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 8: The Journey Back

Section VI: The Treasure of God

Read ACIM Chapter 8, Section VI (pages 148-150)

What is God’s treasure?

In the Mind of God, Love extends forever. God’s extension of Love is the Sonship, which is God’s treasure. God’s Will is only to extend Love. Because we are part of God, that is also our will. We are the extension of God’s Love and as Love, we too extend It. We know what we are by being what we are. To be Love, we must extend or give Love. That is our only will because it is Love’s Will. Nothing else can bring us joy. Nothing else can satisfy.

When we choose to keep love for ourselves alone, we lose awareness of what Love is. By the grace of God this insane wish cannot and does not change reality at all. God knows that we remain part of Him and so we are. The insane belief that we are separate blocks our awareness of What we are, but it does not change It. Herein lies our salvation. We simply need to let go of this false belief and truth will dawn upon our minds. God’s Will that we remain one with Him saves us from our illusion of being a separate self. The truth of what we are is held safely in God’s Mind for us, undisturbed and shimmering in God’s radiance, waiting for our awakening from the dream of separation.

How are we like the prodigal son?

Like the prodigal son, we are coming to the awareness that what we thought would bring us happiness has only brought us emptiness and suffering. That is why Jesus tells us, “Forget not the Kingdom of God for anything the world has to offer.” (1:5) We are realizing that we have made a mistake. The Course is telling us that this mistake has not changed God’s Will for us. God’s Will is that we be one with Him. His joy is that we remain part of Him and extend His Love as He extends it to us. We are God’s treasure, and as Love, our extensions of Love are our treasure. They remain in our mind as we remain in God’s Mind. Love extends forever in the Mind of God.

What do we do when we join with Jesus?

Because Jesus has already completed the journey Home, he knows that he is not alone nor is he separate from us. He is asking us to join with him so we can learn that we are not alone. As we join with him, we invite all our brothers to join with us as Jesus does. Knowing that we are not alone, we offer all that we learn to everyone and our strength grows. We become aware that “the whole power of God’s Son lies in all of us, but not in any of us alone.” (8:5)

Jesus teaches us we cannot return to the Kingdom alone because we cannot be alone. Thinking we are alone is a denial of God’s Will and makes us unaware of What we are. To return to awareness of What we are, we need to join with our brothers. “We begin the journey back by setting out together, and gather in our brothers as we continue together. Every gain in our strength is offered for all, so they too can lay aside their weakness and add their strength to us.” (1:2-3)

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