A Course in Miracles is not about an accomplishment. It is not an achievement the way finishing a course on bread baking or coding with html is an achievement. It is simply a correction.
We have believed what thought told us: that the external material is reality, that time is reality, that we are corks tossed by cruel winds on unforgiving seas. That is how it has always been and how it must always be.
Thus we are forever disappointed. Thus we angry and sad – at ourselves, at each other, at society. Some of us have no food, some have too much, and none of us can see that it is all the same problem.
What we perceived as failure and destruction was in fact a fructive and sacred undoing attended by God, gently restructuring our thought that we might think with God and be glad.
A Course in Miracles comes along and says we only have one problem: we believe we are separate from God and that correction must be made internally, at the level of mind (e.g., WpI.79 and 80). “Correction” means seeing – becoming aware – that our belief in separation was mistaken.
Who would hold onto a mistaken belief, once they see it is mistaken, and see too the grief the mistake has wrought? If we go for a walk, and take a wrong turn, we would simply turn back, hand in hand. Why make our belief in separation any different?
If we stay with the clarity and simplicity of this insight, it will destroy our preconceptions of God and holiness, and it will undo our insistence on powerlessness and the law of scarcity. We will wake up to the subtle energy of Christ, the beneficence of the ten thousand Bodhisattvas, the singular multiplicity of Brahman.
First there is a dismantling of our reliance on thought and all thought taught us.
Then we stand in thought’s ruins – fearful, angry, cowering. We consider rebuilding, suing somebody, moving to a new location.
But if we can stay with that discomfort – that initial sense of ruin and wrack – then we will realize that home is all around us: and that not one need we have can go unmet because of what we are in truth. So there is nothing to do and there never was. What we perceived as failure and destruction was in fact a fructive and sacred undoing attended by God, gently restructuring our thought that we might think with God and be glad.
We will see this fact – which is the fact of our unalterable unity with God – and for a little while struggle with it. What a good student I am! I wonder if I can sell this? I don’t deserve this.
But it doesn’t matter. Who understands there is only one problem, and thus only one solution, and that both are inherent in the mind shared with God, has reached the end of the line. We can get off the train or not. We can get off and get back on. We can even walk back up the tracks to a previous station, buy a ticket, and repeat this or that part of the journey.
But it doesn’t matter. The journey is over. Healing is completed once we see there is not – was not – will never be – anything broken, anything ill.
Correction is simply letting go of those habits of thought that obscure the pure crystalline emptiness of our divinity, which is here, which is now.
Give attention to this! Not as an idea, not at the level of words, but at the very center of your capacity for awareness. A Course in Miracles is true or it is not. Half measures avail us nothing. If it is true, then you remain as God created you, and cannot be touched by conflict. Don’t you want to find out if that is true? Again, not as an idea, not as something that is pleasing to say between this and that activity, all the relative duality of our lives in the world, but as the singular fact of existence.
You are perfect as God created you. But the body is not perfect. Thought is not perfect. What is then? If you stay with this – if you ask to be shown the real nature of your perfection – it will be shown to you. And having seen it, you cannot not be changed. The world – from the tea you drink to the wars you observe – will no longer hold your attention.
Peace is the salient attribute of the Child of God and is the one thing we can extend to one another. And we extend it by doing nothing. It is so simple and so beautiful.
We remain as God created us (WpI.94.2:4).
Our minds hold only what we think with God (WpI.rIV.in.2:2).
There is only one Life, and we share it – now and forever – with God (WpI.167.12:1).
Who thinks otherwise need only desire correction: need only ask for help to change their mind to think with God and know the peace of God. The secret is there is nothing else to know. The whole of salvation rests on that simple fulcrum.