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ACIM – CHAPTER 24 THE GOAL OF SPECIALNESS V. The Christ in You

ACIM Chapter 24 V The Christ in You

1. The Christ in you is very still.  He looks on what He loves and knows it as Himself. And thus does He rejoice at what He sees, because He knows that it is one with Him and with His Father. Specialness, too, takes joy in what it sees, although it is not true. Yet what you seek for is a source of joy as you conceive it. What you wish is true for you. Nor is it possible that you can wish for something and lack faith that it is so. Wishing makes real, as surely as does will create. The power of a wish upholds illusions as strongly as does love extend itself. Except that one deludes; the other heals.

2. There is no dream of specialness, however hidden or disguised the form, however lovely it may seem to be, however much it delicately offers the hope of peace and the escape from pain, in which you suffer not your condemnation. In dreams effect and cause are interchanged, for here the maker of the dream believes that what he made is happening to him. He does not realize he picked a thread from here, a scrap from there, and wove a picture out of nothing. For the parts do not belong together, and the whole contributes nothing to the parts to give them meaning.

3. Where could your peace arise but from forgiveness? The Christ in you looks only on the truth and sees no condemnation that could need forgiveness. He is at peace because He sees no sin. Identify with Him, and what has He that you have not? He is your eyes, your ears, your hands, your feet. How gentle are the sights He sees, the sounds He hears, how beautiful His hand that holds his brother’s, and how lovingly He walks beside him, showing him what can be seen and heard, and where he will see nothing and there is no sound to hear.

4. Yet let your specialness direct his way, and you will follow. And both will walk in danger, each intent, in the dark forest of the sightless, unlit but by the shifting tiny gleams that spark an instant from the fireflies of sin and then go out, to lead the other to a nameless precipice and hurl him over it.  For what can specialness delight in but to kill? What does it seek for but the sight of death? Where does it lead but to destruction? Yet think not that it looked upon your brother first, nor hated him before it hated you. The sin its eyes behold in him and love to look upon, it saw in you, and looks on still with joy.  Yet is it joy to look upon decay and madness, and believe this crumbling thing, with flesh already loosened from the bone and sightless holes for eyes, is like yourself?

5. Rejoice you have no eyes with which to see; no ears to listen, and no hands to hold nor feet to guide. Be glad that only Christ can lend you His, while you have need of them. They are illusions, too, as much as yours. And yet because they serve a different purpose, the strength their purpose holds is given them. And what they see and hear and hold and lead is given light, that you may lead as you were led.

6. The Christ in you is very still. He knows where you are going, and He leads you there in gentleness and blessing all the way. His love for God replaces all the fear He thought you saw within yourself. His Holiness shows you Himself in him whose hand you hold, and whom you lead to Him. And what you see is like yourself. For what but Christ is there to see and hear and love and follow home? He looked upon you first but recognized that you were not complete. And so He sought for your completion in each living thing that He beholds and loves. And seeks it still, that each might offer you the Love of God.

7. Yet is He quiet, for He knows that love is in you now, and safely held in you by that same hand that holds your brother’s in your own. Christ’s hand holds all his brothers in Himself. He gives them vision for their sightless eyes, and sings to them of heaven, that their ears may hear no more the sound of battle and of death. He reaches through them, holding out His hand, that everyone may bless all living things, and see their holiness. And He rejoices that these sights are yours, to look upon with Him and share His joy. His perfect lack of specialness He offers you, that you may save all living things from death, receiving from each one the gift of life that your forgiveness offers to yourself. The sight of Christ is all there is to see. The song of Christ is all there is to hear. The hand of Christ is all there is to hold. There is no journey but to walk with Him.

8. You who would be content with specialness, and seek salvation in a war with love, consider this: The holy Lord of Heaven has Himself come down to you, to offer you your own completion. What is His is yours because in your completion is His own. He who willed not to be without His Son could never will that you be brotherless. And would He give a brother onto you except he be as perfect as yourself, and just as like to Him in holiness as you must be?

9. There must be doubt before there can be conflict. And every doubt must be about yourself. Christ has no doubt, and from His certainty His quiet comes. He will exchange his certainty for all your doubts, if you agree that He is one with you, and that this oneness is endless, timeless, and within your grasp because your hands are His. He is within you, yet He walks beside you and before, leading the way that He must go to find Himself complete. His quietness becomes your certainty. And where is doubt when certainty has come?[1]

Christ becomes us as we become Christ.  When we accept that we are as we were created, we accept ourselves as Christ – our holy brother and friend, our Sonship with God, our certainty and completion.  Every doubt we may have becomes a certainty of who and what we are as we agree that Christ is one with us – on earth as it is in Heaven. 

This is a quiet walk with God for the Christ within us is very still.  He is not a show-off.  He does not go about judging and condemning people.  He does not collect followers or take up collections.  The Christ within us does not get His feathers ruffled over the ups and downs of daily life.  Bad words do not offend Him.  He looks upon temper tantrums with the same love and compassion that He looks upon all of Creation. 

There is no specialness in the eyes of Christ.  He does not favor the rich, the powerful, the beautiful nor does He take special pity on the poor, the weak, the flawed, or the injured.  Christ loves us all the same – there is no part of Creation which escapes His goodwill or His helping hand. 

We find our completion in Christ for becoming one with Christ we become part of all that is.  Our oneness with Christ teaches us of God’s Love for without Him we would not remember our Sonship; without Christ we would seek for salvation in our specialness instead of our sameness.  For becoming one with Christ reawakens our love and our tenderness, our gentleness and goodness.  Our minds are freed from the mad dream of terror and bloodshed, murder and war.   When we look upon the world through the eyes of Christ, we see only the power and attraction and beauty of the way we care for one another, the ways in which we provide for one another, the ways in which we hold one another near and dear and close to our hearts.  In Christ we no longer dream of viciousness and spite; judgment and condemnation no longer waste our time.  We are too busy enjoying each other and exploring Creation to devise ways to kill and torture each other.  We are too engaged in our newfound freedom and liberty, our ability to really know one another with no obstructions or fear, to concern ourselves with competing or comparing.

When we accept our oneness with Christ, all of Heaven is restored to us, all that God is, we are. 

In your holy practice today train your thoughts deeply on Christ and allow the words from our text to rest upon your mind.  When Christ becomes us, He becomes our body and everything we do in the body – even though it is not real in the eternal sense of the word – takes on a much deeper meaning and brings us such happiness. When our special relationships become holy relationships, we no longer have an agenda, we no longer make demands, we no longer interfere or obstruct the love and perfect trust we have in each other, for when I love you and trust you, I am loving Christ and trusting Christ.  

Something wonderful happens when specialness goes away.  Standing at the kitchen sink washing our dishes, routinely performing any mundane chore, and there is love and light, peace and joy.  I do not have to go on vacation, run off to a resort, go on a cruise.  Taking my grandson to school is a joy and a privilege.  Swimming with my sister, I see the beautiful light of God shining from her face.  My husband up on the scaffold siding the house, aglow in the quiet love of Christ.  The voice of my friend on the phone, a song of heaven in my ears.  While there are no words to describe the quiet happiness and beautiful calm of accepting our oneness with Christ, let us extend the grace and mercy of Sonship to all – holding no thoughts of specialness and cherishing only that which leads us – together and forever – Home. 


[1] A Course in Miracles. Chapter 24 The goal of specialness. V The Christ in you. 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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