It is important to remember that what God is cannot be angry or disappointed. When we think in ways that God would not, we are not antagonizing God. We are simply refusing to accept the truth of what God is – and simultaneously, the truth of what we are.
Most religions are predicated on the separation of God and humanity – their rules and laws and ideologies alternately reinforce this separation and propose a means to bridge it, usually by appeasing God through this or that form of behavior.
There is nothing inherently wrong with that method – a lot of people have had amazing awakenings within those belief systems. A lot of people have done amazing work. I am thinking of Dorothy Day, Meister Eckhart, Thomas Merton. They are in the Catholic tradition, but there are examples for all religions – Buddhist, Islamic, Zoroastrian, etc.
What ACIM does is essentially pare the separation (the problem) and the atonement (the solution) to the simplest and clearest degree possible. The problem is in our mind – we have a habit of thinking that keeps our Oneness with God outside reality. When we change that, we will recall that what God is and what we are is the same thing and always has been and always will be. Time and space are quite dispensable.
So if you are a student of the course, and you are diligent and attentive, it is possible to wake up now. Doing so will be nice for you but even better for your brothers and sisters.
The closer we get to the essence of the problem, the simpler it becomes: we pay attention to our thinking, to the way our mind works, and we begin to sense that there is something going on beside our own thoughts. There is another content, which we can call Love, but is a sort of dynamic and fluid awareness. When we reach for this awareness, it reaches back. One day, we realize that we are this awareness.
That is what Meister Eckhart meant he taught that the eye with which we see God is the eye with which God sees us. As students of A Course in Miracles we might rephrase that: the mind with which we know God is the mind with which God knows us. It is one movement, one knowing. There are not two separate pieces uniting.
It takes time – until we are ready to let time go, awakening takes time. That is okay. So is space and matter. The metaphysics of the course are not presented in quiz format. There is no test to pass, no exam to take. We are simply practicing remembering that what we are and what God is is the same thing. It’s just an idea but the more we look at it – the more we seek to know it as the unalterable fact of existence – the less idea-like it seems.
Read the text and manual for teachers. Do the lessons. Read the teachers. Build a tribe if you like. Find what works and work it with a devoted heart. What else can we do? We don’t have to save the world or save others or even save ourselves. We simply have to change our mind about what salvation is: we have to remember that we already know. How do we know? Because we are saved: because we never needed to be in the first place.