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A COURSE IN MIRACLES Chapter 8 The Journey Back

VI: The Treasure of God 6-10

6.  Your function is to add to God’s treasure by creating yours. His will to you is His will for you. He would not withhold creation from you because His joy is in it. You cannot find joy except as God does. His joy lay in creating you, and He extends His Fatherhood to you so that you can extend yourself as He did. You do not understand this because you do not understand Him. No one who does not accept his function can understand what it is, and no one can accept his function unless he knows what he is. Creation is the will of God. His will created you to create. Your will was not created separate from His, and so you must will as He wills.

7.  An “unwilling will” does not mean anything, being a contradiction in terms that actually means nothing. When you think you are unwilling to will with God, you are not thinking. God’s will is thought. It cannot be contradicted by thought. God does not contradict Himself, and His sons, who are like Him, cannot contradict themselves or Him. Yet their thought is so powerful that they can even imprison the mind of God’s Son if they so choose. This choice does make the Son’s function unknown to him, but never to his Creator. And because it is not unknown to his Creator, it is forever knowable to him.

8.  There is no question, but one should you ever ask of yourself: – “Do I want to know my Father’s Will for me?”  He will not hide it. He has revealed it to me because I asked it of Him and learned of what He had already given. Our function is to work together because apart from each other we cannot function at all. The whole power of God’s Son lies in all of us, but not in any of us alone. God would not have us be alone because He does not will to be alone.  That is why He created His Son and gave him the power to create with Him. Our creations are as holy as we are, and we are the sons of God himself, as holy as He is. Through our creations we extend our love, and thus increase the joy of the Holy Trinity. You do not understand this, because you who are God’s own treasure do not regard yourself as valuable. Given this belief, you cannot understand anything.

9.  I share with God the knowledge of the value He puts up on you. My devotion to you is of Him, being born of my knowledge of myself and Him. We cannot be separated. Whom God has joined cannot be separated, and God has joined all His Sons with Himself. Can you be separated from your life and your being? The journey to God is merely the reawakening of the knowledge of where you are always, and what you are forever. It is a journey without distance to a goal that has never changed. Truth can only be experienced. It cannot be described, and it cannot be explained. I can make you aware of the conditions of truth, but the experience is of God. Together we can meet its conditions, but truth will dawn upon you of itself.

10.  What God has willed for you is yours.  He has given His Will to His treasure, whose treasure it is.  Your heart lies where your treasure is, as His does.  You who are beloved of God are wholly blessed.  Learn this of me, and free the holy will of all those who are as blessed as you are. [1]

Until we understand ourselves as God’s Treasure and understand that as God’s Treasure we are to create more of God’s Treasure can we find true joy.  God did not create us to worship Him forever and ever as He sits on His throne and bloats Himself on His own importance.  We must get this picture out of our mind for it is an illustration of what the ego would be if it were God.  We were created to find the joy in creation and extend the Kingdom of God outward forever and ever.  There is no end to the extension of God’s Kingdom and to be part of that marvelous unfolding, God shared of Himself for us to share of ourselves. 

Many of us in our human condition think that it is God’s Will to have a big family, to have many children and perhaps many wives in order to have as many children as we possibly can to extend God’s Kingdom.  Jesus teaches us that we extend God’s Kingdom by extending the attributes of God.  When we extend love and peace and joy we create more love and peace and joy.  If we think that having more humans is extending God’s Kingdom, taking a close look at the history of the world will show us that more humans does not necessarily mean more love, peace, and joy.  In fact having more humans means just the opposite.  For humans are symbols of the ego’s making.  While we make the decision to identify as humans, we are in opposition to God.  It does not matter how “good” we are as humans; our very human form is the symbol of opposition.  We took what we are and decided to remake ourselves into something else and this dear friend is what we have here! 

Because we belong to God our will and God’s Will are the same.  We will create.  In the perceptual world we make more humans, we build bridges, we paint, sew, plant, weave, we do all kinds of things in which to create, but what we make does not last and has no everlasting value.  Any life that is given in the perceptual world is very temporary and uncertain and everything else within the world is out to take it away.  It is impossible to keep what is made in this world, and yet it seductively keeps our minds asleep to this fact as long as it can, distracting it with constant concerns of the flesh, the flash, the fictional.

God’s Will is not of this world.  What God gives cannot ever be taken away because it is Spirit, and it is Truth.   God’s Will lasts forever.  It is not flesh, there is no need for it to be flashy, nor is it fictional.  It is not in parts, but it is whole.  It is not for this one or that one, but for all – it is all inclusive and cannot be divided. 

To divide our wills then is a contradiction of God’s Will and can only be done in a fictional kingdom, a story that we wish to believe, a virtual reality that poses as reality itself.  In yesterday’s post, Jesus asked us to listen to the story of the prodigal son.  He left his father’s home to whoop it up in the place that had no worth, no value, no substance, no truth.  He stayed until he spent his inheritance and only after it was spent did he realize that it had passed away and he was left with nothing.  That is our life in the flesh.  Many times it is not until decades of our life are spent thinking that our human identity is our true identity and wondering why God lets such terrible things happen to little babies and why He sends disasters and death and disease on our populations until we realize that this is not God’s Kingdom and could never be God’s Kingdom!  

We are the son who left the Father’s Kingdom.  Perhaps we thought that maybe there was something more exciting than being love, peace, and joy.  We could take our Father’s Treasure and make something dangerous and thrilling and dreadful.  We wanted power and glory, but we wanted it for ourselves alone, not only for dominion over the animals but over each other.  Our thoughts were entranced by a world of predators, stalking, and lust.   We would sate ourselves on fear, rather than love.  Instead of spirit we would be flesh, we would get physical, we would take our creativity and use it for opposites and opposition rather than wholeness and peace. Our minds would be split between good and evil, light and dark, love and hate, happiness and despair.  We would make war as well as peace.  We would make our own gods and project all our own desires upon our gods and make them like us, demanding sacrifices and blood, enslavement, sorrow and shame.  We would make a hellish realm and say it was made by God and blame every bad thing that happened therein on His wrath, His anger, His spite and revenge.  He would be big; we would be small.  He would have all power; we would have none.  He would be strong; we would be weak and vulnerable. 

We may have forgotten that we are God’s Treasure, but God remembered.  We may have forgotten what we were made to do, but God remembered.  And because He never forgot it, when we are ready to take a long, hard look at what we made and ask for what God Wills, it is ours.  For we can no longer lose our Identity as God’s Will than God could lose His Identity as God. 

The power of God’s Son lies in all and never in one alone.  We are God’s treasure and yet we have no value at all, have no meaning, and are as nothing without God, without Christ, and without each other.  Pay particular attention to paragraphs eight through ten.  Jesus tells us that God’s Will cannot be separated – God has joined all His Sons with Himself.  The journey to God is simply awakening to this fact – that our minds are one with Christ, that we all belong to God, that our sojourn in separateness is as a dream, an illusion, that the march of time itself is a lie.  It is a record of a fictional account about nothing.  The only thing to learn here is that it is not God’s Kingdom, it is not God’s Creation, and to behold it is to be taken in by its lies and delusion. 

We must experience this truth for ourselves for Jesus Himself cannot describe truth or explain it to us.  We can learn the conditions of truth, but to know truth is an experience of God.  With Christ we meet the condition of truth – only Jesus can bring us past the illusions of the world to the place of peace in which truth is made known.  Truth dawns upon each one of us as we ask for it, as we prepare ourselves for it, when we are ready for it. 

Know this, dear brothers, you are the Will of God; you are the treasure of God.  Our heart and God’s heart belongs  together and the benevolence of God wills for us to share this treasure, to extend it to all, to withhold it from nobody in our thoughts, in our words, and in our deeds.  In your personal devotional habit, ask God to show you how to share what you are – in your thoughts offer all of those that parade across your mind thoughts of love, peace, and joy.  Do not give any credit to the thoughts of the lower mind which delight in jealousy, greed, gossip, and grudges but join your mind with the mind of Christ and ask to be taught the conditions for truth. 

Learning this of Christ frees all who are held captive by the entrancement of this world.  For we are all the treasure of God and none of us can go Home until we all go Home together. 


[1] A Course in Miracles. Chapter 8 The journey back. VI The treasure of God 6-10. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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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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