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Chapter 26: The Transition

Section I. The “Sacrifice” of Oneness

Read A Course in Miracles, Chapter 26, Section I. (pages 542-544)

Why is the sacrifice of oneness central to the ego thought system?

The ego thought system must hide our awareness of our oneness in God in order to make the image of having a separate life for ourselves alone appear real to us. In order to experience this false thought system, we must be willing to set up barriers against remembering God’s oneness through denying our natural awareness of Love’s eternal presence. To experience this thought system of separation, we dream up a world where separate bodies rule the universe. In this dream, we, as separate individuals, are the judge of what is real and what is denied. We build up images of a kingdom that we rule alone and God’s oneness is sacrificed.

In this section Jesus tells us, “The world you see is based on ‘sacrifice’ of oneness. It is a picture of complete disunity and total lack of joining. Around each entity is built a wall so seeming solid that it looks as if what is inside can never reach without, and what is out can never reach and join with what is locked away within the wall. Each part must sacrifice the other part, to keep itself complete. For if they joined, each one would lose its own identity, and by their separation are their selves maintained.” (2:1-5)

So here we see that it is a requirement that we sacrifice awareness of the truth of our oneness in God in order to experience the dream of separation. Once we let go of our desire to see separation, the dream cannot hold together. It falls apart and we see that it is just a dream of separation and not true at all.

What is required to deny the memory of God?

In order to deny the memory of God, we must sacrifice the truth of our Identity. And in this dream, we must sacrifice the truth of the ‘others’ we now see as outside of us. If we were to allow ourselves to see each brother as he/she truly Is, the game would be over. We would lose our separate ‘self’ identity.

This is why the ego’s false judgment of what our brother is becomes so important in order to keep the dream of separation going. When we join with the ego, we join with the idea that our brother is a unique body with a unique mind. We see him/her as in a constant state of change, subject to the winds of time. We see them weak and vulnerable. In order to deny the memory of God, we must refuse to see that they are still changeless Love, as God created them.

What happens as we are willing to see the witnesses to truth instead of illusions?

As we become willing to witness to the truth, the world starts to have a new purpose. Our new purpose is to see the one Christ Mind instead of a separate identity. Our new purpose is to see innocence and unity instead of separation and guilt.

How do we hear the song our brother sings to us?

We hear our brother’s song of Love when we let go of judging anything on our own without first receiving the help of the Holy Spirit. As we consistently step back from what we think is true, we give the Holy Spirit an opening to return us to the truth of our brother’s oneness with God.

Jesus tells us, “Hear, then, the song your brother sings to you, and let the world recede, and take the rest his witness offers on behalf of peace. But judge him not, for you will hear no song of liberation for yourself, nor see what it is given him to witness to, that you may see it and rejoice with him.” (6:3-4)

How are we reborn through the Holy Spirit’s special function?

As we are consistently willing to see our brother’s oneness with God, we are reborn. In paragraph seven we are told, “Yet every instant can you be reborn, and given life again. His holiness gives life to you, who cannot die because his sinlessness is known to God; and can no more be sacrificed by you than can the Light in you be blotted out because he sees it not.” (7:1-2)

It is the Holy Spirit’s function to return us to the truth of our true Identity by showing us the truth of the Identity of everyone we see around us. As we are willing to see as the Holy Spirit sees, we are reborn and return to the awareness of our real Life in the Life of Love.

In paragraph eight we are told, “What is the Holy Spirit’s special function but to release the holy Son of God from the imprisonment he made to keep himself from justice? Could your function be a task apart and separate from His Own?” (8:5-6)

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