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On "Following" Christ - Will the World Hate Me?
Q: Is it true that the world will hate me if I follow Christ? I would rather the world feel my peace. Is the first statement just a thought that is true if I believe it?
Isn't there somewhere in the ACIM that says something about I haven't learned my final lesson until everyone who even thinks of me feels peace. I'm struggling dear brother with feeling I've been lead by Christ only to find myself in disagreement with those around me. Please help me free my mind.
A: It will seem as though persecution, accusation, and attack are real as long as the belief in private thoughts and private minds continues to be given faith. The belief that an Idea in the Mind of God could leave Its Source and enter a world of time and space and form, and that a wall of flesh could contain a private mind with thoughts of its own -- all this springs from a belief which is erroneous.
The "role of the accuser" will appear in many places and many forms and it will seem to be accusing you, but have no fear it will go at last and leave you in peace. The recognition of our Self as Christ is the end of the concepts of "leader" and "follower," for Who is Christ but OneSelf. And with this recognition is attack seen as impossible. For Oneness cannot attack or be attacked, Being One.
Divine Mind is singular, and attack of any degree or kind is impossible in truth. Peace cannot enter a mind which perceives itself in a world of duality. God's peace transcends the personal perspective, and it can truly be said that God is no respecter of persons.
What you seem to see and encounter around you are doubt thoughts which have not yet been raised to the Light. Yet "seeing" through the five senses is not to See with Christ Vision. The images seem to hate "you" who follow Christ, yet they but witness to a belief in a tiny self. The images have all the meaning that the ego gave them, yet nothing of the ego has meaning. This is the turning point in which you allow the meaning of "Nothing I see means anything" to dawn in awareness. This is the point of going within to the experience of "There is no world," the idea presented in lesson #132. This is the Mysticism, the experience within Mind that cannot be explained or described. What is now at hand is the "giving up" of nothing for the experience of Everything.
There is nothing outside of You, Holy One of God.
The finding Christ is seeing the impossibility of the search. The search was the sickness. The search was the confusion. Peace is its own reward, for Cause and Effect are together and never separate. One Mind transcends the concept of parts. When healing (Atonement) is accepted, gone is the concept of separate "individual minds." That concept WAS the confusion, for it was the belief that attack was real. It was the belief that Mind could be splintered into many, many separate pieces. Peace and Oneness are the Same, and cannot be found apart. Peace of Mind is forgetting the concept of "piece."
The test of perfect peace to which you refer applies to our Holy Mind Beloved One.
The interpretation I give you now is: The experience of the Peace of God includes everyone and everything, for there is nothing outside the Mind of God.
What You recognize as your Self is true of All, for Christ is All. Let the images recede from your awareness and rest in our Father's Love. Peace can never be found in attempting to reconcile images with truth. Let them fade away in a prayer for the eternal. I am witnessing Now that You are It, the Whole of Creation, for We are One Self.
Simply do this: Be still, and lay aside all thoughts of what you are and what God is; all concepts you have learned about the world; all images you hold about yourself. Empty your mind of everything it thinks is either true or false, or good or bad, of every thought it judges worthy, and all the ideas of which it is ashamed. Hold onto nothing. Do not bring with you one thought the past has taught, nor one belief you ever learned before from anything. Forget this world, forget this course, and come with wholly empty hands unto your God.
You are the Gift of God forever.
The end of doubt about our Self is the end of confusion.
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