There is much merit in really “sitting” with Course ideas and allowing there full ramifications and implications to become apparent.
The title of this musing is taken from the “What Is Death?” section of the Manual For Teachers. Jesus says: “ Accept no compromise in which death plays a part.”
The focus of that section is upon what we understand death to be. That is the death of the body. I was reminded, however, of how Jesus defines death in Workbook Lesson 163. Here death is defined as any state of mind in which there is, implicitly, the wish to be other than what we are as God created us. The belief in death is reflected in, Jesus tells us sadness, fear, anxiety, doubt, anger, faithlessness, lack of trust, concern for bodies, envy, to name just a few. In other words, the belief in death is reflected in any negative experience that would tell us that we are lacking, limited, unworthy, weak and mortal. In all of these instances we have become, in our image of ourselves, a parody of God’s creation. The perception of being bound to the body is integral to all these experiences.
Identifying with these thoughts, beliefs and images, as if they were our very self, is a re-enactment of the crucifixion or a reliving of the instant when the time of terror blotted out the awareness of our nature as love. It is, in effect, false witnessing as to who and what we are.
The implications of this are far reaching. The experiences that are considered normal and a necessary part of being human are literally a lie. Jesus teaches us that in order to say, “yes” to truth we have to say “no” to the lie. When we move out of the awareness of our One Self that is always and inherently beyond the body and above the battleground we have identified with what is false. Only truth is true and there is no other. Truth, our Self is One. There is only the sense of two when we are blinded by form.
So, our one assignment could be stated thus… If we feel a niggle of any sort, or if our pain is more intense than that (or for that matter our “glee”) the peace of God Who is our very Self, our very nature is only ever a thought away. Peace and truth can only be found in the uncompromising. Jesus would not have us accept any less.
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