What is Given by God in Creation

What message do we want to receive? For the message was already given us, and it is our choice now what message to hear: the one given to us by God in creation or the one we made – and make and remake moment by painful moment – in order to obscure the simple clarity of God’s.

To learn what we are in truth is to learn that there is no self external to what God created, and that what God created is not external to God. That is the meaning of “The cause a cause is made by its effects” (T-28.II.1:2).

Cause and effect are one, not separate. God wills you learn what always has been true: that He created you as part of Him, and this must still be true because ideas leave not their source (T-26.VII.13:1-).

If we would accept the truth of this – not interpret it, not analyze it, not pretend it’s too abstract or metaphysical, not ask teachers to spoon feed it to us – then we would understand that receiving God’s message is about as complicated as drawing our next breath.

Attention given to thought is “a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119). It is the “light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5). And it is the promise of Christ that “[W]hoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

When we turn within we encounter first the tangled chatter of ego – loud, raucous and variable. It holds our attention – for lifetimes, it holds us. But that voice is not the gift of God. That is the mess we made to hide the gift.

So we have to go deeper. Going deeper is not a matter of concentration or intention. It is akin to balance, somehow. It is in the nature of surrender, not accomplishment. We have to discover it for ourselves. We watch the ego’s gruesome vaudeville and then sink beneath or beyond it where God waits.

For several minutes watch your mind and see, although your eyes are closed, the senseless world you think is real . . . then let [your thoughts] go, and sink below them to the holy place where they can enter not (W-pI.131.11:5, 7).

“Sink” is the right verb here, because to sink is to become passive. To let go and fall. There is a reason the course does not say “swim down” or “follow the ladder down” or something like that. There is a passivity involved that is anathema to the ego but dear to God.

Have you seen a bear in the forest? Come upon them suddenly on the trail? So close you can see the raspberry juice staining their snout, see the muscles rolling as they jog away into the bracken? Do you know that moment when you stare at them – and they stare at you – and it is not about human or bear but something else – some other energy that enters and fills you so there is no you, no that, but only what is?

My life changed the first time that happened. I am not being facetious when I tell you that I have lived for it ever since.

Angels light the way, so that all darkness vanishes, and you are standing in a light so bright and clear that you can understand all things you see. A tiny moment of surprise, perhaps, will make you pause before you realize the world you see before you in the light reflects the truth you knew, and did not quite forget in wandering away in dreams (W-pI.131.13:2-3).

I am not saying this is easy. I don’t want to lie. I want only to say that God speaks in and through us and the message resounds both within and without: it is each drop of rain, each fluttery chickadee, each car on the highway, each cloud drifting overhead and every blade of grass beneath our lonesome wandering feet. It is these things and it is the awareness that perceives them and – beyond what is measurable and beneath what fits in words – it is the mind that created them, mine and yours, and together God’s.

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  • Marsha Havens April 26, 2014, 11:47 pm

    Thank you so much for this beautiful message. I really, really like it! Exquisite writing. (you probably know me by DivineMetaphysics).

    • Sean Reagan April 27, 2014, 6:41 am

      Thanks for visiting, Marsha – and for the kind words. Both are much appreciated! I do remember your blog – correlating Christian Science and ACIM. That is good work – a friend and I were recently talking about both Helen and Bill’s experiences with Christian Science as children, and how it informed the scribing experience of ACIM. Important connections!

      (The art gallery looks cool too!)

      Love,
      Sean

  • M May 2, 2014, 9:57 am

    Hi Sean,
    I very much appreciate your blog. I, too, find peace unspeakable quiet in nature. But I reach confusion over this. We are taught to not only see the world as illusion but to ultimately reject that illusion and we do not want it.

    Isn’t it possible by finding prace or God in nature, we confuse our mind? Might it send conflicting messages? Or, are we to recognize these moments as symbols given to is by the Holy Spirit, to help us remember God versus attach to the ego’s interpretation of beauty, value, etc.?

    Thank you 🙂

    • M May 2, 2014, 9:59 am

      I wish I could edit this. I just read your “a stranger to inner peace,” which addresses my question. Thank you!

      • Sean Reagan May 2, 2014, 5:42 pm

        Thanks for reading Mareesa!

        Yeah, that whole “world as illusion” thing can be a real pain in the neck. Over time, I have grown less worried about my investment in the world, largely because I understand it as a reflection of my internal condition (which is either accepting love or resisting love). The impulse to seek beauty – in a rainbow, a dogwood tree, a baby bear, a loaf of freshly baked bread, a cheesecake, whatever – is not the worst thing in the world. It reflects our willingness to see the illusion through the lens of Christ.

        The course teaches us that we’re going to move beyond that but it also tells us there is a happy dream in which the whole world will sparkle and glisten and literally radiate because the Love of God is all we perceive in our heart and so the external form cannot help but reflect it back. When I remember that – and remember that my regardless of the external, my focus needs to remain internal – then it all tends to work out.

        Of course, I forget this about thirty or forty times a day so, you know. Baby steps I guess!

        Thank you again for reading and sharing . . .

        ~ Sean

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