IX. The Reflection of Holiness
1. The Atonement does not make holy. You were created holy. It merely brings unholiness to holiness; or what you made to what you are. Bringing illusion to truth, or the ego to God, is the Holy Spirit’s only function. Keep not your making from your Father, for hiding it has cost you knowledge of Him and of yourself. The knowledge is safe, but where is your safety apart from it? The making of time to take the place of timelessness lay in the decision to be not as you are. Thus truth was made past, and the present was dedicated to illusion. And the past, too, was changed and interposed between what always was and now. The past that you remember never was and represents only the denial of what always was.
2. Bringing the ego to God is but to bring error to truth, where it stands corrected because it is the opposite of what it meets. It is undone because the contradiction can no longer stand. How long can contradiction stand when its impossible nature is clearly revealed? What disappears in light is not attacked. It merely vanishes because it is not true. Different realities are meaningless, for reality must be one. It cannot change with time or mood or chance. Its changelessness is what makes it real. This cannot be undone. Undoing is for unreality. And this reality will do for you.
3. Merely by being what it is does truth release you from everything that it is not. The Atonement is so gentle you need but whisper to it, and all its power will rush to your assistance and support. You are not frail with God beside you. Yet without Him you are nothing. The Atonement offers you God. The gift that you refused is held by Him in you. The Holy Spirit holds it there for you. God has not left His altar, though His worshippers placed other gods upon it. The temple still is holy, for the Presence that dwells within it is holiness.
4. In the temple, holiness waits quietly for the return of them that love it. The Presence knows they will return to purity and to grace. The graciousness of God will take them gently in and cover all their sense of pain and loss with the immortal assurance of their Father’s love. There, fear of death will be replaced with joy of life. For God is life, and they abide in life. Life is as holy as the holiness by which it was created. The presence of holiness lives in everything that lives, for holiness created life, and leaves not what it created holy as itself.
5. In this world you can become a spotless mirror, in which the holiness of your Creator shines forth from you to all around you. You can reflect Heaven here. Yet no reflections of the images of other gods must dim the mirror that would hold God’s reflection in it. Earth can reflect Heaven or hell, God or the ego. You need but leave the mirror clean and clear of all the images of hidden darkness you have drawn upon it. God will shine upon it of Himself. Only the clear reflection of Himself can be perceived upon it.
6. Reflections are seen in light. In darkness they are obscure, and their meaning seems to lie only in shifting interpretations, rather than in themselves. The reflection of God needs no interpretation. It is clear. Clean but the mirror, and the message that shines forth from what the mirror holds out for everyone to see, no one can fail to understand. It is the message that the Holy Spirit is holding to the mirror that is in him. He recognizes it because he has been taught his need for it but knows not where to look to find it. Let him, then, see it in you and share it with you.
7. Could you but realize for a single instant the power of healing that the reflection of God, shining in you, can bring to all the world, you could not wait to make the mirror of your mind clean to receive the image of the holiness that heals the world. The image of holiness that shines in your mind is not obscure and will not change. Its meaning to those who look upon it is not obscure, for everyone perceives it as the same. All bring their different problems to its healing light, and all their problems find but healing there.
8. The response of holiness to any form of error is always the same. There is no contradiction in what holiness calls forth. It’s one response is healing, without regard for what is brought to it. Those who have learned to offer only healing, because of the reflection of holiness in them, are ready at last for heaven. There, holiness is not a reflection, but rather the actual condition of what was but reflected to them here. God is no image, and His creations, as part of Him, hold Him in them in truth. They do not merely reflect truth, for they are truth. 
In our devotional text today Jesus explains the function of our holiness. Holy Spirit does not make us holy; we were created holy and our holiness never left us – it just goes unacknowledged in time. The very making of time itself was because we exchanged our eternal state for one of an ongoing temporary state, in which the past is always gobbling up our present moment and extending itself into the future. No matter how much we think we can remember and how we piece together our individual and universal pasts, our historical records, are just a made-up version of reality. Jesus says the past is gone, it never really happened, it is a representation of the opposition of what is eternally true, of God and of Reality.
We bring our egos to God just like we would bring a lie to the truth and let it be corrected. The ego is opposite to God for the ego represents all that is not eternal, all that is not love and joy and peace, all that is not freedom and liberty. When a lie is corrected, it is undone. If you believe a lie about me, I do not punish you for it, together we correct the false perception so that our relationship can be healed. A lie cannot stand in the face of truth for my love for you will always overcome anything else that arose between us. A lie is an impossibility in light – it vanishes, it melts away, it has no truth and so it dissolves into the nothingness in which it came.
There is one reality; there are not different versions of realities. There is not one world where darkness reigns; there is not one everlasting kingdom which is torment and fire and brimstone; God’s Kingdom is the only kingdom which can withstand eternity for it is founded upon life and love and fearlessness and there is no corruption, decay, or death in it. God does not change His mind about Creation and the Kingdom of God does not change. Meditate upon paragraph two in your personal devotional practice because Jesus declares that changelessness is what makes reality real. Something that is changeless cannot be undone – undoing is only for that which is not real. All that is real about us then is not undone – all that is not real about us will be undone. This is the reality of you and me.
This is why we can relax into the truth – there is no striving and conniving attached to truth for simply by being what it is we are released from everything that is not true. We do not have to go about quoting scripture, genuflecting and going through any special motions to reflect our devotion to God – we can simply relax and know that truth is true. The Atonement is so gentle we need but whisper it, Jesus tells us, and the beauty of its truth rushes to us supporting us and helping us – taking us from frailty and vulnerability to strength and power and invulnerability. How do we whisper the Atonement – what do we say, how do we say it, how do we come to put our trust in it? We say it by telling others of God’s eternal love and devotion to them; we say it with love and with the conviction of knowing the love of God – it is not God’s Will that any of us are trapped in a realm of pain and suffering and God’s Will is done. We come to put our trust in the Atonement by sharing it – no more blame and no more shame, no more guilt and no more fear – we bring that which is dark to the light, we bring that which is fearful to love, we bring that which loves conflict to peace. This is how we put our trust in it, for when we do all that it is made real to us in the practice.
We cannot remove ourselves from God’s love for Holy Spirit holds it for us. We may have made idols and put them on the altar of God, but they are in the past, and they are gone. We have never changed from our creation. All of us have experienced life as a dream in our private moments and Jesus tells us it is a dream. It is more like a nightmare for some than others, but when we really examine humanity, when we examine the ego, when we open our eyes to our plight, even for those who are making of their humanity something tolerable and even brilliant, all of us are only to happy to awaken from it, to be set free from the birth and death cycles, to step out of that which is impure into purity and goodness.
There is not a one of us who would not replace the fear of death with the joy of life. And God is life. And life is holy like its Creator. Jesus tells us that all that have life, are holy for life is holy. We must put away our images of holiness which we reserve for priests and saints and realize that holiness is life – it is laughter, it is having fun, it is pleasant and fills us with a sense of joy and goodness. Holiness is in our goodwill that we extend to one another, our hospitality that we offer our brothers, our efforts at making each other happy. In our daily lives as humans we can experience holiness when we make our beds and fluff our pillows. We can experience holiness when we fold our clothes and put them away in an orderly way. We are holy when we bring joy to others and offer them peace. We are holy when we remove the fear of God from others and share with them their salvation – not for their good works or their belief systems but simply because they are God’s Son and God does not turn His back upon His creation. Ever.
The holiness of God shines forth from us to all as we accept and practice our holiness. We can reflect heaven, or we can reflect hell, we can reflect God, or we can reflect ego. It is our moment-by-moment choice. When we choose to reflect God, all the darkness goes away – we do not think about it, we do not talk about it, we do not give it any place in our lives for in the light of God our fascination with darkness goes away.
Reflect God to everyone for everyone is seeking for God but everyone does not know that we find God in one another. As others see God’s reflection in us, we see God’s reflection in them. Jesus tells us that the reflection of God heals the world. We do not have to work at this. We do not have to pretend we are holy and dress a certain way and perform rituals and rites. We simply let God shine out through us. We keep our minds focused upon the love and devotion of God for all. We share Atonement with everyone without charging them, without giving them a list of do’s and don’ts, without judgment and condemnation. When others see God in us, they see God in us, and we will see God in them. We will not have to jump up and down and go into hysterics over this. We will not have to make a big show of it. We will quietly and calmly recognize the Brotherhood of Christ, the Sonship of God in our neighbors, in our coworkers, in our family members, in those who promote goodness and in those enslaved to darkness. No matter who it is that sees God in us, no matter where it is, under any circumstance whatsoever, when others perceive God in us and we perceive God in them, we are healed, our darkness is brought to light, we know ourselves as God knows us and our problems are gone.
When we reflect God we respond in holiness, and we always respond the same way to any form of darkness – we respond with healing with no thought of revenge, spite, condemnation, or reproach. When we learn to offer only healing to every problem we encounter, to every shameful thing, to every crime and criminal intent, to darkness of every kind, we are prepared for our eternal home. In heaven we do not reflect holiness; we are holiness itself. We do not mirror truth; we are truth itself. For God is no image – He is Spirit, and we are part of Him, and He is in us as Spirit and as Truth. This is who and what we are, and this is what we share with others, for this is the message of Atonement.
 A Course in Miracles. Chapter 14 Teaching for truth. IX The reflection of holiness. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).
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