Rev. Glen Ganaway I.M.

The Fellowship of Awakening September 24, 2014

Teachers of God,
We're half way through with the Hall of the Body! Another wonderful definition of the body. We learned earlier in the Course that the body is a 'learning device' and here it has something else to say. It say in the Introduction to What is a Body "The body is a fence the Son of God imagines he has built, to separate parts
of his Self from other parts." An imaginary fence. We aren't separated, you know. We actually share the same life. Everything that has ever lived and will ever live has shared this life. The idea of a body is a huge message in ACIM. Remember the 20 days we spent repeating it? Well it comes up again to help us know our truth and perspective of a spirit in a body.

Here are the 10 Pillars of Hall of the Body
261. God is my refuge and security.
262.  Let me perceive no differences today.
263. My holy vision sees all things as pure.
264. I am surrounded by the Love of God.
265. Creation's gentleness is all I see.
266. My Holy Self abides in you, Son of God.
267. My heart is beating in the Peace of God.
268. Let all things be exactly as they are.
269. My sight goes forth to look upon Christ's Face.
270. I will not use the body's eyes today.

I know what to when I'm upset and unbalanced. I enter the moment into the presence of my Eternal Creator and Comforter. I seek healing in Reality and the power of Truth in my life. The world, my brothers and all beings reflect my goodness, wholeness and light. I am safe. My vision reveals the holiness of the world and my brothers. I see innocence and joy all around me. I am whole and complete. I am one life, pure and everlasting. The universe supports, loves and conspires to my greatest good. I am held in profound allowing and expansive awareness and acceptance. I choose, daily, hourly, to remember that I am the Child of God and my place is secure in the Universe. My expression, this body, is perfectly aligned to my greater understanding and practice of beauty, truth and knowledge. I let Beauty, Truth and Knowledge express as me in this sensual, transient and corporeal form to bloom a while in this moment. I see my wholeness all around and have a relationship with All That Is. The world is my happy mirror; my eyes are tools. I always see as the Oneness, the Wholeness and Complete and Eternal Love that I am.

Chapter 23 is called "The War Against Yourself" and we're going to look another one of my favorite lessons. Remember the Obstacles to Peace? Well.....there are the Laws of Chaos as well. And that would be a war against yourself, right? So the booklet is 12 pages, so we might spend a couple of weeks here. It's important to learn the ways in which we self sabotage, right? Do you believe that you are the only one that is standing in the way of your happiness and greatest joy? Find yourself out in this week's lesson!

A Course in Miracles

Text - Chapter 23

The War Against Yourself

The Laws of Chaos


The "laws" of chaos can be brought to light, though never understood. Chaotic laws are hardly meaningful, and therefore out of reason's sphere. Yet they appear to be an obstacle to reason and to truth. Let us, then, look upon them calmly, that we may look beyond them, understanding what they are, not what they would maintain. It is essential it be understood what they are for, because it is their purpose to make meaningless, and to attack the truth. Here are the laws that rule the world you made. And yet they govern nothing, and need not be broken; merely looked upon and gone beyond.


The First Law of Chaos:


The first chaotic law is that the truth is different for everyone. Like all these principles, this one maintains that each is separate and has a different set of thoughts that set him off from others. This principle evolves from the belief there is a hierarchy of illusions; some are more valuable and therefore true. Each one establishes this for himself, and makes it true by his attack on what another values. And this is justified because the values differ, and those who hold them seem to be unlike, and therefore enemies.


Think how this seems to interfere with the first principle of miracles. For this establishes degrees of truth among illusions, making it seem that some of them are harder to overcome than others. If it were realized that they are all the same and equally untrue, it would be easy, then, to understand that miracles apply to all of them. Errors of any kind can be corrected because they are untrue. When brought to truth instead of to each other, they merely disappear. No part of nothing can be more resistant to the truth than can another.


The Second Law of Chaos


The second law of chaos, dear indeed to every worshipper of sin, is that each one must sin, and therefore deserves attack and death. This principle, closely related to the first, is the demand that errors call for punishment and not correction. For the destruction of the one who makes the error places him beyond correction and beyond forgiveness. What he has done is thus interpreted as an irrevocable sentence upon himself, which God Himself is powerless to overcome. Sin cannot be remitted, being the belief the Son of God can make mistakes for which his own destruction becomes inevitable.


Think what this seems to do to the relationship between the Father and the Son. Now it appears that They can never be One again. For One must always be condemned, and by the Other. Now are They different, and enemies. And Their relationship is one of opposition, just as the separate aspects of the Son meet only to conflict but not to join. One becomes weak, the other strong by his defeat. And fear of God and of each other now appears as sensible, made real by what the Son of God has done both to himself and his Creator.

The Third Law of Chaos


The arrogance on which the laws of chaos stand could not be more apparent than emerges here. Here is a principle that would define what the Creator of reality must be; what He must think and what He must believe; and how He must respond, believing it. It is not seen as even necessary that He be asked about the truth of what has been established for His belief. His Son can tell Him this, and He has but the choice whether to take his word for it or be mistaken. This leads directly to the third preposterous belief that seems to make chaos eternal. For if God cannot be mistaken, He must accept His Son's belief in what he is, and hate him for it.


See how the fear of God is reinforced by this third principle. Now it  becomes impossible to turn to Him for help in misery. For now He has become the "enemy" Who caused it, to Whom appeal is useless. Nor can salvation lie within the Son, whose every aspect seems to be at war with Him, and justified in its attack. And now is conflict made inevitable, beyond the help of God. For now salvation must remain impossible, because the Savior has become the enemy.


There can be no release and no escape. Atonement thus becomes a myth, and vengeance, not forgiveness, is the Will of God. From where all this begins, there is no sight of help that can succeed. Only destruction can be the outcome. And God Himself seems to be siding with it, to overcome His Son. Think not the ego will enable you to find escape from what it wants. That is the function of this course, which does not value what the ego cherishes.