Lessons from A Course in Miracles
“In the situation involving ___ in which I see myself, there is nothing that my holiness cannot do."
"There is nothing my holiness cannot do because the power of God lies in it.”
“My holiness is my salvation."
My unloving thoughts about ___ are keeping me in hell. My holiness is my salvation.”
I’ve been working with lessons 38 and 39 for a while now and I’m getting a lot out of working with them together. For instance, today I found myself thinking,
“In the situation involving body pain in which I see myself, my thoughts are keeping me in hell. There is nothing my holiness cannot do because the power of God lies in it.”
As I repeated this statement several times, a new perspective came into my mind. Experientially, a strong clear feeling of release flowed through me. I let my mind shift out of the bondage it had been trapped in that produced the pain effect. I have experienced this shift before and once again moved into an awareness that freedom is not only possible, but natural and inevitable.
I felt myself stepping out of my pain-body to look at it on my clairvoyant screen. My mind filled with a definite realization that nothing I feel there in that pain-body tells me the truth about myself. It is entirely meaningless.
The next realization that came into my mind was a deep sense of knowing that only my holiness is unlimited. Everything else is a limitation on the truth about me and the universe I live in. Illusions cannot correct illusions. False idols cannot teach truth. There is nothing my holiness cannot do, because only my holiness is real. In holiness, there is no pain, there is no death. It’s simply not real. Experientially, I felt a shift in my mind that felt like a release, a sigh. And the feeling of pain receded.
It is clear to me that every limitation I’ve placed upon myself, I did so to validate a sense of self that is meaningless. A self that is separate; a self with a separate body, a separate mind, with separate thoughts, feelings, and desires. A story-teller that writes her own story of self and of the world according to her own beliefs, fears, and perceptions. Every limit I felt was taught to me by my experiences with the apparent world around me, was first believed by my ego and then projected out so I could abdicate responsibility for the sorry state these limits manufacture.
Sickness, death, and pain are all illusions designed to prove separation is real. I can use the world around me to validate illusions or I can turn my mind back to holiness and experience my world transform. Will it transform physically? I don’t know. It most certainly won’t if I demand that it does before I allow myself to experience anything different. Effects don’t change cause. Cause changes effects. If form is the goal, then holiness is not. Because we use forms to establish differences, to prove separation. If holiness is the goal, whatever forms appear within that state of mind will communicate wholeness.
There is no reason my body can’t be healed. But it cannot heal unless the mind is healed. When I return my awareness to holiness, pain makes no sense and it recedes from my awareness.
So, let's look a little more closely at holiness as defined in A Course in Miracles.
First, it is not a state of mind that one can think of as pertaining only to the self. Holiness is a state of mind that knows the wholeness of the Creation. It is an awareness that no one and no living thing exists in isolation separate from the whole. It is not partial awareness. It focuses not on parts but on the whole.
Second, it is self-correcting, self-unifying, and self-healing because it is the memory of the Self that IS rather than the self-concept we hold in our mind that is not real.
So, in answer to my question, will my physical body be transformed by my holiness, I was directed to read chapter 27. There I found a direct response.
"Now in the hands made gentle by His touch, the Holy Spirit lays a picture of a different you. It is a picture of a body still, for what you really are cannot be seen nor pictured. Yet this one has not been used for purpose of attack, and therefore never suffered pain at all. It witnesses to the eternal truth that you cannot be hurt, and points beyond itself to both your innocence and his [other people's]. Show this unto your brother, who will see that every scar is healed, and every tear is wiped away in laughter and in love. And he will look on his forgiveness there, and with healed eyes will look beyond it to the innocence that he beholds in you."
My take away is that when I live in my right mind, my holy mind, I cannot feel any of the things that hurt me. If I feel no hurt, my body, which serves only as a mirror of my mind, cannot reflect back hurt. It reflects only love. In my right mind I have no enemies, I cannot be attacked, I need not judge because there is nothing to defend. I feel no fear, no pain, no sorrow, no guilt or remorse. Thus, I become completely non-threatening to everyone around me. I love them as myself and see them as essential to me. Together, we reveal that we are truly whole, complete, and well and we live within an organized, intelligent wholeness.
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.
In this state of awareness, the body is free to be a conductor of light and love - a means of holy communication. It is free to reflect wellness, not sickness and death. At the very least, this can only be beneficial to the body. Who knows what it will be free to reveal if given the Holy Spirit's purpose instead of the ego's?
I can’t maintain right-mindedness all the time yet, because there is still a part of my subconscious mind sitting outside of the awareness of my holiness. But, because my holiness is whole, it can only find and correct that subconscious error once I am willing to allow myself to move my identity out of the error.
And I am willing.
Consciously, I am willing. And, that choice is what is required to allow it happen in time and space. The part that remains attached to misidentification is not yet fully deprogrammed and so I understand that am still both a learner and teacher. Both, the programming that produces the ego identity and the awareness of my divine identity have been pushed into unconsciousness by the perceptual effects of the choice for separation. And so, it is up to me to choose to do the work of training my mind to move out of the subconscious patterns of error by calling forth awareness of my holiness.
Clearly, this training process is needed, because I am still here in the world of duality. Yet, this training process cannot fail because it was given me by God and invoked the moment I realized I wanted it more than I wanted insanity. I can only awaken and heal because there is nothing my holiness cannot do.
Let Me Hear From You
What are your thoughts about holiness?