A Course in Miracles is not about us, but about a relationship between brothers and sisters intent on remembering Love. When we accept responsibility for the awakening of others – setting aside vested interest in “our” spiritual life – then we will experience both inner peace and awakening. That is because the one Mind reveals itself when we relinquish our own sense of self in favor of the shared reality inherent in God.
You are not yet awake, but you can learn how to awaken. Very simply, the Holy Spirit teaches you to awaken others (T-9.VI.5:1-2).
How many times did I read those words and mentally amend them? How many times did I see them and think, after my own disco-ball-meets-Nordic-thunderbolt awakening, I’ll get around to helping others find their own version of awakening?
I did that, of course, for the same reason we all do – it seem to be easier to resist love then it is to accept that what we are in truth is Love. So we remain scared, and rush to substitute our judgment for God’s, and up locked in a painful cycle of guilt, condemnation and attack.
The way out is to let the Holy Spirit teach us how to awaken others.
Accept your brother in this world and accept nothing else, for in him you will find your creations because he created them with you. You will never know that you are co-creator with God until you learn that our brother is co-creator with you (T-9.VI.7:8-9).
What does this look like in practice?
The Holy Spirit awakens our brothers and sisters through us: we give ourselves to be used in that way. Our surrender becomes a profound and beautiful gift.
I think it begins with giving attention to our relationships – in all their loveliness and ugliness – with our brothers and sisters. We need to learn to be honest: we need to see the ways in which we are seeing our brothers and sisters as means to an end which serves our interests.
This is hard to do because it makes us look terrible. And yet, the more we can accept that we are not doing a great job of relating to our fellow saviors, the more we can open to another way of relating – the more “teachable” we become.
So that is the second thing that we do – or that happens. We allow the Holy Spirit to act through us, because we see clearly that our own efforts are not sufficient. The Holy Spirit awakens our brothers and sisters through us: we give ourselves to be used in that way. Our surrender becomes a profound and beautiful gift.
As you see [your brothers and sisters] waken you will learn what waking means, and because you have chosen to wake them, their gratitude and their appreciation of what you have given them will teach you its value. They will become witnesses to your reality, as you were created witness to God’s (T-9.VI.5:3-4).
Choosing to waken our brothers and sisters does not mean lecturing them about A Course in Miracles or nonduality or Christ Mind or vegetarianism or Emily Dickinson or whatever. It means surrendering those ideals altogether so the Holy Spirit can go to work. It can’t be said enough: our job is to get out of the way. What happens next – sharing about ACIM, writing poetry, baking bread, sharing a zafu, whatever – will be natural and helpful precisely because we are allowing it be done through us.
In this world, in these bodies, it seems logical and natural that life should be all about us – our happiness, our satisfaction, our interests and so forth. But A Course in Miracles asks us to consider we’ve got it backwards. It’s not about us, but about our brothers and sisters. Give attention accordingly and know at last the peace that surpasses understanding.