From Zero to Infinity in an Instant: Reflections on A Course in Miracles HTML version
we are afraid of the truth. We are afraid that the truth will attack us, so we try to hide in
darkness. The alternative to the illusion that we are guilty is true vision and unified
knowledge. When we collectively learn to reflect the love of our Creator to all of creation
we will find joy. This love and joy is not something that we can currently comprehend
because there is nothing in our experience that is similar in quality or strength.
Forgiveness is the undoing or reversal of the illusion of guilt. Forgiveness realizes that
all apparent harm that we do to each other is not real. In other words, we cannot hurt or
destroy what is real, although we can destroy physical things and we can choose to feel
sorrow when these temporary things are destroyed.
We are all united by our Creator, and we are all characterized by the love that we and
our Creator are. We cannot dissolve our feelings of guilt by placing them on another
person, and we cannot find salvation and joy alone. We are either all guilty or we are all
guiltless. When we choose to see all of creation as guiltless, and all of our sins as
having no real effects, we will express real love and find true joy, and we will be
eternally grateful to our Creator for what He is and what He has created.
Are You Special?
Deep inside we believe that we have contradicted the will of God, that we have
committed an unforgiveable sin. Therefore, we are crazy with the fear that we have
somehow lost the acceptance and love of God. We go to great lengths to hide this fear
and get rid of the guilt that results from the belief that we have sinned. One way that we
deal with the guilt is to put it on other people. Since the guilt is too heavy to carry alone,
we pass it around and attack others for the faults that we believe we see in them.
We believe that we can find relief from this guilt by seeing ourselves as different from
the guilty ones. Somehow, we are better than those others. We are special. We might
feel special because we work hard. We might feel special because we can get what we
want without working hard. We might feel special because we have good looks. We
might feel special because we can obtain pity for our poor looks. We might feel special
because we have a lot of money, a nice car, and a nice home. We might feel special
because we have none of these things. We might feel special because we believe
certain things. We might feel special because we believe nothing. We might feel special
because we are liberal. We might feel special because we are conservative. We might
feel special because we are part of a big group. We might feel special because we are
part of a small group. But we want to feel special. We want to believe that we have the
password, the special formula, the special something that will win back God’s
acceptance of and love for us.
However, God’s love is about inclusion and oneness. If we see ourselves as more
deserving of God’s love than others, we break this union and prevent ourselves from
experiencing God’s inclusive love. God’s love is like an eternal sun in its brilliance and