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Talking Our Way to Salvation
. . . and an invitation
We are saved - are forgiven and remember we are saved - when a single brother or sister sees only Christ in us and thus remembers that they are Christ. They become our savior when this happens because their awakening awakens in us the means by which we remember that we too are Christ.
In time, as the dream's edges soften and blur with the happy light of understanding, it becomes clear that in Christ there is no separation. It is not "many joined as one." There is only one.
Today I choose to see a world forgiven, in which everyone shows me the face of Christ, and teaches me that what I look upon belongs to me; that nothing is, except Your holy Son (W-pII.269.1:5).
Set aside the critical verb ("choose") and the metaphysical caveat ("a world") and see instead how we cannot wake up alone. Every single person we encounter - from the one we pass mindlessly on a street in a city we will never visit again to the one who will never stop weeping at our grave - is our savior. There are no exceptions.
We are called to take this unconditional inclusion literally, you and I. We become teachers of God's peace and love (because we will know perfectly God's peace and love) the instant we see another - any other - as our own self (M-1.3:9). In that moment we and the world are saved; in that moment we are all reborn (M-1.3:10-11).
It is okay - it is more than okay - to be intentional with respect to this. It is okay to deliberately seek Christ in the other, to practice the radical love contemplated by A Course in Miracles in all our affairs, and, most importantly - for upon this does salvation depend - to become willing to be the other's savior.
Being the other's savior is not a thing we do; it is a thing that the other does because we are willing to let them do it. It’s the Holy Spirit’s show, not ours. Our job is to be willing and then get out of the way. When we let go of everything but our willingness to serve the other, then they show us how to save them. And in their salvation - because it is shared - we remember that we are already saved.
Behold him now, whom you have seen as merely flesh and bone, and recognize that Christ has come to you . . . transformed from enemy to savior; from the devil into Christ (W-pI.161.12:3, 6).
One way to be intentional about salvation is to join in dialogue with others, together holding a clear goal of undoing the blocks to our remembrance of love. We enter into a formal relationship whose structure and application are given to the radical healing anticipated by practicing A Course in Miracles, which is to serve our brothers and sisters.
What does this look like?
Over the past few months Kimberley Mapel and I have been meeting regularly to talk about our practice and understanding of A Course in Miracles. Our shared emphasis is on healing as an action that occurs in bodies in the world because those bodies are attending - and are attended by - the Holy Spirit.
Intellectual understanding is important but mostly to the extent it helps guide coherent behavior (which includes how we think). The metaphysics of ACIM are a framework for healing, not a set of rules designed to separate believers from non-believers, those who "get it" from those who don't.
Union, not separation, is our function.
Our meetings do not have a set agenda. They evolve in real time - A Course in Miracles is the touchstone, but nothing is excluded. Game theory, Buddhism, IFS Therapy, Eugene Gendlin's Focusing and dreams have all made appearances. Sometimes one of us talks more than than the other. It is okay if nothing dramatic happens.
So there are no rules, just a mutual commitment to helpfulness. We share what we want to share, what feels safe to share. We never talk at each other. Silence is okay. Recognizing the shared nature of the journey matters more than indulging leader/follower energy. When ego appears, the work is to recognize this but also gently set it aside. There is nothing to prove.
We would like to extend an invitation to others to join us. We meet via Zoom every other Sunday evening at 7 p.m. EST. The meetings last about an hour, sometimes a little more or less. They are not recorded. If you are interested, or have questions, you can let me know here (I will loop Kimberley in) or in the comments.
Whether we meet in that way or not, please know how grateful I am to you for reading what I write, for patiently walking with me through the undoing of confusion and fear, and for reminding me over and over I am not alone. Truly, without you, it wouldn't mean a thing.