Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvation

This post was written by DoctorJay on January 11, 2010
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook

On day seventy two we further release ourselves from the illusions of the body and grievances and resentments – we listen for God’s plan for salvation. From ACIM workbook:

If God is a body, what must His plan for salvation be? What could it be but death?

[] Some hate the body, and try to hurt and humiliate it. Others love the body, and try to glorify and exalt it. But while the body stands at the center of your concept of yourself, you are attacking God’s plan for salvation, and holding your grievances against Him and His creation, that you may not hear the Voice of truth and welcome It as Friend…

The light of truth is in us, where it was placed by God. It is the body that is outside us, and is not our concern. To be without a body is to be in our natural state. To recognize the light of truth in us is to recognize ourselves as we are. To see our Self as separate from the body is to end the attack on God’s plan for salvation, and to accept it instead. And wherever His plan is accepted, it is accomplished already.

Our goal in the longer practice periods today is to become aware that God’s plan for salvation has already been accomplished in us. To achieve this goal, we must replace attack with acceptance. [] and ask what God’s plan for us is:

What is salvation, Father? I do not know.
Tell me, that I may understand.

Then we will wait in quiet for His answer. [] Ask and you will be answered. Seek and you will find…

Whenever you feel your confidence wane and your hope of success flicker and go out, repeat your question and your request, remembering that you are asking of the infinite Creator of infinity, Who created you like Himself:

What is salvation, Father? I do not know.
Tell me, that I may understand.

He will answer. Be determined to hear.

One or perhaps two shorter practice periods an hour will be enough for today, since they will be somewhat longer than usual. These exercises should begin with this:

Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvation.
Let me accept it instead. What is salvation, Father?

Then wait a minute or so in silence, preferably with your eyes closed, and listen for His answer.

First long practice period:

  • As I asked the question on what was is my function and salvation, I got one important answer and that is that is perfectly alright not know.
  • I felt great love all around and then all faded until twenty minutes passed.
    I suppose that’s salvation – love…
    The important thing was that I accepted the not knowing…

Second long practice period:

  • I remembered times when I have had peak experiences… These are times when I did brilliantly in whatever task I was performing.
    I let things be and just observed.
    I was in touch with the genius within (daemonium in Greek).
    You could say I got out of the way and let God be…
    The point was that I performed brilliantly by not being there (OK language fails me – I managed to perform by not having my ego get in the way).
    Of course even though the ego – my daily I is an illusion and does not exist – some “I” (the real I) does exist and that’s one of the reasons it’s so difficult to put such experiences into words…
  • I suddenly was thinking:
    • I’m not the body – I have a body.
    • I’m not my mind – I have a mind.
    • I’m not my thoughts – I think.
    • I’m not my emotions – I feel.
    • I’m not my ego – I have an ego…
  • One of the times I asked the question,”What is salvation, Father?” I got an answer of:
    Just be yourself.”
    That just poses the real question which is who is my real self?
    Don’t get me wrong I’m not being Hamlet full of angst and doubts – I’m as much into consensus reality as any other.
    It’s the real self that I don’t know.
    That I suppose is salvation.
    If I remember rightly at the end of Ibsen’s play “Peer Gynt,” the button maker comes to remelt Peer not because he was evil but because he was not true to himself.
    I suppose deep down that’s the only true sin (mistake – missing the mark). It’s the sin of not being true to yourself.

Major interlude or my personal philosophy:

I believe there are infinite parallel universes and reincarnation is reliving the same life over and over again trying to perfect your own life. If you have seen the movie groundhog day you’ll know what I’m talking about except it does not last a single day which is repeated over and over again except it’s a single life that you perfect over an infinity of lives.

It’s only a myth – it’s my myth – and I love it.

Perhaps that’s salvation even though it may not be what A Course in Miracles means when talking about salvation…

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