Loving Oneness Now
This is one of the most important lessons in the Course. The Lesson unequivocally tells us that we (individually and collectively, as Sons of God Beings) are causing all our human experiences on this planet NOW, a situation that is completely in accord with quantum mechanics and the power of Consciousness to create our physical and non-physical realities. We are manifesting all our internal and external states, both "subjective" and "objective" from the realm of ideas. Is this planet Real? This is where it gets tricky. Suffice it to say here that we human Sons of God are miscreating a fear-based overlay or distortion that we superimpose on God's Perfect Ideas about ourselves, this planet and the Universe, and this should be kept in mind as the Lesson is studied. For example, even the food chain is a distortion of Truth we are causing NOW and it has to go, along with everything else that is founded in fear and anger. Your ego will find every way it can to deny the validity of the content of this Lesson -- simply because for you to Know this Lesson is True would be the ego's own demise, its own disappearance forever.
The power of decision is my own.
No one can suffer loss unless it be his own decision. No one suffers pain except his choice elects this state for him. No one can grieve nor fear nor think him sick unless these are the outcomes that he wants. And no one dies without his own consent. Nothing occurs but represents your wish, and nothing is omitted that you choose. Here is your world, complete in all details. Here is its whole reality for you. And it is only here salvation is.
You may believe that this position is extreme, and too inclusive to be true. Yet can Truth have exceptions? If you have the gift of everything, can loss be real? Can pain be part of Peace, or grief of Joy? Can fear and sickness enter in a mind where Love and perfect holiness abide? Truth must be all-inclusive, if it be the truth at all. Accept no opposites and no exceptions, for to do so is to contradict the Truth entirely.
Salvation is the recognition that the Truth is true, and nothing else is true. This you have heard before, but may not yet accept both parts of it. Without the first, the second has no meaning. But without the second, is the first no longer true. Truth cannot have an opposite. This can not be too often said and thought about. For if what is not true is true as well as what is true, then part of truth is false. And truth has lost its meaning. Nothing but the Truth is true, and what is false is false.
This is the simplest of distinctions, yet the most obscure. But not because it is a difficult distinction to perceive. It is concealed behind a vast array of choices that do not appear to be entirely your own. And thus the truth appears to have some aspects that belie consistency, but do not seem to be but contradictions introduced by you.
As God created You, You [a Mind-as-Such Beingness] must remain unchangeable, with transitory states by definition false. And that includes all shifts in feeling, alterations in conditions of the body and the mind; in all awareness and in all response. This is the all-inclusiveness which sets the Truth apart from falsehood, and the false kept separate from the Truth, as what it is.
Is it not strange that you believe to think you made the world you see is arrogance? God made it [an un-Loving world based on fear and anger] not. Of this you can be sure. What can He know of the ephemeral, the sinful and the guilty, the afraid, the suffering and lonely, and the mind that lives within a body that must die? You but accuse Him of insanity, to think He made a world where such things seem to have reality. He is not mad. Yet only madness makes a world like this.
To think that God made chaos, contradicts His Will, invented opposites to Truth, and suffers death to triumph over Life; all this is arrogance. Humility would see at once these things are not of Him. And can you [Really] see [except in fantasized imagination] what God created not? To think you can is merely to believe you can perceive what God willed not to be. And what could be more arrogant than this?
Let us today be truly humble, and accept what we have made as what it is. The power of decision is our own. Decide but to accept your rightful place as co-creator of the universe, and all you think you made will disappear. What rises to awareness then will be all that there ever was, eternally as it is now. And it will take the place of self-deceptions made but to usurp the altar to the Father and the Son.
Today we practice true Humility, abandoning the false pretense by which the ego seeks to prove it arrogant. Only the ego can be arrogant. But Truth is humble in acknowledging its mightiness, its changelessness and its eternal wholeness, all-encompassing, God's perfect gift to His beloved Son. We lay aside the arrogance which says that we are sinners, guilty and afraid, ashamed of what we are; and lift our hearts in True Humility instead to Him Who has created us immaculate, like to Himself in Power and in Love.
The power of decision is our own. And we accept of Him that which we are, and humbly recognize [ourselves and each other as] the Son of God. To recognize God's Son implies as well that all [egoic] self-concepts have been laid aside, and recognized as false. Their arrogance has been perceived. And in Humility the radiance of God's Son, his gentleness, his perfect sinlessness, his Father's Love, his right to Heaven and release from hell, are joyously accepted as our own.
Now do we join in glad acknowledgment that lies are false, and only Truth is true. We think of Truth alone as we arise, and spend five minutes practicing its ways, encouraging our frightened minds with this:
The power of decision is my own. This day I will accept myself as what my Father's Will created me to be.
Then will we wait in silence, giving up all self-deceptions, as we humbly ask our Self that He reveal Himself to us. And He Who never left will come again to our awareness [full Consciousness], grateful to restore His home to God, as it was meant to be.
In patience wait for Him [your God-Self] throughout the day, and hourly invite Him with the words with which the day began, concluding it with this same invitation to your Self. God's Voice will answer, for He speaks for you and for your Father. He will substitute the Peace of God for all your frantic thoughts, the Truth of God for self-deceptions, and God's Son for your illusions of yourself.
Loving Oneness Now -- Copyright © 2007 Alexander Bannatyne, PhD