ACIM Text Reading for October 9
Manual for Teachers
VI. Is Healing Certain?
Healing is always certain. It is impossible to let illusions be brought to truth and keep the illusions. Truth demonstrates illusions have no value. The teacher of God has seen the correction of his errors in the mind of the patient, recognizing it for what it is. Having accepted the Atonement for himself, he has also accepted it for the patient. Yet what if the patient uses sickness as a way of life, believing healing is the way to death? When this is so, a sudden healing might precipitate intense depression, and a sense of loss so deep that the patient might even try to destroy himself. Having nothing to live for, he may ask for death. Healing must wait, for his protection.
Healing will always stand aside when it would be seen as threat. The instant it is welcome it is there. Where healing has been given it will be received. And what is time before the gifts of God? We have referred many times in the text to the storehouse of treasures laid up equally for the giver and the receiver of God’s gifts. Not one is lost, for they can but increase. No teacher of God should feel disappointed if he has offered healing and it does not appear to have been received. It is not up to him to judge when his gift should be accepted. Let him be certain it has been received, and trust that it will be accepted when it is recognized as a blessing and not a curse.
It is not the function of God’s teachers to evaluate the outcome of their gifts. It is merely their function to give them. Once they have done that they have also given the outcome, for that is part of the gift. No one can give if he is concerned with the result of giving. That is a limitation on the giving itself, and neither the giver nor the receiver would have the gift. Trust is an essential part of giving; in fact, it is the part that makes sharing possible, the part that guarantees the giver will not lose, but only gain. Who gives a gift and then remains with it, to be sure it is used as the giver deems appropriate? Such is not giving but imprisoning.
It is the relinquishing of all concern about the gift that makes it truly given. And it is trust that makes true giving possible. Healing is the change of mind that the Holy Spirit in the patient’s mind is seeking for him. And it is the Holy Spirit in the mind of the giver Who gives the gift to him. How can it be lost ? How can it be ineffectual? How can it be wasted? God’s treasure house can never be empty. And if one gift is missing, it would not be full. Yet is its fullness guaranteed by God. What concern, then, can a teacher of God have about what becomes of his gifts? Given by God to God, who in this holy exchange can receive less than everything?
ACIM Workbook Lesson for October 9
Section 7. What is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit mediates between illusions and the truth. Since He must bridge the gap between reality and dreams, perception leads to knowledge through the grace that God has given Him, to be His gift to everyone who turns to Him for truth. Across the bridge that He provides are dreams all carried to the truth, to be dispelled before the light of knowledge. There are sights and sounds forever laid aside. And where they were perceived before, forgiveness has made possible perception’s tranquil end.
The goal the Holy Spirit’s teaching sets is just this end of dreams. For sights and sounds must be translated from the witnesses of fear to those of love. And when this is entirely accomplished, learning has achieved the only goal it has in truth. For learning, as the Holy Spirit guides it to the outcome He perceives for it, becomes the means to go beyond itself, to be replaced by the eternal truth.
If you but knew how much your Father yearns to have you recognize your sinlessness, you would not let His Voice appeal in vain, nor turn away from His replacement for the fearful images and dreams you made. The Holy Spirit understands the means you made, by which you would attain what is forever unattainable. And if you offer them to Him, He will employ the means you made for exile to restore your mind to where it truly is at home.
From knowledge, where He has been placed by God, the Holy Spirit calls to you, to let forgiveness rest upon your dreams, and be restored to sanity and peace of mind. Without forgiveness will your dreams remain to terrify you. And the memory of all your Father’s Love will not return to signify the end of dreams has come.
Accept your Father’s gift. It is a Call from Love to Love, that It be but Itself. The Holy Spirit is His gift, by which the quietness of Heaven is restored to God’s beloved Son. Would you refuse to take the function of completing God, when all He wills is that you be complete?
I can be hurt by nothing but my thoughts.
Father, Your Son is perfect. When I think that I am hurt in any way, it is because I have forgotten who I am, and that I am as You created me. Your Thoughts can only bring me happiness. If ever I am sad or hurt or ill, I have forgotten what You think, and put my little meaningless ideas in place of where Your Thoughts belong, and where they are. I can be hurt by nothing but my thoughts. The Thoughts I think with You can only bless. The Thoughts I think with You alone are true.
I will not hurt myself today. For I am far beyond all pain. My Father placed me safe in Heaven, watching over me. And I would not attack the Son He loves, for what He loves is also mine to love.
ACIM Q & A for Today
Q #1277 : The Course says, “Whenever you are not wholly joyous, it is because you have reacted with a lack of love to one of God’s creations” (T.5.VII.5:1). My question is: How can we perceive God’s creations if the world is not of His making? It seems impossible to simultaneously look within and without, to see the light and the “darkness,” the Christ Mind, and the world as we know it. Am I to meditate constantly like the Indian gurus who sit and “do nothing” all day? How can I live in this world AND react lovingly to one of God’s creations? How would I recognize one of God’s creations, especially if I live alone?
A: There is probably nothing in A Course in Miracles that causes students more confusion than its use of the term, God’s creations . Jesus never fully defines this term because, from our perspective as separate beings within this physical world, there really is no way we could fully understand what he means. However, we can begin to comprehend what he is talking about and asking of us, if we bring together several different statements he makes.
“To create is to love. [Love] creates forever, but not in time. God’s creations have always been, because He has always been.… In Christ’s sight, the world and God’s creation meet, and as they come together all perception disappears…. You are merely asked to return to God the mind as He created it…. to return your thinking to the point at which the error was made, and give it over to the Atonement in peace” (T.7.I.3:5,6,7; W.pII.271.1:3; T.5.VII.2:6; T.5.VII.6:5).
In other words, when the Course speaks of creation , it is not talking about anything physical. Rather, it means the extension of God’s all-encompassing Love. Because it is all encompassing, it cannot help but extend. In this way, it creates forever because it goes on and on without end. This is in contrast to the ego’s guilt, which, as a thought of difference and separation, can only project and produce illusion, or what the Course calls miscreation .
So, God’s creations are simply His extensions of Love. Of course, in reality God does not extend Love, He is the Love of which we are a part. But, as Course students, we should remember that Jesus is not obsessed with accuracy in language. While he speaks to us in dualistic terms because that is what we can understand, he ultimately wants us to move beyond his words to his underlying, non-dualistic message.
With that in mind, we can consider what he means when he asks us to “return to God the mind as He created it.” He does not literally mean that God as a dualistic being created the mind. Instead, he means that the natural state of our mind — the state of being filled with love — comes from God. And so our job is to return our thinking to the point at which we chose the ego’s guilt over the memory of God’s Love. We do this by asking the Holy Spirit in our mind to help us correct this error — a correction that will leave us filled with love and thus wholly joyous.
This is an internal process of correction that happens entirely in the mind. Whether we live alone or meditate is irrelevant. What does matter is that we use our reactions to what we perceive in the world to tell us whether we have chosen the ego or the Holy Spirit as our internal Teacher. Thus, the path the Course lays out is not about overcoming or blocking out the darkness of the world in order to find the light within. Rather, it is about realizing that the darkness without is no barrier to our finding peace within, unless we want it to be .