This post is part of a series entitled: Reflections from a Course in Miracles. If you are new to the series, you may find it very helpful to go to this post to understand a few important assumptions that define many of my spiritual beliefs and my interpretation of some of the terms in ACIM.
Chapter II The Separation and the Atonement Part II The Atonement as Defense
If we work with the assumption of Jesus Christ as our own intuitive voice, we open this section with Jesus telling us that we are capable of doing anything he asks us to do.
“You can do anything I ask. I have asked you to perform miracles and have made it clear that miracles are natural, corrective, healing and universal”
We have to believe in the miracle in order for it to work.
Here we also learn that anything that is not Godly, cannot harm us.
The text also defines the proper use of denial-that is to correct error, rather than to hide anything, it is a correction, not a concealment.
“It denies the ability of anything not of God to affect you”
True denial , then, as is defined above corrects all error, and brings all false ideals into the light of truth. This is indeed a powerfully protective device, as described, because this means anything that is not love based (assuming God is love) cannot harm us.
“You can and should deny any belief that error can hurt you.”
Remember, that we are perfection and everything we create is perfection. There are no errors. There are no mistakes. Everything is as it should be.
This chapter also reminds us that we should be cognizant of what we treasure because we automatically defend our treasures. This reminds us to define our values. I have always been a proponent of this. When you know what you value, it makes all of your decisions much easier. When you know what your goals are, each and every choice comes down to one decision, does it support your goals and values or not, this should easily help you decide which decision to make. Companies use this all the time, it is why it is important to have defined mission, vision and values, because they become your beacons, your GPS, they guide you in the right direction and help you make choices easily.
“Everyone defends his treasure and will do so automatically.. The real questions are, what do you treasure and how much do you treasure it? Once you have learned to consider these questions and to bring them into all your actions, you will have little difficulty in clarifying the means. The means are available whenever you ask. You can, however, save time if you do not protract this step unduly. The correct focus will shorten it immeasurably.”
When we know what we want in life and what we value, we can more easily make decisions that support them. When we clearly define our own personal mission, vision and values, we begin to make the choices that make our dreams come true.
In this chapter, we learn more about the Atonement, it is an act of Love. Love then can only be used as part of the truth and not as a weapon. Atonement was not necessary before we started to believe that we are separate from God, Separate from each other, Separate from the birds, the trees, the plants, the animals, and fish. Now, it is necessary for us to seek the truth because our Ego led us to believe that we were separate and not equal.
When we recognize and accept that we are co-creators of our own lives, we no longer need the atonement. Its lessons are only important as long as we believe that we are separate from each other, that we or any of God’s creations are imperfect and requires correction.
This chapter seeks to tell us that we are perfect and we have not made mistakes and nothing needs correction. When we understand that time does not exist and we stop ruminating over our past mistakes, we will no longer have lessons to learn and therefor, they become unnecessary.
“The Atonement is the device by which you can free yourself from the past as you go ahead. It undoes your past errors, thus making it as unnecessary for you to keep retracing your steps without advancing to your return.
Finally, we learn here that in performing miracles, we protect ourselves, and others.
This reminds me of so many other training platforms I have seen. It is the “Learn One, Do One, Teach One” Philosophy. It is the core of programs such as alcoholics anonymous, once you learn the steps, you help others with the steps. Once you learn the way, you share the way with others.