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A COURSE IN MIRACLES Chapter 6: The Lessons of Love

I. The Message of the Crucifixion 6-13

6. As I have said before, as you teach so shall you learn. If you react as if you are persecuted, you are teaching persecution. This is not a lesson a Son of God should want to teach if he is to realize his own salvation. Rather, teach your own perfect immunity, which is the truth in you, and realize that it cannot be assailed. Do not try to protect it yourself, or you are believing that it is assailable. You are not asked to be crucified, which was part of my own teaching contribution. You are merely asked to follow my example in the face of much less extreme temptations to misperceive, and not to accept them as false justifications for anger. There can be no justification for the unjustifiable.  Do not believe there is, and do not teach that there is. Remember always that what you believe you will teach.  Believe with me, and we will become equal as teachers.

7. Your resurrection is your reawakening. I am the model for rebirth but rebirth itself is merely the dawning on your mind of what is already in it. God placed it there Himself, and so it is true forever. I believed in it, and therefore accepted it as true for me. Help me to teach it to our brothers in the name of the Kingdom of God, but first believe that it is true for you, or you will teach amiss. My brothers slept during this so-called agony in the garden, but I could not be angry with them because I knew I could not be abandoned.

8. I am sorry when my brothers do not share my decision to hear only one voice, because it weakens them as teachers and as learners. Yet I know they cannot really betray themselves or me, and that it is still on them that I must build my church. There is no choice in this, because only you can be the foundation of God’s church. A church is where an altar is, and the presence of the altar is what makes the church holy. A church that does not inspire love has a hidden altar that is not serving the purpose for which God intended it. I must found His church on you, because those who accept me as a model are literally my disciples. Disciples are followers, and if the model they follow has chosen to save them pain in all respects, they are unwise not to follow him.

9.  I elected, for your sake and mine, to demonstrate that the most outrageous assault, as judged by the ego, does not matter.  As the world judges these things, but not as God knows them, I was betrayed, abandoned, beaten, torn, and finally killed. It was clear that this was only because of the projection of others on to me, since I had not harmed anyone and had healed many.

10. We are still equal as learners, although we do not need to have equal experiences.  The Holy Spirit is glad when you can learn from mine, and be reawakened by them.  That is their only purpose, and that is the only way in which I can be perceived as the way, the truth, and the life.  When you hear only one voice you are never called on to sacrifice. On the contrary, by being able to hear the Holy Spirit in others you can learn from their experiences, and can gain from them without experiencing them directly yourself. That is because the Holy Spirit is one, and anyone who listens is inevitably led to demonstrate his way for all.

11.  You are not persecuted, nor was I.  You are not asked to repeat my experiences because the Holy Spirit, who we share, makes this unnecessary. To use my experiences constructively, however, you must still follow my example and how to perceive them.  M  brothers and yours are constantly engaged in justifying the unjustifiable. My one lesson, which I must teach as I learned it, is that no perception that is out of accord with the judgment of the Holy Spirit can be justified. I undertook to show this was true in an extreme case, merely because it would serve as a good teaching aid to those whose temptation to give into anger and assault would not be so extreme. I will with God that none of His Sons should suffer.

12. The crucifixion cannot be shared because it is the symbol of projection, but the resurrection is the symbol of sharing because the reawakening of every son of God is necessary to enable the Sonship to know it’s wholeness.  Only this is knowledge.

13. The message of the crucifixion is perfectly clear:

Teach only love, for that is what you are.[1]

As we come to our devotional practice today, let us open our minds to the message of the Crucifixion.  Today we start on paragraph six where Jesus clearly tells us that we are to be perfectly harmless in the world.  We are not here to be whipping posts; we are not here to boo-hoo to each other how dangerous the world; we are not here to set up our kingdom in the physical realm.  When we know ourselves as Sons of God, we know that we are perfectly immune to all that would rise up against us.  We do not try to protect ourselves.  Nobody is asking us to be crucified – that was the function of Christ.  However, we are to follow in the footsteps of Christ and refuse to respond with anger and fear to anything or anyone because there is no justification for anger and fear.  We are to believe with our whole hearts that there is nothing that can hurt us.  We are to teach with 100% devotion that nothing can hurt us because what we believe we will teach.  As we believe with Christ, we become equal teachers with Christ.  This is a promise.

Jesus resurrected from the dead; our resurrection is our reawakening.  Rebirth is the dawning on our minds of what is already in there.  God placed a part of Himself in our minds and we can never lose it.  Jesus believed in this and accepted this as true, and He is calling for us to help Him teach it to our brothers in the name of God’s Kingdom.  If we do believe that God will turn His back upon His Creations; if we believe that He made us from dirt and made some for eternal glory and some for eternal shame and punishment, if we believe that God is bloodthirsty, capable of anger, pettiness, jealousy, throws fits, goes into rages, and has favorites, we will teach that which is not God’s Kingdom.   Jesus believed in and taught that God was love and that all would be saved.  Even when His disciples seemed to abandon Him, He could not be angry with them because He could not be abandoned.  We do not hold people accountable for their shortcomings, because it does not really affect our safety or touch who we really are.

Yesterday when Linda R. and I were reading through this section together and discussing the impact that modeling Christ and His teachings has on our lives, she said that as she practiced no-harm and forgiveness when her husband betrayed her, some of her Christian friends stopped talking to her because she did not take their advice.  They urged her to “lawyer up,” they told her to give him a good taste of his own medicine, they said they could not stand by and watch her be used and abused in this manner.  And yet Christ teaches that she was not betrayed, that she could not be betrayed because as Sons of God, we are invulnerable.  The ego is always going to let us down, but because we are born again, we are not egos, and not able to be hurt by other egos.

As long as we still think with the lower mind of ego and regard ourselves as flesh and blood, our teaching and our learning will be impaired.  When we do not completely give place to Holy Spirit in our life, we will still be used of God but there will be a part of us that is not serving the purpose that God intended for us to serve.  When we accept Jesus as our model we are His disciples. He does His best to help us understand our perfect immunity in the spirit, He does His best to spare us unnecessary pain and suffering, sickness and insanity.  It is to our best interest to follow Him, and yet we do not inspire love, if we are in the world getting angry, hurling insults, taking sides against any part of Creation, persecuting and being persecuted, and seeing ourselves as vulnerable, fragile, and fleshy. 

Jesus chose to demonstrate that the most outrageous, vicious attack upon His flesh does not matter.  In the world, Jesus was betrayed.  He was abandoned by His disciples in His greatest hour of need.  He was whipped. His flesh was torn from muscle and the bone.  He bled.  He suffered agony and He was killed.  All manner of ill intent was projected on to Him – and He had done nothing to deserve what happened to Him.  He bore it all without holding a grudge.  He was forgiving.  He knew Who He was and what He was about. 

Jesus wants us to be like Him, to learn from Him, to be reawakened by Him, for His mind to be formed in us.  He went through all that He went through as a human for one reason – to teach us to identify with our Sonship and listen only to the Voice for God.  Unless we learn what Jesus teaches we will not know Him as the way, the truth, and the life.  We will think He was just a nice guy who healed people and had supernatural powers.  We will believe that Jesus had advantages over us and we will not be able to relate to Him.  We will think that we owe Him something for what He did for us.

But in paragraph nine, Jesus tells us that when we only heed the Voice for God, we are never called to sacrifice.  It is the voice for ego that calls for sacrifice, for payment, for suffering, and pain.  God calls for love and devotion because He is love and devotion.  We learn and gain from the experiences of others just as others learn and gain from our experiences, because when we are led by Holy Spirit, it is always one for all and all for one. 

The one lesson of Christ that He learned and now teaches is to see only through the judgment of Holy Spirit.  Holy Spirit always speaks for Creation and never against.  Even during the Crucifixion Christ did not get angry, He did not bear ill will, He did not curse His tormentors, or send them to hell.  The will of Christ was with God – that none of His Sons should suffer. 

The crucifixion cannot be shared because it symbolizes untruth, it stands for blame and shame, guilt and despair.  Sacrifice is not a call for God, it is a demand of the ego.  The resurrection, on the other hand symbolizes sharing.  It stands for the reawakening of all of Creation to the Sonship of God, to the completeness and unity of wholeness.  Only this is knowledge. 

No matter how many advanced degrees we may obtain, the world is incapable of bestowing knowledge.  In our separated state, we have no way of knowing much more than splintered facts and faulty theories that do not amount to anything.  No matter how many books we read or lectures we attend, no matter what elite university we manage to get into, knowledge can only be found in the Sonship of God .  When we are restored to the Sonship of God, we have and know everything.   As hard as that may be to fathom, we all know on one level of being that this is truth. 

We will end today’s text review with paragraph 13, which clearly and succinctly sums up what we have read so far about the message of the crucifixion.  Ask Holy Spirit to be the one voice in your mind today.  While in our humanity nothing is fair, mutual, or equitable – in the Spirit we are one. Rich and poor, black and white, academically gifted and intellectually handicapped, man or woman, Greek or Jew, young and old –

All of us are able to teach only love, for all of us – that is what we are.


[1] A Course in Miracles. Chapter 6 The lessons of love. I The message of the crucifixion 6-13. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

For 2021 daily Workbook lessons visit www.i-choose-love.com courtesy of Linda R.

Audio credit: www.eckiefriar.com

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Coming up on sixty, my love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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