1. Minds that are joined and recognize they are, can feel no guilt. For they cannot attack, and they rejoice that this is so, seeing their safety in this happy fact. Their joy is in the innocence they see. And thus they seek for it because it is their purpose to behold it and rejoice. Everyone seeks for what will bring him joy as he defines it. It is not the aim, as such, that varies. Yet it is the way in which the aim is seen that makes the choice of means inevitable, and beyond the hope of change. Unless the aim is changed. And then the means are chosen once again, as what will bring rejoicing as defined another way and sought for differently.
2. Perception’s basic law could thus be said, “You will rejoice at what you see because you see it to rejoice.” And while you think that suffering and sin will bring you joy, so long, will they be there for you to see. Nothing is harmful or beneficent apart from what you wish. It is your wish that makes it what it is in its effects on you. Because you chose it as a means to gain these same effects, believing them to be the bringers of rejoicing and of joy. Even in Heaven, does this law obtain. The Son of God creates to bring him joy, sharing his Father’s purpose in his own creation, that his joy might be increased, and God’s along with his.
3. You maker of a world that is not so, take rest and comfort in another world where peace abides. This world you bring with you to all the weary eyes and tired hearts that look on sin and beat its sad refrain. From you can come their rest. From you can rise a world they will rejoice to look upon, and where their hearts are glad. In you there is a vision that extends to all of them and covers them in gentleness and light. And in this widening world of light, the darkness that they thought was there is pushed away, until it is but distant shadows, far away, not long to be remembered as the sun shines them to nothingness. And all their “evil” thoughts and “sinful” hopes, their dreams of guilt and merciless revenge, and every wish to hurt and kill and die, will disappear before the sun you bring.
4. Would you not do this for the Love of God? And for yourself? For think what it would do for you. Your “evil” thoughts that haunt you now will seem increasingly remote and far away from you. And they go farther and farther off because the sun in you has risen. That they may be pushed away before the light. They linger for awhile, a little while, in twisted forms too far away for recognition, and are gone forever. And in the sunlight, you will stand in quiet, in innocence and wholly unafraid. And from you will the rest you found extend, so that your peace can never fall away and leave you homeless. Those who offer peace to everyone have found a home in Heaven the world cannot destroy. For it is large enough to hold the world within its peace.
5. In you is all of Heaven. Every leaf that falls is given life in you. Each bird that ever sang will sing again in you. And every flower that ever bloomed has saved its perfume and its loveliness for you. What name can supersede the Will of God? And of His Son, that Heaven be restored to him for whom it was created as his only home? Nothing before and nothing after it. No other place; no other state nor time. Nothing beyond nor nearer. Nothing else. In any form. This can you bring to all the world, and all the thoughts that entered it and were mistaken for a little while. How better could your own mistakes be brought to truth than by your willingness to bring the light of Heaven with you, as you walk beyond the world of darkness into light?
In our devotional text today, Jesus emphasizes the Sonship’s mission in bringing light to the world. It is with great peace and love and joy we accept the justice of God for God’s justice is one of love and light and mercy. God’s justice does not smile upon one brother and cast another brother into a lake of fire. God’s justice smiles upon one brother and extends His love, light, and mercy to all. There is no specialness in God and in the five paragraphs from our text today we learn to look honestly at our own mistaken desire for specialness and bring it to truth. For when we acknowledge that we sought our happiness in our desire to stand out and above everybody else, to ask that the sun shine upon us and not give a rip if it shown on our brothers, when we prayed selfish prayers that saved only us and the ones we call “ours” – we were praying to an alien god, a god that plays favorites, a god that would lead us into the wilderness and toy with us – pretending to favor us and all the while mocking our pathetic desires to be special.
Let us get real with ourselves today and look honestly at every dark spot in our minds. In your devotional practice take time to reflect that at the core of all bitterness, disappointment, pain, fear, and sickness is the desire to be special. Let us realize that we have chased after that which was not to attuned to love, but rather opposed it. Whether we sing this song of specialness in key major or minor, whether we play the game of specialness with our spouses or houses, our talents, our bodies, our kids, our careers, or our religions, whether we do it with a humble face or one that is proud and haughty – the drive to be special will entrap us in ongoing death cycles of darkness, disease, and despair. For the song of specialness is a funeral song to love and brotherhood, and the game of specialness does not end until somebody is defeated. And what defeats our brother, defeats all of us.
Awakening to the Christ Mind ushers in the Second Coming of Christ. The light comes on in you and the light comes on in me. The light of the world does not fly away to Heaven and let the world burn. The Light of Christ shines in our minds to free us from our opposition to the natural, God-given love and devotion we have toward the Brotherhood of Christ, the Sonship of God, toward all of Creation.
In you and in me is all of Heaven. It is our Mind of Christ, our Higher Mind where our holiness and our spirit abides forever. The Christ Mind is not a spooky, ethereal, weirdo thing that we should be afraid of – for it is the Mind of Sonship. The Christ Mind in me and the Christ Mind in you find it no hardship to love one another. For we are joined. I may find you irritating in the flesh. You may talk too much, laugh too much, eat too much. Instead of being a big girl and communicating your needs, you may expect me to guess what you need and give me the silent treatment when I fail to read your mind. You may be a pouter or a whiner, you may chew with your mouth open, clog my toilet, dribble on the toilet seat. There are all kinds of things you can do in the flesh that will absolutely drive me bonkers! But in our holiness, we are joined, and I can never attack your holiness nor you mine. Everything you do in the flesh is forgivable. I may not want to sit across from you at the table if you chew with your mouth open. I may ask you to limit the amount of toilet paper you use so you do not clog the toilet. I may ask you to stop being such a baby, or to take greater care of your personal hygiene, or work on your manners, even as you may ask me to stop being so coarse, stop thinking I know it all, refrain from going on rants, or whatever else I am doing or saying that grates on your nerves.
While our humanity can be used as an arena to practice our holiness, to come to the end of our desire for specialness, to become a Light that draws the Brotherhood back to the Kingdom of peace and joy and love, our past foibles and failings will never be held against us, for this is not God’s Creation and it is already over – each moment in time whisks away the previous one now and forever. While the ego’s use of time is to entrap us forever in ongoing cycles of melodrama, conflict, and fear; God’s use of time is to teach us to be merciful and gracious, to love, respect, and devote ourselves to one another in the ideal of Brotherhood in which we find our very Being.
For our minds hold all of Heaven. Every birdsong, every flower, every leaf that ever fell – is ours in the Sonship. We give up the meaningless pursuit of nothing which leads nowhere, for the Everything of God which is forever. This is our Light, our very Being – and it is only ours when we extend this Thought to every part of Creation, bar none.
A Course in Miracles. Chapter 25 The justice of God. IV The light you bring. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).
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