Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Holy Encounter

"When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him you will see yourself. . . . The Kingdom cannot be found alone, and you who are the Kingdom cannot find yourself alone. To achieve the goal of the curriculum, then, you cannot listen to the ego, whose purpose is to defeat its own goal. The ego does not know this, because it does not know anything. But you can know it, and you will know it if you are willing to look at what the ego would make of you. This is your responsibility, because once you have really looked at it you WILL accept the Atonement for yourself. What other choice could you make? Having made this choice you will understand why you once believed that, when you met someone else, you thought he WAS someone else. And every holy encounter in which you enter fully will teach you this is not so. You can encounter only part of yourself because you are part of God, Who is everything. " ACIM, text, pg. 142-143

Last evening at our weekly meeting with the neighbor, we discussed how we are to view other people. We know we are all One and part of the Sonship, and when we meet others, our goal is to let us see them through the Holy Spirit's eyes, which is seeing them through our true Self.

Before our neighbor came, I had just read this section in the Course and then couldn't find it again while we were talking about it, although we had many other references. Finally, with the use of the concordance because I did remember that it had the word "everything" in it, I found the reference but not until after our neighbor departed. This kind of thing happens a lot. Thank goodness for the concordance, but that isn't always helpful when there are a gazillion references to "God," for example. My DH is still looking for the reference he saw in the Course about how when you finally get enlightened, you will see everyone as spirit, but they won't see you that way until they get there also.

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