I. The Message of the Crucifixion, P 10
10 We are still equal as learners, although we do not need to have equal experiences. The Holy Spirit is glad when you can learn from mine, and be reawakened by them. That is their only purpose, and that is the only way in which I can be perceived as the way, the truth and the life. When you hear only one Voice you are never called on to sacrifice. On the contrary, by being able to hear the Holy Spirit in others you can learn from their experiences, and can gain from them without experiencing them directly yourself. That is because the Holy Spirit is one, and anyone who listens is inevitably led to demonstrate His way for all.
All of us, Jesus included, are equal as learners. That is very encouraging, because it sometimes feels like we are not all equal as learners. I am often just dumbfounded that Jesus found our way out. How did he do that? I sometimes still have trouble finding my way out of an ego storm. I have trouble sometimes remembering the truth about myself and my brothers. And yet, he says that we are equal as learners so I know I can do this, too.
Jesus also says that we do not all need to have the same experience. His contribution included crucifixion and we can learn from his experience so we do not have to be crucified. His crucifixion teaches me that everyone is innocent regardless of his or her actions, and it teaches me that there is nothing to fear. We are invulnerable. No matter what happens to the body we remain unaffected. No matter what direction the story takes, we are unaffected.
I am, of course, the perfectly free and unlimited Son of God, so I can act like I am being crucified regularly if I want to. I am learning not to do that. I am learning to accept the Atonement instead. I think I am guilty and I suffer. This is how I crucify myself. Then I realize what I have done and I offer the guilt to the Holy Spirit in exchange for the miracle. This is how I get down off the cross. Why would I want to emulate the lesson when I can simply accept the healing instead?
I can learn from everyone’s experience if I choose to. When I watch a TV show or go to the movies, I automatically look for the lesson. I do this when I read novels as well. I do this when I listen to my brother’s story. I am healed with my brother when we study together. Last week I was healed many times as all those people at the workshop shared their healing. As they shifted, so did I.
We will awaken not because we each individually heal all mistaken thoughts in our mind, but because in healing the thoughts that come up for that purpose, we heal the entire Sonship. It is also very helpful when we share these healings in words, because, as inadequate as they are, words are how we communicate with each other while here.
As we live from our healed mind we teach what we have learned simply by being. I can learn from the book and I can talk a good talk. But if I do not live what I learn and make it mine so that I never live from anything else, I will not teach salvation. Jesus lived salvation. That is why he made such an impact on the world and why he is still awakening us. I want to join with Jesus by believing what he believed. I want to join with Jesus in awakening the Sonship by teaching what I believe with Jesus.
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