This post is part of a series entitled Reflections from a Course in Miracles
Chapter I The Meaning of Miracles III Atonement and Miracles
Before we go on, I would like to remind you that while the book is written in the voice of Jesus Christ, the author herself was an atheist and reported merely typing was dictated to her in channeling sessions.
I feel it necessary before you embark on a journey this lengthy with me, to describe a few concepts from my own interpretation. I recognize that reading a journey through ACIM with me requires that you at least understand some of the basis of my interpretation. I realize I need to write a little bit more about my beliefs.
For me, God, is DNA, The first cell of life. This DNA holds all knowledge of everything it creates. (some call this the akashic record or the akash). When I think of God as DNA, his son then, created in his image is nothing more than the result of mitosis, DNA duplicating itself.
When I read the bible and think of mitosis, I can see how Eve was a rib of Adam or how I was created in the likeness of God and that his son and I are exactly the same.
Jesus Christ then symbolizes the “son” of DNA, the son of creation, the son of God. The first duplication of DNA.
Jesus Christ, (the older, wiser, all-knowing other brother) in my interpretation can be thought of as intuition, higher mind, higher consciousness, spirit, oneness, whatever pronoun you choose to describe the guidance you access through prayer, meditation, ghosts, spirits, aliens, inner child etc. The part of us that recognizes we are not our egos, we are not individual but part of a larger whole, Non-duality.
Remember, in Catholic tradition from which I was raised the Father, The Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit are all on and the same.
If you can then, think of God as DNA and Jesus Christ as your intuitive guide, ACIM
Becomes much more approachable, even if you are not Christian. I feel this is important because ACIM
can be such a valuable guide.
Now, I feel with that out of the way, I can cut right to the heart of the message in accordance with my interpretation.
You are in charge of your own atonement, or in actuality, your intuition is. When I read this chapter, I feel like it is reminding me to meditate. Meditation or prayer, or music or whatever you use to find your inner peace and quiet and shut off the incessant chatter of the ego.
Once we have quieted the ego (the part of us that we think of as “I”) we have access to a quiet, all-knowing place that can guide us through life. It is the powerful guidance that shows us the way and guides us to manifest all of our dreams if we only choose to pay attention. (And do the work, follow-through)
Atonement according to Dictionary.com
1.satisfaction or reparation for a wrong or injury; amends.
2.(sometimes initial capital letter) Theology. the doctrine concerning the reconciliation of God and humankind, especially as accomplished through the life, suffering, and death of Christ.
3.Christian Science. the experience of humankind’s unity with God exemplified by Jesus Christ.
4.Archaic. reconciliation; agreement.
Let us interpret atonement here in the archaic definition: reconciliation; agreement or making things more congruent
With those terms defined we can see that our intuition is in charge of making things congruent, or reconciling our duality. Our inner guidance system is responsible for guiding us towards opportunities for miracles (here, in the form of forgiveness and gratitude).
Remember that Jesus Christ, in the Christian tradition, died for our sins. When we are ungrateful and unforgiving of others we are “sinning.” But here, we are reminded that there is no need to wallow in the fact that we have done wrong in being ungrateful and or unforgiving because Jesus Christ has already (atoned, in the christian faith) died for our sins (mistakes such as being unforgiving and ungrateful).
It is our responsibility than to perform miracles in order to set things right. We just learned that there is no need to beat ourselves up for our ignorance and mistakes, there is only this moment right here to make it right.. simply forgive and express gratitude. In doing so, like paying it forward we spread awareness or atonement, we can help others see the difference it makes in life to appreciate what we have and the kindness of others and to forgive those who have not yet realized that is the way to congruence.
The author reminds us, that we will forget to be grateful and we will lack forgiveness but our higher mind (Jesus Christ, here) will be grateful and forgiving anyway, when we let our ego step in front of our higher mind (as the part of us that knows and understands the path of lightness is the path of Love, Forgiveness, Gratitude.)
“Listen to my voice, Learn to undo error and correct it. The power to work miracles belongs to you.”
We are reminded here to listen to that gentle, quiet, inner voice (“My Voice”). When we learn to become present in the body, to live in the exact moment we are in (rather than the past or future) we are more able to hear the quiet voice that guides us.
I have learned that I often hear the voice of my intuition or higher consciousness, my ego, in the form of the inner judge or inner critic, often disputes what it says. For example, I might think about writing a post describing my concept of God as DNA and my ego will quickly wash that idea away to say something like I am not good enough, or I am too tired or that idea is crazy, or any form of reason to stop me from doing what my intuition was guiding me to do. We do it all the time, all day, every day.
Here, ACIM reminds us to listen to that guidance (described as the voice of Jesus Christ), which will guide us to opportunities to perform miracles.
Once we learn to listen to this guidance and take concerted action, we can manifest our hearts content.
“I will provide the opportunities to do them, but you must be ready and willing.”
“Doing them will bring conviction in the ability, because conviction comes through accomplishment”
“The ability is the potential, the achievement is its expression, and the Atonement, which is the natural profession of the Children of God, is the purpose.”
This tells us that the Recognition of our oneness, our recognition that we are all one and the same, part of the same single DNA molecule that continues to replicate itself in the mission to experience everything that life has to offer… is our purpose here on earth.
In Verse 2, we learn that Heaven and earth as two distinct “locations” will cease to exist but life will become what we each perceive as heaven when we choose to listen to the voice of intuition.
In many traditions, the soul continues to exist, even after it sheds its human body. Reincarnation is simply the soul taking form in a new human body. In many traditions, we (as souls) choose to come to earth to experience a particular set of lessons.
Think of life as a Treasure map, we are each on our own quest for some kind of treasure, be it love,money or fame. Whatever treasure you are searching for, the map to get there is found inside and the clues you have been given thus far are Love, Forgiveness, Congruence and Gratitude.
Meditation then can be thought of as a compass. It helps me get clarity, see my treasure map a little more clearly, listen for my inner guidance or GPS.
“The Forgiven are the means of the Atonement. Being filled with spirit, they fogive in return.”
We already know forgiveness is one of our miracles. When we forgive someone, not only do we lighten our own load, but we also lighten theirs. In doing so, that lightness makes each of us more likely to forgive someone else and/or make better choices next time, because once we release the past (forgive) it no longer has a grip on the future. This is not to say we do not take the lessons with us, but rather we have learned to accept the responsibility for our part in it. I know this can be a touchy part, because bad things do happen to good people, certainly, but let us save that for another discussion.
What I mean here is
“Recognize your errors and choose to abandon them by following my guidance”
In verse 4 we are reminded to listen to the inner guidance, it is always there, but it is always we who choose whether or not we listen and follow.
How many times in my life have I said something like, “I knew it!” “I should’ve listened!” “I had a feeling!” Intuition is like a fountain of information but too often we turn it off or drown it out somehow, more often than not, we let ego overpower it, but it is always there.
Wow, That only covered the first half of this section, I think we will have to come back for another post to cove the second half as it is pretty rich in some other concepts and I want to explore it in depth and this post is already pretty long…. Hope to see you next time!