This post is part of a series entitled: Reflections from A Course in Miracles. We are reviewing Chapter 6, The Lessons of Love. This is the second installment of part one, The Message of the Crucifixion.
We are beginning here with paragraph 6 where we are reminded that through teaching, we learn. In an earlier lesson, we learned that in order to be a miracle worker and subsequently teach of miracles, we must be healed ourselves. If we has healers to continue to act from the ego, we teach the wrong lessons. If we act through guilt and as though we are being persecuted, we are teaching persecution. Have you ever noticed how patterns of abuse in families repeat themselves? It is not necessarily the behavior that is repeated, as much as it is the lack of change, lack of a different role model and lack of dealing with feelings directly. For example, a young child may vow to never become an alcoholic as he watches his father abuse his mother and yet become abusive as an adult, even without the alcohol. Without identification with a different mechanism for dealing with emotional anger and angst, the boys explodes physically, just as his father did. To me, this is a clear story of what happens when we do not fully heal our pasts.
In the first half of this chapter, we learned that the crucifixion is nothing more than a tall tale… it is an exaggeration to teach us. The most important lesson in the crucifixion is the rebirth or resurrection. In learning of the resurrection, we are told that Jesus rose from the dead. While Christianity does not generally buy into the idea of resurrection for us mere immortals, If we are the “sons” of God and we are the same as Jesus, the resurrection could justifiably be nothin more than symbolism of reincarnation. The soul cannot be destroyed we are told and if we are one and the same as Jesus, as we are told in the Bible, perhaps the reincarnation is nothing more than an exaggerated symbol for the perpetuity of the soul.
We are told that there is no justification for anger. There is no justification for retaliation. There is no justification for guilt. These are all manifestations of the soul. We are told that Jesus Christ died for our sins, and we are told this story is exaggerated for us to be able to grasp the lesson.
We are asked in this lesson to remember each day is the opportunity for rebirth. Each day we wake with the opportunity to choose the path. When we learn to understand that there is NEVER a justification for anger. Everything is part of a divine network of circumstances to teach us lesson while in this human body. We are asked to remember the last words of Jesus, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Regardless of the circumstances, we are asked to always see through the eyes of forgiveness.
Even through ridicule, beating, betrayal, torture, abandonment and ultimately murder,Jesus’ example is one of forgiveness. The entire story of the crucifixion is nothing more than an a very exaggerated lesson to teach us forgiveness and to teach us to rise above the transgressions of others, each day is a new day.