Will start with Ken and end up with my thoughts, just decided to plunge right in, here we go!
“We need realize that what we perceive and experience in our bodies is a projection of what we believe is inside. “As within, without.” What is within our minds – a thought system of weakness: sin, guilt and fear – becomes the outside world.”
LOVED THIS EXCERPT FROM THE MANUAL, M-20,4:6-8:
“Stop for a moment now and think of this: Is conflict what you want, or is God’s peace the better choice? Which gives you more? A tranquil mind is not a little gift. Would you not rather live than choose to die.”
“Again, nothing in ACIM should ever be construed behaviorally. Its focus is only on which thought system or teacher we choose. This is difficult because we still see ourselves as bodies on the battleground, rather than minds existing beyond the ego’s thought system.”
“Only by seeing one’s experiences as a classroom in which the meaning of forgiveness – the shift from the ego to the Holy Spirit – can be learned, does defenselessness become a meaningful and relevant goal. Stated another way, forgiveness is possible only when we remember we are the dreamer and not the dream figure.”
“The world’s cause – the mad belief in sin – never happened; and so sin’s effect – suffering and death – never happened either.”
“This does not mean everything in your day will go smoothly. However, regardless of what happens externally, you will be peaceful because you have chosen Jesus as your teacher and companion.”
“These lessons help us return to sanity and accept the Atonement for ourselves. Learning this acceptance is our ministry, as the following lesson will discuss. The so-called holy, sacred, and important things we believe we are to do are irrelevant. Always try to remember that ACIM is only about shifting our thought system: from guilt to holiness, hate to forgiveness, defensiveness to defenselessness.”
“Our “ministry” is to grow up and become like Jesus, the symbol of the mind’s choice to be defenseless instead of defensive.”
“The only requirement for shifting teachers then, is the willingness to ask for help in seeing beyond another’s ego to the call for help that is buried, as it is buried in us. With Jesus, we look beyond the seeming darkness to the light shining in us as one, for such the light is: one.”
“Our function is not to save the world by gifting gifts of love. Rather, we are asked to quietly sit by, meaning we choose against the ego’s noise – its gifts of guilt and judgment, attack and defense. His is the Voice of love, which our specific minds translate into specific responses that we often experience as being told what to do or say. Yet in truth, “what He would have us do: is simply to remain with Him instead of the ego. From the quiet center, His Love gently guides our thoughts, words, and deeds, extending the previous hour into the next.”
“Jesus lets us know how tempted we will be to wander from the truth when we become afraid. He reminds us of this frequently, and it is indeed a comfort for we need no longer pretend we think of God 100% of the time. If that were so we would not need the workbook, and we certainly would not be here in a body, living in the slaughter house the ego calls home.”
I will simply share an excerpt from the Manual that means a lot to me. It is an excerpt from M-4.VI.1 as Jesus describes the sixth characteristic of God’s teachers, defenselessness:
“God’s teachers have learned how to be simple. They have no dreams that need defense against the truth. They do not try to make themselves. Their joy comes from their understanding Who created them. And does what God created need defense? No one can become an advanced teacher of God until he fully understands that defenses are but foolish guardians of mad illusions. The more grotesque the dream, the fiercer and more powerful its defenses seem to be. Yet when the teacher of God finally agrees to look past them, he finds that nothing was there. Slowly at first he lets himself be undeceived. But he learns faster as his trust increases. It is not danger that comes when defenses are laid down. It is safety. It is peace. It is joy. And it is God.”
May we all aspire and be inspired to be defenseless.
Have a very blessed day!