I will accept Atonement for myself

This post was written by DoctorJay on June 2, 2010
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook

Atonement can be read as at-one-ment. It thus can mean being one with the father. But in reality there is only the One (Ultimate Reality – God – Tao – or whatever). So we cannot escape atonement. We are one with the father (three persons in one using Christian mythology and terminology) whatever we do. The only choice we have is to be aware of this at-one-ment or not.

Thus the Buddha means being awake to this at-one-ment…

The few times that I have had mystical experience and felt in touch with (at one with) the Ultimate Reality I knew that this the only real state of being and the normal state of waking consciousness is in fact an illusion…

From ACIM workbook for today:

Here is the end of choice. For here we come to a decision to accept ourselves as God created us. And what is choice except uncertainty of what we are? There is no doubt that is not rooted here. There is no question but reflects this one. There is no conflict that does not entail the single, simple question, “What am I?”

[] Atonement remedies the strange idea that it is possible to doubt yourself, and be unsure of what you really are. This is the depth of madness. Yet it is the universal question of the world. What does this mean except the world is mad? Why share its madness in the sad belief that what is universal here is true?

Nothing the world believes is true. It is a place whose purpose is to be a home where those who claim they do not know themselves can come to question what it is they are. And they will come again until the time Atonement is accepted, and they learn it is impossible to doubt yourself, and not to be aware of what you are.

Only acceptance can be asked of you, for what you are is certain. It is set forever in the holy Mind of God, and in your own. It is so far beyond all doubt and question that to ask what it must be is all the proof you need to show that you believe the contradiction that you know not what you cannot fail to know. Is this a question, or a statement which denies itself in statement? Let us not allow our holy minds to occupy themselves with senseless musings such as this.

We have a mission here. We did not come to reinforce the madness that we once believed in. Let us not forget the goal that we accepted. It is more than just our happiness alone we came to gain. What we accept as what we are proclaims what everyone must be, along with us. Fail not your brothers, or you fail yourself. Look lovingly on them, that they may know that they are part of you, and you of them.

This does Atonement teach, and demonstrates the Oneness of God’s Son is unassailed by his belief he knows not what he is. Today accept Atonement, not to change reality, but merely to accept the truth about yourself, and go your way rejoicing in the endless Love of God. It is but this that we are asked to do. It is but this that we will do today.

Five minutes in the morning and at night we will devote to dedicate our minds to our assignment for today. We start with this review of what our mission is:

I will accept Atonement for myself,
For I remain as God created me.

We have not lost the knowledge that God gave to us when He created us like Him. We can remember it for everyone, for in creation are all minds as one. And in our memory is the recall how dear our brothers are to us in truth, how much a part of us is every mind, how faithful they have really been to us, and how our Father’s Love contains them all.

In thanks for all creation, in the Name of its Creator and His Oneness with all aspects of creation, we repeat our dedication to our cause today each hour, as we lay aside all thoughts that would distract us from our holy aim. For several minutes let your mind be cleared of all the foolish cobwebs which the world would weave around the holy Son of God. And learn the fragile nature of the chains that seem to keep the knowledge of yourself apart from your awareness, as you say:

I will accept Atonement for myself,
For I remain as God created me.

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A question which keeps repeating itself (in various forms) is, “who is the I which accepts atonement for itself?”

The challenge or bind is that I by definition implies separation duality and hence illusion. Even worse than the concept of “I” is the possessive pronoun myself. Reminds me of a story by an Iranian mystic (most probably Rumi) where:

This seeker searches and searches until he gets to The Gate. He knocks and a voice asks, “Who is it?”
The seeker replies, “It is I, brother.”
The voice replies, “You are not ready,” and The Gate disappears.
After many years of further seeking and learning many truths the seeker finds The Gate again. Once more he knocks.
Once more the voice asks the question, “Who is it?”
The seeker replies, “It’s you brother.”
At this The  Gate opens and the seeker disappears…

That’s why I am a bit unsure of this thought of the day. I think – again the catch 22 – who is this I which thinks when all I’s are illusory…

Even with all these binds the exercises work. It is good to repeat, “I  accept Atonement for myself.”

Note: i removed will from the affirmation. At-one=ment is only when you are here and now, and by definition you cannot in reality be anywhere other than here and now.

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