PART II. SECTION 6: WHAT IS THE CHRIST?
Lesson 279 Creation’s Freedom Promises My Own
- The end of dreams is promised me because God’s Son is not abandoned by His Love. Only in dreams is there a time when he appears to be in prison, and awaits a future freedom, if it be at all. Yet in reality his dreams are gone, with truth established in their place. And now is freedom his already. Should I wait in chains which have been severed for release, when God is offering me freedom now?
- I will accept Your promises today and give my faith to them. My Father loves the Son Whom He created as His Own. Would You withhold the gifts You gave to me?
From the time I can remember I experienced life in the body as having been abandoned, as having been punished, as being in exile among a species alien to me. While I learned to love and be part of my earth family, their abuse, inconsistencies, jealousies, false accusations, mockery, mixed in with love and affection always filled me with bewilderment, a sense of horror and dread. As a child whenever I could get a few moments to myself, I would sink myself into the bible or any book that I could get my hands on, hoping that I would find another person like me, one who experienced life here as an alien trapped in a flesh and blood body, knowing that they did not and never would belong!
And yet, underneath all the consternation, questions, and confusion, I knew my Father’s love for me. I knew that my sojourn here would come to an end, that all my questions would be answered, that I would find, someday, a way out. Instinctively I knew that what I was being taught about God was not truth, and yet I had no comprehension of the truth to take its place. So I followed the clamor of the ego, the flesh, the temptations of the world. I had my way with the world and the world had its way with me. It was a heady dance of ups and downs, ins and outs, joys and sorrows, gains and losses, changing partners, special relationships, barking up this tree and then that. In other words it was the same old ego story that we all go through with its own little twists, turns, and plot devices! I’ve sung the song of the ego; I carried banners, marched for causes, chased after symbols, sacrificed for and to gods of status, achievement, lust, and money. And all I found were more chains and less freedom, more lies and less truth, more dread and less joy, more chaos and less peace.
Today Jesus promises us the end of such dreams. God has not abandoned us to the flesh, to the story of indignity, to a chaotic, uncertain world of relationships and circumstances outside our control. We are not at the mercy of the body’s drives, urges, and demands. The dream is over when we accept the truth about ourselves as one with Christ. We are set free. Those imaginary chains that seemed so heavy, tight, and fast melt away when we accept the truth about our state in the world. It is over! The spell has been dispelled. When we align our minds with the mind of Christ, we see past the world to the reality that has never changed, has never suffered, has never experienced so much as a blip of dismay.
As we pray the prayer of freedom, open your mind to its deep, endless truth. Instead of only saying the words, experience the Word. Step into the freedom of Creation which is still as God created it. Recognize your part in the delusion of madness which has seemed to take its place and put an end to your allegiance to that which simply cannot be of God!
Today I accept Your promise of freedom, liberty, and truth, dear Heavenly Father. I take all my faith in that which is not real and give it to Your Kingdom, Your Love, and Your Promise. I accept all the gifts that You have given me freely, without sacrifice, without pleading, without cost – because I am Your Son Whom You created as Your Own. In the name of Jesus, with Whom I am one. Amen.
 A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 279. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 436.
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