VII. Creation and Communication, P 8
8 God is praised whenever any mind learns to be wholly helpful. This is impossible without being wholly harmless, because the two beliefs must coexist. The truly helpful are invulnerable, because they are not protecting their egos and so nothing can hurt them. Their helpfulness is their praise of God, and He will return their praise of Him because they are like Him, and they can rejoice together. God goes out to them and through them, and there is great joy throughout the Kingdom. Every mind that is changed adds to this joy with its individual willingness to share in it. The truly helpful are God’s miracle workers, whom I direct until we are all united in the joy of the Kingdom. I will direct you to wherever you can be truly helpful, and to whoever can follow my guidance through you.
To be wholly helpful and wholly harmless, what a worthy goal that is! I am often helpful and usually harmless, but I desire to always be helpful and harmless. I know that I cannot do this through changing my behavior and my words. I become wholly helpful and harmless through noticing when I am not that and accepting the Atonement, thus allowing my mind to be healed. A healed mind could be nothing but helpful and harmless.
I imagine what it is like to live from a healed mind. I would never say anything hurtful to someone else. I would never feel guilt or fear. I would never suffer in any way. I would be happy, regardless of what was going on around me. I would see only Christ no matter what story the person is imagining for himself. I would never be confused by appearances. I can imagine this because sometimes I live it now so I can easily envision living it all the time.
Then Jesus says, “Their helpfulness is their praise of God, and He will return their praise of Him because they are like Him, and they can rejoice together.” This is where my imagination fails me. I cannot begin to conceive what that must feel like. I am starting to get a picture, though, of how it must be when we are experiencing life without ego.
I love my brothers unconditionally, seeing nothing but Christ wherever I look. I express that love in whatever way is helpful, allowing spirit to live through this body giving all to all. Because ego is not involved, there is no fear, no doubt or uncertainty. I feel only love flowing through me and to everyone and everything. And because this is like God, He returns love to me. Love flows unobstructed from me to my brother to God and then it flows back from God to us. Endless joy. Imagine.
This is possible. In fact, this is inevitable. Each time I notice a judgmental or angry or hateful or thought in my mind and I realize that I am no longer interested in this, no longer believe in this, I bring that time of blissful communication with God a bit closer. I sometimes feel discouraged because I as I read the paper I see so much unkindness.
And when I talk to people, I hear prejudice and fear, guilt and anger, and many of these people have no idea that it should or even could be different. But then I am reminded that they are not my job. It is only my part to see where in my mind I hold the same beliefs and to ask for healing.
Then I notice that my mind seems to be an endless stream of wrong minded thinking, and I wonder how it will ever all be undone. When I feel discouraged about this, I remember what Jesus said in the Course. “My part in the Atonement is the cancelling out of all errors that you could not otherwise correct.” I do my part, do my best, and I know that all else will be done for me.
Teaching as I learn is an essential part of the process. As I give I receive, and as I teach I learn. It is joining in this holy purpose, teacher and student, that much is undone. Sometimes I teach and sometimes I become the student of my student. It doesn’t matter which way it goes. I don’t have to look for either students or teachers because those I need to be with will simply show up at the perfect time.