Joining with your non-human brother.
“The Holy Spirit’s function is to take the broken picture of the Son of God and put the pieces into place again. This holy picture, healed entirely, does He hold out to every separate piece that thinks it is a picture in itself. To each he offers his Identity, Which the whole picture represents, instead of just a little, broken bit that he insisted was himself. And when he sees this picture he will recognise himself. If you share not your brother’s evil dream, this is the picture that the miracle will place within the little gap, left clean of all the seeds of sickness and of sin. And here the Father will receive His Son, because His Son was gracious to himself.
“I thank You, Father, knowing You will come to close each little gap that lies between the broken pieces of Your holy Son. Your holiness, complete and perfect, lies in every one of them. And they are joined because what is in one is in them all. How holy is the smallest grain of sand, when it is recognised as being part of the completed picture of God’s Son! The forms the broken pieces seem to take mean nothing. For the whole is in each one. And every aspect of the Son of God is just the same as every other part.” (T28.IV)
The Course is very clear that every piece of sensory data in the universe is a part of the Sonship. When the Son dreamed his dream of separation, believed the ego’s version of the event, He ran out of his mind and projected a universe in which to hide from His Father. In doing so, he split into billions and zillions of pieces. This passage above is very clear that each piece, regardless of the form it takes, is a hologram of the whole. “How holy is the smallest grain of sand, when it is recognised as being part of the completed picture of God’s Son! The forms the broken pieces seem to take mean nothing. For the whole is in each one. And every aspect of the Son of God is just the same as every other part.” (T28.IV)
There are many implications to that. We know that God’s function for us is to be a light in the world by offering forgiveness. Those who are into the Course know very well how to forgive their brother who is a human. But how do we forgive each grain of sand, each speck of stardust, each animal, each tree, or each river,etc.? As we forgive more and more of our human brothers, we begin to see what the Course calls, “The Real World.” This is the view of the world which the Holy Spirit gives to you in place of the sinful, guilty world you knew before forgiveness. The Real World shows you a reflection of Heaven. In this Real World you can see that God is in all things: every blade of grass, every worm, every cat and dog, every river, every mountain. You won’t want to abuse nature anymore. You won’t look on animals as being lower to humans. You will see God’s reflection in everything. It will not take you seven years, sitting on the bank of the Ganges to reach this high. Where you are now is the Mecca, the Ganges, the New Jerusalem. There is no need to go anywhere!
Now surely when you see God’s reflection in all things you will treat the world differently! You will reflect God’s love for each separate part of God’s Son: God’s cat, God’s dog, God’s whole animal kingdom, God’s whole nature, God’s stars and universe. Think how your attitudes and actions will change. Minds awaken to God’s compassion for all things. What a new world is waiting for us with just a change of perception. Love an animal more today. Hug a tree. Luck at a beautiful duck and say ‘thank you.’ See the immense sky and know you are a part of it. How happy God will be to see that His Son, lost in dreams, is now awakening.