What is this for?

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As an ACIM student, it has become a habit to ask Jesus “what is this for?” whenever I am perceiving something that is not peaceful. This blog post is an attempt to communicate his answer to that question regarding the seeming death of George Floyd and the seeming events that followed.

One of my favorite quotes from the Course is,

Teach only love, for that is what you are.” (T-6, I, 13)

I’ll never forget the first time I read those words in the Text. I could hardly believe it. I am love? Wow. I never really thought of myself that way, but would love to learn how to see myself as love and show all of my brothers that they are love too.

Jesus reminded me in my meditation that this beautiful passage is the message of the crucifixion. So while the world/ego sees the crucifixion as Jesus being locked up, forced to drag a heavy cross through crowded streets and then nailed to this same cross to die, his message is, “Teach only love, for that is what you are.”

The world/ego would perceive Jesus as the victim of the crucifixion. It would say that he was unfairly treated and that the Romans are the evil ones who killed him. It would paint a really painful picture of suffering and a victim/perpetrator story where loss and death is possible. Sound familiar? Which message will you choose to believe? The ego’s or the one of truth? Only the truth is true…funny how he has to say this numerous times in the Course. And funny how many times the false is much more appealing, even though it is a story of death.

Jesus tells us in Chapter 26, “Beware of the temptation to perceive yourself unfairly treated.” (T-26, X, 4). Beware is a strong word. To me, beware means ‘don’t ever look there or else’. Clearly he did not see himself as unfairly treated during the crucifixion. So what would he say about George Floyd? The same thing.

He tells us there are no bodies so there are certainly no different colored bodies or bodies who have the job of police officer. Or bodies that can attack other bodies and kill them. He also tells us there is no death and no loss. While bodily beliefs are still in the mind, I understand that these statements are difficult to believe. However, I assure you, that when you ask to be shown, the truth will be shown to you. He always shows the way. He’s just waiting for the invitation.

When I am tempted to see injustice, I remember this:

“By this do I deny the Presence of the Father and the Son. And I would rather know of Them than see injustice, which Their Presence shines away.” (T-26, X, 6)

He tells us to relinquish judgment. So what is God’s Final Judgment? We learn of this in section 15 of the Manual for Teachers:

“Holy are you, eternal, free and whole, at peace forever in the Heart of God. Where is the world, and where is sorrow now?” (M-15, 1)

This is God’s Final Judgment of George Floyd, of the police officer who killed him and every single bodily image that we’re perceiving. He doesn’t say that some are innocent and some are not. He says we are One Holy Son of God. How can there be guilty ones when there is only One? How can there be differences when there is only One?

He also reminds us in the first section of the Manual for Teachers:

“But the content of the course never changes. Its central theme is always, “God’s Son is guiltless, and in his innocence is his salvation.”” (M-1, 3)

The world is calling for love right now. Our brothers are calling for love right now. Let’s answer that call with Love. Let’s allow God’s Love to extend to all.  Release the past, place the future in the Hands of God and step into the Eternal Now. The one ego mind can be healed of the ideas of injustice, pain, suffering, death and loss through everything we are perceiving. This is how every single thing we are perceiving is a gift. It shows us what still needs to be healed in the one mind. Say “yes” to God. Say “yes” to Jesus/Holy Spirit and allow the mind to be healed. This is what he is asking us to do. There are no requirements except to say “yes”. “A teacher of God is anyone who chooses to be one.” (M-1, 1)

And if you are to attend a protest, call a friend, go anywhere, do anything, he will tell you. “…training is always highly individualized.” (M-9, 1) Take him with you wherever you go. Let Love shine through you. Be the light of the world.

“This is the lesson God would have you learn: There is a way to look on everything that lets it be to you another step to Him, and to salvation of the world. To all that speaks of terror, answer thus:

I will forgive, and this will disappear.” (W-193, 13)

I’ll leave you with the final part in the text Jesus pointed me to:

“My brother, you are part of God and part of me. When you have at last looked at the ego’s foundation without shrinking you will also have looked upon ours. I come to you from our Father to offer you everything again. Do not refuse it in order to keep a dark cornerstone hidden, for its protection will not save you. I give you the lamp and I will go with you. You will not take this journey alone. I will lead you to your true Father, Who hath need of you, as I have. Will you not answer the call of love with joy?” (T-11, Intro, 4)

Sending so much love to you.

Love & gratitude,



4 Comments on “What is this for?”

  1. Great Reminders Shannon! ❤ Thank you!

    Sometimes I forget to ask, ” What is it for?”

    It is also helpful, whenever we “are not perceiving something not peaceful” to remember there is always one problem and one Solution.

    “The problem of separation, which is really the only problem, has already been solved. Yet the solution is not recognized because the problem is not recognized.” (W-79)

    What If the police officer who killed George Floyd did not believe in separation?

    Would he have been able to see the call for love and answer with only love?

    Would he have been able to see himself in Geoge Floyd?

    ” My brother is my savior. Let me not attack the savior You have given me. But let me honor him who bears Your Name, and so remember that It is my own.” ( W-288)

    Love to all!

    1. Great quotes, Karen! Here’s another one, “When you want only love you will see nothing else.” (T-12,VII,8) I feel like we could have a whole conversation in Course quotes! Haha! Lots of love to you, honey!

  2. This blog just repeated what was shown to me today during practice and Lesson 311…
    EVERYTHING is of God …
    …”This is how every single thing we are perceiving is a gift…”

    W-311..”Let us not use it [ judgement] today, but make a gift of it to Him Who has a different use for it.
    He will relieve us of all the agony of all the judgments we have made against ourselves, and re-establish peace of mind by giving us God’s Judgment of His Son.”
    Thank you, Shannon, my brother who I love .

    1. So beautiful, Fran! Thank you so much for sharing. God accepts our idols as our gifts to Him. How gorgeous is that? Much love 💖🌟💕

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