So many of us are searching for the truth; we read, we study, we practise one form of spirituality or another, in the hope of achieving liberation. We seem to have an innate desire to awaken from the dream of life on earth, even though some of us may not be consciously aware of this. I believe it is our oneness with God that propels us forwards and makes us search constantly for a path that will lead us Home.
The searching that we do is important because it is only the truth that will set us free. According to Lesson 107, the truth undoes the errors in the mind that are caused by the ego. Ever since the mind split into two parts, we have had to contend with the erroneous thought system of the ego; unless we overcome this somehow, we will remain in bondage–hence the importance of discovering the truth. For ACIM students, the truth is to be found in the 1300 or so pages of the Course. And it is the eagerness to discover the truth that encourages these students to study and practice the 365 daily lessons of the Workbook as well as to read the 669-page Text.
The main purpose of the lessons in the Workbook is to gradually change our perceptions of the world; to convince us that the world of the ego is an illusion because God did not create our physical bodies or the universe and everything in it. God created us by extending himself; as He is perfect, eternal and immortal, we must be too. When we really appreciate the fact that this world is an illusion or a mere mental projection, it becomes easier to detach a little from it and to practice the most important part of the Course: forgiveness. In reality, there is nothing to forgive because we are just figures in a dream. Upon awakening, we will return to our original and onl
y true state, i.e., spirit. But, if we look upon forgiveness as letting go of illusions, we can see that it does have an important role to play in helping us awaken.
“Without illusions there could be no fear, no doubt and no attack. When truth has come all pain is over, for there is no room for transitory thoughts and dead ideas to linger in your mind. Truth occupies your mind completely, liberating you from all beliefs in the ephemeral....” ACIM, Workbook p. 192. Eventually, as we overcome the ego, we will free ourselves from the hands of time, because the ego, time and space all go together—a package deal in fact. Actually, it is the ego that created time and space as an alternative to Heaven. Once the ego is conquered, we will be free to regain our immortality, and ACIM tells us that our physical body will no longer exist, as we will have no need for it.
The Course urges us to forgive all illusions, so as to become free of the ego. But it may seem to us that, at times, there is a lot to forgive; someone may have upset us, cheated us, stolen from us, spread rumours about us, etc. This may seem like a lot to forgive unless we remember that it isn’t really happening. If we remember that all the people, events and circumstances in our lives are our own mental projections, then we may find it easier to be forgiving. In fact, as the Course points out, we are really only overlooking something that didn’t actually take place. “Salvation, perfect and complete, asks but a little wish that what is true be true; a little willingness to overlook what is not there; a little sigh that speaks for Heaven as a preference to this world that death and desolation seem to rule....” ACIM, Text p. 555.
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