In order to do that, I am given a mind training with a lesson for every day of the year. Every lesson is a lesson that teaches the idea of forgiveness as Jesus teaches me, not as the world and its institutions tell me.
The aim is the removal of the blocks to the awareness of love and peace as known by God which leads to the discovery of my Self as God created me. By denying my denial of God and Self, by letting go of my self-identity and all its justifications I will undergo a miraculous undoing of my fearful old self-identity. That is my salvation. Just to give some examples, I quote a few lesson titles:
"Nothing I see means anything."
"I have given everything I see all the meaning it has for me."
"My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts."
"God goes with me wherever I go."
"I am the light of the world."
"I am as God created me."
"I am not a body. I am free."
"There is no death. The Son of God is free."
|"Still-Life with a Skull" by Philippe de Champaigne|
Nowhere is there room for what I previously thought about my so-called self or other projected identities. All of it must be false, if what Jesus offers me is true. It is false, because truth is true and nothing else is true. It is false, because an opposite to God does not exist. It is false, because there is no separation which is the fundamental idea on which this world rests.
There is no one who hasn't struggled with the mind training of A Course In Miracles. In fact, it always escapes me in my idea of what it is. It is not conceptual. So, how does it work? What is it? I quote the Master Teacher with his incredible lucidity and reason:
"Success is not based on your conceptual acuity. It’s based on your capacity to take your conceptions and convert them into a new association of your mind.
...you suffer from the illusion that you can be wrongly treated and that somehow forgiveness is necessary.
You say, 'Well, I already know this.' You obviously don’t know it, or you would not continue to practice the idea that there’s actually something to forgive. There’s nothing to forgive. The world is not real. This is the solution that I have offered you that you have discovered, so you don’t have to continue to practice getting over being wrongly treated. Do you hear me? Inevitably, that will be misunderstood, because forgiveness to you retains the idea of the sin instead of releasing it. Forgiveness for the human conception is exactly the opposite of what forgiveness really is. Isn’t it?
Forgiveness recognizes what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred. That’s all I’m going to read of that. I just wanted you to see that. That’s what forgiveness is. 'You haven’t done anything to me, because I’m not doing anything here, myself. And because I’m not doing anything here, myself...' Do you see what happened? Obviously, if I am here, it would be sinful. Since I’m not here and nothing is here, I cannot be sinful, so there can be nothing to forgive.
An unforgiving thought – one thought... You don’t have to know what it is. Do you see that? It’s what your fundamental identity is based on. You don’t have to examine it. What is it? Death. Watch it. Boom! 'I’ve got an unforgiving thought.' That’s what death is. From that moment on, you don’t look at it. If I walked up to anyone here – I’ll use you, out there – 'You’re going to die.' Say, 'I know it.' [I know it] That’s absurd. That’s your one unforgiving thought. You can’t open that one to examination. If you did, you would have to open up all your thoughts to examination. If I say to you, 'No, Jesus Christ is risen and you’re in Heaven and there is no death,' you immediately turn that around that he’s going to die for you. That way, he can remain unforgiven in your own mind. Yet all he ever asks from you is the totality of his resurrection through his saviorship. Do you see that? Death is nothing but that unforgiving thought. You will not raise it to doubt because your other unforgiving thoughts depend on it. Obviously, death would be a denial and an attack. Come on!"
- Master Teacher in a video from the archives for which you have to register: http://www.themasterteacher.tv/members/videos/MTS-11
Death is a thought which takes on many forms. To question it will save me a lot of time.