II.  SECTION 11.  What is Creation?

  1. Creation is the sum of all God’s Thoughts, in numbers infinite, and everywhere without all limit.  Only Love creates, and only like Itself.  There was no time when all that It created was not there.  Nor will there be a time when anything that It created suffers any loss.  Forever and forever are God’s Thoughts exactly as they were and as they are, unchanged through time and after time is done.
  2. God’s Thoughts are given all the power that their own Creator has.  For He would add to Love by its extension.  Thus His Son shares in creation and must therefore share in power to create.  What God has willed to be forever one will still be one when time is over; and will not be changed throughout the course of time, remaining as it was before the thought of time began.
  3. Creation is the opposite of all illusions, for creation is the truth.  Creation is the holy Son of God, for in creation is His Will complete in every aspect, making every part container of the Whole.  Its oneness is forever guaranteed inviolate; forever held within his holy Will, beyond all possibility of harm, of separation, imperfection, and of any spot upon its sinlessness.
  4. We are creation; we are the Sons of God.  We seem to be discrete, and unaware of our eternal unity with Him.  Yet back of all our doubts, past all our fears, there still is certainty.  For Love remains with all Its Thoughts, Its sureness being theirs.  God’s memory is in our holy minds, which know their oneness and their unity with their Creator.  Let our function be only to let this memory return, only to let God’s Will be done on earth, only to be restored to sanity, and to be but as God created us.
  5. Our Father calls to us.  We hear His Voice, and we forgive creation in the Name of its Creator, Holiness Itself, Whose holiness His Own creation shares; Whose holiness is still a part of us.[1]
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The next ten lessons are devoted to remembering Creation – the opposite of all illusions, the counterpoint to separation. and our oneness with God.  As we slowly and carefully read over the introduction to this section of our Course, a sense of the eternal certainty of God and His Creation returns to our consciousness.  A remembrance of who and what we really are and the Oneness in which we experience our beings with God, with one another, and all Creation shines through our groggy awareness. 

The thought that occurs to me while I am reading this introduction is the assurance of wholeness, purity, and innocence that is ours in Creation.  As we are reminded of our oneness with Him, the certainty of His Love shines like a beacon through all doubt and fear, through thoughts of sin and shame, alleviating the curse of vain imaginings and ignorant dealings toward creation. 

Jesus says that our function, indeed our only function, is to remember the Love that beckons to us. To let God’s Will be done on earth, to let all madness be restored to sanity, and to be as God created us.  We remember the truth of the matter!  We offer kindness and goodness when others expect spite and anger.  We laugh instead of cry.  We receive to give again; we give to receive again.  We step into mutuality, into oneness, into that sweet spot where everything and everybody matter because they belong to Him Who made us one!  No longer do we allow the fear of God to cast a shadow on our minds, for we remember His Love.  We remember Who and What He is, and we remember who and what we are! 

Today we answer the call of God.  When we listen to His Voice, we forgive – not just this one and not that one – but all of creation.  We realize the holiness that is still a part of everything and everybody.  Seeing past the contradictions, the opposites, the seeming curses we put upon each separated part, we are made one again.  His light within you calls to me; His light within me calls to you.  At our core we could never be enemies because His light makes us one.  This is the wholeness and holiness of God, and it is our purpose to remember this. 

[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Part II:11, Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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