“…If we are not really individuals once we leave this illusional world how was Jesus able to communicate as a former individual self to dictate the course? Is there a memory of who we once were (which would explain near death experiences where people meet loved ones) that remains with us when we return to our oneness? Is all of who we thought we were here in this illusion forgotten? If that is the case, it makes Jesus claim of being a former body confusing to me…”
The story of Jesus is one of a man who became so aware of God (True Being) that he stopped identifying as a man and identified with God instead. In A Course in Miracles this awareness is called “Christ”. The potential for this awareness is in every mind because God is in every mind. But for some “Christ” is too abstract an idea so they need a concrete symbol. “Jesus” can be a symbol of the Christ in every mind and some find this useful. Others need a role model that they feel they can follow and their story of Jesus serves as that for them. And for still others, it is too frightening for them at first to think of Christ within their own mind. In their guilt they do not feel worthy and fear that they will be punished for thinking that Christ is within them. So they temporarily need Jesus as a way to keep some distance between themselves and Christ.
Helen Shucman heard Christ in her own mind and she identified It as “Jesus”. Just as your personal story is just a story anything that you think about Jesus is just a story, too. There are as many stories for Jesus as there are people who think about Him! As ACIM points out, we make an ego not just for ourselves but for everyone we meet. It is the same with those we never meet but just think about. But if you are open to Truth then the idea of Jesus can serve as a useful symbol of Truth until you no longer need symbols.
In my experiences of direct Revelation of God there is only one Being extending infinitely and eternally. There is no memory or thought of this personal experience. In God there is only God. To understand this is to understand the true forgiveness that the story of Jesus can represent.
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