Dear Miracle Workers,
In 2019 CMC ran a wonderful ACIM Conference in Boston, MA. I got substantial time in Boston before and after the Conference. Boston is a wonderful city with a rich American history. The American Revolution started in Boston with key events like: the Boston Massacre in 1770, the Boston Tea Party in 1773, and Paul Revere’s midnight ride in 1775.
We think of these things in a romantic and idealized way. Many hearts swell with pride at the ideas of freedom that the American Revolution put forth. However as we practice ACIM the idea of conflict, fighting, war, and the attendant death and destruction become increasingly abhorrent. What do we do then with our strong emotional feelings about freedom and our desire for it? ACIM addresses this directly, "You have heard many arguments on behalf of 'the freedoms,' which would indeed have been freedom if man had not chosen to fight for them. ... Yet the argument that underlies the defense of freedom is perfectly valid. Because it is true, it should not be fought for, but it should be sided with." (OrEd.Tx.7.11)
Fighting for anything is founded in an “us versus them” philosophy, and directly reinforces ideas of lack, victimization, and separation. However, siding with an idea is a force of positive evolution – both personal evolution and societal evolution. Our human culture has been steadily evolving for millennia. Truly barbaric global savageries, and manifestations of mass inhumanity – like slavery – have all but faded from our world.
Today the USA is having an important conversation about personal freedoms and protected constitutional rights. My heart still swells with pride about these things, but I know that fighting for them is a philosophical and spiritual error. However siding with them is still my dedicated calling and practice. I continue to champion freedom.
(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #276, Mar. 4 2021)