This post is part of a series of posts entitled: Reflections from A Course in Miracles. This is Section II of Chapter 3.
Immediately, in this chapter, we are reintroduced to the ideas of non-duality.
“Certain fundamental concepts cannot be understood in terms of opposites. It is impossible to conceive of light and darkness or everything and nothing as joint possibilities. They are all true and false.”
But, the next sentence takes us even farther this time, but telling us that we must choose.
“It is essential that you realize your thinking will be erratic until a firm commitment to one or the other is made.”
But, we immediately learn that this choice actually doesn’t exist entirely, because there really is only one choice.
“A firm commitment to darkness or nothingness however, is impossible. No one has ever lived who has not experienced some light and some thing.”
So, in choosing life, we choose light in some shape or form.
Every single part of creation is part of a greater whole. While many times in life it is difficult to see the good within the bad when it is out of our limited control. However, at least in looking back on my own life, I am able to see that even those situations from which I thought I could never possibly survive.. those painful moments where I felt as if my world had been swept out from under me…. Those moments in my past are all now clearly, simply steps leading down a different path. From the death of one life circumstance lies the birth of the next.
As we have learned about the suspension of judgment, once we stop judging things as separate from the whole, or defining them as good or evil, light or dark etc., we begin to recognize that we have created our own realities and everything in our creation is part of the whole and remains perfect as it is.
“The way to correct distortions is to withdraw your faith in them and invest it only in what is true.”
This means we stop acknowledging anything as bad or imperfect because everything in our reality is part of our own creation and therefor is part of the whole and part of perfection. Seeing things as they are prevents us from judging them as good or bad, but rather just acknowledges the presence of what exists.
“Because you see them as they are, you offer them your acceptance of their truth so they can accept it for themselves. This is the healing that the miracle induces.”
Human beings are all in search of being seen. Acknowledge me as I am. Accept me as I am. Love me, as I am. When someone does this for us, it creates the miracle of unconditional love, which ACIM Has already taught is the ultimate goal of all miracles to begin with. Love is the answer, it is the solution to what ails us. Just unconditionally love one another and accept them as they are.