04 Jul 2014 Comments Off
Let’s transform Independence Day, the July 4th holiday, into a mystical holy day by looking closely at what Jesus calls “independence” in A Course in Miracles.
In Chapter 4 of the Text, he offers us this prayer:
The Kingdom is perfectly united and perfectly protected, and the ego will not prevail against it. Amen.
He says that it is a declaration of independence, and that we will find it very helpful if we understand it fully.
Here’s my translation for fuller understanding: The Kingdom is our true Home. At Home we are all joined in one perfect, formless union. We are perfectly protected at Home because as the Oneness we really are, there is nobody to attack, threaten or endanger anybody else. The ego cannot defeat God’s Kingdom because the ego is a figment of our imagination, while our Home shines timelessly with absolute loving light. And so it is!
Jesus also clarifies that the Bible says, “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you” but it should be, “The Kingdom of Heaven is you.” In Chapter 5, we learn, “God is not in you in a literal sense; you are part of Him.” Reminding ourselves that we are the Kingdom of Heaven helps us dis-identify as individual people and reconnect with Spirit. Effortlessly, we rise above the battleground of the world. Transcending the human identity doesn’t require a fight–just a change of mind.
This change of mind is affirmed in Lesson 31, “I am not the victim of the world I see” which explains that this idea is “the introduction to your declaration of release.” As you grasp that you are not the victim of the world you see, you “remind yourself that you are making a declaration of independence in the name of your own freedom. And in your freedom lies the freedom of the world.” At first, this seems unrealistic, but with practice, miracles shift your perception from person to Presence.
Paradoxically, we come to realize our true independence relies on our complete and utter dependence on God! Chapter 11 reveals, “Your whole creative function lies in your complete dependence on God, Whose function He shares with you. By His willingness to share it, He became as dependent on you as you are on Him. … The belief in ego autonomy is costing you the knowledge of your dependence on God, in which your freedom lies.”
Another way of understanding this is that Jesus was able to lead because he was following the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As Lesson 169 puts it, “The Son of God has merely disappeared into his Father, as his Father has in him. The world has never been at all. Eternity remains a constant state.” The ego wants to be a self-governing entity, but the truth is, God “has included you in His Autonomy” and that is true freedom.
Happy Independence Day, Mighty Companions!
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