*Please bring the Holy Spirit with you in prayer.
*I am so grateful for the depth of understanding that I am able to receive as I share my witness of the meanings of these words, as I understand them today.
37.A MAJOR contribution of miracles is their strength in releasing man from his misplaced sense of isolation, deprivation, and lack. They are affirmations of Sonship, which is a state of completion & abundance.
*By seeing everyone at the same place and on the same level we recognize our similarities and worthiness.
*This reminds me of what I saw in the LDS temple as people dressed in white and the typical differentiating things were removed. We appeared equally blessed and worthy. Here, the concept of worthiness, lies in obedience through personal choice to agreed upon behaviors and attitudes of a leader or Prophet, under the direction of Jesus.
*I suggest that in ACIM Jesus is trying to teach us that we each must take our own claim to being directed by God by following the Holy Spirit as we understand Him in the present moment.
*The Church struggles with this all the time as it seeks to organize multitudes within the context of the illusion. I believe that it is a vehicle as are all faiths and philosophies that lead us to understanding our own place within divinity. It is not to be judged or criticized, nor is it to be considered the “end all-be all”. It is a vehicle to help us arrive at a destination, much like the body is a vehicle and not the “Being” itself.
B’s (Bill) very proper emphasis on “changing your mind” needs clarification.
*This is where we individually claim our own authority.
Whatever is true & real is eternal, & cannot change or be changed.
*As mortals we do not think that this is such a good thing, we like diversity and thrive on change, but I think that we could chalk that up to the confusion of our concept of reality. This confusion can bring about the fear of our very extinction, which is impossible because we were created by a god (Christ) and we are in Him, as He is in the Father.
The Soul is therefore unalterable because it is ALREADY perfect, but the mind can elect the level it chooses to serve.
*The only reason there is a choice is because of the confusion when Christ thought He had separated from God at creation. The choice really is only when you will wake up to that fact and release the error.
The only limit which is put on its choice is that it CANNOT serve two masters.
*Which is everything! As pertains to how we interact with the world anyway. In scripture Jesus goes on to say for you will love one and hate the other, you will be divided in yourself and this is not of God. It allows for variability and not for true knowledge.
While the ballot itself is a secret one, and the right to vote is fully protected, voting ALWAYS entails both election AND rejection.
*This shows how decision is subject to the illusion and not eternity because eternal is not subject to change. Only to growth. Within.
If two candidates are voted for the same position, the machine cancels the ballot automatically.
This is necessary, because a split vote does not represent ANY REAL allegiance.
*Interestingly, in the political arena of the day (2019, in the USA) we are undergoing a transition that is forcing us to look at what we believe individually and not just accept that what others say is correct for all.
Free will is the attribute of the mind, NOT the Soul.
*This is a very significant concept! I suspect that this individual consciousness. It has agreed with the overall plan for humanity and it is the part of the human experience that accepts or rejects unification. In other words, it is still a part of the illusion because choice is not necessary in the place that IS in God.
The Soul always remains changeless, because it never leaves the sight of God. The Creation of the Soul is already fully accomplished.
*In LDS doctrine, the soul is the body and spirit of the person. Here, Jesus distinguishes the Mind as well. Spirit is that which is in God and of God. This creation is then fully accomplished.
The mind, if it votes to do so, becomes a medium by which the Soul can create along the line of its own creation.
*This is the concept not so well understood by humanity, because we identify with the physical and with the sense of scarcity and unworthiness.
If it does not freely elect to do so, it retains this creative ability, but places itself under tyrannous rather than authoritative control.
*Authority has become a negative word for the 21st century, however we discovered in past studies that authority is simply choosing what one believes. If we do not elect to decide for ourselves what we believe. We will be subject to the false ego’s interpretations. This puts us under another’s rule.
As a result, what it creates is imprisonment, because such are the dictates of tyrants.
*Basically, we must choose to decide what we believe for ourselves, and take authority, or we will be left to the dictates of the false ego and its maze of confusion that keeps us off base. Sadly, we, as humans are very adaptable and seem to be willing to accept chaos rather than the peace God offers.
*Going back to number 37, it appears that the only way that we will truly be Whole or on the same level, is if we each take it upon ourselves to come to a definitive decision on our own. There can be no group decisions or led individuals, it is required that each person be their own authority/decision maker.
*It appears the eternal must be accepted by all unanimously. This is something you see in the Mormon church as well. Every 6 months the individuals of the church sustain the Prophet. And as positions are filled a unanimous vote is required to sustain people in their callings. This is a good metaphor or hyperbole for the illusion, but it threatens the very thing it is trying to achieve, which is solidarity among humanity because its sustaining is in the flesh and blood and not in eternal principal alone. Needless to say, the false-ego wants us to hold onto that which is of the illusion rather than to submit ourselves to the eternal and thus it feels, as Jesus says, like tyranny. Or for those who accept it, it appears to relinquish them individually from making a decision or being an authority of/to themselves.
Text is in bold. My comments are *’d. Please invite the Holy Spirit to this review. I am using the 2003 edition from Hungary. I share as I am guided by the Spirit at this time in my life with the intent to lift humanity out of chaos.
I pray this serves.
Till next time, God bless, Namaste~