From Zero to Infinity in an Instant: Reflections on A Course in Miracles
happiness but we will not find it. Thank God that our return to love (our salvation) is
something that will surely happen.
God and God’s creation are in a state of unbroken communication and knowledge.
However, we, as God’s creation, can be unaware of this natural state of communication
with God. God is love, and we, as the extension of God, are also love. However, at one
point we believed that we had successfully attacked and hurt God, and we began to feel
sinful and guilty. This belief in sin includes the idea that there is a will separate from
God’s will. If God’s creation can really act in opposition to God, then God can be
weakened and overthrown. However, if God and His creation share one will, then the
idea of sin against God is merely a mistake, a mistake that can be easily corrected.
The belief in sin, guilt, and fear made the ego possible. The “ego” is the desire for
separation. The ego believes that separation and attack make the individual strong. The
ego also believes that union and love are signs of weakness. Therefore, the ego uses
the “communication” of the body to prevent real communication. The ego uses the body
and its words and actions to block real communication. The ego promotes confusion,
deception, and attack to keep God’s creation splintered into apparently different beings
and wills. The body is the symbol of this apparent separation. The ego believes that
private thoughts and wills are possible and desirable. However, God’s creation is not
happy while it follows the ego’s directions. God’s creation can only be happy when it
knows itself as God created it. God’s creation can learn to know itself by deciding to
follow God’s guide, the Holy Spirit, rather than deciding to follow the ego.
God’s creation can know itself by giving up judgment and accepting forgiveness.
Judgment is an attempt to attack creation. Forgiveness realizes that nothing God
created can be destroyed or even changed. Therefore, the belief in sin, guilt, and fear
are completely unjustified since no one can destroy God, eternity, or love. God creates
by extending himself. God and his creation are love and always will be, but we, as
God’s creation, can be unaware of this fact. The continual communication of God and
creation is a source of eternal joy. We can return to the awareness of this state of joy by
ceasing to judge. When we stop judging, we become free from the fear of being judged.
When we are no longer afraid of being judged, we can begin to communicate freely,
without the need to confuse and deceive and promote separation with our words and
actions. The body is a tool of the mind. The body can be used to disrupt communication,
or the body can be used to promote communication. However, once we realize that the
mind does not need the body to communicate, the body will be laid aside, and creation
will be joyfully reunited. Then creation will know itself as love and experience the bliss
that is its natural state. This is a state of innocence and strength, not a state of guilt and