"Atonement (acceptance of our innocence) heals with certainty, and cures all sickness. For the mind which understands that sickness can be nothing but a dream is not deceived by forms the dream may take." [A Course in Miracles, W.140-4.1]
Mary Baker Eddy
"Atonement is the exemplification of man's unity with God, whereby man reflects divine Truth, Life, and Love." [Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 18]
2. In giving further interpretations of those records as we find in the experience of the entity, and their application in the present, it is very well, very befitting that such should come at a season or time when there were the experiences of the entity as the sister of the risen Lord; that there may be in the experience of the entity those practical experiences and practical applications.
3. For as has been intimated, each Soul that has named the Name and who keeps in the Way may know, may hear, may see, may have a consciousness of that ENTITY; yea, the consciousness of being at an at-onement with Jesus, the Christ.
4. Not merely as a condition, not merely what may be termed in the universal sense as being at an at-onement in the Christ Consciousness (which is a condition, an experience, an activity), but that it may be fulfilled even as He has given in His promises; "Abide in me and I in thee, and I in the Father, that we may be One, even as I and the Father are One; that I may bring to remembrance thy remembrance from the book of thine own records ALL that has been from the foundations of the earth!"
5. Then as each Soul meditates, uses, applies, consciously, His promises, and makes them its own, then indeed may it again walk and talk with Him.
6. How much more then should this mean to self? For even as He in the consciousness of the separations bade John to take her, thy mother, His mother, as his own, how much more would be that consciousness in self that the life, the self, the experience is dedicated to His at-onement with the Father in thee; that the glory as He had before the world was is His.
7. How much more may it shine in thee, that would make such an application of self? Not unto self-glory, not unto self-indulgence. These are only that thy name may be well-spoken of, or that thou might be different, or that in self there might be that even as He hath given to thy friend in the mother of John and James when He said, "That these may be upon the right or the left is not mine to give, but is prepared for those who are able, who are willing to drink of the cup even as I."
8. So as thou hast dedicated thyself, so as thou dost apply thyself in thine appreciations of the awareness being brought to thee of thy closeness in a physical or in a material sense, so may thy own inner self become more aware of His presence, His abiding presence with thee.
9. For as He hath given, "I - Behold, I - stand at the door and knock, and whosoever will open I will come in and sup with him."
10. How much more then may be those very influences and forces that may arise in thine own experiences, as ye look to him?
11. Oft, to be sure, it has come in thine own consciousness, how could, how COULD He be in heaven, in earth, in this place or that place, and be aware of an individual and at the same moment or same time be aware of that same presence in places miles, yea leagues and leagues apart? (See Sympathy)
12. There is no time, there is no space in the UNITY of the at-onement. THIS ye know, this ye oft have a consciousness of, yet not a full awareness of. But how hath He given it? "All things that were made, by Him were made. Without Him there was not anything made that was made."
13. Then in all, through all, is the permeating influence of Christ Consciousness.
14. Ye crystallize, ye demonstrate, ye make an at-onement by thine own attunement to His conscious presence that becomes a reality in material expressions as Creative Forces can, do, and ARE in those who are of one mind, one purpose, one intent, one desire.
15. For these, though names, are influences that prevent or aid according to their application, their appreciation, in the mental forces of the individual.
16. In that particular period then, of which ye seek to know more - as to the occasions, in a physical manner, when there were the contacts with the INDIVIDUAL as a personality - that ye experienced physically:
17. As has been given, while the physical body or entity Jesus was studying in Egypt, in Persia, in India, ye came into the experience - or were born in the earth.
18. When there was the death of Joseph, He returned to thee - yea, then a lassie - as a stranger; yet there was a binding influence from those very tendernesses, those very influences as brought to bear that draw upon thine inner self.
19. Yet thine orthodox teachings (as ye would term today) held thee aloof. The first appearances then were at the burial of Joseph.
20. "At those periods when there was the first preaching in Capernaum, ye again heard His words. Then with the attempts of all of those in authority, even those of thine own faith, to dispute, to do bodily harm, again there arose that cry - as ye oft asked of Mary - "How CAN such things be? How CAN he without father come into the world?"
21. It was against nature, against thine own reasoning. Yet as has been given, as has been shown, Creative Forces bring into being that as of the Father through the PURPOSES, through the intents, through the desires! Then as He hath made, He hath builded and without Him there was nothing made, does it become strange to thee that He entered into His own to become a part of same?
22. Yet this ye could not comprehend, and yet ye say ye may see a manifestation of the presence or power of God in moving, in activating, in the hearts and minds of peoples and of individuals, animate and inanimate things. Yet He came to His own and His own received Him not!
23. Then again with thine own training ye were separated far, as has been indicated; and only was there the comprehending in the last days when there was the triumphal entry, when there was the evening of the night in the Garden, and ye came to thy mother in her physical bereavement, and ye understood, ye comprehended - WHEN there was related to thee the walk to Emmaus!
24. Those were the periods. In life ye saw Him, in experience and manifestations as when He healed Peter's wife's mother, just before the rising of the rulers of the temple against Him. Then in death. Thus ye could not, ye did not comprehend.
25. How if He is Life, could He die? Why did He die? These were the burdens. WHY should He die?
27. If ye would know Jesus, God, Be THAT, BE THAT, to thy fellow man!
28. For it has ever been and is, even in materiality, a reciprocal world. "If ye will be my people, I will be thy God." If ye would know GOOD, do Good. If ye would have life, give life. If ye would know Jesus, the Christ, then be like Him; who died for a Cause, without shame, without fault yet dying; and through that able to make what this Season represents - RESURRECTION!
29. Resurrection means what? It is reciprocal of that which has been expressed. How hath it been put again by him whom ye knew but disliked (for ye loved Peter the better)? "There is no life without death, there is no RENEWAL without the dying of the old." Dying is not blotting out, it is transition - and ye may know transition by that as comes into the experience by those very activities, that "With what measure ye mete it shall be measured to thee again." That was His life, that is thy life, that is each one's life. Then how near, how dear has grown in the hearts, in the minds of all, those who put away self that they may know Him the better?
31. For it is the Law to BE the Law, and the LAW is Love! Even as He showed in all of His manifestations, in the material experiences in the earth; that ye doubted, honestly - that is in the eyes, in the heart, in the Soul even of the Creator counted - even as of old - desire, honest desire (not because faults did not arise in the material world but they were meted to Abraham, even as he said) - as FAITH!
32. Faith is manifested by that evidence of things not seen, but the hope in the promises of that which is Creative in thine inner self, thine own Soul, as it seeks expression, hopes for in the life, yea in the blood of the Lamb which is the Life that lights the whole world! Cayce (1158-009)
"These are the purposes, these are they that make for the impelling forces, then, in the entity at present. In applying same do they show themselves in the reflex of the sons of men, through that love that may be shed in the creating of harmonies in their thought. For the MIND is the Builder; and as it is lifted up so does it awaken thy fellow man, so does thy service and thy activities become more and more of that at-oneness, that atonement, that consciousness of being one with Him." [Cayce (827-1)]
"...attunement, atonement and at-onement are ONE...the self-will or personality is ever at war with the infinite within - for the lack of what may be called stamina, faith, patience or what not. Yet each entity, each soul, knows within when it is in an at-onement." [Cayce 2174-3]
Atonement - A Course in Miracles
"Atonement (acceptance of our innocence) heals with certainty, and cures all sickness. For the mind which understands that sickness can be nothing but a dream is not deceived by forms the dream may take." [W.140-4.1]
T-2.III.1. The Atonement can only be accepted within you by releasing the inner light. 2 Since the separation, defenses have been used almost entirely to defend against the Atonement, and thus maintain the separation. 3 This is generally seen as a need to protect the body. 4 The many body fantasies in which minds engage arise from the distorted belief that the body can be used as a means for attaining "atonement." 5 Perceiving the body as a temple is only the first step in correcting this distortion, because it alters only part of it. 6 It does recognize that Atonement in physical terms is impossible. 7 The next step, however, is to realize that a temple is not a structure at all. 8 Its true holiness lies at the inner altar around which the structure is built. 9 The emphasis on beautiful structures is a sign of the fear of Atonement, and an unwillingness to reach the altar itself. 10 The real beauty of the temple cannot be seen with the physical eye. 11 Spiritual sight, on the other hand, cannot see the structure at all because it is perfect vision. 12 It can, however, see the altar with perfect clarity.
T-2.III.2. For perfect effectiveness the Atonement belongs at the center of the inner altar, where it undoes the separation and restores the wholeness of the mind. 2 Before the separation the mind was invulnerable to fear, because fear did not exist. 3 Both the separation and the fear are miscreations that must be undone for the restoration of the temple, and for the opening of the altar to receive the Atonement. 4 This heals the separation by placing within you the one effective defense against all separation thoughts and making you perfectly invulnerable.
T-2.III.3. The acceptance of the Atonement by everyone is only a matter of time. 2 This may appear to contradict free will because of the inevitability of the final decision, but this is not so. 3 You can temporize and you are capable of enormous procrastination, but you cannot depart entirely from your Creator, Who set the limits on your ability to miscreate. 4 An imprisoned will engenders a situation which, in the extreme, becomes altogether intolerable. 5 Tolerance for pain may be high, but it is not without limit. 6 Eventually everyone begins to recognize, however dimly, that there must be a better way. 7 As this recognition becomes more firmly established, it becomes a turning point. 8 This ultimately reawakens spiritual vision, simultaneously weakening the investment in physical sight. 9 The alternating investment in the two levels of perception is usually experienced as conflict, which can become very acute. 10 But the outcome is as certain as God.
T-2.III.4. Spiritual vision literally cannot see error, and merely looks for Atonement. 2 All solutions the physical eye seeks dissolve. 3 Spiritual vision looks within and recognizes immediately that the altar has been defiled and needs to be repaired and protected. 4 Perfectly aware of the right defense it passes over all others, looking past error to truth. 5 Because of the strength of its vision, it brings the mind into its service. 6 This re-establishes the power of the mind and makes it increasingly unable to tolerate delay, realizing that it only adds unnecessary pain. 7 As a result, the mind becomes increasingly sensitive to what it would once have regarded as very minor intrusions of discomfort.
T-2.III.5. The children of God are entitled to the perfect comfort that comes from perfect trust. 2 Until they achieve this, they waste themselves and their true creative powers on useless attempts to make themselves more comfortable by inappropriate means. 3 But the real means are already provided, and do not involve any effort at all on their part. 4 The Atonement is the only gift that is worthy of being offered at the altar of God, because of the value of the altar itself. 5 It was created perfect and is entirely worthy of receiving perfection. 6 God and His creations are completely dependent on Each Other. 7 He depends on them because He created them perfect. 8 He gave them His peace so they could not be shaken and could not be deceived. 9 Whenever you are afraid you are deceived, and your mind cannot serve the Holy Spirit. 10 This starves you by denying you your daily bread. 11 God is lonely without His Sons, and they are lonely without Him. 12 They must learn to look upon the world as a means of healing the separation. 13 The Atonement is the guarantee that they will ultimately succeed.