about our identity. Asking the ego, "Who am I?" only brings more confusion. The ego can't know. The question is whether we will accept the truth about us as what God says we are or our own self-constructed image. Our saviors will help us to discover the truth and show us who we are as God's Son. "In them are You (God) reflected, and in them does Christ look back upon me from my Self." (W.266.1.2) In other words, I will see my own reflection as the Christ Self when I see the Christ in my brothers. It is not an event but a process; so let us be gentle with ourselves. To say I want enlightenment now is to say there is something wrong with this moment and demand things be different than they are. Healing is about accepting everything and everyone in my life now is, in fact, perfect for my awakening.
There is an interesting reference here to the Bible in the words, "This day we enter into paradise." (W.266.2.1) In the Lesson, we are joining with our brother in the acknowledgment of the One Christ Self. The reference from the Bible is related to the two thieves on either side of Jesus at his crucifixion. One of the thieves taunted Jesus, but the other one said, "Lord remember me when you come into the Kingdom." Jesus responded by saying, "This day we enter into paradise." The meaning, as related to this Lesson, is that the thief recognized in Jesus the Christ the Christ in himself. This is the way we all enter paradise. When I see the Christ in my brothers, so too do I enter paradise. Today, I am called to see the Christ in all my brothers by forgiving anything that stands in the way. Let anyone who comes to mind today, or who crosses my path, be seen as the gift he is in helping me to see my inner condition so I can see my projections and put them on the inner altar. I want to see who you really are, so I can know my Christ Self as One with You.
Love and blessings, Sarah
III. The Savior from the Dark
12 Is it not evident that what the body's eyes perceive fills you with fear? Perhaps you think you find a hope of satisfaction there. Perhaps you fancy to attain some peace and satisfaction in the world as you perceive it. Yet it must be evident the outcome does not change. Despite your hopes and fancies,
always does despair result. And there is no exception, nor will there ever be. The only value that the past can hold is that you learn it gave you no rewards that you would want to keep. For only thus will you be willing to relinquish it and have it gone forever.
13 Is it not strange that you should cherish still some hope of satisfaction from the world you see? In no respect at any time or place has anything but fear and guilt been your reward. How long is needed for you to realize the chance of change in
this respect is hardly worth delaying change that might result in better outcome? For one thing is sure-the way you see, and long have seen, gives no support to base your future hopes and no suggestions of success at all. To place your hopes where no hope lies
must make you hopeless. Yet is this hopelessness your choice, while you would seek for hope where none is ever found.
14 Is it not also true that you have found some hope
apart from this-some glimmering, inconstant, wavering, yet dimly seen, that hopefulness is warranted on grounds that are not in this world? And yet your hope that they may still be here prevents you still from giving up the hopeless and unrewarding task you set yourself. Can it make sense to hold the fixed belief that there is reason to uphold pursuit of what has always failed on grounds that it will suddenly succeed and bring what it has never brought before?
15 Its past
has failed. Be glad that it is gone within your mind to darken what is there. Take not the form for content, for the form is but a
means for content. And the frame is but a means to hold the picture up so that it can be seen. A frame that hides the picture has no purpose. It cannot
be a frame if it is what you see. Without the picture is the frame without its meaning. Its
purpose is to set the picture off and not itself.
16 Who hangs an empty frame upon a wall and stands before it, deep in reverence, as if a masterpiece were there to see? Yet if you see your brother as a body, it
is but this you do. The masterpiece that God has set within this frame is all there is to see. The body holds it for a while without obscuring it in any way. Yet what God has created needs no frame, for what He has created He supports and frames within Himself. His masterpiece He offers you to see. And would you rather see the frame
instead of this? And see the picture not at all?
17 The Holy Spirit is the frame God set around the part of Him that you would see as separate. Yet its frame is joined to its Creator, one with Him and with His masterpiece. This is its purpose, and you do not make the frame into the picture when you choose to see it in its place. The frame that God has given it but serves His purpose, not yours apart from His. It is your
separate purpose that obscures the picture and cherishes the frame instead of it. Yet God has set His masterpiece within a frame that will endure forever when yours has crumbled into dust. But think you not the picture is destroyed in any way. What God creates is safe from all corruption, unchanged and perfect in eternity.
18 Accept God's frame instead of yours, and you will see the masterpiece. Look at its loveliness, and understand the Mind that thought it, not in flesh and bones, but in a frame as lovely as Itself. Its holiness lights up the sinlessness the frame of darkness hides and casts a veil of light across the picture's face, which but reflects the light that shines from it to its Creator. Think not this face was ever darkened because you saw it in a frame of death. God kept it safe that you might look on it and see the holiness that He has given it.
19 Within the darkness, see the savior
from the dark and understand your brother as his Father's Mind shows him to you. He will step forth from darkness as you look on him, and you will see the dark no more. The darkness touched him not, nor you who brought him forth for you to look upon. His sinlessness but pictures yours. His gentleness becomes your strength, and both will gladly look within and see the holiness that must be there
because of what you looked upon in him. He is the frame in which your holiness is set, and what God gave him must be given you. However much he overlooks the masterpiece in him and sees only a frame of darkness, it is still your only function to behold in him what he sees not. And in this seeing is the vision shared that looks on Christ
instead of seeing death.
20 How could the Lord of Heaven not be glad if you appreciate His masterpiece? What could He do but offer thanks to you who love His Son as He does? Would He not make known to you His love if you but share His praise of what He loves? God cherishes creation as the perfect Father that He is. And so His joy is made complete when any part of Him joins in His praise, to share His joy. This brother is His perfect gift to you. And He is glad and thankful when you thank His perfect Son for being what he is. And all His thanks and gladness shine on you who would complete His joy along with Him. And thus is
yours completed. Not one ray of darkness can be seen by those who will to make their Father's happiness complete and theirs along with His. The gratitude of God Himself is freely offered to everyone who shares His purpose. It is not His Will to be alone. And neither is it yours.
21 Forgive your brother, and you cannot separate yourself from him nor from his Father. You
need no forgiveness, for the wholly pure have never sinned. Give then what He has given you that you may see His Son as one and thank his Father as He thanks you. Nor believe that all His praise is given not to you. For what you give is His, and giving it you learn to understand His gift to you. And give the Holy Spirit what He offers unto the Father and the Son alike. Nothing has power over you except His Will and yours, who but extend His Will. It was for this you were created and your brother with you and at one with you.
22 You are the same, as God Himself is one and not divided in His Will. And you must have one purpose, since He gave the same to both of you. His Will is brought together as you join in will that you be made complete by offering completion to your brother. See not in him the sinfulness he sees, but give him honor that you may esteem yourself and him. To each of you is given the power of salvation that escape from darkness into light be yours to share; that you may see as one what never has been separate nor apart from all God's love as given equally.
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