ACIM Reading for December 26
THE HOLY PURPOSE
There is no death. What God creates must be
Eternal, changeless, incorruptible
And safe forever. Can the holy die?
And can the Son of God be made as he
Was not created? Heed the body not.
It serves its purpose and is given up.
It cannot suffer if the mind invests
It with a holy purpose. Miracles
Are always ready to restore and heal
The mind’s intent, if it forget its goal.
Communication, then restored, will be
The Holy Spirit’s single remedy.
~ Helen Schucman
ACIM Workbook Lesson for December 26
Peace be to me, the holy Son of God.
Peace to my brother, who is one with me.
Let all the world be blessed with peace through us.
Father, it is Your peace that I would give, receiving it of You. I am Your Son, forever just as You created me, for the Great Rays remain forever still and undisturbed within me. I would reach to them in silence and in certainty, for nowhere else can certainty be found. Peace be to me, and peace to all the world. In holiness were we created, and in holiness do we remain. Your Son is like to You in perfect sinlessness. And with this thought we gladly say “Amen.”
ACIM Q & A for Today
Q #430: In the Manual for Teachers of A Course in Miracles the question is asked, “How many teachers of God are needed to save the world? The answer to this question is –one.” Wasn’t Jesus already that one teacher? If we are all one mind, then why would there need to be another “wholly perfect teacher?”
A: You are right, we are all one mind, and there is not another “wholly perfect teacher.” Jesus is the one teacher, along with all of us. The Course tells us that when the mind of a separated one accepts the Atonement, awareness of our true Identity as the one, innocent Son of God returns to the mind. With that awareness comes the recognition that separation is impossible and thus the world is “saved.” However, the world does not actually need to be saved; first, because “there is no world” (W.pI.132.6:2), and secondly, being already accomplished, salvation merely returns truth to awareness. In the healing of the mind of any “one,” the entire Sonship is healed. That is because the healed mind no longer identifies with the separate individual. As the Manual states in the section to which you refer:” Thus does the son of man become the Son of God” (M.12.2:1). The acceptance of our Identity as God’s innocent Son includes everyone because we all share this Sonship. Every “son” becomes the same “Son,” who is the one teacher. This must be so since salvation is the healing of the thought of separation, it is not complete as long as anyone is held apart as somehow separate. That is why whenever the Course refers to healing or salvation, it reminds us that we are not healed or saved alone. In one of the most clear and inclusive statements of this, Jesus says: “And as you let yourself be healed, you see all those around you, or who cross your mind, or whom you touch or those who seem to have no contact with you, healed along with you. Perhaps you will not recognize them all, nor realize how great your offering to all the world, when you let healing come to you. But you are never healed alone. And legions upon legions will receive the gift that you receive when you are healed” (W.pI.137.10).