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A Course in Miracles

Salvation and the Holy Relationship

VII. Freedom and the Holy Spirit

 51 Do you want freedom of the body or of the mind? For both you cannot have. Which do you value? Which is your goal? For one you see as means; the other, end. And one must serve the other and lead to its predominance, increasing its importance by diminishing its own. Means serve the end, and as the end is reached, the value of the means decreases, eclipsed entirely when they are recognized as functionless. No one but yearns for freedom and tries to find it. Yet he will seek for it where he believes it is and can be found. He will believe it possible of mind or body, and he will make the other serve his choice as means to find it.

52 Where freedom of the body has been chosen, the mind is used as means whose value lies in its ability to contrive ways to achieve the body's freedom. Yet freedom of the body has no meaning, and so the mind is dedicated to serve illusions. This is a situation so contradictory and so impossible that anyone who chooses this has no idea of what is valuable. Yet even in this confusion, so profound it cannot be described, the Holy Spirit waits in gentle patience, as certain of the outcome as He is sure of His Creator's love. He knows this mad decision was made by one as dear to His Creator as love is to itself.

53 Be not disturbed at all to think how He can change the role of means and end so easily in what God loves and would have free forever. But be you rather grateful that you can be the means to serve His end. This is the only service which leads to freedom. To serve this end, the body must be perceived as sinless because the goal is sinlessness. The lack of contradiction makes the soft transition from means to end as easy as is the shift from hate to gratitude before forgiving eyes. You will be sanctified by one another, using your bodies only to serve the sinless. And it will be impossible for you to hate what serves what you would heal.

54 This holy relationship, lovely in its innocence, mighty in strength, and blazing with a light far brighter than the sun which lights the sky you see, is chosen of your Father as a means for His own plan. Be thankful that it serves yours not at all. Nothing entrusted to it can be misused, and nothing given it but will be used. This holy relationship has the power to heal all pain, regardless of its form. Neither of you alone can serve at all. Only in your joint will does healing lie. For here your healing is and here will you accept Atonement. And in your healing is the Sonship healed because your wills are joined.

55 Before a holy relationship there is no sin. The form of error is no longer seen, and reason, joined with love, looks quietly on all confusion, observing merely, "This was a mistake." And then the same Atonement you accepted in your relationship corrects the error and lays a part of Heaven in its place. How blessed are you who let this gift be given! Each part of Heaven that you bring is given you . And every empty place in Heaven that you fill again with the Eternal Light you bring shines now on you . The means of sinlessness can know no fear because they carry only love with them.

56 Children of peace, the light has come to you. The light you bring you do not recognize, and yet you will remember. Who can deny himself the vision that he brings to others? And who would fail to recognize a gift he let be laid in Heaven through himself? The gentle service that you give the Holy Spirit is service to yourself. You who are now His means must love all that He loves. And what you bring is your remembrance of everything that is eternal. No trace of anything in time can long remain in minds that serve the timeless. And no illusion can disturb the peace of a relationship which has become the means of peace.

57 When you have looked upon each other with complete forgiveness from which no error is excluded and nothing kept hidden what mistake can there be anywhere you cannot overlook? What form of suffering could block your sight, preventing you from seeing past it? And what illusion could there be you will not recognize as a mistake—a shadow through which you walk completely undismayed? God would let nothing interfere with those whose wills are His[. And they will recognize their wills are His, because they serve His Will] and serve it willingly. And could remembrance of what they are be long delayed?

58 You will see your value through each other's eyes, and each one is released as he beholds his savior in place of the attacker who he thought was there. Through this releasing is the world released. This is your part in bringing peace. For you have asked what is your function here and have been answered. Seek not to change it nor to substitute another goal. [This one was given you and only this.] Accept this one and serve it willingly, for what the Holy Spirit does with the gifts you give each other, to whom He offers them, and where and when is up to Him. He will bestow them where they are received and welcomed. He will use every one of them for peace. Nor will one little smile or willingness to overlook the tiniest mistake be lost to anyone.

59 What can it be but universal blessing to look on what your Father loves with charity? Extension of forgiveness is the Holy Spirit's function. Leave this to Him. Let your concern be only that you give to Him that which can be extended. Save no dark secrets that He cannot use, but offer Him the tiny gifts He can extend forever. He will take each one and make of it a potent force for peace. He will withhold no blessing from it nor limit it in any way. He will join to it all the power that God has given Him to make each little gift of love a source of healing for everyone. Each little gift you offer to the other lights up the world. Be not concerned with darkness; look away from it and toward each other. And let the darkness be dispelled by Him Who knows the light and lays it gently in each quiet smile of faith and confidence with which you bless each other.

60 On your learning depends the welfare of the world. And it is only arrogance that would deny the power of your will. Think you the Will of God is powerless? Is this humility? You do not see what this belief has done. You see yourself as vulnerable, frail, and easily destroyed and at the mercy of countless attackers more powerful than you. Let us look straight at how this error came about, for here lies buried the heavy anchor that seems to keep the fear of God in place, unmovable and solid as a rock. While this remains, so will it seem to be.

61 Who can attack the Son of God and not attack his Father? How can God's Son be weak and frail and easily destroyed unless his Father is? You do not see that every sin and every condemnation which you perceive and justify is an attack upon your Father. And that is why it has not happened nor could be real. You do not see that this is your attempt because you think the Father and the Son are separate. And you must think that they are separate because of fear. For it seems safer to attack another or yourself than to attack the great Creator of the universe, whose power you know .

62 If you were one with God and recognized this oneness, you would know His power is yours . But you will not remember this while you believe attack of any kind means anything. It is unjustified in any form because it has no meaning. The only way it could be justified is if each one of you were separate from the other, and all were separate from your Creator. For only then would it be possible to attack a part of the creation without the whole, the Son without the Father, and to attack another without yourself or hurt yourself without the other feeling pain. And this belief you want . Yet wherein lies its value except in the desire to attack in safety? Attack is neither safe nor dangerous. It is impossible . And this is so because the universe is one. You would not choose attack on its reality if it were not essential to attack to see it [separate from its Creator]. And thus it seems as if love could attack and become fearful.

63 Only the different can attack. So you conclude because you can attack you must be different. Yet does the Holy Spirit explain this differently. Because you are not different, you cannot attack. Either position is a logical conclusion if only the different can attack. Either could be maintained, but never both. The only question to be answered to decide which must be true is whether you are different. From the position of what you understand, you seem to be and therefore can attack. Of the alternatives, this seems more natural and more in line with your experience. And therefore it is necessary that you have other experiences more in line with truth to teach you what is natural and true.

64 This is the function of your holy relationship. For what one thinks the other will experience with him. What can this mean except your minds are one? Look not with fear upon this happy fact and think not that it lays a heavy burden on you. For when you have accepted it with gladness, you will realize that your relationship is a reflection of the union of the Creator and His Son. From loving minds there is no separation. And every thought in one brings gladness to the other because they are the same. Joy is unlimited because each shining thought of love extends its being and creates more of itself. There is no difference anywhere in it, for every thought is like itself.

65 The light that joins you shines throughout the universe, and because it joins you, so it makes you one with your Creator. And in Him is all creation joined. Would you regret you cannot fear alone when your relationship can also teach the power of love is there, which makes all fear impossible? Do not attempt to keep a little of the ego with this gift. For it was given you to be used and not obscured. What teaches you you cannot separate, denies the ego. Let truth decide if you be different or the same and teach you which is true.

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Lesson 250
Let me not see myself as limited.

1 Let me behold the Son of God today and witness to his glory. Let me not try to obscure the holy light in him and see his strength diminished and reduced to frailty nor perceive the lacks in him with which I would attack his sovereignty.

2 He is Your Son, my Father. And today I would behold his gentleness instead of my illusions. He is what I am, and as I see him, so I see myself. Today I would see truly that this day I may at last identify with him.

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Lesson 250
Let me not see myself as limited.

 Sarah's Commentary:
If I see others as limited, this is how I will see myself. "He is what I am, and as I see him so I see myself." (W.250.2.3) We see ourselves as limited in all of the ways we describe ourselves in this world, which includes all the concepts we hold about ourselves, all our values and beliefs, all the things we desire in the world, and all the expectations and conditions we put on others. Our unlimited selves are truly glorious, eternal beings. "The truth in you remains as radiant as a star, as pure as light, as innocent as love itself. And you are worthy that your will be done!" (T.31.VI.7.4-5) (ACIM OE T.31.VI.67)
There are, of course, many other passages that affirm our perfection and our unlimited nature over and over again in the Course. We need to be reminded of the truth about ourselves because we will not believe what is said about us until we have an experience, or at least a glimpse, of the truth. In the meantime, we take the word of Jesus when he reminds us what we are.
In the Section of the Workbook Part II.Q14, "What am I?" he tells us again of the glory of our perfection in these words: "I am God's Son, complete and healed and whole, shining in the reflection of His Love. In me is His creation sanctified and guaranteed eternal life. In me is love perfect, fear impossible, and joy established without opposite. I am the holy home of God Himself. I am the Heaven where His Love resides. I am His holy Sinlessness Itself, for in my purity abides His Own." (W.PII.Q14.1.1-6) (ACIM OE Special Topic 351-360 What Am I)
Do we believe this? No. We feel less than worthy. We feel limited and vulnerable. We accuse ourselves of all kinds of sins. Until we experience our exalted state, we will listen to the ego, telling us of our shortcomings. Yes, we may have had experiences of the miraculous, but while we are at the bottom of the ladder to Heaven, our exalted state is not a consistent experience. We come to this experience through forgiveness, which is the means to our goal. We cannot profess we want the goal unless we are willing to use the means that have been carefully laid out for us. What this means is that we must be willing to take responsibility for our interpretations, accept that it is only our own thoughts that cause us pain, be willing to release our attachments, and have the courage to inquire with radical self‑honesty how we are invested in the story.
When we see our brothers as sinless/guiltless/innocent, we will know ourselves in the same way as well. To know the Self---the truth of what we are---we must behold everyone in this holy light. It is to see the Christ in everyone and know we are One with every brother. It is to see our brother in his glorious Self, beyond the way he sees himself. "Let me not try to obscure the holy light in him, and see his strength diminished and reduced to frailty; nor perceive the lacks in him with which I would attack his sovereignty." (W250.1.2)
The ego mind will always find fault. It will see others as guilty. I am particularly aware of this as I tune into the political environment, and I see all the turmoil and name calling going on. Watching the news and all of the violence reported daily makes it challenging to see beyond it to the truth. The mind is easily seduced by the ego into all kinds of judgments in these situations. Can I really "behold his gentleness instead of illusions?" (W250.2.2) Yet I am once again reminded that everything I see "out there" is a projection of the guilt in my own mind. I am not asked to see the gentleness of my brothers. I am asked, however, to look at my own judgments and be willing to surrender them to the Holy Spirit so I can come to know the gentleness of my holy nature and allow it to shine forth from my holy mind.
It is up to us to use any situation where we see our brother's guilt, and thus our own, as an opportunity for healing. It is an opportunity to take responsibility for our own minds by looking at the guilt we are projecting onto a brother so it can be released. The Holy Spirit cannot heal what we don't give Him; but when we do, He will lead us to the truth of what we are. We cannot simply overlay a cloak of glory on our brother when our minds are filled with condemnation. This would simply be a spiritual bypass, but we can use every situation for healing our minds. When we are willing to see in others the same call for love that is in us, we recognize our sameness. In that recognition is a reflection of our One Self.
When we see beyond the illusion and behold our brother’s innocence, we behold our own. This is what motivates us to take responsibility for our own minds. What a lovely thought it is, to release ourselves and our brothers from the confinement of the ego judgments that keep us bound. Let us be willing today to look with courage and honesty at our judgments so they can be released. I say courage because we so quickly move to denial and justification for what we are thinking and feeling. To look with open-eyed honesty at what we are holding in the mind is a threat to the ego. But it is the only way to peace.
Jesus reminds us, "It is your thoughts alone that cause you pain. Nothing external to your mind can hurt or injure you in any way. There is no cause beyond yourself that can reach down and bring oppression. No one but yourself affects you. There is nothing in the world that has the power to make you ill or sad, or weak or frail. But it is you who has the power to dominate all things you see by merely recognizing what you are. As you perceive the harmlessness in them, they will accept your holy will as theirs. And what was seen as fearful now becomes a source of innocence and holiness. " (W.190.5)
Jesus asks us to "Be not content with littleness." (T.15.III.1.1) (ACIM OE T.15.IV.22) When we strive for anything in this world in the belief it will bring us peace, we are belittling ourselves and blinding ourselves to glory. Our senses were made by the ego to keep our focus on the world. Our senses bring back to us what the mind has programmed them to find, and they give us very convincing evidence that what we are seeing is the truth. They convince us that our happiness is in the things we strive for in the world in trying to meet our perceived needs, but senses can be redirected so that our ears can hear God's call instead of the sounds of the world, and our eyes can learn to see with vision past the error.
We cannot make ourselves happy, worthy, or loving. We can only bring forth the blocks to what keeps us from our true glory. Every time we choose littleness, we give up our peace. Every time we choose littleness, we have actually judged ourselves as unworthy of peace! "Every decision you make is for Heaven or for hell, and brings you the awareness of what you decided for." (T.15.III.5.7) (ACIM OE T.15.IV.27) "Call forth in everyone only the remembrance of God, and of the Heaven that is in him. For where you would have your brother be, there will you think you are." (T. 15.III.12.1) (ACIM OE T.15.IV.34)
Today, let us be willing to ask for help in seeing our brother truly so we can see ourselves that way as well. To see our brother truly is to know his glory and our own. This is not about the limited separate self that wants personal empowerment or to gain additional powers to manage the illusion. It is only about the light in our brother and ourselves that we seek. It is to know the glory of the Son of God. Instead of seeing the lacks and shortcomings of our brothers and aggrandizing ourselves in the process, we are asked not to attack his sovereignty. He is the Son of God, innocent and magnificent, regardless of his behavior.
The truth of it is that if we choose not to see beyond the behavior to who he really is, we will be seeing ourselves as limited and lacking as well, and there is no getting around that. If we are motivated to diminish our brother, we are diminished as well. By seeing anyone as beneath us, we try to make ourselves different, rather than recognizing our true sameness. This is a principle we must understand if we are to attain our own glory. Jesus teaches over and over that as we see him we will see ourselves. "And this he learns when he looks upon one brother as he looks upon himself, and sees the mirror of himself in him." (T.31.VII.8) (ACIM OE T.31.VII.75) It is a powerful Lesson in forgiveness. Apply the Lesson specifically today to those you are having difficulty with, and use it to release your judgments.
"The voice you hear in him is but your own. What does he ask you for? And listen well. For he is asking what will come to you, because you see an image of yourself and hear your voice requesting what you want." (T.31.II.5.11-14) (ACIM OE T.31.II.17) "Before you answer, pause to think of this: The answer that I give my brother is what I am asking for. And what I learn of him is what I learn about myself . "  (T.31.II.6.1-3) (ACIM OE T.31.II.18-19)
"Learn this, and learn it well, for it is here delay of happiness is shortened by a span of time you cannot realize. You never hate your brother for his sins, but only for your own." (T.31.III.1.4-5) (ACIM OE T.31.III.26)
"The holy ones whom God has given you to save are but everyone you meet or look upon, not knowing who they are; all those you saw an instant and forgot and those you knew a long while since, and those you will yet meet, the unremembered and the not yet born. For God has given you His Son to save from every concept that he ever held." (T.31.VII 10.5-6) (ACIM OE T.31.VII.77)
There is no meaningful reason for us to be in this world except to heal our minds and bring healing and forgiveness to every mind. It is what this world of time is for. This is our only purpose here. It is to achieve enlightenment. We have chosen the fast track home. It is truly a celestial speedup. "Forget not that the healing of God's Son is all the world is for." (T-24.VI.4.1) (ACIM OE T.24.VII.52)
We came to save the world. That is our function. Does it seem strange to you; we are here to save a world that is not real? Well, this is not about saving the world of form. It is about joining with our brothers so we can come to know our reality outside this dream. It is to finally see the real world, which is possible only through our function of forgiveness. "The real world cannot be perceived except through eyes forgiveness blesses, so they see a world where terror is impossible, and witnesses to fear can not be found." (W.PII.Q.8.1.4) (What is the Real World?)

Love and blessings, Sarah


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