In a world of darkness and death – a dream untended by Love – there is but a single spark of light, and upon this spark depends all of salvation. We can consent to be awakened and we do this by refusing to see one another as bodies struggling through a sea of guilt and fear.
Condemn your savior not because he thinks he is a body. For beyond his dreams is his reality. But he must learn he is a savior first, before he can remember what he is. And he must save who would be saved. On saving you depends his happiness (T-29.III.1:1-5; italics mine).
That last line is so critical, and so easy to let slip past. We cannot waken ourselves! We can only allow others to awaken us, and we do this by insisting that they are our saviors. That is what this sorry world needs: women and men who refuse to see one another on the world’s terms but rather on the terms of Love.
This is hard to do in the sense that we are habituated to thinking of one another as separate bodies forging separate ways through a world of pain and fragmentation. We believe that we are the effects of that world and those bodies: we lack self-esteem because our parents did this or that as we were growing up, society insists that men be strong in this way and women in another, our Catholic upbringing taught us shame about sex, and so on and so forth.
In A Course in Miracles, Jesus urges us to look closely that belief – that we are effects of myriad external causes. But even more importantly than that, we are urged to see our brothers and sisters as not limited by what is external. That is a gift we offer one another and because we offer it to one another, it is given to ourselves.
You can overlook your brother’s dreams. So perfectly can you forgive him his illusions he becomes your savior from your dreams. And as you see him shining in the space of light where God abides within the darkness, you will see that God Himself is where his body is (T-29.III.3:4-6).
The ego would prefer that we be in charge of awakening: it is perfectly happy to let us study A Course in Miracles, commune with our chakras, write blog posts, do EFT and Tarot readings and crystal healing so long as it is about us. The ego loves improvement.
This is a trap with which we are all familiar. The “I” is so central to our thinking. Walking on the trail at dawn makes “me” feel peaceful. Reading Mary Baker Eddy edifies “my” understanding of healing. Studying Bohmian dialogue enhances “my” understanding of ACIM. You may be a beneficiary of that, but I’m the center.
Reversing that thinking is very difficult. It’s fine to read Tarot cards or meditate with crystals or read teachers and thinkers from related (or unrelated) traditions. That’s not the problem.
The problem is our belief – often subtle, often deeply hidden, and more slippery than a landed trout – that doing these thing is sufficient to awaken ourselves.
It is not. There is only way out of the dream we have made, and that is to allow another to save us from it, and that only happens when we see them as our savior.
He must see someone else as not a body, one with him without the wall the world has built to keep apart all living things who know not that they live (T-29.III.2:7).
Indeed, that is the sole qualification for being a teacher of God.
[S]omehow, somewhere he has made a deliberate choice in which he did not see his interests as apart from someone else’s. Once he has done that, his road is established and his direction sure. A light has entered the darkness (M-1.1:2-3).
We are talking, of course, about forgiveness: our willingness to look upon the world and the bodies within it and see only the face of Christ, a symbol of the unchanging will of God, of Love.
Don’t look for what is broken and lost: don’t look for what is shifting and evolving. Don’t see your father or mother or neighbor or spouse or even a complete stranger as anything other than a child of God, an expression of Love, a sparkle in the Light of Creation. Be willing to do this, no matter how hard it is or how illogical it seems.
Our focus cannot be be on liberating ourselves or other selves. It has to be on finding Christ: on perceiving the faint rays of light that testify to God. Our world of death and guilt is horrid indeed, but it is filled with witnesses to God’s Love. All we have to do is look.