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ACIM CHAPTER 28 THE UNDOING OF FEAR VII. The Ark of Safety

ACIM CHAPTER 28 VII The Ark of Safety

1. God asks for nothing, and His Son, like Him, need ask for nothing. For there is no lack in him. An empty space, a little gap, would be a lack. And it is only there that he could want for something he has not. A space where God is not, a gap between the Father and the Son is not the Will of Either, Who have promised to be one.  God’s promise is a promise to Himself, and there is no one who could be untrue to what He wills as part of what He is. The promise that there is no gap between Himself and what He is cannot be false. What will can come between what must be one and in Whose Wholeness there can be no gap?

2. The beautiful relationship you have with all your brothers is a part of you because it is a part of God Himself. Are you not sick, if you deny yourself your wholeness and your health, the Source of help, the Call to healing and the Call to heal? Your savior waits for healing, and the world waits with him. Nor are you apart from it. For healing will be one or not at all, its oneness being where the healing is. What could correct for separation but its opposite? There is no middle ground in any aspect of salvation. You accept it wholly or accept it not. What is unseparated must be joined. And what is joined cannot be separate. 

3. Either there is a gap between you and your brother, or you are as one. There is no in between, no other choice, and no allegiance to be split between the two. A split allegiance is but faithlessness to both, and merely sets you spinning round, to grasp uncertainly at any straw that seems to hold some promise of relief. Yet who can build his home upon a straw, and count on it as shelter from the wind? The body can be made a home like this because it lacks foundation in the truth. And yet, because it does, it can be seen as not your home, but merely as an aid to help you reach the Home where God abides.

4. With this as purpose is the body healed. It is not used to witness to the dream of separation and disease. Nor is it idly blamed for what it did not do. It serves to help the healing of God’s Son and for this purpose it cannot be sick. It will not join a purpose not your own, you have chosen that it not be sick. All miracles are based upon this choice and given you the instant it is made. No forms of sickness are immune because the choice cannot be made in terms of form. The choice of sickness seems to be of form, yet it is one, as is its opposite. And you are sick or well, accordingly.

5. But never you alone. This world is but the dream that you can be alone and think without affecting those apart from you. To be alone must mean you are apart, and if you are, you cannot but be sick. This seems to prove that you must be apart. Yet all it means is that you tried to keep a promise to be true to faithlessness. Yet faithlessness is sickness. It is like the house set upon straw. It seems to be quite solid and substantial in itself. Yet its stability cannot be judged apart from its foundation. If it rests on straw, there is no need to bar the door and lock the windows and make fast the bolts. The wind will topple it and rain will come and carry it into oblivion.

6. What is the sense in seeking to be safe in what was made for danger and for fear? Why burden it with further locks and chains and heavy anchors when its weakness lies, not in itself, but in the frailty of the little gap of nothingness whereon it stands? What can be safe that rests upon a shadow? Would you build your home upon what will collapse beneath a feather’s weight?

7. Your home is built upon your brother’s health, upon his happiness, his sinlessness, and everything His Father promised him. No secret promise you have made instead has shaken the Foundation of his home. The winds will blow upon it and the rain will beat against it, but with no effect. The world will wash away and yet this house will stand forever, for its strength lies not within itself alone. It is an ark of safety, resting on God’s promise that His Son is safe forever in Himself. What gap can interpose itself between the safety of this shelter and its Source? From here the body can be seen as what it is and neither less nor more in worth than the extent to which it can be used to liberate God’s Son unto his home. And with this holy purpose is it made a home of holiness a little while, because it shares your Father’s Will with you. [1]

As God’s Son we have everything we need in the spiritual realm, and it is only in Oneness that we have no needs, no lack, no sense of loss – for we are united with all there is. There is nothing at all that can come between us and Who and What we are and Who and What we belong to.  This is a promise; this is our ark of safety – the realm that we exist in as humans is not a reality, but a realm based upon lies and illusions.  In a realm of lies and illusions there are all kinds of needs; there are all kinds of wants; there are all kinds of sorry things that happen; and all kinds of sorry dreamers that only add more nothingness to what already never was! 

When we accept this, we do not allow what goes on in the world to interfere with our peace.  We forgive the lies and illusions that fill the gaps between us.  We do not make the mistake of adding to a mistake; we do not make the mistake to believe that what happens in a dream is our reality. The only thing that corrects separation is joining, and in joining there is no half-joining, there is no I will join you sometimes and the rest of the time we will stay apart.  When we are joined, I become you and you become me. What I say, think, and feel about you, you will know and what you say, think, and feel about me, I will know.  We are joined in Spirit, and nothing can separate us.

In the perceptual world we can not grasp this oneness – for we see only spaces and outlines of one another with our flesh eyes.  I cannot know you in the flesh for you are not the flesh nor are you the works of the flesh.  You are not one with me in the flesh for you live in your house and I live in mine, and we go off in different directions.  To try to reach oneness in the flesh is a senseless endeavor.  We will always be at odds at least in some areas!  We will get our wires crossed. I will need your body to come and help me with the garden, and you will take your body and help someone else. You may accuse me of having an ulterior agenda; I may believe that your good works are only a facade. We are not going to have an ark of safety in our bodies.  Our flesh and blood and bones cannot protect us, and they are not our home.

The only purpose we have for our bodies is as aid to help us reach our Oneness, the Home of God, the place where we belong.  When we no longer see our bodies as our ark of safety but as a means to reach our ark of safety – we are healed.  We no longer use our body’s perception to support the dream of separation and disease.  We do not blame our bodies for failing us, for leading us apart, for maintaining the distance between us. When we use our body as a means to heal the Sonship, it cannot be sick.  Every single miracle is based upon this choice: “I will use my body for healing and not for separation.”  There are no forms of sickness that are immune to the miracle because the statement “I will use my body for healing and not for separation,” cannot be made in terms of form.  In other words I do not say, “I will use my body for healing cancer and not for separation.” Or, “I will use my body for healing and not for gossiping about my neighbors.”  There is no form of sickness just as there is no form of health.  One is either one or the other.  Do not support the illusion by making up and partaking in the different forms of sickness that the world seems to generate.  There is sickness and there is health.  And it is a choice.  

We are one in this decision – and the choice we make, the thoughts we think, the things we say and do affect the whole. Sickness comes from not realizing our oneness, from believing that we are separate and independent of each other and of God.  Sickness means we tried to keep a promise to separation; it is this faithlessness that is sickness itself.  Separation is a house built upon straw – the house itself seems solid enough but its foundation renders it incapable of shelter nor can it protect its occupants from intruders.  Inclement weather will take it down and carry it off. 

The Kingdom of Heaven is built upon all that is good about you: Your health, happiness, holiness, your love, peace, and joy, your laughter and your goodwill.  I find my Home in all that is of God about you.  No thoughts of separation, no thoughts of your ill will, no thoughts of all the mistakes you made back in the 1970’s, no thoughts of all the unnecessary drama that seemed to characterize your life and relationships. To return Home, I must let all the stuff that came between us in our separation be a thing of the past. I must let the past sweep it away and realize it never was nor could be.  When someone tries to make it real, when the world will dig about in the past and try to come up with a sin in which to pin you to the dartboard and make a target of you, when others will mock and make fun and try to hide their sins behind yours, my Home in your Holiness will stand. 

Why will it stand? Because it does not stand alone.  It is an ark of safety, resting on God’s promise that His Son is safe forever in Himself.   This is our promise when we choose to join rather than be separate.  This is our safety because God is our Source, and His promise is our comfort. 

Today in your personal devotions, contemplate the effects of choosing to heal, to join, to stop aiding and abetting the separation.  What does this look like in our daily lives? How do we begin to make of each other our ark of safety, to find our Home in God in each other?  Each one of us have at least one concrete example of God and His Son in which to practice. It may be our husband or wife, our sister or brother, our son or daughter. It may be a coworker, a best friend, the bartender where we hang out after work.  When we pick one person in which to find our ark of safety, we commit to see only holiness in them, to practice only holiness with them, to let all that is unworthy be a thing of the past and to start now, in the blessed present and holy instant. 

Being Christ in our brother’s life is quiet work.  We are not in it for the fame and glory. We are not in it to get credit for the miracles that occur. We do not plot and scheme and manipulate circumstances in order to get others to confess Christ as their Savior.  We do not preach or spout off Scripture or quote A Course in Miracles.  Finding your ark of safety is simply allowing your holiness to shine in a world which values the fleshy over the everlasting ideals of God.  And so we go forth in grace and mercy, forgiving the wrongs that are done in separation by overlooking all that is crazy, weird, and unkind, and focusing instead on what is loving, peaceful, and kind.   

Our holiness directed to and given to another is the miracle, for it forgives the separation and joins us in the promise God made to us and we made to Him.  When I find my ark of safety in you, I see the body for what it is. Its only worth is how useful it is in freeing the Sonship and bringing us Home.  Today commit your body to be a home for Christ for the little while you walk the earth.  Choose kind and forgiving, tender and gentle thoughts.  Let your communication be quiet, calm, cheerful, grateful, and honest. Choose actions that reflect the Father’s Will for oneness and return.  When we decide for holiness we reach for the High Mind of Christ; we become Christ as Christ becomes us.  This is just another way of saying that we accept the Sonship; we accept our identity in God.  We no longer try to find our identity in separateness, in cynicism, condemnation, in judgement, in rubbing the faces of our brothers in the dirt we dig up about them. When I reach for the best which is in you, I reach for the best that is in me.  And the best in us is the God in us, and the God in us is our Ark, and the Ark will bring us Home.    


[1]A Course in Miracles. Chapter 28 The undoing of fear vii the ark of safety. 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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