1. Why would you not perceive it as relief from suffering to learn that you are free? Why would you not acclaim the truth instead of looking on it as an enemy? Why does an easy path, so clearly marked it is impossible to lose the way, seem thorny, rough, and far too difficult for you to follow? Is it not because you see it as the road to hell instead of looking on it as a simple way, without a sacrifice or any loss, to find yourself in Heaven and in God? Until you realize you give up nothing, until you understand there is no loss, you will have some regrets about the way that you have chosen. And you will not see the many gains your choice has offered you. Yet though you do not see them, they are there. Their cause has been effected, and they must be present where their cause has entered in.
2. You have accepted healing’s cause and so it must be you are healed. And being healed, the power to heal must also now be yours. The miracle is not a separate thing that happens suddenly as an effect without a cause. Nor is it, in itself, a cause. But where its cause is must it be. Now is it caused, though not as yet perceived. And its effects are there, though not yet seen. Look inward now, and you will not behold a reason for regret but cause indeed for glad rejoicing and for hope of peace.
3. It has been hopeless to attempt to find the hope of peace upon a battleground. It has been futile to demand escape from sin and pain of what was made to serve the function of retaining sin and pain. For pain and sin are one illusion, as are hate and fear, attack and guilt but one. Where they are causeless their effects are gone, and love must come wherever they are not. Why are you not rejoicing? You are free of pain and sickness, misery and loss, and all effects of hatred and attack. No more is pain your friend and guilt your god, and you should welcome the effects of love.
4, Your Guest has come. You asked Him and He came. You did not hear Him enter, for you did not wholly welcome Him. And yet His gifts came with Him. He has laid them at your feet and asks you now that you will look on them and take them for your own. He needs your help in giving them to all who walk apart, believing they are separate and alone. They will be healed when you accept your gifts, because your Guest will welcome everyone whose feet have touched the holy ground whereon you stand, and where His gifts for them are laid.
5. You do not see how much you now can give, because of everything you have received. Yet He Who entered in but waits for you to come where you invited Him to be. There is no other place where He can find His host, nor where His host can meet with Him. And nowhere else His gifts of peace and joy, and all the happiness His Presence brings, can be obtained. For they are where He is Who brought them with Him, that they might be yours. You cannot see your Guest, but you can see the gifts He brought. And when you look on them, you will believe His Presence must be there. For what you now can do could not be done without the love and grace His Presence holds.
6. Such is the promise of the living God; His Son have life and every living thing be part of him, and nothing else have life. What you have given “life” is not alive and symbolizes but your wish to be alive apart from life, alive in death, with death perceived as life, and living, death. Confusion follows on confusion here, for on confusion has this world been based, and there is nothing else it rests upon. Its basis does not change, although it seems to be in constant change. Yet what is that except the state confusion really means? Stability to those who are confused is meaningless, and shift and change become the law on which they predicate their lives.
7. The body does not change. It represents the larger dream that change is possible. To change is to attain a state unlike the one in which you found yourself before. There is no change in immortality and Heaven knows it not. Yet here on earth is has a double purpose, for it can be made to teach opposing things. And they reflect the teacher who is teaching them. The body can appear to change with time, with sickness or with health, and with events that seem to alter it. Yet this but means the mind remains unchanged in its belief of what the purpose of the body is.
8. Sickness is a demand the body be a thing that it is not. Its nothingness is guarantee that it can not be sick. In your demand that it be more than this lies the idea of sickness. For it asks that God be less than all He really is. What, then, becomes of you, for it is you of whom the sacrifice is asked? For He is told that part of Him belongs to Him no longer. He must sacrifice your self, and in His sacrifice are you made more, and He is lessened by the loss of you. And what is gone from Him becomes your god, protecting you from being part of Him.
9. The body that is asked to be a god will be attacked, because its nothingness has not been recognized. And so it seems to be a thing with power in itself. As something, it can be perceived and thought to feel and act and hold you in its grasp as prisoner to itself. And it can fail to be what you demanded that it be. And you will hate it for its littleness, unmindful that the failure does not lie in that it is not more than it should be, but only in your failure to perceive that it is nothing. Yet its nothingness is your salvation, from which you would flee.
10. As “something” is the body asked to be God’s enemy, replacing what He is with littleness and limit and despair. It is His loss you celebrate when you behold the body as a thing you love or look upon it as a thing you hate. For if He be the Sum of everything, then what is not in Him does not exist, and His completion is its nothingness. Your savior is not dead, nor does he dwell in what was built as temple unto death. He lives in God, and it is this that makes him savior unto you, and only this. His body’s nothingness releases yours from sickness and from death. For what is yours cannot be more or less than what is his. 
When we invite Christ into our lives it is the end of suffering and pain. It is the end of thoughts of sin, death, doom, and gloom. There is no hurt in His Coming. There is no sorrow. There is no arduous labor, sacrifice, or loss of any kind. The Coming of Christ is not the thorny, rough, and difficult road that we would make it out to be. When Christ emerges in the darkened consciousness there is light, there is ease, there is freedom and liberty.
In today’s devotional text Jesus tells us that until we realize the truth about our salvation, we will have regrets about it! We will worry and fret about our “unsaved” loved ones. We will have a choice to either go to heaven without them or turn our backs on God, and it will put a terrible strain upon us. We will wonder why everybody is not jumping up and down with glee that we are not longer sinners like them. We will wonder why getting religion is not selling like hotcakes, why others mock and point fingers and roll their eyes. We will get a persecution complex when others avoid us, call us names, and take us down. We will believe that the Coming of Christ is a call to martyr ourselves to His Name and hope that we get our reward in Heaven when all those who turned their back on the Good News are burning in hell, begging us for a sip of water. This ignorance of the message of His Coming calls us to be ruthless because while it breaks our hearts it makes of us punishing, vengeful individuals who must choose more separation and division from our brothers rather than the healing and completion and oneness of Creation.
When Christ comes to our awareness and restores our identity in Sonship, we accept the cause of healing, and because cause and effect are one, we are healed. The power of Christ is ours – it is not apart from us. It is not something that we have to call down from Heaven for a particular person, event, or occasion and then wonder if and when God will hear our cry and respond to our distress signal. When Christ comes, the Cause has come and brings with Him the effects, even though we may not be aware of them. And this is why Jesus teaches us to look within. For when we look within we behold no reason at all for regret – for as Christ comes He becomes us and all that He is we are. Salvation is not for you alone, you are saved to save others! To stand with Christ to save others.
In paragraph three, we find that the image of the “holy war” and the “Christian soldier,” is hopeless. for peace does not come from a battleground between “good” and “evil.” To demand that the body be sinless and without pain is futile – we do not find our holiness in flesh and blood. Our bodies were made as a means for separation from God not by God Himself. We know what we have been taught but now we know better. God Who is Love and Life Itself could never and would never make something that opposed His Own Reality!
Our very minds rebel against such a view of God, and rightfully so. For we cannot ever put our trust in such a concept for it is a humanized version of God, this god of opposites and opposition, this god of favorites and specialness. When we invite Christ into our consciousness, when we reach for the High Mind of Sonship, we get past this humanized version of God for we are drawn to where Christ has come to us. There in His Presence we accept His Gift of Himself. He has come again. His Light has rolled back the darkness that corrupted our minds and held us bound to heartbreaking doctrines that divided the Sonship. His Coming heals us and saves us – not to fly away in the sky to let our loved ones, friends, and neighbors behind, but to do what we could never do without the love and grace His Presence holds. In the rapture that takes place within our minds and hearts, every knee bows, and every tongue comes to know their truth in Sonship, in Christ, in the Oneness of All. In the light of forgiveness, mercy, and grace teachings of escapism, of elitism, of condemnation and punishment lose all meaning.
This is God’s Promise to us and our promise to Him. There is no life without Him. A body without a Son is a bit of nothingness, tossed about by the sea of change, sometimes up and sometimes down, sometimes here and sometimes there, sometimes on this side of the opposition and sometimes the other. The whole realm of good versus evil is a realm that cannot exist for God has no opposite.
When we make God over our own image, we set ourselves up for attack. Your humanized God will attack my humanized God – we will go to great lengths to prove each other wrong. We will divide up into religious groups, denominations, and cults claiming that we have a special illumination of what the bible or any holy text really means. People will lay claim to all kinds of visions; make all manner of promises; hold out all manner of hope if only we jump on their lifeboat and let everyone else behind, if we hate the world, if we hate our bodies, if we hate the ones who are not true believers like we are.
Belief systems like this replace Who and What God is with littleness, limits, and despair. We lose God when we engage in anything that is tainted with opposites, which divides us, which judges and condemns rather than heals and saves and makes us one. God is Everything there is, and that which is not in God cannot be. It is a figment of imagination. It is a misperception of those who would oppose Reality. It is a simulated reality made in dreams of fear and hate.
Our Sonship is not dead, nor do we truly live in these bodies made for death. We only live in God, and this is what makes you my savior and me yours. When we invite Christ in, we accept our Sonship. You accept me as you accept Christ, for only in recognition of our mutual Sonship can we be released from the body, its disease and certain death. And this is what brings us such ease and bliss, for when I come to the place past my body and accept Christ, I accept all that Christ is and ever will be. When I accept Sonship, I extend it to you because what is mine cannot be more or less than what is yours. There is no work here. There is no confusion, bewilderment, or heartbreak. I understand the world for what it is, and therefore, it can no longer hurt me in any way, shape, or form. I understand who I am and who you are and all my concerns for the both of us are over. My trust is completely in the Love of God and the dark dream of time and space, flesh and blood, death and dying are washed away for my Guest has come and called me to Him and given me Sonship forever. And I could never withhold this from you for any reason, for your life is in Him even as mine.
A Course in Miracles. Chapter 29 The awakening ii the coming of the guest. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).
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