Monday, May 28, 2007

Lesson 149:

My mind holds only what I think with God… When I am healed I am not healed alone… Heaven is the decision I must make…

I make is decision for Heaven now, always, and you are there with me. The decision for Heaven is the decision to be healed from our belief in hell as a possible choice.

In chapter 4 of the text, Jesus talks about our relationship with Heaven in a very real sense: “It is hard to understand what "The Kingdom of Heaven is within you" really means. This is because it is not understandable to the ego, which interprets it as if something outside is inside, and this does not mean anything. The word "within" is unnecessary. The Kingdom of Heaven you. What else you did the Creator create, and what else you is His Kingdom? This is the whole message of the Atonement; a message which in its totality transcends the sum of its parts.” (T-4.III.1-8)

This is why we are not healed alone. This is why when we accept the atonement for ourselves, which is another way of saying, “I decide for Heaven”; we accept healing, the only place where it can be found, for the whole Sonship. Only Salvation can be said to heal because all sickness has its beginning and end in the belief in separation, which is hell. All Healing must have at is core, then, one purpose. This unified purpose reacquaints us with our eternal oneness, which characterizes the mind that holds only what it thinks with God.

“The Kingdom is perfectly united and perfectly protected, and the ego will not prevail against it. Amen.” This is the prayer Jesus gives us to bring us back in touch with the truth of our being and the power of our united mind. Later in this same section of chapter 4 in the text, further clarification and assistance in dealing with the ego’s tempting persuasion is stated: “In your own mind, though denied by the ego, is the declaration of your release. This one fact means the ego does not exist, and this makes it profoundly afraid. In the ego's language, "to have" and "to be" are different, but they are identical to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit knows that you both everything and everything. Any distinction in this respect is meaningful only when the idea of "getting," which implies a lack, has already been accepted. That is why we make no distinction between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of God… The calm being of God's Kingdom, which in your sane mind is perfectly conscious, is ruthlessly banished from the part of the mind the ego rules. The ego is desperate because it opposes literally invincible odds, whether you are asleep or awake. Consider how much vigilance you have been willing to exert to protect your ego, and how little to protect your right mind. Who but the insane would undertake to believe what is not true, and then protect this belief at the cost of truth?” (T-4.III.9-10).

The logic the Course presents addresses so poignantly the absolute truth within; it is virtually irresistible to the mind that seeks the truth. I am constantly, profoundly moved by the simplicity of the Course’s message, as well as it ability to give my analyzing ego mind some compulsory intellectual satisfaction for which it show up and serves; (since ego is the vehicle I have to work with). After all, it is here (ego-belief-mind) where healing takes place, since Heaven is a state of pure wholeness. We make the decision for healing and for Heaven, and the Holy Spirit marshals all forces in Heaven and earth to realign our will with God’s, which of course is our Will as well, being only all that is.
I am overwhelmingly grateful to join allegiance to healing, together as one.

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