VII. Looking Within, P 2
2 Everyone in the world must play his part in its redemption, in order to recognize that the world has been redeemed. You cannot see the invisible. Yet if you see its effects you know it must be there. By perceiving what it does, you recognize its being. And by what it does, you learn what it is. You cannot see your strengths, but you gain confidence in their existence as they enable you to act. And the results of your actions you can see.
I must play my part in the redemption of the world. My part is essential. I think of it as a vast tapestry that encompasses all of the world. My part in the weaving of this tapestry is very tiny, but if I don’t do it, there will be hole in the tapestry. So that I must do it is not in question. But what is my part? My part is to accept the Atonement for myself.
In this story of Myron that appears as looking at the situations that make up my life here, recognizing that they represent beliefs in my mind. I then allowing the mistaken beliefs to be healed. Sounds simple enough, and it is simple, but there are times when it has felt hard. In fact there are times when I didn’t understand it, and times when it has felt like I couldn’t do it.
But when my faith in myself has faltered, I have believe in Jesus. I believed he gave us the Course as a way to understand and as a carefully planned system to help us accept the Atonement. So I kept going. I kept trying to accept the Atonement, and trusted that it was working even when I felt inadequate to the task. I didn’t see my own strength and had trouble believing in it.
Over time, though, I have experienced the healing that Jesus promised in the Course. Even though it is not complete yet, I see from the results I have experienced so far, that it will be done as he said it would be. So I am gaining certainty in my strength even though that strength is not always apparent. I am gaining certainty because the healing of my mind is the effect of that strength and so it convinces me that what I cannot always see is, indeed, there.