20 Apr 2014 Comments Off
Easter, according to A Course in Miracles, is a purification of our thoughts. Not in a sinful, guilty, watch-what-you-think way, but as a way to clear your mind. In ACIM, Jesus offers us a mind training, which is another way of saying purification.
Lesson 151 mentions Eastertide and explains that purified thoughts lead to resurrection. In Chapter 6, Jesus tells us, “Your resurrection is your reawakening. … rebirth itself is merely the dawning on your mind of what is already in it. God placed it there Himself, and so it is true forever.” As we clear the mind of false beliefs (that is, purify our thoughts), we uncover our true Identity, which is formless, infinite and eternal, without the need for crucifixion or human death. Remember, “The body neither lives nor dies, because it cannot contain you who are life.” (T-6.V.A.1:4)
Miracle principle #7 states, “Miracles are everyone’s right, but purification is necessary first.” Purification, in the Course, is a synonym for forgiveness. When we practice forgiveness, we discover that the Holy Spirit removes “all faith that you have placed in pain, disaster, suffering and loss. He gives you vision which can look beyond these grim appearances, and can behold the gentle face of Christ in all of them.” The gentle face of Christ is “the great symbol of forgiveness.” (C-3.4:5) “Seeing” the face of Christ has to do with insight, not eyesight. It is spiritual vision–the recognition that within, under and behind every form in the world of form lies formless Truth.
But, you have to give Him your belief in pain, disaster, suffering and loss. This is both the purification process and the practical application of forgiveness–giving your thoughts to the Holy Spirit. No rituals are necessary; no fasting, no self-punishing atonement. All that is necessary is the willingness to follow Guidance, to think differently, to change your mind. Clear directions as to how to do this are all throughout the Course, especially in the 365 lessons found in its Workbook for Students. Helen Schucman once complained to Jesus that his course did not work! He asked her to be honest about whether she was actually applying its principles. Purification can only occur if we actually use the ACIM practices
Last but not least, let’s be clear that ACIM is a mind training–not brainwashing–program. We chose to dream a dream of bodies and brains. Mind training undoes the sticky attachment to the dreamer of this dream, to the ego’s hypnosis that you are a person. Jesus says in the Course, “The message of the crucifixion is perfectly clear: Teach only love, for that is what you are.“ It is not the personal self that is teaching love. It is opening the mind to God’s Thought and allowing It to move through what seems to be “you” at this point in your undoing that produces miracles by practicing forgiveness and results in recognizing Who you already are. That is the Joyful outcome of the ACIM purification process.
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