“Darkness is the lack of light as sin is the lack of love. It has no unique properties of its own. It is an example of the ‘scarcity’ belief, from which only error can proceed. Truth is always abundant. Those who perceive and acknowledge that they have everything have no needs of any kind. The purpose of the Atonement is to restore everything to you; or rather, to restore it to your awareness. You were given everything when you were created, just as everyone was.” ACIM.T-1.IV.3”1-7
Sometimes we feel and think that we are in the dark, or that other people or circumstances are keeping us in the dark. We intuit that there are things we should know that we don’t know, that the truth is not being told or made clear. We sense that there is a hidden agenda, that we are being manipulated, that there are covert schemes and strategies influencing our lives in ways that are nefarious. We worry whether we are being cheated on, betrayed, marginalized, silenced, exploited, taken for granted.
We may be led to believe that we are giving our consent to these schemes but the consent we give is not informed consent, but rather disingenuous. We have learned that the ego lies. The path of the ego is constructed of conniving, deceit, and exploitation.
We engage in games of cops and robbers, cat and mouse, where we attempt to ferret out the truth and play NIGYSOB, Now I’ve Got You, You Son Of A Bitch. Is this how we want to live our lives on the path of the ego playing games?
We come to the point where it dawns on us that there must be a better way. And what is that better way? We go in search and the search takes us to many places and on many journeys which if we are patient and persevere all wind up eventually in the same place. That place where the spiritual life takes us is to the Atonement, the rejection of the separation and the acknowledgment and acceptance of the Oneness from which we have all separated.
Today, I will give up living in the darkness of the ego and move toward the light. I will turn away from the sins of the ego which sow separation and divisiveness and move toward an alliance with the Oneness of God. I will willingly remember and restore an awareness of my birthright, which is Love.