THE DIVINE LOGIC OF THE KINGDOM
The Kingdom of God is God's thought system. It's a realm of mind and being in which there is a "logic" operating. It's a living logic. It is a functioning system of mind whose properties are derived from its foundation. The foundation of the system is God, so we have to begin by looking at the nature of God in order to determine what the "logical outcome" of God is.
In any logical system, you start with a premise, which establishes foundational laws and limits. It defines the nature of what the system "comes from". And then the logical consequence of this premise MUST be always in accord with those premises. The end result, the outcome of the system of thought, is actually established at its beginning.
"The Kingdom is the result of premises, as much as this world is." - ACIM
"Your creations ARE the logical outcome of His premises." - ACIM
If you start with God as the root of the system, you end up with "The Kingdom". Creation. The sonship and all of God's children and their children.
If you start with the denial of God, ie the ego idea of separation, you are actually starting with a false premise, but it's a premise nonetheless. The false premise is that separation is possible and sin has occurred. EVERYTHING in the ego thought system proceeds LOGICALLY from this point onwards, and the inevitable LOGICAL outcome of this line of thinking is the production of A WORLD OF ILLUSIONS, a body, and death. These are not just random features or strange occurrences, they are the logical conclusion of ego thought.
"You HAVE carried the ego's reasoning to its logical conclusion, which is TOTAL CONFUSION ABOUT EVERYTHING." - ACIM
"The Holy Spirit uses logic as easily, and as well, as does the ego, except that HIS conclusions are NOT insane. They take a direction EXACTLY opposite, pointing as clearly to Heaven as the ego points to darkness and to death. " - ACIM
"The logic of the world MUST therefore lead to nothing, for its GOAL is nothing." -ACIM
"the logic of the world is totally insane, and leads to nothing." - ACIM
You see, the separation is the idea of a LOGICAL opposite, a black-and-white diametrically opposed idea, to God. If God is life, the opposite is death. If God is light, the opposite is darkness. If God is eternal, the opposite is non-existence. If God is everything, the opposite is nothing. What we "made" in our separation idea was the logical opposite of the Kingdom.
"Earth, heaven's opposite in EVERY way." - ACIM
We might be talking here about logic, and you might be thinking that logic is just some intellectual thing. It is not. We're not talking here in terms of concepts. We're talking about STATES OF MIND. The Kingdom of God is one state of mind, in which, psychologically, when the mind attempts to oppose the logical premise of God, produces an opposite premise, which leads to psychological STATES of mind that are opposite in nature. This is what has happened in the separation.
This means that as soon as we entertained the idea of separation or sin or the authority problem, an opposite to reality, an idea of not existing, we inevitable automatically set in motion an entire "line of thinking", entirely logical, which MUST lead to states of mind that are illusory, states which form into isolation and unreal things seeming to appear, and in fact the body, its world, and death, are all the LOGICAL CONCLUSION of the ego thought system. The ego reasons, impeccably, that these things are absolutely inevitable, IF the premise of "sin is real" is true.
"From the belief in sin, the faith in chaos MUST follow. It is because it follows that it seems to be a logical conclusion; a valid step in ordered thought. The steps to chaos DO follow neatly from their starting-point. Each is a different form in the progression of truth's reversal, leading still deeper into terror, and away from truth. Think not one step is smaller than another, nor that return from one is easier. The whole descent from Heaven lies in each one. And where your thinking starts, there must it end." - ACIM
Notice how Jesus states that where your thinking STARTS, there it ends. This is referring to how whatever your PREMISE is, automatically FORCES one specific outcome or logical conclusion BASED ON that premise. So whatever you start with, determines what you will end up with. Start with God, you MUST end up with creation of the Kingdom and a line of perfect creation that is infinite. Start with the ego's idea of separation, and you MUST end up with an illusory world of death.
Here is Jesus talking about why, logically, God's thought system COULD NOT have produced the Earth, unless God was in TWO MINDS with completely contradictory premises. This is a very logic-ridden statement...
"Heaven remains your one alternative to this strange world you made and all its ways; its shifting patterns and uncertain goals, its painful pleasures and its tragic joys. God made no contradictions. What denies its own existence and attacks itself is not of Him. He did not make two minds, with Heaven as the glad effect of one, and earth the other's sorry outcome which is Heaven's opposite in every way."
God can only have ONE outcome. Heaven is the "glad effect" of God. Because Earth is OPPOSITE - logically - to Heaven, in EVERY WAY, it CANNOT have been the logical outcome of God's premise or thought system. If we are to claim God made the Earth, then we have to say that God is capable of producing TWO different outcomes, which would require Him to have TWO different premises, meaning God has a split mind and is therefore insane.
It also requires God to CONTRADICT HIS OWN LOGICAL BASIS in order to come up with contradictory outcomes. You can only get ONE logical outcome from ONE premise within ONE system and it HAS to match the nature of the starting point. This is why God did cannot have created the world without FAILING to create Heaven. It's one or the other. One system, one outcome.
If you can follow this, then the next part is quite interesting.
Whatever God's nature is, determines the entire content of His thought system. And His mind - His thought system, IS the entire Kingdom. As a premise, whatever is true of God, MUST follow through and "extend" throughout all of His thinking, influenced by His nature, and "result in" what CAN ONLY OCCUR. There is only one possible result from God. Not something that's an option, or a maybe, or a strange anomaly.
Creation is the logical outcome of God, if we accept that God is a creator. But it goes way further than that. If we accept that God is a creator, then it also MUST extend that anything He creates MUST be in his likeness. Not only must it be a creation of His, it MUST also be a creator. This is because the SYSTEM EXTENDS perfectly logically without loss or flaw. God creates by Giving ALL OF HIMSELF to what He creates.
And this again is not just some strange fact, it's what MUST happen in any logical system. The premise extends itself to the whole system, and the whole system is determined by its foundation. Whatever you start with, ALL of those qualities, properties, attributes, characteristics, MUST end up in ANYTHING that extends from that. This is a perfect "inheritance".
So God, through any kind of extension, MUST produce in His likeness, the same substance, the same attributes as Himself. If he CAN extend to create creations, SO TOO MUST all of those creations be capable of extending to create creations. It is not optional. Because God is a father, with sons, the Sons HAVE to have the ability to be fathers to sons. This produces an entire PERFECT line of extension from the start of the system to its outcome.
Here Jesus describes this... "man" is a synonym for a soul or Son of God...
"The world (the Kingdom of God), in its original connotation, included both the proper creation of man by God (DIRECT creation of children), AND the proper creation by man (God's grand-children and beyond) in his Right Mind. The latter required the endowment of man by God with free will, because all loving creation is freely given. Nothing in either of these statements implies any sort of level involvement, or, in fact, anything except one continuous line of creation, in which all aspects are of the same order." - ACIM
Notice that it says all loving creation is freely given. This again is LOGIC based. It means God MUST give ALL of Himself fully and freely and without any strings attached or anything held back, in order to transfer from Himself HIS FREEDOM, TO the things that He Creates, ENDOWING them with freedom of will. This is because HE has free will, so anything He creates MUST be like him. The father, or source, of any system, MUST pass onto its extension, the inheritance of all of its own properties.
It is therefore REQUIRED that the sons of God HAVE TO create their own children. As Jesus confirms:
"A co-creator with the Father (any son of God) ***must have a Son***. Yet must this Son (God's grandchild) have been created like Himself (like grandchild like child). A perfect being, all-encompassing and all-encompassed, nothing to add and nothing taken from; not born of size nor place nor time, nor held to limits or uncertainties of any kind."
(Take note here that Jesus says you as a son of God have created living BEINGS, BECAUSE you are a living being, BECAUSE God is a living being).
Now, here Jesus talks about you being a co-creator. This is automatic. IF God is a creator, His son MUST be a creator. And anything His son creates, MUST be a creator. THERE IS NO END TO THIS SEQUENCE. It goes on forever. It literally means, that Heaven MUST INCLUDE, logically, God the Father, and a Son WHO IS A FATHER. You cannot be like God otherwise. And you therefore MUST have children. In heaven. In reality. Permanently. For real. In great numbers.
"For thus am I led past this world to my creations, children of my Will, in Heaven where my holy Self abides with them, and Him Who has created me." - ACIM
"Creation is the sum of all God's Thoughts, ***in number infinite***, and everywhere without all limit. Only love creates, and ***only like itself*** (you and your children MUST be God-like beings). There was no time when all that it created was not there (eternity). Nor will there be a time when anything that it created suffers any loss. Forever and forever are God's Thoughts (plural, sons) exactly as they were and as they are, unchanged through time ***and after time is done***."- ACIM
Jesus also confirms that it is your natural function in heaven to ADD TO the Kingdom through creative thought. This is your birthright. He also indicates that you are NOT God's equal because you are the OUTCOME of God, not the premise of the system.
"I am forever an effect of God." - ACIM
"I am still as God created me." - ACIM
"If you created GOD and He created you, the KINGDOM could not increase through its OWN creative thought. (You are NOT God's father or equal). Creation would therefore be limited, and you would NOT be co-creators WITH God. As God's creative Thought proceeds FROM Him TO you, so must YOUR creative thought proceed FROM you to YOUR creations. In this way only can ALL creative power extend outward. God's accomplishments are NOT yours. ***But yours are LIKE His***. ***HE created the Sonship, and YOU increase it. You HAVE the power to ADD to the Kingdom***, but NOT to add to the Creator OF the Kingdom." - ACIM
"This is because God and man are NOT equal." - ACIM
So let's just be clear here, that at the VERY LEAST, if we assume God has created only ONE Son, because that Son is a father and MUST have a Son, who MUST be a creator who has a son, there is ALREADY an infinite line of creation of untold numbers of beings. One son MUST LEAD TO MULTIPLE SON. And these sons are NOTHING to do with the ego.
Now, while it's a popular idea of oneness to say reality is only God and there is nothing else, this is flawed. If God is a creator, He MUST create an INFINITE number of beings. If God is NOT a creator, HE HAS NO SON AT ALL. These are the only two possibilities. Either God has an entire massive family or He has absolutely none. This HAS to be the case, because of the logical system. Whatever God is as a premise, MUST pervade the entire system. It's either full of creators, or it's full of nothing.
"The whole power of God's Son lies in all of us, but not in any of us alone. God would not have us be alone because He does not will to be alone." - ACIM
Here Jesus tells us that not only did God not will to be alone, thus creating at least one son, but he did not will that HIS SON be alone either, so created OTHER SONS AS WELL, so that his one son is not an only child. So God creates MULTIPLE CHILDREN directly. These children are MANY, and this manyness has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with the separation or the ego.
"The Kingdom of God includes all His Sons and their children, who are like the Sons as they are like the Father." - ACIM
"The Children of God are entitled to perfect comfort, which comes from a sense of perfect trust." - ACIM
"The Holy Spirit promotes healing by looking beyond it to what the children of God were before healing was needed, and will be when they have been healed." - ACIM
"His will is like His Father's, and He offers mercy to every Child of God, as He would have YOU do." - ACIM
"God watches over His children and denies them nothing." - ACIM
"God knows His Children with perfect certainty. He Created them by knowing them. He recognizes them perfectly." - ACIM
"If God knows His children as wholly without pain, it is blasphemous to perceive suffering anywhere. If God knows his children to be wholly joyous, it is blasphemous to feel depressed." - ACIM
"God did not leave His Children comfortless, even though they left Him." - ACIM
The Kingdom of God in fact contains untold numbers of living beings. This has NOTHING to do with ego, separation, division, duality, or any other ego concept. Oneness is not violated by God having a family.
"Ultimately, every member of the family of God must return." - ACIM
"This appears to contradict another statement: "I and my Father are one." It doesn't. There are still separate parts in the statement, in recognition of the fact that the Father is GREATER. Actually, the original statement was "are of one KIND."" - ACIM
Oneness in ACIM DOES NOT MEAN "there is only one". And in fact if it did, it would mean "there is only God and he has no son". Which kills off Christ. You can't have it both ways. Either there is only God being alone, or He has an infinite family. His logical system HAS to be like Him. To be a creator, to be loving, to share, to give, to will not to be alone, to have children, HAS to be passed on to EVERY creation. Who in turn must pass it on to theirs. Reality MUST contain an infinite number of beings.
"The creative power of both God AND His Creations is limitless, but it is NOT in reciprocal relationship. You DO communicate fully WITH God, as He does with YOU. This is an ongoing process in which you SHARE, and BECAUSE you share it, you are inspired to create LIKE God. But in Creation you are NOT in a reciprocal relation TO God, because He created YOU, but you did NOT create Him. We have already stated that only in this respect your creative power differs from His. Even in this world there is a parallel. Parents give birth to children, but children do NOT give birth to parents. They DO, however, give birth to their children, and thus give birth AS their parents do." - ACIM
As Jesus states, you are NOT equal to God in all ways. You are the effect of his logical system. HE IS NOT the effect of yours. Your creations are. Believing otherwise IS THE AUTHORITY PROBLEM! In fact, the traditional idea of "oneness", which btw is an EGO concept, suggests that God has no son at all, must be alone, and does not create or give anything, so is not loving, so has no life, so is dead. This is impeccably logical, but false, because it's based on EGO reasoning. The ego actually uses logic DIFFERENTLY to God.
The ego is founded on the logical premise that separation is true. This informs its entire system. Thus when anything within the ego "thinks", it thinks along the lines of separation. Separation-based reasoning usually proceeds in one way only. It separates two things, compares them, and decides which of the two something applies to. It's a system of logic based on "either or" reasoning. It is based on EXCLUSION.
Either-or logic says, EITHER, thing A is true or thing B is true, BUT NEVER BOTH. It has no conception of sharing, equality, or something applying perfectly to more than one thing. It has to maintain differences at all times. It cannot tolerate the notion that something is in two places at once, is fully accessible to two individuals, or that there is any violation of this separation-based rule.
For example, the world which the ego thought system has produced, which runs on this logic, resulted in separated particles of matter, thus objects, which are kept apart from each other. No two objects are permitted to share the same space, otherwise they'd annihilate each other. This is ego LOGIC at work. Either the object is here, or there. And if the object is here, the other object IS NOT. This has set up the rules of space and time. Space has automatically produced scenarios of locality, in which one object is NOT another, one object is not WHERE another is, one time is not another time, etc. Nothing overlaps.
In its thought system, EITHER its my car or its yours. Either its an apple or an orange. Either its today or tomorrow. Either I get the whole pizza or you get the whole pizza but neither of us can have the whole pizza without the other person having none. I can pretend to share, I can give you half the pizza, but now we both sacrifice and NEITHER of us gets the WHOLE of anything. This is all built into the system. It's a FINITE system.
There is a problem with this, because it maps directly onto the physical world, onto the "layout" and physical behavior of material objects (which are the consequence of this thought system). And so the people who live in the world are deceived by this "system", and take it at face value to be a direct and correct representation of the truth. So we believe ok, if I put my car in the first parking space, YOU CANNOT. If I eat the banana, YOU CANNOT. etc... it maps to physicality.
And then we think THIS way of thinking, this kind of situation in which nothing is ever shared by anything, is normal and natural and "how reality is". IT IS NOT. This entire system is based on a lie. Spacetime itself is a lie. And thinking "spatially" or linearly is fundamentally broken.
God's system is very different to this. It is not based on a logical premise of separation, so it does not attempt to SEPARATE OFF discrete things in such a way as to say, this one thing is in logical isolation from this other thing. If you have two boxes, it does not claim like the ego does that the thing MUST be in on box and NOT the other. In fact, in God's system of thought, SHARING and the TRANSCENDENCE OF SEPARATIONS, is normal and natural. God's system is INCLUSIVE.
For example, part of God's system of thought, which is spoken of in the Course, is that when you give away ideas they increase. To the ego this is bullshit. To the ego it's impossible to give anything without lacking it. But in God's system it's totally opposite. You can give ALL of what you have, and NOT LOSE IT, and INCREASE the total sum of the Kingdom, so that not only do you STILL have it, you have now given it TO another being, and now BOTH of you have it. ALL OF IT. Two entities sharing the WHOLE of a thing fully. That does not compute to the ego.
Similarly in God's Kingdom, which is based on the Golden Rule that what is true of God is equally true of His children and of each other, anything that is true of me is true of you. I am an equal brother to all of God's creations. So if I am in his likeness, so is my brother. We are both perfect and permanent beings, because we share the same Father. We are perfect equals in every way. So what I have, you have. What I am, you are too. If I am God's one son, so are you. I am you and you are me and we are one yet two.
"We are creation, WE, the Sons of God" - ACIM
But what does this also mean... it means that God's sytem is NOT based on a logic of either-or. It's actually based on a logical system of BOTH AND. It's an INCLUSIVE SYSTEM. The ego's system is exclusive, which is why it separates things out into an either-or context. In God's system, because everything True of God is True of the whole system, BOTH GOD AND HIS CREATIONS are identical in nature. And both you and your brother inherit ALL of God.
To the ego, it would say, well, if God gives ALL of Himself to me, He not only has NOTHING LEFT to give to another son, to create a brother, He also must sacrifice ALL of Himself and cease to exist. If I have inherited ALL of God, God apparently would be dead afterwards. THAT is ego logic. But it's not true.
In Heaven, when God creates, He DOES give ALL OF HIMSELF to His creations, holding nothing back, in total unconditional love. He puts ALL of HIS being, nature, properties, attributes, INTO His creations, without any kind of lack, or any kind of limitation. This establishes them as JUST AS DIVINE as He is, just as powerful, just as creative.
"God, who encompasses ALL Being, nevertheless created separate beings who have everything individually, but who want to share it to increase their joy. Nothing that is real can be increased EXCEPT by sharing it. That is why God Himself created you. Divine Abstraction takes joy in application, and that is what creation MEANS. How, what, and to whom are irrelevant, because real creation gives everything, since it can only create like itself." - ACIM
So you have been given ALL of what God has. That is your "inheritance" which the Course talks about. And so has your brother been given ALL of what God has. And everyone else. The key is that we SHARE EVERYTHING. An idea which is completely absent in the ego world of form AND thought.
"In the Creation, God projected his Creative Ability out of Himself toward the Souls (plural) which He created, and also imbued them with the same loving wish (or will) to create. " - ACIM
"We have also emphasized that man, insofar as the term relates to Soul, has not only been ***fully Created***, but also been created perfect. There is no emptiness in him. The next point, too, has already been made, but bears repetition here. The Soul, because of its own likeness to its Creator, ***is creative***. No Child of God (thus many) is capable of losing this ability, because it is inherent in what he IS." - ACIM
"The latter required the endowment of man by God with free will, because all loving creation is freely given" - ACIM
In God's system, when you GIVE, when you CREATE, when you SHARE, whatever is created is created WITH the entire Kingdom. You create WITH your brothers. The whole sonship creates together. Because you are JOINED with everyone else through the Christ mind. This is because Heaven is a system where everything is SHARED perfectly.
"Accept your brother in this world, and accept NOTHING ELSE, for in him you will find your creations, because ***he created them WITH you*** (in heaven). You will never know that you are co-creator with God, until you learn that your brother is a co-creator with YOU (thus BOTH of you exist in reality)." - ACIM
This leads to some seemingly BIZARRE facts about the Kingdom, which DEFY all ego thinking, and break the laws of spacetime. Naturally, since spacetime is the EGO thought system, the Kingdom MUST BREAK every law of space and time. As do miracles.
"Miracles violate every law of reality as this world judges it." - ACIM
"Miracles do not obey the laws of this world." - ACIM
For example, Omnipresence means that something exists everywhere at once. To the ego this is impossible. But all created beings are omnipresent. Not only are they everywhere, ALL OF THEM is in EACH PART of the Kingdom. Simultaneously. This is impossible to the ego. But what makes sense to the ego is nonsense, and vice versa.
What I find, unfortunately, is that a vast majority of ACIM students, and people in general, THINK WITH THE EGO. They especially think ABOUT THE KINGDOM with the ego. That is, we are conditioned to use the ego thought system to think about the ego world in an ego way. And we use THE SAME way of thinking, either-or logic, to think about a SYSTEM that is ENTIRELY NOT BASED ON THAT. This is guaranteed to produce FALSE CONCLUSIONS that "seem to make sense."
Which means, everything to do with the Kingdom of God, the sonship, the Holy Spirit, God, Creations, etc... CANNOT be properly understood metaphysically USING ego logical reasoning. This does not mean it cannot be understood with both/and reasoning, only that you have to ditch either-or logic and adopt both-and thought. It means you really have to think literally, outside the box. Because heaven is not about boxes. Everything is shared beyond boundaries. Nothing is isolated or exclusive.
To think outside the box means to NOT think in terms of either-or. So, we have to throw out the thought .... EITHER there is oneness OR multitude. That kind of reasoning is THE EGO in how it thinks of everything. We cannot reason that "any kind of separation" is proof of the presence of ego. We cannot equate ego with "any mention of more than one of something". It's false.
THE EGO reasons that either God's Kingdom is all one thing, OR it's filled with many things, but that there is NO OTHER option. It will then conclude that "many things" seems to be a dualistic idea, and so relegates it to "the ego box". EITHER stuff is in the ego box, OR it's in reality. But this is still ego thought. It is not CAPABLE fo comprehending or properly mapping to the nature of reality. And it cannot SEE that it's possible for MANY things to exist together in harmony through equality and sharing.
In Heaven, if there were a pizza, it would be possible that I could eat the whole pizza, while you ALSO eat the whole pizza. We would both receive THE WHOLE. Also in heaven, it is possible that God, who is whole, creates a son, who is whole, meaning there are now TWO WHOLES. Does this sound absurd? Would you throw this out based on it sounding like nonsense? You would be wrong. Because heaven is filled with multiple wholes, and each is completely whole in itself. It's a holographic thought system.
"The recognition of the part as whole, and of the whole in every part, is perfectly natural. For it is the way GOD thinks, and what is natural to Him, IS natural to you." - ACIM
God's Kingdom IS LIKE THIS. God creates WHOLE BEINGS who have everything God has. God shares ALL OF HIMSELF with EVERY ONE of them without any lack or limitation or someone only getting part of the deal. There are no FINITE measures. God doesn't run out of love when He gives ALL of His love to you. But the ego will say, no, that makes no sense. If I get everything there's nothing left. It's totally stupid.
Well, the EGO IS INSANE and can ONLY THINK IN TERMS OF SEPARATION. When anyone USES separation-based reasoning to think ABOUT, anything to do with the Kingdom, they WILL come to FALSE CONCLUSIONS. Absolutely guaranteed. It happens all over the place in the course community. And this is why everyone is confused, lost and mistaken about the nature of Heaven and having an individual self.
It's like this. Let's say God has two sons. They share everything. They share the same space. Both sons are everywhere. The ego looks at the scene and asks, where are God's sons? It's only options are a) the son is in Box A, or b) the son is in Box B, but NEVER c) the son is in both boxes. It will never SEE the possibility of it making any sense that that which is of God, TRANSCENDS all separations of thought. And so in fact God's son is BOTH here AND there, just as God is everywhere at once.
So you get people who are thinking WITH the ego, reasoning in terms of "either this or that", and they examine Course statements about reality, and make a total mess of it. For example, things like this which defy boundaries:
"One brother (each of many) is all brothers (seemingly one). One mind is all minds. Such is the truth." - ACIM
"Know then the Sons of God (plural), and you will know all Creation (singular)." - ACIM
"Healing is an act of thought by which two minds (there are two) perceive their oneness (seemingly one), and become glad." - ACIM
"And peace will be restored forever to the holy minds (many) which God created as His Son (seemingly one)" - ACIM
"God has but one Son (seemingly one), knowing **them all** (many) as one." - ACIM
"I (one of two) and my Father (the other one) are one (seemingly one, yet still two)." - ACIM
"We are creation (singular), WE, the sons of God (plural)." - ACIM
"It should especially be noted that God has only one Son (seemingly singular). If all His creations are His Sons (he has many sons as well!), every one must be an integral part of the whole Sonship. The Sonship in its oneness transcends the sum of its parts."
Sonship btw means a collection of sons. God created the sonship. Ergo God has many sons. The sons are NOT children of Christ, NOR are they separated from God BY Christ. They are DIRECT CHILDREN. "God's children" "God's sons". Their concurrent oneness or "united will" is the christ mind.
"The Christ Mind wills from the Soul, not from the Ego, and the Christ Mind IS yours. ***You, too, have a Kingdom which your Soul has created***. " - ACIM
These statements, to the ego thinker, are cryptic. They say TWO contradictory things at once. TO THE EGO. One part of a statement says there are multiple things existing, and then the very same sentence says they are ONE. It seems to some people that the one part overrides the two part. THAT IS AN ERROR. BOTH parts are simultaneously true! One AND many.
What will the ego do with this, using its EITHER OR logic? It will claim, EITHER, there are two things, OR there is one thing. BUT not both. Both can't be true. The ego is looking at a "blur", a blend, a shared state, and tries to put it into boxes. The ego LOVES the idea of "oneness" meaning "there is a count of one". That is an EGO ideal that it worships. It reasons, if I get rid of all the separations, I'll end up with "one thing", and that must be the most pure thing. THIS IS FALSE. Ending up with "no separations" or "its a count of one" is NOT divine logic. It's the insane ramblings of an insane system of thinking that worships its own false conclusions.
Here's the truth. Here's the divine logic. It is BOTH TRUE, that there is oneness AND that there are many, in reality.
Many does NOT mean "duality". Duality is a state of NOT SHARING between many.
Oneness does NOT mean "no individuality". All individuals IN REALITY are one and each has a soul.
You can look throughout the course and find evidence of this.
"The Kingdom of God includes ALL His children AND their creations." - ACIM
There is an INFINITE line of creation of beings. You have untold numbers of creations of your own, so do your brothers, who are untold in numbers and have untold numbers of children. And their children have children. And NONE of this has ANYTHING to do with the ego.
The ego is NOT the idea of individuality!!! It is the idea of NOT SHARING with other individual beings. Of being cut off, isolated, alone, withdrawn. Wanting exclusivity. Selfishness. A self, who normally shares everything with everyone, who has BECOME separated. You did not invent individuality, you invented loneliness.
Ego is denial of your soul.
The soul DOES NOT END when the ego disappears.
The ego is the idea of NOT BEING YOUR SELF.
The ego is the idea of SELFISHNESS of a given individual, not whether or not the person HAS a self.
"The ego is the idea of selfishness. The soul is the idea of self fullness." - ACIM
The only reason you are afraid of "not existing" is because you have identified your self WITH the ego, and think it is you. It is the IDEA of who you THINK you are. Because IT does not exist, you think that means YOU do not exist. YOU ARE NOT IT. There is another option. STOP identifying with the ego and remember who you really are. You exist WITHOUT the ego. You had a self BEFORE you entered the separation!
"You were at peace until you asked for special favor. And God did not give it." - ACIM
"The separation", ego, also ONLY takes place within the mind, NOT the soul.
"Free will is the attribute of the mind, NOT the Soul. The Soul always remains changeless, because it never leaves the sight of God.
The Creation of the Soul is already fully accomplished. The mind, if it votes to do so, becomes a medium by which the Soul can create along the line of its own creation. If it does not freely elect to do so, it retains this creative ability, but places itself under tyrannous rather than authoritative control. As a result, what it creates is imprisonment, because such are the dictates of tyrants." - ACIM
The separation takes place IN THE MINDS OF SOULS, NOT between souls. Therefore it has nothing to do with whether there are many souls. Ego does not determine that there are many souls. It only determines that SOME of the soul's MINDS are divided against themselves. The many sons of God are ABOVE the mind level where the separation takes place.
"The Soul always remains changeless, because it never leaves the sight of God." - ACIM
Quite simply, God has a very large family of living beings who are living with Him in Heaven. They are all ONE with each other, while maintaining their individuality. There is no ego separation involved. And it is perfectly NATURAL for there to be many things in reality. There is DIVINE COOPERATION. Everyone wills LIKE or in accord with God's will, as freely willing co-creators. In fact, it defies the ego so much that it is miraculous. "Miraculousness" is a quality of the Kingdom and everything in it.
"Miracles are a universal blessing from God." - ACIM
"You are a miracle." - ACIM
"God's miracles" - ACIM
"Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of separation. Correct perception of EACH OTHER is necessary ONLY because ***minds have willed to see themselves AS separate beings*** (they were many minds BEFORE this). Each Soul knows God completely. This IS the miraculous power of the Soul. The fact that each Soul has this power completely is a fact that is entirely alien to human thinking (to ego logic), in which if any ONE has everything, there is nothing LEFT.
God's miracles are as total as His Thought, because they ARE His thoughts. God shines in them all with perfect light."
We are all miracles of God.
We all inherit all of God.
We all have creations which we created together.
Our creations have creations, which have creations.
We are all permanently brothers in reality.
God has an unlimited creative family.
This is not duality. It is not non-duality. It is not pure non-duality. It is not "oneness". It is beyond ALL ego concepts. It is the miraculous Kingdom of God. It is one AND many. One and INFINITE! Ego says one is he opposite of infinity. God says, one and infinity are the same because the premise of GOD IS ONE leads to the logical outcome of INFINITE CREATION.
And it is the home of your Holy Self.
"The voice of the Holy Spirit IS the call to Atonement, or the restoration of the integrity of the mind. When the Atonement is complete and the whole Sonship is healed, there will be no call to return, but what God creates is eternal. The Holy Spirit (the Holy Spirit IS ETERNAL) will remain with the Sons of God (who are also eternal as many), to bless THEIR creations (which are also eternal as many) and keep them in the light of joy." - ACIM