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


The separation is the belief that minds are separate from God and from each other. The
separation is also an illusion because it is not eternal. Minds that believe in the
separation are asleep because these minds try to make the illusions and fantasies of
separation real. Minds need to have their errors brought to the truth, so that their
illusions will disappear. Minds that are asleep need to be awakened, not punished.
However, this awakening can be disorienting and disturbing because the light that
awakens them is sometimes seen at first as something threatening and dangerous from
the dream. A miracle is something that shortens the time needed for creation to
awaken.
Oneness (or wholeness, unity) and sickness (or brokenness, disunity) cannot both be
true or real. Oneness claims that creation is essentially whole. Sickness claims that
creation is essentially disconnected. When one person accepts unity without
qualifications, and overlooks all sicknesses and illusions, this unity will spread
throughout all of creation, and creation will awaken from the dream of separation.
The body can be used to reinforce the idea of separation, in which each mind is limited
to a separate body, or the body can be used to communicate love and forgiveness,
which lead to awakening. Since the body is also an illusion, the body has no place in
heaven (eternity), and the body will disappear with all other illusions when illusions are
brought to the truth.
The purpose of God’s creations in the world is to work to heal the separation. The
purpose of God’s creations in heaven is to create limitlessly and to extend God’s love.
Heaven (eternity, infinity) is the awareness of perfect unity. It has nothing to do with time
because it is eternal. Heaven is reality. In heaven are perfect peace, complete
knowledge, undisturbed truth, and continual love.
The Turning Point
This passage from A Course in Miracles summarizes how individuals, societies, and
planets fundamentally change:
The acceptance of the Atonement by everyone is only a matter of time. This may
appear to contradict free will because of the inevitability of the final decision, but
this is not so. You can temporize and you are capable of enormous
procrastination, but you cannot depart entirely from your Creator, Who set the
limits on your ability to miscreate. An imprisoned will engenders a situation
which, in the extreme, becomes altogether intolerable. Tolerance for pain may be
high, but it is not without limit. Eventually everyone begins to recognize, however
dimly, that there must be a better way. As this recognition becomes more firmly
established, it becomes a turning point. This ultimately reawakens spiritual vision,
simultaneously weakening the investment in physical sight. The alternating
 
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