Sharing the Resurrection

When I was singing opera, there was a baritone on top of the world, heralded as the greatest. I hated him for having the position which I felt belonged to me by superior talent and right. Yet it was I who denied myself that position by choosing pain and sacrifice as my teacher when I could have chosen joy. Over the years he became a symbol to me of injustice and victimization and I hated him all the more for it. Then came A Course in Miracles into my life and I knew I had to forgive him if I wanted to be free. How I resisted. My hatred for him seemed the only thing left in my operatic career that I loved so dearly. Then there came a time that I saw him differently. He sang badly, though he was so highly touted, so badly that he ruined his vocal chords and had to leave the stage in disgrace. There were no plaques given to him, no retirement ceremonies, no nothing, just a phone call to his agent saying he would not be hired any longer. He seemed to have learned little from his life; no spiritual lessons, no advancement. He just faded away. I could see that I really did not want his life. I chose mine long before, and though I chose pain as my teacher, I at least chose a teacher and a path of advancement. I could have compassion on him as a lost soul. I could forgive him for what I thought he did to me, for he had done nothing at all. If we would share in Jesus’ true resurrection, we must learn to cherish no resentments, harbor no secret hates, and give up the story of our victimization. If we would know resurrection instead of crucifixion we need say only this, but say and mean it totally we must:“I am responsible for what I see.
I choose the feelings I experience, and I decide upon the goal I would achieve.
And everything that seems to happen to me I ask for, and receive as I have asked.”

“We have repeated how little is asked of you to learn this course. It is the same small willingness you need to have your whole relationship transformed to joy; the little gift you offer to the Holy Spirit for which He gives you everything; the very little on which salvation rests; the tiny change of mind by which the crucifixion is changed to resurrection. And being true, it is so simple that it cannot fail to be completely understood. Rejected yes, but not ambiguous. And if you choose against it now it will not be because it is obscure, but rather that this little cost seemed, in your judgement, to be too much to pay for peace.

“This is the only thing that you need do for vision, happiness, release from pain and the complete escape from sin, all to be given you. Say only this, but mean it with no reservations, for here the power of salvation lies:

“I am responsible for what I see.
I choose the feelings I experience, and I decide upon the goal I would achieve.
And everything that seems to happen to me I ask for, and receive as I have asked.

“Deceive yourself no longer that you are helpless in the face of what is done to you. Acknowledge but that you have been mistaken, and all effects of your mistakes will disappear.

“It is impossible the Son of God be merely driven by events outside of him. It is impossible that happenings that come to him were not his choice. His power of decision is the determiner of every situation in which he seems to find himself by chance or accident. No accident nor chance is possible within the universe as God created it, outside of which is nothing. Suffer, and you decided sin was your goal. Be happy, and you gave the power of decision to Him Who must decide for God for you. This is the little gift you offer to the Holy Spirit, and even this He gives to you to give yourself. For by this gift is given you the power to release your saviour, that he may give salvation unto you.

“Begrudge not then this little offering. Withhold it, and you keep the world as now you see it. Give it away, and everything you see goes with it. Never was so much given for so little. In the holy instant is this exchange effected and maintained. Here is the world you do not want brought to the one you do. And here the one you do is given you because you want it. Yet for this, the power of your wanting must first be recognised. You must accept its strength, and not its weakness. You must perceive that what is strong enough to make a world can let it go, and can accept correction if it is willing to see that it was wrong.

“The world you see is but the idle witness that you were right. This witness is insane. You trained it in its testimony, and as it gave it back to you, you listened and convinced yourself that what it saw was true. You did this to yourself. See only this, and you will also see how circular the reasoning on which your ‘seeing’ rests. This was not given you. This was your gift to you and to your brother. Be willing, then, to have it taken from him and be replaced with truth. And as you look upon the change in him, it will be given you to see it in yourself.”
A Course in Miracles, Chapter 21 II.

Today is our Easter time, and Resurrection is our true birth right. Let us join together with Him who showed us the Christ Mind that we might awaken to share it.