The laws of nature have received quite a bit of coverage over the years, and rightly so. In their silent immutability, there is no example more powerful in all the land of indomitability- of accomplishment freed from the constraint of effort, of action freed from the morass of choice, of character freed from the question of evolution and learning.
Let me just say it: in my heart of hearts, I want to live as purely, simply, and powerfully as a law of nature. I think this is perfectly natural. I think this is the Christ within us.
Every bit of matter, so far as we know, is attracted to every other bit of matter. We call this gravity. Gravity simply is. We cannot reproduce it. We cannot shut it off. We cannot modulate it, (yet). This attraction of matter for matter seems to be inherent in what it means to be material. Matter does not appear to have a say-so in this, anymore than you or I have a say so on who we really are. Even gravity, however, is part of the system of matter and energy we call the physical universe. I could draw an analogy between matter and gravity, and beingness and love, but it will ultimately fall down. Using physical discoveries to bolster spiritual truths is always a temporary argument. Using paintings to explain the properties of the painter is okay for a little while, but the painter is a far more creative open-endedness than the frozen record of an inspired drop of joy. The painter is still on the move.
Inscrutable gravity is an attraction of matter for matter- but love is far more than an attraction of one being for another. Love is. It is not a property of beings, or a quality more pronounced in some beings than in others. Love is. Love give rises to beings, and to expressions between beings, and to worlds capable of displaying gravitational properties. Gravity is (also), but I suspect its isness isn’t quite as abstract or unchanging as that of Love. One day we will be bending gravity into pretty shapes and modulating it like ice cream flavors, and readers of that time period will look back on this post as ignorant drivel.
Natural laws remind us of what power truly is, but they themselves are not a genuine power…
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Natural laws never, ever, ever- ever^(40×40)- encounter a situation in which they find themselves uncertain of how to respond. Neither does the Christ in us. And neither does the Atonement Principle.
The Atonement is at work in space and time, where the daily anecdotes of unreality are unfolding, continuously transforming them into the final Answer, which is the end of space and time, or the end of learning. Jesus says in A Course in Miracles, “The kind of error to which Atonement is applied is irrelevant.” (T.2-IV.1:6) When the type of nail it hits is absolutely irrelevant, you are dealing with the most powerful of hammers. Atonement, being perfect Love, acts without choice or consideration. It never encounters an error to which the Answer is unclear. It never hesitates or questions. It is immutable and instantaneous. All that is good and natural and holy, is thus.
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The acceptance of the Atonement is how we simultaneously build and cross the bridge within us from unreality to Reality, and how we come to live like a natural law. I face moments of indecision all the time. Because of… why? Because I still think the question of who I am is an open one.
Gravity isn’t trying to finally express itself wholly, without hesitation, forethought or any questions of right and wrong whatsoever, (but I am). All of my questions dilute me. And yet the Atonement pulls those questions together, right here in the foyer of my life, boils off the excess liquid and cements them into a bridge that leads from my front door to Unity.
I don’t recall- (and I haven’t checked)- reading the word Atonement all that often, if at all, in A Course of Love, but as I write this I feel it is present throughout. In A Course of Love Jesus calls us to acceptance of the Self we truly are, and to a life of genuine Self-expression. There is no uncertainty beyond the acceptance of the Self that we are. All uncertainty ends with that acceptance- the acceptance of the Idea Love had of being uniquely you and I.
With the restoration of that Original Idea, which is the action of Atonement, we each become a natural law- a working without the possibility of flaw or failure. A Christ in expression. And the thing about those natural laws is this… They always seem to work in perfect concert with one another, and with all that is…
Beautifully expressed. I think you have given expression to the deepest wish that we all share – and the promise that is available to all of us. If we let go, if we accept gratefully, if we love…
Atonement is deeply important in Buddhism and Zen as well; I particularly appreciate the quote “The kind of error to which Atonement is applied is irrelevant”. So wonderful, what a powerful practice and idea.
Thank you for sharing. Be well this day~
Thank you for visiting and reading. I think the need for atonement is universal. In the context of A Course in Miracles, the Atonement is the gentle (but absolute) release from all error and misperception, the acceptance of who we truly are, and the end of time and suffering. We take a step towards this end each day and each moment that we allow our minds to be healed of error, a sentiment I think you have beautifully captured in your comment.