In my previous post I promised to offer some comments about sentences eight and nine from the Chapter 24 passage I quoted in that blog. Throughout the Course, concepts introduced in early chapters are developed in later chapters. Such is the case here.
Sentence eight was, “What God creates has no alternative,” One passage which precedes it and sets it up comes from section V, Beyond Perception from Chapter Three. Here it is.
The statement: “God created man in his own image and likeness” needs reinterpretation. “Image” can be understood as “thought,” and “likeness” as “of like quality.” God did create spirit in His Own Thought and of a quality like to His Own. There [is] nothing else.
Therefore; God creates spirit, nothing else. And what has no alternative is spirit. The materiel “Stuff” of the universe, I.E. everything we perceive here is part of “nothing else.”
Sentence nine was, “The truth arises from what He knows.” “He” refers to God, so truth comes from what God knows. Truth, according to A Course in Miracles, is the reality of Heaven where we are at home with God. “There is nothing else.”
Philosophers have asked for centuries, “Why is there something rather than nothing?” We need rather ask, “Why does nothing (our dream of separation), seem like something?” The Course answers that in many – many passages. The most famous one is from Chapter 27, about “the tiny mad idea.”
Into eternity, where all is one, there crept a tiny, mad idea, at which the Son of God remembered not to laugh.
The “tiny, mad idea” is the thought that we (the Son of God) could separate from God. Read it below in context as it comes from section VIII of Chapter 27, The Hero of The Dream, in which the ‘hero” is the body. Bear in mind the important course concept:
the “nothing” we think is “something” is a dream.
Let us return the dream he gave away unto the dreamer, who perceives the dream as separate from himself and done to him. Into eternity, where all is one, there crept a tiny, mad idea, at which the Son of God remembered not to laugh. In his forgetting did the thought become a serious idea, and possible of both accomplishment and real effects. Together, we can laugh them both away, and understand that time cannot intrude upon eternity. It is a joke to think that time can come to circumvent eternity, which [means] there is no time. [T-27.VIII.6]
Following is the last sentence from the quote in my last post
And your decisions come from your beliefs as certainly as all creation rose in His Mind [because] of what He knows. [T-24.in.2]
Thinking one step further will make it very meaningful. In it “all creation” pertains to “God did create spirit in His Own Thought …”
Comforting? Certainly, because realizing what we are doing here is a dream releases us from all of the sin, guilt and fear that formal religions lay on us.
We are as God Created us, spirit from God’s thought.