Post by Rogier van Vlissingen on Apr 8, 2007 20:02:49 GMT -5
quote The disciples said to him, "When will the rest for the dead take place, and when will the new world come?" He said to them, "What you are looking forward to has come, but you don't know it." unquote
Form: Minor cosmetic changes only.
Content: This statement also connects very strongly to many, many ideas in the Course, starting perhaps with the notion that our journey is already over and our only problem is that we keep choosing to relive that "moment of terror" in the past when we conceived of the notion of the separation. And the Course is here to help us learn to stop making that very self-defeating choice, so that what remains is what already is, always was, and always will be: "We say 'God is,' and then we cease to speak, for in that knowledge words are meaningless." (ACIM:W-169.5:4)
The following passage may make this even clearer. " Time really, then, goes backward to an instant so ancient that it is beyond all memory, and past even the possibility of remembering. 2 Yet because it is an instant that is relived again and again and still again, it seems to be now. 3 And thus it is that pupil and teacher seem to come together in the present, finding each other as if they had not met before. 4 The pupil comes at the right time to the right place. 5 This is inevitable, because he made the right choice in that ancient instant which he now relives. 6 So has the teacher, too, made an inevitable choice out of an ancient past. 7 God's Will in everything but seems to take time in the working-out. 8 What could delay the power of eternity? " (ACIM:M-2.4)