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God is Unchanging

We can rest assured that God is close – intimately so – because God is unchanging. What we call God is not a distant ruler constrained by time and space. God is formless and altogether outside anything that is subject to change.

This is all but impossible for us to understand because the salient quality of the world and all that is within it is change. Things come into existence, are subject to alteration in the process of decay, and then cease to exist.

The world of change is hell – it is hell because it changes. Thus, the fact that God does not change – is unchanging – is our salvation.

No one remains in hell, for no one can abandon his Creator, nor affect His perfect, timeless and unchanging Love (W-pI.131.5:1).

This is a pillar of A Course in Miracles but apt to be overlooked or intellectualized because it is so hard to conceptualize: God is unchanging and so God’s Creations are as well.

Your Self is radiant in this holy joy, unchanging and unchangeable, forever and forever (W-pI.190.6:5).

I think of this concept as a sort of light toward which our practice is directed. We are spiritual pilgrims on a dark road ever angling towards the dim beacon that represents our goal. We seek God, and God is Love (W-pI.103).

It is important to remember that the Course does not aim so much to teach us about God or Love, but rather help us to eliminate those thoughts and beliefs that obstruct our awareness of God (In.1:6-7). When they are removed, we naturally experience the divine and unalterable unity that is the single fact of existence.

It can be helpful to spend a few minutes now and then giving attention to the world that arises in our perception: children, leaves, flowers, clouds, friends, temples, countries, languages. Can we make contact with one part of it – one single fragment – that is eternal?

We cannot.

That is the essence of these lines from the Introduction to the Course:

Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists (In.2:2-3).

That which is subject to change – which means its existence can be threatened – does not exist. Thus, all that our senses perceive is illusory. Only what cannot be threatened at all – what does not change – is real.

For most of us, the unchangeability of God remains only an idea. That is okay. That is how it goes – and will go, until our learning reaches that stage where it is no longer necessary. But we can aspire to it – we can remind ourselves daily – and more if need be – that it is not a question of whether we shall be restored to our original condition of Oneness with God but rather, when we shall be restored.

In other words, knowing the sureness of the end – however vague and intangible – can be a significant motivation to our practice.

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  • Claudia September 29, 2013, 8:22 pm

    Sean, funny you should write on the changelessness of God as our perception is constantly changing. Last night, I was awakened with a picture firmly in my mind ~ a serenely beautiful and peaceful meadow with a silver bucket right in the midst of it. I could see a single drop of blue sky falling into the bucket. It wasn’t rain. It was a piece of sky, as if a piece of blue curtain had been torn away. Through that one tear in the blue, I could see a sliver of what lay beyond, in reality. In contrast to the beautiful meadow, the colors and love radiating from behind the sky were beyond overwhelming ~ an indescribable world of love and light. And I somehow knew that single drop of sky was simply a forgiven thought, dropping into a bucket, peeling away my awareness to the reality of Love ~ the first of many forgiven thoughts that will drop away. I may have a long way to go, but I saw the truth that is beyond this illusion. As I join you in stumbling towards God, I’m keeping my eye on that small spot in the blue sky. Now everything is different, because now that I’ve seen it, it can’t be unseen! As Steve Jobs said, “oh wow.”

    • Sean Reagan September 29, 2013, 8:32 pm

      Hey Claudia – thanks for sharing that. That is a truly beautiful and inspiring image. I could see it as you described it – and share that sense of “wow” when we catch the faintest glimpse of what lies beyond illusion. Glad you are stumbling with me – good company makes the journey quicker!

      ~ Sean

  • Lynney Murphy September 29, 2013, 11:55 pm

    No inside/outside,,no here/there,,no this/that,,no space/time,,,that which never changes is Unfathomable Perfect Nothingness.x

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