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ACIM Frustration and Messages

Q: I'm pissed at ACIM. I've been studying it for over eight years. I've been going to Course groups. I've been practicing both forgiveness and seeing the face of Christ in my brothers and sisters. I have more than "a little willingness" to be guided by the Holy Spirit to see my oneness with God.

I feel that I've been at the point of the "Last Step" for a long time. I have been waiting for Jesus, or somebody, to take me across that little bridge into the garden of joy and inner peace promised by the Course. I know that I can't make it happen, and that it has to be done for me.

I have met over a hundred Course students, including you. But you are the only one whom I regard as enlightened. The rest of us are Course wannabes.

Now it seems to me that the Course is a lottery game. Only one out of 100, or 1000, or more ever wins the prize of Christ's final guidance into that garden. What kind of God is it that plays with us like this?


A: Beloved One

Thanks for offering what is on your heart. We will lift it up together to the Holy Spirit. Frustration and anger are the ego's reactions to the 'god' it made, a 'god' that plays with humans and grants 'enlightenment' to a select few in history. If this were 'god' then 'god' would be cruel instead of loving and you and I would be human. Our reality is Spirit and lives forever and ever and ever! The real God Wills only Perfect Love & Happiness and has nothing to do with dreams of games and numbers and groups. God is abstract, and to know God in Spirit is to remember the abstract. But first forgiveness of illusions (seeing the false as false) is necessary.

It takes "great willingness" to see that all events, encounters, and circumstances are helpful - to see that all things work together for good. There is no amount of evidence that will convince a mind of what it does not want. Yet, since there is only One Mind, the experience of Love must be extended to be Itself. Love Is. One can seem to be aware of Love or not aware of Love. The latter is the illusion and must be forgiven or released. I am joined with you in this and we cannot fail to recognize God's Plan for salvation, for only this is possible. This is the meaning of "With God all things are possible" and "If God is with us who can be against us."

I have devoted everything to sharing and extending the experience of Enlightenment, and this is a natural expression of the Love I feel within. What I am I proclaim for everyone, for we are the same – not different. We have the same Source. We are the same Spirit. We are the same Self. Enlightenment is a State of mind that looks upon the world from the inner experience of peace and sees no world apart from mind. I see our Innocence, and I rejoice that Love is real! We are the same One!

The anger and frustration that seem to be surfacing in awareness for you need not be repressed. You must look upon the full extent of hatred before letting it go. In this sense anger cannot be denied but must instead be exposed before it can be released to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit cannot take away what is protected from awareness and must wait until the anger is willingly offered up. This is the meaning of the quote: "Would you rather be right or happy?" Identity confusion is the root of all anger, and no self image or concept will stand in the Light of Truth.

I am joined with you in emptying the mind of all false idols, images, and concepts, for God Wills that Light and Love extend forever and ever in limitless and infinite Being. This is truly Natural. Holy are You, Eternal, Free, and Whole at peace forever in the Heart of God.

At one point Helen asked Jesus to take her fear away. Jesus told her in essence he could not because that would be tampering with the most basic law of cause and effect. He could, however, help her with removing the limits placed on the mind that were producing the fear. That is what I have to say to you. Your mind is as powerful as mine for we share the same mind. You cannot wake yourself, AND there is nobody outside your mind that can Awaken you. We can, however, look together at the beliefs that produce the anger and frustration, that they may be exposed and released. And finally it all comes down to desire. Truth will be restored to awareness by your desire, as it was lost by your desire for something else. Desire calls forth witnesses, and here are some messages that witness to the help and clarity I am pointing to with the words I have shared.

Love & Blessings Always.

Message from Jesus:

You may complain that this course is not sufficiently specific for you to understand and use. Yet perhaps you have not done what it specifically advocates. This is not a course in the play of ideas, but in their practical application. Nothing could be more specific than to be told that if you ask you will receive. The Holy Spirit will answer every specific problem as long as you believe that problems are specific. His answer is both many and one, as long as you believe that the one is many. You may be afraid of His specificity, for fear of what you think it will demand of you. Yet only by asking will you learn that nothing of God demands anything of you. God gives; He does not take. When you refuse to ask, it is because you believe that asking is taking rather than sharing.

Think not that happiness is ever found by following a road away from it. This makes no sense, and cannot be the way. To you who seem to find this course to be too difficult to learn, let me repeat that to achieve a goal you must proceed in its direction, not away from it. And every road that leads the other way will not advance the purpose to be found. If this be difficult to understand, then is this course impossible to learn. But only then. For otherwise, it is a simple teaching in the obvious.

When you fail to comply with the requirements of this course, you have merely made a mistake. This calls for correction, and for nothing else. To allow a mistake to continue is to make additional mistakes, based on the first and reinforcing it. It is this process that must be laid aside, for it is but another way in which you would defend illusions against the truth.

Salvation is no compromise of any kind. To compromise is to accept but part of what you want; to take a little and give up the rest. Salvation gives up nothing. It is complete for everyone. Let the idea of compromise but enter, and the awareness of salvation's purpose is lost because it is not recognized. It is denied where compromise has been accepted, for compromise is the belief salvation is impossible. It would maintain you can attack a little, love a little, and know the difference. Thus it would teach a little of the same can still be different, and yet the same remain intact, as one. Does this make sense? Can it be understood? This course is easy just because it makes no compromise. Yet it seems difficult to those who still believe that compromise is possible.

This course will be believed entirely or not at all. For it is wholly true or wholly false, and cannot be but partially believed. And you will either escape from misery entirely or not at all. Reason will tell you that there is no middle ground where you can pause uncertainly, waiting to choose between the joy of Heaven and the misery of hell. Until you choose Heaven, you <are> in hell and misery.

Forget not once this journey is begun the end is certain. Doubt along the way will come and go and go to come again. Yet is the ending sure. No one can fail to do what God appointed him to do. When you forget, remember that you walk with Him and with His Word upon your heart. Who could despair when hope like this is his? Illusions of despair may seem to come, but learn how not to be deceived by them. Behind each one there is reality and there is God. Why would you wait for this and trade it for illusions, when His Love is but an instant farther on the road where all illusions end? The end <is> sure and guaranteed by God. Who stands before a lifeless image when a step away the Holy of the Holies opens up an ancient door that leads beyond the world?

Let us wait here in silence, and kneel down an instant in our gratitude to Him Who called to us and helped us hear His Call. And then let us arise and go in faith along the way to Him. Now we are sure we do not walk alone. For God is here, and with Him all our brothers. Now we know that we will never lose the way again. The song begins again which had been stopped only an instant, though it seems to be unsung forever. What is here begun will grow in life and strength and hope, until the world is still an instant and forgets all that the dream of sin had made of it.

Let us go out and meet the newborn world, knowing that Christ has been reborn in it, and that the holiness of this rebirth will last forever. We had lost our way but He has found it for us. Let us go and bid Him welcome Who returns to us to celebrate salvation and the end of all we thought we made. The morning star of this new day looks on a different world where God is welcomed and His Son with Him. We who complete Him offer thanks to Him, as He gives thanks to us. The Son is still, and in the quiet God has given him enters his home and is at peace at last.

Message from Helen (scribe of ACIM):

Forget not time was made for you, not you for time. The withered, dying and the dead are but the thoughts of those who do not see that time is powerless, unless they give their own consent to change. The Son of God stands changelessly within Unchangingness, past the ephemeral, not new or old, beyond all opposites, where nothing casts a shadow or a doubt, for light alone surrounds Him.

Message from the Holy Spirit:

Come unto Me, My children, once again, without such twisted thoughts upon your hearts. You still are holy with the Holiness which fathered you in perfect sinlessness, and still surrounds you with the Arms of peace. Dream now of healing. Then arise and lay all dreaming down forever. You are he your Father loves, who never left his home, nor wandered in a savage world with feet that bleed, and with a heavy heart made hard against the love that is the truth in you. Give all your dreams to Christ and let Him be your Guide to healing, leading you in prayer beyond the sorry reaches of the world.

He comes for Me and speaks My Word to you. I would recall My weary Son to Me from dreams of malice to the sweet embrace of everlasting Love and perfect peace. My Arms are open to the Son I love, who does not understand that he is healed, and that his prayers have never ceased to sing his joyful thanks in unison with all creation, in the holiness of Love. Be still an instant. Underneath the sounds of harsh and bitter striving and defeat there is a Voice that speaks to you of Me. Hear this an instant and you will be healed. Hear this an instant and you have been saved.

Help Me to wake My children from the dream of retribution and a little life beset with fear, that ends so soon it might as well have never been. Let Me instead remind you of eternity, in which your joy grows greater as your love extends along with Mine beyond infinity, where time and distance have no meaning. While you wait in sorrow Heaven's melody is incomplete, because your song is part of the eternal harmony of love. Without you is creation unfulfilled. Return to Me Who never left My Son. Listen, My child, your Father calls to you. Do not refuse to hear the Call for Love. Do not deny to Christ what is His Own. Heaven is here and Heaven is your home.

Creation leans across the bars of time to lift the heavy burden from the world. Lift up your hearts to greet its advent. See the shadows fade away in gentleness; the thorns fall softly from the bleeding brow of him who is the holy Son of God. How lovely are you, child of Holiness! How like to Me! How lovingly I hold you in My Heart and in My Arms. How dear is every gift to Me that you have made, who healed My Son and took him from the cross. Arise and let My thanks be given you. And with My gratitude will come the gift first of forgiveness, then eternal peace.

So now return your holy voice to Me. The song of prayer is silent without you. The universe is waiting your release because it is its own. Be kind to it and to yourself, and then be kind to Me. I ask but this; that you be comforted and live no more in terror and in pain. Do not abandon Love. Remember this; whatever you may think about yourself, whatever you may think about the world, your Father needs you and will call to you until you come to Him in peace at last.

You are My Son, and I do not forget the secret place in which I still abide, knowing you will remember. Come, My Son, open your heart and let Me shine on you, and on the world through you. You are My light and dwelling place. You speak for Me to those who have forgotten. Call them now to Me, My Son, remember now for all the world. I call in love, as you will answer Me, for this is the only language that we know. Remember love, so near you cannot fail to touch its heart because it beats in you.

Do not forget. Do not forget, My Child. Open the door before the hidden place, and let Me blaze upon a world made glad in sudden ecstasy. I come, I come. Behold Me. I am here for I am You; in Christ, for Christ, My Own beloved Son, the glory of the infinite, the joy of Heaven and the holy peace earth, returned to Christ and from His hand to Me. Say now Amen, My Son, for it is done. The secret place is open now at last. Forget all things except My changeless Love. Forget all things except that I am here.

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