The Atonement

The Atonement was established as the means of restoring guiltlessness to minds that have denied it, and thus denied Heaven to themselves. Here is the end of choice. For here we come to a decision to accept ourselves as God created us.

And what is choice except uncertainty of what we are? There is no doubt that is not rooted here. There is no question but reflects this one. There is no conflict that does not entail the single, simple question...

Yet who could ask this question except one who has refused to recognize himself?

The only thing that can be surely known by any living thing is what it is. From this one point of certainty, it looks on other things as certain as itself. Uncertainty about what you must be is self-deception on a scale so vast, its magnitude can hardly be conceived. To be alive and not to know yourself is to believe that you are really dead. For what is life except to be yourself? And what but you can be alive instead?

Who is the doubter?
What is it he doubts?
Whom does he question?
Who can answer him?

He merely states that he is not himself, and therefore, being something else, becomes a questioner of what that something is. Yet he could never be alive at all unless he knew the answer. If he asks as if he does not know, it merely shows he does not want to be the thing he is. He has accepted it because he lives; has judged against it and denied its worth, and has decided that he does not know the only certainty by which he lives. Thus he becomes uncertain of his life. For what it is, has been denied by him.

It is for this denial (of what you are), that you need Atonement. Your denial made no change in what you are, but you have split your mind into what knows, and does not know, the truth (of what you are).

You are yourself. There is no doubt of this, and yet you doubt it. But you do not ask what part of you can really doubt yourself. It cannot really be a part of you that asks this question, for it asks of one who knows the answer. Were it part of you, then certainty would be impossible.

Atonement remedies the strange idea that it is possible to doubt yourself, and be unsure of what you really are. This is the depth of madness. Yet it is the universal question of the world. What does this prove except the world is mad? Why share its madness in the sad belief that what is universal here is true?

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It is for this denial (of what you are), that you need Atonement.

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You Were Created Holy

The Atonement does not make holy. You were created holy. It merely brings unholiness to holiness; or what you made (of yourself) to what you (really) are. The bringing together of truth and illusion, of the ego to God, is the Holy Spirit's only function. Keep not your making (of yourself) from your Father, for hiding it has cost you knowledge of Him and of yourselves. The knowledge (of what you really are) is safe, but wherein is your safety apart from it?

We Have A Mission

Nothing the world believes is true. It is a place whose purpose is to be a home where those who claim they do not know themselves can come to question what it is they are. And they will come again until the time Atonement is accepted, and they learn it is impossible to doubt yourself, and not to be aware of what you are.

Only acceptance (of what you are) can be asked of you, for what you are is certain. It is set forever in the holy Mind of God, and in your own. It is so far beyond all doubt and question, that to ask what it must be, is all the proof you need to show that you believe the contradiction that you know not what you cannot fail to know.

Is this a question, or a statement which denies itself in statement?

Let us not allow our holy minds to occupy themselves with senseless musings such as this. We have a mission here. We did not come to reinforce the madness that we once believed in. Let us not forget the goal that we accepted. It is more than just our happiness alone we came to gain. What we accept as what we are proclaims what everyone must be, along with us.

Fail not your brothers, or you fail yourself. Look lovingly on them, that they may know that they are part of you, and you of them. This does Atonement teach, and demonstrates the oneness of God's Son is unassailed by his belief he knows not what he is.

Today accept atonement; not to change reality, but merely to accept the truth about yourself, and go your way rejoicing in the endless Love of God. It is but this that we are asked to do.

We can remember it for everyone, for in creation are all minds as one. And in our memory is the recall how dear our brothers are to us in truth, how much a part of us is every mind, how faithful they have really been to us, and how our Father's Love contains them all.

 

Atonement Prayer

Decisions cannot be difficult. This is obvious if you realize that you must already have made a decision not to be wholly joyous, if that is how you feel. Therefore, the first step in the undoing (of fear) is to recognize that you actively decided wrongly, but can as actively decide otherwise.

Be very firm with yourselves in this. And keep yourselves fully aware of the fact that the undoing process, which does not come from you, is nevertheless within you, because God placed it there.

Your part is merely to return your thinking to the point at which the error was made, and give it over to the Atonement in peace. Say to yourselves the following as sincerely as you can, remembering that the Holy Spirit will respond fully to your slightest invitation:

I must have decided wrongly because I am not at peace.

I made the decision myself, but I can also decide otherwise.

I will to decide otherwise, because I want to be at peace.

I do not feel guilty, because the Holy Spirit will undo all the consequences of my wrong decision, if I will let Him.

I will to let Him by allowing Him to decide for God for me.
 

 

 

Accepting the Atonement teaches you what immortality is, for by accepting your guiltlessness you learn that the past has never been, and so the future is needless.

The ego teaches you to attack yourself because you are guilty, and this must increase the guilt, for guilt is the result of attack. In the ego’s teaching, then, there is no escape from guilt...

The Holy Spirit dispels it simply through the calm recognition that it has never been. As He looks upon the guiltless Son of God, he knows this is true. And being true for you you cannot attack yourself, for without guilt attack is impossible. You, then, are saved because God’s Son is guiltless. And being wholly pure, you are invulnerable. Chap 11 Guiltlessness and Invulnerability

 

Atonement remedies the strange idea that it is possible to doubt yourself, and be unsure of what you really are. Lesson 139

 
 

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