Separate! You All
To Do It!
It’s quite a heritage! “But Father, I’d rather do it myself!” And from the Fall to the present time it has been the everpresent modus operandi. Even in the face of apparent cooperation and togetherness, independence has remained absolute, untouched, quietly hovering in the background ready to defend itself should a threat to its existence arise.
More importantly, it isn’t just an “it” to be discussed, a topic to be considered and evaluated. No, it’s hovering in the background of your mind. It’s one’s own foundational definition of self. And in the presence of threat, you pull it out and use it as on overt exercise of authority to get your power back.
You know, you practice the Golden Rule as long as everything is going smoothly because that is the “wise” way to behave, but when you’re severely threatened, you draw a line in the sand. Fear justifies using the force of will instead of the presence of Love to make your independence clear and demonstrate that you are not one with everything, and that “everything” had better recognize this fact and back off! It is a state of mind in which it feels reasonable to assume that wrapped in the cloak of your will, you will become safe again. And it has never been true.
In defenselessness my safety lies!
Nevertheless, vulnerability, pushing you to your limits, arouses a “primitive growl,” a fearsome objection, which sees force as the answer to threat, rather than the undoing of the original Declaration of Independence from the Father—from one’s Source. And the Fall remains in place.
Now the point is that no matter whether this primitive growl is surfacing from within you, from a spouse, from a politician, or from a country, it is still only a reaffirmation of an original mistake and does not constitute the solution.
Boundaries—which have no Actual existence—believed and honored, substantiate and hold in place the illusion of safety, together with the consequences of the fact that they do not. They are the opposite of everything I have shared, the opposite of everything A Course in Miracles reveals, the opposite of everything the great religious traditions of the world hold true. Which means there is another answer!
The answer is Love! The answer is “letting in”—letting the world into you, and letting yourself into the world. The answer is in becoming defenseless in the presence of everything. And it is accomplished through what A Course in Miracles calls “the holy instant.” Once again we come face to face with something that isn’t a topic of discussion or consideration, but is an act of inner attentiveness—an experience. And it is an experience of reunion. Reunion with the Holy Spirit and with God. That is its purpose and function.
The defenselessness begins with you and God, and that is why it is the answer. Because in the Father’s or the Holy Spirit’s response to you, your perspective changes, allowing you to see that your Brother—no matter what the color of his skin—is just like you. And even more importantly, you are just like him. You are both loved by the Father. You are both whole in the Father’s eyes. And your Brother is worthy of the respect which you suddenly find yourself recognizing you are worthy of . . . because the experience of the Father’s Love for You makes You utterly clear to yourself.
The Brotherhood is One, and whatever special characteristics seem to give you personal identity . . . do not. Whatever differences seem to give you racial or national identity . . . do not! What gives you identity is That which created you. And That which created you created every other thing in all of Creation. Creation is One. Creation is Family.
Culture, itself, is the breadth and depth of Soul which discloses the Nature of the Sons and Daughters of God. It does not constitute your identity. And it is ridiculous to think that boundaries provide protection to the infinite scope of the Soul-filled expressions of God which are manifested through you. Nothing that is real disappears in the absence of borders, boundaries, or the demarcations of independence. And individuality does not disappear when everyone is humbly and defenselessly present with each other.
As the holy instant is employed, you learn that your brother’s need is your need. Or, put another way, that there is no more justification for your brother to be in need than there is for you to be. There is a need because there is a boundary, a line of limitation of some sort. The solution is to remove that boundary, and removing that boundary requires involvement—that thing which a wall would “save” you from. And that can seem overwhelming. Well, I will tell you: It’s not any more overwhelming than the wall you built around yourself to separate you from your Father and your rich inheritance in order to have the experience of independence and the consequences which accompanied it. The only thing that is overwhelming is something which has built into its premise the idea that, “There isn’t another way to look at this.” And that’s built into the foundation of the wall you use to separate yourself from your Father.
The practice of the holy instant is the undoing of that premise and its consequences between you and God first, and then, spontaneously, between you and your fellow man. Look for the answer which removes resistances, boundaries between you and your fellow man. Each and every one of them! There is another way to look at this!
I will tell you something else: Governments and dictatorships, money markets and stock exchanges—all of the “things” which seem to govern—reflect the will of the governed! EVERYONE is governing, not just a few at the top—whatever you’ve fooled yourself into thinking that means. This means that your choice to practice the holy instant, your finding inspiration to lift and promote the more of God which is present than is being seen, your choice to immediately challenge every intention to become smaller, more exclusive, more remote, will register as change in the world as certainly as your less enlightened, more self-protective and uninspired perspectives have!
A choice was made to get a divorce from the Father, to break away from Him with a Brother or Sister in order to establish a mutually agreed upon perspective different from His, thus “creating” unique identities for yourselves, fabricated from imagination and therefore not real. There is only one answer to this, and it is to choose once again. Even though the imagined independence was accompanied by the chaos and confusion of unexpected fear and guilt, which aroused the “primitive growl” of defense and totally distracted the mind from any other endeavor, the answer remains, “There is another way to look at this.” “Choose once again!”
“Oh, it can’t be done!” Yes, it can. Choose once again. “No, the choice is permanent!” No, it is not. Choose once again. “After what I did, the Father won’t accept me back.” Yes He will. Choose once again. “It’s too late to do anything about it.” No, it isn’t. Choose once again. “Too much water has gone under the bridge. We can’t go back to what it was.” Imagining that you are not the Son or Daughter of God has not altered the fact that you are. He knows that you never became what you imagined you did, and He welcomes you Home. Don’t hesitate to choose once again!
And remember this: If you had what it took to make a bad choice, you have what it takes to choose once again and correct it. Making a bad choice does not disqualify you from the right to make right choices, and no one actually has the capacity to keep you from changing your mind! Change your mind to be in agreement with God and your world will change . . . and your behavior will change! That is the function of the holy instant.
So, you’re sick and tired of being out of control and being governed by other’s motives and you’re going to take your space back, your country back, your authority back? You’re going to define it, publicize it and use whatever force is necessary—whether legal, political, military or plain old bullying—to make others honor your tininess instead of your holiness as well as theirs? And you’re going to do this as though you have nothing to do with the problem? Hey! As I said, that’s been going on since the Fall. It’s the modus operandi! And it has yet to correct the problem . . . because the solution is reunion! The solution is involvement, not estrangement. The solution is Love and whatever “work” it takes to establish it “on earth, as it is in Heaven.”
Indeed . . .
. . . in defenselessness your safety lies, together with your Brother’s!