A Course in Miracles Text Made Simple

To gain the most from A Course in Miracles Text Made Simple, we recommend that
you read the corresponding chapter and section in the Text of the Second or
Third Edition of A Course in Miracles published by the Foundation for Inner Peace.

Chapter 7: The Gifts of the Kingdom

Section III: The Reality of the Kingdom

Read ACIM Chapter 7, Section III (pages 116-117)

How do we focus on the reality of the Kingdom?

This section is teaching us how to focus on the reality of the Kingdom. Jesus tells us, “God has lit your mind Himself and keeps your mind lit by His Light because His Light is what your mind is.” (5:1) This is what is true about ourselves and every brother. It is through sharing the reality of this Light that we awaken to our true Identity and the true Identity of every brother. This is the one lesson that the Holy Spirit teaches. As we open to the Holy Spirit’s correction of our perceptions, we will see that this one lesson applies to every person and every situation.

When we perceive ourselves as absent from the Kingdom, we experience conflict. The Holy Spirit’s one lesson teaches us that every story about being separated from the Kingdom is untrue. As we open our mind to correction, the Holy Spirit shows us the unreality of these stories and helps us let the false stories go. This is what forgiveness is. When we believe in false stories of separation, that is what we are teaching. As we let go of these false stories, we are undoing the ego thought system.

How do we experience true peace?

As we learn to recognize the equality of every brother, we experience true peace. Believing in inequality creates a sense of competition between the perceived unequal Sons of God. In the Course we learn that the opposite is true. We are told, “Because God’s equal Sons have everything, they cannot compete. Yet if they perceive any of their brothers as anything other than their perfect equals, the idea of competition has entered their minds. Do not underestimate your need to be vigilant against this idea, because all your conflicts arise from it.” (3:3-5)

It is important for us to learn that the Light of God that we are is what every brother is. As we open to the Holy Spirit’s one lesson, this is what we will be reminded of. The Light of God is what every brother is. This Light must be shared to be what It is. When we learn Holy Spirit’s lesson, the ideas of inequality or greater and lesser will just naturally fall away because they will be seen as false ideas that are not true.

Learning this lesson brings us the experience of eternal peace. Learning this lesson undoes the ego. It brings us to the point of accepting the reality of the Kingdom everywhere. Learning this lesson helps us focus our full attention on the truth. It brings us God’s certainty. “The certain are perfectly calm, because they are not in doubt. They do not raise questions because nothing questionable enters their minds. This holds them in perfect serenity, because this is what they share, knowing what they are.” (5:6-8)

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