II.  SECTION 11.  What is Creation?

Lesson 323 I gladly make the “sacrifice” of fear.

  1. Here is the only “sacrifice” You ask of your beloved Son; You ask him to give up all suffering, all sense of loss and sadness, all anxiety and doubt, and freely let Your Love come streaming in to his awareness, healing him of pain, and giving him Your Own eternal joy.  Such is the “sacrifice” You ask of me, and one I gladly make; the only “cost” of restoration of Your memory to me, for the salvation of the world.
  2. And as we pay the debt we owe to truth, —a debt that merely is the letting go of self-deceptions and of images we worshipped falsely, —truth returns to us in wholeness and in joy.  We are deceived no longer.  Love has now returned to our awareness.  And we are at peace again, for fear has gone and only love remains.[1]
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Jesus teaches us that there are two levels.  One is false and one is true.  When we no longer believe in and worship that which is false, only truth remains.  To remember Creation is to surrender all the substitutes that we made to take its place.  It is only our recognition of our need for salvation that truth can be made apparent to us.  As long as we are content with this world, finding our jollies in its follies, happy to play the pointing fingers game, and add our two cents to its unending commentary on its unrestful dramas, competitions, and strife – we are doomed to what we must “sacrifice.”  However, when we surrender decay, darkness, and death all that remains is healing, light, and love everlasting.  When we surrender our craving for suffering, sorrow, anxiety and uncertainty, God’s love and devotion for us returns to our awareness.  We are healed.  We are filled with peace and joy.  We are restored to Creation.  We are as God created us. 

Application of today’s lesson concept can be illustrated by no longer being afraid of being called a “kook” because we choose to seek God in a public forum.  We are no longer content to stay in the closet knocking on heaven’s door, our private journeys have only taken us so far.  When we bring our love for God out in the open; we bring our path to God out where everyone can see.  No longer ashamed of our need for salvation, no longer ashamed to say, “There must be a better way,” our public devotion is not a device in which to boast or brag of our enlightened spirituality, but a platform in which to share our journey. For salvation cannot be grasped alone for God’s plan is one of reunification, healing, and wholeness.

The Course teaches that we honor truth by letting go of all that is false.  We honor God by letting go of all that would shatter the joy and peace and love in which He created us with and for.  When we are ready to give up all that stands in the way of our return to Him, we exchange nothing for Everything.  Today I gladly make the sacrifice of fear.

[1]A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students.  Lesson 323. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 463.

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