There is nothing my holiness cannot do.
Our holiness is a condition of our true identity, which we first began to encounter – or formally encounter anyway – in Lesson 35. When that lesson taught us that our minds were a part of God’s mind, it described us “as you must really be in truth (W-pI.35.3:2).” Our holiness is established because our source is God. We have explored this in subsequent lessons, but in lesson 38 it takes a leap forward that is both dramatic in scope but also deeply practical.
I say dramatic because how else can we read the following lines:
Your holiness reverses all the laws of the world. It is beyond every restriction of time, space, distance and limits of any kind (W-pI.38.1:1-2).
Boo-yah! I’m not going to physically die, I’m going to relocate a couple mountains (and maybe an ocean, too, because my wife loves the beach) and hey – why not skip paying taxes to boot?
Indeed, taking those lines literally is, I believe, important to really understanding just how radical A Course in Miracles is, and just how powerful it asserts our minds really are. From the perspective of the Course author, this is not hyperbole. It’s fact.
That seems so intense and crazy to the ego who, empowered that way, rubs its hands with glee and starts to calculate how it’s going to amass more power and wealth for itself. From the perspective of soul, or spirit, it is merely indicative of how much we can give away to others. In other words, we really have to view those words from the perspective of God, not ego.
Only those who have a true and lasting sense of abundance can be truly charitable . . . to the ego, to give anything implies that you will to do without it. .. . . “Giving to get” is an inescapable law of the ego . . . (T-4.II.6:1, 3 and 5).
When we experience the true natural abundance of spirit, the ego’s “giving to get” rule evaporates and we see our largesse in terms of its capacity to bless others. Any other experience – see mine above – means that we’re still in the process of undoing the ego.
But this is okay. It’s okay because, drama to one side, this is an incredibly practical lesson. After introducing those powerful opening lines – which would seem to suggest that stuff like natural disasters and presidential elections are within our control – the author gets quite specific about where we are to apply this power. It asks us to envision situations of loss and difficulty – whether for us or another person – and affirm that there is nothing that our holiness cannot do in that situation.
We are using the power of our holiness to heal – not to get. We are positioning ourselves as givers, not receivers. Even if we are the beneficiaries of the healing, we have already established that the benefit blesses all our brothers and sisters (T-5.In.3:1). This feels important to me. Given such incredible powers, we aren’t sent to rush around like caped superhero’s. Really, we’re just being directed to perform miracles.
Finally, this lesson introduces the concept of jamming a little – it’s throwing a little improv into the mix. While we’re working through the formal applications, we are also encouraged – if it feels natural and right – to expand on the lesson’s idea in our own words. I love this! And it opens up the possibility of real insight. Many subsequent lessons will do this as well. I always find it fun at a minimum to riff on the lesson, and often I am truly surprised at what pops out. It’s like the spirit itself joins us, lending some insight or intuition that isn’t in the text but is deeply relevant to our lives.
If you’re okay with it, I think this is actually a very fruitful and enjoyable application of the Course.