Free Will and Creation

“In the service of the right mind the denial of error frees the mind, and re-establishes the freedom of the will. When the will is really free it cannot miscreate, because it recognizes only truth.” (T-2.II.2:6-7)

“If you are afraid, you are valuing wrongly. Your understanding will then inevitably value wrongly, and by endowing all thoughts with equal power will inevitably destroy peace. That is why the Bible speaks of “the peace of God which passeth understanding.” This peace is totally incapable of being shaken by errors of any kind. It denies the ability of anything not of God to affect you. This is the proper use of denial. It is not used to hide anything, but to correct error.” (T-2.II.1:6-10)

Our will is not free when we are in our wrong mind. It may feel as though the will is free (and ego thinking will loudly declare it to be so), but instead it is overshadowed by the ego’s thought system, which is fear-based and thus ruled by fear rather than freedom. The ego’s thought system stems from the belief that we exist separate from God and the world, that I am here, and that God and the world are there.

Recognizing that we’ve become caught up in the ego’s thought system is the first step toward realizing our freedom. With that recognition comes the ability to choose again to deny the ego’s thoughts and the feelings it reflects in the body by looking beyond those thoughts and feelings to something deeper, to that place within where peace exists undisturbed. This doesn’t require controlling thoughts or feelings; it requires only that thoughts and feelings be left alone as we turn our attention to the deeper place of peace within.

This deeper place of peace is never not there; it is always present. It is the fundamental truth of existence, the place where we realize our connection to the very nature of Being. It is the I Am, that which is before all else, and which simultaneously is all else, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, encompassing all and leaving out nothing. It is the pre-separation state, eternally existing outside of the thought of separation.

This is the place toward which the Course continually redirects us, methodically guiding us back through the maze of our own miscreations to return to the fundamental truth of Being. Rooted there, the will truly is free to create as God gave his creations, living in peace and extending love outward from within to reflect Heaven on earth.

 

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About Jiffy Read

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