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From Zero to Infinity in an Instant: Reflections on A Course in Miracles


While we overvalue the body, we tend to fear death and we hate others for making us
feel vulnerable to death. Everyone becomes a possible enemy because everyone has
the ability to harm our body. We have come to treasure the body and separation over
the spirit and communication. The body’s means of communication can also make us
feel separate. When we choose to see sin instead of innocence and mistakes instead of
love, we become defensive and often try to cut off communication with various people.
As we try to cut off communication, we create complex systems and ways of dealing
with others. Our societal systems have adapted to our need to be separate. We are able
to conduct business with money. We don’t need to even see the person that we are
doing business with. We never even know the people who use the products we
manufacture. We don’t have to show appreciation, and when we do say, “Thank you,” it
is often very mechanical. We have locks on all of our doors. We get what we think we
need to make us happy or to maintain our body, and we let others take care of
themselves. We show affection only when we think we can get something from another
person.
Is there another way? When we let go of our fear--our fear of death, our fear of
communication, and our fear of God--we will experience the love that we really are. This
process of letting go of fear is a process that is shared by everyone. By its very nature,
it is not a process that one person can accomplish alone. When this process is
accomplished, we will no longer see sin and guilt and fear. Instead, we will be love and
peace and joy. We will give up seeing--an act in which there is a distance between the
one who sees and what is seen--and we will embrace being--a state in which
communication exists in unbroken wholeness.
Love and the Call for Love
There are two types of expressions: (1) love and (2) the call for love. Every loving
thought is eternal. It is never lost and it benefits everyone. Every call for love is a call for
help, a call for healing. In this world, calls for love reveal that healing is needed. Fear,
anger, and attack are calls for love.
Those who believe in sin call for love but do not know how to find it. Those who believe
in sin feel the fear of being punished for their sins. They feel that they have sinned and
that they are trapped by their sin. This leads to anger about the unfairness of their
situation. Then they place their feelings of sin and guilt on others and attack others
mentally, verbally, and physically to try to make themselves feel better. But this does not
work. It merely makes the attacker feel guiltier, and the cycle of sin, fear, guilt, and
attack continues.
How do we get out of this cycle? We must learn that what we now think of as
unforgivable sin is merely a mistake in thinking that can be corrected. When we seem to
see sins in ourselves or others, we need to realize that we are only calling for love.
 
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