I am one Self, united with my Creator (Lesson 95)
Salvation comes from my one Self (Lesson 96)
Conflict arises in separation. Indeed, it is the essence of separation, the means by which it functions. Somebody has something we want – a piece of pie, a dollar bill, a pretty hat – and so we become covetous and greedy. We plot. Or else we are worried that somebody wants what we have, and therefore we have to make a plan for its defense.
Aggression and violence, offense and defense, winning and losing, and sacrifice and suffering all come into play when we believe that separation and its effects are real. When separation is the way we see the world, grief is the only outcome we can depend on.
The antidote to this gri situation – the only truly effective one – is to realize that separation is an illusion because we are “one Self,” united with our Creator (W-pI.113.1:1). We are healed when we remember that “serenity and perfect peace are mine, because I am one Self, completely whole, at once with all creation and with God” (W-pI.113.1:2).
Our experience of bodies and the world they inhabit – and the cosmos giving birth to both – is that we are separate, and that our joining is always in pursuit of shared interests and can be broken off at any time. We have friends, tribes and peers which necessitate opponents and enemies.
But A Course in Miracles offers us a more radical way of seeing experience: as a unity in which there are no differences but only sameness.
In this light, our brothers and sisters (broadly defined to include salmon, Ginkgo Biloba trees and snowflakes) become reflections of a fundamental equality that can only beget peace.
Think what a holy relationship can teach! Here is a belief in differences undone. Here is the faith in differences shifted to sameness. And here is sight of differences transformed to vision. Reason can now lead you and your brother to the logical conclusion of your union (T-22.In.4:1-5).
It is this vision – born in the holy relationship, itself born in our willingness to no longer suffer nor contribute to the suffering of others – that allows us to see clearly the fulfillment of God’s perfect plan for our salvation (W-pI.113.2:2). Our “Self” is not the personal individual with its family history, its career, its hobbies and its goals but rather the unified Self extended in Creation. We have no enemies – only brothers and sisters who long for the peace and joy of reunion as intensely as we do.
Thus, today’s review allows us to deepen our willingness to join with one another in bringing about the end of conflict. This is not done through negotiation or compromise. Rather, it is accomplished by giving attention to the underlying unity established by God. There is only one Creation, endlessly extending. Are we ready at last to perceive it? To place nothing before it?
Are we ready now to receive the Gift of God by remembering that Creation cannot be separate from its Creator?