A few days ago my cell phone rang as I was helping my two Shia Tzus out of my car. It was one of my sons, so I chatted with him while taking my dogs into the house. As I was removing my fanny pack I saw that my cell phone wasn’t in it. I panicked.
I did a quick search around the house and remembered I had it when I got out of the car so I started to go out to the carport to see if I dropped it there. Then I realized I was still talking on it.
I laughed out loud at myself.
How many times have we searched for glasses only to discover they are on our heads? We all have discovered that we have what we thought we lost. However, we thought about it and realized (duuhhh) we in fact had it or them.
In my last blog I wrote about the “tiny mad idea” that we could lose our eternal home in Heaven at which “we forgot to laugh.”
So let’s giggle at our illusion that we have lost our eternal home in Heaven the same as we laugh at our flubs here in the separation.
Here is the Course passage 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. 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.6.2-5]
This is our Holiday season when Christmas and Hanukah are celebrated. Both are based on gifts from God: for Christians God’s son: for Jews deliverance from an enemy. Is it in keeping with this that we exchange gifts?
In ACIM Jesus gives us a different perspective: learn to remember God’s gift: our spirit God created as His One Son, as we see in this passage I’ve quoted before.
God did create spirit in His Own Thought and of a quality like to His Own. [T-3.v.7.3]
In the following passage about Christmas from ACIM “Christ” is Jesus along with us, and is manifested within us as the Holy Spirit, our Host to God. Therefore, we already have a star to light the darkness of our illusory separation from God.
The sign of Christmas is a star, a light in darkness. See it not outside yourself, but shining in the Heaven within, and accept it as the sign the time of Christ has come. He comes demanding nothing. No sacrifice of any kind, of anyone, is asked by Him. In His Presence the whole idea of sacrifice loses all meaning. For He is Host to God. And you need but invite Him in Who is there already, by recognizing that His Host is One, and no thought alien to His Oneness can abide with Him there. Love must be total to give Him welcome, for the Presence of Holiness creates the holiness that surrounds it. No fear can touch the Host Who cradles God in the time of Christ, for the Host is as holy as the perfect Innocence which He protects, and Whose power protects Him. [T-15.XI.2]
Workbook Lesson 91, Miracles are seen in Light, adds to these ideas. Practice for L-91 asks us to reflect on these statements in which “I am” refers to our realty in Heaven.
Miracles are seen in light.
The body’s eyes do not perceive the light.
But I am not a body.
What am I?
I am not week but strong.
I am not helpless, but all powerful.
I am not unlimited, but unlimited.
I am not doubtful, but certain,
I am not an illusion, but a reality.
I cannot see in darkness, but in light
Therefore, during this Christmas, in spite of the world-wide disruptive rhetoric about separation, above it all; calmly laugh at our “tiny mad idea” and remember God’s gift in our mind, the Holy Spirit. Then use the home work in Lesson 91 as the means to be loving and kind. Thus we will extend God’s gift to our sisters/brothers here in our illusory separation from God.
I wish everyone a happy holiday season filled with kindness and love.