by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” — Abraham Lincoln
As the continuing effects of the national and global crisis brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic spread across our planet, it will be the truth that will rally people to deal constructively and compassionately to meet the crisis. This is evident in the national statistic that nearly 80% of Americans support stay-at-home orders, physical distancing, wearing masks, and sensible reopening policies to curb the virus’ spread. This is not a political issue; it is an issue of stemming the spread of Covid-19 until adequate testing and a vaccine are provided. When people hear the stark reality of this virus from trusted, knowledgeable sources that use health facts and accurate studies to describe the harsh realities we face, they adjust and work together to meet the challenge. But, when lack of clarity, fearful ideas, and confusion are present, chaos is the result.
This is the same recipe A Course in Miracles tells us will either support miracle-mindedness thinking or ego delusion-filled thinking.
The mind entrenched with ego thinking is filled with confusion, projection, anger, and attack. It blames everyone and everything rather than taking responsibility for its experiences, and taking responsibility is our only real salvation. Ego thoughts live in darkness and ignorance. That is why when the light finally dawns upon the mind of the Son of God (and this dawning is inevitable), the ego cannot survive, and the ego knows this. This is what makes ego thinking so desperate.
The Course tells us, “The ego literally lives on borrowed time, and its days are numbered.” (T-9.IV.9) It is aware of this and that is why it is so vicious. “The ego is therefore capable of suspiciousness at best and viciousness at worst.” (T-9.VII.3) When the ego is faced with its demise, it will strike out at anyone or anything in its way, including you. As much as those “others” out there are to be hated, you are not much better. This is the ego’s twisted thinking.
Miracle mindedness does not hate, attack, or destroy. It simply looks on darkness, fear, and ignorance with the light of love. “It looks on lies, but it is not deceived. It does not heed the self-accusing shrieks of sinners mad with guilt. It looks on them with quiet eyes, and merely says to them, ‘My brother, what you think is not the truth.’” (W-134.7)
The mind centered on miracles is at peace. It does not have to justify or convince, for the mind that seeks peace will find it; nothing is denied the mind that seeks for this truth. Peace is the best “defense” for the truth. However, peace is not a passive experience. Peace, just like a miracle, asks that you look on the vicious, chaos-filled world of the ego, and quietly pass it by in favor of the truth and the peace it will bring. As the Course so beautifully tells us…
The peace of God is everything I want. The peace of God is my one goal; the aim of all my living here, the end I seek, my purpose and my function and my life, while I abide where I am not at home. (W-205)
So let us gladly look at the ego thinking in our minds and in the world. Let us not shy away from looking clearly at the darkness, hate, and fear with which it tries to distract us. Truth is with us now. We walk with a Mighty Companion of Truth leading the way. We may stumble or get distracted by the shrieks of hate and anger projected by the ego, but it can delay us no longer. Focus on the truth, for the truth is our right and it will set us free. Therefore…
Correct and learn, and be open to learning. You have not made truth, but truth can still set you free. Look as the Holy Spirit looks, and understand as He understands. His understanding looks back to God in remembrance of me. (T-5.III.11)
There you have it. Let us be open to learning the truth and experiencing our peace. When we forget, He will correct us, not judge us. And, from His gentle correction, we will be open to learn the way out of our seemingly entrenched, chaotic ego thinking. Let us share a vision with the Holy Spirit and a mind focused on the miraculous gift He offers us to shift our understanding from ignorance to truth, from fear to love, from darkness to light.
As we now deal with the process of opening up our country, let us be led by peace and truth. This does not mean that we ignore the stark realities of this pandemic — for that would be an improper use of denial — but we must not look alone. Let the Holy Spirit into your thinking, and allow Him to heal any fear or judgment in your mind. Holding onto hate, fear, attack, or judgment are signs that we are choosing for the lies of the ego rather than the healing, honest vision of love. As the Course reminds us in Lesson 189, “I feel the Love of God within me now”…
What would you see? The choice is given you. But learn and do not let your mind forget this law of seeing: You will look upon that which you feel within. If hatred finds a place within your heart, you will perceive a fearful world, held cruelly in death’s sharp-pointed, bony fingers. If you feel the Love of God within you, you will look out on a world of mercy and of love.
Anger and fear are sure signs “you are trusting in your own strength.” (W-48) Be very aware. Things in this world that stoke hate, anger, and fear, especially at this time, are robbing you of your strength and the power of love to work miracles in your life. As lesson 48 says, “there is nothing to fear” and that this “idea simply states a fact. It is not a fact to those who believe in illusions, but illusions are not facts. In truth there is nothing to fear. It is very easy to recognize this. But it is very difficult to recognize it for those who want illusions to be true.
The choice is now ours: do we want the peace of focusing on the truth or do we want the chaos of illusions? One brings a fearful world and the other a world of mercy and of love. And, let us be assured; only the world of love is true for only it is real. Therefore, rest in the truth that we are capable, and we will succeed in choosing the world of love and mercy, for God is our inevitable goal.
Forget not once this journey is begun the end is certain. Doubt along the way will come and go and go to come again. Yet is the ending sure. No one can fail to do what God appointed him to do. When you forget, remember that you walk with Him and with His Word upon your heart. Who could despair when hope like this is his? Illusions of despair may seem to come, but learn how not to be deceived by them. Behind each one there is reality and there is God. Why would you wait for this and trade it for illusions, when His Love is but an instant farther on the road where all illusions end? The end is sure and guaranteed by God. (M-Epilogue)