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A COURSE IN MIRACLES
CH 6 "ATTACK AND FEAR"
III.THE USES OF PROJECTION
31 The perfect equality of the Holy Spirit's perception is the counterpart of the perfect equality of God's knowing. The ego's perception has no counterpart in God, but the Holy Spirit remains the bridge between perception and knowledge. By enabling you to use perception in a way that parallels knowledge, you will ultimately meet it and know it. The ego would prefer to believe that this meeting is impossible, yet it is your perception which the Holy Spirit guides. You might remember that the human eye perceives parallel lines as if they meet in the distance, which is the same as in the future if time and space are one dimension. Your perception will end where it began. Everything meets in God because everything was created by Him and in Him.
A COURSE IN MIRACLES
L e s s o n 63
The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.
Voice and Music by CIMS SonShip Radio
1 How holy are you who have the power to bring peace to every mind! How blessed are you who can learn to recognize the means for letting this be done through you! What purpose could you have that would bring you greater happiness?
2 You are indeed the light of the world with such a function. The Son of God looks to you for his redemption. It is yours to give him, for it belongs to you. Accept no trivial purpose or meaningless desire in its place, or you will forget your function and leave the Son of God in hell. This is no idle request that is being asked of you. You are asked to accept salvation that it may be yours to give.
3 Recognizing the importance of this function, we will be happy to remember it very often today. We will begin the day by acknowledging it and close the day with the thought of it in our awareness. And throughout the day, we will repeat this as often as we can:
The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.
5 You will probably find it easier to let the related thoughts come to you in the minute or two which you should devote to considering this if you can close your eyes. Do not, however, wait for such an opportunity. No chance should be lost for reinforcing today's idea.
6 Remember that God's Son looks to you for his salvation. And who but your Self must be His Son?
~ Original Hand Script of ACIM
ACIM Edmonton - Sarah's Reflections
Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world.
This Lesson is about our function, which is to bring peace to every mind through forgiveness. We have that kind of power, though not of our own accord as the character in the dream but as a result of who we are as God's Son. "How holy are you who have the power to bring peace to every mind!" (W.63.1.1) The bringer of peace is therefore not the self that I, Sarah, identify with as a body and personality in this world, but it is the mind that can make a decision for peace, which is extended to every mind. It does not mean everybody in our lives is ready to accept peace, but when the mind is ready, it will receive it. We are all united as one Son, and there is just one Mind. Our choice for peace calls to other minds to make the same choice we have made.
Much of our attack is directed at those who are not meeting the requirements, demands, and expectations we have set for them. When we have grievances about the way we want things and the way they should be, we are not accepting what is. Thus, through our non-acceptance, we have relinquished the peace and joy constantly available to us. We are actually making an active choice to throw our peace away with the demand, "I want it thus!" We need to look at our expectations, of what we want to happen and not happen. Look at the demands and requirements you have of others. It is all about serving our specialness.
"When you are angry, is it not because someone has failed to fill the function you allotted him? And does not this become the 'reason' your attack is justified? The dreams you think you like are those in which the function you have given has been filled; the needs which you ascribe to you are met."
(T.29.IV.4.1-3) (ACIM OE T.29 .V.28) It is these demands and expectations that block our peace and joy. Yet when we forgive our mistaken perceptions by bringing them for healing, we experience our holiness and the blessing shining in us always. Why would we not want to forgive? Why would we want to keep ourselves in hell by holding onto thoughts that don't serve our best interests? I watch my mind as a grievance shows up and see how stubbornly I hold onto my pain and anger. Sometimes, I am able to watch it with amusement, and when I do, I can laugh at the silliness of the ego that prefers its story of mistreatment. The joy is always available when there is a willingness to be wrong about the way we see things, and we are always wrong when we hold a grievance.
We so much want to be right about our way of seeing. Our perceptions become our truth and we stubbornly defend them. Stepping back from our thoughts helps us see we are not our thoughts. We can let them go, and as we do, space is made for the miracle, which stands waiting behind every grievance. Forgiveness is our function here. That is the source of our joy and our connection. "Let him no more be lonely, for the lonely ones are those who see no function in the world for them to fill; no place where they are needed, and no aim which only they can perfectly fulfill." (T.25.VI.3.6) (ACIM OE T.25.VII.45) We have an important function, and in this Lesson, Jesus is asking us emphatically to take it seriously. This is because, while our function remains unfulfilled, we stay in hell and our brothers with us. Jesus is trying to help us see how unhappy we are and to show us where our real happiness lies. Deliverance from hell is our responsibility. It is what our lives here are about. Jesus is appealing to our self-interest, which is to be happy. Happiness as we define it, based on our individual pursuits, is always temporary. Happiness as Jesus defines it is consistent and available when we stop resisting it and throwing it away for unjustified reasons we manufacture.
When I was at a workshop a few years ago, there was a fellow there who was wanting to exit from this earth plane. When he was helped to realize how many brothers would be left in hell if he were to depart, he saw the function that would be left unfulfilled by his leaving. It was a very deep and poignant experience for us all and really drove home the point that we are all necessary for the salvation of the world. "In this depressing state the Holy Spirit reminds you gently that you are sad because you are not fulfilling your function as co-creator with God, and are therefore depriving yourself of joy." (T.7.VI.13.1) (ACIM OE T.7.VII.68) "Unless you take your place in It and fulfill your function as part of It, the Holy Trinity is as bereft as you are." (T.8.IV.8.12) (ACIM OE T.8.V.35)
We are called to make a difference. We are important and are urged to take this call seriously. "You are indeed the light of the world with such a function. The Son of God looks to you for his redemption. It is yours to give him, for it belongs to you." (W.63.2.1-3) "To you to whom it has been given to save the Son of God from crucifixion and from hell and death, all glory be forever." (T.26.VII.17.4) (ACIM OE T.26.VIII.64) "Choose once again if you would take your place among the saviors of the world, or would remain in hell, and hold your brothers there." (T.31.VIII.1.5) (ACIM OE T.31.VIII.84)
When we choose to forgive, we experience the fulfillment and blessing that Jesus assures us can only be experienced through this choice. While we undertake our trivial purposes, and try to address our meaningless desires in place of our function, we ". . . leave the Son of God in hell." (W.63.2.4) In other words, we leave ourselves in hell together with our brothers. What trivial activity could be more important? I look at my life and see a lot of things that seem to have priority, but a Lesson like this helps get my attention, especially when Jesus assures us he is not making some idle request. "You are being asked to accept salvation that it may be yours to give." (W.63.2.6) I am determined to see the importance of this Lesson by seeing how I hurt myself when I continue to hold onto my dark thoughts, grievances, judgments, and attacks on my brothers.
In every pursuit, we are called to remember to ask---What is it for? What is my life really about? How can I take my place to really make a difference? Doesn't it seem to you that each day we commit to our awakening, we are indeed doing that which we came here to do? Our true function is to forgive, which brings peace. "The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness." (W.63.3.4) Each moment gives us another opportunity for this. Will I choose murder or the miracle? When we look outside ourselves for our happiness, we give our power away, but when we heal our minds, which reflect the Holy Spirit's purpose, we bring peace to every mind.
When I have been the recipient of true forgiveness by someone who has let me off the hook for my indiscretions, faults, judgments, and so on, I feel such gratitude. It is like being released from the prison of my own self-condemnation. It is freeing and empowering in the most beautiful way. It brings a sense of intimacy and peace, and that is what we are here to do. That is our function. We are releasing our brothers from their self-made prisons by declaring they are innocent. Their guilt has been relieved. Our joining with each other has been deepened.
What are some of the trivial purposes and meaningless desires we substitute for this mighty function? Do we make being right more important? Do we make pride, reputation, and stubbornness more important? Do we make our distractions more important? Is our specialness our idol? "Accept only the function of healing in time, because that is what time is for." (T.9.III.8.3) (ACIM OE T.9.II.8) No matter how much the ego wants us never to let anyone off the hook for anything, the Holy Spirit is calling us to see that the only way out of our prison is by releasing others. We are told, "This is no idle request that is being asked of you." (W.63.2.5) This is what we need to dedicate our lives to, and what we get in return is peace.
I had a situation today where a financial/tax advisor gave me advice that would have been potentially, financially problematic if not disastrous. He failed to advise me of this and was pushing ahead to have me implement his advice. When I spoke with my lawyer due to a sense of unease that I was feeling with the situation, he made it very clear I should not proceed with the recommended direction as there were potentially dire consequences for me. This led me to feel very frustrated with the advice from the accountant and very angry he had not been more forthcoming yet was going to give me a big invoice for his time. However, as I looked at the situation, I saw my own split mind---I was ready to judge him while feeling extremely grateful for the lawyer. In my reflection, I noticed I was crucifying my brother, who had simply reflected my own self-attack thoughts. I found myself telling the story of how badly I was treated. I was succumbing to the temptation to see myself unfairly treated and was looking for those who would agree with me. Yet in my meditation time, I saw that I had set this up for my healing. It was my perfect classroom. "Faith is the acknowledgment of union. It is the gracious acknowledgment of everyone as a Son of your most loving Father, loved by Him like you, and therefore loved by you as yourself." (T.19.I.10.2-3) (ACIM OE T.19.II.11) It is all my mind bringing me the perfect lesson in each situation. There is no separation. I looked at my grievances and became willing to let them go and felt the peace of that decision. I paid the bill I received with no more rancor in my mind, remembering I was blessing myself.
Whatever situation is in front of you today, remember the statement, "I am the means God has appointed for the salvation of the world." (W.63.3.5) What a noble function it is to forgive the world for what it has not done to us. Look at your thoughts to determine why you might want to refuse this function. What are you allowing to stand in the way of it? What are the personal issues and desires that are more important to you? What would you rather not let go of in order to stay in hell? Isn't it like cutting off the nose to spite the face? Yet I know how I have often hurt myself just to make a point! What foolishness it is to choose pain when we can open the door to a mighty kingdom and know the truth about ourselves.
"Remember that God's Son looks to you for his salvation. And Who but your Self must be His Son?"
(W.63.4.4-5) This is an important note on which to end because that Self is the Christ Child that longs to go home. We have lost awareness of that Self. Through our function of forgiveness, our awareness is restored to the Self we are. Thus, forgiveness always offers a gift to our own minds. Yes, it is in relationships where our grievances and issues arise, but what needs to be forgiven are our own misperceptions. We are always wrong when we rely on our own perceptions of a situation.
We start with the Lesson in the morning and conclude our day with it, and do it as often as possible throughout the day, letting related thoughts come. It is helpful to close our eyes as we do the Lesson, but he asks us not to wait for such an opportunity if we can't close our eyes. "No chance should be lost for reinforcing today's idea." (W.63.4.3) In other words, the Lesson is very important in taking us out of hell. We must not lose any opportunity to release ourselves from our guilt.
Throughout the day, repeat as often as you can, "The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness. I am the means God has appointed for the salvation of the world." (W.63.3.4-5)
Love and blessings, Sarah
PAUSED FOR WEEKEND
Chapter Six: Attack and Fear
Voice and Music by Martin Weber, CIMS SonShip Radio
III. The Uses of Projection
25 Any split in will
must involve a rejection of part of it, and this
is the belief in separation. The wholeness of God, which
is His peace, cannot be appreciated
except by a whole mind which recognizes the wholeness of God's creation and
by this recognition knows its Creator. Exclusion and separation are synonymous, as are separation and dissociation. We have said before that the separation was and
is dissociation and also that, once it had occurred, projection became its main defense or the device that
keeps it going. The reason, however, may not be as clear as you think.
26 In the ego's use of projection, to which we are obviously referring, what you project you disown and therefore
do not believe is yours. You are
excluding yourself by the very statement you are making that you are
different from the one on whom you project. Since you have also judged
against what you project, you continue to attack it because you have already attacked it
by projecting it. By doing this unconsciously, you try to keep the fact that you must have attacked yourself
first out of awareness and thus imagine that you have made yourself safe.
27 Projection will
always hurt you. It reinforces your belief in your own split mind, and its
only purpose is
to keep the separation going. It is
solely a device of the ego to make you feel
different from your brothers and separated from them. The ego justifies this on the wholly spurious grounds that it makes you seem "better" than they are, thus obscuring your equality with them still further. Projection and attack are inevitably related because projection is
always a means of justifying attack. Anger without projection is impossible.
28 The ego uses projection
only to distort your perception both of yourself
and your brothers. The process begins by excluding something [you think] exists in you which you do not want and leads directly to excluding you from your brothers. We have learned, however, that there is another use of projection. Every ability of the ego has a better counterpart, because its abilities are directed by the mind which has a better Voice. The Holy Spirit as well as the ego utilizes projection, but since their goals are opposed so is the result.
29 The Holy Spirit begins by perceiving
you as perfect.
Knowing this perfection is shared, He recognizes it in others, thus strengthening it in both. Instead of anger, this arouses love for both,
because it establishes inclusion. Perceiving equality, the Holy Spirit perceives equal needs. This invites Atonement automatically, because Atonement is the one need which in this world
is universal. To perceive yourself this way is the
only way in which you can find happiness in the world. That is because it is the acknowledgment that you are
not in this world, for the world
30 How else can you find joy in a joyless place
except by realizing that you are
not there? You cannot be anywhere that God did not put you, and God created you as part of Him. That is both
where you are and
what you are. It is
completely unalterable. It is total inclusion. You cannot change it now or ever. It is forever true. It is not a belief but a
fact. Anything that God created is as true as He is. Its truth lies only in its perfect inclusion in Him, Who alone
is perfect. To deny this in any way is to deny yourself
and Him since it is impossible to accept one
without the other.
31 The perfect equality of the Holy Spirit's perception is the counterpart of the perfect equality of God's knowing. The ego's perception
has no counterpart in God, but the Holy Spirit remains the bridge between perception and knowledge. By enabling you to use perception in a way that
parallels knowledge, you will ultimately meet it and
know it. The ego would prefer to believe that this meeting is impossible, yet it is
your perception which the Holy Spirit guides. You might remember that the human eye perceives parallel lines
if they meet in the distance, which is the same as in the future if time and space are one dimension. Your perception
will end where it began.
Everything meets in God because everything was created
by Him and
32 God created His Sons by extending His thought and retaining the extensions of His Thought in His Mind.
All His Thoughts are thus perfectly united within themselves and with each other because they were created neither partially nor in part. The Holy Spirit enables you
to perceive this wholeness now. You can no more pray for yourselves alone than you can find joy for yourself alone. Prayer is the restatement of
inclusion, directed by the Holy Spirit under the laws of God. God created you to create. You cannot
extend His Kingdom until you know of its wholeness.
33 Thoughts begin in the mind of the thinker from which they extend outward. This is as true of God's Thinking as it is of yours. Because your minds are split, you can also perceive as well as think. Yet perception cannot escape from the basic laws of mind. You perceive
from your mind and extend your perceptions outward. Although perception of any kind is unnecessary,
you made it, and the Holy Spirit can therefore use it well. He can
inspire perception and lead it toward God by making it
parallel to God's way of thinking and thus guarantee their ultimate meeting. This convergence
seems to be far in the future only because your mind is not in perfect alignment with the idea and therefore
does not want it now.
34 The Holy Spirit
uses time but does
not believe in it. Coming from God, He uses everything for good, but He does not
believe in what is not true. Since the Holy Spirit is
in your minds, your minds must also be able to believe only what is true. The Holy Spirit can speak only for this because he speaks for God. He tells you to return your whole mind to God because it has
never left Him. If it has never left Him, you need only perceive it as it is to
be returned. The full awareness of the Atonement, then, is the recognition
that the separation never occurred. The ego cannot prevail against this because it is an explicit statement that the
ego never occurred.
35 The ego
can accept the idea that return is necessary because it can so easily make the idea seem so difficult. Yet the Holy Spirit tells you that even return is unnecessary because what never happened cannot involve
any problem. It does
not follow, however, that
you cannot make the idea of return both necessary
and difficult. It is surely clear, however, that the perfect
need nothing and
cannot experience perfection as a difficult accomplishment, because that is what they
36 This is the way in which you
must perceive God's creations, bringing all of your perceptions into the one parallel line which the Holy Spirit sees. This line is the direct line of communication with God and lets your mind converge with
His. There is no conflict anywhere in this perception because it means that
all perception is guided by the Holy Spirit, Whose mind is fixed on God.
Only the Holy Spirit can resolve conflict, because
only the Holy Spirit is conflict-free. He perceives
only what is true in your mind and extends outward
only to what is true in other minds.
37 The difference between the ego's use of projection and projection as the Holy Spirit uses it is very simple. The ego projects to
exclude and therefore to deceive. The Holy Spirit projects by
recognizing Himself in every mind and thus perceives them as
one. Nothing conflicts in this perception, because what the Holy Spirit perceives
is the same. Wherever He looks He sees Himself, and because He is united, He offers the whole Kingdom always. This is the one message God gave
to Him and for which He must speak because that is what He
is. The peace of God lies in that message, and so the peace of God lies in
38 The great peace of the Kingdom shines in your mind forever, but it must shine
outward to make
you aware of it. The Holy Spirit was given you with perfect impartiality, and only by perceiving Him impartially can you perceive Him at all. The ego is legion, but the Holy Spirit is One. No darkness abides anywhere in the Kingdom, but your part is only to allow no darkness to abide in your
own mind. This alignment with light is unlimited, because it is in alignment with the light of the world. Each of us
is the light of the world, and by joining our minds
in this light, we proclaim the Kingdom of God together and
~ Original Hand Script of ACIM
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