At the outset, we should realize that the journey we have undertaken is but one in our mind and is not true reality at all. REALITY in its true sense is our LIFE as we live it in that abstract thought called Heaven. Anything outside of that is an illusion, a dream, but can be very useful to us in experiencing and remembering what it is we truly are.
In a theological sense, as we make the choice and get closer to truth, we are all aspects of God witnessing His Perfection to Himself. He wants us to remember we are part of Him, also. Being His Creation and a Thought in His Mind, we can never be apart from, or leave, the Mind that thought us.
So we invented a dream that we are experiencing. When we decide we have had enough, fulfilled our purpose, we simply wake up and the dream is over. We are back to our Self as part of the living Christ in Heaven, our self-appointed lessons learned and our wanderings over. However that may seem to take a long time from our perspective on earth.
It seems to us that the ending of our dream is death. That is what our ego wants us to believe. That keeps the fear going. In actual fact, we "died" when we decided to leave Heaven and experience our dream. "LIFE" goes on totally unaffected within the Mind of the Christ and God in Heaven. Anything outside of that, a place, a time, a form, a thought, is "death" and not REAL at all.
"Death" can take many forms. "It may appear as sadness, fear, anxiety or doubt; as anger, faithlessness and lack of trust; concern for bodies, envy, and all forms in which the wish to be as you are not (anything outside of being a Thought in the Mind of God) may come to tempt you." That about covers everything we have come to think of as real here in our world. Death is what our ego has devised to offer us as a solution to our perceived problems of sin, guilt and fear here. It will be satisfied with nothing less although in its insanity, it does not seem to realize our death would mean its own as well. But yet death can be counted on. "For it will come with certain footsteps when the time has come for its arrival."
As we visit the cemeteries, we see all the "bodies" that have been made real, have died, and now lie as mute testimony engraved on each stone, "Here lies a witness God is dead." So death has become a false idol to be feared and respected. It is not real. It is not so. The part of each of us that is the created Child of God goes on and on, eternally, totally unaffected by this state which we here call life. The only thing that IS real here is that part of our mind created by God, and which we view as our Spirit Mind. While that is still "here," the world that it observes is real. That world is one of beauty, light, love, compassion and kindness. No other exists for the Spirit mind. We give up our idea that death is total and realize, "Either all things die, or else they live and cannot die."
God cannot die, and our Spirit mind is part of God's. And
so, we give up all the many forms of "death" we have "worshipped," and
look past death, to see the life beyond.
We are the one who has chosen to do this. We did it because WE thought we needed it. It was not God, nor our priests, nor our parents, nor anyone else who did it to us. So we can't any longer blame anyone else for what happens to us. We chose it!
NOTHING happens by chance; and all things are lessons God would have us learn; no matter how painful or pleasant, how horrible or wonderful. In themselves, they are not important, but the lesson they contain is.
At the level of spirit, we are all connected as one. That is why we can "pick up" on the presence, energy or aura of others, either living or deceased. We are contacting the energy they are, and since there is no time or space at that level, it is outside form. Spirit is everywhere, there is no "place" it is not, so it can be in many "places" at the same time. It does not belong to body or to personality so is not contained by them. Our memory of another is usually of his body or personality; our awareness of him is of his spirit.
This concept helps us to understand and relate to ourself, our mind, and our environment.
Our salvation, our resurrection, being "in the light," being at peace, and in love itself are all the same thing, when we are aware of what we truly are and where we abide forever. In A Course In Miracles©, this is called "accepting Atonement" for ourself. It is our awakening; our remembrance of Heaven, our true Self, and our Being as created by God. In this awareness, we are ONE with God and all our brothers, created like we are, by God. There is nowhere else to be and nowhere else to go. In it all our needs are answered, our minds restored to ONENESS and our Peace Eternal recognized at last. Our great lesson is learned, and we are Home in God where we have always been.
We will first be aware of truth intellectually, and then later
have the experience of the love and ONENESS that we are, as we let go of
the need to intellectualize and disappear into the experience of our own
In China, Chuang Tzu was recognized as the greatest writer of the Chou Dynasty in 400 B.C. It is interesting to note that almost 10,000 generations have passed between his words and the appearance of ACIM©. So he was right, it has come to pass and we have our "great Sage" in the form of Jesus' words in His A Course In Miracles©, which has come to explain it all to us.
You don't have to listen. You can keep right on doing all the painful, useless, insane things you do, so that you can never possibly find your SELF.
You can listen to others who will tell you lies, and that these things are for your own good. They will tell you what their rules are, and that you should follow them. They will even tell you that God said their words are true, or that their words are spoken by God, Himself, so that you should be in awe of them. It is all a lie, originating in their own fear of punishment for a sin they never, ever committed. Their guilt is no more real than their words.
But when you have finally had enough of all this, you can stop listening to the liars, get very still, go inside, and listen to the words of Jesus instead. Read His Book. Think about what it says. Understand what it is He is talking about. It is very simple, very plain, and is a Book about love, because it is a Book about you. And you ARE Love.
As with the old railway crossing sign, it is time to STOP, LOOK and LISTEN. In order to hear His words, it is first necessary to lay aside your own and the liar's beliefs and thoughts in order to hear His Voice which is within your Spirit Mind. You have to want to hear. You have to clear your mind of all other words, ideas and thoughts. You have to be willing, open, and ready to hear His Voice. And that's all you have to do. To do more, would once again superimpose your ego thought over His, making it impossible for you to hear His quiet, sure Voice. You have to ASK, and then wait in calm serenity for His Answer.
Jesus has written His Book for you. It is here now. Will you lay aside all your noisy, senseless rambling and give His words a chance of being heard?