The light of the world brings peace to every mind
through my forgiveness.
Lesson 63 of A Course in Miracles emphasizes the way in which our real identity is intimately involved in the salvation of the world which is the realization of peace-of-mind for all our brothers and sisters.
Buddhist teacher and poet Thich Nhat Hanh once wrote that
Enlightenment, for a wave in the ocean,
is the moment the wave realises it is water.
Hanh means that a wave is not separate from the ocean. It is simply the ocean waving (Alan Watts used to talk about the universe “peopling”). When the wave remembers that is merely the ocean in a particular form, then it also remembers that it cannot be separate from its source. Thus, it is filled with light. It is filled with peace.
A Course in Miracles teaches us that we are the Light of the World. When we fully realize this, then we are no longer invested in the apparent form of the body and the world. In a non-trivial and non-metaphorical way we become light. In this way, Lesson 63 emphasizes our holiness and its power to “bring peace to every mind” (W-pI.63.1:1)!
But it also acknowledges that this peace is not an accomplishment of the separated self (which is, remember, merely an image). Rather, it is it is done “through” us – that is, when we no longer insist on separation but rather give ourselves wholly over to our Creator to be used in whatever way best serves Creation. This is our whole function.
Accept no trivial purpose or meaningless desire in its place, or you will forget your function and leave the Son of God in hell. This is no idle request that is being asked of you. You are being asked to accept salvation that it may be yours to give (W-pI.63.2:4-6).
It does not matter whether we believe this or not. It does not matter if we want to argue with it. What we are is beyond the relative nature of belief and disbelief. It is beyond argument. The lesson asks nothing from us but to simply remain teachable with respect to truth.
This lesson also reminds us of the fundamental principle of A Course in Miracles: our relationship with our brothers and sisters. As we awaken them, we are awakened. As they awaken us, they are awakened. In this way, a chain of atonement is forged that excludes nobody.
Hence this law: God’s holy Child looks to us for salvation and we are God’s holy Child! This is not a paradox! Rather, it is a statement of how simple and clear salvation is, and how it rests on a unity that is divine. Salvation is simply a gift we give our own self on behalf of our Creator, from Whom we are not – and never could be – separate.