Your Individual Contribution

When everyone recognizes that he has everything, individual contributions to the Sonship will no longer be necessary. (T-1.V.2)

I’ve been asked to respond to the question, “If individuality is an illusion and we do not have individual souls or spirits, why should we bother to awaken individually?” In other words, what is an individual’s motivation for going through the discomfort of giving up individuality -- the ego? And how does a seeming individual’s awakening contribute to anyone else?

The individual motivation is always the desire for complete peace. But your individual desire for complete peace is actually our collective desire to be whole again. You cannot be at peace as an individual because being at peace means you recognize that you are not an individual. Making the decision for peace is really all that you have to contribute individually and once you do so, your individuality, though not of God, serves to awaken everyone to God.

All that you made can serve salvation easily and well. The Son of God can make no choice the Holy Spirit cannot employ on his behalf, and not against himself. Only in darkness does your specialness appear to be attack. In light, you see it as your special function in the plan to save the Son of God from all attack, and let him understand that he is safe, as he has always been, and will remain in time and in eternity alike. (T-25.VI.7)

A Part of God’s Mind – God’s One Son – seems to be split between God and not-God (ego). Your seemingly individual mind is a part of this Part of God and is split just like it. Part of your mind remembers you are Part of God (Christ, Holy Spirit); part of your mind likes to think it is not-God (ego). When, individually, you let go of not-God (ego) and allow yourself to remember you are Part of God you heal your own mind and also bring healing to the split in the Mind of the One Son, of Which you are part. This brings the One Son closer to full awareness that It is God. In other words, your seemingly individual awakening is the awakening of the One Son.

As an analogy, let’s use clear water to represent God and a pool of murky water within the clear water to represent the Son of God in perceived separation from God. A drop of that murky water represents you individually in ego-identity. If you remove from that drop of water what is not-water, then you clear it up, you “lighten” it, and the entire pool is a little less murky, isn’t it? And so it is when you individually let go of ego. You “purify” your individual mind and this lightens the murky One Mind of the Sonship. In that pool of water when enough drops have been purified the water is clear again. And so when enough Sons of God have let go of ego “critical mass” will occur and the One Son of God will again be fully aware It is God.

Each time you commune with God, or accept the Holy Spirit’s guidance, or extend love to anyone you bring healing not just into your seeming individual mind but into the One Mind we all share. This is true for everyone, whether they are conscious of it or not. Everyone hears the Holy Spirit at times – whether they acknowledge It or label It that. Everyone extends love sometimes. Everyone brings as much healing into the Sonship as he or she can accept for his or herself in the short time their seeming individuality exists. Some will accept more than others. But no one’s contribution is lost.

You are being blessed by every beneficent thought of any of your brothers anywhere. You should want to bless them in return, out of gratitude. You need not know them individually, or they you. The light is so strong that it radiates throughout the Sonship and returns thanks to the Father for radiating His joy upon it. (T-5.in.3)

When the desire for complete peace compels you to seek awakening or enlightenment, you take a position in the world of leading others to healing. This may take a direct or an indirect form. Your thoughts, words, attitudes, actions – all of these can be used by the Holy Spirit to reach others and remind them that they, too, can be whole again and thus hasten their choice for peace.

For your part is still what all the rest depends on. As you take the role assigned to you, salvation comes a little nearer each uncertain heart that does not beat as yet in tune with God. (W-169.11)

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Comments

hannah said…
Liz, i am very curious about this one! would you still use all the same descriptions you have used here?

hang on.. the question i have just settled, though im finding words tricky!

is the 'son of god' 'waking up' as a 'whole group' as such?! is there a point in time in which there is no longer any 'parts' choosing not truth? i totally loved this critical mass idea, but as it would seem to imply that there is a point in time in which all minds have chosen truth as a 'way out', it became less obvious to me as something that was necessary, but still something that would be.. fun, nice, like.. a cherry on top of a cherry cake, a story with a neat tidy ending ;)

i just read through this, and it sounds jumbled, but i cant figure out how to ask it clearer. maybe it is already!
ACIM Mentor said…
Yeah, Hannah, I wouldn't write this now...It's the story in ACIM to give context to Helen's need for a purpose. And therefore for anyone else who needed a purpose to give context to their study of ACIM. I did for a long while but it fell away and makes no sense now. It is not necessary, as you said.

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