Leaders, followers and equality in participatory democracy

A COURSE IN MIRACLES, CHAPTER 31

THE FINAL VISION

THE SIMPLICITY OF SALVATION

Ozodi Osuji

      The following thoughts are derived from my reading the concluding chapter of the text part of a course in miracles, chapter 31, The final vision, the simplicity of salvation.

     Salvation is simple because all it asks us to do is stop desiring ego and its separated world and forgive it, overlook it and overlook what other sons of God did to us while attached to seeking egos and ego values.

      Forgive and one becomes part of the saviors of the world; one is now joined with the Holy Spirit and the teachers of God, such as Jesus Christ, leading all of us back home, to awareness of unified state, where we belong and end the delusional journey that separated self, ego and its world in body is possible.

WE ALWAYS LIVE FROM LOVE, UNION, GOD, CHRIST, SON OF GOD, NO ONE CAN BE OUTSIDE UNION, GOD; WE CAN ONLY SEEM TO LIVE OUTSIDE THEM IN DREAMS NOT IN REALITY

A COURSE IN MIRACLES MAKES IT CRYSTAL CLEAR THAT WHEREAS GOD AND HIS SONS ARE THE SAME IN SUBSTANCE THAT GOD IS GRATER THAN HIS SONS AND THE SONS ARE TO PRAY TO HIM FOR GUIDANCE

      The writer of the book, Jesus Christ, is always praying to his father, God. The authority question is solved here; if you believe that you are on the same level or is greater than God and you do not pray to him you are not a student of A course in miracles, for the book clearly accepts God as our creator and that his will is to be obeyed by us. We must obey God’s will; it is only in dreams, not in reality, that we disobey God.

      His will is love for all, that is, respect for union. Our wish for separation from the whole is impossible of gratification for the whole must exist for the part to exist, the father must exist for there to be a son.

      Although a father needs a son to be a father, but he can exist without a son; a son cannot exist without a father for to be a son someone must have fathered him, caused him to come into being, whereas the son did not cause his father, God, to come into being.

IN EGO SEPARATED STATE I AM NOTHING

IN GOD I AM EVERYTHING

WE ASK SOME TO BE OUR LEADERS WHILE WE TAKE IT EASY FOR A WHILE AND PLAY THE ROLE OF FOLLOWERS AND WHEN THEY DO NOT LEAD AS WE ASSIGNED THEM TO LEAD, WE FEEL ANGRY AT THEM, MEANING THAT WE COULD LEAD BUT CHOSE NOT TO LEAD,

 NOW THE ROLE OF LEADER AND FOLLOWER ARE ABOLISHED AS WE MARCH EQUALLY ON OUR JOURNEY BACK TO GOD, GUIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

     We, black people, asked white folks to be our leaders and we play the role of their followers; we relax and have them do the job of leading us; we see that they are not leading us as we want them to lead us, and we feel angry at them.

      Now, we must abolish the role of leaders and followers and both races march hand in hand as equals on our way back to God, where all sons of God are equal, led by the Holy Spirit, our right minds, until we go through Holy Relationships, world of light forms and thereafter enter heaven where we are not in forms but are ideas of the parts of a whole, sons of a father.

    I employed the concept of leader and follower in regard to the race matter; obviously, it also applies to leadership of small groups, and large  groups, including nation states and marriages; it applies to wherever we assign to some the leadership role while assigning to us the followership role; we must change the roles and accept participatory democracy and mutually rule ourselves with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

MUCH OF THE FINAL CHAPTER OF THE TEXT DEALT WITH CLARIFYING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SELF CONCEPT, THE EGO SEPARATED SELF WE MADE FOR US AND WITH WHICH WE REPLACE THE UNIFIED SELF THAT GOD CREATED US AS.

 WE MUST LET GO OF THE EGO SELF CONCEPT AND ITS SELF-IMAGE AND RETURN TO THE AWARENESS OF OUR FORMLESS REAL SELF, THE SON OF GOD WHO IS ONE WITH GOD.

THE SON OF IN FORM IS THE CHRST (LIGHT FORM, AS OPPOSED TO THE EGO IN FORM OF MATTER).

A COURSE IN MIRACLES TEACHES THAT TO BE A HUMAN BEING IS TO REBEL AGAINST GOD AND SEE ONE’S SELF AS SEPARATED FROM HIM AND DREAM THAT ONE IS A SEPARATED, POWERFUL SELF.

IT IS A DELUSION DISORDER. TO BE HUMAN IS TO BE DELUEDED. THEREFORE, WE MUST BE HEALED OF OUR DELUSION DISORDER.

       IT ASSUMES THAT WE CAN HEAL EACH OTHER’S DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR AND POWER BY ACCEPTING GOD AS OUR CREATOR AND GUIDE AND GIVING UP OUR DESIRE FOR SELF RULE; IN THAT LIGHT I WILL HELP E TO  HEAL HER DELUSION OF BEING GREATER THAN ALL PEOPLE AND HELP HER TO RESPECT ALL PEOPLE AS THE SONS OF GOD, NOT ONLY HER EGO WISHES RULING ALL PEOPLE OR SHE FEELS ANGRY.

WE JOIN THE SAVIORS OF THE WORLD WHEN WE SEE THE EGO AND ITS DREAM WORLD AS UNREAL, FORGIVE IT, OVERLOOK IT AND TURN OUR ATTENTION TO GOD, AND FORGIVE ALL PEOPLE HENCE SAVE THEM FROM THEIR ATTACHMENT TO THEIR EGOS AND DREAMS AND CONSEQUENT SUFFERING AND PAINS,

AS BUDDHA SAID, IT IS DESIRE FOR THE EGO SEPARATED SELF THAT GIVES US SUFFERING; WHEN WE GIVE UP THE DESRIE FOR EGO SEPARATED SELF WE END OUR STAY IN THE EGOS DREAM AND END OUR SUFFERING

CONCLUSION

      What I wrote above presupposes that the reader has read A course in miracles, all 1300 pages of it, and is able to understand what I summarized. Indeed, many of us who have read the book for several years have not understood it. We understand a bit of it each time we read it. The above is my take on the concluding chapter this morning; it may change the next time that I read the chapter; that is how profound and yet simple the book is; in my judgment, it is the most profound spiritual psychology on planet earth at this time. I recommend it to all people to read, especially if they can comprehend its poetic form. My writing in prose seeks to make the poetry of the book understandable to non-poets.

Ozodi Osuji

December 15, 2021

REFERENCE

Schucman, Helen (2019). A course in miracles. New York: Dover Publications. Pages 554-574.

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