TRUTH

When Pontius Pilot handed Jesus over to the Pharisees he asked, “what is truth.” Before then and since, philosophers pondered the same question. During one of Jane Roberts’ Seth Classes in the early 70s, Seth, via Jane said, “When you find someone who says they have the truth run as fast as you can.” In a later class Jane posited an idea as true. I called her on that and she responded, “Run.”

Recently I read an article about J.D. Ramsey, a young English Math and Philosophy genius who lived and wrote in the 1930s and19 40’s. His take on what is truth? “It was the wrong question”

Ramsey used an example about believing that someone was murdered.
”It is easy to believe that. The real question is what it is to believe that someone was murdered,” as opposed to believing something else about what happened, or believing something else. Ramsey thought that when we answer those questions, “we shall thereby also, have solved the problem of truth.” *

What does this have to do with a Course on Miracles? A great many things because the Course is all about mind and what we make our mind believe.

When I searched my E version of ACIM I found scores of passages in the Course which use the word truth or true. But I did not find one which states anything like, this is true, or truth is ——–.

Nevertheless, the Course infers the following about true and truth: God in Heaven is true, and truth is how and when we reflect God’s love which created us as spirit.

The word true is occurs early in ACIM in Miracle principle number 50,

The miracle compares what you have made with creation, accepting what is in accord with it as true, and rejecting what is out of accord [our made up illusory world] as false. [T-I.1.50] (my emphasis)

In the above Jesus clearly tells us what is true: creation, and what is false, the separation.

In the following passages from Chapter 14, Teaching for Truth, he shows that Heaven is true and our made up illusions are false.

The contrast between what is true and what is not is perfectly apparent, yet you do not see it. The simple and the obvious are not apparent to those who would make palaces and royal robes of nothing, believing they are kings with golden crowns because of them.
All this the Holy Spirit sees, and teaches, simply, that all this is not true. To those unhappy learners who would teach themselves nothing, and delude themselves into believing that it is not nothing, the Holy Spirit says, with steadfast quietness:

The truth is true. Nothing else matters, nothing else is real, and everything beside it is not there. Let Me make the one distinction for you that you cannot make, but need to learn. Your faith in nothing is deceiving you. Offer your faith to Me, and I will place it gently in the holy place where it belongs. You will find no deception there, but only the simple truth. And you will love it because you will understand it. [T-14.Teaching For Truth, II.2.6-7+3.1-9]

To highlight this, following is my oft quoted from Text Chapter 3.

God did create spirit in His Own Thought and of a quality like to His Own. There [is] nothing else. [T-3.V.7.3]

Following are two other passages which emphasize the above.

!. God created His Sons by extending His Thought, and retaining the extensions of His Thought in His Mind. All His Thoughts are thus perfectly united within themselves and with each other. The Holy Spirit enables you to perceive this wholeness [now.] [ T-6.II.8.1-3]

6. What Is the Christ?
Christ is God’s Son as He created Him. He is the Self we share, uniting us with one another, and with God as well. He is the Thought which still abides within the Mind that is His Source. He has not left His holy home, nor lost the innocence in which He was created. He abides unchanged forever in the Mind of God. (my emphasis) [W-pII.6.I:1.3-5]

These passages speak to our reality on the level of spirit where we are eternally united in spirit with God. God’s extended creative thought, His one Son, is true. As Jesus states in the Chapter 3, ”There is nothing else.” Our dream/illusion of separation is false, and truth is our mind remembering that God gave us our Mind which is still with God in heaven.

The Clarification of Terms Section 5, Jesus –Christ, tells us how Jesus as a man was a teacher who knew what is true.

The name of [Jesus] is the name of one who was a man but saw the face of Christ in all his brothers and remembered God. 2 So he became identified with [Christ], a man no longer, but at one with God Jesus remains a Savior because he saw the false without accepting it as true. And Christ needed his form that He might appear to men and save them from their own illusions. [C-5III.1-2+5-6] (my emphasis)

Jesus knew that the world was an illusion – thus false. His appearance was meant to save us from our illusions.

This except from Text Chapter 18 shows how we can choose to remember our true reality, our Home with God.

Let not the dream take hold to close your eyes You are so used to choosing among dreams you do not see that you have made, at last, the choice between the truth and [all] illusions. [T-18.II.8.1+6]

So choose to remember our true reality in Heaven. Reject some version or another of what happened, is happening, or we think might happen here in this illusory separation as truth. When things begin to be difficult here know we are in spirit still one with God in Heaven.

*The Browser, August 2016, from Psychology 70, 243-62.

SEPARATION

The history of the Cradle of Civilization (Mesopotamia, now called the Middle East), shows us how early on we separated into disparate cultures. They are still there –Iraqis, Assyrians, Yezidis, Persians and Kurds.  Some developed in the desert, others in the river valleys and others in the hill country and mountains. Religions divided us further; leading to separation within separation.

We certainly live in a world dominated by separation. Our current political campaign is a clear example. The differences between the two points of view are stark.

Further,  contrast the pervasiveness of separation to how we yearn for togetherness, especially for close personal relationships. Our literature includes a plethora of plays, operas, short stories and novels which show how belonging and separating go hand in hand; illustrating duality. Like Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

How did it start? In reality it hasn’t. Our true reality is: we are eternally the one Son of God in Heaven.

In his Course Jesus refers to separation as “a tiny mad idea.” He uses the term in Text Chapter 19 section IV Part C paragraph 5, and in Text Chapter 27 section VIII, paragraph 6.

He begins teaching about separation early in the Course, in Chapter 2, THE SEPARATION AND THE ATONEMENT, Part I, The Origins of Separation.  His other discussions prior to his use of the term, “a tiny mad idea” focus on why and how we choose to be separate from God. They include dozens of passages in the text and also two in the Workbook.

To emphasize “a tiny mad idea,” here is most of the passage from T-19.

The body no more dies than it can feel. It does nothing.  Of itself it is neither corruptible nor incorruptible. It [is] nothing. It is the result of a tiny, mad idea of corruption that can be corrected. For God has answered this insane idea with His Own; an Answer which left Him not, and therefore brings the Creator to the awareness of every mind which heard His Answer and accepted It. (my emphasis) [T-19.C.i.5.2-6]

God’s Answer was the Holy Spirit which remains in God’s mind and extends to our right mind via the Holy Spirit: available to any mind which accepts it.

Jesus broadens his discussion of “a tiny mad idea” in Chapter 27, Section VIII, The “Hero” of the dream [the body]. It is one of the most powerful sections of ACIM: worthy of study and review. Rather than summarizing it, here are three groups of excerpts which I think represents Jesus’ teaching. To find what helps you, you can study the whole section.

Part I
The body is the central figure in the dreaming of the world.… Its safety is its main concern. Its comfort is its guiding rule. It tries to look for pleasure, and avoid the things that would be hurtful. Above all, it tries to teach itself its pains and joys are different and can be told apart. [T-27.VIII.1.1+5-8]

The body’s serial adventures, from the time of birth to dying are the theme of every dream the world has ever had. [T-27’VIII 3.1  This single lesson does it try to teach again, and still again, and yet once more; that it is cause and not effect. And you are its effect, and cannot be its cause. [T-27.VIII.4+5] [it refers to the body]

Part II–the heart of the section
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.
(my emphasis) [T-27.VIII.6]

Part III
In gentle laughter does the Holy Spirit perceive the cause, and looks not to effects. How else could He correct your error, who have overlooked the cause entirely? He bids you bring each terrible effect to Him that you may look together on its foolish cause and laugh with Him a while. [You] judge effects, but [He] has judged their cause.
[T-27.VIII.9.1-4]

The cause is “a tiny mad idea.”

The secret of salvation is but this: that you are doing this unto yourself. No matter what the form of the attack, this is till is true. [T-27.VIII.10.1-2] This is the only secret yet to learn. And it will be no secret you are healed. [T-27.VIII.13.8-9] (my emphasis)

We will be helped and comforted when we accept this. We make our seeming world. Therefore, we but need to accept a miracle to change our mind and see the world in a different way.

This quote from one of my favorite presidents, A. Lincoln, says it utterly.

”We — even we here — hold the power, and bear the responsibility.”
[from his message to congress 12/2/1862]