ACIM Text Reading for June 15
Chapter 19 ~ The Attainment of Peace
IV. The Obstacles to Peace
As peace extends from deep inside yourself to embrace all the Sonship and give it rest, it will encounter many obstacles. Some of them you will try to impose. Others will seem to arise from elsewhere; from your brothers, and from various aspects of the world outside. Yet peace will gently cover them, extending past completely unencumbered. The extension of the Holy Spirit’s purpose from your relationship to others, to bring them gently in, will quietly extend to every aspect of your lives, surrounding each of you with glowing happiness and the calm awareness of complete protection. And you will carry its message of love and safety and freedom to everyone who draws nigh unto your temple, where healing waits for him. You will not wait to give him this, for you will call to him and he will answer you, recognizing in your call the Call for God. And you will draw him in and give him rest, as it was given you.
All this will you do. Yet the peace that already lies deeply within must first expand, and flow across the obstacles you placed before it. This will you do, for nothing undertaken with the Holy Spirit remains unfinished. You can indeed be sure of nothing you see outside you, but of this you can be sure: The Holy Spirit asks that you offer Him a resting place where you will rest in Him. He answered you, and entered your relationship. Would you not now return His graciousness, and enter into a relationship with Him? For it is He who offered your relationship the gift of holiness, without which it would have been forever impossible to appreciate your brother.
The gratitude you owe to Him He asks but that you receive for Him. And when you look with gentle graciousness upon your brother, you are beholding Him. For you are looking where He is, and not apart from Him. You cannot see the Holy Spirit, but you can see your brothers truly. And the light in them will show you all that you need to see. When the peace in you has been extended to encompass everyone, the Holy Spirit’s function here will be accomplished. What need is there for seeing, then? When God has taken the last step Himself, the Holy Spirit will gather all the thanks and gratitude that you have offered Him, and lay them gently before His Creator in the name of His most holy Son. And the Father will accept them in His Name. What need is there of seeing, in the presence of His gratitude?
ACIM Workbook Lesson for June 15
Let not my mind deny the Thought of God.
What makes this world seem real except your own denial of the truth that lies beyond? What but your thoughts of misery and death obscure the perfect happiness and the eternal life your Father wills for you? And what could hide what cannot be concealed except illusion? What could keep from you what you already have except your choice to see it not, denying it is there?
The Thought of God created you. It left you not, nor have you ever been apart from it an instant. It belongs to you. By it you live. It is your Source of life, holding you one with it, and everything is one with you because it left you not. The Thought of God protects you, cares for you, makes soft your resting place and smooth your way, lighting your mind with happiness and love. Eternity and everlasting life shine in your mind, because the Thought of God has left you not, and still abides with you.
Who would deny his safety and his peace, his joy, his healing and his peace of mind, his quiet rest, his calm awakening, if he but recognized where they abide? Would he not instantly prepare to go where they are found, abandoning all else as worthless in comparison with them? And having found them, would he not make sure they stay with him, and he remain with them?
Deny not Heaven. It is yours today, but for the asking. Nor need you perceive how great the gift, how changed your mind will be before it comes to you. Ask to receive, and it is given you. Conviction lies within it. Till you welcome it as yours, uncertainty remains. Yet God is fair. Sureness is not required to receive what only your acceptance can bestow.
Ask with desire. You need not be sure that you request the only thing you want. But when you have received, you will be sure you have the treasure you have always sought. What would you then exchange for it? What would induce you now to let it fade away from your ecstatic vision? For this sight proves that you have exchanged your blindness for the seeing eyes of Christ; your mind has come to lay aside denial, and accept the Thought of God as your inheritance.
Now is all doubting past, the journey’s end made certain, and salvation given you. Now is Christ’s power in your mind, to heal as you were healed. For now you are among the saviors of the world. Your destiny lies there and nowhere else. Would God consent to let His Son remain forever starved by his denial of the nourishment he needs to live? Abundance dwells in him, and deprivation cannot cut him off from God’s sustaining Love and from his home.
Practice today in hope. For hope indeed is justified. Your doubts are meaningless, for God is certain. And the Thought of Him is never absent. Sureness must abide within you who are host to Him. This course removes all doubts which you have interposed between Him and your certainty of Him.
We count on God, and not upon ourselves, to give us certainty. And in His Name we practice as His Word directs we do. His sureness lies beyond our every doubt. His Love remains beyond our every fear. The Thought of Him is still beyond all dreams and in our minds, according to His Will.
ACIM Q & A for Today
Q #1179: I read the term God’s Son, does that pertain to us as well? Because some of the statements in A Course in Miracles regarding the Son of God are confusing to me.
A: Your question touches the heart of the separation dilemma — identity confusion. In reality there is only the Oneness of God and His Son; defined in the Glossary as the second Person of the Trinity. This is our true Identity/true Self, always referred to in the Course as God’s Son or the Son of God. This Identity remains unchanged by the “tiny, mad idea” of separation that crept into the mind of God’s Son. Confusion sets in when the mind decides to believe this insane idea is real. Then there seems to be a son/self who is separate from the Father, fragmented into countless individual identities whom we call “us.” Fragmentation is thus the essence of separation — each part distinguished from the next. The mind is now split between the identity of separation (the ego), and that of the memory (the Holy Spirit) of its oneness with the Father: “In a split mind, identity must seem to be divided” (T.27.II.11:1).
In the Course, Jesus speaks to the split mind of the separated Son who no longer knows who he is, having identified with a body and seeming to exist in a world of form. Very early in the text, Jesus puts forth the separation creed, addressing this split mind: “…you believe that what God created can be changed by your own mind. … you believe that what is perfect can be rendered imperfect or lacking. … you believe that you can distort the creations of God, including yourself. … you believe that you can create yourself, and that the direction of your own creation is up to you (T.2.I.1:9,10,11,12). Here, “you” refers to everyone who identifies with the thought of separation (most of us, most of the time). Also found in the Course are many passages in which Jesus speaks of our true Identity: “… God’s Son is guiltless (T.14.V.2:1) “God’s Son is One” (T.17.III.1:2), “ God’s Son is perfect, or he cannot be God’s Son (T.30.VI.9:1), “You stand in light, strong in the sinlessness in which you were created, and in which you will remain throughout eternity” (W.pI.94.2:6). In these passages, “you” refers to the true Self that is one with God and knows not of separate parts or a split mind. In either case, “you” refers to God’s Son for there is no one else. It is important to understand this distinction; otherwise identity confusion will be compounded by the belief that Jesus is addressing the body/the figure in the dream. That is never the case.
One of the important goals of the Course is to teach the confused separated Son of God that he is not a self, but a Self. “Your goal is to find out who you are, having denied your Identity by attacking creation and its Creator. Now you are learning how to remember the truth” (W.pI.62.2:3,4). The process involves learning to distinguish between when Jesus is addressing the self and when he is reminding us of our true Self. It is an important process of gradually dis- identifying with the body in order to identify with the split mind, and eventually with the right mind that reflects the Self. The first step is paying careful attention to the upsets and conflicts, large and small, that present themselves every day. They reflect the mind’s choice to deny its identity as a mind/God’s Son, and to identify with the body instead. Being willing to make that simple recognition identifies the problem at its source (the mind), where the correction can be found. It reminds the mind that it has the power to choose. This is a very important step in the mind’s return to acknowledgment of its Identity as God’s Son. In the seeming dream of separation, the power to choose unites the Son with the creative power he shares with the Father. Each step in choosing brings the Son closer to full acceptance of his Identity, and will eventually undo all belief in the alien identity of a separate self. Then the ultimate answer to the identity crisis will ring true: “You are God’s Son” (W.pI.199.8:1).