From Zero to Infinity in an Instant: Reflections on A Course in Miracles
separate minds unites them in one purpose, for each one of them is equally
essential to them all.
--A Course in Miracles
What is salvation but a change of mind? Once you saw what another person did, and
you interpreted it as being bad. After salvation, however, you will see how all things
work together for good, and you will interpret all actions in another way. All actions will
be seen as part of God’s plan to awaken his creation from the illusion of separation.
Salvation is not something that we can achieve alone. It is something that requires the
joining in purpose of God’s creation. How long will we choose to feel guilty and to judge,
when God’s love and joy are waiting for us?
Seek But Do Not Find
A Course in Miracles (ACIM) says that the command of this world is “seek but do not
find.” Why don’t we find what we want or need in this world? The following ideas may
sound strange to you, but they might help us to come closer to the truth of our situation.
ACIM says that God is love, and that God creates by extending himself. Therefore, we
are also love, being God’s creation or extension. God’s creation of love is one, and we
are all connected.
If we are love, and we are one, then how did we get to be in such a frustrating and
unsatisfying world? ACIM says that at one point we had the insane idea that we had
taken God’s power and gone against his will. We believed that we had sinned against
God and we forgot to laugh at this crazy, ridiculous idea. This idea is ridiculous because
God, being who he is, is all-powerful, and God’s will and our will are one. Since we
began to believe in sin (meaning, error that cannot be corrected), we began to fear that
God would punish us and we tried to hide from God. ACIM calls this our “detour into
fear.” This world is our attempt to hide from God and become separate individuals.
However, in the attempt to become separate, we became more fearful because we now
believed that we had really and permanently destroyed the unity of God’s creation.
Since we took this detour into fear, we believe that we are separate, and the fear that
we feel blocks the love that we are. Since we are eternal and we are love, we will never
be completely satisfied with this world of separation, time, and fear. How do we leave
fear and return to love? As ACIM says, this is a group project. Since we are one in
reality, every effort we make to become more aware of the love that we are affects
everyone else. To become more aware of the love that we are, we need to forgive
(meaning, overlook) all of the errors we think we see in ourselves and in others. Once
the forgiveness of God’s creation is complete, this world will disappear, and we will
experience the love and joy that are our nature and right. Until then, we will think that
happiness will come as a result of external things that happen to us, and we will seek