The Myth of Ascension and The Mistake of the Futurists!
This article will probably make you mad but it needs to be written. In the last half of the twentieth century until today we Western humans have been busy re-mythologizing our religious myths we inherited from traditional Christianity. A myth is a story which is supposed to express something deep that otherwise is inexpressible. The old traditional myth of Christianity said that there would come an “end times,” and the “elect” (the Chosen Ones) would be taken up into the air and join Christ, while all the other people would go through terrible events of the earth. Before the end times, the myth was that people who had accepted Jesus as their personal savior would go to heaven when they die. Of course, like most myths, the people who believe them, did not get that they are myths. They believe them literally.
When I first came to A Course In Miracles I called down to California to ACIM headquarters and got to speak to one of the “original” founders, there with Helen Schucman, the scribe of ACIM. We had a nice chat. I explained how I had a background in Christian theology but had now moved to the Course. She said something very interesting to me: “All of these Christians who think they are going to heaven when they die are going to be very surprised. If they haven’t gotten their work done, they are not going anywhere!” Now there is the truth! Hold on to that for a few moments as we look at the new myth which has replaced the Christian one. The New Age Myth which replaces the Christian one, is Ascension, especially the belief that Dec.21, 2012 is a special date when all those who have learned love will begin to ascend into a fifth dimension. Even the earth is ascending, just as the Bible promised a “new Heaven and a new Earth.” I’ve got news for you! This is just another re-packaging of the old Christian myth, and likewise, “If you haven’t done your work, you are not going anywhere!” What IS your work? It is a lot more than walking down the isle and shaking the preacher’s hand accepting Jesus as your personal savior! It is also a lot more than joining in with the New Age crowd as they talk lovely things about love and peace. OUR WORK is the nitty-gritty of relationships, our classroom in which we learn our lessons of true forgiveness. True Forgiveness means that we let things go, look past them, precisely because we know that the world is not real and nothing real has been done to you! I am interpreting the myth now using ACIM. Time is a vast illusion, so there is nothing special about Dec.21, 2012, regardless of what the Mayans believed, and we don’t really know what they believed. We are here in this classroom to learn our lessons of forgiveness, join in mind with all our brothers and awaken. This is not ascension because we have never left Heaven. We travel but in dreams while safely at home. The world is a dream and we are here to pop it and remember our true identity as the Mind of Christ, at One with God.
SO MANY PEOPLE are SO sure they know what is going to happen on Dec.21, this year! These people think God created this universe. He did not. They think the universe is evolving towards God. It is not! They think that “consciousness” is evolving! IT IS NOT! The universe is not real. It is our projection! “Consciousness” cannot evolve because it IS the ultimate illusion of separation. “Consciousness” is not real. It cannot evolve. Illusions cannot advance! WE have given ourselves the date of Dec.21, 2012 as a time WE wish to advance. The whole issue is in US because there is nothing outside of US. Many people are working like dedicated egos to help “the universe.” Illusions cannot be helped. They have to be popped! If we wish to do anything on Dec.21 and beyond we have to work inside, to get rid of the blocks to Love’s awareness, forgive the world and you will not try to change it! The Course says, “Seek not to change the world. Seek to change your mind about it instead.” All the “stuff” will happen inside of YOU!!!!!!!! That is the fallacy of the Futurists. They see the universe as real and want to help it. They don’t see that there is nothing outside of ourselves. So you think you are going to evolve into a 5th dimension do you? You are not going anywhere until you have learned all your lessons! You who still believe yourself a powerful individual (ego), are going nowhere real fast.
What Should We Do In This Current Crisis?
There is no doubt that 2012 brings the illusory world into an ending of one form and offers a transformation into another form. Just as surely, crisis stands between the end of the old world and a possible transformation. The transformation is not inevitable, and we are talking about an illusory world changing!! Consciousness IS the illusion of separation! Our Home is Oneness and there is no observer there! There is no consciousness in heaven! The observer is an illusion. Part of the whole cannot break off and observe the whole because there is nothing outside the Whole. But this impossibility is what seemed to happen, and the result is a dream world in a dream universe. The observer is not real, and the unreal act of observing is CONSCIOUSNESS! Consciousness cannot evolve because it is not real. It can appear to evolve only to those stuck in illusions.
A common question that comes up for practitioners of A Course in Miracles goes something like this: “Suppose you were walking and came upon a man standing on the edge of a bridge, about ready it seems, to take his own life. What would you do?” The answer is, You would need to be in your Peace so that you could hear the inner voice of your teacher, the Holy Spirit, and then you would do as that Voice tells you, whether it is to go to him and try to talk him out of it, or even to give him a little push over the side!!!!!! You would not know what to do, but in your Peace you could be told what to do.
Now we are coming into a crisis like that, except it is the world standing on that bridge in panic and threatening to jump. What do we do? The Futurists tells us to band together as spiritual activists, form new networks to help the earth. From the point of view of the Course (which is mine) they have forgotten that there is nothing outside of themselves. They see the world as real and in need of our help. They see the universe (a bigger view of the world) as not only real, but the result of God’s creation which He continues by evolution from matter to mind, to consciousness, self-consciousness, and ultimately to Christ Consciousness. Most theologians today would disagree with this point of view. Such a view is based on the earlier work of Teilhard de Chardin which has been largely discarded today as naive. From the point of the view of the Course, there is enormous illusion here. Problems do not lie outside of ourselves. The world, the universe, is not real. No problems can be solved by projecting them onto the universe. The crisis of 2012 lies within us, and that is where the changes need to happen. God did not create the universe, WE did! Not individually of course, but the mind of which we are all a part. All our work is within ourselves to forgive our brothers and every part of the sensory data we call the universe. As we forgive, our confused Ego mind stills and we can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. S/he will tell us what to do to help the suicidal world standing on that bridge. Our job is to come to Peace and extend that Peace to other minds. A still mind has no problems. Still minds do not project a universe in danger because still minds cannot know fear. That is the big fallacy of the Futurists. They make the universe real, knowing not that it is in itself a projection of fear. They would make that fear real and then try to fix the universe! Haven’t we had enough of that activity? First project problems and then solve them? Aren’t we tired of that yet? In Peace there is no opposite. A Peaceful mind will not project the opposite. A Peaceful mind does not know fear. A Peaceful mind follows instructions it receives from inner wisdom and is confident in his ability to carry out the instructions given to him. As we draw Dec. 21. 2012 to us, think of that man standing on the bridge. You need to be at Peace. If you are not already at Peace when you come to that bridge, you will be tempted to project fear. You will feel helpless. The answer is in the NOW and the NOW extends to Dec. 21 and beyond. Come to Peace.
The REAL changes in Dec.21, 2012
The world looks different now that forgiveness has come. The coarse, thorny vines have softened and given way now to beautiful flowers and berries. Where there was no way forward, now the Light House is easily seen and we steer our “course” (I couldn’t resist.) by it. Where an ancient hatred had lane upon the world, only peace is found now. Where before we saw a world ready to self-annihilate, now we see a reflection of Heaven, so near, that it is but a small step to its gate. Let this be our vision of the earth and God Himself will reach down and pick us up to Him. We came to this vision, not by first seeing the old world real and fighting for reform, but by forgiveness and the faith that a new vision would be given to us, and so it has been given. Those who hold this vision of the earth are its Light Bearers. In Peace do we hold this vision with kind tolerance for those who perceive a threatened world in need of more and more defenses. “If I defend myself I am attacked,” and on and on the old world would go. “But in defenselessness I will be strong, and I will learn what my defenses hide.” Hold but this Vision of the world for it has been given to you by your own memory of Truth which your insanity could not destroy. Bravely walk the world with this vision as your only defense and our return Home is not only assured but quickened. God’s son is rejoining and awakening from a long, silly dream.