From Zero to Infinity in an Instant: Reflections on A Course in Miracles
From Zero to Infinity in an Instant
We worship an idol (though we know it not) because we want to have more of
something. And in order for one person to have more of something, another must have
less by comparison. If the universe is finite, and if physical things represent ultimate
reality, then physical goods cannot be shared. Rather, we must compete for them.
This is similar to the “zero-sum game” in economics theory. According to Investopedia,
the zero-sum game is “a situation in which one participant's gains result only from
another participant's equivalent losses. The net change in total wealth among
participants is zero; the wealth is just shifted from one to another.”
Of course, this ignores the fact that physical things can be made and destroyed.
However, we know from experience that life in this world is usually a struggle to obtain
physical things, and the world thinks that if one person has many physical things, this
prevents others from having them. This type of thinking is a large part of what A Course
in Miracles wants to reverse. In fact, even buying and selling are nonsensical to the
The idea of buying and selling implies precisely the kind of exchange that the
Soul cannot understand at all because its supply is always abundant and all its
demands are fully met.
--A Course in Miracles: Original Edition
According to A Course in Miracles, we can only make one mistake:
For there is but one mistake; the whole idea that loss is possible, and could result
in gain for anyone. If this were true, then God would be unfair; sin would be
possible, attack be justified and vengeance fair.
--A Course in Miracles
God does not will that part of His creation have more than another part. He gives
everything to everyone. However, as long as we see ourselves as limited physical
beings, we won’t know ourselves as the unlimited love that we are.
The Son of God [God’s creation] is limitless. There are no limits on his strength,
his peace, his joy, nor any attributes his Father gave in his creation.
--A Course in Miracles
The “holy instant,” in which the past and future have no hold on us, is God’s solution to
our dreams of limitation and lack, and our desire for vengeance for not getting what we
think we deserve.