Jesus' Hand: Exchanging Our Gifts for His, Part II
By Kenneth Wapnick
Excerpted from pp. 236-237 of Volume
One (All Are Called) of the two-volume work entitled
Message of A Course in Miracles, by Kenneth Wapnick,
copyright 1997 by the Foundation
for A Course in Miracles.
Reproduced here with permission.
Gifts of God," Jesus takes us through the next step, which was mentioned
in the above passage, and which we discussed earlier: the need to say "no"
to the ego's gifts.
Only this "not no" allows us to say and truly
mean the "yes" to Jesus that he asks on our own behalf. And so he implores
us to bring to him our gifts that he may exchange them for his own:
you be delivered from all gifts the world has offered you? How can you
change these little, cruel offerings for those that Heaven gives and God
would have you keep? Open your hands, and give all things to me that
you have held against your holiness and kept as slander on the Son of God....
I sometimes tell
students of A Course in Miracles that Jesus sees us as having only
hand, meaning that we cannot hold his hand and the ego's simultaneously.
While we are free to go back and forth between the two, at any given instant
we can hold but one. This reflects one of the characteristics of the split
mind: the decision maker must choose between the ego and the Holy
Spirit. It cannot choose neither, and cannot choose both. It can only choose
one or the other, and that remains its only choice. As we have seen,
Jesus teaches us in the Course:
I take them from
you gladly, laying them beside the gifts of God that He has placed upon
the altar to His Son. And these I give to you to take the place of those
you give to me in mercy on yourself. These are the gifts I ask, and only
these. For as you lay them by you, reach to me, and I can come as savior
then to you. The gifts of God are in my hands, to give to anyone who would
exchange the world for Heaven. You need only call my name and ask me to
accept the gift of pain from willing hands that would be laid in mine,
with thorns laid down and nails long thrown away as one by one the sorry
gifts of earth are joyously relinquished. In my hands is everything
you want and need and hoped to find among the shabby toys of earth. I take
them all from you and they are gone. And shining in the place where once
they stood there is a gateway to another world through which we enter in
the Name of God (The Gifts of God, pp. 118-19; italics mine).
world the only remaining freedom is the freedom of choice; always between
two choices or two voices (C- 1.7: 1).
And from a workbook
lesson that discusses the contrast between the separated world of the ego
and the real world of the Holy Spirit, we find the same principle enunciated:
impossible to see two worlds which have no overlap of any kind. Seek for
the one; the other disappears. But one remains. They are the range of choice
beyond which your decision cannot go. The real and the unreal are all there
are to choose between, and nothing more than these (W-pI.130.5).
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