III. Atonement and Miracles, P 2
2 “Heaven and earth shall pass away” means that they will not continue to exist as separate states. My word, which is the resurrection and the life, shall not pass away because life is eternal. You are the work of God, and His work is wholly lovable and wholly loving. This is how a man must think of himself in his heart, because this is what he is.
This first sentence was very confusing to me at first, but I understand it to mean that right now we see Heaven and earth as being separate. I seem to be in earth and so I am not in Heaven. But Heaven and earth as separate states will be understood to be an error. There is only one, and never is there more than one no matter what we are talking about. There only seems to be separation.
Jesus says his word is the resurrection and the life, and it feels to me like that means his word will never cease to exist, will not change or become something else. It is like all else that is truth; it is changeless and eternal. I also feel like his word is more than the words in the Course, but I don’t know how to explain that. Sometimes I ask for clarity and I simply know something I didn’t know before, but sometimes, more excitingly, I am different than I was before. No words or concepts were part of this change. I think that is closer to what Jesus means when he uses the phrase, “my word.”
The last part of this paragraph reminds us of our true nature which is love, and it also reminds us that our nature is immutable because we are the work of God. I love that phrase and use it as an anchor to hold me in truth when the ego mind is vying for my attention. When I seem to fall short of being love, I know this cannot be true because I am the work of God. I may be pretending to be less than love and then acting as if it were true, but I cannot really be less than love because I am created as love.
I am the work of God. This is how I must think of myself in my heart. When I first read that I must think this way, I felt like I was being told that if I failed to think of myself this way I was guilty, or to use a word from my days as a Catholic, it would be a “sin” to see myself differently. What I think now is that I must see the truth of myself in my heart because that is all there is to see.
I become confused when I look in the ego mind to discover my nature. To return to the truth I only need to ignore the thinking mind and look to the heart, to his word that is eternal, to the Holy Spirit that is the memory of the truth. The heart holds the truth as it must because the truth is always true in spite of the illusion that continually vies for our attention and offers us an impossible alternative.
As an unlimited and perfectly free child of God, I can pretend to be something else, but I must be love. I can become confused about that, but as I shift my attention from ego mind to the heart, I must find the truth. And I will tell you the truth; there are moments in my life when it is such a relief to remember that I am the work of God.