It’s occurred to me that in my recent blogs the discussions of mind and consciousness may not be as helpful is I would like to think they are. I’ve often quoted the passage from Text Chapter Three which ends with, “There is Nothing Else.” It means simply: other than our being as spirit with God in Heaven, “There is nothing else.”
BUT ─ full stop. What if we can’t believe that? Then it is anything but helpful. So in this blog I offer three Course passages which I think help to accept: “There is nothing else.” Please notice that all three contrast the level of our true existence as God’s One Son in Heaven with the level of the illusory world of separation.
The following is paragraph four from Workbook Lesson 50, I am sustained by the Love of God. In it Illusions are what we are making in the world of separation. Idols, is another word for illusions. The truth about “our self” is: we are, as spirit, with God in Heaven.
Put not your faith in illusions. They will fail you. Put all your faith in the Love of God within you; eternal, changeless and forever unfailing. This is the answer to whatever confronts you today. Through the Love of God within you, you can resolve all seeming difficulties without effort and insure confidence. Tell yourself this often today. It is a declaration of release from the belief in idols. It is your acknowledgment of the truth about yourself.
The first Workbook Review comes right after Lesson 50. Following is how lesson 50 is reviewed. Important ─ God’s Voice is the Holy Spirit!
50. I am sustained by the Love of God.
As I listen to God’s Voice, I am sustained by His Love. As I open my eyes, His Love lights up the world for me to see. As I forgive, His Love reminds me that His Son is sinless. And as I look upon the world with the vision He has given me, I remember that I am His Son.
The next excerpt is paragraph six from What it is, the Introduction to the Course. Its last two sentences are helpful in two ways. One, to give us a way to interact with our brothers and sisters here, and two, to realize that people act the way they do in the present political climate because that cannot follow what is taught in the part of the paragraph I emphasize.
Only minds can really join, and whom God has joined no man can put asunder.… It is, however, only at the level of Christ Mind that true union is possible, and has, in fact, never been lost. The “little I” seeks to enhance itself by external approval, external possessions and external “love.” The Self That God created needs nothing. It is forever complete, safe, loved and loving. It seeks to share rather than to get; to extend rather than project. It has no needs and wants to join with others out of their mutual awareness of abundance. (my emphasis)
Finally here is the penultimate paragraph from the Text. The speaker is Jesus/The Holy Spirit. Temptation refers to our world of separation, and the light beyond is Heaven. Several passages in the Course use light to refer to Heaven, and songs to reflect the way the Holy Spirit connects us to God. “My own” refers to the brothers/sisters we bring to Jesus. The passage is a wonderful allegory.
In joyous welcome is my hand outstretched to every brother who would join with me in reaching past temptation, and who looks with fixed determination toward the light that shines beyond in perfect constancy. Give me my own, for they belong to You. And can You fail in what is but Your Will? I give You thanks for what my brothers are. And as each one elects to join with me, the song of thanks from earth to Heaven grows from tiny scattered threads of melody to one inclusive chorus from a world redeemed from hell, and giving thanks to You.
To avoid miss-interpreting A Course in Miracles be sure to read passages in context, recognize levels of our being, read allegories as such and not take them literally. Also, keep the teachings of the Text in mind when reading Workbook Lessons.