One wholly perfect teacher


“The answer to this question is–one. One wholly perfect teacher, whose learning is complete, suffices. This one, sanctified and redeemed, becomes the Self Who is the Son of God. He who was always wholly spirit now no longer sees himself as a body, or even as in a body. Therefore he is limitless. And being limitless, his thoughts are joined with God’s forever and ever. His perception of himself is based upon God’s Judgment, not his own. Thus does he share God’s Will, and bring His Thoughts to still deluded minds. He is forever one, because he is as God created him. He has accepted Christ, and he is saved.” (M-12)

Jesus saw through the separation to the truth within—that God is not separate or apart—and having realized this truth, lived from it by uniting his will with God’s, thus fufilling his part in the atonement (at-one-ment). This is what we are all called to do: give up all the mistaken ideas of self to which we cling, and let that which is deepest within move us in service to the whole.

To the ego this can be an affront, an insult to that which thinks it has a will and existence all its own. But what is an affront to the ego is heaven to the soul. Following our deepest longing, the one that lies beneath and behind all the shallow cravings and desires of the separate self, is our greatest joy.

“Thus does the son of man become the Son of God. It is not really a change; it is a change of mind. Nothing external alters, but everything internal now reflects only the Love of God. God can no longer be feared, for the mind sees no cause for punishment. God’s teachers appear to be many, for that is what is the world’s need. Yet being joined in one purpose, and one they share with God, how could they be separate from each other? What does it matter if they then appear in many forms? Their minds are one; their joining is complete. And God works through them now as one, for that is what they are.” (M-12.2)




About Jiffy Read

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