A Course in Miracles will not long tolerate our habit of self-debasement. If you glance at the table of contents in the workbook, you will see that one of its themes is our holiness and our loveliness and our perfection. We are blessed as children of God and our denial of this truth benefits nobody.
We are all part of the mind of God. There are no exceptions to this rule and there are no qualifications. So-and-so is not a bigger part of God’s mind than you are. This famous course teacher isn’t a brighter part of God’s mind and that student who is encountering the course for the first time is not a particularly dull part.
The radical equality of all God’s children is a cornerstone of the course. Not even Jesus is different in essence.
There is nothing about me that you cannot attain. I have nothing that does not come from God (T-1.II.3:10-11).
The miracle is “a sign of love among equals (T-1.II.3:4). Our perception of differences is contingent on time: some of us do appear to be further along the road to salvation than others. Yet even that appearance of imbalance is healing because its premise is our fundamental sameness.
The miracle substitutes for learning that might have taken thousands of years. It does so by the underlying recognition of perfect equality of giver and receiver on which the miracles rests (T-1.II.6:7-8).
It is not necessary to pretend that we are Jesus or Guru Nanak or Marianne Williamson or the reincarnation of a first generation follower of Buddha. What we are in truth is already a perfect and unchanging extension of God, of what is. There is no more for which we could ask. There is no more we could receive.
We demean ourselves when we project our inherent wisdom and peace and love onto others. The course asks us to accept our own wholeness, to make it the truth of our existence. Day by day it seeks to undo the internal blocks to our awareness of perfect love. It does not rebuild us but rather strips away dross and illusion. That undoing – that purification – is what the world needs from us. That is what our brothers and sisters need.
Lesson 61 asks us to consider – to accept at the deepest levels – that “I am the light of the world.”
This is a beginning step in accepting your real function on earth. It is a giant stride toward taking your rightful place in salvation. It is a positive assertion of your right to be saved, and an acknowledgment of the power that is given you to save others (W-pI.61.3:2-4).
If we make it an idea, then we have missed the point. If we say Jesus is the light and we are just aspiring shadows, we have missed the point. The course states the truth about us now. When we accept less, we make small what God created perfectly immensely whole.
When we hide our light, we darken the path of those who need us. There is no time left to mess around with this: to wait for some brighter future. We are the light of the world. We can shine: it is all we are asked to do.