Versus Arrogance Part 3 - Continued
By Kenneth Wapnick, Ph.D.
Message of A Course in Miracles, Introduction to
Volume 2 which is entitled
Few Choose to Listen, copyright 1997 by the Foundation
for A Course in Miracles
do not like how we feel about something going on in our lives, or in the
lives of those with which we are identifying,
A Course in Miracles
is teaching us to go to the source of our distress: the decision our minds
have made to choose the ego's attack instead of the Holy Spirit's forgiveness.
If the ego is our choice, the resultant guilt will be what is projected
from the mind onto a world we perceive to be outside the mind and filled
inevitably with fear, hopelessness, and despair. If the Holy Spirit is
chosen, on the other hand, the resultant peace will be what the mind has
extended, and it is this peace and joy that will remain with us regardless
of what appears to be external to us. This world, which is experienced
without fear and sparkling with hope, is the world the guiltless Son perceives.
This is so even if he finds himself in Auschwitz, for the peace comes not
from outside the mind in the external world, but from what is certain and
stable in the guiltless world within, termed the real
in the Course. It is this reality that envelops the entire Sonship
with its love.
is not offering to help us solve our external problems, nor to remove the
fears we experience in our everyday lives, but rather he is teaching us
how to join with him in undoing the
causes of our fear, which lie
in the mind's decision to be separate from him and therefore from God.
He states in a passage originally meant specifically for Helen Schucman,
scribe of A Course in Miracles:
of fear is your responsibility. When you ask for release from fear,
you are implying that it is not. You should ask, instead, for help in the
conditions that have brought the fear about. These conditions always entail
a willingness to be separate.... If I intervened between your thoughts
and their results, I would be tampering with a basic law of cause and effect;
the most fundamental law there is. I would hardly help you if I depreciated
the power of your own thinking. This would be in direct opposition to the
purpose of this course (T-2.VI.4:1-4; T-2.VII. 1:4-6).
To return to our
movie screen analogy and restate this essential point: The fluttering image
on the screen is the effect of the malfunction that is located in
the projection booth, which is the true cause of the problem. And
so Jesus is exhorting his students to pay careful attention to their mind's
decision to be unhappy, and to correct that cause, rather than continually
seeking his help in remedying the effect, which ultimately makes
no sense at all. Thus he is not so much teaching his students what is good
about themselves (although certainly many, many beautiful passages in the
Course describe this truth), as he is helping them to recognize their own
wrong ego choices, so that they can make the correct ones now with him.
His repeated plea throughout
A Course in Miracles that we choose
again reflects the need to choose him as our teacher instead of the ego.
And so he urges all his students: "Resign now as your own teacher....for
you were badly taught" (T- 12.V.8:3; T-28.1.7: 1).
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