I began reading A Course in Miracles just about a month or so ago. I am really loving it!
I purchased it about a year ago and started reading it, but at the time, it seemed too
complicated. I had been reading a chapter daily from the Bible. This is how I begin to
initiate change. Sometimes it feels daunting to make the time to read a whole book,
like the Bible or ACIM, which is VERY long. So I just read a little bit each day.
This seems to work, and at least I’m making progress.
So I put down the Bible and
began reading ACIM instead, which is a book scribed by Helen Schucman, a channel
for Jesus. What I’m about to write now is probably pretty controversial but I want to
write what is in my heart, and I can’t be afraid of what you think of me.
I grew up as
a Christian in the Methodist Church. It was a very small church in a small town. I
went to Sunday school regularly but then stopped attending as a teenager since my
immediate family didn’t go. When I was about 18 years old, I began going to a Lutheran
church where my boyfriend’s (husband-to-be) parents went.
I took communion classes and was officially baptized at this church. It was steeped in
tradition and the songs were a little boring, but I did find it comforting. I got involved
with administrative committees and felt accepted there.
Then I married my first husband
in 1992, after dating 7 years. He was against organized religion and complained about
my involvement in the church. He accused me of being naïve with a child dependence
on God. My faith was fragile back then. I actually wrote a letter to the church, revoking
my membership and explaining that I’d no longer be going. To this day, I’m surprised at
myself for doing this and how much I relinquished my power to my husband.
years later, I began to study other religions, like Bhuddism, and I felt I was changing inside.
I wanted to expand my world. I didn’t want anyone holding me back, trying to tell me what
to believe or think or do. In 2008, nearly 16 years later, I decided to go back to church.
This time I was referred to a place about 5 minutes from my home that I didn’t even
know existed, the Soul Esteem Center (SEC), a non-denominational, metaphysical
community of like-minded folks. I fell in love with the SEC and its message of love
and openness. I didn’t feel any judgment that I would go to hell if I didn’t accept Jesus
as the only way to Heaven.
I decided to read the Bible over a year ago to decide for
myself what I thought. My spiritual director, who I began working with months after I’d
started reading it, advised that I skip to the New Testament. Good advice.
Even then, parts of it just confused me, especially about the Second Coming and
Judgment Day and all of that. I too easily interpreted passages as breeding
separatism and judgment.
I’ve never been able to come to peace with the idea
that Jesus was the only way to Heaven; it seemed exclusionary and unfair.
What about all of the people who grew up, being taught different religions and
beliefs? They are going to be damned forever to hell? This just didn’t make
sense to me. So that is when I received inner guidance to read ACIM instead.
This has made all of the difference. I was now ready to read ACIM. In fact, I can
hardly put it down after reading a couple of pages each morning (remember these
are words directly spoken to Helen from Jesus). I realize that Christ is not just
referring to Jesus.
Christ is, according to the ACIM, “The extension of God;
God’s one Son and one creation; the single Self that is shared by all minds,
all of whom are equal members of the Sonship. Does not refer to Jesus, who
is simply one of these members, one who has fully awakened to our shared
Identity as Christ.”
The Son of God is defined as such: The true Identity of each
person and every living thing. The one Son of God is composed of an infinite
number of parts or Sons. Each one of these Sons is both part of the whole and all of the whole….
This term does not refer exclusively to Jesus, who is merely one of the Sons,
one who has awakened.
These ideas really helped me to see that we are all
one, and that we have been creating this idea of separatism. This book, ACIM,
has so much wisdom. I'm not knocking the Bible or its inherent wisdom.
I'm simply saying that ACIM is helping me to understand the metaphor/symbols
of the Bible. I'm resolving an inner conflict I've had for a long time. You might
want to check it out! There is so much more.....
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