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Transcending Appearances to See the Christ

It is impossible not to believe what you see, but it is equally impossible to see what you do not believe. Perceptions are built up on the basis of experience, and experience leads to beliefs. It is not until beliefs are fixed that perceptions stabilize. In effect, then, what you believe you do see. That is what I meant when I said, “Blessed are ye who have not seen and still believe,” for those who believe in the resurrection will see it. The resurrection is the complete triumph of Christ over the ego, not by attack but by transcendence. For Christ does rise above the ego and all its works, and ascends to the Father and His Kingdom.

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. For until Christ comes into His Own, the Son of God will see himself as Fatherless.

I am your resurrection and your life. You live in me because you live in God. And everyone lives in you, as you live in everyone. Can you, then, perceive unworthiness in a brother and not perceive it in yourself? And can you perceive it in yourself and not perceive it in God? Believe in the resurrection because it has been accomplished, and it has been accomplished in you. …But make no exceptions yourself, or you will not perceive what has been accomplished for you. For we ascend unto the Father together, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, for such is the nature of God’s Son as his Father created him. (A Course in Miracles, T-11.VI.1;3:9-10;4:1-6,8-9. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

Beliefs are the foundation of the ego’s perceptions. It is why the ego defends its beliefs with vigilance to the point of violence. The Holy Spirit does not do battle with the ego. Rather the Holy Spirit offers us help to have new experiences through the lessons of the ACIM Workbook for Students and other means. As we have new experiences that are consistent with the Truth, we become willing to replace beliefs based on the ego’s lies with beliefs based on Truth.

As we adjust our beliefs based on experiences under the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we resurrect our true Self, the Christ in us. The ego’s denial of the Christ in us fades and the vision of Christ in our minds grows stronger. We see Christ reflected back to us in our brothers as we accept It in ourselves. Even though a brother may seem to act insanely, Christ’s vision is not deceived by the appearance. The Christ in us transcends appearances, knowing that appearances have no substance and have no effect whatsoever on the truth of God’s one Son.

Let us choose Christ’s vision today, that we may share Christ’s resurrection with all our brothers.

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