One Self, Infinite Expressions

Just as a prism refracts light, and separates it out into an infinite variety of colors, so does Mind refract God, and separate out limitless expressions of Infinite Being. And just as refracted colors are never apart from the light from which they receive their illumined quality, the self is never apart from Infinite Being from which it receives its beingness.

This doesn’t make sense to the separate self, which perceives only in terms of separation and limitation. But when the mind relaxes, a different kind of knowing happens. This knowing isn’t experienced by the separate self, but by Self, which is prior to the thought of separation.

This knowing is often experienced in moments when the mind relaxes enough that thoughts of separation slip away: in the shower, where body and mind are soothed by warm water and the routine act of cleansing; in the car on an unhurried drive to a welcomed location, where the destination is set and the mind and body need respond only to the needs of the moment as they arise; or in meditation, or those twilight moments just before falling sleep. The separate self can’t know these moments of knowing; it is the obstacle to this knowing. It can know only in a vague way that such an experience has happened, but never that it is happening.

“I do want to share my mind with you because we are of one Mind, and that Mind is ours.” (T-7.V.10:9)

“You are one Self, and it is given you to feel this Self within you, and to cast all your illusions out of the one Mind that is this Self, the holy truth in you.” (W-95.13:5)


About Jiffy Read

Twice a month I lead an ACIM group in eastern Massachusetts.
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