Christmas A Course In Miracles

Below I share quotes about Christmas from the book A Course In Miracles (ACIM).

This article can therefore be considered as an alternative Christmas message. It will be considered as esoteric by some.
It is a message of Christ consciousness - a message that the Christ is born in each of us.

Where is Christmas talked about in A Course In Miracles?

Christmas is in the text of A Course In Miracles, Chapter 15 section III.

I don't know this section well and intend to read this page each year at Christmas time.

The other quotes relevant to Christmas in A Course In Miracles are those which speak of the Holy Child.
I include one of these further down the article. Enjoy!



A Course In Miracles Christmas quote

Contents for Christmas A Course In Miracles

  • A Christmas message of Christ consciousness
  • T-15.III. III. Littleness versus Magnitude. God would give Himself through you
  • T-15.XI. Christmas as the End of Sacrifice. Sacrifice and the Special relationship. The Heaven Within.
  • Christmas prayer based on A Course In Miracles
  • T-15.XI. Communication remains Unbroken.
  • Workbook Lesson 182. The Holy Child
  • Workbook Lesson 303
    "The holy Christ is born in me today"

A Christmas message of Christ consciousness

A Course In Miracles ACIM is not Christianity.
It shares much of the same language, but defines some of the words from the Bible in different ways.

I view A Course In Miracles as a continuation in the Christian lineage.

The message of Jesus in the New Testament can be seen to contradict that of the Old Testament in places. In the same way, there can be apparent contradictions between the message of A Course In Miracle and the Bible.
For myself as a child of the Spirit of the Law and not the Letter of the Law, the spiritual message is the same.
The message that Christ is born in each of us has been shared through the millenia of Christianity.

I hope these holy words bless you.

On whatever day you find this, my wish for you and me is that Christ is born anew in us today.
Let today be our Christmas.

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The rest of this article is comprised of quotes from the book A Course In Miracles.

The subtitles and bold in the text are of my own choosing.
They may change each year as a different part of the text speaks to me.

III. Littleness versus Magnitude

God would give Himself through you

"In this season [Christmas] which celebrates the birth of holiness into this world, join with me [Jesus] who decided for holiness for you.
It is our task together to restore the awareness of magnitude to the host whom God appointed for Himself.

It is beyond all your littleness to give the gift of God,
but not beyond you.

For God would give Himself through you.

He reaches from you to everyone
and beyond everyone to His Son's creations,
but without leaving you.

Far beyond your little world but still in you, He extends forever.
Yet He brings all His extensions to you, as host to Him."

T-15.III.7, Christmas A Course In Miracles Quote

Dear God, 
I loosen belief in my attachment to thinking of myself as an individual body.
I am willing to know my magnitude as a host for you.
AMEN

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XI. Christmas as the End of Sacrifice

Sacrifice and the Special relationship

"Fear not to recognize the whole idea of sacrifice as solely of your making.
And seek not safety by attempting to protect yourself from where [sacrifice] is not.

Your brothers and your Father have become very fearful to you.
And you would bargain with them for a few special relationships, in which you think you see some scraps of safety.

Do not try longer to keep apart your thoughts and the Thought that has been given you.
When they are brought together and perceived where they are, the choice between them is nothing more than a gentle awakening, and as simple as opening your eyes to daylight when you have no more need of sleep."

(T-15.XI, Christmas A Course In Miracles)

Dear God,

I give up trying to be happy with this situation.

I see and bring to you a limitation I see in this world - in another, or myself or my situation.

I let this limitation be held in the thought of your Love for me.

I let this limitation be held in the thought that in you I have all things.

I choose your world.
I choose your Reality.
I choose your identity as my own.
I receive.
AMEN

The Heaven within

"The sign of Christmas is a star, a light in darkness.
See it not outside yourself,
but shining in the Heaven within,
and accept it as the sign the time of Christ has come.

He comes demanding nothing.
No sacrifice of any kind, of anyone, is asked by Him.
In His Presence the whole idea of sacrifice loses all meaning.
For He is Host to God.
And you need but invite Him in Who is there already,
by recognizing that His Host is One,
and no thought alien to His Oneness can abide with Him there.

Love must be total to give Him welcome, for the Presence of Holiness creates the holiness that surrounds it.

No fear can touch the Host Who cradles God in the time of Christ,
for the Host is as holy as the perfect Innocence which He protects,
and Whose power protects Him."

Christmas prayer based on A Course In Miracles

The sign of Christmas is a star,
a symbol of light in the darkness.
This light is not outside of myself,
but shines in the heaven within me.

This heaven is within me
because I am held within heaven.

I accept this light as a sign that the time of Christ has come.
I invite in One who is already here.
With this invitation I become aware of my Oneness with everyone.

In this moment God I cradle you within me.
In this moment I know no Fear can touch me.
The power of Innocence protects me.
We are One.
The power of Innocence protects us all.

Amen

This Christmas give the Holy Spirit everything that would hurt you.
Let yourself be healed completely
that you may join with Him in healing,
and let us celebrate our release together
by releasing everyone with us.

Leave nothing behind, for release is total,
and when you have accepted it with me you will give it with me.

All pain and sacrifice and littleness will disappear in our relationship,
which is as innocent as our relationship with our Father,
and as powerful.

Pain will be brought to us and disappear in our presence,
and without pain there can be no sacrifice.

And without sacrifice there love [must] be.

Christmas prayer adapted from A Course In Miracles

Pain will be brought to me.
I give this pain to the Holy Spirit,
and the pain disappears.

I let myself be healed completely.
Through my healing  others are healed with me.
All pain, sacrifice and littleness disappear from my relationships.

Amen.

You who believe that sacrifice is love must learn that sacrifice is separation from love.
For sacrifice brings guilt as surely as love brings peace.
Guilt is the condition of sacrifice, as peace is the condition for the awareness of your relationship with God.

Through guilt you exclude your Father and your brothers from yourself.
Through peace you invite them back, realizing that they are where your invitation bids them be.

What you exclude from yourself seems fearful, for you endow it with fear and try to cast it out, though it is part of you.
Who can perceive part of himself as loathsome, and live within himself in peace?
And who can try to resolve the "conflict" of Heaven and hell in him by casting Heaven out and giving it the attributes of hell, without experiencing himself as incomplete and lonely?

(T-15.XI, Christmas A Course In Miracles)

Christmas prayer based on A Course In Miracles

If I hide a sense of guilt I see it outside of myself in the behaviour of another person.

If I feel guilt, I notice and name this guilt.

If this guilt is a guide to change my behaviour, I change my behaviour.

If the guilt persists regardless of my behaviour, let me be clear that this guilt serves no earthly purpose and is not of God.

Dear God,
This guilt serves no purpose.
I give it up.
I am willing to know my Innocence.
In the knowledge of my Innocence, I communicate to others the knowledge of their Innocence.
Be my light and my guide.

Amen

As long as you perceive the body as your reality, so long will you perceive yourself as lonely and deprived.
And so long will you also perceive yourself as a victim of sacrifice, justified in sacrificing others.
For who could thrust Heaven and its Creator aside without a sense of sacrifice and loss?
And who could suffer sacrifice and loss without attempting to restore himself?
Yet how could you accomplish this yourself, when the basis of your attempts is the belief in the reality of the deprivation?
Deprivation breeds attack, being the belief that attack is justified.
And as long as you would retain the deprivation, attack becomes salvation and sacrifice becomes love.

So is it that, in all your seeking for love, you seek for sacrifice and find it.
Yet you find not love.
It is impossible to deny what love is and still recognize it.
The meaning of love lies in what you have cast outside yourself, and it has no meaning apart from you.
It is what you prefer to keep that has no meaning, while all that you would keep away holds all the meaning of the universe, and holds the universe together in its meaning.
Unless the universe were joined in you it would be apart from God, and to be without Him [is] to be without meaning."

(T-15.XI, Christmas A Course In Miracles)

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Communication remains unbroken

"In the holy instant the condition of love is met,
for minds are joined without the body's interference,
and where there is communication there is peace.

The Prince of Peace was born to re-establish the condition of love
by teaching that communication remains unbroken even if the body is destroyed,
provided that you see not the body as the necessary means of communication.

And if you understand this lesson, you will realize
that to sacrifice the body is to sacrifice nothing,
and communication, which must be of the mind,
cannot be sacrificed.

Where, then, is sacrifice?
The lesson I [Jesus] was born to teach, and still would teach to all my brothers, is that
sacrifice is nowhere
and love is everywhere.
For communication embraces everything, and in the peace it re-establishes, love comes of itself.

Let no despair darken the joy of Christmas,
for the time of Christ is meaningless apart from joy.

Let us join in celebrating peace by demanding no sacrifice of anyone, for so you offer me the love I offer you.

What can be more joyous than to perceive we are deprived of nothing?

Such is the message of the time of Christ, which I give you that you may give it and return it to the Father, Who gave it to me.
For in the time of Christ communication is restored, and He joins us in the celebration of His Son's creation.

God offers thanks to the holy host who would receive Him, and lets Him enter and abide where He would be.
And by your welcome does He welcome you into Himself, for what is contained in you who welcome Him is returned to Him.
And we but celebrate His Wholeness as we welcome Him into ourselves.
Those who receive the Father are one with Him, being host to Him Who created them.
And by allowing Him to enter, the remembrance of the Father enters with Him, and with Him they remember the only relationship they ever had, and ever want to have."

(T-15.XI, Christmas A Course In Miracles)

Workbook Lesson 182
The Holy Child

“I will be still an instant and go home.”

“Christ is reborn as but a little Child each time a wanderer would leave his home.
For he must learn that what he would protect is but this Child, Who comes defenseless and Who is protected by defenselessness.
Go home with Him from time to time today.
You are as much an alien here as He.”
(W-182, Christmas A Course In Miracles quote)

Workbook Lesson 303
"The holy Christ is born in me today"

"The holy Christ is born in me today.

Watch with me, angels, watch with me today.
Let all God's holy Thoughts surround me, and be still with me while Heaven's Son is born.
Let earthly sounds be quiet, and the sights to which I am accustomed disappear.
Let Christ be welcomed where He is at home.
And let Him hear the sounds He understands,
and see but sights that show His Father's Love.

Let Him no longer be a stranger here,
for He is born again in me today.

Your Son is welcome, Father.
He has come to save me from the evil self I made.
He is the Self that You have given me.
He is but what I really am in truth.
He is the Son You love above all things.
He is my Self as You created me.
It is not Christ that can be crucified.
Safe in Your Arms let me receive Your Son.

(W-303, Christmas A Course In Miracles quote)

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