Interesting, Jesus is speaking to readiness in the first paragraph of the review. He indicates that by reviewing two lessons a day and their central thoughts, by so doing we will attain the readiness we apparently need to tackle the subsequent lessons. Tackle and practice, that is.
“Forgiveness is the means whereby we attain this readiness, and these review lessons will facilitate our preparation as understanding deepens with each reading and each day’s practice.”
Then Jesus states the central them of “My mind holds only what I think with God”, will unify “each step in the review we undertake. Interesting, isn’t it?
“This reflects Heaven’s Oneness – God and Christ, our true Self, are totally unified, without distinction or separation. The principle of the Atonement says the ego’s separation never occurred; expressed specifically in the thought: “My mind holds only what I think with God.” Thus the only real thoughts in the split mind are those reflecting our perfect Oneness, the thoughts we think with God.”
Where Jesus states that the above statement is a fact, etc., in 2:3, Ken writes:
“This fact and truth undo the ego’s thought system. There can be no individuality if our minds hold only what we think with God, because His thought is unity and love, held out to us by the Holy Spirit. Our accepting his gift is the ego’s primary concern, which motivated its strategy of having us fear our minds. The ego tells us we do not fear love, but sin and guilt. Thus is our identity as Christ – the Son of Innocence – replace by the ego’s identity – the son of guilt.”
Jesus tells us lack of forgiveness “blocks this thought from his awareness. Yet it is forever true.” Ken writes:
“In order to block this thought of Heaven’s Oneness from awareness, the ego needs thoughts to substitute for the Atonement. Sin, guilt, fear, and specific expressions of unforgiveness all come to the rescue. I have done a terrible and unforgivable thing. Such is the meaning of guilt which I project, thereby holding the unforgiveness of myself against everyone else. Yet all the while the memory of creation’s Oneness remains in my right mind, kept by the Holy Spirit, Who patiently waits my decision to return to Him.”
I LOVE PARAGRAPH THREE (3). Jesus is reminding us we need to understanding the many forms in which the lack of true forgiveness “may be carefully concealed.” Ken writes:
“We again see the Course’s modus operandi of training us to be aware of the many forms we use to defend against the Holy Spirit’s Presence in our minds. From such understanding comes the final generalization, in which we recognize the common thread that runs through all illusions. The following passage articulates this teaching, using the CONTENT (my emphasis) of sacrifice – one or the other: one wins, another loses – as the thought underlying the ego’s forms:
“For there is but one mistake; the whole idea that loss is possible, and could result in gain for anyone…..This one mistake, in any form, has one correction. There is no loss; to think there is, is a mistake. You have no problems, though you think you have. And yet you could not think so if you saw them vanish one by one, without regard to size, complexity, or place and time, or any attribute which you perceive that makes each one seem different from the rest…Every problem is an error. It does injustice to the Son of God, and therefore is not true. The Holy Spirit does not evaluate injustices as great or small, or more or less. They have no properties to Him.” (T-26.II.2:5, 3:1-4, 4:2-5)
Oh gosh, and the second sentence of this paragraph, 3:2, where Jesus reminds us that when we perceive illusions to be “real”, if you will, they are nothing but “defenses that protect your (our) unforgiving thoughts from being seen and recognized.” Ken writes:
“The unforgiving thoughts that go unrecognized are the mind’s guilt. The defenses constitute the second tier of our bodily experience. It is important to read ACIM carefully, for a veritable treasure chest of information can be found in almost every sentence. Indeed, if you were to understand any one sentence totally, you would understand the whole of the Course’s thought system. In the present sentence we find the ego strategy unveiled: the unforgiving and made-up thoughts in our minds are protected by the world and body, which we made up as well.”
If you read nothing else but the last paragraph that I shared that Ken wrote…it would be very helpful to you, I hope. Also, if I understand one sentence from ACIM, I might be able to understand the entirety of the Course’s thought system.
To be very brief, my husband called me yesterday. A woman who works for us was out all week last week, she’s been on board for about four and ½ months. In that period of time, she has had to go home pretty frequently due to some malady or ailment, to be honest, they have been multitudinous. The week she was out she spent in the hospital with a blocked colon among other challenges.
When my husband indicated at a staff meeting that he’d need to hire someone three days a week to assure coverage when Lindsay, our Marketing VP goes out on maternity leave, probably 3 to 3 and ½ months, this individual with a checkered attendance record started to sob.
Long story short, he called me late morning to let me know what had happened. There were other minor “eruptions” but none like the sobbing.
I did my best to give him some suggestions as he was intense and very upset. He had just returned from England after a “heavenly” trip and he felt he was in hell, kidding.
This morning, I revisited this subject. It did not go well. He left sort of in a huff pronouncing he was, assuredly, the most misunderstood person on the planet.
OK…I have been experiencing many mixed emotions. Honestly, I am saturated with the “drama” I hear about from my husband, it usually emanates from our administrative position, yet I do understand that if there is no one among them who is centered, grounded and focused on the good of the whole, drama will continue.
Ah, as I write this, I can get above the battleground and choose to see it differently. The saturation and judgment will vanish and I can then remember one of the earlier lessons, “There is nothing my holiness cannot do.”
Have a lovely day!