Ask: Can you explain this quote in ACIM about God creating distinct beings?
“I was doing my morning reading of the Course when I came upon this statement in Text-4.7.5: 'God Who encompasses all being, nevertheless created distinct beings who have everything individually, but who want to share it to increase their joy. Nothing that is real can be increased except by sharing it.' This confuses me a bit...thinking we need to lose the individual…” – JW
Yes, it is a confusing quote out of context and seems to contradict much that A Course in Miracles says about Oneness. And it certainly contradicts the experience of Oneness! Oneness means one and the same throughout. There is no distinction to be made in What is One. The conversational nature of ACIM, especially in the first few chapters, also makes it confusing because there is an implied understanding between the Voice and Helen so there is a lack of helpful elaboration for the rest of us. But that quote is understandable if you remember that in ACIM “to create” means “to extend” rather than “to bring into being”. You can read the quote as: “God Who encompasses all being, nevertheless extends Himself to seemingly-distinct beings who have everything individually but who want to share it to increase their joy…”
In my translation of ACIM into plain language (The Message of A Course in Miracles) I translated it as:
“Even in your perceived separated state you have not stopped being One with God’s Being, in Which you have Everything, and in Which you increase God’s Being to increase your Joy…”
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