A Course in Miracles Text Made Simple

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Chapter 24: The Goal of Specialness

Section VI. Salvation from Fear

Read A Course in Miracles, Chapter 24, Section VI. (pages 511-514)

Why does Jesus tell us that our brother is our savior from the dreams of fear?

Our brother is our savior because as we see his holiness, as we see that he is still as God created him, we are letting our mind be healed of the belief in separation. We are not seeing him as a body, but seeing the truth about him.

How we see our brother is how we are seeing ourself. By seeing the Christ in him we find the Christ in ourselves. We are seeing through the Christ Mind. Jesus tells us, “He [your brother] is your savior from the dreams of fear. He is the healing of your sense of sacrifice and fear that what you have will scatter with the wind and turn to dust. In him is your assurance God is here, and with you now.” (1:2-4)

What does your brother’s holiness show you?

Recognizing our brother’s holiness benefits us in that it helps us remember that what God created has not changed. What God gave us (Himself), He gave for all eternity. This means we are still safe in the mind of God, just as every brother is. We have lost nothing, even though it may seem so in our dreams of separation.

In paragraph 2 we are told, “Your brother’s holiness shows you that God is one with him and you; that what he has is yours because you are not separate from him nor from his Father.” (2:5)

To the Holy Spirit, what is the world for?

Jesus tells us, “Forget not that the healing of God’s Son is all the world is for. That is the only purpose the Holy Spirit sees in it, and thus the only one it has. Until you see the healing of the Son as all you wish to be accomplished by the world, by time and all appearances, you will not know the Father nor yourself. For you will use the world for what is not its purpose, and will not escape its laws of violence and death.” (4:1-4)

As we allow our ‘life’ purpose to be about forgiving the world from all we thought it was, we welcome the Holy Spirit to lift us above the laws of this world and free us from belief in specialness. As we are willing, the Holy Spirit shows us the world of oneness that lies past the world of differences. The Holy Spirit frees us from believing in the fearful images of loss, pain and death.

“Yet it is given you to be beyond its [the world’s] laws in all respects, in every way and every circumstance, in all temptation to perceive what is not there, and all belief God’s Son can suffer pain because he sees himself as he is not.” (4:5) Letting the Holy Spirit’s Light shine on every situation and every thought that reflects belief in differences is now our life purpose. Letting our mind be healed of all false ideas of separation is now what our life is for.

How are we to look upon our brother?

“Look on your brother, and behold in him the whole reversal of the laws that seem to rule this world. See in his freedom yours, for such it is. Let not his specialness obscure the truth in him, for not one law of death you bind him to will you escape. And not one sin you see in him but keeps you both in hell.” (5:1-4)

We are learning that it is our job to look for the Love of God everywhere, because It — the Love of God — is there, behind every barrier to Love (belief in specialness). Jesus tells us, “It is His sinlessness that eyes that see can look upon. It is His loveliness they see in everything. And it is He they look for everywhere, and find no sight nor place nor time where He is not.” (6:1-3)

Jesus wants us to understand that we are free to see past the body of every brother to recognize What he really is. We are free to see that everyone we meet has not really changed from how he was created by God. We are free to see that everyone in this world is one with God. As we practice day-by-day seeing the eternal truth about each and every brother, we are able to see that we are still the Love of God. We are still in the holy Home of God Himself.

We will practice seeing the eternal truth until that is all we want to see. We will get as many opportunities to see the truth as we need. “Yet will you choose in countless situations, and through time that seems to have no end, until the truth be your decision. For eternity is not regained by still one more denial of Christ in him.” (7:2-3)

Who gave us the function of specialness?

We gave ourselves the function of specialness and now we have a new function, a new purpose — to see through the eyes of Christ. To help us with this new dedication, we have so much help: “Yet to the dedication to the truth as God established it no sacrifice is asked, no strain called forth, and all the power of Heaven and the might of truth itself is given to provide the means, and guarantee the goal’s accomplishment.” (12:5)

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