Outline of The Myth
An Interpretation of some
Metaphysical Principals in
By Joe Jesseph
The following outlines a myth because it is speaks as though time and space were real, and as though the separation "happened" in stages. It is helpful to me because it outlines what seemed to happen in the mind and how the Course process of forgiveness leads to acceptance of the Atonement.
The myth proceeds through a series of stages of splitting within the mind until the illusion of a physical cosmos is projected. While each stage can be discussed at some length, and as though these stages took place over time, my understanding is that the acceptance of the premise of separation leads immediately to all of its illusory consequences in the mind, and these imagined consequences are simultaneously swallowed back up (canceled) by the Atonement principle, so that none of this actually happened. It does not exist in time. It is more meaningful to me to say that it happens and is undone in each present moment. This is to say that it happens and does not happen in the present. When the mind chooses to believe it happens, time seems real.
Thus, all of the "scripts" of all of the permutations and combinations separation seems to make possible are written and canceled in a moment, which is not a phenomenon of time.
Each script (life situation - relationship) we seem to experience is holographic in nature, containing both the ego and the Holy Spirit's version. What seems to us to be a choice, is merely the choice of which version of any experience we will choose to review.
"We" as egos are not real. The myth is helpful because "we" think we're real. This is to say that the Course itself is a myth
Outline of the Myth
"Forgetfulness and sleep and even death become the
The sense of identity of the Son of God can be thought of as shifting with each level of split. At the second level the Son identifies as separate and without a mind that has the power to choose. Guilt and fear are implicit. At this level, though, the ego thought system has not yet fragmented into multiplying numbers of separate ego identities. The Son seems to be one, but now in a relationship (i.e.: with God).
At the third level of split the Son identifies as victim and projects a frightening "God" who must be appeased or escaped. Projecting responsibility for the separation onto God, the Son identifies as an innocent victim. (God exiled him from Heaven -- from the Garden of Eden -- guilt is denied.)
At the fourth level the Son appears to be hopelessly fragmented, believing he is us living in a fearful world which requires still further defensive strategies since fear and guilt have not really been escaped, but remain hidden in the unconscious mind of the Son.
The identity of the Son of God, then goes from Oneness to separation, from mind to mindlessness, from being a decision maker having the power to choose, to being a victim of circumstances beyond his control. At this level, where the Course addresses us (especially early in the Text) it seems meaningful to talk as though each fragment has a mind, and each fragment can be invited to remember that he has a mind, can choose, and can remember God. These seemingly separated minds remain holographic containing both the ego thought system and the memory of God -- the Holy Spirit -- which is still available in a world that sought to escape Him. Those who undertake to learn their lessons of forgiveness can become "teachers of God" as they learn to listen to the Holy Spirit in their minds and to manifest him to the world which seems lost in "sin" (separation and the motivations of the ego).
Now the process of undoing seems necessary -- of unlearning the ego thought system. The concept of forgiveness is relevant and can be understood by the brain which processes word symbols. The concept of miracles applies. Using these concepts the Course can serve as a guide as we begin our gradual ascent (forgiveness lesson by forgiveness lesson) back up the ladder separation led us down. The end of this process is the "real world". The process is characterized by not allowing perceived differences to make a difference, which requires perception informed by the Holy Spirit or the "right mind." Relationships are transformed by forgiveness from victimization, blame and attack to the perception of brotherhood.
In order for the process of forgiveness to proceed, each of us fragmented sons must accept responsibility for the scripts we experience. That is, we must accept the power of decision and the responsibility for having believed in separation and chosen the ego thought system -- having identified as ego ("Me and mine"). Otherwise, we continue to identify as victims and we appeal to magic. We remain with a sense of separate identity which includes believing that the Holy Spirit brings us lessons, rather than discovering that we are the Son of God; that these illusory bodies can become the manifestation of the Holy Spirit.
See original material in The Message of A Course in Miracles®: Volume One, All Are Called by Kenneth Wapnick, copyright 1997 by the Foundation for A Course in Miracles®, Temecula, CA. Paraphrased here with permission.