ACIM Text Reading for September 11
Chapter 30 ~ The New Beginning
IV. The Truth behind Illusions
T-30.IV.1. You will attack what does not satisfy, and thus you will not see you made it up. 2 You always fight illusions. 3 For the truth behind them is so lovely and so still in loving gentleness, were you aware of it you would forget defensiveness entirely, and rush to its embrace. 4 The truth could never be attacked. 5 And this you knew when you made idols. 6 They were made that this might be forgotten. 7 You attack but false ideas, and never truthful ones. 8 All idols are the false ideas you made to fill the gap you think arose between yourself and what is true. 9 And you attack them for the things you think they represent. 10 What lies beyond them cannot be attacked.
T-30.IV.2. The wearying, dissatisfying gods you made are blown-up children’s toys. 2 A child is frightened when a wooden head springs up as a closed box is opened suddenly, or when a soft and silent woolly bear begins to squeak as he takes hold of it. 3 The rules he made for boxes and for bears have failed him, and have broken his “control” of what surrounds him. 4 And he is afraid, because he thought the rules protected him. 5 Now must he learn the boxes and the bears did not deceive him, broke no rules, nor mean his world is made chaotic and unsafe. 6 He was mistaken. 7 He misunderstood what made him safe, and thought that it had left.
T-30.IV.3. The gap that is not there is filled with toys in countless forms. 2 And each one seems to break the rules you set for it. 3 It never was the thing you thought. 4 It must appear to break your rules for safety, since the rules were wrong. 5 But you are not endangered. 6 You can laugh at popping heads and squeaking toys, as does the child who learns they are no threat to him. 7 Yet while he likes to play with them, he still perceives them as obeying rules he made for his enjoyment. 8 So there still are rules that they can seem to break and frighten him. 9 Yet is he at the mercy of his toys? 10 And can they represent a threat to him?
T-30.IV.4. Reality observes the laws of God, and not the rules you set. 2 It is His laws that guarantee your safety. 3 All illusions that you believe about yourself obey no laws. 4 They seem to dance a little while, according to the rules you set for them. 5 But then they fall and cannot rise again. 6 They are but toys, my child, so do not grieve for them. 7 Their dancing never brought you joy. 8 But neither were they things to frighten you, nor make you safe if they obeyed your rules. 9 They must be neither cherished nor attacked, but merely looked upon as children’s toys without a single meaning of their own. 10 See one in them and you will see them all. 11 See none in them and they will touch you not.
T-30.IV.5. Appearances deceive because they are appearances and not reality. 2 Dwell not on them in any form. 3 They but obscure reality, and they bring fear because they hide the truth. 4 Do not attack what you have made to let you be deceived, for thus you prove that you have been deceived. 5 Attack has power to make illusions real. 6 Yet what it makes is nothing. 7 Who could be made fearful by a power that can have no real effects at all? 8 What could it be but an illusion, making things appear like to itself? 9 Look calmly at its toys, and understand that they are idols which but dance to vain desires. 10 Give them not your worship, for they are not there. 11 Yet this is equally forgotten in attack. 12 God’s Son needs no defense against his dreams. 13 His idols do not threaten him at all. 14 His one mistake is that he thinks them real. 15 What can the power of illusions do?
T-30.IV.6. Appearances can but deceive the mind that wants to be deceived. 2 And you can make a simple choice that will forever place you far beyond deception. 3 You need not concern yourself with how this will be done, for this you cannot understand. 4 But you will understand that mighty changes have been quickly brought about, when you decide one very simple thing; you do not want whatever you believe an idol gives. 5 For thus the Son of God declares that he is free of idols. 6 And thus is he free.
T-30.IV.7. Salvation is a paradox indeed! 2 What could it be except a happy dream? 3 It asks you but that you forgive all things that no one ever did; to overlook what is not there, and not to look upon the unreal as reality. 4 You are but asked to let your will be done, and seek no longer for the things you do not want. 5 And you are asked to let yourself be free of all the dreams of what you never were, and seek no more to substitute the strength of idle wishes for the Will of God.
T-30.IV.8. Here does the dream of separation start to fade and disappear. 2 For here the gap that is not there begins to be perceived without the toys of terror that you made. 3 No more than this is asked. 4 Be glad indeed salvation asks so little, not so much. 5 It asks for nothing in reality. 6 And even in illusions it but asks forgiveness be the substitute for fear. 7 Such is the only rule for happy dreams. 8 The gap is emptied of the toys of fear, and then its unreality is plain. 9 Dreams are for nothing. 10 And the Son of God can have no need of them. 11 They offer him no single thing that he could ever want. 12 He is delivered from illusions by his will, and but restored to what he is. 13 What could God’s plan for his salvation be, except a means to give him to Himself?
ACIM Workbook Lesson for September 11
Let every voice but God’s be still in me.
Father, today I would but hear Your Voice. In deepest silence I would come to You, to hear Your Voice and to receive Your Word. I have no prayer but this: I come to You to ask You for the truth. And truth is but Your Will, which I would share with You today.
Today we let no ego thoughts direct our words or actions. When such thoughts occur, we quietly step back and look at them, and then we let them go. We do not want what they would bring with them. And so we do not choose to keep them. They are silent now. And in the stillness, hallowed by His Love, God speaks to us and tells us of our will, as we have chosen to remember Him.
ACIM Q & A for Today
Q #573: In regard to Question #356, I am curious about what Biblical terms in A Course in Miracles have different meanings from the traditional ones? I am Christian and love the messages of the gospel. I also love the messages in the Course. I don’t see the differences or a conflict as I believe they are both from God. I do believe some traditions
Q #573: In regard to Question #356, I am curious about what Biblical terms in A Course in Miracles have different meanings from the traditional ones? I am Christian and love the messages of the gospel. I also love the messages in the Course. I do believe some traditions have corrupted the original message of Christ. Is that what you are referring to? If that is the case, how do YOU discern between the traditions?
A: The short answer to your question is that most the terms in the Course have different meaning from the Bible. That is because they are based on a thought system that is different from the belief system of the Bible.
The foundation of both the Old and New Testaments is the belief that sin is real and requires some form of retribution or atonement through sacrifice to earn salvation (Heaven) and thus avoid punishment (hell). The crucifixion of Jesus is the highest expression of this thought system. Jesus’ death on the cross atoned for the original sin of Adam and Eve and reopened the gates of Heaven for all Christian
In the dualistic belief system of the Bible, God, as Creator, is a being distinct from His creation, which is understood to be the physical universe, including human beings endowed with a spirit or soul. These basic beliefs hold true whatever other interpretations or distortions are introduced by the many sects and churches professing Christianity. A Course in Miracles, on the other hand, is a non-dualistic thought system that teaches “There is no separation of God and His creation” (T.8.V.2:8), “There is no sin”(T.26.VII.10:5), and “There is no world!” (W.pI.132.6:2). These fundamental principles of the Course are what give different meaning to the biblical terms that Jesus uses. In the Course, salvation/Atonement is a process of accepting the truth of these statements, recognizing that it is only the choice to believe in separation that makes it real in our experience and is the cause of the guilt that makes the body and the world seem real. Because there is no sin, there is no need for atonement through sacrifice, but only correction.
The Course teaches that, rather than a means of redemption, the crucifixion is an extreme example of Jesus’ teaching that we are minds not bodies, and cannot be harmed in any way by anything external to the mind. This is what is meant by the section in the text where Jesus speaks of the crucifixion: “The real meaning of the crucifixion lies in the apparent intensity of the assault of some of the Sons of God upon another. This, of course, is impossible, and must be fully understood as impossible” (T.6.I.3:4,5).
Thus, the terms used in the Bible and the Course are not in conflict. They simply represent fundamentally distinct thought systems. That is not to say, however, that the Bible does not have passages that reflect the loving content of the right mind, just as followers of the Bible could recognize right minded passages in the Course. Like everyone else, scripture writers had access to the Holy Spirit, Who is the part of the mind that holds the memory of God. An example of this is the beautiful Gospel story of the Prodigal Son, which Jesus uses in the Course (See:T.8.VI.4). For our learning process, the important thing is to choose a thought system that helps us get in touch with the loving content of the Holy Spirit in our minds. In A Course in Miracles that would be through the process of forgiveness (See: Question #206). The form (words, terms) is not important.
More information regarding the Bible and A Course in Miracles can be found in “A Course in Miracles and Christianity: A Dialogue” and “The Message of A Course in Miracles” by Kenneth Wapnick.