The word reflect in A Course in Miracles is extremely important, because it signifies the bridge. Heaven is not possible here, nor is love, oneness, or holiness; but their reflections indeed are. You may recall the earlier statement in the workbook:
... forgiveness is the means by which I will recognize my innocence. It is the reflection of God's Love on earth. It will bring me near enough to Heaven that the Love of God can reach down to me and raise me up to Him (W-pI.60.1:4-6)
The part of our mind that contains the Holy Spirit--our right mind--represents the bridge between pure holiness, oneness, and love, and our experience that is their reflection. The reflection is an illusion, but the experience of looking at the illusions, realizing they are illusions, is the essence of vision, forgiveness and salvation.
For those of us who are so inclined, this immediately evokes the astrological symbolism of the Moon, the enchantress who with her ever changing phases, represents the dream illusions of the ego, and as the earth-satellite within us, provides the rhythms of nature, the waxing and waning, where nothing is ever constant or lasts, all powered by borrowed light (partially-sic!- reflected from the Sun). She is the rhythm of the tides, menstruation cycles, and the high tide, unrest in mental institutions, hospitals and prisons, or police know first hand the intensity of the full Moon, which is the tide when the urgency to choose is activated to the maximum, since at that point the full face of the moon reflects the Sun, and becomes a reminder of our true source, instead of the borrowed reflected light of the moon phases, which "power" the so-called life on earth indirectly in the shadow game of our dream existence here. She is the evil sorceress of many a fairy tale, by whom we are enchanted in our dream state.
As J. W. Kaiser points out in his commentary on Mark 1:2 (Beleving van het Evangelie, p.199) , she is also the Angel that "goes before thy face," namely the Moon is faster than the Sun, and in that sense always runs ahead, lighting the way, and as the Holy Spirit provides our classrooms in this world as the bridging opportunity to learning forgiveness, whenever we shift from the Ego to the Holy Spirit in our minds. Except that, as we change teachers, the Moon now becomes the reminder of the direct light of the Sun, manifested in the ever changing forms of this life.
Thus the Moon is both the enchantress which keeps us under her spell in the ego, if we are Earth centric, ego-centric, and she is the Angel that lights the way if we shift to our right mind, by asking the Holy Spirit for help, and thus orient ourselves towards the Sun instead of away from it.
As a note, I have begun to develop a commentary on the Gospel according to Mark, and you can access it through my page on Facebook, where there is a symbol "B" in the left margin, under applications. If you click on it, you will be able to join www.greekbiblestudy.com, but you can actually view the English text and my notes from my profile on Facebook, whereas if you go to the site directly, you can see the Greek text, but you can't see my notes, though that is a feature that will be added later.
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