II. The Way to Remember God
- Miracles are merely the translation of denial into truth. If to love oneself is to heal oneself, those who are sick do not love themselves. Therefore, they are asking for the love that would heal them, but which they are denying to themselves. If they knew the truth about themselves, they could not be sick. The task of the miracle worker thus becomes to deny the denial of truth. The sick must heal themselves, for the truth is in them. Yet having obscured it, the light in another mind must shine it into theirs because that light is theirs.
- The light in them shines as brightly regardless of the density of the fog that obscures it. If you give no power to the fog to obscure the light, it has none. For it has power only if the Son of God gives power to it. He must himself withdraw that power, remembering that all power is of God. You can remember this for all the Sonship. Do not allow your brother not to remember, for his forgetfulness is yours. But your remembering is his, for God cannot be remembered alone. This is what you have forgotten. To perceive the healing of your brother as the healing of yourself is thus the way to remember God. For you forgot your brothers with Him, and God’s Answer to your forgetting is but the way to remember.
- Perceive in sickness but another call for love and offer your brother what he believes he cannot offer himself. Whatever the sickness, there is but one remedy. You will be made whole as you make whole, for to perceive in sickness the appeal for health is to recognize in hatred the call for love. And to give a brother what he really wants is to offer it onto yourself, for your Father wills you to know your brother as yourself. Answer his call for love, and yours is answered. Healing is the Love of Christ for His Father and for Himself.
- Remember what was said about the frightening perceptions of little children, which terrify them because they do not understand them. If they ask for enlightenment and accept it, their fears vanish. But if they hide their nightmares, they will keep them. It is easy to help an uncertain child, for he recognizes that he does not understand what his perceptions mean. Yet you believe that you do understand yours. Little child, you are hiding your head under the cover of the heavy blankets you have laid upon yourself. You are hiding your nightmares in the darkness of your own false certainty and refusing to open your eyes and look at them.
- Let us not save nightmares, for they are not fitting offerings for Christ, and so they are not fit gifts for you. Take off the covers and look at what you are afraid of. Only the anticipation will frighten you, for the reality of nothingness cannot be frightening. Let us not delay this, for your dream of hatred will not leave you without help, and Help is here. Learn to be quiet in the midst of turmoil, for quietness is the end of strife and this is the journey to peace. Look straight at every image that rises to delay you, for the goal is inevitable because it is eternal. The goal of love is but your right, and it belongs to you despite your dreams.
Today we begin section II of The Holy Spirit’s Curriculum. This is the way to remember God. For those of you who are following along in the syllabus, there has been a slight change. We will end with paragraph five today and pick up the rest of the section in the following post. Our corresponding workbook lesson for today is concept number 134: “Let me perceive forgiveness as it is.”
We are to tell ourselves frequently throughout the day whenever the world seems to imprison us, when our past comes up to torment us and make us feel unworthy, when others tempt us to see a world of fear and hatred and disgust: “Let me perceive forgiveness as it is. Would I accuse myself of doing this? I will not lay this chain upon myself.” Our focus today is to remember that “No one is crucified alone, and yet no one can enter Heaven by himself.” In other words: Whatever we are willing to let others endure, we must go with them, we must join them even as they must join us. The choice is ours.
When we love ourselves, we heal ourselves – when we accept doctrines that teach us that we, the Creations of God, are unworthy of God, we are embracing denial of truth. When we deny the truth, we deny all that is whole, healthy, and good about ourselves. We believe that we are something else, that God is capable of making that which deserves eternal death, eternal torments, eternal abandonment. The underlying cause of all sickness Jesus tells us is that we have denied the Love that is God.
Those of us who are called of God are not called to perform signs and wonders. Any magician can wow people with that which glitters and that which enthralls the senses. We who are called of God are not to obligate ourselves to the systems of the world which would dampen our light and not welcome the truth. For we are the light of Christ and we are to shine this light without fear, without restriction, without being bound to traditions and doctrines, rituals and rites, music and song that exchange the Love of God for fear of God. We do not join the sickness, the perversions, the idolatry that takes the place of love. We face it and shine our light upon it. This is where our freedom lies and in freedom and in liberty is our health and wellness because we are made whole.
When we know the truth about ourselves, it is impossible for us to deny the truth. It is impossible for us to be sick in our minds or otherwise. All that miserable sinner stuff goes flying out the window in the face of truth. All that unworthiness, the shame, the sorrow, and opposition becomes a thing of the past, it has no substance, it has no life of its own, for while it can leech upon that which is eternal, lies can never take the place of truth.
Several years ago a young man called me his healer. He said it was my prayers that had healed him of what the doctor had described as a chronic, debilitating disease that had twisted his back and crippled his legs. I was confused about my role in his healing for quite some time. I did not really see myself as a “healer.” I did not even know if I wanted the role – I am not a particularly godly woman in the flesh. While my prayer for him was from my heart and my empathy for his plight had caused tears to flow, I now know that it was not my prayers that healed him. It was the empathy; it was the recognition of his Sonship. When I put the name of Christ upon him, he recognized it and in that moment he healed himself because the truth of his identity was made real to him. The only role I played was to see past my personal reservations about the guy and see him for what he was – worthy, loved, cherished by our mutual Father.
This is what we are called to do in every encounter. To get past our personal likes and dislikes, our personal adoration or conversely, distaste and ill judgment and recognize Christ in one another. There need be no show, no loud prayers, no weeping and falling prostrate upon the floor, no self-abasement, no bossing God and commanding Him to do anything – how in the world could this impress or motivate God to bestow special favors upon us? We simply face the fear we have of loving the other. We look beyond the fear with the love and the power, the wisdom and the grace of Holy Spirit.
As Sons of God we use our power with God, with truth, with reality. We do not give power to lies, to that which is not true, to that which opposes God. When I remember that all power is God’s, I deny the power of lies, deceptions, and false teachings. I remove the power of the idols that would pose as God’s truth to harm me, to sway me, to tempt me to believe there is power in that which opposes the love and truth of God.
We cannot be saved, healed, and heaven bound without our brothers. This is the truth of God because God does not heal one and not heal all. God does not save one and not save all. There is only one way, and it is God’s Way. All other ways are simply illusions and illusions disappear in the light of God’s Love.
When we can look sickness square in the face and recognize it as a call for love, we give our brother what he cannot give himself. The way we remember God is to recognize that there is only one remedy for all sickness. We are prone to limit our idea of sickness to the body and perhaps to the mind, but there is a spiritual sickness that is the root cause of all forms of disease and discordance. It leeches our joy, drains our vim, and decreases our vigor. In separation and as humans, we threw Sonship away and pitted the Sonship against one another. Devising and accepting belief systems that welcome some and keep others apart, we twisted the Love Which is God into a fear-based, egotistical caricature and called this idol we made of God our healer. Idols do not heal no matter how many prayers we offer them. And so our belief systems do not save us, but rather sickens us, depresses us, and makes sport of our vain imaginings.
We must face this discord and division between the Brotherhood of Christ and see beyond it to the yearning for oneness and unity. It is our Father’s Will that we know our brothers as we know ourselves. When I answer your call for love, my call for love is answered. Healing comes for it is the natural outcome of the Love of Christ, in Whom we are one.
When we ask for Truth, when we ask to be enlightened of all the conceptions and fables, lies and egotistical perversions that surround truth, fear goes away. But as long as we are secretly cherishing the old nightmare concepts, as long as we are seeking truth in ancient texts and trying to find our daily bread in verses that depict a slightly deranged version of God that favors a certain people, a certain gender, a certain country, demands blood sacrifices, and sanctions war and genocide we are keeping our nightmares. We are accepting doctrines and traditions that are not based upon the Love of God but the fear of the idol that was created to take His place. Jesus says that we are hiding our heads under heavy blankets that we have laid upon ourselves. By refusing to open our eyes and let the light of Truth shine upon the idols we have made, we proclaim healing and salvation, while sanctioning sickness and bondage.
These nightmare images are not worthy of Christ nor are they worthy of us. We are to remove the blinders from our eyes and take a good long look at what we are afraid of – when we realize that nothing but the love of God is true, we have no fight, no reason to be afraid of those who would rise up against us, no reason to cleave to a lie for a sense of false belonging and sustenance. The world would have us believe that there is strength in numbers, but Jesus tells us repeatedly that the only power is God’s. Zero times thousands is still zero!
When Jesus told me to face the fear and look at what I was afraid of, these was a long list of fears that I came up with. I would be happy to share them with you, but for the sake of brevity I will not include them in this post. When I typed out the last one I could think of, Holy Spirit asked me to keep going. And so another long list appeared. I saved the fears in my personal Course journal and I urge you to do the same. Facing our fears and writing them down exposes them to our consciousness and we begin to see them for the shams they are.
This is not something to put off because the dream of hatred does not magically release us without our intentional decision to awaken, to set ourselves free, to learn the Truth of God. We learn to be quiet no matter how the world rages around us. This quietness is the end of all disturbance for the world can no longer mean what it meant to us before. Our journey then is toward peace and that which is not peace, dissipates. When the things of this world, the curses, the hatred, the venom, the rising up against this one and the rising up against that one would fill our minds with fear and condemnation, our hearts are still and full, for we are the Kingdom of God and we are forever. This right to Love belongs to each and every one of us – it is not reserved for the special or the elect or the very few who believe a certain way or happened to be born into a certain family or a certain country. We can dream up all kinds of ways to win the favor of God, but God’s favor is not a whim, it is a given! He loves all.
Today in your devotional practice read over and/or listen to the first five paragraphs of today’s text reading. Ask Holy Spirit to illuminate this passage for you. Asking Holy Spirit to fill your heart with courage to face your fears, write them down and keep them exposed to your own mind and to God’s. Share them with others for when we share our fears with others, we find that they are also facing much the same. We keep fear hidden, even from ourselves, for as Sons of God we know that fear is unworthy of us. But we cannot be healed of what we have hidden. We are awakened to truth when we pull back the cover of darkness! When we look with courage on our fears, we do not have to analyze them, defend them, or give them any meaning. The only meaning that they have is to obscure our light and keep our peace from us. When we walk in Christ, we walk in Sonship, we walk in Brotherhood, we walk as one. This is the way to remember God.
 A Course in Miracles. Chapter 12 The Holy Spirit’s curriculum. II. The way to remember God 1-5. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).
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