The Fellowship of Awakening September 30, 2015
Teachers of God,
We're on Lesson 272: How can illusions satisfy the Child of Truth? Yet we keep trying and trying to squeeze some satisfaction from them. It's not possible yet we're tempted, I certainly know. The Lesson says "Can dreams content me? Can illusions bring me happiness?" That cannot be, can it. Remember the advertisement: Coke: It's the Real Thing! That's what we're talking about.
New chapter! You're in for a treat! I've never taught this chapter! Last year we skipped it entirely. This year we'll not be so lax. We're up to chapter 24: The Goal of Specialness and we'll look at section IV: The Forgiveness of Specialness. God asks your forgiveness no less than three times in this chapter. Ever wonder what it was like to give God forgiveness? It's an important step, you know. It's all wrapped up in what we believe to be our uniqueness.
A Course in Miracles
Chapter 24: The Goal of SpecialnessSection IV: The Forgiveness of Specialness
Image One: Hot Air Balloon unknown photographer
Image Two: Annubis giving last rights to Mafdet, the earliest representation of the cat goddess on her funeral bier.
Explanation of Images: We are proud of who we are. We are proud of talents, accomplishments, intellect, good looks and impeccable taste. We can use those ideas of ourselves to join with all of humanity or we use them to separate. When have identity in them we’re like the balloon tossed about on the wind. We must learn to see ourselves and others with the vision of wholeness. The only way to do this is to forgive God that we’re not his favorite and special. Our specialness is the foundation of our notions of separateness and the foundations of our suffering. We can learn to see it in others and forgive it quickly. We can forgive ourselves for wanting our uniqueness to create hierarchy rather than solidarity.