1. Articles of Incorporation Secretary of State of State of California Feb. 9, 1987 (Shows Church intended purpose)
2. Recognition Letter Franchise Tax Board State of California Jun. 17, 1987 (Shows legal Church status)
3. Recognition Letter Internal Revenue Service U.S.A. Jan. 8, 1988 (Shows 501[c]3 Public Charity status)
4. Amendment to Articles Secretary of State of State of California Jan. 14, 1998 (Shows name change)
I thought that for many years of my life. I’d heard “See the face of Christ” in traditional Christian environments for years. I actually thought it meant that somehow I was going to see Jesus looking back at me when I looked at other people. I always got a little confused about this. What I realized after a while from A Course in Miracles is that is not what it means. It means I’m going to see the perfected holy Child of God when I look upon people. I’m going to see their “Christed” nature. I’m going to see the Christ, and it isn’t Jesus. It’s the Christ, and Jesus of course is the Christ as well. I really need to just be vigilant about that and not just use those words interchangeably. They’re not used interchangeably in A Course in Miracles. Jesus is Jesus, and the Christ is Christ. They’re used in different ways. I think we Course students could get that but I still see people with tremendous resistance about getting this pretty basic teaching from A Course in Miracles.
A Course in Miracles came to us from Jesus. Hopefully if we believe that, Jesus speaking to Helen Schucman in her mind. Jesus is, of course, a man who became the Christ, but we are all the Christ at our core. A Course in Miracles is training us all to be the Christ. I actually think one of the reasons we don’t want to get this is because we want Jesus to be the Christ. We don’t want it to be us really. We don’t really want the time of Christ to be now, the way the Course is telling us, “... it is in your power to make the time of Christ be now.” (OrEd.Tx.15.94) We would rather it be Jesus’s job. We would still rather work with intermediaries.
Here’s a quote about seeing the face of Christ, “And how long will this holy face be seen, when it is but the symbol that the time for learning now is over and the goal of the Atonement has been reached at last? So therefore let us seek to find Christ’s face and look on nothing else. As we behold His glory will we know we have no need of learning or perception or of time, or anything except the holy Self, the Christ Whom God created as His Son.” (OrEd.WkBk.SpTp.271.5)
Deep down the form doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter at all. There is Spirit within all of us. All of us are miracle workers. Sometimes we are the recipients of miracles at this time of joy. Sometimes we are the performer of miracles. We all know, for those of us here at the Community Miracles Center, just a couple of weeks ago Rev. Tony was talking about that. (“Depend on Miracles” 12.04.2016) Not only do we have to think about miracles, but we need to perform miracles. They are sitting there waiting for us. They are waiting to happen. In every conflict situation you have, in every distressing situation, there is a miracle that is waiting to happen.
A Course in Miracles tells us this from today’s reading. “This Christmas, give the Holy Spirit everything that would hurt you. Let yourself be healed completely that you may join with Him in healing, and let us celebrate our release together by releasing everyone with us.” (OrEd.Tx.15.103) Notice what is says there, folks. “Give the Holy Spirit everything that would hurt you.” (OrEd.Tx.15.103) It doesn’t say to hold back anything. Don’t hold back that grievance against your partner. Don’t hold back that grievance against Donald Trump. Don’t hold back that grievance against Vladimir Putin. Don’t hold back that grievance about anyone: mother, father, financial situation, unresolved conflict with a friend, a lover, a partner. It says to totally release everything.
My astrologer friend said this in the time leading up to the Orlando shooting, “I am not sure what is going to happen this week, but it is one of the biggest weeks of the year.” He said this was a time for us to expand into our consciousness, expand into Love. Then two days later we heard about Orlando. He said in an article that he wrote, that he didn’t know how, he didn’t know why, but everything was a chance for us to expand. He didn’t expect for the Orlando shooting to happen. He didn’t expect to see something that we saw as a tragedy when he was looking at this chart thinking, “Oh my gosh! It’s going to be a great week!” Then suddenly we are faced with something much different than we thought would happen.
The reading from today says, “The only judgment involved at all is the Holy Spirit’s one division into two categories – one of love and the other the call for love. You cannot safely make this division, for you are much too confused either to recognize love or to believe that everything else is nothing but a need for love. You are too bound to form and not to content.” (OrEd.Tx.14.52) The second passage from the Workbook says, “You perceive the world and everything in it as meaningful in terms of ego goals. These goals have nothing to do with your own best interests because the ego is not you. This false identification makes you incapable of understanding what anything is for.” (OrEd.WkBk.25.2)
We look at things and think, “That should not have happened. Why did that happen?” A Course in Miracles says we aren’t in a position to know what anything is for. We look at things like the situation in Orlando and we think, “Oh that’s a call for Love. That person wasn’t being Loving. It must be a call for Love.” For all intents and purposes, that is how we see it. We don’t see it as a loving act. Yet A Course in Miracles says, “You cannot safely make this division, for you are much too confused either to recognize love or to believe that everything else is nothing but a need for love.” (OrEd.Tx.14.52)
A Course in Miracles also says, and this goes with what I just spoke about, "… you will have total gratitude, for you will see that everything has earned the right to love by being loving, even as your Self." Let me reread that because it is a little wordy. "… for you will see that everything has earned the right to love by being loving .…" (OrEd.WkBk.139.8) They deserve love because they are love even as you, yourself are. Isn't that interesting? When you compare and start saying, "This person is better. That person is better. This is good. That is bad." you start creating a sense that this person is worthy but that person is not. You can't be grateful when you think there is a competition.
Maybe you think you are being grateful but you are also worried. You can't be in true gratitude, saying that you are grateful for what is, when you are competing. It says once you have gotten into gratitude, you realize why you can be grateful is because my brother or sister is love. I can be grateful because I am love. He is loving. He is going to be loving, because he is love. He is acting from love. The Course says everything comes from love, or it's a call for love. But what is our response to either of those? It is always to come back with love. We can see that the person is really loving. We can be thankful for them even if it doesn't seem that they are expressing love, because they are love.