We are accustomed to activism in visible and often striking terms: people hefting signs, staging sit-ins, marching on main street. Subtle activism is less pronounced and owns a more internal presence. It presumes that prayer is as powerful as lobbying. It presumes that as we are healed, that healing is naturally and automatically shared.
A Course in Miracles is largely silent on behavior, stating that the Golden Rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you – pretty much covers the basics (T-1.III.6:4). After that, the material is devoted pretty much to clarifying that behavior is an effect of a changed mind and so the only game that matters is internal.
My mind only can serve. Today I give its service to the Holy Spirit to employ as He sees fit. I thus direct my mind, which only I can rule. And thus I set it free to do the Will of God (W-pII.236.1:5-8).
It is often my experience that students of A Course in Miracles are reluctant to talk about the form that their lives take – as activists, as artists, as parents, as business owners and so forth. But the form that our learning takes matters – that is why we are here in the world. When we don’t passionately embrace our particular expression of Love and guiltlessness, we are compromising our ability to serve others, and to share that Love and guiltlessness.
Everyone has a special part to play in the Atonement, but the message given to each one is always the same; *God’s Son is guiltless.* Each one teaches the message differently, and learns it differently. Yet until he teaches it and learns it, he will suffer the pain of dim awareness that his true function remains unfulfilled in him (T-14.V.2:1-3).
If animal rescue is your thing, then you have to go do that with all of the energy and joy you can muster! If world peace is your thing, then go for it! If you have a particular vision of parenting, or governing, or earning money, or teaching, then you are not being faithful to Love by refusing to practice it.
The form that appeals to you – the form to which you feel called – matters deeply. It is the form in which you are going to teach and learn about Love and guiltlessness. The lesson is not in a book only, nor a teacher only, nor a course only: it is a full-bodied, full-throated expression.
The key is to realize that the form of what you are doing is merely a vehicle for the deeper lesson. Thus, whatever we are doing, we are doing it with a spirit or intention that focuses on learning rather than results. We are investing in form differently – not for its own sake, which is the way of the world, but for the lesson it can teach us that is not of this world.
Your function here is only to decide against deciding what you want, in recognition that you do not know . . . Leave all decisions to the One Who speaks for God, and for your function as He knows it (T-14.IV.5:2,4).
What are we learning? We are learning how decide with God.
When you have learned how to decide with God, all decisions become as easy and right as breathing. There is no effort, and you will be led as gently as if you were carried down a quiet path in summer. Only your own volition seems to make deciding hard (T-14.IV.6:1-3).
Thus, whether we are teaching A Course in Miracles, or cleaning office buildings, or advocating for changes to gun laws, or protesting the death penalty, all we are really doing is learning how to decide with God. That is what the Holy Spirit teaches us. That is the natural result of accepting the Holy Spirit as our teacher.
I am suggesting, then, that practicing the course with both diligence and devotion is a form of subtle activism. It is a way of healing the mind that facilitates a broader healing in all our brothers and sisters. When the mind is healed, behavioral expressions of love and peace naturally follow.
I am suggesting that if you want world peace, and you are a student of A Course in Miracles, the most radical and powerful action you can take is to give yourself utterly to your studies and practice. We do not heal alone, and we do not heal only for ourselves.
And as you let yourself be healed, you will all those around you, or who cross your mind, or whom you touch or those you seem to have no contact with, healed along with you. Perhaps you will not recognize them all, nor realize how great your offering to all the world, when you let healing come to you. But you are never healed alone. And legions upon legions will receive the gift that you receive when you are healed (W-pI.137.10:1-4).
By all means accept the form and expression of life that most resonates for you. But do so knowing that it is merely the means by which you may be taught the fact of your Oneness with God. Sooner or later, you will be blessed with the healing that is a natural consequence of choosing the Holy Spirit as your guide and teacher. And when you are, that blessing will radiate through space and time to touch the lives of countless brothers and sisters.
That is a goal worthy of the greatest of peacemakers: it rests with you now to do it.