What If You Knew That The Ending Was Happy?
A Course in Miracles teaches, not in one place but by cobbling ideas introduced throughout, that the unfolding story of the universe of form in time is the expression of the moment in the Mind of God (Truth) of the-idea-of-not-God/the-undoing-of-the idea-of-not-God. The idea of the opposite of God arose and was undone instantly by God’s All-encompassing nature. But what was undone immediately in Truth seems in time to have begun long ago and as if it will be undone in some indefinite future. However, the outcome is inevitable; the “script is written”. The idea of Not-Truth will be undone in time because it is already undone in the Mind of Truth. Looking at your life today or at the world today you cannot see this. But step out of time (Holy Instant) and you can see that everything in the story of time is perfectly a part of that undoing.
Looking at the story of the universe of form unfold is a lot like when you watch a movie. What you see on the screen already happened months ago when the action was filmed. You are looking at the past when you watch a movie. And so it is as you watch the story of the universe of form unfold. The idea behind what you see arose and was undone in an instant. It is past because it is already over and only your belief in the projection of that moment as time does it seem as though it is still happening.
You only ever see a teeny, tiny part of the story of the universe of form. To stay with the movie analogy, it is as though you dropped in on the middle of a film and you don’t know how the tiny bit you see is related to what’s gone before and what will come later. But what if you knew the ending? How would that color your view of the little bit you see? If you watch a movie with harrowing scenes and you don’t know the ending it can be harrowing to watch. But if you know ahead of time that, no matter what happens in the middle of the movie the ending is happy, then the harrowing scenes are not so bad because you know they lead to a happy ending. You can apply this to the story of the universe of form. You can trust that, no matter what seems to happen in the little bit you will see over a single short lifetime, the greater story ends in peace. And each part is an essential part of that peace unfolding.
When something does not go your way, in your personal life or in the world at large, your personal disappointment will always flare first. But as this passes, if you invite the Awareness of Truth into your mind, It will help you to step back and look at the larger picture. You will realize, “I don’t know why this happened this way. But it is all part of a larger unfolding toward a perfect ending.”
“All things work together for good. There are no exceptions except in the ego's judgment.” – (T-4.V.1)
“The aim of our curriculum, unlike the goal of the world's learning, is the recognition that judgment in the usual sense is impossible. This is not an opinion but a fact. In order to judge anything rightly, one would have to be fully aware of an inconceivably wide range of things; past, present and to come.” (W-10.3)
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