“IT IS ACCOMPLISHED!”
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
by Ray Comeau
A few hours
after walking out of the movie on Ash
Wednesday, 2004, I was going about my business, being in
the world, but not of the world, and I received,
“received” in the sense of experiencing clear, concentrated
thoughts, an outline, a template, of this paper.
be a prose poem, start where film ends, eye of the beholder,
state of mind, it is accomplished, I am God’s Son, Lesson
325, Lesson 196, Castaneda, the template, and end with me
holding your hand and leading you.
Let’s begin where the movie
ends, the last 80 seconds of a movie that lasts for 126
total darkness within the tomb, and then the massive stone
begins to roll away. As the light enters, it moves along
the wall to the back and down, moving across the strips of
linen from Jesus’ body, lying rumpled on a stone slab, and
the light finds Jesus, sitting on the end of the slab, his
face in profile, vibrant, radiant, and serene, reflecting
the light. In the next moment, he swiftly stands up, his
right hand completely healed with a clean hole running
through it, and he strides through the bright opening of the
These are precious seconds of
a movie that we endured for two hours and six minutes, but
it is the one scene that always comes to my mind, and it is
the only one that really matters because, finally, it is the
resurrection that counts, not the crucifixion.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus
played his part exceedingly well in fulfilling the
scriptures by allowing himself to be crucified. The image
of his suffering, the passion of the Christ, is seared into
our minds so indelibly that the intention of the scriptures
is overlooked. The crucifixion and resurrection are the
final demonstrations that forgiveness and love have
overcome the world.
These things I have spoken unto you,
that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
The crucifixion is meant to be a visual
representation of the violence we commit in our minds moment
to moment by investing in worldly thoughts, while all the
time our kingdom is not of this world.
This is one
of the ways that Jesus expresses it in His Course in
I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.
you are requires coming into the full realization that you
are as God created you, not as you think you are. It
always comes back to the thoughts you think. Jesus was a
man who learned to overcome, to forgive, his worldly
thoughts so that he could come into the full awareness of
his heritage as the Son of God.
Although it is almost
impossible to express in words, it is necessary to attempt
to express what it means to declare,
For I am still as God created me.
To begin with, just look at that
sentence, again: Still, meaning both, “I continue to
be,” and “I am the stillness.” What God created is
formless—Truth, Light, Tranquility, Peace, Love, Eternal
Joy, Wholeness, Perfection, Purity, Infinity, Stillness.
Now, when you
ask, “Who am I?” this can be your answer:
I am God's Son, complete and healed and whole,
shining in the reflection of His Love.
In me is His creation sanctified
and guaranteed eternal life. In me
is love perfected, fear impossible,
and joy established without opposite.
I am the holy home of God Himself.
I am the Heaven where His Love resides.
I am His holy Sinlessness Itself,
for in my purity abides His Own.
W-p11.14, What am
expresses what I am as formless, what is it that I am
I am not a body. I am free.
It appears that I am form, a
body, existing in time and space, seeing, hearing, smelling,
touching, and tasting, verifying my objective existence.
The ego directs the body, making up an illusory world.
Illusions will not last.
Their death is sure and this alone is certain in their
world. It is the ego's world because of this. What is the
ego? But a dream of what you really are. A thought you are
apart from your Creator and a wish to be what He created
not. It is a thing of madness, not reality at all. A name
for namelessness is all it is. A symbol of impossibility; a
choice for options that do not exist. We name it but to
help us understand that it is nothing but an ancient thought
that what is made has immortality. But what could come of
this except a dream which, like all dreams, can only end in
What is the ego?
Nothingness, but in a form that seems like something. In a
world of form the ego cannot be denied for it alone seems
real. Yet could God's Son as He created him abide in form
or in a world of form? Who asks you to define the ego and
explain how it arose can be but he who thinks it real, and
seeks by definition to ensure that its illusive nature is
concealed behind the words that seem to make it so.
no statement that the world is more afraid to hear than
I do not know the thing I am,
and therefore do not know what I am doing, where I am, or
how to look upon the world or on myself.
One way of
understanding the paradox of formlessness and form existing
simultaneously is to look at it this way: I am in
the world, but not of the world. I, as the ego,
appear to be walking in the world in a body, but I, as God’s
creation, abide in eternity, not in space/time. God knows
nothing of form. God knows His Son as He Created Him,
Father, that there is a bridge between form and the
formless, the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit mediates between
illusions and the truth. Since He must bridge
the gap between reality and dreams,
perception leads to knowledge through the grace
that God has given Him, to be His gift to
everyone who turns to Him for truth.
Across the bridge that He provides are dreams
all carried to the truth, to be dispelled
before the light of knowledge. There are sights
and sounds forever laid aside. And where
they were perceived before, forgiveness has
made possible perception's tranquil end.
W-p11.7. What is the Holy
seen that there are only two parts of your mind. One is
ruled by the ego, and is made up of illusions. The other is
the home of the Holy Spirit, where truth abides. There are
no other guides but these to choose between, and no other
outcomes possible as a result of your choice but the fear
that the ego always engenders, and the love that the Holy
Spirit always offers to replace it.
As the Master
Teacher of Endeavor Academy is fond of expressing it in the
vernacular, “God is, I ain’t.”
groundwork has been established for understanding the
meaning of the crucifixion and the resurrection: When you
invest in body identity, ego thoughts, you crucify
yourself. When you recognize that you are as God created
you, you resurrect.
move on to the crucifixion, a visual symbol that is so
loaded that it hurts the mind to think about it, let’s first
look at how we crucify ourselves from moment to moment. To
keep us preoccupied as a body, the ego always sets up
duality, so that we appear to have to make a choice between
this or that. Say you are in pain because of
a friend. You have a grievance that he did this, and
you wanted him to do that. Everything is limited to
your awareness of wanting the resolution of this duality.
Reader, if you just thought, “Duh,” I want to remind you
that we have already established that the ego’s duality is
made up; these are not real choices: this is a dream, it
illusory. It appears to be a choice in form, yet only the
formless is real. You are not a body, you are free. And
God knows nothing of your duality.
The trick is to stand still for a moment and refuse to
choose. If you were to suspend the habit of choosing for a
moment, something new could enter in. Something new is the
realization that you are free to recognize your true
On this clean slate let my true function be written for
When every concept has been raised to doubt
and question, and been recognized as made
on no assumptions that would stand the light,
then is the truth left free to enter in
its sanctuary, clean and free of guilt.
Your true function is to be the light
of the world, to experience and express Truth, Light,
Tranquility, Peace, Love, Eternal Joy, Wholeness,
Perfection, Purity, Infinity, Stillness.
This is the
central motif running through this paper:
Just as the
crucifixion is simply the demonstration of conflictual ego
thoughts, so is the resurrection the action of the mind
returning to the awareness of the peace of God.
No matter how
harrowing the scenes of the crucifixion, your salvation
depends on your remembering that this is simply a visual
symbol of attack, and may be transformed by forgiveness into
What is going
on in your mind is all that matters, the forgiveness of ego
thoughts, and the remembrance of your knowledge of God.
moment, you are undergoing your own crucifixion, or your own
Finally, we have a context
for understanding what happened in Jesus’ mind on the cross
between crying out, “My God, my God why hast thou forsaken
me?” and exulting, “It is accomplished!”
In the silence between the
cry and the exultation occurred the most significant
accomplishment ever to occur in the mind of man. Jesus,
experiencing total fear, despair, and devastation, believes,
for a moment, that he has done something in the
dream. For a moment, he thinks, “Father, I have done
everything you asked. Why have you left me to suffer?”
He is tempted
by his investment in duality, suffering pain, and wanting
only cessation of pain, to think that what is occurring in
form means something. But for a moment, a moment of
stillness that resounds through the centuries, he refuses to
Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from
me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
entered in, writing on the blank slate the allowance
that I am as God created me. God knows nothing of my
deeds in form. And, exulting in this recognition, Jesus
cries out, having come into the full knowledge of his
Divinity, “It is accomplished!”
This is one way that Jesus
expresses it in His Course in Miracles.
In my own
mind, behind all my insane thoughts of separation and
attack, is the knowledge that all is one forever. I have
not lost the knowledge of Who I am because I have forgotten
it. It has been kept for me in the Mind of God, Who has not
left His Thoughts. And I, who am among them, am one with
them and one with Him.
Even Jesus is tempted to forget for a
moment that he is the precious Son of God, just as you and I
forget, and just as you and I share with him that Sonship.
It is just that even under
great physical pain he remembered, and in that remembering
he is saved, and when we remember that we, too, are eternal,
we are saved from the temptation of believing that we are
separate bodies, leading separate lives in a world where we
come to live out our brutish existence, growing old, getting
sick, and dying.
End of Part One
Raymond H. Comeau, Ph.D.
God, Endeavor Academy