To begin, I quote from ACIM: The power of decision is all that is yours. What you can decide between is fixed, because there are no alternatives except truth or illusion. And there is no overlap between them, because they are opposites which cannot be reconciled…You are guilty or guiltless, bound or free, unhappy or happy. To which voice are you listening?
We are currently approaching the presidential elections in November, and you may have noticed the chaos and insanity of the world has never been more blatantly apparent. Many persons around me are expressing their despair and depression about the ugliness of exchanges among the candidates. I have heard such words as “sophomoric, like children fighting on the playground, not addressing issues and substantive means to correct, belligerent, shouting over each other, etc.” How is it, as ACIM students/teachers can we rise above the invectives and present ways to be truly helpful to those seeking peace?
ACIM philosophy is not about changing the world, but rather about changing how we view the world. This requires an inner vision that has nothing to do with physical vision. Physical vision tells us that we have a thought, and then project it outward, making up the world and all its inhabitants outside of us. Inner vision recognizes that we are never actually looking outward, but are actually looking into a mirror, which is but a reflection back to us of our state of mind. This will produce for us another way of looking at the world, the result of which will give us a reinterpretation of all encounters, experiences, and circumstances which now have become opportunities to learn how to forgive the world. Because we are observing a world much more benign, we become the harbinger of healing instead of injury. Thus we bring our peace to the world (presidential elections) instead of agreement that the last days are upon us. Who would not prefer to bless instead of harm? The world obviously needs a blessing.
As I close this blog, another ACIM quote comes to mind: We have a mission here. We did not come to reinforce the madness that we once believed in…It is more than just our happiness alone we came to gain.
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