The Fellowship of Awakening- April 2, 2014
I am not weak, but strong.
I am not helpless, but all powerful.
I am not limited, but unlimited.
I am not doubtful, but certain.
I am not an illusion, but a reality.
I cannot see in darkness, but in light.
We're going to finish up Chapter 9 this week. Not coincidentally, but by intentionally we'll be looking the last section called Grandeur vs Grandiosity. We're in the habit of playing it small. We don't want to appear arrogant, right? I remember when I started doing yoga. I found it very hard to walk around with a straight spine. I felt haughty! "Oh! Everyone Look at MOI!" But I just stopped slumping. We are marvelous creatures of God's magnificent mind. Being small so that we don't upset other people is not the way to happiness. Being ourselves actually leads to humility and compassion. But we have to accept our own greatness. Not specialness, which is victim-hood and separation, but greatness, grandeur and yes 'The Light of World'. This involves self care, being kind to others and not needing justification for our wants, needs and desires.
A Course in Miracles
Text - Chapter 9
The Acceptance of the Atonement
Grandeur versus Grandiosity
Opera Poster for Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen by Arthur Rackham.
Child in adult’s shoes. Stock photo.
Explanation of Images:
The world raises us up to believe we are inadequate and small, delicate and prone to disease and destruction. In this way we can be manipulated. It is our belief that we are small, little that is keeping us from experiencing our grandeur. Brynhilder is the immortal half of a pair of twins from a Wagner Opera. She is everything that is glorious and true. It is her strength and love that lead the mortal twin Seigmund to his destiny to save the beautiful girl from the Giants. We are the children of God. That gives us grandeur and power and beauty. The world will tell us we are children, weak, naive and in need of discipline. Relying on your innate grandeur is the truth about yourself. To believe the world over what the Holy Spirit is teaching is arrogance.