Grace is an aspect of the Love of God which is most like the state prevailing in the unity of truth. It is the world’s most lofty aspiration, for it leads beyond the world entirely. It is past learning, yet the goal of learning, for grace cannot come until the mind prepares itself for true acceptance. Grace becomes inevitable instantly in those who have prepared a table where it can be gently laid and willingly received; an altar clean and holy for the gift.
Today you are asked to accept the grace of God. It is something that is available to you this instant. But before you can accept it, you need to take a look at what the grace of God actually is. A Course In Miracles is reasonable, it works with your mind, because you are only mind. The thought that is given you for the day, in the workbook, is always something to read, think about, practice, apply to your mind. In this action something happens that is not of you. It is given in the little willingness to keep your mind open so all things can be revealed to you anew.
Grace is acceptance of the Love of God within a world of seeming hate and fear. By grace alone the hate and fear are gone, for grace presents a state so opposite to everything the world contains, that those whose minds are lighted by the gift of grace can not believe the world of fear is real.
Grace is not learned. The final step must go beyond all learning. Grace is not the goal this course aspires to attain. Yet we prepare for grace in that an open mind can hear the Call to waken. It is not shut tight against God’s Voice. It has become aware that there are things it does not know, and thus is ready to accept a state completely different from experience with which it is familiarly at home.
Grace is really a state of mind, an acceptance and not a doing. It’s not an assertion of any kind. It is the willingness to let all things be exactly as they are and to experience a grace that has nothing to do with the world you see. You can see things differently, but the change of mind is not of you. It happens when you least expect it and in a way you can’t imagine. It is a personal experience, between you and God, in the acceptance of total responsibility for the world you see.
Oneness is simply the idea God is. And in His Being, He encompasses all things. No mind holds anything but Him. We say “God is,” and then we cease to speak, for in that knowledge words are meaningless. There are no lips to speak them, and no part of mind sufficiently distinct to feel that it is now aware of something not itself. It has united with its Source. And like its Source Itself, it merely is.
We cannot speak nor write nor even think of this at all. It comes to every mind when total recognition that its will is God’s has been completely given and received completely. It returns the mind into the endless present, where the past and future cannot be conceived. It lies beyond salvation; past all thought of time, forgiveness and the holy face of Christ. The Son of God has merely disappeared into his Father, as his Father has in him. The world has never been at all. Eternity remains a constant state.
How can you conceive of what lies beyond salvation, beyond time, forgiveness and the face of Christ? You can’t. But there is one who walks with you, who is eager to give you all things that you have looked for since the beginning of time. In the acceptance of the atonement, you experience yourself as God created you. This is what is offered you. Intellectually you can’t grasp it, no matter how hard you try. And the more you try to hold your world, your life as you conceive of it, together, the more it will fall apart on you. It is meant to. Let it be. This is not a doing, it is an undoing.
This is beyond experience we try to hasten. Yet forgiveness, taught and learned, brings with it the experiences which bear witness that the time the mind itself determined to abandon all but this is now at hand. We do not hasten it, in that what you will offer was concealed from Him Who teaches what forgiveness means.
You finally recognize that there is nothing you can do to bring your experience about, other than the simple instructions Jesus gives you in the workbook. Anything you try to do to hasten it, only slows it down. The more you try to grasp it, the more it slips through your fingers. The more comfortable you get, the more you will be dislodged. It is not for the faint of heart, but this is why you have been chosen. You have the determination and the perseverance, somewhere in you there is a willingness to be wrong about everything, and in the letting go of everything you now believe, you experience the peace and love and grace of God.
There is no need to further clarify what no one in the world can understand. When revelation of your oneness comes, it will be known and fully understood. Now we have work to do, for those in time can speak of things beyond, and listen to words which explain what is to come is past already. Yet what meaning can the words convey to those who count the hours still, and rise and work and go to sleep by them?
Suffice it, then, that you have work to do to play your part. The ending must remain obscure to you until your part is done. It does not matter. For your part is still what all the rest depends on. As you take the role assigned to you, salvation comes a little nearer each uncertain heart that does not beat as yet in tune with God.
You have a part to play. Nothing can happen until you step in to your full responsibility as teacher of God, whatever that looks like. You have to give your experience away. This is not about exchange, it is about the recognition that you are giving only to yourself. And as you give that which you can’t speak of, you experience how you receive what you give. And you know this Course to be true.
Our learning goal today does not exceed this prayer. Yet in the world, what could be more than what we ask this day of Him Who gives the grace we ask, as it was given Him?
By grace I live. By grace I am released.
By grace I give. By grace I will release.