II. SECTION 11. What is Creation?
Lesson 321 Father, my freedom is in You alone.
- I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more. For I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me. Your Voice directs me and the way to You is opening and clear to me at last. Father, my freedom is in You alone. Father, it is my will that I return.
- Today we answer for the world, which will be freed along with us. How glad are we to find our freedom through the certain way our Father has established. And how sure is all the world’s salvation, when we learn our freedom can be found in God alone.
Today as we come to our devotional practice, we clear our minds of all that would present itself as Creation. We set our minds and the world free from the false version of itself. We stop feeding into its chaos, its competitions, and contradictions. We stop trying to find our freedom within the very systems of deceit which have ensnared our minds in the first place. We lay aside all the conflicting advice and meaningless prater. We quiet our minds. When we want answers to Creation’s meaning and purpose, we clear the altars of our minds. It is in the peace and calm where we best hear the Voice for God and His direction.
Jesus teaches us today that salvation is not an individual choice, but instead each one of us stand for the whole of Creation. When I make the decision to stand with Christ, when I choose to live for God’s Will be done on earth as it is in heaven, I am not seeking to escape the cursed world by the skin of my teeth and let others behind weeping and gnashing their teeth wishing that they were me! My awakening wakes the world. As I am freed from the mad dream, the world comes along with me. When I no longer can tolerate being separated from God and from my oneness with all of Creation, that tiny little shard of separation yearning and crying out for connection, communication, and certainty stands for all of the separated parts. The truth of God in me calls to the truth of God in you. The truth of God in you calls to the truth of God in me. And freedom rings throughout the world. We lay down our weapons. We no longer see the spaces between us. We see Creation anew and have no desire to prey upon it, to lord it over anyone or anything, to mock and make fun, to deny access to anyone. We forgive the past. We are no longer the least bit interested in war and murder and destruction. Dreams of death hold no fascination or hopes of freedom. When I look at you, I see me! When you look at me, you see you! All we desire for ourselves and Creation is healing, reunion, renewal. Awake from the dark slumber, we can no longer look upon Creation as being outside of ourselves for we recognize ourselves only as whole.
This is our freedom. This is God’s Plan. Salvation for all. Nobody returns to God alone and without the world. God awaits our awakening with open arms. The dreams we dream in separation could mean nothing to Him. Why would He concern Himself with lies and distortions? Our freedom lies in being like Him, certain in our love and everlasting devotion to all of Creation.
A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 321. Foundation of Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 462.
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