It is clear in the ACIM text that the Atonement is to utterly relieve the Sonship of the duality of embodiment in the belief in spacetime and return the Mind of God to its original State of Oneness. In the Absolute State of Mind or “the Garden of Eden”, which is the pre-separation condition of the Son of God, it was “a state of mind in which nothing was needed.” (Text pg 17) No body was needed.
October 29, 2009, I wholly forgot the body and realized this State wherein everything is Innately Provided and nothing is needed, simultaneously understanding that the world of perception where a body seems to exist by need is unreal. “Without the idea of death, there is no world.” The world indeed wholly disappeared in the Absolute State. It never was. There was never a body with needs.
“Perfect love casts out fear. If fear exists, Then there is not perfect love. But: Only perfect love exists. If there is fear, It produces a state that does not exist.” (Text pg 14)
Fear produces a state that doesn’t exist. Only out of fear for attachments did I resume computing the world of perception, did I resume belief in the world of “not perfect love”. And yet, I have Knowledge of the world’s unreality by way of Knowing eternity, and so I am forever saved of the belief in separation. Time is now irrelevant, and space is a non-event.
“The Atonement is the only defense that cannot be used destructively because it is not a device you made. The Atonement principle was in effect long before the Atonement began. The principle was love and the Atonement was an act of love. Acts were not necessary before the separation, because belief in space and time did not exist. It was only after the separation that the Atonement and the conditions necessary for its fulfillment were planned … The Atonement was built into the space-time belief to set a limit on the need for the belief itself, and ultimately to make learning complete.” (Text pg 19-20)
“The Atonement can only be accepted within you by releasing the inner light. Since the separation, defenses have been used almost entirely to defend against the Atonement, and thus maintain the separation. This is generally seen as a need to protect the body. The many body fantasies in which minds engage arise from the distorted belief that the body can be used as a means for attaining ‘atonement’. Perceiving the body as a temple is only the first step in correcting this distortion, because it alters only part of it. It does recognize that Atonement in physical terms is impossible.” (Text pg 21).
Perception of space and time is an overlay on the Oneness of Reality; the overlay cannot achieve Atonement. The Mind achieves Atonement by release of belief in the overlay. The inner light is released from this overlay by the release of attachment to body-identification and thereby release of the defense against the Atonement, and acceptance of life as it Is, without the idea of death. The entire concept of universal form dissolves in the Reality of the Kingdom’s original state.
“The ability to accept truth in this world is the perceptual counterpart of creating in the Kingdom.”(Text, pg unknown)
With the acceptance of truth in this world, one either leaves it altogether or manifests the happy dream of the Holy Spirit. From this point on, ego’s nightmare of separation never was. One waits in Love at Heaven’s Gate until learning is complete, and the classroom for learning, too, disappears from Mind.
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