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Read ACIM Chapter 11, Section VI (pages 207-209)
With A Course in Miracles, Jesus is leading us to a new kind of experience. Because our beliefs are built upon our experience, new experiences will lead to new beliefs. These new beliefs will change our perceptions because belief determines perception. The exercises in the Workbook are designed to give us new experiences that will open our minds to new beliefs which change our limited perceptions. He is really guiding us to transcend our self-made prison of limitation and ascend to the Father. This is our resurrection, our return to our natural state of oneness with our Creator.
He is encouraging us to join the resurrection. As we join the resurrection we free our brothers. We transcend the ego and ascend to the Father. We join the resurrection by accepting Christ’s vision. Jesus tells us, “Let the Christ in you interpret for you, and do not try to limit what you see by narrow little beliefs that are unworthy of God’s Son.” (3:9) This is the means by which we wake to redemption. This is means by which we free ourselves from the limitations of the ego thought system.
Jesus is teaching us a new way to think and therefore a new way to see. This new way to see is, “You live in me because you live in God. And everyone lives in you as you live in everyone.” (4:2-3) When we think this way, we see this way. We realize that we are all one and there is no way for anyone to be different from us nor for us to be different from God. This is our resurrection because it is our acknowledgment of our oneness in God. As we acknowledge the truth, the false stories that have led to the ego’s prison house will fall away.
As we believe in the resurrection — our oneness with God — our perception changes. We see our brothers as part of us. We transcend the ego when we see our brothers as Christ does. We are told that what we perceive is our interpretation. As our beliefs move into alignment with the Christ Mind, we see ourselves as we truly are and we see our brothers as they truly are.
We need to realize that the ego is the god of crucifixion. It demands that we see all things as separate from God and ourselves. This is crucifixion. The ego thought system believes that power comes from sacrifice and pain. That is why the ego loves judgment and condemnation of our brothers and ourselves. When we believe in the ego, this is all we know. We are slaves to it and become like ego robots, blindly judging and separating ourselves from everything.
Jesus reminds us that there is hope and a way out of this crucifixion. “The freedom to leave behind everything that hurts you and humbles you and frightens you cannot be thrust upon you, but be it can be offered you through the grace of God. And you can accept it by His grace, for God is gracious to His Son, accepting him without question as His Own.” (6:3-4)
We are either joining with the crucifixion or joining with the resurrection. Jesus encourages us to join with the resurrection by remembering that our brother is still one with God, no matter what our brother thinks or appears to do. We guard our brother by remembering our oneness with him in God. By doing this we also remember our oneness and safety in God. When we do this we are also remembering our oneness with Jesus. He tells us, “Teach rather that I did not die by that demonstrating that I live in you. For the undoing of the crucifixion of God’s Son is the work of the redemption, in which everyone has a part of equal value.” (7:4-5)
This is significant because it is telling us that the undoing of the crucifixion of God’s Son is everyone’s function equally. The part we play is essential in the undoing of the ego. Christ’s vision teaches us to see past the ego in every brother to the truth. This is how we heal. This is how we join the resurrection.
Our job is to see as Jesus sees, or to see with Christ’s vision. That means we need to see our brothers as innocent and part of us in God. As we are able to see our brothers in this Light, we recognize the Light in ourselves. The Light shines away the nightmares. “The forgetting of dreams and the awareness of Christ come with the awakening of others to share your redemption.” (8:8)
As we forget our dreams of crucifixion, we recognize God’s Son is saved because he remains as God created him. It is this awareness we need to hold in our minds about everyone we perceive. We are all part of God’s Son and we are in Heaven now.
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