ACIM Text Reading for April 16
Chapter 12 ~ The Holy Spirit’s Curriculum
VIII. The Attraction of Love for Love
Do you really believe that you can kill the Son of God? The Father has hidden His Son safely within Himself, and kept him far away from your destructive thoughts, but you know neither the Father nor the Son because of them. You attack the real world every day and every hour and every minute, and yet you are surprised that you cannot see it. If you seek love in order to attack it, you will never find it. For if love is sharing, how can you find it except through itself? Offer it and it will come to you, because it is drawn to itself. But offer attack and love will remain hidden, for it can live only in peace.
God’s Son is as safe as his Father, for the Son knows his Father’s protection and cannot fear. His Father’s Love holds him in perfect peace, and needing nothing, he asks for nothing. Yet he is far from you whose Self he is, for you chose to attack him and he disappeared from your sight into his Father. He did not change, but you did. For a split mind and all its works were not created by the Father, and could not live in the knowledge of Him.
When you made visible what is not true, what is true became invisible to you. Yet it cannot be invisible in itself, for the Holy Spirit sees it with perfect clarity. It is invisible to you because you are looking at something else. Yet it is no more up to you to decide what is visible and what is invisible, than it is up to you to decide what reality is. What can be seen is what the Holy Spirit sees. The definition of reality is God’s, not yours. He created it, and He knows what it is. You who knew have forgotten, and unless He had given you a way to remember you would have condemned yourself to oblivion.
Because of your Father’s Love you can never forget Him, for no one can forget what God Himself placed in his memory. You can deny it, but you cannot lose it. A Voice will answer every question you ask, and a vision will correct the perception of everything you see. For what you have made invisible is the only truth, and what you have not heard is the only Answer. God would reunite you with yourself, and did not abandon you in your distress. You are waiting only for Him, and do not know it. Yet His memory shines in your mind and cannot be obliterated. It is no more past than future, being forever always.
You have but to ask for this memory, and you will remember. Yet the memory of God cannot shine in a mind that has obliterated it and wants to keep it so. For the memory of God can dawn only in a mind that chooses to remember, and that has relinquished the insane desire to control reality. You who cannot even control yourself should hardly aspire to control the universe. But look upon what you have made of it, and rejoice that it is not so.
Son of God, be not content with nothing! What is not real cannot be seen and has no value. God could not offer His Son what has no value, nor could His Son receive it. You were redeemed the instant you thought you had deserted Him. Everything you made has never been, and is invisible because the Holy Spirit does not see it. Yet what He does see is yours to behold, and through His vision your perception is healed. You have made invisible the only truth that this world holds. Valuing nothing, you have sought nothing. By making nothing real to you, you have seen it. But it is not there. And Christ is invisible to you because of what you have made visible to yourself.
Yet it does not matter how much distance you have tried to interpose between your awareness and truth. God’s Son can be seen because his vision is shared. The Holy Spirit looks upon him, and sees nothing else in you. What is invisible to you is perfect in His sight, and encompasses all of it. He has remembered you because He forgot not the Father. You looked upon the unreal and found despair. Yet by seeking the unreal, what else could you find? The unreal world is a thing of despair, for it can never be. And you who share God’s Being with Him could never be content without reality. What God did not give you has no power over you, and the attraction of love for love remains irresistible. For it is the function of love to unite all things unto itself, and to hold all things together by extending its wholeness.
The real world was given you by God in loving exchange for the world you made and the world you see. Only take it from the hand of Christ and look upon it. Its reality will make everything else invisible, for beholding it is total perception. And as you look upon it you will remember that it was always so. Nothingness will become invisible, for you will at last have seen truly. Redeemed perception is easily translated into knowledge, for only perception is capable of error and perception has never been. Being corrected it gives place to knowledge, which is forever the only reality. The Atonement is but the way back to what was never lost. Your Father could not cease to love His Son.
ACIM Workbook Lesson for April 16
Let me be still and listen to the truth.
If you will lay aside the ego’s voice, however loudly it may seem to call; if you will not accept its petty gifts that give you nothing that you really want; if you will listen with an open mind, that has not told you what salvation is; then you will hear the mighty Voice of truth, quiet in power, strong in stillness, and completely certain in Its messages.
Listen, and hear your Father speak to you through His appointed Voice, which silences the thunder of the meaningless, and shows the way to peace to those who cannot see. Be still today and listen to the truth. Be not deceived by voices of the dead, which tell you they have found the source of life and offer it to you for your belief. Attend them not, but listen to the truth.
Be not afraid today to circumvent the voices of the world. Walk lightly past their meaningless persuasion. Hear them not. Be still today and listen to the truth. Go past all things which do not speak of Him Who holds your happiness within His Hand, held out to you in welcome and in love. Hear only Him today, and do not wait to reach Him longer. Hear one Voice today.
Today the promise of God’s Word is kept. Hear and be silent. He would speak to you. He comes with miracles a thousand times as happy and as wonderful as those you ever dreamed or wished for in your dreams. His miracles are true. They will not fade when dreaming ends. They end the dream instead; and last forever, for they come from God to His dear Son, whose other name is you. Prepare yourself for miracles today. Today allow your Father’s ancient pledge to you and all your brothers to be kept.
Hear Him today, and listen to the Word which lifts the veil that lies upon the earth, and wakes all those who sleep and cannot see. God calls to them through you. He needs your voice to speak to them, for who could reach God’s Son except his Father, calling through your Self? Hear Him today, and offer Him your voice to speak to all the multitude who wait to hear the Word that He will speak today.
Be ready for salvation. It is here, and will today be given unto you. And you will learn your function from the One Who chose it in your Father’s Name for you. Listen today, and you will hear a Voice which will resound throughout the world through you. The bringer of all miracles has need that you receive them first, and thus become the joyous giver of what you received.
Thus does salvation start and thus it ends; when everything is yours and everything is given away, it will remain with you forever. And the lesson has been learned. Today we practice giving, not the way you understand it now, but as it is. Each hour’s exercises should begin with this request for your enlightenment:
I will be still and listen to the truth.
What does it mean to give and to receive?
Ask and expect an answer. Your request is one whose answer has been waiting long to be received by you. It will begin the ministry for which you came, and which will free the world from thinking giving is a way to lose. And so the world becomes ready to understand and to receive.
Be still and listen to the truth today. For each five minutes spent in listening, a thousand minds are opened to the truth and they will hear the holy Word you hear. And when the hour is past, you will again release a thousand more who pause to ask that truth be given them, along with you.
Today the holy Word of God is kept through your receiving it to give away, so you can teach the world what giving means by listening and learning it of Him. Do not forget today to reinforce your choice to hear and to receive the Word by this reminder, given to yourself as often as is possible today:
Let me be still and listen to the truth.
I am the messenger of God today,
My voice is His, to give what I receive.
ACIM Q & A for Today
Q #416: In the past two years, I have been involved in three automobile accidents, none of which was “my fault.” As a result, I continue to suffer from the effects of whiplash, which physiotherapy and medication have eased, but I cannot seem to return to my healthy previous condition. I do believe there is more here than meets the eye and that healing is within my control/power. I would appreciate any insight you can share on the “reason” for apparent accidents, and healing from accidental injuries. Can you possibly shed some light on this issue, from the viewpoint of A Course in Miracles?
A: This is one of the more difficult aspects of the Course’s theory to both understand and accept, the primary reason being that we always attempt to comprehend what the Course says from the perspective of homo sapiens, forgetting that the ego’s purpose for homo sapiens is to keep the Son of God mindless and forever oblivious to the dynamics that sustain and motivate “life” in the world, ensuring that he would never realize that his experiences are the outcome of his own choice. The world “never was, nor is, nor yet will be what you imagine” Jesus once told Helen (The Gifts of God, p. 117) — echoing Plato, perhaps. So it is important to remember that the Son of God does not equate with homo sapiens or the brain; the Son of God equates with mind.
In “The Responsibility for Sight” Jesus states: “Deceive yourself no longer that you are helpless in the face of what is done to you.…It is impossible the Son of God be merely driven by events outside of him. It is impossible that happenings that come to him were not his choice” (T.21.II.2:6;3:1,2). And then in that same section, he offers us some insight into why we (as decision-making minds outside time and space) would choose suffering: “Suffer, and you [as mind] decided sin was your goal. Be happy and you gave the power of decision to Him Who must decide for God for you” (T.21.II.3:5,6). Sin, which is always equated with separation in A Course in Miracles, therefore is a motivating factor: all suffering proves that separation is reality. Another motivating factor is given several paragraphs later: “Nothing created not by your Creator has any influence over you. And if you think what you have made [the body] can tell you what you see and feel, and place your faith in its ability to do so, you are denying your Creator and believing that you made yourself. For if you think the world you made has power to make you what it wills, you are confusing Son and Father; effect and Source” (T.21.II.11:3,4,5). Any time we feel we are victims of accidental happenings, we are being motivated by this ancient and concealed quest to usurp God’s role as Creator and claim His power as our own. That sounds monstrous and there usually is nothing about our experience that validates this. But Jesus says in many ways throughout his Course that we should not trust our perceptions or our experience, until they are no longer ours but his from outside the dream. So, insanely, we (as mind) confirm our existence and autonomy by subjecting ourselves to forces seemingly beyond our control.
Once again, the decision-making mind outside time and space is not a human self or brain. This is impossible for us to envision, but as such, the mind can express its intention in any number of different forms, one of which is as seemingly different entities collectively involved in events and situations. Question #37 explains this in depth, specifically the “secret vow” we make to be hurt by another (T.28.VI.4,5). Ultimately, “accidents” involving several people are the outward picture of a decision made in the mind. The ego’s strategy to keep the separation from God real, while projecting responsibility for it, is effectively carried out in these human scenarios where people suffer as innocent victims of accidental happenings. Without minimizing people’s pain, seen from a perspective outside the dream of separation, accidents, tragedies, and hideous catastrophes are still only smokescreens meant to obscure our identity as decision-making minds so that we would never realize that we are but following the way we chose (W.pI.166.6), and therefore we can make another choice.
Healing from “accidental injuries” would proceed along the lines of any other type of healing; namely, that you would focus on which teacher you are choosing to guide you through your recovery. True healing is always the acceptance of the Atonement — that the separation never truly happened. And we make our way toward that final stage by searching our minds for all the ways in which we uphold separation and separate interests. Interacting with your doctors and others who are helping you provides a wonderful opportunity to join in terms of sharing a common interest. And because all forms of sickness and pain are also defenses “protecting” you from your Identity as spirit, you also would want to be a patient patient, respectful of your fear of returning to the Home you never truly left. You just want to be gentle with yourself, with the love of Jesus beside you, accepting where you are and letting go any blame that tempts you to judge yourself or others.