The Paradigm Shift that Will End the World: A Reflection
[WIP (work-in progress) bin hub]
“They don't belong to the world, just as I don't belong to the world.”
- John 17:16
What is a paradigm shift? What kind of paradigm shift will cause for the world to end?
- Paradigm shift is defined as “a radical change in underlying beliefs or theory”, as obtained from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/paradigm+shift.
- What kind of paradigm shift is possible, i.e., is within our means that will bring an end to the world as we know it, what it seems to be? The objective of this hub is to present excerpts from “A Course in Miracles (ACIM)/Manual for Teachers, Topic #14. HOW WILL THE WORLD END?”
- Based on my reading, what Topic #14 says is that the world will end with the “benediction of holiness upon it” once a teacher of God is able to attain complete forgiveness.
- This hub then seeks to reflect on the excerpts to directly or indirectly obtain ideas to answer these two questions, or just simply seeks to have an excuse to ramble on about what I’m trying to learn from topic #14.
The ACIM is certainly worth one’s while in terms of arriving at an expanded perspective on how to go about living in world or the physical or material plane. This hub is a mere attempt at presenting one of the innumerable possible reflections from the text.
[The text in italics are ACIM excerpts, the normal font will constitute my reflections and underlining would be used to call further emphasis on either of the two.]
- Can what has no beginning really end? The world will end in an illusion, as it began. Yet will its ending be an illusion of mercy. The illusion of forgiveness, complete, excluding no one, limitless in gentleness, will cover it, hiding all evil, concealing all sin and ending guilt forever.
… that there was no sin to begin with, in the first place.
… that sin is an illusion and waking up to the knowledge that sin is an illusion gives us the power to “forgive”, knowing there is nothing to forgive in the first place.
… looking ‘mercifully’ to a ‘sinful world’ would actually be an understanding of the illusion of separation that decides our self as separate from others and everything else that we perceive as the outside world, or an external environment to what we define as our worldly identity.
These concepts are all very difficult to grasp unless they are viewed from the soul’s perspective. This perspective includes assuming that before our earth life, while still in Oneness, we agreed to incarnate to the circumstances or combination of circumstances that we are experiencing in our earth life.
Prior to incarnating, we agreed to experience this combination of world-based circumstances for the higher purpose of evolving spiritualy, that is learning our spiritual lessons.
Thus, it has been said that if we notice that it is our life story, or a recurring theme in our life to have difficult personalities constantly coming into our life, e.g. parents, siblings, partner, friends, etc., it may be that our life lesson is about unconditional love.
If we notice that we have the recurring theme of not being able to say ‘no’ even when we it is already unhealthy to always be saying ‘yes’ to everybody’s demands, Orin and Daben (from the book ‘Opening to Channel’ by Sanaya Roman and Duane Parker) have mentioned that our lesson may be about setting boundaries.
If both of the above seem to apply, it may be a matter of learning to strike a balance, e.g. between unconditional love and setting boundaries. This can be dealt creatively on the individual level or style, e.g. different strokes for different strokes. For those of us who may find these issues to be extremely challenging, resources may be obtained by researching online using one's favorite search engine.
To reiterate striking a balance in everything is a helpful skill for most everybody. As we have noted in previous hubs, there should be a balance between time for work and time for play. In *’Grounding: Connecting the Spiritual to Earth’, no matter how we feel that spiritual pursuits should be foremost, we still need to be connected to earth, balance our spiritual pursuits with our body’s physical requirements such as exercise. For intellectuals who are mostly working on the computer and electronic devices, it even becomes more imperative to get out and away from the place of busyness and get into nature or involve oneself with physical activity as well.
It seems that everything that happens in our life makes sense, in the sense that they are neither good or bad, just is a part of the spiritual lesson we are trying to learn. You can stretch that further by saying that difficulties actually have their golden side in that these are learning opportunities when taken as part of our soul’s evolution.
So that when a difficulty arises, we can ask, “What am I trying to learn from this situation? What is the spiritual lesson?” understanding that the situation is actually food for the soul.
How can difficult circumstances be viewed as food for the soul?
- We need to be aware whenever we are feeling a discomfort, which is an affect of experiencing difficulties. It takes a certain level of emotional awareness to be in touch with one’s feelings. There has been much written about the topic, such as the book, “Thoughts from the Heart of the Soul.”
- Perhaps before we touch the topic about emotional awareness, we need to understand the concept of being present to the moment and being accepting of the moment. A companion book for this would be “Practicing The Power of Now”. Only in being present can we become aware of what we are feeling. Most often, our mind is busy thinking thoughts, e.g. regrets for the past or worries about the future, including constantly dwelling things on a to-do list, or anything that is not the concern of the immediate moment.
- Perhaps too with a regular practice of silent sitting meditation one can learn acceptance and letting go of the ego-self’s penchant for judging things as either favorable or unfavorable, good or bad, etc.
- A practice introduced my Anthony De Mello which instructs us to observe our self as an objective observer may also be helpful.
- As we learn to practice these ideas, we notice that our life takes a deeper meaning. The verses of the Bible and other Holy Books become more profound and thus more potent forces in creating heaven on earth, within our immediate circle or circle of concern at least.
- 5…So ends the world that guilt had made, for now it has no purpose and is gone. The father of illusions is the belief that they have a purpose; that they serve a need or gratify a want. Perceived as purposeless, they are no longer seen. Their uselessness is recognized, and they are gone. How but in this way are all illusions ended? They have been brought to truth, and truth saw them not. It merely overlooked the meaningless.
- Until forgiveness is complete, the world does have a purpose. It becomes stronger and more all-embracing. Here is it nourished, for here it is needed. A gentle Savior, born where sin was made and guilt seemed real. Here is His home, for here there is need of Him indeed. He brings the ending of the world with Him. It is His Call God’s teachers answer, turning to Him in silence to receive His Word. The world will end when all things in it have been rightly judged by His judgment. The world will end with the benediction of holiness upon it. When not one thought of sin remains, the world is over. It will not be destroyed nor attacked nor even touched. It will merely cease to seem to be.
…we can choose to intimately view the external world as an extension of our physical body or me-body but neither is really who We are, who I am. The I in Oneness is that awareness that observes this going-on’s objectively with the choice of refraining from judging the world as to good or bad, favorable or unfavorable. But JUST IS.
When everything is taken JUST as they ARE, God’s reign is restored on earth. God reigns supreme. We become aware of the paradise behind the veil of the world illusion , seeing heaven on earth.
“To become conscious of this power is to become a 'live wire.' The universe is the live wire. It carries power sufficient to meet every situation in the life of every individual. When the individual mind touches the universal mind, it receives all its power.”
- Charles Haanel
3. Certainly this seems to be a long, long while away. “When not one thought of sin remains” appears to be a long-range goal indeed. But time stands still, and waits on the goal of God’s teachers.
… that when we move dynamically with the NOW, the present moment, it is as if time stands still for us. The now stretches from zero time, NOW, to both the past (i.e., time equal to negative infinity) and the future (i.e., time equal to positive infinity). Time approaches both ends of infinity. Thus, we hold eternity in the palm of our hand as we fix our gaze or attention the the dynamic NOW.
Not one thought of sin will remain the instant any one of them accepts Atonement for himself.
… that in ACCEPTANCE, i.e., without bothering judging between good and bad, sin is acknowledged for the illusion that it is and vanishes like so. Again this takes us back to a review of the reason for seemingly bad or difficult experiences happening as food for the soul, a spiritual lesson to aid in one’s spiritual evolution. When viewed as such, difficulties can be taken like “a banquet that never ends” *(See “A Passion for Chaos”), providing us regular opportunities to develop awareness and for aligning with the spiritual perspective of the soul.
It is not easier to forgive one sin than to forgive all of them. The illusion of orders of difficulty is an obstacle the teacher of God must learn to pass by and leave behind. One sin perfectly forgiven by one teacher of God can make salvation complete. Can you understand this? No; it is meaningless to anyone here. Yet it is the final lesson in which unity is restored. It goes against all the thinking of the world, but so does Heaven.
4. The world will end when its thought system has been completely reversed.
5. The world will end in joy, because it is a place of sorrow.