We cannot erase history. We can; however, forgive it and then forget it. Then, when we live in the moment we can remember what our real life is.
My last blog was about death, but I ended it by discussing our real life. Now I present some helpful ways from ACIM that focuses on that life instead of the endless ruminations about the meaning of living in this world. What helps is: remembering our eternal life is in God’s sharing Mind in Heaven.
The following is from an excellent article, On Mercy, from Gurnica, by Lacy M. Johnson which was re-published in The Browser on October 7. 2015. Ms. Johnson, who worked helping children dying of cancer, combines stories about them with accounts of men sentenced to death: an interesting and dramatic juxtaposition of life and death situations here in our insane illusion.
Here she recounts part of a conversation with a colleague after a day together in the hospital.
When the light changes I ask my teaching partner, how do you do it? What do you do with the grief? She takes a long time to answer. She takes a breath. Some lives, she says, are very long. Some are very short. And when a person knows they’re going to die and chooses to spend any moment of the remaining time with you, you take it as a gift. Life is a gift.
It was helpful to say it’s a gift when a dying child shares her last moment in this world with you. But then to say, “life is a gift;” when talking about children’s lives ending after suffering with cancer. How could anyone consider that a gift?
Our gift of life is from God as spirit; the one we are forgetting here. Again consider this from Text Chapter III section five paragraph 7.
The statement “God created man in his own image and likeness” needs reinterpretation. “Image” can be understood as “thought,” and “likeness” as “of a like quality.” God did create spirit in His Own Thought and of a quality like to His Own. There [is] nothing else. (my emphasis)
“There is nothing else,” is an emphatic statement which says that our real life is that which God gave us as spirit. It would be helpful to believe this while caring for a dying child suffering from cancer.
What we think is life here in our world of separation is projected perception. Here is the most convincing passage in ACIM about that principle.
Projection makes perception. The world you see is what you gave it, nothing more than that. But though it is no more than that, it is not less. Therefore, to you it is important. It is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition. As a man thinketh, so does he perceive. Therefore, seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world. Perception is a result and not a cause. [T-21,in.I.1-8] (my emphasis)
This brief statement from Chapter 24 re-states that principle.
Perception seems to teach you what you see. Yet it but witnesses to what you taught. It is the outward picture of a wish; an image that you wanted to be true. [T-24.VII.8]
This upsets everything most religions hold to be true: that is: God created the world and put us here. Not so teaches Jesus in his Course. We make the world up in every seeming moment by projection our inward thinking outward. Our brain projects our thoughts and we see them played out in the world like a video in our mind. This helps only when we realize that what we project is not real, it’s an illusion. Our real life is as God’s son in Heaven. We have two levels, first as God’s one Son, and then here in the illusory world of our perceptions.
Remember — God did create spirit in His Own Thought and of a quality like to His Own. There [is] nothing else.
But we must avoid being a “bliss ninny”* by concluding that our behavior here does not matter here. We are responsible for the life we make happen. We do as best we can to follow Jesus’ urging to treat our fellow travelers here as ourselves: I.E. the ancient Golden Rule. When we fail to follow that advice, and we do – then we recall the helpful words about what our real life is. And we try again to remember we still and always have been at one as God’s One Son in Heaven.
“There is nothing else.”
*A term Gloria Wapnick often uses in FACIM workshops.