In the last section we discussed some of the benefits of looking at the self we made and believe we are in the framework of the atheist and the martyr. Another perception that can be helpful in our mind training is that it is the self we made that is doing, saying, and thinking in the illusion. We can say if we have done, said, or thought some way, “That is not me. That is the self I made doing, saying, or thinking that way. I am the Son of God.”

One of the hindrances to progressing in the effort to free our minds is that we are enmeshed with the self we made. There is no daylight between us and the self we made. We are 100% certain that the self we made is us. The atheist martyr concept allows for a tiny crack of light to appear in the darkness of the abyss, the void that is the ego thought system.

Why? Who is the you that is entertaining the idea that the atheist martyr concept is part of the “creation” story of the self we made and think you are? That would be the awakening Son of God as opposed to Tim the puppet that “inhabits” the illusion.

So which is the wild laughable fantasy? We are the awakening Son of God or we are the self we made to replace our Self that consists of the atheist and the martyr?

Whatever you accept into your mind has reality for you. It is your acceptance of it that makes it real. If you enthrone the ego (the self, Tim the puppet) in your mind, your allowing it to enter makes it your reality.” (T-5.V.4:1-3)

How do we tell which beliefs we have accepted into our minds? How do we tell if we have enthroned the ego (the self, Tim the puppet) in our minds? How do we tell if we are making the ego (the self, Tim the puppet) real? This is where we need to be brutally honest with ourselves. “Our” actions literally attest to or belie our beliefs.

If I am taking photographs of Tim have I enthroned the ego in my mind? Why would I take photographs of an unreal puppet? Who will honestly answer this question?

And this is why…

The world has not yet experienced any comprehensive reawakening or rebirth.” (T-2.I.3:7)

Such a rebirth is impossible as long as you continue to project or miscreate.” (T-2.I.3:8-9)

It is obvious, then, that inducing the mind to give up its miscreations is the only application of creative ability that is truly meaningful.” (T-2.V.1:11)

And who among us is willing to give up their miscreations, all of which are made of fear, the chief of which is the ego (the self, Tim the puppet)?

The therapist is seen as one who is attacking the patient’s most cherished possession; his picture of himself.” (P-2.IV.9:5-6)

Next time – The Atheist Martyr Construct 6

PS – As an aside, one of Christianity’s tenets is that we are to present our “selves” (the selves we made and think we are) as a “living” (not living in reality because they were made) “sacrifice” (it would be perceived as a sacrifice to those who thought the self was real) unto God. This is what Jesus did. But Jesus did not believe the self (body plus personality self) was real so there was no experience of sacrifice. In Christianity this process is also referred to as dying to self.

Part of the Holy Spirit’s Plan to free our minds includes the progressive teaching tools of the Old Testament, the New Testament and A Course in Miracles. They are part of the ladder home to God. They are progressive because the Holy Spirit could not present us with the truth all at once. That would be too fearful.

If you are prompted to explore the connection between the Bible and the Course check out our postings entitled The Bible and the Course – Crossover Concepts.