ACIM Text Reading for March 25
Chapter 10 ~ The Idols of Sickness
IV. The End of Sickness
All magic is an attempt at reconciling the irreconcilable. All religion is the recognition that the irreconcilable cannot be reconciled. Sickness and perfection are irreconcilable. If God created you perfect, you are perfect. If you believe you can be sick, you have placed other gods before Him. God is not at war with the god of sickness you made, but you are. He is the symbol of deciding against God, and you are afraid of him because he cannot be reconciled with God’s Will. If you attack him, you will make him real to you. But if you refuse to worship him in whatever form he may appear to you, and wherever you think you see him, he will disappear into the nothingness out of which he was made.
Reality can dawn only on an unclouded mind. It is always there to be accepted, but its acceptance depends on your willingness to have it. To know reality must involve the willingness to judge unreality for what it is. To overlook nothingness is merely to judge it correctly, and because of your ability to evaluate it truly, to let it go. Knowledge cannot dawn on a mind full of illusions, because truth and illusions are irreconcilable. Truth is whole, and cannot be known by part of a mind.
The Sonship cannot be perceived as partly sick, because to perceive it that way is not to perceive it at all. If the Sonship is one, it is one in all respects. Oneness cannot be divided. If you perceive other gods your mind is split, and you will not be able to limit the split, because it is the sign that you have removed part of your mind from God’s Will. This means it is out of control. To be out of control is to be out of reason, and then the mind does become unreasonable. By defining the mind wrongly, you perceive it as functioning wrongly.
God’s laws will keep your mind at peace because peace is His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws cannot be understood together. The laws of God work only for your good, and there are no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawless and therefore chaotic. Yet God Himself has protected everything He created by His laws. Everything that is not under them does not exist. ‘Laws of chaos’ is a meaningless term. Creation is perfectly lawful, and the chaotic is without meaning because it is without God. You have ‘given’ your peace to the gods you made, but they are not there to take it from you, and you cannot give it to them.
You are not free to give up freedom, but only to deny it. You cannot do what God did not intend, because what He did not intend does not happen. Your gods do not bring chaos; you are endowing them with chaos, and accepting it of them. All this has never been. Nothing but the laws of God has ever been, and nothing but His Will, will ever be. You were created through His laws and by His Will, and the manner of your creation established you a creator. What you have made is so unworthy of you that you could hardly want it, if you were willing to see it as it is. You will see nothing at all. And your vision will automatically look beyond it, to what is in you and all around you. Reality cannot break through the obstructions you interpose, but it will envelop you completely when you let them go.
When you have experienced the protection of God, the making of idols becomes inconceivable. There are no strange images in the Mind of God, and what is not in His Mind cannot be in yours, because you are of one mind and that mind belongs to Him. It is yours because it belongs to Him, for to Him ownership is sharing. And if it is so for Him, it is so for you. His definitions are His laws, for by them He established the universe as what it is. No false gods you attempt to interpose between yourself and your reality affect truth at all. Peace is yours because God created you. And He created nothing else.
The miracle is the act of a Son of God who has laid aside all false gods, and calls on his brothers to do likewise. It is an act of faith, because it is the recognition that his brother can do it. It is a call to the Holy Spirit in his mind, a call that is strengthened by joining. Because the miracle worker has heard God’s Voice, he strengthens It in a sick brother by weakening his belief in sickness, which he does not share. The power of one mind can shine into another, because all the lamps of God were lit by the same spark. It is everywhere and it is eternal.
In many only the spark remains, for the Great Rays are obscured. Yet God has kept the spark alive so that the Rays can never be completely forgotten. If you but see the little spark you will learn of the greater light, for the Rays are there unseen. Perceiving the spark will heal, but knowing the light will create. Yet in the returning the little light must be acknowledged first, for the separation was a descent from magnitude to littleness. But the spark is still as pure as the great light, because it is the remaining call of creation. Put all your faith in it, and God Himself will answer you.
ACIM Workbook Lesson for March 25
These are the ideas for today’s review:
(67) Love created me like itself.
I am in the likeness of my Creator. I cannot suffer, I cannot experience loss and I cannot die. I am not a body. I would recognize my reality today. I will worship no idols, nor raise my own self-concept to replace my Self. I am in the likeness of my Creator. Love created me like itself.
You might find these specific forms helpful in applying the idea:
Let me not see an illusion of myself in this.
As I look on this, let me remember my Creator.
My Creator did not create this as I see it.
(68) Love holds no grievances.
Grievances are completely alien to love. Grievances attack love and keep its light obscure. If I hold grievances I am attacking love, and therefore attacking my Self. My Self thus becomes alien to me. I am determined not to attack my Self today, so that I can remember Who I am.
These specific forms for applying this idea would be helpful:
This is no justification for denying my Self.
I will not use this to attack love.
Let this not tempt me to attack myself.
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ACIM Q & A for Today
Q #1177: As a result of my study of A Course in Miracles I’ve encountered an uncomfortable, and at times alarming, lessening of my identification with, and interest in the events and activities of my day-to-day experience. Is this an appropriate result from the shift of thinking that is described as the objective of the Course teachings? How are these feelings of detachment from the dream reconciled with a participation in the curriculum of my life experience so that I may teach and so learn to join as Jesus describes?
A: Learning not to take oneself too seriously is indeed one of the rewards of applying the principles of forgiveness to one’s life. It is the result of recognizing that everything that occurs is a projection of the mind. Although it is true that the events and activities of day-to-day living are part of the illusion, until the mind is healed of all belief in the separation they are important opportunities in the classroom of forgiveness. The teaching contained in the text and the workbook lessons is meant to be applied to the specific experiences of one’s life. All the events and activities do lose the meaning they had before the study of the Course, but can now serve the Holy Spirit’s curriculum of healing the mind of the thought of separation: “The Holy Spirit teaches you to use what the ego has made, to teach the opposite of what the ego has “learned” (T.7.IV.3:3). There could be no higher purpose for the activities that fill our days. Nothing but the ego’s devastating curriculum of separation is lost when the mind shifts to the Holy Spirit’s lessons. Learning to see everything as a classroom for the practice of forgiveness more than compensates for the loss of interest.
One of the goals for a student of the Course is to become a “happy learner.” The energy no longer expended in the pursuit of worn-out interests can now be spent paying attention to the activity of the mind that is often very busy putting up “interesting” obstacles to the awareness of love’s presence (T.in.1:7) in the form of attack thoughts and judgments based on separation. They are the reflection of the mind’s fear of fully accepting the memory of God’s Love that the Holy Spirit represents. If we are willing to look at these obstacles, without judging, changing, justifying or defending them, they can be given to the Holy Spirit to be healed. As Jesus tells us in the text: “If you would be a happy learner, you must give everything you have learned to the Holy Spirit, to be unlearned for you” (T.14.II.6:1). Engaging in this practice of forgiveness is how we join with Jesus and journey with him to the final goal of his Course.